• This Day in History…

    Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, the 31st day of 2013. There are 334 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 31, 1863, during the Civil War, the First South Carolina Volunteers, an all-black Union regiment composed of former slaves, was mustered …

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  • Ozarka College releases honor rolls

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College recently announced that 75 students have been named to the President’s List and 115 students have been named to the Vice President of Academic Affairs’ List for the Fall 2012 semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 24, 1993.

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  • Play set for this weekend

    What was life like in Batesville and Independence County during the Civil War? In a readers’ theater play, “War Chronicles II: Independence County’s Civil War,” local actors will help answer that question as they give voice to residents of that era, using personal letters and …

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  • Two injured in roll-over crash

    A Pleasant Plains woman was sent to a Little Rock hospital after being thrown from a vehicle during a roll-over crash early Tuesday morning. The driver of the car, who reportedly fled the scene because of outstanding warrants, was also seriously injured, according to police. …

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  • Historian pens book from soldiers’ words

    The author of two “Civil War Chronicles” plays that tell some of the story of the war between the states in Independence County says the plays just scratch the surface of what is known from firsthand accounts. To read about the plays, the second of …

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  • Sounds of Motown coming to Batesville in February

    The sounds of Motown are sure to bring the house down when the Masters of Motown come to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville next month. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in Independence Hall. This will be the third …

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  • Woman celebrates 100

    Lela Honkonen always loved music. As a tiny girl she danced on her father’s feet. Her parents, Walter and Etta Hudson, moved from place to place in New Mexico and Texas. The oldest of nine, Honkonen celebrated her 100th birthday last week with a party …

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  • Failure to signal ends in arrest

    When Deputy Anthony Rogers noticed the driver of a white Jeep, later identified as Courtney B. Croft, 24, of Cave Creek Road fail to signal a turn early Tuesday morning he stopped her to discuss the matter. However, the discussion was short before Croft was …

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  • Lyon to host banquet

    The Black Students Association at Lyon College will hold its annual banquet commemorating Black History Month on Feb. 9. The banquet will be at 8 p.m. in the Patterson Dining Room in Edwards Commons. Dwayne Errick Reliford, class of ’94, will be the keynote speaker. …

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  • Hoxie student arrested with gun

    HOXIE (AP) — A 16-year-old has been arrested after being found with an unloaded gun on campus in Hoxie. Police Chief Glen Smith said the high school student was found with a single-shot pistol after another student saw the weapon and reported it to school …

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  • Power plant reports burglary

    In addition to several buildings and offices being broken into and items moved around, a Miller plasma cutter, a Power Mate air compressor and a Ford tractor key were reported stolen from facilities at the Newark steam power plant Monday night. Independence County Deputy Shawn …

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