• Felon’s bond set at $60K

    Already facing charges of being a felon in possession of a handgun, a Southside man who allegedly told a store clerk he had a gun as he tried to rob her Friday morning is now facing formal charges of aggravated robbery, a class Y felony, …

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  • Man faces additional charges

    NEWPORT — A Newport man arrested last week for residential burglary and theft currently faces additional charges of burglary after being linked to two other break-ins in Jackson County. John Payne, 31, was arrested after breaking into a home in the 2800 block of Ivy …

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  • Christmas burglar returns

    A Christmas Day burglar has struck again. A plasma cutter valued at $4,000 and a set of specialty wrenches valued at $150 were reported missing Friday from James Gaylin Hatfield’s shop building, Hatfield Ready-Mix, on Leslie Hollow Road north of Pfeiffer, said Independence County Deputy …

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  • Humane society wins $1,000

    The Humane Society of Independence County has won a $1,000 prize as part of The Animal Rescue Site’s 2012 $300,000 Challenge in conjunction with Petfinder.com. The results were tabulated in the fourth round of voting in the challenge, and the local humane society received the …

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  • Library to discuss activities

    The Independence County Library Board will discuss general activities when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank annex 285 E. College St. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Midland spellers recognized

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School District has announced its 2012 spelling bee winners, according to a news release. They include: Peyton Foster (who was also named champion), first grade; Chloe McCance, second grade; Travis Kersey, third grade; Austin Smith, fourth grade; Shelby Warden, fifth …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 3, 1993.

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  • Jacksonport State Park to hold two special hikes

    JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park will have two special hikes on the Tunstall River Walk in the undeveloped area of the park on Tuesday. At 10 a.m., a low-impact hike will be taken down the Historic Tunstall River Walk. The hiking area is very level …

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  • One lane of highway across dam to temporarily close

    HEBER SPRINGS — One lane of Highway 25 across Greers Ferry Dam will close temporarily beginning at 7 a.m. Jan. 7 and ending at 5 p.m. Jan. 18. Contractors will be working on the dam from the roadway.  Traffic lights will be positioned at each …

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  • Stephens named 2012 Officer of the Year

    Shawn Stephens is the kind of man you want around when trouble arises. He’s dedicated his life to public service either as a 911 dispatcher, EMT/paramedic, volunteer firefighter or police officer. All his hard work was recognized recently when the Independence County Sheriff’s Office named …

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  • Robber gets nothing

    SOUTHSIDE — Ashley Modlin thought the man outside her place of work looked creepy. Moments later, he walked in wearing a mask, claiming he had a gun, and demanded money — while an off-duty cop was inside the store. The would-be robber, identified as Larry …

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  • Food Pantry of Concord

    Arliss Phillips packages candy at the Food Pantry of Concord while Kyle Bruton and Trudy Bruton stock heartier fare on the shelves and in a freezer. Sean Burger (not pictured) was also helping. The pantry had just received a shipment of food from the Arkansas …

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