• Newport resident shot

    NEWPORT — Newport Police Department officers were dispatched to Ashley Drive in Newport about 10 p.m. Wednesday in reference to a shooting, according to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Criminal Investigations Division. Officers located the victim, who was identified as Melvin Cox, 28, of Newport, …

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  • Man’s death investigated

    The cause of death of a 27-year-old Batesville man is to be determined by the Arkansas State Medical Examiners Office, according to a news release from Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery. “On Wednesday (approximately 8:20 a.m.) officers were dispatched to the White River Medical Center …

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  • Steeles named top young farmers

    LITTLE ROCK — A local farm family has been named a finalist for the 2012 Arkansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. Nicholas and Karen Steele of Sulphur Rock have a diverse ranching/livestock program that includes 175 head of cows and calves, four …

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  • Recovery of stolen Jeep ends with arrest warrant

    Recovery of a white 1993 Jeep, taken from J & J Auto Sales of Batesville on March 29, has resulted in issuance of an arrest warrant for a Searcy man, according to a court affidavit filed by Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Dustin Robbins. In his …

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  • Burglary patrol leads to pursuit, multiple charges

    Riding a homemade motor scooter behind a police supply house in the middle of the night earned a Batesville man the attention of an Independence County sheriff’s deputy. That attention then led to a brief pursuit and arrest for numerous violations. Deputy Patrick Collins said …

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  • Leatherwoods to perform Friday at UACCB

    Four entertainers will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Independence Hall, located on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Leatherwoods, Dave Smith, Mulligan Stew and the Lazy Goat String Band will perform. Folk center artisans will display …

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  • Booths available for yard sale

    CUSHMAN — A fall sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at Cushman Community Center. Merchandise for sale will include crafts, decor, yard sale items and other goods. Booths are available for $10. Tables will be provided on a first-come, …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2012.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 29, 1993.

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  • School installs speed bumps

    SOUTHSIDE — The first phase of construction on Southside High School’s new building continues with a concrete slab soon to be poured and steel to be erected by mid-October, according to Superintendent Roger Rich. Crews with John Brown and Sons Construction of Melbourne recently worked …

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  • $25K grant named ‘win’ for students

    SOUTHSIDE — Money that Southside High School was in the running against seven other schools for is now theirs, but receiving the top award, totaling $25,000, was a surprise. High School Principal Roger Ried in August agreed that winning a 10,000 or $25,000 America’s Farmers …

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  • Possessed? Chanting, threats had officers questioning woman’s wild actions

    Editor’s note: This story contains material that some readers might find disturbing.   In 1994 Bill Oliphant was a patrol officer for the Mountain View Police Department when he received a call about a man trying to burn things down on Main Street in Mountain …

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