• Naked man on ATV arrested for drugs

    The heat, and possibly using drugs, apparently played a part in the arrest of a naked Oil Trough man riding his four-wheeler in the area of the Departee Creek Bridge Saturday afternoon. Independence County Deputy Wayne Green said he was dispatched to the area around …

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  • No lights on vehicle leads to chase in Newark, arrest

    NEWARK — A Newark man who was driving in the dark without headlights on, and thus, no taillights, early Sunday fled when Deputy Michael Moody tried to initiate a traffic stop on him, according to a written report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Moody …

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  • Teen arrested in false death threats

    Texting a friend, saying she was hiding in her closet and that her family may already be dead, led police to arrest a 17-year-old Pfeiffer girl early Sunday morning. Batesville 911 dispatch got a call from Cody Duke of Evening Shade around 2:30 a.m. who …

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  • Sex offender moves to Violet Hill

    MELBOURNE — A man who was convicted for first-degree sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl has moved into the Violet Hill area, according to the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. Palmer Lee Ward, 45, is residing at 300 Searcy Drive (off Shadow Gate Road) in Violet …

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  • Alleged meth dealer arrested

    WALNUT RIDGE — When the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office was tipped off about a Black Rock woman selling methamphetamine from her house, deputies began watching the house and soon noticed large amounts of quick traffic from the residence. Deputies arranged to buy meth from Kim …

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  • Library board to meet

    The Independence County Library Board will meet at 4 p.m. at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., to discuss library activities. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Melbourne board OKs raise

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board approved an employee pay raise, voted to accept bids for five old buses and take bids of firewood when it met recently. Certified employees will receive a $600 raise and classified employees will receive a comparable one determined by …

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  • More charges expected against Salem man

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Office expect to file additional charges against a Salem man who was arrested last week on a parole/probation violation. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said 20-year-old Alexander Blake Rouse was arrested Thursday but additional charges are expected to be filed. In …

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  • Benefit yard sale for Jermey Edgin to be held

    A benefit yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at First Free Will Baptist Church, located at 1101 Brooks St. in Batesville. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Proceeds will go toward expenses for Jermey Edgin, who is …

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  • Kids Art Club to meet Thursday

    ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Public Library Kids Art Club will meet from 6-7 p.m. Thursday in the library at 11 Arnhart St., said Ina Gill, library committee member. “Guest artists will be leading the activities. All supplies are furnished,” Gill said. The first …

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  • Plans made for NCA district fair

    MELBOURNE — Deadlines for entries for the North Central District Fair are quickly approaching, said Nancy Orr, publicity chairman. The fair will be Sept. 24-29 at the Izard County Fairgrounds at Melbourne. “All entries — livestock and creative arts entries — are due by Sept. …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 25, 1993. 101 YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Knox, one of the oldest and most highly respected couples in this section of the state, on Sunday celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage …

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