• Renee Long joins M&P banking team

    Renee Long has joined the Merchants and Planters Bank team as vice president-loan officer, according to a news release from M&P Community Bancshares. Long will be responsible for managing commercial and consumer loans and establishing and maintaining business relationships in Batesville and the surrounding areas. …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 19, 1993. 101 YEARS AGO News was received Saturday afternoon of the death of Dr. W.J. Bell, one of the county’s oldest and most respected citizens, which occurred at his home near Victor Saturday …

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  • School to host science institute

    HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and Arts will host a free “science and engineering institute” giving students in sixth through 10th grades the opportunity to learn about genetics, the flow of rivers, the spread of epidemics and to get a firsthand …

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  • Izard County gets funds

    MELBOURNE — Much-needed improvements to the county shop building can now get under way after the Izard County judge was presented with funds to make it happen. State Rep. Tommy Wren met with Izard County Judge David Sherrell recently and presented him with a check …

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  • Carnival to feature wing contest, lawnmower races

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 69th White River Water Carnival will be held on Sept. 8. “The events have been organized to be fast-paced and high energy, leaving the festival attendees with plenty to do. We hope to have a …

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  • Patient rooms completed in tower

    Editor’s note: This story is the second of a series of four detailing the inside areas of the hospital, including the gift shop, cafeteria and patient care areas, as well as the upcoming grand opening.   Patients are being admitted to the recently completed private …

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  • Hundreds ‘Rock This House’

    ASH FLAT — This time last year, Beth McEntire Bess was on life support, in a coma and completely oblivious to the pain of her family around her. Struck by cancer twice, Bess was not expected by her doctors to live. This weekend, she stood …

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  • Man dies in truck crash

    A one-vehicle crash near Calico Rock early Monday morning took the life of Ethan T. Barnes, 20, of Mountain Home. Arkansas State Police Trooper Angela Dewitt said Barnes, driving a 2004 Chevrolet pickup, was traveling north on Highway 5, approximately five-tenths of a mile north …

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  • Woman arrested after Icee machine incident

    Trying to get iced tea from an empty Icee machine at a convenience store brought a Southside woman to the attention of police Friday evening, thus leading to her arrest on drug charges. Deputy Nathan Stephens said he arrived at the Southside Conoco station around …

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  • Woman jailed for fleeing, named habitual offender

    A woman who spun her tires trying to flee from a police officer on Aug. 22 has been charged as a habitual offender, according to a court affidavit filed by Narcotics Investigator Chris Toland with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Megan Amirr, 24, of Gassville …

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  • 6th Healthy Woman event another success

    NEWPORT — The sixth annual Healthy Woman event on Aug. 7 was attended by 230 women from Newport and the surrounding areas. The addition of a Women’s Expo this year provided women an opportunity to peruse vendor tables with sales, education and information that spark …

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  • Lawrence issues Labor Day warnings

    MELBOURNE — According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the National Safety Council estimates that there will be 405 traffic fatalities and 40,500 medically consulted injuries over this traditional end-of-summer holiday. “The No. 1 cause of a fatalities is alcohol while the second leading cause …

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