• Airport taxiway on agenda

    The Batesville Regional Airport Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the terminal building. Engineer Bob Chatman will give a report. Other business includes the taxiway extension process and terminal renovations project status. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Unpaid co-pastors make perfect team for lay-driven church

    Reprinted with permission of Arkansas United Methodist, where this feature originally appeared in the Dec. 5, 2014 print edition and online at arumc.org.   HARDY — Two co-pastors. Ten certified lay servants. An administrative assistant and a finance assistant. Eighty worshippers on an average Sunday. …

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  • Ring’s Chapel presents a Christmas musical

    CAVE CITY — The Ring’s Chapel Singers of Ring’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will present an original Christmas musical, “A Southern Gospel Christmas: the Guiding Star,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with John R. Way, music director, and Becky Way, accompanist. The musical tells the Biblical …

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  • Jacksonport State Park announces activities

    NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park has several activities scheduled for this month at the Jacksonport Courthouse: • Christmas stocking workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will make their own stocking out of felt, glitter, ribbons and other decorations. The fee is $5. • Civil …

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  • Church sets Christmas play

    SMITHVILLE — The Smithville Baptist Church will host the play “Christmas at Cricket County Cafe” at 6 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public with refreshments to follow the production.

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  • Newport ministry to take part in peaceful protest

    NEWPORT — Anthony Coleman, pastor, and the members of Chosen Generation Ministries of Newport will participate in a national protest to raise awareness of police brutality and excessive force in light of the recent events surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and …

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  • Musicians meeting set

    Musicians, singers and listeners are invited to gather from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Community Room of First Community Bank for Christmas music. The bank is located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 3, 2003.

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  • Hope is returned to charity

    With rising food costs and a decrease in donations, this year could have been the last year for Christmas Brings Hope, but thanks to the generosity of Independence County residents and businesses, the organization that brings hope to so many others has received a bit …

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  • Norton facing more sex charges

    MELBOURNE — Another sex charge has been filed against a former pastor and teacher. The class B felony for second-degree sexual assault was filed against Robert Norton of Sage, who has been incarcerated in an adjoining county since the first charges were filed in June …

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  • ‘Flocking’ fundraising campaign implemented

    The Batesville Montessori School is in the process of purchasing a home to remodel and turn into their new school that will serve the children of Batesville for years to come. “The Flocking,” which is the start of an extensive fundraising campaign, allows someone to …

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  • White County Medical Center to buy Harris Hospital

    NEWPORT — Harris Hospital announced today an agreement for the sale of substantially all of the assets of the 133-bed hospital and its related outpatient services to White County Medical Center of Searcy. Alignment of the two hospitals will expand patient access to a network …

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