• Southside FFA Rodeo scheduled

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside FFA Rodeo has been set for Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Pleasant Plains Outdoor Arena, according to a news release which proclaims “event for all ages.” Cash will be awarded to first-place winners …

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  • Calico Rock couple win multiple awards

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Jim Spencer won the highest writing honor at the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s annual conference held recently in Johnson City, Tenn., according to a news release. The Sharon Rushton Award is for excellence in writing about youth in outdoor activities. Spencer’s …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 27, 1993.

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  • Courthouses to close

    The Independence and Sharp County Courthouses will be closed Monday in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, officials announced.

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  • Concord council has light agenda

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the city hall for a routine monthly business session, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit. The aldermen will hear departmental reports and review current bills.

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  • Blevins to speak

    Former Lyon College professor Dr. Brooks Blevins will speak about the history of Lyon College and the new permanent photo exhibit of Lyon/Arkansas College photos at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Mabee-Simpson Library on campus. The presentation is hosted by the Friends of the Library. …

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  • Airport to give update

    The Batesville Airport Commission will present an update on the upcoming construction at the airport, said Darren Wilkes, manager. The work includes new security and wildlife management fencing, along with earthwork to reshape the airport property along the east-west runway and taxiway areas. This work …

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  • Trooper recognized for role in 2011 incident

    David Jones never knows what he’ll be facing from day to day, whether his goodbye kiss to his family will be his last. One night last November, he came face to face with that possibility. Jones, a corporal with the Arkansas State Police, was named …

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  • Parade to kick off festival in Evening Shade Saturday

    EVENING SHADE — The Evening Shade Fall Round-up — the community’s annual festival — will be from 1-10 p.m. Saturday, offering entertainment, craft vendors, food vendors, a car show, a tractor show, a dunking booth, street dance and a parade, said spokesperson Kimberly Graddy. Registration …

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  • Shoplifting team arrested

    A man/woman shoplifting team was arrested at the Batesville Walmart store around noon Tuesday when store employees confronted them about items taken from packages and concealed in shopping bags. Independence County Reserve Deputy Jordan Turner said he responded to the incident and spoke with the …

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  • Bark in the Park to be Saturday

    This weekend, Batesville’s Riverside Park will be going to the dogs. The Humane Society of Independence County is hosting its fourth annual “Bark in the Park,” a fundraiser that benefits shelter animals, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the amphitheater at the park. …

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  • Taxes due Oct. 15

    Independence County residents have until Oct. 15 to pay their personal and property taxes and avoid a penalty fee. Taxes must be paid on Monday or postmarked on Monday, according to the Independence County tax collector’s office. Residents may also pay online at www.ark.org/independencecounty/index.php. Independence …

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