• Beebe declares emergency due to severe drought

    LITTLE ROCK — On Friday, Gov. Mike Beebe declared a state of emergency in Arkansas to assist with the transport of hay during Arkansas’ severe drought. The declaration is intended to help Arkansas ranchers whose feed supplies are running critically low. The declaration temporarily authorizes …

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  • Family featured on weather channel

    A local family is featured for several minutes in The Weather Channel’s nationally broadcast “Lights Out” series, which debuted July 28. The three-part series follows electrical line repairmen’s lives at work and in other settings. “It’s about the daily life of a lineman — the …

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  • Flipped truck injures driver

    A Batesville man was flown by helicopter to a Little Rock hospital Tuesday night after being thrown from his pickup truck during an accident on Limedale Road. Independence County Deputy Jesse Wilson said Dylan Coates, 21, of Dari Drive was traveling east on Limedale Road …

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  • Three arrested for meth

    David Robison Joseph Clayman HEBER SPRINGS — Three Cleburne County men were arrested on drug charges after a search of a Heber Springs area residence Monday, said Sheriff Marty Moss. Arrested were 21-year-old Joseph Clayman and 44-year-old David Robison, both of Heber Springs, and 41-year-old …

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  • First Community Bank to mark anniversary

    On Aug. 4, 1997, First Community Bank opened its doors to the people of Batesville and its surrounding communities. Fifteen years later, the organization operates 15 full-service branches in Arkansas and Missouri, a commercial lending facility in the greater St. Louis area and a stand-alone …

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  • Civil War group to meet

    The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests. The Rev. David Wesley will present a program entitled “Two Unique Incidents in War History.” Wesley, an ordained Southern Baptist …

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  • Sand Hole Road to be closed

    ASH FLAT — Sand Hole Road at South Big Creek in southeast Sharp County will be closed beginning Monday until further notice due to bridge repair work, according to a news release from the Sharp County Road Department.

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  • Man at large after chase

    CAVE CITY — A Cave City police officer’s foot was run over by a vehicle which then led him on a chase at speeds of up to 110 miles per hour before crashing, injuring a passenger in the stolen car the suspect was driving, said …

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  • SWAT called for barricaded man

    When her boyfriend’s brother barricaded himself in her house and threatened to kill her Tuesday morning, a Batesville woman called police who responded with several officers and a SWAT team. Lynzee Simmons called police around 7:30 a.m. saying that Ronald C. Ramey, 42, of Batesville …

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  • Willis’ death is ruled accidental

    The original ruling of “accidental shooting” in the death of former Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis in May still stands today with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Deputy Alan Cockrill, Patrol Lt. Brent Everett and Lt. Mike Mundy, with the Criminal Investigations Division, told …

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  • Drought aid to be offered

    MELBOURNE — The University of Arkansas Extension Service in four counties will be conducting an educational meeting Aug. 23 to help farmers better handle the results of the drought, said Stan Carter, Extension agent/staff chairman for Independence County. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 24, 1993.

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