• Artist displays works at library

    ASH FLAT — Julie Hellner is the October Artist of the Month at the Ash Flat Public Library, said Ina Gill, library committee member. “Mrs. Hellner is a novice artist, mostly self-taught,” Gill said. “She began painting five years ago, at the age of 55. …

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  • Batesville yearbooks are ready

    Batesville High School is currently selling 2012-13 yearbooks, $40 without name and $45 with name. Purchases can be made at www.yearbookforever.com or the high school office on Pioneer Drive. Yearbooks will be sold at these prices until January, when prices will increase.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 3, 1993.

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  • Student organizes fall festival

    Clean water is something most people don’t give second thought to having, but one Batesville High School senior is hoping to make it a reality for those who live in Africa. Sam Derrington is raising money to donate to The Water Project, an organization that …

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  • Police see fewer crimes overall in city limits

    In August, there was a total of 598 crimes reported in Independence County, but only 179 were in the city limits of Batesville. “That is a direct reflection of manpower you put on the streets,” Chief Deputy Alan Cockrill told the Batesville City Council Tuesday …

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  • Pleth hires one

    Pleth LLC, a full-service marketing agency, which provides creative marketing, design, website and mobile application development, has expanded its team with the hiring of Lauren Geurin, according to Pleth owner Greg Smart. “Lauren is an experienced account executive with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and …

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  • Forgery, theft charges filed

    Nineteen-year-old Roger Holder Jr. of Batesville is been charged with 13 counts of forgery and one count of theft by receiving according to an Independence County court affidavit. In the affidavit Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Michael Thatch said that on Sept. 12 Gerald Cupler filed …

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  • Sheriff visits C-Rock preschool

    CALICO ROCK — Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence and Deputy Mark Semino recently visited with children at Calico Rock Head Start preschool about their safety as related to strangers, fire safety and the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Each student was presented with a safety …

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  • Student uses degree to serve children

    Gilbert Lopez grew up in Diboll, Texas and attended a local community college before he moved to Independence County. When he arrived, he became a nursing student at the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville. The youngest of six siblings, Lopez said several of …

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  • Soaking up history at Smith’s Garage – Brothers to be parade grand marshals

    CUSHMAN — Two weeks of hanging around Smith’s Garage is equivalent to any college education. At least that’s the rumor in Cushman. At Smith’s, owned by Gene Smith and often also frequented by his brothers Howard Smith and Tiny (officially, James, although he answers to …

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  • Treasurer says county in red

    The county says it’s not getting paid and is operating “in the red.” As of this morning Independence County Treasurer Bob Treadway said the county general fund is currently $108,725.61 in the red due to late payments by the cities of Batesville and Newark. As …

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  • Man dies after going through glass door

    MELBOURNE -— The death of a 28-year-old Horseshoe Bend man is currently being looked at as an accident, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Lawrence said the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Arkansas State Police is assisting the Horseshoe Bend Police Department …

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