• Two men arrested on warrant, drug violations

    A midnight traffic stop for speeding Thursday ended with two men going to jail. Independence County Deputy Anthony Rogers said he was patrolling in west Batesville when he noticed a black Ford pickup truck turn off Greg Drive onto Davis Lane and drive away at …

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  • Jackson County couple arrested for drugs, guns

    Helen Kendall NEWPORT — Possession of drugs and guns got a Newport man and woman arrested Thursday night, according to a report from the Newport Police Department. Newport Officer Shane Rogers said he was on patrol in the area of Cherokee Drive in Newport at …

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  • County offices closed; trash/recycling routes affected

    All county offices will be closed starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday and all day Wednesday in observance of the Fourth of July holiday according to Independence County Judge Robert Griffin. Wednesday trash and recycling routes will not run this week. Wednesday’s route is the area …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 20, 1993. 96 YEARS AGO Dr. Evans of Mount Pleasant was in Batesville Thursday and purchased a Ford car from the B.E.W. Auto Co. T.A. Simpson of Batesville has announced the automobile sensation of …

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  • Junior board to host ‘family fun night’

    The Independence County Junior Fair Board will host its second annual Family Fun Night July 16 during the 92nd annual Independence County Fair. Admission is free. Activities and games will be held for children of all ages beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the entertainment pavilion. …

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  • Sharp County Fair books available

    ASH FLAT — Booth rentals are now due for space at the Sharp County Fair, which will be July 23-28, fair board secretary Nancy Orr announced last week. Fair books were also to be available beginning today at Ozark Title Co. in Ash Flat and …

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  • Weather conditions heat up

    The death of a 39-year-old man from heat stroke Monday in Fayetteville points out the dangers of working outside in extremely hot weather such as the state has experienced this week. The victim’s name has not yet been released. Independence County Extension Agent Stan Carter …

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  • Duck Blind, others named in lawsuit

    A lawsuit filed in Independence County targets a local drinking establishment and a dead man’s estate after three people were injured in an April 2011 accident. Attorneys Phillip and Robert Wells with McDaniel & Wells in Jonesboro represent Jennifer Patrick, individually and as the parent …

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  • Three arrested in traffic stops

    Traffic violations in the presence of police officers led to three men going to jail Wednesday. Walter G. Renfrow, 31, of Community Drive, Batesville, was arrested on charges of fleeing, driving on a suspended license, fictitious tags and no proof of liability insurance following a …

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  • Friends, officials remember JP Ray Martin

    ASH FLAT — Sharp County Justice of the Peace Ray Martin was remembered by area officials and friends Thursday as a man who tried to have a positive impact in the lives of the county’s citizens. Beginning about 1960, Martin served 18 years as sheriff …

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  • Cooling shelter opens

    A cooling shelter has been opened at the Batesville Senior Center at 1590 E. College St., according to a news release. The shelter is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will open weekends and holidays upon request by calling (870) …

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  • Ticket issued in illegal burning

    Burning trash while the county is under a burn ban may prove to be expensive for a Sulphur Rock man. In his report filed Thursday afternoon, Independence County Deputy Jonathan Brown said he was dispatched to the Christy Wood residence on Country Lane around 2:15  …

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