• Perkins tribute planned at Beatles at the Ridge event

    WALNUT RIDGE — Whether talking about the rock ’n’ roll icons who played along Highway 67 in the 1950s or the Beatles, who took the United States, and Walnut Ridge, by storm in the 1960s, one can be guaranteed that their music was influenced by …

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  • Thieves get pistol, cash, tools, more

    Police have little to go on regarding the theft of a pistol from a truck Monday night while it was parked at Dowell Transport on Industrial Drive in Batesville. Dallas Estes told police he went to the truck around 5 a.m. to find the truck …

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  • Inmate dies in custody

    Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said this morning he has called in the Arkansas State Police to investigate the overnight death of an inmate being housed in the Independence County jail. At press time this morning Jeffery said enough details weren’t known for him to …

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  • Car stolen in rash of thefts

    Police are curious if the person or persons who stole several items from vehicles in the Bryant and Eastwood additions near the Batesville High School Monday night might have made their getaway in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu stolen from the same area. Around 9 a.m. …

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  • 5 arrested – 1 found hiding in bathtub

    Two young children were turned over to the Department of Human Services after three men and two women were arrested Tuesday following Independence County sheriff’s officers’ clearing of a house at 100 Dry Run Circle where a woman was reportedly being held at gunpoint, according …

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  • Man charged with possessing stolen gun

    Felony theft charges have been filed against 42-year-old John C. Hardin of Batesville after he was found with a stolen pistol in his possession, according to a court affidavit file by Detective Mike Mundy with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Mundy said officers were dispatched …

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  • Candidates continue to file

    Three more candidates have filed for municipal offices in area counties as of this morning, according to information from the county clerk’s offices in Izard and Sharp counties. In Izard, James I. Davis has filed for Ward 1, Position 2 in Horseshoe Bend while in …

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  • Sharp County burn ban lifted; Independence ban still in place

    ASH FLAT — The burn ban that has been in effect for several weeks in Sharp County has been lifted, effective today, said County Judge Larry Brown. A line of thunderstorms came through the county overnight, producing widespread rainfall. “I’ve been in touch with people …

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  • SHS in running for thousands in grants

    SOUTHSIDE — Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 could enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community and Southside High School is hoping to be on the receiving end after being named one of eight finalists in Arkansas for an America’s …

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  • Alderman resigns because of move

    SULPHUR ROCK — Andy Scribner, an alderman at Sulphur Rock, submitted a letter of resignation during a July 19 regular meeting because he has moved outside the city limits, said Recorder-treasurer Ann Heathwaite. Mayor Glenda Reding said following the council’s acceptance of Scribner’s resignation that …

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  • Imagination Library offers free books to Independence Co. kids

    All Independence County children up to age 5 are eligible for free books — all they have to do is sign up. Debbie Webb, a volunteer with the United Way of Independence County, spoke to the Batesville Rotary Club Monday about the local participation in …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 19, 1993. 101 YEARS AGO Dr. S.M. Lewis of Barren Fork died Dec. 19. He was born in Georgia in 1832 and moved to Arkansas in 1867, settling near Maxville in Sharp County. He …

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