• Tenant suspected in theft, vandalism

    An evicted renter has been listed as the suspect who trashed the building and stole an older model cash register from the former Skinner’s Jewelry store on Main Street. Deputy Anthony Rogers said he took the report Tuesday evening from Zeke Wilson, acting on the …

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  • Newport man wanted in Batesville burglary

    Bond has been set at $35,000 for a Newport man wanted for residential burglary and theft of property in Independence County. Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Shane Meyer said in a court affidavit that Bobby Lee Sanders Jr. stole a Honeywell 5500-watt generator, Dewalt power drill …

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  • Stolen vehicle found burned

    A truck that caught on fire near Batesville June 14 has been found to be the stolen property of an Izard County man. The truck was found burning about 60 feet off the roadway in the 1700 block of Antioch Road, according to Independence County …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 8, 1993. 102 YEARS AGO The first annual poultry show of the Independence County Poultry Association came to a close last night after a most successful two-day exhibition. Something over 300 of the aristocrats …

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  • Bethel AME presents Mother of the Year honors

    Pastor Curley Roberts and the members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church honored the mothers of the church who are 70 or older on May 20. Lillie Watkins was crowned the 2012 Mother of the Year. Other honorees were Juanita Davis and Pearl Fleming. Music …

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  • A-State names graduates

    JONESBORO — More than 2,000 graduates from 32 states and eight countries received diplomas at Arkansas State University’s 2012 spring commencement ceremonies, according to a news release. Receiving bachelors degrees were 1,017, while 764 students received masters degrees. Associates degrees were awarded to 173, doctoral …

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  • Burglars strike homes, businesses

    Local detectives were slammed Monday morning with a stack of burglary reports that ranged from a home break-in with stolen jewelry, to an antique shop, a florist and a church where merchandise and money were taken. Mary Painter of Batesville said her home was entered …

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  • Trial date set for July 18 in $1M lotto ticket case

    SEARCY (AP) — Court dates have been set in a legal dispute over a $1 million lottery ticket that one Arkansas woman says she threw away and another plucked out of the trash. The case is scheduled to go to trial on July 18. A …

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  • Mountain View factory re-opens – Independence County could benefit

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The re-opening of a wood pellet factory in Mountain View is good news to many with the potential opportunity for northcentral Arkansas poultry growers to have access to an alternative source of fuel. Fiber Energy Products, the company that purchased the pellet …

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  • ‘Mountain Man’ visits Batesville

    SOUTHSIDE — Most might not recognize the name Tim Guraedy but mention “Mountain Man” and chances are those familiar with the reality show “Duck Dynasty” will know exactly who you’re talking about. Last week he visited Fine Line Body Art Studio in Batesville to sign …

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  • Multiple fires trigger burn ban

    NEWARK — A tractor pulling farm equipment is believed to be the cause of numerous small fires in the Newark area Monday morning. Around 11, a fire in dry grass was discovered near Fourth Street that was getting into a field and threatening a wooded …

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  • $13K trailer stolen

    Local authorities are on the look out for a cattle trailer stolen from Williams Equipment Company on White Drive sometime over the weekend. This particular Circle W trailer, valued at $13,700, is described as being dark gray, 32 feet long, with triple axles, a goose-neck …

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