• Driver dies in freak accident

    NEWPORT — A 68-year-old Newport man died in a freak accident Tuesday on state Highway 224 South near Newport, reported state Trooper First Class Ron Laslo. Larry Riley was driving a 2009 Dodge truck northbound on the highway about 1:30 p.m. when, Laslo said, “A …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 11, 1993. 101 YEARS AGO The depressing influences of the county prison walls have recently so worked upon the sensitive temperament of Arch Stout — who has for some time been incarcerated at the …

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  • UACCB hires nursing instructor

    Rebecca King, director of nursing and allied health at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, has announced the addition of Kristal Allen as a full-time faculty member in the practical nursing program. “Kristal began her nursing education when UACCB was Gateway Vo-Tech, where …

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  • $3K grant given to summer meal program

    LITTLE ROCK — The No Kid Hungry Free Summer Meals campaign recently awarded  $3,000 to the Batesville School District for their summer meals sites this summer, according to a news release. Authorized USDA Summer Food Service Program sponsors who applied were awarded grants to help …

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  • New Testament Holiness holds appreciation service

      The New Testament Holiness Church Pastor and Wife Appreciation will be Saturday and Sunday. Services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The colors this year are royal blue and ivory. The public is welcome to come honor Bishop Earnie Childress …

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  • Local teams prepared In worst drought, Red Cross braces for flooding ‘disaster’

    DESHA — Local Red Cross disaster team volunteers were called out Saturday morning to respond to an emergency shelter at Desha where local citizens were to be housed after they were driven from their homes by floodwaters. With only inches of rain reported across the …

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  • Wet-dry push names verified

    ASH FLAT — If nothing unforeseen happens, a wet-dry question will be on Sharp County’s general election ballot in November. County Clerk Tommy Estes said his office staff has reviewed  the signatures on the petitions that were submitted on July 13 and determined that 4,835 …

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  • Festival to include melon judging contest

    CAVE CITY — The 33rd annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will once again feature a judging contest of “the world famous Cave City watermelons,” said James Mack Street, judging contest organizer. The judging will begin at 5 p.m. on Aug. 9, the opening night of …

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  • Farm damage, church break-in investigated

    Lack of horsepower may have kept thieves from stealing a 500-gallon fuel tank from Winfred Coleman’s Cord farm on July 17. Coleman said he arrived at the farm just before 7 a.m. Wednesday to discover trash on the ground where a lock had been removed …

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  • Stone County hospital to celebrate 50 years

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone County Medical Center will celebrate 50 years as a hospital serving the patients of Mountain View and surrounding areas on Aug. 1 with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. The event, which will include a tour of the facility, …

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  • Attempted suicide under scrutiny

    Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said this morning that his investigators are looking at an incident being reported as an attempted suicide Saturday. “Upon arrival officers located an individual that had advised he had received a message from his girlfriend after they had been arguing …

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  • Oil Trough death ruled natural

    Dispatched to a Meadow Lake Road home around 7:30 Friday night, Independence County Deputy Darin Brewer said he observed an elderly man, later identified as Kenneth Keyton, 80, lying unresponsive in the yard next door to his residence. Gary Keyton, son of the victim, reportedly …

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