• Truck fire declared arson

    A fire that destroyed a pickup truck early this morning is being investigated as an act of arson, according to Deputy Ben Keener with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Keener said he was dispatched to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Camp Tahkodah and …

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  • Summer reading program set

    The summer reading program at the Independence County Library will be held June 1 to July 28. “Preschoolers to sixth-graders are welcome to join our reading program and pledge to read library books this summer,” librarian Vanessa Adams said. “Receive a prize every week for …

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  • Wrong turn leads to arrest

    Darrell Tate Toting drug paraphernalia as well IDs, checks, debit and credit cards belonging to more than a dozen people including those living in Independence County got a Batesville man arrested by Jonesboro police when he made a wrong turn at an intersection in Craighead …

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  • Florist burglarized

    When he went to open Brenda’s Flowers and Gifts for business around 7:30 Thursday morning owner Jeffery Phillips discovered there had been a break in. “He showed me a window on the south side of the business where a window unit air conditioner had been …

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  • Melbourne expels student

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne School Board accepted the resignations of six employees when it met May 23. Among those were Debbie Webb, Danny and Debbie Brightwell, Karen Dowdle, Rebecca Wood and Mount Pleasant Elementary Principal Carolyn Blevins. The district is looking to hire for that …

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  • Newport man shot

    NEWPORT — Newport police were called just after midnight Friday after man with a gunshot wound arrived at Harris Hospital, according to a news release from Lt. Patrick Weatherford with the Newport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division. The shooting victim was identified as Lawrence Stubblefield, …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 16, 1992. 96 YEARS AGO The case of the state vs. V.G. Richardson, on trial for murder in the first degree for shooting and killing Farrell Padgett, came to an end this afternoon when …

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  • Fly-tying seminar set for Heber

    HEBER SPRINGS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ William Carl Garner Visitor Center has partnered with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to bring a free fly-tying seminar to Heber Springs from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Jimmy Barnett, coordinator of the Arkansas Game …

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  • Gardening seminar scheduled

    NEWPORT — The Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service and the White River Garden Club will host a gardening seminar, “A Day with Janet Carson,” in the Student/Community Center at Arkansas State University in Newport on June 7. Registration will be at 9 a.m. The program …

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  • Donations sought

    A local woman is collecting donations for active service members in a project dubbed Operation Love for our Troops. Donations Christina Love of Batesville is collecting include snacks, dry soups, pens, pencils, toilet paper, phone cards, sunscreen, batteries, first aid supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. Several …

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  • Quail Valley hosting revival

    Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church will hold revival services Friday through Sunday. Jacob Berry, 23, of Miami, Okla., will bring the messages. Berry has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, has never tasted food and is on a portable ventilator. Service times are 7 …

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  • Bond for accused rapist set at $75,000

    Rodger Pittman HEBER SPRINGS — Rodger Dale Pittman, 39, of Greers Ferry was arrested and booked into the Cleburne County jail Saturday night and has been charged with one count of rape, according to a press release from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department. “Evidence gathered …

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