• New signs help to find victims faster

    Salado Creek is a popular place among rafters and thrill seekers and if caught at the right time, is one of the best places in Arkansas to raft but some find themselves in over their heads and need to be rescued. In the last two …

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  • Easter by the River

    Children scramble to find Easter eggs as parents and others look on during “Easter by the River.”  The Easter egg hunt  took place at Riverside Park in Batesville Saturday.  

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  • Council to hear appeal on Hellfighters proposal

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to hear an appeal on the Hellfighters Christian Ministry’s proposal for a mission on West Pine Street. Chief Deputy Alan Cockrill will seek funds for bulletproof vest for deputies, and Michael Gillihan …

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  • Copper, auto target of thieves

    Suspects have been named in one of two thefts reported to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Thursday. In the first incident, approximately 200 feet of copper wire was reported stolen from a center pivot irrigation system located in the Greenbrier Bottoms area near Locust Grove. …

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  • Concert to present Requiem

    The Batesville Choral Society and Lyon College Concert Chorale will present Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus. Drs. Joel Plaag and Russell Stinson will lead the combined choruses in a performance of Mozart’s last work, in preparation …

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  • Blood drive set for alum

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside High School Student Council  will host a spring blood drive in honor of Michelle Snyder Merrill from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will be held in the Southside High School Media Center.  All donors must bring a picture ID …

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  • Communitywide yard sale set

    MELBOURNE — The 22nd annual spring city of Melbourne communitywide yard sale will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. All sales will be held rain or shine. A list of participants is being compiled. To be added to the list, call city hall …

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  • Police follow tip to bootleggers

    A tip through its website led the Independence County Sheriff’s Office to a Baker Street address Friday afternoon where a search warrant resulted in the arrest of 35-year-old Judy Mills and 41-year-old Steven Young for bootlegging beer and hard liquor. Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery …

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  • Candidates to address GOP

    The Independence County Republican Party will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank Annex. Guest speakers will be John Hutchinson, candidate for state representative District 52, and Charlie Fuqua, candidate for state representative District 63. The event is open to the public.

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  • Ray Keller to speak at chamber luncheon

    Ray Keller will speak at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly membership luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 10 inside the George Rider Room at First Community Bank, corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets. Keller “is a dynamic, engaging motivational speaker with …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Oct. 20, 1992. 96 YEARS AGO A tabulation of the reports of the ginners in the county shows that 158 bales of cotton had been ginned in Independence County up to Sept. 11 of this …

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  • Court overturns teacher-sex law

    Batesville school employee may be fired for sex with students LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a …

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