• Quorum court to hear reports

    The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Jess B. Carpenter building. The agenda includes hearing reports from department heads, amending ordinances including one that will change three part-time transporter positions at the Juvenile Detention Center into full-time positions. All …

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  • BREAKING NEWS – Former Coroner shot

    Investigators are trying to decipher details regarding the shooting this afternoon of former Independence County Coroner Hardy Willis while he was home alone. Police and Vital Link ambulance were dispatched to his home on Byers Street in Batesville after Willis called 911 asking for help …

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  • One-vehicle accident

    A one-vehicle accident shortly after 7 this morning resulted in injuries to a mother and daughter. According to Izard County Investigator Charlie Melton, the truck driven by Tina Rainey, 42, of Violet Hill, left the road, hit some loose gravel and hit a tree. Melton …

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  • Suffering in silence: Couple copes with Crohn’s

    Some things are embarrassing to talk about and it’s the silence that is causing many people to suffer alone. Bruce Oakley didn’t want to admit he was sick. He was an avid runner, just a year into his new marriage to Suzy and living in …

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  • Guards stabbed – Attempted escape thwarted for 2 teens

    Three jailers were stabbed in an early morning escape attempt at the White River Regional Detention Center in Batesville early Wednesday morning. “They’re all fine — one of them even worked an overnight shift last night,” Detention Supervisor Peggy Kendricks said this morning. Independence County …

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  • Small quake hits Rose Bud

    ROSE BUD (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in White County. The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5-magnitude tremor was recorded around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday about 3 miles southeast of Rose Bud. A sheriff’s office dispatcher said she hadn’t received any reports of …

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  • ‘Swamp People’ to appear at Dogwood Days

    HORSESHOE BEND — The 26th Annual Dogwood Days Festival will be Saturday in downtown Horseshoe Bend. This year’s headliners are the History Channel’s “Swamp People,” Troy and Chase Landry. In addition to the “King of the Swamp,” many other activities and events are scheduled. One …

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  • Break-in, other incidents reported

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Office had a busy week dealing with thefts, out-of-state fugitive, domestic and other arrests. Among the reports: •  A theft report made to the Izard County Sheriff’s Department Saturday morning resulted in the arrest of the accused around noon …

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  • Culinary students win at competition

    MELBOURNE — Students from the Ozarka College Culinary Arts program recently completed the SkillsUSA competition in Hot Springs, where they were able to put their culinary knowledge to work and bring home eight out of the nine medals available. Gold medalists include: Michael Worch in …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 30, 1992. 96 YEARS AGO In the hearing of the coroner’s jury on the fatal shooting of Farrell Padgett of Batesville by Mayor V.G. Richardson at the carnival Saturday night, J.B. Boykin testified that …

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  • Bordeau awarded Lamar Williamson Prize

    Dr. Catherine Bordeau Dr. Catherine Bordeau, Lyon College associate professor of French, has been awarded the 2012-13 Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her selection was announced at the recent commencement ceremonies at Lyon College. The Williamson Prize is given annually by Lyon College …

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  • Wolf program slated

    MELBOURNE — James Gage will present “Never Cry Wolf” from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Melbourne Public Library, located at 1007 Main St. The educational, conservation-based lecture showcases wolves in the wild and covers the history of wolves, their genetics and behavior, conservation …

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