• Fire damages Newark apartments

    A fire that damaged two apartments on West Fourth Street in Newark Friday afternoon is being investigated after officials reportedly heard rumors of arson. Independence County Deputy Billy Croom said he responded to the fire scene around 3 p.m. and spoke with Newark Assistant Fire …

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  • Contestants to visit Batesville

    Local pageant contestants will be in Batesville from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday to sign autographs and pose for photos at A Formal Affair, 510 S. St. Louis St. Miss White River Helen Wisner, Miss Batesville Norma Lopez, White River Outstanding Teen Shree Govindarajan and …

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  • Cedar Ridge School Board to consider expulsions

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the central office board room. The board will consider the expulsions of three high school students, a girl and two boys, who on May 14 shared prescription pills on campus. The …

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  • Concord board to review bids

    CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 tonight in the high school library to consider several bids, according to an agenda for the meeting. The directors will look at separate bids for a road for the new maintenance facility, a parking lot …

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  • Parks to discuss grants

    The Independence County Quorum Court will hold a parks and recreation committee meeting at 7 tonight in the county courtroom at 192 E. Main St. The committee will be considering additional grant requests and grant money for the city’s soccer field. Meetings are open to …

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  • Fulton Co. fair pageant, contest deadline nears

    SALEM — Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has announced plans for the 2012 Fulton County Fair beauty pageants and photogenic contests. Pageants will be held during the Fulton County Fair Aug. 6-11. Contestants must be residents of Fulton County or attend school in …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 6, 1993. 102 YEARS AGO One side of the business street of the little town of Pleasant Plains was practically wiped out by fire Monday. On account of the burning of the building where …

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  • Sharp 4-H awards scholars

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County 4-H Foundation recently presented three Sharp County youth with the Talena Armstead Memorial Scholarship. Awarded were Tiffany Redwine Phillips, Kaily Greene and Alexandra “Alex” Whitten. Armstead was a 4-H member in Sharp County who was killed in a car …

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  • Honor Roll – Batesville High

    Batesville High The students listed below made the honor roll for the second semester of the 2011-12 school year at Batesville High School, according to a news release: Tenth: all A’s — Ryan Sanders, Elizabeth Clark, Emily Pham, Rebecca Sturdivant, Samantha Westcott, Hannah Fielder, Mary …

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  • Dean, Slaughter, Watson to headline

    The 92nd annual Independence County Fair will be held July 16-21 and like last year opening night is on a Monday with free admission. Family Fun Night, hosted by the Independence County Junior Fair Board, will begin at 6 p.m. July 16 and feature games, …

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  • Neighbors notified – Sex offender moves into Mt. Pleasant area

    MELBOURNE — Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence recently announced that a level 3 sex offender has been released from prison and is residing at 412 County Line Road, Mount Pleasant. Roy L. Stroud was convicted in July 2009 in Izard County Circuit Court for two …

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  • 19 minutes later… Jury: Guilty

    NEWPORT — A man accused of beating his stepfather to death with a baseball bat in Tuckerman in October 2011 was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, said Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce of Newport. …

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