• Church to hold special services for Johnsons

    CAVE CITY — Rings Chapel Missionary Baptist Church has plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its pastor, Terry W. Johnson, in the ministry. Johnson and his wife, Sue Ring Johnson, will be honored Sunday with a special service. Services will begin with Sunday school …

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  • Ask A Master Gardener: Growing herbs indoors, moving perennials, rose disease

    The Independence County Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale at the armory on White Drive Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please stop by and visit with one of our gardeners at the “Ask a Master Gardener” table. I grow …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 16, 1994. 80 YEARS AGO County agent G.B. Spencer completed moving the county Agricultural Adjustment Administration from the Chamber of Commerce offices on Broad Street to the third floor of the post office building …

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  • A Glance at Days Gone By

    The Bank of Barren Fork MOUNT PLEASANT — Chartered on Oct. 30, 1913, this Izard County bank never changed its name when the town voted in 1914 to change its name to Mount Pleasant. Some have theorized that the bank didn’t want to reprint all …

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  • Museum to mark Heritage Month

    CALICO ROCK — The theme of this year’s Arkansas Heritage Month celebration at the Calico Rock Museum is “Come to the Table: Flavors of Calico Rock,” to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10. Wild game (fish from the White River, local …

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  • Engineer marks career at highway department

    When the Pioneers are playing at home during football season, Lyndal Waits will be there to announce the play-by-plays. And on Saturdays (if he’s not calling the Hogs at his alma mater), again he climbs into the press box at Pioneer Stadium to call a …

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  • Batesville getting $250K for street overlay project

    Batesville water customers can now pay their bills online. Tuesday night, City Engineer Damon Johnson came before the city council and announced customers can pay water and sewer bills by visiting www.cityofbatesville.com/utilities.php and following the directions. “Hopefully this will make it more convenient” for customers …

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  • Texas man wanted for murder captured in Sharp County

    STRAWBERRY — A man wanted in Texas for first-degree murder and aggravated assault was captured Wednesday in the Sharp County area, according to Sheriff Mark Counts. Danny Mitchell Cannon, 54, a suspect in the murder of Baird, Texas resident Brenda Ruth Holland was arrested in …

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  • Candidates return to alma mater

    SOUTHSIDE — Campaigning may be new to those who have never run for political office, but ask those who know 23-year-old James Sturch and they’ll likely say he’s been preparing for it his whole life. For his alma mater, Southside High School, however, it’s a …

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  • Bond set in burglaries

    A $50,000 bond has been set on charges of burglary, theft, firearms violations and drugs. Twenty-five-year-old Jordon Gray Cato faces a multitude of felony counts. According to the affidavit for arrest, Independence County Officer Aaron Moody was called to Cord Road on March 21 over …

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  • Woman’s ride cut short

    A 28-year-old Searcy woman’s ride and a drive did not last long after she paid for a vehicle with a bogus check. Jolee A. Jefferson bought a 2011 Kia Sorento for $19,900 at Mark Martin Ford and gave them a check from Searcy Beauty College …

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  • Multiple thefts reported

    Independence County authorities were called to 1850 Cave Creek Road on Easter Sunday when a man returned home from church to discover his home broken into and burglarized. Homeowner Daniel Lee said he left the residence at about 10:45 a.m. and returned at 2:45 p.m. …

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