• Report: Student arrests in Arkansas rising

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A new report indicates that the number of school-based arrests in Arkansas has increased 13 percent since 2011. The report by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families looked at school-based arrests across the state in 2013 and 2014. There are more …

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  • Three local 4-H’ers win at State O’Rama

    State 4-H record book winners for 2014 are Sarah Bunch and Delenn Kesselring, both of the Batesville Club, and Braden Mead of the Livestock Club. All three winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Congress in Atlanta in November 2015 and will receive …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 1, 2003.

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  • Local cities recognized for ‘healthy’ efforts

    LITTLE ROCK — Just call Batesville and Charlotte blossoming and thriving communities. The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention is. The two are among 53 throughout the state recently recognized by the coalition for working to reduce obesity through its Growing Healthy Communities program. The program …

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  • Library Memorials

    The following memorials have been received by the Independence County Library’s endowment fund: Aline E. Mobley — Raymond and Diane LaCroix; Bob and Deborah Stroud; and Athena Study Club John Norman Harkey — Bill and Anne Luster; and the Stalker and Magouyrk families Elsie Cason …

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  • Holiday season brings to mind laughter, food

    I love this time of year. It makes me think of times with family and friends — gathered around the table, stuffed so much that it hurts to move with lots of laughter in the air. And while holidays are still filled with laughter and …

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  • Remembering loved ones

    Carmelyn Kanary always wondered how her mother, Vickie Ferracci, knew how to make the chicken she served at the dinner table stretch for such a large family. With a laugh, Kanary admits she barely knew how to feed two children, let alone eight. It’s a …

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  • Man reported missing

    Law enforcement and the family of Tommy Cooley are asking assistance in locating him, according to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Cooley was last seen wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots on December 4 at his residence and has not been seen …

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  • Horse stables offer hope, healing to paralyzed vets

    Batesville native Shana Wheat was completing her social work degree in 2012 when a medical emergency altered her entire career trajectory. Her husband, Rick, suffered a stroke that left him completely paralyzed on his right side. Rick, an Army veteran and professional horse trainer, was …

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  • Museum to host stories, carols, cookies, crafts

    Old Independence Regional Museum will host its eighth annual Old-Fashioned Family Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free for this event, but donations are always appreciated. This is the final installment of the museum’s popular Family Day series for 2014. …

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  • No room at the inn – Man jailed for booze violations

    Jumping in front of traffic, rolling around in mud, smelling of alcohol and saying he was homeless got a Batesville man a free stay in the county jail. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Gene Davis said he responded to Hawgs Exxon around 5 a.m. Saturday where …

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  • Habitat sets ‘house blessing’

    Habitat for Humanity of Independence County will have a “house blessing” in honor of its fourth home and recipient, the Jolean Wilson family, at 9 a.m. Saturday. The house is located at 1255 Grace St. in Batesville. The organization will also be hosting a “stock …

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