• Why cheaper jet fuel won’t mean lower airfares anytime soon

    DALLAS — Airlines will save billions this year thanks to cheaper jet fuel, but they aren’t likely to share the bounty with passengers — not while so many flights are already full. Instead, the airlines will use their windfall to pay down debt and reward …

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  • Arkansas scholarship winners could defer for 2 years under bill

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — College students would be able to defer their state scholarships for up to two years for community service or family emergency under a bill passed by the Arkansas House. The bill approved Tuesday allows the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to …

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  • Church honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Approximately 75 people came together Sunday to honor a man who, despite winning hundreds of awards, simply wanted to be remembered for how he had helped others. The 2015 Keepers of the Dream service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held at Bethel AME …

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  • Dickerson facing new sex charges

    MELBOURNE — A Calico Rock woman who has been in jail since last October for child-sex crimes now faces additional charges, according to a report from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Beth Dickerson, 32, was charged Jan. 16 with another sexual assault in the fourth …

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  • Officers make jewel of arrest after theft

    Shawnee McAfee was caught red-handed. The 39-year-old Sidney woman was wearing the jewelry reported stolen earlier in the day after Independence County sheriff’s officers stopped her and questioned her about taking a purse from the Almost New store on Water Street Monday. When the officer …

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  • Guard readers receive free access to political site

    Batesville Daily Guard readers now have one more perk — easy access to the latest bills being considered by Arkansas House and Senate. Through LobbyUp, an easy bill-tracking system, readers will have the ability to browse the latest Arkansas bills, look up legislators and read …

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  • Strangers in woman’s driveway arrested for drugs, gun

    MELBOURNE — A strange vehicle in her driveway is what led one Izard County woman to call police — and ended with the occupants’ arrest for drugs and a gun. According to a report from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, deputies were dispatched the night …

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  • Ex-Eagles employee arrested again

    MELBOURNE — A former employee of the Eagles club in Horseshoe Bend has been arrested yet again for harassment, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Blake Lawrence, 31, of Norfolk was arrested Jan. 12 for six counts of harassing communications as well as first-degree …

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  • Range announces 2015 schedule

    The 2015 trap season schedule has been set at the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex, according to range manager Jody Hewitt. “We are very excited about everything we have planned for the 2015 shooting season,” Hewitt said recently. “We’re going to have more tournaments and …

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  • Honor Rolls – Melbourne High, Melbourne Elementary

    Melbourne High MELBOURNE — The students listed below made the honor roll for the second nine weeks of the 2014-15 school year at Melbourne High School, according to a news release: Seventh: all A’s — Alex Bray, Justin Cain, Isaac Coleman, Ashton Cowan, John Gardner, …

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  • Master Gardeners offer classes March 5-April 2

    Have you always loved gardening, but wanted to know more about it? Are you interested in becoming part of a group whose members freely share their knowledge and skills with each other and the community? An upcoming Master Gardener training program may be just what …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 10, 2003.

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