• Melton acquitted

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A former Batesville Pioneer and Arkansas Razorback football player has been found not guilty of murder in the beating death of his friend. A Washington County jury acquitted 33-year-old Josh Melton on Thursday. Melton had been charged with second-degree murder in the …

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  • Bureau honors local woman

    HOT SPRINGS — A Batesville woman was honored Dec. 4 during Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 80th Annual Conference at the Hot Springs Convention Center, according to a news release. Farm Bureau recognized its Sew With Cotton Contest winners at the Women’s Luncheon and Sew With Cotton …

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  • Flu shots offered in P-Plains

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Independence County Health Unit will offer flu shots at the Pleasant Plains Fire Department from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday. This flu clinic will be the same as the others, in which the health department will bill Medicaid, Medicare and …

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  • Mount Pleasant to host senior citizens dinner

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Mount Pleasant Elementary will host its annual senior citizens Christmas banquet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11, according to a news release. The banquet began in the early 1980s with Howard Lamb, former superintendent of Mount Pleasant School District, who continues to …

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  • Boil order lifted

    CUSHMAN — The boil order for Cushman residents has been lifted, according to Leila Skelton, recorder-treasurer. “You no longer have to boil water for drinking or cooking,” she said.

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  • Harmonica player to speak at AARP

    The Batesville Chapter AARP will hold its regular luncheon meeting at the Catfish Wharf at noon on Tuesday with a meal beginning at 11. Steve Moody will be the guest speaker. Moody is an employee of White River Medical Center who entertains patients with his …

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  • Gowen named regional winner for Community Banker of Year

    Washington, D.C. — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that Jim Gowen Sr., chairman of Merchants & Planters Bank in Newport, is the central regional winner for the association’s national Community Banker of the Year award. This annual award was created to recognize …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 28, 1995.

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  • AETN offers free screenings of ‘Downton Abbey’ season 5

    CONWAY — Arkansas Educational Television Network will host free season five preview screenings of “Downton Abbey” in Fayetteville and Little Rock during December. The first screening will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fayetteville Public Library, located at 401 W. Mountain St. in Fayetteville. Screenings …

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  • Tips help parents shop safely

    Washington, DC — Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report or at ToySafetyTips.org. The survey of hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be …

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  • Licensing rules revised

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — After two years of work, Arkansas officials have approved revisions to state rules on child-care facilities. An Arkansas Legislative Council panel on Wednesday officially reviewed the proposed regulations over minimum licensing requirements for the facilities, clearing the final hurdle for them. …

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  • Police chief wants to hire mayor’s son

    JONESBORO (AP) — Some members of the Jonesboro City Council expressed concern after learning that one of the mayor’s sons was in line for a new job that the council agreed to create this week. Council members voted Tuesday to create the position and set …

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