• Highway construction to begin

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway Commission and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department officially began a highway construction program with a proclamation ceremony today in Little Rock. The ceremony was to mark the first of 31 highway projects to be constructed under …

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  • Judge lets conviction stand

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday upheld the corruption conviction of Arkansas’ former treasurer, saying prosecutors proved she illegally influenced interstate commerce and rejecting her argument that the case against her should have been heard by state authorities. Lawyers for Martha Shoffner had …

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  • Former IndCo man shot, killed in Ala.

    McCALLA, Ala. — A former Independence County man was shot and killed by his boyfriend’s mother, according to authorities in Alabama. The shooting happened early Monday evening at Love’s Truck Stop in McCalla. Jamie R. Johnson, 36, was pronounced dead at UAB Medical West hospital. …

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  • Panel critical of lottery monitor games

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas lottery is trying to find ways to boost sales so the state can award more college scholarships, but a legislative panel showed little affection Tuesday for the methods that could be employed. The Legislative Lottery Oversight Committee approved a …

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  • National Guard to open new center at Fort Chaffee

    FORT SMITH (AP) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the Arkansas National Guard’s new training facility at Fort Chaffee. The $26 million Combined Arms Collective Training Facility will allow the military and law enforcement the opportunity to train in real-life situations. The new training …

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  • Interested parties sought to begin IndCo Mounted Patrol

    An organizational meeting to establish the Independence County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol will be at 7 p.m. April 29 at First Community Bank, located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets. The mounted patrol is designed to be used in search and rescue …

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  • Diabetes support group meeting announced

    The diabetes support group hosted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences North Central will meet at noon Thursday at Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 409 Vine St. The guest speaker will be Julian King, a registered dietician with the University of …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 7, 1994.

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  • Community Banking Month celebrated

    The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and Merchants & Planters Bank celebrate ICBA Community Banking Month — a month full of community pride for local residents, small businesses and the community banks that proudly serve them, according to a news release. Throughout the month, …

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  • Pecan producers can sharpen their skills at April 24 workshop

    ATKINS — Producers can sharpen their skills at the April 24 Pecan Growing and Grafting Workshop: Years 1-5. The workshop, which runs 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. will be held at the Point Remove Wetlands Reclamation and Irrigation District Office at 65 McLaren Loop in Atkins. Lunch …

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  • Zip lines across the state provide riders rush of adrenaline

    HOT SPRINGS — A new aerial attraction has opened at Catherine’s Landing near Hot Springs. A set of zip lines called Adventureworks Hot Springs opened its 12 lines in mid-March. The activity involves soaring through the air by a cable suspended above an incline, to …

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  • Medevac unit practices rescues on mountain

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An LUH-72 Lakota Black Hawk helicopter swooped down on the west summit of Pinnacle Mountain on a recent Saturday morning, eventually hovering over the north side. The wind from the rotors blew leaves off the bushes, and the two dozen or …

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