• Jonesboro man gets 60 years in child sex case

    JONESBORO (AP) — A Jonesboro man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who became pregnant. The 28-year-old man took a deal with prosecutors Monday and pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sexual assault. He will receive …

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  • Ross, Hutchinson to square off in live debate

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are squaring off for their second live televised debate in the race for Arkansas’ top office. The two ex-congressmen are scheduled to face off tonight at the University of Arkansas at …

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  • Izard County establishes community service program

    MELBOURNE — Izard County has formally established a community service program, District Judge David E. Miller and Sheriff Tate Lawrence have announced. The program will focus primarily on those who have not paid their court fines and have been arrested for failure to pay. Miller …

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  • Civil War group to hear about Jefferson Davis

    The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests. Drew Hodges will present a program entitled “The Life of Jefferson Davis Before the War.” A history professor at the …

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  • Budget committee to discuss proposals

    The Independence County Quorum Court budget committee will hold a meeting at 5 this evening at the county courthouse to discuss 2015 budget proposals. Members of this committee include Margaret Boothby, Gary Bridgman, Anne Moore, Tim Stewart and Waymon Long. All meetings are open to …

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  • Izard historians to hear about railroad work

    BROCKWELL — William Baker will be the guest speaker at the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Izard County Senior Center south of Brockwell. The meeting is open to the public. Baker’s talk will focus on the White …

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  • Even an Ozarks coroner gets surplus military guns

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Doug Wortham used a Defense Department giveaway program for law enforcement to stock his office with an assault rifle, a handgun and a Humvee — even though the people in his custody are in no condition to put up a fight. …

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  • Shakespeare’s ‘Shrew’ coming to ASU-Beebe

    BEEBE — The Arkansas State University-Beebe Theater Department will celebrate the 49th Annual Arkansas Shakespeare Festival with the presentation of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Owen Center Theater, located at 910 …

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  • Banner Church to hold gospel meeting

    BANNER — Banner Church of Christ will have a gospel meeting Friday through Sunday. Ricky Treat will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, and Joel Lewis will be the speaker at 7 p.m. Saturday. Sunday will be homecoming day with Craig Wilson speaking at 10:30 a.m. …

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  • UAW retirees to meet

    PARAGOULD — United Auto Workers retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grecian Steak House, located at 210 Airport Road in Paragould.

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  • News of Other Days

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

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  • Randolph County sheriff calls for larger jail

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Randolph County officials are examining how to address overcrowding at the jail. Sheriff Gary Tribble said the jail can house 34 male inmates and that women are sent to another county. He says the state could close the jail due to overcrowding …

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