• Askew to perform in Coffee House Concert Series

    JONESBORO — Grace Askew, a singer-songwriter best known for competing on NBC television’s “The Voice” during season four in 2013 under the guidance of country music singer Blake Shelton, will perform in the Coffee House Concert Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Arts @ …

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  • Guard seeking holiday event submissions

    With Christmas just around the corner, the Guard is seeking submissions for its Holiday Gift Guide about area craft fairs, cantatas, parades and other holiday events to feature in the upcoming special section to be published Nov. 26. Submissions can be made by contacting staff …

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  • Surrounding counties receive funds

    JACKSONVILLE — Several local nonprofit organizations in surrounding counties have received a total of $12,700 in donations from those who participate in First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program, according to a news release. First Electric members who enroll in Operation Round-Up agree to have their …

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  • Honor Rolls – Batesville Junior High

    The students listed below made the honor roll for the first nine weeks of the 2014-15 school year at Batesville Junior High School, according to a news release: Seventh: all A’s — Caleb Anderson, Jacob Antici, Brianna Bass, Kiarah Benton, Cindy Campos, Glendy Castillo, Mia …

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  • Beebe to pardon sex-crime offender

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — One of the 25 people that Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe plans to pardon is a convicted sex offender who has close ties to the Beebe family. Beebe is planning to pardon 34-year-old Michael Jackson, who is a friend of his son. …

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  • State owes more than $7M to counties

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials say the state owes counties more than $7 million to in reimbursements for housing state inmates over the past four months. Almost $2 million of new housing invoices are submitted monthly to the state. The state has about $980,000 each …

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  • Quorum to hear reports

    The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the Jess B. Carpenter building in downtown Batesville. The quorum court will hear from the Independence County Conservation District and reports from department heads. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Southside to discuss bonus

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight at the high school media center for its regular meeting. Agenda items include reports from personnel, approval of a one-time $50 employee Christmas bonus and hiring of a custodian. Meetings are open to the …

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  • Christmas event to be topic

    CONCORD — A discussion of the town’s financial status and an upcoming Christmas tree lighting will be among topics at tonight’s Concord City Council meeting. The public meeting will be held at 7 in the community center. For further information regarding the meeting, citizens may …

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  • Pleasant Plains to meet

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains town council will meet at 7 tonight at city hall, according to Mayor Rick Siler. The council will discuss general city business as there are no pressing matters at this time, Siler said. The meeting is open to the …

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  • Blood pressure is focus

    White River Medical Center is hosting a free Community Education Presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Room B of the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging at WRMC. Dr. Shannon Swift, internal medicine/pediatrics at White River Diagnostic Clinic, will present …

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  • Legislators more powerful after election

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas voters gave their legislators more power in last week’s balloting, whether they intended to or not. A generation ago, after several lawmakers were caught up in scandals, Arkansas was among a wave of states that imposed term limits to prevent …

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