• Panel approves leasing space for state prisoners

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state panel finalized a deal Monday to move up to 250 inmates into an unused Pulaski County facility as part of a plan lawmakers approved earlier this month to ease overcrowding at local jails across Arkansas. The state Board of …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 10, 1995.

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  • Antique show rolls into Ark.

    EL DORADO (AP) — An antique dealers group in Arkansas is hoping to make the southern part of the state a top destination for enthusiasts of the vintage goods. The Union County Antique Dealers Association will host a sale that starts Friday and ends Saturday. …

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  • 2 men charged in shooting death

    RUDY (AP) — Two men have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old in western Arkansas. Jonathan Bridgewater, 27, and Nicholas Barrows, 19, are accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Jamison Lee Plum in June. The men are half-brothers from Rudy. …

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  • Businesses have 3 weeks left to apply for loans

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas small businesses have three weeks left to apply for U. S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought that began last July. The agency announced Monday that small, nonfarm businesses in 27 counties have until Aug. 11 to apply …

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  • 103 rabies cases reported 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than 100 rabies cases have been reported in Arkansas through the end of June — a figure nearly double the norm of just 54 cases in a year. State health and animal science experts say that of the 103 cases, …

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  • Invasive beetle confirmed 

    HOPE (AP) — State agriculture officials say an insect native to Asia that kills ash trees has been confirmed in three Arkansas counties. The Arkansas State Plant Board and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture say the emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, …

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  • Women’s Outdoor Weekend registration begins

    BULL SHOALS — Bull Shoals-White River State Park will host a Women’s Outdoor Weekend Oct. 3 through 5. Participants will attend workshop sessions about basic camping/backpacking skills, beginning bird watching, introduction to fly fishing, beginning kayaking, Dutch oven cooking and others. All gear and meals …

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  • Horse show winners announced

    Pepper Rutledge won Best of Show at the 2014 Independence County Fair Horse Show, which was held Wednesday night. Other winners have been announced as follows: Senior Showmanship — Lesley Jennings Junior Showmanship — Halle Musick Cloverbud Showmanship — Shali Lovell Grand Champion pony — …

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  • Check your doctor’s vitals first

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that. Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up …

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  • County gets $150K grant for elevator

    Going up? Independence County received a $150,000 County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant to install an elevator at the 1940 courthouse. Gov. Mike Beebe announced last week that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,043,454 in grants for …

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  • Veterans, country music concerts close fair – Jesse Keith Whitley, Georgette Jones perform with Lorrie Morgan

    Cool weather, country music and a veterans tribute helped bring in thousands to the 94th annual Independence County Fair Friday and Saturday, making it likely one of the largest crowds for the events in recent years. Friday night’s attendance numbered an estimated 3,900 and the …

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