• First Community Bank to host customer appreciation

    First Community Bank at Cave City has scheduled the organization’s annual customer appreciation celebration. On Friday from 11 to 1, customers of the bank are invited to attend a free catfish luncheon, with all the trimmings. “We know that individuals and business owners have a …

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  • 2 found dead in LR home

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Authorities are investigating after two people were found dead at a home in Little Rock. Police say authorities responded to a report of a fire at a duplex on 26th and Spring streets shortly before 4 a.m. Friday. Once there, emergency …

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  • Bid to end dry counties in Arkansas to hit ballot

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A proposal that would end dry counties in Arkansas has enough signatures to appear on the November ballot, state officials verified Friday. The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment needed 78,133 signatures to go before voters on Nov. 4. Secretary of State Mark …

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  • Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided on the question. Studies of marijuana’s …

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  • Shooting range eyes budget

    The Independence County Quorum Court shooting range committee will meet at noon Wednesday at the county’s shooting sports complex located at 3600 N. St. Louis St. Budget matters will be discussed. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • District fair seeks entries

    MELBOURNE — Online entries are now open for the 2014 North Central Arkansas District Fair, to be held Sept. 22-27 at the fairgrounds near Melbourne. All entries must be made online at www.ncadistrictfair.org by Sept. 10. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entry fees …

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  • Fort Smith enacts new sign ban

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The city of Fort Smith will soon begin enforcing a ban on signs in public rights of way. The Fort Smith Boards of Directors approved the measure in early August. It will go into effect on Thursday. The measure includes exemptions …

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  • Report says juveniles institutionalized too long

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An independent, nonprofit organization in Arkansas is looking into whether youth sent to the state’s juvenile facilities are staying months or even years past their initial release dates. The Disability Rights Center of Arkansas was prompted to look into the issue …

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  • Fish, chicken dinner planned

    HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will hold a fish and chicken dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes drink and dessert and is $10 for those 12 and older and free for 11 and under. Take-outs will be …

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  • Pianist Gustavo Romero to kick off Harding series

    SEARCY — Gustavo Romero, a Mexican-American pianist, will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in Harding University’s administration auditorium as part of the University’s 2014-15 concert Lyceum series. Romero first discovered his love and gift for music at age 5, started taking lessons and gave his …

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  • Ozarka automotive program seeks trainer cars for students

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College is currently accepting trainer cars for the automotive service technology program, to enable students to gain hands-on experience. According to a news release, 2005 model or newer vehicles will provide students with the best experience and are preferred, but other donations …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 23, 1995.

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