• Energy assistance program available

    The 2015 Winter Home Energy Regular Assistance Program will begin Monday and run through March 31 or until it appears funds are depleted, whichever occurs first, according to the Northcentral Arkansas Development Council Inc. Applications have already been mailed to those who receive food stamps …

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  • Essay contest under way

    The Batesville Optimist Club is hosting its annual essay contest open to all area youth age 18 and under who are still in high school, according to a news release. This year’s topic is “Optimism should be a Priority.” The winner will receive $100 and …

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  • Sharp Co. to swear in officials

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Quorum Court will hold a swearing-in of officials at 9 a.m. Monday in the courthouse. The event is open to the public.

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  • Mayflower-Vilonia tornado tops 2014 AP list

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ worst natural disaster of 2014 has been selected by Associated Press members as the state’s top news story of the year, edging out the Republican dominance in the midterm elections and court decisions that opened the door to marriages between …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 23, 2003.

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  • Mario Cuomo, a giant in NY, liberal politics, dies

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Mario Cuomo had a loud and liberal voice that inspired a generation of politicians to turn to public service, and a story of humble beginnings that he wove into calls for social justice during his three terms as New York governor and …

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  • Guard staffers select Top 10 news stories of the year

    2014 not only saw the creation of a new city in Independence County, but also an ongoing fight to stop the incorporation, apparently by any means necessary. In August, the city of Batesville announced it would be considering a proposal to expand its boundaries south …

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  • Man busted for fake prescriptions

    With the help of a computer program and online purchase of “medical prescription paper,” a man said he was able to fake his father’s prescriptions to feed his addiction. Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Jeff Sims said in a court affidavit that Jonathan D. Simpson, 24, …

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  • Teen killed, 2 hurt in crash near Pocahontas

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Arkansas State Police say a 15-year-old girl was killed and two other teenagers were injured in a single-vehicle crash near Pocahontas. A state police report says Summer Ungerrank of Pocahontas died in the crash just before 7:30 p.m. Monday. The report says …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, January 2 – Saturday, January 3, 2015.

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  • Club News

    Colonial Dames XVII Century Mary Place Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century recently held a dedication ceremony for the marking of the grave of Kathleen Pierce Johnson. She is buried in Antioch Cemetery in Hamburg, Ashley County, where she and her husband founded the Antioch Cemetery …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 22, 2003.

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