• Melbourne/Mt. Pleasant students learn about farm, food, health

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne Elementary and Mount Pleasant Elementary students recently spent a day on the “farm” without every leaving school. The interactive, traveling “Farm to You” exhibit was brought to both campuses. The display features a 10-station presentation that begins on “Farmer Dale’s Arkansas Plate …

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  • Izard deputies don’t give out coal but trips to jail

    MELBOURNE — The Izard County Detention Facility had a few visitors over Christmas, but they were wearing jail uniforms instead of red suits. Steven William Chute, 25, of Pineville was arrested Dec. 19 and later formally charged with two drug-related felonies and one misdemeanor. Chute …

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  • Bebow earns award

    Gary Bebow, president/CEO of White River Medical Center in Batesville, a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence, has been elected to serve a one-year term during 2015 as chairman of the board for the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence, according to a …

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  • Fear of violence sends grandfather to sheriff’s office for assistance

    A man who became angry at his grandfather and mother was eventually taken to jail Saturday, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Kirk Green took a report from Fred Hammer of 200 Firehouse Road in regards to Hammer’s 19-year-old grandson …

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  • Horses reported stolen

    Three horses were reportedly stolen last week, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Bobby Woods said in a report that Lorelei Everetts of Riverview Road, Batesville contacted the sheriff’s office on Dec. 23 about the missing horses. She said the …

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  • Front brings wintry weather

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A cold front has brought freezing temperatures, sleet and snow to parts of Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Saturday for portions of central and southern Oklahoma, where snow accumulations of up to three …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 17, 2003.

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  • State parks to host New Year trail hikes

    The public is invited to take a free guided trail hike at participating Arkansas state parks on Jan. 1. On New Year’s Day, 33 of Arkansas’ 52 state parks will offer 55 guided hikes. The event is part of a nationwide initiative by America’s 50 …

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  • State agencies’ funds hurt by bond fee decline

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An increase of low-level criminal offenders released without paying bond is hurting the wallets of several local and state agencies in Arkansas. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports county jails have controlled inmate populations for decades by releasing offenders bond-free on citations that …

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  • 2014 in Arkansas likely 1of 5 coldest years

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Weather forecasters say 2014 will likely go down as one of the five coldest years ever recorded in Arkansas. Through November, it was the third-coldest year recorded, but December temperatures are raising the average somewhat. Through November, the statewide average temperature …

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  • Officials: Risks from Arkansas power line unlikely

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal regulators say construction of a proposed 720-mile, $2 billion transmission line that will cut through a dozen counties in Arkansas is unlikely to have a major environmental or social impact. The Department of Energy has released a preliminary environmental impact …

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  • ‘Culture’ named word of the year

    NEW YORK (AP) — A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of …

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