• BPA presents Merit Awards

    The Batesville Preservation Association has announced the winners of its 2014 awards for excellence in preservation and restoration. An Honor Award for long-term preservation went to Dr. Helen Robbins for her home on College Street, known historically as the Huskey Cottage. Built circa 1910 in …

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  • ICED to accept bids on house

    It was likely the shortest meeting in Independence County Economic Development history: 18 minutes. But it was long enough for board members to be updated on recent activity concerning economic development around the county, which wasn’t a lot. ICED chairman Bob Stroud reported bids will …

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  • First-graders write to Santa

    Editor’s note: The following letters to Santa were written by students in Lorie Craig’s first-grade class at Newark Elementary.   Dear Santa, My name is Cadyn. I am 6 year oid. I want for chismes I want a ninja turtle blemp. I live in Newark. …

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  • Arkansas gas prices at lowest level since 2009

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Holiday shoppers in Arkansas are spending less to drive to their favorite stores these days. AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge shows the average price in Arkansas at $2.31 a gallon, down from $2.70 last month. Drivers nationwide are paying less than $2.50 …

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  • Ozarka awarded ‘Greening of Arkansas’ grant

    MELBOURNE— Ozarka College will receive $1,500 from the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show through its “Greening of Arkansas” grant program. The funds will support landscaping the Ozarka College plaza and courtyard, a central commons and green space near the new Student Services Center, located at …

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  • Concord sets special session

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet in special session at 7 tonight in the community center to discuss year-end finances, Mayor Warren Rone said. Meetings are open to the public.

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  • Cave City Nursing Home schedules Christmas party

    CAVE CITY — Cave City Nursing Home will have a Christmas party for its residents and their family members at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The theme for the party will be “Candy Land Christmas.” Santa will distribute Christmas gifts to the residents. The residents’ doors will …

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  • Candlelight service set

    Fellowship Bible Church at the Landers Theater will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. “This quiet service has become a simple family tradition in which to remember the night when God came down into humanity,” a news release states. The church …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 13, 2003.

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  • Jonesboro couples buy site intended for store

    JONESBORO (AP) — Two Jonesboro couples have bought a vacant lot near a historic district to prevent a convenience store from setting up shop there. The site near the historic downtown is zoned for commercial use, but Robert and Mary Kay Jones and Brian and …

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  • Teaching your children to give

    While raising kids has never been easy, it can be one of the most rewarding things that some people do, especially when children grow up to be productive, contributing members of society, and that includes knowing how to give back and enrich the communities in …

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  • Students share Christmas family traditions

    Editor’s note: Eagle Mountain sixth-graders in Patty Mishark’s class tell what family traditions they will keep for their families when they’re older.   The family traditions I would keep when I get older are the ones I cherish the most. The ones I cherish are …

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