• Spring River Pen Women honor C.J. Clark

    HARDY — The Spring River Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is featuring C.J. Clark as its October member of the month. Clark lives in Hardy, where she writes poetry, short stories and novels. Originally from Michigan, she also lived in Iowa …

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  • Morris chosen as library’s Artist of the Month

    ASH FLAT — Egg artist Royston Morris of Cherokee Village has been chosen as the Ash Flat Library artist of the month for October. Morris began decorating eggs in 1999 after visiting his sister in the United Kingdom and seeing the eggs she had decorated …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 11, 1995.

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  • WBC to host Arkansas Civil War exhibit

    WALNUT RIDGE — Williams Baptist College’s Felix Goodson Library will host an exhibit chronicling major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865. The display, titled “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” will be presented from Nov. 6 through Dec. 2 during regular library hours. …

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  • Waits: Turning lane planned on Ramsey Mountain

    MOOREFIELD — New turning lanes at the stoplight on Ramsey Mountain and repaving the road in front of the ball fields are just a couple of the ongoing projects for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD), according to Lyndal Waits, district engineer, who …

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  • Jail burden leaves ‘bad guys’ on streets

    Independence County is struggling to “protect and serve” because the state of Arkansas has failed to pay the $131,740 it owes the county for housing state inmates since July, according to a news release. “Our budgets are strained to the max holding our local criminals. …

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  • Women’s health fair provides screenings, massages, more

    It was just two months ago that Veatrice Crawford suffered a stroke but it was a friend who suggested they attend this year’s HealthFirst Women’s Health Expo at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. They had seen a story about the event in …

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  • 40th anniversary – Accounting firm changes name

    They are the bean counters. The number crunchers. They have the patience to sit on the phone for hours with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and this month the firm of Welch, Couch and Company, PA will celebrate the firm’s 40th anniversary. Formerly known as …

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  • Voters will get liquor issue in Nov.

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ highest court said Thursday that voters will be able to consider a proposal to expand liquor sales statewide, rejecting arguments that the idea’s backers missed a key deadline and failed to adequately tell people what a “yes” vote means. In …

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  • Man discovers his own tombstone with date of death already carved

    Lonnie Shrum is still alive and kicking, but not according to his headstone. The 72-year-old Batesville resident had prepared for the future by purchasing his headstone but he found his date of death had already been decided. Shrum told Deputy John Carroll that sometime over …

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  • UACCB, UAFS providing bachelor’s courses

    FORT SMITH — Students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville can earn a baccalaureate degree in organizational leadership or applied sciences from the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith without having to leave the Batesville area. UAFS is offering online bachelor’s degree completion programs …

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  • Child rapist draws 25 years

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A Mississippi County jury has sentenced a man to 25 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl who was later found dead. Jurors on Thursday found 30-year-old Freddie Sharp II guilty of raping Jessica Williams of Gosnell in August 2013. Authorities …

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