• Jennings Lane to be closed

    Spurlock Inc. will be closing Jennings Lane starting Monday, Batesville city officials have announced. “They will be placing sewer line across the street and are unsure how long it will take, due to depth and rock,” City Engineer Damon Johnson said. Based in Searcy, Spurlock …

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  • Prison terms set in FS meth case

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The final cases from a multistate drug investigation wrapped up this week when the final three defendants were sentenced to prison terms for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Phillip Knox was sentenced to 120 months in prison, Leslie Kaelin was sentenced to …

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  • Council to hear second reading of utility rate ordinance

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. The agenda includes the second reading of an ordinance to modify water and sewer rates, a resolution to apply for an Outdoor Recreation Grant from Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, a …

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  • Senator to try for anti-gay marriage resolution

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state senator will try again to win passage of a resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. In May, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled the state gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Over …

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  • Churchyard murderer convicted

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Blytheville man whose body was found in a Blytheville churchyard. Prosecutors said Jimmy Northern of Blytheville was convicted Thursday in the 2012 death of 23-year-old Thomas Essig …

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  • Beebe proposes $6.3M for prison beds

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe’s office says it has found $6.3 million in the budget to fund up to 600 additional prison beds. Beebe’s office said Thursday that the additional funding will relieve some backup of state prisoners in county jails, assuming it …

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  • Halter workshop set

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Ruff Riders will host a workshop about showing halter horses and showmanship at halter at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sharp County Fair Arena. Kathy Austin will be the instructor. The event is open to the public.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 12, 1995.

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  • Pageant deadline nears

    CAVE CITY — The 35th annual Cave City Watermelon Pageant will be June 27 and 28 in the Cave City High School cafeteria. To be eligible for competition, a contestant must be a full-time resident of one of the following counties; Sharp, Independence, Lawrence, Fulton …

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  • Six-day overnight camp

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas youths ages 13-17 are invited to broaden their knowledge about government structure, develop leadership skills and become engaged citizens through a free six-day camp held Sunday through June 27 at Arkansas 4-H Center, located at 1 Four H Way in Little …

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  • Salado Baptist homecoming set

    SALADO — Salado Baptist Church will have homecoming Sunday. A potluck will be served at noon. The gospel group Beebe Believers will perform at 1:30 p.m.

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  • Three receive accreditation

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Veterans Outreach Ministries of Pleasant Plains has announced the recent accreditation of three members as Veterans Administration claims agents. Receiving their VA accreditation are Paul Bunn of Bradford, Benjy Rook of Searcy and Bobby Bowman of Greenbrier. By federal law, an …

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