• 11-year-old Arkansas girl hails cab … to Florida

    BRYANT (AP) — Arkansas police say an 11-year-old girl paid a cabbie $1,300 to take her to meet a boy in Florida, but that authorities caught up with the runaway in Georgia after her parents reported her missing. Cellphone records show the girl hailed the …

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  • Bass Pro to acquire Ranger Boats

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Bass Pro of Missouri plans to acquire the Arkansas company that manufactures well-known bass boats. Bass Pro Group announced the deal Thursday to acquire Fish Holdings LLS, which manufactures Ranger, Stratos and Triton boats. The terms of the deal were not …

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  • 3rd person dies in explosion

    LAKE CITY (AP) — A third person has died following a Craighead County house explosion in November that seriously injured others. Ellis Eaton, 49, died this week at a Memphis hospital. Craighead County Assistant Chief Deputy Justin Rolland says a gas leak inside the home …

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  • Inmate takes his own life

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Officials in Washington County say an inmate who was awaiting trial in connection with a murder charge has committed suicide. Detention officers found 55-year-old David Browning Jr. of Fayetteville slumped beside his bed in a segregated cell at about 12:25 a.m. Thursday. …

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  • Arkansas gets $60M grant to expand pre-kindergarten

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal education officials say Arkansas has been awarded a significant grant to expand and improve the Arkansas Better Chance pre-kindergarten program. The grant is worth almost $15 million per year for four years and will improve and expand pre-kindergarten services in …

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  • Unpaid co-pastors make perfect team for lay-driven church

    Reprinted with permission of Arkansas United Methodist, where this feature originally appeared in the Dec. 5, 2014 print edition and online at arumc.org.   HARDY — Two co-pastors. Ten certified lay servants. An administrative assistant and a finance assistant. Eighty worshippers on an average Sunday. …

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  • Ring’s Chapel presents a Christmas musical

    CAVE CITY — The Ring’s Chapel Singers of Ring’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will present an original Christmas musical, “A Southern Gospel Christmas: the Guiding Star,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday with John R. Way, music director, and Becky Way, accompanist. The musical tells the Biblical …

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  • Jacksonport State Park announces activities

    NEWPORT — Jacksonport State Park has several activities scheduled for this month at the Jacksonport Courthouse: • Christmas stocking workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will make their own stocking out of felt, glitter, ribbons and other decorations. The fee is $5. • Civil …

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  • Church sets Christmas play

    SMITHVILLE — The Smithville Baptist Church will host the play “Christmas at Cricket County Cafe” at 6 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to the public with refreshments to follow the production.

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  • Newport ministry to take part in peaceful protest

    NEWPORT — Anthony Coleman, pastor, and the members of Chosen Generation Ministries of Newport will participate in a national protest to raise awareness of police brutality and excessive force in light of the recent events surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and …

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  • Musicians meeting set

    Musicians, singers and listeners are invited to gather from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Community Room of First Community Bank for Christmas music. The bank is located at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets in Batesville.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 3, 2003.

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