• Chamber kicks off campaign

    The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will begin a 2014 Belong campaign on July 30. The campaign is a three-week initiative where volunteers from the existing membership encourage others to join the chamber and will end with a celebration on Aug. 13. “The Belong Campaign …

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  • JPs to discuss budget

    The Independence County Quorum Court budget committee will meet at 5 tonight at the county courthouse to discuss revenues and other budget matters. Members of the committee include Justices of the Peace Margaret Boothby, Gary Bridgman, Anne Moore, Tim Stewart and Waymon Long. All meetings …

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  • Groups searching for 6K eligible for degrees

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas higher education leaders are searching for about 6,000 people in the state who have earned or almost earned their associate degree and don’t know it. The Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges has launched a statewide campaign to locate nearly 6,000 …

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  • BCT, BAAC names scholars

    The Batesville Community Theater and Batesville Area Arts Council have announced this year’s recipients of the John Saltzman scholarships, according to a news release. The John Saltzman Award is given to a graduating senior from Batesville and Southside high schools who have shown “outstanding performance …

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  • Panel approves leasing space for state prisoners

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state panel finalized a deal Monday to move up to 250 inmates into an unused Pulaski County facility as part of a plan lawmakers approved earlier this month to ease overcrowding at local jails across Arkansas. The state Board of …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 10, 1995.

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  • Antique show rolls into Ark.

    EL DORADO (AP) — An antique dealers group in Arkansas is hoping to make the southern part of the state a top destination for enthusiasts of the vintage goods. The Union County Antique Dealers Association will host a sale that starts Friday and ends Saturday. …

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  • 2 men charged in shooting death

    RUDY (AP) — Two men have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 19-year-old in western Arkansas. Jonathan Bridgewater, 27, and Nicholas Barrows, 19, are accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Jamison Lee Plum in June. The men are half-brothers from Rudy. …

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  • Businesses have 3 weeks left to apply for loans

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas small businesses have three weeks left to apply for U. S. Small Business Administration loans because of the drought that began last July. The agency announced Monday that small, nonfarm businesses in 27 counties have until Aug. 11 to apply …

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  • 103 rabies cases reported 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — More than 100 rabies cases have been reported in Arkansas through the end of June — a figure nearly double the norm of just 54 cases in a year. State health and animal science experts say that of the 103 cases, …

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  • Invasive beetle confirmed 

    HOPE (AP) — State agriculture officials say an insect native to Asia that kills ash trees has been confirmed in three Arkansas counties. The Arkansas State Plant Board and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture say the emerald ash borer has been found in Hot Spring, …

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  • Women’s Outdoor Weekend registration begins

    BULL SHOALS — Bull Shoals-White River State Park will host a Women’s Outdoor Weekend Oct. 3 through 5. Participants will attend workshop sessions about basic camping/backpacking skills, beginning bird watching, introduction to fly fishing, beginning kayaking, Dutch oven cooking and others. All gear and meals …

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