• Sunday fire under investigation

    A fire that burned thousands of dollars in hay on Sunday has been deemed a possible arson, according to a report from the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Chris Toland said he was dispatched just after 3 p.m. to a fire at 685 Oak Bluff …

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  • Man coaxed out of bathroom, cited for intoxication

    A man who was unable to get inside a man’s house for a drink of water then ran to his father’s and barricaded himself in the bathroom until officers were able to coax him out was cited and taken to jail. The incident started Tuesday …

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  • Water carnival is Saturday

    The 71st annual White River Water Carnival gets under way Saturday, starting with some new events. At 10 a.m., the carnival opens with the White River Drag Boat Races, which is a new event, as well as the MDA Firetruck Pull, which is not new …

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  • Officers ready for carnival

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is gearing up for this weekend’s upcoming White River Water Carnival at Riverside Park in Batesville. Chief Deputy Jermey Qualls told the Batesville City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday night that several reserve officers are being called upon to …

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  • UACCB plans cookout

    The University of Arkansas at Community College at Batesville will hold a communitywide cookout at 4 p.m. Monday on the east side of Independence Hall. The free event is being held to celebrate the 2014-15 academic year and is open to the pubic.

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  • West Memphis 3 author to speak at museum Sunday

    Author Mara Leveritt will be speak at Old Independence Regional Museum’s annual meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday. A contributing editor to the Arkansas Times and past Arkansas Journalist of the Year, Leveritt has reported for almost three decades on police, courts and prisons, besides being …

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  • Weekend Events

    Weekend events in Batesville and the surrounding area for Friday, September 12 – Sunday, September 14, 2014.

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  • Two additional AmeriCorps members are sought

    The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is currently seeking AmeriCorps members to provide tutoring services, according to a news release. Members serve 20 hours a week in exchange for a monthly stipend and an educational award. AmeriCorps members who complete one year of service receive an …

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  • Pecans, other nuts for sale

    The Independence County Conservation District has announced its annual nut sale. Offerings and prices are: Fancy Mammoth Pecan halves and pieces in one pounds ($8.50) and five pounds ($42.50); Five pounds of raw peanuts, $14 a bag; One pound of cashews for $8 and one …

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  • Memorial scholarship applications being accepted

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Wayburn Watson Memorial scholarships. Two recipients will be selected and will each be awarded $250 for fall 2014 and $250 for spring 2015. In May 2013, the first annual Wayburn Watson Memorial Calf Roping …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 4, 1995.

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  • Harding students commemorate 9/11

    SEARCY — Student representatives from the Harding University organizations Pi Sigma Alpha and the American Studies Institute joined in a collaborative effort to honor the victims of 9/11. Through their annual memorial display, students placed flags from each country representing each victim affected by the …

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