• Adult son becomes hostile with mom

    MELBOURNE — A man who choked his mother was arrested for third-degree domestic battery last week, according to a report from Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Cpl. Mark Simino responded Sept. 11 to Oxford in reference to a reported fight between a mother and son. …

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  • ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ author to speak

    The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Flyboys” and “The Imperial Cruise,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Independence Hall. Bradley will present “Doing the Impossible” with a book signing to …

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  • Crash kills Sage man

    MELBOURNE — A head-on collision Saturday resulted in the death of an Izard County man, according to Arkansas State Police. Jimmy Vernon, 48, of Sage was killed when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line on Highway 58, 2 1/2 miles east of …

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  • Remembering country stores

    Brooks Blevins will be bringing a program about past and present country stores to Old Independence Regional Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday. Through a series of many projected photographs, he will take the audience on an Ozark country store journey, focusing on the importance of …

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  • Nonprofit donates $10K to Ozarka College

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has been awarded $10,000 to benefit its scholarship program courtesy of the Stone County Community Resource Council for a second time. This marks the SCCRC’s second $10,000 donation this year, which was accomplished by selling $2 bags of donated items. The …

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  • Governor donates archives to ASU

    JONESBORO (AP) — Gov. Mike Beebe announced Saturday he will donate his eight years of gubernatorial papers, video footage, photographs and memorabilia to his alma mater, Arkansas State University. Beebe, a 1968 graduate of Arkansas State and past chairman of its Board of Trustees, said …

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  • Highway bid awarded

    The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in Independence County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials. The purpose of the project is to construct and install a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 167 …

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  • $993,780 OK’d for Internet study

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved a $993,780 contract to assess broadband access, equipment and connectivity at every school in the state. The contract with CT&T Inc. of North Little Rock will begin immediately and the findings are due by December. …

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  • Prisons chief, health leader to retire

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The chief of Arkansas’ prison system says he’s retiring from his post this fall after four years. Arkansas Department of Correction Director Ray Hobbs announced Friday that he’s retiring effective Nov. 1. Hobbs has worked in the prison system since 1975 …

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  • Smith seeks seat

        Tammy Grady Smith of Cave City is announcing her candidacy for city council, ward 3, position 2.         Political announcements The Batesville Daily Guard will publish abbreviated political announcements on this page, as space permits, at no cost to the …

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  • Three earn NASA scholarships

    Three students in the Doyle “Rog” Rogers Jr., Aviation Maintenance program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville have been awarded NASA scholarships. Kaprincia Goldwood of Ash Flat, Marc Grammer of Floral and Robert Johnson of Batesville were recently awarded $2,000 each, according …

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  • Newport tracks ‘brain drain’

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Officials in the northeastern Arkansas town of Newport are working to stop the “brain drain” of students who leave the area to attend college and never return. The Newport Economic Development Commission is working with three University of Arkansas Clinton School …

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