• 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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  • Hope is returned to charity

    With rising food costs and a decrease in donations, this year could have been the last year for Christmas Brings Hope, but thanks to the generosity of Independence County residents and businesses, the organization that brings hope to so many others has received a bit …

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