• Murderer loses appeal

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A man convicted and sentenced to execution in the 1986 slayings of a man and woman in Ash Flat has lost an appeal before the Arkansas Supreme Court. The court on Thursday turned away arguments by 64-year-old Steven Victor Wertz that …

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  • Future isn’t so bright for sunglasses shoplifter

    The future isn’t looking too bright for a 27-year-old after he took a pair of sunglasses from Walmart. Bryan P. Howard of Batesville faces a shoplifting charge after he removed the barcode off a $20 pair of glasses and left without paying for them. Confronted …

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  • Veterans/best friends graduate college together

    NEWARK — Batesville native Joshua Morrison said he didn’t care much for Robert Martineau when he first met him 14 years ago due to his blunt comments and “Northern personality.” But little did he know he had met his best friend who would help him …

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  • Memorial Day services listed

    Desha DESHA — The annual Memorial Day service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha. The event is open to the public. For more information call (870) 251-2634.   Izard County Veterans Association MELBOURNE — A Memorial Day ceremony will be …

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  • Man recommended for pardon

    LITTLE ROCK — A man with a number of drug convictions has been recommended for pardon by the Arkansas Board of Parole. Robert Ketchum was convicted in Izard County for possession of a controlled substance-marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacture a …

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  • Checks forged on local business

    A Little Rock man faces two felony counts after he cashed one check on Vital Link for $2,150.44 and attempted to cash another one. Shawn Ross of 5810 Snoopy Lane was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with two counts of second-degree forgery. According to …

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  • Local church members give to Vilonia storm victims

    A local couple in their 90s are still quilting and serving others. Myrlice and Irene Moody of Batesville have generously donated 50 quilt tops to the Arkansas tornado victims by way of the Batesville Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These …

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  • Barbecue fundraiser announced

    Sons of the American Legion, Post 114, will host a barbecue fund raiser from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at 100 Legion Lane in Batesville. Plates will include barbecue chicken, side salads, beans, corn bread, tea or water. Soft drinks will be available for …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 15, 1994.

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  • Weather no factor for Gun Slingers

    Blustery winds and occasional rain showers weren’t enough to cancel last weekend’s Gun Slinger’s for Gobblers trap tournament at the Independence County Shooting Sports Complex in Batesville. Of the 13 teams participating (64 shooters) in the fundraising event held by Independence County Chapter of the …

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  • A Glance at Days Gone By

    The Oil Trough High School Class of 1964 will be having a 50th-year reunion on May 31 at 4 p.m. at the Oil Trough Community Center, said Sue Denison, whose number is (870) 251-1794. Pictured in the class composite photo are (top row, from left) …

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  • Folk Center to host Civil War program

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Civil War on the Sylamore will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. Those attending will be able to experience how the Civil War affected the hill people of northern Arkansas. In the 1850s …

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