• Literacy supporters recognized

    The White River Reading Council, an affiliate of the Arkansas Reading Association, recently honored Independence County literacy supporters at a recent celebration, according to a news release. All honorees were nominated by WRRC members. This year’s Administrator of the Year award was presented to Midland …

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  • Scholarship recipients announced

    Recent high school graduates Monroe Albertson, Allison Green, Ashley Green, Sawyer Keller and Ryan Sanders were recently named 2014 recipients of the Arkansas Eastman Trust Scholarships. The scholarship program was established in 1993 to encourage and assist Independence County area students pursuing math- or science-related …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 16, 1994.

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  • Ft. Smith 5th-grade class adopts Army soldiers

    FORT SMITH (AP) — It’s not always through a text book or an exam a student learns a lesson. Sometimes, the most remembered lessons are those are learned through the heart. That’s exactly what Karen Hitt’s fifth-grade homeroom class learned through Ballman Cares, a project …

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  • Honor students named

    WALNUT RIDGE — Williams Baptist College has released the names of students on the President’s and Dean’s lists for the 2014 spring semester. The President’s List includes those full-time students who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, while the Dean’s List is comprised of …

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  • Former Lyon dean retires from Culver-Stockton

    CANTON, Mo.— Richard Valentine, a Missouri native and former Lyon College dean of admissions, is retiring as president of Culver-Stockton College as of June 30 and plans to retire to Batesville. Valentine was the college’s 25th president, as well as the first alumnus president, graduating …

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  • ‘Red Ladies’ volunteers help those caring for terminally ill

    JONESBORO (AP) — Opal Adkisson’s closest relatives are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I’ve lost both sons and my husband,” Adkisson, 88, of Jonesboro, said. “In 1988, my son brought me over here to care for me, and I lost him in ’08.” Her loss has …

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  • Club News

    Daughters of the American Revolution The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held its May meeting in the Rider Room, First Community Bank, Batesville. Regent Anne Moore called the meeting to order and led the ritual. Dora Kate Lee served as acting chaplain. …

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  • Primary offers muddled verdict on Medicaid plan

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The future of Arkansas’ nationally heralded compromise Medicaid expansion remains hazy after voters delivered a mixed verdict in dozens of Republicans contests that had centered on the program in last week’s primary. Arkansas’ use of federal Medicaid funds to purchase private …

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  • Veteran gets new medal 60 years after loss

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A World War II Navy veteran has been presented with a new Victory Medal after his original one was lost six decades ago. Thomas “Jason” Hignight lost his medal at a dry cleaners a few years after serving in the Pacific …

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  • One dies in boating accident 

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Authorities and family members have identified the man who died when boats collided over the weekend. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says 31-year-old Kurt Christian Busch of Hot Springs was in his small ski boat when he reportedly struck a …

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  • Radio station that launched legends returns

    LITTLE ROCK — Decades ago, unknown blues musicians paid $15 to appear on an east Arkansas radio station, hoping a few minutes of exposure would help them become the legends they now are: B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Ike Turner. KWEM-AM fell …

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