• Election panel to meet 

    The Independence County Election Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Friday at the courthouse to prepare election equipment for contact judges to pick up Monday beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday is the May primary election, and the commission will meet at 5 p.m. at the …

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  • Armed Forces Day blood drive to be held at Mt. Zion Lodge

    An Armed Forces Day Red Cross blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Lodge No. 10, located at 985 Batesville Blvd. south of Batesville. Call 1 (800) 733-2767 to schedule an appointment.

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  • Student nurses hosting yard sale

    The Student Practical Nurse fundraiser yard sale will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, located at 922 Oak St. in Batesville. All proceeds will assist the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville student licensed practical …

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  • ‘Grave Matters: Cemetery and Monument Care’ workshop set

    POWHATAN — The program “Grave Matters: Cemetery and Monument Care” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Powhatan Cemetery, located on the Highway 117 Spur near Powhatan. Participants will learn the proper care, cleaning and restoration of monuments. Those attending should wear …

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  • Tripp leads PEO state convention

    ROGERS — Members of the Philanthropic Educational Organization from across Arkansas met for the organization’s 81st annual state convention on May 2 and 3 at the Embassy Suites in Rogers to celebrate the organization’s successes. Batesville resident Earline Tripp led the state convention as president, …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 7, 1994.

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  • Clerks won’t issue new gay marriage licenses — for now

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gay couples in Arkansas will not be able to get wedding licenses, even though the state Supreme Court upheld a ruling that struck down the ban on same-sex marriage, because a separate law that prevents clerks issuing the licenses to same-sex …

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  • KIDS meeting announced

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Keep Independence Dry & Safe will have a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Midland High School in Pleasant Plains.

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  • The trek home – A young girl’s quest to find her mother

    MOUNT PLEASANT — Armed with a backpack and just her wits, 14-year-old Carmen Czypera would escape foster homes and cross thousands of miles during World War II to find the family she’d been removed from. It was a journey to freedom that would take nearly …

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  • Officers find drugs, 82 needles after caller reports dispute

    A Batesville man is facing charges of drug possession and resisting arrest after officers were called to Greg Drive shortly before noon Monday to find marijuana, 82 needles and numerous credit cards that weren’t his inside a car. Independence County Deputy Randy Jones said he …

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  • Parents unhappy with 2 fields

    The new $2.3 million recreation complex wasn’t built to accommodate growth in the girls softball program, according to a group of parents who came before the Batesville City Council meeting Tuesday night. Parks Director Jeff Owens said some parents from the Independence County Youth Athletic …

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  • Campfire leads deputy to parolee

    WALNUT RIDGE — A campfire caught the eye of a Lawrence County sheriff’s deputy on Saturday, leading to the arrest of 35-year-old Mitchell Nicholas of Alicia on charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Sheriff Jody Dotson. “The …

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