• Union Grove introduces new youth pastor

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Chris Klein is the new youth pastor at Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains, according to Daryl Sellers, pastor. Klein, 26, is married to Danae, and they have a child, Tessie. He was born in Indiana and grew up in …

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  • Mock trial contest set

    LITTLE ROCK — Hundreds of high school students from across the state will meet in Little Rock Friday and Saturday for the annual Arkansas High School Mock Trial Competition. Students will have the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated trials before actual …

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  • Woman accused of stealing nursing home drugs

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — Arkansas’ attorney general says a Baxter County woman was sentenced to three years’ probation for stealing pain medication prescribed to nursing home patients. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday that 23-year-old Courtney Lynn Goodwin of Mountain Home had pleaded guilty to …

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  • Legislators to vote on Medicaid bill again

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ compromise Medicaid expansion is up for a vote in both legislative chambers a day after it failed to win enough support to pass the House. The House and Senate are expected to vote Wednesday on identical bills to continue the …

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  • Hot Springs hotel boarded up

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs is now boarded up. The hotel complex closed in 2006 after operating for 124 years. City officials say the structure isn’t habitable in its current condition and needed to be secured to keep people …

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  • Missing boy’s body found

    EL DORADO (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who didn’t return after he went squirrel hunting in the south Arkansas woods has been found dead. Union County Sheriff Mike McGough says the body of Hank Bollen of Magnolia was found late Tuesday morning near …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 12, 1994.

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  • Court appearance set over death

    BLYTHEVILLE (AP) — A man accused of a slaying in Mississippi County in which the victim’s body was found in the yard of a church is to have a court appearance. Authorities arrested 43-year-old Jimmy Northern of Blytheville for first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting …

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  • 10-year-old Missouri girl found dead

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —A missing 10-year-old Missouri girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found dead, her parents said to KMBC. Springfield police gave a news conference this morning and released an update in the case. Hailey M. Owens went missing at …

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  • Land set aside for possible Fort Smith med school

    FORT SMITH (AP) — The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority is donating 200 acres for a prospective medical school for Fort Smith. The panel voted Tuesday to supply the land for the venture, which would put a $58 million college of osteopathic medicine at the site. …

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  • Murder charges dropped

    FORREST CITY (AP) — A judge has dismissed first-degree murder charges filed against an Arkansas man accused in a 2013 slaying in Forrest City. First Judicial District Judge L.T. Simes granted prosecutors’ request Tuesday to drop murder charges against Jeremy Buchanan, who was initially charged …

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  • Death penalty case back at court

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Attorneys for a man convicted in the 2001 slaying of a woman at a Crawford County transient camp have waived a formal arraignment as the case moves toward another trial. Rickey Dale Newman was sentenced to death for the killing and …

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