• Commodity distribution date announced

    Independence County commodity distribution will be at 8:30 a.m. May 15 at the Northcentral Arkansas Development Council office in Batesville. A variety of items will be distributed. All applicants will need to be recertified before the distribution or on that date. Those receiving commodities must …

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  • Fundraiser to help group travel to Minneapolis

    A barbecue fund raiser will be held May 16 to benefit gospel singing group The Anointed Ones’ trip to Minneapolis. The meal will include two barbecue leg quarters, baked beans, slaw and dessert. The cost is $7. Call (870) 307-3422 or (870) 384-4270 to order. …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 5, 1994.

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  • Retiring Extension agent honored with scholarship

    MELBOURNE — Izard County Extension Staff Chair Carroll Prewett may be retiring, but his name and legacy of helping the youth of his county will carry on through a fund being set up in his name. State Rep. Tommy Wren of Melbourne said he established …

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  • Honor Roll – Southside Middle and Junior High

    SOUTHSIDE — The students listed below made the honor roll for the third nine weeks of the 2013-14 school year at Southside Middle and Junior High School, according to a news release: Fifth: all A’s — Brittlin Abernathy, Hailie Allen, Ashdan Allgood, Blayne Bufford, Miranda …

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  • Jury hands down guilty verdict

    A man facing life in prison could be out in as little as five years after a jury returned with a lesser verdict. Randall Davis has spent the past year in the Independence County Jail, 382 days to be exact, for the April 2013 murder …

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  • Independence won’t issue same-sex marriage licenses

    Same-sex couples wanting to obtain marriage licenses will have to travel outside Independence, Sharp and Izard counties to do so after local officials maintain a ruling by a Pulaski County circuit judge violates state law, which prohibits same-sex marriage. Independence, Sharp and Izard are among …

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  • Sheriff: Man uses car to bump into girlfriend

    MELBOURNE — Two Izard County residents have been arrested for battery in separate incidents. Shannon David Edwards, 35, of Dry Hollow Road near Oxford was arrested the night of May 3 following a report that he had attacked his girlfriend and bumped her several times …

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  • Batesville man flees police, allegedly threatens wife

    Banging on doors and windows, demanding to be let into a house after 10 at night, resulted in a chase between a Batesville man and police on Wednesday and the female driver going to jail. Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he was called to …

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  • Town gets to hire marshal

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the community center to discuss hiring a marshal, said Mayor Warren Rone Sr. There are no applicants, he said, since tonight, “We’ll try to get a game plan together.” Rone said he has …

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  • Media specialist at Midland High receives top award

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Karen Wells, library media specialist at Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, has received the 2014 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Library Media Program of the Year award through her work in implementing a series of programs that encourage students to enjoy …

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  • Council to hear youth softball, rezoning, other business

    The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall. Parks Director Jeff Owens will come with a proposal from the youth softball citizens group, and Crystal Johnson, chamber of commerce CEO, will introduce the Leadership Batesville Class of 2014. The agenda …

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