• Bayleigh Rayann Penn

    Brandon and Beth Penn, Bradley and Lane of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at Harris Hospital in Newport on Nov. 12, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 15.6 ounces and has been named Bayleigh Rayann Penn.
    Grandparents of the child are Becky Marlin of Cave City and the late Ed Marlin, Beverly Greenfield of Cushman and the late Phillip Winkle of Batesville.
    Great-grandparents are Wayne and Barbara Penn of Cave City, T.N. and Agnes Greenfield of Cushman and Harold and Allene Winkle of Batesville.

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  • Kennedy Grace Qualls

    Brandon and Kayla Qualls of Cave City have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on Nov. 20, 2009. The baby weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and has been named Kennedy Grace Qualls.
    Grandparents of the child are John and Sandra Barr, Mike and Mary Reed and John and Rachelle Qualls.
    Great-grandparents are Donna Goddard, Bob and Pat Barr, Raymond and Delois Staggs, Geneva Broadwater and Ina Reed.

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  • Melody Harper Ramsey

    Aaron Ramsey and Katie Garrison and Damien of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on Nov. 19, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 7.5 ounces and has been named Melody Harper Ramsey.
    Grandparents of the child are Jalisa Garrison, Terry and Rhonda Garrison, Chuck Ramsey and Dawn Ramsey.
    Great-grandparents are Wayne and Gail Wood, Alberta Garrison and the late Winfred Garrison, Sylvia Ramsey and the late Charles Ramsey and Martha Kinion and the late Lawrence Kinion.

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  • Letters to the Editor

    Upset with Gov.

    Does hard work and tenacity pay off? The answer to that question is NO! Not in the state of Arkansas when the governor’s office is involved.
    What I am referring to is the ARRA ice damage grant to the Arkansas Forestry Commission for 1.2 million dollars to be paid to landowners and help them reduce fire danger from the January 2009 ice storm.

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  • Thanksgiving pros, cons

    Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday. Some years, I treat it like a getting a shot or blood drawn: just look the other direction and hold my breath until it’s over. One side of my family enjoys getting together and doing the big kumbaya-group-hug thing where everyone holds hands and says what they’re thankful for. Once you become a bereaved parent, that sort of thing loses its luster and Gary and I’ve boycotted it ever since. Not to mention my family isn’t known for being the idyllic, Norman-Rockwell-painting envy of those around us.

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  • Runaway found; woman charged with hindering

    A runaway teenage girl missing since Nov. 4 has been found safe and the woman she was with has been arrested, according to a police report.
    “Destiny Berry was recovered Thursday afternoon with the assistance of concerned citizens,” said Detective Mike Mundy. “We got a call that she was in a certain car and officers stopped the car and were able to locate her.”
    Mundy said police got a phone tip Thursday afternoon that Berry was in a car with Ada Yancey, 28, of Ruddell Hill Circle, and began looking for them.

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  • Correction

    The date for the Ruddell Hill Fire Department’s Thanksgiving dinner was incorrectly listed in Monday’s Guard.
    The dinner is from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday.

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  • Trash schedule to change

    There will be no county trash or recycling pickup on Thursday due to the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Independence County Judge’s Office. Residents are asked to please hold trash and recycle items until the next Thursday’s route.
    Also, there will be no curbside recycle pickup in the city on Friday.
    For more information, call the judge’s office at (870) 793-8800.

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  • Arson suspected in trailer fire

    Police and fire officials suspect arson in the fire that destroyed a vacant mobile home in the Southside community early Monday morning.
    The fire, at 124 Jones Drive, reportedly started at the front door of a trailer that had been vacant for several years and didn’t have any utilities turned on.
    A neighbor told police that just before the fire trucks showed up he saw a pickup truck speed away from the area and gave police a description.
    According to police reports, the mobile home is owned by Frank Foll.
    The incident remains under investigation.

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  • Memorial service scheduled

    The Arkansas Department of Health Area 10 Hospice of Independence County will hold its annual memorial service and drop-in brunch from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank in Batesville. There will also be a slide show.
    The event is open to the public.
    Donations in memory or honor of someone may be sent to Area 10 Hospice of Independence County, 120 Weaver Ave., Batesville, AR 72501 or call (870) 793-8852.

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  • Board to discuss lighting, hiring

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City School Board will meet at 6:30 tonight in the Cave City Elementary Library to consider proposals for lighting at a planned new football complex, according to an agenda for the meeting.
    During a personnel session, the directors will consider a resignation from a classified employee and discuss possible hirings.
    Approval of a 2007-08 legislative audit report will be considered and a monthly financial report will be reviewed.
    The board will also consider an amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (federal stimulus funds) plan.

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  • Special meeting called

    MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting on Dec. 3 to approve the sale of bonds specifically for Mountain View construction. The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the Miller Education Complex in Melbourne.
    For more information, call Karla Rush or Nancy Dust at (870) 368-7371.

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