• Batesville juniors break through

    BEEBE — Batesville’s junior high basketball teams broke through here Wednesday night in the losers bracket semifinals of the Beebe-Centennial Bank Tournament.
    The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Lonoke Junior Lady Jackrabbits 25-17, posting their first win in five games. The Junior Pioneers followed that up with a 24-16 victory over Lonoke’s junior boys — again, the Junior Pioneers’ first win in five tries.

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  • League recognizes 4 Lyon volleyballers

    Lyon Sports Information
    Four Lyon College Pipers were recently selected to the TranSouth Athletic All-Conference volleyball team, according to the league office.
    Middle hitter Katie Beineke earned first-team, all-conference honors, Meghann LaBorn picked up a spot on the second team and outside hitters Lauren Castleberry and Chelsea Hinton were named all-conference honorable mention.

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  • 8 earn all-state honors in golf, tennis events

    Eight Guard-circulation area golfers and tennis player earned all-state honors.
    Unlike some sports, golf and tennis all-state recognition is based on the players’ results in state tournaments. Among the golfers, the top finishers were Izard County seniors Kiley Mettler and Rachel Harmon, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Class 2A State Tournament, and Melbourne freshman Brad Lamb and senior Sam Cooper, who tied for second while leading the Bearkatz to the 2A team title.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 5, 1996.

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  • Macy’s gears up for Thanksgiving parade

    HOBOKEN, N.J. — The scene around him in a vast industrial space looks like Santa’s Workshop, but John Piper, the man behind Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, compares organizing the annual extravaganza to planning a huge holiday meal — with a lot of trimmings.

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  • Feds OK breakup to cut costs

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Federal regulators have authorized Entergy Corp.’s utilities in two states to leave a multi-state agreement — a move expected to save money for ratepayers in Arkansas.
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission accepted requests today by Entergy Arkansas and Entergy Mississippi to leave a pact with Entergy companies in Louisiana and Texas. Entergy Arkansas plans to exit in December 2013 while Entergy Mississippi wants to leave in 2015.

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  • Graceland to have traditional holiday decorations

    MEMPHIS (AP) — Singer Richard Marx and children from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis will flip the switch Friday to begin the holiday season at Graceland.
    Elvis Presley’s home will include traditional decorations, hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh and other holiday items originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and his family.

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  • Beginning Steps to meet

    Beginning Steps, a free program provided by the Batesville School District to support parents of newborn babies, will have its regular bi-montly meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in Conference Room A, Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women & Imaging, White River Medical Center.
    All parents and their newborns up to age 6 weeks are welcome, according to Greta Wilson. Meeting attendees will receive a free baby gift. For information and directions, call (870) 793-0627.

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  • Ex-Murphy exec convicted

    EL DORADO (AP) — A former executive at Murphy USA has been convicted of three felony theft counts by a jury that recommended 10 years’ probation and a $30,000 fine.
    Prosecutors said Paul Wells, former vice president of marketing at Murphy USA, designed a scheme in which a company begun by his wife double-billed Murphy for $54,000 worth of T-shirts promoting the oil refining and marketing company.
    After Tuesday’s verdicts and sentence recommendations, Circuit Judge Hamilton Singleton set Wells’ sentencing for Dec. 3.

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  • Angel Tree names ready

    Angel Tree has 900 names of children ready for pickup at the United Way of Independence County office on the first floor of First Community Bank in Batesville.
    According to organizers, volunteers are needed to take names and give out presents. Call (870) 793-5991 to volunteer, take a name, or give a donation. 

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  • Buddy Jones

    SPRINGDALE — Buddy Don Jones, 39, of Springdale, formerly of Batesville, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at his home.
    Born June 12, 1970, in Marshall, he was the son of Kenneth and Faye Jones.

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  • Ladonna Tharp

    Ladonna Mae Vickery Tharp, 60, of Batesville died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born Aug. 17, 1949, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Marlin Winford Vickery and Billie Jean Winkle Sprague. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.
    Survivors include four sons, Kevin Tharp, Tim Tharp and Jesse Tharp, all of Batesville, and Greg Tharp of Cave City; her mother of Batesville; a sister, Brenda Ivy of Batesville; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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