• Small quake rattles NW Ark.

    BENTONVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5-magnitude earthquake has struck in Benton County.
    According to the agency, the quake struck at 10:52 a.m. Thursday about three miles northwest of Bentonville in northwest Arkansas.
    There were no reports of injuries or damage from the quake, which survey officials estimated was about 3.1 miles deep.
    Small quakes have been detected in different parts of the state recently.

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  • Census takers to go door-to-door

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Census takers are to start going door-to-door in an effort to count those who have not returned their census forms.
    The census takers will start knocking on doors on Saturday and continue through July.
    Sixty-seven percent of Arkansas households have returned their questionnaires compared to a national average of 72 percent.
    Saline County has the highest rate of return with 76 percent returning the census.
    The national population count is required every 10 years.

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  • Concord personnel discussed

    CONCORD — A salary schedule and rehiring of classified personnel for the next school term were approved during Monday’s regular meeting of the Concord School Board, Superintendent Dr. Michael Davidson said.
    Resignations were accepted from employees Mary Ann Barnett, Sally Helms, Sue West and Lisa Branscum.
    Haley Sutherland was hired for the remainder of this school year to work in the Arkansas Better Chance/Day Care program. An article in Monday’s edition of the Guard incorrectly indicated that Sutherland was being considered as director of the program.

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  • Bumpers to be honored

    In observance of Law Day (May 1), Legal Aid of Arkansas announces that Fuller Bumpers has been chosen Volunteer Attorney of the Year for Independence County.
    The award, given each year by Legal Aid, a nonprofit corporation providing free legal services to low-income individuals, recognizes outstanding volunteerism and service to the residents of the county.

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  • Re-enactments canceled

    LUNENBURG — Re-enactments of a Civil War skirmish originally set for Saturday and Sunday at the battle site at Lunenburg in Izard County have been canceled, organizer Roger Harvell said.
    “Two companies called and said they were not coming because of weather reports. That doesn’t leave us with enough to put on a show.” The unveiling of a marker commemorating the skirmish will be rescheduled.

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  • Building opposed

    CAVE CITY — Several residents with a petition turned out Tuesday for Cave City Mayor Jerry McCall’s first council meeting as chief executive, Recorder-treasurer Kathy Wooldridge said.
    The residents, with 45 names on the petition, were opposing the proposed building of eight duplex apartments off Roark Drive, a private drive that turns off state Highway 230, Wooldridge said.
    The developers, Brandon and Bryon Hoggard, have not broken ground on the proposed project.

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  • Elementary feels ‘growing pains’

    MELBOURNE — With more than 330 students enrolled this year at Melbourne Elementary and the possibility of even more next year, the district is feeling the strain and that’s both good and bad, Superintendent Gerald Cooper told the school board Monday night.
    “We have a good problem in the elementary on this campus. We’re at 337, I think, now. That’s an all-time high. If the numbers we are projecting coming through we could have upwards of 350 or maybe more,” he said.
    “That’s good and its bad. Growth is always good but it causes some growing pains and one of them is classroom space.”

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  • No bond set — Sanders released on her own recognizance

    ASH FLAT — An Ash Flat woman accused of embezzling $30,000 or more from The Grapevine, a gift shop and interior decorating business in that city, turned herself in at the sheriff’s office Thursday afternoon and was released on her own recognizance, Sheriff Dale Weaver said.
    Michelle Sanders, 39, was business manager of The Grapevine, which is owned by Lori Carpenter.

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  • Flood wall, repairs, tree replacement OK’d

    The flood wall is a go.
    The city of Batesville has learned that its flood wall meets Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines. Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson told the council Thursday night that he spoke with Freese and Nichols, an engineering firm in Fort Worth, Texas.
    “Everything meets the criteria and it is certifiable,” he said, although they have not received the formal certification yet. “That’s very good news and we’re not going to have to do any extra work to keep it on the flood plain maps.”

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  • Two charged

    ASH FLAT — Two men who hid out all night Tuesday and all day Wednesday in the Barnes Road area of Sharp County after a pickup they were in struck two police cars and injured a deputy sheriff have each been charged with two counts of aggravated assault as well as felony fleeing, sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ken Guidry said this morning.
    Charged are Keith Alan Eaves, 22, of Belle, Mo., and Gregory Scottie Bates, 42, of Alton, Mo.

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  • BHS kickers need to hit state nets

    The defense must stay the same and the offense has got to finish better than they have in the past if Batesville’s soccer teams are going to take another first step in a state tournament, their coaches said.
    The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers broke through last season, each collecting their first victories in postseason high school soccer.
    Friday in Harrison, they will each take on teams from Hot Springs Lakeside in the first-round of the Class 5A event in Harrison. The Lady Pioneers and Lady Rams are scheduled to kick off at noon. The Pioneers and Rams are scheduled to follow at 2.

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  • Lady Pioneers face big field of contenders

    This time, the Batesville Lady Pioneer track team isn’t the lone contender for the Class 5A State Track and Field Championship.
    Last spring, the Lady Pioneers piled up 148 points — more than doubling their nearest competitor — while winning their fifth straight state championship.
    Friday in Paragould, the Vilonia Lady Eagles, Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals, Crossett Lady Eagles and Magnolia Lady Panthers are threats to end the Lady Pioneers’ reign.
    At least that’s how Batesville Coach Stuart Smith and Vilonia Coach John Steward see it.

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