• Bike ride, auction, concert slated for wounded Marine

    A benefit slated to help a soldier wounded in Afghanistan has grown into three events, organizers announced.
    All three will be held Aug. 13.
    Marine Sgt. Marshall Kennedy underwent a double amputation after stepping on an improvised explosive device on June 13.
    The benefit fundraisers are as follows:
    • The Hellfighters Christian Ministry will host a benefit ride at 10 a.m. beginning at the ministry, 275 W. College St. in downtown Batesville (behind the Batesville Guard), and ending at the BUBBA Hut, 50 Bubba Lane (just off Highway 69 North) Batesville.

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  • Construction costs cut for Concord cafeteria

    CONCORD — The Concord School Board learned Monday that after making some cost-cutting changes to the plans for the new cafeteria, the facility will cost $867,677, said Superintendent Dr. Mike Davidson.
    “The bids came in quite a bit more than we anticipated,” Davidson said.
    The changes to the 7,500-plus square foot building include lowering the height of the ceiling, he said.

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  • Help for homebuyers

    Looking for a home, but don’t have a down payment?
    A government program aimed at helping families invest in the American Dream helps those who are struggling with the initial funding.
    “The Arkansas Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) program has been around for years and still people are unaware of it,” said Murray Harding, single family program manager at Arkansas Development Finance Authority.
    So why is this still unheard of?

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  • Lauren Verser

    Lauren Brylee Verser, 15, of Batesville died Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
    Born Feb. 21, 1996, in Newport, she was the daughter of Junior and Brianna Finney Verser. She was of the Assembly of God faith.

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  • Willa Taylor

    Willa Dean Taylor, 71, of Batesville died today, July 29, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.
    Born March 31, 1940, at Batesville, she was the daughter of Arvil and Lois Pool Satterwhite. She was a member of Quail Valley Free Will Baptist Church in Batesville.
    Survivors include a daughter, Pam Taylor of North Little Rock; a brother, Ronald Satterwhite of Batesville; a sister, Dottie Robbins of Cave City; and several nephews and nieces.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Tom Taylor.

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  • Adams addendum

    HIGHLAND — Additional information and corrections have been provided to the Guard concerning the obituary of John F. “Jack” Adams Jr., which ran in the July 14 edition.
    A retired major in the U.S. Air Force, he died July 12, 2011, at his home.

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  • Mayor attacked in free speech battle

    GOULD (AP) — A battle between the mayor and city council of the tiny east Arkansas town of Gould may have turned violent.
    Mayor Earnest Nash Jr. and city council members have clashed over Nash’s meetings with a citizens’ group that the council opposes.
    Nash was attacked Thursday night. Wearing a bloody shirt — Nash said he was beaten by a Gould resident who supports his opposition.
    An Arkansas State Police spokesman says an investigation is under way.

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  • Sullivan, Hall set to exchange vows

    Norma Denham of Batesville and Robert Sullivan of Guion have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Erica Sullivan, to Jamie Hall, son of Melissa Harris and Michael Hall, both of Batesville.
    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bernes and Shirley Floyd of Batesville and Alferd and Virginia Sullivan of Oil Trough.
    She is a 2007 graduate of Southside High School and is attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is a staff leader at Carmike Cinemas Oaks 7 Cinema in Batesville.

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  • Jamestown EHC

    JAMESTOWN — Jamestown Extension Homemakers Club met recently with six members and three guests present. The guests were Elleana Lynch’s teenage granddaughters from Texas, Cheyenne, Katilynn and Rahiannon Lynch.
    Roll call was answered with “Do you like watermelon?” All members answered yes, with three preferring red and three yellow.
    The members recited the American flag pledge followed by the homemakers creed. Those present sang “American the Beautiful.”

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  • Batesville 4-H

    The Batesville 4-H Club held its regular meeting July 11 at the Independence County Cooperative Extension building. Four members, four adults and two guests were present.
    Those in attendance made decisions regarding the design of the educational booth for the Independence County Fair.
    Several members and parents met on July 17 to put together the fair booth, which was titled “Rules of the Road.” The club received a blue ribbon for the booth.

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  • Charlotte EHC

    CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met July 13 at the home of Ann Mobley.
    All members were present, and there was a guest, Janet Gray.
    Members had roll call by saying if they like watermelon, and why or why not.
    The group sang “America the Beautiful” as well as “Happy Birthday” to O.V. Henley.

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  • Ozarka to offer GED test

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College in Melbourne will give the GED Test at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 10 and 16 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building.
    The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations:
    • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, Aug. 12 and 25;
    • Calico Rock — City Hall, Aug. 9;
    • Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, Aug. 8 and 22;
    • Mountain View — Ozarka College, Aug. 18 and 23;
    • Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, Aug. 17.

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