• Trooper quits following arrest

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas State Police trooper who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor negligent homicide was arrested over the weekend and has resigned.
    According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Andrew Rhew was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated and failing to drive on the right half of the road following an accident about 12:23 a.m. Sunday.
    State Police spokesman Bill Sadler confirmed that Rhew resigned Monday.

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  • Drug possession charge garners $50,000 bond

    A report of a man on a motorcycle dealing drugs at local convenience store resulted in 22-year-old Charles Matt Durham, of Pleasant Plains, being arrested on drug charges Thursday night.
    Narcotics Officer Chris Toland with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office said the department got a call around 8 p.m. saying there was a man with reddish hair, riding a bluish colored motorcycle, trying to sell drugs to juveniles at the Southside Conoco.

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK ­­— Legislative leaders have asked for an audit of questionable unemployment checks being sent from the state Workforce Services Department.
    According to a federal report issued by the U.S. Labor Department, the state agency has mistakenly paid out more than $161 million in unemployment insurance since July of 2008..

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  • Photos then and now

    Maybe it was different with you, but when I look back through the stacks of old albums up there on that high shelf in the bedroom closet for pictures of myself when I was young and pretty, here’s what I find:

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  • Positive thinking: Like ‘crack’

    Positive thinking is kind of like crack. Once you become addicted to it, you can’t get enough.  Before you know it, it’s become a daily habit and you’re trying to push it on all your friends.
    But for many, positive thinking is just too wild and crazy for them to dive in head first.               
    I’ve identified two easier interim steps to pull you out of the abyss and give you the fortitude to deal with difficult situations and people.

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  • Pioneer teams win on road

    JONESBORO — The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team scored in the final minute here Monday night to remain unbeaten.
    A 56-yard, Nick Morton-to-Wesley Rudd pass play provided the winning points in the 33-28 decision over the Nettleton Raiders. The victory brings the Pioneers’ record to 3-0.
    After falling behind 8-0, the Pioneers scored 27 unanswered points. The Pioneers’ first score was also a 56-yard Norton-to-Rudd connection early in the second quarter, Norton ran in the 2-point conversion for a tie.

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  • Junior Bearkatz win in Mountain Home

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz remained unbeaten with a 30-8 football victory over the Mountain Home Junior Bomber eighth-graders here Monday.
    The Junior ’Katz ran their record to 5-0 as halfback Kyle LeBouef scored three touchdowns and quarterback Conor Fogle added a 49-yard TD run. LeBouef’s TD runs were of four, 13 and 28 yards.
    LeBouef totaled 130 yards on 17 carries.

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  • Winner corrected

    The Cedar Ridge junior high volleyball ‘B’ team defeated the Walnut Ridge Junior Lady Bobcats 25-16. The error appeared in Friday’s edition of the Guard.

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  • Newport volleyballers top T-wolves

    NEWARK — The Newport Lady Greyhounds volleyball team beat the Lady Timberwolves 3-0 here Monday.
    Newport won 25-23, 25-13, 26-24.
    Brittany Wammack (16 for 16 on serves, four aces, four assists, three blocks). Courtney Cummings (seven for nine, six digs, two aces, 2 kills), Allie Terrell (seven for nine six digs, three aces, two assists) and Blair Willis (eight for nine, four assists, three kills, two digs) led the Lady T-wolves on the stat sheet.

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  • Hillcrest provides free Golden Pass to senior citizens

    STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest Athletic Department is providing a Golden Pass to Hillcrest sports fans 65 years of age and older, according to a news release from the school.
    The pass is good for all Hillcrest’s home sporting events, elementary through high school, except for Arkansas Activities Association-sponsored events. Examples of AAA-sponsored events are jamborees, region tournaments and state tournaments.
    The passes can be picked up at the high school office.

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  • Lady Pioneers go 0-2 in event at Arkansas State

    JONESBORO — The Batesville Lady Pioneers went 0-2 in a tournament bracket of the Arkansas State University Playday event Saturday.
    The Mountain Home Lady Bombers defeated the Lady Pioneers 25-20, 18-25, 15-9 and the Paragould Lady Rams blanked the Lady Pioneers 25-20, 25-18.
    Against Mountain Home, Jayme Shell led in kills with 13, Kassie Foreman added 12 and Lainey Rumans recorded 25 assists. Defensively, Morgan Huff and Anna Richards chalked up 11 and nine digs, respectively.

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  • Scots blank Philander Smith in volleyball

    The Lyon College Scot volleyball team beat the Philander Smith College Lady Panthers in three sets Monday night in a match at Becknell Gymnasium.
    Lyon won 25-20, 25-16, 25-17 and improved to 5-10 for the season.
    Scot Head Coach Ray Green said he was pleased to get the win in front of a home crowd.
    “It’s always great to get a win at home,” Green said. “There were several fans there last night, and we like to put on a show for them.”
    Devan Walker and Kaylee Belcher each recorded 10 digs for the Scots.

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