• Political announcements

    Debbie Finley   Finley opts for re-election Debbie Finley has announced that she will seek re-election as Independence County circuit clerk. She is a Democrat.     Tommy Estes   Estes seeking another term Tommy Estes of Ash Flat has announced his intentions to seek …

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  • Searcy man sentenced for slaying

    SEARCY (AP) — A 22-year-old Searcy man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man who was killed while working as a janitor. Sherod Shockley entered the plea Tuesday in White …

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  • Charges dropped in FBI sting

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — An Arkansas man who was one of two dozen businessmen accused of conspiracy after an undercover government sting says he’s relieved now that a judge has dismissed all charges. Lee Allen Tolleson said his 2010 arrest and indictment was one of …

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  • Appointment made in Sharp Co.

    ASH FLAT — During a short Sharp County Quorum Court meeting Tuesday, the justices appointed Marlyn Kaga to an unexpired term on the Cherokee Village Waterworks Facilities board, reported County Judge Larry Brown. Kaga replaces Robb Nisbett, who resigned recently. Kaga’s term will expire March …

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  • New flood maps go into effect March 15, show risks for Ind. Co.

    DENTON, Texas — Independence County, Arkansas homeowners, business and residential renters, and business owners who do not have flood insurance may want to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect, according to a news …

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  • Batesville couple’s daughter to be honored

    Katherine Lopez A Batesville couple’s daughter will be honored this weekend with a 5K race in her hometown in Oklahoma. Katherine Stevenson Lopez, 54, died Sept. 1, 2011 in apparent murder-suicide after filing for divorce from her husband, Joe Lopez, about a week prior to …

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  • Veterans, athletic newcomers lift S-side soccer prospects

    SOUTHSIDE — It’s a new year with excellent prospects for the Southside Southerner and Lady Southerner soccer teams, according to Coach Jason Weaver, who expressed his excitement about a group of seasoned seniors and some athletic new players. “Last year we were young and did …

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  • Copper theft, debit card fraud reported

    How much is 1,900 feet of 1-inch copper cable worth? Approximately $25,000, according to Bill Cullum, who recently reported the wire stolen from his farm irrigation equipment in the Magness Bottoms area near Padgett Island Road. Cullum told Deputy Phillip Pickett the copper cable runs …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 11, 1992. 96 YEARS AGO The patrons of the Batesville Light and Water Co. will again be consuming pure river water within the next two weeks, in the opinion of the commissioners who are …

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  • Team Hasselhoff: Local couple challenges community

    The White River sand bar is usually a pretty popular place during warm weather, but not winter — except for the annual Polar Bear Plunge, of course. The 11th annual Freezin for a Reason polar plunge will begin at 1 p.m. at the White River …

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  • ‘Friends’ concert planned

    This year’s Friends in Great Places concert will feature a tribute to Chet Atkins, the late guitarist and bluegrass musician, as performed by Danny Dozier and Friends. The fourth annual concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the University of Arkansas Community …

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  • Pryor hears from local veterans

    Local military veterans lined up in the main hallway to the Independence County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon to visit with Sen. Mark Pryor about a variety of issues. Vietnam veteran Joe Caldarulo of Batesville was on hand with his service dog Gunny regarding the issue of …

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