• Concord meeting is Monday

    CONCORD — The Concord City Council that was postponed from its original meeting earlier this week because of a forecast of inclement weather, has been rescheduled.
    The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the city hall, said Recorder-treasurer Jayne Pettit.
    All city council meetings are open to the public.

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  • Newark offices closed Monday

    NEWARK — Due to the observance of Presidents Day, a federal holiday, Newark’s business office will be closed Monday and no trash will be picked up Monday, said Recorder-treasurer Joann Langston.
    Trash pickup will take place Tuesday and regular city hall hours will resume that day as well.

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  • Building projects top agenda

    CONCORD — Proposed building projects and a review of 2012-13 contracts for some employees will be discussed when the Concord School Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center, said Superintendent Dr. Mike Davidson.
    Following a financial update, the directors will discuss the placement for a new daycare building, options for a new bus garage and a funding proposal for the proposed bus garage.
    Also discussed will be the possibility of purchasing some property located near the school.

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  • Suicide prevention, awareness meeting set

    CAVE CITY — A suicide prevention and awareness meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Cave City Community Center.
    The meeting is open to the public. For more information call LaVonna Davis at (870) 283-4367 or Gina Lovins at (870) 384-1035.

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  • Man sentenced for dog’s death

    MOUNTAIN HOME (AP) — A Mountain Home man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading no contest to an animal cruelty charge after he reportedly killed his ex-girlfriend’s Chihuahua by putting the dog in a washing machine and turning on the wash cycle.
    Gary Eugene Jackson entered the no-contest plea Thursday to charges of aggravated animal cruelty and first-degree criminal mischief, which are both felonies. Jackson was also fined $1,000, plus court costs.

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  • Correction

    Incorrect information was provided to the Guard about members of Sulphur Rock Magnet’s first-grade cheerleading squad, which was featured in Wednesday’s edition.
    They include Mattie Self, Avri Rudisill and Abby Hurley.

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  • Political announcements

    Moser runs again for JP
    Earvin Moser of Batesville has announced his intent to run for Independence County Justice of the Peace District 7, currently held by Barbara Nelson. He is a Democrat.

     

    Counts seeks re-election
    Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts has announced his intention to seek re-election.

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  • Online use blamed for credit/debit card fraud

    Three more complaints of credit/debit card fraud to local authorities brings the total to five such incidents in the past month and a half.
    Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery said he believes Facebook and online purchases may be to blame.
    “People are putting too much personal information on Facebook and using their credit or debit card to buy stuff from companies all over the country,” Jeffery said. “There’s people out there just looking for that information.”
    The most recent reports of such fraud came Thursday afternoon from three Batesville residents:

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  • Tiny cancer patient inspires her family

    Brian and Kara Moorehead thought they were done having children.
    Then Mati came along.
    The couple tried for months with help from fertility drugs to have both Emma, now 4, and Jasper, 16 months old, so Mati was definitely a surprise, “not planned by us, but 100 percent planned by God,” Kara said.
    “We knew God wanted us to have this baby. Well, we know he wanted us to have all of our children, but we knew Mati was going to be (even more) special.”

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  • Hello Darlin’… Alaska couple adopts local dog

    There had to be something special about the skye terrier mix called Darlin’ at the Humane Society of Independence County (HSIC) to warrant a trip all the way from Alaska to get her.
    Ted Spindler said he receives emails from PetFinder.com, an online, searchable database of animals who need homes. HSIC lists animals on the site. He didn’t let the fact that he was in Wasilla, Alaska stop him from getting her either. This isn’t the first time, Ted and wife, Susan have traveled a long distance for a pet. They have also traveled to Arizona to get a Dalmatian.

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  • FNBC launches year-long celebration

    ASH FLAT — Not many businesses, or people, have the privilege of boasting a 100th birthday, said Joy Doss, professional event planner for First National Banking Company’s centennial celebration.
    “More definitively quantified, that’s four generations, five score, 10 decades, or one century,” she said. “FNBC has persevered through World Wars I and II, the Great Depression and the current recession, continuing to grow its reach and revenues.
    “The bank is in good company with fellow centenarian brands like Oreos, Girl Scouts, Paramount Pictures, LL Bean and Lorna Doone.”

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  • Man dies in quarry crash

    MOUNT PLEASANT — An early morning accident claimed the life of a Melbourne man after his vehicle struck a light pole on Highway 69 and was later found upside down in a quarry.
    Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence identified the man as Corey Hopper of Melbourne.
    Members of the Melbourne Fire Department were notified around 6:48, according to Melbourne Fire Chief Rusty Campbell.

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