• Izard County grad finishes 20th in national JC golf tournament

    Izard County High School graduate Kiley Mettler recently finished 20th on the leaderboard at the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s National Golf Championship. Mettler plays for Seminole State College in Sanford, Fla., which finished second to Redlands Community College. Mettler shot rounds of 5-over-par …

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  • ‘Ms. Kathy’ retires from education after 38 years

    By 3:30 p.m. on most school days the halls are quiet and the rooms are bare — a stark contrast to the morning and early afternoon hours when laughter and learning are all in day’s work for Eagle Mountain Magnet kindergarten teacher Kathy Varnell. And …

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  • Prosecutor, legislator in runoff

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state legislator and a prosecutor who negotiated the West Memphis Three plea deal will face off in a Democratic runoff next month for the party’s nomination in east Arkansas’ First Congressional District. Prosecutor Scott Ellington was a few hundred votes …

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  • Yelcot seeks parcel by new soccer field site

    The city of Batesville is selling a tiny parcel of the 52 acres it purchased for new soccer fields. Tuesday night Shawn Lane, representing Yelcot (an optical cable company), came before the city council with a request to purchase a 50-foot-by-50-foot parcel of land (or …

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  • Election day an early night for many

    Less than two hours after polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and with all votes in Independence County tallied and accounted for in the 2012 primary, it was a relatively early night for those county employees who in elections past have been no stranger to …

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  • Sharp Co. races tallied

    ASH FLAT — Ballots cast in Tuesday’s primary election totaled 1,671 among the 10,810 registered voters in Sharp County, according to unofficial results from the county clerk’s office. Early votes totaled 444 with 1,180 being cast on election day and 47 as absentee. Incumbent Doug …

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  • Man jailed for huffing paint

    Flagged down by a citizen who heard yelling coming from a wooded area next a business on East Harrison Street, Independence County Deputy Ernie Gillihan and Deputy Brian Luetschwager responded to the area next to Mill Heights Road around 9 a.m. Monday. Luetschwager said when …

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  • Unity Fest is this weekend

    Another item has been added to the seventh annual Unity Fest on the River live auction this weekend. Besides the 1922 Ford Model T, three Bad Boy Mowers, 1949 Dodge pickup and a restored camper, there will also be a 6,500-watt generator up for auction, …

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  • Lawrence defeats challenger

    MELBOURNE — Voter turnout in Izard County was only a little more than 24 percent of the 7,813 registered voters. In local races, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence won with 66 percent of the vote over challenger John Allen Englehardt. He will face Republican challenger …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Dec. 11, 1992. 96 YEARS AGO The taking of testimony in the case of the State vs. V.G. Richardson, charged with first-degree murder, was begun in circuit court Thursday morning. Richardson, mayor of Batesville, is …

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  • Farm Bureau awards seniors

    Blaine French   The Independence County Farm Bureau has awarded college scholarships to three seniors for the 2012-13 school year. Blaine French, son of Zac and Vonda Crowl, won the Independ-ence County Farm Bureau James Isaacs Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000. He will …

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  • Tips given on how to handle phylloxera on pecans, hickories

    If you have strange looking growths on the leaves and small twigs of your pecan and hickory trees, don’t worry, the trees are not going to die. These growths are called galls are caused by phylloxera, an insect.  As this small insect feeds on leaves …

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