• Interlocal pact still unsettled

    Following a meeting Monday afternoon, City of Batesville and Independence County officials remain at odds when it comes to updating the county’s Interlocal Law Enforcement agreement, a document that has not been updated in writing in several years. The two sides were at such odds …

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  • Fight sends deputy to hospital

    Independence County Deputy Shay Moore was injured Friday afternoon when she and an Arkansas state trooper struggled with a Pleasant Plains man at a residence in White County. Following the struggle with the suspect, Moore advised her shoulder had been injured and an ambulance was …

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  • Mt. Pleasant man charged with terroristic threatening

    Jacob Hooper Joshua Pickren MELBOURNE — Additional charges have been filed against three individuals involved in a May 6 altercation at a residence on West Road in Mount Pleasant. Jimmy Lynn Hooper, 32, and his brother, Jacob Shane Hooper 29, both of Mount Pleasant who …

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  • Shooting complex to close for tournament

    The Independence County trap range will be closed Saturday for an Arkansas Trap Association tournament, according to manager Larry Pinkston. The range will be open its regular hours prior to the tournament and Sunday following. For more information call the range at (870) 698-0361.

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  • Betty Cranford

    LOCUST GROVE — Betty Jean Cranford, 83, of Locust Grove died Saturday, June 23, 2012, in a Batesville nursing home. Born Feb. 9, 1929, at Mesa, Ariz., she was the daughter of Fredico and Maria Austin. She was a homemaker and a member of Saint …

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  • Sheriff awaits ID of body

    OZARK (AP) — Authorities in Franklin County are awaiting autopsy and DNA results to identify the person whose body was found in a burning car over the weekend. Sheriff Anthony Boen says they have an idea of who the person may be but they’re awaiting …

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  • Inmate shoots, wounds self

    WEST MEMPHIS (AP) — Crittenden County jail authorities say an inmate shot and wounded himself in the knee with a pistol smuggled into the jail. Chief Deputy Mike Callender told WMC-TV that Robert Turner Jr. was not seriously injured and was back in his cell …

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  • October trial set for wife of slain man

    JONESBORO (AP) — A judge has set an October trial date for a Jonesboro woman charged with capital murder in the alleged murder-for-hire of her businessman husband. Trial for Michelle Despain was to have begun July 16. The start was delayed Monday to Oct. 1. …

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  • Ozone advisory issued

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An ozone advisory has been issued for four counties in central Arkansas. Metroplan has issued the advisory for today in Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline counties and is the sixth ozone advisory of the year in the region. Sensitive groups such …

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  • Judge won’t dismiss Dirksmeyer suit

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against Russellville investigators by the boyfriend of slain beauty queen Nona Dirksmeyer. U.S. District Judge James Moody made the ruling Monday in a suit filed by Kevin Jones against Russellville …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 14, 1993. 102 YEARS AGO A meeting of the subscribers to the stock of Batesville’s newest banking institution was held Thursday night, and the organization of the new bank and trust company was perfected. …

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  • Sydney Rayne Coyner

    Casey Coyner and April Collins, Kendra and Alena of Williford have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on June 22, 2012. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 14.2 ounces and has been named Sydney Rayne Coyner. Grandparents of the …

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