• Mayci Mae Watts

    Michael and Katie Watts of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter at Harris Hospital in Newport on Oct. 17, 2012. The baby weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces and has been named Mayci Mae Watts. Grandparents of the child are T.J. and Millie Haney, …

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  • Graden Andrew Altom

    Ryan and Kacie Altom of Bono have announced the birth of a son at St. Bernard’s Hospital Birthcare Center in Jonesboro on Oct. 19, 2012. The baby weighed 8 pounds, 6.6 ounces and has been named Graden Andrew Altom. Grandparents of the child are Anita …

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  • Kever, Ritter to wed in private ceremony

    MELBOURNE — Delpha Kever and Jonathan Ritter have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage. The bride-elect is the daughter of Elvin and Emma Kever of Melbourne. She is a graduate of Melbourne High School. She is employed as a supervisor at Stage. The groom is …

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  • 2012 Miss Bean Fest Pageant winners announced

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The 2012 Miss Bean Fest Pageant was held Oct. 13 at Cash’s White River Hoedown in Mountain View with 36 contestants. With recorded dulcimer music from the duo of Pam Setser and the late Jean Jennings playing in the background, contestants vied …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 20, 1993.

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  • Mall helps complete totally ’80s look

    With Halloween stores popping up every year in vacant buildings in cities like Jonesboro, Little Rock and Memphis, only to move out after the holiday’s over, it’s not hard for people to find what they’re looking for to become someone or something they’re not. Nowadays, …

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  • ‘Gospel’ transported future governor

    James Philip Eagle, born in Tennessee in 1837, was brought to Arkansas by his parents in 1839. He grew up near Lonoke and became a deputy sheriff in Prairie County just prior to the Civil War. He served in the Confederate Army, rising to the …

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  • Pioneers blast Eagles, clinch home playoff berth

    PARAGOULD — With this whipping came something tangible. For the second Friday in a row, the Batesville Pioneers turned on the mercy clock with the start of the second half while routing another 5A-East District high school football foe. And with that 49-7 victory over …

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  • Shoplifters busted for drugs after returning to vehicle

    A routine investigation of a shoplifter at Walmart took a different turn Thursday night when officers were directed to a woman and her accomplice who reportedly had a variety of drugs and stolen items in their vehicles. Independence County Deputy Bobby Woods said that around …

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  • Betty Hicks

    ASH FLAT — Betty Jean Hicks, 84, of Ash Flat died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in a Batesville hospital. Born June 27, 1928, in Afton, Iowa, she was the daughter of Louis Greenfield and Opal Wick. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening. She was …

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  • Juanita Smith

    WIDEMAN — Juanita Grindstaff Smith, 85, of Wideman died Oct. 22, 2012, at her home. Born Oct. 23, 1926, in Mitchell County, N.C., she was the daughter of Hoy and Mary Thomas Grindstaff. In 1945 she was united in marriage to Blake P. Smith in …

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  • Vernon Neal

    CALICO ROCK — Vernon Harold Neal, 76, of Calico Rock died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Calico Rock. Born Jan. 13, 1936, in Brockwell, he was the son of William Burgess Neal and Vellie Irene Yancey Neal. He was united in marriage to Lois Faye …

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