• Throat cut; arrest made

    MELBOURNE — A woman who cut a man’s throat is currently being held in the Izard County jail, according to a news release from Sheriff Tate Lawrence. On Thursday afternoon deputies responded to a Melbourne apartment complex on Moser Street regarding a call from a …

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  • Inmate bites own wrists

    MELBOURNE — A Viola woman who bit her wrists while in jail restraints was rushed to a hospital for massive bleeding, and now faces felony charges stemming from her conduct. Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Michelle Alaine Batterton was being held in jail …

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  • Batesville School District ranked among top 35 in state

    Batesville is one of 35 of Arkansas’ 239 school districts and 16 open-enrollment charter schools considered an “achieving” school system under the state’s new accountability system, leaving more than 200 districts and charter systems — some considered high performing — branded as “needing improvement.” The …

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  • Lawmakers propose drug testing

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas state lawmakers are weighing a bill that would require prospective and current recipients of unemployment benefits to pass a drug test and a proposal to require the same of the state’s elected officials and public employees. Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, …

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  • Stormy weather is forecast

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Stormy weather and heavy rain is in the forecast for Arkansas on Tuesday. The National Weather Service said that temperatures today will be unseasonably warm, with highs in the 60s and 70s across the state. On Tuesday, a cold front is …

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  • Parole board deems sentence commutation ‘without merit’

    LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Parole Board has found a sentence commutation application made by an Independence County man serving time for murder and other crimes to be without merit, according to clemency recommendations issued by the board on Wednesday. Nimous D. Burrow was imprisoned …

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  • Ozarka to consider bond issue

    MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the president’s conference room at Melbourne to consider adoption of a $3 million bond issue to finance construction of a Student Services Center. The center is currently …

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  • As peanut interest grows, prices may drop

    POCAHONTAS (AP) — Pocahontas-based Arkansas Grown Highest Quality Peanuts contracted 8,200 acres of peanuts last year with farmers, co-owner Kyle Baltz said. In 2013 the number of acres will likely drop. Each year in the United States about 2.2 million tons of peanuts are consumed, …

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  • A day in the life – School resource officer has many duties

    NORFORK (AP) — Baxter County Deputy Billy Cox sipped coffee Thursday morning as he watched students at Norfork High School change classes. “I spend a lot of time walking around and just listening to the students,” Cox said as he greeted students. “They know way …

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  • Ozarka to offer GED test

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College in Melbourne will give the GED Test at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7 and 21 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • sh Flat — Ozarka …

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  • Honor Rolls – Southside

    Southside Elementary SOUTHSIDE — The students listed below have been named Southerner Achievers for the second nine weeks of the 2012-13 school year at Southside Elementary School, according to a news release: First: Johnny Alexander, Alexa Blevins, Iehovah Brenton, Breanna Brooks, Trent Brucher, Ty Bullington, …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 19, 1993.

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