• True, Champ to wed

      THIDA — Kevin Pratt and Sharon Pratt, both of Thida, and John True of Independence, Mo., have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Leslie True, to Charles Champ, son of William Champ of Salem and Sandra Cooper of Oxford. The couple …

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  • Oakleaf caterpillar information offered

    Outbreaks of variable oakleaf caterpillar, a forest defoliator, occur periodically with older larvae (commonly called caterpillars or worms) eating the entire leaf except for the leaf stalk and the main veins. Young larvae feed in groups and skeletonize the lower surface of leaves. When witnessing …

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  • AGFC: Hay mowing methods can spare wildlife

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The blades of hay mowers can cut short the lives of Arkansas wildlife, but the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says farmers can adopt methods that can help animals get clear of danger. The agency said that mowing from the middle …

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  • 18 percent of Arkansas in moderate drought

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Drought conditions are returning to Arkansas as hot, dry weather settles into the state. Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 18 percent of the state is now in a moderate drought and more than 75 percent of …

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  • Clueless in Atlanta

    There’s always someone in our lives who pushes us along and makes us get out of our comfort zone. For me that person is my cousin Joyce Powell. I call her by her nickname — Pixie. She is one of the strongest, bravest women I …

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  • A Glance at Days Gone By

    Roasting Ear Church (or Roastin’ Ear Church) in the Onia community of Stone County gives a glance at days gone by with its separate entrances for females and males. Built over about a four-year span of time (1915-1918) as contributions came in, the building served …

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  • Sex scandal consequences ain’t what they used to be

    New York City’s politics has now gotten more titillating. First came news that Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose crotch-shot sexting to a woman he never met led to his resignation from Congress, was running for mayor. Now comes the news that former New York Gov. …

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  • Hooray for Dubya!

    A novel I’m currently reading asks the question, “How do you weigh all the sides of someone?” I thought of that line yesterday, while weighing the upside of George W. Bush. The former president has been irrevocably tarred by his farce in Iraq, his fecklessness …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Feb. 2, 1994.

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  • Twinkies hit shelves

    NEW YORK (AP) — Twinkies are making an early comeback at Walmart stores, and they won’t be frozen beforehand. The world’s largest retailer says it is selling the snack cakes at about 1,600 stores starting today and that about 3,000 of its 4,000 U.S. stores …

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  • ASU seeks name change for boulevard

    JONESBORO (AP) — Jonesboro’s Public Works Committee is considering a request to rename a city street recognizing Arkansas State University’s Red Wolves. The university is asking the city to rename Stadium Boulevard as Red Wolves Boulevard. The plan goes before the committee next week. Mayor …

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  • Panel gives nod to scholarship stopgap

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A plan to spend $1.1 million from a state reserve fund to pay for scholarships in health fields has won the approval of a legislative panel. A subcommittee of the Legislative Council on Thursday endorsed a proposal by Gov. Mike Beebe …

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