• Meeting set for Zila layoffs

    The Independence County Economic Development Department in cooperation with the Governor’s Dislocated Worker Task Force will host a community meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Citizens Bank Annex located at 285 E. College Ave., Batesville, to discuss the services needed for those affected workers …

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  • Melbourne OKs new elementary

    MELBOURNE — A new Melbourne Elementary building is on its way to becoming a reality after the Melbourne School Board Tuesday night approved moving forward with plans for its construction per Superintendent Gerald Cooper’s recommendation. But the vote wasn’t unanimous for one member, who said …

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  • Two arrested for storage unit theft in Horseshoe Bend

    MELBOURNE — A call about a theft in progress led to the arrest of two Horseshoe Bend men. The call came in July 28 to Horseshoe Bend Police Department that a theft was in progress at a storage unit in Horseshoe Bend. Johnnie Swafford, 23, …

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  • Couple jailed

    MELBOURNE — An Ash Flat couple was taken to jail for third-degree domestic battering after a witness saw the two fighting Aug. 6, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Michael Edward Gilbreath, 39, and Lacey Collins, 24, were yelling and cursing, according to a …

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  • State police roll out new low-profile cruisers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Police has deployed 24 new low-profile vehicles that are designed to blend in with ordinary traffic. The agency showed off the vehicles at headquarters early today. The new cars are equipped the same as a conventional patrol car …

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  • Melbourne plans for new year

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne School District will begin classes Monday. Superintendent is Gerald Cooper. District treasurer is Toni Lawrence. Board members include Phil Ferguson, president, Brad Wheelis, vice president, Jason Miller, secretary, Phillip Edwards, Robert Cooper, Toby Smith and Kirk Miller. The board meets at 6 …

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  • Mountains, Music, Motorcycles come to Mountain View

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The ninth Annual Mountains, Music and Motorcycles event will be Friday through Sunday in Mountain View with live music, bike show, biker games, poker run, car show and other activities. Motorcyclists are encouraged to ride in on Friday and explore the many …

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  • Local trap shooting league finishes six weeks of action

    The Paul H. “Rocky”  Willmuth Trap Shooting Complex, also known as the Indeppendence County Shooting Range, just finished a six-week, 3-Person Trap Shooting League and is planning a fall league, said range Manager Terril Gregg. Winners of the that that recently wrapped up action are …

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  • Program seeks senior applicants

    Experience Works, a federal senior citizen job training and placement program, seeks applicants in Independence County. The program helps seniors acquire the skills they need to land part-time work in a variety of settings. The program, formerly called Green Thumb, is for area residents 55 …

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  • Ash Flat Library celebrates first anniversary

    ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Library will host a celebration honoring its first year of serving area patrons Saturday at the Ash Flat Community Center. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include library tours. Ash Flat Library committee …

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  • Ozarka offers students ‘Big Bowl of Salads’ course

    MELBOURNE — Ozarka College Executive Chef Lou Rice will present “Big Bowl of Salads” on Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the culinary arts classroom in the John E. Miller Education Complex on the Melbourne campus, 218 College Drive. The cost to take the course …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 7, 1994.

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