• Council debates renaming section of Sidney Street for retired teacher – Community/aquatics center drawing unveiled

    A section of Sidney Street in Batesville could get a new name. Tuesday night, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh told the city council that Gary Hicks, son of the late Bill Hicks, who was a teacher in the Batesville School District for many years, had approached him …

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  • Man who left scene breaks out in tears after questioning

    Officers attempting to work an accident report found one of the drivers in the Burger King parking lot and the other had vanished, but not for long. The Monday afternoon accident on Harrison Street ended up with charges for Jeremie Lee Candler, 32, of Floral …

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  • Man jailed for raping small child

    Four counts of rape against a small child has resulted in a $500,000 bond for a Batesville man. Alvaro Cabrera a.k.a. Benito Carlon could face four life sentences if found guilty on all counts. According to the affidavit for arrest, the events took place during …

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  • Victim found in woods

    MELBOURNE — A Cave City man has been formally charged with raping a 14-year-old girl. Phillip Kyle Bunch, 19, was charged Tuesday with rape, a class Y felony, after being arrested Saturday pending further investigation. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Bunch is accused …

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  • New owners wrap up deal on Meacham’s

    Bill and Diane Runsick recently purchased Meacham Packing Company and say the only thing they’d like to change is the perception that their business isn’t open to the public. Meacham Packing Company, a meat processing plant, opened in 1972 and began buying cattle from local …

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  • Area theater could go dark

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Stone Drive-in Theatre in Mountain View will apparently have to close unless it wins a new digital projector from Honda Corp., which is holding a contest to determine which drive-ins win five projectors the corporation is giving away in a contest. Stone …

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  • Missing teen found

    A 16-year-old girl reported missing to the Independence County Sheriff’s Department has been found, according to Sheriff Steve Jeffery. Madison Danielle Wood returned home Tuesday evening “with no signs of any trauma,” the sheriff added.

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  • Woman accused of taking cash, Fentanyl patches

    MELBOURNE — A Mountain View woman is facing theft and drug charges after allegedly stealing cash and Fentanyl patches, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence. Edna D. Diana, 47, was formally charged Monday with theft and possession of a controlled substance after being arrested …

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  • Independence County accepting recreation grant applications

    The Independence County Quorum Court Recreation Committee is now accepting applications from local organizations for recreation and community activities grants for the upcoming 2014 year. Those that wish to apply must meet a recreation need/activity. All of the current participating 2013 recreational grant recipients were …

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  • Ark. lawmakers to discuss schools arming teachers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers are discussing school safety with superintendents of two districts that have been blocked from employing teachers, staff and administrators as armed volunteer security guards. The House and Senate Judiciary committees on Wednesday were expected to discuss school safety issues …

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  • Library to offer story time

    Beginning Sept. 4, the Independence County Library will offer free story time for preschoolers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. “Children will enjoy stories, videos and crafts conducted by county librarian Vanessa Adams. “The program lasts about an hour and parents are requested to attend,” according …

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on March 21, 1994.

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