• Parole office admits lapses

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Top parole administrators say Arkansas’ parole and probation agency’s past leadership failed to properly and consistently share information with the public as state law mandated. Sheila Sharp, the new head of the Department of Community Correction, appeared before the Legislature’s Joint …

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  • Ozarka breaks ground on new student center

    MELBOURNE — Construction of the Student Services Center on Ozarka College’s Melbourne campus will soon be under way after a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday. “The new Student Services Center is very exciting because it will result in a one-stop shop for our students’ needs while on …

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  • Board favors commutation for killers

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board has recommended commuting the life sentences of two convicted killers, including a 74-year-old who has been in prison since 1965. The board announced the recommendations Thursday for 74-year-old Samuel Billingsley and 40-year-old Dustin Vickers. Billingsley was convicted …

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  • Concord to discuss license

    CONCORD — The Concord School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school media center. Agenda items include an update on the district’s private security license, discussion of participation in the regional school board association meeting at Bald Knob in October, request …

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  • Gospel meeting/revivals set

    Church of Christ in Quail Valley The Church of Christ in Quail Valley will have a fall gospel meeting Sunday through Sept. 27. Wayne Goff of Kansas City, Mo., is the speaker. On Sunday, meeting times are 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Weeknight meeting time …

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  • Pageant deadline nears

    The White River Pageant Association will be hosting the Batesville’s Miss City Beautiful Pageant at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Contestants must be Independence County residents and between 0-18 years of age. Miss City …

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  • Balloon release planned

    WALNUT RIDGE — As part of the Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival in Walnut Ridge, The Compassionate Friends chapter of Lawrence County will hold its annual balloon release and walk to remember at 1:45 p.m. Saturday on Cavenaugh Chevrolet’s Rock & Roll Hwy. Stage. …

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  • SCV chapter to meet

    The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Job S. Neill Camp #286, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Community Bank Annex building on top of Ramsey Mountain. For more information, call Roger Harville at (864) 361-0354, Harold Nix at (870) 307-5040 or Rickey Middleton …

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  • Herb Harvest festival scheduled in Mtn. View

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — The annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival will be Oct. 4 and 5 at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View. The focus will be on the crops and the cosmetic, culinary and medicinal herbs of coastal Africa that are also enjoyed …

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  • Hillbilly Horse Show fun day set

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Hillbilly Horse Show will host the Talena Armstead Scholarship Fun Day at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plains arena. For more information visit www.hillbillyhorseshowassociation.com.

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  • News of Other Days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 13, 1994.

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  • Application deadline nears

    The National Park Service is now accepting applications for grants to preserve and interpret the U.S. confinement sites and other locations where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. This year’s deadline for applications is Nov. 1. “With these grants, the …

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