• State Runner-Up

    The Concord Pirates and Cedar Ridge Timberwolves finished second in their respective state golf tournaments last week. The Pirates finished second to the Ouachita Warriors in the Class 1A State Tournament. The T-wolves finished behind the Buffalo Island Central Mustangs. The Pirates were led by …

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  • Countywide flu clinic planned

    The Independence County Health Unit will be providing seasonal flu shots at its office at 120 Weaver Ave. from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25. In addition, the health unit is holding a community flu shot clinic every day that week in several smaller communities: • Oct. …

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  • Speed arrested for cocaine

    Nine grams of cocaine landed a Batesville man on a felony possession charge after officers searched his home Thursday. Lloyd Alvin Speed, 33, of 380 Gregg Drive is being held on a $30,000 bond. According to the affidavit for arrest, officers located a white powdery …

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  • Man wanted for questioning

    The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a white male wanted for questioning in an early morning robbery of a Batesville residence on Oct. 6. Recent Batesville Walmart video surveillance photographed the man who appears to have a buzz haircut …

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  • Body found in burned house

    HEBER SPRINGS — Shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, the Prim Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 2680 Prim Road, where a body was later found in the burned house, said Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss. Deputies were dispatched shortly after the call …

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  • Stolen wallet found in road; cards missing

    “But officer, they are not my pants,” could be a true statement if the person is found who took not only a Batesville man’s wallet, but his pants as well. Joseph Grosschmidt, 35, of Batesville told Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Bret Ward that someone entered …

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  • To the slums of India – BHS alum to teach in Delhi

    “Going to school isn’t an option. They have to work to stay alive.” —Elizabeth Arnold, regarding the lack of educational opportunities for children in India   Visiting the slums of India doesn’t worry Elizabeth Arnold as much as teaching English to children living there. All …

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  • Judges educate seniors on AHA Cost increases possible

    It wasn’t good news for members and guests at Tuesday’s AARP meeting who found out they will be seeing out-of-pocket costs increase, higher Medicare taxes and access to health care decrease with the implementation of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. …

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  • Cowboy’s buys Catfish Wharf

    Catfish Wharf at 4530 Harrison St., which opened last month, is now under new management. The owners of Cowboy’s Barbecue purchased the restaurant last week and told the Guard they do not know what additions will be made to the menu, but plan to keep …

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  • City, school to discuss sharing resource officer

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Pleasant Plains City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the city hall with local school Superintendent Dean Stanley to discuss the possibility of the city and school going together to share a resource officer, said Mayor Rick Siler. He said …

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  • Man jailed for power line attacks

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Jacksonville man was arrested Saturday in connection with multiple acts of sabotage to a central Arkansas power grid, a federal prosecutor said. Jason Woodring, 27, was charged in the destruction of an energy facility after the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office …

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  • Donors chip in to assist programs hurt by shutdown

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — As the partial government shutdown rolls on, programs that rely on federal money are feeling the strain — and so are the people who depend on their services. For 16-year-old Alishe’ah Sockwell, federal money makes a big difference. It helps put …

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