• Man gets third drunk driving offense

    DWI 3. Jody Neil Isley, 35, of Batesville was handed his third drinking while driving offense Saturday after he rear-ended a woman on Miller Creek Road. Rebecca Anne Perry, 39, of Batesville told Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Rogers she was approaching the intersection in …

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  • Traffic stop finds drugs

    A missing license plate was 32-year-old Beverly Robison’s downfall Thursday night. Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Moody was patrolling state highways 37 and 122 when he saw that Robison’s vehicle did not have a license plate. After initiating a traffic stop, Moody noted in his …

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  • Newport teen dies after shooting in Swifton

    Newport — A Newport teenager was killed in a shooting Thursday night, according to Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas. Around 7:15 p.m. the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from a juvenile boy in reference to a shooting in Swifton. Responding officers arrived at 510 …

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  • City moves garbage pickup

    The city of Batesville and Batesville Water Utility Administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Any utility payments may be placed in the drop box located in the drive-through area. For a utility emergency, call (870) 698-2444. There will be no garbage pickup …

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  • Hearing set in Ark. dispatcher death

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A bond hearing is set to get underway for a man charged in the 2011 death of an Arkansas police dispatcher. Kevin Duck is set to have a bond hearing Monday in Hot Springs. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree …

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  • Courthouse slates blood drive

    The Independence County Courthouse will host a blood drive 1-6 p.m. Thursday at 192 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville. To make an appointment go to redcrossblood.org and enter sponsorcode: IndependenceCtyCourthouse or contact Tami Meter at tami.meyer@ymail.com or call her at (870) 793-8800.

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  • Holiday closes library

    The Independence County Library in downtown Batesville will be closed Wednesday and will reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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  • ACA signup help available

    CAVE CITY — Health representatives will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Cave City Community Center to assist those wanting help in enrolling in the Affordable Care Act. For more information call Cynthia Hastings at the Sharp County Health …

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  • Sharp Co. courthouse to close

    ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Courthouse in Ash Flat will close at noon Tuesday and remain closed through Wednesday in observance of the New Year’s holiday, said Larry Brown, county judge. The courthouse will reopen for business at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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  • Unbuilt steel mill biggest 2013 economic news

    LITTLE ROCK — A $1.1 billion steel mill proposed for northeast Arkansas was the state’s biggest economic announcement of 2013, but excitement over the plant was tempered by job losses elsewhere in Arkansas. Big River Steel announced in January that it planned to build a …

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  • News of Other Days

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

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  • New Year’s dance set

    NEWPORT — The Silver Moon Banquet Hall at Newport will host a New Year’s Eve dance beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is $5 and open to all ages. Black-eyed peas and corn bread will be served and entertainment will be by the Jeannie and …

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