• Lawyer subject of audit

    A former public defender may need to defend herself. An investigational audit into the public defender’s office has found the previous public defender, Beverly Claunch, and one of her deputies received additional pay, that Claunch charged counties double the rent on a building she owned, …

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  • Toy confiscated after driver found with drugs

    What do parking on abandoned property, a plush toy containing drugs and a hand-rolled cigarette behind the ear have in common? They all add up to three felonies. Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Michael Moody said he was sitting at the intersection of North Charlotte Road …

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  • Fingerprinting fundraiser set

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside middle and junior high schools will host a child-safety fingerprinting fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 E. College St. in Batesville with part of the proceeds to benefit the Southside archery program. Electronic fingerprinting …

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  • Midland board hires firm for superintendent search

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland School Board in a special meeting Tuesday voted to hire the Iowa-based McPherson and Jacobson firm to conduct its search for a new superintendent. Superintendent Dean Stanley on Jan. 20 announced his plans for retirement at the end of the …

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  • School employee releases first book

    SOUTHSIDE — Cafeteria lady by day. Children’s author in between. For Evelyn Young, a lifelong dream was fulfilled in writing her first children’s book. A food service employee at Southside Elementary for five years, Young has always enjoyed writing and will soon have two more …

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  • Some polling sites may close

    Independence County Election Commission will meet at 11 a.m. Friday at the county courthouse in downtown Batesville to discuss polling site consolidation for the 2014 elections.

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  • Tree symposium planned

    LaCROSSE — Exploring Izard County will present the 2014 Trail Tree Hunt and Trail of Trees Symposium Saturday. The Izard County Explorers will participate in a Morning Trail Tree Hunt. The Evening Trail of Trees Symposium will be open to the public from 5 to …

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  • Estes seeks another term

    Tommy Estes of Ash Flat has announced his intentions to seek re-election as county and circuit clerk of Sharp County.     Political announcements The Batesville Daily Guard will publish abbreviated political announcements on this page, as space permits, at no cost to the candidate. Those running …

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  • Brown to opt for re-election

    Larry Brown has announced his candidacy for re-election as Sharp County judge.     Political announcements The Batesville Daily Guard will publish abbreviated political announcements on this page, as space permits, at no cost to the candidate. Those running for office may submit a photo, if desired. …

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  • Grace running for state Senate

    Phil Grace will be seeking the seat of state Senate District 18, which covers parts of Baxter, Cleburne, Faulkner, Fulton, Marion, Searcy, Stone, White and Van Buren counties. Grace is a Republican.     Political announcements The Batesville Daily Guard will publish abbreviated political announcements on this …

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  • ‘Souper Bowl Saturday’ set

    Batesville Area Arts Council’s annual “Souper Bowl Saturday” fundraiser will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located on the corner of Main and Fifth streets in Batesville. Soups will be made by local businesses and residents. Tickets are …

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  • UACCB offers free GED classes

    On Jan. 2 the new General Educational Development Test was unveiled and it is now computer-based and available only at approved testing centers. Although numerous websites may advertise “GED” tests for sale, only GED Testing Services authorize official testing centers. It is not available online, …

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