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'Beauty in the decay': Bork talks abstract art, architecture

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Professor Dustyn Bork speaks recently at the Arts & Science Center in Pine Bluff for his exhibition: "Dustyn Bork: Complex Shapes and Empty Space."

By Madeline Pyle Special to the Guard
Dustyn Bork, an associate professor of art whose focus is on abstract works, explored architecture through the "essential elements" of shape, space and color during a recent faculty . . . more »


Streets to be resurfaced
The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to roadways in the area, according to a news release.
The resurfacing includes:
• Moorefield -- approximately 2 miles of various . . . more »


Local man's death investigated

The recent death of a local man in Oil Trough Tuesday afternoon is the subject of an ongoing investigation, according to Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens.
The man is identified as 67-year-old Woodrow "Woody" . . . more »


Former juvenile detention captain sentenced to prison

The final employee in the juvenile detention center scandal has been sentenced.
On Thursday, Peggy Kendrick appeared before Judge James M. Moody Jr., who sentenced her to seven years federal in prison, as well as three years . . . more »


36 Years Ago
In a photo in today's paper, Durwood L. Elms of Batesville has the rank of master sergeant pinned on his collar by Maj. Gen. George E. McGovern Jr., commander of the 122nd U.S. Army Reserve Command. Elms is chief of . . . more »


Batesville & Beyond Macey Decker

Photo by Tony McGuffey

Macey Decker pauses for a second during a training session at the Batesville Community Center & Aquatics Facility recently. She is training in order to work at the Mountain View city pool this summer.

Macey Decker is a busy gal.
At 18, her high school days are behind her. College days at Central Baptist College in Conway, where she will play basketball, await her.
The lifelong Mountain View native was at the Batesville . . . more »


Veteran angler

Photo by Kris Caraway

Myrlice Moody, a 96-year-old World War II veteran and Batesville-area native, reels in one of several fish he caught Wednesday just below Lock and Dam No. 1. Taking up the call of freedom, Moody entered the service and after basic training and a short tour of stateside duty went to England to prepare for the invasion of Europe. He landed at Normandy in 1944 but said he wasnt on the initial wave, and a year later, marched into and helped liberate Germany and thousands of prisoners who were living and dying in concentration camps. Now 75 years later, he still lives at home and still lives a full life. In 2013, his name was added to the Independence County Veterans Wall of Fame, located on the county fairgrounds.

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Baleage, economics, pasture applications on agenda for stored forage workshop

Ranchers looking to sharpen their pasture and baleage management tactics can learn how on May 7 at the stored forage workshop being hosted by the Livestock and Forestry Research Station near Batesville.
"The stored forage . . . more »


RN students continue project developed through community health presentations

In February and March, registered nursing students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville made a variety of public health presentations designed to make a meaningful impact on community members' health.
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Couple free on bond for allegedly selling drugs

Arrested following police undercover drug buys, a Desha couple is facing numerous felony drug charges, including sales of drugs near school bus stops, which could garner them extra prison time if convicted.
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Ozarka students visit Capitol

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State Rep. Michelle Gray (center) visits with Ozarka students Kennedy Wallis and Abby Greer during the recent Arkansas Community Colleges Student Leadership Day.

MELBOURNE — Two Ozarka College students attended the Arkansas Community Colleges Student Leadership Day on Feb. 26 at the Arkansas State Capitol.
Representing Ozarka at the event were Student Ambassador Kennedy Wallis, who . . . more »


38 Years Ago
Robert Paul Vickers Jr. of Ozone, the son of Bob and Gloria Vickers and the grandson of Astor and Jewell Younger of Batesville, was recently awarded a scholarship in a nationwide art contest.
From Josephine Jones' . . . more »


Museum celebrates Spring Family Day

Emily Hernandez makes a butterfly feeder.

Old Independence Regional Museum celebrated the spring season Saturday, April 6 with its annual Spring Family Day. Approximately 400 visitors from all over the region participated in a variety of crafts and activities during the . . . more »


A light at the end of our robocall madness?

You know the game by now: A call comes into your mobile phone. A number pops up on your screen. You don't recognize it. Your first instinct is to decline it, but what if it's your child's school? The auto repair guy? Something . . . more »


Pictures with Easter Bunny offered
Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be made Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the new Citizens Bank Main Branch's Community Room.
Pictures are $5 and proceeds will go to benefit the new . . . more »


12th annual International Day event held at Ozarka

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Members of the Filipino community in the Spring River area display items from their culture at the Ash Flat campus of Ozarka College during the recent 12th Annual International Day celebration.

MELBOURNE — Ozarka College's Diversity and Cultural Events Committee hosted the 12th Annual International Day from March 26-28.
The event was open to Ozarka students, faculty and staff and focused on the country and . . . more »


Mobile health unit coming to town

Arkansas Minority Health Commission's Mobile Health Unit will be at Batesville Help & Hope, located at 2622 E. Main St., from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, April 29.
Screenings will include A1C, glucose, HIV, oral health, blood . . . more »



It was incorrectly reported it Tuesday's Guard that Carolyn Blue was injury free regarding an April 4 accident. Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Tye Baxter's report states that Blue was transported by Vital Link ambulance to . . . more »


Man accused in sex assault transported from Texas, held on $1M bond

MELBOURNE -- A 64-year-old Melbourne man accused of sexually assaulting a teenager has been brought back to Arkansas on a $1 million bond, according to Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley.
Gary Edward Hunt was transported April . . . more »


Chamber announces Business Expo details

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Business Expo on Wednesday, June 5 in the gymnasium at the Batesville Community Center.
The theme this year is "Famous Sitcoms Edition." Vendors are encouraged to . . . more »


36 Years Ago
Students in the fifth-grade class at Cushman School recently toured points of interest in Little Rock, including the Old State House and the Capitol, where they met with Rep. John E. Miller of Melbourne. The class . . . more »


20th Street project

A spray truck lays down a film of oil along 20th Street, prior to asphalt being applied in a repaving project beginning at Harrison Street.

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Notre Dame Cathedral stayed the same as the world changed

The first time I saw it, I could barely breathe. It was so beautiful against the cerulean sky. Our Lady of Paris. It looked like a mass of lace, draped over scaffolding, with giant crystal kaleidoscope windows. I fell in love . . . more »


AETN to host annual Quiz Bowl state finals

CONWAY — High school students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governor's Academic Competition at the Arkansas Educational Television Network Saturday, April 27, in "Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2019."
"Quiz Bowl . . . more »


Man pleads guilty to sex assault, child porn

A Batesville man pleaded guilty to a number of criminal charges earlier this month, for which he was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Kavon Autumn Beasley, 19, received a total of 40 years on two counts of second-degree sexual . . . more »


General Assembly cuts red table for small businesses

More than 900 bills have been signed into law this session. This General Assembly has reduced taxes, addressed infrastructure needs, increased funding to education, and transformed state government.
One of the last bills we . . . more »


Scholarships presented to agriculture students

LITTLE ROCK -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward, and State Plant Board Director Butch Calhoun presented $20,000 in scholarships at the State Capitol on Monday to students from four Arkansas . . . more »


Batesville Parks to offer Spin Your Wheels challenge for May

Same old exercise routine got you spinning your wheels? If so, then we hope you accept the newest wellness challenge this year.
For the entire month of May, Batesville Parks and Recreation is offering just the thing for those . . . more »


Hillcrest students produce documentary of veterans' interviews

STRAWBERRY — Soldiers coming back from war face challenges to say the least, but they have stories to tell — stories that are at risk of being lost if they are not captured and preserved.
A group of English students . . . more »


Courtesy cart

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Volunteer Marianna Gingrich displays the courtesy cart at White River Medical Center. Marianna and another volunteer, Rosetta Miller, push the courtesy carts on each floor with items such as stress balls, note pads, ink pens, finger nail files, coloring pages and coloring pencils, and magazines to pass out to patients to make their stay more comfortable. The students in the area schools art department created coloring sheets and First Community Bank, Citizens Bank and Centennial Bank donated various items to fill the cart. If you or a family member is interested in becoming a volunteer to help make a patients stay better, call Toi McMullin at 870-262-6555.

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Independence, Sharp County offices to close Friday
Independence County government offices will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday according to County Judge Robert Griffin. All county offices will resume normal . . . more »


38 Years Ago
From Paul Buchanan's Two Cents Worth column:
You may be a member of the Over-the-Hill Gang if you can remember when most families took weekly baths on Saturday night in a round, galvanized washtub. Made no difference . . . more »


Citizens Bank adds Alan Price to bolster commercial lending


Alan Price has joined Citizens Bank as a commercial loan officer, according to Micah Beard, North Central Arkansas Market president for Citizens Bank.
Price has excelled in the banking industry as both a branch manager and loan . . . more »


Wearing clown mask into store ends in fight and arrest

It is unknown what his intent was, but when Dalton James Jones wore a clown mask into the Southside Harp's Grocery he got plenty of attention in the form of officers from the Independence County Sheriff's Department.
In a court . . . more »


Plant sale prep work

Photo by Mary Jo Shivey

Members of the Independence County Master Gardeners repot plants from a local resident's yard in preparation for the organization's annual plant sale, set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the National Guard Armory in Batesville. The members were invited to dig up pink and red naked ladies (also called surprise lilies) as well as other perennials that perform well in this growing zone. Pictured from left are Sue Kibbe (at left), Cindy Gilmore behind her, Alice Witterman in purple and Suzanne Coots (foreground, right).

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38 Years Ago
Lucky the horse has lived up to his name.
"He's 26 years old and still got all his teeth," said Jay Roach of Sandtown, Lucky's owner.
Lucky was born May 14, 1955, on the Ernest Campbell farm near Sandtown.
"It had . . . more »


Painting (part of) the town red

Members of the Lyon College Art Department work to refurbish the iconic Coca Cola sign on the side of Big's sandwich shop at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. Using the TEREX lift are McKinley Streett (left) and Victoria Hutcheson. In the lower right hand corner are Dustyn Bork (left) and Kacy Perkins.

Photo by Tony McGuffey

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Airport meeting is tonight
The Batesville Regional Airport Commission will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 tonight in the airport terminal conference room, said manager Darren Wilkes.
Library closing for holiday
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Engineering, LEGO camps offered

The University of Arkansas College of Engineering has partnered with the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville to offer three summer camps for local students.
The camps will be held June 17-21 on the UACCB . . . more »


Woman jailed following police home visit

As part of her felony probation conditions, 67-year-old Sandra Florene Brown of west Batesville knew that at any time she could be paid a visit by agents with the Arkansas Community Corrections Department. But she wasn't ready . . . more »


Man indicted for failing to pay tax

LITTLE ROCK -- Chris Michael Guidry, 44, of Drasco has been indicted for allegedly failing to pay over employment tax, announced Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Tamera Cantu, Special . . . more »


Midland gets update on STEAM

PLEASANT PLAINS -- Midland is on track to help more students move into engineering career paths, if they choose.
According to Dacia Jones, Discovery Education mentor, the district is ahead of the curve of the Discovery Education . . . more »


Battery, failure to appear top arrests

MELBOUNE -- Three people were arrested for battery last week, according to Izard County Sheriff Earnie Blackley.
Dawn Renee Heard, 34, of Oxford, was arrested Jan. 27 by Deputy R.C. Lenex for third-degree battery. Heard was taken . . . more »


Cave City School District will resume August 13

CAVE CITY -- Cave City School District will resume classes Aug. 13.
Superintendent is Steven Green.
Administrative assistants is Kim Carter, and assistant bookkeeper is Margaret Beever. District treasurer is Lisa Albertson.
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Photo by Lavonna Ables

Crystal Bozeman (middle of group), her sons Aaron (in the front) and Coleman Bozeman (on the right), her mom grandmother Veneicia Price (behind boys on left), and others make their way past the barns Tuesday night. They are in the Kripple Creek 4-H Club. Coleman and Aaron showed chickens and rabbits this year; their mom Crystal Bozeman was also in 4-H when she was in school. The other two boys are Price's grandsons, also: Zach Burns and Jacob Price. Club Leader Veneicia Price said they had been working in the 4-H food booth Tuesday night.

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'Bike Batesville' starts today

The Batesville Parks and Recreation Department is leading a Bike Batesville program free to the public each week for the rest of the summer.
Starting today, bike riders are invited to meet every Thursday evening in the south . . . more »