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Blaze destroys Sandtown store

Photo by Justin Wilson

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the old Sandtown Grocery Wednesday.

A fire of unknown origin destroyed the iconic Sandtown Grocery shortly after noon Wednesday, according to Independence County 911 Dispatch records.
Dispatcher Michael Boone took answered the call reporting the fire at 12:24 and . . . more »


Board filings create races

Filings have ended for school board candidates in Arkansas.
In Independence County, three of the four school districts will have races.
School board elections will be May 21.
Under a new state law, school districts must now hold . . . more »


Schools designate peanut free zones

Photo by Tony McGuffey

Wowbutter is a peanut-free alternative to peanut butter and is acceptable on school campuses that are going "peanut free." Wowbutter is made from soy and is peanut-, tree nut-, gluten-, egg- and dairy-free.

More often than not when you think about kids and school safety you tend to think about the danger of weapons, but for some parents it's peanuts that endanger their kids' lives, too.
The Batesville School District is a . . . more »


37 Years Ago
Former Independence County Judge and Mrs. James A. Elms of Jamestown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house Sunday from 2-5 p.m. in their home.
They were married July 4, 1932, at Batesville . . . more »


Repeatedly crossing centerline gets driver busted for meth


Bond has been set at $30,000 for a local man busted on multiple drug charges after being stopped for traffic violations on Monday. The driver was later identified as Bryan Hugh Barber, 53, of 625 Barber Road.
Independence County . . . more »


RN students to make multiple community health presentations

Registered nursing students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville are looking to make a meaningful impact on the community by making multiple community health presentations designed to educate the public . . . more »


UACCB hosting Black History Celebration
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville invites the community to attend a Black History Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Independence Hall.
The 50-minute program will . . . more »


Get Up & Give drive to collect items during Lent

LITTLE ROCK -- With the 40 days of Lent just ahead, Methodist Family Health has a way for Arkansans to honor the Lenten season by contributing to our state's children and families who are abandoned, abused, neglected and managing . . . more »


Independence County Cares

When word got out that a high school student needed a pair of tennis shoes -- the need was met within an hour.
Then, when another family's refrigerator quit working and the household was making do with dry goods that did not have . . . more »


Driver eludes sheriff, jailed later on traffic stop


Although he was able to evade authorities during a high-speed chase in the dark, a Cave City resident ended up in jail a week later, according to a court affidavit.
In the affidavit, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens . . . more »


39 Years Ago
The story of the contemporary rustic home of George and Carol Kennedy, built in 1979 by Wayne Kelso of Jonesboro, can be told by describing the variety of materials used to build it. The exterior is constructed . . . more »


Vinson welcomed to Stone County Medical Center


MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Stone County Medical Center recently welcomed physical therapist Kristie Vinson to SCMC PROS as a therapy supervisor.
She is seeing patients at 2010 E. Main St., Suite C in Mountain View.
As a physical therapist, . . . more »



In Wednesday's story about T's Boxes Lunches, owner Kristy Campbell started catering out of the Hope Lutheran Church/Montessori Christian Academy . . . more »


Brother reportedly leaves sister to face charges

MELBOURNE -- Izard County Sheriff's Deputy D.J. Tiernan had attempted to make a traffic stop Feb. 13 on a vehicle with no license plate, according to an affidavit, but the vehicle fled. At some point a man jumped out of the . . . more »


Tree trimmers at work

Photo by Tony McGuffey

Workers with Asplundh tree service use a bucket lift to trim tall tree limbs along Ninth Street between Boswell and Main streets Monday morning. Seen at several locations in Batesville, crews are removing what could be troublesome limbs that could fall onto power lines should the area encounter an ice storm in the near future.

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Man wanted for assault with car

Upset that his girlfriend was breaking up with him, a Pleasant Plains man reportedly tried to end their relationship a bit more permanently when he allegedly tried to run her over with a car.
In a court affidavit filed Feb. 15, . . . more »


37 Years Ago
From Paul Buchanan's Two Cents Worth column:
Now that Legion and Little League baseball is well under way, it seems timely to quote from a poem, "If the Shoe Fits." The author is unknown.
Please don't curse the boys . . . more »


Construction on a cool afternoon

Photo by Tony McGuffey

As the late afternoon sun peeks through a break in heavy clouds, along with a temperature of 39 degrees and a stiff breeze from the West, outside work continues on the new Batesville Hampton Inn on Harrison Street Monday afternoon.

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AARP attempting to reorganize
A meeting to attempt to reorganize the local chapter of AARP will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the board room of the Independence County Library, Alice Witterman has announced.
All new . . . more »


House passes tax, abortion, bill

More than 140 bills have been signed into law during this session.
There are hundreds of bills still to be heard in committee and we expect many more to be filed in the weeks ahead.
As we head into our sixth week of the session, . . . more »


School board meets tonight
The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 tonight at the junior high library.
Citizens Bank will present the Above and Beyond Award for January, and Coach Dave King will present Coach Stan Fowler . . . more »


Black History Celebration set for Sunday evening


The third annual Black History Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville's Independence Hall.
The UACCB Multicultural Student Association and the Lyon College . . . more »


DAR essay winners announced

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DAR essay winners include Allie Pankey, Ayden Lovell, Jackson Morrison, Daniel Latus and Sidney Martin.

The Independence County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, hosted its annual luncheon to honor the winners of the DAR essay contest. Open to all students in grades 5-8 in local school districts, as well as . . . more »


39 Years Ago
From Wilson Powell's "Then & Now" column: Mrs. Della E. Taubill, Box 11, Cherryville, Mo. 65446, seeks information concerning Joseph A. Reeves, who married Jane Atchison in Crawford County, Mo., and moved to Cord . . . more »


Forgery, drug charges filed


A local man has been charged with 18 counts of forgery, as well as tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a court affidavit filed by the Batesville Police Department.
In the affidavit, . . . more »


Purse theft caught on tape; warrant issued

The breaking and entering of a vehicle and the theft of a purse at White River Medical Center on Feb. 12 was caught on tape, leading to the issuance of a warrant for 38-year-old Kelly Jay Cowan, according to a court . . . more »


Archery teams perform well at Cabot

Batesville Junior High archery team members include: top row from left -- Coach Shelley Pfitzner, Averie Frazier, Taryn Crouch, Carsyn Pfitzner, Chase Kerlen, Levi Branscum, Trenten Rose, Zane Castleman, Luke Beeser, Konnor Fulbright, Mason Salter and Hunter Hall; middle row left to right: Coach Susan Parker, Ava Fitch, Carissa Cordell, Sophia Scott, Ella Marshall, Savannah Martin, Ainsley Stolarik, Daniel Latus and Kali Combs; bottom row -- Sydney Martin, Abigail Fraley, Gabby Dockins, Ava Rose, Jackson McCormick, Willow Lumby, Sarah Taylor, Gracie Dockins and Alyson Bandy. Not pictured are Alexa Mena, Bradley Penn, Chloe Kruizenga, Jacob Goings, Kylie Croslin, Raelyn Ganzer, Will Kimmer and coaches Bill Luster, David Parker, Jody Tosh, Kandy Tosh, Janetta Castleman and Michele Gerhardt.

All three Batesville School District teams had some good results at Cabot Shootout and Regional Tournament, according to Susan Parker, archery coach for Eagle Mountain Elementary, Batesville Junior High and Batesville High . . . more »


Take care of your heart

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Cardiologist Dr. Bennett Rudorfer recently spoke on ways to take care of your heart at White River Medical Center's Community Health Education luncheon. WRMC hosts Community Health Education luncheons on the second Tuesday of each month in the conference center on the WRMC campus. The next event will be held at noon March 12. Dr. David Yarnell, general surgery, will discuss why you should get a colonoscopy. The event is free and is open to the public.

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37 Years Ago
From Paul Buchanan's Two Cents Worth column:
Amiable Gerald Ford, rejected in 1976, is now director of seven large corporations in which the annual fees run around $20,000 each. In addition, he is a consultant to two . . . more »


P-Plains man facing 500 counts of child porn


A Pleasant Plains man is facing 500 counts of child pornography, in addition to being in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, according to information from the Independence County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Shawn Stephens said . . . more »


DTF officer's family repays kindness; jokes, fun times remembered

As a way to thank the law enforcement for their service, support and courage, Novella, Jared and Natalie Humphrey shared these treats.

By Angelia Roberts Special to the Guard
MELBOURNE -- Almost from the moment that 16th Judicial Drug Task Force Officer James Humphrey had died, his family felt the love of those who were there to help them through their . . . more »


100 days at Eagle Mountain

Kindergarteners Cindy Kingsworth (left) and Genisis Olvera Alfaro show off the fashions they might wear in approximately 95 years.

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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.
The . . . more »


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 »