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Hot Springs students raise chickens at campus coop

By BETH REED The Sentinel-Record
HOT SPRINGS -- The sounds of clucking and crowing can be heard from the front entrance of Hot Springs Junior Academy thanks to the success of a new project by EAST students.
The EAST program has . . . more »


Little Rock nonprofit helps youth aging out of foster care

By CLARA TURNAGE The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
LITTLE ROCK -- The girl Eric Gilmore saw waiting at the bus stop one day more than 10 years ago had just turned 18. She had one bag of clothes, a bus ticket to Fort Smith and enough . . . more »


Juvenile detention center is first in state to implement residential foster dog program

Photo by Andrea Bruner

Lt. Frances Bates plays with Farmer at the facility.

Farmer isn't the first to arrive at the juvenile detention facility scared and unsure of who he could trust, wondering what was going to happen to him next, but he is the first resident there with four legs instead of two.
Farmer . . . more »


36 Years Ago
From Craig Ogilvie's This is Arkansas item: The largest piece of marble ever quarried in this country -- a slab 24 foot long, 6 foot wide and 4 foot thick -- was taken from a hill near Guion in Izard County.
Harold . . . more »


Man's bond set at $50,000 after threat to kill deputies


After allegedly claiming to have deputies in his "cross hairs" and threatening their lives, a Magness man is behind bars on felony terroristic and domestic battering charges, according to a court affidavit.
Independence County . . . more »


Literacy Project schedules Fairy Tales Festival Run
CAVE CITY -- The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project's first ever Fairy Tale Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday in Cave City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
Sponsors include several local . . . more »


Letter to the Editor

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all people are created equal." If you embrace this bedrock American value, you should vote no on Issue 1 in next month's election.
Issue 1 guts our founders' promise of equality. . . . more »


State Capitol week in review

From the Arkansas State Senate
Depending on the outcome of legal challenges that are being considered by the state Supreme Court, Arkansas voters could decide five ballot issues at the November 6 general election.
The legislature . . . more »


Cave City search yields meth, pot

Associated Press
ASH FLAT -- Three people are currently being held in the Sharp County jail pending formal charges for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as other charges, according . . . more »


Remembering the old homeplace

By Jerrye Cargill Blevins Special to the Guard
It was that time again, when daffodils burst from beneath the soil, as the first signs of the approaching season take over.
Sometimes occasions demand celebration, but this occasion . . . more »


Batesville & Beyond Catie Baxter

Photo by Tony McGuffey
Inspired at an early age by an uncle (Randy Johnson) who was a sheriff in Pulaski County, Catie Baxter is pursuing her own career in law enforcement.
Catie grew up in Newark, the daughter of Lisa and Jim . . . more »



Soil, water meeting announced
The local conservation district and other agencies will hold a soil and water conservation meeting for Independence and Jackson counties from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Oil Trough . . . more »


36 Years Ago
From Paul Buchanan's Two Cents Worth column:
Don't ever believe it, friends and neighbors, when you hear:
• Don't worry about it; pay me back when you feel like it.
• You haven't changed a bit.
• My . . . more »


Council keeps millage rate same; retired firefighter wants increase

By Bob Qualls Special to the Guard
The Batesville City Council levied the rate of taxation on real and personal property at its meeting Tuesday.
The tax levy for 2018 and payable in 2019 was kept at the current rate -- 5 mills . . . more »


Dino door greeter

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Eagle Mountain Magnet students were greeted a by a T-rex Thursday morning on the way into the front door. The dino was there to remind all parents and students about the fall festival at school tonight from 5 to 8, featuring games and activities for all ages. They will also be selling hamburger and hot dog dinners. The armbands to play the games are $7 before the festival and $10 at the door. This is Eagle Mountain PTOs big fundraiser for the year. They will use it to support the teachers and students with supplies and activities throughout the year.

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Failing U.S. citizenship

"If younger generations don't know why and how America is such a great nation, we are doomed!"
"Ah, you speak of the recent Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation survey that finds only one in three Americans can pass the . . . more »


Miracle Minute at Southside

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Southside Charter High Schools' FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) members held a Miracle Minute during a recent Southside senior high football game. At the conclusion of the first quarter FBLA members passed out specially wrapped boxes to both Riverview and Southside patrons to collect donations from the crowd. It was a race against the clock, as the boxes were passed for only 60 seconds. With a $500 donation from Citizens Bank the club raised $848.04 for Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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36 Years Ago
Students of Southside High School have named their homecoming royalty for 1982-83. They are Patty Barber and Lisa Simmons, freshman pages, Kathy O'Bonnon, junior maid, Dana Knabe, senior maid, Karen Chaney, queen, . . . more »


Stone work

Photo by Tony McGuffey

Stone mason Donnie Branscum wraps a concrete block column with natural stone for signage to Primeval Labs on Barnett Drive recently. The stone, he said, is a product of McBride Stone of Bethesda.

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S-Rock to meet
SULPHUR ROCK -- The city of Sulphur Rock will holds its regular monthly council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday. The agenda includes general business, said Ann Heathwaite, city recorder.
Concord corn maze open
CONCORD -- . . . more »


Sudden turn, no tags lead to drug arrest

An early morning traffic stop on a car with no license plate ended with two women going to jail, one for a suspended license and another on drug charges.
In a court affidavit, Batesville Police Narcotics Investigator Dillon . . . more »


Belle Starr's reputation as an outlaw lives on

By MAX BRYAN The Southwest Times Record
FORT SMITH -- While several historic figures are known for executing justice from Fort Smith, one is known for making trips into the town for her illegal actions.
Belle Starr, dubbed the . . . more »


Lawmakers say Hot Springs leasing program could work across U.S.

By Beth Reed The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record
HOT SPRINGS -- The testimony from a recent House Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing shows Hot Springs National Park's historic leasing program works and can be . . . more »


County to try out budgeting method

The Independence County Quorum Court approved giving a new approach, at least for the county, to budgeting a try for 2019.
The county will try the "ABC" budgeting method and see if it works better than the current system that is . . . more »


Free dental exams offered to veterans
Dr. Melanie Looney will take part in an event Thursday to offer free dental exams, X-rays and regular dental cleanings to members of the armed forces.
Freedom Day USA is a national thank you . . . more »


Melbourne man jailed for harassing communications

MELBOURNE -- A Melbourne man who threatened to harm his estranged wife and take away their children was arrested last week for harassing communications.
Sidney Dwain Younger, 31, is accused of telling his wife, who said she has . . . more »


Izard County woman unsuccessful at hiding from law enforcement

MELBOURNE -- Kamala Dawn Crone was determined she wasn't going to jail, but ended up there anyway, according to a report from the Izard County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies Rusty Ford and Nick Taylor responded to a Horseshoe Bend . . . more »


Billing clerk arrested for Medicaid fraud

LITTLE ROCK -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the arrest Tuesday of a former billing clerk at Preferred Family Health.
Vicki Chisam, 65, of Batesville, is accused of making false statements knowingly causing . . . more »


Citizens Bank named Community Commitment winner

Citizens Bank was nationally recognized Monday with a 2018 Community Commitment Award from the American Bankers Association Foundation for its Impact Loan & Grant Program and its role in the IMPACT Independence strategic . . . more »


36 Years Ago
In a photo on today's sports page, the basketball settles gently into the basket as Jeff Thompson completes another Batesville High School fast break Tuesday night against the Cave City High School Cavemen. Defending . . . more »


Comedy at BHS this weekend

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The Batesville High School Drama Department will present a comedy entitled "Deadly Ernest" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. The show will be performed at the Batesville School District auditorium on Water Street. Tickets for all ages are $5. Cast includes, back row, from left -- Emma Russell, Caroline Russell, Jonathan Clark, Amber Stanfield, Canon Luter, Cody Holland; middle row -- Becca Skinner, Nick Acklin and Aristyn Glasgow; and front row -- Belle Mead and Anni Bullard.

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What scares you the most?

"Doing a backflip." --Kalon Johnson

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Absconder arrested after vehicle gets stuck in sandbar

ASH FLAT -- An off-road stop led to the arrest of a parole absconder in the wee hours of the morning in Sharp County.
On Aug. 14 at approximately 12:57 a.m., while looking for a runaway juvenile in the area of Highway 56 and 58 . . . 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 »