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Vest honored by NADC with Lowrie Above & Beyond award

The Northcentral Arkansas Development Council (NADC) recently honored Izard County coordinator Sherry Vest with the JoAnn Lowrie Above & Beyond annual award at NADC’s recent August board meeting. JoAnn Lowrie retired in 2017 after beginning her career with NADC beginning as a Head Start classroom...

State Capitol Week in Review from Sen. James Sturch

Last year 426 Arkansas residents died from a drug overdose, according to death certificates filed with the state Health Department. That is an increase in fatal drug overdoses from 2017, when 417 people in Arkansas died from drugs. The data is from the most recent...

Authorities release name of man found dead in Independence County

A release from the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department said the body found Monday near a residence on Union Hill Road in the southern part of Independence County was that of James Bushart, 49, of Lonoke County. The information said Bushart was apparently killed at a...

Man dead near Clinton after barricading himself in residence, holding child at gunpoint

The Arkansas State Police said in a press release today that it is investigating the use of deadly force by state troopers last night at a residence off Arkansas Highway 9, south of Clinton in Van Buren County. William Lloyd Jones, 49, had barricaded himself...

State Capitol Week in Review from Sen. James Sturch

Back to school in Arkansas means that more than 6,000 buses will transport 350,000 students to and from school. It also means that motorists need to remember that it is against the law to pass a stopped school bus that has its red lights flashing....

Mountains, Music, and Motorcycles annual event marks 15 years

Riding enthusiasts agree: some of the best motorcycling in America is in the Ozarks.  Built on that simple premise, a festival organized fifteen years ago with no budget and heavily dependent on volunteers. The first event drew about 350 motorcyclists. Now, thousands of bikers...

Sex offender arrested for failure to report information to authorities

The Mountain View Police Department has charged Charles Wine, 36, for failing to report to the county Sex Offender Coordinator and verify his registration information including his place of residency.  Failure to do so is a Class C felony. Wine was taken into custody on...

Nationwide test for the Emergency Alert System scheduled for today

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, known as EAS this afternoon. The radio stations belonging to the White River Now media family will be participating in the test which will be conducted...

State Capitol Week in Review from Sen. James Sturch

LITTLE ROCK – Reading helps children avoid the “summer slide,” when lazy days can make them forget what they’ve learned over the previous year. Researchers say that if they read just eight books over the summer, children are more likely to maintain their academic progress. About...

Regional overhead door companies merge

Jonesboro Overhead Door and Tri County Garage Door recently merged under a single ownership, combining two of the top overhead and garage door companies in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri.  “As a family-owned business, we keep the families of our customers and the families of...

Prosecutor to seek death penalty against suspect in Linda Collins killing

Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce said today in Randolph County Circuit Court he will seek the death penalty against the woman who is accused of killing former State Sen. Linda Collins. Rebecca Lynn O'Donnell (pictured right, with Collins in a social media post)...