LISTEN: The Arkansas Scottish Festival coming up this weekend at Lyon College

The Arkansas Scottish Festival in Batesville organized and implemented by Lyon College starts with activities on Friday, April 12. Special Events Coordinator at Lyon, Jennifer Green tells us about activities on the festival’s first day. Saturday and Sunday provide an array of activities, food and memorabilia...

UPDATE: Truck carrying ammonium nitrate explodes in western Ouachita County

UPDATE 3/27/19 10:09 a.m. KARK 4 News in Little Rock reports the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms one person has died in a hazardous truck explosion. Officials told KARK-TV the carrier vehicle was a tanker, not a hopper. A hopper car or hopper wagon is a...

Online business publication features Independence County

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin pointed us in the direction of an online publication, Business View North America.   Independence County is featured in the publication's March/April 2019 edition. The publication visited with three community leaders:  Judge Griffin, the Founder and CEO of First Community Bank, Dale...

Arkansas voters show strong support for conservation and protecting water quality

The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas recently conducted a statewide poll of likely voters to better understand conservation interests and priorities. Protection of drinking water sources and conservation of fish and wildlife habitats ranked highest among those polled. A survey was conducted by Gilmore Strategy Group...

Tourism Appreciation Banquet set for April 25 at Jacksonport Visitors Center

The Ozark Gateway Leo Rainey Tourism Appreciation Banquet has been set for Thursday, April 25 at the Jacksonport Visitor’s Center (pictured), located just outside of Newport. Cathy Drew, executive director for Ozark Gateway, said the new facility has limited seating so those who wish to...

Trial date set for teen charged in Newport officer’s death

The trial date has been set for the teenager charged in Newport Police Lt. Patrick Weatherford's June 2017 death. Circuit Judge Harold Erwin has scheduled the trial to begin Aug. 6 for the teenager who is now 18 and charged with capital murder of the...

Gary B.: Highway 14 closure has ArDOT working hard to re-open ASAP

Personnel with the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) are working hard to re-open Highway 14 from Locust Grove toward Mountain View. A stretch of the highway that lies close to the White River has had a history of experiencing a “slide” and causing a big...

Weekend of family fun planned during Springfest in Heber Springs

Swing into spring at the 32nd annual Springfest in Heber Springs on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18. This free festival is packed with great family fun starting at noon on Friday and continuing all day Saturday. Springfest will have attractions, activities, and...

Jacksonport State Park hosts Visitor Center dedication ceremony

Jacksonport was established in 1839 by steamboat pilot Thomas Tunstall. Jacksonport is located at the junction of the Black and White Rivers. The town flourished and grew into a busy port and became the county seat in the 1800s. However, the town began to decline...

LISTEN: Gary B. talks National Consumer Protection Week with AG Leslie Rutledge

It's National Consumer Protection Week and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wants to spread the word about from fraud, identity theft, and scams. White River Now's Gary B. spoke with the Independence County native on this week's edition of The Official Word, heard every...

LISTEN: Gary B. visits with Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge about consumer scams

Next week is National Consumer Protection Week, and it's a good time for a reminder about a few of the scams that are pulled every year in Arkansas. Gary B. visited with Arkansas Attorney General (and Batesville native) Leslie Rutledge about some of those scams...