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Oaks 7 VIP Cinema: New movies, classics on tap for this week

The recently renovated Oaks 7 VIP Cinema in Batesville is open and features a slate of new releases and classics. And until further notice, the admission for all shows is $5.50. Beginning June 5 through June 11, the following movies are showing at the Oaks...

Most-attended outdoor play opens in Arkansas amid pandemic

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas play that has been dubbed as the nation’s most-attended outdoor drama opened its season with strict social-distancing guidelines in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Friday night's opening of the Great Passion Play, which depicts the last days...

Eighth annual BAAC National Juried Exhibition underway

The Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery on Main is pleased to host the 2020 BAAC National Juried Exhibition through Aug. 1, 2020. The exhibition consists of 21 pieces from 19 artists across the United States. The juror for BAAC’s 8th Annual National Juried Exhibition...

Independence County Fair canceled for 2020

The board of the Independence County Fair unanimously voted last night to not have a 2020 Independence County Fair due to COVID-19 concerns and guidelines. Linda Baxter, the president of the board, told White River Now's Gary Bridgman this morning that after consulting with the...

Oaks 7 VIP Cinema reopens; ‘E.T.’ shows tonight as Classic Film Series resumes

Batesville's Oaks 7 VIP Cinema, 2250 Harrison St., has reopened after a few weeks of closure during the statewide COVID-19 shutdown. Currently showing at the Oaks 7 VIP Cinema this week: "I Still Believe," "Bad Boys for Life," "Spider-Man: Far from Home," "Trolls World Tour,"...

Jamey Simpson talks to White River Now about her new children’s book

"Have You Ever Seen a Noopadoop?" That's the question local author and illustrator Jamey Simpson has for readers of her new children's book of the same name. Simpson, the wife of Southside Head Football Coach Kenny Simpson, recently visited the White River Now family of radio...

Independence County still providing services through pandemic

The chairman of the Independence County Library, Bill Walmsley, issued a statement today reminding everyone the library is still offering services at this time. "On behalf of our board, Director Vanessa Adams, and our staff, I would like to inform the people of Independence County...

David & Christina Arquette plan to film thriller in Jonesboro area, braving COVID-19

Deadline.com out of Los Angeles is reporting that David Arquette (pictured above, left), and his wife, Christina McLarty Arquette, are prepping to film a thriller in the Jonesboro area within the next few weeks, despite the COVID-19 crisis. In an interview with Deadline, David Arquette...

Museum to host annual Spring Family Day To-Go Saturday

Old Independence Regional Museum (OIRM) will be hosting its annual Spring Family Day, Saturday, May 2, in a new format: Spring Family Day To-Go. The museum invites families to drive by the facility at 9th & Vine streets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to...

Ozark Gateway Banquet canceled

In an effort to keep the region safe and healthy, and in accordance with the CDC’s latest recommendations “to cancel all gatherings, including festivals and community events, with expected attendance over 50 for the next 8 weeks,” the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council’s Annual Banquet...

Independence County Library reduces hours, curbside service only

According to the release from Independence County Library Director Vanessa Adams, the library will reduce its hours and offer curbside service only. The library will operate from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday from now until April 3. Patrons must call ahead to reserve...