Batesville Area Chamber holds ribbon cuttings for Coca-Cola mural, Holy Cow Burger Company

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated two ribbon cuttings in downtown. On May 9, members of the community gathered to celebrate the restoration of the historic Coca-Cola mural located at the intersection of Main Street and Central Avenue. The century-old mural was restored...

Lyon senior to start his own business after graduation

Two years ago, Zachary Stewart (pictured) was a nursing student at a state university with a need for stout coffee. Now graduating from Lyon College with his B.S. in business administration, he’s opening his own coffee shop in Batesville, Nova Joe’s. Before transferring to Lyon...

NACEP awards UACCB concurrent program reaccreditation for demonstrating high quality, rigorous standards

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s (UACCB) concurrent enrollment program received reaccreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) Accreditation Commission. UACCB is one of 112 accredited programs in the country across 22 states. As the nation’s only accrediting body for...

Batesville alcohol taxes collected in 2018 comparable to 2017

The alcohol tax in the city of Batesville brought in $59,524 in 2018. The total collected was comparable to the collection in 2017 of $60,702. (Click here for 2017 numbers.) The largest tax collector was Josie’s Steakhouse, now known as the Best Dam Steakhouse, with a...

James named to M & P Community Bancshares board

M & P Community Bancshares, holding company for Merchants and Planters Bank and M & P Insurance and Investment Services, announced today the addition of Jennifer James to their bank and holding company’s board of directors. James is a fourth-generation rice, soybean, and corn farmer in...

LISTEN: Gary B. talks Honda with Independence County Off Road’s Kyle Garner

Kyle Garner with Independence County Off Road Performance Outdoors recently dropped by the White River Now studios to discuss their wide line of products, including their newest franchise: Honda. Take a listen to the conversation below, and also don't forget to join the White River...

Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce announces annual Business Expo

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will hold its annual Business Expo presented by FNBC on Wednesday, June 5. The event will be held in the gymnasium at the Batesville Community Center. The theme for the 2019 Business Expo is “Famous Sitcoms Edition.”...

Lyon College thanks this year’s Arkansas Scottish Festival sponsors

This past weekend, Lyon College celebrated its 40th year the Arkansas Scottish Festival. On behalf of Lyon and the festival, we would like to give a special thanks to the festival’s sponsors. Thanks to their generosity, thousands are able to visit the Batesville community...

White River Health System selects VP administrators

Gary Paxson, president and CEO of White River Health System (WRHS), recently announced the selection of four Vice-President (VP) officers within the system: Lindsey Castleberry as VP of human resources and general counsel; Jeff Reifsteck as assistant VP and chief information officer; Jody Smotherman...

Batesville Area Chamber and ForwARd Arkansas celebrate new law using excess state lottery funds for scholarships

On Friday, leaders from the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and ForwARd Arkansas gathered in Independence County to celebrate their success in championing a new law, Act 456, the Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship. Co-sponsored by Sen. James Sturch (R), Act 456 will use excess...

Home Depot manager speaks at Batesville Mayor’s Community Meeting

Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh (left) welcomed Calvin Wright (right), manager of The Home Depot on Harrison Street, to last night's Mayor's Community Meeting at The Best Dam Steakhouse. Wright presented the mayor with his personal Home Depot work apron and spoke to the crowd...