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Virus hospitalizations again reach record high in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Known coronavirus cases in Arkansas rose by more than 1,000 on Monday as officials continued to urge caution ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Arkansas Department of Health said 30 more people have died from the virus in Arkansas, bringing...

Deer hunter ends up behind bars instead of deer woods

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On. Nov. 20, Arkansas Game and Fish Officer Ryan Warner came upon a common sight in the Izard County woods this time of the year: a deer hunter with a rifle. However, according to info from Izard County Sheriff Jack Yancey's office, Warner soon learned...

Ozark Folk Center State Park Craft Show coming this weekend

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If you'd like to avoid the fuss and flurry of "Black Friday," the Craft Village at the Ozark Folk Center State Park will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a craft show. As always, admission is free and 100...

BHS approved for conversion charter status; over $1.1 million awarded to implement initiatives

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UPDATE, Nov. 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.: This story has been updated with a statement from the Batesville School District. Scroll below to read. Batesville High School has been approved for conversion charter status beginning in 2020-2021, according to a statement from the Batesville School District....

Mayor Rick Elumbaugh talks White River Winter Wonderland, new trails, and plans for 2021

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Mayor Rick Elumbaugh gave White River Now’s Gary Bridgman an update on all things Batesville in a wide-ranging interview Friday morning. Listen below as the mayor and Gary visit about the following topics: The White River Winter Wonderland and the Ferris Wheel that will be...

BREAKING: Arkansas requiring bars, restaurants that serve alcohol to close by 11 p.m.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is requiring bars, restaurants, and clubs that serve alcohol to close by 11 p.m. in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who announced the move Thursday, said it was recommended by...

Man arrested after high-speed chase through Eagle Mountain

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A high-speed chase in Batesville Monday led to two felony charges against an Independence County man. According to the arrest affidavit, Batesville Police Department Narcotics Investigator Dillon Sallas received word a previously-convicted felon was on the Walmart parking lot allegedly engaging in illegal drug activity. Sallas...

Two-way radio usage in county to get boost from ArDOT for ‘dead spots’

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Two-way radio communication in the southern part of Independence County is getting a helping hand from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT). ArDOT will be allowing the county to place two-way radio communications equipment, along with transmitting and receiving antennas, on an ArDOT tower to...

Mountain View Area Chamber fighting economic effects from pandemic

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"...the board is considering furloughing me for the months of December and January." Those were the words of Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nikki Morrow in a Nov. 18 letter to chamber members. The chamber board is considering the furlough due to...

Centennial Bank donation to support UACCB Food Pantry

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Kevin Rose, market president, and Adam Curtwright, assistant vice president, from Centennial Bank, recently presented a $1,500 check to support the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s (UACCB) Student Food Pantry. The gift was made through the "Community Reinvestment Act" program, a program that...

Arkansas doctors urge more virus limits as cases rise

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Nearly 300 doctors from around Arkansas are urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson to impose new restrictions to curb a surge in coronavirus cases. A letter from the doctors was delivered to Hutchinson Wednesday as the state's COVID-19 hospitalizations hit a new...