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County sales tax collection up in April, yet city sales tax collection declines, according to Griffin

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With the coronavirus pandemic negatively affecting the country's economy, Independence County sales tax collections were actually up by almost 3 percent in April, according to Independence County Judge Robert Griffin. White River Now's Gary Bridgman talked to Griffin about the judge's thoughts on April sales...

Ozark Folk Center cancels all scheduled music concerts, programs through July 31

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Apparently, the coronavirus crisis has affected one of the region's most popular tourist attractions for the time being. According to a release on Facebook, the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View has canceled all scheduled music concerts and programs through July 31. In addition,...

BHS offering cheer and dance tryouts online for 2020-21

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This year, Batesville High School will do cheer and dance tryouts virtually, according to a news release. BHS students in grades 10-12 interested in BHS Cheer or Dance Team tryouts for 2020-21 will need to join Google Classroom using the code e7fmlqv. There, students will find...

Independence County remains in top tier of Arkansas counties for economic development

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Every year, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) is required to rank each of the state’s 75 counties according to four economic variables: poverty rate, population growth, per capita personal income, and unemployment rate. There are four tiers of the ranking, 1 through 4, with...

Mountain View man charged with intimidating a witness and tampering

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According to information from the Stone County Circuit Court, on May 23, investigators with the Mountain View Police Department were reviewing phone calls from the Stone County Detention Center through the recorded inmate telephone call system. The court information noted the investigators found a call...

Newport, Horseshoe Bend, and Heber Springs airports receive FAA funding

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The U. S. Transportation Department, through the Federal Aviation Administration, has funded $793 million in grants to airports across the nation. About $689 million of the funding comes from the Airport Improvement Program, and another $104 million comes from the recent CARES Act. Congress passed...

Happy Birthday to KBTA — 70 years young today

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June 30, 2020, marks a milestone anniversary for Batesville radio station KBTA-AM. Local historian Craig Ogilvie reminds us that on this date 70 years ago, KBTA 1340-AM signed on the air in its test pattern and received its official license in July of that year. KBTA-AM...

Man facing felony charges that include aggravated assault on victim at Mountain View residence

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According to info from the Stone County Circuit Court, Robert Trask Swanson, 44, was charged last week after two separate incidents from this year -- one occurring on April 9 and the other on June 20. In the April 9 incident, authorities say Swanson entered...

Obituary: David Dame of Batesville

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David Dame, 71, of Batesville passed away Saturday, June 27, 2020. He was born on March 11, 1949, in Walnut Ridge, Ark. to Billy Joe and Mary Lee (Allison) Dame. David was an avid reader who loved the Razorbacks. He was strong in his faith and...

Newark, Oil Trough area sees number of thefts over weekend

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens and his department are investigating a string of thefts in the Newark and Oil Trough area over the weekend. One theft involves a dozen John Deere tractor weights, as well as 12 tires and wheels from a tractor in a...

Mark Martin Kia donates face shields to White River Medical Center

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Pictured, from left to right: Lance Landers, co-owner, Mark Martin Kia; Michele Wood, WRHS marketing director; Jennifer Sandage, outpatient associate chief nursing officer; and Dr. Gilbert Roy Kamoga, Internal Medicine Residency Program director, stand together for a photo after White River Medical Center received...