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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Sheriff Stephens reports on recent action in Independence County

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An Oak Hill man was arrested late Saturday night while the Independence County Sheriff’s Department was answering a trespassing call. Sheriff Shawn Stephens said deputies found the suspect hiding in the 2100 block of Oak Hill Loop.  Stephens said when he asked the man why...

UPDATE: Dates for real estate appraisal appeal reappraisals announced

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UPDATE 8/3/2020: The Independence County Board of Equalization 2020 schedule was announced Monday. Residents wanting to appeal their real estate appraisal by contacting the Independence County Clerk at (870)793-8828 and scheduling an appointment by Aug. 17. ORIGINAL 7/27/2020: "Many residents of Independence County have received a Notice of...

UPDATE: More details from court filing about Thursday night’s crash and shooting incident

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Independence County Circuit Court filings have revealed more information on the July 30 one-vehicle crash and reports of shots fired in the Riverside Park area of Batesville. Papers filed Monday morning show Batesville Police Officer Amber Branscum was dispatched to the area of Chaney Drive...

Independence County — a growing coronavirus hot spot in region; 367 positive, but no deaths

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Independence County continues to be the hot spot for COVID-19 cases in north-central Arkansas. (Counties included: Independence, White, Lawrence, Cleburne, Randolph, Sharp, Baxter, Jackson, Stone, Van Buren, Izard, Fulton, and Searcy.) White River Now's Gary Bridgman noted that of the 434 active cases in the...

Updates on two recent shooting incidents in Batesville

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Batesville Police Department officials have released more information surrounding Thursday night's reported shooting incident and an ensuing one-vehicle crash near a Littlefield convenience store. And the department is also confirming investigators are working on a reported shooting incident last night at Hawg's Exxon. A release...

Court info: Pleasant Plains man accused of alleged child sexual abuse

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According to information filed in Independence County Circuit Court, the Independence County Sheriff's Department received a "Crimes Against Children" referral, alleging child sexual abluse, on Wednesday, July 29. The filing said the victim was under the age of 10 while the suspect was 60...

Arkansas governor OKs no-contact prep football practice

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson authorized high school football teams to begin no-contact practice with helmets next week as confirmed coronavirus cases topped 42,000 in the state since the pandemic began. Hutchinson also instructed the Arkansas Activities Association to submit a...

Witnesses report possible shooting near Riverside Park before car crashes into pole

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Witnesses reported to White River Now late Thursday night of a possible shooting incident around Batesville's Riverside Park and then, soon after, the crashing of a vehicle into a utility pole near a convenience store not far from the area. (The car is pictured...

Southside School District announces Ready for Learning plan for 2020-21

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Southside School District announced Thursday afternoon their Ready for Learning plan that offers three options for the 2020-21 school year for students and families. The district will offer blended learning, which will consist of in-person instruction and online-only when necessary and two virtual learning options. One...

Arkansas State University-Newport delays Fall 2020 by one week

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According to a press release from Arkansas State University-Newport, their Fall 2020 term will begin August 24, 2020. This is a one-week postponement from the originally planned start date of August 17, 2020. With this postponement, students, faculty and staff will have more time to...

Man sentenced to three years in prison in Stone County Circuit Court

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Photo credit: Stone County Jail Inmate Roster During a recent Stone County Circuit Court session a man was sentenced to three years in prison. The sentencing order says Jesse Leon Oxford (pictured) , 30,  was sent to prison for 36 months along with a suspended sentence...