Motion by Cave City Planning Commission to adopt zoning plan fails by a vote of 6-2

Article by Teisha Bagwell, White River Now After a nearly two-hour public hearing Tuesday night, a motion by the Cave City Planning Commission for the approval of a city zoning plan failed by a vote of 6-2 due to uncertainty pertaining to citizen awareness of the...

Sheriff’s Department releases more information on discovery of man reported missing

The 17-year-old young man who went missing from his job late Saturday night in Desha was picked up by the Independence County Sheriff's Department early Tuesday evening in the Lock 2 area of the White River. Sheriff Shawn Stephens said this morning that Bradley Smith...

UPDATE: Missing convenience store employee located and is safe

UPDATE Nov. 19, 2019, 8:10 p.m.: The Independence County Sheriff's Department is reporting on its Facebook page that Bradley Smith has been located and is safe. No further information was posted. Previous story: "We're working on that case this morning." Those were the words of Independence County...

WRMC welcomes pediatrician

Gary Paxson, president & CEO of White River Health System (WRHS), has welcomed Dr. Amanda Smith (pictured) to The Children’s Clinic. As a pediatrician, Dr. Smith is responsible for the care of newborns, toddlers, children, and adolescents. She works with parents to closely monitor development...

Ozarka College receives grant for new flight simulator

Ozarka College has been awarded a $115,786 grant from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics for the purchase of a Redbird full-motion flight simulator. This 90-10 match grant allows Ozarka College to provide only 10 percent of what the simulator costs, the college noted in...

Independence County Budget Committee meets, discusses 2020 numbers

Article by Teisha Bagwell, White River Now The overall Independence County general budget for 2020 has a positive outlook. The Independence County Budget Committee met Monday night and discussed multiple items pertaining to the 2020 budget including: a five percent raise to go in effect as...

Last night’s Batesville School Board meet features updates on millage survey, breakdown of expenses

Article by Madeline Pyle for White River Now On Monday, the Batesville School Board heard a progress report on the Batesville School District’s millage survey requesting input on the Secure Our Future plan. (For more coverage of the Secure Our Future plan, click here.) Of...

MISSING: Desha convenience store employee takes out trash and vanishes from area

UPDATE Nov. 19, 2019, 8:10 p.m.: The Independence County Sheriff's Department is reporting on its Facebook page that Bradley Smith has been located and is safe. No further information was posted. Previous story: "We're working on that case this morning." Those were the words of Independence County...

Main Street Batesville announces Small Business Saturday and Batesville Tree Lighting Ceremony

Featured image by Kris Caraway via Main Street Batesville The Saturday after Thanksgiving will be a busy day in downtown Batesville. Downtown merchants will come together to host “Small Business Saturday” as a more community-focused alternative to Black Friday Shopping, according to a release from Main...

Three Batesville area churches join together to provide free community Thanksgiving dinner

Three Batesville area churches are banding together to provide a free Thanksgiving dinner for members of the community. Those churches are First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, and The Compass Church. The dinner is set for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, between 11 a.m....

Independence County Sheriff warns about holiday packages delivered to your door

Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens is warning residents about holiday packages being delivered to your door. Stephens says to take precautions with delivered packages, noting his department is starting to see an increase in thefts from residences where packages are being delivered with no one...