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Jonesboro Police: Brickhouse shooting suspect arrested in Batesville

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The suspect in a Sunday morning shooting incident at a popular Jonesboro restaurant was arrested in Batesville Monday night, according to the Jonesboro Police Department (JPD). Zachary Williamson, 21, of Jonesboro, was taken into custody around 10:30 p.m. by the United States Marshals Service East...

Gary B. looks at recent COVID-19 stats from regional nursing facilities

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With the senior population, particularly those in nursing homes, at high risk for the coronavirus, White River Now’s Gary Bridgman took a look at COVID-19-related statistics at such regional facilities with the help of some numbers from a Sept. 18 Arkansas Department of Health...

Barbed-wire fence helps end high-speed chase early Thursday morning

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A high-speed chase in Independence County early Thursday morning ended with the suspect's vehicle crashing through a barbed-wire fence. According to the incident report, Independence County Deputy Sheriff Casey R. Martin was called to an Independence County residence near Pleasant Plains in regard to a...

Three charged in three separate drug cases in Stone County Circuit Court

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Two women and a man were charged Monday in three separate drug cases in Stone County Circuit Court. And two of the three are being charged as habitual offenders. In the first case, court info says officers observed a Chevrolet Tahoe leave a residence known...

Bald Knob man attempting to walk across Hwy. 67 killed by vehicle

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A 19-year-old Bald Knob man died Monday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle while attempting to walk across U.S. Highway 67 near Searcy. The Arkansas State Police Fatal Crash Summary says a 2019 Dodge Charger was northbound on Highway 67 near the 55-mile marker...

BSD’s Renihan receives Citizens Bank ‘Above & Beyond’ award

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Megan Renihan (pictured above, right, with Ashley Engles, left, of Citizens Bank), communications coordinator for the Batesville School District (BSD), was named Monday as the September recipient of the “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award” for the Batesville School District. Renihan received the honor...

AP: Arkansas reports 16 more virus deaths, 35 more in hospital

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is reporting 16 more deaths from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, and 35 more people hospitalized as the number of new cases continues to rise. The Department of Health on Monday reported that the number of deaths...

Owens named new principal of Cedar Ridge High School

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The Cedar Ridge School Board has named Tracey Owens as the high school’s new principal, the district announced in a Monday afternoon release. Owens started her duties as principal last Wednesday, after Superintendent Dr. Sherry McMasters recommended her for the job at last Tuesday’s board...

Sulphur Rock man jailed after attempted early morning break-ins

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Authorities from the Independence County Sheriff's Department received a report Sunday of a man trying to break into residences in the early morning hours at Sulphur Rock. The man, identified in the incident report as Clint Edward Speakman, 34, of Sulphur Rock, was found at...

Flu shots now available at Independence and Jackson County Health Units

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Beginning today, county health units throughout the state will be providing flu vaccines in preparation for the 2020-2021 flu season, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). The ADH says it is important to get a flu vaccine every year, because the flu virus...

Ash Flat woman dies in one-vehicle accident east of Salem

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An 82-year-old Ash Flat woman was killed Saturday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 62, three miles east of Salem in Fulton County. According to the Arkansas State Police preliminary fatality report, the victim, Shirley Bonewits, was a passenger in a 1999 Lincoln driven...