Man facing 500 counts involving child pornography after authorities execute search warrant in Pleasant Plains

A 29-year-old man is behind bars and facing 500 counts in relation to child pornography, according to a press release. The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division, the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, and the Jonesboro Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Division executed a search...

After high-speed chase, Floral man fought the law — and the law won

Late Tuesday night (Feb. 12), a Floral man fled from Independence County deputies after officers attempted to stop the vehicle for careless and prohibited driving. Deputy Bobby Lockard and Sgt. Bret Ward were working in the area of Morgan and Sixth Streets in Newark when...

Batesville Police Department to close current business location for move to new HQ

Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill is closing the police department’s business office on South Central Avenue Tuesday, Feb. 19, through Thursday, Feb. 21. Cockrill said the department apologizes for any inconvenience the closing causes the public. The Batesville Police Department is using the time to move...

IMPACT launches Independence County Cares E-Network for students; Gary B. visits with Shelly Hendrix about program

IMPACT Independence County has launched a program for residents to support Independence County students’ wellbeing in collaboration with the Batesville, Cedar Ridge, Midland and Southside School Districts. The program called Independence County Cares is an electronic network powered by Citizens Bank, which aims to meet...

WRMC PEP Club reaching new heights

“I give because if what I give can help even just one person, and brighten their day just a little bit, it’s well worth it” – PEP Club member, Robert Martineau. This is one of the many reasons why employees at White River Health System...

Lyon College to offer ROTC in fall semester

Lyon College and the Arkansas State University (ASU) Department of Military Science and Leadership signed a memorandum of agreement today declaring Lyon as an affiliate unit of the ASU ROTC program. Starting in fall 2019, Lyon students will be able to take ROTC courses led...

Residents urged to evacuate after rains erode levee in Jackson County

Heavy rainfall over the past few days prompted Jackson County authorities to issue a non-mandatory evacuation advisory for residents near a levee in a rural section of the county. The heavy rains have eroded the levee, but it has not failed. County Judge Jeff Phillips...

Mountain View council votes not to support ordinance to allow alcoholic beverages sold at restaurant

During their regular meeting last night, the Mountain View City Council took up an issue that was tabled at its last meeting. It was a request from a Mountain View restaurant, Mi Pueblito, to support their effort by ordinance to sell alcoholic beverages at the...

County judge proposes jail turn away Batesville prisoners during heated quorum court meeting

When the Independence County Quorum Court got down to hearing a district court report during Monday night's meeting, the exchange between County Judge Robert Griffin and JPs, and the justices among themselves, became “heated” at times. The judge informed the court that the city of...

LISTEN: Gary B. talks early morning fire that destroys Locust Grove home

An early morning fire destroyed a Locust Grove home today. White River Now's Gary B. spoke with Independence County Office of Emergency Services Coordinator and Desha firefighter Glen Willis about the blaze at the Sean Wheat residence located at 60 Loop Rd. Take a listen...

LISTEN: Gary B. talks flooding in Independence County with OEM Coordinator Glen Willis

There were several incidents and road closings in the area caused by the heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding. In Batesville, the usual areas were affected. For example, in the southern part of west Batesville where some housing is located north of Polk (or Poke) Bayou,...

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