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Routine traffic stop in Southside sends man to jail

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A routine traffic stop by Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bret Ward soon turned into a rather large drug bust. According to the incident report, Ward pulled over a Chevrolet pickup truck on Jan. 7 because it was crossing over the double yellow line on Newport...

Cooper retires from career in higher education finance

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By Hannah Keller Flanery | UACCB Communications and Marketing Coordinator As a first-generation college student, Gayle Cooper never imagined that he’d spend a lifetime working in higher education finance and administration, but that’s exactly where his professional path would lead him. A native of Melbourne, Cooper...

Batesville man dies after being struck by vehicle in Bradford

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Arkansas State Police report a Batesville man was killed Thursday, Jan. 7, in Bradford, after being struck by a vehicle. Mark Sneed, 64, died as he was walking across the roadway around 6:30 a.m. and was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on State Highway...

By Tuesday, WRMC will have administered over 1,000 first doses of coronavirus vaccine

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According to records from White River Medical Center in Batesville, the hospital will have administered 1,100 first doses of the coronavirus vaccine by Tuesday, Jan. 12. The total is for White River Medical Center and Stone County Medical Center. WRMC says 75 percent of second...

Peco Foods closing 3 Mississippi locations, expanding others

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CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A family-owned Mississippi poultry company said Thursday it is closing three of its locations in the state, while expanding operations at two other locations and a third in Pocahontas, Ark. Multiple news outlets report Peco Foods’ Mississippi facilities in Brooksville, Canton,...

Arkansas virus hospitalizations, again, reach new record high

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of coronavirus patients in Arkansas' hospitals has risen to a new record high with 25 more people dying from the virus. The Department of Health on Thursday said the state's COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by five to 1,326. The total...

Batesville man arrested after being found with $48k worth of drugs

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A Batesville man has been arrested after being found in possession of drugs worth around $48,000, according to a release from the Independence County Sheriff's Department. The Arkansas State Police, Independence County Sheriff's Department, 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Arkansas Department of...

Deputy finds mail strewn along Batesville Boulevard ditch line

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A reserve deputy from the Independence County Sheriff's Department reported finding numerous pieces of mail belonging to multiple businesses in a ditch line along Batesville Boulevard, according to a release Thursday morning from Sheriff Shawn Stephens. The release noted the mail has been returned to...

Sheriff submits year-end report for Monday’s Quorum Court meet; just under 200 arrested in 2020

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At the next Independence County Quorum Court meeting, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens will present year-end stats for his department. The report will show the sheriff's department averaged just over 800 calls for service each month in 2020. Out of that number came 199 arrests. The...

Arkansas leaders comment on Wednesday’s violence at US Capitol

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After supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday as debate began regarding the Electoral College vote confirmation, some of Arkansas' legislative leaders along with the state's governor took to Twitter to rebuke the violence that left multiple law enforcement officers injured...

Batesville Schools’ solar project to be focus on Thursday’s ‘Kelly Clarkson Show’

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Batesville High School EAST Facilitator Jeanne Roepcke and Batesville School District Communications Director Megan Renihan paid a visit to the White River Now family of radio stations Wednesday morning to announce the district's solar project will be featured during a segment of "The Kelly...