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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

White River Health System offering care 24/7 via online platform

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According to a recent media release, White River Health System (WRHS) is launching WaveLink, an online platform that allows patients to connect with a provider through a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera. The online platform allows patients to schedule immediate real-time video/virtual visits...

Sheriff: Recently unearthed bones sent to Arkansas State Crime Lab for identification

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Information is currently limited, but Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said this morning that four partial bones have recently been found in the area. The sheriff did not release the location of where the bones were discovered. He said they have been sent to the...

Threats to ‘burn houses,’ ‘shoot law enforcement’ being investigated by Independence County Sheriff’s Department

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The Independence County Sheriff's Department is actively investigating threats to commit arson and harm law enforcement officers. In a statement released this morning, the department noted it "...has received information on individuals making threats to burn houses and shoot law enforcement as they exit their...

Izard County Quorum Court selects Yancey to complete term of late Sheriff Earnie Blackley

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During last night’s meeting of the Izard County Quorum Court, a former sheriff was selected to complete the term of Sheriff Earnie Blackley. Blackley passed away earlier this month after a battle with cancer. Jack Yancey (pictured) was the selection. In 2017, Yancey completed the term...

Prosecuting Attorney’s office: 29 felony cases recently pleaded in Independence County Circuit Court

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Twenty-nine felony cases were pleaded in Independence County Circuit Court on Jan. 7, many of them included substantial sentences to the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC), according to a release today from the 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's office. Among the cases closed are: Computer Exploitation...

Wanted man on Harley leads Independence County deputy on high-speed chase

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Independence County Deputy Sheriff Adam McGilton said he was patrolling Wednesday morning on Camp Tahkodah Road when he observed a black Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling west, according to the incident report. In the report, McGilton noted recognizing the man operating the motorcycle as Travis Harlin...

Wreck north of Mountain View sends two to hospital

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Stone County authorities report a two-vehicle wreck north of Mountain View on Highway 5 in the Livingston Creek area on Wednesday afternoon sent three to the hospital. Officers report a female, driving a Nissan south on the highway, crossed the centerline and struck the driver’s...

Internship leads UACCB ag student to position with U.S. Forest Service

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Article by Hannah Keller Flanery. UACCB communications and marketing coordinator Ethan Tucker didn’t really know what type of career he wanted to pursue, but he knew a desk job was not for him. “I like being outdoors in the woods,” Tucker said. An internship with the...

Main Street Batesville Winter Gala will bring back the Roaring 20s

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The Main Street Batesville Winter Gala will take place on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Street Loft located at 267 E. Main St., 3rd Floor. All proceeds generated by the event will benefit Main Street Batesville. This year’s event will feature...

Authorities: Conway man charged after bag with narcotics found under car seat

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Claiming a duffel bag gets a man charged with drug-related felonies in Independence County Circuit Court. According to court info, John Daniel Simpkins, Jr., 18, was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for a traffic stop. During an investigation, officers from the Independence County...

Authorities: Batesville traffic stop results in discovery of absconder, drugs

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Authorities say a Concord brother and sister ended up behind bars Friday, Jan. 10, after a routine traffic stop turned out to be more than routine. According to the incident report, Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bret Ward stopped a pickup truck after he witnessed it...