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...

Independence County man charged with felony assault after woman and her dog hit with vehicle

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has charged a man with felony aggravated assault on a household member, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The affidavit for probable cause for arrest stems from a March 2018 incident where Amanda McKibben drove home with...

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...

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...

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...

Man arrested after broken headlight stop leads officer to find meth in vehicle

A previously convicted felon was arrested Saturday, Feb. 9, in Independence County after he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, namely meth. Independence County Circuit Court documents said the arrest was made after 54-year-old Timothy L. Rhines’ vehicle was stopped because...

Cave City man charged with rape

A Cave City man has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with rape. The court information says throughout 2002, Matthew T. Hipp, 36, did unlawfully engage in deviate sexual activity with another person who was less than 14 years of age. The arresting agency, the...

Lyon College welcomes new addition to the office of advancement

The Lyon College Office of Advancement has announced that Elliott Sampley, currently serving as Lyon’s associate athletic director and head softball coach, has accepted a new role at Lyon College in the office of advancement, where he will serve as the executive director of athletics advancement. “I...

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...

Suspect in Newark vehicle theft taken into custody at Newport

The suspect in a motor vehicle theft from a Newark residence on Saturday, Feb. 9, was taken into custody later that day in Newport, according to authorities. Newport Police informed Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens that Ian Matthew Fuller, 19, was in their custody, and...

LISTEN: Bereavement and grief support group to begin in Batesville

Caring Hands Hospice in Batesville is starting a bereavement and grief support group that will meet at the Independence County Library, 267 E. Main St., in Batesville on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The first meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 19. Mary Banks with...

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