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Sheriff’s Dept.: Drug bust finds subjects maintaining a drug premises

Several law enforcement agencies in Independence County recently joined to execute a drug bust at a residence on Boyd Road, according to a press release from the Independence County Sheriff's Department. The department executed the search warrant Tuesday, April 9, along with the Batesville Police...

Former White River Juvenile Dentention Center Captain called “sadistic” by U.S. District Judge, sentenced to 7 years in prison

Peggy Kendrick, 45, who at one time held the rank of Captain and oversaw operations at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports that the sentence is 13 months more...

One dead in a single-vehicle crash in Stone County Thursday afternoon

A well-known, Stone County man died in a single-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon. State Police Trooper Jason W. Long stated in his preliminary report, the deceased, Michael Kenny Phillips, 55, of Shirley, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet southbound on State Highway 263 near the Baxter County...

After entering Harps wearing clown mask, suspect struggles with sheriff and officers; now in jail

An Independence County man is now in jail after being uncooperative with Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens and injuring Chief Deputy Aaron Moody when he resisted arrest. Stephens answered a call Monday, April 8, at Harps Foods in Southside concerning a subject who came into...

Two Stone County men charged with aggravated assault in separate cases

A domestic argument over a DVD (believed to have been stolen) led to a man being charged in Stone County Circuit Court with five felonies. As the dispute escalated, the suspect, Spencer Dale Alexander, 54, allegedly opened a black-bladed folding knife and attacked the victim,...

Independence County man charged for failing to register as sex offender

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the 16th Judicial District Kellye Barber has charged an Independence County man with not complying with reporting requirements for registered sex offenders. Barber said in the court information that Richard Willard Davis, 51, failed to verify his residency within ten days...

Cedar Ridge agriculture program offers something for all students

Walking into Tim Cunningham’s agriculture education classroom at Cedar Ridge High School in Newark at any given point in the day, you may very well find the room empty. But if you look further, you will see students in his shop building door frames or...

LISTEN: Gary B. visits with drug task force commander about new anonymous tip line

The commander of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Jack Yancey (pictured), recently visited with White River Now's Gary B. to discuss a new, toll-free, and anonymous tip line to help rid the area of illegal drug activities. Listen below to Yancey's comments for...

Sheriff: New Hampshire man found dead at Salado rest area

Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens told White River Now this morning that an adult male was found deceased Saturday at the Salado rest area on Highway 167, just south of Batesville. A man from New Hampshire had been seen in the area for a couple...

Longtime Batesville community leader passes

A longtime Batesville community leader, Woodrow “Woody” Castleberry, passed away on Tuesday, April 16. He was 67. He is survived by his wife Melissa (Dillahunty) Castleberry; two sons, Casey Castlebrerry (Annette), and Lindsey Castleberry (Deann), both of Batesville; a brother Ken Castleberry (Jamie) of Little...

Batesville student places third in the Arkansas Endangered Species Art Contest

Batesville Junior High sixth grade, McKenzie Treat, placed third in the third-sixth grade category with her artwork titled, "Running Buffalo Clover" in the Arkansas Endangered Species Art Contest. All the winning pieces of artwork will be on display at the Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center...

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