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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Stone County man gets 75 years in prison for sex crimes

A negotiated plea of guilty has been signed by a Stone County man and Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer which carries a long-term prison sentence. The plea agreement calls for 38-year-old Matthew Ming to be sentenced to 900 months (or 75 years) in prison for the...

Southside area hit with power outage

UPDATE: Looks like the lights just came back on in Southside. Reports are coming in that parts of Southside are currently without power. One reader has reported a semi-truck clipped some power lines on Heber Springs Road. We currently have no reports of injuries due...

Batesville Chamber’s annual meet a success, new announcements unveiled

Delicious roasted pig, a fun performance from a mentalist duo, and a few surprise announcements regarding future community projects were some of the highlights at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting, Friday, Jan. 28, at the Batesville Community Center. Officials told the sold-out...

Independence County Republicans announce filing period

The Independence County Republican Committee announced yesterday that filing for county and township offices will begin at noon on Feb. 22 and end at noon on March 1. Candidates will file at the Independence County Courthouse. The party’s location will be in the first-floor hallway. A...

LISTEN: Danny Dozier dropped by to talk about a giveaway benefiting the downtown Maxfield Park project

Danny Dozier visited with White River Now's Ken Loggains to talk about a Spartan Mower giveaway to benefit the Maxfield Park Project in Downtown Batesville. Listen below to learn more.

County raises spark heated debate over Batesville debt

Article by Madeline Pyle A discussion about five percent raises for county employees turned heated at yesterday's Independence County Quorum Court meeting when Sheriff Shawn Stephens said he would not be able to provide raises to his employees if the board approved the salary increase. Stephens said...

LISTEN: Intimidator COO speaks to Batesville Rotary about company’s progress

In a speech to the Batesville Rotary Club today, Roger Wright, COO for Intimidator, Inc., gave a review of the company’s progress as it goes into its sixth year of full operations. The company had 15 acres to start when locating to the Independence County/Batesville...

BREAKING: Reports of explosion at Independence County business

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: A reader of White River Now's Facebook account posted a picture taken near the scene (below) and noted authorities were trying to route traffic away from the area. UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: White River Now's Gary B. recently arrived about 500 yards from...

ASU-Newport Hospitality Service students receive coveted certification

Arkansas State University–Newport’s (ASUN) Hospitality Service students were recently certified by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), a globally recognized and respected non-profit, and the ultimate distinction of professional excellence in the hospitality industry. “We are very excited about our students gaining these...

Independence County Sheriff’s Department arrests Cave City man on felony drug charges

A Cave City man was arrested after in Independence County on felony drug charges. Timothy M. Langston (pictured), 33, was stopped by Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Byler on Cord Road Friday night, July 26, after the deputy noted Langston’s car kept crossing the highway...

Driver apparently loses control of vehicle, runs off road at Miller Creek Bridge

UPDATE, Aug. 1, 10:05 a.m.: Authorities have confirmed the driver has died as a result of this accident. The name of the victim is being withheld until next of kin notification.  The third major traffic accident in Independence County within a week occurred last night when...