Independence County Sheriff’s Department investigating two weekend auto thefts

Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens told White River Now's Gary B. this morning that his staff is working on two auto theft cases that occurred late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. One vehicle was recovered, a 2007 Dodge Nitro, according to the sheriff, and...

Police: One refused to leave Moose Lodge while another did — and ends up in ditch, unconscious

Two people were arrested early Saturday morning in Independence County when one refused to leave the Moose Lodge at closing time, while the other did leave -- but was then involved in a traffic accident. The report from Deputy John Marlow with the Independence County...

Portfest to transition to six-month entertainment series in downtown Newport

The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and Portfest directors have announced that they will be transitioning their efforts from the annual Portfest Festival to a new six-month long entertainment series in downtown Newport. “Portfest has been a staple in Newport and Jackson County for 35...

Independence County Sheriff’s Department warrant list for the week of Aug. 19

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is listing the names of 20 to 25 individuals each week who have active warrants for the public to assist in locating. The list is released alphabetically, according to the department, and it will also be posted each week...

Mountain View woman arrested after knife incident

A Mountain View woman has been charged after she allegedly attempted to stab a male victim. On Wednesday, March 21, Stone County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Trammell was dispatched to a residence on Hwy. 66 W for a report of a domestic dispute, according to a release...

Independence County Sheriff arrests man passed out in front of store’s diesel pumps

Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens walked into a north Batesville convenience store and restaurant for a noontime lunch this past Friday. He ended up making an arrest. While there, a member of the store's team asked the sheriff to take a look at someone passed...

Batesville man charged with taking videos of juvenile in store changing room

A Batesville man has been charged in Independence County Circuit Court with three counts of video voyeurism, and under the Habitual Offender Act as well. Batesville Police, in their report to the prosecuting attorney, said this is what happened:  At a clothing store last Friday,...

River City Cruisers Car Show rolling into town for the 75th White River Water Carnival

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and the 2018 Water Carnival sponsors have announced the details related to the River City Cruisers Car Show presented by the Wood Family of Dealerships. Car show activities kick off Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:15 p.m. with the...

Vicki Stephenson/Shelter Insurance names Southerner Athletes of the Week

The Vicki Stephenson/Shelter Insurance Southside Southerner Athletes of the Week have been announced. Pictured above are Chris Vines (far left), the "Voice of the Southerners" on 99.5 Hits Now, standing with Southerner wide receiver Will Sitkowski and Vicki Stephenson (far right) standing with Southerner...

Recent session of Stone County Circuit Court yields sentences for three men in state prison

In a recent session of Stone County Circuit Court, eight people were sentenced to probation or suspended sentences along with fines while three men were sentenced to terms in state prison along with fines. Two men were sentenced to 48 months each in regional lockups....

‘Tackle Hunger Food Drive’ underway

United Way of North Central Arkansas and its partners have launched a food drive to help stock the pantries of local organizations providing meals and food items to individuals in the community. The food drive, which will run through the Friday (Feb. 1) before...