Flu primary suspect for jump in area school absences

Influenza, or a condition with flu-like symptoms, is thought to be the cause of a recent increase in absenteeism in Independence County public schools. Gary Anderson, assistant superintendent for the Batesville School District, said Batesville’s absentee rate was at nine percent, or about 280 students, on...

Grand Flag Raising Ceremony held

First Community Bank held a Grand Flag Raising Ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 24 to mark the completion of their memorial garden. The memorial garden is located next to the main branch at 1325 Harrison St. in Batesville.

Ex-wife charged after entering former husband’s home

An Independence County woman was caught in the act of breaking into her ex-husband’s house and taking some items. Court documents say Tonya R. Taylor, 30, has been charged by Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer in Independence County Circuit Court with felony residential burglary and misdemeanor...

WRMC’s McMullin elected president of statewide volunteer organization

Toi McMullin, the director of volunteer services at White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville, has been elected president of the Arkansas Society of Directors of Volunteer Services (ASDVS), according to Gary Bebow, WRMC administrator/CEO. The ASDVS is an affiliate of the Arkansas Hospital Association Auxiliary...

Past cheerleaders focus of museum’s final program on hometown sports

On Sunday, Jan. 28, the Old Independence Regional Museum will be filled with a number of past cheerleaders from area high schools to celebrate their histories and hometown sports. This museum program will also be the final opportunity to witness the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Home Town...

Pineville VFD member killed in head-on collision; family members were first responders

Sad news out of Pineville as a member of the community's volunteer fire department has been killed in a head-on collision. Reports indicate Joseph Stephen, 25, of Mountain Home was driving his Honda Accord northward on Arkansas State Hwy. 177 near Jordan in Baxter County...

BREAKING: Plane reported down north of Batesville; no major injuries reported

In addition to authorities working an 18-wheeler being overturned on Ramsey Mountain, preliminary reports say a small plane has landed in a field northwest of Batesville, near Budweiser Beach, after possibly running out of fuel. No serious injuries are being reported. We'll have more info...

Lyon to inaugurate new president in April

Lyon College has announced the inauguration of their 18th president. Dr. W. Joseph King will be inaugurated Thursday and Friday, April 19 and 20, succeeding Dr. Donald Weatherman who retired in 2017. Dr. King is an author, entrepreneur, husband and father and served as senior...

Two men pegged with separate meth charges in Independence County

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department says two men charged in circuit court are repeat offenders of the law. Charges have been filed against Mark Clifton, 47, and Jimmy Lynn Hooper, Jr., 38. Hooper was arrested as a result of a traffic stop last Wednesday, Jan. 17,...

ALERT: Batesville Chamber warns members of possible scam

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has alerted its members that individuals might be visiting their businesses claiming to be in partnership with county school districts to raise funds. However, the Chamber's alert says the districts are not in partnership with these parties. Read the...

Batesville named one of the top 5 best places to retire

A new study from SmartAsset.com entitled the 10 best places to retire in Arkansas ranks Batesville in the top five. Hot Springs Village topped the financial technology's website study with Mountain Home, Pocahontas, Batesville, and Greenbrier rounding out the top five. To find the best places to retire, the...