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Thursday, June 4, 2020

WATCH: Check out videos and images from this morning’s storm in Batesville (MORE IMAGES ADDED)

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A large portion of north central and northeast Arkansas is under a Significant Weather Advisory until 10 a.m. Some White River Now readers and team members have been sending in pictures and videos of this morning's storm that passed through Batesville. Above four pics submitted...

Official charges now filed in Sulphur Rock shooting; court docs shed new light on Monday night incident

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The Independence County Sheriff’s Department has filed affidavits for warrants of arrest for two Sulphur Rock men in the Monday night shooting in that town. The court information said the sheriff’s department was called to the area of Highway 69 and South College Street in...

Independence County Public Education launches Independence Promise program

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Chris Milum, chairperson of the Fast ForwARd Fund Committee (left in below pic), presented a $16,000 check to the Independence County Public Education Foundation board today in support of the Independence Promise program. Milum presented the check on behalf of a committee of residents entrusted...

Independence County to purchase new voting machines

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At their Monday meeting, the Independence County Quorum Court approved the purchase of new voting machines to be used in the November election. The county's Election Commission is ordering 55 voting machines, which will be paid for with a $70,000 bank loan and unappropriated funds....

LISTEN: Batesville Schools Superintendent discusses plan to allow certified staff members to carry guns on campus

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Dr. Michael Hester, superintendent of the Batesville School District, sat down with White River Now's Gary B. this morning to discuss the district's plan to allow staff members to carry guns on campus. Hester also visits with Gary B. about the training and certification...

WRHS adds ENT Specialist to medical staff

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Gary L. Bebow, CEO of White River Health System (WRHS) has announced the addition of Dr. Douglas Gottschalk, Otolaryngology/ENT to the medical staff. Dr. Gottschalk will be seeing patients at the WRMC ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) Clinic in Batesville. Dr. Gottschalk received a Doctor...

Batesville City Council hears concerns about ‘old firemen’s pension fund’

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A group of retired firefighters appeared before the Batesville City Council Tuesday to again ask for help with their pension fund’s pending insolvency. The retirees and widows are covered by what is known as “the old firemen’s pension fund.” Current firefighters and those who...

Tenth annual Newport Alumni Hall of Fame coming Aug. 23

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The 10th Annual Newport Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Newport Country Club. Hosted by the Newport Special School District Charitable Foundation, the event will honor outstanding Newport graduates with induction into the...

Residential curbside recycling pickup in Independence County to be suspended for 60 days

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Residential curbside recycling pickup in the county will be suspended for 60 days after a vote during Monday night's Independence County Quorum Court meet. The action followed the recommendation of the Solid Waste Committee, which met June 20 with the Law Enforcement Committee to discuss...

State: Independence County Jail needs more space, jailers

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The Independence County Jail needs more space and more jailers, according to a state jail standards official. Sterling Penix, coordinator for the Arkansas Correctional Review Office, appeared before the Independence County Quorum Court Monday and answered questions about the jail’s future. Also present at the meeting...

Sheriff’s Dept: Sulphur Rock shooting still under investigation

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The Monday night shooting at Sulphur Rock in Independence County is still being investigated by the Independence County Sheriff’s Department as the agency looks for two male suspects -- 34-year-old Joseph Bramblett and 34-year-old Dennis Berger, Jr.   Bramblett (left), Berger (right) Both men have Sulphur...