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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Citizens Bank hosts ‘Celebrate America’ in Riverside Park on the Fourth of July

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"Celebrate America,” the annual Fourth of July celebration of our nation’s founding, will be hosted by Citizens Bank for the 21st consecutive year on Wednesday, July 4, at Riverside Park in Batesville. A full afternoon and evening of fun, food and music are scheduled along...

Grant awarded to help build child care center at Southside Schools

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Independence County received word Thursday, June 28, that a $200,000 grant has been awarded by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission general assistance set-aside program to build a new child care center at Southside Schools. Southside Schools Superintendent Roger Rich has said many times that the...

Raveendran arrested, charged with Medicaid fraud in Independence County Circuit Court

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A man considered an “expert” in Medicaid Federal Law and who worked out of the Health Resources of Arkansas office in Batesville for Preferred Family Healthcare has been arrested and charged with two counts of Medicaid Fraud. Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer filed charges in Independence...

Independence County man found with marijuana, meth and firearm

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An Independence County man, who finally decided to stop on Galloway Road, was taken into custody and is now on a hold for the county’s narcotics officer, authorities say. Jerry W. Hollingsworth, 61, was in Newark Thursday, June 28, when Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bobby...

Gary B.: “Flashing yellow” at Boswell light means continue through with caution

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After a recent ArDOT study, it was determined that the traffic light at Boswell and Broad in downtown Batesville, would be removed.  In the meantime, the traffic light is on “flashing yellow” for traffic on Boswell Street. Stop signs control traffic on Broad. The “flashing...

Warden promoted to president of LaCroix Precision Optics

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LaCroix Precision Optics of Batesville recently announced the promotion of Kirk Warden to president of the company, effective July 2, 2018. Ray LaCroix, Jr., who has served as president since 1985, will assume the role of chairman of the board, noted a release announcing...

Batesville City Council approves zoning change in special meet

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In a special called meeting Thursday, the Batesville City Council approved a zoning code change to allow a Children’s Advocacy Center in the city. Dianne Lamberth and Beatrice Moore, members of the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Independence County, explained the purpose of...

Area counties receive courthouse restoration grants

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Stone, Independence, Cleburne, and Lawrence counties were among 24 counties who shared $l.7 million dollars in Courthouse Restoration Grants. Stone received:  $111,929. Cleburne received:  $40,000. Independence County:  $54,600. Lawrence County:  $215,730. Altogether, the Arkansas Historic Preservation program, awarded $2.9 million dollars in grants for projects in...

Formal charges now filed after trailer park bust

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Formal charges were filed in Independence County Circuit Court Wednesday against 44-year-old Eric James Nelson. As recounted in a story on White River Now from earlier this week (available here), Nelson was a wanted man for violating rules of his parole. Nelson was spotted in...

Two owners of Batesville businesses arrested for keeping a gambling house

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The owners of two Batesville businesses were arrested and each charged with keeping a gambling house, a felony. A 50-year-old Hispanic male, Hilario Huerta and a 42-year-old Hispanic female, Mirtha Jasso, were both charged and released on their own recognizance. Batesville Police Department Lieutenant of Criminal...

First Community Bank announces promotions

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First Community Bank has announced promotions in several departments and branches of the organization, according to Boris Dover, the organization’s president and chief operating officer. “When asked what has made our company so successful, the answer is our people,” said Dover. “We have been so...