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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Authorities: Batesville traffic stop results in discovery of absconder, drugs

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Authorities say a Concord brother and sister ended up behind bars Friday, Jan. 10, after a routine traffic stop turned out to be more than routine. According to the incident report, Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bret Ward stopped a pickup truck after he witnessed it...

Record season for White River Wonderland reported at Tuesday night’s Batesville City Council meeting

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The Batesville City Council met in regular session Tuesday. Jonathon Abbott, supervisor of the city's landscaping department, presented the final report detailing the 2019-20 holiday lights display performance. The overall traffic count was down, however, this was attributed to patrons parking outside of the park entrance...

Man pleads guilty in case of internet stalking of child

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A Mississippi man who thought he was communicating with a Batesville teen online has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after authorities say he drove three hours to meet the "teenager." According to a release from Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hance, Jason James Leija (pictured),...

Southside City Council meets, learns more about Drug Task Force

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The Southside City Council met in regular business Monday night at the Southside City Hall. The council heard from Commander Jack Yancey of the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force about the service the task force provides and the reason for the necessity of monetary...

Plans for new brick oven pizzeria underway with First Community Bank’s Downtown Batesville Revitalization Program

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First Community Bank says it is continuing to invest in Batesville’s downtown district in 2020. In a media release, the bank says Dr. Doug and Laurie Gottschalk plan to open Stella’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Bistro at 250 E. Main. The project is being financed...

Local finalists to be recognized at BACC Annual Meeting & Gala

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The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s (BACC) Annual Meeting and Gala will be held on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Batesville Community Center. The “White River Lodge” themed event is expected to attract in excess of 400 guests and celebrate community accomplishments from 2019. “We are...

After-school tennis programs returning to Batesville Community Center

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NEATennis is bringing youth tennis back to the Batesville Community Center. The After School Tennis Zone returns for Wednesday sessions inside the center's gymnasium, beginning  Jan. 22. All children ages 6-12 are welcome to come to learn the game of tennis with their friends in a...

County officials: Lawsuit against city “easiest way” to solve issues; JPs approve motion for possible future filings

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Article by Madeline Pyle Judge Robert Griffin and County Attorney Daniel Haney declared that Independence County’s lawsuit against the city of Batesville -- filed on Friday, Jan. 10 -- is the “easiest way” to solve the disagreement over district court and jail fees. Haney also said...

Angel receives honor at national meeting

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Dr. Jeff Angel, orthopaedic surgeon at White River Medical Center, recently received the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Ambassador Award. He was recognized during the fall 2019 PSH National Meeting for his efforts and support in the PSH model. The PSH model is designed to meet the...

UPDATE: ‘Nobody is mad at anybody.’ County judge comments on suit filed against city of Batesville

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Independence County and the city of Batesville have disagreed in the last few years over several operational practices and one of them has spilled over into Independence County Circuit Court. Independence County is asking the court to take a look at state statutes and determine...

BREAKING NEWS: Independence County files lawsuit against the city of Batesville over disagreement for funding district court

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Independence County and the city of Batesville have disagreed in the last few years over several operational practices and one of them has spilled over into Independence County Circuit Court. Independence County is asking the court to take a look at state statutes and determine...