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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Batesville Police work two shoplifting incidents at Walmart

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The Batesville Police Department recently investigated two separate incidents of attempted shoplifting at the Walmart Supercenter on Harrison Street. Authorities say one of the shoplifters was apprehended by BPD Officer Ryan Pierce, and he was returned to the store. There, he was positively identified by...

Perrine selected as new vice chancellor for student affairs at UACCB

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By Hannah Keller Flanery UACCB Communications and Marketing Coordinator As a first-generation college student, Zachary Perrine understands the impact that higher education can make in students’ lives. He’s dedicated his career to helping provide opportunities for students to access higher education and to grow as learners. “I...

Lyon art department helps Main Street blossom

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Featured image: Lyon alumna Victoria Hutcheson works on the "Blossoming Main Street" mural. The Lyon College Art Program has completed a new mural in downtown Batesville. The new mural, "Blossoming Main Street," depicts an apple blossom on Main Street to represent the recent growth of Batesville’s...

Gunfire and chase after reported theft at Newport Walmart Sunday night

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Featured image: Law enforcement gather near the scene of last night's shooting in Newport. Officers from the Newport Police Department, chasing two people allegedly involved in a theft at the local Walmart, were pelted by gunfire from a semi-automatic handgun. The incident occurred Sunday, shortly after...

Swifton man dies in 4-wheeler accident in Independence County

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Early Saturday morning, a Swifton, Ark., man was killed in a 4-wheeler accident on Pageant Island Road in Independence County. Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said the victim, identified as Jaxson Bailey Steele (pictured), 20, was riding a 2019 Honda 4-wheeler west on Pageant Island...

First Community to build banking center in Brookland

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First Community Bank has purchased property at 8101 Highway 49 in Brookland, Ark., and has received regulatory approval to build a sixth northeast Arkansas banking center that will mark the 28th location in the bank’s branch network. “The Brookland branch is the result of our...

WRHS CEO talks to White River Now about organizational changes related to COVID-19 crisis

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In an interview with White River Now's Chad Whiteaker, White River Health System President and CEO Gary Paxson (pictured above) said the organization, like all other health care providers, is having to enact organizational changes to counter the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. On...

Sheriff releases statement regarding internal investigation of video

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens released a statement Friday morning regarding the conclusion of an internal investigation into an incident captured on video earlier this week involving a sheriff's deputy. (For more on this story, click here.) The statement from the sheriff's department reads: "The Independence...

State Police: Man wounded in gunfire exchange near Hardy

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The Arkansas State Police has been requested to conduct an investigation into the use of deadly force by three northeast Arkansas law enforcement agencies. According to a release from the ASP, the investigation arises out of an incident near Hardy last night (Wednesday, June 24)...

WRHS announces organizational changes to counter COVID-19 impact

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In a Thursday afternoon release, White River Health System (WRHS) announced steps toward securing the future of the organization as a locally governed, independent healthcare provider for the region. The organizational adjustments announced included a 25 percent reduction in the WRHS Leadership Team (Vice...

Hutchinson: No further reopening as virus cases spike

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's not ready to further ease restrictions on businesses as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continue to spike. Hutchinson on Thursday said Arkansas' plans to further lift restrictions remain on pause after...