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Two Stone County men charged with aggravated assault in separate cases

A domestic argument over a DVD (believed to have been stolen) led to a man being charged in Stone County Circuit Court with five felonies. As the dispute escalated, the suspect, Spencer Dale Alexander, 54, allegedly opened a black-bladed folding knife and attacked the victim,...

Atlas Asphalt: 20th Street paving should be complete Tuesday; try to use alternate route

It looks as if the paving on 20th Street in Batesville will be wrapping up after a full day of work on Tuesday. That's the word from Mark Lamberth, president of Atlas Asphalt, the company in charge of the project. So tomorrow, drivers can again...

12 schools trek to Pioneer Stadium for the Special Olympics, Area 16 spring games

Special Olympics athletes from a dozen of the regions schools and the area's adult chapter made the journey to Pioneer Stadium at Batesville High School on Friday, April 12 to compete in Area 16 games. Students proudly representing Cedar Ridge, Hillcrest, Southside, Heber Springs, Batesville,...

After entering Harps wearing clown mask, suspect struggles with sheriff and officers; now in jail

An Independence County man is now in jail after being uncooperative with Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens and injuring Chief Deputy Aaron Moody when he resisted arrest. Stephens answered a call Monday, April 8, at Harps Foods in Southside concerning a subject who came into...

Sheriff’s Dept.: Drug bust finds subjects maintaining a drug premises

Several law enforcement agencies in Independence County recently joined to execute a drug bust at a residence on Boyd Road, according to a press release from the Independence County Sheriff's Department. The department executed the search warrant Tuesday, April 9, along with the Batesville Police...

White River Health System selects VP administrators

Gary Paxson, president and CEO of White River Health System (WRHS), recently announced the selection of four Vice-President (VP) officers within the system: Lindsey Castleberry as VP of human resources and general counsel; Jeff Reifsteck as assistant VP and chief information officer; Jody Smotherman...

New personnel coming to Southside Schools

Southside Public School System Superintendent Roger Rich said today the district will be welcoming some new personnel for the next school year. In addition to hiring a new senior girl’s head basketball coach, Jordan Riley, from the Two Rivers Public School District, Southside is adding...

The area’s graduating Arkansas Scholars recognized Tuesday night at UACCB

This year, the Arkansas Scholars program celebrates 25 years of proudly recognizing qualifying graduates on their outstanding accomplishments. Every year, the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville hosts a banquet and ceremony for the graduating Arkansas Scholars from area school districts. A publication is also...

Sheriff: New Hampshire man found dead at Salado rest area

Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens told White River Now this morning that an adult male was found deceased Saturday at the Salado rest area on Highway 167, just south of Batesville. A man from New Hampshire had been seen in the area for a couple...

Three in Independence County enter guilty pleas

Three Independence County individuals entered guilty pleas on March 26 in 16th Judicial District Circuit Court. Prosecutor Eric Hance and Deputy Prosecutor Kellye Barber prosecuted the cases which were heard by the Honorable Tim Weaver. Brandon Tyler Lay pled guilty to internet stalking of a...

A short agenda turns into a long night for the Independence County Quorum Court

Instead of giving a short report to the Independence County Quorum Court at Monday's meeting, Sheriff Shawn Stephens made it more of an address about communications within county government. The sheriff said he wanted to be included on the front end of conversations that...

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