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A Perry County man arrested in Stone County and charged with two felonies

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Photo source: Stone County Jail Inmate Roster A Perry County man was arrested on Jan. 10 in a residence off Jim Berry Lane in Stone County and charged with two felonies. Authorities were called there by a female being held against her will. Upon arriving at the...

Batesville City Council hosts year’s first meeting virtually due to new mandate

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The Batesville City Council hosted the first meeting of the new year virtually Tuesday evening due to a new mandate requiring Arkansas Department of Health approval of local government meetings with 10 or more attendees. The new mandate went into effect before the Ccouncil had...

Skycap applying for broadband construction grant through Connect Arkansas program

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A company called Skycap is applying for a grant to construct and provide rural broadband internet to the Independence county communities of Thida, Rosie, and Salado. The grant process goes through the Connect Arkansas program. Independence County Judge Robert Griffin said Wednesday he has signed off...

USDA Farmers to Families food box distribution returning to Stone county

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The Distribution Coordinator in Stone County for the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program, Tina Trammell, said that the program is again providing food boxes for Stone County residents. "We have food distribution coming again. I got a notice about that. It's going to...

Independence County Fair a “go” for 2021 with new dates and new carnival

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The Independence County Fair Board voted Tuesday night to hold the fair in 2021. There was discussion at Monday night's county quorum court meeting if a 2021 edition of the fair would be held. (Click here for that story.) The 2020 edition was canceled due...

Independence County unveils ‘one-stop’ online shop for taxpayers

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Independence County Tax Collector Paul Albert has teamed with two Arkansas companies, ACT and DataScout, LLC, to help the taxpayers of Independence County pay and review property through a ‘one-stop shop’ using the website www.actdatascout.com/independencear, according to a release from Albert's office. The site allows...

Gary B. talks with Southside’s Roger Rich about the end of Rich’s term as superintendent

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The announcement of Southside Schools Superintendent Roger Rich's retirement from the district at Monday night's school board meeting might have taken some by surprise. Visiting with White River Now's Gary Bridgman (pictured above, right) on Tuesday morning, Rich (pictured above, left) explained his decision...

New JPs sworn-in at first 2021 QC meeting; county fair and more discussed

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Independence County Judge Robert Griffin (right) performs the swearing-in of county quorum court members for 2021. The Independence County Quorum Court held its first meeting of 2021 on Monday night. One order of business involved the funding of the Independence County Fair. County Judge Robert Griffin told...

BREAKING: Southside Schools’ Roger Rich to leave, effective at end of school year

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At Monday night's Southside School Board meeting, the district announced the resignation of Superintendent Roger Rich (pictured above, left), which will be effective at the end of the current school year. "With 30 years invested in education, Mr. Rich has served the patrons of the...

Routine traffic stop in Southside sends man to jail

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A routine traffic stop by Independence County Sheriff's Deputy Bret Ward soon turned into a rather large drug bust. According to the incident report, Ward pulled over a Chevrolet pickup truck on Jan. 7 because it was crossing over the double yellow line on Newport...

Cooper retires from career in higher education finance

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By Hannah Keller Flanery | UACCB Communications and Marketing Coordinator As a first-generation college student, Gayle Cooper never imagined that he’d spend a lifetime working in higher education finance and administration, but that’s exactly where his professional path would lead him. A native of Melbourne, Cooper...