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Judge Griffin gives update on county during coronavirus; senior center to offer assistance on transportation to store, deliveries

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Independence County Judge Robert Griffin has released a statement on county operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It reads: Independence County is fortunate to not have additional cases of COVID 19 reported. We will likely have more in the future, but with our citizens practicing social distancing...

16th Judicial Court issues order concerning District and Circuit Courts operations

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Judge Lee Wisdom Harrod, the Administrative Judge for the 16th Judicial District, has issued an order, passing it on from the Arkansas Supreme Court, concerning court operations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping in mind the safety issues that will need to be...

Gov. COVID-19 update: Special session begins tomorrow; directive to possibly be issued regarding gatherings of 10 or more

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced at his daily COVID-19 briefing that the special legislative session to address the $353 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus will begin tomorrow at 1 p.m. Based on his conversations with leaders of both the House and the Senate,...

Elumbaugh talks city playgrounds closing, grocery pick-up for seniors, and more

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has made the decision to close playgrounds around the city and on the campuses of the city's schools. Playgrounds affected include those located at Riverside Park and Kennedy Park where bathrooms and pavilions will also...

First two COVID-19 deaths reported in state; special session called for Thursday in Little Rock to address budget shortfall

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Arkansas has had its first two deaths from the coronavirus outbreak. Faulkner County's deputy coroner says a 91-year-old man died Tuesday morning at a Conway hospital from COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. The other death was a 50-year-old individual. Both were not in...

Two plead guilty to charges stemming from 2018 murder

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Sixteenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Eric Hance's office announced in a release that two Batesville men, Alexander G. Brosius, 27, and Jesse R. Shoemaker, 35, have pled guilty to charges stemming from the 2018 murder of Michael Bryant who was shot to death at...

LISTEN: Awaiting his COVID-19 test results, Stone County Judge talks to Gary B. about a confirmed case in the county

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White River Now's Gary Bridgman visited with Stone County Judge Stacey Avey this morning concerning a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus in the county, and Avey's self-quarantine. The judge said he had been experiencing some aching in his joints and decided to be tested....

Arkansas positive cases now over 200; negative cases up to 947

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According to stats from the Arkansas Health Department, there are now over 200 cases of positive tests for COVID-19 in the state. As of 9:20 this morning, the exact number of cases is 206 statewide. Out of 1,153 tested in Arkansas, 947 tests have...

Special session to be called due to budget shortfall; state to order barbershops, beauty shops, nail salons, and more to “cease operations” temporarily

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At today's statewide briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said that due to the expected financial hit Arkansas will take from COVID-19, a special session will soon be called to address the expected budget shortfall of $353 million by June 30. The briefing also yielded other state...

Two arrested in a muddy situation

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Two people were arrested Friday morning, March 20, after trying to evade law enforcement, according to the Independence County Sheriff's Department. Court info says Chief Deputy Aaron Moody was traveling on Heber Springs Road when he noticed a Dodge Durango traveling on a private farm...

Gov. briefing: Arkansas cases now at 165; COVID-19 tests up to over 130 a day

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At today's COVID-19 briefing from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, officials noted positive cases in the state are now at 165, up from yesterday's total of 118. There are 10 cases in children; 62 cases age 65 and up; and 93 cases between the ages of...