Cave City senior expelled for breaking policy after shotgun in truck noticed

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A Cave City High School senior was expelled by the school board at its March 27 meeting for a mistake that broke school policy concerning weapons and dangerous instruments policy. Guardians of the 17-year-old requested an open hearing before the board Monday night. Witness testimony brought out...

Area early vote figures show good turnout for a non-presidential election

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Here are the early voting numbers for the counties of Independence, Stone, and Izard through 10:30 a.m. today (Nov. 5): Independence County: 4,873 early votes Stone County: 2,134 early votes Izard County: 1,772 early votes Independence County County Clerk Tracy Mitchell tells White River Now the county's early...

Main Street Batesville, Pleasant Plains Halloween festivities moved to Tuesday; other fun still planned for Wednesday’s All Hallows’ Eve

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UPDATE, Oct. 29, 9:40 a.m. Main Street Batesville has confirmed that the Believers Community Church will now also be set up in Pocket Park on Main Street in Batesville on Oct. 30, as well.  Some area Halloween festivities have been moved up 24 hours due...

Howard House Memorial Golf Tournament scores big

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The third annual Howard House Memorial Charity Golf Tournament was in full swing earlier this month at The Course at Eagle Mountain in Batesville. According to a press release from First Community Bank, the presenting sponsor, the tournament exceeded the previous year in both revenue...

White River Health System selects VP administrators

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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...

Independence County Sheriff thanks fellow law enforcement agencies

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens has sent out a big “Thank You” to other law enforcement agencies who assisted his department in regard to the death of Chief Deputy Jeff Sims. Sheriff Stephens said this morning, March 21, that he is grateful for the assistance from...

Arrest warrant issued for former Cushman man classified as sex offender

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An arrest warrant has been issued by the Independence County Prosecuting Attorney's office for a former Cushman man who is a convicted sex offender. Court records say Derek Dewayne Tharp (pictured), 28, is charged with failing to comply with registration and reporting requirements of sex...

Two arrested in White County shooting and theft

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A man and woman were arrested yesterday in a shooting and theft incident in White County. The White County Sheriff’s Department said deputies responded to Old Kensett Road and Whitney Lane on a claim by a male that he had been shot in the head,...

Batesville police officers’ quick action save life of 17-year-old after accidental stabbing Sunday night

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The quick actions of two Batesville Police Department (BPD) officers Sunday night saved the life of a teenager who accidentally slashed the main artery in his inner thigh. Around 9:50 p.m. Sunday, June 3, a young woman called dispatch to report her boyfriend had accidentally...

Gary B.: Following the Susi Epperson stories in Daily Guard

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  It is an interesting story I am following in the Batesville Daily Guard about a grant writer and the Cedar Ridge Public School System. It has been a page one story for two days about Susi Epperson And a state audit. Epperson is considered by many in this...

Fowler named recipient of the Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers Scholarship at Lyon College

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Lyon College junior Linda Fowler has been named the recipient of the Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers Scholarship. The scholarship benefits a full-time student pursuing a major or minor in biology, with preference given to one whose cumulative grade point average...