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Peco Foods closing 3 Mississippi locations, expanding others

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CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A family-owned Mississippi poultry company said Thursday it is closing three of its locations in the state, while expanding operations at two other locations and a third in Pocahontas, Ark. Multiple news outlets report Peco Foods’ Mississippi facilities in Brooksville, Canton,...

Arkansas virus hospitalizations, again, reach new record high

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of coronavirus patients in Arkansas' hospitals has risen to a new record high with 25 more people dying from the virus. The Department of Health on Thursday said the state's COVID-19 hospitalizations rose by five to 1,326. The total...

Batesville man arrested after being found with $48k worth of drugs

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A Batesville man has been arrested after being found in possession of drugs worth around $48,000, according to a release from the Independence County Sheriff's Department. The Arkansas State Police, Independence County Sheriff's Department, 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, and the Arkansas Department of...

Deputy finds mail strewn along Batesville Boulevard ditch line

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A reserve deputy from the Independence County Sheriff's Department reported finding numerous pieces of mail belonging to multiple businesses in a ditch line along Batesville Boulevard, according to a release Thursday morning from Sheriff Shawn Stephens. The release noted the mail has been returned to...

Sheriff submits year-end report for Monday’s Quorum Court meet; just under 200 arrested in 2020

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At the next Independence County Quorum Court meeting, Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens will present year-end stats for his department. The report will show the sheriff's department averaged just over 800 calls for service each month in 2020. Out of that number came 199 arrests. The...

Arkansas leaders comment on Wednesday’s violence at US Capitol

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After supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday as debate began regarding the Electoral College vote confirmation, some of Arkansas' legislative leaders along with the state's governor took to Twitter to rebuke the violence that left multiple law enforcement officers injured...

Batesville Schools’ solar project to be focus on Thursday’s ‘Kelly Clarkson Show’

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Batesville High School EAST Facilitator Jeanne Roepcke and Batesville School District Communications Director Megan Renihan paid a visit to the White River Now family of radio stations Wednesday morning to announce the district's solar project will be featured during a segment of "The Kelly...

WRMC welcomes first baby of 2021

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Pictured from left to right: Dakota Burkhardt and Nicole Hartness recently welcomed Khione’ Noelle Hartness-Burkhardt into the world on Jan. 1, 2021, weighing in at 8 lbs., 8 oz., and 19 inches long. Khione’ was the first baby to be born in the New...

Arkansas adjusts vaccine rollout as coronavirus cases surge

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has adjusted its rollout of the coronavirus vaccine as the state's hospitalizations from the virus continued hitting record levels. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday said the state will move police, firefighters, and other first responders to the first phase...

Three arrested on drug charges after traffic stop for improper tint

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Three occupants of a vehicle were recently arrested on a variety of drug charges in Izard County. According to a release from the Izard County Sheriff's Department, Chief Deputy Charley Melton reported the Arkansas State Police made the arrests after a Dec. 27 traffic stop...

Obituary: Euna Watters Sitton

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One of Melbourne's most well-known citizens, Euna Watters Sitton, died Saturday, Jan. 2, a half-month shy of her 71st birthday. Euna was a life-long citizen of Melbourne, a graduate of Melbourne High School, and went on to attend Arkansas State University at Beebe and the...