Sheriff’s Department: Inmate community service worker walks off work detail at recycling center

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An inmate community service worker has walked off work detail at Independence County Recycling Center, according to a post on the Independence County Sheriff's Department's Facebook account. Tyler Mitchell was last seen around 11:45 a.m. at the recycling center. The sheriff’s department was notified at...

Portfest to transition to six-month entertainment series in downtown Newport

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The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and Portfest directors have announced that they will be transitioning their efforts from the annual Portfest Festival to a new six-month long entertainment series in downtown Newport. “Portfest has been a staple in Newport and Jackson County for 35...

Main Street Batesville’s 2019 Farm to Table Dinner set for Sept. 21

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Main Street Batesville (MSB) has announced plans for the 2019 Farm to Table Dinner. This year, the event’s presenting sponsor is Merchants & Planters Bank. Proceeds will benefit MSB and support its efforts. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21. Hors d’ oeuvres and...

Quorum Court hears request for approval of private club permit

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A request for approval of a private club permit was tabled Monday by the Independence County Quorum Court. Beverly Greenfield requested the permit on behalf of a private club to be known as Red’s Hideaway Diner at 5315 N. Central Ave. (Highway 69) north of...

Listen to part two of Gary B.’s series in the opioid crisis from The Official Word

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White River Now's Gary Bridgman has started a multi-part series on the opioid crisis for "The Official Word," the weekly public affairs program airing on Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ and 93 KZLE that is sponsored by First Community Bank. During the series, Gary will visit with Dr....

Gary B.: Voter photo ID issue on November ballot

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Issue 2 on the November election ballot in Arkansas is the requirement of a photo identification in order to vote. A “yes” vote supports the amendment and requires individuals to present valid photo ID to cast a ballot. A “no” vote opposes this amendment. Issue 2...

Stone Bank giving away ‘Rebel Dollars’ during Rural Special Homecoming

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Featured image: Susan Ross, a teller/customer service representative with Stone Bank, is shown with Rebel Dollars to be given away at the Rural Special School homecoming. As a way of supporting Rural Special School and raise funds for their athletic department, Stone Bank will give...

Batesville woman dies after one-vehicle accident on Pfeiffer Road

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A Batesville woman died yesterday after a one-vehicle accident on Pfeiffer Road. According to the preliminary fatal crash summary from the Arkansas State Police, April D. Bauman, 47, was driving her 2007 Dodge Caliber east on Pfeiffer Road early Saturday afternoon when she failed to...

Bad Boy Mowers hurricane relief drive underway at Harps

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The second leg of a local drive to collect much-needed items for hurricane relief efforts is currently underway in the parking lot of Harps Food Store, 1740 Batesville Blvd., in Southside. Batesville-based Bad Boy Mowers is coordinating the effort to deliver items such as: bottled...

Absconder arrest in Southside also lands woman in jail on Valentine’s Day

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The search for an absconder at a Southside residence on Valentine's Day also landed the home's occupant in jail on drug charges. Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens, Narcotics Investigator Johnny Byler, and Det. Aaron Moody assisted Arkansas Community Corrections Agent Krista Huston with a home...

Visitation and funeral services for slain Stone County Deputy have been set

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Visitation and funeral services have been set for the slain Stone County Deputy Sheriff, Sgt. Michael David Stephen, Sr. He was 56 years old. Stephen was a graduate of Calico Rock High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He became a volunteer...