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...

Judge Griffin: County obtains personal protective equipment for first responders; 4,000 masks on order

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Independence County Judge Robert Griffin released a statement in response to the news of a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the White River Health System. (Click here for more information on that story.) Griffin noted with the likelihood of additional cases coming, Glen...

WRHS CEO: Notified of ‘patient with presumed positive case of coronavirus’

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The president and CEO of White River Health System released a statement today confirming their organization has a patient with a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19). “Today, we were notified of a patient with a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Gary Paxson,...

Coronavirus update: 118 in Arkansas as of this afternoon; judge says county number is currently 2, not 3

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At today's briefing from Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, officials noted the cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state as of 1:30 p.m. today stands at 118. Counties with the most cases include Pulaski with 28 cases; Cleburne with 22; Jefferson with 19; and...