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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Batesville Community Center to close for period in response to coronavirus concerns

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The city of Batesville has announced that the Batesville Community Center and Aquatics Park will close to the public beginning at 6 p.m. this evening as part of COVID-19 precautionary measures. Jeff Owens, Batesville Parks and Recreation director, noted the offices will remain open from...

Moped stolen from Antioch Road residence

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Above: File image of a Viper Prime 49cc (not a picture of the actual moped that has been reported missing, but a similar model). Independence County Sheriff’s Department deputies are on the lookout for a moped recently stolen from a resident in the 3500 block...

AAA implements “Dead Period” for school athletics

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The Arkansas Activities Association is implementing a "Dead Period" for member schools beginning tomorrow due to concerns over COVID-19. According to this morning's release from the AAA, coaches (licensed teacher coaches and registered volunteers) "shall be prohibited from engaging in any type of activity involving...

Batesville School District releases COVID-19 feeding plans during school closure

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The Batesville School District has released its feeding plans for students during the COVID-19-related closure. Scroll below for the information. (También hay una versión en español a continuación.) Batesville School District Food Service Department COVID–19 Feeding Plans FREE TO ALL STUDENTS 18 YEARS OF AGE OR...

Gov. Hutchinson orders closing of state school campuses Tuesday through the spring break in response to COVID-19

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, provided an update on the state's coronavirus (COVID-19) response Sunday afternoon. The governor said four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed since Saturday, bringing the total number of cases...

Mayor Elumbaugh releases statement on coronavirus; city administration offices closed to public beginning Monday

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The precautions over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue. Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh has released this statement from his office: As the situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the City of Batesville wants to ensure the well-being of our employees and our customers. We know...

BPD office to be closed to walk-ins

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In response to the coronavirus situation, Batesville Police Chief Alan Cockrill said today that the Police Department Office Building will now be closed to walk-ins. He said officers will man phones to take calls and will come to a site in an emergency. “Naturally, if it’s...

Independence County Sheriff’s Department implements new precautions

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In response to the coronavirus, the Independence County Sheriff’s Department is implementing new precautions at the sheriff’s department and the county jail, according to a release from Sheriff Shawn Stephen's office today. Starting immediately the following programs will be suspended until further notice: • Inmate in-person...

BREAKING NEWS: Cause of death released in case of two found dead in Bethesda area last Sunday

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According to the press release from Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens this afternoon, the cause of death for Lincoln and Alyssa Fulbright has been determined as Carbon Monoxide Intoxication and was accidental. White River Now will continue to follow this story and share any further...

Three cited for shoplifting at Batesville Walmart on Thursday

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On Thursday, March 12, Officer Amber Branscum of the Batesville Police Department was dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter on three different occasions in reference to shoplifting complaints. The first incident involved a 54-year-old Batesville woman “skip-scanning." That’s a process where the person scans one item,...

Woman arrested on drug charges

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An Independence County woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after an illegal drug and drug paraphernalia were found in her vehicle, according to authorities. Independence County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Officer Johnny Byler assisted by Narcotics Investigator Dillon Sallas, Drug Task Force Special Agent Blake Cruz, and...