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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Stephens: Investigation of incident involving deputy on video almost complete

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Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said the investigation of an incident in which a deputy is shown on video losing his temper during a domestic call should be completed by Friday. The sheriff said early Thursday morning he's waiting on the citizen complaint form to...

Ozarka College Foundation receives $15,000 from First Community Bank for Ash Flat Technical Center

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Featured image (left to right): Dr. Richard Dawe, president of Ozarka College; Fred Holzhauer, vice president/branch manager First Community Bank; Josh Kunkel, assistant vice president of commercial lending First Community Bank; and Dr. Josh Wilson, vice president of advancement, Ozarka College. The Ozarka College Foundation...

Popular Mountain View restaurant temporarily closed due to coronavirus

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A popular downtown Mountain View cafe has temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. Robert Baker, the owner/operator of the Rainbow Cafe, told White River Now's Gary Bridgman the closure was a precautionary measure for the safety of the public and staff members. On Saturday, June 13,...

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to mandate quarantine on travelers from hotspots, including Arkansas

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If you're planning an upcoming trip to New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, it might be longer than expected. The governors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have banded together to implement a mandatory quarantine on visitors from states that have a high percentage...

Details for Batesville High School ceremony have been released

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Batesville High School will hold its 2020 graduation ceremony Friday, July 10, at Pioneer Stadium. The ceremony, delayed from its original date due to coronavirus concerns, will begin at 8 p.m. Because of the COVID-19 guidelines, the school is asking that all people attending to...

Woman enters random house in Pleasant Plains, decides to try on kids’ clothes

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According to the incident report, a woman walked into a random Pleasant Plains house Friday, June 19, and apparently tried to make herself at home. The homeowner was there at the time with her young children, and asked the woman, identified as Daphne Rose, 46,...

Sheriff to review video circulating showing tense situation during early morning incident call

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UPDATE, 8:00 a.m., June 23, 2020: Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens issued this statement late Monday afternoon regarding the incident: "The deputy involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave, and an investigation is underway by the sheriff's office." The sheriff said...

Three die in two separate vehicle accidents Sunday night

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A two-vehicle accident on Highway 69 in Independence County around 6:40 Sunday night left two dead and two injured. In his preliminary report, Arkansas State Police Cpl. Jeremy C. Hughes said a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox going north on 69, and driven by Okoya Ward, 21,...

Listen to the full interview with Thomas E. Bryant about Suddenlink service in Batesville

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The city of Batesville recently delivered over 200 complaints to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office about the cable television and internet quality provided to residents by Suddenlink. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said residents using the services of Suddenlink have complained about internet reliability, speed, and...

Two area men jailed after high-speed chase

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Two area men ended up in jail early Thursday morning, June 18, after a high-speed chase through Sulphur Rock and onto Highway 69 towards Batesville. According to the incident report, Independence County Deputy Sheriff Nicholas Ade reported he tried to pull over a Buick Ranier...

Batesville-based food delivery service launches

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Meals Now is a new delivery service located in Batesville providing your favorite meals right to your door. The vital need for a delivery service in the area has been fulfilled with Meals Now. The process is simple, go online to meals-now.com, choose a restaurant, view...