Obituary: Walter Terrell Wood

Walter Terrell Wood, 82, passed away on Sept. 28, 2020. He was born in Batesville on July 1, 1938, to Asa and Ella Wood. Walter is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy Wood; son, Christopher Ray Wood; second wife, Helen Sharp; brothers, Lonnie, Kenneth, and Cecil Wood; and sisters, Myrtle Wood, Lucille Swafford, …

75th anniversary of Batesville VFW post coming Saturday

This Saturday, Oct. 3, will mark a milestone anniversary for a Batesville organization. The Harry B. Stokes VFW Post 4501 in Batesville was chartered on Oct. 3, 1945. Post Commander Curtis Matheny (pictured above with the post’s original charter) told White River Now the anniversary will be celebrated on Veterans Day of this year, Nov. …

Walmart looks to airports as inspiration of new store layout

Bentonville-based Walmart is getting inspiration from the airport terminal as it revamps the layout and signage of its stores to speed up shopping and better cater to smartphone-armed customers. The nation’s largest retailer said that the look, which includes signs with bold dimensional typeface spotlighting sections, is currently in one store. It will be rolled …

Goslin receives UACCB Outstanding Faculty Award

Article By Jeanni Brosius Freelance Writer Holly Goslin is a millennial, a foster dog mom, and an award-winning English teacher. This year, she added another title to the list when she was awarded the annual Outstanding Faculty award at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB). Each year, the college awards an outstanding …

‘Back the Blue’ event draws law enforcement supporters to Riverside Park

Law enforcement officials along with police officers and deputies from throughout Independence County were honored Tuesday night at an event held at Batesville’s Riverside Park. Brook Taylor, one of the founders of “Back the Blue of Independence County,” told White River Now in August that community support of local law enforcement is greatly needed, and …

How COVID-19 has affected relationship between BHS staff and students

Different learning options, communication changes, different roles — yes, COVID-19 has affected many aspects of education in Arkansas public schools. The two assistant principals at Batesville High School, Steven Robertson and Kevin Bledsoe, talked about those changes when they recently visited with White River Now’s Gary Bridgman on the radio program, “Pioneer Update,” sponsored by …

Minnesota Twins Defeated By Houston Astros In Game 1 Of AL Wild Card Series

The Houston Astros beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 Tuesday to open their AL playoff series.  Framber Valdez, who made 10 regular-season starts for the Astros, pitched five scoreless innings in relief of Zack Greinke for the victory. Valdez allowed his only two hits with one out in the ninth, but Willians Astudillo grounded into a …

President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden Face Off At First Presidential Debate

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will campaign in three U.S. states today, after the two faced-off last night at the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, leading up to the November election.   Trump, 74, will spend the day in Minnesota with a fundraiser in the afternoon before a rally in Duluth. …

Disney To Lay Off 28,000 At Parks In Florida And California Due To Pandemic

On Tuesday, Disney announced that it is laying off about 28,000 employees in the United States due to a loss of business related to the coronavirus pandemic. The company announced the layoffs across its parks, experiences and products segments in a letter to employees. Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experience and Products, said 67% …

Titans And Vikings Close Their Facilities After Positive COVID-19 Tests

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings both suspended team activities after a number of positive COVID-19 tests following their Sunday game in the third week of the NFL’s 2020 season. The Titans played at Minnesota on Sunday, and had three players and five team personnel test positive for the virus. The Vikings have …