Newport man identified as fatality in Hwy. 25 accident

A 25-year-old Newport man was killed Saturday when his 1999 Ford Ranger collided with a 2004 Peterbilt. The accident occurred on Highway 25 in Independence County around 12:50 yesterday afternoon. According to the Arkansas State Police, Anthony Q. Knuckles, 25, was northbound on Highway 25 when his Ranger crossed the center line and struck the […]

Public Health Emergency extended until March 31, mask mandate could be lifted by the end of next month

The current Public Health Emergency for the state of Arkansas was extended until March 31. Governor Asa Hutchinson noted the declaration will be revisited and consideration will be made for further extension dependent on COVID-19 activity in the state. All current health directives were immediately reclassified as guidance. The rules being lifted include capacity limits […]

Alleged stalking case in Mountain View leads to charges

A Mountain View man bonded out of jail Thursday afternoon after being arrested and charged with second-degree stalking. The information in Stone County Circuit Court said the victim told police that William Earl Johnson, 55, has been allegedly following them for some time. The court document said Johnson on many occasions has allegedly followed the […]

Lady Pioneers clinch spot in State Tournament, advance in first round of District Tournament over Searcy

Report by Wes Gwaltney After a two-week hiatus from the basketball court due to winter weather, the number-one seed Batesville Lady Pioneers would show zero rust Thursday night as they hosted the eighth-seeded Searcy Lady Lions in District tournament action. The baskets would fall quickly and often in the opening frame as the Lady Pioneers […]

House passes legislation protecting LGBTQ rights

On Thursday, the House passed legislation that would extend existing civil rights law to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. The bill would ensure equal treatment for LGBTQ individuals in areas including employment, education, housing, credit, public accommodations and others. The House voted 224 to 206 to pass the legislation largely along […]