Prosecuting Attorney’s office: 29 felony cases recently pleaded in Independence County Circuit Court

Twenty-nine felony cases were pleaded in Independence County Circuit Court on Jan. 7, many of them included substantial sentences to the Arkansas Department of Corrections (ADC), according to a release today from the 16th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Among the cases closed are: Computer Exploitation of a Child Dylan Densmore (pictured above) was sentenced …

Wanted man on Harley leads Independence County deputy on high-speed chase

Independence County Deputy Sheriff Adam McGilton said he was patrolling Wednesday morning on Camp Tahkodah Road when he observed a black Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling west, according to the incident report. In the report, McGilton noted recognizing the man operating the motorcycle as Travis Harlin Hutson (pictured), 43. McGilton said he was aware that Hutson …

Wreck north of Mountain View sends two to hospital

Stone County authorities report a two-vehicle wreck north of Mountain View on Highway 5 in the Livingston Creek area on Wednesday afternoon sent three to the hospital. Officers report a female, driving a Nissan south on the highway, crossed the centerline and struck the driver’s side front of a Dalton’s Wrecker Service truck that was …

Internship leads UACCB ag student to position with U.S. Forest Service

Article by Hannah Keller Flanery. UACCB communications and marketing coordinator Ethan Tucker didn’t really know what type of career he wanted to pursue, but he knew a desk job was not for him. “I like being outdoors in the woods,” Tucker said. An internship with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Heber Springs in …

Learn all about quilting with informational meeting at Old Independence Regional Museum

Featured image: A velvet “Crazy Quilt” made by Mary E. Todd Heuer in the 1930s, gifted to OIRM by Don Heuer If you’re interested in learning to quilt and enjoy sewing or crafting items from material, the Old Independence Regional Museum (OIRM) will be hosting an informational meeting. Novices and skilled practitioners are all welcome. …

Batesville Area Arts Council hosting Art-Yoga-Wine night Jan. 23

The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) is partnering with Yoga-7 Studio to host an Art-Yoga-Wine night on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St. BAAC said in a release the event will feature a 15-20 minute mingle, then 30 minutes of standing yoga poses followed by …

Shelter Insurance Foundation and Vicki Stephenson Insurance Agency sponsor local high school scholarship

COLUMBIA, MO. — This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2000 scholarship to a graduate of Batesville High School, Southside Charter High School, and Cedar Ridge High School. Shelter Agent Vicki Stephenson sponsors and partially funds this scholarship. Shelter Insurance made the announcement this week in a media release. A committee of local …

Main Street Batesville Winter Gala will bring back the Roaring 20s

The Main Street Batesville Winter Gala will take place on Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Street Loft located at 267 E. Main St., 3rd Floor. All proceeds generated by the event will benefit Main Street Batesville. This year’s event will feature a Roaring 20s theme. Guests are encouraged to come dressed …

Authorities: Conway man charged after bag with narcotics found under car seat

Claiming a duffel bag gets a man charged with drug-related felonies in Independence County Circuit Court. According to court info, John Daniel Simpkins, Jr., 18, was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for a traffic stop. During an investigation, officers from the Independence County Sheriff’s Department found a large red duffel bag containing marijuana, …

COLUMN: White River Now’s Ken Loggains remembers Rush’s Neil Peart

Column by Ken Loggains, White River Now “Suddenly You Were Gone, From All The Lives You Left Your Mark Upon” Rush’s Afterimage (lyrics by Neil Peart) Yet you remain. We now live in world without Neil Peart. Maybe if I say it enough times it will sink in. Then again it probably won’t. Neil is …