Obituary: Batesville School Board member, Boy Scout leader George Latus

George Robert Latus of Sulphur Rock, AR August 11, 1960 – April 4, 2021 George Robert Latus, 60, of Sulphur Rock, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021. 

He was born August 11, 1960, in Benton Harbor, Mich., to Robert John Latus and Elizabeth Carol (Roberts) Latus. George was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He loved his family […]

Gas Buddy: Searcy tops list of lowest gas prices currently in state

Arkansas fuel prices have seen a jump over the past few weeks with some prices per gallon hitting $2.72 in the Batesville area. According to the website GasBuddy.com, the top ten locations with the lowest prices in the state over the past 24 hours are mainly, with one northwest Arkansas exception, in Searcy. The list […]

Missouri suspect wounded by police in Mountain Home incident

The Arkansas State Police (ASP) is investigating a shooting incident involving a Mountain Home police officer and a bail bondsman. Kevin Lee Donovan, 41, of Adrian, Mo. remains hospitalized in Springfield, Mo. and is reported to be in critical condition, the ASP said in a Wednesday morning statement. Donovan was shot and wounded by a […]

Batesville Schools: Zero COVID cases for three weeks in a row

Batesville School District Assistant Superintendent David Campbell (pictured) told White River Now’s Gary Bridgman this morning that scoring a zero, particularly when it is related to the pandemic, can sometimes be a good thing. “For the third week in a row, the Batesville School District is at ‘zero,’” Campbell said. “And what that means is […]

Arkansas gun rights activist to challenge Sen. Boozman

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas gun rights activist who ran unsuccessfully for governor three years ago says she’s challenging Republican Sen. John Boozman. Jan Morgan (pictured above in a file photo) on Wednesday said she’s running against Boozman in the GOP primary next year. Boozman is seeking his third term and last week […]

Judge denies bail for Arkansas man charged in Capitol riot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has denied bail for a 60-year-old Arkansas man who posed for photos with his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Chief Judge Beryl Howell said Thursday that Richard Barnett’s behavior was “brazen, entitled, and dangerous,” and she […]

Mountain Home man charged with 72 counts involving explicit material featuring children

Baxter County authorities filed 72 felony counts against a Mountain Home man on Monday after 72 files of “child explicit” material were allegedly found in his Google storage account. Josh D. Koger (pictured), 23, is accused of uploading the 72 files in August of 2020 after officials received a cyber tip via the National Center […]

UACCB teams with Econo-Mart on COVID-19 vaccination clinic for staff

Jodie Hightower (left), assistant to the chancellor at UACCB, was the first UACCB employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Paul Holifield (right) of Econo-Mart Pharmacy during the clinic. / Images via UACCB UACCB held a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for employees on Jan. 22. In a release, the college extended sincere thanks to Econo-Mart Pharmacy […]

Area high school bowling action at Hollywood Bowl

The Charlie Jeffery/Joyce Vickery High School Bowling Tournament was held this week at Hollywood Bowl in Batesville. Area schools that competed included Batesville, Southside, Cedar Ridge, and briefly, Concord. The tournament format was two games of six-person singles and three Bakers team games. Total combined pinfall from the singles and Bakers matches determined the placing. […]

Rolling average number of new coronavirus cases down 34 percent in state

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health reported 1,777 new cases of the coronavirus and 17,686 active cases on Wednesday, a drop of more than 700 from a week ago. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that efforts to slow the virus appear to be having an effect, but Arkansans can’t relax from […]