Updates on two recent shooting incidents in Batesville

Batesville Police Department officials have released more information surrounding Thursday night’s reported shooting incident and an ensuing one-vehicle crash near a Littlefield convenience store. And the department is also confirming investigators are working on a reported shooting incident last night at Hawg’s Exxon. A release from the investigative division of the Batesville Police Department said […]

Court info: Pleasant Plains man accused of alleged child sexual abuse

According to information filed in Independence County Circuit Court, the Independence County Sheriff’s Department received a “Crimes Against Children” referral, alleging child sexual abluse, on Wednesday, July 29. The filing said the victim was under the age of 10 while the suspect was 60 years old The court info said the reporting party was told […]

Witnesses report possible shooting near Riverside Park before car crashes into pole

Witnesses reported to White River Now late Thursday night of a possible shooting incident around Batesville’s Riverside Park and then, soon after, the crashing of a vehicle into a utility pole near a convenience store not far from the area. (The car is pictured above in an image by Autumn Mathis submitted to White River […]

Southside School District announces Ready for Learning plan for 2020-21

Southside School District announced Thursday afternoon their Ready for Learning plan that offers three options for the 2020-21 school year for students and families. The district will offer blended learning, which will consist of in-person instruction and online-only when necessary and two virtual learning options. One of the virtual options will be with Southside Teachers […]

Arkansas State University-Newport delays Fall 2020 by one week

According to a press release from Arkansas State University-Newport, their Fall 2020 term will begin August 24, 2020. This is a one-week postponement from the originally planned start date of August 17, 2020. With this postponement, students, faculty and staff will have more time to prepare for the upcoming semester. August 24, 2020, also coincides […]

Man sentenced to three years in prison in Stone County Circuit Court

Photo credit: Stone County Jail Inmate Roster During a recent Stone County Circuit Court session a man was sentenced to three years in prison. The sentencing order says Jesse Leon Oxford (pictured) , 30,  was sent to prison for 36 months along with a suspended sentence of three years. Oxford entered a negotiated plea of […]

Independence County and Batesville considered an emerging hotspot

Arkansas Department of Health Independence County stats on July 30 (pre-daily briefing) Independence County has maintained a relatively low case count of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic in Arkansas in early March. However, in the last two weeks, case numbers have increased. Currently, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website, the county […]

Sanders and Hice charged in drug surveillance case

Arrest warrants were issued and Independence County prosecutors have filed charges on a man and woman from a case that started earlier this year, according to documents filed Tuesday in Independence County Circuit Court. Law enforcement authorities had William Sanders, 66, and Betty Jo Hice, 46, under surveillance before a bust occurred, and the Independence […]

Spurlock appointed Assistant Vice President of Campus Operations at Ozarka College 

James Spurlock has recently been named the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Campus Operations at Ozark College, according to a news release from the school. Prior to this new leadership role, Spurlock served as the Mammoth Spring Campus Director for the past eoght years. Spurlock also has experience as the Campus Director for Ash Flat, […]