Stone County man charged with two felonies after argument with girlfriend

A Stone County man has been charged in circuit court with two felonies after an argument with his girlfriend on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Court documents say Daniel Irl Hees, 59, is charged with felony domestic battery in the second degree and felony aggravated assault of a household member. Because a child was present during the …

Head-on collision near top of Salado Mountain claims one life; two injured

Arkansas State Police say one person was killed and two injured in a head-on collision Sunday just before 3 p.m. on Highway 167, north of Pleasant Plains on Salado Mountain. In his Preliminary Fatal Crash Summary Report, State Police Cpl. Jeremy Hughes said a 2017 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Kristi M. Spurlin, 39, of Batesville, …

BREAKING: Multiple reports of head-on collision south of Batesville this afternoon

There are multiple reports of a major head-on collision that occurred south of Batesville, near Pleasant Plains, this afternoon. One reader of White River Now noted two full-size pick-up trucks were involved and that the location of the accident was Salado Mountain. There are other reports of one victim being airlifted to a Little Rock …

Pursuit of wanted Stone County man ends with head-on collision in Izard County

Yesterday, we brought you a story about two people who were wanted by the law in Stone County. The two individuals who managed to escape after a high-speed pursuit on Saturday, Nov. 2, Tamara L. Guinn and Mason Patrick (pictured), both had felony failure to appear warrants. They are now facing felony fleeing charges after …

Independence County to bid on Ramsey Mountain property

Article by Madeline Pyle At last night’s meeting of the Independence County Parks and Recreation Committee, Mark Lamberth, the CEO of Atlas Asphalt, asked the committee to consider bidding in the auction of 19 acres of property along Ramsey Mountain at 556 Batesville Blvd. The committee ultimately motioned to bid in the auction this Tuesday, Nov. 12. …

Tip from public leads to high-speed pursuit of duo wanted by authorities; driver of vehicle arrested

The Stone County Sheriff’s Department received a tip on Saturday, Nov. 2, that two people, wanted by authorities, were leaving a liquor store in a vehicle on Highway 14 West. The two individuals, identified in court records as Tamara L. Guinn and Mason Patrick, both had felony failure to appear warrants. Cpl. Justin Meeks was …

Lyon becomes first private college in state to offer fermentation science

A new course is brewing at Lyon College. Lyon will be the first private college in Arkansas to offer its students 21 years and older the opportunity to learn how to brew in a new fermentation science course starting in the spring semester. “I hope students will leave with a better appreciation of fermentation,” said …

Counterfeit bills turn up in Cave City area

According to a police report by Independence County Deputy Cydney Baxter, counterfeit $10 bills have turned up in the Cave City area. One was taken by a convenience store and station, just outside Cave City. That bill was taken to the bank to confirm it was counterfeit. Later, at the same convenience store, an older …

A threat to kill police officer leads to felony charges against a Mountain View man

A threat to kill led to felony charges against a Stone County man. The subject, identified in court information as Larry Dean Gaffney 2nd (pictured), 46, was at a residence in the 400 block of Persimmon Lane in Mountain View on Saturday, Nov. 2, without invitation or permission to be there, according to authorities. Sgt. …

Independence County Law Enforcement Committee discusses 2020 budgets Tuesday night

Article by Teisha Bagwell, White River Now Tuesday night, the Independence County Law Enforcement Committee met at the county courthouse to discuss projected budgets for 2020. The committee irons out details and assists in preparing the budgets for the sheriff’s department, the jail, juvenile detention, Office of Emergency Management, emergency dispatch, and much more. Most …