BHSC World Civilization class cleans the Baja

Batesville High School Charter Teacher Matt Wentz (pictured, back row, far left) and his World Civilization class recently cleaned up the “Baja” stretch of Jennings Lane that leads to the junior and high school campuses as part of the Great Arkansas Cleanup. The Great Arkansas Cleanup takes place each fall from September (the first weekend …

Civil War encampment planned for Old Independence Regional Museum

The Old Independence Regional Museum will host a Civil War encampment on the museum grounds Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30.  In a release, the museum said visitors are invited to participate as living historians demonstrate various aspects of living in a Confederate camp during the Civil War. Presented by the Pvt. Job S. …

LISTEN: Local 4-H members talk National 4-H Month

Pictured above (from left): Area 4-H Students Natasha Hightower, Keylee Harris, and Daniel Latus visited with White River Now about October as National 4H Month. October is National 4-H Month. 4-H is designed to prepare young people to step up to the challenges in their communities and provide youth with the skills to lead for a …

Citizens Bank, Batesville Schools honor Dennis Nephew and Wayne Gibbs for going ‘Above & Beyond’

Pictured left to right; Eagle Mountain Elementary Principal Byron Difani, Kristie Nephew, Wayne Gibbs, and Citizens Bank’s Ashley Engles Dennis Nephew and Wayne Gibbs, both plumbers with the Batesville School District maintenance department, were named Monday in a special honor to receive the October “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award.” Since 2012, Citizens Bank and …

Independence County Sheriff’s Department reports a missing pregnant woman

The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a missing pregnant woman. Deputy Bryon Hightower noted in his report that he visited with Lona Corter on Monday, Oct. 18. Corter informed authorities that Lily Lenderman, 21, formerly of Sidney, has not been seen or heard from since Sunday evening. Lenderman is described as homeless and does …

Sunday afternoon incident leaves Melbourne man injured, charges filed against three individuals

Charges are being filed against three individuals in a Sunday afternoon incident that resulted in injuries to a Melbourne man. All three are juveniles, two have been charged as adults; Darin Woodward, 18 and Isabel Nolan, 17, both of Melbourne; and, Landon Thomas, 16, of Horseshoe Bend. According to a press release from the Izard …

Gary B.: Towing job goes wrong, damages county roads and knocks out power

Independence County Deputy Sheriff, Logan Weller was dispatched to a vehicle pulling a house trailer with no tires on the back axle, causing damage to O’Neal Road. Deputy Weller said it was determined the trailer had been towed northward on Harmontown Road, and then onto O’Neal Road traveling west. There was damage starting in the  …

Traffic stop turns into chase through Independence county

Pictured left to right; Mervin Sanders and Megan Bean. Photos courtesy of the Independence County Sheriff’s Department. Overnight Sunday, a routine traffic stop turned into a pursuit that lasted almost half an hour. Detective Zachary Bailey was on routine patrol near South Fork Road and Highway 167 when he observed a Ford Escape traveling south …

First Community names Ford Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer

Dwight Ford, a veteran employee of First Community Bank, has been named executive vice president, chief credit officer. “I’m proud to work for a bank that invests so deeply in its people and community,” said Ford in a media release from the bank. “In my new role, I will continue to support the lending function …

Wood Family of Dealerships helps with ‘Paint the Town Pink’ project

The Stanley Wood Chevrolet Buick GMC and Scott Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealerships recently made a donation to the White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation project, Paint the Town Pink (PTTP). All PTTP proceeds benefit WHRS cancer detection and treatment. The Wood Family of Dealerships has strongly supported breast cancer awareness projects throughout the …