WATCH: Bork named the recipient of October 2019 “One for All” award

Pictured above: Dustyn Bork (left) and Morgun Henson (right) First Community Bank and White River Now are proud to honor our area’s unsung heroes for the differences they make in our community with the One for All honor. The winner receives $100 from First Community Bank to continue their efforts, as well as a plaque […]

Trick-or-treaters brave chilly temps for Main Street Batesville’s Halloween

A crowd of festive trick-or-treaters in all types of elaborate costumes braved the chilly temperatures last night for Main Street Batesville’s Halloween celebration. Downtown merchants were on hand to ensure the treat bags and buckets were full of goodies. Representatives from various churches added to the fun with some members passing out candy while others […]

Police Rescue Abducted Virginia Teen Girl; 34-Year-Old Man Taken Into Custody

A 14-year-old girl has been found safe, almost 10 days after she went missing along with a 34-year-old man in Virginia.  Isabel Shae Hicks had last been seen on Oct. 21 at her home in Bumpass, Virginia, about 40 miles north of Richmond, police said. She “appeared unharmed,” according to authorities.

Police had previously said she was believed to be traveling with Bruce Lynch, who was taken into police custody when Hicks was found. The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said a vehicle the two were in was stopped in Caroline County, north of Richmond, “after a pursuit.”  Police previously said they feared the eighth-grader could be in extreme danger.

Tipster leads to rescue of abducted Virginia teen girl; 34-year-old man arrested


Deal Reached In Teachers Strike In Chicago

The city of Chicago and its teachers’ union have reached a deal to end the teacher’s strike, compromising on the makeup days for the time the teachers spent on the picket line.

On Thursday morning after the Chicago Teachers Union voted to accept a tentative deal with the city, , negotiations had resumed. However, the strike continued over the issue of makeup days. 

After ten days striking, the union requested that the school system schedule makeup days for time lost during the strike, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has rejected the request. As a result, classes remained canceled again on Thursday. But now that a deal has been reached, students will return to class on Friday. The details of the compromise were not immediately clear.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents the city’s 25,000 teachers and educational support staff. Chicago is the nation’s third-largest school district, and the strike has kept more than 360,000 students out of school.

Chicago teachers reach tentative deal, end 11-day strike


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Golden State Warriors Steph Curry Suffers Broken Hand In Game Against Suns

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has suffered a broken left hand after a hard fall during Wednesday’s 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

General manager Bob Myers said that Curry will have an MRI and CT scan, at which time the team will determine if he needs surgery and what his recovery timetable will be. Curry, 31, has a fracture in the second metacarpal, the bone in the hand below the index finger.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game, “obviously it’s been a tough start for us on many levels. So we’re just trying to find our footing. And obviously this puts us in a tough spot. So we’ll assess it, and we’ll go from there.”

Warriors’ Steph Curry suffers broken hand as troubled season sees another key player off roster


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Kansas City Royals Name Mike Matheny As New Manager

On Thursday, the Kansas City Royals announced they hired Mike Matheny as their new manager.  Matheny previously took the St. Louis Cardinals to the World Series six years ago.

The 49-year-old Matheny went 591-474 with the Cardinals from 2012-18 and was the first manager to reach the postseason his first four seasons. The Cardinals reached the World Series in 2013 but lost to the Boston Red Sox. Matheny was fired in July 2018 as the team was headed toward a third straight season out of the playoffs.

Matheny was hired last November by the Royals as a special adviser for player development and was predicted to replace Royals manager Ned Yost, who announced his retirement last month. The Royals are coming off another 100-loss season and in the midst of a massive rebuilding effort after their back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014-15. They have a wave of young position players and a promising batch of pitching prospects.

Michigan man gets second chance: Royals name Mike Matheny manager


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Batesville Revenue Office update: Office could re-open tomorrow, but probably Monday

Yesterday, White River Now brought you the news that the Batesville office of the Arkansas State Revenue was closed for repair after the building suffered water damage this past weekend. This afternoon, White River Now’s Gary Bridgman visited with Scott Hardin from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration in Little Rock about the accident that […]

International guitar duo to give recital on Nov. 12 at Lyon

As part of an Arkansas tour, the international guitar duo Johannes Möller and Laura Fraticelli will visit Lyon College for a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Bevens Music Room of the Brown Fine Arts Building. Award-winning Swedish guitarist Möller’s close collaboration with Argentinian guitarist Fraticelli has resulted in a unique form […]

Stone County man charged with possession of controlled substance — meth

A Timbo, Ark., man has been charged in Stone County Circuit Court with possession of a controlled substance, namely crystal methamphetamine. The arresting officer described the suspect as “nervous” during the incident. The arrest warrant and charge against John E. Skorheim, 59, came from a traffic stop early Wednesday evening, Oct. 23, by Lt. Dammon […]