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A wall of police officers stood between two groups of protestors at Riverside Park on the banks of the White River in Batesville on Saturday afternoon, as the groups hurled insult after insult at each other over race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation.

“Our position is that we are here to make sure everyone gets their voice, everybody has the right to free speech, and that nobody gets hurt,” said Police Chief Alan Cockrill.

Cockrill called in all available help, including auxiliary police officers, after news broke that the well-known Billy Roper, a local leader in the white nationalist movement, planned an anti-Sharia law rally at the pavilion at the 

park. 

Two former supervisors at an Arkansas juvenile detention facility Wednesday pleaded guilty for conspiracy to assault detainees. Patrick Harris, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that 42-year old Peggy Kendrick and 40-year old Dennis Fuller each entered guilty pleas for their actions at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville.

The Melba Theater in Downtown Batesville, picture from Arkansas Parks and Tourism, credit Talk Business and Politics
Talk Business & Politics

Adam Curtwright’s first job was at the Melba Theater in downtown Batesville. In elementary school, he’d watched many movies on the theater’s lone screen. After he graduated from high school, Curtwright moved onto other jobs and ultimately became a banker.

But he yearned to return to the Melba, and when the building became available he, his wife, Mandy, and another couple, Joe and Janelle Shell, made a daring move.

Pride Day at American Legion Post in Batesville

Jul 1, 2016

The American Legion post in Batesville held its first Pride Day celebration this week.  Social media buzz and a newspaper preview didn't turn out attendance, but as Arkansas Public Media's Bobby Ampezzan reports, the long-term plan is to swing public perception bit by bit.  Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranches are making a difference in the state.  With their flagship campus in Batesville, and two other campuses in the state, the ranches can house up to 100 abused or neglected children.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

State funds are headed to Batesville for a study on possible development of Polk Bayou.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses the study with Crystal Johnson, President and CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.