News for Friday, December 2

A Hand Up, Not A Handout!

In  August of 2016 there were 605 Carroll County households served at least once during the month and those households contained 1955 persons.  Eligible households may be served each month or 9 times in the year.  Most people only need temporary help with food.

A backpack program, Operation Food for Hungry Kids has just completed its third year of operation, with a total of 4706 food packs were distributed to some 175 hungry children in the Berryville and Green Forest school systems. We are pleased to report that we have already been advised by the Carroll County Community Foundation and Cox Charities that each of these organizations will be supporting the Food for Hungry Kids Program with grants in the 2016-17 school year.

Dale Hunter is in charge of the backpack program for Loaves and Fishes.  When we talked to her, it was very busy with alot of people in line to receive food..........

 

Mumps Cases Increase in Carroll County

The mumps outbreak continues in northwest Arkansas, as well as up in Columbia, Missouri.

The Arkansas Depatment of Health says there are a total of more than 1,600 cases there, many in the northwest corner of the state. At the University of Missouri, in Columbia, the case count is up to 128.

Mumps can be spread through a cough or sneeze or even just talking with someone. Kids are required to have two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR, before kindergarten. Though the vaccine isn't perfect, it's shown to be 88 percent effective in protecting against the mumps.

Mumps has a 12 to 25 day incubation period before symptoms appear, like muscle aches, low grade fever, headache and fatigue. Days later comes the classic symptom of swollen salivary glands on one or both sides of the face.

The number of cases in Carroll County has now risen to three, with Thursday's Facebook post at the Green Forest School website.  Two cases were confirmed last week in the Berryville School District.

 

Huntsville School District Revises Advertising Policy

Revisions to the Huntsville School District’s advertising policy, adopted by the school board at its November meeting, could prohibit local liquor stores from advertising at school functions.

Huntsville Superintendent Clint Jones said the policy mirrors the district’s bus advertising policy and is also now in line with the district’s student dress code policies.

The advertising policy states, advertisements shall not be approved that are:

For a political candidate, political party; the adoption of any bond/budget issues; or any public question submitted at any general, county, municipal or school election as required by Arkansas law; of an obscene or pornographic nature; promoting drugs, alcohol, tobacco, firearms or similar products; or otherwise deemed inappropriate for minors.

 

Christmas Parades and More

Eureka Springs Christmas Parade will be held tonight in Downtown Eureka at 6:00 p.m. The Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights is one of the most anticipated holiday parades in the area and all over the state. This unique parade, sponsored by Equity Bank, beings at 6:00pm on Friday, December 2nd. The theme this year is Toyland. The parade will be on Spring St. and will run from Crescent Dr. to Main St.

​​Green Forest Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 3rd at 10:00 a.m.  The theme this year is "Christmas Around the World"  The parade route starts on Phillips Street in front of the high school and will continue up the north side of Ratzlaff through the town square.  Parade participants will need to get their entry number at the Old Gym.

Next Saturday, December 10th, will be the annual G.F. Chamber Breakfast with Santa at the Green Forest Alumni Center, from 8:30am-11am.  Cost is $5 per adult and $2 per child. 

​​​Berryville Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
The theme for this year is Do You Hear What I Hear?Let the Music Fill the Air. No charge to enter the parade and cash prizes will be awarded in seven categories. Weather reschedule dates are December 5 and December 10.  The parade WILL go around the square this year, and another change, judging will be done during the parade.

Huntsville Christmas Parade  Saturday
The Christmas Parade “Christmas Melodies” will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. Judging begins at 5:30 p.m. The Friendship Club will hand out free craft kits. For more information call Toni Johnson, 479-871-7019.

Kingston Christmas Parade
Kingston’s annual Christmas on the Square will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Kingston Square. The event will feature the Christmas Story along with live nativity, singing and live animals. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the celebration in the bottom of the Kingston Fire Department building.

Eureka Springs Schools Choral Concert will be Sunday afternoon, Dec. 4th at the High School Auditorium. The event is a product of the High School , Middle School and ESMS Onstage choirs, directed by Mr. Rick Mann, Mr. Barry Milner, and Mrs. Donesa Mann, respectively. The 3:00pm concert is free admission and the community is invited to support the vocal music students and enjoy the holiday music.

​​​​The Carroll County Community Orchestra Presents A Concert for the Holidays
Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 pm in the Berryville Community Center Banquet Hall
under the direction of Jim Swiggart.  Come join us for good times and good music!
Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children.  All proceeds go to scholarships for area youth with an interest in music.

 

Baxter County Man Arrested with Stolen Property

A north Arkansas man has been arrested after authorities say they found about five trailer loads of stolen property inside mini-storage units earlier this week in Baxter County.

Dwayne Allen Thompson, 41, of Mountain Home is being held on two counts of theft of property and one count each of residential burglary and breaking or entering, according to a news release.

The Baxter County sheriff’s office said it was tipped off by someone to possible stolen property placed by Thompson inside units at AAA Mini Storage on Arkansas 5 North and D&D Self Storage off County Road 28.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office and law enforcement with the Mountain Home Police Department executed search warrants Tuesday.

The belongings, including multiple bicycles, weed eaters, fishing gear and miscellaneous household items, had been taken from vacant homes and other storage units, according to authorities.

The sheriff's office said those items have been taken to a temporary location at the Baxter County fairgrounds, where investigators will help people identify items that possibly belong to them.

 

Pet Owners Spend Alot on Pet's Health

Pet owners may shell out as much — or more — money for their Pet's health care as they do for their own, a new report suggests. Pricey new technologies and more advanced treatment options drive up costs in many cases.

For a clearer picture of the types of animal illnesses, accidents, and resulting costs that pet owners face, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, a company that sells medical coverage for  dogs and cats, crunched data from 215,000 claims submitted by their customers during a one-year period.

According to their Cost of Pet Care 2016 report, the most common accidents and illnesses for dogs include stomach issues — often from ingesting dangerous human foods, such as chocolate and other sweets; skin conditions; ear and eye infections; growths; and chronic allergies and pain.

Stomach and skin issues plague cats, too, as well as urinary tract infections, cancer, kidney disease, eye and ear conditions, and heart and respiratory problems.

The report found stomach ailments in pets can cost more than $6,000 to diagnose and treat. Growths and lumps can tally upwards of $15,000. Heart surgeries can run as high as $20,000 and monthly medication bills can Walmart's investment in its holiday inventory could be paying off as the mass merchant is catching up to Amazon when it comes to in-demand items and pricing, according to data from Boomerang Commerce cited by Internet Retailer. 


News for Thursday, December 1

Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill His Wife and Homosexuals

A Berryville man has been arrested, accused of threatening to kill his wife and "homosexuals" at the Eureka Springs restaurant where she works, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in Carroll County Circuit Court.

During a Nov. 16 argument, Jeremiah Bliss-Leija told his wife that he was going to buy an automatic rifle, kill people at a particular Eureka Springs Cafe and "die an honorable death by bringing jihad to Berryville," according to the affidavit from Berryville arresting officer.

The man's wife told police that he threatened to "slit her throat," according to reports.

Bliss-Leija was arrested Nov. 17 and charged Nov. 23 with terroristic threatening, making a terroristic threat, and assault on a family member. The first two charges are felonies. He remains in the Carroll County jail in Berryville with bail set at $250,000.

Bliss-Leija told Berryville police that he spends a lot of time in discussion groups on the Internet and about 60 percent of them are "Arab groups."

Bliss-Leija has yet to enter a plea in the circuit court case. He is scheduled for arraignment Dec. 12.

Carroll County prosecutor Tony Rogers said Bliss-Leija has no known history of mental illness.

 

Wanted:  New or Gently Used Bobcat T-shirts

A Berryville High School Freshman, Jacey Howerton, has taken on a project that she calls "Pass the Bobcat Pride".  Howerton is working with the Berryville School District setting up baskets in each school office where students and staff can drop off their new or slightly used Bobcat shirts. 

Jacey belongs to FCCLA, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and is using the project "Pass the Bobcat Pride" as a STAR event, which focuses on leadership skills and career preparation.  STAR is an acronym for Students Taking Action with Recognition. 

Also participating in the project is the Berryville Kiwanis Club with donations and shirts.  Mindy Hicks, coordinator of the Berryville Bright Futures is Jacey's mother.  Bright Futures is a community resource program that benefits students and they plan to keep the project going for many years. 

The bottom line is getting more students and adults Bobcat t-shirts to wear to boost school spirit and involvement in pep rallies and ball games.  So, if you have purple Bobcat shirts that are no longer being worn, adults or child's, be sure and dropp them off at any school office on campus.

 

Anstaff Bank Harrison Branch Has New Manager

Anstaff Bank has named Whitney Williams as the new branch manager for the Anstaff Harrison North location, according to Scott Miller, market president.

“We’re very excited to have Whitney join the Anstaff team,” said Miller. “She’s highly qualified, knowledgeable and will be able to help our customers with all their financial needs. She’s a welcome addition to the family atmosphere at the bank.”

Williams comes to Anstaff with over 11 years of banking experience in Harrison.

 

Upcoming Blood Drive with CBCO-Code Yellow Alert

Code Yellow Alert continues for O Negative and A Negative blood types - donors urged to give this week.

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is on a CODE YELLOW ALERT for O Negative and A Negative blood types. The community is strongly urged to give blood this week at a CBCO donor center or blood drive.

Donors to Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) provide all of the blood for patients at 39 area hospitals. On average, a transfusion takes place every seven minutes and around 200 donations are needed each day to meet the area’s blood needs. You can help by giving blood at these upcoming blood drives:

Holiday Island
Monday, December 5, 2016
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Holiday Island Elks Lodge
4 Parkcliff Drive
Eureka Springs
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Inn of the Ozarks
Hwy 62 West



Harrison School Superintendent Accepts Joplin Position

The Joplin School Board chose a new superintendent from a school district in Arkansas. It unanimously selected Melinda Moss last week, and approved her three-year contract on Tuesday.

Moss is in her seventh year as superintendent of the Harrison School District. She previously worked in special education and as a guidance counselor in schools in Missouri.

Moss rose to the top from an initial pool of 47 applicants for the position. She'll assume her new position at the end of this school year.

Moss has degrees in finance and banking from the University of Arkansas, and degrees in special education, guidance and counseling and educational leadership from Missouri State University and St. Louis University.

 

Two Mumps Cases at U of A

The Arkansas Department of Health has confirmed two cases of mumps involving University of Arkansas students.

Students were sent a non-emergency alert on Tuesday about the cases of mumps. Currently, there is no evidence of local transmission on campus. Those who may have been exposed will receive additional communication and information from the Pat Walker Health Center over the next few days.

Over sixteen hundred cases are being investigated by the Arkansas Department of Health.

 

Nature Conservancy Buys Land Near Buffalo National River

The Nature Conservancy has purchased 1,425 acres of land near the Buffalo National River to create a nature preserve for public use, the group announced Tuesday.

The nonprofit closed on the land, which is just southwest of Mount Judea and all within 10 miles of the river, last week for about $700,000, spokesman Ginny Porter said.  "The price was generously discounted from the owners," Porter said. "They wanted it to stay in conservation."

Several years ago, the children of Johan and Frances Eliot of Michigan approached The Nature Conservancy about selling their Arkansas land, which they had dubbed Council Rock Forest, to honor their father's wishes to have the hilly, wooded property used for conservation. Johan Eliot had lived in Arkansas and found the area in the 1950s when he was working as a traveling physician for the state.

The land was used by the Eliots for recreational purposes, and they would sometimes stay in a cabin on the property when they visited, according to Scott Simon, director of The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas.

 

Appeal Filed in ADEQ Permit for C&H Hog Farms

Parties in a case appealing Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality-approved permit changes on a property in the Buffalo River watershed filed briefs this week.

The parties argued over whether Ellis Campbell needed a new permit when he asked the department to allow him to apply on his property up to 6.7 million gallons of hog manure from his cousin's farm.

A department permit that allows, among other things, the application of hog manure on land as fertilizer can be modified to apply only hog manure, the department and a landowner argued in their respective filings.

The filings argue over a permit that was modified by the department this summer at the request of Campbell, a cousin of Richard and Phillip Campbell of C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea.

Ellis Campbell, owner of EC Farms, applied to have his environmental permit for a hog farm that applied the hogs' manure to the land as fertilizer modified to just a manure application operation that would allow him to apply up to 6.7 million gallons of waste that comes from C&H onto his land.

 

Centerton Police Officer Fired for Wrongful Arrest

A sergeant with the Centerton Police Department has been fired for his role in the wrongful arrest of a Fayetteville High School football player last month.

Police Chief Cody Harper confirmed the firing Wednesday. Another officer involved in the case also is being disciplined in-house, Harper said. Harper wouldn't release the sergeant's name or the punishment for the other officer.

The punishments are in connection with the recent arrest of Terrance Rock.

Rock, 18, of Fayetteville was arrested Nov. 15 in connection with residential burglary and theft of property, both felonies. He was released from the Benton County Jail the next day on a $10,000 bond.

Harper said department policy wasn't followed in Rock's arrest. The arrest warrant wasn't sent to the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for approval, he said.

Harper said he's working on a new approval process and better checks and balances to make sure a similar mistake isn't repeated. He also said he's working to get Rock's fingerprints and arrest record removed from the court system.

Harper apologized for the mistaken arrest in a Nov. 18 news release. Police confused Rock with another person.

 

Labeling of Marijuana Products To Be Detailed

Labels for medical marijuana products sold in Arkansas would have to include details on their laboratory analysis, dosage and warnings under a draft of rules being prepared for the launch of the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt.

A draft of the rules by the state Department of Health released Wednesday details the process for patients to obtain registry cards for buying medical marijuana, the lab testing requirements for the drug and the process for adding new qualifying conditions. Arkansas voters on Nov. 8 approved a constitutional amendment legalizing pot for patients with certain medical conditions.

The department said it hoped to present the rules to the state Board of Health in January before it begins gathering public comment.

 

Common Drugs Account for Most E.R. Visits

Blood thinners, antibiotics and diabetes drugs lead to nearly half of prescription-related emergency room visits.

48% of the population takes at least one prescription medicine, but pills are often leading to visits to the emergency room. The CDC says one in every 250 Americans went to the ER between 2013 and 2014 because of a medication they were taking. Researchers are now asking doctors to be careful when prescribing these types of medication.

New research may lead to an effective treatment for alcoholism. UT Southwestern Medical Center in Texas studied thousands of people who drink alcohol and found a gene variant that suppresses the want for alcohol. That information could someday be used to develop a drug that would regulate alcohol consumption.


News for Wednesday, November 30

Nearly 60 communities will take part in this year’s Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights. Local events and decorations are as varied as the towns themselves, with visitors able to experience live nativities, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, illuminated displays, open houses, concerts, visits with Santa and more.

The Trail of Holiday Lights brochure is available both online at
www.Arkansas.com/TrailofHolidayLights and in printed version. Printed copies are available at all Arkansas Welcome Centers and at participating Arvest, Best Western and Subway locations. You can also request a copy by calling 1-800-NATURAL or emailing info@arkansas.com.

Whichever version you prefer, get a copy and start planning your trip or trips. There’ll be lights, lights, and more lights waiting for you. Post photos of your experience on
Facebook.com/ArkansasStateTourism and on Instagram (@arkansas) with the hashtag #ArkansasTrailofHolidayLights.

This year’s highlights include:

Northwest Arkansas
Favorite traditions in this area of the state include riding the Holiday Express Train on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad and ice skating at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville. In Jasper you can get a look at “Arkansas reindeer” -- the elk living around the Buffalo National River, and in Eureka Springs, the downtown area dazzles with glittering lights.

North Central Arkansas
Batesville shines with thousands of lights throughout downtown. Ark. 178 and the city limits of Bull Shoals will be twinkling. The Cleburne County Courthouse in Heber Springs is decked out again this year, as is the historic courthouse square in Mountain View. You can listen to the glorious sounds of Caroling in the Caverns at Blanchard Springs through Dec. 18.

Central Arkansas
The Arkansas State Capitol will once again host families to view its sparkling rotunda, along with indoor decorations galore. Sherwood Forest lights up nightly and features a mile of displays, the Sherwood Express and Santa Claus. Jacksonville City Hall is also set aglow, as is the Saline County Courthouse in Benton, which offers a gazebo for visits with Santa. Conway boasts the largest artificial Christmas tree on display in the state.

For more information, visit
www.Arkansas.com/TrailofHolidayLights.

 

Sign-up Nearing for Fired Up Basketball and Cheerleading at Southern Heights

The Southern Heights Baptist Church in Berryville is hosting Fired-Up Basketball and Cheerleading this year for K-3 students.  The program was formerly known as Upward Basketball.  John Racic with Southern Heights has more............

 

Local Ministry Providing Free Wash Day

In the midst of this holiday season, when everyone is so busy and the bills seem to pile up unexpectedly, the Green Forest United Methodist Church and the New Hope Baptist Church have teamed up to provide a Free Wash Day at the Speedy Clean Laundromat in Green Forest this Saturday, December 3 from 9 am to 4 pm.

It can be expensive to do laundry, so this is a ministry we hope will benefit our community. Laundry soap will be provided by Speedy Clean Laundromat. There will be cookies for the kids and fellowship during the day from 9 am to 4 pm, one day only: Saturday, December 3 at the Speedy Clean Laundromat 206 W. Main Street in Green Forest, next to Meador & McCasland CPA and the Country Craft Farm.

 

Springdale Police Officer Placed on Administrative Leave for Firing Weapon

A Springdale police officer fired his weapon during a disturbance call Tuesday.

According to Lt. Derek Wright with Springdale Police Department, officers were called out to a domestic disturbance at about 6:49 a.m. on Gibbons Drive. Parents told police their 40-year-old son, Jeremy Dunbar, was destroying items in their house. They said this had lasted all night and into the morning.

When officers went into the home, Dunbar brandished a handgun at an officer and refused to drop his weapon, according to Lt. Wright.

One of the officers shot his gun but did not hit Dunbar. After the shot was fired, Dunbar dropped his handgun. Dunbar was still noncompliant, Lt. Wright said, and officers deployed a taser on Dunbar before he was taken into custody.

Dunbar was brought to the Northwest Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

The officer who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave during the investigation, as part of department policy. No one was hurt in the incident.

 

Two Convicted for Medicaid Fraud

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced Tuesday the convictions of two Arkansans for Medicaid fraud.

Jennifer Casey, formerly of Benton County and currently of Pulaski County, pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court in October and was recently sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $750 fine and court costs. She has already repaid $9,000 in restitution to the Medicaid Program Trust Fund.

Roberson, 64, of Pine Bluff, was charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony, for billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program for services that were not rendered.  She pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and court costs.

Casey, 36, lived in Rogers when she was charged with one count of Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony, and one count of failure to maintain medical records, a Class D felony, for submitting false documentation to the Arkansas Medicaid Program in 2014 after her senior adult day care facility, Christian Day Care in Conway closed its doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

Both cases were initiated by referrals from the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and were prosecuted in coordination with the 6th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley.

 

RFD-TV The Theatre to be Sold After Foreclosure

A Branson theater is in foreclosure proceedings and is scheduled to be sold on the Taney County Courthouse steps Dec. 5, according to a recently published legal notice.

According to the notice, RFD-TV The Theatre is scheduled to be sold at 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at the north front door of the historic courthouse building at 132 David Street in Forsyth. The theater defaulted on a promissory note dated March 15, 2012.

The notice lists a trustee in Perryville, with a phone number for The Bank of Missouri. The trustee did not return a phone call by Branson Tri-Lakes News deadline.

The facility has a long history in Branson, originating as the Ray Stevens Theatre, then spending several years as Country Tonight before becoming RFD-TV The Theatre in March 2007. The theater has been largely empty recently. A website for the theater, once connected with the RFD-TV network, does not appear to work anymore.

 

Bizarre Incident Lands Springfield Woman in Jail

Police say a 19-year-old Missouri woman allowed her intoxicated boyfriend to drink her blood then stabbed the wannabe vampire during a subsequent argument.

Victoria Vanatter of Springfield pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action in the Nov. 23 incident.

Police say Vanatter told them she agreed that her boyfriend could slice her arm with a box cutter and drink her blood. But then the two argued, and Vanatter stabbed her boyfriend in the shoulder.

When police arrived at their home, they discovered the bloodied couple and "I'm sorry" inside a heart scrawled in blood on the wall. Vanatter warned an investigator that she has the potential to become a serial killer.  Both were treated at a hospital. Vanatter is jailed on $150,000 bail.

 

Powerball Winnings Split Among Workers

Tennessee Lottery officials say 20 co-workers at a metal manufacturing plant will split a Powerball jackpot of nearly $421 million.

The Tennessean reported that lottery officials announced Tuesday that the workers from North American Stamping Group in Portland claimed the $420.9 million jackpot. The cash value of the jackpot is worth $254 million, which would give each person $12.7 million before taxes.

The ticket matched all six Powerball numbers drawn Saturday. It was sold at Smoke Shop in Lafayette in Macon County, which is about 60 miles northeast of Nashville.

It's the second largest overall prize for the state, bested only by the $528 million Powerball prize won by a Munford family in January.

Lottery officials say it is the sixth Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee.

 

Police Dogs Sensitive to Fentanyl

Police officers conducting drug raids with their K9 units are now dealing with what the DEA has called an “unprecedented threat,” fentanyl, the same powerful opioid that killed Prince earlier this year.

As it turns out, the cop canines are more vulnerable to it because of their super-strong smelling skills, and because they’re not typically decked out in the same protective gear (e.g., masks, gloves, and respirators) as their human counterparts.

“If fentanyl is loose in an environment, it can spread out where a dog can absorb it through his pads. He could sniff it up through his jowls,” says Andy Weiman, a detective in Broward County, Fla., who trains dogs for the county’s sheriff’s office.

And fentanyl is so toxic that the most minuscule amount is all that’s needed to sicken or even kill. Three K9 dogs became ill at the end of October while searching for cash in a Lauderhill, Fla., house, and as they were rushed to a nearby animal clinic for suspected ODs, agents conducting the raid found a bag containing fentanyl.

Luckily, the dogs responded to the same treatment used on humans who suffer opiate overdoes: a dose of naloxone (aka Narcan) and plenty of fluids. All three police pups recovered and went back to work the next day, but Weiman tells NBC it was “very stressful” for their handlers, and local veterinarians have now trained cops how to spot and deal with possible fentanyl ODs.


News for Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Judge Allows Comments Made by Accused Murderer

A Eureka Springs man's comments to police about intentionally shooting a man and planting a pistol near the body can be used during trial, a circuit judge ruled.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson ruled last Wednesday that the questioning of Christopher Kevin Butler before reading him his Miranda rights was permissible under the public-safety exception to the Miranda rule.

Jackson also ruled that it was OK for investigators to continue questioning Butler after he said "maybe I should stop talking and get a lawyer."  Jackson wrote that there must be a "direct and unambiguous assertion" to invoke right to counsel.

Jackson's order dismissed a motion to suppress by Butler's public defender.  Butler, 44, has pleaded innocent to a charge of first-degree murder in the Feb. 19 shooting death of John Catlin Keck, 30. Butler also pleaded innocent to a felony charge of tampering with evidence.

Both men lived in Eureka Springs, and the shooting occurred in a rural area about 2 miles north of the city. Butler told police that he didn't know Keck.  Butler told authorities he was hunting "feral hogs" at the location, something he did five days a week.  Keck and another man arrived at the hunting location and surprised Butler, leading to the confrontation.  The man with Keck, fled the scene and was never identified

According to a probable cause affidavit, Butler said he shot Keck in self-defense He said he thought he heard Keck "jack" a round of ammunition into the chamber of a pistol, then point the gun in his direction.  After Butler shot Keck, he called the Carroll County sheriff's office and Eureka Springs Police Department to report the shooting.

 

Arkansas Among Top Charitable Donors Entering 'Giving Tuesday'

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, shoppers and non-shoppers alike will have a nice change of pace... Giving Tuesday.

Tuesday, Nov. 29, Giving Tuesday, is the culminating event after all the hustle and bustle of post-Thanksgiving shopping. It's a national movement celebrating and encouraging generosity during the holiday season.   This year, the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance is rallying its members together to help increase their total donations on this national day of Giving.......

 

Online Sales On Track to Hit a Record

Online sales over the extra-long Thanksgiving weekend are on track to hit a record $12.7 billion, goosed by an expected chart-topping performance on Cyber Monday, according to estimated tallies from Adobe Digital Insight.

For Cyber Monday, Adobe projected $3.36 billion in receipts, which represents a 9.4 percent increase from the year before. Overall, if the Adobe’s figures hold up, this year’s Thanksgiving weekend shopping tally, stretching from Thursday through Monday, would log a 14.5 percent rise over 2015’s figure.

The annual Monday shopping spree got off to a strong start with an estimated $554 million haul for retailers from midnight to 10 a.m. ET, according to Adobe. From Thanksgiving day on Thursday through Sunday, Adobe data show $9.36 billion in e-commerce sales.

Cyber Monday “could retain its position as the top online shopping day of the season,” said Becky Tasker, managing analyst at Adobe Digital Insights, “but only if retailers continue to push as good [a range] of deals today as they have over the holiday weekend,”

Top sellers for electronics goods this weekend were Sony PS4, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPads and Amazon Fire. For toys, the leaders were Lego sets, Shopkins, Nerf, Barbie and Little Live Pets.

How much this all translates into dollars remains to be seen, as discounting is rampant: The highest discounts were seen for tablets (24 percent off), televisions (22 percent), toys (16 percent) and computers (11.4 percent).

Mobile accounted for 37 percent of sales through Sunday. Black Friday marked the first day in retail history to top $1 billion in mobile revenue — at $1.2 billion, a 33 percent rise.

 

Arkansas Voter Turnout November 8th Fell Short of Prediction

Of Arkansas' nearly 1.76 million registered voters, 64.65 percent cast ballots in the Nov. 8. general election, according to Secretary of State Mark Martin's office.

That share of Arkansas' registered voters who voted in the general election fell short of the 70 percent turnout forecast by Martin's election officials. More than 1.1 million registered voters cast ballots Nov. 8. A 70 percent turnout would have been the largest turnout in a presidential election year since 72.13 percent of registered voters cast ballots in 1992, when then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was elected to his first term as president.

When asked why this year's general election voter turnout lagged the forecast, Martin spokesman Chris Powell said Monday that turnout of almost 65 percent was consistent with previous presidential election cycles.

According to the secretary state office's certified election results, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump got 684,872 votes in Arkansas compared to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's 380,494. That's a margin of 60.57 percent to 33.65 percent.

Voter turnout exceeded 70 percent of registered voters in Madison, Stone and Van Buren counties with Van Buren County leading the way with 73.61 percent of its registered voters casting ballots, according to the secretary of state's office.

Newton County had the worst turnout with 45.88 percent of its registered voters casting ballots,

 

Mumps Vaccine Not Giving 100% Protection

The Arkansas Department of Health is studying whether the mumps vaccine is less effective against the type of mumps contracted by hundreds of people during the past three months of an outbreak first announced in August.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the department has counted nearly 1,600 confirmed or suspected cases of mumps as of Nov. 22. Many of the cases have been in the northwestern part of the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two doses of the mumps vaccine protect about 88 percent of people exposed to the virus. Arkansas epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow says the type of mumps seen in Arkansas and other recent outbreaks in the country is genetically distinct from the type used to make the vaccine. He says the vaccine is still helpful.

 

Children on ATV Struck - One Killed

A juvenile girl from Clarksville is dead, and a juvenile boy, also of Clarksville is injured after the ATV they were riding on was struck by a Dodge Durango in Johnson County, according to Arkansas State Police.

The girl who died was a passenger on the four wheeler. She was died at the scene of the incident, police said.  The boy who was driving the four wheeler was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital for treatment, according to police.  According to police, the incident happened about shortly after 3 p.m., Saturday on Highway 64 near Stegall Road.

The kids had pulled out of a business parking lot, headed east on the highway and into the path of the Durango, that was also traveling east, according to police. The driver of the Durango was not injured.

 

Arkansas Farm Bureau Convention

Creating a united voice for Arkansas agriculture will be the recurring theme this week when Arkansas Farm Bureau holds its 82nd annual convention in Hot Springs.

More than 1,000 of the state's farmers, ranchers and agricultural leaders are expected to attend the convention, which will be held Wednesday through Friday at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Taylor McNeel, of Vilonia, who just completed a year as president of the National FFA, humorist Shawn Hammontree, and Arkansas Farm Bureau President Randy Veach will be among the speakers at this year's convention, Farm Bureau said in a news release.

Country music artist Barrett Baber, a top three finisher in the 2015 season of NBC's "The Voice," will also perform.

"The convention's theme, 'Our Common Ground,' is intended to highlight the areas where the organization's members and Farm Bureau policy create a united voice for Arkansas agriculture. The theme will be reinforced throughout the convention's three-day run, including several conferences, competitions and special meetings," the release said.

During the annual business session, voting delegates will define the organization's policy positions on items of importance to Farm Bureau members. The delegate body also elects the organization's president and vice president during the business session.​







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