News provided by News Director Linda Boyer

Arrest Report:


Kelly J. Davis - Harrison - 28 - failure to pay

Jessica B. Green - Eureka Springs - 35 - no charge listed

​Cody J. Parton - Green Forest - 29 - criminal trespass, criminal mischief


August R. Battenfield - Lampe, Mo - 24 - hold for other agency

Joyce S. Disheroon - Green Forest - 62 - hold for other agency

Nikki R. Hutchison - Green Forest - 32 - drug court violation

Audry M. Keys - Green Forest - 21 - no drivers license, no seat belt, driving left of center

Megan M. Knight - Alpena - 20 - minor in possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia

Wilfredo Rangel-Reyes - Green Forest - 33 - no charge listed

Christy L. Strickland - Eureka Springs - 32 - drug court violation

​Emily A. Yates - Berryville - 21 - failure to pay, no seat belt, failure to appear


Dawn R. Dennis - Green Forest - 49 - disorderly conduct, resisting arrest

Dennis J. Gibson - Berryville - 27 - hold for other agency

​David W. Hager - Berryville - 29 - public intox, disorderly conduct, obstructing Gov operations


Sherry G. Black - Green Forest - 52 - failure to appear

Charles E. Briley - Green Forest - 38 - fleeing, affidavit on rape, revoke suspended sentence, hold for Boone County

Brittney H. Collett - Berryville - 30 - hold for Barry County

Howard V. Hughes - Green Forest - 50 - hindering apprehension or prosecution

Matthew T. McCoy - Wesley - 30 - failure to pay

Wesley D. Shook - Green Forest - 49 - no charge listed

​James D. Villines - Green Forest - 43 - driving on suspended license, no seat belt, no liability insurance


Jordan P. Badley - Lampe, Mo - 25 - DWI, speeding, careless/prohibited driving

Garrett G. Griffith - Berryville - 21 - public intox

Holly J. Howard - Fayetteville - 18 - failure to appear, theft of property

Rebecca L. James - Thicket, Tx - 55 - DWI, implied consent, careless driving, no proof of indurance,  no seatbelt

Brandon D. Patty  - Berryville - 28 - failure to appear, theft of property, unauthorized use of vehicle

Randall S. Smith - Green Forest - 46 - public intox


Jamie E. Armstrong - Van Buren, Ar - 29 - speeding, no proof of insurance, driving on suspended license

James W. Evans - Berryville - 37 - theft of property, failure to appear x 2, hold for other agency x 2

Justin M. Gatlin - Green Forest - 40 - body attachment child support

John R. Ledel - Harrison - 48 - on day court commit


Bradley E. Faught - Berryville - 33 - hunting license required, failure to pay, hold for other agency

Brenna R. Fraine - Eureka Springs - 44 - delivery of controlled substance

Gayla B. Howell - Harrison - 47 - failure to appear x 2, failure to pay

Charles Mash - Green Forest - 46 - public intox

Blake A. McElyea - Harrison - 19 - failure to pay

Rita E. C. Patty - Berryville - 26 - failure to pay x 3

​Angel D. Worsham - Berryville - 32 - possession controlled substance

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News For Thursday, October 30, 2014

Freeze Warning Issued for Area

The National Weather issued a freeze warning in effect from Friday evening through Saturday morning.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20s to lower 30s Friday night into Saturday morning for Benton, Madison, Washington, and Carroll.  As a precaution, outdoor pipes should be wrapped, drained or allowed to run in a steady stream. These conditions could also kill outdoor plants and tender vegetation.

Bond for Rape Suspect Set at $500,000

Charles E. Briley of Green Forest, a registered sex offender arrested October 28, had a probable cause hearing Wednesday where bond was set by Judge Crow at $500,000.  Briley was apprehended after law enforcement officers learned he could be staying with a Level 3 registered sex offender Howard Vernon Hughes, who lived on CR 8538.  Hughes was charged and convicted of rape, a Class Y felony in 1986, according to a probable cause affidavit.  Hughes also had his probable cause hearing where bond was set at $3,500.  He was charged with hindering apprehension.  

Charles Briley is being charged with one count of rape, from an incident that occurred in December of last year.  The Carroll County Sheriff's office investigators were assisted in the arrest of the two by the Arkansas Community Corrections Special Response Team and U.S. Marshall's office.  CC Sheriff Bob Grudek said the investigation continues and Briley may have other charges forthcoming.  

ESFD/EMS Hosting Open House

Eureka Springs Fire & EMS will host an open house at the new fire station on Hwy. 23S near Hillspeak Road Saturday, November 1, from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M. There will be plenty of free food. Visitors can tour the fire station and equipment. Information on the Arkansas Firewise program and fire prevention will be available. Everyone is invited to see Eureka Springs' newest fire station!

Early Voting Brisk

Early voting continues across Arkansas.  From now through Saturday, Arkansans can cast their ballots in advance of the Nov. 4 election.Some areas will have a final early voting day on Monday, Nov. 3.  The statewide early voting total as of Wednesday afternoon stands at 234,201.  In Carroll County, Joanna Schuster, Election Coordinator reports around 1,500 have cast early votes at both courthouses.  Early voting is available 8-6 through Friday, Saturday 10-4. 

Berryville School Board Meet in Special Called Meeting

The Berryville School Board of Education called a special meeting for Thursday evening at 6pm, in the Intermediate Cafetorium.  The purpose of the meeting is to:  Appoint a Board Member to Zone 3 Vacancy, and a Strategic Planning Session.  

Free HIV/AIDS Testing

On Saturday, November 1, free confidential HIV/AIDS testing will take place in Eureka Springs in the parking lot between the Auditorium and City Hall in Erueka Springs.  Testing will be done from 8am-4pm.  Results are available in about 20-30 minutes.  The free testing is sponsored by Ozarks AIDS REsources and Services (OARS) and ARcare.

Harrison City Council Members Approve Two Resolutions for the Demolition of Hoops and Homeruns Building 

The first resolution declares the building as a nuisance, or a safety hazard to the public, and that an emergency exists. The second resolution approves funds from the city’s reserves to be allocated toward the demolition. Tyler Henderson is an attorney out of Mountain View who was in attendance representing the property owner Phil Wilson. He says there was an agreement to donate the property to the hospital and he was working to clean up the property title:  Henderson said he would call Wilson after the meeting. If the city’s lien on the property would be removed, there is a chance that the hospital would reimburse the city for demolishing the building, according to Crockett. He says quick action was worth the risk:

Some of the council expressed concern about tearing down the building too quickly and impeding the on-going fire investigation. Fire Chief Linda DeWald said the building is too dangerous to have any investigators inside and they will continue the investigation with interviews and video surveillance footage outside local businesses.  

Temporary Hold Placed on Arkansas Hog Farm Permits

Officials have put another temporary hold on new permits for hog farms near the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas.  It's the second moratorium placed on the permits for large or medium hog farms. The moratorium stems from a permit the state's environmental quality department issued for the C&H Hog Farm to operate.    

Having the temporary suspension in place gives time for the Legislature to review future animal feeding operations in the Buffalo River Watershed. The hold can last for up to 180 days.  Minnesota-based food processor Cargill holds the contract on the hog farm. It has already self-imposed a moratorium on expansion of hog production in the watershed area.  Environmentalists have feared farm waste could taint the river, but studies have shown that hasn't happened.

Ozark Regional Transit Reports Increased Ridership

Ozark Regional Transit reports ridership rates are up in 2014, compared to last year. ORT Executive Director Joel Gardner says their paratransit and demand response ridership has increased by 38%. From January to September of 2013, those two services saw 14,855 riders. During that same time period in 2014, the number grew to 20,458.  Gardner says the fixed route rides also increased by 3%, from 196,447 rides from January to September of 2013, to 202,315 during the same time period in 2014. According to Gardner, ORT saw a total system increase of 5%. ORT serves Benton, Washington and parts of Carroll Counties.

Garth Brooks World Tour Headed to Arkansas

For the first time in over 23 years, Garth Brooks is returning to Little Rock, AR. The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood will be at Verizon Arena on Friday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets will be on sale Friday, November 7 at 10:00 a.m. There will be an eight ticket limit per purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849. There will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on November 7. Tickets will cost $73.25, and are all inclusive.

News For Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rape Suspect Captured After Eluding Law Enforcement

On Wednesday, October 22, Carroll County Sheriff's Investigators and Arkansas Community Corrections Special Response Team attempted to locate Charles Briley in reference to an absconder warrant out of several jurisdictions and a rape warrant out of Carroll County Sheriff's Department.  Briley, 38, of Green Forest, is also a person of interest in a Boone County Sheriff's Department rape case.  They were not able to locate Briley on this date.

On Monday, October 27, Carroll County Sheriff's Investigators along with Arkansas Community Correction Special Response Team and the US Marshalls searched for Briley again.  Briley was located at a registered sex offender's residence on CR 8534.  The sex offender lied to law enforcement and denied that Briley was staying at the residence. Briley attempted to elude law enforcement by running out the back door into the woods.  Briley was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.  Briley suffered a leg injury and was treated at Mercy Hospital in Berryville before being incarcerated at Carroll County Detention Center.  The sex offender was arrested for hindering apprehension and transported to the Carroll County Detention Center.  

Superintendent's Report - Berryville Board of Education

Annual Report – Dr. Clark presented the Annual Report To The Public

The Berryville Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Intermediate Cafetorium.

Members Present:  Chad Hipps, Kristi Howerton, Jeff Miles, & Sherri Plumlee              
Members Absent:  Todd Howard & David Waller

The Board received the resignation of LeeAnn Ashford, Board Member.

The Board approved the following requests for the 2014-15 school year:

EAST – Third Annual Spooktacular Boonanza
Baseball – Sell Bobcat School Pride T-Shirts
Spanish – Brochure Sales
Key Club – Host Pumpkin Smashing in November
School Counselors – Solicit Rewards & Incentives from community businesses and organizations
Archery Team - Add an Archery Team to Berryville School

The Board received written and verbal Buildings/Grounds/Facilities updates from Doug Harris. The Board authorized permission to proceed with moving forward for state approval on the construction of a 40 x 60 storage building to be located behind the maintenance building.

The Board reviewed the Community Information, Testing Data, and Parental Involvement Information as submitted by Mindy Hicks.  

Dr. Clark reported that as of October 16th there were 2,067 students attending Berryville School.

The Board was reminded that there will be a Special Called Board/Strategic Planning Board Meeting Thursday night, October 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the Intermediate Cafetorium.

Two Passengers Sue Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Two passengers aboard a sightseeing excursion train two weeks ago have sued the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad claiming they were injured when the train was struck by another engine south of West Fork.  Corliss Johnson of Rogers and Margaret Karen Harkins of Lowell claim the railroad was negligent for giving the engineer on a relief train incorrect information about the location of the stalled excursion train and failing to monitor the speed and location of the trains. The cases were filed Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The Salvation Army Kicks Off Angel Tree Program

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas will be officially kicking off its Angel Tree program Monday, November 3rd  at the Northwest Arkansas Mall at 11am. This year the tree will be located near the Dillard’s Women’s entrance.

Guests include Miss Arkansas USA 2015 Leah Blefko.  Miss Blefko will be adopting the first Angel off the tree following her message to those attending the event.  The public is encouraged to be present for this kickoff.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program allows for low income families to receive hope, healing and wholeness through Christmas assistance.  Not only does the program provide needy children with Christmas gifts, it also provides a great outlet for the public at large to donate gifts to children who are in need.  It is a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

Arkansas Supreme Court: Minimum Wage Issue Stays on Ballot

Arkansas' highest court ruled Monday that a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage can remain on the November ballot.  The Arkansas Supreme Court denied a Little Rock businessman's effort to block a ballot question that will ask voters to raise the state's minimum hourly wage from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017. Arkansas is one of the few states with a minimum wage below the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Early voting for the election began Oct. 20. The businessman, Jackson T. Stephens Jr., said supporters missed a key deadline for submitting their petition and that some signatures were invalid because a notary's signature had been forged. Justices said the secretary of state's office properly certified the question, known as Issue No. 5, for the ballot.

Arkansas on Pace for Warmer-than-normal Month 

The National Weather Service says October will likely be one of the warmest in recent years in Arkansas, although the end of the month is forecast to become cooler. A cold front is expected to move through the state on Tuesday and put an end to unseasonably warm temperatures throughout much of the state. During the weekend, many areas reported temperatures in the mid to upper 80s - well above the typical readings of the upper 60s to mid-70s. The National Weather Service in North Little Rock says this October will likely end up being the warmest since 2007. Stormy weather is expected Tuesday and temperatures will drop to more typical levels and in the Little Rock area, lows could dip into the 40s during the weekend.

Lawmakers Rally, Ready Bills to Address Domestic Violence

Moments after hosting a rally Tuesday in the rotunda of the state Capitol to bring awareness to domestic violence, Rep. Charlotte Douglas, R-Alma, marched with a group of about a dozen legislators and state leaders to a committee room to hammer out the details of nine proposed bills for the 2015 legislative session. Douglas has been working hand-in-hand with Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, for nearly two years to address domestic violence and champion the rights of victims.

Together on Tuesday, they handed out rough drafts of nine proposed bills -- seven by Douglas and two by Ballinger -- that aim to remove roadblocks often experienced by victims, enhance training and response by law enforcement officers, and strengthen prosecution of offenders. Douglas' proposed bill to establish a domestic violence registry -- a public database that lists the names and addresses of of convicted abusers -- was countered with a five-page report from the Arkansas Crime Information Center that says the measure would require nearly a half-million dollars in development and annual maintenance costs, as well as extra personnel and numerous policy decisions.

New group seeks clemency for 14 women in Missouri prisons

A new group is asking Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency to 14 women in state prison. It says most of them were victims of domestic violence that contributed to their crimes and all have received disproportionate sentences, in some cases far harsher than those given to men convicted of the same crimes.   The Community Coalition for Clemency says it is not unusual for women to receive disproportionate sentences for their crimes compared to men. It argues that most of these 14 women were not directly involved in the crimes for which they are in prison, and says others participated under duress and after being abused for years. Some of those 14 women have spent more than 30 years in prison and four are over the age of 65 and serving life terms.

​The group’s membership includes former governor Bob Holden, former state legislators, law professors, attorneys, law students, community leaders and advocates, as well as the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.Professor John Ammann supervises the legal clinic at St. Louis University’s law school. He says the Coalition believes these women pose no threat to public safety if released.He says one example of a case in which a man received a much lighter sentence for a crime similar to those of several of these women developed late last year.

News For Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Large Fire West of Berryville

A large red glow could be seen west of Berryville overnight that's coming from pallets on fire near the Kings River Bridge.  Berryville firemen were toned out in the 7pm hour Monday and were on the scene until 10pm before returning to station.    The area was accessible to firemen off CR 306 East of the Kings River.  A call was made to the Arkansas Forestry Service to help with making a fire break to contain the fire so as not to spread.  Nearby is a high voltage electric transmission sub-station.  The fire appears to be contained this morning, but flames are still seen.  Berryville volunteer fireman Carl Goins said the BVFD turned the firefighting over to the owners of the pallet business and they could still be seen moving the smoldering mess around Tuesday morning with dozers and backhoes.  Goins said the pallets were not treated lumber and the environmental impact was not believed to be a problem that close to the Kings River.  

Residents of Eureka Springs Muster For, Against Circuses

Animal-welfare activists and a pro-circus group are at odds in Eureka Springs as the first circus to perform in the tourist town in decades prepares for two shows Nov. 5 at Lake Leatherwood City Park.  The situation has the City Council considering a ban on future circuses that feature animals, but if it passes, the Eureka Springs Carnival Association wants to force a public vote on the issue.  An ordinance was being drafted for review at the council's meeting Monday.

Rachel Brix, who owns a pet grooming shop in Eureka Springs, said she took the issue to the council's attention because she's concerned that circus animals may be abused. It's too late to stop the shows Nov. 5, Brix said, but the ordinance could prevent future performances.  About 50 cities in 21 states have bans, Brix said, and she believes Eureka Springs would be the first in Arkansas.

Carson & Barnes Circus of Hugo, Okla., has several performances scheduled for Arkansas in November besides those in Eureka Springs. Money raised through the circus will go to the city's 21st Century After School Program, which provides after-school and summer care to children in kindergarten through the eighth grade, Tenan said.

Berryville Police Work Two-Vehicle Accident

​The Berryville Police Department worked a two-vehicle accident on the 22nd at S. Main and Carl Street.  Hunter Wallace of Berryville, driving a 2003 Chevy Tahoe attempted to turn left onto Carl and turned in front of, and was struck, by Monte Compton of Rogers, driving a 2005 Toyota.  No injuries were noted on the accident report.

McDonald's Presents Check to BV Schools

Terry McCarty and Amanda Beilfuss from the Berryville McDonalds present the Elementary and Intermediate Schools with a check in the amount of $639.03. This donation is a percentage of the sales during McTeacher Night held on October 7, 2014.

Pictured are Alex McClellan, Bella Knapp, Leah Evans, Beilfuss, McCarty, Benjamin Rogers, Kelly Swofford, Lilly Hillier, and Kaylyn Smith.

Berryville East Lab and Berryville Parks and Recreation Department Present Spectacular Boonanza

The Berryville High School EAST Lab and Berryville Parks & Recreation present the 3rd Annual Spooktacular Boo-nanza on Thursday, October 30th from 5 to 9 PM at the Berryville High School Old Gym.   Alyssa Ballard and Ross Hellems are East Lab students and came into KTHS studios to tell us more................

Berryville Ford Presents Check to BVHS Volleyball Team

Berryville Ford donated $150 to the Berryville High School Volleyball Team headed to the State Tournament. Pictured with the check from Berryville Ford are a few of the team members:  Melody Smith, Bailey Donahoe, Volleyball Coach Kristin Whetham, Hannah Noble, Kailey Boaz and Ali DePew.

Man Injured in Fall From Tree Stand

Crews in Stone County, Mo., rescued a man who fell from a tree stand Monday.  The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District released information about the incident on its Facebook page. Rescuers were called shortly after 7:00 a.m. to Schooner Creek Cove, where the 39-year old man had fallen about 300 yards from shore.  Fire district officials say rescuers used a fire boat to bring the man back to the Port of Kimberling Marina. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield by air ambulance with possible hypothermia and a broken leg.  Stone County Public Information Officer Eric Nielsen says the man is listed in stable condition.

Legislature Discuss Teacher Salary Increase

The House and Senate education committees Monday called for increasing the minimum teacher salary in Arkansas to $31,000 by fiscal 2017. The rest of the state's teachers also would receive raises under the recommendation. Teachers with more experience and a bachelor's degree would receive $450 more in salary, and teachers with more experience and a master's degree would receive $500 more in salary.

The recommendation, along with a host of others made as part of the biennial adequacy report due to the Legislature by Saturday, will be forwarded to the Joint Budget Committee and the full Legislature for approval. The cost for the proposal would be an additional $16.5 million annually in the state's general revenue budget.

The committee also made a recommendation to find an additional $65 million to fund school district requests for building needs. That amount could grow by up to $50 million if several projects originally denied funding win an appeal with the state Department of Education.  The committee had considered three options: increasing the current base salary of $29,244 for a brand-new teacher with a bachelor's degree by 1 percent or 2 percent or to a flat $31,000 -- which equates to an increase of about 6 percent.

The cost varied depending on whether the pay scale was also increased for experienced teachers and whether schools that already pay above $31,000 would receive additional state funds to subsidize teacher salaries. Some schools in the state pay starting teachers as much as $44,570. The proposal recommended Monday would take two years to fully fund the teacher raises. The per teacher funding in the state's budget formula would increase by $424.16 per teacher in fiscal 2016, and an additional $424.16 per teacher in fiscal 2017.

Silver Dollar City's 'An Old Time Christmas' Presents NEW $1 Million Light Parade Starring Rudolph, Plus Musical Productions & 5 Million Lights

Silver Dollar City lights up its brightest season with a new $1 million light parade featuring the beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® for An Old Time Christmas. One of the nation's most acclaimed holiday festivals, An Old Time Christmas also features a 5-story Christmas tree with a light and sound show, Broadway-style musical productions, holiday foods and five million lights, November 1 - December 30 at the Branson, Missouri theme park.

Rudolph's Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, led by the most famous reindeer of all, debuts on the 50th anniversary of the television special. First airing in 1964, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is the longest-running, highest rated Christmas special in television history. Since its debut more than two decades ago, Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas has become one of the country's most recognized events for spectacular lighting and world-class entertainment. Profiled as one of the nation's top holiday celebrations by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel, Good Morning America, AOL Travel, Yahoo Travel and MSN.com, the festival transforms the entire 1880s-style park into a glowing wonderland with 1,000 decorated trees and five million lights.

During An Old Time Christmas, Silver Dollar City is open Thursdays through Sundays through December 21, plus Wednesday, November 26 and Monday - Tuesday, Dec. 22-23, closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and open daily December 26-30. Hours are 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. most days, with extended hours on Saturdays and Thanksgiving weekend - check the website for exact schedules. Information: 800-831-4FUN(386) or visit www.silverdollarcity.com. 

Corps Accepts Youth Muzzleloader Deer Hunt Applications

The Army Corps of Engineers is reminding the public that it's accepting applications through Oct. 31 for a youth muzzleloader hunt to be held Dec.13 and 14 at Ozark Isle Park on Bull Shoals Lake. Ten permits will be issued to hunter education graduates, 15 years old and under.Interested youth hunters must include their hunter education identification number on their application which is due Oct. 31. A random drawing will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Corps' Project Office in Mountain Home, Ark. to select the ten hunters.

This hunt provides access and hunting blinds to help youth enjoy a safe and successful outdoor recreation experience. This opportunity helps create an interest in conservation, the outdoors, and to develop good hunting ethics, while improving the deer herd in this area.  An unarmed adult, at least 21 years old, must accompany youth hunters during the hunt. Youth hunters will be limited to muzzleloaders only.   Application forms are available online at: http://go.usa.gov/GEn9 and the Corps of Engineers office at 324 West 7th St. in Mountain Home or by calling Park Ranger Carrie Lamb at 870-425-2700 ext. 1400 or Natural Resource Specialist Ty Fowler at 870-425-2700 ext. 1433.   Applications may also be picked up from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Mountain Home or Calico Rock offices. 

News For Monday, October 27, 2014

BV School District Observing Red Ribbon Week Activities

Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. Red Ribbon Week began after the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.Camarena had been working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico for over four years. His efforts led to a tip that resulted in the discovery of a multimillion dollar narcotics manufacturing operation in Chihuahua, Mexico, and his pilot, Captain Alfredo Zavala-Avelar (taken separately on the same day).  Henry Lozano, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of USA Freedom Corps in 2007-2008, helped to launch Red Ribbon Week in 1985.   According to the DEA and the National Family Partnership, approximately 80 million people participate in Red Ribbon events every year.   

KTHS is airing a series of interviews with K-2 through High School students for Red Ribbon Week.  Middle School Counselor LInda Winkle has this message.....

Early Voting Available Through Next Monday

As of noon Friday, over 800 Carroll Countians had cast early ballots.  Early voting is available at both courthouses from 8a-6p Monday through Friday and 10a-4p Saturday.  The CC Election Coordinator reports 122 absentee ballots have been sent out.  If you need to vote absentee, you have to complete an absentee application by Tuesday, October 28th. Or if you call the County Clerks at 423-2022 they will email the application to you.  

On Election Day, Arkansans will decide the fate of three constitutional amendments that were placed on the ballot by the state Legislature in 2013.  One extends term limits for lawmakers and bars lobbyists from giving them gifts.  Another lets legislators pass a law giving themselves the authority to approve or reject new agency rules. The third makes it harder for citizens to get initiated acts and amendments on future ballots.

Trial of Former Harrison Pastor is Delayed

​Deputy Boone County Prosecutor Chris Carter told The Harrison Daily Times  that the trial of 35-year-old Larry Berkley will be continued until after his trial in Tennessee on similar charges.  Berkley was arrested in Covington, Tennessee, on May 6 on Arkansas charges of sexual assault, sexual solicitation, furnishing alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and loaning pornography to minors.  He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  He was later indicted in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, on charges that include rape, statutory rape and sexual battery.  On Election Day, Arkansans will decide the fate of three constitutional amendments that were placed on the ballot by the state Legislature in 2013.  One extends term limits for lawmakers and bars lobbyists from giving them gifts.

Kerusso Donating Portion of  Sales to Hope Cancer Resources

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Kerusso, the world leader in Christian apparel and gifts, is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of cancer awareness-thjemed T-shirts and accessories to Hope Cancer Resources (HCR).  The mission of the nonprofit organization, which is b ased out of Springdale, Arkansas is to provide compassionate, professional cancer support and educaiton to NW Arkansas.  HCR firned ub 2009 when Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute and HOIPE, Inc., compined their respective patient support into one nonprofit organizations.  This is the initial year of the partnership bet6ween HCR and Kerusso.  Kerusso has donated $4,650 to HCR so far through the sale of the shirts and wrist/hair ties.

Rural Water Coming to More Madison County Residents

Residents in Witter and Aurora in Madison County will soon have the option of obtaining rural infrastructure; however, those options are contingent on enough residents signing up for the service. Madison County Water Facilities Board Director Rodney Reynold said the utility needs around 40 residents to sign up for rural water before the project can begin. Madison County Judge Frank Weaver said the project is part of an initiative he began when he took  Reynolds estimated that the project could take two years to be completed, and that the utility will host a meeting regarding the project around the beginning of November. Reynolds added that the utility has a map that residents can view to see where exactly the water is planned to go.  Anyone wishing to sign up for rural water or anyone wishing to gain more information may contact the utility at 738-2214.

Gas prices Drop 25 cents in a Month

A regular gallon of gas is under $3 in Arkansas, but is that enough to encourage consumers to pump more money into the economy? Some said no.  According to Triple A, the national gas average has dropped 25 cents from $3.30 last year to $3.05 this year. The average price in The Natural State is even lower at $2.87.  While this was lower than last year's gas prices, some drivers said it was still too expensive.

Murdock Jones, who was filling up his vehicle before he headed to work, said he was saving $10 to $15 a tank, but wouldn't use that money on what he called "luxuries, like going to the movies or dining out. According to Triple A, the average price for regular gas in Little Rock and North Little Rock was $2.88, which was nearly 20 cents cheaper than what it was this time last year.  Triple A said it was too early to tell whether or not gas prices would continue to drop as the holiday traveling season approaches.

Showboat Kicks Off Christmas Cruise

The Showboat Branson Belle, decks its decks as well as the halls to kick off the holiday season with Christmas cruises on Table Rock Lake. Made in the USA, the world-class headliner production show, presents classic Christmas carols, holiday favorites and a patriotic finale, plus a one-of-a-kind performance of The Nutcracker Suite by violin-playing aerialist Janice Martin. A new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® medley by the male vocal group, The ShowMen , celebrates the most famous reindeer of all on the 50th anniversary of the television special. 

The Showboat departs from White River Landing decorated with Christmas lights and guests can view holiday lights along the shore as the ship cruises Table Rock Lake. Following a 3-course meal, the stage comes to life as The ShowMen perform Christmas favorites including Home for the Holidays, Silver Bells and The Christmas Song. The sounds of the season fill the stage with powerful harmonies and standout solos of the talented vocalists.  Christmas cruises run November 1 through December 31, with a special New Year's Eve cruise at 8 p.m. on December 31. For cruise times and ticket information: 1-800-775-BOAT(2628).