News provided by News Director Linda Boyer

Arrest Report:


Michelle J. Duguay - Berryville - 30 - domestic battery, failure to pay

​Michael S. McGehee - Oak Grove - 43 - failure to appear


Randon J. Hillhouse - Berryville - 18 - failure to pay, failure to appear

Dalton L. Horn - Springdale - 22 - failure to appear

Longino Mata - Berryville - 47 - failure to appear

Jensen J. McClelland - Eureka Springs - 27 - hold for other agency

Christina A. Taylor - Reed Springs, Mo - 33 - aggravated assault, terroristic threatening, domestic battery, failure to pay

Aaron C. Waugh - Fayetteville - 27 - speeding, careless and prohibited driving, DWI, possession of controlled substance marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia x 2

​Fern D. Wood - Berryville - 41 - failure to appear


Aaron E. Atkins - Harrison - 41 - hold for other agency

Lawrence D. Brown - Harrison - 25 - failure to appear

​Daren C. Guillory - Eureka Springs - 46 - affidavit obstructing Gov. Ops., leaving scene of accident


Thomas J. Allen - Alpena - 50 - assault on family or household member

Tommy L. Jerrell - Kingston - 40 - failure to appear

​Valerie J. Langer - Oak Grove - 42 - public intox


Robert B. Orman - Green Forest - 21 - public intox, possession fo controlled substance

Rodriguez Tarpwillin - Green Forest - 41 - public intox


Dawn E. Everett - Harrison - 31 - possession controlled substance-meth, possession drug paraphernalia-meth, drug paraphernalia, unsafe vehicle, no driver's license, DWUI drugs, white warrant-Boone County

Roy E. Lindow - Eureka Springs - 68 - no proof of insurance, DWI, careless/prohibited driving, failure to show registration

Daniel R. Simmons - Green Forest - 20 - domestic battery

Kevin C. Strickland - Oak Grove - 42 - failure to pay


Nikita L. Choate - Alpena - 21 - failure to appear

Heather R. Dean - Harrison - 30 - texting while driving, DWI, drinking on highway, imlied consent, reckless driving

​James F. Price - Holiday Island - 61 - DWI, careless & prohibited driving

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News For Thursday, October 23, 2014

Berryville City Council Approves Zoning Change 

​The Berryville City Council met Tuesday in City Hall with all aldermen present except for Linda Riddlesperger.  

Council approved on its second and third reading by title only Ordinance 964.  The ordinance rezones properties located on Edwards Avenue and Hammons Avenue from R-1 Single-Family Residential and C-2 Highway Commercial to R-O Residential/Office zone.  

The September Financial Report from the 1% Sales Tax received was $121,378.    That is quite a bit above September of 2013 when only $108,787 was collected.  The Council could only guess what the difference was.  The 1/2% Dedicated Sales for Police, Fire and Streets collected $60,689.  

Mayor Tim McKinney said the city had hired an architect to design the new maintenance building for the Parks and Recreation Department.  Core Architects out of Rogers will do the design.

Local Youth ACA Rookies of the Year

A total of 3 Carroll Countians ended the season as Rookies of the Year at the Arkansas Cowboy Association Finals in Conway this last weekend. 

(l to r) Dayton Williams , 16 yr old Junior at Berryville Rookie Header & 4th in the Average of the Finals (son of Heithe & Tonya Williams) 

Lexey Williams, 13 yr old 8th grader at Green Forest Rookie of the Year in Jr Barrels (daughter of Kevin "Short" & Devon Williams) 

Cale McCall, 16 yr old Sophomore at Berryville High School Rookie Heeler & 4th in the Average of the Finals (son of Billy & Terri McCall) 

ACA Honors the Late Lonnie Williams

Email from Lisa Anderson:   I would like to notify the radio station of an award given this past weekend.

The ACA (Arkansas Cowboys Association) Finals were this past weekend October 17th and 18th at the Back Achers Ranch in Conway, AR.  Many local cowboys and cowgirls from Carroll County were fortunate enough to make the finals and competed for top titles in their event on Friday and Saturday night.  However, Friday night a special award was given to  one of Carroll County’s own as the ACA Cowboy of the Year for 2014.

My Dad, Lonnie Williams, was given this honor.  He was honored as the Cowboy of the Year because of his own participation in the rodeos for many years as well as his help to many others to learn the sport.  The award was a gold buckle and a jacket with his name on it and the ACA emblem on the back.   We were humbled and honored as his family to accept the award on his behalf.  Our  family that were there to accept the award were:  Mom (Linda Williams), Daughter - Lisa and Timmy Anderson, Son - Kevin and Devon Williams, Granddaughter Tiana and Tyler Goodson, Grandson Treyton Anderson and Elizabeth Hale, Granddaughters Kenley and Lexey Williams.    There were also other family members and many friends there to witness this presentation.  The whole family was very honored.

Lisa Anderson

I would love for this story to make it on the news as this was quite an honor for our family.  If dad were still alive, I know he would have told them that he did not deserve this honor……that was the type of man he was. 

Partial Solar Eclipse Today

A partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies of North America this Thursday, Oct. 23, as the moon crosses between the Earth and the sun. The eclipse will begin near the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia, and then move east, according to NASA. Skywatchers will be able to see the event everywhere in North America except for northern New England and Canada's Maritime provinces, as long as the weather is clear. Since the eclipse is partial, the sun will not be completely covered by the moon's disk, but it should still be a dramatic experience as the Earth is cast into shadow.  The eclipse will begin around 4:36pm and last about two and a half hours. Gazing at the sun without appropriate filters may lead to so-called "eclipse blindness," a serious eye injury that can cause a temporary or permanent damage to vision. Sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing a solar eclipse.

FAA begins plane crash investigation

Andrew Tuberville watched silently Wednesday afternoon as Jim Baker, owner of Baker Truck-Equipment Repair and Wrecker Service, used a Kubota forklift to remove the wreckage of his Zodiac XL homebuilt aircraft from a woodline near Ozark Regional Airport.  Less than 24 hours earlier, Tuberville, of Lakeview, was at the controls of the plane when it crashed approximately 25 yards into a wooded area off Baxter County Road 913, injuring him and Ronnie Skaggs, a friend and fellow aviation enthusiast.  Tuberville was released from Baxter Regional Medical Center on Tuesday night, while Skaggs, a Cotter resident, was listed Wednesday in good condition at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo., where he was airflighted from a location near the site where the aircraft went down. Both men suffered head injuries in the crash.

Fireman's Landing Beginning to Take Shape 

Nearly three months after Silver Dollar City announces the addition of Fireman’s Landing, steel frames are beginning to take shape where Geyser Gulch once stood.  The new themed area of the park promises ten new family adventures – six rides and four interactive play zones.  Fireman’s Landing is based off of a fire that took place near modern-day Silver Dollar City, in a village called Marvel Cave Mining Company, which burned to the ground in the early 1900’s. The story is also told in the indoor roller coaster “Fire in the Hole”.

Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2015 

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced today.The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages.  Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $118,500 from $117,000.  Of the estimated 168 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2015, about 10 million will pay higher taxes because of the increase in the taxable maximum. Information about Medicare changes for 2015 is available at www.Medicare.gov.    The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated.  To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola. 

Trains Ready to Roll Again  

An Arkansas & Missouri Railroad spokesman says two trains involved in a crash that injured more than a dozen people could soon be up and running today.   A freight train collided with a sight-seeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas on Oct. 16. A National Transportation Safety Board member says the freight train was coming to help the stalled passenger train.  Authorities say 50 people were on the two trains and 37 were able to walk away from the accident.

News For Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More Than 24K Early Vote in Arkansas on First Day

Arkansas election officials say more than 24,000 residents cast a ballot on the first day of early voting, surpassing the number who voted early on the first day for the last midterm election. Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 24,508 people early voted on Monday, the beginning of the two-week early voting period for the Nov. 4 election. That surpasses the 21,575 voters who cast a ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2010 election. It's short of the 35,403 who cast a ballot on the first day of early voting for the 2012 general election.  Martin's office has predicted 51 percent of the state's 1.7 million registered voters will cast a ballot in this year's election.

Arvest Bank’s Hunger Initiative Surpasses 1 Million Meals 

Arvest Bank announced in early September the beginning of its fourth annual 1 Million Meals initiative, which challenges bank associates, customers and communities to fight hunger in the more than 120 communities the bank serves by providing meals to those in need. Today, the bank announced the campaign has exceeded 1,000,000 meals, reaching the goal with two weeks remaining in the campaign. A total of 1,248,252 meals have been raised.  Arvest branches throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have been participating in the 1 Million Meals initiative by collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. These efforts will continue through Nov. 1, with the donations given to the local communities Arvest serves just in time for the holidays.  Every dollar raised through 1 Million Meals provides the equivalent of five meals for local, hungry families. 

Bobby Thurman Honored by the BV Chamber of Commerce Award for Community Ambassador

Last week the Berryville Chamber of Commerce gave out their annual awards for business excellence.  Unable to attend the Awards Ceremony was Bobby Thurman who was out of town on a speaking engagement.  Thurman, a 4th generation Nelson Funeral Home family member, was presented the Community Ambassador award at the ceremony, and his cousin, Greg Thurman, accepted for him.  The Community Ambassador award is presented annually by KTHS in memory of Tom Earls, and is given to an individual whose life and work promote the area, whether through media or through direct contact with others.  This individual is always willing to lend their time, skills, and resources to promote our community.  Bobby Thurman fills the bill and was a great pick for the award.  

Bobby came in to KTHS to say his thank you's and we had a chance to find out which community event he's busy with this week.........

Zumbathon Charity Event to Benefit Local School

Local Zumba Fitness instructors Amanda Price and Dawn Anderson, also known as the Z-Crew, will be hosting a Zumbathon on Sunday, October 26, from 2-4pm.  The event will feature four guest instructors, and there will also be a silent auction with items from local businesses and admission is only $5.  ES Elementary School's parent grou has been raising money to get new playground equipment, which is sorely needed.   KTHS talked to Amanda and Dawn this week.............

The community is encouraged to come out and support this event to benefit local kids!

FBI Looking at Harrison Man

A Harrison man, wanted by the FBI, was arrested Monday morning during a traffic stop.  The man identified by authorities as 27-year-old Raphael Vasquez-Perez is in custody of the Harrison Police Department, and faces charges of fleeing in a vehicle, reckless driving, resisting arrest, and a DWI.  When officers booked the man, the electronic fingerprint system sent his fingerprints to the Little Rock office of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System or better known as AFIS. Police Chief Paul Woodruff says his department was made aware that Vasquez-Perez was wanted in connection with a federal investigation.  Additionally, the Boone County Sherrif’s Office website lists the man with charges from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in the Boone County Jail with bond set at just under 3-thousand dollars. The FBI has placed a hold on him until Federal investigators arrive. 

Small Plane Crashes in Baxter County, Arkansas

Two men were hurt Tuesday evening when a small, home built plane crashed in a wooded area of Baxter County, Arkansas.  Sheriff John Montgomery says the small, experimental plane lost power shortly after taking off from the airport in Midway.  It went down about half a mile from the runway. The sheriff says there were two men on board.  The pilot is being treated at a hospital in Mountain Home.  The passenger was more seriously hurt, and was airlifted to a hospital in Springfield.  Montgomery says the plane will be guarded by Baxter County deputies overnight.  FAA investigators are expected to arrive on the scene to begin their investigation on Wednesday.

UAMS Awarded $135K in Grants to Train Teachers in Health Sciences

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Partners in Health Sciences Program has been awarded $135,000 in grants to give Arkansas pre-K-12th grade teachers tools to teach health science topics.  Of the total, $100,000 is the third installment of a six-year $600,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to train pre-K teachers in “Healthy Hearts & Lungs” curriculum. The remaining $35,000 is from the Arkansas Department of Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Section and the Tobacco Prevention Cessation Program to train 6-12th-grade teachers and school nurses in the “Healthy Lungs & Gums” and “Biology of Cancer” curriculums.  The Partners in Health Sciences program conducts professional development workshops across Arkansas to equip teachers with activities to use with their students. The workshops are led by program founder and director Robert Burns, Ph.D., professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Neurobiology & Developmental Sciences.

Arkansas AG Announces New School Safety Initiative

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has announced the launch of a new school safety training initiative for school districts and law enforcement agencies to help teachers and emergency responders better prepare for active threats on campuses.Agents with the Attorney General's Special Investigations Division will offer specialized training courses - all at no cost to school employees and law enforcement officials.  McDaniel announced the plan Tuesday.  School employees are taught how to react in active-shooter situations and law enforcement officers are trained how to deal with active shooters and teaching first responders how to treat victims in the critical time before additional medical help arrives.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Down

State officials say Arkansas' unemployment rate dipped to 6.2 percent in September. That's down from 7.7 percent a year earlier. The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services says September's jobless rate dropped by one-tenth of a percentage point from August. The agency says the number of employed Arkansans rose by 4,500 last month in the first employment gain since March.Five industry sectors posted job gains, with employment in government rising by 13,100 last month. Much of the increase is attributed to seasonal hiring at public schools. Jobs in educational and health services increased by 2,300, while jobs in professional and business services rose by 2,000. The agency says the leisure and hospitality sector lost 1,100 jobs last month, primarily because of the closure of summer-related businesses.

News For Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Check Presentation to Loaves and Fishes

The FNB of North Arkansas made a check presentation Friday to the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank.   On hand was Tasha Flanagin with FNB NA, Lieu Smith Loaves and Fishes and, Kristi Estrem, Dr. Scott Estrem and Cody Qualls of Mercy Hospital.  The donation will be used for the Childrens Backpack program that is coordinated through the Food Bank.  

Vandalism at CC Country Club

The Berryville Police Department were called to the CC Country Club Thursday, October 16th, to a report of damage/vandalism on some greens.  According to Berryville Police Chief Dave Muniz the culprits used a golf cart to drive recklessly over the greens causing some damage.  The Chief said earlier in the day three people had been asked to leave because they were suspected to be under the influence of alcohol.  The identity of those three is being obtained so Police can question them.  Chief Muniz said the Country Club had damage to greens number 1 and 6. Anyone with information is asked to call Berryville Police Department.

Arkansas Hospital Association Board Re-Elects Kristy Estrem

Kristy Estrem is no stranger to the residents of Berryville; she’s lived there much of her life and, as president of Mercy Hospital in that community, she has made numerous strides to assure better access to health care for Berryville and the surrounding communities. Now, as a re-elected board member of the Arkansas Hospital Association Board (AHA) of Directors, she’ll continue doing all that she can to make a difference.“I’m proud to be a board member for such a wonderful advocate for hospitals and to serve as the northwest Arkansas delegate being charged with bringing forward the respective voices of all the hospital members in the Northwest District,” Kristy said. “It’s truly an honor to serve in this capacity.”

The AHA assists with legislative issues and networks with Medicare and Medicaid officials to establish programs and initiatives across the state to ensure hospitals’ long-term viability and patient care. Arkansas was one of the few states able to garner enough support to expand Medicaid to 140 percent of poverty level.  “That probably wouldn’t have happened, had the Arkansas Hospital Association not unified our voice to the legislature,” Estrem said.

Kristy, a member of the AHA board since 2006, was re-elected to her second four-year term this fall at the board’s annual meeting. She’ll continue to represent the AHA Northwest District, which is comprised of the hospitals in Benton, Carroll, Boone, Newton, Madison and Washington counties.  In 2012, Estrem was selected as the 2012 Grassroots Champion and recognized by the AHA for work throughout the state on legislative issues affecting health care. She has also been appointed to serve the past two years as the chairperson for the Legislative Committee.

Four Injured in Barry Co. Crash

Four people suffer injuries from a two vehicle crash a quarter mile south of Purdy on Hwy 37 yesterday morning. According to state troopers, 37-year-old Neil Roller of Monett drove into the path of oncoming traffic and the vehicle was struck by a mini-van. The other driver is identified 50-year-old Richard Cawley of Aurora.  The occupants and driver of the van all suffer minor injuries and were transported to Cox Monett Hospital, including Cawley, 35-year-old Christine Cawley of Aurora, 66-year-old Gloria Humphries of Springfield, Ill., and 66-year-old Henry Humphries also of Springfield, 

Two Airlifted from Notch Campground 

A woman and her two children are injured in an ATV crash near Compton Ridge   Campground in Notch yesterday. According to Eric Nielsen with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District, 32-year-old Kara Coates of Springfield was driving down a hill when the ATV’s throttle became  stuck as she applied the vehicle’s front brakes. The ATV skidded and overturned ejecting the mother and her two children.  Nielsen says a helicopter wasn’t originally called out when first responders arrived, and then about 15 minutes later Coates and her 6-year-old son were flown to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Her two-year-old son was taken by a private vehicle also to Mercy. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol’s accident report, no one was wearing a helmet in the incident.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING: Nostalgia of Autumn Burning Should Stay in the Past

Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Autumn Fires” gives a wistful vision of burning piles of fall leaves. It concludes with this happy sentiment: Sing a song of seasons! Something bright in all! Flowers in the summer, Fires in the fall!  But that poem was first published in 1885 before the cumulative effects of years of industrial emissions and open burning were known. Now we know that what was once a seasonal tradition of raking and burning leaves can have a negative effect on our health and the environment. Smoke can lead to health problems for people with asthma and other respiratory ailments and cause eye irritation. Open burning also releases carbon dioxide, which contributes to the greenhouse effect that is creating warmer oceans and climate change.

It is illegal in Arkansas to burn household waste, which usually contains plastics that emit harmful chemicals when burned, and old pressure-treated wood, which also releases chemicals that pollute air, water and soil. There is no state law against the on-site burning of yard waste (grass clippings, leaves and shrubbery trimmings) when there is not a burn ban in effect because of drought, but the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality strongly urges residents to consider alternatives to burning yard waste in order to help keep our air quality high.

Local authorities, such as the city council or county officials, can place local restrictions on the burning of yard waste and may also set up a permit procedure that requires residents to get a permit from the county courthouse or city hall or the fire department before burning yard waste.   If a complaint about burning yard waste is filed with local or state officials, they can order the fire to be extinguished and possibly issue a ticket or a fine if the fire is persistently offensive to neighbors, is hazardous to surrounding property or becomes a safety hazard.

One way to cut down on yard waste is to mow over leaves and use them for mulch instead of raking them. Grass clippings and leaves can be composted to enrich garden soil.
Arkansas law bans yard waste from landfills, but some towns pick up yard waste for municipal composting programs. If you don’t have curbside garbage and yard waste service, contact your city hall, county judge’s office or regional solid waste management district for information on transfer stations or drop-off programs for wastes, recyclables and compostables.   For information on the safe operation of wood-burning appliances, visit http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/

AT&T Swamped with Refund Demands Over “cramming” Scam; FTC Predicts Record Number of Claims 

Since the Federal Trade Commission announced a $105 million settlement with AT&T last week over fake billing charges, 359,000 individuals have already come forward to claim their share of the refund money, and that number is expected to climb.

The claims relate to so-called “cramming” charges in which AT&T customers paid extra fees, usually in the amount of $9.99, for “premium SMS” services that promised to deliver content like horoscopes and celebrity news to cell phones. Such services are a relic of the pre-smartphone days, but people still paid for them, often without authorization, with AT&T receiving a commission on the charges.

​An FTC official said that the customer response rate to the settlement was one of the highest she could remember, and second only to a 2012 settlement over deceptive shoe marketing by Skechers. The official added that, in the near future, she expected the number of AT&T refund claims would surpass the half-million Skechers claims.  The process for making a claim is very straightforward: anyone who was an AT&T customer after January 1, 2009 can simply fill out this online form, which only requires a phone number and address. Refunds will take at least nine months to process. The settlement process involves a third party company that will evaluate whether each claim is valid, though the FTC official said that she predicts most claims will be accepted.

News For Monday, October 20, 2014

Early Voting Begins Today

Early voting begins today in Arkansas and Carroll County residents can early vote at the CC Courthouse from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday through November 3rd.  There is also a Facebook page available with election information at Carroll County Arkansas Elections.  

Sample ballots are also available at the Berryville Courthouse, or email your request with your name and address to carrollclerk@arkansasclerks.com and get your sample ballot via email.

Arkansas Election Board Responding to Voter ID Ruling

Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners Director Justin Clay says his staff has updated forms and instructions after the state Supreme Court found that the state's voter ID law is unconstitutional.  Clay said revised instructions for poll workers were sent Friday.  He says identification procedures that were in place before Jan. 1 when the voter ID law went into effect are being used. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday found that the law is unconstitutional because it adds a new requirement in order to vote.  Officials say some voters may still be asked for an ID, but not a photo. An example would be a voter who registered at a new address and the previous address isn't yet removed from the registration list.

Carroll County Quorum Court Report

It was a routine business day for J.P.'s Friday.  All J.P.'s were present along with Judge Sam Barr.  Justices approved the following:  

An Ordinance amending a 2008 ordinance raising the annual assessment fee at the Sylvan Shores Subordinant Service District.  It was the third and final reading.An Ordinance appropriating FEMA reimbursement money to the Road and Bridge Disaster Fund.
An Appropriation Ordinance amending the budget of the CC Sheriff's office to add $21,000 from Tyson Inc. for AED's
An Ordinance repealing  CC Ordinance 2003-013 establishing a Vicious Dog Ordinance and hiring an Animal Control Officer.  (Never implemented due to funding)
A Resolution confirming the appointment of Sam Wrd to the Western Carroll County Ambulance District

J.P. Jack Deaton reported the 2015 Budget is being fine tuned and the Budget Committee should have a budget for review by the November meeting.  

Green Forest 2nd Annual Trick or Trot

The 2nd Annual Trick or Trot 5K and 1 mile walk is coming up Saturday, October 25th, beginning across from the football field.  Michelle Perez, GF Junior Class President said it serves as a fund-raiser for the Junior Class spring prom................

State Supreme Court Refuses to Remove Alcohol Measure

The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied a petition that had sought to remove a measure on the November ballot regarding statewide alcohol sales. Citizens for Local Rights, opponents to the proposal, had claimed the petition signatures collected to get the measure on the ballot were not turned in on time - on July 7 instead of July 4. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office had said when the deadline falls on a holiday, the signatures can be turned on the following business day.Right now the counties in Arkansas are nearly split down the middle, 38 "wet" and 37 "dry." According to the ballot initiative, counties will not be allowed to go dry if the initiative passes, but counties can regulate sales.

Official Says Locomotive Was Going Faster Than Told 

The locomotive that hit a stalled passenger train and injured dozens of people Thursday was moving several miles per hour faster than it should have been under a dispatcher’s directions, a federal official said Friday.  Mark Rosekind, one of the National Transportation Safety Board’s five members, said the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad locomotive appeared to have been traveling at 25 mph.  An interview with the company’s dispatcher indicated it should have been moving at 20 mph or less for safety reasons, Rosekind said. The board’s investigators arrived Thursday after a head-on crash between the two vehicles. The agency investigates accidents and makes safety recommendations but has no enforcement power.  A passenger train carrying more than 40 people from Springdale to Van Buren stalled on the tracks a few miles southeast of West Fork about 10 a.m. Thursday. An engine sent from the south to help ended up ramming the stationary train at 10:25 a.m. At least 49 people were taken to three Northwest Arkansas hospitals, including six with serious injuries, according to spokesmen for the hospitals.

State Fair Attendance Down 

The Arkansas State Fair's 75th anniversary celebrations ended Sunday with a 12-minute fireworks show after 10 days of rides, livestock shows, music and lots of fried food.  Overall attendance at the fair this year is expected to be about 10 percent lower than last year because of poor weather during the opening weekend.   Sunday's total visitors will be announced sometime today, but by the end of the day Saturday, more than 356,700 people had attended since opening day Oct. 10.    Saturday's attendance was up significantly over last year's second Saturday crowd of about 80,000.

Wal-Mart Scaling Back U.S. Growth to Focus on E-Commerce

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is scaling back its growth in U.S. stores next year, while investing more in e-commerce.  The company also says it's conducting a major diagnostic review of its U.S. Wal-Mart business and will update investors of plans early next year.  The review comes as it aims to revive business at Wal-Mart discount stores, which have not recorded growth in revenue at locations opened at least a year for six straight quarters.  Wal-Mart told investors on Wednesday that it's opening 60 to 70 super centers its next fiscal year, down from the expected 120 stores this year.  The company also plans to add 180 to 200 Neighborhood Markets next year, from the 170 stores slated for this year. It's reducing its expansion growth of its smaller Wal-Mart Express stores.