News for May 3, 2016

Prescription Drug Takeback Initiative Very Successful

A National prescription drug takeback effort was conducted Saturday, including here in Carroll County.  Drop off locations included the Carroll County Sheriff's office, the Green Forest and Eureka Springs Police Departments, Inspiration Point and Grassy Knob Fire Departments.  According to Major George Frye, the  Carroll County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the DEA and participates in the National Take Back Initiative for unused prescription drugs. CCSO maintains a collection box outside the main entrance for use, night or day, seven days a week.

The CCSO collected a combined total of 294 pounds since September 2015 of unused prescription drugs that will be turned over to the DEA for destruction. This far exceeds the prior record of 175 pounds collected in Carroll County. This is a huge volume of prescription and over-the-counter medications that will not fall into the wrong hands and will not pollute our water supply.

 

BV Senior Emma Hill Signs with Crowder College

Emma Hill signed her letter of intent Monday to play college softball at Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. this fall.  KTHS General Manager was there and talked to Emma about her future............

Congratulations Emma Hill.

 

Green Forest High School 3A State Track Meet Today

The Green Forest High School Athletic Director Bobby Bishop invites the public to the girls and boys senior high 3A state track meet today at the Green Forest track. 

Coach Bishop told KTHS how special it is for the school to host a state event and that spectators can expect some great performances in track and field as top athletes from all over the stae will gather today.

The field events wil begin at 10:30am and the running event finals will begin at 5pm.  The influx of student athletes, coaches, parents and fans from all over the state will surely benefit the school and the town of Green Forest.  Locals are encouraged to come out and support the Green Forest Track teams as many have qualified for state after girls and boys both won the 1-3A conference track championshiop last week.  Congratulations and good luck to the Green Forest School and track teams, Go Tigers, Take State!

 

Berryville Police Accident Report

Three accidents were worked by Berryville Police on Wednesday, April 25th.  None were reported as injury accidents.

At 12 noon, a two-vehicle at Hwy. 62 E and Academy resulted in vehicle damage only.  Emma Kisic of Berryville, driving a 2006 Toyota made a left turn off Academy into the path of an eastbound 2006 Hyundai on Hwy. 62, being driven by Robert Nelson of Berryville.   Only vehicle damage was reported.

At 12:19pm, another two-vehicle accident occurred on Hwy. 62.  Bryan O' Dell of Berryville, driving a 2003 Toyota, was eastbound and went to change lanes and didn't see the 2005 GMC and collided with the passenger side.  The GMC was driven by Roger Roberts of Berryville.

Yet another accident at 4:15pm involved Emilea Hicks of Berryville, driving a 1998 Mercury and Fern West of Berryville, driving a 2006 Nissan westbound on 62.  According to the accident report, Hicks had a green light crossing the intersection when she was hit by the Nissan.  The driver of the Nissan told Police she had the green light.  Since both parties had left the scene after the accident, Police were not able to establish fault.

 

Business Spotlight - KAR Shop - Auto Repair

The task of selecting a body shop or car repair center can sometimes be overwhelming.  KTHS is featuring some local Auto repair businesses in this week's news.  Today, we introduce you to Kevin Lancaster of the KAR Shop on Hwy. 21/221 north intersection.............

Kevin Lancaster of the KAR Shop.  His phone number is 423-5841.

 

Budget Increases for Schools, Medicaid Dollars and Foster Care

The state's general revenue budget would increase by $142.7 million to $5.33 billion in fiscal 2017 under a proposal agreed upon by legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Most of the increase would go to the state Department of Human Services and public schools under the proposed Revenue Stabilization Act, the legislation that would distribute general revenue to agencies in the fiscal year starting July 1.

Legislative leaders said Republican and Democratic lawmakers, with exceptions, generally support the proposal that largely mirrors the Republican governor's budget plan, which was released in March. Hutchinson's budget blueprint factored in his nearly $101 million cut in individual income-tax rates that the Republican-dominated Legislature enacted in 2015.

He noted that most of the increased general revenue would go toward the state's increased match for federal Medicaid dollars, additional money needed to shore up the foster care system, and funding required to provide an adequate education to public school students.

 

Pea Ridge National Military Park Offers Recreation as well as Preservation of Battlefield

On March 7-8, 1862, some 10,500 Union soldiers turned back about 16,000 Confederate troops who were marching through extreme northwestern Arkansas en route to Missouri with hopes of capturing St. Louis. As a result of the battle, Missouri remained in Union hands for the duration of the Civil War and the door was quickly opened to the federal conquest of Arkansas and the lower Mississippi River.

Today, the grounds and history of that battle are preserved and interpreted as Pea Ridge National Military Park. It is one of seven Arkansas sites in the National Park System, which celebrates its centennial this year.

Located on U.S. 62 about nine miles northeast of Rogers, the 4,300-acre Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves the entire battlefield, much of it appearing as it did when the fighting occurred.

“We were established because of the battle,” Park Superintendent Kevin Eads said. “There were 26,000 soldiers combined that fought and thousands that fought and died. So preservation is to honor them and to memorialize their actions, both sides. The preservation also is so that we can share that story generation by generation in such a way that we are able to make it relevant to that time.”

The Pea Ridge battle was also noteworthy as the first Civil War battle in which Native Americans took part on a large scale. Some 1,000 Cherokees participated, including Stand Watie, who would rise to the rank of brigadier general and be the last Confederate general to surrender at war’s end. The park also has one of the longest segments of the Trail of Tears, about a 3-mile segment used by 11 Cherokee groups in the late 1830s as they marched from the southeastern U.S. to the Indian Territory during the forced migration known as “the Trail of Tears.”

Eads said visitors should note that the park entrance has recently changed in conjunction with removal of the highway from within the park, and improving and expanding the parking lots.

For more Pea Ridge information, call 479-451-8122.

 

Living in Isolation Bad on Your Heart

For some people, living in isolation can raise all sorts of concerns -- including your heart.

A new study shows that isolation can have an impact on your heart, by increasing your risk for developing several heart complications.

Researchers at the University of New York found that people who are isolated have a 29 percent higher risk of having heart disease and a 32 percent higher risk of stroke.

Earlier research found that being alone can also lower your life span.  Isolation can influence life choices like eating healthy and exercising. Researchers suggested to avoid isolation, sign up for programs that offer social opportunities.


News for May 2, 2016

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is Implementing New Notification System

Sheriff Randy Mayfield is implementing a new notification system for the citizens of Carroll County. The new system enables the Sheriff’s Office to send automated voice calls, text messages, and emails. The Sheriff’s Office can rapidly notify citizens of situations such as flooding, searches, or road closures.

The notification system is divided into four regions, All Carroll County, East Carroll County, West Carroll County and Beaver Dam Area. The system will contact people in the affected areas of the county, rather than needless calls to unaffected areas.

Signing up for the new notification system is easy! Call 870-423-2901, Monday – Friday, and ask to be added to the notification list. Callers can choose to receive voice calls, texts, emails, or all three. Callers will be asked whether they wish to receive notifications for All Carroll County, East Carroll County, West Carroll County, and/or Beaver Dam Area. All numbers will be verified either by caller ID or confirmation call before being added to the system.

 

Youth, Families, Businesses Read the Bible Together

Photo:  Pictured is three generations of readers. Mark Stone reading, while family members listen. Grandparents Ralph and Marian Smith, parents Mark and Leah Stone, children Garrett, Landon, and Marlea.

During the 7th Annual Bible Reading Marathon many families come to read the Bible at the Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Friday night the Youth Rally was held inside the Great Hall due to the rain Over fifty youth attended the rally and experienced the importance of the “WORD” as Ronnie Hoover from the University of Arkansas challenged them to do three things that will increase their growth through the Bible. First, everyone who has a “smart phone” can listen to the reading of the Bible while getting ready for his or her day by downloading youversion. Second, read a passage of scripture a day, not a whole chapter just a “passage”. Third memorize a verse a week. Many accepted this challenge and agreed to begin the growth change for their life.

Families are very important to the Lord. In our nation there are many kinds of families, biological, single parent, and family of God, believers of the Word. During this years event many businesses have sponsored the event and bring employees together to read.  The SUCCESS of the marathon depends on people who make a decision to read the Bible publically each one taking a turn of 15 minutes or more to declare Isaiah 55:11, God’s word going forth to accomplish His purpose and His plan for our cities, county and nation.

“U 2 can B used by God”, is the theme of every marathon for the past seven years, according to Bible Reading Ministry International co-founder Bonnie Roediger.

 

Business Spotlight - Blocks Body Shop - "The Fender Bender Menders"

On KTHS News this week, we are featuring some Auto Repair Businesses in the area.

The decision of who to choose to fix your ill or damaged vehicle is an important one.  Today, we feature a new business in Berryville, Block's Body Shop, just off North Main on Hague Street, just behind Las Playitas Restaurant.    Doug Block is the proprietor.  He's no novice to the business.  He tells Linda Boyer his family has been in Harrison many years before deciding to open in Berryville......

Doug Block can be reached at 423-1088, or see them on Facebook.

 

Drug Bust in Stone County, Mo.

Deputies, with the help of the COMET Drug Task Force seize tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of marijuana.   A Reeds Spring couple is now in jail facing charges, including intent to distribute.

Authorities say it all started in Colorado. A package with 4 pounds of pot in it was to be shipped to Lisa and James Garrett, but police got it first. It led to the biggest bust of marijuana wax ever in the county. Thursday authorities executed a search warrant for a house on Eagle Drive in Reeds Spring.  Lisa Garrett, 56 and James Garrett, 64 were arrested.

Deputies found five pounds of marijuana and more than a pound of marijuana wax. The wax is gummy substance, that's more potent than just regular pot. Also found was paraphernalia and scales. The drugs have a street value of more than $120,000.  Lisa and James Garrett are each being held on $50,000 cash only bonds in the Stone County Jail.

 

Infected Dear Found in Madison County

A deer infected with chronic wasting disease was found in Madison County, according to a release from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). According to the release, the deer — a 2-and-a-half year- old doe — was found near Kingston during the commission’s second phase of sampling. The first phase of sampling occurred in March and “revealed a 23 percent prevalence rate in Newton and Boone counties,” according to the release.

Deer and elk were sampled within a 125,000-acre area ranging from  five miles west of Ponca to five miles east of Pruitt, extending barely into the Madison County line; however, no deer collected in Madison County were found to have been infected with the disease through the first sampling effort.

 

Social Security Combats Homelessness and Helps Veterans Access Benefits

Carolyn W. Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of Social Security, and other leaders in the fight to end homelessness gathered today to continue the ongoing battle against homelessness among veterans, seniors, and other vulnerable populations.

Acting Commissioner Colvin joined with federal and state officials to discuss initiatives to end homelessness and outreach programs to vulnerable populations, including veterans, at a forum called “Ending Homelessness: Lessons Learned from the Commonwealth of Virginia.”  Representatives from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and the Virginia Housing Alliance participated in the discussion.

In 2015, Virginia announced that it had ended homelessness among veterans.  Many federal and state agencies are looking to replicate best practices from Virginia’s success in their respective states.   Veterans are at an increased risk of both homelessness and disability.  Social Security offers several initiatives to accelerate processing disability benefit claims from veterans.

Since 2005, the agency has provided expedited processing of disability applications for wounded warriors who have suffered an injury or illness while serving on active duty after October 1, 2001.

 

 

Arkansas Elk Hunt Applications Online May 1

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is accepting applications May 1-June 1 for Arkansas’s annual elk hunting season.

Brad Carner, AGFC chief of wildlife management, says he has received many calls about the future of elk and elk hunting since the discovery of chronic wasting disease in the state.

Carner expects to have the exact number of elk permits, private land elk quota and elk season dates set at the June 16 Commission meeting in El Dorado. The AGFC also plans to continue drawing the permits at the Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper, June 24-25, with a small number of additional permits available to people who sign up on site.

Applying for an Arkansas elk permit is free, although applicants do need a valid hunting license to apply.  Carner says continuing the elk hunt will allow the AGFC to keep monitoring the disease in the state’s herd without taking this rare opportunity away from Arkansas hunters who cannot afford big-game trips out West.

Visit
http://www.agfc.com/licenses/Pages/PermitsSpecialElk.aspx to apply May 1-June 1. Applications are available online only.

 

Consumer Spending Lackluster

U.S. consumers boosted their spending by a tiny amount in March as purchases of nondurable goods such as clothing offset a big fall in spending on autos and other long-lasting items.

Spending edged up 0.1 percent last month after a 0.2 percent rise in February, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Incomes rose a solid 0.4 percent.

Consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, has been lackluster for the past four months. The weakness played a big role in the first quarter when the economy expanded at a weak 0.5 percent rate, the slowest increase in two years.

But with job growth still solid, economists hope stronger spending in the months ahead will help the economy grow at faster levels. But some analysts expressed concern that the weak March result means there is little momentum going in to the second quarter.

A separate report Friday showed that employment compensation costs rose a modest 0.6 percent in the first quarter, up only slightly from a 0.5 percent increase in the October-December period. Wages and salaries rose 0.7 percent. Benefit costs such as pensions and health insurance were up 0.5 percent.

These small gains suggest that at the moment, it's unlikely that labor costs are about to trigger higher inflation.


News for April 29, 2016

Prescription Drug Takeback Set for Saturday

Saturday, April 30th, from 10 AM till 2 PM, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will have officers onsite at three locations within Carroll County to assist with the takeback of prescription drugs that are expired or no longer needed. These locations are: Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Holiday Island Fire Station #1, and the Inspiration Point Fire Station.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, 205 Hailey Road, Berryville AR, maintains a drop box in front of the main entrance, that can be used to drop off drugs, at any time, night or day. The Eureka Springs Police Department and the Green Forest Police Department also accept unused prescription drugs at their offices.

Flushed medications pollute our water supply. Unused medications pose a hazard to children or those who would abuse the drugs. The Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is a safe alternative.

Medical waste, liquids, and syringes will not be accepted.

 

Berryville Man Arrested for January Burglary

A Berryville man, 23 year old Bryce W. Brandt, was arrested Wednesday by the Carroll County Sheriff's office.  According to Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos, Brandt was arrested for the commercial burglary at the Kubota Center, on Hwy. 62 west in Eureka Springs.  Bartos said Brandt is alleged to have stolen a Kubota RTV and other items the night of New Years Eve into New Years Day, of this year.

An investigation by Berryville Police turned up information that the stolen items were in Barry County, Mo.  Brandt, who lives between Berryville and Eureka Springs was arrested and charged with commercial burglary, theft of property and theft by receiving.

His bond was set Friday at $100,000. 

 

Berryville Lady Bobcat Signs Letter of Intent

Berryville Lady Bobcat basketball player Ally Teague signed her letter of intent to play college basketball at John Brown University on Wednesday.  The Berryville senior led the Lady Bobcats to the final four, in state, this past season and was recently selected to the Arkansas State all star team, which will be played this summer.  Congratulations to Ally Teague and good luck on her college athletic and scholastic career at John Brown University.

 

Aiden Seel Wins John Phillip Sousa Award

Photo:  Berryville Band director Andrew Morris and Berryville senior Aidan Seel, winner of the John Phillip Sousa Award for 2016.  The award is given to a high school band member to recognize superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation.  Congratulations to Aiden Seel.

Other winners honored:

Director’s Award for Symphonic I- Emma Culling and Reeya Ghandi

Outstanding Woodwind Award for Symphonic I- Jared Soto

Outstanding Brass Award for Symphonic I- Nathan Engel

Outstanding Percussion Award for Symphonic I- Titan MaChupa

 

State Supreme Court Rules Arkansas State Police Cannot Redact Accident Reports

Arkansas law enforcement officials can no longer rely on a decades-old federal law as a reason to withhold the names and personal information of adults from vehicle crash reports, according to a court ruling Thursday.

The Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a 2015 lower court ruling that the Arkansas State Police's policy of redacting personal information of adults cited in crash reports violated the state's Freedom of Information Act.

By 5-2, the majority found that crash reports do not qualify as "motor vehicle records" and that a federal protection of personal information in such records does not apply to the information in crash reports. A 1994 federal law prohibits the sale or disclosure of motor-vehicle records.

In a dissent, Justice Karen Baker wrote that the personal information in the crash reports -- which is typically provided to officers from state driver databases -- is protected by the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act.

Keith Wren, the lead attorney in the case who represented his brother and fellow attorney, Daniel Wren, said he was pleased that the state's highest court agreed with the June 2015 ruling by Judge Morgan "Chip" Welch in Pulaski County Circuit Court that voided the state police's policy of withholding the information.

 

Bright Futures USA Adds 11 NWA School Districts to Network

More school districts in Northwest Arkansas are joining a network that coordinates the efforts of schools, businesses and community members to better serve children.

In a span of three years, Bright Futures USA added 11 Northwest Arkansas school districts to its network that covers six states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia.

Bright Futures is a nonprofit based in Joplin, Mo., that develops ideas for helping low-income students learn and attracting community involvement in districts, said Ralph Nesson, Arkansas regional coordinator for Bright Futures USA.

The Siloam Springs and Decatur districts joined up in November, Nesson said. The Deer-Mount Judea School Board in Newton County approved an affiliation agreement in January. The Gravette School Board voted for a similar agreement April 18.

The Pea Ridge School District became the first Northwest Arkansas affiliate in 2013.

In Benton, Carroll, Newton and Washington counties, where the region's 11 affiliates are located, 45,680 of the 87,626 children attending public school are considered low-income because they qualify for free or reduced-price meals, according to information from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Children from low-income families tend to fall behind in school, are absent more and have lower graduation rates than their peers from higher-income families, Nesson said.

Each school district pays a one-time affiliation fee of $2,500 to join Bright Futures, Nesson said. The fee pays for services that include ongoing support, training and technical assistance in setting up the Facebook page, using colors and logos that identify the Bright Futures brand.

Nesson said he stays in touch with Bright Futures coordinators and superintendents in all of the Northwest Arkansas member districts.

 

UA Under Scrutiny Over Rape Reports

Two cases have been opened by federal investigators into the handling of sexual violence complaints by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

No details were released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, but a UA spokesman wrote that the investigation is looking into issues that date back to 2014.

Colleges and universities receiving federal funding are prohibited from sex discrimination under what is known as Title IX. In recent years, federal authorities have emphasized that, under Title IX, colleges and universities have a responsibility to react appropriately to complaints of sexual violence.

The two cases made public Wednesday have been added to a list updated weekly that now includes 228 cases at 181 post-secondary institutions. UA is the only school in Arkansas on the list.

Both cases were opened April 21, according to the federal Department of Education. Rushing said UA was informed of the investigation Tuesday.

 

ADEQ Will Discontinue Permits for Large Hog Farms

On Thursday, The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality announced they will discontinue the type of general permit that allowed a large hog farm to open in the Buffalo River watershed.

After receiving only one application for the Regulation 6 general permit for concentrated animal feeding operations in more than four years, the department decided not to renew that type of permit.

C&H Hog Farms in Mount Judea is the only concentrated animal feeding operation with such a permit in the state and the only one to have ever applied for it.

The lack of interest in the permitting program was the primary reason department director Becky Keogh decided not to renew it.

The general permit was created in 2011 to mirror a federal permitting program that speeds the permitting process for such operations, she said.

Keogh said public comments questioning the necessity of the program were "critical" to her decision to close the program.

 

Interim Benton County Sheriff Sworn-In

After being approved by the Benton County Quorum Court on Thursday (April 28), Meyer Gilbert was sworn in as the new county sheriff.

Gilbert was chosen by a selection committee on Monday (April 25) among several candidates that applied for the position left vacant by Kelley Cradduck.

Gilbert has stated that he has 22 years of experience in county law enforcement, a municipal city police department and international law enforcement.

He will serve as sheriff through the end of the year, as Benton County voters will choose between Republican candidate Shawn Holloway and Independent candidate Glenn Latham in November.

 

Area Football Coach Heading to China for Team USA

A local football coach is heading to China this summer for an international football championship.

Greenwood High School head football coach Rick Jones said he will be one of ten coaches for Team USA, working closely with the quarterbacks.

Jones said the team will meet in New Jersey during the second week of June to practice, before flying to the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin.

He said he's hoping to teach the 45-player team some of the same lessons he has taught his team here at home.  The team is made up of high school seniors and college freshmen from across the United States. Jones said about half of the Team USA coaches going are from Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Team USA will spend a little more than two weeks in China, playing four games.




















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