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News for November 24, 2015

County Judge Sam Barr Issues Thanksgiving Proclamation 

WHEREAS:  Thanksgiving is a time to gather with families, and many will be traveling to share the holiday with out-of-town and out-of-state loved ones; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I SAM L. BARR, County Judge of Carroll County, State of Arkansas, acting under the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim that the Carroll County Courthouse and county offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27, 2015, in order for County employees to spend this holiday with their loved ones. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I set my hand and seal to this instrument this 23rd day of November, 2015.


Cornerstone Bank Celebrates Grand Opening of Huntsville Facility

Cornerstone Bank celebrated the Grand Opening of their newest Huntsville Facility at 270 Curtis Hutchins Way on November 17, 2015.  President and CEO, Charlie Cross stated, “We are excited to be a permanent part of this great community and look forward to providing many years of exceptional service to the citizens of the Madison County.  Our Grand Opening embarked upon yet another milestone our bank has accomplished, which is all due to the fantastic work of our staff and the continued patronage of our client base.  We feel truly blessed to be given this opportunity to better serve the entire county and continue with the growth of our institution.”  

The evening was celebrated with light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments along with many gifts and door prizes.    The grand prize winner was Rick Gifford winning a $1,500 Certificate of Deposit and A.T. Smith winning a Nighthawk Custom Shotgun.  Darrell Trahan, James Jackson and Herb Lopshire all won gift baskets with a $25 gift card. 

The bank currently has locations in the communities of Eureka Springs, Holiday Island and Berryville. This will be the bank’s fifth location and the first outside of Carroll County, as the bank has grown rapidly in recent years.


The Great Ozarkan Beard-Off November 27-29 

Guys - ditch the razors and win prizes during a fun event for a worthy cause.  Besides being a good excuse for not shaving, the Beard-Off is a fundraiser for the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Men of all ages are invited to compete in several categories of hairiness.  There's even a Fake Beard category in which the ladies can compete.  Be creative, gals, they don't care if you make a beard and/or moustache out of potholders (but if you can grow it, flaunt it!)  The top three competitiors in each category win tremendous bragging rights, cash and/or prize packages.  Better still, men win awareness about prostate cancer and the Prostate Cancer Foundation wins funding for its programs dealing with this serious issue.  

Sign up today for one or more contests.  Contests for different categories take place at various venues around town.  A full schedule and locations map is posted on the website goboeureka@gmail.com or phone (417) 310-2605.


4th Qtr. Profit Up for Tyson Foods, Inc.

On Monday, Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reported an 88 percent increase in a key measure of profit as its prepared foods and chicken segments continued to show growth a year after its multibillion-dollar purchase of Hillshire Brands.

The meat processor  reported net income attributable to Tyson of $258 million, or 63 cents per share, up from $137 million, or 35 cents per share in the same quarter last year.

Revenue reached $10.5 billion, up from $10.1 billion in the same quarter last year.  For the full fiscal year, the company reported net income attributable to Tyson of $1.2 billion, or $2.95 per share, from $846 million, or $2.37 per share. Revenue was $41.4 billion, up 10 percent from $37.6 billion.


Two Arrested for Abandonment of Corpse 

Authorities say two people have been charged in connection with a body found last month in McDonald County, Mo.   Charges of abandonment of a corpse have been filed against 35-year-old Derek L. Reeves, of Noel, and 38-year-old Brandy S. House of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

David Kenney, Neosho police chief, says both defendants are in custody. Online court records don't list lawyers for Reeves or House. The body was found Oct. 28 wrapped in what appeared to be a camping tent in rural McDonald County. The victim's identity and cause of death haven't been released.  Kennedy says the case is being investigated as a homicide.


Second Arrest in Murder of Branson Man
A man from Branson is accused of two crimes for what investigators believe happened to another man before he died in early November. Mark Bailey, 52, is charged with kidnapping and felonious restraint of Larry Adams, whose body was found abandoned in a car near Walnut Shade on Nov. 14.

Bailey is the second person charged for events leading up to Adam's death. Brandy Shaddox, 38, of Branson, is charged with abandonment of a corpse and forgery. No one is charged with killing the 72-year-old man, who lived in Hollister.

If he's convicted, Bailey could get a prison sentence up to 20 years for kidnapping and up to seven years for felonious restraint. He's in the Taney County jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Shaddox also is in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. She could get a prison sentence between two and four years, or a jail sentence up to one year, for abandonment of a corpse. If she’s convicted of forgery, she could get a prison sentence between two and seven years. In a separate case that was filed last week, she also faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance last Sept. 10; she could get a prison sentence up to seven years for that crime.


Study Reveals Statistics of Food Insecurity

One in four people in northwest Arkansas do not know if they'll be eating breakfast tomorrow morning, according to the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.

The latest statistics from the Feeding America-- "Hunger in America" study-- show food insecurity hits one in five people across the state and one in six across the nation.  Millions experience hunger in the U.S., and Arkansas is hardly immune to the problem.

According to NWA Foodbank Special Events and Marketing Coordinator Robert Gearhart, "This year we're projected to do about 8.2 million pounds of food. If you took the amount of food that we distributed last year, and put it in razorback stadium, it would fill razorback stadium 10.6 times."

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank delivers food to 170 different agencies across the region. For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide five meals.


Stolen Artifacts Investigated

A Crawford County man was monitored by Federal agents who used hidden cameras  for four months as he dug for artifacts in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest and posted his findings online, according to court documents unsealed last week.

David Tudor, 57, of Natural Dam posted photos of arrowheads and other artifacts on his Instagram page.  Tudor wrote online his collection includes about 1,200 arrowheads.

The camera surveillance began June 3 and continued through mid-October, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed Nov. 6 in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith by Morgan Amos, a criminal investigator with the U.S. Forest Service.

Investigators moved the surveillance cameras from one location to another to correspond with Tudor’s posts on Instagram.  Digging and removing artifacts from a national forest without a permit is against federal law under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, which refers to such practices as “uncontrolled excavations and pillage.”


Gov. Hutchinson Signs Letter of Intent with China-based Company

During Governor Asa Hutchinson’s trade mission to Asia, Governor Hutchinson joined Chairman and Founder of Sun Paper Hongxin Li on November 22 to sign a letter of intent of investment cooperation with Sun Paper, a China-based paper company that employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.

Through this letter, Sun Paper commits to studying the feasibility of building a $1.3 billion pulp mill in south Arkansas.  The Governor’s Office along with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission will work closely with the company as they finalize details for the location for their new North American facility.

This would be the company’s first facility in North America.Sun Paper is headquartered in China’s Shandong Province and expects to make a final decision on the new facility by May 1, 2016.

News for November 23, 2015

New Business Opens in Time for Holidays - Thinking of You

On Tuesday, November 24th, a new business in town, Thinking of You, will have their grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration at 201 E. Madison in Berryville, from 4-6pm.   The location is the former Donna Kay's and Nita Faye's Flowers, across from Nelson Funeral Service in Berryville. 

Christy and Bobby Thurman saw a need for a certain type of shop.  Christy calls their inventory "eclectic", but it's all about remembrances and personalization.  Linda Boyer took a tour of the new shop.........

Others working in the shop with Christy include Megan Cornell and Debbie Hayhurst.


Soul Food Shoe Drive Huge Success This Year

Students at Berryville's Middle School turned in all their collected/donated shoes Friday at Anstaff Bank, Berryville.  David Gilmore drove a group of students to the bank to help load the trailer of donated shoes.

Lora Hobbs reports they had 1,660 pounds of shoes, which translates to 5,478 meals with this year’s conversion.   Other years' totals:

2011—1250#s=2500 meals

2012—1760#s=3520 meals

2013—920#s=1950 meals

2014—920#s=3036 meals

2015—1660#s=5478 meals

Also donating shoes for the cause was Echo Thrift Store in Eureka Springs and Encore Clothes in Berryville.  In photo at left, Mr. Gilmore, Danielle with Echo Thrift Store, Gayle Pace and Cheryl Howard with middle school students.


Thanksgiving Travelers Highest Since 2007

Low gas prices can be thanked for an anticipated increase in the number of Arkansans and Americans traveling for this week's Thanksgiving holiday.

About 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles to visit family and friends, which is a 0.6 percent increase over last year, according to the motor and leisure travel organization AAA. This year is forecast to be the most travel-heavy Thanksgiving holiday period since 2007.

Driving remains the most popular mode of transportation for those traveling during the week's holiday period, which AAA defines as lasting from Wednesday to Sunday. That might be due to extra savings at the gas pump. It's estimated by AAA that Americans are saving about $265 million every day on gas compared with a year ago.

And with more people on the roads, law enforcement agencies across the nation are planning to make their presence known.

Arkansas State Police will join other state troopers from across the nation "to create a chain of law enforcement presence at least every twenty miles" along Interstate 40 from Barstow, Calif., to Wilmington, N.C., from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release.

It's a reminder to drivers to buckle up during what state police said is one of the deadliest times of the year on America's roads. In the news release, state police said 301 passenger-vehicle occupants died in crashes nationwide during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2013.


Tyson Foods Closing Two Plants

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is closing two of its prepared food plants in Chicago and Wisconsin and laying off 880 workers, it announced late Thursday afternoon.

The affected plants are a pepperoni plant in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where 400 workers are being let go, and a plant in Chicago that makes prepared foods for the hospitality industry, where 480 are affected.

Both closings will come in the second half of the company's fiscal year 2016, which ends Oct. 1, 2016, the publicly traded meat processor said.  The company said the closings will enable it to use available production capacity at some of its other, more modern prepared foods facilities. In announcing the planned closings, it cited factors including changing product needs, the age of both facilities and prohibitive cost of renovations, as well as the distance of the Chicago plant from its raw material supply base.

Affected workers will be encouraged to apply for openings within the company, according to the release.


Arkansas Panel Look at Tax Hikes, Revenue Shifts for Roads

A task force has recommended several options for boosting money for Arkansas roads, including tapping into car sales tax revenue and raising fuel taxes, but stopped short of endorsing a specific plan to address a highway funding shortfall.

The recommendations issued by the Governor's Working Group on Highway Funding are aimed at raising more than $160 million annually for highways over the next three years. The panel is expected give its report to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson early next month.

Arkansas highway officials say they have $20.4 billion in needs over the next decade, but only $3.6 billion in expected state and federal money to use. Hutchinson, who formed the group in April, has said he thinks any proposed fee or tax increases need to be offset by tax cuts elsewhere.

One of the plans recommended by the group calls for offsetting any tax increase for highways with an already planned cut in the state's sales tax in groceries. It also would give the highway department a sales tax rebate on construction materials used for road projects.


Health Insurance Companies Owed More Than $7.1M in Rebates

Federal officials say health insurance companies owed more than $7.1 million in rebates to Arkansas consumers and businesses because the companies collected too much in premiums last year compared with what they spent on medical care.

Under the Affordable Care Act, plans covering individuals and small businesses must spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care or other patient health initiatives, instead of salaries and administrative expenses.  Plans covering larger employers - defined in Arkansas as those with 51 or more covered employees- must allocate at least 85 percent of collected premiums for medical care.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports of the three companies that offered plans on Arkansas' health insurance exchange, Centene was the only one that owed rebates based on its medical loss ratio for 2014.


Arkansas Mental Health Providers Charged with Medicaid Fraud

The two top billers in the Arkansas Medical Licensed Mental Health Practitioner Program have been charged with 20 felony counts involving false claims for Medicaid reimbursement.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office announced the charges Thursday against Al Dodds, of Camden, and Joseph Brannon Randolph, of Fayetteville.

The two provide mental health services to people under 21 through the state program and billed about $1.3 million to Medicaid over three years, according the attorney general's office.  Randolph has been charged with 11 counts related to Medicaid fraud and one count of failing to maintain records. Dodds was charged with seven felony counts of Medicaid fraud and one count of failing to maintain records. 


Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner A Bit More Than Last Year

Your Thanksgiving feast will cost a bit more this year than it did in 2014.  Nationwide, the average price totaled $50.11, or $5.01 per person.  According to MOFB, turkey prices across the state ranged from 79 cents to $1.69 per pound, averaging $1.37. The average price for a bird last year was $1.24.  Cooks should have no problem finding a turkey to baste and bake.

“There appears to be no shortage of turkeys for Thanksgiving despite earlier concerns” said John Anderson, chief economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation. “The birds in the meat case at present were processed earlier this year prior to the Avian Flu outbreak.”

Shoppers can expect to spend a bit more for at least one side dish. Cranberries are slightly higher this year at $2.65 per pound compared to last year’s $2.38. While a gallon of whole milk is down 70 cents to $3.72, whipping cream rose 29 cents to $2.69 per half-pint.  Prices are expected to fluctuate as the Thanksgiving holiday draws closer.

News for November 20, 2015

Gas Leak Closes Down Hwy 62

Early Friday morning, before 5am, a car hit a gas meter on the corner of Anderson's Propane on Hwy. 62 between Berryville and Eureka Springs.  A large gas leak developed forcing emergency crews to close the highway down to both lanes of traffic due to the potential danger.  Emergency crews from Eureka Springs Fire and EMS worked the scene.

Traffic was closed down until gas company personnel could cap the large leak.  That took until around 6:15am.  Shortly after traffic was allowed to move again, a one-vehicle accident near the scene, slowed traffic for awhile, once again, until Deputies could provide assistance.


Tyson Foods Continues Investment in China

Tyson Foods Inc said it will invest more than 100 million yuan (US$16 million) in China next year aiming to be the biggest player in the fresh meat market.

The money will be used to expand product categories, sales channels, and marketing activities, the company said in a statement. The category of the products will be expanded from only fresh chicken meat products to marinated and par-fried products, which are expected to drive Tyson’s profit growth.

The company will also strengthen cooperation with e-commerce platforms including Yihaodian, Tmall, and JD.com, to attract online shoppers and grasp a larger share on the high-value market. Tyson entered the China market in 2001 and now operates three factories in Nantong, Rizhao, and Zhucheng cities.


Rains Helped Drought Conditions

Drought conditions are diminishing in Arkansas after heavy rainfall throughout the state in the past week.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor, which tracked conditions through Tuesday, finds that 37 percent of Arkansas is abnormally dry, while 7 percent is experiencing moderate drought conditions. About 62 percent of the state is experiencing no drought conditions.

A week ago, 71 percent of the state was considered abnormally dry, while 10 percent of the state was in moderate drought. The National Weather Service said many parts of the state saw 2 to 5 inches of rain during the storms this week. 


Farmers in state receive $160.4M

Arkansas farmers have received $160.4 million in so-called safety-net programs to date under the 2014 farm bill, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This is the first time farmers have gotten payments under the legislation, which provides assistance only when markets or yields are down. Previous farm bills issued payments regardless of market conditions or crop yield to provide farmers with a minimum guaranteed income.

Randy Veach, president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, said Wednesday that the safety-net payments would provide some help to Arkansas farmers hurt by falling commodity prices and lower yields. But he said the payments wouldn't enable farmers to make a profit.

Operators of 16,339 Arkansas farms will receive safety-net payments for the 2014 market year, the USDA said in a news release. A total of 74,694 Arkansas farms participated in the programs, which means 58,355 farms in the state didn't qualify for payments.

The payment total will rise over the next few weeks. About 80 percent of the checks due to Arkansas farmers had been mailed as of Nov. 3, a USDA spokesman said Wednesday.


Proposed Transmission Line Could Be Economic Boon

A new clean line energy project may be an economic boon for the state.  The construction and operation of the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project could mean more than $660 million for the Arkansas economy, according to researchers from the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

According to Kathy Deck, director of the CBER and principal author of the study, the project would generate more than $180 million in total labor income and more than $660 million of total economic output in the state.

The Plains & Eastern Clean Line would be a 700-mile direct current transmission line delivering wind-generated electrical energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast.   The study says the project's construction would create an average of 855 jobs during the 30-month construction period, and and additional 693 indirect and induced jobs. The operation of the line would create a demand for 41 permanent operations and maintenance jobs in Arkansas and 28 associated indirect and induced jobs.


Elvis Jacket Brings $60,000

An Arkansas man has sold a piece of rock and roll history. Dr. Bill Chandler, of North Little Rock, got nearly $60,000 in an online auction for a jacket worn by the King himself, Elvis Presley. Chandler got Presley's jacket with gold lame accented pockets, wide lapels and standing collar when the iconic singer tossed it into the audience at a show at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1972.

Chandler was in the audience with his wife when Presley threw the jacket into the crowd toward the end of his performance. The lucky catch followed Presley's toss of a white cape into the audience that ended up in a tug of war between two men. Presley then threw off his jacket, which hit Chandler in the face. Two women sitting behind him tried to wrestle the jacket from his hands but Chandler held tight, losing only three buttons from the jacket’s left sleeve.

The jacket had stayed in the Chandler family as a treasured heirloom until he decided to sell it.


Woman wins $1M on scratch ticket for 2nd time

Few people are lucky enough to win $1 million in the lottery. But one Massachusetts woman has now done it twice.  Constance Carpenito of Stoneham recently won a $1 million prize on a scratch ticket in the $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game.

A spokesman for the Massachusetts Lottery said Carpenito also won $1 million on a scratch ticket back in 1996.  Both tickets were purchased at the same Stop & Shop supermarket on Main Street in her hometown. If that isn't enough, she also once bought a $20,000-winning ticket at the store.  Carpenito said she plays $20 in lottery tickets every week. She plans to put her most recent winnings toward a very special Christmas for her family.

​​News for November 19, 2015

​​Earthquake Rattles Midwest

A 4.7 earthquake rattled parts of the Region this morning. The epicenter was located about nine miles south of Cherokee, Oklahoma. It was reported at 1:42 am and could be felt from Texas up into Kansas, Arkansas, and into Missouri. A Facebook post reported feeling the ground shake in the Hollister area near Branson. So far no reports of injuries or damage. The quake is the fifth highest recorded in Oklahoma. A 4.8 magnitude quake was reported in that state last November.  A radar image from the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma showed birds taking off when the quake hit.

Area Woman Killed, Several Others Injured

Arkansas State Police are reporting one woman is dead and five others, including children, are injured after a late night accident.  That accident happened Wednesday night around 10:30 on Hwy. 62 & Boundary Line Rd. According to the police report, 33-year-old Angel Worsham was driving eastbound on Hwy. 62 when another vehicle driven by 21-year-old Destiney Doeble turned off of Boundary Line Rd. in an attempt to crossover Hwy. 62.  Police say that's when the two vehicles collided. Worsham was killed in that accident.  Doeble, along with four others were injured.  Among the injured are a two-year-old and four-year-old child. They were all taken to Northwest Medical Center.

Friends of the family have established two accounts at local banks for the family of Angel Worsham.  She had five small children, some of which were injured in the accident.  An account has been set up at both Community First Bank and Cornerstone Bank in the name of Angel Worsham's cousin, Ashley Woods. Some of Angel Worsham's children were also injured and the family will need help with medical expenses and funeral expenses. Friends and family thank you in advance for your help.

Berryville School Board of Education Recap

The Berryville Board of Education met Monday for their regular meeting with all Board members and Dr. Clark present.  Highlights of the meeting include:

The Board accepted the low bid from Dunk Fire and Security of $269,985 for a Security Camera System for the district.

The Board accepted a bid from Harness Roofing of $102,500 to replace the roof and gutters on the Bobcat Gym.

Approved Option 2 of the Facilities Plan and passed a resolution to ask voters for a millage increase in September, 2017.  They also approved the 6-year Master Facilities Plan.

Dr. Clark reported student enrollment as of 11-9-15 is 1,985, down 25 students from 10-12-15.

Due to Christmas Break, the next monthly School Board Meeting will December 14th.


Gov. Hutchinson Appoints Local Man to State Committee

Paul Boss of Green Forest, has been appointed to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, for Judicial District #19 East. The appointment expires January 14, 2019.  Boss replaces Robert Tetu.  Boss is currently the Veteran Service Officer for Carroll County.


Great American Smoke-Out Encourages Arkansans to Stop Smoking

For most, Nov. 19 is the Great American Smoke-Out, a day people are encouraged to quit for 24 hours, and maybe all together.  Some smokers ignore it while others participate.  480,000 people die every year from smoking. 50,000 non-smokers die every year from second hand smoke. Smoking kills more people than car wrecks,murder,suicide & drugs combined. The state health department is urging anyone to reach out to them for a helping hand when it comes to kicking the habit.


Benton County Sheriff Reinstates Two Fired Deputies

Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck announced he will reinstate two previously demoted employees at a press conference Wednesday.  Lieutenant Robin Holt and Captain Jeremy Guyll filed grievances against Sheriff Kelley Cradduck in October. They both testified in a grievance hearing Tuesay night that Sheriff Cradduck demoted them because of their cooperation with a state police investigation and the sheriff acted in retaliation. Benton County grievance committee ruled in favor of Holt and Guyll Tuesday night. Sheriff Cradduck was not present at Tuesday night's hearing. Cradduck said he respects the grievance committee's decision but does not agree with it.


Faulkner County Quorum Court Approves Concealed Carry

The Faulkner County Quorum Court approved an ordinance allowing elected officials and county employees who have concealed carry permits to bring weapons on some county properties during its regular meeting Tuesday. The quorum court approved the ordinance 12-0.  The county decided to consider the ordinance after the 90th General Assembly passed Act 1259, which allows certain individuals to carry concealed weapons on county property.


$2 Million Award for Botched Operation

The family of a man from Arkansas who was left in an impaired state after an operation on the wrong side of his brain received a $2 million award from the state's claims commission. The surgery on Cody Metheny was 11 years ago.  The commission announced Tuesday that University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences staff members were negligent during the surgery on Metheny in 2004. Metheny, who was 15 at the time, underwent the operation at Arkansas Children's Hospital to reduce the number of seizures he was experiencing.

The commission said staff members "fraudulently concealed the facts of the surgery" from Metheny's family, which was unaware of damage done to their son until an unrelated examination.  UAMS spokesman Leslie Taylor said staff members disagree with the decision because UAMS and the children's hospital are two separate legal entities.


Arkansas Man Conceals Knife in Underwear at Airport

A man from Maumelle, Ar., was arrested Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport after trying to smuggle a knife past a security checkpoint, airport officials reported.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a news release that Sean Marcus Curry, 29, was found with a small folding knife during a pat-down search. Curry said he would go back and store the knife with his checked luggage, according to the agency.

Curry returned to security checkpoint, and police reportedly found the knife hidden in his underwear during another pat-down search.  Curry was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.  The Port Authority said he has a court appearance set for Dec. 1.


Another Benefit of Drinking Coffee

Throughout the ages, coffee has been called a virtue and a vice for our health. The latest study comes down in favor of virtue: It says that drinking coffee, whether regular or decaf, could reduce the risk of death.

Researchers started with data from surveys of adults in the United States that asked how much coffee they consumed, as well as other foods and drinks, and then they looked at their rates of death and disease over the following two decades.  The study was large, including more than 200,000 women and 50,000 men.

At first, researchers did not see an obvious relationship between coffee consumption and death rates. Study participants who drank between less than a cup of coffee and three cups a day had 5% to 9% lower risk of dying than those who drank no coffee. Those who drank more than three cups a day did not see any benefit. The finding was murky, like previous studies, some of which suggested a benefit and some did not.

News for November 18, 2015

Roosters Banned in Berryville City Limits

The Berryville City Council, Tuesday, passed Ordinance 984, revising the Municipal Code to include in the animal control regulations, a ban of roosters inside the city limits.  It was passed on it's 2nd and 3rd readings by title only.

The monthly activity report from the Police Department showed 134 tickets written in October and 73 offenses reported.  Eleven accidents were worked and most occurred for failure to yield and improper parking.

The monthly financial report showed the 1% sales tax collected $112,394 and the 1/2% Dedicated sales tax collected $56,197.  The next meeting of the City Council will be Tuesday, December 1st.


Tyson Wing Recall

Tyson Foods Inc. recalled more than 52,000 pounds of chicken wings on Monday after customers complained that they had a bad odor. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also says some customers reported falling ill after eating the wings.  The recall is for its 28-ounce bags of fully-cooked Tyson Any'tizers Hot Wings prepared last month in a Buffalo style coated with a tangy sauce. The bags have "Best If Used By" dates of Oct. 24, 2016, and Oct. 25, 2016. They were sold nationwide.  The USDA says customers should throw out the recalled products or bring it back to where it was purchased.


No Warnings. No Excuses. Click It or Ticket.

 Carroll County Sheriff’s Office – Every year, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times. Millions of Americans hit the roads to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, more vehicles on the road means the potential for more dangerous roads, and it’s as important as ever that everyone is buckled up. To make sure the message reaches all  Carroll County  drivers and passengers, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office  will be joining other state and local law enforcement agencies to participate in the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) high-visibility seat belt enforcement campaign Click It or Ticket. The no-excuses, zero-tolerance crackdown combines powerful messages about seat belt safety, with increased patrols day and night, targeting all unbuckled motorists—those who still aren’t getting the point.

“The statistics are really troubling,” said Lieutenant John Contreras. “Almost half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes are not wearing their seat belts. And during this busy time on our highways, we see way too many preventable fatalities in crashes.”  “We want people to know that we’re serious about this campaign, because we see the devastation first-hand when people fail to buckle up in a crash,” said LT John Contreras.  Lieutenant Contreras said, “I’ve heard it argued both ways, some say if I had been wearing my seatbelt I would have died.”  “How do we know?” said Contreras, “statistics show otherwise.”


Grievance Committee Says Benton County Deputies Wrongfully Demoted

The Benton County Grievance Committee met Tuesday evening and voted in favor of two deputies, who claimed they were wrongfully demoted by Sheriff Kelley Cradduck.

After nearly five hours of testimony, cross examination, and deliberation, deputies Robin Holt and Jeremy Guyll were given the news they had been waiting for.  The room erupted in applause at the decision.

The committee said Guyll and Holt qualified as whistle blowers, and should not have been demoted for doing so. The deputies were demoted after they refused to take part in falsifying employee records for the sheriff’s friend. Cradduck, who wasn’t at the grievance hearing, said the deputies were demoted after they created a video that mimicked rape suspects and victims.


Deceased Soldiers Personal Items Recovered by Barry County Authorities

Barry County Sheriff's Deputies have recovered a number of allegedly stolen items, along with an allegedly stolen vehicle,  belonging to the Army Spec. Christopher Stark, a Monett man who was killed in action in COP Tangi, Afghanistan in February 2011.

According to probable cause statements Cody Lowe, 25, of Seligman and Terri Jones, 43, of Seligman are facing felony charges involving receiving stolen property, tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon.

Last Friday deputies executed a search warrant at Jones' home on Longview Lane in Seligman, turning up multiple items allegedly stolen from Barry County, Seligman, Monett and Benton County, Ark.  Items included power tools, home decor, a Honda Accord and numerous boxes containing military items belonging to Stark, which were allegedly stolen from a storage unit in Monett within the last two months. Stark's dog tags were also allegedly found hanging from a nail inside the home.


Trio Involved in Murder of Elderly Baxter County Couple Facing Capital Murder Charges

Two men and a woman are facing charges including capital murder in the deaths of an elderly couple whose home was burned down.

The Baxter County sheriff's office said Nicholas Ian Roos, 24; Mikayla Jordan Mynk, 20; and Zach Tyler Grayham, 23, were each arrested and charged in the deaths of 75-year-old Donald Lee Rice and 71-year-old Ladonna J. Rice.

Two sets of human remains were found last week in the wreckage of the Rices' burned home. One set of remains was positively identified as Donald Lee Rice while a DNA test on the second set is pending to confirm it is Ladonna J. Rice.

Police said Roos and Mynk were developed as suspects in the killings from a tip and then arrested Wednesday on unrelated burglary charges.  A search of Mynk's residence later revealed items taken from the Rice home, Baxter County sheriff John Montgomery said in a statement.


The Dixie Chicks to Launch U.S. Tour This Summer

The Dixie Chicks are ready to party in the U.S.A. The Grammy-winning group will kick off its "DCX MMXVI World Tour" on June 1 in Cincinnati. It wraps up the tour Oct. 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  Tickets go on sale Friday.

The group will visit more than 40 cities, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Dallas and Toronto.The Dixie Chicks are Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire. Their last album, Taking the Long Way, was in 2006. It won the Grammy for album of the year. And its hit single, Not Ready to Make Nice, won song and record of the year Grammys.

Robison and Maguire, who are sisters, teamed up to form the duo Court Yard Hounds and released albums in 2010 and 2013. Maines released her first solo album in 2013.  The Dixie Chicks' North American tour will follow the group's European tour that begins in April.

News provided by News Director Linda Boyer