News provided by News Director Linda Boyer

Arrest Report:


Jimmy T. Cox - Green Forest - 46 - domestic battery x 2, fleeing by vehicle, endangering welfare of minor

Andrea L. McGehee - Bentonville - 31 - driving on suspended, no insurance, expired vehicle license

Kevin F. McGehee - Alpena - 27 - possession, possession drug paraphernalia, felony fleeing, refusal to submit to arrest, drinking on Hwy, failure to pay, failure to appear, hold for other agency

Clifford Zeigler - Berryville - 58 - domestic battery


Brian P. Badley - Green Forest - 20 - unlawful use of driver's license, no liability insurance, no seat belt, driving on suspended license

​William R. Hayes - Taneyville, Mo - 41 - hold for ADC


Brittney H. Collett - Berryville - 30 - residential burglary

John C. Cranmer - Forsyth, Mo - 33 - failure to appear

​Anthony F. Lillig - Eureka Springs - 54 - failure to pay


Sharon J. Martin - Harrison - 39 - criminal impersonation, obstructing Gov. operations, hold for other agency

​Grace K. Sampson - Harrison - 72 - violaiton of AR Hot Check Law, hold for other agency


Michael D. Patterson - Harrison - 45 - DWI, drinking on highway

Hunter D. Seitz - Berryville - 20 - possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, minor in possession of alcohol, furnishing prohibited articles

Joe A. Serna - Berryville - 30 - violation of protection order


Bryar L. Bolinger - Harrison - 18 - reckless driving, speeding

Jocelyne Covarrubias - Berryville - 19 - DWI, driving left of center

William A. Croxton - Eureka Springs - 45 - domestic battery

Noel J. Scott - Harrison - Harrison - 42 - failure to appear, hold for other agency


Kristi D. Brinkman-Lee - Holiday Island - 41 - failure to appear, hold for other agency

James W. Carr - Berryville - 39  theft by receiving, felon in possession of firearms

Dina E. Corado - Green Forest - 26 - driving license suspended, no proof of insurance, hold for other agency, failure to pay, failure to appear

Francis J. Doyle - Green Forest - 55  - disorderly conduct, assault 2nd, resisting arrest

Santos C. Ramirez - Green Forest - 29 - driver license suspended, fleeing, reckless driving, hold for Colorado Dept. of Corrections

Maynor D. Reyes - Berryville - 43 - failure to appear

​Michael E. Richardson - Green Forest - 29 - driving on suspended license


Christopher E. Abbott - Berryville - 33 - failure to pay

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

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News for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lawmakers Question Circuit Clerk on Outstanding Fines

The Carroll County Circuit Court is owed about $2.8 million in fines, court costs and restitution, Clerk Ramona Wilson said after a meeting where lawmakers questioned her about a legislative audit. Wilson said Monday that outstanding amount owed to the 19th Judicial Circuit-East, which encompasses only Carroll County, dates back to the 1980s and includes recent court orders that aren't delinquent. Wilson said other counties are in a similar situation, with millions of dollars owed to their circuit courts. Lawmakers questioned Wilson and a public defender Monday after a review by the Division of Legislative Audit said some fines weren't being paid in a timely manner. Out of the 370 criminal cases filed between January 2013 and June 2014 that auditors analyzed, payment hadn't been made in 53 cases for three months. Auditors also found 31 cases in which payments were delinquent and the circuit judge wasn't notified. According to the Legislative Audit, Wilson provided only one report of the status of cases to the circuit judge. Wilson said Carroll County Circuit Judge Kent Crow asked only once for the list to be generated and didn't ask again after May 20, when he lost his bid for re-election. A legislative panel on counties and municipalities deferred action until it could hear from Crow, who said he hadn't had time to review the findings.

Shooting Being Investigated

Carroll County Deputies responded to a shooting call that initially came into 911 as a burglary-in-progress. Shortly before 7pm Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to CR 228, which is near the Holiday Island area close to the Arkansas Missouri border. When deputies arrived, they learned the victims were in a nearby residence and the suspect in the shooting was also still on the scene and taken into custody. Details have not been verified as yet, but we hope to get more information as it becomes available. We do know two people were transported to a Bentonville Hospital with gunshot wounds. A disabled man was questioned and a gun was recovered at the scene. Sheriff Bob Grudek said Thursday that names of those involved will not be released until all have been questioned, but it appears to be a domestic situation.

E.S. Fire Department Challenged with Simultaneous High Priority Calls Wednesday Evening

About 7 o'clock PM on Wednesday evening Eureka Springs firefighters were dispatched to the Quality Inn Hotel at 196 E. Van Buren for a reported dryer fire. The evening shift clerk, Mr. Justin Stoppel, stated that he noticed the door between the desk area and the laundry room was moving and rattling as if someone were in the laundry room. When he opened the door he observed a red glow inside the dryer. On closer inspection he discovered that the large industrial size dryer was on fire. Mr. Stoppel attempted to extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher and was partially successful.

Upon gaining entry to the laundry room the firefighters found the large dryer still burning on the inside. A fire hose was stretched from the fire engine and the fire was quickly dowsed. The first arriving fire crew was hampered by a personnel shortage as part of the responding crew was diverted en route to a multiple patient shooting near Holiday Island. As the remaining crew members began checking for hidden fire in and around the dryer two more staff members were pulled from the scene to assist on the shooting call. The two ambulances responded to County Road 228 north of Holiday Island. Two trauma patients were transported by EMS to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. A third patient declined assistance. The shooting incident is being investigated by Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

No further fire was found at the Quality Inn. There was no damage to the structure and the room received minor smoke and water damage. The fire department commends Mr. Justin Stoppel for his quick thinking in using the fire extinguisher on the blaze. This is the third hotel in the last year to be saved from harm thanks to the quick response of a staff member with a fire extinguisher. The fire is under investigation by Fire Marshal Jimmy Kelley.

Berryville First Graders Visit Berryville Post Office with Mail

First graders in the Berryville K-2 School have been learning how to write and mail letters to their family and Santa Claus. Students in Ms. Bree Adams and Ann Dee Stone's class visited the Berryville Post Office this week to learn how to mail those letters. KTHS Station Manager Jamie Hussey happened across the kids and got to talk with some about their Christmas wish list. Teacher Bree Adams.....

The Berryville Postal Service is comprised of nine routes and over 5,500 mail boxes.

Carroll Madison Foundation Board

The Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation Board met in early December at the Huntsville Public Library to organize the group’s annual fundraising campaign. The primary goal of the Foundation is to ensure the long-term financial stability of the Carroll and Madison Library System, its administrative office and the six libraries within its two-county service area. It pursues this goal by encouraging financial support from patrons and neighbors. To support this endeavor see cmlibraryfoundation.com or mail your check to Carroll and Madison Public Library Foundation, 106 Spring Street, Berryville, AR 72616.

In the picture are left to right standing: Jennifer Hudspeth, Bill Brown, Kathy McCormick, Alison Taylor-Brown, Kevin Hatfield, Jay Ertel, Cindy George, Byron Russ, Bill Horrell.

Sitting left to right: June Waddill, Jean Elderwind, Vicki Rockeby, Maria Smith, Debbie Holt.

Not pictured: Johnice Dominick, Woody Barlow, Joe Luker, Lin Wellford.

Election Commission Call Friday Meeting

The Carroll County Election Commission is hereby giving notice that they will be having a meeting on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:00AM at the County Clerk’s Office to conduct Logic and Accuracy testing for the voting machines to be used in the 1/13/2015 State Senate District 16 Special Election Primary.

Madison County Jail Will Close December 31st - Can Hold Prisoners 24 Hours for Transport

The Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee met with Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan Wednesday. Morgan says the jail will still close December 31st as scheduled, but it will still be able to hold detainees for up to 24 hours before being transported to other facilities. The Jail is shutting down after voters rejected a 1-cent sales tax for jail improvements. The facility is on probation after state officials determined it is over-crowded and under-staffed. Recently, the quorum court approved funds to hire 2 new jailers, but that was only a temporary fix. Madison County Judge Frank Weaver says the tax was expected to generate $1 million per year, and one fourth of the cash would have gone to a new jail building fund. The rest of the money would go to a variety of other services, including the solid waste program, county libraries and the restoration of the county courthouse. The jail was built in the early 1980s, but Sheriff Phillip Morgan says its 8 cells aren't enough for the growing population. When the jail closes, deputies will be spending a lot more time on the road. Every prisoner will have to be transported to Washington or Carroll Counties, taking deputies away from doing their normal duties for at least two hours each time. The Sheriff's office is already understaffed, and Morgan isn't sure how the county will pay for the added cost of all those trips.

Arkansas' Model Medicaid Experiment in Jeopardy

Arkansas became the first southern state to expand its Medicaid program in a way that many Republicans found acceptable. The state bought private insurance for low-income people instead of adding them to the rolls of the Medicaid system, which GOP lawmakers considered bloated and inefficient. Now Arkansas could be on the brink of another distinction: becoming the first to abandon its Medicaid expansion after giving coverage to thousands of people.A wave of newly elected Republican lawmakers who ran on vows to fight so-called "Obamacare" -- including the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion -- has raised doubts about the future of a leading model for conservative states to gradually adapt to the federal health care law. Arkansas' incoming Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, is remaining mum on the plan's fate.

Man Sentenced to Life in Boone Co. Store Owner's Murder

A man charged with killing a woman inside her business in Boone County has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to capital murder in the case. The Harrison Daily Times reports that 61-year-old Donald Clay Biles was sentenced Tuesday after entering the plea in Boone County Circuit Court. Biles was charged in the July strangulation of 75-year-old Lorraine Carte inside Ozark Emporium at Bear Creek Springs. Biles was later arrested near Bergman following a traffic stop. Biles apologized following his sentencing. Carte's son, Rick Carte, said the life sentence is the best outcome because he believes a convict sentenced to death could remain on death row for decades.

News For Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Berryville City Council Approves 2015 Budget and Agreement with Oak Grove

The Berryville City Council met for their last meeting of the year Tuesday.  All aldermen, Mayor Tim McKinney and City Attorney Clint Scheel were present.  The meeting began with the city attorney giving aldermen the final draft of the proposed revisions to the Animal Control regulations.  A timely subject in light of the city police having to shoot a pit bull Monday that charged a Berryville policeman.............

The 2015 budget approved shows $10.1 million in Revenues with $9.8 million in expenditures.  In other business, the Financial report of Operating Funds for November showed the city collected $113,692 from the 1% sales tax, and the 1/2% dedicated sales tax to the Police, Fire and Streets collected $56,846. The next meeting of the Berryville City Council will be January 6th, 2015 at 6pm.  Mayor McKinney concluded the meeting by wishing all a very Merry Christmas.  

Carroll County Quorum Court Meet Friday

The CC Quorum Court meet for their final meeting of the year Friday at 10am in the Eastern District Courthouse. Outgoing Sheriff Bob Grudek will address the Court for the final time.  It isn't known at this time what the subject will be. Under old business, an ordinance to repeal a 2003 ordinance establishing a county animal control officer.  The County never funded the position nor hired someone for it.  Under New Business, an Ordinance enacting revisions to the existing Codes will be read a final time by title only.  Also on the agenda, an Ordinance to establish the Annual Operating Budget for calendar year 2015.

High School Renaissance Card Holder Winners

Winners Rachael Lehr and Whitney Howerton.

The Berryville Kiwanis Club who sponsors the Renaissance Program at Berryville Schools had a drawing for prizes Tuesday at the High School.  Various items were donated by area businesses and items purchased with money also donated by area businesses specifically for Renaissance students.  Some items include Kerusso shirts and hats, gift cards for food and merchandise and Beats by Dre Headphones.  Renaissance is a program that rewards good grades and encourages academics in Berryville Middle School and High School.  Other photos of Renaissance winners can be seen on the KTHS Radio Facebook page.

Two Killed in Taney County Crash

Two people are dead and two others injured in a three-car crash in Taney County Tuesday evening.  It happened on Route F just west of Merriam Woods around 5:15 pm, the Highway Patrol says.  Killed were Troy Wilson, 17, of Rockaway Beach, and Tonya Luna, 42, of Merriam Woods.  Both were driving two of the three vehicles involved. Troopers say the crash happened when Wilson's pick-up truck crossed the center line and hit a mini van.  The van ran off the road and flipped over, although the driver was not injured.  The pick-up then hit Luna's SUV head on.  Two people in Luna's Suburban were injured and taken to a Springfield hospital.  Route F was shut down for over two hours for clean up and the Missouri Highway Patrol reconstruction of the accident.   

Feds Issue Report on Transmission Line Crossing Arkansas 

Opponents of an electrical transmission line slicing across the state fear a new assessment by the federal government paves the way for the project to become a reality.   The transmission line would run west to east passing through more than 10 Arkansas counties.  The latest trajectory is about 1,000 feet wide, meaning precisely where the line will cross and whose property will be impacted still remains a bit of a mystery.   A Texas company called Clean Line Energy Partners is behind the project which would stretch 700 miles from Oklahoma to Tennessee, delivering power generated from wind farms in the Plains region.  The project requires a 200-foot right-of-way for power lines and an access road. The company says 22 structures, including homes, barns and businesses are potentially in the way.   Lawyers who handle these type of cases have been getting calls from concerned property owners.   An environmental impact study released by the federal government cited some impact to ecosystems the line crosses and notes concerns of property owners who would have to look at it.  But experts believe, overall, the study is a sign the federal government will approve the project. Directly impacted property owners would be eligible for compensation. The project has created an interesting split in the environmental community with some Arkansas activists worried about local impact. Meanwhile, organizations like the Sierra Club are supporting it as a way to help reduce dependency on coal power plants.                               

Truckers Gear Up for New Hours Rule 

Trucking companies and others in the industry are working to get drivers up to speed on looming changes to hours of service rules.  Included among a 1,700-page spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend was a rider that tweaks provisions to the hours of service rules. Gone are the two consecutive rests periods required between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. as part of a driver's 34-hour restart. Also put on hold is a provision that the restart must happen once every seven days. Once signed into law the changes will allow drivers to revert to a 34-hour restart rule that they used from 2003 to June 2013.  Also included in the bill, which expires Sept. 30, 2015, is funding for a study on hours of service laws.  Drivers remain bound to a 70-hour workweek. They're also still required to take a 30-minute rest during the day, but the changes in when the restart must happen should provide additional freedom for drivers setting their work schedules.  Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton said the changes have been met positively by those within the industry. Drivers and others in the industry are happy to see a call for additional study of hours of service rules.

Boozman in Line to Lead 3 Senate Subpanels

Arkansas' soon-to-be senior senator, John Boozman, is expecting to lead three subcommittees when the new Congress convenes after the first of the year, he said Tuesday.  Senate committee assignments were announced by Republican leaders this week. The full Senate must vote before the assignments are official, and that will take place after 114th Congress convenes Jan. 6.  Boozman, a Republican from Rogers, will remain on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; the Appropriations Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee, officials said. He also was picked for the Senate Rules Committee.  Sen.-elect Tom Cotton was selected for the Armed Services Committee, the Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee and three committees focused on aging, the economy and the intelligence community.  Boozman said his seniority makes him eligible for a subcommittee chairmanship in the Agriculture, Appropriations, and Environment and Public Works committees.

Arkansas DEQ Urges Consumers to be Careful with E-waste

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is encouraging consumers to recycle electronics they no longer use.Officials say valuable resources wind up lost in landfills when old electronics are simply thrown away. Some of the more than 40 elements that make up a mobile phone are copper, tin, cobalt, indium, antimony, silver, gold and palladium.  One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the U.S. And for every million smartphones recycled, 35,272 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.  Arkansans can to check with regional solid waste management districts for e-waste drop-off locations.

News For Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New County Extension Agent "Happy We Landed Here"

An open house was held at the Carroll County Extension Office in Berryville Monday for Bruce Lee, the new Carroll County Extension Agent.  Lee is unassuming, personable and just happy to be closer to his grandsons who live in Siloam Springs.  KTHS got to sit down with Lee to learn a little more about him..................

Berryville Police Officer Attacked by Pit Bull on Monday, 

Berryville Police were called out to the 300 block of Pritchard Street to a report of a pit bull running loose.   According to Lt. Robert Bartos with BVPD, Police went to the house the dog is supposed to belong to, and as they were standing on the porch, a pit bull came from around the corner and charged the police.  One policeman was knocked down and as the dog attempted to attack the officer, the dog was shot and killed.   Bartos said the owners were not cited at this time for letting the dog run loose.  The policeman was not injured.  The Berryville City Council is expected to pass an amended animal control ordinance by the first of the year.  The City Attorney Clint Scheel has been working to tighten up exising ordinances and adding new sections.  

​Non-Injury Accidents Worked by Berryville Police

Berryville Police's weekly incident log notes two traffic accidents the past week.  On December 9th, Police were called to the area of Kimes Auto/Radio Shack.  The accident involved a 2008 Ford, driven by Giselle Vilgen of Berryville and Santiago Renteria of Berryville, driving a 1996 Honda.  The report indicates Renteria was stopped at a stop sign when the Ford hit the rear end of the Honda.  Police cited Renteria with having no driver's license.  

On December 12th, a two-vehicle non injury accident occurred on W. Trimble intersection at Walmart.  Barbara Cawrse of Berryville was driving a 1994 Jeep and was attempting a turn into Walmart, but was too far into the intersection and tried backing up and backed into a 1996 Chevy being drving by Gary Chennault of Berryville.  Cawrse was cited for careless and prohibited driving.

Renaissance Card Holder Claudia Alvarez winner of Beats Headphones

Berryville Kiwanis Club who sponsors the Renaissance Program at Berryville Schools did a drawing for prizes for the Middle School Renaissance students.  Gold Card Members received 3 entries into the drawing, Silver received 2 entries and Bronze 1 entry.  Various items were given away such as items donated from businesses and items purchased with money that was donated by area businesses from Shirts/Hats to gift cards and grand prize was Beats Headphones.   BV High School drawing is today and they will have similar items.  The Renaissance program promotes good academic atmosphere and reinforces good study habits and a positive behavior.  

Mutated Flu Strain Found in Arkansas 

If you got your flu shot and think you're in the clear. Think again.  "Every year the flu strain changes a little bit," says Jennifer Dillaha, Medical Director of Immunizations at the Arkansas Department of Health.   Officials say his year is no exception, Arkansas health officials say the flu type H3N2 has mutated, making the immunization you may have received not as effective as it's designed to be.  "It's worrisome because the H3N2 has a reputation for causing a lot of hospitalization," explains Dillaha.   In fact, officials say two years ago this flu strain caused many deaths in Arkansas especially to the elderly. But don't go running for the hills yet. The doctor says there are ways to protect yourself.

1.Wash your hands and wash them often.
2.Instead of giving people handshakes, try a fist bump so your hands don't spread bacteria.
3.If you are feeling "flu like" symptoms like coughing, wheezing and sneezing cover your mouth with your elbow so your hands stay clean.
On top of that, doctors say to still get a flu shot because it does help.
If you feel the flu coming on, you're urged to see a doctor. Preventive measures can pay off in the long run, according to physicians.  

Salvation Army Gears Up For Distribution Days

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas is getting ready to distribute Christmas gifts to families who otherwise wouldn’t have presents for their children.  Distribution will take three days starting Wednesday (Dec. 17) at its center for distribution on Turner Road in Springdale. The gifts come from its Angel Tree Program.  “It appears that most of the angels are now going to be returned, something that hasn’t happened in my memory,” said Major N.J. Pope, area commander.  “We really are very pleased with the way that the angels are coming back in.”  There will be hundreds of volunteers helping with distribution. It’s a very organized process where each family has an appointment to pick up the presents. They don’t even have to get out of their car, Pope said.“The children wouldn’t have anything for Christmas morning and they are extremely excited to be able to get those,” Pope said. “But the other side of it is that we are so blessed to be able to work with these individuals to help see that they get up with a lot of hope on Christmas morning with excitement and enjoy that day.”  Several companies are donating products and time. Tyson is giving 30,000 pounds of chicken, and Walmart is providing 800 associates to help organize the presents.

Tyson Foods Gets New Animal Well-Being Programs Leader    

Tyson Foods has selected a new leader to oversee animal well-being efforts for the company, according to the news release.  Dr. Christine Daugherty has been named vice president-Animal Well-Being Programs and Technology, replacing Dr. Dean Danilson who is retiring after 26 years with the company,” the release states.  Daugherty’s new responsibilities will include leading the company’s commitment to proper farm animal treatment and overseeing the Tyson FarmCheck program, according to the release.  She will also handle managing Tyson Foods’ animal well-being staff, as well as, animal handling training and audits at the company’s processing plants, the release states.  Daugherty is from Iowa and joined Tyson Foods in 2003, the release states. She served as an attorney and provided counsel in areas of animal welfare, research and development, intellectual property and food safety, according to the release.

Boozman-Sponsored Desert Storm Memorial Approved By Senate

The U.S. Senate on Friday passed legislation authorizing the construction of a $15 million memorial to armed forces members who fought in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. The memorial was first introduced by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).  The legislation was part of the national defense bill passed by the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. It has been forwarded to President Barack Obama to be signed into law, according to a statement released by Boozman’s office.  The senator from Arkansas released a statement following his body’s approval of the memorial, saying, “The men and women who served in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield deserve this honor and recognition in our nation’s capital.”  The statement continues, “It’s been far too long for this tribute, but soon we’ll be able to pay our respects at a national memorial.”  Organizers said the memorial is estimated to cost $15 million and will be built with private money raised by the National Desert Storm War Memorial Association.  The Persian Gulf War, from 1990 to 1992, resulted in the deployment of 700,000 American military members and killed nearly 400, according to Boozman’s statement.

News for Monday, December 15, 2014

Deadline Today for Insurance Through the Health Care Marketplace

Today is the deadline for Americans who have or plan to get their health insurance through the Health Care Marketplace.  If you want health insurance coverage starting January 1st, you must choose a plan no later than Monday, December 15th. For people who already have insurance through HealthCare.gov, today is the deadline to make changes to your coverage.  If you do not make any changes, your insurance plan choices remain the same for 2015 and you automatically agree to any premium increases.  pproximately 6.7 million people have health insurance through the Health Care Marketplace.  The administration hopes to increase that number to 9.1 million in 2015. m February 15 is the last day to sign up for 2015 coverage.  After that date you can only enroll if you have a qualifying life changing event. For more information, you can go to healthcare.Gov.

Wal-Mart Working on Increased Compensation for Employees

Wal-Mart is taking steps to ensure that all of its 1.3 million workers in the United States are earning at least more than the federal minimum wage.  Changes to employee pay could come in a matter of months, possibly as early as the first quarter of 2015, the company said Thursday. CEO Doug McMillon has alluded to the wage increase in multiple interviews since October.  Details of McMillon's plan are still being shaped, but the company is "actively working" on increased compensation for some employees, company spokesman Kory Lundberg said. Currently the retailer has fewer than 6,000 of its 1.3 million employees in the United States making below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In states where the minimum wage is higher, Wal-Mart currently is paying employees above the federal minimum. "How many people it affects is going to be driven on what the start rate gets set at," Lundberg said. "We just don't have any specifics right now to share."  Wal-Mart has come under criticism for its treatment of employees, particularly its hourly workers. OUR Walmart, an organization aimed at unionizing the retailer's employees, has called for the company to pay a minimum $15 an hour. A study conducted by University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman put the average wage of hourly Wal-Mart workers at $12.94.

War Eagle Boots and Shoes to Close

The War Eagle Boot and Saddle Shop in Huntsville will close its doors around the beginning of the year after 43 years of operation in Huntsville.  Butch and Joye Bolinger opened the store in 1971 in part of a building that was then called Carpet Land, but it didn’t take too long for the shop to outgrow its space, Joye said. Butch said they  began selling small, and to theBolingers’ surprise, it continued to grow bigger and bigger.  After outgrowing their first location, they relocated to the area where the former Walmart store was located in downtown Huntsville, but once the retail chain moved in, the store was forced to move again, this time to its location on Parrott Drive.  While the move may seem like a hassle to some, the Bolingers capitalized on it, extending their services to leather repair.  The store started offering handmade belts, selling over 60 in their first year. She added that their willingness to change and evolve with customer demands is what’s kept them afloat longer through harsh economic times that have sunk other like-businesses.

Bass Pro Shops Buys Ranger Boats

Bass Pro Group LLC, the privately held outdoor and hunting supply retailer, is buying Fishing Holdings LLC of Flippin, which makes Ranger Boats, Stratos and Triton fishing boat brands, from Platinum Equity of Los Angeles, the global investment firm announced Thursday.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company said it will continue to operate from its Flippin (Marion County) headquarters under existing local management.  Platinum Equity acquired Ranger Boats and Stratos as part of a larger portfolio of boat brands in February 2010 from Genmar Holdings Inc of Minneapolis. It acquired Triton from Brunswick in July 2010.  Bass Pro operates 90 retail stores and Tracker Marine Centers throughout North America. The stores offer hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear. It also owns Tracker Marine Group, which makes and sells boats for fishing and cruising.

Girl Hurt in Crash Near Ridgedale, Mo.

A  girl from Stone County, Mo., is hurt in a single-vehicle crash  four miles north of Ridgedale in Taney County.   State troopers say 16-year-old Jacilyn Kaster of Branson was eastbound at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, when her pickup ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.   A passenger, 10-year-old Maleiya Collins of Lampe, was taken by private vehicle to Cox Medical Center Branson for treatment of minor injuries.  

Missouri Deer Harvest Ahead of 2013

Hunters checked 9,107 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri’s firearms deer season, bringing this year’s tally to 194,997.  Top harvest counties for the antlerless portion were Pike with 287 deer checked, Callaway with 283 and Macon with 257. Hunters checked 1,474 fewer deer during the antlerless portion this year than they did in 2013. However, when combined with preceding early youth, urban, and November portions, this year’s total stands 4 percent above the harvest at this time last year. Two portions of firearms deer season remain. The alternative methods portion runs from Dec. 20 through 30, and the late youth portion is Jan. 3 and 4.

AHPP Announces Preservation Art and Essay Invitational

Fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students throughout Arkansas are invited to participate in the 24th annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.  Students in two categories, one for fifth- and sixth-grade students and one for seventh- and eighth-grade students, can enter an artwork or essay based on a historic Arkansas property that is at least 50 years old, focusing on how those properties reflect Arkansas history or why it is important to preserve the state’s historic places. All entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2015. First-, second- and third-place winners in each category will receive a trophy and winners in the art division will have their artwork framed, while those awarded honorable mention will receive ribbons. All students who enter will receive a certificate. Winning entries will be displayed at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock throughout May, which is Arkansas Heritage Month.

For more information or an entry form, write AHPP Art and Essay Invitational, AHPP, 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201, call (501) 324-9786, send an e-mail inquiry to shelle@arkansasheritage.org, or download the form at http://bit.ly/preserveourpast. Please include your name and mailing address on any phone or e-mail messages.  The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.