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Arrest Report:


7-30-14

Jacob A. Morales - Decature, Ar - 28 - Arkansas State Prison Trustee


Kerry O. Parks - Berryville - 45 - court appearance

Cody R. Veach - Berryville - 30 - body attachment for child support



​7-29-14

Patricia M. Burket - Berryville - 28 - failure to appear

Francis L. Delgado - Green Forest - 25 - no proof of insurance, failure to appear x 2​​ 

Trenton J. Methvin - Harrison - 31 - hold for Harrison P.D.

​Korey A. Morrison - Huntsville - 28 - hold for other agency

Terri L. Strickland - Eureka Springs - 47 - DWI, driving on suspended and no insurance, failure to comply​



7-28-14

Joe W. Deboer - Wheaton, Mo - 37 - failure to pay

Shawn T. Parker - Alpena - 41 - criminal trespass, harassment, no proof of insurance


7-27-14

Travis A. Barber - Deere, Ar - 36 - hold for other agency

Claude B Castleberry - Rogers - 36 - failure to appear

Dale W. Deboer - Green Forest - 37 - DWI, fleeing, careles and prohibited driving

Joseph E. Stewart - Eureka Springs - 53 - DWI, careless and prohibited driving, no headlights

Brandon C. Taylor - Berryville - 23 - driving on suspended license, no proof of insurance, failure to pay registration

Gregory G. Wiley - Berryville - 25 - failure to appear

Crystal R. Wood - Berryville - 30 - hold for other agency



7-26-14

William C. Alsip - Berryville - 40 - driving on suspended license

Steven T. Broeker - Katy, Tx - 24 - inhaling intoxicating substances, shoplifting

Fredrick W. Deertz - Green Forest - 19 - possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of property

​Jerry O. Robinson - Omaha - 42 - reckless driving, operating ATV on roadway, fleeing, criminal mischief, theft by receiving, leaving scene of accident, failure to appear,  hold for other agency




​7-25-14

No bookings in past 24 hours




​7-24-14

Larry D. Anderson - Fayetteville - 27 - failure to yield to emergency vehicle, driving on suspended license, possession of controlled substanc e, possession drug paraphernalia, hold for Washington County, failure to pay

​Greg P. Smith - Berryville - 40 - revocation of suspended sentence








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 News For Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Berryville Police Activity

The Berryville Police Department were called to Phillips Street on July 23rd to a report of copper being stolen.  The copper was attached to an outdoor air conditioner unit.  The resident of the home told Police he didn't hear anything since he was asleep inside, but discovered the theft later.  

Berryville Police responded July 24th to a report of a two-vehicle accident on W. Trimble.  A 2006 Chevy, being driven by Jackson Carlton of Green Forest was stopped in the roadway behind another vehicle turning and a 2001 Chevy ran into the rear of Carlton.  The Chevy was being driven by Kelley Bevington of Green Forest.  No injuries were noted and no citations were issued.



Berryville Man Hurt in Crash 

A man from Berryville is hurt in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 86 three miles east of Carr Lane in Stone County.  Missouri State troopers say 40-year-old Eddie Penn was eastbound at 9:20 a.m. Monday, when his car ran off the right side of the road, then returned to the road and struck an eastbound car driven by 66-year-old Richard Underwood of Shell Knob. Penn was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Berryville for treatment of minor injuries

Near Drowning on Beaver Lake

A near drowning over the weekend on Beaver Lake sent a 17-year-old boy to the hospital.   Officials say he was swimming in an area known as "Joe's Creek" around 9:30 Saturday night.
According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the victim began yelling for help.  He was pulled from the water and taken to the swim beach at Horseshoe Bend Campground, where he was airlifted to Washington Regional Medical Center.


33rd Annual Country Showdown

For over thirty three years, the Country Showdown has been supporting live country music and offering new country music talent across America the chance to launch their music careers.  And with a Grand Prize of $100,000 and cash prizes at various levels, the Country Showdown is the biggest competition in country music with a uniform judging system.  Here's how it works. The Country Showdown is a four-level competition beginning in the spring, when contestants enter at their local country music radio station.

State Competitions are held in the summer at fairs, theme parks and clubs for a $1,000 prize.  The five regional events take place in the fall.  The regional prize is an all-expense paid trip to the National Final to compete for the Grand Prize of $100,000 and the "Best New Act in Country Music" title.   Some stars who have gotten their start on the Country Showdown include Garth Brooks, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, among others.  The deadline to enter is Friday, August 1st.

Contestants may enter by picking up an entry form at KTHS, #1 Radio Drive, Berryville, AR  72616 or by downloading the entry form  from our website kthsradio.com and mailing it to KTHS, PO Box 191, Berryville, AR  72616.  A $20 entry fee must be included with the entry form.  Any questions call 870-423-2147.




Dr. Harold Rawlings Speaking at Berryville Baptist Church

Dr. Harold Rawlings will be speaking at Berryville Baptist Church Sunday morning, August 3, at 10:30am.  Dr. Rawlings is noted for his presentation named TRIAL BY FIRE.  His presentation centers on the little known but riveting account of how the English Bible came to be.  He uses a portion of his large collection of ancient Bibles to illustrate his presentation.  Pastor DeShields at Berryville Baptist Church knew Dr. Rawlings father and looks forward to meeting him.............



Madison County Quorum Court Approves 1-cent Tax Hike - On November Ballot

The Madison County Quorum Court voted Monday to put a 1-cent sales tax hike on the November ballot. The sheriff said the county will have to shut down the jail if the tax hike doesn’t pass.   If the jail closes, the county would have to pay around $85 to $100 a day to send inmates to neighboring jails, officials said.  "It's just going to be a domino effect and it's going to spiral out of control,” said Capt. Robert Boyd of the Madison County Sheriff's Department.  People who live in Huntsville have another concern.  If voters pass the tax, residents would pay an 11.5 percent sales tax in Huntsville. The sales tax would be in effect for 12 years.



Tyson Foods Sells Poultry Businesses in Mexico and Brazil


Tyson Foods has reached an agreement with JBS SA to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil, the company announced Monday.  The the deal is worth $575 million and will be paid for in cash. Tyson expects the sale to be completed by the end of 2014, pending regulatory approval. JBS and Pilgrim’s Pride currently expect to maintain all the operations, its existing workforce, and maintain all labor contracts in both countries.

Tyson Foods’ Mexican business will be acquired through Pilgrim’s Pride, whose majority owner is JBS USA Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of JBS SA. The Brazilian business is to be acquired through JBS Foods, also a wholly owned subsidiary of JBS SA.

​The Mexican business, known as Tyson de México, is based in Gomez Palacio in North Central México. It has three plants and employs more than 5,400 team members in its plants, offices and seven distribution centers.  The acquisition of Tyson’s Brazil operations, known as Tyson do Brasil, which operates three production plants, employs 5,000 team members.


News For Monday, July 28, 2014


Barry County Registers Two Fatalities

A man from Wheaton, Missouri was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 76 at Ridgely in Barry County.  State troopers say 39-year-old Jerad Powell was eastbound at 1:50 a.m. Sunday, when his pickup ran off the road and overturned, ejecting the driver.  Powell was pronounced dead at the scene by Barry County Coroner Jim Fohn. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol. 

A man from Cassville was pronounced dead at Cox South Hospital in Springfield after crashing his motorcycle on Highway 112 three miles south of Cassville in Barry County.  State troopers say 60 year-old Mickey Austin was northbound at noon on Saturday, when his Harley Davidson ran off the road and overturned as he attempted to pass another vehicle.   Austin was not wearing a safety device, according to the crash report.  


Beaver Lake Jet Ski Accident Seriously Injures Kansas Man

The man who was seriously injured in a boating accident at Beaver Lake Friday remains hospitalized, officials said Saturday.  According to officials with the Game and Fish Commission, the 24-year-old underwent surgery Saturday. They said there was still a possibility the man could lose a leg. The man's identity was not released, but officials said he is from Kansas.

According to investigators, the man was riding a jet ski at the lake, with his family following behind him in a pontoon boat. Investigators said the man fell off the jet ski, and the driver of the boat wasn't able to react quickly enough to avoid running him over.  Another group of boaters who witnessed the accident drove the injured man to the Rocky Branch area of the lake, where a helicopter was waiting to take him to Washington Regional Medical Center.



Twenty Year Old Green Forest Homicide Case Being Revisited

DNA testing of evidence from a 1994 homicide scene in Green Forest has been moving forward since a June 3 court order, said Karen Thompson, a lawyer with a New York-based nonprofit called the Innocence Project.  Carroll County Prosecutor Tony Rogers decided not to appeal a circuit judge's ruling allowing the DNA testing because the chances of winning on appeal weren't great.  Carroll County Circuit Judge Gerald Kent Crow granted permission for DNA testing June 3.  Two years after the homicide of Stephen Goff, his wife, Belynda Goff, was convicted of bludgeoning him to death. She was sentenced to life in prison.

Stephen Goff was killed in the entryway of the couple's apartment. At the time, only Belynda Goff and the couple's 3-year-old son were home. Police found no signs of forced entry and no murder weapon, but trace amounts of Stephen Goff's blood were discovered on the underside of a shower drain-plate. Belynda Goff refused a plea bargain and has always maintained her innocence, even after her appeals were denied.Rogers said he considered appealing Crow's decision, but then he talked to lawyers at the Arkansas attorney general's office.  Rogers said he doesn't believe the testing will exclude Belynda Goff as a suspect.

In December 2013, Thompson filed a request on Belynda Goff's behalf to conduct DNA tests on evidence found on and near Stephen Goff's body. If tests find a DNA profile that doesn't match Belynda or Stephen Goff, it would undermine Belynda Goff 's conviction, Thompson said.  Thompson filed the petition under 2001's Act 1780, which grants convicted defendants the right to request forensic DNA testing on evidence not previously tested after the direct appeals  process has been exhausted. Rogers initially appealed Goff's request, arguing that Arkansas criminal procedure makes no allowance for post-conviction claims of innocence.

At a March 31 hearing, Crow delayed the decision, giving both parties 21 days to file supplementary arguments. On June 3, Crow issued an order granting permission for DNA testing at a private laboratory in Texas at the Innocence Project's expense. Thompson said Wednesday the tests are still being conducted. She wouldn't give a date for expected completion.



State approves Permit for Third Liquor Store Permit Purchased by Bentonville Man
Madison County Liquor Store Approved


The Arkansas Division of Finance’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) confirmed Monday that it had approved a permit for a third liquor store to open in Madison County.  The previous holder of the third permit in the county—behind Brent Hargis, who opened Luck of the Draw in March, and Eric Anderson, who opened Beaver Lake Liquor Memorial Day Weekend—wasMarkMancil, but after holding the permit for nearly a year, he sold his store, which opened for only a day, to James R. Hasenbeck, of Bentonville. Hasenbeck has been waiting on approval from the ABC board before designing plans for the building—which will be located at the same property where Mancil planned, at intersection of highways 412 and 21—and he doesn’t expect an opening date anytime soon.



Bates Spay Assistance Endowment Accepting Grant Applications - Applications Due August 15, 2014 

Grant applications are now being accepted for the Bates Spay Assistance Program Endowment that supports programs that provide no cost spay assistance for animals and rescue animals in Carroll County.  If your nonprofit, spay clinic, or animal support program would qualify for this grant, you are encouraged to email the Carroll County Community Foundation at carrollcounty@arcf.org for an application. Applications must be submitted online by August 15, 2014.  

For more information about this grant program or about our Giving Tree Grant cycle which is also now available for application online at www.arcf.org, please contact Janell Robertson, Executive Director of the Carroll County Community Foundation at 870-423-9251 or at 479-253-8203. 

The Carroll County Community Foundation a nonprofit organization and is one of 27 affiliates of the Arkansas Community Foundation. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 2001, the Carroll County Community Foundation has provided more over $740,000 in grants and partnered with hundreds of Carroll County residents to help them improve our neighborhoods and towns. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.


New Immunizations Required for School Attendance

New immunization requirements in place for 2014-15 school year  Many parents will need to check their child's immunization record before sending their student off to school next month.

The Arkansas State Board of Health has revised and clarified immunization requirements for the 2014-15 school year, and parents are encouraged to get their child up to date on vaccinations. The updated requirements for kindergarten through 12th-grade students are:

• Four doses of DTP/DT/Td/DTaP/Tdap with one dose on or after the fourth birthday (all students K-12);
• Three doses of Polio vaccine with one dose on or after the fourth birthday (all students K-12);
• Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) with first dose on or after first birthday (all students K-12);
• Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine?(all students?K-12);
• Two doses of Varicella with first does on or after first birthday (all students K-12; physician documentation only for history of disease will be accepted);
• Kindergarten and first-grade students will be required to have one dose of Hepatitis A;
• All students 11 years and older by Sept. 1 of each year will be required to have a Tdap vaccination; and
• All seventh-graders will be required to have one dose of MCV4 (meningococcal) vaccine with a second dose administered at age 16. If not vaccinated prior to age 16, one dose is required for all students who are age 16 on or before Sept. 1.

Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the local health department or their child's physician.

A complete list of immunization requirements can be found on the Arkansas Department of Health's Rules and Regulations page at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.

For more information, contact your child’s school.


Possible Toll Roads in Arkansas? 

A possible interstate project that would cost nearly a billion dollars has brought in the prospect of tolling drivers on Interstate 40. It's not a sure thing right now, but just the thought has some drivers wanting the state to pump the brakes on this notion. The tolls would help fund an I-40 expansion project from North Little Rock all the way to West Memphis.  Under the proposed plan, if a typical driver wanted to make the whole trip down I-40 it would cost about $10 one way.  According to Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department numbers, that price would nearly triple for big-rig truck drivers. It could cost them about $28 one way.


Carroll County Equilization Board to Meet in August

The Carroll County Equilazation Board will begin its sessions the month of August.  This Board is made up of five members, charged with the duty of equalizing the assessed value of all properties located in the County subjected to taxation.  Anyone wishing to make an appointment with them should call the Carroll County Clerk's Office at 870-423-2022 between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.  The deadline to file an application for a hearing is August 18th, 2014.


News For Friday, July 25, 2014


Madison County Jail to be Inspected

The Madison County Jail will be subject to its annual state inspection on Friday, following an audit last year that determined the jail failed to meet minimum jail standards. Officials with the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration’s Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee confirmed that representatives from theb office will tour the jail Friday.  The jail was last inspected July 1, 2013, after which a report was published stating the inspection revealed “several problems that needed immediate attention,” primarily including a lack of staffing and cell space. The county was informed last year that if measures weren’t taken to correct the issues, the jail could be subject to probation or closure; however, Sheriff Phillip Morgan said the funds just haven’t been there to make the strides the jail needs to make.

If the jail is closed, law enforcement officials will be forced to transport their prisoners to Washington or Carroll counties, which would accrue costs of housing per prisoner, gas and time, Morgan said. In a time when the department is already shortstaffed due to budget constraints, Morgan said that his deputies will be left with even less time to respond to calls if required to transport thecounty’s prisoners.




Green Forest to Honor Fallen Soldier

The City of Green Forest will rename South Arch Avenue to Lt. Michael Goins Avenue, in honor of the fallen soldier. Lt. Goins was killed in Iraq nearly ten years ago. Green Forest will hold a special ceremony honoring his service to our country on August 15 at 10 a.m.  Goins grew up in Oak Grove and attended Green Forest Schools until the eighth grade. He moved to Kansas where he achieved a 4-point-oh G.P.A. and was the captain of the football and basketball teams. He was 23 years-old. 







Walmart CEO Simon On the Way Out

Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon will transition out of the company, Wal-Mart announced Thursday.  Greg Foran, 53, has been promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S.  Foran succeeds Bill Simon who has been in the role since June 2010 and will be transitioning out of the company.  Foran will assume his responsibilities on August 9 and will report directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a consulting basis for six months.





Salvation Army Partners with Washington County Sheriff’s Office for Food Drive 

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas is partnering with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for several food drives across the area.  Beginning August 1st the Sheriff’s Office will be manning posts at Harps Grocery Stores in West Fork, at Mission and Crossover in Fayetteville and the store at Har-ber Meadows in Springdale.  Friday the 1st deputies will man stations outside of the stores and hand out flyers asking for donations from 10am to 6pm.  Saturday the 2nd deputies will be at the stores from 8am to 2pm.

These food drives are critical to help keep shelves from going bare at the Area Command.  As the food pantry hits a summer slowdown the Army doesn’t have the money to go out and buy new food.  In addition to donating at these locations you can also drop off items at the Area Command at 219 W 15th St in Fayetteville.  Both perishable and non-perishable food items are accepted.For more information please contact our Fayetteville office at 479-521-2151. 


Arkansas Top State for Prescribing Prescription Painkillers


A new study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that Arkansas is among the 10 highest states for prescribing prescription painkillers. Ten of the highest prescribing states for painkillers are in the south. The CDC says health care providers in the highest-prescribing states wrote almost 3 times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions per person as those in other states. Higher prescribing of painkillers is associated with more overdose deaths. The study says more than 40 people die each day from prescription drug overdose. The CDC suggests states increase use of prescription drug monitoring programs, which are state-run databases that track prescriptions for painkillers and can help find problems in over prescribing.



Group Needs Thousands of Signatures in Short Time

It's a last minute scramble for the folks trying to get an act to increase the Arkansas minimum wage on the November ballot.  Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin says the initiative did not meet the required 62,507 valid signatures after the verification process.   The group now has until August 18 to gather 15,107 more valid signatures.  In order to be considered valid, there must be sufficient signatures from 15 of the 75 counties across Arkansas along with an affidavit filed with us stating the number of Petition Parts and the total number of signatures, according to the Secretary of State Office.  Earlier this month, the ballot issue had gathered more than enough signatures but thousands of those signatures were invalidated during the verification process.


Taney County Land Sale Scheduled

The annual Taney County Land Sale is set for next month and prospective bidders are encouraged to view information on more than 11-hundred parcels included in the sale.  Taney County Collector Shelia Wyatt says links to the land sale are included on the Collector’s page at TaneyCounty.org.  The Taney County Land Sale is scheduled for Monday, August 25th beginning at 10 a.m. in the first-floor hearing room of the Taney County Courthouse in Forsyth. The sale includes properties that are at least 2 years delinquent in taxes.



News For Thursday, July 24, 2014


Strong Winds Do Havoc in Area Wednesday

Strong winds rushed through northwest Arkansas Wednesday afternoon, leaving behind some destruction.  At least 20 buildings were damaged or destroyed by high winds at Fort Chaffee on Wednesday.  Lt Col. Keith Moore says no one was injured. Army Reserves are assessing the damage which includes downed trees and power lines.  Moore says power is down all around the grounds.  SWEPCO crews also jumped to action, working to restore power to more than 11,000 customers across Northwest Arkansas.  Spokesman Peter Main says several main circuits went down, in addition to power lines from Rogers to Greenland.  Ozarks Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Penny Storms says their hardest hit area is near Elkins and Wesley, they say several lines are down and a number of poles snapped, around 4:30 p.m. about 3 thousand customers were without power, and Storms says it will take longer than they would like to restore it.



Bond Set at $100,000 for Alleged Rapist

A Berryville man was arrested July 21st for an alleged rape and sexual assault.  According to Lt. Robert Bartos with the Berryville Police Department, Ronald David Bruner, 46, was booked into the Carroll County Detention Center.  Bruner was taken before a Judge Wednesday where bond was set at $100,000.  Lt. Bartos said the victim was a minor.



Womack Backs GOP's Anti-Internet Sales Tax Stance

A Republican congressman from Arkansas who has advocated for legislation that would limit tax-free shopping online says he agrees with his party adopting an anti-Internet sales tax stance and argues the two stances aren't in conflict.  U.S. Rep. Steve Womack said he agrees the with state GOP adopting as part of its platform opposition to any sales tax imposed by the federal government. Delegates approved the stance at the state party's convention in Hot Springs on Saturday.  Womack is co-sponsor of legislation that would empower states to collect sales taxes from Internet purchases.




Hobbs Hosts Astronomy Night

Saturn’s rings are going to be noticed at the next Astronomy Night at Hobbs State Park. Six times a year, the Sugar Creek Astronomical Society presents instructional astronomy programs at the Park’s visitor center followed by night sky viewing. According to the group’s president, Jack McDaniel, “Saturn is chasing Mars across the western night sky.”  Mars is relatively far this year, but Saturn and its rings will be a bold sight.  Guests might even be able to see the divisions in the rings. The viewing is Saturday, July 26 with the beginning astronomy class at 7:30 p.m. and night viewing at 8:30 p.m. The cost is free and the public is invited.



McDaniel Rejects Legalized Marijuana Ballot

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.  McDaniel's office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year's ballot. The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot. The group is now trying to put the legalization measure on the 2016 ballot. McDaniel cited ambiguities in the text of the latest measure in rejecting its wording.  The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries.



National Day of the American Cowboy to be Celebrated

Sons of the Pioneers will be celebrating the National Day of the American Cowboy this week. The National Day of the American Cowboy campaign was founded by American Cowboy magazine in 2004 to preserve, protect, and promote our cowboy and Western heritage and honors cowboys and cowgirls for their enduring contribution to the courageous, pioneering spirit of America.  Trail boss of the Pioneers, Luther Nallie encourages everyone to celebrate the cowboy.  They will be giving away free autographed photos to anyone at the show wearing a cowboy hat or cowboy boots. Sons of the Pioneers will celebrate during their matinee show this today at the Baldknobbers Theater.



Walmart Launches Teacher Discount Program

Walmart announced Monday it intends to offer teachers nationwide 10 percent back on school supplies during its upcoming Teacher Appreciation Week.  Walmart officials and employees from the Bentonville Supercenter dropped in on an orientation session for Bentonville School District teachers to make the announcement. They also surprised those teachers with gift cards and shopping baskets full of school supplies for their classrooms.Teachers in the United States spend an average of $1,000 preparing their classrooms for each new school year. About half of that money comes from their own pockets.  Walmart's Teacher Appreciation Week is Friday through July 31. Teachers who buy school supplies at Walmart during that time will be eligible to receive gift cards equal to 10 percent of their purchases. It's the first time Walmart has offered such a deal.



Additional $1M in funding to help Arkansas with winter storm recovery efforts awarded by US Labor Department

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,013,495 National Emergency Grant incremental award to continue cleanup and recovery efforts in the wake of a severe storm that affected 14 counties in Arkansas on Dec. 5 and 6, 2013. These funds, awarded to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, will provide for the continuation of temporary employment for eligible individuals to assist with the cleanup of the affected areas. 

“Today’s summer temperatures make the severe storms of the winter season hard to remember,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “But the work to recover from those severe storms continues and the federal funds we’re awarding today will assist the state with completing this work.”

On Jan. 6, 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the counties of: Crawford, Franklin, Fulton, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp and Van Buren as eligible for FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, following the December 2013 severe storm. The state has focused the work funded by this grant to 12 of the eligible counties: Crawford, Franklin, Logan Madison, Marion, Newton, Polk, Scott, Searcy, Sebastian, Sharp and Van Buren.  

This grant was approved on Jan. 31, 2014, for up to $1,520,243, with $506,748 released initially. This incremental funding of $1,013,495 will bring the total NEG funds awarded for this project to $1,520,243.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.


SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
BERRYVILLE BOARD OF EDUCATION
July 21, 2014
INTERMEDIATE CAFETORIUM


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

Members Present:  Todd Howard, Kristi Howerton, Lydia King, Jeff Miles, Sherri Plumlee & David Waller             Members Absent:   Vonda Bailey

The minutes and financial reports were approved by the Board.
The Board approved the JR High Cheerleader Requests for the 2014-15 school year.
The Board received a written Buildings/Grounds/Facilities update from Doug Harris.  
The Board approved spending $10,000 Perkins money to purchase a Chromebook Cart for the Agri Department’s third teacher, leaving approximately $18,000 to be used as needed for CTE classes.  
The Board also approved extending the current service contracts for the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and painting contractors.
The Board approved a Football Equipment and Clothes purchase of $16,321.47 to be paid for with money from the Football Athletics 2014-15 Budget.
 The Board approved a School Board Election Resolution stating that since only one candidate was running for Zone 1, no outside polling/voting would be provided, only absentee ballots and early voting would be allowed.
The Board approved Technology Improvements to the district for $183,938.41 to purchase Chromebooks and upgrades.
The Board discussed allowing the district’s school buses to travel out-of-state.  No decision was made until more information could be provided.The Board discussed a Student Drug Testing Policy for the district.  
The Board agreed that the public should be allowed input before any decision was made.
The Board approved adding a new position – Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Instruction and School Improvement to the district for the 2014-15 school year.
The Board received reports from the Principals.  
The Board accepted the following Retirement/Resignations at the end of their current contracts or as noted:
Marion Burden        Maintenance effective July 18, 2014            
The Board approved the following moves for the 2014-15 school year:
Jill Nance             3rd Grade to 3-5 Computer        
The Board approved hiring the following for the 2014-15 school year:
Justin Bramall         Agriculture
April Eddings         Third
Elizabeth Hawkins  Physical Science
Heather Lehr         3-5 Para
Ben Peltier         English
Natasha Phillips      K-2 Para
Steven Serbus        Regular Route Bus Driver
Gretta Wagner        Regular Route Bus Driver

The Board approved adding the following to the substitute list for the 2013-14 school year:
Cynthia Fiveash-Bartos    K-12 
Jennifer McCullough         K-12
Anthony Stephenson       6-12
Ronald Miller        Bus Driver
​Jamie Wallace       K-12