News for August 27, 2015

​​Carroll County Fair Parade Saturday

The annual Carroll County Fair Parade, kicking off Fair Week, begins Saturday morning at 10am on the Berryville Square.  Regina Williams with the Fair Board has more information for KTHS........


Miss Carroll County Queen's Contestant Star Martin

Star Martin is the 4th Miss Carroll County Queen's Contestant to be featured on news.......

Friday's contestant will be Katie Byers of Green Forest.  The Queen's pageant is Wednesday at 6:30pm in the Fairground arena.


Eureka Springs Men Plead Guilty in Theft of 55 Guns

Kenneth Elser, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that 51 year old Timothy Brown, 19 year old Taz G. Bibey, and 26 year old Andrew T. Davis all from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, entered guilty pleas to one count of Aiding and Abetting the Theft of Firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee. The Honorable Chief Judge P.K. Holmes, III presided over the change of plea hearings in the United States District Court in Fort Smith.

The guns were stolen from Kings River New and Used Guns north of Berryville. These cases were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Eureka Springs Police Department, the Branson, Missouri Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police. Assistant United States Attorney David Harris prosecuted the cases for the United States.


Federal Appeals Court:  Tyson Foods Doesn't Underpay Workers

A federal appeals court has decided that Tyson Foods doesn't have to pay workers at two of its Nebraska plants for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear and preparing for work.The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Wednesday that Tyson doesn't owe workers at its plants in Dakota City and Madison for that time.

The appellate rulings will eliminate two lower court decisions ordering Tyson to pay more than $20 million.  The workers who sued argued that Tyson should pay them for the roughly 30 minutes they spend putting on uniforms and safety gear, sanitizing equipment, sharpening knives and other duties. They said they're only paid for their time on the assembly line plus four minutes for all the pre- and post-production chores.


Business Owner Speaks Against AirEvac Permit

A local business owner is upset about Harrison City Council giving a building permit for a helicopter project.  At the most recent planning and commission meeting in Harrison, nearby business owner Glenn Fast was represented by his lawyer. His lawyer claims the planning commission did not alert the public about the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s Helicopter AirEvac building and that the future structure is not correctly zoned.  Mayor Dan Sherrell disagrees, saying council members did everything by the book.  Sherrell says Fast plans on coming to the next council meeting to further discuss the issue.  He says he has never turned anyone away from speaking at a meeting and he doesn’t plan to start now.


Walmart Pulls AR-15's from Store Shelves

Walmart says it will stop stocking the AR-15 and other semi-automatic weapons at its store because fewer people are buying them.  The retailer says it will replace them with more hunting rifles and shotguns. A Walmart spokesman says the semi-automatic weapons were sold at fewer than a third of its 4,600 U.S. stores.  Walmart is removing the semi-automatic weapons this week as it prepares its stores for fall merchandise. The company says it made the decision earlier this year.


Governor Hutchinson Reacts To Open Carry Confusion

To open carry, or not. That is the question on many people's minds, especially lawmakers.   "If you choose to push the envelope in this interpretation of the law be prepare to defend your actions in the court," State Rep. Doug House (R) said.  "It is my hope that we can remove the confusion," State Rep. Tim Lemons (R) said. Lemons, Senator Jon Woods and Representative Nate Bell wrote a letter to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge earlier this summer asking that open carry get cleared up. "I don't believe that additional legislation is needed, it just needs a good interpretation of the law," Lemons said.

Governor Asa Hutchinson is getting into the conversation, "Right now we have a difference of opinion among prosecutors as to the interpretation of the law, that's solved by the Attorney General's opinion." Governor Hutchinson says even after the AG's opinion is made, he wants to see more clarification to the law.

News for August 26, 2015

Deed to National Guard Armory Given to City of Berryville

A transfer ceremony of the Berryville Readiness Center to the City of Berryville took place Tuesday afternoon at the Armory in Berryville.  A contingency of Guard members, city officials, Senator Bryan King and local citizens all enjoyed the ceremony, outside on a beautiful summer day.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance.  The history of the Arkansas National Guards Berryville Unit is a long one steeped in tradition, starting back in 1947, Battery B, 936th Artillery Battalion was assigned as the tenant unit in Berryville to the last unit, Detachment 1, A Company, 217th  BSB that was deployed to Iraw providing convoy escort, base defense and garrison command support in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  KTHS was on hand for the ceremony and captured these comments from (photo at left) Col. Gregory Bacon, Maj. Gen Mark Berry followed by Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney.......

The Berryville Armory was one of several in the state that was given back to their respective cities.

Miss Carroll County Queen's Contestant

Five lovely young ladies are vying for this years' Miss Carroll County.  The pageant is Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:30pm.  Here's Lauren Girkin...................

Our interview Thursday is with Star Martin.

Berryville Board of Education Report

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

The minutes and financial reports were approved by the Board.  

The Board received the Student, Teacher, & District Recognitions.

The Board approved the following requests:

Cheer – Sell Wooden Signs, Cups, etc. and Host Kiddie Camp in October. 
Football – Have a Pink Out game October 23 vs Pea Ridge.  
Softball – Host 2 pre-game meals before Football Games and also sell Butter Braids.  
FCCLA – Prepare lunch for the staff during the 15-16 school year.  

The Board received the written and verbal Buildings/Grounds/Facilities report.  The Board approved releasing a bid request for a 48-passenger handicapped bus.  Dr. Clark stated he’d like to see a new Middle School built for approximately $17.5 million dollars, as well as an All-Weather Sports Facility, and an Auditorium.  The auditorium would be built where the current high school stands.  Chuck Stein, Facilities Consultant for the district, was present and discussed possible project funding.  Dr. Clark said that he was planning on a Community Meeting September 8th for input and the Board would have to act at the November School Board Meeting.  The Board approved creating a New Paraprofessional Position for the 2015-16 school year for a student who needed one-on-one care.  The position will be renewed on an annual basis, dependent on the needs of the student.  Dr. Clark reported that currently there are 2023 students enrolled to attend Berryville School.

Tyler Ashworth Running for Berryville School Board

Tyler Ashworth is running for Berryville School Board Zone 2.  Linda Boyer had a talk with Ashworth about his desire to run for the School Board seat...................

Early voting begins September 8th.

Election Officials Train on New Voting Equipment

Election officials from across the state got a crash course Tuesday on new voting equipment.Act 151, passed earlier this year, slated $30 million toward a new statewide voting system, but training more than 200 election officials takes time, as does implementing the machines.  As a result, four pilot counties, Boone, Columbia, Garland and Sebastian will be the first to test the new devices during the March first primary.  The Arkansas Secretary of State's office hopes to have all counties equipped with new voting machines by the 2016 general election.

Department of Defense Contract Goes to Wisconsin Company

Nearly three months after Arkansas lawmakers rolled out plans for a major military manufacturing project, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday the military's new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle will be manufactured not in Arkansas but in Wisconsin.  "This is a golden opportunity for the state of Arkansas," Governor Asa Hutchinson said during a press conference in May.  Lawmakers hoped Lockheed Martin in Camden would win the contract they say would save or create more than 1,000 jobs and bring in billions of dollars over the next 25 years. 

"It does hurt, it is disappointing," Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission said.Preston says the partnership would have taken precedence in the state.  "We really hoped that obviously having this contract here and having this vehicle here produced in Arkansas was kind of going to be our entry into automobile manufacturing in the state," Preston said.  Preston says the more than $84,000,000 Arkansas invested in improvements and job training at Lockheed Martin isn't a total loss. "The company's done a lot of work at the facility there, put a lot of money invested into the Camden facility there and put a lot of money invested into it. I see a continued relationship with Lockheed Martin and the state," Preston said. Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman both expressed their disappointment with the army's decision, still Preston says the state is already eying the next big project. 

Former Arvest Executive Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud

Rogers man entered a guilty plea to one charge of Bank Fraud on Tuesday (Aug. 25).  Former Arvest Bank executive Henry Dennis Smiley, Jr., 52, was accused of scheming to defraud multiple financial institutions in the Western District of Arkansas.  The case went through the U.S. District Court in Fayetteville. The FBI also investigated the case.

Python Found Among the Toothbrushes in Bergman Home

A Bergman woman receives a morning fright after finding a large reptile in her bathroom drawer this (Tuesday) morning.  Rick Sutton was at home watching the morning news, when he got a call from his concerned mother after she pulled open the bathroom drawer for a toothbrush and discovered something she described as weird and that moved when she touched it.  Sutton responded to his mother’s home where he discovered something weird indeed, a curled up seven foot python in the back of the drawer. After calling 911 and getting in contact with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Sutton says they began to figure out how to get the snake out of the drawer, without it sneaking back out from wherever it came from.  Sutton says he was able to then take the snake from the tub and into a cage. The Boone County Game and Fish Commission was called out as well and they then transferred the animal off the property via an old pillowcase. Keith Stephens with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to learn what will be happening with the reptile. Stephens says the python will be humanly terminated. He added the reasoning behind it, is because without the proper paperwork it is illegal to have a python in the state.  Sutton says they told him they would probably have to terminate the animal, but he was personally hoping they turn the reptile over to a zoo or a place the snake could be further admired.

Hutchinson Seeking $1 million for Foster Care Caseworkers

Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants lawmakers to approve spending $1 million in rainy day funds on 40 additional caseworkers in its foster care system. Hutchinson announced the request Tuesday as hundreds of religious leaders gathered for his Restore Hope Summit. The two-day meeting includes discussions on how the faith-based community can help with foster care and prisoner re-entry. A consultant who studied Arkansas' Division of Children and Family Services has recommended the state reduce the caseworkers' average load from 29 to 20. The state says that, to meet the goal in three years, it would need 200 extra employees and $8 million. Hutchinson noted Arkansas saved $50 million by opting for a prison expansion rather than a new facility and said some of that money could be spent on re-entry efforts.

​​News for August 25, 2015

​​Green Forest Woman Killed Sunday

A Green Forest woman died in a crash, just south of Alder Lane, near the Rule Community, on Sunday. The Arkansas State Police report 43-year-old Careen Krieder was traveling southbound on State Highway 103 in Carroll County at around 4:55 p.m.  Troopers say she went off of the right side of the road on a turn, over-corrected, and was hit by an oncoming car on the driver’s side. Careen was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the online records.

Carroll County Quorum Court Report

The Carroll County Quorum Court met Monday evening in Berryville for their monthly meeting.  J.P.'s took action on the following:

Approved Resolutions authorizing Judge Sam Barr to apply for grants on behalf of the Yocum Community and the Head Community Center.  The  $51,000 Yocum Community Grant will be used to build a public use building and fencing.  The Head Community Center grants totalled $$90,000 to renovate the Old Head School House.

In other business:

1. Heard a presentation from Brian Unruh of North Ark EMS.  Unruh told the court his amubulance service serves Boone, Searcy and Newton Counties.  It operates on a break-even basis and does not require a millage increase, as was discussed for Eastern Carroll County Ambulance Service District.  An Ordinance that was prepared for introduction at Monday's meeting by J.P. John Reeve's Committee was going to ask for a 2.5 mill increase to raise $560,000 per year for operating an Eastern District Ambulance Service.  As it turned out, J.P.'s did not approve of amending the agenda to include the proposed Ordinance establishing an Ambulance Service District in Eastern Carroll County, so it was not brought up.  J.P. Marty Johnson suggested that Reeves could have a "conflict of interest" overseeing this subject since he volunteers for Mercy Hospital, to which Reeve dismissed.  

2. Appointed Ken Mills to the Western Carroll County Ambulance District and Austin Kennedy to the Inspiration Point Rural Fire Protection District.

3. Morris Pate, Airport Commissioner, reported the Airport is going to have to purchase fuel for airplanes this week, and their bank balance is getting low.  Pate had little other news since he's been out of pocket recuperating from surgery.

4.  Judge Barr read a report from State Auditors regarding the Airport Audit for year 2013.  It was discovered there was some $16,000 in unauthorized purchases made to a county credit card by the then Airport Manager, Sheila Evans.  The charges seemed to indicate all personal purchases and not for Airport use.  The audit recommended a State Police Investigation into the charges.  

5.  J.P.'s discussed at length a reimbursement from the city of Eureka Springs for labor and materials in repairing the parking lot next to the Western District Courthouse and underneath the lot.  It required a week of intense hauling of materials and labor from the County Road Department.  Eureka Springs had agreed to repay $69,000 to the County, when in reality, they sent a check for $51,000, a total of $18,000 short.  The Judge vowed to follow up with the City and get to the bottom of the reimbursement amount.

Miss Carroll County Queens Contestant Interview 

There are five senior contestants in the Miss Carroll County pageant this year.  They include Maeghanne Ewing (Smothers), Lauren Girkin, Katie Byers, Star Martin and today's contestant on news, Morgan Pope...........

The Miss Carroll County Pageant is Wednesday, September 2nd.  Fair week kicks off this Saturday with the Annual Fair Parade in Berryville at 10am.

Berryville Motorists Should Prepare for Road Resurfacing

Come September, drivers in and through Berryville can expect to see work being done on several roads in Berryville throughout the month of September. Mayor Tim McKinney says the city was given a 250-thousand dollar grant from the state to do some extensive pavement resurfacing. He says right now city employees are doing the preparation work, finding the weak parts of local roads.  Mayor McKinney says most of the heavy duty roadwork will start on September 5th.  He says none of the construction should close down a particular street for more than a couple of days. He asks people on the road to be patient and aware, when people are working so closely with traffic.

18-year-old Arrested Following Accident

Two Shell Knob residents suffered injuries Sunday in a wreck at 11.:45 a.m. on Highway 76, 3.5 miles north of Shell Knob.  According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Harley Harris, 18, of Shell Knob, was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima westbound on Highway 76 when his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  Harris suffered minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. A passenger, Terry Martin, 35, of Shell Knob, suffered moderate injuries and was transported by EMS to Mercy Hospital in Cassville.  Harris was wearing a safety device, and Martin was not. The vehicle suffered extensive damage.  At 1:24 p.m., Harris was arrested by the Highway Patrol for driving while intoxicated (drugs), failure to maintain a single lane, no driver's license and no insurance.

New E-Ticket Method for Rogers Police

Rogers police officers started using Digi-Ticket over the summer.  The method uses a barcode scanner to scan the violator's license and registration. Their information is then loaded into the department's server for police and courts access. Police say it speeds up the process, often cutting the time in half. "That takes us from the old days of a ticket book, which we had to have 5 copies of a ticket to process it between us and the court and the state even," said Capt. James Baker, Rogers Police Dept.  The department says using the digital method does not mean they'll issue more tickets. In fact, Rogers police says they pull over 14,000 cars a year and give tickets to only 5,000.  The police department spent $193,000 on the program, splitting the cost with the courts department.

Gov. Attends Economic Developers Conference; Discusses Expansion, Job Creation

Governor Asa Hutchinson was in Northwest Arkansas Monday, talking about the economy.  He spoke at the 2015 Arkansas Economic Developers Annual Conference in Fayetteville, where leaders from across the state discussed ways to improve economic expansion and job creation.  Governor Hutchinson told the crowd computer coding is a big part of that equation. "The jobs are here, whether you're talking about Walmart that needs computer programmers right now or whether you're talking about Acxiom in Central Arkansas, data management, or whether you're talking about agricultural services or manufacturing that has robotics - all of them need computer programmers," Hutchinson said.  Governor Hutchinson wants to make the Natural State a leader in coding.  He said in the last four months, 130 teachers have been trained to teach computer science in high schools, and over 1,300 students are enrolled in computer science classes this year.  He hopes to eventually have 6,000 students enrolled in coding classes every year.

Cyber Crime Task Force Officer Warns Parents to be Vigilant Over Children

The Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, based in Joplin, has been a resource to the area in protecting victims, many of whom are children, from online sexual predators.   Covering 13 counties in the southwest corner of Missouri, its sole focus is the detection, apprehension and prosecution of sexual predators who seek to exploit children through the internet and social media. "We investigate child exploitation on the internet, and people who distribute child pornography," said Brian Martin, a Barry County sheriff's deputy on the force. "Occasionally, we deal with people who travel between states to have sex with kids or travel to engage in sex with kids."  But, despite the need for the services the task force provides, it was not getting the state funding needed to operate.

After six months of waiting and limbo, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon released funding. But, because the funding was late, the task force had to cut an experienced officer. "A total of $1.5 million was set aside in the budget for statewide cyber crime task force," said Human Trafficking Committee Member Amy Campbell, of Soroptomist International in Carthage.  The task force will receive nearly $300,000 of that, which includes 14 counties. In the future, the committee hopes to receive funding in a more timely manner.  "The task force now has five full-time investigators, one part-time investigator and a sergeant. Three of the full-time investigators, including Martin, a Cassville police detective and a Jasper County sheriff's deputy, are supported through a grant, and through Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Recovery Act funding. 

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge Looking at 2016 Senate Run

Former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas Conner Eldridge said he is considering a 2016 U.S. Senate run.  The former prosecutor finished serving four and a half years in the U.S. Attorney's office on Friday and said he is taking some time to figure out how he can best continue to serve Arkansans.  Eldridge said he'll make a decision as to whether he'll challenge Republican Sen. John Boozman in the "weeks ahead."  "I've been talking to friends and family and doing a lot of thinking about what comes next for me and my family. I do know that I always want to be a part of making a difference for Arkansas," he said. 

News for August 24, 2015

Carroll County Fair Parade on Saturday, Kicking Off Fair Week August 29-September 5th

The Carroll County Fair Parade kicks off Fair Week this coming Saturday in Berryville at 10am.   Also Saturday, from 2-7pm, will be the Horse Check in and the main event Saturday is the popular Truck Pull.  A full schedule of events can be seen at, select the CC Fair tab.  

Miss Carroll County Queens Contestant Interview

Four candidates are competing in the Senior Division of the Miss Carroll County Pageant.  KTHS traditionally interviews the Senior Contestants and today we begin with Maeghanne Smothers..............

21-Year-Old Falls From 6th Floor of Fayetteville Apartment
According to the Fayetteville Police Department, a man fell from the 6th floor of an apartment complex overnight, Sunday. Officers say it happened at the Sterling Frisco apartments on West Avenue around 2:15 a.m., Sunday.  The department says the 21-year-old was severely injured but survived the initial fall. According to the Fayetteville Fire Department, he had cuts on his left eyebrow and right leg, along with a broken arm. The department says he was responsive but severely confused. Central EMS responded to the scene and said he was bleeding from his head and was transported to Washington Regional.  Police say no foul play is suspected.

Pair Hurt in Rollover Crash Near Pioneer

Two 18-year-old people are hurt in a roll-over crash in Barry County on Saturday night.Troopers say Christian Dunegan from Wheaton and Kristin Johnson from Purdy were traveling north on Farm Road 1012 at 9:00 p.m. Authorities say they were a mile northeast of Pioneer, when the car went off the left side of the road, flipped, and hit a fence. Both Dunegan and Johnson were wearing their seatbelts, according to the online crash report.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the pair was taken by a private vehicle to Cox Hospital in Monett for minor injuries.

Pedestrian Dies in Benton County Crash

A pedestrian is dead, after being hit by a car on Interstate 49 in Benton County, over the weekend. Arkansas State Police say 29-year-old Ryan Dame of Fort Smith entered the roadway from the east on foot. State troopers say the man driving the vehicle on the interstate, traveling south, was James Freeman of Springdale. He was unable to avoid Dame on the pavement, according to the online records.  Authorities with the state department say the circumstances of this crash are still under investigation.

Jack Henry Named Market Share Leader in RDC

Monett-based Jack Henry and Associates (JHA) has has been named as the market share leader in commercial desktop remote deposit capture (RDC), according to the annual report by the research and development firm Celent.   The report identified Jack Henry as the leading vendor in terms of market share and also recognized the company's strong end-user growth. Jack Henry's RDC solution is currently installed at more than 1,000 financial institutions and 200,000 businesses and is utilized by more than 500,000 end users.   RDC is one of many products included in the recently-formed JHA Payment Solutions which serves more than 7,600 financial institution clients in the U.S. and internationally. Other featured products include: transaction capture and processing; ATM, credit and debit card processing; risk and fraud mitigation services; consumer and business bill pay; and ?business intelligence solutions. 

Unemployment Decreases Slightly

Arkansas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.7 percent in June to 5.6 percent in July, according to labor force data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The statistics, released Friday by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, indicate that Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined 300, a result of 1,300 fewer unemployed and 1,000 more employed Arkansans. The United States’ jobless rate remained stable at 5.3 percent in July. “Arkansas’ civilian labor force declined slightly in July, with the drop in the number of unemployed more than offsetting a small gain in employment,” ADWS Program Operations Manager Susan Price said in a news release. “There are still 40,300 more Arkansans in the labor force than in July 2014.” Arkansas’ nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 14,400 in July, to 1,201,700. Seven major industry sectors declined, while three posted gains.


News for August 21, 2015

Missing Carroll County Woman Found Dead in Table Rock Lake

A Silver Alert issued by Arkansas State Police Tuesday, at the request of the CCSO, has been cancelled with the finding of Audrey Botts body in Table Rock Lake.   On Thursday, August 20th at about 4 PM a citizen went to the Holiday Island Fire Station and reported seeing a suspicious vehicle driving back and forth, several days ago, along the bluffs near the marina.  The citizen described the vehicle as a small red car.  Assistant Fire Chief Bob Clave went to the area of the bluffs, and found debris consistent with the vehicle driven by missing person Audrey Jean Bott.  Assistant Chief Clave retrieved the Fire Department boat and entered the lake to investigate further. He notified the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, who assumed responsibility for further investigation.

CCSO investigators found additional debris consistent with Ms. Bott’s vehicle, and located the apparent path through thick brush taken by a vehicle, as it went over the bluff and into Tablerock Lake.   CCSO requested the assistance of the Benton County Dive Team and the Mennonite Disaster Response Team.  Dive teams located the submerged vehicle in 26 feet of water.  The license tag on the vehicle confirmed that it is the vehicle believed driven by Ms. Bott.  Divers found a female victim within the submerged vehicle.  CCSO is confident that the victim is Audrey Bott, however official identification will be made by the medical examiner.  Her remains will be examined at the State Crime Lab to determine cause of death.  Agencies assisting in the search and recovery were the Arkansas State Police, Holiday Island Fire Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and Mennonite Disaster Response Team.

Q.C. Ambulance Committee Prepares Ordinance for Monday Meeting

The Quorum Court Committee charged with looking into the feasibility of forming an Ambulance Service District in Eastern Carroll County, similar to the Western District Ambulance Service,  met Wednesday to finish preparation of an Ordinance to present to the full Quorum Court at their meeting Monday.  J.P. John Reeve is the chairman, and other J.P.'s Joe Mills and Roger Hall were in attendance.  John Reeves..........

Hall and Mills both approved of the Ordinance wording.  Reeves said he's looking at a special election day of December 8th.  He also advised the Citizens Advisory Committee will need to meet soon to draft a 'Request for Proposals'.  It is comprised of Joann Clark, Charlie Reece, Nester Riviera, Josh Peden, Richard Harp and Bob Grudek.  Judge Barr will be the one to swear in the Commission which will be comprised of the Fire Chiefs of the Eastern District. 

Carroll County Fair Booth Space Going Quickly

Randy Williams with the Carroll County Fair Board encourages businesses and others to get their booth space now for the 2015 Carroll County Fair, which begins Saturday, August 29th.........

Randy Williams.  KTHS will be airing interviews with the Senior Queens' contestants on next weeks news.

Man Charged in Bank Robberies Sentenced for Resisting

A man charged in connection with an attempted bank robbery in Crane is sentenced to five years in prison for resisting arrest. Forty-three-year-old Gerald Helcher reportedly called in a bomb threat and demanded money from Liberty Bank last November. He also is accused of making a similar threat to a bank in Berryville several days later.  Helcher was living at a resort in Kimberling City at the time. Investigators were able to trace his phone number and track him down through an advertisement he posted on Craigslist.

C of O Announces Student Enrollment for Fall Semester

College of the Ozarks is starting its next semester with just over 1400 students.  All this week incoming C of O students have been taking part in the college’s unique Character Camp program, which introduces students to the campus, the work program, and new friends that will often last throughout their time at Hard Work U.C of O will officially kick off this semester with its Work Education Day on Monday, where all students will spend the entire day learning more about their required workstation on campus. Students will report to their first classes on Tuesday.  Mann Hall, the new girl’s dormitory on campus, was officially completed over the summer and is now open to upper class female students. Coleman says due to repairs on other older dorms and the opening two years ago of Barrett Hall, an upper class men’s dormitory, the rise in student enrollment has only increased around 200 students.

Fayetteville Police: Fifth Person Arrested In Connection To Beating Death Of Woman

Another suspect was arrested Thursday (August 20) on suspicion of capital murder after the body of a woman in her 20s was found in a Fayetteville home Wednesday, bringing the total of suspects in the death to five people, according to Fayetteville police.John Davis, 27, Mark Chumley, 45, Christopher Treat, 29, Desire Treat, 29, and now Rebecca Lloyd, 36, are all facing charges of capital murder, tampering with evidence, and engaging in violent criminal group activity, jail records show.Police arrived at a home located at 433 S. Hill  Avenue Wednesday afternoon after getting a call from a man saying he had killed his wife, according to arrest reports. When officers got to the scene they found the victim, Victoria Davis, 24, with multiple injuries consistent with blunt force trauma caused by a non-edged weapon, the reports state.

Chicago Man Convicted of Taking Girl to AR for Sex

 A 44-year-old Chicago man has been found guilty of taking a 13-year-old girl from her home in Chicago to a motel in Bentonville and having sex with her.  According to a Wednesday news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, David S. Duffin was found guilty of one count of knowingly transporting a minor in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity.  Prosecutors say the girl was reported missing from Illinois on April 4. The girl and Duffin were located April 9.  The release said Duffin had sex with the girl in Chicago and Bentonville.  He faces a sentence of life in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Josh Duggar Listed on Client List of Ashley Madison

Reality TV star Josh Duggar has been named as one of 37 million users on the controversial website Ashley Madison. On Tuesday evening, hackers released personal information of millions of people using the infidelity dating website. The hackers announced last month that if Ashley Madison didn’t shut down the website, they would publish names, addresses and more of the registered users. The hackers followed through on their promise, posting the data online as well as a downloadable file on a popular torrent website. Gawker revealed Wednesday that TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar was a paying member of Ashley Madison. Data released online shows a credit card belonging to a Joshua J. Duggar paid nearly $1,000 for two different monthly Ashley Madison subscriptions from February 2013 until May 2015.

News provided by News Director Linda Boyer