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Arrest Report:


9-18-14

Emmanuel Rocha-Quiroz - Green Forest - 22 - failure to pay

Kevin L. Saldana - Green Forest - 20 - revocation/aggravated assault

David Edward Thalhammer - Berryville - 42 - failure to pay, failure to appear

​Samuel W. Watts - Berryville - 21 - destruction/removal of cemetery/gravestone



​9-17-14

Aurelio Castellano-Ayla - Berryville - 56 - failure to pay

Amanda E. Henderson - Green Forest - 30 - failure to pay, failure to appear

John W. Hood - Berryvile - 33 - domestic battering, terroristic threatening

Abner D. Johnson - Green Forest - 33 - failure to appear x 2, fleeing, driving on suspended license, possession of controlled substance, hold for other agency

​Whitney Swain - Springdale - 34 - driving on suspended/revoked license



​9-16-14

Oscar Aceves-Miramontes - Berryville - 35 - affidavit/domestic battery

Ricky L. Coffel - Berryville - 22 - revocation of suspended sentence or probation

John H. Kissling - Eagle Rock, Mo - 46 - DWI, implied consent, failure to register vehicle, failure to use turn signal

Khira D. Longacre - Roxbury, Mo - 29 - public intox

​Donald D. Thompson - Green Forest - 32 - possession controlled substance




​9-15-14

No bookings in past 24 hours


9-14-14

John R. Ledel - Harrison - 47 - court commitment

Justin E. McGehee - Alpena - 32 - aggravated assault, false imprisonment 1st degree, interference wi/ emergency communications, theft by receiving, terroristic threatening, failure to appear

Alyssa J. Recinos - Berryville - 22 - failure to appear

Kevin L. Saldana - Green Forst - 20 - failure to pay, possession instrument of crime

Jessica A. Smith - Oak Grove - 27 - hold for other agency


9-13-14

Tiffany K. Doyle - Berryville - 27 - immediate incarceration per Judge Crow

​David R. Kell - Berryville - 29 - failure to pay, revocation 




​9-12-14


James F. Estes - Omaha, Ar - 66 - DWI, driving left of center, no license late light, no seat belt

Karen A. King - Berryville - 53 - hold for other agency

Jacob T. Nickels - Green Forst - 21 - hold for other agency

Rebecca J. Richardson - Green Forest - 26 - theft of property, cruelty to animals





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News For Wednesday, September 17, 2014


School Election Results

Annual School elections were held Tuesday in Carroll County.  Since no races were contested, the CC Election Commission did not open polling places, but instead made early and absentee voting available at the courthouse. Shockingly, only two (2) early votes were cast out of a total of 14,198 registered voters.  The Berryville candidate for Zone 1, Chad Hipps, did not receive any votes and a decision will be made by the Berryville Superintendent, Dr. Clark, as how to handle this unusual situation.   At Eureka Springs, Chris McClung will be seated for Position 1; Position 2 in Eureka Springs will be filled by Albert Larson;  and Glenn Coggeshell for Position 7.  At Green Forest, Dianna Sturtz was re-elected to Zone 2.  There were no requests from the schools for a school tax increase, so those will remain the same.  


Berryville City Council Report

The BV City Council met Tuesday in City Hall with all aldermen present except for Max Nichols who was out of town.

The Council took action on the following:

Passed on all three readings Ordinance 963 establishing millage rates for calendar year 2015.  There was no change to the current .0 mills on real property and .0 mills on all personal property.  A voluntary tax of 1.0 mill is levied on all real property and all personal property within the city limits for maintenance of the City Cemetery. 

In other business:  

The August Financial report of Operating Funds showed the 1% sales tax received $118,227, up $4,000 over August of last year.  The 1/2% dedicated sales tax collected $59,113.  Berryville Police Chief Dave Muniz had good news.  The Berryville Police Department have cleared the cemetery vandalism case from a few weeks ago.  The Chief said details would be forthcoming.  Dozens of headstones were knocked over and broken.  The Chief reported 70 offenses were reported in August, 18 of those for theft, 9 cases of aggravated assault and battery, 6 criminal mischief and 3 burglaries and breaking and entering.   Motorists should be on the lookout for police running radar on the west city limits.  Muniz said it seems to be slowing folks down.  Finally the Chief reported 12 non-injury accidents worked by Berryville Police in August.  The council gave some time for discussion of the Fall Leaf and Limb pickup dates and the Mayor announced the street department will be better equipped for snow removal this season with the purchase of a "belly plow" for one of their trucks.  Here's comments regarding both of those..........

Mandy Burgess who lives on Ferguson Street requested a street light be installed.  She said recent incidents in the neighborhood has left her feeling insecure and it would help if the street was better lit.



5th Annual Eurekapalooza Family Fun and Music Festival Benefiting Clear Spring School 

The 5th Annual Eurekapalooza will be hosted Saturday, October 4th 2014 at Lake Leatherwood Fields off Hwy 62 W, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Music, food, games, a beer garden, vendors, and more await thrill seekers once again.  This family friendly festival features a main stage with musical entertainment from local and regional acts. An eclectic mix of music genres will surely fill the grassy dance floor with happy feet!  This year’s line-up includes Signs of Warning, Jason Gordon, Ryan Viser, Order of Will, Matt Reeves, Be Here Now.  Eurekapalooza is also proud to feature local and regional family friendly programs as well. 

As a cherry on top of all the fun, Clear Spring School is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year!  The Kid Zone will be filled with educational fun with all sorts of games, activities, and art opportunities.  Admission is $5.00 for Adults $2.00 for under 18 and under 2 are free! All proceeds benefit Clear Spring School, an Independent school in Eureka Springs that provides a hands-on education to pre-primary - 12th Grade students in Northwest Arkansas.Come and join the fun in the sun and what is planned to be a great event.   For more information about the Eurekapalooza Outdoor Festival, visit www.eurekapalooza.com or the Eurekapalooza Facebook page.



Arkansas Submits Request to Amend Private Option

The Arkansas Department of Human Services have requested federal approval of proposed changes to the so-called private option, the state’s version of Medicaid expansion.The agency submitted to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell a proposal to amend the federal waiver that authorized the private option. DHS previously made the proposed amendments available for public comment for 30 days. The private option uses federal Medicaid money to subsidize private health insurance for Arkansans earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The 2013 state law that established the private option requires that the proposed changes be approved and implemented by Feb. 1 of next year if the program is to continue. Under the proposed changes, one of the benefits provided under the program, non-emergency medical transportation, would be limited to to eight trips per person per year. Currently there is no limit on non-emergency medical transportation under the private option. The proposed limit would not apply to the medically frail.


Governor Hopefuls Debate Friday

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are squaring off next week in a statewide televised debate.  Little Rock television station KARK announced Wednesday it will host a debate Sept. 19 between the two gubernatorial candidates. The 7 p.m. debate will also be broadcast live on Fayetteville station KNWA. The debate will also be replayed on stations in Memphis, Tennessee; El Dorado and Monroe, Louisiana; and Springfield, Missouri.  Hutchinson and Ross are both former congressmen and are running to succeed Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.  Mike Ross is seeking to continue the state's history of fiscal responsibility........



Agency Resumes Mailing Social Security Statements - Encourages People to Create a Secure my Social Security Account to Obtain Their Statement Online, Anytime


Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements—once every five years for most workers-- while encouraging everyone to create a secure my Social Security account to immediately access their Statement online, anytime. The Statement is a valuable financial planning tool providing workers age 18 and older with important individualized information regarding their earnings, tax contributions, and estimates for future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. 

Beginning this month, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits and who are not registered for a my Social Security account will receive the Statement in the mail about 3 months before their birthday.  After age 60, people will receive a Statement every year.  The agency expects to send nearly 48 million Statements each year. The Social Security Statement helps people plan for their financial future.  In addition to providing future benefit estimates, the Statement highlights a person’s complete earnings history, allowing workers to verify the accuracy of their earnings. This is important because an individual’s future benefit amount is determined by the amount of their earnings over their lifetime.  To date, more than 14 million people have established a personalized my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. 



Pryor, Boozman Bill Provides Relief for Grain Farmers - Requires USDA to Extend Loans, Suspend Interest for Arkansas Farmers 

U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman has introduced the Farmer Flexibility Act of 2014 to protect grain farmers from financial ruin if a seed producer defaults on a contract and fails to pay grain producers after taking possession of the grain. Their action comes on the heels of a breach of contract by commodity brokers near Brinkley, Arkansas who left farmers dealing with potential million dollar losses. “We are certainly pleased to see this effort to aid farmers affected by the difficult situation involving Turner Grain Merchandising. If passed, this legislation would provide some immediate relief by extending loan terms and freezing interest charges,” said Randy Veach, Arkansas Farm Bureau president.“  Arkansas has limited state laws pertaining to grain merchandising, allowing this unfortunate and unprecedented financial tangle. Hopefully this federal legislation can keep some of our farmers from financial ruin. Some farmers are caught in untenable circumstances where they are forced to repay loans though they were never paid for the crops they delivered.”

The Farmer Flexibility Act of 2014 would require the USDA to extend the term of its loans for farmers facing nonpayment due to a bankruptcy filing by a buyer until the bankruptcy case is closed or dismissed. This bill also suspends interest accrual during the extension, while the bankruptcy case is being litigated. The loan extension and interest suspension are important tools to help farmers facing non-payment for their grain commodity time to recover.


News For Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Bobo Church Vandalized

The Carroll County Sheriff's office responded last Saturday to the Bobo Church in far south Carroll County to a report of vandalism.  According to Sheriff Bob Grudek Monday, unknown person or persons, kicked down a sign, shot out some windows on the church and drove through the yard of the church, leaving tire marks.  Grudek said he has notified Madison and Newton County authorities since it is in the proximity and has ordered extra patrol in the area of the church.  Anyone with information on the vandalism can report it at 423-2901.  Area residents are asked to keep their eyes open as well.  It is not believed there is any similarity to the recent vandalism at the Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery a few weeks ago.




Cowboy Pasture Golf Update

Pastor Billy Williams with the GF Cowboy Church is anxious for Saturday to get here for the first ever Cowboy Pasture Golf, to be held at the GF Cowboy Church on Hwy. 103 North of Green Forest.  Williams stopped by KTHS studios Monday to give us an update...........

Billy Williams can be reached at 479-903-9008.



Berryville Middle School FCCLA Taking Part in Sole Food Project

Berryville Middle School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), with the help of Anstaff Bank, will be taking part in the Sole Food Project for the 4th consecutive year.  Last year, together, we were able to help donate and process 920lbs of shoes!  We were able to provide almost 2,000 meals for needy students.  Some of these meals go to help out children in the Philippines as well as children in the US.  Other countries will also see the benefit. This shoe drive also helps support water well purification projects in other needy countries.  Thanks go in particular to Cheryl Howard and her FCCLA students, who are helping to bag up all those shoes and to Gayle Pace of Anstaff Bank. Donated shoes can be dropped off at the Berryville Middle School circle drive area through October 21st or Anstaff Ban, Berryville through Thanksgiving.  For further information contact Cheryl Howard, FCCLA advisor, at Berryville Middle School, 870-480-4633.




ADH Seeking Help from CDC for Testing of Enterovirus 68

The Arkansas Department of Health is seeking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's help to test respiratory infections in the state for enterovirus 68, health officials said Monday.  According to data from the CDC, 104 people in 10 states have tested positive for the virus as of Monday.  The virus commonly infects children in fall months, but the strain enterovirus 68 -- discovered this year -- is rare, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General Anne Schuchat said during a news briefing last week.  Dr. Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist, said about four samples have been sent to the CDC for testing. He said the samples are from cases throughout Arkansas.  The illness can cause fever, runny nose, sneezing and coughing, along with body and muscle aches, according to the CDC. It also can cause wheezing and difficulty breathing. Infants, children and teenagers are more likely to get infected from the virus because they do not have immunity to the virus.  Three of the 26 cases are being treated in the intensive care unit. Many of the children have been younger than 4.




Gas Prices Dropping in Arkansas

Average retail gas prices have fallen four cents a gallon in the past week, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.  The price of a gallon of regular in the Natural State averaged $3.14 per gallon on Sunday, and is $0.227 per gallon lower than on the same day last year.  Nationwide, a gallon of regular averages $3.39 per gallon. That's a $0.042 per gallon drop in the past week and $0.149 per gallon lower than this time one year ago.  






Photo Caption: Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris presents President George W. Bush with Tracker Bass Force One, patterned after Air Force One, made at the Tracker Plant in nearby Lebanon, Missouri.



An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, President George W. Bush made a surprise appearance as keynote speaker Sept. 15, 2014, at the Tracker Marine Conference at Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake. The president’s father, George H. W. Bush, addressed the same convention 20 years ago in 1994, in nearby Springfield, Missouri. Invited by Pro Bass Shops and Tracker Marine Founder/CEO Johnny Morris, Mr. Bush delighted attendees from the United States and around the world including such faraway places as Australia, Russia, China and South Africa with stories about his and his family’s love for fishing and their passion for the outdoors. He also spoke about his administration’s work to protect water quality and natural resources. While in the White House, Mr. Bush restored, improved or protected more than 3 million acres of wetlands and created wildlife habitats through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and other cooperative conservation efforts.  Morris praised the president for initiating many conservation efforts that helped protect wildlife habitats and water quality. 



Arkansas AG Asks Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Ban

The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions.  Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Monday asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza struck down the ban earlier this year, and 541 same-sex couples were married before the ruling was suspended by the state Supreme Court pending appeals.  McDaniel's office argued that a constitutional amendment cannot be ruled unconstitutional, and is arguing the state's voters have the right to define marriage.  A group of same-sex couples is also challenging the ban in federal court.


JBU Earns No. 1 Ranking in the South


John Brown University is the top college in the South, according to rankings to be published in the 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges Guide. The magazine also named JBU a Best Value and called JBU an "up-and-comer" university.  John Brown University tied for first place with Asbury University (Ky.) and High Point University (N.C.), topping the 98 southern regional colleges evaluated by U.S. News. Factors that are weighed in the ranking include peer assessment, freshman retention, graduation rate, class size, student-faculty ratio, ACT/SAT scores, acceptance rate and alumni giving rate.  This is the fifth year in a row U.S. News has ranked JBU a top-three college, and the second time JBU has landed the top spot.


News For Monday, September 15, 2014


ADH Watching for Enterovirus

A virus landing hundreds of kids in hospital beds could be making its way into Arkansas.  According to the Arkansas Department of Health,  officials recently sent three samples to the CDC to test for Enterovirus D86.  The Enterovirus has been around since the 1960s but this year it is attacking the respiratory system.  So far there have been confirmed cases in 12 different states. Doctors say the virus resembles influenza and if severe enough can land you in the hospital.  Symptoms can range from a runny nose to shortness in breath. The virus can easily be passed via a hand shake or a cough which is why protecting yourself is so important.  The Department of Health is checking with clinics and hospitals to check on patients who may have the virus symptoms.


New Miss America - Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev - Miss Arkansas Second Runner-up

For her talent performance, Kira Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor. That immediately touched off a furor on social media networks, where many were critical of her performance.  Kazantsev, who named combating sexual assault in the military as the issue about which she would want female U.S. Senators to press their male counterparts, won a $50,000 scholarship with which she plans to attend law school.  She also plans to speak out against domestic violence during her yearlong resign as Miss America.  Her victory marked the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant. Kazantsev received the crown at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall from outgoing Miss America -- and Miss New York -- Nina Davuluri.  Kazantsev will begin a schedule this week that will see her travel 20,000 miles a month.  The first runner-up was Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett, second runner up was Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell of Hindsville.



Goshen Man Killed in Rollover


A 19-year-old Goshen man was killed early Saturday when the vehicle he was driving went off the road in Goshen and rolled several times, ejecting him, according to the Goshen marshal's office.  Gared Scott Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County coroner after a passing motorist spotted the wreckage off the side of Bowen Road, also known as Arkansas 45, in Goshen about 6:30 a.m.   It was not determined what time the accident occurred or what caused it.  He said the eastbound Nissan Xterra went off the road into a deep ditch; hit a fence; and rolled several times, ejecting Thompson and destroying the Xterra.


Table Rock Lake Fire Destroys Home

An early morning fire Saturday destroyed a home in Taney County, Mo.  Several crews from the Southern and Western Taney County fire districts responded to the call at Indian Point near Table Rock Lake.  Firefighters found the home completely involved in the fire when they arrived. No one was home. The flames threatened a house next door, and the woman who lived there tried to go back in to rescue their dog.   A Taney County deputy did go in and get the dog out. The deputy suffered a minor burn on his hand. Investigators have not determined the cause, but say the home is a total loss. The house next door suffered moderate heat damage. 



Green Forest Board of Directors Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Green Forest School District will hold a business meeting Monday, September 15th, at 5pm in the Green Forest Alumni Center.  Meeting agenda includes:  Administrative Reports, Construction Updat, Consideration of and Board Action on the 2014-15 Fundraisers, Cafeteria Sound Bids, and ACSIP Plan.   Also presentation of Second Read Policies and a closed meeting for Personnel issues.



Arkansas Legislators Unhappy Charges Not Being Filed Over Audit Violations

Arkansas lawmakers say they're frustrated that criminal charges are not being filed over millions of dollars in audit violations by agencies, cities and counties.  The Arkansas Legislative Audit Division released a report Friday on how each of the 246 audit findings referred to prosecuting attorneys during 2013 and part of 2012 was handled.  Lawmakers say they're disappointed that less than 14 percent of those cases have led to criminal charges.  Of the 246 cases tracked in the report and referred to prosecutors across the state, charges were filed in 33 cases. Overall, the audit division referred findings worth more than $15 million in misappropriated, missing or stolen money.  



Annual Squirrel Cook-Off - Winning Dish Squirrel Meatloaf

Chefs from across the country gathered in Bentonville Saturday for the Third Annual Squirrel Cook Off World Championship.  Joe Wilson, founder of event: "It's been a really unique opportunity to bring people all across the country to Bentonville, to cook squirrel of all things."   Some of the dishes included BBQ squirrel sandwiches and fried squirrel bites.  The winner of this year's event was squirrel meatloaf from a restaurant in Siloam Springs.   Over 40 contestants entered and first place won a thousand bucks in cash and gift cards. 


Recall of Smoke/carbon monoxide Alarms

More than one million smoke and combination smoke-carbon monoxide alarms are being recalled. Kidde is recalling 1.2 million alarms because they can fail to alert consumers of a fire or a carbon monoxide incident following a power outage. These are residential alarms that are hard-wired into a home's electric power. They are sold nationwide, including at local Walmart stores.  You can contact Kidde for a free replacement alarm and keep using the recalled alarms until they install the replacement.


News For Friday, September 12, 2014


Quorum Court Budget Committee Hopes to Find Money for Raises

The Quorum Court Budget committee met Thursday to set a game plan and time frame for getting a proposed 2015 budget to the full Quorum Court.  Committee members are Jack Deaton Chairman, Gaylon Riggs, Lamont Ritchie and Joe Mills.  Also attending was County Treasurer Cindy Collins and County Clerk Jamie Correia.  The committee agreed their goal should be to present a package to the Quorum Court by November.  Chairman Deaton said the county has got to come up with a way to get employees a raise.  It's been several years since  county employees had one and Deaton said if we don't we'll continue to lose employees.  Cindy Collins told them she figures even a 50 cent raise would cost the county approximately $75,000 and that wasn't a great amount in the overall budget. 

The committee admits the only way to get raises for employees was for each department to be responsible for cutting expenses or cutting personnel to pay for the raises.  It was suggested Jamie Correia send department heads a letter about that premise, but she strongly resisted having it come from her office.  Instead, she thought the committee should send the letter to department heads, so she wouldn't be blamed.  The committee  didn't see anyway to give raises  because revenue sources are not expected to improve for the county general fund.  Gaylon Riggs suggested a county sales tax strictly for the general fund may be a solution.  He pointed out Carroll County is one of the few counties without a sales tax for general fund.



How About a Game of Cowboy Pasture Golf?

Get ready for some fun coming up Saturday, September 20th.  Berryville Ford proudly presents Cowboy Pasture Golf with all proceeds going to the Merlin Foundation for distribution to local cancer patients.  Pastor Billy Williams of the GF Cowboy Church holds an event each year to replenish the fund and this one will be unusually different.  Stanley Norris visited with KTHS' Linda Boyer...........


Calling Carroll County Residents to "Load Up Your Pickup" in October

Carroll County residents are invited to participate in the eighth annual "Load Up Your Pickup Day".  Thanks to a special grant-in-aid from the CC Quorum Court these events will be held in three rural areas of the county.  These events will take place at the following locations:

October 4th in Oak Grove at the baseball fields
October 11th in Osage at the Osage Baptist Church
October 18th in Eureka Springs st the River Lake Exxon at Hwys. 62/187 Intersection

Gates open at 9am and closes at 1pm.

This is a free bulky waste collection event for Carroll County residents only and is sponsored by CC Quorum Court and the CC Solid Waste Authority.  It is part of Keep Arkansas Beautifuls' Great Arkansas Cleanup.

Accepted Items Include:  Old appliances, old furniture, mattresses and springs, up to ten tires per family (small truck and passenger tires only and without rims), electronics, sinks, toilets and bathtubs.  Freon will be removed from appliance free of charge.

Not Accepted Items:  Yard waste (limbs, leaves, grass clippings, etc.), hazardous waste, household garbage, commercial waste and agricultural waste will not be accepted.  Out of county waste will not be accepted.

Roadside Litter:   Residents in these areas are encouraged to spread out on the county roads and gather roadside litter to bring to these collection events.

Calling Volunteers:  YOU ARE NEEDED!  This event has been successful due to the many volunteers and participants who join us at the locations and assist in directing traffic and off-loading vehicles.  Please call Gary Gray at CC Solid Waste, 479-253-2727 or 870-423-7156 for more information.  We also encourage neighbors helping neighbors remove unwanted items from the yards.  Your participation is greatly appreciated.


Student Film Competition to Focus on Historic Arkansas Sites 

A new film competition will challenge Arkansas students to create short documentaries focusing on historic properties throughout the state, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced today.  The Arkansas Historic Film Prize is sponsored by the AHPP and the Arkansas Humanities Council in partnership with the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase.” The documentaries must be from five to 15 minutes long and can be based on any historic Arkansas properties that are at least 50 years old. The deadline for submissions is March 27, 2015, and films can be submitted at http://www.aetn.org/studentselects. Winners of the competition will be shown at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock on May 22, 2015, and winning filmmakers will receive cash prizes. Details are available at http://www.arkansaspreservation.comFor more information, contact AHPP Education Outreach Coordinator Shelle Stormoe at (501) 324-9786 or shelle@arkansasheritage.org.


Nexstar Broadcasting Will Host the First Statewide Arkansas Gubernatorial debate on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. 

The debate will also be streamed live on the internet across the websites of five Nexstar television markets making the debate available to anyone with internet access.  The debate, featuring Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson, will be moderated by KARK anchor Bob Clausen and Capitol View host David Goins. Clausen and Goins will ask questions of the candidates in an intimate, roundtable format.  Ross served as a U.S. Congressman for 12 years in Arkansas’s fourth district.  He’s also a former small business owner and Arkansas state senator.  Ross is a native of Texarkana.  “I love this state and am proud to call Arkansas home. I have a positive vision for Arkansas’s future that will help working families get ahead,” said Ross.  “There are clear differences in this race, and I look forward to pointing out those differences in this debate.”

Hutchinson is a former U.S. Congressman in Arkansas’s third district.  He has also served as the Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Hutchinson is a native of Bentonville.  “I have a plan that will not only create jobs and better pay, but it will emphasize technology education in Arkansas classrooms,” said Hutchinson. “I look forward to sharing my plan with voters through this unique opportunity provided by Nexstar television stations.”  Voters head to the polls to decide the next governor on November 4.  Early voting begins October 20.


Two Washington Co. Men Arrested for Stealing 20 Guns

Two men were arrested Wednesday in connection with stealing 20 guns from a home in Washington County.  Nicholas Ramsey, 19, of 3060 Luper Road in Lowell was arrested in connection with felony theft by receiving. Haylen Thomas, 19, of 5911 W. Tackett Drive in Fayetteville was arrested in connection with felony theft by receiving, possession of firearms by a certain prohibited person and probation violation.  Ramsey and Thomas were arrested at Thomas' home, according to an arrest report. The guns and a bone-handle knife were found at the house. Ramsey told police he alone stole the guns and took them to store at Thomas' home, according to the report.  Ramsey and Thomas were being held Thursday in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of a $3,500 bond each.