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News for Thursday, April 27
Arkansas experienced power outages and damaging winds that knocked down trees as a storm system moved through several states in the Mississippi River Valley, including Arkansas.
Tornado warnings were posted in western Arkansas as the storm swept through, downing trees and power lines, but there were no reports of a tornado on the ground. Entergy Arkansas says more than 16,000 homes and businesses were without power Wednesday evening. Carroll Electric Coop reported 1,400 customers were still without power last night, and all should be restored by tonight. Nancy Plagge with Carroll Electric Coopo gave us an update this morning.....
The Holiday Island area was especially hit hard by strong winds . Damage reported began coming into the fire department of trees down throughout the city as daylight broke. The area lost power too. No injuries were reported. Authorities are trying to determine if straight line winds caused the damage. Numerous trees were reported toppled at the Holiday Island Golf Course.
A swift water rescue Wednesday morning in Huntsville was caught on camera. The city's fire department posted the video on its Facebook page. They said their team responded to a call of a mom and small child trapped in their car due to rising flood waters. Huntsville fire crews made their way to the car and were able to get both in the rescue boat.
Two people were swepped away on the Buffalo National River team Wednesday. Park spokesman Caven Clark says they apparently were swept away by rapid water when their canoe capsized.
One person was found trapped on an upstream island. The second person has not been found and a search is underway again today.
DeVoe Woodward, road foreman for the Carroll County Road Department, told KTHS Thursday his men are working feverishly to get roads and bridges cleaned-up and repaired before the next round of heavy rain arrives...........
Berryville Library Looking for Friends
The Friends of the Berryville Library have begun a fresh effort to increase membership and find new ways to support the library.
A small group of Friends has met for the past few months, leading up to an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4. The meeting should take only an hour, and the agenda will include election of officers and preliminary discussions about future plans.
Library Director Julie Hall said the Friends of the Library has played a very important role in the past, and she hopes to recapture some of that energy. "Fortunately, Carol Ann Engskov wanted to help," Hall said. Engskov built an active and effective Friends organization during her 28 years as director.
"The Friends can do so much for the Library and the community," Hall said. "We'll be looking at fundraising activities, but the Friends will also play a role in planning how to adapt the library to a changing world." She said some new members do not plan to take an active role, but their membership dues help the organization.
"We've had a great response from the business community," Hall said. Shelving donated by Hanby Lumber and a window sign from Sandy Martin at Procomm Eureka have already brought a new look to the lobby. The bright new sign in the window is the first thing people see when approaching the building.
The Carroll County Master Gardeners have been at work sprucing up the area around the entry and the space between the library and the Senior Center.
Anyone interested in joining the Friends of the Library can pick up a membership form at the library. All membership fees or other donations are tax-deductible. More information is available at (870) 423-2323.
Tyson Foods May Raise Wages for Some
Tyson Foods Inc. said on Wednesday it may raise wages again for workers at all of its poultry plants, a sign of an intensifying battle for employees in a tightening labor market.
The increases would come after Tyson boosted base wages for poultry workers by between 3 and 3.5 percent in November. The company will evaluate how those increases help attract and retain workers and affect their performance, he said.
Employers are competing for workers as the number of Americans on unemployment rolls has dropped to a 17-year low.
Last year, companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a Tyson customer, raised wages for hourly workers under pressure from the competitive job market and labor groups calling for higher wages at retail chains.
In January, the company raised the starting wage at one union-represented poultry plant to $12 per hour from $10 and the base rate to $14 from $11.70.
In November, employees at a separate plant saw the starting wage rise to $13 from $10 and the base rate rise to $15 from $11.65, Tyson said. That increase was made in lieu of the 3 to 3.5 percent increases at other plants. The company has also shortened the time for workers at the plants to reach the base rate to six months from a year.
Anti-Deportation Efforts Underway
A massive anti-deportation infrastructure has emerged to try to protect illegal immigrants from President Trump’s crackdown, with advocacy groups coaching potential deportees on how to massage encounters with police, and lawyers and judges working to shield them from charges that would make them priorities for deportation.
A video released Monday by a coalition of advocates instructs illegal immigrants not to open the door to federal agents, what proof to demand if they are being arrested and what to say if accosted outside their homes.
Meanwhile, attorneys are working to lower charges from some illegal immigrant criminals, hoping to blunt their crimes so they don’t show up as high-priority deportation targets.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions lashed out at the prosecutor last week, calling his action a perversion of the criminal justice system.
Arkansas To Receive $50M in Tobacco Settlement Funds
Arkansas will receive over $50 million in tobacco settlement funds, according to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
"It is critical for me to continue enforcing the terms of the MSA agreement with the various tobacco companies," said Attorney General Rutledge. "The money is used each year to conduct health care research, fund smoking cessation programs and improve the overall health of Arkansas residents. A large part of the money will also go to help fund the Arkansas Medicaid program, which is vital for some of our State's most vulnerable families and children."
The state will receive $50,523,025.47, which brings the total amount received since 2001 to fund heath programs to $947,255,651.
The settlement is part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies that 46 states agreed to.
Season Ticket Prices in Upper Level of Walton Arena Being Reduced
Arkansas will reduce season-ticket prices in the upper level of Bud Walton Arena next season.
All upper-level season tickets will cost $300 per seat in 2017-18. That is down from last season when upper-level tickets were tiered and cost $360 to $450 for the season.
The reduction of season-ticket prices likely will lead to a reduction in single-game ticket prices next season in the upper level. Lower-level costs are not expected to change.
The Tusk Mobile Pass, which assures a ticket to each game but with an alternating seat location, will increase from $159 to $225 per seat.
Arkansas averaged 15,247 tickets sold per game in the 2016-17 season, which ranked 12th nationally and was a 0.2 percent increase over the season before.
News for Wednesday, April 26
Potential for Severe Weather Returns to Arkansas Today
Most of the state has an enhanced risk as a new storm system brings a cold front through the state during the day and into the evening hours.
Forecasters are predicting two strong storm systems will carry in rain -- some heavy enough to raise concerns for flash flooding -- along with high winds and a potential for tornadoes today and this weekend.
National Weather Service Meterologists say the first front is expected to move across Arkansas this afternoon and this evening, delivering thunderstorms and wind gusts of up to 6o mph. As the front moves into the state, storms are expected to form just ahead of it and any formation of tornadoes would occur ahead of the front, but the likelihood is minimal for the first round of storms.
Western Arkansas should get storms from around noon to 6 p.m. today, Smith said. Storms are expected to reach central Arkansas from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the eastern third of the state should see inclement weather increase from 7 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Thursday.
The second round of storms will hold more severe weather.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., called for supercells with large hail to form Friday over Texas and enter Arkansas late that afternoon and evening.
A cold front from the northwest will clash with Gulf moisture and Pacific Ocean moisture from the west.
The western third of the state from Mountain Home to El Dorado could bear the brunt of the storms, Smith said. He said there is a higher chance for the development of "spin-ups," or rapidly forming and short-lived twisters.
Forecasters also are concerned about rainfall associated with the second storm system.
The National Weather Service said some areas could receive up to 6 inches of rain Saturday and Sunday. Storms are expected to "train," or stall and re-form, dumping heavy rain on areas.
CTE Student of the Month - Alyssa Anderson
Career Technical Education (CTE) provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners.. In total, about 12.5 million high school and college students ae enrolled in CTE across the nation.
The Berryville High School administration selects one student per month to honor and Shelter Insurance agent Richard and Mary Lou Harp take it one step further and provide gifts to the recipient and the students name is featured on Shelter's billboard sign each time.
The April CTE Student of the Month is Alyssa Anderson.......
Photo at left: Alyssa Anderson CTE Student and Richard Harp Shelter Insurance.
NWA School Top in State
A list of the top high schools in the state shows that eight schools located in the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas are the highest ranked in the state.
In the number one spot is Haas Hall Academy located in Fayetteville.
Founder and Superintendent Dr. Martin Schoppmeyer said he is humbled to see the school he started in a refurbished barn be considered the best in the state.
Schoppmeyer explained that there is always room for improvement at his school.
His goal now is to take their national ranking of 60 and turn it into number one.
Other schools who made the top ten list in Arkansas include Arkansas Arts Academy High, Rogers High School, Bentonville High School, Prairie Grove High School, Fayetteville High School East, Southside High School and Rogers Heritage High School.
Haas Hall is the only school in Arkansas to make the top 100 national list.
Tyson Acquires AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc.
An Arkansas-based business that is one of the world's largest food companies is buying a leading national producer of ready-to-eat lunch and dinner sandwiches, sandwich components and snacks.
The acquisition by Tyson Foods, Inc. of AdvancePierre Foods Holdings, Inc. is valued at about $4.2 billion (including $3.2 billion in equity value and $1.1 billion in assumption of AdvancePierre debt).
A Tuesday news release announced the definitive merger agreement pursuant to which a subsidiary of Tyson will launch a tender offer to acquire all of AdvancePierre’s outstanding common shares for $40.25 per share in cash.
“This strategically compelling transaction provides a unique opportunity to create value by joining highly complementary market-leading portfolios,” the release stated, adding that “this acquisition will further Tyson’s strategic intent to sustainably feed the world with its fast-growing portfolio of protein-packed brands.”
Tyson officials say the transaction is expected to result in cost synergies of about $200 million, to be fully realized within three years. Tyson also sees the opportunity to utilize high-quality raw materials from the fresh meats division to drive growth and efficiency.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of Tyson’s fiscal 2017.
Leading World's Snipers Training at Fort Chaffee
A international competition brought snipers from around the world right here to our area.
The 46th annual Winston P. Wilson Sniper Competition tested the versatility, endurance and overall skill of snipers at Fort Chaffee's Joint Maneuver Training Center.
From Poland, Denmark, Italy and Canada came school trained snipers from different backgrounds and skill levels.
The eclectic group went through every challenge exchanging new ideas and perspectives throughout the competition. All of those competitions were comprised of different challenges requiring different skills.
But the competition serves as a test of that training. Training that makes a sniper a sniper.
The competition runs through this Thursday (April 27).
It is hosted by the U.S. Army National Guard Sniper School and National Guard Marksmanship Training Center.
2017 Arkansas Century Farm Applications Open
The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) is now accepting applications for 2017 Arkansas Century Farm Inductees. Century Farm families have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. This program honors Arkansas’ rich agricultural heritage and since the beginning in 2012 has certified 341 farms and families. Applications are available at aad.arkansas.gov.
To qualify, farms must meet the following criteria:
The same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by December 31, 2017. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage and adoption.
The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.
The U.S. has over 2 million farms collectively, across 915 million acres; 97% of those farming operations are family owned. Arkansas has over 43,000 farms, across 13 million acres. (data provided by the USDA Census of Agriculture).
Applications must be postmarked May 31, 2017 to be eligible for designation as an inductee farm this year.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.
Give a Turtle a Brake!
The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages motorists to give turtles crossing roads a brake. Turtles are struck by cars throughout warmer months, but are at special risk this time of year because they are on the move.
Young males make up most of the travelers as they search for territories of their own and for females. Females are also crossing roads in search of nesting sites. Comfort is also a factor. Like other reptiles, turtles are cold-blooded so basking on warm asphalt feels good on cool spring days.
MDC encourages motorists to slow down when they see a turtle in the road and check to be sure they can safely steer around it. If helping a turtle cross a road, keep human safety as the number-one concern. Check for traffic and move the turtle across the road in the direction it is traveling.
Watch a short MDC video on turtles crossing roads here.
Three-toed box turtles, ornate box turtles, and common snapping turtles are species often seen crossing roads in Missouri. For more information on Missouri turtles, visit MDC’s online Field Guide.
Opioid Abuse Could Be Worse Than Thought
Across the country, more than 90 people die every day of an opioid overdose, but the crisis might be even worse than we know.
Researchers looked at unexplained death records from the Minnesota Department of Health. Specifically, they looked at toxicology screenings in deaths marked as pneumonia and other infectious diseases for traces of opioids.
Between 2006 and 2015 they found 59 reports that showed evidence of opioid use in the deceased. Twenty-two deaths involved toxic levels.
Problem is, the death records didn't reflect that. Instead, they were filed under infectious diseases with no clear cause of death.
Opioids are sometimes used to relieve pain, but they can also weaken the immune system and complicate infections.
There's no way to tell how many deaths with links to opioid use are sliding under the radar. Still, the researchers hope these findings will help inform people of risks and further prevention efforts.
American Medical Association Thinks Marijuana Could Help With Opioid Overdose
Some researchers think marijuana could be the answer to the rising heroin epidemic.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, states with medical cannabis laws, had an opioid overdose rate almost 25% lower than average in 2014. Federal law blocks most research into medical cannabis, but Dr. Barry Gordon says using cannabis to fight addiction has been successful. He references Canadian studies and research done by other countries.
Dr. Gordon says this works by stabilizing the endocannabinoid system in the body. It mitigates a lot of functions, like pleasure in the body. So, sometimes replacing more dangerous products, with something like cannabis can be helpful in recovery, according to Gordon.
Opioid and heroin addiction often starts with prescribed painkillers. Critics say addiction shouldn't be treated by providing another drug, but Dr. Gordon says things like methadone and suboxone are already being used. He believes marijuana would be a safer option.
News for Tuesday, April 25
Bobcat Staff With Class
Photo: Shelby Scitern (left) and Brittney Diaz (right) of Catrina Chester's Nationwide Insurance present Gayla Sparks with this quarter's Bobcat Staff with Class Award.
Bobcat Staff with Class is awarded to a Berryville school staff member who is exceptionally dedicated and knowledgeable, respects others, possesses good character and inspires all students to learn. The award is sponsored by Catrina Chester's Nationwide Insurance Office in Berryville, and student council members vote on the staff member they believe fits this description.
Table Rock Dam Spillway Gates Opened
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened five of the ten Table Rock Dam spillway gates 1 foot each on Monday. Table Rock Lake rose about six feet over the weekend after heavy rain in the Ozarks on Friday and Saturday.
As of Monday, the top of Table Rock Lake was about 918 feet above sea level. Its Full Pool level is 915 feet, and flood pool level is 931 feet. With more heavy rain in the forecast for late this week, the Corps decided it needed to let out more water than the hydropower turbines release by themselves. The spillways will remain open until the top of the lake drops to 916 feet.
Table Rock Dam has four hydropower turbine units but one of them is offline for routine maintenance. By raising the five spillway gates, the dam is releasing the same amount of water that it would release if all four turbines were going at full power: 15,000 cubic feet per second. Of that amount, 10,000 c.f.s. are going through the three operating turbines and 5,000 c.f.s. are going through the five spillway gates.
Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon Coincides with National Day of Prayer
Our nations 65th annual National Day of Prayer will be held May 4th, 2017.
This year along with the observance in Washington D.C., the 8th Annual Carroll County Bible Reading marathon’s observance will be held at noon on the steps of the Church in the Grove with an Old Fashioned picnic on the Great Passion Play grounds. People are asked to bring their picnic lunch and dress in the style of the 1800’s.
The event will begin with a flag rising by the Beaver Lake Veterans who have donated flags for the local group. Then the Cowboy Church group will be leading the fellowship with old time gospel music and Pastor Doby Williams from Kings River Church will be the speaker.
A time of prayer for the seven areas of influence in our nation will be offered by area Pastors and Professionals. The areas are Government by State Representative Bob Ballinger, Church by Pastor Mitchell Scitern of Towering Oaks Church, Business and Finance by Erick Diaz from Arvest Bank, Family led by Ordained Minister Janice Foster of First Christian Church in Eureka Springs, Education by Pastor Van Edwards of First Baptist Church in Green Forest, Media and Communication by Bob Ahart of Kerusso and Military by Pastor Mark Galoway of First Christian Church of Eureka Springs.
The Bible reading marathon will then begin and continue from 8:00am to 8:00pm each day through Thursday May 11th. People are encouraged to come listen to the reading or be a reader by calling Coordinator Bonnie Roediger at 870-350-0865.
Photo: A Harrison roofing company makes repairs to the Carroll County Historical Museum. The Museum is open for the season and features a treasure of objects to be enjoyed by all.
Arkansas Executes Two More Death Row Inmates
After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days - including two in one night. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night, just about three hours apart. It was the first double execution in the United States since 2000.
Church Bus Driver Won't Be Charged for Girl Falling Out
A Harrison church bus driver will not face charges after a 4-year-old girl fell from his moving vehicle onto a busy roadway, police said Monday.
The accident was caught on video by the dash cam of a trained emergency medical technician driving behind the bus in Harrison, Arkansas. The video then went viral.
Ryan Ciampoli, the medical technician stopped his vehicle and rushed to the unconscious girl's aid. He said he moved her from the location because the pavement was hot and traffic made staying there dangerous.
The girl suffered a broken jaw and will undergo surgery. She was taken to a local hospital and united with her parents, then flown to a trauma center at Mercy Hospital.
WalletHub Ranks State 8th Worst for Child Health Care
Arkansas was ranked the eighth worst state for children health care by WalletHub.
The survey takes data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and ranks them on which state has better health care for children. The study looked at factors like cost, quality and access to health care for children.
Arkansas was 44 out of 51 on the list. The number one state on the list for children health care is Vermont. The worst state for children health care is Nevada.
Harrison School Board Resumes Prayer Before Meeting
NWA Online reports The Harrison School Board has decided to resume praying before its meetings.
The board stopped the practice temporarily after receiving a March 6 letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatening a lawsuit.
But the seven-member board voted unanimously last week to resume the public prayers, said board President Jon Burnside, who votes only in the event of a tie.
After an article was published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in March, the School Board was inundated with letters and telephone calls in support of prayer.
The board president said he received 35 letters and 30 phone calls, all from people encouraging the School Board to keep praying before meetings.
Burnside said he researched the matter, conferring with lawyers and looking at other school districts where prayer became an issue. Burnside said the board believes it is within its rights to pray because it is a legislative board comprised of elected adults.
Arkansas Woman Killed in Spectator ATV Accident
A 22-year-old former University of Arkansas student was one of two spectators killed in an ATV accident in Alabama over the weekend, officials said.
Erin Duncan of Elkins was attending the Saturday event at the Stony Lonesome OHV Park in Bremen, Ala. in Cullman County, coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick said. Duncan was observing a competition at the park around 4 p.m. when she was critically hurt in an ATV accident, he said.
Duncan was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead, he said. Another spectator, 34-year-old Lawerence Richey of Smiths Grove, Ky., was also struck in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene, Kilpatrick said. Three other people also suffered injuries, he said.
Duncan previously attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she studied Animal Science, spokesman Steve Voorhies said.
Authorities Searching for Bodies on Arkansas River
Authorities in eastern Oklahoma say a 6-year-old boy has died and his parents are still missing after the family's boat capsized on the Arkansas River over the weekend.
LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan told reporters the boy died after being brought to an Arkansas hospital following Sunday's accident. A spokeswoman for Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock said the boy died Sunday.
A 4-year-old boy who washed up about a mile down the river and climbed out and onto an embankment was found by firefighters and remains hospitalized.
Crews continued early Monday to search the river for the two missing adults near Spiro, located about 120 miles southeast of Tulsa near the Arkansas border.
Diet Soda Linked to Higher Risk of Stroke and Dementia
A new study suggests diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks may be linked to a higher risk of stroke and dementia.
But the study already has its critics, as researchers admit they could not find an actual cause-and-effect relationship between the two. And no connection was found with other sugary beverages, such as sugar-sweetened soda and fruit juice.
The lead researcher of the study says more work needs to be done to study the health effects of diet drinks.
News for Monday, April 24
Home Improvement Feature - Sunfest Market at Holiday Island
Working in the garden can be a shared experience for the family, and instills in children an understanding of the natural cycles of growth which provide lessons of lifelong value. Consider the benefits of growing your own vegetables at home:
- lowers the cost of providing your family with healthy, organic vegetables
- reduces the environmental impact of transporting and warehousing food
- makes your meals more personal, interesting
- connects your family to the natural cycles of weather, growth and renewal
- provides wholesome activity and lasting memories for your children
Any seasoned gardener knows that successful gardening is all about the soil. Once your beds are prepared and the soil is enriched and ready to plant, the bulk of your gardening work is finished.
Our Home Improvement Series features area businesses that can be of great help to you with your Springtime improvements in and around the house. Pertaining to the garden and houseplants Sunfest Market at Holiday Island has it all. Linda Boyer was lucky enough to get a tour of the garden center recently..........
We invite you view our Home Improvement section at kthsradio.com for other fine businesses in the area, Williams Tractor, Superior Abbey Flooring, Grandview Custom Woods, Michael Carman Furniture Gallery, Big Rock Landscaping, and Bear Creek Nursery and Landscaping.
Connect4 Meeting Tonight
All three Carroll County school district's school boards will be meeting tonight at 6:00 at the Berryville Community Center.
There will be a presentation of the Connect 4 Program. The schools included are Berryville, Eureka Springs, and Green Forest.
Two Death Row Inmates Set to Die Tonight
As of Sunday night, there are no legal orders preventing the state from carrying out its plan to execute two death row inmates Monday night.
Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are slated to die by lethal injection at 7:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. respectively. They would be the second and third convicted killers put to death by the state in a period of four days.
Both men have pending litigation -- including an appeal to the 8th Circuit over a lower court ruling (noted below) surrounding the lethal injection drug. As with last week's executions, the legal battles may continue to the final hour.
Last week, Arkansas executed its first inmate in 12 years. Weeks of controversy, protest, legal wrangling, and constant last-minute developments culminated Thursday night at 11:56 p.m. with the death of convicted murderer Ledell Lee.
Arkansas gained international attention for its original plan to execute eight death row inmates over a period of 11 days. It would've been a record.
Following intervention from the courts, four scheduled executions dwindled down to one: Ledell Lee. With three executions scheduled next week, it's still possible Arkansas could put four inmates to death over a period of seven days. Only Texas has executed more convicted killers over that many days.
Kenneth Williams is slated to be executed on Thursday.
Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
Top of the Rock| Ridgedale, Missouri | April 21-23, 2017
Format/Champions Division: 9 holes modified alternate shot; 9 holes better-ball
Course Setup: Par 54 (27-27)/ R2 scoring average 48.757; Cumulative 49.757
Weather: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the upper-60s. N wind 6-12 mph.
Champions Division Final Results
Carlos Franco/Vijay Singh
|-15||51-42 - 93||$232,500 (ea.)|
Paul Goydos/Kevin Sutherland
|-14||49-45 - 94||$104,166 (ea.)|
Corey Pavin/Duffy Waldorf
|-14||49-45 - 94||$104,166 (ea.)|
Fred Funk/Jeff Sluman
|-14||44-40 - 94||$104,166 (ea.)|
Olin Browne/Steve Pate
|-12||49-47 - 96||$34,500 (ea.)|
Fred Couples/Jay Haas
|-12||48-48 - 96||$34,500 (ea.)|
Tom Jenkins/Mark O'Meara
|-12||49-47 - 96||$34,500 (ea.)|
The winning score by Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh of 12-under-par 42 was the lowest 18-hole score in tournament history. Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman had broken the previous record of 9-under-par 45 by Billy Andrade and Joe Durant in 2015 a day earlier with a 10-under-par 44.
Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh also set a new mark for the lowest front nine score with a 7-under-par 20 on the front nine, breaking the previous mark of 5-under-par 22 by four teams with Tom Watson and Andy North being the most recent on Saturday. Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh also had 12 birdies enroute to their 42. That was a new tournament record.
PGA TOUR Champions and Bass Pro Shops announced today a four-year title sponsorship extension of the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge through 2021. The event annually brings together some of the biggest names in golf to compete in a team format on the Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge Courses at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, which is quickly becoming one of America’s next great golf destinations.
The announcement further solidifies Bass Pro Shops’ tenure with the PGA TOUR, which began in 2014 when the Legends of Golf event moved to Big Cedar Lodge, founded by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris.
Flood Warnings Issued for Several Rivers
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings and advisories after severe storms that dropped heavy rainfall across Arkansas.
Forecasters in North Little Rock issued flood warnings Saturday for the White River at Augusta, effective Monday evening. Flood stage is 26 feet, and the river is forecast to rise to near 27 feet by Wednesday.
Forecasters also issued flood warnings for the Black River at Black Rock and Pocahontas. Forecasters said minor flooding is forecast in the area, as the river is expected to rise above flood stage at both locations.
In addition, a flood advisory has been issued for the Buffalo River near St. Joe. Forecasters said they expected the river to rise to near 23.5 feet by Saturday afternoon because of heavy rainfall.
Hutchinson Lets 13 Bills Become Law Without Signature
Gov. Asa Hutchinson let 13 bills become law without his signature during this year’s regular legislative session. The bills range from one authorizing the creation of an industrial hemp research program to another barring cities from naming airports after living elected government officials if those airports receive public funds.
When the Legislature sends a bill to the governor, he has three options under the Arkansas Constitution: sign it, veto all or part of it, or let it become law without his signature.
A majority vote in the 35-member Senate and 100-member House is required to override his veto, so letting a bill become law without his signature is often viewed as disapproval but short of a veto.
The 91st General Assembly enacted 1,127 laws in the regular session that started Jan. 9. It is currently in recess. Hutchinson vetoed four bills approved by the Legislature, and the House rejected an attempt to override one of the vetoes.
The number of laws enacted without gubernatorial signatures has varied over the past two decades, according to House and Senate officials.
Doug McMillon Compensation Increases
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s chief executive officer received a 13 percent increase in total compensation to $22.4 million in the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, according to a regulatory filing on Thursday, as sales growth at the world's largest retailer remained robust.
CEO Doug McMillon's compensation, which included cash and stock, compared with $19.8 million the previous year, according to the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
McMillon took over the top job at Wal-Mart in February 2014.
In the recently ended fiscal year, Wal-Mart's operating income fell 5.6 percent to $22.8 billion, compared with an 11 percent drop a year earlier, and sales rose 0.8 percent to $485.9 billion. Excluding the impact of currency Wal-Mart said sales rose 3.1 percent to $496 billion.
The retailer's core U.S. operations have shown improvement, with sales at existing stores rising 1.3 percent in the last fiscal year, excluding fuel. The company has said investments in wages and training have led to better customer service at its more than 5,000 stores, including the Sam's Club warehouse chain.
Wal-Mart's effort to lower prices has attracted more customers, leading to a ninth consecutive quarter of customer traffic growth at its stores during the quarter ended Jan.31.
Greg Foran, head of the U.S. business, received total compensation of $11.55 million, a slight increase from $11.54 million a year ago.
U.S. e-commerce chief Marc Lore, who joined Wal-Mart in August from e-commerce startup Jet.com, received a payout of $243.9 million, including restricted stock units given when Wal-Mart acquired Jet. Excluding that, Lore earned $7.6 million.
Third Suspect Captured - Fouth Still at Large from Fayetteville Arvest Bank Robbery
A third suspect in last week's Arvest Bank robbery in Fayetteville has been captured in Florida.
Lentonio Jenner, 24 of Johnson, was arrested and is being held in the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, according to Sgt. Craig Stout with the Fayetteville Police Dept.
Jenner is the third person arrested in the robbery that occurred last Tuesday at the Arvest Bank at Wedington and Garland. Telvondric Haywood and a 16-year-old juvenile were arrested last week.
Police are actively searching for Quarmirro Edwards, 19 of Springdale, as a person of interest. If you know where Edwards might be, you're asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555.
Gas Price Still Going Up
The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46.
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs drop. The national average is 28 cents per gallon above the price a year ago.
Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.04 a gallon Friday. The lowest was in Jackson, Mississippi, at $2.09 per gallon.
The U.S. average diesel price is $2.59, up 1 cent from two weeks ago.
News for Friday, April 21
Highlights of Berryville School Board Report
This is an edited version of the agenda items:
The Berryville Board of Education approved the following at their meeting this week:
The FFA to travel to National FFA Convention in October and to sponsor a Fishing Tournament May 20th; The Middle School to sponsor student & Staff of the Month Program; 6th grade for Fundraisers for Community Service Project.
The Board approved the Facility Projects for the 2017-18 school year.
Stipend changes for the Athletics Department including a wrestling stipend for Coach Winters.
First reading of the Conncect4Project.
Bid to renew the Microsoft Softwarr agreement; Carts & Chromebooks for the Middle School; purchase of the Edgenuity Program and the My Path Program for the High School.
Mr. Powell reported the attendance as of April 10th is 1,940.
The Board approved many personnel hirings, retirements and transfers.
KTHS' James Aaron talked to Athletic Director Brent Compton about the hiring of the new football coach, Doug Schott............
Ledell Lee Put to Death
Arkansas overcame a flurry of court challenges Thursday that derailed three other executions, putting to death an inmate for the first time in nearly a dozen years as part of a plan that would have been the country's most ambitious since the death penalty was restored in 1976.
Ledell Lee's execution was among eight inmates originally scheduled to be put to death before a lethal injection drug expires April 30. He was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, four minutes before his death warrant was due to expire.
Lee, 51, was put on death row for the 1993 death of his neighbor Debra Reese, whom Lee struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband had given her for protection. Lee was arrested less than an hour after the killing after spending some of the $300 he had stolen from Reese.
The state originally set four double executions over an 11-day period in April. The eight executions would have been the most by a state in such a compressed period since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The first three executions were canceled because of court decisions.
The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Lee's execution less than an hour before his death warrant was set to expire at midnight, rejecting a round of last-minute appeals the condemned inmate's attorneys had filed. An earlier ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was obtained by misleading the company cleared the way for Lee's execution.
Earth Day Network and Google Partnership Spreads Earth Day Directly to Google Search
In advance of Earth Day 2017, Earth Day Network and Google have announced a partnership that will spread knowledge and content about environmental issues and Earth Day events onto mobile devices, desktop computers and into people’s homes.
Earth Day Network will be posting directly on Google Search for the days surrounding Earth Day, April 20 through 23. Content will change eight times a day and will not only include videos, important information, and Earth Day messages, it will also extend the live experience with a broadcast from the Earth Day March for Science on the George Washington Monument Grounds in Washington DC on April 22. Just Google “Earth Day” and watch as the customized user experience comes alive.
“Google continues to astonish us with their innovation,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, “and we hope that together we can bring Earth Day and environmentalism into more people’s lives and encourage deeper exploration of today’s world.”
About Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 200 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Man Interested in Building Marijuana Cultivation Facility
A businessman from Central Arkansas wants to build a marijuana cultivation facility in Fayetteville's Commerce District.
The Fayetteville City Council on May 2 will consider selling 5 acres in south Fayetteville for $75,000 to Brian Faught, executive vice president of Adcomm. Faught intends to develop the property under his new company, AR-Canna LLC, a medical marijuana cultivation facility, according to city documents.
Plans call for a 30,000-square-foot cultivation and processing plant and 5,000-square-foot office building. Faught anticipates hiring 35 to 40 hourly employers with a starting wage of $15 per hour, three to five managerial employees with a $50,000 to $70,000 salary and two senior managers making $75,000 to $125,000 per year, Faught stated in a letter to the city.
AR-Canna will use a Fayetteville architecture firm for the plans and construction drawings of both buildings and hire a local contractor to oversee the buildout, according to Faught, who is from Jacksonville. The 5-acre footprint will allow room to build a second or third cultivation facility as the industry matures.
SW Mo Man Injured in Crash
A Cassville man was seriously injured early Thursday morning in Barry County, Mo.. The Missouri Highway Patrol says 48 year old Dale K. Roller was traveling Hwy 248. about .5 mile east of Cassville around 2:15am. Roller was driving a 1998 Mitsubishi Montero, when he crossed the centerline, struck a fence, a tree then overturned. Roller was transported to a Cassville Hospital.
SW Mo Bowhunter Takes Record Turkey
A man from Ozark, Mo., set a state record for the largest turkey taken with a bow.
Michael Heffernon has been on countless hunts and harvested many animals since he began hunting at age 11. However, this big bird was a highlight for this veteran hunter.
Heffernon says in order for his turkey to be registered as a record turkey, he had to have it weighed on a certified scale. His bird comes in at 26.1 pounds. According to the National Wild Turkey Federation's formula of weight, spur length and beard length, Heffernon's turkey scored 77.8.
For Heffernon, the sport is about more than the thrill of the hunt. "It's all about the family and the camaraderie, just that I spend with the guys, just raising my kids to do it as well."
He says that's why he'll always be a hunter at heart.
State turkey records are tracked by the National Wild Turkey Federation. The previous state record was set by a hunter in southeast Missouri with a turkey that weighed barely more than 25 pounds.
Taney County Man Gets 13 Years for Stealing Fire Engine
A man from Taney County is headed to prison for 13 years for stealing a fire engine and setting it on fire.
According to Taney County Prosecuting Jeffrey Merrill Robert Grant, 37, of Cedarcreek pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle when he broke into the Cedarcreek fire station last December.
Grant and another man forced their way into the building. The men stole several items from inside the fire station before driving one of the fire trucks through the fire engine bay’s retractable door. Surveillance cameras recorded the men committing the break-in.
Representatives of the Cedarcreek Volunteer Fire Department said three fires in their district burned longer than necessary due to their truck was not available to fight the fire. The damaged truck was not covered by insurance, and has not yet been not been replaced.
Grant was also ordered to pay $18,000 restitution.
Credit Score Getting Overhaul
The math behind your credit score is getting an overhaul, with changes big enough that they might alter the behavior of both cautious spenders as well as riskier borrowers.
Most notably for those with high scores: Abiding by the golden rule of "don't close your credit card accounts" may now hurt your standing. On the other side, those with low scores may benefit from the removal of civil judgments, medical debts and tax liens as factors.
Beyond determining whether someone gets approved for a credit card, a credit score can affect what interest rate and what spending limit are offered.
The new method is being implemented later this year by VantageScore, a company created by the credit bureaus Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. It's not as well-known as Fair Isaac Corp., whose FICO score is used for the vast majority of mortgages. But VantageScore handled 8 billion account applications last year, so if you applied for a credit card, that score was likely used to approve or deny you.
Using what's known as trended data is the biggest change. The phrase means credit scores will take into account the trajectory of a borrower's debts on a month-to-month basis. So a person who is paying down debt is now likely to be scored better than a person who is making minimum monthly payments but has been slowly accumulating credit card debt.
People with high credit scores may be affected the most, since the goal of trended data is to see warning signs long before a borrower actually gets into serious trouble.
News provided by News Director, Linda Boyer