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Arrest Report:



9-30-14

John B. Andress - Holiday Island - 49 - DWI, refusal to submit to chemical test, operating unsafe vehicle, impeding the flow of traffice, disregard traffic control

​Rebecca L. Eastwood - Green Forest - 42 - failue to pay, failure to appear, possession controlled substance-meth, possession drug paraphernalia x 2, possession marijuana



​9-29-14

Elijah C. Anglin - Berryville - 28 - driving on suspensed license

Eric W. Clanney - Holiday Island - 36 - domestic battery

Marsha A. Hammerstone - Green Forest - 28 - driving on suspended license

James A. Moppin - Berryville - 23 - failure to appear

Tiffany L. Premeau - Holiday Island - 25 - domestic battery x 2

Miguel L. Tovar - Berryville - 35 - no driver's license, driving on suspended license, no proof of insurance

Adam J. White - Eureka Springs - 27 - public intox, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, 

Hacken M. Wolfinbarger - Eureka Springs - 33 - domestic battery


9-28-14

Thomas J. Allen - Alpena - 50 - assault, resisting arrest, fleeing on foot, disorderly conduct

Kambra L. Cantrell - Berryville - 33 - failure to appear

Steven L. Cole - Osage - 18 - public intox, minor in possession, criminal mischief

John R. Ledel - Harrison - 48 - DWI

Kevin F. McGehee - Alpena - 27 - criminal trespass in occupied structure


9-27-14

Janah N. Calderwood - Harrison - 28 - driving on suspended, hold for other agency

Daniel L. Calvert - Green Forest - 28 - public intox

Jacob D. Grunwald - Berryville - 37 - body attachment child support, disorderly conduct, public intox, refusal to submit to arrest

William J. Lowe - Alpena - 49 - rape

Benjamin N. Miller - Berryville - 27 - driving on suspended or revoked license, DWI, driving w/o headlights, failure to appear, failure to pay

Jesse Parker - Berryville - 28 - battery third degree

Michael R. Powers - Holiday Island - 44 - public intox

Christopher M. Sheafer - Neosho, Mo - 55 - DWI, careless/prohibited driving

Dennis G. Stoppel - Rogers - 62 - DWI, driving left of center, drinking on highway

Brandon W. Waterman - Purdy, Mo - 29 - failure to appear

​Brittani N. Wilson - Green Forest - failure to appear





​9-26-14

Daniel L. Calvert - Green Forest - 28 - public intox

Sabrina R. Doss - Berryville - revocation of suspended sentence or probation

Alyssa M. Lopeman - Savannah, GA - 21 - failure to appear 

Steven P. Maxwell - Eureka Springs - 47 - public intox

​Michael R. Powers - Holiday Island - 44 - public intox




​9-25-14

Jake R. Kolb - Flippin, Ar - 25 - failure to appear

Brianne N. Usrey - Wesley, Ar - 18 - hold for other agency

​Keith A. Witt - Valonia, Ar - 33 - criminal trespass, public intox, disorderly conduct, failure to appear



​9-24-14

Beverly J. Ball - Huntsville - 50 - driving on suspended license, no liability insurance

Stephen J. Bone - Bentonville - 32 - breaking or entering, theft of property

Brock M. Boren - Green Forest - 23 - commercial burglary, criminal trespass

Everett D. Frazier - Berryville - 48 - theft of property, revocaton of suspended sentence or probation

David H. Green - Berryville - 31 - public intox

Gregory A. Jobe - Sulphur Spgs, Ar - 26 - breaking or entering, theft of property

Devin L. Miller - Green Forest - 19 - shoplifting

Levi L. Morgan - Gentry - 24 - breaking or entering, theft of property

Robert F. Simco - Fayetteville - 52 - revocation

Justin M. Vanderpool - Jasper - 30 - 90 day court commitment















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News For Monday, September 29, 2014


Carroll County Quorum Court Report

The Carroll County Quorum Court had some routine ordinances and resolutions on their agenda Friday.  All JP's were present except for John Howerton.

JP's Passed the following:

An amending Ordinance for the Sylvan Shores Subordinant Service District.  The amending ordinance, passed on it's second reading, set a new annual assessment fee of $250, up from $100.00.  

An appropriation ordinance increasing the budget of the CC Search and Rescue team two-thousand more dollars.  The team members have had to pay for training out of pocket in addition to taking time off work to attend trainings.  The money will replace worn life jackets, radio batteries, and other rescue related materials.

A Resolution appointing Richard Whitney, Lazlo Nemeth and Ken Schriner to the Mundell Heights Estates Subordinant Service District.

An Ordinance enacting a Code of Ordinances for the County.  The County authorized a general compilation, revision and codification of the ordinances of a general and permanent nature and the publication of the ordinance in book form.  The codification was necessary to provide the usual daily operations of the County.

Craig Parker with the Prosecuting Attorney's office, was asked by JP Gaylon Riggs, if anything new had developed with the issue of residence of County Airport Commissioner Lonnie P. Clark.  The local paper had published that Clark did not reside in Carroll County and hadn't for several years.  That brought up the legality of his serving as a commissioner.  Clark called the papers assertion "tabloid journalism".   Parker said if it is proven he does not reside in the county, he should not serve on a county commission.  Other J.P.'s did not have any new information on the issue other than the Airport Commission met Thursday and Heath Worley resigned the commission and Morris Pate was elected commissioner to fill the void.  Some J.P.'s said they had not been provided with clarification on the Airports financial situation as had been requested.



Taney County ATV Fatality

A woman from Seymour, Mo., was killed in an ATV crash on Forest Road, north of Reuter, Friday night.  According to state troopers, 44-year-old Angela Ridenour was driving an ATV when the vehicle struck a large rock and overturned. The vehicle landed on Ridenour.  According to the report Ridenour was transported to Cox South in Springfield, where she was pronounced dead around 11 p.m. This is Troop D’s 71st fatality for 2014.



Arkansas 15th on CDC list of U.S. Flu-shot Takers

Programs that encourage Arkansans to get annual flu shots are paying off. The state ranked 15th in the nation in the percentage of residents who got flu vaccinations by the end of May this year. Of residents older than 6 months, 49.7 percent were vaccinated, according to data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu shots are not recommended for children younger than 6 months. South Dakota had the highest flu vaccination coverage at 57.4 percent and Nevada the lowest at 36.4 percent.  Gary Wheeler, Arkansas Health Department branch chief of infectious disease, said there has been a statewide effort in recent years to vaccinate the public for the flu.   He said private physicians, pharmacists, hospitals and local health units, along with schools and businesses, have been working together.  The CDC recommends that people get their flu shots as soon as the vaccine becomes available, preferably by October.




Deadline Approaching for Students to Get Second Booster Shot

The deadline is nearing for students to update vaccines.  The chicken pox booster shot deadline is Wednesday. Vaccines can be received at a local health department or doctor's office.  Students who don't have it face being suspended from schools. A parent can refuse the vaccine for the child, but they must get approval from the state.  The Arkansas Department of Health said there is also a shortage of vaccines and that it's working on a plan to get more vaccinations available. For parents who are trying to get their child the second booster shot, the state health department is working on a plan to allow students to stay in school past the Oct. 1 deadline. Some schools said parents will have to prove that they will get the shot in order for their child to stay in school.



Renovation Planned for Roaring River Lodge

A new look for an Ozarks icon - the Missouri State Parks system is planning a $1 million dollar renovation and remodeling project at the historic Roaring River Lodge at Roaring River State Park.  The lodge was built in the 1930's under President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal plan, which put thousands of people to work on construction projects after the Great Depression.  Aside from a new roof added in 1973 and new windows, the exterior hasn't changed since the day construction wrapped in 1938. Most recently, the lodge had been used as the park store, but it has been closed after the new store opened in the past decade.  Once the restoration project is complete, it will once again lodge many of the more than 750,000 visitors who come to Roaring River State Park each year.



Pryor/Cotton May Debate on Meet the Press

NBC News political director and Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said Friday he hopes to moderate an Arkansas Senate debate in Little Rock between Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican Tom Cotton. Todd made the comment during a taped segment with KARK political reporter and Capitol View host David Goins.   The debate would take place in Little Rock and air across numerous Nexstar Broadcasting stations throughout the state. The broadcast would be available to more than 1.5 million households across the region.  Pryor and Cotton have currently agreed to one debate that limits the number of issues discussed.


Berryville Police officers Craig Hicks and Caleb Culhane provided free fingerprinting of students at the recent Berryville Parent Teacher Conferences.



News For Friday, September 26, 2014


Motorcycle Head-on Collision Kills One, Injures Two

Two people are hurt and one person is dead after two motorcycles hit each other head-on in Rogers Thursday evening. The crash shut down Arkansas Highway 12 near the intersection of Village Drive, just east of the Beaver Lake Bridge. According to Tom Jenkins with the Rogers Fire Department, two people were air lifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition.  Another person was pronounced dead at the scene.  The deceased was identified as Floyd B. White Jr., no city of residence listed.  The injured were identified as Tempa White and Stephen Moyer.



Deserving Recipients of Giving Tree Grants

The CC Community Foundation presented over $20,000 in their annual Giving Tree Grants Thursday in a special program at Brashears Furniture in Berryville.  The recipients were all Carroll County non-profits and included such entities as the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, Flint Street Food Bank, ECHO Clinic, CC Senior Center, the Project Self Esteem Weekend Backpack Program for school children, CC Single Parent Scholarship Program, Eureka Springs Soccer Club, NWA Headstart in Green Forest, CC Parole and Probation Office, E.S. School of the Arts and others. Janelle Robertson is executive director of the CCCF..........



UAMS Gets $3 million Grant in Northwest Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a nearly $3 million federal grant to study health disparities in the Hispanic and Marshallese communities in northwest Arkansas.  The $2.99 million grant is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers will study why the Hispanic and Marshallese populations in Benton and Washington counties have higher rates of chronic diseases.  A coalition is involved in the grant project, including UAMS and its family medical centers in Fayetteville and Springdale, as well as the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese and the Arkansas League of United Latin American Citizens.  The grant announced Thursday is among $35 million awarded nationally aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.


Arkansas Prison System Examines Trusty Policy 

The Arkansas Department of Correction (DOC) is beefing up its policies to keep all Arkansas inmates out of schools after a convicted murderer was found doing trusty handiwork inside Cabot Junior High School.The DOC had already banned murder convicts from serving as trustees following the escape of inmate Timothy Buffington three months ago. Buffington was captured last week in Logan County.  Retiring ADC Director Ray Hobbs said the policy keeping convicted killers away from schools was there, it just wasn't being followed.



More Chickenpox Cases in Arkansas Schools

Chickenpox is making the rounds to more students across Arkansas this week.  According to district officials, at least 18 school-aged children and teenagers in seven Arkansas school districts have recently contracted chickenpox. Students who have not had a vaccination are required to wait 21 days by state law before returning to school.




Arkansas Gets Settlement in Drug Case

The State of Arkansas has reached an agreement with Shire Pharmaceuticals LCC to settle allegations that the drug manufacturer illegally marketed 5 of its products. As a result of the settlement, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says Arkansas’ Medicaid program will receive more than 619-thouand dollars, including federal matching funds.  Shire was accused of illegally promoting the drugs Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Daytrana, Lialda and Pentasa, resulting in false claims submitted to Medicaid.  The drugs were marketed for uses that are not approved by the FDA, according to McDaniel. 




Former Fayetteville AD Must Register As Sex Offender; Takes Plea Deal

Barry Gebhart, Fayetteville's former athletic director, pleaded guilty to sexual indecency with a child, a class D felony, Thursday during a court appearance.  Gebhart, 50, was arrested in October 2013 on a charge of stalking a child on the Internet. He must now register as a sex offender for 15 years.   He will get five years probation and was to serve two days in the Benton County Jail, which he has already served.   Gebhart must not have any unsupervised contact with children; however, this does not apply to his own children.   Gebhart's attorney, Drew Miller, released a statement indicating his client "accepts that his conduct was reckless and morally wrong."  Gebhart was originally charged after authorities suspected him of soliciting someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl for sex. He was arrested during an undercover sex sting operation by the Benton County Sheriff's Department at the Promenade Mall in Rogers.  Gebhart resigned as the Fayetteville athletic director on Oct. 25 following his arrest. 


News For Thursday, September 25, 2014


Carroll County Community Foundation to Present over $20,000 in Local Grants at Giving Tree Grant Awards Ceremony

The Carroll County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation, will be presenting over $20,000 in Giving Tree Grants tonight, (September 25) to nonprofits programs working in our county. These grants will be given at the annual Grant Awards Ceremony beginning at 5:30pm at Brashears Furniture in Berryville. 

“Everyone is invited to join us on Thursday the 25th as we celebrate our grant recipients,” said Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Area affiliate. "It is a great opportunity to hear about the good work that is going on in Carroll County and meet the volunteers and nonprofit leaders that give of their time and talents to make these programs successful."

Since 2001, through their Fall Giving Tree Grant Cycle, the Carroll County Community Foundation has granted nearly $202,000 back into our local community. This county's affiliate Foundation makes grants through the Giving Tree program twice a year. The next grant cycle, specific to programs that support youth and children in Carroll County, will begin in January 2015.   More information about local Community Foundation grants is available at www.arcf.org/carrollcounty.



Queen's Contest and Parade Participants Needed for Folk Festival 2014

The 67th "Annual Ozark Folk Festival in Eureka Springs is quickly approaching and participatns are being sought for two events.  The annual Queens Contest is on Wednesday, October 8, and young ladies in Carroll County from 15 to 18 years old interested in competing to be the 2014 Ozark Folk Festival queen. Entries for the Folk Festival Parade on October 11 are also being accepted.  All area bands, groups, businesses and individuals are invited to come and join the fun.  There is no entry fee for the parade.  Entry forms for both events ae available online at www.ozarkfolkfestival.com.  For more informaiton call (479) 253-07333 or email admin@eurekaspings.org.



Some Eureka Springs Residents Dismayed with Circus Approval

Not everybody is thrilled that the Circus is coming to town.  Carson and Barnes Circus was approved by the Eureka Springs Parks Commission to appear at Lake Leatherwood City Park Wednesday, November 5th, for two shows.   The idea of a circus was originally brought up as a potential fundraiser for the Eueka Springs after-school program last June.  When word spread, some residents started citing objections like " the animals are exploited for human entertainment".  Also, the fragile area of the Lake Leatherwood City Park, west of Eureka Springs, was also a concern to others.  

Representatives for the Circus assured Parks Commissioners they carry a $1 million dollar insurance policy for both its carnival assests and Lake Leatherwood City property.  They also touted the economic benefits to the area with the purchase of groceries, fuel, hay and various sundries.  Despite objections from the public, commissioners approved the event to proceed with a vote of 4-0.  



FFA Membership Explodes Across America

Analysts forecast that the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability.  Today’s students are answering that call, evidenced by an explosion in FFA membership throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the past year.  Membership in FFA today stands at 610,240 students up from 579,678 in 2013. Membership increased by more than 30,500 during the 2013-14 school year. The number of new, local FFA chapters throughout the country grew to 7,665.

FFA operates at the local, state and national level. Students belong to FFA chapters organized at the local high- or middle-school level and many students continue their membership through postsecondary education in colleges, universities or technical schools until age 21.  Agriculture teachers serve as chapter advisors. Chapters are organized under state FFA associations headed by a state advisor or executive secretary, often an employee of the state’s department of education.  Both Berryville and Green Forest host FFA chapters.



Car Vs. Deer Accidents on the Rise

For the year ending June 30, about 20,500 collisions were recorded between vehicles and deer in Arkansas.  Arkansas is the 13th highest-risk state for such a collision in the nation.  Arkansas holds a risk ratio of one in every 107 drivers hitting a deer, as compared to the national average of one in 169.  Using the average national claim cost of $3,888, that amounts to about $79 million in insured claims costs in Arkansas. The actual number of deer-auto collisions is more than indicated because many collisions are not reported, uninsured motorist collisions are not included, and incidents for drivers with only liability coverage were not counted.  The national impact is that about 1.25 million deer-auto crashes occurred during the 12 months studied, at an insured cost of nearly $5 billion.  Injuries, vehicle damage and fatalities all can result from vehicle collisions with deer. In 2012, 175 deaths and several thousand injuries were the result of collisions with animals, with deer being the animal most often struck, according to the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

These tips could help drivers avoid a collision:

• Use extra caution in known deer crossing areas.
• Always wear a seat belt.
• Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles.
• At night -- when there is no oncoming traffic -- use high beam lights and drive slower.
• Scan the road for deer and other danger signs.
• If a deer is spotted, beware of others trailing. Deer often travel in groups.
• Dusk, early evening and dawn are high-risk times for increased deer activity.
• November (hunting and mating season) is a time of high animal movement.
• More auto-deer collisions occur in October, November and December than any other period.



School Districts Would Save Health Insurance Costs if Participate in Statewide Program

Many small school districts would face higher employee health insurance costs if they bought insurance on their own, rather than participate in a statewide program, the director of the state Department of Finance and Administration's Employee Benefits Division told state lawmakers Tuesday.  At a meeting in Hot Springs of the Legislature's State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Task Force, benefits division Director Bob Alexander said that even a small school district with relatively low medical claims would be more expensive to insure on its own than as part of the statewide plan.

The task force discussed allowing school districts to buy insurance on their own instead of participating in the statewide program as a possible way of improving the finances of the school plans, which cover 46,000 employees.  The task force also is exploring changes to the plans covering 28,000 state employees in preparation for next year's legislative session.



Carbon Pollution Stakeholders Group to Meet

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) will hold a stakeholders’ meeting Oct. 1, 2014 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. 

The meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 9:30 a.m. at ADEQ, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock. It is expected to last until about 4 p.m. The agenda includes presentations from ADEQ and APSC, AEP Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of American Electric Power, the Bipartisan Policy Center, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. and Southwest Power Pool.   The primary topics addressed will be an assessment of the state’s pollution reduction target under EPA’s alternate proposals, an economic analysis of the plan, and a grid reliability study.

EPA issued its Clean Power Plan proposal in June, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015. States must submit their plans – which can include a mix of options including efficiency improvements at existing power plants, energy efficiency on the part of customers, renewable energy and more -- to EPA by June 30, 2016.  In some cases, extensions may be allowed.  The group will ultimately develop recommendations for Arkansas’ statewide plan.  




49 Arrests Made in "Operation Ice Storm" to Dismantle Clinton Drug Operation, 6 Still at Large

After an 18 month investigation into what law enforcement is calling "Operation Ice Storm" in Clinton, 49 suspects have been arrested on charges involving possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, and weapons possession.  The DEA and 20th Judicial Drug Task Force investigation began in January 2011. Multiple undercover operations and numerous other law enforcement actions, including multiple seizures of methamphetamine were used during the investigation. All told, the Task Force purchased and seized more than 6 pounds of methamphetamine from the Jeffery Weaver drug trafficking organization (DTO) through controlled purchases and search warrants. The DEA and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) also seized a total of 52 firearms. In addition, the defendants charged in the indictment are responsible for distributing or possessing over 300 pounds of methamphetamine. 


News For Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Carroll County Born and Bred Awards

The Carroll County Cattlemen met Monday night at the Fairgrounds for their meeting and to give out the Carroll County Born and Bred awards.  A good turnout of about 75 attended.   Dottie Hull, Secretary of the CC Cattleman's Association announced the following winners:

Steers:
1st  Austin Lively
2nd Luke Sugg
3rd Sophie Ryder

Heifers:
1st Kylie Sigmon
2nd Luke Sugg
3rd Emmie Ryder
4th Brookelynn Swafford
5th Logan Sigmon
6th Eoin May

The drawing for the Heifer, donated by Kirk Powell,  was won by Cornerstone Bank.  They, in turn, donated the heifer back to the Cattlemen and it was sold at the Sale Barn.  The proceeds, Hull said, will go into the Building fund for improvements.  The meeting was sponsored by the New Berryville Ford and catering was done by the Berryville FFA. The FFA cooked up a great spaghetti and salad dinner for all.


CCSO Car Seat Clinic Coming Up Saturday


The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will be holding a free child car seat clinic this coming Saturday, September 27th, from 9-11am.  It will be held at the CCSO parking lot.  Infant and toddler car seats have been subject to recalls and defective equipment and it is something to take seriously for the well-being of your child.  According to Lt. Mike Zimmerman who heads up the program for the Sheriff's office, some free car seats will be available for those who need them.  The program is paid for by a STEP grant.   The federal and state funded Specific Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP grant allows for extra enforcement by paying officers overtime.  Lt. Zimmerman explains.............



Berryville School Board Report

Dr. Phil Clark, Superintendent, reported to the Board there was 2,053 students attending Berryville School.

The Berryville Board of Education met for its regular monthly meeting Monday at 6pm in the Intermediate Cafetorium. All Board members were present.  The Board approved fundraiser requests to the Career & Technical Ed to host a bonfire, and the FCCLA for several fundraisers.  The Board approved retaining Jay Bequette & Billingley, P.A. as legal counsel for the Board and Superintendent.  Approved a bid of $30,975 submitted by Allied Technology to install 40 wireless access points campus-wide.  Approved creating a new Paraprofessional position due to stuent numbers in kindergarte and hired Kisha Broseus as the Paraprofessional.  Approved creating a new K-5 Assistant Principal position due to student numbers in the Elementary and Intermediate buildings and hired Paul Hines as the K-5 Assistant Principal for the school year.  Approved paying $4,260 for 71 unused sick days to the estate of Beth Duncan.


Arrest Made in Newton County Break-ins

A man from Hasty, Arkansas is arrested and charged with multiple felonies following 2 commercial break-ins Sunday in Newton County.   Sheriff Keith Slape says deputies and Jasper Police first responded to Norton’s Store in Piercetown on a report of property damage and burglary, and then responded to Tanner’s Hardware in Jasper on a similar report. Slape says video footage provided a suspect and vehicle description, and officers were able to locate 22-year-old James Finch, who reportedly confessed to both of the break-ins.  According to Slape, all of the stolen property was recovered from Finch, including 63 packs of cigarettes from Norton’s Store, and a TV, iPod and other electronics from Tanner’s Hardware.  Finch is charged with 2 counts of commercial burglary, 2 counts of theft and 2 counts of criminal mischief. He is being held in the Newton County Jail, with an initial court appearance scheduled this week.


Possible More Cases of Enterovirus

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they're testing 11 possible cases of enterovirus D-68 in Arkansas.  Health officials said there's one confirmed case in the northern part of Arkansas. They said the CDC recommendation was to not release the exact location of the respiratory virus.  Dr. Bryan Clardy, of the Arkansas Health Department, said the location may be released if more than five cases are confirmed.  Clardy said a wide range of different areas are covered.  Clardy said the Health Department is working with hospitals across the state to identify cases.Doctors recommend getting the flu shot because the respiratory virus can be dangerous for anyone with the flu.



Branson Changes Proposed Smoke-Free Ordinance

The Branson Board of Aldermen made several changes to a proposed smoke-free ordinance after hearing from citizens and business owners over the last six weeks.  The board discussed the proposal for a long time at its Study Session on Sept. 18.  Among the revisions are fewer regulations for outdoor smoking in areas such as patios, RV campgrounds, and business entrances.  The new language also includes a provision for allowing smoking in up to 20 percent of the rooms at hotels and motels.  The Board also changed the maximum fine for violating the ordinance to $25 instead of $500 in the original proposal.  The public  can comment on the new proposed ordinance at a meeting on Tuesday night at 7 or at the meeting at which the board may vote on the smoking regulations on Oct. 14.



Biggest Flag in Arkansas

In case you've wasted nights pondering, "Where could I see the biggest American flag in Arkansas and how big would it be?" - rest your weary souls, we have your answer.  With a flag pole standing at 160 feet high and a U.S. flag measuring 40 x 75 and encompassing 3,000 square feet, Everett Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at the corner of South Thompson Street and Don Tyson Parkway is now home to the tallest flag pole and largest U.S. flag in the state of Arkansas. That's according to Springdale Chamber of Commerce.

To put the number into perspective, think about this: the average house size in America is about 2200 square feet.  The star-spangled banner was mounted to what's called a "monster flag pole" on Tuesday by a Texas company who specializes in these mega-flags.  According to the dealership's general manager, Tracey Harmon, said this installation unseats the current champ - the 2,800 square foot flag at Horton Farms in Gravette. 


Arkansas One of Unhappiest

Can money really buy happiness?  According to website, wallethub.com, the answer is yes.  The financial social network site's latest survey reveals that as income rises, so does happiness. But, only up to $75,000. The survey of the country's 'most and least happy states' shows Utah, Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado as the top four happiest states. The unhappiest states include Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and, in very last place, West Virginia.  Things considered include the rates for depression, long-term unemployment, sleep and even volunteerism rates.