News provided by News Director Linda Boyer

Arrest Report:


Joanna G. Buck - Berryville - 22 - possession, ossession drug paraphernalia/felony
Robin S. Gerlick - Berryville - 27 - forgery
Rickey S. Spencer - Eureka Springs - 38 - failure to pay


Elijah C. Anglin - Berryville - 29 - failure to pay
Ramon A. Garcia - Green Forest - 61 - public intox
Kyle M. Gates - Harrison - 24 - failure to appear
Danny R. Rowlins - Huntsville - 26 - public intox, disorderly conduct
Linen Christine Sheets - Alpena - 29 - public intox, disorderly conduct, domestic battery
Daniel R. Simmons - Green Forest - 21 - possession controlled substance, assault on family/HH member, terroristic threatening, theft of property
James R. Wilson - Harrison - 39 - hold for Harrison P.D.


Brennan A. Badley - Green Forest - 22 - failure to appear, possession of instrument of crime, hold for other agency
Bradley E. Faught - Berryville - 33 - failure to appear
Ray A. Fry - Oak Grove - 40 - body attachment for child support, possession of controlled substance, driving on suspended/revoked license, whate warrant-parole
Dennis J. Gibson - Berryville - 27 - aggravated assault, residential burglary
Spring D. Green - Springfield, Mo - 33 - revocation of suspended sentence
Bobby Guilbeau - Eureka Springs - 55 - assault on family/household member
Juan J. Lara - Berryville - 20 - failure to appear
Alex D. Osorio - Green Forest - 19 - failure to appear
James Wilson - Berryville - hold for other agency


Matthew C. Butler - Galena, Ks - 23 - public intox, disorderly conduct, carrying prohibited weapon, assault 2nd degree
Nicholas B. Gochenour - Berryville - 36 - affidavit domesti battery
Reison Norenso - Berryville - 31 - driving on suspended license
Emmanuel Rocha-Quiroz - Green Forest - 23 - failure to pay x 2
Jose R. Sosa Portillo - Berryville - 21 - failure to pay, resisting arrest


James J. Thompson - Berryville - 45 - domestic battery


Amber N. Asbury - Green Forest - 29 - failure to pay
Brandon B. Glover - Van Buren - 20 - failure to pay
Sony J. Weathereal - Berryville - 34 - hold for court


Christopher A. Gragg - Norfork, Ar - 35 - driving on suspended/revoked license, speeding, no inusrance, failure to pay registration fee
Kimberly D. Hill - Green Forest - 37 - hold for other agency
Tommy L. Jerrell - Berryville - 40 - court appearance
Kimberly D. Jones - Green Forst - 31 - warrant violation AR Hot Check Law


Joyce S. Disheroon - Green Forest - 62 - hold for Madison Co.
Robert R. Goldsmith - Harrison - 26 - revocation
Steven D. Hammond - Harrison - 27 - failure to pay
Daniel N. Harp - Berryville - 29 - felony terroristic threatening
Shawn R. Landin - Berryville - public intox
Edson S. Recinos - Berryville - 26 - possession of drug paraphernalia, careless/prohibited driving, DWI-drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia/felony, possession of controlled substance, possession meth


Christian T. Smith - Harrison - 19 - driving on suspended/revoked license, no proof of liability insurance, possession drug paraphernalia,m possession of controlled substance


Christopher L. Hetherington - Aurora, Mo - 31 - theft by receiving
Charles S. Hollenbeck - Newhall, CA - 47 - driving on suspended license, no liability insurance
Robert C. Poyner - Green Forest - 38 - failure to pay x 2
David K. Strait - Berryville - 39 - battery 2nd degree, terroristic threatening


Lacie D. Auman - Alpena - DWI, wrong way on one way
Ronnie D. Blair - Omaha - 47 - Harrison warrant
Sharon K. Cash - Berryville - 38 - failure to pay
Alvin H. McIntare - Green Forest - 23 - hold for other agency
Victor L. Moskalski - Eagle Rock, Mo - 32 - DWI, no proof of insurance, reckless driving, speeding
Craig E. Newberry - Berryville - 53 - driving on suspended license, driving left of center, failure to pay fines

John T. Hayes - Norman, OK - 40 - no drivers license


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Timothy L. Cooper - Huntsville - 49 - hold for other agency
Donald D. Thompson - Green Forest - 33 - failue to appear


no bookings in past 24 hours


no bookings in past 24 hours

Stacy A. Stouten - Eureka Springs - 26 - assault on family/HH member

no bookings in past 24 hours


Michael E. Huberts - Springfield, Mo - 40 - possession w/intent ot deliver, possession controlled substance, failure to appear
Shanna F. Peck - Berryville - 27 - driving on suspended license, failure to pay registration, no liability insurance
Joe A. Serna - Berryville - 30 - failure to appear
Kenneth C. Turner - Green Forest - 48 - certain person in possession of firearms


Matthew W. Bass - Berryville - 22 - revocation of suspended sentence, failure to appear
Wendell L. Dunbar - Berryville - 34 - failure to pay
Sara M. R. Gregory - Harrison - 27 - revocation
Donald E. Thompson - Green Forest - 54 - failure to appear


Granville T. Anderson - Holiday Island - 24 - assault on fam/HH member second degree, assault on Fam/HH member third degree, interference with emergency communications
William L. Bradley - Eureka Springs - 23 - white warrant parole violation
Dalton D. Brockman - Hot Springs - 21 - failure to pay on hunting out of season
John D. Henderson - Compton - 35 - domestic battery
Barbara L. Murray - Eureka Springs - 60 - delivery of meth or cocaine
Donald S. Patrick - Ft. Smith - 38 - DWI, no insurance, driving on suspended license, speeding
Ashley R. Rousey - Alpena - 29 - failure to appear x 2, hold for Stone County , Mo
John F. Watkins - Alpena - 47 - obstruction of Gov operations, hold for other agency
Patrick O. Wood - Green Forest - 22 - failure to appear


Christopher M. Callison - Holiday Island - 40 - failure to appear, hold for Washington Co.
Jeferson B. Fletcher - Fayetteville - 44 - domestic battery, terroristic threatening
Julia M. Lawrence - Battlefield, Mo - 28 - revocation of suspended sentence
Reison Norenzo - Berryville - 31 - driving on suspended license, careless/prohibited driving


Renee E. Crabtree - Harrison - 30 - hold for other agency
Scott A. Easley - Green Forst - 26 - failure to appear
Tyler J. Gosvenor - Alpena - 32 - domestic battery, endangering welfare of minor, assault on fam/HH member
James A. Moppin - Berryville - 23 - hold for Madison County
Keith A. Witt - Eureka Springs - 33 - domestic battery, battery, disorderly conduct, violation no contact order


Fernando G. Celio - Huntsville - 22 - public intox
Mathew J. Jacob - Green Forest - 40 - failure to appear, hold for other agency
Maureen A. McGovern - Garfield - 76 - hold for other agencies 
Larry W. Percivill - Berryville - 41 - failure to pay x 2, failure to appear
Donald L. Price - Crowder, OK. -  19 - leaving scene of accident, obstructing Gov operatons, careless and prohibited, theft by receiving, no driver's license
Jack C. Wilson - Huntsville - 34 - failure to pay, hold for other agency


Ralphe L. Clanney - Berryville - 58 - failure to appear x 2
Billie J. Gerrard - Green Forest - 38 - hold for Boone Co.
Brittany A. Keys - Green Forest - 25 - failure to pay
Alujin Laibwij - Berryville - 47 - public intox


Cassie J. Hale - Berryville - 31 - driving on suspended license, failure to appear
Holly J. Howard - Fayetteville - 18  third degree battery, fleeing an officer x 2
William C. LIndsey - Berryville - 43 - drinking on highway
Sony J. Weathereal - Berryville - 34 - court appearance
Bobby J. Wright - Kingston - 33 - hold for other agency


Jerry W. Edmondson - Berryville - 56 - public intox
Dean O. Fanning - Berryv8ille - 52 - aggravated assault, third degree battery
Evelin R. Henriquez - Green Forest - 35 - failure to pay
Stephanie N Scott - Harrison - 27 - failure to pay


Jamie M. Badley - Green Forest - 38 - disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, battery third degree
William L. Bradley - Eureka Springs - 23 - white warrant parole and probation
Colt E. Clark - Berryville - 24 - failure to appear
Christopher L. McAbee - Springdale - 25 - failure to appear
Chad D. McKee - Green Forest - 45 - driving on suspended license, speeding, hold for other agency, failure to pay registration fee, no liability insurance
Anthony A. Peden - Green Forest - 31 - failure to appear
Jesse T. Villines - Green Forest - 41 - 3rd degree battery, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass x 2

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News for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter Storm Warning Through Midnight

As the day progresses, rain will transition to freezing rain, sleet and finally snow during the day as cool air moves into the region behind a cold front.  Wintry precipitation will persist into Wednesday night before tapering off from northwest to southeast.  From 1-3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation and a quarter inch or less of ice accumulation is expected until midnight.  Stay tuned to KTHS for further updates in the forecast should they become available.

Tysons Give $5M to UA System Agriculture Division

The Tyson family and Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale donated $5 million to the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.  The money will be used to build a $16.3 million research center in Fayetteville that will be called the Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences. The 60,000-SF building will be located on Garland Avenue near the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center.  University officials said the research center will help improve the growing and sustainability of crops and farm animals.

The research center will serve as the headquarters of the division’s Agricultural Experiment Station and have a 300-seat meeting room and exhibition hall. The board of trustees for the University of Arkansas System approved the facility in September and hired WER Architects of Little Rock to design and Nabholz Construction of Conway to build the facility.  Ground breaking is expected later this year.

Carroll County Property Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Five Arkansas properties, including a Carroll County property have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced today.

The newly listed properties are:

* The Shady Grove Delmar Church and School near Delmar in Carroll County, a one-room, wood-frame structure built around 1880. The building is “an excellent example of a one-room vernacular church and school building,” according to the National Register nomination. “The building is an unaltered example of the building type that was once common throughout the state.  The decorative hexagonal bell tower gives the Shady Grove Delmar Church and School a level of decoration that was not commonly found on these buildings, and it remains in a remarkable state of preservation today.”

* St. Mary’s Church at Paragould in Greene County, built in 1935.

* The Hope Girl Scout Little House at Hope in Hempstead County.

* The Ozone School at Ozone in Johnson County, a cut-stone building constructed in 1942 through the Works Progress Administration.

* Boundary increase to the Fishback Neighborhood Historic District at Fort Smith in Sebastian County.

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

Seligman Man Hurt in Barry Co. Crash

A man from Seligman is treated for minor injuries following a single-vehicle crash on Barry County Route DD seven miles west of Seligman.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Donald Pratt was westbound at 6:45 a.m. this (Tuesday) morning, when his pickup traveled off the west side of the road and struck 2 trees. Pratt was taken to Mercy Hospital in Cassville. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, according to the accident report.

County Election Officials Raise Concerns About 3 State Bills

A handful of bills working through General Assembly committees could change how and when voters participate in primary, special and general elections, officials said last week.  One bill would lump all special and school district elections to either May or November instead of throughout the year. Another would push the presidential candidate primaries back two months into March. A third bill would cut down early voting from two weeks before an election to just one.

The first proposal, House Bill 1422, would require school elections to be part of the general elections, while some special elections would be clumped with either the May primary or general elections. School board elections are held in September, while special elections can be held throughout the year.  The state spends billions of dollars on education each year while only a small core of committed people vote on the officials who make education decisions.  Special elections to fill office vacancies and a few other specific situations would be exempt from the bill.

2nd Suspect for Burning Man in Monett is Arrested

The second of two men wanted for setting another man on fire in Monett is now in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of a $200,000 bond. Officers arrested Ryan Fertig on Monday night in Pierce City.  Investigators say Fertig, 30, and Greg Fitzgerald, 36, set Corey Harp, 37, on fire in January. Harp suffered second- and third-degree burns.Fitzgerald was on the run before he was arrested last month. He’s now in a prison for violating conditions of his parole on a past conviction.

The men are charged with first-degree assault. Monett police said Harp was in a bed at a house at 913 6 St. on Jan. 30 when two men entered and beat him with a club. They said one man sprayed Harp with a flammable liquid and set him on fire.Police say Harp knew his assailants and several people witnessed the assault. Besides the burns on his arm and head, he also was cut on his arm. Police say he’s in stable but critical condition in a hospital in Springfield.

Group Touts Arkansas Businesses Promoting LGBT Diversity

A national group is touting more than 100 Arkansas businesses that it says are promoting diversity for gays as it fights "conscience protection" legislation that critics say would justify discrimination.The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday unveiled an "Equality is Our Business" program that's aimed at advancing protections in employment, housing and public accommodations. The group said 106 primarily small businesses had signed the pledge to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  The move comes a week after House-backed legislation that supporters said would prevent state and local government from infringing on someone's religious beliefs failed before a Senate panel. The Human Rights Campaign and other opponents of the bill said it would sanction bias by businesses against LGBT people.

State Revenue Tumbles on Income-tax Decline

State general revenue in February dipped by $6.6 million over a year ago to $420.7 million as individual income-tax collections slipped in the month.  Tax collections fell $9.9 million short of the forecast, the state Department of Finance and Administration reported in its monthly revenue report released Tuesday.  State officials said individual income-tax collections declined by $16.2 million over a year ago. They noted that January's individual income-tax collections had been unexpectedly high. February's sales-tax collections -- from taxes remitted by businesses to the state from January's sales -- increased by $9.5 million over a year ago.

Bill Gates Repeats at Top of Forbes’ List of billionaires

The world’s richest person got even richer this year.  Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates’ net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put the co-founder of Microsoft Corp. at the top of the magazine’s list of the world’s billionaires for the second consecutive year.  There were 197 women on the list, up from 172 a year ago. The highest-ranking woman was Christy Walton, the widow of John Walton, a son of the founder of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She has a net worth of $41.7 billion, according to Forbes.

News for Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mike Bishop Fired as ES Chamber Director

KTHS News has learned that members of the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has fired MIke Bishop, president and CEO.  The Board held a meeting on Monday at which time the action was taken.  Allen Huffman, Chairman of the Board, Toni Rose, Director of Operations and Sandy Martin, are all reported to have resigned. Cathy Handley has been named interim Chamber Director.  KTHS will attempt to get confirmation of these events.

Winter Storm Watch Issued for Wednesday

The KTHS listening area is included in a Winter Storm Watch that will be in effect from 4am Wednesday through early Thursday.   A Winter Storm Watch is set to take effect for much of the state from Wednesday through late Wednesday night.  The National Weather Service says a strong cold front will move into the state late Tuesday night with temperatures falling rapidly behind the boundary.  Wintry precipitation will be possible as early as Wednesday morning across northern Arkansas and will continue to spread south through the day.  Rain will transition to a period of sleet and freezing rain, however the majority of the precipitation will fall as snow with significant accumulations likely.  Highest snowfall totals will occur across portions of East Central Arkansas, with amounts decreasing to the west.  Significant accumulations will likely cause hazardous travel conditions.

Sheriff's Office Busy During Last Bad Weather Spell

During the inclement weather period from 5 PM Friday, February 27th  till 12 AM Monday, March 2nd, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office responded to 67 calls for service, including 14 accidents, abandoned vehicles or traffic hazards.  Carroll County Dispatch assigned 22 accidents to Arkansas State Police, 5 accidents to Berryville PD, and 1 accident to Green Forest PD in the same time period.  Major George Frye says the CCSO thanks all the other agencies in the County, including the Arkansas State Police, for their cooperation and hard work during this period of hazardous driving conditions.

Carroll County Man Arrested for Local Burglaries

A Berryville man has been arrested in connection with robberies in early February in Eureka Springs.  Richard Gregory III, 26, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jai,l February 24th, for aggravated assault, possession of controlled substances and possession of instruments of crime.  Eureka Springs Police developed some leads from witnesses which led to the recovery of items that had been taken in the robberies, plus locating a lock picking kit and metal pry tools allegedly belonging to Gregory.  A witness also divulged that Greogory had purchased a 2003 Jaguar for $4,999 in cash, just a day after one of the robberies where $7,000 in csh and goods had been stolen from Chelsea's.

Update: Mercy Charity Ball Raises the Bar – Again Annual Event Raises Nearly $64,000

When it comes to generosity, the Berryville community has outdone itself. For the third year in a row, Mercy Hospital Berryville’s Black and White Charity Ball set a fundraising record.  “We had the highest attendance, the most sponsorships and the most dollars ever raised,” said Cody Qualls, executive director of Mercy Health Foundation Berryville. This year’s donors raised nearly $64,000, up from $56,000 in 2014.  “Once again, the support from the community has been tremendous,” Qualls added. “I couldn’t ask for a better outcome.”

The 12th annual event was held at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs on Feb. 21. Through private donations, sponsorships, and silent and live auctions, donors pulled together $63,716; individual donations totaled $20,000. Thirty-four sponsors generated $22,000, which is an increase of $5,500 over the 2014 event. Premier sponsors at the 2015 Black and White Charity Ball included: Shelter Insurance, Richard and Mary Lou Harp, agents; State Farm Insurance, Derek Bell, agent; Anstaff Bank; Arvest Bank of Eureka Springs and Berryville; Barrows Excavation; First National Bank of North Arkansas; Tyson Foods of Berryville and Green Forest; Thurman and Flanagin, Attorneys at Law; and Northwest Arkansas Pathology Associates.

Attendees at the Feb. 21 event were treated to dinner, live entertainment by local band “Red Ambition,” as well as a presentations by Mercy Berryville Hospital President Kristy Estrem and Mercy Health Foundation Board Chairman Bobby Thurman. Fourteen Mercy physicians were in attendance, including Mercy Hospital Berryville’s Dr. Janet Shapter, who spoke about the importance of Stryker stretchers. “Funds from this year’s gala will pay for at least a half dozen of the stretchers,” Qualls said. “They’re becoming a standard of care and will greatly improve patient care in our emergency department.” Qualls could not be happier with the results of the event. “I try to set a far-fetched goal every year, but then we hit it. We’re clearly blessed to be surrounded by such a generous community.”

Krewe of Blarney Announces 2015 St. Patty's Day Grand Marshall

Duty - Honor - Country    A man with commitment and integrity to protect and serve!  Ellis Arnold Thiel was born on October 1, 1933 at home in Orleans County New York with his older sister and two parents.  After high school Ellis started college, taking a mechanical engineering path.  Shortly after starting his studies he realized that this did not interest him so he said he would rather fly and that is just what he did!  No dream was too big for this man.In 1953 Ellis applied for flight training as an enlisted man.  After boot camp and two weeks of aptitude testing it was apparent that he would make an exceptional pilot.  However, It was a year to wait to get into pilot training but there was an immediate opening for navigator training, so he took it!  In March of 1955 Ellis got his first set of wings!  His first assignment was in Ardmore OK where he was made instructor of the C119. It was meant to be because while in Ardmore, Ellis met a pretty little redheaded pistol that we all know and love as Letha. He didn't waste any time getting her down the aisle and he sealed the deal in 1956 when the two were married.    In 1998 Ellis and Letha moved to the Grassy Knob area on Beaver Lake. They are living there dream of retirement, playing on the lake and enjoying their family and many friends.  The Krewe of Blarney St Patty’s Day Parade steps off Saturday, March 14th at 2pm.  Everyone in green welcome!  For information or parade application call Tony Popovac 225-405-9673 or email tonypopovac@yahoo.com.  Website: www.stpaddy.ureeka.org        

Harrison Stabbing Suspects Identified

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office releases the names of the suspects arrested in connection with a stabbing in Harrison on Sunday morning.  According to Sheriff Mike Moore, Samuel Lowe, Jeremiah Lowe, and Samuel Lambert are in custody as suspects in a stabbing investigation.  Moore says his office received a call around 1 a.m. Sunday morning to a home on Tennyson Loop. When deputies arrived they found two residents with multiple stab wounds. They were taken by ambulance to North Arkansas Regional Medical Center where they are in stable condition, according to the sheriff’s office.  The victims identified the suspects to authorities, who eventually located Samuel and Jeremiah Lowe at a home on North Cherry Street In Harrison. They were arrested after refusing to answer their door for several hours, according to police. Samuel Lambert was located at a home on Highway 7 and was taken into custody without incident. No formal charges have been filed at this time.

Gas Prices Continue Steady Climb

What goes down must go up?Analysts had been warning for some time that the recent historic drop in U.S. gasoline prices might end abruptly as the global oil market shakes itself out.And sure enough, U.S. gas prices have been on the rise for over a month now -- for 35 consecutive days, according to the latest AAA Monthly Gas Price Report. AAA said the current climb is the longest streak of rising gas prices in over two years.It noted that the nation's average gas price had reached a low of $2.03 per gallon on Jan. 26, after dropping for a record 123 straight days. As of Monday, the national average price for a gallon of gas stood at $2.43, a rise of 13 cents over the past week and the largest one-week jump since the summer of 2013. But that national average is still over $1 per gallon less than it was this time last year.

Mark Pryor Joins Washington Law Firm

Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor has joined a law firm in Washington, D.C., and will counsel clients on issues at the intersection of law, policy and business.The firm, Venable LLP, announced Monday that Pryor will join its government affairs practice and will focus on areas that he had worked on in the U.S. Senate, including communications, aviation, consumer protection and agriculture.Pryor said he will live in Arkansas and open an office in downtown Little Rock. He will split his time between Arkansas and Washington.

News for Monday March 2, 2015

Another Winter Storm Watch in the Area for Mid-Week

Another snowstorm is expected this week, and it could drop 4 inches of snow or more on parts of central Arkansas, the National Weather Service said.  Winter storm watches were already set to go into effect Wednesday for most of the state. The watches noted that "accumulating snow will likely cause travel issues on area roadways."   Christopher Buonanno, a meteorologist with the agency's North Little Rock office, said precipitation will begin behind a strong cold front that will send temperatures across the state plummeting. Temperatures on Tuesday will range from the 50s to 60s and then fall below freezing as the front arrives Wednesday.

In the north, the wintry weather is expected to start as sleet and then turn to snow between 6 a.m. and noon. The precipitation is expected to shift to wintry weather in central Arkansas in the afternoon. The southern part of the state would see it later in the afternoon or early evening.   Buonanno said the highest amounts of snowfall, 4 inches or more, are expected in central and east-central Arkansas. But he cautioned that the specifics of the forecast could still change.  The precipitation will likely "taper off" Wednesday night into Thursday morning, though temperatures will remain low. High temperatures Thursday are expected to largely not exceed the 30s.

40 Arkansans Have Died from the Flu Virus This Year

U.S. Health Officials say this year's flu vaccine is even less effective than previously thought. The shot is showing only 18% effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 flu strain. That is a drop from the estimated 23% protection predicted earlier in the season.  The poor performance is due to the mutations of the circulating viruses. The CDC says decisions about what to cover in this year's seasonal flu vaccine were made in February of last year.

Cornerstone Bank Announces Entry Into Southwest Missouri Market

Charles T. Cross, President & CEO of Cornerstone Bank in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, has announced the upcoming expansion of the bank into Southwest Missouri with a Loan Production Office in the lake community of Shell Knob.  The local bank has been announcing continued expansion plans recently but this will be its first office in Missouri. However, Cross states this is the first of what will most likely be even greater expansion across Southwest Missouri.  The 170 million dollar, 103 year old institution is the only local community bank in Eureka Springs, and has been growing rapidly in recent years. The bank is currently under construction with a full service branch facility in Madison County next to the new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Huntsville, Arkansas on Highway 412.

Walmart & Tyson Make Most Admired Companies List

Two Northwest Arkansas companies are among the most admired by Fortune Magazine.  Tyson foods and Walmart recently received the admirable honor in the magazine published on Wednesday. Walmart appeared at number 38 on the list -- and while Tyson, didn't make it into the top 50, they are ranked at number four for food production.  The magazine says the list is made up of companies with a definitive report card on corporate reputations.

Weekend Stabbing in Harrison

Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore confirms a stabbing in Harrison over the weekend, and says he has suspects in custody. According to Moore, two unidentified victims were stabbed sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning. He says their injuries are not life threatening.  The suspects’ names also haven’t been released. The sheriff says more information will be available after formal charged have been filed.

Legislators Have Busy Week Planned

Prison space, parole changes, guns on college campuses and proposed constitutional amendments stand to dominate legislators' time this week.  Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee pushed forward Senate Bill 472, known as the Criminal Justice Reform Act, which would make several changes in state law.  Among other things, it would facilitate removal of "derelict" members on the state Parole Board; allow for private groups to share in state savings if some of their training or treatment programs help reduce prison recidivism; and authorize counties and the state to enter into a contract with regional jails to help reduce prison crowding.  The bill by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, is a companion to several proposals from his uncle Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The governor's plan, at a cost of $32 million over the next two years, would increase bed space for state prisoners; increase funding for parole officers; and create new transitional centers for prisoners to get treatment and training before moving back into communities.  Sen. Hutchinson said he plans to take the bill to the Senate floor after senators convene at 1:30 p.m. today.

News for February 27, 2015

Senate Committee Defeats Ballinger's Anti-gay Bill

A controversial bill aimed at “conscience protection” was derailed Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee when it fell short of the number of votes needed to advance to the Senate for consideration. The panel also rejected a bill that, according to its sponsor, would ensure that U.S. citizens are subject to U.S. law in Arkansas courts.  House Bill 1228, the “Conscience Protection Act,” by Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, would prohibit the state from interceding in matters of conscience due to a person’s religious beliefs unless the state has a substantial interest in doing so, and does so by the least restrictive means possible.Much of the controversy has centered around criticism that the bill would allow discrimination against people based upon sexual orientation or gender identity, with local governments and even the state powerless to pass legislation to prevent it unless a compelling interest in doing so could be shown to trump a person’s religious freedoms.

Mercy Health Foundation Black and White

Mercy Health Foundation Berryville held their 12th-annual Black and White Charity Ball last Saturday in Eureka Springs at Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.   All proceeds from the event will support Mercy Hospital Berryville. Over the past 12 years, Mercy has expanded its programs, services, equipment and capital ventures, largely due to the generosity of community Philanthropic support.  The Black and White Charity Ball included a seated dinner, auction and live entertainment.  Nearly 400 supporters attended.  The auction brought in nearly $64,000 this year, according to Cody Qualls with the Foundation.

U Of A Campaign To Raise Awareness Of Rape On Campus

A group of students at the University of Arkansas are working to raise awareness of rape on campus.  The campaign is called “That’s So 6 Percent,” which derives from a study estimating that six percent of men commit acts of rape.  “We know that one in four college women are sexually assaulted based on national samples,” said Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, director of STAR Central.  Wyandt-Hiebert said the goal of the campaign is to change what’s referred to as rape culture.  Three rapes have been reported to university police this year on campus, according to Capt. Gary Crain. That’s up from the two cases reported in 2014, he said.

Kimberling City Man Ready to Kick Off Season on Walmart FLW Tour - Local angler Mike Boyles has high expectations for new season

The first tournament of the 20th anniversary season of the Walmart FLW Tour, the most competitive Tour in professional bass-fishing, kicks off March 5-8 with the Walmart FLW Tour at Lake Toho presented by Mercury. Hosted by Experience Kissimmee and the Osceola County Department of Tourism, the tournament will feature 154 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the pro division and up to $25,000 cash in the co-angler division.  Local angler Mike Boyles of Kimberling City, Mo., will be one of the 154 anglers competing on the Walmart FLW Tour this season. (FLW).  Local angler Mike Boyles of Kimberling City, Mo., will be one of the 154 anglers competing on the FLW Tour this season. Boyles is fishing his second season on the FLW Tour as a professional, after qualifying for two Forrest Wood Cup championships as a co-angler. One of the anglers competing against Boyles is 18-year FLW Tour veteran Terry Segraves, who lives near Lake Toho and is considered an early favorite. 

Arkansas Farmers Say Syngenta Tainted Grain Supply To Promote GMO

At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media.  But one of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of two Newport farms, contains a previously unreported twist: an allegation that Syngenta, a global agribusiness, has engaged in a criminal conspiracy to contaminate the U.S. corn crop to force China, other nations that buy U.S. corn and U.S. farmers to accept genetically modified corn.  The suit, field by the Emerson Poynter law firm, which has offices in Little Rock and Houston, alleges that Syngenta violated the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, which is usually used to fight organized crime. The seed in question is Agrisure Viptera, also known as MIR 162, which has been genetically modified to resist corn pests like earworms and cutworms.

Mel Coleman of North Arkansas Electric elected as NRECA president

Mel Coleman, CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Salem, was elected as the president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) board of directors during the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting. NRECA is the largest trade association based in Washington, D.C.“I am humbled and honored to hold this office and represent the interests of electric cooperative members across the nation,” Coleman said.  Coleman, who began his career at North Arkansas Electric in 1988, said that although technology has evolved, the mission of the electric cooperatives remains the same as it was in the 1930s and 1940s. “Electric cooperatives are focused on providing reliable, affordable electric service to members with locally elected board members providing leadership to the nation’s more than 900 electric cooperatives,” he said. During his two-year term Coleman said he plans to address strategic areas that are impacting the locally owned electric cooperatives, while providing additional strength in expanding international electrification efforts. “Our international efforts are comparable to the beginning of America’s electric cooperatives about 75 years ago,” Coleman said. “The cooperatives provided electricity to those that otherwise would not be served. The result is a higher quality of life for present and future generations. We are very fortunate in our nation. The international electrification efforts serve to better lives of those in need in 26 countries around the globe and share our success.”

Proposals Target Fraud Against Missouri Seniors and Disabled

Proposals that aim to stem the financial exploitation of seniors and disabled adults are being considered in the Missouri state legislature.  Two House bills and one bill in the Senate propose letting a financial agent who suspects a senior or disabled adult client is being financially exploited or defrauded refuse to disburse funds from that client’s account.  The bills also would allow that agent to contact a family member, legal guardian, or other person with a legal connection to the client and notify them of the possible fraud. Currently an agent cannot reach out to someone who is not an authorized party on the account. After 10 days the transaction would proceed unless extended by court action.

Americans Deep in Debt

New statistics show Americans are deeper in debt now than any time in the last ten years and the Employee Benefit Research Institute reports 55 to 64 year olds heading into retirement are facing more debt than any other age group. "Maybe they have retired but they're struggling and realize that they just can't make it work right now and so, they have to come back into the workforce," said Mark Foster, education director for Credit Counseling of Arkansas. Credit Counseling of Arkansas says credit card debt and mortgage payments can start to pile up. But a Bankrate.com study shows medical bills are be the leading cause of debt in retirement. Foster says being prepared for the worst is the best financial move you can make.  When it comes to eliminating debt, CCOA believes a little financial discipline can go a long way.

Is America Facing A Sleeping Crisis?

There are a lot of Americans who are not getting enough sleep. In fact, the problem has reached the point where the Centers for Disease  Control is calling a lack of sleep a "public health epidemic."Teens may be the biggest victim of this problem that researchers at Columbia University are calling the "great sleep recession."  They conducted an extensive survey and found that during an 21 year period teens were getting less and less sleep.  Teens should get at least nine hours of sleep, the average is only seven.  So what happens if you don't get enough sleep?  It can cause you to eat more and it also shrinks your brain.  Sleep deprivation also is linked to type 2 diabetes. If you don't enough rest you could also have slow reaction time which isn't good for things like driving. If getting to sleep is a problem you may want to adjust your nighttime routine, go to bed at the same time every night and find a way to wind down and relax before hitting the hay.