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Arrest Report:



8-29-14

Brian E. Harris - Berryville - 23 - failure to pay

Matthew J. Jacob - Green Forest - 39 - driving on suspended, failure to appear, hold for other agency

Cynthia A. Reynolds - Berryville - 41 - driving on suspended license

Daniel R. Simmons - Green Forest - 20 - public intox, possession, possession instrument of crime

​Jonathon E. Zovak - Eureka Springs - 28 - sexual assault 


​​8-28-14


Allen M. Collier - Berryville - 42 - failure to pay, body attachment for child support

Nicholas L. Correia - Eureka Springs - 25 - DWI, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia, implied consent

Victoria A. Kelley - Berryville - 37 - hold for Boone County

Heather M. Luedke - Green Forest - 39 - no D.L., careless/prohibited driving, noisy muffler, carrying prohibited weapon, no proof of insurance

David A. Mell - Berryville - 23 - criminal mischief

Carlos R. Pecina - Berryville - 50 - failure to appear, failure to change drivers license

Everado P. Villegas - Berryville - 31 - driving on suspended license, no drivers license



8-27-14


Donnie L. Brewer - Green Forest - 36 - failure to comply with sex offender registration

Ozzy R. Duarte - Berryville - 25 - theft of property, fraudulent use of a credit/debit

Carlmer Laibwu - Springdale - 34 - failue to appear

Mathew R. Tittor - Eagle Rock, Mo - 36 - public intoxication, disorderly conduct, domestic battery



8-26-14

No bookings in past 24 hours.



​8-24-14

Jimmy R. Howard - Berryville - 62 - careless and prohibited driving, no proof of insurance, driving on suspended license, fictiticious license, no seat belt

Jose F. Jaramillo-Ruiz - Eureka Springs - 26 - speeding, driving on suspended license, no proof of insurance, ficticious vehicle license

James E. Linder - Huntsville - 29 - driving on suspended license

Robert B. Orman - Berryville - 21 - disorderly conduct, public intox

Marco A. Perez - Berryville - 40 - public into

Randall A. Sisco - Berryville - 51 - parole warrant-absconding

Eleazar Trujillo - Berryville - 33 - speeding, DWI, failure to exhibit license on demand


8-23-14

​Ulises Jesus ARias-Santizo - Green Forest - 28 - no drivers license
















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News For August 28, 2014


New Miss Carroll County Crowned at Fair- Kylee Sigmon

Miss Carroll County 2014, Kylee Sigmon was crowned during ceremonies Wednesday night at the Carroll County Fair.  Kylee is a senior at Berryville High School and is very involved in school and community activities. First Runner-up was Magalie Riviera of Green Forest and Second runner-up was Kenley Williams of Green Forest.



Two Injured in Accident

The pickup truck in this picture was hit by another vehicle in the 200 block of N. Carroll (Hwy 311) in Green Forest Tuesday night.  Two people in the vehicle that hit the pickup had already hit an electric pole snapping it into before hitting the parked pickup.  Both the driver and passenger were air-lifted from the scene to area hospitals.  GF Police Chief John Bailey said due to the severity of the accident, Arkansas State Police are investigating for his department and have five days in which to file a report.


Two Boone County Residents Killed

Two people from Harrison died in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday in Boone County.  The Arkansas State Police says Tiffany Lewis, 33, and Charles McMurtry, 44, died when the driver of a pickup in which they were riding lost control in a curve, left the road, hit a highway sign and a fence, and overturned.  The crash was about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday on Arkansas 392 in Batavia.  The driver of the truck was taken to a Fayetteville hospital for treatment of his injuries.



Tyson, Hillshire Reach Merger Settlement with U.S. 

Tyson Foods Inc. reached a settlement with the Justice Department's antitrust division clearing the poultry giant to acquire Hillshire Brands Co., the companies said Wednesday.  The proposed settlement, which will allow Tyson to buy Hillshire for $63 per share in cash, is still subject to the court approval under the Antitrust Procedures and Penalties Act.

Tyson will also be required to divest itself of Heinold Hog Markets, its sow-purchasing business, in order to proceed with the $8.5 billion acquisition, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Without the divestiture, “the transaction would have combined companies that account for more than a third of sow purchases from U.S. farmers, thereby likely reducing competition for purchases of sows from farmers,” the department said.  The Illinois, Iowa and Missouri attorneys general joined the settlement that the companies reached with the Justice Department.



Powerboat Owner Dies After Crash Saturday 

The owner of a Rhode Island-based powerboat company has died after a high-speed boat crash on Lake of the Ozarks last weekend.  Mike Fiore, 44, of Bristol, Rhode Island, died Tuesday evening at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, according to Frank Sciacca, general counsel for Fiore's company, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats. Sciacca said in a statement that Fiore died from complications from surgery after the accident.  The highway patrol's water division says Fiore was the throttle man on the boat that flipped over at more than 150 mph on Saturday morning. Authorities say wind played a role in the crash.  Sciacca says Fiore was married with three young children, and his family and friends are devastated by his death.  Funeral arrangements are pending.


Unaccompanied Children Pose Little Risk of Spreading Infectious Disease

The Arkansas Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has concluded that unaccompanied children who have arrived in the state from Central America pose little risk of spreading infectious diseases to the public. There are no U.S. Health and Human Services’ shelters housing unaccompanied children in Arkansas, but children have been placed with family members or sponsors in the state.

Children from Central America often participate in childhood vaccination programs, similar to those in the U.S., while still in their native country. However, there are a few vaccinations that are offered in the U.S. that are not offered in Central American countries. These include the flu, chickenpox and pneumococcal vaccines.

Children arriving to the U.S. from Central America receive multiple vaccines before they are released from the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement’s-funded program into a community. These vaccines protect against: tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningococcal disease, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, flu, pneumonia, polio, and hepatitis A and B. Furthermore, any child who enrolls in an Arkansas school also must meet state vaccination requirements. 

In addition, the Office of Refugee Resettlement screens all children for tuberculosis. Children found to have TB disease are sent to shelters that have the capacity to care for them. Only those children who are no longer infectious are placed with a sponsor.



State Emergency Preparedness Conference Underway in Springdale

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is hosting its annual conference at the Holiday Inn and Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.  State and local officials are traveling from all over Arkansas for training in emergency preparedness and homeland security.  The conference is teaming up with the Arkansas Emergency Management Association to focus on the latest techniques to keep Arkansans safe. The state has seen hard times this year in emergency management.  As a result, emergency responders are looking to improve efficiency.  The conference is at the Holiday Inn and Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale.The convention will wrap up Friday.



EPA Awards $100,000 to Arkansas Dept. of Environmental Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $100,000 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for water management planning.  The funds will be used to conduct analysis of chemical samples of rivers, streams and lakes in Ark.  The Clean Water Act allows EPA to issue states funding for regional water quality management planning projects. The program also enables EPA to help direct pollution control efforts to where they are most needed, and respond to emergencies such as floods and spills.  One in three Americans get their drinking water from public systems that rely on seasonal and rain-dependent streams.  The EPA is taking public comment on a rule to help protect the nation's waters. For more information, visit: www.epa.gov/uswaters.


Woman Admits Tax Evasion

A woman who was found guilty of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Andy Williams Moon River Theater, has now admitting hiding those fund to void income taxes.  According to U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson, Dawn Cleveringa, 59, of Branson pleaded guilty Tuesday in Springfield federal court to tax evasion.  Cleveringa was the controller of the Andy Williams Theater from 1992 to 2009.  She was convicted in 2012 of stealing more than $678,000 from the Moon River Theater.  Prosecutors accused her of manipulating accounts to cover up the theft.  She served a 60 day shock jail sentence and has been on probation.  The federal charges cover only the taxes evaded on the $678,000. She admitted that she failed to include some of the embezzled income on her federal income tax return.  Sentencing will be held later, but Cleveringa faces up to three years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and restitution.



Mo. Senator McCaskill to Investigate Police Militarization


​Senator McCaskill plans a hearing on the militarization of police departments as soon as Congress returns to Washington from its August break.  She is among the critics of the use of military equipment in the Ferguson riots, suggesting the department had equipment it doesn’t need and misused the equipment it had.  McCaskill says her committee needs to look at how much equipment departments have gotten, how often they’ve used it, and how expensive is it to maintain.  She recalls when she was state auditor looking into the hazardous materials equipment that had been sent by the federal government to Missouri police departments after the 2001 terrorist attacks and finding more than half of the departments had never taken the equipment out of its boxes.




News for August 27, 2014



Berryville School Board Report - Board Approves Student Drug Screening Policy


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


Members Present: Todd Howard, Kristi Howerton, Jeff Miles, Sherri Plumlee & David Waller.

Members Absent: Vonda Bailey


The minutes and financial reports were approved by the Board.


The Board approved the following fundraiser requests for the 2014-15 school year:

Athletics – Punt/Pass Kick & Halftime Challenge

SR Cheer – Football Kiddie Camp; Paw Print Tattoo/Miss Holiday & Miss BHS Pageant; & Miss Spring Spirit

Band – Chili Supper; Drive-Thru Spaghetti Dinner; Sell Advertising; Car Wash; 50/50 Raffle; Spare Change Drive; & Sell School Spirit Trinkets


The Board received a written and verbal Buildings/Grounds/Facilities update from Doug Harris as well as the Preliminary State Aid Notice dated July 31, 2014.


The Board approved the following:

Student Drug Screening Policy as recommended by Dr. Clark; Student Transfer Requests as submitted; Employee Disclosure Forms as submitted; the 2014-15 Salary Schedulesfor district staff; the 2014-15 Personnel Policies for certified and classified district staff; moving the September 15th meeting to September 22nd due to budget approval timelines.


The Board discussed the School Board Vacancy Procedures following the resignation of school board member Lydia King Zone 3 effective August 5, 2014. Anyone interested in that position needsto contact Dr. Clark in the Superintendent’s Office immediately. The Board received reports from the Principals. Dr. Clark reported that as of August 19th there were 1,985 students attending Berryville School.The Board reviewed the Testing Data, Advertising, and Professional Development as submitted by Mindy Hicks, Test Coordinator.


The Board also approved resignations, teacher transfers and new hires.



Last Chance for Science Teachers to Apply for $500 Grants - Online Applications Due September 15


September 15 is the deadline for public middle school science teachers (grades 5-8) in Alpena, Berryville, Eureka Springs, and Green Forest to apply for grants through Arkansas Community Foundation’s Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) program. Guidelines and application instructions are available at www.arcf.org. The SIMS program encourages hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) instruction by providing funding to help teachers purchase materials for classroom projects. Proposed projects must meet the state science curriculum frameworks, and the cost of project materials must not exceed $500. Up to 300 SIMS grants will be selected from the proposals submitted in counties served by one of Arkansas Community Foundation’s 27 local offices, including the local Carroll County Community Foundation.


“Our goal is to support as many local teachers as possible,” said Janell Robertson, executive director of the Carroll County Community Foundation. “We’re asking local parents, students and schools to encourage all local public middle school science teachers to apply!”


The SIMS program uses an easy, online application process through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, an organization that helps teachers find funding for classroom projects. Applicants simply complete an online profile at www.DonorsChoose.org/SIMS, write a description of the project for which they are requesting materials and select the materials they need. A local committee from the Carroll County Community Foundation will review proposals from teachers in our area. DonorsChoose will ship all requested materials directly to the teachers whose proposals are selected.


Former Jailers Receive Probation


Two former employees of the Taney County Jail receive suspended sentences of 5 years supervised probation after pleading guilty to sexual contact with a prisoner. Twenty-three-year-old Chad Brewer and 22-year-old Corey Ridings were fired from the sheriff’s office last May. According to a probable cause statement, Brewer inappropriately touched a female prisoner and Ridings engaged in sexual intercourse with a female prisoner. The contact was not forced, and involved the same inmate on several occasions, according to the statement. Ridings, of Bradleyville, was originally charged with 4 counts, but his charges were reduced to a single count of sexual contact with a prisoner. In addition to supervised probation, Ridings is ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.



Tyson Foods’ Missouri Problem Risks Millions in Government Contracts


Tyson Foods could lose around $500 million in government contracts if found guilty in and ongoing criminal probe by the Environmental Protection Agency over the recent release of toxic chemicals at a plant in Monett, Mo.Since 2000 the U.S. government has awarded Tyson Foods more than $4.7 billion in contract business, but guilty findings in the Monett investigation could end all or some of that lucrative business arrangement.


The meat giant’s latest mistake sent Aliment tainted wastewater into the city’s wastewater plant which released high levels of ammonia into Monett’s water system. The ammonia killed an estimated 100,000 fish in a four-mile stretch, according to lawsuits filed in the case. Tyson said the Aliment, an additive used in chicken feed, was hauled to the Monett site from its feed mill in Aurora and inadvertently mixed in Tyson’s pretreated wastewater system. The state’s report notes that Tyson did not immediately notify the city’s wastewater plant of possible contamination, but instead tried to clean up the accident once the mistake was realized. Scott Edwards, a litigator for the Food & Water Justice arm of Food and Water Watch, said Tyson and other poultry plants and wastewater mishaps are nothing new. He said the criminal probe this time is more serious in nature. Edwards said the civil suit is likely to result in a hefty fine, with some promised safeguard to prevent future incidents. But, the problems will likely continue to resurface in other facilities because the Band-aids applied don’t usually stick. It is the EPA action that could be a big financial hit.



Flu Season Just Around the Corner


We may have one more month of summer left, but families should already be thinking about flu season. It is lurking just around the corner. Although influenza activity is low right now in the U.S., flu outbreaks will usually begin as early as October. That's why public health officials are urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot beginning in early September. The Centers for Disease Control says the earlier you get inoculated the better, because the flu shot will cover you throughout the season, which traditionally peaks in January to February, but many times can stretch to the month of May. According to the CDC for this flu season, manufacturers have projected they will provide between 153-158 million doses of vaccine for the U.S. market. In fact, at least 2 major manufacturers have said they've already begun to ship their supply. So you should be seeing available flu shots in doctor's offices, pharmacies, even grocery stores within the next few weeks.




Hewlett-Packard Recall of Power Cords


Hewlett-Packard (HP) is recalling computer power cords after 29 reports of the cords overheating, melting or charring resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of property damage. The recall involves Hewlett-Packard’s LS-15 AC power cords. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 5,577,000 units were sold in the U.S. and 446,700 units were sold in Canada. The cords were sold with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers with AC adapter-powered accessories like docking stations. They are black in color and have an “LS-15” molded mark on the AC adapter end of the cord. Notebook and mini notebook computers and accessories were sold with the AC power cords at computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers and online at www.hp.com worldwide from September 2010 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1500. Consumers are asked to stop using the product, unplug the cord immediately and contact HP to order a free replacement. HP says consumers can continue to use the computer on battery power. You can call HP toll-free at 877-219-6676 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday, or online at HP’s website.





News For August 26, 2014


C.C. Quorum Court Rescinds Ordinance in Emergency Meeting

It took over one hour of discussion between J.P.'s, the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Devon Closser and Sheriff Bob Grudek to come to an agreement, and pass by a vote of 9 for and 1 against to rescind Ordinance 2014-6.  That ordinance  named the Sheriff as collector of fines, fees and costs assessed in the Circuit Courts of Carroll County at the July 18th Quorum Court meeting.      The Emergency Ordinance Monday that was passed gave the job of collections back to the Circuit Clerks office, for the simple fact that Sheriff Grudek said he is not ready to assume the totality of the Ord. 2014-6.    JP Jack Deaton called the meeting Monday...............

The Quorum Court will revisit the subject at their next meeting, September 26th. 




Berryville Police Work Accidents

The Berryville Police Department worked an accident August 21st at the intersection of College and Pritchard.  Aaron Wiley of Berryville, driving a Chevy Silverado and pulling a trailer was westbound on College when the trailer came off and struck a 2008 Ford parked at 301 Pritchard.  The car belonged to Jamealea Rainey of Berryville.  The collision caused extensive damage to the Ford.    Police cited Wiley with failure to secure load.

Berryville Police also worked an accident August 23rd at Eureka St./N. Main at Freeman Court.  Almita Capelle of Springdale, driving a 2003 Buick, failed to yield at the intersection and pulled out in front of a 2014 Hyundai causing the collision.  The Hyundai was driven by Allen Phillips of Green Forest.  No injuries were noted.  Berryville Police cited Capelle with no driver's license, no insurance and failure to yield.



Miss Carroll County Queens Contestant Interview

Our sixth and final interview of the Senior Queen's contestants is Tahlia Colvin.................


The Junior and Miss Carroll County Pageant is Wednesday evening beginning a 7pm.



Madison County Quorum Court Discusses Jail Facility Review Report

MCR - The Madison County Quorum Court at their last regular meeting discussed the Madison County Jail facilities review report that was produced after the state’s Criminal Detention Facilities Review Committee toured the jail and spoke with county and sheriff’s office officials on July 25.  Before issuing the report, the committee had informed the county that the jail would be placed on probation, and would have to meet a shortterm objective in adding personnel and a long-term objective in adding space at the facility in order to remain open. The quorum court on Aug. 4 approved the allocation of funds to hire two additional dispatchers/jailers, who have since been hired and are in training.   Regarding the county’s long-term plan, the report states, “The plan (for the facility to meet jail standards) is contingent upon funding provided by ballot in the Nov. 4 general election. If the county does not provide plans and a funding proposal by Nov. 5, the same actions listed above will be implicated.”



Body of Drowning Victim Recovered

The body of a Hollister man missing since July 19 was recovered near the Emerald Point area of Table Rock Lake Monday.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the body of Nicholas R. Young, 25, of Hollister was recovered from the lake at 10:46 a.m.  Sergeant Jason M. Pace with the Highway Patrol says Young reportedly fell overboard after attempting to step from one boat to another on July 19.  Young swam to the boat, but fell back in the water as he attempted to climb on board and disappeared.  Young’s body was taken by Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy to Springfield to determine the official cause of death.



Lottery Scholarships

The state Lottery Commission projected that in the current fiscal year $78.2 million will be available for scholarships. In Fiscal 2012 the lottery generated more than $97 million for scholarships, and in the following two years the total fell to $90 million and $81 million.  Lottery experts say that in every state where a lottery is created, revenue tends to decline after a few years because the initial excitement wanes.  The legislature has had to reduce scholarship amounts because of declines in lottery ticket sales.  Higher education and lottery officials anticipate that there will be enough money to fund scholarships for all college students whose grades make them eligible this year.  If you have any questions or comments about legislative issues, please contact me at Bryan.King@senate.ar.gov or call me at 870-438-4565.





News For August 25, 2014


Carroll County Fair Parade Kicks Off Fair Week

​The Annual Carroll County Fair Parade Saturday kicked off Fair Week.  Folks lined up around and along the Berryville Square and Hwy. 62 as the parade moved through the Square and around to the Community Center.  Here's some commentary from Brad Archer, Regina Williams and Jamie Hussey live downtown Saturday morning..............



Tonight is Family Fun Night beginning at 6pm.  Family Fun Night is coordinated by the Junior Fair Board. 



Here's todays Miss Carroll County Queens Contestant interview with Hailey Hill...............



Berryville School Leaders Across the State


Berryville administrators are not keeping their leadership skills at just the local level. Dr. Doug Harris and Principal Owen Powell are active leaders in the region and across the state. Owen Powell, Berryville High School Principal, is the President of the Northwest Arkansas Transportation Association. Mr. Powell began his officer succession when he was Assistant Principal and the Transportation Director for Berryville School District. After being promoted into the position of HS Principal, his new title did not include any transportation duties. However, Mr. Powell wanted to continue his role with the Transportation Association to fulfill his duties that he was elected to and to allow the Berryville School District to continue to have representation in the association.

Dr. Doug Harris, Director of Facilities, Transportation and Special Programs for the Berryville School District, is currently the Vice President of the Arkansas Association of Federal Coordinators (AAFC), and he will serve as president next year. He has been a member of the AAFC for twenty years and a board member for six years before being elected to the succession officer line three years ago. Harris is also a director and board member of the Arkansas School Plant Managers Association (ASPMA).  The ASPMA joined AAEA in an effort to better prepare school districts for applying and spending state partnership funds. Dr. Harris is a member of the State Committee of Practitioners and a member of the Arkansas Advisory Committee on Public School Academic Facilities. He is also a Certified Business Official and was one of the first to have received the Certified Facilities Director designation.

Berryville School District is proud to have leaders in our district like Mr. Powell and Dr. Harris that are not only representing our local people well, but they are willing to serve in leadership capacities at regional and state levels.



Racers Donate Money and Trophies to Little Alex Carpenter


The Oak Grove Speedway held a benefit Go-Cart race last Saturday for little 19 month old Alex Carpenter.  Ron McKelvey with the Oak Grove Speedway said go-cart racers came from as far away as Little Rock to help raise money for Alex's medical expenses.............



Two Seriously Injured in Boat Crash

A high speed boat crash at Lake of the Ozarks seriously injured two racers.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened Saturday morning during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout boat races.  The report said the racers, 47-year-old Joel Begin of Valley Field, Quebec, and 44-year-old Michael Fiore of Bristol, Rhode Island, lost control of the 42-foot catamaran due to "wind interference."  A Facebook video shows the boat was traveling at high speed when it went airborne and flipped end-over-end twice before crashing back into the water at the 34 mile mark of the main channel of the Lake.  Fiore was airlifted to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, where he’s listed in critical condition. Begin is reported in stable condition at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.



Woman Injured in Boating Accident

A woman from Leawood, Kansas is hurt in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake near Point 2 in Taney County.The Missouri State Highway Patrol – Water Division says 59-year-old Carol Kelly was attempting to exit a pontoon boat to go swimming at 10 a.m. Sunday, when she caught her hand on the gate and severed the end her finger.  Kelly was taken by ambulance to Cox Medical Center in Branson.



Stolen Gun Linked to Armed Robbery

A gun reported stolen in Harrison last week is now linked to an alleged armed robbery in Yellville Thursday morning, according to a report.  A Harrison Police report states Marion County officials inquired about a stolen gun shortly after the White Oak gas station was allegedly robbed at gunpoint.  Harrison Police Chief Paul Woodruff says a .380-caliber pistol was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle on East Newman, believed to have been taken on Sunday night. Marion County Sheriff Roger Vickers says 19-year-old David Wilson, 19-year-old Teal Hampton, both of Harrison, and 21-year-old Houston Dunsing of Alpena were all arrested and later charged with Aggravated Armed Robbery and Theft of Property.  A White Oak Station cashier told officers a male subject pointed a gun at him and demanded cash and cigarettes. Authorities later found a vehicle that matched the cashier’s description and were later apprehended. Officers also found most of the stolen money and property.  All three are being held in the Marion County Jail on 100-thousand dollars bond. 



Ozark Regional Transit Needs to Update Fleet

Ozark Regional Transit buses must be upgraded soon, said Joel Gardner, executive director, during a transit board meeting Wednesday.  Recently, one bus engine seized and another had 500,000 or more miles. Both had to be replaced, Gardner said. The timing meant Gardner had do something quickly to meet demands for service, especially because NorthWest Arkansas Community College classes were starting back up.  Gardner decided to use about $238,000 in grant money to buy and outfit four used buses and trade in the transit's two unusable buses. The purchase didn't cost the transit system extra but he planned to save the money to buy a new bus.  The board approved Gardner's purchase of the used buses Wednesday.  The additional buses aren't enough, Gardner said. The transit must upgrade its fleet, especially as the bus system grows, he said.  Ridership on fixed routes and para-transportation skyrocketed this year over previous years as reliability and services have grown, said Kendall Luallen, senior analyst at the transit. Para-transportation alone went up by 31 percent systemwide, including Benton, Washington, Madison and Carroll counties, between January and July this year over the same time period a year ago, transit records show.