News provided by News Director Linda Boyer

Arrest Report:


Thomas J. Allen - Alpena - 50 - assault on family or household member

Tommy L. Jerrell - Kingston - 40 - failure to appear

​Valerie J. Langer - Oak Grove - 42 - public intox


Robert B. Orman - Green Forest - 21 - public intox, possession fo controlled substance

Rodriguez Tarpwillin - Green Forest - 41 - public intox


Dawn E. Everett - Harrison - 31 - possession controlled substance-meth, possession drug paraphernalia-meth, drug paraphernalia, unsafe vehicle, no driver's license, DWUI drugs, white warrant-Boone County

Roy E. Lindow - Eureka Springs - 68 - no proof of insurance, DWI, careless/prohibited driving, failure to show registration

Daniel R. Simmons - Green Forest - 20 - domestic battery

Kevin C. Strickland - Oak Grove - 42 - failure to pay


Nikita L. Choate - Alpena - 21 - failure to appear

Heather R. Dean - Harrison - 30 - texting while driving, DWI, drinking on highway, imlied consent, reckless driving

​James F. Price - Holiday Island - 61 - DWI, careless & prohibited driving


Michael P. D'angelo - Berryville - 31 - theft of property

Ray A. Fry Jr - Oak Grove - 39 - body attachment

Zackary K. Hudson - Eureka Springs - 23 - failure to appear

Shawn P. McCallum - Ward, Ar- 33 - hold for ADC parole violation


Eddie L. J. Chriswell - Eureka Springs - 26 - domestic battery

​Jenson W. Faught - Oak Grove - 26 - failure to appear x 2, failue to pay


Alberto B. Gutierrez - Green Forest - 28 - no proof of insurance x 2

​Christy L. Strickland - Eureka Springs - 32 - drug court violation

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News For Monday, October 20, 2014

Early Voting Begins Today

Early voting begins today in Arkansas and Carroll County residents can early vote at the CC Courthouse from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, and 10am-4pm on Saturday through November 3rd.  There is also a Facebook page available with election information at Carroll County Arkansas Elections.  

Sample ballots are also available at the Berryville Courthouse, or email your request with your name and address to carrollclerk@arkansasclerks.com and get your sample ballot via email.

Arkansas Election Board Responding to Voter ID Ruling

Arkansas Board of Election Commissioners Director Justin Clay says his staff has updated forms and instructions after the state Supreme Court found that the state's voter ID law is unconstitutional.  Clay said revised instructions for poll workers were sent Friday.  He says identification procedures that were in place before Jan. 1 when the voter ID law went into effect are being used. The state Supreme Court on Wednesday found that the law is unconstitutional because it adds a new requirement in order to vote.  Officials say some voters may still be asked for an ID, but not a photo. An example would be a voter who registered at a new address and the previous address isn't yet removed from the registration list.

Carroll County Quorum Court Report

It was a routine business day for J.P.'s Friday.  All J.P.'s were present along with Judge Sam Barr.  Justices approved the following:  

An Ordinance amending a 2008 ordinance raising the annual assessment fee at the Sylvan Shores Subordinant Service District.  It was the third and final reading.An Ordinance appropriating FEMA reimbursement money to the Road and Bridge Disaster Fund.
An Appropriation Ordinance amending the budget of the CC Sheriff's office to add $21,000 from Tyson Inc. for AED's
An Ordinance repealing  CC Ordinance 2003-013 establishing a Vicious Dog Ordinance and hiring an Animal Control Officer.  (Never implemented due to funding)
A Resolution confirming the appointment of Sam Wrd to the Western Carroll County Ambulance District

J.P. Jack Deaton reported the 2015 Budget is being fine tuned and the Budget Committee should have a budget for review by the November meeting.  

Green Forest 2nd Annual Trick or Trot

The 2nd Annual Trick or Trot 5K and 1 mile walk is coming up Saturday, October 25th, beginning across from the football field.  Michelle Perez, GF Junior Class President said it serves as a fund-raiser for the Junior Class spring prom................

State Supreme Court Refuses to Remove Alcohol Measure

The Arkansas Supreme Court has denied a petition that had sought to remove a measure on the November ballot regarding statewide alcohol sales. Citizens for Local Rights, opponents to the proposal, had claimed the petition signatures collected to get the measure on the ballot were not turned in on time - on July 7 instead of July 4. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office had said when the deadline falls on a holiday, the signatures can be turned on the following business day.Right now the counties in Arkansas are nearly split down the middle, 38 "wet" and 37 "dry." According to the ballot initiative, counties will not be allowed to go dry if the initiative passes, but counties can regulate sales.

Official Says Locomotive Was Going Faster Than Told 

The locomotive that hit a stalled passenger train and injured dozens of people Thursday was moving several miles per hour faster than it should have been under a dispatcher’s directions, a federal official said Friday.  Mark Rosekind, one of the National Transportation Safety Board’s five members, said the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad locomotive appeared to have been traveling at 25 mph.  An interview with the company’s dispatcher indicated it should have been moving at 20 mph or less for safety reasons, Rosekind said. The board’s investigators arrived Thursday after a head-on crash between the two vehicles. The agency investigates accidents and makes safety recommendations but has no enforcement power.  A passenger train carrying more than 40 people from Springdale to Van Buren stalled on the tracks a few miles southeast of West Fork about 10 a.m. Thursday. An engine sent from the south to help ended up ramming the stationary train at 10:25 a.m. At least 49 people were taken to three Northwest Arkansas hospitals, including six with serious injuries, according to spokesmen for the hospitals.

State Fair Attendance Down 

The Arkansas State Fair's 75th anniversary celebrations ended Sunday with a 12-minute fireworks show after 10 days of rides, livestock shows, music and lots of fried food.  Overall attendance at the fair this year is expected to be about 10 percent lower than last year because of poor weather during the opening weekend.   Sunday's total visitors will be announced sometime today, but by the end of the day Saturday, more than 356,700 people had attended since opening day Oct. 10.    Saturday's attendance was up significantly over last year's second Saturday crowd of about 80,000.

Wal-Mart Scaling Back U.S. Growth to Focus on E-Commerce

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is scaling back its growth in U.S. stores next year, while investing more in e-commerce.  The company also says it's conducting a major diagnostic review of its U.S. Wal-Mart business and will update investors of plans early next year.  The review comes as it aims to revive business at Wal-Mart discount stores, which have not recorded growth in revenue at locations opened at least a year for six straight quarters.  Wal-Mart told investors on Wednesday that it's opening 60 to 70 super centers its next fiscal year, down from the expected 120 stores this year.  The company also plans to add 180 to 200 Neighborhood Markets next year, from the 170 stores slated for this year. It's reducing its expansion growth of its smaller Wal-Mart Express stores.

News For Friday, October 17, 2014

Multiple Injuries in Arkansas Train Crash

Two trains collided in rural northwest Arkansas Thursday, critically injuring about five people.  Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Rick Fahr says a passenger train collided with another train on Thursday near Winslow, between Fayetteville and Fort Smith.  Washington County Emergency Management Director John Luther says 37 people were able to walk away from the wreck.  Officials say there were a combined 44 passengers and six crew members on both trains.  The passenger train was carrying tourists on a sight-seeing trip, known as an "excursion train," operated by Arkansas & Missouri Railroad. Arkansas & Missouri Railroad spokesman Ron Sparks says about five people were critically hurt, including a conductor who was airlifted to a hospital with possible back injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board says its investigators are heading to the scene.  Fahr says it's unclear whether the trains crashed head-on.

Pryor: Protecting U.S. Citizens from Ebola Requires Comprehensive Approach, Not Politics 

Arkansans have every right to be alarmed by the Ebola epidemic given the multiple failures we’ve seen unfold. We need to work together as a country to protect the spread of this deadly disease; it is not a time to play politics.  It is clear that the piece-meal approach to contain this outbreak is not enough. We need a comprehensive strategy. It starts with a travel ban for non-citizens coming to the U.S. from affected areas and a stepped-up screening process conducted by health professionals for Americans returning from West Africa.  The CDC needs to swiftly enact updated quarantine procedures, and start providing state health officials with local contact information for people arriving from West Africa. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security has an essential role in disaster response, and should stand ready to provide disaster relief to states should an outbreak occur. Finally, the President needs to designate a single cabinet member to swiftly coordinate this multi-layered response to protect Americans. 

KTHS sat down Thursday with Dr. Milo Warner Emergency Room Physician, Michelle Ganz, vice president of Patient Care Services and Kristi Estrem, President of Mercy Hospital Berryville to get a feel for how Mercy Berryville is preparing for the possibility of a local case of Ebola.   As we have all heard, Arkansans are at very low risk for being exposed to Ebola, and as we hear from Dr. Warner here, you must have the right set of circumstances come together to be vulnerable to catching Ebola.  Nevertheless, it's dialogue we should all listen to carefully, and foremost, do not panic or be apprehensive about exposure to Ebola..........

Berryville Band Preparing for Competitions

Chandler Mann is up next with an interview with the Berryville Band Directors Drew Morris and Michael Moon.  First, about Chandler Mann.  Chandler is our KTHS intern this season. In cooperation with the Arkansas Broadcasters Association, they encourage young people interested in radio broadcasting to apply for the internship to get first-hand, on-hands training in a real live radio station atmosphere.  Chandler has been working the board on Friday nights for the Green Forest football games.  He has cut some commercials you may hear on KTHS and another aspect of his training is to work on news and news interviews.  Chandler is a Berryville graduate and is attending NWACC this semester with plans to switch to College of the Ozarks.  He is the son of Rick and Donesa Mann of Berryville.  And now, here's Chandlers feature news story with the Berryville Band Directors.The Band has some big events coming up, one this Saturday in Rogers........... 

Pine Mountain Hosts Fundraiser for Local Woman

Carrie Dunham, graduate of Eureka Springs schools, and daughter of Sam and Joyce Dunham, has been in Germany for over four years and has been diagnosed with a brain tumor causing Cushing's syndrome, bronchiectasis, widening and destruction of the airways, and other serious ilnesses that are not being treated there due to her American citizenshiip and Germany's socialized medical requirements.

The need to bring her home to the U.S. for treatment has steadily increased to near emergency.  Due to Carrie's daughters, ages 9 and 5, being with her, it will be an expense of close to $4,000 for this to occur.  A benefit show will be held at PIne Mountain Theater on October 21, at a reduced ticket price of $10, whith proceeds going to Carrie's travel fund.  Showtime is 7:30pm.  A CARE account has been set up at Arvest Bank under "Carrie Dunham Medical Expense" donations, and your attendance at a great show would be appreciated.

Fall Garden of the Season Contest Slated

The Eureka Springs Garden Club is looking for "The Fall Garden of the Season" in the ES area.  Fall is a wonderful time to combine mums of multicolors and annual leftovers with pansies and ornamental cabbages, kale and brightly colored pumpkins to make a beautiful display.  

The categories are:  residential garden, commercial garden or themed garden.  The theme is "Fall Fantasy".  Winners receive bragging rights for six weeks, a certificate to display forever and a garden sign in your yard to commemorate your fall garden.  If you, your neighbor or just a place you pass by is worthy of consideration for the contest, contact any Garden Club member or Annie at 479-253-8563 or 479-981-0624 for more information.

Arkansas AG Comments on Voter ID Ruling

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says a State Supreme Court ruling on Thursday makes it clear that the 2013 voter ID law is invalid and does not apply to the upcoming election.  McDaniel says all ballots, including absentee ballots, should be handled in the manner they were before the law was enacted.  McDaniel says after this decision, there are no circumstances which absolutely require a photo ID in order to vote.  Some first-time voters will need to provide some type of identification, but McDaniel says there are alternatives to providing a photo ID. 

Couple Hospitalized After Crashing Ultra-Light Plane

​A husband and a wife are seriously injured after their ultralight plane crashed into the garage of their own home on Thursday night.  The crash was just after 6:30 p.m. on the north side of Branson.  Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace says the injured people are Hubert Barnes, 68, and Diane Barnes, 66.  Pace says they were trying to come in for a landing in their 2010 single-engine ultralight plane when they lost control.   Their home is on Noland Road.  A ground ambulance took the Barneses to a hospital in Springfield.  Pace says the home has minimal damage.  Pace says the couple has often taken off and landed next to their home. Pace says the plane is a Hughes Aerop. Corp. Predator powered parachute.  Six years ago this month, Hubert Barnes suffered minor injuries when he crashed an ultralight plane, according to a report by the Branson Tri-Lakes Daily News.

News For Thursday, October 16, 2014

Carroll County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The Annual Carroll County Farm Bureau Annual meeting was held October 14th in Green Forest.  A special award was presented to the John and Keri Wilson Family of Berryville as the Carroll County Farm Family of the Year.

The Annual Showmanship Awards were presented to the following:  Beef Senior, Kylee Sigmon; Dairy Senior, Erika Fultz; Sheep Senior, Amanda McCullough; Swine Senior, Amanda McCullough; Horse Senior, Kenley Williams; Goat Senior, Jurnee Logan; Beef Junior, Logan Sigmon; Dairy Junior, Addyson Fultz; Sheep Junior, Dawson Stice; Swine Junior, Hope Braziel; Horse Junior, Marlea Stone; Goat Junior, Stran Wagner.

CCSO to Equip Deputies with AED's

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office applied for a grant through the Tyson Foods, Inc. Charitable Giving Committee for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators.  The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office requested $21,320 for the grant which would provide one AED per deputy.    Lt. Mike Zimmerman with the CCSO......

A Deputy is often the first responder in a cardiac emergency arriving before emergency medical personnel.  Unfortunately, this scenario is not rare:  Approximately 365,000 people in the United States fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest every year.  The only effective treatment for sudden cardiac arrest is a shock from an automated external defibrillator, administered as soon as possible.  Defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest increases the chances of survival to 70 percent.  Shock within one minute of collapse raises the survival rate to 90 percent.  This new equipment is now in place to better serve the citizens of Carroll County.  The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office would like to Thank Tyson Foods for approving this grant and funding such a worthy cause.

Pictured from left to right:  Sheriff Bob Grudek, Ty Price Tyson Complex Manager Berryville, Craig McDonald Tyson Plant Manager Berryville, and Mike Armstrong Tyson Complex HR Manager

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins.

In a decision that could have major implications in the Nov. 4 election, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that determined the law unconstitutionally added a requirement for voting.  The high court noted the Arkansas Constitution lists specific requirements to vote: that a person be a citizen of both the U.S. and Arkansas, be at least 18 years old and be lawfully registered. Anything beyond that amounts to a new requirement and is therefore unconstitutional, the court ruled.  These four qualifications set forth in our state's constitution simply do not include any proof-of-identity requirement," the ruling said.

Arkansas is among a handful of states where voter ID requirements have been in limbo. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed new restrictions to take effect in North Carolina but blocked Wisconsin's ID requirement.  Wednesday's ruling could impact political races in Arkansas, where early voting is set to begin Monday. The U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, is one of the most heated in the country, and the GOP views the seat as key in its bid to win control of that chamber.

The Republican-led Legislature approved the voter ID law last year, overriding a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, and it took effect Jan. 1. It was later challenged in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and the Arkansas Public Law Center on behalf of four voters they said would be disenfranchised by the requirement. Sen. Bryan King, a Republican from Green Forest who sponsored the law, said he didn't believe the oral arguments before the court gave supporters enough time to make their case.

Huntsville to be Own Contractor for Second Fire Station

The City of Huntsville will move forward with its plans to build a second fire station as its own contractor after the sole bidder on the station declined to lower its bid. Huntsville Fire Chief Jeremy Shinn told the city council Monday night that LRD Construction — who earlier this year made a bid of $672,279.34 to build the station, over the $635,000 in bonds voters approved as part of the city’s one cent sales tax election last year— has yet to offer a lower bid, and he suggested that the city contract the station itself. HuntsvilleMayor Kevin Hatfield said the city will still be required to let bids on any segment of the work that’s over $20,000.

Miss North Central Pageant This Weekend

The Miss North Central Pageant returns to Harrison High School this weekend.  Pageant director JoAnn Tice says the Miss America system helps women achieve  school and business goals.  Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m., 22 girls will be competing within four divisions. The winner from the Miss and Teen divisions will move forward to the state pageant.

Arkansas Department of Health Continues to Provide Ebola Guidance, Training to Health Care Facilities

While Ebola poses a very low risk to Arkansans, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) continues to work with hospitals, emergency medical service providers, laboratories, waste water management facilities, faith-based organizations, the State Chamber of Commerce and the Departments of Education and Higher Education to provide guidance and training to ensure they can appropriately screen, monitor and care for individuals who may be infected with Ebola. Only those individuals who have traveled to Arkansas from the affected West African countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo or Nigeria) or who have cared for an Ebola patient in a health care facility within the last 21 days, are considered at risk for Ebola. Currently, travel to and from Dallas does not pose a risk for contracting Ebola.

Epidemiologists, physicians, communicable disease nurses, infection control experts and others from ADH have been working with key organizations to plan and prepare for an Ebola patient since early August. Arkansas has no active or suspected cases of Ebola, and the risk is very low for the general public. Ebola only spreads from those who are infected AND are experiencing symptoms, such as fever or bleeding.  Ebola is spread from person-to-person through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, vomit, diarrhea, sweat, semen and breast milk, or by exposure to objects contaminated with bodily fluids, such as needles. Ebola does not spread through air, food or water.

ADH will continue to provide additional Ebola training and guidance to health care facilities and other groups as needed. More information can be found at www.healthy.arkansas.gov  or www.cdc.gov/ebola. 

Arkansas 'private option' Medicaid Enrollment Jumps to Nearly 205,000

The Arkansas Department of Human Service says nearly 205,000 people have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents. The department announced Wednesday that 204,811 people had completed enrollment in the "private option" program as of Sept. 30.  That's an increase of more than 10,000 from the tally on Aug. 31.  The agency says the majority of enrollees are between the ages of 19 and 44. The private option plan uses federal Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for poor residents.  Arkansas was the first state given federal approval for such a compromise approach. The program's future is up in the air, pending the outcome of state legislative races in November.  The Legislature must reauthorize the program when it meets early next year.

Missouri and Arkansas to Participate in Statewide Earthquake Drill Today

At 10:16 a.m. Thursday, people across the country are encouraged to stop, look at their surroundings and think about what they would do if an earthquake were to hit at that very moment.  Over 400,000 people in Missouri registered to take part in the statewide earthquake drill.  Oftentimes, plans are made for when an emergency happens at home. But are you prepared if disaster were to strike while you are driving or at work?

​"Are you under an underpass? Are you under telephone lines or a utility pole? Or next to a building that could collapse?" said Chet Hunter, Director of Greene County Emergency Management. "So those are all things that people need to capture. S o at 10:16, when that occurs, stop and think where am I at?  What am I doing when this is happening? And then begin to follow the steps to be prepared for that event."  The proper procedure during an earthquake no matter where you are is to drop, get under a sturdy table, desk or other structure and hold on until the shaking stops.

News For Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NWS confirms EF-1 Tornado Hit Hindsville 

Strong storms that moved through Monday morning bringing heavy winds and rain, with damage concentrated in Madison County.   The National Weather Service surveyed the area Tuesday and confirmed that an EF-1 tornado hit Hindsville.  Dispatchers said strong winds toppled trees and downed power lines.  There were reports of trees blocking lanes on county roads 8340 and 8378.   Another location reported the roof of their house being ripped off.

Berryville Chamber of Commerce Awards Ceremony

The Annual Berryville Chamber of Commerce Awards ceremony was held Tuesday at the Berryville Community Center.  Awards were presented to the following:

Noteworthy New Business - Danny's Tire and Full Service
Business Excellence (over 25 employees) - Brashears Furniture
Small Business Excellence (under 25 employees) - R. Dawn Allen
Youth Ambassador - Kirklyn Powell
Community Ambassador - (presented annually in memory of Tom Earls) - Bobby Thurman
Business Beautification - Kings River Title 
Distinguished Citizen - Richard Harp
Community Humanitarian - Lieu & Helen Smith

Green Forest City Council Report

Green Forest Mayor Charlie Reece announced at Tuesday's meeting that due to legal problems with the property owners, the Walmart Express project has been put off until 2015.  Here Mayor Reece explains why the delay after an update on the Affordable Housing Initiative................

In other business, the Mayor calling it a "no brainer", the Council approved a resolution refunding nearly $400,000 in municipal bonds and USDA Rural Development loans through Raymond James Investments.  Alderman Willa Kerby asked the status on a city offer to buy some property near the city park for a walking trail.  The price, the Mayor told her, is being negotiated with offers and counter-offers.   Buddy Fry reported the city qualified for a 50/50 grant from the Arkansas Rural Develpment grant which the city intends to use to purchase a 24x24 storage building for equipment.  The total cost to the city will be $7,500.

Controversial Drug Dog Incident Limits Tyson's Duties for Now

After a video went viral showing the County's drug dog Tyson attacking a handcuffed suspect lying on the ground in Green Forest, threats have been received against the Sheriff's office, deputy D.J. Harlan, handler of Tyson, and the deputies family.  The dog broke away from its handler and attacked Brennan Badley as he lay face-down on the ground with handcuffs behind his back.  Tyson, a Belgian Malamute, also would not obey commands three times from his handler to let go of Badley.   The attack was met with horror by the public and comments filled up Facebooks around the area.  KTHS talked to Sheriff Bob Grudek Tuesday..............

Thousands Expected in Area for Annual Craft Fairs

Organizers of craft fairs starting this week are foregoing sleep to put the final touches on events that bring thousands of arts-and-crafts lovers to Northwest Arkansas.  The show is among three craft fairs run separately, but clustered together near War Eagle Mill.  About 250 vendors plan to showcase homemade items at the show, she said.  Making sure the craft fairs are fun, full of arts and crafts, clean, safe and accessible takes long-time planning, local organizers said. Fields are fertilized or used for hay in some  cases, and maintaining property is a lot of work, organizers said. Trees are trimmed, and grass is mowed and trimmed.  Besides the grounds, organizers deal with trying to find  or jury vendors, advertising and marketing, staff or volunteers, layout and designs, tents, parking plans and supplies.  

Prison Sentences Handed Down in Stone County

Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby provides updates on several pending cases in Stone County Circuit Court.   Nineteen-year-old Kelby Tettenhorst of Mount Vernon is sentenced to 7 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to charges of burglary and theft. Twenty-three-year-old Tara Carroll of Branson is sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine. Thirty-five-year-old Christina Compton of Springfield is sentenced to 7 years in prison on charges of burglary, tampering and possession of a controlled substance. Selby says 4 others received probation on drug charges, including 19-year-old Austin Pendergrass and 29-year-old Carl Jackson of Galena; 45-year-old Katrina Starnes of Springfield, and 45-year-old Thomas Shockley of Reeds Spring. 

Missouri Conservation Officials are Scaling Back  Proposed Regulations for Deer Farms and Hunting Preserves. 

The Department of Conservation is still recommending that Missouri ban the importation of deer from other states as part of an effort to guard against the spread of chronic wasting disease.  But department staff members are dropping a recommendation to require double fencing around farms that hold captive deer for breeding or hunting purposes.  The state Conservation Commission is to consider the recommended rule changes during a meeting Friday.    The proposed deer regulations have been controversial at the state Capitol. Lawmakers who were frustrated with the department passed a bill this year that would have shifted regulatory oversight to the Department of Agriculture. But lawmakers failed to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto. 

State Postpones Flu Shot Clinics - Vaccine Delays Push Elementary Schools to Front of Line

The Arkansas Department of Health is postponing public influenza vaccination clinics across the state because of a delay in receiving 256,450 doses of the vaccine, officials said.  Officials with one distribution company have said delays in manufacturing caused the late shipments. The vaccine is expected to arrive no later than early November, officials said.  Meanwhile, about 191,800 doses of vaccine that the state has received will be used in school clinics that are planned for every school district in the state, said Kerry Krell, a Health Department spokesman.  Vaccinating young children is important to slow the spread of influenza, said Jennifer Dillaha, Health Department medical director for immunizations.  About 190,000 doses of vaccine were used last year in school clinics, according to data released previously by the Health Department. Another 60,000 were used for community clinics.

Health Department public vaccination clinics were to open this month and continue through November, Krell said. At least one was to open this month in every county of the state. The clinics will be scheduled again once the vaccine arrives, she said. Vaccinations have already started at school clinics and are to continue into early December. If any vaccine is left after the school clinics wrap up, it will be offered to people considered at high risk of severe illness from influenza, Dillaha said. Those at high risk include pregnant women, men and women older than age 65, and people with chronic disease or asthma. Public clinics offer a convenient way for people to receive influenza shots. The vaccinations are free to people who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover the shots. But, Krell said, people should not wait until the Health Department has a supply to get their influenza shots.  Arkansas is one of 28 states already reporting "sporadic" influenza cases, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Department of Health. 

Miss Carroll County Kylee Sigmon competed in the first round of the Arkansas State Fair Pageant Tuesday, October 14th and won the Interview portion of pageant and has advanced on to the finals on Saturday.