News provided by News Director Linda Boyer
Robert A. Bareika - Holiday Island - 57 - DWI, reckless driving, carrying a prohibited weapon, no license plate, no proof of liability insurance, no seat belt
Adam J. White - Berryville - 27 - failure to appear
Joyce S. Disheroon - Green Forst - 62 - passing bad checks x 2
Scott G. Logan - homeless - 31 - failure to appear
Tiara S. Shelton - Harrison - 29 - failure to pay
Adam Thibodeaux - Oak Grove - 19 - filing false report, reckless driving, fleeing
Loyd H. Turbyfill - Harrison - 47 - hold for other agency
Juan P Vasquez - Berryville - 32 - speeding, driving on suspended or revoked license
Tony J. Walker - Berryville - 29 - domestic battery
Scott G. Logan - Green Forest - 31 - failure to appear
Lorrena M. Webber - Green Forest - 37 - drug paraphernalia, revocation of suspended sentence or probation
Nicholas R. Brandt - Holiday Island - 36 - breaking or entering, battery, aggravated assault on fam/household member
Jose Camacho - Green Forest - 20 - failure to pay
Jose A. Duarte-Vasquez - Marshall - 27 - driving on suspended license
Ruben P. Landeros - Berryville - 41 - drug court commitment
Jennifer M. Sargent - Berryville - 29 - failure to pay, careless/prohibited driving, driving on suspended license, no proof of insurance, fictitious vehicle license
Kyle Martindale - Tulsa, Ok - 24 - driving on suspended license, driving left of center, no seat belt, public intox, running stop sign
Robert C. Poyner - Green Forest - 38 - affidavit theft of property
Alejandro J. Salina - Berryville - driving on suspended/revoked license, one or no headlights, careless/prohibited driving, no drivers license, no liability insurance, failure to appear
Dustin W. Troxell - Berryville - 22 - public intox
Jonathan Tucker - Berryville - 18 - public intox
Lawrence D. Brown - Harrison - 25 - speeding, driving on suspended
Amanda E. Henderson - Green Forest - 30 - unauthorized use of motor vehicle
Justin J. Morgan - Eureka Springs - 22 - driving on suspended license for DWI, no seat belt
Sarah N. Phillips - Harrison - 26 - failure to pay x 2
Michael D. Sharp - Seligman, Mo - 38 - failure to appear
Shane L. Shelman - Berryville - 19 - no proof of insurance, DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia
Matthew L.A. Williams - 29 - domestic battery
Scott A. Easley - Berryville - 26 - failure to appear
Brittany A. Keys - Green Forest - 25 - theft of property, failure to pay
Shane L. Shelman - Berryville - 19 - no proof of insurance, DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia
Cameron L. Tullos - Harrison - 21 - driving on suspended, hold for other agency
Dessie A. David - Berryville - 33 - driving on suspended, obstruction of vehicle interior, failure to comply w/registration, revocation of suspended sentence, failure to appear
Brenda K. Mandrell - Berryville - 26 - failure to appear
Madolyn L. Martin - Eureka Springs - 64 - failure to appear
Shane P. Martin - Green Forest - 36 - domestic battery, aggravated assault
Brandy M. Mulville - Lampe, Mo - 37 - body attachment, failure to pay
To view the Arrest Report please scroll down below the News
News For August 20, 2014
Berryville City Council Appoints New City Attorney
The Berryville City Council Tuesday appointed a new City Attorney, Clint Scheel. He will be sworn in by Judge Scott Jackson in the near future. More on that coming up, but first we hear a report from Alderman Joel Gibson who has been working with the Berryville Cemetery Commissioners, David Sparks and Danny Inman. The group is getting geared up to install signage at the cemetery for easier location of grave sites.................
In other business, Police Chief Dave Muniz gave the July Police Report. 105 tickets were written and 78 offenses reported. The majority of tickets written were for speeding and other traffic infractions. Offenses showed 15 thefts, 5 rapes, 5 aggravated assault and 7 burglaries, and several others. Accidents totaled 18 in July. Most were for failure to yield, improper backing and inattention.
The monthly financial report indicated the 1% sales tax received for July was $121,395, and the 1/2% sales tax received was $60,697. The 1% sales tax collected in July of 2013 was $112,427. Last months financial report showed a big drop in June from the previous year, but the council attributed that to auditing corrections.
A Public Hearing was held regarding a petition to vacate a portion of Miller street that runs parallel to the Williams Shopping Center. There were no objections from the public. Then to follow up, Ordinance 962 was read and approved three times, but an emergency was not declared. The property was bought by Jeff Crockett Trust.
The Council approved renewal of the wastewater treatment plant management contract to CH2MHill and approved a request for use of the Public Square to Heithe Wi8lliams, on behalf of the Ozark Riding Club, to place a banner on the square for upcoming events in September.
Sex Offender Indicted
Jason Del Bosque, a registered sex offender, was indicted this week for taking an Alpena teenager from her home and taking her to Texas last June. Treyli Blackwell, it is believed, went voluntarily with DelBosque after meeting each other on the internet. They were found from surveillance video of a convenience store in Texas and it was then authorities figured out Blackwell was with Del Bosque willingly. The two were apprehended and Blackwell was returned home safely.
Jason Del Bosque was indicted in Federal Court at Ft. Smith this week. According to Sheriff Bob Grudek, he was indicted on five counts of sexual exploitation, one count of transporting a minor across state lines and possession of material involved with a crime. Sheriff Grudek said if found guilty on all counts, Del Bosque was looking at 265 years in prison. Sheriff Grudek also said much credit goes to Sgt. Daniel Klatt for his technology abilities. Klatt specializes in computer and cell phone forensics and discovered the teen had contact with Del Bosque on a social media site. Sgt. Klatt's training was vital in the investigation the Sheriff said.
Carroll County Fair Rundown with Randy Williams
Just a few days before the start of the CC Fair. The annual Fair Parade is this Saturday at 10am through the Berryville Square. Horse check-in is Saturday at the Fairgrounds and an Extreme Cowboy Race is at 5pm.
Randy Williams with the CC Fair Board said they still have a few booth spaces available..................
Berryville School Board Vacancy Exists for Zone 3
The Berryville School Board currently has a Zone 3 vacancy for the 14/15 school year. Persons interested in filling the vacant position should contact the Berryville School District Superintendents office. Qualifications include residence in the vacant zone and a registered voter. The superintendent's office is located at 211 Ferguson and is open between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The school board will appoint a qualified candidate to the position on or before September 4, 2014. No reason was given for the resignation of Lydia King.
Civil Suit and EPA Weigh in on Tyson Spill at Monett, Mo
Tyson Foods faces new charges stemming from an incident at the company's Monett plant. In May, the plant leaked a chemical into the city's water treatment facility. The chemical is believed to be linked to a large fish kill downstream. There is already a civil lawsuit against the company from the Missouri Attorney General. Now the Environmental Protection Agency is taking action. Tyson Foods is accused of causing the death of 100,000 fish after a chemical from its Monett plant polluted Clear Creek in May. The City of Monett also fined Tyson for improperly releasing the chemical into its water treatment facility.
Madison County Fair Has Great Fair Week Weather
Barbara Smith with the Madison County Fair has a rundown of some of the weeks activities left before Saturday.................
ORT Testing Trolleys in Downtown Fayetteville
A trolley test run will roll out in downtown Fayetteville on Thursday, according to an Ozark Regional Transit news release. Trolley rides are free. The trolley will run from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. along a demonstration route in Fayetteville as part of the transit's efforts to collect ridership data. The information will be used in discussions that may bring a permanent trolley to downtown Fayetteville, Joel Gardner, executive director, said previously. A similar trolley demonstration was held for downtown Bentonville in July.
The route begins at the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center and serves Dickson Street, Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville City Hall, the square and the Chancellor Hotel, according to the release. People who want a ride must be near or on a curb and flag down an oncoming trolley. The long version of the route will stop temporarily and a shorter route will take over from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shorter route is meant to move more people more quickly between downtown businesses and restaurants, according to the release. For more information, call the transit at 479-756-5901 or visit ozark.org.
News For August 19, 2014
Berryville School Board Agenda Includes Drug Testing Policy
The Berryville School Board will meet Monday, August 25th in the 3-5 Cafetorium at 6pm. One item agenda is sure to get alot of conversation and opinions....a new Drug Testing Policy for students participating in athletics and extra-curricular activities. Linda Boyer talked to Dr. Phil Clark..........................
Miss Carroll County Queens Contestant Interview - Magalie Rivera
The Queens Pageant is Wednesday, August 27th at 6pm.
Small Electrical Fire at Basin Park Hotel
Firefighters in Eureka Springs responded to a small electrical fire at the historic Basin Park Hotel on Saturday. Crews arrived just before noon to find a haze of smoke and smoldering embers in an electrical room on the second floor. Firefighters removed the burned material and ventilated smoke from the hotel. They used a thermal imaging camera to inspect surrounding walls, and found the fire was contained to the electrical room. The hotel was evacuated for about an hour. A total of 12 firefighters responded to the call. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Oak Grove Speedway to hold Benefit Go-Cart race
The Oak Grove Speedway will be having a benefit Go-Cart race this Saturday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM, with all proceeds going to the family of 19 month old Alex Carpenter to help pay for his medical expenses. Alex has been diagnosed with several medical issues. A week after he turned 1 year old, Alex developed Pneumonia. At the hospital, blood work was done and it was found that something was seriously wrong with Alex. Alex was flown to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where they found he had kidney failure and had only one kidney left functioning at 30 to 40 %. This resulted in surgery for Alex with more surgeries planned in the future. Alex is not gaining any weight or growing so feeding tubes may have to be put in in order for him to gain the weight needed for him to have transplant surgery.
The races this weekend for Alex Carpenter are expected to have a large turnout since more money has been added for the event. This means more racers and more racing fun!! Area residents are being challenged to make a donation for this event or to just come out and have fun at the races. There will also be a bicycle race for children ages 6 to 8 years of age. Entry fee for this event will be $5 and children must have a helmet and wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.
Sponsors for this event are: Precision Estimating, Teague Painting, Tyson Foods, O’Reilly, Advanced Paving, Oak Grove Fire Department, Hillbilly Glass Shack, Old Time Photo, Lakeside Mechanical in Lampe, Hungry Farmer, State Line Liquor, Drew & Mavis at Blue Eye Tobacco, Terry Jo Hutchison & Family and Oak Grove Speedway. Everyone is encouraged to come out and help support little Alex Carpenter and his family at the Oak Grove Speedway, Saturday, August 23rd. Pits open at 5:00 PM, Hot Laps at 6:00 and races begin at 7:00.
Dugger Daughter Gets Surprise Engagement
TLC’s reality show 19 Kids and Counting filmed an episode in Eureka Springs on Thursday, August 14th. The show features The Duggar Family, which consists of parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children. The episode was centered around 3rd Duggar daughter, Jessa being sent on a scavenger hunt set up by her boyfriend, Ben Seewald, to various locations around Eureka Springs. The final destination in the hunt was Thorncrown Chapel where Seewald proposed to her. Producers say the proposal episode will air in spring of 2015 on TLC.
Arkansas Minimum Wage Supporters Get Additional Signatures
Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has announced that An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage* turned in an additional 69,070 signatures today. The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office now has 30 days to verify the newly submitted signatures. On July 23, the petition to raise the state’s minimum wage was short 15,107 valid signatures after the initial verification process. The initiative needs 62,507 verified signatures to make the November 2014 General Election ballot.
In order to be considered valid, there must be sufficient signatures from 15 of the 75 counties across Arkansas along with an affidavit filed with us stating the number of Petition Parts and the total number of signatures. *The proposed Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative seeks to increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2015, to $8 on January 1, 2016 and to $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.
Another Ark. Lottery Phone Scam Found
LITTLE ROCK-- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is once again warning Arkansans about telephone scammers making false representations about individuals winning a lottery prize. This week the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has received reports of a person purporting to represent the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery calling Arkansas residents and informing them that they have won lottery prizes. The scammer, often calling from an 876 (Jamaica) area code, will often know the victim's home address, and will often instruct the victim to go to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card called Green Dot MoneyPak to use to pre-pay taxes owed on the prize. In some cases the scammers provide a toll-free number that, when called, mimics the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery phone message.
ALWAYS BE SUSPICIOUS OF UNSOLICITED CALLERS REQUESTING YOUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION.
To protect yourself, please remember:
•The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery NEVER requires the payment of any money in order to claim a prize
•The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery typically does not call people to tell them that they've won, except in contests that the person has intentionally entered.
•Never provide any personal or financial information to someone over the phone unless you initiate the call or are certain the caller is legitimate, especially Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, Powerball or Mega Millions, be on your guard. You can always call the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Security Hotline at 1-888-606-6292 for more information or to check the legitimacy of such claims. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has notified the Consumer Protection Division of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office of this scam. For more information on scams of this kind, visit the Better Business Bureau at: http://www.bbb.org/blog/2013/10/the-truth-behind-the-area-code-scam/.
State Capitol Week in Review
From Senator Bryan B. King
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature has begun the complex task of providing school districts in Arkansas with expanded broadband access.
Innovations in computers, phones and the Internet are being introduced at an ever faster pace. Schools with outdated equipment risk falling further behind those with newer technology.
One of the first steps toward providing equal educational opportunities to all Arkansas children is to complete an accurate and up-to-date survey of the capabilities of the 238 school districts in the state. The Legislative Council has ordered such a survey to be conducted, and it should be complete before the next regular session.
The survey will assess the equipment now in use by all Arkansas schools, as well as the broadband capacity that is available and at what cost. For the past year there has been an ongoing disagreement among educators, elected officials and private sector Internet providers about the availability and cost of expanded Internet access. The survey is meant to clarify exactly what is available, what is now in use and what would it cost to expand access for each school district.
In addition to school administrators and private Internet providers, there are three advocacy groups that have weighed in on the issue. One was created by the legislature last year with the approval of Act 1280. It is the Quality Digital Learning Study Committee. Its report in May was disputed by spokesmen for private providers, who contend that it was based on incomplete data.
A second group is called the FASTER Arkansas Committee. That stands for “Fast Access for Students, Teachers and Economic Results.” Business leaders created the group with encouragement from the governor.
Last week a third group joined the governor at the Capitol to announce its involvement. It is a non-profit organization called EducationSuperHighway. It is funded by private foundations and it helps states and school districts take advantage of high speed Internet to improve education.
According to a survey by EducationSuperHighway that includes 90 percent of all Arkansas school districts, the vast majority of schools purchase additional Internet capacity from private providers at an average price of $13 per megabit of Internet speed. There are 25 districts that purchase Internet access through the state Department of Information Systems (DIS) and they pay $285 per megabit even though their Internet capacity is slower. That is because the DIS connections are along copper wire, rather than fiber optic cable.
The non-profit recommended that rather than paying $15 million a year on copper wire connections, schools instead should spend the same amount for access to providers with optic lines. Doing so would go a long way toward moving Arkansas schools into a new era of high speed Internet access, the head of EducationSuperHighway said.
The survey by EducationSuperHighway found that about half of all Arkansas school districts had sufficient broadband access to meet current federal standards, compared to only 37 percent of schools nationwide. Act 1280 not only created the Quality Digital Learning Study Committee, it also mandated that high school students take at least one interactive online course as a requirement for graduation, beginning this school year.
If you have any questions or comments about legislative issues, please contact me at email@example.com or call me at 870-438-4565.
News for August 18, 2014
C.C. Quorum Court Report
Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson (left) lifts her arms in gesture, frustrated about comments JP Ron Flake made about her "not wanting to handle collections of unpaid fines and fees".
The CC Quorum Court Friday passed a Resolution requesting the County Judge enter into agreement with Community First Bank of Berryville to extend for one year the payoff for the line of credit pertaining to the 8-bay hangar project at the CC Airport.
Passed an Ordinance amending an existing ordinance that established the Sylvan Shores Subordinate Service District passed on its first reading. It will increase the annual assessment fee by $100, making the new rate $250. The District is running out of water and must dig down to the Ruby Deaux acquifer for adequate water supply.
Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek gave JP's a comparison of law enforcement salaries and vehicle fleet in each of the Police Departments. He reiterated his need for both, more money for his deputies and more vehicles. The Sheriff was asked how the "collection" of fines and fees was going since he was named the "Collector" by Ordinance. He told JP's he thought all he had to do was collect, but found out it involves much more work and manpower than he thought. Nothing is being done he said.
JP Ron Flake again said that Circuit Clerk Ramona Wilson "didn't want to do the collections", but she defended herself again, as she has had to do at past Quorum Court meetings when the subject comes up............
The next meeting of the Quorum Court will be September 26th.
Congratulations Trey O'dell - Winner of the Country Showdown
Nineteen year old Trey O'dell of Harrison won the local competition of the 2014 County Showdown competition Saturday at the Pine Mountain Theater in Eureka Springs. O'dell sang a Hunter Hayes song, "I Want Crazy" and a Lonestar tune, "Walkin in Memphis". O'dell will now advance on to the State competition.
Thanks to the judges Lonnie Nichols, Carl Acuff Jr. from Hoedown, David Blankenship editor for the Lovely County Citizen. A musician and of course Mike and Dale Bishop form Pine Mtn. Theater.
Miss Carroll County Senior Queens Contestant Interview
Seven beautiful young ladies signed up for this years' Miss Carroll County Pageant. Today, we air the first of those interviews with Kylee Sigmon..........
The Miss Carroll County Pageant is Wednesday, August 27th, beginning at 6pm.
Municipal Filing Period Closes
Berryville - Mayor Tim McKinney and the existing council and City Clerk filed for re-election. The only new filing was for City Attorney by Clint D. Scheel.
Eureka Springs - New filings - Butch Berry for Mayor, MJ Sells against Ann Amstrong for City Clerk/Treasurer; Robert Thomas for Ward 2 Position 2; and Ferguson Stewart filing against Joyce Zeller for Ward 3 Position 2.
Green Forest - All elected officials filed for re-election.
Oak Grove - new filings include Sabrina Nance against Gary High for Position 1; Jacqueline Powers filed against Samuel Vandiver for Position 2 and Sam Jones for Position 3.
The Carroll County Election Commission is hereby giving notice that they will be having a meeting to determine the order in which candidate names will appear on the November 4, 2014 General Election Ballot by draw on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:00AM in the County Clerk’s Office. The Carroll County Election Commission is also giving notice that they will be conducting Logic & Accuracy Testing for the voting machines that will be used in the 2014 Annual School Election. Testing will begin at 10:00AM on Monday, August 25, 2014 in the County Clerk’s Office.
School Bus Safest Form of Transportation
School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, four to seven years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped school bus.
For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for sharing the road safely with school buses:
•All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children
•School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
•All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
•While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
•The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.
•Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.
•Never pass a school bus on the right. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences. Sharing the road safely with child pedestrians All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that are children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.
•Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk.
•Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation.
•In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.
•Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer or designated crossing guard.
•Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.
•Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way.
Personal Watercraft Crashes into Dock
A personal watercraft crashed into a dock in a no wake area on Table Rock Lake Saturday night. According to Missouri Highway Patrol Water Division, Thirty-year-old Benjamin Gandy of Joplin was attempting to spray water on a dock at the Big M Marina when the jet-ski crashed into the dock. According to the report, Gandy is uninjured.
Experts Say Arkansas Could Meet 40% Greenhouse Reduction
Experts in renewable and sustainable energy say Arkansas could meet 40-percent of its greenhouse gas reduction requirements under a proposed EPA rule by increased energy efficiency. Neal Elliott, a researcher for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, told a group in Little Rock Thursday afternoon that the proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency presents opportunities for Arkansas. Elliott says much of the economic benefit can come from new jobs in energy efficiency and weatherization companies if all utility providers make energy audits available to customers.
"Right now Entergy Arkansas is the only provider that the Public Service Commission has jurisdiction over to provide those services to customers," Elliott says. "It will take effort to get municipal utilities and the electric cooperatives to offer a similar service." Home Energy RX is one company conducting energy audits under a program offered by Entergy in central Arkansas. John Matejka says it allows homeowners to gain an understanding of what areas in their homes are costing them money in lost or inefficient air flow.
There has been growing opposition to the proposed EPA rule from elected leaders and regulators, citing concerns with higher electric bills, reliability issues and possible job losses from a switch to natural gas from more affordable coal-fired power plants. The EPA has set a national 30-percent reduction goal for carbon emissions by 2030. Some states, including Arkansas at 44-percent, will have to reduce by a greater amount. A public comment period on the rule is open until October. The version of the rule from the EPA is scheduled to be released in June 2015.
News For August 15, 2014
Green Forest Ceremony Honors Lt. Michael Goins on 10th Anniversary of His Death
Ten years ago today, Lt. Michael Goins was killed in Iraq during the height of the Iraqi confrontation with the United States. A ceremony was held this morning on the Green Forest Square. The purpose of the ceremony was to officially change the name of S. Arch Street to Lt. Michael Goins Avenue. Officials and special guests included members of the Goins Family, Mayor Charlie Reece, State Sen. Bryan King, Asa Hutchinson, a staff person from Congressman Steve Womack's office, City Council members, church representatives and many citizens. Perhaps the most moving was Sen. King recalling knowing Michael Goins since he was a child. Sen. King choked up on several occasions as he remembered some stories about young Michael Goins and how he felt when he heard the news of his passing. New street signs will be installed along S. Arch today.
Miss Carroll County 2013 - Anna Bloch
The Miss Carroll County Pageant is coming up during Fair Week, August 23rd-30th. Seven Senior contestants signed up for this years Miss Carroll County pageant. They are Kylee Sigmon, Magalie Rivera, Paige Updegraff, Kenley Williams, Ashley McCullough, Haley Hill and Tahlia Colvin.
KTHS has a long standing tradition of interviewing the Senior contestants and this year was no exception. A wonderful line up of fine young ladies who would like to represent the County in the Miss Arkansas pageant. We begin our interviews with the queens contestants on our news casts starting Monday. Today, we have some comments from the outgoing Queen Anna Bloch........
Fair Books are now ready and can be found in many businesses around Carroll County.
Labor Day Weekend Brings DUI Crackdown to Carroll County
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Reminds Everyone to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Labor Day weekend is coming up. For many Americans, that means an extra day off, backyard and beach barbecues, and visiting friends and family. Unfortunately, it also means a sharp increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities. So starting August 15 and continuing through September 1, local police will be aggressively targeting drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort to end drunk driving and save lives. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high-visibility enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers on Carroll County roads.
Every 51 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk-driving crash. Over the Labor Day weekend, those fatalities increase to one every 34 minutes. Nighttime is especially dangerous; almost half (46%) of the fatalities in nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a driver with a BACs of .08 or higher. By comparison, 25 percent of the fatalities in daytime fatal crashes involved an impaired driver.
Young drivers are overrepresented in drunk-driving crashes, too. Among young drivers—between the ages of 18 and 34— killed in motor vehicle crashes during the 2012 Labor Day weekend, almost half (48%) had a BAC of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states. For drivers under 21, anything above a BAC of .00 is illegal.
This Labor Day weekend don’t let the festivities turn into fatalities. Law enforcement is not messing around: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. Remember that aside from the obvious risks of killing yourself or someone else, driving impaired can also lead to serious punitive consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000. For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
Millionaire Inventor Buys Dogpatch
What is left of the former Dogpatch theme park in Newton County was sold Wednesday for about $2 million to the inventor of a "spill-proof" dog bowl and his partners. Charles "Bud" Pelsor said he wants to turn the 400-acre site into an ecotourism "village" complete with artisans, a restaurant, and a creek stocked with trout and freshwater pearl mussels. Dogpatch USA was a theme park from 1968 to 1993 based on Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" comic strip, which was published in more than 700 newspapers across the country. At its zenith, Dogpatch and Marble Falls, a neighboring park with a ski resort, encompassed about 863 acres, said Pelsor. But parts of the park had been sold earlier, he said. Pelsor is from Indiana, but he has family roots in the Pope County town of Pelsor. He said he is moving to Marble Falls, where he'll be living in a former ski lodge that he also plans to purchase. Pelsor said he went to Dogpatch when he was a child, around 1970. Pelsor said he moved his business to Arkansas two weeks ago. Manufacturing of the three sizes of pet bowls made by his company will be done in Mountain Home beginning next week. Previously, the products were made in Louisville, Ky.
Wording Certified for Medical Marijuana Ballot
The Arkansas Attorney General has certified the wording of the ballot title for the 2016 Arkansas Medical Care Act, clearing the way for Arkansans for Compassionate Care to start collecting signatures. The new initiative adds more initial qualifying conditions for patients; improves the Affordability clause; provides for Cannabis Testing Labs; and further defines the Hardship Cultivation clause. "We have more than 600 volunteers across the state who are preparing to gather signatures starting in just a few weeks," said Melissa Fults, Campaign Director for the AMCA. "There's no stopping us. We have the time and the people to make it happen!"
Move-In Day at U of A
University of Arkansas Police getting ready for the return of students. Beginning Friday, students will be able to sign-up to move in. Move-in times are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Officers are prepared for congestion during those times. The housing office expects it will be very busy near residence halls during those times—especially the areas of Cleveland Street to the north, Garland to the west and Douglas to the south. The area is home to several residence halls, including the Northwest Quad, Hotz Honors Hall and Maple Hill, which will house over 1,000 students.
Criminal Justice Program Offered at NorthArk
HARRISON, Ark. – Beginning this semester, students at North Arkansas College will have the opportunity to pursue an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. Students in the program will be able to transfer to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and continue toward a bachelor’s degree. Northark will offer Introduction to Criminal Justice this fall both online and in the classroom. According to Chad Johnson, Chair of Social Sciences, both classes are nearly full. Future Criminal Justice courses offered could include Criminal Investigation and Social Problems, Criminal Evidence, Community Relations in Law Enforcement, and Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency, according to Johnson.
Wal-Mart Sales Sluggish
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit outlook on Thursday as the world's largest retailer faced another quarter of sluggish sales and traffic declines. Wal-Mart said it eked out a 0.6 percent increase in second-quarter profit and reported that a key revenue measure was flat in its U.S. discount business, after falling for five straight quarters. The company also reported its seventh straight quarter of traffic declines at its U.S. Wal-Mart stores. The latest results show the continued challenges facing Wal-Mart's new management team. Doug McMillon, who was head of the company's international division, took over the company as CEO on Feb. 1.
Last month, he named Greg Foran, who was the CEO of Wal-Mart's China business as the head of Wal-Mart's U.S. discount business, which accounts for 60 percent of overall revenue. He replaced Bill Simon, who had held the position since 2010. The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company is facing challenges from a slowly recovering economy and fierce competition from the likes of online king Amazon.com, dollar chains and grocers. It's also dealing with a shift among shoppers who are looking for more convenience by shopping in small stores or buying on their mobile devices and PCs.
AUFC to host Energy Conservation with Trees Workshop
The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council will host an “Energy Conservation with Trees” workshop in Little Rock. The primary focus will be on utilizing trees for energy conservation to improve our environment, from using green infrastructure in new sites to the redesign of already developed sites. Workshop participants will learn what research tells us regarding the benefits of trees in the urban environment. It will describe how increasing tree canopy over streets, parking lots and plazas not only beautifies these areas, it also helps conserve energy by mitigating the heat island effect of these expansive built spaces. This workshop will benefit everyone from homeowners to community planners. Held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at The Butler Center in Little Rock on Wednesday, August 27,2014, this workshop provides a convenient location for attendees. Registration deadline is August 18.
Cost for the workshop is $15 for AUFC members and $30 for nonmembers. Online registration and a brochure are available at ArkansasTrees.org/events. For questions about registration or to learn more about AUFC, visit ArkansasTrees.org or contact Cathy Slater at 800-958-5865 or info@ArkansasTrees.org. Continuing education units will be available to attendees as follows. There will be 2.75 CEUs for attendees from International Society of Arboriculture, and there will be 3.5 CEUs for attendees from Arkansas Board of Landscape Architects. American Planning Association CEUs have been applied for. Attendance Certificates for other professionals are available after the workshop by request and will be sent via email. This workshop is held in partnership with the University of Arkansas, US Green Building- Arkansas Chapter, Tree Streets, Ecological Design Group, Inc, The Butler Center, USDA Forest Service and Arkansas Forestry Commission.