News for Friday, April 28
Heavy Rains Forecasted for White River Basin Lakes - Flood Watch Friday Eve-Sunday
The Army Corps of Engineers is advising people in flood plains downstream of Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals, and Norfork dams in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri as well as Greer Ferry Lake in central Arkansas to maintain awareness and monitor lake levels and the weather. These lakes' flood pools are partially full from recent rains and more rain is forecast in coming days.
People should decide beforehand whether to move livestock, equipment and belongings to higher ground. Flows downstream can increase quickly, with perhaps no more than an hour or two notice; and rapidly changing conditions can create even shorter notice. The closer to a dam you are, the faster changes in river conditions can occur when releases from a dam are changed.
People in at-risk areas should stay in contact with local emergency officials, if larger than normal releases are required from a dam, warning will go out through local emergency management channels.
It is worth noting that lakes cannot prevent all flooding. Once a lake is full, larger than normal releases have to be made. The lakes have limitations that Mother Nature can exceed, and from time to time does. Therefore downstream property owners should be judicious in how they develop land within the flood plains.
Floods are not as frequent because of the dams, and when they do occur, they are typically not as severe as they were before the dams were built. But there will still be occasions when significant floods occur downstream of these dams.
If you experienced flooding in the high water events of 2008, 2011, or 2015, you could again experience flood waters in the same areas.
KTHS will be in touch with emergency authorities through the weekend and will come on the air to bring you any weather related alerts or warnings if any are issued.
Two EF-0 Tornados Confirmed Wednesday
The National Weather Service has confirmed two small tornadoes in the Ozarks during Wednesday's strong thunderstorms.
A Weather Service survey team says an EF-0 tornado touched down briefly in Barry County near the Missouri-Arkansas border about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. It had wind speeds of 85 miles an hour near Golden, Missouri. Trees were uprooted, several fell on homes and several homeowners reported decks severely damaged.
The Barry County tornado was about 100 yards wide and was on the ground for about one mile.
A second tornado has been confirmed in Arkansas during Wednesday's storms. The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-0 tornado in Yell County that had winds up to 85 miles per hour. The tornado ended up having a 50 yard wide path and a half of a mile track.
The storms caused significant damage to the electrical system and launched restoration work that is expected to last a couple of days.
Entergy moved crews within the state to the most heavily damaged areas. Drones are being deployed to perform damage assessment in remote areas.
Carroll Electric Coop has had dozens of crews working non-stop to clear paths to downed lines to replace poles and restore electricity. The hardest hit area was from Inspiration Point northward to Carr Lane, Mo.
Madison County Murder Trial Rescheduled
Madison County Record - The trial for a Madison County man accused of murdering Garfield resident Ronald Kultgen has been rescheduled ater the suspect was unable to attend his pre-trial hearing earlier this month.
Cody Wise, 27, was scheduled to appear in Madison County Circuit Court for a pre-trial hearing on April 11; however, according to documents filed by Wise’s attorney, on April 11 Wise – who is currently incarcerated at the Arkansas Department of Corrections for drug- and firearm-related charges – was suffering from a Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection.
Wise’s trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 1. In an order signed by Circuit Court Judge Mark Lindsey earlier this month, the pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, June 13. The order to continue does not list a trial date. Wise was charged with capital murder following the discovery of Kultgen’s body, which was found near Clifty on Aug. 29, 2015.
In September, Wise pleaded guilty to unrelated felony charges of possession of irearms by certain persons, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections with an additional 10 years suspended imposition of sentence to follow.
Two Missing and Endangered Childred - Mother Found Murdered
Authorities in Arkansas are searching for two young children whose mother was found dead in a creek.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the body of a woman discovered on Tuesday has been identified as 43-year-old Bethany Jo Wester of Mena, Arkansas.
Wester's body was discovered in a creek southwest of Cove in far western Arkansas. Officials say her death is being investigated as a homicide although the cause of death and other details have not been released.
Authorities say her children, 10-year-old Reilly James Scarbrough and 2-year-old Acelynn Carrie Wester, are considered missing and endangered. In a statement, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says Acelynn was last seen on April 20 and Reilly was last seen on April 23.
Razorbacks Red-White Spring Game Closed to Public
With numerous forecasts for Saturday calling for severe weather, including the threat of tornadoes and flooding, the Arkansas football program’s annual Red-White Spring Game scheduled for noon inside Donald W. Reynolds Stadium will be closed to the public.
Razorback Athletics, working in conjunction with the SEC Network, has arranged for the game to still be broadcast live on the SEC Network and via the WatchESPN platform starting at noon CT. Chris Cotter, former All-SEC quarterback Clint Stoerner and Kris Budden will provide complete coverage of the game that will include in-game interviews with coach Bielema, current student-athletes and former Razorbacks.
In addition, Arkansas has cancelled HogFest presented by Pepsi, which was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Lot 60 outside of Bud Walton Arena.
Canoeist Still Missing on Buffalo River
Searchers said Thursday afternoon that they hadn’t found Rick Norber, a 65-year-old floater from St. Louis who disappeared on the Buffalo River on Wednesday. They found some of his clothing and personal items, however, a couple of miles downstream from Kyles Landing, where the search started on Wednesday.
Norber disappeared in the rushing water after downpours early Wednesday raised the river to dangerous levels. He was with three other canoeists when they encountered rough water and overturned.
Witnesses told searchers they last saw Norber in the swift current being carried downstream. The other three made it to safety, but one of them had to be rescued from a gravel bar surrounded by water about 3 p.m. Wednesday.
By Thursday afternoon, the Buffalo had dropped six feet in 24 hours, which helps searchers along the banks but hinders search teams in boats.
Madison County Woman Gets 12 Years Probation
The woman accused of operating a puppy mill in Madison County pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
68-year-old Joyce Johnson took a plea deal on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. Law enforcement seized nearly 300 dogs from her property in 2016.
Per the plea deal, Johnson was sentenced to 12 years probation, must dispose of all the kennels and animal pens on her property and is not allowed to own an animal during her probation.
Boozman Encourages Arkansans to Participate in Arkansas Take Back
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) encourages Arkansans to participate in Arkansas Take Back on Saturday, April 29 to get expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs out of their homes.
“Drug take-back programs are an important tool to combat prescription drug abuse. I’m proud of the ongoing efforts across our state to get unneeded and unused prescription drugs out of our homes. Arkansas Take Back is making a big difference and helping save lives,” Boozman said.
Arkansas Take Back launched in 2010 to break the cycle of addiction by collecting unneeded and unused prescription medications. Thanks to this initiative, 105 tons of unwanted medication estimated at more than 290 million pills have been removed from Arkansas homes.
Boozman has been a leader in the fight against prescription drug abuse, helping secure a $3.9 million grant awarded to Arkansas last week to help combat opioid addiction in the state.
Franchise Taxes Due May 1st
Secretary of State Mark Martin is reminding Arkansas businesses that annual franchise taxes must be filed by midnight on Monday, May 1st with the Secretary of State’s Business and Commercial Services (BCS) division.
Every incorporated business, whether domestic or foreign, pays an annual fee to do business in Arkansas. Corporations and LLCs may file their franchise taxes online, 24 hours a day, by visiting the Secretary of State’s website at www.ark.org/sos/franchise/index.php.
The easy-to-use system provides automatic calculations, e-mail confirmations and copies of each completed filing. Credit cards and electronic checks are accepted.
Revoked entities continue to accrue franchise taxes annually until the business is formally dissolved or withdrawn. Nonprofit corporations are not subject to state franchise tax.
Corporations can also pay in person at BCS located in the Victory Building in Little Rock at 1401 West Capitol, Suite 250, or by mailing their tax forms to P.O. Box 8014, Little Rock, AR 72203-8014.
BCS is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call BCS at (888) 233-0325.
Weather Does Impact Your Body
There's a whole scientific study devoted to the weather's impact on our body, it’s called biometeorology.
Scientists said there are a few surprising ways the weather can predict your health.
On rainy days, watch out for arthritis as the atmospheric pressure drops, tissues near joints expand and put pressure on nerves.
When lightning strikes, get ready for a chance of a headache; study found migraines were 28% more likely to happen when lightning strikes, because of electro-magnetic changes.
On cold days there's an 18% increase in heart attacks that's because cold weather may constrict blood vessels or lead to more blood clots.
News provided by News Director, Linda Boyer