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Little Red Schoolhouse Moved from Pension Mtn. to Pioneer Park

Photo:  Jamie Hussey

The City has moved the Little Red Schoolhouse from the top of Pension Mountain to Pioneer Square.  The City hired a mover and the school had to be cut in half for the move down the mountain to the Park.

Volunteers are needed to help with putting the school back together and maintaining it once it is restored.  Contact Mayor Tim McKinney at City Hall to volunteer to help.


BV Senior Lady Bobcat Volleyball Team District Champs

Photo: Leah Stone

The Berryville Senior High Lady Bobcat Volleyball team as they defeated the Shiloh Christian Lady Saints in straight sets last night in Lincoln.  Berryville defeated Prairie Grove, Huntsville, and Shiloh in the finals to take the 1-4A Conference Tournament Championship.  The Lady Bobcats will adnvance to the 4A State Tournament to be played in Batesville next week as a number one seed.  Way to go Lady Bobcats!


Berryville Man Injured in Barry County, Mo

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports a Berryville man, 26 year old Johnathon M. Miller, was injured Thursday evening around 5:20pm, on Route RA, 1 mile north of Golden, Mo.  Miller, driving a 2007 Ford F150 when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken by private vehicle to Mercy Hospital with moderate injuries.


Car vs. Horse Injures Driver

The driver of a minivan was seriously injured Thursday after he struck a horse in Barry County, Mo.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mark Tarrant, 61, of Rocky Comfort, was traveling on Route B west of Purdy when he struck the animal around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. His vehicle ran off the road and struck a fence.

Tarrant was airlifted to a Springfield hospital. Nobody else was hurt.


Strong Storms to Move in Saturday Night

The string of really pretty days is about to come to an end. Strong south winds are going to pick up for the next couple of days and this will usher in higher humidity. This will lead to cloud cover and eventually storms Saturday evening.

The sky will remain clear tonight providing Ozarkers with a bonus as the Orion Meteor shower is underway. Look low in the eastern sky after midnight. This is not a huge event so you will have to find a very dark sky.

Saturday is set to feature very strong south winds and mostly cloudy conditions. A few isolated morning showers are possible west of Springfield. Highs Saturday are forecast to hit the mid 70’s.

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms is possible shortly after the sun sets Saturday. The storms will form along the Missouri Kansas state line and slowly move east. The main threats are high winds and moderate hail. There is also a threat for tornadoes early in the evening then that threat diminishes later in the night. The rain will gradually come to an end Sunday morning.

Lows Sunday morning should drop to the low 50’s. Despite a clearing sky Sunday afternoon it should be chilly with a high in the mid 60’s. A shot of much colder air should arrive by the middle of next week.


Ground Broken on Education and Training Center

An education and training center broke ground on its new facility Thursday, which will help its work toward getting all of Northwest Arkansas early childhood programs state-quality accredited.

Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center and Early Childhood Initiatives Center officials and supporters broke ground on the 43,700-square-foot project, 35,000 of which will be the Enrichment Center and 8,700 of which will be the Initiatives Center.

It will be on 8 acres on Southeast J Street, south of Scott Family Amazeum and east of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

The Children's Enrichment Center was founded in 1982 to meet the need of a high-quality, early learning center in Bentonville. It developed the Early Childhood Initiative Center in 2009 to collaborate with other centers in the region to elevate the quality of early education across Northwest Arkansas.

The center's building at 1701 N.E. Wildcat Way has been has been expanded four times.

The center will continue to serve 240 children, officials have said. The new building will increase the number of classrooms from 18 to 21, which will allow for the expansion of the quality of service, not number of children served.


XNA Making Changes To Accommodate Growing Number of People Flying

XNA is making some changes to address the growing number of people flying in and out of the airport.

XNA has approved a number of projects it hopes will make the flying experience quicker and less stressful.

The airport plans to expand the security checkpoint from 60 to 70 reduce wait times. It will cost about $3 million and is still in the design phase.

Construction on XNA's new four-story parking garage is on schedule. It's set to be completed by August of next year, giving travelers more parking options.

There are also plans to build a bridge from the garage to the airport building.   A plan to reconstruct part of one of the airport's taxiways has also been approved.

XNA is applying to receive federal funding to help pay for many of these projects.


Little Rock Not Competing for Amazon Headquarters

The city of Little Rock won't submit a bid to become the home of Amazon's second headquarters after all.

In a full page ad that appeared in The Washington Post on Thursday under the heading "Hey Amazon, we need to talk," the city said it has realized it would "probably never work out between us."

"Amazon, you've got so much going for you, and you'll find what you're looking for," the advertisement, presented as a letter to the online retailer, reads. "But it's just not us."

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, is also the owner of The Washington Post.

The city said it also had an aerial banner flown over Seattle and the company's existing headquarters. It read: "Hey Amazon, it's not you, it's us."

The efforts are tied to a new campaign to promote the city, dubbed "Love, Little Rock." That's how the letter to Amazon is signed.

Mayor Mark Stodola announced last month that Little Rock would pursue Amazon's new headquarters, calling it a "transformational project" that was worth the effort even though the city didn't appear to meet Amazon's requirements.

The online retailer said it wanted to be near a metropolitan area with more than 1 million people, be able to attract top technical talent, be within 45 minutes of an international airport and have direct access to mass transit.


Operation Cross Country XI Recovers Dozens of Minors from Sex Trafficking

One female teenage victim and four traffickers have been captured in the St. Louis area as part of a nationwide sex trafficking sting. In the Kansas City area, two underage victims have been recovered. Nationally, 84 minors have been recovered and 120 traffickers have been arrested as part of Operation Cross Country XI that ran from October 12-15.

This is the 11th iteration of the FBI-led Operation Cross Country (OCC), which involved 55 FBI field offices and 78 state and local task forces, consisting of hundreds of law enforcement partners. This year’s coordinated operations took place with several international partners, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

As part of Operation Cross Country XI, FBI agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, and truck stops, as well as on street corners and internet websites. The youngest victim recovered during this year’s operation was 3 months old, and the average age of victims recovered during the operation was 15 years old.

Operation Cross Country XI is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative, which began in 2003 and has yielded more than 6,500 child identifications and locations.


La Nina Could Bring Third Mild Winter in a Row

La Niña is expected to be back and it may wreck your winter. But that depends on where you live and if you do or don't like the cold.

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has released its winter outlook. This forecast is not a guide for deciding your detailed ski vacation or New Year's Eve plans, but it may give you an idea of which winter coat you should buy for the season and if you need to stock up on whiskey and coffee.

"It would be quite surprising to see a third very warm winter in a row," said Mike Halpert, the deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

He said the forecast shows conditions will be warmer, but he doesn't think we will see a top 10 record warm winter like we have the past two years.

Temperature forecast
You can probably leave the long underwear in storage if you live in the South. NOAA says two-thirds of the continental US will likely experience warmer-than-normal conditions.

The East Coast has anywhere from a 33%-40% chance of having an above-average winter. This doesn't mean a cold snap or two won't happen, it's just less likely.

We are currently in a La Niña watch, according to the CPC's October discussion. Forecasters give about a 55%-65% chance during the fall and winter that La Niña will fully form.

The effects of El Niño and La Niña are much more noticeable during the winter months across the US. If La Niña forms, this will have a direct impact on the weather this winter.

During a typical La Niña winter, the Northwest and Midwest are typically colder and wetter, while the Southwest to Southeast remains drier than average.

This all happens because the Pacific jet stream meanders higher into Alaska and Canada, helping to keep some of the dips in the jet stream farther north across the Eastern US.

It doesn't mean that the Southeast will escape winter weather altogether -- the chances are just lower, and the average temperature is likely to be above average.

If La Niña does not form as expected, the updated winter outlook issued in mid-November will look different.

Just how accurate is this forecast?  If we look at last year's winter outlook, most of the US would likely give forecasters a B+ rating on their 2016-2017 temperature outlook.


Major Flaw in WiFi Protocol Discovered

A major flaw in WiFi protocol has left networks vulnerable to hackers, even when protected by a password. It's estimated that over 40% of Android users can be impacted.

This flaw was discovered in WPA-2, which is how routers secure a network and encrypt data.

Most users utilize this technology to enable a password on their WiFi.

Although no major hacks have surfaced, experts in the field are warning users to update their systems now before sensitive information ends up in the wrong hands.

"It wouldn't surprise me a couple months from now if we read about a large breach,” said Dr. McMurtrey with Drury University. “This is something that is very confusing and intimidating for a lot of people."  "The risk for users at home is a lot less than businesses."

That's because hackers are more interested in money than they are in family pictures or personal files.

The vulnerability known as 'KRACK' allows hackers to view traffic on WiFi networks.

This applies to small businesses who may transfer credit card transactions over a WiFi signal.

Boutiques, coffee shops, or restaurants who use tablets to take and process orders will all be vulnerable, if their systems are not properly updated.

A simple update to your router will fix the problem. The router is the small box that sends out your WiFi signal.

Manufacturers like Microsoft have been busy pushing out updates since the vulnerability was discovered. 

News provided by News Director, Linda Boyer