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UA COSSATOT RODEO TEAM COMPETE AT MISSOURI RODEO 11/2/15
The UA Cossatot Rodeo team competed this past weekend, the fourth rodeo of the semester, at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO.
The team has three returning members, Marissa Robbins, Mena; Tanner Caudle, Horatio; and Jace Woods, Conway. The new team members are Dillon Vaught, Mena; Scout Smith, Smithville, OK; Morgan Sweeden, De Queen; and Jared Sullivan, Enola.
“We are still coming together as a team,” said UA Cossatot Rodeo Coach, Valerie Stone. “We have had a few students advance to the short go this semester but we are putting in a lot of hours in the practice arena. We certainly plan to return to the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.”
The Southern Arkansas University Rodeo, the last rodeo of the fall semester, is November 5-7 in Magnolia.
“We are looking forward to a great rodeo in November and then have a break over the holidays to get ready for the final five rodeos of the season. Our team traditionally does well during the second semester. I expect the team to really shine next semester.”
FALL FUNFEST AND AWARENESS WALK 10/30/15
Ginger Marshall announced this morning that the Fall FuNFest and Awareness Walk has been moved from the De Queen Sportsplex to the Ninth Street gym due to the possibility of inclement weather tomorrow.
Marshall stated her daughter as NF1. She explained NF is a genetic condition, but for more information, she said you can visit the website CTF.org.
Marshall said her family holds one major fundraiser a year, but this year, they held a coin drive at the De Queen Schools and raised $1,700 for research.
The Fall FuNFest and Awareness Walk will begin at 9 a.m. and they will be serving BBQ sandwiches from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN DE QUEEN CLOSING WITH CELEBRATION SERVICE 10/30/15
The First Presbyterian Church of De Queen has been a fixture for generations. However, that presence will be coming to an end on Sunday at 4 p.m. At that time the Presbytery of the Pines will hold a service celebrating the life and witness of the church before declaring the congregation officially dissolved, which is a term used when a church is closed.
Dan Hignight is the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery and he said the De Queen congregation has been a vital part of the community for as long as anyone can remember. He said the members have been active in nearly every aspect of the community and most recently, they have been active in the food bank that is being operated out of the former pastor's house.
Hignight said he knows the faith that was instilled over the years among the people will continue, even if the congregation isn't here. He said like many old main-line denominations, the First Presbyterian congregation has aged and lost numbers, and simply can't continue to support itself.
Hignight said this was the first congregation that he worked with and this is a particularly touching time for him. He said he came to De Queen in the summer of 1978 to work with the youth and children and he has nothing but fond memories of the congregation and the town.
Hignight said the public is invited to participate in the celebration service and show their support to the members.
HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CLASS INVITE PUBLIC TO SUPPER 10/30/15
Horatio High School seniors, Stephanie Rivas and Cassidy Sharp, stopped by the KDQN studios to invite area residents to have supper with the Class of 2016 tonight from 4 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Assembly of God Church in Horatio, which is right across the street from the Horatio High School football field. After the supper, the senior football, cheerleader and band members will be honored prior to the game against Glen Rose.
Rivas stated the supper is a fundraiser for the senior class events such as graduation, a class day and a one-day class trip.
SEVERAL DE QUEEN RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON DRUG AND FELONY CHARGES 10/30/15
Several De Queen residents were arrested late last week on drug and felony charges.
According to the De Queen Police Department, on Thursday, October 22nd, officers were asked to accompany a parole officer for a home visit at a residence at 316 North Fourth Street. There they located the resident and parolee, 29-year-old Shane Branscum.
Police allege that, during a search of the residence, they uncovered a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, as well as, drug paraphernalia.
Branscum was arrested without incident and transported to the Sevier County jail.
Another resident, 30-year-old Jennifer Emfinger, was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, she reportedly admitted to stealing a cell phone from a Pruett's Foods employee while standing in line at the check out. She received an additional charge of misdemeanor theft of property.
During the investigation, officers determined Branscom had been cashing checks belonging to his grandmother without her permission. He was also charged with six felony counts of forgery.
On Saturday, October 24th, officers arrested a third resident of the home, Branscum's mother, Karen Zajac, on an outstanding Oklahoma felony warrant
CITY OF OGDEN RECEIVES GRANT FOR STORM SIREN 10/30/15
The City of Ogden recently received a matching fund grant in the amount of $9,225 through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant program for the purchase and installation of a storm warning siren.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and a representative from the state's Rural Development Commission and Economic Development Commission Division of the Rural Services attended the ceremony, which was held in the Governor's Reception Room at the state Capitol.
The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development commission to administer the Rural Community Grant program in three cycles each year. Incorporated towns and cities with less than 3,000 people and unincorporated rural areas are eligible to apply for grants up to $15,000.
The deadline to apply for a 2016 second cycle grant is December 4th. For more information, visit ruralservices.arkansas.gov/grants.
ALERT: KEEP HALLOWEEN SCARES TO GHOSTS AND GHOULS
SELLING POPCORN 10/30/15
BUDGET TALKS BEGIN FOR THE CITY OF DE QUEEN 10/29/15
Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen heard from three department heads concerning their proposed 2016 budgets.
However, before aldermen started hearing budget request, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported the De Queen Fire Department will be signing automatic mutual aid agreements with the Horatio and Cossatot Volunteer Fire Departments.
Water Superintendent Jeff Brown said the installation of the new SCADA system should start in November and the new 100 horsepower pump and motor is expected to be delivered by mid-January.
Brown also stated the Magnolia water tank will be inspected and cleaned in 2016. Mayor McKelvy said city water tanks are supposed to be inspected every five-years.
Aldermen also approved the purchase of a new concrete saw and a 200 horsepower pump and motor for the Stilwell high-lift station. McKelvy said they wanted to get the new pump ordered because it will take about eight-weeks for it to be delivered.
Assistant Chief of Police Scott Simmons reported the police department is asking for a $5,000 dollar budget increase to cover the cost of housing prisoners in the Sevier County jail. Mayor McKelvy said it will still cheaper than the city operating a jail of its own.
Gaythy Bakenhus reported the park; cemetery and pool needed a few upgrades, like a new mower and a new tractor.
The De Queen City Council will meet Tuesday, November 3rd to discuss the proposed budgets of the other department heads of the city.
IRS PHONE SCAM, COMES TO AREA 10/29/15
The next time your phone rings, you may want to answer with caution because there is a phone scam being reported in the area concerning the IRS and a lawsuit.
Several area residents have reported they've received a phone call from someone saying they are with the Internal Revenue Service. The caller informs the resident that the IRS is suing them over a past due amount.
Area residents are being reminded that they know this is a scam because the IRS does not contact citizens by phone to notify them of a balance due.
Some of the calls are automated and are being left on answering machines. If residents return the call, they could receive a large phone bill.
The IRS issued a statement on its website that says they do not initiate calls to taxpayers and they do not request PIN numbers, passwords, or credit card information.
If you receive an unsolicited phone call or email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function, report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident should be reported to the Treasury Inspector General Administration.
BENEFIT WRESTLING EVENT THIS SATURDAY 10/29/15
Terrance Allen and his band of area wrestlers will be presenting Halloween Mayhem this Saturday at the National Guard Armory in De Queen as a benefit for Sherry Nelson.
Allen said Saturday's event will feature a Trick or Treat Battle Royal and all of the proceeds will benefit Sherry Nelson who is in need of a liver transplant.
Tickets are $15 for reserve seats, which are the first three rows; general admission is $10; kids 6 and up are $5 and children 5 and under are free.
Allen said the doors will open at 7 p.m. and bell time is 7:30. For more information, call 870-279-5506 or 479-216-2630.
TRYING TO HIDE A COLD ONE 10/29/15
Sunday morning around 2 a.m., Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was asked to assist Patrolman David Higgins on a traffic stop.
When Browning arrived, he was informed by Higgins that the backseat passenger was attempting to conceal something. Browning approached the vehicle and suspected the occupant in the backseat was intoxicated.
The passenger was identified as 20-year-old Eric Flores of De Queen and Browning asked him to get out of the car. When Flores got out, Browning noticed an open beer can sitting in the passenger seat rear pocket and Officer Higgins noticed some beer cans under the seat.
Flores was taken into custody and cited for drinking on the highway.
UA COSSATOT RODEO TEAM COMPETE AT MISSOURI RODEO 10/28/15
The UA Cossatot Rodeo team competed this past weekend, at the Three Rivers Community College Rodeo in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The event was the fourth rodeo; the team has competed in this semester.
The team has three returning members. They are Marissa Robbins of Mena; Tanner Caudle of Horatio; and Jace Woods of Conway. The new team members are Dillon Vaught of Mena; Scout Smith of Smithville, Oklahoma; Morgan Sweeden of De Queen; and Jared Sullivan of Enola.
UA Cossatot Rodeo Coach Valerie Stone stated the team is still coming together, but they’ve had a few students advance to the short go this semester, and they are putting in a lot of hours in the practice arena.
Stone said the team hopes to return to the College National Finals Rodeo in Wyoming.
The Southern Arkansas University Rodeo, in Magnolia, is November 5th, 6th and 7th and will be the last rodeo of the fall semester.
Stone said the team is looking forward to a great rodeo in November and then take a break during the holidays to get ready for the final five rodeos of the season. She said the Cossatot Colts traditionally do well during the spring semester and she expects them to shine.
SMOKING OUT BEHIND THE CHURCH 10/28/15
Early Saturday morning, De Queen Police Officer David Higgins was conducting a security check off Highway 70 West, when he discovered a vehicle parked on a dead end road behind the First Baptist Church with several occupants in it.
Higgins approached the vehicle and immediately recognized the odor of marijuana.
The driver, 18-year-old Phillip Web of De Queen allegedly stated he had not been smoking, but when he was told to hand the marijuana to Higgins, he and the front seat passenger, 18-year-old Matthew Martin handed him a small plastic bag containing suspected marijuana, a plastic sack that contained two marijuana smoking devices and a marijuana processing tool.
Higgins was assisted by Officer Nikki Nealy and Patrolman First Class Levi Browning.
Allegedly, Web stated the marijuana and one of the smoking devices was his and Martin said the processing tool and the other smoking device belonged to him.
Another passenger, 18-year-old Saul Camacho allegedly admitted to buying the marijuana. A third passenger, 18-year-old Joshua Alvarado, was also arrested.
Web and Martin were cited for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Camacho and Alvarado were citied for possession of a controlled substance.
POLICE PURSUIT ENDS IN ACCIDENT 10/28/15
Early Monday morning, officers with the Ashdown Police Department were involved in a pursuit of suspected shoplifters from the Wal-Mart in Ashdown.
According to the incident report, Wal-Mart employees reported three people stole some electronic merchandise.
Captain Bobby Walraven of the Ashdown Police Department reported officers located the vehicle traveling south on Highway 71 about 4:15 in the morning and attempted to make a traffic stop.
Walraven said the vehicle refused to stop and officers pursued the car south, until the vehicle reached the curve just north of the weigh station scales and the driver lost control of the vehicle.
According to the incident report, the vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times, ejecting all three occupants.
All three suspects were taken to Texarkana hospitals in serious condition.
Two of the occupants were transported by ambulance, but the third had to be airlifted.
The driver of the 2008 Hyundai was identified as 24-year-
old Diondre Holley of Naples, Texas. The passengers were 39-year-old Staci Washington of Texarkana, Texas and 26-year-old Robert Wilkerson of Crittenden, Arkansas.
Officers recovered electronic equipment that was allegedly stolen from the Ashdown Wal-Mart and located some drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
All three suspects were wanted out of Texas. Two were wanted on misdemeanor warrants, while one was wanted on a felony warrant.
2015 SEVIER COUNTY 4-H BANQUET 10/28/15
Monday night, leaders of the Sevier County 4-H program honored the 4-H members during their annual banquet at the De Queen Church of Christ.
During the banquet, 4-Hers of all ages talked about the various activities that they participated in, like the hayride, 2014 banquet and Science Day.
They also shared their experiences during the County and District O-Rama competitions.
Aaron Morris talked about the State O'Rama, Teen Leaders Conference and his trip to the state Capitol.
Amber Morris reported several 4-Hers participated in the Shooting Sports program along with some community service activities.
Sevier County 4-H President Michele Sawyer then presented the Record Book Winners a hoodie for their hard work.
For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 584-3013.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BANQUET 10/28/15
The Little River County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership and Awards Banquet is Thursday, November 5th at 5:30 p.m. in the Barbara Horn Civic Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot.
Chamber Director Fonda Hawthorne said the reason they moved the banquet to the fall was so it would not interfere with spring activities.
Hawthorne said tickets and table sponsorships are still available and if you would like to order tickets, call the chamber office at 898-2758.
PROVO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE 10/28/15
Are you familiar with the words: caliber, conservation and hypothermia? If not, you need to attend the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hunter education course to be held at the Provo Community Building at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 31st.
Instructors will discuss conservation, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, survival and first aid and firearms safety.
Participates must attend all sessions and successfully complete a written examination to receive a hunter education graduate card.
For more information, contact TJ Newton at 582-1328 or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunter Education Office toll-free at 1-800-482-5795.
UMPIRE SCHOOLS HOLDING RED RIBBON WEEK 10/28/15
The Umpire Schools are observing Red Ribbon Week, this week.
Thursday, students will announce they are too bright for drugs during color day when classes choose a color to represent them. And, Friday, students will dress up in costumes for zombie day, while saying Boo to Drugs.
Counselors are also encouraging parents to talk with their children about the importance of saying no to harmful drugs and alcohol.
The 2015 Fall Festival will be Friday, October 30th at 6 p.m. on the Umpire campus.
They'll have bingo, a football throw, a haunted house, a cake and pie walk, and a silent auction of Wildcat and Razorback items.
At 8 p.m., each class will present their King and Queen and the Senior High and Elementary King and Queens will be crowned.
For more information, call 870-583-2141.
ACCIDENT SPOTLIGHTS SEVERAL ISSUES 10/27/15
De Queen Head Football Coach Justin Kramer informed KDQN that last Friday's bus accident put things in perspective, but also revealed several issues that need to be addressed by the Arkansas Athletic Association.
Kramer stated he was informed that there had been an accident involving a Hot Springs Lakeside bus just after the team returned to the field house from their team meal.
Kramer said he was informed about an hour later that several players and an assistant coach had been injured and the game was going to be postponed.
Hot Springs Lakeside rescheduled this Friday's game for Saturday afternoon, but Coach Kramer said his Leopards will have to play two games in five days and that effects practice, rest and treatment times.
This is the second bus accident this football season. The first accident took place after a game and involved the Heber Springs football team. That accident involved a deer that ran out in front of the bus and neither accident was the result of driver fatigue or error.
But, Coach Kramer thinks the triple A should consider less travel for athletic teams.
HEMBEY CONVICTED BY PIKE COUNTY JURY 10/27/15
A Pike County jury made up of ten women and two men found Dustin Hembey, of Delight, guilty of possession of a firearm by a certain person on Thursday, October 22nd. The jury sentenced Hembey to 30 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and a fine of $15,000.
Hembey was also charged as a habitual offender, meaning he has been convicted of more than one felony and this allowed the sentence to increase from a maximum of 20 years to a maximum of 30 years.
The charges originated on September 13th, 2014 when Hembey called the Pike County Sheriff's office to report that his mother had fallen and hit her head. Medics and officers were dispatched to the residence.
Deputy Shaun Furr arrived at the residence and was advised by medics that Mrs. Hembey's injuries were not consistent with the nature of the call. Furr then contacted Detective Sergeant Clark Kinzler to assist at the scene.
Detective Kinzler arrived at the residence a short time later and asked Hembey for consent to search the residence. Hembey agreed to the search and began escorting the detective and other officers through each room of the house.
Hembey took the officers into the back bedroom at the south-east corner of the residence. He identified the room as being his bedroom.
Upon completing the walk through, Detective Kinzler began to photograph and process the scene. While processing, Kinzler observed a box of Remington 22 ammunition on the nightstand in the bedroom that Hembey had identified as his. Kinzler then observed what appeared to be a 22 rifle stacked in the corner.
A criminal history of Hembey showed that he had two previous felony convictions, including one for possession of a firearm by a certain person. Kinzler then placed Hembey under arrest and charged him with the offense of possession of a firearm by a certain person.
HORATIO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT'S SECOND ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE 10/27/15
Horatio Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Rich Dorsey announced the department will be holding it’s second annual ‘Screams of the Night’ haunted house this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Dorsey said they expanded this year's haunted house to over 30 characters and 21 themed rooms. Dorsey said it will take the average person about 35 minutes to go through this year's Screams of the Night.
Dorsey said this fundraiser allows the department to conduct school safety programs and to purchase smoke alarms for Horatio residents.
Dorsey stated last year, they opened the haunted house on Friday and Saturday nights. This year, they will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The cost is $5 per trip through the haunted house or $20 for unlimited trips, all three nights.
For more information, contact the Horatio Volunteer Fire Department at 832-2511.
JUST TAKING A FEW ITEMS 10/27/15
Friday, October 23rd about 6 p.m., De Queen Police Officer David Higgins was dispatched to the Dollar General store in reference to a reported shoplifter.
When Higgins arrived, a store employee informed him that a female suspect took a Mountain Dew out of the cooler and put it in her purse and left the store without paying for it. Higgins was informed the suspect left in a white Buick with handicap tags.
Officer Nikki Nealy stopped the vehicle in the Town North parking lot and escorted the suspect back to the Dollar General store.
Higgins reviewed the store's security footage and witnessed the suspect who was identified as 41-year-old Heather Ballew of De Queen, take the Mountain Dew and put it in her purse.
Higgins then reviewed Ballew's receipt and noted it did not have a Mountain Dew on it, however, he also did not find a Mountain Dew in her vehicle.
Ballew was arrested and questioned at the police station. She allegedly admitted to putting the Mountain Dew in her purse, but she said she took it out of her purse and left it in the store.
Ballew was cited for her second offense of shoplifting and trespassed from all Dollar General Stores in the state.
Saturday night, Higgins was dispatched to Wal-Mart to take a report of shoplifting.
When Higgins arrived, he was informed that a member of the Wal-Mart Asset Protection team had stopped a couple of suspected shoplifters outside the exit doors. The two suspects were taken to the store office where they were questioned by Officer Higgins.
When they were inside the office, 20-year-old Kenneth McCormick of Grannis allegedly removed a speaker and its accessories, a toothbrush and men's socks out of 21-year-old Ariel Dinkins' purse.
McCormick allegedly stated that Dinkins repeatedly asked him not to take the stuff, but he did it anyway.
Both McCormick and Dinkins were cited for shoplifting under $1,000 dollars.
SEVIER COUNTY RESCUE TOYS FOR TOTS FUNDRAISER 10/27/15
The Sevier County Rescue Unit will be holding a Toys for Tots fundraiser on Friday, November 6th at the Sevier County Fair Grounds at 5 p.m.
Mac McDaniel stated the program started before he was member of the Sevier County Rescue unit, but he helped start the fundraiser in 1992.
Mac said the Bill Powers Band will be performing this year, but the meal will pretty much remain the same and there will be an auction following the meal.
Mac said applications will be put out just prior to the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade on Friday, December 5th. He said they provided gifts to about 260 kids last year, but the number increases every year.
For more information, call the Sevier County Housing Authority at 642-2960.
BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD, ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL ENDS NEGOTIATIONS 10/26/15
Arkansas residents with Blue Cross and Blue Shield were recently notified by St. Michael’s Hospital in Texarkana, Texas that the hospital would no longer be apart of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield network.
District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught released a statement earlier last week stating the reason St. Michael’s Hospital was leaving the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield network was because negotiations between Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and St. Michael’s had broken down, and therefore, the hospital would no longer be a part of the insurance companies Arkansas network.
However, she said Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield members would still be able to go to St. Michael’s but their billing will be based on Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield's network prices.
Max Greenwood of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield recommended all Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield members call their customer service number to find out how this new arrange will effect you.
HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES IN DE QUEEN 10/26/15
De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy announced last week that Halloween will be celebrated in the city of De Queen on Saturday, October 31st, but some children’s activities will be held on Friday, October 30th.
De Queen Public School Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley stated the Kindergarten Parade will begin at 9 a.m. October, 30th.
Whatley said about 275 kids will participate in this year’s kindergarten parade and all merchants are invited to hand out candy downtown.
The Parkhill Preschool Parade will be Friday, October 30th about 1 p.m. De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Susan Alspaw said about 200 children participate in the Parkhill Preschool parade.
Alspaw said trick or treating downtown will take place Saturday, October 31st at 5:30 p.m. around the courthouse square. She also stated this event is for children 12 years of age and younger.
SEVIER COUNTY MASS FLU CLINIC 10/26/15
Sevier County Health Unit Director Teresa Morris and Sevier County Judge Greg Ray announced this week that the county mass flu clinic will be Wednesday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Health Department on North Third Street in De Queen.
Morris and Ray said county residents can get shots at various locations, but everyone needs to get a flu shot.
Morris said if you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment before the mass flu clinic, call the health unit at 642-2535.
Morris reported the health department administered 1,100 injections at the De Queen Public Schools and 72 injections during the Little River County Mass Flu Clinic this week.
Morris said the area county health units are also giving 10 to 15 shots a day.
SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY’S ANNUAL FOOD FOR FINES 10/26/15
Carolyn Jones of the Sevier County Library System announced this week that the library will be conducting it’s annual Food for Fines food drive November 2nd through the 7th along with the Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive.
Head Librarian Johnye Leathers Fisher said the library will reduce a person’s overdue fine by one dollar for every food item that you donate to the food drive during the Food for Fines food drive.
Fisher said food will be accepted for fines on returned library material only and not on replacement fees for lost or damaged items. She also asked patrons to check the expiration date on all donated items, because the library can not accept any items with expired dates.
TOUR DE QUEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NOVEMBER 7TH 10/26/15
De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce President Susan Alspaw and the chamber co-chairman of the Tour de Queen bike ride, Patrick Massey announced Friday morning that this year's Tour de Queen will be postponed until November 7th.
Massey asked area residents to put up their dogs and for motorists to slow down on the day of the race.
For more information, contact Massey at 582-5746.
AG'S OFFICE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING SEMESTER INTERNS 10/26/15
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced this week that her office is accepting applications for interns during the spring semester, which will begin on January 4th, 2016.
Rutledge said internships offer students a fulfilling learning opportunity and a look into the real-world job market. She said interns in the Attorney General's office have the chance to work with some of the top lawyers and professionals in the state.
Applicant packet information is available under the employment section at ArkansasAG.gov. The deadline to apply is December 1st.
Some interns may be able to arrange for college credit for their internship, depending upon the requirements of their college or university.
If you have any questions about the intern program, contact the Human Resources Department at internship@ArkansasAG.gov.
TASK FORCE DISCUSSING STATE HIGHWAY FUNDING 10/23/15
State highway funding remains a challenge and a task force that was appointed by Governor Asa Hutchinson is working on recommendations, but some of them are already receiving some resistance.
One idea is to transfer some of the state highways to the county level. Another scenario may include redirecting tax money from other funds or using the grocery tax reduction and income tax cuts to offset a diesel fuel tax increase.
Senator Larry Teague of Nashville says the issue is often discussed and so far there has not been a viable solution. He said, he thinks everyone understands that the state needs more money for highways.
Teague pointed out that there were a couple of options that are being considered. He said one option is raising the fuel tax or sales tax, because during the last couple elections voters said they supported spending money on highways.
Teague said they could also move funds from other state departments and regular spending, but he said he didn't know how they could do that and continue to meet their constitutional obligation to fund K-12 education.
Another option that is being discussed by the task force is redirecting $17 million of sales tax from general revenue to highway funding.
Hutchinson created the task force after he opposed an effort during the last Legislative session to gradually transfer tax revenue from automobile related items to the highway system.
UA COSSATOT PROVIDES LAW ENFORCEMENT RAPID RESPONSE TRAINING 10/23/15
Last week, the UA Cossatot Police Department hosted an advanced law enforcement rapid response training class for area law enforcement members.
Cossatot Police Chief Monti Stringfellow stated the class was offered by the Alerrt group from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas through a grant provided by the Bureau of Justice Administration at no cost to local law enforcement agencies.
Stringfellow stated the terrorism response tactics class was a level two class dealing mainly with saving the lives of innocent victims following the neutralization of a shooter.
Stringfellow said officers were trained to treat the wounded, establish casualty collection points, conduct triage and integrate responses with EMS and Fire personnel.
The local class was attended by members of the Sevier County Sheriff's office, the Little River County Sheriff's Department, members of the Mena Police Department and the Arkansas State Police.
I DON'T WANT TO TAKE A TEST 10/23/15
Saturday, October 17th, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning conducted a traffic stop after witnessing a truck drive left of the center line on Highway 70 B.
When Browning approached the truck, he identified the driver as 43-year-old David Nickerson of De Queen.
Browning noted Nickerson had blood shot eyes and he was unsteady on his feet. When Nickerson was asked how much he had to drink, he allegedly responded, "probably more than I should."
Nickerson took a portable breath test and he then participated in a series of field sobriety test. After placing Nickerson in custody, Browning found a half-empty Coors Light bottle in the middle console that was still cold.
At the Sevier County jail, Nickerson refused to take another breath test and he was issued a citation for driving while intoxicated, refusing to submit to chemical test, drinking on the highway and for driving left of center.
new 4-h club forming in sevier county 10/23/15
There will soon be a new 4H starting
in Gillham. An informational meeting will be held on October 29th at
6:30 in the Gillham Fire Station. Anyone interested in getting their
kids into 4H or is just curious about the program is welcome to
attend. For more information call Susan Shelton 870 582 4410 or
Dianne Rosson 870 582 1738.
10 cadets complete wildlife officer training in Mayflower 10/23/15
MAYFLOWER – Ten cadets have completed more than 700 hours of intensive training to become wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
The group studied at the H.C. “Red” Morris Training Center east of Mayflower on Lake Conway. Graduation ceremonies for the 2015 cadet class will be held Oct. 29 at Antioch Baptist Church in Conway.
Major Jason Parker directs the cadet-training program, with many AGFC enforcement officers and staff members serving as instructors. Other experts participate in the teaching of specialized topics. The 10 cadets were chosen from several hundred applicants. Requirements for wildlife officer cadets include college degrees or law enforcement experience.
The 16-week training course includes police fundamentals related to wildlife work, training in proficiency with a variety of firearms, first aid and rescue basics, drug enforcement procedures and physical conditioning. The new wildlife officers have state commissions as officers with full police authority, as do the other wildlife officers of the AGFC.
Assignment of the new officers will fill several existing vacancies in the AGFC’s enforcement ranks. They will be assigned to wildlife officer positions across the state, working under experienced officers.
The 2015 graduates and their county assignments are:
Bradley Huggins, Ashley
Kristopher McCrea, Lee
Jeremy Conner, Yell
Kenneth Nelson, Searcy
Ryan Walker, Bradley
Bernardo Soliz, Sevier
Neva Randel, Crawford
Dalton Shaw, Clay
Miles French, Columbia
Brandon Williams, Phillips
Courtesy of Jonathan Canady, Southwest Arkansas Radio
DE QUEEN BRANCH OF SEVIER COUNTY LIBRARY PARTNERS WITH AETN TO HOLD MISTER ROGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD SWEATER DRIVE 10/22/15
The De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library is partnering once again with the Arkansas Educational Television Network to sponsor a Mister Rogers Sweater Drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. Katie Culpepper of AETN stated the sweater drive is an excellent way to honor Mister Rogers by helping our neighbors.
Culpepper said they want sweaters, but will accept other warm items of clothing.
Head Librarian Johnye Leathers Fisher said the library will distribute the donated items to the Sevier County Housing Authority and the De Queen Public School District.
Culpepper explained that many of the sweaters that Mister Rogers wore on his children's show were knitted by his mother.
Fisher said the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library will be accepting items from November 2nd through November 30th. She said there are 20 libraries across the state participating and Culpepper thanked everyone for making a difference in their community.
For more information, contact the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library at 584-4364.
PAROLE BOARD RECOMMENDS DENYING CLEMENCY TO DEATH ROW INMATE 10/22/15
The Arkansas Parole Board recommended that a death row inmate's request for clemency be denied on Tuesday.
Stacey Johnson had requested clemency on October 15th, but the decision is now in the hands of Governor Asa Hutchinson.
Johnson was convicted in the 1994 beating, strangling and slitting the throat of a 25-year-old mother named, Carol Heath of De Queen. Her kids who were two and six at the time of their mother's death, were present when she died.
Johnson's execution had been set for November 3rd, but the Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay of all executions. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge reported the Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with the State's argument that the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to stay the executions; however, the Supreme Court choose to enter its own order pending the outcome of litigation in the lower court.
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS AVAILABLE TO ARKANSAS SMALL BUSINESSES 10/22/15
Small, non-farm businesses in 10 Arkansas counties and a neighboring county in Oklahoma are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. These loans are designed to offset economic losses caused by the recent drought.
The primary counties in Arkansas are Calhoun and Sevier but includes Bradley, Cleveland, Dallas, Howard, Little River, Ouachita, Polk and Union counties and McCurtain County in Oklahoma.
Tanya Garfield of the Small Business Administration's Disaster Field Operations said the loans cover both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses and businesses directly impacted by the disaster.
Small, non-farm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million dollars to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.
For more information, call 1-800-659-2955. The deadline to apply for these loans is June 14, 2016.
SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION - ANTHONY SEALS 10/22/15
The Sevier County Sheriff's Office released a statement Wednesday morning notifying the public that Michael Seals is a level 3 sex offender and he is living at 353 Fisher Road in Horatio. According to the sheriff's department, this notification is not intended to increase fear, but it is their belief that an informed public is a safer public.
This information is available through several resources, including the state's website that is maintained by the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
Law enforcement officials also want to remind residents that the abuse of this information by threatening, intimidating or harassing offenders will not be tolerated because such abuse could end law enforcement's ability to share this information with the public.
There are four levels of notification. The higher the level assigned, the broader the notification to the community. A level one offender warrant minimal notice to the community; a level 2 offender warrants limited notice; a level 3 offender warrants notification of all community members who are likely to encounter the offender and a level 4 is reserved for offenders who have a habitual or serious pattern of offending.
This information has been released to the public in pursuant to the Sex and Child Offender Registration and Community Notification Guidelines.
Authorities also wanted to make it clear that Seals was convicted of residential burglary, theft of property and rape and that requires him to register as a sex offender with the Arkansas Crime Information Center, however, Seals is not wanted by law enforcement at this time.
SUSPECTS FLEE SCENE OF ACCIDENT 10/22/15
About 7 p.m., Friday, October 16th, De Queen Police Officer David Higgins received a report concerning an accident on Highway 71 North near the Deluxe Inn. Higgins was also notified that the suspects who caused the accident had fled the scene and the reporting party was chasing them on foot.
When Higgins arrived he was informed by the reporting party that he thought the Hispanic male suspect had gotten into a black car in the Tres Agaves parking lot that had just left.
Higgins stopped the vehicle in question, but the suspects were not in the vehicle. When he returned to the scene of the accident, he noticed a female running to the East of his location between the buildings. When the female suspect did not stop running, Higgins began pursuing her on foot around the back of the H&R Block building and that is when he saw the male suspect in front of her.
When Higgins caught the female suspect, he subdued her on the ground and Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon assisted by pursuing the male suspect.
When Higgins took the female suspect into custody, he discovered she was a minor. He also noted he could smell alcohol. The female suspect was then transported to the Sevier County jail by Sergeant Gary Cunningham and Higgins continued to pursue the male suspect with Davignon.
When Higgins caught up with Davignon, Davignon had the male suspect in custody. The suspect was identified as 59-year-old Luis Aguilar of De Queen.
The minor was citied for public intoxication and fleeing and released into the custody of her grandparents.
After running Aguilar's information, officers discovered he was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of the City of De Queen. He was also cited for driving while intoxicated, for not having a driver's license, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, fleeing and obstructing government operations, because he signed the DWI rights form with the name Luis Leonardo.
ASSOCIATION FOR A GREATER YARBOROUGH 10/21/15
Frank Cooper of the Association for a Greater Yarborough announced the association will be holding its quarterly meeting on Monday, October 26th at 6 p.m. at the Yarborough Community Center.
Members will be discussing old and new business items and they will also consider the election of four board members.
Cooper encouraged all Yarborough residents to support the work of the association and help create a greater Yarborough community.
FILLING PERIOD OPENS NEXT MONTH 10/21/15
District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced the party filling period for the November 2016 election begins November 2nd and individuals from every corner of the state will file into the rotunda of the state Capitol seeking an elected office.
Vaught explained the filling period usually doesn’t start until January of the election year, but the date was moved up to November when the legislature moved the May primary to March 1st.
Vaught said the deadline to register to vote for the March primary is Monday, February 1st. According to the Secretary of State’s office, many would-be first time voters in Arkansas do not have their votes counted because they’re not actually registered to vote. The Secretary of State’s office said many of them registered, but did not verify their registration status with their county clerks.
The process of voter registration is convenient, but it’s the reasonability of the registrant to ensure the process is complete. Arkansans can check their voter status online at www.voterview.org.
Vaught said voter turnout is historically lower in November, with only 21 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot in 2012.
Vaught said one of the reason’s for moving the primary to March was to increase voter turnout and to make Arkansas a more important part of the Presidential campaign.
BARNES APPOINTED TO LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE 10/21/15
District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced Monday afternoon that a De Queen resident has been appointed to a Legislative task force.
Janelle Barnes of De Queen was appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Jeremy Gillam, to serve on the Legislative Task Force on Abused and Neglected Children. Barnes will replace Judge Rhonda Wood.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY ANNOUNCES FILING SCHEDULE FOR CANDIDATES 10/21/15
A representative of the Sevier County Democratic Party will be available in the courthouse lobby during the following times to accept filings from persons seeking the Democratic nomination for county offices:
Monday, November 2nd from noon until 1 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, November 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th from 11 a.m. to noon and on Monday, November 9th from 11 a.m. to noon.
Candidates must also file documents with the Sevier County Clerk's office no later than noon on Monday, November 9th to complete the filing process.
For more information about filing for county offices with the Democratic Party, call 870-279-1306.
CHALICE CUPBOARD REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 10/21/15
The Chalice Cupboard assisted 43 families with 1114 pounds of food during the month of September, including 91 adults and 62 children.
St. Barbara Catholic Church donated 64 pounds and individuals donated another 12 pounds. Cupboard staff members purchased 797 pounds of food.
At the present time, one or more persons living in Sevier County may receive needed food at the Chalice Cupboard which is located at 315 North Fifth Street on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Food is given to those requesting assistance only once each three-month period of the year.
The Chalice Cupboard staff also announced they have worked out an agreement with the First United Methodist Church and will be able to remain open. Therefore, they're seeking donations of non-perishable food items, such as cereal and canned fruit.
COSSATOT RIVER SETS PUBLIC MEETING CONCERNING 6-YEAR MASTER PLAN 10/21/15
Cossatot River School Superintendent Donnie Davis announced the district will be holding a public meeting November 12th to discuss the district's facility needs.
Davis said the district has completed some projects, but have several other projects that they would like to start.
Davis said the district's board of education approved the new school improvement teams during their October meeting.
Davis also encouraged area residents to attend public meetings.
During the October meeting of the Cossatot River Board of Education, Randy Sellers was elected board president; Rick Frachiseur was elected vice-president; and Rusty Youngblood was elected secretary.
LOCKESBURG ALDERMAN RESIGNS 10/21/15
Last week during a regular meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, Alderman Gayle Gathright resigned because she had moved out of the city limits of Lockesburg.
Aldermen then conducted a brief phone interview with Matt Webb and voted to appoint Webb to the city council to fill the seat previously held by Gathright.
Arkansas State Plumbing Inspector David Johnson spoke to the council about regulations concerning the new water and sewer system. Johnson also identified Mayor Danny Ruth as the Certified Plumbing Inspector for the city.
Aldermen then passed an ordinance to provide plumbing inspections for all plumbing projects in the city. The ordinance also adopted the state’s plumbing code and set the city’s fee schedule for plumbing inspections.
Aldermen accepted a bid from Jeff’s Tree Service for $850 to remove some trees on West Pine, if Jeff’s Tree Service can verify he has insurance.
The next meeting of the Lockesburg City Council will be Tuesday, November 10th.
PROVO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO HOST TWO HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSES 10/21/15
Are you familiar with the words: caliber, conservation and hypothermia? If not, you need to attend the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hunter education course to be held at the Provo Community Building at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 24th.
Instructors will discuss conservation, sportsmanship, archery, muzzleloading, survival and first aid and firearms safety.
Participates must attend all sessions and successfully complete a written examination to receive a hunter education graduate card, which is honored in all states and provinces where hunter education is required.
This course, which is free, is mandatory for the state of Arkansas as of July 1st, 1985 and all residents born about 1968 must have a hunter’s education card to hunt.
For more information, contact TJ Newton at 582-1328 or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Hunter Education Office toll-free at 1-800-482-5795.
ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT REVIEWING FACILITIES 10/20/15
Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders reported he updated the board of education on the district's renovation projects at the old high school and Alumni Association House during their October board meeting.
Sanders said the district is also working on its Six-Year Master Plan.
Sanders also stated the board of the education approved the district’s Minority Recruitment Plan and they voted to reorganize following the recent school board election.
Sanders said, Chuck Davis was elected president, Dorothy Henderson was elected vice-president and Rosa Bowman was elected secretary.
The next meeting of the Ashdown Board of Education will be November 9th at 6 p.m.
DANGER OF WILDFIRE IS HIGH ACROSS ARKANSAS, WATCH IN EFFECT 10/20/15
EAST NIGHT OUT 10/20/15
Tonight, the National EAST Night Out event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Dierks High School EAST classroom. Members of the Dierks High School EAST and the Cossatot River High School East will be holding a combined event.
Dierks EAST Lab facilitator Steve Martin said EAST Night Out is a come and go event where guests will have the opportunity to see some of the equipment and programs that students use. Students will also share their project ideas for the upcoming year.
Martin said this will be Cossatot River's first EAST Night Out event.
The annual EAST Night Out event is a national "open house" to celebrate the EAST programs. It also gives family, friends and the general public the opportunity to see how students are making a difference in their community.
Martin said EAST Night Out will allow EAST students to share the power of student-driven, service-based, technology-infused education with their school, community members, business leaders, media and family.
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR SETS NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD 10/20/15
Attendance at the 2015 Arkansas State Fair has broken a five-year-old record by just more than 900.
Fair officials said Monday that 43,206 people attended Sunday’s final day of the fair in Little Rock to bring the total attendance for the 10-days to 473,106.
That breaks the record of 472,194 set in 2010 by 912.
Fair General Manager Ralph Shoptaw said great weather that included mostly sunny days and mild temperatures was key to the attendance, in addition to the concert lineup, a free weekend shuttle service and an increased police presence inside and outside the fair grounds.
PURPLE PRIDE BAND RECEIVES FIRST DIVISION RATINGS 10/20/15
On, Saturday, October 3rd, the Ashdown High School Purple Pride Marching Band marched in the Four States Marching Contest at Texas High's Grim Stadium and received all first division ratings - band, drum major, percussion and colorguard.
The PPMB marched October 10th at War Memorial Stadium (Little Rock) in the Showcase of Bands Contest and again received all first division ratings. The band even received the Outstanding Colorguard Award and Jacob Purifoy received the Outstanding Drum Major Award.
The band is under the direction of Mark Pounds and Chelsa Keathley.
Shown right is Drum Major, Jacob Purifoy
Chalice cupboard report for September 10/19/15
The Chalice Cupboard assisted 42 families in Sevier county in September, including 91 adults and 62 children, totaling 153 people. they received food distributions totaling 1,114 pounds from donated and purchased food.
Saint Barbara Catholic Church donated 64 pounds and individuals donated 12 pounds, totaling 76 pounds. Selected food items purchased for the pantry totaled 797 pounds. Total food added during September was 873 pounds.
The bank balance on September 1, 2015 was $2,027.06. Deposits for the month were $1,024.00. $511.29 was spent replenishing food items for the pantry. The bank balance on September 30, 2015 was $2,539.77.
At the present time, one or more persons living in Sevier County may receive needed food at the Chalice Cupboard located at 315 North Fifty Street in De Queen on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:00pm until 3:15 pm. food is given to those requesting assistance only once each three-month period of the year: January-February-March/April-May-June/July-August-September/and October-November-December.
Non-perishable food items, such as cereal and canned fruit, help both young and older people in need.
FILING SCHEDULE FOR SEVIER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED 10/19/15
A representative of the Sevier County Democratic Party will be available in the Courthouse Lobby at the following times to accept filings from persons seeking the Democratic nomination for county offices:
Monday, November 2 from 12 noon to 1 pm.
Tuesday through Friday, November 2, 4, 5, and 6 from 11 am to 12 noon.
Monday, November 9 from 11 am to 12 noon.
Candidates must also file documents with the Sevier County Clerk's Office not later than Noon on Monday, November 9 to complete the filing process.
For more information about filing for county offices with the Democratic Party, call (870) 279-1306.
DIERKS WORKING TO SECURE FINANCING 10/19/15
Dierks Mayor Terry Mounts updated the Dierks City Council this week concerning the waste-water treatment facility construction project. He also reported the water and sewer audits have been completed.
Aldermen voted to leave the city property tax rate at 1.7 mills and they will meet November 30 to discuss the 2016 budget.
Mounts then reported the new Weyerhaeuser mill is moving along with several contractors currently on site. He informed KDQN that the project has moved into phase two.
Mounts said about 26 truckloads of steel should be delivered within the next couple of weeks.
According to Weyerhaeuser, the project will cost about $190 million dollars. The new facility will have an annual production capacity of 387 million board feet, which is 25 percent more than the plant’s current capability.
Weyerhaeuser currently employs about 250 people and generates jobs for local loggers who cut and transport timber to the mill.
According to Mounts, the new facility will have four drying kilns, which will be the first piece of new equipment to go into production.
In a supportive role, Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative will build a $1 million dollar transmission line to a $3 million dollar substation that will supply power to the mill.
BLOOD DRIVE AT DR. RANDY WALKER'S OFFICE 10/19/15
Angie Walker of Dr. Randy Walker's Family Practice and Allergy Clinic announced they would be hosting a LifeShare blood drive on Friday, October 23rd from 8 a.m. to noon on the LifeShare donor bus.
Walker said all donors will receive a free t-shirt and the first 75 donors will receive a free stadium blanket from Dr. Walker’s office.
Walker encouraged area residents to donate because there is always a shortage of blood during the holiday season.
For more information or to reserve a donation time, call 584-3000.
CONSUMER ALERT – WHAT’S IN THE CHIP 10/19/15
Debit and credit cards are getting a new look. A computer chip is being added to both types of cards to make consumers’ information more secure.
All major credit card providers are currently sending Arkansans new cards to replace existing credit cards, and banks are issuing new debit cards.
Now, instead of swiping the card to complete the transaction, cards equipped with the computer chip will be inserted or dipped into a slot and left there until the transaction is completed. The buyer will be prompted to remove the card and sign for the payment or enter a pin.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following tips for Arkansans to use during a transaction:
She said when you receive your new credit or debit cards with the computer chip; you should shred or destroy the old cards.
She recommended that you research the new cards and become familiar with the new transaction process.
Rutledge also recommends that you continue to review your financial statements to ensure there are no fraudulent transactions on your account.
For more information about credit cards or other consumer related issues, call the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.
CRATER OF DIAMOND TO HOST FALL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 10/19/15
Temperatures are getting cooler and the fall colors are amazing and it’s a great time to get outside and photograph Southwest Arkansas.
The Crater of Diamond State Park is offering a digital photography workshop on Saturday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for photographers ages 13 and up.
Photographers will learn camera settings, accessories and composition techniques for taking great fall foliage photos. Participates will need to bring a camera, tripods, and other accessories for an afternoon field trip to some nearby scenic areas.
Space is limited to 15 people, with a minimum of three required. Admission is $20 per person. To register or request more information, call the Crater at 285-3113.
Novices and professionals are invited to learn new skills, share ideas and meet other photographers during Fall Photography in the Park event.
EUROPEAN TRIP OPEN TO AREA STUDENTS 10/19/15
Lucia Ochoa is the former Spanish teacher at Horatio High School and is now teaching at Texas Middle School in Texarkana. But, she is organizing a travelers club trip to Spain in June of 2017 through the EF Tours organization.
Ochoa said the trip will cost about $3,525 and its open to any student 13 and over and their parents. Students will work to raise the funds over the next 20 months through a variety of fundraisers.
Ochoa led a group of Spanish Club students to Costa Rica in 2013.
For more information, email Ochoa at email@example.com or call her at 870-879-2550.
MOTORIST AVOIDS DEER, TAKES OUT FENCE 10/19/15
Deer are on the move and a local driver discovered just how dangerous deer can be when her vehicle left the road, knocked down several fences and struck a tree.
22-year-old Ashlee Yancy of De Queen reported she was driving north on Red Bridge Road when a deer ran out in front of her. She stated she swerved to avoid the deer and left the roadway on the east side of the road.
Yancy’s vehicle struck the north end of the bridge, knocking down the guardrail. Her vehicle continued to travel east for 321 feet through a fence.
Yancy said she blacked out and the vehicle traveled another 949 feet going through two more fences before hitting a tree.
According to the incident report, Yancy caused about $500 dollars worth of damage to the bridge; $500 dollars worth of damage to three fences that belong to Chad Gallagher and about $5,000 worth of damage to her 2003 Hummer H2.
MOTORIST REMINDED TO BE CAUTIOUS IN WORK ZONES 10/19/15
Last week, an employee of the Arkansas Highway Department was struck by a motorist while he was setting out cones to mark a work zone.
The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office was informed that 43-year-old Randy Roden of Horatio was struck with the passenger side mirror of 45-year-old Jeffery Kimmel’s 2005 Nissan Titan just north of Beacon Hill Road on Highway 41.
According to Sheriff’s Investigator Robert Gentry, signs were posted indicting one-lane traffic ahead and cones were on the shoulder of the road all the way to the top of the hill near the Beacon Hill intersection. Gentry reported there was also a highway department vehicle with a strobe light parked on the side of the road.
Kimmel was not cited or arrested for the incident, but Roden was transported to a medical facility for treatment by his supervisor.
Motorists are being reminded to be cautious when they are driving in a work zone and to watch for workers.
STALLED IN THE STREET 10/19/15
Wednesday, October 14th, Patrolman First Class Bucky Sawyer of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to a two vehicle accident around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Ninth Street and Jansen Ave.
Sawyer was told Jesus Martinez of De Queen stated he was driving south on Ninth Street and when he topped the hill, he saw a 2001 GMC Yukon blocking both lanes.
Martinez said he tried to miss the other vehicle but wasn't able to get around it.
Amanda Tramel of De Queen was the driver of the Yukon and she said she had just pulled out of her driveway onto Ninth Street and was traveling north when the vehicle died.
Tramel said she tried to re-start the vehicle, but when it wouldn't start, she tried to turn onto Janson Ave. About that time, the vehicle stopped moving in the middle of the street and that is when she was hit by a 2006 Nissan Altima.
No citation were issued, but about $10,000 dollars worth of damage was done to Martinez' vehicle.
SECOND ACCIDENT OF THE DAY RESULTS IN THE DEATH OF DE QUEEN RESIDENT 10/16/15
Wednesday, October 14th, members of the De Queen Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident at the Highway 70/71 intersection on Collin Raye Drive about 3 p.m.
65-year-old Norley Bickley III of De Queen was driving a 2009 Chevy pickup and struck a 2005 Nissan Altima. According to Bickley, he saw an ambulance and was attempting to get on through the intersection and didn't see the other vehicle.
The driver of the Altima, 27-year-old Luis Gonzalez reported it was his turn to go and Bickley ran into him, however, Gonzalez was the one citied for not having a valid driver's license and for not having a 4-year-old child in a booster seat.
About two-and-a-half hours later, Bickley was involved in a second accident on Highway 71 South across from the De Queen Country Club.
According to the Arkansas State Police, Bickley pulled onto the south shoulder of Highway 71 and attempted to make a left turn across two lanes of traffic and was struck by a 1996 Mack truck that was being driven by 70-year-old Clifton Ward of Dierks.
Bickley was transported to the De Queen Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Christus St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, Texas where Dr. Erik Jacobson pronounced Bickley dead at 7:13 p.m.
ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE OF ASHDOWN RESIDENT 10/16/15
An Ashdown man was killed and four others injured in a two vehicle accident Wednesday evening near Maud, Texas.
According to a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, 29-year-old Jonathan Graves of Ashdown was killed when he failed to yield the right of way, while making a left turn onto Farm to Market Road 2149 from County Road 1102 in his 2004 Toyota Highlander.
According to the spokesperson, Mark Haddock of New Boston, Texas was traveling east in a red Ford F-150 on Farm to Market Road 2149 when Graves pulled out in front of him. There were four occupants in the truck including Haddock.
According to witnesses, Graves' Toyota flipped and landed in the westbound lane near the Red River Army Depot property line.
According to an eyewitness, the truck caught on fire and the blaze spread across the road to the Toyota.
Four people were transported to Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas and one person was flown to the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.
Graves' body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy.
HORATIO HIGH SCHOOL NAMED HIGH-ACHIEVING SCHOOL 10/16/15
Horatio Board of Education met Monday and held their annual report to the public.
Superintendent Lee Smith also reported the Horatio High School had been named a high achieving school by the Office for Education Policy for the school's performance on the End-of-Course Biology exam.
Smith reported the board approved a new policy concerning the school improvement team.
The Horatio Board of Education elected Pollyanna Smith as the board president for the 2015-2016 school year. Elizabeth Walker will serve as vice-president and Jeffrey Irvan will be the secretary.
Henderson to Lead AHS Homecoming Parade as Grand Marshall 10/16/15
The Ashdown High School Student Council is pleased to announce that Mrs. Carolyn Henderson will serve as Grand Marshall of the 2015 AHS Homecoming Parade “Panthers in Pictures” on Friday, Oct. 30. The parade will exit the AHS campus and cross Rankin Street, proceed west on Burke Street, and continue to First Baptist Church at the corner of Burke and N. Park Avenue, where it will disperse.
Henderson retired in June 2015 after serving the Ashdown School District for 35 years in a variety of capacities. She began her career as an educator in 1971. She taught English/Language Arts at every grade level 7-12 for the first 28 years, finishing by teaching senior English and college concurrent AP English & Literature for 11 years. She served as Public Relations Coordinator for the district for the final seven years, while also teaching Survey of Fine Arts for three years and 4th/5th grade art for three years.
As a teacher for the Ashdown District, Carolyn has always been very involved in students' extracurricular activities, serving as sponsor for AHS Student Council for over 15 years and as a class sponsor for first the sophomore class and then the senior class since 1990. She has supervised many Homecoming Parade float creations and organized lots of Homecoming Week festivities over the years. Henderson said, “to me, homecoming is the best week of the year for the students and the community.”
Commenting on her teaching philosophy, “I can truthfully say that I have always based my decisions, as an educator on what I believed was best for the students and not on what was always easiest for me. My former seniors can attest to that when they recall the ten-chapter autobiographies I made them write, publish, and display for Parent Night. And, yes, students, I really did read every word of every one of them! They are one of the things I have enjoyed most from my teaching career.”
Throughout her 35-year career, she has served on numerous committees and teams, including leadership teams, curriculum committees, and handbook committees and chaired the district team in campaigning and winning approval to build the new high school in 2001/2002. And also had been the District Parent Involvement Coordinator for the last 7 years, district coordinator for the Junior Achievement program sponsored by Domtar, quiz bowl moderator, and moderator for Scripps Spelling Bee. In 2003, she was named the Ashdown District Teacher of the Year.
Along with her teaching career, community involvement has always been very important. Those activities include serving as a Little River County Chamber of Commerce board member for six years and as an alumnus of Leadership Class III; member and vice-president of the Ashdown chapter of PEO and also of Delta Kappa Gamma; member of Little River Arts Council, Ashdown Scholarship Committee, and Little River County Retired Teachers Association; member of the Ashdown Community Action Team; member of First Baptist Church since 1980; member of the 2015 National Learning for Life Curriculum Committee and awarded The 2015 Golden Apple Award for this region.
Carolyn is married to Harrell "Buddy" Henderson (AHS Class of '61) and all three of her children are graduates of Ashdown High School: Jodi Lewis Martindale, class of '89; Jennifer Lewis Lancaster, class of '93; and Robert "Bo" Lewis, class of '96.
DE QUEEN SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS 10/15/15
De Queen Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley announced the district will be holding a district wide pep rally Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in the Leopard Coliseum as the team prepares to play the Camden Fairview Cardinals Friday night at Leopard Stadium.
She also reported the Arkansas Department of Health will not receive a large supply of flu mist this year and if parents selected mist on their child's flu shot permission form and did not mark, "Do not give if my preference is not available" he or she will receive a flu injection.
If you object to their child receiving a flu shot, contact your child's school office by Monday, October 19th.
THE SEVIER COUNTY SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FISH FRY IS TONIGHT 10/15/15
The 6th annual Sevier County Single Parent Scholarship Fund Fish Fry is today from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.
Plates are $7 each and all proceeds will benefit the Single Parent Scholarship Fund. The Argenbrighht Band will be performing, but for more information contact Mac McDaniel at 642-2960 or Jamie Marshall at 479-287-8213.
ACCIDENT LEADS TO ARREST 10/15/15
On Friday, October 9th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hankins was dispatched to Woodside Road in Lockesburg in reference to a motor vehicle accident.
When Deputy Hankins arrived, Ben Lomond First Responders were on the scene.
As Deputy Hankins approached the vehicle, he witnessed a female, who was identified as Charissa Wood, putting some pills in her mouth. He reported the pill bottle stated it contained Xanax that was prescribed to her. Hankins also reported Wood was unstable on her feet and her speech was slurred.
Hankins then made contact with the passenger, Jason Spigner and when Hankins asked both Wood and Spigner who was driving, they both said Wood.
Members of the Little River Ambulance Service advised Hankins that neither occupant needed to be transported to a medical facility, but both appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.
According to the report, Wood admitted to taking several Xanax earlier that morning. Spigner was taken into custody by Deputy Rodger Ridley for public intoxication.
Wood was then given three different standardized field sobriety test and arrested for driving while intoxicated number two - drugs.
COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK PROGRAMS 10/15/15
Cossatot River State Park Interpreter Shelley Flanary announced the park will be holding its 5th annual half-marathon trail run on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the banks of the Cossatot River.
Flanary said runners will be challenged by the mountainous terrain of the Cossatot River State Park. She said runners will be shuttled to the north end of the trail and they will run a one-way route, which is mostly a single track trail. Flanary said there will be three refueling and aid stations on the trail as runners make their way back to the Visitor Center on the south end of the trail.
Flanary said age group awards will be presented.
Sunday morning from 10 to 11 a.m., Flanary will discuss the different characteristics, shapes and forms of pebbles and rocks as guests develop an understanding of the rock cycle, while doing some activities, hunting for rocks and pebbles and playing games.
Sunday afternoon, guests will help feed the park critters from 2 to 3 p.m. in the visitor center.
Monday, October 19th through Wednesday, October 21st, the park will be hosting a hunter's education class from 6 to 9 p.m.
The class is mandatory for anyone born after 1968 before they can hunt with a firearm, crossbow or conventional bow. There is no charge for the class, but you must attend the entire class to complete the course.
Saturday, October 24th, the Cossatot River State Park will host a Wet and Wow Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Flanary said the workshop is for formal and non-formal educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade students. The workshop will offer a collection of innovative, hands-on activities that are educational, easy to use, fun and are correlated to the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and STEM Educational Coalition.
For more information about any of these activities at the Cossatot River State Park, call 870-385-2201.
COUNTY 4-H CLUBS REORGANIZING 10/15/15
The Sevier County 4-H clubs are reorganizing and seeking new members and leaders. The purpose of these clubs is to give youth ages 5 to 19 and an opportunity to participate in the youth development educational program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
Youth in 4-H clubs will learn life skills, enhance leadership skills, and increase self-esteem while serving in a number of community service projects. Youth also have an opportunity to compete in a number of competitive activities, attend camps and earn scholarships for education.
The following is a list of the Sevier County 4-H clubs along with the main leader, their phone number and the meeting time and place:
Carla Cowling is the leader of the Chapel Hill 4-H club. Her number is 642-4232 and they meet at various times.
Michelle Sawyer and Christy Hicks are the leaders of the Happy Face 4-H Club. Sawyer's number is 784-8931 and Hicks' number is 584-6337. They meet in the home of Leroy and Sandra Nunn at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.
Wilma Morris is the leader of the Lakeside 4-H Club. Her number is 642-3352 and they meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in De Queen.
Loretta Rivas is the leader of the Lone Oak 4-H club. Her number is 832-2555 and they meet once a month on Friday at 6 p.m. at Rivas' house.
Nicki Litchford is the leader of the Froglevel Hoppers 4-H Club. Litchford's number is 584-6761. they meet on the first Monday of the month after school in the Horatio High School agri room.
Kimberly Morris is the leader of the Shooting Sports Club. Her number is 642-7913 and they meet at various times.
Harrell Sherwood is the leader of the Sevier County Teen Leaders Club. They meet the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Farm Bureau building.
Katrina Frachiseur is the leader of the Goin' Showin' Club. Her number is 479-216-1294 and they meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Farm Bureau building.
For more information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits, contact the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service which is located in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot or you may call them at 584-3013.
HALLOWEEN STORY TIME AT DE QUEEN LIBRARY 10/15/15
Carolyn Jones of the De Queen branch of the Sevier County Library System announced the library will be hosting a Halloween story time & craft for children on Wednesday, October 21st at 4 p.m.
Jones said the De Queen Library will also open its new meeting room by the first of November.
MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS TODAY 10/15/15
Area residents need to be aware that the Medicare open enrollment begins today, October 15th and will close December 7th.
According to the Arkansas Insurance Commission, Medicare eligible Arkansans can change from the original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan or change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to the original Medicare.
Arkansans can also switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another. Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or drop their Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
With so many options, it's nice to know that there is someone in De Queen that will help you make the right choice. Linda Steward of the Helping Hands program has been helping area senior adults select the right Medicare Part D plan since 2006.
Steward's office is next to the De Queen Health and Wellness Pharmacy on Collin Raye Drive and she offers her services free of charge to everyone 65 and older.
Steward said she is willing to help everyone review their current plan and make sure it is the best plan for their needs.
For more information about Stewards Helping Hands program, call 870-642-2400 and leave your name and number and Steward will contact you.
For more information on the state's Senior Health Insurance Information Program, visit the website, Insurance.Arkansas.gov or call 1-800-224-6330.
AIR EVAC LIFETEAM HONORS DE QUEEN BASE AND SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR WITH NATIONAL AWARDS 10/15/15
Air Evac Lifeteam recently held its 2015 National Awards Banquet in St. Charles, Mo., and the De Queen base and Senior Program Director Michael Perrin were honored with national awards. The base was named the 2015 Community Service Base of the Year, and Michael Perrin was honored with the 2015 Leadership Award.
The Community Service Base of the Year Award is presented to the base in the Air Evac Lifeteam system that has shown outstanding community service in its market area. John Markham, director of business development and specialty care services for Air Evac Lifeteam, said the De Queen employees are dedicated to providing access for the communities they serve.
“With dedicated course coordinators and educators, the De Queen base provides multiple American Heart Association classes and continuing education classes to physicians, nursing students, firefighters and paramedics, and personnel at its referring agencies,” Markham said. “The personnel have truly embraced community service within the service area, which has resulted in increased awareness. In 2014, the requests were at an all-time high, and the base is on pace to surpass that mark in 2015.”
Michael Perrin was honored by the company with the 2015 National Leadership Award. A 10-year employee with Air Evac Lifeteam, Perrin said he was thankful, blessed and very excited to be considered and chosen for the prestigious award.
“I love making a difference in people’s lives each and every day,” Perrin said.
Air Evac President Seth Myers said Perrin was nominated by his peers as well as those who report to him.
“They described how his actions spoke volumes, and they feel like they are his only priority when he is coaching or mentoring them,” Myers said. “Time is never a factor even though they know he has plenty to do in his own base service area.”
Air Evac Lifeteam, headquartered in O’Fallon, Mo., is the largest independently owned and operated air medical service provider in the United States, with more than 120 air medical bases across 15 states. Air Evac is the preeminent provider of helicopter emergency medical services to communities in need of rapid medical transport to advanced emergency healthcare. Flight crews, consisting of a pilot, flight nurse and flight paramedic, are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to the scene of an emergency, or provide transportation between medical facilities. For more information, please visit www.lifeteam.net, or like us on Facebook.
Picture: The De Queen, Ark., Air Evac Lifeteam base was recently honored as the company’s Community Service Base of the Year. In addition, Senior Program Director Michael Perrin was honored with the national Leadership Award.
AREA FARMERS ELIGIBLE FOR EMERGENCY FARM LOANS 10/14/15
District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced Tuesday morning that area farmers in Little River, Sevier and Howard counties are eligible for emergency farm loans.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Little River County as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.
Farmers and ranchers in Hempstead, Howard, Miller and Sevier counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Farmers and ranchers in McCurtain County, Oklahoma and Bowie County, Texas also qualify.
All of the counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on September 30th, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency loans from USDA's Farm Service Agency, provided the eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT SET SALARIES FOR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS 10/14/15
Monday afternoon during a meeting of the Sevier County Quorum Court, Justices of the Peace voted to establish the minimum salary for newly elected officials in Sevier County.
The salary for County Judge was set at $52,876. The County Clerk salary was set at $43,778. The Circuit Clerk salary was set at $43,552. The County Assessor salary was set at $44,423. The County Treasurer salary was set at $44,423. And, the County Sheriff's salary was set at $51,082.
JPs passed a resolution authorizing County Judge Greg Ray to apply for a grant on behalf of the Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department through the Arkansas Rural Development Commission in the amount of $35,638.
Cossatot Volunteer Fire Department Chief Archie Johnson explained to KDQN the department will use the funds to purchase 13 new sets of turnouts, personal wildfire safety equipment and a defibrillator.
Johnson said the department is also working to lower its ISO rating from a 9 to a 7, which would save residents in the Cossatot fire district about 10 percent on their homeowners insurance.
JPs approved an ordinance to conduct business with Dr. Randy Walker's office, since he is the only physician in Sevier County who is currently providing Department of Transportation physicals.
JPs appropriated $9,526.56 to repair the roof on a hanger at the Sevier County airport. Judge Ray explained 100 percent of the money would be reimbursed to the county.
Judge Ray also asked the Quorum Court to appropriate over $15,000 for the purchase of a new 9-1-1 voice recorder.
Courtney White of the crisis center gave a brief report about the center's work and asked them to consider extending the crisis center's contract of service with the county.
FORESTRY COMMISSION URGES CAUTION WITH WILD-FIRE DANGER HIGH 10/14/15
The Arkansas Forestry Commission says wild-fire danger remains high for the southwest portion of the state. Burn bans continue for Howard, Hempstead, Little River, Miller, Pike, Polk and Sevier counties and the forestry commission is urging residents to be careful.
To date, 936 fires have occurred in Arkansas with just under 300 acres burned. Adriane Barnes of the Arkansas Forestry Commission says fire frequency has not spiked due to higher humidity levels.
Barnes also reminded residents that outdoor burning is prohibited at this time.
Barnes explained that humidity is the primary predicting fire weather factor, as it affects the intensity or lack thereof of wildfires. During higher humidity, a wildfire may start, but can be quickly contained because high moisture levels in the atmosphere keep it from gaining energy and speed.
Wind holds a close second in terms of affecting how quickly wildfires can spread.
When vegetation is dry for an extended period of time, and subjected to high temperatures, humidity levels drop below 40 percent and wind gusts reach speeds above 10 miles per hour, conditions are right for wildfire activity in the state.
IT'S TIME TO PLAN YOUR ESTATE 10/14/15
There are many reasons why someone should have a will. A will is a legal document by which a person indicates how his or her property should be distributed following their death.
A well-prepared will is one of a number of effective tools you can use to make sure your property, called your estate, passes as you wish to your family and loved ones after your death. Your estate consists of property and cash assets that you own. It includes bank accounts, land, furniture, buildings, cars, stocks and bonds, proceeds from life insurance payable to your estate and pension plan benefits payable to you. A will is a deceased person's final voice.
In Arkansas a valid will must comply with these requirements. The maker or testator must be at least 18 years of age. The testator must be of sound mind at the time the will is prepared and the will must be in writing and signed by the testator.
Every adult should make a will to plan and direct the disposition of the fruits of a lifetime of work; to care for the future and welfare of loved ones; to designate a guardian of your choosing for your minor-aged children; to reduce the cost and time for settling your estate following your death; possibly to avoid family quarrels and perhaps continuation of a business.
Wills are legal documents and must be executed with certain formalities. Because legal language is highly technical and because the will must conform to the laws of the state, it is strongly advised to consult an attorney when preparing your will.
To learn more about estate planning area residents are invited to attend a 2-day Estate Planning Workshop on Monday, November 2nd and Thursday, November 5th in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. The program will begin each night with a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the program should conclude each night around 8:30.
A registration fee of $15 per person or $20 per couple will be charged to cover the program costs including the meal and checks should be sent to the Sevier County Extension office by October 23rd. The program is being offered by the Howard, Polk and Sevier County Extension Services and is being sponsored by Bear State Bank and the Bank of Lockesburg.
If you need more information, call 870-584-3013.
BRITT ARRESTED ON ACTIVE WARRANTS 10/13/15
On Friday, October 9th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon observed a suspect that had several active warrants in Sevier County and the City of De Queen on Collin Raye Drive in De Queen.
Davignon reported that he also knew the suspect, 28-year-old Nicholas Britt of De Queen, had a suspended driver's license.
Davignon stopped Britt in the Simple Simon's parking lot. He was assisted by De Queen Police Sergeant Chad Bradshaw.
When Davignon asked the suspect if his name was Nick, the suspect allegedly stated his name was Jon Wilkes and he gave Davignon a date of birth of April 17, 1988.
While searching the vehicle, Davignon discovered several identification cards with the name of Nicholas Britt on them in the glove box. He also found a large amount of suspected marijuana in a clear plastic bag inside a black and gold Nike bag in the rear floorboard behind the driver's seat.
While being questioned at the Sevier County jail, Britt become uncooperative and refused to answer any questions.
Britt was booked on the active warrants and charged with driving on a suspended license, obstructing government operations, possession of a controlled substance - marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
DIERKS BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES INCREASING SECURITY ON BOTH CAMPUSES 10/13/15
Dierks Superintendent Holly Cothren reported the Dierks Board of Education was told about some recent active shooter training that the Howard County Sheriff's Office provided the district and that they approved the purchase of doors and buzzer systems for both campuses.
Cothren stated the board voted to start a shooting sports team in cooperation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with several policy changes.
According to Cothren board members also reorganized following the recent school election.
The next meeting of the Dierks Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, October 19th along with the district's annual report to the public at 6 p.m. in the JoAnn Walters Elementary Library.
DRUNK JEEPING 10/13/15
Saturday, October 10th, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Jackson was patrolling on Story Creek Road when he met a Jeep with a LED light bar on. Jackson also reported while he was trying to catch up to the Jeep, he saw a silver can fly out of the passenger window.
When Jackson pulled the Jeep over, he noticed a rifle in the passenger seat. The driver, 37-year-old Stacy Pollard, said the rifle wasn’t loaded.
Deputy Jackson was assisted by Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer David Hall who searched for the can that Jackson reported had been thrown out the window. Officer Hall recovered a can that was allegedly thrown out the window and when he inspected the rifle, he discovered it was loaded.
After Officer Hall had Pollard perform some field sobriety tests, he arrested her for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Officer Hall administered a second set of sobriety tests to Pollard at the Sevier County jail. He then read Pollard her DWI rights, but she refused to sign the form. Pollard also refused to take a breath test.
Pollard was citied for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to test and littering.
THE ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL SERENITY CAFE IS OPEN 10/13/15
The Ashdown High School Small Business Operations and Marketing classes Serenity Cafe Coffee Shop is open and operating under new student management.
Mia Johnson and Tishonna Thompson are the co-managers, while Jasmine Smith and Kaianna Donato serve as the cafe's assistant managers. Casey Thompson and Gregory Shumake were the former manager and assistant manger for the past two years.
Career and Technology Instructor Shauna Tipton developed the on-the-job training program in the school setting with a grant.
Tipton says the cafe helps teach students job skills, management skills and leadership skills, while engaging students in the logistics of starting a small-business. The program stresses personal responsibility, group problem-solving and decision making.
The Serenity Cafe is open from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily. The cafe is also open during home football games. The cafe is in the old band hall.
Tipton said this year, a scholarship will be presented to an Ashdown senior with money that was raised from the operation of the Serenity Cafe.
ARKANSAS COURT TOSSES CONVICTION IN WOMAN'S METH CASE 10/12/15
The Arkansas Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after giving birth to a baby with methamphetamine in his system.
The court handed down the decision on Thursday in the case of 39-year-old Melissa McCann-Arms formerly of De Queen.
McCann-Arms and her son tested positive for the drug after she gave birth in 2012 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was then convicted of introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person by a Polk County jury on January 13th, 2014.
The state's highest court reversed McCann-Arms' conviction and dismissed the case, ruling that there was no evidence that she directly introduced methamphetamine into her baby's system by causing the child to ingest or inhale it.
The court also ruled state law does not criminalize passive bodily processes that result in a mother's use of a drug entering her unborn child's system.
According to court records, McCann-Arms admitted she used meth, but according to the state Supreme Court state criminal statutes limit crimes to fetuses to homicide and the question they had to answer was whether the drugs were transmitted to the child after it was born or before. Chief Justice Howard Brill and Justice Rhonda Wood said there was no evidence that the mother introduced the drugs to the child and the jury had to speculate that she transmitted the drugs to the baby and that was enough to reverse the conviction.
DEADLINE FOR REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES IS OCTOBER 15 10/12/15
The deadline to pay real and personal property taxes is Thursday, October 15th, after that there will be a 10 percent penalty added to your real and personal property taxes.
The Sevier County Collectors Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Sheriff and Collector Bennie Simmons said Sevier County residents may also drop off their tax statement and payment in the drop box and a receipt will be mailed to them.
The Sevier County Collectors office will be closed October 16 through the 22nd while they compile the delinquent tax roll.
For more information, call 870-642-2127.
Little River County Sheriff and Collector Gary Gregory announced the Little River County Collector's office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. He also stated taxes may be paid online on the website, Arkansas.gov.
DIERKS DISTRICT FAIR RESULTS 10/12/15
Allison Kitchens of the Dierks FFA participated in the livestock show during the District Fair in Hope and claimed the titles of Grand Champion Limousin Heifer and First place LimFlex Heifer.
Dierks 4-H members also claimed several awards.
Chandler Turner was named the Grand Champion Charolaise Plus Heifer. Kendall Turner won the Grand Champion Chi Composite Heifer title. Jacob Moore won the title Grand Champion Hampshire Gilt and Reserve Champion Berkshire Gilt titles. Bryant Janes won the Grand Champion Brahman Bull title. Tyra Fox took Second place in the Charolaise Heifer category and Gavin Bailey won third and fifth place in the Market Lamb categories.
PICKING UP A FEW THINGS 10/12/15
Wednesday afternoon about 12:35, Officer James Gilbert of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a possible shoplifter.
When Gilbert arrived, he was informed that 33-year-old Karna Perez of Wickes had attempted to leave the store without paying for some items that she left in her buggy, while paying for some other items.
Wal-Mart Asset Protection team member reported, Perez paid $102.91 for some items, but left 2 24-case's of Coke that were valued at $8.18 each in her buggy, along with a package of Skittles and a pack of Juicy Drop taffy.
According to the report, a member of the Wal-Mart customer service team confronted Perez but while they were speaking to her, she pushed her buggy out of the store.
Perez was cited for shoplifting and released because she had a 3-year-old child in her care at the time of the incident.
PRAYER TAKING CENTER STAGE AT LOCAL FOOTBALL GAME 10/12/15
In September, the Ashdown School District received a letter from a Wisconsin based group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation that stated they had received a complaint from an Ashdown student who informed them the band director was leading the band in prayer before they took the field at halftime.
Superintendent Jason Sanders then consulted with a nonprofit organization called Alliance for Defending Freedom and he then called a special called meeting of the board of education to establish the district’s new policy concerning the introductory remarks that will be made by students prior to school events.
Sanders explained to KDQN that the district has not been sued but they have been challenged by the Wisconsin group.
Sanders said the district staff has been educated concerning the law and the district's new policy.
Sanders said although the Freedom of Religion Foundation claims their aim is to protect the constitution, the district can't violate a student’s right by not allowing them to express their faith through prayer.
Sanders said the students understand the situation and responded by holding prayer on the field last Friday night prior to the game.
According to a published report, a lawyer with the Freedom From Religion Foundation has stated they are glad Sanders and the district has agreed to stop the illegal activities.
Sanders also stated the district will use a religion-neutral moment of silence to open school events instead of prayer.
WINNERS OF THE HORATIO FFA GUN RAFFLE 10/12/15
Members of the Horatio FFA recently sold chances for their annual gun raffle and they drew the names of the winners, Friday morning.
The winner of the Remington 770 was Ray Lawson. Sharon Baker won the Savage Axis 270. Adam Jez won the Ruger 10/22. Dana Wright won the Delton AR 15. Janna Thompson won the Smith and Wesson 9mm. James Yandall won the Ruger SR45. Bryan Southerland won the Ruger MK3. Loyd Derington won the Weatherby 12-gauge shotgun. Robb Ray won the Remington 870 and Stacy Smith won the muzzleloader.
Students will use the funds they raised from the gun raffle to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky later this month.
WOUNDED WARRIOR HUNT 10/12/15
A Wounded Warrior deer hunt will be held October 22nd through October 24th at Millwood Lake for 10 soldiers who are recovering from stress or physical injury, according to Jim Stanton of the Millwood Lake Citizens Focus Committee.
The Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Sill, Oklahoma will bring the soldiers to Millwood. According to Stanton, the mission of the unit is to facilitate the healing and rehabilitation of soldiers, and help return them to duty or prepare them for a successful life as a veteran.
Stanton said the focus committee will facilitate all of the activities, including hunting, meals for three days and lodging for four nights. Stanton said the committee is accepting donations to help with the cost of the event. He said donations may be sent to the Millwood Lake Citizens Focus Committee at 1528 Arkansas Highway 32 East, Ashdown 71822.
ARKANSAS HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO OFFER FLU SHOTS STATEWIDE 10/9/15
ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING 2015 10/9/15
Ashdown High School's Homecoming this year is "Panthers in Pictures" and each class is choosing a movie to incorporate into their float and banner designs.
The entire week of October 26th through 30th will be filled with opportunities for students and the community to show their school spirit and support leading up to the Homecoming game against the Waldron Bulldogs on Friday night.
During spirit dress-up week, Ashdown students will become 'Big' on Monday; Tuesday, students will become The Avengers as they run towards mayhem that the Bulldogs are causing to save the day; Wednesday, everyone will know Grease is the word and everyone will dress 50's cool or nerdy; Thursday students will be allowed to wear their Halloween costumes; and Friday it's time for 'Friday Night Lights', so everyone will dress in Purple and Gold to show their Panther pride.
Classes will also design a banner that will be displayed in the cafeteria.
Tuesday night Ashdown fans can cheer on the ladies of Ashdown High School in the annual Powder Puff games. Classes will also help the community by competing in the annual canned food drive for the United Methodist Church food pantry. They will also participate in the annual Homecoming Parade by entering a class float.
The Powder Puff games will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Dick Hayes Stadium and the event is a fundraiser for the Ashdown High School Student Council. Admission is $3 and everyone in the community is invited to attend.
For more information, contact the Ashdown High School office at 870-898-3562.
HUNTERS CAN KEEP UP WITH ARKANSAS' DEER HARVEST ONLINE 10/9/15
According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, it is getting easier to check your deer by using the commission's website at agfc.com or on their smartphone app.
Keith Stephens is the chief of communications for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and he said that as soon as a deer is checked, the hunting zone, sex and time are uploaded to the system to give viewers real-time results on this year's deer harvest.
According to the website, bowhunters checked 2,595 deer during the opening weekend. For a look at the deer harvest here in Southwest Arkansas visit, www.ark.org/agfc/gamecheck/reports.php.
NINTH ANNUAL ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI DINNER 10/9/15
Ashdown High School Alumni Committee member Susan Simmons announced this week that the ninth annual Alumni Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 31st in the high school cafeteria.
Simmons said this year’s guest speaker will be Joe Robert Davis and Davis is the retired Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Consolidated Graphics and a 1961 graduate of Ashdown High School.
Tickets for the alumni dinner are $25 per person and that includes a $10 Alumnus due for the coming year. Tickets are on sale until Saturday, October 17th at noon. They are also offering tables of eight.
Only 400 tickets are available and when all of the tickets are sold, sales will be closed.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6.
Tickets may be purchases at the Castle Antique, from Betty McDowell, Sandra Furlow, and Susan Simmons. To purchase a table of 8, contact Diane McLarty.
Simmons announced who the featured entertainment will be and she said they will be honoring the Class of 1965.
Simmons stated the Ashdown School District donated the old home economics building to the alumni association and they are accepting donations to make some renovations to the building.
For more information, contact an Alumni Association officer.
TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST 10/9/15
Wednesday night about 9 p.m., Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was patrolling south on Ninth Street when he observed a Jeep heading north with the driver not wearing a seatbelt.
While Browning was speaking with the driver concerning the reason for the traffic stop, he noticed a metal pipe sitting in the center console. When Browning asked the driver, 44-year-old Michael Akins of Horatio if there was anything illegal in the Jeep, Akins said no.
After retrieving the pipe, Browning placed Akins under arrest. Akins then informed Browning that there was a bag of marijuana in the console.
Akins was cited for possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and for not wearing a seatbelt.
WESTERMAN TO ATTEND TOWN HALL MEETING IN TEXARKANA 10/9/15
U.S. District 4 Representative Bruce Westerman is scheduled to attend a congressional town hall meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13th in downtown Texarkana.
The meeting is sponsored by the Miller County Patriots, the Little River County Patriots and Hope for America Tea Party.
The town hall meeting will be held in the Osborn building at 216 East Third Street near the Regions bank building.
According to Dwayne Hall who is a spokesperson for the Miller County Patriots, Congressman Westerman will attend for about an hour to answer the public's questions.
Westerman serves on the budget and natural resources committee and the committee on science, space and technology.
The meeting is free and open to the public.
Hall said they will collect written questions and pose them to the congressman as time allows. For more information, call 903-733-4664.
CHALICE CUPBOARD TO CLOSE AT END OF MONTH 10/8/15
The Chalice Cupboard food pantry in De Queen will close at the end of October.
According to Gary Walker, the pantry has operated since 1996 in a building that was owned by the First Presbyterian Church. The church maintained the building and paid the utilities, so that all donations could be used to buy food.
The church has closed and the property will be sold.
Walker said the cupboard staff would like to thank all of the churches, organizations and individuals who have contributed food and money over the years.
Walker said the staff hopes some organization will be able to provide this service in the future.
CITY COUNCIL AMENDS BUDGET FOR POLICE VEST 10/8/15
Tuesday night during a regular meeting of the De Queen City Council, aldermen approved the appropriation of funds for the purchase of bullet proof vests for the De Queen Police Department.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the department needed to replace some older vest and purchase a few vests for new officers.
McKelvy also reported the new pump at the high lift station on Stilwell Ave has been installed, but he asked the council to order another 100 horsepower pump, since it takes about three months for one to be delivered.
McKelvy said they also ordered a flow meter to replace one at the high lift station that has not been working.
Four of the five organizations that have contracts of services with the city appeared before the council to request funding for next year.
McKelvy reported the contract amounts range from $1,500 to $10,000 and most of the organizations asked for an increase in their funding.
McKelvy said the Humane Society asked for an additional $1,500. He said they plan to offer four spay and neuter clinics next year and they offer a $20 discount to any De Queen residents that have a city water bill.
McKelvy said the Southwest Arkansas Crisis Center and the Sevier County Senior Citizens Center did not request a specific amount, but asked the city to continue providing financial support.
HELPING HANDS PROGRAM IN SEVIER COUNTY 10/8/15
Linda Steward has been helping area senior adults select the right Medicare Part D plan since 2006 and she wants to remind everyone that the open enrollment starts October 15th and will end December 7th.
Steward's office is next to the De Queen Health and Wellness Pharmacy on Collin Raye Drive and she offers her services free of charge to everyone 65 and older.
Steward said she is willing to help senior adults review their current plan to make sure it is the best plan for their needs.
For more information, call 870-642-2400 and leave your name and number and Steward will contact you.
ONGOING INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS 10/8/15
Personnel with the Howard County Sheriff's Office, the South Central Drug Task Force and the Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant Monday night at a home on Tollett Road in northern Howard County.
The home owner, 46-year-old Stan Bailey of New Hope, was taken into custody and has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver - methamphetamine and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
Authorities say they found suspected methamphetamine, assorted pills and firearms at Bailey's residence. He was transported to the Howard County jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond.
A second search warrant was executed at a nearby residence where 40-year-old Jill Sharp of Dierks was arrested and charged with a parole violation, obtaining drugs by fraud and abuse of an endangered or impaired person.
No bond has been set for Sharp.
TRIAL DATE FOR FORMER ASHDOWN TEACHER RESCHEDULED 10/8/15
A new trial date has been set in the case of a former Ashdown teacher, who was the coach and sponsor of the district's skeet shooting club and accused of stealing guns that were used in competition.
41-year-old Terry Simmons is due in court on December 14th. Simmons is been charged with two counts of theft of property for allegedly selling or trading shotguns that belonged to the school district.
Simmons' pre-trial hearing is scheduled for December 8th in the Little River County Circuit Court before Judge Charles Yeargan.
If convicted, Simmons could be sentenced up to six years in prison and or fined up to $10,000.
Simmons has been accused of selling or trading three guns and a shotgun for a Winchester 270 Model 70 on January 3rd, 2014. He allegedly sold or traded another rifle and shotgun for a Browning .243 rifle on March 27th, 2014.
The alleged thefts were discovered when Debbie Greathouse asked to inventory the district's shotguns after she was named the new shooting sports advisor on December 10th, 2014.
An Arkansas State Police investigator reportedly matched the serial numbers on the shotguns that were sold or traded at a local pawn shop with the guns that belonged to the school district.
COINS FOR THE CUBS 10/7/15
Members of the De Queen Leopards Athletic Booster Club have decided to raise some funds for a run-through sign for the De Queen Junior High Cubs.
Booster club member Jennifer Martin stated there are jugs in the Junior and Middle schools and there will be a little friendly competition between the sixth and seventh graders and the eighth and ninth graders.
Martin said the sign will be used by the Cub football team, but other Cub teams will be able to use the sign at their events.
If you would like to make a donation, send your change with a De Queen Middle or Junior High student or drop it off at the school office.
DE QUEEN BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SEND FFA OFFICERS TO NATIONAL CONVENTION 10/7/15
Monday night during the regular monthly meeting of the De Queen Board of Education, FFA advisor Morgan Frachiseur informed the board that 10 FFA students wanted to attend the National FFA Convention later this month in Louisville, Kentucky.
Frachiseur stated students have raised about $4,000, but needed some additional funds for the trip.
Board member Randy Hedge suggested the board approve Frachiseur's request and allow students to attend the convention every three years.
Superintendent Bruce Hill said the district's FFA department was growing by leaps and bounds and stated this will be a very positive trip for these students.
Randy Hedge was elected to serve another term as board president, Sandy Huntsberger was elected vice-president and Gloria Caldwell will serve as the board secretary.
Hill also reported the district's first quarter financial balance was up by about half-a-million dollars from last year.
Board members also heard a request from Band Director Jeff Attaway. Attaway asked the board to approve purchasing new band instruments for every band member. He stated it will cost over a $100,000 to purchase all new instruments for all of the district's band members.
Board members tabled the request until Attaway is able to get some more quotes to satisfy the district’s need for competitive bidding.
FIRST ANNUAL BROOKE ACKLEY MEMORIAL 5K RUN/WALK 10/7/15
October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and the family of Brooke Ackley will be holding a 5K run/walk along with First Candle to help bring awareness to SIDS.
Today, in communities across America, expectant moms will feel their baby's first kick; parents will listen joyfully to their newborn's first cry; and families will celebrate their healthy baby's first birthday.
But, today, 13 babies will also die suddenly and unexpectedly from SIDS.
Six years ago, the Ackley family welcomed twins Brayden and Brooke into the world, but two days before they turned two months old, Brooke passed away from SIDS and this weekend, Brooke's family will host the First Annual Brooke Ackley Memorial 5K Run/Walk and all of the proceeds will benefit the First Candle organization.
The event will be held in the Nashville City Park this Saturday, October 10th. Registration will take place at the Dogwood Pavilion from 7 to 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 8:30. The registration fee is $25 for youth and adults and $10 for children six and younger and all of the proceeds will go to the First Candle organization which educates new moms and dads about SIDS and they offer counseling and hope to grieving families after the loss of a child.
Area residents are also being asked to light a candle in memory of the babies who have been lost during pregnancy or in infancy on Thursday, October 15th at 7 p.m.
FOREMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMED A HIGH ACHIEVING SCHOOL 10/7/15
During the September meeting of the Foreman Board of Education, Superintendent George Kennedy reported the district had been named a High-Achieving School by the Office for Education Policy based on the district's performance on the End-of-Course Biology Exam.
Kennedy also reported high school teacher Michael Sierra was selected to serve on the Arkansas Department of Education's committee to evaluate the common core standard.
Board members also approved the transfer of over $25,000 from the district's operating fund to the refund savings fund along with several mandatory statements of assurance.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH 10/7/05
Breast cancer is the number one cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women in Arkansas. However, mortality rates are on the decline due to early detection and advancements in the treatment of breast cancer.
District 4 Representative DeAnn Vaught announced October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that it's an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. She said although most people are aware of breast cancer, they may have forgotten what steps they need to take to detect the disease in its earliest stages and to encourage others to do the same.
This month is the perfect month to remind Arkansans about the BreastCare program through the Arkansas Department of Health.
BreastCare provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services for eligible Arkansas women. If you qualify, you can receive mammograms, clinic breast exams and pelvic exams at no cost.
The mission of BreastCare is to increase the rate of early detection of breast and cervical cancer in Arkansas by lowering the barriers to screening that result from the lack of information, financial means and or access to quality services.
The Arkansas Department of Health received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1993 to create the BreastCare program. In 1995, the Arkansas Department of Health received federal funds to provide eligible women with breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services.
Since then, thousands of Arkansans have benefited from early detection. Last year alone, the program provided services to more than 9,500 women.
Vaught said that because early stage breast cancer can be treated more successfully and cost-effectively, early detection is critical. A regular screening mammogram is the best tool available to help assure breast cancer is detected early.
Vaught said over 80 percent of the women who received a diagnosis of breast cancer while in the BreastCare program had an early stage cancer.
For more information about the BreastCare program, visit the website healthy.arkansas.gov.
ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL AP SCHOLARS 10/6/15
The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.
Although there is no monetary award, this achievement is acknowledged on any score report that is sent to colleges the following fall. Notifications about AP Scholar Awards are sent to students and schools in September of each year.
Ashdown High School has four students who earned an AP Scholar Award in 2015.
The Award Level of AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.
The Ashdown High School AP Scholars are Alex Coleman, Nekhoe Hogan, Rachel Pounds and Payton Turner.
These students are currently enrolled as freshmen at the following institutions: Coleman at the University of Arkansas; Hogan at Amherst College; Pounds at Henderson State University; and Turner at the University of Central Arkansas.
DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL 10/6/15
Aldermen of the De Queen City Council will meet this evening at 6 p.m. in the council room of the De Queen City Hall for a regular meeting.
According to the agenda, a representative from the five organizations that currently have contracts of services with the city will be in attendance to make presentations to the council.
Aldermen will also consider amending the police department's budget. Earlier this year, the De Queen Police Department received two grants for the purchase of vests.
According to Mayor McKelvy, the grants totaled $5,100, but the department will need about $30 more dollars to pay for all new vests.
Mayor McKelvy reported aldermen will also consider shifting $1,500 from the police department's vehicle repairs line item to the department's small equipment and supplies line item, so they can purchase gun locks for four patrol vehicles.
HORATIO BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS NEW BOARD MEMBER 10/6/15
Members of the Horatio Board of Education met September 30th to appoint a new member to serve the remaining term of board member Troy Allen.
Superintendent Lee Smith stated Allen moved out of the district and Sherry Hodges was selected to fill the Zone 4 position.
The Horatio Board of Education will meet Monday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m.
NEW SEVIER COUNTY 4-H YEAR UNDERWAY 10/6/15
Sevier County Extension 4-H Director Dawn Leeper announced the new Sevier County 4-H year is underway and they have a couple special events planned this month for current and new 4-H members.
Leeper said they have nine clubs in the county, and they are trying to re-establish a club in Gillham.
Leeper said kids can be members of more than one 4-H club at a time.
Leeper said the Sevier County Extension is also sponsoring a Big Buck Contest with the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce.
For more information about the Sevier County 4-H program, call 870-584-3013.
OKLAHOMA MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS 10/6/15
Friday night about 6:30 p.m., Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Davignon arrested an Eagletown, Oklahoma man who was wanted for burglary and theft.
According to a Sevier County Sheriff's office spokesperson, the department received information that the suspect, Delores "Lolo" Berrera was at a residence on Spring Street in Lockesburg.
According to the arrest report, when Berrara was taken into custody, he swallowed a undetermined amount of methamphetamine. Deputy Davignon attempted to get Berrara to cough up the drugs but was unsuccessful.
Davignon also discovered two marijuana joints in a cigarette pack in Berrara's pocket.
Berrara was booked into the Sevier County jail on the two outstanding warrants and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
SHE DOESN'T BELONG HERE 10/6/15
Sunday night, Sevier County Sheriff's Deputies Greg Davignon and Matt Webb were dispatched to a residence on Cypress Lane in Lockesburg in reference to a trespasser.
The deputies were informed that Amanda Westbrook had called to make a report on behalf of her father, Lester Walker. She stated a female by the name of Ramsey Cherny of De Queen was at her father's house and that she was causing problems.
According to Westbrook, Cherny had been trespassed from her father's property in the past.
Before the deputies arrived at the scene, they were informed that Cherny had left Walker's house and was sitting at the intersection of Highway 71 South and Melrose Road.
When the deputies arrived, they found Cherny and Westbrook. While Deputy Webb was speaking with Westbrook, she handed him her phone and informed him that her father wanted to speak with him.
Walker then told Deputy Webb that he had signed a criminal trespass form on Cherny over a month ago with Deputy Charles Emmerich. He also informed Webb that he wanted Cherny arrested.
Cherny was then taken into custody and charged with criminal trespass.
STATE TROOPER RECRUITS RECEIVE COMMISSIONS 10/6/15
Twenty-nine Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits graduated Thursday, October 1st at the Arkansas State Capitol.
The class members initially reported for training on May 17th and accumulated 1,085 classroom and practical training hours over the past 20-weeks.
Governor Asa Hutchinson was the keynote speaker addressing the graduates and he was assisted by Colonel Bill Bryant, the Director of the Arkansas State Police, in presenting the new troopers their commissions.
The Honorable Rhonda Wood, Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice, administered the Oath of Commission.
Andrew Pannell of Dierks was among the graduates. He was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop G, in Hempstead County.
Upon reporting for duty at their respective troop headquarters, the new troopers will be placed with a certified departmental Field Training Officer. Each graduate will work in tandem with their training officer for a transitional period prior to being released to their assignment.
ASHDOWN HOMECOMING 10/06/15
Ashdown High School is stirring with excitement about Homecoming 2015, which is themed "Panthers in Pictures!" for this year's activities, with each class choosing a movie to incorporate into their float and banner designs. The entire week of Oct. 26-30 is filled with opportunities for students and the community to show their spirit and support of Ashdown High School and the AHS Panthers, leading up to the Homecoming football contest with Waldron on Friday, Oct 30.
Spirit Dress-Up Days for all Ashdown students gives everyone a chance to participate in competition. Monday, Oct. 26th is Big (If you’ve ever wished to be big, here’s your chance, if you were an adult it might change your circumstance!); Tuesday the 26th is The Avengers (We run towards mayhem to save the day! Your favorite superhero is on the way!!). On Wednesday, the theme is Grease – (Grease is the word that you heard. In the 50’s would you have been cool, or a nerd?). Thursday is Halloween! (‘The night HE came home’ was quite a scare, Halloween costumes are what you should wear! Friday, Oct. 30, of course, is Friday Night Lights; (Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose…Purple and Gold dress is what you should choose!).
In addition to Spirit Dress-Up Days, classes also will challenge each other in competitions throughout the week. Each will create and display a banner in the cafeteria, play against each other in the annual Powder Puff games on Tuesday night, participate in a canned food drive for the Methodist Church food pantry, and enter a float in the Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon.
The Tuesday Night Lights Powder Puff games on Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 in Dick Hays Stadium, are sponsored by the AHS Student Council, and because it is the only fundraiser for the StuCo, every attendee, including participants, will pay a $3 entry charge. The competition is fierce between the teams, and the Powder Puff "cheer-guys" are always entertaining. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy.
AHS students invite everyone to kick up the spirit and be part of the fun and excitement leading up to Homecoming night in Dick Hays Stadium. Ashdown schools will dismiss at 1:00 on Friday, Oct. 30th so that everyone is free to attend a public pep rally at 1:30 in the stadium, when the Homecoming Court and Senior Panthers will be introduced. The parade through downtown will follow immediately. Coronation of the 2015 Homecoming Queen will be at 6:00, and the Ashdown-Waldron game will kick off at 7:00.
Homecoming is principally a time for AHS alumni to reunite and celebrate. This year, classes that end in "5" will be recognized at all of the public events, and each is encouraged to enter a float in the parade on Friday afternoon, tailgate in the alumni facilities adjacent to the football field, sit together during the Homecoming game, and then attend the Alumni Banquet on Saturday evening, Oct. 31st in the AHS cafeteria. For further information about any of these opportunities, the high school office phone number is 870-898-3562.
UA COSSATOT BOARD OF VISITORS MEETING REPORT 10/5/15
The UA Cossatot Board of Visitors met in September and Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole reported that after meeting with the Director of Medical Education and the Director of ARNEC, they discovered the college’s Division of Medical Education was not aligned the way it needed to be, so UA Cossatot will be restructuring the division.
Cole said the Division of the Medical Education will also expand the number RN’s that the school trains by January.
Cole also reported UA Cossatot added credentials for Education, STEM, Medical Science, Administrative Assisting, Accounting, Industrial Electricity and Medical Assisting to ensure the college is offering degrees in areas where students can transfer or join the workforce.
Cole said they will also be deleting certifications and degrees in Aviation, Culinary Arts, Framing, Drywall and Cabinet Making.
Vice-Chancellor Mike Kinkade reported the bid on the Student Commons on the De Queen campus came in at almost $1.5 million dollars over budget.
Kinkade said the college is working on curbing and landscaping on the De Queen campus as funding allows and they are just about finished with the wielding facility on the Ashdown campus.
Cole also announced that UA Cossatot is seeking a full-time workforce development person with the skills to teach industrial technology in industries.
TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY, NATIONAL 4-H COUNCIL ANNOUNCE FALL PAPER CLOVER CAMPAIGN SUPPORTING 4-H YOUTH 10/5/15
On October 7th through October 18th, Tractor Supply Company customers have the opportunity to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more during checkout.
At the end of the campaign, 70 percent of the funds raised will benefit state and local 4-H youth development program activities, such as local camps and after-school programs and grant scholarships for 4-H youth in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located. The remaining 30 percent of the total funds will be donated to the National 4-H Council to help connect more young people across America to high-quality 4-H youth development programs.
A spokesperson for Tractor Supply Company stated the Paper Clover fundraiser is a significant part of the company’s support of 4-H programs throughout the 1,300 plus communities that they serve. The spokesperson said Tractor Supply stores are proud to provide essential funding to more than 1,000 county 4-H programs, because these programs make a positive impact on young people that last a lifetime.
The National 4-H Council President stated this event has allowed 4-H to provide thousands of 4-H youth across the country greater access to 4-H programs, for many years.
Tractor Supply raised $913,553 during their 12-day spring Paper Clover campaign and they have raised over $7 million dollars for 4-H programs through the campaign over the past five years.
TOUR DE QUEEN 10/5/15
The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is once again inviting bicyclists from across the region to participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on Saturday, October 24th.
Riders will be able to choose routes of various lengths, including 15 miles, 25 miles, 36 miles and 47 miles. The routes will take riders through scenic areas around De Queen, including Chapel Hill and the De Queen Lake. Volunteers will be at various locations along the route to mark turn-around points and rest stops.
Residents who live along the bike route are encouraged to keep their dogs in a fence or on a leash until the event is finished.
The ride will begin in front of the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce office at 315 West Stilwell Ave. in De Queen at 8 a.m.
Online registration is available at www.bikereg.com by searching the Tour de Queen. Pre-registration is $25 and on-site registration is $30.
Registration must be completed by October 17th for the rider to receive an event shirt, so please indicate your size. No awards will be given and this is not a timed race. All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders must wear a helmet. The event will go on rain or shine.
Registration forms may also be picked up at the De Queen Bee, KDQN studio, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and the De Queen City Hall and they may be dropped off at the De Queen Bee office at 404 West De Queen Ave.
For more information, call Patrick Massey at 870-582-5746.
SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP FUND EXTENDS DEADLINES 10/5/15
Jamie Marshall is the field director for the Southwest Region of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund and she said the priority deadline to apply for a Single Parent Scholarship in Sevier County is March 20th 2016 and the final deadline is May 1st. The deadline in Little River County is March 20th and the priority deadline for Polk County is December 1st, 2015 and the final deadline is May 1st.
Marshall said to apply for a scholarship you should visit the website aspsf.org and select your county of residence.
Marshall also explained the Single Parent Scholarships may be used for more than just books and tuition and single parent scholarships may also be used to obtain a vocational certificate at a 2-year institution.
For more information about the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, visit the website aspsf.org or call Marshall at 479-287-8213.
SAINT BARBARA CATHOLIC CHURCH HOSTING CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM 10/5/15
Saint Barbara Catholic Church is participating in an after-school Child Nutrition Program.
Starting Tuesday, October 6th until April 27th, the church will be providing free snacks to all children 18 and under. The church will be serving students from 4:45 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 5:15 on Wednesdays.
The program is for all children under the age of 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the snack service.
For more information, contact the Saint Barbara Catholic Church at 870-642-2256.
FLU SHOT CLINICS SCHEDULED 10/5/15
Teresa Morris of the Sevier County Health Unit announced this week the dates for the area mass flu shot clinics.
The Little River County Mass Flu Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the health unit at 150 Keller Street in Ashdown. For more information, call 870-898-3831.
the Sevier County Mass Flu Clinic will be Wednesday, October 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Health Unit at 304 North 4th Street in De Queen. For more information, call 870-642-2535.
The Howard County Mass Flu Clinic will be Thursday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Howard County Health Unit at 201 Hempstead Street in Nashville. For more information, call 870-845-2208.
Morris said if you need more information about one of the mass flu clinics, contact your local health unit.
DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS 10/5/15
De Queen School District Media Relations Director Tammy Whatley announced a representative from the Arkansas School of Math and Science in Hot Springs will be visiting with students on Tuesday, October 13th in the high school auditorium at 1 p.m.
Whatley said they will speak with students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher and a list of eligible students will be posted soon.
Whatley also announced the district will be holding parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, October 22nd from 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Whatley also reminded students that their flu shot permission forms must returned to the school office Monday, October 5th. Flu shots will be administered on Tuesday, October 20th.
ASHDOWN COMPETING IN BROOKSHIRE’S EXTRA POINT CONTEST 10/5/15
Brookshire’s has invited school districts in their communities to participate in a chance to win up to $10,000 for their school’s athletic programs.
Ashdown High School is competing in the Blue Division and is currently in first place. Ashdown Media Relations Director Rhonda Pounds said area residents can help Ashdown win by texting ‘Ashdown” to 43101 everyday until October 27th.
Brookshire’s also presented a $1,000 check to the district Friday night at halftime of the Ashdown – Bauxite game.
ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE HALL OF FAME SOLICITS NOMINATIONS 10/5/15
The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its class of 2015. The nomination deadline is November 6th.
The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansas who are or have contributed significantly to the state’s largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 148 men and women have been inducted.
Butch Calhoun, chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, says anyone can nominate a person believed worthy for the honor.
The Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock houses the Agriculture Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Arkansas State Chamber of commerce and Arkansas Farm Bureau.
Additional information and online nomination forms are available at www.arkansashalloffame.org. Forms can also be requested by calling 501-228-1470.
The induction ceremony for the next class will be March 4th, 2016 in Little Rock.
UA COSSATOT AWARDED TWO WORKFORCE GRANTS 10/2/15
UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole announced Thursday morning that UA Cossatot has been awarded two workforce grants to help develop programs that benefit the area's industry needs.
Cole said the first grant is a regional workforce grant for Southwest Arkansas and will used by 2-year colleges in South Arkansas to develop a plan to identify the workforce needs of area industries.
Cole said the second grant is a workforce grant that was presented to the University of Arkansas 2-year colleges. He said this grant is very similar to the other one, but schools in the University of Arkansas system will develop programs that will make it easier for students to transfer to four-year colleges or move into the workforce all across the state.
Cole said the college's new textbook program is going well and he reported the college is currently marking the property lines around the Lockesburg campus and will start installing exterior lighting and security cameras in the near future.
SEVIER COUNTY CASA TO HOST A TURKEY SHOOT 10/2/15
Renee Hendrix of the Ouachita Region CASA program reminded area marksmen that CASA will be hosting a Turkey Shoot October 10th at the Sevier County Shooting Sports Range.
Monti Bartek stated there will be several different divisions during the Turkey Shoot including handguns and rifles and he challenged marksmen from Sevier and Little River counties to come and compete against some marksmen from the Mena area.
Bartek said the event supports a good cause and he asked Hendrix to explain what the CASA program does and she also encouraged area residents to volunteer to be a child's advocate.
Bartek will be donating a Yeti cooler and several other area businesses have donated door prizes for the event.
For more information, call 479-243-9277.
HOO DAYS OFFER A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE 10/2/15
The Sevier County Museum Hoo Rah Days will be Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum complex in De Queen and this year's event will have something for everyone, whether you're looking for a one of a kind craft or wanting to ride in the poker run.
Hoo Rah Days will kick-off Saturday morning with the De Queen Rotary Club's breakfast at 7 a.m. The antique car and truck show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration for the car show will start at 9 a.m. and the cost is $20 and it’s an extra $10 for an additional vehicle.
This year, De Queen Motorsports will host a Poker Run. The first bike out will be at 9 and the last bike out will be at 10 and all of the proceeds from these events will benefit the Sevier County Museum.
There will also be several arts and crafts booths and food vendors.
This year, students in the UA Cossatot LPN program will be checking blood pressure and holding a cake walk.
Sarah Vanhoose and Kendra Stevens said they will use the proceeds from their face painting and cake walk to pay for the certification exams.
If you are interested in having a booth at the 26th Annual Hoo Days Celebration, contact the museum at 642-6642.
CONSUMER ALERT: AUTO RECALLS CAUSING HEADACHES 10/2/15
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 1.3 million consumers are potentially affected by more than 50 recalls that have been announced for vehicles or parts of vehicles in September alone.
Last Week, General Motors reached a settlement with the United States Department of Justice for faulty ignition switches, which reportedly resulted in at least 124 deaths along with numerous injuries.
Recalls are issued when minimum federal motor vehicle safety standards are not met on items like brakes, tires, lighting, air bags, safety belts and child restraints.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to take a proactive approach to vehicle recalls.
Rutledge suggests consumers visit the website: safecar.gov and use the NHTSA's database to look up recalls by a vehicle's year, make and modal. Consumers may also contact the vehicle manufacturer or car dealer to search for recalls by the vehicle's VIN number and sign up at safecar.gov so you can receive email notifications about new recalls.
According to the Attorney General's office, manufacturers must notify owners of all affected vehicles via mail or phone with information that identify the problems. Rutledge said recall repairs only cover the part or parts that can be replaced or repaired and do not provide the owners with a new vehicle.
For more information contact the Attorney General's office at 1-800-482-8982 or arkansasag.gov.
BLOOD DRIVE OCTOBER 5TH AT UA COSSATOT 10/2/15
LifeShare Blood Center is having a blood drive on Monday, October 5th at UA Cossatot in De Queen from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the LifeShare Donor Coach.
According to a press release from LifeShare, about one in seven people who enter a hospital will need a blood product and one donation, which is approximately one pint of blood, can save up to three lives.
LifeShare Blood Centers supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas, including the De Queen Regional Medical Center, the Little River County Hospital and Howard Memorial Hospital.
For more information, visit the website www.lifeshare.org or call 903-794-3173.
26TH ANNUAL HOO-RAH DAYS IN DE QUEEN 10/1/15
Sevier County Museum board member, Jim Bo Arnold, announced this year's Hoo-Rah Day celebration theme will be railroads and he said there will be several activities this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Arnold said the railroad played a big part in the history of Sevier County and there will be a model train on display.
Arnold said the Rotary Club country breakfast will be held from 7 to 10 a.m., arts and craft booths, along with a lot of food vendors.
There will also be knifemaking and blacksmithing demonstrations and a poker run.
Arnold said the annual Hoo-Rah Days is the main fundraiser for the Sevier County Museum.
If you would like to sign up to be a vendor, contact the Sevier County Museum at 870-642-6642.
ALL AROUND COWGIRL - BRAYLEE JANES 10/1/15
Seven-year-old Braylee Janes is an all around cowgirl and she has the hardware to prove it.
Janes won her first of 20 belt buckles at the age of 18-months during the Grannis Trail Riders Rodeo and this year, she won her fourth saddle when she took the title of All-Around Cowgirl in the Arkansas Teenage Rodeo Association.
Janes competes in several associations including the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and the Texoma Junior Rodeo Association. She is the back-to-back All-Around Cowgirl champion in the Southern Junior Rodeo Association and she will be competing in barrels this weekend in the 47th annual Arkansas Finals Rodeo Association in Pine Bluff.
Janes told KDQN that she will be taking two horses, Bubba and Cookie, to Pine Bluff and will decide which one to race when she inspects the arena.
Ben Matheson, Sam Dixon, McKenna Caudle, Natalie Janes, Lee Ann Brooks, Rachael Lowery and Jace Harris will also be competing this weekend for titles, buckles and saddles.
ASHDOWN SCHOOL COLORS ARE PURPLE AND GOLD 10/1/15
Monday night, the Ashdown Board of Education met in special session to discuss two issues involving the district's athletic department.
During the board's regular September meeting, board members discussed changing the district's practice of only allowing event specific student-athletes into games for free.
In the past, the Ashdown district allowed all student athletes into games for free, but the district's athlete budget continued to wind up in the red. Monday night, board members voted to keep the district's current policy in place and to look at other options this spring for the 2016-2017 school year.
Board member Bradley Day then made a motion to add the color gray to the school colors, but the motion died for lack of a second.
Board members then voted to keep the majority of all athlete uniforms, purple and gold.
Board members also voted to table the election of new officers until all seven board members could be present.
CITY OF LOCKESBURG GOING PINK THIS THURSDAY 10/1/15
Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth has proclaimed October 1st as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Lockesburg and is encouraging everyone, including all city employees, to wear Pink today in support of the Susan G. Komen National Breast Cancer Awareness.
Mayor Ruth said Pink reminds us that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and the second most deadly form of cancer in the United States, but when breast cancer is detected in its earliest stages, there is a 95 percent survival rate.
According to one study, 204,829 women and 3,027 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and approximately 47,982 women and 704 men will die from the disease.
In Arkansas, it’s been estimated that 2,120 cases of breast cancer will be detected this year and it will result in 624 deaths.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Arkansas Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has designated October 1st as "Go Pink for the Cure Day" to help bring awareness of the importance of women getting mammograms.