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TO COURT RESULTS IN TRIP TO JAIL
Last Thursday, Christopher Vaughn made an appearance in the Sevier County Circuit Court before Judge Tom Cooper on two counts of delivery of methamphetamine, cocaine or ICE.
to court records, Vaughn was free on a $100,000 bond in
Vaughn will appear in court here in De Queen on Wednesday before Judge Charles Yeargan.
Vaughn’s mother, sister and girlfriend were all in the courtroom last Thursday, wearing t-shirts in support of Vaughn.
Following Vaughn’s appearance in court, he was being escorted out of the courtroom by De Queen Police Department Captain Scott Simmons and Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Ridley.
Following Vaughn and the officers was Vaughn’s mother, Hazel Swift, his sister, Glenda Trotter and his girlfriend, Rashonda Whitaker.
Captain Simmons reported that the three were being loud and were hollering and screaming across the court yard. Simmons said that he then noticed Swift get into a black car that the drug task force has a confiscation report on.
Simmons then approached the vehicle as it was starting to back out of the parking lot and advised the driver to stop.
According to the incident report, the driver did not comply and kept backing up. Simmons reported that when he stepped into the street, Swift moved the vehicle forward and locked the doors.
Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Davignon arrived and told the occupants to park the vehicle and unlock the doors. The three women got out of the vehicle but continued to curse and verbally abuse the officers.
De Queen Police Department officer Sonny Kimmel, Bucky Sawyer and Troy Cravens also arrived to assist.
three women were placed into custody and transported to the
POLICE INFORMATION ON SUSPECT
The Ashdown Police is seeking information to help them find a suspect that reportedly shot a man in the knee.
As of this morning, police have not been able to locate 26-year-old Jeremy Williams of Ashdown who has been accused of shooting 22-year-old Charles Hawkins of Ashdown on the 29th day of November.
According to Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch, Williams allegedly walked over to a chair that Hawkins was sitting in and shot him.
The shooting occurred in an apartment at the Riverdale Apartments on the east side of Ashdown.
Hawkins was shot with a .22 caliber pistol and was treated at the Little River Memorial Hospital in Ashdown.
Williams has been charged with battery in the First Degree and a bond has been set for $25,000 bond.
In anyone has information, call the Ashdown Police Department at 870-898-5640 or the Little River County Sheriff’s Department at 870-898-5115.
Williams is described as a black male, standing 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds.
stated that Williams is suspected of being in the
and fifth graders from the
The Little River County Leadership class developed a food drive as their annual community based project to help the Little River County Senior Citizen Center offset the loss of funds due to budget cuts.
All classes collected and turned in items that will be used to supplement the needs of the center in providing meals to the counties older citizens.
Other area businesses are collecting food for families, including Your Number One Country 92.1 and the First National Bank.
Area residents may donate non-perishable food items in the lobby of the bank or the radio station. To encourage residents to give, KDQN and First National Bank will be giving away a gift card from Pruitt’s Food.
For every item that a person donates, their name will be entered into the drawing. The drawing will be held on December 20th during the Morning Brew Show.
Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Emmerich took a report from 39-year-old Alishia Rhodes that her boyfriend, 34-year-old John Lee Gallo hit her.
called 911 and Gallo was later arrested at a home on
With the rough rollout of the healthcare marketplace, some senior citizens are raising concerns about the Affordable Care Act.
But, a new report finds that for them, it has led to more benefits, without more obligations. Author Jay Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs says that most of the provisions that directly affect seniors have been in effect since 2010, and they center around enhanced benefits in terms of preventive care and treatment.
Bailey says these added benefits are especially important in rural areas, where the population is older and residents generally receive fewer medical screenings and preventative care procedures.
As far as the laws just coming online, such as the requirement that everyone has health insurance, Bailey says they don’t really impact seniors, because they have Medicare.
adds that despite early warning about the Affordable Care Act’s impact
on Medicare Advantage plans, rather than declining, the number of seniors
enrolling is actually greater than estimates. The study is on the
LICENSE LEADS TO ARREST
Saturday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning was patrolling near
the EZ-Mart at the intersection of Collin Raye and
Browning reported that he discovered that Lerma’s driver’s license had been suspended from dispatch. He was also informed that her license had been suspended for driving under the influence.
Browning said he monitored the vehicle and observed Lerma and another female exit the store and get into the vehicle, once again Lerma got into the driver’s seat and leave the parking lot.
Browning made a traffic stop at 3rd and Collin Raye and he reported that he witnessed Lerma jump into the back seat of the extended cab truck. He stated no one was in the driver’s seat when he approached the vehicle.
A passenger in the vehicle informed Browning that Lerma had been driving. After denying that she was the driver, Lerma admitted that she was driving.
A portable breath test was administered and Lerma’s test resulted in a reading of .131 at that point she was placed into custody.
Lerma was then charged with driving while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license for DWI.
CROSSING IN ASHDOWN SUBJECT OF DISCUSSION
from Ashdown and the
Bobbie Calloway died November 23rd when a train struck her car. Hers was the fourth death at an Ashdown crossing since 2009.
Mayor Carroll McLarty put a train-crossing discussion on Monday’s city council agenda. The railroad has proposed closing two crossings and upgrading the other three crossing with flashers and gates. Council members have previously said no to that proposal.
McLarty has stated that residents want all of the crossings to remain open.
Police Captain Mark Ardwin stated that slowing the trains down could help, as some drivers aren’t paying attention and then some people try to beat the trains through the crossings.
DE CASEZ TRIAL SET FOR WEDNESDAY 12/09/13
A trial in the case of an abused infant will be held Wednesday in the Sevier County Circuit Court Wednesday, December 11th.
Jose De Casez will be facing the charge of domestic battery in the 2nd degree.
to the arrest affidavit, De Casez knowingly caused physical injury to a
family or household member that is younger than 12-years of age on
to the incident report from the De Queen Police Department, Captain Scott
Simmons was advised that a 3-month old female had arrived at the emergency
room of the
Veronica Contreras informed Captain Simmons that the child was fine when she gave her a bath around When she was asked who may have harmed the child, she stated, De Casez may have done it because they were not getting along and they had been fighting earlier that day.
Simmons was later informed that the child had to be airlifted to the
Arkansas Children’s Hospital in
Captain Simmons interviewed everyone that was in the house at the time of the incident and they informed him, that the baby was fussy, but when she started screaming they ran into the room.
One witnessed stated that they noticed a red whelp on her leg, but thought she had been bitten by a bug or a spider. They then thought she was having an allergic reaction because they discovered some red marks on her back. They stated that is when they took her to the hospital.
According to Captain Simmons report, De Casez informed him on April 4th that he may have left the marks on the infant.
He allegedly told Simmons that he was tired and wanted to go to bed. He said he was also mad and upset with Contreras because they had been fighting earlier.
De Casez allegedly stated that while he was walking around in the kitchen, he started patting her on the back and then he started hitting her.
De Casez will be tried for causing physical harm to someone under 12 that lives in his household.
Several local government entities will be meeting Monday, December 9th beginning at with the Little River County Quorum Court.
JPs will consider a proposed resolution in support of the creation of a critical habitat for some endangered mussels. The resolution states that the habitat is supported by good science and is supported by an accurate economic assessment of such a designation.
They will also consider an additional appropriation to the 2013 Election budget to cover the costs of the Horatio Special Election.
Ashdown Board of Education will be meeting at the
The Horatio School Board will be holding their regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 9th at in the school’s administration building.
Lockesburg City Council will meet on Tuesday, December 10th at
Council members will discuss the 2014 budget and consider a proposed 1 cent sales tax.
The Ashdown/Little River County Shop with a Cop program lost its biggest supporter earlier this month with the passing of Pete Price.
Price oversaw the program for many years and also made sure that the children of Ashdown and Little River County had a Christmas. However, after Ashdown Chief of Police Doyle Crouch announced that the program was $1,000 short of being able to provide Christmas gifts for 30 children, donations began to roll in.
Crouch stated that when the people of the community became aware of the need for funding. They stepped up. He said literally dozens of individuals and businesses began to donate so as many children as possible would have Christmas gifts this year. He said so far over $6,000 has been raised with donations still coming in.
The Ashdown Police Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who had donated to the program and they would like to invite anyone who would like to see the true meaning of Christmas to be at the Ashdown Wal-Mart store at on Saturday, December 14th for the Shop with a Cop event.
Chief Crouch stated that it is amazing to see how many people who have worked together to make the Shop with a Cop Program a huge success this year.
a major winter storm bearing down on most of
Governor Mike Beebe declared a state of emergency on Thursday. That declaration triggered the state’s price-gouging law, which prohibits many businesses from raising prices more than 10 percent, with certain exclusions.
Also, a law enacted following the 2009 ice storm would permit consumers who use LP gas to choose any provider to fill their gas tanks during a weather emergency if the primary provider is unable to do so.
During a state of emergency, many businesses may not increase their prices by more than 10 percent. This prohibition continues for 30 days after the governor or president declares a state of emergency.
The 10-percent cap on price increases applies to most items related to storm recovery, such as food and water, batteries, fuel and construction materials.
Businesses may exceed the 10 percent cap in limited circumstances, but the business must prove that the higher price is directly the result of their own added expenses.
A violation of the price-gouging law is a violation of the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act and could result in a fine as high as $10,000 per violation.
IN most instances, consumers who use LP gas to heat their homes rent their tanks from the fuel provider. With rented tanks, the provider who owns the tank is the only entity that is allowed to fill the tank, but when the provider is unable to make timely deliveries because of inclement weather, a 2009 LP gas law will allow other providers to fill a tank if the tank owner and primary provider is unable to make a timely delivery.
The law takes effect when the governor declares a state of emergency and the Director of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board issues an order to invoke provisions in the law.
Regardless of the weather situation, McDaniel recommends that consumers own their own tank. This allows the tank to be filled by any provider and allows the consumer to shop around.
Following winter storms, a few scam artists always emerge with promises of removing debris or repairing homes quickly and at a low price. They are known as storm chasers and often demand money up front and almost always fails to do the work.
Act 1360 of 2013 allows consumers to cancel a home-repair contract that is funded by an insurance claim if the insurance company denies all or part of the claim that would have paid for the repair.
When dealing with a contractor, McDaniel says make sure the terms of the contract are in writing and never pay the entire cost of the repair in advance.
For more information contact the Consumer Protection Division hotline at 1-800-482-8982 or visit their website at www.gotyourbackarkansas.org.
BUSINESS HEALTH FAIR THIS
The Arkansas Department of Health will be hosting a health fair event this Monday for Small Business Owners in the Weyerhaeuser Building of UA Cossatot from to
of the health department announced that IPA Guides will be on hand to
discuss qualified health insurance plans in
For more information call 642-2535 ext. 224.
Veach and Rich Hillman will continue to serve Arkansas Farm Bureau as its
president and vice president following their re-election Friday. Delegates
also re-elected 5 board members and 2 new board members during the final
day of the organization’s 79th Annual Convention in
63-year-old Veach will begin his 6th term as president and he stated that he felt a great responsibility to the organization and in carrying out the wishes of the organization by keeping agriculture and Farm Bureau strong in advocating the interests of agriculture everywhere he goes.
50-year-old Hillman will be serving his 6th term as vice president.
Delegates re-elected 5 board members to new 2-year terms and elected 2 new board members.
new board members are Sherry Felts of Joiner and Joe Thrash of
re-elected Troy Buck of Alpine, Jon Carroll of Moro, Mike Freeze of Keo,
Gene Pharr of
Delegates also addressed a wide range of policy issues including positions on taxes; environmental regulations; agricultural research, marketing and economic development; the state water plan and water quality, highway and road issues, and maintaining a safety net for agriculture as part of the pending farm bill.
Several people appeared Thursday in front of Judge Tom Cooper in the Sevier County Circuit Court.
Judge Cooper lowered the bond for Lena Harvey of Texarkana who plead not guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Judge Cooper set her pre-trial date for February 27th and a trial date of March 12th.
Cooper accepted a plea of not guilty from Jeremy Day of
Jeffery Hendrix of De Queen plead not guilty to 3rd degree escape and resisting arrest Thursday.
Prosecutors informed Judge Cooper that Hendrix had ran away from a work detail at the Sevier County Courthouse while putting up Christmas lights. He was pursed by members of the De Queen Police Department and had to be tased in order to be subdued during his arrest.
Judge Cooper lowered Hendrix’s bond from $25,000 to $10,000. His pre-trail date was set for April 10th and his trial date was set for April 16th.
THAN 175,000 DEER HARVESTED THUS FAR
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reported that hunters have harvested more than 175,000 deer so far this season and a total number of more than 200,000 is expected to be taken before the season ends.
A record of 213,487 deer were checked by Arkansas hunters in 2012 and that was the first time the number of harvested deer surpassed 200,000.
gun season remains open in southern
Wildlife biologists say deer is abundant in the state with an estimated herd of 1 million or more.
Officials say 45 percent of the deer harvest this year has been does and the remainder either adult bucks or button bucks.
IDriveArkansas.com provides information on current traffic flow, icy road conditions and construction zones. It also features a weather radar overlay and be sure to click on the snowflake icon for wintry travel information.
Highway Department officials are urging travelers to check with the website before they start traveling.
can also get information including construction zone lane closures by
The highway department also has a phone number for drivers to call to get a recorded message outlining wintry weather travel information. It’s 501-569-2374 or 1-800-245-1672.
Travel is not recommended during wintry weather events, however, if you must drive, here are a few safety tips:
Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy or wet roads.
Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and roads that are less traveled, which will freeze first.
Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop.
Brake gently to avoid skidding.
Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other drivers.
Keep your lights and windshield clean.
Use low gears to keep traction.
Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks and don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions.
If you feel your rear wheels start to skid, take your foot off the accelerator and steer into the direction you want the front wheels to go.
If you rear wheels start sliding the other way as your recover, ease the steering wheel toward that side and if you have standard brakes, pump them gently, but if you have anti-lock brakes, do not pump them, simply apply steady pressure.
If your front wheels start to skid, take your foot off the gas and shift to neutral. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. As it does, steer in the direction you want to go.
OFFICIALS URGE MOTORISTS TO STAY HOME
forecasters and highway officials have the same message for
The state’s wintry weather that started Thursday is expected to bring an ice storm to much of the state today, making the highways treacherous.
The National Weather Service says conditions can deteriorate as the storm progresses and that up to 3-quarters of an inch of ice is expected in some areas. However, most places that will be affected are expected to have a quarter-inch or less.
Chamber parade held Saturday 12/09/13
The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held their parade and courthouse lighting as scheduled on Saturday, December 7th. The group "Harmony" performed in the gazebo prior to the parade.
Winners of 2013 are as follows:
Christmas Tree Village
This Week's News:
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RECEIVES 3RD CONTINUANCE
Former De Queen Parks and Recreation Director 53-year-old Karen Atkins appeared Thursday morning in the Sevier County Circuit Court before Judge Tom Cooper along with her lawyer Mickey Buchanan and asked for a 3rd continuance.
Atkins is being charged with 2 counts of theft of property for allegedly stealing money from a regional softball program.
Atkins was charged in April by Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir after a legislative audit revealed that Atkins had supposedly misappropriated nearly $8,000 from the city’s sports programs.
Cooper gave Atkins a pre-trial date of February 11th with a
trial date in March. However, she is scheduled for trial in
Miller County Prosecutor Carlton Jones and Sevier County Prosecutor Chesshir will prosecute the cases jointly.
One of the key budget issues leaving the farm bill stuck in congressional gridlock could be solved by closing a single corporate tax loophole, according to budget analysts.
agriculture programs are on the verge of expiring, which could cause
serious problems for
Kramer says that they are looking at how much the treasury losses when corporations defer their taxes on overseas profits. They found it was about $42 billion dollars a year.
Unless the food stamp issue can be resolved or delayed, the farm bill will expire at the end of the year.
stamps are also known as
House Republicans have argued that the program should be slashed to reduce the deficit. But, Kramer says there is no need to break that long-term political bargain, or put food for the hungry at risk. Instead, she says it’d be better to close corporate tax loopholes that cost the treasury department more than a hundred billion a year.
Kramer says that by ending the deferral loophole alone could provide more than enough budget savings to settle the food stamp part of the farm bill fight and protect programs that many farmers depend on.
County Judge Greg Ray stopped by the KDQN studios to remind area residents
to take precautions during this round of winter weather.
Ray said that with winter weather in the forecast that residents should
make sure to check on one another.
can prepare their homes by keeping bottle water on hand and having a
selection of foods that can be stored and doesn’t need to be heated or
refrigerated and it’s a good idea to have an ample supply of batteries.
is not recommended that drivers get out on the roadways, but Judge Ray
stated that his road department was ready.
those that must travel should slow down and use their brakes sparingly to
avoid sliding and spinning.
are also reminded to keep blankets, a flashlight, non-perishable food,
water and a first aid kit. It might also be helpful to have a shovel,
towrope, cat litter and jumper cables.
Ray also reminded folks to be mindful of the weather.
PREPARING FOR WINTER STORMS
SWEPCO’s power outage report number is 1-888-218-3919 and available 24 hours a day. Customers can also report outages online and on mobile devices at SWEPCO.com. Customers can look for outage updates on SWEPCO.com and Facebook.com/SWEPCO.
has an emergency preparedness team at the
SWEPCO stated that anticipate an increased workload and mobilizes crews to potential affected areas.
Tree crews across the area are prepared to respond to adverse weather conditions as well.
SWEPCO’s primary objective in its Emergency Restoration Plan is to restore electric service to all customers as safely and quickly as possible, and provide timely and accurate updated information to customers affected by service interruptions.
During major power outages, SWEPCO’s first priorities are damage assessment and restoration of power to critical customers, such as hospitals, emergency services, major communications facilities and customers on life support equipment.
SWEPCO’s primary concern during storm restoration is safety for the public and its employees. If customers should see a hazardous condition such as a fallen power line or broken equipment, or if safety in general is in doubt, stay away, keep others back and call SWEPCO’s customer service number at 1888-216-3523, or the local police immediately.
SWEPCO customers are encouraged to have blankets, flashlights, bottled water, portable radios and TVs and a supply of fresh batteries on hand if the power should go off due to inclement winter weather. SWEPCO will call out crews to identify and repair the problem as quickly and safely as possible.
area residents have reported another phone scam and authorities are
warning people to be aware of it.
scam involves citizens receiving a call from a number in
caller will ask the person to deposit money into an account or purchase a
pre-paid card and then meet at a location to exchange the card or account
information to receive the car.
is a nationwide scam and authorities are warning residents to never give
out personal information and if you receive a call like this, hang up and
do not send any money.
year, hang the stockings by the chimney with care and take care with the
Christmas tree, the outdoor lights and all the other decorations, too.
injuries or fires affect thousands of Americans each December and cause
millions of dollars in property damage. Most incidents are avoidable,
though, if consumers follow a few simple safety precautions when preparing
for the holidays.
General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert with safety
consumers typically light more candles this time of year, December is the
peak time of year for home candle fires, according to the U.S. Fire
Administration. Approximately 11 percent of all candle fires happen in
listed these tips to help
put out candles before leaving the house; place candles on a stable
surface so they cannot be knocked over easily; keep candles away from
other items that can burn easily and use nonflammable candleholders.
buying a real tree, make sure it is fresh, which means it is green and has
needles that are difficult to pull from the branches; make sure to keep
live trees away from fireplaces, radiators and heaters; and always keep
the tree stand filled with water.
should also check each set of lights, to make sure there are no cracked or
broken sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections; use lights that
are labeled as having been tested for safety; and never use more than 3
standard-size light set per extension cord.
using Christmas lights outdoors, make sure the lights are certified for
outdoor use; never use nails or tacks to secure outdoor lights; turn off
lights before going to bed and never use electric lights on a metallic
you should only use noncombustible or flame-retardant materials to
decorate a tree; keep decorations with small, removable parts or
decorations that are breakable out of the reach of children and avoid
decorations that resemble candy or food that might cause a small child to
more information about this or other consumer-related issues, visit
or call the consumer protection division at 1-800-482-8982.
CYBER CRIMES UNIT ARRESTS BENTON COUNTY MAN 12/06/13
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Wednesday that agents from his office have arrested a Benton County man for possession of child pornography.
Richard John Sheffield, 29, of Centerton was arrested late Tuesday at his residence on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. He was being held in the Benton County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.
Sheffield is a Level 2 registered sex offender.
“Those who attempt to exploit our children via the Internet will be pursued and arrested by law enforcement agencies in this State that are committed to preventing such heinous crime,” McDaniel said. “We look forward to presenting our case in court in this matter.”
Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Division executed a search warrant at Sheffield’s residence in the 1000 block of Applewood Circle in Centerton on Tuesday. Agents seized electronic evidence that will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock.
Special Agent Mike Lett of the Attorney General’s Office began investigating Sheffield last month after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at Sheffield’s residence.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation and arrest.
The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed case file to Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Van Stone.
Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
ASHDOWN SHOP WITH A COP UPDATE 12/06/13
During this holiday season, the people in our community have become aware of the need for funding for the Shop With A Cop Program. Literally dozens of people and businesses have stepped up and given so that as many area children as possible will have Christmas gifts this year. So far over $6,000.00 has been raised with money still coming in.
The Ashdown Police Auxiliary wants to thank everyone who has donated to the program. They would like to invite anyone who would like to see the true meaning of Christmas to be at the Ashdown Wal-Mart store at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday December 14th for the Shop With A Cop event.
Ashdown Police Chief Doyle Crouch said it is amazing how many people have worked together to make sure the Shop With A Cop Program is going to be a huge success this year.
PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING OFFERED 12/06/13
Rex Herring, County Extension Agent will conduct two Private Applicator Training sessions on Tuesday, December 10 at 1:30 and 5:30 pm at the Agriculture Building at Cossatot Community College, U of A in De Queen.
Anyone whose PAT license has expired or those who need to be certified to purchase restricted products for farm or ranch use should attend the meeting. For more information, call the Sevier County Extension office at (870) 584-3013. You do not need to pre-register to attend.
All Extension meetings and activities are open to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible prior to the activity.
2014 Standard Mileage Rates 12/06/13
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2014 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
The business, medical, and moving expense rates decrease one-half cent from the 2013 rates. The charitable rate is based on statute.
The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.
Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.
A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.
These and other requirements for a taxpayer to use a standard mileage rate to calculate the amount of a deductible business, moving, medical, or charitable expense are in Rev. Proc. 2010-51. Notice 2013-80 contains the standard mileage rates, the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate, and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.
The De Queen Lion’s Club held the first night of their annual radio auction on Monday night and Lion’s Club President Murray Neely reported that they raised about $6,000 Monday night and he said things went well.
the auction will continue tonight at the First State Bank and right here
on your number 1 country 92.1
mentioned several items that will auctioned off tonight beginning right
reminded the listeners of KDQN about their mission to provide eyeglasses
to those in need.
also mentioned that the Lion’s Club meets every Tuesday at
at Fat Chances Restaurant.
stated that they still have a lot of items to auction off and encouraged
everyone to come out tonight at the First State Bank and right here on
FORMER PARKS DIRECTOR DUE IN COURT
53-year-old Karen Atkins is scheduled to appear in the Sevier County Circuit Court Thursday, December 5th for a pre-trial hearing. Atkins trial date is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11th, unless she pleads guilty or accepts a plea deal.
Atkins has been charged with 3 felony counts of theft of property. If convicted Atkins could face up to 18 years in prison and/or a fine up to $30,000.
Atkins was fired December 11th of 2012 after she was charged with a felony theft of thousands of dollars in payments for CPR classes that was supposed to be paid to the American Red Cross. She had been the city’s park director since 1998.
Atkins was authorized to teach CPR for the Red Cross, but allegedly kept $3,765 dollars in fees from the classes. She was accused of using the funds to pay credit card and other bills.
Then following a legislative audit, Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir filed 2 additional theft charges against Atkins for allegedly stealing money from a regional softball program.
Chesshir announced in April of this year that Atkins supposedly misappropriated nearly $8,000 from the city’s sports programs.
Atkins is represented by attorney Mickey Buchanan.
HAPPENING AT THE
The De Queen Library will be accepting Food for Fines for the rest of this week.
From now until this Saturday, you can take any non-perishable food item into the library for a $1 dollar reduction per item on existing overdue fines.
Food will only be accepted for fines on returned library materials, but not for replacement fees of lost or damaged items. The library staff also asks that you check the expiration date on any item that you donate, because they can not accept items with expired dates.
The Sevier County Friends of the Library will be hosting their annual Christmas Open House from to on Friday, December 13th.
On December 14th, children are invited to participate in the De Queen libraries 4th annual Christmas Story and Movie event. Children will also have the opportunity to visit with Santa beginning at
The Horatio Library has tons of good books to read, as well as, toys and books for the kids and Joan says there may be a candy cane or 2 also.
The Lockesburg Library will be holding a game day on Saturday, December 14th. Everyone is invited to coming to the library and play a board game.
At the Gillham Library, everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy hot chocolate, holiday treats and enjoy a classic Christmas movie and music on Saturday, December 14th at
On Thursday, December 19th, parents are invited to bring their little ones so they can make a special Christmas ornament and watch the movie Frosty at
This Saturday, the Ben Lomond Library will be showing the Christmas Story and serving cupcakes and hot chocolate. Then on Saturday, December 14th, they will hold a story time and read “The Night Before Christmas” and work on Christmas crafts for mom and dad. On Saturday, December 21st, everyone is invited to wear their PJs and watch the Polar Express.
staff of the
The park will be open from until both days, but to really enjoy the thousands of luminaries and special music you may want to wait until later in the afternoon to make your visit.
Tour locations and homes will be decorated with 19th century style decorations, including natural handmade wreaths and swags that were tailored by volunteers and members of the park staff.
The evening programming and tours will begin at The lighting of the luminaries will take place at dark and music by the Hartleys, The Ouachita Baptist Flute Choir, the Bryant High School Choir and the Mineral Springs Church of Christ Choir will begin at
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. However if you purchase your tickets before December 7th, you will receive a $1 discount from the South Arkansas Regional Archives by calling 983-2633.
For more information call the park at 983-2684 or visit their website at HistoricWashington@Arkansas.com.
CHRISTMAS DINNER IN FOREMAN
The Foreman City Council will host the annual communitywide Christmas dinner at the community center at on Monday, December 16th.
Foreman Recorder/Treasurer Mike Cranford announced that meat and drinks will be provided, but everyone is being asked to bring a side dish or dessert.
Everyone is also encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy.
All of the toys will be donated to the Department of Human Services for the children under their care and supervision.
more information call the
QUEEN COUNCIL PASSES 2014 BUDGET
After a reviewing the proposed 2014 budget one last time, aldermen of the De Queen City Council voted to approve the 2014 budget.
De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy mentioned that the purchase of several capitol items were included in this year’s budget.
City Clerk Donna Jones presented a budget that reflected revenues in the amount of $6,579,205 dollars with expenditures in the amount of $6,447,101 dollars. However, she pointed out after the meeting that the city had never spent 100 percent of the city’s budget and revenues were estimated on the low side.
The meeting began with a hearing on clean-up of liens. The issue had to be tabled, but the issue was postponed until January.
authorized the city to pay the repair bill on the city’s International
sanitation truck that was repaired in
Alderman passed a resolution to make an extra payment on the city’s USDA Rural Development Loan. .
They also approved the purchase of a used dump truck from Wade Sutton of Tri-State Asphalt. McKelvy explained that the truck would be used as a tow vehicle, but could be used as a dump truck if a need every came up.
McKelvy reported that Fred’s Department Store in De Queen had presented the De Queen Fire Department and the De Queen Police Department with $342.68 donations each.
McKelvy stated that Fire Chief Dennis Pruitt wanted to use the funds to buy Christmas presents for needy children at Fred’s with his department’s funds, while Police Chief Richard McKinley will use the funds to purchase 2 striping kits for the department’s patrol cars.
Chief McKinley informed the council that his department had received a $2,000 grant from Wal-Mart and his department would be partnering with the Sevier County Sheriff’s office to participate in the Shop with a Cop program. He explained that 20 children will spend about $100 purchasing Christmas gifts.
The U.S. Postal Service reminds children of all ages to get their Santa letters in the mail soon. All letters addressed to Santa Claus, The North Pole, with the return address, will receive a personal response from Santa if mailed in time.
District Manager Robert Carr says the Postal Service expects hundreds of
Santa letters from children in
Carr says, like all First Class Mail, the information from all Santa letters is kept very confidential and the U.S. Postal Service does not share children’s names, addresses or information with anyone outside the Postal Service, except for Santa Claus himself.
Ashdown man has been accused of theft and fraud of a debit card while
shopping in Ashdown and
32-year-old Jessie Martin has been arrested for allegedly fraudulently using a credit card and theft of property.
According to the Ashdown Police, they received a report on November 5th concerning a stolen debit card. The card belonged to Tabatha Cobb of Ashdown.
Cobb reported that she realized her card was missing when the bank contacted her about some suspicious purchases that had been charged to her account.
to Cobb, the card had been used at several locations in Ashdown,
Ashdown Chief of Police Doyle Crouch announced that the police department was able to identify Martin through information received from the bank and through video surveillance.
Crouch reminded residents to take extra precautions with your debit and credit cards to keep your money and valuables safe during the holiday season.
QUEEN BOARD OF EDUCATION EVALUATES SUPERINTENDENT
Monday night during the De Queen Board of Education meeting, board members discussed the performance of Superintendent Bruce Hill.
After covering Hill’s relationship with the board, staff, personnel and the community, they reviewed his ability to handle the district’s finances and leadership. Board President Randy Hedge stated that the board couldn’t be more pleased with Hill’s performance.
Board members heard a report from Gene Hawk concerning the district’s Master Plan, which must be approved during the board’s January meeting. Superintendent Hill informed the board that the state was encouraging district’s to build new rather than renovate or remodel.
to Hawk, the state is willing to pay 70 percent of all new construction
cost in the
Board members accepted a bid of $246,000 dollars from CK Mitchell Service Contractors for the construction of the dressing rooms at the baseball and softball fields.
Hill informed the board that he had heard from Doug Arnold and the district should be receiving a final report by this end of the week concerning the floor at the Junior High.
Board members voted to extend a contract to the district’s current computer tech Eric Angeles. According to Hill, Angeles had been working for the district on a time sheet basis.
Board members also discussed the enrollment, the test scores and cost of maintaining the campus at the Lockesburg Elementary.
However, no action was taking and Hill explained that it was simply a regular evaluation.
STOLEN IN LOCKESBURG
The Sevier County Sheriff’s office is investigating the possible theft of some coins from a residence in Lockesburg.
On Monday, November 25th, Charles Coulter of Lockesburg informed the sheriff’s office that when he arrived at his home, he noticed his screen door was open.
Coulter stated that the front was closed, but not all the way and his bedroom light was on.
Coulter said that when he went to change clothes, he noticed that his safe was missing.
Coulter described the safe as a 14 inch by 14 inch Sentry safe with a combination lock. He said the safe contained some legal documents, a gold eagle coin and a bunch of miscellaneous old coins that has an estimated value of $700 dollars.
The theft is under investigation and authorities are asking anyone with information about this case to contact the Sheriff’s office at 642-2125.
THROUGH A GREEN LIGHT
from the Arkansas Highway Department met with De Queen Mayor Billy Ray
McKelvy and the department heads of the city’s street, water and waster
water departments today to discuss the possibility of the state widening
the intersection at
According to a member of the design team from the Arkansas Highway Department, the meeting was a preliminary meeting to help determine if the project is feasible or not.
Officials discussed widening the intersection and replacing the turn signals. To complete this project, the city may have to move some utilities to accommodate the wider intersection.
The project is currently about 20 percent designed and will not be completed for at least 18 months.
COSSATOT CLEARS ANOTHER HURDLE FOR LOCKESBURG CAMPUS
to UA Cossatot Marketing Director Alisha Lewis, the college has cleared
another hurdle for the acquisition of the old
Dr. Steve Cole announced that the UA System Board of Trustees voted to
accept the donation that was made by the
Cole explained that the property would give UA Cossatot students access to more educational opportunities and he emphasized that the Lockesburg site would not impact anything the college is doing on any other campus.
college received the redesign renderings from the on-call architects of WD
& D of
Cole said that he was excited because they were just a few steps away from making this project a reality.
Investigators with the McCurtain County Sheriff’s office are investigating a case of arson that occurred sometime between November 30th and December 1st about 15 miles north of Ringold.
According to the incident report, Corporal Jesse Jones of the McCurtain County Sheriff’s office interviewed Joseph Milligan concerning some burnt logging equipment.
Milligan informed Jones that he had received a call about from his foreman David Dewitt, telling him that Carl Grant had informed him that their equipment had been burnt.
Jones noted that a 2003 Hydro Axe and a 2004 Prentice Skidder had been completely destroyed, while the cab of a 2010 John Deere skidder had been set on fire.
Jones also noted that the tires on 2 2009 Prentice loaders had burnt marks around the tires.
Jones reported that the State Fire Marshall’s office was contacted, but the case is still under investigation.
STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR MUCH OF
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of the state later this week.
The watch is in effect from Thursday night through Friday afternoon. Forecasters say a strong cold front will move through the area Wednesday, followed by widespread precipitation on Thursday.
The precipitation will start as rain, then eventually transition to freezing rain and sleet Thursday night. Forecasters say ice accumulations of one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch are possible, along with les than 1 inch of sleet.
is predicted in northwest
A second round of wintry precipitation is predicted Saturday night as well.
REPORT OF THE CHALICE CUPBOARD
In November, the food ministry at the De Queen Chalice Cupboard assisted 45 families, by providing them with 1,199 pounds of food.
Food, for Thanksgiving dinners, was provided for 4 families with a total of 25 members.
During the month of November, a total of 184 people received food, including 86 children.
Students donated a total of 643 pounds. The De Queen High School EAST Lab donated 180 pounds. The De Queen Junior High School Science Club and Student Council donated 420 pounds and the Boy Scout Troup 54 donated 43 pounds.
The First Christian Church, the First Presbyterian Church and the St. Barbara Catholic Church donated 164 pounds, while an anonymous donor gave 26 pounds.
The cupboard purchased an additional 520 pounds of food.
Volunteers of the Chalice Cupboard are requesting donations of jelly and canned fruit.
cupboard distributes food on Tuesday and Wednesday of every week from
and is located at
LOCAL CAMPAIGN IS UNDERWAY
The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Shop Local Campaign’ is underway and Chamber President Crystal Rankin, Vice-President Megan Lee Smith, and board members Judi Jenkins and Rafeal Figueroa stopped by the KDQN studios to describe how you can participate.
They said individuals will earn 1 ticket for every $10 dollars that they spend with participating businesses. However, there’s a $1,000 dollar cap or 100 tickets per purchase. All of the tickets will be combined for a grand prize drawing on Monday, December 23rd during the Morning Brew right here on your number one country 92.1. The grand prize winner will receive a gift basket with over $1,000 dollars worth of gift certificates and other items from participating chamber businesses.
But, every Friday, weekly winners will be selected.
For more information contact the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce at 584-3225.
QUEEN LIONS CLUB AUCTION
The annual De Queen Lions Club radio auction is Thursday, December 7th and De Queen Lions Club President Rodger Neeley expressed his appreciation to everyone that is working to make this year’s event a success.
The annual radio auction will begin immediately following the news cast on Your Number Country 92.
Bidders may attend the auction at the First State Bank in De Queen or bid by phone by calling 642-4423.
The radio auction is the De Queen Lions Club main fundraiser and funds are used to support local activities of the Lions Club, and Neeley said that the De Queen Club purchased glasses for area children and scholarships for seniors.
The Lions Club International is the world’s largest service organization with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs worldwide. The Lions Club International and the De Queen Lions Club gives sight and serves youth.
So, make plans to help the De Queen Lions Club serve our community by participating in their annual radio auction tonight and Thursday, December 5th at
TO HELP FIELD TEST
new exams are aligned to the new math and English/language arts education
standards, which are called the Common Core State Standards. The Common
Core Standards were adopted by
new exams are expected to be fully operational during the 2014-2015 school
Witonski is the assistant commissioner of learning services for the
Arkansas Department of Education and she says that the differences between
the old test and the new test are huge.
stated that student results from the next generation assessments won’t
be comparable to the Benchmark and End-of-Course exams.
instance, the new PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of
Readiness for College and Careers, are intended to be given online.
are also 2 components to the multi-state exam. There are performance-based
assessments in English language arts/literacy and in math.
the performance-based assessments in English language, students will be
asked to write an analysis based on their readings of different types of
math, they will focus on solving multi-step, real-world problems that
require abstract reasoning, precision, perseverance and strategic use of
the end-of-year exams, students will focus on reading comprehension in
English and demonstrate their understanding of the math content that has
the field testing, no student will take the entire test, but could be
assigned the performance-based assessment of the end-of-year tests in
English or both.
field test will also include assigning paper and pencil versions of the
exams to some
reiterated that no scores will be returned or reported to the school
staff of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor will be travel in a mobile office through
Pryor’s staff is trained to assist residents who may be having problems with the Veterans Affairs, Medicare, Social Security and other services involving the federal government.
The mobile office was canceled in October due to the federal government shutdown.
mobile office will visit
Thursday, December 5th, the mobile office will visit the Little
River County Courthouse in Ashdown from
, the Sevier County Courthouse in De Queen from
, the Howard County Courthouse in
WEATHER, CHILLY TEMPS PREDICTED IN
National Weather Service says colder temperatures and wintry precipitation
is possible this week in
Forecasters say a cold front is expected to move through the state Wednesday and stall out in the southern part of the state. The weather service says heavy rainfall is possible Thursday and into Friday before transitioning to a wintry mix.
weather service says more wintry weather is possible on Saturday.
Forecasters say cold temperatures will persist throughout the weekend with many areas not rising above freezing on Saturday and Sunday.
The weather service says the forecast is still uncertain at this point, and regular updates are planned.
GROWTH LIKELY IN 9
temporary resolution of the budget stalemate in
The monthly survey’s overall economic index crept up to 51.2 in November. That’s just above the growth-neutral 50 score recorded in October.
The region’s employment index rebounded to 51.2 in November from October’s 48.2.
region’s heavy manufacturers reported solid increases in new export
orders in November. The states included in the survey are
APPLICATOR TRAINING OFFERED
County Extension Agent Rex Herring will conduct 2 Private Applicator
Training sessions on Tuesday, December 10 at
Anyone whose Private Applicator license has expired or anyone that needs to be certified to purchase restricted products for farm or ranch use should attend the meeting.
For more information, call the Sevier County Extension office at 584-3013. You do not need to pre-register to attend.
DISTRICT TO HOLD ADVANCED EXTERNAL REVIEW MEETING
meeting will be held at the
Ashdown’s AdvancED Accreditation Review will take place on December 8th through the 11th and will be led by a team of professionals, both in-state and out-of-state.
During the review process, the External Review Team will conduct interviews with a range of school stakeholders, review school documents and student performance data and make professional observations to determine the degree to which a school meets standards for accreditation.
The team will share its findings in oral and written formats and will make an accreditation recommendation for national review.
The district will use these findings to further its continuous improvement efforts.
Chalice Cupboard Food Ministry November Report 12/03/13
In November, the food ministry at the De Queen Chalice Cupboard assisted residents of Sevier County living in forty-five families by providing them with 1,199 pounds of food. Food for Thanksgiving dinners were provided for four families with a total of 25 members. During the month a total of 184 people received food – 98 adults and 86 children.
Donated food totaled 833 pounds. Donations included 643 pounds from student groups: 180 pounds from the East lab (DHS); 420 pounds from the Science Club and Student Council (DJHS); 43 pounds from Boy Scout Troup 54. One hundred sixty-four (164) pounds were donated by three churches: First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church and St. Barbara Catholic Church. Anonymous donations totaled 26 pounds.
Food purchased totaled 520 pounds. 1,355 pounds of food were added to the pantry in November.
Suggested food items for donation in December are jelly and canned fruit.
The Chalice Cupboard Ministry is located at 315 North 5th Street in De Queen. Distributions of food are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. Recipients of food may receive food every three-month quarter of the year.
May we all know the meaning of Jesus Christ’s birth that first Christmas, Jesus Christ’s gift of His life on the cross for all God’s children, and His Resurrection on Easter that assures eternal life.
Pryor’s Mobile Office is coming to Town 12/03/13
Senator Mark Pryor’s Mobile office is coming to town to help local residents resolve problems they may be having with the Veterans Administration, Medicare, Social Security and other services involving the federal government. He invites you to visit with his staff at the following stops on Thursday, December 5th:
8:30 – 9:30 am. Little River County Courthouse, 351 North 2nd Street, Ashdown
10:30 - 11:30 am Sevier County Courthouse, 115 North 3rd Street, De Queen
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Howard County Courthouse, 421 North Main Street, Nashville
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Hope City Hall, 206 West Avenue A Street, Hope
INCREASES PROPOSED TO MINERAL SPRINGS 2014 BUDGET
During a special budget meeting last week, the Mineral Springs City Council proposed increasing salaries, raising sanitation rates and contributing to the operation of the Howard County jail.
Councilman Charles Deloney suggested that Mineral Springs make a $400 a month contribution toward the maintenance of the county jail.
Howard County Sheriff Butch Morris had requested $20,000 from the city of Mineral Springs for the upkeep of the jail, but council members agreed that they could not afford that much, but agreed to make a month contribution. This was the first time that the city of Mineral Springs had agreed to support the county jail.
Council members voted to increase the city’s sanitation rate to $2.50 in January and then discuss the issue further in February.
Water and sanitation manager Jonathan Holden requested the increase. He told the council that the department’s maintenance expense would increase this year because the department will be operating 2 garbage trucks.
Council members also passed 2 resolutions to increase the salaries of several city employees.
Fire Chief Chris Hostetler’s salary was doubled from $200 a month to $400 a month. According to some council members, the salary of the fire chief had not been increased since current council member Steve Dixon was mayor.
They also voted to move $1,500 from other areas of budget to add to the amount that is paid to firefighters that respond to fire calls.
Council members also voted to approve a 3 percent cost of living raise to the city recorder/treasurer, a water department employee, the chief of police, the water department manager and the mayor.
All of the proposed changes will be added to the city’s 2014 budget, which will be presented to the city council during their December 9th meeting.
MEMORIAL CLOSE TO COMPLETION
After Little Rock architect Brooks Jackson was involved in a fiery crash in Oklahoma where he and his family were rescued by firefighters, he decided to give back to those who helped save his life.
More than 25 years after that crash, construction is wrapping up on the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The memorial has been installed on the west side of the state Capitol and will feature the names or 99 Arkansas firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty since 1889.
On June 1st, 1986 , Jackson was driving his wife, daughter and a friend of his daughter in Tahlequah , Oklahoma when they were hit head-on by a vehicle that was passing a tractor-trailer. His car caught fire and he remembers the firefighters pulling him and his family to safety.
Since then, Jackson has involved himself with causes that benefit firefighters. And, his firm donated all of their fees to be a part of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial project.
The project was expected to take 10 years, but it took a little longer to raise the funds due to the recession.
Work on the project is expected to be completed within the next week or so, but the memorial won’t be dedicated until March.
The memorial’s statue features firefighters of every background, from those who battle forest fires to men and women who primarily handle structure fires. The statue also recognizes the emergency medical services that firefighters provide.
The plaza will also include an amphitheater, the memorial wall with the list of fallen firefighters and walkways to the north and south.
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and Republican Senate hopeful and U.S.
Representative Tom Cotton have traded jabs over the past few months as
But last week, the race focused on family.
Pryor’s campaign posted a recipe for his mother’s Scotch fudge cake online, while Cotton’s campaign starting running ads that featured his mother.
campaign reported that it will spend least $13,000 dollars running a
30-second ad through December 5th that features Cotton’s mom
talking about her family’s military service. Cotton joined the Army and
Cotton hopes to unseat Pryor in next year’s election.
has been set at $500,000 for a man that has been charged with murder in
the death of a man in
Police say Barrios body was found in his home by officers on November 16th with trauma to the head. A friend notified the police after stopping by his home and discovering a trail of blood that led up to the front door.
of the De Queen City Council will meet in regular session Tuesday,
December 3rd at
in the council room in the
Aldermen will be presented a copy of the proposed 2014 city budget for their approval. The proposed budget reports expected income of over $6.5 million dollars with expenses of just over $6.4 million.
After reviewing the city’s 2013 budget, aldermen will be asked to approve a resolution to make additional payments on the city’s USDA Rural Development Loan, which was borrowed to pay for the construction of the city’s waste water treatment plant.
Aldermen will consider approving a payment in the amount of $150,000.
Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy informed members of the city council that the repair bill for the city’s International sanitation truck was a thousand dollars less than the estimate, but for International to make their good will payment toward the repairs, the city will have to pay the repair bill in full and let International reimburse them for approved repairs.
According to the 2013 budget, the city has $5,000 in the sanitation repairs line item, but aldermen will need to approve the balance before payment can be made.
McKelvy also mentioned that the new playground equipment had been
installed at the
McKelvy informed the council in a letter that the department would like to purchase smoke detectors with the funds, but the money must be amended in the budget.
Aldermen will also consider allowing the De Queen Police Department to participate in the annual “Shop with a Cop” program at Wal-Mart.
with the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope want to break
ground in early 2014 for a new educational building on the school’s
University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees approved the construction
of a $3.5 million dollar building on the
Talley is the coordinator of communications and external affairs at the
University of Arkansas Community College at Hope and he says that
there’s been a 35 percent increase in enrollment since opening the
The building is expected to include classrooms and a technical program shop.
IS IT LAMPROITE 12/02/13
When most visitors at the Crater of Diamonds State Park come up to have their rock and minerals identified, they are often confronted with an odd term for the very first time. It’s the term Lamproite. (lam-pro-ite)
[What makes it even harder for visitors to remember is the fact that it is also hard to pronounce. Most people want to add an “L” between the “o” and the “I”, because that makes it easier to say, but the pronunciation is lam-pro-ite.]
Several questions immediately come to mind like: Why isn’t it called kimberite”, What is the difference between a lamproite and a kimberlite” and Why did geologists decide to change the name for the volcanic rocks found at the Crater of Diamond State Park from kimberite to lamproite?
for most of its history the Crater diamond mine was in fact called a
kimberite. Geologists first used the word in the early 1870’s for the
diamond rich volcanic rocks located near the town of
As exploration for diamonds expanded throughout the world, most of the rocks that geologist now call lamproites were named for the place where they were first found and described, like Wyomingite. So, the early Crater diamond miners could have called their rocks “Praireiite” for Prairie Creek that drains the diamond mine, or even Murfreesboroite.
But in 1923, a Swiss mineralogist introduced the term lamproite in his mineral crystal classification. The “Lampro” is from the Greek word meaing “glistening” and refers to the shiny mica crystals that are always found in this type of volcanic rock.
With the discovery of diamond bearing volcanic rocks in Western Australia in the 1970’s, geologists decided to look more closely at the entire group of diamond bearing volcanic rocks and they looked at 3 rock characteristics; the chemistry of the rocks, the types of mineral crystals they contain and the type of volcanic eruptions that resulted in the diamond bearing rocks.
They discovered that some diamond bearing volcanic rocks differed enough from kimberites to set up an entirely new category. This group of rocks became known as “lamproites.”
First, they found that lamproites, when compared to other volcanic rocks contain very high amounts of potassium. Second, the lamproite magma is usually erupted as large clouds of volcanic ash that collapse and fill in a martini-glass-shaped crater. Kimberlite volcanic material general has not actually been erupted onto the Earth’s surface as either ash or lava. Instead, the kimberite diamonds are found in carrot-shaped pipe that’s filled with unerupted magma. And finally, the methods used to find the diamond bearing kimberlites doesn’t work when it comes to locating diamond bearing lamproites. It turns out that the best way to discover a new diamond-bearing lamproite volcano is to just look for diamonds.
have found lamproite volcanic rocks in only 25 places in the world. Of
these, only 7 contain diamonds. The Crater of Diamond State Park in
So, the next time you bring your rock to be identified, and the clerk tells you that some of them are lamproite lava, tuff or ash, they are actually telling you that you have found some of the world’s most unique volcanic rocks.
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