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NOT AN EVEN SWAP 11/29/16
Last Wednesday, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a possible shoplifter.
When Browning arrived, he was informed by a member of the Wal-Mart Asset Protection Team that 33-year-old Alvino Jorge Luna of De Queen had attempted to shoplift a pair of pajama pants, a pair of denim jeans and a pair of house shoes.
Luna reportedly told Browning that he was trying to return the items.
Browning, however, reported that surveillance footage from Wal-Mart showed Luna walk into the store with a bag that appeared to contain a black pair of shoes.
Browning observed Luna visit the woman's sleepwear department, then go to the shoe department and finally walk past a section of men's jeans. Luna was then observed walking down an aisle that was not visible by the security cameras, but when he reappeared on camera, the items that he had been carrying were in the bag.
Luna then went to the service desk and returned the items by using two separate receipts from November 6th and November 15th.
When Browning searched the aisle that Luna had walked down, he found an old pair of black shoes.
Luna reportedly told Browning that he went into the store with the old shoes and took three items and returned them for cash. Luna allegedly said he did it, to get some gas money, so he could get to work.
Luna was citied for shoplifting and trespassed from all Wal-Mart property.
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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NATIONAL COLLECTION WEEK NOVEMBER 14-21 11/14/16
The National Collection Week for the Operation Christmas Child program is November 14th through the 21st and thousands of shoe boxes are currently being packed throughout Southwest Arkansas to send to needy children in 155 countries, including the United States.
Beverly Starr of Nashville is the Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator and she said the shoe box gifts communicate love and hope, as well as the Christian message, to the children.
The collection center for Southwest Arkansas is in the Family Activities Center of the First Baptist Church in Nashville.
Individuals and groups may drop off their shoe boxes today until 5 p.m., on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Monday, November 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here in Sevier County, shoe box donations may be dropped off at the First Baptist Church of Horatio:
today and Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.; on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.; on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon; on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. and on Monday, November 21st from 9 to 11 a.m.
Operation Christmas Child is a division of Samaritans Purse which is led by Franklin Graham.
If you have questions about the collection site in Horatio, call Liz Trimble at 870-279-1219.
SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS SERVE ON FARM BUREAU STATE RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE 11/14/16
Arkansas Farm Bureau State Board member Bruce Jackson of Lockesburg and Earl Pepper of De Queen were among the 85 Farm Bureau leaders who participated in the State Resolutions Committee meeting on November 2nd and 3rd in Little Rock.
The committee refined and consolidated policy proposals into a set of formal recommendations to be considered by voting delegates during the business session of the Arkansas Farm Bureau State Convention, which will be held November 30th through December 2nd at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
TRAVELING DISPENSARY 11/14/16
Early Saturday morning, Patrolman First Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department observed a maroon SUV drive left of the center line on Collin Raye Drive.
Officer Browning and JJ Lopez identified the driver as 23-year-old Eliazar Palma-Behena of De Queen. While speaking with Behena, Officer Browning noticed he had slurred speech and he could smell freshly sprayed air freshener and a can of Fabreeze sitting in the backseat.
According to the incident report, Behena informed the officers that he had drank four beers about two hours before he got pulled over. Behena also would not submit to a search of his vehicle.
Behena did not have a driver's license, proof of insurance or vehicle registration, so Officer Browning issued Behena citations for no Driver's License and no Proof of Insurance.
While inventorying the vehicle, Browning discovered a large amount of marijuana under and behind the driver's seat. Officers also found a large bag of marijuana in Behena's pants pocket along with a Xanax pill in his jacket pocket. Officers also found 17 units of suspected LSD and an expired driver's license.
Browning found a marijuana grinder, another bag of suspected marijuana and multiple clear bags in Behena's book bag.
Behena was charged with a felony count of possession of a schedule I or II controlled substance that is not methamphetamine or cocaine with the purpose to deliver, a felony count of possession of schedule IV or V controlled substance with the purpose to deliver, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver and a felony count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
TWO COSSATOT STAFF MEMBERS GRADUATE FROM ACC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 11/14/16
Two UA Cossatot staff members, Emily Newlin and Crystal Sims, recently graduated from the Arkansas Community College Leadership Institute.
The graduation ceremony was held at the annual conference of the Arkansas Community Colleges. The Institute is an intense training held in different areas of the state designed to educate community college staff members on utilizing resources and navigating the waters of high education in Arkansas. The classes are taught by former Arkansas Director of Higher Education Dr. Linda Beene who also wrote much of the curriculum.
Speakers, who are experts in their fields. presented valuable information to the students regarding human resource law, legislative process concerning higher education, budget and appropriations, as well as skills necessary to be leaders in higher education.
UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole said one of the college's most valuable resources is it's people, both the faculty and staff. He said the college must continue investing in the training of its faculty and staff, so they can help move the college forward in a positive direction.
Cole said the Leadership Institute was an excellent opportunity for Newlin and Sims to develop the necessary skills for them to become leaders in their departments at Cossatot.
The institute consists of four intensive 3-day meetings at college campuses across the state. College leaders witness the legislative process in Little Rock in February.
Newlin said she enjoyed learning more about the legislative process. She said before she started working in the higher education field, she worked in the non-profit sector. Newlin said after she attended the Institute, she now understands the history and reasoning behind the appropriation process.
The 2015-16 class is the 8th group of college leaders to go through the institute.
Sims is the Division Chair for General Education at Cossatot and she said she will value the skills that she learned while attending the institute. She said the meetings helped her develop her leadership skills in a way that will benefit the college in her new position as Division Chair.
ANGEL TREE APPLICATIONS 11/11/16
Lakeside 4-H Club and the Lockesburg Lion’s Club are accepting applications for their 2016 Angel Tree programs.
Wilma Morris of the Lakeside 4-H Club reported the Angel Tree program is a rewarding experience that all of the 4-H members enjoy participating in.
Morris said applications may be picked up at the KDQN studios, Bear State Bank, First State Bank and Rivas Garage. Applications must be filled out and returned by November 18th.
For more information about the Lakeside 4-H Angel Tree program, call Morris at 870-642-3352.
Lockesburg Lions Club Angel Tree program applications may be picked up at the Bank of Lockesburg, the Lockesburg Grocery, the Lockesburg City Hall or Library and the Lockesburg Post Office. Applications and proof of income must be returned to the Bank of Lockesburg by November 18th.
ASHDOWN'S VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION IS MONDAY 11/11/16
A representative for the Wounded Warrior Project will be the guest speaker during the Little River County Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. Monday on the courthouse lawn in Ashdown.
The guest speaker will be Charles Reed of Shreveport, Louisiana, who is a peer mentor for the Wounded Warriors Project.
Reed served as a U.S. Marine and in the Army National Guard.
Reed was injured while serving as a medic in Iraq.
DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL REPORT TO THE PUBLIC 11/11/16
Monday night, the De Queen Public School District held its annual report to the public.
Assistant Superintendent Paul Shelton reported the district is 381 square miles with an assessed value of $132,597,763 dollars.
Shelton said the district’s millage is 27.3 mills and each mill raises about $107,000 dollars.
Shelton reported the average daily membership for the last three quarters of last year was 2,403 students. The present student enrollment is 2,387 and the district receives $6,646 dollars per student and the district spends $9,044 per student.
According to the annual report, the district employees 158 certified employs and 198 classified employees making a total of 356 employees.
The starting pay for a first year teacher in the De Queen School District with a Bachelor of Science degree is $38,200 and for a first year masters is $40,700 and the district has an overall average teacher’s salary of $46,119.
Enrollment in the De Queen Primary School is 618 students, 579 students in the De Queen Elementary School, 339 students in the De Queen Middle School, 371 students in the De Queen Junior High and 480 students in the high school.
Shelton also reported all the De Queen Schools are accredited and have an ESEA status of achieving.
TOUR DE QUEEN HUGE SUCCESS
Submitted by The De Queen Bee
DE QUEEN – The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce held its sixth annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on Nov. 5. The ride featured various routes up to 47 miles in length and took riders through scenic areas of De Queen and the surrounding area.
Forty-seven bike riders participated in this year's event, including participants from Texarkana, Idabel, Okla., and Fort Smith. Attendance this year was the largest since the bike ride began.
"Bringing in people from out of town is one of the goals we shoot for with this event," said Patrick Massey, vice-president of the chamber and chairman of the Tour de Queen Bike Ride. "Several of the riders stayed at local hotels, ate at local restaurants and did some local shopping as well. We hope events like this benefit not just the participants, but the local economy as well."
Plans are already underway for next year's bike ride. Organizers hope to attract even more riders, especially among local and out-of-town youth.
"Everyone seems to enjoy this ride, and even the riders from Fayetteville said this is one of the prettiest routes they ride," said Massey. "We hope we can turn this into an even bigger event next year."
Volunteers who assisted during the bike ride included Susan Alspaw, Lawrence Wishard, Armando Lopez, Eric Smith, Tyler Massey, and Caitlyn and Patrick Massey.
Pruett's Foods and Wal-Mart donated water and fruit for the event.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE OFFERING PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING ON DECEMBER 13TH 11/11/16
Little River County Extension Agent Sherry Beaty-Sullivan announced she will be leading a pesticide applicator training meeting on Tuesday, December 13th at 6 p.m. in the Agri Building on the Foreman High School campus.
Sullivan stated the new certification registration fee does not affect the price that a participate will pay the Arkansas State Plant Board for their license and they will still need to fill out the Plant Board's license application and include all appropriate fees.
Sullivan said applicators are required to take an approved training class once every five years. She said if you need to know how much time you have left on your certification; you can contact the Plant Board at 501-225-1598.
Sullivan said the Little River County Extension Office is also getting ready for the Four-States Cattle Conference on December 13th in Texarkana.
Sullivan said she would like for participates to pre-register for the cattle conference because they will be providing a meal.
Sullivan also reported the Little River County Extension Office has started two new 4-H clubs. One is a Cloverbud club in Ashdown and the other is a Citizenship and Leadership club in Foreman.
For more information about any of these programs, contact the Little River County Extension Office at 870-898-7225.
AREA VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATIONS 11/10/16
Area schools will be hosting several Veterans’ Day Celebrations this week.
Cossatot River High School FFA members will be honoring veterans by serving them breakfast Friday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Agri building and all veterans and active military personnel are invited to attend.
In Ashdown, the junior high school will be hosting a Veteran's Day breakfast on Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Veterans will be served sausage and biscuits, assorted muffins, fruit, coffee, juice and milk at no charge.
Veterans are also being invited to drop by the Ashdown Elementary from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for some refreshments. Veterans are also being encouraged to visit with students in their classrooms.
Veterans may wear their uniform, bring their medals or just stop by and introduce themselves.
Friday morning, the Umpire School Student Council will be hosting area veterans and their spouses during a breakfast that will be prepared by FCCLA students at 9 a.m. in the high school lobby.
There will also be a brief program following breakfast in the Rock Building at 10:20.
And, the UA Cossatot employees would like to honor the local veterans by hosting a breakfast in the Educational Resource Center in the Kimball Building this Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Veterans will also be honored during Cossatot River High School home basketball game Friday evening with a special halftime event, including a slideshow and a Veterans Day meal.
Veterans will be served BBQ chicken free of charge and they will receive free admission to the games. Meals will be provided to non-veterans for a small donation and all of the proceeds will be donated to a local veteran's organization. Students will start serving the meal at 4:30 p.m. and the basketball games begin at 5:30.
And finally, the American Legion Post #54 will be handing out poppies for donations at the De Queen Wal-Mart on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Legion Post members will be handing out the poppies because, veterans, like the red poppy, have survived courageously through battle and disability, and despite the destruction of war, the renewal of life offers another chance for them. To the fallen veterans, a life that was given in service of our country will never be forgotten.
VETERANS ALERT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL LESLIE RUTLEDGE 11/10/16
Arkansans are gathering across the state Friday to honor America's veterans and the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedoms, but scammers only see this as another opportunity to take advantage of people by tricking them out of the hard-earned money.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to educate veterans and their families about popular scams and ways to spot them to avoid becoming a victim.
Rutledge released the following list from AARP of popular scams that target military veterans:
Scammers will pose as Department of Veterans Affairs officials and call to update information in an attempt to get personal or financial information, including credit card numbers, so they can steal the veteran's identity.
Scammers will also encourage veterans to take advantage of a benefit buyout plan, but you should always have an attorney review the terms of the plan beforehand because scammers could offer a lump sum that is only a fraction of the veteran's actual future pension payments.
And, scam artists are posing as soldiers about to be deployed or as a family member of a service member who was killed in action and say they need to sell a vehicle or some other large item quickly and that they are willing to sell it at a cheap price. But, once the scammer has the money, they disappear.
Veterans and all consumers should remember to never wire money to someone you don't personally know and you should never give out banking information.
Arkansas military service members, veterans and families can file consumer complaints with the Attorney General's office on the website ArkansasAG.gov or by calling 1-800-482-8982.
ARKANSAS MUST DEVELOP REGULATIONS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS 11/10/16
Now that Arkansas has approved the use of medial marijuana, state officials are scrambling to put a framework in place to accommodate the new law.
Arkansans approved Issue 6, one of a wave of cannabis-related initiatives across the country on Election Day. In all, eight states approved measures allowing marijuana use for either medical or recreational purposes.
Marisha DiCarlo with the Arkansas Department of Health says even though the measure passed, it's probably not a good idea to light up a joint just yet.
DiCarlo says the state health department has 120 days to develop regulations, establish a department to regulate medical marijuana, and develop a budget. She says once things are up and running, the state will issue registry cards to qualified patients and designated caregivers and maintain a listing of approved dispensaries.
Marijuana advocates say Arkansas is part of a national movement to approve its use. Paul Armentano with NORML says states quickly are adopting marijuana use laws.
He says the next step is to get the federal government to drop its ban on marijuana, which he calls a pointless policy.
State officials will post information on their progress on the health department's website and will operate a telephone hotline to answer questions.
LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL APPROVES EMERGENCY CLAUSE FOR ORDINANCE 2016-1 1/10/16
Tuesday night during the regular meeting of the Lockesburg City Council, aldermen approved the emergency clause for an ordinance establishing rates for services rendered by the Lockesburg water and sewer system.
Last month, aldermen voted to increase water rates to $23.27 for the first 1,000 gallons and to increase sewer rates from $19.43 to $21.20. The extra funds will be used to secure a grant from the USDA so the city can install a new sewer line from the Holly Lane lift station to the city’s sewer pond.
According to Andy Franks of A.L. Franks Engineering, the project will cost about $300,000.
Aldermen then passed a policy stating the city will no longer accept cash in the drop box for water bills. According to the new policy, the City of Lockesburg will only accept a check or money order as payment for a water bill if it is left in the drop box.
Mayor Danny Ruth provided aldermen with a cost proposal to run a water line to a residence that is south of town, just outside the city limits. Aldermen decided to give the property owner the option of being annexed into the city and the city paying the cost for installing the water line or remain outside the city and the property owner pay for the installation.
Ruth also informed the council that the state changed
the city's water tank inspection schedule from annually to
biannually, which should save the city some money.
Aldermen also approved two building permits.
One was for Rusty Williams who plans to add an office to his shop building and the other was for the First Baptist Church for the construction of a storage building.
SEVIER COUNTY HEALTH UNIT TO HOST A SAFETY BABY SHOWER 11/10/16
Marci McCullough is an Registered Nurse and Clinic Coordinator at the Sevier County Health Department and she invited area Pregnant women and postpartum women with children up to a year old department's Safety Baby Shower which is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th at 5:30 p.m. at the health unit on Fourth Street in De Queen.
McCullough said they will be offering information about home safety, safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma and child passenger safety.
Sevier County Health Unit Director, Deborah Hedge stated each participate will receive a new car seat and it will be professionally installed for them.
McCullough also said participates will receive shower gifts including various home safety products and instructional DVDs in a festive, shower-themed atmosphere, complete with refreshments, decorations, games and prizes.
McCullough said they will be holding the shower on World Prematurity Day to help bring awareness to Arkansas' rising premature birth rate.
According to the March of Dimes report, the state's premature birth rate increased to 10.8 percent from 10 percent last year.
Ed McCabe is the chief medical officer for the March of Dimes and he says that this is unacceptable in a country with some of the best health care in the world.
McCabe says early births cost the nation $26 billion dollars a year in avoidable medical and social costs. He adds that children who survive an early birth are likely to face a lifetime of serious health problems based on their mother's choices during pregnancy.
McCabe sees the increasing rate of premature births as a major public health issue.
McCullough said the Safety Baby Shower is being presented in partnership with the Sevier County Health Unit, the Sevier County Coalition and many other community partners.
McCullough said space is limited and to sign up contact the Sevier County Health Unit by calling 870-642-2535.
THE TALLEYS IN CONCERT THIS FRIDAY 11/10/16
The Talleys will be in concert this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Ridgeway Baptist Church in Nashville.
The Talleys are one of Christian music's most beloved and respected families. Their commitment to excellence and creativity in music has been their trademark since their illustrious career began, and their clear communication of the gospel is a defining characteristic of a Talley concert.
The Talleys began in 1984 and enjoyed many years of success, including a Dove Award and numerous Singing News Fan Awards. Following a three-year hiatus, the Talleys began performing together in 1996 with the current lineup of Roger, his wife, Debra and their daughter, Lauren.
The Talleys have appeared on the Gaither Homecoming video series and concert tour, as well as In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley and John Hagee Ministries. They have appeared on RFD-TV's "The Music City Show," and have toured overseas.
The Talleys are a self-described "normal family," but whether they grace a concert hall, a church platform or enjoy a ball game on TV at home, they are dedicated to God and family.
The church is located at the corner of Peachtree and Hearn on the Prescott Highway. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken. If you need more information, call 870-557-3597.
LITTLE RIVER COUNTY VOTES APPROVE ALCOHOL SALES 11/9/16
Tuesday night, Little River County voters approved the sell of alcohol by almost 1,000 votes.
According to the Kirk Babb, the spokesperson for the Vote for Growth committee, this was the first time in 70 years that the residents of the county had voted on the issue.
Now, the Ashdown City Council and the Little River County Quorum Court will decide if a special sales tax will be placed on the sell of alcohol. According to Babb, it will take a few more months before all of the details are sorted out.
With the approval of alcohol sales, businesses like EZ-Mart, Wal-Mart and Brookshire's will be able to apply for a liquor permit from the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
State law restricts the number of liquor stores that are allowed in the county. State law allows one liquor store per 5,000 residents. Little River County has a population of 13,171 and that will allow two liquor stores in the county.
According to a study by the University of Arkansas, if Little River County had been wet in 2015, it would have generated about $2.3 million dollars in alcohol sales, providing an additional 1.9 percent in county sales tax revenue. That would have provided more than $100,000 in additional county and city sales tax revenues.
The study also reported it would have created 11 local jobs and provided over $325,000 in labor income.
WALRAVEN DEFEATS INCUMBENT GREGORY IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE 11/9/16
Ashdown Police Captain Bobby Walraven was elected as the Little River County Sheriff and Collector on Tuesday.
Walraven received 2,724 votes to incumbents Gary Gregory's 2,473 votes and is the first Republican sheriff ever to be elected in Little River County.
Walraven told KDQN after the election that he plans to bring some experience to the sheriff's department.
Gregory was originally elected in 2012 and served for the past 4 years.
Bottom L to R: Pace Frachiseur, Kolton Dockins, Monica Rivas, Raegan Frachiseur, Katie Williamson, Kyleigh Midgett, Alley Stinson, Jake Sawyer, Kyle Williamson, Jacob Seymour, Kaidon Davis
Middle L to R: Drake Boatright, Brayden Frachiseur, Attalee Frachiseur, Hunter Frachiseur, Kaidyn Dockins, Megan Midgett, Evan Wolcott, Blake Sawyer, Brady Haarmeyer, Landon Frachiseur, Kynadee Helms
Back L to R: Darian McBroom, Andrew Shelton, Allyson Shelton, Abbi Stinson, Amber Morris, Ethan Wolcott, Kane Faulkenberry, Brennen Seymour, Veronica Rivas, Danielle Beck, Madison Bagley, Aubrey Seymour, Carlee Helms, Zoe Helms
DE QUEEN RESIDENT KILLED IN FATAL ACCIDENT IN OKLAHOMA 11/8/16
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported one man was killed Monday morning when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line and struck a semi-truck head-on on U.S. Highway 70 West about 15 miles east of Broken Bow.
Twenty-two year old Juan Carlos Bolanos-Lopez of De Queen was pronounced dead at the scene after his 2014 Toyota crossed the center line and struck a 2013 Mack truck that was being driven by 44-year-old William Beam of Valliant, Oklahoma.
Beam was transported to the McCurtain County Hospital to be treated injuries that he sustained in the accident.
According to the incident report, the accident happened at about 4:42 a.m. and officers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are trying to determine why Lopez's vehicle crossed the center line.
DE QUEEN DISTRICT INFORMS STATE THEY ARE PROCEEDING WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOF PROJECT 11/8/16
Monday night, De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill informed the De Queen Board of Education that the district had submitted a letter to the state department of education informing them that the district is going to proceed with its Middle School roof project.
Hill informed KDQN that the project has been approved, but they won't know until May if the project will be funded or not by the state.
Hill said the middle school also has a drainage issue and they may need to install a gutter system to help with the problem.
Hill also reported the district has updated its security camera system. He said the upgrade cost about $93,000 but the district used NSLA funds to cover the majority of the cost.
The district's technology director, Nina Land, informed the board that the state was installing a fiber optic cable. She said the new cable will provide the district with 10 Gigs of internet service, which is more than any other district in southwest Arkansas. Hill said the project will cost over $437,000, but it qualifies for E-rate reimbursement and the district's 10 percent will come out of NSLA funds.
Hill also announced the district has started its drug testing program.
Board members also approved the purchase of a new sound system for the gym. The winning bid was from C & C Audio and Video of Little Rock. Land reported the district used C & C to install the video equipment in the auditorium and cafeteria.
The December meeting of the De Queen Board of Education is Monday, December 5th at 5 p.m. in the administration building.
UA COSSATOT POLICE OFFICERS PARTICIPATE IN RED RIBBON WEEK 11/8/16
UA Cossatot Police Officer took part in the Red Ribbon week activities with students from the De Queen and Horatio High Schools who are also enrolled in technical classes at the college.
The exercise was coordinated by Waco Jackson who is a Medical and EMT instructor.
The demonstration was about interaction with law enforcement before, during and after a traffic stop. Students were told the motorist rights as well as the expectation of the officers. The goal was to educate new drivers and facilitate a better relationship between motorists and the police.
TRASH ROUTE RUNNING ONE DAY EARLY IN DE QUEEN 11/8/16
Friday is Veteran's Day and De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy announced the De Queen City Hall will be closed.
McKelvy also reported the city's trash routes will be run one day early this week.
The Sevier County Courthouse will also be closed this Friday along with the county library system and the county landfill and satellite stations.
The county libraries, landfill and satellite stations will reopen Saturday morning at their regular times.
AREA STUDENTS INDUCTED INTO ARKANSAS PURPLE CIRCLE CLUB 11/8/16
Ethan Wolcott and Amber Morris of De Queen, along with Grace Harris of Horatio and Kalli Smith of Gillham were all inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club on Saturday, October 29th.
Wolcott had the Grand Champion Saanen Junior doe, the Grand Champion Saanen Senior Doe, the Grand Champion Toggenburg Junior Doe, and the Grand Champion Toggenburg Senior Doe at the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show.
Morris had the Grand Champion Commercial Gilt; Harris won the Senior Commercial Heifer Showmanship Award and Smith won the Junior Exotic Breeding Beef Showmanship Award.
The awards were presented by Arkansas Farm Bureau Vice President Rich Hillman.
The Purple Circle Club is an awards program that recognizes junior livestock exhibitors who earned championship honors at the Arkansas State Fair. It is sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau.
Kalli Smith Amber Morris Grace Harris Ethan Wolcott
LOVING PLEADS GUILTY 11/7/16
Twenty year old Aaron Loving of De Queen pleaded guilty to the charge of first-degree murder Friday for the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Amado Gallardo of De Queen.
Loving also plead guilty to kidnapping, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a certain person before 9th Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan in the Sevier County Circuit Court.
Loving was sentenced to 40-years for the first degree murder charge, 10-years for the charge of aggravated robbery, 10-years for kidnapping and six-years for felony possession of a firearm by a certain person.
Loving will be required to serve 70 percent of his 40-year sentence on the first degree murder charge and of the 10-year sentence on the aggravated robbery charge before he is eligible for parole.
Loving was arrested on February 28th after a local resident reported someone had been shot at a trailer park in De Queen.
When officers arrived at the scene, the discovered Gallardo's body with a gunshot wound to the face.
According to Gallardo's family, Loving had been staying with him for a couple of nights and Gallardo had asked Loving to leave.
While officers were looking for Loving in Sevier County, they were notified by the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office that TraShaun Mall had reported that he had been kidnapped and forced to drive to Oklahoma. He said Loving also stole his car and choked him.
A Broken Bow Police Officer located the stolen vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, but Loving fled and a high-speed chase started. The chase ended in the parking lot of the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office where Loving was taken into custody.
POLLING LOCATIONS IN SEVIER COUNTY 11/7/16
Sevier County Clerk Debbie Akin announced the polls will open at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday for the 2016 General Election. She also reported about 28 percent of the registered voters in Sevier County have cast their ballots early.
The following polling sites will be open in Sevier County on Tuesday:
Bear Creek West at the De Queen Community Building in the Herman Dierks Park
Bear Creek East at the Geneva Baptist Church
Ben Lomond at the Ben Lomond Community Building
Clear Creek 1 at the Central Community Building
Clear Creek 2 at the J.L. Walker Fellowship Hall in Horatio
De Queen North Central at the Kern Heights Baptist Church
De Queen Northwest at the De Queen Church of Christ
De Queen Southwest Kern Heights Baptist Church
De Queen East at the De Queen Community Building in the Herman Dierks Park
Jefferson at the Geneva Baptist Church
Mineral at the De Queen-Mena Educational Co-op in Gillham
Monroe at the De Queen Church of Christ
Paraclifta at the Ben Lomond Community Building
Red Colony at the Lockesburg Methodist Church
Saline West at the Geneva Baptist Church
Saline East at the Lockesburg Methodist Church
and, Washington at the Ben Lomond Community Building.
POLLING PLACES IN LITTLE RIVER COUNTY 11/7/16
Polls will open on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. for the 2016 General Election.
The following polling sites will be open in Little River County:
Arden Township at the Arden Community Building
Arkinda Township at the King Ryder Church in Winthrop
Ashdown Ward 1 at the Ashdown First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall
Ashdown Ward 2 at the Ashdown Church of Christ in the fellowship hall
Ashdown Ward 3 at the Ashdown Church of the Nazarene in the fellowship hall
Burke Township at the Winthrop City Hall
Caney Township at the Cerrogordo Fire Department
Cleveland Township at the Wilton Schoolhouse
Franklin Township at the Millwood Baptist Church
Foreman Ward 1 at the First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall
Foreman Ward 2 at the First Baptist Church in the fellowship hall
Foreman Ward 3 at the Foreman School Agricultural Building
Jackson Township at the First Baptist Church of Foreman in the fellowship hall
Jefferson Township at the Ashdown Church of Christ in the fellowship hall
Jewell Township at the King Ryder Church in Winthrop
Johnson Township at the Odgen Community Building
Lick Creek Township at the Oak Grove Baptist Church
Little River Township at the Winthrop City Hall
Red River Township at the Richmond Church in Ashdown
and the Wallace/Richland Township at the Wallace Fire Station.
EARTHQUAKE IN OKLAHOMA FELT IN ARKANSAS 11/7/16
A 5.0 magnitude earthquake in central Oklahoma was felt in Southwest Arkansas Sunday evening.
According to the Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 7:44 p.m. about a mile west of Cushing, Oklahoma and was felt in De Queen, Little Rock and Kansas City, Missouri.
Authorities in Cushing reported quite a bite of structural damage in the area.
Cushing is called the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World" because it is the home of the Cushing Tank Farm, which is touted as the world's largest oil storage facility.
According to the Geological Survey, there have been 19 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week, including a 4.5 magnitude quake that struck the northern part of the state last week.
Scientists have linked Oklahoma's increase in earthquakes to the underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has shut down some disposal wells and ordered a reduction in the amount of wastewater that is disposed in others.
VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATIONS 11/7/16
Area schools will be hosting several Veterans’ Day Celebrations this week.
The Wickes Elementary of the Cossatot River School District will be honoring Veterans with a special breakfast and musical program on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:15 a.m. in the Holbert Auditorium.
At 9 a.m. there will be musical program featuring the students of the Wickes Elementary and the program will also include a slide show presentation at 10 a.m. featuring photos of veterans from the local area. If you have a picture of a veteran, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to have them included in the school's presentation.
At Ashdown, the junior high school will be hosting a Veteran's Day breakfast on Friday, November 11th from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Veterans will be served sausage and biscuits, assorted muffins, fruit, coffee, juice and milk at no charge.
Ashdown Junior High School Cafeteria Manager Cindy Blanton said she hopes area veterans will gather to swap war stories and fellowship with students and other veterans.
The Umpire School of the Cossatot River School District is inviting area veterans and their spouses to a breakfast that is being sponsored by the Umpire student council and prepared by FCCLA students on Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the high school lobby.
There will also be a brief program in the Rock Building to honor all veterans at 10:20. Veterans are also encouraged to stay and visit with the students throughout the morning.
SEVIER COUNTY 4-H CLUBS REORGANIZING 11/7/16
The Sevier County 4-H clubs are getting organized for the new year and 4-H Program Assistant, Dawn Fortner-Leeper said the purpose of 4-H clubs is to give youth ages 5 to 19 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 in 4-H clubs have an opportunity to compete in a number of competitive activities, attend camps, and earn scholarships for education.
Leeper announced Monday morning that the Sevier County Teen Leaders Club will be meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in Room 205 on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.
She said area young people can also join one of the following nine clubs.
Leeper said the Chapel Hill Club is led by Carla Cowling and they Chapel Hill Club meets at various times . She said the Happy Face Club is led by Michelle Sawyer and Christy Hicks and they meet the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the home Leroy and Sandra Nunn on Highway 329. The Lakeside 4-H Club is led by Wilma Morris and they meet the second Tuesday on the month at 7 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Building in De Queen. The Gillham Tigers Club is led by Dianne Rosson and they meet the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Gillham Volunteer Fire Department. The Froglevel Hoppers Club is led by Stacia Cranford and they meet the first Monday of the month after school at the Horatio High School in the Agri room. The Shooting Sports Club is led by J.P. Atkins and they meet at various times. The Teen Leaders Club is led by Harrell Sherwood. The Goin' Showin' Club is led by Katrina Frachiseur and they meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building in De Queen. And, the Legacy 4-H After School Club is led by Susan Shelton and they meet after school at the Legacy Academy.
Leeper said for more information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits; contact the Sevier County Cooperative Extension Service office at 870-584-3013. The extension office is in the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.
ASHDOWN TEACHERS OF THE YEAR 11/7/16
Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders announced the Ashdown School District Teachers of the Year this week.
Ashdown Junior Highs School teacher Sarah Hadaway was named the junior high and district Teacher of the Year.
Sanders said Hadaway was a graduate of Ashdown High School and Texas A&M University and has been teaching for 28 years. He said she taught 2nd grade for 10-years and 4th grade for 3-years. He said she was the lower elementary literacy coach for 3-years and she has taught 7th grade reading and is currently teaching 8th grade.
Sanders said Hadaway embraces the Google world and is an advocate for technology in the classroom.
Donna Gabbard was named the Ashdown Elementary Teacher of the Year; Janet Phillips was named the L.F. Henderson Teacher of the Year and Ryan Murray was named the high school Teacher of the Year.
UA COSSATOT LEGACY CAMPAIGN RECEIVES ANOTHER DONATION 11/7/16
The UA Cossatot Foundation announced they have received another donation to further the Legacy 2020 Campaign.
Tres Agaves Restaurant co-owners Edgar Tejeda, Daniela Aguilar and Daniel Martinez made the donation as part of the Legacy 2020 Campaign and as a result of that donation, the board room on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot will be renamed the Tres Agaves Board Room.
Dustin Roberts is the college's Coordinator of Development and he said Tres Agaves has been an incredible partner for UA Cossatot for a number of years. He said they sponsor Diversity Fest and the Colt Bolt 5K, as well as funding scholarships.
Roberts said it was also inspiring to see another small business want to support the growth of UA Cossatot.
The Legacy 2020 Campaign is focusing on donors and corporations that wish to invest in the growth of the college on all three campuses. For every donation amount there is a naming opportunity that exist for donors who wish to leave a legacy for future students.
Martinez said it's a wonderful opportunity to work with the college, because many of their employees have taken classes at the college.
Roberts said the Legacy 2020 Campaign is flexible and the foundation can issue an invoice quarterly, annually, or at the time of the initial investment.
For more information on the Legacy 2020 Campaign visit the college's website at www.cccua.edu/ua-cossatot-foundation/legacy2020.
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