AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN MINERAL
SPRINGS BANK ROBBERY 7/26/16
County Sheriff's Office is searching for at least four suspects
who robbed the Mineral Springs branch of the Diamond Bank Monday
department says the incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m., when
three men and a woman stormed into the bank. Authorities say at
least two of the suspects were armed with semi-automatic
handguns and ordered the clerks and a customer to lie down on
then jumped over the counters and took money from the clerk's
drawers, leaving the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Sheriff Brian McJunkins reported no shots were fired, however,
the suspects are being considered armed and dangerous.
are reviewing surveillance, but the suspects covered their faces
with masks or bandanas, but law enforcement are hoping someone
will recognize their builds and or mannerisms and help them
identify and apprehend the suspects.
Police are also
working on getting a better description of a possible getaway
vehicle, which is being described as a mid-sized 4-door sedan,
possible dark blue or black, with temporary or paper tags. It
may also have black rims and tinted windows.
information that could help police identify and locate the
suspects in this armed robbery is being asked to contact the
Howard County Sheriff's Office at 870-845-2626.
The case is
being investigated by the Howard County Sheriff's Office, the
Mineral Springs Police Department and the Arkansas State Police.
UA COSSATOT PLANS TO LIST OLD LOCKESBURG GYM ON
HISTORICAL REGISTER 7/26/16
month, UA Cossatot was awarded a $175,000 grant from the
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to help restore
the old Lockesburg gym.
Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole informed KDQN that Cossatot plans to
restore the old gym to its 1952 condition.
they plan to remove the newer lobby and expose the old windows,
renovate the old restrooms that are under the stands and restore
the stage to a useable condition.
Cole said when
the project is finished he plans to list the old gym on the
Arkansas Historical Registry.
Cole said the
UA Cossatot Board of Visitors held a reception during their July
11th meeting in honor of Judy Johnson's retirement. He said
Johnson worked for Cossatot since 1975 when it was called
invited area residents to visit with Congressman Steve Westerman
Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 during a Community Coffee in the
Barbara Horn Civic Center on the UA Cossatot, Ashdown campus.
registration information about UA Cossatot, call 1-800-844-4471.
KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY 7/26/16
We live in a
digital world, but there are still a lot of people who haven't
mastered all of the new devices that are available, so AARP is
offering some workshops to help senior adults adapt. The idea is
to teach people to feel more comfortable with all this modern
the director of outreach and education for AARP Arkansas, Lou
Tobian, there are several free classes being offered, ranging
from beginning courses to more advance sessions on how to use
Apps. He said it's easy to lose touch with friends and family if
you aren't able to use a computer, smart phone or tablet.
there's a beginning and intermediate courses because new
technology is being developed all of the time.
also include information on how to stay safe online.
9-YEAR-OLD MISSOURI GIRL FINDS 1.53 CARAT
On July 22nd
temperatures hovered around 100 degrees at the Crater of Diamond
State Park and because of the heat the family of 9-year-old
Grace Houston almost didn't return to the park on July 23rd for
a second day of searching for diamonds.
was determined to find a diamond and she declared that she
wanted to go back, even if she had to go alone.
much she enjoyed geology, her family planned their trip to the
Crater of Diamond State Park about six months ago and they
didn't tell Houston until a few days before they left on their
trip to Murfreesboro.
however, will be one that Houston and her family will never
forget, after she discovered a 1.53 carat white diamond while
wet sifting alongside her grandmother.
When asked if
she was going to make her diamond into a necklace, Houston said
no. Her family also suggested she save it until she gets older
and place it in an engagement ring. But, Houston said no to that
idea also and said she plans to keep the diamond in it's natural
YOUNG ATHLETES NOT AS LIKELY TO ASK FOR
Student-athletes experience mental-health issues at about the
same rate as the general student body, which is around 30
percent of students. About a third of those students will get
help, but only 10 percent of their athlete counterparts will.
providers at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City are trying
to find a way to identify those student-athletes who are at
Sullivant says the Sports Medicine Department started
administering suicide screenings for teenage patients. She says
you can't look at a young person and assume that because they're
fit and active that they don't have any issues that could lead
them down a terrible path.
organizations are taking steps to address athlete suicides,
including the NCAA, the National Athletes Trainers Association
and universities, with programs such as "Athletes Connected."
there can be an attitude in sports that you need to stay tough,
and that helps a person push through some difficulties, but she
says it can also be a problem.
knowing that a young person is struggling is the first step, and
the priority needs to be getting patients professional help.
DIERKS PINE TREE FESTIVAL IS FIRST WEEKEND IN
The Dierks Pine
Tree Festival is Friday, August 5th and Saturday,
August 6th at the Dierks City Park and Dierks Mayor
Terry Mounts said there's going to be a mini rodeo on Friday
John Hopkins is
the executive director of the Tuff-N-Nuff Miniature Rodeo
Association and he explained young people 18 and younger can
sign up to ride a miniature bull or miniature bronc. He said the
MRA works to instill confidence in children, one ride at a time.
anyone under the age of 18 can participate. He said the books
will be open Monday, August 1st from 6 to 10 p.m. or they can
call Stacey Janes at 870-784-3043.
the event will be similar to a PRCA rodeo, except the main
attraction Friday night is the kids.
said there will be also be mutton busting, a parade, food and
craft vendors, a carnival, timber competitions and more.
information, contact the Dierks Chamber of Commerce.
STORAGE TANKS ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS
REIMBURSEMENT FOR PETROLEUM CLEANUP IN DE QUEEN 7/25/16
Petroleum Storage Tank Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday
morning at 9 a.m. at the Arkansas Department of Environmental
Quality Headquarters in North Little Rock to discuss the
financial status of the Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund and to
consider requests for reimbursements for cleanup operations in
De Queen, Malvern, Jonesboro, England and Little Rock.
advises and assists the ADEQ and the Arkansas Pollution Control
and Ecology Commission concerning administration of the state's
Regulated Storage Tank Program.
CONGRESSMAN WESTERMAN TO VISIT LITTLE RIVER
Congressman Bruce Westerman will be attending a chamber coffee
Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Barbara Horn Civic
Center on the Ashdown campus of UA Cossatot and the public is
invited to meet Westerman.
his staff will also tour the UA Cossatot campus in Ashdown from
11 to about 11:45.
information, contact Fonda Hawthorne at the Little River County
Chamber of Commerce at 870-898-2758.
DE QUEEN/ SEVIER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE YARD
OF THE MONTH PROGRAM SET TO BEGIN IN AUGUST 7/25/16
County Chamber of Commerce President Patrick Massey announced
Monday morning that the chamber plans to re-establish the Yard
of the Month program beginning next month.
this will give the chamber the opportunity to recognize the
pride of county residents and businesses.
He said area
residents should come out and support the National Night Out
event. Students will receive a backpack from Smiles of Arkansas
Dental and school supplies that have been donated to the Sevier
County Sheriff's Office.
Massey said if
you are interested in joining the chamber, you can call the
chamber at 584-3225 or stop by the De Queen Bee to speak with
Massey or the KDQN studios to speak with Patty Sharp.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: CODE RED AT WORK 7/25/16
In February of
this year, students and teachers experienced a frightening
situation when a gun was found on campus at a school in Marion.
However, within minutes the school was on lockdown, students
found a safe location and police secured the building. No shots
were fired and no one was hurt.
reaction was set in motion when the principal activated the Rave
The Rave Panic
Button technology was developed after the 90th General Assembly
passed the School Safety Act, last year.
prepare to send their children back to school next month, the
legislature wants to remind parents about this technology that's
available to every school in the state.
Button is a mobile app that allows authorized employees of
school district and businesses to not only contact 9-1-1- when
an emergency is taking place, but also to notify their
co-workers of the incident simultaneously. The Panic Button also
enhances first responders' ability to aide during the emergency
response by providing critical campus information to 9-1-1.
Every school in
Arkansas has implemented the Panic Button system, protecting
over 495,000 students.
One month after
the Panic Button was introduced, it helped save the life of a
school employee in Blytheville, when the employee suffered a
life-threatening medical situation while at school. The school
nurse assessed the situation and then pressed the Panic Button
and was connected to 9-1-1.
personnel and 9-1-1 call centers in the state have received
training and support through webinars, regional onsite training,
continuous online support and the presence of the state's
LOCAL GIRL SCOUT COMPLETES CHALLENGING HIKE
THROUGH RAINFOREST OF COSTA RICA 7/22/16
old Destiny Kimmel, a Girl Scout from De Queen, completed
Outward Bound Costa Rica’s Rainforest, River and Reef
Destination during a seven-day tropical rainforest trek,
cultural immersion with traditional Costa Rican families and
Kimmel said the
course exceeded her expectations.
Kimmel and her
group hiked their way through untouched rainforest to the remote
village of Piedras Blancas, passing waterfalls and cloud
forests. In the village, the group stayed with local families,
practicing their Spanish skills and learning about traditions
through hands-on activities such as harvesting sugar cane.
Kimmel also tested her tenacity by rappelling over an 80-foot
After a rich
cultural experience, the group headed to the famed Manuel
Antonio National Park, where they learned about the local
wildlife and enjoyed the beach. They finished the course with a
day of rafting whitewater rapids on the Pejibaye River, a
zipline canopy tour in the rainforest, and a visit to the
vibrant artisan market of San Jose.
Outward Bound Costa Rica has been partnered with the Girl Scouts
of the USA to offer unique and exciting Girl Scouts Destinations
trips to Costa Rica and Panama. These trips provide young girls
the opportunity to see the world, meet fellow Girl Scouts from
across the nation and challenge themselves through adventure in
40th ANNUAL HOPE WATERMELON
annual Hope Watermelon Festival is set for August 11th,
12th and 13th in Hope’s Fair Park.
officially opens at noon Thursday, August 11th and
most of the arts and crafts booths will be open along with the
concessions. Highlights of the day will include the Kiwanis Bar
B Que chicken dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Fair Park
Thursday night will include the Watermelon Idol Preliminary
contest at 6 p.m. on the stage in front of the coliseum and the
group, “God’s Purpose” will be performing inside the coliseum.
Rudy Preston and Friends will perform at 6 p.m. and the Night
Hawk Band will take the stage at 7.
opens on Friday at 9 a.m. and the annual Lion’s Club Fish Fry is
set for 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Fair Park Community Center.
entertainment will feature Dave Almand in front of the coliseum
at 7 p.m. There’s also going to be a dog show and performances
by the Washington Vintage Dancers.
feature the Watermelon Festival Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
as well as, the Melon Mile Fun Run at 9 a.m.
judging and auction will take place at 10 a.m. followed by the
politically correct watermelon eating contest and then the
regular watermelon eating contest.
the Oak Ridge Boys will perform at 8:30 p.m. Advance general
admission tickets are on sale for $15 at the chamber office.
Tickets will be $20 on the day of the event. Reserved seat
tickets are on sale for $40 at uacch.edu.
watermelon will be served by the slice all three days on the
north side of the park during the 40th annual Hope
Watermelon Festival August 11th, 12th and
PRACTICING HIS DEFENSIVE DRIVING 7/22/16
morning, Patrolman Justin Gentry of the De Queen Police
Department observed a car partially stopped in the outside east
bound lane at the Seal and Hodge Insurance parking lot. The
vehicle then quickly accelerated backwards into the parking lot
and suddenly stopped. The driver then accelerated forward and
stopped just before entering the roadway.
33-year-old Victor Villaobos of De Queen, informed Gentry that
he was having car trouble.
he could smell alcohol, but Villaobos stated he hadn't been
assisted by Patrolman First Class Levi Browning and they found
an empty beer can and a full can of beer on the passenger side
of the vehicle.
arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and citied
for not having a driver’s license.
CONSUMER ALERT: SCAMMERS GOING FOR THE GOLD THIS
The 2016 Summer
Olympics are coming up, and many Arkansans are eagerly waiting
to watch the events from the comfort of their own home. Even
though many of us are not making the trip to Rio de Janeiro, con
artists are still looking for ways to scam fans.
using phishing attacks to solicit sensitive, personal
information through email. At first it appears to be a
legitimate advertisement, even using terms like "Rio" or
"Rio2016," but do not click on any links or open any attachments
in unsolicited emails because they could contain malware, which
can steal log in information, as well as expose you to identity
scammers are sending fake emails saying the recipient has won
the Olympics lottery, including a grand prize trip to Brazil to
watch the summer games. But remember it is a scam if you never
entered the contest. You cannot win a lottery you never entered.
that could reach those Olympic fans staying stateside is
counterfeit merchandise. Scammers try to capitalize on
Americans' desire to show their team spirit by advertising
clothing or Olympic souvenirs. You should always make sure the
website is a legitimate Olympic retailer, and use a credit care
instead of a debit card to make any online purchases because it
offers additional protections.
General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to help
Arkansans to not fall victim to any of these scams.
released the following tips to help you spot fake websites and
emails about this summer's Olympic Games: she recommends you
check the page for bad grammar and spelling mistakes; do not
move forward with the transaction if they only take payment
through online currency or wire transfers; use caution if the
offer sounds too good to be true; review the site's privacy
policy before submitting any personal or financial information;
and read the comments and reviews section and take note of
information on steps to take if your identity has been stolen
and other consumer related issues or to file a consumer
complaint, contact the Attorney General's office call
1-800-482-8982 or visit the website arkansasag.gov.
SMALL BUSINESS WEBSITE SEMINAR IN DE
Small Business and Technology Development Center at Henderson
State University will help small businesses create a free
website during a workshop on Tuesday, July 26th from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot.
learn step-by-step how to create a free account and an
attractive, five-page website using Weebly.
The workshop is
free because it is being sponsored by First State Bank of De
TRAFFIC DEATHS NEED MORE FOCUS FROM BOTH
Democratic party platforms this year address trade, gun
violence, even pornography, but neither party is addressing one
of the country's biggest killers, traffic accidents.
traffic accidents killed more than 38,000 people and seriously
injured 4.4 million others, according to the National Safety
Affairs news site founder Jim Hood says people in the United
States die from gun violence and in cars at about equal rates
each year. However, one of those issues receives much more
attention from politicians.
traffic deaths declined between 2000 and 2014, but then went up
last year. Nationwide, deaths increased by 8 percent, making it
the deadliest year on the road since 2008.
Hood says the
interests of the auto industry could account for some political
apathy on the issue.
finance tracking site Open Secrets notes that candidates from
both parties have received $15 million dollars from the auto
industry over the past year. That's $2 million dollars more than
the parties received from gun-rights groups, according to the
Hood says one
way to combat some of the auto industry's influence could be
through public awareness campaigns.
Safety Council urges people to avoid driving while impaired by
alcohol, drugs or drowsiness. The Council also warns against
distracted driving, saying that even hands-fee devices can
distract a driver and threaten their safety.
ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT SELLING NEW SEASON TICKET
Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders announced Wednesday
afternoon that the district approved a new season ticket program
this year. He said it's the district intent to help patrons by
offering season tickets at a discounted price while generating
some revenue for the athletic programs.
Sanders said Family Passes and Super Booster Passes will go on
sale August 1st at the Superintendent's Office at 511 North 2nd
Sanders said they will also be offering student passes for all
Kindergarten through twelfth grade students and student athlete
passes for any student enrolled in a sport, cheer, spirit or
band in the sixth through twelfth grades.
The passes are good for all home events, but may not be used for
benefit or state sponsored events. Individual game prices are $5
for high school and junior high events and $3 for junior varsity
and seventh grade events.
PIKE COUNTY QUORUM
COURT TO FRONT FUNDING FOR GLENWOOD SAWMILL GRANT 7/21/16
Submitted by KMTB
The Pike County Quorum Court has approved some assistance for
the Glenwood sawmill project, which will be opening soon.
Caddo Forest Products will be investing $50 million dollars into
the operation and has received some federal and state grants to
assist in opening the mill. One of the grants if for $1 million
dollars and will be used for a 14-inch water main for fire
protection, plus to widen the turn lane on the highway.
The City of Glenwood is contributing $25,000 towards the
The Quorum Court approved a request from the Intermodal
Authority to put up $150,000 dollars, which will be repaid to
the county after the grant funding is received. If the grant
funds come in prior to the contractors bills are due, they would
not need to use the county's funds.
DANGEROUS HEAT HITS ARKANSAS 7/21/16
Heat is one of the top weather-related killers in the nations,
and the middle part of the country, including Arkansas, will be
part of a "heat dome" over the next few days that can include
heat indexes well above 100 degrees.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Spokesperson Rafael Lamaitre
says heat kills more people than hurricanes, lightning,
tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.
Temperatures will range from the mid 90s to low 100s through
most of the weekend in Arkansas. Humidity will make it fell well
Lemaitre says Arkansas residents should act now to prepare their
families and communities by reviewing important safety
information and downloading the FEMA smartphone app.
Lemaitre says it's a good idea to postpone outdoor games and
activities and limit exposure to the sun. Drink plenty of water
and avoid caffeine, limit alcoholic beverages, and dress in
loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. It's also
a good idea to spend the warmest part of the day in
12 AND UNDER SEVIER
COUNTY ALL-STARS EARN TRIP TO DIXIE WORLD SERIES, PLANNING
SEVERAL FUNDRAISERS 7/21/16
Sevier County 14 and Under, 13 and Under and 12 and Under
all-star teams won state titles recently and earned the right to
represent the state of Arkansas at their respective Dixie World
Kyle Willis reported Wednesday morning that the 12 and Under
All-stars would be holding several fundraisers over the next
several weeks to raise funds for their trip to Laurel,
Mississippi for the Dixie World Series. He said the first
fundraiser is this Saturday at the First State Bank from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Willis said they will also host a co-ed softball tournament at
the De Queen Sportsplex on the 30th of July beginning at 8 a.m.
He said the cost is $140 a team, and the deadline to sign up is
Willis said the team will also be selling chicken dinners for $8
a plate during the tournament.
Willis said if you are interested in making a donation to the
team or if you would like to purchase a ticket to win that
30-quart Yeti cooler, contact him at 870-784-1716.
RED RIVER HERITAGE
SYMPOSIUM THIS SATURDAY AT HISTORIC WASHINGTON STATE PARK
The 10th annual Red River Heritage Symposium is this Saturday,
July 23 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Historic Washington State Park.
The cost of the symposium is $30 and that includes lunch.
There will also be a teacher’s workshop at the 1914 Schoolhouse
on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $40 for just the workshop or
$60 for the workshop and symposium.
There will be presentations on the 19th century history of the
Great Bend Region of the Red River, during the teacher’s
A bus tour of the Reading Railroad Engine is being offered for
For more information, contact the Historic Washington State Park
BUNYARD ANNOUNCES BID FOR RE-ELECTION
Bunyard announced Tuesday that she will seek re-election to a
ninth term as Alderman, Ward Two, Position One on the De Queen
City Council in November.
earned a B.S. degree in secondary education from East Texas
State University in 1987, a master’s degree in 1993, and passed
the C.P.A. exam receiving her license. After being employed for
two years as the Office Manager at the Sevier County Farmers
Co-operative, Bunyard worked for seven years as Chief Fiscal
Officer at Cossatot Community College of the University of
Arkansas. She is certified to teach both math and English at the
high school level and business and accounting at the college
level. She and her husband, Jay, own and operate radio stations
in Arkansas, including KDQN AM-FM and KILX-FM in De Queen.
Bunyard has two sons, Jacob, a sophomore at the University of
Arkansas, and Jack, an eighth grader at De Queen Jr High School.
The Bunyards are active members of the First Assembly of God
serving on the City Council, Bunyard served for three years on
the City’s Planning and Zoning Variance Board from 1995-1998.
her candidacy, Alderman Bunyard made the following statement:
“It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve you on the
City Council. My educational background and business experiences
have prepared me well to work with budgets and administer
grants, as well as understand revenues and expenditures in state
and local government. Feel free to call me at 642-3104, as I
always pledge to be accessible to listen to your concerns and
suggestions. I humbly ask for your vote and continued support.”
BOIL ORDER LIFTED FOR LITTLE RIVER COUNTY RDA;
CITY OF FOREMAN AND CITY OF WINTHROP WATER SYSTEMS 7/20/16
of Health has released the boil water notice that was issued on
July 8th at 11 a.m. by Stephen Youngblood for all of
the Little River RDA connections north of Foreman, including the
Foreman Water System and the Winthrop Water System.
This order was
issued as a precautionary measure because of the possibility
that contaminated water may have entered the distribution system
as a result of a complete loss of normal system pressure.
samples that were taken on Monday, July 18th were
found to be safe and a satisfactory disinfectant level has been
established throughout the distribution system. The water is
therefore considered safe for human consumption and the boil
water notice is hereby lifted.
The boil water
order was due to the loss of disinfection.
79th ANNUAL SEVIER COUNTY FAIR AND RODEO AUGUST
Fair Board member Linda Frachiseur announced Wednesday morning
that the 79th Annual Sevier County Fair and Rodeo is scheduled
for August 13th through the 20th. She said the 2016 Sevier
County Fair Pageant and Talent Contest will be held on Saturday,
August 13th at 10 a.m.
categories include: 0-12 months - Little Miss Tiny Baby and
Little Mr Tiny Baby, 13-23 months - Little Miss Baby and Little
Mr Baby, 2-3 years - Little Miss Petite and Little Mr Petitie,
4-5 years - Little Miss and Little Mister; the Little Miss
winner will represent Sevier County at the District Fair in
Hope; 6-8 years - Young Junior Miss, 7-12 years - Junior Miss,
13-16 years - Princess and 17-21 years - Queen. The winners of
the Princess and Queen competitions will represent Sevier County
at the Arkansas State Fair in Little Rock.
there will be a junior and senior division in the talent
contest. She said the winners will represent Sevier County in
the State fair in Little Rock and the runner-up winners will
represent Sevier County at the District fair in Hope.
contestants can register at the fair grounds on August 1st. She
said you can download an entry form at KDQN (see below) or First State
for more information, you may contact a fair board member. She
said their names and numbers are listed on the board's Facebook
page, Sevier County Fair DeQueen Arkansas.
This year, the
carnival rides will be provided by Johnson's Rides and
Concessions from El Dorado, Arkansas and the annual rodeo will
be held on Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th.
MISS and MR
Young JR MISS & JR MISS
Princess & Queen
Youth Talent Contest
Ages 6 - 12
GET RID OF IT 7/20/16
about 8 p.m., a caller reported a reckless driver was traveling
west on Collin Raye Drive and tossing beer cans out the window.
Class Levi Browning of the De Queen Police Department located
the vehicle speeding near the De Queen Regional Medical Center.
initiating a traffic stop, Browning reported he could smell raw
marijuana coming from the car.
the four occupants to get out of the car and asked them if
anyone had marijuana on their person. All four occupants stated
they did not have any marijuana.
The owner of
the vehicle, 23-year-old Michael Amason of Texarkana, Texas
finally admitted that he had two grams of marijuana in the glove
arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of a
controlled substance, marijuana.
DIERKS HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION 7/20/16
School Principal Jody Cowart announced registration has been set
for Thursday, August 4th, to issue class schedules in
the high school office for the upcoming year. Cowart said these
schedules reflect the courses that students selected last spring
during the CAP conference.
New students to
the district will create a schedule when they register.
orientation will be held on August 4th, in the high
school cafeteria, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All seventh grade
students and parents are encouraged to attend the meeting.
Students and parents will be able to tour the high school
campus, receive their class schedules, pay any fees, and address
any other questions.
ninth grade students will register from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and
tenth through twelfth grades will register from noon to 1:30
TIME TO SIGN UP FOR RODEO QUEEN CONTEST
It’s time to
enter the 2016 Rodeo Queen Contest during the Sevier County Fair
and Rodeo. The deadline to enter is at noon on August 6th.
The competition will be held at the Sevier County Rodeo Arena on
August 13th at 7:30 p.m.
Fair Board member Linda Frachiseur stated the rules and
information were established by the contest committee but for a
complete list of the rules and regulations, contact Patricia
Maben at 784-1740 or Michelle Sawyer at 784-8931.
The Rodeo Queen
will be required to hand out ribbons during the 2016 Livestock
will compete in the following age groups if there are two or
more entrants in each category: Rodeo Queen category will be
from 14 to 21 years of age on or before August, 1st;
Rodeo Princess category will be 9 to 13 years of age as of
August 1st; and the Rodeo Little Miss category will
be 8 years of age and younger as of August 1st.
If there are
not enough entrants for a queen and princess contest then all of
the contestants will automatically be put into a single category
of up to the age of 21 for the Queen’s honor.
be residents of Sevier County or attend a school in Sevier
The entry fee
will be announced during the rodeo on Saturday night, August 20th
and the winning contestant must be present Saturday night for
the crowning or she will forfeit the title.
THE WELLNESS CLINIC
PRESENTS THE 3RD ANNUAL PSA AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CLINIC THIS
SEPTEMBER 15TH 7/19/16
of the Wellness Clinic announced Tuesday morning that Dr. Jason
Lofton and his staff would be hosting the 3rd Annual Community
Health Clinic and Prostate PSA testing on September 15th.
the PSA test is a simple blood draw for men, but the Wellness
Clinic has applied for a grant to provide free lab work for both
men and women.
you do not have to be Dr. Lofton's patient. She said they will
send the results to your primary care physician.
Tatum said this
year; they are hoping to bring the Mammo Van from St. Vincent's
Hospital in Hot Springs to De Queen to provide digital
mammograms to women. She said they have 18 slots available and
you can call St. Vincent's to sign up.
Tatum said they
are hoping to host a block party again this year, like they did
in 2015, but if you need more information, call the Wellness
Clinic at 642-4000 extension 12.
ALCOHOL CONTRIBUTES TO ROLLOVER ACCIDENT
Sergeant Wayne Baker of the De Queen Police Department and two
other officers were dispatched to the scene of a rollover
accident near the health department on Fourth Street.
arrived on the scene, he noticed a vehicle partially on its side
in the alley that runs from 3rd to 4th
street between Vandervoort and Heynecker Avenue. He also noticed
a Hispanic male walking toward him.
old Jesus Martinez of De Queen informed Baker that he lost
control of the vehicle and he allegedly admitted that he had
While Baker was
speaking to Martinez, he put his hands on his head and started
walking off. Baker took Martinez by the arm and escorted him
back to his vehicle.
allegedly told Baker that he didn’t want to take the field
sobriety test because he was drunk.
charged with driving while intoxicated.
BENEFIT AUCTION AND SPAGHETTI SUPPER
auction and spaghetti supper will be held this Saturday, July
23rd at the Green's Chapel Church from 4 to 7 p.m. to help with
the funeral expenses for DeWayne Barnes who lost his battle with
cancer on July 4th.
businesses and individuals from De Queen, Dierks and Nashville
have donated items for the auction. Volunteers will auction off
a $175 rental from Moyer Equipment, a Hewlett Packard tablet, a
case of Rotella oil, a front-end alignment, an oil change, some
camping cookware, a turkey call, a spotlight, wooden benches,
some fishing items, a bicycle, homemade quilts and afghans, and
a Razorback fire pit.
The Bill Powers
Band will provide the entertainment.
The church is
located about 5.4 miles west of Dierks, but for more
information, call Dana Stringfellow at 870-582-3056, Rose
Jackson at 870-286-3186 or Tammy Smith at 870-584-8050.
DE QUEEN JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH
has been scheduled for De Queen Junior and Senior High students
beginning Monday, July 25th. High school students will also have
their pictures taken on the day they register in the auditorium.
need to call 642-2426 to make an appointment between 10 a.m. and
5:30 p.m. Juniors will have their pictures taken from 1 to 5:30
p.m. on Thursday, July 28th and Sophomores will have their
pictures taken on Monday, August 1st between 1 and 5:30 p.m.
Sophomores should make plans to arrive as early as possible to
avoid waiting in line.
students will register on Monday, July 25th at 6 p.m. Juniors
will register on Thursday, July 28th at 6 p.m. Tenth grade
students will register on Monday, August 1st at 6 p.m.
students will register from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August
2nd and ninth graders will register from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
students will register from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, August
2nd and seventh grade students will register from 1 to 4 p.m. on
Tuesday, August 2nd.
A complete list
of school supplies for De Queen Elementary and Primary students
is listed on the KDQN.net website.
HARMONY TO HEADLINE CRYSTAL MUSIC FESTIVAL AT
BOARD CAMP 7/19/16
Cheryl Murphy of the Board Camp and Crystal Mine in Mena
announced the band Harmony from Wickes would be headlining the
2016 Crystal Music Festival this Saturday, July 23rd,
Lynn Smith of
Harmony said this is the fourth year for the music festival and
the Murphy's are trying to make it into one of the premier music
events in the area.
Harmony opened for Buddy Jewell two years ago and they’re
honored to be the featured act this year.
Smith said the
event is family-friendly and there's going to be food, fun and
even crystal digging for just $10. He said visitors can dig for
crystals from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 5, there's going to be a
program honoring fallen and standing heroes and Harmony will
take the stage about 7.
Harmony has been through some changes but headlining the Crystal
Music Festival is truly a blessing.
information about the Crystal Music Festival call
IMPAIRED ON DRUGS 7/19/16
Justin Gentry of the De Queen Police Department was patrolling
on Stilwell Avenue about 2 a.m. Saturday morning when he
observed a vehicle drive left of the centerline.
50-year-old Connie Strong of Horatio, informed Gentry that she
was driving around looking for her boyfriend who may have been
walking in the area and that was why she crossed the centerline.
Gentry was then
informed by a dispatcher that Strong’s license had been
suspended. Gentry then asked Strong for permission to search her
the vehicle, Gentry found four loose pills in the pocket of
Strong’s purse. Two of the pills were white and round; one was a
white oval shaped pill; and the other pill was oval and pink in
color. Strong stated the pills were Tylenol 3’s with codeine,
Hydrocodone and Paxil.
allegedly told Gentry and Patrolman First Class Levi Browning
that she did have a prescription for the Hydrocodone at one
time, but she currently didn't have a prescription for any of
the medications that the officers found in her purse.
taken into custody and charged with possession of a schedule I
or II controlled substance that was not meth or cocaine and
possession of a scheduled III controlled substance.
TAX FREE WEEKEND IN ARKANSAS 7/18/16
According to a
legislative report, most families will spend an average of $630
this year to get their children ready to head back to school.
That estimate includes what families plan to spend on clothes,
supplies and electronics.
substantial cost to families, this time of year, is why the
General Assembly passed Act 757 in 2011. Act 757 provides a
sales tax holiday, the first weekend of August. The holiday
means state and local taxes are not collected or paid on the
purchase of certain items.
Sponsors of the
bill noted that neighboring states already had a sales tax
holiday, so legislative members passed the bill, hoping
Arkansans would shop at home.
Arkansas is now
one of 18 states across the country that offers a sales tax
sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August
6th and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 7th.
state sales tax is 6.5 percent and city and local sales taxes
vary across the state. The local sales tax is 3.375 for a total
sales tax holiday, retailers will not be allowed to collect
sales tax on clothing and footwear if the sales price is less
than $100 per item; clothing accessories and equipment if the
sales price is less than $50 per item; school supplies; school
art supplies; and school instructional materials.
information, contact a customer service representative by phone
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 501-682-7104.
Get a a
complete list of eligible purchases by
or visit www.arkansashouse.org.
recommend that parents start putting their child to bed at a
regular bedtime and keep a routine for a few weeks before school
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENT UPDATE 7/18/16
The first ever
Sevier County National Night Out event has been scheduled for
Tuesday, August 2nd at the De Queen Sportsplex and the Sevier
County Sheriff-elect Robert Gentry announced it will be from 6
to 9 p.m. and there is no charge.
several businesses and organizations are helping with the event
and he said there will be several activities for both kids and
Woods of Smiles of Arkansas Dental invited area show-offs to
participate in the Lip Sync Battle at 7 p.m. She said you will
have to provide your own music and show off your best moves.
announced Smiles of Arkansas Dental will be handing out
backpacks that kids can fill with school supplies during the
information or to register a booth, contact Beth Hughes at
870-584-8227 or Dana Gentry at 870-279-0499.
POKEMON GO THRIVES AT ARKANSAS STATE PARKS
Parks has a history of embracing the latest technology to
encourage Arkansans and others to visit the state parks. The
park staff stays connected to visitors through various social
media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and the
ArkansasStateParks.com website uses the latest design features
to make it usable on most computer, smartphone and tablet
Arkansas State Parks began the ParkCache Program which placed
geocaches in all 52 state parks and created a challenge of
finding all of them to get clues to find a 53rd geocache and a
Last week, the
park system began embracing a new game, Pokemon Go, which is an
augmented reality game that allows smart phone and tablet users
to search for and collect virtual Pokemon characters. So far,
the park system has seen numerous characters along with
Pokestops and other features showing up in Arkansas State Parks.
Park Director Grady Spann said, park staff are excited about
greeting players and he encouraged Arkansans to visit the local
state parks and enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces.
while you are in the park, remember park interpreters are there
to help keep you safe, as well as preserve the state's natural,
cultural and historical resources.
He said before
going to a park, you should check the park hours. You should
stay on marked trails and pathways while in the park. You should
carry water and wear the proper shoes.
Spann said you
should also be aware of your surroundings. He said while looking
at the screen on your electronic device, you may not see uneven
footing, real wildlife on the trail, other hikers, mountain
bikers or other potential hazards.
also be respectful of solemn areas, such as cemeteries,
monuments and museums and be respectful of other park visitors.
suggested you tag your Pokemon Go photos or any photos taken in
the parks with #ARStateParks. He said you may find yourself
featured in the park system's social media or their website.
So, go catch
them all in an Arkansas State Park.
SCHOOL NUTRITION BILLS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
Two bills that
would renew childhood nutrition programs are currently being
debated by Congress, and advocates say if approved it could
become harder for schools to offer free meals to low-income
students. Under the microscope is the Community eligibility
Provision, which permits school districts to proved free meals
to all students if they are a district with a high level of
Congress, House Bill 5003, the "Improving Child Nutrition and
Education Act of 2016," would tighten the rules in order for
schools to qualify. Jessica Hewins with the Food Research and
Action Center says that means across the nation, more than 7,000
schools serving 3.4 million students would have to reapply for
the program. She said it would impact 44 schools in Arkansas.
Those in favor
of changing the program say free meals should be given to those
who need it most, and say the funding could be used in other
areas such as summer food programs.
with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says there's a
chance the bill in the House will be modified before it's
version of the legislation doesn't include changes to the
Community Eligibility Provision.
schools that offer free food to all students see an increase in
the number of kids eating breakfast and lunch, regardless of
their family's income.
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES COULD GET HELP BUYING
truth, about child rearing is the high cost of diapers. They
cost families from $70 to $80 dollars a month per child.
currently considering legislation that would fund pilot programs
in states such as Arkansas to help low-income families afford
diapers. Currently, no federal program meets that need, says
Alison Weir with the National Diaper Bank Network.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, is the only program
that provides money that could be used for diapers, but in
Arkansas that benefit is limited to $185 dollars a month for a
household with one parent and two children.
Missouri recently opted to fund diaper banks there and
California is considering a voucher to offset the cost of
children enrolled in subsidized day care. The federal bill has
been referred to a House sub-committee for consideration.
Weir says the
pressure to provide diapers often forces parents to make tough
choices. She said it's a fact that illustrated by a survey from
Feeding America in which parents shared some surprising
There are about
115,000 children under the age of three in Arkansas, and
according to the National Diaper Bank Network, about one in
three are in a family that earns less than 100 percent of the
federal poverty level.
DE QUEEN FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH SHOWING
GOD'S NOT DEAD 2 THIS SUNDAY 7/15/16
country song that says if you don't stand for something, you'll
fall for anything. In God's Not Dead 2, a high school teacher,
Grace Wesley played by Melissa Joan Hart, is asked a question in
class about Jesus, however, her answer lands her in hot water.
So, Wesley defends her faith all the way to court.
of God minister Johnathon Reynolds stated everyone is invited to
watch this movie with a message this Sunday at 5 p.m.
The movie stars
Robin Givens, Pat Boone and Sadie Roberson, along with Hart.
Reynolds said the movie is free and everyone is welcome to
attend. For more information, call the church at 870-584-3435.
DE QUEEN RESIDENT CHARGED WITH SEVERAL FELONIES
FOLLOWING DOMESTIC INCIDENT 7/15/16
evening, Members of the De Queen Police Department were
dispatched to a residence on Treating Plant Road in reference to
a violent domestic situation.
Justin Gentry arrived he interviewed the victim 29-year-old
Jessica Chandler who informed him that her boyfriend,
36-year-old Justin Ford was in their apartment asleep and that
he had been beating her all day.
reported Ford had stayed the night and when he woke up he
starting yelling and hitting her. She said he also put a knife
up to her throat and threatened to kill her slowly.
Ford put his hands around her neck but did not cut off her
airway. She told Officer Gentry that Ford would not let her
leave the apartment and anytime she opened the door he would
begin hitting her again.
when Ford went to sleep around 6 p.m., she left and ran to her
mothers house and called the police.
Baker and Jim Kight arrived and helped Gentry wake Ford up and
placed him under arrest for Domestic Battery in the 3rd degree.
and Kight noted Chandler had bruises on her arms, a red mark on
her throat, a black eye, a large bump on her head and bruised
and swollen knees.
charged with kidnapping, 3rd degree domestic battery, aggravated
assault on a household or family member and 1st degree
Ford has been convicted of 3rd degree domestic battery in 2013,
which enhanced the new charge to a class D felony.
FOREMAN WATERWORKS UNDER PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER
of Health has confirmed a boil water notice that was issued by
Eddie Smith for the entire the Little River County RDA water
system, the Foreman Waterworks system, and the Winthrop Water
system. This order was issued as a precautionary measure because
of the possibility that contaminated water may have entered the
distribution system as a result of the absence of disinfection.
Under the boil
water order, all affected customers must be advised that the
water may be unsafe for human consumption and water used for
drinking or food prep must be boiled briskly for one minute
prior to use.
precautionary boil water notice will remain in effect until the
problem has been corrected, an adequate disinfectant level is
established throughout the distribution system and a bacteria
survey shows the water is safe to drink.
This boil water
order covers the Little River County RDA water system, the
Winthrop Water system and the Foreman Water system.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN LOST IN THE WOODS
Submitted by KMTB
rescue operations increase during the summer months as more
southwest Arkansas residents take part in outdoor activities.
Vynn Stuart is
the K-9 handler for the Little River County Sheriff's Office and
she works with other area law enforcement agencies, even
traveling to neighboring states to assist in search and rescue
Stuart says her
work can range from finding lost children to rescuing drowning
victims. She said the best advice she can give someone that's
participating in outdoor activities, is to be aware of their
surroundings and stay safe while participating in whatever
summer activity their engaging
this advice is as important for adults as it is for kids. She
said a couple of Texas residents were recently injured at the
Albert Pike blue hole while diving off the cliffs.
Stuart says you
should always wear the appropriate gear for hiking and to make
sure you have backup supplies. She said stay aware of the heat
and to watch for the signs of dehydration and heat stroke.
Stuart's K-9 is
trained in all types of weather and situations ranging from
buildings to vehicles and she conducts instructional programs
for the public.
Stuart said she
conducts one program that teaches children what to do if they
get lost. She said kids should not wander around when they're
lost, but they should stay put until someone finds them.
information, contact Stuart at 903-826-5094.
MINERAL SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT MOVING FORWARD ON
NEW CONSTRUCTION 7/15/16
Submitted by KMTB
Springs School District continues to move forward with
preparations for the construction of a new school building,
which is expected to begin later this year.
Curtis Turner informed the Mineral Spring Board of Education
that the district is working to remove any barriers that could
add extra expenses to the project. He said school maintenance
employees were cutting down trees, removing fences and moving
the ACB Head-Start and the Pre-School programs were being moved
from the Mineral Springs campus to the Saratoga campus. He said
they have already moved the administration offices to Saratoga.
Turner said the
district is working everyday to make the new building project
happen, while not costing the Mineral Springs taxpayers anything
Turner said the
project will go before the state board of education for final
approval in August.
Turner said the
architect fees have reached $260,000, but the district's
year-to-date finances were up two and half-million dollars over
WORK HAS STARTED ON DIERKS SEWER POND
Terry Mounts reported he informed the Dierks City Council that
the city's audits were underway and the audits for the city's
water, sewer and sanitation accounts will begin soon.
reported work has started on the city's new sewer lagoon.
Mounts said the
Dierks Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Pine Tree
Festival on Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th in the
this year's festival will feature a mini rodeo on Friday night
and the festival will conclude with the 4th annual
Ultimate Challenge Bull Riding and freestyle bull fighting
they will also have other events and vendors throughout the two
The next Dierks
City Council meeting has been scheduled for Monday, August 8th
in the city hall conference room.
CITY OF DE QUEEN HAS ORDINANCE CONCERNING YARD
SALE SIGNS 7/14/16
The City of De
that City has an ordinance
concerning garage and yard sale signs within the city limits.
Ordinance number 839 states garage and yard sale signs can't be
any larger than eight square feet and only one sign per sale may
be placed at any intersection.
garage or yard sale signs can be place, affixed, stapled, glued,
or taped to any utility pole, street sign, tree, stop sign or
fence within the city limits. He said garage and yard sale signs
cannot be placed on public property before 6 p.m. the night
before the sale and they must be picked up within one hour after
the sale or by 7 p.m., whichever one comes first.
should also remember that they can only have one
(2-day) garage or yard sale per quarter of the year, that means
one garage sale every three months at a particular address.
The City of De Queen would like
to thank the citizens of De Queen and the surrounding communities
for helping keep De Queen and the county clean.
ASHDOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT RENOVATING KINDERGARTEN
during the regular July meeting of the Ashdown Board of
Education, Superintendent Jason Sanders stated he hopes to hold
the January board meeting in the old high school building after
the renovation project is finished.
reported the district was renovating six Kindergarten classrooms
on the elementary campus and, they’re making some cosmetic
upgrades on other campus as well.
night, board members heard a presentation from Kyle Miller who
is the on-site manager of Renke Janitorial Services of
approved Sanders recommendation to hire Renke for one-year at
$8,416 a month. Sanders emphasized no school employees will lose
their jobs and the contract is only for the academic areas in
the high school, at this time.
also approved a recommendation to change their landline phone
system to a Voice-over IP system. Sanders said an internet phone
server will be installed at the high school and will connect the
district's 120 extensions.
reported the district was in good financial shape and they were
able to transfer over $350,000 to the district's building fund
on June 30th.
NO CONTESTED SCHOOL BOARD RACES IN SEVIER
Clerk Debbie Akin announced Wednesday afternoon that there are
no contested races in the De Queen or Horatio School Districts.
Akin said the
only candidate to file for the De Queen School District Zone 3
position was incumbent, Gloria Caldwell.
candidate to file for the Horatio School District Zone 1
position was incumbent, Joe Jones Jr. and the only candidate to
file for the Horatio School District Zone 4 position was
incumbent. Sherri Hodges.
candidates will serve a five-year term.
Akin said the
September School elections will be conducted by Absentee and
Early Voting only.
information, contact the Sevier County Clerk's office at
SEVIER COUNTY FARMER'S MARKET IS OPEN
Angela Smith of
the Sevier County Farmer's Market reported the market has been
having some special vendors this summer at the farmer's market
and they've been offering all kinds of fruits and vegetables and
they've also been having a wide variety of baked goods and
Smith said the
market is open from 7:30 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday
and it's not to late to participate during this year's market.
information, visit the market's Facebook page at Sevier County
Farmer's Market or call 870-642-2718.
LOCKESBURG RESIDENT CHARGED WITH RAPE
with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office reported a Lockesburg
resident has been charged with rape following an incident that
was reported on June 14th.
the incident report, Sandra Denning reported her 13-year-old
daughter had been raped by 36-year-old Barry Smith of Lockesburg
Monday evening, June 13th at her home, which is located at 122
Peck Street in Lockesburg.
Sheriff's Deputy Matt Webb interviewed the victim at the De
Queen Regional Medical Center emergency room on the 14th of
The victim told
Webb that Smith entered her bedroom between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
and took off her clothes before getting in bed with her and then
raping her. She said she texted a friend after he left and told
him what had happened.
Later that day,
Smith was interviewed by Sevier County Investigator and
Sheriff-elect Robert Gentry at the sheriff's office. According
to the arrest affidavit, Smith denied the allegation, however,
it was noted that Smith had been investigated by the Arkansas
Department of Human Services for sexual assault of the same
victim, last year.
The DHS case
was reportedly unfounded and closed.
Smith is being
charged with rape, which is a class Y felony. If convicted,
Smith could face up to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of
DE QUEEN ORDINANCE REGULATES SOLICITORS,
PEDDLERS, HAWKERS, ITINERANT MERCHANTS OR TRANSIENT
during a meeting of the De Queen City Council, Mayor Billy Ray
McKelvy informed aldermen that the city has started getting
calls from door-to-door solicitors inquiring about the city’s
informed aldermen that city ordinance 927 regulates the
activities of solicitors, peddlers, hawkers, itinerant merchants
and transient vendors of merchandise, goods and services.
explained the ordinance does not apply to city residents who are
selling fruits, vegetables, or farm products which were produced
on land which is owned by the resident.
It also does
not apply to solicitations made by charitable, educational or
religious organizations which operate on a not-for-profit basis.
DIERKS PINE TREE FESTIVAL IS FIRST WEEKEND IN
The Dierks Pine
Tree Festival is about four weeks away and the Dierks Chamber of
Commerce is busy scheduling all kinds of activities.
Jerry Mounts is
the Director of the Dierks Chamber and he said this year’s Pine
Tree Festival will be held Friday, August 5th and
Saturday, August 6th at the Dierks City Park.
Mounts said the
featured event Friday night will be a mini rodeo and Saturday
night will feature the 4th annual Ultimate Challenge
Bull Riding and freestyle bull fighting event. Mounts said there
will be also be mutton busting, a parade, food and craft
vendors, a carnival, timber competitions and more.
information, contact the Dierks Chamber of Commerce.
MINERAL SPRINGS RESIDENT SEEKS ADDITIONAL
INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS 7/13/16
citizen addressed the Mineral Springs City Council Monday night
during their regular monthly meeting concerning internet access
within the city.
informed the council that he has internet through the town’s
only provider, Walnut Hill Telephone Company. He stated he pays
$96.88 a month for two mbps speed service. Mays told the council
that internet service through Walnut Hill is very expensive on
families that are seeking services like email and entertainment.
officials reported they have no plans to make any changes to the
services that they are currently offering.
Tullis stated the city has a franchise agreement with Walnut
Hill for telephone service, but the internet services are
AT&T officials informed him that they might be interested in
offering internet services to Mineral Springs if there is enough
gave Mays permission to circulate a petition and to seek
signatures from residents.
then passed an ordinance to close the Park General Fund. Tullis
reported the park maintenance expenses were already being paid
out of the city’s general account. He said the state auditors
also informed him that the city was not required to maintain the
account. Tullis explained it basically deletes an extra step
when they pay park expenses.
STAR PARTY SCHEDULED AT CRATER OF DIAMONDS STATE
Diamonds State Park Superintendent, Caleb Howell, has granted
special permission to allow park visitors access to the diamond
search field on Saturday, July 29th for a star party.
He said because of the large open space, park visitors will
enjoy a great view of the sky.
Rick Floyd of
Murfreesboro will provide telescopes for viewing the visible
planets and constellations. Floyd will also be leading the event
and share his knowledge of the night sky.
will meet at the gate between the Visitor Information Center and
Diamond Springs Water Park by 9 p.m. The program is expected to
last approximately two-hours.
wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Guests may also
bring a lawn chair, flashlight and binoculars.
information, contact the Crater of Diamonds State Park at
VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN SATURDAY'S DOUBLE
Sheriff's Investigator Robert Gentry revealed the identities of
the two victims in Saturday's double homicide in Horatio.
they were 66-year-old Deborah Johnson and 70-year-old Don Brown.
the sheriff's office both bodies were found in a field outside a
home on Cottage Hill Road. The victims were the mother and uncle
of the suspect, 40-year-old Andre Johnson.
was shot and killed by Oklahoma law enforcement following a
pursuit in Broken Bow. The pursuit ended on a dead-end street
and Johnson was shot after he started shooting at the officers.
transported to the McCurtain County Hospital in Idabel where he
SEVIER COUNTY QUORUM COURT APPROVES $25,000 IN
NEW APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SEVIER COUNTY JAIL 7/12/16
afternoon, members of the Sevier County Quorum Court received
several requests for funding from the Sevier County jail, for
the purchase of a copier, mattresses and commercial laundry
Simmons asked the JPs to approve $3,470.60 for the purchase of
new mattresses. Sevier County Judge Greg Ray reported the court
approved the purchase of 74 clear mattresses.
stated the court moved some funds from one line-item to another
in the sheriff's budget to purchase a copier and they voted to
allow the sheriff to spend up to $13,000 for the purchase of a
commercial washer and dryer.
JPs also voted
to upgrade the jail's fire detection and cooling systems.
of the State Health Department introduced the new full-time
administrator at the Sevier County Health Office, Deborah Hedge
and the quorum court voted to purchase the county health
department's phone system for one dollar. Judge Ray explained
this was part of the lease agreement that the county signed
about two-years ago.
The next Sevier
County Quorum Court meeting is scheduled for August the 6th at 2
p.m. in the Sevier County Courthouse conference room.
CRUISING WITH NO PLATES 7/12/16
morning, Patrolman First Class Bucky Sawyer noticed a truck
without a license plate traveling south on Fourth Street.
asked the driver who was identified as 21-year-old Justin Myers
of Dierks for his license, registration and proof of insurance.
Myers allegedly stated he did not have insurance and that he had
not been able to register the truck since he bought it.
interviewing Myers, Officer Sawyer asked him if there was
anything illegal in the truck. Myers allegedly told Sawyer that
there was a grinder and a glass bong in the truck.
the vehicle, Officer Sawyer and Patrolman Nikki Nealy found the
grinder and the bong in a black backpack in the back seat.
Myers was taken
into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was also cited for failure to register his vehicle for over
60-days and for not having proof of insurance.
UA COSSATOT AWARDED ADHE GRANT 7/12/16
Department of Higher Education has notified UA Cossatot that
it's received a Regional Manufacturing Partnership (R.A.M.P.):
Building the Pipeline grant.
Tommi Cobb is
the Director of Cossatot's R.A.M.P. program and she said this
grant will allow so many opportunities for UA Cossatot and the
Southwest Arkansas Community College Consortium partners to
introduce area students to the possibilities of a career in the
many fields that are found within Southwest Arkansas' Advanced
the grant was submitted on behalf of a consortium of colleges,
including SouthArk, SAU-Tech, UA Hope-Texarkana and UA Cossaot,
as the fiduciary agent. She said this grant will provide over
$800,000 which will be shared between the four colleges.
Cobb said each
community college will focus on the industrial needs in their
Cobb said these
schools will be able to work side-by-side with area industries
and secondary schools, so that a concentrated effort will be
made to provide educational opportunities for students,
professional development for educators and help bring awareness
to students, their parents and our communities.
Cobb said the
schools will be able to equip potential employees with skillsets
that are targeted towards specific industrial needs. She said
the homegrown workforce will be strengthened and the future of
all Southwest Arkansas residents will be much brighter. She said
the grant will also help provide professional development to
local high school faculties and establish educational programs
in industrial technology, allow for the purchase of equipment
that will supplement these educational programs and to host
activities that will expose young students to careers that in
the advanced manufacturing field here in Southwest Arkansas.
Cobb said they
are building a pipeline from high school and college to careers.
She said the phrase Building a Pipeline is often referenced by
the Governor's Workforce Cabinet that refers to creating an
educational pipeline for students to gain skillsets that
ultimately leads to jobs, which will create a successful
economic climate in Arkansas by preparing and encouraging local
graduates to pursue high demand jobs, including but not limited
to, those stemming from industry recognized credentials, career
and technical certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's
DE QUEEN FLIGHT NURSE CELEBRATES CAREER
Jackie Wright recently celebrated a milestone in her career with
her 750th patient flight. Wright is a flight nurse for the De
Queen Air Evac Lifeteam base.
working as a flight nurse for Air Evac in March of 2009 and has
also taught nursing and history at UA Cossatot.
Wright said her
co-workers are an important reason why she loves working for Air
Evac. She also credits her husband and her parents with
encouraging throughout her career.
SEVIER COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATING
DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN HORATIO 7/11/16
from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has reported that the
suspect in a double homicide in Horatio was shot and later died
Saturday night following a pursuit involving McCurtain County
Oklahoma law enforcement agencies.
40-year-old Andre Johnson exchanged gunfire with Broken Bow
police officers, a McCurtain County Sheriff's deputy and a
officer with the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police around 10 p.m.
Saturday night. Broken Bow Police Chief Richard Wiggins said
Johnson was shooting at the officers and officers returned fire.
transported to a local hospital where he died.
involved shooting in Oklahoma is being investigated by the
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on Cottage
Hill Road in Horatio, Saturday afternoon about 3 p.m. When
deputies arrived, they found a fire in a field behind the house.
Firefighters extinguished the fire and they discovered the
bodies of a man and a woman. Deputies say they died from
apparent gunshot wounds.
reported they saw Johnson leaving the scene as they were
arriving. Deputies followed Johnson, but he was able to elude
the authorities in a silver Chevy Avalanche.
The case is
still under investigation by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office,
the Arkansas State Police and the De Queen Police Department.
CORPS TO BEGIN MILLWOOD LAKE DRAWDOWN JULY
The Army Corps
of Engineers will begin a drawdown on July 18th on
Millwood Lake for bank stabilization work at Cottonshed Park.
The lake will
be gradually drawn down to an elevation of 257.2 feet, which is
two foot below the normal pool elevation. This will take about
five days, depending on rainfall. The drawdown will last until
August 15th at which time the lake will be allowed to
refill to its normal pool elevation of 259.2 feet.
drawdown begins, boaters should exercise extra caution because
more shallow areas and other unknown hazards may appear. Also,
boaters should be cautious when launching boats during the
information call the Millwood Lake Project Office at
LOCKESBURG FOURTH OF JULY CAR SHOW WINNERS
A car show was
held in the Ida Margaret Stone Coulter Park in Lockesburg during
the town’s Fourth of July celebration and the winners were
announced Friday afternoon.
In the truck
category, Mike Mullins won the 1939 and older with his 1923 Ford
T; Jarrett Brewer won the 1940-1949 division with his 1949 Ford
F100; Joyce Banes won the 1950-1959 division with her 1954 Chevy
pick-up; Perry Rice won the 1960-1969 division with his 1965 El
Comino; Kevin Merrell won the 1980-1999 division with his 1990
Toyota; and Dakota Baker won the 2000 and newer division with
his 2003 Chevy Silverado.
In the car
category, Michael Lafferty won Class A with his 1934 Ford Coupe;
John Gore won the B Class with his 1949 Mercury Sedan; Ann and
Dean Runnels won the C Class with their 1956 Crown Victoria;
Tammy Smith won the D Class with her 1967 Chevy Camaro; Torrey
Barber won the E Class with his 1973 Volkswagen Beetle; Eddie
Polk won the F Class with his 1995 Cadillac De Ville and Keith
Smart with the G Class with his 2004 Cadillac XLR.
Jeff Blake won
the Corvette C3 division with his 1976 Corvette Stingray;
Freddie Horne won the C5 division with his 2004 Corvette
Convertible; and Jessie and Kay Smith won the C7 division with
their 2016 Corvette Z51.
Jimmy and Rita
Fitzgerald won the Rat Rod Class A division with their 1921 Ford
T and John Cates won the Class E division with his 1974 Ford
1967 Chevy Camaro won the Kids Choice Award and Kenny Horn’s
1966 Chevy Chevelle won the People’s Choice Award and the Best
of Show award.
ARKANSAS SURPLUS OPENS BUDGET FIGHT IN
The state of
Arkansas ended the fiscal year with $177.4 million dollars left
in the bank and state legislators will determine how to spend
that money during the 2017 Regular Session.
legislators are reviewing how the state performed over the past
In the fiscal
year 2016, gross collections which included all state taxes and
fees totaled $6.4 billion dollars. This amount is $19.2 million
dollars less than last year, but $42.6 million dollars more than
what the state predicted it would collect.
Hutchinson portrayed the boost in revenue last week as
validation of the $102 million income tax cut that he advocated
for and that the legislature approved last year. He also started
campaigning for some more tax cuts that he plans to propose
during next year’s legislative session.
Hutchinson’s critics say the $5.3 billion dollar budget that the
legislature approved for this year doesn’t reinstate the one
percent cut that some state agencies say last year and doesn’t
include additional funding for the state’s pre-kindergarten
program or for cost-of-living raises for state employees.
CONSUMER ALERT: SPOT SKIMMERS AND KEEP YOUR
adapting as technology continues to advance. While card reader
fraud has been around for a number of years, these con artists
are finding new ways to steal your money, like placing a skimmer
on a credit and debit card reader.
A skimmer is a
malicious card reader that goes over the existing card reader
and is designed to steal data off the card’s magnetic stripe.
These readers are small and can be installed anywhere there is a
card reader, including ATMs and at the gas pump. The thief then
clones the cards for his or her own use.
General Leslie Rutledge issued a consumer alert to educate
Arkansans about this scam and provide tips to avoid falling
victim to skimming.
suggests you check for obvious signs of tampering, like a
different color or material or graphics that are not aligned
correctly. You should wiggle everything, including the card
reader and cover your hand while entering your PIN number. She
suggests using ATMs in busy locations because scammers need time
to install the skimming equipment and are less likely to take
that risk if there are people around. Rutledge said you should
monitor your bank account and credit card transactions and to us
a credit card whenever possible because credit card transactions
can be halted and reversed at any time.
information, visit the website ArkansasAG.gov or call
KIDS WILL DRINK MORE WATER IF IT'S SERVED
A new study
offers a simple solution for getting kids to drink more water in
schools and child-care settings, it suggests we should make
drinking water more convenient.
a study in 12 middle schools. They gave some schools cold water
pitchers and some a cold water dispenser, and those two came
with cups, signage and announcements. The rest just had their
normal drinking fountains. Results showed, 20 percent more kids
drank water in schools where it was served cold, with cups.
Patel of the University of California says it's an important
finding, since most children don't drink enough water.
helps fight obesity and cavities. A study done five years ago
showed very few schools offer free water apart from their
Patel says a
recent federal law requires all school cafeterias to offer water
free of charge. She hopes this study helps districts help their
students make a healthier choice.
Patel says many
schools around the country are now opting to install filling
stations for reusable water bottles.