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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Berryville City Council Report

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The Berryville City Council met Tuesday with all councilpersons present along with Mayor Tim McKinney and City Attorney Clint Scheel.

Under new business, approval was given for Johnice Dominick, Library System Administrator, to place a banner at City Square Park advertising the Books in Bloom Literary Festival in May.

Two Requests for streetlights on Monroe Avenue and in the Southern Heights subdivision were tabled pending further study.

The March Police Activity report showed police issued 88 tickets and 51 offenses were reported. Some of the more serious offenses were rape, burglary, battery and theft. Police investigators cleared 76% of those offenses. Berryville Police responded to 15 traffic accidents in March. Most were for improper backing and failure to yield.

Mayor McKinney announced in his report that the city has decided to assign one police unit per officer. He explains....... https://soundcloud.com/kthsradio/bvcc-mayor-4-16-19

The next meeting of the City Council is May 7th at 6pm.

Ozark Mountain Hoedown Offers Half-Price Tickets This Easter Sunday

  The Ozark Mountain Hoedown in Eureka Springs is open weekends this month and this Easter Sunday they are offering half-price admission to local Carroll Countians and residents of Barry County, Mo. Mike Nichols was in our studios with Linda Boyer this week............ https://soundcloud.com/kthsradio/mike-nichols-hoedown-opening

Thanks to Mike Nichols. To call for reservations, 479-253-7725

Popular Lake Restaurant Catches Fire

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  Near Kimberling City, Coyote's Dockside Cafe and Pub caught fire last night after it closed and before it opened.

The restaurant posted on facebook early Thursday morning a photo of emergency personnel working to extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Arkansas Joins Regional Enforcement Plan Striking Against Drug Impaired Driving

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Law enforcement agencies across six states will increase patrol officer presence on roads and highways beginning later this week as part of a regional plan aimed to reduce incidents of drug impaired driving. 

Beginning Friday (April 19th) and continuing through Saturday, local police, sheriff’s deputies and highway patrol troopers in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma will concentrate patrols directed toward an effort to stop drivers who are impaired by drugs. Impaired driving is illegal in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. 

Regardless of how a driver may come to be in possession of drugs, whether the substance is prescribed or illegal to possess; driving while impaired by drugs creates a safety threat to the driver, vehicle passengers and others traveling on public roadways. 

“Drug impaired driving is a serious issue for drivers and law enforcement officers on Arkansas roadways,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “By intensifying enforcement of drug impaired driving laws we hope people will think twice before driving while impaired by any drug whether it is prescribed or not.” “Our goal is to save lives and we’re putting all drivers on notice that drug impaired driving is against the law,” said Colonel Bryant. 

Remember, “Drive High – Get a DWI.” 

Lear more about the dangers of drug impaired driving at Traffic Safety Marketing, https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov 

Medical Marijuana Growers Close to Harvest

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Growers plan to harvest Arkansas' first legally grown medical marijuana next week, and the first batch of drugs is expected to hit retail shelves by May 12 -- 2½ years after voters approved its legalization.

The plants must then be dried, cured, trimmed and packaged before being sent to dispensaries during the second week of May.

By that time, state regulators and industry officials expect a handful of dispensaries -- estimated between two and five -- to be ready to open to qualified patients and caregivers.

Patients eagerly await the opening of the first dispensary after more than two years of waiting. Arkansans voted to legalize medical cannabis in 2016, approving Amendment 98 to the Arkansas Constitution.

U.S. Condensing Toward Metropolitan Areas

The United States -- including Arkansas -- continues to condense into metropolitan areas and thin out elsewhere, according to data released today by U.S. Census Bureau.

The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers region continues its fast growth. Since 2010, the region has grown by an estimated 85,924 people. That's more than the size of Fayetteville (about 81,889 people, per 2017 Census estimates).

Most of the 383 metropolitan areas grew. Only 84 did not, including Pine Bluff, which had the highest estimated percentage population decline since the 2010 Census.

Most U.S. counties shrunk, with 1,658 of the nation's 3,142 counties experiencing a loss in population from the 2010 Census to the 2018 population estimates. One Arkansas county, Benton, at 23.2 percent, showed up in the top 50 for population growth.

Arkansas Apps for Good Festival

More than 50 Arkansas students who have spent time in their computer science classes developing mobile apps will showcase the results Thursday at the Arkansas Apps for Good Festival. 

The state's fourth annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock. An expo will be from noon to 1 p.m. to allow community members to view the students' work.

Students will give elevator pitches, hands-on demonstrations and presentations, and they will display posters and backboards for their projects.

The festival is an opportunity for each of the teams to celebrate their work.

Coding Arkansas' Future is an initiative of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in Hot Springs. It provides training to new computer science teachers in an effort to enhance computer science education.

Students were tasked with finding a problem they wanted to solve and applying new skills to make a real-life app, exploring the full product-development cycle from concept to coding to launch, an announcement about Thursday's event said.

Apps for Good started in the United Kingdom as an education technology charity. The organization works alongside educators to develop a free, flexible course framework that infuses digital learning with teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship.

Rep. Womack's Son Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

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  US. Rep. Steve Womack's son received a nine year prison sentence on drug and gun charges.

James P. Womack's prison sentence came upon his reaching a plea deal with prosecutors on April 10.

Alexia Sikora with Steve Womack's office released the following statement from the congressman:

“My family, like so many others across the nation, has experienced the devastation of a loved one’s addiction. Our son is accountable for his actions, and we respect the decision of the court. We continue to love him unconditionally and remain hopeful that he will find the recovery needed to set him on a new path forward.”

James Womack, 31, was sentenced on five charges, including possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a counterfeit substance and possession of a firearm, according to court documents.

Womack was arrested and booked into the Benton County Detention Center on Sept. 27.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast

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On Friday, April 19th, the Carroll County Senior Activity & Wellness Center will host a "thank you breakfast" to all Carroll County Law Enforcement officers, from 8am - 9:30am. 

Carla Mann with the Senior Center has more for us here............. https://soundcloud.com/kthsradio/carla-mann-law-enf-breakfast

For more information call 423-3265.

Public Interest in Riders on the Orphan Train

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The Berryville Public Library in cooperation with the Carroll County Historical Society and the Carroll County Extension Homemakers had a record attendance Monday evening for the special multi-media program on the Riders on the Orphan Train which was held at the Carroll Electric Community Room. 

Well over 100 people from Berryville, Branson, Bentonville, and surrounding areas were interested in this piece of our history. Several in attendance had family members who were riders on the train in the early 1900’s. 

The program kicked off with the Berryville Middle School students Alyvia Scroggins, Emma Hall and Karson Deatherage presented their award winning History Day program depicting the trials and triumphs of children who rode the orphan train. 

Immediately following the students, Phillip Lancaster and author Alison Moore presented a multi- media program combining live music and a video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors. Author Alison Moore did a dramatic reading of the 2012 novel “Riders on the Orphan Train” which described the life and time of riders on the train.

Time was reserved at the end for a question and answer session along with descendants of orphans who were able to tell their stories. At the end, books and DVD’s were given away as door prizes. 

For more information on this topic, one may contact the Berryville Library at (870) 423-2323. The Berryville Public Library is proud to bring this piece of history to our community. Berryville Public Library--Our Library, Our Future.

1st Annual Holiday Island Big Bass Tournament

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Coming this Saturday is the 1st Annual Big Bass Tournament sponsored by the Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce.

Anglers can put in anywhere on Table Rock Lake, but weigh-ins shall be held at the Holiday Island Marina. Lines in the water by 7am.

There will be hourly weigh ins for the big bass of the hour at 9am, 11am, 1pm and the final weigh-in at 3pm. Hourly prizes are $300, $200 and $100 for biggest fish of the respective hours. The grand prize for overall big bass is $3,000; the second overall big bass winner will get $1,000.

Entry fee is $60.00 per angler. You can register online at www.hichamber.com, or call 479-363-6059 for more information. Tournament rules can be found at www.hichamber.com.

Flu Death Totals Stand at 106

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A second child flu death has been reported in Arkansas as the season total climbs to 106.

The Week 15 flu report released Tuesday by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) also included five adults. The ADH says 71 percent of the adults were unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccine history.

The report shows the average school absenteeism rate last week was 5.6 percent among public schools. As of April 16, ADH says it is aware that 28 schools closed briefly due to the flu this season.

In Week 15, counties reporting influenza cases totaled 42, with the majority of reports from Pulaski, Crittenden, White, Craighead, Garland, Independence, and Johnson counties.

The report shows that among flu antigen tests that can distinguish between influenza A and B virus types, 93 percent were influenza A, and 7 percent were influenza B.

During the flu season the ADH produces a Weekly Influenza Report on flu activity in the state. The report also compares influenza like illness (ILI) in Arkansas to activity in the U.S. ADH says it receives reports of only a fraction of flu cases. 

Next Generation 911

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A new law will now transfer the state of Arkansas emergency to "Next Generation 911" to cover all types of an emergency contact.

The state legislature passed a new law that will upgrade and expand the state’s 911 system.

To pay for the upgrade, the state will increase a phone tax by 30% per month for each device that will include tablets and other cellular devices used.

Prepaid cell phones will also receive a ten percent tax.

Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River Reopens Thursday

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After much anticipation among wildflower enthusiasts, waterfall hunters, and hikers this spring, the new and improved Lost Valley Area of Buffalo National River will reopen on Thursday, April 18.

Lost Valley closed in early December so that contractors could begin a major improvement project to mitigate flood potential and address visitor safety and area accessibility. 

During the closure, the Lost Valley entrance road was rerouted and a new parking area constructed outside of the immediate flood zone of Clark Creek. This relocation is expected to reduce sedimentation of Clark Creek during heavy rain events, which will improve water quality in the Buffalo River less than a mile downstream.

Other new additions include an Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)-compliant parking area, trail, and access road. These features will make the Lost Valley experience more accessible for visitors of all abilities.

Buffalo National River will offer a ranger-guided hike at Lost Valley on Saturday, April 20, to celebrate the grand reopening. Participants can meet at the trailhead in the new parking lot at 1 p.m. Pets are not permitted on the Lost Valley Trail, but pet-friendly alternatives can be found on the park website.

Sig Sauer Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A leading manufacturer of firearms, ammunition, airguns, and suppressors expanded its company in Jacksonville. 

Sig Sauer held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility Tuesday. 

The facility produces brass and bullets and loads premium pistol and rifle ammunition for the military, local law enforcement, and commercial use. 

Sig Sauer President Ron Cohen spoke about the state of the art facility.

Governor Hutchinson and Congressman French Hill also talked about how this helps to boost the Arkansas Economy. 

After the ceremony, Governor Hutchinson along with Congressman French Hill and others got a tour of the new facility. 

Safest College Campuses Ranked

The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) released their annual ranking of the safest college campuses in America for 2019. It was compiled from locally-submitted police reports, FBI crime data, and other relevant information.

The top five safest college campuses are:

1. Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee

2. South Georgia State College, Douglas, Georgia

3. Elon University, Elon, North Carolina

4. Jackson State Community College, Jackson, Tennessee

5. John Wood Community College, Quincy, Illinois

See the full ranking here: https://www.alarms.org/safest-colleges/

Although test scores, tuition costs, and distance from home are typically among the top deciding factors when choosing a college, prospective students and their guardians should not forget the importance of safety. Similarly, current students and faculty should be aware of their campus crime statistics and available safety resources.

The NCHSS arrived at these rankings by comparing law enforcement and FBI crime reports from 490 colleges, excluding colleges with student populations of less than 1,000 as well as colleges that lacked any of the necessary data. The NCHSS also omitted colleges that failed to submit their crime reports to the FBI.

ArDot Awarded Grant to Improve Railroad Crossings

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Millions of dollars will be used to improve railroad crossings throughout the country.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation was recently awarded a grant from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements.

The CRISI program assists departments of transportation by directing funds to rural communities.

“The CRISI grants will help make rail systems safer and more efficient for local communities throughout the country,” Federal Rail Administrator Ronald L. Batory said.

Arkansas will receive $685,600 to improve signage and pavement markings at 298 highway-railway crossings on state and U.S. routes.

The project is expected to improve safety for motorists and reduce costs associated with highway-rail grade crossing crashes up to $1.8 million a year.

52 counties will benefit from advanced warning signs, railroad pavement marking symbols and stop lines.

Prices Still Rising at the Pump

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  If you think the price at the pump is high enough, analysts say just wait.

In the past week, gasoline prices in Arkansas rose 6.5 cents per gallon to an average of $2.51. That’s 21.6 cents a gallon more than a month ago, and 8.4 cents higher than what motorists paid a year ago.

According to GasBuddy.com, the national average also rose 7.4 cents per gallon in the last week to an average of $2.83. That’s 28.7 cents more per gallon than last month.

“The national average gas price has now risen for the 9th straight week, adding 57 cents a gallon in that time,” said Dan McTeague, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. 

He added that Americans are paying about $200 million more per day for fuel than they did at the start of the year.

“The effect of rising prices isn’t about to let up,” he warns, citing a recent rash of refinery outages and the switch to summer blended gasoline.

McTeague predicts prices will reach $4.15 a gallon in California in the weeks ahead “while the rest of the nation faces the prospect $3 a gallon by month’s end.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Quorum Court Report - Judge to Appoint Advisory Board for Possible Public Safety Sales Tax

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The Carroll County Quorum Court met in regular session Monday with all J.P.'s present along with County Judge Sam Barr and County Clerk Connie Doss.

Two people were allowed to speak during public comment. Albena Link from the Eureka Springs area told of her support for the public safety sales tax to upgrade communications equipment. Her life was saved last year by emergency personnel. Former County Judge Richard Williams said he did not believe a sales tax was necessary to pay for the upgrades and did not approve. 

J.P.'s had the discussion of the potential sales tax at the end of the agenda. J.P. Jack Deaton has been dealing with this communications issue for several years since learning the Federal Government is mandating that all emergency communications become uniform and digital as opposed to analog. The problem is..it's very expensive to upgrade all the towers, radios, and everything that goes with it. Deaton and his committee suggest we have 4 options to face this dilemma.......... https://soundcloud.com/kthsradio/ccqc-4-15-19-sales-tax-issue

J.P.'s went on to pass an Ordinance creating a Public Safety Advisory Board, to study options to update the County's emergency communication system.The Judge will appoint seven qualified members. Two from law enforcement, three from the fire service, and two city or community managers, from throughout the entire county. They would serve no longer than two years. 

In other business, Vonda Moore with Mercy Hospital told J.P.'s three new providers will be coming on board. Moore also pointed out the Mercy Green Forest Clinic was now reopened after being closed for four years.

Smile - You're on Security Camera

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Two teenagers have been cited with criminal mischief resulting from vandalism at the Berryville High School last Friday.

According to Sgt. Kevin Disheroon, Berryville Police officer and School Resource Officer, two teenagers have been apprehended. The pair entered the high school campus around 12:30am Friday morning, armed with spray paint, eggs and toilet paper, according to Sgt. Disheroon. Asst. High School Principal Joey Curtis assisted in the investigation. 

The two men were able to determine the only place in town to buy eggs was Walmart. They went to Walmart and got help from an employee to review security camera film to see if they could prove the teens had bought the items there. Sure enough, the camera showed the two buying the spray paint and eggs and between Curtis and Disheroon they were able to identify them.

One of the teens is 18 and a current student at Berryville High School and the other was a student last year. Sgt. Disheroon said the two spray painted buildings, sidewalks and doors and threw eggs and toilet papered trees. The two were identified and apprehended by 9:30 Friday morning.

They have been cited with criminal mischief and the investigation continues.

Bella Vista Man Reported Missing Found Deceased in Accident

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  The body of a Bella Vista man was found Sunday morning in the aftermath of what appears to be a motorcycle wreck, according to the Bella Vista Police Department.

Dean Eshom, 61, was found off Taransay Drive in Bella Vista. He was last seen Friday afternoon, according to police. Police received a missing person report on Eshom about 10:20 a.m. Sunday and began a search.

A civilian whose name was not released by police found Eshom's body and his wrecked motorcycle during the search. No foul play is suspected, police said. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Human Remains Found Near Arkansas High School Is Man Missing 20 Years Ago

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Authorities have identified human remains found on the campus of an Arkansas high school as those of a man reported missing 20 years ago. 

The Searcy Police Department said investigators confirmed the remains found Tuesday afternoon in a wooded part of Riverview High School's campus are those of Larry Don Madden.

Madden, who was 26 when he was reported missing in 1999, was "working and staying with a friend" in the Searcy area when he disappeared, police said in a statement, noting the investigation is ongoing.

A sophomore at the school discovered the remains while walking home Tuesday afternoon, district Superintendent David Rutledge said previously. The student who made the discovery called another student to the scene and called police around 3:45 p.m., the superintendent said.

Officials said the student discovered the remains about 50 yards south of the school’s administration building, just off of Moore Avenue.

Searcy Police Chief Steve Hernandez said the wooded area is thick and would have made it difficult to see the remains.

Parents Not Vacinnating Children - Dangerous Trend Says ADH

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A growing number of children in the state aren't getting vaccinated against what are often-considered childhood diseases, according to the Arkansas Department of Health.

State law requires children to receive vaccines for diseases such as measles, mumps and polio by the time they reach certain ages or before they start school. Parents can file for exemptions with the Health Department and cite medical, religious or philosophical objections.

The number of exemptions statewide increased about 25 percent in the past five years, from 6,397 exemptions to 8,016, according to Health Department data. The data include students who attend public and private schools, said department spokesman Meg Mirivel.

About 2 percent of the more than 8,000 exemptions in Arkansas for the 2018-19 school year were for medical reasons, the Health Department reports. About 32 percent were for religious reasons, while 66 percent were for philosophical reasons.

Dr. Joe Thompson of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement said outbreaks of measles and other diseases in the U.S are taking root in communities where people are choosing not to get their kids vaccinated.

Last week, New York City declared a public health emergency because of a measles outbreak and has ordered mandatory vaccinations in one neighborhood.

The last case of measles confirmed in Arkansas was in January 2018. Three whooping cough cases have been reported in Fayetteville schools.

State Report Card In for Schools

The state report card is in for schools across Arkansas, and there's a lot more to it than just a letter grade.

Parents can see how their child's school ranks in testing results, graduation rates, absenteeism, even discipline. They can also see how much money goes into their school compared to others in the district. 

Out of more than a thousand public schools in the state, 44 received an "F" in their 2018 performance rating. Eight of them were in the Little Rock School District (LRSD).

In a YouTube video posted Monday, Arkansas Education Commissioner Johnny Key shared the message, "The purpose of this report card is not to be a negative, but it is to be a positive creator of conversations."

You can view a school, district or the state report card at myschoolinfo.arkansas.org 

Boozman Wants Details of Landmark Reforms to Veterans Community Care

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U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) pushed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to share details on its implementation of landmark reforms to veterans’ community care programs.

Boozman, a member of the Senate VA Committee, has spoken with veterans, Veterans Service Organization officials and private sector health care providers around Arkansas who are looking forward to the expanded benefits within the VA MISSION Act, but are concerned about the lack of information provided by the VA on the program that is scheduled to come online June 6, 2019.

The senator pressed the VA on its readiness for launching this program during a hearing Wednesday. “Do veterans know what to expect on June 6? Are we being proactive to the veteran community?” Boozman asked.

Dr. Jennifer MacDonald, the Veterans Health Administration official in charge of the implementation, said a plan has been developed to educate veterans and providers about the new benefits.

John Boozman (R-AR) joined Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) to introduce the Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act to enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use GI Bill benefits and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) programs to fund their education.

Currently, individuals who qualify for Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) or the “Post 9/11 GI Bill” are, by statute, able to simultaneously use Tuition Assistance (TA) and GI Bill benefits. In late 2014, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a policy that prohibits similar concurrent usage of TA with the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR). The legislation directs DoD to update its policy and allow Guard and Reserve members to utilize both their GI Bill benefits and the Tuition Assistance concurrently, providing parity with active duty servicemembers. 

The legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND).

Monday, April 15, 2019

Tax Filing Day Today

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A quick reminder today is the deadline to file your income tax return, if you have not electronically filed or mailed in your return already.

If you miss the deadline, you could face failure to file penalties. These penalties usually begin at 5 percent of your unpaid taxes.

As of last week, the IRS says about 50 million Americans still need to file their returns.

Man Arrested for 1st Degree Murder

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The Carroll County Sheriff's office has arrested Heath Wayne Owens, a 48 year old male, for his alleged involvement in a homicide.

The arrest stems from an incident on June 17, 2017, at 361 County road 117 in Eureka Springs. Owens and the victim were at this location when an altercation occurred. Ownes stated the victim had shot herself. The death was investigated as suspicious. After crime lab results were received, it was learned Owens was the primary suspect in the death. Investigators were able to obtain evidence that links Owens to the victims murder.

Owens was arrested and will be charged with murder in the first degree.

Riders of the Orphan Train Program Tonight

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Riders of the Orphan Train presented by the Berryville Public Library is this evening, Monday, April 15th @ 6PM at Carroll Electric Community Room in Berryville.

The multi-media presentation is Free & Open to the Public

Presenters Phillip Lancaster and Alison Moore will inform and inspire as they tell the story about those who were affected by this child migration that took place from 1854 to 1929 across the country.

This program is brought to you in part by the Carroll County Historical Society and the Carroll County Extension Homemakers Club.

Friends of the Library to Host Annual Easter Bake & Basket Sale

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Photo: Shown in the photo are Friends of the Library board members assembling a variety of Easter baskets which will be sold at their upcoming Easter sale on April 18-19, 2018 at the Berryville Library., (L to R):Gayle Roberts-Stewart, Kriste-Le, Ann Richardson, Carla Youngblood, and Mary Knight. 

The Friends of the Berryville Library will be hosting their annual Easter Bake & Basket sale on Thursday, April 18th and Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Berryville Public Library located at 104 Spring Street in Berryville. 

Come find delicious homemade baked goodies, perfect for your upcoming Easter celebration! You will also find a selection of homemade treats for your pets too!

In addition to the baked goods, there will also be a wide variety of one of a kind Easter baskets for sale at various prices depending on size and content. You are sure to find the perfect basket for that some one!

Plan to come early while the selection will be at its best! 

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Berryville Public Library, which is in desperate need of expanded space to accommodate the growing educational and technological needs of the community. 

If you are unable to come to the bake sale, but would like to make a tax deductible donation or if you would like to join the Friends of the Library, contact the Berryville Public Library at (870) 423-2323.

Our Library. Our Future.

Child Abuse Prevention Month Observed

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  Children's advocacy centers across the state are being celebrated.

The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill on March 13 proclaiming April 11 as "Children's Advocacy Center Day'" in the Natural State as part of National Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

In 2018, there were over 6,000 children that were victims of abuse and were treated at the 17 centers in Arkansas, including Grandma's House in Harrison and Berryville.

There were 35,867 reports of child maltreatment in Arkansas last year. But child abuse is preventable when we come together to ensure great childhoods in our communities.

The first children's advocacy center in the state opened in 1997 in Springdale. 

Child Abuse Prevention Month Rally is planned for April 18, 10am at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.

Glass Bottles Unearthed at Crescent Hotel

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More than 400 glass bottles have been unearthed in the backyard of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs.

They appear to date from 1938-40, when the building served as Baker Hospital and Health Resort.

Norman Baker, who owned the hospital, claimed to have found a cure for cancer. But there is no evidence his concoction ever cured anyone.

According to Eureka Springs lore, in the hospital morgue, Baker had rows of jars full of samples of tumors that had been removed from patients. A full-page advertisement in the hospital's magazine included pictures of the jars.

Baker was convicted of mail fraud in 1940 and his hospital closed, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. He spent three years in the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan. Baker died in 1958.

Woman Falls to Her Death

A South Dakota woman is dead after falling off of Hawksbill Crag, according to Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler. 

Sheriff Wheeler said Andrea Norton, 20, of Hot Springs, South Dakota was visiting Hawksbill Crag on a school trip with other students on Saturday, April 13. He said she attended a college in Iowa. 

Sheriff Wheeler said Norton was trying to take a picture when she stepped too close to the edge and fell about 100 feet. 

Attempted Abduction Reported

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The Newton County (Ark.) Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of an attempted abduction of two teenagers.

The incident happened Saturday in Western Grove.

Investigators say a caller reported the two girls had been approached by a man carrying a large stick. The man reportedly said "let's go play" to the girls. As the girls began to walk away, the man then chased them. The chase lasted about a half-mile. The girls say the man grabbed one of them, then got away. 

Officers searched the area but found nobody. Investigators say he described the man as a "total meth head," saying he was slender with sunken-in cheeks with blonde hair. 

"At this point, we don't know the identity of the man, but we are taking this very seriously and are asking area kids and parents to be extra vigilant," Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said. "If you think you know who this man is, or see any such person acting suspiciously, please call the sheriff's office." 

The Newton County Sheriff's Office can be reached at (870) 446-5124.

New Laws To Help Kids Who Cannot Pay for Lunch

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Two new laws in Arkansas focus on removing the stigma when kids cannot pay for lunch at school and feeding more students in need at home.

State lawmakers passed the legislation during the past three months of the session.

The first will make sure schools use better practices when students have unpaid lunch bills.

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has heard some schools already do this under U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines but does not have a list of which ones.

Its communications director, Kim Friedman, said ADE plans to provide more information to all districts in the coming months as it goes through its training season.

"It just gives schools a chance for things maybe that they threw away in the past that are still good that they can distribute to the kids at the end of the day to take home with them," St. Sen. Lance Eads, R-Springdale, told his Senate colleagues. 

In the meantime, school nutrition directors have told the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance that oftentimes there won't be excess food, but there could be excess cost if it has to be repackaged.

Indiana recently received national attention after some of its schools teamed up with a nonprofit to provide students with take-home meals by using excess cafeteria food.

The organization combines the school food with other donations to provide kids with frozen to-go meals to eat over the weekend. 

92nd General Assembly Refers Three Issues to Voters for 2020

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The 92nd General Assembly wrapped up last week, with state lawmakers passing more than 800 new laws. 

They also referred three issues to voters to consider in the 2020 election. 

The first ballot initiative would cover the bulk of the funding for the governor's $300 million longterm highway plan. It would permanently extend a half-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2012. 

The second would make it more difficult for Arkansans to change the state Constitution. 

Many lawmakers have opposed previous ballot initiatives that ended up passing, like medical marijuana and casinos. 

The third would limit state lawmakers to serving 12 consecutive years in office. 

Voters could have two term limit proposals to consider on the 2020 ballot. 

Last month, a ballot committee filed its own proposal to set the maximum at 10 years. 

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck a similar proposal from the 2018 ballot. 

State lawmakers are now term-limited at 16 years. 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Riders of the Orphan Train Program Coming Monday

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This week on KTHS News we have been featuring information and interviews on a special multi-media event coming to Berryville Monday at Carroll Electric's Community Room.

Riders of the Orphan Train is about 250,000 children who were put on trains between 1854 and 1929 and blindly sent out to cities all across the country to be raised by new families who would want them. A very sad story to say the least. 

Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster are bringing this story to Berryville Monday, thanks in part, to the Berryville Public Library and others. Since we started this feature, we have heard from several people in the area who had relatives, or extended family members who had been brought here by the Orphan Train in the 1920's

Three Berryville Middle School 8th grade students will compete for the state title in the State History Day competition tomorrow in Conway. They researched, wrote and perform a 10 minute presentation about the The Orphan Train. Their teacher is Delene McCoy........ https://soundcloud.com/kthsradio/bvms-orphan-train-part-3

Good Luck to Karson Deatheridge, Alyvia Scroggins and Emma Hall in the competition tomorrow.

Property Owners & Farmers Along the White River File Lawsuit Against USA & Corps of Engineers

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A new lawsuit by property owners and farmers along the White River and its tributaries, including but not limited to the Black River, Cache River, and Little Red River, has been filed against the United States of America, specifically related to conduct by the Army Corps of Engineers. 

The lawsuit alleges that the Corps of Engineers has abandoned decades-old policies and practices that were designed to protect downstream landowners and farmers from flooding.

The Complaint states that, in abandoning its own policies and practices, the Corps of Engineers knew or should have known that its conduct would cause unprecedented, recurring flooding all along the White River and its tributaries.

The underlying legal basis of the lawsuit is that the Corps of Engineers has in-effect taken the landowners and farmers property, similar to condemnation or eminent domain, but has not paid just compensation for the taking.

The damages resulting from the alleged several years of flooding is anticipated to be an amount in at least the hundreds-of-millions of dollars.

The Corps of Engineers is tasked with flood-control and the of water flow amounts being released from dams and reservoirs in Missouri and Arkansas that impact the White River and its tributaries.

There are currently in excess of ninety (90) separate landowners and farmers that are named as Plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The United States of America is the sole Defendant.

A trial date has not been set at this point, as the case is still in its e

Rogers Woman Charged

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  A Rogers woman faces a domestic battery charge after she reportedly punched a child in the face because it would not stop crying.

Britney Joe of Rogers was arrested April 7 on suspicion of two counts of felony domestic battery.

Authorities spoke to another child about the situation. “According to the probable cause statement, Britney punched the child because he would not stop crying.” “Officers then spoke to another child in the residence who informed them that she was struck in the head once with a cell phone charger cord with a plug attached and was pushed from behind.”

The infant had swelling to his left eye and was holding his eye shut, KNWA reported, noted a witness told police that Joe took the cell phone cord and hit the other child in the head with it.

Joe will be arraigned May 13 in circuit court in Benton County

Two Statues to be Replaced

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill that replaces the state's two statues in a U.S. Capitol display with statues of civil rights leader Daisy Bates and country musician Johnny Cash.

Hutchinson was joined at a signing ceremony Thursday by friends and family of Bates and Cash, including the singer's daughter, musician Rosanne Cash.

The Bates and Cash statues in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection will replace statues of attorney Uriah Milton Rose and former Gov. and Sen. James Paul Clarke.

Bates was an activist and mentor to the nine black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, about 55 miles (82 kilometers) south of Little Rock.

Hutchinson also signed a bill designating Sept. 1 as the state's "Music Appreciation Day."

Two Razorbacks in The Masters

Two Razorbacks are making their debut at golf’s biggest major. Andrew Landry and Alvaro Ortiz are in the field for The Masters.

Landry was +3 at one point in his opening round but he was locked in after Amen Corner. He birdied 14, 15, and 16. The 2018 Texas Open champion shot an even par 72, he’s 6 shots back of the lead.

Ortiz is the first Mexican to play at Augusta National in 40 years. The Latin American Amateur champ birdied 8 and 17 en route to an opening round 73 (+1).

Brooks Koepka & Bryson DeChambeau are tied for the lead at 6 under.

Former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson Indicted

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A federal grand jury has indicted former state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson on 12 counts of conspiracy, bribery and fraud related to his work for a Missouri-based health care nonprofit.

Hutchinson, an attorney, resigned his state Senate seat last year when a separate federal indictment accusing him of misspending campaign contributions and lying on his taxes became public. He has pleaded innocent to those charges.

Hutchinson’s father, former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, in a statement described the charges as a “ploy” meant to increase pressure and cost to Jeremy Hutchinson. Jeremy Hutchinson is the nephew of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The 85-page indictment, filed in the Western District of Missouri, also leveled charges against the married couple who ran the nonprofit, which was Alternative Opportunities Inc. prior to its 2015 merger with Preferred Family Healthcare.

Chief Operating Officer Bontiea Goss and Chief Financial Officer Tom Goss are accused conspiracy, bribery, fraud, and misrepresenting tax returns.

Hutchinson and the Gosses had each been previously implicated in crimes surrounding the company, which for years was Arkansas’ largest Medicaid provider of outpatient mental health treatment.

Branson Teen Aces ACT Test - Mom Says He Doesn't Study

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How many people can say they got a perfect score on their ACT test?

On average, less than one tenth of one percent of all test takers earns the top score -- and one of those very rare individuals lives in The Ozarks -- and he's 15-years-old.

Matthew Parker of Branson, was only 14 when he took the ACT test.

"I was really going there to see what I knew. So, my main purpose for being there wasn't to say, okay, let me get a score that I can send to a college in the future," said Matthew. 

Matthew is already taking science classes at OTC's Table Rock campus.

"Matthew doesn't study, really for anything," said Christine Parker, Matthew's mother.

Christine says she homeschooled her son.

"He's always been very interested in a wide range of topics. Whether it's astrophysics, ancient civilizations, medieval literature, particle physics. He picks everything up," Christine said.

"Once I can get my bachelors degree, probably in some sort of physics -- then go on for PhD, go for theoretical physics of some sort -- and just do research," Matthew said, "That's my goal in my life..to do research. To further our understanding of reality."

Christine Parker is an educator for Western Governor's University -- and his John Parker is the General Manager at Chateau on The Lake. 

Walmart to Offer Reusable Bags

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Walmart will begin selling reusable bags at checkout to reduce plastic waste.

The company said on Wednesday the reusable bag initiative will start rolling out next month. Customers are increasingly demanding environmentally friendly products and packaging. Placing the bags at checkout will "increase customer convenience," the company said in a press release. 

The reusable bags are made out of recycled plastic and will be available for purchase for 98 cents. 

Walmart's move comes as retailers and governments seek to move away from single-use plastic bags and items. Kroger said it would eliminate plastic bags at stores by 2025. Starbucks said it will phase out plastic straws from all of its stores by 2020. New York is poised to become the second state after California to ban single-use plastic bags and the European Parliament has approved a law banning a wide-range of plastic items, such as straws, cotton buds and cutlery, by 2021. 

Walmart in February pledged to drastically reduce its plastic waste and said it would try to offer 100% recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging for its private brand packaging by 2025. 

Most plastics don't biodegrade, and the massive amounts that are piling up in landfills emit greenhouse gases and contribute to global warming. Plastics are expected to outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050, according to a report from the World Economic Forum. 

Walmart, which has more than 2 million employees worldwide, has also been working to cut emissions from its global supply chain and said it will increase the use of sustainable textiles and move towards being 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025.