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08-21-2019

Carroll County Fair Week Starts Saturday, August 24th

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  Saturday, August 24

10:00 A.M. Fair Parade - Join KTHS on the Square 

2:00 P.M. Tractor Driving Contest 

2:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Horse Check In 

7:00 P.M Truck Pulls 

We begin our interviews today with the Senior Queen's contestants.

This year's senior Queen's contestants are Jenny Bryant, Olivia Finch, Abigail Lucas, Anna Brook Dalton, Courtney Granger and today's first Miss Carroll County Queens interview is with Bailey Doss.........

Our Queen's interviews are sponsored in part by Kirk's Excavation, Thinking of You, Williams Tractor, Equity Bank and Connie Doss, Carroll County Clerk.

The Fair Schedule can be seen at kthsradio.com, and select the Carroll County Fair tab.

Joe Scott Receives Friends of the Berryville Public Library Community Spirit Award

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  Pictured L to Right:  Mary Knight, Friends of the Library board member, Joe Scott, the current recipients of the Carla Youngblood community Spirit Award, and Friends of the Berryville Library president, Ann Richardson. 

The Friends of the Berryville Library began a Community Spirit Award which was named after Carla Youngblood, a long time retired employee of the library, who demonstrated many acts of kindness which bettered the community throughout her tenure. 

Most recently, the Friends of the Berryville Library recognized Joe Scott from the Berryville Community Center,  for his silent gifts of time, love, and caring for our community. Joe has helped the library with the Summer Outdoor Movie series and is instrumental in helping with activities such as the year end Summer Space Jam party which was held on the lawn of the Community Center. Joe Scott also serves on the Berryville Library advisory board as well as being the board representative on the new library building project. The award was presented to Scott at the recent Friends of the Library first annual Chicken Hop where many community members, board members and Friends of the Library were on hand to congratulate him. 

According to Friends of the Library president, Ann Richardson, “Joe continually gives of himself to make this community an even better place to live and this is a small token of our gratitude to recognize him in this way.'  “His enthusiasm and love for the library and this community makes him a perfect recipient for this quarter’s award' Richardson added.

Joe Scott’s name will appear on the perpetual plaque which hangs prominently at the Berryville Public Library.

Along with a certificate, the Friends of the Library made a $50 donation to the non profit of his choice. Joe chose the Berryville Public Library Building Fund.

For more information on becoming a Friend of the Berryville Library or to donate to the Berryville Library Building Fund to build a bigger and better library, contact (870) 423-2323 or stop by the library at 104 Spring Street, Berryville, AR.

Berryville City Council Report

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 The Berryville City Council met Tuesday for a regular scheduled meeting. The meeting was led by Linda Riddelsperger in the absence of Mayor Tim McKinney.

Under Commission reports, the Saunders Museum had a total of 221 visitors in the month of July. 

Police Chief Robert Bartos reported 107 tickets were written by the department in July. There were 87 offenses reported. The most serious included one attempted capital murder, one rape, four burglaries, 9 assault & battery and 10 thefts. Police worked 18 traffic accidents in July, double July of 2018. Most are for following too close, improper backing and careless and prohibited.

The monthly financial report showed the 1% sales tax received $135,248 and the 1/2% sales tax collected $67,624.

Council discussed the three bid tabulations for the Community Center HVAC Pool Unit Replacement. They decided to accept the bid from Multi-Craft Contractors of $173,124.

The next meeting of the Berryville City Council will be Tuesday, September 3rd at 6pm.

Multiple Agencies Looking for Drowned Victim

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 Authorities in Baxter County were looking Tuesday morning for a man who is believed to have drowned near Bull Shoals Dam. 

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Monday, the Baxter County sheriff’s office was notified of a possible drowning in the Lakeview Marina area on Bull Shoals Lake, according to a news release by the agency. 

A witness told authorities Ralph Rush, 64, of Lakeview was last seen near the water’s edge at about 10 a.m. About two hours later, the witness found Rush's walker and a submerged cellphone in the lake, Baxter County sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Lewis said.

According to authorities, the man's wallet, which held his driver’s license, was located “near the water’s edge.” 

Mountain View Man Charged with Multiple Offenses of Juveniles

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 A Stone County man faces several felony charges including rape, trafficking, and assault after an investigation by the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division (CACD).

A probable cause affidavit states that CACD received on Aug. 16 a call from a school counselor about a suicidal juvenile.

The juvenile claimed a man was physically abusive.

An investigator with the CACD interviewed four juveniles on Aug. 17, in which the investigator found sufficient credibility that physical and sexual abuse were committed spanning from 2013 to 2019.

Two of the juveniles said they saw the offender, later identified as Norman Smith, slam one of the other juvenile’s head into a wall and hit the teen.

Two of the juveniles also said that Smith sexually abused them.

Three of the juveniles told the investigators they were suicidal and did not feel safe.

Trial Date Set for Woman Accused of Embezzlement

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  The trial for a woman accused of embezzling nearly half-million dollars from a Springdale church is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Andrea Nicole Smith, 41, is accused of felony theft of property. She was arrested Dec. 5, 2018.

She is accused of stealing from the Assembly of God Church in Springdale. Board members of the church found that Smith started embezzling funds in 2012, court documents state.

Smith is accused of stealing $413,701 while she was in charge of entering financial information and generating reports for the church.

Texas Woman Discovers Large Diamond

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  A Texas woman on Friday discovered the largest diamond registered at Crater of Diamonds State Park in two years, park officials said. 

Miranda Hollingshead, 27, of Bogata, Texas found the 3.72-carat yellow diamond at the base of a hill on the park’s northeast side after about an hour's search, according to a news release issued by park officials on Tuesday. 

Hollingshead said she was sitting in the shade and watching a YouTube video on how to find diamonds when she spotted it. 

“I looked over at my kid for a second and when I looked down, I saw it mixed in with other rocks,” she said. 

The visit to the park was the woman’s first, officials said. 

Park staff said Hollingshead’s find was the largest diamond registered at the park since March 2017, when a Centerton teen found a 7.44-carat brown gem. 

According to park officials, 319 diamonds had been registered at Crater of Diamonds so far this year.

08-20-2019

Quorum Court Report

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

Jeff Hatley with Ozark Regional Transit gave J.P.'s an update on ridership locally. He said in July alone, Carroll County-Berryville had 449 riders. Ridership overall is showing a 10% increase over last year. 

Under New Business:

A Resolution passed authorizing the Judge to enter into a Grant Agreement with the F.A.A. for the Carroll County Airport Layout Plan Update. It funds a survey of the Airport and surrounding land. The FAA grant is approximately $220,000 and the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics is funding $24,490.

Failed to pass an Ordinance regulating nuisance, maintenance of premises and disturbing noises. Essentially, it would have required owners of animals ensure that their animals do not become a public nuisance. A county resident told the Court of living next to 40 dogs who bark constantly, trash and garbage blowing into her yard and when checked, some dogs were chained and had no food or water dishes at their disposal. Some J.P.'s had serious reservations about the Ordinance.

Passed an Ordinance authorizing the purchase of a 2015 John Deere 6105D Tractor from Sam Barr for use by the Road Department and declaring an emergency. The tractor was priced several thousand dollars less than comparable tractors, at $39,000. The Court's attorney researched the state laws regarding the propriety of such a sale to the Judge, who is also the head of the Road Department. He said it is addressed in state purchasing statutes under Unusual Circumstances.

Passed a Resolution authorizing the Judge to execute the necessary documents to renew a line of credit with Equity Bank for the C.C. Airport Commission for $12,140.

Berryville Accident Reports

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  Berryville Police worked two traffic accidents on August 14th. At 11am, a two-vehicle rear-end collision was reported at the driveway of the Ozark Guidance Center on W. Trimble. A vehicle driven by Forest Turner of Huntsville was westbound on W. Trimble slowed to make a right turn into Ozark Guidance. A 2014 Jeep, driven by Stephen Razer of Harrison was behind Turner. When the Turner vehicle slowed, Razer struck it in the rear. Razer told Police he didn't think the Turner vehicle had break lights that worked, but police checked and found that to be not true, they did work. Police cited Razer with no driver's license and failure to control vehicle and Turner was given a citation for no driver's license.

Also on the 14th a two-vehicle accident happened at Freeman and Main Street, involving a 1997 Chevy and a 2008 Ford. Raymond Phillips of Berryville, driving the Chevy was southbound from the parking lot of Tysons. The Ford was Eastbound on W. Freeman The Chevy driven by Phillips struck the Ford in the driver's side fender. Both vehicles were damaged. 

New E.R. Doctor On Staff at Mercy Berryville

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  Dr. Jomo Osborne has joined Mercy Hospital Berryville in the Emergency Department.

Dr. Osborne earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Guyana. He also holds a Master of Health Sciences from the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He completed a residency in general surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, and residency in family medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York.

Dr. Osborne worked in family medicine at the Medical Arts Centre, Woodlands Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana for more than seven years. He also spent 10 years working in public health in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and New York.

Dr. Osborne is fluent in Spanish and is looking forward to serving English and Spanish speakers in the area.

Garfield Man Charged With Capital Murder of Toddler

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 A man is facing capital murder charges stemming from a child’s death that happened during September 2018.

Joshua Anderson, 25, of Garfield was arrested at Monday, Aug. 19 in connection with the death of a 23-month-old girl.

According to court documents, Anderson was at the apartment with the toddler while her mother went to a convenience store to buy beer. 

Police said they noticed she had bruising to her left eye and right side of her forehead, a laceration on her chin, and a healing injury also on her chin that appeared to be a burn.

The child’s body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy. 

The Crime Lab also found other injuries inflicted on the little girl during the autopsy.

Nob Hill Firefighters Overcome by Heat

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  Two Nob Hill firefighters were injured after battling a fire on Sunday.

The original call came in around 4:30 p.m Sunday for a home on Beartrap Road that was fully involved.

Fire Chief Gary Hull of Nob Hill said it’s a one-lane road and the fire truck had to be backed in.

Two firefighters were injured because they were overcome by the heat.

Central EMS evaluated the firefighters and released them. They are expected to be okay.

Hull said the fire department was on scene within three minutes of the call.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Arkansans Pay More Than National Average for School Shopping

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Back-to-school shopping in Arkansas is nearly 30 percent higher than the national average.

According to a survey conducted by Promocodes, the average spent in Arkansas is about $300 per child on school supplies, but the national average is about $221 per child.

Washington DC is the most expensive place to back-to-school shop, according to the survey.

Most adults buying back-to-school items said they did so at Walmart. August is the most popular month for school shopping, according to the survey.

Those at Promocides surveyed more than 2,000 parents across the U.S. They found that guardians of 11th-graders spend more on them than children in other grades. 

The survey also revealed about 38 percent of parents said they use online coupons while shopping for school supplies.

Eighty percent of parents said they look forward to their children going back to school.

Arkansas Woman Charged with Helping Inmate Escape

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 An Arkansas woman has been charged with helping the leader of a white supremacist gang and another inmate escape from jail last month.

A federal grand jury indicted 27-year-old Kennan Gililland on Aug. 8 on charges alleging that she helped Wesley Gullett and Christopher Sanderson escape from the Jefferson County jail. The two were reported missing from the jail on July 31 and were recaptured separately on Aug. 1.

Gullett is among 54 members of the New Aryan Empire who have been indicted on federal charges.

Gililland has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 16.

Prosecutors allege in the criminal complaint that Gililland is Gullett’s girlfriend and that she picked him up from the jail and dropped him off more than 100 miles away with food and supplies.

Two More Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Open This Year

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Officials say two more medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open in northwest Arkansas this year.

Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin says both dispensaries will be in Fayetteville. They'll join the region's first dispensary, The ReLeaf Center, which opened earlier this month in Bentonville, and another called The Source, which opened last week in Bentonville.

The two Bentonville dispensaries are the seventh and eighth to open in the state since voters legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2016. The state has licensed 32 dispensaries to sell medical marijuana.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the state had issued more than 19,000 patient or caregiver cards as of Friday.

State A.G. Files Suit Against Gunsmith

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 Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today filed suit against Jayson Cotter, owner of Investment Grade Firearms (IGF), for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Consumers from across the nation hired Cotter for gunsmith work, but he habitually failed to return consumers’ parts or firearms and refused to provide refunds of upfront payments.

“Cotter repeatedly used dirty tricks to deceive consumers into sending him gun parts and large sums of money for work that was never performed,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Cotter and other bad businesses must be held accountable.”

Jayson Cotter of Mountain Home, Arkansas sold gunsmith services through his website, Investmentgradefirearms.comConsumers who contract with IGF for gunsmith services typically ship their firearms, parts and accessories, along with their complete, upfront payments, with expectations that they will receive their modified firearms within reasonable periods of time. Eight consumers have filed unresolved complaints with the Attorney General claiming that Mr. Cotter failed to deliver their completed firearms or refund their payments, sometimes for well over a year, and refused to respond to their phone calls or emails requesting status updates on prepaid orders.

Mr. Cotter was arrested on July 31, 2019 and booked on a felony charge of theft of property in Baxter County. The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation, and additional counts are possible. The Sheriff’s Office has been working to return parts and firearms to their rightful owners for several months, but many consumers are still waiting to be made whole. 

Attorney General Rutledge is requesting restitution, civil penalties, and injunctive relief and demands a jury trial. Victims of these business practices should file a consumer complaint on ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

08-19-2019

Man Saved from Drowning

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division works a near drowning on Table Rock Lake southeast of Kimberling City Saturday.

The report indicates the incident happened around 11:35 am when a man was found face down in the water.

The man, 51-year-old Gary Vernon of Shawnee, Kansas, was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield in serious condition.

The report did not indicate the cause or circumstances of the accident.

Doctors Warning of AGS from Lone Star Tick Bites

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  Doctors and residents in Northwest Arkansas continue to warn about the dangers of alpha-gal syndrome (AGS).

The allergy, transmitted by Lone Star tick bites, caused one Bella Vista resident to have an anaphylactic reaction after eating steak.

“I woke up, luckily, right before I suffocated,” Bob McClendon said. “I was unable to breathe. I rolled over into the floor on my hands and knees. I was unable to stand.”

McLendon said he first saw the symptoms back in 2016 but doctors continued to prescribe him with antibiotics.

Dr. Tina Merritt of the Allergy & Asthma Clinic of NWA said it’s important to watch what you consume if you’re diagnosed.

“Once you get the allergy, the only treatment is avoiding things that are mammal,” Merritt said. “That means foods, but it also includes products. So, we have to watch what shampoo we use, what makeup we use.”

Symptoms of alpha-gal syndrome include hives, rashes, blisters, and lesions. Another unique symptom is that it causes the affected person to be allergic to mammalian meat and its by-products 

Earthquake in Eastern Oklahoma

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No injuries were reported after a 3.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded in eastern Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Society says the earthquake was reported at 4:07 a.m. Sunday north-northeast of Quinton, about 123 miles (198 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City. The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 10 miles (16.1 kilometers).

No damage was immediately reported. Geologists say damage is unlikely in temblors below magnitude 4.0.

Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, and many have been linked to underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. Geologists from the USGS says the number of magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes is on pace to decline for the fourth straight year after state regulators directed producers to close some wells and reduce volumes in others.

U of A System Board of Trustees Target of Federal Investigation

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  Newly released FBI documents confirm that University of Arkansas System board of trustees Chairman John Goodson has been a target of a federal investigation into public corruption, starting in 2013.

At issue are more than half a million dollars in payments from Goodson’s Texarkana law firm to then-state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.

Goodson has not been charged with any public-corruption crime and has denied wrongdoing.

Hutchinson resigned his Senate seat last year and is now convicted in three unrelated public-corruption schemes.

At least 16 documents related to the FBI’s Hutchinson-Goodson investigation were among files unsealed July 30 by U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker after requests from federal prosecutors and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The records include informants’ claims, data requests, case opening and closing papers, FBI interviews and more information.

Many share the same label: Goodson’s and Hutchinson’s names and “corruption of state and local officials — state level; sensitive investigative matters (SIM).”

The freshly unsealed documents, along with recent federal court testimony concerning the investigation, bring new perspective to a central question raised by federal investigators and legal experts: What exactly were the Goodson-to-Hutchinson payments for?

Goodson and Hutchinson have said the money was to pay Hutchinson, a practicing lawyer who was also a new state senator in 2011, to refer new cases to Goodson’s law firm.

At least two FBI informants said the money was a bribe — to pay Hutchinson as a state senator to pass legislation to help Goodson’s law firm.

Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Anyone Who Bought Roundup Weed Killer at Walmart

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  A lawsuit filed in a Texarkana federal court seeks compensation for anyone who bought a Roundup weed killer product from a Walmart in the state of Arkansas.

The complaint, filed by Texarkana lawyer Steve Harrelson, names Texarkana, Arkansas, resident Anthony Jewell as plaintiff and requests certification as a class action that would allow "all persons who purchased, in Arkansas, at least one Roundup product from Walmart for personal use and not for resale."

Harrelson could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Walmart responded in an email Thursday stating the company was routing the request for comment to the appropriate representative.

Roundup contains the herbicide glyphosate, which has been linked to disease in humans and animals. The suit filed in Texarkana this week alleges Roundup products contain inadequate warnings and that Walmart didn't do enough to protect customers.

The suit alleges Walmart is in violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

The complaint seeks a court order requiring Walmart to recall all Roundup products with labeling that is allegedly inadequate to inform consumers about the product's potential hazards. The complaint asks that Walmart be compelled to sell only Roundup products with labeling that warns of the potential dangers of glyphosate exposure.

Tyson Recall

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Tyson Foods announced a recall of nearly 40,000 pounds of Weaver brand frozen chicken patties because they "may be contaminated with extraneous materials," the US Dept of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

· 26-oz. resealable plastic bags containing “Weaver CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES BREADED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES WITH RIB MEAT” with a best if used by date of “Jan312020” and lot code 0319PBF0617, 0319PBF0618, 0319PBF0619, 0319PBF0620, 0319PBF0621, 0319PBF0622, 0319PBF0623, or 0319PBF0600 represented on the label.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-13456” printed on the back of the resealable plastic bag. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The recall was announced after Tyson received consumer complaints.

If you have these bags, DO NOT EAT THEM. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.

State Capitol Week in Review

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 From Senator Bob Ballinger

August 16, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – With the opening of the 2019-2020 school year, there are 26 open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas.

Two new ones are scheduled to open this year in Pulaski County. 

The state Charter School Authorizing Panel recently recommended approval of an application for a new school set to open in Bentonville in 2020-2021. When it opens, it will bring to 27 the total number of open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas.

Under state law, the limit on the number of open enrollment charters in Arkansas is 34. However, it would automatically increase by five schools once the total number of charters is within two of the limit. That means the limit will remain at 34 until there are 32 charters in the state.

The original cap for open enrollment charters schools was 24. Every year there are usually several applications to open new charters, but there also are regular closings of existing schools. Financial deficits and lack of students’ academic progress are cited as reasons for several of the closings.

Charter schools are public, and receive state aid. However, they are free from many of the regulations that govern traditional public schools. The charter under which they operate is like a performance contract, which outlines the schools mission and goals, as well as how many students it will educate and how it will assess academic progress.

There are two types of charter schools. Open enrollment charters are operated by non-profit organizations, government entities or institutions of higher education. They can draw students from across district boundaries.

The second type are conversion charters, which are operated by local school districts and which can only draw students from within the district’s boundaries.

In exchange for the greater freedom from regulations, charter schools agree to oversight from the state Board of Education

Crisis Stabilization Units

In 2017 the legislature approved Act 423 to create four Crisis Stabilization Units, where police officers can bring people who behave erratically and may need immediate treatment for mental health issues. They are to have 16 beds.

Three units are open, in Washington County, Sebastian County and Pulaski County. The unit in Craighead County is under construction.

Act 423 also provides for expanded training of law enforcement officers in how to recognize and handle people who are going through a mental health crisis. Most people are admitted for up to 72 hours, but can stay longer under extreme circumstances.

One of the main goals of the units is to keep people with mental illness out of jails, where they will not have access to medication and where their conditions are likely to worsen.

The Criminal Justice Institute, which is connected with the University of Arkansas System, is offering online courses for police officers that teaches officers how to distinguish escalating levels of danger when they encounter a person undergoing a behavioral health crisis. The course keeps the safety of the officer as the top priority.

The course is nine hours and counts towards degrees offered by the Institute. The courses teach the new protocol that police should follow when dealing with people suffering a mental health crisis.

08-16-2019

10th Annual Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon

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  The Carroll County Bible Reading Marathon is coming to the Carroll County Fairgrounds August 24th - 31st. Community Praise & Worship begins at 5pm on the 24th. Bonnie Roediger with Bible Reading Ministries International fills us in with more .............

https://soundcloud.com/user-851289161/cc-bible-reading-marathon-8-13-19

Those phone numbers again are Bonnie Roediger at 870-350-0865 or Donna Pharis 870-749-2660.

Barry County Woman Arrested for Threatening Road Crew

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  The Barry County Sheriff's Office arrested a woman for threatening to shoot road workers.

A judge set bond at $50,000 for Cheryl Staponski. 

Investigators say she pointed a gun at two men checking on county road conditions near her home. Investigators say she told them she would shoot if they did not leave and continued to point the gun at them until they drove away.

She faces two counts of assault, two counts of armed criminal action and a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.

Three Men Get Combined 50 Years for Drug Trafficking

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Three men have been sentenced to 50 years combined in federal prison followed by 11 years of supervised release for drug trafficking in Northwest Arkansas.

According to court records, investigators with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with local law enforcement began investigating the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine in Northwest Arkansas and Northern Oklahoma after the death of an individual from a suspected heroin overdose.

The investigation led them to Vernon Williams, 50, Gabriel Whitener, 35, and Aaron Bevill, 37.

In 2018, undercover investigators purchased 91.4 grams of meth and 21.59 grams of heroin from Williams and Whitener.cial media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.

Eighth Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Bentonville

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  The eighth medical marijuana dispensary in the state opened Thursday in northwest Arkansas.

The Source in Bentonville got its approval from Alcoholic Beverage Control Tuesday (August 13) and started selling product on Thursday (August 15).

Owner of the center, Erik Danielson said this project has been in the works for three years and is happy to see it become reality. 

There are currently three cultivators in the state that can provide product for the dispensary. Danielson said The Source is licensed to cultivate in house and is working to do so in the future.

Ft. Smith Attorney Throws Her Hat in the Ring

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Fort Smith attorney Mosie Boyd announced she is throwing her name into the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls in 2020.

Boyd filed the paperwork on Wednesday. She's a Ft. Smith attorney and founded the True Grit Law Firm. 

Boyd ran for Sebastian County judge last year, but lost to longtime incumbent David Hudson. 

“Rebuilding patriotism by uniting Americans around our shared values,” Boyd said. “That’s why I’m running for President. We all love our country. And there’s a lot that unites us. The strength of America lives in the heart of every single American. It’s time to start focusing again on our shared values. We all drive on the same roads, attend the same schools, rely on the same justice system to keep us safe, and count on the same national security team to defend our liberty and freedoms. Let’s work together to rebuild American patriotism by listening to each other and respecting our fellow Americans.” 

She is scheduled to speak along with leading Democratic candidates at a forum sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Labor at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, Iowa. 

Baxter County Woman Charged with Fleeing and Drugs

A Mountain Home woman is in jail after officials say she refused to pull over for a traffic stop and was driving a stolen car. 

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) arrested Celeste Elizabeth Virga, 30, on several charges following a brief vehicle pursuit and then a foot chase in Mountain Home Wednesday evening. 

The BCSO says a stolen vehicle report had been made with the Mountain Home Police Department, and deputies were asked to be on the lookout for a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. 

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the owner of the stolen vehicle reported he was following his vehicle that was headed east on the U. S. Hwy 62/412 bypass, then turned west on U. S. Hwy 62 Business back into Mountain Home.

When deputies arrived in the area, one of them met the vehicle that was “heading west at a high rate of speed,” said a news release. The deputy turned around and tried to pull over the vehicle. The driver was reportedly passing other vehicles in the center turning lane and refused to stop, so the chase began.

Despite running into the yard of a home, the driver kept going until she drove down a dead end, got out of the car and ran away into a field. A deputy ran after her and took her into custody. A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up drug paraphernalia.

Virga faces a string of charges that include: theft of property, fleeing, possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, reckless driving, failure to maintain control and no liability insurance.

Atty. Gen. Leslie Rutledge Issues Final Judgement Against Alleged Scam Artists

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced the filing of a Stipulated Final Judgment and Order against central Arkansas owner Andrew Gamber; Voyager Financial Group, LLC; BAIC, Inc.; and SoBell Corp. for the brokering of contracts that offer high-interest credit to veterans in exchange for investors illegally acquiring rights to receive future pension payments. These businesses and their former owner are permanently prohibited from offering these illegal agreements. 

“Scam artists will stop at nothing to try to poach our veterans’ pensions despite state and federal protections,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “We will always go after those who try to take advantage of our veterans and their much deserved pensions.”

The settlement alleges violations of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Arkansas Constitution. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau joined Attorney General Rutledge in the investigation and settlement of claims against Voyager. The Company and its owners are permanently banned from brokering, offering and arranging agreements between pension recipients and third parties. Defendants must cooperate fully with the Attorney General and Bureau to determine the identity and location of, and the amount of injury sustained by, each consumer. 

If you are a consumer who has been impacted by the actions by Voyager Financial Group or its owners, Rutledge encourages you to contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982.

Wildlife Advocates: EPA, USDA Moves Threaten Bees, Food Supply

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  Wildlife advocates say two new policies from the Trump administration are threatening the nation’s honeybees and could hurt the food supply.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has cleared the use of the insecticide sulfoxaflor, which was previously banned because it killed bees. “It’s very daunting and frustrating to see,” said Mary Phillips of the National Wildlife Federation.

Phillips says while you may not want bees around, their pollination is crucial to the food chain. “That’s how you get berries, nuts, seeds all the different food items that we eat that goes into one-third of our diet,” said Phillips.

Scientists have said the reapproved pesticide sulfoxalfor is especially harmful to bees. In 2014, the Obama administration banned its use to protect an already dwindling honeybee population.

However, in its June decision, the EPA says when sulfoxaflor is used as directed, it “poses no significant risk to human health and lower risk to non-target wildlife, including pollinators, than registered alternatives” and could curb up to 50 percent of pest damage to certain crops.

At the same time as the EPA’s decision, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has suspended its quarterly count of honeybees, making it more difficult to track bee populations and potential disease outbreaks threatening the insect.

While bee advocates like Phillips find the timing of both decisions odd, Tony Dorn of the USDA says the move to suspend the quarterly bee count indefinitely is related to funding and not the pesticide’s approval.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently condemned both moves.

Schumer says if the USDA doesn’t have the money, Congress can help and add it into the budget.

July Hottest Month Since Records Kept

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Meteorologists say July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average for the month.

The results had been expected after several European countries reported new all-time temperature records in July. Scientists say the upward trend will likely continue because of man-made climate change.

Last month narrowly topped the previous July record, set in 2016, by 0.05 F.

June of this year had already set a sizzling record for that month over the past 140 years.

The year to date is also 1.71 F above the long-term average, but still slightly behind 2016.

08-15-2019

Miss Carroll County Pageant Entries Deadline - August 17th

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  To all those beautiful Carroll County ladies and little ladies, NOW is the time to get signed up for the pageant! The deadline to sign up is Saturday, August 17th.

The pageants are Miss Carroll County, Tuesday, August 27th and Junior Miss Carroll County, Tuesday, August 28th.

Miss Carroll County will have a Queen, First Runner Up, and Second Runner Up.
The following awards will also be presented:
Swimwear Winner
Evening Gown Winner
Interview Winner

Wednesday, August 28th, the Miss Junior Carroll County will have a Queen, First Runner Up, and Second Runner up.
The following titles will also be awarded:
Active Wear Winner
Evening Gown Winner
Interview Winner 

The Queen will also win $1000 scholarship. 

A $500 scholarship will be award to a contestant from Violets Formals in Fayetteville.

Entry forms are available on the Miss Carroll County Pageant Facebook.

Again, the deadline to enter is August 17th. A practice will be held August 18th at 3pm at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.. Contestants will ride in the Fair Parade, Saturday, August 24th at 10am.

KTHS traditionally interviews the Senior Contestants each year, and this year is no different. As the Senior Contestants sign up, they are told to call KTHS for their interview. The interview does not count toward the competition, but only serves as a get-acquainted to the contestant. All of our Fair interviews are done in the hopes of encouraging folks to go to the Fair and enjoy all the different festivities during Fair Week.

Madison County to Get New Voting Equipment

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The Madison County election commission last week was informed that new voting equipment should arrive sometime in October, just before the filing period begins for next year’s election.

Madison County will receive $190,692.23 from the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office to go toward the new voting equipment, which will be used in the county’s transition toward vote centers next year. The county will pay an estimated $121,564.07 toward the equipment.

Those funds will go toward the purchase numerous pieces of voting equipment and implementation services.

SW Mo Man Charged with Kidnapping

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  A 37-year-old Missouri man is charged with kidnapping the 4-year-old daughter of a woman whose body was found on a hillside in southwest Missouri.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Mahamud Tooxoow Mahamed, of Noel, Mo., was charged Tuesday. He is not in custody.

The body of 25-year-old Jessica McCormack, of Noel, was found July 29. Investigators believe she was stuffed into a suitcase that rolled down a hill after being thrown from a moving vehicle.

Her three children, ages 4 years to 6 months, were missing until a woman in Des Moines, Iowa, told authorities Mahemed brought them to her home Aug. 5 but left three days later.

The 4-year-old's father told authorities Mahemed didn't have consent to take the children to Iowa.

Prosecutors say Mahemed is the 2-year-old's father. The 6-month-old's paternity has not been determined.


Missing Woman's Body from Kansas Found Near Lost Bridge Village

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 A woman’s body was found in Benton County on Tuesday after being reported missing on Monday.

According to a police press conference in Overland Park, Kansas, Sylvia Ussery-Pearson had been missing since early Monday morning out of Kansas. 

Sylvia Ussery-Pearson’s husband, Charles Pearson, was shot and killed by police in Overland Park yesterday.

Ussery-Pearson’s body was found at the Lost Bridge Area of Garfield, near the water tank located next to the Lodge on Whitney Mountain.

According to a press release, Ussery-Pearson’s body was found around 6 p.m. on Tuesday night in a shallow grave.

Ussery-Pearson’s cell phone last pinged in Cass County, Missouri. Law enforcement was searching Charles Pearson’s home in Lenexa, Kansas when investigators found a handwritten note from Pearson indicating the possible location of the body.

Pearson, 51, of Johnson County, Kansas, was the man who walked into a Country Inn & Suites Tuesday and told the general manager he killed his wife, said Jonathon Westbrook, a spokesman for Kansas City, Kansas, police. Pearson told the general manager he was armed and heading to the nearby Legends Outlet shopping district.

Pearson was waiting for officers when they arrived at an intersection near the inn. He got out of the car with a rifle and ignored demands to put the weapon down. Eventually, Pearson fired several shots at officers, who returned fire and killed him, Westbrook said.

Pope County Picks Cherokee Nation Businesses for Casino

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Amid allegations of secret meetings, the Pope County Quorum Court on Tuesday night endorsed a proposal by Cherokee Nation Businesses to place a casino and hotel complex just north of Russellville and Interstate 40.

The Legends Resort and Casino beat out four rivals in the race to get the endorsement of county officials. The decision was no surprise to observers, as two rivals said over the weekend that they had been told who would win the endorsement.

There was little discussion among Quorum Court members before the decision was made to sign a one-page resolution to support the Cherokee Nation Businesses.

Amendment 100, approved by voters in November, allows a new casino in both Pope and Jefferson counties, and allows the expansion of gambling at the racetracks in Hot Springs and West Memphis.

The amendment requires new casinos to have the backing of local officials, which looked unlikely in Pope County, where voters soundly rejected the amendment and approved an initiated county ordinance that would require officials to seek voter approval before backing a proposal.

The county ordinance was discussed at Tuesday night's special meeting, but no action was taken. The Quorum Court also did not discuss any other casino proposals.

13 Missouri Counties Named in Risk of Outbreaks of HIV and Hep C

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 220 U.S. counties at risk of outbreaks of H.I.V. and Hepatitis C because of the opioid crisis – thirteen are in Missouri, none in SW Missouri. The CDC lists Iron, Bates, Cedar, Hickory, Ozark, Wright, Ripley, Crawford, Madison, St. Francois, Reynolds, Washington and Wayne counties as vulnerable.

Iron County Sheriff Roger Medley says the addictive prescription drug epidemic is not letting up. “We just now at the tip of the iceberg. It’s going to manifest into something that no one is expecting,” he says. “Actually, I think Iron County ranks 1 or 2 in the whole state as to population ratio to the fatalities.”

Neighboring Kentucky has 54 counties on the CDC list. Tennessee is not far behind with 42 counties. West Virginia has at risk 28 counties.

(Arkansas was not mentioned in this article.).

Tysons in Kansas Wants More of Their Own Inspectors

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 Tysons is petitioning the Trump administration to reduce the number of government inspectors at a Kansas beef plant — a proposal that has raised alarms among some consumer and food safety advocates, who fear the changes could jeopardize public health.

In the request, Tyson Fresh Meats proposes using its own employees, rather than independent Department of Agriculture inspectors, to take a first look at the meat being prepared at its factory in Holcomb, Kansas. Tyson’s employees would identify unsuitable beef carcasses and trim away defects, before USDA inspectors check every carcass that is allowed to go forward for disease and contamination, Tyson said in its March waiver proposal, which was obtained by the advocacy group Food and Water Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request. The shift would allow Tyson to speed up its factory line.

The USDA is considering Tyson’s request — the first of its kind for a beef plant — as part of a broader overhaul of beef inspections that aims to shift quality control from government inspectors to factory workers, while focusing the USDA’s attention on more targeted safety checks.

Medicare Minute - Medigaps

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Rebecca Davis with the Area Agency on Aging has the August Medicare Minute.........


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08-14-2019

County Board of Equalization - Part 3

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Today is the final segment of a three-part interview we did with some members of the Carroll County Board of Equalization. The deadline to apply for a hearing with the Equalization Board is August 19th. In today's feature County Assessor Jeannie Davidson responds to Don McClung's invitation to explain how pasture and timber land is appraised.....

We heard there from Don McClung, Jeannie Davidson-Assessor, Jerrell Swofford and Appraiser Dennis Wells. Other Equalization Board members include Brian Talley, Don Eiler and Pam Grudek. County Clerk Connie Doss is taking the appointments for the hearing. Her number is 870-423-2022. Again, the deadline to apply for a hearing is Monday, August 19th.

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Federal Drug Investigation - Operation Mad Hatter

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  A months-long federal drug investigation resulted in 15 arrests with more expected and an additional four suspects named in an indictment released on Monday.

U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland revealed details of the investigation at a press conference.

“There is a cost to engaging in this sort of activity.” Hiland says.

The investigation is titled ‘Operation Mad Hatter’ and involved about 100 officers, including the U.S. Postal Inspector Service. DEA Special Agent Justin King says they are seeing more and more drugs getting shipped through the mail as they did with this investigation.

“So, the volume itself has created another avenue for people to try and circumvent authorities to get drugs shipped in,” King says

“We are continuously seeing more and more drugs shipped through the mail. We’re seeing that every day. In those situations, we have to get creative and act as fast as we can.”

Agents seized about 34 pounds of meth, eight pounds of cocaine, half-a-pound of crack cocaine, two pounds of heroin and more than 200 prescription pills, according to Hiland’s office.

Cash and guns were also seized. Investigators says a large amount of these drugs contained Fentanyl and were brought in from Mexico.

Most Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Won't Open Until Fall

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Arkansas will see a boom of medical marijuana dispensaries opening this fall, according to a survey of future dispensaries by state regulators.

The list of prospective opening dates, compiled by Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division officials, suggests that most of the 25 unopened cannabis retailers will open in September or October.

Dispensary licenses were issued in February, but only seven have opened to the public, frustrating patients and state officials overseeing the implementation of the medical marijuana program in Arkansas.

The list of expected opening dates was created for members of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission, which controls cannabis growing and selling licenses.

The commission chairwoman, Dr. Ronda Henry-Tillman, has been vocal about the lack of urgency shown by dispensary operators to begin selling the drug to qualified patients.

Springdale Woman To Stand Trial for Soliciting to Kill A Judge

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A Springdale woman is fit to stand trial in connection with soliciting someone to kill a judge.

Dorris Renee Jenkins, 37, and Adan Taylor, 21, both of Springdale, have pleaded innocent to solicitation to commit capital murder.

The proceedings in Jenkins' case had been suspended pending the outcome of a mental evaluation. Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green on Thursday found Jenkins fit to stand trial.

Jenkins was in the Benton County jail when she asked a fellow inmate, who was a confidential informant, if she knew someone who would "take out a judge," according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Jenkins told the informant she wanted Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren killed and agreed to meet the informant after getting out of jail, according to court documents. The informant planned to introduce Jenkins to an undercover sheriff's office detective, according to the affidavit.

The informant and the detective met with Jenkins and Taylor. Jenkins said she thought Karren was unfair and that she had a list of 15 people she wanted killed, according to the affidavit.

The detective told her it was expensive, and Jenkins trimmed the list to two people, according to the affidavit. d about getting a sweet deal.

Former VA Employee Sentenced for Meth

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  A Fayetteville man was sentenced in federal court for possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Bruce Wayne Billingsley, 63, was sentenced yesterday to six and a half years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release for possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

According to court records, on April 2018, the Veterans Administration (VA) Police Department received information that Billingsley, a VA employee, was distributing methamphetamine to other VA employees. 

On June 9, 2018, the defendant traveled to the Cherokee Casino to purchase a quarter pound of methamphetamine for $2,000. Detectives made contact with him and seized approximately four ounces of methamphetamine upon his return from West Siloam Springs. 

A federal grand jury indicted Billingsley in December 2018, and he entered a guilty plea in March 2019. 

Rogers Man Killed on All-Terrain Vehicle

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  A 44-year-old Rogers man died after his all-terrain vehicle lost traction and landed on top of him on Sunday, authorities said. 

The crash happened shortly before 9:20 p.m. as Antonio Fernandez of Rogers was riding near Pea Ridge, according to a preliminary report by Arkansas State Police. 

The ATV slipped sideways at a sharp corner on the dirt and gravel road and struck a tree, throwing Fernandez from the vehicle, the report states. The ATV then spun and flipped over, landing on top of Fernandez. 

Rescuers freed him from the vehicle and transported him to Northwest Medical Center, where he died of injuries, troopers said.

A girl who was riding on the ATV was also injured in the wreck, though the report didn't provide her age or condition. 

Quitman, Hackett Educators Named 2018 Arkansas Rural Teachers of the Year

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  Kathy Brantley, a first grade teacher at Quitman Elementary School, and Val Harp, a first grade teacher at Hackett Elementary School, were recently named as the 2018 Arkansas Rural Education Association’s Teachers of the Year. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have sponsored the Rural Teacher of the Year Award since 2004.

Brantley and Harp were presented with a crystal apple gift and a check for $1,000 from the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Teacher-of-the-year nominations are vetted by the state’s 15 educational cooperatives, which then submit a finalist for each educational cooperative district to the Arkansas Rural Education Association for consideration. 

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

Arkansas Opposition to Changes in Title IX

  Numerous Arkansans and two colleges have submitted comments in opposition to a Title IX rule proposed by President Donald Trump's administration that would affect how schools must investigate sexual misconduct reports

The U.S. Department of Education, under Betsy DeVos, proposed the rule in November after repealing the Barack Obama administration's Title IX rule. The department seeks, in part, to ensure more rigorous due process for those accused of sexual misconduct by broadening the investigative process to mimic a judicial process.

Nationwide, thousands of students have sued their schools alleging improper handling of their complaints. Often, the plaintiffs are those who have said they were assaulted, but sometimes they are those who have been found responsible for an assault.

"The lack of clear regulatory standards has contributed to processes that have not been fair to all  

08-13-2019

Back-To-School Safety

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Students are returning to school this week in Carroll County. Berryville students returned today, and tomorrow Eureka Springs and Green Forest return. 

Berryville School Resource officer and Police Sgt. Kevin Disheroon has this timely safety message for students and parents and others...........

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Green Forest Community Prays for School Year

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  Photo and Release submitted by Bonnie Roediger:

The Green Forest community came together Sunday August 11, to pray and walk the Green Forest School District grounds. Over one hundred and fifty people of all ages gathered to pray for the entire school year for the students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff of their school. Ten plus church’s members and pastors walked around the schools and then enjoyed fellowship with a BBQ and potluck meal hosted at the United Methodist Church. 

Many churches lead their members to come together to pray and walk. Much excitement was evident as they fellowshipped together and enjoyed the wonderfully delicious food prepared by many of the community members. The United Methodist Church men cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs that was enjoyed by all in the air-conditioned fellowship hall. 

1st Annual Chicken Hop Fundraiser for New Berryville Library Big Success

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 The Chicken Hop was a rousing success and a great start to an annual event! We raised over $4000!! 

All net proceeds go to the library building fund, which because of the kind donations, will be ALL of the proceeds!!

We had:

1. Great food, some of which was donated by Tyson, Ben E. Keith and Ozark Cafe. 

2. Awesome music by Kirk Ashworth, Cara Sroges and the rest of the band whose name was constantly changing

3. A fantastic silent auction

4. Contests with prizes, including the grand finale Chicken dance

5. A fun game room

6. A spectacular emcee, Shane Stracner

7. Beautiful, luscious pastry desserts from Pasteleria Morelia

8. Wonderful support from our area merchants, artists and craftspeople

9. Donations, for which we are so very grateful, from: Tyson, Ben E. Keith, Ozark Cafe, Allen Appliance, Shelter Insurance Richard and Mary Lou Harp, Cornerstone Bank, Greg and Julie Hall and Maverick Supply. 

County Board of Equalization - Part 2

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  On Monday's news, we featured Part 1 of a three-part interview with members of the Carroll County Equilization Board. If you received an assessment that you disagree with, the Board is taking applications for a hearing, and that comes to an end August 19th. Around 500 County residents received new appraisals. 

Local residents can appeal to the board if they disagree with the taxable value of property assessed. Appointments can be made through the County Clerks office at 423-2022. We begin Part 2 with Jerrell Swofford on the Equalization Board answering the question, do they usually get alot or not too many that appeal..........

Part 2 of our three-part interview.

The Equalization Board consists of Dennis Wells-appraiser, Jeannie Davidson-Assessor, Don Eiler, Pam Grudek, Brian Talley, Don McClung and Jerrell Swofford Realtors. Connie Doss, Carroll County Clerk is Secretary. https://soundcloud.com/user-851289161/equalization-board-part-2

Berryville Police Accident Report

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Berryville Police responded to a two-vehicle accident on Thursday, August 8th, at S. Main and Springfield Street, around 3:30pm. The accident involved Frank Dickinson of Berryville and David Telles of Harrison.

The Police report indicated Dickinson was westbound on S. Main and disregared a stop sign at S. Main and S. Springfield. The Telles vehicle was making a left turn and was struck by Dickinson. 

Police cited Dickinson with disregarding a traffic light.

Central Arkansas Drug Trafficking Ring Busted

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Authorities say they've indicted 19 people involved in a drug trafficking ring in central Arkansas.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Cody Hiland said Monday that 15 of those indicted are in federal custody, including Chico Russell and Terrance Jackson, who are alleged to be the operation’s ringleaders.

Little Rock Drug Enforcement Agency Assistant Special Agent Justin King says federal, state and local officials seized 17 kilograms of methamphetamine, 4 kilograms of cocaine, 249 grams of crack cocaine and a kilogram of heroin - much of it laced with fentanyl.

Officials also say they seized more than 200 prescription pills, $107,000 in cash and multiple firearms.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack Could Have Opponent in 2020

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 Democrat Celeste Williams of Bella Vista appears to be gearing up to run against incumbent GOP U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, in 2020.

Williams, who lost a race for Arkansas State Representative in 2018, distributed an email on Friday (Aug. 9) that said she will make a “special announcement about the Third Congressional District” on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. at Frisco Park in Rogers.

Also according to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) filing dated Aug. 7, 2019, Williams has filed a statement of candidacy to be a 2020 candidate for the U.S. House, AR-03 as a Democrat.

The Arkansas National Guard Has New Commander.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Saturday transferred the power of Arkansas’ adjutant general to Maj. Gen. Kendall W. Penn following the retirement of the state’s former adjutant general, Lt. Gen. Mark H. Berry.

Berry served as adjutant general for four years and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the state’s military department and its nearly 10,000 soldiers and airmen.

Penn joined the Arkansas National Guard at age 18 in 1982 and retired in 2014 after more than 30 years in the Guard. He says his primary goal as the state’s new adjutant general is to ensure Arkansas’ military is prepared for any conflict or natural disaster.

Gas Prices Continue to Fall

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The price of gasoline fell 3.9 cents a gallon in the past week to an average of $2.31, according to GasBuddy.com's latest survey.

Gas prices in the Natural State are now 11.2 cents a gallon cheaper than a month ago.

The national average price of gasoline fell 6.8 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $2.63. That’s 15.9 cents less than a month ago.

“The national average price of gasoline has now fallen to the lowest level of the summer,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. 

However, he cautions the drop in prices could slow as some OPEC members consider cutting oil production.

“A production cut from oil producers may be more akin to putting lipstick on a pig as oil markets have plenty of downside ahead as demand for fuels begins to move lower into the fall with summer driving season ending soon,” he said.

DeHaan said the national average could fall an additional 35 cents per gallon by Thanksgiving “should the trade tensions and geopolitical risks remain the same.”

Thousands of Tyson Employees Out of Work Due to Fire

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Some 3,800 workers at a Tyson Foods meat-processing plant near Garden City, Kansas will be out of work after a Friday night fire that caused significant damage, but the company on Sunday said it will provide them "some guaranteed pay."

Tyson Foods spokesman Worth Sparkman said the plant would remain closed indefinitely and there were no details yet on the cause of the fire and or the extent of the damage. "It was a pretty big fire," he said.

Independent trader Dan Norcini said the cattle market could respond negatively to news of the fire, but the impact would depend on how long the plant stays closed.

A prolonged closure could force the company to move cattle designated for slaughter to another facility, which could result in additional cost.

Tyson said in a statement that it would meet with workers in shifts at the facility on Monday to answer their questions.

"We will provide some guaranteed pay," Sparkman said.

The company said no one was hurt in the fire and workers were safely evacuated around 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Sparkman had no additional details on the expected duration of the closure.

Local media reported that firefighters battled the fire through the night before getting it under control on Saturday morning.