N E W S
Local News Schedules:
Monday thru Friday 7am, Noon & 5pm Saturday & Sunday at 7am and Noon
Arrest Report: 05-24-22
Osage Baptist Church16475 Hwy 103 S., Alpena, AR 72611
St. Elizabeth Parish Center232 Passion Play Rd., Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Holiday Island Country Club#1 Country Club Dr., Holiday Island, AR 72631
Green Forest United Methodist Church100 S Springfield Green Forest, AR 72638
Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church74 CR 624, Oak Grove, AR 72660
Freeman Heights Baptist Church522 W Freeman Ave., Berryville, AR 72616
Arkansas' voter identification laws have gotten stricter since the past major election. Voters who forget to bring their photo ID to the polling place at the May 2022 primaries will no longer be allowed to sign an affidavit. They will still be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. However, they must bring a valid ID to the county clerk or election commissioners before noon on the Monday following the election. That's May 31 for the primaries.
Which IDs count for Arkansas voters?Arkansas voters must show an approved photo ID. Absentee voters must submit a photocopy of their ID. The ID must have the voter's photograph and name. It also can't be expired for more than four years. The ID must have been issued by a federal or state entity, or by a postsecondary institution in Arkansas. Arkansas driver's licenses, U.S. passports, military IDs, and student IDs from the University of Arkansas, NorthWest Arkansas Community College and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are some of the most common valid IDs presented.
Flooding Rain Possible Through Thursday
Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture Receives Funding to Fight Feral Hog Problem
Arkansas Only One of Two States Refusing to Fund Rental Assistance
As of Friday, 2,855 evictions had been filed in state courts since the start of 2022, per an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette analysis. The number is 45% higher than evictions filed last year over the same period. It is also 60% higher than evictions filed over the same period in 2018, two years before the covid-19 pandemic. Arkansas became one of two states, along with Nebraska, to refuse the funding through the Emergency Rental Assistance program on April 19, in a letter to the U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Hutchinson told Yellen he would draw down no more than 39% on the $146 million offered. This would give the state about $60 million in funds. The state received $173 million from the U.S. Treasury in 2021 for families behind on rent and utility payments because of covid-19. When asked about the rising evictions, the governor said, "The unemployment rate in Arkansas remains at a record low, and it is also lower than the national employment rate. There are economic opportunities available for our citizens who can work." He also said that drawing certain conclusions from eviction data ignores the federal moratorium on evictions for most of 2020 and half of 2021.
Prosecutor Submits Sentencing Memo in Josh Duggar's Child Pornography Case
‘Justice must be tempered with mercy,’ says Josh Duggar defense, asks for a 5 year sentence The filing begins by detailing Duggar’s two-count indictment in April 2021, as well as the subsequent trial on those charges and the guilty verdict. Then it proceeds to explain his crimes in detail: downloading and viewing child pornography over a four-day period, using a “hidden partition on his work computer” and a “BitTorrent Peer-to-Peer file-sharing client.”
FDA Recalls Jiffy Peanut Butter
Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve any recalled Jif brand peanut butter that have lot code numbers 1274425 through 2140425, only if the first seven digits end with 425 (see photo example and Product List with UPC Codes). This product has a two-year shelf life so consumers should check any Jif peanut butter in their home. FDA recommends that if you have used the recalled Jif brand peanut butter that have lot code numbers 1274425 through 2140425 and the first seven digits end with 425, you should wash and sanitize surfaces and utensils that could have touched the peanut butter. If you or someone in your household ate this peanut butter and have symptoms of salmonellosis, please contact your healthcare provider.
Concert in Pioneer Park Marked Record Turnout
Covid-19 Cases Tops 3,000
Health officials reported six additional deaths attributed to the virus, increasing the number of people who died in Arkansas from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic to 11,432. In the last 24 hours, 1,812 new COVID-19 vaccine doses were given out in Arkansas. The number of Arkansans who are fully immunized rose to 1,593,734, with another 376,080 being partially immunized.
Early Voting Higher in Some Parts of the State
Late Friday afternoon, the secretary of state's office reported a total of 137,804 early voters, including 106,432 in the Republican primary, 29,957 in the Democratic primary, and 1,415 others. The secretary of state's office has projected a voter turnout rate of about 20% of the state's registered voters, or about 360,000 voters. In the most recent midterm elections, the voter turnout rate in Arkansas was about 19% in 2018, about 21% in 2014 and about 29% in 2010.
Economic Development Administration Funding NorthArk's Robotics & Manufacturing Innovation
Plans call for breaking ground this summer on the 32,500-square-foot facility and have training operations up and running in the next two years. The training center, estimated to cost $8 million, will house the school's manufacturing, machining, robotics, electronics and IT programs. Training programs will be industry-driven and shaped to provide advanced-manufacturing training for businesses across Arkansas, Massengale said. "This is all being done to support industry," he added. "We have a lot of backing from industry in our area and they're on our advisory board, giving us input. We're really depending on them to help us build this into what it needs to be to meet their needs." The Harrison center will be one of only two FANUC-certified robotics training facilities in the South, according to Massengale. FANUC America Corp. is one of the world's leading suppliers of robotics equipment, with more than 25 million products installed in factories and innovation centers across the globe. North Arkansas College's initiative is a prime example of state efforts to promote advanced manufacturing and training and encourage participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, according to Commerce Secretary Mike Preston.
Medical Marijuana Patients Spent $24M in April
Bear Sightings on the Rise
“She's going to breed again and get pregnant, so she'll have you know a new set of Cubs to take care of very shortly it's time for the kids to get out,” said Stephens. “like humans, it's time for the teenagers to get out, go to college, get a job, bears are the same way.” According to a press release, “female bears will spend two winters with their cubs: the first when they are newborns, and the second as adolescents. In their second year, female cubs will be allowed to stay in a portion of their mother’s territory, but male bears are forced away to find a new home on their own.” “Usually they're looking for an easy meal like in a trash can or open containers of dog food things of that nature,” said Stephens. Stephens says not to approach the bears if they do enter a residential area. He explained the young bears would eventually leave on their own but following them could complicate the situation. “We have problems with more people watching and keeping them in the tree than letting them come down,” said Stephens. “A lot of time pets will get after them. That scares them they'll run up a tree, well they're not going to come down until they feel comfortable” With Spring arriving, Stephens says it could be possible to see the bear in the wild, but not likely. He explained bears may seem scary, but the bears are often more scared than humans. “The best thing you can do is just make a lot of noise to scare them off. They're going to run back, they're going to run away. They don't want to be around you so that's all you got to do,” said Stephens. “It's nothing to be afraid of. I mean you get to see a black bear, which is a rare sighting in Arkansas, so just enjoy it but just keep your distance.”
Rolling Blackouts Possible this Summer
“We do have plans to curtail usage, and the final aspect of that would be calling on consumers to reduce or conserve power, the final approach to anything like that would be the rolling brownout or blackout, but that is an absolutely worst-case scenario,” said Rob Roedel, director of corporate communications for Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Moura adds while the American electric grid is one of the best in the world, it would take something like the creation of the interstate highway system in the 1950s to get the grid to the point where excess demand was no longer an issue. Now it’s important to note that a similar forecast was put out last summer and most of the county got through unscathed, with the exception of the pacific northwest during that record-breaking heatwave in June.
Some Residents Missed in the 2020 Census
The figures released Thursday from the Post-Enumeration Survey serve as a report card on how well residents in the 50 states and District of Columbia were counted during a census that faced unprecedented obstacles from a pandemic, hurricanes, and wildfires, social unrest, and political interference by the Trump administration. The survey re-interviews a sample of residents and compares those results to the census to see “what we did right and what we did wrong,” said Census Bureau official Timothy Kennel. States that did a better job of getting residents counted scored greater Electoral College and congressional representation or did not lose expected seats in the House of Representatives. They also are now better positioned for the annual distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funding in the coming decade. Nothing can be done at this point to change how many congressional seats are allocated among the states, and neither can the data used for redrawing congressional districts be adjusted. Thursday’s release did not break down by demographic traits how good a job the 2020 census did at the state level, but a national report card released in March showed the Black population in the 2020 census had a net undercount of 3.3%, while it was almost 5% for Hispanics and 5.6% for American Indians and Native Alaskans living on reservations. Those identifying as some other race had a net undercount of 4.3%. The non-Hispanic white population had a net overcount of 1.6%, and Asians had a net overcount of 2.6%, according to the results.
USDA Programs to Help Farmers Move to Organic Farming
Arrest Report: 05-20-22
Absentee Ballots Due Today
Carroll County Quorum Court Report
Berryville City Council Report Part 2
Body of Missing Canoeist Found
Probable Cause Affidavit Shows Rocky Dodson Did Kill His Wife
Covid-19 Cases Increasing and Could Get Worse
Last week, White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha warned in an interview with The Associated Press the U.S. will be increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus this fall and winter if Congress doesn’t swiftly approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments. Jha warned that without additional funding from Congress for the virus would cause “unnecessary loss of life” in the fall and winter, when the U.S. runs out of treatments. He added the U.S. was already falling behind other nations in securing supplies of the next generation of COVID-19 vaccines and said that the domestic manufacturing base of at-home tests is already drying up as demand drops off. The pandemic is now 2 1/2 years old. And the U.S. has seen — depending how you count them — five waves of COVID-19 during that time, with the later surges driven by mutated versions of the coronavirus. A fifth wave occurred mainly in December and January, caused by the omicron variant. The omicron variant spread much more easily than earlier versions. Some experts are worried the country now is seeing signs of a sixth wave, driven by an omicron subvariant. On Wednesday, Walensky noted a steady increase in COVID-19 cases in the past five weeks, including a 26% increase nationally in the last week. Hospitalizations also are rising, up 19% in the past week, though they remain much lower than during the omicron wave, she said. Officials said they are concerned that waning immunity and relaxed mitigation measures across the country may contribute to a continued rise in infections and illnesses across the country. They encouraged people — particularly older adults — to get boosters.
Slight Downward Trend in Gas Prices
Even with the prices trending downward, truck driver and owner of Road Legendz trucking, Jeremy Washington isn’t optimistic about the prices. Washington is fairly new to the trucking business. He started his own company in 2019. From then to now, he’s seen a major change in the business, causing hassles, in particular, at the pump. He says in 2020 he could do a trip from Memphis to South Dakota, and it would cost around $1,200 for fuel. But now, that same route would cost around $2,400 for Washington. He’s grown to have a team of drivers and 8 trucks. The truck he drove on Thursday only needed 59 gallons to fill up, but it holds 140. The 59 gallons cost him $300. He says that it “takes around about $850 to actually fill up.” To help save at the pump, he recommends fuel card programs but says to make sure you explore all your options first. Washington gets 16 cents off a gallon with the fuel card company he is currently using but says he’ll be switching companies soon because he “will be saving around 13 to 14 grand a month.” He adds that his way of accommodating the increase in gas is to, as he puts it, “keep on trucking” but stay consistent. He says he “hires a lot of part-time drivers. That means the trucks are constantly moving. Which means that it can kind of offset the cost” of gas because Road Legendz is steadily making money. He says that if you are unable to keep a steady workload, then now isn’t the best time to start a trucking company with how expensive fuel is.
Arrest Report: 05-19-22
Storms and Cooler Temps for the Weekend
Berryville City Council Part 1
Canoeist Still Missing on Buffalo National River
Flu Cases Still Rising
Walmart Trying Out New Program
New Inductees to Country Music Hall of Fame
NWA Drops in New Rankings
U.S. News & World Report rates areas by desirability, value, job market, quality of life, and net migration. Northwest Arkansas improved its value score but lost ground in each of the others. "While real estate in Fayetteville is some of the most expensive in Arkansas, Fayetteville's median home sale price is lower than in other real estate markets in the U.S.," according to the ranking fact sheet. The magazine also cited the area's growth, friendliness, commerce, and the University of Arkansas as factors behind its relatively high ranking.Top 5 — 2022Huntsville, AlabamaColorado Springs, ColoradoGreen Bay, WisconsinBoulder, ColoradoSan Jose, California
Arrest Report: 05-18-22
Holiday Island "Big Bass" Fishing Tournament
Berryville School Board Report
The students below are the Huntsville School District Valedictorians and Salutatorian
And Congratulations to the Huntsville 2022 Salutatorian Kynlee Maupin- She will be attending North Arkansas College in Harrison studying business
Senior Salutes are brought to us by Danny's Tire and Full Service, Kings River Title, Harts Family Center, Hairitage 62, Montgomery Whiteley Realty, 29:11 Grill Shack, Southern Paramedic Service, Anstaff Bank, Molly Lou's Resale, Ozark Lakes Family Dentistry, First National Bank of North Arkansas, City of Green Forest, AQI /Electrical, Sonic of Berryville and Berryville Public Schools.
ASP Initiate Investigation of Greenwood School District
In a statement, we got from the Greenwood School District, it says, “the Greenwood School District regards matters of student safety as a top priority. We are cooperating with authorities and conducting a thorough and robust investigation into the allegations to assure the safety of students. Since this matter involves the actions of students and staff, the District will have no further comment as applicable law provides for the confidentiality of such matters.” The student says he’s heard all the rumors, and the situation has him disturbed. “I don’t like that it happened; it’s horrible that that would have. I wouldn’t want this to happen on a certain trip because I wouldn’t want that to happen to anyone,” says the student. ASP says special agents of the state police criminal investigation division have been assigned to this case and are in the process of collecting statements and evidence.
The student we spoke with says the school district and school officials have publicly condemned the actions on the school bus. He hopes those involved are dealt with accordingly. “There is nothing we can do about it now, we just need to look forward and make sure it never happens again, and if it does happen again, we need to increase punishments,” says the student. ASP tells me once they collect statements and evidence, a criminal case file will be turned over to the prosecuting attorney. The prosecuting attorney will determine whether criminal charges should be filed.
Inflation Rises Again in April
A slow rebound from pandemic-related supply chain disruption and higher costs of necessary operational expenditures like grain for cows and fuel for equipment are contributing to rising dairy prices. Meat prices have also been impacted by higher labor costs, commodity prices, and growing consumer demand. The index for eggs increased 10.3%—or nearly 50 cents—in April as many commercial poultry farms around the country culled tens of millions of chickens amid a highly infectious avian influenza outbreak
The average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit per person is about $121 per month: less than $1.40 per meal for an individual. While these benefits are meant to help offset some financial burdens at the grocery store, they are not adjusted for month-over-month changes in inflation. Even slight price variances of historically low-cost items can significantly impact budget-conscious consumers as inflation increases. Staple items, including wheat, flour, and chicken, are not immune to price fluctuations caused by war. Vulnerable populations will feel the impacts on their grocery bills. Chicken feed costs were impacted by Russia’s war in Ukraine; ingredients including sunflower meal and wheat are primarily produced by Russia and Ukraine. Those increases were passed down to consumers via higher poultry costs.
ADH Shows Active Covid-19 Cases Back Above 2,500
Sex Trafficking Here in NWA and the River Valley
In 2021, the task force conducted 67 child exploitation investigations and served more than 70 search warrants for crimes against children violations. That same year Arkansas lawmakers voted to harshen the penalties traffickers face if convicted in the state of Arkansas.
Crystal Bridges Announce "We the People" Exhibit
Walmart Releases Quarterly Results
Walmart is among the first major retailers to report quarterly results and is considered a major barometer of spending given its size and the breadth of its customer base.