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COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR SCREENS 80 MEN FOR PROSTATE CANCER         9/22/17

 

Thursday, 80 men take advantage of a free prostate cancer screening program during the Community Health Fair at the Wellness Clinic in De Queen.

 

According to Bev Eckert who is the Executive Director of the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation said its very important for men to get tested for prostate cancer every year, because it can be fatal in its advanced stages.

 

Bill Johnson is the Development Director for the foundation reported over 60 men had participated in Thursday's event at the Wellness Clinic by 6 p.m. Eckert said the De Queen PSA event is one of the largest in the state.

 

Johnson said prostate cancer is a major issue for men, because one in seven will be diagnosed with it.

 

Eckert said for more information, contact the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation because they have a patient navigator that can patients through the entire process.

 

Dr. Jason Lofton said 184 people had their blood drawn for their yearly test, but ultimately he received pleasure from seeing people get help and letting them know he and his staff cares about them.

 

 

FOREMAN BOARD OF EDUCATION NAMES MARK KING ATHLETIC DIRECTOR       9/22/17

 

Wednesday night during a special called meeting of the Foreman Board of Education, board members voted to hire Foreman High School Head Football Coach Mark King as the district's athletic director.

 

King will replace John Hall who had been the head boys basketball coach and athletic director. Hall was named the new high school principal this summer.

 

During the special called meeting, the board passed a resolution disclosing the fact that the district conducts business with Gator Graphics and that a district employee is related to the business owners.

 

Board members also accepted the resignation of Lynsey Gwin.

 

 

TOUR DE QUEEN BIKE RIDE IS NOVEMBER 4TH         9/22/17

 

The De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce is once again inviting bicyclists from across the region to participate in the annual Tour de Queen Bike Ride on November 4th.

 

Riders will be able to choose routes of various lengths, including 15-miles, 25-miles, 36-miles and 47-miles. The routes will take riders through scenic areas around De Queen, including Chapel Hill and De Queen Lake.

 

Volunteers will mark various locations along the route to mark turn-around points and rest stops. Residents who live along the bike route will be asked to keep their dogs in a fenced in area or on a leash until the event is over.

 

The ride will begin in front of the De Queen/Sevier County Chamber of Commerce office on Stilwell Avenue in De Queen at 9 a.m. Online registration is available at www.bikereg.com by searching for Tour de Queen. 

 

Pre-registration is $25, if you register by October 25th. No awards will be given and this is not a timed race. All riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all riders must wear a helmet.

 

For more information, call Patrick Massey at 870-582-5746.

 

 

IRISH PRODUCER CRH PLC AGREES TO BUY ASH GROVE CEMENT CO     09/22/17

 

In the latest sign of global consolidation among building-materials suppliers, Irish producer CRH Plc agreed to buy family-controlled Ash Grove Cement Co. of the U.S. in a $3.5 billion deal that will reinforce its bet on growth in North America.

CRH will pay shareholders of the Overland Park, Kansas-based cement maker between $449 to $454 per share, according to a statement Wednesday from Ash Grove, majority-owned and run for the past century by the Sunderland family. That’s as much as 59 percent more than the $285 closing price in New York. CRH shares rose 2.1 percent to 2,711 pence at 1:35 p.m. in London, giving a market value of 23 billion pounds ($31 billion).

The planned acquisition of Ash Grove follows a string of deals for Dublin-based CRH, which agreed in August to sell an interior building-products division for $2.63 billion to Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. It also bought cement assets for 6.5 billion euros ($7.7 billion) from Lafarge SA and Holcim Ltd. as part of their 2015 merger. The Ash Grove deal, coming the same week as another competitor, HeidelbergCement AG, sealed a transaction to expand in Italy, will further focus CRH on North America where it already bills itself as the region’s largest building-materials company.

CRH was quick to recycle capital from the Beacon Roofing deal “into a higher margin business at a much lower multiple,” in-line with recent U.S. cement transactions, Davy Research analysts said in a note, adding that the Irish company has “strong capital discipline and relentless focus on return on capital.”

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CRH was seen as being one of the biggest potential gainers from a pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump of massive investment in infrastructure. Even though that plan has yet to materialize, increased demand in the country for building materials like cement and aggregates is also underpinning the growth outlook of rivals including LafargeHolcim Ltd. of Switzerland and HeidelbergCement.

Ash Grove operates eight cement plants across eight U.S. states and the Irish company is its biggest customer, CRH said in a statement. Last year it reported profit before tax of $215 million and gross assets of $2.5 billion.

Ash Grove has “enjoyed a close and highly productive relationship” with CRH for decades, said Chairman Charles Sunderland, who is part of the fourth generation of the family at the 135-year-old company. Ash Grove doesn’t publicly disclose regular financial statements.

The transaction, announced one month into the tenure of new Ash Grove Chief Executive Officer J. Randall Vance, has been unanimously approved by the board of directors and is expected to close in late 2017 or early 2018, subject to stockholder approval, regulatory approval and other customary conditions. J.P. Morgan Securities was financial adviser to Ash Grove for the transaction.

The exact payment amount to shareholders will not be determined until after the transactions close as components may fluctuate, said Ash Grove, which didn’t elaborate on how the price was calculated. The purchase will be financed through existing financial resources, CRH said.

 

 

FATAL ACCIDENT TAKES THE LIFE OF ATLANTA TEXAS COUPLE     9/22/17

 

A man injured in a car crash that killed his wife Wednesday night has died from his injuries.

Lawrence Ware, 84, of Atlanta, Texas, died at a local hospital, said Shawn Vaughn, spokesman for the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department. His wife, Norma Ware, 82, was killed in the accident that occurred about 7:35 p.m. Wednesday at South Lake Drive and Buchanan Road.

Lawrence Ware was the driver of a 2010 Lexus that was southbound on Lake Drive and attempting to make a left turn onto Buchanan Road. The car turned into the path of a log truck, driven by Willis Walker, 60, of Ogden, Ark. Walker was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

 

 

FREE HEALTH FAIR IS TODAY AT THE WELLNESS CLINIC        9/21/17

 

According to the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and if you have a father or brother that was diagnosed with prostate cancer that more than doubles your risk of developing the disease. But you can improve your chances of overcoming prostate cancer if you participate in the simple PSA screening process that is being offered today at the Wellness Clinic during the free Community Health Fair today until 8 p.m.

 

Whitney Tatum of the Wellness Clinic said today's health fair will not only feature the PSA screening, but a colon cancer screening and the Wadley Scan Van.

 

Everyone who attends the health fair will have a chance to win prizes including crock pots, fishing poles and up to $300 in cash from the Number One Country treasure chest.

 

For more information, call the Wellness Center at 870-642-4000.

 

 

STATEWIDE MASS FLU VACCINE CLINICS ANNOUNCED       9/21/17

Sevier County's Mass Flu Clinic is September 27th

 

Teresa Morris of the Arkansas Department of Health announced this week that the mass flu clinic in Sevier County is Wednesday, September 27th, at the Sevier County Health Unit from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Deborah Hedge is the director of the Sevier County Health Unit and she stated if they do not have insurance, or your insurance carrier does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge. She also asked everyone to have their forms filled out before they arrive at the health unit.

 

Morris said they will still be offering curb service for those people who need assistance.

 

Even though new observations about the flu vaccine continue to be made, experts continue to recommend annual flu vaccinations for children and adults. The flu virus changes from year to year, and this year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season. 

 

One official with the Arkansas Department of Health reported the flu should not be taken lightly. They said everyone should get a flu shot to help protect themselves and their families. Officials say it is hard to predict in advance how severe the flu season is going to be.

 

People of all ages can get the flu. Certain people are more likely to have serious health problems if they get the flu. This includes older adults, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, people who smoke, and people who live in nursing homes.  Therefore, the department of health recommends that people in these groups get a flu vaccine. It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine, to not only protect themselves, but also to help decrease the possibility that they might expose the people that they love and care for to the flu.

 

Morris said the flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot. They may also run a low fever or have a slight headache. There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctor's office where they can be monitored.

 

The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a door knob, with the virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth. So good hand washing habits are important in preventing the flu. However, the best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine.

 

For more information, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov.

 

 

TWO SEVIER COUNTY 4-H MEMBERS CONDUCTING COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT TO BENEFIT THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL     9/21/17

 

Two Sevier County 4-H members are currently conducting a community service project to benefit the patients and families of patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

 

Amber Morris and Aubrey Seymour announced this morning how area residents can participate in their community service project and help the patients of the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

 

Seymour explained she has made several visits to the Arkansas Children's Hospital and she noticed that some families didn't have personal hygiene items when they arrived at the hospital with the children, so she and Morris decided to collect personal hygiene items to donate to the hospital.

 

Morris said they will also be collecting items for the patients and their families and all items must be new.

 

Morris said you may drop off items at the First State Bank or the Shelter Insurance office in De Queen.

 

For more information, contact the Sevier County Extension Office at 870-584-3013.

 

 

BASEBALL MEMORABILIA OF LATE WALTER RAY MATTHEWS TO BE DISPLAYED AT TWO RIVERS MUSEUM IN ASHDOWN      9/21/17

 

The Two Rivers Museum in Ashdown will open an exhibit honoring the late Walter Ray Matthews and his baseball career with the Houston Astros on Saturday, September 30th at 2 p.m.

 

Matthews' widow, Vicki Matthews said she and her family appreciated the Two Rivers Museum for allowing them to showcase Walter Ray's extensive sports memorabilia collection from his collegiate football experience with the Arkansas Razorbacks, as well as his career IN Minor and Major League Baseball and as one of the Houston Astro's most respected talent scout.

 

Matthews was from Hicks, Arkansas, just east of Ashdown. After graduating from Ashdown High School, he attended the University of Arkansas where he played football and baseball.

 

Matthews was drafted after graduation by the St. Louis Cardinals but would spend the majority of his Minor League career as a first baseman and outfielder in Houston's farm system with the Durham Bulls.

 

Matthews became a talent scout for the Astros in 1967 and would remain with the organization until his retirement in 2012. Matthews passed away in April of 2014 after serving the Astros organization for 51 years.

 

The Two Rivers Museum is located on East Main Street in Ashdown and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the museum at 870-898-7200.

 

The Matthews exhibit will be on display until March 30th.

 

 

CONSUMER ALERT - BE CAUTIOUS OF FLOOD-DAMAGED VEHICLES     9/21/17

 

While Arkansas did not see the type of damage and flooding that our neighbors in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas have seen in recent weeks but that doesn't mean products from those states will not end up here in Arkansas, especially vehicles.

 

Arkansans who are considering a new or used vehicle have been asking questions about how to spot flood-damaged cars or trucks and what dealers are required to disclose to potential buyers.

 

Consumers should review a vehicle's title for any flood damage reports and Arkansas law requires dealerships to place a separate disclosure in the window of cars that are for sale that have previously been submerged. Although private sellers are required to notify a potential buyer of any flood damage, a posted disclosure is not mandatory.

 

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced consumers who are shopping for a new or used vehicle should follow the following tips:

Ask the seller if the car has been damaged by hail or flood waters; and inspect the vehicle for water stains and mildew in the vents and behind the dashboard.

 

Rutledge said flood damaged cars may look fine, but they may have defective electrical systems, steering problems, faulty computers and faulty air bag systems.

 

Rutledge suggests consumers have vehicles inspected by their own mechanic and if the vehicle has significant damage, it is considered a salvage vehicle and a buyer's notification should be posted.

 

For more information, call the Attorney General's Office at 1-800-482-8982 or visit the website www.ArkansasAG.gov.

 

 

THE 73RD ANNUAL SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS DISTRICT FAIR & BULL RIDING     09/21/17

 

The 73rd annual Southwest Arkansas District Fair and Bull Riding is set for September 26th through 30th in Hope's Fair Park. Events get underway with the judging of arts and crafts, food preservation, educational exhibits, and horticulture judging at 10am Tuesday September 26th. The potted plant show will be judged 11am on Tuesday. The first exhibits open for viewing at 5pm that day and the midway opens at 5pm Tuesday. The fair parade is set for 6pm Tuesday. For info on the fair parade or to register an entry phone Eddie Brazzel at 870-777-6772. The Fair Queens Pageant is set for 7:30pm Tuesday.


The midway will feature a variety of carnival rides including State Fair Spectacular Rides. Arm Band Days are set for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Wednesday night all rides will be $1. Advance arm bands are $18 at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope. Armbands at the fairgrounds will be $20. You will receive free gate admission for each advance armband you purchase in town.


Exhibits open Wednesday at 9am and animals must bee in place by 7pm Wednesday. Weight cards are also due for market hogs on Wednesday. At 7pm a Ranch Rodeo will be held in the rodeo arena. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefit the Hempstead County Sheriff's Department "Operation Christmas". For info on the ranch rodeo call 870-703-3419 between 6pm and 10pm. Also on Wednesday, the Rafter J Cowboy Church will have a gospel program outside on the Tyson stage.


Thursday the exhibits open at 9am. Commercial heifers will be weighed at 6pm, steers at 6:30pm, goats at 6pm, and sheep at 6pm. The "Spare Time Band" will perform country and old rock and roll music on the Tyson Stage at 6pm.
Friday at the fair the exhibits open at 9am. Sheep and goat judging and showmanship begins at 4pm as do junior activities. The "Night Hawk" Band will perform at 6pm on the Tyson stage. The L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding will be presented in the Rodeo Arena at 7:30pm. Advance Bull Riding tickets are on sale at Farmers Bank & Trust and Super 1 Foods in Hope. Persons with advance bull-riding tickets will get in the gate free.


Saturday at the fair will being with open cattle, steer, breeding beef, and commercial heifer judging and showmanship at 9am. This will be followed by dairy cattle judging. The rabbit show is at 9am in the swine barn. Exhibits open for viewing at 11am. An Hispanic Band will perform at 6pm on the Tyson stage and the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding is set for 7:30pm.


The Southwest Arkansas District Fair thanks their many sponsors including Farmers Bank & Trust, Super 1 Foods, Bank of Delight, First National Bank of Tom Bean, Tyson, Brazzel-Oakcrest Funeral Home, Hope Auto, Amigo Juan's, Bancorp South, and MAC Construction.


For more information visit southwestarkansasdistrictlivestockshow.com.

 

 

This Week's News:

 

 

A LOOK AT THE MILLAGE VOTES         9/20/17

 

Tuesday voters in Sevier and Little River counties went to the polls to consider millage proposals from the De Queen and Ashdown school districts.

 

The De Queen millage proposal was a 4.9 mill increase for the construction of a new high school, while the Ashdown district was seeking a 3.9 mill increase to renovate and expand the Margaret Daniel Elementary building for the consolidation of the district's elementary campuses.

 

At 7:30, Tuesday night, the early turnout votes revealed the De Queen proposal was leading by 121 votes, 244 to 123.

 

About an hour later, the box from Lockesburg was counted and the results showed the millage proposal was voted down by the Lockesburg residents by a vote of 234 against and 62 for. At 8:30, the millage proposal trailed 357 to 306.

 

At 8:45, the Gillham box was tallied and the results were 58 against and 36 for the millage.

 

And the total would remain 415 against and 342 for until after 10 p.m. when the De Queen box was counted. In De Queen, the proposal was passed 490 to 126, giving the De Queen School District a 832 to 541 victory.

 

In Ashdown, the proposal trailed all night and at 9:15 p.m. the final tally was 677 against and 564 for. The millage failed by a total of 113 votes.

 

Following the final tally, De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill thanked the patrons of the De Queen School District for supporting the millage.

 

While, Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders expressed his disappointment, but promised the district voters that the district will continue to provide a quality education for students.

 

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES REFINANCING WASTE WATER LOANS       9/20/17

 

Aldermen of the De Queen City Council heard a proposal from Stephens, Inc. of Little Rock about refinancing the city's current waste water plant loans.

 

Stephens, Inc.'s proposal stated interest rates are currently down and the city could save approximately $490,000 if they refinanced their current bonds. However, Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said the city would not be permitted to make any early payments for the first five-years of the loan.

 

McKelvy reported two developers have asked for a couple of zone changes, which would allow them to develop manufactured home parks on the southwest side of town. But, before a final decision is made, the Planning Commission will hold a public meeting.

 

McKelvy also reported the water meter project is just about finished and Windstream has installed a fiber optic line at the city hall.

 

Alderman also voted to allow the De Queen Fire Department to burn a damaged home on Jefferson Street for a fire training exercise. McKelvy said the property owner will need to sign a waiver before the fire department burns the home.

 

The council voted to sell two Ford Crown Vics that were no longer needed by the police department and the tabled an ordinance declaring the City of De Queen a drug-free workplace.

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL CHARGES MAY BE FILED AGAINST LOCKESBURG MAN 9/20/17
Submitted by KMTB


Additional charges are expected to be filed against a Lockesburg man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old female and a 16-year-old male.


In July of 2016, 37-year-old Barry Smith was arrested by Sevier County authorities after the mother of a 13-year-old girl filed a report accusing Smith of raping her daughter. The victim allegedly said Smith forced her to have sexual intercourse with him for over a year.


Smith was charged with rape and is currently being held in the Sevier County jail.


On August 29th, a 16-year-old male reported Smith forced him to have sex before Smith was arrested last year. According to the male victim, the incident happened at a residence in Nashville where Smith was living at the time.
The case has been turned over to the prosecuting attorney's office and charges are expected to be filed within the next few days.
 

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR IS THURSDAY       9/20/17

 

Thursday, the Wellness Center on De Queen Avenue will host the annual Community Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Dr. Jason Lofton said the fair targets people who do not have insurance, but everyone is invited to visit with the vendors and participate in the give-a-ways throughout the day. He said the Wellness Clinic is giving away cups and duffle bags full of Texas Ranger bobbleheads. And, everyone can try to win some cash from the Number One Country treasure chest.

 

Lofton said they will also be offering flu shots, pneumonia shots and tetanus shots. He said the immunizations aren't free, but they are covered by most insurance.

 

The Community Health Fair is sponsored in part by Legacy Initiatives, ImmunizeAR, Arkansas Minority Health Commission and the Minority Initiative Sub-Recipient Grant Office.

 

For more information, call 870-642-4000. 

 

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE IN DE QUEEN               9/20/17

 

The Arkansas attorney general recently announced the mobile office locations for the month of September.

 

The dates for Southwest Arkansas including: Tuesday, September 19th from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hope Senior Adult Center in Hope and on Thursday, September 28th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the UA Cossatot Campus Cafe lobby in De Queen.

 

The mobile offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues, such as filing complaints against scam artists. Consumers can also get rid of unwanted prescription drugs. Law enforcement will be available to properly dispose of any ole, unused, expired medications.

 

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make her office more accessible to all Arkansans. In 2015 and 2016, mobile office hours were conducted in all 75 counties, assisting nearly 1,300 people.

 

For more information, visit the website www.ArkansasAG.gov or call 1-501-682-2007.

 

 

DE QUEEN SCHOOL MILLAGE PASSES 832 TO 541     9/20/17

 

Tuesday, the patrons of the De Queen School District approved a 4.9 mill increase by a vote of 832 to 541 for the construction of a new high school. De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill expressed his appreciation for the De Queen voters following the final results at the Sevier County Courthouse.

 

Voters in the Ashdown School District voted down a proposed millage increase by a vote of 677 to 564. Ashdown Superintendent Jason Sanders stated the district has heard the voters and will move forward.

 

For a complete wrap-up, listen to Your Number One Country, tomorrow morning.

 

 

VOTING UNDERWAY ON AREA MILLAGE PROPOSALS       9/19/17

 

Several school districts throughout the state are seeking millage increases today, including the De Queen School District in Sevier County and the Ashdown School District in Little River County.

 

The De Queen School District is seeking a 4.9 mill increase to fund the construction of a high school. The district received $1.7 million dollars from the Arkansas Academic Facilities Partnership Program, but those funds will only be given to the district if the millage is approved by voters and the district starts construction of the new building.

 

If approved, De Queen School millage would increase from 27.3 mills, which is the lowest millage in the state, to 32.2 mills.

 

De Queen School District patrons can vote in De Queen at the De Queen Church of Christ, in Gillham at the De Queen-Mena Educational Co-op and in Lockesburg at the First United Methodist Church.

 

The Ashdown School District is seeking a 3.9 mill increase, which will used to renovate and construct additional space on the Margaret Daniel Elementary campus. Superintendent Jason Sanders reported if approved the district will consolidate the district’s three elementary schools into one campus.

 

If approved the Ashdown millage will increase from 35.7 mills to 39.6 mills.

 

Ashdown School District patrons can vote at the following polling locations: Arden, Franklin, Cleveland, Ashdown Ward 1, Ashdown Ward 3, Ashdown Ward 1, Ben Lomend, Richmond, Johnson, Little River and Lick Creek.

 

All voting locations will remain open until 7:30 p.m. today.

 

Area residents can tune into KDQN 92.1 tonight after the polls close in Little River and Sevier County for the results from tonight's school elections.

 

 

FAIR CHECKS ARE READY      9/19/17

 

Sevier County Fair Board member Linda Frachiseur announced this morning that a fair board representative will be at the fairgrounds tonight at 6:30 to hand out ribbon money and fair checks. She also stated young people who showed livestock at this year's fair can also pick up a premium sale packet, tonight.

 

Frachiseur said she has also picked up the Sevier County Survivor dinner t-shirts and anyone who attended this year's Cancer Survivor Dinner can stop by the Farm Credit building on Lakeside Drive this Thursday, and pick up their t-shirt.

 

For more information about the fair checks or the survivor t-shirts, contact Frachiseur at 870-584-9592.

 

 

FUTURE ASHDOWN SCHOOL ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD IN MAY      9/19/17

 

Members of the Ashdown Board of Education voted to hold all future school elections in May in accordance with ACT 910 of 2017.

 

Superintendent Jason Sanders said the district attempted to inform the patrons of the Ashdown School District about the proposed millage proposal. The Ashdown District is seeking a 3.9 mill increase for the renovation and additional construction to the current Margaret Daniel Elementary building, so the district can consolidate its three elementary campuses into one.

 

Board members also voted to trade the district's 2015 Ford 150 6-cylindar pickup for a 2015 Ford F-250 at De Queen Ford. The board also approved the district spending an additional $5,586 for the truck.

 

Sanders reported to KDQN that he informed the board that Ashdown students could now obtain a certified copy of their transcripts on-line for a $2 fee.

 

Sanders also announced Rosa Bowman is seeking a position on the Arkansas School Board Association's Executive State Board of Directors.

 

 

JEANNE JACKSON NAMED HOMECOMING GRAND MARSHALL AT ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL       9/19/17

 

Jeanne Jackson named the Grand Marshall of the 2017 Ashdown High School Homecoming parade.

 

Jackson retired this past June after teaching her entire career at Ashdown High School and during those 26 years, she taught several subjects including advanced placement psychology, speech, drama, ACT Prep and television production as well as many more. In 2014, she was selected as the high school and district teacher of the year.

 

Jackson stated she was honored and delighted to be chosen to participate in this year's homecoming festivities.

 

The theme for this year's Homecoming is "Road Trip '17."

 

Activities will begin Sunday, September 24th at 7:15 p.m. when the high school cheerleaders will bring back the bonfire on the Ashdown Junior High field. Everyone is invited to participate in the pep rally and enjoy some hot dogs and popcorn.

 

Spirit week is September 25th through the 29th. Monday is beach day; Tuesday is red, white and blue day; Wednesday is western day; Thursday is hippie day; and Friday is Purple and Gold day.

 

Classes will compete in competitions throughout the week. Each class will create and display a banner in the cafeteria, build a parade float, collect cans of food for the Methodist Church's food pantry, and compete in the annual Powder Puff football games on Tuesday night.

 

The Powder Puff games will be on Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m. in Dick Hays Stadium. Admission is $3 because it's a fundraiser for the Ashdown High School Student Council.

 

Friday, classes will dismiss at 1 p.m. for the public pep rally at 2 inside Dick Hays Stadium for the introduction of the Homecoming Court and the senior Panthers. The parade will follow the pep rally and the Coronation ceremony is set for 6 p.m. followed by a 7 o'clock kickoff between the Ashdown Panthers and Bauxite Miners.

 

This year's Homecoming Court includes: Lark Wilkerson, Kaylie Cobb, Jade Kendrick, Zakiyah Rhone, Madeline Atkinson, Alyssa Cisco, Laiken Newton, Madison McAllister, Haley Greene, Lacey Carmack, Taylor Grimes and Camden Teston.

 

 

LOG A LOAD FOR KIDS GOLF TOURNAMENT IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12TH         9/19/17

 

The Texarkana Log A Load for Kids will hold a golf tournament to benefit the following Children's Miracle Network Hospitals: Arkansas Children's Hospital of Little Rock, Texas Children's of Houston and Children's Health of Dallas on Thursday, October 12th at the Texarkana Golf Ranch in Texarkana. This year's sponsors are Weyerhaeuser, International Paper and Domtar.

 

Rebecca Neely said the event is about helping children and the forestry industry is always looking for a way to give back.

 

The entry fee is $500 for a four-person team and that includes two mulligans per player, one red tee, cart and green fees, along with breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30.

 

Since 1993, members of Arkansas' logging and forestry community have participated in the Log A Load for Kids program and they have raised over $9 million for Arkansas Children's Hospital.

 

For more information or to register, call Grace Gregson at 903-824-7725.

 

 

ARKANSAS CANNABIS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION APPOINTS ROBERT DEBIN TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

12243394_10206158582096772_18528801993277651_n.jpgLittle Rock, AR: The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (“ACIA”) announced today that Robert deBin has been appointed to the association’s Board of Directors.

An innovator in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solutions, Mr. deBin is the founder of CLU Solutions, which provides point of sale, payment processing, and network services to the restaurant and retail industries. He is also an owner of Natural State Medicinals, which Mr. deBin hopes to run as one of five licensed medical cannabis cultivation facilities in Arkansas.

Mr. deBin is a Little Rock native and 2011 graduate from University of Arkansas Walton School of Business, receiving his degree in Entrepreneurship and Information Systems, as well as a graduate certificate in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning

In January of 2016, CLU began offering IT consulting services to the Colorado cannabis industry. During this time, Mr. deBin helped design IT and electrical infrastructure for cultivation facilities, consulted for dispensary point of sale developers to help implement standardized hardware options, and provided network services to multiple cultivation facilities. When not providing IT services in CO, he has with the cultivators, learned their best practices for cultivating strains with consistent cannabinoid profiles.

Mr. deBin completed training for (and facilitated by) Metrc, the first all regulatory solution for cannabis deployed in December 2013 for the State of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division. Metrc supports cannabis regulations with technology to prevent and monitor drug diversions. To date, the system has registered over 20,000 users and tracked well over 5,000,000 plants and 3,800,000 packages. A Brookings Institute report on the implementation in Colorado states, “In many ways, the system is the backbone of Colorado’s regulatory structure governing legalized marijuana.” -John Hudak, Brookings Institute, July 31, 2014.

Since November 2016, Robert has been traveling between Little Rock and Denver, actively

receiving training in medical cannabis cultivation with licensed producers in Denver. He holds an occupational support badge with the State of Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

 

‘The ACIA is very excited to have Robert deBin join our board of directors,” says ACIA President Storm Nolan. “Robert has been very active in our state’s medical cannabis program since nearly day one. Robert was instrumental in advocating for sensible changes to the proposed rules and regulations during the public comment periods; changes to benefit both patients and the future industry. Robert has quickly become a subject matter expert in medical cannabis through hands-on learning in other states, and he’s committed to the ACIA’s goal of educating patients, physicians, and the cannabis industry in our state.”

Mr. deBin stated, I was excited working with the ACIA from the onset and am honored to be appointed as a member of the board. I look forward to collaborating with others to ensure best of class services are applied for patients, dispensaries, and cultivation facilities, across the Natural State.”

Please email storm@arcannabis.org for more information.

About the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association:
The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA) is a cannabis industry trade association advocating for laws, regulations and public policies that foster a healthy, professional and accountable medical cannabis industry in our state. Their mission has three main components: Education, Protecting patients and Advocating for the industry. Since February 2017, the ACIA has worked hard to establish and earn their reputation with the public as Arkansas’ voice for the medical cannabis industry and its patients. They have hosted over a dozen seminars across the state, bringing industry experts to Arkansas from all areas of the country to speak about a variety of subjects, all designed to prepare patients and potential industry leaders, alike.

 

UA COSSATOT SAVES STUDENTS $500,000 IN TEXTBOOK COST     9/19/17

 

The University of Arkansas Cossatot announced that its cutting-edge textbook program enabled students to save an estimated $500,000 since 2015.


UA Cossatot was the first in the state to move away from the traditional campus bookstore and implement its own textbook rental program, combined with a faculty-driven move to Open Education Resources (OER).
UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole is pleased to see that many other colleges around the state have seen the success of the UA Cossatot program and are now adopting programs similar to the one UA Cossatot initiated two years ago.


“It is a point of pride that UA Cossatot was the very first college in the state to offer this type of program for students,” he said.


Some UA Cossatot courses still require traditional textbooks. Those books are purchased by the college and rented from the college for $30 per course, although students are allowed to purchase or rent elsewhere if they wish. Courses without traditional textbooks are built using OER, a system that compiles relevant materials into an adaptable, current format designed by the individual instructor. Those materials are free to the student. Course quality is overseen by a chancellor-appointed board, which reviews materials.


UA Cossatot Director of Educational Resources Relinda Ruth believes academic quality is increased with OER, in part because the flexible design allows up-to-the-minute content revisions.


“Textbooks often become obsolete in a year’s time, but Internet and databases are updated moment by moment,” she said.


After two years of operation, the program is on solid ground and serves as a model for other colleges seeking to save money for their own students, while increasing the quality of their courses through the addition of OER materials.
 

 

 

HORATIO BOARD APPROVES LEASE/PURCHASE OF IPADS FOR ELEMENTARY CAMPUS      9/18/17

 

Board members of the Horatio Board of Education voted to use National School Lunch funds to lease/purchase iPads for the Kindergarten through sixth grade students at the Horatio Elementary.

 

Superintendent Lee Smith said the district wanted to provide the same opportunities and technology for students on the elementary campus that students have on the high school campus.

 

Smith said the district had a six-percent damage rate on the high school campus last year and he hopes that by providing elementary students with iPads, it will teach them how to care for them, thus leading to a lower damage rate throughout the district.

 

Smith also reported the district received a lot of positive feedback on a recent survey concerning the district's School of Innovation plan on the high school.

 

Board members also discussed the facility needs in the district. Smith said they designated the elementary roof project as their top priority. He said the district also received about $400,000 in state funding for the roof project.

 

He said some of the other projects were a new road at the high school, lights at the baseball field and some band stands at the football field.

 

Board members also voted to hold their annual school election during the May primary elections beginning in 2018.

 

 

ASHDOWN RESIDENT CITIED FOR THEFT OF PROPERTY IN LOCKESBURG        9/18/17

 

Friday afternoon, the Lockesburg E-Z Mart district store manager, Natilee Cotten informed Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Webb that an employee had been caught stealing merchandise.

 

Cotton reported that she had store surveillance video showing store clerk, De'Angelo Northcross take items off the shelves and put the items in a bag on Monday, September the 11th between 10:05 and 10:58 p.m. She said the total value of the items taken was $77.73.

 

Cotton said she reportedly heard Northcross tell another clerk on the video that he had been taking stuff since the day he started. Store Manager Stephanie Welch reported Northcross had been working at the store for about two weeks.

 

Northcross was interviewed at the Sevier County jail and he allegedly told Deputy Webb that he was going to pay for the items, but forgot when his shift ended.

 

Northcross was citied for misdemeanor theft of property and given an October court date.

 

 

LEGISLATORS RECEIVED REPORT FROM MINORITY HEALTH COMMISSION      9/18/17

 

According to the Center for Disease Control, minorities in this country bear a disproportionate burden of disease, injury, and disability. For minority populations, health disparities can mean lower life expectancy, decreased quality of life and loss of economic opportunities.

 

That disparity prompted the state to create the Arkansas Minority Health Commission in 1991.

 

Recently, legislators received a report from the AMHC.

 

The Minority Health Commission's vision is that minorities in Arkansas will have equal opportunity and access to health, health care and preventive well care.

 

To accomplish their vision, the commission focuses on addressing existing disparities in minority communities, educating those communities on healthier lifestyles, promoting awareness of services and accessibility within the healthcare system and making recommendations to the state.

 

Last year, more than 20,000 health screenings were provided to Arkansans as a direct result of the work of the AMHC. These screenings test for everything from high blood pressure to cholesterol checks.

 

Outreach efforts include community forums and a monthly call in radio show with health professionals.

 

The commission also helps promote wellness and health fairs around the state. Last year alone, their efforts reached more than 33,000 Arkansans.

 

In order to identify areas of improvement for access to health care, the commission issues an extensive report on the health care workforce in the state. This year's report identified three counties in the state that do not have a dentist. It also revealed there are 16 counties in the state without a specialty physician and 16 counties without an optometrist.

 

The report also indicates that the racial and ethnic diversity in the state's population is not necessarily reflected in the healthcare system.

 

The annual Arkansas Minority Health Commission report can be reviewed on the Arkansas House of Representative's website, www.arkansashouse.org.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 23RD IS NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY        9/18/17

 

In addition to the opening of the statewide archery deer season, September 23rd is National Hunting and Fishing Day and all Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature centers and education centers, as well as the game and fish shooting range in Mayflower will be open and most will have some special programming dedicated to this event.

 

One of the more popular annual events for National Hunting and Fishing Day is the marksmanship challenge at Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center in Pine Bluff. Eric Maynard is the assistant chief of education for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and he says the program in Pine Bluff will offer school-aged participates an opportunity to try their skills at a variety of outdoor disciplines.

 

Maynard said there will be five events at the center during the challenge. He said they'll have Olympic-style archery from the commission's National Archery in the School Program, 3-D archery, a baitcasting competition, BB gun shooting and a laser shot event. Maynard said the shooters in each of the four age classes with the highest combined scores will win a prize.

 

The Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center will open its range for a special skeet program as well as host a Hunters Education course on September 23rd.

 

For more information visit the website, www.agfc.com.

 

 

NEWS ABOUT THE COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR SEPTEMBER 21ST        9/15/17

 

Doctor Jason Lofton of the Wellness Center reported there have been a couple of confirmed cases of the flu in Sevier County this past week and he said area residents can get a flu shot during the upcoming Community Health Fair on Thursday, September 21st.

 

Lofton said they try to add some type of service to the health fair each year and this year, they will be offering flu shots, pneumonia shots and tetanus shots.

 

Lofton said people who take advantage of the health fair will have an opportunity to win a portion of the biggest Number One Country treasure chest prize ever.

 

The Community Health Fair started as a Prostate Specific Antigen blood test for men, but it continues to grow and they are now offering other services. Lofton said the De Queen PSA is one of the largest prostate screening event in Arkansas.

 

If you have any questions, contact the Wellness Clinic at 870-642-4000.

 

 

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS CRISIS AND RESOURCE CENTER IS STILL OPEN AND SERVING THE COMMUNITY         9/15/17

 


Crisis Center Board President Hannah Stripling & Executive Director Debbie McGuffin

Debbie McGuffin was named the executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis and Resource Center this past summer and she announced this morning that the center is open, but they've just moved to a new location in the Town North Shopping Center.

 

McGuffin said the agency is currently holding a gun raffle fundraiser. She said you can get one ticket for a $20 donation and they are only selling 300 tickets.

 

McGuffin said the agency is also conducting a shoe drive. She said they are trying to collect 2,500 shoes and she would like to get the area churches involved.

 

She said they will also have a storage unit sale next week from September 21st to September 24th. McGuffin said the agency will also have a booth at the Rotary Club's Fall Festival in the Herman Dierks Park tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

McGuffin stated financial assistance is needed, but the agency really needs volunteers and the support of the community.

 

For more information, call 870-642-2141 or if you need help call the hotline
                                                      at 870-584-3441.

 

 

HOLIDAY EXPRESS TRAIN MAKING A STOP IN ASHDOWN THIS YEAR       9/15/17

 

Kansas City Southern has released its schedule for the 17th annual Holiday Express train, which will stop in 22 communities in six state on 26 dates.

 

At each stop, visitors can board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of three cars of the festive six-car train. Each event is free and open to the public.

 

This year, the train will stop in Ashdown at 4 p.m. on  December 6th at the KCS crossing at Main and U.S. Highway 71 and in Mena at 4 p.m. on December 7th at 524 Sherwood Avenue.

 

According to a spokesperson for the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, the KCS Holiday Express also has a charitable component in addition to the free, public events. Over the past 16 years, the project has raised over $1 million dollars to purchase gift cards, which are donated to the Salvation Army at each scheduled stop. These gift cards are used to purchase warm clothing and other necessities for children in need in the local communities.

 

This year, KCS will work with the Salvation Army to target communities along the route that were most impacted by Hurricane Harvey for additional support, including Victoria, El Campo and Beaumont, Texas. For these communities, the KCS Charitable Fund will make a supplemental donation to provide additional support as they recover from the hurricane.

 

KCS and its employees have given more than $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief.

 

This year, KCS will celebrate 130 years of doing business and the 17th annual KCS Holiday Express.

 

Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the 2017 KCS Holiday Express fundraising campaign may do so by visiting the website www.kcsouthern.com, and clicking on the Corporate Responsibility link and then the Holiday Express link. The campaign will close on October 31st.

 

Led by KCS' Southern Belle business train, the Holiday Express train includes a smiling tank car named "Rudy"; a flatcar that carries Santa's sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread box car; an elves' workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose and each car is dressed is holiday lights.

 

 

CONSUMER ALERT: EQUIFAX       9/15/17

 

143 million. That's how many U.S. consumers Equifax says could potentially be impacted by a data breach that occurred in mid-May and lasted until July 29th when the company discovered it. Since Equifax announced the breach last week, the Attorney General's office has received a number of calls from concerned Arkansans, however, consumers can visit the website ArkansasAG.gov to get the latest information about the breach.

 

Identity theft should become a major concern if you or someone you know has used Equifax services. Identity theft is when another individual uses another person's information to commit fraud or other crimes, most commonly to obtain access to credit in your name. If successful, scammers can ruin your credit and steal your hard-earned money.

 

Equifax says the information that was accessed in this breach includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some instances, driver's license numbers.

 

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge offered the following tips to help Arkansans recognize when they might be a victim of identity theft. If you start receiving unexpected bill or collect calls; if you aren't receiving expected bills or account statements; or if a credit application is denied when there is no reason to believe there is a problem with your credit history.

 

If you have been a victim of identity theft, close the accounts that have been tampered with and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The Attorney General's office also offers an ID Theft Passport to help victims reestablish their good name.

 

For more information, call 1-800-482-8289 or visit the website, www.ArkansasAG.gov.

 

 

A&M-Texarkana student places eighth in nation in computer competition      09/15/17

TEXARKANA, Texas – Jacob Watson, a sophomore Management Information Systems major at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, recently placed eighth in the nation in the Computer Concepts competition at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) 2017 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.

Watson, of Annona, Texas, and Dr. Brian Matthews, assistant professor of management, attended the three-day conference, which promotes leadership, networking and skills development.

Dr. Richard Parsons, assistant professor of economics and finance, is the faculty adviser for the Eagles Business Club at A&M-Texarkana.

“We are extremely proud of Jacob for his outstanding accomplishments and how professionally he represented our Eagle Business Club and the Eagle family at the state and national leadership conferences,” Dr. Matthews said. “For his exemplary performance by placing first at the state level, then successfully competing and placing eighth overall at the national level, is beyond commendable. The poise, maturity and intellectual prowess he exhibited miles away from campus gives a distinct indication of the caliber of students that attend our university. We are looking forward to many more competitions and many more awards. The experience for Jacob was priceless and this is only the beginning of great things to come.”

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.

FBLA-PBL’s National Awards Program, commonly called competitive events, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. Through state-based competition at the spring state leadership conferences, members compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills.

The Computer Concepts competition assessed the competitors’ knowledge of basic computer principles, ethics, hardware, networking systems and procedures, programming concepts, software concepts to include applications and operating systems, terminology and troubleshooting.

Watson placed first in the computer concepts competition at the FBLA-PBL 2017 Texas State Leadership Conference in Houston in April to advance to the national competition.

“Jacob’s well-deserved success represents just some of the things we are doing with the Eagle Business Club,” said Dr. Parsons. “The club is free to all A&M-Texarkana students. Last year we visited some local companies, went to a leadership conference in Dallas and had a networking dinner among other things. We plan more of the same for this year and invite interested students to join us.”

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Photo Identification:
Jacob Watson (center), a sophomore Management Information Systems major at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, placed eighth in the nation in the Computer Concepts competition at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. 2017 National Leadership Conference. Dr. Brian Matthews (left) and Dr. Richard Parsons are with the College of Business, Engineering and Technology at A&M-Texarkana.
 

 

 

HORATIO STUDENTS WILL GET NEW I PADS    09/14/17

Horatio Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, September 12 in the administration building.  All board members were in attendance.

The board approved to use NSL funds to lease purchase I Pads for K-6 students from Apple, Inc. The board approved the 2016-17 annual financial budget and the 2017-18 budget and 2017-18 special education budget. They approved statement of assurances for 2017-18, financial statements, and monthly expenditures.

The board agreed to have the board elections with the primary elections in May beginning in 2018.

Board members discussed facility needs and designated a new roof on elementary school as the number one priority.

Principals gave updates to achievements and projects in their buildings since the beginning of the school year.

 

 

 

KICKIN' IT FOR KENNY BENEVENT THIS SATURDAY        9/14/17

 

Charlie Farley and friends will be hosting a benefit for Kenny Cary this Saturday at the UA Cossatot amphitheater from noon to 8 p.m. Carey works at Baker's Sales and Services. He has five children and was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. Farley said all of the proceeds will be used to help support Cary's family and help pay his medical expenses.

 

Saturday's benevent will feature a silent auction, food and musical performances by C2 at 3 p.m., the Midnight Hurricanes at 3:45 and Charlie Farley at 5.

 

Farley said there is there is no admission charge but they will be accepting donations at the gate.

 

Farley said the silent auction will begin at 1 p.m. and the music will start at 3.

 

For more information, visit the Facebook page Farley Fest Kickin' It For Kenny.

 

 

 

SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINES        9/14/17

 

Jamie Marshall is the field director of the Southwest Region of the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund reported single parents can apply for a scholarship by going to the website, www.aspsf.org and clicking on your county of residence.

The deadline to register in Little River County is Friday. The deadline to register in Sevier County is Sunday, September 17th, to register visit the website, www.aspsf.org.

 

Marshall also mentioned the Single Parent Scholarship Fund will be hosting a Job Skills and Career Readiness Conference for single mothers on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Nashville campus of UA Cossatot.

 

The deadline to register for the conference is Wednesday, September 20th.

 

For more information, email Marshall at jmarshall@aspsf.org.

 

 

LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL REVIEWS PLAN FOR NEW SENIOR ADULT CENTER         9/14/17

 

Tuesday night, aldermen of the Lockesburg City Council reviewed a rough draft for the new senior adult building during their regular monthly meeting.

 

Aldermen also discussed several options concerning the exact location the building will be built and how to position the building on the property.

 

Aldermen received a letter from State Treasurer Dennis Milligan on the topic of investing and aldermen voted to explore the idea further. Mayor Danny Ruth is expected to make a presentation at the council's September meeting.

 

Aldermen passed a resolution to levy the city's millage rate on taxable property within the city limits of the City of Lockesburg and they accepted a bid from A to Z Construction for improvements to the Lockesburg Library building. Aldermen included a stipulation that states work must be completed by November 15th or the final payment will be withheld from the company.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY VETERANS INVITED TO ATTEND ANNUAL HOO-RAH FESTIVAL       9/14/17

 

The annual Hoo-Rah Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 7th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sevier County Museum complex in the Herman Dierks Park and area veterans are being invited to participate in this year's Veteran's Parade at 9 a.m.

 

The Veteran's Parade will start at the De Queen Sevier County Senior Adult Center and continue to the flagpole in front of the Sevier County Museum, where the De Queen High School band will play the National Anthem for the flag-raising ceremony.

 

The Rotary Club will be hosting their annual breakfast and there are several activities planned throughout the day.

 

If you have any questions, contact the Sevier County Museum at 870-784-0039.

 

 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AT COSSATOT RIVER STATE     9/14/17

 

Cossatot River State Park Interpreter Victoria Carson reported this Sunday is Citizenship Day, but the park will be hosting a Cossatot Citizen's Day this Saturday. She said Eagle Scouts, 4-H clubs, youth groups, and other civic organizations will help clear trails, paint sign posts and clean up along the highways in the park.

 

Carson also said the Cossatot River State Park is offering several hikes during the month of September and the park is hosting a Fall River Cleanup on October 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She said the event is part of the Great Arkansas Cleanup Event.

 

For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, call 870-385-2201.

 

 

HUNTERS FEEDING THE HUNGRY HOLDING A SPECIAL EVENT THIS SATURDAY        9/14/17

 

Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry will hold a special "freezer cleanout day" at the Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock from 10 a.m. to 2 p. on Saturday, September 16th. Any hunter who wishes to donate processed meat or money to help feed needy families in Arkansas is encouraged to make a donation.

 

Ronnie Ritter is the executive director for Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry and he said that leftover venison can go a long way to helping provide meat to food pantries around the state. He said this freezer cleanout is a big event that helps the organization start the deer season off on the right foot.

 

Ritter said the Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry and the Bass Pro Shops will be giving away Bass Pro Shops gift cards in drawing every hour during the event and one hunting package at the event's conclusion, but you must donate to be eligible.

 

Ritter said hunters can also donate $1, $5 or $10 to the Hunter Feeding the Hungry organization when they purchase their hunting license.

 

Ritter said the event is primarily about gathering proceeded venison, but other professionally processed game animals or meat will be accepted.

 

For more information about Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry, visit the website www.arkansashunters.org. 

 

 

 

 

ArDOT PUBLIC MEETING IN DE QUEEN  POSTPONED    9/13/17

 

The Arkansas Department of Transportation was scheduled to hold a will hold a public meeting on Thursday at the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church at 802 East Vandervoort Ave in De Queen to discuss the widening of U.S. Highway 70/71 East of De Queen from 4 to 7 p.m has been postponed.

 

The project will involve widening U.S. Highway 70/71 from De Queen east to the Cossatot River. The job is expected to be funded in 2018.

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE      9/13/17

 

Recently the Arkansas Department of Human Services released a report on the current state of the foster care system in Arkansas. The report is called Renewed Hope and it shows that in the last year alone, the number of overdue investigations has gone from 721 to 51.

 

It also shows that 82 percent of the children in foster care have been placed in family-like settings that percentage is up from 78 percent in August of 2016.

 

The number of foster families in Arkansas has increased from 1,579 to 1,821 and 29 percent of all children in foster care have been placed with relatives, which is up from 23 percent in 2016. The increased placement of foster care children with relatives was the result of a partnership between legislators and the Department of Human Services.

 

Act 1116, was passed this year and it strengthened the language in an existing law that identified and vetted non-custodial parents and relatives as soon as the child is taken into the foster care system. The law also helped increase the sense of urgency to look for appropriate relatives.

 

Act 1116 also clarifies that relatives should receive preferential consideration for placement at all stages of a child welfare case, if all of the relevant child welfare protection standards are met and is in the child's best interest.

 

Legislators also passed legislation this year to increase the starting salary for family service workers and supervisors in an effort to reduce turnover.

 

The Department of Human Services reported they are working to increase the number of foster families to 2,000 and to increase the percentage of children that are placed with relatives to 33 percent.

 

 

DE QUEEN ROTARY CLUB FALL FESTIVAL IS SATURDAY     9/13/17

 

The De Queen Rotary Club is hosting its 3rd annual Fall Festival this Saturday in the Herman Dierks Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

Rotarian Greg Revels said the Fall Festival will get started with the Rotary 5K. He said registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the cost is $30. He said this year's 5K t-shirt will feature Herman Dierks Park.

 

Revels said the festival will feature several activities for the kids, including a bounce house and a dunking booth. He said the festival will also feature a car show.

 

The car show registration fee is $20 and participates can register their cars from 9 a.m. to noon. There's going to be music, a 50/50 pot, a kids candy count and door prizes. Proceeds from the car show will go to the De Queen Youth Baseball League. For more information, call Wayne Smith at 870-784-4314 or Mac McDaniel at 870-584-8148.

 

Revels also mentioned what the local Rotary Club does, like handing out dictionaries to third graders in De Queen and Horatio.

 

For more information about the Rotary Fall Festival, call Tammy Huddleston at 870-584-2550.

 

 

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL TO HOLD MOBILE OFFICE IN DE QUEEN               9/13/17

 

The Arkansas attorney general recently announced the mobile office locations for the month of September.

 

The dates for Southwest Arkansas including: Tuesday, September 19th from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hope Senior Adult Center in Hope and on Thursday, September 28th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the UA Cossatot Campus Cafe lobby in De Queen.

 

The mobile offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues, such as filing complaints against scam artists. Consumers can also get rid of unwanted prescription drugs. Law enforcement will be available to properly dispose of any ole, unused, expired medications.

 

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge created the mobile office initiative during her first year in office to make her office more accessible to all Arkansans. In 2015 and 2016, mobile office hours were conducted in all 75 counties, assisting nearly 1,300 people.

 

For more information, visit the website www.ArkansasAG.gov or call 1-501-682-2007.

 

 

ACTIVITY REPORT FOR SEVIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE      9/13/17

 

Tuesday afternoon, Sevier County Sheriff Robert Gentry released the monthly activity report for the deputies of Sevier County Sheriff's office.

 

Gentry reported deputies conducted a total of 316 traffic stops, issued 308 warnings and wrote 12 citations, while patrolling a total of 28,101 miles throughout the county. He said they also worked 27 accidents and made 35 arrests.

 

Gentry said a total of 95 inmates were booked into the county jail and this month's community service took place around the Sevier County Fairgrounds - before and after the county fair, Stateline Road, Buzzard Roost Road, Dogtown Road, Dunn Road, Chapel Hill Road, Farm to Market, Red Bridge and Gardner Chapel Roads

 

Gentry also reported a residential substance abuse treatment program has been started in the jail. He said nine inmates are enrolled in the program.

 

 

DE QUEEN RESIDENT CITED FOR LEAVING THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT      9/13/17

 

September 10th, a single vehicle accident was reported to the Sevier County Sheriff's office near the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Red Cut Road.

 

When deputies arrived they discovered a truck in the pasture of David Wright, but the driver could not be found.

 

Later on, Janet Lara reported her truck was stolen to the De Queen Police Department. Lara was informed that her truck had been involved in a single vehicle accident that caused property damage and her truck had been impounded.

 

At first Lara stated she was the driver of the vehicle, but officers told her what the penalty is for lying to the police and she reportedly changed her story and told them that her step-father had been driving the truck.

 

Lara’s step-father, 42-year-old Clemente Ruiz then spoke with deputies at the sheriff's office and informed them that he had fixed Wright's gate. However, Ruiz was still cited for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and for not having a valid driver's license.

 

 

 

SUSPECT DETAINED BY LANDOWNER TILL SHERIFF'S DEPUTY ARRIVES         9/12/17

 

Friday morning about 9:30 a.m., Sevier County Sheriff's Deputy Kristen Reed was dispatched to a residence on Kellum Road in Gillham. Reed was told by the reporting party that Scott Morphew had a male suspect pinned down in his yard.

 

When Reed arrived, she discovered that Morphew had "hogtied" the suspect who was identified as 26-year-old Clinton Moss of Horatio.

 

Morphew reported Moss was in his pasture trying to steal his property. Morphew then showed Reed the trailer that Moss was loading stuff on at the bottom of a hill.

 

Morphew said he noticed the trailer and when he went to investigate, he discovered a 4-wheeler beside the trailer. He said when Moss saw him, he jumped on the 4-wheeler and took off through the field. Morphew said Moss rammed into one gate but didn't get through, so he tried to ram a second gate. Moss also drove the 4-wheeler into a white GMC pickup and a blue Chevy truck before Morphew subdued Moss on the ground.

 

According to the incident report, the trailer belonged to Morphew and Moss had loaded eight tires, two digital game cameras, two deer feeders, a battery powered grinder, a push mower, a trouble light, a fire extinguisher, a jump start box, a weed eater/edger and some tiller attachments on the trailer.

 

Morphew said the value of the trailer and the other items totaled over $2,000. However, the 4-wheeler that Moss was riding was taken from a house up the road and belonged to Angela Morphew. She said the 4-wheeler was valued at $6,900.

 

Moss was taken into custody and charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the first degree and two counts of criminal trespass in or on a vehicle or structure.

 

 

ENROLLMENT IS UP THIS YEAR IN THE DE QUEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT      9/12/17

 

De Queen Superintendent Bruce Hill reported Monday night during a meeting of the De Queen Board of Education that enrollment is up 40 to 50 students this year throughout the district. The total enrollment of the De Queen School District is 2,479 students.

 

Hill said the Middle School roof project is expected to begin on the 15th of this month and it's expected to cost about $762,000. He told board members that the district will pay for that project with General Revenue funds because the district's finances were up by $900,000.

 

Board members voted to purchase a 2013 model used school bus for $73,000 and they accepted a student transfer from the Cossatot River School District.

 

The board also passed a disclosure resolution to allow the district to conduct business with Baker's Sales and Service.

 

The De Queen School Election is Tuesday, September 19th. Early voting started today and will end on Monday, September 18th. Early votes may be cast in the Sevier County Clerk's Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

District voters are being asked to approve a 4.9 mill increase for the construction of a new high school.

 

The next De Queen Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 9th at 5 p.m. in the administration building. The district will also host its annual Address to the Public following the regular board meeting.

 

 

QUORUM COURT APPROVES ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING VOTE CENTERS IN SEVIER COUNTY          9/12/17

 

Monday afternoon, the Sevier County Quorum Court approved an ordinance that establishes vote centers in Sevier County for all future elections.

 

County Clerk Debbie Akin reported the county filed its plan with the State on Tuesday and if approved, the county will establish vote centers at all nine polling locations in the county.

 

Akin said the Justices of the Peace also passed a resolution authorizing the adoption and implementation of the county's new election equipment and software in accordance with state law.

 

JPs heard a report from the new executive director of the Southwest Arkansas Crisis Center, Debbie McGuffin. She said the center has moved from downtown De Queen to the North Park Shopping Center and the hotline number has been re-established. McGuffin said if you need assistance call 870-584-3441.

 

Office of Emergency Services Coordinator Walter Smith informed the Quorum Court that the volunteer departments in Sevier County installed about 800 smoke detectors this past Saturday. He said the smoke detectors were donated by the Red Cross of Arkansas.

 

County Judge Greg Ray also appointed Michael Archer, Earl Battiest, Roxy Stephens and Angie Walker to the county's budget committee for 2017.  

 

 

COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT HOLDS GRAND RE-OPENING FOR K12 CULINARY CONNECTION        9/12/17

 

Cossatot River School District launched a new partnership with K12 Culinary Connection for this school year and hosted a grand re-opening last week, giving parents and guardians an opportunity to eat with their student and to see the improvements that the program has brought. According to Cossatot River Superintendent Donnie Davis, the program has been a huge success among students.

 

All of Cossatot River's cafeterias are equipped with salad bars, allowing students additional choices and offering healthy options.

 

 

ASHDOWN HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING     9/12/17

 

Ashdown High School is stirring with excitement about Homecoming 2017, which is themed “Road Trip ’17”. The entire week of September 25-29 is filled with opportunities for students and the community to show their spirit and support of Ashdown High School and the AHS Panthers, leading up to the Homecoming football game with the Bauxite Miners on Friday, September 29th with a 7 p.m. kick-off.

Spirit Dress-Up Days for AHS will give students a chance to participate and show their support. On Monday,”Trippin’ to Miami, Florida” (Beach Day); Tuesday is “Trippin’ to Washington, D.C.” (Red, White & Blue Day); Wednesday is “Trippin’ to Ft. Worth, Texas” (Western Day); Thursday is “Trippin’ to Portland, Oregon” (Hippie Day); and Friday is “Trippin' to Ashdown, Arkansas” (Purple and Gold Day)

In addition to Spirit Dress-Up Days, AHS classes also will challenge each other in competitions throughout the week. Each class will create and display a banner in the cafeteria, build a parade float, collect for a canned food drive to benefit the Methodist Church food pantry, play each other in the annual Powder Puff games on Tuesday night. Points will be tallied and a winner will be announced.

The Tuesday Night Powder Puff games on Tuesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Dick Hays Stadium, are sponsored by the AHS Student Council, and because it is a fundraiser for the Student Council, every attendee, including players, will pay a $3 entry charge. The competition is fierce between the teams, and the “cheerleaders” are always entertaining. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy.

AHS students invite everyone to come out and be a part of the fun and excitement leading up to Homecoming night in Dick Hays Stadium. Ashdown schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 29 so that everyone is free to attend the public pep rally at 2:00 in the stadium, when the Homecoming Court and Senior Panthers will be introduced. The parade will immediately follow the pep rally. Coronation of the the 2017 Homecoming Queen will be at 6 p.m. with kick off to follow at 7 p.m.

Homecoming is a time for AHS alumni to reunite and celebrate. This year, classes that end in a “7” will be recognized at all of the public events, and each is encouraged to enter a float in the parade on Friday afternoon. To reserve a place in the parade, please call the high school office at 870-898-3562. Click here for the Parade Route.


 


 

HOMECOMING COURT (LEFT): Front Row Left to Right-Lark Wilkerson, Kaylie Cobb, Jade Kendrick, Zakiyah Rhone
Second Row Left to Right-Madeline Atkinson, Alyssa Cisco, Laiken Newton, Madison McAllister, Haley Greene
Third Row Left to Right- Lacey Carmack, Taylor Grimes, Camden Teston

SENIOR BOYS & MANAGERS (RIGHT):Back Row Left to Right-Andrew Gailhard, Cullen Young, Anthony Nelson, Ladarrius Bishop, Jaden Hill, Christopher French, Detravion Green, Alex Day, and Patrick Christopher
Front Row Left to Right- Manager-Raquan French, Chris Oglesby, John Michael Molock, Hunter Sehon, Alex Simmons, Kameron Ricks, Demondrick Davis, Manager-Damian Bradley
Managers not pictured-Casey Teehee and George Allen
 

 

UA Cossatot Hires Graduates    09/11/17

The University of Arkansas Cossatot recently hired two UA Cossatot graduates, Jocelin Galvez and Daniel Martinez.

Galvez joins the college as College Recruiter. She is a 2013 graduate of De Queen High School and 2015 graduate of UA Cossatot, earning her Associate of Science. Her primary role as recruiter is reaching out to area students and community members about opportunities that UA Cossatot provides to further training and education. She is available for speaking engagements and vendor fairs.

Martinez, from Lockesburg, joins the college as Marketing Coordinator. He is a 2008 graduate of Lockesburg High School and a 2010 UA Cossatot graduate earning his Associate of Arts degree. Martinez brings five years of marketing and photography experience to his role as Marketing Coordinator. In this role, Martinez contributes to marketing campaigns, designs promotional materials, provides event support, and manages all the college’s social media accounts.

Both Martinez and Galvez accepted positions at UA Cossatot to give back to the institution that they see played a vital part in their personal success.

“Having a community college close to home helped start my education without hesitation,” Galvez explains.

“I wanted to save money and work on my basics before I went off to a four-year school right after high school. UA Cossatot was exactly what I needed. I am excited to share my experiences with others and help guide those who are interested in continuing their education.”

Martinez, a supporter of the UA Cossatot Foundation and local business owner, is committed to the success of his community.

He explains, “UA Cossatot does so much for our communities. From the Loceksburg Gym remodel to offering scholarships, the college does everything possible to improve Southwest Arkansas.”

“Taking this Marketing Coordinator role is just one more way I can help my community grow and become an even better place to live!”

  

ALL-AMERICAN FUNDRAISER THIS SATURDAY AT THE HERMAN DIERKS ARMORY           9/11/17

 

This Saturday, the American Legion Post 54 in De Queen will host an All-American Fundraiser at the Herman Dierks Armory starting at 4 p.m. Post 54 Commander Jessie Horton reported they will be serving hot dog meals and apple pies for a $5 donation. She said they will also have a dance from 7 to 10 with music provided by Bill Power and the Poor Boys.

 

Horton is a 10-year Army veteran and was elected commander of Post 54 last year. She said if you would like to contact her for information about the American Legion or the All-American Fundraiser to call her at 360-880-8910.

 

All of the proceeds from the All-American Fundraiser will be used to renovate the Sevier County Legion Hut building at 513 North 8th Street, which is a WPA building that was built in 1934.

 

 

ArDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING IN DE QUEEN        9/11/17

 

*THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED*

 

The Arkansas Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Thursday at the Memorial Missionary Baptist Church at 802 East Vandervoort Ave in De Queen to discuss the widening of U.S. Highway 70/71 East of De Queen from 4 to 7 p.m.

 

The project will involve widening U.S. Highway 70/71 from De Queen east to the Cossatot River. The job is expected to be funded in 2018.

 

Other Sevier County projects that have been included in the 2016-2020 State Transportation Improvement Plan are the Burke Creek and Cossatot Relief bridges and approaches that is currently under construction; the overlay of Highway 70 from the Oklahoma State Line to Arkansas Highway 339; the Saline River Bridge and approaches over U.S. Highway 70 in 2019; the Johns Branch Bridge and approaches over U.S. Highway 71 in 2019; and construction of a new bridge over the Little River on Arkansas Highway 41 south of Horatio and at the Sevier-Little River county line, which is already underway.

 

The review the complete list of projects on the State's Transportation Improvement Plan, visit the website www.arkansashighways.com.

 

 

FOREMAN SCHOOL DISTRICT GATHERING INFORMATION ABOUT NEW HIGH SCHOOL        9/11/17

 

Members of the Foreman Board of Education accepted Superintendent George Kennedy's recommendation that the board not pay an architect to draw plans for a new high school. Instead, the board voted to allow Kennedy to gather some more information about building cost verses renovation costs.

 

The Foreman school board also voted to increase the price of an adult breakfast to $2.05 and an adult lunch to $3.50.

 

Kennedy also recommended the district pay a $350 bonus to every licensed and classified employee of the district and High School Principal John Hall will continue to serve as the district's Athletic Director.

 

 

HARVEST REGIONAL FOOD BANK TO PROVIDE PANTRY BOXES TO SEVIER COUNTY RESIDENTS       9/11/17

 

Harvest Regional Food Bank is returning to Sevier County with its Mobile Pantry. Harvest Regional Food Bank, Executive Director Camille Wrinkle, said there are several communities in the rural service area that are not fully served by a local partner agency. She said to make sure the residents in those areas receive the help they need, the food bank provides pantry boxes to those communities.

 

Harvest Regional Food Bank will distribute pantry boxes and USDA commodities at the Horatio First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, September 20th from 10 a.m. to noon.

 

Volunteers are also needed to help load boxes into cars. If you would like to volunteer, contact the Harvest Regional Food Bank by calling 870-774-1398.

 

Recipients must bring a photo ID verifying their age and residence in Sevier County. Distribution is limited to one per household and USDA commodities will be available for those who meet the income requirements and do not receive commodities at another location.

 

Food boxes will include an assortment of canned fruits and vegetables, rice, pasta, fruit juices, spices and other items. 

 

 

FEMALE INMATE FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER PRISON CHAPLAIN         9/11/17

 

One of three female inmates that a former Arkansas prison chaplain sexually assaulted has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and other state prison officials.

 

An inmate at the McPherson Women's Unit has sued Kenneth Dewitt who was a former chaplain at the prison, Correction Director Wendy Kelley and other state prison officials in a complaint that was filed last Thursday.

 

Dewitt was initially charged with 50 counts of third-degree sexual assault. He resigned from the Arkansas State Prison system in September of 2014 after he admitted to a sexual relationship with a subordinate in the chaplain's office.

 

A separate lawsuit was filed last year in federal court by another of Dewitt's victims.

 

 

EARLY VOTING FOR DE QUEEN SCHOOL ELECTION STARTS TUESDAY       9/8/17

 

Early voting for the September 19th School Election, begins on Tuesday, September 12th in the County Clerk's Office of the Sevier County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Monday, September 18th, but not on Saturday, September 16th.

 

A spokesperson with the County Clerk's office said there will be three polling sites open on Tuesday, September 19th, for the De Queen School Election. In De Queen, voters will go to the De Queen Church of Christ. In Gillham, voters will go to the De Queen-Mena Educational Co-op and in Lockesburg, voters will go to the First United Methodist Church.

 

In the De Queen School Election, voters will vote for or against a proposed millage increase for the De Queen School District.

 

The De Queen Board of Education is seeking a 4.9 mill increase for the construction of a new high school. Board member Sandy Huntsberger is also running unopposed on the ballot.

 

The Horatio School Election will be held by early and absentee voting only.

 

  

CITY OF DE QUEEN DISTRIBUTING BACKYARD MOSQUITO LARVACIDE KITS       9/8/17

 

In an effort to help protect residents from disease-carrying mosquitoes, the City of De Queen will be distributing mosquito larvacide kits for residents to treat standing water in their backyards.

 

De Queen Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy said residents of De Queen can pick up a Z-Kit at the De Queen City Hall during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. He said the Arkansas Department of Health provided the city with five boxes of the Z-Kits and they are available while supplies last.

 

The Z-Kits are cards with 12 Natular DT larvacide tablets. Each tablet lasts up to 60 days and can be used to treat containers up to 50 gallons of water, or an area of standing water 25 square feet and six inches deep. The larvacide prevents mosquito larvae from developing into biting adult mosquitoes.

 

McKelvy said the battle against mosquito-borne diseases is fought in our yards, and by arming the residents of De Queen with Z-Kits, everyone can help stop mosquitoes from breeding in the area and, in turn, provide a greater level of protection for their families and the community.

 

 

DR. LOFTON RECOMMENDS RESIDENTS GET A FLU SHOT AND ATTEND THE ANNUAL FREE HEALTH FAIR          9/8/17

 

Dr. Jason Lofton reported Friday morning that flu season could arrive earlier this year due to the cooler temperatures. Lofton said it's not too early to get your flu shot because it takes about two weeks before you are fully protected from the flu.

 

Lofton reported America is overdue for a major flu outbreak and the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones, is to get a flu shot.

 

Lofton said this year's flu vaccine has four different strains of the flu virus. He said the flu shot will not make you sick because it's a dead virus but it is your best defense against catching the flu this winter.

 

Lofton also announced the annual Free Health Fair is Thursday, September 21st. He said everyone should stop by his office between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to receive the free health screening. He also mentioned the men can receive the blood test to detect prostate problems.

 

Lofton also said Leopard fans will have an opportunity to win a $100 Visa Gift Card tonight at the football game, if they purchase a program.

 

For more information about the free health fair, call the Wellness Center at 870-642-4000.

 

 

CORPS TO BEGIN DRAWDOWN AT MILLWOOD LAKE       9/8/17

 

The Army Corps of Engineers will begin a drawdown of Millwood Lake on September 12th in an effort to improve shoreline vegetation.

 

the lake will be held near an elevation of 257.5 feet until October 1st, which is about two feet below the normal conservation elevation of 259.2 feet. Beginning October 1st, the lake will be raised to an elevation of 258 feet and held there until October 15th and will return to its normal conservation elevation of 259.2 feet by November 15th.

 

During the drawdown, boaters should exercise extreme caution because submerged stumps and shallow areas will be more prominent, especially in boat lanes.

 

The drawdown exposes an extensive amount of shoreline for re-vegetation; promoting water quality and fish production. Additionally, it concentrates prey fish for predator consumption, promoting growth and production for larger fish.

 

The drawdown was coordinated with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Southwest Arkansas Water District.

 

For more information on Millwood Lake and the drawdown, contact the Millwood Project Office at 870-898-3343.

 

 

MEGA MILLIONS GAME WARNS OF MEGA SCAMMERS     9/8/17

 

Mega Millions Lottery officials are warning Mega Million players that there is a scam making the rounds using the Mega Millions name. Officials announced scammers who claim to be from the "Corporate Mega Millions Lottery Office," have told recipients that their numbers have come up in an "Annual Mega Millions Mobile Lottery."

 

Officials say it's an attempt to secure the personal information of unsuspecting people, and, of course, it's not a part of the Mega Millions game. Lottery officials are warning recipients of such messages to not respond. They said the bottom line is, Quote, "If you didn't buy a Mega Millions ticket, you didn't win the Mega Millions jackpot." unquote. Consumer are also being reminded that lotteries won't ask for your personal information by text, phone or email and they won't ask for winners to send them money, so they can receive their winnings.

 

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, contact the police.

 

 

UA COSSATOT TO CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH     9/8/17

 

The University of Arkansas Cossatot will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with events for students and the community starting in September.


According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website (www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov), Americans come together during Hispanic Heritage Month, “by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”


The beginning of the month is significant to many Latin American countries as they celebrate independence from Spanish colonialism. Mexico also celebrates their independence from Spain on September 16.


UA Cossatot’s new Center for Student Success will host events from September 12 to October 31 to bring awareness to Hispanic contributions to the culture and success of our nation and communities. Some events include a month-long exhibit highlighting Latinos in Hollywood, a salsa competition, and a game of Loteria, a Mexican game similar to bingo.


Coordinator of the Center for Student Success Erika Buenrrostro states, “Diversity is something that makes UA Cossatot unique. We are the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the state.”


“These traditions are shared with many of our non-Hispanic neighbors, and that is what our celebration at UA Cossatot is about – connecting and celebrating as a diverse community.”


While some events are student only, many are open to the community. For a full list of times and locations, please visit www.cccua.edu/hispanicheritage, visit the UA Cossatot Facebook page, or contact Erika Buenrrostro at 870-584-1133.
 

 

 

CHRISTIAN WOMEN REACHING OUT LADIES DAY EVENT SEPTEMBER 16        9/7/17

 

On Saturday, September 16th, representatives from several churches in the Horatio area will be hosting a Ladies Day event at the Horatio Elementary cafeteria at 9 a.m.

 

Kay Smart said the Ladies Day event is organized by a group of ladies from several churches in the Horatio area and this is the 11th time the event has been held.

 

Smart said this year's theme is "At His Feet" and will feature several speakers from the area who have some powerful stories by Susan Allen of Horatio, Hattie Vance of De Queen, DeeAnn Morris of Lockesburg and Arnetha Hardwick of Foreman.

 

Smart said the music will be led by Rich Dorsey, but they will have some special music by Becky Jegstrup, Hannah Burenrostro and Susie Fedric.

 

Registration beings at 8:30 a.m., and the cost is $10 and that includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Joyce Arnold at 870-784-8987, Susan Allen at 870-784-1936 or Smart at 584-8168.

 

 

LITTLE RIVER WOMAN WINS $70,000 IN LOTTERY      9/7/17

 

Five Arkansas Lottery players enjoyed the Labor Day weekend after they claimed a total of $330,000 in prize money from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

 

Two individuals won $100,000 on the "25X The Cash" instant win tickets. And, Gloria Hill from Ashdown won $70,000 on a $3 "Match for Cash" ticket that she bought at the EZ Mart on Constitution Avenue. One player won $50,000 in Mountain Home and another player won $10,000 in Augusta.

 

Every lottery ticket purchased by lottery players helps fund scholarships for Arkansas students.

 

 

DE QUEEN TEENAGER CITED FOR FLEEING       9/7/17

 

Early Sunday morning, the Sevier County Sheriff's Office received a report from a resident on Elm Road that there were vehicles parked in his yard. The reporting party said he thought the owners of vehicles were at a party next door.

 

Deputies Thomas Jackson and Chet Stubbs went to the home where the party was being held and they reported there was alcohol and drugs present.

 

As Deputy Stubbs stepped out of his vehicle, two individuals started running away from him. Stubbs reported he identified himself and commanded them to stop, but they kept running into the woods.

 

According to the incident report, one of the individuals dropped his cellphone in the woods while using it as a flashlight.

 

Stubbs retrieved the cellphone and he stopped pursuing the suspects.

 

Later, Sunday afternoon, 18-year-old Lucas Tinajero went to the sheriff's office to claim the phone that he dropped. While speaking with Deputy Stubbs, Tinajero allegedly admitted that he was one of the suspects that fled from the scene.

 

Tinajero was then cited for fleeing and giving an October court date. 

 

 

16TH ANNUAL HOO RAH FESTIVAL BEAUTY PAGEANT SEPTEMBER 16TH     9/7/17

 

The 16th Annual Hoo Rah Festival Beauty Pageant is Saturday, September 16th at the De Queen High School auditorium at 11 a.m., but pageant organizer, Jackie Gonzalez, said there is still time for young ladies to register for the event. She said the pageant is a fundraiser for the Sevier County Museum and there are eight age divisions and contestants will have the option to compete in three categories. Those age divisions are: 0 to 11 months, 12 to 23 months, 2 to 3 year olds, 4 to 5 year olds, 6 to 9 year olds, 10 to 12 year olds, 13 to 15 year olds and 16 and up. Contestants can compete in the Beauty category, the outfit of choice category and the photogenic category.

 

Gonzalez said they will crown eight divisional Queens, two Mini Supreme Queens, three Ultimate Grand Supreme Queens and one Mega Ultimate Grand Supreme Queen.

 

Registration on the day of the pageant is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the high school.

 

Gonzalez said you can contact her for more information about the 16th annual Hoo Rah Festival Beauty Pageant. She said you can call her at 870-279-1787, email her at jackie.gonzalezroq@gmail.com or message her from the pageant's Facebook page, Facebook.com/hoorahdayspageant01.

 

The winners will also participate in the 2017 Hoo Rah Festival parade at 10 a.m. on October 7th.

 

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE - NATIONAL GUARDSMEN       9/7/17

 

Last weekend, an additional 1,500 Arkansas National Guardsmen were deployed to Texas to assist with the recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. According to Governor Asa Hutchinson's office, the deployment could last up to 30-days.

 

Arkansans have been on the ground helping since August 29th and several guardsmen of the 77th Aviation Brigade conducted search and rescue operations with Black Hawk helicopters. And, 15 additional members from the 61st Civil Support Team tested soil, water and air samples for contamination in the impacted area.

 

Arkansas Game and Fish officers assisted with the rescue efforts. And many individuals, churches and groups are still helping those effected by Harvey.

 

Kim Frachiseur of the Sevier County Extension Office announced this morning that they are loading a 53-foot trailer with relief supplies at the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot. She said the trailer is getting full, but they still need bottled water, bleach and other cleaning supplies, All-purpose livestock feed and canned non-perishable food items.

 

For more information call the Sevier County Extension Office at 584-3013.

 

 

SUBWAY RESTAURANTS PARTNER WITH SOLDIER'S WISH TO ACCEPT DONATIONS TO GRANT WISHES FOR LOCAL HEROES      9/7/17

 

Locally-owned Subway restaurants in several regions around the United States plan to partner with Soldier's Wish from September 11th to October 2nd to support our nation's troops and military families. Subway customers throughout the region can add a dollar amount to their purchase to support Soldier's Wish. Customers can also nominate a person to receive a Soldier's Wish by visiting www.soldierswish.org/subway. KDQN listeners can also click on the Subway tab at KDQN.net.

 

The mission of Soldier's Wish is to say "Thank You" and to identify and provide for the unmet needs of active duty service members and veterans of military service, and their families. Veterans may be those who have served only for a short time and are still on active duty, those who served a single enlistment, those who were discharged due to their wounds, and those who retired from active duty. Soldier's Wish also helps educate the public about the needs of our nation's veteran's and active duty communities and encourage the public to participate in meeting those needs by volunteering and other means.

 

 

CASA OF THE OUACHITAS HOSTING 18TH ANNUAL RICH MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS           9/7/17

 

CASA of the Ouachitas announced they will be hosting the 18th Annual Rich Mountain Rendezvous, September 14th through the 17th. The event will benefit the local advocacy agency and in turn benefit dozens of foster children. The motorcycle rally will fill Queen Whilhelmina State Park with people who share two things, the love of riding motorcycles and helping those in need.

 

Cynthia Martin is the Director of CASA of the Ouachitas and she said this event raised $6,500 in 2015 and helped 84 children who were in the foster care system.

 

September 14th through the 17th, motorcycles from around the country will stay atop Rich Mountain at night to visit and enjoy motorcycle rides throughout the day, all the while benefiting CASA. Attendees can camp in tents, RVs or get a room in the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge.

 

Participants will generally take their own rides through the scenery of the Talimena Drive and the surrounding area.

 

To join the rally, contact Martin at the Mena CASA office at 479-243-9277 or visit the website www.RMR4CASA.com. The registration fee is $50 per person and that includes breakfast and dinner every day.

 

 

UPDATE: Missing teen found safe and has been reunited with her family.

SHERIFF RELEASES INFORMATION ON MISSING MENA TEEN     9/6/17

 

Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer has released information on a missing 15-year old Polk County girl. Brithney Marie Dilbert, age 15, is described as African-American with black hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and 180 pounds.

Brithney was last seen at her address on Highway 375 West in Mena on September 4, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m. by her mother.

The clothes that Brithney was wearing when she went to bed were found the floor of her residence. It is unknown at this time if any of her items are missing.

According to her parents, Brithney does not have social media accounts, however, several accounts with her name were located. A friend with whom Brithney attends school reported that Brithney had been using a texting app and talking to an unknown male who lives out of state. Brithney is said to have a pre-paid cell phone but it is unknown if it is active at this time.

If you have any information, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 479-394-2511 or 479-234-2302.

 

DE QUEEN CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO LEVY TAXES       9/6/17

 

Tuesday night, the De Queen City Council voted to pass a resolution to levy the millage rate in De Queen for the year 2017. Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy reported the millage is 5.4 mills. He said 5 mills are for the city's General Revenue and .4 mills is for the Fireman's Pension fund. McKelvy said there was no change to the city's millage this year.

 

Aldermen also discussed McKelvy's proposed non-CDL drug testing policy, but voted to table the issue until McKelvy can get some clarification on a couple of concerns that they have.

 

The supervisor of the water department, Jeff Brown, updated the council on the automated meter reading project. He said they've installed about 1,950 meters and have about 400 to 500 remaining. He said the project should be completed within the next two to three weeks.

 

McKelvy told KDQN that the water department was able to read about 1,500 meters will the new system this month.

 

McKelvy reported he and County Judge Greg Ray toured the Husqvarna building with some representatives from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. He said UA Cossatot, the Rural Development Authority of Sevier County, the Sevier County Industrial Board and the county judge's office has announced they will hire an Economic Development Coordinator for the county. McKelvy said the new position will be filled by January.

 

Aldermen were also informed Vyve Broadband will no longer be carrying the Outdoor channel as of September 27th.

 

Police Chief Scott Simmons reported the city's fuel cards were hacked in June and July at a local gas station. He said a suspect from Arizona was arrested recently in Wichita Falls, Texas who has allegedly admitted to putting skimmers on gas pumps in De Queen.

 

Simmons said law enforcement officials were alerted to the suspect’s vehicle, when a mechanic notices computers, skimmers and other electronics in the vehicle while he was repairing it. According to Simmons, the suspect was arrested when he went back to the garage for his vehicle after it was repaired in Wichita Falls.

 

 

GOING TO JAIL FOR LITTERING         9/6/17

 

Monday, Sevier County Sheriff's Department deputy Sergeant Greg Davignon observed a man standing in the back of a S-10 pickup on Dog Town Road. Davignon also noticed the front seat passenger was not wearing a seat belt, so he initiated a traffic stop.

 

However, when Davignon turned on his lights, something was tossed out of the back of the truck by the man that was standing in the truck bed.

 

The passenger in the back of the truck was identified as 48-year-old Alan Pearce of De Queen and the passenger in the front seat had two open beer cans in his lap.

 

When questioned about the object that tossed into the ditch, Pearce allegedly said he tossed a bag that contained drugs and drug paraphernalia.

 

Davignon then escorted Pearce back to the location where he had tossed the bag and recovered a bag that contained a glass pipe, marijuana, meth, Xanax pills and a metal marijuana pipe.

 

Pearce was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

ARKANSAS HAS AN OPIOID PROBLEM       9/6/17

 

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows that Arkansas has enough opioid prescriptions for every one in the state to almost have a full bottle.

 

According to the report, there's an average of 66.5 opioid prescriptions for 100 people in America. However, Arkansas' rate is 114.6 prescriptions for every 100 people and that is second only to Alabama, which as a prescription rate of 121 per 100 people.

 

Greene County has the highest rate in the state with 117.8 pills per capita, followed closely by Garland County and Sebastian County.

 

Little River, Howard, Jackson, and Stone counties all have rates higher than 150 pills per 100 people, while Newton and Cleveland counties have a rate of 1.1 or less prescriptions per 100 people.

 

Sevier County's rate is actually lower than the national average at 65.5 prescriptions per 100 people.

 

 

HAGOOD BENEFIT THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT LEOPARD STADIUM      9/6/17

 

This Friday night, friends of Brandon Hagood will be hosting a benefit chicken dinner prior to the De Queen - Nashville football game at Leopard Stadium.

 

Blaire Harp is helping organize the event and she said Brandon is doing better and this benefit will help Brandon's family with his medical expenses following a single vehicle accident on July 17th. She said they will start serving at 4 p.m. in the administration parking lot on Ninth Street.

 

Harp also mentioned several people and businesses that have donated food and supplies for the benefit. She said Jeff Dean with Pilgrim's, Toney Stowers with the De Queen Church of Christ and Rafael Figueroa with Shur-Copy is helping prepare the chicken.

 

Harp said you can eat at the stadium or take it home. She said the De Queen High School cheerleaders will be car-hopping, so you don't even have to get out of your car.

 

For more information or to place an order, call Harp at 870-279-0444 or Chayla Earney at 870-584-8954.

 

 

SALVATION ARMY OF ARKANSAS-OKLAHOMA UPDATE ON HURRICANE HARVEY       9/6/17

 

The Salvation Army of Arkansas and Oklahoma are serving on the frontlines of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. Many of the feeding units and personnel that are currently deployed are serving at Ground Zero where residents are returning where many or most of the buildings and home were destroyed.

 

On Friday, September 1st, nine additional feeding trucks, a Polaris Ranger, Polaris Quad Runner and a trailer were sent from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division to reinforce the disaster response efforts in Texas. Today, there are 84 feeding trucks in the area providing aid in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

 

Other Salvation Army officers, volunteers and employees are currently on standby ready to deploy as soon as this Friday.

 

However, Salvation Army officials say one of the best ways that Arkansans can help is by making a monetary donation. To make a donation online, visit the website: www.helpsalvationarmy.org. You can donate by phone by dialing 1-800-SAL-ARMY or 1-800-725-2769. Or you can text, STORM to 51555.



TEXARKANA UNVEILS NEW WELCOME CENTER     9/6/17


Travelers can now visit a new welcome center in Texarkana. Arkansas Welcome Center Red River recently underwent a $2.5 million upgrade. As part of this project, a completely new building was built north of the old center. The address is still the same at 12555 N State Line Avenue.

“We opened the new center on June 19 and the old center was torn down the next day,” said Sheila Nichols, manager of the Arkansas Welcome Center Red River.

“In my opinion the most important role that welcome centers play in the state is the first impression we make on our visitors,” she said. “We are the frontline greeters to many who are visiting our state for the first time.”

Welcome center staff assist visitors with attractions, lodging, and dining information in the area they are planning to stop in or visit.

“The lobby is the main feature of the new center,” Nichols added. “The old center was about one-fourth the size of the new one and didn’t have the room in the lobby to showcase our hundreds of brochures and literature from all over the state. A lot of our regular visitors are commenting on how much easier it is to find brochures and literature compared to the old center. They are now browsing through the brochures whereas before they barely had enough room to turn around.”

Nichols noted that some of their regular visitors who have watched as the new center was being constructed are now stopping in just to see what everything looks like.

According to Nichols, the new center is about half the size of the Texarkana Welcome Center on I-30. “But we also do not have the high volume of traffic and visitors that they do there,” she said. “This center is located exactly on the state line. Northbound traffic is in Arkansas and southbound traffic is in Texas. We are also located on the county line. The center is in Miller County but just a few yards north across the bridge of the Red River is Little River County. The actual county and state line are both in the middle of the Red River.”

A grand opening for the new center has been set for September 18. As part of the lineup the Ashdown High School Band will play the national anthem and a color guard will also be there. There will be speeches from several dignitaries and a ribbon cutting. Joe David Rice, tourism director for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, will be there along with Scott Bennett, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. There will also be refreshments and entertainment.

Nichols encouraged people to visit the new center.

“Anyone traveling through this part of the state should stop in and say hello and get a free cup of coffee,” she said. “You will be greeted with a smile.”

Thirteen Welcome Centers are located at various points of entry to the state. An additional location can be found in Little Rock, which serves as a centrally-located center for visitors. For more information on Welcome Centers across the state, visit www.Arkansas.com/travel-tools/welcome-centers.

 

STATEMENT REGARDING DE QUEEN MEDICAL CENTER    9/5/17

(Kansas City, MO) – The new ownership group of De Queen Medical Center issued the following statement regarding recent organizational changes at the facility.

On August 30, 2017, De Queen Medical Center accepted the resignations of several employees. As a dedicated community partner, it was important for all of us in the De Queen Medical family to assure everyone who entrusts us with their health care needs that these administrative changes do not affect in any way our commitment to investing all that is needed to make your hospital the best facility of its kind. As a Charter Member of the National Alliance of Rural Hospitals, DQMC is set to implement groundbreaking and innovative programs targeted at allowing the hospital to not only survive, but thrive for generations to come. Our greatest resource has been the high quality medical, professional, and administrative staff and we are excited and confident that DQMC is in the best of hands. In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will keep the community members, public officials, and the media apprised of our ongoing progress; we look forward to holding an open house in the very near future. We want to thank all of you for the continued support of your community hospital.
 

 

SUSPICIOUS VACUUM SALESMAN WANTED IN OUACHITA COUNTY     9/5/17

 

August 26th, deputies with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the Falls Chapel area in reference to a suspicious person.

 

Deputies found the person and vehicle in question at a residence in Ben Lomond. The driver was identified as 24-year-old Jeremy Ly and a passenger who was identified as 24-year-old James Maiden of Eudora, Arkansas. Ly told deputies he was selling Kirby vacuum cleaners.

 

According to the incident report, neither Ly nor Maiden was wanted on any active warrants and they were escorted out of Sevier County and informed not to return. Recently, there have been reports of Ly going door to door in Howard County.

 

On Friday, September 1st, the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office issued a BOLO for Ly, because he is currently wanted in Ouachita County for aggravated assault and criminal mischief in the first degree.

 

According to a spokesperson with the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office, on July 3rd, Ly was in a home in Stephens trying to sell a Kirby vacuum cleaner and the homeowner asked him to leave. According to the report, Ly got into a physical altercation with the homeowner and he allegedly pushed down a pregnant woman. Ly also allegedly backed into the homeowner’s car while pulling out of the driveway, causing some damage to the vehicle.

 

Ly's current address is listed as Redfield, Arkansas. He is 5'8" tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

 

If you have any information on the location of Ly, contact your local law enforcement agency or contact the Ouachita County Sheriff's Office at 870-231-5300.

 

 

DE QUEEN CHURCH OF CHRIST PARTNERING WITH THE EL CAMPO, TEXAS CHURCH OF CHRIST       9/5/17

 

Toney Stowers of the De Queen Church of Christ reported the church has agreed to partner with the Church of Christ in El Campo, Texas to help provide flood relief items, including monetary donations. He said they will be accepting donations from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. everyday this week, including Saturday and Sunday.

 

Stowers said he and the pastor of the church in El Campo, Texas have known each other since they served in West Virginia.

 

Stowers said the community of De Queen is one of the most giving communities that he has ever lived in and he wanted to say thank you in advance for everyone's help with the recovery efforts in South Texas and South Louisiana.

 

For more information, contact the church at 870-584-3226.

  

 

LOCAL FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS         9/5/17

 

Sevier County Extension Agent Rex Herring announced last week, that the Sevier County 4-H clubs were teaming up with Chris Hale, and Bailey Discount Building Supply to collect donations for the flood victims in south Texas.

 

Herring said Matt and Grover Hill donated the use of a tractor-trailer and area residents are being asked to fill the trailer with supplies, including livestock feed and hay.

 

This morning, Sevier County 4-H Teen Leaders, Brennen Seymour and Veronica Rivas reported they were accepting donations of diapers, bottled water, non-perishable can food items, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, toiletry items, bleach, pet food and paper towels. They also said they will be accepting donations of livestock feed and hay until Thursday.

 

Herring said items may be dropped off at the Adams Building on the De Queen campus of UA Cossatot during regular business hours. He said you can drop off items at Bailey Discount Building Supply or at Chris Hale's home at 924 West Haes Street in De Queen.

 

Seymour also reported the 4-H Teen Leaders Club will be meeting on Monday, September the 11th at 5:30 p.m. at the extension office and anyone who wants to join the Sevier County 4-H is invited to attend.

 

Herring said 4-H clubs from the surrounding area will also be collecting items, but for more information, call the Extension Office 584-3013.

 


 

MCCURTAIN COUNTY OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING RULED JUSTIFIED         9/5/17

 

The District 17 Prosecuting Attorney announced the officer-involved fatal shooting of a Foreman resident in McCurtain County was justified.

 

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation completed its investigation and turned over the results to Prosecuting Attorney Mark Matloff. He said the investigation determined the shooting was justifiable and law enforcement officers acted appropriately.

 

The OSBI investigation was requested by the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office following the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Devin Hawkins of Foreman on April 30th.

 

According to initial incident report, the sheriff's office received a report about a man walking down the road near Tom, Oklahoma with a gun, threatening to kill people.

 

When deputies arrived in the area, they were told the suspect had run into the woods. While looking for the suspect, deputies stopped a truck that was leaving a home a Jasper Hollow Road near the last known location of the suspect.

 

Deputies pulled over the truck and the driver told them that he was giving the passenger a ride, but he didn't know the man. When deputies asked the passenger if he had any weapons, he lifted up his shirt and showed the deputy a gun in his waistband. The subject then grabbed the handgun and put it to his head.

 

Deputies tried to get Hawkins to put the gun down, but he refused and then pointed to gun at the officers. Hawkins fired off at least one shot and deputies returned fire, killing Hawkins.

 

According to Hawkins history, he had three encounters with law enforcement officials in Little River County.

 

In March of 2016, Hawkins was arrested on a felony escape charge. On March 14th, 2017, he was sentenced to three-years probation.

 

On April 14th, 2016, Hawkins allegedly discharged an AR-15 rifle and on April 15th he was involved in a standoff with police in Foreman.

 

 

ARKANSAS EXPANDS CONCEALED CARRY LAW         9/5/17

 

A new Arkansas law expands where concealed handguns may be carried is now in effect, but the training that’s needed to carry a handgun on a college campus, inside a bar, a government building or other new locations may not be available until next year.

 

Arkansas State Police has 120 days to design the additional training requirements that concealed handgun licensees must compete before they can carry their weapons on college campuses and other places. Currently, there are 225,000 people licensed to carry a concealed handgun in Arkansas.

 

The state police have not released a timeline for when the training standards will be available for the concealed handgun instructors around the state. The additional training may be up to an additional eight hours.

 

Higher education officials have already been briefing faculty, staff and students about the new law, and they've been reminded that concealed weapons are still banned from campus until the enhanced licenses are available.

 

Lawmakers who pushed for the measure this year stated the additional training would help prepare licensees for active shooter situations at places like colleges and universities.

 

State police are also working on the rules for the security plans that colleges and universities will need to submit to exempt sporting events from the expanded gun measure. The exemption was added in some follow-up legislation after the campus gun law drew objections from the Southeastern Conference and others who have concerns about allowing weapons at football games and other events.

 

 

STATE AGENCIES MODIFY FUEL REQUIREMENTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15 FOLLOWING HURRICANE HARVEY      9/5/17

 

In response to Hurricane Harvey, the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality have worked together to seek relief from the Environmental Protection Agency on fuel requirements for Low Reid Vapor Pressure to address fuel supply emergencies in the region.

 

On August 31st, ADEQ formally requested that the EPA exercise its authority under the federal Clean Air Act to temporarily waive fuel requirements for RVP fuel and allow the distribution of 11.5 RVP gasoline throughout Arkansas. EPA has granted two waivers that address multiple states, including Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The waivers are effective immediately and will continue through September 15th.

 

Gasoline blend waivers are enforced by state bureau of standards departments, though the EPA grants these waivers through requests from state environmental agencies. The Arkansas Bureau of Standards is a division of the Arkansas Agriculture Department's State Plant Board.

 

 

FREEFORM WIRE WRAPPING AT THE DIAMOND STATE PARK      9/5/17

 

Saturday, September 23rd, guest of the Diamond State Park will have the opportunity to learn the basics of freeform wire-wrapping during a workshop in the discovery center from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

Freeform wire-wrapping is a simple yet beautiful method of jewelry-making that requires very few tools because the most important tools are your hands and your imagination. Many types of stones can be used, including several that can be found at the Crater of Diamond State Park. There's also no strict patterns or guidelines, freeform artisans are able to create a variety of styles.

 

The workshop will begin with a discussion of essential wire-wrapping tools and materials, and participants will make their own freeform jewelry with practice wire and stones. Each participant will also receive wire, instructions, and tools to get started in this craft.

 

The cost is $30 per person and that includes a $15 registration fee that is due by Friday, September 8th. The remaining $15 will be due on the day of the workshop. Space is limited, with a minimum of four participants.

 

Call the Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3113 to register.

 

 

ROTARIANS IN DE QUEEN RECEIVE UA COSSATOT    9/5/2017

 

Dr. Steve Cole, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas Cossatot, visited the De Queen Rotary Club on Monday to speak about the fall semester at UA Cossatot.


Dr. Cole began his remarks with an update on UA Cossatot’s enrollment, stating, “UA Cossatot has seen a slight increase in full-time student enrollment from last fall.”


“While this slight increase ordinarily would not be major news, it is pretty special because it shows a positive trend where the rest of the state and country are showing up to 5% declines in student enrollment”.


Cole also provided the Rotary members a breakdown of the student enrollment. Students total 1502 this fall, of which 37% are concurrently enrolled in local high schools, 27% of the students are of Hispanic descent, 65% are female, with the average age of 21.


During Monday’s meeting, Dr. Cole cited, “While we are pleased with our enrollment numbers, which show a very healthy college, we are even more pleased with our graduation rates. They have now climbed to 37% making UA Cossatot’s graduation rate third highest in Arkansas.”


Dr. Cole also mentioned the hiring of a new economic development person to enhance county efforts to bring more industry and interest into Sevier County. This person will serve as a liaison to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and will start in early January.


Dr. Cole commented his overall view of the college as being one of pride, “To be able to lead a college that just simply goes out every day and gets the job done for our students and community is a distinct pleasure. You feel that pride when you walk onto any of our campuses. No one at UA Cossatot ever asks, ‘why’…we always ask, ‘why not?’”


Cole also distributed the UA Cossatot Strategic Plan 2020 at the Rotary meeting. The De Queen Rotary club meets every Monday at noon at Mary P.O.P.S. Restaurant.
 

 

UA COSSATOT NAMED THIRD IN NATION FOR VALUE    9/5/2017

The University of Arkansas Cossatot has been named third, based on affordability and quality, of all online colleges and programs in the nation by AffordableColleges.com.


Specifically, the online Associate of General Studies program is recognized as an ideal way to earn college credits needed to achieve a Bachelor’s degree.


“An online associate degree in general studies is an affordable way to begin your career, offering a strong return on investment and minimal time commitment,” the site states.


Often students refer to this route of obtaining credits before transferring to a university as “getting their basics.” Around 70% of UA Cossatot students attend the college with this goal.


The site ranked UA Cossatot just under Cochise County Community College District and Arkansas Northeastern College in affordability.


UA Cossatot Vice Chancellor of Academics Ashley Aylett remarked, “We as an entire college made this happen.”
“No matter if a UAC staff person teaches and advises students, does billing, awards financial aid, provides tutoring, or maintains our facilities and computers - they all play a vital part.”


To see the complete list of Affordable Online Associate Degrees in General Studies and more, please visit www.affordablecolleges.com. For information on UA Cossatot online programs, please visit www.cccua.edu/online.

 

 

BENEFIT BINGO GAME SATURDAY NIGHT IN HORATIO       9/1/17

 

This Saturday night, Donna Jeanes and Sherry Tallant will be hosting a benefit Bingo game at the Horatio Elementary cafeteria at 5 p.m.

 

Jeanes said Bingo cards are $10 each. She said you can purchase as many as you want, but you can use them all night. She said you can still reserve a parking spot for $10, but all of the tables have been reserved. Concessions will be available.

 

Jeanes said the proceeds will be used to fund a scholarship in honor of her son Kenny Jeanes and to help train a service dog for Stormie Tallant.

 

Jeanes said Kenny died in a 4-wheeler accident and she plans to present a scholarship in his honor to a student in Kenny's graduating class this year and every year after that.

 

Tallant said Stormie's service dog is being trained to alert her when her sugar level gets low.

 

For more information or to reserve a parking spot, call 870-784-5152.

 

 

SEVIER COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY WILL HOLD A LOW-COST SPAY AND NEUTER CLINIC SEPTEMBER 5-7        9/1/17

 

Martha Fines and Juanelle Gage announced the Sevier County Humane Society will hold its third spay and neuter clinic of the year, September 5th through the 7th at the humane society's building on Haes Street across from the Herman Dierks Park.

 

Fines said the cost is $65 for dogs and $40 for cats.

 

Gage and Fines said area residents can bring their cats to the clinic beginning at 7 a.m. each day and dogs at 8 a.m. They said the humane society also needs volunteers to sit with the animals until they wake up.

 

For more information, call 870-584-9096.

 

 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AT COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK AND THE DAISY STATE PARK      9/1/17

 

Arkansas State Park Interpreter Victoria Carson announced some upcoming events at the Cossatot River State Park this week.

 

Carson said Citizenship Day is Sunday, September 17th, but the park is going to host a Citizen's Day event on Saturday, September 16th. She said area Eagle Scouts, 4-H clubs, youth groups, and other civic organizations will help clear trails, paint sign posts and clean up along the highways.

 

Admission is free, but the park is asking participates to register by Monday, September 11th by calling 870-385-2201.

 

Carson also said the Cossatot River State Park offers several programs for school groups...(Sound Bite #6620-3). - 15-seconds.

 

She said the park will also be hosting several hikes during the month of September...(Sound bite #6620-4). - 14-seconds.

 

For more information about the activities at the Cossatot River State Park in Wickes, call 870-385-2201.

 

Daisy State Park will be offering a hunter education test today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the interpretive center.

 

This Saturday, Daisy State Park will host a scenic lake cruise on Lake Greeson from 2 to 4 p.m. Seating is limited, so sign up at the visitor center by 5 p.m. today. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12 and kids 6 and under is free.

 

Sunday, the Daisy State Park will hold a Dutch oven cooking demonstration from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $2 for anyone 6 and over. Participates should sign up in the visitor center.

 

For more information about the activities at the Daisy State Park, call 870-398-4487.

 

  

ADEQ JOINS THE GREAT ARKANSAS RIVER CLEANUP TO COMBAT LITTER       9/1/17

 

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality is joining the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission to clean up a stretch of the Arkansas River as part of the Sixth Annual Great Arkansas River Cleanup on Saturday, September 9th from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m.

 

ADEQ is seeking volunteers who are willing to "Pitch In" and pick up litter on foot or by boat. The event will include communities across the state.

 

Cossatot River State Park Interpreter Victoria Carson reported the park staff is teaming up with the Arkansas Canoe Club for a Great Arkansas Cleanup event on Saturday, October 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She said volunteers will help clean up the wild and scenic Cossatot River, access points and surrounding roadways.

 

The park will provide trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other supplies. For more information, call 870-385-2201.

 

 

CONSUMER ALERT: FOLLOWING HARVEY, GIVER TAKE CAUTION      9/1/17

 

Arkansans have seen the horrible photos and videos showing the devastation from Hurricane Harvey to our neighbors and friends in Houston and all across southeast Texas and many people want to help. But the Arkansas Attorney General wants to remind Arkansans to beware of who they donate too.

 

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said many times following natural disasters, her office receives reports of unscrupulous "charities" in the state.

 

Rutledge said con artists will tug at the heartstrings of giving people in hopes that they will give them money that is supposed to support whatever cause the criminals are using. Scammers provide very little information about their organization, but they still try an convince people to donate to their so-called charity.

 

Rutledge said they often pick names and logos that are similar to familiar legitimate charities.

 

Rutledge's office released the following tips to help consumers give to only legitimate charities: she said if you receive a phone solicitation for a donation, do not immediately get out your checkbook or credit card. She said do some research. Get the organization's name, address, website and phone number. She said use GuideStar.org to compare nonprofit organizations. Ask the caller how they plan to spend your donation. She said watch out for similar but different organization names as some con artists will use names like those of existing and reputable nonprofit organization in an attempt to trick you. She said do not give out financial or personal information over the phone, never send cash and if you do wish to donate through a text message, verify the organization's number before doing so.

 

Rutledge said consumers should also be wary of charities that pop up quickly in response to disasters like Hurricane Harvey.

 

For more information, visit the website www.ArkansasAG.gov or call 1-800-482-8982.

 

 

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