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18 WHEELER WRECK CAUSES ALUMINUM SPILL NEAR ASHDOWN 6/21/18

The Little River County Sheriff's office received a call around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 about a wreck involving an 18-wheeler. A truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with aluminum rolls headed north bound on US 71 was unable to make a turn which caused the wreck. The truck rolled over on its side and spilled the load it was carrying. No injuries were reported in the crash as no one was hurt, and no other vehicles were involved. It took approximately four hours to clean up the aluminum at the scene.

 

 

FARM FAMILIES OF THE YEAR NAMED FOR 2018 6/21/18

 

Eight district winners in the 71st annual Arkansas farm family of the year program have been announced. Agriculture is the largest industry in the state of Arkansas and the winners were selected as representatives of the diversity within the field. The district winners will be judged to determine a state winner to be announced Dec 6th, 2018 at the Farm Family of the Year Luncheon in North Little Rock. 

 

The district winners are: Chris and Judy Isbell of Lonoke County. The Isbells raise rice on 3,000 acres and have two children, Whitney and Mark. Jared and Lacey Standridge of Van Buren County operate a cattle company and have three children, Sydney, Sam and Shelby. Michaell and Rhonda Ahrent of Clay County grow rice and soybeans on 4,800 acres. They have one son named Blake and a daughter in law named Emily. Carl and Christie Campbell of Boone County, who operate cattleman's livestock Auction of Harrison. They have one daughter, Melinda, a son in law Landon and two grandchildren named Ladd and Larson. In Miller County, Jimmy and Crystal Hewitt raise registered commercial cattle and have two children named Kyleen and Colton. 

 

Travis and Valerie Sims of Conway County have four broiler houses and raise roughly 594,000 birds a year for Tyson. The Sims have two children named Will and Cordell.  In Saline County, Damon and Jana Helton raise forested hogs and run a general store. The couple has four children, named Luke, Olivia, Violet and Cordell. All winners are judged on their farm production, efficiency, management, family life and rural/community leadership.

The chosen state representative will go on to the Swisher Sweet/Sunbelt expo Southeastern farmer of the year competition in Georgia.

 

ARKANSAS RESIDENTS TO RECEIVE NEW MEDICARE CARDS 6/21/18

 

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services have announced new paper cards will be issued to all Medicare recipients and this is not a scam. The Attorney General and The Social Security Administration have released a list of information regarding the new Medicare cards. The cards will automatically arrive in the mail and if an updated address is an issue, the social security administrative can be contacted at 1-800-772-1213 or www.ssa.gov/myaccount/.

 

Each new card will have a new Medicare number that is unique to each individual and social security numbers will no longer be applicable.  All coverage and benefits will remain the same, and the old card must be destroyed once the new one arrives. Doctors and healthcare providers have been notified that the new cards have been issued and expect the cards to arrive for patients any time between now and December of 2019. 

 

 The Attorney General recommends patients only give the new Medicare number to doctors, pharmacists, insurance providers and individuals helping manage Medicare coverage. In the event that the new card is lost doctors and healthcare providers may be able to look up the information online. Information regarding the new cards and related topics can be found on the Attorney General's website at ArkansasAG.Gov or calling the office at 800-482-8982

 

 

 LET FREEDOM RING CELEBRATION SCHEDULED IN DE QUEEN 6/21/18

 

The annual 'Let Freedom Ring' celebration has been announced for Tuesday July 3rd in De Queen. The event will take place at the De Queen Sportsplex beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Live music will be performed by recently signed country artist Lucas Ebert and Local artists “Midnight Hurricanes.”  A Variety of food vendors will be in attendance and all members of the community are invited and welcome to attend. Organizers recommend bringing bathing suits for the water cannon and fireworks will take place at dark. All questions can be referred to the Parks Department at 870-642-4140

 

 

LOCAL NURSE GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY, PATIENTS IN DE QUEEN 6/21/18

 

Nurse Practitioner LaDonna Batty is a staff member at the De Queen walk in family clinic who believes in making herself accessible to patients and keeping them updated on new information regarding the clinic and its services. Batty expressed feeling that common misconceptions have formed in the community regarding the services offered by the clinic and what kind of medical issues people can seek treatment for.

 

The clinic does treat walk-in patients without appointments but they also schedule appointments for regular patients and honor those time commitments. Though Batty got married in the last year, she wants patients to know she still works from the same location despite changing her last name.

 

In addition to the walk-in clinic, Batty also provides services for the community as a way to give back. She recently assisted in conducting the required physicals for student athletes at the High School in De Queen at no cost to the students or their families. Current patients with questions and residents of the community interested in seeking services from the clinic may contact Batty and the Walk-in Family clinic at 870-642-2000

 

LIONS CLUB TO HOST FISHING DERBY FOR KIDS   06/20/18

 

A fishing derby for kids will be held this weekend at De Queen Lake. The event is sponsored by the Lions club in De Queen and will be the 3rd annual derby hosted by the organization.

 

The event is set to take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23rd and will end at 11:00 a.m. De Queen Mayor, Billy Ray McKelvy has taken a leadership role in organizing the derby and announced children age 15 and younger are invited and welcome to participate in the event.

 

The Corps of engineers will be in attendance to assist with safety questions or concerns.  The lions club is a service organization local to De Queen and would like to make the event a yearly tradition. The organization will be giving away various prizes to the youth who participate.

 

It is recommended that attendees arrive early to register and secure a good spot prior to the derby start time. Persons interested in fishing at the dam who are over the age of 15 may do so after 11:00 a.m. when the children's derby is complete.

 

 

LABOR AND STATISTICS REPORT IN FOR ARKANSAS   06/20/18

 

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics released the Arkansas' county and employment wages report for the 2017 fourth quarter. The report was released on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 by the Southwest information office.

 

The report showed employment increased in Arkansas' three largest counties over a one year time period from December 2016 to December 2017. Washington, Benton and Pulaski counties are considered Arkansas largest counties as they are defined by holding annual average employment levels of 75,000 or more. The highest employment rate of Arkansas largest counties was Pulaski County with 253,000. Washington County's 2.6 rate of job growth exceeded the 1.5 national rate and ranked 56th out of 346 counties in the United States.

 

In terms of the smaller counties, 72 counties in the State of Arkansas identify as such with less than 75,000. Those counties did not report weekly wages below the national average of $1,109 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

 

The highest weekly wages reported for the small counties in Arkansas were Calhoun, with $1,034, Little River with $929, and the lowest weekly wage reported was for Newton County with $490. The higher paying counties were identified as locations nearing metropolitan areas of Blytheville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Little Rock and Texarkana. The report showed that the lower paying areas were generally concentrated along the northern border of the state.

 

These numbers and additional information regarding the report can be found online at www.bls.cew.

 

 

TEXARKANA M*A*S*H CAMP   06/20/18

 

Nine junior and senior high-school students from Little River, Miller and Sevier counties are attending a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp June 11-22 the UAMS-Southwest campus in Texarkana. The students and their instructor are (left to right) Austin Johnson of DeQueen, Nate Nix of Texarkana, Grace Martin of Foreman, Cynamon Burnett, LifeNet Flight Nurse, Kaylee Silva of Ashdown, David Chreene, LifeNet Pilot, Bradee McKean of Ashdown, Shelby Lemley of Fouke, Jada Lloyd of Texarkana, Whitney Hudson of Fouke, Jaycee Jaquess of Texarkana and Bradi Kelley, M*A*S*H camp coordinator, UAMS-Southwest Regional M*A*S*H coordinator.


The two-week summer medical enrichment experience allows these high school students to shadow health professionals and attend workshops that enhance their experiences in the health-care field. They learn about pharmacy, therapy, CPR, anatomy, surgery, emergency medical response and even participated in a mock trauma simulation where a teenage boy was airlifted by LifeNet helicopter to a local hospital. The program hopes to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work.


M*A*S*H students are sponsored by county Farm Bureaus and the M*A*S*H Partnership, which includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Regional Centers, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau and Baptist Health. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

 

 

 
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SEVIER COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT TALKS CHANGES AND UPDATES  06/19/18

Representatives of the law enforcement agencies in Sevier county have partnered with The University of Arkansas Cossatot and Sevier County leaders to host a public forum to be held on Thursday, June 21st  at 6:00 p.m. in the De Queen High School cafeteria. All residents of Sevier County are invited and welcome to attend the event.

The purpose of the forum is to create an open dialogue between residents and members of law enforcement. Sheriff Robert Gentry has served the community since 2017 and provided an update on changes within the Sevier County jail including programs offered to inmates in the legal system. A variety of new services have been implemented into the organization's structure over the last year as a way for inmates to rehabilitate themselves and improve their quality of life.

Jail administrator Chris Wolcott says the programs offered have significantly expanded over the last year. During the June 21st forum, residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the programs offered within the jail system as well as ask questions regarding law enforcement related topics. Questions about the forum can be directed to Sevier County Economic Development coordinator Lisa Taylor at 870-279-5937. 

To further connect with the community, law enforcement will be hosting a block party in De Queen at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th at 6th and Lake. The streets will be blocked off for 2 hours and food and activities for the kids will be provided. Law enforcement representatives welcome residents of Sevier County to attend the party, as it will be a family friendly event.

 

MEDICAL PERSONNEL ADJUST TO CHANGES IN HEALTHCARE   06/19/18

A variety of changes implemented on a national level have begun affecting residents of communities local to Southwest Arkansas. The updates include paperwork and administrative practices required for patients when attending a doctor's visit.

Angie Walker serves as office manager for Dr. Randy Walker's clinic in De Queen. Walker said the changes she is seeing in the medical field include insurance methods and Medicare ID cards for senior citizens. Angie also encourages residents with valid health insurance to utilize the services covered by their insurance provider.

Summertime is often a less busy season for Doctor's offices and requirements, like wellness visits and physicals, for participation in school sports can be accomplished with shorter waiting periods during this time. Angie welcomes patients with questions to contact the clinic at 870-584-3000.

 

7th Annual Jr. Ranger Explorer Camp    06/19/18

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site and The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana will offer a Junior Ranger Explorer Summer Camp July 30th – August 1st. The Junior Ranger Explorer Camp connects participants to their national parks through many hands-on, guided activities. The camp is open to all area students 10 – 13 years of age and registration and participation are FREE.

Students will be dropped off and picked up from the Industrial Building on the UAHT Hope Campus.

REGISTRATION is limited to the first 35 participants to register. Registration is first come first serve and will continue until all spaces are filled or June 30th. Registration forms are available at www.uacch.edu,  www.nps.gov/wicl, or by clicking HERE.. To register your student for camp email a completed form to WICL_Visitor_Center@nps.gov if you have questions or need more information contact the historic site at 870-777-4455 or Christian Davis at Christian_Davis@nps.gov

 

 

Foundation to host Basketball Drawdown at Lockesburg Gym   06/19/18

 

The University of Arkansas Cossatot Foundation will host a drawdown benefit for the UA Cossatot Colts Basketball Team on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium, located at 128 E. Main, Lockesburg, Arkansas.

 

Only 120 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 each and allow the holder two steak dinners and a chance to win $5,000. Ticket purchases and donations are tax deductible. Money raised will fund team travel and athletic gear.

 

At a drawdown, tickets are drawn out of the bingo cage one at a time until one ticket is left. That winning ticket is worth $5,000. Ticket holders do not have to be present at the event to win. The new UA Cossatot Colts logo and basketball jerseys will be revealed at this event.

 

The UA Cossatot Foundation, Men’s Colts Basketball team members, Coach Warren Bane and UAC staff will host the event. UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole and Ed 88 Station Manager and DJ Loren Hinton will emcee the drawdown.

 

For tickets or additional information, contact Dustin Roberts at 870-584-1172 or droberts@cccua.edu. An event page is also posted on the UA Cossatot Foundation’s Facebook page.

 

“We are excited to see basketball at UA Cossatot in the historic gym. This will be a fun event, and you never know who will win $5,000!” says UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole.

 

 

Rotary Club Awards Two Paul Harris Fellowships    06/18/18

 

The De Queen Rotary Club awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships at their weekly meeting on Monday. The Club presented two $1,000 donations to the Rotary Foundation in honor of Elizabeth Kruithof of Bossier City, Louisiana and in honor of Jacob Bunyard of De Queen.

 

Liz Kruithof is the mother of Rotarian Tammy Huddleston of De Queen. Tammy is employed at De Queen Auto Group, and serves as the local Rotary Club secretary. Her mother, Liz, is retired and makes her home with her husband in Bossier City, Louisiana.

 

Jacob Bunyard is the son of Jay and Teresa Bunyard of De Queen. Jay is the owner of Bunyard Broadcasting, Inc., and has served as President of the local club. His son, Jacob, will be a senior at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville this fall wrapping up a double degree in Accounting and Finance.

 

Both Tammy Huddleston and Jay Bunyard have previously been awarded Paul Harris Fellowships, so they can designate a family member or friend as a recipient of the prestigious award. Past Rotary District Governor Z.Z. Kamruddin made the presentations Monday.

 

Since the De Queen Rotary Club was founded back in 1923, the Club has donated $98,000 to the Rotary Foundation to help fund worthwhile projects all over the world, including the eradication of polio.

 

Now in its 95th year of service to De Queen and the surrounding area, the Rotary Club has awarded 71 Paul Harris Fellowships during its history.

 


AREA PROFESSIONALS FOCUS ON HEALTHCARE 6/18/18

 

As Communities in the Southwest Arkansas area recognize healthcare month in June, a variety of medical professionals in the region have connected with KDQN to publicly address a range of issues affecting residents on both a local and national level.  Rene Logan of Harris drug in De Queen Arkansas spoke about policies and regulations regarding prescription medication refills and changes in pill distribution that have been impacted by the opioid epidemic in America.

 

Logan says insurance companies have placed limitations on the amount of medication administered in prescription medication refills. Other changes occurring in the medical field include advances in technology and communication methods between patients and pharmacy staff. Harris Drug is one of many medical outlets offering social media routes online, as well as a mobile app that allows patients to connect with medical personnel and pharmacists. 

 

Rene Logan also advises medical patients to follow the instructions administered by physicians as recommended healthcare advice serves a purpose for each individual.  More information regarding Harris drug can be found on their website,  at www.HarrisDrug.com

 

 

 GILLHAM TO CELEBRATE 50 YEAR REUNION 6/18/18

 

The Gillham Alumni association has announced a homecoming and reunion celebration to be held at the end of this month. The event will take place Saturday, June 30th, beginning at 9:00am at the school building in Gillham Arkansas. This will be the 43rd annual Homecoming event for the district, and the 50 year reunion for the class of 1968.

 

The event is sponsored by the Gillham Alumni Association Board of Trustees and officers. A catered lunch will be available at a cost of $5 per person. The class of 1968 will be honored at 1:30 p.m. and the event is expected to end around 3:00 p.m. All members of the 1968 class are encouraged to attend the ceremony in which they will be honored, and Gillham graduates are welcome to attend. RSVPs can be sent to P.O Box 48, Gillham Arkansas, 71841.

 

 

FOREMAN SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET IN JUNE 6/18/18

 

The Foreman Board of Education is to meet in the library at Oscar Hamilton Elementary school this week. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 19th at 6:00 p.m.  Items on the agenda will include a review of superintendents reports, principals reports and student success from the previous school year.

 

New business items up for discussion will include approval of authorization of financial management for new staff, approving building fund resolution, cafeteria meal prices, the 2018-2019 school year student handbook, current enrollment and possible student transfers. The Foreman school district recently welcomed new superintendent Pat Tankersly to the staff. Updates regarding the  Foreman public school district can be found online, at www.foremanschools.org

 

 

2018 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) JUDGES ANNOUNCED   06/18/18

June 18 , 2018 – The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2018 competition. Established in 2002, ISC is the world's largest songwriting competition and is open to both professional and amateur songwriters, signed and unsigned. A total of 71 winners in 23 categories share in over $150,000 in cash and prizes, including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash, and much more.

ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to be heard by an elite panel of recording artists and music executives. The panel is comprised of high-profile recording artists and Presidents, CEOs, and A&R executives from many top record labels and publishing companies.

Over the years, ISC has helped to propel many artists to achieve greater success, including getting record and publishing deals, licensing agreements, gigs, and much more. Past winners have included: Illenium; Vance Joy; Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Kehlani; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; and many more.

“There are a lot of songwriting competitions in the world, but only ISC has judges of such prestige and influence,” said Candace Avery, Founder and Director of ISC. “Although many of our judges participate year after year, we have a lot of new judges this year, bringing fresh ears to the process. We are grateful for the perspectives and opinions they bring to the process of selecting the winners.”

The list of 2018 judges includes:

Recording Artists:
Adam Lambert; Marc Anthony; Porugal.The Man; The Script; Tom Waits; Ne-Yo; American Authors; Kane Brown; Hardwell; Nancy Wilson (Heart); Nicky Jam; 21 Savage; Rodney Crowell; Booker T. Jones; The Mavericks; Sara Evans; Bastille; Kristian Bush (Sugarland); Rakim (Eric B. & Rakim); Walker Hayes; Chris Lane; Keane; Omarion; Danilo Perez; Nervo; Jeremih; Peter Erskine; James McNally (Afro Celt Sound System); Nero; Sidewalk Prophets; Kenny Garrett; Russ; Krewella; Matt Nathanson; Amadou & Miriam; Kaskade; Sara Watkins; Ted Nash; John Mayall; Art Alexakis (Everclear); Joe Louis Walker; Nicholas Gunn; Vassy; Kim Walker-Smith (Jesus Culture); Ashwin Batish; Lonnie Liston Smith; Walter Trout; Tony Joe White; Micah Tyler; John Tibbs; Gordon Goodwin; and more to be announced.

Industry Executives:
Gregg Nadel (President, Elektra Records); Seymour Stein (Chairman/CEO, Sire Records); Jo Charrington (Co-President, Capitol Music Group UK); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); John Esposito (Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville); John Burk (President, Concord Label Group); Tom “Grover” Biery (Executive VP, Recorded Music BMG); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Steve Yegelwel (Sr. VP, Island Records); Mark Mitchell (Co-President, Parlophone Records); Ben Blackwell (Co-Founder, Third Man Records); Nate Albert (Executive VP of A&R, Capitol Records); Jacob Edgar (Founder, Cumbancha); Aaron Bay-Schuck (President of A&R, Interscope Records); Dan Fraser (President, Nettwerk Music Group); Mike Easterlin (President Fueled By Ramen / Roadrunner Records); Craig Balsam (Co-Owner, Razor & Tie, Washington Square, and Kidz Bop); Josh Bailey (Senior VP of A&R, Word Entertainment); Gordon Kerr (CEO, Black River Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); AJ Tobey (Head of A&R, Rough Trade Publishing); Cory Robbins (Founder / President, Robbins Entertainment); Angel Carrasco (Latin Music Consultant); Julie Kertes (Editor / Manager, Hot Diggity Media); Laura Margolin (Publishing, Glassnote Records); Leib Ostrow (Founder / CEO, Music For Little People); Katherine Dines (Co-President, The Children’s Music Network); Claire S. Green (President, Parent’s Choice Foundation); Benjamin Groff (Founder, The Brill Building); Sas Metcalfe (President, Global Creative, Kobalt Music); Golnar Khosrowshahi (President, Reservoir Media Management); Tamara Conniff (EVP, Roc Nation); Dara Frank (Head of Comedy Central Records / Viacom); Carl Caprioglio (Founder / CEO, Oglio Entertainment); Elena Epstein (Director, National Parenting Product Awards); and more to be announced.

Entering ISC can be done online or through the mail, and information can be found at https://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

 

 

 

BROKEN BOW CHURCH TO HOLD COMMUNITY MOVIE NIGHT 06/15/18

First Assembly of God church in Broken Bow has announced a Movie on the Lawn event will be held later this month. The movie night will take place Sunday, June 24th at 1501 S. Park Drive. Disney Pixars "The Incredibles" will be showing and the church welcomes community members of all ages to attend as this is a family friendly event.

Concession stand will open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 8:15 p.m. Event organizers recommend  attendees bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. More information can be found by calling the church office at 580-584-6546 or emailing brokenbowfirst.org

LOCKESBURG CITY COUNCIL TALKS UPDATES AND BUDGET REPORT 06/15/18

 

The Lockesburg City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, June 12th at City Hall to address several agenda items regarding issues within the city of Lockesburg.  Items on the agenda included reviewing the budget and financial reports from May, tree damage caused by a sewer project, improvements to the water tower, a potential road closure, reconstruction of city streets and activities for the Fourth of July celebration.  

 

The council approved minutes from the prior meeting and passed motions to approve the Budget and financial reports for the month of May.

 

Lynn Davis attended the meeting as a guest and addressed the council regarding a tree that was allegedly damaged by a sewer project. Council members inspected the tree and Mayor Danny Ruth proposed to have qualified personal inspect the tree for further analysis. 

Mayor Ruth also informed the council of a road closure request made by resident Rusty Williams  regarding recently purchased property in Lockesburg. City attorney Erin Hunter researched the necessary requirements for the closure and Mayor Ruth  ensured a pending update for the resident.

 

Contact with the Arkansas Highway Transportation department has been made in regards to grants needed for overlaying eligible city streets. Park commissioner Sheila Ruth addressed planning and logistics for the city's 4th of July celebration. Activities will include a car show, crafts, food vendors, live music and fireworks in the evening.  The next city council meeting will be held Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited and welcome to attend.

 

PATRIOTIC PAGEANT SCHEDULED IN DE QUEEN     06/15/18

The 2018 'Let Freedom Ring' pageant is set to take place on Saturday, June 30th at the De Queen High school cafeteria. The event is in it's 2nd year of existence and offers a variety of crowns and awards for the women and girls who participate. Organizer and emcee Blaire Harp will lead the pageant and welcomes participants of all different experience levels. The pageant will offer a range of crowns, outfit choice awards, photogenic awards and competition divisions.

To get registered for the event, Blair welcomes interested competitors to register for the pageant Saturday, June 16th at the Colin Raye House in De Queen from 10a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, June 16th . Spectators can watch the pageant and support the participants beginning at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 30th at the De Queen High School Cafeteria. The cost of admittance is $5, and children under age 5 can attend at no charge. The crowning portion of the event will take place around 2:30 p.m. More information about the Let Freedom Ring pageant can be found by contacting Blaire Harp at 870-279-0444.

 

Law Enforcement Forum to be held on June 21      06/15/18

The University of Arkansas Cossatot and Sevier County leaders would like Sevier County residents to participate in a conversation with local law enforcement representatives at a public forum on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 6:00 pm in the De Queen High School Cafeteria.

During recent Sevier County community forums, it became apparent that miscommunication and misunderstandings exist between community members and local law enforcement agencies. De Queen Police Department, Sevier County Sheriff, and Sevier County Jail representatives would like to use the June 21st forum to begin an open dialogue with community members.

Each law enforcement agency will briefly introduce their department during the forum and will be available to answer questions from the public. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions. However, questions related to individual cases should be directed to local law enforcement agencies in private.

If interested residents cannot attend the forum or would like to submit their questions anonymously, they may do so through an online survey available at www.cccua.edu/forum. The survey is open now through Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at 4:00 pm.

For questions, please contact the Sevier County Economic Development Director, Lisa Taylor at 870-279-5937 or ltaylor@cccua.edu

 

PAPER TRUCK RUNS OFF ROAD     06/15/18

An 18-wheeler truck loaded with 40,000 lbs of paper ran off the road on Hwy 71 South of De Queen near B & B Junction around 3 am Wednesday, June 13th. 

The driver stated he was crossing sycamore creek bridge when a vehicle malfunction caused the truck to pull to the right and strike the bridge. The vehicle went off the roadway and veered off into a wooded area. The crash caused heavy damage to the front end of the truck and the wreckage was towed away from the scene.

The driver was transported to De Queen Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Clean up was completed around 6 pm Wednesday evening.

 

NEW TRAIL HEADED FOR DE QUEEN LAKE 6/14/18

Legacy Initiatives and the U S Army Corp of Engineers have entered into a Partnership Agreement to construct and maintain a trail that will begin behind the parking lot at the Pine Ridge boat ramp. The trail will consist of a three-mile loop with one and two-mile inner loops. The partnership agreement is the result of efforts between the Corp and local non-profit organization Legacy initiatives. After initially approaching the Corp of Engineers to  propose the idea of creating a trail at the lake, a long process of seeking governmental approval has paid of for the non-profit's project.

 

Legacy has begun marking the trail's location and has made the investments necessary to begin the development. Dr. Jason Lofton has taken a leadership role in the trail's construction and spoke on his personal connection to the project and the opportunities he believes the trail will bring to the community: The trail will be a multi-use system with options  for mountain biking, hiking, walking and running. Lofton says the trail could bring outside visitors, economic success and access for residents to view and connect with nature.

 

The trail project will begin in the fall and is expected to be completed by Spring 2019. This trail is expected to be the start of a larger system of trails for all of the lakes in our area. Volunteers are needed to assist with the project. Interested volunteers can connect with Legacy initiatives on Face Book and at legacyinitiatives.org

 

46th ANNUAL KIAMICHI OWA-CHITO FESTIVAL IS JUNE 15TH AND 16TH 6/14/18    

The 46th annual Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival is scheduled for June 15th and 16th in Beavers Bend State Park and this year, the Swon Brothers will headline the event.Friday night will kick off the festival with the a pageant at the Beavers Bend amphitheater at 4:30 p.m.  followed by welcome and introductions  at 6:00. Several regional acts will perform and later that evening, 7eventh Time Down will perform on the amphitheater stage.

 

Shaun Cockerham is assisting in the leadership and organization for  the festival and spoke on the new activities that will be featured at the festival as well as new featured events and  changes that will occur this year. Saturday, June 16th will be the main day of the festival and the first event is the 5K Run at the Beavers Bend Swim Beach area. Vendors will set up on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Several of the events that will take place on Saturday are the Miss Owa-Chito Pageant, a talent show, a student art show, stickball, Bingo, canoe races, casting contest, archery shoot, horseshoes, and kids games. Near the Beavers Bend Nature Center, the Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club from De Queen will host the 3rd annual Bike Show. Saturday night the talent show winners will perform on the Beavers Bend Amphitheater stage followed by Mike Ryan and the Swon Brothers.

For more information call 580-584-3393.

 

 

LOCAL CONTESTANT TO COMPETE IN STATE WIDE PAGEANT 6/14/18

 

The 2018 Miss Arkansas Scholarship pageant is set to take place this Saturday, June 16th. Preliminary events begun Tuesday, June 12th and will continue throughout the week. Preliminary awards will be made in artistic expression (talent), lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit), and presence and poise (evening gown).

 

Locally, a former Foreman resident and  current contestant Hannah Burrow will be competing in the pageant as she currently holds the title of Miss Lake Dardanelle she will be performing a jazz dance to "one night only." Her platform is safe and sound, as she hopes to bring awareness to the hearing impaired. There are 44 total women competing for the crown. The winner of the pageant will receive a scholarship and hold the title of Miss Arkansas for one year.

 

The final stage of the competition will take place at the Robinson Center in Little Rock on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on the ABC network. Viewers can also live stream the event online by visiting the WWW.MissArkansas.org website.

 

 

Ashdown Junior and Senior High Schools Recognized As High-Growth School    06/14/18

 

Recently, Ashdown Junior High School (AJHS) and Ashdown High School (AHS) were recognized by the Office of Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as high growth middle and high schools in the southwest region of Arkansas based upon the results of last year’s 2017 ACT aspire testing, particularly in the area of English Language Arts. (ELA) AJHS and AHS showed an improvement in all tested areas last year and expect the same level of growth from this year’s ACT Aspire testing conducted in May of 2018.


Principal James K. Jones of AJHS stated, “This is a sign that our school is focused on student academic achievement and the students, as well as the entire AJHS staff are committed to continuing this success. The mission of the Office for Education Policy is to examine educational issues through the lens of academic research and disseminate findings to educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders around Arkansas. Annually, they highlight excellent schools around the state with the Outstanding Educational Performance Awards or the OEP awards."


This OEP Award highlights schools in Arkansas based on student growth on the ACT Aspire exams in Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). These awards focus on student growth for these OEP awards because we think it is a better reflection than proficiency rates of how the school is impacting students. Growth is calculated at the student level and essentially reflects how much a student improved his or her score from the prior year compared to what was predicted based on prior achievement history.


The OEP is pleased to be able to highlight how students are growing academically in schools across the state, and hope the information will spark discussion among stakeholders about how to ensure all schools are growing the knowledge of Arkansas students.
 

 

UA COSSATOT CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCES ADDED SUMMER COURSE 6/13/18

 

UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole has announced the return of Summer II sessions that will be offered through the University systems beginning July 2018. The sessions have been added in response to feedback offered by UA Cossatot students.

 

Chancellor Cole also emphasized the significance of acknowledging career options available through the certificate programs offered by the University. Students of the University have an opportunity to reduce textbook and material costs by utilizing a unique textbook program implemented by the college. Persons interested in registering for summer courses can find information on the schools website at www.cccua.edu

 

 

STATE PARK OFFERS FREE SATURDAY ACTIVITIES FOR VISITORS 6/13/18

 

Daisy state park in Kirby Arkansas is set to host five free activities on site this Saturday, June 16th. Events will begin with the 29th annual children's fishing derby at 8:00 a.m. the derby will last 3 hours and award various prizes to participants. Awards include biggest fish, smallest fish, and the first fish caught for the day.

 

Attendees must be age 15 or younger and are required to provide their own bait and tackle. The event is free of charge and all participants should report to the Day use boat ramp at 7:30 a.m.

 

At 9:00 a.m. the park will host a Kayaking obstacle course challenge at the day use boat ramp. Interpreters encourage park visitors to dress appropriately for the course.

A critter crunch discovery program will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the visitor center. Attendees will learn about habitats of smaller species and a feeding session for snakes and turtles will take place at no charge to visitors.

 

The critter crunch will be followed by an educational hike through Daisy Creek trail at 3:30 p.m. as visitors will learn about pollution effects on the park and how to minimize human impact on nature. The final event of the day will take place at the amphitheater at 4:30 p.m.  A 30 minute Arkansas Explorer session will be held as a family friendly program for all visitors.  Interpreters at Daisy state park welcome questions from the public and can provide information at 870-398-4487.

 

 

DIERKS EDUCATION BOARD REVIEWS AGENDA AT MONTHLY MEETING 6/13/18

 

The Dierks Board of Education met Monday, June 11th at the High School Library. A variety of items on the agenda were reviewed, including reorganization of the board. Members unanimously voted that the board representatives remain in their current positions. The board also approved a resolution that any amount more than $720,000 in the operating fund after categorical and restricted are removed may be moved to the building fund prior to June 30th, 2018.

 

Other agenda items included a decision to renew insurance policies with the Arkansas School board of education, and update on fundraising for Jo Ann Walter Elementary school, ACT summer school and professional development for teachers. The elementary schools "fun Friday" events have raised $1,576.16 and all proceeds were donated to the make-a-wish foundation. ACT summer school will begin June 24th and all K-3rd teachers in the district will be trained in phonics after the professional development session June 9th.  The next meeting will be held July 9th at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited and welcome to attend.

 

cycle program at horatio school     06/13/18

 

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Program (CYCLE) at Horatio Elementary School  is focusing on Art this this week. 

The program runs 20 weeks throughout the school year and 5 weeks during the summer. The class meetings during the Summer are Monday-Thursday 8:45-12:00.

 

The focus this summer is Art, Science, Physical Activity, and Community Service.


The project they are most proud of this Summer is a literacy based project using the Write Brain Books program. By the end of the Summer every student in the CYCLE program will be published authors. Their books will displayed in the Horatio Elementary library for years to come. The students are very excited.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cossatot Launches Diesel Technology Program      06/12/18

 

The University of Arkansas Cossatot is expanding its automotive technology programs to include Diesel Technology providing training in light and medium duty passenger vehicles, as well as larger trucks.

Diesel Technology classes are on the UA Cossatot De Queen campus Monday through Thursday from 3:00 PM to 8:50 PM. The program instructor is Mark Kutak of Goodwater, Oklahoma, who brings 36 years of diesel and automotive technology experience to students.

 

UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole says, “We are very excited about the opportunity to offer this program to people in the surrounding areas. This is a high paying and high demand field that continues to grow as more vehicles are offered with diesel powered engines and the trucking industry flourishes.”

 

UA Cossatot offers strong academic and advising support to all students, helping to ensure students reach career goals and transition easily into their chosen career. Job placement is a priority.

 

For information about the Diesel Technology program, visit www.cccua.edu/diesel, or contact Steve McJunkins at 870-582-1836 or Jocelin Galvez at 870-584-1163. To enroll in fall 2018 courses immediately, contact UA Cossatot Student Services at 870-584-4471.

 

UA Cossatot to hold LPN Pinning at Lockesburg     06/12/18

 

The University of Arkansas Cossatot will hold its 2018 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Pinning Ceremony on June 22, 2018, at 6:00 pm at the UA Cossatot Bank of Lockesburg Gymnasium in Lockesburg, AR.

 

26 students are scheduled to graduate. Friends and family of graduates are welcome to enjoy cake and punch in a reception following the ceremony.

 

UA Cossatot LPN students benefit from one-on-one personal instruction by experienced nursing professionals. Students are able to take courses in an 11-month daytime program in De Queen or 18-month evening program in Nashville, depending on their preference and program availably. 2017 UA Cossatot LPN graduates had an overall pass rate of 93.32% on the NCLEX nursing licensure exam.

For more information, visit www.cccua.edu/MedEd or call 870-584-1211.

 

STATUE OF ARKANSAS MASCOT COMES TO FAYETTEVILLE 6/12/18

A new statue of the University of Arkansas Mascot was installed on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd  Sunday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

 

 The statute of a hog is made of copper, stands 25-feet-tall on hind legs, reportedly weighs 3,500 pounds and has been named "Hogeye." The statue took ten years of planning and five months to build. The piece was put in place by artist Eugene Sargent. 

 

Hogeye was donated to the city by the owners of merchandise company Hogeye Inc. Hogeye has his own souvenirs, including a hat, key chain, and T-shirt. The statue is a replica of the company's original logo that was designed in 1982. Company co-founder Niki Slinkard told reported she didn't know how much the statue cost. Hogeye inc. owners reported that the hog statue was their way of giving back to the community.

 

FREE BOATING SAFETY CLASS TO BE OFFERED AT DAISY STATE PARK 6/12/18

Interpreters at Daisy State Park in Kirby, Arkansas have announced a variety of free programs that will be offered throughout the summer. This weeks premiere activity will include a boater education course on Friday, June 15th. Attendees will gather at the interpretive center in Daisy State Park. The class will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m. The course will focus on boating laws and safety practices outlined by the state of Arkansas. The law requires all persons born on or after January 1st, 1986 and of legal age to operate a motorboat must have successfully completed an approved Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Boating Education Course and carry proof of the completion while operating a motorboat on Arkansas water. This requirement also applies to sailboats and personal watercrafts like jet skis.

 

The course will teach the fundamentals of boating safety needed to reduce loss of life, personal injury and property damage. Topics will include boat classification, registration, lifesaving equipment, navigation aids, rules on the water, maintenance, courtesy guidelines and more. After participants pass the administered test, they will receive a boaters education card. The class is free of charge to all participants and serves as a cost-free alternative to paying the fee required when taking the online course. To reserve a seat and register for the course, attendees can visit www.AGFC.com

 

QUORUM COURT REVIEWS ECONOMIC ISSUES FOR SEVIER COUNTY 6/12/18

The Sevier County Quorum court's monthly meeting was held Monday, June 11th at the Sevier  County courthouse in De Queen. Items on the meeting's agenda included a review of various changes that have recently occurred in the local community. The meeting was lead by Judge Greg Ray and the representing district JPs. An update in the programming of the Sevier County Senior Citizen center was a leading topic of discussion. Kathy McMahon and Sheila Nash will begin new direction at the center starting the 1st week of July. Improving food quality, adding an exercise room and library were on the list of updates planned for the center. Other business in the meeting included the quorum court confirmation of Tara Athey to the equalization board and addressing a resolution of the pay off for Sevier County's  jail bond issue. 

A subject commanding the majority of attention for the court and residents who attended the meeting was the legalization of alcohol discussion for De Queen and surrounding areas. Judge Ray defined "wet counties" as areas that will allow the sale of alcohol at both convenience and liquor stores as well as restaurants and bars, where as a "damp" county would only allow consumption of alcohol on the premises of restaurants and similar establishments.

 Several residents of Sevier County attended the meeting and voiced their opinions regarding the alcohol issue and the potential connection they believe it may have to economic development. The court addressed the different ways in which the topic could potentially become a voting issue to be seen on ballots at election time. The next Quorum court meeting will take place July, 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the Sevier County Courthouse. The public is invited and welcome to attend.

 

COMMUNITY FORUM ADDRESSES ECONOMIC NEEDS OF SEVIER COUNTY 6/12/18

The fourth and final installment of the Sevier County Community Forums was held at the UA Cossatot Lockesburg gymnasium, Monday June 11th. The meeting served as an opportunity for residents to review results of Quality of life surveys conducted for Sevier County and provide feedback regarding living conditions  in the community. An estimated 200 participants attended the 4 different sessions held this month at various locations in Sevier County. The forums were orchestrated by Lisa Taylor, who serves as Sevier County's economic development coordinator. Taylor was assisted by April Campbell and Michael Gerfin of AEDI who facilitated the meeting. (Pictured L-R)

Attendees were asked to identify strengths and weaknesses facing the community based on the results of the quality of life surveys. The results revealed that 43% of residents who took the survey felt that economic conditions for the county rate as "extremely good." While only 2% feel the conditions are "extremely bad." The most prominent issued recognized in survey results showed that 78% of survey takers believe night life options like clubs, restaurants and bars rates as "very bad" bad for the county and was identified as a major weakness for the county.

Attendees of the meeting expressed that natural beauty, central location, and community pride are all viewed as positive strengths for the area. Residents were asked to identify specific goals that can be implemented into the community to improve the quality of life in Sevier County. A Youth forum for the young people of Sevier County has been planned for Monday, June 18th at the De Queen High School Cafeteria at Noon.

 

QUORUM COURT SET FOR JUNE MEETING IN DE QUEEN    06/11/18

The Quorum Court of Sevier County is set to meet Today, Monday, June 11th in De Queen. The meeting is scheduled to review a variety of items on the agenda.

Business to be discussed will include awaited financial sources for maintenance of the county jail, the confirmation of Tara Athey to the Sevier County Equalization Board, changes to the senior citizen centers and a range of other agenda items. Angie Walker says the meeting is open to the public and members of the community are welcome to attend.

The courthouse is located at 115 North 3rd street in Downtown De Queen. The Quorum court meetings are held once a month and Sevier County residents are always invited to attend.


SUMMER SOFTBALL CAMP TO BE HELD IN HORATIO     06/11/18


The 2018 #BeElite softball camp is set to take place in Horatio on June 11th and 12th from 5:30-7:30.p.m both nights. The 2-day camp is in its 3rd year of existence and will be held at the Horatio Baseball/Softball indoor facility and Lady Lion yard.

Head Horatio softball Coach Dustin Bakenhus will lead the event along with members of the Horatio Lady Lions softball team. Laiken Emerson and Kaylee Morgan said participants can expect to focus on the fundamentals of softball, including footwork.
The event will emphasize peer to peer learning and focus on the basics of defense, hitting and base running.

Students age 8-14 are welcome. All campers are required to provide their own equipment and be dressed in proper clothing and footwear. On-site registration begins at 4:30p.m. June 11th and a parental waiver must be signed prior to student participation in the event. The camp fee is $50. For questions and more information on the #BeElite softball camp, Coach Dustin Bakenhus can be contacted at 870-784-1090.


PUBLIC PUSHES FOR ARKANSAS TRAIN TO KEEP CHUGGING    06/11/18

Negotiations are currently underway to save a miniature train that has operated around Wilhelmina State Park in Arkansas for 60 years. The train has served as a carrier for tourists visiting the park, which was named for Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and first opened in 1898.

The train usually opens Memorial Day weekend but did not this year because the State parks recreation and travel commission decided not to renew the concessions contract which would allow the train to operate on state-owned land. The decision sparked backlash from the Polk county community, residents of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and even Canada.

An online petition to save the train was signed by thousands of people and state leaders reported their phones began "ringing off the hook." Department of Parks and Tourism director Grady Spann said "it's neat to see a community coming together." and " It shows a great emotional connection to the park." Spann also announced the department is looking at the option to reissue a new contract for the summer season and it is currently in the discussion phase. The commission had planned to transform the train tracks into a walking and cycling path that would pay tribute to the Wilhelmina namesake.

The train's owner, Ronnie Waggoner said he has received a rough draft of the newly proposed contract and is currently negotiating finer points. Waggoner also owns a refreshment stand and miniature golf course which have been shut down as well. The original contract required the owner to pay an annual fee of $5,500 during the first two years and then a 10% gross revenue each month beginning in 2016. Though Waggoner did pay the required fees each year, he did not pay on a monthly basis as mandated by the contract.



EARLY BUDGET REPORT IS IN FOR ARKANSAS   06/11/18


July 1st is the beginning of a new fiscal year for state government in Arkansas. State officials have begun to review revenue reports to ensure the budget is on track. This week, officials received the general report for May showing net available general revenue totals for the year at $4.9 billion.

 

After 11 months into the 2018 fiscal year revenue is 3.3% above what it was this time last year and stands at $442 million more than had been previously forecasted. Arkansas two largest sources of revenue are collected from a portion of the state sales/use tax and individual income tax. Other sources include taxes on alcohol and tobacco products, gaming and betting on horse and dog races, severance taxes on oil, minerals, gravel, natural gas, corporate franchises and real estate transfers.

 

Individual income taxes and sales tax have generated more revenue this year than last and corporate income taxes are down. The unemployment rate currently stands at 3.8% as Arkansas ranks 20th in the nation for lowest level of unemployment. Officials are currently working to reform tax structure for the state and are in the final months of drafting recommendations.
 

 

PLASTIC CAUSES RECALL FOR TYSON FOODS    06/11/18


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported that multiple pieces of plastic have been discovered in the breading ingredients used in Tyson Foods chicken products. The findings have caused the company to recall more than 3,000 pounds of frozen chicken.


On Friday, the Arkansas-based food distributor says the chicken may be contaminated by pieces of “blue and clear soft plastic.” The chicken was sold in 3-pound plastic bags of uncooked, breaded, original chicken tenderloins.” According to the USDA no injuries or illnesses have been reported.
 

 

BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER TO BE HELD AT COSSATOT SENIOR CENTER    06/11/18


The Cossatot Senior Center is set to host a breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Wickes, Arkansas.

 

The menu will include Sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, gravy, biscuits, juice, coffee and milk.

 

The event is donation only and all proceeds will go directly to the senior center.

 

The Cossatot Senior Center is located at 7366 HWY 71 South in Wickes, Arkansas. More information can be found by calling Executive Director Linn Robinson at 870-385-2373.

 

LITTLE RIVER 62 CLOSED TEMPORARILY    06/11/18

Little River County Judge Mike Cranford announced today the temporary closure of Little River 62, also known as Patterson Shoals Road, starting on Monday June 11 at 8 a.m.

LR 62 is closing for relocation for safety purposes due to the expansion of Hanson Aggregates mining operations in the area. The closure is expected to last approximately two weeks.

We apologize for any inconveniences and thank you for your patience. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Little River Judges office at (870)898-7202.

During the closure the county will not be issuing camping permits for Patterson Shoals.

 

ART SHOW OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AT FESTIVAL 06/08/18

The 46th Annual Owa-Chito Art Show will be held at the Forest Heritage Center Museum on  June, 15th and 16th. The show will feature works from students between the ages of 5 and 20 who reside within the four states area of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. The artwork submitted will be in competition for Best of Show and places in categories for Art of the Forest. Animals/Wildlife, Open, 3-D, and Wood Art, a total of 20 categories with $1100 in prizes and awards.

The Friends of Beavers Bend will co-host this year's art show and the deadline for submissions has been extended to June 11. Attending the show and viewing submissions will be free of charge for all visitors and the public is welcome to attend. The Indian Art class at Broken Bow High School will be demonstrating the traditional Native American arts of beading and basket weaving. The purpose of this class is to share techniques and make connections across cultural boundaries and help students understand the diverse history of the area. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about forestry, wildlife and water with educational activities throughout the Forest Heritage Center.

Representatives from Project WET, Quail Forever, Oklahoma Forestry Services, and Forestry students will be available to answer questions and provide activities that will help visitors understand the forest's and the significance of its resources. Brian Farley, president of the Friends of Beavers Bend says "It's our goal to use our position as Southeast Oklahoma's gateway to the world to provide a positive first impression of our people, art and culture to visitors. In essence, we want to show off the talented young people of Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas"

QUORUM COURT SET FOR JUNE MEETING IN DE QUEEN 06/08/18

The Quorum Court of Sevier County is set to meet Monday, June 11th in De Queen. The meeting is scheduled to review a variety of items on the agenda. Business to be discussed will include awaited financial sources for maintenance of the county jail, the confirmation of Tara Athey to the Sevier County Equalization Board, changes to the senior citizen centers and a range of other agenda items. Angie Walker says the meeting is open to the public and members of the community are welcome to attend. Angie is a representative of district 6 and will assist in facilitating the session. The courthouse is located at 115 North 3rd street in Downtown De Queen. The Quorum court meetings are held once a month and Sevier County residents are always invited to attend.

 

SPORTING CLAY TOURNAMENT TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 06/08/18

A "Log a Load" sporting clays tournament will be hosted by The Rocky Creek Outdoors shooting range in Texarkana, Arkansas. The event will take place Saturday, June 23rd at 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Organizer Grace Gregson said all proceeds of the tournament will serve as direct donations for The Children's miracle network Hospitals in Texas and Arkansas. The Texarkana chapter of Rocky Creek Outdoors is currently in its second year of business and will use the event  as an opportunity to hold their first fundraiser. The company has set goals for the tournament and hopes to make the fundraiser an annual event. For more information contact Grace Gregson at 903-824-7725

 

WILDLIFE REFUGE TO HOLD YOUTH FISHING DERBY 06/08/18

The Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge is set to host a Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday June 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The derby will be held at Bell Lake at the refuge on central road between the Nobles Road and tram road entrances. Refuge manager Paul Gideon said the event is open to persons age 15 and younger.

Youth are required to provide their own poles, bait and tackle in order to participate in the derby. A sign-in process will be required for all attendees prior to the start of the event and Gideon recommends arriving early to secure a good spot.  Prizes will be awarded for youth attendees at the conclusion of the derby. The event is free of charge for all participants. Questions regarding the derby can be referred to Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 870-289-2126.

 

Arkansas AG Warns Against Apps That Hide Pictures on Smartphones   06/08/18

Little Rock, AR - Teens are finding ways around parental monitoring of their phones. There are apps to help them hide communication, pictures and videos, and the Arkansas attorney general is warning parents to be on the lookout. There are also apps that enable parents to monitor phone use for problematic activity. Comments from Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas attorney general.

 

It may not be enough to periodically take a peek at your children's pictures or texts on their smartphones. App developers are one step ahead of well-intentioned parents and have developed programs that hide photos and videos and in some cases disguise them as things such as calculators. It's an issue Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge wants parents to be aware of this summer as kids have more time on their hands. She says the good news is there are equally effective apps available to parents.


Rutledge said,  "They can put apps on their own phones, and again these are apps on parents' phones such as Secure Teen, Parental Control or Parental Control Board that are helpful for parents to know who kids are texting, what music they're buying and many other things."


Experts say you also can look at your teen's settings under "privacy" to get a list of what applications on their phones have access to their pictures. Experts say other programs to be aware of include the dating app Bumble that functions like Tinder and encourages girls to make the first contact and LIVE-ME that shares photos and videos with strangers.
 

Beyond using technology to protect your children, Rutledge says it's also wise to make sure children understand the potential dangers of sharing personal information and photos since it has a long shelf life online.


"We are no longer in the age of Polaroids, 35-millimeters. It's OK to talk to your child about, said Rutledge. 'This photograph can live forever and it can be very damaging and hurtful, so be mindful before you send a photograph of yourself.' "


Other apps to be aware of include Whisper, an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers and reveals a user's location so people can meet up; and Hot or Not, which encourages teens to rate each other's physical appearance and chat with strangers.

 

 

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