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Monday February 18th Official State Holiday, Other Closings

The State of Arkansas will observe George Washington's Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day as an official state holiday on Monday, February 18, 2019, according to Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston.

 

 

 

Due to the Legislature being in session, all State Offices, Boards, and Commissions in Pulaski County must remain open with at least a partial staff.

 

Some schools are out Monday and some government offices may be closed. 

 

2-17-19 2:54 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Help Smokey Bear Celebrate His 75th Birthday with a "Shout-Out"

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission (AFC) is sponsoring a Smokey Bear “Shout-Out” contest Feb. 11  through April 19 to celebrate Smokey’s 75th birthday.  Smokey is the fictional bear that was designated the symbol for forest fire prevention in 1944 by the U.S. Forest Service and the Ad Council.

 

Elementary classes across Arkansas are invited to record a short video wishing Smokey a happy birthday and to share it with AFC and the Arkansas Agriculture Department’s (AAD) social media sites for a chance to win a birthday party with Smokey.

 

To enter the contest:

 

  • Make sure the school name and class can be clearly heard in the video
  • Keep it short (15-30 seconds)
  • Like AFC and AAD Facebook pages:  www.facebook.com/ArkansasForestryCommission and www.facebook.com/ArkAgricultureDepartment
  • Post your video to your school’s Facebook page, making sure to add #SmokeyBear75
  • Share the video, via messenger, with both pages
  • You may also post it on your school’s twitter page and tag us [twitter.com/ARDeptofAgricul]@ARDeptofAgricul and [twitter.com/ARForestryComm]@ARForestryComm, again making sure to add #SmokeyBear75
  • Send an email to marketing@agriculture.arkansas.gov with the name of the school, city, county, what class is in the video, how many students are in the class and the teacher’s name, email and phone number

Eight winners will be randomly selected for the birthday party to be held in the first two weeks of May, prior to the end of the school year.

 

For more information on the contest or the rules, contact Brett Dawson at brett.dawson@agriculture.arkansas.gov or 501-219-6324.

 

The Arkansas Agriculture Department’s Forestry Commission, along with the U.S. Forest Service, Ad Council, and National Association of State Foresters, will be celebrating Smokey’s 75th birthday throughout 2019 and promoting his slogan, “Only YOU Can Prevent Wild Fires.”   Additional information about Smokey and learning resources for children and educators can be found at smokeybear.com.

 

2-17-19 2:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Happy 200th Birthday, Arkansas Territory!

Celebrate the 200th year of the Arkansas Territory during a special, free event March 1! 

 

Arkansas became a US Terriotry on March 2, 1819, then a US State June 15, 1836.

Come experience Arkansas history.The Arkansas State Archives and other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage are putting together a grand celebration for the Arkansas Territory bicentennial! 

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson will speak during a 10 a.m. news conference. Other speakers are Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst, State Historian Wendy Richter and Swannee Bennett, director of Historic Arkansas Museum.
 
This March marks the 200th year of the Arkansas Territory, which the U.S. Congress originally formed with parts of what is now Oklahoma and Texas. The move created the state’s first government in 1819 and laid the groundwork for achieving statehood in 1836.

We will celebrate with birthday cake, music, historical displays, a traveling exhibit and period actors! Come learn about our Territory seals, grab a free Territory map and enjoy bringing history to life. For more information, visit our Facebook page! 

What: Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Celebration 

When: Starting at 9 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2019 

News Conference at 10 a.m. 
 
 
 
2-17-19 2:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Rich Mountain Conservation District Hosts Annual Poultry Registration Meeting

The Rich Mountain Conservation District held the Annual Poultry Registration Meeting Thursday,  February 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Extension Service Education Center. The main topic this year was diseases in poultry.

 

There were three guest speakers. Dr. Dustan Clark, an Extension Poultry Health Veterinarian and Associate Center Director for Extension from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Clark presented information on diseases such as “Kinky Back” and Dermatitis issues in poultry houses.

 

Haylie Dobbs, the local NRCS Soil Conservationist, spoke about various NRCS Conservation program opportunities for poultry growers in the area.

 

Josh Yates, a Polk County Extension Agent, updated the attendees on Polk County Extension Service Activities such as upcoming Master Gardener events and more. The poultry growers had the opportunity to register their farms, enjoy a chili dinner, and ask questions about new information that was presented. We want to thank all the local sponsors that helped make this meeting possible.

 

 

 

 

2-17-19 2:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Pollinator Day March 30th At Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area

 

The countdown is on for everyone to celebrate Pollinator Day at Cossatot River State Park! Let’s spread the word about what everyone can do to protect our pollinators.

 

Join park staff for a fun day discovering life cycles, migration, social structures, adaptations, and pollination. We will understand the importance of pollinators and explore the impact they have on each and every one of us.

 

Saturday, March 30

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Terrific Transformers (30 mins) Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly as you transform yourself and go through the stages of metamorphosis in this fun-filled relay game.

Meeting Place: Yard above Amphitheatre by Visitor Center.

 

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Migration Madness (30 mins) Spring has sprung and many animals are migrating back to Arkansas. Join Park Interpreter Carson to learn about these travelers and experience their journeys.

Meeting Place: Yard above Amphitheatre by Visitor Center.

 

11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. The Communication Station (30 mins) This station discusses how bees communicate through different dances. Students will learn how bees use the waggle dance; and, then learn to apply this knowledge in an interactive scavenger hunt.

Meeting Place: Butterfly Garden on Waterleaf Trail by Visitor Center.

 

1:05 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. Bee’s Knees (30 mins) Get crafty as you take a journey with Betzy the Bumblebee and discover the unique adaptations that make bees effective pollinators.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room B.

 

1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. The Garden Buzz (30 mins) This station will teach participants what they can do at home to help the pollinators in their back yard. Participants will create “seed bombs” to put in their yard.

Meeting Place: Legacy Room A in Visitor Center.

 

2:55 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. Pollinator Power (30 mins) This station allows students to have a hands-on learning experience to discover how pollination works. Students will use “pollinator gloves” and visit several flowers to see how the pollen is carried.

Meeting Place: Yard Above the Amphitheatre by Visitor Center.

 

We will even discover things we can do to help pollinators for National Pollinator Week, June 17-23, 2019.

 

 

Girl Scout—Daisies, Brownies and Juniors there are badges available for you to earn at this event. Contact the park to discover how!

 

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and 4-H Groups please contact the park for badge cross-referencing possibilities.

 

Why not extend your stay! Join us for one of these fun programs the following day on Sunday, March 31, 2019, by attending one of the following programs below.

 

Sunday, March 31

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Animal Tracks (1 hour 30 min) Many wild animals roam this park when we aren’t looking, leaving only tracks as evidence. Join a park interpreter to find out more about these wild animals, search for their tracks, and create your own tracks to take home.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room. #ARspringbreak

 

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Feed the Critters (1 hour) Ever wonder how or what snakes eat? Well, its dinner time and the critters are hungry! Come and watch their eating habits and learn about the animals here at Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center. #ARspringbreak

 

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Caterpillars & Butterflies (1 hour) Join a park interpreter to have fun exploring the amazing world of Caterpillars and Butterflies! Learn what you can do to help these beautiful creatures and attract them to your backyard.

Meeting Place: Visitor Center’s Legacy Room. #ARspringbreak

 

For more information about Pollinator Day or other activities at Cossator River State Park-Natureal Area near Wickes, call the park at (870) 385-2201.

 

2-17-19 10:39 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Arkansas Lottery Ticket Sales Reach Nearly $43 Million In January 2019

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration reported recently that lottery ticket sales in Arkansas for January 2019 were $42,855,514.00.

 
The highest lottery ticket sales in January were in Pulaski County and totaled $7,995,516.50.
 
The lowest lottery ticket sales in January were in Montgomery County and totaled $26,397.50.
 
Here in Polk County, January lottery ticket sales totaled $170,215.00..
 
In FY 2017, only about 19 cents of every dollar actually went to scholarships according to Family Council
 
2-16-19 10:17 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

More than 140 bills have been signed into law during this session.

 

There are hundreds of bills still to be heard in committee and we expect many more to be filed in the weeks ahead.

As we head into our 6th week of the session, we’d like to update you on the legislature’s progress.

 

On Thursday, with a vote of 82-14 and 2 members voting present, the House passed SB211. This bill cuts the top tax rate from 6.9 to 6.6 percent on Jan. 1, 2020. It decreases to 5.9 percent in 2021.

 

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration estimates this legislation will impact 579,000 Arkansans.

 

Currently, Arkansas has the highest top marginal individual income tax rates among surrounding states.

 

In a vote of 93-0, the House passed SB151 which establishes a fund to assist the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute in its ongoing efforts to gain a National Cancer Institute designation.

 

Having a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center in Arkansas will improve access to clinical trials, cancer treatment, and screenings in Arkansas.

 

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in Arkansas. Over the past twenty-eight years, nationwide cancer related deaths have decreased by 5%, but in Arkansas the rate of cancer-related deaths has increased by nine percent 9%.

 

Other legislation passing the House this week include:

 

SB149-This bill would prohibit abortion in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned by Supreme Court or if a constitutional amendment is adopted giving authority to the states to regulate abortion.

 

SB168-This bill adds 24 hour manned fire stations to the locations where a parent can relinquish an infant. This bill also allows for the use of a Safe Haven Baby Box at Safe Haven locations if it includes a dual alarm system to notify authorities.

 

HB1014-This bill requires that bleeding control training be taught as part of high school health courses.

 

HB1302-This bill creates a process by which similar agencies could submit rules and regulations collectively to expedite process.  It would help ensure that agencies needing to respond to new legislation for occupational licensing do so in a timely manner.

 

SB113 -This legislation would transfer the responsibilities and duties of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace to the Arkansas Insurance Department.

 

HB1231-This legislation ensures journalism students at public higher education institutions have freedom of expression. This legislation states a student media advisor is not to be disciplined or dismissed for protecting the rights of a student journalist.

 

The deadline to file proposed constitutional amendments was February 13.  A total of 31 amendments were filed.  The topics addressed vary from term limits to highway funding. The legislature can refer up to 3 amendments to voters on the November 2020 ballot. You can review the proposed amendments on our website www.arkansashouse.org.

 

On our website, we’ve also posted details on the Governor’s proposal for highway funding. We expect to be addressing highways in the days ahead. 

 

We will continue to keep you updated.

 

2-15-19 7:36 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

 

 

 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: The Highway Funding Plan
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – I want to discuss the details of the $300 million highway funding plan that I presented this week that is necessary to repair and maintain Arkansas’s existing highways and bridges and to expand our roadways as the state grows.
 
According to Arkansas Department of Transportation, the department would be able to improve 7,300 of the 7,900 miles of the Arkansas highway network that carries 90 percent of all traffic daily. The plan would create an estimated 3,900 jobs annually and generate $8 billion in economic activity.
 
A large portion of the funding for the plan would come from new revenues from casinos, as well as existing state revenues.
 
The plan calls for a $100 registration fee for hybrid vehicles and a $200 fee for electric vehicles. These registration fees are necessary so that those vehicles will contribute their fair share to road maintenance.
 
The plan will draw on dedicated revenue from casinos for highway construction, with a commitment to fund at least $35 million annually in new money.
 
This represents a new and unprecedented commitment of $85 million annually when it is combined with our existing transfer of $50 million each year to highways.
 
Another piece of the plan calls for the continuation of the existing half-cent state sales tax, which now supports highway construction bonds but will expire in 2023. I am asking the General Assembly to refer this to the ballot box for a vote in 2020.
 
While the plan does include a necessary increase in user fees, the tax cuts of the past four years more than cover it. To put it in perspective, an Arkansan driving 20,000 miles annually in a car that averages 18 miles to the gallon will use 555 gallons of gas. Under this plan, that driver would pay an additional $33 annually, or $2.70 a month.
 
But under the middle-income tax cut I signed into law in 2015, Arkansans who earn $35,000 a year save $110 in taxes; those who earn $50,000 save $246 in taxes; and those who earn $75,000 save $470 a year.
 
The tax cuts for low-income earners combined with the decrease in the state’s sales taxes on groceries will be worth $110 million in 2019.
 
Arkansas’s roads are in urgent need of attention, which is amusingly clear by this quip from the owner of two tire and auto repair shops in central Arkansas, who said, “I like the roads just the way they are.”
 
We all want to fix our roads and to build new ones where we need them. I am hopeful the members of the General Assembly will pass this plan, which is a long-range strategy to bring our road system up to date and keep it that way far into the future.
 
2-15-19 7:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

Oversight is Crucial as the VA Rolls Out Major Reforms

 

Those looking for an example of how Washington can find common ground should look no further than the important work Congress has done, and continues to do, for veterans. The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s hearing room is traditionally one of the most bipartisan places in Washington. It is also one of the busiest.

 

Last Congress, under Chairman Johnny Isakson’s leadership, we held thirty hearings, considered fifty-six pieces of legislation and sent seventeen of President Trump’s nominees to serve our veterans to the full Senate.

 

That spirit of cooperation continued on the Senate floor. Last Congress, the Senate passed twenty-three major pieces of veterans-related legislation. As a result, the President signed into law bills that significantly enhance healthcare, education, retirement and other benefits for our veterans.

 

Now comes the heavy lift of implementing those new laws, some of which are quite significant. This list includes the VA MISSION Act, which is a major overhaul of how veterans receive health care, and the Forever GI Bill, which significantly updates their educational benefits. While the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) works to implement the changes brought about by these new statutes, it’s also undertaking one of the largest information technology modernization projects in our nation’s history. The VA simply cannot successfully accomplish all of this without working collaboratively with Congress.

 

In the spirit of cooperation, the leadership of the Congressional committees that share oversight responsibilities of the department recently sent a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to request that the department work closely with Congress throughout the implementation process. As the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, I was one of the eight cosigners of this letter.

 

The letter represents a good faith outreach effort from the critical members of Congress who will be overseeing the VA’s efforts. It is aimed at ensuring there is an ongoing, positive dialogue between Congress and the VA throughout the process. This message was echoed during a recent subcommittee hearing I chaired about the VA’s implementation of its new electronic health record system.

 

With all of these reforms underway simultaneously, it is vital for VA to share information openly–even pre-decisional information–so that we can work together and have a common understanding of the impact of changes, including costs, and are able to assess challenges that may arise.

 

We share the common goal of VA’s success, and our hope is that early, frequent and fully transparent dialogs will allow the VA and Congress to jointly head off the kind of serious missteps we have seen in some recent implementation efforts. All of the changes being implemented require VA to be more open, transparent, complete and candid when engaging with Congress in the critical implementation stages of these programs.

 

Congress must be a full and true partner in the implementation of critical laws and initiatives. I believe that Secretary Wilkie agrees with us in that regard and will work hand-in-hand with us to ensure that the many positive changes Congress has passed into law for our veterans have the intended impact.

 

2-15-19 5:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

February 15, 2019

 

LITTLE ROCK – The governor, legislators and private business groups joined to propose a highway program that would add $300 million a year in revenue for the state Transportation Department.

 

The plan also would add $110 million a year for cities and counties to maintain local roads.

 

The bulk of the revenue would come from extending permanently the current half-cent sales tax that is dedicated to highway projects. Arkansas voters approved the half-cent tax by a margin of 58 to 42 percent in a 2012 statewide election. It went into effect in 2013 and is scheduled to expire in 2023.

 

The governor’s highway proposal would allow voters to decide whether to extend the tax permanently. If voters approve the proposal to extend it, the half-cent tax would produce about $206 million a year. That amount would be divided according to the traditional “70-15-15” split of highway money in Arkansas, meaning that the state gets 70 percent while cities and counties each get 15 percent.

 

The highway proposal includes another $58 million a year from an increase on gasoline and diesel fuel taxes at the wholesale level. The increase would raise the motor fuel tax on gasoline from 21.5 to 24.5 cents a gallon. On diesel, the increase would be from 22.5 to 28.5 cents a gallon. Those are state motor fuel taxes. Motorists also pay federal motor fuel taxes.

 

The president of the Arkansas Trucking Association was at the presentation of the highway program, which the trucking group supports.

The plan calls for raising almost $2 million from higher registration fees on electric and hybrid vehicles.

 

The state reported that 802 electric vehicles were registered in January. They would pay an additional $200 in fees. In January 18,777 hybrids were registered and they would pay an additional $100.

 

The final piece of the revenue plan is to dedicate $35 million in casino taxes to highway projects. Last November, Arkansas voters approved the opening of four casinos.

 

A competing highway proposal is House Bill 1260, which would transfer funds from the state’s general account to highways when revenue from sales taxes exceed $2.5 billion. It also would add a new wholesale tax on gas and diesel. The bill is in a House committee.

 

By the deadline for filing proposed constitutional amendments, 46 measures had been submitted by legislators. In each regular session the legislature can refer up to three proposed amendments to voters. Those referred during the 2019 session will be on the general election ballot in November of 2020.

 

Several proposed amendments would change the process by which citizens’ groups can re-write the Constitution by circulating petitions, gathering signatures and getting their measures placed on statewide ballots.

 

One proposal would repeal fiscal sessions of the legislature, which are held in even-numbered years. The first fiscal session was in 2010, before which the legislature met in regular session every two years.

 

Another measure would allow the legislature to limit punitive damages in civil lawsuits, as well as non-economic damages such as damages for pain and suffering.

 

Several of the proposed amendments are “shells,” meaning that their general topic is listed but the details must be added later.

 

2-15-19 5:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments February 11th - 14th

All criminal information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th-West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendants of committing in Polk County, Arkansas the following crimes:

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Dennis Howard, W/M, age 46, Count I: Delivery Of Methamphetamine Or Cocaine. The State of Arkansas herby notifies the defendant that it intends to pursue enhanced penalties pursuant to Arkansas Code 5-4-501 due to the fact that he has been convicted of more than one (1) felony but fewer than four (4) felonies. 

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Dennis W. Howard, W/M, age 46, Count I: Delivery Of Methamphetamine Or Cocaine. Count II: Delivery Of Methamphetamine or Cocaine. 

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Wendy Strother, W/F, age 49, Count I: Battery In The First Degree. Count II: Hindering Apprehension Or Prosecution. Count III: Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor In The First Degree. 

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Angel Lunsford, W/F, age 19, Count I: Battery In The First Degree. Count II: Hindering Apprehension Or Prosecution. Count III: Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor In The First Degree.

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Prairie Strother (McBee), W/F, age 28, Count I: Battery In The First Degree. Count II: Hindering Apprehension Or Prosecution. Count III: Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor In The First Degree. 

 

2-14-19 9:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Fishing Report

Weekly Fishing Report

 

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for Feb. 13, 2019. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email AGFCfishingreport@outlook.com with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

Arkansas River and White River levels are available at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

 

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

 

For water-quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality.

 

2-13-19 2:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Polk County Sheriff's Log For February 4th - 10th

 SHERIFF’S LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of February 4, 2019 – February 10, 2019.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.


February 4, 2019
No reports were filed.


February 5, 2019
Report of a suspicious vehicle on Polk 74 near Acorn led to the arrest of Hannah L. White, 36, of Russellville, on Charges of Residential Burglary, Theft of Property, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree and Furnishing Prohibited Articles.  Also arrested was Dallas C. Pettigrew, 26, of Horatio, on Charges of Residential Burglary, Theft of Property and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.


Report from a Gillham man of problems with his 12-year-old grandson.  Deputies responded.


Report from complainant on Gardenia Lane near Potter of the fraudulent use of a debit card, totaling losses at $158.31. 


Report of a disturbance on Cedar Lane in Hatfield led to the arrest of Kristian D. Taylor, 31, of Hatfield, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.


Report from complainant on Polk 48 near Potter of unauthorized persons on their property led to the arrest of David M. Fraser, 30, of Mena, and Jade A. Buck, 31, of Hatfield, each on a Charge of Criminal Trespass.  Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


Report of a disturbance on Horseshoe Lane near Potter.  Deputies responded.  Investigation continues.


Arrested was Jamie R. Arce, 35, of Mena, on a Warrant for Unauthorized Entry of a School Bus.


Report from complainant on Polk 166 near Potter of the discovery of two briefcases and personal documents.  Investigation determined that the items were taken from Sevier County, and were returned to the owner.


February 6, 2019
Report from complainant on Race Lane near Mena of an attempted scam regarding the sell of a vehicle.


Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Cove of an attempted scam regarding a personal computer.


February 7, 2019
Report of an abandoned vehicle in the ditch on Polk 37 near Potter.  Deputy responded.


Report from complainant on Cedar Lane in Hatfield of the violation of an Order of Protection.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


Report of a structure fire on Polk 22 near Cove.  Deputies responded.


February 8, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 36 near Hatfield of their dog being attacked by another dog.  Investigation continues.


February 9, 2019
Report from complainant on Sweet Baboo Lane near Hatfield of the unauthorized use of a vehicle.  The vehicle was later located.  Complainant refused to press charges.


Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Aaron M. Tash, 32, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left of Center and Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License.


February 10, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 168 near Potter of the break-in and theft of a tv, firearm, cigars and alcohol, all valued at $520.00.  Investigation continues.


Arrested was Jack A. Curry, 39, of Hatfield, on four Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week.

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 25 Incarcerated Inmates, with 4 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

PC19-00106

 

2-11-19 5:11 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Body of 71 Year Old Woman Recovered From Prairie Creek In Mena Monday

The following was released this afternoon by Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer.

 

"On Monday, 2/11/19, at approximately 10:40 am, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident on Hwy 375 East, just outside Mena.  The vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van, left the roadway and went into Prairie Creek.  The van traveled approximately 60 yards down the flooded creek before coming to a rest in the middle of the creek.

Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Department personnel checked the vehicle and were unable to locate a driver.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County OES, Southwest Ambulance Service, and several area fire departments began an extensive ground search.

At approximately 2:00 pm searchers recovered the body of a 71-year-old white female.  The body was recovered from Prairie Creek .55 miles east of Hwy 375 East.  The body was identified as the registered owner of the Chrysler mini-van."

 

2-11-19 4:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Department Report for February 3rd - 9th

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of February 3, 2019 - February 9, 2019 

 

February 3, 2019

 

A Mena woman reported that she is being harassed and threatened by her estranged boyfriend. Case is pending.

 

Employees at a local convenience store reported a gas skip. Case pending.

 

Lauren C. Nance, 27, of Mena was charged with DWI, failure to signal, and having no proof of insurance. The arrest followed a routine traffic stop.

 

February 4, 2019

 

Employees at a local retail store reported a shoplifter. Case is pending review of surveillance tapes and location and interview of suspect.

 

Ethan R. Thrash, 20, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He was additionally served two outstanding warrants from the Mena Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s office.

 

February 5, 2019

 

Carlos Gonzalez, 61, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine, driving on a suspended driver’s license, having no vehicle tags, and having no insurance. The arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

Chelsea Edwards, 19, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after officers responded to a disturbance at a local residence.

 

Kountry King, 23, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of governmental operations following a traffic stop.

 

Terry Bryan, 36, of Mena was served an outstanding body attachment warrant for failure to pay child support. The arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

February 6, 2019

 

John Hollis, 22, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop.

 

February 7, 2019

 

A Mena woman reported that she is being harassed by an acquaintance. Case is pending further investigation.

 

February 8 & 9, 2019

 

Employees at a local retail store reported that two people had been shoplifting from the business. Case is pending review of surveillance tapes and location and interview of suspects.

 

2-11-19 9:41 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Waltons TV Show Has Mena and Polk County Roots

 
 
The Waltons’ Arkansas Connection
Craig Ogilvie

 

Although he didn’t know it at the time, Earl Hamner Jr. Was crafting the story of an iconic American family while typing away in a small cabin near Rich Mountain, in western Arkansas, during the summer of 1949.

That family was the Waltons of the popular television show of the same name that ran for nine seasons on the CBS network during the 1970s. The basis of that show was “Spencer’s Mountain,” which was one of the books Hamner began writing in Arkansas.

“I was working on two novels at the same time,” Hamner said in an interview from his Virginia home. “I was also writing a book called ‘Fifty Roads to Town.’ When I got bogged down with one, I would switch and work on the other.” 

Just like his character, John Boy Walton, in the television series, Hamner had dreamed of becoming a writer since his boyhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. But World War II interrupted his college days at the University of Richmond, and he was further sidetracked after the war when he took a radio scriptwriter’s job in Cincinnati.
Earl Hamner, Jr. and Richard Thomas

“After two years of working at the radio station and saving all the money I could, I realized that if I was ever going to write a novel, the time had come,” Hamner recalled. “I found a list of secluded retreats in Writer’s Digest magazine, and I picked the one in Arkansas because it was among the more affordable places listed.”

A Rich Mountain retreat 

Hamner resigned his job at WLW Radio in the early spring of 1949. The station replaced him with another young writer named Rod Serling, who went on to become famous as the host of the “Twilight Zone” television series. Serling and Hamner became lifelong friends, but Serling always said that Hamner gave him his first job as a writer.

With a duffel bag in one hand and a well-used typewriter in the other, Hamner departed Cincinnati via train but traveled the last the last leg of the trip by bus.

“I had heard of Mena before because the famous radio comedians ‘Lum and Abner’ called it home,” he said.
 
Mena natives Chet Lauck (Lum) and Norris "Tuffy" Goff (Abner)

After checking into Mena’s downtown Antler’s Hotel (which he found delightful), Hamner waited for B.D. Caverley, the owner of his rented cabin, to pick him up the following morning. She was a transplanted Texan who also lived on the north face of Rich Mountain, about a half of a mile from the rental.

“She came and got me and we drove a few miles until she stopped along the road,” Hamner recalled. “Then she said, ‘We walk from here.’” 

The two walked up a path across some railroad tracks, crossed a creek on a log and hiked up another path until they eventually came upon the small, stone cottage that Hamner had read about back in Cincinnati.

“I was told that the cabin had been built and first occupied by an artist, and it was ideal for a writer wanting to get away from everything,” he said, adding that the fact that it had no modern conveniences, like running water, was not a major problem for a young man from the mountains of Virginia.

“As primitive as my cottage was, it provided a perfect atmosphere in which to write,” Hamner said. “I had no human visitors. Occasionally a deer would wander across the property or a cottontail would hop by going about its business. There was no telephone, no radio and the only sounds were the songs from a variety of birds that came and went.” 

A friendly place 

The community of Rich Mountain was nearby and he sometimes walked to other towns and places for social contact and to purchase supplies. His nearest neighbors were the Call family, whom he remembers as a friendly and generous couple with lots of children.

“The folks that I met in western Arkansas were very like the mountain people back home in Virginia,” Hamner said. “Perhaps it was because so many Arkansas natives have their family roots in my home state. I found that Arkansas people are hardworking, kind and hospitable.” 

While exploring the countryside near his cabin, Hamner also discovered the ruins of the original Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, built in 1896 and allowed to fall into disrepair by the 1920s. He was happy to learn that the lodge has been rebuilt on a much grander scale and is now an important part of the Arkansas State Parks system. (Note: The lodge is presently closed for renovation until early 2014.)

“I never liked being alone for very long,” Hamner said. “After a few weeks of writing, cabin fever hit me. I needed to go somewhere that had people.” 

The budding novelist caught a ride into Mena and purchased a round-trip bus ticket to Hot Springs. “It was a thriving resort town then, as I am sure it remains today,” he said.“There was lots of entertainment available, but I could not afford some of the admissions at the time. However, I truly enjoyed my weekend in Hot Springs.”

The dream comes true 

At the end of the summer, Hamner received a letter from home with news that his sister was getting married. Knowing that he must place family first, Hamner packed and left his “writer’s retreat” behind in Arkansas.

Hamner wanted to return to Arkansas after the wedding in Virginia, but he didn’t have the money to travel. With $2 in his pocket, he accepted a free ride to New York with a family that had attended the wedding. Hamner first worked at Macy’s Department Store, but soon landed a job as a writer for NBC. From there, he wrote for some of the biggest TV shows of the 1950s, known as the “Golden Age of Television.” He worked on the novels only when time permitted.

“Fifty Roads to Town,” the other novel Hamner worked on in Arkansas, was published in 1953. “Spencer’s Mountain” was published in 1961 after Hamner had married Jane Martin, started a family and moved to Hollywood. It was made into a major motion picture, starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara. “The Homecoming” was a sequel to “Spencer’s Mountain,” but the name of the family had to be changed because Warner Brothers Studio owned the rights to the Spencer title. So, the Spencers became the Waltons.

Return to Arkansas 

Fifty-seven years after he left Rich Mountain, Hamner returned for a visit. After speaking at a writer’s conference in Tulsa in September 2006, Hamner rented a car and drove back to find the cabin on Rich Mountain. After visiting with locals at a restaurant, he discovered that the cottage had been enlarged and was now a private home. He got directions and drove up to see it.

“No walking across a log this time,” he said, adding that “it gives me an odd feeling to remember that somewhere amongst all the trees, I spent a memorable summer and actually got some work done.” 
 
Earl Hamner, Jr.

Craig Ogilvie is a freelance writer based in Batesville.

THE REAL JOHN BOY 

Earl Hamner Jr. Was born on July 10, 1923, in Schuyler, Va., a Blue Ridge Mountain community established by a soapstone factory that turned out a variety of materials, including sinks for chemical laboratories.Hamner’s father worked at the mill until it closed during the Great Depression. The Hamner family home, which had belonged to the stone company, was purchased for $500.

The little town of Schuyler has always embraced “The Waltons” and its famous native son. In 1992, the Walton’s Mountain Museum opened in the school that Hamner attended during his youth.Hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world have toured the facility and viewed the actual home of the real “John Boy.” 

After decades of awards for his work, including an Emmy and the national George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in journalism, Hamner received the Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia in 2011.
 
Earl Hamner Jr.’s book, “Spencer’s Mountain.”
 
 

Earl Hamner with the cast of The Waltons

 
This article originally appeared in the November 2013 Arkansas Living magazine and is being republished here as a courtesy of that publication. Hamner died March 24, 2016 at the age of 92.
 
2-8-19 6:00 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

This week, the House voted to raise teacher salaries, increase a tax credit, and increase fines for distracted driving in school zones.

 

HB1145, titled the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act, would raise the minimum teacher salary by $4,000 over the next 4 years.  The House voted 91-0 in favor the legislation.  The bill now heads to the Senate Education Committee.

 

The House also voted in favor of increasing the Homestead Property Tax Credit. HB1321 raises the credit from $350 to $375 a year.

 

In a vote of 89-7, the House voted in favor of HB1182. This bill makes it a primary offense to use a handheld wireless device in a school zone.

 

Other legislation passing the House this week include:

 

HB1006-This bill raises the penalty for passing a stopped school bus.  It raises the minimum fine to $500 and the maximum fine to $2,000.

 

HB1176-This bill allows the Department of Health to set standards and goals to create human breast milk banks & depositories in Arkansas.

 

HB1246-This bill changes the date for run-off elections of county and municipal offices.  Currently, run-off elections are held three weeks following the date of the general election. This extends it to four weeks after the general election.

 

HB1225-This bill requires the Department of Human Services to post all the regulations and necessary information to start a child care facility in one central location on the agency’s website. This creates a one stop shop online in hopes of opening more childcare facilities in the state.

 

HB1128-This bill allows the Governor to call the Arkansas National Guard into active service to address cybersecurity threats. 

 

HB1296-This bill prohibits an occupational licensing board from revoking licenses specifically for a defaulted or delinquent student loan.

 

HB1249-This bill allows the Department of Community Correction to donate the former site of the Southeast Arkansas Community Correction Center in Pine Bluff to a non-profit organization helping veterans.

 

According to testimony, there are currently 1,200 veterans serving a sentence in the Department of Correction.  This new facility would help veterans re-enter society after their sentence is served.  The non-profit group says it will also assist homeless veterans, those with substance abuse issues, and those coming home from war zones.  


In the upcoming week, we expect to address the Governor’s tax cut proposal and hear more proposals regarding highway funding. 

 

We are also approaching the deadline to file proposed Constitutional Amendments. That deadline is February 13.

 

We will continue to keep you updated.  You can watch all committees and House floor proceedings at www.arkansashouse.org.

 

2-8-19 5:31 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Early Bills from the 92nd General Assembly

 
LITTLE ROCK – The 92nd General Assembly has been in session for four weeks, and legislators have sent more than 40 bills for me to sign.
 
Among them are bills requiring testing of newborns for a genetic disorder and cutting in half the fee for a concealed carry permit. I hope to soon have a bill to raise the starting salary for Arkansas school teachers, which is one of my priorities.
 
The job of filing and passing a bill doesn’t start the day that the General Assembly convenes. It’s often a complicated process that begins weeks or even months before the legislature opens. 
 
The sponsors must do the research and build a foundation that shows the need for the bill. They learn how other states have handled the issue. They consult constitutional experts and experts in the field that the law would address. Once they have written the bill, they have to build support for the law. 
The moment that I sign a bill into law represents the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people.
 
The bill that Representative Julie Mayberry sponsored is a life-saving bill that requires hospitals to test newborns for a degenerative disease that often is fatal. Until recently, hospitals didn’t test for spinal muscular atrophy because there was no treatment for it. But two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration approved a treatment, which is a drug that has saved the life of every child who has received the treatment before the symptoms appear. This bill requires hospitals to test the newborns so we know if the treatment should be administered to them. The bill requires insurance companies to pay for the test. I have signed this bill into law. 
 
One of the bills I supported over the past year was one that would increase the starting salary for school teachers to $36,000 over the next four years. This would put Arkansas as leading our region in terms of beginning pay, and it will make it easier to recruit and retain teachers. The House approved the bill this week, and it should be on my desk in the near future.
 
Another bill that came to my desk this week cuts the fee for a concealed carry license from $100 down to $50; it also cuts the renewal fee from $35 down to $25. And so, yes, it is possible to reduce the burden of taxes and fees on our citizens.
 
I am a strong believer in giving people a second chance in life. I signed a bill that simplifies the process for a person who is leaving prison to obtain a driver’s license. Everything we can do to help a person re-enter society reduces the risk that he will return to prison.
 
I am still waiting to sign one of the most important bills of the session. That is the bill that would implement my 5.9 tax reduction plan, which will reduce the top income tax rate in Arkansas from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent for individual filers.
 
This is important for our economic future. Our tax rate is higher than all our neighboring states, and that is another factor that a CEO considers when a company is scouting for a place to expand. The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday and passed it to the House. I am hopeful that our state representatives will pass the bill and send it to me to sign.
 
A lot is going on at the State Capitol, and I hope you are expressing your views. What happens here makes a difference.
 
2-8-19 5:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

There is More That Unites Us Than Divides Us

 

The State of the Union address is an important message delivered by the president that serves as a reminder of what we’ve achieved, the challenges we currently face and what remains to be accomplished to ensure future Americans will enjoy the same peace and prosperity we do today.

 

For the first time in Donald Trump’s presidency, he delivered a State of the Union address to a divided Congress. His message was clear – there is more that unites us than divides us. He challenged lawmakers to work together to accomplish great things for the American people rather than put the interests of political parties ahead of that goal. Viewers widely agreed with this vision. According to polling by CBS News, 76 percent of those who watched the speech approved of the president’s remarks and his call for bipartisanship.

 

Last Congress, we were able to find common ground in a number of areas. We had bipartisan support to improve veterans’ health care, upgrade our nation’s water infrastructure, provide certainty for farmers and ranchers with a new farm bill and deliver treatment and prevention methods for individuals and families struggling with opioid addiction. I am hopeful that this spirit of cooperation can continue.

 

In his speech, the president explained the need to secure our southern border and urged Congress to work toward this goal so we can stop illegal immigration, human trafficking and the flow of drugs into our country. Arkansas Drug Director Kirk Lane attended the State of the Union as my guest. He is on the frontlines for education, treatment and prevention of the opioid epidemic in our state. Director Lane insists that border security is a key factor in this battle. I support the president’s request for increased funding to enhance border protection.

 

I am encouraged by the president’s commitment to improve our crumbling roads and bridges. His desire to work with Congress to invest in vital national infrastructure projects is important as my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been eager to approve infrastructure funding. Investing in transportation infrastructure will save money in the long-term, create immediate jobs and produce decades of economic opportunity.

 

As the president mentioned in his address, his administration is leading efforts to lower healthcare and prescription drug costs. This has long been a goal of Congress. I’m also concerned about the costs associated with healthcare delivery and prescription drugs. We took an important step last year when Congress approved and the president signed into law the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act which will prevent health insurers and pharmaceutical companies from masking the lowest possible cost of prescription drugs. We can build on this foundation by increasing access to generic drugs and increasing competition to lower the cost of medications.

 

We have a great opportunity before us to pave a path for a prosperous future. President Trump described some great examples from our history as well as in more recent times and introduced us to Americans who rose to the occasion to defend the interests of our country in fighting against cruelty, advancing space exploration and overcoming adversity. Americans have long been familiar with challenges to our freedoms, but we have always shown we are capable of overcoming these obstacles. We can achieve anything if we work together.

 

2-8-19 5:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Water Main Break On Dallas Avenue, Street Closed In Mena

A water main break on Dallas Avenue in front of Dallas Avenue Baptist Church in Mena late Friday afternoon will cause at least a partial street closing while crews locate underground utilities and repair the leak. Mena Water Utilities manager Charles Pitman said that once the utilities are located and crews get started that it would take a couple of hours to repair. Pitman went on to say that for the public's safety, motorists should avoid the area. 

 

2-8-19 4:51 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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US Flags To Half Staff In Honor Of John Dingell

President Trump has ordered all flags at half-staff to honor former Michigan Congressman John Dingell, who died Thursday night at the age of 92.

 

Here's the Presidential Proclamation:

 

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan -- the longest-serving Member of Congress in our Nation's history -- I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 9, 2019. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half?staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

 

Donald Trump, President 

 

 

2-8-19 2:26 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

February 8, 2019

 

LITTLE ROCK – The legislature advanced a series of tax cuts, including the signature bill of this year’s session, to lower personal income taxes by about $97 million a year.

 

The Senate passed SB 211 to reduce income taxes for individuals in the middle and upper brackets of the tax tables.

 

The top marginal rate would drop from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent over two years, and other rates would also go down in other brackets. In all, about 579,000 Arkansas taxpayers would benefit from the lower rates in SB 211.

 

After its approval by the Senate, the bill now goes to the House of Representatives.

 

The House passed HB 1321 to increase the homestead property tax credit from $350 to $375. The credits are paid each year on about 700,000 parcels of land.

 

According to revenue officials who spoke on the bill in committee, the fund from which the credits are paid is financially sound. The last time the credit was raised was in 2007, when the legislature passed Act 142 to raise it from $300 to $350.

 

The Senate approved SB 196 to provide tax incentives to businesses that invest in “Opportunity Zones,” which are designated to be in economic distress based on results of the U.S. Census. It now goes to the House.

 

There are 85 opportunity zones in Arkansas, and if a business moves in and stays for 10 years without re-locating, it will not have to pay taxes on any capital gains.

 

A bipartisan coalition of legislative leaders from both the Senate and the House presented a package of six ethics bills they will support. The coalition includes the President Pro Tem of the Senate, Speaker of the House, the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Minority Leader.

 

SB 249 would increase the maximum fines that the state Ethics Commission could impose for violations of ethics laws, from $2,000 to $3,500.

 

SB 256 would prohibit any state elected official from registering as a lobbyist in any jurisdiction.

 

SB 258 would increase the penalties for candidates found guilty of spending campaign funds for their personal use. If the amount of misspent campaign money is more than $2,500 the offense would be a felony.

 

SB 259 would prevent constitutional officers and lawmakers from forming more than one political action committee. The bill would include judges and members of the citizens commission that sets legislative salaries.

 

SB 260 would prohibit political action committees from making contributions to other political action committees.

 

SB 238 would prohibit an elected official from collecting retirement benefits if they are convicted of a felony arising out of their official actions.

 

A subcommittee of the Joint Budget Committee approved a proposal to increase the budget of the Ethics Commission so that it can hire two more employees, thus increasing its enforcement capabilities. It has nine employees now.

 

The Senate also approved SB 152 to make broad changes in how juvenile offenders are sentenced. It would require juvenile judges statewide to use the same risk assessment model. It would not allow judges to sentence juveniles to a lock-up for minor offenses unless they made a specific determination that the juvenile was a high or moderate risk.

 

2-8-19 9:14 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson Directs Transition of Arkansas National Guard Personnel from New Mexico Border to Texas

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has directed Adjutant General Mark Berry to move Arkansas National Guard personnel from New Mexico to Texas to assist with border security there.
 
“Our National Guard assets were deployed at my direction to assist in a multistate effort to secure our southwest border,” Governor Hutchinson said. “At this time, I have directed General Berry to shift those assets to Texas, where they have additional security needs and are requesting our assistance.”
 
Since May 2018, as many as eight Arkansas Guard personnel and two helicopters have been on mission at the southwest border in New Mexico at President Donald Trump’s request for state assistance. 
 
Earlier this week, New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham ordered the withdrawal of the New Mexico National Guard from border deployment and also directed that troops from other states return home immediately. “New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Governor Grisham stated in a press release.
 
According to a report from Army Times, one week ago members of the state Guard’s contingent in one of the state’s LUH-72 Lakota helicopters “helped federal agents seize large sacks of marijuana and arrest four camouflage-clad men hiding in brush at night” along the border of New Mexico. The sacks contained nearly 136 pounds of marijuana.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2-7-19 3:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Fishing Report

 

Weekly Fishing Report

 

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for Feb. 6, 2019. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email AGFCfishingreport@outlook.com with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

Arkansas River and White River levels are available at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lzk

 

For real-time information on stream flow in Arkansas from the U.S. Geological Survey, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/rt

 

For water-quality statistics (including temperature) in many Arkansas streams and lakes, visit: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality.

 

2-6-19 1:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments February 1st and 6th

All criminal information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th-West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendants of committing in Polk County, Arkansas the following crimes:


State of Arkansas Vs. Stephanie E. Thomas W/F, age 43, Count I: Possession of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "D" felony. Count II: possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Count III: Possession of A Controlled Substance, a Class "A" misdemeanor. The State of Arkansas notified the defendant that it intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that she has been convicted of more than one (1) but fewer than four (4) felonies. 

 

State of Arkansas Vs. George Trivette W/M, age 27, Count I: Possession of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To deliver, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Count III" Possession of A Controlled Substance, a Class "A" misdemeanor. Count IV: Theft By Receiving, a Class "D" Felony.

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Carlos Gonzales H/M, age 62, Count I: Possession of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Driving With A Suspended License, an "Unclassified" Misdemeanor.

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Dallas Pettigrew W/M, age 27, Count I: Residential Burglary, a Class "B" Felony. Count II: Theft of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Kountry King W/M, age 24, Count I: Possession of A Controlled Substance, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class"D" Felony.

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Hannah White W/F, age 37, Count I: Residential Burglary, a Class "B" Felony. Count II: Theft of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. The State of Arkansas notified the defendant that it intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that she has been convicted of more than one (1) felony but fewer than four (4) felonies.

 

2-6-19 1:26 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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