Freedom Water Association will be flushing their water lines the week of June 4th. As lines are flushed, you may experience low water pressure, see some cloudiness or sand in your water. Flush your house water lines if this occurs. Freedom Water regrets ann incovenience the flushing may cause. For more information, contact Freedom Water Association at (479) 394-7500.
5-31-18 8:30 p.m. kawx.org
Mena's McMillan Park swimming pool is open for the season. The pool is located at 1205 Vivian Street in Mena.
12pm until 5pm Monday thru Saturday for general admission
1pm until 5pm Sunday for general admission
10am until 12pm Monday thru Saturday for Adults (16 and up) and Lap Swims
For additional information, call the pool at (479) 394-8312.
5-31-18 8:17 p.m.
For the Mena, Arkansas Time, Temperature and Forecast dial (479) 394-5600
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Hot Spots All Over
The full moon on Tuesday night (the last full moon in May) typically means bream are spawning and it makes for a great time to fish for bream, as well as for bass that are looking to feed on the bream. Andrews Bait Shop on Lake Nimrod tells us that bream are excellent this week. Look for bream in 3-6 feet depth and around rocky points. Worms or crickets both will get a response. All species are quite active, they tell us.
Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton says that customers are heading over to Lake Ouachita to haul in big slabs of crappie. They're using No. 4 and 6 crappie minnows. Bream and bass are also very good at Ouachita.
Our reporters covering Lake Conway report that bream are good to excellent.
Lake Sequoyah in Springdale says that the catfish bite is excellent. It's also a good time to hook some bluegill.
Nice catches of trout continue to be evident in the tailwater of Bull Shoals Dam, according to our reports from Cotter Trout Dock. The brown trout are loving sculpins, they say.
Both guides Lou Gabric and Tom Reynolds at Norfork Lake tell us that the lake was unbelievably busy during the three-day holiday weekend. The striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass bites have been outstanding, and topwater action has been intense. But that's about to drop off as the water temperature rises (it's already reached the 80s there), so take it in while you can.
5-30-18 9:29 p.m.
Rutledge Announces 7th Annual Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action Event
Registration is available for July 17 event in Benton
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will host the Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action event on Tuesday, July 17 at the Benton Event Center. The event was established to raise awareness of the challenges associated with missing persons cases and recognize Arkansas’s missing children and adults.
“The Never Forgotten event brings these families together to remember their loved ones and provides law enforcement training to continue the search for our missing,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “There are numerous families across Arkansas who live every day with the pain of missing a loved one. Together, we can raise awareness because someone, somewhere has information about each of our missing loved ones.”
From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., a panel discussion will be held for the families of missing persons on available resources to assist them with locating their loved one. Participating agencies include Arkansas State Police, Arkansas State Crime Lab, Arkansas Crime Information Center, FBI, the Morgan Nick Foundation and others.
From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., a law enforcement training will be held. Sarah Krebs, a detective sergeant-forensic artist with the Michigan State Police, will explain how her evidence-based drawings and three-dimensional reconstructions aid in the investigation of unidentified remains, the apprehension of suspects and the resolution of missing person cases.
Officers will also hear from Derek VanLuchene, a law enforcement consultant for Fox Valley Technical College and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and President and Founder of Ryan United. VanLuchene will present the case study of 4-year-old Maci Lilly, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and was abducted from a playground in Montana in February 2016. Maci’s disappearance led to a statewide Amber Alert and a successful recovery. He will discuss working with child witnesses and how to locate resources in an active search and recovery.
Rutledge will also host a luncheon, which will include a ceremony to honor families of missing children and adults and to recognize law enforcement officials who work to solve missing persons cases.
In 2016, Rutledge was part of a collaborative effort to launch a new website, NeverForgotten.ar.gov, which enables the public to access information on missing persons cases with an simple, searchable database.
Every service offered at the event is free.
Registration can be found at ArkansasAG.gov. The Attorney General’s office has applied for three hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEST).
The Attorney General’s office serves as an information clearinghouse for reports on Arkansas’s missing children and acts as the main point of contact between the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and nonprofit missing children organizations in the State. For information about Never Forgotten – Arkansas Takes Action, call (800) 448-3014 or email@example.com. To reach the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tipline, call (800) THE-LOST (843-5678).
5-30-18 9:27 p.m.
Faith Walk Organized for Prayer, Encouragement
By: Andy Philpot
A Faith Walk has been organized for Saturday, June 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in Mena, beginning and ending at Janssen Park. This Faith Walk event is open to everyone to participate in, with no cost or commitment required to take part in an opportunity of spending time walking, praying, shedding stress, and communicating with God through a peaceful stroll at your own pace. The purpose of this walk is not competition, but rather connection.
The Faith Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside Janssen Park, with all participants leaving out from the circle driveway, but the journey of the walk then becomes the choice of each person. A path the equivalent of a 5K course will be mapped out throughout residential neighborhoods for anyone who wishes to go a full 3.2 miles on their Faith Walk. This course is completely optional, as each walker is encouraged to walk a path they can find peace and comfort in, no matter how long or short the journey, or where it leads them as they pray, connect with God, and find peace and encouragement. Walkers are encouraged to conclude their walk back at Janssen Park for water and snacks.
According to Toni Tilotta, event organizer, she was attending church on a Sunday morning, when she heard the pastor include the phrase “faith walk” in the sermon. She repeated the phrase within her mind, then felt a spiritual motivation to create an organized Faith Walk for area residents to take part in for faith and prayer. Multiple area churches have become involved, helping to create this opportunity for anyone who wishes to take part in it.
With the event scheduled from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., the amount of time spent walking is up to each walker, again with this not being a competition, but organized to be an opportunity. Upon returning to the park, participants will have the opportunity to visit with other participants, pray together, or just have a snack and enjoy the live music in the park. Church officials will also be available for anyone who would like to be prayed with or prayed for.
For those who aren’t able to be at the park as early as 8:00 a.m., they are still encouraged to join in as they can, taking part in the Faith Walk at their convenience, and rejoining the participants in the park as the conclude their path. For those seeking areas to pray for, there is a continual need for prayers for leaders, elections, our youth, our communities, our schools, the world, and so much more. This Faith Walk can also be an opportunity be grateful for all the blessings that fill our lives.
Registration will take place beginning at 7:30 a.m. on site at Janssen Park for this free event. The awards for this walk will be the blessings each walker will experience during their Faith Walk through peace, comfort, encouragement, enlightenment, and strength.
For more information, call 479-243-8459. Rain is not expected to cancel or postpone this event.
5-29-18 8:03 p.m.
U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arkansas Pro-Life Law, Governor Hutchinson Comments
The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to hear a challenge to an Arkansas Law that requires abortion providers to have contracts with doctors who have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Court’s refusal to hear the challenge means that a previous ruling upholding the Arkansas law issued by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will stand.
Family Council Executive Director, Jerry Cox, said in a statement on Monday, “This is very good news for people who care about the safety of women in Arkansas. It’s not too much to require an abortion doctor to have a contract that allows him or her to have their emergency patients to be admitted to a local hospital. Women who are bleeding from a botched abortion shouldn’t have to drive to the emergency room and admit themselves into the hospital. They deserve better treatment and this good law does that.”
According to reports from legal experts watching the case, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to take up the case, the ruling by the Eighth Circuit that upheld the law will stand.
“Until the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issues an order making the law binding, it is my understanding that opponents of the law can hurry to Federal Court and ask Judge Christine Baker, the federal judge who initially declared the law unconstitutional, to issue some type of injunction barring enforcement of the law. This could delay enforcement, but likely not prevent it.” Cox said.
The Arkansas Legislature passed the Abortion Inducing Drugs Safety Act in 2015. The law was sponsored by Representative Charlene Fite (R) Van Buren, and Senator Linda Collins-Smith (R) Pocahontas. Cox said, “We were pleased to work with these lawmakers and the rest of the Arkansas Legislature and with Governor Hutchinson to get this good law passed. Special credit should go to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge who vigorously and successfully defended this good law.”
“This is a pro-life victory not only for the women of Arkansas, but for women across the nation. I’m sure other states will be looking at Arkansas and considering following our example.” Cox said.
Governor Hutchinson Issues Statement in Response to
Supreme Court’s Rejection of Planned Parenthood Appeal
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a challenge to Arkansas Act 557, a law that requires physicians who provide medically induced abortions to contract with a doctor who has hospital-admitting privileges. Planned Parenthood sued to stop Arkansas from implementing the law, which the Arkansas legislature passed in 2015 to create safeguards to protect women in case of a complication with abortion-inducing medication.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today was good news for those who are concerned about health and safety in the administration of medically induced abortions,” said Governor Hutchinson. “Not only does the Court’s action uphold Arkansas law but it also underscores the importance and necessity of protecting women, as well as the unborn, with common-sense measures.”
Family Council is a conservative education and research organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
5-29-18 5:58 p.m.
Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address:
Helping Rural Communities in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK - Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be heard by clicking on the link below and then pressing the "play" button, or you can read the text here.
Every year at the end of May, leaders from rural communities around the state gather for the Rural Development Conference to attend workshops and panel discussions about issues unique to small towns.
At this year’s conference, which was in Little Rock, Rural Services handed out 54 competitively awarded grants worth a total of $736,000. Among the grants are $4,000 to the Grant County Fair Association to build a new livestock show barn; $13,000 to Big Flat in Baxter County to purchase five sets of self-contained breathing equipment for firefighters; and $65,000 to Calhoun County to build a 62-foot bridge and to elevate County Road 3 to prevent flooding and erosion.
For those counties and towns, these are real needs that impact safety and the quality of life.
But to appreciate the positive impact of these grants, we can look to the city of Marvell, which has received two similar grants in the past several years from the Delta Regional Authority, a different program with the same aim – to help struggling rural communities.
With the first grant, Marvell retired its dilapidated water tower and installed a new tank that supplies water to the town.
Now, the town is wrapping up its second project, the rehabilitation of its sewage system, which it paid for with $800,000 from the Delta Regional Authority.
In Marvell, the deteriorating pipes sent raw sewage into the ground and filled ditches. Septic tanks at many older homes had caved in and contributed to the problem. Sometimes, especially after a big rain, the sewage would back up into houses.
Barbie Washburn, who has been office manager for the Marvell Water Department for 34 years, said the situation was more than an unpleasant inconvenience. The raw sewage was a threat to the health of the 11,000 residents. And that’s just inside the city limits. Another 1,000 people outside the city limits suffered with the same problem.
To make things right, the city laid miles of pipe, connected all the houses to the city system, and replaced a couple of pumps. Now, some people have city sewer service for the first time in their life.
A year after Marvell received the money, the project is complete except for some cleanup.
The local economy and a few Marvellites enjoyed another benefit from the infusion of money when the city hired them to work on the project.
Barbie said the improvement is a huge blessing to residents, who now no longer have to worry about where their wastewater is going.
The Rural Development Conference ended Thursday afternoon. The city and county leaders have returned to their rural communities ready to fix things up, and they have the money to pay for it.
5-26-18 7:25 p.m. #KAWX 93.1 #MenaCommunityRadio
It is estimated that for every dollar you spend at the grocery store, only 11 cents goes to a farmer. More than 30 cents of every dollar goes to pay for processing, packing, and transporting.
This summer, Arkansans have an opportunity to give our farmers a larger share of the profit all while accessing fresh locally grown produce.
There are more than 100 farmers’ markets across the state. While some operate year round, you will never have trouble finding one near you in the summer months.
The markets provide a low-barrier entry point for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses. Arkansas Farm Bureau estimates that 13 jobs are created for every $1 million of revenue from a market.
Farmers’ markets aren’t just an opportunity to buy food. They provide a family friendly opportunity to interact with your neighbors and community. Additionally, the social connections that are facilitated by farmers' markets allow producers and consumers to build relationships. Farmers’ market vendors educate their shoppers. In fact, four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
Farmers’ markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season. This means produce is at its freshest and tastes the best. The food is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of miles away or another country.
In the summer, Arkansans can find locally grown strawberries, blackberries, peaches, and watermelons just to name a few.
Because of the nutrition and affordability, many vendors have now started accepting EBT cards from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In some cases, SNAP recipients can double their purchasing power at a participating market.
Arkansas is home to more than 43,000 farms. 97% of those farms are family owned. Take the time this year to support our state’s number one industry.
You can find a farmers’ market near you by visiting www.arkansasfarmersmarketassociation.com
5-25-18 4:46 p.m.
In observance of Memorial Day (May 28, 2018), the United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas is to be displayed at half-staff until noon on Monday, May 28, 2018.
The Governor's Proclamation for Memorial Day can be found HERE.
The President's Proclamation can be found HERE.
5-25-18 3:57 p.m.
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May (May 28, 2018), commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of Memorial Day, fly the United States flag at half staff from sunrise until NOON , and then raise it to full height from noon to sundown.
5-25-18 1:45 p.m.
A Unified Effort to Help Veterans Receive Quality Care
Congress recently came together to uphold a promise to our veterans by passing the VA MISSION Act. The bill, which is set to become law, will strengthen and streamline the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare services and its community care programs. This is important because veterans should have access to the best healthcare and services in a timely manner regardless of where they live. With these reforms, a veteran and his or her doctor will decide where that veteran will receive care—taking into consideration the veteran’s healthcare needs and the availability and quality of both VA and community care. For largely rural states like Arkansas, this makes all the sense in the world. We have two VA Medical Centers in the Natural State—Little Rock and Fayetteville—as well as facilities in neighboring states that often serve Arkansas veterans. The healthcare providers and staff at those facilities, and our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Arkansas, truly do an excellent job in caring for our veterans. But the VA Medical Centers are in populated areas, which in cases where veterans need more advanced care than a CBOC can provide, means a full day trip for many veterans. It is unnecessary when a veteran could receive similar quality care outside the VA system in his or her community. The service options provided in this bill will give veterans who live far from a VA facility and need frequent follow-up care easier access to local providers and walk-in clinics. As noted in a letter signed by over thirty VSOs supporting the VA MISSION Act, the legislation is an effort to “supplement, not supplant VA healthcare.” That is important to highlight. Much like the Choice Program that preceded it, the new system that will be established by the VA MISSION Act is not meant to replace VA healthcare. Rather it builds on the foundation laid out by the Choice Program, which addressed many shortcomings within the VA system that led to the wait time crisis. Last year, I launched a listening tour to hear from Arkansas veterans about their experiences with the Choice Program so we can better meet their needs. I heard from Arkansas veterans who have been able to get quality care from private providers in their own community when the VA system could not meet their needs. That is a good thing. But as the veterans I met with noted, the Choice Program has its share of troubles. I heard repeated stories of difficulties navigating the complex and confusing bureaucratic process. This legislation aims to alleviate those problems. While VA implements the new system, we cannot afford to let care slip for our veterans. That is why we made sure that the VA MISSION Act authorizes funding to continue the current Choice Program for one more year. In addition to the improvements to healthcare delivery, the VA MISSION Act will enable us to conduct better and more consistent oversight into how the VA spends money on veterans’ healthcare, improve the VA’s ability to hire high-quality professionals and create a process to evaluate and reform VA facilities so they can best serve veterans. These are all big steps in the right direction and the unified efforts of both parties, in both chambers of Congress, made sure the VA MISSION Act would pass. If we continue to work together in this vein, we can help ensure our nation’s promises to our veterans are kept.
5-25-18 1:40 p.m.
HAVE A FUN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, BUT BE SAFE
The summer recreation season officially begins with Memorial Day weekend festivities, and officials of the Little Rock District of the Army Corps of Engineers want you to have fun but be safe at one of the many Corps parks.
These parks offer a wide range of facilities, to include various combinations of boat ramps, picnic areas, group picnic shelters, game courts, playgrounds, hiking trails and campgrounds. A day at the lake wouldn’t be complete without partaking in one of many water sports, such as fishing, swimming, boating, skiing or scuba diving.
To be fun, a day at the lake must also be a safe day. Here are a few water safety tips:
* Wear your life jacket.
* Don’t drink alcoholic beverages and drive.
* Check all equipment before getting underway.
* Know your boat and follow the rules.
* Stay abreast of the weather.
* Task everyone in the boat to help keep proper lookout.
* Never swim alone.
* Know your limits.
* Don’t swim and drink alcoholic beverages.
* Swim in designated areas.
* Don’t swim in rivers subject to strong currents.
* Pay attention and obey all buoys and markers.
More recreation information can be found on the Internet at www.swl.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/littlerockusace, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/usacelittlerock.
5-24-18 8:29 a.m. #KAWX 93.1 FM #MenaCommunityRadio
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Rutledge Sets June Mobile Office Locations
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced mobile office locations for June.
Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and assisted nearly 1,000 Arkansans last year.
Rutledge believes in face-to-face conversations to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.
This year, the Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services they provide statewide.
Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement across Arkansas to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:
Tuesday, June 5
10:30 a.m. – noon
Heber Springs Community Center
201 Bobbie Jean Lane
Heber Springs, AR 72543
Thursday, June 7
10:30 a.m. – noon
Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Texarkana Office
2904 E. 9th St.
Texarkana, AR 71854
Tuesday, June 12
10:30 a.m. – noon
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative in Salem
225 S. Main
Salem, AR 72576
Hot Spring County
Thursday, June 14
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Central Arkansas Development Council Malvern Senior Activity Center
1800 W. Moline
Malvern, AR 72104
Tuesday, June 19
10:30 a.m. – noon
Ouachita County Cooperative Extension Service
2760 Mount Holly Road
Camden, AR 71701
St. Francis County
Thursday, June 21
10:30 a.m. – noon
St. Francis County Cooperative Extension Service
313 S. Izard St.
Forrest City, AR 72335
Tuesday, June 26
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Mena-Polk County Senior Center
401 Autumn Drive
Mena, AR 71953
Thursday, June 28
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Pope County Senior Wellness and Activity Center
1010 S. Rochester Ave.
Russellville, AR 72802
5-24-18 9:39 a.m. #KAWX 93.1 FM #MenaCoomunityRadio
State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague
May 24, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – The state not only funds education for children, but also provides various classes for more than 50,000 adults every year.
GED classes are some of the most well known programs for adults. Last year 3,312 Arkansas residents took the GED tests and 2,885 passed, for a passing rate of 87 percent. That puts Arkansas above the national passing rate of 79 percent. In 2015 Arkansas test takers did even better, with a GED pass rate of 95 percent.
About 470,000 adults in Arkansas never finished high school, and a GED is a great first step for them to improve their jobs skills and continue their educations.
Another way for adults to get better jobs is to get a WAGE certificate from the state Department of Career Education. Most classes are held at Adult Education Centers. They teach entry level job skills for bank tellers, office and industrial workers. Last year more than 2,000 adults earned a certificate, and according to research by the Department they averaged a salary increase of almost 18 percent.
WAGE certificates and GEDs are provided by the Department’s Adult Education Division, which also offers English classes for adults who grew up speaking another language.
According to studies cited by the Department, people who earn a high school diploma or its equivalent will earn, on average, $568,000 more in their lifetimes than people without a diploma.
At a recent ceremony at the state Capitol, the top 25 scorers on this year’s GED tests were honored. Several of them spoke of plans to attend college.
At another ceremony at the Capitol, a group of adult graduates gathered on the steps to hear a graduation speech. They were dressed in caps and gowns, and at the end of the ceremony they tossed their caps in the air.
The Division also sends teachers to local businesses, at no cost to the business, through Workplace Education programs. Employers host the classes on their premises to improve the literacy and computer skills of their workers.
Besides learning technical skills, the adults also learn what are called “soft skills” that are often necessary to land a better job. Soft skills include punctuality, knowing how to dress appropriately, good personal hygiene and effective communication with others.
The Division is relatively small, with fewer than 20 employees, but it coordinates programs offered statewide by 36 local agencies that include school districts, community colleges and non-profits.
The Division also taught classes to about 3,500 inmates in state prisons, as well as to more than 5,000 people who get food stamps or welfare and who are required to take job training in order to qualify for benefits.
The Adult Education Division is separate from the Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Division, which is responsible for vocational offerings for students who are still in high school.
A Fordham Institute study found that high school students who took more than one CTE class increased their likelihood of graduating, and increased their opportunities for college and employment. The study counters the long-standing stigma that vo-tech and “shop” classes were academic dead ends.
5-24-18 10:26 a.m. #KAWX #MenaCommunityRadio