Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for Sept. 30, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov 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. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second. All Corps of Engineers lake and river readings were taken at 9 a.m. the day of publication.


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Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

NOTE: Employees and contractors with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have conducted herbicide applications to Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir through September. The herbicides will cause no harm to wildlife, people or aquatic life, but will kill gardens, flowerbeds and lawns if used on neighboring lands. By federal law, these herbicides have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. The AGFC asks adjacent landowners to NOT irrigate for lawn or garden use with water from the lake until Feb. 1, 2021. The use of herbicides is necessary to control the current problems with alligatorweed and other invasive vegetation species that have infested the lake, restricting access to boathouses, ramps and fishing locations and hindering native wildlife and fish populations. For more information, please contact the AGFC Fisheries Office in Mayflower at (877) 470-3309.


(updated 9-30-2020) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake has its normal Conway stain and is at a normal level. Bream are good on redworms and crickets. Crappie are also good. Try crappie minnows or go with a jig in white/chartreuse or black chartreuse. Baby shad is another good bait. Black bass are good. Spinnerbaits, plastic worms, Gitzits, frogs, buzzbaits and tube jigs are all working. Catfishing is good. Stink bait continues to be the go-to, along with nightcrawlers, goldfish, dough bait and trotlines baited with bass minnows and those other mentioned offerings.

Lake Beaverfork

(updated 9-16-2020) Angler Dennis Charles reports that bass are excellent all hours of the day. Anglers are finding success using anything in the box. Bream are slow all over. Crappie are showing their fins along the grass lines. Catfish can be found all over; go to deep water for your best chances.

Little Red River

(updated 9-30-2020) Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the river remains clear and low with minimum generation in the afternoons. The last two days the schedule has been one unit for 2 hours beginning at 4 p.m. Rainbows are taking small flies in the 18-to-20-inch range with mayfly nymphs, emergers and midge pupa being good choices. Small tippet and good presentations are required in the low-water conditions. The river is the lowest it has been in some time, so use care when motoring. The rocks always win!

(updated 9-30-2020) Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood reports that trout are good on Rooster Tails, Buoyant Spoons, small maribou jigs and No. 5 countdowns.

(updated 9-30-2020) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service (501-230-0730) said the Little Red River is receiving a couple hours of afternoon generation each day. This pattern provides wading opportunities on the upper river in the mornings and lower river in the afternoons. For fly-fishing, Lowell recommends midges, pheasant tails, hare’s ears, sowbugs and streamers. Cotton candy colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin-fishing. Be safe while enjoying the river. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501.362.5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real-time water release and the Southwestern Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation schedule.

Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.88 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.54 feet msl).

(updated 9-30-2020) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry lake is at 459.87 feet msl, down from normal level of 462.54 feet msl by 2.67 feet. “I hope everyone learned something from the electronics tip and have used it this past week. Just keep using those. Practice makes perfect.” Tommy says black bass are schooling at every chance they can on top and down as well. Big groups from large to small chasing bait all over the lake. Loner fish and structure fish can be caught dragging something or moving baits, and lots of fish are shallow. Crappie are eating well day in, day out even with cold fronts. Troll crankbaits, jigs and/or use live bait. Walleye have not got in our boat, but some are being caught dragging something or on crankbaits or caught under schooling fish. Catfish are being caught but are a little slow some days, as they are in transition as well. Some are being caught under schooling fish. Bream and black salties are working well. Bream are doing their thing as the moon starts down; lots to be caught on a lot of different baits. Hybrid bass and white bass are eating on and off all day and night; use spoons, inline spinners, Largo Muskie baits, swimbaits and topwater plugs all over the lake. Just stay with shad; fish are close from 35-60 feet.

(updated 9-30-2020) Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood says the water is clear and a little low. Bass are fair on drop-shot in 15 feet of water. Also use Carolina rigs, and try a topwater bait early in the morning or late in the evening. Walleye are good. Drop-shotting and nightcrawlers is working on the main and secondary points in 15 feet of water

Harris Brake Lake

(updated 9-30-2020) Harris Brake Lake Resort (501-889-2745) says the water is clearing up. It’s at a normal level this week. Bream are good on redworms and crickets. Crappie have fallen off; this week had poor reports. Black bass are good around the shoreline. Use a plastic worm. Catfishing is good. Chicken liver is working nicely, and trotlines baited with shad, goldfish or worms are taking their share.


Lake Overcup

NOTE: Employees and contractors with the AGFC have conducted herbicide applications to Overcup through September. The herbicides cause no harm to wildlife, people or aquatic life, but will kill gardens, flowerbeds and lawns if used on neighboring lands. By federal law, these herbicides have up to a 120-day irrigation restriction after application. The AGFC asks adjacent landowners to NOT irrigate for lawn or garden use with lake water until Feb. 1, 2021. The use of herbicides is necessary to control the current problems with alligatorweed and other invasive vegetation species that have infested the lake and, if left uncontrolled, could restrict access to boathouses, ramps and fishing locations and hinder native wildlife and fish populations.

(updated 9-30-2020) Randy DeHart at Lakeview Landing (501-354-5309) said the lake is fairly clear and has taken a jump upward with the level 6-8 feet high. Crappie are fair and appear to be moving up. Fish with minnows or with black/chartreuse jigs. Black bass are fair on crankbaits. Catfishing is good; Randy reports that the AGFC recently stocked 1,200 channel cats into Overcup. Bream are slowing down and reports are poor.

(updated 9-30-2020) Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) had no report.

Brewer Lake

(update 9-30-2020 ) David Hall at Dad’s Bait Shop (501-977-0303) had no report.

Lake Maumelle

(updated 9-30-2020) Westrock Landing (501-658-5598) on Highway 10 near Roland had no new reports.

Sunset Lake
(updated 9-30-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been excellent, especially off of fresh chicken livers. The lake was stocked Sept. 21, last Monday. “One of my customers has been catching some nice crappie there, too, off of crappie minnows. Bass have been fair off of spinnerbaits and minnows. Bream are good on crickets.

Bishop Park Ponds

(updated 9-30-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been reported doing well off of fresh chicken livers and stink bait. A few smaller crappie are being caught off of the crappie minnows. Bass have been hitting bass minnows and brooder minnows, as well as spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. A few bream have been caught off of redworms.

Saline River Access in Benton

(updated 9-30-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said a few walleye have been caught especially on brooder minnows. But she also has had a few reports of one or two being caught off of the 4-inch lizards. Catfish and bass have been both doing well off of brooder minnows as well. Bream have been doing well off of crickets as well as redworms.

Lake Norrell

(updated 9-30-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) says crappie have been good on crappie minnows and Kalin's Jigs. Bream have slowed down somewhat, but still a few are being caught off of crickets. Bass have been caught off of plastics and brooder minnows. Catfish have been fair on bait shrimp, nightcrawlers and bass minnows.

Lake Winona

(updated 9-30-2020) Lisa Spencer at Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been good off of black salties, bait shrimp and bass minnows. Crappie have been hitting blue and white crappie jigs. Bass have been good off minnows, plastics and Zing Tails. Bream are fair on crickets and redworms.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

(updated 9-23-2020) Charlie Hoke at Charlie's Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said catfishing is mostly what’s going on just off the river in his area. Catfish are being caught on limblines with yo-yos up the Petit Jean River and Point Remove Creek using cut bait. Also, anglers are drifting across the points, mainly the jetties, and going upstream and dropping down on the drift to catch cats, also using cut bait.

“Then, we’ve got our bass and they are weird,” Charlie said. “There is really no pattern right now.” He said anglers are catching them where you can find slackwater off the river, between 0 and 30 feet. Anglers are fishing these jetties just above his area. “What they’re doing, they’re using jigs, black and blue. And they’re using crankbaits and those will be in the shad color or pearl color still.” Up into the mouth of the Petit Jean and at Flag Lake Cutoff, anglers are getting into some white bass and fishing the mudlines with crankbaits early in the day for success. And that’s basically it, he said. No reports on crappie or bream. A little less than two weeks ago, he adds, bream were being caught on Rooster Tails and going down the grass lines.

Charlie adds that he’s not getting many anglers, but he is seeing goose hunters come in and “they’re doing real good.” Canada goose season is open, as is early teal season. “The teal are not here yet up around me. A few are getting shot but not much.”

Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)

No reports.

Little Maumelle River

(updated 9-30-2020) Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the river is fairly clear and at a normal level. Crappie reports are fair; use minnows or jigs. Black bass are good on crankbaits and plastic worms. Catfishing is good using chicken liver or basic catfish bait. No reports on bream.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
On Wednesday, the Corps of Engineers said water flow at the Toad Suck Lock and Dam was 6,532 cfs.

No fishing reports.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

On Wednesday, the Corps of Engineers said water flow at the Murray Lock and Dam was 9,119 cfs. Flow at the Terry Lock and Dam was 7,356.


(updated 9-30-2020) Fish ‘N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the river is at normal level with a stained clarity. Black bass are good on quarter-ounce Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and square-bill crankbaits.

(updated 9-30-2020) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) says stripers and white bass are schooling in the Little Rock pool around the former Cajun’s Wharf area. Catch them on topwater baits and white grubs. Catfishing is good below the Murray Lock and Dam using skipjack or shad. Crappie are fair off the rocky areas in 10-12 feet of water; use minnows. Black bass are good early in the mornings throughout the pool on topwater baits.
(updated 9-16-2020) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) received reports of catfish biting well in the river on skipjack.


Clear Lake (off Arkansas River-Little Rock Pool)

(updated 9-16-2020) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) says bream are good on crickets and redworms.


Peckerwood Lake

(update 9-23-2020) Donna Mulherin at Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) reported the lake conditions as clear clarity and a low level with no stumps showing. Bream continue to be good on redworms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs; trolling still will provide your best response. Black bass are good and have taken to the chicken liver, Donna says. Anglers have a tendency to keep their baits secret here, but something tells us a topwater might work well now, as well as plastic worms. Try an assortment of things and see what works. Catfish are good on hot dogs, minnows and other live bait.


White River

(updated 9-30-2020) Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525) said they’re starting to see some nip in the air – autumn's finally popping out. Cool mornings, warm days, perfect weather for float fishing on the White for trout. The rainbow catch has been fabulous; they're snapping up the shrimp and worm combo. Good sizes among the catch, too; there were several rainbows measured at 16 inches or above. “We are seeing a few grasshoppers out there now, so the hopper patterns and baits should lure some trout to the anglers. Come out and spend some time with us on the river – you won't regret it.”

(updated 9-30-2020) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) says fishing is great this week for rainbows, while browns are slowing down a little. River clarity is “really good,” they report. River level is normal, as the Army Corps of Engineers has been running eight generators round-the-clock. Overall trout bite is excellent.

(updated 9-30-2020) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service said Monday that over the past week they had one rain event dropping about a half-inch in Cotter, cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell 3.3 feet to rest at 8 feet above seasonal power pool of 661 feet msl. This is 26 feet below the top of the flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock fell 0.4 foot to rest at 1.9 feet below seasonal power pool and 15.9 feet above the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell 0.3 foot to rest at 1.9 feet below seasonal power pool and 9.5 feet below the top of the flood pool. The White River below Bull Shoals Dam had heavy generation and no wadable water. Norfork Lake fell 1.8 feet to rest at 3.9 feet above seasonal power pool of 555.75 feet msl and 20.3 feet below the top of the flood pool. The Norfork Dam tailwater had wadable water at night. Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are dropping at an increased rate and consistent wadable water could be three weeks away.
The grasshopper bite is upon us, John says. Use a shorter leader and bang the bank. John’s favorite fly is a western pink lady size 8. Add a dropper (size 14 pheasant tail nymph) to increase your catch.
The White has fished well. The hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive Woolly Buggers (sizes 8, 10), Y2Ks (sizes 14, 12), prince nymphs (sizes 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead sizes 16, 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (John’s current favorite combination is a cerise San Juan worm with a girdle bug suspended below it).
Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soles that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

John also mentioned dealing with high levels of water we’ve had recently and fishing in them: “It seems like we have had high water forever. For the last couple of years we have relentlessly had high water with the exception of a few brief periods of limited water releases to provide relief from severe flooding downstream. Throughout this period my fellow guides and I have guided clients and caught fish.

“It has not been an easy process. To get to the trout on the bottom of deep water requires the use of heavily weighted flies and large amounts of additional weight. In addition you are required to use long leaders to allow the flies to sink to the bottom. This combination of large heavy flies, additional weight and long leaders is difficult to cast. The heavy flies and weight require a more vigorous line pick up.
“The combination of long leader and heavy flies requires casting a big loop to keep the loop from casting. Timing of the cast is critical. If you rush the back cast, you can produce a tailing loop. This rig can easily tangle. If your line is tangled, you can’t catch fish.
“While an experienced fly-fisher can competently handle this rig, first-timers can struggle. When I have a first-timer I begin the day with a casting lesson. To make the casting lesson more realistic, I add a couple of heavy split shots to the leader on the student’s rod.
“Last week I had a client that had never cast a fly rod. She was accompanied by her boyfriend, a previous client. I gave her a casting lesson and all went well. I thought she was a natural.
“We began fishing. There was a heavy fog and it was a cool start. The river was high, about 12,000 cfs, or the equivalent of about four full generators. The fishing was slow but the casting went well. There were no tangles. The wind picked up a bit.
“About this time, she made an errant cast that caught me in the nose. I always take pains to protect myself from this situation. I dress carefully. I have on deck shoes and socks, long pants and a long sleeve shirt. I also wear sun gloves and a broad brimmed hat. The only vulnerable spot is my face below my polarized sunglasses, and this is where I was hooked. I always bend down the barbs of all hooks used to limit the damage to a simple puncture wound.
“My client was very concerned that she had severely wounded me. I reassured her and pulled the barbless hook from my nose. The problem was that, though I had experienced no pain, I was bleeding like a stuck hog. It looked way worse than it was. It took several minutes to quit bleeding.
“She was so upset that she quit fishing because she feared that she would hook me again. I tried to explain that I was not hurt and this was a normal part of my day as a fly-fishing guide. I wanted her to continue fishing, but she would have none of it. I was disappointed and felt responsible.
“Sometimes things happen out there that we cannot control. Luckily I had pinched down the barb.”


Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the lake’s elevation at 668.13 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 661.00 feet msl).

(updated 9-30-2020) Del Colvin at Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock reports that even though Bull Shoals Lake has dropped considerably since the summer, there is still limited access to the ramps. He says the pattern is “September junk fishing right now.” The Army Corps of Engineers has been pumping the water out, which has some of the fish moving out on the points, and there’s baitfish suspended deep off the points. Target 10-15 feet depth in the early morning, then 22-28 feet with a drop-shot later in the day. “Find the bait, find the fish,” Del says. If it’s hot, go deep. If it’s cloudy and windy, go shallow. He’s been getting up early for the topwater bite with poppers, and Berkley Wake Bait has been good. Try Whopper Plopper, a buzzbait or chatterbait for power fishing “shallow” if it’s cloudy or stormy. Target shallow flats close to old creek channels with runoff. Work major creeks halfway back and out to the main channel. As the sun comes up, change tactics. Smallies and Kentucky bass (spots) are stacked out oblong main and secondary points, sunken islands, humps, channel swings, bluffs and bluff ends, but are closer to main lake points in 26-32 feet. With shad present, fish position will change depending on sun, wind, current, clouds, etc. The shad are moving and so are the fish. Try a half-ounce jig in green pumpkin orange or green pumpkin blue. Smallmouth are on gravel banks. Del notes that at least the big crowds are thinning on the lake, making angling better.

He says the clarity there is dingy to clear and the surface temperature is 75 degrees. At his last check, the lake was 9 feet high and falling.

Norfork Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reported the lake’s elevation at 559.03 feet msl (normal conservation pool: Sept.-April, 552.00 feet msl; April-Sept. 555.75 feet msl).


(updated 9-23-2020) Lou Gabric at Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said the bite for all species on Norfork Lake is getting better and better. September fishing can have its challenges due to the changing water temperatures, changing lake levels, and frontal systems, but all species are biting. “Not necessarily every day,” he says, “but I believe they call that fishing. The striped bass bite is getting pretty good. Crappie are moving back to the brush, so at least you know where to find them. The walleye bite has been good, but it does take some work to locate them. The bass bite is almost always good whether you like to catch them in shallow or in deep water.”

He says striped Bass fishing has really improved over the last week in various parts of the lake. “I have found two different patterns for this species, but time of the day may have something to do with it. Early in the morning, occasionally starting before sunrise, I have found stripers on large flats feeding heavily on shad. They can be anywhere from 20 feet of water out to 40 feet towards the bottom. They are starting to school and when you find that large school of fish it is a fantastic bite. Other times the fish are scattered out and it takes a little bit more effort to catch them. The early morning bite seems to last no later than 8 a.m. or so. This morning after the bite slowed on the flat where I was fishing, I decided to check out a different type of area for the striped bass. I have caught fish out in deep water along a bluff wall in past years, and this year appears to be the same. I was in 120-150 feet of water and the fish were suspended down 35-40 feet deep. I found a large school of feeding fish once in this area, but most of the time I was marking one to three fish at a time.

“I have been using several different methods to catch striped bass. I have been slow trolling a Berkley Flicker Minnow, size 7 and 9, with a 1-ounce snap on weight about 50 feet behind the bait with another 50 feet of line out. (This method is mainly for the flats.) I am also starting to vertical jig with a ¾-ounce spoon more often than I troll. I have jigged up stripers in both of these areas. The hardest part about fishing for suspended fish with a spoon is getting it down to the right depth. If you have a fish finder that picks your spoon up, this makes it simple, but if it does not, you need to either count down your bait, my rod and bait takes 8 seconds to get down to 40 feet, or drop it to the bottom and count the cranks up until you get to the desired depth. The stripers will continue to move around and as the water cools and the lake turns over the fish will be in many different types of area.

“Crappie fishing has been good, but has had its ups and downs, I believe due to the various frontal systems that have gone through our area. The best areas have been brush piles that are in 20-30 feet of water. The fish will either be suspended on the top of the brush or buried inside of it. Small jigging spoons or small plastics with a twister tail or a paddle tail are working great. Live minnows either on their own or tipped on a plastic jig will also work well. I have found crappie on both main lake brush, as well as, brush back in a creek.

“Walleye fishing has slowed a little, but we are still picking up some nice ones, along with a lot of shorts. Early in the morning and prior to sunrise they are being caught on long rocky points that jet out into the lake. They have typically been on the sides anywhere from 16 feet deep, down to 32 feet deep. During the day and late afternoon, they seem to be in 25-34 feet of water. Crawler harnesses with a bottom bouncer or trolling with a minnow style crankbaits are both working. Drop-shot rigs should also work with either a nightcrawler or large minnow. As the water cools, they will move up tight onto the shoreline and casting for them will start to work better, especially early and late in the day.

“Bass fishing has been good and they are being found in many different areas. Casting topwater baits, spinners and buzzbaits are working for the very shallow fish, especially where there is lots of brush still under water. There will be many shorts in shallow water, but there will also be a few lunkers. Jigs and worms are also working along the bluffs and out in 15-30 feet of water. Vertical-jigging spoons will pick up some nice fish. Work the deeper water, as well as, jigging near or on brush. Several days ago, I was trolling my Flicker Minnow out in 80 feet of water and picked up some really nice largemouth that were suspended down 25 feet. Bass are on main lake points, as well as, back in the creeks.”

Norfork Lake level is falling and currently sits at 561.18 feet msl. The lake surface temperature Tuesday morning was in the high 70s, Lou said. The main lake and creeks are stained but should start to clear as the lake continues to cool. “Happy fishing and see you on the lake.”

(updated 9-30-2020) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters had no new report.


Norfork Tailwater


(updated 9-30-2020) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said Monday that Norfork Lake fell 1.8 feet to rest at 3.9 feet above seasonal power pool of 555.75 feet msl and 20.3 feet below the top of flood pool. The Norfork Dam tailwater had wadable water at night. Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are dropping at an increased rate and consistent wadable water could be three weeks away.
The Norfork is fishing well. Navigate this stream with caution as things have changed a bit from flooding over the past couple of years. There has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18, 20, 22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14, 16) like the Green Butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try an egg pattern 18 inches below a cerise San Juan worm. The fishing is better in the morning.
Dry Run Creek is fishing well. Expect less pressure during the week with school back in session. The Norfork National Fish Hatchery is open but the restrooms are still closed. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12), various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10) and mop flies.

Buffalo National River/Crooked Creek

(updated 9-30-2020) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are low and clear. John’s favorite fly here is a Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.



Beaver Lake


As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,120.43 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 1,121.00 feet msl).

(updated 9-30-2020) Jon Conklin with FishOn Guide Service (479-233-3474) said Beaver Lake is at normal levels and water temperature continues to drop with the cold nights. “Lake has almost turned over and I would say that within a week or two it will be done and fishing will uptick.
“Stripers have been hit and miss, with major movements happening daily. Many guides are struggling to put fish in the boat. I believe stripers are moving towards the Prairie Creek area at this time. Bass are schooling early and late; topwater will pick them off. Drop-shot is working main lake points. Crappie are fair, look for brush in 12-25 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are working and the bite is in transition from open water cranks to structure.
“The bite will continue to get better for all species in the next few weeks. So for everybody getting beat up by Beaver Lake lately, including myself, just hang on, help is on the way. The colder water and turnover will spark a fall bite.
“Bream and catfish are good. I am booking fall crappie and walleye trips. Check out my Facebook page at FishOn Guides Goshen Arkansas for updated reports as conditions change fast this time of the year.”

(updated 9-30-2020) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said black bass are fair in the mornings on topwater baits. During the day, a shaky head worm or a jig will work best on black bass, but the bite remains fair then, too. There have been no real reports on white bass, which they say is out of the ordinary. Walleye are fair. “You can catch them if you know what you’re doing,” they say. The lake clarity is clear and the level is about normal. Bream, they report, are pretty much done for the season. Crappie are biting fair in 10-15 feet depth on minnows and jigs. Target the brushpiles. Catfish are being caught in fair numbers with live bait and jug fishing.


Beaver Tailwater


(updated 9-23-2020) Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) says fishing has continued to be good in the tailwater. There were a few days where the water temperature was in the 70s. On those days, some very nice fish were being caught, including a few juvenile walleye. Most trout are biting on spoons in quarter-ounce and various PowerBait, fished with light terminal tackle. Throwing some hard crankbaits have also produced some fish as well. This week’s hot spot is between Parker Bottomsand the dam. “If you want to find some nice brownies, that is where I would be.”

White bass and Kentucky bass are being caught around Holiday Island. Try finding schools with your electronics or the bait fish. Fish suspended baits in 10 feet of water, around structure and chunk rock. Look for them in the back of coves or at the mouth of them.

“The water temps have backed down in the tailwater, but that has not stopped the bite. Good luck, be safe and catch some fish. With deer season a few days away, I may be doing a report every other week, as I will not be on the water as often. Good luck!”

Lake Fayetteville

(updated 9-30-2020) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) says the lake remains murky and the water level is low. Anglers are having to work for crappie, but they can be caught in fair numbers. Use minnows or jigs, and trolling seems to work best. Black bass are fair. Try a plastic worm or topwater baits. Catfish and bream were poor this week.

Lake Fort Smith

No report from the state park.

Lake Sequoyah

(updated 9-30-2020) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the lake is very clear and has dropped about 1 foot below normal. Bream are good on redworms and crickets. Crappie are hit and miss. It looks like fair results can be had by trolling crankbaits in the channels. Black bass are good. Use a spinnerbait in chartreuse, or try out large worms in red colors. Catfishing is really going great. Excellent catches will come your way if you use cut bait, chicken liver and other “real” baits.



Lake Charles

(updated 9-30-2020) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park (870-878-6595) said good fishing days, based on moon times, should run through Sunday, but the best days for October should be Oct. 13-19, she says. “The weather is changing every day. The fish were biting good again this weekend with some nice bass and catfish caught.” Surface water temperature Sunday was 70 degrees and the lake clarity was murky. Lake level is high. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Fish around the brushpiles, stumps and rocky points. Crappie were good. Minnows and jigs, along with worms, worked well. Brushpiles, stumps and rocky points are busy with crappie, too. Black bass were being caught in good numbers in spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwaters, with a lot of bass found in shallow water. They are staying around brush and rock points. Catfish can be caught in good numbers on worms, blood bait, stink bait and chicken liver.

Lake Poinsett

(updated 9-30-2020) The lake at Lake Poinsett State Park has been undergoing a two-year renovation with plans to refill it later this year and for fishing to resume at levels far better than in recent years, thanks to improved fish habitat and new underwater structures. The water control structure was also repaired.

Crown Lake

(updated 9-30-2020) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the lake clarity has cleared. Surface water temperature is 72-73 degrees. Water level is normal. Bream fishing is good. Use redworms, crickets or red wigglers. Crappie are good. Minnows will work best. Bass are good; best bet is a swimbait. No reports on catfish.

Spring River
(updated 9-30-2019) Mark Crawford with springriverfliesandguides.com

(870-955-8300) said water levels are at 350 cfs, average flow for the Spring, and water clarity has been clear. Low and clear water has the overcast days fishing amazingly well, and there have been some very tough sunny days. On the good days swinging a Woolly Bugger and stripping back at the end has been a ton of fun. On the slow days a Y2K with nymph dropper will produce. With spin-fishing there have been some excellent days with hot pink Trout Magnets. Other times a trout crank or Flicker Shad rules. “With the rocky bottom of the river, the crankbaits are perfect to get down, but when you’re hung up, give it some slack and the bait usually floats out,” he says. For the latest river conditions and more information from Mark, visit his blog at springriverfliesandguides.com.

(updated 9-30-2020) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said the Spring River is navigable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and North Fork rivers. Canoe season is here and it can get very crowded, especially on the weekends. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive Woolly Buggers with a bit of flash (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10).

White River

The Army Corps of Engineers reported Wednesday that the White River stage at Batesville was at 9.55 feet, well below the flood stage of 15.0 feet. At Newport, the river is at 12.27, almost 14 feet below the flood stage of 26.0 feet. The stage at Augusta is 24.23 feet, almost 2 feet below the flood stage of 26.0 feet.

(updated 9-30-2020) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) had no report.



Arkansas River (Pine Bluff Pool)


(updated 9-30-2020) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team had no new reports.


Arkansas River (Pool 2)

No reports.

Cane Creek Lake

(updated 9-30-2019) Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, had no report.


Lake Chicot

(updated 9-30-2020) Brian Whitson, park interpreter at Lake Chicot State Park (870-265-5480), had no report.

Lake Monticello

(updated 9-30-2020) The lake is undergoing a repair to the dam and improvements to the fish habitat and is currently drawn down.


Millwood Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 259.52 feet msl (normal pool: 259.20 feet msl).

(updated 9-30-2020) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said that as of Tuesday, Millwood Lake's 2-foot drawdown has ended. Millwood Lake is currently near normal conservation pool, and discharge is around 5,000 cfa in Little River, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, The tailwater below the dam and gates as of Tuesday around 232 feet msl and falling. Check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website linked above, or at the Army Corps of Engineers website, for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels. Millwood State Park, the USACE Campgrounds and State Park Marina are open. See the COVID-19 related information and camping reservation requirements at www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/millwood-state-park.
Surface temps dropped over the last week to range 70-76 degrees. Clarity improved dramatically over the past week with reduction of discharge at the dam, and muddy inflow has tapered off. Clarity in back of the oxbows and main lake continues improvement. Clarity and visibility along Little River at 5-8 inches depending on location. Further up Little River has more heavier stain conditions.
As for fishing specifics:

* Largemouth bass: They continue randomly schooling in the oxbows, with the highest activity period shifting to mid-morning (9-11 a.m.), providing the best bite of the day. Several simultaneous schools were surface-breaking in McGuire Oxbow up Little River over the past few days with the improvement in water clarity and reduced stain. Small StutterSteps in Millwood Magic, Ken Pops in chrome/black back, Smokey Joe, Cordell Crazy Shads and Heddon Dying Flutters, along with Spitn' Images are working at the surface with lily pads and grass a short distance on flats near vertical structure. Bass Assassin Shad Jerkbaits and Johnson Chrome Spoons are working when bass break in the pads. Rat-L-Traps are still working for juvenile bass schools following shad and bait pods over 15-20 feet of depth. Adolescent largemouths continue random surface-breaking on schools of threadfin shad at multiple locations, near and in lily pads for short durations. When the shad schools move to vertical structure, the largemouths will follow the shad schools and suspend over 15-18 feet of depth. Where vertical structure drops from 5-foot flats into 18-foot drops, the ¾-ounce Rat-L-Traps, Cordell 3/4-to-1-ounce Hammered Spoons, MR-6 Crankbaits and Bomber Fat Free Shads in Millwood Magic, Louisiana Shad or Tennessee Shad have been connecting with the suspended Bass over 14-18 foot depths in the oxbows.
Target ditches with vertical drops near 12-20 feet structure. Points of creek dumps into Little River have been holding small schools of juvenile largemouths from 2-3 pounds. The points extending into Little River, with large stumps and pads nearby, have been holding good schools of bass for several weeks.
* White bass: They continue roaming the oxbow lakes up Little River, and they are beginning to follow the same large schools of threadfin shad as the largemouths, occasionally surface-breaking on shad. For the past several weeks they’ve been willing to bite crankbaits, jigging spoons and Rat-L-Traps over the mid-channel depths, and near tributary points with stumps and grass. “Trolling McGuire Oxbow upriver with mid-depth Bomber Crankbaits in Tennessee Shad over the past week, we connected with a few schools of 1-to-3-pound white bass. Vertical-jigging War Eagle Underspins with a short 2-to-3-inch white, curly grub trailer connected with the whites once the schools were located by trolling, and watching the schools follow the shad on electronics,” Mike said.
* Crappie: No report.
* Catfish: “Several guys we spoke to this week in Mud Lake were doing well using yo-yos hung from cypress trees in Mud,” Mike said. “They told us they were having best results using cut bait like drum and buffalo, or minnows, and this worked for the last several days.”
* Bream: No report.


Lake Columbia

(updated 9-30-2020) Sportsman’s One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) had no report.

Lake Greeson Tailwater

Visit www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com for a daily update on fishing conditions.


Lake Greeson

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Narrows Dam was 545.05 feet msl (full pool: 548.00 feet msl).

No reports.


DeGray Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 403.79 feet msl (full pool: 408.00 feet msl).

(updated 9-23-2020) Capt. Darryl Morris of Family Fishing Trips Guide Service (501-844-5418) says cooler water temps are bringing the crappie into the brushpiles more and more each day, and this rain should help even more. Target brushpiles in 18-25 feet of water where you can drown a minnow, or wet a jig 14-18 feet deep. Fish ON.
(updated 9-30-2019) John Duncan of yoyoguideservice.com at Iron Mountain Marina said his fishing reports will return with the spring fishing season.
De Queen Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 437.47 feet msl (full pool: 437.00 feet msl).
Dierks Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 546.74 feet msl (full pool: 526.00 feet msl).

No reports.


White Oak Lake

(updated 9-30-2020) Curtis Willingham of River Rat Bait (870-231-3831) says the lake is 26 feet high and the clarity is muddy. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs.



(updated 9-30-2020) Sportsman’s One Stop (870-863-7248) in El Dorado had no reports.



Lake Atkins

(updated 9-30-2020) Donald Ramirez at Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) said the water on Lake Atkins was getting choppy lately with the wind. Water level is normal. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are good using minnows or jigs. Bass are being found on the banks, and anglers are bringing in good catches. Try a 10-inch or a 7-inch worm. No reports on catfish.


Lake Catherine

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro

Lake Catherine (Below Carpenter Dam)

For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro

(updated 9-30-2020) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that water temperature below the dam is 64 degrees with clearing conditions in the tailrace. Lake Ouachita is just under flood pool, which has enabled Entergy to greatly reduce flow from all area dams. Extremely fast flows and muddy conditions had been the norm for weeks as flash flooding earlier in the month caused high-water problems in the state. Entergy now is running a much safer flow below Carpenter Dam and lake conditions are returning to normal. Rainbow trout fishing will return in mid-November when the stocking program begins again for the winter. Trout are normally in Lake Catherine the week before the Thanksgiving holiday. The beginning of fall finds white bass and hybrid bass still living in the tailrace and feeding on shad. Boaters trolling shallow-running crankbaits that imitate minnows or crawfish have caught these fish in decent numbers this week. Size ranges from 1 to 2 pounds with some hybrid catches over 4 pounds. Topwater action has been observed in the early morning below the bridge. Walleye still remain in the tailrace and have been caught on minnows tightlined in deep water. A few catfish have been taken on stink baits around rock structure close to the dam. No striper activity has been reported so far, but these predator fish migrate in and out of the area frequently. Anyone navigating the Carpenter Dam tailrace should always wear a life jacket and must observe all park rules. Mask wearing and social distancing are still in effect.

Lake Dardanelle

(updated 9-23-2020) Jason Baumgartner, park aquarist at Lake Dardanelle State Park (479-890-7495), said the Hobie Kayak Bass Open Series fished on Sept. 12-13 here, and 112 anglers caught 587 bass weighing 1,111 pounds over the two days. Eighty-one percent of the field weighed a fish and the Big Bass was 5.51 pounds. The FLW Toyota Series competed last weekend, Sept. 17-19, and 121 boats and 242 anglers caught 1,004 fish weighing 2,054 pounds over the three days. The Big Bass weighed 5.44 pounds.

Anglers reported the bite was tough, which is typical for the fall transition. They used a wide range of lures, including plastics, spinners and Rat-L-Traps. Many anglers fished shallow and on hydrilla or water willow.

Over the past week, the area had several days of sunshine and cooler temperatures to welcome the fall season. The National Weather Service expects rain resulting from Tropical Storm Beta this week, tapering off Wednesday night. A cold front is expected to move through the area Saturday night with low chance of rain. Temperatures will begin below normal and may rise above normal through the weekend when highs will be near 80 and lows near 60. A colder front is expected to move in the middle of next week for a significant cool down.

The water remains somewhat turbid and visibility was little more than a foot or two. Surface temperature this week is 77 degrees.

As of Tuesday the Corps of Engineers reported river flow at Ozark Lock and Dam was near 18,000 cfs. Ozark has been flowing more water overnight and releasing less during the day. River flow there has been fluctuating between 25,000 and 8,000 cfs. The (Ozark tailwater had been consistently near 338 feet msl since last report. River flow at Dardanelle Lock and Dam was near 18,000 cfs and has fluctuated some between 30,000 and 9,000 cfs. Dardanelle tailwater level has fluctuated between 4-6 feet. The pool elevation near the State Park has remained just below 338 feet msl.


Lake Hamilton

(updated 9-30-2020) Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-born-and-bred Xpress all-welded aluminum fishing boats in Hot Springs, Greeson Marine, reports Lake Hamilton’s levels at normal pool with water clarity at 5 feet or more in most areas and temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, with exception to the headwaters. Bass have been doing very well lately (at least the last three weeks). To recap what patterns have happened: First we went into the annual shad binge followed by the srawfish smashing of last week. We are now totally into junk fishing. Worms, craw patterns and shad patterns are all on right now, but it seems like the fish are getting a bit full. That being said, the only consistent pattern that we have seen are jigs (typically in half-ounce black and blue or pumpkinseed/brown coloring). Trailers need to be a craw legs-style in either June bug or green pumpkin. The other thing that is consistent on especially spotted bass is drop-shot rigs with a soft plastic natural-looking (salt and pepper coloration) crawfish. Crappie have started to come alive a little now that the water temps are down into their prime range. Crappie are scattered right now and mostly in and up creek channels in 20 feet of water. You can’t miss them when the electronics hit them, as they will look like a Christmas tree of balled-up fish. Hit the crappie with minnows and experiment with jig colors. Odds are that nothing beats a live minnow right now! Bluegill are good right now on worms and crickets in 15 feet of water and near shade or deep current. Catfish are good as always on cheese and cut bait near the channel in 20 feet. The season is changing, folks, so please use caution and get in the habit of wearing those life jackets again. Soon enough the water will be deadly cold. “Good Luck and Go Greeson!”


Lake Nimrod

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.41 feet msl (normal pool: 345.0 feet msl).

(updated 9-23-2020) Andrews Bait Shop and More (479-272-4025) says water clarity is good and the water is high but falling. Bream are fair but appear to be slowing down. They’re still biting redworms and crickets. Crappie are good. Anglers are finding them suspended in 8-10 feet in open water. They’re fishing minnows and jigs; your best bet is a Charlie Brewer Slider in orange/chartreuse. Black bass are good. Try topwater baits, a white Gitzit or a black/gold War Eagle Buzzbait. Catfishing is good around Sunlight Bay using chicken liver and shrimp.


Lake Ouachita

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at Blakely Dam was 577.99 feet msl (full pool: 578.00 feet msl).

(updated 9-23-2019) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) reports that black bass are good. The topwater bite is picking up, and spotted bass are schooled up chasing baitfish. Try a small 3/8-ounce spoon in submerged schools and your favorite topwater in those same areas. Major creek mouths and up the rivers have had the best reports. Walleye are good. Spoons and bottom bouncers with small spinners tipped with a crawler are working best. Stripers are still fair to good. These fish are being caught on live bait on the east part of the lake. Bream are still good with crickets or worms in 15-25 feet of water. Crappie are slow. Try a small jig or minnow near brush in 15-25 feet of water. Catfish are good and being caught with trotlines and jugs. Cut bait and live bait are working best. Water temperature has been ranging 76-80 degrees and the clarity is clearing. Lake level, now at 578.87 feet msl. Call the Mountain Harbor fishing guides (Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717, or Chris Darby, 870-867-7822) for more information.


Blue Mountain Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 399.68 feet msl (full pool: 387.00 feet msl).

No reports.



White River/Clarendon Area

The Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday reported the Clarendon gauge at 22.38 feet, below the flood stage of 26.00 feet.

(updated 9-30-2020) The AGFC’s Wil Hafner at Cook’s Lake Conservation Education Center (870-241-3373) said the action at Cook’s Lake is slow but the weather the next few days would make a nice fishing trip regardless. Black bass are shallow and can be caught on spinnerbaits, jigs, tubes, and shaky heads. Black and red flake or green pumpkin are always great colors to try in plastics. A chartreuse and white spinner bait with a gold and orange blade should also do the trick. Crappie are starting to be caught on brush tops and around trees on minnows and jigs. Their bite should pick up with the fall weather we are experiencing.

Cook’s Lake is a 2.5-mile long oxbow off of the White River, nestled in the heart of the Dale Bumpers White River National Wildlife Refuge near Casscoe in Arkansas County. This fertile oxbow receives very little fishing pressure due to being used only for education purposes and youth and mobility-impaired fishing. The scenic lake is full of slab crappie, giant bluegills, largemouth bass and catfish of all species. Due to current guidelines, Cook’s Lake will be open to fishing during normal business hours Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., water level pending. Cook’s Lake is open to fishing for youths under 16 or mobility impaired, and up to two helpers (who may also fish). Fish from the 140-foot mobility-impaired accessible dock or launch a boat, but we ask for trolling motors only. To comply with current guidelines, please call ahead at least a day in advance to register to fish. Before launching, please check in at the Conservation Education Center, and report back before leaving. For information or unscheduled closures, call the center at 870-241-3373.


Bear Creek Lake

(updated 9-30-2020) Tyler Ball, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.

Storm Creek Lake

(updated 9-30-2020) Tyler Ball, assistant superintendent at Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040), had no reports.

Horseshoe Lake

No reports.


9-30-20 9:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


Mena Police Report for September 20th - 26th


Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of September 20, 2020 through September 26, 2020 



September 20, 2020


A report of criminal trespass was taken from Walmart.


September 21, 2020


A report of harassment and violation of a no contact order was taken from a person at Walmart.


A report of theft of property and criminal trespass was taken from Walmart.


September 22, 2020


Robert Treat, 40, was charged with Public Intoxication, Driving with a Suspended License and served with a warrant after a traffic stop on Southerland Avenue.


A theft report was taken from the Salvation Army.


James Didenedetto, 33, was charged with Theft of Property and Criminal Trespass after a complaint from Walmart.


A death investigation report was taken at a residence on Port Arthur Avenue.


Daniel Chaney, 25, was served with a warrant after a traffic stop on Reine Street.


A report of illegal dumping was taken at Movie Town.


September 23, 2020


A report of financial identity fraud was taken from a walk-in complainant.


Eric Cross, 38, was charged with Theft of Property (Shoplifting) after a complaint from Atwood’s.


A report of theft was taken from a person on Morrow Street.


September 24, 2020


Timbo Miller, 52, was charged with Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Firearm by Certain Person, and Lena Cooper, 52, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Highway 8 West.


September 25, 2020


Two juveniles were charged with Curfew Violation after a complaint on Church Street.


September 26, 2020


A report of theft of property (shoplifting) was taken from Walmart.


All subjects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


9-28-20 11:54 a.m. KAWX.ORG


Polk County Sheriff's Report for September 21st - 27th



The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 21, 2020 – September 27, 2020. 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.


September 21, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 41 near Shady Grove of identity fraud.

Report from complainant of a stolen phone. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 54 near Dallas Valley of identity fraud.

Report of a disturbance led to the arrest of Eric Cannon on a Charge of Public Intoxication and a Charge of Impairing Operations of a Vital Public Facility.

Arrested by an Officer with the Grannis Police Department was Clayton J. Kesterson, 27, of Cove on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.


September 22, 2020

Report of a disturbance led to a juvenile being issued a Juvenile Citation for Disorderly Conduct. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.

Arrested was Antonio Martini, 58, of Mena on a Charge of Cruelty to Animals.


September 23, 2020

Report of an altercation between two juvenile females led to a Juvenile Citation being issued to a juvenile for Battery 3rd Degree. The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.

Arrested by a Trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Bradley C. Brumfield, 30, of Mena on a Charge of Driving While Intoxicated.


September 24, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 164 near Rocky of ongoing domestic battery. Complainant refused to press charges.

Report from complainant on Polk 31 near Cove of a theft of a four-wheeler and various tools. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Butler Circle near Hatfield of suspicious activity at the residence. Deputy responded.

Report from Memphis Air Traffic Control of a drone flying outside of regulated airspace. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 164 near Rocky of an assault. Deputies responded. Information forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report of a disturbance on Heritage Lane near Hatfield. Deputies responded.

Arrested was Timothy A. Starr, 47, of Mena on a Warrant for Assault in the 3rd Degree.


September 25, 2020

Report of a break-in on Polk 38 near Hatfield. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 76W near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 54 near Dallas Valley of stolen tools in the amount of $700.00. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Huber Lane near Shady Grove of identity fraud.

Report of hot checks taken at a local convenience store. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 25 near Cove of the theft of a firearm and $700.00 cash. Deputy responded.

Report of a stolen chainsaw located at a local pawn shop. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


September 26, 2020

Report of a structure fire on Polk 126 near Rocky. Deputy responded.

Request for a welfare check near Rocky. Deputy responded.


September 27, 2020

Report on South Golden Lane near Potter of a burglary. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Hwy 88E near Cherry Hill of a prowler. Deputy responded.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 87 near Ink led to the arrest of Shawna M. Morris, 24, of Mena on charges of Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Further information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges.


Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked no vehicle accidents this week.


Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 19 Incarcerated Inmates, with 9 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.




9-28-20 10:26 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Mayor Smith Proclaims October 4th - 10th Fire Prevention Week In Mena

Mena Mayor Seth Smith has proclaimed the week of October 4th - 11th as Fire Prevention Week in Mena. 

Shown at the signing (left to right) is Assistant Fire Chief Charles Hankins, Mayor Smith, and Fire Chief Steve Egger.




City of Mena, Arkansas


WHEREAS, the City of Mena Arkansas is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all those living in and visiting Mena; and

WHEREAS, fire is a serious public safety concern both locally and nationally, and homes are the locations where people are at greatest risk from fire; and

WHEREAS, home fires killed more than 2,630 people in the United States in 2017, according to the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®), and fire departments in the United States responded to 357,000 home fires; and

WHEREAS, cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States where fire departments responded to more than 173,200 annually between 2013 and 2017; and

WHEREAS, two of every five home fires start in the kitchen with 31% of these fires resulting from unattended cooking; and

WHEREAS, more than half of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves; and

WHEREAS, children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking than being burned in a cooking fire

WHEREAS, Mena's residents should stay in the kitchen when frying food on the stovetop, keep a three-foot kid-free zone around cooking areas and keep anything that can catch fire away from stove tops; and

WHEREAS, residents who have planned and practiced a home fire escape plan are more prepared and will therefore be more likely to survive a fire; and

WHEREAS, working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half; and

WHEREAS, Mena's first responders are dedicated to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home fire injuries through prevention and protection education; and

WHEREAS, Mena's residents are responsive to public education measures and are able to take personal steps to increase their safety from fire, especially in their homes; and

WHEREAS, the 2020 Fire Prevention Week theme ™, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!!” effectively serves to remind us to stay alert and use caution when cooking to reduce the risk of kitchen fires.

THEREFORE, I Mayor Seth Smith of Mena do hereby proclaim October 4-10, 2020, as

Fire Prevention Week in the City of Mena, and I urge all the people of Mena by checking their kitchens for fire hazards and using safe cooking practices during Fire Prevention Week 2020, and to support the many public safety activities and efforts of Mena's fire and emergency services.


Mayor Seth Smith 

September 28, 2020


9-28-20 9:54 a.m. KAWX.ORG 



Woman Rescued After Driving Off The Acorn Vista On The Talimena Scenic Drive

Mena Fire Department Rescue was paged out late Sunday night after a report of a car going off the side of the mountain on Highway 88 at the Acorn Vista just north of Mena. 

The driver, an unidentified woman believed to be in her late 30s, self extricated after her car stopped about 200 feet below the vista parking area.
Mena Fire Chief Steve Egger said that it took about one hour to get her to safety and that rescuers were working in rain and fog conditions on the very steep terrain.
The driver was transported to the hospital by ambulance. No further information is available at this time.
In addition to 13 Mena Fire Department personnel, also responding were deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Mena Police Department, Arkansas State Police, and Southwest EMS.
9-28-20 8:55 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Arkansans on the Frontlines of Wildfires

LITTLE ROCK – Wildfires out west have been in the headlines for weeks, and today I’d like to share some news about state and federal responders from Arkansas who are out there fighting them.

These firefighters are among Arkansans (and Oklahomans) who have deployed to at least ten states this year to fight fires. This cooperation among states is essential to recovery from disasters of all sorts – Arkansas power companies sent scores of linemen to Louisiana to assist in the restoration of electricity after Hurricane Laura.

Josh Graham, an employee of the U.S. Forest Service from Hot Springs, and Les Miller, an employee of the Arkansas Division of Forestry, are two of the leaders from Arkansas who have been in Oregon for nearly two weeks fighting the 10,000-acre Thielsen Fire, which started on September 8th.

Les is the boss of the Razorback Crew, a 20-person fire-attack crew that actually includes three Oklahomans. Two of the firefighters are women.

Josh, a smokejumper who has made 160 jumps from planes and helicopters into fire sites, is in charge of two divisions of firefighters, including the Razorbacks.

The crews generally work for 14 days but their assignment can go for 21. The Razorbacks are sleeping in tents and sleeping bags at a ranger district near the fire. Their days begin with a 7 a.m. socially distanced briefing, which incorporates public-address speakers and televisions.

They cut and remove trees and other sources of fuel for the fire. They guide the helicopter pilots who drop water and fire-retardant. At least four members of the Razorback crew spend their days digging fire breaks.

They come off the fire about 6:30 p.m. out of a concern for safety at the site as well as the real possibility of colliding with one of the multitude of elk, deer, and other wildlife that roam the roads at night.

The work doesn’t end at dark. After supper at the camp, they refuel the trucks and clean up the dozers; they sharpen and fuel up the chain saws; they clean the shovels, axes, and Pulaskis – that’s the firefighter’s best friend, a tool with an axe blade on one side of the handle and a sharp grubbing hoe on the other.

A frequent topic among firefighters is the value of prescribed burns, a fire that is set intentionally to consume underbrush and dead wood, which reduces the risk of a wildfire. Even as Josh is fighting the Thielsen Fire, he is thinking ahead to February in Arkansas when the Forest Service plans to work with the Arkansas Division of Forestry on multiple prescribed burns that could total 250,000 acres. These controlled fires are set when conditions are right to reduce the impact of wildfires and make the state and federal forests healthier. 

It was reassuring to hear that even as our firefighters battle a 10,000-acre fire in the Oregon wilderness, they also are taking precautions against COVID-19. I hope they’ll find some time for another preventative action – a flu shot. I’ve had mine, and I’m encouraging everyone who will listen to me to get one. Anytime we can reduce risk in life – whether it’s with a prescribed burn or a vaccination – we ought to do it.
9-26-20 8:00 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Voter Registration, Early Voting Information For Polk County


Early voting for the November 3rd General Election will start October 19th. To be eligible to vote in this election, you will need to have the registration process completed by October 5th.


Below is information on early voting, requirements, and Vote Center locations in Polk County for early voting and election day.










If you are not registered to vote and wish to do so you must get that completed and turned in by close of business on October 5th to be eligible for this election.


To register to vote, or for more information, contact the Polk Clerk's Office.


Polk County Clerk Terri Harrison

507 Church Avenue, Box 9 Mena, AR 71953

Phone: 479-394-8123 Fax: 479-394-8115

Email: polkclerk@arkansasclerks.com


If you live in another Arkansas County, click here for a list of County Clerks and their contact information. 





DEQUEEN STREET ARMORY                        
601 DEQUEEN STREET                            
MENA, AR  71953      


VOTE CENTER #2 (ELECTION DAY ONLY)                    
811 PORT ARTHUR    (8TH STREET SIDE)                
MENA, AR  71953      


VOTE CENTER #3 (ELECTION DAY ONY)                
AMERICAN LEGION BUILDING                    
3253 HWY 71 N.                                    
MENA, AR  71953                            

VOTE CENTER #4 (ELECTION DAY ONLY)                
CONCORD BAPTIST CHURCH                        
3467 HWY 88 E.                            
MENA, AR  71953      


VOTE CENTER #5 (ELECTION DAY ONLY)                                
SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH                            
115 POLK ROAD 56                                
MENA, AR  71953        




5568 HWY 71 S.
COVE, AR  71937


WICKES, AR  71973


GRANNIS, AR  71944




9-25-20 4:51 p.m. KAWX.ORG 



State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column


Unfortunately each Election Day, many would-be first-time voters in Arkansas do not have their votes counted because they are not actually registered to vote.


The deadline to register to vote in the November election is October 5. The postmark on a mail-in application will be considered the submission date.


Many believed they had registered months before, but failed to follow up when they did not receive a voter ID card from their county clerk. The process of voter registration is convenient, but it also places responsibility on the registrant to ensure the process is completed.


Submitting your voter application at a state agency, in a voter registration drive or through the U.S. Postal Service does NOT guarantee your registration.


You should follow up on the status of your registration just as you would on any other personal business matter. Before considering yourself a registered voter, you must receive an acknowledgment of your registration from the county clerk.


To register, you must fill out a paper Voter Registration Application. You can find one at the following locations:


  • Your local county clerk.
  • The Arkansas Secretary of State Elections Division www.sos.arkansas.gov.
  • Local revenue or DMV office.
  • Public library.
  • Disability agency.
  • Military recruitment office.


If you are registering to vote by mail, you must provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration Application, or check the box in #9 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number.


If you have moved from one county to another within Arkansas, you must update this information with the county clerk no later than 4 days prior to Election Day via a Voter Registration Application.


Feel free to call your county clerk and inquire about the status of your application. You may also check your voter registration status online by visiting www.voterview.org.


Amidst the global pandemic, election officials are hard at work to provide safe and secure voting opportunities for Arkansans.


Voting in person on Election Day, early voting, or absentee voting are options available to voters. Early voting begins October 19.


9-25-20 4:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column


Ensuring Rural Arkansas Receives the Support it Needs


When the House of Representatives unveiled its short-term funding bill, key priorities were inexplicably left out.


I should stress from the outset that governing by short-term extensions is far from a preferable option. Congress should pass individual funding bills each year to avoid the chronic budget uncertainty that makes it difficult to plan ahead. This is the best way to reduce government spending, balance our budget and prioritize the needs of federal agencies.


However, in the event of the last resort, a continuing resolution (CR) should never shortchange vital programs like the initial draft of this one did.


The House’s first offering would have delivered a devastating blow to America’s farm community by leaving out a reimbursement to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The CCC is the funding mechanism for the bulk of our nation’s agricultural and conservation programs. In order for these programs to work as intended, the CCC must be reimbursed by Congress on an annual basis. 


For decades, the CCC has been routinely reimbursed without fanfare. Unfortunately, this year, it took an extra lift. When the word spread that CCC reimbursement had not been included in the House bill, over 40 agricultural organizations—representing farmers and ranchers across the country—urged Congress to fix this oversight. Their message was clear: we simply can’t go forward without CCC reimbursement in the bill. My Senate colleagues and I listened to their message, and pressured the House to forge a bipartisan compromise on the CR that included funding for the CCC.


A full CCC reimbursement means that farm and conservation program payments will go out as planned, offering farmers and ranchers a little bit more certainty and predictability to continue growing the food and fiber for this nation. This is welcome news as farmers and ranchers have faced more than enough challenges already this year. Along with unprecedented conditions created by the pandemic, agricultural producers have also been forced to cope with extreme weather events, low commodity prices and market volatility. Through all this adversity, they continue to produce the highest quality, lowest cost and safest food in the world. I am pleased that we came to an agreement as the last thing they needed was for Washington to make conditions even more difficult for rural America.


The compromise CR also fixed another unforced error—the failure to extend the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program.


Created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Pandemic EBT Program provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals who have been unable to benefit from these programs while closures are in place. With many school districts still implementing partial or full remote learning, parents continue struggling to ensure their children get healthy meals like those they would normally receive on campus. The compromise CR extends the program through the next fiscal year, which will help children who rely on the program to still benefit while closures remain in place.


It is our duty to ensure that support for the programs we voted for are not unnecessarily delayed due to partisan politics in Washington. The programs funded by the CCC were authorized by the Farm Bill in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner, and the Pandemic EBT Program was created by a bill that that received near universal support in the Senate. I am pleased that we were able to put our partisan differences aside to fund these priorities.


9-25-20 4:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG 



UA Rich Mountain Grows Amid Other Declining Enrollments

While headlines across the state and nation report declining college enrollments, the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain is not declining but growing in all the right ways.


Overall enrollment at the local college is up 4% compared to last fall, with the exception of the 60+ program which had to be temporarily suspended due to the on-going pandemic and concerns for student safety. The SSCH (student semester credit hours) is up 6%, which is an increasingly important performance criterion in higher education as it relates to state funding since the Arkansas Department of Higher Education implemented a new funding formula four years ago.


Chancellor Phillip Wilson explained that much of the SSCH spike can be attributed to the 134 full-time student athletes.


Building the athletics program and adding residential housing go ‘hand-in-hand,’ Wilson explained. “It’s significantly extended our recruiting area as well as the fact that these student-athletes are full-time students who plan to transfer after completing their degree at Rich Mountain, which is also an important criterion in the state’s funding formula for colleges. We have also found that many of these students are our top performing academic students as well.”


UA Rich Mountain is just one of two colleges in the University of Arkansas System to see growth this semester. Wilson admitted that adding athletics, housing, and food service has been one of the greatest challenges of his career that could not have happened without the support of a great faculty and staff. “Seeing the numbers this fall semester only proves our concern that not taking such bold strategic initiatives left us vulnerable and could have resulted in us announcing dismal news such as budget freezes and lay-offs.”


Of course, all of these decisions were made before the challenges of the COVID pandemic were added, “We certainly didn’t anticipate opening these facilities during a pandemic but the particular design we chose for cost savings has turned out to be the best possible design for residential living in these conditions,” said Wilson.


Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Chad Fielding said the college did experience a decline in part-time students and non-traditional students which he speculated could be related to employment or child care issues that prevented them from returning to classes. He explained that the demographics of the student body have changed significantly since the campus has transformed to providing residential living and an expanding athletics program.


Wilson said it is a ‘win-win.’ “We’re in a new position to serve both of these demographics well now. In addition, we’re bringing new people and new families into our community as well. We’re adding new programs and new instructors to accommodate the growth in full-time student enrollment.”


Another strategic decision that has proven key to success in serving students during the challenges of the pandemic was led by Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs Krystal Thrailkill, who recognized students who register for an in-person class, prefer just that, an in-person experience and not an on-line experience.


Thrailkill first extended the class periods which would allow the students to meet the classroom instruction requirements by the Thanksgiving holiday.


Students will then transition to remote instruction/online for the remainder of the semester with all finals being on-line. This allows students to return home and not have to return to campus until the spring semester resumes mid-January.


Second, Thrailkill built flex schedules for the larger classes, most commonly, general education classes. For example, one class of English Composition I would use two classrooms providing ample space for students to be physically distanced. The instructor will rotate days that she is physically present in one classroom with a video feed of their instruction running in the adjacent classroom. The Ouachita Center event venue has also been transformed into all instructional space that also allows for larger classroom space.


“Being in a smaller community and being a smaller campus has truly been to our benefit in navigating the many challenges presented by this pandemic,” explained Wilson.


9-25-20 3:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

September 25, 2020


LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas cities and counties that have been hit hard by the economic impact of the coronavirus can apply for help, after legislators approved the use of $150 million for relief grants.


Cities and counties can apply online for expense reimbursements, with a total limit for the 499 municipalities in Arkansas set at $75 million. The total limit for the state’s 75 counties will be the same amount.


Cities and counties must provide documentation, to prove that the expenses are allowed to be reimbursed with federal CARES Act funds.


CARES is an acronym that stands for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. It was approved by Congress and signed by the president in March to offset the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Arkansas is to receive about $1.25 billion in total from the act.


Legislators and state officials intend for the grant process to move quickly. The first deadline for applying is October 30, with another deadline on November 16 for applications that may be incomplete.


The Legislative Council approved the use of $150 million in CARES Act funds for relief for cities and counties. The Council is the legislative body that monitors state government operations in the interim between sessions.


During discussion, legislators confirmed from the officials who will administer the grants that cities can be reimbursed for the cost of helping residents with utility bills. The state Department of Finance and Administration will disburse the grants to cities and counties.


Many utilities have not cut off service for non-payment of bills, because of policies enacted to help people who lost their jobs or businesses due to the coronavirus.


An official of DFA said that grants would reimburse local governments for rental assistance, mortgage assistance and food banks.


A related effort is in the works to help the Arkansas tourism industry. The state Parks, Heritage and Tourism Department is writing a list of allowable reimbursements that will provide financial help for the hospitality and service industries.


Senators on the Legislative Council said tourism has been especially hard hit by the pandemic. They are working to see that some CARES Act relief is disbursed to local convention and visitors bureaus, because those local agencies promote business in local hotels, restaurants, gift shops and tourist destinations.


Higher Education Enrollment Declines


An indicator of how the coronavirus is affecting Arkansas is that only three public institutions of higher education reported an increase in enrollment in undergraduates for the fall semester. They are the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (10.5 percent), the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (29 percent) and Southern Arkansas University Tech at Camden (2.1 percent).


The enrollment figures don’t account for students in nearby high schools taking concurrent classes.


Another factor in the enrollment decline is that colleges and universities have changed their focus to retaining and graduating students, rather than boosting enrollment numbers. Over the past five years, the number of students in higher education in Arkansas has dropped 13.2 percent, from 115,468 to 100,241.


9-25-20 9:37 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Mena Intermountain Runway Rehabilitation Underway

Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport Manager Fred Ogden provided the following report on the rehabilitation work underway on runway 17/35 to Mayor Seth Smith and others. 
Pavement rehabilitation work began today in earnest. The "Full Depth Reclamation process" (FDR) will be utilized on this project.
The first step of the FDR process is to grind the old asphalt and base, mix in some cement and water with the ground-up material and lay it back onto the ground. That's what the equipment in the picture is doing. Then, this mixture will be spread and compacted so that the surface is about the same elevation as the old base. Later, after the entire runway has undergone the FDR and some prep work on the surface of the new base is done, new asphalt will be laid.
The FDR process is scheduled to take a little over a week. Then, some other processes to get the surface ready for the asphalt are performed. Finally, asphalt will be laid, new markings installed and some work on the runway shoulders will be done. The entire project is scheduled to take 60 days, or until late November.
During this time, Runway 17/35 will be closed. To maintain access to the west side of the airport, the midfield connector will remain open and will be the last part to be paved. By then, other taxiway connectors will be open.
Except for the midfield connector, the entire runway will undergo the FDR process. (The connector will be repaved using another process.) The south end of the runway will be the first section to be paved after the FDR is complete. Once that's done, the ILS will be turned back on. (It will be turned-off tomorrow, September 25th.) Right now, the best estimate is that the ILS may be operational again sometime around late October to early November.
On another note, the new Taxiway B is open. Punch list items are being addressed and some drainage work around midfield in front of Crider's paint shop is being performed. (This will entail closing a portion of Taxiway D tomorrow through Wednesday. More on that soon,) The relocation of the Runway 09 PAPI is probably not going to be completed until after the first of the year due to FAA travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
9-25-20 7:26 a.m. KAWX.ORG


Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report


This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Sept. 23, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov 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 listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second. All Corps of Engineers lake and river readings were taken at 11 a.m. the day of publication.


* By an Arkansas Fishing License by clicking here. Your purchase of a Fishing License helps support the AGFC’s work in maintaining the fishing resources throughout the state.


Quick links to regions:


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: https://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: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ar/nwis/current/?type=quality.


9-23-20 5:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Sales Tax and Road Improvement Sales Tax Collections Up For Latest Reporting Period

Polk County Sales Tax General and Road Improvement Sales Tax collections were up for August, as reported in September 2020.

This is the fourth consecutive month of increases over the same months in 2019 suggesting good local retail sales. The only decreases in this "pandemic" year were in April and May, and they were no significant decreases.
Each of the local taxes generated $152,623, which is $18,778 more for than for the same month in 2019.
To date in 2020, the taxes have generated $1,265,008 each or a total of $2,530,016.
The Road Improvement Sales Tax money can only be used for county roads and bridges.
9-23-20 2:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


September Polk County Quorum Court Meeting Recap

The Polk County Quorum Court met Tuesday evening for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was moved back to the Quorum Court Meeting Room in the County Office Complex after having been held in the Courtroom of the Courthouse for several months to allow for social distancing.

Ten of the eleven Justices of the Peace were present and one participated by speaker phone. Several other elected officials, county employees and visitors were also in attendance. 
The meeting was mostly routine business. JPs did pass several resolutions to pave the way for possible CARES Act grants that would benefit the county, if approved.
There was also an ordinance passed to Appropriate To County Accounts, and notice to the JPs of some items deleted from the county inventory.
Polk county Judge Brandon Ellison told the JPs that the building across the street from the courthouse that the county rents for the Prosecuting Attorney would have to be sold by the owner to prevent a conflict. The building is owned by Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, who is the Circuit Judge Elect. While there is no conflict at this time with Riner owning the building, when he becomes Judge at the beginning of 2021 there will be due to different policies. The county pays $7,200.00 per year for rent, and since the county is responsible for providing office space for the Prosecuting Attorney and staff, the judge and JPs seemed in agreement that it would be best if the county purchased the building. Judge Ellison will get an appraisal on the building and the matter will be revisited a the October Quorum Court meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
9-23-20 1:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


UPDATED Mena Police Discover Deceased Man, Body Sent To State Crime Lab

UPDATE: The Mena Police Department has been notified by the State Crime Lab that the casue of death has been ruled as natural.




The Mena Police Department relesased the following statement Wednesday concerning a death investigation of an unidentified Mena man.


"On September 22, 2020 at about 3:47 p.m., Mena Police and Southwest EMS were dispatched to a residence on Port Arthur. Dispatch received a call of an unresponsive male subject that was possibly deceased. After Officers and EMS arrived, the Coroner was called to the scene and pronounced dead. The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death."


No further details are available at this time.


9-23-20 10:20 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Mena School Board September Meeting Recap


The Mena School Board met for their September meeting on Tuesday evening in the Mena High School Library.


The board unanimously approved the 2020—2021 operating budget. Including federal programs, VI-B and special education.


They also unanimously approved the 2020-2021 Standards of Accreditation, the Polk County Virtual Academy Charter School Statement of Assurance as well as Resolution Act 1120.


Superintendent Benny Weston then made the board aware of a bond sale which will take place in the near future. These bonds will receive an improved rate which will save the district money over the life of the bond.


Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lee Smith then recommended to the board that they accept a bid from Velocity Fusion for a new phone system for the district and new intercom system on three campuses. The cost to the district will be just over $119,000. The board voted to accept that bid.


Graduation 2021 was next on the agenda and after a brief discussion a date of Saturday, May 22nd was approved.   


Each school board member is required to take 6 hours of training this year and they were made aware of 9 hours of training being made available in the month of October that they can take advantage of.


The board quickly approved the financial reports.


Under personnel. The resignation of Jessica Smith, from her position as Family and Consumer Science teacher, was accepted & will become effective September 30th. They then approved the transfer of Lauren Frost to that position from her current position as a secretary at MHS effective October 1st.


Finally the board approved the drafting of a letter, to the faculty and staff at Mena Public Schools, expressing their deepest gratitude for the good job they have done under difficult circumstances this school year.


9-23-20 9:11 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Quorum Court Meets Tuesday, September 22

The Polk County Quorum Court will meet at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, for their regular monthly meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Polk County Office Complex in the Quorum Court Meeting Room.
Meetings have been held in the Courtroom of the County Courthouse in recent months to allow for social distancing.
Quorum Court meetings are open to the public.
9-22-20 9:31 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Mrs. Barbara Sue Clough Belknap Obituary

Mrs. Barbara Sue (Clough) Belknap, age 79, of Cove, Arkansas passed from this life on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Waldron, Arkansas. She was born October 20, 1940 in Prairie View, Arkansas to the late Emmett Clough and Bessie Mae (Caldwell) Clough.

Barbara was a homemaker. She was united in marriage to Burtis Belknap for 53 years. She liked to cook and was a caring mother and doting grandmother. She loved her family more than anything. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sons, Terry Belknap and wife Jan of Smithville, OK, David Belknap and wife Regina of Smithville, Mark Belknap and wife Charlotte of Waldron, AR, and Stephen Belknap and wife Jennifer of Cove, AR; daughters, Lavonna Davis and husband Jim of Victoria, TX, Lou Belknap Hughes of Norman, AR, Deanna Miller and husband Lonnie of Cove, AR, and Robyn Conatser and husband Robert of Cove, AR; grandchildren, Michelle Lorenzo, Brooke Sanchez, Joseph Miller, Chad Belknap, Nathan Hughes, Mathew Hughes, Chris Hughes, Haley Guinn, Devin Belknap, Marshal Hunt, Chance Hunt, Anthony Hutson, BreAnna Hutson, Savanna Hutson, Corbin Conatser, Tyler Hoffman, and Austin Routh; great-grandchildren, Evan Lorenzo, Brook Belknap, Hayley Myers, Jaxson Hughes, Jaden Hughes, Dixie Hughes, Peyton Sanchez, Malakai Sanchez, Tristan Sanchez, Jace Cooke, Violet Hoffman, and A.J. Hutson; great-great-grandchildren, Quinten Belknap, Reagan Lee, and Chloe Belknap; brother, E.C. Ford of Jonesboro, AR; and sister Mary James and husband Charlie of Poteau, OK.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Emmet and Bessie Clough; husband, Burtis Belknap; brother, J.B. Clough; sisters, Pearl Bartlet, and Lorene Walker; and grandchild, Dustin Belknap.

A funeral service for Barbara will be held 2 pm Friday, September 25, 2020 at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Lou Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Joseph Miller, Devin Belknap, Anthony Hutson, Terry Belknap, Jason Youngblood, and Bo Hayes. Honorary pallbearers are Matthew Hughes, Chad Belknap, and Austin Routh.

Family and friend’s visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, September 24.

Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas.


9-21-20 12:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


Polk County Sheriff's Report for September 14th - 20th



The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 14, 2020 – September 20, 2020. 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.


September 14, 2020

Report from complainant on Brier Creek Lane near Ink of an account being opened without authorization.

Report from complainant on Polk 19 near Cove of receiving threats.

Report from complainant on Polk 418 near Potter of being harassed. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report of a disturbance at the Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest of Devin M. Turner, 27, of Mena on a Charge of Public Intoxication.

Report from complainant on Polk 41N near Shady Grove of a domestic altercation. Deputies responded.


September 15, 2020

Report of a verbal domestic on Polk 90 near Acorn. Deputies responded.


September 16, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 32 near Cove of identity fraud.

Report of a construction ladder in the highway on Hwy 71N. Deputy responded.

Report of a vehicle being hit in an employee parking spot on Polk 71 near Ink. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Valley Ranch Lane near Potter of the theft of a game camera and tools valued in the amount of $190.00. Investigation continues.

Report of a disturbance on 375E near Dallas Valley. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


September 17, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 57 near Board Camp of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Hwy 246E near Vandervoort of identity fraud.

Arrested was Nathan K. Keen, 26, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.


September 18, 2020

No reports filed.


September 19, 2020

Report of a disturbance at a park near Hatfield led to the arrest of Jearl E. Wilkinson, 36, of Cove on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct.

Report of problems involving rental property. Deputy responded.

Report of a single vehicle accident on Polk 293 near Potter led to the arrest of Jamie White, 53, of Mena on a Charge of Driving While Intoxicated.

Report from complainant on Strawberry Lane near Potter of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Hwy 8E near Board Camp of finding suspicious items at a residence. Deputy responded.

Report of a fire on Polk 54 near Dallas Valley. Deputy responded.

Report of a suspicious person on Polk 184 near Acorn. Deputy responded.


September 20, 2020

Report of a suspicious person on Polk 74 near Ink led to the arrest of Shawna M. Morris, 24, of Mena on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct and a Charge of Criminal Trespass.

Report of a missing juvenile. The juvenile was located and returned to the custody of a parent/guardian.

Request for a welfare check near Cove. Deputy responded.


Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked seven vehicle accidents this week.


Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 17 Incarcerated Inmates, with 9 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.




9-21-20 11:58 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


Mena Police Report for September 13th - 19th


Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of September 13, 2020 through September 19, 2020 



September 13, 2020


Christopher Hoover, 38, was served with two warrants after a traffic stop on Highway 71.

A theft of property (shoplifting report) was taken from Walmart.


September 14, 2020


A report of financial identity fraud was taken from a walk-in complainant.


A report of financial identity fraud was taken from a walk-in complainant.


Joy Reed, 32, and Jason Rosson, 38, were charged with Disorderly Conduct after a call to Diamond Bank.


Randy McGinty, 59, was charged with Theft of Property after a complaint from a person at Sun Country Inn.


A report of harassment was taken by a walk-in complainant.


September 15, 2020


A report of abuse of an adult was taken from Adult Protective Services.


September 16, 2020


A report of child neglect was taken from a person on Janssen Avenue.


A report of a battery was taken on Center Street.


September 17, 2020


A report of criminal mischief was taken on Cherry Street.


September 18, 2020


A report of criminal trespass was taken from Walmart.


A report of a fraud was taken by a walk-in complainant.


Mykos Pierce, 20, was charged with Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and served with a warrant after a complaint on Hickory Street.


September 19, 2020


A report of an assault and a battery was taken on Wertz Street.


A report of a battery was taken Sampson Street.


A Theft report was taken from a walk-in complainant.


A report of breaking or entering was taken


Mykos Pierce, 20, was charged with Sexual Indecency with a Child after an investigation


All subjects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


9-21-20 11:20 a.m. KAWX.ORG 


OLT's Lyric Players Return To Radio-Land

OLT Features “Return to Radio-Land”


Ouachita Little Theatre has a recently revived a sub-group that goes by the name Lyric Players. This group is committed to doing readers theater style performances, much like some you may have seen performed by professional actors online during the pandemic. Actors explore facial and voice expressions with limited movement so that social distancing can be observed during rehearsals and performances. It is surprisingly engaging as well as entertaining, as attested by those who saw “Twelve Angry Jurors” last month.


Historically, radio shows popular before the invention of television were perfect examples of this type of entertainment. That’s why Scotty Jenkins, head of the Lyric Players, has chosen these performances to produce live on stage at OLT.


First on the schedule is the “Radio-Land” show which will be performed October 22, 23, and 24. The lineup contains five short vignettes which will merge into one full length show for patrons. These include a Lum and Abner show, “Lum Fakes a Broken Leg”, “The Romance of Helen Trent”, “Buck Rogers”, Abbott and Costello’s famous baseball comedy sketch, “Who’s on First”, and a special Halloween show from Baby Snooks and Daddy.


Auditions will be held at OLT on October 3rd from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. There are parts for all ages. CDC guidelines remain in place, so please wear your mask.


Other events coming up for OLT is the October “movie night” showing of the original “Ghostbusters” on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 PM. In November, there will be an original play performed on the life of Rebecca Boone, a Christmas show, and another Reader’s Theatre style show entitled “Love Letters” in February.


All events occur with CDC guidelines in place, so small audiences, masks, and social distancing will be required for those attending.


9-20-20 12:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Arkansas's Growing and Successful Tech Environment

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Arkansas’s Growing and Successful Tech Environment
LITTLE ROCK – Today I’d like to share two pieces of news that illustrate how Arkansas has fostered an environment that encourages high-tech entrepreneurs and the educators who mentor and inspire them.

On Wednesday, I helped cut the ribbon for the Tech Depot in Newport. Tech Depot is an information technology education center with classrooms and training labs for apprentices who are employed by Arkansas companies. Tech Depot will offer courses in general IT skills, data analysis, cyber security, and software development.

The Arkansas Center for Data Sciences, one of the partners in this innovative program, will match companies to apprentices. Arkansas State University-Newport will provide the educational content for the IT Generalist class, which will start at the end of the month. The school has a long track record for creating training programs that fit the needs of industry. The Newport Economic Development Commission, the third Tech Depot partner, will coordinate the different elements of the program and help integrate them into the local economy.

We were cutting the ribbon at the Tech Depot in Newport a day after the leaders at the Venture Center in Little Rock learned they had captured the top prize at the Finovate conference. Finovate – which is a combination of “finance” and “innovate” – is the world’s top fintech conference. Five other winners of awards have worked with the Venture Center in Little Rock.

This award is appropriate because Little Rock is the birthplace of fintech. Fintech, by the way, is a combination of the words finance and technology.

I liked what Venture Center Executive Director Wayne Miller had to say about the award. Little Rock has always been known as the birthplace of fintech. Now, Wayne said, Little Rock is the epi-center of fintech innovation.

These two bits of news coming in the same week illustrate the strength of the technology industry in Arkansas. We see how education and business combine in public-private partnerships to produce tech-savvy entrepreneurs, strengthen our economy, and polish Arkansas’s reputation as a leader in technology.

The Venture Center programs help new companies accelerate their growth. Tech Depot in Newport will turn out graduates ready to join innovative companies or start their own.

In my remarks at the Tech Depot ribbon cutting, I celebrated a tech center in the rural part of our state. I also told of a trip I made to Silicon Valley to recruit technology companies. I quickly concluded they were reluctant to come. They were happy to lure Arkansans out to California, but they weren’t that excited about coming to Arkansas. I realized that we were going to have to build our own high-tech industry, and that we would build it from our own stable of world-class talent.

We are accomplishing that with a speed and success that exceeded my hopes but didn’t surprise me. That’s the way Arkansans work. Educators, business leaders, and elected leaders have embraced the challenge. We are equipping our workforce and bringing home the prizes.
9-20-20 12:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


Fly Flags atĀ Half-Staff Immediately in Honor of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Fly the United States Flag at Half-Staff Immediately in Honor of
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Flags should be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on the date of interment, which has not been determined.
Justice Ginsburg died Friday from metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87. Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton and had served on the high court since August of 1993.
9-18-20 KAWX.ORG 


US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Supporting the Mission of Health Care Heroes

Supporting the Mission of Health Care Heroes


Health care workers have long been regarded as some of our nation’s most critical and courageous servants. During this time of challenges and uncertainty, this has never been more accurate. Each day, our health care professionals make tireless sacrifices to serve and protect our country, even when it means risking their lives to care for others.


Congress overwhelmingly supported the men and women of the medical community who are treating COVID-19 patients and working to find a cure to address this public health crisis with the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This critical relief was a necessary lifeline for hospitals to continue providing services to meet the demands of communities and helping our doctors, nurses and other medical professionals stay safe while providing care and treatment for patients.


Along with continuing to provide crucial resources like personal protective equipment, there is more we can do to support health care providers and ensure patients get reliable care. Listening to the needs of hospitals is incredibly important in the efforts to assist these vital facilities, protect the jobs they create and empower their ability to serve communities across Arkansas.


I recently shared on the Senate floor some of the insights I heard from Arkansas’s health care community that Congress can deliver to directly help their mission.


Telehealth has become vital to providing effective care for patients during this public health emergency. Access to medical providers without leaving home offers convenience and safety against potential exposure to COVID-19. Having the option to access virtual doctor’s visits can be a challenge, particularly for rural areas where broadband connectivity is limited.


This emergency has amplified the need for enhanced broadband connection, but too often providers in rural communities are unable to meet the increased demand for telehealth services.


My colleagues and I have introduced legislation to help health care providers expand telehealth benefits and improve access to broadband. The Health Care Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act would bolster funding for providers in rural areas to increase connectivity. This bill would help more patients get the care they need.


We have a unique opportunity to see how the modifications and updates we made to health programs during this public health emergency can be beneficial in the long term.


The CARES Act provided the Department of Health and Human Services with the authority to waive telehealth requirements for Medicare during this emergency. Providers and patients have adapted to this expansion of telehealth opportunities. We can continue to strengthen this access by making these services permanent.


That’s why I joined a bipartisan group of senators urging our nation’s top health agencies to make permanent the changes to telehealth requirements for Medicare authorized in the CARES Act.


Last month, President Trump issued an executive order to improve health care in rural America by expanding telehealth services. The president’s action included a proposal to extend parts of the Medicare’s telehealth coverage. This is a step in the right direction. I look forward to working with the administration to implement a rule that will enhance the delivery of health care to Medicare patients.


These actions will help patients continue to get quality, reliable care and support the men and women who provide it. The work these frontline health professionals and their colleagues do has only become more difficult in light of this public health crisis. We are grateful for all they do and represent.


9-18-20 5:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


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