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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

 

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for July 15, 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.

 

Click on the area of the state below where you would like current fishing information from.

 

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.

 

7-15-20 5:24 PM KAWX.ORG 

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June Lottery Ticket Sales $51.5 Million In Arkansas

Lottery ticket sales in June totaled $51,543,067.50.

 
The highest sales were in Pulaski County at $9,603,124.50 according to the Department of Finance and Administration's report to the Governor.
 
The lowest sales were in Montgomery County with $42,501.00.
 
Polk County sales were $229,168.00.
 
According to Arkansas Family Council, scholarship paid out for Fiscal Year 2020 amounted to 16.8% of gross sales, or $89,450,921.24 of  $532,001,159.78.
 
7-14-20 11:44 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena City Council To Meet Tuesday, July 14th

The Mena City Council meeting for July will be held at 6:00 PM Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the Mena Fire Station No. 2 on South Mena Street.

 

A lengthy agenda awaits the Council. In addition to the routine business, the following new business items will be dealt with:

 

A. Consider a Resolution authorizing the City Clerk/Treasurer to destroy outdated Police Department records and supporting documents of the City of Mena that are no longer needed for City business

 

B. Consider a Resolution authorizing the City Clerk/Treasurer to destroy outdated financial records and supporting documents of the City of Mena that are no longer needed for City business

 

C. Consider a Resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a grant agreement with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program in the amount of $13,487.00 for ADA Restroom upgrades at the Mena Depot

 

D. Consider a Resolution authorizing the City Clerk/Treasurer to execute a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration int he amount of $2,996,214.00 for the construction phase of Runway 17-35 surface rehabilitation at Mena Intermountain Airport and authorizing the Mena Airport Commission to enter into a contract with Tatum Excavating Company, inc. to construct the project.

 

E. Consider an Ordinance accepting a Lot-Split Subdivision in the Powers and Thayers addition to the City of Mena, Polk County, Arkansas for Ginger Hoyt, Nick Miller, Sam Miller, and Tom Miller

 

F. Consider an Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 616 prescribing zoning regulations for the City of Mena to re-zone property located at 702 Petros Avenue, belonging to Jeff and Phyllis Cunningham, from R2 to a C-2 zone

 

G. Consider an Ordinance Amending Mena Ordinances Nos. 2019 and 2031 relating to the installation of drainage culverts.

 

H. Consider an Ordinance Amending Mena Ordinance No. 2308-19 adopted pursuant to Act 681 of 2019, approving the application of The Ouachitas of Mena, Inc. for a microbrewery-restaurant private club permit to be located at 821 Mena Street, Mena, Polk County, Arkansas

 

H. Consider an Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 2308-19 adopted pursuant to Act 1112 of 2017, approving the application of LaVilla of Mena, Inc. for a private club to be located at 1100 Highway 71 North, S-1, Mena, Polk County, Arkansas

 

J. Consider bids received for the 2020 Street Hot-Mix Overlay Program

 

K. Consider interest rate quotes received for CD investments

 

L. Consider purchase of new tractor and mower for the Street Department

 

M. Consider purchase of dozer for the Street Department.

 

There will also be announcements about upcoming meetings.


City Council meetings are open to the public as per State Law. 

 

7-14-20 10:38 AM KAWX.ORG 

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UARM to Return to In-Person Classes this Fall

Academic programs, enrollment, and athletics all seeing upward trends
 
[July 13, 2020 | MENA, Ark.]  UA Rich Mountain Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson has announced that the college will welcome students back to campus for in-person classes this Fall.  “We have plans to be open and stand ready to assist our students in navigating their educational goals during these challenging times.”
 
Like most colleges, UARM closed its campuses quickly and transitioned to online or remote instruction methods during March as the coronavirus emerged as a global pandemic. Wilson said that as of July 6, the campus has re-opened by appointment and all visitors are required to wear facemasks. Admissions and financial aid staff are available by phone, email, or appointment. “It is not too late to get registered for Fall classes.  If current social and economic times have caused students and their families to reconsider college plans for a semester or two, know that it is not too late to join our traditions at UARM. Our admissions and financial aid staff can assist you every step of the way,” added Wilson.
 
UARM will offer both online and in-person classes. A Coronavirus Task Force was established early to develop health and safety protocols for the protection of the Rich Mountain community.  Classes will meet in-person up to Thanksgiving break and then transition to online/remote instruction. Finals will be on-line beginning December 7. 
 
Chad Fielding, Vice-Chancellor of Housing & Student Affairs said that to date, the virus has not affected enrollment negatively, citing the college’s enrollment numbers are slightly up over this same time last year. “We’re seeing a trend of students who had planned to attend larger universities in larger areas now choosing to stay closer to home, at least for a semester or two. Many will be able to take advantage of the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship and later transfer to Fayetteville but continue paying Rich Mountain tuition rates.”
 
However, local students don’t account for all of the college’s numbers, Fielding said that just over 90% of the new on-campus student resident halls are reserved. “We fully anticipate to fill every room and still have some students on a wait list if a room becomes available.”
 
The college did have to make the difficult decision to suspend its 60+ program due to an abundance of caution to protect the most vulnerable segment of its population. While this may affect overall ‘headcount’, Fielding explained its overall ‘student semester credit hours (SSCH)’ that measures growth in higher education. With the expansion of the athletics department by adding baseball and softball to the mix, which recruits full-time students to the campus, Fielding is confident the college’s SSCH will see a modest increase as well. 
 
UARM recently ranked first among its peers within Arkansas for student outcomes. “This is a testament to both our students’ perseverance but also our faculty and staff who are committed to supporting these students in meeting their educational goals,” said Wilson. 
 
UARM is also experiencing a growth in educational programs, adding an aesthetician program to the UA Rich Mountain School of Cosmetology. A licensed aesthetician can provide cosmetic skin care treatments and services such as facials, hair removal, and apply make-up. Classes begin Fall 2020. 
 
“We are keenly aware what challenging times we are currently living in,” said Wilson. “To have parents and students entrust us during these times is something we take very seriously… very seriously. UA Rich Mountain has been a long-standing cornerstone to its communities during difficult times and to see that expanding well beyond Polk, Scott, and Montgomery counties is proof that our commitment to our students’ success is our greatest differentiator.” 
 
7-14-20 9:13 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Michelle Leann Golkhajeh Found Not Guilty Because Of Mental Disease Or Defect

Michelle Leann Golkhajeh was found not guilty because of mental disease or defect in Polk County Circuit Court on Monday, July 13, 2020.

 
Judge Jerry Ryan made the ruling based on testimony by Dr. Benjamin Silber and Sean McEwen who stated that she was unable to confirm her conduct to the requirements of law. Silber and McEwen were appointed by the Court to conduct a forensic evaluation of her because of suspected mental disease or defect according to Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner.
 
Golkhajeh was charged with the December 2018 death of her 4 year old daughter in Mena.
 
Golkhajeh will be returned to the State Hospital and contrary to social media posts is not being released.
 
The original story can be read by clicking here.
 
7-13-20 5:01 PM KAWX.ORG 
 
 
 
 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for July 6th - 12th

 

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of July 6, 2020 – July 12, 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.

 

July 6, 2020

Report from complainant on Pebble Lane near Board Camp of being threatened by an unknown individual.

Report from complainant on Rodgers near Cove of criminal trespassing. Deputy responded.

 

July 7, 2020

Report from complainant on Hwy 278E near Wickes of a vehicle alarm being set off. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 32 near Cove of identity theft. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 44 near Dallas Valley of a domestic disturbance. Deputy responded. Complainant refused to press charges. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on W. Oak Street near Cove of a break-in. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 685 near Cherry Hill of a vehicle theft. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Hwy 8E near Board Camp of a domestic assault. Deputies responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Arrested was Makenzie M. Whorton, 20, of Hatfield on two Warrants for Harassment.

 

July 8, 2020

Report of a single vehicle accident on Polk 44 near Dallas Valley.

Report from complainant on Grove Lane near Cove of a domestic dispute. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant Hwy 71S near Grannis of identity fraud. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 4 near Grannis of a trespassing incident. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Horseshoe Lane near Potter of a stolen vehicle. Deputy responded. Vehicle was later recovered.

Report from a business on Hwy 71S near Cove of a gas skip.

 

July 9, 2020

Report of an ATV accident near Polk 402.

Traffic stop on Polk 125 near Rocky led to the arrest of William T. Smith, 40, of Mena on Charges of DWI, Driving DWI Suspended License, Resisting Arrest, Defective Signal Lamps and Signal Lights, and Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test.

 

July 10, 2020

Report of a missing family member. Family member was later located.

Report of a two vehicle accident on Polk 50 near Potter.

Report from complainant on Polk 288 near Cove of an altercation. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Arrested was Austin D. Kuakahela, 18, of Mena on a Warrant for Disorderly Conduct, Domestic Battery 3rd Degree, and Resisting Arrest.

Arrested by an Officer with the Game and Fish was James D. Cochran, 36, of Cove on two Warrants for Failure to Appear.

Arrested was Christopher L. Chesser, 35, of Hatfield on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.

 

July 11, 2020

Report from complainant on Hwy 8W near Shady Grove of the fraudulent use of a checking account. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 24 near Cove of vandalism to a vehicle. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 86 near Cherry Hill of possible vandalism. Deputy responded.

Report of a missing family member. Deputy responded. Family member later returned home.

 

July 12, 2020

Report of a disturbance on Polk 11 near Wickes led to a juvenile being issued a citation for Disorderly Conduct.

Attempted traffic stop near Hatfield led to information being forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 753 near Potter of a domestic disturbance. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 29 near Hatfield of problems involving a neighbor’s dog and livestock. Deputy responded.

 

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

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 15 Incarcerated Inmates, with 7 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

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7-13-20 2:21 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report for July 5th - 11th

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of July 5, 2020 through July 11

 

 

July 5, 2020

 

A report of violation of a protection order was taken on South Morrow.

 

July 6, 2020

 

A report of criminal trespass was taken at the Lime Tree Inn.

 

Bobby May, 32, and Tabitha Gonyea, 29, were both charged with Disorderly Conduct after officers responded to a disturbance call.

 

July 7, 2020

 

A report of harassment was taken at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab.

 

A report of harassing communications was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

July 8, 2020

 

No reports taken.

 

July 9, 2020

 

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

 

A report of forgery was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

A report of theft was taken at Mena Ford.

 

A report of theft was taken at Salvation Army.

 

July 10, 2020

 

A report of theft was taken at Petros Apartments.

 

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

 

A report of theft was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

July 11, 2020

 

A report of burglary was taken on Armour Street.

 

A report of a disturbance was taken on Edwards Street.

 

A report of theft (shoplifting) was taken at Walmart.

 

Connie Durant, 57, was charged with Theft of Property (Shoplifting) after a call to Walmart.

 

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

 

7-13-20 11:23 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Deadline To File State And Federal Taxes Is Wednesday, July 15th

 

LITTLE ROCK – Due to COVID-19, the delayed deadline to file state and federal taxes is quickly approaching. Arkansans who have not filed to pay their taxes still have until July 15. 

 

“This year, the date might have changed, but the responsibility remains – tax time has arrived,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Our communities have dealt with many difficult situations for a majority of the year when it comes to making ends meet and I want Arkansans to know their options and filing your taxes shouldn’t be a burden.”

 

Taxpayers have the ability to file and pay their taxes safely online through IRS.gov in order to avoid the backlog of mail that may have developed due to previous closures in response to the pandemic. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers taxpayers their Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) system as a resource to learn more and answer frequently asked questions while filing taxes online.

 

Attorney General Rutledge has provided these tips for Arkansans still working on filing their federal and state taxes this year:

 

  • Taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline can request a filing extension to October 15, but this must be done by July 15. Then they must file Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software, or using the Free File link on IRS.gov.
  • Arkansas taxpayers who still owe 2019 income tax, as well as estimated tax for 2020, must make two separate payments on or before July 15, 2020; One for their 2019 income tax owed and one for their 2020 estimated tax payments.
  • Members of the military qualify for an additional extension of at least 180 days to file and pay taxes if either of the following situations apply: they serve in a combat zone, have qualifying service outside a combat zone, or they serve on deployment outside the United States away from their permanent duty station while participating in a contingency operation.
  • AARP Foundation Tax Aide program offers free assistance to Arkansas seniors filing their taxes online or by calling 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277).
  • Tax help is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on IRS.gov.
  • Information for filing state taxes can be found online on dfa.arkansas.gov/income-tax or by calling (501) 682-1100

 

For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or oag@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or Facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

 

7-13-20 7:35 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Arkansas Drivers Be Warned, One Week Traffic Safety Blitz Starts Monday July 13th

 

CRACK DOWN ON SPEEDERS PART OF STATEWIDE TRAFFIC SAFETY BLITZ
“OBEY THE SIGN OR PAY THE FINE”

 (LITTLE ROCK) – Law enforcement officers across Arkansas are set to begin a week-long concerted speed enforcement plan next week.  The operation will be publicized across the state using a public message headline, “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine”.
 
   The intensified enforcement plan involving both state and local departments will begin Monday, July 13th and continue through the following Sunday, July 19th.  Additionally throughout the month of July, the Arkansas State Police will contribute patrol resources in a Regional Speed Enforcement Plan that targets speeding violators on particular selected days of the week.  The participating states include Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
 
   “Speeding is synonymous with tragedy and death on our roadways,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative.  “It’s a proven fact, higher speeds significantly reduce a driver’s reaction time and ability to steer safely around other vehicles, roadway hazards, and unexpected highway exits or detours in highway construction zones."
 
   Drivers who ignore the speed limit put themselves, their passengers, and others at tremendous risk.  During calendar year 2018, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. and 9,378 people lost their lives in the crashes, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  In Arkansas 131 deaths were attributed to speed related crashes during 2018.
 
   Already this year, Arkansas traffic fatalities are on the rise.  According to preliminary NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting data, fatalities in speeding related crashes are increasing at an alarming rate.  Through the end of June (2020) 84 people have died in speed related crashes, compared to 63 at the same time last year which equates to a 33 percent increase.
 
   “Driving above the posted speed limit or speeding during inclement weather conditions dramatically increases the probability that a motorist will be involved in a crash,” Colonel Bryant said.  “State troopers want to be sure the highways are safe and stopping speeding drivers is a top priority.”
 
    The goal of these enforcement efforts is to save lives and make drivers aware that no excuses for speeding are acceptable.  When it comes to speeding; Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.
 
   More information on the “Obey the Sign, or Pay the Fine” mobilization can be found at www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136.  Additional information about Arkansas’ ongoing Toward Zero Deaths initiative to eliminate preventable traffic fatalities can be found at www.TZDarkansas.org.

 

7-12-20 9:04 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Sunday COVID-19 Update

 
***Sunday COVID-19 Update***
 
•1,061 New Cases Saturday, 503 New Cases Sunday
•321 Deaths In Arkansas
•11 Active Cases In Polk County
 
There was not a COVID-19 Briefing Saturday or Sunday. The information here was posted on the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard and the ODH COVID-19 page.
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Polk County
Cases
Total Positive: 88
Active Positive: 11
Recovered: 77
Deaths: 0
Negatives: 1,645
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Sevier County
Cases
Total Positive: 807
Active Positive: 88
Recovered: 710
Deaths: 9
Negatives: 3,695
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Scott County
Cases
Total Positive: 16
Active Positive: 4
Recovered: 12
Deaths: 0
Negatives: 598
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Montgomery County
Cases
Total Positive: 7
Active Positive: 1
Recovered: 6
Deaths: 0
Negatives: 686
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Howard County
Cases
Total Positive: 137
Active Positive: 30
Recovered: 106
Deaths: 1
Negatives: 1,636
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Pike County
Cases
Total Positive: 19
Active Positive: 10
Recovered: 9
Deaths: 0
Negatives: 1,974
 
In the neighboring Oklahoma counties:
 
McCurtain County has had 610 cases, 11 deaths, 465 recoveries, and currently 134 active cases
 
LeFlore County has had 57 cases, 1 death, 35 recoveries, and currently 21 active cases.
 
 
 
7-12-20 6:12 PM KAWX.ORG 

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COVID-19 Saturday Update, Polk County Active Cases Up To 10, 1,061 New Cases In Arkansas

 

There will not be a COVID-19 Briefing Saturday or Sunday. The following information was updated Saturday afternoon (7-11-20) on the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.

 

There were 1,061 new COVID-19 cases in Arkansas today, a new record for high cases for a single day in the state. Six new deaths brings the total to 319.

 
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Polk County
Cases
  Total Positive: 86
  Active Positive: 10
  Recovered: 76
  Deaths: 0
  Negatives: 1,612
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Sevier County
Cases
  Total Positive: 788
  Active Positive: 83
  Recovered: 696
  Deaths: 9
  Negatives: 3,604
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Scott County
Cases
  Total Positive: 16
  Active Positive: 5
  Recovered: 11
  Deaths: 0
  Negatives: 580
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Montgomery County
Cases
  Total Positive: 8
  Active Positive: 3
  Recovered: 5
  Deaths: 0
  Negatives: 664
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Howard County
Cases
  Total Positive: 131
  Active Positive: 34
  Recovered: 96
  Deaths: 1
  Negatives: 1,583
 
COVID-19 Metrics for Pike County
Cases
  Total Positive: 20
  Active Positive: 13
  Recovered: 7
  Deaths: 0
  Negatives: 1,931
 
In the neighboring Oklahoma counties:
 
McCurtain County has had 606 cases, 11 deaths, 465 recoveries, and currently 130 active cases
 
LeFlore County has had 56 cases, 1 death, 34 recovereis, and currently 21 active cases.
 
 
 
 
7-11-20 2:13 PM KAWX.ORG 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Voting in the Age of COVID-19

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Voting in the Age of COVID-19
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – The leaders of the major political parties in Arkansas are united in their determination to assure everyone can cast their ballot in November safely and securely.
 
Under state law, a voter who can’t vote in person on Election Day because of travel, illness, or physical disability may cast an absentee ballot.
 
Secretary of State John Thurston has said a health concern because of COVID-19 is a qualifying reason to vote absentee. In other words, anyone who fears that going to a polling place on November 3rd will put his or her health at risk may request an absentee ballot.
 
In the midst of the national discussion about safely voting in the age of COVID-19, Secretary Thurston, Democrat Party Chairman Michael John Gray, and Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb joined me during a news conference in a show of unity. Many Arkansans wondered what the general election in Arkansas would look like this year. Secretary Thurston assured Arkansas that it will look like every other election except that voters may be wearing a mask and gloves. Hand sanitizer will be at polls in abundance, paid for with money from the federal CARES Act, as well as disposable stylus pens for your signature and vote.
 
Information about absentee voting is on the Secretary of State’s website. The most important thing to know is that in order to vote, you must be a registered voter. If you are registering to vote, you must submit your application at least thirty days before the election.
 
You may apply for an absentee ballot on line or in person. If you apply in person, you must apply by the close of business the day before the election. To apply by mail or online, your application must be submitted seven days before the election.
 
Early voting in person at designated polls is allowed two weeks before the election.
 
Election Day 2020 will be the same but a little bit different. Whether you vote in person, early, or absentee, vote. The leaders of Arkansas’s two primary political parties agree that every vote matters. They have shown that through their agreement on absentee voting. Whatever our disagreements, we find a way to the solution that is best for all Arkansans.
 
7-11-20 1:31 PM KAWX.ORG 

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

Arkansas Infrastructure Investments Support Job Growth

 

From the water we use in our homes, to the roads we drive on to work, to the food we buy at the grocery store, our nation’s infrastructure is a fundamental component of everything we do. Our ability to be connected and efficiently move goods across the country is a significant reason why we’ve been so competitive in the global marketplace. Investment in our infrastructure will also be key to helping our economy recover from the crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), I have long been a champion of investing in our infrastructure. In May, the committee unanimously passed water infrastructure packages that will help create jobs and rebuild aging levees, ports and drinking water systems. Coupled with the plan we approved last year to provide the necessary resources and flexibility for states to build safer and more modern highway, rail and bridge systems, we have created a good, bipartisan road to recovery. I am hopeful the full Senate will approve these bills in the coming months.

 

In the meantime, Arkansas leaders are tapping into additional resources Congress approved to support infrastructure improvements and economic growth.

 

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently invested $2 million in the Port of Little Rock to support industrial development. The port features rail, river and interstate highway access, making it a critical component to move goods to and from the region and an attractive location for the expansion of new businesses.

 

I recently participated in the groundbreaking ceremony at the Port of Little Rock for the new transportation infrastructure improvements support by the EDA grant and state and local funds. The port is the largest industrial hub in central Arkansas with over 40 businesses employing more than 4,000 people. Those numbers are increasing. The day following the celebration, Amazon announced its first fulfillment center in the state is under construction at the Port of Little Rock. The company expects 1,000 people will be employed at the location when it opens in 2021.

 

Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) leaders hope to accomplish similar gains along a stretch of U.S. Highway 67. Last month, the department was named a recipient of a $40 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to reconstruct and enhance two sections of U.S. Highway 67 in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties.

 

The funding will allow the widening of U.S. Highway 67 from four to six lanes, construction of an overpass, converting frontage roads to one-way operation and reconstructing two interchanges.

 

This is one of only 20 projects nationwide to be awarded Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program funds. The competitive program leverages federal resources and incentivizes public-private partnerships to help communities invest in high-priority projects.

 

In recent years, Congress has funded competitive grant programs to support infrastructure improvements. In addition to INFRA grants, ARDOT has also benefitted from the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant program for use toward the construction of the Hot Springs bypass extension and the I-49 Bella Vista bypass.

 

I will continue to support state and local applications for federal funding in order to make infrastructure improvements. As we pursue policies to improve our economy, investing in our roads, bridges and other vital transportation components remains essential.

 

7-10-20 6:16 PM KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

This week, the Education Secretary Johnny Key made a presentation to the House and Senate Education Committee about the Arkansas Ready for Learning initiative. Ready for Learning is a planning and guidance document created to serve as a game plan for district and school administrators as they begin to grapple with making decisions for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

The Ready for Learning initiative also includes a playbook designed to address gaps as a result of lost learning that may have occurred because of school closures due to COVID-19. A team of approximately 130 educators developed the playbook that will serve as a learning guide this fall.

 

Going forward, all Arkansas schools will implement blended learning systems that deliver curriculum, instruction and assessment through multiple methods. This type of system incorporates both on-site teacher interaction and off-site instruction, including new content, through streamed or uploaded lessons and activities if extended school closures become necessary. Building a statewide system of blended learning will ensure that all K-12 students are connected to high quality instruction and engagement, regardless of location.

 

To give the districts more time to make sure their campuses are ready and that teachers are prepared for the blended learning environment, the Governor moved the start date for the 2020-2021 school year forward from August 13 to the week of August 24. Schools can start no later than August 26.

 

In collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health, the Department of Education also established a three tiered system of response based on factors including student and staff active cases, evidence and severity of spread within the school, and spread within the surrounding community. A limited response intensifies cleaning, a moderate response alters meal locations and staggers schedules, and a critical response restricts on-site access and pivots to remote learning. Education Secretary Johnny Key said the response guidance is not intended to identify a districts status prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Secretary Key told the committee that policy decisions regarding face masks will be left to individual districts.

 

Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being. They provide a safe place for academic instruction, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, opportunities for physical activity, and social skill development.

 

We know many of you have questions and concerns regarding the safety of the students, the teachers, and the community. We will continue to update you on policy changes and any new information we learn regarding the school year. In the meantime, we encourage you to read the Ready for Learning material we’ve posted on our website www.arkansashouse.org.

 

7-10-20 6:08 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Gov. Hutchinson's Friday COVID-19 Briefing Recap, Video

***Governor Asa Hutchinson's Friday (7-10-20) COVID-19 Briefing Recap***

 

•751 NEW CASES IN ARKANSAS
•4 NEW DEATHS, 313 TOTAL

•8 ACTIVE CASES IN POLK COUNTY

•88 ACTIVE CASES IN SEVIER COUNTY, 9 DEATHS

•10 DEATHS IN NEIGHBORING McCURTAIN COUNTY, OK

 

As of 1:30 p.m. there were 26,803 COVID-19 cumulative cases. There have been 313 deaths in Arkansas. There are currently 5,847 active cases. There have been 20,642 recoveries.

 

In Polk County, there have been 84 cases, 8 are active, 76 recoveries, 1,594 negative tests, and 0 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

In neighboring Sevier County, there have been 781 cases, 88 are active, 684 recoveries, 3,589 negative tests, and 9 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

***These numbers will be updated later today.

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke about the need for Arkansans to wear masks. The Governor also spoke about the need for quicker test results from commercial labs. 

 

Responding to a reporter's question about social media posts about masks not being effective and that they are not comfortable to wear in the heat, the Governor said "those that follow conspiracy theories are in the extreme minority."

 

Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith gave the following report of numbers:

 

751 new cases (149 in prisons, 602 in the community)

 

26,803 cumulative cases

 

8 new hospitalizations

 

402 currently hospitalized

 

84 are on ventilators

 

4 new deaths

 

313 deaths total

 

5,847 active cases (123 in nursing homes, 584 in prisons, 5,140 in the community)

 

650 new recoveries

 

20,642 recoveries total

 

5,212 tests yesterday.

 

Of the new cases, the highest numbers by county were Hot Spring with 145, Pulaski with 100, Benton with 51, Washington with 51, Sebastian with 42, Faulkner with 25, Pope with 25, Jefferson with 23, and Yell with 21. All other counties have fewer than 20 new cases. 

 

Dr. Smith noted that most if not all of the new cases in Hot Spring County were in the Ouachita River Correctional Facility.

 

Dr. Jose Romero, who will become the acting Secretary of Health when Dr. Smith leaves to work at the CDC, spoke at the briefing in Spanish with an interpreter.

 

In the neighboring Oklahoma counties:

 

Curtain County has had 600 cases, 10 deaths, 454 recoveries, and currently 136 active cases.

 

LeFlore County has had 54 cases, 1 death, 32 recoveries, and currently has 21 active cases.

 

As of 3:20 p.m. in the US, 3,144,472 cumulative cases, 969,111 recoveries, and 133,677 deaths.

 

Globally 12,342,043 cumulative cases, 6,786,196 recoveries, and 556,383 deaths.

 

More data is available on the ADH site here.

 

More data is available on the ODH site here.

 

To watch the video of today's briefing, click here.

 

7-10-20 2:30 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

 

The number of Arkansas children in foster care continued to go down last year, after reaching an all-time high in 2016 and prompting dramatic measures from elected officials to improve the state’s child welfare system.

 

In 2019 the number of children in foster care was 4,226.

 

That is down 12 percent from 2018, when 4,310 children were in foster care, and also down from 2017, when 4,817 children were in foster homes.

 

In late 2016 the number was close to 5,200 and state officials said the system was in crisis.

 

Staff at the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) had unmanageable caseloads, while family and relatives of the children reported a lack of support from within the system.

 

When legislative committees asked DCFS officials about the spike in foster care numbers, they were told that staff who are over-worked tend to err on the side of caution.

 

That often means they remove children from their family because they don’t have time to determine if the home is a safe place.

 

The legislature approved funding for additional case workers.

 

Faith-based organizations and advocacy groups recruited more foster parents.

 

DCFS developed plans for families to improve overall conditions within the home.

 

The legislature passed Act 906 in 2001, which mandates that DCFS provide family preservation services when children are about to be removed from their homes.

 

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency recently completed an independent review of DCFS and its family preservation programs.

 

Those findings were presented to the Senate Committee on Children and Youth.

 

The review applauded our reduction in the number of children in foster care, and noted that more of them had been placed with relatives.

 

In 2019, a third of foster children were with relatives, compared to 28 percent in 2018.

 

The national review recommended that Arkansas improve the stability of foster care placements.

 

In other words, the frequency of being moved for children who spend more than a year within the system.

 

The national standard is 4.12 and the Arkansas average last year was 6.32.

 

Arkansas is consistently above the national average in achieving permanency for children within 12 months after renewal, with about half of the children in Arkansas who are discharged from foster care going to a permanent living situation.

 

That means they go back to their families, to a relative’s home, to custody by a parent who had been non-custodial, to guardianship, adoption or to custody by a non-relative.

 

Also, Arkansas met the national standard for preventing a child’s return to foster care within a year of being discharged.

 

The national standard is 8.3 percent and in Arkansas it was 7.8 percent in 2019.

 

That is an improvement of almost two percentage points since 2017, when it was 9.7 percent.

 

Last year 28,645 child maltreatment reports were investigated in Arkansas, of which 80 percent were referred to DCFS and the remainder to the Crimes Against Children Division of the State Police.

 

DCFS substantiated 21 percent of its investigations, which is close to the trend for the previous two years. DCFS follows up in the 12 months after identifying a child victim of maltreatment.

 

The national standard for recurring maltreatment is 9.1 percent or fewer, and in Arkansas it was 6 percent.

 

7-10-20 10:39 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Gov. Hutchinson's Thursday COVID-19 Briefing Recap, Video Link

***Governor Asa Hutchinson's Thursday (7-9-20) COVID-19 Briefing Recap***

 

•806 NEW CASES IN ARKANSAS, SECOND HIGHEST DAY FOR NEW CASES

•4 NEW DEATHS, 309 TOTAL

•K-12 SCHOOLS START DATE DELAYED TO AUGUST 24TH 

•9 ACTIVE CASES IN POLK COUNTY

•89 ACTIVE CASES IN SEVIER COUNTY, 9 DEATHS 

 

As of 1:30 p.m. there were 26,052 COVID-19 cumulative cases. There have been 309 deaths in Arkansas. There are currently 5,751 active cases. There have been 19,992 recoveries.

 

In Polk County, there have been 81 cases, 9 are active, 72 recoveries, 1,586 negative tests, and 0 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

In neighboring Sevier County, there have been 769 cases, 89 are active, 671 recoveries, 3,559 negative tests, and 9 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

***These numbers will be updated later today.

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the daily briefing by reporting that this was the 100th COVID-19 Briefing, and that there was a large number of new cases, but not unexpected. The Governor said that there would be school but that districts need to be prepared to deliver insturction by differnet methods if needed. The Governor announced that the start date for schools has been delayed to August 24th, not later than August 26th. The start date had been August 13th.

 

Governor Hutchinson and Secretary of Education Johnny Key spoke about the plans that have been developed for schools to follow when they have students test postive for COVID-19. Secretary Key is asking for feedback from the school districts. 

 

Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith gave the following report of numbers:

 

806 new cases (110 in prisons, 696 in the community)

 

26,052 cumulative cases

 

36 new hospitalizations

 

394 hospitalized currently 

 

4 new deaths

 

309 deaths total 

 

5,751 active cases (131 in nursing homes, 444 in prisons, 5,176 in the community)

 

82 on ventolators (up 3 from yesterday)

 

596 new recoveries

 

19,992 recoveries total to date

 

4,734 tests yesterday.

 

Of the new cases, the highest numbers were in Pulaksi County with 104, Washington County with 78, Sebastian County with 56, Benton County with 49, and Faulkner County with 51.

 

In the neighboring Oklahoma counties:

 

McCurtain County has had 596 cases, 9 deaths, 428 recoveries, and currently 159 active cases.

 

LeFlore County has had 53 cases, 1 death, 30 recoveries, and currently has 21 active cases.

 

As of 3:20 p.m. in the US, 3,088,913 cumulative cases, 953,420 recoveries, and 132,934 deaths.

 

Globally 12,128,406 cumulative cases, 6,650,675 recoveries, and 551,522 deaths.

 

More data is available on the ADH site here.

 

More data is available on the ODH site here.

 

To watch the video of today's briefing, click here.

 

7-9-20 3:25 PM KAWX.ORG 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Scam Artists Pose as Contact Tracers to Steal Arkansans' Identities

Scam artists have found an opportunity by using the important task of contact tracing to steal money and the identity of Arkansans. In trying to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Arkansas Department of Health is using contact tracing to identify people who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. One way bad actors are impersonating contact tracers is by sending text messages containing a link and claiming that by clicking on the link, the recipient will be contacted about a positive test, but in actuality, the link gives the scam artist direct access to the phone holder’s personal information.

 

“Con artists are impersonating contact tracers in order to steal your money and your identity,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The Arkansas Department of Health will not ask for your social security information or demand a payment when reaching out about contact with positive cases of COVID-19.”

 

When a patient is confirmed to have COVID-19, the Arkansas Health Department provides staff to assist the patient with identifying all individuals with whom they made close contact during the 48-hours preceding the positive COVID-19 test. Those identified by the patient through the contact tracing process are then notified by public health staff of the positive case, are asked to enroll in the Department of Health’s Situational Awareness Response Assistance (SARA) system for email updates, and they are asked to quarantine.

 

Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to avoid falling victim to the contact tracing scam:

 

  • Contact tracing will not cost money. Avoid giving personal bank account information over the phone or buying gift cards to pay scam artists for fake contact tracing attempts;
  • Avoid clicking on links in emails and text messages unless you signed up to receive the messages;
  • If you receive an unsolicited email or text message from a potential contact tracer, verify its authenticity by contacting the Arkansas Department of Health at [ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov]ADH.CoronaVirus@arkansas.gov or call (800) 803-7847.

To file a complaint about potential contact tracing scams reach out to the Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982, email oag@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov.  Consumers are encouraged to visit the Arkansas Department of Health's COVID-19 Contact Tracing program website for additional information about contact tracing.

 

7-9-20 8:42 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for July 8, 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.

 

Click on the area of the state below where you would like current fishing information from.

 

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.

 

7-8-20 6:10 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Gov. Hutchinson's Wednesday COVID-19 Briefing Recap, Video Link

***Governor Asa Hutchinson's Wednesday (7-8-20) COVID-19 Briefing Recap***

 

•734 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN ARKANSAS

•4 NEW DEATHS, 305 TOTAL 

•CAMP OZARK CLOSING DOWN FOR NOW DUE TO COVID-19 CASES 

•US CUMULATIVE CASES TOPS 3 MILLION

•9 ACTIVE CASES IN POLK COUNTY

•86 ACTIVE CASES IN SEVIER COUNTY, 9 DEATHS

 

As of 1:30 p.m. there were 25,246 COVID-19 cumulative cases. There have been 305 deaths in Arkansas. There are currently 5,545 active cases. There have been 19,396 recoveries.

 

In Polk County, there have been 80 cases, 9 are active, 71 recoveries, 1,574 negative tests, and 0 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

In neighboring Sevier County, there have been 758 cases, 86 are active, 663 recoveries, 3,538 negative tests, and 9 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

***These numbers will be updated later today. The death reported earlier in Polk County has been removed by the ADH.

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the daily briefing by reporting that thre was a large number of new cases yesterday (734) and spoke about the need for use of masks.

 

Responding to a reporter's question, Governor Hutshinson and Dr. Nate Smith reported that Camp Ozark in Montgomery County is closing for now due to several out of state campers and staff testing positive for COVID-19.

 

Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith gave the following report of numbers:

 

734 new cases

 

25,246 cumulative cases

 

358 hospitalized (down 11 from yesterday)

 

4 new deaths

 

305 deaths total

 

671 new recoveries

 

19,396 recoveries total 

 

4,567 tests yesterday.

 

Of the new cases, the counties with the highest numbers yesterday were: Pulaski with 87, Washington with 72, Benton with 60, Mississippi with 32, Johnson with 26, and Salie with 21. All other counties had fewer than 20 new cases.

 

While not on the list above, Sevier County has had the highest number of cases based on population.

 

All 75 Arkansas counties have had at least one COVID-19 case. 

 

In the neighboring Oklahoma counties:

 

McCurtain County has had 581 cases, 9 deaths, 413 recoveries, and currently 159 active cases.

 

LeFlore County has had 48 cases, 1 death, 30 recoveries, and currently has 17 active cases.

 

As of 2:00 p.m. in the US, 3,018,603 cumulative cases, 936,476 recoveries, and 131,766 deaths.

 

Globally 11,896,251 cumulative cases, 6,490,583 recoveries, and 545,618 deaths.

 

More data is available on the ADH site here.

 

More data is available on the ODH site here.

 

To watch the video of today's briefing, click here.

 

7-8-20 2:10 PM KAWX.ORG 

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AAA Plans To Resume Activities, Fall Sports With Contingencies

The Arkansas Activities Association made the following statement on their website this afternoon concerning school activities and fall sports:

 

"The Arkansas Activities Association is preparing to resume activities and athletics this Fall in accordance with the regular AAA calendar. These preparations are contingent upon compliance with all directives as issued by the Governor's office and Department of Health.

 

In collaboration with the NFHS, AAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Coach's and Official's Advisory Committees, and other affiliated activity committees, plans are being formulated to comply with all directives and safely return to participation.

 

All states contiguous to Arkansas have indicated they are making similar plans to begin as scheduled this Fall. Plans are also being discussed at all levels in regard to adjustments to the calendar if necessary."

 

7-7-20 4:58 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Gov. Hutchinson's Tuesday COVID-19 Briefing Recap, Video Link

***Governor Asa Hutchinson's Tuesday (7-7-20) COVID-19 Briefing Recap***

 

•259 NEW COVID-19 CASES

•32 NEW HOSPITALIZATIONS, 369 TOTAL

•9 NEW DEATHS, 301 TOTAL 

•9 ACTIVE CASES IN POLK COUNTY

•89 ACTIVE CASES IN SEVIER COUNTY, 9 DEATHS 

 

As of 1:30 p.m. there were 24,512 COVID-19 cumulative cases. There have been 301 deaths in Arkansas. There are currently 5,486 active cases. There have been 18,725 recoveries.

 

In Polk County, there have been 80 cases, 9 are active, 71 recoveries, 1,563 negative tests, and 0 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

In neighboring Sevier County, there have been 748 cases, 89 are active, 650 recoveries, 3,512 negative tests, and 9 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

***These numbers will be updated later today. The death reported earlier in Polk County has been removed by the ADH.

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the daily briefing by reporting that new hospitalizations yesterday numbered 32, the largest single day to date. the Governor said that the high number of hospitalizations was a lagging indicator from recent spikes in cases. The low number of 259 new cases is partly due to lower testing over the holiday weekend. The Governor also reported that unemployment in the state was now under 100,000. Unemployment peaked at over 120,000 earlier in the pandemic.

 

The Governor mentioned that Amazon had announced a new fulfillment center for the Port of Little Rock that will employee 1,000 people. 

 

Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith gave the following report of numbers:

 

259 new cases (23 in prisons, 236 in the community)

 

24,512 cumulative cases

 

5,486 active cases (117 in nursing homes, 273 in prisons, 5,096 in the community)

 

32 new hospitalizations (single day record)

 

369 total hospitalizations (new record high)

 

9 new deaths (4 were over 65, 5 under 65

 

301 deaths total

 

3,366 tests yesterday 

 

83 on ventilators

 

891 recoveries yesterday

 

18,725 recoveries total.

 

Of the new cases, the highest numbers were in Pulaski County with 57, Washington County with 14, and Benton County with 26. All other counties had fewer than 20 new cases. 

 

For the entirety of the pandemic, the counties with the highest number of cases are (highest first):

 

Washington

Benton

Pulaski 

Crittenden 

Sevier

Yell

Sebastian 

Faulkner

Pope 

Saline.

 

All 75 Arkansas counties have had at least one COVID-19 case. 

 

In the neighboring Oklahoma counties:

 

McCurtain County has had 569 cases, 9 deaths, 400 recoveries, and currently 160 active cases.

 

LeFlore County has had 39 cases, 1 death, 650 recoveries, and currently has 9 active cases.

 

As of 2:00 p.m. in the US, 2,963,244 cumulative cases, 924,148 recoveries, and 130,813 deaths.

 

Globally 11,691,068 cumulative cases, 6,349,542 recoveries, and 540,062 deaths.

 

More data is available on the ADH site here.

 

More data is available on the ODH site here.

 

To watch the video of today's briefing, click here.

 

7-7-20 2:10 PM KAWX.ORG 

 

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Governor's Monday COVID-19 Briefing Recap, Link To Video

 

•439 NEW COVID-19 CASES MONDAY (587 Saturday, 605 Sunday)

•5 NEW DEATHS, 292 TOTAL

•$40 MILLION FOR CONTACT TRACERS THROUGH CONTRACTORS 

•7 ACTIVE CASES IN POLK COUNTY

•100 ACTIVE CASES IN SEVIER COUNTY, 8 DEATHS 

 

***Governor Asa Hutchinson's Monday (7-6-20) COVID-19 Briefing Recap***

 

As of 1:30 p.m. there were 24,253 COVID-19 cumulative cases. There have been 292 deaths in Arkansas. There are currently 6,127 active cases. There have been 17,834 recoveries.

 

In Polk County, there have been 77 cases, 7 are active, 70 recoveries, 1,540 negative tests, and 0 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

In neighboring Sevier County, there have been 743 cases, 100 are active, 635 recoveries, 3,487 negative tests, and 8 deaths according to the ADH COVID-19 Dashboard.***

 

***These numbers will be updated later today. The death reported earlier in Polk County has been removed by the ADH.

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the daily briefing by thanking healthcare workers on the frontline of the battle against the virus, many of which worked over the Independence Day holiday weekend.

 

Governor Hutchinson announced that General Dynamics had been contracted to provide 350 contact tracers at a price tag of $20 million. Another $20 million will be spent on another contract for contact tracers soon eventually bringing to total some 1,000 contact tracers. 

 

Stephanie Williams with the Arkansas Department spoke more about contact tracing and added that anyone interested in working for General Dynamics as a contact tracer should apply with General Dynamics here.

 

Williams also asked that Arkansans take calls from contact tracers. The telephone number used is 877-272-6819 or 877-ARCOV19.

 

Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith gave the following report of numbers:

 

439 new cases (8 in prisons, 431 in the community)

24,253 cumulative

6,127 active cases (117 in nursing homes, 456 in prisons, 5,554 in the community).

12 new hospitalizations

337 currently hospitalized

81 on ventilators

5 new deaths

292 deaths total

17,834 recoveries.

 

Of the 439 new cases, 77 were in Washington County, 46 were in Pulaski County, 36 were in Yell County, and 36 were in Benton County. All other counties had fewer than 20 new cases.

 

All 75 Arkansas counties have had at least one COVID-19 case. 

 

As of 2:00 p.m. in the US, 2,910,023 cumulative cases, 906,763 recoveries, and 130,090 deaths.

 

Globally 11,516,782 cumulative cases, 6,223,813 recoveries, and 535,453 deaths.

 

More data is available on the ADA site here.

 

To watch the video of today's briefing, click here.

 

7-6-20 2:10 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for June 29th - July 5th

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of June 29, 2020 – July 5, 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.

 

June 29, 2020

Report from complainant on Simolin Lane near Shady Grove of a possible break-in. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on East Barton Street near Cove of a stolen vehicle. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Hwy 8W near Shady Grove of a mobile home fire. Deputy responded.

 

June 30, 2020

Report from complainant on Hwy 88E near Ink of a missing purse. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Trailwood Lane near Shady Grove of a domestic disturbance. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 98 near Grannis of a domestic disturbance. Deputy responded. Complainant refused to press charges.

Report from complainant on Hwy 8W near Shady Grove of trespassing.

Report of a possible stolen item on West Johnson near Hatfield.

Report from complainant on Polk 125 near Rocky of a domestic disturbance led to the arrest of Rickey D. Looney, 39, of Mena on a Charge of 3rd degree Assault on a Family or Household Member.

Report from complainant on Polk 80 near Shady of damage done to a mailbox in the amount of $100.00.

 

July 1, 2020

Report from complainant on Dirt Lane near Shady Grove of problems between neighbors. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant near Acorn of a theft at a storage unit. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 659 near Board Camp of an altercation between two males. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from Collin James Lane near Cove of a domestic dispute. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Hwy 8W of a disturbance between family members.

Arrested was Michael Creel, 33, of Mena on a Warrant for Probation Violation.

Arrested was Darrell W. Sanders, 50, of Mena on a Warrant for Probation Violation and a Warrant for False Imprisonment 2nd Degree, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

 

July 2, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 49 near Shady Grove of a domestic altercation led to the arrest of Ernest Harr, 45, of Mena on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

Report from complainant on Polk 74 near Acorn of a domestic disturbance. Deputies responded. Complainant refused to press charges.

Report from complainant on Hwy 8W near Rocky of issues involving a juvenile. Deputy responded.

 

July 3, 2020

Report from complainant on Treasure Lane near Acorn of identity fraud. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 41S near Shady Grove of a break-in. Investigation continues.

 

July 4, 2020

Report by two people at the Vandervoort Fairgrounds of damage done to vehicles. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Hwy 71S of an individual refusing to leave the property. Deputy responded.

 

July 5, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 416 near Potter of damage done to a vehicle. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Vandervoort of damage done to a yard. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Hope Lane near Acorn of a domestic altercation led to the arrest of Naomi B. Bates, 41, of Mena on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree and to the arrest of Ronald L. Bates, 34, of Mena on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

Report from complainant on Hwy 71N near Acorn of criminal trespassing. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant near Lake Wilhelmina of harassment. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on McLaughlin Lane near Wickes of vandalism to a vehicle. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 24 near Cove of a break-in. Deputy responded.

 

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

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 15 Incarcerated Inmates, with 7 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

PC20-00497

 

7-6-20 11:19 AM KAWX.ORG

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Mena Police Report for June 28th - July 4th

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of June 28, 2020 through July 4, 2020 

 

June 28, 2020

 

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

 

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

 

A dog bite report was taken on 10th Street.

 

Lukas Holliday, 29, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after a traffic stop at the intersection of Mena Street and Sherwood Avenue.

 

Richard Ducote, 44, was served with a warrant after a traffic stop on Missouri Avenue.

 

June 29, 2020

 

A domestic battery report was taken at a residence on Dequeen Street.

 

A theft from a vehicle report, that occurred on 11th Street, was taken from walk-in complainants.

 

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

 

June 30, 2020

 

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

 

A theft report was taken from Salvation Army.

 

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

 

July 1, 2020

 

Samantha Trammel, 26, was charged with Endangering the Welfare or a Minor after a call to a residence on Warner Street.

 

A report of identity fraud was taken from an individual at Radio Shack.

 

July 2, 2020

 

James Shaffer, 32, was served with two warrants at the police department.

 

July 3, 2020

 

A report of a disturbance was taken at McDonald’s drive through.

 

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

 

July 4, 2020

 

Patricia Thornton, 29, was served with a warrant at the police department.

 

A harassment report was taken on Port Arthur Street.

 

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

 

7-6-20 10:22 AM KAWX.ORG 

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