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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Oct. 23, 2019. 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 that you would like current fishing information and reports for.

 

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.

 

10-23-19 6:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Quorum Court Meeting Held Tuesday, October 22nd

The Polk County Quorum Court met Tuesday, October 22nd, for their regular monthly session. All eleven Justices of the Peace were in attendance as well as other elected officials and visitors.

 

The JPs handled routine business, and also approved an ordinance to allow the county to pursue a grant to cover much of the costs associated with new cabling for the courthouse computer networks and phones. The current cabling is very outdated and not adequate for current needs.

 

Representatives from the Cherry Hill Cemetery were on hand with information about a grant they were seeking for a pavilion, storage shed and restroom for the cemetery. The Quorum Court passed a resolution authorizing the County Judge to apply for a grant on their behalf since. The non matching grant needed a municipal sponsor requiring the county to get involved since the cemetery is not located in a town. Lawrence Philpot, Nancy Philpot, and Kathy Rusert represented the cemetery and Kathy Rusert shared interesting historical information about the cemetery and the grant and proposed project. 

 

Judge Brandon Ellison reported that the county received $10,200.00 as their part of a class action lawsuit the county joined against drug companies. Ellison also reported that he is continuing to investigate options for the Quorum Court to consider concerning the very large cost increase for county employee's health insurance.

 

Heady Nezhadpour, a Medicare specialist, gave a presentation about Medicare and the benefits of it over traditional insurance for county employees and elected officials that are over the age of 65.

 

The Quorum Court also recognized County Judge Ellison for having recently been elected President of the County Judge's Association of Arkansas (CJAA). Click here for a related article. 

 

The next Quorum Court meeting will be November 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Quorum Court meetings are open to the public. 

 

10-23-19 1:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Judge Brandon Ellison Recognized By Quorum Court For Being Elected President of Judge's Association

The Polk County Quorum Court unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday sponsored by Justice of the Peace Harold Coogan recognizing the recent election of Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison for being elected President of the County Judge's Association of Arkansas by the other 74 county judges.

 
The Resolution reads:
 
A Resolution Acknowledging Honors
 
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF THE COUNTY OF POLK, STATE OF ARKANSAS, THE HONORABLE BRANDON ELLISON, POLK COUNTY JUDGE, BE RECOGNIZED FOR BEING NAMES PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTY JUDGE'S ASSOCIATION OF ARKANSAS
 
WHEREAS, the County Judge's Association of Arkansas (CJAA) convened in their Annual Fall meeting on September 23-25, 2019 in Benton, Arkansas, where officers for the upcoming term were elected; and
 
WHEREAS, the Honorable Brandon Ellison, Polk County Judge, was elected to serve as President of the CJAA; and
 
WHEREAS, the Polk County Quorum Court wished to recognize the Honorable Brandon Ellison for his leadership role as President in the CJAA and thank him for his service to the 75 Arkansas Counties.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF POLK COUNTY, ARKANSAS, THE HONORABLE BRANDON ELLISON, POLK COUNTY JUDGE, IS TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR BEING ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTY JUDGE'S ASSOCIATION OF ARKANSAS. 
 
DATED THIS 22ND DAY OF OCTOBER, 2019.
The resolution was signed by the eleven Polk County Justices of the Peace, the Sheriff/Collector, County Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Assessor, Treasurer, District Judge, and Circuit Judge.
 
10-23-19 12:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Nab Larceny Suspect With Help Of US Secret Service For New Orleans Police Department

 

Mena Police Department News Release

 

"On Tuesday, October 22nd at about 1515 hours, the Mena Police Department arrested 33-year-old Joshua Fernandez on a warrant. At the time of the arrest, Joshua Fernandez was in possession of $46,321.00 dollars in cash.

With the assistance of the US Secret Service, and after contacting the New Orleans Police Department, we discovered that Joshua Fernandez was being sought by NOPD for Larceny. We learned that Joshua Fernandez had been involved in a burglary in New Orleans and a warrant had been requested. After receiving a copy of the NOPD offense report, a hold was placed on Joshua Fernandez. He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail pending extradition.

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

 

10-23-19 12:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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

SHERIFF’S   LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of October 14 – October 20, 2019.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.


October 14, 2019
Report from complainant on Bunny Hop Lane near Yocana of the theft of a trailer, valued at $400.00.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Mena of the fraudulent use of their credit card.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Polk 280 near Vandervoort of an unauthorized person on their property.  Investigation continues.
Report from a business on Highway 71 North in Acorn of the attempted theft of a camper.  Investigation continues.
Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Daniel J. Mendieta, 20, of Hot Springs, on Charges of Theft by Receiving and Possession of a Controlled Substance.


October 15, 2019
Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Mena of the break-in to several storage units.  Investigation continues.
Arrested was James M. McEntire, 50, of Los Angeles, CA, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.
Arrested was Billie D. Taff, 22, of Watson, OK, on Warrants for Fleeing on Foot, Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry Requirements and a Scott County Warrant.


October 16, 2019
Report from complainant on Highway 270 near Acorn of being harassed by an unknown person.
Report from complainant on Polk 48 near Potter of the theft of a vehicle.  The vehicle was located.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


October 17, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 21 near Cove of being harassed by an acquaintance.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from the Polk County Detention Center of a disturbance in the facility led to a Citation for Battery 3rd Degree being issued to Crystal L. Davis, 35, of Mena.


October 18, 2019
Report of a vehicle in the ditch on Polk 31 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Christina McCauley, 42, of Hatfield, on Charges of Possession of Meth/Cocaine, Possession of a Schedule IV/V Controlled Substance, Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Report of missing cash led to a 17-year-old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Theft of Property.  The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.
Report from complainant on Polk 53 near Mena of being harassed by an acquaintance.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Arrested was Michael E. Trivette, 28, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Arrested by an officer with Arkansas Probation/Parole was Bobby B. Huber, 27, of Mena, on Warrants for Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registration Requirements and Probation Violation.
Arrested was Veronica M. Maddox, 22, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.


October 19, 2019
Report from complainant on College Drive in Mena of the theft of $900.00 cash.  Investigation continues.
Arrested was David P. Schmidt, 54, of Mena, on four Warrants for Failure to Appear.
Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Donavan T. Hunt, 28, of Mena, on a Parole Hold.


October 20, 2019
Report from neighbors on Polk 36 near Hatfield of issues regarding property lines.  Investigation continues.
Request for assistance on Polk 195 near Ink.  Deputy responded.

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

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 28 Incarcerated Inmates , with 12 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

PC19-00744

 

10-22-19 12:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Quorum Court Meets Tuesday, October 22nd

The Polk County Quorum Court meets for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, October 22nd. The meeting will take place in the Quorum Court Meeting Room of the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) on Pine Street in Mena. The 6:00 p.m. meeting is open to the public and there is a Public Comment time provided as well as printed copies of the agenda.

 

On the October meeting agenda, in addition to routine business and reports, is a resolution for submission of a grant application for new cabling at the courthouse, and a resolution authorizing the County Judge to apply for a grant on behalf od the Cherry Hill Cemetery.

 

Also there will be a presentation by Medicare Specialist Mr. Heady Nezhadpour.

 

Quorum Court meetings are held monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

 

10-21-19 5:44 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments October 15th and 16th

All criminal information is merely an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, within and for the 18th-West Judicial District of the State of Arkansas, of which Polk County is a part, in the name and by the authority of the State of Arkansas, on oath, do hereby accuse the defendants of committing in Polk County, Arkansas the following crimes: 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Chad A. Aucoin, W/M, age 35, Count I: Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine, a Class  "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Chad Aucoin, W/M. age 35, Count I: Delivery of Methamphetamine or Cocaine, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Daniel Johnathan Mendieta, W/M, age 20, Count I: Theft By Receiving, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession Of A Schedule IV or V Controlled Substance, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. Count III: Possession Of A Schedule III Controlled Substance, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Stephanie Abbott, W/F, age 39, Count I: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "B" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Billie D. Taff, W/F, age 22, Count I: Failure To Comply With Sex And Child Offender Registration And Reporting Requirements, a Class "C" Felony. 
 
10-21-19 2:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report for October 13th - 19th

 

 

Mena Police Reports from October 13, 2019 through October 19, 2019

 

October 13, 2019

Officers travelled to Sebastian County and brought Charles D. Miner, 36 of Pine Bluff back to Polk County on an outstanding warrant.

 

October 14, 2019

Chad Aucoin, 35, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant.

Gerald Aleshire, 22, of Mena was arrested on two outstanding warrants.

 

October 15, 2019

A Mena woman reported the theft of two bicycles from her yard.  Case is pending further investigation.

Stephanie Abbott, 38, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was additionally served an outstanding warrant.  The arrest followed a call to a local residence.

Justin Cole, 29, of Mena was served three outstanding warrants.

 

October 16, 2019

Officers responded to a call at a local residence regarding a dog running at large.  Case is pending.

 

October 17, 2019

Rachel M. Tarkington-Wolf, 22, of Mena was charged with shoplifting and criminal trespass after officers responded to a call at a local retail store.

Mikel Thomas, 29, of Mena was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.  The arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

October 18, 2019

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch.  Case is pending location of driver.

 

October 19, 2019

Dennis Stinson, 41, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass after a call to an apartment building.

June McMillan, 34, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance and expired tags. She was also served four outstanding warrants.  The arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

10-21-19 1:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

On average, an Arkansan with a bachelor’s degree will earn $700,000 more in a 30 year career than those who drop out of college.  The gap climbs to $1.5 million for those with a doctorate.

 

This information is included in the 2018 Economic Security Report which was presented this week to the Arkansas Legislative Council Higher Education Sub-Committee.

 

The report makes clear that the cost to obtain any certificates or degrees at an Arkansas public postsecondary institution is significantly lower than the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in additional average career earnings. 

 

Not including living expenses, the estimated cost in Arkansas for an associate’s degree is $10,000. The estimated cost for a bachelor’s degree $30,000.

 

Each level of educational achievement provides a boost in earnings power. In fact, the report shows a significant difference in earnings just the first year. On average, first year earnings for Arkansans with a bachelor’s degree are $31,800. Average first year earnings for high school graduates are $11,900.

 

Employment rates are also impacted by levels of education. First year full-time employment rates for college dropouts is 29%. The rates climb to 44% for Arkansans with a Certificate of Proficiency and 58% for those with an associate’s degree.

 

In most cases, what you study matters more than where you study. For those with an associate’s degree, science technology and health professionals make the most in average first year earnings. For those with bachelor’s degrees, engineering students make the most in average first year earnings.

 

Studies of health professions are the most popular over all degree areas in Arkansas as well as being the most popular choice for Certificates of Proficiency, Technical Certificates, and First Professional degrees. The most common Bachelor’s degree programs are in Business, Management, and Marketing.

 

Although each graduate’s success will reflect a variety of factors such as the local job market, where they choose to live, and what area they chose to study, the Economic Report provides valuable information as students and parents consider education and career choices. We have posted the report on our website www.arkansashouse.org

 

10-18-19 4:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Making Real Progress in Foster Care

 
Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Making Real Progress in Foster Care
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – When I took office in 2015, our child-welfare and foster-care system was in urgent need of improvement, and today I’d like to discuss the tremendous progress we’ve made on behalf of the children of Arkansas.
 
In my first spring as governor, I ordered a review of the child-welfare and foster-care system.
 
As I said when Paul Vincent released his report, it was a heart-rending judgment on our shortcomings. I was especially alarmed to learn that caseworkers sometimes had to choose between taking children to their own homes, leaving the children at a division office, or pleading with foster parents to make room for one more child.
 
The just-released annual report from the Division of Children and Family Services shows we have made real progress.
 
Under the leadership of Director Mischa Martin, the division has reduced the number of children in foster care from more than 5,200 to 4,400 in August. That is a 21 percent decrease since 2016.
 
We have reduced the caseload for each childcare worker from a statewide average of 28 cases down to 20 and even fewer in some areas of the state.
We have reduced the number of overdue investigations from a high of more than 721 to 82 at the end of July.
 
We have significantly reduced the number of children 10 and younger in residential care.
 
We are placing more than 80 percent of children in family-like settings. The number of children we are placing in family-like settings has exceeded the goal of 85 percent.
 
We are placing 30 percent of all children with relatives, nearly reaching the goal of 33 percent. That is up from 23 percent in August 2016. The division increased the percentage of children placed in family-like settings from 78 percent to 87 percent.
 
Teresa Bunche, an employee of the division since July 2002, has been on the frontlines as an investigator. When the division receives a complaint, an investigator is the first to visit a family to investigate and assess a complaint.
 
She has seen the improvement firsthand. In years past, she was handling as many as 85 foster children at a time. She often worked nonstop. The division was short-staffed, which increased the workload on others and led to increased staff turnover.
 
But the division hired more people, changed some policies, and the workload is manageable. When Teresa was promoted to a supervisor’s position in September, her caseload was down to 15.
 
We have moved from the crisis that Director Martin inherited when she took the job in 2016 to restoring hope and creating a bright future for our children at risk. I am proud of the Division of Child and Family Services for this work. I thank all of the employees for their work and our private sector faith-based partners as well. We are making real progress.
 
10-18-19 4:20 p.m. KAWX.ORG
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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

 

Renewing our Focus on Personal and Public Cybersecurity

 

We are a technology-dependent society. Sensitive personal data such as financial accounts, Social Security numbers and medical information are secured in cyberspace. Unfortunately, this information that we trust to be protected, is targeted by high-tech criminals working to steal our private information, damage networks of data and prevent users from accessing material stored on secure systems.

 

CNN recently reported that 140 local governments, police stations and hospitals have been held hostage by ransomware attacks in the past 10 months. According to the FBI, ransomware is the fastest growing malware threat. These attacks target a computer or network and infect the system, preventing access to the data until the victim pays money to regain use of their files.

 

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. This is a time we can refocus and bring attention to protecting our personal digital information, improving security awareness practices in the workplace and preserving our national security.

 

We all have a stake in safeguarding this sensitive information. I have seen the commitment of Arkansans to support cybersecurity efforts at all levels of government, in our homes and private businesses.

 

Leaders from across the state recently participated in the American Cyber Alliance’s 2nd annual Arkansas Cyber Summit. This event brought together cybersecurity leaders to provide an opportunity to emphasize better collaboration across the state, local and federal government and private sector and to ensure we are building a workforce that is cyber literate. It’s clear there is a commitment to creating a more secure Arkansas. I’m pleased to see the ongoing actions and education to learn the latest best practices, current threats and new technologies.

 

With the strides that Arkansas is making in its K-12 schools to better educate students on cyber hygiene and basic cybersecurity practices, we are raising our state’s technology aptitude, which will likely result in better cybersecurity.

 

The Little Rock Air Force Base is playing an important role in the development of cyber capabilities to help the U.S. Air Force after leaders, including myself, helped procure a cybersecurity mission to train more cyber warriors. In 2017 the Air National Guard Cyber Skills Validation Course graduated its inaugural class of students, and this year the unit doing this work was officially designated as the 223rd Cyberspace Operations Squadron.

 

The development of cyber programs in Arkansas extends beyond our military installations. The University of Central Arkansas also launched its cyber range to educate students to identify potential cyberattacks and stop them before they begin.

 

Arkansas is also working hard to create cross-functional teams to improve our collective ability to share cyber threat intelligence so that our critical infrastructure owners and businesses can be fortified from potential attacks. I have been pleased with the growing interest from the intelligence community in what we are doing in Arkansas.

 

As public-private partnerships develop and implement critical cyber protections, there is a role for each of us to play. As a consumer, I’m focusing – like all Americans should – on protecting my personal data because we all have an interest in keeping our electronic information safe.

 

10-18-19   2:22 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

October 18, 2019 

 

LITTLE ROCK – Earlier this month the state Crime Lab opened a new facility in Lowell, in northwest Arkansas. 

The opening will speed forensic testing and chemical analysis for law enforcement agencies in the region. It also will relieve pressure on the backlog of cases in the main Crime Lab in Little Rock and the Regional Laboratory in Hope.

 

Also this month, the Legislative Council’s Personnel Subcommittee approved the Crime Lab’s request to make the salary of the state chief Medical Examiner more competitive. It will be $270,455 a year. The position has been vacant since July.

 

The medical examiner oversees the section in the Crime Lab that performs autopsies. More than 1,500 autopsies a year are referred to the section. They are cases of sudden and unexpected deaths, caused by trauma and natural diseases. They include criminal cases, industrial accidents and motor vehicle accidents.

 

For comparison, Memphis also has an opening for a chief medical examiner and is paying a salary of about $300,000 a year, the Crime Lab’s director told the Personnel Committee.

 

The director told legislators that the Crime Lab has not yet received any applications for the vacant position. The previously posted salary had been a range, from $175,620 to $270,455.

 

Another job opening in the medical examiner’s section has been vacant for more than a year and a half, the director said. Other states have difficulty filling the positions because there are so few board-certified forensic pathologists in the country. The director estimated the total to be about 400.

 

The Crime Lab also has a DNA section, whose duty is to analyze and organize evidence from crime scenes. Staff also testify in court.

 

A related section collects and organizes DNA samples from convicted offenders, unsolved cases, missing persons and unidentified bodies. The data is shared nationwide to assist criminal investigations.

 

The use of DNA samples in criminal investigations began with the passage of legislation in 1997, but it was limited to the collection of blood samples from criminals convicted of sexual and violent offenses.

 

In 2001, burglary was made a crime that allowed law enforcement to collect DNA from a convicted offender. Act 1470 of 2003 made Arkansas an all-felony state, meaning samples were collected from every person convicted of any felony.

 

Act 543 of 2015 expanded the law to allow for the collection of a DNA sample on all felony arrests.

 

The Crime Lab has a section that is familiar to anyone who watches police shows on TV, or who reads murder mysteries. It is under the Firearms and Toolmarks examiner. Its main duty is to compare ammunition with firearms, for example, to determine what type of gun fired a bullet recovered from a crime scene.

 

The Forensic Toxicology section identifies illegal drugs, and determines whether they are a factor in suspicious deaths.

 

The Crime Lab has staff who take fingerprints, palm prints and foot prints. The same section identifies tire tracks and the tracks left by various types of shoes. Part of the sections duties is to enter prints into a computer-based system, where investigators can search for and compare prints compiled throughout the country.

 

10-18-19   2:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Acorn Mighty Oaks 4H Pancake Breakfast

The Acorn Mighty Oaks 4H Club Pancake Breakfast fundrasier will be Saturday, October 19th from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the Farm Bureau Room which is at 309 South Morrow Street in Mena. Delivery is available for orders of fice or more. 

 

 

10-17-19 6:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Ink Fire Department Fundraiser Saturday

 

The Ink Fire Department will have a fundraiser in Mena on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in front of the Edward Jones office in the Northside Shopping Center. 

 

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for the new Ink Fire Station.

 

Volunteers will be selling cheeseburgers or pulled pork baskets, which will come with chips and a drink, for $8.00. 

 

 

10-17-19 6:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Hot Dog Fundraiser To Benefit Special Olympics Saturday At Atwood's

 

The Mena Area Board of Realtors will host a Hot Dog Fundraiser in Mena on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Atwood's. 

 

Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Arkansas.

 

Two hot dogs and a soda for just $1.00.

 

10-17-19 5:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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President Orders Flags To Half Staff In Honor Of Elijah E. Cummings

 
Presidential Proclamation on the Death of Elijah E. Cummings
 
As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding public service of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, of Maryland, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions through October 18, 2019.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
 
DONALD J. TRUMP
 
Arkansas Flags To Be Flown At Half Staff 
 
By order of a Presidential Proclamation, the United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas are immediately lowered to half-staff in memory of Representative Elijah E. Cummings, of Maryland. Flags are to remain at half-staff through Friday, October 18, 2019.
 
10-17-19 1:36 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Portion of Race Track Road in Mena Closed All Day Monday, October 21st

Race Track Road from Autumn Drive (Senior Center) to Timber Ridge East will be closed all day on Monday, October 21, 2019 for street repairs. 

 

Residents living in that area should make plans for an alternate route.

 

The closure will start around 7:00 a.m. and will be re-opened around 3:00 p.m. according to City Hall. 

 

The Senior Citizens center will be accessible, the closure will start just past the entrance. 

 

 

10-16-19 5:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Take Back Vapes and Prescription Drugs at Statewide Event

There is a permanent collection site in Mena at the Polk County Court House-Sheriff's Department located at 507 Church Street.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Take Back Vapes and Prescription Drugs at Statewide Event

 

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas’s 18th Prescription Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for October 26 at various locations throughout the State. Arkansans are prescribed opioids at a rate of 62 pills per every man, woman and child in the State. With such an influx of pills, half of Arkansas teens report it is easy to obtain prescription drugs from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets. New this year, e-cigarette devices and vape pens will be accepted. This statewide event has a goal to collect 30,000 pounds to emphasize the importance for Arkansans to safely dispose of old and unused prescription medications and e-cigarette devices while ensuring these drugs stay out of the hands of addicted Arkansans.

 

“We lose too many Arkansans to opioid addiction and too many teens are addicted to vaping,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

 

“Working with law enforcement officials, Arkansans can safely clear out old medications and trash dangerous vape products their kids are using.”

 

Rutledge released the following list of medications that will be accepted at these events across Arkansas:

 

  • Opioids, such as OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, etc.
  • E-cigarette and vaping devices
  • Stimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Dexedrine, etc.
  • Depressants, such as Ativan, Xanax, Valium, etc.
  • Other prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Vitamins
  • Pet medicines
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Inhalers
  • Liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 ounces)
  • Medicine samples

Medications may be returned in the original bottle or in any other container for increased privacy.

 

Prescription Drug Take Back locations will be available 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Days are held twice a year, but to find event sites and year-round drop-off locations near you, visit ARTakeBack.org.

 

Properly destroying these medications also protects the environment. Medicines that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting waters, which could contaminate food and water supplies. Wastewater treatment plants or septic systems may not remove many medicine compounds. Turning over these medications at Take Back Day events also reduces the risk of accidental poisonings by children, seniors or pets, as well as the danger of drug abuse.

 

For more information and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982, email consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

 

10-16-19 1:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Oct. 16, 2019. 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 for current fishing information from that area.

 

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.

 

10-16-19 12:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Weekend Activities At Queen Wilhelmina State Park Near Mena

 

For information about any of the activities at Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena this weekend, dial (479) 394-2863 or visit the park's website by clicking here.

 

Friday, October 18th

 

Fall Foliage Walk  starting at 11:15 am and lasting anout 1 hour. Meet on the  north side of Lovers’ Leap. Join Park Interpreter Melissa as we take an easy stroll to the Lovers' Leap observation deck and observer the fall foliage along the way.

 

 

Wonder House Tour starting at 2:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Wonder House. Do you ever wonder what the Wonder House is about? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and step back into history to see one of the first vacation homes built in the 1930’s.

 

Touch Table starting at 4:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour. Meet in the Hearth Room. There will be different things that you can see and touch. Join Park Interpreter Melissa for a fun, interactive way of exploring things found in our park, and find out what they are.

 

 

Slithering Snakes starting at 7:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet in the Hearth Room. What type of snake slither over the forest floor at Queen Wilhelmina? Join Park Interpreter Melissa to learn a few of the venomous and non-venomous snakes we have here at Queen Wilhelmina.

 

Saturday, October 19th

 

Trailer Rides from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm lasting about 1 hour each ride. Meet at the Amphitheater. Rides will start every hour on the hour. After the trail ride join us by the fire for storytelling, hot chocolate and marshmallow roast! Space is limited 15 people per ride. Please call ahead and reserve your spot today! Amphitheater is located right beside the Wonder House Admission $6 Adults (15 and older) $4 Kids (4-14) Kids Free (3- under). Must purchase trailer ride tickets at the Lodge. 

 

Sunday, October 20th

 

Reservoir Hike starting at 8:30 am  and lasting about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Meet at the Reservoir Trailhead. Join Park Interpreter Melissa on a hike to what used to be the old water system for the 1898 hotel.

 

Wonder House Tour starting at 10:30 am and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Wonder House. Do you ever wonder what the Wonder House is about? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and step back into history to see one of the first vacation homes built in the 1930’s.

 

 

Ouachita Walk starting at 2:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Meet on the west side of the Ouachita Trailhead. Join Park Interpreter Melissa and enjoy a serene fall walk on top of the mountain to catch a glimpse of the changes the season brings with it. This will be an easy hike for all ages.

 

10-15-19 8:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Drop Off Location Established In Mena For Chronic Wasting Disease Testing

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offers many avenues for hunters to have deer or elk tested. All elk harvested in Arkansas must be submitted for a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) test. Submitting samples for CWD from deer is voluntary; however, it is strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when hunting in areas where CWD is known to be present, before eating the meat. 

 

Drop your deer at one of the locations below to have it tested for CWD.

 

The Mena location is at the ARDOT Maintenance Headquarters (State Highway Department) 2684 Highway 71 North. 


For additional information dial 877-525-8606 or click here.

 

10-14-19 8:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Log October 7 - 13

 

Sherrif's Log

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of October 7 – October 13, 2019.  The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts.  Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.


October 7, 2019
Arrested by an officer with the Arkansas Game & Fish was Joshua R. Neer, 34, of Hatfield, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.


October 8, 2019
No reports were filed.


October 9, 2019
Discovery of an illegal substance led to a 14-year-old male being issued Juvenile Citations for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.
Report from complainant on Polk 93 near Rocky of an unauthorized person on their property led to a Citation for Criminal Mischief being issued to Tracy Norwood.


October 10, 2019
Traffic stop on Polk 37 near Potter led to the arrest of Brenda Watson, 53, of Mena, on a Dallas County, Texas Warrant.  Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Polk 302 near Cherry Hill of the theft of a mailbox.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Highway 375 West near Shady Grove of the break-in and vandalism done to a residence, causing $1,275.00 in damages.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Highway 375 West near Mena of damage done to a vehicle window.  Deputy responded.
Arrested was Michael R. Elmore, 35, of Gillham, on Charges of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License, No Vehicle License, No Proof of Insurance, Obstructing Governmental Operations and a Sevier County Warrant.
Arrested was Jennifer A. M. Emfinger, 34, of Mena, on a Warrant for Felony Failure to Appear.


October 11, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 136 near Cove of items missing from a rental property.  Deputy responded.
Arrested was David H. Horton, 33, of Mena, on a Charge of Possessing an Instrument of Crime.


October 12, 2019
Report from a business on Highway 71 South in Hatfield of vandalism done to a sign.  The suspects were located, and then made repairs to the sign.
Report of a disturbance on West Boundary Road near Mena.  Deputies responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


October 13, 2019
Request for assistance for a hiker on the Athens Big Fork Trail.  Officers from the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and the U.S. Forest Service responded.
Request for welfare check on Highway 8 West near Rocky.  Deputy responded.
Arrested was Nathaniel A. Riley, 36, of Mena, on a Charge of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License.


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

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 29 Incarcerated Inmates , with 11 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

PC19-00726

 

10-14-19 4:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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September Lottery Sales Report

Retail sales of Arkansas lottery tickets for September 2019  totaled $37,886,774.00 statewide.

 
The highest sales were in Pulaski County and totaled $7,008,186.50.
 
The lowest sales were in Montgomery County and totaled $30,759.00.
 
In Polk County, $146,840.00 was spent on lottery tickets in September.
 
According to Arkansas Family Council, only about eighteen cents of every dollar spent on lottery tickets goes to scholarships, the intended purpose of the lottery in Arkansas. 
 
10-14-19 1:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report October 6th - 12th

Reports from October 6, 2019 through October 12, 2019 

 

October 6, 2019

Christopher Sanders, 31, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant.

Christopher Brown, 35, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.  The arrest followed an incident at a local laundromat.

 

October 7 & 8, 2019

Harry Laird, 59, of Oden was charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver and theft of property.  The arrest followed a traffic stop.

A Mena man reported that he had lost a gun.  It was entered as missing into the National Crime Information Center.

 

October 9 & 10, 2019

Employees at a local retail store reported that someone had shoplifted several items.  Case pends further review of surveillance tapes and identification and identity of the suspect.

Report was made of a possible child abuse case.  Case has been turned over to other authorities.

 

October 11, 2019

Report was made of someone breaking into a self-storage facility.  Case pends further information.

A local woman reported that she is being harassed by a neighbor.   No charges filed.

 

October 12, 2019

Corwin Anderson, 35, of Mena was charged with DWI (drugs) and careless driving.  The arrest followed an accident.

Curtis Parnell, 35, of Mena was charged with shoplifting.  The arrest followed a call to a local department store.

 

10-14-19 11:27 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Forest Service Reminds Hunters To Put Safety First During Hunting Season

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Forest Service managers are reminding hunters to be safe and follow State and Federal law as hunting season begins on the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

 

Before embarking on a hunting trip, hunters should inform others of their hunting locations, and when they will be returning. It is also important to and check weather forecasts.

 

All state wildlife regulations are in effect on national forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.  State and federal law enforcement officers work with forest officials to reinforce rules relating to issues that occur year after year.  These illegal activities include:

 

Baiting game species on the national forests

 

Shooting from or across a county, state or federally maintained road

 

Possessing or consuming alcohol during any hunting activity or while operating a motorized vehicle, including off-highway vehicles.

 

Traveling off designated routes for motorized vehicle use

 

Additionally, campsites may be in place for up to 30 days as long as they are occupied.  At the end of the 30-day period, campsites must be completely dismantled and moved at least 1 mile from the original campsite. The 30-day period begins the first day any item is placed at the campsite.  Campers may camp up to 90 days in a calendar year.  Campsites may not be reserved.

 

Hunters should also be aware of additional legal requirements that apply specifically to the individual national forest or wildlife management areas on the forest.

 

Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas and Oklahoma)

 

Hunting stands may be erected for up to 14 days at a time and must be moved to another location more than 200 yards away if the hunting trip continues.  All stands must have the owner’s name and address permanently affixed.  Remove stands from the forest at the end of the hunting season.

 

Motor Vehicle Use Maps are available which show all designated routes for motorized travel.  OHVs are allowed on designated routes only or in game retrieval corridors while retrieving legally downed large game.  Be aware that not all Forest Service roads are designated as routes.  OHV operators may pick up a free map at the nearest Ouachita National Forest office or print one from the website (www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita) to ensure they are riding legally and are aware of game retrieval rules. 

 

Oklahoma forest visitors should remember that riders ages 18 and under must wear a safety helmet while operating an OHV, and only one person at a time may ride an OHV, unless the vehicle is specifically designed for two riders.

 

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests (Arkansas)

 

OHVs are allowed on designated routes only.  Be aware that not all Forest Service roads are designated as routes.  OHV operators may pick up a free map at the nearest Ozark-St. Francis National Forest office or print one from the website (www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf) to ensure they are riding legally. 

 

Remove hunting stands from the forest at the end of the hunting season.

 

For more information on hunting the Ouachita or the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, consult hunting regulations published by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission or the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.  Call the Ouachita National Forest at (501) 321-5202 or the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests at (479) 964-7200 to learn the location of the office nearest you.

 

The Mena District Ranger's office phone number s (479) 394-2382.

 

10-14-19 11:16 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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