KAWX News Archives for 2019-09

Mena Police Report For September 22nd - 28th 

 

Reports from September 22, 2019 through September 28, 2019

 

September 22, 2019

Timothy Robinson, 32, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass.  The arrest a call from a local resident.

 

Richard Ducote, 41, of Mena was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and was served an outstanding warrant.

 

September 23, 2019

Officers responded to a disturbance at a local residence.  The information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for a possible warrant.

 

Police were dispatched to a local residence in regards to a complaint of harassment.  Case is pending statements from all witnesses and complainants.

 

September 24, 2019

Complaint was made by a Mena man regarding his former girlfriend harassing him.  No charges have been filed.

 

A local man reported that he had accidentally left his cell phone at a local laundromat.  When he returned, it was gone.  After reviewing the surveillance video from the business, a suspect was identified.  Case has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for a possible warrant.

 

Officers responded to a call from a local business owner concerning harassment of by local woman.  Case is pending further investigation.

 

Louisa Vidana, 35, of Fort Smith was arrested on an outstanding warrant.  She was held at the Scott County jail, and local officers went there to bring her back to Polk County.

 

September 25, 2019

A local woman reported that a neighbor had shot her dog with a BB gun, and that a pellet had broken a window in her house.  The neighbor agreed to replace the window.

 

A Mena woman reported that she was attacked by an acquaintance.  After interviewing both parties, no charges were filed at this time

 

September 26, 2019

Joshua Wright, 37, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass.  The arrest followed a complaint by a local resident.

 

A Mena woman reported that someone had let the air out of the tires on her vehicle while she was working.  Case pends further investigation and  location and interview of suspect.

 

Galia Bass, 57, of Heavener, Oklahoma was arrested and charged with DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. 

 

Dennis Stinson, 41, of Mena was arrested on a body attachment warrant from Polk County.

 

September 27, 2019

Robert Pierce, 41, of Mena was arrested on a felony warrant from Polk County.

 

Report was made of an accident.  The vehicle had been abandoned.  Case pends location of driver.

 

Garrett R. Bosley, 19, of Mena was arrested on three failure to appear warrants from Mena police.

 

September 28, 2019

A Mena woman reported the theft of several yard ornaments from her lawn.  Case is pending.

 

Report was made of a semi truck on fire in a local parking lot.  The case is with the Mena Fire Department.

 

Garrett R. Bosley, 19, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass after a call to a local business.

 

Justin Chicago, 21, of Mena was charged with DWI and driving left of center.  The arrest followed a call from a local resident.

 

 

9-30-19  4:30 p.m.  KAWX.ORG

 

0
comments


Polk County Sheriff's Log September 23rd - 29th

 

SHERIFF’S   LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 23 – September 29, 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.


September 23, 2019
Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Board Camp of being harassed by an acquaintance.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Traffic stop on Polk 63 near Yocana.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report of a vehicle pursuit on Highway 71 South near Hatfield led to the arrest of Logan S. Jacobs, 23, of Cove, on Charges of Fleeing, Reckless Driving, No Driver’s License and No Proof of Insurance.


September 24, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 626 near Nunley of missing prescription medications.  The items were later located.
Report from complainant on Polk 178 near Mena of the break-in and theft of clothing and alcohol, all valued at $50.00.  Investigation continues.
Arrested was Charles A. Harvey, 54, of Glenwood, on a Warrant for Commercial Burglary, Theft of Property and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.


September 25, 2019
Request for welfare check on two animals on Highway 8 East near Board Camp.  Deputy responded.
Report of a vehicle fire on Polk 76 West near Mena.  Deputy responded.
Report from complainant on Blackberry Lane in Shady of missing articles of clothing and prescription medications.  Investigation continues.


September 26, 2019

Report from complainant on Polk 184 near Acorn of the discovery of suspicious items.  Deputy responded.
Report from complainant on Polk 41 South near Potter of missing coins, valued at $500.00, that had been mailed to a business in another state.  Information has been forwarded to the proper authorities.
Report from complainant on Mullins Street in Hatfield of a hit-and-run accident, causing damage to their vehicle.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Traffic stop on Highway 71 near Mena led to the arrest of Kevin M. Sullivan, 59, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI.


September 27, 2019
Arrested was Kennith A. Kyle, 38, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation.
Report of a disturbance led to the arrest of Johnathan M. McBee, 18, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Traffic stop on Highway 8 East near Board Camp led to the arrest of Colby A. Miles, 30, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI.

September 28, 2019
Report from complainant on Crossing Lane near Cove of two missing packages of medical equipment, valued at $100.00.  Investigation continues.


September 29, 2019
Report from complainant on Pebble Lane near Board Camp of vandalism done to the residence.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Polk 41 South near Potter of a disturbance that had occurred earlier.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Highway 8 East near Board Camp of unauthorized person(s) on their property.  Investigation continues.
Traffic stop on Highway 8 East near Mena led to the arrest of Randall J. Dugan, 46, of Mena, on Charges of DWI, Driving Left of Center and Refusal to Submit.
Arrested was Timmy R. Lane, 31, of Norman, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. 

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

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 21 Incarcerated Inmates , with 9 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

PC19-00693

 

9-30-19 2:36 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Bring Your Bible To School Day October 3rd

 
More than half a million students from across the United States will join the Bring Your Bible to School movement on Thursday, October 3rd.
 
The annual student-led event, now in its sixth year, provides a unique opportunity for young people to share about their faith by highlighting its source – the Bible.
 
Throughout the day, children and teens will share their experiences via social media using the hashtag #BringYourBible.
 
 
For the first time this year, Focus on the Family will challenge Bring Your Bible to School Day participants to put into practice the “Live It” portion of the event’s “Bring It. Share It. Live It.” motto. Students and their families will be equipped with monthly challenges – specific, tangible actions they can take to live out their faith at school and in the community throughout the year. 
 
Students and families who sign up to participate in Bring Your Bible to School Day will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for four to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. 
 

Students can find more information, including the official video and stories from students and parents, at BringYourBible.org, where they can also sign up to participate and get free, downloadable guides. Elementary, teen and pastor/parent versions are available.

 

Students can also follow “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. The official hashtag is #BringYourBible.

 

To learn more about Bring Your Bible to School Day or to coordinate an interview with Focus’ education issues director and #BringYourBible spokesperson Candi Cushman, please contact Savannah Morgan at Savannah.Morgan@fotf.org

 

9-30-19 8:18 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Focus On The Family's daily radio program can be heard on KAWX weekdays at 6:30 am and 11:30 am. Listen locally at 93.1 FM, in the Hatfield-Cove-Vandervoort area on 94.9, or anywhere in the world at KAWX.ORG. You can also listen with a free KAWX app for your smartphone or tablet, on any smart device with the TuneIn app, or on Amazon Echo.

0
comments


Mena Homecoming Parade Wednesday, October 2nd

 

The 2019 Mena Homecoming Parade will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 starting at 5:30 pm in downtown Mena.

 
The parade will form at The Crossing Church, travel south on Mena Street, cross Hwy 71, then down to Dallas Avenue, left on Dallas Avenue and end at Mena High School.
 
Homecoming is Friday night, October 4th. 
 
The Homecoming game will be between the Bearcats and visiting Pottsville Apaches. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m.
 
Go Bearcats!
 
9-29-19 4:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Early Morning Fire In Mena Destroys Truck

 

The Mena Fire Department was dispatched to a truck fire just after 3:00 am Saturday in Mena. The truck was parked just off of Hwy 71 at the old Johnston Feed Mill location and was fully engulfed when firemen arrived minutes after it was reported by a passerby.

 


Emory Zakin with the Mena Fire Department said the fire possibly started in the engine compartment and was under investigation.
 
 
The truck belonged to Ricky Murphy of Mena and was a total loss. There were no injuries.
 

Firemen were on the scene until almost 5:00 am.
 
9-28-19 9:25 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

 

In 2016 in Arkansas, a total of 2,226 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and 400 women died from the disease.

 

Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. 

 

October is breast cancer awareness month. This is an opportunity to remind Arkansans of the importance of mammograms for early detection and life style changes that could help prevent cancer.

 

Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms.

 

In 2017, the General Assembly passed Act 708 which ensures that insurance policies cover annual mammograms for women over 40. It also ensures that 3D mammograms or ultrasounds are covered for women with dense breast tissue. While traditional mammograms are effective for many women, the ultrasound can detect changes in women with dense breast tissue.

 

Only about 5–10% of breast cancers are believed to be hereditary, meaning they’re caused by abnormal changes in certain genes passed from parent to child.

 

The vast majority of people who get breast cancer have no family history, suggesting that other factors must be at work, such as environment and lifestyle.

 

If you are uninsured or underinsured, you may qualify for a free or low-cost mammogram through the Arkansas BreastCare program.

 

BreastCare’s mission is to increase the rate of early detection of breast and cervical cancer and reduce the morbidity and mortality rates among women in Arkansas by lowering barriers to screening that result from lack of information, financial means, or access to quality services. It is funded by the Arkansas Department of Health with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax.

 

For more information visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov.

 

9-27-19 4:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: 10 years of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery

 
Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: 10 years of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, and today I’d like to talk about the progress we’ve made and about the opportunities the scholarships have provided for many of our young people.
 
One of my goals when I became governor in 2015 was to transform Arkansas’s state government so that it would be leaner.  We have reduced the number of cabinet-level agencies from 42 to 15. We reduced the size of government without cutting any essential services, and in many cases, we have improved the state’s responsiveness.
 
But during my first weeks in office in 2015, I first started our transformation efforts with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. I ended the Lottery Commission and folded the lottery into the Department of Finance and Administration.
 
This change streamlined the agency and allowed for more efficiency. We reduced the number of employees from 80 to about 70. This change and effective leadership boosted public confidence, and ticket sales increased almost immediately, which means more money going to the scholarship fund. We have now funded scholarships to 292,000 students.
 
Through the years, we have enhanced the program to benefit even more students. Act 597 of 2017 allows students to apply an Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship towards a graduate-level or professional degree.
 
Lottery proceeds also fund workforce training opportunities. The Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship pays for tuition and fees up to $800 per eligible program for high-demand occupations in health care, information technology, and trades such as welding, and heating and air conditioning.
 
In addition, this spring, I signed the Arkansas Concurrent Challenge Scholarship law, which allows excess lottery proceeds to fund concurrent credit scholarships for high school juniors and seniors who are seeking college credit. This will be available in January.
 
The beauty of the scholarship program is in the stories of the students such as Allison Warner from Beebe, who was the first in her family to attend college. She used the lottery scholarship to pursue a nursing degree from Arkansas State University. Allison passed her board exams in May, and now she is an RN at Northeast Arkansas Baptist Hospital.
 
Miriam Ramirez used her Lottery scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech. She earned her juris doctor at the University of Arkansas School of Law. In 2017, she opened her own law firm in Hot Springs. I recently appointed her as a member of the Arkansas Complete-Count Committee, which will promote participation in the U.S. Census next year. Miriam would not have been able to go to college without the Lottery scholarship.
 
I commend Director Bishop Woosley and his staff for their work that raises money to provide an education for many Arkansans who otherwise couldn’t afford one.
 
9-27-19 4:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

Washington Works to Stave Off Farm Bankruptcies

 

Our farmers are dealing with the perfect storm right now. Commodity prices are below the cost of production. Standoffs with critical trading partners have created additional uncertainty that has only compounded worries. A rainy fall and spring have hampered planting season and, in the case of Arkansas, produced one of the worst floods in our state’s history. Together, these troubles have left many of our family farmers and ranchers facing a dire economic outlook.

 

Arkansas farmers are far from alone. Conditions across the nation are equally challenging. Farm incomes in 2018 were down sharply again for the fifth consecutive year, total farm debt has climbed to levels not seen since the early 1980s and far too many family farms in our rural communities are barely hanging on or have already filed for bankruptcy. 

 

Farming is a highly rewarding, but extremely stressful profession. As one can imagine, any vocation where many factors that impact your bottom line are out of your control makes for a challenging way of life. This is particularly true in recent years, where those dynamics seem to shift on a daily basis.

 

Just how bad is it out there in rural America? Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) data paints a bleak picture. Delinquency rates for commercial agricultural loans in both the real estate and non-real estate lending sectors are at a six-year high.

 

With these alarming numbers poised to rise higher, Congress has stepped up efforts to give family farmers additional protection in bankruptcy proceedings. We recently passed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, a measure that raises the Chapter 12 debt limit to $10 million, and the president quickly signed it into law. This action will help create an extra layer of protections for struggling family farmers.

 

Washington is putting extra emphasis on programs to assist struggling farmers in an effort to stave off additional bankruptcies.

 

At President Trump’s request, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing up to $16 billion in trade mitigation programs to support our farmers in an effort to help those impacted by China’s retaliatory actions. The bulk of the funds will be allocated in the form of payments to producers affected by China’s policy decisions, with the remainder going toward the purchase of surplus commodities affected by trade retaliation and toward the development of new export markets for American producers.   

 

Additionally, USDA has approved disaster declarations for farmers, ranchers and others in the parts of rural America hit hardest by inclement weather and natural disasters. This includes the Arkansas counties hit hard by the historic flooding earlier this year. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Conservation Service and Risk Management Agency offer programs that help producers recover losses, manage risk and rehabilitate farms and ranches. I encourage Arkansas agriculture producers who have suffered losses as a result to contact the local FSA office for assistance.

 

While these are all helpful efforts, Arkansans who make their livelihood in agriculture understand that increasing market access and improving existing trade deals are the best way to improve their long-term outlook. To that end, we are making progress. The president recently announced a new trade agreement with Japan that will expand access for U.S. agriculture exports. He and his team worked hard to get Canada and Mexico to the negotiating table to formalize a more mutually beneficial agreement that the Senate stands ready to finalize. My colleagues and I are committed to building on these positive developments toward a brighter future for America’s farmers and ranchers.

 

9-27-19 4:23 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments September 13th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, 25th

 
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. Charles A. Harvey, W/M, age 54, Count I-II: Commercial Burglary, a Class "C" Felony. Count III: Theft Of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. Count IV-VI: Criminal Mischief In 1st Degree, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that he has been convicted of four (4) or more felonies. 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Timothy Perales, W/M, age 35, Count I: Probation Violation. The original offense was Possession Of A Controlled Substance Schedule I, II Meth or Cocaine <2g, Possession f Drug Paraphernalia Meth of Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor). Bond was set at $5,000.00.

State of Arkansas Vs. Stacie Shores, W/F, age 29, Count I: Delivery Of Methamphetamine Or Cocaine, a Class "C" Felony. The Sate of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fac that she has been convicted of more than one (1) but fewer than four (4) felonies.
 

State of Arkansas Vs. Stacie Shores, W/F, age 29, Count I: Violation Of Suspended Imposition Of Sentence. The original offense was Delivery of Meth or Cocaine, a Class "C" Felony. Bond was set at $50,000.00.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Jeffery Parnell, W/M, age 58, Count I: Domestic Battery In The Second Degree, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Traci E. Todd, W/F, age 27, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Cody D. Dees, W/M, age 34, Count I: Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Count III: Possession Of A Schedule IV or V Controlled Substance, CLONAZEPAM, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Lee E. Wisnoski, W/M, age 45, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Richard D. Ducote, W/M, age 43, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine, a Class "D" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fac that he had been convicted of more than one (1) felony but fewer than four (4) felonies.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Richard D. Ducote, W/M, age 43, Count I: Violation Of Suspended Imposition Of Sentence. The original offenses were Possession of Methamphetamine With Purpose To Deliver, a Class "B" Felony, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "B" Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Bon was set at $5,000.00.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Louisa Marie Vidana, W/F, age 35, Count I: False Imprisonment In The First Degree, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: False Imprisonment In The First Degree, a Class "C" Felony. Count III: False Imprisonment In The First Degree, a Class "C" Felony. Count IV-V: Breaking Or Entering, a Class "D" Felony. Count VI: Assault In The Second Degree, a Class "B" Felony. Count VII: Theft Of Property, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 
 
9-27-19 11:41 a.m. KAWX.ORG
 
 

0
comments


Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

 

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

September 27, 2019

 

LITTLE ROCK –Tourism in Arkansas grew at a healthy rate last year, whether it’s measured in total spending or how many people visited the state or how many jobs are supported by the travel industry.

 

An official report was released detailing the role of tourism on the state economy, and the secretary of Parks, Heritage and Tourism called it a “banner year of growth for Arkansas’s tourism industry.”

 

Almost 68,000 Arkansas residents work in jobs directly within the travel industry, she said. More than 32 million visitors spent money traveling through Arkansas. Spending on travel grew by 4.4 percent over the previous year, bringing the total amount of travel expenditures in Arkansas to almost $7.4 billion for 2018.

 

Arkansas tourism officials rely heavily on data and modern technology to market the state. Nature and outdoor activities are still a staple of our marketing strategy, but for the past several years our tourism officials also have emphasized the availability of cultural experiences, such as fine restaurants, art galleries, music venues and historical sites.

 

A major source of revenue for marketing campaigns is the state’s tourism tax on travel-related lodging, such as hotel rooms, camp grounds and boat rentals. It generated more than $16 million in 2018.

 

Marketing campaigns generally focus on major centers of population in nearby states, such as Dallas, Springfield, Chicago, Memphis, Kansas City and Tulsa.

 

Our presence on the Internet is crucial, so that when potential visitors see a location of interest when they are “surfing the Net,” it is easy for them to make reservations and schedule activities online. Also, tourism officials try to make it simple to request a brochure.

 

Niche marketing focuses on motorcycle enthusiasts, Civil War buffs, birdwatchers, people interested in the history of the civil rights movement, hunters and fishermen, mountain bikers, hikers and stargazers.

 

A traditional staple of marketing is to educate people about the possibility of unearthing a diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.

 

The Buffalo National River recently was designated as an international dark sky park, which means people can see the stars more clearly because of the absence of streetlights, electric signs and other types of urban lighting.

 

Feedback is critical, in order to determine how effectively our marketing efforts are working. Keeping up with new technologies is also important. This year podcast audio advertising will be tested, as will a campaign in Colorado aimed at mountain bikers.

 

It’s projected that 46 percent of advertising dollars will be spent on digital media and 54 percent on traditional media, like newspaper inserts, magazines and television.

 

In related news, the governor issued an executive order creating the Buffalo River Conservation Committee. It will be made up of the secretaries of the Department of Energy and Environment; Agriculture; Parks, Heritage and Tourism; and Health.

 

The executive order cites the ongoing need for state officials to cooperate with local property and business owners, to manage the watershed to maintain “the highest level of water quality.”

 

The governor also announced that $2 million was available for grants for water quality and conservation projects in the Buffalo River watershed. The state will provide $1 million and the other $1 million will be from the Nature Conservancy and the Buffalo River Foundation.

 

9-27-19 8:49 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Listen to KAWX in the Mena area on 93.1 FM, or in the Hatfield-Cove-Vandervoort area on 94.9 FM, or anywhere in the world at KAWX.ORG. You can also listen with a free KAWX app for your smartphone or tablet, on any smart device with the TuneIn app, or on Amazon Echo!

0
comments


Bud & Dorothie Meador Interment Service

A joint service for Bud and Dorothie will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. at their final resting place in the Daniel Cemetery in Wickes, AR. It will be the final call for "Bud's home."

 

Bud & Dorothie Meador

December 26, 1931 - February 13, 2018

 

Dorothie Ann Meador

Dorothie Ann Meador, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, surrounded by three generations of her family. She was born on Dec. 26, 1931, in Winona, Minn., to Mary Elizabeth (Lindermuth) and Clifford Brown.

Dorothie married Bud Meador on June 8, 1949, in Omaha, Neb., and they were side by side for 68 years until his death on Jan. 18, 2017. Bud and Dorothie raised eight children in Champaign, Ill., and Ames. In retirement, they moved to Bella Vista, AR., for warmer weather and to be close to Bud's family. She enjoyed spending time with family, shopping, baking and playing bingo.

Dorothie is survived by eight children, Dean (Sarah), of Mahomet, Ill., Margaret, of Slater, Vince (Jenny), of Seattle, Wash., Tom (Jody) of Duluth, Minn., Mary, of Ames, Kern (Becky), of Mesquite, Texas, Gary, of Minneapolis, and Eric (Corrie), of Loveland, Colo.; 13 grandchildren Erin, Danielle, Gavin, Justin, Merideth, Timothy, Amy, Amanda, Gabriel, Cristian, Ryan, Alexandria and Avery; and her three great-grandchildren Katherine, Grayson and August.

In addition to Bud, she was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Chester, Margaret, Clifford, Charles, Frederick, John, Waneta, Donna and Leroy. A joint service for Bud and Dorothie will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. at their final resting place in the Daniel Cemetery in Wickes, AR. Cards may be sent to the family in care of Margaret Thompson, PO Box 153, Slater, IA 50244.

Bud Joseph Meador

Bud Joseph Meador, 87, passed away Jan. 18, 2017, with his wife, Dorothie at his side. Bud was born on Dec. 21, 1929, in Vandervoort, Ark., to Delta Louise (Meyers) and George Wilson Meador. Bud married Dorothie Ann Brown on June 8, 1949. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in mathematics and was a statistician at Iowa State University. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and running.

Bud is survived by Dorothie; his children, Dean (Sarah), Margaret, Vince (Jenny), Tom, Mary, Kern (Becky), Gary and Eric (Carrie); his grandchildren, Erin, Danielle, Gavin, Justin, Merideth, Timothy, Amy, Amanda, Gabriel, Cristian, Ryan, Alexandria and Avery; his great-grandchildren, Katie and Grayson; and his siblings Harry, Sybil, Pierre, Parker and Bill.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, G.W., Gerald, Geraldine, Joyce and Patricia.

A joint service for Bud and Dorothie will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. at their final resting place in the Daniel Cemetery in Wickes, AR. It will be the final call for "Bud's home."

 

9-26-19 10:40 a.m. KAWX.ORG

0
comments


Mr. Crappie Invitational and Crappie Expo in Hot Springs October 4-6

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK — Get hooked on fishing and learn from some of the best in the crappie-fishing world at the inaugural Mr. Crappie Invitational and Crappie Expo in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Oct. 4-6.

 

One hundred of America’s top crappie-fishing teams have been invited to compete for $100,000 on Lake Hamilton, one of the most popular boating and angling destinations in Arkansas. 

 

On Friday through Sunday, the anglers invited to the tournament will fish Lake Hamilton with take-off scheduled for 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will take place at the Hulsey Hatchery ramp on Friday and at Bank OZK Convention Center Saturday and Sunday. Spectators will be welcome to follow anglers throughout the day to learn how they dissect a lake and use a particular technique, but are reminded to please keep a respectful distance. 

 

While the anglers are on the water, Bank OZK Arena will be full of exhibitors from across the country, working to make everyone’s next trip to the water a success. The family-friendly expo will be full of all sorts of displays as well as vendors selling the latest lures and gear for crappie fishing.

 

Wally Marshall of Anna, Texas, known around the world as Mister Crappie, organized the Expo and Invitational tournament to be the largest celebration of crappie fishing in the world.

 

“The Crappie Expo will consist of over 100 crappie-related companies from all over the U.S.A. displaying all of their products,” Marshall said. “We’ll have boat manufacturers, tackle dealers, fishing guides, seminar speakers, country music concerts, plus the world’s largest crappie fry."

 

Marshall said his vision for the expo was to hold the world’s largest crappie store under one roof, not only for the fans, but also the vendors.

 

“I wanted to put something together where the people who make the lures and equipment have a chance to talk one-on-one with the anglers who use their products,” Marshall said. “Manufacturers learn all the time from anglers on how they’ve made tweaks to lures and other products to make them better, and I want to help make that happen. And any crappie fanatic looking to purchase the latest and greatest crappie products on the market will have everything right in front of them."

 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and Berkley Fishing will have large mobile aquariums at the Expo to help educate attendees on fish found in Arkansas and anglers’ favorite lures to chase them.

 

Marshall said the World’s Largest Crappie Fry will be on Saturday, October 5, starting at 11 a.m. in the parking area behind the Convention Center. Free tickets to the crappie fry will be given out at booths inside the Expo. The free fish will be given away until the supply of fillets runs out.

 

Visit www.crappieexpo.com for more information.

 

9-26-19 8:21 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

 

The weekly Arkansas Fishing Report is broken up into regions of the state. Click on the region you are interested in below.

 

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Sept. 25, 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.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

9-25-19 3:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Listen to KAWX in the Mena, Arkansas area on 93.1 FM, and in the Hatfield-Cove-Vandervoort, Arkansas area on 94.9. Listen anywhere in the word at KAWX.ORG, or with a free KAWX app for your smartphone or tablet. You can also listen to KAWX on any smart device with the TuneIn app, or on Amazon Echo!

0
comments


Race Track Road Vehicle Fire Destroys Pickup, Occupants Escape Without Injury

 

Two occupants of a pickup truck escaped without injuries early Wednesday morning when the vehicle caught fire on Race Track Road close to where it turns into P. Reed Road. The occupants, according to a nearby resident, were a lady and young child.

 

Click here for video of the fire.

 
Acorn Fire Department was paged out a little after 7:30 a.m. Mena Fire Department also responded to provide mutual aid.
 
Firemen were on the scene shortly after the page went out but the vehicle was already fully engulfed in flames and they were unable to save it.
 
Race Track Road was blocked to traffic for a while until the ruins could be removed and road cleared of debris. 
 
In addition to the Acorn Fire Department and Mena Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police, Mena Police, and Southwest EMS also responded. 
 
9-25-19 8:59 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


SEE YOU AT THE POLE 2019 September 25th

 

 

See You At The Pole 2019 is Wednesday, September 25th.

 

See You at the Pole™, the global day of student prayer, began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students praying at their school. Twenty years later, millions pray on their campuses on the fourth Wednesday in September.

See You at the Pole™ is simply a prayer rally where students meet at the school flagpole before school to lift up their friends, families, teachers, school, and nation to God. See You at the Pole™ is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event.

The See You at the Pole Story

 

A small group of teenagers in Burleson, Texas, came together for a DiscipleNow weekend in early 1990. Little did they know that God was about to move in power. On that Saturday night, the students were broken and burdened for their friends. Compelled to pray, yet not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God was using them to birth a movement.

 

Those teenagers, like others who were holding similar prayer meetings at their schools, placed a vision in the hearts of youth leaders across Texas—for students to pray on the same day. The name See You at the Pole™ came from an early brainstorming session and the vision was shared with 20,000 students in June 1990 at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.

 

At 7 a.m. on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray. A few months later, youth ministers from all over the country met at a national conference in Colorado. Many reported that their students had heard about SYATP and were equally burdened for their schools. It became clear that students across the country would be taking part. There was no stopping them! On September 11, 1991, at 7 a.m., an estimated one million students gathered at school flagpoles from Boston to Los Angeles.

 

See You at the Pole™ has grown to God-sized proportions, spreading around the world. God used the obedience of a small group of teens to start an international movement of prayer among young people. In Australia, one youth group that went to several different schools met for SYATP in May, the start of their school year. Once again the word spread and now, students gather all over that nation. Today, more than two million students from all 50 states and more than 20 other countries participate in SYATP. Thousands of inspiring testimonies of how God has used students at See You at the Pole™ to impact lives affirm God’s power to answer those who cry out to Him in humble dependence. Bible clubs, weekly prayer gatherings, and other on-campus ministries have been launched on campuses where students have stepped up and led out to pray.

 

Join millions around the world in asking God to bring revival. Whether you stand by yourself or among hundreds, know that you are part of a vast, united student-led movement of prayer. Be a part of what God wants to do on your campus, in your city, and our world through your prayers. Be a part of See You at the Pole™ !

 

9-24-19 2:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Sales Tax and Road Improvement Tax Collections Up For August

 
Polk County Treasurer Tanya K. Fretz has released the Sales Tax report for September 2019. The September amounts reflect taxes collected in August. Both the Sales Tax General and Road Improvement Sales Tax are 1% taxes.
 
The amount collected in August and reported in September for each tax was $133,844.85, which is $9,654.54 more than for the same period in 2018.
 
Year to date the taxes have generated $1,166,711 each, a $21,618 increase over the same period in 2018 for each.
 
9-24-19 10:43 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Sheriff's Log September 16th - 22nd

 

SHERIFF’S   LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 16 – September 22, 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.


September 16, 2019
Report from complainant on Amber Lane near Mena of a scam, totaling losses at $16,000.00.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on School Street in Cove of the theft of a vehicle and a hitch, all valued at $700.00.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Mustang Lane near Shady Grove of stolen and forged checks, totaling losses at $3,700.00.
Arrested was Jason G. Myers, 42, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Simultaneous Possession of  Drugs and Firearms, and Maintaining a Drug Premise.  Also arrested was Michele R. Allen, 47, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, and Maintaining a Drug Premise.
Request for assistance from complainant on Polk 195 near Ink.  Deputy responded.
Arrested was Shannon L. House, 52, of Grannis, on two Warrants for Failure to Appear.


September 17, 2019
Report from complainant on School Street in Cove of being threatened by an unknown individual.  Investigation continues.
Report of a disturbance led to a 17-year-old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Battery 3rd Degree.  The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.
Report from complainant on Highway 375 East near Mena of the violation of a No Contact Order.  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.  Deputies responded.
Report of a disturbance in the Polk County Detention Center led to Citations for Impairing the Operations of a Vital Public Facility being issued to each Crystal L. Davis, 35, of Glenwood and Stacie L. Shores, 29, of Mena.
Arrested by an officer with the Drug Task Force was Eric D. Revels, 35, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Meth/Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Maintaining a Drug Premise and a Warrant for Failure to Appear.  Also arrested was Candi Revels, 36, of Mena, on Charges of Possession of Meth/Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Drug Premise.


September 18, 2019
Report from the Polk County Detention Center of the discovery of a suspicious material.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report of an unattended death on Atlans Lane near Potter.  Deputies responded.
Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Jeffery D. Parnell, 58, of Mena, on a Warrant for Domestic Battery 2nd Degree.
Arrested by an officer with Arkansas Probation/Parole was Timothy W. Perales, 35, of Mena, on Warrants for Probation Violation, Failure to Appear and a Body Attachment Warrant.


September 19, 2019
Arrested was Lee E. Wisnoski, 45, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of Methamphetamine and Warrants for Failure to Appear, Failure to Comply with a Court Order, Saline County Warrant and two Benton PD Warrants.  Also arrested was Traci E. Todd, 27, of Hatfield, on a Charge of Possession of Methamphetamine, Warrant for Battery 3rd Degree, a Sevier County Warrant and a Hot Springs PD Warrant.
Report from complainant on Polk 89 near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property.  Investigation continues.
Arrested was Douglas L. Carney, 51, of Wickes, on three Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.


September 20, 2019
Report of a disturbance led to the arrest of Johnathan M. McBee, 18, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Traffic stop on Highway 8 East near Board Camp led to the arrest of Colby A. Miles, 30, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI.


September 21, 2019
Traffic stop on Polk 44 near Mena led to the arrest of Donnie E. Jennings, 41, of Waldron, on a LeFlore County, OK Warrant.  Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Polk 35 near Hatfield of an individual that had been ran over by a vehicle.  Deputies responded.
Traffic stop on Polk 71 in Yocana led to the arrest of Darrin R. Cannon, 51, of Mena, on a Charge of DWI.
Report from complainant on Polk 71 near Yocana of suspicious gunfire.  Deputies responded.  Investigation continues.


September 22, 2019
Report from a Cove man that his 16-year-old daughter is missing.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Cove of the break-in and theft of a vehicle and a generator.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Lil George Lane near Yocana of unauthorized persons on their property.  Deputies responded.  Investigation continues.
Arrested was Timothy S. Woods, 43, of Hatfield, on a Charge of Theft of Property. 

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

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 28 Incarcerated Inmates , with 9 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

PC19-00674

 

9-24-19 10:18 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


High Speed Chase Lands Cove Resident In Jail

 

Logan Jacobs, age 23, of Cove, Arkansas was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Monday September 23, 2019 shortly before 7 pm. Sheriff Scott Sawyer reports that Deputy Jeremy Miller attempted to stop a blue mini van on Highway 71 north of Cove at approximately 6:45 pm. The minivan, driven by Logan Jacobs, failed to stop and instead accelerated northbound on Hwy 71 into Hatfield at speeds reaching 100 mph.

 



Jacobs turned onto 1st street in Hatfield and then turned west onto West Johnson street. Jacobs headed west on West Johnson at a high rate of speed. He failed to negotiate a left hand curve, leaving approximately 150 feet of skid before leaving the roadway and striking a tree. Jacobs was taken into custody. He refused medical treatment at the scene and was transported to the Polk County Detention Center.

 



Logan Jacobs is currently facing charges of Fleeing in a Vehicle, Careless Driving, No Insurance, and No Driver's License.

 

9-24-19 9:37 a.m. KAW.ORG 

0
comments


Commodity Distribution In Mena September 24th and October 30th

 
 
ARVAC, Inc. has announced that commodities will be distributed to the general public in Mena on September 24th and October 30th at the Polk County Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
 
Proof of income, date(s) of birth, and social security numbers are required for all household members.
 
For further informatiom, contact the Polk County ARVAC office at (479) 394-4707 or go by the ARVAC office at 606 Pine Street in the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) in Mena.
 
9-24-19 6:35 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Free Genealogy Workshop at QWSP near Mena Set for October 5th

 

The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will present a free, genealogy workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday, October 5th, at Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena.

 

SARA Archival Manager Melissa Nesbitt will present “Behind the Scenes: How to Start Researching Your Family History.” The workshop is an introduction into basic genealogy research. Attendees can bring family information, such as family members’ full names, place of residency and dates of birth, marriage and death for help researching. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and practice research skills gleaned from the workshop!

 

Nesbitt is a skilled genealogy researcher whose methods bring results. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, was the curator at Ace of Clubs House at Texarkana Museums System and is a board member of the Arkansas Genealogical Society. She has held genealogy research lectures, workshops and symposium events for years.

 

The workshop is in partnership with Queen Wilhelmina State Park, which is part of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

 

For more information about the workshop or SARA, contact Nesbitt at melissa.nesbitt@arkansas.gov or 870-983-2633. More information about Queen Wilhelmina State Park is available at www.arkansasstateparks.com.

 

About the Arkansas State Archives

 

Arkansas State Archives is a division of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world. The State Archives has two branch locations at Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives in Washington.

 

Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage are the Arkansas Arts CouncilArkansas Historic Preservation ProgramArkansas Natural Heritage CommissionDelta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas MuseumMosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum.

 

9-24-19 4:49 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

If you have local news tips or would like to place an item on our KAWX.ORG Community Caelendar, email us at communityradio@live.com.

0
comments


Queen Wilhelmina Cleanup Saturday, September 28th, Volunteers Needed

 
Volunteers are invited to help pick up trash along the beautiful Talimena Scenic Drive this Saturday, September 28, 2019.
 
Volunteer registration begins at 9:00 a.m at the amphitheater next to the Wonder House at Queen Wilhelmina State Park.
 
Volunteers will be supplies with trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other needed items and assigned a location.
 
There will be a limited number of t-shirts for the first volunteers to register and there will be prizes given at the end of the cleanup.
 
Be sure and bring snacks and water.
 
Pick-up sticks or grabbers are recommended of you have them.
 
For more information, call the State Park at (479) 394-2863.
 
If the event has to be canceled do to rain, the rain date will be October 5, 2019.
 
9-23-19 5:37 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Mena Police Report For September 15th, 2019 - September 21st, 2019 

 

Mena Police Reports for September 15th, 2019 - September 21st, 2019 

 

September 15, 2019

Report was made of a gas-skip at a local convenience store. Case is pending.

Manager at a local grocery store reported having received a forged check.  Case is pending.

Kenneth Clements, 56, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct.  The arrest followed a call to a local residence.

 

September 16, 2019

Officers responded to a prowler complaint at a local residence. No suspects at this time.

Zack Cochran, 23, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass.  The incident followed a call to a local retail store.

Audrey Simmons, 33, was charged with possession of methamphetamine.  Also charged in the incident with driving on a suspended license was Veronica Maddox, 22.  A warrant was served on Benito Munoz, 50.  All three individuals are from Mena.

Deborah Oneal, 53, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs from the Polk County sheriff’s office.

Eric Revels, 35, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from the Mena police.  Arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

September 17, 2019

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

Johnny Head, 21, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant.

Joni McKee, 38, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant.

 

September 18, 2019

A Mena woman reported that she is being harassed by her former boyfriend and his new girlfriend.  Case pending.

Nathan Yates, 46, of Smithville, Oklahoma was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, littering, and speeding following a traffic stop.

 

September 19, 2019

Veronica Maddox, 22, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass after officers responded to a call at a local retail store.

Lake Richards, 60, , of Mena was charged with shoplifting and criminal trespass at a local retail store.

 

September 20, 2019

William Robison, 36, of Mena was charged with battery, interference with emergency communications, and failure to stop after an accident.  The arrest followed a call to a local residence.

 

September 21, 2019

Cody Dees, 34, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of I or II controlled substance.  The arrest followed a call regarding someone attempting to break into a local residence.

James Grossman, 56, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from Polk County.

 

9-23-19 11:26 a.m. KAWX.ORG

0
comments


State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

 

In Arkansas, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will be the victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime. In 2018, 44 Arkansans died as a result of domestic violence.

 

Domestic violence occurs among all types of families, regardless of income, profession, region, ethnicity, educational level or race.

 

This week, a rally was held inside the Capitol to raise awareness as we approach Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The Governor and legislators also recognized the work of the 32 domestic violence shelters across the state assisting 18,000 Arkansans last year.

 

Every year, we study ways to strengthen our domestic violence laws in an effort to reduce and eliminate this epidemic.

 

In the 2019 Regular Session we passed the following bills addressing domestic violence:

 

ACT 499 creates a privilege of communication between a victim of domestic violence and the personnel of a domestic violence shelter or center and makes confidential certain communications between a victim and a victim advocate.

 

Act 498 reconciles the differences between the offenses of domestic battering in the first degree and battery in the first degree and increases the penalties for battery offenses under certain circumstances.

 

Act 324 allows for an additional sentence of 1 to 10 years in prison if certain offenses are committed in the presence of a child.  The offenses include murder, aggravated robbery, felony assault or battery, and rape. Domestic violence is the leading predictor of child abuse.

 

Act 113 helps ensure that the $25 fee added to domestic violence convictions is directed to fund domestic violence shelters.

 

Act 908 amends the Arkansas code concerning orders of protection to align with federal code.

 

Domestic violence not only affects victims and families, it harms entire communities.

 

Below are numbers to 24-hour crisis lines:

 

Women and Children First - (800) 332-4443

 

Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault - (800) 656-4673

 

Arkansas State Police Child Abuse - (800) 482-5964

 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

 

National Human Trafficking Resource Center - (888) 373-7888.

 

9-21-19 7:53 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Spreading The Word About Computer Science

 
Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Spreading the Word About Computer Science
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – I have just finished my ninth Computer Coding tour of Arkansas schools, and today I’d like to talk about our computer-science success.

I tour the state because I enjoy the chance to meet thousands of students and teachers and to see the work they are doing. I also like the chance to encourage students who think they aren’t interested in coding to take a class just to see what it’s all about.

I make this tour twice a year to spread the word that computer science leads to a good career. And a workforce that is trained in computer science is the foundation to growing Arkansas in a technology-driven economy.

In my first month as governor, I signed the law that required every high school to teach computer science. We were the first state to do that, and our national reputation grew.

More importantly, so did enrollment in computer science courses. Enthusiasm for coding exceeded my expectations, and our numbers back up our reputation. When I became governor, only 1,100 students in the entire state were enrolled in a computer science class.

This past school year, the number rose to more than 8,000, an increase of 620 percent over 2015. The number of girls enrolled in computer science has increased from 223 in 2015 to over 2,400 today. That is an increase of more than a thousand percent over four years.

But it is the individual stories that tell our story best. When I visited Buffalo Island on the spring tour, students demonstrated software that will detect CO2 emissions from soil. At Brinkley, a 6-year-old showed me a watch he has programmed.

On the first day of our last tour, I announced that we have increased the stipend for teachers who are trained and certified to teach computer science. Now teachers who return to school for further training can receive a $2,000 stipend every year for up to five years.

To further motivate and honor teachers, we’ve created an award for the Computer Science Educator of the Year. Our first teacher of the year was Karma Turner of Lake Hamilton High. Karma taught math for 21 years. In 2016, she taught her first coding class. Now she teaches coding levels one through four.

The stops on my autumn tour were Midland High School in Pleasant Plains; Armorel High School in Blytheville; Calico Rock High School; Foreman High School; Sylvan Hills Middle School in Sherwood; Lonoke High School; Eureka Springs High School; and Mulberry High School.

I always tell students that if they know computer coding and have access to high-speed internet, they can sit on their front porch anywhere in Arkansas and run the world. After I spoke at Midland, a gentleman shared with me his wife is doing just that. She earns $70,000 a year working for an international data analytics company from their home in Pleasant Plains.

Arkansas has been one of the states to lead the way in computer science education. I want Arkansas to continue to lead.
 
9-21-19 7:45 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

 

Improving the Coordination of Suicide Prevention Efforts

 

 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. I’ve made reducing the rate of suicide, particularly among veterans in Arkansas and around the country, one of my top priorities. Our men and women who are serving or have served in uniform suffer a disproportionately higher rate of suicide compared to the general population. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that more than 20 veterans die by suicide daily. This suicide rate among veterans is nearly twice that of the general public. Veterans are particularly vulnerable and account for about 20 percent of suicides in Arkansas. This is truly a national crisis.

 

Congress is working to change the statistics. Over the last ten years, we’ve nearly quadrupled the VA’s funding for suicide prevention efforts. Unfortunately, the additional resources haven’t significantly improved the situation. As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I urged VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to do more to prevent veteran suicides.

 

One way to decrease the number of veterans who take their own lives is to create a VA grant program to leverage veteran-serving nonprofits and other community networks. Working with outside organizations will be particularly important because only six of the 20 veterans who die by suicide are receiving VA services. We have to tap into other groups that may be reaching these individuals.

 

In June, I introduced the IMPROVE Wellbeing of Veterans Act to allow the VA to tap into current community programs and provide a framework for better coordinating those community efforts and measuring the results. Secretary Wilkie called this bill the “key” to unlocking the veteran suicide crisis. This month he urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass companion legislation introduced by my colleagues in the House of Representatives.

 

There are ongoing efforts at all levels of government to tackle this emergency. In Arkansas, we are blessed to have community-based groups providing support, services and outreach to at-risk veterans. I’ve heard how individual organizations are working to save the lives of our veterans, and as part of the “Serving AR Vets” tour, we brought together Natural State organizations and locally-serving representatives from federal government agencies, all of whom are working toward this common goal.

 

Coordination and collaboration among veteran-serving parties will empower us to harness the information, resources and knowledge concerning the effectiveness of suicide prevention programs. This will enable us to model future initiatives off successful services and make changes to efforts that haven’t shown results. Leveraging the experiences of organizations working to decrease veteran suicides is a more effective approach that will help save more lives.

 

Having the support of government agencies, private organizations and individuals is critical to addressing this epidemic. No one entity can solve this problem. It must be a cooperative effort that includes input from veteran-serving organizations to the VA and the Department of Defense. We all share the same commitment. Sharing information and implementing policies to make it easier for Americans in a crisis will go a long way to help reduce veteran suicides.

 

9-20-19 2:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


State Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

 

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

September 20, 2019

 

LITTLE ROCK – The joint Senate and House Committees on Public Health, Welfare and Labor approved a study proposal to combat the dramatic increase in teenagers’ use of vaping products, also known as e-cigarettes.

 

Also last week, the President Pro Tem of the Senate released a draft version of proposed legislation to restrict and tax vaping products in the same way that smoking is restricted and taxed. The legislature should act promptly, he said, because every day more young people get addicted to vaping products.

 

The health committee heard reports from the state’s top public health officials on the epidemic levels of vaping among young people. The Health Secretary reported that eight Arkansans had been hospitalized. Some of the people used vaping products to inhale THC, an ingredient in marijuana.

 

Vaping is advertised as a way to ingest nicotine, an ingredient in tobacco that is very addictive. Although vaping is often considered a safer alternative to cigarettes, and has been marketed as a safer alternative, studies are being completed that indicate vaping causes serious damage to the lungs and the heart.

 

The House chairman of the Public Health Committee said that Arkansas does not have the luxury of waiting on the results of research.

 

Vaping products are marketed to young people by adding flavors and with names like Rainbow Drops and Cotton Candy, the committee heard. The flavor additives may be safe to eat or drink, but in vaping products they are heated and inhaled, which can cause lung damage.

 

The Senate chairman said she had encountered a vaping product called Lucky Charms, which is also the name of a children’s breakfast cereal.

 

A school superintendent said that confiscation of vaping products had risen by 420 percent over the past three years, even though the products are small and disguised to be easily hidden from teachers. They are made to look like USB drives and ballpoint pens. One coach confiscated one in the shape of a fidget spinner.

 

A public health official from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences reported that in recent years use of vaping products among adults had remained constant, at the same that that use among young people had increased.

 

Studies indicate people who vape are more likely to have heart disease, she said.

 

While research is still ongoing being conducted on the long-term effects of vaping, public health officials are growing alarmed at the recent increase in acute cases. People are being sent to the hospital for vaping.

 

Public health officials emphasize that raising the cost of tobacco and vaping products would quickly reduce usage by teenagers, because they don’t have as much money as adults.

 

Because vaping is allowed in places where smoking is prohibited, a perception exists that it is an acceptable alternative. Also, there is evidence that some teenagers use vaping products and then begin smoking cigarettes. Therefore, advocates propose to restrict vaping under the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act, in the same way that smoking is restricted.

 

The legislative supporters of taxes on vaping predict that government will be burdened with the costs of treating chronic illnesses caused by e-cigarettes. In the same way, government health programs like Medicaid spent hundreds of millions of dollars to treat people who smoked tobacco.

 

9-20-19 8:39 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Quorum Court Hears Insurance Cost Spike Concerns, Road Projects Report

 

The Polk County Quorum Court met Thursday evening for their September session. All 11 Justices of the Peace were in attendance with the meeting presided over by County Judge Brandon Ellison. Several other elected officials and visitors were present.

 

In addition to routine business, Judge Ellison reported to the JPs that the premium for the county employees health insurance would likely increase by as much as $337,000 for 2020, which would make the premium close to $1,000,000. Judge Ellison and County Clerk Terri Harrison have met with insurance company representatives and also consulted with others without resolution or options. The JPs and Judge all seemed in agreement that quality insurance for county employees was key to keeping good employees and attracting new ones when needed. More information will be provided to the JPs in October so action can be taken prior to the November meeting when the 2020 budget is considered.

 

Judge Ellison gave the JPs a report on recently completed and current road projects and shared that he was pleased with progress his road department had made recently after a rough start earlier in the year due to weather. 

 

Judge Ellison announced that there would be a celebration for the 175th birthday of Polk County in October. The event will be at the Polk County Courthouse on October 11th at 2:00 p.m. and include a brief history of the county by local historian Michael Cate and comments by State Representative John Maddox. The public is encouraged to attend the special event.

 

Polk County became the 48th Arkansas county on November 30, 1844 and was previously a part of Sevier County. 

 

The next Quorum Court meeting will be October 22, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Quorum Court Meeting Room located in the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) on Pine Street in Mena.

 

Quorum Court meetings are open to the public.

 

9-19-19 8:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG

0
comments


Governor Orders Arkansas Flags To Half Staff In Honor Of Ernest Ray West

 

Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed Friday, September 20, 2019, as Ernest Ray West Memorial Day in Arkansas.

 

Navy Seaman First Class West perished on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Through DNA testing, Wests remains were identified after 77 years and have been brought home to rest in Arkansas with his family.

 

The State of Arkansas is honored to bring home Seaman Ernest Ray West and to remember his life and service to this nation.

 

By the order of the Governor's Proclamation, all public buildings shall lower the state flag of Arkansas to half-staff immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on, Friday, September 20, 2019, in tribute to the memory of U.S. Navy Seaman First Class Ernest Ray West.

 

9-19-19 4:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

0
comments


USFS Proposes New Fees For Use Of Wolf Pen Gap OHV Trail Complex, Little Missouri Falls

 

HOT SPRINGS, Ark– The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change recreation fees at Lake Sylvia Group Use Site and propose initiating recreation fees at Wolf Pen Gap OHV Trail Complex and Little Missouri Falls on the Ouachita National Forest.

 

The public is invited to provide input to these proposed fee changes. Proposed fee changes include:
 

*Increasing the camping fees per night at Lake Sylvia Group Use Sites by $10 per night (proposed fee would be $35 per night)
 

*Implement new use fees at Wolf Pen Gap OHV Trail Complex, $5 per OHV/ATV for a 1-day pass or $40 for an annual yearly pass beginning in March 2021, increasing the use fees to $8 per OHV/ATV for a 1-day pass or $50 for an annual yearly pass beginning in March 2023 and increasing the use fees to $10 per OHV/ATV for a 1-day pass or $60 for an annual yearly pass beginning in March 2025
 

*Implement new use fees for Little Missouri Falls to be comparable to other Day Use Sites on the Forest at $5 per vehicle. 
 

Golden Age, Golden Access, America the Beautiful Senior Pass and America the Beautiful Access Pass will be honored for applicable discount as posted.

 

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to keep a percentage of fees collected at recreation sites to use locally in the operation and maintenance of these sites.
 

For more information, or to provide comments about this fee proposal for the Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to consider, please contact Bill Jackson at 501-321-5253, or by email at SM.FS.ONF_rec@usda.gov.
 

The deadline to provide comments is March 1, 2020.

 

9-19-19 3:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

 

0
comments


AG ALERT: Make Sure Your Personal Information Stays Personal

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Make Sure Your Personal Information Stays Personal

Says, ‘scam artists are skilled at adapting quickly to using new practices to steal your personal identity’

LITTLE ROCK - Identity thieves continue to adapt their scam techniques to fill their pockets with the money of hardworking Arkansans. These criminals know that any personal information they are able to gather, the better, and they will resort to any means necessary to steal your information. They often do this by calling consumers while pretending to be a legitimate business.

“Unfortunately, scam artists are skilled at adapting quickly to using new practices to steal your personal identity,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “If you have any doubt, hang up the phone and find the company’s official phone number from a trusted source to verify the phone call.”

Attorney General Rutledge has compiled a list of precautionary tips to protect yourself:

 

  • NEVER give away your personal information over the phone. Legitimate companies will have processes in place to protect personal information and will not request it by telephone.
  • DO NOT trust the source even if it has some of your personal information. Scammers often use partial pieces of personal information in order to verify current personal information or gain personal information.
  • NEVER verify your personal or banking If you verify your personal information to a scam artist, it can lead to identity theft.
  • BE MINDFUL of scammers who spoof the caller I.D. The caller may appear to be from a trusted source and in reality, is a scam artist.

If you have been a victim of identity theft, close accounts that have been tampered with or fraudulently opened, and file a complaint with the FTC. For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or ArkansasAG.gov.

 

9-19-19 10:30 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Weekly Fishing Report

 

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Sept. 18, 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.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

9-18-19 3:51 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

0
comments


Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments September 16th, 17th, 18th

 
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. Crystal L. Davis, W/F, age 35, Count I: Failure To Appear, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. David R. Burris, W/M, age 51, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule I Or II Controlled Substance, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Jason Myers, W/M, age 42, Count I: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "B" Felony. Count II: Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, a Class "Y" Felony. Count III: Possession Of Defaced Firearm, a Class "D" Felony. Count IV: Maintaining A Drug Premises, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Michelle Allen, W/F, age 47, Count I: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "B" Felony. Cunt II: Simultaneous Possession Of Drugs And Firearms, a Class "Y" Felony. Cont III: Possession Of Defaced Firearm, a Class "D" Felony. Count IV: Maintain A Drug Premises, a Class "C" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Johnny Head, Jr., W/M, age 21, Count I: Failure To Appear, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Audrey M. Simmons, W/F, age 33, Count I: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. 

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Eric D. Revels, W/M, age 35, Count I: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "B" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Count III: Maintaining A Drug Premises, a Class "C" Felony. Count IV: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Candi M. Brown-Revels, W/F, age 36, Count I: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "B" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Count III: Maintaining A Drug Premises, a Class "C" Felony. Count IV: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that she has been convicted of four (4) or more felonies. 
 
9-18-19 3:26 p.m. KAWX.ORG 
 
 

0
comments


More Polk County Drug Arrests

 

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 18th Judicial West Drug Task Force, and Officers from Arkansas Community Correction arrested Eric D. Revels, age 35 of Mena, and Candi Brown, age 36 of Mena, at 112 Sarah Way in Mena.

 

Eric Revels

Candi Brown-Revels

 

The arrests were the result of a continuing investigation into narcotic sales. Seized at the scene was approximately 20 grams of methamphetamines and a large quantity of drug paraphernalia.

 

Eric D. Revels and Candi Brown-Revels were transported to the Polk County Detention Center. Both are currently charged with Possession of Methamphetamines with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Drug Premises.

 

9-18-19 2:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG

0
comments


Public Hearing and City Council Meeting Thursday, September 19th

The Mena City Council will meet Thursday, September 19th at City Hall. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m., or right after the Public Hearing scheduled, and is open to the public.

 

Prior to the opening of the City Council meeting there will be a Public Hearing to hear comments concerning a Proposed Ordinance closing a portion of a dedicated un-opened street known as Eagle Gap lying between Morrow Street and North Morgan Street and located adjacent to Liles Vision Clinic and Mena Veteran's Clinic.

 
The agenda includes routine business, reports from department heads, committee reports, new business and announcements.
 
The new business includes the consideration of bids for the 2019 Hot-Mix Overlay Program, Consideration of an Ordinance to close an unused portion of a dedicated un-opened street known as Eagle Gap Avenue lying between Morrow Street and North Morgan Street and located adjacent to Liles Vision Clinic and Mena Veteran's Clinic, consideration of quotes for the purchase of a brush cutter, City Council authorization to sell a used dump truck, and consideration of the re-appointment of David Gilbert to the Hospital Commission for a five year term.
 
9-17-19 5:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Drugs, Stolen Gun Result In Two Mena Residents Jailed

On the morning of September 16, 2019, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, 18th Judicial West Drug Task Force, and the Arkansas State Police executed a search warrant at 6064 Highway 8 West in Mena. The search warrant was obtained as part of a narcotics investigation.

 

During the search, Deputies located methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia , and several firearms (including a defaced one and a stolen one).

 

Arrested at the scene were Jason G. Myers, age 42 of Mena, and Michelle R. Allen, age 47 of Mena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Myers 

     

 

                                                       

 

Michelle Allen 

 

Jason Myers was charged with Possession of Methamphetamines with Intent to Deliver 5-64-420, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms 5-74-106, and Maintaining a Drug Premises 5-64-402.

 

Michelle Allen was charged with Possession of Methamphetamines, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, and Maintaining a Drug Premises.

 

Both Myers and Allen are currently in the Polk County Detention Center with their bond set at $25,000.00.

 

The above charges are only allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

9-17-19 4:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Wildfire Danger Increased To HIGH, Burn Ban In Effect

The wildfire danger level for Polk County has been elevated to High as of Tuesday, Spetmeber 17th, by the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

 

 

Polk County is also under a County Judge issued Burn Ban until further notice.

 

To report wildres in Arkansas, dial 911 or 1-800-468-8834. 

 

 

9-17-19 4:20 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

 

0
comments


Polk County Quorum Court Meets Thursday, September 19th

The Polk County Quorum Court will meet for their September meeting on Thursday, September 19th, in the Quorum Court Meeting Room at the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) on Pine Street in Mena. The meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

 
The Quorum Court normally meets on the fourth Tuesday, but was rescheduled to the above date at the last meeting due to a conflict.
 
In addition to routine business and reports from elected officials and committees, Justices of the Peace will discuss health insurance, pay periods for next year, and hear a report from County Judge Brandon Ellison on road projects.
 
There will also be an opportunity for comments from the public, and printed agendas will be available.
 
9-17-19 3:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


UA Rich Mountain Sees Spike in Enrollment

UA Rich Mountain Sees Spike in Enrollment

 

“This is only the beginning,” – Chancellor Wilson

 

UA Rich Mountain Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Chad Fielding released the final enrollment numbers for Fall 2019 and as was anticipated, enrollment is up. The largest jump is in first-time entering freshman, 56.7%. “I believe what we are experiencing is the direct result of the announcements we have been making over the last few months with our expanding athletics program and the ground-breaking of new on-campus housing. That was always the goal behind the strategic planning. The added bonus for us was Dr. Steinmetz’s announcement during our graduation ceremonies in May.”

 

Fielding was referring to the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship announced by UA Fayetteville’s Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz that allows UA Rich Mountain Associate of Arts degree graduates to transfer to the flagship campus on the hill but continue to pay UA Rich Mountain tuition rates.

 

Full-time enrollment is up 16.31% and retention rates are at a 5-year high of 65% for degree seeking students. Fielding credited his staff and the advisors who have been extremely pro-active in this area. While he’s proud of these numbers, they will continue to strive to improve.

 

Another area of growth is Student Semester Credit Hours (SSCH) which increased 12%. This number is particularly important in regards to the way colleges are funded by the state of Arkansas. In year’s past, colleges were funded strictly on head-count. Today’s complex formula is designed to measure the college’s overall performance in getting students graduated within a certain time-frame, among other criterion.

 

Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson said everyone is beginning to see a shift in the perception of the college by local juniors and seniors. Kim Bass, mother of a local Mena High School senior, said after he attended Senior Day this week, Brendon has re-evaluated his options. Bass said her son had always planned to attend a four-year university to pursue a degree in Forestry but after learning he could save $30,000 by staying home his first two years and then transferring, he thought it was a ‘no-brainer’ to start as a Buck.

 

“We’re hopeful that students are beginning to recognize that we can offer the ‘full collegiate’ experience that many are looking forward to at this stage in their lives. We have impeccable faculty and staff who are committed to our students’ success… and on a very personal level. And, if we can save them an average of $15,000 per year as opposed to the average cost of a four-year university, it’s a win-win for everyone. This is what community colleges do and I believe no one does it better than UA Rich Mountain,” said Chancellor Wilson. “What we are seeing this Fall 2019, I believe, is only a small taste of what we will be seeing this same time next year. We will have added two additional sports [baseball and softball] and on-campus housing will be open. More and more students, locally and beyond, are recognizing the full experience of UA Rich Mountain. You can comb the Bucks Athletics Facebook page and see post after post by parents and student-athletes that are blown away by the caliber of our facilities, the friendliness of our staff, and the beauty of our part of the Ouachitas. This is only the beginning.”

 

9-17-19 10:05 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Mena Police Report for September 8th - 14th

Reports from September 8, 2019 through September 14, 2019 

 

September 8, 2019

A Mena woman reported that someone had vandalized her vehicle. Case is pending.

 

September 9 and 10, 2019

Officers responded to a local residence regarding a man who was trespassing on her property. No charges were filed.

Report was made of a stolen trailer.  It was later located and returned to the owner.

 

September 11, 2019

Aaron Ollar, 31, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant.

Tony Pike, 40, of Mena was arrested on three outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines and court costs.  Two were from Mena Police Department and one from Polk County Sheriff.

Jamie Odom, 21, of Mena was arrested on a warrant from the probation/parole office.

 

September 12, 2019

Officers responded to a local fast food restaurant regarding several checks on an unknown account.  Case is pending further investigation and location and interview suspect.

Curtis Parnell, 39, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was also served an outstanding warrant from Polk County.

Stacie Shores, 29, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

 

September 13, 2019

Officers responded to a call at a local restaurant regarding a trespasser.  The case has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney for possible issuance of a warrant.

 

September 14, 2019

Crystal Davis, 35, of Mena was served with four outstanding warrants.  Three were from Mena Police and one from Polk County Sheriff.  The arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

9-17-19 8:59 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Sheriff's Log for September 9th - 15th

 

SHERIFF’S   LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 9 – September 15, 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.


September 9, 2019
Arrested was Sandy M. Sharp, 40, of Mena, on a Warrant for Probation Violation.
Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Dana D. Egger, 43, of Mena, on a Montgomery County Warrant.
Arrested was Candi M. Brown, 36, of Mena, on a Warrant for Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver.


September 10, 2019
Report of a structure fire on Polk 91 near Hatfield.  Deputy responded.  Investigation continues into the origin of the fire.
Report from complainant on Burls Hill Lane near Cove of an attempted scam via social media. 
Report from complainant on Morgan Lane near Mena of the theft of two trailers, valued at $1,750.00.  The trailers were later recovered and returned to the owners.


September 11, 2019
Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 73 near Ink led to the arrest of Shawn A. Holliday, 32, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Refusal to Submit.  Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report of a vehicle in the ditch near Lake Wilhelmina led to the arrest of Andrew Blackwell, 25, of Mena, on Charges of DWI and Refusal to Submit.  Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Arrested was Matthew B. Parnell, 26, of Cove, on two Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.


September 12, 2019
Report of an abandoned wrecked vehicle on Polk 95 near Rocky led to Citations for Reckless Driving and No Proof of Insurance being issued to Caleb Fairless, 23, of Mena.


September 13, 2019
Report of a rolling domestic disturbance led to the arrest of Allen Timothy Starr, 46, of Mena, on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct.
Report of an unattended death on Highway 246 West near Hatfield.  Deputies responded.
Arrested was David R. Burris, 51, of Eagletown, OK, on Charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance.
Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Seth Singleton, 29, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant.


September 14, 2019
Report from a Mena man of an animal that had been left unattended.
Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Cove of the break-in and theft of a cell phone.  Investigation continues.


September 15, 2019
Report of a domestic disturbance on Highway 375 East near Mena led to the arrest of Allen R. Henry, 30, of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.
Report of a car on fire on Highway 246 West near Hatfield.  Deputy responded.
 
Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked one vehicle accident this week.

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 25 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

PC19-00643

 

9-16-19 3:21 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Murder Case Used As Example For Need To Resume Death Penalty

Justice Served: Resuming death penalty is right thing

Op-Ed By Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Senator Tom Cotton

 

LITTLE ROCK - This summer, President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr resumed the federal death penalty for five brutal murderers, including a white supremacist who murdered a family of three right here in Arkansas.

 

The federal death penalty has been in a de facto moratorium since 2003. Attorney General Barr's announcement will end this misguided moratorium and align the federal capital-crimes process more closely with the policy of our state and many others.

 

Though we understand some Arkansans have principled objections to the death penalty, we believe the ultimate punishment is warranted for the most heinous murderers. Capital punishment can help bring closure for victims' families, deter other would-be murderers, and express the moral outrage of our society for the most atrocious crimes.

 

Consider the case of Daniel Lewis Lee, one of the five convicted murderers whose execution will now proceed. Lee belonged to a white-supremacist group called the Aryan People's Revolution. According to court filings, "the group believed that whites were the chosen race, [and] that Jews were the devil's children and should die."

 

After a crime spree, Lee and a companion robbed the home of William Mueller in northern Pope County. It was early January 1996, just a few weeks after Christmas. When Mueller returned home with his young wife and their 8-year-old daughter, Lee and his companion overpowered them. But it wasn't enough to take their loot and leave.

 

They duct-taped the family's hands and tortured them, repeatedly shocking them with stun guns until they passed out. Then they duct-taped their heads in plastic garbage bags, suffocating them to death. After murdering the Mueller family in cold blood, they tied rocks to their corpses and dumped them in a bayou. Lee later joked that he had put the Muellers "on a liquid diet."

 

For such a barbaric crime, simple justice demands that Daniel Lewis Lee and murderers like him face the ultimate punishment, which truly fits the crime. Further, the death penalty in this case warns criminals to stop short of murder, lest they face execution. The death penalty also ends a horrific and prolonged period of pain and justice delayed for a victim's loved ones--in a case where Lee doesn't even deny his guilt.

 

In 1999, 12-year-old Andi Brewer--a beautiful and joyful young girl--was raped and murdered by Karl Roberts of Polk County. Roberts confessed to the crime. Even his attorneys don't claim that he's innocent. Yet 20 years later, Andi's family is still waiting for justice. Her mother, state Rep. Rebecca Petty, was shocked to learn that Roberts was even selling prison art from death row while his case dragged on. Resuming federal executions will relieve at least a few families of the pain that Representative Petty has endured for years.

 

A decent society must respond decisively to crime in order to preserve law and order. For the most severe crimes, where innocent life has been stolen, even life in prison can be an inadequate punishment. As we know from too many cases, prisoners can escape (or get parole), murder prison guards, or enjoy from behind bars some of life's pleasures that their innocent victims will never enjoy again.

 

The decision to reinstate the federal death penalty will ensure that justice is served in five terrible, bloody cases. It will reassure law-abiding citizens that our government has the will to protect them from violence. And it will remind criminals that justice may be delayed, even for years, but it cannot be avoided.

 

That's why we welcome the decision by the president and Attorney General Barr.

 

9-16-19 2:52 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Wildfire Danger Increases As More Counties Are Placed Under Burn Bans, Including Polk

As of noon Monday, 18 of Arkansas' 75 counties were under Burn Bans, including Polk County, mostly as conditions for wildfire continue to worsen.

 

All but one of the counties is in the souther half of the state.

 
Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison issued the Burn Ban Monday morning which will be in effect until further notice.
 

To report wildfires in Arkansas dial 911 or 1-800-468-8834.
 
9-16-19 12:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Arkansas State Police Missing/Endangered Child Alert For Aaliyah Crace

 
 
MISSING / ENDANGERED CHILD ADVISORY
Aaliyah Crace
16 years old
Brown Hair / Brown Eyes
Last seen 09-14-19 on the Campus of UCA
If you have any information about about this missing/endangered child, contact the UCA Police Department at (501) 450-3111.
 
9-16-19 6:56 a.m. KAWX.ORG

0
comments


Mena Fall Clean-Up Scheduled, Details Announced

The City of Mena's 16th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 14, 2019.

 
Only yard waste items will be picked up (tree limbs, shrubs, leaves, grass, etc.) Due to state law, the city can not pick up construction debris and lumber. 
 
Please place items at the curbside PRIOR to Monday, October 14th to insure they will be collected.
 
New this year, it is required that smaller items, such as small limbs, gum balls, and leaves, be placed in garbage bags.
 
The service is free for the residents of Mena. The Mena Street Department will begin collection in the Northwest part of the city and work their way across town following the same routes as Southern Disposal. This pick-up is scheduled for one week only and it is not necessary to call City Hall in order to receive this service.
 
9-15-19 4:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address - Now Open: All 4 Arkansas CSUs

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Now Open: All 4 Arkansas CSUs
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – This week, I traveled to Jonesboro to help cut the ribbon at the state’s fourth Crisis Stabilization Unit, and today I’d like to talk about the difference these centers are making in Arkansas.
 
The philosophy behind the crisis stabilization units, or CSUs, is that sometimes police officers need an alternative to jail. Sometimes officers encounter a person who is behaving in a way that appears to threaten others. But the behavior is rooted in a mental-health crisis. A night in jail usually isn’t the best solution. So an officer can choose to take the person to a stabilization unit, where staff can stabilize and then assess what’s best for the person.
 
In 2017, the General Assembly passed Act 423, which authorized the creation of a pilot program to establish these stabilization units. We sought applications from every county in the state, and four counties applied, and they can provide coverage throughout four regions of the state.
 
Although Act 423 called for only three CSUs, all four applications were excellent. So I added funding for a fourth unit, and we launched the program.
 
Ruth Allison Dover is with Mid-South Health Systems, the company that will operate the Craighead County Crisis Stabilization Unit. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, she referred to a CSU as a psychiatric emergency room. That’s a good description.
 
This story illustrates the value of the stabilization units. In June, a woman who had just been released from a county jail wandered onto the median of an interstate highway. An Arkansas State Police officer who responded didn’t take her back to jail but instead, took her to one of our CSUs.
 
The staff at the CSU stabilized her and arranged for her to go to an inpatient facility to receive additional services. A trip to jail would not have helped this woman.
 
Our system worked beautifully. The officer had been trained to recognize a mental-health crisis. The officer took the woman to a place where she could be treated. The CSU staff knew what to do.
 
Now that all of our CSUs are open, we can track success, identify weaknesses, and plan for the future. We will learn what works, what the existing CSUs need to do to improve their service, and how to plan for new CSUs around the state in the future.
 
Our law-enforcement officers are key to the success of these programs. They are on the front lines, encountering people on a daily basis. Already, more than 500 law enforcement officers across Arkansas have received training in crisis intervention.
 
All new recruits at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy will receive 16 hours of crisis-intervention training. A nine-hour course is available online through the Criminal Justice Institute for veterans who want to train.
 
The four CSUs are expected to provide care for approximately 4,800 people annually. This is potentially 4,800 people who will receive treatment for a mental-health problem. The CSUs couple compassion with law enforcement to allow for those who need treatment instead of punishment.
 
Many of us know of a person who endlessly cycles through arrest, conviction, and jail, and no one recognizes or addresses the underlying problem. CSUs will allow us to break that cycle for many.
 
I am grateful for the work and compassion that has gone into the launch of this program. We will transform life for many.
 
9-14-19 8:11 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

By April 1, 2020, each of you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census.  Responding to the census will be easier than ever, as this will be the first time you can respond online.

 

The Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

 

The Governor recently announced the formation of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee. The 30 member task force includes two state senators and two state representatives who have agreed to help promote statewide participation in the 2020 Census.

 

 

When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

 

The census tells us much more than just the population of our state and our communities. It tells us about the makeup of those populations, from ages and races to how many people own their home.

 

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories and offices. Developers use the census to build new homes.

 

Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. The data can help inform where your community needs a new fire department, more funding for school lunches, or new roads.

 

The census helps determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress. The information is also used redraw state senate and house district boundaries. Redistricting counts are sent to the states by March 31, 2021.

 

The answers you provide are used only to produce statistics. You are kept anonymous. The Census Bureau is not permitted to publicly release your responses in any way that could identify you or anyone else in your home.

 

For more information visit www.2020census.gov.

 

9-13-19 5:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Arvest Foundation Grant Provides New Uniforms For Mena Police Officers

Mena's 13 full time police officers are sporting new uniforms and body armor vests thanks to a grant from the Arvest Foundation. Representatives from the local Arvest branch, as well as Mena Mayor Seth Smith and others, were on hand at the Mena Police Department Friday afternoon to see the new uniforms.

 

 

Mena Police Chief Tommy Stueart thanked the Arvest Foundation and the local Arvest employees for their part in securing the $8,400.00 grant. Mena Mayor Seth Smith also expressed his appreciation for the grant.

 

Chris Thrailkill of the local Arvest branch told those in attendance that he, as well as the Mayor, had spent a lot of time in uniforms and knew how important it was to be comfortable and have a practical uniform.

 

The body armor plates from the older vests were re-purposed in the new tactical vests to match the uniforms.

 

In addition to the 13 full time officers, Mena is fortunate to have 8 reserve officers.

 

 

9-13-19 5:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Creating a Talent Pipeline for Arkansas's Workforce

Creating a Talent Pipeline for Arkansas’s Workforce

 

 

The effort to develop a skilled workforce continues to build momentum in all corners of Arkansas. This statewide endeavor to promote workforce development and career and technical training programs is a priority. It is part of the key to a prosperous future for the Natural State.

 

Close to a quarter of our skilled professionals are at or near retirement age. Arkansas’s employers need talented workers who are prepared to step into the highly-skilled positions being vacated, as well as new ones opening up as the Natural State lures more manufacturers and industry here to set up shop.

 

Providing resources for workforce education is vital to the economic growth and viability of our state. Teaching students and workers technical skills or a trade will help fill well-paying jobs today and in the future. That’s why Congress last year modernized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act to help students and adults gain the education and training they need to find high-skill, high-wage or in-demand jobs.

 

Having spent much of the past month traveling around Arkansas, I saw how businesses are partnering with universities, vocational and technical schools to create curriculums that promote the needs of local industries. Secondary schools are examining the needs of local companies and developing coursework and programs to train students in the skills local employers require.

 

As I learned firsthand, the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is developing its local workforce and helping supply the next generation of workers for regional manufacturers and industry. The education and training available at its state-of-the-art Workforce Training Center provide students with occupational skills that prepare them for a successful future in careers with well-paying jobs.

 

I also saw how the Little Rock Job Corps Center and Pulaski Technical College are collaborating to improve student retention in the Job Corps program and expanding career opportunities. Job Corps programs are critical to workforce development in our state. These programs offer invaluable skills training in underserved areas. That’s why I fought to prevent the closure of the Cass Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Franklin County. Fortunately, the United States Department of Agriculture reversed its plan to shutter a number of Job Corps locations, including Cass.

 

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce has been a driving force behind workforce education initiatives. It launched the “Be Pro, Be Proud” campaign in response to the need for highly skilled labor for state businesses and manufacturers that require specialized training rather than a four-year degree.

 

I was pleased to join business leaders from across the state earlier this month as the Chamber unveiled an expansion of the program. This edition utilizes an 18-wheeler that includes simulated experiences of skills needed for well-paying careers. The hope is the virtual reality offerings will inspire middle and high school students to think about pursing these technical career opportunities.  

 

Building a pipeline of talent provides businesses with the workforce they need to operate. These new approaches to promoting and paving pathways to skilled labor careers stand to make a significant difference for the livelihoods of hardworking future generations of Arkansas and our economy.

 

9-13-19 3:37 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Registered Sex Offender Community Notification For Mena, AR-Polk County

The Polk County Sheriff's Office is releasing the following information pursuant to Act 1353 of 1999, the Sex and Child Offender Registration and the Community Notification Guidelines promulgated by the Commission on Abuse, which authorized law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender's location. The release of such information is only to enhance public safety and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of an offense that requires registration with the Arkansas Crime Information center. Further, his previous criminal history places him in a classification level that reflects the potential to re-offend. This offender has advised the Polk County Sheriff's Office that he will be living in the location below.

 
HE IS NOT WANTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AT THIS TIME. This notification is Not Intended To increase Fear, Rather It is Our Belief That an Informed Public is a Safer Public.
 
The Polk County Sheriff's Office has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender lives. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he chooses. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but it wasn't until the passage of the Sex and Child Offender registration Act that the local law enforcement agencies even knew where they were living. In many cases, we are now able to share that information with you.
 
CITIZEN ABUSE OF THIS INFORMATION TO THREATEN, INTIMIDATE, OR HARASS REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. FURTHER, SUCH ABUSE COULD POTENTIALLY END LAW ENFORCEMENT'S ABILITY TO DO COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION.
 
We believe the only person who wins if the community notification ends is the sex offender since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.
LEVEL: 4
Name: Douglas Ray Gross
Description: White male, 5' 9", 160 lbs., red-brown hair
Date of birth: January 1959 
Address: 228 Polk Road 302, Mena, Arkansas 71953
Employment: None
Charges and disposition: Guilty of Indecent exposure x 5, victims 4 years of age to 53 years of age
Police contact person: Polk County, AR Sheriff Scott Sawyer, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Phone (479) 394-2511.
 
9-13-19 2:21 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Lottery Ticket Sales Down, Only 12% Of Gross Revenues Go To Scholarships

The so called Arkansas Scholarship Lottery retail sales report for the month of August 2019 has been released and shows a drop in gross revenue from July 2019.

 

Total sales in August amounted to $40,545,741.50, of which only about 12% was set aside for scholarships. 


According to the Arkansas Family Council, August was one of the Arkansas Lottery’s top 20 months from the past five years when it came to gross revenue. But August was the Arkansas Lottery’s fifth worst month in the past five years when it came to college scholarships.

 

The highest retail sales for August were in Pulasli County and totaled $7,729,850.50. The lowest sales were in Montogmery County and totaled $32,218.00. In Polk County, sales totaled $172,106.00.

 

9-13-19 10:08 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

September 13, 2019

 

LITTLE ROCK – In 2017 the legislature approved the creation of four crisis stabilization units (CSU), where police officers can bring people who are experiencing a severe mental health episode.

 

In the past, many people undergoing a mental health crisis were locked up in a local jail. Their condition often worsened, because they were not getting treatment and did not have access to medication. Jail staff were not trained to respond to their needs.

 

With the opening of the Craighead County CSU in northeast Arkansas, the four units authorized by Act 423 of 2017 are now open. The new units were part of the governor’s legislative agenda.

 

Law enforcement officers in 20 northeast Arkansas counties can bring people to the Craighead County unit, which has 16 beds.

 

The state’s other three crisis stabilization units are in Washington County, Sebastian County and Pulaski County.

 

An important provision in Act 423 expands training of police officers in how to distinguish mental health problems, and how to respond. More than 500 officers have gone through crisis intervention training.

 

This week the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute is offering a nine-hour class to enhance officers’ understanding of Act 423. The institute keeps officer safety foremost when teaching policies and procedures. Completion of the class can be counted toward a degree.

 

Also, when new recruits are getting certified at the state’s Law Enforcement Training Academy, they take 16 hours of training in mental health crisis intervention.

 

The four CSU’s will alleviate some of the strain on the finances and staffing of county jails, city lockups and emergency rooms. Another goal is to decrease the number of repeat offenses among people with mental illnesses.

 

Teacher Retirement

 

The work of the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Systems is watched closely by thousands of Arkansas citizens. For example, the committee recently met in Hot Springs and about 300 people attended.

 

Teachers and public employees wanted to know about the financial health of their retirement systems, and whether there are any plans to change their benefits.

 

The director of the Teacher Retirement System, the state’s largest with $17 billion in assets, told the audience that the system’s board had no plans to reduce benefits. Its board would wait a few years to assess the impact of past actions that affected benefits.

 

Last year the Teacher Retirement System paid an average of $23,478 in benefits to 46,824 retirees.

 

The other major public retirement system is for people who work for the state. The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System last year paid benefits of about $1,200 a month to 37,389 retirees.

 

State Revenue Report

 

In August state government collected $508 million in general revenue, which was $8.4 million more than budget officials had predicted.

 

The jump in revenue was attributed to higher than expected collections of sales taxes and individual income taxes. Tax rates have not changed, therefore the increase in collections indicates that more people are working and they are purchasing more.

 

9-13-19 9:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Queen Wilhelmina State Park near Mena Activities September 13, 14, and 15

Friday, September 13

 

Color Hike starting at 1:00 pm and lasting about 45 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater. With summer in season, join Park Interpreter Melissa on a 1/2-mile hike to see how many different colors we can identify on the Spring Trail.

 

Home Sweet Home  starting at 3:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour. Meet at the Lovers’ Leap Trailhead. Meet Park Interpreter Melissa for a hike through our neighbors’ homes. Learn of all the different animals and their habitats as we hike at Queen Wilhelmina. We will start on the north side of the Lovers’ Leap trail.

 

Sunset Hike start at 7:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet beside the Telescopes. Join Park Interpreter Melissa, for an easy stroll to watch the sunset. Feel free to bring your camera to take photos of this beautiful view.

 

Saturday, September 14

 

Finding the Uniqueness  starting at 2:00 pm snd lasting about 45 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a unique resource filled with special things you can discover while you are here. Join Park Interpreter Melissa to learn unique aspects about our park.

 

Wonder House Tour starting at 3:00 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.

 

Silent Hike starting at 4:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour. Meet on the north side of Lovers’ Leap Trail. Have you ever been on a trail and never seen an animal? Join Park Interpreter Melissa as we hike silently down to the Lovers’ Leap platform. Along the way we will observe what we can see and hear as we silently walk through the woods.

 

Sunset Art in the Park starting at 7:00 pm and lasting about 45 minutes. Meet int he Picnic Area. It is time to express yourself! We all have an artist inside, and Queen Wilhelmina is the perfect place to get inspired. Join Park Interpreter Melissa and paint a picture of the sun as it sets on Rich Mountain with water colors.

 

Sunday, September 15

 

Unnatural Hike starting at 10:00 am and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater. How attentive do you really think you are? Join Park Interpreter Melissa to test your powers of observation in this fun interesting hidden item hunt along the Spring Trail.

 

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.

 

Nature Art starting at 3:00pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater. Who needs pencils, paint, or paper to create art? Join Park Interpreter Melissa as we create art with our natural resources.

 

For additional information about any of these activities or the state park, dial (479) 394-2863, or click here for the park's website.

 

9-13-19 7:44 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: 16 Apps Parents Should Know About

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas parents across the State want what is best for their children. So many Arkansans benefit from technology, but at the Attorney General’s Office, we routinely hear about preteens and teenagers who are bullied or have started relationships with strangers online.

“Keeping Arkansas kids safe is a top priority,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “Being informed, opening every app on your child’s phone and knowing who they are talking to are some of the best ways we can protect our kids from predators and online bullying.”

 

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is alerting parents to 16 smartphone apps that may make children vulnerable to dangers online:

 

  • Bumble – Bumble is a popular dating app that requires women to make the first contact. It is common for minors to use this app and falsify their age.
  • Calculator% – Calculator% is one of several "vault" style apps that appears to be a harmless app, but is used to hide photos, videos, files and even browser history.
  • Chatous – Chatous is a messaging app that allows users to chat and share images. This app makes it easy for predators to engage in age-inappropriate conversations with potential victims.
  • Discord – Discord is a voice and text chat tool that allows gamers to communicate in real time. Users can chat, add friends one-on-one or in larger groups. This app discusses content geared towards adults, but allows users as young as 13.
  • Grindr – Grindr is a dating app for LGBT adults, not children. The app gives users options to chat, share photos and meet with people based on a smartphone's GPS location.
  • House Party – House Party is a group video chat app that allows users to communicate via live video chats and texts. There is no screening and the video is live. Users can also communicate with people they don't know.
  • Live.Me – Live.Me allows users to livestream videos using geo-location to share the videos so other users can find the broadcaster’s exact location. Users can earn "coins" to "pay" minors for photos. 
  • Monkey – Monkey is an app that allows users as young as 12 to chat with people all over the world during a brief introductory call, then users are given the chance to add each other on Snapchat.
  • TikTok – TikTok is a popular app among kids that is used to create and share short videos with limited privacy controls. Users are vulnerable to explicit content and cyberbullying.
  • Tinder – Tinder is a dating app that allows users to "swipe right" to like someone and "swipe left" to pass. Users can falsify their age, share photos, messages, and meet.
  • Tumblr – Tumblr is a blogging app and website that allows users as young as 13 to create an account. There are very few privacy settings and pornography is easy to find. Most posts are public and can't be made private. This app was removed from the Apple App Store in '18.
  • Snapchat – Snapchat is a photo & video sharing app that promises users their photo or video will disappear even though it doesn't. Snapchat stories allow users to view content for up to 24 hours and share their location.
  • WhatsApp – WhatsApp is a popular messaging app allowing users to text, send photos, make calls and leave voicemails worldwide.
  • Whisper – Whisper is a social network that allows users to share secrets anonymously and it reveals the users’ location so strangers can meet.
  • Yubo – Yubo is a social media app that allows users as young as 13 to create a profile, share their location, view other users’ profiles in their area and view livestreams. Substance use, profanity, racial slurs and scantily clad people are common.
  • YouTube – YouTube is a video sharing app that may not be age appropriate for kids. Inappropriate content can be found using innocent search terms, but with parental controls this can be avoided.

 

For more information on smartphone, apps and internet safety, call the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at 800-482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

 

 

9-12-19 3:44 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Opportunity for Rural Volunteer Fire Departments

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division is now accepting applications for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant for Wildfire Suppression Kits until October 4, 2019.

 

More than 80 Wildfire Suppression Kits will be awarded this year across the state to rural volunteer fire departments.  More than 300 kits have been distributed since 2014.

 

Volunteer Fire Departments are the Forestry Division’s primary partner in wildfire response and suppression.  The kits will provide volunteer fire departments the specialized equipment needed for safe suppression, including up to ten wildfire-resistant coveralls, ten pairs of wildland gloves, two backpack leaf blowers, two collapsible backpack water pumps, and six leaf rakes.

 

Rural volunteer fire departments interested in applying may submit an application to their District Forester. Applications are scored according to specific criteria to include the population of the fire district, the number of square miles covered, the average number of wildfires a department responds to annually, and other factors. The selected departments will be notified in October, and kits will be delivered in in March of 2020.

 

The program is administered by the Forestry Division’s Rural Fire Protection office, with funding provided by the United States Forest Service. Additional information and the application can be found at www.agriculture.arkansas.gov/rural-fire-program.

 

Contact Kathryn Mahan-Hooten at Kathryn.Mahan@agriculture.arkansas.gov or (501) 679-3183 with questions or to be added to the Rural Fire Program email distribution list.

 

The AAD is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation.

 

9-11-19 5:42 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Sept. 11, 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.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

9-11-19 5:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Mena Resident Charged With Negligent Homicide and First Degree Battery in Howard County

Two felony charges were filed Tuesday in Nashville, Arkansas involving a fatality accident that occurred in February of this year in Howard County. 
 
21 year old Chance Manasco, of Mena, is charged with Negligent Homicide and First Degree Battery. 
 
Authorities said Manasco was driving a Chevrolet Traverse on Highway 84 near Umpire, when he lost control of the vehicle in a curve.  The vehicle overturned several times, eventually striking a tree before coming to rest.  A passenger, 19 year old Rachel Norman of Wickes, died at the scene from her injuries.  Manasco and three other minors in the vehicle were injured, according to police reports.
 
State troopers working the wreck said they detected the odor of alcohol coming from Manasco and testing conducted by the State Crime Lab found Manasco's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.  A reconstruction of the accident by state police determined Manasco's vehicle had been traveling at speeds approaching 90 miles per hour just before the accident occurred. 
 
Click here for the original article on KAWX.ORG
 
9-11-19 12:42 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments September 6th, 9th, 10th

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. Zachary A. Lunsford, W/M, age 32, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession Of A Controlled Substance (Marijuana), a Class "A" Misdemeanor. Count III: Fleeing On Foot, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Nora Wallace Taylor, W/F, age 39, Count I: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Thomas Wayne Duncan, W/M, age 30, Count I: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "B" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that he has been convicted of more than one (1) but fewer than four (4) felonies.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Candi M. Brown, W/F, age 36, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule VI Controlled Substance With The Purpose To Deliver (Marijuana), a Class "D" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that she has been convicted of more than one (1) but fewer than four (4) felonies.
 
9-11-19 10:49 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Mena's 16th Annual Fall Clean-Up Scheduled To Start October 14th

The City of Mena’s 16th Annual Fall Clean-Up is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 14, 2019.

 

Only yard waste items will be picked up (tree limbs, shrubs, leaves, grass, etc).

 

Due to state law, we can not pick up construction debris and lumber. Please place items at curb side PRIOR to Monday, October 14 to insure they will be collected.

 

It is required that smaller items, such as small limbs, gum balls, and leaves, be placed in garbage bags.

 

This service is free for the residents of Mena.

 

The Mena Street Department will begin collection in the Northwest part of the city and work their way across town following the same routes as Southern Disposal. This pick-up is scheduled for one week only and it is not necessary to call City Hall in order to receive this service.

 

9-11-19 9:56 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Presidential Proclamation on Patriot Day 2019, US and Arkansas Flags Half Staff Today

The United States flag and the state flag of Arkansas will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, for Patriot Day.

 

By a joint resolution passed on December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), Congress designated September 11th of every year as Patriot Day to honor the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

 

The Presidential Proclamation can be viewed HERE.

 

9-11-19 6:33 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

God Bless America! 

0
comments


Polk County Sheriff's Log for September 2nd - 8th

SHERIFF’S   LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of September 2 – September 8, 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.


September 2, 2019
Report of a disturbance on Highway 8 West near Shady Grove led to the arrest of Justin T. Keaster, 36, of Mena, on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.
Report from complainant on Polk 76 West near Mena of the theft of a motorcycle, trailer and gear, all valued at $12,000.00.  The items were recovered.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Polk 32 near Cove of vandalism done to a mailbox and two vehicles.  Investigation continues.
Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Thomas M. Adams, 50, of Mena, on Charges of Speeding, No Driver’s License, No Proof of Insurance and Public Intoxication.
Arrested by a trooper with the Arkansas State Police was Cody D. Dees, 34, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two Warrants for Failure to Appear.


September 3, 2019
Report of a suspicious vehicle on Polk 31 near Cove led to the arrest of Neisha F. Wikel, 26, of Cove, on a Warrant. Additional information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report of the recovery of alleged stolen property from a residence on West Boundary Avenue.  The case was forwarded to the proper jurisdiction.
Report from a Mena man of suspicious activity that had occurred several months earlier.
Report of a dog bite victim on Polk 20 near Cove.  Deputy responded.
Report of a death on Polk 8 near Wickes.  Deputy responded.
Report of a domestic disturbance on Rex Lane near Potter.  Deputies responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report of a domestic disturbance on Polk 186 East near Ink.  Deputies responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Mullin Street in Hatfield of the theft of a firearm, valued at $400.00.  The firearm was recovered.
Report from a Mena woman of a missing family member.


September 4, 2019
Report of vandalism done to a school facility led to Juvenile Citations for Criminal Mischief  and Criminal Trespass being issued to a 13-year-old male.  A Juvenile Citation for Criminal Trespass was also issued to a 15-year-old male.  Both juveniles were released to the custody of a parent/guardian.
Report of a single-vehicle accident on Highway 8 West near Rocky.  Deputies responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Arrested was Cheryl L. Smith, 29, of Mena, on a LeFlore County, Oklahoma Warrant.


September 5, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 77 near Mena of an unauthorized person on their property.
Report of an individual driving recklessly on an ATV on Polk 15 near Wickes.  Deputy responded.
Report of a two-vehicle accident in a business parking lot on Highway 71 South in Cove.  Deputy responded.
Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Charles L. Houser, 63, of Wickes, on a Charge of Public Intoxication, a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order and a Sevier County Warrant.


September 6, 2019
Report of a domestic disturbance on Rex Lane near Potter led to a Citation for Disorderly Conduct being issued to Jarrod L. Wafford, 31, of Mena.
Report of suspicious material led to a Juvenile Citation for Possession of a Controlled Substance being issued to a 13-year-old male.  The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.
Report from Mena Public Schools of a missing camera bag and equipment, all valued at $2,000.00.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Polk 701 near Cove of a missing firearm.  Deputy responded.  The firearm was recovered.


September 7, 2019
Arrested by an officer with the Grannis Police Department was Monty R. Loyd, 19, of Wickes, on a Charge of Driving While Intoxicated.


September 8, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 76 East near Mena of unauthorized persons on their property.  Deputy responded.
Report from walk-in complainant of a disturbance that had occurred earlier in the day.  Investigation continues.
Request for welfare check on Polk 171 near Rocky.  Deputy responded.
Arrested was Dinnis Clark, 68, of Mena, on a Body Attachment Warrant.
Arrested was Michael L. Jones, 44, of Cove, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.
 
Polk County Sheriff’s Office worked three 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.

PC19-00627

 

9-10-19 7:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Flags To Half Staff Wednesday For Patriot Day, 9/11 18th Anniversary

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 marks the 18 year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in suburban Pennsylvania. Patriot Day serves as a remembrance of the lives lost on that September morning.
 
By a joint resolution approved 12/18/2001, (Public Law 107-89) has designated September 11th  of each year as "Patriot Day" which also directs the flags be lowered to half-staff for the entire day on September 11.
 
A section of the law is below: 
 
''§ 144. Patriot Day''(a) DESIGNATION.-September 11 is Patriot Day.''(b) PROCLAMATION.-The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation calling on-
 
''(1) State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe Patriot Day with appropriate programs and activities;
 
''(2) all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States and interested organizations and individuals to display the flag of the United States at halfstaff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001; and'
 
'(3) the people of the United States to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.''.
 
God bless America! 

0
comments


Sevier County Sheriff's Department Silver Alert For Tony Wayne Martz

 

 

 

The Sevier County Sheriff's Department has requested activation of a Silver Alert. Point of contact for additional information is Chad Dowdle - (870) 642-2125.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Wayne Martz

 

Age and/or DOB: 2/8/1956
Missing Date: 9/5/2019
Missing Time: 12:50 pm
Missing from City: Lockesburg
Missing from County: Sevier
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 6'01"
Weight: 200
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Complexion is described as: Medium
Circumstances
N/A The missing Individual was last known to be at 114 East Main Street Lockesburg, Ar near Lockesburg Dollar General Store .

Last seen wearing Tan cargo short, Beige Polo Shirt, White Tennis Shoes, Ball cap and glasses..

Missing individual may be traveling in: Black Chevrolet Ext Cab

 

Anyone having information should contact:

Sevier County Sheriff's Department (870) 642-2125.

 

9-9-19 3:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

 

0
comments


Friday and Saturday Activities At Queen Wilhelmina State Park Near Mena

For more information about any of the following activities, or the Queen Wilhelmina State Park, dial (479) 394-2863 or visit the park's website by clicking here.
 
Friday, September 13
 
Color Hike starting at 1:00 pm  and lasting about 45 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater. With summer in season, join Park Interpreter Melissa on a 1/2-mile hike to see how many different colors we can identify on the Spring Trail. 
 
Home Sweet Home starting at 3:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour. Meet at the Lovers’ Leap Trailhead. Meet Park Interpreter Melissa for a hike through our neighbors’ homes.  Learn of all the different animals and their habitats as we hike at Queen Wilhelmina. We will start on the north side of the Lovers’ Leap trail. 
 
Sunset Hike starting at 7:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet beside the Telescopes. Join Park Interpreter Melissa for an easy stroll to watch the sunset. Feel free to bring your camera to take photos of this beautiful view. 
 
Saturday, September 14 
 
Finding the Uniqueness starting at 2:00 pm  and lasting about 45 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater.  Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a unique resource filled with special things you can discover while you are here. Join Park Interpreter Melissa to learn unique aspects about our park.  
 
Wonder House Tour  starting at 3:00 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. 
 
Silent Hike starting at 4:00 pm and lasting about 1 hour. Meet on the north side of Lovers’ Leap Trail. Have you ever been on a trail and never seen an animal? Join Park Interpreter Melissa as we hike silently down to the Lovers’ Leap platform.  Along the way we will observe what we can see and hear as we silently walk through the woods. 
 
Sunset Art in the Park starting at 7:00 pm and lasting about 45 minutes. Meet in the Picnic Area. It is time to express yourself!  We all have an artist inside, and Queen Wilhelmina is the perfect place to get inspired. Join Park Interpreter Melissa and paint a picture of the sun as it sets on Rich Mountain with water colors. 
 
9-9-19 3:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Commodity Distribution September 24th and October 30th in Mena

 

ARVAC, Inc. has announced that commodities will be distributed to the general public in Mena on September 24th and October 30th at the Polk County Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

 

Proof of income, date(s) of birth, and social security numbers are required for all household members.

 

For further informatiom, contact the Polk County ARVAC office at (479) 394-4707 or go by the ARVAC office at 606 Pine Street in the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) in Mena.

 

9-9-19 11:28 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

0
comments


Rich Mountain Conservation District Annual Nut Sale, Scholarship Fundraiser

 

The Rich Mountain Conservation District is having their Annual Nut Sale. All proceeds from the sale funds their Annual Scholarship which is presented to a Polk County student who will be going into an ag-related field in college.

 

Orders will be taken from now until October 25th and will be ready for your Thanksgiving meals, or those hard to buy for Christmas gifts. Dail 479-437-6054 or go by 508 7th Street in Mena to order.


A downloadable / printable order form can be found here on the Rich Mountain Conservation District website.

 

9-9-19 11:10 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Mena Police Report for August 25th - September 7th

 

 

August 25, 2019 through August 31,  and September 1, 2019 and September 7, 2019

 

August 25, 2019

Tommy Kinnniard, 29, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daniel Roberts, 26, of Mena was arrested for two warrants from the Mena Police.

Andrea Main, 30, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jimmy Don Davis, 43, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from Montgomery County.

 

August 26, 2019

Dyllon Brown, 27, of Mena was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richard Ingram, 24, of Mena was charged with public intoxication.

Richard Young, 53, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff.  The arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

August 27, 2019

Chris John Thomas, 29, of Mena was charged with internet stalking of a child, sexual indecency with a child, and possession of child pornography.  The arrest followed an investigation.

Kaleb Rushin, 18, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from Polk County.

 

August 28, 2019

Louise Vidana, 35, of Fort Smith was charged with assault, theft of property, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.  The arrest followed a call from the hospital. 

Phillip James Dean, 44, of Colorado Springs, Colorado was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.  The arrest followed a call regarding a man who was acting strangely.

Rocky Daugherty, 29, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant for failure to pay fines and court costs from the Polk County Sheriff’s office.

Christine Smallwood, 41, of McCurtain, Oklahoma, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Oklahoma.

David Fraser, 51, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant for failure to appear from the Polk County Sheriff’s office.

 

August 29, 2019

A local woman reported that she is being harassed by her boyfriends’ former girlfriend.  Case sent to prosecutor for review.

A local man reported that a watch he was selling on consignment at a local antique shop had been stolen from the display case.  Case is pending statements from the victim and the owner of the shop.

Thomas M. Adams, 50, of Mena was charged with DWI.  The arrest followed a traffic stop.

Laine Barber, 24, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s office for failure to pay fines and court costs.

 

August 30 and August 31, 2019

Kristie Weber, 39, of Mena was cited for public display of obscenity after a complaint regarding a sign in her yard.

Matthew M. Adams, 53, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine and possession of drug paraphenalia. The arrest followed a traffic stop.

Andrew Daniel Stewart, 19, of Mena was charged with DWI after a traffic stop.

 

September 1, 2019

A Mena businessman reported that someone had stolen a utility trailer form his property.  Case is pending identification and interview of suspects.

Stephanie Abbott, 39, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct and communicating a false alarm after officers had responded to calls from her residence five times during their shift.

 

September 2, 2019

Tristan Chaney, 23, of Mena was charged with criminal trespass, driving on a suspended license, and having no proof of liability insurance on his vehicle.  The arrest followed a call from employees at a local retail store.

Vicky Franz, 51, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamines and was served an outstanding warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s office for failure to appear.

Sarah Mitchell, 25, of Mena was charged with disorderly conduct after officers responded to a call at the local hospital regarding a belligerent woman.

Dax Wood, 21, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from the Mena Police Department for failure to appear.

 

September 3, 2019

Sean Burns, 28, of Covington, Louisiana was charged with battery, terroristic threatening, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, fleeing, and carrying a weapon.  The arrest followed a call to a local residence.

Patricia Jackson, 29, of Mena was charged with possession of methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver and furnishing prohibited items.  She was also served four outstanding warrants.  The arrest followed a traffic stop. 

Jeremiah Brown, 38, of Mena was charged with public intoxication after officers responded to a call regarding a man acting suspiciously.

Matthew Paul Owen, 23, of Mena was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

 

September 4 & 5, 2019

Zachary Lunsford, 32, of Mena was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing, and failing to use a signal when turning.  The arrest followed a traffic stop.

 

September 6, 2019

Thomas Wayne Duncan, 30, of Mena was arrested and charged with possession with methamphetamine or cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

William M. Hale, 58, of Mena was charged with possession of marijuana.

Nora Taylor, 39, of Mena was served an outstanding warrant from Polk County.

 

September 7, 2019

Patricia Tice, 52, of Clarksville was served two outstanding warrants.

 

9-9-19 10:58 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Genealogy Workshop October 5th at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Near Mena

Free Genealogy Workshop Set for October 5

 

The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will present a free, genealogy workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Queen Wilhelmina State Park.

SARA Archival Manager Melissa Nesbitt will present “Behind the Scenes: How to Start Researching Your Family History.” The workshop is an introduction into basic genealogy research. Attendees can bring family information, such as family members’ full names, place of residency and dates of birth, marriage and death for help researching. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and practice research skills gleaned from the workshop!

 

Nesbitt is a skilled genealogy researcher whose methods bring results. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, was the curator at Ace of Clubs House at Texarkana Museums System and is a board member of the Arkansas Genealogical Society. She has held genealogy research lectures, workshops and symposium events for years.

 

The workshop is in partnership with Queen Wilhelmina State Park, which is part of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

 

For more information about the workshop or SARA, contact Melissa Nesbitt by email at melissa.nesbitt@arkansas.gov, or call 870-983-2633.

 

More information about Queen Wilhelmina State Park is available at www.arkansasstateparks.com.

 

9-9-19 9:19 a.m. KAWX.ORG

0
comments


State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 11.1 minutes. In Arkansas, someone dies by suicide, on average, every 14 hours.

 

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone.  By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.

 

The second week of September has been declared Suicide Prevention Awareness Week.  Suicide prevention is a priority for our nation and our state.

In 2017, the legislature passed Act 811 which mandated that calls made from Arkansas to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline be operated by the Arkansas Department of Health.  This has allowed callers in crises to be able to speak to someone who has a strong understanding of resources available nearby.

 

In the 2019 Regular Session, the legislature passed Act 551 which requires the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs and the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs to examine veteran issues within Arkansas, including the occurrence of suicide among the veteran population in Arkansas. The act also requires the committees to file a written report with Legislative Council by December 1, 2020.

 

This General Assembly also passed Act 962 which creates the offense of encouraging the suicide of another person and makes the offense a Class D felony.

 

In the United States, the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts is more than double among young adults aged 18-25 than it is among adults 26 years and older. In Arkansas, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-34 years of age. An important component for the suicide prevention program is improving continuity of care and follow-up for youth identified at risk. That is why the suicide prevention program in our state is implementing integrated networks of care for community populations to ensure that follow-up care and evidence-based treatments are in place.

 

If you are in crisis now, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Veterans can access the Veteran Crises line by calling the number and pressing 1.

 

Anyone can also text the crisis line by sending TALK to 741741, or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

 

9-6-19 7:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: A Natural Partnership

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address:  A Natural Partnership
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made his third official visit to Arkansas this week, and today I’m going to discuss the Shared Stewardship agreement we signed during his visit.

It is significant to note that Arkansas is the first southern state to sign this agreement, which creates a partnership between the state and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to care for all of our natural resources.

The agreement establishes a framework so that government at all levels can work together, no matter where calamity strikes. The agreement allows for us to “effectively respond to the increasing ecological challenges and natural-resource concerns in Arkansas, whether aquatic, terrestrial, or air.”

In other words, we are going to work together to take care of our land, water, and air.

Natural disasters such as fire, flood, drought, the infestation of insects, and the spread of invasive plants don’t pay any mind to the boundaries between state land, federal land, and private property.

The agreement calls for proactive measures that include minimizing the risk of wildfires through the use of prescribed and controlled burning, and by minimizing the suppression of naturally caused forest fires; identifying, managing, and reducing threats to forest and ecosystem health; and creating economic development strategies that keep working forests productive.

Arkansas has a good relationship with Secretary Perdue, who is adamant that his agency is accessible and transparent. This agreement further enhances transparency and our access to the Department of Agriculture.

Approximately one-hundred foresters, farmers, and conservationists, as well as some state legislators and congressmen, crowded into the conference room at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

After we discussed the agreement, Secretary Perdue answered questions from the audience about farming and trade. He assured rice growers that the Department of Agriculture is working hard on their behalf.

Secretary Perdue praised American farmers. He said that we are blessed to live in a nation that is a food superpower that doesn’t depend on any other nation for food.

When Secretary Perdue had answered all the questions, we moved to a table and signed the agreement. The Department of Agriculture meeting underscored the good relationship that Arkansas has with the Secretary Perdue’s Department of Agriculture. The secretary grew up on a farm, and he understands the needs of agriculture. He also understands that we solve problems when the state and federal governments work together on behalf of the United States. 

As Secretary Perdue said, at the end of the day, we all serve the same citizens.
 
9-6-19 7:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Innovation is Advancing Arkansas Agriculture

Innovation is Advancing Arkansas Agriculture

 

The agriculture industry is a top economic driver for our state. Having input from those in a variety of agri-businesses and production operations is vital to crafting legislation that meets the needs of our producers. That’s why I visit annually with farmers, ranchers and industry stakeholders at their family farms and production facilities to hear how Washington can improve the agriculture environment and help our producers succeed at feeding and clothing the world.

 

My 2019 Ag Tour highlighted innovative methods developed by Arkansas agri-businesses to improve operations, and there were plenty of groundbreaking practices to shine a light on. For instance, Fayetteville-based Little Bird Systems created a wireless detection technique to measure feed in livestock feed bins. Helping producers optimize the supply chain and cut feed costs improves efficiency and grows their bottom lines.

 

Vet Veggies, a Springdale business, uses hydroponics to grow produce sold to local stores and restaurants. Owner Jerry Martin says this type of innovative approach to farming allows him to supply the increasing demand for healthy food grown locally. Cultivating kale, lettuce, basil and other produce indoors lets the business grow its produce year-round and avoid unpredictable weather conditions.

 

At Arkansas State University, students shared how they’re using drones to study water use in fields and weed suppression. This research is helping our farmers compete with producers around the world by increasing their production efficiency while simultaneously equipping young people with skills they can use to be successful and support our agriculture industry into the future.    

 

Technology is making it easier for producers to make decisions that will increase their yields. Jackson County farmers demonstrated for me the infrared technology they use to determine what areas of their fields are under stress. This allows them to fix problems earlier in the growing season. In addition, more efficient irrigation practices are helping farmers ensure crops get the water necessary to thrive while actually conserving this valued resource.

 

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue saw first-hand some of the technology Arkansas farmers are using to improve their crops. Earlier this month, he visited Carlisle-based Vantage Midsouth Precision Agriculture, a company using GPS and laser technology to improve the efficiency of farming and agriculture production.

 

This year’s tour took on extra significance as the Farm Bill I helped pass last year is now being implemented. Our agriculture producers are facing low commodity prices, an escalating trade war and poor weather conditions. This year, there are 1.3 million acres of unplanted land in Arkansas because of rainfall and flooding. Agriculture producers I visited with said the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) has helped make up a portion of what they lost, because of retaliatory tariffs, and they are optimistic for opportunities to create new markets in which to sell their products.

 

Cuba is a potential market less than 100 miles off our coast. Normalizing trade with Cuba would be a game changer for Arkansas farmers looking to sell their products. The recent trade agreement with Japan and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) are also opportunities for our ag producers to compete and sell the safest, cheapest food supply in the world.

 

As a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I will continue to be a voice for Arkansas ag producers and support policies that help our state’s largest industry.

 

9-6-19 3:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

September 6, 2019

 

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences received a grant of $4.6 million to boost its program to encourage primary care physicians to practice in rural areas.

 

UAMS, the state’s main medical school, has eight regional campuses around the state. They will partner with the UAMS College of Medicine and its Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

 

The dean of the college noted the importance of retaining primary care physicians in rural areas, saying “Arkansas still has one of the worst physician shortages in the nation and we’re among the states projected as most likely to have serious primary care shortages by 2025.”

 

The rural population is relatively older, and therefore has a higher demand for medical services.

 

With the grant money, the college will recruit more medical students from under-served areas because they are considered more likely to return to their hometowns to practice medicine.

 

The college will increase the number of clinical sites available to teach medical students, and increase training and faculty opportunities at those sites.

 

The grant will be used also to strengthen relations with Community Health Centers, the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Philander Smith College in Little Rock, which are historically black colleges.

 

The state Health Department considers 50 of the 75 counties in Arkansas as meeting the definition of an under-served area, due to the lack of health professionals available to serve the population. More than 500,000 people, or a sixth of the states’ total population, live in those areas.

 

Legislators working on health care recently heard a presentation from officials at UAMS and the Arkansas Hospital Association. There are 23 counties in Arkansas that do not have a local hospital and there are 39 counties with only one hospital.

 

Of the 105 hospitals in Arkansas, 17 are at the highest level of financial risk. The number used to be 18 until the hospital in DeQueen, which was on the list, closed.

 

Twenty-five counties and cities levy a tax to support their local hospital.

 

“Getting to a doctor is a huge challenge in rural areas,” the chancellor of UAMS told legislators.

 

Rural areas are in need of more trained nurses, especially in specialty fields such as critical care and labor and delivery. The shortage is expected to worsen because about a third of nurses are older than 50, and many will retire within the next decade.

 

One reason for the nursing shortage is a lack of faculty at nursing colleges. In 2017, according to the Arkansas Center for Nursing, 3,905 nursing students were accepted into one of the 56 nursing programs in the state while 1,954 were turned away because of a lack of faculty or clinical space.

Of the 949 faculty at nursing programs, 614 were older than 50 in 2017. Many are expected to retire within 10 or 15 years. They will be more difficult to replace because in general, faculty must have a master’s or a doctoral degree.

 

The number of male nurses has gone up, but only slightly. In 1960, only 2 percent of nurses were male and today the ratio is 13 percent.

 

9-6-19 12:03 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Ham Radio Fest and Other Activities At Queen Wilhelmina State Park Friday and Saturday

Friday, September 6

 

50th Annual Ham Fest (ham radio) starting at 8:00 am and lasting about 9 hours in the Campground Field. The annual Ham Fest here at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is hog heaven for amateur radio enthusiasts. Do you need an antenna or parts for your radio? How about becoming a ham radio operator? The tests to become an operator will be available during this event. Whether you are a novice or an expert you can find what you’re looking for.

 

Ouachita Walk starting at 10:30 am and lasting about 1 hour and 15 minues. Meet on the west side of the Ouachita Trailhead. Join Park Interpreter Melissa and enjoy a serene summer 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.

 

Butterflies starting at 1:00 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet at the Amphitheater. Join Park Interpreter Melissa as she guides you through a hands-on experience where you’ll learn about nature and create something you can take home. Materials are provided.

 

Arkansas Furs starting at 3:30 pm and lasting about 30 minutes. Meet in the Hearth Room. What animals do we have here at Queen Wilhelmina State Park? Join Park Interpreter Melissa and she will talk about the animals that we have here in the park and you will get to feel their furs.

 

Saturday, September 7

 

50th Annual Ham Fest starting at 8:00 am and lasting about 9 hours in the Campground Field. The annual Ham Fest here at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is hog heaven for amateur radio enthusiasts. Do you need an antenna or parts for your radio? How about becoming a ham radio operator? The tests to become an operator will be available during this event. Whether you are a novice or an expert you can find what you’re looking for.

 

Wonder House Tour starrting at 9:00 pm and lasting about 7 hours. 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.

 

9-5-19 5:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments September 3rd, 4th

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. Douglas R. Gross, W/M, age 60, Count I: Possession of Firearms By Certain Persons, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Joseph A. Chapman, W/M, age 34, Count I: Maintaining A Drug Premises, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: Possession Of A Schedule VI Controlled Substance With The Purpose To Deliver, Marijuana, a Class "D" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that he has been convicted of more than one (1) but fewer than four (4) felonies. 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Matthew M. Evans, W/M, age 53, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Patricia L. Jackson, W/F, age 51, Count I: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: Furnishing, Possessing, Or Using Prohibited Articles, a Class "C" Felony. Count III: Use Of A Communications Device in violation of Arkansas law, a Class "C" Felony. The State of Arkansas intends to pursue enhanced penalties due to the fact that she has been convicted of more than one (1) but fewer than four (4) felonies. 
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Vicky L. Fussell, W/F, age 51, Count I: Possession Of A Schedule II Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), a Class "D" Felony.
 
State of Arkansas Vs. Sean D. Burns, W/M, age 28, Count I: Domestic Battery In The Third Degree, Subsequent Offense causing physical injury to a Family Member Or Household Member, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Terroristic Threatening In First Degree, a class "D" Felony. Count III: Residential Burglary, a Class "B" Felony. Count IV: Refusal To Submit To Arrest, a Class "B" Misdemeanor. 
 
9-5-19 1:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG 
 
 
 
 

0
comments


Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Sept. 4, 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 for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second.

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

9-4-19 2:11 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


AG Targets Child Predators In New Public Service Announcement

LITTLE ROCK –Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statewide public service announcement (PSA) addressing smartphone and internet safety for Arkansans. In the PSA, Rutledge is urging parents to stay aware of internet and smartphone apps that enable predators to take advantage of children. 

 

“Would you let your child get into the car with someone you don’t know, or spend the night with a stranger?” asked Attorney General Rutledge in the PSA. “If you don’t know who your kids are texting or gaming with on their phones, you could be allowing dangerous people into your homes and their bedrooms. Get informed and together, let’s protect our kids.”

 

The special agents of the Attorney General's Special Investigations Department work with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies at every stage of investigations, arrests and convictions.

 

The public service announcement can be viewed here on the KAWX website by clicking here.

 

Arkansans who have questions can email the office at oag@ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

 

9-3-19 4:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Polk County Sheriff's Log for August 26th - September 1st

SHERIFF’S   LOG


The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 26 – September 1, 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.


August 26, 2019
Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Vandervoort of the theft of electronics, valued at $3,000.00, led to a 16-year-old male being issued a Juvenile Citation for Theft of Property.   The juvenile was released to the custody of a parent/guardian.
Report of a disturbance on Polk 31 near Cove.  Deputies responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Polk 42 near Potter of problems with a neighbor concerning a property dispute.


August 27, 2019
Arrested was Gregory A. Rivera, 30, of New Caney, TX, on a Harris County, Texas Warrant.
Traffic stop on Highway 71 South near Wickes led to the arrest of Lurlin Leger, 52, of Omaha, NE, on Charges of DWI, Careless/Prohibited Driving, Improper Passing and No Proof of Insurance.


August 28, 2019
Arrested was David E. Bunyard, 24, of Mena, on Warrants for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.


August 29, 2019
Report from complainant on Highway 88 East near Yocana of being the victim of a scam regarding a computer, totaling losses at $2,000.00.  Investigation continues.
Report from a local clinic of a dog bite victim.  Deputy responded.
Report from complainant on Polk 43 near Mena of the theft of a phone, valued at $450.00.  Investigation continues.
Arrested was Joseph A. Chapman, 34, of Mena, on a Charge of Possession of a Schedule VI Controlled Substance.


August 30, 2019
Report from complainant on Ryder Lane near Acorn of the attempted break-in to a residence.  Investigation continues.
Report from a Mena woman that her 15-year-old daughter was missing.  The juvenile was later located.
Arrested was Doug R. Gross, 60, of Mena, on a Warrant for Possession of a Firearm by Certain Person.
Arrested was Jason Kirkendoll, 42, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Comply with a Court Order.
Arrested was Michael G. Reding, 57, of Mena, on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.

August 31, 2019
Report from complainant on Polk 18 near Cove of the break-in and theft of two firearms and electronics, all valued at $500.00.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Polk 61 near Board Camp of an ongoing issue with a neighbor.  Deputy responded.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.


September 1, 2019
Report from a Conway woman of custody issues with a Polk County man.  Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.
Report from complainant on Polk 301 near Cherry Hill of the break-in and theft of a chainsaw, valued at $750.00.  Investigation continues.
Report from complainant on Highway 71 South near Hatfield of the discovery of illegal items.  Investigation continues.
Arrested was Jarrod L. Wafford, 31, of Mena, on a Warrant for Harassment.

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

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 31 Incarcerated Inmates, with 18 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

PC19-00601

 

9-3-19 3:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

0
comments


Mena Weather