KAWX News Archives for 2020-08

Mena Police Report for August 23rd - 29th

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of August 23, 2020 through August 29, 2020 

 

 

August 23, 2020

 

No reports taken.

 

August 24, 2020

 

A report of a vehicle theft was taken on Southerland Avenue.

 

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

 

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

 

A report of criminal mischief was taken in the Walmart parking lot.

 

August 25, 2020

 

Mykos Pierce, 20, was charged with Theft of Property (Shoplifting), Possession of an Instrument of Crime and served with a warrant, and a juvenile male was charged with Criminal Trespassing after a theft complaint from Walmart.

 

A report of breaking or entering was taken from a walk-in complainant from Janssen Avenue.

 

Samuel Dollarhide, 28, was charged with Theft of Property (Shoplifting) at Walmart.

 

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

 

August 26, 2020

 

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

 

August 27, 2020

 

Stacey Burnett, 34, was served with a warrant at the police department.

 

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

 

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

 

A theft report was taken at Salvation Army.

 

A theft complaint was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

August 28, 2020

 

A report of criminal trespass was taken on Bethesda Road.

 

Wade Stewart, 45, was charged with Domestic Battery 3rd after a disturbance call to Scott Drive.

 

Billy Miller, 25, was charged with Terroristic Threatening and Harassment after a complaint on Southerland Avenue.

 

A report of vehicle theft was taken on Janssen Avenue.

 

August 29, 2020

 

Phillip Rice, 38, and Kimberly Williams, 33, were charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver. Also, Cynthia Brown, 47, was charged with Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Meth), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver and Theft by Receiving. These charges were made after a traffic stop on Highway 71.

 

David Heard, 33, was charged with Driving on Suspended Driver’s License, No Insurance and Fictitious Tags after a traffic stop on Missouri Avenue.

 

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

 

8-31-20 4:02 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for August 24th - 30th

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 24, 2020 – August 30, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

August 24, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 14 near Wickes of identity fraud

Report from complainant on Prairie Dog Lane near Cove of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 1 near Grannis of an assault. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 121 near Shady Grove of identity fraud.

 

August 25, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 34 near Hatfield of a verbal altercation. Deputy responded.

 

August 26, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk164 near Rocky of a domestic altercation. Deputy responded.

Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

 

August 27, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 89 near Ink of damage to a mailbox. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 676 near Acorn of identity fraud.

 

August 28, 2020

Report from complainant of identity fraud.

 

August 29, 2020

Request for a welfare check near Ink. Deputies responded.

Report of a suspicious vehicle on Polk 42 near Potter. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 164 near Rocky of a domestic assault. Deputies responded.

Report of a dog bite victim. Deputy responded.

 

August 30, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 287 near Cove of a break-in. Deputy responded.

Traffic stop on Hwy 71S near Cove led to information being forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 417 near Potter led to the arrest of Taylor Higgins, 25, of Mena on Charges of Disorderly Conduct and Refusal to Submit to Arrest.

Report of finding a gun on Polk 76W near Acorn. Deputy responded.

 

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

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 23 Incarcerated Inmates, with 8 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

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8-31-20 1:06 PM KAWX.ORG 

 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Preserving the Main Streets of Arkansas

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Preserving the Main Streets of Arkansas
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the survival of many small businesses in Arkansas, and today I’d like to share good news about a grant program that will help. It is the Arkansas Historic Preservation and Main Street Arkansas grants.
 
First, though, I’d like to discuss the good news about our unemployment rate. For months before the pandemic, our unemployment rate had remained at historic lows and always below the national average. As COVID-19 slowed the economy, our rate jumped to 10.8 percent unemployment. But we have seen impressive improvement. In July, our rate was back to 7.1 percent, which is about three percentage points below the national average.
 
This is encouraging for the many cities that participate in the Main Street Arkansas and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The mission of these two programs is to help revitalize the historic commercial centers that are essential to the economic health of many communities. The cities will receive grants to help jumpstart their economies as we move out of the pandemic.
 
Main Street America surveyed its members this spring to assess the effect of the coronavirus, including the likelihood the members would have to close shop if the disruption continued. Of the 213 Arkansas business owners who responded, 32 percent said they likely would be out of business within three months. Thirty percent reported they might have to close after five months.
 
Jackie Wolven is executive director of Main Street Eureka Springs. The results of that survey are a good representation of what has happened in that historic town. Five stores didn’t survive. But she is totally optimistic about the future. Jackie and the other leaders will identify artisans and business people to put in the empty store fronts, then release the grants after the first of the year. As she put it, Eureka Springs is ready to rock and roll.
 
Small business are the anchors of our communities. Many of the mom-and-pop shopkeepers grew up in the town where they now own a store. They are part of the social fabric of our small towns as well as key to the towns’ economic health.
 
The Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism supports these communities through annual Downtown Revitalization Grants. Department Secretary Stacy Hurst recently announced that her agency would more than double its funding to $559,000 for the next year. Funding for the grants comes through the Real Estate Transfer Tax. The grants range from $3,000 to $25,000.
 
Our small towns and the owners who do business there are a link to our history and a reminder of where we came from. They are the building blocks of our economy. Main Street Arkansas and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program are standing with them to secure the future.
 
8-29-20 1:38 PM KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

Now that in-person instruction has resumed in Arkansas schools, it is more important than ever to have an adequate level of COVID-19 testing.

Without extensive testing, health experts cannot determine the level of community spread or give a reliable forecast.

This week, Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero urged Arkansans not to fall into the trap of testing fatigue.

 

If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 call ahead to your health care provider or schedule a test at an Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Local Health Unit

 

ADH continues to recommend testing for people who have been exposed even if that individual does not have symptoms. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on that issue, it made exceptions for high-risk individuals and those in areas where local and state health officials feel it necessary to do so. Dr. Romero stressed this week that ADH feels it is important to test anyone who has been exposed regardless of symptoms.

 

ADH also recommends testing if you have traveled out of state.

 

Testing is available. Public health labs can also provide quick turn-around. Dr. Romero said they could deliver results in 48 hours.

 

The state’s goal for August is to conduct 190,000 tests. That is close to 6% of the state’s population. As of Friday, the state was close to reaching that goal, with more than 155,000 tests conducted so far.

 

While the health department may take your insurance information if you do not have a way to pay for the test, it is free of cost. Whether you have insurance or not, local health units will administer a test.

 

We have posted a link to find your nearest health unit on our website www.arkansashouse.org.

 

8-28-20 4:17 PM KAWX.ORG 

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Providing Flexibility for Veteran Disability Exams

Providing Flexibility for Veteran Disability Exams

  

When in-person medical care was paused at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities earlier this year due to COVID-19, telehealth technologies allowed veterans to continue accessing health services. Arkansas veterans quickly adapted.

 

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System saw a 1,000 percent increase in VA Video Connect appointments since the beginning of the year.

 

Similarly, the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville experienced an increase of 4,390 percent in virtual care over that same time. Despite the expanded online services, not all veterans have the ability to connect to the internet. For veterans who scheduled the required medical exam to apply for benefits, the wait time is getting longer, and we need to fix that.

 

Many veterans are required to complete a compensation and pension (C&P) exam to verify their medical condition and eligibility when applying for VA benefits. The backlog has been growing since last year when Congress expanded benefits eligibility to more veterans, more than tripling since November 2019 and now standing at 203,000 veterans nationwide. In Arkansas, more than 1,500 veterans are waiting for a C&P exam.

 

During a Senate VA Committee hearing in June, I pressed the VA on its plan to reduce the backlog. While department leaders were hopeful that resuming in-person exams would help decrease the number of veterans awaiting an appointment, they also requested additional flexibility to decrease the backlog.

 

Veterans shouldn’t have to wait months to file disability claims. We’ve taken great pride in strengthening benefits, so we need to ensure the infrastructure is in place to accommodate the increased number of people who are turning to the VA for help. It’s clear this framework is not meeting the current demand.

 

That’s why I introduced legislation to allow certain specialty medical professionals to perform C&P exams. By allowing additional health care personnel to conduct these health screenings, we can ensure veterans get the attention they deserve in a timely manner. 

 

There is momentum building in Congress to expand the number of providers who can conduct disability exams. A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Chairman of the Senate VA Committee understands the urgency to provide flexibility and expand the VA’s capacity to conduct C&P exams. The chairman incorporated this bill in a comprehensive veterans’ benefits package that I am hopeful the committee will take up soon. 

 

While in-person exams recently resumed at several VA facilities around the country including the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, we need to take action to help the thousands of veterans waiting for their exam so they can file their disability claims and receive the benefits they have earned.

 

8-28-20 3:40 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

August 28, 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas legislators approved a plan to add $300 a week to unemployment benefits, to extend the extra benefits available during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The benefits will come from federal disaster relief funds. The state Department of Workforce Services administers unemployment claims and its officials hope the additional benefits will be paid soon after Labor Day.

 

Members of the Legislative Council approved the plan during a recent meeting. It would benefit an estimated 100,000 Arkansans who are currently not working.

 

The Council is the committee that oversees operations of state government during the interims between legislative sessions.

 

The Council also approved spending $100 million on the Arkansas Rural Connect program, which awards grants to local communities to expand access to high speed Internet.

 

Students are taking virtual classes and people are working from home, so the pandemic has focused attention on the need to enhance broadband capacity in rural areas, and in many cities and towns where Internet service is lacking.

 

The Council has voted to help county fairs by allowing them to spend money that had been allocated for premiums, typically awarded to young people exhibiting animals. County fairs are being cancelled or severely cut back this year. The Legislative Council voted to allow fairs to transfer almost $693,000 from premiums and use it instead to offset expenses.

 

The move is intended to help county fair associations survive the financial hit they are taking this year. Senators have said that when the legislature convenes in regular session in January, they want to provide financial help to county fairs so they can preserve their tradition of linking agriculture and education.

 

The Council also approved using $5 million in federal relief funds to help small meat processing plants expand. At the beginning of the pandemic, several major processing plants experienced slowdowns because workers were out sick, and bottlenecks in the industry drove up prices, according to the Agriculture Department officials seeking the $5 million in grants.

 

Arkansas has three small-scale meat processing plants that meet federal inspection standards, and they are eligible to apply for the grants. There are 40 custom meat processors in Arkansas that currently are exempt from federal inspections. They could get grants but first they would have to meet federal inspection standards.

 

Covid-19 Trends in Schools

 

The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) has added a new category for school districts in its compilation of reported cases of Covid-19. The data will be updated weekly.

 

The president of ACHI said the compilation is meant to inform parents, school officials and state policy makers about the risk level in schools, and whether the risk is going up or down.

 

The ACHI reports are not the only numbers that state education officials will use if they have to decide whether to close a school because of a spike in cases.

 

The Education Secretary said last week at a daily briefing that the percentage of students choosing to stay home and take virtual classes falls within a range of 20 percent to 50 percent across Arkansas.

 

ACHI also lists the number of cases in each county and by zip codes.

 

8-28-20 10:07 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Aug. 26, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second. All Corps of Engineers lake and river readings were taken at 10 a.m. the day of publication.

 

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

 

Quick links to regions:

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

8-26-20 9:16 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Arkansans Bracing For Effects Of Hurricane Laura, NWS Briefing

Hurricane Laura is currently rated as a strong Category 4 Hurricane and it is expected to make landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border around midnight tonight. The landfall for a hurricane is considered the time that the center of the storm (in this case the hurricane is strong enough to have a well defined "eye", so the eye of the storm) moves over land. Hurricane Laura is bigger than the state of Arkansas, so the storm will impact the state well ahead of the time the center of the storm moves over the state. Please keep this in mind as you look at graphics for the timing of where Laura will be at any given time. The "dot" showing the forecast for Laura is simply the center of the storm, and the entire storm huge, and will impact your area well ahead of the "dot" on the forecast map.
Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to start to impact Arkansas as early as early Thursday morning for parts of southwest Arkansas. Rain bands associated with Laura will bring periods of extremely heavy rainfall with rainfall rates at or above 2" per hour, followed by a relative lull or even complete absence of rainfall. Bands of rainfall associated with tropical storms behave like this, you get intense rainfall when the band moves over your location, and then the rain all but ends until the next band arrives. Bands of heavy rain are expected to continue to rotate counterclockwise over the state of Arkansas ahead of, and behind, the center of Laura from Thursday (8/27) morning through Friday late morning or mid-day. The exact speed and track of Laura over the state will play a large role in its impacts on the state. This briefing represents our best forecast for impacts given the current state and forecast track of Laura, continue to check back for forecast updates as landfall will have a big impact on the speed and intensity of Laura.
 
As you will read and can see in the attached briefing, the primary impacts associated with Laura moving over Arkansas are expected to be flash flooding, downed trees and the associated power outages, and lastly, isolated tornadoes.
Flash flooding is most likely and is expected to have the greatest impact across parts of southwest Arkansas which saw anywhere from 2-6 inches of rain earlier this morning (Wednesday, 8/26) has already fallen, leaving soil conditions saturated and primed to convert additional rainfall into runoff that leads to flooding. A flash flood threat is present across most of the state of Arkansas, but central and eastern Arkansas have been drier over the past 7 to 10 days, and can likely absorb more rainfall before flooding starts compared to southwest parts of the state. Widespread rainfall totals of 4-6" of rain are expected across much of the state, with isolated amounts of 8" or more possible depending on where those heavy rain bands move over the most frequently. 
 
Tropical storm force winds (greater than 39 mph) will begin over southwest Arkansas as early as tomorrow morning. Winds will increase in intensity through the afternoon hours, peaking out at 50 to 60 mph sustained winds, with higher gusts Thursday afternoon through late Thursday evening. As Laura moves northeast, the winds are expected to weaken. Winds across central Arkansas will likely become sustained at 30 to 40 mph at their peak with higher gusts possible from Thursday afternoon through Thursday night. North central, northeast, and east Arkansas will likely see sustained winds peak at 20 to 30 mph with higher wind gusts from Thursday evening through Friday morning.
The combination of several hours of stronger winds and heavy rainfall is expected to soften up the soil while applying constant pressure on trees. Therefore where the sustained winds are highest, tree damage is more likely to be widespread, and where trees fall, power lines are usually soon to follow. Power outages could become common across much of southwest Arkansas, with the threat of downed trees and the associated power outages decreasing in density/coverage as you move north and east from southwest Arkansas. Downed trees and power outages will likely occur in parts of central Arkansas, and are expected to be more isolated across northern and eastern Arkansas.
 
Lastly, as with any tropical cyclone, or its associated remnants, tropical cyclones always make the environment more favorable for tornadoes. Tornadoes are often more likely to the north and east of the center of the storm. Unfortunately that general area will cover much of Arkansas over the next 24 to 36 hours. Typically tornadoes embedded in tropical rain bands are weaker and don't last as long as tornadoes that are created by supercell thunderstorms. However any tornado will be capable of producing localized swaths of enhanced wind damage within the already enhanced winds associated with Laura. Tornadoes are a threat across much of the state, but tornadoes are not expected to be the primary cause of damage/impacts to the state as Laura moves through; flash flooding and downed trees and power outages are the primary threats that we can expect.
 
We'll keep an eye on Laura as it moves inland, and will provide forecast updates as we continue to collect data out ahead of the storm. The next briefing will likely be sent out tomorrow (Thursday 8/27) morning.
 
8-26-20 8:06 PM KAWX.ORG 
 

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Mena Recognized For Solar Powered Homes

Mena Mayor Seth Smith has been notified that Mena has the 4th highest percentage of solar powered homes in Arkansas, and the 957th highest in the nation.

 
Specifically, Mena has 23 solar-powered homes out of 7,207 total housing units, which means 0.32% of the homes in Mena are solar-powered and more eco-friendly. 
 
8-26-20 11:20 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Quorum Court Approves Raises, Supports Issue 1

The Polk county Quorum Court met Tuesday for their August session. The meeting was once again held in the Courtroom at the Courthouse to allow for social distancing, and Justices of the Peace and others in attendance were checked for fever before entering the courtroom.

 
Nine of the eleven Justices of the Peace were present, as well as most other elected officials and a number of county employees and guests.
 
The JPs took care of routine business and heard a report from the Salary and Personnel Committee Chairman, JP Harold Coogan.
 
After careful consideration and discussion, the Quorum Court voted 9 to 0 to approve a 4% raise for all county employees and elected officials effective September 1, 2020. Part time employees will also get the raise, but Justices of the Peace will not since they are technically not county employees.
 
Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison thanked the JPs for approving the recommendation of the Salary and Personnel Committee stating that the county is fortunate to have some very good employees and that he would like to be able to keep them as well as recruit new ones as needed.
 
The minimum and maximum that can be paid to elected officials is set by State Statute based on the county's size or "classification". Polk County is a Class 3 county and elected official salaries are on the low side of the range.
 
The Quorum Court also unanimously passed a Resolution endorsing Issue 1 which will be on the ballot November 3rd. Issue 1 is not a new tax, only a continuation of the one-half percent sales and use tax that brings some $460,000 annually to Polk County for road work.
 
8-26-20 10:53 AM KAWX.ORG 

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UPDATED ASP CALLED TO INVESTIGATE SCOTT COUNTY MURDERS

UPDATE:

The Arkansas State Police is investigating the murders of two Scott County residents whose bodies were discovered early Monday morning (August 24th) inside the couple’s home at 4642 Highway 270 near Boles, south of Waldron.  Special Agents of the state police criminal investigation division were requested by the Scott County Sheriff to conduct the homicide investigation.

The bodies of Bobby Slagle, 81, and his wife, Martha, 69, were discovered in a bedroom at the residence.

 The Scott County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call about 1 AM Monday from an individual at the Slagle’s home reporting he had cut his foot and needed assistance.  A sheriff’s deputy dispatched to the home later arrested Dustin Wayne Shores, 35, who was found inside the residence.  Shores is being held at the Scott County Detention Center awaiting the filing of formal criminal charges. 8-25-20 (Original article below.)

 

The Arkansas State Police is investigating the murders of two Scott County residents whose bodies were discovered earlier today inside a residence south of Waldron.  Special Agents of the state police criminal investigation division were requested by the Scott County Sheriff to conduct the investigation.
 
  The sheriff’s department received a phone call about 1 AM today from an individual stating he had cut his foot and needed assistance.  A sheriff’s deputy dispatched to the home found the murder victims in a bedroom.
 
  An investigation is continuing and more information is expected to be released as early as tomorrow.  Meanwhile, authorities are attempting to notify next of kin related to the victims.

 

8-24-20 7:23 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Drawing Held For Polk County Ballot Positions In The November 3rd General Election

The Polk County Election Commission held a ballot position drawing today in the Polk County Courthouse to determine placements on the ballot for contested races in the November 3, 2020 General Election. The results are below.

 

CANDIDATE POSITION NAME                                    POSITION
U.S. PRESIDENT -- VICE PRESIDENT  
BRIAN CARROLL -- AMAR PATEL 2
DON BLANKENSHIP -- WILLIAM MOHR 11
JOSEPH R. BIDEN -- KAMALA HARRIS 6
HOWIE HAWKINS -- ANGELA WALKER 8
BROCK PIERCE --KARLA BALLARD 7
C.L. GAMMON -- PHIL COLLINS 10
KANYE WEST -- MICHELLE TIDBALL 4
PHIL COLLINS -- BILLY JOE PARKER 1
ROQUE "ROCKY" DE LA FUENTA -- DARCY G. RICHARDSON 12
JO JORGENSEN -- JEREMY "SPIKE" COHEN 13
JOHN RICHARD MYERS -- TIARA SUZANNE LUSK 5
DONALD J. TRUMP -- MICHAEL R. PENCE 9
GLORIA LA RIVA -- SUNIL FREEMAN 3
   
U.S. SENATE  
RICKY DALE HARRINGTON, JR. 2
SENATOR TOM COTTON 1
   
U.S. CONGRESS DISTRICT 4  
WILLIAM H. HANSON 3
FRANK GILBERT 2
REPRESENTATIVE BRUCE WESTERMAN 1
   
JP DISTRICT 3  
HAROLD COOGAN 2
LEVI ELLISON 1
   
JP DISTRICT 5  
RUSSELL SCOTT KIERSEY 2
TROY LUNSFORD 1
   
CONSTABLE -- EAGLE TOWNSHIP  
RAY HAGLER 2
JIMMY TITSWORTH 1
   
CONSTABLE -- POTTER TOWNSHIP  
JAMES RICHARDSON 1
EDDIE PRICE 2
   
MENA COUNCIL MEMBER, WARD 3 POSITION 2  
LARRY STEWART 1
EDWIN GIBSON 2
   
HATFIELD COUNCIL MEMBER, POSITION 1  
PAIGE SELF 2
DIANE OSBORNE

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8-24-20 3:24 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report for August 16th - 22nd

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of August 16, 2020 through August 22, 2020 

 

 

August 16, 2020

 

Jesse Jinkins, 40, was charged with DWI, No Insurance, Possession of Schedule 6 Controlled Substance, No Vehicle License, Driving on a Suspended License, Refusal to Submit to BAC, and was served with a warrant after a traffic stop on Highway 71.

 

August 17, 2020

 

Nickie Landfair, 27, was served with a warrant at the police department.

 

A report of breaking or entering and theft of property was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

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

 

A report of criminal mischief and careless driving was taken at PCDC.

 

August 18, 2020

 

Eric Revels, 36, was served with three warrants at the police department.

 

Bobby May, 32, was served with two warrants at the police department.

 

Ronald Peters, 45, was served with a warrant at the police department.

 

August 19, 2020

 

Aaron Ollar, 32, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Purpose to Deliver, Fleeing in a Vehicle, Fleeing on Foot, Careless Driving and Disregarding a Stop Sign. Also, Stacie Shores, 30, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fleeing on Foot, Resisting Arrest and served with a warrant. These charges came after an Officer attempted a traffic stop on Morrow Street.

 

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

 

Daniel Felix, 42, was served with a warrant at the police department.

 

A report of violation of a court order and Harassment was taken on 3rd Street.

 

Sailon Fickenscher, 35, was charged with Public Intoxication and Obstructing Government Operations after a report of a disturbance at the hospital.

 

August 20, 2020

 

A report of a disturbance was taken on Mena Street.

 

A report of criminal mischief was taken on 11th Street.

 

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

 

August 21, 2020

 

A report of domestic battery and disorderly conduct was taken on Scott Street after a disturbance call.

 

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

 

August 22, 2020

 

Kasi Dollarhyde, 37, was served with a warrant after a traffic stop.

 

Billy Fletcher, 33, was charged with Terroristic Threat, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass and Resisting Arrest after a disturbance call on Andrys Street.

 

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

 

8-24-20 1:23 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for August 17th - 23rd

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 17, 2020 – August 23, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

August 17, 2020

Report from complainant on East Canterberry near Vandervoort of identity fraud

Report from complainant on Janssen Ave near Mena of identity fraud.

Report of a vehicle on fire near the Talimena Scenic Drive. Deputies responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 24 near Cove of a vehicle being vandalized. Deputy responded.

Arrested by an Officer with the Game and Fish was Tina R. Sipes, 51, of Mena on a Warrant for Failure to Comply.

 

August 18, 2020

Report from complainant on Treasure Lane near Acorn of harassment. Deputies responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Discovery of suspicious items on Polk 38 near the Mountain Fork River Bridge by an Officer with the Game and Fish led to information being forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration of charges.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 76E near Acorn led to a juvenile male being issued a Citation for Disorderly Conduct.

 

August 19, 2020

Report from complainant near Cove of statements made by a family member.

Report from complainant on Dirt Lane near Shady Grove of being harassed. Deputy responded.

Report of a motorcycle accident on Hwy 88W near Acorn. Deputy responded.

Report of a dispute on Hwy 8W near Shady Grove between a landlord and tenant over ownership of property removed from a rental.

 

August 20, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 676 near Acorn of being threatened. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 25E near Hatfield of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 257 near Wickes of identity fraud.

Report from complainant of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Heritage Lane near Hatfield of a domestic disturbance. Deputies responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

 

August 21, 2020

Report of a rock from a weed eater striking a vehicle window.

 

August 22, 2020

Report of an unattended death on Polk 115 near Acorn. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 226 near Vandervoort of identity fraud.

 

August 23, 2020

Report of a disturbance on Polk 23 near Cove led to the arrest of James D. Cochran, 36, of Cove on Charges of Public Intoxication, Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License, No Proof of Insurance, No Vehicle License, Careless and Prohibited Driving, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, and three Bond Revocations.

Request for a welfare check on Hwy 88E near Ink. Deputies responded.

Report from complainant on Hwy 8W near Rocky of being harassed. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 482 near Vandervoort of the theft of various items in the amount of $1125.00. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Hwy 270 near Acorn of trespassing. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 45 near Shady Grove of damage to a mailbox in the amount of $65.00. Deputy responded.

Traffic stop led to a Citation for Public Intoxication being issued to Eric Smith, 24, of Wickes.

Report from complainant on Polk 282 near Hatfield of a disturbance involving ATV’s. Deputy responded.

 

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

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 22 Incarcerated Inmates, with 7 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

PC20-00749

 

8-24-20 12:33 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Getting Back to School

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Getting Back to School
 
LITTLE ROCK – Most Arkansas schools are starting next week, and today I’d like to offer some thoughts as we head into an academic year unlike any in my lifetime.
 
One of my favorite things about the new school year in Gravette where I grew up was going to McAlister’s Grocery and Hardware store to buy school supplies.
 
In my day, we bought pencils, Big Chief tablets, and little plastic tubs of white paste with a spreader built into the lid. In high school, we took notes with ballpoint pens in spiral-bound notebooks. Teachers wrote on blackboards with chalk. We learned science with filmstrips and overhead projectors.
 
The world has changed much since those simple days. Chromebooks and iPads have replaced pen and paper. YouTube has replaced film projectors. Those changes occurred gradually, and we had time to adjust. We didn’t suddenly have to toss out everything that was familiar.
 
But the pandemic has changed almost everything about life, and it changed it in an instant. It’s as if we woke up one morning to a world where nothing looked the same. That kind of rapid change is understandably unsettling.
 
COVID-19 has changed education dramatically. Whether you are starting kindergarten or finishing college, this year won’t look like last year. But the basics do remain the same. Teachers will share new concepts with their students. Cafeteria workers will prepare delicious meals. After a week of learning, students will cheer the football team on Friday nights.
 
We’ve already had some valuable experience in rethinking school. In the last three months of the spring semester, the pandemic forced us to alter the way in which we live, celebrate, and learn. This means there is a lot of change. But there are also some important life lessons from all of this. In school and in life, some of the most valuable lessons don’t come from books, but from experience. This year, in addition to literature, computer coding, and biology, we will learn a number of important life lessons, such as we can adapt to the changes that the coronavirus has forced on us.
 
Also, it is important that we not only start the school year but finish the school year. And to do this, all of us must perform at a higher level and work as a team. We are all individually responsible, but we are also dependent on each other to be successful in beating the virus. We are living through a historic time. We will get through this. This school year will be easier if each of us does our part. Wash your hands. Wear a mask when appropriate. Keep your distance socially. Be patient and kind to your schoolmates and teachers.
 
8-22-20 5:23 PM KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

Because of Covid-19, school will look different this year, and so will transportation. The Arkansas Department of Education’s transportation directors are taking the utmost measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 on buses. These measures include regularly disinfecting the buses and implementing requirements for students to wear masks and socially distance while riding the bus.

 

But there are other actions we can all take this school year to help ensure the safety of our students.

 

“Flashing Red, Kids Ahead” is an effort led by the Arkansas Department of Education to remind people to be mindful of student safety when approaching school buses.

 

The purpose of safety campaign is to remind educators, parents, school bus drivers, and community leaders to obey all traffic laws whenever they are near a school bus. It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus whenever its red lights are flashing, as students are present.

 

The law requires drivers to stop on 2-lane and 4-lane highways in both directions, even those with a middle lane. Drivers cannot attempt to pass in any direction until the school bus vehicle has finished receiving or discharging its passengers and is in motion again.

 

The fines, penalties and punishment for anyone found guilty of illegally passing a stopped school bus were dramatically increased by Arkansas Act 2128 of 2005, also known as Isaac’s Law. The legislation was named for Isaac Brian, an elementary school student in the Bryant School District, who was struck and killed when a driver illegally passed his school bus while students were unloading.

 

In the 2019 Regular Session, the legislature increased the fines in Isaac’s Law again with Act 166. Drivers can now face up to a $2,500 fine or up to 90 days in jail.

 

Let’s all do our part to ensure students arrive to and from school safely. Remember: Flashing Red. Kids Ahead.

 

8-21-20 5:11 PM KAWX.ORG 

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Follow the Advice of Our Public Health Officials

Follow the Advice of Our Public Health Officials

 

“To protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.”

 

This is the mission statement that our state’s new Secretary of Health, Dr. Jose Romero, will strive to meet as he takes the reins at the Arkansas Department of Health.

 

Running the Department of Health is far from an easy task. My brother held the post in the early 2000’s, and I remember the many challenges he faced during his tenure. Those trials become significantly harder in the midst of a public health emergency.

 

Dr. Romero is taking the helm following the departure of Dr. Nate Smith, who has accepted a position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will continue to use his expertise to advance public health initiatives at the national level. Dr. Smith crafted and implemented the state’s response to COVID-19, worked diligently alongside the governor’s team to provide medical and scientific reasoning for pandemic-related decisions and was a steady hand at the onset of the public health emergency. His expert medical guidance and strong leadership will be deeply missed.

 

The good news is that Dr. Romero is the ideal person to build on Dr. Smith’s efforts. While announcing his appointment, Governor Asa Hutchinson highlighted Dr. Romero’s long track record of working with Arkansas’s medical community and his “national reputation for his work with infectious diseases.”

 

I share the governor’s confidence in Dr. Romero’s abilities to lead us through these unprecedented times. That confidence is vital during a crisis as the public needs officials who can speak with authority on the challenges we face and offer guidance they can trust. In the case of COVID-19, that responsibility lands squarely on the shoulders of our public health officials at the federal, state and local level. 

 

One of those top officials at the federal level was recently in Little Rock to discuss Arkansas’s coronavirus efforts with the governor and his team. Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response director, noted an improvement in our numbers, saying that progress is the result of Arkansans “following the important, common-sense path forward to get control of this virus.” She highlighted individual actions we can take, like wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, as key parts of that strategy.

 

Along with Dr. Birx and her colleagues at the federal level, Dr. Romero and our public health officials at the county and city level are the voices we need to be listening to during this crisis. They have been the ones sharing crucial preventative information with the public while coordinating testing and organizing an effective response to outbreaks in our communities.

 

Our public health experts are very fortunate to have the best and the brightest working on the frontlines to overcome this challenge. The doctors, nurses and other medical personnel in Arkansas’s hospitals and facilities truly have been an inspiration. They have worked long hours, under high-risk conditions, with limited resources to provide care for COVID-19 patients. They are the embodiment of the word ‘hero.’

 

We can do our part to help them out by following the guidance and recommendations laid out by our public health officials. This includes frequent handwashing, practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when required or when appropriate space cannot be assured in public settings. We will beat this virus in a much quicker manner by listening to medical experts and acting on their advice.

 

8-21-20 5:04 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

August 21, 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas teachers and students are beginning the most challenging school year in living memory.

 

Last March schools were forced to close because of the spread of the coronavirus, a decision that affected more than 470,000 students and 33,000 teachers.

 

Arkansas has been trying to close the achievement gap between children in underprivileged homes and those in more prosperous families.

 

Elected officials and educators are concerned that the changes made necessary by the virus could make that gap wider. When so many students must study from home and take their classes online, it’s critical that they all have access to the same technology.

 

That’s why state officials have beefed up the Arkansas Rural Connect program, which has distributed more than $10 million in grants to expand broadband access in isolated areas. More grants will be announced over the coming weeks.

 

Other grants of up to $75,000 help rural communities apply for federal dollars to expand broadband access, through the Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund Grant. It is managed by the Institute for Digital Health & Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

 

Also important will be the presence of a parent or family member who is computer literate, who can help students connect with their teachers every day.

According to surveys, when schools had to convert to distance learning last spring, the amount of time that students spent in virtual classrooms was significantly less than when those students physically attended school.

 

Virtual classrooms last spring focused on reviewing subjects already introduced earlier in the year. This year the challenge will be introducing new material electronically.

 

The disruption of standardized testing in the spring will have an effect because teachers won’t begin the school year with a clear picture of each student’s individual academic level. This is particularly important this year, when students will experience the so-called “summer slide” to a greater degree because they have spent more time away from school.

 

In many communities, going to virtual learning will bring attention to how many social services, apart from academics, are provided in schools. Those services include after school programs, meals, mental health counseling and health care.

 

Educators and elected officials expect an outbreak before the school year is over, either among students or staff. When that happens, they will have to make quick decisions about how to respond. For example, they may have to decide whether or not to close a school temporarily, and if so for how long. State health officials will provide input.

 

The state Board of Education has waived numerous standards so that local schools have the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

 

The legislature has always prioritized public education, which accounts for almost half of the money spent from the general revenue fund. Legislators are updating the formula to make sure that state aid to local schools is adequate, in preparation for the regular session that begins in January.

 

Safety precautions necessitated by the coronavirus will greatly affect the meetings of the Senate and House Education Committees during the 2021 legislation session. The committee’s meetings are almost always filled to capacity, with people in attendance overflowing into the hallways.

 

8-21-20 12:53 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Gov. Hutchinson's Friday COVID-19 Briefing Live Stream Link

Governor Asa Hutchinson will provide an update to the media Friday afternoon (8-21-20) at 1:30 regarding Arkansas’s COVID-19 response.

 

To watch the breifing live, click here.

 

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, you can contact the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-803-7847 or visit ar.gov/covid.

 

8-21-20 11:46 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Sports Ticket Sales Information, Venue Guidelines

Mena Public Schools—Ticket Sales for 2020-2021

The Mena Public School District has announced plans for sales of tickets for athletic events for the 2020-21 school year. Due to Covid-19, the Governor and Arkansas Department of Health has put a limit on the number of people who can attend indoor and outdoor activities.

These restrictions are not the desire of anyone in the district. However, for the health and safety of our players, coaches and fans, we MUST adhere to the guidelines set by the ADH and Governor. We are fortunate, at this time, to be able to continue with our sporting events.

Mena Public Schools will adhere to the Indoor and Outdoor venue guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health. Anyone over 10 years of age must wear a face covering at all times. Single-household family groups can sit together but must be 6-feet apart from other groups or individuals. Seating areas will be marked such that every other row is unoccupied. Anyone found not to be in compliance with the regulations set forth by the ADH will be asked by an administrator or security officer to comply. Refusal to follow directives will result in removal from the premises.

Due to the new guidelines, MPS will no longer allow FREE ADMISSION passes other than those issued by the Arkansas Athletics Association.

Ticket Prices: Per game admission is $5.00 per person.


Football Games: -Bearcat Stadium Capacity-680.


Football Players, Band, and Cheer will be issued a certain number of redeemable tickets first. Then there will be a limited number of tickets available to the general public (no more than 2 tickets per person) that can be picked up at the Central Office the day of the event from (8:00am to 3:45pm).

Volleyball Games (7th-12th grade):--UBC Capacity-240.


Volleyball players will be issued a certain number of redeemable tickets first. Then there will be a limited number of tickets available to the general public (no more than 2 tickets per person) that can be picked up at the Central Office the day of the event from (8:00am to 3:45pm).

Football and Volleyball Visitors: a limited number of tickets will be provided for the visiting team at the beginning of each week. State officials are not allowing band and cheer to attend away games. (The same will happen when the Bearcats/Ladycats go on the road—we will get the ticket information out ASAP for these events.)

Unfortunately, during this time, tailgating before athletic events is NOT ALLOWED. Attendees will NOT be allowed on the track, field, or court at any time before, during or after the event. Immediately after the event, fans need to exit the facility.

During multi-game nights, parents are encouraged to exit the facility when their child’s game is over to allow room for other parents/family the opportunity to watch their child’s game.


Hopefully, we can complete our seasons as scheduled and YOU can help by supporting our efforts. GO LADYCATS and BEARCATS!

 

8-19-20 9:56 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Special Called Mena City Council Meeting Thursday, August 20TH

There will be a Special Called Mena City council meeting Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 8:30 AM in City Hall.

 
The only item on the agenda is the consideration of quotes received for culverts for City street projects.
 
City Council meetings are open to the public.
 
8-19-20 7:32 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Aug. 19, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second. All Corps of Engineers lake and river readings were taken at 9 a.m. the day of publication.

 

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

 

Quick links to regions:

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

8-19-20 5:07 PM KAWX.ORG

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Polk County Circuit Court Arraignments

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. Gary M. Czarnetzki, White Male, age 26, Count I: Commercial Burglary, a Class "C" Felony. 8-5-20

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Jennifer Caswell, White Female, age 36, Count I Failure To Appear, a Class "D" Felony.

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Kevin Smith, White Male, age 30, Count I: Failure To Appear, a Class "C" Felony. Count II: Failure To Appear, a Class "C" Felony. 8-11-20

 

State of Arkansas Vs. James Rickey Pierce, White Male, age 33, Count I: Failure To Comply With Sex And Child Offender Registration And Reporting Requirements, a Class "C" Felony. 8-11-20

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Christopher Wade Perez, White Male, age 32, Count I: Aggravated Assault On A Family Member Or Households Member, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Domestic Battery In The Third Degree, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 8-14-20

 

State of Arkansas Vs. James R. Pierce, White Male, age 33, Count I: Commercial Burglary, a Class "C" Felony. 8-14-20

 

State of Arkansas Vs. David C. Egger, White Male, age 31, Count I: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Methamphetamine With The Purpose To Deliver, a Class "C" Felony. Count III: Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor In The Second Degree, a class "A" Misdemeanor. 8-17-20

 

State of Arkansas Vs. Kaitlyn L. Moss, White Female, age 22, Count I: Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "D" Felony. Count II: Possession Of Methamphetamine With Purpose To Deliver. Count III: Endangering The Welfare of A Minor In The Second Degree, a Class "A" Misdemeanor. 8-17-20

 

8-19-20 4:54 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena School Board August Meeting Recap

 
 The Mena School Board conducted their August meeting on Tuesday Evening in the Mena High School Library. The meeting began with the approval of the minutes from the July meeting & a brief Superintendents Report.
 
In new business the board approved the 2019/2020 inventory list.
 
Assistant Superintendent Lee Smith spoke on changes in the District Policies Manual. A majority of the changes revolved around recently released changes in Title IX requirements. The changes were accepted.
 
Administrators from LDE, HHE, MMS, MHS and PCVA spoke on changes in the handbook as well as the reentry plan at each campus. All were minor and mostly related to Covid 19. The changes and re-entry plans were unanimously approved.
 
Little to no changes have been made to the extracurricular/athletic handbook, coaches handbook and athletic administration guidebook. The few changes had to do with Covid policies and all were approved.
 
Mr. Shane Torix then presented point of contact information to the board. He updated them on Covid policies and the reporting procedure. No action was required.
 
Mr. Danny Minton then gave an update on projects around the district of which Included the installation of new equipment in the kitchen at HHE, a walk in cooler at MMS, new track fencing at Bearcat Stadium and painting of faded red awnings at the high school. Minton also happily reported that the district has passed all inspections leading up to the school year.
 
The board approved a year end transfer of $362,767.22 to the building fund. These funds were designated for projects in 19-20. These funds will be transferred back as those projects are completed.
 
Personnel was the final item on the agenda. The board accepted the retirement of Tammy Taylor and the resignation of Terry Dino Cabello as well as Julie Gordon. The board also approved the hiring of Heather Catlett for MHS History and Kristi Cogburn for MHS/MMS Choir.
 
The next meeting of the Mena School Board will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
 
8-19-20 2:27 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report for August 9th - 15th

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of August 9, 2020 through August 15

 

 

August 9, 2020

 

Michelle Bice, 42, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and served with four warrants after a traffic stop on Reine Street.

 

Travis Parker, 39, was served with a warrant and Misti Arceneaux, 41, was served with two warrants after a traffic stop on Highway 71.

 

Conner Hannaman, 18, was served with a warrant after a traffic stop on Reine Street.

 

A report of a disturbance was taken on Rodgers Avenue.

 

August 10, 2020

 

A report of theft of property (shoplifting) was taken at the Family Dollar.

 

A report of disorderly conduct was taken on Andrys Avenue.

 

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

 

A theft of property report was taken at Ron’s Car Wash.

 

Dennis Stenson, 42, was served with a warrant after a traffic stop on Fourth Street.

 

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

 

A report of littering was taken at Salvation Army.

 

August 11, 2020

 

Garrett Johnson, 35, was charged with DWI and Careless Driving after a call to an accident at Morrow and Dallas Avenue.

 

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

 

A missing persons report was taken from a walk-in complaint.

 

James Pierce, 33 was served with two warrants after a suspicious person complaint on Morrow Street.

 

A report of theft of property (shoplifting) was taken at Family Dollar.

 

James Cochran, 36, was served with a warrant at the jail.

 

Devin Turner, 27, was charged with Public Intoxication and Obstructing Government Operations after a disturbance call at Executive Inn.

 

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

 

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

 

August 12, 2020

 

No reports taken.

 

August 13, 2020

 

Abram Abernathy, 23, was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest, and Chelsea Roba, 24, was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Government Operations, Possession of Schedule 6 Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and served with a warrant. Charges were made after a trespassing complaint on Ninth Street.

 

A report of breaking or entering was taken at James’ Food.

 

August 14, 2020

 

David Egger, 31, and Kaitlyn Mos, 22, were charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Meth with the Purpose to Deliver, Possession of Meth, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Schedule 6 Controlled Substance at the Budget Inn after a complaint.

 

Laurie Pecora, 22, was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor after a disturbance call to Rodgers Street.

 

Kaitlyn Mos, 22, was served with a warrant at the Jail.

 

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

 

A report of illegal burning was taken on Armour Street.

 

Mykos Pierce, 20, was charged with Theft By Receiving after a theft of a bicycle complaint on Janssen Avenue.

 

August 15, 2020

 

A theft of property (shoplifting) complaint was taken at Mena Short Stop.

 

A death investigation report was taken on Hickory Avenue.

 

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

 

8-17-20 2:18 PM KAWX.ORG 

 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for August 10th - 16th

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 10, 2020 – August 16, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

August 10, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 87 near Ink of a disturbance. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 95 near Rocky of being harassed. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on 3rd Street near Mena of a forged check. Investigation continues.

Arrested was Kenneth L. Smith, 30, of Mena on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.

Arrested was Jennifer L. Caswell, 36, of Horatio on a Warrant for Failure to Appear.

 

August 11, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 15 near Vandervoort of a domestic dispute led to the arrest of James D. Cochran, 36, of Cove on a Charge of Disorderly Conduct and three Warrants for Failure to Appear.

Report from complainant on Polk 37 near Potter of a domestic dispute. Deputies responded.

Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report of items missing from a towed vehicle. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Hwy 88E near Ink of a break-in and theft. Investigation continues.

 

August 12, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 36 near Hatfield of being harassed. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 26 near Hatfield of checks being forged. Investigation continues.

Report of a dog bite victim. Deputy responded.

 

August 13, 2020

Report of a problem retrieving a vehicle from an individual. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Request for a welfare check from the Child Abuse Hotline. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Andrys Street near Mena of identity fraud.

 

August 14, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 280 near Vandervoort of an attempted break-in. Deputies responded.

Report of a travel trailer being sold by an individual who was not the owner. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Alley Lane near Board Camp of identity fraud.

Report from complainant of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 703 near Shady Grove of problems with a family member. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 178 near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 181 near Acorn of problems involving child custody exchange. Deputy responded.

August 15, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 26 near Hatfield of a disturbance between family members. Deputies responded.

Report of a disturbance between family members on Kodiak Lane near Acorn.

 

August 16, 2020

Report from complainant on 3rd Street near Grannis of a domestic altercation led to the arrest of Jonathan E. Trotter, 26, of Grannis on a Charge of Domestic Battery 3rd Degree.

Report of a person refusing to return an iPhone. Deputy responded.

Traffic stop led to the arrest of Donald L. Darden, 56, of Mena on Charges of DWI, Careless and Prohibited Driving, No Drivers License, and Refusal to Submit.

 

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

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 22 Incarcerated Inmates, with 4 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

PC20-00720

 

8-17-20 1:50 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Museum Plans Stalled

Plans for a Polk County Museum housed in the old Polk County Library building, that also served as an early Mena school, were revealed to the Polk County Quorum Court at the July meeting. (See the original article here.) The item was tabled until organizer Shirley Manning, president of the Polk County Genealogical Society, could provide additional information to the Justices of the Peace. Concerns included the re-location of the building to the Polk County Library property, which is actually owned by the City of Mena, and just how much the County would need to insure and maintain the building. 

 

In a news release today, Manning said: 

 

"After several meetings with the quorum county, county judge, mayor, and the Library Board, it has been determined that the old school/library building cannot be located behind the current library. The Library Board felt that the space would be too cramped and if the current library needed to expand there would not be enough space to do so. Therefore, the purchase of the building has come to a halt, unless another acceptable lot can be found that would be suitable, and issues of ownership and maintenance worked out with the city and county."

 

The complete news release can been seen below.

 

8-17-20 1:00 PM KAWX.ORG 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Polk County Genealogical Society

 

 

August 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

The purchase and moving of the old Sunshine House Day Care building for use as a Museum.

 

The Polk County Genealogical Society proposed to purchase the old Sunshine House Day Care building and move it to the back of the Polk County Library for the purpose of establishing a museum.

 

Work has been underway for some time to gather information and to work with those involved with moving and placement of the building on the library lot.

 

The building is important to the history of Mena and the county in that it was Mena’s first high school, and then the first county library. It was first located on the school lot (where the First Baptist church is located, at the intersection of Port Arthur and Eighth Street.) The old building, was constructed by the Townsite Company in 1898, at a cost of $1,700.

 

The building was purchased by the Women’s Literary Society in 1904 and moved across Eighth Street to the present location of the library. It then became Mena’s first library, opening in October, 1905. When the current library was constructed in 1970, the old school/library was sold to Tom Coplin for $300 and moved to the corner lot at Janssen and Tenth Street. It served as a residence for several years before being converted into a day care. The Sunshine House Day Care closed in 2018 and the building was placed on the market for sale, along with the other buildings and property belonging to the owners.

 

The Genealogical Society, as a 501-C-3 non profit, proposed to raise the funds to purchase the building and then give it to the county. The museum would have been under the management of the Polk County Library Board.

 

After several meetings with the quorum county, county judge, mayor, and the Library Board, it has been determined that the old school/library building cannot be located behind the current library. The Library Board felt that the space would be too cramped and if the current library needed to expand there would not be enough space to do so. Therefore, the purchase of the building has come to a halt, unless another acceptable lot can be found that would be suitable, and issues of ownership and maintenance worked out with the city and county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Senator John Boozman Boozman to Thank Mena Health Care Heroes Tuesday, August 18th

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will visit hospitals and talk to frontline health care heroes throughout the state next week as they continue to provide care for Arkansans during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
 
Senator Boozman will visit Mena Regional Health System Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 2:30 PM.
 
Boozman will share his gratitude for their dedicated efforts and learn more about their needs and concerns as Washington works on additional coronavirus relief packages. The senator has supported each phase of legislative relief passed by both chambers of Congress in response to the coronavirus, which has sent millions of dollars to Arkansas medical providers since the crisis began.
 
The Senator's complete schedule for the tour, which includes other hospitals in the area, is below.
 

Tuesday, August 18th

 

Event:             Visit to Mercy Hospital Booneville

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Location:        880 West Main Street Booneville

                       

Event:             Visit to Mercy Hospital Waldron

Time:              11:30 a.m.

Location:        1341 West 6th Street Waldron

 

Event:             Visit to Mena Regional Health System

Time:               2:30 p.m.

Location:        311 Morrow Street North Mena

 

Event:             Visit to UA Cassatot in De Queen

Time:              4:30 p.m.

Location:        Weyerhaeuser Room, Skilled Trades Building

                        183 College Drive De Queen

 

Event:             Dinner meeting with local officials and hospital personnel 

Time:               6:30 p.m.

Location:        Big Jake’s BBQ

                        170 North Constitution Avenue Ashdown 

 

Wednesday, August 19th

 

Event:             Meeting with Texarkana hospital leaders

Time:               8 a.m.

Location:        UAMS Southwest

                        300 East 6th Street Texarkana, AR

 

Event:            Visit to Pafford EMS

Time:              9:30 a.m.

Location:       508 East 3rd Street Hope

 

Event:             Visit to Howard Memorial Hospital

Time:              11:30 a.m.

Location:        130 Medical Circle Nashville

 

Event:             Visit to Baptist Health-Hot Springs County

Time:               2:45 p.m.

Location:        1001 Schneider Drive Malvern

 

Event:             Tour Saline County Career and Technical Campus Site

Time:               4:15 p.m.

Location:         Intersection of Mountain View Road and I-30 Benton

 

Thursday, August 20th

 

Event:             Visit to Baptist Health Conway

Time:               9:45 a.m.

Location:        1555 Exchange Avenue Conway

 

Event:             Visit to St. Mary’s Regional

Time:               2 p.m.

Location:        1808 West Main Street Russellville

8-15-20 12:03 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Leveling the Broadband Playing Field

Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Leveling the Broadband Playing Field
 
 
LITTLE ROCK – COVID-19 has highlighted some of the shortcomings of our broadband connectivity, but the pandemic also has created opportunities for us to accelerate our expansion of internet service, which I’d like to talk about today.
 
Earlier this year, I created a steering committee to study our needs and recommend the best use of federal money that is returning to the state through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. The members of the committee recognized that many rural communities in our state are in dire need of better access to high-speed internet.
 
Senate President Jim Hendren and House Speaker Matthew Shepherd of the General Assembly advocated for the expenditure of $100 million for Arkansas Rural Connect, a great program to assist our local communities in expanding internet access.
 
The coronavirus has limited many of our normal activities, such as attending school and visiting a doctor. The internet has allowed us to adapt to the difficulties. Without effective broadband, many Arkansans would not be able to adapt and access distance learning or keep a telemedicine appointment with a doctor.
 
The state has made grants to seven companies: $1.6 million to Arkansas Telephone Company to serve parts of Fairfield Bay; $1.9 million to Pinnacle Communications for parts of Ozark; $2 million to CableSouth Media 3 to serve Lonoke and $2 million for Hamburg; $449,000 was granted to Premier Holdings for Nashville; Hillbilly Wireless will receive $497,000 for Cotton Plant and another $804,000 for Cave City. Magazine Telephone Company will receive a little more than a million dollars in non-CARES Act money for Magazine.
 
In another of our ongoing efforts to expand broadband service, the legislature created the Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund. This money is being awarded as one-time grants to help service providers meet rigorous requirements for due diligence for large federal grant programs with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Federal Communications Commission.
 
Rural Broadband I.D. is based at UAMS’s Office of Digital Health and Innovation. With Rural Broadband I.D., we are deploying a broader and more detailed strategy for expanding broadband across the most rural parts of our state.
 
Broadband service must download at a rate of at least 25 megabits per second and upload at 3 megabits per second, which would load a normal song in one second and a two-hour movie in 10 minutes.
 
Broadband at these speeds will level the playing field as we compete on a global scale. Arkansans in rural communities will have access to the same information and services as people in Fort Smith and Fayetteville.
 
8-15-20 7:40 AM KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

Beginning in-person school again in Arkansas is not easy. A lot has changed since March 2020. Everyone has a lot of questions.

 

In an effort to help answer questions from educators and parents, the Arkansas Department of Education has made new resources available.

 

This week, the department released the Arkansas Ready to Learn Healthy School Guide. We have posted a copy on our website www.arkansashouse.org.

 

The guide was written and assembled by a team of medical, behavioral health, and education experts from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, and partners. The goal of the guide is to bring together good health information.

 

This information includes the latest scientific advice, guidelines, and best practices. Every school is different. This guide can help school officials, educators, and families plan for in-person learning. 

 

In addition to the guide, the Arkansas Department of Education has established a Ready for School Resource Call Center. The purpose of the call center is to provide Arkansans with information and resources regarding the reopening of schools. The Ready for School Resource Help Line: 1-833-353-6050.

 

The Help Line is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bilingual support is available. The Help Line is made possible through a partnership between the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Bilingual Resource Network, Arkansas Children’s, Republic of the Marshall Islands Consulate, and UAMS.

 

The Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Department of Education also have a hotline available for school district and school questions about:

 

• Students or staff who may have COVID-19

 

• How to isolate students or staff so they don’t spread the virus if they have it

 

• How to quarantine people who may be close contacts to students or staff who may have COVID-19

 

The ADH and ADE hotline number: 1-833-504-0155.

 

The Department of Education is making decisions every day. Some decisions may change as we learn new information about the virus that causes COVID-19. We will continue to pass along information as it becomes available.

 

8-14-20 5:42 PM KAWX.ORG 

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column: Finding New Ways to Help

Finding New Ways to Help

 

As Arkansans work to protect the health of their family and friends, juggle school and childcare needs, and face challenging household finances, the list of things to worry about during the COVID-19 public health emergency seems endless. In addition, at a time when we all have a lot of questions, many of the places we normally turn to find answers are different than usual.  

 

This has been one of the greatest challenges for my office since March. My staff and I always prioritize helping Arkansans, and the last few months put those skills to the test as we worked through issues in a very different government landscape. Even when my entire staff was working remotely, we answered office phones and responded to emails so that people could find critical help and information.

 

Since the beginning of this crisis, we’ve fielded thousands of calls and emails regarding IRS issues, unemployment, federal help for small businesses and travel emergencies for Arkansans who found themselves trapped overseas when most of the world shut down. We were forced to find new ways to contact agencies and figure out who was working and what services were available. 

 

In many ways, the pandemic is so different because of the way it impacts all of us at the same time. When we have a tornado or an ice storm, there are people in neighboring states who send trucks to fix the electric lines or help with emergency needs. The same is usually true for federal agencies. Normally when one location has a problem, work shifts to other places to make sure Americans can still get the services they rely on.

 

Because of the scope of this crisis, federal agencies are operating in different ways. For example, the National Personnel Records Center in Missouri is the first place to go to find military records. Its work requires searching through physical files and, due to the dangers with close contact working conditions right now, many of the employees are not allowed in the building. The same is true for many of our U.S. Embassies throughout the world. Conditions vary greatly in each country and many are operating in emergency status with little ability to handle routine requests for visas and passports. However, my office continues to talk to officials at these agencies and others to find help with emergencies. 

 

Although some agencies are limited in their ability to respond right now, others were able to pivot quickly for remote work. Social Security Administration field offices remain closed to walk-in visitors, but customers can still request an appointment. Even with the dramatic shift to online operations, the agency did not slow down on providing services, whether initial applications or disability hearings.

 

Despite the enormous challenges facing these agencies and the dedicated federal employees who work for them, my office continues to inquire and try to find ways to solve problems. I hope Arkansans who run into a dead end with a federal government problem know that we are still here. Over the last few months, we have learned even more about how to get help, especially when it is a little harder to find.

 

8-14-20 4:14 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

August 14, 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK – The Transportation Department is upgrading its web site to make it easier for Arkansas drivers to follow the progress of highway construction projects.

 

At a recent meeting, the Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee went over some changes recommended by a private consultant, specifically about the Transportation Department’s communications with the public on the status of construction projects.

 

The consultant called the department’s communication with the public “disjointed and inconsistent.”

 

In response, the department director said that the department was in the early stages of redesigning its public website. While much current information about projects is available, she agreed that the website was disjointed because you often have to go to several different pages on the website to find out details about a project.

 

The department’s new website will be a lot more user friendly, she said, and a goal is to provide “one stop shopping” for viewers seeking specific information about a specific construction project.

 

One cause of the disjointed nature of the website is that it categorizes some projects according to their funding program, and the public isn’t familiar with those programs.

 

The new department website may have a function that allows viewers to click on a map, to find out about a particular stretch of highway. It used to have a similar function, but the technology became outdated.

 

The redesigned website should be available to the public by the end of the year, the director said.

 

Once it is up and running, it will take personnel to keep information fresh and answer questions. The extent to which the public can interact with staff is an issue for any public agency or private business. As one legislator pointed out during the discussion, some people who ask questions also have all the time in the world.

 

Legislators asked about how information would be updated on the new website. Manually updating a web page can allow information to quickly become outdated, which creates more frustrations with viewers. The website should automatically input data as it is entered throughout the state by engineers and project managers, a legislator said.

 

Lawmakers are keenly interested in the Transportation Department’s communication strategy because they often are the first person a constituent contacts with questions about orange barrels and traffic delays caused by highway construction.

 

Legislators said that a frequent question from constituents is how soon a project will be finished. Knowing the completion date makes it easier for people to cope with the frustration of traffic delays.

 

The Transportation Department director agreed with the private consultant that there is room for improvement in the website.

 

However, she pointed out that some of the consultant’s recommendations appeared to involve removing people from the equation and using technology instead. That is a trend commonly experienced nowadays by customers trying to call a business and being required to dial through a long menu of options.

 

Eventually the customer realizes they can’t ever reach a real person, the director told legislators.


“It’s very important when it comes to our roads that people can get a hold of a real person easily,” she said.

 

8-14-20 12:56 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Rutledge Announces Virtual Elder Abuse Conference

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will host the first virtual Elder Abuse Conference on Thursday, September 3, 2020. The conference was established to address issues faced by providers and loved ones who provide assistance and services to the elderly. The broad range of topics will include caregiver fatigue, financial exploitation, agency roles in protecting elder and endangered adults and communicating with victims who have cognitive impairment. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will offer the keynote address.

 

“Our conference will provide education to protect our seniors who are vulnerable to financial and physical abuse,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This virtual platform will safely ensure our law enforcement officers, caregivers, and family members can identify suspected maltreatment and how they should respond.”

 

“I look forward to joining Attorney General Rutledge and the other conference attendees and sharing some of the lessons we have learned in Kansas and steps we are taking to combat elder abuse in our state,” said Kansas Attorney General Schmidt.  “As the population of seniors continues to grow in Kansas, Arkansas and the rest of the country, an increased focus on elder abuse is needed, and I am grateful that Attorney General Rutledge is convening this online conference to further that discussion.”

 

According to the National Council on Aging, one in 10 Americans 60 years and older have experienced some kind of abuse. As many as five million elderly Americans are estimated to be abused each year.

 

The public is invited as well as law enforcement, medical professionals and providers, attorneys and home care givers to learn to better protect older and developmentally differently-abled adults.

 

This event was previously scheduled to take place in April, but was rescheduled due to COVID-19.

 

Interested Arkansans can sign up for this free, CLE and CLEST eligible training at here or call (800) 482-8982 for more information.

 

8-13-20 12:16 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Aug. 12, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second. All Corps of Engineers lake and river readings were taken at 10 a.m. the day of publication.

 

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

 

Quick links to regions:

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

8-12-20 3:49 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for August 3rd - 9th

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of August 3, 2020 – August 9, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

August 3, 2020

Report from complainant of receiving threatening messages.

Report from complainant on Polk 231 near Cove of the theft of a television and damage to cabinets. Deputy responded.

Report of a reckless driver on Polk 42 near Dallas Valley. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Azalea Lane near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 39 near Potter of a domestic disturbance led to a juvenile male being issued a Citation for Disorderly Conduct.

Report from complainant on Council Drive near Wickes of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 432 near Wickes of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 130 near Rocky of a package missing from a mailbox. Deputy responded.

 

August 4, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 38 near Hatfield of a theft. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 188 near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Sherwood Lane near Wickes of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Gilbert Lane near Rocky of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Hwy 88E near Cherry Hill of being harassed. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 675 near Big Fork of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Dalton Lane near Vandervoort of issues during a child custody exchange. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 16 near Vandervoort of a disturbance. Deputies responded.

Report of an unattended death on Polk 647 near Ink. Deputies responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 407 near Cove of a scam.

 

August 5, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 93 near Shady Grove of a disturbance. Deputy responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

Report from complainant on Polk 192 near Ink of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 660 near Board Camp of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 44 near Dallas Valley of identity fraud.

 

August 6, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 73 near Ink of identity fraud.

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

Report from complainant on Stevenson Drive near Wickes of damage to a door in the amount of $200.00. Deputy responded.

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

Report of the discovery of four firearms in a vehicle. Deputy responded.

Report of being threatened and chased by an individual in a vehicle on Hwy 71. Deputy responded.

 

August 7, 2020

Report from complainant on Janssen Avenue near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on 3rd Street near Mena of the violation of an Order of Protection. Deputy responded.

 

August 8, 2020

Report from complainant on Hwy 8W near Shady Grove of a disturbance. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 26 near Hatfield of a person refusing to return a gun. Deputy responded.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 219 near Wickes. Deputy responded.

Arrested was Donald H. Hummel, 27, of Mena on a Warrant for Theft of Property.

 

August 9, 2020

Report of a fire hydrant being struck be a vehicle on Polk 63 near Cherry Hill. Deputy responded.

Traffic stop on Polk 31 near Hatfield led to the arrest of Jerry L. Hopper, 44, of Smithville, OK on Warrants for Failure to Appear, No Vehicle License, No Proof of Insurance, Driving on a Suspended License, Fleeing on Foot, and Charges of Possession of Meth or Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 122 near Shady Grove. Deputies responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

 

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

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 16 Incarcerated Inmates, with 4 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

PC20-00692

 

8-10-20 2:28 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Deedee Alston Elected To Board of Directors of Arkansas Women in Agriculture

Deedee Alston of Mena, Arkansas was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Arkansas Women in Agriculture.  Alston is the 4th generation on her family land and is married to Luke Alston, a 5th generation cattle, poultry & crop producer in Polk County.  

 

Together they own and operate Holly Springs Homestead, LLC and are both licensed real estate agents for RE/MAX Mena Real Estate.

 

Founded in 2006, Arkansas Women in Agriculture, Inc. is a private non-profit whose main goals are to provide educational programming and a network of support for women involved in agriculture throughout the state of Arkansas. 

 

Agriculture is Arkansas' largest industry, adding around $16 billion to state's economy annually.  To learn more about the organization or to join, go to www.arwia.org.

 

8-10-20 10:48 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report for August 2nd - 8th

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of August 2, 2020 through August 8, 2020 


 

August 2, 2020

 

An assault report was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

A report of disorderly conduct was taken on Andrys Avenue.

 

August 3, 2020

 

Gary Czarnetski, 26, was charged with Criminal Trespass after a call to Walmart.

 

A report was taken of a credit card skimmer being found on a fuel pump at Exxon Superstation.

 

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

 

Gary Czarnetski, 26, was charged with Commercial Burglary after a call to Mena Ford.

 

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

 

A report of vandalism was taken at Janssen Park.

 

James Cochran, 36, was charged with Disorderly Conduct, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Resisting Arrest after a disturbance call to Cruizer’s.

 

August 4, 2020

 

A male juvenile was charged with Criminal Mischief for vandalism at Janssen park that was reported August 3rd.

 

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

 

Daniel Robicheaux, 26, was served with a warrant at District Court.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Robert Thrash, 21, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Dallas Avenue.

 

Marsha Denton, 36, was charged with Possession of Schedule 3 Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after a traffic stop on Highway 71.

 

August 5, 2020

 

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

 

A report of disorderly conduct was taken on Rogers Street.

 

August 6, 2020

 

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

 

August 7, 2020

 

Mykos Pierce, 20, was charged with Criminal Mischief for vandalism at Janssen Park that was reported August 3rd.

 

A report of disorderly conduct was taken on Andrys Avenue.

 

A report of criminal mischief was taken at McMillan Park.

 

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

 

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

 

August 8, 2020

 

A report of violation of a protection order was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

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

 

8-10-20 10:44 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson's Weekly Radio Address: Arkansas's New Secretary of Health

 
LITTLE ROCK – I have appointed Dr. José Romero as Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, and today I’d like to share some things about the man who is assuming this job in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Romero moved to Arkansas in 2008 as Director of the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He also served in a similar position at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He served as the Director of Clinical Trials Research at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute from 2008-2019.
 
Dr. Nate Smith, our former Secretary of Health who has now taken a position with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, named Dr. Romero as the department’s chief medical officer in the spring. When Dr. Smith left for his new job, I named Dr. Romero interim secretary. And this week, I offered him the job as secretary.
 
It was an easy choice. Dr. Romero has devoted his career to public health, and he has earned a distinguished national reputation for his work in infectious diseases.
 
Dr. Romero was born in Mexico, where his grandfather worked the land, taught himself to read and write, and eventually owned a small grocery story. His grandfather’s goal for his children was simple. He wanted them to learn to read and write. Shortly after Dr. Romero was born, his parents moved to Michigan, where his father earned a master’s degree in civil engineering. Many of the bridges he designed in California are still standing.
 
Dr. Romero, who was a competitive swimmer as a teenager, spent most of his childhood in California. His brothers and sister were born in the United States. He became a citizen when he was in the sixth grade. At his naturalization ceremony, the judge asked young José to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
He knew from a young age that he wanted to be a doctor, and he returned to Guadalajara for medical school, where he graduated in the top 1 percent of his class.
 
His resume includes an impressive list of jobs, appointments, and accomplishments. He is chairman of the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which is providing guidance nationally on the development and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine.
 
Much of his work has involved the study of pediatric infectious diseases. In his well-rounded career, Dr. Romero has done almost everything – from research to leading hospital departments – which has prepared him well to lead the Arkansas Department of Health.
 
We are blessed that Dr. Romero chose to make Arkansas his home. I am grateful he has agreed to become our Secretary of Health at this difficult time.
 
8-8-20 2:41 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Governor Hutchinson Proclaims COVID-19 A Valid Reason to Vote Absentee

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an executive order today that allows Arkansans to vote absentee if they are concerned that voting in person may be a risk to their health or the health of others because of COVID-19. Executive Order 20-44 also allows elections officials to start processing the absentee ballots a week earlier than usual to allow for an anticipated increase in the number of absentee voters. He issued the executive order in response to an official request from the Arkansas Association of County Clerks.
 
“This order affirms Secretary of State John Thurston’s position that the fear of exposure to COVID-19 or of exposing others at the polls is reason enough for a voter to cast an absentee ballot,” Governor Hutchinson said. “If a significant number of voters chooses that option, elections officials could be overwhelmed.
 
We’ve already seen a significant increase in the number of applications for absentee ballots. This executive order builds in extra time for them to process and authenticate absentee ballots to ensure an accurate count and a fair election.” 
 
The additional number of days for processing ballots will coincide with the 15-day early voting period. During that time, elections officials will be allowed to process only the registration information from the outer envelopes of an absentee ballot. By Arkansas law, they will not be permitted to open the ballots and count absentee votes until 8:30 a.m. election day. The deadlines for applying for an absentee ballot and submitting a completed ballot remain the same. 
   
The application for absentee ballots and the deadlines are available on the Secretary of State’s website.
 
Executive Order 20-44 is on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s website.
 
8-8-20 8:03 AM KAWX.ORG 

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State Representative John Maddox's Weekly Column

With children headed back to school this month, now is the perfect time for many families to get caught up on immunizations. The summer of 2020 may be more critical than previous summers, as there is a concern that immunizations have declined in recent months due to the pandemic. 

 

August is National Immunization Awareness Month.

 

National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. 

 

When you receive immunizations, your chance of becoming ill from diseases is much lower. Furthermore, if you become sick, you will likely experience a milder case than if you were not vaccinated. Immunizations lower your risk of complications from infectious diseases, such as seasonal flu and shingles. They can also reduce your risk of a hospital stay. This prevention is especially important now, as hundreds of people are currently in the hospital for COVID-19.

 

Although we think of the fall as flu season, Dr. Jose Romero, Secretary of Health at the Arkansas Department of Health, has stated that August is the time of year when health providers start vaccinating against influenza.

 

Typically, only half of Arkansans receive a flu shot every year. The Health Department is hoping to increase that percentage this year. Dr.

 

Romero also stated this week that we don’t know yet what the confluence is between influenza and COVID-19. 

 

The Health Department will have the flu vaccine available next month. The department will hold drive-thru vaccination clinics starting Sept. 21. The vaccine will also be made available to schools throughout the state. Clinics and pharmacies may have the flu vaccine available even sooner.

 

As a reminder, Arkansas law requires all students attending Arkansas schools and licensed childcare facilities to be vaccinated against certain diseases, unless an official exemption form is filed. Visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov  to learn more.

 

8-7-20 4:14 PM KAWX.ORG

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US Senator John Boozman's Weekly Column

Child Care Options Vital for Working Families’ Recovery

 

Over two-thirds of American children have all available parents in the workforce. At the height of the economic shutdown that resulted from the COVID-19 public health emergency, over 800 child care providers in Arkansas closed their doors.

 

A March survey of Arkansas child care centers by the National Association for the Education of Young Children found that 32 percent would not survive closing for more than two weeks without significant public investment.

 

According to Arkansas respondents in a second survey in April, 34 percent of child care programs were either completely closed or open only for children of essential workers.

 

That means many moms and dads have been left trying to be full-time caregivers to their kids while still also attempting to do their day jobs, which makes for an impossible decision for those in jobs where telework is not an option.

 

As we’ve begun to reopen the economy, there are many parents struggling to return to their previous child care arrangements or find new ones in order to get back to work themselves. This is a tremendous challenge for families in Arkansas and across the country, and the impact will be felt outside of individual homes since parents’ inability to obtain safe, affordable and reliable care for their children will ultimately hamper our economic recovery.

 

This crisis has taught us a great deal, especially when it comes to certain parts of our society and economy that we now realize are integral to our way of life.

 

The necessity of accessible, suitable child care options for hardworking families is one such lesson that has become abundantly clear. It is one we must take to heart and commit to address as a society.

 

As a dad, grandfather and employer, I’ve seen firsthand how this situation plays out among families and in the workplace. That’s why I’m working to help find solutions for Arkansas’s parents and kids.

 

One form of assistance came recently as the state of Arkansas announced it was allocating $41 million in funding made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help child care providers continue to offer services to our state’s families, including the ability to offer higher reimbursement rates and extra money to cover more extensive cleaning procedures or hire more caregivers.

 

According to our state’s child care industry, this was welcome relief and support. It’s important to build on that with even further assistance in order to ensure these businesses and their workforces can continue to remain operational in the coming months as we proceed with our coronavirus response and recovery efforts.

 

That’s why I’ve now also co-sponsored the Back to Work Child Care Grants Act of 2020 which would assist child care providers in continuing to offer critical, affordable services for working families during the COVID-19 emergency.

 

This bill would provide child care operations and facilities with financial assistance for nine months, allow states to design plans that fit their specific needs and send funds to child care providers more quickly without administrative red tape, all while helping to protect children and workers.

 

It’s vital that we ensure hardworking parents in Arkansas and across the country are able to return to work when conditions allow.

 

One major element we must address in order for that to happen is the ability to access safe, adequate child care because that will enable parents to get back to work with peace of mind about the wellbeing of their kids. We must keep working toward that end if we are to make progress on getting our economy and way of life back in any meaningful way.

 

8-7-20 4:08 PM KAWX.ORG 

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The OLT Presents 12 Angry Jurors August 21-23

OLT Entertains While Keeping Patrons Safe

 

Ouachita Little Theatre board members have been working hard behind the scenes trying to come up with ways to provide entertainment to the community while respecting CDC guidelines and mandates. While “movie nights” and online videos have met with success, it is most difficult for live theater to be performed, and this is the heart and soul of OLT. Rehearsals alone present multiple social distancing problems.

 

Performances also have many hurdles that seem too difficult to manage. However, they have come up with a solution to give the community a live performance worth attending that will provide as healthy an environment as possible during the pandemic.

 

OLT, in conjunction with the Just 4 Fun Players, has selected “12 Angry Jurors” to be produced on August 21-23. Friday and Saturday evening performances will be held at 7:30 PM and the Sunday matinee will be at 2:30 PM.

 

Directed by Scotty Jenkins, the play will be performed in a modified readers theater format. The actors onstage will be masked and set up with sound equipment to make sure the audience can hear every word. Likewise, patrons are required to wear masks for the entire performance, which will be a little shorter than usual, and include an intermission. Concessions will be available to purchase at the theater.

 

Attendance for each show is limited to 50 audience members. Tickets may be purchased at the door, and season tickets will be accepted as well. If you would like to purchase advance reserved seating, please utilize the OLT email oltwamembs@gmail.com to request your preferred performance and seats.

 

Staff will assign seating in accordance with social distancing guidelines and requests will be honored as much as possible, and tickets will be picked up at the door. The theater continues to be sanitized and professionally disinfected between every event held there.

 

The cast for “12 Angry Jurors” includes Bill Hayes, Brad Storey, Will Hose, Jackie Baird, Tara Cornelius, Larry Kropp, Lamar Austin, Denni Longoria, Scotty Jenkins, Mike Moe, Gayle Krahn, Tim Hesse, Rudi Timmerman, Christiana Moe, and Angelina Moe.

 

8-7-20 10:02 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Senator Larry Teague's Weekly Column

State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Larry Teague

August 7, 2020

 

LITTLE ROCK – More than 28,000 Arkansas residents work in the forest products industry, cutting trees, producing paper and pulp, manufacturing furniture and shipping wood products across the world.

 

The majority of those jobs are in rural areas. They support ancillary occupations that bring the annual payroll of forestry-related occupations to $1.7 billion. The value of standing timber is estimated to be more than $12.6 billion.

 

The timber industry accounts for 5.1 percent of the total state economy, which means that forestry makes a bigger contribution to the Arkansas economy than it does in any other southern state.

 

Forestry accounts for 4.6 percent of the Mississippi economy and 4.5 percent of Alabama’s, but only 0.8 percent of the economy of Texas.

 

About 55 percent of Arkansas, or almost 19 million acres, is forested. Dallas County is the most heavily forested County, according to a Farm Bureau report. It is 94 percent forested. Mississippi County is the least covered in forest, with only five percent.

 

Most of the forest in Arkansas is hardwood, and about half of the pine forests are planted. Arkansas is the top state for planting oak seedlings in the South.

 

Also, Arkansas has the largest area of national forest in the South, with 2.5 million acres in the Ouachita and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

 

In the 10-year period from 2008 through 2017, Arkansas lost an average of 22,740 acres of forest a year to wildfires.

 

The state Forestry Division was created in 1931 by an act of the legislature, with the purpose of protecting timberland from fires and natural hazards, while promoting the overall health of forests.

 

Last year Searcy County lost the most acreage to forest fires, with almost 11,000 acres burned. Izard County was second, with more than 6,600 acres of forest lost to fire. Chicot County, in the farm country of southeast Arkansas, came in at the bottom of the list with only three acres of forest lost to fire.

 

Insects such as beetles, moths, wood borers, worms and weevils can significantly reduce the value of a forest. Trees also can get diseased, especially when they’re under stress from drought or heat. Most of the common diseases are a type of fungus that cause blight, scale, spots, mildew and rust, according to the Cooperative Extension Service.

 

The University of Arkansas at Monticello has the only school of forestry in the state, but most of our state-supported colleges and universities have programs in agri-business, biology or environmental sciences.

 

Last year the Extension Service Plant Clinic received 3,321 plant samples for diagnosis of a disease.

 

County extension agents or staff at the Forestry Commission also help landowners market their timber. Private non-industrial landowners have about 58 percent of the forest land in Arkansas. Harvesting timber may not be their main source of income, but if managed wisely it can become a valuable investment.

 

Paper products made up almost 4 percent of total Arkansas exports overseas last year. Exports of paper have been on a three-year decline, according to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

 

Exports of recovered waste and scrap paper, with wood pulp, have increased over the same period, from accounting for less than 2 percent of total Arkansas exports to more than 4.25 percent.

 

8-7-20 9:50 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Municipal Candidate Filing Ends, Two Contested Races In Polk County

 

The filing period for municipal candidates in Polk County for the upcoming November 3rd General Election ended Wednesday, August 5th, at 12:00 PM. Two alderman positions will be contested, one in Mena and one in Hatfield.

 

Mena Incumbent Ed Gibson will face former alderman Larry Stewart for Warn 3, Position 2.

 

Hatfield Incumbent Diane Osborn will face Paige Self for Position 1.

 

There was not a filing for Hatfield Position 5, the Incumbent is Roger Marney who did not file for re-election before the period ended. 

 

All candidates who have filed, incumbents and opponents, can been seen below. The highlighted lines indicate a contested position.

 

CITY OF MENA

   
JAMES EARL TURNER ALDERMAN WARD 1, POSITION 1 7/29/2020
TERRI NEUGENT ALDERMAN WARD 1, POSITION 2 7/29/2020
DWIGHT DOUGLAS ALDERMAN WARD 2, POSITION 1 7/29/2020
MARY ALICE HEAD ALDERMAN WARD 2, POSITION 2 7/29/2020
ANDY BROWN ALDERMAN WARD 3, POSITION 1 7/30/2020
LARRY STEWART ALDERMAN WARD 3, POSITION 2 7/29/2020
EDWIN GIBSON ALDERMAN WARD 3, POSITION 2 7/30/2020
TOWN OF HATFIELD    
PAIGE SELF ALDERMAN, POSITION 1 7/30/2020
DIANE OSBORNE ALDERMAN, POSITION 1 7/31/2020
LARRY DENTON ALDERMAN, POSITION 2 7/31/2020
LAWANA CALLAHAN ALDERMAN, POSITION 3 7/29/2020
RILEY JOHNSON ALDERMAN, POSITION 4 8/3/2020
  ALDERMAN, POSITION 5  
TOWN OF COVE    
JANET HENRY ALDERMAN POSITION 1 7/31/2020
CHARLOTTE CRUMP ALDERMAN POSITION 2 7/31/2020
BOYD S. SMITH ALDERMAN POSITION 3 7/30/2020
DANKER J. MIZE ALDERMAN POSITION 4 7/30/2020
DARRIS BURK ALDERMAN POSITION 5 7/30/2020
TOWN OF VANDERVOORT    
ROBERT A. HARTLEY ALDERMAN, POSITION 1 8/3/2020
JASON BOYETTE ALDERMAN, POSITION 2 8/3/2020
BRITTANY PHILLIPS ALDERMAN, POSITION 3 8/3/2020
WHITNEY CAUDILL ALDERMAN, POSITION 4 8/2/2020
RICKY McKENZIE ALDERMAN, POSITION 5 8/3/2020
TOWN OF WICKES    
LARRY WATKINS ALDERMAN POSITION 1 8/4/2020
LINDA L. GILLASPY ALDERMAN POSITION 2 8/4/2020
MARY FERGUSON ALDERMAN POSITION 3 8/4/2020
MARICELA AVILA ALDERMAN POSITION 4 8/4/2020
MELINDA R. KIGHT ALDERMAN POSITION 5 8/4/2020
TOWN OF GRANNIS    
DONNIE APPLE ALDERMAN, POSITION 1 8/4/2020
CHRIS FRACHISEUR ALDERMAN, POSITION 2 8/4/2020
TAMERA D. HINSON ALDERMAN, POSITION 3 8/4/2020
BILLY RICHARDSON ALDERMAN, POSITION 4 8/4/2020
JIMMY HUNTER ALDERMAN, POSITION 5 8/4/2020

 

8-6-20 2:36 PM KAWX.ORG 

 

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Protect Your Credit and Identity from Unemployment Fraud

 

Unemployment fraud has become a prevalent problem in Arkansas and around the nation. The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services recently announced over 37,000 suspected fraudulent unemployment claims have been identified and are being investigated in Arkansas. Depending upon the extent of the fraud, consumers may choose to request a fraud alert or security freeze with the credit reporting agencies or to seek an ID Theft Passport from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s Office if unauthorized lines of credit have been opened.

 

“Con artists are filing unemployment claims using stolen information and potentially ruining the good names of nearly 40,000 Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “No one is safe from these criminals who have brazenly attempted to file a claim pretending to be Governor Asa Hutchinson.”

Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips for those who believe they have been a victim of identity theft:

 

  • File a fraud alert with one of the three national credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian or TransUnion.
  • File a police report with your local law enforcement and get a copy of the report as soon as it is available.
  • For unemployment fraud, contact the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services’ fraud hotline at (501) 682-1058 or complete the secure fraud reporting form online at dws.arkansas.gov.
  • Get a copy of an identity theft booklet, which provides step-by-step instructions for dealing with identity thieves, including affidavits and forms for your financial institutions.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Cancel any accounts you believe have been compromised or have been opened fraudulently.
  • Consider placing a security freeze on your credit report to restrict access and help prevent additional instances of identity theft.
  • If fraudulent lines of credit have been opened in your name, then consider applying for an ID Theft Passport from the Attorney General’s office.

 

Many consumers are rightfully concerned about the safety of their personal and financial information and want to prevent fraud and identity theft. Attorney General Rutledge encourages Arkansans to never give their personal information over the phone or via email, to use strong passwords on all online accounts and to be diligent in reviewing all types of financial statements.

 

Committing identity theft in Arkansas is a felony and comes with a sentence that could include incarceration, fines up to $25,000 and restitution.

 

Consumers are advised that if you receive funds that you did not apply for and that you were not expecting, do not accept them. Instead, report the matter to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services at (501) 682-1058 and to local law enforcement. Even if you did not request the funds, accepting such funds as part of an unemployment scam is unlawful.

 

For more information on identity theft and other consumer related issues, or to apply for an ID Theft Passport, contact the Arkansas Attorney General's Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

 

8-6-20 8:36 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Late summer means trouble bruins!

 

Arkansas’s bear population has made the news on more than one occasion in the last few weeks. Arkansas Game and Fish Biologists have had to relocate some black bears from a few towns in The Natural State recently, with one even taking a stroll on the University of Arkansas’s campus. The uptick in sightings is fairly common for this time of the year, but there are a few things people can do to help keep these wild animals in the woods and out of trouble.

 

“Food is what they’re after at this time of year,” said Myron Means, large carnivore program coordinator for the AGFC. “We received calls for 53 nuisance bear cases in July, and that’s a pretty typical count for this time of year.”

 

Means says the reason for the rise in nuisance calls during mid- to late summer revolves around wild food sources beginning to dry up.

“The blackberries, dewberries, blueberries and other soft mast that bears prefer are just about gone this time of year and it will be a little while before elderberries, pokeberries and other soft mast comes on,” Means said. “In a month or so, we’ll start to see some hickories, beechnuts and acorns come into play, but this is usually a time when food supplies are getting thinner and bears are having to work a little harder to find them.”

 

That search can sometimes land bears in people’s backyards, where they find an easy meal and become a nuisance. According to Means, 90 percent of the calls received by the AGFC about nuisance bears stem from the bears finding food in the form of unsecured trash cans, loose pet food and bird feeders. And the problem can be solved quickly with the removal or securing of those attractants. As part of the AGFC’s nuisance protocol, biologists won’t remove a bear that is being fed, either intentionally or unintentionally, through human means.

 

“We just don’t have the staff or equipment to respond to a dozen calls a day, which is how many we can receive in a bad year,” Means said. “We had so many calls that were about bears where people were feeding wildlife that we had to change our protocol to have all food removed before we would relocate a bear. And it doesn’t matter how far we remove that bear if it’s an adult, they can instinctively find their way back to their home range and be right back on that food source if the root of the problem isn’t corrected.”

 

Out of the 53 nuisance cases in July, only four required a relocation and all were because of public safety concerns from the bears wandering into towns. The other 49 cases were resolved by the landowner simply removing the food source and letting the bear go about its business.

 

“Once a bear goes to that easy food source and finds it empty a few times, they will go elsewhere to get a meal,” Means said. “But if people leave food out or intentionally feed the bears, that’s when we get into nuisance problems. Most people do not realize that it is actually illegal to feed bears in Arkansas except during a bear hunting season and 30 days prior.

 

Means explains that bears can become habituated to finding the free meal and often it’s the result of someone thinking they need to help the bear or keep it around for pictures and entertainment. Once that bear begins to lose its fear of people, it can become more aggressive or damage property seeking more food. With no negative response at bad behavior, the bear doesn’t know any better than to continue seeking food and pushing its way around.

 

“That’s not good for people, and removing it isn’t good for the bear,” Means said. “It’s best to simply stop the feeding and make sure the bear gets the hint that it’s not welcome from the beginning.”

 

Means and other biologists from throughout the Southeast have worked together to help people learn more about bears and how to live in areas where bears may be present. Together, they formed a special website to deliver bear safety tips and information. Visit www.bearwise.org to learn more.

 

8-6-20 8:22 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report

 

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s weekly fishing report for Aug. 5, 2020. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please email jim.harris@agfc.ar.gov with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say conditions haven’t changed. Contact the reporter listed for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news. Note: msl = mean sea level; cfs = cubic feet per second.

 

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

 

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

 

Quick links to regions:

 

Central Arkansas

 

North Arkansas

 

Northwest Arkansas

 

Northeast Arkansas

 

Southeast Arkansas

 

Southwest Arkansas

 

South-Central Arkansas

 

West-Central Arkansas

 

East Arkansas

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

8-5-20 4:15 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Arkansas Department of Agriculture Collecting Unsolicited Seeds for USDA Testing

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has received multiple reports that private citizens in Arkansas have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are varied. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) and the Arkansas Department of Agriculture are asking Arkansans who have received these unsolicited packages not to open, plant, or throw the seeds away. The Department encourages anyone who has received unsolicited seeds in the mail that appear to have Chinese origin to place the unopened seed packet in a sealed bag and report the package via the Unsolicited Seed Reporting Form or to contact the Plant Industries Division at 501-225-1598.  The Unsolicited Seed Reporting Form and more information can also be found at agriculture.arkansas.gov/plant-industries/department-collecting-unsolicited-seeds/.

 

Once the contact information is received, the Department will arrange to have the seeds picked up by a Department employee.  The Department will transfer the seeds to the USDA for identification and/or destruction. 

 

Those who have planted the seeds should leave the plants where they are and contact the Department for guidance.

 

The USDA-APHIS does not have any evidence that this is something other than a “brushing scam” where sellers send unsolicited items to unsuspecting consumers and then post false reviews to boost sales. Based on preliminary analysis of the seed samples the USDA received on July 17, 2020, the seed packets appear to be a mix of horticultural and weed species.

 

The interception of unidentified seeds in international mail shipments is not uncommon. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) estimates that there were 15,000 interceptions of seeds from all sources worldwide, and 5,000 from China and Hong Kong in 2019.

 

The Department reminds consumers that online purchases of plants, seeds, and other plant products can be risky because these items can carry a range of invasive pests and diseases. These purchases can also be illegal without proper inspections and paperwork, such as permits or plant health certificates.

 

Before buying seeds or plants online from international vendors, Arkansans should contact the Department’s Plant Industry Division at 501-225-1598 to ask if the items need to be inspected or meet other conditions to bring them into the United States legally and without pests.

 

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture 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. Visit www.agriculture.arkansas.gov.

 

8-5-20 8:35 AM KAWX.ORG 

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8-5-20 8:06 AM KAWX.ORG 

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UARM Postpones First Day Of Classes Until August 24th

UARM postpones first day of class until August 24

 

[August 3, 2020 | MENA, Ark.] UA Rich Mountain has announced that in-person classes will now start August 24 with the exception of licensed practical nursing classes, which will start the week originally set, August 17. “This change to the start of classes allows us the ability to better manage the criterion and requirements set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health, and it will enable us to maintain the same calendar as our local area public schools,” explained Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson.

 

Wilson also announced that the college will provide a “flex” arrangement for in-person classes. For the most part, classes that meet twice a week will rotate being in-person with the instructor one day and remote instruction through interactive technology in a different classroom the second day. This allows for the recommended physical/social distancing. “The safety and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff are my top priorities. These changes allow us to keep adequate social distancing in the classrooms and adhere to the newest guidelines issued by the Department of Health,” added Wilson. Instructors will contact students to arrange the flex schedule.

 

An added benefit explained by Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Chad Fielding is that it will extend fall registration by another week which will allow many students who have been undecided about college because of the pandemic to determine if UARM is the best fit for them this fall. “Our enrollment numbers are consistent with this same time last year, so we are not seeing a decline. Our financial aid office has been incredibly busy processing applications. We want students to understand, if they have changed their minds from attending a larger college or a 4-year university opting to stay closer to home, it’s not too late to make those changes. They can stay on course for their educational path by starting with us here at Rich Mountain.”

 

The campus is now open. Face coverings are required. Admissions and financial aid staff are located in the Maddox building on the main campus or you can arrange an appointment by calling 479.394.7622. Representatives are also available at both the Mena and Waldron campuses. More information available at UARichMountain.edu.

 

8-3-20 11:21 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Polk County Sheriff's Report for July 27th - August 2nd

SHERIFF’S LOG

 

The following information was received from Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer for the week of July 27, 2020 – August 2, 2020. The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

 

July 27, 2020

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

Request for a welfare check on a horse. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Meadowbrook Drive near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Midland Drive near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant out of state on child custody issues.

Report from complainant of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 93 near Rocky of identity fraud.

Report of a vehicle stolen from a residence in Wickes. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Oak Grove near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 62 near Board Camp of harassment. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on W. Oak Street near Wickes of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 244 near Grannis of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Hwy 375E near Dallas Valley of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Baker Road near Wickes of identity fraud.

Arrested was Lesia P. Land, 61, of Mena on a Warrant for Theft of Property.

 

July 28, 2020

Report from complainant on Hwy 88W near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Powell Lane near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Hwy 71N near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 35 near Hatfield of the theft of items in the amount of $575.00.

Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Polk 659 near Board Camp of a a car being taken without permission led to a juvenile being issued a Citation for Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

Report from complainant on Sunset Circle near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Hope Lane near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Hwy 88E near Ink of a suspicious person parked in a driveway. Deputies responded.

Report of a disturbance on Polk 93 near Rocky of a disturbance. Deputy responded.

 

July 29, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 31 near Cove of two stolen pistols valued at $900.00. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 44 near Dallas Valley of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Council Lane near Mena of identity fraud.

Report of vandalism on Polk 87 near Ink. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Cedar Drive near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Stricklin Lane near Hatfield of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Stephanie Lane near Grannis of identity fraud.

Report from complainant of ongoing domestic issues. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Bixler Avenue near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 26 near Hatfield of identity fraud.

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

Report from complainant on Sugartree Lane near Board Camp of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 136 near Cove of domestic battery. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Chester Lane near Acorn of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 168 near Hatfield of a mail scam.

Report of a domestic altercation on N. Eve Street near Mena. Deputies responded. Information has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for further consideration.

 

July 30, 2020

No reports filed.

 

July 31, 2020

Report from complainant on Polk 37 near Hatfield of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 1 near Grannis of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 26 near Hatfield of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 151 near Hatfield of trespassing. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Harrinton Lane near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 192 near Ink of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Polk 718 near Potter of missing puppies. Investigation continues.

Report from complainant on Thunder Lane near Ink of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Little Woods Lane near Mena of identity fraud.

Report from complainant on Averett Avenue near Mena of identity fraud.

 

August 1, 2020

Report from complainant on Walker Drive near Cove of a credit card scam.

 

August 2, 2020

Report from complainant on Deer Creek Lane near Shady Grove of a dispute. Deputy responded.

Report from complainant on Polk 59 near Board Camp of problems involving child custody. Deputy responded.

Report of a missing person on Polk 38 near the boy scout camp. Deputies responded. Individual was later located.

 

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

 

Polk County Detention Center Jail Population: 13 Incarcerated Inmates, with 4 Inmates currently on the Waiting List for a State Facility.

 

PC20-00654

 

8-3-20 10:38 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Mena Police Report for July 26th - August 1st

 

 

Mena Police Department Reports for the Week of July 26, 2020 through August 1, 2020

 

July 26, 2020

 

A domestic battery report of a was taken on 10th Street.

 

July 27, 2020

 

No reports taken.

 

July 28, 2020

 

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

 

A suspicious person report was taken at Cruizer’s.

 

July 29, 2020

 

Anthony Robertson, 29, was charged with Theft of Property after a complaint on Deridder Avenue.

 

Daniel Chaney, 24, and Whitney Reynolds, 30 were both charged with Theft of Property after a call to Salvation Army.

 

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

 

A report was taken of a credit card skimmer being found on a fuel pump at Exxon Superstation.

 

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

 

Caleb Clausen, 20, was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after a traffic stop.

 

July 30, 2020

 

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

 

Christopher Perez, 32, was charged with Domestic Assault after a complaint on South Eve Street.

 

Kenneth Clements, 57, was charged with DWI after a complaint on Cherry Street.

 

July 31, 2020

 

A report of computer child pornography was taken from a walk-in complainant.

 

August 1, 2020

 

A report of domestic battery was taken on 7th Street.

 

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

 

8-3-20 10:35 AM KAWX.ORG

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