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March 27, 2015

COTTON STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF THE SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton today released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a budget resolution:“Today the Senate passed a balanced budget that rightly reins in federal spending and eliminates waste. I was pleased the final resolution included two amendments I offered that are particularly important to Arkansas. The first amendment will improve prevention and treatment measures to better mitigate the impact of virus outbreaks, such as the avian flu, on Arkansas agriculture industry. The second amendment requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider the total potential economic impact of any new critical habitat designation. “While I wish this budget included more direct funding for our national defense, its increase in Overseas Contingency Operations funding is a step in the right direction. Arkansans learn from an early age that you can’t spend more than you take in. And as deeply patriotic people, we also learn the importance of supporting our military. Rest assured, I am committed to teaching my fellow lawmakers in Washington these same lessons.”

CONSUMER ALERT: IT’S THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CALLING….OR IS IT?
LITTLE ROCK – Unsolicited telephone calls can be annoying to Arkansas consumers, especially if the calls are from a business or marketing company trying to sell products or services that consumers do not want or need. But what about when the telephone rings and it appears to be someone calling from a state agency, or even the Attorney General’s Office. Often times, consumers will listen and seek to comply with whatever the state agency needs from them. Recently, the Attorney General’s Office has learned that scamming debt collectors are posing as the very state agencies that go after them, including the Attorney General’s Office. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to warn Arkansans about this new scam and to offer tips on how best to avoid falling victim. “As the State’s chief consumer advocate, this scam which claims my office is after consumers is extremely disturbing,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “If an Arkansan receives one of these types of calls and they are suspicious of what they are being asked to do, then hang up and make a call directly to the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or state agency to verify the validity of the request. The Attorney General’s Office would never make such a call.” Consumers should not be fooled into sending money to these threatening con artists or providing them with any personal or financial information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers or bank account information. Receiving an uninitiated phone call that demands any of this information should immediately raise red flags.

Consumers should keep the following tips in mind to avoid this scam:
The Attorney General, the congressional delegation, law enforcement or any federal or state agency do not work on behalf of third-party collectors or threaten arrest for unpaid debts.
None of the abovementioned agencies seek or accept a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. If a consumer owes money, legitimate collectors must send a written validation notice. Do not confirm or provide personal or financial information over the phone or Internet. Keep in mind that con artists do not follow the law anyway, so they disregard the do not call registry regularly. Technological advances allow for Caller ID spoofing, so that scammers can disguise the source of the call to evade prosecution. When answering a suspicious, unwanted call, consumers should write down as much information as they can about the caller, including the name of the person calling, where they purport to be calling from and the phone number. Then, consumers should notify the Attorney General’s Office if they believe themselves to be victims of a scam. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline is (800) 482-8982, or consumers may visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ArkansasAG.gov. To report violations to the Federal Trade Commission visit www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov or call (888) 225-5322.

SAAC HOSTS ART OF THE DUST BOWL LECTURE
America’s only “Psychorealist” painter, Alexander Hogue, will be the topic of a lecture presented by Martha McCarty Wells of Dallas, Texas on Saturday, April 1 in the Callaway Theatre of the South Arkansas Arts Center.  A reception will be hosted at 6pm in the Merkle Gallery with the presentation beginning at 6:30pm.  The lecture is based on the Dallas Museum of Art exhibit “Alexandre Hogue: The Erosion Series” and is made possible by a grant of the Madeline M. and Edward C. McCarty Fund of the Union County Community Foundation.  The reception and lecture are free and open to the public. An appreciation of nature and the concern for its preservation were constants that spanned the long career of Alexandre Hogue (1898-1994), from his earliest landscapes to his celebratory portrayals of the magnificent terrain of Big Bend in West Texas during the 1970s and 1980s; however, it is his “Erosion” series, from the 1930s and early 1940s, that produced his most renowned works, with their haunting images depicting the horrors of the Dust Bowl and the sinister rewards of man's aggressive exploitation of nature's finite resources. Alexandre Hogue was born in Missouri, he spent much of his life in Texas and Oklahoma. Trained at the Minneapolis Art Institute, he also studied in New York City and in Taos, New Mexico. Hogue helped found the Dallas Artists League in 1932. Known as a "regionalist" painter, he was a core member of the Dallas Nine, a group of artists that gained national attention for their portrayal of the Texas landscape and people. “I was raised on a ranch in the Dust Bowl and I was there when the dust storm hit….I saw lush grazing land turned into sand dunes. Thistles blew in and fences would be covered in just a few hours. Railroads had plows fighting it just like they fought snow….To me, as an artist, it was beautiful in a terrifying way. I painted it for that terrifying beauty,“ said Hogue. Hogue witnessed the unfolding of the Dust Bowl near the ranch owned by his sister and brother-in-law outside of Dalhart, in the Texas Panhandle, where "the most luscious grasslands in the world" had been plowed under in the frenzy of wheat cultivation launched during World War I. Successive years of rampant wheat speculation and bad farming practices-the one-way plow and the lack of crop rotation-followed by drought ("drouth") conditions, shattered the land's ability to cope. The artist despised the "suitcase farmers" in particular, who came from out-of-town to plant and then returned only to harvest and pocket their speculative profits. When the wheat market crashed, they left millions of acres of precious topsoil exposed, to be swept up by winds into immense "black blizzards" that blotted out the sun and smothered the landscape in mountainous dunes of dust and dirt. The Dust Bowl was, in Hogue's estimation, a man-made disaster in which Mother Earth, and not mankind, was the ravaged victim. Consequently, the “Erosion” series was the artist's accusation of a culture that had lived out of balance with the land and then abandoned it to utter desolation. Hogue chose to confront the disaster head-on and expose it through a series of works focused on the processes of soil erosion through the forces of wind and water, as aided and abetted by the deleterious actions of man. Hogue exaggerated the actual condition of the land in this painting to gain the viewer's attention and elicit emotion. He captures a prophetic scene of unusable farmland. The over-plowed fields have been sculpted into sand dunes by the dry, hot wind. The farmhouse and windmill seem to be sinking in a sea of sand. A patient vulture awaits the inevitable death of a cow longing for water. The only movement on this plain is the dust. Alexandre Hogue's deep concern for environmental issues was a catalyst for the creation of a body of works that spanned the entirety of his career. The land-management failures that spawned the devastation of the dust-bowl decade of the 1930s became the impetus for some of the artist's most powerful imagery - the "Erosion" series. Works such as the Dallas Museum of Art's own Drouth-Stricken Area served as an alarm to the public and an accusation and rebuke to powers that, through encouraging poor farming practices, had helped to produce the greatest agricultural disaster in American history. For more information about the presentation, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474.

March 25, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Maslakov, of the Camden Police Department, was requested by Sgt. Easttam, to assist him with a possible intoxicated male on Willie B. Cole at Carver Street. Upon arrival, the officers made contact with a male whose eyes were bloodshot, and watery. The man also had slurred speech, showing heavy signs of intoxication. The man was arrested and transported to the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office to be held.

Officers, of the Camden Police Department were dispatched to Frazier Street near Carver Courts. While in the area, officers observed a man wearing a black shirt and jeans standing in the middle of the roadway. According to reports, once the man saw the police, he began to speed walk towards Carver Courts. A strong odor of intoxicants could be detected coming from the man. When asked how much he had been drinking the man stated “a lot, I had a lot of gin”. He was then arrested and transported to the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office.

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Deputy Doug LaDuke of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, was at the intersection of Ouachita 88 and Ouachita. It was then the officer noticed a black dodge pickup fail to stop at the 4-way stop heading east. The officer could also notice that one headlight and taillight was out. The officer then performed a traffic stop on the vehicle at the Valero near the Highway 79/Ouachita 88 intersection. The officer then approached the driver, who was unable to provide proof of insurance, but did have his driver’s license. When asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle such as drugs, or guns, the driver stated no. He did admit to having a bag of weed stuffed under the console from the back floorboard, however would not admit if it was his or his passengers. During an inventory search, eight knives were located. Both the driver and passenger were charged with possession of a controlled substance. The marijuana was placed as evidence, and the knives were picked up by the suspect’s father.

MAGNOLIA MAYOR SAYS CITY STILL NEEDS NEW POLICE DEPARTMENT BUILDING
MAGNOLIA - Magnolia still needs a new police department building, Mayor Parnell Vann said during his “State of the City” speech on Monday. “Since becoming your mayor four years ago, almost all of the goals that I wrote down have been accomplished. Finding a solution for the Magnolia Police Department building will be no exception. “In 2015, I am going to make it a priority to find funds to pay for the relocation of the Magnolia Police Department,” Vann said. The police department is bursting at the seams and “the time has come for us to find a solution,” Vann said. Vann also promised initiatives regarding sidewalks, abandoned vehicles and park improvements. The State of Arkansas has quit funding its Safe Routes to School program, which has left the planned extension of a sidewalk from East Main to Calhoun Road unfinished after the East Side Elementary-Main Street phase was completed. “We want the project to continue in Magnolia and are looking to secure grants for Phase II of our Safe Routes to School sidewalk project. This sidewalk will continue down South Fredrick Street to the intersection of Calhoun Street,” Vann said. “The city will step up our enforcement of abandoned and inoperable vehicles in 2015. Should you have any old vehicles just sitting around, you may want to get them removed before we find it,” Vann said. Vann said that Billy Tucker has been hired as the new director of the Parks Department. He praised recent Leadership Magnolia classes for taking the lead to improve city parks. “A skateboard park and aquatic center are not out of the question. Mr. Tucker and I will continue to seek money through grants and the school system for an aquatic center,” Vann said. Vann was re-elected mayor in November with 67 percent of the vote against two opponents. “This past year, it was made loud and clear by the citizens of Magnolia that they are in support of the current administration. Your faith in us is encouraging and it is the drive that will keep up working in unison,” Vann said.

March 24, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy Laduke of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with a man at his home. The homeowner wanted to make a report regarding someone coming into his yard and trying to take his four wheeler. The man stated that his ATV stays parked by his carport. One morning when they got up and saw that the four wheeler was sitting in the road. The man is under the belief that the vehicle was in the road, due to someone trying to take it. At this time there are no suspects.

Deputy McClane of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with a man via telephone. The man wanted to report that his wife, had left. The man went on to say that his wife had gotten off work, and had texting him, saying she was not coming home, because he was cheating on her.
He believes that she headed towards Jonesboro. He also said that the vehicle she was driving, belonged to him and there were checks in the vehicle, also in his name. He also stated that checks were in the amount $404.57 and there were at least four or five. Reports were put on file.

Lt. James Bolton, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to a vehicle in the ditch on Hwy. 79 South just outside the Camden City Limits. Upon arrival, Bolton found a 2010 Nissan Altima in the north bound ditch facing south. The rear of the vehicle was on top of a large culvert that goes under the drive away. According to reports, the front of the vehicle was on the ground in the bottom of the ditch. Upon inspection, no one was found in the vehicle. Buddy’s Wrecker was called from the list and responded to the scene. Due to the position of the vehicle, a second wrecker from Buddy’s was summoned. 2 Wreckers were needed to prevent additional damage to the vehicle.

OUACHITA COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS COUNCIL REPORT
The Ouachita County Extension Homemakers Council will once again present the Glady’s Lindsey and Alphonso T. Denham Extension Homemakers Scholarship this spring.
Scholarship guidelines and applications may be picked up at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, located at 2760 Mt. Holly Road. For more information call 870-231-1160. Application deadline

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.
The speakers this week will be Matt Stone and Janice White with the Unity in the Community Committee. They will be explaining what this group does and future events they have planned.
For more on the Camden Noon Lions Club and how you can join, call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7.

SAU FREE SPRING CONCERT APRIL 16 TO FEATURE CASEY DONAHEW BAND
MAGNOLIA – Southern Arkansas University’s seventh-annual free spring concert will highlight country music artists from Texas and Louisiana, with the Casey Donahew Band headlining and Frank Foster opening, at the SAU Story Arena on Thursday, April 16, 2015. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend. Doors will open at the Story Arena, located on U.S. 82 on the north side of Magnolia, at 7:30 p.m. The opening act will be at 8:30 p.m., and the Casey Donahew Band will take the stage at 10 p.m. Casey Donahew has recently released his third and what will likely be his biggest album to date, “Double Wide Dream.” He is gearing up for his biggest year ever, playing to packed houses throughout Texas and the Midwest. He has painstakingly carved out an impressive niche for himself on the country music scene over the past decade, attracting a solid base of loyal fans that flock to his legendary live shows. Building his career from the ground up one show at a time, he has managed to perform on countless stages night after night in front of thousands, topped the Texas music charts several times, released four albums independently to critical acclaim, and forged a path all his own through the music scene without the aid or muscle of a major record label or power-suit management company. Frank Foster grew up between Haynesville and Summerfield, Louisiana, and has been in love with music since an early age. He started playing the guitar in college, which he says was a life-changing event. He has produced four albums, and is playing shows across the South this spring and summer. The spring concert series at SAU began during the University’s 2009 centennial celebration. Previous performers have included former SAU student and country music star Tracy Lawrence, Eric Hutchison, Sean Kingston, Thompson Square a, pop duo Karmin and DJ Pauly D. For more information on the concert, contact the Office of Student Activities at (870) 235-4925.

 

SAU MARKETING GRAD RETURNS TO CLASSROOM, PLAYING FIELD
MAGNOLIA – DeAndre Jenkins was excited to graduate from college and begin his career so that he could . . . go back to school. Jenkins’ story is not the typical tale of a student returning to change his major or work on a graduate degree. Instead, Jenkins’ desire to return to school is motivated by a long-held love – football. Jenkins graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a degree in marketing in December 2014. He was also the starting running back for the Mulerider football team. However, after graduating and taking his first “real job,” Jenkins had one semester of eligibility remaining as a student-athlete. He plans to use that this fall for the Muleriders. “Whatever opportunity presents itself, I’ll be open to it,” said Jenkins on his desire to display his football talents one more time, with the hope of maybe extending his athletic career past the college level. “I’d definitely have to have a breakout season.” The Mountain Pine native was named as an All-Conference Honorable Mention in the Great American Conference after rushing for 850 yards and five touchdowns during the 2014 season. Because he only has one semester of eligibility remaining, Jenkins could not practice with the team during spring training or take part in the spring game. Even though he can’t participate in team workouts, Jenkins is staying in shape. He hits the gym on his own time with workouts designed by the Mulerider coaching staff. After completing his degree in Marketing, Jenkins interviewed with five companies about a job and received five offers. He chose to take a position as an Engagement Specialist with Accent, which works with Sprint. “I think being in the College of Business helped me find a job the way I did,” he said. “I felt like the College of Business really prepared me – for the interviews and for the job. I feel like the school prepared me with real world experience.” Jenkins began his college career at SAU as a mass media major. It was only by chance that he changed his major to business. During his sophomore year, he registered for a course on personal health, which just happened to be taught in the business building. “I saw a poster in the building that caught my attention. The students were all dressed professionally; the guys were all wearing coats and ties. Deep down, I think I always wanted to be the type of person who wears a coat and tie every day,” said Jenkins. When he returns in the fall, Jenkins hopes to begin work on his Master of Business Administration while simultaneously pursuing his dreams on the football field. “It’s a really cool opportunity,” he said. Dr. Lisa Toms, dean of the College of Business, is just as excited to have Jenkins back on campus. “DeAndre was an outstanding student in the College of Business,” said Toms. “I think his professionalism, dedication, and work ethic can all be seen in the fact that’s he’s able to balance a career job with the training needed to play football on the college level.” Jenkins is a 2010 graduate of Mountain Pine. He is the son of Winfred and Sharon Alexander, who are also excited for his opportunity to return to the football field. “They are really supportive. They want the best for me.” Jenkins said both have been his biggest cheerleaders on the field and in the classroom. “The funny thing is, I don’t even get to keep my cap and gown. My mom kept my cap and gown after I graduated from high school. After my college graduation, I think I only saw my cap and gown for a few minutes,” he said with a laugh. Jenkins won’t be putting on a cap and gown again this fall. However, he is looking forward to putting on a football jersey again – even if it’s only for one more season.

March 19, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Lt. James Bolton, with the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to 436 Ouachita 54, to make a report of damage to a mail box. Upon arrival, the officer met with homeowner, who stated that he was in his backyard, when he heard a loud bang coming from the front of his house. When the man went around the house, he saw a red Chevy Pickup, occupied by two people. After the vehicle drove off, the owner went to the front of his yard and could see damage done to his mail box. When officer caught up with the vehicle, matching the description, the driver denied being involved, but would find out who was driving his truck.

Officers with the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, were dispatched to Quickies II, to meet with a man, who had a knife pulled on him. When the officer arrived on scene, he was told by two men, that they were riding around the Harmony Grove area on Ouachita 88. When they went around, they turned onto Ouachita 423. As they backed up to turn around, a man with a knife in his hand, approached them. The two told the man that they did not mean any harm, and then drove off. The man continued to curse them.

SAU TECH AVIATION CLUB AND CAMDEN AIRPORT COMMISSION TO HAVE FLY-IN ON SATURDAY
The SAU Tech Aviation Club and the Camden Airport Commission are hosting a fly-in this Saturday, March 21st, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Camden Municipal Airport.  The event is open and free to the public.  Students will be cooking and selling breakfast and lunch items as a fund raiser.  Local aircraft and aircraft from across the state will be on display.  The commission will offer discounted aviation fuel prices for aircraft attending the event.  Pilots will compete in a Spot Landing Contest and a Flour Sack Bomb Drop Contest.  Awards will be given for these contests as well as awards for Furthest Distance Flown and Outstanding Aircraft.  The MidSouth RVators Bulldog Flight Team, from North Little Rock, led by Flight Lead Gerald Loyd,  will arrive around 10 am and fly over the city of Camden in formation with some smoke trails.  They will come back and land at the airport with a flight demonstration to follow at 12:30.  These are some of the most beautiful kit built aircraft in the country.  Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration will be on hand to conduct a safety meeting for pilots and operators regarding preventive maintenance on their airplanes.  That meeting will run from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and will be held inside Classroom A of the SAU Tech Aviation Maintenance School.  The public will be welcome and encouraged to enter the SAU Tech building through the walk-in door on the West side, facing US Hwy 79.  From there they may progress through the building and on to the  ramp where the numerous aircraft will be displayed.  R.L. "Bob" Connor from Little Rock has volunteered to handle "AirBoss" services for the event, directing traffic and helping to coordinate the performance of the RVators.  Jerry Homsley of Little Rock will narrate the performance and entertain the crowd with his commentary.  Bill Archer of SAU Tech Aviation is the Event Coordinator, David Cicero is the Chairman of the Camden Airport Commission, and Katherine Beckham is the President of the SAU Tech Aviation Club.  All have coordinated well in organizing the event. Donations and support have been very gratefully received from the Camden Airport Commission, the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company, Valero Quickie's on Hwy 278, Faith Aviation, SAU Tech Physical Plant, Sonic Drive-In, Dain Steele, Pace RV, Jacob Ellis, Arkansas National Guard, Calvary Baptist Church, Save-A-Lot, and others sure to come. 
Archer said, "There have been numerous calls from folks saying they are flying in for this event.  It looks like the weather is going to cooperate and we are looking forward to a great event that you will not want to miss.  You don't have to spend a dime to come out and have a great time."

SAAC HOSTS GUEST LECTURE ON APRIL 1
Martha McCarty Wells, President of the Martha McCarty Kimmerling Wells Foundation, will present a lecture on American visionary artist Alexandre Hogue (1989-1994) and his “The Erosion Series” on Wednesday, April 1 in the Callaway Theatre of the South Arkansas Arts Center.  A reception will be hosted in the Merkle Gallery beginning at 6pm.  Beginning at 6:30pm, Wells will make a short presentation about Alexandre Hogue and his “Erosion” series from the 1930’s and the early 1940’s.  The lecture is based on the Dallas Museum of Art exhibit and is made possible by Elise Drake of the Union County Community Foundation and the Madeline M. and Edward C. McCarty Fund.  The lecture is free and open to the public. Drake said, “The Union County Community Foundation began our relationship with Martha Kimmerling Wells in 1999 when she visited us with her mother, Madelyne Murphy McCarty; Mrs. McCarty was a descendant of pioneer Union County settlers, and although she’d lived most of her life in Texas, she was born and reared in Union County, and she wanted to establish a philanthropic fund to help the community of her childhood.  Mrs. McCarty, who was in her nineties when she established the Madelyne M. and Edward C. McCarty Fund (Mrs. McCarty met Edward C. McCarty, a native of north Arkansas, when he moved to El Dorado as a young man to work for First National Bank, and they married in 1930) passed away not too long after, and it was Martha who continued her mother’s work to support the local nonprofit community by recommending the McCarty Fund underwrite our annual grant awards from the Union County Public Trust Fund. Martha is important to us as a generous donor, but our friendship is equally important.  Martha is a lot of fun to be with; doing good things with her is always accompanied by a lot of laughter.” “Martha’s philanthropy is far reaching; she supports many educational, medical and fine art institutions throughout the USA through her foundation in Dallas.   Her work as a docent, for 36 years, at the Dallas Museum of Arts is what led to the current lecture series on Alexander Hogue that she is presenting to the community via the SAAC,” said Drake. The Madelyne Murphy McCarty Fund was established by a gift to the Union County Community Foundation from the Madelyne M. and Edward C. McCarty Foundation of Dallas, Texas, and was designed to benefit educational, charitable, or cultural non-profit organizations in Union County, Arkansas.  Her desire to enhance the quality of life for the community where she was born and where many of her relatives reside, led Mrs. McCarty to recommend the Fund’s creation. “It just so happened that AETN was airing the marvelous ‘Dust Bowl series’ at the same time that the Dallas Museum of Art was having a showing of Alexander Hogue’s work, and I made a point of familiarizing myself with both. Simultaneously, climate change was affecting various parts of the world, and I was always reading news articles about terrible droughts in the southwest, especially parts of Texas. It seemed to me that Hogue did a powerful job through his paintings of telling the story of the devastation of the land during the dust bowl period, and I thought our local students could benefit from learning about art and the environment, and the relationship between artists and the land, and how they can encourage us to take care of the land.  My daddy’s people were farmers, and the Great Depression, which coincided with the Dust Bowl, made such a huge impact on his family.   He was a little boy at the time, but he remembered it vividly.  His family was in good enough shape to survive unscathed, and their land was cared for, but they watched hundreds and hundreds suffer through it, and never forgot about it.  So, it seems a timely subject, and Martha is the ideal person to bring the Dallas Museum of Art’s fine presentation on Hogue to the SAAC to share with all of us in Union County.  We encourage everyone to attend and enjoy the event,” said Drake. For more information about the lecture, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474. For more information about Alexandre Hogue, visit www.saac-arts.org.

CONSUMER ALERT: WHAT DOES THE FIOA MEAN TO YOU
LITTLE ROCK – As taxpayers who support governmental entities, Arkansans have a right to review an array of records at every level of government – state and local – and to attend the meetings of policy makers and private organizations that receive public funds and are intertwined with government. That right is provided by the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a law enacted by the General Assembly in 1967 after a strong push from a coalition of citizens and journalists and with the support of then-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. The bill passed the House and Senate without a dissenting vote. Governor Rockefeller later reflected that passage of the FOIA was one of the most significant achievements of his time in office. Months later, in a landmark decision, the Arkansas Supreme Court was faced with interpreting the FOIA after a court challenge. In its opinion, the Court said: “We have no hesitation in asserting our conviction that the Freedom of Information Act was passed wholly in the public interest and is to be liberally interpreted to the end that its praiseworthy purposes may be achieved.” The FOIA allows for access to most public records and meetings. The state’s FOIA, a law that is highly regarded across the United States as one of the strongest and most comprehensive, gains greater attention during National Sunshine Week. The annual week in mid-March works to highlight the importance of open and transparent government. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert in recognition of National Sunshine Week and to give consumers a greater understanding of the Arkansas FOIA. “In Arkansas and across the country, the people must be armed with the power of knowledge and encouraged to be active, informed citizens,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Arkansas has a strong FOIA that helps hold the government accountable and inform citizens about the issues that affect them. As the people’s lawyer, the Attorney General’s Office is committed to protecting the democratic ideal of an open and public government through the FOIA. For consumers seeking to gain a greater understanding of the Arkansas FOIA, the Attorney General’s Office joins with a number of other organizations to produce and distribute the Arkansas Freedom of Information Handbook. Print copies of the handbook are available upon request from the Attorney General’s Office and electronic copies of the handbook are available on the Attorney General’s website by visiting http://arkansasag.gov/media-center/foia/. The FOIA gives the public access to public meetings and public records with some exceptions. The Act defines a public record as essentially any writing, sound or video that is kept and reflects the performance or lack of performance of an official function. Some public records are exempt from disclosure, such as personnel records whose disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of person privacy, or those records that are kept as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Requests for records may be made in person or by phone, but most requests are submitted in writing to the custodian of the records. Since most documents fall into the category of being in “active use” or in “storage,” most entities have up to three business days to produce the information requested. Arkansans also have the right under the FOIA to attend most meetings of governing bodies. Notice of public meetings must be provided to anyone who has asked to be notified, and notice of special meetings must be provided to members of the news media who have requested notice of such meetings. Governing bodies may only enter into closed sessions for a limited number of reasons, one of which is for the purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, disciplining or resignation of an individual officer or employee. Consumers who want to learn more about the FOIA can contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit http://arkansasag.gov/media-center/foia/.

BOOZMAN, MANCHIN IMPROVES HIGHWAY SAFETY
WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the safety of America’s roads and highways by eliminating a hurdle in the commercial trucking industry’s pre-employment drug screening process. The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2015 would allow the U.S. Department of Transportation to recognize hair testing as an alternative option to give companies greater flexibility when conducting drug and alcohol testing. Under current procedures in the commercial trucking industry, urinalysis is the only accepted method of drug and alcohol testing. While some employers use more advanced hair testing for their own purposes, the federal government requires duplicative urinalysis testing. Unfortunately, urinalysis is often less effective in detecting substance abuse, with only a two to three day window of detection, than hair testing, which provides a 60-90 day window. For example, from May 2006 - December 2014, J.B. Hunt Transport’s drug testing data found that 110 driver applicants failed the urine test, while 3,845 people had drug-positive hair test results. Schneider National’s pre-employment drug testing data from March 2008-June 2012, found 120 prospective drivers failed the urine test, while 1,400 applicants had drug-positive hair test results. These discrepancies are causing many trucking companies to pay additional costs for both methods of testing. “Preventing drug-users from operating commercial trucks will improve safety on our roads and enhance industry standards,” Boozman said. “This legislation eliminates the duplicative drug-testing process and allows trucking companies to use the more effective option, without having to pay for two tests.” “Americans rely every day on the safety of our roads and highways as they commute to their jobs, travel to schools and recreational activities, and transport goods and products across the country,” Manchin said. “That is why this commonsense legislation is so important. By allowing companies to use more accurate alcohol and drug testing techniques to test those operating commercial vehicles, we will not only help combat the fight against substance abuse, but we will also help improve the safety of our roads.” The Senate legislation is also cosponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Similar legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01). “My bill’s only concern is improving the safety of our roads,” Crawford said. “Some drug users, when they know that a drug test is likely, are able to abstain for just a few days before the test and beat the system. This bill would catch a much larger percentage of those drivers and keep them off the roads. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I’m always looking for ways to improve roadway safety, and this bill helps tackle that problem.” This bill is supported by the American Trucking Association and the Trucking Alliance.

March 18, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Maslakov, of the Camden Police Department, affected a traffic stop with a 2006 Ford Taurus. Once the vehicle stopped, the front passenger door opened. A female exited the vehicle, as she was doing so her balance was unsteady, and her eyes were bloodshot and watery.
When the asked the woman to get back into her vehicle, she stated that she needed to go home on Maple Street. According to reports, the woman had spots on her clothes and her hands were wet. She also smelled of intoxicants. It should be noted that a can of beer was found on the floorboard, where the woman was sitting. Now the woman did admit she was drunk, soon after she was arrested and taken to the Ouachita County Detention Center to be held.

Officers with the Camden Police Department was dispatched to 241 North Adams Avenue, in reference to a man being at a residence with a handgun. Sgt. Easttam made contact with several people at the residence. During that time dispatch advised that the man was on the 911 line and he was going to turn himself in by the Municipal Building. When the officers made contact with the culprit, he did not have any weapon on him. The man was however showing signs of intoxication. When asked how much he had to drink, the man replied “not enough”, and that he was looking for his girlfriend’s residence because she was giving him “smart lip” and a verbal altercation had ensued. He was then arrested and taken into custody.

SAU ENGINEERING CHAIR GETS $265,000 GRANT
MAGNOLIA – Dr. Abdel Bachri, chair of the Department of Engineering and Engineering Physics at Southern Arkansas University, has been awarded a research development grant totaling $265,000 to explore the effect of space radiation in a near-zero gravity environment on human chromosomes. The grant is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), and was awarded from the AR IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). It will be funded over a three-year period, with $100,000 being provided per year on years one and two, and $65,000 on the final year. Bachri, whose training is in particle physics and radiation, will join efforts with three radiobiologists from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Division of Radiation Health – Dr. Rupak Pathak, Dr. Marjan Boerma, and Professor Martin Hauer-Jensen. Bachri spent last summer with the team at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, where they looked at the effect of gamma rays on the induction of genomic instability in human endothelial cells. Encouraged by the preliminary data, and to accurately mimic a true deep space radiation environment, the team will now employ exposure to protons and high-Z elements in ground-based experiments that will subject human cells to near-zero gravity, a condition referred to as microgravity. Three SAU students will have the opportunity to be involved in the initial phase of the project – Darryl Webb, a senor Engineering/Physics major from Buckner, Arkansas; Ricardo Romo, a senior Engineering/Physics major from Mineral Springs, Arkansas; and Cullen Shaffer, a senior Biology major from Crossett, Arkansas. Bachri and his students will spend the summer running a series of experiments at UAMS Division of Radiation Health. To experiment with protons and heavy elements, the team will use the capability of the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York. This laboratory employs beams of heavy ions extracted from Brookhaven’s booster accelerator, a machine dedicated to radiobiology research. As an alternative to the traditional X-rays or gamma radiotherapy, particle beam radiotherapy using protons, helium, carbon and other ions is becoming an acceptable form of cancer treatment, especially overseas in countries such as China, India, as well as Europe. “Exploring the interaction of high energy particles with normal cells does not only help estimate health risks during space travel, but will significantly contribute to our understanding of the side effect of charged particles radiotherapy,” said Bachri.

ARKANSAS JUDGE ATTACKED BY FAMILY’S PET ZEBRA
LITTLE ROCK - An Arkansas judge remained in a Little Rock hospital recently, after he was attacked by his family's pet zebra, authorities said. Searcy officials stated the man was attacked Sunday night by a zebra owned by his father. Now reports have identified the man as state District Judge Mike Derrick. The court clerk's office confirmed to The Associated Press that Derrick sustained injuries to an eye and an arm. His condition wasn't available Tuesday. Authorities wouldn't discuss details of the attack — including any explanation for why a family happened to own and maintain a zebra on private property. Police said they were pursuing no action because the incident appeared to be an accident involving an animal legally owned by Derrick's family.

RUTLEDGE: EPA’S PROPOZED OZONE RULE IS HARMFUL TO THE STATE OF ARKANSAS
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today she has submitted comments in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning its proposed revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone. The EPA’s proposed rule states that the agency is considering a standard somewhere between 65 and 70 parts per billion, but that it is also seeking comments regarding a standard as low as 60 parts per billion. Rutledge released the following statement: “I am very concerned that the proposed levels are unnecessary and unachievable, and would bring great harm to Arkansas through significant job losses and a lack of economic development opportunities. At the current standard of 75 parts per billion, only a small part of the state is not likely to meet the standard, but at the proposed 60 parts per billion, the entirety of the state would likely have trouble attaining such a standard.” Rutledge points out in the letter that the Clean Air Act does not require the standard be lowered every time it is reviewed but does require the EPA to review air quality standards every five years. The current level of 75 parts per billion was set in 2008. “So long as the standard is protective of human health and the environment, it can remain unchanged,” Attorney General Rutledge wrote. In addition to these comments, Rutledge and 13 other state attorneys general have sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy further explaining the harmful, negative impact the rule would have on states across the country. “The proposed rule will have a dramatic negative effect on the economic growth in the States, saddling increasingly heavy compliance costs on job creators – particularly in the manufacturing and industrial sectors,” the attorneys general wrote. “Thus, if promulgated, the proposed rule will hamper the creation and preservation of good-paying jobs in the States and quicken the movement of such jobs overseas.” The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin.


SAAC HOSTS GUEST LECTURE ON APRIL 1
Martha McCarty Wells, President of the Martha McCarty Kimmerling Wells Foundation, will present a lecture on American visionary artist Alexandre Hogue (1989-1994) and his “The Erosion Series” on Wednesday, April 1 in the Callaway Theatre of the South Arkansas Arts Center.  A reception will be hosted in the Merkle Gallery beginning at 6pm.  Beginning at 6:30pm, Wells will make a short presentation about Alexandre Hogue and his “Erosion” series from the 1930’s and the early 1940’s.  The lecture is based on the Dallas Museum of Art exhibit and is made possible by Elise Drake of the Union County Community Foundation and the Madeline M. and Edward C. McCarty Fund.  The lecture is free and open to the public. Drake said, “The Union County Community Foundation began our relationship with Martha Kimmerling Wells in 1999 when she visited us with her mother, Madelyne Murphy McCarty; Mrs. McCarty was a descendant of pioneer Union County settlers, and although she’d lived most of her life in Texas, she was born and reared in Union County, and she wanted to establish a philanthropic fund to help the community of her childhood.  Mrs. McCarty, who was in her nineties when she established the Madelyne M. and Edward C. McCarty Fund (Mrs. McCarty met Edward C. McCarty, a native of north Arkansas, when he moved to El Dorado as a young man to work for First National Bank, and they married in 1930) passed away not too long after, and it was Martha who continued her mother’s work to support the local nonprofit community by recommending the McCarty Fund underwrite our annual grant awards from the Union County Public Trust Fund.   Martha is important to us as a generous donor, but our friendship is equally important.  Martha is a lot of fun to be with; doing good things with her is always accompanied by a lot of laughter.” “Martha’s philanthropy is far reaching; she supports many educational, medical and fine art institutions throughout the USA through her foundation in Dallas.   Her work as a docent, for 36 years, at the Dallas Museum of Arts is what led to the current lecture series on Alexander Hogue that she is presenting to the community via the SAAC,” said Drake. The Madelyne Murphy McCarty Fund was established by a gift to the Union County Community Foundation from the Madelyne M. and Edward C. McCarty Foundation of Dallas, Texas, and was designed to benefit educational, charitable, or cultural non-profit organizations in Union County, Arkansas.  Her desire to enhance the quality of life for the community where she was born and where many of her relatives reside, led Mrs. McCarty to recommend the Fund’s creation. “It just so happened that AETN was airing the marvelous ‘Dust Bowl series’ at the same time that the Dallas Museum of Art was having a showing of Alexander Hogue’s work, and I made a point of familiarizing myself with both. Simultaneously, climate change was affecting various parts of the world, and I was always reading news articles about terrible droughts in the southwest, especially parts of Texas. It seemed to me that Hogue did a powerful job through his paintings of telling the story of the devastation of the land during the dust bowl period, and I thought our local students could benefit from learning about art and the environment, and the relationship between artists and the land, and how they can encourage us to take care of the land.    My daddy’s people were farmers, and the Great Depression, which coincided with the Dust Bowl, made such a huge impact on his family.   He was a little boy at the time, but he remembered it vividly.  His family was in good enough shape to survive unscathed, and their land was cared for, but they watched hundreds and hundreds suffer through it, and never forgot about it.  So, it seems a timely subject, and Martha is the ideal person to bring the Dallas Museum of Art’s fine presentation on Hogue to the SAAC to share with all of us in Union County.  We encourage everyone to attend and enjoy the event,” said Drake. For more information about the lecture, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474. For more information about Alexandre Hogue, visit www.saac-arts.org.

ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SEASON FINALE: MOZART, PROKOFIEV AND STRAUSS
Acclaimed Pianist Yeol Eum Son takes the stage for the final Masterworks concert of the season, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Known for her historical achievement as a Korean pianist at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 2011, Pianist Yeol Eum Son’s graceful interpretations, crystalline touch, and versatile, thrilling performances have caught the attention of audiences worldwide.
Maumelle, Arkansas, March 17, 2015 - The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Philip Mann, Music Director and Conductor, presents the sixth and final concert in the 2014-2015 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series: Mozart, Prokofiev and Strauss (
www.arkansassymphony.org/concerts/mozart-prokofiev-strauss). Piano virtuoso Yeol Eum Son takes the stage for the final Masterworks concert of the season, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The program also features Mozart’s grand “Jupiter” Symphony, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier Suite.  The Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust.
The concert takes place Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., & Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center, 100 Victory Lane, Maumelle AR. Concert Conversations: All concert ticket holders are invited to a pre-concert lecture an hour before each Masterworks concert.  These talks feature insights from the Maestro and guest artists, and feature musical examples to enrich the concert experience. Tickets are $19, $35, $49, and $58; active duty military and student tickets are $10 are can be purchased online at 
www.ArkansasSymphony.org; at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center box office beginning 90 minutes prior to a concert; or by phone at 501-666-1761, ext. 100. All Arkansas students grades K-12 are admitted to Sunday’s matinee free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket using the Entergy Kids’ Ticket, downloadable at the ASO website.

March 17, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Sgt. Chris Gill responded to a vehicle mishap on Ouachita 45. The subjects were already out of the vehicle and was asked if they needed EMS by fire personal that was on scene, but stated no. Upon arrival, Sgt. Gill spoke to both the driver and passenger. Both stated that a white Toyota Tacoma, ran them off the road. Due to the vehicle being in the creek, there was mainly water damage. Buddy’s Wrecker service took possession of the vehicle.

Deputy Wayne Bradshaw, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with a man about damage to his vehicle. According to reports, the man came to the Sheriff’s Office to report that after arriving home from work. He also stated that someone keyed his car during the night. The man found the damage after he had awoke Sunday morning. The marks covered both sides of the vehicle and on the hood. Vulgarity was written on the hood and passenger side of the vehicle.

Officer with the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department, responded to Highway 24 near Ouachita 345 in reference to a possible accident. EMS, Chidester Fire and Rescue, Camden Fire and Rescue, and State Police were all notified. The accident was located just west of Ouachita 345. According to reports, it appeared that the driver had lost control of the vehicle in the curve, causing him to swerve, hit a curve and go into the woods. Small trees were cut by Chidester Fire Department. State Police worked on the accident.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro. The speaker at Lions Club this week will be Travis Daniel. Travis will be talking about the Trace and the upcoming plans and fundraisers for this project. For more information on the Lion’s Club, or how you can join, call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7.   

MAKE-A-WISH GRANTS DISNEY TRIP TO HARPER STEPHENSON

MAGNOLIA – Harper Stephenson, 3, walked into the new Southern Arkansas University Association of Baptist Students’ facility Saturday afternoon to hear that her wish had been granted – she is going to Disney World. Doctors at Arkansas Children’s Hospital discovered a large tumor in her right lung last spring.  Thankfully, the tumor is not cancerous and will not spread, but Stephenson recently underwent a grueling 10-month stint of chemotherapy. She and her parents, Chad and Jai, will enjoy a much-needed weeklong vacation at Disney World during spring break. Once they hit the airport in Little Rock, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is taking care of all of their expenses. Representatives were on hand from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Little Rock for the surprise reveal, along with a host of family and friends. The SAU cheerleaders were dressed as famous Disney characters and lined the front entrance of the ABS building. Several beauty queens from the area wore their crowns for the occasion. Stephenson was overwhelmed with the greeting that was waiting on her, and her eyes sparkled as her parents, Chad and Jai, explained the significance of the surprise. Loved ones showered the guest of honor with bubbles and balloons as she shyly walked through the crowd. After Stephenson sat with her grandparents and family to enjoy a cupcake, her shyness disappeared and the posed with the Disney characters for photos. Then Stephenson lit up the floor and everyone around her as she jumped and smiled and bounced balloons into the air as the cheerleaders all huddled around and played with her and her friends. Chad Stephenson is the director of the Association of Baptist Students at SAU. Find out more about the SAU ABS at www.Facebook.com/ABS.SAU.

OIL WELL TO BE DRILLED OFF IN MAGNOLIA
MAGNOLIA - An oil well will be drilled off South Dudney in Magnolia, about a block south of East Main Street. The Magnolia Planning Commission on Monday granted a variance to Betsy Production Company, allowing the company to drill and operate an oil well in a residential zone. 
Betsy Production, owned by Mike Davis of Magnolia, has previously received permission from the commission to drill six wells in the city. One well, drilling in South Side Park, was a dry hole. In the current case, Davis proposes to drill a 4,600-foot well on a 1-acre site about 100 yards off South Dudney, south of a power line in a wooded area not far from Columbia Shopping Center. Drilling will take 10-12 days. If oil is found, the completion process will take 4-6 days. Surface casings will be set well below the Sparta Aquifer to protect the water supply. A successful well site will also be fenced, gated, lighted and monitored by security cameras. Davis anticipates that any pumping will take place during daylight hours, and for no longer than 12 hours a day. Davis said that Betsy Production has yet to receive a complaint about the operation of any of its wells in Magnolia. He praised the Magnolia Police Department for its assistance with helping Betsy getting drilling equipment in and out of the city. Most recently, this including moving equipment to a site just south of Grayson Street off South Dudney – not far from the new well’s proposed location. Drilling will be in June. 

ARKANSAS TO RECEIVE SETTLEMENT TO RESOLVE KICKBACK ALLEGATIONS AGAINST A NEW JERSEY BASED PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units joined the federal government to reach an agreement in principle with the pharmaceutical manufacturer Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., a global pharmaceutical company with its U.S. headquarters in New Jersey, to settle allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act. Rutledge released the following statement: “Arkansas is set to receive $15,459.81 from a multi-state settlement reached with Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. The Arkansas Medicaid Trust Fund, which incurred losses as a result of this fraud, will be reimbursed. This pharmaceutical company violated the False Claims Act by using meals and speaker program honoraria as incentives to entice physicians to prescribe the drugs Azor, Benicar, Tribenzor and Welchol.” Daiichi Sankyo will pay the states and the federal government a total of $39 million in civil damages and penalties for Medicaid and other federally-funded health care programs. The investigation that led to the settlement grew out of a false claims action filed by a former Daiichi Sankyo sales representative in 2010. The whistleblower’s complaint alleged that the claims were false because they resulted from kickbacks that Daiichi Sankyo provided to physicians who prescribed the drugs. The settlement agreement reimburses the federal government and the participating states for damages that were assessed in accordance with the amounts that Daiichi Sankyo expended on each speaker program for each fiscal year. The total Medicaid portion of the settlement – state and federal – is $10 million; and the states’ share of the Medicaid recovery is $5 million. Additionally, as part of the settlement, Daiichi Sankyo has agreed to enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), which obligates Daiichi Sankyo to undertake substantial internal compliance reforms for the next five years. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia are participating in the settlement. The federal settlement was announced by the Justice Department in January of this year. Arkansas’s portion of the settlement will be placed in the Arkansas Medicaid Trust Fund.

BOOZMAN AND OTHERS INTRODUCE HONOR AMERICA’S GUARD-RESERVE ACT OF 2015
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and U.S. Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced the Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Act of 2015, a bipartisan, bicameral bill honoring as veterans, Guard and Reserve retirees who served honorably for a minimum of 20 years but do not meet the active duty service requirement to qualify them as veterans under existing law. The law defines a veteran as servicemen and women who have served on active duty. This legislation would amend this definition and allow these Guard and Reserve retirees to be recognized as a veteran. Due to the fact that no additional benefits beyond the title of veteran are extended to these retirees, there is no cost associated with this legislation. “National Guard and Reserve members who selflessly serve in defense of our country should to be honored for their sacrifice. These men and women earned this recognition for their steadfast commitment to our national security and Armed Forces and rightfully deserve to be honored with the title of veteran,” Boozman, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs said. “Members of our National Guard and Reserve serve our country honorably, here in our home states and overseas. Indiana has the fourth-largest National Guard contingent in the country and a strong history of Hoosiers serving in the Reserves. After twenty years of service to their communities and our nation, these dedicated men and women deserve our recognition and respect as veterans,” Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said. “These folks took an oath, and that oath was to defend our nation at any cost; to stand ready for decades, at a moment’s notice, to deploy anywhere in the world in defense of our great nation,” Walz, the highest ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress, said. “The very least we could do is to give them the honor and recognition they have earned and deserve. I’m proud to re-introduce this bicameral, bipartisan bill and urge my colleagues to support it.” This legislation is supported by the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS). The House of Representatives passed similar legislation last Congress.

March 13, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTS
Lt. James Bolton along with Deputies of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on Hwy 7 South, at the intersection of Ouachita 64. EMS and Rescue arrived, and were dispatched as well. Upon arrival the driver of a 1984 Buick, was found sitting in the front seat of a vehicle. The other driver, of a 2013 Ford Mustang, was found lying on the ground next to her vehicle. Rescue stabilized the patients until EMS arrived. Both patients were transported to the Medical Center of Arkansas in El Dorado.
 

Deputy Jarrod Purifoy, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, responded to an overturned commercial truck on Hwy 24, near Gulley’s Liquor. Dispatch advised that it was a tank truck carrying an unknown substance. Chidester Fire Department was also called out to the scene. Upon arrival, the truck was seen upside down in the ditch of the west bound lane of Hwy 24. The driver of the truck stated that he was loaded with 40,000 gallons of wood glue. He also stated that he was uninjured and did not need any medical attention. The investigation was turned over to the Arkansas State Police.


SAU BANDS TO PERFORM FIRST CONCERT OF THE SEASON ON MONDAY
MAGNOLIA – Southern Arkansas University’s Band Department will host its first performance of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, at their band facility near the SAU tennis courts. The concert is free and open to the public. The community is encouraged to come enjoy standard and contemporary wind band literature, and to support the efforts of SAU’s talented student musicians. The SAU Concert Band will be conducted by Sarah Mickey, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be conducted by J.P. Wilson. The Concert Band is a 75-piece wind and percussion ensemble. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a 45-piece wind and percussion ensemble that performs throughout the South during the spring semester.

MAKING MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM’S NEXT ‘BIG’ EVENT ON APRIL 11
MAGNOLIA – Making Magnolia Blossom made a “big splash” in October with more than 500 volunteers transforming the look of Magnolia’s Main Street, and the organization is recruiting volunteers for a 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 11 Big Splash Spring Edition. Interested volunteers can register at www.MagnoliaBlossom.org. On the registration form, volunteers can sign up individually, as a family, or as a team leader. Projects for this cleanup are focused around Magnolia’s downtown and courthouse square, in preparation for the Magnolia Blossom Festival in May. As with October’s Big Splash, there are a few spotlight areas which will receive intensive makeovers. One of the major projects will be at the former service station across from the Farmer’s Bank & Trust Operations Center on Main Street. MMB hopes to gather around 50 volunteers to paint the building and curbs, which will be followed by replacement of broken glass panels in the doors and windows. Another major initiative will take place at the former community garden next to the Cameo Theater building on Jackson Street. Another large group of volunteers will join forces to remove the fencing and clear the lot. MMB is working to partner with groups and individuals for an exciting future project at this location. More information will be distributed as plans develop. Around the Courthouse Square, volunteers will plant flowers in the landscaping planters and put fresh paint on the curbs. A big push will be made to cut back and clear overgrowth around the Square, and specifically on the north side across from the Wilson Memorial Garden. MMB is also working with the Columbia County Master Gardeners to possibly offer volunteer help at the Wilson Garden. Tasks are being identified, and if Magnolia citizens show up in force like in the fall, various paint projects may be completed at this location. Volunteer groups will also be dispersed throughout town and at the entrances to Magnolia to pick up litter. If volunteers are available, other projects will be completed in various areas on Main Street and around town. As volunteers register online at MagnoliaBlossom.org, they will find more information about some of the key projects and will even be able to select the project at which they wish to work. Pre-registered volunteers will either check-in at their selected work area, or will arrive at the central check-in to be located at the parking lot next to the former community garden at the corner of Jackson and Union. Big Splash Saturday was held on October 25, 2014, and was the kick-off event for Making Magnolia Blossom, a community organization established at Southern Arkansas University. Organizers received $14,000 in early donations to help fund Big Splash Saturday. The Magnolia Advertising and Promotions Commission awarded Making Magnolia Blossom a $10,000 grant, and Magnolia’s Walmart gave a $2,000 Community Giving Grant. The remainder of the donations came from local businesses and individuals. Since the Big Splash, an additional $10,000 has been given by an anonymous donor who wants to see the improvements continue, and they will not have to wait long. A follow-up event was held on December 6, and volunteers completed the painting of two Main Street businesses. Also on December 6, MMB sponsored its first fundraising event – the Ugly Sweater 5K. This unique event was held at the SAU track and community walking trail.

SAU WILL HOST REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
Southern Arkansas University, the SAU STEM Center for K-12 Education and the South Central Service Cooperative will co-sponsor the Southwest Arkansas Regional Science Fair from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, on the SAU campus.
Public viewing of projects will be available from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20.
Elementary (3 – 6 grade) projects will be displayed in the W.T. Watson Gymnasium, with awards announced in Reynolds Grand Hall at 1 p.m. Junior high and High school projects will be displayed in the Auxiliary Gymnasium of the Brown H.K.R. complex, with awards Reynolds Foundation Hall at 1 p.m. Judging is from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Public viewing is not allowed during judging. The 34th annual regional science fair for 3rd-12th graders will host 380 students displaying 329 projects. The students represent the top three winners from their schools for each grade and category. Teachers and chaperones will bring the total attendance to well over 500 guests to the SAU campus. The student projects will represent 16 schools from the following districts in Southwest Arkansas: Bradley, Camden Fairview, Emerson, El Dorado, Genoa, Harmony Grove, Hope, Junction City, Magnolia, Smackover and Taylor. While on campus, students will be treated to a variety of presentations and demonstrations. The SAU Engineering program will launch a rocket high into the sky. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will have in the SAU Mall their aquarium tank and monster truck. Jennifer Gammon of Logoly State Park will present local wildlife. Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas will show off some of their big birds of prey. SAU Science faculty Dr. Tim Schroeder and Dr. Abdel Bachri will also offer their exciting demonstrations.

DAVIS SELECTED FOR YOUNG ARTIST EXHIBITION
The painting “Coriana” by Coriana Davis, a 6th grade student of Katie Harwell's at Washington Middle School, was selected to be a part of the 54th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition. The exhibit will be featured at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock beginning May 1, 2015 and continue to July 26, 2015. Assisted by Artist in Residence, Maria Villegas, Mrs. Harwell wrote a grant to the Arkansas Arts Council to fund a multidisciplinary program entitled "Breaking Barriers". In this program, WMS students learned about health-related careers from professionals in the field, conducted their own research, wrote papers and created artwork to reflect what they had learned. Davis' piece was one of seven in her age group chosen amongst several hundred entries. Artists in Residence are supported by grants from the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

March 12, 2015

ARKANSAS-GIVES DAY OF GIVING
ArkansasGives is a planned day of giving throughout the state of Arkansas. We are excited for Arkansans to support local nonprofits on April 2nd.  Arkansas Community Foundation and its affiliates are not raising funds because we want the nonprofits in Arkansas to get more community support and awareness. In addition to statewide nonprofits that have signed up to participate with ArkansasGives, the following nonprofits are Ouachita or Calhoun County based:
- Ouachita County Historical Society
- Ouachita/Calhoun Single Parent Scholarship Fund
- Southern Arkansas University Tech Foundation

ATF ANNOUNCES WITHDRAWL OF CONTROVERSIAL AMMA BAN AFTER PRESSURE FROM LAWMAKERS
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton released the following statement on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' (ATF) decision to withdraw a proposed ban on ammunition used in the AR-15 rifle: “I am pleased with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' decision not to pursue a proposed ban at this time, but rest assured I will remain a vigilant defender of Arkansans' Second Amendment rights. I commend Senator Grassley on his leadership and action and will continue to work with him on this important issue”. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' decision came just 1 day after 53 Republican Senators, including Senator Cotton, sent a letter condemning the proposal to ban ammunition used in the popular AR-15 rifle. This class of ammunition, primarily used for sporting purposes, is protected under a 1986 Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act exemption. In the letter, the Senators contend the “Framework” does not follow LEOPA and express concern for its impact on Second Amendment rights.

CONSUMER ALERT: AVOID GETTING SWEPT AWAY IN FAKE SWEEPSTAKES
LITTLE ROCK – A consumer answers their phone and a stranger immediately says, “Congratulations, you are a winner.” Over the past several weeks, reports of these types of calls have increased. Arkansans are being targeted by con artists posing as representatives of sweepstakes companies promising cash prizes. Every year, thousands of Arkansans are notified by mail, e-mail, or phone, that they are winners in a sweepstakes or lottery. These million dollar prize packages or new cars can be tempting, but Arkansans should resist. These scammers usually ask for a “processing fee” related to the prize but it is a ruse to pocket the “fee” and steal financial information. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert on this common scam to caution Arkansans not to fall victim to these sweepstakes con artists. “Con artists are looking for quick and easy ways to steal consumers’ money,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “What better way to do that than to convince consumers that they have won a big sweepstakes prize and need to pay a small fee to receive it? Arkansans should always remember that if they have not entered a sweepstakes competition or lottery it is highly unlikely that they are indeed a legitimate winner.” Callers to the Attorney General’s Office are reporting receiving unsolicited phone calls from an individual claiming to be with Publishers Clearinghouse, a well-known sweepstakes company to most Americans. These callers are promising that consumers are winners and that if they pay a one-time fee, a representative of Publishers Clearinghouse will be on the way to present the consumer with their “winnings.” Most of the time these “winnings” are described as cash, but sometimes are a car or vacation package. Almost all of these calls request the consumer to wire money to a location outside the United States or provide the scammer with the number of a prepaid debit card. By indicating that the “winnings” are ready to be delivered, these con artists can sound legitimate, but it is highly unlikely that the scammer knows the consumer’s location. Legitimate sweepstakes or lottery winners are hardly ever notified through an unsolicited call, and legitimate businesses, such as Publishers Clearinghouse, would never require winners to wire money to receive a prize. 
Regardless of how the consumer is notified, once the consumer turns over bank account information or wires the funds, there is a good chance the consumer will lose more money when their personal financial information is compromised. When money is wired to a foreign country, it is very difficult, if not almost impossible, to get it returned. Attorney General Rutledge offers the following tips to consumers to avoid falling victim to sweepstakes scams:
-Consumers should not try to collect winnings from a sweepstakes they don’t remember entering.
-Never give out personal financial information.
-Do not pay any money up front in an attempt to claim a prize.
-Always remember, if it looks or seems too good to be true, it most likely is.
-Consumers should ignore the bogus sweepstakes prizes and immediately call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division to report the call and the number from which it originated. Consumers can contact the office via the Consumer Protection hotline at (800) 482-8982 or by visiting www.ArkansasAG.gov.

 

March 11, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Deputy Chris Lindsey, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office spoke with a man in Stephens, by telephone. The man advised that he had went to file his taxes at H&R Block in Camden, and he was told by them that someone had already filed taxes with the IRS, using his social security number. The said that he has been in constant contact with the IRS in regards to the matter. Representatives advised him that a report would be on file.

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Kiwanis Club will meet at the Country Club this week. The club will have Dr. Trey Berry the new SAU President joining them at noon this Thursday. For any additional information on the Kiwanis Club, or how you can join, email Allen Crum at rev.crum610@gmail.com

BOOZMAN RECONGNIZES AR GAME AND FISH COMMISSION’S CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY
WASHINGTON– Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). Gov. George Washington Hays signed Act 124 creating the AGFC on March 11, 1915. This agency rejuvenated the state’s natural resources for future generations of Arkansans. U.S. Senator John Boozman honored the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on its centennial anniversary in the Congressional Record, the official proceedings of Congress. 
Boozman will present a copy of the Congressional Record to AGFC leaders during events on Sunday. The following are remarks printed in the Congressional Record: Mr. President, I rise today to celebrate a century of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC).  Enjoying our wildlife and outdoors is a way of life for residents of the Natural State; and the efforts of AGFC help preserve this time-honored tradition through management of our state's fish and wildlife populations. In the early 1900’s, maintaining healthy wildlife populations was desperately needed in the state. Elk, bison, and swan populations in Arkansas were extinct; and deer, duck, quail, and fish species were near extinction. Following the leadership of President Teddy Roosevelt, Gov. George Washington Hays signed Act 124 creating the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on March 11, 1915. One of the commission’s first orders of business was improving hunting, fishing, and trapping regulations. Thanks to these efforts we’ve seen extinct animal populations flourish, while creating an excellent environment for fishing and hunting. This has allowed tourism to become a leading sector of Arkansas’s economy. Our state now has a thriving Elk population with a regulated hunting season. We’ve also seen growth in the deer population. More than 200,000 deer are harvested annually in Arkansas, up from just over 200 checked in the 1938 hunting season. Once known as the Bear State, black bear in Arkansas neared extinction with fewer than 50 believed to be in the state in the 1930s. Today there are more than 5,000 bears in the state, making it one of the most successful reintroductions of a large carnivore in history. The AGFC laid the foundation for Arkansas to become the 'Duck Hunting Capitol of the World’ in 1948 with the establishment of Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area. Today Bayou Meto WMA consists of 33,832 publicly-owned acres, providing world class duck hunting that attracts hunters from all over the world. The AGFC’s five fish hatcheries help stock some of finest lakes, streams, and rivers in Arkansas that attract anglers from around the world. More than 12.5 million fish are harvested from these hatcheries annually. While the mission is the same, the agency has experienced many changes in the last century. The first nine game wardens were paid $80 a month and had to provide their own horse. Today the agency operates an $88 million annual budget and employs thousands of Arkansans. In the past 100 years, the AGFC has created policies that maintain the natural beauty and abundance of wildlife in the Natural State so Arkansans and visitors from across America and around the world can enjoy the great outdoors. From restoring habitat, managing wildlife and protecting the public, the men and women of the AGFC help preserve the Natural State's beauty and natural resources. But this mission comes at a cost: throughout its history AGFC has lost five brave officers in the last line of duty. I thank them and all the men and women of the AGFC for their service and commitment to making sure future generations can experience the natural resources and outdoor activities that we enjoy today.

SAAC HOSTS “GOD OF CARNAGE” WEEKEND
The Lantern Theatre/Conway Community Arts Association presents “God of Carnage” at the South Arkansas Arts Center on Saturday, March 14. The performance will take place in competition form, giving the audience a chance to see a ten minute (or less) stage set up, a one hour (or less) performance, and a ten minute (or less) stage strike. “God of Carnage” will start at 8:30pm. The cast party will begin immediately after the stage strike (approximately 9:30pm). Tickets are $15 (open seating) and include the party. All proceeds will go to CCAA to help fund their trip to AACTFest regional competition in Albuquerque. Jack Wilson, Arkansas Community Theatre Association President, said, ““Come to the South Arkansas Arts Center and support CCAA as they prepare to head to New Mexico to represent Arkansas in the American Association of Community Theatre Region VI festival. This will be a great opportunity to see quality theatre from another community presented right here on the SAAC stage and for the actors from Conway to feel the warmth of the El Dorado audience.” Wilson is also the executive director of the South Arkansas Arts Center. “God of Carnage” takes place in the living room of Veronica and Michael. A playground altercation between their 11-year-old son and another 11-year-old boy brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter in a civilized manner. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their principles in tatters. The 2009 Broadway production featured Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. All four actors received Tony nominations for their portrayals with Ms. Harden winning the Tony for Best Leading Actress. The play, written by Yazmine Reza and translated into English by Christopher Hampton, won the Olivier and Tony Award for Best Play. The play has been translated into 37 languages and performed throughout the world. The performance does contain adult language. Kelly Campbell said, “I got to see ‘Carnage’ when we went to regional competition in Lafayette two years ago, and it was the funniest thing I have ever seen in my life! When I found out that CCAA was doing it for Arkansas AACTFest in Pine Bluff, I couldn’t wait to see it again, and Conway did a great job.” She continued, “The theatre people in Conway have always been supportive of SAAC (with money and good thoughts) – they travel to El Dorado to see our productions, they bought miles to help us get to Lafayette, and they are always are amazed at the community support we have. I hope we will show them the same support.” For more information about the production, contact the SAAC box office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

March 10, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Maslakov of the Camden Police Department, responded as backup to Officer Clayton, who affected a traffic stop with a Chevrolet Silverado, on Monroe at Van Buren Street. According to reports, Officer Clayton could smell a strong odor of suspected marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle. While other officers were busy with the two passengers, Clayton asked the driver to step out. The officer noticed that the driver had bloodshot and glassy eyes. The odor of marijuana was coming from the driver’s breath. When asked if he had been drinking, the driver said that he had been drinking Kool-aid, and “must have been a lot of sugar”, he then added “I’m not drunk”. The driver would then change his answer several times. When asked if he had smoked any marijuana, the man replied “See, what had happened was….”, then started talking about something else. After failing a standard field sobriety test, the man admitted he was wrong, given a criminal citation, and a later court date.

Officer Jimmy Plyler, with the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to Walmart for a report of shoplifting. The officer was advised that management had detained the suspects in the parking lot after pushing a buggy of merchandise out of the store without paying. According to the manager said that a white male, and white female, had pushed a buggy outside, without paying for it. The female was taken into custody for shoplifting. A bottle of 5 Hour Entergy was retrieved from her pocket and returned along with all of the other stolen merchandise from inside the vehicle.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro. This week the Lions Club will have a musical program presented by Margi Harrell and Dr. Lisa Oden. For any additional information on the Lion’s Club, you can contact Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7.

CADC PROVIDING FREE TAX PREPARATION AT SUPER TAX DAY EVENT
IN OUACHITA COUNTY

Camden, Ark. – Central Arkansas Development Council is joining forces with the IRS to provide a free tax day, Friday, March 13th, 10 am – 2 pm at the CADC Camden Office, 313 Jefferson Street. Taxpayers can call ahead at 870-867-0151 for an appointment. Walk-ins will also be accepted. Workers, including the self-employed, may get a larger tax refund this year because of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). But to get it, you have to first file a tax return and claim it. Last year, more than 27 million workers received more than $65 billion in EITC. If you worked last year and your income is less than $52,425, you might be eligible for EITC, which could mean up to $6,143 in additional funds when you file a return and have qualifying children. Workers with no qualifying children could be eligible for a smaller credit of up to $496. On average, EITC returns $2,400 to taxpayers. The IRS estimates only 4 out of 5 taxpayers claim the EITC they earned, leaving billions of dollars on the table each year. Tax volunteers are IRS-certified and will work one -on-one with taxpayers to help them file their federal and state returns and to receive the tax credit for which they qualify. Customers can split refunds into multiple accounts, or if they don't hold a bank account, can receive their refund on a debit card. Customers generally receive federal refunds within 7-10 days. Persons utilizing the sites should bring their family's Social Security Cards, picture ID, W-2/1099s, a copy of last year's return, bank account information for direct deposit, and Form 1095A or health insurance statements. CADC is a private nonprofit community action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the “War on Poverty.” The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, please contact CADC at 501-778-1133.

INTERVENTION GRANTED FOR AR AGAINST EPA’S PROPOSED 111(D) RULE RUTLEDGE REQUESTED TO JOIN LAWSUIT ON FEB. 13
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has granted the State’s motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 111(d) rule that seeks to reduce carbon emissions from electric generating units. Rutledge released the following statement: “As Attorney General, I will seek to protect Arkansans against an overreaching federal government that is attempting to implement heavy-handed regulations that go beyond the scope of the law. As I pointed out in my testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Subcommittee on the Interior on February 26, the 111(d) rule from the EPA mandates the standards that Arkansas must achieve, rather than providing guidelines for Arkansas to use in its efforts to reduce carbon pollution. This rule goes beyond the EPA’s authority granted by Congress and seeks to impose a national energy policy that will harm Arkansas’s economy.” Rutledge sought the motion to intervene on Feb. 13 in order to join the lawsuit with attorneys general from West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming and Kentucky. As indicated in the motion, Arkansas is required to meet the sixth most stringent obligation of all the states under the proposed 111(d) rule, yet Arkansas ranks 46th in per capita income. The EPA proposes emissions rate reductions of 41 percent and 44 percent as interim and final requirements. The drastic reductions required under the proposed rule will negatively impact existing industry, future economic development and electric ratepayers in Arkansas. The case is currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals.

RUTLEDGE: SOLICITOR GENERAL WOULD BENEFIT ARKANSAS
 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today testified before the General Assembly Joint Budget Subcommittee on Personnel to discuss the Attorney General’s Office budget and to request approval for the reclassification of a current position to Solicitor General. Rutledge released the following statement: “Today, I requested approval for a Solicitor General at the Attorney General’s Office. In recent years, most of the attorneys general from across the country have added a Solicitor General to their office to assist with the increasing workload, specifically the growing number of large multi-state consumer protection cases and the increasingly complex appellate matters at the state and national levels. I have spoken with many of my colleagues about a Solicitor General, and I believe the position would benefit the State of Arkansas greatly.” The subcommittee unanimously passed the reclassification. The position will not increase the number of authorized employees at the Attorney General’s Office and will not increase the requested appropriation.

March 5, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Bush, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to 817 Ft. Lookout for a report of criminal trespass. Dispatch advised the housing authority manager, stated that she had received a tip that a man, who was on the ban-list, was in one of the apartments. When officer arrived on the scene, they went to the apartment and knocked on the door. After knocking for several minutes, the Officer Bush was finally let inside. The man, who was on the ban-list, was found hiding in the bathroom, with the lights off.

Officer Clayton of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to 453 Fairview Road in reference to a female, refusing to leave a residence. Upon arrival, the officer observed a female subject sitting on the front porch with a brown paper sack, wrapped around a 32 oz. can of Miller High Life. The officer tried to gather information, but the woman’s English was said to be very little. According to reports, an odor of intoxicants was coming from the woman, her eyes were also bloodshot and watery. Now the reporting person stated that he knows the woman, and she had recently knocked on his door and said she could not go home, because her husband was asleep. After he told her she could not stay, she refused to leave. As a result she sat on his porch and continued to drink her beer. The woman was arrested for public intoxication.

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Kiwanis Club will not meet today at the Camden Country Club due to the weather. For any additional information on the Lion’s Club, you can email Allen Crum at rev.crum610@gmail.com.


INSTRUCTORS NEEDED FOR “MULERIDER KIDS COLLEGE”
MAGNOLIA – Class proposal submissions are still being accepted for Southern Arkansas University’s inaugural “Mulerider Kids College” to be held this summer. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 8. Instructors will receive $175 per course, and are eligible to teach up to three courses. Class proposals are to be submitted online form at web.saumag.edu/kids-college. Questions may be directed to Jana Walker at jbwalker@saumag.edu or (870) 235-5348. Organizers want to hear from anyone with a creative idea for a class. Those who are interested may submit class proposals for the program which will be held each morning from July 6-9. The program will provide enrichment to children entering first through sixth grades. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to enhance students’ education without the pressure of grades, homework, or tests. Mulerider Kids College instructors will offer unique classes that will be fun, entertaining, and educational. A small stipend will be paid to all instructors. Information regarding student enrollment for the program will be released at a later date.

BLUE & YOU FOUNDATION GIVES $149,128 FOR SAU HEALTH SIM LAB
MAGNOLIA – Chad Dodson, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Market Manager for the South-Central & Southwest Regions, second from right, presents Dr. David Rankin, president of Southern Arkansas University a ceremonial check for the $149,128 grant from the Blue & You Foundation to support the purchase of equipment for the SAU Health Sciences Simulation Center (SAU HSSC). The SAU HSSC represents a model partnership including SAU and healthcare providers across the Ark-La-Tex. The SAU HSSC will benefit regional healthcare facilities by offering a hands-on clinical training setting for employee certifications and re-certifications. Combining state-of-the art equipment and technology in a regional simulation setting will bring offerings to the southern half of Arkansas that is currently not available. SAU representatives pictured from left include Dr. Trey Berry, Robbye Taylor, Ginger Covington, Dr. Heather McKnight, Becky Parnell, Dr. Pam DeGravelles, Dr. Brenda Trigg, Rankin, Dodson of Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Josh Kee.

SAAC HOST ARTIST RECEPTION FOR “BRICOLAGE” AND “FIGURATIVE THOUGHTS”
The Visual Arts Committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center will host an artist reception for two new exhibitions currently on display in the galleries on Saturday, March 7, from 6-7:30pm.  The reception is free and open to the public.  All three artists will be in attendance during the reception. “Bricolage,” a two woman show by Julia Hardy Slaughter and Kelly Campbell, is a collection of acrylic paintings, pastels, screen prints, watercolor paintings, and encaustics hanging in the Merkle Gallery until March 30. “We promised SAAC’s marketing and publicity director Colleen Means a title, and then we started googling synonyms for ‘mixture’ – because that’s what we have. Lots of words came up, and none of them were quite right until we saw ‘bricolage’ – and it was perfect. We just hope that our bricolage is unified at the end of this journey!” Slaughter and Campbell are great friends, and have no fear that their styles, although very different, are complementary. Slaughter said, “Most of the paintings are abstract. The subject usually comes from an idea in my mind, or from a landscape photo (one of many snapped from the passenger side of a speeding vehicle driven by my #amazingboyfriendChuck) filled with intriguing shapes that sparks and idea.” She continued, “I love the challenge and excitement of taking that idea, and through its evolution, bringing the painting to the point where it will engage the viewer. I strive for balance of line, flow, and bright, beautiful color.” Campbell said, “The pieces in Bricolage are really different from anything I’ve done before. Ever. I’ve always done realistic pieces. Even though the first shows I did here were really close up ‘pieces’, they were real things done in a realistic style. The third show (all those bicycles!) was realistic as well.” She said that the work for Bricolage is inspired by her photographs of rusty equipment in a friend’s shop yard. “But realistic? These pieces…well…not so much!” she laughed. A former member of the Visual Arts Committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center, Julia is currently serving on the SAAC Board of Directors. Her work has previously shown in solo exhibits at SAAC in the Price Gallery in 2011 and in the Merkle and Price Galleries in 2013. Making art satisfies a need in Campbell’s soul and helps her keep the little sanity she has. She does some photography, but mostly she works in pastels, using her photos for reference. She said, “The process is therapy. I lose all sense of time and self when I’m working. Aside from satisfying the need to create something, the very best is whenever someone sees a piece of my artwork and feels a connection to it – and talks to me about it!” A retired educator, Campbell is employed at the South Arkansas Arts Center where she is the general greeter, gallery manager, Visual Arts liaison, and Executive Assistant. She also teaches beginners’ pastel classes and Corks & Canvas classes at SAAC. Her work has been accepted into the SAAC Juried Art Competition in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Her work has previously shown in solo exhibits at SAAC in 2010, 2011 and 2013. “Figurative Thoughts” by Texarkana artist Cindy J. Holmes is currently on display in the Price and Lobby Galleries until March 30.  Holmes said, “Each painting starts the story by using figures, found objects, and the incorporation of clichés into the titles.  I lead the viewer to use their own personal experiences to explain, question, or finish the drama.  And each story leads to another……” Born in California, Cindy lived a rather nomadic life with her family until they settled in a small Mississippi town.  Books play an important part in her memories.  They are tied to her dreams and as a talisman in how her childhood is remembered.  Literature gave her a doorway into other lives – fanciful, dramatic, scary, intense, soothing or dreamlike.  “It was all there before me, to be gobbled up like a Thanksgiving feast,” she said. As an adult, instead of becoming a writer, she found herself wanting to express herself visually. “Mushing paint onto a canvas was what made my heart sing and brought the same focus as the most riveting book from childhood,” she said. I learned to make pretty paintings and beautiful landscapes.  I reveled in each achievement, yet one day I awoke with a yearning to tell an unfinished story with paint.  I wanted to start a story that would make a viewer finish it from their own perspective of life.  So that’s what I do these days.  I’m still that kid that reads, that bookworm that unknowingly listens in on other people’s lives (love those public cell phone conversations!).  But I paint the imagined story, the real story, the overheard story, the story I want to tell, the story you need to finish.” Holmes plans her paintings around the figure, found objects, and word play and clichés. “First and foremost is the figure.  That is the first thing my eye goes to and I want to explore how they can make us feel just by using that figure in different situations,” she explained. By exploring thrift stores, she runs across small, forgotten objects that inspire her to plan and paint “what if?” situations; this is how she uses found objects. She is inspired to translate clichés visually so that they are no longer meaningless, but become a different story. For more information about the exhibitions or artist reception, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

March 4, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATE IN HOMICIDE CASE
Yesterday, officers of the Camden Police Department arrested Eric Thrower, 26, of Camden.
Thrower is the younger brother of Francine Cobb, both arrested for involvement in the Erica Batton homicide case. Thrower will go before a judge for his first appearance today. According to Police Chief Bo Woody, they for see any other arrest, unless there is a couple that might be obstructing, but none involved in the homicide. Many have asked why the case has taken so long, “we didn’t want to just put someone in jail until we knew for sure”, Woody explained.   

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Sgt. Easttam of the Camden Police Department, was advised that there was a male walking on California Avenue near Grinstead Avenue. According to reports the man was in the middle of the roadway, looking “happy”. Officers made contact with the man, who was walking in the middle of the northbound lane on California Avenue. The man stated that he was headed home. The officer could notice that the man’s eyes were bloodshot, watery, and his speech was slurred.
A strong odor of intoxicants could also noticed, coming from the man. When asked how much alcohol he had consumed, the man stated “none”. After being determined to be a danger to himself and other, the man was taken into custody.
 
OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
According to reports, an operator with the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office was traveling on highway 9 near “B&M Gravel” when he observed a vehicle run off the roadway and become stuck in the adjacent drainage ditch. Now the operator stopped to offer assistance. As the driver was attempting to free his vehicle, he began to spin his tires and sling dirt. In doing so, the driver caused a rock to strike the windshield of the operator’s vehicle, breaking the glass. The other subject was able to get free of the ditch and depart before he could be stopped.

Sgt. Chris Gill of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke to a woman, as she wanted to make a report regarding harassing situations. She stated that a man lives at her sister, and mother’s residence in Bearden. The woman stated that the man had been sending her pictures of him burning clothes and other personal items of theirs. She stated that she took this as a threat, and that he had also been sending pictures of needles and drugs to her. When the officer went to the residence he did not see anything on fire, and no evidence of anyone burning anything at the residence.

SAU TECH DONATED TWO HOSPITAL BEDS
Southern Arkansas University Tech recently received a donation of two hospital beds from Ouachita County Medical Center for the college’s Nursing program to use in skills and simulation labs.  OCMC also donated some expired supplies for use in the program. Caroline Hammond, SAU Tech’s Allied Health Program Coordinator, stated that the college is very grateful for OCMC’s continued support of the needs of the nursing program.  The deadline to apply to the nursing program is April 1 and the deadline to register for the required TEAS entrance exam is March 20.  SAU Tech’s program is one of few that does not require any prerequisites to be admitted. Find out more at www.sautech.edu or call 870.574.4500.


FAIRVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REGISTERING STUDENTS FOR NEXT YEAR
Fairview Elementary School is registering students for next year’s kindergarten class. The students must be 5 on, or before August 1st, 2015. The following documents are needed for enrollment: a birth certificate issued by the state, copy of social security card, current immunization record, physical or well-child checkup, and proof of residence. Registration is in the elementary school between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm daily.  

Fairview Elementary School is registering students for next year’s pre-school class. The students must be 5 on, or before August 1st, 2015. The following documents are needed for enrollment: a birth certificate issued by the state, copy of social security card, current immunization record, physical or well-child checkup, and proof of income. Registration is in the elementary school between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:00 pm daily.  

BOOZMAN STATEMENT ON PRIME MININSTER NETANYAHU’S
ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress: “I’m glad Prime Minister Netanyahu accepted the Speaker’s invitation to address Congress and I was honored to be in the House chamber for it. He delivered a powerful, forceful speech. His message for us to stand together to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat must be the priority for negotiations. There is no viable containment option,” Boozman said. Boozman gave a speech on the Senate floor yesterday welcoming the Prime Minister in advance of his address and expressing concerns over the direction of the current negotiations with Iran over the regime’s nuclear program.  

RUTLEDGE: AMENDMENT 83 STAY WILL REMAIN AS APPEAL MOVES FORWARD LIFTING WOULD HAVE CAUSED UNNECESSARY CONFUSION
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker issued an order denying the plaintiffs’ request to lift the stay of her ruling in the challenge to Amendment 83: “As the State prepares to defend Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution and Arkansas’s marriage statutes before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in May, I am pleased that Judge Baker has denied the request to lift the stay. As the State argued in its response to the plaintiffs’ motion, unnecessary confusion, uncertainty and additional litigation would have resulted had Judge Baker lifted her stay while this case is pending before the Eighth Circuit. As the appeal moves forward, I will continue to vigorously defend the constitutionality of Arkansas’s marriage laws.”   

March 3, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES
Yesterday morning at 8:00 am, Officers of the Camden Police Department, Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Task Force (DTF), and an AR Patrol Officer, executed a search warrant at 352 Spring Street. The Camden Police had a search warrant for Ronnie Tatum. During the search, police seized ½ ounce of cocaine and $6,000 dollars in cash. Other than Tatum, 3 others were arrested.

Recently, officers of the Camden Police Department, has a warrant for a Francine Cobb, 29, in Conway Arkansas. She is currently being held for capital murder in the Erica Batton homicide case. According to reports, Cobb did go in front of Judge Ham Singleton for a first appearance. She is currently being held at the Ouachita County Detention Center.

RUTLEDGE TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE INTERIOR SAYS, ‘I AM PROUD TO BRING AR PRESPECTIVE TO THE CONVERSATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that she will appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Subcommittee on the Interior on Thursday, Feb. 26, to offer testimony on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations and their impacts on the states. Rutledge released the following statement: 
“It is an honor for me to accept the invitation of Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to appear before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The EPA continues to pile on burdensome regulations that negatively impact states' existing industry and strain their ability to attract future economic development. This is an important hearing, and I am proud to bring Arkansas’s perspective to the conversation. “Arkansas is uniquely positioned on this topic because of our rich natural heritage. In the Natural State, we place a high value on clean air and clean water as we protect our state for future generations, and as Attorney General, I will not sit idly by while this administration pushes policy objectives that will ultimately hurt job growth and Arkansas’s ability to compete across the country and the globe.” On Feb. 13, Rutledge announced that Arkansas would seek to intervene in the suit against the EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule because of the significant and costly impact it would have on the Arkansas economy and its utility ratepayers. Arkansas is required to meet the sixth most stringent obligation of all the states under the proposed rule. Also scheduled to testify is Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, NERA Economic Consulting Vice President Anne Smith and NERA Economic Consulting Vice President David Harrison. The hearing, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be chaired by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large). A live video stream, provided by the committee, will be broadcast here. According to its website, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has legislative jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the government procurement process, federal personnel systems, the Postal Service and other matters. The primary responsibility is oversight of virtually everything government does – from national security to homeland security grants, from federal workforce policies to regulatory reform and reorganization authority, from information technology procurements at individual agencies to government-wide data security standards.

BOOZMAN CALLS FCC DECISION TO REGULATE WEB
“OUTDATED, HEAVY-HANDED”

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its decision to regulate Internet service as a public utility: “Once again Washington bureaucrats think the solution to a problem is additional regulations and once again they are wrong. The growth that we have witnessed in e-commerce and mobile technology has come about as a result of innovative answers to market demands, not heavy-handed government mandates. This outdated approach will only stifle future technological advances, open the door to costly litigation and ultimately lead to job losses in an industry that should be creating the next generation of career opportunities.”

CONSUMER ALERT: DON’T DOUBLE-DOWN ON TAX DEBT
LITTLE ROCK – In many cases, tax-relief companies know when they contact consumers who owe taxes, that these consumers are desperate to find ways to settle their tax debt with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the State of Arkansas. Tax-relief companies often claim they can reduce or even eliminate an individual’s tax debts and stop the collection of back taxes by applying for legitimate IRS hardship programs. The tax-relief companies don’t usually settle the tax debt and, in many cases, don’t even send the necessary paperwork to the IRS. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to caution Arkansans to avoid falling victim to promises that they are “eligible” for tax relief, and to inform consumers of tax relief programs offered by the IRS. “Don’t panic. That’s the most important thing consumers should remember if they have tax debt,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The IRS has tax-relief programs to help Arkansans who owe back taxes or are behind on their payments, but consumers have to communicate with the IRS, otherwise, penalties and interest will accrue.” Consumers should view paying taxes just like paying other bills. It is often better to negotiate a payment plan with the creditor than to pay someone else to finalize those details. The same is true when back taxes are owed to the IRS or the State. Consumers who are having trouble meeting their tax obligation should avoid the following:

·Companies that make promises that consumers are “eligible” or “qualified” for a tax-relief program. Only the IRS can make that determination.
·Programs that won’t allow for in-person meetings before discussing payment.
·Any program that asks for upfront fees or advance fees.
·Any program promising results that seem too good to be true. As with paying any debts, programs that offer massive reductions from a total bill, should raise a red flag.
The IRS offers the following tax-relief programs to help consumers who owe taxes:
 ·An Installment Agreement is generally available to people who can’t pay their tax debt in full at one time. The program allows taxpayers to make smaller monthly payments until the entire debt is satisfied.
·An Offer in Compromise (OIC) lets taxpayers permanently settle their tax debt for less than the amount they owe. The OIC is an important tool to help taxpayers in limited circumstances. Taxpayers are eligible only after other payment options have been exhausted and their ability to pay has been reviewed by the IRS.
·In very limited circumstances, the IRS may offer penalty abatement to consumers who haven’t paid their taxes because of an unusual hardship. If the taxpayer meets very narrow criteria, the IRS may agree to forgive the penalties. Interest abatement is even more limited and is rarely provided. According to the IRS, Arkansans can apply for an Installment Agreement, OIC, or penalty interest abatement without the help of a third party. If third-party assistance is preferred in negotiating with the IRS, only certain tax professionals — Enrolled Agents (federally-authorized tax practitioners who can represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS), Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), and attorneys — have the authority to represent taxpayers. Their services should involve a face-to-face meeting where they explain all options and their fee structure. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that provides free help to people who are experiencing financial difficulties or who need help resolving a problem with the IRS. Call (877) 777-4778 or visit www.irs.gov/advocate. For more information about this and other consumer issues, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ArkansasAG.gov or call the office’s Consumer Hotline at (800) 482-8982.

 

February 26, 2015

RUTLEDGE TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE INTERIOR SAYS, ‘I AM PROUD TO BRING AR PRESPECTIVE TO THE CONVERSATION
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that she will appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Subcommittee on the Interior on Thursday, Feb. 26, to offer testimony on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations and their impacts on the states. Rutledge released the following statement: 
“It is an honor for me to accept the invitation of Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to appear before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The EPA continues to pile on burdensome regulations that negatively impact states' existing industry and strain their ability to attract future economic development. This is an important hearing, and I am proud to bring Arkansas’s perspective to the conversation. “Arkansas is uniquely positioned on this topic because of our rich natural heritage. In the Natural State, we place a high value on clean air and clean water as we protect our state for future generations, and as Attorney General, I will not sit idly by while this administration pushes policy objectives that will ultimately hurt job growth and Arkansas’s ability to compete across the country and the globe.” On Feb. 13, Rutledge announced that Arkansas would seek to intervene in the suit against the EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule because of the significant and costly impact it would have on the Arkansas economy and its utility ratepayers. Arkansas is required to meet the sixth most stringent obligation of all the states under the proposed rule. Also scheduled to testify is Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, NERA Economic Consulting Vice President Anne Smith and NERA Economic Consulting Vice President David Harrison. The hearing, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET and will be chaired by Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large). A live video stream, provided by the committee, will be broadcast here. According to its website, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has legislative jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, the government procurement process, federal personnel systems, the Postal Service and other matters. The primary responsibility is oversight of virtually everything government does – from national security to homeland security grants, from federal workforce policies to regulatory reform and reorganization authority, from information technology procurements at individual agencies to government-wide data security standards.

BOOZMAN CALLS FCC DECISION TO REGULATE WEB
“OUTDATED, HEAVY-HANDED”

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its decision to regulate Internet service as a public utility: “Once again Washington bureaucrats think the solution to a problem is additional regulations and once again they are wrong. The growth that we have witnessed in e-commerce and mobile technology has come about as a result of innovative answers to market demands, not heavy-handed government mandates. This outdated approach will only stifle future technological advances, open the door to costly litigation and ultimately lead to job losses in an industry that should be creating the next generation of career opportunities.”

CONSUMER ALERT: DON’T DOUBLE-DOWN ON TAX DEBT
LITTLE ROCK – In many cases, tax-relief companies know when they contact consumers who owe taxes, that these consumers are desperate to find ways to settle their tax debt with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the State of Arkansas. Tax-relief companies often claim they can reduce or even eliminate an individual’s tax debts and stop the collection of back taxes by applying for legitimate IRS hardship programs. The tax-relief companies don’t usually settle the tax debt and, in many cases, don’t even send the necessary paperwork to the IRS. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to caution Arkansans to avoid falling victim to promises that they are “eligible” for tax relief, and to inform consumers of tax relief programs offered by the IRS. “Don’t panic. That’s the most important thing consumers should remember if they have tax debt,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The IRS has tax-relief programs to help Arkansans who owe back taxes or are behind on their payments, but consumers have to communicate with the IRS, otherwise, penalties and interest will accrue.” Consumers should view paying taxes just like paying other bills. It is often better to negotiate a payment plan with the creditor than to pay someone else to finalize those details. The same is true when back taxes are owed to the IRS or the State. Consumers who are having trouble meeting their tax obligation should avoid the following:

·Companies that make promises that consumers are “eligible” or “qualified” for a tax-relief program. Only the IRS can make that determination.
·Programs that won’t allow for in-person meetings before discussing payment.
·Any program that asks for upfront fees or advance fees.
·Any program promising results that seem too good to be true. As with paying any debts, programs that offer massive reductions from a total bill, should raise a red flag.
The IRS offers the following tax-relief programs to help consumers who owe taxes:
·An Installment Agreement is generally available to people who can’t pay their tax debt in full at one time. The program allows taxpayers to make smaller monthly payments until the entire debt is satisfied.
·An Offer in Compromise (OIC) lets taxpayers permanently settle their tax debt for less than the amount they owe. The OIC is an important tool to help taxpayers in limited circumstances. Taxpayers are eligible only after other payment options have been exhausted and their ability to pay has been reviewed by the IRS.
·In very limited circumstances, the IRS may offer penalty abatement to consumers who haven’t paid their taxes because of an unusual hardship. If the taxpayer meets very narrow criteria, the IRS may agree to forgive the penalties. Interest abatement is even more limited and is rarely provided. According to the IRS, Arkansans can apply for an Installment Agreement, OIC, or penalty interest abatement without the help of a third party. If third-party assistance is preferred in negotiating with the IRS, only certain tax professionals — Enrolled Agents (federally-authorized tax practitioners who can represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS), Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), and attorneys — have the authority to represent taxpayers. Their services should involve a face-to-face meeting where they explain all options and their fee structure. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that provides free help to people who are experiencing financial difficulties or who need help resolving a problem with the IRS. Call (877) 777-4778 or visit www.irs.gov/advocate. For more information about this and other consumer issues, visit the Attorney General’s website at www.ArkansasAG.gov or call the office’s Consumer Hotline at (800) 482-8982.

GROUP “EXTREMELY DISSAPPOINTED” AT GOV. HUTCHINSON OVER ABORTION LAW
LITTLE ROCK — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said Wednesday it was “extremely disappointed” that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill to require that a doctor be physically present when a woman takes an abortion-inducing pill.

Also, the Arkansas House approved bills to require the state Claims Commission to explain its decisions in writing and create a program for the licensure of community paramedics.
-Abortion bill signed-
Senate Bill 53, now Act 139 of 2015, will require when an abortion-inducing drug such as RU-486 is administered, the doctor who prescribed or dispensed the drug must be physically present in the room with the patient. A doctor who violated the law would lose his or her license.
The measure’s sponsor, Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, has said it will prevent the practice, not currently available in Arkansas, of doctors overseeing chemical abortions via Internet linkup. Irvin, who opposes abortion, has called the measure “a reasonable bill that looks after the safety of the mother.” Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas opposed the legislation. “For years, women in Arkansas have watched as politicians chip away at a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions,” Planned Parenthood of the Heartland spokeswoman Angie Remington said in a statement Wednesday. “Now, the governor has signed off on Arkansas legislators’ decision to ban an extremely safe medical procedure — one that isn’t even practiced in Arkansas at this time — in an effort to make sure a women there will never have the option of making a thoughtful decision about what is best for her and her family.”

-Legislative action-
Hutchinson ordered state offices in the Little Rock metro area to close at noon Monday because of a snowstorm, but the House and Senate declined to take a snow day and met at the Capitol to conduct the business of the legislative session. The House voted 68-23 to approve SB 59 by Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, which would require the state Claims Commission to provide specific findings of fact and conclusions of law to support a final adjudication of a claim. Rep. Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, said the commission often does not explain its decisions in writing now but does not object to the bill. Several House members spoke against the bill, including Rep. John Payton, R-Wilburn, co-chairman of the legislative Claims Review Commission. He noted that some members of the Claims Commission are not lawyers. “I worry that finding findings of fact and conclusions of law are going to overwhelm those that sit on the Claims Commission and the claims committee that may not be attorneys,” he said. Shepherd said the findings of fact and conclusions of law would only be written after a claim was adjudicated. He said requiring the commission to put its reasons for reaching a decision into writing would not put members of the commission at odds with each other and would be helpful to legislators. “Shouldn’t we have the most information available?” he said The bill goes to the governor. House members voted 91-0 to approve HB 1133 by Rep. Scott Baltz, D-Pocahontas, which would create a program for the licensure of a community paramedic. A community paramedic would be authorized to make home visits to check on patients who have been discharged from hospitals and do not qualify for other in-home medical services. Baltz said the bill would save the state money by reducing re-admissions to hospitals and would provide medical assistance to people who otherwise would “fall through the cracks.” The bill goes to the Senate. The House Rules Committee on Wednesday endorsed Senate Bill 314 by Sen. David Burnett, D-Osceola, which would expand the Arkansas Racing Commission from a five-member to a seven-member panel. The bill passed previously in the Senate and goes next to the House.

 

February 25, 2015

LIST OF CHURCH CLOSINGS IN SOUTH ARKANSAS 
The State Leadership Council at Greater St. Paul - Sunday Church Cancelled
Emmanuel Baptist Church - Closed Tonight 
Cullendale First Baptist Church - Closed Tonight 
Calvary Baptist Church - All Services Closed
First Baptist Church of Camden - Closed Tonight 
Antioch Missionary Baptist Church - Closed Tonight 
First Assembly of God Maul Road - Closed Tonight 
Grace Baptist Church - Closed Tonight 

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Sgt. Chris Gill, of the Sheriff’s Office, responded to the City Limits on Highway 79 South, in reference to a vehicle in the ditch. Upon arrival, the officer observed a black Honda Accord well off the roadway off of the North Bound Side. No damage was noticed and contact was made with the owner, whom stated that a tow truck would remove it.

Deputy Chris Lindsey, of the Sheriff’s Office, responded to a vehicle mishap on Hwy 24, in Chidester. Upon arrival, the officer observed a white passenger car off the road to the south of the highway. The officer spoke with the driver, who stated when he had hit a patch of ice, his vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and caused his vehicle to travel off the roadway, striking a small tree. The man said that he had recently purchased the vehicle, and had not yet put tags on it, at the time of the incident. The vehicle was a white 2006 Kia Rio.

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Jimmy Plyler, of the Camden Police Department, requested assistance on a traffic stop on Madison Avenue at Van Buren Street. Upon arrival to the scene, the officers observed the driver, who did smell of intoxicants. According to reports, the man’s eyes were also bloodshot, and watery. When asked, the man stated “I had 3 or 4 beers”. After failing a standard filed sobriety test, the man was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was later released to the Sheriff’s Department.

Officer Jimmy Plyler was sitting in the parking lot of the city shop. The officer observed a female walking towards him along Adams Avenue. According to the officer, the woman was staggering as she walked, falling several times. When asked where she was heading, the woman said she was going to a friend’s house, but wasn’t sure of the location. The woman did smell of intoxicants, and the woman stated she may have drank 2-24oz cans of beer. Tempature at the time was 20 degrees, and it was starting to snow.

Officer Kirill Maslakov, was on a routine patrol on Lincoln Drive, near Johnson Street. The officer observed a male wearing a red jacket, and sweatpants, walking around the middle of the southbound traffic lane. According to reports, the man was staggering. The officer could tell that the man’s eyes were bloodshot, and his speech was slurred. Upon arresting the man, the officer did find a hand-rolled cigarette with a green leafy substance, consistent with marijuana. The man did admit that it was in fact a “blunt”. In his other jacket pocket, the officer located a half-empty bottle of alcohol. When asked if he had been drinking, the man replied “I’m in the wrong, I admit it”. He was arrested and transported to the Ouachita County Detention Center.

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Kiwanis Club will meet this week at the Country Club. This week Coach Bo Smith from the CFHS Baseball team will be speaking, the club will follow that up with Coach Crissy Klober from the CFHS Softball team. Don’t forget if you haven’t picked up your pancake tickets to do so. For any additional information, email Allen Crum at rev.crum610@gmail.com.

BOOZMAN, MANCHIN AIM TO BRING TRANSPARENCY, FAIRNESS TO EPA
SCIENCE REVIEW PROCESS

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation to improve confidence in the fairness and transparency of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and rulemaking by reforming the science advisory process. The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by increasing transparency, enabling SAB reviews of EPA “risk or hazard assessments” that are used to justify regulations, ensuring that the dissenting views of scientists on review panels are not silenced, standardizing the SAB member selection process to make it consistent with practices at the National Academies and other federal agencies, limiting non-scientific policy advice, increasing SAB disclosures, and eliminating SAB conflicts of interest. “The EPA’s regulatory process is flawed, yet many outstanding scientists have participated in or wish to contribute to the agency’s scientific review process,” Boozman said. “Our legislation will make the agency more transparent and open, while empowering scientists to do their work and express their views without undue interference. Regulations that are carefully reviewed for scientific integrity enable the protection of clean and water, without forcing unnecessary burdens onto the middle and low-income families who pay the highest costs for regulations and mandates.” “The EPA’s overreaching regulations have resulted in an environment that is too closed off to the public and too vulnerable to conflicts of interest and insider politics,” Manchin said. “The EPA should improve its credibility with the American people along as well as our energy sector, and this bipartisan legislation makes sure that the EPA is held accountable for creating fair, unbiased, and science-based rules and regulations. It is past time to strengthen EPA transparency, and this bipartisan, commonsense legislation does just that.” The SAB was established by the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 (ERDDA) to provide scientific advice upon the request of the EPA Administrator and Congressional Committees, but improvements need to be made.
This legislation
·Strengthens public participation and comment opportunities
·Modernizes the selection of Science Advisory Board (SAB) and sub-panel members;
·Eliminates conflicts of interest and increasing disclosures;
·Expands the ability of SAB members to express dissenting views;
·Enables SAB reviews of EPA “risk or hazard assessments”; and
·Limits non-scientific policy advice.
Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced a companion bill in the House. Similar legislation passed the House with bipartisan support last congress.

 

February 24, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy Laduke, of the Sheriff’s Office spoke to a man at his home. The man wanted to make a report, regarding a missing lawn mower. The owner stated that he had been in Little Rock all day, when he returned to his house and noticed the mower missing from his shed. He said that he had been working on it, so it was not running. According to reports, the lawn mower is missing the seat, fenders, and hood. It’s an older model John Deer.

Lt. James Bolton, was dispatched to an abandon vehicle on Ouachita 50. Upon arrival, the officer found a red Dodge Stratus, parked partially in the roadway on the east bound side of the road. The officer ran the LPN and it returned to be a woman of Interstate 30, Benton, Arkansas. Buddy’s Wrecker Service was called and arrived on the scene to remove the vehicle.

Deputy Chris Lindsey, responded to the Corner Store in Bearden, in regards to a minor vehicle mishap. The deputy spoke with both parties, one from Bearden, the other from Fordyce.
Both parties stated that a woman from Bearden driver was traveling south on Main Street, when the Fordyce driver began to back his vehicle out of a parking lot, striking the woman’s vehicle on the rear passenger side, causing minor damage. The man’s vehicle suffered minor damage to the right of his bumper. Luckily, no injuries were reported.

CAMDEN BPW IS NOW ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
The Camden BPW is now accepting scholarship applications. Scholarship information has been sent to area schools. Applications may be obtained also by contacting Eloise Oliver at 870-231-6244. Applications must be returned by march 15th to: Eloise Oliver, 692 Jenkins, Camden AR, 71701.

RED CROSS ASKS BLOOD DONORS TO GIVE AS WEATHER CLEARS
SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CAUSES THE CANCELLATION OF NEARLY 900 BLOOD DONATIONS

(Feb. 23, 2014) — As severe winter weather begins to clear and it is considered safe to travel, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to donate and help replenish the blood supply. The recent severe winter weather forced the cancellation of 30 Red Cross blood drives in the Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region, resulting in the shortfall of nearly 900 blood and platelet donations since Feb. 16. “It is the blood products already on the shelves that help save lives when severe weather hits,” said Scott Caswell, CEO Greater Ozarks-Arkansas Blood Services Region. “The need for blood does not get a snow day. Thanks to generous Red Cross blood and platelet donors, blood products were available for patients who still needed transfusions despite the weather.”  Blood donors of all types – especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood – and platelet donors are needed. To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

February 23, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Officers of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a one vehicle accident on Hwy 79 south and one person trapped in the vehicle. When responders arrived, the 18-year-old driver, was sitting on the ground. The 20-year-old passenger, was trapped inside. The driver stated that they had hit a patch of water in the road and the car started drifting across the highway. Once across the road, the vehicle jumped a driveway. When it landed, the vehicle appeared that it started to flip and then slammed into a tree, on the passenger side, crushing the roof. Both girls were transported to the Ouachita County Medical Center for treatment. At this time, the driver is still being treated, unfortunately we can say the passenger was pronounced dead.  

LIST OF TUESDAY CLOSINGS IN SOUTH ARKANSAS 
Harmony Grove Schools - Closed 
Camden Fairview Schools - Closed 
Bearden School District - Closed 
Hampton School District - Closed 
Victory Christian School - Closed
The Learning Tree - Closed 
SouthArk - Closed 
SAU Tech - Closed 
SAU Magnolia - Closed
Junction City Schools - Closed 
Smackover Schools - Closed 

El Dorado School District - Closed
Parker's Chapel School District - Closed
Norphlet School District - Closed

 

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT 
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet at Catherine’s Bistro this week. The guest speakers will be from the Ouachita Child Enrichment – Faye Dismuke, Patsy Coleman, LaTangra Ellis will each be speaking on what their program does. For more on the Lions Club, or how you can join, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7. 


SAAC BOX OFFICE OPEN FOR "TWELFTH NIGHT"
The South Arkansas Arts Center’s box office is open for ticket reservations for their 2015 spring production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”  The romantic comedy opens on February 27 at 7:30pm.  Evening performances continue February 28, and March 5, 6, and 7 at 7:30pm.  Matinee performances are March 1 and 8 at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for SAAC members, and $15 for the general public. “Twelfth Night” is sponsored by Southern Bancorp and Teague Auto Group.  Shakespeare’s 400 year old comedy plays like a modern television sitcom in the vein of Seinfeld, more than the “lofty” theatre that audiences expect from his plays. Jam packed with lines that have endured the test of time and become a permanent part of the English lexicon, “Twelfth Night” keeps the audience rolling with laughter as its punches love in the face. The production features some of the community’s funniest talent. The cast is Diana Araiza, Emily Cole, Ronald Culver, Keith Dixon, Shane Feazell, Shelby Gage, Justin Howard, Alexander Jeffery, Dennis Keeton, Yancey Kyle, Mollie Larson, Kelly Matthews,  Mike Means, Bill Meyer, Danny Nicholson, Betsy Phillips, Brooklynn Price, Araceli Ramirez, Jessica Raines, Darrin Riley, Clint Taylor, and Kelly Zeigler. The play’s director Haley Phillips and assistant director Jessica Dougan have set the production “A Long Time Ago” in the kingdom of Illyria. In classical antiquity, Illyria was a region in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula inhabited by the Illyrians. Broadly interpreted, the term Balkans comprises the following territories: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, and Turkey. Historically the area was known as a crossroads of cultures. It has been a juncture between the Latin and Greek bodies of the Roman Empire, the destination of a massive influx of pagan Bulgars and Slavs, an area where Orthodox and Catholic Christianity met, as well as the meeting point between Islam and Christianity. 
For tickets, contact the SAAC box office at 862-5474.

February 20, 2015

BOOK AUTHOR AND AWARD WINNING DOG TO BE AT CAMDEN DOG SHOW
Author of the book “Rebarkable” and owner of her award winning dog Lily, Melinda Elliott, will be at the Camden AKC licensed dog-show on Saturday February 21st.

GOV. HUTCHINSON’S WEEKLY COLUMN: PRISONS & PUBLIC SAFETY
LITTLE ROCK - Governor Hutchinson's weekly radio address can be found online in MP3 format and downloaded HERE. If you picked up the newspaper the other day, you may have noticed this headline: “One killed, three injured in shooting….” Like you, I’m tired of reading these stories. Public safety has always been a critical issue, but lately, because of crowding in our prisons and jails, public safety is on everyone’s mind. And stories like this one make us even more frustrated. How do we stop this cycle of violence? It’s a fair question. It deserves an answer. Let’s look at the facts: Arkansas has too many prisoners and not enough prison space. As of last week, we were above capacity in our state prisons, and because of that, more than 2,500 inmates are backed up in county jails. As any sheriff and prosecutor will tell you, there is a crying need for more prison space. The lack of bed space causes a dangerous chain reaction: state prisoners fill up our county jails, repeat offenders are released on bond because there’s no room, and some prisoners are released early. Last year, more than 10,000 inmates were released from prison on parole. Our parole system couldn’t handle that increased caseload. So instead of holding parolees accountable and providing them reentry support, too many parolees became repeat offenders. It’s a vicious cycle. It puts the safety of the public at risk. It also slows the economic growth of our state. Businesses and entrepreneurs may be wary of relocating where there’s a crime problem.  What do you think about when you consider a job change or a move to another state?  Is it safe?  How is the quality of life?  Can I be comfortable raising my family there? It’s all tied back to public safety. On Wednesday, I announced my Public Safety Plan. My plan is a three-part approach to criminal offenses.  First, we need more prison space.  Second, we need a more effective parole and reentry system, and third, we have to invest in alternative and accountable sentencing programs for non-violent offenders. The total cost is $64 million with an investment of $32 million within the current budget. After I announced my plan, I was asked why this approach is better than simply building another state prison. For one, building a new prison would cost about $100 million. So we’re saving a substantial amount of money. Secondly, and more importantly, a $100-million prison does not change behavior. My plan not only invests in more prison space but it gives us our best chance to reduce the number of repeat offenders. This way, maybe we won’t face the need to build new prisons again and again. It’s time we broke the cycle.

DR. TREY BERRY WILL BE SAU’S NEXT PRESIDENT
MAGNOLIA - Berry, Dr. TreyDr. Trey Berry has been selected to serve as the 12th president of Southern Arkansas University following a vote of the University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday afternoon. He will assume the post on July 1. The Board chose Berry from among three finalists who were interviewed earlier this month. Berry currently serves as SAU’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. He came to the University in 2012 as professor of history and dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts. A native of Shreveport, La., Berry spent most of his youth in Arkadelphia where he later graduated from Ouachita Baptist University. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Mississippi. Berry and his wife, Dr. Katherine Simms Berry, are the parents to Tanner, 16, and Berkeley, 6. The public is invited to welcome Berry at a reception and press conference to be held at noon on Friday, February 20, in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center. Current SAU System President Dr. David Rankin was welcomed with a reception in similar fashion in January 2002. He will retire at the end of this academic year on June 30.

February 19, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy Laduke of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke to a woman, who wanted to make a report regarding her husband hitting her. The woman stated she had been arguing the night before because he had come home intoxicated. After arguing for a while, she told him that she just wanted him to leave and he did. When he returned again around 5:00 am, he was angry and even more intoxicated. The woman stated that the two immediately started arguing again. According to reports the man threw everything down that he was holding, and started hitting her in the head with an unopened beer can. The woman said she waited until he passed out to file the report. The husband was arrested and taken to the Detention Center to be held until his first appearance.

Sgt. Chris Gill of the Sheriff’s Department, responded to 167 Ouachita 85 in reference to someone’s leg stuck in a vent. Upon arrival the officer observed a female’s leg stuck in a bedroom vent and unable to retrieve it. The officer then made contact with the Bearden Fire Department. Officer James Bolton and the Bearden firefighters did retrieve the leg from the vent, and the woman was taken to the Ouachita County Medical Center.

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Kiwanis Club will meet today at the Country Club. The guest speaker is Dr Mary Chatelain from Pinnacle Hearing. Next week is Coach Bo Smith from CFHS. For any additional information on the Kiwanis Club email Allen Crum at rev.crum610@gmail.com


RACE RELATIONS DISCUSSION SET FOR NIGHT OF FEB. 26
MAGNOLIA – The public is encouraged to attend, discuss, share perspectives on race-related issues, or even just listen at The Glass House at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at Asbury Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall in Magnolia. We will be considering the question, “Why is 11:00 on Sunday morning the most segregated hour of the week?” Attendance is free of charge, and refreshments will be provided. The Glass House is a discussion forum hosted by Dr. Linda Tucker, associate professor of English at Southern Arkansas University, and Dr. Michael Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity. According to Tucker, this venue is a safe place to have conversations across the color line. “As we know, hard conversations about issues related to race rarely happen in mixed company. It’s not necessarily that people don’t want to have those conversations; it’s that no one is quite sure how to have them,” said Tucker. “There is no rule book. Yet, such conversations are not only necessary, but they are possible and often productive.” There were three Glass House discussions in 2014, which were all well attended. “The discussions grew increasingly more open, and were raw and real, but they were always respectful. There was no shouting. There was lots of listening. There was even laughing,” said Tucker. “It was exciting and encouraging to see how eager and able people were to discuss issues and to listen to others’ points of view when afforded a safe place in which to do so.” Tucker said they want to create a setting that is “safe, but not always comfortable.” As for the goal of the discussions, she quotes best-selling author Steven Covey: “…it is not about deciding who is right or wrong on any particular issue. It’s about people coming together seeking first to understand and then to be understood. If we are willing to do that, then anything is possible.” The Glass House was founded by Tucker in memory of one of her former students, Heather Glass, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 22. For more information, contact Tucker at (870)235-4210 or LindaTucker@saumag.edu.

SAAC HOST ARTIST RECEPTION FOR CREECH AND SPAIN
The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center hosts an artist reception for Arkansas artists Norwood Creech and Mike Spain on Saturday, February 21 from 6-8pm.  The reception is free and open to the public. Creech is a painter, photographer, and printmaker who lives in Lepanto, Arkansas. Her exhibition entitled “Delta Landscapes,” currently in the Merkle gallery, focuses mainly on her current work which includes oil on linen paintings and photographs. Spain is an artist who lives in Little Rock where he works as the Advertising Art Director at the Arkansas Times.  His work for his exhibition entitled “Line and Form: Graphic and Organic Art,” includes acrylic paintings and graphite drawings.  Spain’s exhibition is currently on display in the Price and Lobby galleries. Both artists will be attending the reception and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet them and speak to them about their artwork. Both exhibitions will be on display until February 28.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm and through appointment on the weekends. For more information about the reception or the exhibitions, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

HISTORIC OPENING WEEKEND FOR NEW-LOOK DIXIE STAMPEDE
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – February 18, 2015 – Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede opened this weekend to record audiences and celebrated a season debut unlike any before. New lighting, music and incredible special effects were unveiled for the first time, as part of a $2.5 million renovation investment and upgrade to the dinner attraction’s show and arena. With tickets for this special weekend in high demand, Dixie Stampede official’s added two additional shows over the weekend to accommodate as many guests as possible. Once inside, the audience was treated to a new and refreshed opening music score, while the traditional friendly competition between the North and South came to life in front of an innovative and unique staging backdrop. It features an expansive wall of 12.5 million LED bulbs and mountain range giving guests the sensation of sitting underneath a full moon on a star-filled night in the middle of the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Additionally, the video wall and video mapping technology on the arena floor allows guests to be transported seamlessly from scene to scene while making them feel like part of the show more than ever before. Along with all of the technological enhancements, the multi-million dollar investment, the largest in the show’s history, includes a new aerial act, as well as a number of other cosmetic updates to the interior of the arena. “This has been the largest project we’ve undertaken since opening here in Pigeon Forge in 1988. Our team has been hard at work over the past few years, planning these enhancements and making sure we get everything just right,” said Jim Rule, president of Dixie Stampede. “After watching this weekend’s shows and seeing our audiences’ reactions, we’re extremely pleased with the results.” Long-time fans of Dixie Stampede can take assurance in the fact that while the changes and updates are vast, many aspects of the show have remained the same, highlighted by performances from Dixie Stampede’s talented cast of trick riders and performers, as well as its stable of 32 magnificent horses. Known as “The Most Fun Place To Eat In The Smokies,” guests are served the traditional four course family feast featuring Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade biscuit, whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecued pork loin, corn on the cob, a herb-basted potato, and specialty dessert. For show times and reservations call 1-800-356-1676 or visit www.dixiestampede.com. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction operates in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. Pirates Voyage, another Dolly Parton Company, opened in 2011 and operates in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

February 17, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Ferguson of the Camden Police Department, reported to the Ouachita County Medical Center for criminal trespass. Upon arrival at the OCMC ER, Ferguson spoke to a dispatcher who stated that the suspect was on the ground next to the hospital’s snack stand. According to reports the suspect could be seen on the hospital security monitors. The suspect was arrested for criminal trespass, and had been previously warned about being in the hospital, after trying to steal a wheel-chair once before.

Officer Finney of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to 1632 Richview for a property removal. Upon arrival at the residence, the officer observed a male and female standing outside. There were also other citizens outside as well. According to reports, when the officer exited his patrol unit, the male became irate and started yelling profanities. The man refused to calm down, stating that he would be going to jail tonight. After a last warning the man continued to use profanities and the officer went to handcuff him. Now as the man was being handcuffed, the woman told him that he should have just calmed down. This set the man off as he pulled both arms away from the officer. Offcer Finney radioed for assistance, which shortly arrived. After the officers got control of the man he was taken into custody, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Deputy Doug LaDuke, of the Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to 373 Hwy. 278 on a theft of property. Upon arrival a woman was standing in the drive way. She informed the officer that she had left her wallet on the passenger side seat of her vehicle. When she returned to her vehicle the wallet was missing. Now she thinks it was stolen. According to reports the wallet had $62.00 cash, as well as a debit card and credit card.   

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden. The speaker this week will be Stephanie Wyatt with the Ouachita Valley Community Foundation.  She will be talking about what the Foundation does and the upcoming Giving Tree Grants. For more information on the Lions Club you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7. 

COTTON STATEMENT ON THE EXECUTION OF
EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA

Washington, D.C.—Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement after yesterday’s release of a video showing the Islamic State executing 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya: “Yesterday, the Islamic State released another video, this time showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. I express my deepest sympathy to these victims' families and I applaud Egypt’s decision to avenge their deaths through coordinated airstrikes. The Islamic State’s savagery knows no bounds and this latest outrage is an unwelcome reminder that Christianity remains the most persecuted religion in the world. “Unfortunately, the presence of the Islamic State in Libya is a direct result of President Obama’s foreign policy failures. Yet, the Obama Administration can’t even admit what we’re fighting—radical Islamist Jihadis—or acknowledge the religion of these innocent Christians.  This kind of weakness is provocative, as we’ve again learned."


SAU PRESIDENT MAY BE CHOSEN THURSDAY
MAGNOLIA – The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees is likely to decide Thursday afternoon who will be hired as the next President of SAU. The Board will convene at 3 p.m. in the Reynolds Center Grand Hall. They will adjourn to executive session, and it is anticipated the group will return to have a final vote to make a selection for President.
This meeting follows a thorough two-day interview process for each of the three final candidates: Phillip Marc Wilson, Ed.D., President of Rich Mountain Community College; Trey Berry, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SAU; and Cornelius Wooten, Ph.D., Vice President for Administration and Finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 
The interview visits by each candidate began with a trip to SAU Tech to meet with the administration, faculty and staff, and student body. Once returning to the SAU System main campus at SAU Magnolia, the respective candidates had meetings, receptions, and presentations with the faculty, staff, students, administration, community, and Board. Following this process, the stakeholder groups were asked to share their thoughts of the candidates via an online survey. The anonymous survey results will be shared with the Board for their deliberation. The SAU Board is being chaired by O.A. “Buddy” Franks, who filled the position after former Chair William “Bill” Stringfellow passed away on December 9 following heart surgery. Stringfellow tirelessly headed-up the SAU Presidential Search Committee, and was instrumental throughout the process. Current SAU System President Dr. David Rankin will retire at the end of this academic year on June 30. Rankin has served SAU for 45 years, and the past 13 as president. In 2002, he set forth with his ambitious “Blue and Gold Vision,” SAU’s first capital campaign. He has almost completed that vision with numerous campus capital projects completed, totaling more than $100 million. The most recent project, the $4.4 million SAU Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center, opened this spring.

SAU NURSING CONSTRUCTING REGIONAL SIM CENTER
MAGNOLIA – Construction is underway for the region’s first rural simulation-based healthcare educational training center at Southern Arkansas University, and that is just one of many things the SAU Department of Nursing is excited about. The 1,920 square-foot SAU Health Science Simulation Center (HSSC) will provide the latest technologies in simulation equipment. Construction cost for the project is $94,686. The equipment cost will be $149,128, which is being funded thanks to a recent grant from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. Some of the items being purchased include hospital beds, crash carts, AED trainer, CPR trainers, mobile medication center, and audio-visual equipment with recording capabilities. The Center will be open for groups coming from across the Ark-La-Tex for innovative simulation education and professional training. It will also provide a unique, hands-on type of instruction for nursing students at SAU, with a higher level of acute care experience. “The learning experiences in the SAU-HSSC will be in an environment that is safe and realistic to enhance critical thinking abilities, communication skills, and collaboration among healthcare teams,” said Ginger Covington, simulation coordinator and instructor of nursing. The HSSC will be comprised of four studios. Each studio will have control rooms attached for viewing and recording sessions, along with providing a private area for facilitated and reflective debriefing. The available simulation environments will include Medical-Surgical, ICU, ER, and Labor and Delivery. High-fidelity simulators (HFS) will be used in each room to enhance the realistic environment needed for successful simulation experiences. The categories of training available will include simulation built-in to the curriculum for SAU nursing students, as well as the following: inter-professional (physicians, RNs, LPNs, etc.) for hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities; new staff training; annual competency trainings; CPR/ACLS trainings; and performance improvement training. The HSSC should be completed by June, and the auditorium is also undergoing renovations. It will have the capacity to house 115 people when completed, and will be fully equipped with wifi. The Leadership Council at the SAU Department of Nursing said that their nursing students have enjoyed getting out and about across campus this spring semester. Scrubs have been seen in flocks going from the Wharton Nursing Building to nearby rooms at SAU to have classes away from the construction. The Leadership Council said there are changes being made beyond those on the facilities. More of a focus is being placed on the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to help meet the complex needs of today’s and tomorrow’s patients. According to the Council, by 2025 the BSN will be the entry-level hire for nurses. Many of the larger medical facilities in the region, including Arkansas Children’s Hospital, have already or will soon make this BSN qualification transition for new hires. The deadline for applications for the SAU BSN program is February 28. Visit www.saumag.edu/BSN for more information.  “We want SAU Nursing to be on the forefront of industry trends,” said new Department Chair Dr. Brenda Trigg, who heads up the Leadership Council. “We understand that the medical care needed now must emphasize community, and we will provide nursing alumni who will give the best care to communities in our three surrounding states and beyond.” Because of industry developments and to provide more resources for the BSN program, the department decided to relinquish the Associates of Nursing Degree program. The Council is excited about academic changes ahead. They are working to establish a master’s program in nursing in the next couple of years. Support for this new addition has been strong from the student body, reports the Council, because there is not such a program in the region and SAU nursing graduates would love to stay at SAU to continue their education. More closely into the future, fall 2015 will be the introduction of a concept-based curriculum. This change will facilitate collaborative and active learning. “SAU is really on the forefront of nursing education because no other nursing program in Arkansas has yet to make the move to a concept-based curriculum,” said Trigg. “Our goal is to continue to look forward. We have an awesome administration at SAU and that is evident by all the great changes taking place and coming soon.” The Council expects the program to continue to grow in the same way their reach has expanded across the region. This semester there are six students completing a leadership externship at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and others are at the Arkansas Heart Hospital, Arkansas Baptist, Saint Michaels in Texarkana. They have also expanded clinical sites to give students a more diverse experiential foundation. Even though SAU nursing reports a retention rate right on par with national averages, they have appointed Becky Parnell to Retention Director to help improve student’s board results. Parnell, also on the Leadership Council, is excited to have started consulting with students about creating habits that will lead to success. The department has also decreased the number of students in each class, allowing more one-on-one time with professors. “We have already noticed that students leave with more ‘aha’ moments, and they have loved the small classes,” said Parnell. The Nursing Leadership Council includes Trigg, Parnell, Dr. Heather McKnight, and Dr. Pamela DeGravelles. The nursing faculty at SAU includes two Ph.D’s, two DNP’s, two BSN’s and seven have master’s degrees. Of those, two are pursuing DNP’s, one is in  Ph.D. program, and two are earning master’s degrees. SAU Nursing faculty also complete research and present in Arkansas and nationally. They are also active in state nursing organizations and in community involvement.

SOLAR OVEN WORKSHOP
Our sun has nurtured earth for thousands of years.  By harnessing a portion of the energy a meal can be prepared.  Lake Catherine State Park is hosting a workshop to accomplish this feat on February 28, 2015.  In this workshop, we will use a solar oven to cook a meal.  Also, you will be able to make a pizza box solar oven that will heat up to 250 degrees.  Admission is $35 and will cover the cost of food and materials needed to make the solar ovens.  Space is limited and reservations are required.   For more information please contact the park at 501-844-4176 or by email at steve.donahou@arkansas.gov.  

RUTLEDGE APPLAUDS RULING BLOCKING THE PRESIDENT’S UNILATERAL ACTION ON IMMIGRATION; AR IS PART OF 26-STATE COALITION FIGHTING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that Texas U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction halting the Obama Administration’s November 2014 unilateral action on immigration. Arkansas is part of a 26-state coalition fighting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s deferred action program. Rutledge released the following statement: “This ruling, which blocks the President’s unlawful executive action on immigration nationwide, is an important victory in reigning in a President who has attempted to bypass Congress. As I stated when the State joined the lawsuit, this federal administrative action on immigration is another example of overreach and raises important questions about public input into the administrative process, the conflict between the discretionary powers of the executive branch and the constitutional requirement of the President to faithfully enforce the laws. “As this case moves forward, I will stand against the President’s unconstitutional and unilateral action in order to protect the interest of all Arkansans.” Joining Arkansas in the lawsuit are: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. At the request of then Attorney General-elect Rutledge, Arkansas joined the lawsuit on Dec. 10 after the case was filed on Dec. 3 by then Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and 16 other attorneys general.

February 13, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officers of the Camden Police Department were dispatched to the Camden Country Club at 1915 W Washington Street, in reference to a possible burglary. Witnesses stated that several members and their children were at the building the time of the incident. Now some children were outside running around when they heard a loud “banging” noise in the attic and told one of the adults. The adults went to “check it out”, thinking that it was one of the kids playing. Other witnesses stated that they heard the “banging” in the restroom and office area of the building. One witness state that he exited the building through the east doors and saw what he described as a slim person, with long hair, who appeared to him to be female, around 14-years-of age. The man said he did not see the face of the suspect, but said that the female got off a ladder on the north side of the building and ran into the woods. The female is believed to live in Camden.

Officers of the Camden Police Department, were dispatched to Wal-Mart for a report of shoplifters. Upon arrival to Wal-Mart, the officers noticed a white male wearing blue jeans, white shirt and do-rag exit the suspect vehicle and flee into the woods behind the store.  Officers found the male near Beech Street and Highland Drive. Without questions even being asked to him, the man stated he was only getting a ride and didn’t know they were going to do “all that”. The man did admit to having a small bag of weed in his right pocket. He was arrested and transported to the Police Station without incident. 

RUTLEDGE SEEKS TO INTERVENE IN EPA’S PROPOSED 111(D) RULE
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that she has filed a motion to intervene in a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 111(d) rule. Rutledge released the following statement: “This proposed rule from the EPA is yet another example of an overreaching federal government that will harm Arkansas’s utility ratepayers, as well as have a devastating impact on the economy as a whole. As Attorney General, I will always seek to protect Arkansans. The EPA should withdraw this rule immediately.” Arkansas is seeking to intervene in the suit against the EPA because of the significant and costly impact it would have on the Arkansas economy and its utility ratepayers. Rutledge is seeking to intervene in order to join the lawsuit with attorneys general from West Virginia, Alabama, Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming and Kentucky. As indicated in the motion, Arkansas is required to meet the sixth most stringent obligation of all the states under the proposed 111(d) rule, yet Arkansas ranks 46th in per capita income. The EPA proposes emissions rate reductions of 41 percent and 44 percent as interim and final requirements. The drastic reductions required under the proposed rule will negatively impact existing industry, future economic development and electric ratepayers in the State of Arkansas. On June 18, 2014, Ohio-based coal company Murray Energy Corporation filed a petition for an extraordinary writ in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., challenging the EPA's authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. Coal-fired power plants already are regulated under a separate section of the Clean Air Act, and the law expressly prohibits the double regulation of such plants. On August 15, 2014, Murray Energy Corporation filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. In an order on Nov. 13, 2014, these cases were consolidated. 

February 12, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORT
Sgt. Chris Gill of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department, responded to 211 Killingsworth trailer park in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a man who stated that his brother, whom rents from him, tore up the inside of his house. The officer observed the residence to be “ramsacked” and observed the homeowner and a roommate bleeding from the arms. When asked how he obtained the injuries the man stated that he was attempting to hold down his brother to calm him down. He and the other roommate said that they were not pressing charges, but just wanted him out of the brother out of the residence. Now the brother was taken in due to being highly intoxicated.

CONSUMER ALERT: Bogus IRS Calls
LITTLE ROCK – Tax-return season is well under way in the Natural State and across the country, but with that comes scam artists looking to prey on consumers. Recently, a number of Arkansans have contacted the Attorney General’s Office to report telephone calls from purported Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents demanding the consumer share private information in order to receive a refund or to pay taxes immediately to avoid being arrested. These con artists who have likely altered the caller ID to make it appear that the IRS is calling are posing as IRS agents in an attempt to steal a person’s identity or take their money. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to remind Arkansans to be cautious and to offer tips to help consumers recognize a scam. “These scam artists can sound authentic and be very convincing, as well as demanding,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But even the most sophisticated con artists will raise red flags alerting consumers to scams. Consumers should always remember that no government entity, including the IRS, will ask for your personal financial information through an unsolicited phone call or e-mail.” “These scam artists can sound authentic and be very convincing, as well as demanding,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But even the most sophisticated con artists will raise red flags alerting consumers to scams. Consumers should always remember that no government entity, including the IRS, will ask for your personal financial information through an unsolicited phone call or e-mail.”

The IRS recently reminded consumers how they can easily recognize scammers who call. Consumers should know the IRS will not do the following:
-Call to demand immediate payment or call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
-Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
-Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
-Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
-Threaten to contact local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said of these scams: “We have formal processes in place for people with tax issues. The IRS respects taxpayer rights, and these angry, shake-down calls are not how we do business.” The Attorney General’s office again reminds consumers that the IRS does not use unsolicited e-mail, text messages or any social media to discuss a personal tax issue. Arkansans who receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS or asking for money are encouraged to call the IRS at (800) 829-1040 or the Arkansas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division hotline at (800) 482-8982. For more information on this IRS scam and others, visit www.IRS.gov or www.ArkansasAG.gov.

BOOZMAN, COTTON INTRODUCE BILL GIVING POWER TO REJECT FEDERAL ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION PROJECTS 
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) today introduced legislation to restore the right of states to approve or disapprove of electric transmission projects before the federal government exercises its power to take private property.
 The Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Lands (APPROVAL) Act would require that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) receive the approval of both the governor and the public service commission of an affected state, before exercising the federal power of eminent domain to acquire property for Section 1222 transmission projects. For projects on tribal lands, DOE would have to receive the approval of the impacted tribal government. “When a road, pipeline or power line is built the use of eminent domain is sadly unavoidable in some cases,” Boozman said. “However, this difficult decision should not be in the hands of Washington bureaucrats. If a project is not good for Arkansas, our governor or public service commission should have the power to say ‘no.’” "Arkansans should have a say in any decision that affects our land,” Cotton said. “The APPROVAL act will rightly empower Arkansans and preserve the Founding Fathers vision of states’ rights." In addition to allowing states the ability to reject the use of federal eminent domain for a project, the Boozman-Cotton legislation would ensure to the extent possible, that approved projects are placed on federal land rather than on private land. Specifically, for approved projects, DOE would be required (to the maximum extent possible) to site projects on existing rights-of-way and federal land managed by: (1) the Bureau of Land Management, (2) the U.S. Forest Service, (3) the Bureau of Reclamation, and (4) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The decision to permit electric transmission projects has long been the responsibility of the individual state. As noted in a 2011 report from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, “The location and permitting of facilities used to transmit electricity to residential and commercial customers have been the province of the states (with limited exceptions) for virtually the entire history of the electricity industry.” The report says that state and local governments are “well positioned” to understand the concerns of the area and the factors for making a decision on these projects. DOE is currently seeking public comments on one proposed Section 1222 project: the Plains & Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project, a high voltage direct current electric transmission system and associated facilities, which (if approved) would cross Arkansas. Interested citizens may provide comments through March 19, 2015, to DOE, either online at: http://www.plainsandeasterneis.com/nepa-process/public-involvement.html; by mail addressed to: Plains & Eastern EIS, 216 16th Street, Suite 1500, Denver, Colorado 80202; via email addressed to comments@PlainsandEasternEIS.com; or by fax to (303) 295–2818. The APPROVAL Act has been referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee for further review.

February 11, 2015

OCMC SALES TAX: BY THE NUMBERS 
0.5% Sales and Use Tax                                  For: 2,023 (84.64%)      Against: 367 (15.36%) 
Hospital Improvement Bonds                           For: 2,016  (84.81%)     Against: 361  (15.19%) 
Refunding Bonds                                            For: 1,996   (83.94%)    Against:  382  (16.06%) 

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Jimmy Plyler of the Camden Police Department, was traveling north on Hwy 7 from South Street towards Goodgame. The officer observed two vehicles approaching him in the contact with the driver, she said the reason she was weaving between lanes, was because she was trying to eat some chips. While talking to the woman, the officer noticed that her movements were slow and at times uncoordinated. According to reports, her eyes were glassy and she looked like someone under the influence of prescription pills. When asked if she had consumed alcohol, the woman stated she was headed to work and was only trying to eat chips. After a failing standard field sobriety test, the woman was taken into custody charged with DWI 2nd, refusal to submit, driving on a suspended license and improper lane change.

Officer Plyler was also dispatched to a vehicle accident on Country Club Road near Columbia Street. When the officer arrived on the scene he observed a black GMC Yukon on its driver side in the deep ravine. The vehicle was facing east on the north side of the roadway. The driver was siiting in the passenger seat of the vehicle, with the open door. The driver stated he was traveling east on Country Club Road, when a deer ran in front of him. The driver swerved, missed the deer and ended up in the ditch on the opposite side of the road. While speaking with the driver, Officer Plyler noticed a strong smell of intoxicants coming from his breath, his eyes were also bloodshot and watery. When asked if had consumed any alcohol the man stated “man I’m good”. After failing a standard field sobriety test, and refusing medical mattention from EMS, the man was transported to the police station. He was charged with DWI and failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Sgt. Chris Gill of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department, responded to 127 Ouachita 6 in reference to a theft report. Upon arrival the officer spoke to a man, who stated that sometime the day before someone stole his red Kawasaki Bayou four-wheeler, that was chained up to his front porch. He stated that it was out of gas with the key in the house. The only evidence visible was where the chain was cut. The man believes he knows the man responsible, due to that particular person stealing dog food from his porch.

GRAPHIC AND ORGANIC ART BY MIKE SPAIN DISPLAY AT SAAC
“Line and Form,” a new exhibition of acrylic paintings and graphite drawings by Little Rock native Mike Spain, will be on display in the Price and Lobby galleries of the South Arkansas Arts Center through February 28.  An artist reception will be hosted in the galleries on February 21 from 6-8pm.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Spain grew up working with his father building homes.  He also had a strong desire to sketch and create when time allowed.  Elementary school recess was often used as a time to sneak off and sketch.  Upon entering college, architecture seemed to be the right career choice.  But, looking for more artistic license, he soon transitioned briefly to fine art, then to graphic design.  This ultimately was the best way to combine his architectural and artistic desires. In 1984, Spain began working at the Arkansas Times and has been an art director there for the past 30 years.  During this time, Spain was the designer on several ADDY Award winning publications.  He also created numerous airbrush illustrations and pen & ink drawings for Arkansas Times and Arkansas Business publications and their advertising clients; His “graphic abstract” style of painting is a result of the combined past experience plus admiration of the clean lines and architecture. “I am somewhat OCD, and that is reflected in my work.  My paintings are highly structured and trying to organize chaos into a well-ordered image.  Trying to show that there is an order to what appears as chaos,” said Spain. Spain’s first artistic love was graphite, and still is.  His smaller graphite works are heavily influenced by Dalí and Picasso, along with other surrealists and cubists.  These drawings are referred to as the “Vino Drawings.”  They are done while enjoying free time with a glass or two of wine; hence the name “Vino Drawings.” “The ‘Vino Drawings’ are where I break away from structure and order and explore how far I can take my imagination.  I mostly use the female form in these drawings because I find it to be the most expressive of shapes.  I often try to create subliminal faces within these drawings.  Some of my latest pieces use a broken human shell.  Again using the female form for its emotional expressiveness to show how we are all, at one time or another, broken and empty,” said Spain. Spain’s work was recently exhibited in Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock for the past year.  He has also shown in the former Paint Box Gallery and had a piece (“O Fortuna”) accepted for the “Color, Line, Form” exhibit at The Fine Art Center of Hot Springs and his work was on display recently at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts during their first “Art in the Park” show in Little Rock. For more information about the exhibition, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

 

February 10, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Sgt. Chris Gill along with Lt. Gregory responded to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the officers spoke to a woman, who stated that her nephew jumped on her and punched her on the left side of her face. According to reports, no marks were visible and the nephew had left before the officers had arrived.

Officers of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 3640 Shady Oaks Drive for a report of residential burglary. Upon arrival a woman stated when she went to retire for the night, upon entering her bed room, she noticed a closet door standing open further then when she left. Upon further investigation, the woman found several items missing from her bedroom. The woman found her jewelry box had been opened and 2 diamond rings valued at $1500.00, a diamond V shaped necklace, and 3 gold chains missing from the box. Also missing from the box was a key to a small safe located across her room. Several rolls of money valued at $1000.00 was missing from the safe. Finally, a dresser drawer in the bedroom was also missing. The drawer was also valued at $75.00.

Deputy McClane and Lt. Bolton, responded to 392 Ouachita Road 17 for a report of a disturbance. A woman advised that her and daughter, had gotten into an altercation.
The woman went on to explain that her daughter wanted to use her car, however she couldn’t because of a bold tire, and it was too far of a trip. The woman said that her daughter became upset and started to throw things at her vehicle. According to reports the car had a dent in the hood and damage to the rear driver’s side window. The woman; mother claimed that medication and a .22 pistol, were missing from her purse. The daughter was nowhere to be found.

CAMDEN NOON LIONC CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden. This week our speaker will be Mayor Marie Trisollini. She will be talking about her second month as Mayor and things happening in Camden. For more information on the Lions Club or how you can join, call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7

STATE SAYS ONLY ITS OWN REGULATIONS WILL BE ENFORCED AT LAKE ERLING
MAGNOLIA - Recently, several questions have arisen over the sale of boat permits for use on Lake Erling in southern Arkansas. International Paper donated the 7,000-acre lake to the American Gamebird Research Education and Development Foundation in 2013. AGFC Chief of Staff Jeff Crow, said the agency will enforce state boating regulations and general fishing regulations. “We are not going to enforce regulations stipulated by the lake’s owners. That’s not what we do,” Crow said. The lake is located near Arkansas’s border with Louisiana in Lafayette County. As of Jan. 1, AGRED has been requiring boaters using the lake to purchase an annual boat decal. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will not be enforcing the boat decal requirement for Lake Erling boaters. In a press release announcing the donation of the lake in 2013, IP said AGRED would “preserve and improve the property to protect wildlife and will maintain the lake for public recreational use in perpetuity.” The lake is a man-made impoundment that was constructed in the 1950s as a water source for International Paper's Springhill Mill. The mill has been closed more than 30 years. AGRED has said that it needs funding from a boat decal and other sources to maintain Lake Erling's dam and spillway, and to make other improvements.

LAWSON CONCERT FOCUSES ON 19TH CENTURY ROMANTICISTS
For nearly 50 years, Roger Lawson has been a local icon in the field of music education and piano performance. That continuing legacy will be celebrated at his first public concert in a decade on Thursday, February 12 at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Roger’s upcoming concert will represent that lifetime of love for the piano. “I’ve concentrated all of this time mostly on the 19th century romanticists because the piano flourished during this time. The 19th century just seems to be more compatible with me and the development of the piano,” he said. It was 1967 when Roger and his wife Jan decided to make El Dorado home. Roger had completed his undergraduate work at Louisiana Tech and received a masters degree in piano performance at Florida State University. He had taught at a junior college in South Carolina and at Georgia College for Women for five years, but was intrigued with the idea of opening a private piano studio, which he maintains to the present. “I began to investigate the area around Ruston because that is where I was from. At the time, El Dorado was really into piano. There were wonderful teachers here, so we decided to do it. We made the move, and we’ve been here ever since,” he said. For the next 30 years, Roger taught 60-70 students at a time, was the organist at First Baptist Church, and taught at South Arkansas Community College. “Oh man, everyone took piano then. It was just a high priority. We used to go around the state and participate in honor recitals, and El Dorado was very well represented,” he said. Many of those students have gone on to get music degrees and become very successful. Roger and Jan’s children, Mark, Lynn, and Christopher, who have pursued careers in fields other than music, were three of Roger’s outstanding piano students. “They had to ask me for lessons sometimes. They got lessons, but they were late at night or at odd times, and they had to fight for piano time to practice,” he said. Roger would readily admit that growing up in an environment of encouragement and support made the difference for him, too. His mother majored in church music, and he took piano lessons. When he was 14, he started taking lessons from a college professor, and he loved it. His family was extremely supportive. “My parents loved it. We went to Monroe and bought a Steinway,” he remembers. In fact, one of the two pianos in his home today was moved from his parents’ house in Ruston to his El Dorado home, and he fondly remembers and appreciates all of the help given to him by his own parents. Roger admits it will be a pretty heavy program. One of the longest pieces will be Vallee d’Obermann by Liszt. The 20-minute piece follows a story line of a 19th century romantic writer who goes to Switzerland from France. Roger says that while Liszt is sometimes criticized for being too showy, this piece is different. “This piece is just a better composition because he wasn’t thinking about how to show off his technique; he was trying to follow the story line,” he said. The concert will begin with the three movements of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and will also include works form Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin. “All of the pieces will be from the romantic period. I’m ending with a traditional, very difficult piece by Chopin that I think people will recognize,” he said. Roger’s upcoming concert will be a return to the SAAC. His last public concert performance was 14 years ago on the same stage. The concert, sponsored by Charlie Thomas, will begin at 7pm. Admission is free with open seating. For more information about the concert, contact the SAAC box office at 862-5474.

“DELTA” EXHIBIT SET FOR FEBRUARY AT SAAC

“Delta Landscapes by Norwood Creech” is currently on exhibit in the Merkle Gallery of the South Arkansas Arts Center through February 28. The artist will be in attendance for the reception on Saturday, February 21 from 6-8pm. Creech is a painter, photographer, and printmaker who lives in Lepanto, Arkansas. Her work for Delta Landscapes includes oil on linen paintings and photographs, focusing on her most current works. “The landscape is my primary subject matter. I roam the levees studying crops and tree lines, watching the light through the changing seasons, taking hundreds of pictures and looking for that special scene that makes me feel wowed. When I find that scene, I begin learning it by painting it with oils, right on location. While there my goal is to internalize the setting, so I know it and feel it,” she says. Norwood comes from a family of artists. She is represented by her mother, Millicent Creech, in Memphis. Millicent Creech painted watercolor portraits in the style of Mary Cassatt. After retiring from painting in the late 90’s, she has grown into one of the most reputable period antique dealers in the Memphis area. Millicent’s mother, Norwood’s grandmother, K. Doyle Ford (Kitty) was a protégé of Howard Chandler Christy, was the first woman in the pen and ink society, and painted formal oil portraits of men and women of social prominence. Some of Ford’s paintings hang in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Creech says, “For me, the rural landscape represents a piece of the myth of the South, Southern agriculture and its heritage, with stories of small lost communities, the history of cotton, and the apparent effect that the evolution of technology has had on the agricultural community, the landowners and the farmers who still work the land.” Creech attended high school in Louisville, Ky., but her roots run deeply on both sides of the Mississippi River, in Arkansas and in Memphis. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Art at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and attended the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts master’s programs in 1993 and 1995. She has also attended the art educators’ forum at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., and has participated in myriad art educators’ institutes across the nation. Her exhibitions include the 2008-present “Artists of Arkansas,” which currently hangs in the Little Rock offices of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, and she also exhibited in the 2003-05 show, which hung in the Little Rock and Washington D.C. offices of Senator Blanche Norwood.  She has exhibited at Jonesboro’s Sara Howell Studio and Gallery, Perry Nicole Gallery in Memphis, J. Gallagher Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif., Hall-Barnett Gallery in New Orleans, and she has participated in the La Quinta Arts Festival in LaQuinta, Calif., and the Sawdust Winter Fantasy Festival in Laguna Beach, Calif. She has also served as artist in residence for the Hilton Head Arts League in Hilton Head, S.C., and has served in various programs in Arkansas and nationwide as a teaching artist. Of her work, Creech says, “When I see this land I am captivated by the endless compositions and nuances in the patterns of row crops and ditches. I explore farms and levees, looking over crops of cotton, soybeans, rice and milo, watching the tree lines define the space, and watching how it changes through the seasons. While I am working on location, I actively take in my surroundings, watching the light, breathing and feeling the air, the weather, the humidity, smelling the dirt and doing my best to imprint that sense of place on my own sense’s memory. Once I feel saturated with the experience of being in the setting, and feel I truly internally understand it, I take the image to the studio.” The South Arkansas Arts Center is located at 110 E. 5th Street in El Dorado. For more information about the exhibition, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

February 9, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from Paul Kelly reporting that Sylvester Gill had stabbed Tyrone Davis in the back of his head with a knife. When Deputy LaDuke arrived on the scene and found Tyrone Davis sitting on his porch. According to reports, he had a cut on the back right side of his head, a cut on his left forearm, and was bleeding from both places. When asked what had happened he said that he had rode with Gill to another residence. He told Gill that he was ready to go home. When they arrived at his house Gill got out and said “you’ve been wanting to challenge me for a while now”. The next thing he knew Gill ran up behind him with a knife and stabbed him in the back of the head. When he turned around Gill swung the knife again and cut his forearm and sliced through his watch also.  Paul Kelly was burning leaves a few lots down and heard yelling. When he went up to see what was going on. He then saw Gill trying to cut Davis with knife. Kelly yelled at Gill “Don’t cut me anymore man!” They said at this time, Gill got in his truck and fled across the bridge. 

An employee of the Corner Store in Bearden, contacted the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department in reference to a motor vehicle theft. The employee stated that she witnessed a male driving a red Chevy S-10 Extended Cab Truck, purchase $15.50 in fuel and leave without paying. The woman said she could not get a license plate on the vehicle. She also said that it is the stores policy to pre-pay, however they had new registers, which caused some confusion.

Deputy Ronnie Lewis of the Sheriff’s Office met with a man who wanted to make a report. The man said that he owns the property at 868 Ouachita 47, and stated that someone has been going on his property when he is out of town working. According to reports, there have been items that have come up missing in the past. The man is not living there currently but is working on the house to get moved back into Ouachita 47.

A woman made a report to the Sheriff’s Office involving unauthorized use of a vehicle. The woman stated that she and her former boyfriend had been living together since November of 2014 in East Camden. The woman claims she has reported to the Sheriff’s Department before about a physical altercation between the two. She also claims that the former boyfriend had left in her 2005 Kia Optima. According to the woman the man now resides with his grandparents, and the vehicle was her and her infant’s only means of transportation. She still has yet to receive the car back, after asking the boyfriend several times.  

A man made contact with the Sheriff’s Office and reported that stolen oil well parts at a location in Pace City. The man did show officers where a 25 hp electric motor, had been stolen off the Oil Well Rig. The meter loop and copper wire had been stolen off the pole as well. The man believes that past of current employees are responsible and happened sometime during the evening. According to reports, the motor would cost $500 to replace and approximately $30 for the copper wire and meter.

Deputy McClane of the Sheriff’s Department, spoke with a man who said that he recently had 5 checks stolen from his check book. The man went on to explain that he just left Farmers Bank and Trust, and was advised that 3 of the 5 checks had recently been cashed. The man believes to know who cashed the checks. He claims one was a local merchant and the other was at Wal-Mart in Magnolia. The man told the officer that the amounts of the checks were $170.00 and $333.00. The man is unaware of the third check and its location. According to the man, he noticed the checks missing around 3 weeks ago.

Officers of the Sheriff’s Department responded to 111 Ouachita 565 for a disturbance.
Upon arrival, the officers spoke with a man, who stated that another man had come unto his property and confronted him and a few others about running over his dog. He stated that this man drove in his yard and threatened him, blaming him for running over his dog. He stated that another person had run over the dog in the road on Ouachita 154, and told that to the accuser.

CONSUMER ALERT: PREPPING FOR TAX PREPARATION
LITTLE ROCK – Many times what makes Tax Day stressful is the procrastination of waiting to prepare those returns until the day they are due. Consumers should decide now how they will go about preparing tax returns — either prepare their own or seek assistance from a tax-preparation service. Every year there seem to be more regulations and forms related to tax filing. Some Arkansas consumers may choose to seek assistance with tax preparations rather than crunching numbers and reviewing documents themselves. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to encourage Arkansans to plan in advance how they will file their returns and to inform consumers about some of the free tax preparation options available.
“Remember: Nothing prepares us more than being prepared,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Although some Arkansans file their own taxes without a problem, others may find the tax code to be too complex and tax-preparation services might be a better fit. While some of these services are costly, there are a number of free file programs available that are convenient and easy to use.” The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers its Free File electronic tax filing program to all taxpayers through brand-name software or online forms. Taxpayers who earned less than $58,000 in adjusted gross income in 2014 are eligible to receive free online filing help. Visit www.irs.gov for more information. The IRS also offers free, in-person tax filing and preparation assistance to qualified individuals through its Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs. The VITA program is available for those earning less than $52,000 a year as well as for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. VITA locations are staffed with trained volunteers in local community centers, libraries, and schools. Consumers may call (800) 906-9887 to find the nearest VITA location or visit the IRS website. The TCE program provides free assistance to those 60 years of age and older.  Most TCE sites are operated through the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Program. For more information or to find the nearest TCE location, visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ or call (888) 227-7669. Consumers who choose to pay for help from commercial tax prep providers should keep these tips in mind:
-Shop around as cost may vary between providers.
-Choose a well-qualified, reputable tax preparer; taxpayers themselves are ultimately responsible for all information provided to the IRS.
-Read, review, and ask the tax preparer about any entries that may be difficult to understand before documents are filed.
-Ask whether the tax preparer has a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), which is issued by the IRS.
-Ask if the business is open year-round in case there are follow-up questions regarding a return.
Filing taxes is not optional, so spend some time now to prepare and file to make your 2015 Tax Day a little less stressful. For more information on tax preparation, please visit the Consumer Protection Division at www.ArkansasAG.gov or call the division hotline at (800) 482-8982.

BEST AND WORST CITITES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and Americans planning to spend a record $18.9 billion on related expenses such as candy, flowers and a special night out, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best and Worst Cities for Valentine’s Day. To give celebrants a sense of the Day of Hearts deal they’re getting compared with the rest of the country, WalletHub examined 100 of the most populated cities across 15 key metrics. The data set includes such measures as restaurant meal costs, the number of attractions and the number of florists per capita.

 Best Cities for Valentine’s Day:        Worst Cities Day:
1 San Francisco, CA                         91 Hialeah, FL
2 Seattle, WA                                    92 Newark, NJ
3 Orlando, FL                                   93 Cleveland, OH
4 San Diego, CA                               94 Garland, TX
5 San Jose, CA                                  95 San Bernardino, CA
6 Irvine, CA                                      96 Winston-Salem, NC
7 Portland, OR                                  97 Toledo, OH
8 Scottsdale, AZ                               98 North Las Vegas, NV
9 Plano, TX                                       99 Laredo, TX
10 Fremont, CA                                100 Detroit, MI 
Key Stats:
The cost of a restaurant meal for two* is four times higher in Miami than in Plano, Texas.
-The average price per movie ticket* is four times higher in Detroit than in Fremont, Calif.
-The average wine price* is six times higher in Cleveland than in Fremont, Calif.
-The number of jewelry stores per capita is 37 times higher in Miami than in North Las Vegas, Nev.
-The number of florists per capita is 21 times higher in Miami than in North Las Vegas, Nev.
-The number of chocolate shops per capita is 26 times higher in San Francisco than in Oklahoma City.
-The number of specialty stores per capita is 12 times higher in Orlando, Fla., than in Garland, Texas. 

February 4, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Plyler of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to an accident investigation involving a subject leaving the scene of the accident. The officer arrived on the scene and met with the driver, who when asked, stated that he didn’t remember hitting another vehicle.
While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. The driver did tell the officer that he had been drinking and smoking earlier in the day. He then took a standard field sobriety test, which he ultimately failed. He was then transported to the station.

Officer Brian Finney was at the McDonalds drive-thru, when he noticed a male knocking on his patrol unit window. According to reports, the man was asking the officer to let him in. Officer Finney did state that he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the man. The officer asked the man if he had been drinking, in-which the man responded by saying a need some sleep and wanted to go to jail. He also said that if he went to jail it would be saving his life and the officers. He was then taken to the Ouachita County Jail for public intoxication.

Officers of the Camden Police Department were dispatched to a traffic stop in Lincoln Center. The officers observed several females in front of the parking lot making loud vulgar comments at them. The females said that the officers should be out solving murders and not messing with them, referring to murders that had not yet been solved. When the officers approached the females, asking if there was a problem, they ran inside. One woman was arrested for disorderly conduct.

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Kiwanis Club will meet this week at the Country Club. This week, the guest speaker will be Carolyn Key from Ouachita Valley Medical center. Next week the Kiwanis will welcome local singer/song writer Mitch McKelvin. For more on the Kiwanis Club you can email Allen Crum at rev.crum610@gmail.com.

EIGHT FROM CAMDEN CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING
MAGNOLIA - Charges against eight people from the Camden and El Dorado areas on drug trafficking charges were announced Tuesday by state and federal authorities. 
All eight have been charged with state and federal crimes involving large scale drug trafficking of methamphetamine and crack cocaine. Each defendant was charged with at least one count of distribution of a controlled substance, namely cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance. They are all from Camden. The defendants arrested on federal charges Tuesday were:
-Sheldon “Yak” Mitchell, 34, 3 counts.
-Kim “2Lou” Williams, 39, 3 counts.
-Willie “Will” Williams, 41, 3 counts.
-Jeffrey “Woodchuck” Haywood, 51, 2 counts.
Other defendants that are part of this operation are:
Carlos “Li’l Gafford” Morgan, 32, of Camden, was previously arrested and arraigned on 4 counts.
Senica Howard, 36, of El Dorado was previously arrested and arraigned on 2 counts of distribution of methamphetamine.
Mario “Hoolie” Thomas, 36. Thomas is currently set for trial and charged with 2 counts of distribution of more than 28 grams of a controlled substance, namely cocaine base, a Schedule II controlled substance. An additional defendant was arrested Tuesday on state charges, Calvin Williams, 42, of Camden, Arkansas. The most serious charges for distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and for conspiracy to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine have maximum penalties of life in prison. If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including any prior criminal record, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violations. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI Task Force Officers began their investigation into drug trafficking in Ouachita County in 2011. The investigation included controlled purchases of methamphetamine and crack cocaine, surveillance and monitoring, and other investigative techniques. The investigation, known as Operation Three Amigos, resulted in the arrests on Tuesday by local, state, and federal law enforcement as part of a roundup of the charged defendants. Previously, three defendants were arrested and charged in the operation. The investigation has resulted in the seizure of two firearms and several rounds of ammunition, four vehicles and more than $10,000 in United States currency from members of the organization.

The announcement was made by Conner Eldridge, United States attorney for the Western District of Arkansas; David Resch, special agent in charge of the FBI; David Downing, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA; David Butler, prosecuting attorney for the 13th Judicial District of Arkansas; and the Arkansas State Police. Eldridge said, “The members of this drug trafficking operation brought methamphetamine and crack cocaine into Camden and surrounding areas. I thank our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for continuing to work with this office to pursue and prosecute those who bring criminal activity and the fear and violence that come with it into our communities in the Western District of Arkansas.” “The arrests are a result of concentrated efforts from the Camden Police Department, Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, United States Attorney’s Office, Arkansas State Police, and the FBI,” said Resch. “Together, we are committed and focused to stopping the movement and sale of drugs on the streets of Arkansas.” “We have taken another step in our fight against drug trafficking,” said Downing. “Thanks to the cooperative success of this investigation with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, we have identified a significant drug trafficking organization and disrupted their ability to operate throughout Arkansas and beyond. Our citizens are now safer as this organization lies in shambles.” Butler said, “In addition to praise for the officers associated with federal, state, and local agencies who participated in the joint drug investigation, thanks to the many officers from across the state who assisted local law enforcement officials in apprehending the suspects and executing the search warrants. Operation Three Amigos was a joint operation between the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, the Camden Police Department, the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, the Little Rock FBI Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ouachita County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Arkansas State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Wulff is prosecuting the case for the Western District of Arkansas. An indictment is merely an accusation. An arrest warrant represents a finding of probable cause. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

GOVERNOR’S HEALTH CARE PLAN CLEARS HOUSE
LITTLE ROCK — A House committee on Tuesday advanced Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposal to create a task force to look for Medicaid reforms that could replace the private option. In a voice vote, the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee gave a “do pass” recommendation to Senate Bill 96 by Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette. Several “no” votes were heard. The bill passed in the Senate last week and goes next to the full House, where 23 of the 100 members have signed on as co-sponsors. The measure would create a 17-member task force composed of eight senators, eight House members and the state surgeon general, who would be a non-voting member. The bill calls for the Medicaid expansion program known as the private option — which has used federal Medicaid money to subsidize private health insurance for more than 213,000 low-income Arkansans — to end on Dec. 31, 2016, and for the task force to make recommendations for a new model that would serve the private-option population and reform the entire Medicaid program. Rep. Kelley Linck, R-Flippin, the committee’s chairman, and Rep. Joe Farrer, R-Austin, both co-sponsors of SB 96, presented the bill to the committee. Linck has voted for the private option in the past, and Farrer has voted against it. “I believe this bill is a good idea to bring forward: To end the private option, end the debate whether the the private option is a good idea or not, and move on to overall Medicaid reform,” Linck said. Farrer told the panel, “This is a Medicaid reform bill. This is what we in the Legislature in the state of Arkansas have been pushing for for years. We want to reform the Medicaid system so we can form a different health plan for Arkansas that works for us.” Rep. Richard Womack, R-Arkadelphia, asked, “Would the sponsors of this bill be willing to consider moving that end date for the expansion population from 12-31 back any at all, as an assurance to my constituents that the private option is dead and there’s no intent to carry this program further?” Linck said the task force will be required to make its recommendations by the end of 2015, and to implement them, the state will need to apply for waivers from the federal government. If the waivers are approved, state agencies will need time to prepare to implement them, he said. “We’d really be pushing, and pushing hard, to get anything earlier than the end of 2016,” he said. Rep. Charlene Fite, R-Van Buren, asked, “What if we suddenly have 400,000 Arkansans signed up for this. Then would we be told there’s no possible way this can be wound back?” Department of Human Services Director John Selig testified that several studies have estimated that the number of Arkansans who would be eligible for the program is about 250,000. Rep. Fred Love, D-Little Rock, said he had some “heartburn” over language in the bill that says the state could ask the federal government for permission to receive Medicaid money in a block grant. Currently, the federal government pays 70 percent of the state’s costs for traditional Medicaid and 100 percent of costs for the private option, although the state eventually will have to pay 10 percent of the cost of the private option. Love asked whether switching from receiving a percentage of costs from the federal government to receiving a lump sum would mean that “only a finite number of people can be on the program.” Farrer said asking for a block grant is only an idea, but he said if the state pursues one, it would be with the intent of reforming the entire Medicaid program, not just the private option. “We can develop a program that fits us,” he said. SB 96 requires a simple majority vote to pass in the House. A separate bill that would appropriate federal funding to keep the private option going through the next fiscal year was approved in the Senate last week and has not yet been taken up by the House. That bill requires a three-fourths majority to pass.

WHITE OAK LAKE STATE PARK REPORT
White Oak Lake State Park manages 725 acres of land in Nevada and Ouachita Counties.  As part of management activities at the site, a prescribed burn is planned in the Fern Hollow Trail area for some time during the days of February 9 and February 27.   Park neighbors near the controlled burn areas are being notified. The burns are being conducted by specially trained crews skilled in fire management operations.  Safety is emphasized in all phases of the fire management with local fire protection representatives being involved in the planning process. The burn will occur within prescribed parameters, including temperature, wind speed, and fuel moistures. The location of the burn is planned for the Fern Hollow Trail and surrounding trails and lake edge. The hiking and mountain bike trail will be closed and camping will be prohibited in the primitive area during and after the burn for a few days.  The Spring Branch Trail will remain open to the public during the burn. We plan to burn the area sometime between February 9 and February 27, but the date could change due to weather parameters. If you have any questions or would like additional information contact White Oak Lake State Park at 870-685-2748.


SAU SEEKING TEACHERS FOR INAUGURAL “KIDS COLLEGE”
MAGNOLIA – Southern Arkansas University is looking for instructors to teach a variety of courses during its inaugural “Mulerider Kids College” to be held this summer. The program will provide enrichment to children entering first through sixth grades. Organizers want to hear from anyone with a creative idea for a class. Those who are interested may submit class proposals for the program which will be held each morning from July 6-9. The deadline for proposal submission is March 8, and there are a limited number of teaching opportunities available. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to enhance students’ education without the pressure of grades, homework, or tests. Mulerider Kids College instructors will offer unique classes that will be fun, entertaining, and educational. A small stipend will be paid to all instructors. Class proposals will only be accepted through an online form that can be found at web.saumag.edu/kids-college. Questions may be directed to Jana Walker at jbwalker@saumag.edu or (870) 235-5348. Information regarding student enrollment for the program will be released at a later date.

COTTON STATEMENTON SENATE DEMOCRATS REFUSAL TO ALLOW DEBATE ON DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton today released the following statement on Senate Democrats refusal to allow debate on Department of Homeland Security funding legislation: 
 “Senate Democrats put politics before our national security by refusing to even move forward on debating important legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security. This bill would not only ensure the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to keep us safe, but also block the implementation of President Obama’s dangerous and overreaching immigration executive order.  Immigration is an issue of national security and it is imperative we consider the impact of President Obama’s actions on our safety. Rest assured, my colleagues and I are committed to funding the Department of Homeland Security and stopping President Obama’s unlawful immigration executive order."

February 3rd, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Officers of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to the Emergency Room of the Ouachita County Medical Center for a report of a man being shot in the foot in a robbery.
Upon arrival the officer spoke with the victim. The officer observed a bandage on the man’s left foot. The officer also saw a brown paper bag containing one white tennis shoe and a sock.
Inside the shoe was a metal fragment. The man stated that he had gotten out of his vehicle to relieve himself and that when he did a man came from behind him and demanded money from him. The victim stated that he had no money and the man fired a gun, striking him in his left foot. The man stated he got back in his vehicle and drove to the E.R.

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department, and Volunteer Fire Departments,  responded to a RV and Trailer house fire at 137 Ouachita 565. The homeowner stated that he was asleep, when he was woke up by some friends stating that the RV next to his house was on fire. The fire was extinguished, but the home and RV was a total loss.

Officers of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the Bradley Ferry Road area, in reference to shots being fired. Upon the officer’s arrival, they met with a woman who stated that a fight started at the Wheel Club, but was forced outside. When the fight escalated outside, a man was shot in the right arm, near the bicep. The man appeared to be ok, however he and witnesses stated they did not see anything. The man’s shirt was taken as evidence.

Deputy LaDuke of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department spoke to a man at his home. The man stated that he heard his neighbor’s car alarm going off across the street. The man claims when he went outside he noticed his truck door open. When the man checked his vehicle he noticed he found his compound bow and two old cell phones were missing. In his wives car, two one dollar bills were missing.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.
The guest speaker this week will be Mary Carle.  She will be talking about the Wings Wildlife Center that she has and what it does. For more information on the Lions Club, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7.

JOHNNY SHIPP WINS FUNDRAISING POKER TOURNAMENT
MAGNOLIA – Johnny Shipp took home the second annual Magnolia Hold’Em poker tournament top prize Saturday, but the big winner was the community of Magnolia. A total of more than $5,000 was raised for the Leadership Magnolia Class of 2015 project, which is to construct three new brick monument “Welcome to Magnolia” signs. Shipp outlasted a pool of 48 total entrants, besting Steve Crowell and Bobby Heinze, who placed second and third respectively. Heinze chaired the inaugural poker fundraising tournament with Leadership Magnolia in 2014, and played a major supporting role in the planning for this year’s event. The Class of 2015 members plan to pay his kindness forward in helping next year’s Leadership class, should they decide to host a similar fundraiser. Local businesses and industry were also crucial in the success of this year’s tournament. Five businesses sponsored tables, including Farmers Bank & Trust feature table; Jonathan Baird, CFP; Carter Federal Credit Union; Peoples Bank; and Hampton Inn. Businesses supporting the top prizes include S&S Home Center, Circle W Farms, and Magnolia Motor Company. Many other businesses donated silent auction items and door prizes. Along with the fundraising events, the class is also reaching out to community leaders and organizations. There are various levels of giving opportunities ranging from $100 to $15,000. The four top levels, which start at $1,000, will be recognized with a plaque on the main brick sign. For more information on giving opportunities, contact Amy Lewis at (870)235-7073 during standard business hours.

COTTON STATEMENT ON THE CLAY HUNT SUICIDE PREVENTION FOR AMERICAN VETERANS ACT 
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act: “As any solider knows, the emotional scars of war can often be just as difficult as physical injuries. While serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, I saw many examples of heroism, bravery, and valor in my fellow troops. But I also saw firsthand the pain and anguish that comes with post-traumatic stress. Nearly 6 years later, some of these men and women are still struggling. “But, today the Senate passed important legislation that will increase access to high-quality mental health care for our troops. And it will ensure that those who are struggling with post-deployment readjustment don’t go through it alone. This bill is an important step forward in the battle against post-traumatic stress and I urge President Obama to sign it immediately.”

BERRYVILLE HAS NEW DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 
Berryville has a new director of Economic Development, according to Berryvillle mayor Tim McKinney. The mayor said the new director will also serve as executive director of the Berryville Chamber of Commerce. “I am pleased to announce that Chris Claybaker has accepted the position of economic development director for the City of Berryville,” McKinney said. “I have known Chris for 20 years, have worked closely with him on the Executive Committee of the Arkansas Municipal League (AML), witnessed his close working relationship with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) on many projects in Camden, and have seen the things he has accomplished in Camden – much of it through the relationships he has built and in the innovative use of grants.” According to McKinney, while attending an AML meeting in Little Rock recently, he had an opportunity to visit with several AEDC representatives. “They all said we were lucky to have Chris in this position and looked forward to working with us on future projects.” Prior to his move to Carroll County, Claybaker served for almost 20 years as the full-time mayor of Camden, AR, first elected in 1995. He served as President of the Arkansas Municipal League in 2012-2013. Prior to being named as president, he served the League for 16 years on the Executive Committee, District Four Vice President and First Vice-president. Before his election as Mayor of Camden, Claybaker owned abstract and title insurance offices in Camden, Hampton and Rison. Upon graduation from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Public Administration, he worked as a reporter for the Camden News and as editor of the Magnolia Banner News. After several years in the newspaper business, Claybaker went to work in the oil and gas industry buying oil and gas leases and curing title defects. He took a leave of absence in the mid-1980s from the oil business to take a Southern Arkansas University economic development program (Industrial Marketing Services) statewide which was accomplished by partnering with Arkla Gas and its economic development team. Claybaker is past president of the Ouachita River Valley Association, former chairman of the Camden Port Authority, former board member and vice-chairman of the Arkansas Pension Review Board, and former chairman of the local police and fire pension boards. He has also served on the boards of the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development, the Camden Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Camden Area Industrial Development Corporation. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court to represent cities on the District Court Resource Assessment Board and appointed by the Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives to the State Aid Street Committee, on which he served until December, 2014 “I’m excited about this opportunity to work in an area of the state that has been one of my top vacation destinations. I love Berryville and have always been impressed with all this town has to offer,” Claybaker said. “The Community Center alone is the envy of towns four and five times the size of Berryville.” “One of the first things that I would like to do is get around town to meet everyone and get feedback on what the citizens of Berryville would like to see in their chamber and to hear about their expectations for economic development,” he said. Within the next several months, Claybaker said he would like to hold a “Needs Assessment” where in an open meeting interested citizens come together to discuss their community’s assets, liabilities, and discuss where they would like the community to be in five years and 10 years. Claybaker and his wife, Cindy Claybaker, are in the process of making a permanent move to Berryville from Camden. Cindy, a certified public accountant (CPA) begins work February 1st with Berryville attorney and accountant, R. Dawn Allen, in Ms. Allen’s tax and accounting practice. Cindy Claybaker is a former Arkansas Legislative Auditor and has accounting experience in retail, oil and gas, banking and medical. The Claybakers have two children and six grandchildren.

January 29, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Deputy Jarrod Purifoy of the Sheriff’s Department, was at the EZ Mart store in Chidester, when a female ran into the store and told him that a fight was in progress. Upon arrival, the deputy saw two holding a man, while another man was walking away. Witnesses stated that one man had beaten the other (61-year-old) man with a rake handle. The 61-year-old man stated that the other man had hit him in the head knocking his glasses around. The other man was taken into custody. Now the man kicked the windows of the patrol unit and became verbally combative. He was transported to the Ouachita County Detention Center, while en route stating he would kill the officer and his family over and over again. Once at the detention facility, he spit in the officers face, he was then placed into a holding cell. The man is charged with assault on a police officer, aggravated assault, terroristic threatening, and fleeing. 

GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON HEALTH-CARE PLAN APPROVED
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s plan for the future of the state’s Medicaid expansion program. Senators also approved a bill containing an appropriation of federal funding to keep the program going in the fiscal year that begins July 1. In a 27-7 vote, senators approved Senate Bill 96, which would call for the so-called private option to end Dec. 31, 2016, and would create a legislative task force to make recommendations for new health-care reforms The bill, which requires a simple majority vote for approval, goes to the House. The Senate voted 29-2 to approve SB 101, a budget bill for the Department of Human Services’ Division of Medical Services that contains an appropriation of federal Medicaid money for the private option for fiscal 2016. The bill, which requires a three-fourths majority vote for approval, goes to the House. “There are some parts of this bill that most of us like, there are parts most of us don’t like or would prefer to have different,” Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, told senators while presenting SB 96 on the Senate floor. Hendren is sponsoring the legislation for the governor, his uncle. “It’s the vision that the governor laid out for how we can pass the impasse that we’ve struggled with in the last couple of years. It doesn’t solve the problem, it doesn’t end the discussion, but it certainly gives us time to, I think, find some common ground and a path forward,” Hendren said. The private option uses federal Medicaid money to subsidize private health insurance for people earning up to 135 percent of the federal poverty level. Debate over the program dominated the past two legislative sessions. Senate President Pro Tem Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, one of the architects of the private option, said after the Senate adjourned that the vote “reflects the work of the governor so far, and his assurances that everybody’s going to have a chance to come to the table and have a discussion, not just on the private option but also Medicaid as a whole.” Voting against SB 96 were Sens. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas; Scott Flippo, R-Bull Shoals; Blake Johnson, R-Corning; David Johnson, D-Little Rock; Bryan King, R-Green Forest; Terry Rice, R-Waldron; and Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch. Collins-Smith and Flippo also voted against SB 101. King, Rice and Stubblefield did not vote. Collins-Smith has filed a bill that would end the private option at the end of 2015. Her bill has stalled in a Senate committee, but she said Thursday she may bring it back, depending on how similar House legislation fares. “We have an opportunity to do full repeal and end it 2015,” she said. “If there’s a need for a task force, then let’s do a separate bill, a stand-alone, that defines what that task force is supposed to do and utilize it by the end of 2015.” Stubblefield said he believed voters sent a message when they elected private-option opponents in last year’s elections. “I relieve believe that Nov. 4 was a referendum on the private option, and the people want it ended as quickly as possible,” he said. David Johnson, the only Democrat to vote against SB 96, said
“I’ve told constituents, I’ve told friends that I would never vote to end the private option, and I’m keeping my word on that.” Sen. John Cooper, R-Jonesboro, who campaigned on opposition to the private opposition, said he voted for both bills because he no longer believes that immediate repeal is workable and fears it could open the state up to liability. “Potentially I think we could have a class-action lawsuit if we don’t be careful with that. I think this way forward gives us at a lot less liability in that,” he said.

RECORD ENROLLMENT TREND CONTINUES AT SAU
MAGNOLIA-Southern Arkansas University’s record enrollment trend has continued this spring with a 6.7 percent overall enrollment increase, and a 33 percent bump in graduate student enrollment compared to Spring 2014. SAU recorded an enrollment of 3,313 students on the eleventh class day of the spring semester on Wednesday. Following a fall record of more than 500 students for the School of Graduate Studies, the spring saw another milestone reached as enrollment surpassed 600, with a total of 604.“I congratulate all of the faculty and staff for the high quality education and experience they offer at SAU, which has garnered yet another enrollment record for our University,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin, who is retiring effective June 30 of this year. “It’s an honor to be involved with everyone at this wonderful university.” SAU made news this past fall when enrollment topped 3,500 for the first time in the university’s 105-year history. Other enrollment records that were broken included the number of students living on campus, international student population, incoming freshmen, and SAU Honors College enrollment. SAU’s continual growth is due in part because of the university’s list of degree options, including new and unique programs. SAU’s Computer Game and Animation Design degree is the only one of its kind in Arkansas. It started in Fall 2013. The engineering degree, which is the only one in South Arkansas, has drawn students since it started Fall 2014.

January 27, 2014

CLARK COUNTY STORE ROBBERY LEAVES ONE DEAD
STATE POLICE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES SEEKING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY SUSPECTS An Arkadelphia man is dead following an early morning robbery at Jordan’s Kwick Stop Shell, located at 180 Valley Street in Arkadelphia (Caddo Valley area). Christopher D. Brown, 24, of 290 Frost Road, Arkadelphia was working as a store clerk when two men entered the store at 4:43 AM today (Sunday, January 25, 2015).  Brown was shot by one of the suspects and pronounced dead at the scene. Video surveillance at the store captured images of two suspects entering the store while an accomplice waited outside in a late model four-door Ford Taurus.  The vehicle may be gray or a green in color. Suspect one, the driver who never exited the vehicle, is believed to be a black male, heavy set, wearing a yellow t-shirt. Suspect two is a black male, heavy set, wearing a white t-shirt with a black long sleeve t-shirt underneath, a blue U.S. Polo brand jacket tied around his waist and blue jeans.  Suspect two may have been wearing a work-style boot. Suspect three is a black male, skinny, short, wearing a gray hooded zip-up jacket and sagging dark jeans. This suspect was armed with a suspected long barrel revolver. Anyone with information about the robbery and murder or offering assistance in the identification of the suspects should call the Arkansas State Police at (870) 777-4641.

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Anthony Nicholson was dispatched to Walmart for a report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the store manager, who pointed at a white female, and black male, stating that the woman took something off the shelf and put it in her purse. Other officers arrived on the scene, and as it was the woman had several round pills in her purse. It should be noted that an empty bottle of dog vitamins was found and matched the loose pills inside the purse. The woman was taken into custody.

Officer Kyle McDaniel of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to 376 Madison Street in reference to a traffic accident. Upon arrival, the officer observed a power pole broken off at ground level in the street being held up by power lines at the intersection of Madison and Wood Street. There was also broken glass all around the damage pole. Witnesses stated that a sliver Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling North on Madison at what appeared to be a high rate of speed, when the vehicle lost control and struck the pole. The vehicle stopped after the collision, but then continued driving. The driver of the vehicle was found in the Ft Lookout area and taken into custody.

Officer Maslakov of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to Ouachita County Medical Center in reference to someone being drunk. Upon the officer’s arrival he found a male sitting in a wheelchair in the lobby of OCMC. The man was also holding an opened 1/3 full bottle of vodka in his hand. According to reports, the man’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and he had trouble maintaining his balance. After the man was determined to be a danger to himself and others, he was taken into custody. Officer Maslakov was on a routine patrol on Lincoln Drive near Murphy gas station. Officer Maslakov observed the same man from the hospital incident, in front of the store, eating Doritos chips. According to reports there was a plastic Vodka bottle half full in the man’s back pocket.

Officers of the Camden Police Department, were dispatched for a report of a male and female entering a house, without permission of the home owner. An Ouachita County Sheriff’s deputy had the two detained at the intersection of Avon Avenue and Hawkins Street. The homeowner stated that the couple entered her house and told her they thought they were somewhere else. The woman stated that the couple did not steal anything, but told them they were not welcome back. After the officer concluded that the couple was intoxicated, they were transported to the station.

RUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES WARREN MAN SENTENCED FOR ADULT ABUSE;
ONE COUNT OF ADULT ABUSE, ONE COUNT OF CRIMINAL USE OF PROPERTY

 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that a Bradley County man has been sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, with three years suspended, on one count of adult abuse and one count of criminal use of property. Rutledge released the following statement: "As your Attorney General, I will not stand for individuals who abuse or neglect those living in any of Arkansas’s residential human development centers. Today’s conviction demonstrates that we will punish these individuals to the fullest extent of the law. Residents of these facilities should be provided with the highest quality care." Tristan S. Gill, 23, of Warren pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by Circuit Judge Don Glover. The Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case in cooperation with 10th Judicial District Prosecutor Thomas Deen. On Feb. 16, 2014, Gill was employed as a residential care technician at Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center. Gill used a spray bottle belonging to the facility to spray bleach in a developmentally disabled client's face. The victim suffered chemical burns on his face and blistering for several days, but no permanent injury. The conviction for adult abuse is a Class-D felony, and the conviction for criminal use of property is a Class-B felony.

LAWSON RETURNS TO SAAC FOR FREE CONCERT
The incomparable Roger Lawson returns after 14 years to the Callaway Theatre of the South Arkansas Art Center for his first full piano concert “Music From the 19th Century” on Thursday, February 12 at 7pm. The one hour and twenty minute concert, with no intermission, is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow the concert, which is being sponsored by Charlie Thomas. Lawson, who is originally from Ruston, Louisiana, is known for playing works from the Romantic Period (1800-1850).  The concert marks the first public performance by Lawson since SAAC’s Key Players Concert. The evening’s program includes the following works by some of the world’s most beloved Romantic composers. Lawson will begin the concert with Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 ("Moonlight"), Adagio Sostenuto (1770-1827), Allegretto, and Presto Agitato, followed by Schubert’s Impromptu No. 1, Op. 90. Lawson, an accomplished performer of Liszt, will then play the composers Vallee d'Obermann from First Year Annees de Pelerinage. He will follow the List with two selections from Rachmaninoff, Moment Musical No. 5, Op. 16 andMoment Musical No. 6, Op. 16. He will conclude the concert with Chopin’s Polonaise in Ab Major, Op. 53. There are no tickets or need to make a reservation for the concert.  All seating is open for the free concert. For more information about the concert, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474or visit www.saac-arts.org. 

INTERVIEWS SET AT SAU 
Dr. Cornelius Wooten’s SAU interview has been scheduled for February 9-10. He had to cancel his previously scheduled visit, which was to be January 28-29, because of inclement weather in his area. The final schedule for the community receptions with each applicant are as follows:
·February 2, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Phillip Wilson, Ed.D. Wilson currently serves as President of Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas.

·February 4, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Trey Berry, Ph.D. Berry is presently serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SAU.
·February 9, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Cornelius Wooten, Ph.D. Wooten is currently the Vice President for Administration and Finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

January 26, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Deputy Chris Lindsey of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ouachita County Road 278 in reference to a vehicle mishap involving a log truck. Upon arrival the officer observed a Ford Fusion parked in the west bound lane roughly 20 feet from the railroad crossing. The officer also observed a log truck with a trailer, pulled over off the roadway in the eastbound lane. According to the drivers, both vehicles were waiting on a train to cross. Once the train had passed, the driver of the log truck said that he had begun to cross the train tracks when he came in contact with the Ford Fusion. According to the driver of the Fusion, he was waiting to safely cross the tracks, when he observed the truck cross and strike the front left quarter panel of his vehicle, causing damage to the grille. The log truck suffered minor damage to the front bumper. Both vehicles were operational and were able to be driven from the scene. Luckily no injuries were reported.

Deputies Carman and LaDuke of the Sheriff’s Office, spoke to a woman at her residence, as she wanted to make a report involving damage done to her home by her husband. The woman stated that the couple are currently in the process of getting a divorce and the husband is upset about it. She also said that he has his own house and does not have any property left at her residence. According to reports, when she came home she found that he entered her home and wrote messages on several items in the home with a black marker. There was writing on the front door, a picture frame, her bed sheets, etc.

Deputy McLane of the Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of harassing communications. The officer met with a man who stated that another man had been harassing him. The man went on to explain that the other man jumped out of a vehicle and began to yell at him. He stated that the man was upset the he had been hanging out with his ex-girlfriend. The man finally got back into his vehicle and drove off.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden. The speaker for Lions Club this week will be Dr. George Betts.  He will be discussing styles of personalities and where you fit in. For more on the Lion’s Club or how you can join, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7. 

January 23, 2015

BOXING CHAMPION BOOKED; CONNECTED WITH JACKSONVILLE SHOOTING 
LITTLE ROCK — Middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor of Little Rock was booked Wednesday into the Pulaski County jail, where he was being held late Wednesday afternoon without bond. Authorities said Taylor, 36, turned himself in a day after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson signed an order revoking his bond in connection with the Aug. 26 shooting of Taylor’s cousin, Tyrone Hinton of Jacksonville. The judge revoked Taylor’s bond after police arrested Taylor Monday on suspicion of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor in the third degree and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Thelton Smith, 41, of Little Rock told police that Taylor fired a gun at him and pointed the gun at his wife and three children Monday afternoon Police found a gun and marijuana on Taylor’s person Monday, according to a police report. Taylor was released Tuesday morning on a $50,000 bond before the judge signed the order revoking his bond in the other case. Taylor is scheduled to stand trial June 23 on charges of first-degree battery and aggravated assault in Hinton’s shooting.

GRIFFIN SAYS GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON HAS ‘RIGHT APPROACH’
Lt. Gov. Applauds Launch of Comprehensive Medicaid Reform, End of Private Option
LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after Governor Hutchinson’s Health Care Speech: “Governor Hutchinson’s decision to end the private option and to embark upon comprehensive Medicaid reform is exactly the right approach: The private option was never a sustainable or permanent solution, and only comprises a relatively small portion of the Medicaid program. The Governor’s plan is thoughtful and deliberate and will result in a responsible, innovative and historic solution that will provide quality health care to those in need, without busting the budget or raising taxes on hardworking Arkansans. “For years, I have advocated for more State control over the Medicaid program. Governor Hutchinson understands the benefit of more State control and increased flexibility from the Federal Government, and he will demand it. I look forward to helping the Governor and the Legislature pursue comprehensive, effective, affordable, responsible and permanent Medicaid reform.” About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

BUSINESSES SELL BEER IN COLUMBIA COUNTY
MAGNOLIA - History was recently made in Magnolia when the board of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division approved the applications made by several Columbia County businesses to sell beer and wine. The action, following November’s public vote to make Columbia County “wet,” ends the official prohibition against the retail sales of beer and wine, which had been in effect since 1943. The board granted beer and wine sales permits to three businesses for off-premises consumption. They were the Magnolia Travel Center, Walmart in Magnolia, and EZ Mart in Waldo. EZ Mart was selling beer today. According to reports, the Travel Center was getting a shipment of beer when a reporter visited this past Thursday afternoon -- it plans to start selling beer on Thursday. Walmart plans to start the sale of beer and wine at its Magnolia store on Friday. Village One Stop on U.S. 82 east received a conditional permit pending submission of an employee’s fingerprint card. The store plans to sell beer and wine through its convenience store, but also wants to sell beer and wine to customers at its attached restaurant. Village One Stop will start beer and wine sales in both the store and the restaurant on Friday night. The Loft on the Square, a bed-and-breakfast on the south side of the square in Magnolia, received a private club permit. The Loft held such a permit previously but was required to get a new one due to a change in ownership. The application of the Emerson Service Center in Taylor was deferred until a hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 3. A Taylor alderman sent the ABC a letter of opposition to the beer-wine sales application due to the business’ proximity to churches and the Taylor School campus. The Shell Superstop in Magnolia has also applied for a beer-wine sales license, but its approval is not expected until next month’s ABC meeting.

AUDITIONS FEB. 7 FOR ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’ AT SAU
MAGNOLIA – Auditions for Southern Arkansas University’s spring musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, are scheduled for February 7, 2015. Callbacks will be February 8. Auditions will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 870-235-4356 to reserve an audition slot. According to SAU Director of Theatre Clayton Guiltner, there are a wide variety of roles to be cast. Producers are looking for men and women, from teenagers up through age 65. They will also be casting children, ages 10 and older. Preceding the auditions will be a free audition workshop for community members interested in learning more about the auditioning process and how to prepare for this audition. The workshop will be at 7 p.m. on January 30, in Harton Theatre. Beauty and the Beast is scheduled to run at Harton Theatre April 23-26. This highly anticipated play will combine the talents of theatre students at SAU with members of the community. In spring 2014, SAU theatre offered the colorful and acclaimed Seussical the Musical. For more information, please contact Guiltner at 870-235-4256 or ccguiltner@saumag.edu.

CONSUMER ALERT: WE ARE HERE TO HELP
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansans engage in various transactions every day. From paying electric bills to purchasing toys and electronics, we all have something in common – we are all consumers. For the most part, these purchases occur with no issue, but when problems arise, the dedicated employees in the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office are here to help. It is the goal of the Attorney General’s Office to help Arkansans resolve these consumer hitches as expeditiously as possible and with a positive resolution. The Consumer Protection Division put its experience to work for you, starting with the moment you call the office. Four front-line phone counselors stand ready to answer your call. The phone counselors are specifically trained to assist and advise consumers, no matter the situation. Counselors will also know how to direct you to resources on the Internet or to other agencies that may offer assistance. Most importantly, our phone counselors can help consumers file complaints with our office. Newly inaugurated Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to remind Arkansans that the Attorney General’s Office is here to protect consumers. A change in administration will not change that mission – it will only enhance it. “The Consumer Protection Division helps resolve thousands of complaints every year,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Maybe you need help navigating a complicated vehicle purchase or you are being scammed on your cell phone bill. The dedicated counselors, investigators and assistant attorneys general of this division are ready to help. I will look at ways to enhance this division so that Arkansans receive the highest possible service and are protected from deceptive businesses and scam artists.” The Consumer Protection team can be contacted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our consumer website, www.gotyourbackarkansas.org, is always available and accessible with helpful tips. The goal of the Consumer Protection Division is to help you obtain a successful resolution to your consumer complaints. If you are having a problem, please contact our office – we are here to help!

RUTLEDGE SEEKS SECOND ORAL ARGUMENT IN IN CHALLENGE AGAINST AMENDMENT 83 SAYS, ‘COURT WOULD BENEFIT GREATLY’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today that she has submitted a motion to the Arkansas Supreme Court requesting a second oral argument in the appeal of the challenge against Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution. Attorney General Rutledge released the following statement: “Two Associate Justices were not seated on the Arkansas Supreme Court when the first oral argument was held in November 2014, and Chief Justice Hannah was absent due to a national meeting of chief justices. I believe the Court would benefit greatly from a second oral argument. The people of Arkansas should know that as Attorney General, I will vigorously defend any challenge against Arkansas’s Constitution.” Because the U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will review the marriage cases arising out of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the Arkansas Supreme Court may decline to announce a decision until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules. However, neither side has requested a stay in the case before the Arkansas Supreme Court. The Court has the authority to rule on the issues before it, including state constitutional issues that will not be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorney General Rutledge’s predecessor filed a notice of appeal with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Dec. 23, 2014, regarding U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker’s decision in the separate federal-court challenge against Amendment 83. The State’s opening brief to the Eighth Circuit is due Feb. 17, 2015.

MEMBERS OF AR DELEGATION PUSH FOR LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR AR RICE
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-01) and Bruce Westerman (AR-04) joined colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to encourage Iraq to purchase more American produced rice. The letter asks for diplomatic assistance to improve trade relations with the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) because of the decreased purchases of American produced rice. In recent years, the IGB has bought rice from other nations over lower cost American rice. The letter asserts that the IGB has not indicated that American rice is deficient in quality, grade or price. Arkansas leads the nation in rice production. Rice is the top agricultural export for the Natural State. Nationwide, rice production generates approximately $34 billion in economic activity annually, creating thousands of jobs in rural America. “We recognize Iraq’s prerogative to make these types of decisions, but it serves no purpose to discriminate against competitively-priced U.S. rice in favor of rice produced elsewhere.  As an example, on November 6, 2014, the Iraqi Grain Board announced its intent to purchase 170,000 metric tons (mt) of rice. The IGB purchased 80,000 mt from Thailand, 60,000 from Uruguay, and 30,000 from Brazil. No rice was purchased from the United States, despite offers of U.S. rice that were of similar quality but nearly $24 per mt below the prices from competitors from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Iraqi authorities have provided no explanation for this type of decision,” the letter states.

MOCK TACTICAL BATTLE AT WHITE OAK LAKE STATE PARK
On February 7th 2015 from 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m., the Southern WWII Reenactors Association will be participating in a mock tactical battle at White Oak Lake State Park. The mock battle will take place in a secluded portion along our Fern Hollow Trail. During this time our Fern Hollow, Beech Ridge and Coastal Plains Trails will be closed to the public. Our Spring Branch Trail will remain open during this time. The public is invited to tour the campground from 8:00a.m. until 10:00a.m. to view vintage firearms, uniforms, camps and vehicles. Due to safety reasons the mock battle is not open to the general public. Also, during this time there will be simulated gun fire. Residents near the park are being notified of the simulated gun fire. For more information contact White Oak Lake State Park at 870-685-2748.

January 21, 2015

TEENAGER CAUGHT STEALING FROM BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
Officer Nicholson, of the Camden Police Department was making an extra patrol of the Boys and Girls Club due to a recent number of breaking in’s and thefts. Upon arrival to the Boys and Girls Club, the officer spotted two males wearing backpacks. During this time, the Boys and Girls Club was closed and no one was supposed to be there. The two teenagers began running, however were eventually one was apprehended by the police, the other got away. The one that was captured had a kitchen knife in his backpack. He was taken to the police station, where he was being held. He will be charged with residential burglary. According to Chief Bo Woody the two were stealing candy and sodas from the Boys and Girls Club and selling them at school.

COTTON STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STATE OF UNION ADDRESS
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) tonight made the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight it’s evident that President Obama learned little from November’s elections. The policies and ideas he put forth are from the same tax and spend playbook he’s been using for the last six years. Unfortunately, his strategy has made the lives of hard-working Americans more difficult with fewer jobs and lower wages. “It’s difficult to understand how President Obama doesn’t see that Arkansans don’t want—and can’t afford—more of the same failed policies. They want an efficient, accountable government that can do more with less. And they want a government that prioritizes our safety and will stand up to the grave threats we face around the world. In light of the last several months, it is particularly disappointing the national security ‘strategy’ President Obama laid out tonight contained little more than strong rhetoric and appeasement. “But my colleagues and I understand what the President doesn’t. Rest assured, we are ready to change course.”

RUTLEDGE ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN CHILD SAFETY POSTER CONTEST THEME FOR 2015 ‘BRING OUR MISSING CHILDREN HOME’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement today to remind Arkansas’s students in kindergarten through fifth grade of the approaching deadline for the Child Safety Poster Contest, an annual contest sponsored by the Attorney General’s Office: “As your Attorney General, I am committed to protecting our children, and what better way to do that than with a program that teaches our children how to avoid dangers and remain safe. I have viewed several of the posters from previous winners and cannot wait to see what safety tips children use to highlight this year’s theme, ‘Bring Our Missing Children Home.’” All entries must be postmarked to the Attorney General’s Office no later than Wednesday, Jan. 28. The contest is open to all Arkansas students, from kindergarten to fifth grade. Judges will view the posters and make selections in February, and the winners will be announced at a ceremony in April. Information on those dates and times will be forthcoming. The winning poster from the fifth grade will be entered into the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. For more information, please contact the Attorney General’s Office at (501) 682-2007 and ask to speak with Carol or Rachel in the Community Relations Division.

SHARE WHY SCHOOL CHOICE IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a proud original cosponsor of a Senate-passed resolution supporting National School Choice Week, wants to share why school choice is important to you and your family. The National School Choice Week resolution designates the week of January 25 through January 31, 2015, as “National School Choice Week.” During this week, Boozman will feature stories and pictures submitted by Arkansans about the importance of school choice across our state. “Education decisions need to be made by parents, teachers and community leaders at the state and local level – not Washington. We have made great progress in Arkansas where parents have the opportunity to send their children to schools outside of their designated district and charter and magnet schools provide additional education options. I am working with my colleagues to include school choice in federal education reforms. I look forward to reading your stories and sharing why school choice is important to Arkansans,” Boozman said

PUBLIC INVITED TO MEET SAU PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
MAGNOLIA – Southern Arkansas University is inviting the community to three upcoming receptions at the Reynolds Center Grand Hall to meet the applicants for president. The three receptions are scheduled as follows:

·January 28, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Cornelius Wooten, Ph.D. Wooten is currently the Vice President for Administration and Finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
·February 2, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Phillip Wilson, Ed.D. Wilson currently serves as President of Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas.
·February 4, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Trey Berry, Ph.D. Berry is presently serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SAU. The SAU Board of Trustees selected on January 8 the three applicants for interview from the recommendations courtesy of the presidential search committee. The Office of Human Resources at SAU has scheduled two-day interview sessions with each of the three, which includes the public receptions. Current SAU System President Dr. David Rankin will retire at the end of this academic year on June 30. Rankin has served SAU for 45 years, and the past 13 as president. In 2002, he set forth with his ambitious “Blue and Gold Vision,” SAU’s first capital campaign. He has almost completed that vision with numerous campus capital projects completed, totaling more than $100 million. The most recent project, the $4.4 million SAU Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center, opened this spring.

January 20, 2015

CAMDEN MAN KILLED IN WRECK ON HIGHWAY 79
Lt. James Bolton, along with deputies of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, Camden Rescue, EMS, and Fire District #1, were dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Highway 79 North. The accident occurred between the Airport Inn and John Deere. Upon arrival, officers found a black Chrysler crossfire in the northbound ditch against a tree. According to reports, the vehicle was locked and the windows were fogged by the air bag deployment and it was difficult to see the driver. Rescue arrived and opened the vehicle, no sign of life was found. The driver was later identified as 34-year-old Matthew Jacobs. Witnesses stated that the vehicle was traveling south on Highway 79. The vehicle began to cross over into the north-bound lanes and then into a ditch, where it struck a tree. Witnesses stated that it appeared that the driver tried to stop. Kelly Brothers Wrecker removed the vehicle from the scene, the investigation is still underway. 

SAU HOSTING YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY
MAGNOLIA – Southern Arkansas University’s new assistant professor of criminal justice, Louis Roy, started his teaching career in the Marine’s as an explosives instructor. He has ignited the SAU criminal justice program with his energy, ideas, and initiatives, including a week-long criminal justice youth academy coming in the summer. From June 7-13, 2015, a total of 40 applicants will partake in SAU’s first Youth Criminal Justice Residential Academy. The cadets will be divided into five-member teams for the week’s learning competitions, and each member of the winning team will earn a $500 scholarship to SAU. The application process is competitive, and students who apply need to meet the following requirements: 14-18 years of age; have a “C” average or higher on last report card; no police record; recommendation letter from school, law enforcement officer, or a community leader; willingness to work as a team member; and an interest in the criminal justice field. The student fee for the academy is $200, which Roy said covers their room and board. Applications are available by contacting Roy at lcroy@saumag.edu or (870) 235-4226. “We are looking for potential criminal justice leaders, students who will one day work in your departments,” said Roy during a meeting on December 16 with area law enforcement officials. The various department representatives offered assistance in judging, demonstrations, and equipment for the academy. Roy said that the cadets are always supervised, and are active each day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Some of the activities that cadets can look forward to include a SWAT team demo, police K-9 demo, CPR and first-aid training, arrest and cuffing demo, scuba diving training, a marksman competition, and a crime scene investigation (CSI) competition. Roy has hosted four similar academies while he was the Criminal Justice program director at West Virginia University. He said that three other schools have contacted him to use his model for this type of academy. The FBI also requested the model to be used as a junior special agent academy. Roy is estimated the total cost of the academy at more than $20,000, which is not covered by the cadet fees. He is seeking donations, which are tax deductible through the SAU Foundation. Since starting at SAU, Roy has also established a Mulerider Marksmen Team and been an active mentor for the Criminal Justice Club. Roy said that there is a trend for universities starting marksmanship teams because it provides students safe, supervised, and professional training with firearms. The Mulerider Marksmen team has also completed community service work, including cleaning the Magnolia City Firing Range. Roy also orchestrated a murder mystery fundraising dinner to raise money for the Criminal Justice Club to travel to a regional conference in Denton, Texas, in November. More than 100 people attended the fundraiser, and Roy said he was very proud of the amount of work and professionalism shown by the students, as well as the amount of support shown by the community. The Criminal Justice Club not only attended the conference, but they competed and won accolades against 15 other universities representing seven states. Three SAU students won first place in the Undergraduate Firearms Team event. One of the SAU teams earned second place in an Undergraduate Crime Scene Investigation event. Roy also took second place in the Professional Firearms competition. “This is the first conference the SAU Criminal Justice Club has ever attended, and to finish this well shows how hard the students worked and prepared. In March, they will travel to Nashville, TN, to compete in national conference competitions. They are already preparing,” said Roy. SAU has also been selected to host the American Criminal Justice Association Regional Conference in November 2015. Students from colleges/universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma will be coming to SAU for this conference. “We are excited to have this opportunity to show case our wonderful campus and program.” Following service in the Marines, Roy worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years, where he held numerous law enforcement positions from patrol officer to captain. He is a trained hostage negotiator, crime scene investigator, crime scene imaging instructor, and firearms instructor. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees from Mountain State.

 

BOOZMAN NAMDED CHAIRMAN OF FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL
GOVERNMENT SUBCOMMITTEE

WASHINGTON – Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) named U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee for the 114th Congress. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over annual funding for a range of federal agencies in the Executive Branch, Federal Courts and the District of Columbia. It oversees funding for financial-related agencies including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The subcommittee is also responsible for recommending funding for independent agencies that have a direct impact on Arkansas including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Postal Service. “I’m honored to be named chairman of this subcommittee and I look forward to leading efforts to cut wasteful government spending and holding federal agencies accountable for how they use taxpayer dollars. It’s my goal to pave the way for a fiscally responsible government while protecting our financial security for future generations of Americans,” Boozman said.Justice at Walden University.

 

ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING: Go RED! Funding Helps City Go Green
In recent years the city of Little Rock has worked to boost the fuel efficiency of its fleet, and a valuable part of that effort has been funds administered by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Last year the city was one of five recipients of funding from an ADEQ program, dubbed Go RED! which stands for Reduction of Emissions from Diesel. ADEQ awarded the city $23,745 as reimbursement for replacing the diesel engine of a roll-off wrecker truck with a compressed natural gas (CNG) engine. “Little Rock has made a commitment to go green,” said Renee Tyler, manager of fleet acquisitions, parts and special projects for Little Rock’s Fleet Services Department. “CNG is an excellent alternative for large trucks,” Tyler said, adding that city drivers see no difference in the power and performance of the CNG engine. But there is a big difference in the emissions. Compared to a diesel engine, a CNG engine emits on average 92.5 percent less hydrocarbons, 90.5 percent less carbon monoxide, 90.2 percent less particulate matter, and 86 percent less nitrogen oxides. The change also garnered savings for the city because CNG costs about half as much per gallon as diesel fuel. Congress passed the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) in 2005, stipulating that 70 percent of the funds it appropriates annually be used for national competitive grants; the remaining 30 percent are allocated to the states. Diesel engines are more powerful and efficient and perform longer than gasoline engines. But diesel engines manufactured before 2006, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent heavy-duty highway and non-road engine standards began coming into effect, have much dirtier emissions that include nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, which can seriously affect the health of children, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses. Nationally, diesel emissions are linked to thousands of premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks, millions of lost work days, and countless other health impacts every year. According to EPA, diesel exhaust is also a likely human carcinogen. Through its Go RED! program ADEQ distributes funds to reimburse recipients – such as agencies, businesses, cities, counties and schools -- a percentage of the costs of projects that reduce diesel emissions. Tyler credits ADEQ staff with coming to the rescue when a processing glitch delayed reimbursement. “They were so helpful,” she said. When the vendor delivered the engine, “It basically didn’t have the piece of paper needed for EPA approval,” she said. Elizabeth Sartain and her staff in the Regulation Development Section of ADEQ’s Air Division worked with EPA to solve the problem. The Go RED! program previously helped Little Rock’s green initiative with reimbursements for replacing two dump trucks in 2008. Including last year’s engine replacement, the city received a total of $76,112 from Go RED! ADEQ has distributed more than $1.3 million to 31 projects since the Go RED! program began in 2008. This year ADEQ has $164,672 in DERA funds to distribute to governmental, private, and nonprofit entities. Eligible projects will reduce diesel emissions in Arkansas through exhaust controls, engine upgrades, idling reduction technology, engine replacements or vehicle/equipment replacements. The first of this round’s rolling deadlines was Dec. 31, 2014. The next deadline will be Jan. 31, 2015, with subsequent deadlines on the last day of each following month until April 30, 2015 or until all funds are awarded. For more information about the Go RED! program, visit http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/air/planning/gored/. For help with applying for funding, contact Rick Heartgraves, HEARTGRAVES@adeq.state.ar.us, 501-682-0751.

January 19, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Officers of the Camden Police Department, received a phone call from the U.S. Marshall Service, who was assisting with the apprehension wanted rapist, Mark Livingston. Officers received information that Livingston was at a residence that was rented out by his girlfriend, on Crestwood. After making an approach to the house, they spoke with the girlfriend, who stated that Livingston was in the house attic hiding. Units surrounded the residence; the fire department and EMS were notified. Entry was made into the attic, officer found the suspect hiding behind the heat/AC unit. Livingston was taken into custody with no incident. He was then transported to the Ouachita County Detention Center.

1ST BANK MERGES WITH FARMERS BANK & TRUST
(MAGNOLIA, AR—January 16, 2015) - Officials of Farmers Bank & Trust of Magnolia, Arkansas, recently announced that approval has been granted from the Arkansas State Banking Department for the merger of 1st Bank of Texarkana, Texas into Farmers Bank & Trust.  The merger takes effect immediately and customers can expect to see signage and other rebranding to the Farmers Bank &Trust brand begin this week. Although the banks have merged, customers of both banks are asked to continue banking at their current bank locations until the banks systems are converted, which is scheduled for March 27th.  Former 1st Bank customers should continue to use their same checks, debit cards, and online banking services.  “There will be no changes to customer accounts until the conversion in March,” stated Chris Gosnell, Regional President of Farmers Bank & Trust. He continued, “Customers will receive notifications regarding the progress of the transaction well in advance of any changes.  Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for our new customers.” If customers have questions, they should contact their local branch. “Farmers Bank & Trust is happy to welcome the customers and staff of 1st Bank,” stated Bob L. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Farmers Bank & Trust.  “This presents a great opportunity for expanded service and convenience for our customers in Arkansas and Texas.  We plan to continue to provide great customer service and will remain committed to all of our communities.” Farmers Bank & Trust is a 109 year old community bank owned by the privately held holding company, Magnolia Banking Corporation, headquartered in Magnolia, Arkansas. With the merger, Farmers Bank & Trust now has 24 branch locations in Arkansas and Texas, and approximately $1.2 billion in assets.  Farmers offers a full range of deposit services, trust and investment management services, as well as business, commercial real estate, construction, mortgage, residential and consumer loans.  To learn more, visit their website at  myFBTbank.com.  

“MR. PRESIDENT, WORK WITH CONGRESS”
The State of the Union, the constitutionally mandated presidential address, is typically delivered to Congress at the beginning of the year. While today’s method of delivery is a speech before a joint session of Congress, Thomas Jefferson started a common practice among presidents that lasted for more than a century of delivering a written report to lawmakers. For the first time in Barack Obama’s presidency, he will deliver a State of the Union address to a Republican-led House and Senate. Some see this divided government as a prescription for gridlock. Others, like myself, see this as an opportunity for Congress and the administration to work together to accomplish what the American people sent us to Washington to do – get things done. This arrangement of a divided government has worked before. Bill Clinton worked with a Republican Congress for six years of his presidency. There is no reason why it can’t work today. We certainly won’t always agree on all of the issues, but we can find common ground without abandoning our ideological principles. The final product of these agreements will not allow either party to get everything it wants, but compromise is not a bad thing. Last Congress, with a Democrat Majority in the Senate blocking bills passed by the Republican controlled House, we still managed bipartisan legislation. We agreed on a new Farm Bill that ensures the continued safety, affordability, and reliability of our food supply while achieving real savings in federal spending. We reformed the VA to address the horrific wait time crisis our veterans faced while trying to receive the health care they earned. We passed a spending agreement bill that brings discretionary spending to its lowest level in almost a decade and has a number of provisions that adhere to conservative principles. One way the President can show he is ready to work together is by respecting the constitutional limits of the office and stop creating rules and regulations without the approval of Congress. Congress is crafting bipartisan legislation to improve our nation’s energy supply by approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Tapping into the Canadian oil sands will offer us a reliable source of energy from one of our strongest allies and trading partners while creating jobs. The House passed this legislation and the Senate will follow suit after debating and amending the bill. However, the President threatens to veto this bipartisan supported piece of legislation. This is just one of the veto threats President Obama already issued in the new Congress. The American people want the President to work with Congress. I believe we can find common ground. We all want hardworking Americans to be employed and to see our economy recover. There is bipartisan support in Congress for tax reform and for making Washington more efficient and accountable. We’ve seen positive results from a divided government. I encourage President Obama to follow President Clinton’s example and work with Congress to improve the lives of all Americans.

SAU THEATRE ‘DUTCHMAN’ IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
MAGNOLIA – In honor of February being Black History Month, the Southern Arkansas University Department of Theatre and Mass Communication is pleased to present “Dutchman” at 7 p.m. nightly from February 5-7, 2015 “Dutchman” is a one act play by African-American playwright LeRoi Jones. It will be performed in Harton Room 120, and has a 45 minute run-time. Christian Williams, SAU senior theatre major from Hope, is directing the play. All seats for this special production are $5, and can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com.  Seating is limited in this intimate space. Due to the adult themes of this story, which includes some violence, language, and sexual content, viewer discretion is advised. It is intended for audience members aged sixteen and older. “Dutchman” earned a special place in American history and the arts after its first performance in New York City in 1964. As the Civil Rights Movement escalated, playwright LeRoi Jones aimed to use his play as a voice of change in America. The story of a black man, encountered by a white city woman on a New York City Subway, ignites into a story that reveals the civil unrest of the time period and is sure to send a powerful message to audiences today.

RED CROSS CALLS FOR BLOOD DONORS AS UNIQUE
AS THE PATIENTS THEY HELP
(Jan. 19, 2014) — In honor of Black History Month this February, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American surgeon who was the first medical director of the American Red Cross and a modern blood-banking pioneer, eligible donors as diverse as the patients who need their blood donations are encouraged to give blood to ensure a sufficient blood supply. 

Blood from a donor with a similar ethnic background as that of the patient is less likely to cause complications, particularly for those patients whose chronic conditions require repeated transfusions. Sickle cell disease is one such chronic condition affecting as many as 100,000 people in the United States. Prior to transfusion, blood type and Rh factor are matched between donated blood and the patient in need. In some cases, additional red cell markers in donated blood must be matched, as well. These markers are best found in blood from donors of a similar ethnicity. With seasonal flu and inclement winter weather preventing many regular donors from giving, the Red Cross urges healthy, eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood in the coming days and weeks. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain a diverse and sufficient blood supply, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

ARKANSAS RANKED 5TH “MOST EMOTIONALLY RECHARGED STATE”
(Little Rock) - With many Americans making New Year's resolutions to feel better and avoid burnout in 2015, I'm writing to suggest a timely story on new national data: "Arkansas is ranked the #5 "Most 'Emotionally Recharged' U.S. state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index." To create this ranking, Lantern [www.golantern.com] -- a groundbreaking online and mobile tool for evaluating your mind health -- surveyed 3,000 Americans to determine how frequently respondents are taking action to renew, refresh, and recharge their emotional well-being. Based on a survey period from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, more "emotionally recharged" U.S. states have residents who regularly learn something new, share a moment of closeness with a loved one, have a meaningful conversation with a friend, do a good deed for someone else, or engage in other activities that help them truly rest, recharge, and unwind:

-The Top 25 Most 'Emotionally Recharged' U.S. States for 2015-
#1:  New Hampshire (75% of residents are emotionally recharged)
#2:  Indiana (73%)
#3:  Louisiana (71%)
#4:  Kansas (69%)
#5:  Arkansas (68%)
#6:  Nevada (67%)
#7:  Georgia (66%)
#8:  New Jersey (65%)
#9:  Rhode Island (65%)
#10: Oklahoma (65%)
#11: Maine (64%)
#12: Maryland (64%)
#13: South Carolina (63%)

#14: Florida (62%)
#15: Connecticut (61%)
#16: Michigan (61%)
#17: Virginia (60%)
#18: Oregon (60%)
#19: Colorado (59%)
#20: Mississippi (59%)
#21: New York (58%)
#22: Illinois (58%)
#23: Kentucky (58%)
#24: Iowa (58%)
#25: Tennessee (57%

January 16, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Lt. James Bolton, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to a driver traveling north bound on Highway 79 at the river bridge. The officer was on patrol in the East Camden area. The officer met with the vehicle as it merged onto Highway 278 near Airport Liquor. According to reports, the vehicle was on the double yellow lines separating the east bound from the west bound lanes. The officer observed the gold Chevy Impala swerve left to the shoulder of the west bound lane traveling east, conducting a traffic stop. The driver stated he was fine, however the officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him. After failing standard field sobriety tests, the man was booked and taken to the detention center.

CALHOUN COUNTY ADVANCES IN $5 MILLON GEORGETOWN
UNIVERSITY ENERGY PRIZE
Hampton Arkansas–Recently, Calhoun County officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. today, Calhoun County announced as one of the [TBD] communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency. “Calhoun County, as well as mayors and executives across the county, have told us that this Prize gives them the momentum to accelerate their energy efficiency efforts,” said Dr. Francis Slakey, Founder and Executive Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize. Slakey continued, “these Semifinalist communities are leading the way for other small- and medium-size cities and counties to secure their energy efficient future.” “Everyone individual in this community will gain from this competition.  We can all lower our total energy cost, improve our environment, and make this a better place for us all to live and work.” Said Mark Cayce the General Manager for Ouachita Electric Cooperative. Calhoun County joins 50 communities from around the country in this friendly competition to improve energy efficiency for all. “The competition looks truly like America,” said Dr. Slakey. “Not only do these communities come from across the map, they represent the nation’s full political, social and economic diversity.  Some are paying the highest prices for energy, some have the ambition to be carbon net-zero, but all communities share the goal of transforming America's energy future.” To learn more about the Georgetown University Energy Prize and to track the competition’s progress, visit www.guep.org, or follow the Prize on Twitter (@GUEnergyPrize) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/guenergyprize). For more information about Calhoun County’s efforts and ways you can get involved, please contact the Ouachita Electric Cooperative office at 877-252-4538. 

-About Calhoun County-
Calhoun County was formed on December 6, 1850, from parts of Dallas, Ouachita and Bradley counties. It is named for John C. Calhoun, an American statesman and political philosopher and Vice President of the United States. Hampton is the county seat. Calhoun County is Arkansas’ 55th county. The county is small, averaging less than 10 people per square mile. The economic base is timber, sand, and gravel. The landscape of the county is made up of rolling hills and is largely forested. Calhoun County shares with Cleveland County the Moro Creek Bottoms Natural Area, one of the few almost completely intact tracts of virgin hardwoods still existing in Arkansas. Calhoun County has the feeling of togetherness with the many ball fields and playgrounds. Most of the citizens take time for ball tournaments held at the Calhoun County Park or Hampton Recreation Fields. Varied water recreation is available within easy reach of anywhere in the county, and hunting is also a popular sport.
-About Georgetown University Energy Prize-
The $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize challenges small- to medium-size towns, cities, and counties to rethink their energy use, and implement creative strategies to increase efficiency. To compete for the Prize, local governments, residents, utilities, and others will need to work together to demonstrate success in sustainably reducing energy consumption over a two-year period. For more information, visit www.guep.org.

BOOZMAN OPENS SUMMER INTERN APPLICATION PERIOD
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today announced that he is seeking summer interns for his Washington, D.C. and state offices. “If you’re an Arkansas college student with an interest in government, this is an excellent opportunity to learn firsthand the inner-workings of the U.S. Senate while earning college credit,” said Boozman. The Washington, D.C. intern program emphasizes both practical and educational aspects of working on Capitol Hill from the first-hand perspective. Interns support the daily operation of the Senate office by working closely with the legislative, communications and constituent services staff members. They will have an opportunity to learn about the legislative process by attending Committee hearings and watching floor proceedings from the Senate gallery. In addition, interns will provide constituents with private tours of the U.S. Capitol Building. Students may also apply to serve in one of the state offices where each will have the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about how a Senator’s office provides constituent services, interacts with the community, and serves as a liaison to the Washington, D.C. office. Interns will work closely with state staff to help individual constituents who have problems with federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration. Boozman’s seven state offices serve the various regions of Arkansas—Lowell, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Stuttgart, and El Dorado. While Washington, D.C. interns will be able to receive academic credit for their work if they so choose depending on their college’s requirements for such credit, students interning in a state office are required to receive academic credit. Priority is given to Arkansas students who have completed at least two years of college. All internships are unpaid and candidates who are chosen for the Washington, D.C. office will be responsible for paying their travel and living expenses. The summer internship program is open to all area college students, regardless of major. During the summer, we offer one summer long internship in our seven state offices and two six week long summer sessions in our Washington, D.C. Office. The 2015 summer sessions in Washington are scheduled for May 26th– June 26th and June 29th—July 31st. An internship in any of my Arkansas’s offices runs from May 26th to July 31st.  Interested applicants should visit my webpage, www.boozman.senate.gov and click on the “apply for an internship link.”

January 13, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Elliot of the Camden Police Department was on a routine patrol in the area of Adams near Jefferson. While in the area, the officer observed a white GMC truck, run a stop sign.

The officer imitated a traffic stop with the vehicle on Adams, near Clifton Street. When the officer made contact with the driver and passenger, she could smell an unknown intoxicant emitting from his breath. When asked if he had been drinking, the driver stated he has a few, at the time the officer noticed that the man’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
The passenger’s eyes were bloodshot as well. When asked if he had anything to drink, the passenger stated he had a total of six drinks. The driver was taken into custody for drinking and driving, and the passenger was taken in for public intoxication.

Officer Plyler, of the Camden Police Department was called to assist Sgt. Easttam at Walmart with a person “passed out” in their vehicle. Sgt. Easttam stated he was flagged down by a white female, asking for a ride because her driver had smoked crack cocaine and was now passed out in the vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer another female, sitting in the driver seat of a Ford Bronco. Reports say the woman was slumped forward in the seat, eyes closed, with a cell phone in her hand. Now Easttam stated that he saw the woman making contact several minutes prior, however now she would not wake. Eventually when the woman did awake, she seemed very confused as to what was going on, her movements were also uncoordinated, and her eyes were bloodshot. The officer did not smell an odor of intoxicants coming from the woman. During a search the officer did find a small metal pipe in her front jacket pocket. She was then taken into custody for possession of instrument of crime.

NAACP FREEDOM FUND BANQUET THIS SATURDAY
MAGNOLIA – The Columbia County NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Center Campus and Community Center. The public is invited, and tickets are $30 each.  The theme this year is “In Our Beloved Community, All Persons Count.” For tickets, contact Claudell Woods at 870-234-0300 or Carol Garland at 870-234-3700. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, associated professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She is the director of Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project. Aiyetoro has had a career as a human rights attorney and social worker. As an attorney for the United States Department of Justice, she litigated cases involving the rights of the institutionalized and prisoners. She then worked for the ACLU National Prison Project. She has actively worked with the National Conference of Black Lawyers, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, United Nations Beijing Conference on Women, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, World Conference Against Racism, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America and the Harold Flowers Law Society. In March 2014, Aiyetoro received the Washington University George Warren Brown School of Social Work’s distinguished Alumni Award. In April 2014, she received the Arkansas ACLU’s Civil Libertarian of the Year Award. Since then, Aiyetoro has worked alongside with the W. Harold Flowers Law Society and the Arkansas ACLU to lead Truthful Tuesdays, a weekly rally on Tuesdays at the Arkansas State Capitol steps that addresses a particular topic of interest

SENIOR WELLNESS AQUATIC CLASS BEGINS MONDAY 
MAGNOLIA – Get a great start on your new year’s resolution this year by joining the upbeat and spirited Senior Wellness water exercise class at Southern Arkansas University. The class will meet at 9 a.m. at the SAU Aquatic Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Monday, January 19, and running through May 2. Sandi Alston is the instructor for the class. Cost of the semester-long program is $60. To register or find out more about the Senior Wellness class, contact Marianne Woodard at 870-235-4140 or a tMarianneWoodard@saumag.eduThe SAU Aquatic Center has seen many changes over the past two years. Aesthetically, the facility has been “branded” blue and gold with fresh paint. New tiles have also been put down.

BOOZMAN URGES SUPPORT FOR KEYSTONE ON SENATE FLOOR
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) encouraged his colleagues in the Senate to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline during a speech on the Senate floor. “The Senate has an opportunity to pass legislation that is a commonsense plan to improve our nation’s energy supply by approving the Keystone XL pipeline,” Boozman said. “This is good news as we work to reduce our dependence on oil from regions of the world that are hostile toward our country and its good news for Arkansas.” Boozman highlighted his visit to Welspun Tubular, a Little Rock company hired to produce the pipe. “Company officials estimate that 150 jobs will be created just to load pipe onto rail cars for shipment when the project gets the green light. The economic impact has wide reach in Arkansas,” Boozman said. Boozman has voted to approve the construction of the pipeline at every opportunity in the Senate, most recently in November, when the bill fell one vote short of the sixty votes needed for passage. Boozman has repeatedly urged the administration to stop delaying the permit for construction of Keystone. The House passed legislation approving the pipeline construction last week.

GRIFFIN ‘EXCITED AND GRATEFUL’ FOR NEW OPPORTUNITY
Says, ‘An honor to continue serving this great State and work with Governor Hutchinson and the General Assembly’ LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after taking the Oath of Office: I am excited and grateful to be your Lieutenant Governor. It is an honor to continue serving this great State and a privilege to work with Governor Hutchinson and the 90th General Assembly during this session. I am thankful for the support and trust of my fellow Arkansans. “As your Lieutenant Governor, I will be an advocate for job growth, education, bold tax reform and a top to bottom review of each and every state agency. We can and must do better, and I am ready to get to work for all Arkansans so we can grow jobs and compete.”

-About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin-
Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

RUTLEDGE HONORED TO SERVE AS ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL
LITTLE ROCK – Leslie Rutledge, of Little Rock, was sworn in as Arkansas’s 56th Attorney General today. Rutledge, the first woman and first Republican in Arkansas history elected to the Office, issued the following statement: “The people of Arkansas have entrusted me with an enormous responsibility of serving as their Attorney General, and I am honored and humbled by their confidence. My office will work every day, and make it the highest priority, to protect the well-being of all Arkansans from criminals, internet predators, scam artists and an overreaching federal government." Rutledge took the oath of office in the House Chamber of the Arkansas State Capitol with several family members and friends observing from the House Gallery. She was escorted onto the House floor by her father, former Circuit Judge Keith Rutledge. Rutledge, a native of Batesville, Arkansas, joined Governor Asa Hutchinson, Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, Secretary of State Mark Martin, Auditor of State Andrea Lea, Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan and Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston at today's inaugural ceremonies.

-About Attorney General Leslie Rutledge-
A native Arkansan, Leslie Rutledge graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received her law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She served as a Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Arkansas and then as Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Rutledge also worked as Legal Counsel for the Republican National Committee.  Prior to election as Attorney General, she practiced law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock. On November 4, 2014, Rutledge made history as the first woman elected to serve as Arkansas’s Attorney General.

January 12, 2015

SHOTS FIRED AT GARDENWALK APARTMENTS 
On Saturday, January 11, officers of the Camden Police Department were dispatched to the GardenWalk Apartments, for a report of multiple gun-shot wounds. According to reports, Devon Hunter stated he had been at the apartments. Hunter stated that he was shot at while he was in his car. Right now Hunter nor the Police know the reason behind the shooting. The I.D. of the shooter has not yet been identified. Reports say there were three people in the car, luckily no others were injured. Hunter suffered a gun-shot wound to his arm. An investigation is still underway. 

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy LaDuke of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office responded to Elliot Baptist Church for a report of a broken window. When LaDuke arrived he was shown the window, which is located upstairs, and had appeared to be hit by something from the outside. According to reports, at this time it does not seem that an entry was made into the church and nothing appears to be missing.

Lt. James Bolton, also with the Sheriff’s Office, responded to 240 Ouachita 52 to a reported dog bite. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman, who stated that she was a process server and was at the residence to serve papers on the homeowner. The woman also said that when the man opened the door, three dogs ran out and attacked her. The woman did state that the man was able to get the dogs back in the house, and the papers were served. The woman said that the skin was broken on her back leg, but she did not think it was serious, refusing medical treatment. Attempts were made to contact the homeowner, but were unsuccessful.

Deputy Harcrow was on a routine patrol, when he observed a white Ford Ranger in front of him. According to the deputy, the vehicle turned onto the exit ramp toward Highway 79, and in doing so ran upon the curb. Harcrow also observed the vehicle cross the center line and swerving on the shoulder. At one point the vehicle almost ran completely off the road. At that point Harcrow made contact with the driver, asking him if he was ok. The driver stated he had about 3 or 4 beers. The man was issued a citation for Carless/Prohibited driving.

Deputy LaDuke responded to Ouachita 5 for a 911 call reporting a structure fire at an unoccupied house. The home had no utilities turned on, according to reports. The fire was located next door to 245 Ouachita 5. At this time it is unknown who the owner is. The house was a complete loss.

Sgt. Chris Gill of the Sheriff’s Office, responded to 3906 Highway 79 south and spoke to a man in reference to a theft. The man states that on January 10th someone stole a small oxygen and acetylene torch set from a flatbed trailer of his business. He also noticed gas missing from all of his vehicles. The name of the brand is Concoa.

HARMONY GROVE FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT 
Harmony Grove’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Night
 is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on January 22nd Thursday, and will be held in the HG Auditorium for Juniors & Seniors. 
One lucky senior will be awarded a $250 Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarship as a door prize!

·Rachell Sorrells, HG Counselor, will provide information on scholarships and a financial aid booklet will be provided for those attending.

·Kimberly Nix from SAU Tech’s Financial Aid Office will discuss the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) and

·Stoni Butler, HG Class of 2012/National Merit Scholarship Finalist will speak about resume’ building and community service.  

·Door prizes from colleges/military will also be given out.

RIBBON CUTTING AT H/R BLOCK 
There will be a ribbon cutting on Friday, January 16 for newest Chamber Member H&R Block @ 998 Cash Road at 10:30 am. Please come out to support & learn how you can save on your taxes this year! 

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.
The Speaker this week will be Mr. Terry Calahan, who will be talking about this weekend’s Martin Luther King Celebration activities. If you would like any additional information on the Lion’s Club you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7. 

January 9, 2015

THE INTERFACE FINANCIAL GROUP ANNOUNCES SPECIAL WORKING CAPITAL FINANCE PROGRAM FOR TEXAMERICAS CENTER BUSINESSES  
Texarkana, Arkansas, January 8, 2015 – Scott Norton, Executive Director/CEO of TexAmericas Center and Steve Nipper, Principal of The Interface Financial Group (IFG), announced today a new working capital finance program from IFG with special, preferred discount rates exclusively for businesses located in TexAmericas Center. “IFG’s unique invoice discounting program will allow businesses within TexAmericas Center to access short term working capital financing at an extremely attractive rate, adding to the already extensive list of the advantages of locating a business in TexAmericas Center,” Norton said. “We are pleased to be working with TexAmericas Center to provide our proven working capital financing solution to businesses located in TexAmericas Center.  For over 42 years, IFG has specialized in helping businesses with their cash flow needs. Our service is flexible, quick, and responsive to the needs of our clients,” Nipper said.

-About TexAmericas Center (www.texamericascenter.com): One of the largest rural industrial centers in the Americas, TexAmericas Center brings together an unmatched land resource of nearly 12,000 acres and 3MSF of manufacturing, warehouse, storage and office space. TexAmericas Center, just west of Texarkana, Texas, offers both rail and interstate transportation, abundant natural and human resources, adaptable infrastructure and a business climate and culture that understands, appreciates and encourages business growth.

-About The Interface Financial Group (www.interfacefinancial.com/nipper): The Interface Financial Group (IFG) is the leading alternative funding source for small business. IFG provides financial resources (spot factoring, invoice discounting) to clients in over 30 industries. With over 150 offices and over 40 years of experience, IFG is ready to meet any short-term financing needs. IFG services companies in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore. IFG’s innovative Invoice Discounting service is a fast and easy way for small businesses to turn receivables into cash.

FORMER RAZORBACKS HEAD COACH TO SPEAK AT SAU TECH
Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) Camden, Arkansas, is pleased to announce that the speaker for the college’s annual Black History Celebration is Nolan Richardson, Jr., former University of Arkansas head basketball coach.  During his 38 year coaching career, Richardson has been the only coach in history to have won a championship on every college level.  Richardson was born in El Paso, Texas on December 27, 1941. He graduated from Texas Western University and started his coaching career at El Paso’s Bowie High School.  Richardson is an avid golfer and longtime philanthropist. He and his wife Rose still live in Fayetteville, Arkansas on their horse ranch where Richardson enjoys fish ing and taking care of his animals. The SAU Tech Black History Celebration will be held on February 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the SAU Tech Student Center in East Camden, Arkansas. For ticket information call 870.574.4495 or email rgivens@sautech.edu.

SAU BOARD CHOOSES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES FOR INTERVIEW
MAGNOLIA – The Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees Thursday selected three presidential candidates to be interviewed following recommendations from the presidential search committee. The three applicants include Trey Berry, Ph.D., Phillip Marc Wilson, Ed.D., and Cornelius Wooten, Ph.D. The SAU Office of Human Resources will schedule the interviews at the earliest convenience. O.A. Franks stepped in to serve as chair of the SAU Board of Trustees, as former Chair William “Bill” Stringfellow passed away from heart complications on December 13, 2014. Stringfellow also headed up the SAU presidential search committee. “We want to thank the search committee for all of the endless work its members performed, and especially to Bill Stringfellow,” said Franks at the onset of the meeting. “He loved doing it and was such a wonderful asset to the University.” Of the three applicants to be interviewed, two are from Arkansas. Berry is presently serving as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SAU. Wilson currently serves as President of Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas. Wooten is the Vice President for Administration and Finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Current SAU System President Dr. David Rankin will retire at the end of this academic year on June 30. Rankin has served SAU for 45 years, and the past 13 as president. In 2002, he set forth with his ambitious “Blue and Gold Vision,” SAU’s first capital campaign. He has almost completed that vision with numerous campus capital projects completed, totaling more than $100 million. The most recent project, the $4.4 million SAU Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center, opened this spring.

SAAC HOSTS ARTIST RECEPTION FOR NEW EXHIBITIONS
The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center will host an artist reception for Russellville artist Bill Garrison and El Dorado artist DeLeath Ludwig on Saturday, January 10 from 6-8pm.  The reception will be hosted in the Merkle and Price galleries and is free and open to the public. Garrison’s new exhibition entitled “A Brush with Arkansas: A Collection of Arkansas Landscapes in Oil” will be on display in the Merkle and Price Galleries from January 10-28. Garrison is an avid plein air painter where much of his time is spent on a creek bank, lake shore, open field or just out in the woods of Arkansas painting on location. He said, “Most of what is in this exhibit are studio paintings done from on location studies and photographs. The experience of plein air painting has allowed me the capability to achieve the quality of studio paintings I produce today. Painting plein air (outdoors on location) is the best teacher of all and is the most enjoyable form of painting. I lose all sense of time and become oblivious to hardships such as weather and insects when standing in front of a beautiful scene in nature with a paintbrush in my hand. “Timeless: A 35 Year Retrospective of Watercolor Work” by DeLeath Ludwig is currently on display in the Lobby gallery until January 28.  This exhibit presents work done over a 35 year period. According to Ludwig, it is indeed the process, not the product that is important. “I caress my watercolors and coach them into the image I want them to become. It is a matter of some discipline, but that is completely outweighed by the excitement and joy of seeing them develop most of the time into the blends and focus that I never even imagined,” she said. For more information about the artist reception, contact SAAC’s reception desk at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

SAAC’S CREATIVE ARTS ACADEMY SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS
The South Arkansas Arts Center’s Creative Arts Academy spring semester classes begin the week of January 12. Registration is currently underway for classes in art, ballet, computer arts, and drama.  Classes are offered for students in grades K-12 and adults. Classes with space still available in art with instructor Maria Villegas are grades K-1 which meets on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45pm.  Grades 2-3 will meet on Thursdays from 3:45-4:45pm.  Grades 4-6 and grades 7-12 will meet together on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00pm.  Villegas also offers Advanced Studio Art on Mondays from 4:45-6:45pm.  Students interested in the Advanced Studio Art must receive the instructor’s recommendation prior to enrollment. Jorge and Maria Villegas offer Special Gifts/Special Needs Art for K-12 students on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm.  Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  The Villegas’ also offer private lessons in art.  For those interested in private lessons, contact the instructors to schedule classes. Ballet classes are offered with instructors Melissa Spears and Stephanie Lowrey.  Spears offers 3-5 Year Olds Beginning Dance on Thursdays from 3:00-3:45pm. Lowrey offers Level 1 Ballet for Grades K-1 on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45pm and Level 2 Ballet for Grades 2-4 on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45pm.  Both instructors offer Level 3 Pre-Pointe, which meets twice a week on Mondays from 4:00-5:30 and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15. Spears also offers Level 4 Pointe twice a week on Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm. For students interested in computer arts and graphic design instructor Mike Means offers Design in Photoshop for grades 4-6 on Mondays from 3:45-4:45 and for grades 7-9 on Mondays from 4:45-5:45. Means also offers Open Studio Monday Nights for anyone needing assistance with Photoshop projects.  The studio is open on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm for anyone needing assistance. Means also offers a 2-Day Photoshop Workshops for Teens and Adults on March 9 and 10 from 6-8pm. Means also offers private tutoring, contact the instructor to schedule. For the budding actor in the family drama instructor Darrin Riley offers a new class for students entering grades 1-5.  Students will work on staging an adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon.  The class meets on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm. Drama students in grades 6-12 will continue working on the ultimate 80’s musical “Xanadu, Jr.”  The class meets on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm. Public and school performances to be scheduled in May. SAAC also offers Adult Ballet with instructor Melissa Spears.  The class meets on Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm and an Adult Open Studio with art instructor Gay Bechtelheimer.  The Adult Open Studio meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30pm. For more information or to register for classes, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

“SAXSATIONAL” FEATURING ROB VERDI TO PERFORM IN CAMDEN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (DATE) – “SAXsational” is a unique concert event combining the deft of a seasoned jazz artist with student and community bands.  Camden Fairview High School Band directed by Chris Richards will join Verdi for a program of popular jazz standards and movie and television favorites at Camden Fairview Middle School Auditorium, 746 Dooley Womack Drive, Camden, Arkansas on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  Children and students are admitted to all OCCCA performances at no charge if accompanied by an OCCCA ticket holder. Season tickets to the Ouachita County Community Concert Association’s 2014-2015 series are now available; subscriptions to the five-concert lineup are $50.  For more information please call (870) 231-6244. “His knowledge, background, and history of the saxophone is phenomenal… I can't recommend the program enough.”

Charlie Kerr, Director of Bands, Snow Canyon High School. St. George, Utah
“SAXsational” is a musical, educational and community enrichment home-run that band directors, students, parents and presenters have embraced.  His 2014-2015 tour includes nearly 70 concerts.  Rob Verdi is a Los Angeles-based freelance professional.  He is also a founding member of the classic swing ensemble “Side Street Strutters,” a featured performing group at Disneyland since 1985 and successful touring act. Verdi has a renowned touring reputation as a solo performer as well based on his 2008 creation, “Saxophobia.” The show features his enormous collection of instruments, including a six-foot tall contrabass saxophone.  He has recorded two self-produced solo albums, “Prose and Conn-versations, featuring the Conn-O-Sax” (2005) and “Saxophobia” (2007).   Follow this link to view a video featuring Rob Verdi. The Ouachita County Community Concert Association has been presenting world-class entertainment to the Camden community since the late 1950s.  An enthusiastic group of volunteers work tirelessly to provide family entertainment and educational outreach performances to educate and entertain adults and students alike. Live On Stage, Inc. provides excellent, affordable, entertainment attractions and support services to an American community of concert presenters.  View a video about Live On Stage. 

 GOVERNOR BEEBE'S WEEKLY COLUMN: FAREWELL BUT NOT GOODBYE
Nine-and-a-half years ago, I announced my intention to run for Governor of Arkansas. This next week, for the first time since June of 2005, I will not be pursuing or executing this job. It has been the most gratifying responsibility I've ever had in public service, and a satisfying end to a 32-year career in elected office. As I leave, let me take one more opportunity to say thank you for this special privilege. I've maintained for years that being Governor is the best job you can have in politics. You are generally free of the day-to-day gridlock and thick bureaucracy of Washington, D.C. There are more opportunities to meet, and speak directly with, the constituents you serve. You can accomplish more with policy, and be an ambassador for the State that you love. There are, of course, difficult times, when the job brings you a unique perspective on life and death. I will never forget the phone calls to and conversations with widows and family members of soldiers killed in action overseas. There were the warrants for executions that I signed, even though the courts stopped all executions during my two terms. Too many times, I witnessed the aftermath of deadly tornadoes and floods, visiting families who had lost too much and admiring their resilience and will to recover. The most unexpected part of being Governor has not come from policy work or changes in the economy or dealing with unanticipated emergencies. It has been the magnitude of events and interaction outside of the Capitol that surprised Ginger and me. We have enjoyed it, but did not know going in how much time it would require, or how many new friends we would make. We, and especially Ginger, were determined from the outset to make the Governor's Mansion more accessible - truly the People's House. Eight years and 1,500 events later, more people have definitely had the chance to enjoy this state treasure. There have been so many events for so many worthy causes, and there are fond memories we will carry with us long after we’ve moved on. So as I leave office, I say thank you, Arkansas. Thank you for the thousands of handshakes, hugs, fist bumps and encouraging words throughout the past eight years. While I am finished serving in elective office, I'm not leaving Arkansas, either. I plan on enjoying my retirement, but I will also continue working to change the outdated image that too many still carry about our State, both here and beyond our borders. We have many reasons to celebrate our State, and Arkansas has not yet reached her full potential. I say farewell as your Governor, but not goodbye as your friend and fellow Arkansan. Let's continue to move Arkansas forward, together.

COTTON CONGRATULATE ARKANSAS U.S. SENATE
YOUTH PROGRAM DELEGATES

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton congratulated Katherine Sanders of Cave City and Ashton Yarbrough of Bentonville on being selected as delegates for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).  Sanders and Yarbrough were chosen from hundreds of applicants from across the state to attend the 53rd annual Washington Week.
“Ashton and Katherine have shown true commitment to their academics and communities. The United States Senate Youth program is a great opportunity for them to build on their interest in civic involvement and experience the legislative process at work first-hand. We look forward to welcoming these Arkansans to Washington and helping cultivate their interest in community leadership,” Boozman and Cotton said. Katherine Sanders is a student at Batesville High School and serves as vice president of the Student Council, Key Club, and Science Club. She plays varsity soccer and is a member of the Batesville Choral Society. Kate placed 2nd in the 2014 Delta Symphony Vocal Competition and is a six time selection to the Memphis Opera Conservatory. She founded the school district’s Families in Transition project to help meet student’s basic needs and she volunteers in several other community activities. She plans to major in micro-biology in college and eventually enter the medical profession. Ashton Yarbrough is a student at Gravette High School where she serves as the vice president of the Student Council and a member of the cheer squad, along with DECA, FCA, and the Key Club. Ashton is the current Girls State Governor, a 4-H ambassador, an Arkansas 4-H Teen Star, and a Girls Nation delegate. Her volunteer activities include food and toy drives, tornado clean-up, Arkansas Children’s Hospital/St. Jude, Special Olympics, senior citizen’s center activities and honoring veterans’ gravesites. Chosen as alternates to the 2015 program were Sarah Spradlin who attends Northside High School in Fort Smith and Shelby Tucker, a resident of Hamburg, who attends Hamburg High School. While in Washington from March 7-14, Sanders and Yarbrough will join 102 other delegates in meetings with Senators, Congressional staff, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, an Ambassador to the United States and senior members of the national media. The students will also tour many of the national monuments and several museums. USSYP allows two delegates, current high school seniors or juniors, from each state to be selected by the state’s chief education officer in cooperation with high school principals. In addition to outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service, the students rank academically in the top one percent of their states.

January 7, 2015

FLU DEATHS RISE IN ARKANSAS
According to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the number of flu deaths in Arkansas continues to increase. Recent reports show that 10 people have died from the influenza since December 30th, which now brings the total since September to 12. There have been no pediatric deaths, according to the ADH.

U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT SUES LITTLE ROCK, AR, ELECTRICAL CONTACTOR FOR FAILING TO PAY FEDERAL CONTRACT WORKERS PROPERLY
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit with the Office of Administrative Law Judges against LRE Royal Electrical Contractors Inc. and its owner, George E. Smith, to recover $345,077 in back wages for 61 electrical workers. The action also seeks to prevent the company and Smith from obtaining federal contracts for three years. The filing alleges Smith and his company, doing business as both LRE Electrical Contractors and LRE Electrical, violated the Davis-Bacon and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Acts when they paid  electrical workers less than the applicable prevailing wage rates and corresponding overtime wages for work performed as part of four government contracts. The Wage and Hour Division’s Little Rock District Office found that LRE Electrical and Smith did not register electrical workers in approved apprenticeship programs, but classified and paid workers as apprentices. The company and Smith also failed to pay these workers wage rates included in the contracts, which are based on the work an employee actually performs. “Government contracts specify clearly how pay and benefits must be determined. Employers are required to adhere to these rules and pay workers correctly,” said Cynthia Watson, Wage and Hour administrator in the Southwest. “Contractors know these obligations when they bid on government contracts, and when the contracts are awarded.” The DBA requires all contractors and subcontractors working on federal and certain federally funded projects to pay their laborers and mechanics proper prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits, as determined by the U.S. secretary of labor. Prime contractors are also responsible for compliance by subcontractors and lower-tier subcontractors. The CWHSSA applies to federal service contracts and federal and federally assisted construction contracts exceeding $100,000. It requires contractors and subcontractors to pay laborers and mechanics one and one-half times their basic rates of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The premium charged to employers for overtime hours when an employee works beyond 40 per week encourages employers to hire more workers on these contracts, thus creating jobs, rather than working fewer employees longer hours. For more information about the DBA, CWHSSA and other federal wage laws, call the Wage and Hour Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243), or the division’s Little Rock office at (501) 221-4600. Information is also available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.

TOM COTTON SWORN IN AS AR 35TH UNITES STATES SENATOR
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton was sworn in as the 35th Senator from the state of Arkansas. He welcomed his family and many friends and supporters from across Arkansas to Washington, D.C. to help him celebrate this occasion. Senator John Boozman escorted Senator Cotton into the Senate chamber where Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath of office using the Cotton family Bible. The Bible belonged to Senator Cotton’s grandfather, Thomas Cotton, and has been in the family since 1926.  Senator Cotton’s family, including his wife Anna, his parents, Len and Avis, his sister Sarah along with husband Jay and their three children, and his in-laws, Mark and Susan Peckham, watched the ceremony from the Senate gallery. Later, they joined him for a ceremonial reenactment with Vice-President Biden in the Old Senate Chamber. “It is a great honor to be a member of the United States Senate. I’m humbled by the support of my fellow Arkansans and am grateful they’ve given me the privilege to represent our great state. Now, we turn to governing and putting Arkansas and America on a path of growth, opportunity, and security. I look forward to the important work that lies ahead.”

January 6, 2015

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Brian Finney responded as backup to the Shell gas station on Goodgame Street for a report of a black male inside the store kicking the ATM. Dispatch stated that the male was wearing a green sweat shirt. The officer asked the man if he had been kicking the ATM.  Now the man stated that he had been kicking the machines, because it was not working. The officer reported that he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the man when he spoke. He was taken into custody and transported to the Ouachita County Medical Center. 

Officer Bush of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to the Camden Animal Hospital on Highway 79 South and met with a man, who stated a subject asleep in his truck on his property. He stated that he owns the new apartments being built on Highway 79 South near Camden Animal Hospital. The officer made contact with the man asleep in his vehicle. He stated he was sleep in his truck waiting on his crew to arrive and he had been working for a contractor on the site. He sleeps in his truck and decided to sleep on the site. The man that owns the apartments stated that the man did not currently work for any contractors or sub-contractors on his property and had been fired. According to reports the Superintendent, who stated that the man was hired for about a week and was paid in full for all work performed.

Officers of the Camden Police Department were dispatched to Walmart in reference to shoplifters detained in the office. One of the shoplifters, a female from Hope, was standing at the isle, watching for her friend, who was putting merchandise in her purse. The officer then told the manager that simply “watching out” was not a crime in the state of Arkansas, and she would have to be released, but could be mentioned in the report. The other female was arrested and charged with obstructing governmental operations. 

GOVERNOR BEEBE APPOINTS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Mike Beebe has named Lamar Davis of Little Rock to the Arkansas Public Service Commission. The appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of PSC Chair Colette Honorable, who has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Davis, 43, has served as Beebe's Deputy Chief of Staff throughout both gubernatorial terms. Prior to that, he spent five years as a consumer-protection attorney at the Arkansas Attorney General's Office. While the chairmanship of the PSC is determined by the governor, Beebe decided against naming a new chairman with only one week left in his term. Governor-elect Hutchinson will make that determination after being sworn in next week. Davis's term will expire January 14, 2017.

AAHCC: MLK 2015 CELEBRATION ‘FREEDOM WEEKEND’
The African American Historical Commission of Camden would like to invite all citizens to our Sixth Annual MLK 2015 CELEBRATION –‘Freedom Weekend’. The theme for this year is  “ Let Freedom Ring”.  AAHCC purpose for this year’s celebration is to promote PEACE/NON VIOLENCE and UNITY. Choirs from Philander Smith College, of Little Rock, Arkansas, The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Vesper Choir, Pilgrim Rest Mass Choir, Camden-Fairview Intermediate and Middle School Choirs, Camden Youth Mass Choir, Ouachita District Mass Choir will be among some of the guests at the celebration. Rev. Cecil Gibson, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, will reenact the “I Have a Dream Speech”. National Gospel Recording Artist, Rev. A.T. Jordan will be the special guest. Rev. Jordan is scheduled to perform songs from his CD’s. The MLK CELEBRATION will be held at the Pilgrim Rest MBC, 675 Viser St. Camden, Arkansas, where the Rev. J.A. Hayes is the pastor.  The time is scheduled for 4 p.m. For further information, contact Terry Calahan at 870-836-8773 or Rev. Stephone Avery at 870-833-0661 or any member of AAHCC.

SAAC HOLD AUDITIONS FOR SHAKESPEARE’S “TWELFTH NIGHT”
The South Arkansas Arts Center’s Theatre Committee announces auditions for William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the first production of their 51st theatrical season.  The production is sponsored by Teague Auto Group and Southern Bancorp and opens in the Callaway Theatre on February 28 and continues through March 8.  Auditions are scheduled for January 12 and 13.

Haley Phillips, the production’s director, is seeking experienced and non-experienced actors who are 14 years of age and up to fill the roles.  The ensemble cast features adult roles for three women and eight men plus extra parts for lords, priests, musicians, sailors, and attendants. Phillips will consider all physical types and ethnicities for roles. Auditioning for a part is easy, simply fill out an audition form, which are available in advance from the SAAC office or download it from SAAC’s website and be prepared to read from the script: readings will be provided. No advance preparation is necessary, but actors are welcome to get audition readings in advance from the SAAC office. The director requests that everyone speak in a clean, clear, standard American dialect. Individuals auditioning are welcome to attend either or both nights.  Registration begins in the SAAC lobby at 5:30pm on both nights with auditions beginning at 6pm. “Twelfth Night” is often considered Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy of errors. The plot of the play is as follows:  Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead. She pretends to be a boy and enters the service of the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino longs for the love of Olivia, a neighboring countess. Viola (as Cesario) falls in love with Orsino. To add to the farce Viola’s identical twin, Sebastian arrives on the scene. Living in Olivia’s household is her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, a merry character and the conceited steward of the household, Malvolio. The plot illustrates jealousy, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and features fights and duels. In the end Sebastian and Olivia marry. Orsino realizes that it is Viola that he loves and they marry. Sir Toby Belch and Maria also marry! Everyone, except Malvolio, is happy and Shakespeare speaks of the madness of love. “I've been in love with Shakespeare from the first reading, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share ‘Twelfth Night’ at the South Arkansas Arts Center. I also love working with actors, and I want this production to be a fun collaboration. I'm hoping to see experienced actors at auditions, along with any folks who just think they'd like to try ‘doing Shakespeare.’ I'd like to keep this production fairly simple, focusing on the story itself. I want it to be as accessible to the audience as possible. The setting is ‘a long time ago,’ and the interpretation will be literal,” said Phillips. Phillips received her B.A. in Theatre from Southern Arkansas University and her M.F.A. in Theatre, acting emphasis from the University of New Orleans.  She has also worked in area schools as an Artist in Education through the Arkansas Arts Council. She has been seen throughout the years on the SAAC stage as Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Titania in “Robin Goodfellow,” June in “Smoke on the Mountain,” and Velma Kelly in “Chicago.” She has previously directed SAAC’s productions of “1776” and “Mame.”  For more information about “Twelfth Night” auditions, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

January 2, 2015

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Lt. James Bolton, along with Deputies Harcrow and McLane, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a reported accident on Highway 7 North at the tressell. Upon arrival, the officer’s found a 1999 Chevy S14 truck under the railroad overpass. According to reports, the vehicle was located about 30 feet north of the roadway underpass. The driver, paasenger and the two children were uninjured. Arkansas State Police is working the accident.

GRIFFIN ANNOUNCES RECEPTION “Stop by and celebrate this historic day with us”
LITTLE ROCK –Congressman and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Tim Griffin today announced a reception in the Office of Lieutenant Governor on Tuesday, January 13, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. following Governor-Elect Hutchinson’s Inaugural Address. “January 13 will be an exciting day for Arkansas as we welcome new leadership to our State. I look forward to working with Governor-Elect Hutchinson and the General Assembly in the upcoming session. I welcome everyone to stop by and celebrate this historic day with us.”c Governor-Elect Hutchinson will give his Inaugural Address on Tuesday, January 13 at 12:00 p.m. on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol. The Office of Lieutenant Governor is located in Suite 270 in the Arkansas State Capitol and will host a reception from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

START A LIFESAVING HABIT BY GIVING BLOOD WITH THE RED CROSS
The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January. January is a challenging time for blood donations. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments. National Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970, raises awareness of the need for blood during the winter and throughout the year, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: Ouachita County
-Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Southern Arkansas University Tech College, 100 Carr Road in Camden

-How to donate blood:
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

-About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

December 31, 2014

UPDATE – SHOOTING VICTIM OFFICIALLY IDENTIFIED: NEXT OF KIN NOTIFIED
An Arkansas State Police investigation has confirmed the identity of the man who shot himself during a traffic stop by State Troopers earlier today (see news release of earlier today copied below). Tumetheus Lestavian Pack, 44, (last known official address) Portland, Oregon.  Pack’s body has been transported to the State Crime Laboratory for examination and autopsy. Pack was a fugitive wanted by Houston Police in connection with an Amber Alert.

ROADSIDE SHOOTING INCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIFE OF WANTED FUGITIVE
A 44-year old man wanted by Houston Police died today at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope of what law enforcement witnesses report was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the incident. The incident occurred about 10:20 AM (Tuesday, December 30th) during a traffic stop by Arkansas State Police near the 45 mile marker (eastbound) along Interstate 30. A woman and three children in the car at the time of the traffic stop were taken from the scene by State Police and were reported to be uninjured.  The youngest of the children is believed to be the subject of a Texas Amber Alert. The identity of the shooting victim will be released once State Police can confirm next of kin have been notified.

BIG PRIZES UP FOR GRABS AT JAN. 31 ‘MAGNOLIA HOLD’EM’
MAGNOLIA – The Leadership Magnolia Class of 2015 is hosting a “Magnolia Hold’Em” Texas Hold’Em fundraising poker tournament on January 31, 2015, at the Magnolia Country Club. Entry fees will be $75, with a $75 re-buy. Registration will open on January 1. Registration will be limited to the first 80 players. Player registration tickets can be purchased from any Leadership Magnolia Class of 2015 member, or by calling Amy Lewis during standard business hours at 870-235-7073. Gallery Tickets are also on sale for $15. Local businesses have donated money and big prizes and items for a silent auction. The top three prizes are as follows:
- A Samsung 50” 1080p 60 Hz Smart LED TV, which retails for around $530;

- A Blackstone Patio Pizza Oven with a 16.5” cooking stone that uses propane and has a 60,000 BTU burner, donated by S&S Home Center and retails for $499;
- An H&R pump 12-guage shotgun, donated by Circle W Farms, which retails at $250 and includes a pistol grip and a regular stock. The evening will also include finger foods, drinks available for purchase, a silent auction, and music. All proceeds will benefit the Leadership Magnolia Class of 2015 project. The group has set a goal to raise $25,000 to build two large brick monument “Welcome to Magnolia” signs for the city. Along with the fundraising events, the class is also reaching out to community leaders and organizations. There are various levels of giving opportunities ranging from $100 to $15,000. The four top levels, which start at $1,000, will be recognized with a plaque on the main brick sign.

EL DORADO PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP PRESS RELEASE
The January meeting of the El Dorado Parkinson’s Support Group will be held at Health Works Fitness Center in the Conference Room at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January 15th. All interested individuals are welcome to attend. The support group exists through a partnership of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Area Agency on Aging of Southwest Arkansas, Health Works, and the South Arkansas Center on Aging. For more information, please call Nancy Bailey at 800-272-2127 Ext. 105 or Lori DeWese at 870-881-8969. 

RESOLVE TO BE A SMART CONSUMER IN 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants to help you resolve to be a savvy consumer in 2015. He released this consumer alert today with a list of New Year’s resolutions that serve as valuable reminders to help consumers protect themselves against scams and fraud. “My Consumer Protection Division wants to help you make the best choices as a consumer,” McDaniel said. “We’re committed to helping Arkansans identify, prevent and resolve consumer disputes.” Make sure you’re a smart consumer in 2015 by resolving to:

Always read the fine print. Whether it’s a contract from a roofer, a health club membership application or a cell phone contract, always take the time to read agreements before entering them.
Check your credit report at least once a year. Everyone is entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus. To learn how to obtain your free annual credit report under Federal law, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com.
Insist On a Written Contract. When hiring someone to make home improvements and repairs, have a written and signed contract before any work begins on your home or property.
Protect yourself from identity theft. Mail your bills from a secure location and don’t leave sensitive mail sitting in your mailbox for extended periods. Keep a close eye on personal documents and credit cards. Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a firewall, and update them all regularly. Don’t share personal information over the Internet. Never respond to an e-mail that asks you to transmit personal information over the Internet.
Be safe on social networks.  Although social networking sites can be valuable resources to connect with friends and acquaintances online, it is important to remember to be careful when using them because the information you post online can be used to victimize you. Be sure to set your privacy settings to the most secure setting available. Think carefully about what information you post online.
Apply for credit cards with care. Credit cards are nothing more than pre-approved loans. Shop for the lowest interest rate. Some credit cards are offered with interest rates as high as 30 percent or more. It is best to pay off your balance every month. Don’t get hooked on minimum payments.
For more information about how to be a savvy consumer or other consumer issues, visit the Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, or call the Consumer Protection Division hotline at (800) 482-8982.

December 30, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Officers and K9’s of the Camden Police Department initiated a traffic stop directly in front of 810 Henry Wesley Sr. Road. According to reports, while the officers on the traffic stop heard and saw a green Dodge pickup squeal and squall tires at the intersection of Henry Wesley Sr. and Rogers Street. The officer advised the driver of the vehicle to pull over, which he did, however seconds later, he spun off. While in pursuit the made a turn onto Maul Road, exceeding over 50 mph. During the pursuit the driver of the pickup collided with the back passenger side of one of the Camden patrol units, causing damage to the front bumper and the fender. While the officer attempted to arrest the man, he continued to resist. Eventually, the man was taken to the ground, and placed under arrest. During a search, the officers located a small clear bag of marijuana in the man’s right pants pocket. The man stated that he ran because “he was scared and had a bud on him”. He was charged and taken to the Ouachita County Jail.

ROADSIDE SHOOTING INCIDENT CLAIMS THE LIFE OF WANTED FUGITIVE
A  44-year old man wanted by Houston Police died today at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope of what law enforcement witnesses report was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the incident. The incident occurred about 10:20 AM (Tuesday, December 30th) during a traffic stop by Arkansas State Police near the 45 mile marker (eastbound) along Interstate 30. A woman and three children in the car at the time of the traffic stop were taken from the scene by State Police and were reported to be uninjured.  The youngest of the children is believed to be the subject of a Texas Amber Alert. The identity of the shooting victim will be released once State Police can confirm next of kin have been notified. 

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputies of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office responded, to Moorehead Heating and Air on Country Club road for a breaking and entering report. The Camden Police received a call from a man, who stated that he observed an unknown vehicle leaving the business. The man also stated that he did not have a vehicle description, but that the vehicle was headed towards town. Upon the deputy’s arrival, they observed an open door to a storage building, they also observed an old desk, computers and some plaques on the wall. The deputies were unable to make contact with the owner, but no contact could be made. According to reports, the only damage was to the door frame, which had been tampered with.

Deputy LaDuke, with the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke to a homeowner at his residence in Bearden. The man wanted to make a report regarding his truck getting broken into during the night. At this time all that was found to be missing was around $40 in cash and a phone charger. The rear glass, side window, back tail light, and passenger mirror of the vehicle had been busted. The investigation is still under away.

Deputies of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office responded to 1113 Ouachita 83 in reference to stolen property. Upon the arrival, deputies spoke with a man, who stated that sometime during the night he had a dolly stolen from his shed behind his residence. The man also stated afterwards, he drove to his brother’s residence, which is right next door, because his three sons, are known for being thieves. According to the man, he observed his dolly sitting in the carport of his brother’s residence. He also said that other items the three sons had stolen included a Leaf Blower, 110 Air Condition, Sony Computer Tower, Rope Lights, Small Radio, Large Radio, 2 Large Stereo Speakers, Speaker Wire, Mini Scooter, Weed Eater, Deer Feader, and a Pressure Washer. 

December 25, 2014

JAQUESTIN ANDERSON IN CUSTODY
On December 24, 2014 at approximately 11:30 pm, Jaquestin Anderson, wanted for Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery in connection with the murder of Richard Anders, surrendered himself to the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department.  Anderson has NO BOND and will be held until his next court appearance.

Breaking News - December 22, 2014

Camden Police Chief Police Chief Boyd Woody has issued an arrest warrant for Jaquestin Anderson for Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery. Anderson is a 20 year old black male. He was an employee of Mac’s and was on duty at the time Austin Hill allegedly robbed and shot Ric Anders. Chief Woody said he is confident that Anderson worked in conjunction with Hill in carrying out the crime. If you have any information regarding the location of Anderson, please contact the Camden Police Department at 870-836-5755.

 

December 23, 2014

AUSTIN HILL MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE
Austin Hill, the man accused of gunning down Mac’s in Garden Oaks store manager, saw first appearance today at 3:30PM. He is currently held without bond. He is charged with Capital Murder, a class Y felony, which carries a penalty of death of life without parole. Aggravated Robbery, a class Y Felony, which carries a sentence of not more than six years and not more than a $10.000. Judge Ham Singleton presided over the hearing. He found Hill to be indigent and Hill was appointed an attorney. At that time Hill had the choice to move forward with the first appearance or shut it down until what time he could speak with his Attorney. He shut the hearing down. It will be continued at a later date yet to be determined. Hill remains in custody at the Ouachita County Detention Center with no bond.

CHRISTMAS CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL
I arrived at Garden Oaks to find a parking lot completely full. Residents were milling about visiting with other until Darlene Wheelington thanked everyone for coming. She looked around at the sea of people who had all come out to show unity and show respect for Mr. Rick Anders who was gunned down and robbed this past Friday night as he was going to his truck to go to the bank to make a deposit and said this outpouring shows that we are Camden strong. Darlene and two others play guitars and led everyone in several songs. Janice Davis White then spoke about Unity in Camden. For the past three years the unity in the Community committee has met on a monthly basis to meet about some of the racial con and other concerns. We hate that a trajedy like this has brought us together. We hat that a tragedy like this had to bring us together. But we are impressed that is shown right here. White said that Mr. Anders was a great man. She told those in attendance that Mr Anders was very helpful when they held the National Night Out and that he was a huge supporter of Unity in the Community Program. White went on to express sympathy to the Anders’ family and Mac’s employees. Darleen the said that this is not about one person. This is about Camden Strong. She said that this community is a loving community. She went on to say that when there is a need we try to come to gather and meet that need. There are people all through the community that are hurting, those who have lost loved ones this year and those that are battling illness. Mayor Elect Marie then addressed the crowd. She stated that we were all gathered to show love to the Anders family and love to each other and to provide comfort to each other. She said that is very important this time of year no matter how angry we may be about things that happen that shouldn’t happen we should continue to show our love for one another and our support for each other and not allow our anger to take control of who we are. We’re good people and we need to keep right on being just as good as we are. Dale Bowen who is a chaplain lead a prayer. Wheelington stated that this whole thing come about from a Facebook Post. The Community made this happen. This is what Camden does. She stated she was not surprised at the number that showed up. There is a lot of love in Camden. We are Camden Strong.

STARTING A BUSINESS IN ARKANSAS
The SAU ABTDC is offering a seminar on starting a business in Arkansas. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, January 13th from 11AM To 1PM at the OPED Building in Camden. This seminar prepared you for the intensive business planning process, identifier major steps crucial to starting a business, discusses key issues that affect you business success and discusses start-up requirements and the common pitfalls you will face as an entrepreneur.  

NEW! OPERATING A HOME-BASED BUSINESS
The SAU ABTDC will offer a new seminar on operating a home-based business on Thursday, January 22 from 2:00 to 4:00PM at SouthArk Community College - East Campus in El Dorado. Cost is $30. Thousands of people are running businesses out of their homes. Are you considering joining them? This seminar will help you with business planning, ideas, requirements, and more to get you headed in the right direction.

HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN
The SAU ABTDC will offer a new seminar on how to write a business plan on Tuesday, January 27 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM at the OPED Building in Camden. This seminar is free thanks to a special sponsorship from Team Camden! No matter how large or small a business may be, all should have a written plan. A business plan helps to define the concept, evaluate competition, analyze markets, determine risks and estimate the financial potential. This in-depth seminar discusses the planning process in detail. Sign Up Here! 
The SAU SBTDC office will be closed today through January 2nd in observance of the holiday season.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES NATIONAL CRAMMING
SETTLEMENT WITH T-MOBILE
LITTLE ROCK –  Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he and 50 other attorneys general, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission reached settlements with T-Mobile USA, Inc. over “mobile cramming” allegations.
“Cramming” is when a company places charges for third-party services on mobile phone bills that were not authorized by the consumer.  The settlement includes at least $90 million in payments to affected consumers. T-Mobile customers have complained about charges, typically $9.99 per month, for “premium” text message subscription services that they did not request.  “Consumers should not have to unwittingly pay higher cell-phone bills due to cramming,” McDaniel said. “This settlement is part of our ongoing effort to stop these unauthorized charges. This is also a good opportunity to remind consumers to always review their monthly telephone bills thoroughly.” Under the terms of the settlement, T-Mobile must provide each victim of cramming who files a claim under its Premium SMS Refund Program an opportunity for a full refund.  The settlement terms require that T-Mobile pay at least $90 million. At least $67.5 million of those funds must be paid to consumers, a portion of which may be paid by forgiving debts consumers may owe T-Mobile.  T-Mobile will also pay $18 million to the attorneys general and $4.5 million to the Federal Communications Commission. Arkansas received $230,550.95 for its participation in the settlement. Consumers can submit claims under the program by visiting http://www.t-mobilerefund.com.  On that website, consumers can submit a claim, find information about refund eligibility and how to obtain a refund, and can request a free account summary that details PSMS purchases on their accounts. Consumers who have questions about the program can visit the program website or call the refund administrator at (855) 382-6403.
Arkansas consumers may also call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982.

LORI L. BURROWS NAMED VICE
PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNCIL FOR AECC/AECI

Little Rock, Ark. — Dec. 22, 2014 — Lori L. Burrows has been named as vice president and general counsel for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. She replaces Bob Lyford, who recently retired after more than 30 years with the cooperative. “The cooperatives’ have been blessed to have Bob Lyford’s leadership and counsel for the past three decades,” said Duane Highley, president/CEO for AECC/AECI. “Lori’s skills and professional knowledge will be valuable as we continue to build on the cooperatives’ efforts to allow AECC to remain one of the nation’s top generation and transmission cooperatives and assist AECI in remaining the strongest statewide cooperative service association.” Burrows joined AECC   as senior staff attorney in 2012. Burrows has more than 10 years of public   utility legal and regulatory experience at the state, regional and federal   levels. During her tenure with the cooperatives she has focused on AECC’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Arkansas Public   Service Commission (APSC) representation, in addition to legal work on   contracts, power purchase agreements and other energy industry transactions. Prior to joining AECC/AECI, she served as commission legal advisor for the APSC. Burrows also served as assistant attorney general in the consumer utilities rate advocacy division in the Arkansas Attorney General’s office prior to her post with the APSC. She is a 2004 honors graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) William H. Bowen School of Law. Burrows earned a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from the University of Central Arkansas in 1997. She currently serves as the president of Arkansas Women in Power, which she helped establish earlier this year. Burrows is the past president of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers and is a member of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXX.
“I am honored to continue to serve the cooperative members in this new position,” Burrows said. “The electric cooperative movement in Arkansas has a rich history and we will continue to work for the interests of the more than 500,000 electric cooperative members in Arkansas.” The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. JR. PARADE
In accordance of the memory and legacy of one of the most revered slain leaders of the 20th century, The Self Culture Club will sponsor the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade. The parade will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015. All churches, organizations, schools and businesses to be a part of the memorable observance. 
The Parade Theme is “Our future depends upon building a solid foundation today, for the next generation to stand upon.” The entry deadline is January 10, 2015. For additional information contact Wanda James at 870-881-9005 or 836-6502, Jo Benton at 870-639-3923 or any member of the Self Culture Club.

ARREST MADE IN MURDER OF STORE MANAGER
The Following is the Press Release verbatim
On December 19, 2014 at 5:24PM Richard Anders, Manager of Mac’s Fresh Market, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Mac’s, while making the night deposit.

Today, Sunday December 21, 2014 at 2:30PM, as a result of our investigation, Austin Hill (age 19) of Camden, was arrested in connection with this case, and is being charged with Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery.

Since the initial call of the shooting, investigators from the Camden Police Department, with assistance from the Arkansas State Police and Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department have been working non –stop following every lead and interviewing every person connected to this case.

Our community has been devastated by the senseless act committed by Hill and we are  going to do everything possible to bring him to justice. Our prayers are with Mr. Anders family, Macs employees and our community.

This is an ongoing investigation and I am limited to the amount of detail I can give at this time.

Chief Boyd Woody

After reading the release, the Chief opened the floor for questions. He stated that he had talked with the Anders family and he said that his heart just goes out to them.

There has been a lot of questions about the reward money, pledges total $12,010.00.There will be two $500.00 purchase  gift cards from Wal-mart to be given to the two main citizens that were repeatedly questioned by the officers in their search. These two did not come forward therefore they are not entitled to the reward. The rumor that the reward was being offered by CPD was a total falsehood. Chief Woody made it very clear that the money was raised by local business owners and others. He stated that the Camden Police Department did not offer any reward money. He said the Department simply did not have funds in their budget to offer a reward.

Chief Woody said that the arrest came from good old fashion police work. He said it came from investigators following every possible lead. He stated that no one person had given enough information for an arrest and conviction. They had gotten some tips but nothing substantial enough to warrant paying the reward money. No one came forward and said that Austin Hill did this.  Businessmen L.E Lindsey and Alan Dean had spearheaded the efforts to raise the reward. Alan Dean has been asked to purchase two $500.00 gift cards from Wal-mart to be given to the main two citizens that were repeatedly questioned by the officers in their search. These two did not come forward on their own free therefore they are not entitled to the reward. Since they did not have to give the reward to any individual the money will be given to the Anders family.

Judge Ham Singleton signed the arrest warrant about 2:15PM on Sunday afternoon. Officers had been sitting on and watching Hill’s house for the past few days. As soon as the warrant was signed, Officers got Hall on a traffic stop just down from his house on Crestwood Street.

When asked about the money Hill had stolen Chief Woody said that Hill did have a substantial amount of money.

He said that the interview process with Austin Hill would begin immediately following the Press Conference and reiterated that there was a great deal that he is not at liberty to disclose at that time.

Captain Scott Rosson closed the meeting by singing the praises of and thanking all the law enforcement agencies that were involved in the investigation resulting in the arrest of Hill.

 



CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR RICK ANDERS

Darlene Wheelington has organized a candlelight vigil for Rick Anders. She wrote "I know everyone is busy with parties and such, but I want to challenge Camden Business owners as well as all citizens to band together by showing in great numbers to light a candle for Mr. Anders, and his family.” The vigil is planned for Monday December 22nd at 6PM in front of Mac's in Garden Oaks parking lot. Wheelington’s post continued with “I think it will be healing for our town and show our love to the Anders Family.” It is hoped that by coming together it will begin the healing process for our town and show our love to the Anders family. Wheelington also suggest that those that play guitar to bring it and possibly those in attendance can sing a few songs. Wheelington went on to wwrite “My hope is that the parking lot will be full of people lighting a candle to show the strength of our town.” Please bring you own candle. It is hoped that elected officials, the Police Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies will attend as well as everyone who loves and cares about Camden that can attend will and that the family and the employees of Mac’s will be lifted up. Everyone is also asked to turn on your porch light at 6PM tonight to honor the Anders family and all who have lost love ones and ones that are sick and fighting during this time of season.

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFERING CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY
The Camden Police Department would like to invite you to join us in making Camden a better place to live, work and play. The Citizen's Police Academy will introduce you to the men and women who strive each day to keep you safe. It is intended to explain to you how and why we do what we do, and what you can do to help us. You will be involved in role playing life-like scenarios. Come and have some fun!

Applications can be picked up at the Police Department and turned in no later than January 13th. Classes begin o January 20th at the Police Department on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8PM. Classes will run for approximately 6 weeks. Applicants must be 18 years of age and should live in the Camden area, must not have felony arrest or misdemeanor arrest within the last two years.

You can learn more about the Citizen’s Police Academy at www.camden-police.com . Call 836-5755 and speak with Lt. Robertson or Texann Shadden for more information.

As we await the arrival of a new year, it's important for small business owners to be diligent with tax compliance.

SMALL BUSINESS PAYROLL AND TAX TIPS FOR 2015
The landscape of taxes, especially sales tax, are constantly evolving due to e-commerce and other factors. Tax season is officially upon us, but there is no need to worry.


Read these handy tips to make your road to April a smooth one.

Make your prepayments. Small businesses are often required to make prepayments on their sales tax as it is collected. If you fail to comply with this requirement, you could face hefty fines that add to the amount you owe. Remitting sales tax as it is due will keep you from facing a big bill that could impact cash flow. Be sure to check on the requirements for each applicable jurisdiction.

Follow up when you pay your taxes. Sending a check off to the Department of Revenue each month is not enough to keep you in good standing when it comes to sales tax.  There is always a possibility that a check will be lost in the mail or sent to the wrong department, so make sure that the check has cleared your bank.

Keep track of what you owe. As a small business owner, you already know that scheduling is an important part of running a successful business. Apply this to your payment of sales tax by keeping track of when you need to remit payments. 

Take care of problems before they get worse. If the jurisdictions that you remit payment to send you notices related to a failure to pay, a late payment, or any other issue that could result in penalites, take care of these issues immediately.  Even if you believe your business is compliant, you need to contact the appropriate agency to discuss the problem.  The SAUSBTDC office will be closed December 23rd through January 2nd in observance of Christmas and New Year Holiday Season.

SAAC ANNOUNCES DIRECTOR FOR THE BARD’S RETURN
The South Arkansas Arts Center’s Theatre Committee announces the selection of Haley Nix Phillips to direct William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the first production of our 51st season.  The production is sponsored by Teague Auto Group and Southern Bancorp and opens in the Callaway Theatre on February 28 and continues through March 8.  Auditions are scheduled for January 12 and 13.

Phillips has been seen throughout the years on the SAAC stage as Cinderella in “Into the Woods,” Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Titania in “Robin Goodfellow,” June in “Smoke on the Mountain,” and Velma Kelly in “Chicago.” She has previously directed SAAC’s productions of “1776” and “Mame.”

Phillips received her B.A. in Theatre from Southern Arkansas University and her M.F.A. in Theatre, acting emphasis from the University of New Orleans.  She has also worked in area schools as an Artist in Education through the Arkansas Arts Council.

“I've been in love with Shakespeare from the first reading, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share Twelfth Night at the South Arkansas Arts Center. I also love working with actors, and I want this production to be a fun collaboration. I'm hoping to see experienced actors at auditions, along with any folks who just think they'd like to try ‘doing Shakespeare.’ I'd like to keep this production fairly simple, focusing on the story itself. I want it to be as accessible to the audience as possible. The setting is ‘a long time ago,’ and the interpretation will be literal,” said Phillips.

For more information about the production of “Twelfth Night,” contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH A FIRST DAY HIKE
Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Start a new tradition in the New Year by joining a free, guided First Day Hike on New Year’s Day 2015. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2015 at state parks across the country.  First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

“Last year, we hosted 28,000 people who hiked 66,811 miles in our state parks across the country when we launched America’s State Parks First Day Hikes,” said Priscilla Geigis, President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD).  “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle, for the whole family. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day.”

If you are near Crater of Diamonds State Park on January 1, join us for our First Day Hike at 10 a.m. on the Little Missouri River Trail. This 1.2-mile loop provides access from the campground to an overlook of the scenic Little Missouri River. Half of the trail has paved barrier-free access, and the unpaved section of the trail is also easily walked. Two exercise stations along the way provide extra challenges for visitors looking to boost their physical health.

The Little Missouri River Trailhead is located in the park campground, across from campsite 22. For directions call the park at 870-285-3113 or print a free park information brochure from our website at www.CraterofDiamondsStatePark.com. Parking is available at the trailhead and nearby bathhouse. Wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring drinking water. Please note that the rest of the park, including the diamond search area, will be closed on New Year’s Day.

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts.  The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state parks.  Last year marked the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.

America's State Parks is committed to promoting outdoor recreation in state parks as a way to address obesity, especially among children.  Getting kids outside and unplugged from video games and other electronic media creates a unique connection with nature that promotes physical and mental well-being and encourages creativity and stewardship of our shared resources.

Crater of Diamonds State Park is located on Arkansas Highway 301 in Murfreesboro.  It is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.  For more information contact the park at 870-285-3113 or by e-mail at CraterofDiamonds@arkansas.com.  Or visit www.CraterofDiamondsStatePark.com.

Most recent significant precipitation: December 14, 2014, Total diamonds:571
Diamond finds for the week of December 14, 2014 (100 points = one carat):
December 14 – Kayden Maybrier, Gardner, KS, 3 pt. white
December 15 – Adam Hardin, Murfreesboro, AR, 7 pt. brown
December 17 – Adam Hardin, Murfreesboro, AR, 6 pt. white, 2 pt. white
December 19 – Adam Hardin, Murfreesboro, AR, 6 pt. white, 2 pt. white
No diamonds registered December 16 and 18

MAKE ART, MAKE FRIENDS AND ENJOY LEARNING AT SAAC
Young artists at work can be found in classes at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Choose to explore visual or performance art during the school year for grades K-12 in classes after school Monday-Friday, 2:30–6:30 pm. SAAC offers educational programs that provide a spectrum of artistic possibilities serving promising and gifted actors and artists, as well as those who are new and are ready to get started. All classes start the week of January 12.

Visual art classes are offered for 4 year olds with instructor Gay Bechtelheimer.  Students attending “Creative Basics” will gain exposure to art techniques, art processes, and gallery experiences while nurturing an appreciation for the arts and developing creative thinking skills. The class meets for 12 weeks on Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm. Class cost is $125 for SAAC members / $145 for the general public.  Class size limited to a maximum of 7.

For grades K-1, instructor Maria Villegas offers “The Adventures of Mr. Lion and Mrs. Giraffe.” Students will make fun art pieces using drawing, painting and collage as you learn about animals in the zoo and their original environments. The class meets on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45pm for 13 weeks. Class cost is $125 for SAAC members / $145 for the general public and has a maximum of 10students.

For grades 2-3, instructor Maria Villegas offers “Something is Cooking!”  Students will create 3D sculptures and reliefs with home-made dough and customize them with designs and colors you find interesting. Classes will meet on Mondays from 3:45 to 4:45pm.  Class cost is $125 for SAAC members / $145 for the general public and is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

“El Dorado, What a Great Place!” is offered for grades 4-6. Instructor Maria Villegas will lead students as they discover how to create artworks where people, animals, beautiful houses, railroads, and downtown areas are part of the landscape of our beloved city. Enjoy the city sights while drawing, painting, and creating new media! The class will meet on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:00pm. Class cost is $140 for SAAC members / $160 for the general public and class size is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

For grades 7-12, instructor Maria Villegas offers “Fundamentals of Great Art.” Students will learn the fundamental elements of design: color mixing, drawing, values and composition as they are applied to the making of great art. The class meets on Tuesday from 3:45-5:00pm for 13 weeks.  Class cost is $140 for SAAC members / $160 for the general public with a maximum of 8 students.

Villegas offers Advanced Studio Art on Mondays from 4:45-6:45pm for 12 weeks.  “All About People” is a class where students will learn to create portraits of subjects in their environments. Learn about the works of Giacometti, Chuck Close, Fernand Leger, and Picasso, and the different styles of portraiture and its complexities while gaining skills in drawing, painting, and mixed media. (Students accepted to the class by teacher recommendation only.)  Cost of the class is $185 for SAAC members / $205 for the general public and is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

Special Gifts / Special Needs Art K-12 Students with instructors Jorge and Maria Villegas will meet on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm for 13 weeks.  Students will explore different ways of expression through the visual arts. Creativity promotes self-awareness and is a wonderful way to communicate individuality and share it with others. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Class size is limited to 6 students.

Private art lessons with instructors Jorge and Maria Villegas are available. Contact the instructors to schedule classes.

 Drama begins with a new project for students in grades 1-5.  Instructor Darrin Riley will direct students in a new production of “GOODNIGHT MOON!” Students will work on a stage adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, a book that has delighted children for over half a century. This long poem of goodnight wishes will be brought to life on stage with fanciful song, dance and puppetry. In the time it takes the adorable bunny in the green room to succumb to sleep, we’ll get to explore the rich world of a child’s imagination. Everything on the pages of this beloved book will step out onto the stage and play with us. Class will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm for 14 weeks.  Class cost is $120 for SAAC members / $140 for the general public and is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

Drama for grades 6-12 meets on Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm.  Students will continue working on the ultimate 80’s musical, “Xanadu, Jr.” With a driving rock and roll score filled with the chart topping hits of ELO and Olivia Newton John, the musical recalls the glorious days of MGM’s spectacles with a new wave twist. Mixing Greek mythology, pop culture references, and inspired lunacy, “Xanadu, Jr.” brings the classic Universal Studio’s film, based on the 1947 film “Down to Earth” to the stage. It’s parachute pants, leg warmers, roller-skates, and romance. Public and school performances to be scheduled in May.  Class costs are $135 for SAAC members / $155 for the general public and class size is limited to a maximum of 25 students.

Computer Arts instructor Mike Means offers classes in Design in Photoshop for grades 4-6 on Mondays from 3:45-4:45pm and for grades 7-9 on Mondays from 4:45-5:45pm.  Classes meet for 12 weeks.   In “Drawing with Digital Tools” students will learn the fun of Adobe Photoshop by creating artwork using the design tools and filtering techniques of the program. Create art as easily as using a pencil or brush with the lab’s Wacom Tablets. Class costs are $125 for SAAC members / $145 for the general public with a maximum of 7 students.

Open Studio Monday Nights with instructor Mike Means meets on Mondays from 6:00-8:00pm. The open studio is ongoing and the cost is $10 per session. Bring a project – instructor on hand for assistance.

Means offers a 2-day workshop for teens and adults.  Students will learn Basic Photoshop for beginners covering navigation through the Tools and Palettes and basic color correction and a fun tour of some neat aspects and filters available to create art or just improve simple pics. The workshop will be scheduled on request and the cost is $40.

Private lessons in Photoshop are available-contact the instructor to schedule.

Study classical ballet with an emphasis on fundamentals and technique including body alignment, vocabulary, and basic positions of the feet and arms. Class attire will consist of pink ballet slippers, black leotard, and pink tights. Ballet slippers should only be worn during class to keep them and the dance floor clean. Hair should be worn up away from the face.

Ballet instructor Melissa Spears offers 3-5 Year Olds Beginning Dance on Thursdays from 3:00-3:45pm for 13 weeks. Students will learn basic steps and a love of dance! Wear leotards or loose fitting clothes that allow movement and dance barefoot or in ballet shoes. Cost of the class is $100 for SAAC members / $120 for the general public and the class is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Ballet instructor Stephanie Lowrey offers Level 1 Ballet for Grades K-1 on Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45pm for 13 weeks. Students will learn the basic ballet footwork and skills.   Class cost is $120 for SAAC members / $140 for the general public and the class is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Lowrey also offers Level 2 Ballet for Grades 2-4 on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45pm and meets for 13 weeks. A prerequisite of completion of Level 1 or instructor’s approval is required.  Class cost is $120 for SAAC members / $140 for the general public and the class size is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Spears and Lowrey offer Level 3 Pre-Pointe on Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:15pm for 13 weeks.  The class meets twice a week and students must have completed Level 2 ballet or have an instructor’s approval.  Class cost is $180 for SAAC members / $200 for the general public and the class is limited to a maximum of 12 students.

Level 4 Pointe Class will be offered with instructor Melissa Spears.  The class will meet twice a week for 13 weeks. Classes meet on Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm and on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm.  Students wishing to take the class must have completed Level 3 Ballet or have an instructor’s approval.  Cost of the class is $180 for SAAC members / $200 for the general public with a class size maximum of 12 students.

Voice and Piano with Karen Watkins is currently full and will not be accepting new students.

Class registration will resume on January 5. Payment in full or a 50% deposit is required at registration. Class fees are non-refundable. Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first come basis. For more information about classes offered and registration, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474.

SAXsational!” FEATURING ROB VERDI TO PERFORM IN CAMDEN ON JANUARY 29, 2015
Live On Stage, Inc. and the Ouachita County Community Concert Association announce
Veteran jazz saxophonist with local band as part of their 2014 - 2015 Concert Season
“SAXsational” is a unique concert event combining the deft of a seasoned jazz artist with student and community bands.  Camden Fairview High School Band directed by Chris Richards will join Verdi for a program of popular jazz standards and movie and television favorites at Camden Fairview Middle School Auditorium, 746 Dooley Womack Drive, Camden, Arkansas on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.  Children and students are admitted to all OCCCA performances at no charge if accompanied by an OCCCA ticket holder. 

Season tickets to the Ouachita County Community Concert Association’s 2014-2015 series are now available; subscriptions to the five-concert lineup are $50.  For more information please call (870) 231-6244.

SAXsational” is a musical, educational and community enrichment home-run that band directors, students, parents and presenters have embraced.  His 2014-2015 tour includes nearly 70 concerts.  Rob Verdi is a Los Angeles-based freelance professional.  He is also a founding member of the classic swing ensemble “Side Street Strutters,” a featured performing group at Disneyland since 1985 and successful touring act. Verdi has a renowned touring reputation as a solo performer as well based on his 2008 creation, “Saxophobia.” The show features his enormous collection of instruments, including a six-foot tall contrabass saxophone.  He has recorded two self-produced solo albums, “Prose and Conn-versations, featuring the Conn-O-Sax” (2005) and “Saxophobia” (2007).

The Ouachita County Community Concert Association has been presenting world-class entertainment to the Camden community since the late 1950s.  An enthusiastic group of volunteers work tirelessly to provide family entertainment and educational outreach performances to educate and entertain adults and students alike.

Live On Stage, Inc. provides excellent, affordable, entertainment attractions and support services to an American community of concert presenters. 

HOLIDAY SCHEDULES
There will be no Written or Road Testing on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 25th. The OPED office will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 24th for the Christmas Holidays. The OPED office will also be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015 for the holiday. There will be no Written or Road Testing Thursday, January 1 and Friday January 2, 2015.

The City of Camden’s Public Works Offices will be closed on Thursday December 25th and Friday, December 26th for the Christmas Holidays. Wednesday’ and Thursday’s residential trash will be picked up on Wednesday, December 24th. Friday’s residential trash will be picked up on schedule. The Transfer Station will be open on Saturday, December 27th. Wrapping paper, Christmas trees and boxes will be accepted at the Transfer station until Saturday, January 10, 2015. If you have any   questions, please contact Ron at the Public Works Department at 837-5570

GOVERNOR BEEBE'S WEEKLY COLUMN
GRATITUDE OVERCOMING FEAR
On Thanksgiving, I was invited to speak about the power of gratitude to the congregation of Little Rock's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. As we celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, the central message of that day continues to hold strong: When your mind is set upon grace and gratitude, there is one thing you must not give in to, and that is fear.


Fear saps your power faster than anything else. It creates doubt and distrust and insecurity. In this age of great connectivity, you can find someone every hour of every day willing to scare you about one thing or another. But we are not born to know fear. Much like hatred, it is not natural; it must be learned. And while some level of fear is healthy for survival, it can be far too easy to let it overwhelm and paralyze us.

This was recognized even in biblical times, a far more frightening era of day-to-day life. In his second letter to Timothy, St. Paul wrote that man was endowed not with "the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

However, power or love, alone, cannot always get us where we need to be. There is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I cite often. It speaks to the importance of balancing love and power, and reads as follows:

"One of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with a resignation of power, and power with a denial of love. What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love."

Alone, power can be unchecked and dangerous. Alone, love can sustain us, but may not advance us. However, when love is power's guiding star, we can find ourselves in a more just and fulfilling world.

This is not always how the world works. For years, I have talked of battling the cynicism that permeates our society. We see too many examples of power guided not by love, but by selfish motive or by malice. This breeds discontent, distrust, and again, fear.

Cynicism creates suspicion of the very institutions we establish to govern ourselves and to carry out justice. There are those who would fan those flames and encourage anger and entrenchment over compassion and compromise.

But history has shown time and again that fear, anger and conflict will never move us forward. This is why so many others throughout history implore us to realize that we carry within us the love and power that lead to a more just world.

And for every hateful pronouncement or wave of fear we see in our world, we see people reaching out to each other in times of need, in times of distress, and joining together in times of joy. That's where we need to focus our energies. The more good we do for one another, the more we infuse power with love. That's the path to justice that Dr. King preached we could find.

And it is that hope, and that spirit, which keep me thankful this Christmas. I hope you'll share that power of gratitude with me -- not just this holiday season, but throughout the year and throughout our lives.

December 21, 2014

ARREST MADE IN MURDER OF STORE MANAGER
The Following is the Press Release verbatim
On December 19, 2014 at 5:24PM Richard Anders, Manager of Mac’s Fresh Market, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Mac’s, while making the night deposit. 
Today, Sunday December 21, 2014 at 2:30PM, as a result of our investigation, Austin Hill (age 19) of Camden, was arrested in connection with this case, and is being charged with Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery.
Since the initial call of the shooting, investigators from the Camden Police Department, with assistance from the Arkansas State Police and Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department have been working non –stop following every lead and interviewing every person connected to this case.
Our community has been devastated by the senseless act committed by Hill and we are  going to do everything possible to bring him to justice. Our prayers are with Mr. Anders family, Macs employees and our community. This is an ongoing investigation and I am limited to the amount of detail I can give at this time. Chief Boyd Woody

December 20, 2014

CAMDEN MAN MURDERED AND ROBBED
On December 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm, officers from the Camden Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at Mac's Fresh Market in garden Oaks Shopping Center. Upon arrival, officers discovered that Richard Anders (63 yr old W/M) Manager of Mac's had been walking to his vehicle with another employee to deliver the night deposit when he was approached by a tall black male wearing dark colored pants and a dark colored hoodie over his head. The suspect shot Anders once in the chest, took the deposit bag and fled on foot into a nearby residential neighborhood. Anders was taken to the Ouachita County Medical Center by ambulance and was later pronounced dead.

A $ 5000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. If anyone witnessed anything at the scene, or knows information related to this case, they should contact the Camden Police Department at 870-836-5755.

Also, any Manager or Store Owner...please feel free to call the Police Department and ask for an escort to the bank when making a deposit.

December 19, 2014

BOLO ISSUED FOR MURDER SUSPECT
BOLO out of Camden, Arkansas. Suspect on the run after robbing and shooting Mac's Fresh Market manager in Camden this evening. Suspect is a black male about 6' tall wearing a black shirt and black hoodie. The incident took place about 5:20pm today. BOLO was issued by Clark County SO and statewide, as well.

CAMDEN GROCERY STORE MANAGER SHOT AND KILLED
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-Camden grocery store manager R. Ander's  was shot and killed on Friday around 5:30 p.m. The manager of Mac's grocery store was walking from the store to his car with the night deposit when he was shot in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the Ouachita County Medical Center.  According to Camden Police Chief, Bo Woody, the night deposit was also stolen from the manager. The suspect was a black male wearing dark pants and armed with a semi-automatic pistol. If you have any information about the shooting, please call the Camden Police Department. Right now our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Ander's family, employees, and friends. 

NAME OUR TRAIL CONTEST
How would you like to be credited for naming Camden’ new walking and bicycling trail. It could happen. Camden is building a new walking and bicycling trail on the old railroad between the Chamber of Commerce and Maul Road. For anyone interested, submit your idea for a name to City Hall by noon on January or fax to 836-3369. Include your name, address, phone number, age, and of course, the trail name!

GRIFFIN ANNOUNCES STAFF
Fulfills pledge to reduce office staff by half
LITTLE ROCK – Congressman and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Tim Griffin today named two staff for the Office of Lieutenant Governor, fulfilling his pledge to reduce the number of staff from four to two. 
Annamarie Atwood will serve as Chief of Staff and Kelsi Bodine as Communications Director and Executive Assistant. Atwood served as the Campaign Manager for Griffin’s campaign for lieutenant governor and previously served in the Office of Congressman Griffin. “Over the past four years Annamarie has excelled in every role, including in my congressional office where she demonstrated the ability to solve problems and get things done. She will provide leadership to my office as we work with the Governor and General Assembly during the upcoming session,” said Griffin. Bodine served as Field Director for the Griffin campaign. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. “Kelsi’s attention to detail, and organizational and communication skills will be assets to my office,” said Griffin. Congressman and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and is currently finishing his second term as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 18 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

PULASKI COUNTY WOMAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON
FOR MEDICAID FRAUD
LITTLE ROCK – A Pulaski County woman accused of improperly billing the state’s Medicaid program pleaded no contest today to felony Medicaid fraud and failure to maintain records, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced. 
Frenchelle Chapple, 62, of Little Rock entered a no contest plea this morning in Pulaski County Circuit Court before Judge Barry Sims. The conviction for Medicaid fraud, a Class B felony, came after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Chapple was sentenced to 10 years in prison, ordered to pay $92,606 in restitution and fined $277,820. Chapple was arrested in December 2013 after investigators found she filed 1,063 fraudulent claims for speech pathology services allegedly provided to Medicaid beneficiaries under age 21. “This is an egregious example of an individual violating the trust of beneficiaries and the Medicaid Program,” McDaniel said. “I am pleased with this sentence and that the Medicaid program will be reimbursed by this individual. I am proud of our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for securing this conviction, and I know our investigators will continue to protect tax dollars that fund Medicaid.” Chapple, also known as Frenchelle Conley, operated Great Expectations Developmental Center in Little Rock.  Investigators found that Great Expectations submitted claims to Medicaid for payment for speech-therapy services allegedly provided by three speech pathologists over several months in 2012 and 2013. All three individuals, who had previously worked for Great Expectations, told investigators that they did not provide speech therapy to any Medicaid beneficiaries during that time period nor did they authorize the company to bill Medicaid on their behalf. Money received from the false claims was deposited into a bank account controlled by Chapple and used for purchases of gas, groceries, fast food and clothing, according to investigators. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud hotline, (866) 810-0016.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CHARITIES BEFORE WRITING A CHECK
(SPM Wire) It’s the season for charitable giving, but do you know where your hard-earned money is really going when you donate to a particular charity? With scams and misspent funds an all too common scenario, it’s important to get savvy. 
While many Americans know it’s crucial to do some background research before writing a check, many donors don’t know all the indicators to watch out for, according to new data. Americans consider finances to be the most important indicator of trust in a charity, according to a study by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). However, the BBB recommends taking a more holistic approach toward reviewing a charity. A good place to start your research is by checking whether a charity is accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, which evaluates charitable organizations on 20 holistic standards covering governance, effectiveness reporting, finances, appeal accuracy and other issues, to assist donors in making informed giving decisions. To investigate a charity, check out www.give.org. This holiday season, don’t just be generous, be wise.

KATHY SHARP WINS LEADERSHIP MAGNOLIA FUNDRAISER
MAGNOLIA – Kathy Sharp of Magnolia was the random winner drawn Thursday, December 18th, for the freezer and 100-pounds of meat from Leadership Magnolia Class of 2015’s fundraiser to benefit new brick monument signs for the city. 
The fundraiser raised a total of $3,332.85, bringing the class closer its $25,000 goal for the year for the two new “Welcome to Magnolia” signs.  
On January 31, 2015, the class plans to host a “Magnolia Hold’Em” Texas Hold’Em poker tournament at the Magnolia Country Club. Entry fees will be $75, with a $75 re-buy. Local businesses are donating prizes and items for a silent auction. Registration will open on January 1. Along with the fundraising events, the class is also reaching out to community leaders and organizations. There are various levels of giving opportunities ranging from $100 to $15,000. The four top levels, which start at $1,000, will be recognized with a plaque on the main brick sign. 
Call Amy Lewis of the Leadership Magnolia class at 870-235-7073 for more information or to donate.

NEW PHONE? DON’T FORGET TO PROTECT IT
(StatePoint) With the release of the iPhone 6, you may be thinking about how to protect your pricey new mobile device. 
Over a quarter of American iPhone users have cracked their screens at some point, and a whopping fifteen percent are currently using a phone with a cracked screen, according to a new study from SquareTrade, a top-rated protection plan. Cracked screens aren’t just an aesthetic problem; they can actually prevent you from being able to use certain apps and features. Furthermore, the stakes are higher than ever before. “When we see bigger screens combined with features like mobile payments with ApplePay, we see the potential for even more accidents: we won’t be surprised to see claims coming in that mention the drive-through window at McDonald’s,” said Ty Shay, CMO at SquareTrade. You can better protect your investment with a hard, fitted case as well as a protection plan that offers substantive coverage. For example, SquareTrade offers affordable protection plans that cover drops, spills and malfunctions, as well as 24/7 customer service. More information can be found at www.SquareTrade.com. Don’t be sorry, be smart. Protect your phone before it’s too late.

STATES MOST DEDICATED FOR HOLIDAY PREPARATION
Arkansas is ranked #7 in the U.S. for the most dedicated holiday meal preparation, according to the Del Monte Holiday Meal Census.  So how long do you usually take to cook a special holiday meal for your family?  Are you a Rushing Reindeer or a Sluggish Snowman? To put this question to the test, food researchers at Del Monte -- the country's preeminent fruit and vegetable brand -- asked 2,500 Americans to describe how long it takes them to prepare the typical holiday meal. Shown below are the Top 25 U.S. states that invest the most time in holiday meal preparation (with the average prep time shown in parenthesis):
DEL MONTE HOLIDAY MEAL CENSUS ***
THE TOP 25 'MOST DEDICATED' U.S. STATES FOR HOLIDAY MEAL PREP
#1:  Mississippi (7.1 hours spent on holiday meal preparation)
#2:  Kentucky (6.9 hours) #3:  Alabama (6.7 hours)
#4:  Georgia (6.5 hours) #5:  Texas (6.5 hours) #6:  Virginia (6.5 hours)  #7:  Arkansas (6.4 hours)
#8:  Maryland (6.4 hours) #9:  Maine (6 hours) #10: Wisconsin (6 hours)
#11:  New York (5.7 hours #12:  Pennsylvania (5.7 hours)
#13:  Colorado (5.6 hours #14:  Oklahoma (5.5 hours)
#15:  Florida (5.5 hours) #16:  West Virginia (5.5 hours) #17:  Indiana (5.4 hours)
#18:  Rhode Island (5.4 hours) #19:  Arizona (5.3 hours) #20: Oregon (5.3 hours)
#21:  South Carolina (5.3 hours) #22:  Michigan (5.2 hours) #23:  New Jersey (5.2 hours)
#24:  North Carolina (5.2 hours) #25:  Missouri (5.1 hours)
So which states have the shortest holiday meal prep times?  Del Monte ranked those, too:

THE TOP 5 'MOST SPEEDY' STATES FOR HOLIDAY MEAL PREP
#1:  Kansas (3.6 hours) #2:  Iowa (3.7 hours) #3:  Delaware (3.8 hours)
#4:  North Dakota (3.9 hours) #5:  New Mexico (4 hours)

HOW TO IMPRESS YOUR IN-LAWS WHILE KEEPING IT SIMPLE
No matter what state you live in -- and how much time you have to prepare -- you can make your holiday meals more memorable with these four mouth-watering tips from recipe experts in the Del Monte holiday food kitchen:

STRATEGY #1:  FAKE THE FANCY
Use special garnishes to make each dish look more spectacular. For instance, try lining your meat platter with lemon leaves, clusters of rosemary sprigs, and citrus wedges.   

STRATEGY #2:  HAVE A SECRET INGREDIENT
Even adding just one special ingredient can totally reinvent your favorite dish. Try adding apple cider to your gravy for that sweet change up or adding cranberries to your horseradish sauce for that tangy twist.

STRATEGY #3:  WORK IN TECHNICOLOR
Go the extra mile by introducing different and surprising colors into your traditional holiday menu.  If your holiday dinner table looks a little drab, add a dish in radiant yellow like Del Monte's Cheddar Corn Casserole.

Cheddar Corn Casserole recipe:
http://www.delmonte.com/recipes/side-dish/cheddar-corn-casserole/

* STRATEGY #4:  TWIST YOUR TRADITION
Experiment with simple ways to enhance your holiday staples.  You could add crispy bacon to your green bean casserole, stir some caramelized onions into your mashed potatoes, or make a double-nut pie by combining both pecans and walnuts.

DRIVER TESTING HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
There will be no Written or Road Testing on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 25th. The OPED office will be closed Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 24th for the Christmas Holidays. The OPED office will also be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015 for the holiday. There will be no Written or Road Testing Thursday, January 1 and Friday January 2, 2015.

December 18, 2014

FORMER JUDGE MIKE HESTERLY RECIEVES SENTENCE
Former Ouachita County Judge Mike Hesterly was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison and one year of supervised released for one count of  bribery related to a federal disaster relief contract. He has until February 4, 2015 to turn himself in and will serve his sentence at a medical facility.

Hesterly, 50, was sentenced in federal court in El Dorado after pleading guilty in June to bribery involving a Federal Emergency Management Agency contract to clean up debris following October 2009 storms in the county. He entered the plea as part of an agreement in which other charges were dropped.
"With today’s sentence a strong message has been sent regarding our office’s continuing commitment to aggressively pursue individuals who violate the public’s trust through their own greed and complete abdication of the duties they were sworn to uphold," U.S. Attorney Eldridge said in a news release. "This type of conduct by a public official offends taxpayers and citizens as well as all of the other public officials who are truly dedicated to their service."
Federal prosecutors say Hesterly awarded a nearly $70,000 FEMA contract to Harry Clemons Jr. of Bearden in exchange for a $4,000 campaign contribution from Clemons. Clemons pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy as part of a plea agreement. He received two years of probation, a period of home confinement, a $2,500 fine and was ordered to pay restitution. 
Hesterly resigned as county judge in April.
ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES TWO MEDICAID FRAUD ARRESTS
LITTLE ROCK - Attorney
General Dustin McDaniel has announced that health-care workers from Pulaski and Phillips counties have been arrested following two separate investigations by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud control Unit.
Patricia Sylvester, 53, of Marvell was arrested by the Marvell Police Department last week and is accused of defrauding the Arkansas Medicaid program of $340, which is a Class C felony.  Investigators found that Sylvester submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid for payment for attendant care services.
According to investigators, Sylvester submitted Medicaid claims in January, February and March while the woman she was contracted to care for in her home was actually hospitalized in Jonesboro.  
In another case, Stephanie Simpson, 36, of North Little Rock was arrested by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday and is accused of defrauding the Arkansas Medicaid program of $234, a Class C felony. Investigators found that Simpson submitted fraudulent Medicaid claims for reimbursement for at-home personal care services she did not provide while a patient was hospitalized in January.
Sylvester and Simpson were released on their own recognizance.
Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.   To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud hotline, (866) 810-0016.

On January 1st 2015, celebrate the new year with a “First Day Hike!” Bring your family and friends to Daisy State Park to get started on your resolutions for a healthy lifestyle. You can explore nature and engage in physical activity while taking a family friendly excursion. Please dress for the weather and bring water with you. Our trek is just short of a mile in length. Join us at 1:00 P.M., outside at the visitor information center to begin the hike. Admission is free. (Hike will last approx.1 hour)  Call 870-398-4487 for more information.

Join the staff of Daisy State Park on January 17th or 31st, from 10AM to 1PM, for a hands-on class about cooking with Cast Iron. This unique cookware has been used throughout history for outdoor cooking and is still a great way to bring family and friends together around a campfire. Learn everything you need to know about seasoning, cleaning, and cooking with cast iron cookware. All cookware, ingredients, and utensils are supplied. Admission is $15 per person. Location will be at the DSP Interpretive Center.  Class size is limited so please register by noon the day before the actual workshop by calling (870) 398-4487. Cast iron cookware (including Lodge Dutch Ovens) and accessories will be available for purchase on site in case you get hooked on this fun hobby! From the town of Daisy on U.S. 70, the park is ¼ mile south; from Hot Springs, travel 50 miles southwest on U.S. 70 to Daisy; from Murfreesboro, go 20 miles on Arkansas 27 to Kirby, then 6 miles west on U.S. 70 to Daisy; from DeQueen, on U.S. 71, travel 41 miles northeast on U.S. 70 to Daisy; from l-30 at Texarkana, take U.S. 71 north 43 miles to U.S.70 and then drive 33 miles northeast to Daisy.

Boozman, Cotton, Griffin Urge Army to Award Purple Heart to Soldiers in 2009 Little Rock Shooting
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman, Senator-elect Tom Cotton and Rep. Tim Griffin sent a letter yesterday to the Secretary of the Army urging him to award the Purple Heart to victims of the June 2009 shooting at the Little Rock recruiting center - Privates William Long and Quinton Ezeagwula - based on criteria approved by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Section 571 of the FY 2015 NDAA clarifies that an attack carried out by an individual will be considered an attack by a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) if the individual or entity was in communication with a FTO before the attack, and if the attack was inspired or motivated by a FTO.

The members detail actions and statements by Abdulhakim Muhammad, the man who pled guilty to charges of capital murder and attempted capital murder for the shooting at a Little Rock military recruiting station, that meet the criteria established in NDAA.

“Throughout his (2011) trial, Muhammad repeatedly admitted that he was a soldier in the cause of war—or jihad—against the United States and that he targeted Privates William Andrew Long and Quinton Ezeagwula because they wore the uniform of the U.S. Army.  Additionally, in 2007, Muhammad traveled to Yemen where, as he admitted, he consorted with known members of Al Qaeda including discussing attacks on American military personnel," members wrote in the letter. 

The members urged the Secretary to correct this wrong and award the Purple Heart to Private Quiton Ezeagwula and to the family of Private William Long.

Three Ways to Give the Holiday Season  More Meaning
(StatePoint) These days, the focus of the holidays is often on consumerism -- from gift cards to glitzy décor to formal place settings. Whatever your religious beliefs, you may be looking for ways to incorporate more spirituality into the season and beyond.

Here are three ways to bring more meaning to the season:

• Skip the gift exchange. Instead of purchasing pricey presents for family and friends, do a letter exchange instead. Take the opportunity to tell loved ones what they mean to you. These notes of appreciation will be a lot more memorable and a lot more meaningful than a store bought item. The money you would have spent on gifts can be donated to your favorite charity instead.

• Volunteer. The winter can be an especially difficult time for the elderly, the hungry or the sick. While it may be a particularly busy time of year for you, try to dedicate some time in your schedule to a volunteer project that helps you connect with others in your community.

• Be introspective. There is plenty of great literature available that can help you explore your own spirituality. One new title, “Coming Home, A Spiritual and Religious Dialogue,” by Star Chang, who has studied religious scriptures, history and spiritual books for years, delves into the teachings of the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Plato and Muhammad. The book seeks to help readers navigate their own path by discovering which teachings apply to them and how to incorporate them into a modern lifestyle. This reading can be especially beneficial to those looking for more meaning around the holiday season.

More information about the book can be found at www.BookComingHome.com.

While there is certainly great joy to be had by getting swept up in the spirit of the holiday season, taking time to reflect and be of service to others can give this time of year even more meaning and importance.

Study Reveals the Season's Least Breakable Tablets
(StatePoint) Tablets are again one of this year’s hottest gifts as people of all ages and lifestyles use them for just about everything. Unfortunately, the way we use these fragile devices often puts them at risk for breaking, and certain models are more susceptible to going kaput.

To help shoppers make smart decisions this year, SquareTrade, a protection plan provider for tablets, smartphones and other electronics, decided to find out how durable the most popular tablets are. Evaluating key elements such as front and back panel design, edge construction and materials, size, weight, “slide-ability,” water resistance and “grip-ability,” SquareTrade’s Breakability Score tests devices in everyday danger situations brought on by our lifestyles and habits.

Overall, larger tablets proved to be far more breakable than smaller ones, as well as the least water resistant.

No matter how durable your device is, accidents do happen and an affordable protection plan can help you protect your pricey tablet investment. More information can be found at www.SquareTrade.com.

If you’re giving the gift of tech this holiday season, make sure you research your options first, and consider adding a protection plan to your special gift.

 

December 16, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Plyler, was traveling on Washington Street. As the officer turned onto North Agee Street and observed a green GMC pickup driving on the wrong-side of the roadway. As the officer attempted to catch up and make a stop on the vehicle, he observed the vehicle hit another car head-on, when the officer approached the vehicle, he made contact with the driver. While speaking to the driver, the officer observed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the driver, it only grew stronger as he spoke. According to reports, the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and his movements seemed slow and somewhat coordinated. When asked if he had anything illegal, the man stated no. After the officer stated that he was smelling alcohol and marijuana coming from the vehicle, the driver said he didn’t drink or do drugs. The officer instructed the man to hand him a beer, which was under the seat. After the man failed field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody. During a search, marijuana cigarette in his front pocket shirt.

Officer Elliot was dispatched to 425 Carver Street for a disturbance. Upon arrival the officer observed a man, who he knew, and a woman also outside the residence yelling. The woman stated that she and the man had a verbal altercation due to him driving other females around. The woman was upset and began packing his things, and wanted to leave the residence. She began yelling at the man and had a warrant with probation and parole. After a driver’s license check, dispatch advised that the man had a valid probation and warrant. The man was then taken into custody.

Officer Plyler was traveling on California Avenue towards Police Drive. According to reports, the officer observed a maroon passenger car with only one working headlight. The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, and while speaking he smelled a strong intoxicant coming from him. The man stated that he did have a drink, but he wasn’t drunk. After failing field sobriety tests, the man was taken into custody.

Officer Bush, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to Macs Fresh Market in Garden Oakes for a shoplifter. The officer made contact with employee. After watching video footage, the officer observed a female wearing blue jeans, a black jacket, and a pink scarf around her head. The officer observed the woman put six packages of steaks in her purse. The officer then noticed the woman get two packages of hamburger meat and place them inside her cart and place the purse on top of the hamburger meat. According to reports, the woman also put a bag of dog food inside her cart, and exit the store without paying for the food. Employees provided the officer with receipts totaling $236.00. The woman was eventually found and taken into custody.

AR MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT OF LIVESTOCK AFTER MANHUNT 
Carthage, Texas – Bradley Wayne Guthrey, 25, of North Little Rock, Ark. was arrested in Carthage, Texas on Tuesday, Dec. 9 and charged with multiple felonies after it was revealed that he was involved in the theft of a total of approximately 70 head of cattle across Texas and Arkansas. Guthrey was also wanted on outstanding warrants out of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Rangers Larry Hand and Toney Hurley initiated this investigation and were joined by TSCRA Special Rangers Hal Dumas, Marvin Wills, Jimmy Dickson, Brent Mast and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. Hand received a call from employees at the Panola Livestock Auction after a suspicious man from North Little Rock, Ark. brought eight head of unbranded cattle to Carthage, Texas. These eight head were later determined to be stolen and traced back to the victim in Hearne, Texas. Guthrey, the suspect, unloaded the cattle and left his livestock trailer at the auction barn to go to Carthage to find a motel. When Hand arrived at the auction, he inspected the cattle and noticed the trailer’s VIN plate had been removed. Additionally, the license plate didn’t match the trailer it was displayed on. Panola County Constable Bryan Murff arrived at the Panola Livestock Auction at the same time Guthrey returned. Guthrey was driving a brown Dodge pickup, and upon seeing Hand and Murff he fled the scene. Hand and Murff immediately pursued Guthrey at a high rate of speed toward Carthage and went around the loop. Guthrey continued on highway 149, where he ran his truck through a gate onto the Luminant Beckville Mine property. He then abandoned the vehicle and began to run on foot to avoid authorities.  Local and State law enforcement officers, K9 Police, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers and a DPS helicopter were used to search for Guthrey until after dark. During the manhunt, Hand and Hurley inventoried the suspicious cattle, stock trailer and pickup. They worked with the Panola County Sheriff’s Office to collect evidence. After an approximately seven hour manhunt, Hurley talked to Guthrey by phone and used negotiation skills to talk Guthrey into giving himself up to authorities. Hand and Hurley took the suspect into custody on outstanding felony warrants of parole violation, failing to appear on the charge of knowingly concealing stolen property, burglary of a commercial building and fleeing police by the use of a vehicle. “The suspect specifically told special rangers that he targeted unbranded cattle to steal and sell at cattle auctions, because they are not as easy for authorities to identify when stolen,” said Hurley. “Some of the 70 stolen livestock were branded. These branded cattle were found turned out in a pasture in Camden, Ark. Due to the visible brands, these cattle were identified by Dumas and me as stolen and were subsequently turned over to the rightful owners in Texas.” Guthrey confessed he was involved in cattle thefts stretching from East Texas to Central Texas and back to Arkansas. Cattle thefts were identified in the following counties: Panola, Robertson, Falls, Limestone, Navarro and Leon Counties. Additionally, three gooseneck trailers and other ranch equipment were recovered. "The suspect in this case identified unbranded cattle off rural roads roaming in pastures with no nearby homes and he targeted them.” said Hand, “Guthrey was able to capture the cattle with a bag of cubes he kept in his pickup. It is crucial that ranchers properly secure their property, report suspicious activity and keep an accurate count of livestock.  This is a very complex and ongoing investigation. TSCRA special rangers expect more charges and arrests to be made. TSCRA will release more information when appropriate. TSCRA would like to thank the following officers and agencies for their assistance in this investigation:

-Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake and all divisions of his department
-Panola County Constables Brian Murff and Mitch Norton and their deputies
-Panola County District Attorney’s Office
-Hallsville K9 Officers
-Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, CID Sgt. Jason Ash, Captain Murray Agnew, Investigator Chad Walker
-Falls County District Attorney’s Office
-Ouachita County Captain Mike Hall, Investigator Justin Starns, and Sheriff David Norwood
-Arkansas State Police Special Agent Corwin Battle
-Navarro County Sheriff’s Department

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden. The Madrigals from Camden Fairview High School will be our guest this week to entertainment us with Christmas music. This will be the club’s last time to meet this year. They will not have meetings for the next 2 weeks due to the holidays. If you would like to learn any additional information or join the Lion’s Club, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7.

OPED BUILDING CLOSED; NO ROAD TESTING 
NO Written or Road Testing on Thursday, December 18th and Friday December 19th
NO Written or Road Testing on Thursday, December 25th and Friday, December 26th
OPED office will be closed Wednesday, December 24th  and Thursday, December 25th for the Christmas Holidays
OPED office will be closed Thursday, January 1st,  2015 for the holiday
NO Written or Road Testing Thursday, January 1st and Friday January 2nd 2015

LEADERSHIP MAGNOLIA BUILDING CITY ‘WELCOME’ SIGNS
MAGNOLIA – The Leadership Magnolia class of 2015 has set a goal to raise $25,000 to build two large brick monument “Welcome to Magnolia” signs for the city. The first sign will be located at the intersection of U.S. 82 (Main Street) and U.S. 79. This sign is set to be 30’x20’. The second sign will be located on U.S. 79 just north of Magnolia near Reliance Well Service. “The Leadership Magnolia class of 2015 saw the momentum building for a revitalization of our city and decided to complete a project that would be an enduring contribution to the beautification of Magnolia,” said Jennifer Rowsam, chair of the Leadership Magnolia class of 2015. “The money used to complete the project depends on donations and fundraisers we conduct throughout the year.” The group has gotten a start toward their fundraising goal. The current promotion offers the chance to win, with a $10 donation or three chances for $25, a 5 cubic-foot freezer and 100 pounds of a mix of pork and ground chuck from C&C Packing. The drawing will be on December 18. Call Amy Lewis at 870-235-7073 for more information or to donate. On January 31, 2015, the class plans to host a “Magnolia Hold’Em” Texas Hold’Em poker tournament at the Magnolia Country Club. Entry fees will be $75, with a $75 re-buy. Local businesses are donating prizes and items for a silent auction. Registration will open on January 1. Along with the fundraising events, the class is also reaching out to community leaders and organizations. There are various levels of giving opportunities ranging from $100 to $15,000. The four top levels, which start at $1,000, will be recognized with a plaque on the main brick sign. Southern Arkansas University has secured a $10,000 Diamond sponsorship, which will cover the purchase of the aluminum lettering for both signs. The signs will read, “Welcome to Magnolia/Home of Southern Arkansas University.”

ENVIRONMENTALLY SPEAKING: Dealing with E-waste
Finding the perfect Christmas gift for many people this year will mean buying new electronics, which includes televisions and other video equipment, computers, assorted computer accessories, audio equipment and mobile phones. Those who receive these gifts will be responsible for properly disposing of their outdated electronics. Because of the rapid growth and change in electronic products, their end-of-life management is becoming more important. According to a 2013 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the Inspector General, e-waste is the fastest-growing domestic waste stream. The website for Causes International, a company that coordinates the donation of used electronics to support charities, includes these estimates:

·In 2010, the U.S. produced 3 million tons of e-waste.
·E-waste comprises 2 percent of U.S. trash in landfills and 70 percent of overall toxic waste.
Toxic cadmium is in rechargeable computer batteries. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is in the plastics used for circuit boards, connectors, plastic covers and cables. Other harmful substances in e-waste include lead, mercury, beryllium, brominated flame retardants and polychlorinated biphenyls. Valuable resources also go into landfills when old electronics are simply thrown away. Some of the more than 40 elements that make up a mobile phone are copper, tin, cobalt, indium, antimony, silver, gold and palladium. One metric ton of circuit boards can contain 40 to 800 times the amount of gold and 30 to 40 times the amount of copper mined from one metric ton of ore in the U.S. For every million smartphones recycled, 35,272 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. To keep these elements out of landfills, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality encourages Arkansans to recycle electronics they no longer use. Check with your regional solid waste management district for information about e-waste drop-off locations or special collection events. Contact information for Arkansas’s 18 districts can be found on ADEQ’s website at www.adeq.state.ar.us/solwaste/regional_boards_sql.asp?Dist. Robert Hunter, ADEQ’s Recycling Branch manager, said that Goodwill Arkansas stores also accept electronics for free recycling. “Goodwill stores across the state will take any brand of a wide variety of electronic equipment in any condition,” he said. “If they can’t refurbish your old electronics for resale, they will recycle them responsibly.” Hunter also suggested checking with local electronics stores to see what they accept. Some even offer store credit for products that can be reused. Another alternative is to search for e-waste collection centers on www.earth911.com.  “Before you donate or recycle used electronics, you should delete all personal information and remove any batteries, which may need to be recycled separately,” Hunter said. ADEQ has more information about reducing e-waste on its website at www.adeq.state.ar.us/poa/branch_recycling/electronics_reuse_and_recycling.aspx

SAAC CLOSES FOR CHRISTMAS
The South Arkansas Arts Center will close for the Christmas holiday on Friday, December 19 at 5pm.  SAAC will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015.  SAAC’s normal hours of operation are 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. This week is the last opportunity to view “Carroll Cloar’s Arkansas,” which is currently on display in the Merkle and Price Galleries. Viewing hours for the exhibition are 9am-5pm. Artwork created by students of art instructors Gay Bechtelheimer, Mike Means, and Maria Villegas is available for pickup before close of business at 5pm on Friday, December 19.  Spring class schedules are currently available at reception and in the office.  Parents and guardians may enroll students this week until Friday at 5pm.  Class registration will continue upon SAAC re-opening on January 5. For more information, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474.

December 15, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Plyler, of the Camden Police Department, was traveling on Maple Street. The officer observed a grey Oldsmobile SUV turn onto Cleveland and then make a right onto Chestnut without using a blinker. The officer initiated a stop on vehicle on Chestnut near Sycamore. When the officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the occupants. The driver stated he was driving the passenger home because he was intoxicated. After talking with the two, the passenger stated the vehicle was his. During a search of the vehicle, the officer found a broken glass crack pipe between the console and the driver seat and a glass crack pipe in the passenger door concealed inside an empty cigarette package. Both items were seized. The passenger stated that a female must have left them in the vehicle. He said that he then met with the driver, so he could be driven home. The passenger was taken into custody, and the driver was released without charge.

27TH ANNUAL CAMDEN CHRISTMAS PARADE RESULTS
Best Overall Entry: Ouachita County Courthouse

Best Marching Band: Harmony Grove
Best Utilization of Children: Lions Pee Wee
Best Vehicle Decoration: Delta
Best Religious Theme: Believer’s Church
Best Small Business Float: H/R Block
Best Choir: Harmony Grove Wee Choir
Best Utilization of Lights: B/M Painting
Best Decorated Car: Osage Popsicles
Best Parade Theme: Lockeed Martin
Best Decorated Live Animal: Ed Wretz
Best Riding Club: Street Respect Motorcycle Group
Best Industry: Lockeed Martin
Best Non-Profit: Aerojet
Best Out of Town: El Dorado Southern Belles

HOLIDAY HIGHWAY SAFETY CAMPAIGN
 (LITTLE ROCK) – Beginning tomorrow the Arkansas State Police will join other state and local law enforcement agencies to make Arkansas highways and roads safer during the holiday season. “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a public safety campaign initiative involving state, county and city law enforcement officers across the United States.  It will be implemented during a three-week period encompassing the Christmas and New Year holidays (Friday, December 12th through January 1st.) "The holiday season should be a time of joy, not a time of tragedy and loss. That’s why Arkansas motorists can expect to see an increase in saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, anytime, anywhere,” said Colonel Stan Witt, Arkansas State Police Director and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “We understand that celebrations are a part of the season, but we ask that the public celebrate responsibly,” said Colonel Witt.  “Drunk driving is a crime that will not be tolerated and law enforcement officers will not accept excuses. If you’re caught driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will be arrested and taken to jail.” More than 10,000 people are killed each year as a result of drunk drivers behind the wheel of vehicles. This time of year is especially dangerous due to frequent holiday festivities. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in the month of December 2012 there were 830 people killed in crashes involving at least one drunk driver or motorcycle operator. On average, a third (31 percent) of all crash fatalities in the United States involve a driver who is impaired by alcohol. Drivers are considered to be alcohol impaired when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per deciliter or higher.  During 2012 there were 143 (26 percent) traffic related fatalities in Arkansas involving alcohol impaired drivers.  Fifteen of the fatalities occurred during the month of December. Using good judgment and following some simple rules will be your best defense against an impaired driver.  The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office recommends:

-Always plan ahead whenever you expect to consume alcohol.
-Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
-If you have been drinking, call a taxi, take the bus or call a sober friend or family member to get you to your destination safely.
-Promptly report to law enforcement drunk drivers you see on the roadways.
-Always wear your safety belt.
-And if you’re on a motorcycle use protective equipment.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136.  For more on Arkansas’ ongoing Toward Zero Deaths campaign to eliminate preventable traffic fatalities, visit www.TZDarkansas.org.

 

December 11, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Lt. James Bolton, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 644 Ouachita 84 to a reported theft. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a man, who stated that he went to the back side of his property to get some hog feed, when he noticed parts missing off a log truck he had parked there. Reported items missing are 2 exhaust stacks, valued at $600.00, 1 break drum valued at $150.00, and 4 truck batteries valued at $120.00 each. The man stated that the last time he saw the missing items was a few days before.

Deputy J. McClane responded to 2589 Highway 79 North for a report of criminal mischief.
Upon arrival to the residence, the officer made contact with a man and woman. The woman stated that she had three prescriptions missing. The woman stated that the three prescriptions were Lexapro, Resprodol, and Hydrocodone. The woman went on to explain that she believes she had 20-30 pills left in each prescription. The woman stated that she and her husband have looked about the residence thinking that maybe the medicines were misplaced. The woman believes that someone possibly gained entry into the residence earlier in the week when no one was home and took possession of the prescriptions. She stated that the backdoor of the residence was unlocked and made easy access to the pills. The couple also noticed damage to the driver’s and passenger’s side of the vehicle.

Lt. James Bolton, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to 115 Ouachita 502, to a report of damage to a vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer met with a woman, who stated that she was at her brother’s residence visiting. When she went to leave, she noticed the right rear tail light was broken out. Upon inspection, the officer found the broken light lens on the ground near the vehicle. According to reports, there were scuff marks on the rear bumper below the tail light. Also noted, tire prints leading to the right-rear corner of the vehicle. It was also apparent that someone was traveling south on Ouachita 501. At the intersection of Ouachita 502, the subject failed to stop and traveled across 502 into the driveway, striking the right-rear of the women’s vehicle. The vehicle left the scene, no witnesses could be located.

SAAC “ENCORE” TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
The box office of the South Arkansas Arts Center still has tickets available for “Encore: 50 years on Stage at the SAAC.”  Ticket pricing for performances on December 11 and 12 are $10 for SAAC members and $25 for the general public.  Tickets for the December 13 performance are $25 and include both the show and the Ovation Celebration party afterwards. A standalone ticket is available for the Ovation Celebration, a farewell party for the final event of the Golden Anniversary year, for only $10.  The house opens each evening at 7pm with the curtain at 7:30pm.  Encore is sponsored by longtime supporter Simmons Bank. “Encore: 50 Years on Stage at the SAAC” takes you on a whirlwind journey of memories, melodies, and merriment with a retrospective of 50 years of theatrical magic. With a cast of 30 of the community’s favorite performers returning to the SAAC stage to entertain you with everything from coconut bras to student revolutionaries, you are sure to hear some of your favorite songs and scenes from years gone by. For tickets, contact the box office at 862-5474.

December 9, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Sgt. Chris Gill responded to 481 Ouachita 51 and spoke to Johnnie Sharp. Sharp, who appeared to be intoxicated, explained that sometime the night before, her neighbor, a man knocked out the window of her apartment. She also stated that he tried kicking the door in. According to reports, the frame of appeared to be loose from the inside.

Lt. Cedric Gregory was dispatched to 392 Ouachita 17 in response to a report of identity theft. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a woman, who explained that an unknown party had created a Fraudulent “Facebook Page” and pretending to be her. Apparently they had acquired her photo from her actual Facebook Page and was now contacting her family and friends via Facebook, requesting money. She also stated that she had notified Facebook, but requested that a report be filed should any problems occur.

SAU EARNS ANOTHER AFFORDABILITY HONOR
MAGNOLIA – College tuition across the U.S. continues to rise, yet Southern Arkansas University has earned another cost-efficient accolade with its recent high ranking by AffordableColleges.com’s “50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students.” AffordableCollege.com ranked SAU number six for affordability in the U.S. for out-of-state students. The annual out-of-state tuition cost quoted by the site is the $9,270 from 2013-14, with an institutional financial aid rate of 74%. “In the five years between the 2008-09 and 2013-14 academic years, the national average out-of-state tuition rose 19%, severely limiting a student's ability to study in a different state,” said Jordan Reese, outreach manager for AffordableColleges.com. “In order to give students a realistic cost of their higher education away from home, we looked at average in-state tuition and institutional financial aid rate for public schools across the country, narrowing down the list to 50 schools that are most financially accessible.” This ranking follows several other recent merits for SAU’s affordability and quality. The Affordable Colleges Foundation recently highlighted the MBA program at SAU for affordability and quality on the Affordable Colleges Foundation’s “Best Online MBA Programs for 2014-15.” The SAU MBA was the only program in Arkansas listed among the U.S.’s top 68 programs. In 2013, SAU was honored for its return on investment by AffordableCollegesOnline.org. SAU was ranked toward the top of the national ROI list, and was the second highest public university in Arkansas. OnlineU.org also ranks two of SAU’s online Master’s degrees in the top three nationally in their respective categories. The SAU Master of Science in Computer and Information Science is ranked third in the U.S., as is the SAU MBA program. Along with affordability, SAU maintains a low 16-1 student-teacher ratio and offers cutting edge and unique degree offerings, such as Arkansas’ only degree programs in Computer Game and Animation Design and Marine Biology. For more information, visit www.SAUmag.edu or find SAU on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

SAU HOSTS FALL COMMENCEMENTS FRIDAY
MAGNOLIA – Southern Arkansas University is scheduled to recognize 36 graduate students and 136 undergraduates during two Fall Commencement ceremonies at 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014. Both ceremonies will take place in the gymnasium at the W.T. Watson Center. The 5 p.m. graduation will include students from the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Business and the College of Science and Engineering. The 7 p.m. ceremony will feature students from the College of Education and the College of Liberal and Performing Arts. SAU Professor of History and 2014 Honor Professor Dr. Ben Johnson will provide both commencement addresses. Johnson became Arkansas’ first endowed professor for Arkansas studies in 2013 thanks to the John G. Ragsdale, Jr. and Dora J. Ragsdale Endowed Professorship. Johnson earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas, and has taught in higher education for more than 33 years. He served as Dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts at SAU from 2007 to 2011 and was promoted to professor of history in 2010. In addition to the book he authored in 2000, he has written two additional books on Arkansas history. He and his wife, Sherrel Johnson, reside in El Dorado, Ark.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR ANGEL TREE
SPONSORS STILL NEEDED FOR 86 CHILDREN
MAGNOLIA – The Columbia County Angel Tree still has 86 of the 375 children with no sponsors, so the deadline for the community to adopt angels and return gifts has been extended to 5 p.m. on December 17, 2014. Sandra Smith, SAU dean of students and director of housing, is heading up the Angel Tree at Southern Arkansas University this year. Smith had set the initial deadline for gifts for December 10, but extended it to try and help as many kids as possible. “We hope to be able to make Christmas great for more than 375 children and 152 families in Columbia County,” said Smith. “We still have 86 children with no sponsors. Please consider sponsoring a child or family.” There are several ways the community can support the Angel Tree, such as sponsoring angels, donating money, or volunteering time. For more information, call 870-235-4047. Sponsors have the opportunity to select angels from the tree, which is located at University Housing at room 218 in SAU’s Reynolds Center. There is no minimum money requirement, but around $50-$70 per child is the recommendation. If a family is sponsored, it is encouraged that the same number of presents be purchased for each child. Volunteers will even wrap the gifts, but sponsors are welcome to donate wrapping paper. If you want to help but do not have time to shop, monetary donations are welcome. Volunteers will complete the shopping and wrapping. From 2008 until this year, the Angel Tree at SAU has been co-coordinated by two student organizations – Lambda Alpha Beta (the Chemistry Club) and Sigma Tau Delta (the English Honor Society). For several years prior to 2008, the Magnolia Housing Authority coordinated the county’s Angel Tree efforts.

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES THREE MEDICAID FRAUD ARRESTS
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that health-care workers in Benton County, Craighead County and Mississippi County have been arrested following three separate investigations by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Jennifer Reid Casey, 33, of Rogers was arrested last week and is accused of defrauding the Arkansas Medicaid program of more than $27,473, which is a B felony.  Investigators found that Casey submitted claims to Medicaid for payment for adult day care services that were not provided between January 2014 and April 2, 2014. In another case, Jonathan Chandler, 26, of Blytheville was arrested Monday for Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony, for fraudulently billing Medicaid for reimbursement for attendant care services he didn’t provide. In the third case, Martha Renshaw, 50, of Lake City was arrested Monday for Medicaid Fraud, a Class B felony. Renshaw is accused of billing the Arkansas Medicaid Program $4,210 for in-home services that she did not provide. Chandler and Renshaw were released on their own recognizance, and Casey was released on $3,500 bond. “Health care providers who falsify Medicaid bills are stealing money from Arkansas taxpayers and weakening the integrity of our Medicaid program,” McDaniel said.  “My Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to work diligently to investigate all instances of Medicaid fraud across the state.” Casey operated Christian Day Care, an adult day care facility on Museum Road in Conway. According to investigators, Casey made fraudulent Medicaid claims and accepted payments after the facility closed on Jan. 1, 2014. Money received from the false claims was deposited into a bank account controlled by Casey and used for purchases at various retailers and restaurants, according to investigators. Renshaw was employed as a personal care aide by Allcare Homecare in Jonesboro. Investigators found that separate time sheets indicate Renshaw billed Medicaid for providing at-home care to patients based in Trumann while she was clocked in as a full-time employee of NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. According to investigators, she also fraudulently billed Medicaid for services she said she provided during times when bank records indicate she was getting personal vehicles serviced and visiting the dentist. Chandler was contracted as an attendant care provider by the Arkansas Department of Human Services to provide home health care to his mother. Records reviewed by investigators indicate that Chandler submitted claims for payment totaling $272 for at-home care while his mother was hospitalized in Blytheville. Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud hotline, (866) 810-0016.

ADH URGES AR TO GET FLU SHOTS
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Pharmacists Association (APA) urge people who haven’t had one to get their flu shots during National Influenza Vaccination Week, December 8-12.  According to ADH, Arkansas had a high number of influenza deaths during last year’s flu season. ADH’s Jennifer Dillaha, M.D., Medical Director for Immunizations, said, “Arkansas’s 2013-2014 influenza season was the worst flu season in over 30 years. Last year, we had an unusually high number of deaths among young adults, and we had a higher rate of flu-related deaths in children than any state in the nation.” She added, “Right now the flu is not widespread in Arkansas, but it’s widespread just south of us in Louisiana. So now is the time to get vaccinated, as the vaccine takes about two weeks to provide full protection. This year we want everyone to be as protected as possible before the flu gets here.” Certain people are at high risk for serious complications if they get the flu. This includes older adults, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). Health care workers, daycare workers, and family members, who take care of these high-risk people, can help protect them by getting a flu shot for themselves. “It’s not too late to get a flu shot,” added Dr. Eric Crumbaugh, Director of Clinical Programs for the Arkansas Pharmacists Association. “Patients who still need a flu shot should see their doctor, visit an ADH local health unit or other health care provider such as their pharmacist. Most pharmacies have plenty of vaccine available and there is no appointment needed.”  Seasonal influenza is a highly contagious virus that is spread when people are in close contact with one another. The virus can cause a mild to severe illness and can even lead to death.  Flu symptoms include fever over 100 degrees, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, and occasionally stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. People who experience these symptoms, severe cough or difficulty breathing should seek medical help immediately. The flu virus is spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching a hard surface with the virus on it and then touching the nose or mouth. Those infected by the influenza virus are contagious to others even before they develop symptoms. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Flu vaccines have an excellent safety record. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu. Some people may have a mild reaction to the flu vaccine. Reactions to the flu shot might include mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and perhaps a little fever or slight headache. Side effects to the nasal spray vaccine may include runny nose, headache, and wheezing. There are very few medical reasons to avoid the flu vaccine. They include a life-threatening allergic reaction to a previous dose of the flu vaccine, or a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome. People with a non-life threatening egg allergy may be vaccinated with a new egg-free vaccine.

ENTERGY AR BUYING PORTION OF UNION POWER
STATION NEAR EL DORADO

LITTLE ROCK, AR - In a move that will help meet the energy needs of Arkansans while keeping costs down, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire a portion of the Union Power Station near El Dorado. “Entergy Arkansas is focused on keeping customer rates among the lowest in the country and helping Arkansas’ economy to grow,” said Hugh McDonald, Entergy Arkansas president and chief executive officer. “The Union Power Station purchase is a significant step in the ongoing modernization of our generation fleet. It’s clean, it’s efficient, and we’re buying it at a good price. Those factors combine to help us keep rates down, keep reliability up, and maintain an environmental profile that’s among the cleanest in the industry.” The Union Power Station, a 1,980-megawatt (summer rated) generating facility, entered commercial service in 2003 and consists of four highly efficient combined-cycle natural-gas-fired generating units, or CCGTs, each rated at 495 MW. Under the Asset Purchase Agreement, Entergy Arkansas and Entergy Texas, Inc. have each agreed to acquire one unit, and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. has agreed to acquire two units. The plant purchase price is $948.0 million ($479/kW), or $237.0 million per unit, subject to adjustments. The purchase price is approximately half the cost to build a comparable new CCGT facility. The station is owned by Union Power Partners, L.P., an independent power producer and wholly owned by Entegra TC LLC. Entergy Arkansas will operate the plant, which sits on 330 acres in Union County. “We are also fortunate that we have the opportunity to invest in an Arkansas facility that provides high-quality jobs to our state,” said McDonald. “This acquisition complements the transmission enhancements we are planning to make across the service territory that will improve reliability for our customers.” The purchase is contingent upon, among other things, obtaining necessary approvals, including acceptable cost recovery, from the various federal and state regulatory authorities and the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust law. The targeted closing date is late 2015. Entergy Arkansas provides electricity to approximately 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000

December 8, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Officer Finney, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to 520 Short Street for a report of a man being intoxicated and refusing to leave the residence. Upon arrival the officer observed a black male, in a black jacket, stumbling in the roadway on Visor Street. The man was apparently walking towards the officer’s patrol unit, attempting to open the front passenger-side door. The policeman exited his vehicle and spoke with the man. According to reports the man had a strong smell of an unknown intoxicant coming from him. His speech was also slurred and he had a difficulty maintaining his balance. The man was taken into custody for public intoxication and transported to the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy David Harcrow, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to Stephens for a verbal altercation. Upon arrival, the officer met with a man, who stated that he and another man had gotten into an argument. He also stated that the other man had pulled a weapon, and he had as well. While talking with the man, the officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him. The officer advised him to return home, and not be out in public intoxicated.

Lt. Cedric Gregory was dispatched to 436 Ouachita 54 in response to a report of a criminal mischief. Upon arrival the officer met with the reporting party, who directed the officer to his mailbox, which had a small hole in the side of it. The man explained that he had been in the yard putting up Christmas lights when he heard something hit his mailbox. He looked up in time to see a red pick-up truck driving away. According to reports, the vehicle headed west on Highway 54. A large rock was found lying by the mailbox. The man said that this is not the first time he has had this problem. Attempts to locate the suspect and the vehicle were unsuccessful.

Deputies of the Sheriff’s Office were dispatched for a reported overturned vehicle partially in the lake. Upon the deputy’s arrival, State Police was requested as well as OEM due to fuel in the lake. Fuel was leaking from a tank that was located in the bed of the truck. Kelly Brothers took possession of the vehicle.

CRITTENDEN COUNTY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MEDICAID FRAUD
LITTLE ROCK –A Crittenden County woman accused of improperly billing the state’s Medicaid program pleaded guilty today to felony Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced. Elaina Brewer, 34, of Marion entered a guilty plea this morning in Pulaski County Circuit Court before Judge Barry Sims. The conviction for Medicaid fraud, a Class C felony, came after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Brewer was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $5,530 and ordered to pay $1,843 in restitution. She must undergo random drug tests. Brewer was arrested in October 2013 after investigators found she billed the Arkansas Medicaid Program for attendant-care services that she did not provide. “Arkansas taxpayers rightly expect Medicaid service providers to perform the work they are paid to do on behalf of beneficiaries,” McDaniel said. “When they fail to do so, they break the law and violate the trust of beneficiaries and the Medicaid Program in general. This Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue to work to prevent this type of fraud.” Brewer was contracted by Crittenden Adult Care Services to provide personal assistance to Medicaid beneficiaries who need help with their daily needs. Brewer submitted billing claims to Medicaid stating she had performed personal care services for a specific Medicaid beneficiary from Dec. 31, 2012, to March 8, 2013. However, that beneficiary told investigators that Brewer did not provide services on many of the days for which Medicaid was bill To report Medicaid fraud or abuse and neglect in nursing homes, call the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s tip line, (866) 810-0016.

AG ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH SIRIUS XM
LITTLE ROCK –Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he and 45 other attorneys general reached a settlement with Sirius XM Radio Inc. of New York over allegations that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. Arkansas consumers who have not previously filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office for the practices covered by this settlement have 150 days to file a complaint to be considered for restitution. “This settlement holds the company accountable and ensures that Sirius XM will make significant changes to its business practices,” McDaniel said. “I’m pleased that Arkansans will receive some relief as a result of this agreement.” In addition to consumer restitution, Sirius will pay $3.8 million to be divided among the 45 states and the District of Columbia. Arkansas’s share is $60,178. The attorneys general allege that Sirius XM engaged in misleading, unfair, and deceptive acts or practices in violation of state consumer protection laws. The investigation focused on consumer complaints involving difficulty canceling contracts, cancellation requests that were not honored and misrepresentations that Sirius XM service would be canceled and not renewed. Other practices considered include contracts that were automatically renewed without notice or consent and unauthorized fees. Under the terms of the settlement, Sirius XM agrees to improve disclosure of terms and conditions, provide advance notice about upcoming automatic renewals and revise procedures to make it easier for consumers to cancel. Consumers who believe they may qualify for restitution are urged to contact Sirius XM within the next 150 days by visiting www.siriusxm.com/settlementprogram or by mailing complaints to P.O. Box 33059, Detroit MI  48232-5059. Arkansas consumers may also call the Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982.

DBHS PARTNERS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO LAUNCH STATEWIDE INITIATIVE TO REDUCE UNDERAGE DRINKING AND DRUG ABUSE
(Little Rock, AR, December 5, 2014)  The Division of Behavioral Health Services, Prevention Services announced that it has partnered with community based organizations across the state   to reduce underage drinking and prescription drug abuse throughout the state of Arkansas. In the state of Arkansas, underage drinking and prescription drug abuse is considered an epidemic.  According to www.buildingasaferevansville.org, 5,000 people under age 21 die each year from alcohol-related car crashes, homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning, and other injuries such as falls, burns, and drowning. According to the U.S. Drug Administration, every day, 2,000 teenagers use a prescription drug to get high for the first time. “It is vitally important that we educate our youth about the consequences of underage drinking and prescription drug abuse. It is truly “uncool” and as some seem to forget, it’s still illegal”, says Dennis Emerson, Principal of Poyen High School.  “I am very excited about this new initiative. It speaks directly to our youth and empowers them to make wise, informed decisions.  Prevention is key and collaboration will help guide us to victory.” “This new initiative was developed to reduce underage drinking and prescription drug abuse across our state, particularly in areas that are disproportionately impacted. What makes this new initiative really special is that it is geared directly towards our youth. They are able to participate and make a difference by encouraging each other to make the right choice”, says Willie McGhee, Executive Director of Generations of Faith. ”I am looking forward to working with the youth and watching them grow as they become advocates for this great cause.” This initiative is entitled “Drinks, Drugs, Nah.” It is a prevention-focused, youth-centric, outreach initiative that will be spearheaded by local youth, non-profit organizations, faith based groups and community leaders. For more information, visit the website at www.takeactionar.com. For more information, contact Sharron Mims at (501) 686-9030 or sharron.mims@dhs.arkansas.gov.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER
The Ouachita Area United Fund are needing volunteers for the 28th Annual Christmas Dinner Delivery which served over 750 families in 2013. There is a need for Traditional cooked dishes & delivery drivers. This event will be held on Saturday, December 20th at the Camden Fairview Intermediate School from 9 am to 11:30 am.  For more information or to become a volunteer please contact Tavia @ 870.818.4502 or Nancy Kendall @ 870.833.2761

December 3, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Plyler, of the Camden Police Department, was assisting Sgt. Easttam with a vehicle stop on Karn Street near Frazier. The vehicle was stopped for running the stop sign at Frazier Street. While speaking with the driver, consent was gained to search the vehicle. The police K9 that was on the scene indicated a strong odor of narcotics. The two men in the vehicle were removed without incident. According to reports the passenger in the rear seat, was found to have marijuana on her. The woman denied using drugs, or smoking crack cocaine in particular.

The woman was taken into custody, and the two males were giving a warning for running the stop sign and then released the males.

Officer Jamario Bush, was conducting a security check in Wal-Mart. The officer observed a female who knew, walking down the center aisle on the grocery side with a cart. The officer observed the cart to have several packages of meat. The officer also observed the woman to have very large purse that was completely empty. The officer had recently arrested the woman at Wal-Mart for shoplifting and knew she had been placed on the ban list. The female denied knowing she was on the ban-list initially, then stated she was inside Wal-Mart trying to get items for a family member. The woman later admitted, she knew she was on the ban-list, but stated this is the only place she can stop. The woman was arrested and taken to the station.

Officer Clayton was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspicious male walking around the store with 2 backpacks. Upon arrival, other Officer’s notified Clayton, saying that the man was in the Sporting Goods area. According to reports, the man had two backpacks inside a buggy along with other store items. The man explained to the officers that he was traveling that is reason he had backpacks. The officer was explained that the man was on the ban-list. He was transported to the station.

SAAC DISPLAYS “INSPIRED WORKS” IN LOBBY GALLERY
The lobby gallery of the South Arkansas Arts Center is filled with works created by students from four El Dorado elementary schools. The artworks on display were inspired by the paintings of Arkansas artist Carroll Cloar.  The pieces were created by students of art instructors Susy Allen of Retta Brown Academy of Communication and Technology, Gay Bechtelheimer of Northwest Environmental Studies Academy, Karen Cooper of Hugh Goodwin Academy for the Arts, and Janice Roscoe of Yocum Math and Science Academy.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. Viewing times are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  Special weekend gallery hours are 11am-4pm on Saturdays and 1pm-4pm on Sundays. The student exhibition will be on display until Dec 19. The young artists took inspiration from Cloar’s paintings much in the same way that the artist drew inspiration from his childhood friend Charlie Mae Brown, who was gifted with a rich imagination which transformed the Delta farmlands, swamps, and forests into magical places. Throughout his life, he drew inspiration from her tales, and she would appear in numerous paintings.  Cloar focused on local scenes, drawing his subject matter from the Arkansas Delta of his childhood and from the Mid-South, basing his works on photographs and drawings. Carroll Cloar’s Arkansas illustrates the rich history and stories of the towns, people, and life of Arkansas from the 1930s to the 1960s. In the words of the artist; “I wanted to come back to the South and paint the places I knew as a child; places I knew were not too long for this world.” For more information about the exhibition, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

BOOZMAN SAYS SENATE-PASSAGE OF DUCK STAMP BILL “GOOD NEWS”
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) called Senate passage of legislation to preserve wetlands and support future generations of duck hunters “good news for Arkansas.” The Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 (H.R. 5069) will update the price of the duck stamp for the first time since 1991.  Many duck hunter’s support the adjustment, as 98 cents out of every dollar generated by the sale of duck stamps goes directly to the voluntary purchase or lease of wetland habitat. “This is good news for conservationists, hunters, and most importantly, Arkansas,” Boozman said. “Arkansas is a destination for duck hunters from around the world. The additional resources generated from this program will go a long way toward preserving the habitat so future generations can participate in this exciting activity.” The legislation also requires any additional revenue to be used for voluntary conservation easements, which protect duck habitat without increasing federal land ownership. H.R. 5069 was previously approved by the House of Representatives and will now go to the White House for the President to sign into law. Boozman was an original cosponsor of the Senate companion bill to H.R. 5069.

December 2, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Deputy Ronnie Lewis, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office took a call on Highway 79 south at the bean field bridge for a vehicle mishap. The deputy arrived and spoke to a woman, who told him that she was going north on Highway 79 when the hood of her car came up and she pulled over to the shoulder. According to reports, damage was done to the hood of the vehicle. Apparently, the woman did not want to drive the car and called her husband to come get the car. Reports say the woman left with her grandmother.

Deputy Chris Lindsey responded to 2805 Hwy 79 North in Camden in regards to a firearm stolen from a vehicle. Upon arrival the Deputy made contact with a man in Bearden, who stated that he had been staying at the address on Hwy 79 North with his grandmother the past few days. The man said that he had arrived at the residence one night around 7:00pm and had gone to bed around 11:00pm He then stated that he walked out to his vehicle one morning when he noticed the trunk of his vehicle was open, he also noticed that his $250 among other things, were missing from inside. When the deputy arrived he observed several items of clothing and pair of work boots in the back seat. The man said that that he placed the shotgun under the items to conceal it. The deputy also observed several tools and a brand new welding helmet in the trunk. Other than a missing CD player, reports say the vehicle appeared “neat” and “undisturbed”.

REPPERT EARNS MASS MEDIA TEACHING AWARD
MAGNOLIA – James E. Reppert, associate professor of mass communication at Southern Arkansas University, recently received the President’s Award for Outstanding Instruction in Mass Media from the Kentucky Communication Association. The honor was given at the Kentucky Communication Association’s annual convention, held September 26-27 at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn, KY. Reppert was recognized for interactive teaching techniques that foster media literacy.  Twitter, Facebook and RebelMouse are used to disseminate course readings and research activities.  Transparency and accountability of student work are stressed, with completed projects curated on Reppert’s Google website. His Kentucky Communication Association honors include the President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Mass Media Studies (2013), Communication Excellence Award (2009), Undergraduate Mentor of the Year (2007), Teacher of the Year (2000 and 2006), and James L. Applegate Excellence in Research Award (1997). Earlier this year, Reppert was one of 40 educators from across the country (the only one from Arkansas) competitively selected for participation in the International Radio and Television Society Foundation Faculty/Industry Seminar, held concurrently with the International Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was his second consecutive selection for the event. Reppert has made more than 150 presentations at regional and national conventions of professional associations.  He has been selected to participate in 22 faculty media seminars since 1989. A member of the SAU faculty since 1987, Reppert holds a bachelor’s degree in university studies from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He is a graduate of Brown Institute (now Sanford-Brown College) in Minneapolis in radio-television broadcasting and acquired a First Class License from the Federal Communications Commission.

SAAC FALL SHOWCASES THIS WEEK
The South Arkansas Arts Center’s Creative Arts Academy will host their fall showcases this week.  Students began the semester in August and have attended 14 weeks of classes with their instructors preparing for the showcases.  The student showcases are free and open to the public. Artworks created by students of art instructors Gay Bechtelheimer, Mike Means, and Jorge and Maria Villegas will be on display in the Callaway Theater and the Lobby Gallery all week. Students of ballet instructors Melissa Spears and Stephanie Lowrey illustrate the beauty and grace of dance with a performance of “The Snow Maiden” on Tuesday, December 2 at 6pm in the Callaway Theater. On December 4, students of drama instructor Darrin Riley take to the stage of the Callaway Theater.  Beginning at 6pm, Drama 1-5 students will perform the prologue of Stephen Sondheim’s fairy tale musical “Into the Woods.”  Immediately following, private acting student Sophia Meyer will perform "Seeräuberjenny" (Pirate Jenny) from Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “The Threepenny Opera.” The showcase concludes with Drama 6-12’s presentation of the opening number “I’m Alive” from their upcoming spring 2015 production of “Xanadu, Jr.” Voice and piano students of music instructor Karen Watkins present a music recital in the Callaway Theater on December 5 at 6pm. Information and class schedules for the spring 2015 semester will be available beginning this week. For more information about SAAC’s Creative Arts Academy, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474.

GIVING TUESDAY LAUNCH IS TODAY
Little Rock (Dec. 1, 2014) – The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance has partnered with 55 nonprofits statewide to launch #GivingTuesdayAR on Dec. 2, a day that focuses on holiday giving. While Black Friday promotes holiday shopping and Cyber Monday encourages online sales, Giving-Tuesday puts the spotlight on opportunities for charitable giving during the holiday season. “We are celebrating the holidays by promoting a season of giving. We encourage all Arkansans to donate money, time or talent to a nonprofit of their choice. We want this year’s Giving-Tuesday to be a great success,” said Stephanie Meincke, president and CEO of the Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance. “This movement was created to impact lives during a time of year when people can clearly see the needs of people within their community. Giving to an organization you care about is a powerful way to kick off the holiday season.” Arkansans are encouraged to make donations to organizations of their choice on this day of giving and to join the conversation by using the hashtag #GivingTuesdayAR on Facebook and Twitter. The Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance is committed to partnering with community and civic organizations to create a lasting impact in Arkansas.

November 26, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Plyler was dispatched to Olive Street to assist Sgt. Easttam with a traffic stop.

Plyler arrived on scene and met with Easttam. The officer stated he was traveling on Olive Street with vehicle he stopped crossed the center line forcing him off the roadway. Easttam stated that he turned and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Officer’s approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, and could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him, and it only grew stronger as he spoke. When asked how much alcohol he consumed, the man stated none, then said he had just one beer around 2:00pm. After failing standard tests, the man was taken into custody.

Officer Plyler was dispatched to a one vehicle accident on Buchanan Street. The officer arrived on the scene and observed a male standing near a vehicle. The vehicle had left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Minor damage was noted with airbag deployment. While talking to the man about the accident, the officer noticed his balance was wobbly and his speech was slurred. According to the man, he didn’t remember hitting a pole, he also stated that he had not consumed any alcohol. When asked if had taken any drugs, he also stated no. The man did state that he began to feel funny, after smoking a cigarette with a friend for about 45 minutes. According to reports, the man was unable to sit still, and his speech became worse and worse. Dispatch also advised that the man had a suspended license, he was then taken into custody. He was charged with refusal to submit, driving on a suspended license, false tags, no proof of insurance and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.

CYBER CRIMES UNIT ARRESTS MISSISSIPPI COUNTY MAN
LITTLE ROCK – A Mississippi County man has been arrested by agents from the Attorney General’s Office for possession of child pornography, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today. Kenneth Ethan Tyler Lafkin, 23, of Keiser was arrested Tuesday afternoon on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Lafkin is being held at the Mississippi County jail, awaiting a bond hearing. Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Lafkin’s residence in the 300 block of Poplar Street in Keiser on Tuesday. Investigators seized a desktop computer, two laptop computers and other electronic devices. That evidence will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit’s Forensic Lab in Little Rock. Special Agent Chad Meli began investigating Lafkin earlier this month after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at Lafkin’s residence. The Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office and Keiser Police Department assisted in the investigation and arrest. The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed case file to Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington. Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

DONATE WITH CARE
LITTLE ROCK – As Arkansans reflect on their gratitude over the holiday season, many will look for ways to give back. Consumers should give wisely to make sure that their donations will help those in need, not scammers. Arkansas ranks ninth in the United States for charitable donations according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Arkansans on average donate 6.3 percent of their discretionary income to charity, with an estimated annual median contribution of $3,554 per person per year.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to remind consumers to donate carefully this holiday season. “The people of Arkansas are always generous, especially during the holidays,” McDaniel said. “However, it’s important for Arkansans to remember that scammers will find every opportunity to take advantage of our benevolence. Consumers should be cautious of donating to organizations that give a small percentage of their donation to the causes they claim to support and especially those that are absolute scams.” State law requires most charitable and professional fundraisers to register with the Attorney General’s Office before soliciting money from Arkansas consumers. Registered groups must provide information about how dollars raised through fundraising are used. Visit www.ArkansasAG.gov to verify whether a charity is registered with the State. For more information about a specific charity, contact the Charities Division of McDaniel’s office at (800) 482-8982. Charities that are registered with the State are required to report the percentage of money collected that is used to pay for programming, total administrative costs, and disclose whether the charity utilized professional fundraisers. McDaniel offered the following tips to consumers planning on making charitable donations:
-Do your research. Learn about an organization before donating to make sure your donation is being used as promised. Find additional information about charitable organizations at www.guidestar.org.
-Give thoughtfully. Legitimate charities will provide you with information you need about their organization, and will not resort to high-pressure tactics to obtain your donation.
-Do not donate in cash. Be sure to donate by credit card or check for security and tax purposes.
-Check with the charitable organization before giving based on appeals made via email, telephone or from door-to-door solicitors.
-Be aware of look-alike charities. Scam artists may try to create false charities with titles resembling those of legitimate organizations.
For more information about responsible charitable giving, visit the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division website at www.GotYourBackArkansas.org or call the Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982 or (501) 682-2341.

November 25, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Deputy Chris Lindsey responded to a two vehicle mishap on Highway 79N at the Highway 274 turn-off. According to reports, a Camden man was traveling north on 79 in the right hand lane, when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a log truck in the left-hand lane, also traveling north. The driver of the log truck was also from Camden. According to witnesses, the log truck seemed to be traveling at a high-rate of speed, when it struck the driver’s-side mirror and door panel of the other vehicle. Luckily no injuries were reported.

Deputy Jarrod Purifoy responded to 4211 Highway 376 for a report of an unauthorized use of a vehicle. Upon arrival officers made contact with a man, who stated his ex-wife recently took his truck, and had failed to return it, after he had asked her before to bring it back. The man stated that he called and left messages as well as several text messages. The truck is identified as a 1998 Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab, tan in color. The truck may have a busted tail-light and damage to the right-side. There could also be writing on the windshield.

Deputy LaDuke, also with the Sheriff’s Office, spoke with a man, wanting to make a report regarding someone getting a cell phone in his name. The 72-year-old man said he has never owned a cell phone, and never planned on getting one. According to reports, Verizon called the man stating that he owed almost $2,000 for an overdue phone bill. When the man refused to pay, they turned him over to a collection agency. The man has no idea who could have gotten his information, but there is no way he is going to pay for a phone he doesn’t have.

Deput Harcrow was dispatched to the Liquor Store on Highway 278 West. Upon arrival, the deputy met with a woman, who stated that stated while she was in the store, someone had backed into her right passenger door. According to reports, her vehicle is a 2003 Cadillac Deville, 4-door, white in color. The deputy noticed a dent in the location described by the woman, estimated damage is $2,000.00.

Sgt. Chris Gill spoke to a woman in reference to her dog being shot. The woman stated that one afternoon, she left town, and was gone for an hour. When the woman returned she said her two dogs were in the road he residence is on. She stated that the dogs are kept in a fence in her back yard and unsure how they got out. She noticed her black Sheppard mix limping and saw where he had been shot in the side. When going to the vet, it was determined that the dog had been shot with a .22. The woman suspects one of her neighbors is responsible.

NEW ELECTRONIC POLL BOOKS IN CAMDEN 
According to County Clerk Britt Williford, Ouachita County has new electronic poll books. Poll workers will look up voters on the electronic devices rather than the old poll books. The poll workers can manually look up voters by typing in the name or birth-date of the voter, however if you have your Driver's License with you, the worker can simply scan the license, which will streamline the entire process. You do not have to show your license, however if you would like the process to be faster, poll workers will have that option. 

NEW BALLPARKS OF AMERICA COMING TO BRANSON
Opening day will have a whole new meaning for youth baseball next year. In the summer of 2015, families from across the country will descend on Branson, Missouri for the baseball experience of a lifetime. Construction will soon begin on Ballparks of America, Branson, which will feature two-thirds replicas of some of the most prominent Major League Baseball stadiums of past and present.  Youth teams will have the chance to field one off the Green Monster or play in Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field and others. The facility will initially host 24 to 48 youth baseball teams for tournaments throughout the year, but those behind Ballparks of America, Branson expect those numbers to increase dramatically. You can see some vision of the facility by visiting their website: http://www.ballparksofamerica.com

BOOZMAN ENCOURAGES AR TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) encouraged Arkansans to shop locally this weekend in support of Small Business Saturday. “We can help our communities grow by supporting our locally owned small businesses this Christmas season. These are owned and operated by our neighbors, church family and budding entrepreneurs who want a piece of the American dream. Let’s help their dreams because reality and continue the success of Small Business Saturday. I hope you will join me in putting our small businesses on your shopping list this holiday season,” Boozman said. Boozman is a cosponsor of the Senate-passed resolution that designates the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday. Last year, shoppers spent $5.7 billion at locally owned shops and restaurants on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. That’s an increase of more than three percent from 2012 according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express. Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday is projecting even bigger successes.

MAKING MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM HOSTING CLEANUP AND 5K
MAGNOLIA – Making Magnolia Blossom has two exciting events scheduled for December 6, including a unique 5K for the organization’s first fundraising event. Racers are encouraged to dig out a horrible holiday sweater and attire for the Ugly Sweater 5K. Registration for this fun event is available online at MagnoliaBlossom.org/UglySweater. Entry fees are $20 for 18 and older, and $15 for students. Participants may also register from 1-1:45 p.m. on December 6 at the SAU Track. All proceeds from the inaugural Ugly Sweater 5K will benefit improvements planned for the community through Making Magnolia Blossom. The race will begin at the track, proceed around the community walking trail, and conclude back at the track. The awards ceremony will be at 3:45 p.m. Prizes have been donated from Magnolia businesses. Awards will be given to the top three males and females in the following categories: 18 and under, 19 to 40, and 40 plus. The best (or worst) dressed racer will receive a special trophy. In coordination with the fundraiser on December 6 will be a follow-up event on Main Street from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This smaller-scale event is geared toward specific touch up areas from the transformation that took place at the Big Splash on October 25. Volunteers can register at MagnoliaBlossom.org/Volunteer. A check-in tent will be at the former Pizza Inn parking lot, and targeted tasks will include existing landscaping, painting, and debris removal. Making Magnolia Blossom is a community organization that was founded in the summer of 2014 at Southern Arkansas University. The mission of the organization is to provide opportunities for economic growth for Magnolia while fostering civic engagement among students and community members. To find out more and to get involved, visit www.MagnoliaBlossom.org.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” OPENS DECEMBER 4 AT SAU
MAGNOLIA – Southern Arkansas University Department of Theatre and Mass Communication will be opening “A Christmas Carol” at 8 p.m. in Harton Theatre in conjunction with the Celebration of Lights. The play is by Charles Dickens and has been adapted for the stage by Clayton Guiltner, assistant professor of theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.showtix4u.com, or by calling (870) 235-4256. Adult tickets are $8; student admission is $6. The play continues at 7 p.m. nightly from December 5-7, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 7. “The show is going to be a highlight of our semester,” said Guiltner. “Complete with all the sights and sounds of Christmas, this production will include beautiful, traditional Christmas hymns and carols sung by our cast as well as many surprises in our scenic and lighting elements that will make for a very attractive spectacle for our audiences.” The show will be one hour and 15 minutes, so Guiltner thinks it will be a nice compact story that will fit everyone's busy schedules. Coming in the spring are “The Dutchman,” which runs February 5-7, and the highly anticipated “Beauty and the Beast” musical, which will be from April 23-26. For more information about SAU theatre, visit www.SAUmag.edu/Theatre.

November 21, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Bush, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to Apartment 20 in Riverside for a breaking and entering report. Upon arrival the officer made contact with the homeowner. He stated that the air-conditioner was taken out of the window. The man also stated that he received a phone call from his neighbor and was told someone had broken into his apartment. According to reports, the man had been staying at his grandparents, but had recently returned to get some clothes. He said on that day nothing was out of place, and the air-conditioner was still inside the window. The man isn’t sure if anyone had got into the residence or not.

Officer Bush was also dispatched to Wal-Mart, for a subject who was on the ban-list.
Dispatched advised the suspect was a white female wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the manager, who recognized the suspect. Other officers of the Camden PD also arrived on the scene. The woman stated that she knew she was on the ban-list, however she thought she was only banned for a year. She was taken into custody and transported to the station.

Officer Plyler was dispatched to Wal-Mart for a theft. The officer arrived on scene and met with the Assistant Manager, who stated he had an internal investigation underway involving several employees. The manager also stated that one was accused of stealing merchandise over a period of time. Upon completing a statement for Wal-Mart, the man was taken into custody, and charged with theft of property under $500.

“KEEP IT CLASSY ARKANSAS” CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
FAYETTEVILLE, AR– Before Saturday's game against Ole Miss, The University of Arkansas and the athletic department is hoping fans will not make a repeat of last week's field rush. According to reports, NCAA, SEC and U of A rules require fans to stay off the playing field, even after the game is over - a rule the school says is for the safety of fans, players and everyone else. To help with the effort, the Division of Student Affairs has launched a social media campaign, #KeepItClassyArkansas, to spread the message. This is the final home Razorback game of the season and a crucial win for bowl eligibility for the Hogs.

ADEQ LAUNCHES MOBILE COMPLAINTS APP
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) recently launched a mobile app that will allow users anywhere in the state to report environmental hazards directly from some smart phones. “Our inspectors do a great job, but they can’t be everywhere,” said Interim Director Ryan Benefield. “Enabling Arkansans to report environmental hazards in real time will allow our inspectors to respond to potential environmental hazards that much faster. We always say that Arkansans are our eyes and ears and this app will provide citizens another tool to reach out to us.” The mobile app is available in the Google Play Store. Simply search for ADEQ and hit install when the app, which features ADEQ’s seal, comes up. The app is currently only available for users of Android smart phones. The department is developing the app for iPhone users. The ADEQ Android app allows Arkansans to report environmental hazards in real time. To file a complaint, you must provide a Complaint Type (Air, Hazardous Waste, Water, unknown, etc.), and a description of the potential violation. Users also need to provide the county, and the location or driving directions. Users will also be able to add photos of the potential hazard. Photos taken within the ADEQ android app will be geotagged with GPS coordinates if GPS location services are enabled on the Android device. Contact information may be provided, but it is not required. Users will be able to review all complaint information prior to submission. Those in areas without cell service can save a complaint and submit it when they regain cell service. “The photos and GPS coordinates will really help our inspectors,” Benefield said. “It can sometimes be hard for an inspector to pinpoint the exact location of a complaint if information is vague or incomplete. We know that Arkansans who submit complaints to us do their best to provide accurate information and this app will make it that much easier for them to do so.” An ADEQ inspector will follow up with anyone who submits a complaint and provides contact information. Complaints can also be submitted anonymously. ADEQ inspectors follow up on all complaints, which can also be submitted online, in person, or by calling ADEQ at (501) 682-0744. Each year ADEQ receives around 400 complaints online. Complaints and inspections can be viewed online by selecting the databases menu on ADEQ’s homepage at www.adeq.state.ar.us and scrolling down to “ADEQ Complaints and Inspections.” Those wishing to file a complaint online can do so at: http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/home/complaints.htm or by selecting complaints along the same blue bar near the top of ADEQ’s homepage.

November 20, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Plyler of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to Wal-Mart for trespassing. When the officer arrived on the scene and met with Sgt. Easttam, who had already detained a black female, inside the store, at the service desk. Easttam said that the woman was on the ban-list and was approached by a Walmart employee concerning her being inside the store. Now the woman was taken into custody, where a strong smell of marijuana was coming from her purse. Officers searched the purse and did indeed find a plastic baggie containing a substance consistent with marijuana. Inside the purse wallet, an oval-shaped pill was found. Both items were seized and used as evidence.

Officer Plyler was again dispatched to Wal-Mart for a shoplifter. While proceeding to Wal-Mart, dispatch advised that a white Toyota pick-up left the area heading towards East Camden being driven by one of the suspects. According to reports, a State Trooper located the vehicle and stopped it on the Hwy 278 in front of Airport Liquor. The driver stated that he had intended on stealing the deer stands from Wal-Mart but didn’t leave the store with them. After talking to
Sgt. Easttam, who was at the store, talking to the manager, it was found that the man did try to leave the store. The man was taken into custody, and the vehicle was released to his family. The items that were attempted to be stolen, totaled a value of $88.20.

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORT
Sgt. Chris Gill responded to 3671 Charley’s Loop and spoke the homeowner, who stated that someone had broken a back window of his home. According to reports, the officer observed a type of material stuck to the screen that appeared to be from a tennis ball (orange and green in color). The homeowner also stated that he has grandkids and check to see if they may be responsible.

Sgt. Gill, along with Lt. Gregory, and Arkansas State Police, were dispatched to Highway 278/376 intersection for a reported vehicle accident. The 911 caller advised that a subject that was involved told him not to call anyone because he didn’t want the cops coming since he had been drinking. Upon arrival, officers observed a silver Chevy pickup, north of Highway 376 in a wooded area. According to reports, no one was around the vehicle however, the officer’s thought they heard someone or something running in the woods. At that point, contact was made with Deputy McClane for his K-9. Items collected include a Mr. Buddy heater, a 2250 Rifle, and a cell-phone. The accident investigation was completed by Trooper Billy Walker and the vehicle turned over to Buddy’s Wrecker.

Deputy Chris Lindsey spoke with a man via telephone, at the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office. The man advised that he currently resides in Alexander Arkansas, but was with a friend in Camden, when he had his wallet and credit cards stolen. The man advised that he found out the man he was staying with; his grandson had taken the wallet. According to reports, the wallet was used to purchase items at Wal-Mart in El Dorado. The man had documents to prove the purchases. The purchases and ATM transactions totaled to roughly $1,600 dollars. Apparently, when the man approached the grandson about the incident, the grandson told him to take him to court, because he could not prove anything. Charges were filed, and handed over to the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Deputy Lindsey along with Stephens Police Department, responded to a report in progress at 1061 Ouachita 2 in Stephens. Upon arrival, officers made contact with a man and his wife, standing outside the residence. Family members had stopped the altercation, before the officers arrived. Officers separated the two, while EMS attended them both. The man and several cuts and wounds on his head and neck, with blood on his hands and forearms. The woman had a small wound on the back of her head, which was slightly bleeding, but officers did not observe any other signs of injury. According to the man, he confronted his wife about a letter written to her from another man, at which point verbal altercations ensued. He also said at one point his wife attacked him with a baseball bat, he tried to get away, but couldn’t do so. The wife claims that the two began to fight, when he hit her with a frying pan, so she fought back. She also states that he was seeing another woman. The two were placed into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Department.

SAU CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS
MAGNOLIA – The 31st Annual Celebration of Lights at Southern Arkansas University on December 4, 2014, promises to spread holiday cheer with illuminating displays, festive song and food, free photos with Santa, and a special presentation of “A Christmas Carol.” The Celebration of Lights will follow the Magnolia Christmas Parade, “Christmas Night of Lights,” which runs from 5-6 p.m. and finishes in front of SAU’s Overstreet Hall. Following the conclusion of the parade will be the RHA Overstreet Lighting. SAU President Dr. David Rankin will share a few words, and the SAU Heritage and Chamber Singers will carol. The carolers will then lead the procession to the mall area for the Reynolds Center activities. The announcement of the parade winners will take place around 6:20 p.m., followed by a performance by the Central Baptist Hand Bells and the lighting of the 187-foot SAU bell tower. Free photos with Santa, always a favorite event for families, will be from 6-8 p.m. in the Reynolds Center rotunda. The annual holiday buffet dinner will be from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Reynolds Center Grand Hall. Tickets are $4 for children five-12; $8.50 for adults; and children under five eat free. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event. The dinner menu includes carved ham and turkey served with honey mustard sauce and giblet gravy, homemade cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, whole kernel corn and green bean casserole. There will also be a tossed garden salad and fresh dinner rolls. For dessert, there will be pumpkin pie, pecan pie and chocolate cream pie. SAU theatre is also opening “A Christmas Carol” at in conjunction with the Celebration of Lights. A special 8 p.m. show will give guests the opportunity to enjoy the other activities before heading to Harton Theater. The play is by Charles Dickens and has been adapted for the stage by Clayton Guiltner, assistant professor of theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.showtix4u.com, or by calling (870) 235-4256. Adult tickets are $8; student admission is $6. The play continues at 7 p.m. nightly from December 5-7, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 7. Also in the Reynolds Center at the Celebration of Lights will be three showings of the movie “Elf” in Foundation Hall at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Free picture snow globe keepsakes will also be offered in the Reynolds Center from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call (870) 235-4028.

FIND DEALS, NOT TROUBLE, SHOPPING ONLINE
LITTLE ROCK – For many Arkansans, the last slice of Thanksgiving pie fuels the search for the best holiday gifts. An increasing number of consumers have begun the holiday gift hunt online the Monday following Thanksgiving, or “Cyber Monday”—this year, that is Dec.1. The National Retail Federation reported that 131 million Americans shopped online on Cyber Monday in 2013. This year, online sales during the months of November and December are predicted to reach $616.9 billion. In order to avoid the hassle of navigating crowds, long lines and parking lot traffic, more consumers are turning to shopping on their computers, tablets and phones. Last year, 25 million Americans used their mobile devices to shop on Cyber Monday. While online shopping is convenient, consumers should know that with convenience comes some risk. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert to encourage consumers to use caution shopping online this holiday season. “It is important that consumers use every precaution to protect their sensitive financial and personal information while shopping online, as some websites may not be secure and can increase consumers’ vulnerability to identity theft,” McDaniel said. “There are, thankfully, some easy steps consumers can take to enhance their safety when purchasing gifts online.” Consumers should make sure to shop on websites of reputable retailers that they know and trust. McDaniel advised consumers to avoid giving sensitive financial information like a credit card number unless it is appropriate, such as on an order form. Do not disclose personal information unless it is clear who is collecting it and how the collector will use it. McDaniel reminded consumers never to divulge website, social media or email account passwords to anyone, including those who claim to be internet service or e-commerce providers. Exercise caution before clicking on links or downloading files that are posted on social media sites or emailed from unfamiliar organizations. Scammers often use emails and online ads touting prizes or gift cards to entice consumers to click on links. The Attorney General warned against such actions, as they may expose consumers’ computers to damaging malicious hardware or may be a part of a scheme to steal personal information. The Attorney General provided the following tips to help keep consumers safe while shopping online this holiday season: Do your research. Read reviews of companies and products by typing in words like “review,” “complaint,” or “scam” into a search engine prior to purchasing a product. Be sure to read several reviews—not just one source.

-Know the terms. Carefully read the refund and exchange policies for any mention of charges (like shipping costs or restocking fees) upon returning a product. Check the web address for security. 
-Make sure that the website address starts with “https” before you enter any financial information. The “s” stands for secure. If there is no “s,” don’t enter your information.
-Pay with a credit card. Credit cards provide protections that other payment methods may not. If there is a problem, consumers have the right to dispute charges and withhold payment temporarily while the dispute is investigated. Document all purchases by printing or saving receipts. 
-Monitor financial accounts for unusual activity and take action. If you suspect identity theft, contact your credit card company, your bank, all three credit reporting agencies and the police immediately. For more information on protecting your sensitive personal and financial information or other consumer issues, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982 or (501) 682-2341, or visit the Consumer Protection Division's website at www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.

November 18, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Sgt. Chris Gill, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 378 Ouachita 154, and spoke with a woman. The woman stated that she earlier reported unauthorized use of her vehicle, and was now reporting that the same man took the vehicle and hasn’t been seen since, and wanted a welfare check on him. Sgt. Gill advised her that a BOLO would be put out on the man. According to reports, the vehicle the man left in, was a 1998 blue Ford Turas, and was impounded by Arkansas State Police. A number was collected where the vehicle was located and the information was given to the woman.

Officers of the Sheriff’s Department, responded in reference to a disturbance involving family members. Officers spoke with a man who stated that he and his wife had been staying with his mother, who was in poor physical health. The man said that his mother had been in a nursing home, and that his sister had taken her out and brought her home, against the rest of the families wishes, and left to take care of the mother herself. According to the man, there is order of protection against the sister, to keep her away from the residence due to past problems. With that being said, no form of an Order of Protection could be found by any name involved at the time. The man also went on to say that earlier he reported theft of property, when he and his wife returned home and found that various items, including a revolver, were missing. According to reports, there was no forced entry; it is believed that someone used a key to the back door. The sister is believed to be responsible.

The Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a wrecked a SUV in the ditch on HWY 278W about a mile past HWY 376. Deputy Carman and LaDuke arrived and found the driver sitting in a cab of a truck that had stopped to help. According to reports, the driver had a strong odor of intoxicants on his breath. He also had blood on his face and face, with injuries sustained during the wreck. The man said he lives in Magnolia and was trying to get to his grandmother’s house in Camden, when he realized he made a wrong turn and was trying to around. The man said he noticed a silver dodge pickup coming up very fast from behind him. Before he knew it, the truck hit him in the rear, causing the SUV to flip several times in the ditch. After a brief altercation, the driver of the truck drove off. According to reports, although there was damage to pretty much the entire vehicle, the back of the SUV had almost no damage. Ouachita County EMS advised the officers that they were transporting the driver to the Magnolia Hospital. He was issued two citations and to EMS for treatment.

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Bush along with Officer Elliot, of the Camden Police Department, were on a normal patrol inside Wal-Mart. According to reports, while walking inside the store, the officers observed a male, who they knew to have a felony warrant approaching the two. The officers made contact with the man, asking for his name. Once the officers knew that the man had a warrant, he was arrested. During a search, items were found in the man’s pockets. The items included packages of hand warmers, hair gel, black gloves and a type of spray. Officer took the items back inside the store. Wal-Mart provided a receipt totaling $37.26. The man was transported to the Sheriff’s Department.

Detective Moore, of the Camden Police, was dispatched to 449 Church Street for a damage property report. Dispatch had advised that a man had broken a window out of a vehicle. Upon arrival the officer noticed a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer, parked in the driveway. Reports say that the entire window was shattered on the left-side. There were shards of glass lying on the ground as well as on the seat inside. The officer also noticed a large piece of concrete in the seat. The reporting person stated that a man had broken his window. Now they state that they didn’t see the man break the window, but suspect it, due to an earlier confrontation. Detective Moore caught up with the man who was being accused, who seemed to be intoxicated. The man was arrested and taken to the Sheriff’s Department. 

STATE TROOPER RECRUITS TO GRADUATE
Twenty-four Arkansas State Police Trooper Recruits will graduate during ceremonies at the State Capitol, Thursday, November 20th at 6 PM. The recruits were assembled from a group of applicants already commissioned as local law enforcement officers employed at police and sheriff’s departments across the state.  The class syllabus was designed to accommodate an accelerated curriculum based on the recruits’ previous accredited training. Governor Mike Beebe will address the graduating recruits and assist Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police, in the presentation of State Police Commissions and class certificates. The Honorable Robert W. McCorkindale, II, 14th Judicial District Circuit Judge (retired) (Boone County) will administer the Oath of Commission. Arkansas State Police Commanders, Arkansas State Police Commissioners and other state dignitaries will be among those present for the ceremony. 

November 17, 2014

CAMDEN MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER; SHOOTS FATHER
Officer Nathan Clayton, of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to 572 Jack Parr in reference to a male that had been shot. Upon arrival the officer observed two males attempting to load another man into a vehicle. The man shot was the father and grandfather of the two loading him into the car. The mother was standing on the porch observing this unfold. She stated that she was headed inside the house, when she heard a gunshot and a car speed off. The grandson stated that he was inside the house, but didn’t hear anything, and the son states he was walking down the street when he heard a gunshot. Now EMS arrived on the scene and transported the victim the OCMC. According to reports, after the mother was interviewed by the Criminal Investigation Unit, she told the truth about the incident. The son said that he and his father had been arguing when the father walked to his truck; the son walked inside and came out with a long gun, and before he knew it, the weapon went off. After the interview the son was taken into custody, charged with attempted murder. The father is still alive at this time.  

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden. The speaker this week will be Pastor Greg Sanders from 1st Assembly Church.He will be talking about learning to love your city. Also, we have pecans in.  The Mammoth pecan halves and the chocolate covered pecans are each $10.00 per bag and can be picked up at Catherine’s, Shoppers Guide or see any Lions Club member. For any additional information on Lion’s Club or how you can join, remember you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7

CLICK IT OR TICKET THIS THANKSGIVING
(LITTLE ROCK) – Arkansas State Troopers are joining forces with other state and local law enforcement officers over the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday.  The unified effort is directed toward seat belt law violators. The “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign during the holiday period begins November 24th and continues through November 30th. “The Thanksgiving holiday is among the busiest of travel periods both in Arkansas and across the nation,” said Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative.  “State Troopers and other law enforcement officers will be working overtime to ensure the highways and streets are safe by strictly enforcing the laws, including the Arkansas mandatory seat belt law.” There were 301 traffic deaths nationally during the 2012 Thanksgiving reporting period.  Sixty percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who died were not wearing seat belts.  In Arkansas, during the same holiday reporting period, ten people lost their lives and 201 people were injured. According to estimates from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during calendar year 2012 seat belts saved more than 12,000 lives nationwide. Research indicates that with proper seat belt use, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent. “The numbers tell the story, buckling up saves lives,” said Colonel Witt. “Whether you’re driving across the state or across town, wearing your seat belt is one of the best ways to ensure you arrive at your destination safely.” An intensified enforcement emphasis will be noticed along Interstate 40 during the most heavily traveled hours of the Thanksgiving holiday.  “The Arkansas State Police will partner with several other states including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas and North Carolina during the ‘I-40 Challenge’ which is an additional enforcement effort designed to protect motorists along the I-40 corridor,” Colonel Witt remarked. Troopers in the participating states will be assigned to every 20 mile segment of Interstate 40 during peak travel hours. For more information on the Click It or Ticket campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136. For more on Arkansas’ ongoing Toward Zero Deaths campaign to eliminate preventable traffic fatalities, visit www.TZDarkansas.org.

November 15, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Sgt. Justin Easttam, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to a loud noise complaint on Willow Street. The officer was advised that the noise was coming from a group of individuals near a silver vehicle. While traveling, the officer approached the intersection of Chestnut Street and observed a silver SUV traveling South at a high rate of speed. According to reports, the SUV went through the intersection and failed to stop at the stop sign. The officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop. Easttam activated his emergency lights as the SUV ran through stop signs, driving at extremely unsafe conditions for any other vehicles on the road. The driver of the vehicle was finally caught up to and told by officers to get on the ground, which he refused. The man stated that he had gotten shot at and was just trying to get home. As he spoke, the officers could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breathe, his eyes were also bloodshot and watery. After the officers got a hold of the man, he was taken into custody, others who were in the vehicle were detained for further investigation.

Officer Plyler, also of the Camden Police Department, was investigating a theft at Walmart. Dispatch had advised that two people had fled the store carrying duffle bags full of merchandise and headed towards Olive Street. Officers made contact with the two suspects, observing that their eyes were bloodshot, watery, and could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from them. During a search of the vehicle, the officers found numerous open alcohol bottles inside, the driver denied drinking anything. However after reusing any test, the driver was taken in for DWI. The other occupants admitted to drinking, stating they were just hanging out. Officer then retrieved a small metal pipe from one of the suspects, who also taken into custody.

HUNTER KILLS MOUNTAIN LION IN BRADLEY COUNTY
LITTLE ROCK – A deer hunter shot and killed a 148-pound male mountain lion Saturday morning east of Hermitage in Bradley County. It’s the first time a mountain lion has been killed in Arkansas since 1975 in Logan County. The hunter, Douglas W. Ramer, 62, of Bastrop, Louisiana, told wildlife officers the mountain lion was moving toward his deer stand and he felt threatened. According to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regulations, non-game wildlife (except migratory birds and endangered species) that present a reasonable threat to people or property may be shot during daylight hours or trapped without a depredation permit.Ramer, who was on private property, reported the incident to wildlife officers Wednesday. He has not been charged with violating regulations, although officers are continuing to investigate the incident. The carcass was given to AGFC biologists. Hair from the mountain lion will be sent to Wildlife Genetics Laboratory in Missoula, Montana, for DNA testing, which often can reveal an animal’s area of birth. Mountain lions – also known as pumas and cougars – lived throughout Arkansas until about 1920. The AGFC offered bounties and hired trappers to control predators during 1927-29. At least 255 wolves and 523 bobcats were killed, but no mountain lions were taken. Five sightings of mountain lions in Arkansas have been confirmed in the last five years, although a breeding population has not been verified. A few mountain lion sightings in Missouri, Oklahoma and Louisiana also have been confirmed in recent years. A mountain lion was killed in Montgomery County in 1949 and another in Ashley County in 1969. In late 1998, a team from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock observed tracks, feces and a deer kill from a free-ranging mountain lion across Hot Spring, Garland and Pulaski counties.

SAU RETURNS TO ROW CROPPING WITH 400 ACRE GIFT
MAGNOLIA –Southern Arkansas University’s farming operation is growing again, this time with the gift of approximately 400 acres of crop land in southern Lafayette County. Ted Jackson Monroe, Sr., of Bradley recently transferred ownership of the farm land to a private trust which will be managed by the University, and SAU students and farm employees are already planning for the first crops. “The students are more excited about this than anything we’ve done since I’ve been here,” said Director of Farm Operations Rusty Hayes, who noted that the experience is a first for most students. Hayes said the property is equipped with large grain handling systems and irrigation equipment that will greatly enhance the University’s ability to teach row crop farming to a new generation of students. Founded as an agricultural school in 1909, SAU students once row cropped on the Magnolia campus, but Hayes said it had been decades since the practice had taken place on a large scale. About 15 SAU students along with Assistant Director of Farm Operations Bart Emerson will work the new farm land. Plans call for some 300 acres of soybeans with wheat being a secondary crop. Proceeds from the harvests will help fund farming operations at SAU. “We are very grateful for the tremendous generosity of Mr. Monroe,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “This gift allows Southern Arkansas University agriculture students, for the first time ever, to be involved in Red River delta row-crop farming. Mr. Monroe’s support for the University will affect the lives of students for decades to come.” Rankin said he was also grateful for the assistance of Dr. David Ashby, People’s Bank professor of finance at SAU, in working with Monroe on the arrangement of the gift. “We are excited about the opportunities this acquisition will provide for our agriculture students, said Dr. Trey Berry, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It is our hope that the new farm will also serve as a laboratory and experimental learning center for SAU and provide our students with hands-on experiences in row crop science and management.” This is the second time in recent history that the SAU farm has gained a large amount of acreage. In 2005, the University acquired the 652 acre Gov. Ben T. Laney farm, located a half-mile north of the main campus. The Laney farm addition brought the University’s main campus to 1,418 acres, most of which is used for farming. The University’s farming operations have varied over time. In recent years, beef cattle have been the primary focus on the main campus farm where there are registered Hereford and Brangus herds.

SCHOOL LIBRARY MAKEOVERS A WIN-WIN
MAGNOLIA – Two South Arkansas schools got help with library makeovers this summer thanks to student volunteer projects as a part of Southern Arkansas University’s Library Media and Information Specialist graduate program. Del Duke, SAU LMIS instructor, worked with the librarians at Oscar Hamilton Elementary School in Foreman and Arkansas High School in Texarkana to bring SAU’s LMIS students to assist in their library makeovers. “These two school library makeover projects were excellent opportunities for our LMIS students to have real-world experiences in many leadership, management and evaluation roles of elementary and high school librarians. Not only did the schools benefit by having free help for their libraries, our LMIS students were thrilled with the knowledge they were gaining and eager to get back to their own libraries to implement what they were learning,” said Duke. Kristie Smith is the Oscar Hamilton Elementary School librarian and a current SAU LMIS graduate student. When she became librarian, she recognized the need for an update because the layout was not user-friendly and the wall color and well-worn carpet make the space feel small and unappealing to her students. “I was fortunate to have a very supportive principal, Pat Tankersley, who arranged to have the library repainted and new flooring installed, and to purchase an automated system. However, it could have taken years for me to manually catalog, label and arrange the books on the shelves without the help of SAU’s students,” said Smith. “Mr. Duke arrived with a 15 passenger van full of LMIS students who immediately went to work evaluating, cataloging, labeling, and arranging thousands of books on our library’s shelves.” For Teresa Bennett, the Texarkana Arkansas High School librarian and a SAU LMIS graduate, the process of renovating her library started with fundraising. With the help of the Arkansas Women for Education, the Texarkana Arkansas Education Foundation, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and her principal, Eva Nadeau, nearly $24,000 was raised in starter funds to update technology, shelving and furnishings. She said her school board was so inspired by the donations from around the community, they added nearly $30,000 in funding to complete the project. The funding for the redesign was critical since the previous configuration and furnishings left students feeling that spaces were dark and uninviting. The second phase required developing a new look for the library that would entice students to visit and use the library. “We even rebranded the library as ‘The Pig Spot,’ an homage to our mascot, the razorback,” said Bennett. The third phase occurred after the physical renovations took place. “The LMIS students were instrumental in helping with the evaluation and sorting of thousands of books. They helped me organize, genrefy and arrange the books on the shelves so that our high school students could easily locate items. All the renovations have led to a phenomenal increase in books being checked out and read by our students.” Dr. Kim Bloss, Dean of SAU’s School of Graduate Studies, describes the importance of experiential learning like the library makeover projects. “The library makeover project is one of the things that makes SAU’s LMIS program one of the best in the state,” said Bloss. “The makeovers are a win-win for everyone. The LMIS students learn first-hand practical knowledge about managing a school library and the schools gain the help needed to update the libraries.” According to Duke, the SAU LMIS program looks for underserved schools in Arkansas. SAU LMIS has taken students to have hands-on learning activities in many areas across Arkansas, including libraries at Crossett Public School and Camden-Fairview Schools. Work they did at the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually impaired led to the LMIS program winning the Distinguished Advocate Award from Arkansas Chapter Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. “Our students work hard during these projects and are happy to have the learning experiences as well as to give back to the community,” said Duke.

RED CROSS ISSUES SAFETY TIPS DURING WINTER WEATHER
Frigid air is predicted for south Arkansas and the American Red Cross has steps people can take to stay safe during this hazardous weather. “There are a number of things you can do to prepare for the cold weather and minimize the danger to you and your family,” said John Lewis, local Red Cross Leader.  “We want everyone to know how to stay safe and what they should do during winter weather emergencies.” COLD WEATHER SAFETY TIPS Here are ten ways to stay safe during this latest round of cold temperatures:

1.Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
2.Know the signs of hypothermia - confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
3.Watch for symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
4.Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
5.Avoid frozen pipes - run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
6.Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
7.Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
8.If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
9.Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
Learn how to treat cold weather related emergencies by downloading the free Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps. More information about winter safety is available on redcross.org. About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

OUTSTANDING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RECOGNIZED
Jonesboro Police Corporal Selected as 2014 Officer of the Year
LITTLE ROCK – A Jonesboro Police Department corporal whose quick action helped protect lives at a Jonesboro mobile-home park in January has been named the Attorney General’s 2014 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today. Cpl. John Eidson was presented with the award today at a ceremony honoring outstanding law enforcement officers during the Attorney General’s annual Law Enforcement Summit. Several other officers also received awards in recognition of their exemplary work. Eidson was identified as a “hero” by Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, who nominated the 20-year veteran of the Jonesboro police force for the honor. On Jan. 9, while responding to reports of a shooting, Eidson approached a visibly agitated suspect at the partially open door of a mobile home. Eidson asked the suspect if he was armed, and the suspect fired at the officer, narrowly missing his face. Eidson exchanged gunfire with the suspect outside the residence. The suspect, who was wounded in the gunfire, returned to the residence and was later found dead. Seven people, including four children and an individual who had been shot by the suspect, escaped from the mobile home. “Cpl. Eidson demonstrated the instinct and the skill that law enforcement officers must have in order to protect lives,” McDaniel said. “His quick thinking and courage under fire kept an already dangerous situation from becoming even worse. His bravery and dedication to the job are an example to all of us.” Nominations for Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year were solicited from law enforcement agencies across the state. In addition to Eidson, outstanding officers were chosen from each of the state’s four congressional districts. Those named outstanding officer from their respective congressional districts were: District: Trooper Steven Roberts, Arkansas State Police. Roberts was checking truck stop parking lots in St. Francis County in July when he identified a vehicle alleged to have been used by a suspect in a bank robbery just a few minutes earlier. Roberts stopped the suspect’s vehicle and took him into custody. Approximately $12,000 and a fake gun were found in the suspect’s possession, and the suspect admitted to Roberts that he had robbed between 30 and 60 banks in several states. Second District: Lt. Michael Treasitti and Det. Kyle Ellison, Benton Police Dept. Treasitti and Ellison were pursuing a vehicle driven by known drug dealer when the suspect’s vehicle ran over spike strips and struck a barrier on an Interstate 30 service road in July 2013. In the midst of heavy interstate traffic, the suspect fired shots at the officers. Treasitti positioned his vehicle to lessen the risk to other motorists, then the officers exited their vehicle and returned fire. The suspect was killed in the exchange. Third District:  Sgt. Daniel Klatt, Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. In June, Klatt located a 16-year-old girl who was lured away from her home by a 39-year-old convicted sex offender by quickly recognizing the girl to be a likely victim of Internet crime and using phone and Internet records to identify the suspect. Klatt spent hours scouring phone records and geolocation data to track the suspect’s movements. He worked with other law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect and recover the victim safely. Fourth District:  Sgt. Roy Williams, Garland County Sheriff’s Office. Williams helped wake residents and assisted in evacuation of an apartment building that caught fire in the early-morning hours of July 16. While helping others, a portion of a burning ceiling fell on the officer, resulting in first- and second-degree burns. He refused medical treatment until he knew everyone in the complex was safe. Williams, who lived in the complex, lost his belongings in the blaze.

In addition to the Officer of the Year recognitions, special tribute was paid to law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. The fallen officers were posthumously recognized with special commendations for valor. Those valor tribute recipients were: Lafayette County Chief Deputy Pete Richardson, Turrell Police Chief Keith Bradford Sr. and Phillips County Deputy Sheriff Bobby Nearns.

November 12, 2014

KENNEDY ASSASSINATION REPORTER TO SPEAK AT SAU
MAGNOLIA – Magale Library Friends and staff are pleased to welcome author, professor, broadcaster and journalist Bill Mercer as guest and speaker at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 in Foundation Hall of Southern Arkansas University’s Reynolds Center. Mercer’s presentation is entitled, “We Reported the Kennedy Assassination” in which he will share his experiences during this tragic event. This event is free and open to the public. It was while Mercer was working at Dallas CBS affiliate KRLD, Channel 4, that he became a witness to and reporter of history at the time of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, November 22, 1963.  This event was the first time such breaking news was covered spontaneously, something we now take for granted. Mercer and fellow reporters Bob Huffaker, George Phenix and Wes Wise were responsible for covering the assassination and the aftermath for KRLD. They provided news and footage to Walter Cronkite and other CBS affiliates around the country. “When the News Went Live: Dallas 1963,” published in 2013, provides photos, insights, and reflections on the events these four reporters covered. For more information about the exhibit at SAU’s Magale Library, call (870) 235-4170, e-mail: library@saumag.edu, or read more online http://web.saumag.edu/library/bill-mercer/

SAU MBA RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST
MAGNOLIA – The MBA program at Southern Arkansas University was recently recognized by the Affordable Colleges Foundation’s “Best Online MBA Programs for 2014-15.” SAU’s MBA was ranked 19 of the 68 schools making the list, and was the only program in Arkansas honored. “We in the SAU College of Business are proud to be recognized for this ranking. We believe it is a verification of the high quality and significant value provided by the MBA program at SAU,” said Dr. Lisa Toms, dean of the College of Business. “Along with the affordability and quality, we have preserved our culture of faculty/student engagement. Even our online program provides a world class education in a personal environment.” The total cost to obtain an MBA from SAU is $9,310 for in-state tuition and fees, and $13,150 for out-of-state tuition and fees. The program can be completed completely online, in the classroom, or a combination of the two. There are three tracts in the SAU MBA program – Supply Chain Management, Agri-Business and a general MBA. The program can be completed in two years, and qualified students may apply for a graduate assistantship. The MBA program is the largest graduate program at SAU with 76 students enrolled Fall 2014. The popularity of this program helped the SAU School of Graduate Studies reach a milestone enrollment with a total of 510 students.The spring application deadline for the SAU School of Graduate Studies is December 1. Call (866) 921-5179 or visit www.SAUmag.edu/Graduate for more information. Affordable Colleges Foundation analyzed more than 500 colleges for their rankings. According to www.affordablecollegesonline.org, the 68 they highlighted “have developed online MBAs that truly stand out; they have full accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), low student-teacher ratios, and faculty with demonstrated excellence in business and management.” Visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/mba-programs/ to find out more about the Affordable Colleges Foundation’s rankings.                                         

SAAC HOST RECEPTION AND LECTURE FOR “CARROLL CLOAR’S AR”
The South Arkansas Arts Center continues its 50th anniversary celebration with a touchstone exhibition of Arkansas’ native son, Carroll Cloar.  On Thursday, November 13, Greg Thompson of Greg Thompson Fine Art in North Little Rock will speak in the Callaway Theatre at 6pm about the life of Carroll Cloar, followed by a viewing of the film “Friendly Panthers, Hostile Butterflies.”  The opening of the galleries and a reception will follow the lecture at 7pm.  The exhibition, curated by Gay Bechtelheimer and Greg Thompson, is currently on display in the Merkle and Price Galleries through December 19.  Exhibition hours are Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm with special weekend hours on Saturdays from 11am-4pm and Sundays from 1-4pm.  The exhibition is sponsored by Ms. Martha Murphy in honor of her mother, Johnie Walker Murphy. The lecture, reception, and exhibition are free and open to the public. “I have dealt and immersed myself most of my professional carrier in the art and life of Carroll Cloar. Our gallery is one of his largest dealers of his work in the country. This twenty year relationship to the man and his art has given me an in depth insight into the artist which I am honored and delighted to share,” said Thompson.  “So many collectors have been so generous and gracious to loan these important works of art from their home which they hold dear. Some did and some didn't and there is little you can do about it. I am very grateful for those who did and the level of quality of work we have in this exhibition. It will do El Dorado proud.”

DON’T BE LEFT IN THE COLD THIS WINTER
LITTLE ROCK – Recent weather reports indicate that Arkansas consumers are in for a chill in the upcoming weeks, and with the colder weather comes rising heating costs. According to a survey of residential energy consumption in Arkansas, home heating accounts for one-fourth of annual costs. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to remind Arkansans of a law that protects consumers relying on liquefied petroleum, or LP, gas to heat their homes in the case of a major winter storm, and to provide advice on keeping heating expenses down during cold weather. “Winter weather can be unpredictable in Arkansas, so it is important for Arkansans who use LP gas to heat their homes to know that there are laws that protect them in the case of a severe storm,” McDaniel said. “And for all consumers, thankfully, there are also several effective and inexpensive ways to keep homes warm within a budget.” Arkansas consumers who rely on LP gas commonly rent tanks from the gas provider. Typically, the provider who owns the tank is the only entity allowed to fill the tank. Following the ice storm in 2009, however, the General Assembly amended the LP gas law to allow other providers to fill the tank if the tank owner and primary provider cannot make a timely delivery. McDaniel also encouraged consumers who use LP gas to heat their homes to own their fuel tanks. This allows homeowners to shop for the best prices from LP gas dealers. Independent buyers are likely to receive more competitive pricing from LP gas providers. And consumers who own their own tanks can go to any provider for a fill in inclement weather. To help consumers conserve fuel and keep costs low throughout the winter season, McDaniel offered the following tips: 

-Keep curtains open during the day to naturally heat your home and close them at night to retain the heat.
-Use a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature while you are away or asleep.
-Sealing your home and adding insulation to your walls and attic can prevent your home from losing up to 25% of its heat through small cracks and holes.
-Stop warm air from escaping by weather-stripping doors and windows.
-Set ceiling fans to spin clockwise to recirculate rising hot air.
-Conserve energy by lowering the thermostat, reducing hot water usage and restricting cooking times.
-Use alternative heating sources like fireplaces and electric space heaters to keep heating costs down.
-If using LP gas, consider signing a long-term contract with a provider in order to lock in a specific price over a set period. 
The Attorney General also offered a few reminders to maximize heat efficiency and maintain your heating system throughout the extreme cold of the winter:
-Clean filters every month and replace them regularly.
-Monitor air ducts and heating pipes to make sure that they are safely sealed.
-Clear dirt, soot or corrosion from the system, and clean the heat exchanger to maintain heat levels.
-Make sure baseboard heaters, air vents and radiators are not obstructed. 
For more information on home heating or other consumer issues, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982 or (501) 682-2341, or visit the Consumer Protection Division's website at www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.

November 10, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORT 
Officer Sharlotte Elliot, of the Camden Police Department, was on routine in the area of Adams Avenue near the old Berg building, behind Banks Pawn. The officer observed a white male, going through scrap metal at the building. Several cuts could be seen on the man, as he was going through the metal. The officer also observed scrap metal in the back of the man’s white Ford F150, which was parked in a no parking zone. The officer exited her unit and made contact with the man, who stated that he was given permission to go through the metal, earlier in the day. According to reports, the man had a strong smell of an unknown intoxicant coming from him. When the man was asked if he had been drinking, he stated that he was earlier. After providing a breathe sample, he was determined to be a danger to himself and those around him. The man was taken into custody and issued criminal citations for public intoxication, fail to pay registration, no proof of insurance, and being parked in a prohibited area. 

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden. The speaker this week will be Dennis Cooper.  He serves as the Pre-Health Recruiter/Educational Coordinator for UAMS South in Magnolia. He will talk about the MASH unit they did here at OCMC this summer and will bring a couple of students who participated in the program. For more information on the Lions Club and how you can join you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7

MARKETING WITH LINKEDIN WORKSHOP
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents LinkedIn Fundamentals. The seminar will take place on Tuesday November 11th from 11:00am until 1:00pm. This seminar will teach the attendee about the history and growth of LinkedIn, how to manage your professional information and information about your business on the internet, how to find and be introduced to potential clients, customers and subject experts, how to be found for business opportunities, how to post and distribute job listings for employees, and how to gain insights from discussions with like-minded professionals in private group settings.

KEEP EL DORADO BEAUTIFUL RALLY
On Saturday, November 15, Keep El Dorado Beautiful will host a Rally for Recycling, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. The KEB Rally for Recycling will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of El Dorado Recycling Center, located behind Arby’s on N. West Ave. Door prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served. All city residents are encouraged to participate and bring recyclables to the center for the rally. Prizes will be awarded in youth and adult divisions for the most recyclables (by volume) turned in that day. No hazardous materials, household or otherwise, will be accepted. Generally accepted recyclables include: paper (newspaper, magazines, catalogs), cardboard and plastic. For any additional information, you can email keepeldoradobeautiful@gmail.com. 

ARVETS AND ARVEST JOIN FORCES FOR A VETERANS DAY COOKOUT
ARVets, a statewide non-profit organization providing innovative programs that improve the lives of Veterans and their families, is joining forces with Arvest Bank to honor the service and sacrifice of former servicemen and women on Veterans Day. On Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Arvest Bank will host Veterans Day cookouts at five of its banking locations. Donations will be accepted at each site and given to ARVets to support various services that benefit Arkansas Veterans. “Even though our organizations have different missions, we have similar names, a shared commitment to bettering people’s lives, and we are both dedicated to supporting the Veterans community in Arkansas,” said ARVets CEO Nicole Hart.

Veterans Day cookout locations include:
- 10206 Mabelvale Plaza Drive, Little Rock
- 500 S Broadway St, Little Rock
- 1810 N 1st St, Jacksonville
- 2590 Donaghey Ave, Conway
- 111 Cordoba Center, Hot Springs Village
For over 50 years, Arvest Bank has been an active and involved member of the community while fulfilling its mission of helping people find financial solutions for life. Now, Arvest has 260 locations that are part of 16 locally managed banks in more than 100 communities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. As the premier service organization for Arkansas Veterans, ARVets has provided assistance to over 3,000 Veterans and brought in over $3.5 million in state revenue to support the Veteran community in the last three years. ARVets needs your support to continue to bring these needed services to the Veteran community. ARVets welcomes tax-deductible donations online and volunteer support for its programs that assist Veterans with job training, career development, education, entrepreneurship, housing, health, and family support services. For more information call (501) 246-5341 or visit www.arvets.org .  

LETTERS FROM SANTA CLAUS
An unforgettable letter from Santa Claus leaves no doubt and will revitalize your children’s belief in Santa like never before! Why a letter from Santa Claus?  Unlike adults, children look for reasons to believe.  This is what makes these letters from Santa Claus so magical.  These letters truly remove doubt in so many children who might be wondering if there really is a Santa Claus. Each Santa letter is a personal letter from Santa Claus cleverly written to include your child’s name, gender, this year’s accomplishments and wish list! In addition, each letter is written on Santa’s colorful, personal stationery and then is mailed with a postmark from North Pole, Alaska! (Some people like to frame the letter and envelope as unique keepsakes) There are also letters for older children who are beginning to doubt Santa Claus’ existence as well as adults.. Letters from Santa Claus are not just for children.  Santa can also write a letter to a husband or wife, father or mother, grandfather or grandmother.  Provide the details, and Santa will mention them in a custom letter just for that person. To order a Letter From Santa, fill out the form below and mail it to Santa with your payment (proceeds benefit the Women’s Crisis Center of South Arkansas).

For each letter, send cash or a check for $6.00 to:  Letters From Santa, P.O. Box 1149, Camden, AR 71711.  Checks should be made payable to Women’s Crisis Center.  Duplicate this form as needed.  You can also just write the needed information on a plain piece of paper. If you have special instructions, Santa will do his best to accommodate you. The deadline for Letters From Santa is December 8 to receive the North Pole postmark.  Letters ordered after December 8 will still be sent, but with a local postmark.  Questions?  Call 870-836-0375. Please keep in mind that letters are timed to arrive just before Christmas.

SAU SINGERS HOSTING MADRIGAL FEAST/RESEVATION DEADLINE SOON
MAGNOLIA – Hear, ye! Hear, ye! Lords and ladies, one and all are invited to join the Heritage and Chamber Singers of Southern Arkansas University for a Madrigal Feast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, in the Grand Hall of the Reynolds Center. Reservations must be made by noon on Tuesday, November 11. Tickets and/or reservations are available from David DeSeguirant at (870) 235-4246 or ddeseguirant@saumag.edu. Individual tickets are $25; couples may purchase a single ticket for two at $40. Children are welcome. All of the proceeds from the evening will go toward ensemble-related travel. Guests will be treated to a Royal Court, minstrels, troubadours, and a mythical beast may also make an appearance. The menu is splendid, and will include wassail, salad, French onion soup, roasted beef and “grilleth poultree,” potatoes, beans with almonds, bread, and a royal dessert. A Renaissance/Monty Python/Kitchen Sink Masque, titled “Fools Fall in Love,” will be included as part of the evening’s entertainment. The merry servers will be members of the Heritage and Chamber Singers. Guests should feel at liberty to attire thyselves in a festive Renaissance manner; or, if thou wouldest dress in 21st century attire, that is perfectly acceptable. In conjunction with the Madrigal Feast will be a SAU Choir Reunion on Saturday, November 15. The reunion will feature the years of 1967-71, but any SAU choir alumni are welcome. Plans include lunch at a local restaurant, followed by singing at a designated venue. Choir alumni are also encouraged to attend the Madrigal Feast. For more information, contact Joan Gardner Blann (’71) at (501) 765-5626 or jblann2000@yahoo.com.

BOOZMAN TO COMMEMORATE VETERANS DAY IN LITTLE ROCK
WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will honor the service and sacrifice of Arkansas veterans at events in Little Rock on Veterans Day. “On Veterans Day we reflect on the sacrifices of the men and the women who put their lives on the line for liberty. These men and women and their families are selfless Americans who deserve our thanks and appreciation for their tireless efforts to protect our country,” Boozman said. Including the annual state Veterans Day Ceremony, Boozman will meet with disabled veterans who use service dogs for therapy. 9 a.m. - Boozman will meet with the founder of Hot Springs Village based DAV K9 Assistance Dog Association and disabled veterans and their service dogs. Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and other seen and unseen injuries, benefit from the companionship of dogs. Boozman is a champion of establishing a pilot program to allow VA to examine the feasibility of service dog training activities as therapies in mental health rehabilitation programs. Boozman is the recipient of the Legislative Leader award from the Humane Society of the United States and its affiliate the Humane Society Legislative Fund for his support of veteran’s dog training therapy.

-Senator Boozman’s Little Rock Office
1401 W. Capitol Ave., Plaza F
Little Rock 11 a.m. – Boozman will recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans at the Arkansas Department of Veterans' Affairs State Veterans Day Ceremony.
Arkansas Department of Veterans' Affairs State Veterans Day Ceremony
River Market Pavilion 400 President Clinton Ave Little Rock

November 6, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORT
Officer Ferguson, of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to 499 Church Street for a male that seem to be causing a disturbance. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a woman who told him that a male had been kicking her door. She also stated that the man was outside of the house because he was drunk and had hit her. However she did state that she was not pressing charges. The woman had called the policed three times on the man, and the fourth came from One Stop Deli. The owner and clerk of the deli said that the man came into the store and tried to take a beer. He then became angry and through the beer on the floor. He was put out of the store by the clerk, when he threw down a second beer. According to reports, the man had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him. He also became angry and started to yell at the officers, waking up the next-door neighbor. He was arrested for public intoxication.

SAU SINGERS HOSTING MADRIGAL FEAST; RESERVATION’S REQUIRED
MAGNOLIA – Hear, ye! Hear, ye! Lords and ladies, one and all are invited to join the Heritage and Chamber Singers of Southern Arkansas University for a Madrigal Feast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, in the Grand Hall of the Reynolds Center. Reservations must be made by noon on Tuesday, November 11. Tickets and/or reservations are available from David DeSeguirant at (870) 235-4246 or ddeseguirant@saumag.edu. Individual tickets are $25; couples may purchase a single ticket for two at $40. Children are welcome. All of the proceeds from the evening will go toward ensemble-related travel. Guests will be treated to a Royal Court, minstrels, troubadours, and a mythical beast may also make an appearance. The menu is splendid, and will include wassail, salad, French onion soup, roasted beef and “grilleth poultree,” potatoes, beans with almonds, bread, and a royal dessert. A Renaissance/Monty Python/Kitchen Sink Masque, titled “Fools Fall in Love,” will be included as part of the evening’s entertainment. The merry servers will be members of the Heritage and Chamber Singers. Guests should feel at liberty to attire thyselves in a festive Renaissance manner; or, if thou wouldest dress in 21st century attire, that is perfectly acceptable. In conjunction with the Madrigal Feast will be a SAU Choir Reunion on Saturday, November 15. The reunion will feature the years of 1967-71, but any SAU choir alumni are welcome. Plans include lunch at a local restaurant, followed by singing at a designated venue. Choir alumni are also encouraged to attend the Madrigal Feast. For more information, contact Joan Gardner Blann (’71) at (501) 765-5626 or jblann2000@yahoo.com.

7 VEHICLE I-40 CRASH LEAVES TWO KILLED
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas State Police (ASP) has released the accident report in Wednesday's fiery 7 vehicle I-40 crash that killed two. The victims have been identified as 68-year-old, Robert H. Billings, of Nesbit, MS (passenger in a 2003 Ford van), and 45-year-old Iketha D. Winchester, 45, of Houston, TX (driver of a 2010 International semi). Drivers of four other vehicles were also injured in the accident. They ranged in age from 64 to 39. A 13-year old Mississippi girl in the same car as Billings was also listed as injured. Other vehicles involved in the accident included: 2014 Dodge Ram (pickup truck), 2011 Chevy Tahoe (SUV), 2010 International (semi), 2003 Ford (van), 2006 Volvo (semi), and 2011 Peterbilt (semi). A description was not available of a seventh vehicle. The ASP says all the vehicles were headed east. The report states that the 2010 International was in the right lane at the 276 mile marker when it rear-ended the 2014 Dodge Ram, pushing it to the right off the roadway and into the rear of the 2011 Chevy Tahoe. The 2010 International remained on the road but ran into the back of the 2006 Volvo, pushing it into the 2003 Ford. The Ford was then pushed in between the 2011 Peterbilt and a seventh vehicle. The Peterbilt was then stopped in the right lane beside the seventh vehicle, which was stopped in the left lane. The drivers of the Ford van and the seventh vehicle were not injured.

MATERNAL AND INFANT HEALTH LEADERS APPLAUD ARKANSAS’ LONG-TERM IMPROVEMENT IN PRETERM BIRTH RATE
Receives “C” On 2014 March Of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 6, 2014) – Arkansas’ preterm birth rate dropped again, earning it a better grade on the March of Dimes 2014 Premature Birth report card. Arkansas’ preterm birth rate was 12.7 percent in 2013, down from 13.3 in 2012, earning it a “C” on the report card. The national preterm birth rate fell to 11.4 percent in 2013 – the lowest in 17 years -- meeting the federal Health People 2020 goal seven years early.  Despite this progress, the nation still received a “C” on the annual report card and still has the highest rates of preterm birth of any high resource country. “We’re proud of Arkansas’ better grade on the report card. Their success is a testament to the hard work of Arkansas’ state and local health departments, our hospital partners and health care providers. It shows that when a health problem, as complex as preterm birth, is challenged with strong policies and bold leadership, babies benefit,” said R Whit Hall, MD. Professor, Neonatology at UAMS Medical Center.  “Through the March of Dimes’ unique, team-based research projects, we will continue the important work of discovering the unknown causes of preterm birth so more babies will get a healthy start in life.” Here, in Arkansas the March of Dimes is supporting group prenatal programs, education, and hospital efforts to end early elective deliveries that will help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. In Arkansas, the rate of late preterm births is 9.0 percent the rate of women smoking is 29.2 percent, and the rate of uninsured women is 25 percent. These factors contribute to improved infant health in Arkansas. It earned a star on the report card for: Reducing the percent of uninsured women of child-bearing age Lowering the late preterm birth rate these improvements mean not just healthier babies, but also a potential savings in health care and economic costs to society. The March of Dimes attributed the improved rates to an expansion of successful programs and interventions, including actions by state health officials here and every other state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. “We will continue to work together to improve access to health care, help women quit smoking and, through our Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait consumer education campaign, encourage women and health care providers to avoid scheduling a delivery before 39 weeks of pregnancy unless medically necessary,” said R Whit Hall, MD. Grades are based on comparing each state’s and the nation’s 2012 preliminary preterm birth rates with the March of Dimes 2020 goal of 9.6 percent of all live births. The U.S. preterm birth rate is 11.5 percent, a decline of 10 percent from the peak of 12.8 percent in 2006. The Report Card information for the U.S. and states will be available online at: marchofdimes.org/reportcard. Premature birth, birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is a serious health problem that costs the United States more than $26 billion annually, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is the leading cause of newborn death, and babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifetime health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and others. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants. At least 39 weeks of pregnancy are important to a baby’s health because many important organs, including the brain and lungs, are not completely developed until then. On November 17th, the March of Dimes and organizations from around the world will mark the fourth World Prematurity Day. The World Prematurity Network, (WPN), a global coalition of consumer and parent groups working together to raise awareness and prevent premature birth in their countries, is calling for action to prevent preterm birth and improve care for babies born too soon.  An estimated 15 million babies are born premature and of those more than a million die as a result of their early birth.  Locally, The Fountain at UAMS Hospital will be lit “Purple” during the month of November for Premature Awareness Month. Learn more about Prematurity Awareness Month and World Prematurity Day by visiting http://www.facebook.com/worldprematurityday and share stories and videos about babies born too soon. The page features an interactive world map showing the home place for each story told. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at marchforbabies.org.  For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

November 5, 2013

SAU TECH PRESS RELEASE 
Southern Arkansas University Tech (SAU Tech) is proud to announce the recent election of its registrar, Wayne Banks, to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).  Banks has held leadership positions in the state and regional chapters of this organization in the past. He has been employed for almost 20 years at SAU Tech. AACRAO is a professional association of personnel working in the fields of college and university admissions, academic records, and enrollment services. The association is based in Washington, DC. Banks was selected from the list of nominees for the position during the association’s N&E meeting which took place in Washington, DC September 21st – 23rd and was voted in by the AACRAO membership on October 31st. The position is a two year term, the first year as Chair-elect for 2015-16, and the second year as Chair for 2016-17.

SAU TO HOST ANNUAL VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE
MAGNOLIA – Wear your patriotic colors and join Southern Arkansas University’s annual Veterans Day Salute to Troops from 12:15-1 p.m. on November 11, 2014. Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in Reynolds Center Grand Hall. Please invite a service member or bring a photo or memorabilia in their honor to be displayed. All service members and veterans in attendance will be recognized. A light lunch reception will follow the tribute. The event is free and open to the public. Dr. David Rankin, SAU president, is scheduled to speak at the tribute, as will USMC SSGT Louis Roy, veteran and new assistant professor of criminal justice at SAU. Josh Kee will sing “God Bless the USA,” and Jaymee King of the SAU Choir will perform “God Bless America.” Kameron Willis of the SAU Band will perform “Taps.” Parking is available in the Reynolds Center parking lot, and the SAU President’s Ambassadors will provide shuttle services to the building as needed. SAU’s campus is home to the 1st Battalion of the 151st Cavalry, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Arkansas Army National Guard. SAU also is home to returning veterans looking to get a college education, and the University has been awarded for the past four years the designation of “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The tribute and reception are sponsored by the SAU Veterans Resource Center. For more information, contact Vicki Butler, Veterans Resource Center director, at 870-235-4026 or vjbutler@saumag.edu.

WHITE OAK LAKE STATE PARK PRESS RELEASE
White Oak Lake State Park manages 725 acres of land in Nevada and Ouachita Counties.  As part of management activities at the site, a prescribed burn is planned in the Fern Hollow Trail area for some time during the days of November 10-November 21.   Park neighbors near the controlled burn areas are being notified. The burns are being conducted by specially trained crews skilled in fire management operations.  Safety is emphasized in all phases of the fire management with local fire protection representatives being involved in the planning process. The burn will occur within prescribed parameters, including temperature, wind speed, and fuel moistures. The location of the burn is planned for the Fern Hollow Trail and surrounding trails and lake edge. The hiking and mountain bike trail will be closed and camping will be prohibited in the primitive area during and after the burn for a few days.  The Spring Branch Trail will remain open to the public during the burn. White Oak plans to burn the area sometime between November 10 and November 21, but the date could change due to weather parameters. If you have any questions or would like additional information contact White Oak Lake State Park at 870-685-2748.

SAAC WELCOMES NEW SPONSOR FOR SUMMER
The South Arkansas Arts Center is proud to announce a new corporate sponsor.  Murphy USA has made a five year commitment to back SAAC’s summer musical productions.  The sponsorship begins next year as SAAC returns to the basics with their 2015 summer offering of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Since 1996, Murphy USA, whose headquarters are located in El Dorado, has been the place people go to save on the gas that fuels their lives. From the lowest prices on gas to exclusive deals on your family’s favorite snacks and drinks, Murphy USA is always going the extra mile to help you buy smarter and drive farther. “The South Arkansas Arts Center is one of the jewels in the crown of our community,” said Andrew Clyde, President and CEO of Murphy USA. “We are excited to help bring the showcase summer performance to southern Arkansas audiences.” Through this new partnership, SAAC will be able to continue offering quality theatrical productions to the community.  SAAC’s summer musical’s alternate each year between family fair like “Oliver” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” to more adult fair like “Chicago” and “9 to 5.” Thank you to Murphy USA for their dedication to fulfilling the arts within the community.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474.

BURN WOOD, NOT MONEY—KNOW YOUR MEASUREMENTS
LITTLE ROCK – Winter is just around the corner, and as the colder weather approaches, many consumers will begin stocking up on firewood. Arkansas consumers should avoid purchasing firewood that is not sold by the cord, a fraction of a cord, or in cubic feet. Rough measurements like “ricks,” “truckloads,” “piles,” and “face cords” do not comply with Arkansas Bureau of Standards regulations that protect consumers from overpaying for firewood. The proper measurement for a unit of cut wood sold in Arkansas is defined as 128 cubic feet of firewood. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued a consumer alert today to make sure Arkansas consumers get the most for their money when buying firewood. “Arkansas law protects consumers from overpaying or being scammed when buying firewood by defining precise measurements,” McDaniel said. “Consumers can protect themselves and their money by buying high-quality wood in standard units and making sure to keep a receipt after any purchase.” To accurately measure a cord, the Bureau of Standards recommends placing the wood in a line or row, with each piece touching and parallel to each other. Make sure there are as few gaps as possible, because some disreputable vendors may line logs up loosely in order to shortchange customers. Consumers should also be aware of what variety of wood they are purchasing. Dense woods, such as oak and hickory, produce more heat and burn longer than soft woods like pine or spruce. Newly cut green wood is not as safe and efficient as dry, seasoned wood. Higher moisture levels in new wood can create more tar and creosote buildup in chimneys, increasing the risk of a fire. When buying wood, be sure to obtain a receipt that shows the amount and type of wood purchased, the price, and the seller’s name, address and phone number. Before burning any questionable wood, consumers with concerns or complaints should contact the Bureau of Standards at (501) 570-1159. Stored wood should be shielded with a protective covering like a tarp to keep the wood dry and usable. Store stacked wood away from the house to prevent damage from termites and other pests. For more information on this or other consumer issues, call the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 482-8982 or (501) 682-2341, or visit the Consumer Protection Division's website at www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.

November 4, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Lt. Cedric Gregory, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched in response to a report of an assault. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a woman who explained that her son and grandson had been assaulted by people, a while earlier. According to reports, the grandson had been at the residence, with his girlfriend, who had come home with him after school. The grandson stated that he received a phone call from the girlfriend’s father, demanding that his daughter come home. According to reports, the grandson explained that his grandmother was at a football game and that they had to wait on her; however the father insisted his daughter be brought home by 9:00 pm. The grandson explained to the father that they had to wait on the grandmother, or he could come pick her up himself. The father showed up later, with two other males. The grandson and the girl’s father began to argue, when the grandson was punched in the face. The grandson’s Uncle tried to intervene and break up the altercation, however he was attacked as well. Once the three males ceased attack on the two, they grabbed the daughter and forced her into the vehicle they were driving. Reports were filed and officers went to the residence of the girl and her father, however no one answered. 

Deputy Chris Lindsey, also with the Sheriff’s Department, responded to a call in Camden.
The officer made contact with a woman, who advised that she believed that her ex-boyfriend had been inside her residence while she was gone. She also advised that about three weeks prior, he began to text her on a daily basis, wanting to get back together. She stated that she told him that she did not want to get back together and for him to leave her and her children alone. She said that he responded by yelling at her son, telling him to stay away. She then stated that she was walking out of her back door when she found one of her dogs deceased in the ditch. Her son had also returned home and found that the kitchen had been ransacked, however nothing was missing. Even though she couldn’t prove it at the time, the woman strongly believes it to be her ex-boyfriend. The situation is still under investigation.

Deputy Lindsey, also responded to a residence in regards to animal cruelty. When the officer arrived at the residence, he noticed a small black and brown dog in the front yard, which appeared very malnourished. The dog’s ribs, spine and hips were all showing through its skin. There was also a tall black and tan hound chained to a large pine tree in the back yard. The dog tried numerous times to bark but couldn’t do so. The officer was unable to locate any food or water bowls within the dogs reach. Deputies, who arrived on the scene provided the two animals with water and food. The owner arrived and stated that both dogs belonged to him. He stated that one was chained to the tree to prevent it from running off. He also stated that he worked full-time. He was arrested for cruelty to animals and transported to the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office.

GRAND OPENING FOR $4.4 MILLON STORY ARENA THURSDAY
MAGNOLIA – The official Grand Opening for the $4.4 Story Arena at Southern Arkansas University will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the opening night of the 2014 SAU Intercollegiate Rodeo. Festivities will kick off with a grand entry of distinguished guests and members of the Mulerider family. Ticket prices are as follows: children five and under get in free; children five to 12-years are $5; and 13 and older are $10. College rodeo action will start at 7 p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday. “This SAU Rodeo is the heart of what this facility is all about. Story Arena will bring together the community as well as make a lasting impact in the life of youth and SAU students,” said Megan Maye McCurdy, arena director, SAU graduate, and former Mulerider mascot. Construction of the Story Arena and Farmers Bank Reception Center would not have been possible without the generosity of a host of friends of SAU. Therrel and Jan Story of Magnolia gave $2.45 million, which is the largest gift in the history of SAU. “I believe that is number one reason the Story’s gave such a generous gift. They believed in the potential this facility, and it is my hope to help the Story Arena meet its full potential,” said McCurdy. Farmers Bank and Trust, a supporter of SAU since the University’s beginning in 1909, also committed $250,000 to the reception facility at the arena. The Story Arena is a multipurpose, covered arena located on U.S. 82, west of the Mulerider Stables. The facility consists of a 78,000 square foot covered rodeo-style arena with a dirt floor and seating for approximately 1,400. There is also the adjacent 7,500 square foot Farmers Bank & Trust Reception Center that sits in front of the arena. The reception area includes a ticket booth, concession stand, an office, meeting and conference room, men’s and women’s restrooms, and a grilling porch. According to McCurdy, the arena has been doing very well thus far and the fall schedule has almost been completely full on the weekends between various rodeo events and private parties. Cost for booking the reception area and the arena are very reasonable. The conference center starts at $35/hour, and the price decreases the longer it is rented. Starting cost for renting the arena is $400, and additional fees may apply depending on needed amenities. Besides the SAU Rodeo, Story Arena is excited that a professional rodeo event through PRCA has been booked at the arena for March. “We believe this PRCA event will be something that will put Story Arena on the map,” said McCurdy. Contact McCurdy for more information on the Grand Opening or to book an event at Story Arena at (870) 235-5197 or at MeganMcCurdy@SAUmag.edu.

STATEWIDE RECYCLING SLOGAN, REPORT TO BE UNVEILED
Arkansas’s new recycling slogan and logo – selected after a statewide contest -- will be revealed during a celebration of America Recycles Day.  The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will announce the winner of the slogan contest and unveil the coordinating logo during the 1 p.m. event Friday, Nov. 14, at the agency’s headquarters, 5301 Northshore Drive in North Little Rock. In conjunction with these announcements, ADEQ will also release the 2014 State of Recycling in Arkansas report. “While recycling has an established hold in the state, we can still go almost anywhere and find people who are not aware of the recycling opportunities in their area,” said ADEQ’s Recycling Branch Manager Robert Hunter. “Most Arkansas recycling facilities, especially those in more rural areas, don’t have the funding or the expertise to develop an awareness campaign. Sometimes all it takes to enhance recycling in an area is to increase public awareness.” ADEQ held the contest over the summer to find a slogan that could be used anywhere in the state to encourage people to recycle. The winning slogan was used to develop the new recycling logo which will be available for download from ADEQ’s website. Judges, with links to recycling in the state, narrowed more than 200 submissions down to 21 finalists. Officials from the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, the Arkansas Recyclers Association, the Arkansas Recycling Coalition and Keep Arkansas Beautiful joined the ADEQ Recycling Committee Chairperson to choose the winning entry.  The event will include a presentation to the Arkansan who submitted the winning slogan. ADEQ’s Interim Director Ryan Benefield will also discuss the 2014 State of Recycling in Arkansas report, which covers July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. During that time the state saw a recycling rate of 39 percent, up from 35 percent in the previous reporting period. The amount of material sent to landfills decreased while the amount of material recycled increased. “The numbers are moving in the right direction,” Benefield said. “We want to see more and more material being diverted from landfills, either through recycling, reuse or other means from upcycling to composting to smarter purchasing.” The rise in recycling combined with the fall in material being landfilled marked a milestone since the current recycling rate formula was implemented in 2001. In most years since then, the amount of waste being landfilled and the amount being recycled either both went up or both went down. In all 3,265,463 tons of material was sent to landfills and 2,086,820 tons of material was recycled. Fifteen of the categories included in the report saw increases in tonnages while 11 saw decreased tonnages. Glass saw the greatest percentage increase from 2013 to 2014 from 3,513 tons to 9,532 tons. Seventy-five percent of the facilities accepting glass in both 2013 and 2014 reported increased tonnages. Among the reasons for the increase is a new facility working in the northern part of the state and a large recycling company collecting in central Arkansas. The only major category to see a decrease was plastic. That decrease was largely due to a 24 percent decrease in the amount of poly pipe that was recycled. During wetter years farmers irrigate less. Overall the amount of plastic recycled dropped 15.6 percent from 99,694 tons to 84,149 tons. As that decrease demonstrates, the numbers fluctuate from year to year for various reasons. Only certain recycling facilities are required to submit recycling amounts. Businesses and many nonprofits that may report large amounts do so voluntarily. The full report is posted in the Hot Topics section on ADEQ’s website at www.adeq.state.ar.us. Events are held around the country to mark America Recycles Day, which falls on Nov. 15. To learn more about America Recycles Day events visit www.americarecyclesday.org.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lion’s Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.

The speaker this week will be Rebecca Wright.  She will be talking about UCRC (Unified Community Resource Council) which does the Christmas Food Boxes. This will be the “kick-off” for us to collect canned goods at Catherine’s Bistro.  Anyone is welcome to drop canned or non-perishable items off there from this Wednesday until December 8th to help with these boxes.
If you would like any additional information on the Lion’s Club or how you can join, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7.

CELEBRATE “ENCORE: 50 YEARS ON STAGE AT THE SAAC”
The 50th Anniversary Committee and Theatre Steering Committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center are proud to announce the newly formed Encore Committee that is coordinating the Arts Center's fall show “Encore: 50 Years on Stage at the SAAC.”  This committee has been compiling portions of songs and plays to create a fun, fast paced experience for all.  The committee members include:  the SAAC's Theatre Steering Committee, Beth Callaway, Mary Egerer, Gary Hall, Sandy Maguire, Darrin Riley, Liz Slater, Karen Watkins, and the event’s host and new Chairman of the Board, Dean Inman.  The theatrical revue is sponsored by Simmons First Bank of El Dorado. This is an organized celebration of 50 years of theatrical history at the South Arkansas Arts Center.  Cast members of years past will meet onstage to reminisce and entertain with songs and scenes from five decades of past productions. Some plays already selected are: South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate and Grease.  There will be a special closing night cast party, “Ovation Celebration,” that is open to the public!  This is an event you won't want to miss! The Encore Committee is in search of photos or videos of our SAAC alumni that are no longer with us.  Please include name of the deceased and, if possible, a year the photo or video was taken.  These photos/videos and names will be used for our memorial video that will be aired during “Encore: 50 Years on Stage at the SAAC”, December 11-13.  The submission deadline is November 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. For more information about “Encore,” contact the SAAC office at 862-5474.

HOPE MAN ARRSTED IN CONECTION WITH HOMICIDE
HOPE, Ark. (November 3, 2014) - Recently, a Hope man was arrested in connection with a homicide of another man found in a burning home. Officers with the Hope Police Department arrested 25-year-old Corey R. Turner, for murder and arson. The charges were the result of an investigation into a house fire that occurred on October 28 at a residence on North Prichard Street, in Hope. Upon extinguishing the fire, the body of 20-year-old, Thomas Youngblood, was located inside the residence. It was determined that Youngblood was the victim of an apparent homicide. On Saturday, officers received information regarding a possible sighting of Murder Fugitive Corey Turner on East 3rd Street, known as Southern Bakeries Inc., in Hope. Officers arrived on scene and located Turner in front parking area of the building. Officers took Turner into custody without incident. Corey Turner was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility where he is being held for a first appearance.

ARE YOU READY FOR BLACK FRIDAY?
While Black Friday sales are commonly associated with big-box retailers, such as Target and Best-Buy; there are many opportunities for small businesses to capitalize on the momentum and steam of Black Friday Week. Newtek - The Small Business Authority, Contributor to Forbes Magazine has 5 tips for attracting customers and their dollars to your small business.
1. Feature different products/services each day. Keeping Black Friday active and vital for your small business for a whole week means a lot more than just running your usual Black Friday deals for longer periods of time. It means making each day of the week a distinct special event. Come up with a schedule that features certain goods and services being discounted on certain days to give people a reason to engage with your business all week.
2. Keep certain deals running all week. That said, come up with a set of discounts and specials that will be consistent throughout the week. The idea is to offer week-long deals as a short-term incentive for shopping right now, with the day/hour-specific deals as an extra incentive to shop really right now.
3. Offer shipping discounts. Largely, people who embark on Black Friday shopping sprees are looking to score goods to give as gifts for the holidays. With that in mind, it will go a long way with your customers to assure them that you will do everything you can to facilitate that, be it timely and cheap/free shipping, or custom gift wrapping. One of the primary reasons why people choose to patronize local and small businesses is get the personalized customer service that is lacking from big companies. Black Friday is an excellent time to establish your small business as one being run by real people who are truly invested in working closely with their customers to not just provide a product or service, but to make sure all the needs surrounding the purchase are lovingly tended to.

October 31, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
CID Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office along with other officers, responded to an accidental shooting on Ouachita 3 in Camden. Upon arrival, the deputies made contact with a white male who had a small entry wound on his right side. EMS arrived on the scene quickly and began treatment of the wound. The man advised the officers that he had been in the woods tending his corn feeders and bait stations and was carrying a .22 caliber revolver on his side for protection. He claimed he was getting into his vehicle when his firearm fell causing it to discharge and hitting the man in the right rib cage. Luckily, he was able to dial 911. He was transported to the Ouachita County Medical Center.

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Sgt. Easttam of the Camden Police Department, was assisting as back up for an attempted burglary call that had just occurred. The officer was advised by dispatch that the reporting person was following the vehicle that was traveling towards town on Maul road. Easttam was traveling North on Adams Avenue, when he noticed a white Ford pick-up truck fitting the vehicle description traveling at a high rate of speed. The officer pulled to the side of the roadway as the truck sped by, observing a male sitting in the front driver seat fitting description. Easttam then activated his lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, however the tuck kept going. While in pursuit, the officer lost sight of the vehicle. However, the man driving the truck was later arrested as he was found outside city limits by The Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Henninger, also with the Camden Police Department, were clearing an alarm at Clifton Street. Officers saw two white males behind the church at the intersection of Clifton and Adams Avenue. When the officers tried to make contact with the two, reports say they can from the parking lot into the woods towards Harrison Street. The officers exited their vehicles and began to chase after them, while advising dispatch. One of the men was captured, however one was able to escape.

Officer Clayton was clearing from a traffic stop on Highway 278 near Holiday Inn Express.
The officer observed a vehicle pass him with no tags. When the officer attempted to get closer, the driver quickly made a turn. I traffic stop was then conducted, and dispatch advised that the driver had a suspended license. Reports say that the man was given ample opportunity to call someone to retrieve the vehicle, but as he took his time and attempted to belittle the officers, his vehicle was towed from the scene. The man’s license was taken as evidence.

EMERGENCY DRILLS TO BE CONDUCTED OVER THE NEXT SERVERAL WEEKS
The Camden Fairview Schools in cooperation with the emergency responders will be conducting a series of emergency drills over the next several weeks. These drills are being conducted to enhance response in the event of a real emergency. Do not be alarmed if you observe emergency vehicles around any of the schools. 

October 29, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Recently, Deputy McClane along with Sgt. Gill, and Deputy Bailey responded to Martha Street in Stephens to meet with Union Pacific personnel. Upon arrival Union Pacific advised that someone had tampered with the box cars and removed the “pins” from adjoining cars. Union Pacific advised that due to a train being tampered with they were currently on an “emergency stop” until the cars could be fixed. Sgt. Gill, Deputy Bailey and Deputy McClane walked the tracks from Martha Street to the Pit Stop in Stephens. Negative contact with anyone other than Union Pacific personnel. Union Pacific advised that they would remain stationary until all box cars could be checked and repaired if necessary.

Deputy LaDuke spoke to a man at his home. The man wanted to make a report regarding someone stealing gas out of his boat. He said his boat was parked on the back side of his shed out of sight. Whoever took the gas also cut his fuel line. The last time he checked the boat was about a month ago.

Lt. James Bolton, was dispatched to Hwy 24 past Harvey’s to an abandoned vehicle partially in the roadway. Upon arrival the officer found a 2002 Buick Regal white in color sitting on the fog line causing a traffic hazard. After running the LPN and unable to make contact with the owner, Kelly’s Wrecker Service was called. The vehicle was returned to El Dorado.

Deputy McClane responded to Washington Street near the Country Club for an abandoned vehicle. Upon arrival the officer observed a black mercury passenger vehicle partially blocking the roadway. The majority of the driver’s side front and rear of the vehicle was partially blocking the west-bound lane. A registration check of the vehicle and the vehicle was returned to its owner.

AHTD TO CONDUCT THREE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT MEETINGS
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will conduct three (3) Public Involvement Meetings to present and discuss the proposed findings of Highway 82 planning study between Texarkana and Lake Village. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Texarkana East (Meeting Room), 5210 Crossroads Parkway in Texarkana, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the City Council Chambers, 204 Northwest Avenue in El Dorado and on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Economic Development Building, 125 Main Street in Crossett. The meetings will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and will be identical in content. Please attend a meeting location/date that is most convenient for you. The meetings will be “open house” with no formal presentations. The public is invited to visit anytime during the scheduled hours to view exhibits, ask questions, and offer comments.

SAU TECH PRESS RELEASE
Southern Arkansas University Tech is proud to announce that it will be hosting a grant workshop for Arkansas Humanities Council grants on November 18, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the college’s Tech Engineering Building in room 116. The workshop will be presented by Jama Best program officer with the Arkansas Humanities Council and is free to the public. You can read more about the grants offered by the Council at http://www.arkhums.org/What/grants.html. To register call 870.574.4544 or by email at amalone@sautech.edu.

PRESCOTT RECIEVES GRANT FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PROJECT
(Little Rock, Ark.) The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) recently received an Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) Million Hearts Learning Collaborative grant for high blood pressure (hypertension) control. Arkansas is one of six states that received this grant. The grant, totaling nearly $127,000, was awarded for innovative approaches in high blood pressure control and management. ADH will implement “Community Team-based Care for Uncontrolled Hypertension” by partnering with Dr. Charles Vermont, a community physician in Prescott. The partnership will also include ADH, the Nevada County Local Health Unit, All Care Pharmacy, Nevada County Hospital and insurance providers. Prescott was chosen to receive this grant for several reasons, including: the high percentage of Nevada County residents with high blood pressure, a high proportion of African Americans who have a high burden of stroke and heart attack, and willingness of community partners to help implement the team-based care project. “We are hoping this will pave the way to population–based initiatives for hypertension control in the state,” states Dr. Appathurai Balamurugan, the project lead and Medical Director for the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Branch at ADH. The ASTHO grant kicked off Tuesday, October 28, 2014 with a site visit by ASTHO officials to Prescott, the Nevada County Health Unit, Dr. Vermont’s clinic, All Care Pharmacy and Nevada County Hospital. An ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative Stakeholder meeting will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the ADH office in Little Rock. This meeting coincides with the observance of World Stroke Day, which raises awareness about stroke risk and prevalence. High blood pressure is one of the most common causes of stroke. For more information on the high blood pressure grant and project, please contact Debbie Henderson, RN, Nevada County Local Health Unit Administrator at (870) 887-2004.

BEWARE EBOLA RELATED SCAMS
LITTLE ROCK – Scammers will use any opportunity to take advantage of consumers’ fears. Since the first case of the Ebola virus was reported in the United States, an increasing number of organizations have popped up offering “cures” and opportunities to donate to victims of the virus. Whether Arkansans are seeking ways to protect themselves from the virus or being solicited by scammers, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and his Consumer Protection Division want to provide consumers with information and helpful tips that will protect them against ill-intentioned organizations. McDaniel issued a consumer alert today to inform Arkansas consumers of the tactics being used by Ebola related scammers. “It is disheartening to know that whenever there is any sort of tragedy, there are people out there who will exploit good-hearted, law-abiding citizens,” McDaniel said. “In times like these, it is important that consumers are aware of the facts and the methods that scammers will use to take advantage of them.” McDaniel provided the following information to help consumers avoid Ebola related scams:

-Be aware of the facts. There is no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola. Solicitors offering preventative medication or Ebola preparedness kits are likely scammers.
-Give to reputable charities. Make sure that charities claiming to aid families of Ebola patients or Ebola research are legitimate before donating. Arkansas law requires most charitable organizations to register with the Attorney General's Office before the organizations solicit money from Arkansas residents. The organizations must provide the Office with information about how they uses money collected through their fundraising. Consumers may determine whether a charity is registered with the State at www.ArkansasAG.gov.
The Better Business Bureau also provides a list of nationally accredited charities on their website, www.give.org.
-Avoid unsolicited links online and in emails. Scammers will often use a technique called “phishing” to lure victims into entering personal information or clicking on harmful links. Learn about an organization before clicking on potentially damaging links.
-Ask charities tough questions. What percentage of your donation will go to the organization? ----How much will go to professional fundraisers and administrative costs? How exactly will your donation be used?
-Read the fine print. Some scammers will use names closely resembling those of legitimate charities to hook consumers into donating or clicking on their links. Pay attention to the details to avoid being tricked.
-Report potential scams. One of the best ways to fight against fraudsters is by reporting them. If you’ve been solicited or victimized by a scam, contact the Consumer Protection Division for help.
For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website,  www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, or call (800) 482-8982.

CYBER CRIMES UNIT ARRESTS YELL COUNTY MAN
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that agents from his office have arrested a Yell County man for possession of child pornography. Ronnie Ponder, 28, of Dardanelle was arrested Tuesday on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Ponder is being held at the Yell County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond. Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Ponder’s residence in the 100 block of Maple Street in Dardanelle on Tuesday. Investigators confiscated a desktop computer, a laptop, an external hard drive, a flash drive, a cell phone and other electronic evidence. That evidence will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock. Special Agent Chad Meli began investigating Ponder after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at his residence. The Dardanelle Police Department assisted in the investigation and arrest. The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed case file to 15th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum. Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

October 27, 2014

SAU TECH CHRISTMAS CARD FOR THE TROOPS/ FAMILY FUN DAY 
The SAU Tech Chapter of Arkansas Council for Women in Higher Education and local Red Cross Volunteers are asking you to stop by their booth this Saturday, and sign a Holiday Card for the Troops. On Saturday November 1st, they will be at Emergency Services Expo and Kid’s Day from 9:00am until 2:00 pm. The Expo is being held at the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, Highway 7 and Goodgame Street. The Expo will have Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, EMS, National Guard, and other emergency vehicles and equipment on display with demonstrations and activities for the kids. The Red Cross will be there with their Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV), an information booth, and booth for signing holiday cards. For more information about the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program, you can contact John Lewis at 870-836-1188. 

BANCORP-SOUTH INC., DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND
TUPELO, MS - At its regular quarterly meeting today, the Board of Directors of BancorpSouth, Inc. (NYSE: BXS) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per common share. The dividend is payable January 2, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2014. BancorpSouth earlier reported net income of $28.8 million or $0.30 per share for the third quarter of 2014. BancorpSouth, Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, with $13.1 billion in assets.  BancorpSouth Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of BancorpSouth, Inc., operates approximately 300 commercial banking, mortgage, and insurance locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, including an insurance location in Illinois.

BIG SPLASH IN MAGNOLIA
A new community organization, “Making Magnolia Blossom”, started at Southern Arkansas University, planned the work along a 1.8-mile stretch of Main Street from the U.S. 79-82 bypass to the Louisiana & North West Railroad. According to reports, volunteers reported for assignments that stared at 8:00am Saturday; while receiving supplies, tools and other equipment. The volunteers also drew upon resources and help at four “grid” headquarters along the route. Major projects including the painting of two historic buildings, currently used by Linkous Glass and Steve's Pro Tint; adding landscaping plots from Dudney Street to the Square; clearing an overgrown vacant lot at 1341 Main; removal of unused poles and sign posts; and painting of many yellow curbs, weed eating and edging, and general cleanup. Asa Hutchinson was also in attendance, visiting for the day.

A/P MEETING SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW
The Camden Advertising and Promotion Committee will be meeting tomorrow Tuesday, October 28th. The meeting will take place inside the council chambers of the Municipal Building, and will start at 3:00pm. Items on the agenda will include a treasures report as well as presentations by Terry Calahan and Darleen Wheelington.

TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN VEHICLE ACCIDENT
HUMNOKE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police say two people have been killed in separate traffic accidents in Lonoke and Hempstead counties. Troopers say 18-year-old Tiffany Paige Koonce of Hot Springs died Friday when she got out of a moving vehicle on State Highway 27 in Hempstead County near the Howard County line north of Nashville. The reason Koonce left the moving vehicle was not immediately released. Troopers say 24-year-old Kewon Jones of North Little Rock was also killed Friday when the vehicle he was driving crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer rig in Lonoke County. A state police report says Jones was northbound on State Highway 165 near Humnoke when he attempted to pass another vehicle and collided with the southbound tractor-trailer.

October 24, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Recently, Officer Plyler of the Camden Police Department came into contact with a woman, while following up a harassment call from the 400 block of Carver Street. According to officer, the woman was sitting on the porch; the officer exited his patrol unit and approached her to serve criminal summons. According to reports, it was at this time when the woman became very loud, cursing and saying “I’m not taking any papers” and “just take me to jail”. The officer tried to explain the summons to the woman, however she did not want to listen, and became louder. After refusing to lower her voice, and continued cursing, the woman was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.

Officer Grummer was in the area of Grinstead Street completing a security check. While conducting the check, the officer observed a male, walking east. The officer could notice that the man was swaying back and forth and could smell an odor of intoxicants. A beer can was also seen in the man’s hand. The man was then placed into custody. Now while doing a search, the officer also found a glass pipe and push rod, believed to be use for smoking crack cocaine.

467 VOLUNTEERS WILL TRANSFORM MAGNOLIA
MAGNOLIA – A flood of 467 volunteers have registered for Magnolia’s Big Splash Saturday, which has been planned for months and now is only a day away. Prep work has already begun on Main Street, which is the target for this kick-off transformation planned and developed by a new community organization started at Southern Arkansas University – Making Magnolia Blossom (MMB). Citizens have already reveled at the changes taking place in the heart of the city, such as the MMB-funded removal of trees and overgrowth at the east entrance to Main Street at the intersection of highways 79 and 82. The track-hoe also started clearing a vacant lot at 803 East Main, which will be one of the many areas teams of volunteers will conquer Saturday. Other major initiatives include painting two adjacent historic buildings, currently used by Linkous Glass and Steve’s Pro Tint; adding landscaping plots from Dudney Street to the Magnolia Square; clearing another overgrown vacant lot at 1341 Main; removal of unused poles and sign posts; and painting of many yellow curbs, much weed eating and edging, and general cleanup of the 1.8 mile stretch of Magnolia’s main artery. Registrations are still welcome at www.MagnoliaBlossom.org/Volunteer. All volunteers will check-in at University Plaza Shopping Center, entering off Main Street beside McDonald’s. Work will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and volunteers can register for two-hour increments or longer. MMB committee members went throughout town yesterday buying supplies and equipment to support the massive registration and project numbers. “Those of us planning the Big Splash at SAU have called ourselves the ‘Dream Team’ because we are really shooting for the stars with this kick-off event,” said Aaron Street, MMB founder. “It’s been a win-win in so many ways as city officials, community leaders and business owners have worked so closely with us. And the more than $14,000 donated to the project for equipment and supplies is being funneled back into our local economy.” MMB was established to rejuvenate Magnolia to better represent the strong sense of community in this South Arkansas town. “We want visitors and prospective students, citizens and business investors to feel our strong sense of community pride when the drive through the heart of our city,” said Street. The SAU MMB “Dream Team” has been planning the Big Splash since June. Following the Big Splash, hopes are that MMB will evolve into more of a community organization with a governing board that can continue to identify opportunities throughout the city and plan future volunteer projects. Major donors for the Big Splash include the Diamond Sponsor, the Magnolia Advertising and Promotion Commission, at $10,000, and the Magnolia Walmart at $2,000. Many other private contributions have been given as well. Many other gifts and work in-kind have also been offered.

October 23, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Lt. Cedric D. Gregory was dispatched to 1219 Ouachita 83 in response to a report of a theft. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a man in Bearden. The man explained that his daughter lived at a residence, and he lived across the street. The man said he stores many of his tools and belongings in the storage building behind his daughter’s home. He stated that he had recently gone to the storage to retrieve his battery charger and noticed it was gone. According to the man, the charger was used often and was last used 3 days prior. Now according to reports, the man and his family have filed numerous reports of items being stolen, and the same people are responsible.

Lt. David Pennington, also of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to 113 Marshall Street and spoke with a man about a paint sprayer that had been taken from his home. The man stated that he had noticed the sprayer missing the day before and said the sprayer was hid behind several boxes, and that whoever stole it, knew it was there. There were several people in and out of the residence, according to the owner

Recently, Deputy Chris Lindsey responded to a call, in regards to private property damage. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a man who advised that he and his wife were sitting inside their residence when they both heard a loud bang. The couple compared the loud noise to a gunshot. While the officer was investigating he noticed that two of the wife’s flower pots were busted and there was a large hole in the siding of the residence. Upon further investigation, the man discovered a large black strap buckle. After speaking with the man, the officer relocated on the north-bound lane of Hwy 79N across from Quickies #2, where a log truck was parked with his flashers on. The driver of the truck advised that the strap had fallen off his truck, disabling the logs. Both parties were told that a report would be on file.

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Bush was conducting a traffic control in the area of Hwy 278 and Bradley Ferry Road. The officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed toward his unit. The officer quickly initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 278 and Bradley Ferry Road.

Before the officer could exit his patrol unit, the driver would exit his vehicle and take off towards East Camden. The officer advised other officers of the man’s description, they then arrived on the scene. Now the passenger of the vehicle stated that he had just gotten in the car, just before they were pulled over. He also said he had no idea who the driver was. Officer Finney was able to locate the driver of the vehicle in the area of Bradley Ferry Road and Ouachita Electric. The man was transported to the police station, and his car was towed by McKelvin’s Wrecker Service. According to reports, the man had a warrant out of Calhoun County.

“CARROLL CLOAR’S ARKANSAS” AT SAAC
Discover “Carroll Cloar’s Arkansas” at the South Arkansas Arts Center. It began as a vision of the possible for Gay Bechtelheimer, current chair of the Arkansas Arts Council. Her dream, to bring an exhibition of Arkansas artist Carroll Cloar to the South Arkansas Arts Center, became a journey that would span many years. On November 7, that vision becomes reality as the new exhibition “Carroll Cloar’s Arkansas” opens in SAAC’s Merkle and Price Galleries. The exhibition, curated by Mrs. Bechtelheimer and Mr. Greg Thompson, Executive Director of Greg Thompson Fine Art in North Little Rock, is sponsored by Ms. Martha Murphy, in honor of her mother, Johnie Walker Murphy.
“Carroll Cloar’s Arkansas” will be on display in the SAAC galleries from November 7 through December 19.  Gallery hours for viewing the exhibition are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, with special weekend hours on Saturdays from 11am-4pm and Sundays from 1pm-4pm beginning November 15. The exhibition is free to the public. Recently, Bechtelheimer spoke of her journey to make this fitting finale to SAAC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration possible. “I was in the gallery of SAAC, maybe in the late 80’s. I think it was before the new gallery was built, and I don’t know what the show was, but there were Carroll Cloar paintings in the exhibit.  I remember looking at them and thinking ‘That’s kind of quaint. It looks like something from Arkansas.’  I turned around, went back and looked again, because there was something about those paintings.  They had a power that was compelling. It was the psychological narrative of the paintings that was arresting.  I wondered ‘Who is this Carroll Cloar?’ I felt he was from eastern Arkansas but I thought from the Pine Bluff area. It wasn’t until later that I found out he was from Earle,” said Bechtelheimer. “When I became a member of the Arkansas Arts Council, the MidAmerica Arts Alliance had a brochure advertising that they were having a small traveling show of Carroll Cloar’s work, and I thought 'Carroll Cloar? That’s the artist from Arkansas.’  The more I read, the more fascinated I became. I wasn’t as familiar with his works as I should have been. I thought, ‘I need to get this show to El Dorado.’” “I pursued it, and I remember talking to Jack (Wilson) about it, and we determined how to make it happen.  I went back to MidAmerica, but the show had closed, therefore I couldn’t get it to the Arts Center.  I told Joy Pennington, Executive Director of the council, my disappointment, and she referred me to Deborah Ferguson, who has a wonderful collection of Carroll Cloar’s art.”
“The wheels started turning and suddenly all the planets aligned. We had the 50th anniversary coming up.  I spoke with Amelia Barton, the Executive Director of the Delta Fine Arts and Cultural Center in West Memphis before I even had a patron, and she told me we could make this happen. Then, due to everyone’s busy schedules, it seemed to stall for months. I had all but given up. We were not getting anywhere, and we were already in meetings planning for the 50th, when out of the blue I got a text from Deborah asking when I wanted those paintings? That is when things went into high gear, and I knew that we would be able to get Carroll Cloar into our gallery. Last May, Madison Murphy, a friend who had expressed interest in this show, introduced me to Greg Thompson. Greg has a gallery in North Little Rock and handles Carroll Cloar’s work. I called Greg, and he suggested we meet.   I was in Little Rock for an Arts Council meeting, and I stopped by his gallery; he was sitting there with his pen and paper, and he said, ’I want to help you curate this show.’” “Greg shared contacts, has personally procured many of the works in our exhibit, and has brought depth and dimension to the show.  I went to the University of Memphis where Cloar's archives are kept to seek the loan of the drawings, and I also met with Dr. Stanton Thomas (who is an authority on Carroll Cloar) at the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis to get some insight. Dr. Thomas graciously advised me on transportation, insurance, programming and security for the show.” "The show is sponsored by my dear friend Martha Murphy, in honor of her mother, Johnie Walker Murphy.  Johnie was a founding patron of the South Arkansas Arts Center and a personal inspiration.  Martha wanted to honor her mother's legacy in a way that reflected Johnie's belief in the capacity of the arts to enrich her community of El Dorado." "I think we have the perfect gallery for mounting unique shows that are powerful, that can inspire. This is regional art with an internationally recognized artist. This is Arkansas’ artist. He is becoming increasingly known throughout the world.  This exhibition is a touchstone.  It raises the bar for us.  We have certainly learned a great deal and I believe it challenges us to do something like this again in the future,” said Bechtelheimer. Carroll Cloar was born in Earle, Arkansas, on January 19, 1913. He was the middle child in a large farming family and never really quite fit in. He wrote in his semi-autobiographical book Hostile Butterflies “Even as a small boy I felt that I was, somehow different from the rest of my family. I often wondered if I was their child. Had I been adopted? Had I been stolen from gypsies? Another of my fantasies was that I had been the surviving child of a beautiful young couple who had been eaten by panthers.” Relying upon memories of his childhood in Arkansas, photographs, and literary inspiration, Cloar created drawings and paintings of the rural South which have an ephemeral, mysterious, quality that seems surprisingly familiar.  His style cannot be categorized as it is a blend of Realism, Regionalism, Surrealism, and Magic Realism into his own unique style—sort of “Magic Realism”—that draws the viewer into a haunting world of very real people and places that are nonetheless beautifully lost. Gay Cole Bechtelheimer is currently serving her second term on the Arkansas Arts Council.   She is an artist, art educator and art advocate who teaches fine arts in the El Dorado School District and at SAAC. She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, and her work is represented in both private collections and public institutions. Greg Thompson is the Executive Director of Greg Thompson Fine Art a well-established gallery located in the Argenta Arts District of downtown North Little Rock. A graduate of Hendrix College, Thompson has specialized and dealt in Southern art since 1995. He represents some of the important artists in the genre including Carroll Cloar and regularly procures important works of art for museums, corporations and private collections. Clients of note include: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Historic Arkansas Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, and Stephens Inc. The South Arkansas Arts Center is located at 110 E. 5th Street in El Dorado.  For more information about the exhibition, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.com.

CONSUMERS URGED TO STUDY PHARMACY OPTIONS
LITTLE ROCK – As consumers consider their insurance options and health-care needs for the upcoming year, some may be surprised to learn that insurance companies may utilize mail-order pharmacies to fill beneficiaries’ prescriptions. Insurance companies often use Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs, to process pharmacy benefits under a consumer’s health insurance plans. Some of those PBMs automatically enroll consumers into mail-order prescription drug programs. These mail-order programs purport to save the consumer money on prescriptions and promise the convenience of at-home delivery at in-network prices. While many consumers may find mail-order pharmacies to be beneficial, others may want to retain the option to buy their prescription drugs at a local pharmacy. Therefore, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to encourage Arkansans to read all correspondence from their insurance providers and make sure they know their options. “The Health Care Bureau of my Consumer Protection Division has received several calls with questions about mail-order prescription drug programs in which beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in the plans,” McDaniel said. “We ask consumers to read the mailings and understand their choices. It’s almost always possible for consumers to opt out of these programs if they so choose, but they must proactively do so, and they must do so in a timely manner.” McDaniel said any mailings from insurance providers about mail-order pharmacy plans will contain information about how consumers can choose to continue to obtain medications from local pharmacies. Most likely, consumers would be required to call the insurance company or fill out a specific form in order to opt out. In considering their choices regarding opting out, consumers should determine whether there are cost advantages to the mail-order prescription drug plan and whether they would prefer to remain with a local pharmacist because of an already-established relationship.

McDaniel offered the following advice on this issue:
-Consumers should ask insurance companies about the benefits and costs of a mail-order pharmacy, and what the cost-savings may be on specific prescriptions.
-Consumers who opt out of a mail-order program should remember that they may be required every year to renew their “opt out” options.
-Consumers who prefer to use local pharmacies need to confirm with their health insurance companies that prescriptions will be covered at either in-network price levels or at levels that would be acceptable to the consumer. For more information about this or other consumer matters, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, or call the Consumer Protection Division hotline, (800) 482-8982

October 21, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Lt. James Bolton, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, was dispatched to Ouachita 34 and 31 to a reported 1 vehicle accident. Upon arrival, the officer found a 2011 Honda passenger car in the ditch nosed into a tree. The driver, a man, was out of the vehicle sitting on the front porch of a mobile home near the crash site. The officer made contact with the man, asking if he was injured. The stated no, however the officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from him. After refusing Standard Field Sobriety Test’s, the man was placed in a holding cell.

The man was charged with careless and prohibited driving, refusing a breath test, DWI and driving on a suspended license.

Lt. Bolton also responded to a disturbance and met with a woman, who stated that her and her father had been in an argument. She also said that her father pushed her out of a truck and drove off, causing her to hit her shoulder on the vehicle. When the officer spoke with the victim’s father, he stated that he parked his vehicle near a dead tree in the yard and told her several times to get out of the vehicle so he could move it away from the tree. He did state that he pushed her, and moved the vehicle. The woman stated that she had no injuries from the incident. The officer advised that affidavit procedures would be filed.  

MCDANIEL ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOOL SAFETY INITIATIVE
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today the launch of a new school safety training initiative for school districts and law enforcement agencies to help educators and emergency responders better prepare for active threats on campuses. Agents with the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Division will offer a number of specialized training courses, all at no cost to school employees and law enforcement officials, McDaniel said at a news conference at his office “As a law enforcement official and as a father, it’s important to me that we do everything we can to make sure that our State’s children are safe while they are at school,” McDaniel said. “These training programs improve the safety of our children by instructing teachers, administrators and emergency responders about how to protect and save lives in the event of an active threat on campus.” Special Agents Tony Allen and Jeremiah Terrell will offer several types of training based on a curriculum developed at Texas State University. School employees are taught how to “Avoid, Deny, and Defend” in active-shooter situations, meaning that participants learn to first attempt to avoid danger, then deny entry to a classroom or building, and ultimately, defend themselves if necessary. Law enforcement officers will receive Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Techniques, or ALERRT, training. Those training programs focus on engagement with active shooters and on teaching first responders how to treat victims in the critical time before additional medical help arrives. “Some private companies charge employers $500 per person to attend courses like these,” McDaniel said. “We are glad to be able to provide such critical and valuable training at no cost to educators and emergency responders.” McDaniel thanked Rep. Andrea Lea, R-Russellville, who approached him last year with a proposal to add a school safety component to the role of the Special Investigations Division. Lea sponsored Act 228 of 2014, which enabled the Attorney General to hire two additional officers who will conduct the training courses. Partners in the training initiative who attended today’s news conference included Rep. Lea, R-Russellville; Chris Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas; Arkansas Education Commissioner Tony Wood; Ken Jones, director of the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy; and Dr. Cheryl May, director of the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute.

October 20, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Will Carman of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office met with a woman, in reference to a domestic battery on a household member. No report had been filed at the time of the incident. The officer spoke to the woman and her brother, who was also present. The woman stated that her brother witnessed a domestic battery occur in a home, where he was presently residing.  The brother said that he witnessed two of the people he was living with get into a fight. He states that a man hit a woman in the face after she called him a drug dealer. The two were advised that affidavit procedures and Adult Protection Services would be involved.

 Lt. James Bolton, responded to a theft report at 1212 Ouachita 83. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a man, who stated that he went to his boat shed in the rear of his home. He also states that he found his motor and depth finder had been removed from the boat. The owner has no idea who could have taken the items, but believes someone entered his property from the gas line right of way that runs behind his property.

Lt. James Bolton also responded to the Ouachita County Medical Center to a reported ATV accident. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with a man who stated that he was riding a 3-wheeler on his step-father’s property. He also said that he hit a hole and lost control of the 3-wheeler causing it to flip over and throw him off the ATV. The man sustained several lacerations to his face and neck. When the officer arrived, he was being treated for the injuries.

Deputy McLane along with other officer, responded to a motor vehicle accident on Highway 79 South. The reporting party stated that the accident was just south of Stephens Airport and it involved a vehicle, boat and trailer. The unknown caller said that the vehicle was in a ditch and had hit a tree, the male in the vehicle had been injured. Officers observed a Chevrolet in the ditch on the northbound side of the Highway. The driver had a small laceration on the head and was out of the vehicle. The man stated that he did not need medical treatment and stated that he was traveling home from Texarkana, when he fell asleep at the wheel. His residence was in Hampton.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week. The speaker this week will be Bill Archer with the SAU Tech Aviation Department. He will be speaking about the different aspects of that Department and their importance to the area. If you’d like any additional information or join the club, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext7.

EBOLA SCARE AFTER HOSPITAL VISIT IN MAGNOLIA
(Magnolia-)After an arrival Friday Night at Magnolia Regional Medical Center patient prompted an Ebola scare does not have the potentially-fatal virus. Karen Weido, hospital spokeswoman, said Saturday morning that the MRMR staff was in contact with the Centers for Disease Control several times Friday night and early Saturday during the course of assessment and treatment. “Thankfully the patient was determined to not have Ebola,” Weido said. Weido also expressed appreciation to the Columbia County Ambulance Service, and the Magnolia police and fire departments, for their response after the hospital went into “diversion” status late Friday after the hospital received a sick patient who had traveled outside the country. Joycelyn Watkins, director of Nursing at the hospital, defined “diversion” as securing the hospital’s staff and patients. “We don’t accept anyone until we can determine that we are able to safely care for patients,” she said. The “diversion” status was lifted and hospital operations have been back to normal since about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. "We had a person who presented to our emergency department who had traveled outside the country. We followed the (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines using a CDC checklist and we contacted the CDC. We went on diversion for a short period of time to assure the safety of our staff and our patients. We had precautions and we do have precautions in place and we are prepared to protect our patients, our staff and our community,” Watkins said. The hospital is open and the emergency room is accepting patients. A Magnolia Fire Department pumper truck blocked the west entrance to the MRMC parking lot. Magnolia police were also on the scene. Two Columbia County Ambulance Service ambulances were in the hospital’s parking lot at various times during the midnight hour. Many members of the public are on edge because one person died at a Dallas hospital this week from the deadly Ebola fever, and two nurses who cared for the patient contracted the disease. The disease has killed more than 3,000 people in western Africa since earlier this summer.

WINDSYNC PERFORMING TONIGHT
The first performance of the Ouachita County Concert Association is today, October 20 @ Camden-Fairview Middle School at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.  This is an ensemble called WindSync, a group nationally recognized for their innovation and unconventional performances.  Playing by memory, their infectious, dramatic style has propelled their award-winning ascent.  This is superb music and performance quality!  The Ouachita County Community Concert Association is doing another membership push for those who have not had a chance to join us yet.  For more information you may call: 870-231-6244 or 870-837-2062.

MCDANIEL CONGRATULATES CHIEF DEPUTY AG PHELPS
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today congratulated Chief Deputy Attorney General Brad Phelps upon the announcement of his new position at Arkansas State University. Phelps is leaving the Attorney General’s Office after more than four years as chief deputy. Also, McDaniel announced that Chief of Staff Erika Gee will succeed Phelps as Chief Deputy Attorney General. The Attorney General’s Press Secretary, Aaron Sadler, was named Chief Administrative Officer and will assume many of Gee’s previous duties. Phelps has been an attorney with the office for 11 years and has been Chief Deputy Attorney General since April 2010. The Chief Deputy oversees the office’s attorneys and legal staff. During his time as Chief Deputy, Phelps was recognized as a national figure who secured a multistate settlement with the nation’s largest tobacco companies.“Brad deserves significant credit for some historic accomplishments that would not have happened but for his leadership,” McDaniel said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with Brad. Arkansas State is very lucky to have a man with his judgment and intellect on its team as ASU looks to its own very bright future.” While Phelps was Chief Deputy, he oversaw the historic settlement last December between the State and the three Pulaski County public school districts, a long-term compact with Oklahoma over phosphorus levels in the Illinois River and the agreement between 20 states and tobacco companies that preserved the approximately $60 million annual payment to Arkansas under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. For his work negotiating the tobacco pact, Phelps earned the National Association of Attorneys General's Laurie Loveland Award last year. He was the first Arkansan to ever receive that honor. McDaniel also noted that Phelps is one of only a few chief deputy attorneys general to serve on the Long-Term Planning Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General. That committee developed goals and strategies for NAAG for the next decade. “I want to thank Attorney General McDaniel and the amazing people at the Attorney General’s Office for their dedication and hard work on behalf of the people of Arkansas,” Phelps said. “It was an honor for me to have an opportunity to serve as Chief Deputy and help the Attorney General lead such talented and wonderful people.” Phelps’s last day as Chief Deputy will be Oct 31. Gee, the incoming Chief Deputy, has been Chief of Staff since May 2013, where she oversaw communications, outreach, public affairs and legislative affairs, among other duties. Before that, she was an attorney in the office’s Civil Department and was an attorney with the firm Wright, Lindsey and Jennings in Little Rock. Gee was a key negotiator in the desegregation settlement, and she has served as McDaniel’s top adviser on legislative and policy issues. She also oversees the Special Investigations Division and Cyber Crimes Unit, which has helped protect Arkansas’s children from Internet predators. In addition, McDaniel praised Gee for her leadership in implementing new technology to improve how the office handles its caseload and records. The new software will have a significant positive impact on the office’s efficiency, he said. “As the head of policy, communications and legislation, Erika’s time here has been extremely successful,” McDaniel said. “There is no one I trust more than Erika to oversee the last months of my term and ensure the best possible transition for my successor.” Sadler has been and Director of Media Relations for the Attorney General since March 2010. Sadler, a former Washington correspondent for Stephens Media, has helped to direct the office’s “Got Your Back, Arkansas” initiative and enhance the office’s social media presence. “No one person can do the job of Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff, so I am pleased to announce the creation of the Chief Administrative Officer position,” McDaniel said. “Aaron has been a senior policy advisor and de facto Deputy Chief of Staff for several years. He is well-deserving of this position and responsibility. This is an excellent team, and the State will be well-served.”

October 17, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
Officer Finney was dispatched to America’s Best Value Inn for a report of criminal trespass. Dispatch advised that two women were at the location and had been asked by hotel management to leave the premise, however they were still there. Officer Bush, and Sgt. Easttam responded as backup. Upon arrival the officers spoke with the manager, who took them to the room the women were supposed to be in. When they got to the room, the women were missing, Sgt. Easttam observed the women walking down Lincoln Drive. The officers made contact with the two women, who appeared to be intoxicated. One woman stated she had consumed a couple of alcoholic beverages. It was confirmed through dispatch that the other woman had a warrant in Calhoun County, and they were on her way to get her. The ladies were taken into custody.

COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR CLINT BLACK TO PERFORM IN EL DORADO
El Dorado - Main Street El Dorado, El Dorado Metals and Sewell Drilling will present country music superstar Clint Black live on Saturday, November 1st at the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium (100 W. 8th St.). The concert begins at 7:00 PM with doors opening at 6:00 PM. Sister-trio Michaelis will open the show. Clint BlackProlific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have helped shape his long career, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. He has received five Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award and two Country Music Association Awards including 1990 Male Vocalist of the Year. “We are once again excited to bring one of the most popular entertainers in modern music to El Dorado.”

~ Mark Givens, Main Street El Dorado Executive Director MichaelisOpening for Clint Black will be the sister trio, Michaelis. Made up of Meagan, Mallory and Madeline, the group has been winning over audiences throughout its native Texas since youngest member Madeline was only 5 years old. With harmonies as tight as their sisterly bond and a sexy, swaying sound all their own, Michaelis is a breath of fresh air in an often stifled and male-heavy musical environment. Tickets are reserved-seating and go on-sale to the public on Tuesday, September 2nd at 10 AM and will be available at www.mainstreeteldorado.org or by calling the office of Main Street El Dorado at (870) 862-4747. Ticket prices are $40 (Orchestra), $40 (Parquet) and $30 (Loge-Lower Balcony) For more information, contact:  Mark Givens, Executive Director of Main Street El Dorado (870)862-4747 (office) or (870) 866-7879

KENT SHREEVE…THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC
On Friday, October 25, pianist Kent Shreeve returns to the Callaway Theatre of the South Arkansas Arts Center to perform his first solo concert “Spellbound in October.”  The evening marks Shreeve’s third time to perform on SAAC’s Steinway Model B grand piano, but exactly who is this civil engineer from Little Rock? At the age of ten, Kent Shreeve was pressed by his mother to take piano lessons.  At the age of 74, Shreeve had never even played for a recital.  His first SAAC concert was a test of his resolve to overcome performance anxiety and to share his God given talent with others.  A test he passed with flying colors to the bewitchment of all lucky enough to be present. Helen Shreeve, like many mothers of the day, felt it was very important for her son, Kent, to learn to play the piano.  Kent was not as enthusiastic about the idea, but to piano lessons he went.  After one year of study under a West Helena piano teacher, he was promoted to study with a concert pianist, Mr. Gustav Nelson.  Shreeve learned a lot with Mr. Nelson, who had the reputation of rapping silly students across the knuckles with his baton.  To be fair, Shreeve said he never received anything but advice and encouragement from Mr. Nelson.  However, Shreeve would manage to avoid the recitals he so dreaded until he left Mr. Nelson’s tutelage at the time he entered high school, even feigning illness to achieve that goal.  At that point in his performing career, Shreeve began to play at his aunt’s dance school for pay.  Shreeve enjoyed the exposure he gained to the beautiful ballet students, the money he earned playing for the tap classes, and the social experience of learning ballroom dance as an additional benefit.  He felt the dancers captivated the attention of the audience, taking the spotlight off himself.  Asked if he suffered any derisive remarks from his male peers about his work, Shreeve replied, “They made fun of me a bit, but I got paid pretty well for my after school job. I saved enough to buy a Jeep when I got my driver’s license.  I also made up for it by being very active in the Boy Scouts, ultimately making Eagle Scout.”  In addition to his paying job, Shreeve was invited to play with The Four Notes, a jazz band made up of teachers and adult musicians.  In the midst of the band, Shreeve felt the scrutiny was removed from himself. When Shreeve entered the U. of A., he became a member of the ROTC and was accepted into the Air Force Air Cadet Program.  And so another love entered his life…aviation.  Asked if he played the piano much during the college years, Shreeve answered he did not, although he became the song leader for his fraternity, Sigma Kai.  Shreeve planned to be a bomber pilot, but he was one half inch too tall when seated to pass the physical.  He served as a First Lieutenant civil engineer at Hanscom Field in Massachusetts from 1960 to 1963.  He later went to work for Esso Refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  He bought a used upright piano there and began to play for his growing family.  Along the way he upgraded to a Kimball baby grand piano which cost $400.  He ultimately moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and began his own consulting firm, Shreeve Consulting.  To celebrate this leap of faith, he purchased a Model B Steinway Grand Piano, using about half of his cash reserve.  He continued to play only for close friends and family.  A stint as the alternate pianist at the First Christian Church in Little Rock only reinforced his dread of public playing. Then a fateful event took place.  The South Arkansas Arts Center made plans to add a permanent collection room onto the building.  A civil engineer was needed to draw up the blue prints.  Tom Mangum, local contractor and friend to the SAAC, called Shreeve in.  After poking around the Monday Painter’s Room and the stage for a few moments, Shreeve discovered the climate controlled room where the SAAC’s Model B Steinway Grand Piano is housed.  When asked by then director, Beth James, how much Shreeve’s fee might be, Shreeve replied, “If you will let me come in and play your piano when I am in town. That will be my reward.”  A love affair between Shreeve and SAAC was formed. Then in Little Rock, Shreeve heard that Richard Cox was making an appearance in Jonesboro to give a lecture about performance anxiety.  Shreeve had never thought of his aversion to playing in public as having a name.  But performance anxiety seemed to fit.  He attended the lecture, and determined to try and change his attitude.  Shreeve asked permission to play on the SAAC stage for a few friends.  The performance was so very enjoyable that the attendees begged for more.  In 2011, Shreeve put together a small band and two vocalists for the SAAC stage.  The performance was fittingly named “June Romance”.  The group offered a second performance in 2012 called “Romance in Concert”.  Once again, the fans clamored for more.  Among those in attendance was Dr. Ed. Henley.  Henley sent Shreeve an extremely encouraging letter, saying “You had us spellbound.”  Henley also requested that Shreeve perform a solo concert soon.  Sadly, on the day Shreeve was able to come back to El Dorado and seek out Henley, Henley had suffered a cataclysmic health event.  “I found myself getting into my truck in a trance and driving straight to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.  I found Sylvia Henley in the Emergency Room waiting area.  I asked her to please tell Ed. how much his letter meant to me.  I never knew if he realized it,” Shreeve remembered.  And that brings us to the current day concert, named “Spellbound in October” and given in honor of Henley.  According to Shreeve, three things were learned from this experience. “When someone is nice to me, I need to thank them right away.  If Ed. had not encouraged me to play alone, I never would have wanted to do it.  If Ed. had not called me an ‘artist who loves his work,’ I would never have thought of myself as anything but a nuts and bolts guy, a little on the nerdy side.”  Shreeve has come to the realization that a musician is the voice for the music’s composer, giving that composer’s work life and adding a bit of his own art.  At seventy seven, life still has lessons and goals for Kent Shreeve.

October 16, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Bush, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to Beauty Plaza located at 170 Garden Oaks for shoplifter. The store manager stated he was watching the security camera and witnessed a woman putting products in her purse, and attempted to leave the store. The manager stated he locked the door to keep the woman from leaving, and called the police. According to reports, the woman had already taken out the products before the police arrived. The amount of the products was $13.22. The woman was later, taken into custody.

Officer Finney was dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot for a report that a man, who had been banned from the store, was on the property. The officer observed a white male, near the west entrance of the store. The officer asked the man if he was on the banned list; which he admitted he was. He was then taken into custody for criminal trespass. After being arrested, he requested to be taken to the Medical Center. The man stated that he was crazy and thought his family was trying to kill him. He stated that he had been to his family’s residence, and when he left, his car smelled of gas, and his coke-a-cola tasted like lemons. After being released with a citation, the man was transported to the OCMC parking lot, where he was released.

Officer Bush was dispatched to the area of VanBuren and Harrison Street for a man driving Back and forth in an alley behind a residence located on VanBuren Street. The officer’s told the man to get out of the vehicle. The man smelled of intoxicants coming from his breath. The man stated he was driving the car back in forth to try and fix it. Two alcoholic beverages were seen in the front of the vehicle. After a warrant check, it was found that the man had warrants in Fordyce in Sherwood. The man was then taken into custody.

Detective Moore and Officer Clayton, were working security for housing and were on foot patrol in Lincoln Center. While driving through the complex, the officer’s noticed a vehicle, they had recently got into a pursuit with, parked in the lot. The officers conducted a warrant check was mad and the owner of the vehicle, had a warrant out of Ouachita County. As the officer neared the man’s apartment, they saw him across the street in another apartment. He then disappeared, believed to have went back inside the apartment. He then attempted to exit out the back door. He was eventually caught by the officers and taken into custody.

STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT'S VOTER ID DECISION
LITTLE ROCK – The Attorney General's Office issued the following statement today regarding the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling on the state's 2013 voter ID law: The Court’s decision yesterday makes it clear that the voter ID law is invalid and does not apply to the upcoming election. All ballots, including absentee ballots, should be handled in the manner they were before the law was enacted. Some clerks have asked about the requirement for first-time voters.  After this decision, there are now no circumstances which absolutely require a photo ID in order to vote.  Some first-time voters will need to provide some type of identification, but there are alternatives to providing a photo ID.

SCAMMERS TARGET UTILITY CUSTOMERS
LITTLE ROCK – Utility companies in Arkansas and across the country report an increasing number of instances where scammers attempt to extort electric customers out of cash by posing as representatives of the company and threatening to cut off customers’ power. Con artists target small businesses and homeowners, demanding that the consumer pay his or her “overdue” bill immediately, typically with an untraceable cash card, in order to avoid having electricity shut off. Most recently, an Arkansas-based electric provider learned that one scammer was even using the company’s own prerecorded message in a ruse to make the scheme sound more believable. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to let Arkansas consumers know what to watch out for in the event they are targets of this widespread scam. “Whether or not an electric bill is past due, it is always intimidating for a consumer to receive a call from someone threatening to cut off their electricity,” McDaniel said. “The con artists may try to sound legitimate and they may pretend to have a customer’s interests in mind, but fortunately, there are some tell-tale signs that this is a scam.” Commercial and residential utility customers – even those who pay their bills on time – have been contacted by scammers. The scam artists may “spoof” a caller ID number to make it appear legitimate, and then tell utility customers that they must pay up within the hour. McDaniel said there are several ways for consumers to recognize they may be a con artist’s target.

-Utility companies will not ask for payment on a GreenDot MoneyPak card. Scammers, however, will encourage potential victims to pay their “past due” bill with such a card. Consumers are told to share the serial number on the back of the card with the con artist, and the con artist can then access the money loaded onto the card.
-Utility companies never demand immediate payment. While utilities may place courtesy calls to consumers whose service is at risk of being disconnected, the calls are generally by recorded message, and not from customer service representatives. Regardless, those representatives would not require payment by credit card or MoneyPak card immediately.
-Utility companies won’t mind if skeptical consumers call back later. Scam artists want money or personal information, such as credit-card or bank account numbers, immediately. On the other hand, legitimate utility companies will not have a problem with consumers hanging up and calling the company back directly. McDaniel advised consumers to always hang up and call back, if necessary, if an unsolicited caller seems suspicious.
Consumers who are contacted by scam artists in this utility-bill scam should contact their electric provider, local law enforcement or the Attorney General’s Office. For more information about this and other consumer issues, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, or call the Consumer Protection Hotline, (800) 482-8982.

ADH CONTINUES TO PROVIDE EBOLA GUIDANCE, 
TRAINING TO HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Little Rock) – While Ebola poses a very low risk to Arkansans, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) continues to work with hospitals, emergency medical service providers, laboratories, waste water management facilities, faith-based organizations, the State Chamber of Commerce and the Departments of Education and Higher Education to provide guidance and training to ensure they can appropriately screen, monitor and care for individuals who may be infected with Ebola. Only those individuals who have traveled to Arkansas from the affected West African countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo or Nigeria) or who have cared for an Ebola patient in a health care facility within the last 21 days, are considered at risk for Ebola. Currently, travel to and from Dallas does not pose a risk for contracting Ebola. “As the public is well aware, there has been much concern about Ebola in the last few weeks,” said Dr. Nate Smith, State Health Officer and Director of ADH. “Ebola is a very serious infection, but so far we have had no cases in Arkansas. The ADH has been working closely with many groups to ensure we are ready to rapidly identify, assess, and properly manage any potential threats.” “This is core public health. This is what we do every day,” Smith added. Epidemiologists, physicians, communicable disease nurses, infection control experts and others from ADH have been working with key organizations to plan and prepare for an Ebola patient since early August. Arkansas has no active or suspected cases of Ebola, and the risk is very low for the general public. Ebola only spreads from those who are infected AND are experiencing symptoms, such as fever or bleeding. Ebola is spread from person-to-person through direct contact with bodily fluids such as blood, urine, vomit, diarrhea, sweat, semen and breast milk, or by exposure to objects contaminated with bodily fluids, such as needles. Ebola does not spread through air, food or water. “The first step in preventing the spread of Ebola in the U.S. continues to be identifying those with fever or other symptoms who have traveled from the affected countries within the last 21 days,” said Dr. Dirk Haselow, State Epidemiologist at ADH. “The second step is ensuring that health care providers, hospitals, and labs are trained and equipped with resources to help them safely manage an Ebola patient so the infection doesn’t spread.” ADH has plans in place to respond to reports of infectious diseases, such as Ebola, in Arkansas and prevent their spread. Health care providers are required by law to report any cases of illness that might pose a risk to public health. These include Ebola, MERS-CoV, measles, polio, tuberculosis, pandemic flu and about 100 other diseases or conditions. ADH works in partnership with numerous other states, organizations and programs as part of the planning for response to Ebola and other illnesses. ADH is in constant communication with health care facilities in the state, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding outbreaks of disease nationally and internationally. Information is shared among health care providers both directly as needed and broadly via the Arkansas Health Alert Network. ADH on-call staff is available 24/7 to provide emergency consultation to health care providers on suspected and confirmed cases of communicable disease. ADH will continue to provide additional Ebola training and guidance to health care facilities and other groups as needed. More information can be found at www.healthy.arkansas.gov  or www.cdc.gov/ebola.  

October 14, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Jimmy Plyler was dispatched to a two vehicle accident on California Avenue at Washington Street. The officer mad contact with the driver of a Ford Pickup that failed to yield at a red light, resulting in an accident. According to reports, the driver smelled of Alcohol and was unable to provide a valid driver’s license. Dispatch advised that the man’s license was suspended for DWI. After the accident investigation was over, the man was taken into custody, where he was issued a criminal citation and later court date.

Detective Moore was dispatched to Walmart for a suspicious person report. In-route, dispatch advised the person was soliciting money and walking through the parking lot, checking the doors of vehicles. Dispatch also advised that the man was wearing a dark blue sweater and jeans. When the officer arrived, he observed a male matching the description walking through the parking lot. Once the officer made contact with the male, he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. The man’s eyes were also bloodshot, watery, and his speech was slurred. After a warrant check, it was also confirmed that the man was wanted out of Union County.

Officer Finney, also of the Camden Police Department, was on a routine patrol in the vicinity of California and Grinstead Avenue. The officer observed a white male, stumbling in the parking lot of California Food Mart. The officer exited his vehicle, and the male approached the vehicle and stated that he might as well get in, stating that he was drunk. The man was determined to be a danger to himself and those around him, therefor he was taken into custody.

Officer Elliot was on a patrol in the area of Cash Road near the Camden-Fairview High School, when she observed a 2001 maroon Buick, traveling near the high school, traveling 45 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. The officer made contact with the driver, who stated that she did not have her driver’s license, all she had was an Arkansas ID. After trying to give the officer false information, the woman stated that she didn’t have her driver’s license because she couldn’t pass the test. She was then arrested for obstructing governmental operations.

COMMUNITY TO TRANSFORM CITY OF MAGNOLIA
The small town of Magnolia is about to have a “Big Splash” on October 25, during which hundreds of volunteers from across the community are going to join forces with business owners to give their Main Street a makeover. The transformation will include removal of old signs, adding landscaping, painting businesses and curbs, trimming existing landscaping, picking up trash, and a long list of other projects that stretch the entire length of Main Street’s business district. A couple spotlight areas will include painting a historic building, currently Linkous Glass, and adding landscaping and painting the sign at Columbia Shopping Center. Big Splash Saturday is being organized by a group at Southern Arkansas University as the kickoff to a new community organization – Making Magnolia Blossom (MMB). “It is wonderful to see SAU and Magnolia coming together in such a big way to improve our community.  This will be a tremendous beginning to a continuous effort to make Magnolia a more beautiful and inviting place to visit and to call home,” said Dr. David Rankin, SAU president. MMB has raised more than $14,000 for the Big Splash, and hundreds of volunteers and teams have registered at MagnoliaBlossom.org. To aide in the planning, prospective volunteers are encouraged to register at www.MagnoliaBlossom.org/Volunteer. The first 500 to register will receive a free t-shirt. Volunteers will check-in on October 25 at University Plaza Shopping Center parking lot. They can register for two-hour increments or longer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Since Making Magnolia Blossom started from the ground up earlier this summer, it’s been amazing to see how the community, SAU, the city, and business owners have all come together toward improving the heart of our city,” said Aaron Street, MMB founder and assistant dean for integrated marketing at SAU. “We hope that the strong sense of community pride will translate into a successful transformation on October 25 of our Main Street, and will continue on across our community for years to come.” Street and a committee of staff, faculty, and students have been working on the Big Splash all summer. Main Street Arkansas Director Greg Phillips and Assistant Director Samantha Evans visited the committee and offered insight and advice. Jimmy Bolt, city manager of Arkadelphia, also shared his years of experiences in city improvements with MMB.

Word spread throughout town following MMB presentations at the Magnolia Planning Commission and the City Council. MMB also recruited volunteers at the Columbia County Fair. “We call our SAU committee the ‘Dream Team’ because there is no idea too lofty,” said Street. “Many of our ‘dreams’ have already come true thanks to all of the support from the SAU administration, the City of Magnolia, and community and business leaders.” Mayor Parnell Vann has led forces to partner with property owners to have a collapsed culvert replaced, to mowed and weed eat the Main Street corridors, and helped build momentum and generate energy for MMB. The Magnolia Advertising and Promotion Board became the leading sponsor for the project when they voted on a $10,000 grant toward the Big Splash. Many businesses quickly offered their assistance and expertise. The employees at Hampton Inn created the first team to volunteer for the Big Splash. Spencer Black of industrial services company Spencer-Harris offered equipment and man-power to remove any unwanted and unused sign posts or metal poles down Main Street. Black, whose business is also on Main, said he and his crew are also working on three improvement projects to their façade. Walmart of Magnolia also gave $2,000 toward the project. SAU has also committed many resources towards the success of the Big Splash. The SAU Physical Plant is sharing much of its equipment and supplies. A graphic design class is working on a sign redesign for a small business owner on Main who barely makes ends-meet, but keeps her business open because she loves the people of Magnolia. Many staff members have worked long hours balancing MMB planning with their other responsibilities. Along with creating sustainable momentum for economic growth improvements, another mission of MMB is to instill a sense of civic responsibility among the youth in Magnolia and the students at the university. SAU’s student body is expected to turn out in full force at the Big Splash. Community involvement is at the heart of SAU’s complete college experience, and SAU has been recognized for several years by the President’s Community Service Honor Roll and the rare Honor Roll with Distinction. Following the Big Splash, MMB organizers hope the organization can officially become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A governing board will be established with leaders from across the community and sub-committees to focus on opportunities across Magnolia. To find out more about Making Magnolia Blossom and Big Splash Saturday, visit MagnoliaBlossom.org or like Making Magnolia Blossom on Facebook.

"ARKANSANS FIGHTING FRAUD" WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED
LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced that Arkansas residents can find out how to better protect themselves and their loved ones from scams and fraud at free lunch-and-learn workshops next week in Fort Smith and Bentonville. The “Arkansans Fighting Fraud” seminars presented by consumer protection experts from the Attorney General’s Office, Arkansas AARP and several state agencies will be Monday, Oct. 20, in Fort Smith and Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Bentonville. Both events start at noon. To register, visit www.ArkansasAG.gov. “Con artists and criminals continue to find new and more sophisticated methods of trying to separate Arkansas consumers from their hard-earned money, but there are effective ways for consumers to protect themselves,” McDaniel said. “Participants in our ‘Arkansans Fighting Fraud’ workshops will hear first-hand about how they can prevent fraud and navigate the financial marketplace.” The short seminars will include presentations about identity theft, common scams, Medicare fraud, investment fraud, and insurance fraud. The workshops are ideal for Arkansas residents who are planning ahead for their retirement, as well as for consumers who want to know about how to fight scams targeting senior citizens. After the presentations and a panel discussion, event sponsors will answer questions individually and provide written materials to participants. Event sponsors are the Attorney General’s Office, AARP, state Insurance Department, Securities Department, Department of Human Services, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service The Fort Smith workshop will be held at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, 101 N. Second St. The Bentonville workshop is scheduled for the Shewmaker Center Walmart Auditorium at NorthWest Arkansas Community College, 1000 SE Eagle Way. The workshops are free and lunch will be provided, but registration is required. To register by phone, call (877) 926-8300.

WINDSYNC TO PERFORM IN CAMDEN
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (October 14, 2014) – WindSync, 2012 Concert Artist Guild (“CAG”) winner, will take the stage with their pioneering “savvy, smarts and sass” (artsandculture.com) at the Camden Fairview Middle School Auditorium, 746 Dooley Womack Drive, Camden, Arkansas on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The Ouachita County Community Concert Association has also sponsored a student outreach performance of Windsync as part of their ongoing commitment to arts education in the community. For more information please call (870) 231-6244. “[WindSync is] one of the most talented groups of young musicians on the scene today.” – Idyllwild Arts Academy WindSync_PRESS_resizeHouston-based WindSync appears to be in the business of blowing away boundaries for wind ensembles, and classical music in general. The group plays from memory and incorporates theatrical elements in their performances, such as costuming and choreography.  In addition to the CAG honors, WindSync is the 2012 Sylvia Ann Hewlett “Adventurous Artist Prize” winner.  These successes have provided opportunities to perform in prestigious venues such as the Chautauqua Institution and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Arts education and outreach plays a prominent role in WindSync’s approach.  The group is a regular contributor in their hometown where they are praised for their “extraordinary ability to connect with students…”  They have also participated in high profile outreach events with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and at Stanford University; as well as master classes at Drexel University and Idyllwild Arts Academy.  The ensemble has enjoyed two summer residencies at the Grand Teton Music Festival.  Follow this link to view a video featuring WindSync. The Ouachita County Community Concert Association has been presenting world-class entertainment to the Camden community since the late 1950s.  An enthusiastic group of volunteers work tirelessly to provide family entertainment and educational outreach performances to educate and entertain adults and students alike.

October 13, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Deputy Chris Lindsey spoke with a man and a woman, in Chidester, in regards to a theft. The woman advised that she allowed the man to hunt on her five acres of land on Ouachita 176.

The man advised that he had placed a $100 metal deer stand on the property a few days prior, and when he went to hunt he found that his stand was removed from the tree and a sign was nailed to a tree in the immediate area, with words spray painted ever.

Deputy Chris Lindsey, also spoke with a Chidester man, in regards to a vehicle mishap at Jack’s Landing on White Oak Lake. The man stated that he was in the process of loading a Bobcat onto his trailer, when the parking brake disengaged on his 2006 Ford F-250, causing the truck and trailer to roll downhill from approximately 60ft before coming to a stop. Once the truck came to a stop the trailer jack knifed into the side of the man’s truck, causing damage to both the truck and the trailer.

75-YEAR-OLD DEAD AFTER COLLIDING WITH 18-WHEELER
MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police have reported that a Magnolia man was killed when the pickup truck he was driving collided with trailer of a tractor-trailer rig on Highway 82 near Magnolia. Reports say, 75-year-old Gailon Williams died in the collision about two miles east of Magnolia shortly before 8:30 p.m, last week. According to reports, Williams was westbound and the driver of the eastbound tractor-trailer had stopped on the highway and was backing into a business on the north side of the roadway when Williams' collided with the trailer of the rig.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden. The speaker this week will be Lisa Pickett with the Public Library.  She will be updating the club on the status of the new building. For any additional information, you can
call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7.

SAU HOSTS EVENTS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Southern Arkansas University is bringing attention to a topic that touches many families across our community and nation as it recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness month. On Friday, October 17, the department will host two speakers on the topic of domestic violence. Rebecca Ojeman, J.D., will present a two phase talk from 8:30-10:45 a.m. on the topic “Domestic Violence: Understanding the Victim and Effective Documentation in Criminal Cases” and “Strangulation: Recognizing and Reporting.” Strangulation occurs often in domestic violence cases. Ojeman’s talk will discuss recognizing signs, the importance of documentation, and how both impact successful prosecution. Certificates will be available to document two hours of continuing education. Rebecca Bennett, education coordinator from the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence will speak from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the topic “The Intersection of Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking on the College Campus.” Bennett is law enforcement certified, and law enforcement officers who attend will receive 1.5 hours of training credit through the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy. The Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers will provide morning refreshments. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at (870) 235-4006. Earlier this month, the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences hosted The Clothesline Project on the campus mall. The Clothesline Project is designed to bring awareness to the issue through t-shirts decorated in memory of those who have been victims of domestic violence.

SHREEVE LEAVES YOU “SPELLBOUND” AT SAAC
When you add two hands to eighty-eight keys they equal an evening of unforgettable music as pianist Kent shreeve returns to the Callaway Theatre of the South Arkansas Arts Center for a concert that will leave you “Spellbound” on Friday, October 24 at 7:30pm. The concert marks Shreeve’s first time to take to the stage solo, so there is nothing to distract from the artist, the Steinway, and his interpretation of some of the world’s most beautiful melodies.

Shreeve has dedicated the concert to the honor of Dr. Ed Henley and all proceeds from the evening will benefit music education through SAAC.  Tickets for the concert are $15 for open seating and can be reserved at the SAAC box office by calling 862-5474.

COFFEE FOR THE MILITARY
LIFE TOUCH and PJ's Coffee will celebrate the 239th birthday of our nation's Navy on October 13th at 9:00-10:00 a.m. by treating all U. S. military, past or present, to a cup of coffee and a cookie at THE SPOT on the square in El Dorado. Celebrating the branches of our armed forces is a project of Life Touch's Operation Appreciation. Life Touch is a level III partner of We Honor Veterans. For more information visit http://www.wehonorveterans.org or www.goeldorado.com.

COMMISSIONER THURSTON REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS OF TAX DEADLINE
Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston today reminds Arkansas property owners to pay 2013 personal property and real estate taxes by the Oct. 15 deadline. “Real estate taxes that have not been paid by close of business Wednesday, Oct. 15, are considered delinquent,” Thurston said. “If taxes remain unpaid on a property for two years, the county must certify that property to the Land Commissioner’s office, where the owner can redeem it by paying the amount due.” Properties certified to the state accrue significant additional fees, he said. Penalties, county and state costs are added to the tax amount, as well as interest that accrues daily. “For properties that are already certified to our office, the owner can bring the property up-to-date by paying the back taxes now, and then pay the 2013 taxes at the county,” Thurston said. “After Oct. 15, the 2013 taxes will be added to the delinquent amount due to the state.” The county collector’s office cannot accept payment on property certified to the state, Thurston said. “When we receive the delinquent payment and redeem the property, we will notify the county that the taxes are current, and at that time, they can accept payment again.” Property owners seeking to redeem property from the COSL should have their property parcel number on hand before calling the office at 501-324-9422.

October 9, 2014

UPCOMING SEMINARS AT THE OPED BUILDING 
-Email Marketing: Tues, October 28 – 11AM-1PM   Brown Bag. Email marketing doesn't cost much.  It doesn't take a lot of time. And it’s effective!  A perfect fit for small businesses!  Target the customer you want to reach and get results with email marketing.  Learn how to get your email opened, how to grow your list, and how to use Constant Contact software to create professional-looking email campaigns in a snap.  No technical expertise is needed.
-Marketing with LinkedIn: Tues, Nov. 11 – 11AM-1PM   Brown Bag
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents LinkedIn Fundamentals.  This seminar will teach the attendee about the history and growth of LinkedIn, how to manage your professional information and information about your business on the internet, how to find and be introduced to potential clients, customers and subject experts, how to be found for business opportunities, how to post and distribute job listings for employees, and how to gain insights from discussions with like-minded professionals in private group settings.
These classes are now offered at the Camden Accelerated Business Services (CABS) Center
625 Adams SW, Camden, AR 71701 (OPED Building) Call 870-836-2210 or oped@att.net to Pre-Register.

MARCH FOR BABIES
El Dorado is getting ready to walk in March for Babies. It promises to be a fun day out with people who share our passion for improving the health of babies. There'll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends - it's a great feeling knowing we're all helping real families. Join the event and walk with us to raise money for baby’s right here in our community. October 11, registration 8:00A.M. Walk begins: 9:00A.M. For any additional information you can email La Keesha Murrill at LMurrill@marchofdimes.com or 501-663-3100

MAGNOLIA RECIEVES GRANT
The City of Magnolia has been awarded a $20,000 grant. The gran is for improvements to be made at City Hall. Mayor Parnell Vann will request that the improvements include a new air conditioning unit for City Hall in order to lower the utility expense. This is a General Improvement Funded Community Enhancement Grant (GIF) from the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and can only be used for the purpose of improvements to City Hall. Vann thanked Sen. Bruce Maloch for his efforts in the grant process.

FORMER BOAT DEALER ORDERED TO PAY PENALTIES, RESTITUTION
A former Cleburne County boat dealer who swindled consumers out of the money he owed them for consignment sales has been ordered to pay civil penalties and restitution of more than $170,000, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox issued a default judgment against Gary Eubanks of Heber Springs and his business, Edgemont Marine, in a suit filed by McDaniel last year. Fox ordered Eubanks to pay $90,000 to the State for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and to provide restitution of $82,630 to affected consumers. Edgemont Marine and Eubanks entered into contracts with consumers who wanted to sell their personal watercraft. He agreed to sell the boats at his business on consignment, typically for a 10 percent commission. However, in at least nine instances, Eubanks kept all the money from the sales for himself. “The defendant created impossible situations for both buyers and sellers with his illegal actions, since boat sellers were left without the proceeds of sales and buyers were unable to obtain a clear title for their purchases,” McDaniel said. “Consumers need to have confidence in the transactions they make at Arkansas businesses, and that’s why my Consumer Protection Division continues to aggressively pursue actions in instances such as these.” Eubanks was accused of contacting consumers who were selling their watercraft on Craigslist and offering to sell the items on consignment. He also used newspaper and radio advertisements to promote his business. Eubanks was ordered to pay $5,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to the penalties and restitution.

LATINO HIV/AIDS AWARENESS EVENT
(Little Rock, Ark.) – The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), along with the Arkansas Human Development Corporation and the Mexican Consulate, will host a Latino HIV/AIDS awareness event on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southwest Community Health Center, located at 6325 Baseline Rd. in Little Rock.

People who attend the event will be offered HIV/AIDS testing, flu shots and health exams, which will include: blood sugar, blood pressure, vision, glaucoma, depression and anxiety screenings. Information about autism, cancer and tobacco will also be available to those who attend. Those who are unable to attend the event in Little Rock may receive HIV/AIDS testing at their local county health department or call 1-800-462-0599 to find a testing site. Information can also be found at www.hivtest.cdc.gov/espanol. In 2013, there were 5,458 people in Arkansas living with HIV/AIDS and people who identify as Hispanic or Latino account for 5 percent of that number. According to national statistics, at some point in their lives, an estimated 1 in 36 Latino or Hispanic men and 1 in 106 Latino or Hispanic women will be diagnosed with HIV. The estimated new HIV infection rate among Latinos and Hispanics in 2010 in the United States was more than 3 times as high as that of whites. Factors such as poverty and language barriers may contribute to higher infection rates among Latinos and Hispanics. “We now have very good treatment for HIV and AIDS that allows people to live long, fulfilling lives,” said Ralph Wilmoth, MPH, MPA, Section Chief of the HIV/AIDS Program at ADH. “We don’t want people to fear getting tested; knowledge is power and getting tested is the first step to getting the treatment and care that you need to remain healthy.” For more information, please call Yolanda Amaya at 501-563-7135.

NELSON’S HAIR GOES FOR $30,000
(CNN) -- A pair of pigtails has been sold for several thousand dollars. If that seems like a lot of money for hair, just wait till you hear who they belonged to. When it comes to his braids, Willy Nelson would probably agree that it's crazy for someone to feel it's worth it to spend $37,000 for Willy's pigtails. He cut them off in 1983 to give them to fellow country star Waylon Jennings to celebrate Jennings' sobriety. Now Guernsey's Auction house has sold them to an unidentified bidder, though this collector says he would have bid $50,000 if he'd known about the auction. John Reznikoff has been verified by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest celebrity hair collection. From the almost invisible few strands from Beethoven to Geronimo's pony tail. Also from the 1800s is what Reznikoff calls his "treasure", a lock of Lincoln's hair. Documented, he says, as having come from the night that Lincoln was assassinated. He said, "This is hair that the surgeon cleared the wound and retained this hair." Reznikoff estimates it's worth a million dollars. He says he's got a few wisps of Einstein's hair and a clump of Michael Jackson's, picked up off the floor by the producer of that Pepsi commercial that was being shot when Jackson's hair caught on fire. As for that lock of Marilyn Monroe's hair, it was taken at her embalming by the embalmer.

PRYOR, BOOZMAN, GRIFIN ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR LITTLE ROCK SHELTER
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-2), today announced that St. Francis House received a grant for $183,750 from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue providing services for chronically mentally ill homeless veterans in Little Rock. The funding comes from VA’s Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD) Special Need Grants which allows organizations to continue providing housing and necessary services to homeless veterans who have special needs, including women, frail elderly, terminally ill, chronically mentally ill and individuals who care for minor dependents. “The St. Francis House provides veterans a safe place to live, as well as the other essential services, to improve the livelihood of homeless veterans,” Pryor said. “I’m grateful this grant will help enhance the exceptional care they provide to our nation’s heroes.” “St. Francis House has track record of providing exceptional services for homeless veterans including transitional housing, meals and employment counseling,” Boozman said. “This grant will help ensure the facility can continue to assist homeless veterans struggling with mental illness, a population that needs the type of unique, quality care that St. Francis House provides.” “It is our duty as a nation to take care of the people who sacrificed for our country and our freedom. This funding is critically important to reduce veteran homelessness and provide assistance to homeless veterans with special needs at St. Francis House in Little Rock,” Griffin said. “We must continue working to ensure our nation’s heroes get the support, care and benefits they have earned and deserve for their service.” As a key component of VA’s plan to eliminate homelessness among veterans, GPD Special Needs Grants funds community agencies that provide services to homeless veterans. The program promotes the development and provision of supportive housing and services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and income, and obtain greater self-determination. Recognizing that a “one-size fits all” approach would not serve the needs of homeless veterans who require more intensive interventions, the GPD Special Need Grant was established. GPD Special Need funding allows grantees to provide transitional housing to the most vulnerable homeless veterans while working to transition them to permanent housing.

BOOZMAN TO LAUNCH AR DEFENSE TOUR
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will launch a four-day long defense tour beginning on Tuesday, October 14 to highlight Arkansas military installations, businesses and jobs that contribute to our national defense and the protection of our nation’s servicemembers. During the tour, Boozman will meet with Arkansas military installation commanders and troops and visit industry leaders who produce weapons and ammunition for the Department of Defense. “Our troops deserve the best equipment available to help them execute their missions safely and successfully. We need to maintain a strong national defense -with the most advanced technologies and cutting edge tools -and Arkansas facilities and defense manufacturers play an important role. I look forward to seeing first-hand the newest resources available to our troops and discussing opportunities to improve our defense from industry leaders and our men and women who serve in uniform,” Boozman said. When Congress returns, lawmakers will debate the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a critical authorization bill that supports our nation’s troops, their families and our military installations. The Department of Defense employs nearly 24,000 Arkansans. Projected defense spending in Arkansas in 2015 is more than $3.3 billion. Boozman wants to ensure that Arkansas remains an important contributor to our nation’s defense. This tour will provide him with information he can bring back to Washington and showcase the importance of Arkansas defense facilities.
The tour includes stops at:

·         Red River Army Depot in Texarkana
·         Lockheed Martin in Camden
·         General Dynamics in Hampton
·         Ratheon in Camden
·         Aerojet Rocketdyne in Camden
·         Spectra Technologies in Camden
·         Camp Robinson in North Little Rock
·         Power Technology Inc. in Alexander 

October 7, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS 
Officer’s Bush and Finney, of the Camden Police Department, were conducting a routine patrol in the vicinity of the 500 block of Fort Lookout, when they observed two males and one female standing in the parking lot. The officers exited their patrol unit and made contact with the three individuals. One of the males stated that he was on the ban list, but the other two were not. After confirming the man was indeed on the ban list, the man was taken into custody for criminal trespass.

Detective Moore, of the Camden Police Department, was dispatched to the Maul Road area.
Upon arrival the detective observed a male slumped over in the driver’s seat of his vehicle.
The male was in fact asleep, with the key in the ignition and the gear not in the parked position.
A cooler was found in the back seat, along with a 16oz can of Bud-Light that was opened in the middle console. After securing the man’s vehicle and waking him up, he was detained for further investigation. Officer Clayton, arrived on the scene and spoke with witnesses, who stated that the man had been parked in their driveway for about 40 minutes, before they decided to call the police. They also stated that the man, came up and knocked on their front door at one point.  According to reports, the man also urinated on their side of the house, before he got back inside his vehicle and fell asleep. After the officers woke the man, he showed heavy signs of intoxication. He was then taken into custody.

Detective Moore was also conducting a security check in the downtown area, when he observed a vehicle travel south on Madison Street, going towards Washington. He then observed the vehicle travel down Jefferson Street towards Adams Avenue at a high rate of speed.
The Detective then conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle appeared to be occupied by two males. One of the males tried to exit the vehicle, but was instructed to stay inside. Once the officer got close to the vehicle, it took off at a high-rate of speed. The detective followed the vehicle to Jackson Street, where the two males exited and began running. The detective radioed the description of both subjects to other units. Sergeant Gilbert, Officers Clayton, Bush and Finney responded, however did not find the two males. McKelvin’s Wrecker was called and took possession of the vehicle.

HOPE/HEMPSTEAD COUNTY FALL BLUEGRASS SHOW IS ALMOST HERE
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce will hold its fall Bluegrass Show Saturday November 1st from noon to 6pm at the Fair Park Community Center in Hope.  The program is free and will feature three different groups. Returning by popular demand will be Bill Grant from Hugo, Oklahoma.  Grant is a Bluegrass pioneer and staged the first Bluegrass festival west of the Mississippi River in Hugo.  Bill Grant has toured the World and has recorded scores of popular albums.  He has performed at several Hope and Washington events and has been popular at all of them. The ever-popular Hartley Family from Arkadelphia will be returning for the program.  The family group has been appearing at the Hope festivals for several years and has proven to the consistently popular. The Hempstead County Melody Boys from Hope will kick off both the early show and the afternoon show. Admission to the Bluegrass Show is free.  The Chamber will operate a concession stand with char-grilled hamburgers (we get our meat from Barry’s in Hope), R.C. Colas, popcorn, Moon Pies, and other snacks. The program will be held at the Fair Park Community Center.  The Center is located in Fair Park and is accessed off Park Drive and Jones Street off state highway 174 south.  For information phone 870-777-3640 or 870-826-6737 on the day of the show.  More information is also available at hopemelonfest.com

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER AT SAU ON OCTOBER 25TH
MAGNOLIA – Tickets are on sale for a Murder Mystery Dinner at Southern Arkansas University on October 25, 2014, with funds benefiting academic enrichment for the SAU criminal justice program. The audience-engaged entertainment and dinner will be from 6-8 p.m. at the SAU Reynolds Center. Tickets are $30 for an individual or $50 for a couple. No children under 12. Contact Louis Roy to order tickets or for more information at (870)235-4226 or LouisRoy@SAUmag.edu. The night will feature a “Roaring ‘20’s Mobster setting,” and prizes will be given for best-dressed audience members with costumes best matching the evening. Door prizes will also be given in association with a food drive. Guests will receive one ticket for the prize drawings for each can of food brought for donation. All collected food items will be given to a local food bank. This will be the first fundraiser of the year for the Criminal Justice Club, Lambda Epsilon Iota. Money raised will be used to the fund the club to travel to compete in regional and national criminal justice conferences and competitions. Roy said that the club’s focus this year is going to be on community service. Each student involved will complete 25 hours of community service, and the club has an overall goal of 4,500 hours for the academic year. Also, the criminal justice program is excited to announce a one-week summer youth criminal justice academy for 14-18 year-olds, that is coming in June 2015. Criminal Justice Club members will serve as mentors for this academy.

AR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL HAS JOINED “SHARE”
Physicians and providers all over the state can now access immediately and securely exchange current, updated electronic health records (EHRs) for thousands of Arkansas children, thanks to the contributions of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), which is now pushing data through SHARE, the Statewide Health Information Exchange.

SHARE enables providers at different medical facilities across Arkansas to exchange medical records for patients they have in common. Using SHARE, a pediatrician can connect to a patient’s most current and comprehensive health information, including that patient’s health data from other facilities connected to SHARE. For example, if six-year-old Josephina from Batesville is admitted to Children’s Hospital, her SHARE-connected pediatrician back home can securely access her health data from her stay in the hospital.  Her pediatrician can then update her progress using SHARE, so that Josephina’s other SHARE-connected physicians can also stay informed about her care. From a hospital’s perspective, if a child arrives in the Emergency Room for the first time after a car wreck, the ER staff is now able to pull up his record in SHARE, see his current medical condition and medications, and make better-informed decisions about his care on the spot. Arkansas Children’s Hospital Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Darrell Leonhard said the hospital was excited to be able to offer this level of care coordination for its patients. “We want the best experience possible for the kids we treat, and we see SHARE as a way to improve the already excellent care provided by the staff at ACH.” ACH is one of 26 hospitals signed on to participate in SHARE. Arkansas Health Information Technology Coordinator Ray Scott said ACH’s participation marks a turning point for SHARE.
“We are very excited to have Arkansas Children’s Hospital as part of our SHARE network. Every time a new practice or hospital in the state joins SHARE, the network is that much more useful to its participants. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the one that other providers in SHARE have been clamoring for—being able to access electronic records and communicate more easily with ACH makes SHARE significantly more powerful and relevant to all hospitals, physicians, therapists, and parents,” Scott said. Scott said that research shows that patients whose health records are available via a secure health information exchange with their other physicians receive better care and have fewer duplicate tests and procedures ordered by the different physicians. “SHARE makes health care better for all of us,” Scott said. “National studies show that the average patient in the U.S. sees 18 different providers. Think about that. Haven’t you ever wished your doctors could communicate your health information with each other so that the next provider you see knows what the previous one did for you? That’s what this linkage between ACH and SHARE makes possible.”

ADH AWARDED SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received notice that the state is one of twenty-six states and tribes awarded a Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant. The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is expected to total $3,680,000 over five years. “Suicide is a heartbreaking public health issue that has affected far too many people in Arkansas,” said Teresa Belew, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Chief at ADH. “We are grateful for this grant and look forward to working with communities across the state to connect people with the help they need so we can reduce this growing problem.” This is the first time Arkansas has been awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Youth Suicide Prevention Grant. These dollars will fund a population-focused Arkansas Youth Suicide Prevention Project. The funding will be used to increase the number of youth-serving suicide prevention organizations, increase clinical service providers, and improve follow-up care of suicidal youth. The funds will also help increase awareness and use of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. According to National Vital Statistics data, the Arkansas suicide rate was almost 30 percent higher than the national rate in 2010. In 2011, 437 Arkansans died by suicide, making suicide the second leading cause of injury death in Arkansas. Self harm or attempted suicides caused 1,702 hospitalizations in 2011, and is the third leading cause of injury hospitalization in Arkansas. Because suicide is the second leading cause of injury death for Arkansans age 10-24, the ADH recognized the need for both the expansion and development of targeted programs that address the needs of youth at risk for suicide. For more information on suicide prevention resources: www.afsp.org/local-chapters/find-your-local-chapter/afsp-arkansas. For help now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

October 6, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Officers of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of theft of property.

Upon arrival officers spoke with a woman and her son, who stated that sometime during the night, someone went through the front window and stole $100 cash out of an envelope that was hidden. The woman stated that she believed it was her grandson, because he has apparently stole from her numerous times in the past. The son stated that when he pulled up, his son (the grandson) took off running towards the wood. He also said that he didn’t want any of his adult sons living with him anymore. He stated that every time he makes them leave, they force their way back in, tear up something, or even beat him up.

Deputy Bryant Carman, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, responded to Stephens in reference of stolen property. The officer spoke with a woman, who stated that while she was away from her home, visiting friends, a man she knew was supposed to be house-sitting. The 81-year-old woman said she had no one else she could trust. The woman also said that sometime while she was gone, the man trashed her house and taken pictures of the wall, stolen her flat-screen television, and her cook stove. She also believes the man and his mother, gained access to her bank account. Now the man states that he never stole a thing from the residence, however someone was trying to, so he took the TV to Bank’s Pawn in Camden, for them to hold it, and he was given $100 dollars for it. As for the stove, the man states it had gas leak, so he moved it outside, and someone must have stolen it.  

Deputy Bryant Carman, also responded to a report of a vehicle trailer running off the road when the driver lost an ATV out of the back on Highway 24, east of Chidester City Limits. Upon arrival the officer observed a truck and a trailer parked on the side of the road. The driver stated that he was going home from a 4-wheeler ride, and met an oncoming driver traveling West Bound in a truck. The man said he swerved to miss the vehicle, when he went too far into the ditch, and his trailer lost control. Luckily no injuries were reported.

Deputy McLane, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, responded to EZ Mart in Chidester for a theft of motor fuel. According to reports, someone pulled up to the #4 pump. A white male exited the vehicle and tried to pump gas. The man would stand there for 8 minutes, before he walked into the store. The man apparently, walked into the store, and stopped at the door. Witnesses say that the man appeared to under the influence of narcotics and was real fidgety. The man walked around the store and then asked the attendant if she could turn on the pump so he could fill his car up with gas. The man was unsure of the amount it would take. The attendant turned on the pump, and said as she was stocking the ice cooler, she noticed the man began to drive off and headed North on Highway 57. The man pumped a total of $35.04 worth of gas.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.  The speaker this week is Carolyn Key, and she will be talking about diabetes Awareness.  For more information on the Lion’s Club and how you can join, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext 7. 

ARKANSAS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE DEADLY SHOOTING
TEXARKANA, AR- According to reports, Arkansas State Police are investigating a deadly shooting on the Arkansas State line, early Sunday. According to the Texarkana Police Department, several shots were fired at the Race Way gas station parking lot off N. Stateline Ave, close to 1am. When police arrived to the scene, they determined the shooting stemmed from a physical altercation in the parking lot. Two men were shot and taken to the hospital. One of the victims, Fred Eatherly, 30, died from injuries. Several detectives are working on this case and have not yet released any suspect descriptions. If anyone has any information about this shooting, they are strongly encouraged to call 903-798-3154 and speak with a detective.

AR MAN KILLS FAMILY, TRIAL SET
MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) – A trial has been set for next month for an Arkansas man accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife, mother-in-law and niece has been set for next month. According to reports, Timothy Hill of Delight is charged with capital murder in their deaths. His trial is scheduled for November 20th, of this year. According to an affidavit, Hill told investigators that his wife, Dana, was coming to retrieve his two boys from a home near Murfreesboro. It says the couple was going through a divorce. The affidavit stated that while Dana was inside of the home, Hill went outside to a car his mother-in-law and niece were in and opened fire with his rifle, killing them. Police say Hill was angry with his mother-in-law because he believed she was trying to turn his two boys against him.

ADH AWARDED SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT
The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has received notice that the state is one of twenty-six states and tribes awarded a Garrett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant. The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is expected to total $3,680,000 over five years. “Suicide is a heartbreaking public health issue that has affected far too many people in Arkansas,” said Teresa Belew, Injury and Violence Prevention Section Chief at ADH. “We are grateful for this grant and look forward to working with communities across the state to connect people with the help they need so we can reduce this growing problem.” This is the first time Arkansas has been awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Youth Suicide Prevention Grant. These dollars will fund a population-focused Arkansas Youth Suicide Prevention Project. The funding will be used to increase the number of youth-serving suicide prevention organizations, increase clinical service providers, and improve follow-up care of suicidal youth. The funds will also help increase awareness and use of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. According to National Vital Statistics data, the Arkansas suicide rate was almost 30 percent higher than the national rate in 2010. In 2011, 437 Arkansans died by suicide, making suicide the second leading cause of injury death in Arkansas. Self harm or attempted suicides caused 1,702 hospitalizations in 2011, and is the third leading cause of injury hospitalization in Arkansas. Because suicide is the second leading cause of injury death for Arkansans age 10-24, the ADH recognized the need for both the expansion and development of targeted programs that address the needs of youth at risk for suicide. For more information on suicide prevention resources: www.afsp.org/local-chapters/find-your-local-chapter/afsp-arkansas. For help now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

LAKE CATHERINE STATE PARK WORKSHOP & HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
Lake Catherine State Park is hosting a Solar Oven Workshop on October 18th, 2014. Keep the heat out of the kitchen by learning to harness the power of the sun to cook your meals. In this workshop, we will use a solar oven to cook a meal.  Also, you will be able to make a pizza box solar oven that will heat up to 250 degrees.  Admission is $45 and will cover the cost of food and materials needed to make the solar ovens.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Also, Lake Catherine State Park will host their annual Haunted Halloween event on Saturday, October 25, 2014. The weekend will be filled with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Starting on Friday night there will be a free concert at the amphitheater with fresh Dutch oven cobbler served by the park rangers. Saturday will be busy with activities starting at 6:00 p.m. Activities include trick-or-treating in the campground, hay rides, marshmallow roasts, and much more! Lake Hamilton Fire Department will have their fire trucks on display at the park and will be conducting hayrides throughout the evening. Diamondhead Community Church will also be in the park hosting a trunk or treat. They will provide hot dogs and drinks free of charge to park visitors. This is sure to be an exciting weekend so make your plans now to visit Lake Catherine State Park for Halloween this year! For more information please contact the park at 501-844-4176 or by email at steve.donahou@arkansas.gov.  

October 3, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy Chris Lindsey responded to a call at 274 Ouachita 204. Upon arrival the officer spoke with a man who advised that he noticed that his weed-eater and his air riffle were missing from his carport. There were no signs of forced entry into any of the other buildings on the property and, the owner didn’t notice any other items missing from the residence. According to reports, the carport area is a roofed two vehicle carport attached to the house with open sides. The owner advised the officer that he had no idea who could have taken the items, but advised that he had heard ATV’s in the woods behind his house several times late at night the past few weeks.

Lt. Cedric Gregory was dispatched in response to a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival the officer made contact with a woman, who stated that there had been an altercation between her husband and her son. The woman explained that her husband and her other son had restrained the son and were currently inside the home holding him down. The officers made entry into the house, where he found the son face down on the ground, being held by the other men. The son was placed into handcuffs. According to reports, the son was coming to see his two-year-old son, who was staying with his grandparents. He arrived and requested his son be brought to the door. The mother refused to do so and invited him inside. Due to being barred from the house for drug-activity and bad behavior, the man refused to come inside. Once he finally came inside, two-year-old was afraid of him. The man blamed the family for the child’s reaction and became angry and would not calm down. The authorities were called shortly after.

GENCORP FOUNDATION GIVES $40,000 TO SAU ENGINEERING
MAGNOLIA – GenCorp Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GenCorp and its subsidiary company Aerojet Rocketdyne of Camden, has committed $40,000 over the next two years for the new engineering program at SAU. The College of Science and Engineering plans to purchase equipment for testing the tensile stress and compressive strength of different materials for use in the Structural and Strength of Materials Laboratory. Aerojet Rocketdyne of Camden, through GenCorp Foundation, is also providing $4,000 for Southern Arkansas University scholarships to benefit engineering majors who have financial need, with preference given to awarding female or minority applicants. “The SAU Engineering program is a great opportunity for South Arkansas, not only for SAU, but for our company,” said Rob Shenton, vice president of solid propulsion operations at Aerojet. “Having engineers from this area is key to us.” GenCorp Foundation has previously supported STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at SAU by funding equipment for the Science Center, as well as a science laboratory preceptor program. Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments areas. Southern Arkansas University reached an all-time record enrollment this fall, thanks in part to new and unique academic programs SAU is bringing to the region. SAU’s new engineering program earned a lot of attention in the spring when it was approved by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, making it the only engineering program in South Arkansas. To find out more about SAU Engineering, visit www.SAUmag.edu/Engineering.

REGISTER FOR AFFORDABLE DSM-5 WORKSHOP AT SAU
MAGNOLIA – A national presenter on the DSM-5, Dr. George Haarman, will be offering an affordable workshop from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on November 14, 2014, at Southern Arkansas University’s Reynolds Center Grand Hall. Haarman’s presentation is entitled “The DSM-5: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Psychological and Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents.” It has been approved for 5.5 Continuing Education Units by the National Association of Social Work (NASW), the Arkansas Psychology Board (APB) and the Arkansas Counseling Association (ACA). The fee is $25 for students and $50 for professionals. To register, contact Caroline Waller at (870)235-4006 or CarolineWaller@SAUmag.edu. You can also register online at web.SAUmag.edu/CE/Register-Online, or visit the Division of Continuing Education at office 111 of the SAU Business Building.

Some of the learning objectives for this workshop include the following:
·Which disorders are new to the DSM-5 that relate to children and adolescents?
·Has Asperger’s been removed or reclassified and why?
·How can you distinguish between Bipolar and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder?
·What is the proper diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder?
·How do the changes affect children and adolescents already diagnosed with ADHD? Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Eating Disorders?
·What is the proper grading scale for assessing if a child or adolescent has mild, moderate, or severe Substance Use Disorder? Haarman, Psy.D., LMFT, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 30 years of experience in private practice. He has worked with youth detention centers, juvenile group homes, child protective services, and juvenile probation. Haarman is currently in private practice, and also serves as a consultant to several school systems regarding the assessment of children. Prior to being in private practice, from 1984-1994, he was the deputy director for Jefferson County Department for Human Services in Louisville, KY.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University in 1989 and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Haarman has been an instructor at Jefferson Community College, Bellarmine University, and Spalding University. He has presented seminars regionally and nationally on the DSM-5, clinical supervision, psychopathology, depression, and emotional disorders in children and adolescents. He is the author of School Refusal Behavior: Children Who Can’t or Won’t Go To School and Clinical Supervision: Legal, Ethical, and Risk Management Issues.

ARKANSAS LEMON LAW PROTECTS CAR BUYERS
When considering a vehicle purchase, consumers may choose to invest in a new car in hopes that a new vehicle may be more reliable than a used one. Generally, newer cars cost substantially less to maintain and most repairs are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. In rare circumstances, though, a new car may be considered a “lemon” and require repeated service and repairs. Arkansas law protects consumers in the event that new vehicle is a “lemon.” Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert to inform Arkansas consumers about the state’s New Motor Vehicle Quality Assurance Act, also known as the Arkansas Lemon Law. “Newer cars are expected to be more reliable than used vehicles, so consumers would be justifiably upset if they experience multiple problems with their new vehicles,” McDaniel said. “Arkansas’s Lemon Law ensures that consumers who buy a ‘lemon’ are able to get a refund or a replacement.” Asserting a claim under Arkansas’s Lemon Law should be considered a last resort for consumers if a new vehicle experiences multiple problems. Only vehicles that are under two years old or have fewer than 24,000 miles are subject to Lemon Law provisions. The two-year or 24,000-mile stipulation still applies even if ownership is transferred during that period. The law does not automatically give car buyers a right to a refund or new vehicle, even in the case of repeated problems. New cars are sold with a manufacturer-provided warranty. Defects are repaired by the manufacturer’s authorized dealer during the term of the warranty. The Lemon Law may be applicable only when the car suffers multiple problems and the buyer loses confidence in the manufacturer’s ability to provide a long-lasting repair. A vehicle may be considered a lemon if there have been multiple, unsuccessful attempts to fix a problem that impairs the use, value or safety of the vehicle. If problems persist to a point where a vehicle has been in the shop for an extended period of time, the Lemon Law may also apply. Exceptions to the Lemon Law are for mopeds, motorcycles, motor-home living quarters, most vehicles weighing more than 13,000 pounds and vehicles that have been significantly altered after being purchased from a dealer. Also, cars that are more than two years old and have more than 24,000 miles are commonly sold “as-is” and the seller is not responsible for any defects, known or unknown. The Attorney General’s Consumer Guide to the Arkansas Lemon Law contains detailed information about the law and offers tips for consumers who believe their vehicles may be a lemon. The guide, available at www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, helps consumers assert and complete a Lemon Law claim without the assistance of an attorney. Automobile dealers are required to provide a copy of the Attorney General’s Lemon Law guide to every new vehicle owner. For more information about the Lemon Law, or for other consumer information, visit www.GotYourBackArkansas.org or call (800) 482-8982.

AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN HARRISON CATTLE THEFT
Marshall, Texas – Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department are seeking information on the theft of 12 head of livestock, three saddles, seven bridles and several tools that were stolen from a Harrison County cattle ranch sometime between Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30. According to Hand, the 12 head of yearling cattle were penned late on Monday at a cattle ranch located off US 59, south of Marshall, Texas. The victim planned to ship the cattle Tuesday. The unknown suspect(s) conducted a forced entry onto the ranch. Hand said there were 11 black yearlings, with the majority being steers, and one charolais heifer stolen. According to the victim the cattle were not branded.  However, most of them had a blue fly tag in their ear. Additionally, a 16 inch Courts tan saddle, a 15 inch two tone tan ranch saddle, a 14 inch Vega kids tan high-back saddle, seven bridles, one Stihl chain saw, two circular saws and two 25 foot welding leads were stolen. Anyone with further information regarding this case should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call Hand at 903-592-5252. A cash reward may be paid to individuals who can provide useful information leading to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s). Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous

October 1, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy LaDuke, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke to a man on the phone. The man wanted to make a report of someone stealing his tackle box. The man stated that he had stopped by Jay’s Country Store on his way back from fishing. When he got home he noticed that his tackle box was missing from his boat. After checking his boat over he found where someone tried to take his depth finder also, but couldn’t get it free.

Deputy Chris Lindsey spoke with a woman in regards to a harassment complaint. The woman advised the officer that her brother had recently passed away and she was entitled power of attorney over his estate via his three children being all over the age of eighteen. The woman said that her brother’s ex-wife, had recently moved back into the area and began to send her harassing text messages, and on one occasion arrived at her residence threatening her with legal actions in regards to the estate. The woman filing the report, said she was afraid the other woman would go as far as to do physical harm to her or the estate. She was advised by the officer that proper affidavit and protection order procedures would be filed.

Lt. Gregory was dispatched to 1329 Ouachita 67 in response to a report of theft of property. Upon arrival the officer made contact with a woman, who explained that she had come home to discover that two lawnmowers had been stolen from her property. The woman stated that the mowers had been stored under an adjacent trailer on the property. The mowers were last seen some time during the previous week. The woman was unable to provide any additional information on the mowers, other than the color. One mower was red, and the other was green.
It’s not known exactly what time the mowers were stolen, and the woman has no idea who might have taken them.

Deputies spoke with a woman on the phone in regards to someone destroying her mailbox.
The woman advised that a friend arrived at her residence early one morning and found the mailbox laying in the middle of the road. The woman stated that the mailbox was smashed in several areas and it appeared that it had been pulled out of the ground and placed in the middle of the road in front of her residence. Officers advised the woman that extra patrol has been requested for that area in regards to criminal mischief.

Lt. Gregory was dispatched in response to a report of harassing communications. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a woman, who explained that she was having problems with her son, who resides in El Dorado. According to the woman, her son had been living with her until recently. The woman said that the son had been making threat against her, making remarks like he would burn down the house. The woman said that she also refused to continue to pay the sons phone bill, and told him in advance that he would have to pay his own. He had not paid his bill, and his service had been terminated. He has since called several times threatening to do harm to her and her residence. The officer told the woman that a report would be filed and extra patrol would be requested.

MISSING REALTOR'S BODY FOUND 
(Little Rock-)According to reports, Pulaski County sheriff's deputies have located the body of missing real estate agent, 49-year-old, Beverly Carter. As of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, 33-year-old Arron Lewis is officially charged with capital murder of Carter. Initially booked on a kidnapping charge and a parole hold for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Lewis was also pegged with robbery and four charges of possession of firearms by certain persons. After over 12 hours of interviewing by investigators, Lewis was transported and booked into the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility (PCRDF). Shortly after he was booked, investigators obtained information that led them to the 12100 block of Hwy 5 (Cabot city address in Pulaski County), which is the location of Argos Concrete Co., about 20 miles from where she reportedly disappeared. Investigators located Carter's body in a shallow grave on the property. Her family was then notified.

FALL FISHING ON THE OUACHITA RIVER
Though fishing in Arkansas is available year-round, fall is a beautiful time to cast a line and enjoy the favorable temperatures and colorful fall foliage of the season. The Ouachita River has long been a lure to anglers due to the stream’s prime fishing waters. The river, which runs around 600 miles, starts as a mountain creek flowing off Rich Mountain in Polk County and over the course of its epic journey to north-central Louisiana, winds through a diverse landscape that includes everything from scenic bluffs in its upper reaches to swamp bottoms filled with cypress trees as one approaches the lower sections. Chris Summerville of Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters in Hot Springs has fished the river off and on for the past 15 years. When asked about his favorite spot, he was hard pressed to pick just one. “The whole river is good,” he said. “It just depends on what people want to fish. You can catch smallmouth bass just about anywhere. You’ve got trout below the dams.” “It is a pretty big river, bigger than most other streams here in the Ouachitas,” he said. “It is pretty wide, has got a lot of grassy shoals, a lot of bedrock, really good habitat for smallmouth and largemouth bass, spotted bass, catfish, and sunfish.” Summerville said two keys to keep in mind are having an understanding of the water levels and the way the dams on the river affect these levels. “The fish are going to do different things based on what the water is doing,” he said. Jason Olive, district fisheries supervisor for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, mostly fishes the segment of the river that goes from Malvern to the Louisiana state line. Within that section, he said there are two different habitats. He refers to the stretch from Remmel Dam all the way down to Camden as the middle Ouachita River. “It’s a larger riffle pool type stream than the upper Ouachita, above Lake Ouachita,” he said. “But when the water is down you still can’t motor very far with a traditional outboard motor. You either have to have a jet-foot outboard or float it in a canoe or kayak.” He said this stretch is good fishing in the fall for bass including a few smallmouth and walleye. Olive said during the fall, this section is more difficult to navigate because of the shallow shoals. Especially when the dams (DeGray and Remmel) are not generating electricity. He said the middle Ouachita resembles more of an upland type stream than a bottomland river. “That water is so clear, it’s really pretty, you can see the gravel and rock bottom shoals, and you feel like you are in more of mountainous area than what you are.” Though beautiful, the clear water can also lead to fish getting spooked easier if you try to cast a line right on top of them. “The water is so clear typically that you just have to stay back and make long casts if you want to be successful with bass fishing there,” he said.  As far as where the bass are, Olive said they hang out in the same type of places year-round: slack water and eddies just outside the current, around some sort of structure, rock or wooded debris. In the dead of summer and winter they may go down to the depths of deep pools too. “But for most of the year they are up hanging around the logs and rocks just outside the current in a little current break feeding,” he said. On the lower section (downstream of Camden to Felsenthal reservoir near Crossett) Olive said a key tip to keep in mind is that as its gets cooler and closer to the end of November, the water temperatures will drop, causing shad to start moving out of the river and into some of the backwaters and up into the creeks. “The bass will follow them and you can catch a lot of them going up into the back of some of the sloughs and creeks,” he said. “Before that happens you can really catch a lot around the mouth of those areas. For the crappie you just look for any substantial treetop with lots of branches that are hanging off all the way into the water.” “One of my favorite places to fish in the fall is around Moro Bay State Park,” he said. “Especially when you get into November and everybody else is hunting. That’s a really good time to fish that part of the river because it is typically at its lowest and clearest of the year. Which is great for bass and crappie fishing.” In terms of scenery, Olive said the Ouachita River bottoms are one of the few places in Southern Arkansas where you can see colorful fall foliage due to the hardwoods found there. “So in my opinion it’s really one of the most scenic places to be in South Arkansas during the fall.” For more details on fishing in Arkansas, visit arkansas.com/outdoors/fishing/.

LIGHTS....CAMERA.....RECLINE!
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announces that the UA Breckenridge Stadium 12 in Little Rock, AR is replacing all of the existing theatre seats with luxurious new recliners including footrests.  During construction, Regal’s King Size Recliners are on display in the lobby where guests can experience the added room and comfort that’s coming soon. Regal Cinemas remains open during the remodel as portions of the facility are converted.  All auditoriums will feature the new amenity in December. “Regal is redefining the level of comfort at this theatre.  Our guests will soon be able to stretch out, relax and recline while watching the movie,” said Rob Del Moro, chief technical and theatre operations officer at Regal Entertainment Group. “Regal constantly listens to our guests and looks for ways to improve. With this new concept, these luxurious recliners have scored extremely well.  Moviegoers are eager to return for another visit and the opportunity to enjoy Regal’s King Size Recliners.”
The experience of going out to the movies continues to evolve as Regal raises the bar. Recent upgrades to UA Breckenridge Stadium 12 include the conversion from celluloid film to digital cinema. Regal Entertainment Group is invested in providing amenities that further enhance the moviegoing experience. Now guests will enjoy more comfortable surroundings with the luxurious King Size Recliners able to adjust to multiple positions and including padded footrests. 
“Once you take the luxurious new recliners for a test drive, you’ll agree that the Regal King Size Recliner is a star attraction,” stated Ken Thewes, chief marketing officer at Regal Entertainment Group.  “The spaciousness and comfort help you lose yourself in the story and become more immersed in the movie. This combination of comfort and a pristine presentation make for a remarkable trip to the movies.”
Regal fans are encouraged to like Regal Cinemas’ Facebook page and download the Regal Movies app. Moviegoers can program their favorite theatre and purchase tickets all from their mobile device. The Regal app also gives patrons the ability to upload their Regal Crown Club card straight to their phone for easy access while on-the-go. Through the industry-leading Regal Crown Club, 11-million patrons each year accumulate credits at the box office and concession stand to earn rewards including free popcorn, soft drinks and movies. Free membership is available at the box office or online at REGmovies.com/Crown-Club.
About Regal Entertainment Group:
Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) operates the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuit in the United States, consisting of 7,347 screens in 573 theatres in 42 states along with Guam, Saipan, American Samoa and the District of Columbia as of August 28, 2014. The Company operates theatres in 46 of the top 50 U.S. designated market areas. We believe that the size, reach and quality of the Company’s theatre circuit not only provide its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable movie-going experience, but is also an exceptional platform to realize economies of scale in theatre operations.

GOV. BEEBE ANNOUNCES 28 APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
LITTLE ROCK -  Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following judicial appointment:

Robert W. McCorkindale, Harrison, as Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas for the case styled 14-427, Nathaniel Smith, M.D. et al v. M. Kindall Wright et al. Replaces Justice Cliff Hoofman, who has disqualified himself from this case. Governor Beebe also announced appointments to the following boards and commissions: Dr. Sondra Bedwell, Texarkana, reappointed to the Arkansas Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Commission. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. John Cole, Sheridan, reappointed to the College of the Ouachitas Board of Directors. Appointment expires July 1, 2021. Janice Dean, North Little Rock, reappointed to the Prescriptive Authority Advisory Committee. Appointment expires February 1, 2017. Amy Denton, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission. Appointment expires July 1, 2017. Martha Dixon, Arkadelphia, reappointed to the State Board of Career Education. Appointment expires June 30, 2021. Gin Foster, Camden, reappointed to the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources Advisory Committee. Appointment expires July 31, 2019. David Hendrix, Benton, reappointed to the Arkansas Milk Stabilization Board. Appointment expires September 12, 2019. India Holt, Crossett, reappointed to the University of Arkansas at Monticello Board of Visitors. Appointment expires July 31, 2017. Jerry Hyde, Paragould, reappointed to the State Plant Board. Appointment expires June 30, 2016.
Dr. Suzanne Jessup, Bella Vista, reappointed to the Arkansas Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Commission. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. Carol Maxwell, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Commission. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. Marshall Nash, Jacksonville, reappointed to the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy. Appointment expires August 20, 2017. Peggy Parks, Prairie Grove, reappointed to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park Advisory Commission. Appointment expires June 13, 2019. Dr. John Robinette, Sheridan, reappointed to the Arkansas Board of Podiatric Medicine. Appointment expires September 1, 2017. Joe Don Rogers, Waldron, reappointed to the Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission. Appointment expires September 1, 2019. Jimmy Simpson, Searcy, to the Arkansas State Claims Commission. Appointment expires January 15, 2017. Replaces The Honorable Jim Baker. Mike Stephenson, West Memphis, reappointed to the Technology Equipment Revolving Loan Fund Committee. Appointment expires June 30, 2017. Lance Whiteaker, Calico Rock, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #16. Appointment expires January 14, 2018. Replaces Euna Sitton. To the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board:
Matt Fair, Maynard.
The Honorable Jimmy Hart, Morrilton.
Alan Hughes, Little Rock.
Brian Itzkowitz, Little Rock. The Honorable Mark Stodola, Little Rock. These reappointments expire August 10, 2018.

September 30, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Clayton, of the Camden Police Department, along with Officer Grummer and Sgt. Easttam was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident that was in the ditch near Sandy Beach. Upon arrival, Officer Clayton observed a white Infiniti G3S that was still running, have severe damage to the front bumper sitting in an upward position as if the driver was attempting to come up the embankment. At that point there was no driver in sight. The officer also observed tire marks from Van Buren, down the embankment to the entrance of Sandy Beach where the vehicle was resting. There was a faint female voice that was heard near the pavilion. The officers went towards the voice where they met a female. The female was barefoot, shaky, looked extremely tired and had marks on her arm. The woman stated that she was ok and did not need any medical attention. When asked what happened, the woman explained that she went to grab her phone to GPS her way back to El Dorado, when she ran into the ditch. The woman stated several times that she was not from around here and had no idea where she was going. The woman was then asked why she was so far away from the vehicle and her answer was that she could not find it once she got out of it. The officers advised the woman that her statement did not make any sense due to her vehicle running and she could clearly hear it. She told officers she didn’t have her glasses, therefor she was having trouble seeing. When asked if she was intoxicated in anyway, she stated that she had taken some prescription medication earlier in the day. She also said that there was nothing illegal in her car, but a methamphetamine pipe was found inside of a sock in the middle console. The woman was taken into custody.

Lt. Robertson was dispatched to the Dollar General on California Ave for a traffic accident.
Upon arrival the officers made contact with a man and a woman. The woman stated she was in the store when she watched the man back into her vehicle. She said the man tried to leave but she able to stop him before he could do so. She also said the vehicle had damage to the front bumper. The man’s vehicle had minor paint transfer to the rear bumper. While gathering information from both parties, the man informed the officers he did not have his driver’s license because it was suspended for DWI. He was also unable to provide proof of insurance. A strong odor of intoxicants could also be smelled, coming from his person. When asked if he had consumed any alcohol, the man said he had half of a 40 ounce beer. He then changed his statement, saying he indeed drank all of the beverage. When also asked about standard sobriety test, the man said he could “probably not” pass them. After the failing the tests, the man was arrested and taken into custody. He was booked and charged with DWI 2nd, Drinking on the Hwy, Driving on Suspended DL/DWI and no proof of insurance.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT 
The Camden Noon Lion’s Clun will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.
This week’s speaker at Lions Club will be Robert Davis with Camden Fairview Schools. 
Mr. Davis will be talking about the start of the school year, and give an update on finishing up the construction from the storm repair. For additional information on the Lion’s Club you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext-7.

ROMEO AND JULIET AT SAU
Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be Southern Arkansas University’s first play of the season, running October 9-12, 2014, and will feature professionally-choreographed sword fighting and beautiful costumes, scenery, and lighting effects. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com or by calling (870)235-4256. Season tickets are also available, with discounted prices to see all the exciting shows scheduled this season. “Romeo and Juliet” will also include two middle and high school matinee performances on Thursday, October 9, and Friday, October 10. For information about bringing a group to one of these matinees, please contact Lee Fuller, SAU theatre administrative assistant, at (870)235-4256. The play is set in 1560, Verona, Italy. It will be performed in ¾ round on the Harton Theatre stage, offering the audience and intimate setting for the show. According to director Clayton Guiltner, SAU’s director of theatre, a highlight of the production will be the sword fighting scenes, which were choreographed by professional sword fighting choreographer Jake Guinn of Atlanta, GA. Guinn taught the SAU actors stage combat techniques and orchestrated exciting fights within the play. Guiltner said that along with his directing role, he will also have a brief guest appearance in the play. “It is always fun for the student actors to work alongside their professor,” said Guiltner. Following “Romeo and Juliet,” SAU theatre has the following schedule for the 2014-15 season: “A Christmas Carol,” from December 4-7; “The Dutchman,” from February 5-7; and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” from April 23-26.

September 29, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORT
Officer Clayton, of the Camden Police Department, was on routine patrol when he was advised by Sgt. Easttam that he needed to respond to the Ouachita County Medical Center in reference to a victim that had been stabbed. Upon arrival, the officer met with Sgt. Easttam who was in the hospital room with the victim. The officer observed a black female that was lying in a hospital bed while the doctor and nurses were trying to perform their medical duties. The woman was identified as Kiara Ward. According to reports, there was a heavy amount of blood coming from Ward’s body and clothing. The officer did observe one deep cut on Ward’s triceps. Sgt. Easttam stated that she had been stabbed four times. Ward said that Veronica Hampton was the one that stabbed her. She was unable to give any further information, as she could not breathe very well. The officers left the E.R. and made contact with the victim’s boyfriend, who was shirtless with blood from his chest to the knees of his pants. The boyfriend said that he and the victim were at her apartment in Ft. Lookout. He apparently went inside the house to put on some shoes, and when he came back out his girlfriend was being stabbed by Hampton. He went to break up the fight, and Hampton left the scene in a maroon Chevy Malibu. He then said that he grabbed a shirt and attempted to wrap it around Ward’s neck to stop the bleeding. The two then got in a car and headed to the hospital when they saw Sgt. Easttam in the downtown area, where he was advised of the incident. In the hospital, the woman was unfortunately pronounced dead. The suspect has since been arrested and taken into custody. 

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Lt. James Bolton, of the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with a woman on the phone.

The woman stated that she and her husband, were in a domestic disturbance at their residence at 759 Waco Street in Camden. She also said the Camden Police arrived the husband left in their vehicle. A few minutes later, he was involved in a one vehicle accident at the intersection of Cash and Mt. Holly Road. According to reports he left the scene of the accident before deputies arrived. He also said he was headed to his mother’s house in El Dorado. A few days after that, the woman called, stating she had not seen her husband since the accident. Deputy McClane and Bolton went to the scene of the accident, however there was no evidence of anyone.

David Pennington along with Lt. Justin Starnes and Deputy Bryant Carman, was dispatched to McKelvin’s Wrecker Service on a report of them seeing someone take a phone out of a vehicle and take off running. Once in route, the officers were directed to Highland Home Center.
Upon arrival the officers spoke with owners of McKelvin’s and the victim. They stated that a man had reached into the victims truck and had taken an iphone 5 and started running North up the road. They then began to chase the man and caught up with him at Highland. He then threw the phone down and begged them not to call the police. The man was taken into custody.

Deputy McClane responded to 2024 Highway 7 N for a report of residential burglary. A man stated that he had been gone the past weekend and recently returned home. He said that he did not noticed anything missing or missing until later in the evening, when he sat down to watch TV and noticed it was gone. He also noticed that someone had unplugged and taken out his sound bar. He also stated that his Xbox and three guitars were also missing from his upstairs bedroom. Right now an investigation is still underway.

BODY OF WOMAN FOUND ALONG I-40 IDENTIFIED
The body of a woman found alongside Interstate 40 near Palestine earlier this week has been identified as Amy Darlene Bandy, age 35. A commercial truck driver notified Arkansas State Police shortly after 1 AM Wednesday (September 24th) that he had seen a body near the 236 mile marker lying next to the outside highway traffic lane. An examination of the body at the Arkansas State Crime Lab indicates Bandy may have been struck by a vehicle which caused the death. Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents are working to identify where Bandy had been in the days before her death and develop leads to identify a vehicle that may have struck Bandy. Anyone with information about the death of Bandy or who knows of her whereabouts prior to her death is asked to contact the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop D at Forrest City by calling (870) 633-1454.

EL DORDO CHORALE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING CONCERT
The El Dorado Chorale, a committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center, announces their upcoming Christmas concert as part of SAAC’s 50th anniversary celebration. The community choir, which includes singers from south Arkansas and north Louisiana, has been presenting yearly programs since 1990. The chorale exists to provide the opportunity for singers and listeners alike to experience the well-known classics in choral literature.  Traditionally, the chorale performs only one concert each year. For this year’s concert, El Dorado Chorale steering committee members Dr. Allan Pirnique, Laura Doyle, and Dr. Elaine Allen looked over the programs from 1990 to 2013 searching for the best pieces to include.  They selected a range of works from the fun to the traditional including “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and the well know pinnacle of choral literature, Handel's “Hallelujah Chorus” from his Messiah. It will be a wonderful concert to start the Christmas season. This program will be presented at 4pm, November 23, 2014, at the First Methodist Church of El Dorado. As with other community-based organizations, the El Dorado Chorale is dependent on the talents and monetary contributions from our community. For more information about how you can become involved with the El Dorado Chorale, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474.

CYBER CRIMES UNIT ARRESTS GARLAND COUNTY MAN
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that agents from his office have arrested a Garland County man for possession of child pornography. Zachary Thomas Nehus, 42, of Hot Springs was arrested this afternoon on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Nehus was being held in the Garland County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Nehus’s residence in the 100 block of Bledsoe Circle in Hot Springs this morning. Investigators confiscated a desktop computer, several iPads and cell phones and other electronic evidence. That evidence will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock. Special Agent Chris Cone began investigating Nehus earlier this year after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at his residence. The Garland County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police assisted in the investigation and arrest. The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed case file to 18th-East Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Steve Oliver. Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

September 25, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Officer James Bolton of the Sheriff’s Office, along with Deputy McClane, were dispatched to an accident at Hwy 274 and Womble Street in East Camden. Upon arrival the officers found two vehicles in the ditch on the eastbound side of the Hwy. According to reports a Red Camero hit the right rear of a white Ford pickup. Both drivers reported no injuries and refused medical treatment.

Lt. David Pennington took a report of a stolen ATV, from a man at City Hall. The man states that he recently noticed that his ATV was missing. He also stated that the ATV was not running and needed to be worked on. The belief is that the vehicle was taken from 2135 Maul Road.

PERSONAL INFORMATION EASY TO GIVE AWAY
Those contests at fairs and festivals that give consumers a slim chance to win a vacation, merchandise or cash often give businesses a sure chance to gain more information about a consumer. Consumers should not assume that contest entry forms that include details such as home addresses, phone numbers and email addresses are thrown away once a winner is selected. Instead, some companies may use that information for mailings or sales calls.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to make sure Arkansans are aware of the consequences of signing up for contests or sweepstakes, whether it be in person at the fair or the mall, through the mail, or on the Internet. “Consumers should weigh the benefits of winning a prize against the drawbacks of providing personal information that could be used for marketing purposes,” McDaniel said. “Read the details on entry forms to determine whether personal information might be sold to a third party or used to try to generate sales leads." Most contests have terms and conditions that apply. If the fine print is not on a contest entry form, then consumers should ask questions about the company’s marketing policies to the company holding the contest. Consumers who sign up for sweepstakes or contests could be turning over data that would be sold or shared to other businesses or affiliates of the company operating the contest. That could mean more telemarketing calls, mailed promotional materials and unsolicited emails. The terms and conditions on contest entries may state that companies operating the contests consider an entry as a waiver of rights under federal and state telemarketing laws. The entries could stipulate that, by entering, consumers confirm that they are authorizing sales calls to be made to their phone. Even if the entries include such a waiver, it’s probably invalid. Consumers should contact McDaniel’s Consumer Protection Division if they sign up for contests in which the terms state that do-not-call protections are waived. Also keep in mind that information may be used as a “lead generator” for businesses that offer home improvements or timeshares, for instance. These might subject consumers to high-pressure sales pitches.
McDaniel encouraged consumers to remember this additional advice prior to signing up for a contest or sweepstakes in person, online or through the mail:
-“Free” cruises or vacations may still require consumers to pay undisclosed fees and costs, such as their own transportation.
-Avoid signing up for contests in which a business refuses to provide a phone number or address by which a consumer can request removal from a mailing list.
-Consumers should never have to pay a processing fee or upfront “taxes” to claim a prize.
-Never provide checking account or credit-card numbers over the phone to telemarketers who claim to be calling about a sweepstakes or prize.
-If someone claims a consumer has won a contest that he or she does not remember entering, it is most likely a scam. For more information about this and other consumer issues, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, or call (800) 482-8982.

AARP ARKANSAS RELEASES NONPARTISAN VOTER GUIDES  
AARP Arkansas recently released nonpartisan Voter Guides featuring positions from candidates in key federal and state races—in their own words—on critical issues including Social Security, Medicare, Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health insurance and enabling seniors to live independently. Voter Guides are available at www.aarp.org/yourvote for Arkansas’ U.S. Senate race; U.S. House of Representatives seats in Congressional Districts 1, 2 and 4; Governor; and Attorney General. The nonpartisan AARP does not support, oppose, or contribute to any candidates for elected office. Voters can enter their street address to see a list of responses from the three statewide races and the applicable U.S. House race that will appear on each voter’s Nov. 4 general election ballot. Visitors to www.aarp.org/yourvote can also contact the campaigns with their comments or questions and find out where they can vote in their state. “AARP Arkansas wants to make sure our members and all voters know what the candidates are saying – and not saying – about key issues that matter to them and their families,” said Herb Sanderson, AARP Arkansas Associate State Director for Advocacy. “AARP’s nonpartisan Voter Guides help voters cut through the political clutter and inform voters on where the candidates stand on critical issues like Medicare, Social Security, the Private Option and caregiving before Election Day.” AARP’s federal Voter Guide poses three questions on Social Security, Medicare, and financial security to candidates in all 471 federal races:
•How would you protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthen it for future generations?
•How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today’s seniors and future retirees from the burden of rising health costs?
•How would you help Americans save so they can secure their future and live independently as they age?
The responses, which appear alongside AARP principles on each issue, consist of publicly available information and excerpts from candidate campaign sources. In Arkansas, candidates for Governor are asked:
•The majority of Arkansas residents want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. How will you help expand Arkansas seniors’ access to quality services provided at home and in the community (HCBS)?
•Will you support continuation of the Health Care Independence Act or Private Option so that hardworking Arkansans who earn up to $15,000 a year can have access to affordable health coverage?
•If tax reforms are implemented, how will you ensure that any such changes avoid hurting low and moderate income populations while also safeguarding the financial security of the 50+ population? 
Candidates for Arkansas Attorney General are asked:
•The last storefront payday lender left Arkansas in 2009 but similar high-cost, predatory lenders attempted to set up shop in 2011 and 2013. What enforcement efforts will you take to stop predatory lending practices similar to payday lending from returning to Arkansas?
•How will you enforce laws to protect seniors from financial exploitation?
An index of all races across the nation in AARP’s Voter Guides is located at http://vote.aarp.org/race-index.do  Additionally, AARP earlier this year commissioned election and issue surveys in eight states including Arkansas, Illinois, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Results for Arkansas in both the Governor and U.S. Senate races are available at www.aarp.org/yourvote
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

September 24, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Lt. Gregory was dispatched to 298 Ouachita 376 in response to a report of vicious dogs.

Upon the officer’s arrival, he made contact with a woman who stated that her dog had been attacked by other dogs belonging to her neighbor. The woman said she did not witness the attack, but her dog had bites on his neck and back. The woman’s dog was taken to the Maul Road Animal Clinic for treatment.

Sgt. Gill, along with Lt. Gregory responded to 103 South 3rd in Louann and spoke with a woman, who said that she and her boyfriend had gotten into an altercation. She stated that they have been arguing for the past two days and the arguing had become physical. She states that the boyfriend pulled her through the back door, then upper-cut her nose. Dry blood could be seen on the woman’s nostrils. Her family claims her face was very bloody, but they cleaned her up.  The woman also believes her boyfriend left towards Lockburg Arkansas with their baby, but is not sure.

Deputy Chris Lindsey, also of the Sheriff’s Office, spoke with a man of Erickson communications out of North Little Rock. According to reports, this is a company contracted with Sprint Communications in regards to four gel cell batteries being taken from one of Sprint’s cell sites located 2634 Hwy 79 South in Camden. The man advised that the individual that had taken the items from the site was a former contractor working for Sprint, and that they had taken batteries from several sites in Louisiana and Texas prior to being arrested in Louisiana.  

JUSTICE FOR ERIKA
Shaneice Batton is holding a candlelight vigil on Thursday, September 25th, 2014, in honor of my mother’s sister, Erika Batton, who was brutally murdered on 9/14/14 in Camden. Her killer has not been apprehended. The vigil is intended to bring awareness to her death and urge people to help police solve this case. I want people to know how important she was to us and she did not deserve to die the way she did. I sat by her bedside until she passed away after hours of suffering. Please send someone to cover the vigil. Tips can be given anonymously by calling 870-836-5755 and asking for the CID office at the Camden Police Department. Please contact Batton at 870-818-0461, if you have any questions.

STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH OF WOMAN FOUND ALONG I-40
The Arkansas State Police is investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered earlier today (Wednesday, September 24, 2014) along I-40 near Palestine east of the rest area at the 236 mile marker. The body was spotted on the outside lane of the highway by a truck driver who then contacted State Police, Highway Patrol Division, and Troop D shortly after 1 AM. State Police Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents are working to identify the body described as a white female, 25 – 35 years of age, small in stature, blonde hair and a tattoo on the left arm depicting a rose with the names, Shannon, Samantha and Deanna. The woman was wearing blue jean shorts, a lilac colored top. Justin’s cowboy boots were found near the body. The manner and cause of death will be determined by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory. Anyone with information about the death of the woman or who may suspect they know the victim, please contact the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop D at Forrest City by calling (870) 633-1454.


ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE YIELDS ARGUMENT TIME
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he has agreed to yield to the Secretary of State’s Office the State's argument time during the Oct. 2 Arkansas Supreme Court hearing on voter ID. The state’s high court will hear an appeal from Secretary of State Mark Martin and the State Board of Election Commissioners. The parties are appealing Circuit Judge Timothy Fox’s ruling that the state voter ID law is unconstitutional. McDaniel represents the Board of Election Commissioners. Martin is represented in his capacity as Secretary of State by counsel from the Secretary of State’s Office. “I have made a commitment to uphold my constitutional obligation to defend the law, and I will continue to do so as counsel to the Board,” McDaniel said. “However, Secretary Martin’s attorneys have asked to argue the appeal, and I have no objection to them taking the appellant’s argument time.” The Attorney General’s Office also consulted with Sen. Bryan King, who supported the arrangement. King was lead sponsor of the 2013 voter ID law. “I am confident that attorneys for the Secretary of State’s Office will represent the state appellants at the Supreme Court, and I appreciate the cooperation of the attorneys involved in this matter as we work together to ensure the law’s constitutionality is upheld,” King said.

BOOZMAN PROMOTES NATIONAL DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY
WASHINGTON – Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. To help fight this widespread abuse, U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is encouraging Arkansans to participate in Arkansas Take Back and get expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs out of the home. “Prescription drug abuse is a growing danger. Providing a safe option to dispose of old or unneeded medication helps reduce the risk of developing addictions to prescription drugs,” Boozman said. More than 130 collection sites across Arkansas will take old and unneeded prescription drugs. This is part of a nationwide initiative, National Drug Take-Back Day, to return and dispose of prescription drugs and curb their abuse. In Arkansas, more than 33 tons of unneeded medications have been collected since 2010. National Drug Take-Back Day’s success encouraged Boozman and other senators to use it as a model to help address the issue of prescription drug abuse among our nation's servicemembers and veterans. The Servicemembers and Veterans Prescription Drug Safety Act would direct the Attorney General to establish drug take-back programs in coordination with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “I’m especially concerned about our veterans’ abuse of prescription drugs. That’s why I’m working with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to create a connected network of VA pharmacies to protect against potential abuse and correct the practice of overprescribing pain medication. Drug take-back programs are an important tool to breaking this cycle of addiction for our veterans and all prescription drug abusers,” Boozman said. The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Similar legislation was introduced in the House.

September 23, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS
Officer Plyler of the Camden Police Department, was traveling on Washington Street, when he noticed a vehicle coming towards him at a high-rate of speed. After it was confirmed that the driver was going over the speed limit, a traffic stop was made. The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who stated that his driver’s license was suspended. The man’s eyes were also bloodshot and watery. His moves were also very slow and uncoordinated, according to reports. After the man failed standard Field Sobriety tests, he was charged with DWI.

Officer Clayton, also of the Camden Police Department, was on a routine patrol near Willie B Cole and Frazier Street. The office noticed a vehicle run a top sign at an intersection. The officer made contact with the driver, who was aware of why she was stopped. The woman was issued a criminal citation, along with a later court date.

Officer Elliot was on a routine patrol in the 100 blocks of Carver Courts, when she observed a man she knew to have a valid warrant with the Police Department. When the officer made contact with the man, he took off running. Other officers then arrived on the scene.  According to reports several people were outside witnessing the incident. The man was found in one of the residences. He was then taken into custody.

WALDO WOMAN DEAD AFTER VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Monday afternoon, a Waldo woman was pronounced dead, after the vehicle she was driving struck the rear of a log truck. According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, Linda Joyce Morgan, 71, 520 Columbia 132, was driving a 2014 model Buick east on U.S. 82 west of Magnolia, near the intersection of Columbia 150 just west of Big Creek. Her vehicle collided with the left rear of a westbound 2007 model Mack truck, driven by Kenneth W. Dixon, 43, 1101 Cedar, Farmerville, LA. Morgan died at the scene. The accident happened about 2:35 p.m. The weather was clear and the road was dry. Trooper Seth Pinner investigated the accident for the Arkansas State Police. The death was Columbia County’s second fatal motor vehicle accident of 2014. Accidents killed five people in both 2013 and 2012.

AHTD TO HOLD A SERIES OF PUBLIC MEETINGS
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) will hold a series of public meetings on Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 4-7 p.m. The purpose is to seek input about a new statewide rail plan and the possibility of extending high-speed passenger rail service. Tuesday’s meeting will be at the Arkansas Transit Association, 620 W. Broadway, North Little Rock. The Thursday meeting will be at the River Parks Events Building, 121 Riverfront Drive, Fort Smith. Future meetings will be held in South Arkansas, including 4-7 p.m. October 15 at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Gibson Center; and 4-7 p.m. October 16, Holiday Inn Express, 5210 Crossroads Parkway, Texarkana. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and to submit comments. A short video presentation will be repeated through the duration of the meeting. The study teams for the statewide rail plan and the high-speed passenger rail study will be available to provide information and answer questions. The AHTD is responsible for coordinating the development of the State Rail Plan. It is a step toward charting the direction for freight and passenger rail in the state and is required for Arkansas to be eligible for existing and prospective federal rail funding.

September 22, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Lt. James Bolton, responded to a reported burglary at 5384 Hwy. 376 South.

Upon arrival the officer spoke with resident, who stated that when she arrived home from work, she noticed the bedroom window was open. She then noticed paint scrapings on the bed beneath the window and a brown blanket was missing. Upon inspecting the house from outside, a footprint and a handprint was visible beneath the window and the screen was pried away from the window. She said that the window lock was not working. She could find nothing else missing.

Bolton was also dispatched to 626 Anthony Drive to a reported terroristic threatening.
The officer met with a woman and her son, who stated that a man had threatened to kill her son. Witness statements were taken from both the woman and her son. The officer went to an address and spoke with a man, who stated that he was at an address cutting some trees when the son came up to him and began to accuse him. He said he told the boy to leave when the mother drove up and began yelling. Affidavit procedures were explained to all parties.

Deputy McLane responded to 308 Ouachita Road 273 for a report of battery. A woman said that 4 males came up to the residence and began talking to her. She states that they all began having a conversation like friends, then the males started to attack another man. The man had a small laceration under his left eye. He refused medical treatment. He believes the 4 males reside in Sparkman.

Officers were dispatched for a disturbance. The officers noticed a silver Nissan Altima parked behind the residence with all the windows broken out. After several attempts to make contact with someone in the residence, a woman drove up to the residence. She said that her son, had called her two days ago and told her that the alternator had gone out on the car.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.

District Governor Bob DeVinney will be the guest speaker, he will be talking about the October Membership Challenge, Centennial Challenge over areas of youth, the environment and hunger, and the upcoming District Conference. For more on the lions club you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7.

OUACHITA COUNTY 4-H AND EH CLUBS REORGANIZING
The Ouachita County Cooperative Extension Service, which supervises the county 4-H program and the Extension Homemakers Clubs, is seeking new members. The purpose of the 4-H clubs is to give youth ages 5-19 an opportunity to participate in Youth Development Educational Program of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Youth in 4-H clubs will learn life skills, enhance leadership skills, and increase self-esteem while serving in a number of community service projects. Youth in 4-H clubs have an opportunity to compete in a number of competitive activities, attend camps, and earn scholarships for education. The following is a list of the Ouachita County 4-H clubs where and when they meet:

-Camden Clovers 4-H Clubs meets the third Sunday of each month at 2:00pm in the Camden area.
-Ft. Lookout Warriors 4-H club meets at the Ft. Lookout Community Center located in Camden.
-Carver Courts Crusaders 4-H club meets at the Carver Courts Community Center located in Camden.
-Ivory Heights Masters 4-H club meets at the Ivory Heights Community Center located in Camden.
-Lincoln Center Cards 4-H meets at the Lincoln Center Community Center located in Camden.
-Hearts 4-H Club meets second Thursday of each month at 1:30pm, in the conference room at the County Extension Office located at 2760 Mt. Holly Road in Camden.
-Ouachita County 4-H Show Club meets in the conference room at the County Extension officer located 2760 Mt. Holly Road.
For information about meetings, 4-H club membership or program benefits, contact the Ouachita County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 2760 Mt. Holly Road in Camden at 870-231-1160.

AUTHOR TO PRESENT LECTURE ON ARTIST AT SAAC
The South Arkansas Arts Center continues its 50th anniversary celebration of bringing the arts to the heart of South Arkansas with a “Conversations about Clementine Hunter in 2014” by Tom Whitehead, author and professor emeritus of journalism at Northwestern State university of Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The informative talk about the art and the artist will be held in the Merkle and Price Galleries on Tuesday, September 23 at 7pm. When Whitehead met Clementine Hunter in 1966, he was an undergraduate at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Invited by the supervisor of his student job to accompany her to Melrose Plantation along Cane River, Whitehead rode along. “We first stopped at Clementine’s small cabin located across the road from Melrose,” he writes. “I met the artist and bought my first painting for three dollars, a bowl of zinnias. Then we drove around to Melrose and visited François [Mignon] on the porch of Yucca House. Little could I have imagined how the events of that simple afternoon trip would shape the next forty years of my life.” Whitehead and Art Shiver co-authored the book Clementine Hunter Her Life and Art, published in 2012 and co-edited the book Clementine Hunter: The African House Murals in 2005. Whitehead, a native of Baton Rouge, graduated from NSU in 1967. At Boston University, he earned a master’s degree in public relations and communications. In 1969, he returned to NSU to teach. He retired in 1999 but remains a consultant on special projects to the university president. “For me Clementine’s story is more than pictures on boards,” he writes in the book. “It is the story of the most remarkable person I ever met. . . She was not educated, she never traveled, she never had an art lesson, but Clementine Hunter taught me much. I learned from her that intelligence, wit, and talent arise sometimes from the least likely among us.” For more information about the talk, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.org.

ADEQ MEETING SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONTH
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Public Service Commission will be meeting next month over the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. The public meeting will assess the state's pollution reduction target under EPA's alternate proposals, and also offer an economic analysis and a grid reliability study.  According to reports, the federal agency issued its Clean Power Plan proposal back in June, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015. States must submit their plans - which can include an array of options, including efficiency improvements at existing power plants, energy efficiency on the part of customers, renewable energy, among others to EPA by June 30, 2016. In some cases, extensions may be allowed.

BAG IT. TAG IT. DEER SEASON
(Little Rock)-Something to remember for this 2014-15 deer hunting season: Bag it. Tag it. Then use your smart phone app or the Internet to check your deer. In the past, more than 50 percent of the deer checked in Arkansas have been by phone call. It costs the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission $2.35 per call when a deer is checked by a phone call. In comparison, it only costs the agency 50 cents per deer checked through a smartphone app or over the Internet. According to the AGFC deer program coordinator Cory Grays, hunters can still call in to check their deer, but using the smartphone apps or the Internet can save the agency money that could go back into habitat management and targeted land acquisitions among other things. “More and more people are using the apps or the Internet. That savings can go a long way towards helping improve the state’s deer herd,” Gray said. When you get a deer, that’s bagging it. Before anything else, before you move the deer or holler at buddies to come see it, tag it as required by regulations. Then you can haul it to camp or home or anywhere else. Once that is done, checking it is required in the reporting process. If you so choose, you can make the report from right where the deer is. You may check the deer online at www.agfc.com or through the agency’s smartphone apps available in Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store.  The number to call is 866-305-0808. You have 24 hours to do this after bagging the deer.

September 18, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Plyler and Officer Nicholson were dispatched to Save-A-Lot for a report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officers made contact with the store manager, and the suspected shoplifter, as they left the store. The manager stated that he observed a woman conceal items in her purse that she had not purchased, and leave the store. The woman was asked to go back into the store where you had shoplifted. After the woman admitted to shoplifting, she removed the items from her purse. Which consisted of boneless turkey, ham, grape, jelly, guacamole, corned beef, turkey sausage, and 2 packs of Baby Ruth bars. A shoplifting affidavit was completed and the woman was taken into custody.

Officers of the Camden Police Department, were on a routine patrol in the vicinity of the 700 block of Fort Lookout, when he observed three black males sitting near the curb. As the officers drove by two of the males waived, however one kept his head ducked down. The officers came through a second time, as the man continued to duck his head, and not show his face. After the man was identified, he was determined to be on the ban-list. He was then taken into custody for criminal trespass.

Officer McDaniel was dispatched to Allen’s Restaurant in reference to a disturbance. Upon arrival the officer’s met with a worker, who was crying in the kitchen. The woman pointed to her daughter, who was outside. The daughter was outraged and could not be calmed down. Sgt. Gary L. Hicks, tried to calm her down, but with no success. The daughter was then taken into custody.
The mother said that her daughter comes into the restaurant often, and she knows she is not welcome. When asked to leave the daughter would begin to throw things and scream. The daughter was transported to the station for disorderly conduct.

SAU TECH GED WEEK
Southern Arkansas University Techs Adult Education Centers will be hosting GED Week the week of September 22-26. On Tuesday, September 23 a student appreciation event will be held at the Camden location at 237 Jackson Street followed by a balloon liftoff at 11:30 am. In addition to the celebration, the centers in Magnolia, Camden and Fordyce will be offering a free GED pre-test for anyone wanting to start studying for the GED.  The free pre-test will be offered on the 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, 1, 2, and 3 of September. This GED test is now $16 and is provided at all of the SAU Tech Adult Education Centers. For more information call, 870-837-4001.

“AR ON THE BIG SCREEN” TO BE LECTURE AT SAU
Robert Cochran will deliver the annual Robert B. Walz Lecture in Arkansas and Regional Studies at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, in Foundation Hall of the Southern Arkansas University Reynolds Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Cochran’s presentation is “True Hearts Under Coarse Frocks: Arkansas on the Big Screen.” The audience is also welcomed to attend a reception for Robert Cochran in the Reynolds Center following the lecture. Cochran is professor of English and director of the Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is the curator of Lights! Camera! Arkansas!, a current exhibit at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock. The exhibit includes hundreds of artefacts associated with those from Arkansas who made their mark in Hollywood, films shot in the state, and works by Arkansans that were turned into movies. A volume of the same title that he co-authored with his spouse, Suzanne McCray, will be published next year by the University of Arkansas Press. Cochran has written nine books. His works devoted to Arkansas topics include Singing in Zion: Music and Song in the Life of an Arkansas Family; A Photographer of Note: Arkansas Artist Geleve Grice; and Our Own Sweet Sounds: A Celebration of Popular Music in Arkansas. A three-time Fulbright lecturer and Guggenheim Fellow, Cochran has also directed three documentaries and produced two CDs of traditional Arkansas music. Walz Lectureship was established in 1995 with a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Curtistine A. Walz, in honor of her husband’s long service to the university. Dr. Robert Walz taught history at SAU from 1958 to 1987. He promoted the study of Arkansas history through his scholarship, preservation of historic photographs, and leadership in state organizations. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Liberal and Performing Arts at Southern Arkansas University.

HOUSING RIGHTS PROGRAM AIDS ARKANSANS
The mortgage crisis dealt a significant blow to the U.S. economy and affected many American consumers, including some Arkansans. Fortunately, the economy is recovering, and the banks and mortgage services that contributed to the crisis have been held accountable for their actions. Two years ago, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel joined with other state attorneys general and the federal government to announce a multi-billion-dollar settlement with the country’s five largest mortgage services. Of Arkansas’s share of that settlement, $2 million was directed to the state Access to Justice Commission to provide support and assistance to Arkansas consumers who have been adversely impacted by the crisis. The Access to Justice Commission used the money to create the Housing Rights and Consumer Protection Program, which is operated by the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas. McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to increase awareness about this important program.“The landmark mortgage settlement gave us a distinct opportunity to support a program that protects consumers from the types of misconduct and abuse that initially led to our investigation of mortgage services,” McDaniel said. “The program is only about a year old, but there has already been remarkable success on behalf of Arkansas homeowners.” Legal-aid attorneys in the program can provide Arkansas consumers with advice on issues such as foreclosure defense and prevention, housing-related predatory lending practices and other issues related to safe and affordable housing. Consumers can visit www.arlegalservices.org/foreclosure for more information. Consumers may also call the statewide HelpLine at (800) 952-9243 to apply for services or see if they qualify under income eligibility guidelines. The entirety of the $2 million distribution is being used for the Housing Rights and Consumer Protection Program. So far, the program has helped more than 2,000 consumers. Here are some examples of how everyday Arkansans are being assisted:

-One consumer – a widowed grandmother --  saw her mortgage payment increase by nearly $300 a month because of an insurance requirement placed upon her by a mortgage company. She sought a loan modification but had difficulty obtaining the modification, even though she was eligible for a federal loan-modification program. Once she sought assistance through the Housing Rights and Consumer Protection Program, she received a loan modification that significantly decreased her monthly payment.
-Another consumer was about to be foreclosed upon because of reverse mortgage that was allegedly signed by her mother. However, the signature on the reverse mortgage does not match her mother’s signature. Because of that, representatives of the program went to court to stop the foreclosure and the sale was halted.
Because of serious medical problems that resulted in decreased working hours, a consumer who had always paid her mortgage on time contacted her mortgage provider seeking to have her loan modified and her mortgage payment reduced. She hit dead end after dead end until she contacted the program, which intervened on her behalf. Her bank eventually agreed to a modification, thus preventing foreclosure on her home.
The Access to Justice Commission and the nonprofit Access to Justice Foundation work to provide equal access to justice to Arkansans in civil cases. Visit the Commission’s website at www.arkansasjustice.org.
Legal Aid of Arkansas and the Center for Arkansas Legal Services are nonprofit organizations that provide free legal services to low-income Arkansans with civil legal problems. Learn more at www.arlegalservices.org.

September 16, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT
On Friday, at approximately 9:30 am, Deputy LaDuke spoke to Shaun McKelvin at McKelvin’s Garage located at 114 Ouachita 203. McKelvin wanted to make a report regarding a missing stereo. He stated that when the staff got to work, they noticed the door to a white Honda civic was open. When the officer took a look inside, a CD player was found missing. There was also entry made into a Dodge truck. Once inside the perpetrators tried to steal another stereo, but were unsuccessful. Deputy LaDuke also responded to Ymart to take a report of a small accident in the parking lot. The officer spoke with a man, who stated that he was backing out and accidentally hit a vehicle parked at one of the gas pumps. The only damage caused was a small dent on the passenger side of the parked truck.  

INMATE FACING ADDITIONAL JAIL TIME AFTER METH FOUND IN HER PANTS
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) – After prison guards say they found nearly $2,000 worth of methamphetamine in her pants, an Arkansas inmate is facing additional jail time. Earlier this week, Craighead County judge said there is sufficient evidence to charge the 30-year-old woman with meth possession. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Craighead County Detention Center jailers say they discovered 19 grams of meth in baggies during a "shakedown." According to reports, the woman told them she couldn't remember the name of the inmate who gave her the drugs. The woman is serving a 120 day sentence for second-degree forgery.

CAMDEN FAIRVIEW HOMECOMING 2014 
If your club or organization would like to participate in the Homecoming parade on September 26, you must pre-register your entry with Pam Strickland, Darla Strivers, or Tavitha Wooten by September 25th. Registration forms can be picked up in the Principals office. The theme for this year's parade will be "Let the Games Begin". The start time for the parade is 3:00 pm, and there will be no numbers issued for parade lineup. For any additional information call Camden Fairview High school at 870-837-1300 during school hours.  

ACCIDENT RESULTS IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN NEVADA COUNTY
The Waldo Police Department and other officers were involved in a high-speed chase early this week, that resulted in a traffic accident in Nevada County. Waldo Police Chief Robert Philson said in a press release that a Waldo officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in Waldo. When the officer approached the vehicle, the suspects fled and the officer gave chase on U.S. 371 North. During the chase, Columbia County Central Dispatch reported that the vehicle had been stolen in the State of Illinois, and that the suspects could be armed and dangerous. Nevada County deputies set up a roadblock but the suspects ran through it. North of Willisville, the suspects passed an 18-wheeler and their vehicle collided head on with a southbound vehicle. The suspects were apprehended at the scene. However, two people in the other car were seriously injured and had to be airlifted to a Little Rock hospital for treatment. In custody are two women. They are Angelina Mark, 30, of New Lenox, IL, and Tanderly Autumn Ham, 32, of Rosston. They were booked early Tuesday morning by Waldo police. The names of the victims have not been released. The Arkansas State Police is investigating the wreck.

ARKANSAS ATTORNEY GENERAL RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel was released from a Little Rock hospital after he admitted a day earlier for an adverse reaction to a new medication. McDaniel was released from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on earlier in the week. A day earlier, the attorney general was admitted as a precaution because the new medication had caused his blood pressure to spike. Attorney General's Office spokesman Aaron Sadler stated that McDaniel is doing well and appreciates the prayers and support he's heard from around the state. Sadler says McDaniel is eager to return to work.

EL DORADO FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS DAY PASSES
Planning on attending the South Arkansas Arts Center’s first annual El Dorado Film Festival but just can’t fit in all three days? By popular demand, the festival committee is now offering a $20 “Day” pass. Select the day of your choice to attend and get access to the films and admission to the workshop of the day. The El Dorado Film Festival runs the weekend of September 18-20 at the South Arkansas Arts Center, located at 110 East Fifth Street. Feature filmmaker Howie Klausner will be at the Festival on Thursday, September 18 only. Klausner will give his “The NEW Film Business” workshop at 10:30am on the 18th. At 8:00pm on that evening, Klausner will speak about the film industry, screen writing, and give Festival attendees a first look at an extended trailer of his new film The Secret Handshake. Klausner’s trailer will be followed immediately by Horton Foote’s One Armed Man. Directed by Tim Guinee and produced by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman; the narrative short has already been short listed for the 87th annual Academy Awards. For a complete listing of all films and workshops scheduled during the El Dorado Film Festival, visit www.saac-arts.org and plan your attack. Whether attending the entire three-day festival with a $30 all access pass or taking advantage of the $20 day pass, SAAC bring world class cinema to El Dorado, September 18-20. To reserve your pass, contact the SAAC box office at 862-5474 or reserve them online at http://eldofilmfest.brownpapertickets.com.  

September 15, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORT
Officers of the Camden Police Department, were dispatched to 618 Lincoln Center for a house fire. Dispatch advised EMS and the fire department were in route to 618 Lincoln Center.  When the officers arrived on scene and heard several people yelling for me to hurry up because someone was hurt. A woman was noticed holding the screen up to the window that was also observed to have smoke coming from it. A black female lying on the floor unresponsive.

Blood could be noticed coming from her head and face area. The fire department arrived on the scene and gained entry into the residence. The woman was pulled from the apartment by firefighters and turned over to emergency medical services. Bleeding could be seen coming heavily. Sgt. Easttam contacted dispatch and advised them to call out CID. The woman’s daughter stated she had walked home from Foxcreek Apartments and noticed light illuminating from the window. Initially she thought it was a candle, but when she got closer she smelled smoke coming from the apartment. EMS transported the woman to the hospital for treatment. At the hospital believe the woman was stabbed or hit with a blunt object. The woman was transported to St. Vincent’s hospital via helicopter for further treatment, but was later announced dead.

LAW ENFORCEMENT STANDARDS AND TRAINING MEETING
There will a Law Enforcement Standards and Training will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, October 9th. The meeting will be held at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in East Camden. The meeting will be held at 10:00 am.   

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.

This week Judge Ham Singleton will be the speaker, and he will be discussing civics. For more on the Lions Club and how you can join, you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext.7.

SPEAKER ANNOUNCED FOR 10TH ANNUAL FB&T DISTINGUISHED SERIES
Best-selling author James Bradley will be the presenter for the 10th annual Farmers Bank and Trust Distinguished Speaker Series on September 23 at Southern Arkansas University. Tickets for the event are now on sale. To purchase tickets by phone, call the SAU Office of Development at 870-235-4321. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the “Make a Gift” button. Bradley burst onto the national scene in 2000 with his New York Times #1 best-selling book Flags of Our Fathers, a book about the six soldiers who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. One of the soldiers was Bradley’s father. The Times called the book “the surprise runaway nonfiction best seller of the season.” It was later released as a motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood. Bradley’s message at SAU will be titled “Doing the Impossible.” Proceeds from the event provide scholarships to students who possess the talent, energy, and intellectual curiosity to access higher education but lack the financial resources. A private reception with Bradley will be held at 5:15 p.m. at the Farmers Bank and Trust main branch in Magnolia. A book signing will take place in the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center at SAU at 6 p.m., and the dinner and lecture will be held in the Reynolds Center Grand Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $100 for the dinner and lecture. Tickets are $200 to attend the dinner, lecture, private reception, and obtain an autographed photo with Bradley. Sponsorship opportunities are also offered through the SAU Foundation. A Blue Sponsorship, $800, includes eight tickets for the dinner and lecture, two tickets for the private reception with photo, a table in the Blue Section with the sponsor’s name displayed on the table and in the program. The Gold Sponsorship, $2,000, includes eight tickets to the dinner, lecture and private reception with photo. Gold Sponsor tables also enjoy premium seating and name displayed in the program and on the table. Bradley is the author of three other books. Flyboys is the secret story of eight naval aviators who were beheaded on the island next to Iwo Jima. A ninth Flyboy got away. His name was George H.W. Bush. His third book, The Imperial Cruise, is an in-depth exploration of Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy. His latest book, The China Mirage, is slated for release this fall. It is a spellbinding history of the turbulent U.S.-China relations. Raised in Wisconsin, Bradley studied at the University of Notre Dame, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and the University of Wisconsin. He has vast experience writing and producing corporate films and corporate meetings. He has traveled the world, living in more than 40 countries. He has run companies in the U.S., Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. He is the president of the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering understanding between America and Asia.

OVER 3,500 STUDENTS ENROLLED AT SAU
For the first time in its 105 year history, Southern Arkansas University has more than 3,500 students enrolled on its Magnolia campus, and numerous enrollment records were broken as the fall 2014 numbers became official. “It is exciting to see enrollment in Magnolia top 3,500 for the first time in our history,” said SAU President Dr. David Rankin. “It is particularly rewarding to see increases in both undergraduate and graduate numbers, a record freshman class, and a significant increase in the number of students living on campus.” Total enrollment for the semester was up 141 over fall 2013 with 3,545 students registering for classes. This represents an increase of 4.14 percent. Of those, 3,037 are undergraduates, and 508 are pursuing graduate degrees, setting a new record for the School of Graduate Studies. In a message to University employees earlier this week, Rankin attributed the enrollment records to the hard work of the SAU faculty and staff. “In the challenging environment higher education finds itself in today, an
increase in student numbers does not just happen. It takes a dedicated and concentrated effort and many hours of hard work to see this accomplished,” he said. Dr. Donna Allen, vice president for student affairs, echoed Rankin’s comments. “I am extremely grateful for everyone’s hard work in helping this record number of students have the opportunity to have the complete college experience by enrolling at SAU,” she said. Other broken records include the number of students living on campus. This year, 1,538 students have chosen to reside in on-campus residence halls and  apartments, pushing University housing to its max. Compared to last year, on-campus living is up 91 students. The international student population has hit an all-time high with 154  students enrolled from 39 countries. This number is up from 99 international students in 2013. The SAU Honors College has enrolled a record 61 new students, bringing its total enrollment to 170 – the highest total enrollment in program history. Administrators are attributing the University’s recent growth to several new and innovative programs that are unique to SAU. The computer game and animation design program began in fall 2013 and boasts 65 students. The new Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree  the only degree of its kind in  south Arkansas – began this semester and already has 50 students enrolled. 
In athletics, 51 new students have arrived to participate in the Muleriders’ reinstated track and field program. “New programs and events have gotten the attention of potential students, and we are very excited about their decision to attend SAU,” said Dean of  Enrollment Services Sarah Jennings. “The faculty and staff have done a great  job working together to attract students, and I am especially proud of the recruiting efforts by our admissions and enrollment services team. We are looking forward to a great year at SAU!”

September 12, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORT
Officer Plyler of the Camden Police Department was traveling along California Avenue towards Lincoln Drive. While the officer was sitting in the turn lane, he observed a white 2 door infinity in the lane in front. The light apparently turned green and the vehicle continued to sit there. The officer then activated the air horn, forcing the other vehicle to move. The vehicle continued on Lincoln Drive at a very slow speed, and crossed over the center line several times, before returning to its lane. A traffic was made at the Murphy Gas Station. The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, who stated that she was sitting at the light for so long because she was attempting to put an address into her phone’s map service. Her movements were very uncoordinated and sluggish. When asked if she had consumed any narcotics or alcohol, the woman stated no, however after taking standard field sobriety tests, she was determined to be intoxicated.

SAU TO HOST GAMING COMPETITION IN TEXARKANA
Registration is now open for Southern Arkansas University’s “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” tournament to be held from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Borderland Games, 2846 Richmond Road, Texarkana, Texas. Sponsored by the University’s gaming and animation design programs, the tournament is open to high school students in grades nine through 12. There is no entry fee, but the tournament is limited to 32 players and six standby players. Prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be served. Spectators are welcome to attend. To reserve a seat, interested students should pre-register at www.SAUmag.edu/Gaming. SAU recently became the first and only university in Arkansas to offer a complete program dedicated to providing instruction from the technical as well as the artistic sides of computer gaming and animation design. The new B.F.A. in Art and Design for Game Animation and Simulation Design as well as the new B.S. in Computer Science option in Computer Gaming and Animation Design offer students a competitive and more affordable avenue to a future in developing mobile apps, 3-D designs, and lifelike animations.

BOOZMAN JOINS BIPARTISAN LETTER REQUESTING EXTENDED PERIOD FOR EPA’S EMISSIONS RULE
U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) called on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to provide a 60-day extension for the public comment period on EPA’s radical plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The EPA plan will drive up the price of electricity, send jobs overseas, and lead to the construction of foreign factories in places like China, which will emit far more carbon dioxide and pollution into the global atmosphere. The EPA plan contains complicated mandates, which target Arkansas with some of the most painful and severe cuts in the nation. Boozman joined 52 of his senate colleagues expressing that because the proposal is incredibly complex and broad in scope and would impact electric generation, use, and costs throughout the country, an additional 60 days is needed to provide more time for all stakeholders to fully review it and offer comments. In May, Boozman signed a letter to EPA requesting that the agency grant at least 120 days for public comment on its new proposal for existing power plants. The agency approved this request, but analyzing and assessing the information has proven very difficult for stakeholders in Arkansas and across the country. In this letter, the senators state that the level of complexity of the proposal, volume of technical documents released, amount of coordination required, and magnitude of energy impacts of the rule warrant a 60-day extension of the public comment period. The senators write, “This extension is critical to ensure that state regulatory agencies and other stakeholders have adequate time to fully analyze and comment on the proposal. It is also important to note that the challenge is not only one of commenting on the complexity and sweeping scope of the rule, but also providing an opportunity to digest more than 600 supporting documents released by EPA in support of this proposal.”               

September 11, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officer Jimmy Plyler of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to Walmart for a report a man consuming alcohol inside the store. When the officer arrived on the scene he located the man in the automotive section of the store. An employee stated that the man was consuming alcohol in the store that he had not paid for. The officer observed the Man pushing a cart containing merchandise and also consuming peanuts from a container. When asked what he was doing the man said he was just shopping and he was not aware that you couldn’t drink in the store. The man was taken into custody for public intoxication.

Officers of the Camden Police Department were dispatched to Pierce Street at the railroad tracks for a parked vehicle on the railroad property next to the tracks. Upon the officers arrival he observed a black Chevrolet pickup parked next to the tracks. The officer then made contact with the driver, who said he was homeless and living in the trunk.

Sgt. Easttam was dispatched to Fred’s for a shoplifter that had just left the store on a bicycle. Easttam was advised by Chief Bo Woody that the man was riding through the parking lot of Car Mart. The man was taken into custody and transported to the station. The items that were stolen were found as the officers were doing a search.

Officers were dispatched to 677 Crestwood for a report of terrostic threatening. Dispatch advised that a vehicle was driving around the residence and shouting threats at the residents. The officer was unable to locate the vehicle, however he did speak with the residents. One of the residents said that his ex-wife was driving and shouting threats at his fiancée, and had also been stalking them. The officer knew that the ex-wife had a current warrant for violation of order of protection, and she was taken into custody.

SAU 9/11 DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND SERVICE CEREMONY
Southern Arkansas University is hosting a 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service ceremony today, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in Harton Theatre. Members of the community are invited to come remember those who lost their lives, to honor first responders and military personnel, and to encourage acts of service. First responders and military personnel in attendance will be honored during the program. “That day represents one of the most deadly terrorist attacks on American soil, but it also exemplifies a time when Americans worked together in rescue and recovery and in responding to the needs of others,” said Deana Taylor, SAU’s community involvement coordinator. “When we gather to remember the events of that day and honor those who died, when we pay tribute to those who rush in as everyone rushes out, and when we seek to honor those who continue to serve our country, we are helping to make something good rise from the ashes of Ground Zero.” SAU President Dr. David Rankin will be the keynote speaker. “I had an opportunity to visit the twin towers memorial in New York City this summer. It is a stark and powerful reminder of the terrible events of September 11, 2001,” said Rankin. “We all remember where we were as we watched these terrible events unfold. It is fitting that we have continued to remember the suffering and sacrifice of this day and to reaffirm our determination to defend the freedoms we hold so dear.” SAU sophomore Jacob Maness, a pre-vet student from Taylor, will also share his personal story from 9/11. He was connected to two men who died that day. The program will also feature music education major Jaymee King from Magnolia, who will sing God Bless America. Taylor said that they will be encouraging people to look around in their own sphere of influence and find ways to help others, ways to make the world a better place, one act at a time. The “Do Something Good” campaign was inspired by the remarkable goodness, compassion and unity that people expressed immediately after the attacks.

HELP PREVENT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
Prescription drug abuse and misuse is growing at such a rapid rate that drug overdoses have eclipsed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all drug overdose deaths are caused by pharmaceuticals, such as prescription pain relievers. The problem of prescription drug abuse is particularly critical in Arkansas, which has led the nation in the abuse of prescription drugs by teenagers. That’s why Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has partnered with other agencies to host this week’s Arkansas Prescription Drug Abuse Summit.  More than 650 participants, including medical professionals, law enforcement officials and educators attended the summit to hear from national experts on the best ways to prevent prescription drug abuse and provide treatment to those who need it. The third annual summit came just days before the Ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27. McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to promote awareness of this issue and encourage Arkansas consumers to participate in the Sept. 27 take-back effort. “The prescription-drug abuse epidemic touches all our lives, as it’s likely that every one of us knows a friend or family member who has been addicted to prescription medication,” McDaniel said. “Because it affects all of us, it takes all of us to solve the problem, whether it be a physician who heard at our annual summit of an innovative and more appropriate way to treat a patient, or a consumer who merely takes the time to safely discard unwanted pills.” Since the national take-back initiative began in 2010, Arkansans have safely and securely disposed of 52 tons of pills, and Arkansas is one of the leading states for participation in the program. Secure take-back locations will be available to consumers statewide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 27. To find a nearby collection site, or for more information on the take-back initiative, visit www.artakeback.org. For consumers unable to dispose of their unused and unwanted pills on the 27th, Arkansas has more than 100 permanent disposal sites. In addition, pharmacies and other medical facilities will be allowed to register as collection sites under new Drug Enforcement Administration guidelines that take effect Oct. 9.

Disposing of drugs at take-back sites helps keep medications out of the hands of potential abusers, and it also benefits the environment. Throwing pills away or flushing them down the toilet poses significant health and safety risks.
McDaniel urged consumers to help prevent prescription drug abuse by keeping these tips in mind:
-Monitor every prescription. Take note of how many pills are in each bottle or packet, and keep track of refills.
-Secure all medications, even over-the-counter drugs, in locations that are inaccessible to children, teenagers or potential abusers. The leading source of prescription drugs taken for nonmedical use is the medicine cabinet of a friend or family member.
-Dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs promptly at collection sites sponsored by law enforcement agencies.
-Prevent unauthorized refills by removing personal, identifying information from pill bottles or packaging before disposal.
For more information about prescription drug abuse or misuse, contact the Health Care Bureau of McDaniel’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 482-8982 or visit www.GotYourBackArkansas.org.

September 10, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
Deputy Bryant Carman responded to a hunting club on Hwy. 9. When the deputy arrived on location he met with one of the hunting club members, who stated that the previous night, his father arrived at the camp and found that one of the camp doors had been pried open. He also stated that all the other camper RV’s had been invaded, but there was no property damage. According to reports the suspect(s) went through all the drawers in each camper, but mostly took items that were laying outside the camper. The items missing were described as 2 Moultree Brand Cameras, extension cords, 1 industrial water hose, a level, drill, tin snips, water pump, tools, and a sleeping bag.

Lt. James Bolton responded to Ouachita County Medical Center to a report of a female that had been stabbed. The officer spoke with the woman, who stated she was at the Wheel Club on Bradley Ferry Road, when she had got into an argument with another female outside in the parking lot. During the argument, the other female had something in her hand and stabbed her with it. The suspect then jumped into a gray four door car and drove away. The victim was unable to identify any other information about the identity of the suspect.

GO GICLEE WORKSHOP AT THE SAAC
Lisa Burton-Tarver,staff photographer for the South Arkansas Arts Center will teach a giclee print workshop on Thursday, September 11, from 6-9pm. Bring your favorite photo images on a memory card or a memory stick and learn to make one-of-a-kind inkjet giclee prints! $50 fee includes all supplies. Coined in 1991 by printmaker Jack Duganne, giclee (pronounced zhee-klay) is the term for fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The name originally applied to fine art prints created on IRIS printers in a process invented in the late 1980s, but has since come to mean any inkjet print. It is often used by artists, galleries, and print shops to denote high quality printing. Artists generally use inkjet printing to make reproductions of their original two-dimensional artwork, photographs, or computer-generated art. Professionally produced inkjet prints are much more expensive on a per-print basis than the four-color offset lithography process traditionally used for such reproductions. A wide variety of substrates is available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyl. Tarver is an award-winning photographer whose work has been included in the Arkansas Arts Council’s “Small Works on Paper” and numerous juried competitions. To register for the workshop, contact SAAC at 862-5474.

CONSERVING OUR PASTURES WORKSHOP
Landowners and Livestock Producers interested in cost-share programs and best management practices are encouraged to attend the 2014 Conserving our Pastures Workshop. The workshop will be held on September 23rd at the University of Arkansas Research and Extension Center in Hope, starting at 10AM and running until 12:30.  Lunch will be provided following the informative session. Natural resource professionals with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Arkansas Natural Resource Commission will discuss management of grazing lands including rotational grazing, alternative water sources, and stream side fencing. Presenters will also tie these practices into available cost-share programs and provide information on how to obtain cost-share if desired.  Jeff Taverner with the Arkansas Game& Fish Commission says; “we have a great program set up that will cover nearly all financial incentive programs available.  If you are a cattle producer, we'd love for you to come hear more about these programs and see how you can improve your bottom line while also improving water quality. These programs can help prevent severe erosion from your stream banks as well as provide a source of fresh clean water for your livestock. We think it is a win-win for everyone, but we need feedback from livestock producers to be effective”. To RSVP, please contact Sherri Pote at 870-777-9702 x 100. The RSVP is encouraged to estimate the number of meals to provide. For more information on the workshop, please contact Mike Budd at 870-473-2869.

OVER 150 BIRD SPECIES IN AR THREATENED BY GLOBAL WARMING
Global warming threatens the survival of nearly half the birds species in the continental United States and Canada, including many of Arkansas’s birds. One iconic Arkansas bird – the mallard – is among those at risk, according to the report. Another duck, the bufflehead also stands to lose much of its habitable territory in Arkansas. “Based on Audubon’s peer-reviewed scientific study, more than 300 birds across North America face serious threat or extinction. Half of those species spend all or part of their lives in Arkansas,” said Dr. Dan Scheiman, director of bird conservation at Audubon Arkansas. “Our state plays a pivotal role in preventing a catastrophic decline in bird species across much of the country.” Of 588 bird species examined in the seven-year study, 314 species are at risk. Of those, 126 species face severe declines by 2050 if global warming continues unabated. Another 188 species face the same fate by 2080, according to the study. The Audubon report says that hundreds of species not previously considered at risk will be challenged to survive in a climate-changed future. “Ducks plays a critical role in our culture, our history, and our economy,” said Brett Kincaid, executive director for Audubon Arkansas. “We face the distinct possibility of children growing up to live in an Arkansas where the mallard is a rare bird, no longer a valued member of our community.” National Audubon Society chief scientist, Dr. Gary Langham, led a team of ornithologists analyzing more than 40 years of historical North American climate data and millions of historical bird records from the U.S. Geological Survey’s North American Breeding Bird Survey and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This analysis helped Dr. Langham’s team understand the links between where birds live and the climatic conditions that support them. Understanding those links then allowed scientists to project where birds are likely to be able to survive – and not survive – in the future. Audubon’s study shows how climate conditions including rainfall, temperature, and changing seasons – the building blocks for ecosystems and species survival – may have catastrophic consequences when tipping those balances. While some species will be able to adapt to shifting climates, many of North America’s most familiar and iconic species will not. “We can build a bridge to the future for Arkansas’s birds, but we must get to work right away” says Dr. Scheiman. “This new report can be a roadmap to help birds weather the storm of global warming. They’re relying on us to do it.” Audubon also launched a new web portal – climate.audubon.org – dedicated to understanding the links between birds and global warming, including animated maps and photographs of the 314 species at risk, a technical report, and in-depth stories from the September-October issue of Audubon magazine, which is devoted to the topic. “This report serves as a wakeup call,” said Kincaid. “We can act to mitigate the damage we’ve already done. But we must act together – and act now.” Audubon Arkansas is an affiliate of the National Audubon Society, an organization working to save birds and bird habitats throughout America. Using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation Audubon has worked for more than 100 years on behalf of birds. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905 Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization.

September 9, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORTS
A guy in a vehicle was traveling east-bound on Ouachita 44. While traveling the vehicle lost control while trying to negotiate a curve. The driver stated that when he started to lose control he turned the steering wheel to the right to avoid going into a creek in, in turn causing the vehicle to exit the roadway to a final resting point off road near the creek. Luckily no injuries were reported.

Deputy Bryant Carman responded to Hwy. 376 North in reference to a vehicle being ran off the road. Upon the officer’s arrival, he spoke with the driver, who stated that while traveling north when she met an oncoming 18-wheeler pulling a white tractor trailer on her side of the road.
The driver stated that she had to go in the ditch to avoid being hit, which caused her to hit a mail box. She stated that the 18-wheeler did not stop and continued on toward Hwy. 79 south.

Deputy LaDuke spoke to a man on the phone, who said he was calling to report a pistol missing from his truck. He said he had no idea who might have taken the gun, but he feels like it was either taken from his house, or the Bearden fire station. According to reports the gun is a Taurus PT 45 cal. The gun has a polished upper, dark gray lower, and diamond cut wood grips.  Deputy LaDuke also spoke to a man at 430 Ouachita 154, who wanted to make a report about that his family used for storage getting broken into. The man stated that the break-in was made through the back door and once they were inside they pulled out everything and threw several items on the floor. At this time the items missing a yellow McCullough Weedeater, a red Snapper gas leaf blower, a Black & Decker drill, 2 jack stands, a box of miscellaneous tools, and several fishing reels. At this time there is no idea to who stole the items.

SAU “MARKETING TECHNIQUES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES” SEMINAR
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center presents "Marketing Techniques for Small Businesses." A small marketing budget doesn’t have to mean restricted resources for your small business.  Get an overview of general marketing techniques, accompanied by suggestions for small businesses with small budgets. Topics include how to create a marketing plan and calendar, determining your target markets, low cost marketing tools, image development and branding, and e-marketing. The seminar will be on Tuesday September 23rd from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the OPED Building in Camden. The guest speaker will be Training Coordinator, Julia Nipper and the cost is free. For any additional information or to pre-register you can contact Julia Nipper at 870-235-5033 or email julianipper@saumag.edu.

SPACE AVALIABLE FOR SAAC THREE-DAY PAINTING WORKSHOP
The visual arts committee of the South Arkansas Arts Center announces there is still space available in celebrated artist Richard Stephens’ three- day painting workshop “Watercolor with Passion and Humor.” The workshop is September 12-14 from 9am-4pm each day.  Cost of the workshop is $135 for current SAAC members and $160 for the general public (which includes a one year SAAC membership at Friend Level). Richard Stephens’ watercolor workshop is informative, challenging and fun.  It exposes the student to Richard’s personal watercolor process, and allows the student to find their own personal style within that process. Stephens was named as one of ten "Artists to Watch" by Watercolor Magic magazine (December 2005 edition). Four of his paintings were featured in “200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists”, by Carol Katchen, published by North Light Books. Stephens' work is owned by individuals and corporations around the country. He is a member of the Arkansas League of Artists, the Mississippi Art Colony, and is a signature member of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Southern Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society. To register for the three-day workshop, contact SAAC at 862-5474. For more information about the workshop, including a supplies list, visit www.saac-arts.com.

BLOOD DONATION APP 
The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. The new app makes it easier and faster for users to find a nearby blood drive, schedule blood donations, track their total donations, get rewards and invite friends and family to join them on a lifesaving team. It’s free and available for download through the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM. As the nation’s single largest supplier of blood and blood products, the Red Cross is uniquely positioned to bring this technology to blood and platelet donors. The attached news release details the new app and highlights its key features. By providing this information to your community, you can introduce them to a new way to help meet the constant need for blood. Please let me know if you would like to see a demo of the app or would like to schedule an interview, and I am also happy to answer any questions you may have.

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE USE AMONG YOUTH
In 2013, 263,000 youth who had never smoked a cigarette used an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The data, from the National Youth Tobacco survey of middle and high school students, also showed that youth who had never smoked conventional cigarettes but who used e-cigarettes were twice as likely to smoke conventional cigarettes as those who had never used e-cigarettes.
In Arkansas, 24.9 percent of youth in grades nine through 12 currently use tobacco. This ranks Arkansas at 40th in the youth smoking rate, when compared to other states. “We are very concerned about nicotine addiction among youth in Arkansas.  Additionally, we do not think youth understand that the risks associated with using an e-cigarette are similar to those of a conventional cigarette” said Gary Wheeler, M.D., Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program. There is evidence that nicotine’s adverse effects on adolescent brain development could result in lasting deficits in cognitive function.  Nicotine is highly addictive.  Three out of every four teen smokers become an adult smoker.  E-cigarettes also produce carcinogens and small particles that irritate lungs. This report comes just days after the American Heart Association released a policy statement on e-cigarettes.  The statement calls for areas of tobacco control, including clean indoor air laws, taxation, regulation, preventing youth access, marketing and advertising, counseling for cessation, surveillance, and incorporating e-cigarettes language in current tobacco laws. “We’re worried that these devices are going to diminish the work done by so many in our state to curb tobacco use.  Even worse, these devices are normalizing smoking because it is not currently being regulated and there are no laws in Arkansas to prohibit use of these devices in public places,” Wheeler added. Arkansas was one of the first states to create a law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarette products to minors. However, the law does not have any penalties for those who choose to sell to minors. There are currently 466 brands of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and in 2013, $3 billion was spent on ENDS globally.  Many of these products are specifically marketed towards youth because of the sweet, candy-like flavors these devices offer. Currently in Arkansas, there are 68 known independent vapor shops where ENDS products can be purchased. This number will only increase as the popularity of these devices grows.  “Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. We must do everything we can in order to prevent youth from accessing these products,” said Wheeler. The Arkansas Tobacco Quitline is here to help. Available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, the Quitline greatly increases a tobacco user’s success in quitting by offering a combination of free counseling sessions with a QuitCoach and free nicotine-replacement therapy medications while supplies last. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW today.

September 8, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Lt. Cedric D. Gregory was dispatched to 2904 highway 79 north in response to a report of a structure fire. According to reports, a passing motorist had been driving past the home and noticed flames coming from the north end of the residence. Fire Departments from fire district 1, East Camden and Bearden responded to the scene of the fire. The fire was extinguished without a problem. Luckily no injuries were reported. It is believed that the fire was the result of an electrical short.

Sgt. Chris Gill along with Deputy Doug LaDuke responded to the Frenchport Landing at the end of Ouachita 381 for a reported vehicle in the river. Upon arrival the officer spoke to Billy Adkins’s of Buddy’s Wrecker service and the owner of the vehicle, who stated that he was turning around and the back end of the truck got far off in the river. He also stated that he was able to get a few items out of the vehicle before it submerged.

VARIETY OF CLASSES OFFERED FROM SAU CONTINUING EDUCATION 
The Division of Continuing Education at Southern Arkansas University has an interesting variety of affordable non-credit class options available for the public this fall. To register for the following classes, simply email Caroline Waller at carolinewaller@saumag.edu, call (870) 235-4006, visit SAU Business 111, or register online at http://web.saumag.edu/ce/register-online/. Class reservations are not final until the fee has been paid.

In Deco Mesh Wreath Design, Tina Marlar will teach you how to design a beautiful wreath that will add a punch of color to your entry door just in time for the fall holidays. Learn how to choose the appropriate materials and the latest techniques involved in making a deco mesh wreath, whether for fun or profit. The class will meet two times, from 6-8 p.m., on October 7 and 14, in the Business Building Student Lounge at SAU. Fee is $60.
Chalk Painting 101 will show you how to use chalk paint to create beautiful, distressed finishes on anything including wood, plastic, metal, or glass. This class will include hands-on demonstrations, supplies, and hand-outs. Bring your own small piece to transform from boring to beauty. The class will be led by Staci Caldwell, and participants can choose to attend from 6-8 p.m. on September 23 or on October 14. The class will meet at Nifty Vintage & Consignment at 111 N. Jackson. Fee is $75, and includes supplies.

Introduction to Spanish will be taught 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays from September 9 – December 2 at Wilson 327. Mitchell Bradford is leading the course. He will provide a solid foundation of the Spanish language. Special emphasis will be placed on vocabulary and oral expression within a cultural context. Principles of grammar will be introduced as you become more familiar with the language. Activities will include role-playing and interactive situations. Audio, magazine articles and literary texts will be used in this class. Fee is $40.
Aquacize is meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 2 – December 4 at the SAU Pool. Sandi Alston is offering a wide variety of water exercises that provide for cardiovascular strength, conditioning, and toning of muscles. Flotation devices will be provided for deep water exercises. Fee is $60.
Ballet Basics is meeting in the HKR Studio from 5-5:45 p.m. on Mondays from September 8 – December 1. Lauren Murphy will introduce the world of ballet to your child, who is sure to enjoy this introduction course designed especially for young dancers. Children will learn how to leap, twirl, arabesque, and more in this supportive class. In addition to ballet movements, the class teaches ease and skill of movement, creativity, grace, poise, discipline, and confidence. Watch your little one come home with a positive self-image and a great sense of accomplishment. Students must have a pair of tights, leotard, and ballet shoes. Fee is $100.
Sugarplum Fairy Ballet Camp is being offered by Murphy on December 8-9, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the HKR Studio. Camp dancers will learn the story and dances from the classic Christmas ballet, The Nutcracker. Come on; come all to Clara’s Land of Sweets. In this magical land, anything can happen. Children will learn the dance and movements of The Nutcracker and become a true Sugarplum fairy in training! Between all the dancing, Nutcracker music, and story-telling, your dancer is bound to have a magical experience! Campers should wear appropriate dance attire. Fee is $60. 

SAAC FILM FESTIVAL GETS “BLOODY”
Love horror films? Ever wonder how they do all those gnarly effects? During the South Arkansas Arts Center’s first annual El Dorado Film Festival, September 18-20, the secrets will be revealed during a “Blood and Guts Special FX Workshop” with Chuck Meré. Yes, this is the real Emmy Award winning Chuck Meré from the world's bloodiest Youtube show and highest imdb rated zombie show, Zombie Go Boom!  Meré is an executive producer, writer, director, visual effects artist, and independent filmmaker who currently resides in Fayetteville. He offers a “not for the squeamish” Special FX workshop that is sure to entertain, educate, and prepare you for the Zombie Apocalypse! “Our show uses Hollywood special effects and props to create a zombie survival show unlike anything on TV or the web. We set out to prove or disprove zombie survival theories with scientific tests and experiments. Some of our episodes include testing weapons seen in The Walking Dead, Resident Evil, and Bite Me. In a little more than a year, our videos have been viewed more than 5 million times and they are featured on Machinima, the #1 entertainment network on YouTube,” said Meré. Meré is known for Zombie Go Boom (2011), Quitting (2010) Love Struck Dead (2012) and Stripped, Bear (2009), which received its premiere at SAAC. Meré’s workshop is just one of several to be presented by industry professionals during the three-day festival.  Meré’s zombie opus Love Struck Dead will be screened during the festival. A $30 All Access Pass gains entry to all screenings of selected films, workshops,  and parties.  Passes can be reserved through brownpapertickets.com under El Dorado Film Festival or at the SAAC box office at 862-5474.

September 5, 2014

CITY LOOKING FOR LAND TO BUILD NEW STATE PENITENTIARY
The City of Camden is looking for an option to purchase a relatively flat, roughly square, buildable land parcel in Ouachita County. Minimum of 400 acres with potential to acquire additional, comparably-sized adjacent land. The land must border a paved public way and be free of a negative environmental concerns, prefers little or no floodplain. The parcel should be accessible to natural gas, three-phase electrical power, broadband, municipal water and sewer. A tax write-off donation is being considered. If you are a landowner, and are interested, respond ASAP to caidcark@yahoo.com. In the email, please provide your name, telephone number, and a brief description of land and location.  

AR MINIMUM WAGE TO BE ON NOVEMBER BALLOT
A proposal to increase the minimum wage in the State of Arkansas will be on the November general election ballot. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said Wednesday that “An Act to Increase the Arkansas Minimum Wage” met the signature requirements of Article 5, Section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution. An initiated act needs 62,507 valid signatures to make the ballot. The sponsors turned in a total of 129,989 signatures for verification. At this time, the initiated act has at least 70,074 valid signatures. Martin said there are signatures still being verified; therefore, the total number of valid signatures may increase. The Secretary of State has certified the proposed initiated act to the County Boards of Election Commissioners. It will be Issue No. 5 on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure will increase the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $7.50 per hour on January 1, 2015, $8.00 per hour January 1, 2016, and $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2017. The deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 6, 2014. For information on voter registration, go to the Elections tab on this site.

CYBER CRIMES UNIT ARRESTS MILLER COUNTY MAN
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that agents from the Attorney General’s Office have arrested a Miller County man for possession of child pornography. Ronald Anthony Antoniello, 71, of Fouke was arrested Wednesday on 30 counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Antoniello was being held in the Miller County Detention Center on $250,000 bond. Agents with the Attorney General’s Cyber Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Antoniello’s residence in the 6400 block of Miller County Road 10 on Wednesday. Investigators confiscated two computers, other electronic devices and several hundred compact discs and DVDs. The seized evidence will be analyzed at the Cyber Crimes Unit Forensic Lab in Little Rock. Special Agent Mike Lett began investigating Antoniello in July after suspecting that child pornography was being possessed at his residence. The Miller County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas State Police assisted in the investigation and arrest. The Attorney General’s Office will turn over its completed case file to Eighth Judicial District-South Prosecutor Carlton Jones. Charges are merely accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES FORMER BOARD DIRECTOR
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a lawsuit today against the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board, alleging that she improperly used a state charge card to make unauthorized purchases and wrongly obtained reimbursements for personal expenses. Catherine Gray, of England, is accused of violating the state’s Fiscal Management Responsibility Act and other state purchasing laws, illegally converting public funds and committing fraud. The lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court seeks restitution to the state, civil penalties and punitive damages. “Public officials are entrusted with spending taxpayer money for the benefit of the State, but in this instance this individual spent thousands of dollars for her own benefit,” McDaniel said. “We hope the Court holds her accountable for her illegal actions and that she is required to reimburse the State for this blatant misuse of taxpayer funds.” According to the lawsuit, as executive director and chief fiscal officer of the Fire Protection Licensing Board, Gray received a purchasing card, or “P-card” in order to charge purchases related to official state business. Gray accrued a total of $40,431 on her P-card from the time she received the card on March 15, 2012, until March 5, 2014, when it was suspended by the Office of State Procurement, which had suspected it had been used for unauthorized purchases. The suit stated that Gray made $15,426 in unauthorized purchases on the card, including payments for gift cards, personal utility bills, personal car repairs, prescription medication, alcohol, cigarettes, dog food, pet supplies, clothing, movies, groceries and toiletries. In addition, Gray submitted to the Board direct requests for reimbursements totaling $6,680 from September 2010 to March 2014. An investigation found that $4,599 worth of reimbursement requests were accompanied by incomplete documentation or no documentation at all. A criminal investigation by the Arkansas State Police is ongoing.

AR CONGRESSMEN DEMAND DoD COMPLETE REPORT TO REVIEW ELIGIBILITY OF PURPLE HEART FOR TEXAS AND AR VICTIMS
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a joint letter to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Chuck Hagel demanding that DoD complete the report required by law to review DoD eligibility for the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 and wounded 32 individuals, and the 2009 attack outside of a Little Rock, Arkansas military recruiting station that claimed the life of Private William Andrew Long and wounded Private Quinton Ezeagwula. This report is required by law under Section 565 of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The report was due to Congress no later than 180 days after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 26, 2013. DoD has violated the law by not completing the report in the allotted number of days and has informed Congress that it plans to continue the delay of this report until July 2015. The letter says in part: “Given that it has been more than 5 years since these attacks, we find it unacceptable that DoD has delayed this review for yet another year. Further, as you know, the current regulations for awarding a Purple Heart state that members of the Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded ‘after March 28, 1973, as a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States’ shall be eligible for a Purple Heart. All of the men and women killed or wounded in these attacks were victims of terrorism, targeted because they were soldiers. They deserve this recognition for their service and their sacrifice. “The delay in this report and DoD’s insistence that these brave men and women do not deserve the honor of being awarded the Purple Heart has denied these service members and their families essential benefits that are provided to Purple Heart recipients.  As members of the Armed Forces, we find this continued inaction by the DoD disgraceful, as well as unlawful, and we urge you to exercise your authority to complete this report and honor these men and women with the award they have earned.”

September 4, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORT
Officer Anthony Grummer of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to Brookshire’s for a theft report of a female in a wheelchair swearing at customers. Dispatch advised the female was also refusing to leave the store. Upon arrival the officer observed the woman driving a wheelchair shopping cart and drinking chocolate milk, which she did not pay for. The shopping cart was also full of merchandise. The woman began swearing loudly in-front of customers inside the store. While she was being placed into custody, the woman attempted to bite Grummer several times in the arm. After placing her into custody the officer searched for any cash, check or credit card for her to pay for her chocolate milk, but none was found. She was taken to the Ouachita County Jail on a charge of disorderly conduct and shoplifting.

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORT
Deputy Harcrow was dispatched to the Longmeadow Nursing home, after one of the nurses stated that a resident was threatening to do bodily harm. The nurse said he was working to fill in as the staff was short-handed. The resident had reportedly demanded certain procedures be done, and once he found out they could not be done, he became angry. The resident stated that if he had a firearm, he would have shot the nurse. Soon after the Director of Nursing advised the nurse to contact the police.

GET YOUR GROOVE ON
The South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will kick off their 2014-2015 season with a concert that blends the best of their symphonic sound with the music of three iconic bands.  Canadian band Jeans ‘n Classics -- who has performed music of the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Queen, and Michael Jackson to large audiences -- will return to El Dorado with lead vocalists Gavin Hope and Jean Meilleur to team up with the South Arkansas Symphony for a defining performance of Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, and Blood Sweat Tears on Saturday, September 13th at 7:30 pm in the El Dorado Municipal Auditorium. Enjoy the fantastic horn sounds of Chicago with hits like “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “25 or 6 to 4.”  Soak in the rich vocal sounds of Blood Sweat and Tears in “You’re The One,” “And When I Die,” and “Spinning Wheel.”  Be enveloped by the classic hits of Earth Wind & Fire like “Boogie Wonderland,” “Let’s Groove” and “Shining Star.” The ever popular London, Ontario based Jeans ‘n Classics, founded 19 years ago, currently has 45 different show offerings- more than any competing outfit.  They interpret the music of legendary rock & pop albums and artists with their signature flair of blending with world class orchestras.  Jeans ‘n Classics has 30 singers, backup soloists, and musicians.  It puts on 80 nights a season, works with orchestras around the world, and has orchestrated over 1,200 songs. A listing of all their shows can be seen online at www.jeansnclassics.com .  This evening of rock, jazz, pop and R&B is sponsored by the Medical Center of South Arkansas, Southern Bancorp, and Teague Auto.  The 2014-2015 Season is brought to you by First Financial Bank, Presqu’ile Winery, the Murphy Foundation, Arkansas Arts Council, and the City of El Dorado. Tickets are $25, $20, $15, $10 depending on seating location. Purchase tickets online at SouthArkansasSymphony.org, by calling 800-792-0521, or at our new office location: 217 South Jefferson, Suite 100, El Dorado, AR. 71730. For more information you can call Scott Watkins at 870-665-1353, or email sasoexecdirector@sbcglobal.net. You can also visit www.SouthArkansasSymphony.org                        
TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
With news this week about yet another security breach at a major retailer and a cyber attack that led to some celebrities’ private photographs being posted publicly online, consumers are justly concerned about the safety of their personal and financial information. Companies and consumers alike can take steps to prevent fraud, identity theft and public dissemination of personal information. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to inform consumers about how to keep sensitive data out of the wrong hands. “More often than ever we are hearing about how financial and personal information is being stolen by criminals, and this is an alarming trend that law enforcement officials and attorneys general across the country are working to stop,” McDaniel said. “I encourage consumers to join with us to help make our information safer by being cautious about the data they store and share.” Unfortunately, consumers who have had their sensitive information stolen are at greater risk of identity theft, fraud and other scams like email “phishing.” McDaniel said consumers impacted by security breaches should be more diligent in review of bank statements and credit-card bills and should be wary of unsolicited emails and phone calls in which the emailer or caller seeks additional personal information. McDaniel provided these proactive ways that consumers can make their sensitive information more secure:

-Personal information can be as valuable as cash, so think twice before providing Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers to someone. Make sure the individual can be trusted with the data before sharing it. Ask why the information is needed and how it will be safeguarded.
-Use long and strong account passwords. Mix letters, numbers and special characters to create passwords that are at least 10 characters long. Avoid using the same passwords for multiple sites and don’t use passwords that contain names, birthdays or common words.
-Recognize that photos, videos, text messages and other data stored on a phone may be backed up elsewhere, on what's commonly known as a "cloud." Consumers should read their service provider's privacy policies to determine whether or not they want to back up their data to the "cloud."
-If using the "cloud," implement two-step verification, which does not allow account or password changes to be made unless a consumer is notified through another means, such as a verification code sent via text message.
-When shopping online, use a secure browser. These feature a “lock” icon in the status bar and a URL that begins with “https.”
-Always assume that anyone can see anything being sent over a public wireless “hotspot,” and make sure that home wireless networks are encrypted to prevent unauthorized access.
-Use the latest security software, and make sure computers, smartphones and tablets are always running the newest software versions. Updated software versions often contain security patches that help protect against malware.
-Don’t overshare on social network sites. Remember that friends or followers may not always have a consumer’s best interest in mind. Never post Social Security numbers, account numbers, addresses or phone numbers publicly.
For more information about how to avoid identity theft and keep personal information safe, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division website, www.GotYourBackArkansas.org, or call the Consumer Protection Division hotline, (800) 482-8982.

September 3, 2014

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Deputy McClane along with Deputy Harcrow responded to 145 Ouachita Road 22 in Chidester for a report of a man with a gun making threats to kill himself and possibly others. Dispayched advised that the offender was last seen on the Nevada County side of Highway 368 and had pulled a shotgun on a woman, who he had been dating until the day before. She stated that he was abusive and had admitted to using drugs. According to reports the offender went to a residence in Nevada County with a shotgun and started chatting with the homeowners and drinking alcoholic beverages. The man apparently stated that two people, and possible others, were going to die. The woman was told to travel with the Sheriff’s Department for safety.

Deputy Chris Lindsey was dispatched to 1461 Hwy 7N in regards to a theft report.
Upon arrival the officer made contact with a man who advised that he had returned home around 8:00 pm the previous night and noticed that his Puma air compressor, and a Duralast Floor car jack were missing from his carport. He also stated that he had not allowed anyone to use them and is unaware who might have taken them.

While at the Topper Hill Convenience Store, Deputy David Harcrow was approached by a man, who stated that he was assaulted by another man on Ouachita 77. Now the man states that he left Ouachita and went to his mother’s house, but he had to stop and buy some cigarettes. Deputy Harcrow stated that the man tried to bum a cigarette from the clerk, while the two were walking. The officer asked the man several times if he needed medical attention; each time he declined.

Sgt. Chris Gill responded to 189 Ouachita 388 and spoke to Sarah Bryant in reference to a neighbor trespassing. A woman stated that she noticed her neighbor sitting on the porch of her other neighbor’s residence. The woman also stated that she drove down the driveway to call the Sheriff’s Office and when returning she saw the neighbor running across the yard back to her own residence.

SCAREVIEW HAUNTED HOUSE BURNS DOWN
A fire ignited at the Scareview Haunted House in Camden. This was a project the Camden Jaycees built and made extremely successful. Since its inception, the haunted house has become the #1 haunted house attraction in the state. The Jaycees started this many years ago, gave away many of scholarships with the funds raised each year, and had a lot of many hours of great fun and work here. It will be missed. Those within the Jaycees would like to thank all those who have donated over the years.

FIREBALL RUN COMING TO CAMDEN
This past November the FIREBALL RUN online television series selected Camden, Arkansas as a host city. With just weeks until the September 28th live production of the action adventure competition series, producers announced former WWE Superstar “Raven” will host the shows 8th season. Unlike the typical reality TV series, the FIREBALL RUN is filmed in real time. The competition is somewhat similar to the 1980’s Cannonball Run movie starring Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise as a team of drivers in a wacky coast-to-coast race from New York to California. Unlike the movie however FIREBALL RUN teams are not road racing, instead teams from all over the world participate in a life-size, brain-challenging, trivial pursuit game called an adventurally (adventure-rally). Their vehicles serving as pawns on a massive game board the size of America. To advance from city to city and score they solve trivia based on a geographical position. After which they must complete a series of tasks ranging from zany to life-changing. And if you’re wondering what the prize is- don’t set your hopes too high. Teams compete for bragging rights and a plastic road sign, all while raising awareness for missing children. One of the 40 competing teams is Camden residents Don Banks and Thomas Bell. Both men will leverage their participation to promote Camden and to raise awareness for Brianna Reed, a 12 year old girl from Little Rock, AR last seen on Sept 4, 2001. Every team is assigned a child missing from their home town region and tasked with distributing posters featuring the child; the effort annually distributes over 50,000 posters across America and has aided in 43 child recoveries since 2007. The public is encouraged to come out for a city-wide celebration of pride on the Camden Riverwalk featuring collector cars and celebrities on Sunday September 28th. Recruiting the production was a joint effort between the Camden Chamber of Commerce & the City of Camden Arkansas. The FIREBALL RUN series can be seen on Roku, GoogleTV, Amazon FireTV, and Smart TV on the AdeysTV Channel. All seasons and episodes are also available on YouTube and iTunes. Camden was selected as city to be featured in (2014) season 8 titled FIREBALL RUN America's Frontier. Other destinations are; Frisco, TX., Ardmore, OK., Enid, OK., Bentonville, AR., Pulaski County, MO., Sedalia, MO., and finishing finish in Independence, MO.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB REPORT
The Camden Noon Lions Club will meet this week at Catherine’s Bistro in Camden.

The speakers this week will be Beth Osteen and Krissy Bassetti. They will be talking about the Fireball Run which will be in Camden Sept. 28 & 29th. If you’d like to learn more about the Lions Club or how you can join you can call Charlotte Young at 870-836-4440 ext. 7.

SAAC HOSTS CLEMENTINE HUNTER RECEPTION
After 27 years, Clementine Hunter returns to the galleries of the South Arkansas Arts Center for an extremely comprehensive collection of her works curated by Tom Whitehead, a personal friend and co-author of two books on Hunter's life and artwork.  “Clementine Hunter:  The Nolan Collections” is one of the largest exhibitions ever amassed of Hunter’s work and features rarely seen works from the private collections of the Nolan family from Cherokee, Mrs. Theodosia Nolan's beloved plantation home outside of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and their El Dorado homes. Tom Whitehead will open SAAC’s exhibition with a reception on Friday, September 5, from 6-8pm.  The reception and two month exhibition are sponsored by the family of Theodosia Nolan. Clementine Hunter (pronounced Clementeen) was a self-taught African-American folk artist from the Cane River region in Louisiana. She was born on Hidden Hill plantation, said to be the inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin.  She worked as a farm hand and only attended school for 10 days, never learning to read or write. At the age of 15, Hunter moved to Melrose Plantation south of Natchitoches. Hunter's given name was originally Clemence, but she changed it after moving to Melrose Plantation. Hunter has become one of the most well-known self-taught artists, often referred to as the black Grandma Moses. Painting from memory, she is credited as an important social and cultural historian for her documentation of plantation life in the early 20th century, including picking cotton, picking pecans, washing clothes, baptisms, and funerals. Many of her paintings were similar, but each one is unique. Hunter was noted for painting on anything, particularly discarded items such as window shades, jugs, bottles, and gourds and cardboard boxes.  She also produced a few quilts with themes depicted in her paintings. Though she became a hugely respected artist and is today considered a folk art legend, Hunter spent her entire life in (or near) poverty. She rarely titled her works, but would describe what a painting was about, when asked for a title. By the end of her life, her work was being exhibited in museums and sold by dealers for thousands of dollars. Hunter was granted an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Northwestern State University of Louisiana in 1986. Hunter lived her entire life in rural, northwest Louisiana, never going more than 100 miles from home, and her last painting was created one month before her death at age 104. On the outside of the unpainted cabin where she lived was a sign that read, "Clementine Hunter, Artist. 25 cents to Look." She produced between four and five thousand paintings in her lifetime. The Museum of American Folk Art in Washington, D.C. called Hunter "the most celebrated of all Southern contemporary painters." The exhibition will be on display from September 5 through October 31. For more information about the exhibition or artist reception, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit www.saac-arts.com.  

August 29, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS 
Officer Elliot of the Camden Police Department was on a routine patrol in the area of Mt. Holly Road and Kent Street, when she observed a Hispanic male walking in the roadway on Mt. Holly Road. According to reports the man knew little English and didn’t understand what the officer was asking him. His speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. He was then arrested and charged with public intoxication. Officer Grummer and Officer Clayton of the Camden Police, came in contact with a man in the 100 block of Fort Lookout. After a check was conducted, the officers were advised that the man was on the ban list. He was then taken into custody for criminal trespass and transported to the station.

Officer Plyler was dispatched to Shell at Topper Hill for a report of someone going through vehicles in the parking lot. The subject was described as a white male wearing a white t-shirt, ball cap and had tattoos on both arms. The officers approached the man who was sitting on the curb next to the store. Now the store clerk stated that the man attempted to enter the driver-side of an SUV that did not belong to him. The man states that he didn’t try to enter any vehicles. The officers were advised by dispatch that the man had an active warrant with the county. After placed into custody the man became enraged and began shouting profanities and slamming his head against the cage inside the patrol unit, and refused to stop. To ensure that he stopped the officers took the man out of the car and place him on the ground. The man continued to resist and fight with the officers. As he struggled and attempted to fight, he was placed back in the patrol unit and taken to the Ouachita County Jail. 

OUACHITA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS
Lt. James Bolton and Deputy Harcrow of the Sheriff’s Office, along with local fire departments rersponded to a house fire. Upon arrival they found the house fully engulfed in fire and a small out building was also beginning to burn. The owner of the house stated that no one was living in the house but the electricity was on. The Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Officers were dispatched to 208A Elm Lane to a reported Hit and Run. A woman stated that she came out of her house and found damage to the drivers-side rear door of her 2013 Mazda. She stated that she spoke with her neighbors, however none of them saw what had happened.
The damage was the drivers-side rear door and a slight scratch on the front door.
Also, Lt. David Pennington was dispatched to 495 Hwy 278 East to a report of a viscous dog attacking the home owner’s dog. The home owner states that his neighbors Pit Bull had come to his residence and attacked his dog. The man said that he shot and killed the Pit Bull.

Officer Williams spoke with a man in Chidester in reference to a stolen motorcycle license plate.
The man said that the motorcycle was stored in barn at his residence, however he couldn’t recall when the incident might have happened. The license plate was on a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan, which belonged to his mother-in-law, who resides in Hot Springs.

Deputy Bryant Carman responded to Standard Gravel Company on Ouachita 95 in Bearden, in reference to stolen property. The officer spoke with an employee, who stated that someone had broken into the maintenance building and stole an orange wheel barrel, a three ton chain hoist, a weed-eater, a black-and-decker chop saw, and some wrenches. Investigators discovered that the suspect(s) had unscrewed the latch at the pad lock at a side-door and put it back in place before they left. Wheel Barrel tracks and foot-prints could be seen led from the building towards County Road 95.

Officers were at 1091 Ouachita 83 in Bearden serving Warrants on several subjects. While conducting a body search one of the suspects, officers found a New Port 100 menthol cigarettes. Inside the package a small bag containing a substance, believed to be methamphetamine was found. The man was attested for possession of a controlled substance.    

AR REDUCES AIR TOXINS WITH EPA GRANT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $501,837 to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to administer the state’s pollution prevention and control program. The program includes ambient monitoring, planning, permitting and compliance activities. ADEQ will also monitor for major pollutants, identifying major and minor sources of air pollution that may be impacting Arkansas. This will help Arkansas residents live healthier and breathe more easily. For more than forty years, the Clean Air Act has cut pollution as the U.S. economy has grown. It has also lowered levels of six common pollutants -- particles, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide -- as well as numerous toxic pollutants. The progress of the Act reflects efforts by state, local and tribal governments; EPA; private sector companies; environmental groups and others.

August 28, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORT
Officer Elliot of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to Wal-Mart Shopping Center in reference to a shoplifter running out of the store. Dispatch advised that a female, wearing a black shirt and pink shorts had attempted to leave in a silver Pontiac. The woman was asked to exit the vehicle and she was detained. The Asset Protection Manager, states that he observed the woman walking around the store as if she were shopping, however she was putting several baby and household items in the cart and moving them around. She then put a baby-crib mattress inside her cart, hiding the other items underneath it. She then went to the store to check out only paying for the mattress and baby wipes. The cashier was unable to see the items, however the Asset Protection Manager was able to stop her and grab her cart. The woman then grabbed the baby wipes and mattress and ran towards her car. Based on officer observations and the affidavit that was completed, the woman was arrested and transported to the station.

ANNUAL SOUTHARK OUTDOOR EXPO
The annual SouthArk Outdoor Expo, presented by the South Arkansas Community College Foundation, is set for Sept. 13 at the El Dorado  Conference Center on the college’s campus. The full-day event has activities for all ages, entertainment and competitions for cash and prizes. “The SouthArk Outdoor Expo is a great community and college event,” event chair Greg Withrow said. “We are proud and honored that new title sponsor Apex Redi-Mixed Concrete is on board. They are dedicated to education and  providing support to our community.” The day starts with the Nexans Amercable Hero 5K Run-Walk. Teams in the Herring Furniture-Holland Grill Rib Cook-Off also will begin early in the  morning. An outdoor photography contest and the Arkansas Game and Fish 
Commission Duck-Calling Contest also are part of the day’s activities. The El Dorado Conference Center will house vendors. The grounds will have  he Arkansas Army National Guard’s climbing wall, demonstrations by chainsaw  wood carver Scott Winford, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission aquarium, 
inflatables for young children, archery exhibitions with the Oak Ridge 
Bowhunters, demonstrations by the Model Aviators of South Arkansas and more.
Live musicians featured throughout the day will be Emily Cole, the Cummins 
Prison Band and the Mighty Electric St. Jude Band. “We know this will be the biggest Expo so far, and want to make sure that our whole community knows to come and bring family members of all ages, especially children, for there will be plenty of activities indoors and 
outdoors,” Withrow said. Proceeds from the Outdoor Expo benefit educational scholarships for students and general operations of the SouthArk Foundation. Last year the Outdoor Expo had more than 65 vendors and exhibitors, 40 cooking teams and more than 350 volunteers from the college and community.  Space still is available for vendors, exhibitors and contestants, according to foundation executive director Cynthia Reyna. The top prize for the rib cook-off, a staple of the Outdoor Expo since its inception, is being raised to $2,000 this year. “We are expecting teams from across the state to vie for this winning prize,” Cook-Off Committee Chair Jay Helm said. “Last year, we had teams from Texas and Louisiana join us, so we fully expect the competition to grow and be fun for everyone.” Admission for the Outdoor Expo is one canned good or packaged food item, which will be donated to a local food pantry. More information, including contest and vendor forms, is available at www.southarkexpo.com. 

August 27, 2014

CAMDEN POLICE REPORTS
Officers of the Camden Police Department were dispatched to Sonic Drive-In to a report of an intoxicated person urinating in public. The officers made contact with the suspect and could smell intoxicants emitting from his breath. The man’s eyes were also bloodshot and his speech was slurred. When asked about the urinating, the man states he did but went around back. Sonic personnel said that he in-fact urinated behind his car where everyone could see. The man was arrested and transported to the Ouachita County Detention Complex shortly after.

Officers were dispatched to Walmart for a shoplifter. When they arrived on the scene, the officers made contact with Walmart Staff, who stated that he observed a woman taking merchandise off the shelves and putting them into purses, and setting the purses in various places in the store. She also attempted to leave the store with a pair of shoes, self-tan lotion, Neutrogena, face powder, and bobby pins. The woman was arrested and taken into custody after a shoplifting affidavit was completed. That was not the only shoplifting incident at Walmart as a man attempted to steal a wrench set by putting it into a tool box that he brought into the store.
The man was caught on camera and taking to the station. The wrench set is valued at fourteen dollars.

Officers were also dispatched for a report of a prowler at the back of someone’s window.
When the officers arrived to the destination, they found a man sitting under the carport.
The officers asked the man to leave, however he refused. Smell of intoxicants could also be smelled at this point. The man then swung at the officers and ran throughout the neighborhood, but was eventually caught and taken into custody. According to reports he was very uncooperative and would not give the police any information. He was charged with obstructing governmental operations.

ASA HUTCHINSON TO BE AT POSTMASTER’S GRILL
Asa Hutchinson will be at at the Postmasters Grill on Thursday, August 28th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. He will speak briefly about his vision for economic development in the State. This is not a fundraiser. Mr. Hutchison wants to meet and visit the people in South Arkansas.

CROSSETT GROUP TALKS GEORGIA-PACIFIC
A recent open house was held by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), as part of its continuing effort to address questions from the public on operations at Georgia-Pacific LLC's local plant. Now there were other public operation representatives, such as the Crossett Water Company, along with Georgia-Pacific. One of the groups, the Concerned Citizens for Crossett, spoke with at the open house, stating that community members are having issues with their health. According to the group, health issues are coming from pollutants that Georgia-Pacific is releasing, and the pollutants have caused residents in the town to get sick. Some members said. "More smoke is coming out of the stack than there's supposed to be, especially when it's raining. The moisture in the air causes the vapors to come down and hover in the community, which is harsh to the nose and respiratory system,". Georgia-Pacific responded and said they are not to blame for these health issues. "Obviously for those people that have health issues and have major health concerns, we do express our sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with those people, but again, there is no evidence that those issues are linked to Georgia Pacific," says Teresa Walsh, public affairs manager for Georgia-Pacific Crossett Operations. The ADEQ says it hopes locals can take something from this event to help them better understand industry in their town.

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES IDENTIFICATION CARD MAKER
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a consumer-protection l