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  • JUSTIN AND LACEY LIGENFELTER OF MAMMOTH SPRINGS ARE THE 2022 FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR.. THE FAMILY OWNS 119 ACRES AND RENTS ANOTHER 80 ACRES, ARE FOURTH GENERATION FARMERS AND HAVE SPENT THE LAST 20 YEARS FARMING OR RANCHING.. BOTH JUSTIN AND LACEY GREW UP IN AND AROUND THE FAMILY FARM AND ARE CONSTANTLY WORKING TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF THE LAND...JOIN HOMETOWN NEWS TOMORROW AS WE WRAP UP OUR SERIES WITH THE 2022 FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR, JUSTIN, LCAEY, DANIEL AND GRACEY KAY LIGENFELTER OF MAMMOTH SPRINGS... 

  • FIVE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AT A RESIDENCE NEAR BAKERSFIELD, MO. AFTER OZARK COUNTY DEPUTIES HAD GONE TO THE HOME TO ARREST A WOMAN ON A PROBATION VIOLATION.. KATHRINE BROTHERTON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.. WHILE IN HOME, DEPUTIES DISCOVERED FOUR OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAD OUTSTANDING WARRANTS... THE FOUR WERE IDENTIFIED AS CHARLES "LEVI" BARRETT, WHO WAS WANTED ON AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT FROM HOWELL COUNTY FOR A FULL ORDER OF PROTECT.. ERIC VANDIVER WANTED IN BENTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS AND WILLIAM HENSON WANTED ON A FELONY WARRANT FROM HOWELL COUNTY WERE FOUND OUTSIDE THE RESIDENT, HIDING IN SOME WEEDS... COLBY CROSSLEY WAS LOCATED HIDING IN A WELL HOUSE... HE WAS ARRESTED ON WARRANTS FROM THE WEST PLAINS POLICE DEPARTMENT.... ALL FIVE WERE TAKEN TO THE OZARK COUNTY JAIL... 

  • THE ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION HAS 11 COURTESY DOCKS ON BULL SHOALS LAKE. DISTRICT 2 HAS HISTORICALLY RELIED ON VOLUNTEERS TO KEEP THE COURTESY DOCKS AT A USABLE LEVEL FOR THE PUBLIC DUE TO THE LARGE FLUCTIONS IN WATER LEVELS. WITH THAT SAID, AGFC IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO ADJUST AND MAINTAIN THE COURYESY DOCK AT THE LAKEVIEW ACCESS ON BULL SHOALS LAKE. VOLUNTEERS WILL NEED A 4X4 VEHICLE THAT WOULD BE USED TO PUSH OR PULL THE DOCK. AGFC MAY SUPPLY A REMOVABLE PUSH BAR THAT CAN BE USED WITH A RECEIVER HITCH, IF NEEDED, TO AID IN THE EFFORT. ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO KEEEP THE LAKEVIEW COURTESY DOCK OPERATIONAL, CONTACT JEREMY RISLEY (JEREMY.RISLEY@AGFC.AR.GOV) OR PAUL PORT (PAUL.PORT@AGFC.AR.US)

  • CHAEYANNE MARONDE CARLEY OF SAFFELL HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE SPRING 2022 CHANCELLOR'S LIST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK... THE SCHOOL RECOGNIZES SUPERIOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AT THE END OF EACH SEMESTER.. TO BE NAMED THE UA-LITTLE ROCK CHANCELLEOR'S LIST, A STUDENTS MUST HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST NINE CREDIT HOURS WITH A THREE POINT NINE GPA OR HIGHER.. MORE THAN 615 STUDENTS WERE NAMED TO THE CHANCELLORS LIST FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEMSTER...

  • A CALICO ROCK MAN WAS INJURED IN A ONE CAR CRASH ON HIGHWAY 5 NORTH OF MOUNTAIN VIEW EARLY THURSDAY MORNING... 51 YEAR OLD BOBBY RAYBURN WAS SOUTHBOUND, JUST TWO MILES NORTH OF MOUNTAIN VIEW CITY LIMITS WHEN SEVERAL DEER CAME ACROSS THE ROAD IN FRONT OF HIM. RAYBURN HIT HIS BRAKES, CAUSING THE CAR TO SKID AND LEAVE THE ROADWAY, ROLLING OVER SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE COMING TO A REST IN A GRASSY AREA OFF THE HIGHWAY... RAYBURN WAS INJURED AND TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE TO STONE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER IN MOUNTAIN VIEW...

  • THE RED WHITE AND BLUE FESTIVAL CONTINUES TODAY AT ASU-MT HOME. THERE'S A 5K RACE PARADE THIS MORNING... VENDERS WILL SET UP NOON TIL 9, THE FESTIVAL FEATURES A KIDS ZONE WITH GAMES AND CONTESTS FOR THE LITTLE ONES.. LIVING MUSIC BEGINS AT NOON AND CONTINUES UNTIL ITS TIME FOR THE FIREWORKS SHOW AFTER DARK TONITE... THERE'S A RODEO AT 7:30 IN THE MOUNTAIN HOME SADDLE CLUB ARENA...

  • A STRAWBERRY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN THAYER AFTER HE CALLED THAYER POLICE CLAIMING HE WAS ASSAULTED… THAYER POLICE AND THE MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL RESPONDED TO THE VALERO STATION ON HIGHWAY 63 WHERE THEY CAME IN CONTACT WITH 42-YEAR-OLD JAMES MADRID JONES OF STAWBERRY.. OFFICERS WERE ABALE TO DETERMINE JONES HAD BEEN ASSAULTED IN ARKANSAS, BUT HE DID NOT WISH TO PURSUE CHARGES.. .HE ALSO DECLINED MEDICAL TREATMENT AT THE SCENE.. A FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED JONES WAS WANTED ON PAROLE ABSCONDER WARRANT FROM ARKANSAS.. JONES WAS ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO THE THAYER JAIL FOR BOOKING.. JONES IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AWAITING EXTRADITION.

  • 44-YEAR-OLD HEATH LEONARD OF CHEROKEE VILLAGE FACES THE CHARGE OF THEFT BY DECEPTION, A CLASS B FELONY ACCORDING TO DOCUMENTS FILED IN THE FULTON COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE JUNE 16.. ACCORDING TO THE AFFIDAVIT OR PROBABLE CAUSE OF ARREST, IN JANUARY OF THIS YEAR, CULLY PARR WROTE TWO CHECKS IN THE AMOUNT OF $30,500 TO LEONARD FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 20 BY 50 FOOT SHOP BUILDING TO BE CONSTRUCTED IN GLENCOE.. SINCE THAT TIME, THE AFFIDAVIT STATES IN MAY, PARR SPOKE TO LEONARD TELLING HIM HE WAS GOING TO USE ANOTHER CONTRACTOR AND ASKED FOR THE MONEY BACK.. LEONARD TOLD PARR HE WAS GOING TO BE RECEIVING CHECKS FROM VENDORS FOR THE REFUND AND IT WOULD BE IN THE MAIL… ON JUNE 9, AN INVESTIGATOR WITH THE FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CALLED LEONARD REGARDING THE FUNDS AND WERE TOLD IT WOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF BY JUNE 14. ON JUNE 16, THE DATE THE AFFIDAVIT WAS FILED FUNDS HAD NOT YET BEN RETURNED. BOND FOR LEONARD WAS SET AT $10,000.

  • A VIOLA WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN IZARD COUNTY AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP NEAR CALICO ROCK.. 25-YEAR-OLD COURTNEY BLAKE IS BEING HELD IN THE IZARD COUNTY DETENTION CENTER. SHE IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER…

  • THE CURTAIN WILL COME DOWN TODAY ON THE 75TH ANNUAL BROCKWELL GOSPEL MUSIC SCHOOL.. 75 YEARS, THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS, MORE THAN A MILLION LIVES TOUCHED BY THE WORK OF THE MUSIC SCHOOL.. BEVERLY MISNER IS THE DIRECTOR, SHE IS A THIRD GENERATION SERVING THE SCHOOL AND ITS STUDENTS AND TAKES TIME TO SHARE THE HISTORY BEHIND THE SCHOOL.. BEVERLY SAYS THE FIRST TEACHERS AT THE SCHOOL WERE FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA. THE CLOSING PROGRAM FRO THE 75TH ANNUAL BROCKWELL GOSPEL MUSIC SCHOOL IS TONIGHT AT 7… THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ENJOY GOSPEL MUSIC BY THE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI.. UNLIKE THE EARLY YEARS, THE AUDITORIUM IS AIR CONDITIONED AND WILL PROVIDE A COMFORTABLE SETTING. A LOVE OFFERING WILL BE TAKEN TO HELP SUPPORT THE SCHOOL.. THE MUSIC SCHOOL IS LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 9 AND 56 IN BROCKWELL..

  • NORFORK AND BULL SHOALS LAKES REMAIN HIGH AND WITH THE FIRST OFFICIAL WEEKEND OF SUMMER HERE AND THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND A WEEK AWAY, MANY OF YOU ARE HEADED FOR ONE OF THOSE LAKES.. CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAFETY DIRECTOR LAURI DRIVER HAS SOME TIPS FOR YOU TO REMEMBER AND PRACTICE.. IF YOU HAVEN’T RESERVED A CAMPSITE AT THE LAKE FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, GOOD LUCK.. WITH NEARLY ALL OF THE CAMPSITES CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WASTER AND PUBLIC DEMAND, YOU NEED TO VISIT THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS WEBSITE TO CHECK AVAILABILITY OF CAMPSITES.

  • THE FORECAST IS CALLING FOR A RED HOT WEEKEND AND IT CAN BE CHALLENGING TO KEEP YOUR HOME OR OFFICE COOL AND COMFORTABLE. HERE ARE SOME TIMELY TIPS FROM NORTH ARKANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR TORI MOSS REGARDING KEEPING YOUR HOME OR OFFICE ENERGY EFFICIENT.. USE WEATHER STRIPPING TO SEAL GAPS AROUND WINDOWS AND DOORS.. ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALSO INCREASES THE COMFORTABILITY OF YOUR HOME AND WITH HIGHS FORECAST TO REACH THE 90’S TODAY AND 100 SATURDAY, COMFORT IS AT A PREMIUM.

  • THE PINEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND AUXILIARY INVITES YOU TO ENJOY A HOME-STYLE COUNTRY BREAKFAST SATURDAY MORNING AT THE FIRE STATION… DALE IVEY IS CHAIR OF THE NEWLY FORMED FIRE DEPARTMENT AUXILIARY.. SATURDAY’S COUNTRY BREAKFAST IS THE FIRST FUNDRAISER ORGANIZED BY THE PINEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AUXILIARY.. THE PINEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS A PROUD HISTORY OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY.. COME ON OUT TO THE PINEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND AUXILIARY COUNTRY BREAKFAST STARTING AT 7 SATURDAY MORNING AT THE FIRE STATION ON HIGHWAY 233 IN PINEVILLE. ADMISSION IS $10 FOR ADULTS, $5 FOR KIDS UNDER 12.. ALL OF THE PROCEEDS WILL SUPPORT THE PINEVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT..

  • THE BLACK ROCK ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BANQUET IS SATURDAY.. VESTA SMITH BRHS CLASS OF 65 IS ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS. THE BLACK ROCK CLASSES OF 1969, 70,71 AND 72 WILL BE RECOGNIZED UPON THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR GRADUATION. ALL GRADUATES WHO ARE PAST THEIR 50TH GRADUATION ANNIVERSARY WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZED.. THE BANQUET IS SATURDAY .. A MEET AND GREET FROM 1-3, THE BANQUET AT 3 AT THE BLACK ROCK COMMUNITY CENTER.. THE COST IS $12.50 A PERSON IN ADVANCE OR $15 AT THE DOOR. A MEAL OF YOUR CHOICE OF HAM OR BBQ CHICKEN AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS WILL BE SERVED. GIVE VESTA A CALL TO REGISTER FOR THE BANQUET AT 870-878-1933…

  • ARMBANDS FOR THE SHARP COUNTY FAIR CARNIVAL ARE ON SALE NOW FROM ANY FAIR BOARD MEMBER OR AT THE EXTENSION OFFICE AT THE COURTHOUSE IN ASH FLAT.. FAIR BOARD MEMBER ANDREA VOUGT INVITES PARENTS TO PURCHASE THOSE ARMBANDS AND SAVE MONEY VERSUS PAYING FOR RIDE AFTER RIDE DURING THE FAIR. ANDREA WILL BE SET UP IN DOWNTOWN HARDY FROM 10 UNTIL 2 THIS SATURDAY SELLING THOSE ADVANCED ARMBANDS.. THE ARMBANDS SELL FOR $20, YOU SAVE $5 OFF THE ARMBANDS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE FAIRGROUNDS ONCE THE FAIR IS UNDERWAY.. SEE ANY FAIR BOARD MEMBER, STOP BY THE EXTENSION OFFICE AT THE COURHOUSE IN ASH FLAT OR LOOK FOR ANDREA SET UP ON MAIN STREET IN HARDY, NEXT TO RUBY’S ON MAIN, THIS SATURDAY FROM 10 UNTIL 2.

  • DURING THE MONTHLY FULTON COUNTY QUORUM COURT MEETING JUDGE GARY CLAYTON ADVISED THE COURTHOUSE ANNEX PROJECT WAS PROCEEDING WITH THE PLUMBING TO BE INSTALLED AND THE FLOOR POURED IN EXPECTATION OF THE BUILDING BEING DELIVERED ON JULY 27…

  • CLAYTON ALSO REPORTED THE OLD NURSING HOME TEAR DOWN WAS COMPLETED AND DEBRIS REMOVED...JUDGE CLAYTON THEN PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE PROPOSED NEW DIGITAL RADIO UPGRADE FOR THE COUNTY STATING HE HAS MET WITH ALL COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS, FIRST RESPONDERS, AMBULANCE, POLICE AND SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENTS IN ADDITION TO A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE COMPANY DESIGNING THE SYSTEM THAT WILL PROVIDE A DIGITAL MICROWAVE RADIO SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW FOR ENHANCED COVERAGE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.. CLAYTON TOLD JUSTICES THE TURN KEY PRICE FOR THE SYSTEM WAS $116,000.00 WITH NO RECURRING FEES AND THAT THE COST OF THE NEW SYSTEM COVERED UNDER THE AMERICAN RECOVERY ACT FUNDS… FOLLOWING DISCUSSION JUSTICES APPROVED A MOTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH THE SPRINGFIELD COMPANY FOR THE NEW RADIO SYSTEM.. CLAYTON THEN ASK FOR A MOTION APPROVING A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH CRAWFORD ELECTRIC OF MT HOME FOR A NEW GENERATOR FOR THE FULTON COUNTY HOSPITAL AT A COST OF $136,000.00 WHICH IS COVERED 100% BY GRANTS THROUGH THE ARKANSAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.. THE MOTION WAS APPROVED.. JUDGE CLAYTON THEN UPDATED THE COURT ON THE HAIL STORM DAMAGE ADVISING COUNTY OWNED BUILDINGS SUSTAINED SOME $300,000.00 IN DAMAGE FROM THE STORM AND THAT CONTRACTS HAD BEEN COMPLETED FOR THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DHS, SENIOR CITIZENS, THE FULTON COUNTY JAIL, AMERICAN POLISHING AND CIVIC CENTER BUILDINGS.. HE ALSO ADVISED THAT WITH INSURANCE COVERAGE THE EXPENSE TO THE COUNTY WOULD ONLY RUN BETWEEN $1000 AND $1500…CLAYTON THEN ADVISED HE HAD TALKED WITH FEMA OFFICIALS AND THE FEMA PAYMENT FOR STORM DAMAGES FROM 2021 SHOULD BE ARRIVING WITHIN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS…THE NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS WAS THE APPOINTMENT OF JEANETTE STEWART, WHOSE SEVEN YEAR TERM WAS EXPIRING TO THE FULTON COUNTY HOSPITAL BOARD.. CEO CURREN EVERETT WAS IN ATTENDANCE AND ADDRESSED ASKING FOR THE COURT TO APPROVE HER RE-APPOINTMENT… EVERETT ANSWERED SEVERAL QUESTIONS FROM THE JUSTICES REGARDING THE HOSPITAL IN GENERAL, INCLUDING THE FINANCIAL SITUATION AND POSSIBILITY OF THE HOSPITAL HAVING TO MERGE WITH A LARGER FACILITY...AFTER ALL QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED, EVERET REMINDED JUSTICES OF THE HOSPTIAL BOARD MEETING DATES AND TIMES AND STRONGLY ENCOURAGED THE JUSTICES TO ATTEND...AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PRESENTATION, JUDGE CLAYTON ASK FOR A MOTION TO RE-APPOINT STEWART TO ANOTHER SEVER YEAR TERM ON THE HOSPITAL BOARD BUT THE APPOINTMENT FAILED FOR LACK OF A MOTION WITH LAW STATING STEWART WILL SERVE UNTIL ANOTHER APPOINTMENT IS MADE....ONE JUSTICE ASK IF NAMES OF OTHER POTENTIAL APPOINTEES COULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURT AT NEXT MONTHS MEETING AND JUDGE CLAYTON ASK THAT NAMES BE SUBMITTED TO HIM FOR REVIEW PRIOR TO THE MEETING…IN FINAL BUSINESS THE COURT APPROVED THE APPOINTMENT OF DEBBIE MOORE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE ON THE FULTON COUNTY LIBRARY BOARD AND APPROVED A RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING $6800.00 TO COVER THE COST FOR AN INCREASE FROM 32 TO 40 HOURS FOR THE VIOLA LIBRARIAN..

  • HOMETOWN NEWS CONTINUES OUR SALUTE OF THE 2022 FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR, JUSTIN, LACEY, DANIEL AND GRACEY KAY LINGENFELTER OF MAMMOTH SPRING.. THE FAMILY OWNS 119 ACRES , RENTS ANOTHER 80 ACRES, HAS 240 ACRES OF PASTURE AND HAY, 78 HEAD OF COWS, 3 BULLS AND A FEW HEAD OF HOGS. LIFE ON THE FARM CAN BE VERY BUSY AND TIME IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY AS BOTH JUSTIN ALSO WORK FULL TIME WITH THE ARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSION AT THE JIM HINKLE SPRING RIVER FISH HATCHERY AND LACEY IS TEACHING THIRD GRADE AT MAMMOTH SPRING SCHOOL. A LOT OF THE WORK ON THE FARM BEGINS AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF WORK IS COMPLETED TAKES ALL HANDS ON DECK TO RUN THE FAMILY FARM AND EVERYONE PITCHES IN WHERE EVER THEY CAN WHETHER IT’S FEEDING THE CATTLE, CUTTING AND BAILING HAY, HAULING THE CATTLE TO THE AUCTION BARN, BOTTLE FEEDING A CALVE, REPAIRING FENCES, PICKING UP ROCKS OR SPRAYING FOR WEEDS.. THE WORK NEVER ENDS WHEN YOU RUN A FARM…

  • THE 22ND ANNUAL RED, WHITE AND BLUE FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY AND CONTINUES SATURDAY ON THE ASU-MOUNTAIN HOME CAMPUS.. ACTIVITIES BEGIN AT 5 THIS AFTERNOON WITH VENDORS AND A BEER GARDEN.. ALL JEEP OWNERS ARE INVITED TO ENTER THE JEEP NIGHT CONTEST.. THERE’S A TWO NIGHT RODEO IN MOUNTAIN HOME SADDLE CLUB ARENA AT 7:30 BOTH NIGHTS. A 5-K RACE WILL BE HELD SATURDAY MORNING AT 7, REGISTRATION AT 6:30A PARADE, VARIOUS BANDS, GAMES AND CONTESTS ON SATURDAY…

  • THE BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED BY THE CALICO ROCK WATER DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN LIFTED..

  • A $50,000 BOND HAS BEEN SET FOR 54 YEAR OLD KAMALA DAWN CRONE OF HORSESHOE BEND WHO IS CHARGED WITH NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE AND OTHER CHARGES IN CONNECTION WIT HA HEAD ON CRASH FRIDAY THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF 45-YEAR-OLD TRENT ZEIGLER OF SALEM. IN ADDITION TO THE NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE, CRONE IS CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, SECOND OFFENSE, OPERATION OF A MOTOR VEHICLE DURING SUSPENSION OR REVOCATION, REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO A CHEMICAL TEST , DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER AND NO SEAT BELT.. HER DRIVER’S LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED IN 2019. THE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION THAT WAS CONDUCTED BY SALEM POLICE CHIEF SHAD OVERRAN WHO WAS IN THE VICINITY OF THE ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED IN FRONT OF THE ENTRANCE TO PREACHER ROE PARK AND HIGHWAY 9… A SEARCH WARRANT WAS OBTAINED AND SERVED ON CRONE’S HOME FOR HER BLOOD SAMPLE WHICH WAS FORWARDED TO THE STATE CRIME LAB IN LITTLE ROCK. AS A CONDITION OF HER BOND, CRONE MUST UNDERGO A TEST FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL TWICE A WEEK.. A PRETRIAL HEARING FOR CRONE IS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER FIRST WITH HER TRIAL TO BEGIN OCTOBER 19TH.

  • CRAIGHEAD ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE HELD A CAPITAL CREDIT DISBURSEMENT FOR MEMBERS AND ITS WALNUT RIDGE OFFICE YESTERDAY.. MEMBERS WHO COULD NOT ATTEND ARE REMINDED YOUR CAPITAL CREDIT CHECK WILL BE MAILED TO YOU AND SHOULD BE DELIVERED BY MID-JULY… CRAIGHEAD ELECTRIC COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST MARY HOOK TELLS HOMETOWN NEWS ITS THE COOPERATIVE'S WAY OF GIVING BACK TO ITS MEMBERS… THIS YEAR, CRAIGHEAD ELECTRIC IS GIVING BACK TWO POINT FOUR MILLION DOLLARS TO ITS MEMBERSHIP.. ANYONE WHO HAD SERVICE WITH CRAIGHEAD ELECTRIC FROM JULY, 2005 TO DECEMBER 2006 OR ANYTIME DURING 2020 WILL BE RECEIVING A CAPITAL CREDIT CHECK..

  • AN OXFORD MAN, 59-YEAR-OLD PHILLIP CASEY HAS BEEN ARRESTED REGARDING AN INCIDENT JUST OUTSIDE OXFORD… CASEY IS CHARGED WITH THIRD DEGREE BATTERY AND IS BEING HELD IN THE IZARD COUNTY DETENTION CENTER AWAYING A BOND HEARING…

  • IT SHOULD BE A BANG UP NIGHT IN STRAWBERRY SATURDAY NIGHT.. THERE’S PLENTY MORE IN ADDITION TO THE FIREWORKS SHOW.. IT’S THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE STRAWBERRY BALLFIELD.. CONCESSIONS AT 6:30, THE WARD WINNING COREY JACKSON IN CONCERT AT 7 FOLLOWED BY THE FIREWORKS SHOW SHORTLY AFTER 9 SATURDAY NIGHT, ALL SPONSORED BY THE STRAWBERRY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY OF STAWBERRY…

  • DESPITE INFLATION AND HIGHER PRICES, THE CITY OF IMBODEN IS HOLDING ITS OWN. WE GOT AN UPDATE FROM MAYOR CHRIS JONES. BEFORE THE PANDEMIC STRUCK, IMBODEN WELCOMED NEARLY A DOZEN NEW BUSINESSES, MANY ALONG HIGHWAY 63 NORTH TOWARD RAVENDEN. THIS COUPLED WITH CONTINUE GROWTH IN THAT AREA HAS KEPT CITY REVENUS ON THE UPDSIDE.. MAYOR JONES SAYS THE CITY ALWAYS LEANS TOWARD LESS REVENUE AND HIGHER COSTS WHEN FORMULATING THE ANNUAL BUDGET.. MAYOR JONES INVITES IMBODEN AND AREA RESIDENTS TO THE CITY ON SATURDAY NIGHT, JULY 2 FOR THE ANNUAL IMBODEN FIREWORKS SHOW.. THE FIREWORKS ARE SHOT OFF FROM THE FAIRGROUNDS BEST VIEWING IS IN THE SCHOOL GROUNDS AROUND THE BILL MCCURLEY GYMNASIUM AND ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF IMBODEN.. TE FIREWORKS SHOW WILL START AFTER DAR.

  • STEVEN WALKER OF HORSESHOE BEND WON ELECTION TO THE NEWLY FORMED STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 27 SEAT IN TUESDAY’S RUNOFF ELECTION.. HOMETOWN NEWS CAUGHT UP WITH STEVEN WEDNESDAY AND HE TELLS US THE VICTORY HASN’T SUNKEN IN YET… HE BEGAN WORKING ON HIS CAMPAIGN 13 MONTHS AGO.. WHILE MOST CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED THEY WERE OFFICIALLY RUNNING BEFORE THE END OF LAST YEAR, IT WAS MARCH BEFORE THE STATE’S REDISTRICTING WAS COMPLETE AND A LEGAL CHALLENGE WAS FINALIZED… WALKER SAYS HE WAS EXCITED TO LEARN HIS DISTRICT WOULD BE MADE UP OF A RURAL AREA, ALL OF THE COUNTIES, CITIES AND SCHOOLS AS WELL AS FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE OF EQUAL SIZE.. WALKER OUTDISTANCED TIMMY REID OF MARSHALL WITH 53-PERCENT OF THE VOTE IN TUESDAY’S RUNOFF…

  • HOMETOWN NEWS CONGRATULATES JUSTIN AND LACEY LINGENFELTER SON DANIEL AND DAUGHER GRACEY KAY ON BEING NAMED THE 2022 FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR. THE FAMILY RUN A CATTLE OPERATION WITH CLOSE TO 100 HEAD OF CATTLE, UTILIZING MAINLY RED ANGUS AND RED GELBVEE BULLS WHICH HAVE PROVEN TO BE THE BEST SUITED FOR THE FARMING OPERATION.. THE FAMILY OWNS 119 ACRES AND RENTS AN ADDITIONAL 80 ACRES WITH 240 ACRES OF PASTURE AND HAY.. .WE ASK JUSTIN ABOUT THE CHALLENGES IN OPERATING A FARM FAMILY.. HE ALSO REFERRED TO THE DROUGHT A FEW YEARS AGO THAT CREATED A PROBLEM WITH NO HAY.. THE FAMILY ALL AGREED THAT ALTHOUGH THERE MAY BE CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY, THEY LOVE LIVING ON THE FARM AND ARE PROUD TO BE FOURTH GENERATION FARMERS.. THERE’S MORE TO LEARN ABOUT THE LIGENFELTERS SO JOIN US TOMORROW AS WE CONTINUE TO SHINE OUR COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT ON YOUR 2022 FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR.

  • IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON TRAVELING OUT OF FULTON COUNTY TO WEST PLAINS TODAY, YOU'RE REMINDED THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION CREWS WILL BE RE-SEALING JJ HIGHWAY IN HOWELL COUNTY TODAY.. THIS SECTION OF ROADWAY IS LOCATED FROM HIGHWAY 142 TO THE ARKANSAS STATE LINE.. TRAFFIC WILL BE REDUCED TO ONE LANE.. THE WORK ZONE WILL BE MARKED AND MOTORISTS ARE ASKED TO USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THIS AREA.

  • THE CHEROKEE VILLAGE CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET TONIGHT AT 6:30 IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL. THE SALEM CITY COUNCIL WILL ALSO MEET TONIGHT AT 7 AT CITY HALL.

  • THERE WILL BE SOME NEW FACES REPRESENTING NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE NEXT YEAR.  STEVEN WALKER DEFEATED TIMMY REID WITH 53% OF THE BOTE IN THE RACE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 27.  TREY STEIMEL DEFEATED REPRESENTATIVE MARSH DAVIS WITH 59% OF THE VOTE FOR THE HOUSE DISTRICT 2 SEAT. REPRESENTATIVE JOHN PAYTON UNSEATED SENATOR JAMES STURCH FOR THE SENATE DISTRICT  22 SEAT. PAYTON RECIEVED 59% OF THE VOTES CAST.  IZARD COUNTY JUDGE ERIC SMITH WAS RE-ELECTED WITH 52% OF THE VOTE OVER CHALLENGER PAUL WOMACK.  KELLY HATMAN EARNED A SEAT ON THE IZARD COUNTY QOURUM COURT WITH 62% OF THE VOTE OVER CHALLENGER BOBBY RUSSELL.  IN LAWRENCE COUNTY, GARY  BARNHILL DEFEATED RON INGRAM IN THE COUNTY JUDGE'S RACE AND BRANDI PARKER WON THE COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE, DEFEATING MICHELLE SHEETS.

  • CRIMINAL CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST A 54 YEAR OLD HORSESHOE BEND   WOMAN  FOLLOWING A DEADLY ACCIDENT  ON HIGHWAY 9 NORTH AT THE ENTRANCE TO PREACHER ROE BALLPARK  IN SALEM  FRIDAY AFTERNOON.  54 YEAR OLD KAMALA DAWN CRONE WAS  TRAVELING NORTH ON HIGHWAY 9 WHEN  HER  CAR COLLIDED  HEAD ON WITH ANOTHER CAR DRIVEN BY 65 YEAR OLD KELLY ZIEGLER OF SALEM.   HIS SON, 45 YEAR OLD TRENT ZEIGLER  DIED AS A RESULT OF INJURIES SUSTAINED IN THE CRASH.  SALEM POLICE CHEIF SHAD OVERMAN  WAS AROUND THE SCENE AS THE ACCIDENT OCCURED AND OBSERVED A FEMALE, IDENTIFIED AS CRONE ATTEMPTING TO START HER VEHICLE AND ATTEMPTING TO PUT IT IN GEAR.. OFFICERS NOTED THAT CRONE HAD A STRONG ODOR OF INTOXICANTS, BLOODSHOT EYES, HER SPEECH WAS SLURRED AND SHE HAD TROUBLE STANDING... CRONE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AFTER SHE REFUSED TO TAKE A FIELD SOBRIETY AND CHEMICAL TEST.  CRONE'S DRIVERS LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED IN 2019.  CHIEF OVERMAN  SAYS  CRONE HAD CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND STRUCK THE OTHER VEHICLE HEAD ON.    PROSECUTING ATTORNEY ERIC HANCE FORMALLY  CHARGED CRONE MONDAY  WITH NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE, A CLASS B FELONY, DWI 2, DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED LICENSE FOR DWI, REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO A CHEMICAL TEST, DRIVING LEFT OF CENTER AND NO SEAT BELT.  CRONE IS BEING HELD IN THE FULTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

  • THE BAXTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR A THEFT SUSPECT WHO FLED ON FOOT FROM OFFICERS AND THEN STOLE A VEHICLE MONDAY AFTERNOON. INVESTIGATORS SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT AT 5647 HWY 5 SOUTH AT 3:16 PM MONDAY LOOKING FOR STOLEN PROPERTY.  INVESTIGATORS ARRESTED ONE MAN, BUT HE FLED ON FOOT.  AN INVESTIGATOR GAVE CHASE, BUT FELL AND WAS INJURED. 

  • A CANINE TEAM FROM THE NORTH CENTRAL UNIT OF THE ADC AT CALICO ROCK TRACKED THE SUSPECT TO A RESIDENCE ON OLD TRACY ROAD, WHERE IT WAS DISCOVERED HE HAD STOLEN A VEHICLE FROM THAT RESIDENCE. THE WANTED PERSON IS 37 YEAR OLD J D COMSTOCK, 5 FT 9 INCHES TALL LAST SEEN WEARING JEANS AND NO SHIRT..THE STOLEN VEHICLE IS A BLUE HONDA SUV, ARKANSAS LICENSE SWRCA. COMSTOCK HAS TIES TO FULTON COUNTY AND IZARD COUNTY.  ANY PERSON HAVING INFORMATION AS TO THE LOCATION OF COMSTOCK AND/OR THE STOLEN VEHICLE IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE BAXTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION  (870) 425-7000 OR LT. BRAD HURST   BHURST@BAXTERCOUNTYSHERIFF.COM 

  • A CRASH MONDAY NIGHT ON HIGHWAY 5 SOUTH OF MOUNTAIN HOME HAS LEFT A CALICO ROCK MAN HOSPITALIZED.. 36 YEAR OLD DANIEL ROBERTS WAS DRIVING A PICKUP THREE MILES SOUTH OF MOUNTAIN HOME WHEN HE SWERVED TO AVIOD AN OBJECT IN THE ROAD AND WHEN THE TRUCK WENT INTO THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD, IT SUPN AROUND SENDING THE VEHICLE INTO A DEEP DITCH AND OVERTURNING ON ITS SIDE.. ROBERTS WAS TRANSPORTED TO BAXTER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT…

  • A MAN IS BEING SOUGHT FOR THE RAPE OF A MINOR IN IZARD COUNTY. AN ARREST WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 39-YEAR-OLD JEREMIAH COFFER ON ONE FELONY COUNT EACH OF RAPE AND FIRST-DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT AND FOUR FELONY COUNTS OF SECOND-DEGREE SEXUAL ASSAULT. ACCORDING TO THE PROBABLE CAUSE AFFIDAVIT, THE IZARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS NOTIFIED APRIL 13 BY THE ARKANSAS STATE POLICE’S CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE OF AN ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT. INVESTIGATORS FROM IZARD COUNTY AND THE ARKANSAS STATE POLICE’S CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN DIVISION INTERVIEWED THE VICTIM. COFFER WAS ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONTACT WITH THE VICTIM ON FIVE SEPARATE OCCASIONS BETWEEN JANUARY 1 OF LAST YEAR AND APRIL 11 OF THIS YEAR.THE NEXT DAY, THE INVESTIGATORS INTERVIEWED COFFER AT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE. HE REPORTEDLY SPOKE WITH THE INVESTIGATORS FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEY ARRIVED AND STOPPED THE INTERVIEW. THE ATTORNEY WAS REPORTEDLY HIRED UNBEKNOWNST TO COFFER BY HIS MOTHER.THE RAPE CHARGE IS A CLASS Y FELONY, THE MOST SERIOUS CLASSIFICATION OF CRIME IN ARKANSAS NOT PUNISHABLE BY DEATH. WHEN CAPTURED, HIS BOND WILL BE SET AT $300,000.

  • A SALESVILLE MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR KILLING A PERSON HE DESCRIBED AS HIS BEST FRIEND WAS RELEASED ON PAROLE FRIDAY...FIFTY-SIX-YEAR-OLD JOHNNIE CARL BAKER WAS SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON IN MID-DECEMBER 2013 AFTER ENTERING A GUILTY PLEA TO A REDUCED CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER. HE HAD ORIGINALLY BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER. BAKER RECEIVED 10 YEARS ON THE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGE AND AN ADDITIONAL FOUR YEARS FOR COMMITTING A FELONY WITH A FIREARM...FORMER 14TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT PROSECUTING ATTORNEY RON KINCADE TOLD THE COURT AT THE TIME BAKER PLED GUILTY, THAT EVIDENCE DEVELOPED DURING THE INVESTIGATION, SHOWED THE LESSER CHARGE OF MANSLAUGHTER MORE NEARLY FIT THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

  • BAKER HAS BEEN CONSIDERED FOR PAROLE SEVERAL TIMES, BUT ACCORDING TO ARKANSAS PAROLE BOARD RECORDS, A FAVORABLE DECISION WAS RESCINDED BASED ON HIS REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO A DRUG SCREENING….THE SHOOTING INCIDENT WAS INITIALLY REPORTED TO BAXTER COUNTY 911 IN NOVEMBER 2012 WHEN A FEMALE CALLER REPORTED A MAN HAD BEEN SHOT ACCIDENTALLY AT A RESIDENCE ALONG MAJOR STREET IN NORFORK...BAKER WAS DEVELOPED AS THE PRIME SUBJECT IN THE SHOOTING. HE TOLD OFFICERS A NUMBER OF CONFLICTING STORIES ABOUT THE INCIDENT...THE BASIS CONTENTION IN ALL OF THE STORIES WAS THAT THE SHOOTING HAD BEEN ACCIDENTAL...BAKER TOLD OFFICERS AT ONE POINT HE TOSSED A SODA BOTTLE AT THEN 65-YEAR-OLD DENNIS FRANKLIN CHAPMAN AND TOLD HIM HE WAS GOING TO SHOOT THE BOTTLE OUT OF HIS HAND. BAKER DESCRIBED CHAPMAN AS HIS BEST FRIEND. IN ANOTHER VERSION, BAKER TOLD INVESTIGATORS HIS GUN DISCHARGED, AND HE DID NOT RECALL HAVING HIS FINGER ON THE TRIGGER...ACCORDING TO INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS, CHAPMAN WAS SHOT IN THE FACE WITH A 30/30-LEVER ACTION RIFLE. THE WEAPON MUST BE MANUALLY MANIPULATED FOR IT TO FIRE.ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS, BAKER SAID HE HAD NO INTENTION OF KILLING HIS FRIEND AND DID NOT KNOW EXACTLY HOW THE GUN WENT OFF.

  • SUMMER OFFICIALLY ARRIVED YESTERDAY AND THE HEAT IS ON… ANOTHER RECORD-SETTING HEAT WAVE IS FORECAST WITH TEMPERATURES NEARING THE CENTURY MARK THROUGH THE FOUTH OF JULY.. TODAY IS JUNE THE 22ND, SO IT WILL BE A WHILE … DR. BALA SIMON OF THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS PEOPLE AT HIGHER RISK FOR HEALT HRELATED HEAT SCARES INCLUDE YOUNG CHILDREN, OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WHO ARE TAKING CERTAIN MEDICATIONS.. HE ADDS IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THE WIDE RANGE OF SYMPTOMS THAT SIGNAL TROUBLE… THERE WERE 54 HEAT RELATED DEATHS IN ARKANSAS LAST YEAR.. SIMON ADDS THAT THEAT RELATED ILLNESSES ARE PREVENTABLE.. A BIG FACTOR IN BODY TEMPERATURE REGULATION IS SWEATING .. WHICH HELPS THE BODY COOL OFF… BUT WHEN IT’S HUMID, SIMON EXPLAINS SWEAT DOESN'T EVAPORATE AND CAN LEAD TO PEOPLE BECOMING OVERHEATED. HE SAYS THERE ARE SMALL THINGS ANYONE CAN DO TO STAY COOL… SIMON ALSO ADVISES PEOPLE WHO ARE OUTDOORS TO WEAR A HAT, SUNGLASSES AND SUNSCREEN WIT HA SUN FACTOR SPF OF 15 OR HIGHER.. THE FORECAST TODAY CALLS FOR HIGHS IN THE UPPER 90’S AND HEAT INDECY AROUND 105.

  • CHEROKEE VILLAGE WARD 2 ALDERMAN CARR HILL HAS RESIGNED FROM THE CITY COUNCIL, DUE TO HIS MOVING TO IZARD COUNTY TO TAKE A JOB AT THE ICC SCHOO LDISTRICT.. WARD 2 RESIDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SWERVING ON THE COUNCIL ARE WELCOME TO SECURE A PETITION WITH 10 SIGNATURES OF REGISTERED VOTERS FROM WARD 2 , COMPLETE AN INFORMATION SHEET AND FILE ALL THESE DOCUMENTS WITH CITY HALL BY 4 P.M. ON JULY 13.. A PACKET CONTAINING ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AT CITY HALL IN CHEROKEE VILLAGE.

  • AS EXPECTED, CONSTRUCTION ON THE CITY SEW4ER PROJECT DOMINATED THE DISCUSSION AT THIS MONTH’S MEETING OF THE VIOLA CITY COUNCIL.. AN UPDATE ON TWO AUDITS AND THE MONTHLY CITY WATER DEPARTMENT WERE ALSO PRESENTED TO COUNCIL..

  • HOMETOWN NEWS CONTIUES OUR SALUTE TO THE 2022 FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR.. JUSTIN AND LACEY LIGENFELTER OF MAMMOTH SPRING.. THE FAMILY ARE FOURTH GENERATION FAMILY FARM WIT HA CATLE AND HAY OPERATION. THE COUPLE ALONG WIT HTHEIR CHILDREN 18-YEAR-OLD DANIEL AND 13 YEAR OLD GRACEY KAY SELL ABOUT 90 PERCENT OFTHEIR CALVES AT LOCAL LIVE STOCK AUCTIONS IN ADDITION TO SELLING A FEW CALVES TO INDIVIDUALS.. THE FAMILY RAISES A FEW HEAD OF HOGS FOR THEIR OWN USE ALONG WITH THE HAY CROP.. JUSTIN TOLD HOMETOWN NEWS HE GOT HIS START IN FARMING WHEN HE WAS ABOUT 14 YEARS OLD. LACEY’S FARM ROOTS RUN DEEP AS WELL… JOIN HOMETOWN NEWS TOMORROW AS WE LEARN ABOUT JUSTIN AND LACEY LINGENFELTER OF MAMMOTH SPRING, YOUR 2022 FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR...

  • THE SALEM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WILL MEET TODAY AT NOON TO DISCUSS FINAL PLANS FOR THE JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SHOW AND INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION… THE METING WILL BE HELD AT THE FAIRGROUNDS… MEMBERS AND NON MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE..

  • THE CALICO ROCK WATER DEPARTMENT HAS ISSUED A BOIL WATER ORDER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOR THE AREA FROM HIGHLAND STREET SOUTH ON HWY 56 TO THE INTERSECTION OF GARDEN STREET.. UNDER THE BOIL WATER ORDER, CUSTOMERS SHOULD BOIL THE WATER FOR 1 MINUTE PRIOR TO USE AND ALL ICE CUBES SHOULD BE DISCARDED AND ONLY BOILED WATER USED FOR MAKING ICE.

  • THE BAXTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR A THEFT SUSPECT WHO FLED ON FOOT FROM OFFICERS AND THEN STOLE A VEHICLE MONDAY AFTERNOON. INVESTIGATORS SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT AT 5647 HWY 5 SOUTH AT 3:16 PM MONDAY LOOKING FOR STOLEN PROPERTY.  INVESTIGATORS ARRESTED ONE MAN, BUT HE FLED ON FOOT.  AN INVESTIGATOR GAVE CHASE, BUT FELL AND WAS INJURED.  A CANINE TEAM FROM THE NORTH CENTRAL UNIT OF THE ADC AT CALICO ROCK TRACKED THE SUSPECT TO A RESIDENCE ON OLD TRACY ROAD, WHERE IT WAS DISCOVERED HE HAD STOLEN A VEHICLE FROM THAT RESIDENCE. THE WANTED PERSON IS 37 YEAR OLD J D COMSTOCK, 5 FT 9 INCHES TALL LAST SEEN WEARING JEANS AND NO SHIRT.. THE STOLEN VEHICLE IS A BLUE HONDA SUV, ARKANSAS LICENSE SWRCA. COMSTOCK HAS TIES TO FULTON COUNTY AND IZARD COUNTY.  ANY PERSON HAVING INFORMATION AS TO THE LOCATION OF COMSTOCK AND/OR THE STOLEN VEHICLE IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE BAXTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION  (870) 425-7000 OR LT. BRAD HURST   BHURST@BAXTERCOUNTYSHERIFF.COM 

  • JOSHUA HOOVER, THE MAN SOUGHT BY AUTHORITIES FOLLOWING A HOSTAGE SITUATION IN HIGHLAND ON SUNDAY IS NOW IN CUSTODY… THANKS TO THE JOINT EFFORTS OF THE SHARP COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, HARDY POLICE DEPARTMENT, BAXTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FUGITIVE RECOVERY TEAM, JOSHUA HOOVER WAS APPREHENDED AT APPROXIMATELY 12:15 P.M ON MONDAY.. HOOVER HAD RETURNED TO THE INITIAL LOCATION OF THE ABDUCTION AND HOSTAGE SITUATION AT RIVERBEND PARK NEAR HARDY. HE WAS APPREHENDED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND IS NOW BEING HOUSED IN THE SHARP COUNTY DETENTION CENTER. HOOVER WAS WANTED AFTER A HOSTAGE SITUATION WAS REPORTED JUNE 19 AFTER HE EVADED LAW ENFORCEMENT DUE TO HIGH TRAFFIC. OFFICERS ENDED THE PURSUIT AFTER IT WAS DETERMINED IT WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF PUBLIC SAFETY. THE HOSTAGE ESCAPED AFTER LOCKING THEMSELVES IN THE RESTROOM AT THE FORMER RED MULE IN HIGHLAND AND CALLING FOR HELP. CHARGES AGAINST HOOVER WILL INCLUDE AGGRAVATED RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, KIDNAPPING, RAPE, AND THEFT OF PROPERTY. HOOVER REMAINS IN THE SHARP COUNTY DETENTION CENTER..


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