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Hello friends and family. We will be having our Valentine Luncheon on Valentine's Day. On Friday we will Dine In from Ozark Café. Thanks to our volunteers last week: Taylor Belle Davidson, Alyssa Williams, Tommy Flud, Beverly Bryant, Brother Bud and Sister Belinda Grimes, Brother Anthony Bowers, Bil


Arkansas man said he 'thought it would be fun' to run from police after arrest

An Arkansas man has been arrested for multiple warrants after a police chase Tuesday morning. According to the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, detectives noticed a driver in a 2014 blue Ford truck trying to conceal his face as he passed the intersection of highways 38 and 31.


Drug court shows early success

OZARK — Five months in, Franklin County's new drug court program shows no signs of slowing down. Franklin County in September 2018 launched their own drug court program after circuit court officials for years sent the county's drug court participants to Johnson County. Since opening, the drug court


Arkansas bill proposes to outlaw sale of tobacco and vapor products to people under 21

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — A bipartisan piece of legislation calls for the prohibition of selling tobacco and alternative nicotine products including electronic cigarettes to individuals under aged 21.


Winter weather advisories in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The National Weather Service says a storm system could produce snow and ice in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. The weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Tuesday through Wednesday morning for parts of western Texas, much of Oklahoma and into northwestern


FYI - weekend events calendar

Member Preview -- "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder," 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Free. Register at 418-5728. "Valentines and Killer Chili" -- A trucker and a waitress look for love in Kent Brown's one-act play presented by Smokehouse Players, Chillin' Room at


Arkansas teen dies after clerk shoots him during gas station robbery, police say

A suspected robber died of his injuries after an Arkansas gas station clerk retrieved a gun and shot him during an apparent holdup try in Jacksonville, authorities said Tuesday.


Local rep files bill to eliminate daylight savings

District 82 Rep. Sarah Capp (R–Ozark) filed a bill on Monday that, if passed by the Arkansas legislature, would exempt the state from the annual observation of daylight saving time.


High Court won't hear anti-death penalty Arkansas judge suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place a decision dismissing a lawsuit filed by a judge in Arkansas who was barred from overseeing execution-related cases after he participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration.


Former Northwest Arkansas youth pastor pleads innocent to sexually assaulting teen

BENTONVILLE -- A former volunteer youth pastor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting a 17-year-old church member. Derek L. Smittle, 30, of Centerton is charged with sexual assault and faces from six to 30 years in prison if convicted.


Arkansas lottery set to break records

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is on track to post records for the fiscal year. According to a news release, the ASL ended January with net proceeds to scholarships exceeding $7.8 million. That is more than $1.1 million ahead of their budget.


Six years later: Mindy McCready's tragic death at a lakeside home in Arkansas

CLEBURNE COUNTY, Ark. - This week marks six years since a platinum-selling recording artist was found dead outside a home near Heber Springs. On February 17, 2013 authorities found Mindy McCready dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was lying on a front porch outside a home in Eden Isle.


Governor signs Arkansas tax cut into law; top rate lowered from 6.9% to 5.9%

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday afternoon signed into law his $97 million plan to cut the state's top income tax rate over the next two years. The rate goes from 6.9 percent to 5.9 percent. The proposal won final approval in the majority-Republican Arkansas Legislature last week.


Bill seeks to put Arkansas fathers and mothers on equal footing in custody disputes

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Legislation filed in Little Rock aims to do away with what parental equality advocates call "gender discrimination" when it comes to custody battles surrounding children born outside of marriage.


$1M Bond for Man Accused of Killing Fiancée's Toddler Daughter

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) - Bond is $1,000,000 for a man who is under arrest in connection with the 2018 death of his fiancée's two-year-old daughter, according to a probable cause affidavit.


New bill would get rid of daylight saving time in Arkansas

HARRISON, AR (KAIT) -A new bill in Arkansas could eliminate Daylight Savings Time altogether. According to a report from NBC affiliate KY3, House Bill 1368, filed by State Rep. Sarah Capp, would put the state on standard time permanently.


Beloved Van Buren Police Officer Laid to Rest

VAN BUREN, Ark. (KNWA) - Van Buren police said farewell to one of their finest on Monday. A funeral was held for Michael Don Stewart. Stewart became a reserve officer at the Van Buren Police Department in 1996. He became a part-time officer in 2009, and went full-time in 2011. He achieved the rank o


79 Guns Stolen From Northwest Arkansas Hardware Store

Nearly 80 guns were stolen from an Ace Hardware in northwest Arkansas. 79 guns—mostly pistols—were taken within two minutes after three suspects broke into the hardware store in Prairie Grove. The theft occurred around 3 a.m. on Friday, which did not trigger an alarm, so the suspects returned to the


Arkansas’ Severe Weather Awareness Week Feb. 24 - March 2

The severe storm season of 2018 brought with it 34 tornadoes, 16 thunderstorm wind gusts of 80 mph and greater, 15 instances of hail of 2 inches or larger and hundreds of reports of flash flooding. Combined, hazardous weather resulted in 5 fatalities in 2018, two of which were caused by lightning as


Man sought in homicide probe

Police in Johnson County are searching for Robert Wayne Baker in connection with a homicide Friday. Baker is a 29-year-old white man, according to the Johnson County sheriff's office.