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September 20, 2019

ERNEST RAY WEST MEMORIAL DAY
Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed Friday, September 20, 2019, as Ernest Ray West Memorial Day in Arkansas.

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

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

GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON PROCLAIMS ARKANSAS HUNTING AND FISHING WEEK
Little Rock - Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a special proclamation today in the Governor's Conference Room at the State capitol recognizing September 22nd through 28th as Arkansas Hunting and Fishing Week. He also proclaimed September 28th as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Arkansas.  National Hunting and Fishing Day began in 1972 to recognize the contributions hunters and anglers have to conservation in North America. The vast majority of America’s funding for conservation relies on hunting license sales in each state and special excise taxes collected from firearms, archery and ammunition sales nationwide. 

Championed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Hunting and Fishing Day was officially recognized after bills were passed in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and the official proclamation was signed by President Richard Nixon. 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and its partners have organized many special activities to recognize the week and the contributions hunting and fishing make to people’s daily lives. 

The Big Catch community fishing event will kick things off at 8 a.m., Sept. 21, at MacArthur Park in Little Rock. AGFC and Community First Alliance expect well over 3,000 attendees to this fun-filled day surrounding the outdoors.

“We’ve stocked hundreds of hungry catfish in the pond, and everyone in the family can come join in the fun,” said Maurice Jackson, AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program. “Anyone 16 and older must have a fishing license to participate, but youth under 16 fish free, just like always in Arkansas.”

Each of the AGFC’s nature and education centers will hold special programming throughout the week to celebrate hunting and fishing in Arkansas and help people connect with the outdoors. Visit www.agfc.com/naturecenters to find a location near you and plan a visit. Each center has its own Facebook page where they will post planned events as well as updates from daily activities. 

The week wraps up on Sept. 28, which the Governor also has recognized as National Hunting and Fishing Day in Arkansas. Additional events will be held at all AGFC nature centers on this day as well. The opening of archery deer season also falls on Sept. 28, enabling hunters their first shot at a white-tailed deer for the season on this celebration of hunting and fishing’s contribution to conservation. 

Visit www.agfc.com to view a calendar of events or visit AGFC’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ARGameandFish to learn more about events at AGFC facilities throughout the week.

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH
Southwest Arkansas Radio
Jonathan Canaday
Suicide rates are climbing, with the highest numbers reported in rural counties across the United States.  According to the Arkansas Department of Health, the number of suicide deaths had increased in Arkansas, however declined last year due to awareness efforts and a new prevention lifeline.

The month of September is Suicide Prevention Month and ADH Injury and Violence Prevention Section Chief Mandy Thomas says Arkansas is one of few states to have a call center funded and operated by a state government agency.  Anyone in crisis or that needs to talk to someone is welcome to call the 24 hour phone number at 1-800-273-TALK.

Thomas says they are working to provide resources that can continue to assist in reducing suicide deaths.

"Suicide is a crisis for our state.  In 2016, we had 546 deaths due to suicide.  In 2017, we jumped up to 621 deaths...we just recently received 2018 data and that put us back down to 547.  So we did see a decrease from 2017 to 2018, we are very proud of that and want to keep that momentum going so that it will continue to reduce."

The Arkansas Department of Health Suicide Prevention Program is working to provide educational programs that encourage people from all walks of life to become knowledgeable about suicide prevention.  Thomas says the education is provided free of charge to schools or other groups/organizations.

"We work very closely with the Arkansas chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Our ADH office also provides basic suicide prevention 101 and classes geared to youth in grades 7-12."

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, one person dies by suicide in Arkansas every 16 hours.

Thomas says warning signs of suicide include depression, withdrawing from family, and giving away prized possessions.  While teenagers are more frequently at risk of suicide, the highest numbers include middle aged men.  

"In our state, the highest population for suicides are white males aged 25 to 44.  Our youth population increased from 2017 to 2018, so the more education we can give to schools will give them more resources to make sure the child is taken care of."

If you know of someone going through a crisis, Arkansas Department of Health officials encourage people to open a dialogue with that individual and help them seek assistance.

For more information, visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

COTTON, DUCKWORTH BILL TO HELP MORE FAMILIES OF FALLEN SERVICE MEMBERS TRAVEL TO DOVER AIR FORCE BASE
Washington, D.C.— Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) today introduced the Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act, which would allow the Department of Defense to pay for family travel to Dover Air Force Base for any service member who dies outside the United States. Under current law, the Department of Defense can only pay for travel to Dover Air Force Base for family members of service members who die in a combat zone. 

“Traveling to Dover Air Force Base to witness the repatriation of remains allows the families of our fallen heroes to begin the healing process. The families of our service members serve beside them in the defense of our nation, and we have an obligation to ensure they receive the same care as they grieve—no matter where their loved one passed away,” said Cotton.

“Cost shouldn’t prevent any military families from being able to travel to Dover Air Force Base to receive the remains of a loved one who died while serving our nation,” said Duckworth. “That’s why I’m joining Senator Cotton in introducing the Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Defense to pay for this travel regardless of whether the Servicemember died in a combat or non-combat situation.”

Companion legislation was introduced earlier this year in the House of Representatives by Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Illinois).

September 19, 2019

CADC ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF 2019 SUMMER LIHEAP UTILITY ASSISTANCE
Benton – Central Arkansas Development Council (CADC) announced today the 2019 Summer LIHEAP Utility Assistance Program will end September 30, 2019.
For more information relating to CADC’s utility assistance program visit: https://www.cadc.com/utility-assistance
CADC is a nonprofit Community Action Agency, an equal opportunity employer and a United Way Agency.  The mission of CADC is to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty, to help vulnerable populations achieve their potential and to build strong communities in Arkansas through community action.
 
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AND RESILIENCE SUMMIT 
Building Resilient Communities: Where you Live, Work and Play!
LITTLE ROCK, ARK – Sept. 18, 2019 – Building resilient Communities: Where you Live, Work and Play! is the theme for the third Arkansas Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Summit, Thursday and Friday Sept. 26-27, at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale. A Saturday event is also scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
 
Issues to be addressed are related to Arkansas’ top national ranking for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Arkansas has the highest percentage of children who have experienced emotional or physical abuse, neglect, family instability, poverty or exposure to violence. These are some of the ACEs that can negatively affect children’s mental and physical health throughout their lives. Building resilience in children through nurturing relationships within their family, school and communities can help prevent and stop the damage done by ACEs.
 
The summit is designed for school administrators, health care professionals, mental health and school health professionals, law enforcement, court system
professionals, community- and faith-based organizations, and those involved in assessment, treatment, support and advocacy for children and families. Attendees will learn how to work with Arkansans across the state to prevent and address ACEs and help build resilient families and communities.
The summit kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, with panel discussions, breakout sessions and keynote speaker Liz Huntley, JD, an Alabama attorney and president and co-founder of the Hope Institute. Friday’s summit will feature keynote speaker Steve Gross, founder and chief policymaker of the Life is Good Foundation. 
An award presentation during Friday’s luncheon will be made to Judge Joyce Williams Warren for her leadership and advocacy for children with ACEs and to Mr. Lorenzo Lewis for fostering resilience in others.
 
A special session will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church for early childhood classroom teachers and staff, K-12 teachers and staff, foster or adoptive parents, and parents of children with special health needs. A Provider Symposium for family practitioners and primary care providers, pediatricians, dentists, and mental health/behavioral health providers is also scheduled for Saturday at the church.
 
The summit is hosted by AFMC and the Arkansas Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience Coalition, a cross-sector collaboration of approximately 300 individuals representing more than 100 organizations and government agencies in health care, law enforcement, human services, mental health, churches and businesses. Primary sponsors include AFMC, the Division of Child Care Early Childhood Education, Arkansas Good Medicine, Arkansas Children’s Trust Fund, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, SouthEastern Transportation Inc., and Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.
 
To register or get more information, visit AFMC.org/ACES, email ACEs@afmc.org, or call 501.212.8765.
 
 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH LITTLE ROCK OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY
On Saturday, September 21st, the National Weather Service stationed at North Little Rock, (8400 Remount Rd., North Little Rock 72118) serving 47 counties in Arkansas, will open its doors from 10 AM to 4 PM to everyone in the public for an open house to see our facility and meet our meteorologists and the core partners that we work with. 
The National Weather Service will be joined with our partners from the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the Little Rock Air Force Base Weather Unit, Arkansas Skywarn, the Radar Operations Center, the Arkansas State Climatologist, Central Arkansas Broadcast Media Meteorologists, River Forecast Centers, the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management, North Little Rock Fire Department, and the Arkansas State Police. 
Everyone in the community is welcome to come out and learn a little bit about weather, weather safety, and how we work together with our partners to communicate and mitigate hazardous weather conditions. We will have several activities and demonstrations on site, we will be programming weather radios, and we will be giving away weather instruments and weather radios in addition to providing tours of our facility. 
 
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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: MAKE SURE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION STAYS PERSONAL
Says, ‘scam artists are skilled at adapting quickly to using new practices to steal your personal identity’
LITTLE ROCK - Identity thieves continue to adapt their scam techniques to fill their pockets with the money of hardworking Arkansans. These criminals know that any personal information they are able to gather, the better, and they will resort to any means necessary to steal your information. They often do this by calling consumers while pretending to be a legitimate business.
 
“Unfortunately, scam artists are skilled at adapting quickly to using new practices to steal your personal identity,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “If you have any doubt, hang up the phone and find the company’s official phone number from a trusted source to verify the phone call.”
Attorney General Rutledge has compiled a list of precautionary tips to protect yourself:
 
NEVER give away your personal information over the phone. Legitimate companies will have processes in place to protect personal information and will not request it by telephone.
DO NOT trust the source even if it has some of your personal information. Scammers often use partial pieces of personal information in order to verify current personal information or gain personal information.
NEVER verify your personal or banking If you verify your personal information to a scam artist, it can lead to identity theft.
BE MINDFUL of scammers who spoof the caller I.D. The caller may appear to be from a trusted source and in reality, is a scam artist.
 
If you have been a victim of identity theft, close accounts that have been tampered with or fraudulently opened, and file a complaint with the FTC. For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or ArkansasAG.gov.
 
COTTON, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE BILL TO PROHIBIT U.S. GOVERNMENT FROM PURCHASING DRONES FROM ADVERSARIES
Washington, D.C. —  Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) along with Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the American Security Drone Act of 2019, which prohibits the U.S. government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats like Iran and China.
 
“China has stolen sensitive drone technology from America’s businesses and military for years, and now sells it back to us from a dominant position in the commercial drone market. Relying on drones made by our adversaries is a clear risk to our national security. This bill will ensure that all drones purchased by the U.S. government are made right here in America, or else by friendly nations that don’t wish us harm,” said Cotton.
 
“There are nations around the world, like China, that are actively building up their militaries to compete with America. China is STEALING our technology and intellectual property, yet the U.S. Government continues to buy critical technology, like drones, with American tax dollars from Chinese companies backed by their government. For far too long, we have turned a blind eye to China and allowed their technology into some of the most critical operations of the U.S. Government. This has to stop. The American Security Drone Act protects our information and national security by prohibiting the federal government and our military from buying drones manufactured in countries that are our adversaries,” said Scott.
 
“Our taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be used to support Chinese-developed technologies that undercut American companies and put our national security at risk. We know that China and other adversaries have used drones to spy and collect sensitive data in the past, and I’ve heard directly from companies in Connecticut that are concerned about this issue. Instead of rewarding bad actors like China we should be investing in the development of a U.S.-based supply chain that creates jobs and protects our national security,” said Murphy.
 
The American Security Drone Act:
Prohibits federal departments and agencies from procuring any foreign commercial off-the-shelf drone or covered unmanned aircraft system manufactured or assembled in countries identified as national security threats, and provides a timeline to end current use of these drones.
Prohibits the use of federal funds awarded through contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements to state or local governments from being used to purchase foreign commercial off-the-shelf drones or covered unmanned aircraft systems manufactured or assembled in a country identified as a national security threat.
Requires the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress detailing the amount of foreign commercial off-the-shelf drones and covered unmanned aircraft systems procured by federal departments and agencies from countries identified as national security threats.
 

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

COTTON STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF ROBERT O'BRIEN AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER 
Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on the appointment of Robert O'Brien as national security adviser:
"I commend President Trump for selecting Robert O'Brien as his national security adviser. I've known Robert for years in his past roles, and am confident he understands the urgent threats our nation faces, from China to Iran."

Arkansas AG logoRUTLEDGE: 40 YEAR PLEA FOR LITTLE ROCK MAN 
Axelroth was in possession of 280 files of sexually explicit video files
LITTLE ROCK – On Tuesday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a Little Rock man, Justin Axelroth, pleaded guilty of four counts of child pornography and was sentenced to 40 years.

“I have zero tolerance for these child predators who will use technology to satisfy their sick minds,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will do everything in my power to root out these evil people.”

In May 2018, Justin Axelroth, 40, of Little Rock, was arrested by the Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crimes Unit for distributing, possessing or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child, a Class C felony. Special agents in the Attorney General’s Office seized multiple computers, external hard drives and cell phones from the home. Files acquired from these devices showed that between January 15, 2018, and March 31, 2018, Axelroth obtained approximately 280 files containing videos of children between the ages of four and eleven being sexually abused by adult men.

Axelroth pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Fourth Division, and was sentenced by Judge Herb Wright. Sixth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley appointed Deputy Attorney General Will Jones and Assistant Attorney General Jill Irwin as special deputy prosecuting attorneys in the case. Axelroth will serve his sentence in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

 

SEPTEMBER 18, 2019

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RUTLEDGE: NORTH LITTLE ROCK RESIDENTS SUED FOR DEED FRAUD
Neill Reed and Jeric Goodrum have stolen homes and property using fraudulent deeds

LITTLE ROCK - On Monday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed suit in Pulaski County Circuit Court against Neill Reed and Jeric Goodrum of North Little Rock, for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Reed and Goodrum tried to manipulate Arkansas’s tax-delinquent property sale procedures by illegally filing forged deeds in order to steal property from rightful owners and then sell the property to unsuspecting consumers.

“These fraudulent actions are costly for their victims, and in some circumstances rob children, grandchildren and families of property that should be their rightful inheritance,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These scams hurt hard-working Arkansans, and these fraudsters must be stopped.”

Defendants Reed and Goodrum begin the scam by locating publicly-listed tax-delinquent properties that were soon to be auctioned by the Commissioner of State Lands. Once they identify a particular tax-delinquent piece of property they want to acquire, and without the true owner’s knowledge or consent, they forge a quitclaim deed that indicates that the record owner of the property transferred their interests to Defendants. Defendants record the forged document in a county’s property records and then sell the stolen property for a price that may be thousands of dollars below the property’s actual value to unsuspecting third parties. The scam often goes unnoticed until the true owner tries to pay the taxes and reclaim the property.

The investigation was assisted by staff for the Commissioner of State Lands, Tommy Land. The suit seeks an injunction; an order imposing civil penalties; restitution for affected consumers; the suspension or forfeiture of franchises, corporate charters, licenses, permits and authorizations to do business in Arkansas and other relief against Reed and Goodrum.

Attorney General Rutledge is requesting restitution, civil penalties, and injunctive relief and demands a jury trial. Victims of these business practices should file a consumer complaint on ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB TO MEET
The Camden Kiwanis Club will meeting this Thursday,  September 19th at 12:00 at  Catherine’s Bistro. The program will be presented by Camden News Reporter Tammy Frazier.

THE CAMDEN PORT AUTHORITY TO MEET
The Camden Port Authority will meet Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the  Municipal Building.

COTTON DENOUNCES BASELESS ATTACKS AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH
Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) issued the following statement following the New York Times's publication and subsequent correction of yet more unverified, unsubstantiated allegations against Justice Kavanaugh:

"Democrats and their allies in the media are again launching baseless attacks on Justice Kavanaugh, with no evidence and no regard for due process and basic fairness. Yet even The New York Times had to issue a ‘correction' that should've been called a ‘retraction.' This is what happens when partisans become obsessive and when reporters spend a year digging for dirt and find nothing, but don't want to return their fat book advance."

JUSTICE SERVED: RESUMING DEATH PENALTY RIGHT THING
Op-Ed By Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Senator Tom Cotton
This summer, President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr resumed the federal death penalty for five brutal murderers, including a white supremacist who murdered a family of three right here in Arkansas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

MASS FLU VACCINE CLINIC ANNOUNCED
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Little Rock, Ark.) - On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the Ouachita County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will offer flu vaccinations at the 'Ouachita County Health Unit, located at 740 California Avenue from 7am to 3:30pm. People should bring their insurance cards with them to the flu vaccine clinic. If they do not have insurance, or the insurance does not cover flu shots, the vaccine will be available at no charge.

'We want Ouachita County residents to stay healthy this flu season, and getting a yearly flu vaccination is the best line of defense," Teresa Emerson, Ouachita County Health Unit Administrator, said. 'We encourage everyone to come to the mass clinic or the local health unit to get their flu shot."

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for most adults and children six months and older. The flu virus changes from year to year, and this year's vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this flu season.

"The flu should not be taken lightly," said Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, Medical Director for Immunizations at ADH. 'We are encouraging everyone to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their families, because it is hard to predict in advance how severe the flu season is going to be."

People of all ages can get the flu. Certain people are more likely to have serious health problems if they get the flu. This includes older adults, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), people who smoke, and people who live in nursing homes. Therefore, ADH strongly recommends that people in these groups get a flu vaccine. It is also recommended that friends, family members and people who provide care to people in these groups also get a vaccine-not only to protect themselves but also to decrease the possibility that they might expose the people they love and care for to the flu.

The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache. There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. These include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or an ingredient in the vaccine. People with allergies to vaccine ingredients can often receive the vaccine safely, if it is given in a doctor's office where they can be monitored.

The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching something, such as a door knob, with the virus on it, and then touching their nose or mouth. Good hand washing hab!ts are important in preventing the flu; however, the best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine.

For more information, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB TO MEET
The Camden Noon Lion’’s Club will meet Wednesday at Catherine’s Bistro. This week the speaker will be Jenny Kuhn, owner of Jenny’s Gym.  She will be speaking about health & Fitness.

CAMDEN NOON LIONS CLUB DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS BANQUET
The Camden Noon Lions Club Distinguished Service Awards Banquet will be held Monday, October 7th at Thrive Church (Charles O. Ross Center). Serving Line Starts at 6PM, followed by the Program at 6:45PM. Five (5) individuals will be honored for their Community Service. The Special Guest Keynote Speaker will be Darynne Dahlem, Miss Arkansas 2019. The meal will be catered by Catherine's Bistro. Tickets are $25.00 each and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased from any Lions Club member, or at Catherine's Bistro, Camden Chamber of Commerce or the Shopper’s Guide.

THE CITY OF CAMDEN AIRPORT COMMISSION TO MEET
The City of Camden Airport Commission will have their regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Airport Terminal located at 255 Airport Road in Camden, Arkansas.

GLASS ARTISTS ANN WILSON AND BETTY WILSON TO HOLD WORKSHOP AT SAAC
Ann Wilson and Betty Wilson, local glass artists and owners of "Elements Glass Art", will offer a fused glass lantern workshop at the South Arkansas Arts Center. The sisters in law are excited to host their first class on the evening of Monday, October 28.

Eight years ago, Ann and Betty took a stained-glass class in Louisiana. After finishing the project, they bought the equipment to do stained glass at home. "When searching the internet for more classes, we found a class in Texas offering a fused glass boot camp for a week," said Ann. "We learned all the basics of fusing glass and how to operate a kiln. We were hooked! Before we came home, we bought a kiln, ordered art glass and then told our husbands we needed a studio by the end of the month. That is how Elements Glass Art Studio started.

"We continue to learn new techniques by attending classes or taking online classes from various fused glass instructors from Texas, Florida, California, and Kansas. We create glass art pieces that include bowls, platters, plates, trays, Christmas decor, yard art, wall art, nightlights, lanterns, and sun catchers. We also do custom work.

"We participate in multiple festivals during the year, and customers ask us all the time if we teach classes. Our excuse was that we were still working, but now we are both retired, so we decided to share our love of glass art with others."

The basic idea behind fused glass is that art objects can be created by melting glass in a kiln. That simple idea is behind hundreds of techniques. Fused glass (sometimes called kiln formed, warm, or kiln-glass) is an accessible and rewarding art form for many people around the world - and it is growing quickly in popularity.

The two women will offer this two-week class twice. Session 1 will be held on Monday, Oct 28, 6-8pm and Monday, Nov 4, 6-7pm. Session 2 will be held on Monday, Nov 18, 6-8pm and Monday, Nov 25, 6-7pm. On the first Monday, class participants will design the six glass panels for the lantern in a 2-hour class. On the second Monday, after they have been fired in the kiln, the panels and lighting will be installed in the lantern in a 1-hour class.
Cost for this unique art class is $100 per person and includes all supplies and tools needed. The fee for this class must be prepaid at time of sign up due to the specialty nature of the supplies required. No experience with glass is required. The instructors will teach you how to use pre-cut fused glass, frit glass and glass stringers, while you design and create your own project.

For more information or to register for this fun class, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit the website at www.saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Main Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.


COTTON STATEMENT ON ATTACKS ON SAUDI OIL FACILITIES
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) issued the following statement after reports of attacks
against key Saudi Arabian oil facilities:
"The United States stands with our Saudi partners in confronting Iran's campaign of terror
across the Middle East. The ayatollahs' desperate efforts to cripple global energy markets will only renew our commitment to maximum pressure. The Iranian regime and its
proxies ought to face consequences for these attacks."

 
 

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

CHARLIE’S ANGELS RELAY FOR LIFE TEAM 20TH ANNUAL “CRUISING FOR A CURE” CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW
Charlie’s Angels Relay for life Team invites you to the 20th Annual “Cruising for a Cure” Car & Motorcycle Show.  The show will take place Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Campus of Camden Fairview High School in Camden Arkansas (1750 Cash Rd). 

Featured Events will include 20 classes of cars & trucks – including a new class this year for large work trucks.  9 classes of motorcycles.  Judging will be by Mobscene Motorsports of Camden.

Registration is from 8AM – 10AM, Showing 10AM – 12 (Noon), Judging at Noon, Awards at 2PM.

You may register by call Eva Jorgensen at (870) 807-0020.  Pre-Registration cost of all cars, trucks and bikes will be $20.00 ($5.00 for each additional vehicle).

Registration Day of the Event will be $25.00 ($5.00 for each additional vehicle).

First and Second place trophies will be awarded in each class.  Dash Plaques will be given for the first 50 cars.  There will also be door prizes, goody bags.  Special award given for the person dressed in the time period of their registered vehicle.  There will be special games for the kids, a food court and a DJ playing 50’s and 60’s music during the show.

All proceeds will go to Relay for Life.  Make checks payable to:  Charlie’s Angel Team.

For more information:
Eva Jorgensen
870-807-0020
evajjorgensen@yahoo.com

 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: 16 APPS PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas parents across the State want what is best for their children. So many Arkansans benefit from technology, but at the Attorney General’s Office, we routinely hear about preteens and teenagers who are bullied or have started relationships with strangers online.


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

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

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

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

WINNERS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE ENROLLMENT CONTEST ANNOUNCED 
LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Education are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 #ARKidsCanCode Enrollment Contest.

Six Arkansas schools are being recognized for their efforts to encourage students to enroll in high school computer science courses.

  • Bentonville High School in Bentonville 
  • Mountain Home Career Academies in Mountain Home
  • Greenwood Freshman Academy in Greenwood
  • Kirby High School in Kirby
  • Academies of West Memphis in West Memphis
  • Cutter-Morning Star High School in Hot Springs

“I am delighted by the outstanding number of educators and schools around the state that have embraced the Computer Science Initiative,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “The number of students taking computer science classes has skyrocketed since the initiative was launched. I am confident that these students are receiving the best computer science education available in the country and will be prepared for the jobs of the future. I commend them and all the educators for their hard work.”

ADE announced the contest in August 2018 to honor schools for their efforts to promote computer science education. All public schools with students enrolled in computer science courses were eligible. ADE’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of Computer Science provided the funds for the awards. 

Winners are being recognized in the following categories. 

  • Schools with fewer than 1,000 students: 
    • Greenwood Freshman Academy will receive $10,000 for having the highest number and highest percentage of students enrolled in computer science courses. 
    • Kirby High School will receive $5,000 for having the largest percentage increase of students enrolled in computer science courses. 
  • Schools with 1,000 or more students: 
    • Mountain Home Career Academies will receive $5,000 for having the highest percentage of students enrolled in computer science courses. 
    • Bentonville High School will receive $5,000 for having the highest number of students enrolled in computer science classes.
    • Academies of West Memphis will receive $5,000 for having the largest percentage increase of students enrolled in computer science courses. 

In addition, Cutter-Morning Star High School won the random drawing prize package worth $5,000 that was announced in 2018. The school can use the grant to support future growth of computer science classes. Schools received entries in this random drawing for their high enrollment numbers, as well as for submitting information regarding how they encouraged students to enroll in computer science courses this past school year. 

The ADE Office of Computer Science will continue the #ARKidsCanCode Enrollment Contest for the 2019-2020 school year. Information regarding how schools can compete is available at https://bit.ly/2lyAEh8

 

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RUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES 2019 LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMIT AGENDA
Focus on medical marijuana and eyewitness identification
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced yesterday the agenda for the 17th Arkansas Law Enforcement Summit, which will be held on October 1 at the Benton Event Center in Benton. The annual event is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, including officers, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel.

“This year’s Law Enforcement Summit will address concerns that have arisen in the wake of the legalization of medical marijuana as well as ensuring proper eyewitness identification in criminal cases,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I encourage all officers to register so they can learn from these insightful presenters.”

The summit will hear from Norwood, Massachusetts, Police Chief William Brooks III discussing eyewitness identification. According to studies, it is estimated that approximately 70 percent of people who are wrongfully convicted in our nation are convicted based on erroneous eyewitness identification. He presents nationally on behalf of the Innocence Project and was the 2012 recipient of the Innocence Network’s Champion of Justice Award.

The afternoon will include a presentation from David Blake, Chris Halsor and Cory Amend from Colorado. They will address the many challenges with legal marijuana for law enforcement including issues involving possession, cultivation, distribution, transportation and driving under the influence.

During a noon luncheon, Rutledge will recognize one outstanding law enforcement officer from each county in addition to regional and statewide award winners.

Rutledge will also welcome Lauren Wagner, who will speak on Online Investigations: Tools, Tips, and Tricks. She provides technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in active cases, prepares training curricula, teaches SEARCH investigative courses and speaks at conferences throughout the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Jill Irwin will present on Monsters Behind the Machines, which will look into some of the cases that have been investigated by the Attorney General’s Office Special Investigations Division.

Registration is open and available at ArkansasAG.gov.

COTTON, SCHUMER, GALLAGHER, GALLEGO URGE DOD TO NAME CHINESE DEFENSE COMPANIES IN U.S.
Washington, D.C. — Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) along with Congressmen Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) and Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging him to use all available statutory authorities to combat the Chinese Communist Party’s espionage against the U.S. defense-industrial base. 

The letter specifically requests that the Department of Defense publish a list of companies operating in the United States that are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. This list was required by law in Section 1237 of the fiscal year 1999 National Defense Authorization Act. The provision states that: “Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall make a determination of those persons operating directly or indirectly in the United States or any of its territories and possessions that are Communist Chinese military companies.” It was amended in 2001 to require the Secretary of Defense to notify Congress, the Director of Central Intelligence, the Attorney General, and the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Commerce, and Energy, of any determinations under this provision on an annual basis.

The letter asks Secretary Esper to respond to the following questions:

1. When was this list of Communist Chinese military companies operating in the United States last updated by the Department of Defense?

2, As part of your commitment to achieving the goals set out in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, will you commit to updating and publicly releasing this list as soon as possible?

 

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

HASTEN NAMED PRESIDENT/CEO OF ARKANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE CORPORATION AND ARKANSAS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES, INC.
Little Rock, Ark. — Sept. 12, 2019 — The boards of directors of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) have selected Vernon “Buddy” Hasten of Rogersville, MO. as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the organizations. He will assume the role on Nov. 1.

Prior to this position, Hasten served as vice president of engineering and construction for Associated Electric Cooperative in Springfield, MO. He has held leadership positions in the military, investor-owned and electric cooperative sectors over his 30-year career. He graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Hasten has also earned certificates from the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During his 20 years of service with the United States Navy, he obtained a masters equivalent from Naval Nuclear Power School.

He replaces Bill Conine who served as the interim president/CEO of AECC and AECI as a nationwide search was conducted.

“I have had great respect for AECC and AECI over the years,” Hasten said. “I am honored to serve as the president and CEO of these organizations that are dedicated to serving Arkansas electric cooperative members.”

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.

 WALK WITH NAMI ARKANSAS IN THE 13TH ANNUAL NAMIWALKS ARKANSAS
Little Rock, AR (September 5, 2019) – The 13th Annual NAMIWalks Arkansas benefiting the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Arkansas will be held on October 5th, 2019 at the Arkansas State Capital in Little Rock. Check-in time will begin at 9:00 am and the step-off will start at 10:00 am. The walk will be held rain or shine.

 “The walk has become a tradition for so many Arkansan’s living with a mental illness and their loved ones,” says Buster Lackey, Executive Director, NAMI Arkansas. “It gives everyone the opportunity to show their support of NAMI Arkansas by raising much-needed funds and awareness.”

Proceeds from the event are channeled into NAMI Arkansas’ mission to support, educate, and advocate until there is a cure for severe and persistent mental illness. The organization provides crucial statewide educational programs, support services for people with mental illness and their loved ones, and a WARM-LINE for anyone in need of mental health referrals and educational materials.

To register as an individual walker or to form a team and/or to find information regarding volunteer opportunities and sponsorship, please call (800) 844-0381 or visit our website at www.namiwalks/arkansas.org.

AUDITION CALL FOR PRODUCTION OF “THE TAMING OF THE CREW” AT SAAC SEPTEMBER 23RD AND 24TH
South Arkansas Arts Center's Theatre Committee announces auditions for a modern adaptation of "The Taming of the Shrew", by William Shakespeare, the first production of SAAC's 55th theatrical season. The production is scheduled for November 9-10 and 15-17, 2019.

Auditions are scheduled for September 23 and 24, 2019, beginning at 6:30pm each night with registration at 6:00pm. Auditioners may attend either or both nights. Delaine Gates and Darrin Riley, co-directors, will guide everyone through the process of cold readings and physical movement exercises.

Auditioning for a part is easy. Simply fill out an audition form, which is available in advance from the SAAC office or downloaded from SAAC's website, and be prepared to read from the script. Readings will be provided. No advance preparation is necessary, but the script and character breakdowns are available at the SAAC office. You may call to have it emailed to you in advance of auditions.

Darrin Riley, co-director, said about auditions, "During the audition process we will be looking for actors and actresses, age 20 and up, with a good sense of comic timing and a willingness to play multiple roles, including a little gender-bending."

There are parts for 18 actors. Some of the featured role actors will only play one character, while others in the cast may play as many as four roles. These roles are all for adults, since this show is a raucus battle of the sexes with a bit of edgy humor.

The script, as adapted by Orson Scott Card, is a play within a play, resulting in a multi-layered comedy with fun character roles and plenty of tomfoolery. In this story, it is as if the audience shows up unexpectedly at a rehearsal of a modern theatre company preparing for a production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew". The production may have contemporary perspective on the characters, but it is still 98% Shakespeare's text, which will be spoken in modern conversational style, rather than iambic pentameter. An adaptation in the spirit of "Kiss Me, Kate" or the movie "Ten Things I Hate About You", this version of the play is funny and bawdy, with no accents or period costumes required.

Gates said about the production, "I think the audience will not expect what they are going to see. We are taking an interesting approach by combining the premise of a modern cast in rehearsal for The Taming of the Shrew with a cast that is performing the play. ‘A play within a play.' We are also giving a comedic satire slant to the age-old and endless battle of the sexes."

For more information about auditions for "The Taming of the Shrew", please call the SAAC office or see the website at www.saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.  

COTTON, MEADOWS INTRODUCE BILL TO STOP JUDICIAL INJUNCTION ABUSE
Washington, D.C. — Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Congressman Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) today introduced the Nationwide Injunction Abuse Prevention Act, a bill to put an end to nationwide injunctions and prevent lawful policy changes from being blocked based on the activist agendas of individual, unaccountable district court judges. 

The bill follows a decision earlier this week by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that reinstated a nationwide ban on enforcement of the Trump administration’s new asylum rules, defying a ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the district court’s nationwide injunction was overly broad. 

It should not require an often-lengthy appeals process to correct unlawful injunctions that should never have been issued in the first place. This legislation would restore the appropriate role of district court judges by prohibiting them from issuing nationwide injunctions broader than the parties to the case or the geographic boundaries of the federal district in which the judge presides. With the new change, lawful administration policy changes would no longer hinge on the opinion of one unelected judge.

“Policy decisions ought to be made by elected representatives accountable to the American people, not activist judges with lifetime appointments. In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion of activist forum shopping and nationwide injunctions to thwart the administration’s priorities and grind government to a halt. This bill will restore respect for the system of government outlined in the Constitution by limiting the use of nationwide injunctions by district court judges,” said Cotton.

“Our laws need to be vigorously vetted through the courts, but it makes zero sense for the legality of a nationwide law to rest entirely on the opinion of one judge, or one district court. A district court in California should not be given sweeping authority to issue a ruling—let alone on dubious legal reasoning—striking down policy from a duly elected President. Current law inadvertently empowers detrimental judicial activism, and it needs to change. This is a common-sense reform that returns our system of checks and balances where it was intended to be. I want to thank Senator Cotton for joining me in the effort,” said Meadows.

COTTON INTRODUCES BILL TO ALLOW FISH FARMERS TO PROTECT PONDS FROM BIRDS
Washington, D.C. — Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) introduced the Cormorant Relief Act, legislation that would restore the ability of Arkansas catfish farmers and other aquaculture producers to kill double-crested cormorants that threaten their livelihoods. Congressmen Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Collin Peterson (MN-07) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives earlier this year.

"Double-crested cormorants pose a significant threat to Arkansas’s fish farmers, but unnecessary regulation currently prevents them from taking additional steps to protect their ponds. Our bill would once again give fish farmers the ability to adequately defend their fish populations from the birds that are eating into their bottom line,” said Cotton.

“As we continue our fight to ensure healthy fisheries throughout Michigan and across the country, I appreciate Senator Cotton introducing the Cormorant Relief Act in the U.S. Senate. Inaction threatens our fish populations, and in turn, the livelihood of recreational and commercial fishing industries, which are critical to our economy. While FWS continues it’s work on a way forward to protect our fisheries from the devastating effects of cormorant overpopulation, this bill would provide much needed relief to states in the meantime,” said Bergman.

“For years I have heard from fisheries, area resorts, charter boat captains and tribal leaders in my district about the problems they have personally faced because of the mismanagement of cormorant populations,” said Peterson. “This bill seeks to eliminate red tape and gives our fish farmers the right to defend their ponds, and our natural resources, because unchecked these birds will continue to decimate fisheries.”

Background
Double-crested cormorants can seriously jeopardize a fish farmer’s ability to stay in business. For example, studies from the National Aquaculture Association estimated cormorant-related production losses on catfish farms in the Mississippi Delta at 18 to 20 million fingerlings per winter, or 37% of catfish production losses. Cormorants cause additional economic damage by spreading fish parasites and wounding birds.

In May 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated two depredation orders—the Aquaculture Depredation Order and the Public Resource Depredation Order—for double-crested cormorants until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepares an adequate Environmental Impact Statement. Until an impact statement is completed, fish farmers are capped with low permit numbers that prevent them from protecting their commodities.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

CITY OF CAMDEN BOARD OF ALDERMEN MEET
The City of Camden Board of Aldermen met in regular session on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

During the Audience participation portion of the meeting, Willie Cooper spoke from the standpoint of a member of the Planning Commission and then as a private citizen. He stated the Code Enforcement is not doing what he has been asked to do according to Cooper. People are being treated differently when in the same situation. On a personal level Cooper had spoken to the Mayor regarding an issue which was not disclosed. The Mayor directed Cooper to speak with Code Enforcement. Cooper had followed through with what the Mayor had told him to do. According to Cooper the issue has yet to be addressed. The Mayor asked Cooper what he thought should be done at which point Cooper stated that the Code Enforcement Officer should be dismissed.

The agenda included Ordinance No. 18-19, an ordinance establishing an Entertainment District; and for other purposes. After a spirited debate discussing the pros and cons the issue presented, the Ordinance was tabled until next month.

Ordinance No. 19-19an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract for the purchase of Rescue Equipment for Auto Extrication; waiving the requirement of competitive bidding; declaring an emergency; and for other purchases passed.

Ordinance No. 20-19, an ordinance amending Chapter 10, Fire Prevention and Protection, Article III, Outside Fire Protection, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Camden; and for other purposes. Interim Fire Chief Nash made a plea to the Council to rewrite the ordinance to clean it up and clear some confusion. The Ordinance passed.

 Resolution No. 32-19, a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of East Camden for the operation of a street sweeper. There was some discussion regarding wear and tear on the Street Sweeper as well as maintenance. East Camden will be paying us hourly for the use of and the operator of the street sweeper. The Resolution passed with 7 Aldermen voting yes and one voting no.

COTTON CONGRATULATES LOCKHEED MARTIN ON NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY IN CAMDEN, ARKANSAS
Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement congratulating Lockheed Martin for breaking ground on a new long-range fires production facility in Camden, Arkansas. This project represents a $146 million capital investment and will bring more than 300 new jobs to Camden over the next six years. This facility will produce new, top-of-the-line equipment that will help keep America's soldiers safe. A member of Senator Cotton's staff was on-hand for today's groundbreaking ceremony.

"Lockheed Martin's additional investment is a testament to south Arkansas's workforce, which has produced world-class munitions at the Camden facility for decades. Every Arkansan can be proud of the increased role our state will play in forging our nation's arsenal."

 Arkansas AG logoRUTLEDGE: RURAL ARKANSAS TOBENEFIT FROM T-MOBILE/SPRINT MERGER
Says, ‘The merger will result in increased quality and more competitive prices for Arkansans’
 LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has just released the following statement in support of the proposed T-Mobile US, Inc. and Sprint Corporation merger. Rutledge joined the U.S. Department of Justice in formally supporting the merger based on conditions of the agreement, which will form the nation’s third-largest telecommunications carrier.

“Arkansas stands to benefit from the T-Mobile merger with Sprint which will increase competition, especially in rural areas that have been deprived of reliable wireless service,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “From our evaluation, the merger will result in increased quality and more competitive prices for Arkansans by expanding rural broadband access and expediting 5G technology to provide an essential service for a desperately underserved population.”

The proposed merger agreement protects Arkansas consumers from any potentially anti-competitive market effects. As part of the merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint have also committed to a 5G build-out plan that is intended to cover 85 percent of rural Americans in a three-year period, and 90 percent within six-years.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

Arkansas AG logoRUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES BIPARTISAN ANTITRUST INVESTIGATION OF GOOGLE
There is evidence that Google may unfairly control the flow of online information
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced an investigation into whether Google conducts its business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws. A bipartisan coalition of 50 attorneys general plan to collaborate with federal authorities to investigate the tech giant’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic that may constitute anticompetitive behavior that harms Arkansas consumers.

“There is evidence that Google may manipulate the flow and dissemination of online information to unfairly influence and undermine consumer choice and stifle innovation, which directly impacts Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Google’s dominance and unbounded control over the digital advertising marketplace and consumer information can no longer go unchecked.”

Legal experts from each state will work in cooperation with federal authorities to assess competitive conditions for online services and ensure that Americans have access to free digital markets.

Past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to now three antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. None of these previous investigations, however, fully address the source of Google’s sustained market power and the ability to engage in serial and repeated business practices with the intention to protect and maintain that power.

In addition to Arkansas, the Texas led coalition includes: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 

SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

CAMDEN BOARD OF ALDERMAN TO MEET
The City of Camden Board of Aldermen will have their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

The agenda includes Ordinance No. 18-19, an ordinance establishing an Entertainment District; and for other purposes, Ordinance No. 19-19, an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract for the purchase of Rescue Equipment for Auto Extrication; waiving the requirement of competitive bidding; declaring an emergency; and for other purchases, Ordinance No. 20-19, an ordinance amending Chapter 10, Fire Prevention and Protection, Article III, Outside Fire Protection, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Camden; and for other purposes and Resolution No. 32-19, a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of East Camden for the operation of a street sweeper.

2ND ANNUAL FALL WINDOW DECORATING COMPETITION SPONSORED BY FIRST FRIDAY MONTHLY MARKET
Usher in the fall season - and sales - with a window display that’s an inviting feast for the eyes and that brings people down to look!

In an effort to support downtown businesses and encourage residents to shop local, the First Friday Monthly Market is hosting a Fall Window Display Competition. Participating businesses don’t have to get as fancy as the New York City Macy’s, but the First Friday committee is encouraging local merchants to use their imagination and creativity to prepare a fall display. It’s up to individual businesses as to how simple or elaborate the window designs will be.

Fall window displays should be in place by Thursday, September 26th. Voting will be open from September 28th through October 4th. Voting will take place on the First Friday: Monthly Market in Camden AR Facebook page during these dates, and there will also be a place at the market on that evening (October 4th) to cast a vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced on the First Friday Monthly Market Facebook page.

The Window Display Competition is open to all businesses (offices included). We welcome you to show us your best décor! To enter, simply email us that you wish to be included in the voting for the fall window decorations, then get creative with your fall business window display!

Many businesses help contribute to the unique and independent sense of community that makes all of us proud to claim Camden as our hometown. We hope the window displays will enhance the Camden fall shopping experience – and maybe even your business’s bottom line.

Contest Guidelines:
 Window   Displays are to be completed by September 26th 
 
Awards:
Awards will be presented at the October First Friday Monthly Market.
The winner will receive: A Business Window Sign: To be displayed for two weeks, courtesy of the “Keep Camden Beautiful Committee.”
Framed Certificate: To display inside your business
Cash Prize: of $50.00
From Camden News:  Free online subscription for one year. Front page photo of winning display 30% off any regular ad(s) placed during October From Shoppers Guide: 30% off any regular ad(s) placed during October.

E-mail FirstfridayCamdenAR@gmail.com to let organizers know that your Business is participating in this Contest!
 

SAAC ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF MAMMA MIA! AND CALL FOR DIRECTOR DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30TH
The South Arkansas Arts Center's Theatre Steering Committee is pleased to announce the production of "Mamma Mia!" as the 2020 summer musical. 

SAAC is currently accepting applications for director and music director for the production. Interested individuals should supply a letter of intent, resume, and a short production proposal for each project application. Qualified applicants need experience in their area interest and a working knowledge of community theatre. They should have experience working with all ranges of talent, including beginners. Application deadline is September 30, 2019. All applications should be sent to SAAC, 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado, AR 71730, ATTN: Executive Director or emailed to Laura Allen at laura@saac-arts.org.

Slated for performances June 16-26, 2020, the beloved show uses the framework of ABBA's timeless songs to tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father on the eve of her wedding. Full of laughter, friendship, and unforgettable musical numbers, "Mamma Mia!" is equal parts heart and humor, with a soundtrack you won't be able to resist. 

For more information, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit the website at www.saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.  

GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON ANNOUNCES FALL 2019 COMPUTER SCIENCE TOUR OF ARKANSAS SCHOOLS
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced his Fall 2019 Computer Science Tour, his ninth tour of Arkansas schools since he took office in January 2015. Governor Hutchinson has visited more than 70 Arkansas schools to promote computer science education and to encourage students to enroll in computer science and coding courses. Schools, dates, and times are listed below.

“This is my ninth computer science tour, and it seems like the teachers’ and students’ enthusiasm for computer science increases each and every tour,” Governor Hutchinson said. “Computer science and tech innovation have become a movement throughout Arkansas in the past four years, and I look forward to what this next year will bring as we continue to lead the nation in computer science education.”

Governor Hutchinson’s Fall 2019 Computer Science Tour

Monday, September 9
Midland High School
1:00 p.m.
741 Main Street
Pleasant Plains, Arkansas

Tuesday, September 10
Armorel High School
2:15 p.m.
4555 North State Highway 137
Blytheville, Arkansas

Wednesday, September 11
Calico Rock High School
8:30 a.m.
1 Pirate Place
Calico Rock, Arkansas

Foreman High School
1:00 p.m.
700 Rocky Comfort Road
Foreman, Arkansas


Thursday, September 12
Sylvan Hills Middle School
10:00 a.m.
10001 Johnson Drive
Sherwood, Arkansas

Lonoke High School
1:00 p.m.
501 W. Academy Street
Lonoke, Arkansas


Monday, September 16
Eureka Springs High School
8:00 a.m.
2 Lake Lucerne Road
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Mulberry High School
11:00 a.m.
203 West 5th Street
Mulberry, Arkansas

 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON AND U.S. SECRETARY PERDUE SIGN SHARED STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT
LITTLE ROCK – This week, Governor Asa Hutchinson and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Shared Stewardship during a ceremony at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

The MOU establishes a framework for the participating agencies to work more closely together to accomplish mutual goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to ecological challenges and natural resource concerns in Arkansas.  A key component of the shared-stewardship strategy is to prioritize investment decisions on forest practices to protect communities and create resilient forests and landscapes.
 
“Today more than half of Arkansas’s public and private land is covered in forest, creating a rich ecosystem that supports our communities, watersheds, and economy,” said Governor Hutchinson. “I am confident that this agreement with the USDA’s Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service is an important step to further support, protect, and preserve Arkansas’s most valuable resources.”
 
The state agencies participating in the shared-stewardship strategy are the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  The federal participating agencies are the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The MOU signed today marks the first such agreement in the southern United States and is the first one in the nation to include the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 
 
“This is an important next step in our land-management efforts with the State of Arkansas,” said Secretary Perdue. “Shared Stewardship is about setting cross-boundary priorities together to achieve landscape-scale outcomes. USDA looks forward to working closely with the state to improve health and conditions on both public and private lands.”

The USDA Forest Service announced the new strategy of shared stewardship in August 2018 after the release of  “Toward Shared Stewardship across Landscapes,” a report that outlines the agency’s plans to work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted practices in areas with the highest forest health opportunities. Find a copy of the report here. A copy of the MOU can be found here.
 
Today marked Secretary Perdue’s third visit to Arkansas since 2017.  In addition to a discussion with agriculture stakeholders and the MOU signing at the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, he also visited with poultry industry leaders and conducted a precision agriculture tour.

 

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RUTLEDGE HOST RETIREE RESOURCES EVENT IN CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Says, ‘protect Arkansans’ hard-earned savings from these lazy, low-life con artists’
LITTLE ROCK – Just yesterday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge hosted a regional Rutledge Retiree Resources event at the Church at Rock Creek. The event was a part of a statewide series that has served hundreds of Arkansans at five regional programs to educate retirees about how they can protect themselves from pervasive and vicious scam artists.

“By educating seniors face-to-face, we are teaching them how to be the first line of defense against these scam artists who will stop at nothing to take advantage of Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I will do everything in my power to protect Arkansans’ hard-earned savings from these lazy, low-life con artists.”

Attendees heard from the Attorney General’s public protection experts about protecting themselves from scams and identity theft, proper prescription drug disposal, resources regarding nursing homes and home care and protecting finances.

Rutledge Retiree Resources events have previously been held in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, DeWitt and Hope.

 

September 05, 2019

CAMDEN BOARD OF ALDERMAN TO MEET
The City of Camden Board of Aldermen will have their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.

The agenda includes Ordinance No. 18-19, an ordinance establishing an Entertainment District; and for other purposes, Ordinance No. 19-19an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into a contract for the purchase of Rescue Equipment for Auto Extrication; waiving the requirement of competitive bidding; declaring an emergency; and for other purchases, Ordinance No. 20-19, an ordinance amending Chapter 10, Fire Prevention and Protection, Article III, Outside Fire Protection, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Camden; and for other purposes and Resolution No. 32-19, a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with the City of East Camden for the operation of a street sweeper.

2ND ANNUAL FALL WINDOW DECORATING COMPETITION SPONSORED BY FIRST FRIDAY MONTHLY MARKET 
Usher in the fall season - and sales - with a window display that’s an inviting feast for the eyes and that brings people down to look!

In an effort to support downtown businesses and encourage residents to shop local, the First Friday Monthly Market is hosting a Fall Window Display Competition. Participating businesses don’t have to get as fancy as the New York City Macy’s, but the First Friday committee is encouraging local merchants to use their imagination and creativity to prepare a fall display. It’s up to individual businesses as to how simple or elaborate the window designs will be.

Fall window displays should be in place by Thursday, September 26th. Voting will be open from September 28th through October 4th. Voting will take place on the First Friday: Monthly Market in Camden AR Facebook page during these dates, and there will also be a place at the market on that evening (October 4th) to cast a vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced on the First Friday Monthly Market Facebook page.

The Window Display Competition is open to all businesses (offices included). We welcome you to show us your best décor! To enter, simply email us that you wish to be included in the voting for the fall window decorations, then get creative with your fall business window display!

Many businesses help contribute to the unique and independent sense of community that makes all of us proud to claim Camden as our hometown. We hope the window displays will enhance the Camden fall shopping experience – and maybe even your business’s bottom line.

Contest Guidelines:
 Window   Displays are to be completed by September 26th  
 
Awards:
Awards will be presented at the October First Friday Monthly Market.
The winner will receive: A Business Window Sign: To be displayed for two weeks, courtesy of the “Keep Camden Beautiful Committee.”
Framed Certificate: To display inside your business
Cash Prize: of $50.00
From Camden News:  Free online subscription for one year. Front page photo of winning display 30% off any regular ad(s) placed during October From Shoppers Guide: 30% off any regular ad(s) placed during October.

E-mail FirstfridayCamdenAR@gmail.com to let organizers know that your Business is participating in this Contest!

SAAC ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF MAMMA MIA! AND CALL FOR DIRECTOR DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30TH
The South Arkansas Arts Center's Theatre Steering Committee is pleased to announce the production of "Mamma Mia!" as the 2020 summer musical. 

SAAC is currently accepting applications for director and music director for the production. Interested individuals should supply a letter of intent, resume, and a short production proposal for each project application. Qualified applicants need experience in their area interest and a working knowledge of community theatre. They should have experience working with all ranges of talent, including beginners. Application deadline is September 30, 2019. All applications should be sent to SAAC, 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado, AR 71730, ATTN: Executive Director or emailed to Laura Allen at laura@saac-arts.org.

Slated for performances June 16-26, 2020, the beloved show uses the framework of ABBA's timeless songs to tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father on the eve of her wedding. Full of laughter, friendship, and unforgettable musical numbers, "Mamma Mia!" is equal parts heart and humor, with a soundtrack you won't be able to resist. 

For more information, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit the website at www.saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.  

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019

WILLIAM HANSON TO ANNOUNCE FOR CONGRESS FOR CONGRESS IN FOURTH DISTRICT
Retired attorney and law professor William Hanson said Tuesday (Sept. 3) that he would formally announce a run for U.S. Congress in the Fourth District on Friday as a Democrat. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs.

Hanson is a native of Camden, Arkansas, but left in the late 1970’s and has lived in California before returning to Hot Springs.

According to a bio provided by the candidate, Hanson graduated from Stephens High School in 1972, attended the University of Arkansas, and then volunteered in the U.S. Army.

He also attended Henderson State University for one semester but completed his college work at the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 with a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies. Hanson holds a law degree from Columbia University and is licensed in California and Colorado.

He recently retired from Chabot College in Hayward, California after working at Mills College and Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California.

Hanson plans to formally announce his candidacy for Congress on Friday, Sept. 6 at noon at The Postmasters Grill in Camden, Ark.

“I believe in the power and promise of collaboration and that we deserve leadership that is independent and courageous enough to speak the truth about the needs of our state and nation,” he said in a news release. “I have spent my career working as a lawyer, educator and community organizer seeking to empower communities to control their own destiny. I believe that Arkansans are ready to work together to find sustainable solutions to the problems that confront us. This campaign will be a catalyst for that work.”

Another candidate has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat in the Fourth District. Raymond Dallas Redmond, Jr. of Rison, Arkansas filed a statement of candidacy on July 11, 2019 with the Federal Election Commission.

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB TO MEET
The Camden Kiwanis Meeting will be this Thursday, September 5th at 12:00 at  Catherine’s Bistro.  The program will be presented by Harmony Grove Football Coach Earnie Horstkamp.

I AM HUMAN VIEWING AT FESTIVAL
The El Dorado Film Festival is thrilled to announce their first official selection: the Arkansas premiere of “I Am Human,” a science-based documentary that delves into the human brain and the potential that it holds. The film will premiere during the festival’s run October 10-12 at the South Arkansas Arts Center.

“I Am Human” follows the personal stories of three individuals who endeavor to overcome their physical disabilities through revolutionary brain treatment, and then examines the intricacies of the real-life struggles and big-picture ethical quandaries involved. The film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, where El Dorado Film Festival director Alexander Jeffery was in attendance.

“This documentary had me on the edge of my seat. It plays like narrative fiction, but unlike some cynical glances into the future, ‘I Am Human’ offers a glimmer of hope while also raising some stirring questions,” said Jeffery. “The talkback that erupted after the film’s premiere at Tribeca got me really excited about the possibility of sharing this documentary with our audiences here in El Dorado.”

AUGUST 30, 2019

ARKANSAS LAUNCHES CONCUSSION EDUCATION VIRTUAL REALITY COMPONENT
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas became the first state in the nation to provide virtual reality-based concussion education to every public junior high and high school in the state.

During Computer Science Education Week in December 2018, the Arkansas Department of Education announced the statewide launch of CrashCourse, a video education tool that highlights the signs and symptoms of concussions, as well as the long-term effects. The goal is to educate students, primarily student athletes, of the effects, so they’ll better identify the symptoms and quickly receive proper medical care. Today’s announcement, which was held at Bryant High School, focused on the new virtual reality component. On hand at the announcement were high school football and soccer players who were the first student teams in the nation to experience the virtual reality version.

“We are proud to kick off this school year with interactive concussion education for all students,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “The Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Health, and Arkansas Activities Association saw the need to better educate our students, particularly our athletes, of the potentially life-threatening effects of concussions. By partnering with TeachAids, Arkansas students now have access to state-of-the-art software and equipment that mimic the real-life effects of concussions. Together, we are empowering our students to know the signs and symptoms and quickly make decisions that lead to better treatment and improved health."

TeachAids, which developed CrashCourse and its new VR component, selected Arkansas as the first state to receive the program. The program will be distributed for free through the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) initiative at the public schools. Arkansas is leading the national computer science education movement. Because of a partnership announced in 2017 between the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative and Facebook/TechStart, most Arkansas high schools received free Oculus Rift virtual reality systems that can be used to experience the CrashCourse program.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with leadership across the state of Arkansas,” said Dr. Piya Sorcar, founder and CEO of TeachAids. “We greatly value the emphasis that Governor Hutchinson has placed on furthering the safety and well-being of sports participants.”

To learn more about CrashCourse, visit https://teachaids.org/for-concussions/crashcourse/

 ag times=Arkansas AG logoRUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES ARREST OF YELL COUNTY PARENTS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD
Falsely claimed benefits while their child was in custody of the State
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced yesterday the arrest of a Yell County man and woman for felony charges for falsely claiming Social Security Income Benefits for their severely impaired infant daughter while she was in the custody of the State.

riggsville residents, Bobby Joe Lloyd, 39, and Jessica Norwood, 23, were each arrested and charged with theft of property by deception and criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property by deception. After the birth of their daughter who suffered from severe medical impairments in September 2018, Lloyd and Norwood lost custody of their daughter to the Arkansas Department of Human Services. Norwood allegedly filed and was approved for Supplemental Security Income Benefits in October 2018, claiming the child was in her custody. Lloyd subsequently applied to be the representative payee and also claimed the couple had custody of their daughter. Lloyd and Norwood allegedly received social security benefits totaling $5,397 between June 13, 2019 - August 1, 2019, to care for their infant daughter who was actually in state custody.

This case was initiated after the Little Rock Cooperative Disability Investigation (CDI) Unit received a referral for investigation from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Russellville, AR Office. The case will be prosecuted by Yell County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mark Johnson. The Attorney General’s Office has two certified law enforcement officers and an investigative analyst assigned to the Little Rock CDI Unit.

“We must hold people accountable who take advantage of taxpayers to ensure these benefits are available to those who need and deserve them,” said Attorney General Rutledge.

Arkansas’s CDI Unit was formed and began operation in October 2015. The Unit is a federal, state and local cooperative effort led and funded by SSA-OIG. The mission of the CDI Unit is to combat fraud by investigating questionable statements and activities of claimants, medical providers, interpreters or other service providers who facilitate or promote disability fraud. The Arkansas Attorney General’s office has two special agents and an analyst assigned to the CDI Unit.

 

GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHING THE ARKANSAS CENSUS 2020 COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has just issued Executive Order 19-12 to establish the Arkansas Complete Count Committee to promote statewide participation in the 2020 Census. The Arkansas Complete Count Committee will consist of 30 volunteer members appointed by the Governor from state, municipal, and county government, as well as citizen and private sector representatives. 

Fort Smith Mayor George McGill will serve as Chair, and Shelby Johnson, Director of the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Office, will serve as Vice Chair. 

“Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau surveys the United States to determine the nation’s population,” said Governor Hutchinson. “April 1, 2020, is Census Day. In Arkansas, we’ve been preparing for years, and an accurate count of Arkansas’s population is critical. The most obvious reason is that the federal government allocates funding back to the states based upon population counts. An undercount of even 1 percent could cost Arkansas $990 million over the next decade.”

By this Executive Order, Governor Hutchinson is directing the Arkansas Complete Count Committee to establish a public-awareness campaign to promote citizen participation in the 2020 census; to provide recommendations on how best to reach hard-to-count communities within the state; and to work with municipal and county governments to form local complete count committees. In addition, should the need arise, the committee will provide recommendations for future funding to support this statewide effort.

The committee will meet monthly and shall submit a census progress report to the Governor no later than November 1, 2019; a census day report to the Governor no later than April 1, 2020; and a final census report no later than December 31, 2020.

“The process is easier than ever,” said Governor Hutchinson. “You can respond on your personal computer, your smartphone, or your tablet. If you prefer, you may respond the old-fashioned way by mailing your paper questionnaire to the Census Bureau. Whichever way you choose to participate, please do. Arkansas’s population recently climbed above 3 million for the first time, and we need your help to ensure that every person is counted for the benefit of the entire state.”

Article I of the United States Constitution, as amended by the Fourteenth Amendment, requires an enumeration of the population every ten years in the form of a census, with the next decennial count scheduled to occur on or about April 1, 2020. 

The United States Census Bureau estimates the State of Arkansas has seen an increase of nearly 3.4 percent in population since the last decennial census, which occurred on April 1, 2010. Arkansas surpassed 3 million residents in 2017 and has since grown by 0.4 percent to roughly 3,013,825 residents.

Members of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee are as follows:

George McGill – Chair
Mayor, Fort Smith 

Shelby Johnson – Vice Chair
Director, Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Office

Andrés Rhodes
Associate Legal Counsel, Office of Governor

Cory Cox
Chief of Staff, Office of Attorney General

Dwight Southerland
Chief of Staff, Office of Secretary of State

Representative Justin Gonzales
House District 19

Representative Milton Nicks Jr.
House District 50

Senator Jane English
Senate District 34

Senator Greg Leding
Senate District 4

Colonel (Ret.) Nate Todd
Secretary, Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Leon Jones
Director, Arkansas Fair Housing Commission

Courtney Pledger
Director, Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN)

Carolyn Ashcraft 
State Librarian

Dr. Laurence Alexander
Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)

Shawndra Taggart
County Clerk, Jefferson County

Josephine Griffin
Circuit Clerk, Chicot County

Terri Hollingsworth
County Clerk, Pulaski County

Becky Lewallen
County Clerk, Washington County

Mickey Pendergrass 
County Judge, Baxter County

Harry Brown
Mayor, Stephens

Charles Snapp
Mayor, Walnut Ridge

Joe Dan Yee
Mayor, Lake Village

Jeff Brown
Mayor, De Queen

James Sanders
Mayor, Blytheville

Pamela Willrodt
Demographer, Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI)/Arkansas Census Data Center

John R. Tyson
Tyson Foods

Miriam Ramirez
Attorney, Ramirez Law Firm 

Herbert Morales
Arkansas Minority Business Advisory Council

Robert Tellez
Attorney, Tellez Law Firm 

Melisa Laelan
Founder, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese/Court-certified Interpreter for Marshallese

The final census report shall document all efforts undertaken by the Arkansas Complete Count Committee as well as the efforts of all local and independent complete count committees in the state after Census Day and in anticipation of final apportionment counts by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

 

Debbie Lambert
Ouachita County Assessor
Court House Box 15
Camden, AR 71701

Attention Ouachita County residents,

I wanted to make you aware of a development that has affected all 75 counties across the entire State of Arkansas. It has to do with the personal property values for 2019.

Each year the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department provides values to assessors for the assessment of vehicles. It has been discovered that the values for cars and light trucks that were provided in the January 2019 were incorrect.

The AACD has issued a new set of corrected values to be applied to all cars and light trucks assessed for 2019. The new assessed values for 2019 will not be due for payment until 2020.

Each county was affected differently. Ouachita County has approximately 9,500 accounts that were affected by these incorrect values. Ouachita County Assessor's office will be mailing out the corrected values this week to everyone affected in Ouachita County.

If the property owner disagrees with their personal property value they have until August 29th to appeal that value and make an appointment with the Board of Equalization. All

appointments for Ouachita County are made through the Ouachita County Clerk's office.

This is not a tax increase, we are correcting the vehicles that were undervalued to begin with, and we're simply putting them on at the correct value and notifying the property owners of the change.

If further information is needed please contact the Arkansas Assessment Coordination Department at 501-324-9240 (CST).

 

ARKANSAS STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING, HOMICIDE IN PHILLIPS COUNTY
The Arkansas State Police is investigating the death of three individuals after a double homicide and an officer involved shooting in Phillips County.

Tuesday afternoon, August 27th) officers with the Helena-West Helena Police Department responded to the residence of 202 Washington Street in response to a report of a shooting at that location. As officers approached the residence, they located two female victims in the front yard. Christine Fulmer, 40, and Deanna Thomas Banks, 28, both of Helena-West Helena were deceased upon the officers arrival.  

 As officers approached the front door of the residence, Raymond Lewis Williams, JR, 37, came out of the front door brandishing a rifle. When officers took cover, Williams fled back into the home, where he barricaded himself. At that time, Helena-West Helena Police requested the assistance of the Arkansas State Police SWAT Team.

Communication with Williams was unsuccessful through the evening, and after multiple attempts to communicate tear gas was deployed into the home. Soon after, Williams appeared on the front porch of the residence with a rifle and fired at officers. State troopers then fired on Williams, who died at the scene.

The bodies of all three individuals at the scene will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death. 
 Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will prepare an investigative file to present to the county prosecuting attorney who will decide if the shooting was consistent with Arkansas laws regarding the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.

Pursuant to Arkansas State Police Policy, the state troopers who fired on Williams are presently on paid administrative leave.

SAAC ANNOUNCES “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” PRODUCTION STAFF MEET AND GREET
Some of the most beloved faces from the El Dorado theatrical community will come together this fall to stage an adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew” November 9-17 in the Callaway Theater at the South Arkansas Arts Center. Co-Directors Delaine Gates and Darrin P. Riley will join forces as the creative minds behind the production, and they will be joined by the multi-talented Mary Egerer as their stage manager.

The trio will be on hand for a Production Staff Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m., concurrently with the opening reception for “Southern Sunrise,” artist James Hayes’ new exhibit in the Merkle and Price Galleries. They will discuss audition prep, delve into the script, and offer insight and advice to all those who are interested in auditioning, or even those who are just interested in learning more about the project.

Delaine Gates is a veteran director with more than 100 productions under her belt. The longtime director of the El Dorado High School theatre program and Thespian Troupe 42, she thinks of herself as a “process director” who loves guiding actors through their creative journey. She and Darrin P. Riley, an accomplished actor and director in his own right, have collaborated on 45 different productions. Their creative chemistry has been seen in projects as diverse as the South Arkansas Arts Center’s 2016 production of “Frankenstein,” the 2014 production of “Les Miserables” in conjunction with the South Arkansas Symphony, and the 2011 Thespian Troupe 42 production of “Hairspray”—all the way back to their very first collaboration in a 1992 production of “Waiting for Godot”. 

Gates and Riley will team up with their frequent collaborator Mary Egerer as their stage manager. Egerer has a deep history in the El Dorado theatre community, spanning decades. Not only has she appeared on stage countless times, she has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, as a costume designer, stage manager, and much more. And when these three join forces creatively, there is no limit to what they can achieve.

The production team are excited to introduce the audience to the adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew” that they have chosen to produce. Adapted by Orson Scott Card, the work is presented as a play within a play, in which a modern theatre company is in rehearsal for their own production, with plenty of comic bumps along the way.

“There are no accents, no iambic pentameter, and no period costumes,” said Riley. The adaptation by Orson Scott Card uses Shakespeare’s original text, but adjusts the syntax to be smoother for the modern ear.”

Audition forms and scripts will be available for review, and show staff will answer any questions about the audition process and opportunities backstage and beyond at the Meet and Greet on August 29. Audition Call will be September 23 and 24, with the production of “The Taming of the Shrew,” sponsored by Bancorp South and Teague Auto Group, on November 9-17. For more information, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit the website at www. saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.

DYNE HOSPITALITY GROUP GIVES TOP GM A NEW TESLA TO DRIVE
Little Rock, AR (August 27, 2019) – DYNE Hospitality Group of Little Rock, AR, the world’s largest Tropical Smoothie Cafe franchisee, has taken the concept of rewarding employees to the next level. 

In early August, DYNE kicked off its General Manager of the Quarter program by providing its top General Manager a brand-new Tesla Model 3 to drive, fully wrapped in Tropical Smoothie Cafe and DYNE Hospitality Group graphics.

“We are extremely grateful and excited to be able to provide this type of incentive to our General Managers,” said Nick Crouch, Co-CEO of DYNE. “We believe in rewarding excellence and what better way to reward someone for their hard work, dedication and sacrifice than a really cool car to drive for three months.”
 

Shaterria Calhoun, manager of a Tropical Smoothie store in Oklahoma City, is the first recipient of the honor.

“To say I was shocked is an understatement,” said Calhoun. “It is truly special to work for a company that finds unique ways to reward you for the work and commitment required to be a successful store manager. I can’t believe I get to drive this beautiful car for the next three months.”

Each quarter, the General Manager running the top Tropical Smoothie Cafe will earn the right to drive the DYNE Tesla.

“We are always trying to set ourselves apart in our industry by providing opportunities for advancement, investing in our team and creating an exciting environment in which to work,” said DYNE Co-CEO Glen Johnson. “The DYNE Tesla is an award given to the leader who excels in all aspects of the business, and we look forward to creating additional unique opportunities to recognize our team in the future.”

DYNE Hospitality Group consists of 64 Tropical Smoothie Cafes located in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama and Arkansas.  Additionally, DYNE has 30 new Cafes in development. DYNE has an employee group of more than 1400 individuals

For more information about DYNE, log on to www.dynehg.com.  A video of the Tesla reveal event can be seen at www.dynehg.com/blog/.

 

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: SCAMMERS LUTRING SENIORS INTO SHARING MEDICARE NUMBERS
LITTLE ROCK
– Arkansans eligible for Medicare and Medicaid should beware of scam artists attempting to steal their new individual Medicare card number. Thieves are actively targeting older Arkansans by spoofing their caller ID numbers—making the calls appear to be from a government agency—and luring seniors into sharing their Medicare card numbers.

“Medicare will never call asking for your Medicare card number because they already have it,” said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. “If you receive a call claiming to be with Medicare, hang up and call the phone number listed on your account statement.”

In 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid started issuing beneficiary cards with unique identifying numbers in place of the cardholders’ Social Security Number. The transition period to Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers for all participants is set to conclude by December 2019.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued the following tips to help Arkansans protect themselves.

  • Never give out or confirm sensitive information, such as a bank account, credit card or social security numbers unless the caller is trusted and his or her identity has been confirmed.
  • Be cautious of callers using organizational or familiar-sounding names similar to existing agencies. Scammers use internet technology to spoof area codes, so although it may seem that a call is from Washington, D.C., it could instead originate from anywhere in the world—even from scammers.
  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid and other government agencies have warned about these scams. If contacted, hang up and call the government agency directly at a trusted number.

If someone asks you for your information, for money, or threatens to cancel your health benefits if you don't share your personal details, then hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov/fraud.

For more information on other tips to avoid being scammed and other consumer-related issues, call the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at 800-482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov.

 

GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHING THE ARKANSAS CENSUS 2020 COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson has just issued Executive Order 19-12 to establish the Arkansas Complete Count Committee to promote statewide participation in the 2020 Census. The Arkansas Complete Count Committee will consist of 30 volunteer members appointed by the Governor from state, municipal, and county government, as well as citizen and private sector representatives. 

Fort Smith Mayor George McGill will serve as Chair, and Shelby Johnson, Director of the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Office, will serve as Vice Chair. 

“Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau surveys the United States to determine the nation’s population,” said Governor Hutchinson. “April 1, 2020, is Census Day. In Arkansas, we’ve been preparing for years, and an accurate count of Arkansas’s population is critical. The most obvious reason is that the federal government allocates funding back to the states based upon population counts. An undercount of even 1 percent could cost Arkansas $990 million over the next decade.”

By this Executive Order, Governor Hutchinson is directing the Arkansas Complete Count Committee to establish a public-awareness campaign to promote citizen participation in the 2020 census; to provide recommendations on how best to reach hard-to-count communities within the state; and to work with municipal and county governments to form local complete count committees. In addition, should the need arise, the committee will provide recommendations for future funding to support this statewide effort.

The committee will meet monthly and shall submit a census progress report to the Governor no later than November 1, 2019; a census day report to the Governor no later than April 1, 2020; and a final census report no later than December 31, 2020.

“The process is easier than ever,” said Governor Hutchinson. “You can respond on your personal computer, your smartphone, or your tablet. If you prefer, you may respond the old-fashioned way by mailing your paper questionnaire to the Census Bureau. Whichever way you choose to participate, please do. Arkansas’s population recently climbed above 3 million for the first time, and we need your help to ensure that every person is counted for the benefit of the entire state.”

Article I of the United States Constitution, as amended by the Fourteenth Amendment, requires an enumeration of the population every ten years in the form of a census, with the next decennial count scheduled to occur on or about April 1, 2020. 

The United States Census Bureau estimates the State of Arkansas has seen an increase of nearly 3.4 percent in population since the last decennial census, which occurred on April 1, 2010. Arkansas surpassed 3 million residents in 2017 and has since grown by 0.4 percent to roughly 3,013,825 residents.

Members of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee are as follows:

George McGill – Chair
Mayor, Fort Smith 

Shelby Johnson – Vice Chair
Director, Arkansas Geographic Information Systems Office

Andrés Rhodes
Associate Legal Counsel, Office of Governor

Cory Cox
Chief of Staff, Office of Attorney General

Dwight Southerland
Chief of Staff, Office of Secretary of State

Representative Justin Gonzales
House District 19

Representative Milton Nicks Jr.
House District 50

Senator Jane English
Senate District 34

Senator Greg Leding
Senate District 4

Colonel (Ret.) Nate Todd
Secretary, Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Leon Jones
Director, Arkansas Fair Housing Commission

Courtney Pledger
Director, Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN)

Carolyn Ashcraft 
State Librarian

Dr. Laurence Alexander
Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)

Shawndra Taggart
County Clerk, Jefferson County

Josephine Griffin
Circuit Clerk, Chicot County

Terri Hollingsworth
County Clerk, Pulaski County

Becky Lewallen
County Clerk, Washington County

Mickey Pendergrass 
County Judge, Baxter County

Harry Brown
Mayor, Stephens

Charles Snapp
Mayor, Walnut Ridge

Joe Dan Yee
Mayor, Lake Village

Jeff Brown
Mayor, De Queen

James Sanders
Mayor, Blytheville

Pamela Willrodt
Demographer, Arkansas Economic Development Institute (AEDI)/Arkansas Census Data Center

John R. Tyson
Tyson Foods

Miriam Ramirez
Attorney, Ramirez Law Firm 

Herbert Morales
Arkansas Minority Business Advisory Council

Robert Tellez
Attorney, Tellez Law Firm 

Melisa Laelan
Founder, Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese/Court-certified Interpreter for Marshallese

The final census report shall document all efforts undertaken by the Arkansas Complete Count Committee as well as the efforts of all local and independent complete count committees in the state after Census Day and in anticipation of final apportionment counts by the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

AUGUST 28, 2019

COTTON APPLAUDS ANNOUNCEMENT OF PETER BERKOWITZ AS NEW HEAD OF POLICY PLANNING 
Washington, D.C.
 — Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on the announcement that Peter Berkowitz has been chosen to lead the State Department’s Office of Policy Planning:

“Peter Berkowitz is an outstanding choice for to be the Director of Policy Planning. I’ve known Peter for decades as a teacher, advisor, and friend. He will bring rich international experience, deep historical knowledge, and strategic wisdom to the job. I applaud President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the inspired selection. The Office of Policy Planning has a storied history to which, I have no doubt, Peter Berkowitz will add another distinguished chapter.”

Arkansas AG logoRUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER MOBILE OFFICE SCHEDULE 
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has just announced mobile office locations for September.Attorney General Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to increase office accessibility for all Arkansans, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties each year during her first term, assisting 3,300 Arkansans. In 2019, Attorney General Mobile Offices have already served over 1,600 Arkansans.

Rutledge believes face-to-face conversations are the best way to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist Arkansans with consumer related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.

Rutledge continues her partnerships with the Cooperative Extension Service and local law enforcement across Arkansas. Law enforcement officials will be on hand to collect unused and expired prescription medications to ensure they are secured and properly disposed. Arkansans are encouraged to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office. During Rutledge’s first term, over 618 pounds of medications were collected at mobile offices. Another 168 pounds of medications have been collected so far this year.

For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (501) 682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.

The upcoming mobile office schedule is below:

Bradley County
Thursday, September 5
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Warren Senior Citizens Center
96 North Etheridge Street
Warren, AR 71671

 

Searcy County
Thursday, September 10
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Searcy County Senior Activity and Wellness Center
509 Zack Road
Marshall, AR 72650

Greene County
Friday, September 13
10:30 a.m. to noon
Paragould Community Center
3404 Linwood Drive
Paragould, AR 72450

Drew County
Tuesday, September 17
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Monticello Senior Citizens Center
203 Henley Drive
Monticello, AR 71655

Hempstead County
Thursday, September 19
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Hope Senior Center
102 South Main Street
Hope, AR 71801

Izard County
Monday, September 23
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Izard County Senior Center
30 Chapel Hill Road
Brockwell, AR 72517

Sharp County
Thursday, September 26
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ash Flat Senior Life Center
324 Homewood Lane
Ash Flat, AR 72513

 

AUGUST 27, 2019

OUACHITA COUNTY FAIR GEARING UP FOR 2019 CELEBRATION OF “ YESTERDAY’S MEMORIES – TOMORROW’S DREAMS”
September 11-14
Camden AR – The 2019 Ouachita County Fair will kick off 4 days of fun on Sept. 11-14 with a big move to the Ouachita County Recreational Center (Former Boys & Girls Club Facility) 2708 Mt Holly Rd. Camden, AR  71701.  

This September join us at the Ouachita County Recreational Center to support the youth of our community who are involved in 4-H and FFA programs. We will have all the things you love and expect from our county fair. Rabbits. Chickens. Goats. Hogs. Carnival Rides. Cotton Candy. Plus there will be exhibits showcasing all our local talent, everything from preserved fruits and vegetables, baked items, hand crafted quilts, crafts, photography, and much, much more.

New additions to this year’s fair will be Pee Wee Cheer Competition, Cheer Competition, Baseball & Softball Tournament and a Ladies Night Out.  See schedule below for additional information.

Advanced armbands can be purchased beginning August 19th through September 10th for $15.00 at Ken’s Discount and Farmers Bank and Trust (downtown location only) and online at our website www.ouachitacountyfair.com.  Armbands will be available to purchase at the fair once it opens for $20.00

Whatever your interests, the Ouachita County Fair has something that’s sure to excite your imagination, tickle your taste buds, or spark your imagination.

COST:

Admission – $5.00
Advance Armbands – $15.00
Armbands – $20.00
Parking – Free!

TIMES:

Carnival opens at 6:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
and at 12:00 on Saturday.
Free Admission on Saturday 12:00 till 4:00 with free hands on learning activities.

*The armband is not a gate pass.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES SCHEDULE:

Youth Rally
MERGE Youth Rally begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All churches are invited.
Hot Dog & Drink $1.00
$3.00 gate admission

Sr. Citizens Day
Sponsored by Kindred at Home
Thursday 11:00 -1:00.
Free Hot Dog and Drink
Bingo

Pee Wee Cheer Competition - Thursday 6:30pm

Cheer Competition - Saturday 9:00am

Baseball & Softball Tournament - Saturday 9:00am 
 Contact: Dustin Vaughan  870-818-9547 or Ricky Cummings  870-397-3471

Concert: No Excuses
No Excuses will be in concert at 7:00pm. on Saturday
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music!

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Keith Ballard, Ouachita County Fair
870.818.7444
or visit www.ouachitacountyfair.com


 

Arkansas AG logo

ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: AUTOMOBILE DEALERS MAILING BOGUS LOTTERY GAMES TO GET ARKANSANS IN THE DOOR
Says, 'phony lottery scratch-off games are just a trick to try to sell cars.'
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is issuing a warning to consumers about mail-out automobile dealership promotions containing lottery-style game pieces that trick Arkansans into thinking they’ve won a high value prize. The mail-out promotions contain what appear to be lottery scratch-off tickets that indicate that the recipient is a winner of a prize, such as a television, a trip, a boat, cash, and other big prizes. These promotions entice recipients into a false belief that they have won the prize, as if the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery sold the actual scratch-off ticket. Upon arrival at the dealership to collect the prize, the consumer learns there is no prize and that it is just a ploy to try to sell a car.

“These promotions with phony lottery scratch-off games are just a trick to try to sell cars.” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I support and encourage a competitive business environment in Arkansas, but businesses must be fair and honest with consumers.”

The Attorney General’s Office has conducted an investigative review of these mail-outs and could find no evidence that anyone had ever actually received any of the high value prizes promised.  Rather, consumers report that their names were placed in a drawing for another prize or that they received an item of nominal value, but all were subjected to a high-pressure sales pitch to buy a car. The Arkansas Prize Promotion Act prohibits sending a prize notice representing that a person is a winner when in fact it is only a promotional scheme designed to make contact with prospective customers. 

On July 3, 2019, Attorney General Rutledge issued an Enforcement Advisory to Arkansas Automobile Dealers to immediately cease and desist from using bogus lottery-style games (e.g., scratch-off instant ticket, pull tabs, etc.), or any similar bogus devices, in advertisements or promotions to Arkansas consumers or face legal action for violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (ADTPA) and the Arkansas Prize Promotion Act.  The ADTPA specifically prohibits the use of deception, fraud, or false pretenses in advertising, including the concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact.

To ensure that dealers were aware of the enforcement advisory, it was issued in coordination with the Arkansas Motor Vehicles Commission and the Arkansas State Police Used Car Division – two agencies that license new and used automobile dealers in the state, as well as the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association and the Arkansas Independent Automobile Dealers Association.  Rutledge also issued cease and desist directives to the marketing companies known to be involved in the production and distribution of these promotional materials mailed to Arkansas consumers on behalf of automobile dealerships.

Consumers who receive a promotion in the mail containing lottery-style games are encouraged to contact the Consumer Hotline at (800) 482-8982 or file a consumer complaint at www.ArkansasAG.gov.  

CAIN NAMED DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION
LITTLE ROCK — The Commission for Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation recently selected Tim Cain as the new director of the Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation. 

Cain will begin his job as director on Sept. 3 and will oversee facility and transportation programs that assist Arkansas public schools with providing adequate and safe facilities and transportation for students.  

“Mr. Cain brings a wealth of experience as an engineer and a public servant,” Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key said. “His background extends to leadership roles in state government, most recently as the chief transformation officer for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Mr. Cain will be an excellent addition to the team, as we work to transform Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education.” 

Prior to joining the division, Cain has served as the chief transformation officer for the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality since January 2017. He served as the chief operating officer for ADEQ from October 2015 to December 2016 and as the assistant air chief from June 2015 to September 2015.

Cain has extensive experience as an engineer. He served as a quality engineer for multiple companies, including Cameron Valves and Measurements in Little Rock from 2007 to 2015 and Tire Curing Bladders (formerly Pirelli Tire in Little Rock) from 2001 to 2007. He also was an air permit engineer for Pollution Management Inc. from 1995 to 2001, president of Envirodynamics in Little Rock from 1994 to 1995, a project engineer for Environmental Services Co., an Engineer II for ADEQ, and a process engineer for Cyro Industries in Osceola. 

Cain has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and has multiple certifications. He holds a Professional Engineer certification with the Arkansas Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional. Cain is a member of the Project Management Institute Central Arkansas Chapter. 

He has been a member of Bible Church of Little Rock since 2003 and served as a justice of the peace for District 1 from 1997 to 2003. 

COTTON AND INHOFE STATEMENT ON IRAN'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR HOUTHI DESTABLIZATION OF YEMEN
Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) released the following statement on Iran's responsibility for the Houthis' outlaw actions:

"Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court in D.C. reaffirmed what many nations of the world have long recognized: that Iran bears responsibility for Houthi brutality against civilians in Yemen and their efforts to destabilize the region. The Houthis' torture and murder of an American civilian in their custody, and the Iranian regime's support for terrorism and torture, are reprehensible behaviors consistent with outlaws from the civilized world."

Background: In June, Senators Cotton and Inhofe joined Senators Blackburn, Braun, Cornyn, Cruz, and Rubio to introduce S. Con. Res. 21. 

Congressman Will Hurd (R-Texas) introduced the resolution in the House of Representatives.

 RUTLEDGE SAYS OKLAHOMA OPIOID MANUFACTURER   DECISION REAFFIRMS ARKANSAS EPIDEMIC
 Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $572 million to Oklahoma
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued this statement following the Oklahoma District Court’s decision holding an opioid manufacturer accountable for its contribution to the epidemic of addiction that has swept our nation.

“Today’s decision in Oklahoma only reaffirms our case against this opioid manufacturer and the crisis it created by lying to Arkansans about the addictiveness of its products,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “In 2018, there were over 186 million opioid pills sold in Arkansas, and we still have a long way to go to overcome the devastation. I will hold all manufacturers accountable for the generation of addiction they have created and bring back the resources for treatment for the citizens of our great State.”

BOBBY RUSH TO HEADLINE BLUES CONCERT FUNDRAISER IN PINE BLUFF
Blues legend and Grammy Award winner, Bobby Rush, will headline a fundraiser concert on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center along with southern soul queen, Karen Wolfe, and blues prodigy, Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright. A funky blend of blues, folk, and soul music will punctuate the evening’s entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. as the Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Rush, and his high powered sexy dancers storm the stage to perform songs in his repertoire of over almost 400 singles accumulated over a 60-plus year career.

No less a presence will be the talented and captivating Karen Wolfe belting hits which have made her a crowd favorite in the Soul Blues world such as “Man Enough,” “Southern Soul Party Mood,” “A Woman Needs a Strong Man,” and others. Meanwhile, Marcus “Mookie” Cartwright will unleash his combination of incredible vocal and guitar prowess honed through his mentorship by Blues legends like Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and others. 

Concert tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite.com, Father & Sons Clothier (2801 South Olive Street, #35A, Pine Bluff, AR), Novel Ts (1616 Linden St., Pine Bluff, AR). For more information call 937-241-3867.

Proceeds from the concert will go toward the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Alliance’s Freedom & Blues Exhibition currently housed at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Business Support Incubator. This exhibition traces Blues traditions on the Delta Rhythm & Bayous Highway (U.S. 65 South from Pine Bluff to Greenville, MS) and looks at the social forces which impacted the genre.

AUGUST 26, 2019

COTTON HONORS ARKANSAS LAW ENFORCEMENT, PROSECUTORS

Little Rock, AR - Last Thursday, Senator Tom Cotton participated in a ceremony with U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland of the Eastern District of Arkansas to thank state, local, and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors for their work in reducing violent crime. The officers and prosecutors collaborate on all levels through the U.S. Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, which aims to reduce crime through collaborations that identify and target the most serious offenders in each district for prosecution.

The honorees included:

  • Ian Ward, ATF Task Force Officer and Little Rock Police Officer;
  • Michael Gibbons, ATF Task Force Officer and North Little Rock Police Detective;
  • Pete Lochner, ATF Task Force Officer and Jonesboro Police Officer;
  • Amanda Fields, Deputy Prosecutor, 6th Judicial District of Arkansas; and
  • Benecia Moore, Assistant United States Attorney and PSN Coordinator


"I'm proud to see so many of our state and federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors working together to reduce violent crime," said Cotton. "Thanks to the dedication of each of these prosecutors, agents, and officers, Project Safe Neighborhoods prosecutions have skyrocketed in the Eastern District of Arkansas. It is no surprise, then, that gun crimes and shots fired are generally decreasing in the district as a result of that work. There are fewer shootings, fewer robberies, and fewer victims. Arkansans are grateful for this critical work, and I am honored to be able to recognize a few of these outstanding officers and prosecutors."

AUGUST 23, 2019

NUMBER OF LICENSED PROVIDERS CERTIFIED TO TREAT DRUG ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES UP 567 PERCENT
DHS launches helpline to direct callers in crisis to appropriate assistance
LITTLE ROCK – The number of independently licensed providers certified to offer
treatment for those with mental health challenges or drug addiction has risen from 31 in 2017 to 207 in 2019, an increase of 567 percent, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced this week. The number of behavioral health agency sites has increased from 253 to 311.

Governor Asa Hutchinson also announced that the Department of Human Services is launching a helpline with trained staff who will provide guidance for those seeking help with mental-health issues and drug addiction.

“Too often, a night in jail is our answer for people who are suffering a mental-health crisis or are struggling with a drug addiction,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “With this encouraging growth in the number of providers, we are improving our ability to give our fellow Arkansans a hand up. This new helpline gives us the important option of offering people in great need professional guidance in navigating their obstacles rather than adding to their load with a criminal record or leaving them to fight through it alone. I commend DHS for creating this important tool.”

Under DHS rules that went into effect in July 2017, those with substance-abuse and mental-health issues have quicker and simpler access to treatment and counseling.

The new rules allow and encourage new providers to become certified to accept and bill for Medicaid beneficiaries who need outpatient mental health and substance abuse services. 

Medicaid now covers the cost of many of the services, including treatment for drug addiction. Arkansas will cover the cost of certain counseling and treatment for those without Medicaid or private insurance.

“We expanded the services that Medicaid covers. Counselors now can house their practices in the same building with a physician,” Governor Hutchinson said. “This will increase access to addiction treatment by allowing doctors to send a patient directly to a counselor rather than hoping the patient will keep an appointment across town a week later.”

The trained helpline operators will direct callers to a provider who offers the services they need.

The helpline complements the state’s Crisis Stabilization Units. Law-enforcement officers who encounter someone in a mental-health crisis can take the person to a CSU rather than to jail or an emergency room. CSU staff are trained to assess the needs of those in crisis and guide them to appropriate help.

The services the helpline staff can recommend include:  

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling
  • Medication Management 
  • Mental Health Crisis Counseling 
  • Family Counseling
  • Parent and Child Counseling for Children younger than four.

“The state has so many new mental health and substance abuse providers that we felt this was the right time to launch this helpline,” said Patricia Gann, assistant director of the DHS Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services. “It gives Arkansans who are struggling with addiction or who love someone who is struggling a single point of contact to get the help they need.”

Mental Health and Addiction Services staff will answer the telephone line Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number for the Mental Health and Addiction Services helpline is 844-763-0198.

Information about the Mental Health and Addiction Services Support line and other available mental health and addiction services is available at https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/about-dhs/daabhs/mentalhealth

Arkansas AG logoRUTLEDGE ANNOUNCES ANTI-ROBOCALLS PRINCIPLES 
Multifaceted approach with public and private coalition to block illegal calls
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has announced a bipartisan, public/private coalition, with every state attorneys general and the District of Columbia and 12 phone companies, agreement to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls. This agreement sets the framework of prevention and enforcement by protecting phone users from illegal robocalls and making it easier for attorneys general to investigate and prosecute bad actors.

"Today's announcement was a collaborative effort between public sector and private industry to protect Arkansans by utilizing all available technology to stop these illegal calls," said Attorney General Rutledge. "I have lead the charge in Arkansas by working with telecom providers to hold them accountable and ensure providers are implementing technology to stop these criminals from robbing the citizens of Arkansas and Americans of their hard earned money."

Phone companies will work to prevent illegal robocalls by:

· Implementing call-blocking technology at the network level at no cost to customers,

· Making available to customers additional, free, easy-to-use call blocking and labeling tools,

· Implementing technology to authenticate that callers are coming from a valid source,

· Monitoring their networks for robocall traffic,

· Assisting attorneys’ general anti-robocall enforcement by,

· Knowing whom their customers are so bad actors can be identified and investigated,

· Investigating and taking action against suspicious callers – including notifying law enforcement and state attorneys general,

· Working with law enforcement, including state attorneys general, to trace the origins of illegal robocalls,

· Requiring telephone companies with which they contract to cooperate in traceback identification.

Going forward, phone companies will stay in close communication with the coalition of attorneys general to continue to optimize robocall protections as technology and scammer techniques change.

Rutledge has been paving the way for telephone carriers to aggressively block illegal robocalls before they reach consumers through conversations with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Rutledge has also expressed support for the passage of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act and demanded the FCC take action in the Truth in Caller ID Act rulemaking process against illegal spoofing.

In Arkansas, Rutledge continues to lead the fight against robocalls by working with state legislators to pass legislation to require telecommunication providers to submit annual reports to the Arkansas Public Service Commission to certify that all available and applicable technology is being employed to identify and block illegal robocalls and spoofing.

The coalition of attorneys general, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, and Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, includes attorneys general from all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The coalition of companies includes AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Windstream.

SAAC ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF MAMMA MIS! FOR SUMMER 2020
The South Arkansas Arts Center’s Theatre Steering Committee is pleased to announce the production of “Mamma Mia!” as the 2020 summer musical. 

 SAAC is currently accepting applications for director and music director for the production. Interested individuals should supply a letter of intent, resume, and a short production proposal for each project application. Qualified applicants need experience in their area interest and a working knowledge of community theatre. They should have experience working with all ranges of talent, including beginners. Application deadline is September 30, 2019. All applications should be sent to SAAC, 110 East 5th Street, El Dorado, AR 71730, ATTN: Executive Director or emailed to Laura Allen at laura@saac-arts.org.

Slated for performances June 16-26, 2020, the beloved show uses the framework of ABBA’s timeless songs to tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on the eve of her wedding. Full of laughter, friendship, and unforgettable musical numbers, “Mamma Mia!” is equal parts heart and humor, with a soundtrack you won’t be able to resist. 

For more information, contact the SAAC office at 862-5474 or visit the website at www.saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas. 

AUGUST 22, 2019

NUMBER OF LICENSED PROVIDERS CERTIFIED TO TREAT DRUG ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES UP 567 PERCENT
DHS launches helpline to direct callers in crisis to appropriate assistance
LITTLE ROCK – The number of independently licensed providers certified to offer
treatment for those with mental health challenges or drug addiction has risen from 31 in 2017 to 207 in 2019, an increase of 567 percent, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced this week. The number of behavioral health agency sites has increased from 253 to 311.

Governor Asa Hutchinson also announced that the Department of Human Services is launching a helpline with trained staff who will provide guidance for those seeking help with mental-health issues and drug addiction.

“Too often, a night in jail is our answer for people who are suffering a mental-health crisis or are struggling with a drug addiction,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “With this encouraging growth in the number of providers, we are improving our ability to give our fellow Arkansans a hand up. This new helpline gives us the important option of offering people in great need professional guidance in navigating their obstacles rather than adding to their load with a criminal record or leaving them to fight through it alone. I commend DHS for creating this important tool.”

Under DHS rules that went into effect in July 2017, those with substance-abuse and mental-health issues have quicker and simpler access to treatment and counseling.

The new rules allow and encourage new providers to become certified to accept and bill for Medicaid beneficiaries who need outpatient mental health and substance abuse services. 

Medicaid now covers the cost of many of the services, including treatment for drug addiction. Arkansas will cover the cost of certain counseling and treatment for those without Medicaid or private insurance.

“We expanded the services that Medicaid covers. Counselors now can house their practices in the same building with a physician,” Governor Hutchinson said. “This will increase access to addiction treatment by allowing doctors to send a patient directly to a counselor rather than hoping the patient will keep an appointment across town a week later.”

The trained helpline operators will direct callers to a provider who offers the services they need.The helpline c omplements the state’s Crisis Stabilization Units. Law-enforcement officers who encounter someone in a mental-health crisis can take the person to a CSU rather than to jail or an emergency room. CSU staff are trained to assess the needs of those in crisis and guide them to appropriate help.

The services the helpline staff can recommend include:  
Individual and Group Counseling
Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling
Medication Management 
Mental Health Crisis Counseling 
Family Counseling
Parent and Child Counseling for Children younger than four.

“The state has so many new mental health and substance abuse providers that we felt this was the right time to launch this helpline,” said Patricia Gann, assistant director of the DHS Division of Aging, Adult and Behavioral Health Services. “It gives Arkansans who are struggling with addiction or who love someone who is struggling a single point of contact to get the help they need.”


Mental Health and Addiction Services staff will answer the telephone line Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The number for the Mental Health and Addiction Services helpline is 844-763-0198. Information about the Mental Health and Addiction Services Support line and other available mental health and addiction services is available at https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/about-dhs/daabhs/mentalhealth

COTTON STATEMENT ON SALE OF F-16S TO TAIWAN 
Washington, D.C. - Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement after the Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to proceed with a sale of 66 F-16s to Taiwan:

"Today the United States upheld its commitments under the Taiwan Relations Act. Taiwan is a vital democratic partner and these arms sales are critical in their defense against Chinese Communist Party aggression. I applaud the administration for reestablishing regular arms sales to Taiwan after decades of delays from previous administrations. In the coming months, the Congress will work with our Taiwanese partners and the Department of Defense to ensure that we transfer mobile and survivable systems that will effectively deter the People's Liberation Army."

AUGUST 21, 2019

 

CAMDEN KIWANIS CLUB TO MEET
The CamdenKiwanis Club will meet Thursday, August 22nd at  12:00 at  Catherine’s Bistro.   The program will be by Wyletta Johnson author of Autistic Voyage. Please bring any unsold Football Frenzy books to the meeting or take them to Krissy so that they can be sold.

SUMMER START UP SERIES BONUS WORKSHOP: FOOD CODE
The Arkansas Department of Health and Camden’s Code Enforcement will be on hand to answer questions regarding the startup process, rules, regulations, and more to opening and operating a compliant food-based business.

Veronica Collier, Environmental Health Specialist with the Arkansas Department of Health, and Travis Daniel, Camden Code Enforcement, will be the speakers and available following the event for specific questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: OPED Building
625 S Adams
Camden, AR 71701

CO-SPONSOR(S): Team Camden, Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development, City of Camden, Farmers Bank & Trust, Generations Bank

COST: FREE!

ADE LAUNCHES FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK AND TOOLKIT
LITTLE ROCK — The role of family and community engagement in student success is undeniable. Not only do strong relationships, collaboration, and a shared responsibility among families, schools, and communities meet the diverse, immediate needs of children, they also lead to personal and professional success beyond high school.

To encourage and foster these relationships, the Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to launch the Family and Community Engagement Framework & Toolkit, a research-based birth-to-grade 16 (four years post high school) guide for improved engagement.

The framework identifies six essential characteristics of effective family and community engagement: Communication, Partnerships, Equity, Leadership, Innovation, and Safe/Friendly Schools. Each of these features includes multiple key elements that assist with incorporating the characteristics. The accompanying toolkit includes resources, strategies, videos, and model examples of engagement to aid in these efforts.

“I want to commend the Arkansas Department of Education and all stakeholders who participated in the development of this framework and toolkit,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said. “ADE identified a need, reallocated existing resources, and made family and community engagement a priority, while incorporating stakeholders early in the development process. Our students will greatly benefit from the extensive commitment from the students, parents, educators, business leaders, and community members who spent countless hours providing input, feedback, and guidance for the framework and toolkit. Arkansas, once again, serves as an example for other states and is leading the way in education.”

“The social, emotional, academic, and physical supports that students need cross all boundaries and must be shared by families, educators, and communities,” said Kim Wright, ADE’s director for family and community engagement. “Arkansas’ framework and toolkit were developed by stakeholders for stakeholders and will lead to improved conversations, community participation, and engagement on local levels. Together, we can help all children achieve their potential and graduate from high school prepared for college, career, and community engagement.”

The development of the framework and toolkit began more than a year-and-a-half ago. In addition to a State Board of Education committee that began addressing the importance of engagement, Arkansas became one of six cohort states selected by the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop the framework and toolkit. Instead of developing guidelines to be used by only schools and districts, Arkansas incorporated stakeholder input and developed the framework and toolkit for use by all stakeholders: students, families, community members, schools/programs, school districts, and the state education agency. The State Board of Education approved the framework in February, which led to the development of the toolkit.

“With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the conversation shifted from parental involvement to family and community engagement,” Wright said. “Parental involvement has always played a critical role in student success, but engagement includes so much more, from utilizing ongoing, effective two-way communication and developing meaningful partnerships to improving cultural understanding. Our framework and toolkit accomplish all of these things."

ADE initially created the Arkansas Family and Community Engagement Coalition, comprised of 80 stakeholders from around the state. The coalition was divided into four subcommittees that focused on four main areas: culture, professional development, instruction, and leadership. This group developed the framework and toolkit, held numerous meetings, and conducted 10 community meetings in five regional locations. In addition to the coalition, ADE also developed a stakeholder network of more than 175 people who provided ongoing feedback throughout the process.

The framework and toolkit are available on the Parents, Teachers, and Administrators webpages at http://dese.ade.arkansas.gov or can be accessed by going to http://bit.ly/EngagementMattersAR
 

SAAC TO HOST JAMES HAYES ART GLASS
The South Arkansas Arts Center Visual Arts Committee is thrilled to welcome James Hayes Art Glass and his exhibit entitled “Southern Sunrise” to the Price and Merkle Galleries, beginning August 29, 2019, and running through September 25, 2019.  An artist’s reception to honor Hayes is planned for Thursday, August 29, from 6:00-7:30pm.

Laura Allen, executive director for SAAC, is looking forward to Hayes’ exhibit. “What a treat it will be to have James Hayes’ work in the galleries for the month. On a personal note, I have been a big fan of his work for a long time, and I can’t wait to see his bold, colorful glass pieces on display here at the SAAC.”

James Hayes was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He owns and operates the James Hayes Art Glass Company in Pine Bluff. After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, in 1988, he searched for a new medium to express his artistic talent. Three months later he discovered glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. He has studied glassblowing in Murano, Italy; Paris, France; the Glass Furnace in Istanbul; Urban Glass Brooklyn, New York; New Town Plaza in Hong Kong; and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, Washington.

"I use nature, chance and my experiences as inspiration for my art glass. My art is playful, adventurous, colorful and distinctive. When I make something I always begin with the end in mind. However, during the glassmaking process the design can easily be changed.  Inspiration is also drawn from color combinations in fashion, interior design and art,” said Hayes. 

Hayes has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States over the years. Some of his honors include an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament, being featured in “High Profile” in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, and in addition, being featured on KTHV Channel 11's “Everyone Has a Story”. He has also been featured in multiple publications since 1996 to present date and has been on the cover of “At Home in Arkansas” magazine, as well as in “Southern Living" magazine. Hayes was chosen for the design of the 2001 Governor's Arts Awards in addition to designing ornaments for the James Hayes Christmas Tree in the Governor's Mansion in 2007. He was awarded the Hendrix College Odyssey Medal in Artistic Creativity for the 2006-2007 year. Hayes was also awarded the Business of Art Award from Pulaski Technical College in 2008.

Hayes has been selected by multiple organizations, charities and annual events to create custom glass awards that are presented to recipients every year including The Above the Barre Award for Ballet Arkansas, all of the Governor’s Culinary Challenge Awards for Arkansas, The Kindred Spirit Award for the Muses, The Autism Angel Award for the Arkansas Autism Foundation, The Margaret Spearman Award and the Good Egg Awards for the Arts and Science Center of Pine Bluff, memorial awards (Madonna) for Ave Maria of Memphis, TN, the awards for the Chancellor’s Benefit for the Arts for UAPB, the Helen May Compassionate Care Award for UAMS, the Miracles Begin at ACHRI Award for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and many more.

His chandeliers are showcased at many locations as they have chosen him to create works of art on permanent display. These creations can be found at The Burrow at his alma matter, Hendrix College, two at the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute in Little Rock Arkansas, a large series of Chandeliers at the St. Elizabeth Edgewood in Cincinnat,i Ohio, one at the Arts and Science Center of Pine Bluff, and the largest Hayes chandelier to date, at 15 feet in length, was installed at Hempstead Hall at the University of Arkansas at Hope in 2018. Two of his largest events include an installation at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs where hundreds of his works were on display outdoors for Splash of Glass exhibit from May to September of 2013, and an event showcasing his work in Hong Kong with a large installation, daily demonstrations, and where custom ornaments were created and sold in 2016.

For more information, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit the website at www.saac-arts.org.  SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado, Arkansas.

BEGINNERS’ WATERCOLOR CLASS WITH GAY BECHTELHEIMER
The South Arkansas Arts Center announces a beginners’ watercolor workshop to be taught by local artist Gay Bechtelheimer beginning Monday, September 23, and meeting each Monday for five weeks. The class will be held from 6:00-7:30pm on Monday in the upstairs classroom at SAAC.

Bechtelheimer said, “This class will be an introduction to the medium of watercolor with an emphasis on aesthetic application, processes involved, and materials used.”

Materials needed are: Watercolor paints (all smallest tube – Daniel Smith brand) in New Gamboge, Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Red and Indanthrone Blue; 2 sheets D’Arches 140lb cold press paper; #8 round brush; Masonite drawing board; a container for water; paper towels; and painters tape. The water container can be Tupperware, a large yogurt container, or something similar. Paper towels and tape can be purchased locally. All other supplies can be ordered online from dickblick.com.

This class is limited to 10 participants and will sell out quickly. Cost for the five-week class is $150.

 

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RUTLEDGE AND GOV. HUTCHINSON ALLOCATE $1.5 MILLION TO LAUNCH FREE VETERANS LEGAL SERVICE PROGRAM
Bowen School of Law students to provide pro bono legal services to veterans
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and Governor Asa Hutchinson have just announced each office would allocate $750,000 for a total of $1.5 million to create the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic. The first clinic of its kind in Arkansas, the program will enable enrolled Bowen law students to provide pro bono legal services to veterans throughout the State.

 

“The Veterans Legal Services Clinic will provide essential pro bono services to the vast population of Arkansas veterans who reside in the state and it will give future attorneys the hands-on training, education and opportunity to give back to our nation’s heroes,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “This legal clinic will be the first line of defense to protect veterans and also alert my office when scam artists are attempting to illegally take advantage of veterans.”

The legal clinic will serve as the only pro bono services center for veterans in the state of Arkansas, which is home to over 250,000 past, and present service members. Under the supervision of a clinical facilitator, enrolled students will be trained to represent veterans on various legal issues. The clinic will also provide free continuing legal education for practicing attorneys on veteran specific legal issues, and establishing partnerships between participants with veterans in need of legal assistance.

Attorney General Rutledge is requesting consumers with questions, or to file a consumer complaint to visit ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.

AUGUST 20, 2019

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RUTLEDGE: MOUNTAIN HOME GUNSMITH SUED FOR DECEIVING CUSTOMERS AND FAILING TO PROVIDE SERVICES OVER FUNDS
Investment Grade Firearms cheated consumers out of more than $17,000
LITTLE ROCK - Yesterday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed suit against Jayson Cotter, owner of Investment Grade Firearms (IGF), for violations of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Consumers from across the nation hired Cotter for gunsmith work, but he habitually failed to return consumers’ parts or firearms and refused to provide refunds of upfront payments.

“Cotter repeatedly used dirty tricks to deceive consumers into sending him gun parts and large sums of money for work that was never performed,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Cotter and other bad businesses must be held accountable.”

Jayson Cotter of Mountain Home, Arkansas sold gunsmith services through his website, www.Investmentgradefirearms.com. Consumers who contract with IGF for gunsmith services typically ship their firearms, parts and accessories, along with their complete, upfront payments, with expectations that they will receive their modified firearms within reasonable periods of time. Eight consumers have filed unresolved complaints with the Attorney General claiming that Mr. Cotter failed to deliver their completed firearms or refund their payments, sometimes for well over a year, and refused to respond to their phone calls or emails requesting status updates on prepaid orders.

Mr. Cotter was arrested on July 31 and booked on a felony charge of theft of property in Baxter County. The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation, and additional counts are possible. The Sheriff’s Office has been working to return parts and firearms to their rightful owners for several months, but many consumers are still waiting to be made whole.

Attorney General Rutledge is requesting restitution, civil penalties, and injunctive relief and demands a jury trial. Victims of these business practices should file a consumer complaint on ArkansasAG.gov or call (800) 482-8982.