Tube Microphone in Studio

YOUR LOCAL AND REGIONAL NEWS

RED FLAG WARNING

September 28

A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from noon today (Wednesday) through 7 o’clock tonight for north Mississippi, and portions of east Arkansas and southwest Tennessee.


A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions

are either occurring or soon will.


The National Weather Service advises that a combination of gusty northeast winds, low relative humidity values between 20 to 25 percent and fuel moisture values below 10 percent will result in Red Flag conditions in the region this afternoon.


Officials warn that any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly.


Outdoor burning is not recommended.

WOODRUFF CO MAN CHARGED

September 28

A Woodruff County man is now facing murder and arson charges after allegedly admitting to killing his family. (Channel 8, Jonesboro)


According to court documents, Prosecuting Attorney C. Ryan Cooper is seeking three felony charges against 65-year-old Steven Ray Holloway of McCrory.


Holloway’s wife, 60-year-old Catherine Ann Holloway 0and his stepson, 43-year-old Keith Dewayne Woolbright, died in a fire at their home in Jackson County back on June 29th of this year.


During an interview, Holloway allegedly told deputies that he had deliberately set fire to the home, knowing that his wife and stepson were inside and likely asleep.


The court case documents revealed that Holloway started the fire in the living room and drove away with his dog in tow, making no attempt to rescue anyone inside.


Arresting officers also said that Holloway appeared intoxicated at the scene and had “large areas of blood” on his clothing.

ARK COVID UPDATE

September 28

Despite a continuing decline in Arkansas new coronavirus cases over the past few weeks, the number of covid-19 patients in the state's hospitals rose Tuesday for the second day in a row.


The number of covid-19 patients reported to be in the state's hospitals rose by seven on Monday and by six on Tuesday, bringing it to 265.


The number as of Tuesday was still down from a recent high of 296 that it reached a week earlier.


The state's count of new cases rose Tuesday by 545, which was down by 90 from the daily increase the previous Tuesday.


The state's death toll from the virus rose by 26, to 12,106, the largest daily increase in deaths since March. That number also includes deaths that occurred over the weekend.


A total of 89 deaths have been reported in the past week, the highest weekly total since the week ending March 28.


With recoveries outpacing new cases, the number of cases in the state that were considered active fell by 378, to 5,667. It’s the first time the number has been below 6,000 since June 9.

RED CROSS MISSION

September 28

The Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas is already sending volunteers down to Florida to help out with the effects of Hurricane Ian. (Channel 8, Jonesboro)


Executive Director Lori Arnold said Florida is a spot many in the Natural State have connections to, adding that the people of Arkansas have always been extremely generous and ready to help whenever it is needed.


Arnold said Tuesday that considering the storm had not even made landfall yet, the support they’ve already seen is unbelievable.


She said that the Red Cross has already sent 26 people to Florida from the Missouri-Arkansas region, with eight more on standby.


Arnold stated that the best way Arkansans can help is to think about volunteering and contacting your local Red Cross chapter.


You can also donate to the Red Cross through their website at redcross.org.

MONROE CO CANDIDATE FORUM

September 26

Monroe County Farm Bureau invites you out to a “Measure the Candidate” forum coming up Tuesday, October 11th at 7 p.m. at the Brinkley Convention Center. The following candidates are scheduled to be on hand for the event:

--Monroe County Judge: P.K. Norman and Richard “Bubba” Smith

--Monroe County Sheriff:  Sheriff Michael Neal and Allan Spencer

--Monroe County Treasurer/Collector:  Treasurer/Collector Steve Mitchell and Jessica Self

--State Senate, District 10:  Senator Ronald Caldwell and Cliff Hart

--State Representative, District 61:  Bruce Martin and Jeremiah Moore

--State Representative, District 62:  Rep. Mark McElroy and Dexter Miller.


Again, the “Measure the Candidate” forum is coming up Tuesday, October 11th at 7 p.m. at the Brinkley Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Monroe County Women’s Leadership Committee.

ARK AG HALL OF FAME

September 22

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its next class. The nomination deadline is Nov. 1st.


The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who are or have contributed significantly to the state’s largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 176 men and women have been inducted.


Debbie Moreland, chairman of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame, says anyone can nominate a person believed worthy of the honor.


The Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock houses the Agriculture Hall of Fame display.


Additional information and online nomination forms are available at www.arkansasaghalloffame.org. Forms can also be requested by calling Cindra Jones at 501-228-1609.


The induction ceremony for the next class will be March 3, 2023 at the Statehouse Convention Center.

BUTTER SHORTAGE

September 28

The U.S. dairy industry is warning consumers about a possible butter shortage.


The Wall Street Journal reports that with the holiday season coming up, many may have to scramble to find enough butter for their baked goods.


The dairy shortage in the is mainly due to staffing issues and lower milk production.


With less butter on shelves and in storage facilities (reportedly the lowest since 2017), that means the price of the yellow stuff has gone up.


Recent data from the Labor Department shows that since last summer, butter prices have soared, making it one of the grocery items hardest hit by inflation. Butter prices jumped 24.6% between late July 2021 and August 2022, third only to margarine (38.3%) and eggs (39.8%).


Those gearing up for the big baking season ahead should note butter does freeze well, and that there are plenty of substitutes for recipes including Crisco, olive oil and coconut oil.


CNN reports that severe weather – everything from heat and droughts to overwhelming rain – could pinch the U.S.’s food supply in the coming weeks.


The cost of food production and the Russia-Ukraine war are also said to be feeding the rising costs.

ARDOT REMINDER

September 23

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) would like to remind political candidates and their supporters that it is unlawful to place campaign signs on any highway right-of-way in Arkansas.


ARDOT Director Lorie Tudor encourages everyone to follow the right-of-way laws to keep the roadsides clear and ensure our highways are as safe as possible.


ARDOT personnel will remove any campaign signs placed on the right of way and will contact owners of large “billboard” signs.


Owners can pick up the signs during normal business hours at the nearest ARDOT Area Maintenance Office.

FCMC ASSISTS FLOOD VICTIMS

September 28

Forrest City Medical Center is still collecting items for flood victims in eastern Kentucky and is planning a return trip in late fall.


Area residents are asked to consider donating blankets, sleeping bags and warm clothing, with cooler temperatures coming in the fall and winter seasons.


Other items needed by the flood victims include non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, bottled water, baby care items, pet care items, pet food, first aid products and over-the-counter medications.


Donations can be dropped off in the lobby at the front entrance of the hospital.

FCHS HOMECOMING

September 28

The Forrest City School District will celebrate Homecoming this week with two special events.


The Forrest City High School Homecoming Parade is coming up Thursday (9/29); parade line-up begins at 5 p.m., with the parade starting at 6 o’clock.


The parade will start at the Civic Center, head south on Washington to Arkansas Street, then to Division Street and finally onto Graham Street before ending in the parking lot of the Dwight Lofton Mustang Arena for a pep rally.


For more information, contact Lasandra Bean at 870-633-1485, ext. 103 or reach her by email at lasandra.bean@fcmustangs.net.

-----------------------------------------------

Mustang fans, you’re also invited to bring your lawn chairs, your coolers and your grills and enjoy a tailgate event Friday (9/30) from 4 p.m. until game time at the new track facility.


To reserve a spot, call Mrs. Donesha Boyd at  870-633-1464 or reach her by email at donesha.boyd@fcmustangs.net.

ARK ELECTION REMINDERS

September 20

With the November general election quickly approaching, officials want to ensure that Arkansas voters have what they need to participate and what dates to keep in mind.


Check voter registration on the Arkansas Secretary of State’s website. If a voter is not registered, the same site can point them to the registration steps. Your voter registration must be at the local election office by Oct. 10. If a voter is mailing it in, it must be postmarked by Oct. 10.


Arkansas does not have online voter registration.


In Arkansas, early voting begins at 8 a.m. on Oct. 24 and continues to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturday, it runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No early voting takes place on Sunday.


The last day for early voting is Saturday, Nov. 5.


Nov. 7, the Monday before the general election, early voting locations are closed.


If voting using an absentee ballot, the voter must request a ballot by Nov. 1. The Secretary of State has instructions and applications for an absentee ballot online. If returning a completed ballot in person, it must be received by Nov. 4.


If returning a ballot by mail, it must be received by Nov. 8.


Polls will be open on Election Day on Nov. 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8. You can check voting locations on the Secretary of State website’s Voter View function or check with the local county clerk’s office.

MEETINGS AND EVENTS

September 28

--The St. Francis County Health Unit will offer free flu vaccinations at the Forrest City Civic Center on Friday, Sept. 30th, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This will be a drive-thru event. Please bring your insurance card.


--The Lane College Choir is on tour and will make a stop in Forrest City this week. The Choir will perform at Forrest City High School Wednesday (9/28) at 1:30 p.m. and at Lane Chapel CME Church at 821 West Scott at 6 p.m. The public is invited.


--An Open House for the new Fancy & Fine Flea Market will be held Saturday (10/1) from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at their location at 8089 Hwy 70 West in Palestine. Door prizes will be given away and refreshments will be served.


--Forrest City Church of God at 201 North Division Street invites everyone out for their 3-day annual Youth Revival, Friday, Oct 7th through Sunday, October 9th. The opening service will be Friday at 7 p.m. A fellowship dinner will be Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by an evening youth hour at 5 p.m. The Sunday events will start with Sunday School at 10 o’clock, Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and dinner after the morning service. The revival will wrap up with the evening youth hour at 5 p.m. Call Pastor Alneather Forrest at 633-4867 for more information.


--The 7th Annual Berry Patch Truck and Car Show is coming up Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Forrest City Sports Complex. Call Billy Satterwhite at 870-317-1011 for more information.


--Days Temple Church of God in Christ in Forrest City have their Pastor Anniversary Program Sunday, Oct 9th starting at 11 a.m. honoring Pastor Curtis Rolfe and First Lady Rolfe on their 18th Anniversary. Guest speaker will be Min.Thurmond Moore.  Masks are required. Contact Deacon Fred Moore or Deacon LP Norment for more information.


--St. Francis County Master Gardeners Fall Seminar, “Fall into Gardening: Precious Memories” will be held on Tuesday, October 11th from, 9am to 3pm at Woodruff Electric in Forrest City. Registration will begin at 8:30am. The registration fee will be $25 the morning of the event. You can register early by sending your contact info to St. Francis County Master Gardeners, Attn: Linda Boren; 8830 Hwy 284, Forrest City, AR 72335. Early registration is $20 and must be postmarked by Oct. 1st. Seating is limited, so register early.


--The Breast Cancer Brunch “Fearless Together”, hosted by Jeanette Crippen and Jomar Adkins will be held October 15th from 9am to 1pm at the Larry Bryant Multipurpose Center. Guest Speakers will be Dr. Terri Moody, LaShia Hawkins, RN and Eugenia Edwards. If you have any questions, inbox Jeanette or Jomar @ 870-270-3465.


--On October 8th, Concepts of Truth International is excited to offer a VIRTUAL RACE to everyone. The home office in Wynne will host a gathering on Oct. 8th at 9:00 am at Village Creek State Park, where walkers and runners will be responsible for timing themselves. Registration is $25. For more information, call 870-238-4329.


--The First United Methodist Woman’s bi-annual community rummage sale is scheduled for Saturday October 1st from 8am to 12 noon in the parking lot between the church and museum. Vendors can sign up through Tuesday, September 27th. You may contact Ann Claire Vaccaro with any questions @ 261-2064.


--East Arkansas Community College presents multi-platinum country music superstar Trace Adkins in concert, Saturday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the EACC Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $44 and are available online at www.eacc.edu, by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352, or in person at the Fine Arts Center Ticket Office. 


--The 8th annual Veterans 5K Run-Walk-Bike will be held Saturday, October 15th here in Forrest City. Special Edition T-shirts will be given to all participants honoring Ms. Bette Green and Judge Gary Hughes for their combined, 66 years of service to St. Francis County. . Anyone making at least a $20 donation will also receive a complimentary T-shirt. Please register by September 30th if possible. Call Mr. Wilbert Dawson at 870-261-1702 for more information.


--Junior Auxiliary of St. Francis County is partnering with the Forrest City Fire Department to raise funds for the Safe Haven Baby Box. They will be hosting a Harvest Fest at the Forrest City Civic Center, Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 to 3:00. Admission is $5 at the gate. They’ll have bounce houses, face painting, games, hayrides plus a corn hole tournament at 12-noon, a Halloween costume contest, concessions and a silent auction. All proceeds will go towards the Forrest City Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box Fund.

OBITS

September 28

--Funeral service for Loistene Jordan, 82, of Forrest City will be Saturday (10/1) at 10 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Forrest City. Burial will follow at Forrest City Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-6 p.m. at Miles Mortuary, which is in charge of arrangements.


--Funeral service for Anita Jackson, 60, of Forrest City will be Saturday (10/1) at 11 a.m. at the Forrest City Civic Center. Burial will follow at Casteel Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Miles Mortuary in Forrest City, which is in charge of arrangements.


--Funeral service for Medric Regina Lee, 71, of Brinkley will be Saturday (10/1) at 11 a.m. at Lee Sr. High School in Marianna. Burial will follow at Garrett Grove Cemetery in Moro. Visitation will be Friday from 4-6 p.m. at NcNeal-Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Brinkley. Masks are required for all services. McNeal-Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


--Funeral service for Marie Collins, 40, of Wynne will be Saturday (10/1) at 1 p.m. at the Odell McCallum Center in Wynne. Burial will follow at Hare Farm Cemetery in Levesque. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the Odell McCallum Center in Wynne. Miles Mortuary of Forrest City is in charge of arrangements.


--Visitation for Mishikia Trachelle Peacock, 44, of Forrest City

will be Saturday (10/1) from 4-6 p.m. at Miles Mortuary in Forrest City, which is in charge of arrangements. 

 

LOCAL AND REGIONAL NEWS WITH RICK HOLT