Archives for July 2014

Arkansas Native Missing from His Home in Georgia, Information Sought

Friends and family in the Arkansas River Valley area are asking for the public’s help in finding 22-year-old John Wood, Jr (photos above), who was last seen at his home in Calhoun, Georgia, as he was preparing to move to be closer to his father near Jonesboro in Northeast Arkansas. Wood is 5-feet 9-inches tall, […]

Arkansas Severe Weather Outlook for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rain will increase from west to east across Arkansas today and tonight…and John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office at Little Rock says some thunderstorms will occur, especially from later tonight into the day Thursday, although chances for severe storms are rather low. The main focus will be on the threat […]

Yell County Sheriff says Bodies of Father-Son Reported Missing on Friday Have Been Found

Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey reports that searchers have found the bodies of a man and baby reported missing since last week.  Gilkey says the body of 10-month-old Harper Floyd was found at around 1:30 this (Tuesday) afternoon, and that the body of the child’s father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd was found around an hour later […]

Cool Weather on the Way, Storms Possible, Mainly in the South, but Severe Weather, Unlikely

The National Weather Service says a cold front over south central Arkansas will continue to push south and into northern Louisiana this morning. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will be possible over the south until the front finally clears but severe weather is not anticipated at this time. Cooler and drier air will slowly overspread […]

Yell County Sheriff’s Office Releases New Information Concerning Missing Man and Baby

The Yell County Sheriff’s Department released, on Sunday evening, new information regarding the search for a missing man and 10 month old, and also the photo of a vehicle currently being sought.  The department is currently working with the FBI, Arkansas State Police, US Forest Service, and multiple surrounding agencies attempting to locate the missing […]

Arkansas’ Severe Weather Outlook for Sunday, July 27, 2014

A cold front will bring some thunderstorms to Arkansas later today. John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Little Rock says we could see a few severe thunderstorms from the middle of this afternoon through the middle of the evening. Best chances will be from central into northeast and east […]

Yell County Sheriff’s Department Asks Help in Finding Missing Man and Baby

The Yell County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following Missing Persons report to the public.  Brian Alan Floyd, a white male, age 33, 5-feet 9-inches tall, and Harper Alexander Floyd, Age 10 months, were both last seen in the Ouachita Mountains area south of Blue Mountain Lake. The two were reported to have broken down […]

Arkansas National Guard Says Unconfirmed Tornado at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith

An Arkansas National Guard spokesman says an unconfirmed tornado struck the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center near Fort Smith at around 3:00pm, this Wednesday afternoon, causing substantial damage to approximately 20 barracks buildings on the post. No buildings were destroyed, most had roofs damaged and siding peeled off. As of 8:00pm this evening, all […]

Arkansas’ Severe Weather Outlook for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The approach of a cold front will trigger some thunderstorms in Arkansas today. John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service office at Little Rock says there will be probably be at least a few severe thunderstorms from early this afternoon through 8 or 9 PM this evening. Most of the state is […]

Arkansan Wins Army National Guard’s “Soldier of the Year” for Third Straight Year

Arkansas National Guardsman Spc. Ryan L. Montgomery earned the national title Wednesday of the Army National Guard’s “Soldier of the Year”, after a grueling three-day competition held at Camp Robinson. This marks the third year in a row an Arkansan has won the competition. The Hensley native competed against the best of nearly 350,000 Army […]

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Captain Placed on Leave, then Resigns after Prescription Narcotics Found Missing

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office at Conway reports that, on Thursday, July 17, 2014, employees uncovered evidence of missing prescription narcotics scheduled for destruction pursuant to office policy. The Departments says that, as a result, Captain Lloyd Vincent was immediately placed on administrative leave late Thursday night.  As of this (Friday) morning, Captain Vincent has […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flash Flood Watches have been issued for most of western Arkansas and parts of central Arkansas.  John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, says a stalled front to the north of Arkansas will gradually move back to the north. Meanwhile, areas of low pressure aloft will move across the […]

Arkansas River Valley Lost Pets

This section of our website is a free service for pet owners in the Arkansas River Valley region, which includes the counties of Conway, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Newton, Pope, Sebastian, and Yell.  If you’ve lost your best friend anywhere in our service area, feel free to submit your information HERE.  Please allow up […]

Lost Pets Submission Form

Provide as much information as you can. We’ll decide what we need for the actual published report. Be sure to provide information in all fields which are required, as indicated with an “*”. Please allow up to 24 hours for publishing of your submission (although we’ll always work to get your report online as quickly […]

Missing from Ozone/Woods Mountain area in North Johnson County

Chocolate Lab, missing since Tuesday, July 15, 2014, wearing an orange collar. A reward will be given to the person who brings him home.  Please call 479 two-one-four 7956

Severe Weather Outlook for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin developing in the state late tonight or early Thursday. John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Little Rock, says a very rainy period is shaping up from Thursday through Thursday night and into the first part of the day Friday. Some of the rain […]

Jonesboro Teen Injured in Fall from a Bluff in at Lost Valley in Newton County

On July 14th, 2014 the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from the National Park Service’s Dispatch in reference to a fall from a bluff at Lost Valley. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office responded, as did Rangers from the National Park Service, members of the Newton County Search and Rescue, Carroll County […]

Corps of Engineers Reopens Shoal Bay Swim Beach

The Corps of Engineers, Russellville Project Office, has now reopened Shoal Bay swim beach on Lake Dardanelle. The beach was temporarily closed last month because of higher than acceptable E. coli levels that were found during routine testing conducted by the Arkansas Department of Health. Officials have retested the swim beach and determined that it […]

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Reports Ongoing Scam

Over the last several days the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of citizens receiving phone calls from law enforcement impersonators. The impersonators are telling the citizens they are representatives of the Sheriff’s Office. The conversation is reference to there is alleged warrant for them or a family member.  The citizens are then given […]

Cool Off In A Show Cave In Arkansas

by Kat Robinson, Communications Manager, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism — When the weather turns hot each summer, some travelers look for escapes from the heat and humidity. One way to survive sweltering temperatures is to seek shade in an Arkansas show cave. Eight properties around the state offer a chance to see the […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Monday, July 14, 2014

We will probably see at least a few severe thunderstorms in Arkansas this afternoon and evening.  National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Robinson says, however, that the best chances will be over the eastern half of the state. Robinson also says damaging winds have a better chance of occurring than large hail…and that the […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thunderstorms associated with a cold front moving down from the north will likely make it to northern Arkansas this evening and continue into the overnight hours.  And, according to John Robinson,  Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the  National Weather Service at Little Rock, a couple of severe storms could occur, mainly in the northern two rows […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Arkansas – July 10, 2014

John Robinson,  Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the  National Weather Service office at Little Rock, says a  stalled front in southern Arkansas will focus some thunderstorms this afternoon close to the front. In addition, a large cluster of storms that developed to the northwest of Arkansas overnight has entered northwest Arkansas and should continue sliding to […]

Strong, Possibly Severe Thunderstorms Possible Tue-Wed in the Arkansas River Valley

A slow-moving cold front will increase the coverage of thunderstorms in Arkansas from Tuesday through Wednesday. John Robinson,  Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the  National Weather Service office in Little Rock says we will probably see at least a few severe thunderstorms on Tuesday in the northern half of the state, from afternoon through the evening […]

Newton County Authorities Call Local Man a Hero in Near Drowning Incident

At approximately 5:04 PM, on July 1st, 2014, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a call from North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s EMS service about a possible drowning at the Ponca low water bridge on the Buffalo National River. While deputies, Rangers, First Responders and the ambulance crew were enroute, more information was received that […]

Wild Wanders Day Camp at Lake Dardanelle State Park July 16-18, Register by July 11

Lake Dardanelle State Park will be holding a three day camp from Wednesday, July 16th –Friday, July 18th for ages 8-12. The camp includes activities, crafts, programs, and much more. The campers will meet at the visitor center at 9am each day and will be ready to be picked up there at 4pm. Lunch, snacks, […]

How to Keep Your Pet Safe and Secure on Fireworks Night

By Paul Sutton — Fireworks night is great fun for everyone and long may it continue. But even though legislation restricts the use of fireworks to certain times of the day, for dogs, cats, rabbits and small animals it can be a traumatic, scary and even painful time of year. Many pets have far more […]

Healthy Swimming Tips for the Holiday Weekend and Current Swim Beach Closures

As Arkansans take to the water this Fourth of July weekend, the Arkansas Department of Health is recommending that swimmers take steps to stay healthy and safe. Be aware of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI’s) —  RWI’s are caused by germs that are spread by swallowing, having contact with or breathing in the mists or droplets […]

1st Annual Dardanelle Chocolate Festival – July 11th

Calling all ladies (and gents with a similar sweet tooth)! The Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce is breaking the mold…the “chocolate” mold, that is! The 1st Annual Chocolate Festival will take place on Friday, July 11th from 5:00pm to 8:30pm in the Dardanelle Community Center. Tickets are $5.00, and proceeds benefit 3-year-old Breya Bunting of […]

15th Annual Bargains Galore on 64 set for August 7th – 9th, 2014

The Arkansas River Valley’s largest annual coordinated yardsale is set to take place on Thursday through Saturday, August 7th through the 9th. Sales will again saturate Highway 64 for 160 miles in West and West-Central Arkansas. Cities along the 160 mile stretch include Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Dyer, Mulberry, Ozark, Altus, Coal Hill, Hartman, […]

Chance of Severe Thunderstorms and Very Slight Risk for Tornados in North Arkansas This Afternoon and Tonight

Little Rock National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Robinson says we will probably see, from early afternoon today through late this evening, at least a few severe thunderstorms over the northern half of Arkansas. Damaging winds should have a greater chance of occurring than large hail. The tornado threat is relatively low, but not […]