The 29th Annual Blevins Community Area-Wide Benefit Barbecue for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Saturday May 7, 2016, at the Blevins High School Cafeteria. Serving time will start at 4:00 p.m. with carry outs available.
Our benefit was started because of the number of children from this area that were patients in the Children’s Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hinton and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bonds each had a granddaughter that had used the hospital and they wanted to do something to express their appreciation for the way the hospital not only treated the patients, but how they cared for the parents and families of the children that were in the hospital. They contacted several in the community and we had the 1st benefit and raised $5,000. The community all agreed that this is a great cause and decided to continue to have the event the first Saturday in May. We have raised over $270,000 over the past 28 years for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
We are one of the oldest contributors to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for an area of our size that the hospital has.
This year a special thanks to Mrs. Wilma England for donating a beautiful handmade quilt that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You do not have to be present to win.
Also this year, we have a new Henry Lever Action 22 Rifle that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. We want to thank Townsend’s Outdoors for helping us with the gun. You do not have to be present to win.
Mr. Jimmy Bonds has made an Arkansas Razorback that is 5 ft. 3 in. long and 3 ft. 1 in. tall. The snout opens to a standard size mailbox that can be mounted on a 4x4 post for a mailbox or either a yard decoration. The tickets are $5.00 each. You do not have to be present to win.
This year’s entertainment will feature Randy McKinnon and The Bear Creek Boys. Randy and The Bear Creek Boys have been with us the past 27 years.
At 7:00 p.m. we will have a Cake Auction. We have some of the best cooks in the area. So we urge everyone to bring their best desserts or what they want to donate to the auction to come and enjoy.
This year’s benefit will consist of Barbecue Beef, Pork, Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Roll, Dessert and Drink. The cost will be $5.00 for Adults and $2.50 for Children 12 and under. We have kept the price the same since we have started because this gives everyone an opportunity to come out and enjoy a good clean family gathering. The reason we can keep it the same price is because all the area Churches each donate money and the area Business donate money to help fund this event. Everything that is raised that night goes directly to Arkansas Children’s Hospital because of the great community support. The area Churches each take time to come and serve during the benefit and provide the desserts and drinks. The best part of all is that we don’t stop our boundaries just in Blevins. We reach out to all the communities in Hempstead, Howard, Nevada, Pike and adjoining communities. We want everyone that has had a child, grandchild or a family member that has been in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital to come and enjoy this event.
If anyone were to get severely burned, then they would be at the Children’s Hospital because they are the Burn Unit for Arkansas.
This year’s benefit will be in Honor of Miss Kaden Peebles who has been a cancer patient at the Children’s Hospital for the past year. She will also give a speech on what the hospital has meant to her and her family. Mrs. Sherri Ford and her daughter Miss Kenzie Ford who is the Children’s Hospital Ambassador will be representing the hospital.
Our motto is that if the money we raise that night can save just one’s child’s life, then all the work that goes into this event is well worth the effort. We urge everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful event and help the Children’s Hospital.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE BENEFIT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Blevins Student Places in Contest
Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced the winners of its annual safety poster contest. It coincided with Ag Safety Awareness Week March 6 - 12, and was designed to increase awareness of potential hazards on farms and ranches. The posters depicted this year’s theme, “Caution: Safety is No Accident.”
Fourth-grader Aniyah Muresan of Blevins Elementary won second place in the 3rd-4th Grade division.. Aniyah is the daughter of Ruben and Monique Muresan.
The contest attracted 42 entries from elementary schools in 20 counties. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 are awarded to the top three winners in each category....special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest...
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, 148 officials in 71 counties have declared May as Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced Tuesday.
This includes Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse...Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver...Howard County Judge Kevin Smith...Clark County Judge Ron Daniell...Lafayette County Judge Mike Rowe...Columbia County Judge Larry Atkinson...Ashdown Mayor James Sutton...Murfreesboro Mayor Rodney Fagan...Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth...Stamps Mayor David Ray Bright and Texarkana Mayor Ruth Penny-Bell.
“As we enjoy these month-long celebrations of our Arkansas heritage, as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, we hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said. (A searchable database of Arkansas’s National Register properties can be found athttp://www.arkansaspreservation.com/historic-properties/national-register/search.aspx.)
The proclamations from the officials note that historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and that historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.
The officials declare that it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that shaped us as a people and that 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Noting that "This Place Matters! " is the theme for National Preservation Month 2016 and “ARKANSAS ARTS: CELEBRATING OUR CREATIVE CULTURE” is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by Greene County, Paragould, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the 148 county judges and mayors proclaimed May as National Historic Preservation Month and called upon their constituents to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in the special observance....Special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest
The rising waters of Millwood Lake has led to the temporary closing of Millwood State Park by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Rainfall of upwards of 6-8 inches in the Little River Basin has caused a substantial rise in the Millwood Tri-Lakes System, and has also led to the closing of a number of Corps of Engineers facilities.
Flooding last year devastated the park and its facilities, and led it it being closed for much of the year. Persons needing updates can call the park office at 870-898-2800...
Special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest...
Theft of Services
May 2nd, 2016
At approximately 1626 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Bunn was dispatched to 4493 Hempstead 3 in reference to theft of services.
Upon arrival he made contact with Hope Water and Light personnel who told deputy Bunn that the owner of the property called them and stated that the house next to her's did not have power run to it, and stated that, Jason Pettit, had been out there and had electricity.
HWL personnel stated that when they went to look to see if the power was being stolen from their lines and found that an extension cord went from the well, which belonged to the owner, to the breaker box on the side of the other house.
Deputy Bunn made contact with the owner and asked if she could tell how much electricity has been stolen from her and she stated that she could not tell on her bill. The Owner stated that Jason had done that before but she had a friend cut the wire. Faye stated that Jason had been going to the house for about a month since the wire had been cut.
Deputy Bunn arrested Jason Pettit for theft of services with a court date of June 6, 2016 at 0900 hours.
Theft of Property
May 2, 2016
At approximately 1655 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Bunn was dispatched to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office in reference to theft of property.
Upon arrival he made contact with James Poindexter, Who stated that his pistol was stolen from his car sometime between Saturday April 30, 2016 and today at 1530. James stated that the pistol was a Smith & Wesson SD40EV .40 cal. with serial number FWP2419. James stated that he last saw the pistol in his car Saturday morning and when he checked it today when he came in from work the bag it was in was still there but the pistol was missing. James stated that nothing else was missing. The pistol has been entered as stolen in NCIC/ACIC
Theft of Property ATV
May 2, 2016
At approximately 1715 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Bunn was dispatched to 1046 Hempstead 185 in reference to an ATV theft.
Upon arrival he made contact with Bonesther Moore and Rueben Moore. Rueben stated that he had his dad's, ATV at his house so he could use it to get hay for his dog houses. Rueben stated that he used the ATV Saturday at approximately 1600 hours and put it in his garage between his vehicles. Rueben stated that his girlfriend left Sunday morning between 0900 and 1000 hours to go to Texarkana and said that the ATV was there and when Rueben came home from work at 1500 hours he noticed it missing,
Rueben described the ATV as a 2015 Suzuki King quad 400 4x4 red in color. Rueben stated that it was still as it came from the factory and only had approximately 90 hours on it.
The ATV has been entered in NCIC/ACIC as stolen
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
At approximately 1530 hours on Monday May 2, 2016 Deputy Derick Bunn was dispatched to the lobby of the Sheriff's Office in reference to a missing person.
Upon arrival he made contact with Tina Bray and Cheyenne Collins. Tina stated that her daughter, Destiny Collins, had ran away from home. Tina stated that she left for work this morning at approximately 0630 hours and Cheyenne stated that she left this morning at approximately 0745 hours. Tina stated that Destiny said she was not going to school today because she did not feel good. Cheyenne stated that Destiny was at home when she left. Cheyenne stated that when she came home at approximately 1500 hours Destiny was not there and all of her property was gone.
Destiny Collins is described as a white female, age 17, 5’1” tall, 135 pounds, Blonde hair, and Hazel eyes with a fair complexion. It is unknown as to the type clothing she was wearing.
Anyone having any information as to the whereabouts of Destiny Dawn Collings please contact the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office at 870-777-6727 or call your local Law Enforcement Agency.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
The University of Arkansas at Hope-Texarkana is proud to announce that Miltja Jefferson has been awarded the Bridge Scholarship to attend the College. This award is $1,000 per academic year. Miltja is a graduate of Blevins High School. She is the daughter of Gloria and Milton Jefferson. Alyssa plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
May 1, 2016
At approximately 1812 hours on May 1, 2016 Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to 49 Nome Drive in reference to terroristic threatening.
While enroute he was advised that a Kayla Barker was waiting at the Nashville Police Department to speak with him. Upon arrival at the Nashville Police Department he made contact with Kayla. Kayla stated that her mother, Christine Barker, had threatened her and her husband, Tyler Whitlow, with a knife at 49 Nome Drive. She stated that she tried to walk into the house but Christine was sitting on the front stairs and wouldn't move out of the way when she asked her. She stated that when she tried walking by Christine she grabbed a large knife from the floor and pointed at Kayla. Kayla stated that Christine then told her to "get the f**k away from here or else, this is my house
Deputy Sorensen went to 49 Nome drive and made contact with Christine Barker. When I asked her what happened after that she wouldn't tell me anything specific. Christine had a hard time staying on subject while Deputy Sorensen was talking to her she would not give him specific answers regarding my questions. Deputy Sorensen then placed Christine under arrest for Terroristic Threatening in the first degree. She was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center where she was booked in on those charges.
May 1, 2016
On May 1, 2016 at approximately 1401 hours Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to a disturbance around the 600 block of Hempstead 11. Dispatch advised me that a subject called and stated that her son's girlfriend tried to burn the house down and attempted to stab him.
Upon arrival at 595 Hempstead 11 Deputy Sorensen made contact with John Witcher. John told Deputy Sorensen that his girlfriend, Andrea Ballard, tried to stab him with a kitchen knife. John also stated that Andrea told him that she was going to cut his throat when he was sleeping while holding the knife. John stated that before this happened he and Andrea got into an argument and she attempted to set the house on fire. John said that Andrea took a butane torch and light it and stuck it to the back of the residence. John said that Andrea told him that she would burn the house down.
John said Andrea grabbed a kitchen knife and started trying to stab him with the knife John also advised that during the argument Andrea hit him several times.
Deputy Sorensen then spoke with a witness who said. That he was with John and Andrea when they started fighting. And saw Andrea attempt to stab John with the kitchen knife. Witness stated that Andrea told John that she would cut his throat while he was sleeping.
Deputy Sorensen recovered the knife and butane/torch bottle the victim then showed Deputy a burn mark on the Northeast side of the residence. John told Deputy Sorensen that this was the spot where Andrea stuck the torch to the residence at. Deputy Sorensen located a black handle kitchen knife laying in the yard and collected it for evidence.
Deputy Sorensen arrested Andrea Ballard and transported her to the Hempstead County Detention Center for the charges of Aggravated Assault, Terroristic Threatening 1st, and Domestic Battery 3rd. and is now awaiting a first court appearance.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff
Horse Riding Accident
May 1, 2016
At approximately 1709 hours on May 1, 2016 Deputy Sorensen was dispatched to 541 Hempstead 11 in reference to a Medical Emergency. Dispatch advised me that all she had been told by the caller was that they needed an ambulance as soon as possible.
Upon arrival he made contact with Allen Young and Justin Schobey They stated that Wesley Schobey had been riding horses when the one he was riding bucked and fell on top of him. They stated that he couldn't remember anything that had happened. Pafford EMS arrived on scene at approximately the same time as the deputy and started administering medical assistance to Wesley. Pafford EMS the called for Life net to airlift Wesley to Saint Michaels in Texarkana. Life net then arrived on scene and transported Wesley for his injuries.
Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property
April 30, 2016
At approximately 1530 hours on April 30, 2016 Deputy Luke Sorensen was dispatched to the 700 block of Hempstead 185 at the Moonshine Cemetery in reference to a breaking or Entering.
Upon arrival he made contact with Edward Yarbrough of Mabelvale, Arkansas stated that his sister noticed that their cabins at the cemetery had been broken into. He stated that she had cleaned up the small cabin in the front of the clearing and put a board over the broken window before he had arrived.
Mr. Yarbrough showed me Cabin A which was closest to the front of the clearing. Deputy Sorensen observed the front window had been covered up with plastic and a board. Victim stated that It appeared they broke the front window and climbed through to open the door. Victim stated that from Cabin A he was missing
" 1-55 Gallon drum that had been converted into a deer feeder
" 4- Coleman propane lanterns
" 2- White plastic shelves
" As well as 4 treated oak beams that were located in front of cabin A, he stated that they were twenty feet long and approximately 7 inches by 14 inches wide.
Victim stated that the cabins have been broken into several times before, they just haven't reported it. He then showed the deputy cabin B which was in the middle of the clearing, it had not been broken into and showed no signs of them attempting to gain entrance to it. Victim then showed deputy Sorensen Cabin C which is in the back of the clearing in the Woodline. The front window of Cabin C had been broken out. Victim stated that when he looked at it the locks on the window were undone, where they are usually kept locked. Victim stated that the door was unlocked when he saw it. It appeared that they broke the window and gained access to the house via the window. He stated that the items he noticed missing from cabin C were as follows
" 1- Kerosene heater of unknown make or model
" 2 Coleman propane lanterns
" 1- principal brand 27" tower fan
" 1- fish fryer of unknown make or model.
April 30, 2016
On April 30, 2016 at approximately 1127 hours Deputy Matt Dunham was contacted by dispatch and advised that Austin Corn, of Texarkana, wanted a Deputy to meet him at the Blevins Red-E-Mart in reference to his four wheeler being stolen at Hillarosa.
Upon arrival he made contact with Austin Corn who stated that someone stole his Polaris Ranger. Austin said that he was riding with a group of friends that he just met. Austin told me that he decided to go home when it started storming.
Austin stated that he left his ATV and 16 foot trailer in the camp area that they were staying at. Austin said that he took the key with him. Austin told deputy Dunham that he left around 2000 hours. And that when he went back this morning he could not locate his ATV or trailer.
Austin described the ATV as a 2015 model Polaris Ranger, 900XP, white in color. Austin said that the ATV has a custom white paint job and white speakers on it. Austin stated that there is also a decal that says "ICEE" on the back of the ATV Austin also told me that the ATV has discover truck tires on it. The Polaris Ranger entered into NCIC as stolen.
April 29, 2016
On April 29, 2016 at approximately 1146 hours deputies were dispatched to a vacant house that was on fire in the 700 block of Hempstead 27 South.
Upon arrival at 565 Hempstead 27 South Bingen Fire Department was on scene putting the fire out. The residence was a total loss. . Deputies walked around the residence to see if they could locate any evidence of someone setting the fire. And were unsuccessful in locating anything, there were several trees that were close to the residence. On this day there were several thunderstorms with lighting.
The owner stated that there was no electricity to the residence said that he believes lighting may have started the fire.
April 29, 2016
At approximately 1709 hours on April 29, 2016 Deputy Luke Sorensen was dispatched to 136 Cameron Hills in reference to a possible fire caused by lightning strike.
Upon arrival made contact with Pat Chambless. Who stated that she was sitting in her house when she heard a lightning strike that sounded like it hit her house. She stated that she thought it had struck the house as it knocked the power out as well. Southeast Volunteer Fire Department had already arrived on scene and Hope Water and Light arrived on scene shortly after Deputy Sorensen’s arrival. They advised that everything was fine and that there was no visible damage to the house. They stated that it appeared the lightning had struck a tree near the house and that was what Pat had heard.
April 29, 2016
At approximately 1920 hours on 04/29/16 Sgt. Jim Bush was dispatched to (Hillarosa ATV Park) 6252 Highway 29 North in reference to a domestic disturbance. The Victim, a 29 year old female of Broken Bow, Ok, stated that she went with her fiancé to the Hillarosa ATV Park
Victim met Sgt. Bush at the front gates of the ATV Park she advised me that she got into an argument with her Fiancé’ and he told her to get all of her property out of his truck. She stated that she started getting her property and he got mad because she was not doing it fast enough and started throwing her property into the mud. She stated that she pushed him away and he pushed her back. She stated that he then got on his four-wheeler and rode off somewhere. Victim stated that she did not have any injuries and was not worried about trying to pursue any charges Sgt. Bush did not observe any injuries or anything that would indicate that the fight between her and her fiancé’ was any worse that she was
Telling the Deputy.
James A. Singleton, Sheriff