Monthly Archives: December 2017

CAPCA Needs Boxes


The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas needs your boxes.

During this time of year everyone is swarmed with boxes, boxes and more boxes.  CAPCA needs those boxes to fill with food for our community members.

Christmas Homicide In Lonoke County

Richard Gilliam

At approximately 12:23am On December 25th, the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on Johnson Road, in Scott in reference to a shooting.

When deputies arrives they located two individuals that had been shot and one of them was deceased. The deputies quickly learned that there was a female possibly missing from the residence.

FSIS Reaches Key Milestones In Protecting Public Health

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced key 2017 achievements in protecting public health, preventing foodborne illness and promoting confidence in the U.S. food supply.

In 2017, FSIS inspected more than 155 million head of livestock and 9.45 billion poultry carcasses.  FSIS Inspectors also conducted 6.9 million food safety and food defense procedures across 6,500 regulated establishments to ensure that meat, poultry and processed egg products was safe and wholesome.

“FSIS’ dedicated public servants take their public health mission seriously and work tirelessly to prevent foodborne illness,” said Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg. “The U.S. food safety inspection system is the most reliable and trusted in the world and we will continue to earn that trust by protecting public health and modernizing systems and processes.”    MORE

Ground Beef Products Recall

WASHINGTON PFP Enterprises LLC, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers, a Fort Worth, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 7,570 pounds of ground beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The products contain soy, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The raw, frozen, ground beef items were produced on Sept. 28, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels(PDF only)]

  • 40-lb. cases containing four 10-lb. bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4013 and Patterson Food Processors printed on the label.
  • 10-lb. cases containing two 5-lb. bags of “85/15 Ground Beef Bulk” with item code 4012 and Patterson Food Processors printed on the label.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34715” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor and institutional locations in Texas.   MORE

John Deere Agriculture Equipment Scholarships Awarded

Several students were awarded John Deere Agriculture Equipment Technology scholarships to attend Arkansas State University-Beebe. Funding for the scholarships was provided by John Deere Company through the John Deere College Partnership Managers Office.

Jon-Daniel Boudreau of Medina, TN, has been awarded the Outstanding John Deere Ag Tech Scholarship for $1,000. This scholarship is awarded in the spring semester of the sophomore year to the student with the highest overall Grade Point Average (GPA) over 3.0 and the highest GPA in the John Deere courses. Sponsored by Tennessee Tractor of Brownsville TN, Boudreau has a GPA of 4.0.

Recipients of the John Deere Ag Tech $500 scholarships, based on an overall GPA of 3.0, were Lane Stroh of Dewitt and Pete Bell of Marked Tree. These students are sponsored by Greenway Dealership.

Other recipients of the $500 scholarships include Dustin Diebold of Dresden, TN, sponsored by Tennessee Tractor Dealership; Austin Cole Daves of Newellton, LA; Zachary Hunter Stafford of Shreveport, LA; and John Thompson of Swartz, LA, sponsored by Goldman Equipment Dealership.

The John Deere Ag Tech program is a regional program and is one of 21 John Deere Technology cooperative partnerships in North America. Students in the John Deere Ag Tech program learn to repair agricultural equipment with courses in various components of the machinery, such as diesel engines, electrical systems, power trains, and hydraulics.

For more information about ASU-Beebe or programs offered, call (501) 882-3600, or visit the website at

Founded in 1927, Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System.  With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, the Little Rock Air Force Base, and online, the university offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry.  The Beebe campus also collaborates with Arkansas State, a four-year university in Jonesboro, to offer baccalaureate and graduate degrees on the Beebe campus. ASU-Beebe is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute for student success rates.

John Deere Agriculture Equipment Technology scholarship recipients are pictured, from left, as follows: John Thompson, Lane Stroh, Austin Cole Daves, Jon-Daniel Boudreau, Pete Bell, Zachary Hunter Stafford, and Dustin Diebold.

Pop Box Brings Subscriptions To Brick-And-Mortar

Pop Box, a retail store that opened in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in late October, serves as a showroom and discovery experience for shoppers to discover online brands during the holiday season, according to a company press release.

The first iteration, running through Dec. 24, features subscription boxes. The company touts the effort as “the first and only place in the U.S. that will feature subscription boxes, usually only found online, in one store where shoppers can see the contents of a box before they buy.”   MORE

5 Credit Card Trends For 2018

pile of credit cards

Your wallet might get heavier next year with more plastic and, in some cases, metal.

That’s because credit card issuers are taking steps to launch more cards with better benefits — all in the hope of enticing customers to thicken their credit card portfolios.

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