Monthly Archives: March 2018

UAMS Sets April Adult Computer Classes

LITTLE ROCK — Two computer class — Computer Basics and Intermediate Computers — and two computer workshops — One-on-One Computer Support and Mail Merge — will be taught in April for adults at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

The courses will be presented by the Little Rock Digital Learning Center, a nonprofit volunteer group. Courses begin April 2. The schedule is:

  • One-on-One Computer Support, April 2-30, Call for appointment.
  • Computer Basics, Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3-19, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Intermediate Computers, Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3-19, 1-3 p.m.
  • Mail Merge, April 24 & 26, 1-3 p.m.

Course fee for three- and four-week classes is $60, including a manual, and ranges from $20 to $35 for workshops depending on the number of sessions and whether a manual is included. Classes are in Room 2156 at the UAMS Institute on Aging, 629 Jack Stephens Drive.

For more information and to register for classes, call (501) 603-1262, email or visit

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,834 students, 822 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

Izard County Arrests

According to Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley on March 19, Gretchin Leigh Stamper age 43 of Calico Rock was arrested by Deputy Jaden Whitfield for DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Stamper was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and bonded on a $820 bond. Stamper is scheduled to appear in Izard County District court on March 26.

On March 22, Russell Dillon Isbell age 28 of Melbourne was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for 2nd degree assault on a family or household member and possession of drug paraphernalia. Isabell is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center waiting to see the judge. Isbell is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on April 26.

On March 22, Valine Idell Griffin age 33 of Melbourne was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for disorderly conduct and domestic battering 3rd degree. Griffin was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and bonded on a $500 bond. Griffin is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on April 26.

On March 22, Kathryn Rene Reeves age 54 of Franklin was arrested by Deputy Geoffrey Watts for resisting arrest and terroristic threatening 1st degree. Reeves was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and given an OR bond. Reeves is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on April 26.

On March 20, Haleigh Nicole Ables age 18 of Evening shade was charged with theft of property. Ables bonded on a $200 cash bond. Ables is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on April 12.

On March 25, Tiffany Kathleen Harris age 26 of Franklin was charged with theft of property. Harris was given an OR bond. Harris is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on April 12.

Searcy Drug Bust Street Value $133,800

Searcy Drug Bust

On March 29, 2018 Central Arkansas Drug Task Force with the assistance of the Searcy Police Department’s SRT team executed a search warrant at 300 Clinic Street Apartment # 4 in Searcy. 24-year old Kershon Dwane Davis, of Searcy, was located inside the residence and placed into custody.

During the search Investigators located approximately 1,785 grams of Marijuana, 465.6 grams of Methamphetamine, 60 grams of Cocaine, 1,913 Xanax pills, 935 Ecstasy pills, 54 grams of Mushrooms, 2 Acid “hits”, 4 loaded firearms and 522.00 in US Currency. The drugs have an estimated street value of approximately 133,800.00 dollars.

Davis was transported to the White County Detention Center where he was charged with 2 counts of Trafficking of a Controlled Substance, 4 Counts of Possession of Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Criminal Use of a Communication Device and Maintaining a Drug Premise Within 1000 feet of a school. No bond was set pending first appearance.

Investigators will submit a case file to the prosecuting attorney’s office for filing of formal charges. This case is still under investigation and additional arrests may be pending, based on information gathered at the scene.

Kershon Davis

AFR Brokerage LLC And Antron F. Ramey

Arkansas Securities Commissioner, B. Edmond Waters, issues a press release in connection with a cease and desist order entered against AFR Brokerage LLC and Batesville resident, Antron F. Ramey, for violations of the Arkansas Securities Act, including unregistered broker-dealer and agent activity as well as securities fraud.

If anyone has any information regarding these fraudulent actions or feel you have fell victim to a possible scam regarding the information below, you are encouraged to contact Lieutenant Kyle Williford with the Batesville Police Department at 870-569-8111.   MORE


Panel To Discuss Importance Of News In Democracy

Jonesboro, AR – The Arkansas State University Department of Media and the Arkansas Humanities Council will gather a panel of experts to talk about the media and the future and relevance of journalism in our democracy.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the ASU-TV Studio, located on the first floor of the Education-Communications Building on the campus of Arkansas State. The program will be recorded and aired on ASU-TV at a later date.

The Arkansas Humanities Council was awarded a grant to conduct the program from the Federation of State Humanities Council’s “Democracy and The Informed Citizen” project, which was funded by the Pulitzer Prize and the Mellon Foundation. The event in Jonesboro is one of four discussions in a series being held throughout the state.

“In the age of fake news and other distractions in the news these days, it is important to have a conversation about the true principles of journalism that make up real news,” said Paul Austin, executive director of the Council.

Rex Nelson, senior editor and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will moderate the panel.

Other panelists include William McLean, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science; LaQuita Saunders, assistant professor of history and co-director of the Pre-Law Center; and Sandra Combs, associate professor of multimedia journalism and adviser to the ASU Herald. Combs is also a former editorial board member for the Detroit News and Oakland Press in Pontiac, Mich.

Together, they will discuss the future of journalism, its role in the local community, and what news literacy is in the era of fake news.

Which Casual Dining Chain Has The Most Loyal Customers?

Many casual dining brands have suffered in recent years largely because the market has gotten crowded. Consumers have to choose between the low prices offered at fast food establishments, the higher-end food at many fast-casual chains, and getting table service at a casual chain.

That has resulted in longtime leaders like Dine BrandsGlobal‘s (NYSE: DIN) Applebee’s and Brinker International‘s (NYSE: EAT) Chili’s closing locations. Part of the reason that happened is that in going after new customers, both chains lost sight of their most-loyal visitors.     MORE

Arkansas River Traffic Through February Lowest Since 2011

High levels on the Arkansas River brought on by heavy rainfall early in the year has caused a decline in barge activity.

According to information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers, traffic in February on the Arkansas River (McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System) totaled 849,624 tons.

That’s down 4.8% from January, and a 17% drop through the first two months, compared to the same two-month period of 2017.    MORE

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