Monthly Archives: October 2018

FCSO Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is approaching, and we expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. It is a good idea to review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventure.

  1. Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren’t too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials.
  2. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant.
  3. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
  4. Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be dangerous when kids are crossing streets and going up and down stairs.
  5. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their candy bags too.
  6. Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision. Children should carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  7. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles.
  8. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located.
  9. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on.
  10. As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc.
  11. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult can examine them.
  12. Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.

For more Halloween safety tips, please visit https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips.

With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Searcy Halloween Stuff

Due to forecast rain on Halloween night, Main Street Searcy has announced that outside trick-or-treating activities scheduled for downtown Searcy will not be taking place. However, there are alternative plans for indoor activities throughout the community.

Zion Climbing Center (118 N. Spruce) is having a night climb from 5-11 pm and the Searcy Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting carnival games and trick-or-treating activities at Zion from 5-7. First Baptist Church (105 S. Spring) is moving their annual Trunk-or-Treat inside the church from 5-7. Attendees should enter the doors near the office on the corner of Spruce and Pleasure Streets. The Searcy Public Library (113 E. Pleasure) will have fun and games in the library from 3:30-5. The Rialto Theater (100 W. Race) will be showing “Hotel Transylvania 3” at 4:30 for the $1.00 matinee price and again at 6:30 for $3.00; Stephen King’s “It” will be shown at 9 for $3.00. All movie-goers will get one free popcorn per person on Halloween night.

In addition to downtown indoor activities, kids can trick-or-treat at all 3 Searcy fire stations (501 W. Beebe-Capps, 800 Golf Course Drive and 2612 W. Beebe-Capps) from 6-8. The Wal-Mart Vision Center located in the Supercenter will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters from 3-7. Valley Baptist Church (3328 Highway 36 West) is having their Fall Festival with games, inflatables and trick-or-treating from 6-7:30. Visitors should enter the His Kids building located on the west side of the church.

Crain Media is moving their annual costume contest to the Internet. Contestants can go to Z100.7 and KWCK99.9 on Facebook, find the costume contest post and comment with a picture in costume. Participants need to give their names and where contestants are from for a chance to win prizes from Marco’s Pizza and Rib Crib. Winners will be announced Wednesday.

“Tucker Creek Trick-or-Treat”

“Tucker Creek Trick-or-Treat” will take place Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Conway Expo Center (2505 E Oak Street, Conway). Presented by Conway Regional Health System and TriTechne, the event marks the third Off The Clock event hosted by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce in 2018. “Tucker Creek Trick-or-Treat” will feature family-friendly activities such as The Reserve at Tucker Creek Kid’s Costume Contest, the Hounds’ Hideaway Pet Costume Contest, Crain Buick/GMC/Kia cars on display, music from Palmer Music Company and lots of candy and fun activities thanks to Sherwood Urgent Care, NextHome Local Realty Group, Second Baptist Church, City Church, Summit Church, United Methodist Churches of Conway and Central Baptist Church. Participating restaurants include Stoby’s, Sonic, Andy’s Frozen Custard, On The Border, Chick-Fil-A, Las Delicias and Smoothie King, who will all provide sample-sized servings to the trick-or-treaters.

The event is free to the public. No RSVP is needed. Contact Ed Linck for more information at ed@conwayarkansas.org.

Area Halloween Happenings

The Independence County Library will host a Harry Potter themed Halloween party for area teens on Wednesday, October 31st from 3 to 6 pm. The party will be free, and will be open to teens age 13 to 19. There will be food, games, crafts, a costume contest, and other activities.

Due to the rain forecast, Beebe’s Trunk or Treat on Main will now be held in conjunction with the Trunk or Treat indoor event being hosted by the Beebe First United Methodist Church. Participating Merchants may set up at the church starting at 4:30pm. The church’s Trunk or Treat event begins at 6:00pm tonight and lasts until the candy runs out.   MORE

Trick-Or-Treating Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

Trick or Treating

Some Halloween costumes and decorations are meant to be scary, but Arkansans can take certain precautions to avoid unnecessary scares this year. Various activities surrounding Halloween are often distractions to important measures we can all take to keep our children and night free from danger.

Arkansas SBA Lending Rises By 5% In 2018

SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved more than $214 million in loans to Arkansas small businesses for Fiscal Year 2018, a 5% increase over the previous year’s loan amounts. The federal government’s FY 2018 runs from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

Child Pornography Arrest

Kenneth Moore

Arkansas State Police say a Hoxie man pretended to be a 29-year-old woman named “Kelsey” in order to procure child pornography from unsuspecting boys.

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