(Little Rock) (AP) – Television ads opposing two ballot measures in Arkansas are getting drowned out by the blitz surrounding the U.S. Senate race and state-level matchups, according to a study that shows relatively little spending on spots promoting initiative campaigns.
A study released Thursday shows that groups opposing a measure to expand alcohol sales statewide and another that would ease term limits for legislators in exchange for new ethics rules have spent nearly $374,000 to run TV ads about 800 times on Arkansas airwaves.
The study by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity says that amounts to spending of 18 cents per eligible voter.
The spending is paltry compared to the millions that have gone toward ads running in the heated and nationally watched U.S. Senate race.
(Ava) – An Ava resident suffered minor injuries after a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning in Douglas County.
The accident happened at 5:35 AM on Route 5, about 5 miles south of Ava, when the southbound vehicle driven by 34-year-old Brittany Huff of Ava struck a deer in the roadway.
Huff refused treatment at the scene, according to a report from the Highway Patrol.
(West Plains) – After a major rain delay, the Junction Hill Booster Club has officially rescheduled their Zombie Run 5K Run/Walk event this Saturday, October 25, starting at 6:30 PM at the Junction Hill School.
Miranda Brotherton with the Junction Hill Booster Club spoke with Ozark Radio News and told us more about the event:
For more information or to get a registration form call the Junction Hill School at 417-256-4265 or visit www.junctionhill.k12.mo.us.
(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs Superintendent Dr. Derrick Hutsell told Ozark Radio News that after the parent-teacher conferences this past week, the district is moving forward into the next semester, adding that he’s thankful for all of the parents who came out:
Hutsell also added that the district is working on finishing the preschool building project. The preschool is currently using space in the former MoDOT District 9 offices.
(West Plains) – AmVets Post 98 of West Plains will be holding a Halloween party at the end of this month. Jim Antoine with the Post says the party will feature a number of events:
AmVets Post 98 is located on County Road 6070 in West Plains.
(West Plains) – The Hutton Valley Neighborhood Watch will have their annual Soup and Chili Supper on Tuesday, October 28 at the Hutton Valley Schoolhouse.
The event, which will feature soups, chilis and desserts, will be held from 5-7 PM.
The Hutton Valley Schoolhouse is located on County Road 2980 near Willow Springs off of U Highway.
For information you can contact Jackie Hinds at 417-469-2420 or 417-274-4747 or Chester Godsy at 417-469-2193 or 417-252-4512.
(Jefferson City) – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all state government buildings in Oregon County be flown at half-staff on Friday, October 24 in honor of Fire Chief Eddie J. Johnson Jr., of the Alton Fire Department.
The 45-year-old fire chief and Alton Police officer died on Oct. 20 while serving the citizens of the Alton Fire Department. He also was an Oregon County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy.
Under Gov. Nixon’s order, U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in Oregon County will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on October 24 the day the funeral services for Fire Chief Johnson will take place.
(Little Rock) (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton’s campaign says he raised nearly $1 million over the first two weeks of the month in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.
Cotton’s campaign said Wednesday he’ll report raising roughly $985,000 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 in his pre-election campaign finance report, which is due Thursday. Cotton’s campaign said he spent more than $2.1 million during the same period and has more than $1.7 million in the bank.
Cotton’s race against Pryor is one of the most heated in the country, and is key to Republicans’ efforts to win a majority in the Senate. The two rivals and outside groups have spent more than $50.5 million on the race, according to the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation.
(Little Rock) (AP) – U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made disaster declarations for farmers in two Arkansas counties that suffered losses and damage due to high winds and hail that occurred on Oct. 7.
Responding to requests from Gov. Mike Beebe, Vilsack issued the primary county disaster declarations in Craighead and Mississippi counties. Additionally, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, and Poinsett counties were named as contiguous disaster counties.
Qualifying farmers will be eligible for federal aid – including emergency loans. Officials say farmers who feel they may qualify for the federal aid should contact their local Farm Service Agency office.
(Jefferson City) (AP) – Gov. Jay Nixon is seeking a federal disaster declaration for 20 northern Missouri counties that were raked by severe storms last month.
Nixon said Wednesday that the storm system on Sept. 9-10 spawned high winds that damaged schools and other public buildings and dumped heavy rains that caused widespread flooding.
The governor said an assessment showed extensive damage to roads, bridges and low-water crossings on streets. At one point, 70 different roads were closed because of flooding.
If approved, the disaster declaration would allow federal reimbursements for the costs of responding to and repairing public infrastructure and buildings.
The request covers the counties of Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Ralls, Shelby, Sullivan and Worth.