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Little Rock television anchor Anne Pressly died Saturday evening, six days after she was brutally assaulted at her Little Rock home, the Pulaski County coroner said. » Read more.


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After a festive day full of Homecoming activities, the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars remained undefeated with a 40-point win over the Eagles.  The Cougars improved to 7-0-1 overall and 5-0 in 5A-East conference play.  The Cougars will be at Cad Polk Stadium again this week to face the Nettleton Raiders.  A win by the Cougars clinches a home playoff game in the first round and will set up a showdown on November 7 against the Batesville Pioneers for the school's first outright conference title since the Truman admininstration.  Go Cougars!  Beat the Raiders.

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The dreams of a conference title have been vanquished for the Bears.  However, sitting at 6-2 the Bears can secure third place in the conference and a playoff berth with wins the next two weeks.  Quite a turnaround after being unable to finish the season last fall. 

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quandary \KWAHN-duh-ree; -dree\, noun:

A state of difficulty, perplexity, doubt, or uncertainty.

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Once or twice as I stood waiting there for things to accomplish themselves, I could not resist an impulse to laugh at my miserable quandary.
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Quandary is of unknown origin.

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Police Department Weekly DHR 10-27-08

      HELENA-WEST HELENA POLICE DEPARTMENT

"WE SERVE, WE CARE" 
 

DATE: OCTOBER 27, 2008

REPORTING DATES: OCTOBER 16-22, 2008

PREPARED BY: OFFICE MANAGER / RECORDS 

CRIME DATA 

Disturbance: 35

Burglary: 21

Stolen Vehicle: 00

Escort: 13

Alarm: 29

Call for Police: 15

Missing Person: 00 

COMMUNICATION CENTER:

CALL INTAKE:

CENTER: 622

911: 201

COLLECTIONS $3,316.50 

OFFICER CONTACTS:

Tickets: 46

Arrest: 12

Warrants: 18

Affidavit: 11

Reports: 36

Accidents: 06

Building Checks: 409

Officer Response / Contacts: 516   

TICKETS: (Target Violations)

D.W.I.: 01

Suspended D/L: 04

Possession of Control Substance: 00

Speeding: 14 

Loud Music: 06  

Seat Belt: 08

Stop Sign Violation: 05

Warning Tickets: 11 
 

OFFICERS /WEEKLY GAS REPORT:

TOTAL $1,917.00 

SPECIFIC WEEKLY REPORT:

COMMUNITY PROJECT / COMMUNITY CENTER

SENIOR CITIZEN CLUB OCTOBER 30

COMMUNITY PROJECT / RED RIBBON WEEK / CITY SCHOOLS

OCTOBER 28 & 29 

FUTURE WEEKY ACTIVITIES:

TRAINING / PART-TIME CLASS / NOVEMBER 10, 2008

TRAINING / PCCUA / OES / NOVEMBER 12, 2008  
 

VEHICLES / REPAIRS / FLEET MANAGEMENT:

UNIT 04 / REPAIR / TIRE RODS

UNIT 05 / REPAIR / OVER HEATING

UNIT 11 / REPAIR / TRANSMISSION

UNIT 15 / REPAIR / BODY SHOP

PATROL:

SHIFT 1/ TARGET AREAS:

07 DISTURBANCES

11 TRAFFIC STOPS

23 BUILDING CHECKS

12 CITATIONS 

SHIFT 2 / TARGET AREAS:

07 DISTURBANCES

06 WARRANTS (MISD)

01 DWI

106 BUILDING CHECKS 

SHIFT 3 / TARGET AREAS:

21 DISTURBANCES

03 MISD WARRANTS (SERVED)

18 TRAFFIC STOPS

28 CITATIONS

156 BUILDING CHECKS 

SHIFT 4 / TARGET AREAS:

20 DISTURBANCES

04 MISD (WARRANTS)

08 CITATIONS

17 TRAFFIC STOPS

124 BUILDING CHECKS 

SRT TEAM / SATURATION HIGH CRIME AREAS 

WARRANT/ COURT OFFICER

COURT / OCTOBER 16 & 17, 2008 OFFICER JOHN THOMAS COLLECTED $1,425.00 BOND AND FINES   
 

STAFF CONCERNS:

DISPATCH CENTER / DVD RECORDER FOR BOOKING ROOM

DISPATCH CENTER / EASTSIDE / COMPUTERS FOR COMMUNICATION LOG

CLERICAL / WARRANTS / SYSTEM FOR SCANNING (DOCUMENTS)

CLERICAL / FILE CABINETS

CLERICAL / WAITING AREA / SECURITY 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Landfill Weekly DHR 10-27-08

                     

        Weekly Department Head Meeting 

   Department: Helena West Helena Regional Landfill

 Date: October 27, 2008

 Prepared By: Bob Gaston 
 

 Specific Weekly Activities: 

 Employees Tommy and Larry come in at 6:30am to start equipment and                           do daily maintenance; Donna comes in at 7:00am and turns on computer.

 Terry arrives at 8:00am and checks his equipment and starts hauling dirt.

 Once Larry has the working face and road ready he lets Mary start sending trucks down. Donna weighs the trucks and sends the trucks to the cell. Once the truck has emptied the driver returns and is weighed. Mary prints a ticket and the driver comes in and signs the ticket, the driver receives a copy. Each truck goes through this process each time. Donna also does random inspections on a daily basis. As the waste is placed in the cell the process of compacting begins. We start lunches at 10:00 am and go thru 12:00. After lunch Terry begins placing dirt around the working face so we can cover. Trucks are allowed to enter landfill until 3:30pm. After the last truck is weighed out Mary begins adding tickets and balancing with the computer and printing reports.

 Donna is usually finished by 4:00pm. After the last truck leaves the process of finishing compacting and covering begin. This normally takes about one and half hours. Each day someone checks the leechate pumps and tanks. We have part time help to take care of litter, grass, office, scales, and other task. We maintain a daily maintenance log on all equipment and make sure hourly maintenance is maintained.

We work during all weather conditions and wet weather adds to the over time. Most weather damage repair is done on Sat. 
 

 Future Activities: 

  1. Work on drainage.
  2. Build clean-out pad.
  3. Seed bare spots on west side of closed cell.
  4. Building road for wet weather area.
  5. Check cost for leechate line.
  6. Training for cleaning heavy equipment.
  7. Working on waste stream report.
 
 

    Activities Completed: 

  1. Seeding complete.
  2. Quarterly DMR completed.
  3. Quarterly gas monitoring completed.
  4. Regular maintenance on Volvo and Dozers completed.
  5. Fire plug moved and water connected.
  6. Watering for seeded area complete.
  7. Report from PI completed.
  8. Weather road completed.
  9. Patched holes in front of scales.

     
     

    Staff Concerns/ Issues; 

  1. None

Weekly Code Enforcement Report

October 24, 2008

Code Enforcement Weekly Report

October 20– October 24, 2008

 

Department:   Code Enforcement

Date:                 October 24, 2008

Prepared by:  Joshua McIntosh & Patrick Allen

Code Enforcement Officers

 

Special Weekly Activities 10/20/08 – 10/24/08

 

·        Attended City Council Meeting- Joshua McIntosh

·        Joe McDonaugh- Complaint about tree stump off Poplar- Referred to Oscar

·        Meet with Andre

o       Kids for the Future

o       Next Condemnation

o       Eddie Schiffler regarding

·        West Helena Methodist Citation for 4th St. property

·        Indian Bay Property 1015 Franklin St- Lawn Care dispute should city cut ditch

·        Excessive number of dogs at 1208 N 4th St.

o       Overdue Invoices

o       Dog Ordinance

o       Code Enforcement and City limits

·        Delivered citation files to police department

·        106 Terry St.- Complaints about neighbor's dogs

·        113 Quapaw Trail –

o        Complaint regarding excessive vehicles parked

 

Complaints about Lawn Care

 

·        None

 

Cited Vehicle

 

·        None

 

Mailed Postcards

 

·        Lot 262 E1/2- Phillips Group LLC

·        191 Oakland Ave.-Willie Thompson

·        108 Moore Pl.- Doris Miller

·        215 Moore Pl.- Rose Stewart

·        512 Market St.- Bray Strickland

·        501/503 W.             Russell St.- Moses & Rosetta Medley

·        140 Nodaway PL.- Dusty & Teresa Patton

·        301 Porter- Bobby & Maggie Brown

·        414 Kentucky St.- Jessie & Mary Hollowell- 2nd Notice

·        208 Larry St.- Jerry Richardson

·        918 Alabama St.-Dusty Gayski

·        308 Valley Dr.- Joseph B Blundell III

·        412 N Sebastian-Crown Inn

 

Fuel

·        None

Mail

·        $28.38

Letters mailed

 

·        Old Little Rock Rd. -Sammie Fonzie

·        Jordan St.-

o       123-James Brown

o       121- William McKenzie

o       203 – Rafe Mitchell

o       119 –Andrew Williams

o       110- Vincent & Sandra Bell

·        406/408/410/412 Jefferson St.- Dorothy Harris

·        1133 Franklin St.- Benella Armstrong & Estella Baker

·        825 Alabama St.- Lonnie & Lillian Williams

·        118 Tennessee- Richard Hargraves

·        624 Biscoe- Gerald & Reginald Coleman

·        1040 Arkansas St. – Dorothy Buchanan

·        113/115 Baringo Ave-W & L Realty

·        407 W Russell St.- Bertha Lucas

·        Otis Dan Turner

o       1603 Sulphur Springs Rd

o       1009/1011 College St.

 

 

 

 

Lots with piles of debris

 

·        141 Center St.

·        138 S. 6th St.

·        727 Pecan St.

·        462 Washington St.

·        207 S. Sam St.

 

Approved Condemned House List-

 

·        None

 

Pending Condemned House List

 

·        1429 Holly St. – Carolyn Lockridge, 1605 Holly St. Helena AR 723421

·        837 Alabama St. – Tonya Lee

·        315 S 6th St.- Esselene Meiers

·        1022/1024 Poplar St.- Ridge Charles and Wanda- Property Sent to State

·        645 Seminole – Rochridge Hannah-

·        1128 Beech St.- Webster Ovie & Dorothy

·        121 N 4th St.- Johnny Adams & Ruth Bigham

·        401/403/405/407 Missouri St.- Alex Childs Jr.

·        228/230 Ponotoc St.- Elliott Watson

·        Valley Dr

o       410-Dave Henderson St.

o       407-Noble Franklin

o       510-David Braggs

 

Citation Issued

 

·        None

 

Future Weekly Activities

 

·        Get condemnation listing from Daily World

·        Locate all city property

·        Call North Little Rock Attorney regarding nuisance abatement program

·        DHHS- Ask about person that issues daycare permits

·        Continue addressing overgrown lots and dilapidated structures

·        Continue to mail out certified letters to property owners on overgrown lots and dilapidated structures.

·        More Focus on Vehicles out of compliance

·        More Focus on getting pictures before and after city does work on private property.

·        More Focus on Property Owners cutting property to street to include drain ditch

·        Planning Commission Meeting – October 15- Per Bernadette Messina

·        Focus on liens on property for outstanding Invoices

 

Follow-up Activities

 

·        Jane and Jordan St.

 

Staff Concerns

 

·              Property Maintenance & Zoning Testing –November 5, 2008 in Memphis

·              Blue Prince Code Enforcement Software-Getting pricing

·              AACE Conference – Oct 28-31


District Court Weekly DHR (10-24-08)


WEEKLY DEPARTMENT REPORT

(Period of October 17 - 23, 2008)

 

Department: Helena-West Helena District Court

Date: October 24, 2008

Prepared by: Linda Danley

 

SPECIFIC WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:

Oct. 17 - 23, 2008 - Processed civil and small claims actions as received; input traffic violations and criminal actions into court database in preparation for arraignment; and prepared scheduled traffic violations and criminal actions for bench trial.

 

Fri., Oct. 17, 2008 - Plea/Arraignment (9:00 A.M.)

Total number of cases scheduled - 389

 

Thurs., Oct. 23, 2008 (9:00 A.M.) - Bench Trial on Traffic Violations

Total number of cases scheduled - 18

 

Thurs., Oct. 23, 2008 (1:30 P.M.) - Bench Trial on Criminal Actions

Total number of cases scheduled - 33

 

---------------------------------------------------------------

Breakdown of Traffic and Criminal Actions

Resolved During the Period of Oct. 17 - 23, 2008

 

Jurisdiction: City of Helena-West Helena

Finding

Criminal

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

DM

8

 

1

9

G

37

 

66

103

NG

2

   

2

NP

9

1

18

28

TF

2

   

2

WR

2

   

2

TOTAL

60

1

85

146

 
Jurisdiction: Game & Fish

Finding

Juvenile

Total

G

2

2

TOTAL

2

2

 
Jurisdiction: Highway Police "Z" Tickets

Finding

Traffic

Total

G

3

3

NP

2

2

TOTAL

5

5

 
Jurisdiction: Phillips County

Finding

Criminal

Traffic

Total

DM

1

 

1

G

7

25

32

NP

7

8

15

TOTAL

15

33

48

 
ALL JURISDICTIONS

Finding

Criminal

Juvenile

Traffic

Total

DM

9

 

1

10

G

44

2

94

140

NG

2

   

2

NP

16

1

28

45

TF

2

   

2

WR

2

   

2

TOTAL

75

3

123

201

 
KEY:

DM - Dismissed

NP - Nolle Prosequi

G - Guilty

TF - Transferred

NG - Not Guilty

WR - Warrant Recalled

 


-------------------------------------------------------------------------

JAIL ROSTER

(Period of October 17 - 23, 2008)

 

Defendant

Docket #

Arrest

Date

Release/

Sent. Date

Status/

Disposition

Baker, Vaughn

CR-07-2559

CR-07-3270

10/10/08

10/23/08

Trial on 10/23/08. Finding of guilty. Ordered to pay fines+cost totaling $410. Given credit for time served. Sentenced to probation for 1 year.

Hudson, Raymond Sr.

CR-07-2937

CR-07-3052

CR-08-922

10/14/08

10/17/08

Plea of guilty. Ordered to pay fines+cost totaling $205 and to serve out old fines+cost in jail.

Jefferson, Melvin

CR-07-3135

CR-07-3297

TR-08-1599

TR-08-1600

CR-08-1594

CR-08-1595

CR-08-1631

CR-08-1632

CR-08-2875

CR-08-2876

CR-08-2877

CR-08-2878

CR-08-2879

CR-08-2880

CR-08-2881

CR-08-2882

09/16/08

 

Plea of not guilty entered on 10/03/08. Cases set for 10/30/08.

Porter, Lloyd Henry

CR-08-3895 CR-08-3896

10/11/08

10/17/08

Plea of guilty. Ordered to pay fines+cost totaling $510. Sentenced to 6 months probation.

Thompson, Alfonsa

CR-08-3994

CR-08-3995

CR-08-3998

10/22/08

 

Set for plea on 10/24/08.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------


FUTURE WEEKLY ACTIVITIES:
•Thurs., October 30, 2008 (9:00 a.m.) Bench Trials on Traffic Violations
•Thurs., October 30, 2008 (1:30 p.m.) Bench Trials on Criminal Actions
•Fri., October 31, 2008 (9:00 a.m.) - Plea/Arraignment
•Thurs., Nov. 20 and Fri., Nov. 21, 2008 - No court. (District Court Clerk's meeting - Eureka Springs, AR)
•Thurs., Nov. 27 and Fri., Nov. 28,2008 - No court (Thanksgiving Holiday)
 
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES:
• Enter dispositions into court database of cases brought before the court on Fri., October 24, 2008 (Plea Day) until completed.
 
• Process civil and small claims actions as they are received.
 
• Input new citations and criminal actions as they are received from the Records Department into database in preparation for court.
 
• Prepare pending actions for trial. 
 
 
STAFF CONCERNS/ISSUES
:
• Server for the court database system.
• One clerk currently out on sick leave.




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Oct. 24, 2008

Getting Our Priorities Straight

By Pete Johnson

Impoverished regions such as the Delta face formidable challenges as they attempt to become more competitive in the knowledge-based economy of the new century. We must, of course, improve our inadequate physical infrastructure, with major improvements needed in areas ranging from roads to airports to the ports along our rivers. Realizing the crying need to enhance the region's infrastructure, the Delta Regional Authority completed its Delta Development Highway System plan last year while finishing work earlier this year on a multimodal plan for the region.

It's about much more than roads and ports, though. Those in the Delta must also focus on the rapidly changing face of technology. Never having made substantial investments in earlier technologies, impoverished regions sometimes are more free to fully embrace new systems, ideas and products. This has happened in parts of India and Kenya. It happened in the former East Germany. And it can happen in the Delta. The fact is that we can operate differently and more creatively than ever before. But we're going to have to change our priorities while understanding that modern economic development is about far more than opening industrial parks and business parks on the edge of town. The old models of economic development will no longer suffice.

For one thing, broadband internet access is critical these days to economic advancement. In the transportation realm, we've learned that highway corridors function best when we anticipate development patterns, not when we try to create them. There are too many communities in our region that assume that four-lane access will automatically generate jobs. That's not the case. The information technology revolution of the past few decades has permanently altered this country's economic and social environments. To be all that we can be, the people of the Delta must embrace these information technology applications.

The DRA's plan for information technology, known as iDelta, was released last year and can be found at our website at www.dra.gov. That plan drew three fundamental conclusions:

1. The accessibility, awareness and utilization of broadband infrastructure and resources are necessities for individual, business, government and institutional success.

2. The 252 counties and parishes served by the DRA generally trail other parts of the country in accessibility, awareness and utilization of broadband infrastructure and resources.

3. The DRA is the ideal organization to play a lead role in assembling and distributing resources for information technology in the region.

The iDelta plan further notes that local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations should work together to:

-- Augment the expansion of health-care access to all Delta residents through the use of information technology. Telehealth applications should include basic and specialized clinical services, professional continuing education for providers and improved medical practice management.

-- Ensure that all Delta residents have access to broadband internet while giving them the training needed to operate in the knowledge-based environment of the 21st century.

-- Improve the awareness of Delta residents of the value of technology to their economic future.

-- Ensure that the proper resources are available for those residents to achieve success.

-- Support the use of distance education capabilities in all schools.

-- Support the training of the personnel needed to manage those distance learning operations.

-- Enhance workforce development by providing all adults access to training in computer literacy and business practices such as e-commerce and entrepreneurship.

-- Develop and maintain advanced websites that provide information and services to citizens.

We already have good models to follow in our region. In Kentucky, for example, the ConnectKentucky organization develops and implements strategies for technology deployment, use and literacy. Its mission is to accelerate the growth of technology in support of community and economic development, improved health care, enhanced education and more effective government.

In a recent column in the Todd County Standard in Kentucky, Ryan Craig wrote: "It is time to make technology a priority. It is time for us to leapfrog into the future, and that might mean supporting a way to pay for high-speed service that is affordable for all of the people of Todd County. It also might be time to put pressure on those who are in campaigns to either capture or recapture an elected office. ... Those who want to be our U.S. senator, our U.S. representative, our state senator or our state representative need to be put on notice that the future is now. It is time for our priorities to be focused on health, technology and making Todd County a place that will attract a better kind of economic development. How do we make it happen? We stop hoping against all hope that something will fall out of the sky and put in place a future we all can be proud of."

Ryan could be speaking for any of our 252 counties and parishes. The times have changed when it comes to community and economic development. We must get our priorities straight.

Pete Johnson of Clarksdale, Miss., is the federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. He was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2001.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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