Sunday, February 01, 2015

Murfreesboro Diamond

Post date: Jan 28 2015 - 11:58am
GLENWOOD – For those that wish to help a local girl with some serious medical issues, several options currently exist. 
Brinlee Bean, two-year-old daughter of Brandon and Traci Bean, recently had a tumor removed from her kidney. Additionally, her kidney is failing, and she is currently undergoing dialysis.
People that wish to help out immediately can visit www.gofundme.com/BrinleeBean, a online fundraiser that was started for the family, and features updates about Brinlee and her condition.
Additionally, donations may be deposited locally at First National Bank in Glenwood into the Brinlee Bean Bass Tournament Fund. All proceeds from the donations will go directly to Brinlee’s medical expenses.
The bass tournament will be held on March 7 on Lake Greeson at SWAHA Marina outside Murfreesboro from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Entry fee for the event is $100, with payouts of $4,500 for first place, $2,000 for second place, $1,000 for third place, $750 for fourth place, $500 for fifth place and for the tournament’s big bass, as well as prizes for sixth through tenth places.
Tournament organizers state that the payouts for the tournament have already been covered, so any monies collected hereafter will go directly to the family.
It is asked that no professional fisherman that entered a FLW or B.A.S.S. tournament in the last year participate. Tournament entries – with name, phone number and entry fee -- can be mailed to P.O. Box 830, Glenwood, AR 71943 and that entrants will start (their “take off” number) in the order in which their entry was received. 
A benefit dinner and auction for Bean will occur on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Caddo Hills High School Cafeteria. The dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., will be by donation and a live action will follow at 6:45 p.m.
Benefit organizers ask “please come out and support the family; join us for a night of fun to raise money for a special little girl.”
Additionally, a Browning XBolt 243 rifle will be raffled off, with tickets costing $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.
For more information about the bass tournament, the benefit or to purchase raffle tickets on the rifle, call Brandon Vines (870) 828-1737 or Greg Fagan (870) 356-8934.
Post date: Jan 28 2015 - 11:52am
PIKE COUNTY -- After multiple calls and reports to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department involving alleged sexual contact with juveniles, a Pike County man is behind bars on charges of sexual assault.
Twenty-three-year-old Kelly Harris of Murfreesboro is currently being housed at the Pike County Detention Facility on a $50,000 bond for sexual assault in the fourth degree.
The charges came after a citizen called the Arkansas Department of Human Services Crime Against Children Hotline on Jan. 8 reporting an alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl who had returned to school from winter break “bragging” about the alleged sexual incident that occurred during the New Year’s holiday.
 
Read more about this story in this week's Murfreesboro Diamond and Glenwood Herald.
Post date: Jan 28 2015 - 11:43am
MURFREESBORO -- An early morning raid led in the arrest of four people and allowed twenty grams of methamphetamines to be confiscated.
Officers with the South Central Drug Task Force, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Murfreesboro Police Department and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission executed a search warrant on a residence located on Saline Church Road between Murfreesboro and Delight Sunday morning.
Officers found twenty grams of methamphetamine that was packaged for sale, with an approximate street value of $2,000, a loaded .25 ACP caliber handgun, $3,700 in cash and various items of drug paraphernalia.
Those arrested in the raid were 51-year-old Pamela McKinnon, 58-year-old Gerald McKinnon, 20-year-old Jeremy Smith and 48-year-old Clyde Brown.
Both of the McKinnons have been charged with maintaining a drug premises. 
Smith has been charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, more than two grams but less than ten grams, with a purpose to deliver; possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining drug premises.
Brown has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, more than ten grams but less than two hundred grams, with a purpose to deliver; possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug premises. 
 
Post date: Jan 28 2015 - 11:33am
Heather Grabin
Editor, Murfreesboro Diamond
 
MURFREESBORO-For the first time in eighteen years a new county judge presided over the county’s Quorum Court meeting Monday night.
New Pike County Judge Dewight Mack and new JP’s David Sirmon, Robbie Crocker and Jerry Fendley all took their chairs at the table.
After the reading of the County General fund balances by County Treasurer Loletia Rather, JP Paul Baker questioned warrants paid of approximately $351,000. Pike County Clerk Sandy Campbell explained that the number was higher than usual due to the county having three pay periods last December and that the county offices had ordered supplies for this year.
JP Ed Jones questioned voided checks of $110,000. Campbell explained that the money was simply the $110,000 that the court had voted to transfer. She explained that it showed up on Rather’s paper work as a voided check, but that in her paperwork it is two transfers; $100,000 into the intermodal authority fund and $10,000 into the voting system fund. Campbell said that she is trying to find a “better way” to differentiate transfers from voided checks.
For the month of December, County General had an ending balance of $615,567.74; the Road department had an ending balance of $35,454.25 and the Landfill had an ending balance of $227,243.63.
The court selected JP Johnny Plyler to represent the county as the voting delegate at the Association of Arkansas Counties Convention. Other members of the court were encouraged to attend the meeting for classes.
At the end of the meeting Judge Mack addressed the group. He said that being the county judge is a “learning process” and that former judge Don Baker has helped him in making the transition. He also acknowledged the employees of the courthouse saying that he had never realized what all the offices took care of.