1296¡1464721779¡2¡1464721779¡2¡5¡31¡2016¡Black Fork Volunteer Fire Department wins grant to stop wildfires ¡The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm® provided a $500 grant to the Black Fork Arkansas Volunteer Fire Department to bring neighbors together in rural Scott County to burn brush piles and protect homes from future wildfire risk.¿0aThe Black Fork project was one of 125 grant projects selected from nearly 300 entries that spanned 40 states, and the only grant awarded in Arkansas.¿0aThe volunteer department burned brush piles in several areas that had become hazards. “Our community is in rural Scott County,” said David Lydick, Communications Coordinator for the department.  “We consist of mostly farms and ranches among the surrounding wooded area.  Many residents clear brush and wait for a wet time to burn but never get around to it, leaving many brush piles to be a fire hazard.”¡The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm® provided a $500 grant to the Black Fork Arkansas Volunteer Fire Department to bring neighbors together in rural Scott County to burn brush piles and protect homes from future wildfire risk.¿0aThe Black Fork project was one of 125 grant projects selected from nearly 300 entries that spanned 40 states, and the only grant awarded in Arkansas.¿0aThe volunteer department burned brush piles in several areas that had become hazards. “Our community is in rural Scott County,” said David Lydick, Communications Coordinator for the department.  “We consist of mostly farms and ranches among the surrounding wooded area.  Many residents clear brush and wait for a wet time to burn but never get around to it, leaving many brush piles to be a fire hazard.”¿0aThe project funding awards, in conjunction with NFPA’s third annual national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on May 7, 2016, were started to help raise wildfire awareness, promote collaboration, and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.¿0aAs a co-sponsor of Preparedness Day, State Farm, with its long history of providing proactive wildfire safety education to its policyholders in high-risk regions, provided monetary awards of $500 each to help fund these winning community projects. ¿0a“We were happy to provide a grant to keep Scott County residents safe,” said Matt Thomas, Mena State Farm agent. “The time to prepare is now, before a wildfire strikes.”¿0aTo be eligible for a grant, residents provided a description of the project. Descriptions included how groups or individuals would work toward reducing the risk of wildfire or impact of a recent fire, and/or advance preparedness for wildfire in the community. ¿0aWildfires are a serious threat to lives and property. The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) cites more than 72,000 U.S. communities are at risk from wildfire. The combination of drought, mild temperatures, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. ¿0aAccording to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), more than 68,000 fires burned over 10 million acres in 2015, now considered one of the worst fire seasons in decades. ¿0aFor more information about national Wildfire Preparedness Day, please visit www.wildfireprepday.org.¿0a¡auto¡auto¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡9¡pm¡2¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡The Waldron News¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2016053110209¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ 1297¡1464721806¡2¡1464721806¡2¡5¡31¡2016¡Highway construction begins; Use caution¡According to the office of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, construction and road work will begin on Wednesday, June 1 on U.S. highway 71 North in the southern part of Scott County.¡According to the office of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, construction and road work will begin on Wednesday, June 1 on U.S. highway 71 North in the southern part of Scott County.¿0a"The Department will be doing an asphalt overlay starting at the Polk County line and six miles north into Scott County," shared Danny Harris of the AHTD. He continued, "We are asking motorists to use care when traveling in the work areas, prepare for delays and to be aware of road conditions. Drivers may need to anticipate to stop during the construction as well as reduce their speed substantially." ¿0aThe road work will be completed in a couple of weeks according to Harris.¡auto¡auto¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡9¡pm¡2¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡The Waldron News¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2016053110209¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ 1298¡1464721835¡2¡1464721835¡2¡5¡31¡2016¡Man arrested following stand-off at Hackett¡An Oklahoma man was arrested early Friday morning, May 27, by Sebastian County authorities follwoing a stand-off at an RV off Highway 10 near Hackett.¿0aJonathan A. Dooley, 27, of Cameron, Okla., faces counts of breaking or entering into a vehicle and resisting arrest, stated a news release from the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office.¡An Oklahoma man was arrested early Friday morning, May 27, by Sebastian County authorities follwoing a stand-off at an RV off Highway 10 near Hackett.¿0aJonathan A. Dooley, 27, of Cameron, Okla., faces counts of breaking or entering into a vehicle and resisting arrest, stated a news release from the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office.¿0aAround 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sebastian County deputies responded to call in the 2700 block of Arkansas Highway10 near Hackett after receiving a call from homeowners who stated they witnessed an unidentified white male subject break into their RV, the release stated. The residents reported they yelled to the male subject to, but he continued to climb in to the vahicle.¿0aOnce deputies arrived at the scene, the man had barracaded himself in the RV, and ensued a stand-off for about an hour. Attempts were made by authorities to speak to the man, but he refused to cooperate with negotiation efforts, stated the release. ¿0aAfter the hour-long standoff, deputies entered the RV and arrested the man after a brief struggle. No one was injured in the incident.¿0aDooley is being held at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center without bond. He is a registered level III sex offender out of LeFlore County with a current “compliant” status.¿0aSebastian County was assisted on the call by from Arkansas Highway Police and Arkansas State Police.¿0a¡auto¡auto¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡10¡pm¡2¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡The Waldron News¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2016053110210¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ 1299¡1464721967¡2¡1464721967¡2¡5¡31¡2016¡Jimmie Lois Roberson ¡Jimmie Lois Roberson April 29, 1930 - May 25, 2016¿0a¡Jimmie Lois Roberson of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Fort Smith, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Lois was born April 29, 1930 to Raymond Swint and Vera (Wilkins) Swint. Lois was 86 years, and 26 days old.¿0aLois loved reading her Bible. She also enjoyed gardening and working in her flower bed.¿0aLois leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Randy Roberson of Waldron, Arkansas and one daughter, Andrea Roberson of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Nana will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren: Ashli Hutchens and Michael Roberson both of Waldron, Arkansas as well as her great grandchildren: Kaitlin Lyle, Jaden Hutchens, Rheagan Hutchens, Cole Hutchens and Jake Roberson. She will be missed by two sisters: Joan Thrasher of Booneville, Arkansas and Betty Sisk of Mena, Arkansas and one brother, Sammy Swint of Booneville, Arkansas. Lois will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives were impacted by her including a host of extended family, friends, neighbors and dear loved ones close to her heart.¿0aLois was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carroll, and one Larry Swint.¿0aLois' life celebration was at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. George Crump officiating. Interment followed in the Birdsview Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.¿0aLois' pallbearers were Dean Swint, Greg Weaver, Mike Wilson and Gary Sisk.¿0aLois' visitation was Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.¿0aYou may leave words of remembrance for Bobbie's family by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com.¡auto¡auto¡19¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡10¡pm¡2¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2¡The Waldron News¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡2016053110210¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡1¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ 1300¡1464722021¡2¡1464722021¡2¡5¡31¡2016¡Bobbie Jean Zimmer ¡Bobbie Jean Zimmer March 2, 1937 - May 25, 2016¿0a¡Bobbie Jean Zimmer of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Waldron, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family. Bobbie was born March 2, 1937 in Parks, Arkansas to Troy Frost and Georgia (Miner) Frost. Bobbie was 79 years, 2 months and 23 days old. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Waldron, Arkansas.¿0aBobbie was a cosmetologist in Waldron for 60 plus years. In that 60 years, she has served many clients ranging in age from toddlers to multi generational families. She loved working with her clientele. ¿0aBobbie enjoyed visiting with people and she was very active in the community. She worked tirelessly always serving others. Bobbie was honored to be appointed by Martha Shoffner, Treasurer of State, State of Arkansas as Honorary Deputy Treasurer for the State of Arkansas for her exceptional abilities, service, commitment and dedication to the Great State of Arkansas. She was awarded the Capitol Citation by Charlie Daniels, Secretary of