Arkansas News

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Searcy Firefighter saves infant

Searcy Fire Chief Andy Woody showed a video Tuesday night to the Searcy City Council that was captured by surveillance cameras recently installed behind the Central Fire Station in which a woman runs to the station carrying an unresponsive infant and within minutes, the baby is resuscitated and crying as if nothing was ever wrong. Woody pointed out to the councilman and those in attendance at the meeting the woman identified as Alexandria Mansfield, running from the direction of Chrisp Avenue "kind of frantically." She was carry her 10-month-old son Evan Don Scott, but it looked like she was carrying a rag doll, Woody said. As she approached the station, the video shows that a person driving a white van pulled into the parking lot to see what was the matter.

Conservation District grant will outfit second Magnolia vehicle for forest and brush fires

The Columbia County Conservation District has awarded the Magnolia Fire Department a $1,391.53 Conservation Project Grant. Fire Chief Greg Pinner told Dr. Mark Bryan, president of the Columbia County Board of Directors, that the grant will allow the Magnolia Fire Department to outfit a second truck with the necessary equipment for forest and brush fires. The Conservation Project Grant Program is for individuals, groups, or organizations in Columbia County who are dedicated to conservation efforts and who have an idea or event designed to improve the natural resources in our county. Grant applications can be obtained at the Columbia County Conservation District office, located in the Reynolds Building Room 102J at Southern Arkansas University.
Magnolia Reporter

Park ranger with Hot Springs roots loses home in California fire

A park ranger from Hot Springs lost his home in the wildfire that destroyed a California town last week. In the early hours last Friday, most of the Bishop family evacuated their southern California home due to an approaching fire. Catharine Bishop and her three young children -- Henry, Tucker and Ben -- left their house at 2 a.m. Her husband, Coby, remained at the house for a few hours before going to his job as a National Park Service ranger. While his family found safety at a shelter, Coby Bishop found himself fleeing the fire with another ranger. When he eventually made it to headquarters, he was pulled aside and told that his house had been burned in the fire.

Caraway Council sets public meeting Nov. 26

Caraway Council set a public meeting to discuss water options, approved end of year bonuses, approved purchase of turnout gear for firefighters, and approved the sell back of unused vacation days for police officers at the regular Nov. 8 meeting. Mayor Barry Riley and the council discussed the city's options for water issues. Councilman Mitchell Tipton suggested a public meeting to let people know the water options, either borrowing money and having the rates raised or passing a sales tax to fund the project. The city of Caraway is presently purchasing water from Buffalo Island Rural Water. The cost of the water will increase from $2 to $3.50 per 1,000 gallons. Caraway needs a new well. Mayor Riley suggested talking to citizens about going with a two cent sales tax, one going for the water and one set aside.
Northeast Arkansas Town Crier

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Multiple crews respond to Wrightsville Blaze

Volunteer firefighters were on the scene of a home fully engulfed in flames on Bunting Road in Wrightsville Sunday night. Both the Quail Creek and Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Departments converged on the scene as well as the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department. According to PCSD, at the time of the call there was no indication if anyone was inside.
Fox 16

House fire in Rogers under investigation

Fire crews were called out to a home on East Green Acres Drive Saturday morning. Firefighters at the scene said the fire started in the attic and quickly spread through the house. Crews reported heavy smoke and fire from the back of the home, according to a facebook post by Rogers Fire Department. The cause is under investigation.

’I just feel blessed we made it safely:’ Arkansas native loses home in California fire

The Camp Fire has already destroyed more than 6,000 buildings and 29 lives in Northern California, making it the most destructive and deadliest wildfire in the state's history. Hundreds of thousands of people have left their homes behind, including a couple with strong central Arkansas ties. Vernon Mayer is a Cabot High School graduate who worked for the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, Beebe Police Department and North Little Rock Police Department. He and wife Nikole moved to Paradise, California earlier this year. The Mayers are among thousands who have lost nearly everything they own in the fire. "I just feel blessed we made it safely," Nikole said. As her husband worked out-of-town and the fire began to spread on Thursday, Nov. 8, Nikole decided to evacuate.
KTHV-TV Little Rock

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