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.
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.
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 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