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Update: Investigators seek information and family seeks closure following shooting

After a murder occurred in a rural area of Pope County early Monday morning, May 2, investigators continue to search for clues. The victim, identified as Bruce Wayne Hurley, 49, was found shot outside his home located on Edwards Road in Atkins. 

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Thursday 04/28/2016
National Drug “Take it Back” Initiative this Saturday, April 30
Posted: April 28, 2016

On Saturday April 30th, Russellville Police Department and Arkansas Community Correction will be assisting in the “National Drug Take it Back Initiative” which will take place at Russellville Wal-Mart on East Main Street from 10 am until 2 pm.

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Wednesday 04/27/2016
RPD, RFD and EMS respond to vehicle versus pedestrian accident
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday night, April 27, the Russellville Police Department, Pope County EMS and the Russellville Fire Department responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident that occurred at 215 North Denver Avenue. 

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Injuries reported in Wednesday evening Highway 64 crash
Posted: April 27, 2016

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, Pope County dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle collision with entrapment that occurred on Highway 64 West near the intersection with Mill Creek Road. 

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2,160 Russellville residents lose power
Updated: April 27, 2016 - 7:49 pm


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Tuesday 04/26/2016
Pottsville FD and EMS Rescue extricate driver from I-40 entrapment crash
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 5:38 pm

Just after the noon hour Tuesday, April 26, traffic near the 86 mile marker westbound on I-40 was delayed after a single vehicle rollover accident with entrapment occurred. 

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Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in Pope County
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 1:21 pm

Phase 2 sampling reveals CWD positive deer in Madison and Pope counties 

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Pottsville Masonic Lodge #333 presents check to the Pottsville Police Department
Posted: April 26, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26, the Masons with Pottsville Masonic Lodge #333 presented a check in the amount of $500 to the Pottsville Police Department. 

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Monday 04/25/2016
Theft suspect found in possession of meth during traffic stop
Updated: April 29, 2016 - 11:54 pm

Bond Hearings Disclaimer: The following individual(s) appeared in felony bond hearings that were held at the Pope County Detention Center and have been accused of a felony crime. All information included in this story was obtained through testimony and/or police reports provided in the hearing. The charge(s) they have been accused of are anticipated charges and probable cause must be determined in order for the suspect to be held and issued a bond amount. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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Monday night trucks and neon lights on East Main Street
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 10:29 pm

If you traveled East Main Street Monday evening, April 25 from 6 p.m. until about 9 p.m., you may have been curious why so many trucks with neon lights were lined up across the Harp's parking lot. River Valley Leader was asked to join the group and to take a picture as the owners of the trucks hung out enjoying snow cones and visited with each other. 

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24th Annual Taste of the Valley, Thursday, April 28
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:39 pm

Taste of the Valley, the award winning tasting party featuring area restaurants, bakeries, caterers and vineyards will take place from 5 to 8 pm at the historic Russellville Depot, 320 W. C Street on Thursday, April 28. 

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Alleged murderer confesses to causing death of former Russellville resident
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Capital Murder charges were filed on Friday, April 22 by district prosecutors, alleging that Scotty Ray Gardner killed former Russellville resident, Heather Stubbs, a mother of three, on March 6 at the Days Inn hotel in Conway.

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Teacher Arrested for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
Updated: April 25, 2016 - 11:04 am

Lonoke County Deputies arrested a Sherwood teacher for providing minors with alcohol.

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Thursday 04/21/2016
Dardanelle Teacher, Students Among First in the U.S. to Participate in Apps for Good Festival
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 10:09 am

Dardanelle High School computer programming students and their teacher, Mrs. Lauren Taylor were one of four schools to participate in the first Apps for Good festival hosted by Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts (ASMSA) on April 12 in Hot Springs.

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RussVegas Half Marathon this weekend
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 9:24 am

The RussVegas half marathon is this weekend, Saturday, April 23rd. Please be aware of the road closures and how the race might impact your Saturday morning. There will also be a 5k Friday night.

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Wednesday 04/20/2016
First phase of CWD sampling reveals 23 percent prevalence rate in focal area
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 12:54 pm

First phase of CWD sampling reveals 23 percent prevalence rate in focal area
JASPER - The first phase of chronic wasting disease sampling by the Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission revealed a 23 percent prevalence rate in Newton and Boone
counties. Of 266 randomly collected wild deer, 62 were found to have the fatal

To determine the prevalence of the disease among deer, the AGFC took samples March
14-24 within a 125,000 acre, capsule-shaped area ranging from 5 miles west of Ponca
to 5 miles east of Pruitt, and 10 miles across.

Including the sampled area, the AGFC has received results of 82 animals with the
disease. A total of 648 wild animals (619 white-tailed deer and 29 elk) have been
sampled since laboratory results confirmed the disease Feb. 23, 2016. 79 deer and
three elk were found to be positive.
Phase 2 of the sampling effort will focus on learning the spatial distribution of
the disease, and includes statewide collection of sick or dead deer and elk. Two
positive cases have been identified from the first 196 samples of this effort. One
was a deer in Boone County northeast of Harrison. The deer was 10 miles outside of
the CWD focal area and 16 miles from Missouri. The second positive sample was from a
dead deer found near Ponca within the CWD focal area. To date, the only animals
identified with the disease have been in Newton and Boone counties.
AGFC Wildlife Management Division Chief Brad Carner said he is pleased by how
smoothly the statewide sampling effort is progressing. "We're pleased with the help
the public has provided and the number of samples being collected. We hope to see
these sample numbers continue through May 20."

The first case of CWD in Arkansas was found in a 2½-year-old female elk killed by a
hunter Oct. 6 on the Buffalo National River near Pruitt during elk hunting season.
It was the first animal in Arkansas confirmed to have CWD. Samples from the diseased
female elk were first tested at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in
Madison and verified by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa,
Feb. 23.
Anyone who sees a sick, dead or road-killed deer or elk should contact the AGFC's
radio room at 800-482-9262. Operators are available 24 hours per day, seven days per
week. Reports will be sent to the appropriate person to collect samples.
            Deer or elk infected with CWD tend to stay away from herds, may lose
their fear of humans, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate
excessively and grind their teeth. As the disease progresses, the animal
will lose weight, develop an insatiable thirst and lose bodily
            The AGFC will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m., May 19, at Carroll
Electric Cooperative, 511 E. Court St. in Jasper, to update the public
on proposed hunting regulations.
Visit www.agfc.com/cwd<;http://www.agfc.com/cwd> for more information.

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Harriet Tubman to Replace Former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill
Updated: April 20, 2016 - 12:50 pm

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Wednesday that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

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RSD announces April Students of the Month
Updated: April 21, 2016 - 9:04 am

Russellville School District Students of the Month:

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Monday 04/18/2016
RJHS bands receive highest ranking
Updated: April 18, 2016 - 4:32 pm

The Russellville Junior High 8th grade and 9th grade bands both received the highest ratings possible for concert band performance at a regional assessment last week.

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Saturday 04/16/2016
Out of the Darkness: suicide prevention walk held on Tech campus
Updated: April 16, 2016 - 12:46 pm

A light drizzle fell on the participants of the Arkansas Tech University Out of the Darkness Campus Walk as they made a 2-mile-long loop around the campus Saturday morning, hoping to bring awareness to the issue of suicide.

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2nd Annual Saturday's Fair at the Hughes Community Center
Posted: April 16, 2016

Everyone is invited to join the Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home during their 2nd Annual Saturday’s Fair that kicked off at 11 a.m. today, Saturday, April 16 at the Hughes Community Center.

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Chickalah Rural Fire Department hosts Annual Pig Roast Saturday, April 23
Updated: April 16, 2016 - 12:17 am

The Chickalah Rural Fire Department will host its Annual Pig Roast fundraiser on Saturday, April 23 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Chickalah Fire Department.  

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Friday 04/15/2016
ATU Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention set for Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m.
Posted: April 15, 2016

Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined, and yet suicide prevention doesn't get anywhere near the funding given to other leading causes of death. It's up to Walkers like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

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Commander selected for Troop K duties, State Police Commissioners approve two other promotions
Posted: April 15, 2016

Lieutenant Ron Casey has been promoted to the rank of captain and will assume duties as commander of the department’s Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, Troop K, headquartered at Hot Springs.

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City Council releases fire department investigation findings
Updated: April 15, 2016 - 3:15 pm

The Russellville City Council Personnel Committee called meeting to report the findings of an investigation of allegations against former Fire Chief John Cochran. The investigation looked into charges of harassment and hostile work conditions.

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Thursday 04/14/2016
Increased use of type of diagnostic test poses challenge to tracking of foodborne illness
Updated: April 14, 2016 - 3:42 pm

Changes in the tests that diagnose foodborne illness are helping identify infections faster but could soon pose challenges to finding outbreaks and monitoring progress toward preventing foodborne disease, according to a report published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Week Report.

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