It was standing room only at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers where family and friends remembered 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman. Bentonville Police Chief Jon Simpson attended the services as well as law enforcement from all over the area. The funeral comes just a day after police announced they'd arrested a neighbor, Zachary Holly, for the crime. Holly will be in court for the first time on Wednesday for a bond hearing.
Plans for a new parking deck to accommodate patrons at the Walton Arts Center in downtown Fayetteville moving forward at Tuesday night's city council meeting. Out of the three options on the table - the WAC lot, what's called the "Theatre Lot", and the East Lot - a consultant team recommended the Theatre Lot as the best location for a new parking structure. That area is currently occupied by Grubs Bar and Grill and the employee parking lot for Walton Arts Center. The council is expected to make a decision sometime next week.
Tuesday's run-off elections were decided in seven cities and the results are in. In Rogers, Ward 3, Position 2, Andrew Hatfield beats out Keith Jackson by just about 60 votes. Meanwhile in Ward 4, Position 1, Bob Goodwin wins with 60% of the vote to Carlos Chicas' 40%. In Fayetteville, Ward 4, Position 2, a similar margin of victory as Alan Long takes 60% of vote compared to Mike Emery who had 40%. A race in Springdale for Ward 3, Position 2 appears to have gone to Jeff Watson with nearly 66% of the votes to Teresa Moore Powers who had 34%.
Fayetteville's new roundabout is expected to open Wednesday. Crews re-striped the new intersection at at North Hills boulevard and Futrall Drive Tuesday in preparation. All four entrances are expected to open Wednesday while construction continues. Drivers are urged to use caution and follow signs and markings through the new intersection. Cars entering the roundabout must yield to traffic already inside. The project should be complete within the next two months.
Cooler weather is here, but that doesn't mean it's safe to burn outside. The persisting dry conditions have put Washington County at risk for fire. As a result, the sheriff's office issued a red flag warning for the county. People should not do any outside burning until conditions improve. The latest drought monitor shows severe drought conditions still cover large portions of the Natural State.
As winter arrives, fire departments across the area are concerned for your safety. The Benton County Fire Marshal says although the "summer fire season" is over. The potential for fires still exists because the area hasn't seen enough rain. Making matters worse, the National Weather Service and Arkansas Forestry Commission are predicting a dry winter, increasing that risk. Fire officials say even if conditions are safe, you should stay at least 50 feet away from structures and keep a hose handy.