Federal prosecutors say five people have been sentenced to prison or probation following an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization that was distributing methamphetamine in the northwest Arkansas area.
Prosecutors say the five people sentenced this week were charged in an eight-count indictment filed in March.
Online court records show that all five pleaded guilty to various charges in April. Prosecutors say the charges follow an investigation into an organization involved in distributing large quantities of methamphetamine in northwest Arkansas.
In a surprise move, Bentonville-based Arvest Bank and Pine Bluff-based Simmons First National Corp. submitted bids to acquire Little Rock-based Metropolitan National Bank, whose parent company, Rogers Bancshares, Inc., is embroiled in a bankruptcy proceeding.
Talk Business Arkansas reports Arvest’s bid was announced in a legal notice in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for an undisclosed figure, while Simmons First disclosed a $16.9 million bid in a SEC filing.
The Arkansas Razorbacks will play the Samford Bulldogs this Saturday at 6 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. Thousands of Razorback fans will gather on the War Memorial Stadium to cheer them on and celebrate before the game. Marketing Director Danny-Joe Crawford says over 50 thousand people usually show up to tailgate. He says some people come a few days before game day and camp out in the park.
“We have RV’s that’s been there since Monday. They’re called ‘The Roadhogs’ and they travel to all the Arkansas games,” Crawford said.
The Historic Blass Department Store on Fourth and Main in Little Rock has been redeveloped and was formally dedicated Thursday. Governor Mike Beebe and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola were speakers at the opening ceremony. The 22 million dollar Mann on Main project is part of the ongoing effort to revive the once-thriving area.
Tony Alamo, the founder of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and a convicted child sex offender, is currently serving 175 years in prison. But Alamo still owes millions in restitution to his victims – something a hearing Friday hopes to address.
Arkansas ranks second in the percentage of people living with food insecurity according to a report released this week by the Department of Agriculture. It says nearly 20% of Arkansans don’t know where their next meal will come from and the state also ranks first in the category, “very low food security.”
Tyler Lindsey with the Arkansas Food Bank says they’re watching as Congress considers reducing funds for SNAP, commonly referred to as food stamps.