After a series of earthquakes has shaken a region just northwest of Morrilton over this past week, geologists and researchers continue to assess the area. Scott Ausbrooks of the Arkansas Geological Survey says his agency and the Memphis-based Center for Earthquakes Research and Information have installed an additional seismic station to follow activity in the area.
Ausbrooks says that although the cause of the temblors is likely natural, his team is looking at a possible connection with nearby injection wells, used in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
This year's Riverfest celebration did not break any attendance records, but preliminary estimates put attendance at a four year high. Over 250,000 people lined the riverfront over three days. Festival goers also got a look at a newly renovated Riverfront Amphitheater. Festival Chairwoman Jody Veit-Edrington says she doesn't believe the rain Sunday hurt turnout.
Hundreds of family and friends turned out at the Walnut Ridge basketball gym for funeral services for a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in the Black River nearly a month after she disappeared.
Services were held Saturday for Sydney Randall.
Sidney disappeared March 10 and police say her now-dead stepfather - John Cornell - is the primary suspect in her disappearance. Police say Cornell was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound the day after Sidney was reported missing.
A cause of the girl's death has not been released.
The US Geological Survey has recorded several small earthquakes in the Morrilton area about 50 miles west of Little Rock. The USGS reports that nine earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 1.5 to 2.4 between shortly before 10:30 p.m. Friday and 1:45 p.m. Saturday in the area northeast of Morrilton. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are felt by humans and that damage is not a common until an earthquake is above magnitude 4.0.
A group called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is out with a new TV ad today which steps up their criticism of Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for his vote against the failed Manchin-Toomey gun background check bill.
The latest ad features Angela Bradford-Barnes, who was the chief financial officer of the Democratic Party of Arkansas from 2007 to 2012 – a period when then-DPA chairman Bill Gwatney was killed in a random act of gun violence.