BC-AR--Arkansas Weekend Planner, AR
The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:
FOR USE Sunday, Jan. 6, and thereafter:
EL DORADO, Ark. _ An Arkansas Razorback fan has received a signed picture and letter from the team’s head coach. Kathleen Smith, who is almost 85 years old and resides at Hudson Senior Center, said while watching the Razorbacks play against Ole Miss on Oct. 13, she jumped up and fell, breaking her hip. She had surgery the following day. The signed photograph and handwritten letter were delivered to Smith while she was recovering from her fall at the nursing home. By Kaitlyn Rigdon, El Dorado News-Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 492 words.
EXCHANGE-GARLAND COUNTY-MARINE PATROL
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. _ Maintaining boats and equipment donated to the Garland County Sheriff’s Department’s marine patrol is becoming more cost prohibitive with each passing summer since the nonprofit that purchased them dissolved in early 2014, Sheriff Mike McCormick told the Garland County Quorum Court in October. He told The Sentinel-Record that it will be difficult to keep the patrol operating past 2019 without significant capital investment from the county general fund or another revenue stream. By David Showers, The Sentinel-Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 646 words.
FOR USE Monday, Jan. 7, and thereafter:
BENTONVILLE, Ark. _ Arkansas’ high school bands are stepping up at marching competitions inside and outside the state. Five Arkansas bands traveled to St. Louis for this year’s Bands of America Super Regional Championships in October, with Bentonville High School qualifying for the finals. Arkansas had never sent more than two bands to that event until five years ago. By Dave Perozek, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,459 words.
EXCHANGE-WOUNDED POLICE DOG
JONESBORO, Ark. _ A Jonesboro Police Department K-9 officer who was shot during a December standoff would have likely died if not for a Jonesboro veterinarian and a 6-year-old St. Bernard. Gabo, a 7-year-old German shepherd, was shot four times when he entered an apartment following a five-hour standoff. Quick response by John Huff, the owner of Jonesboro Animal Medical Center, and his staff saved the dog, Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said. By Kenneth Heard, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 559 words.
^The AP, Little Rock