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Sheriff: Arkansas jail releases wrong inmate

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas authorities are investigating a mix-up at a county jail after workers accidentally released an inmate.

The Pope County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Jeffrey Hale was set free on June 29 but taken back into custody the next day. Officials say Hale was in the booking area waiting for processing with another man who shared the same first name. They say Hale signed release documents indicating he was the man set for release.

The sheriff's office says an investigation into the release is ongoing and unspecified action is being taken by the detention center administration. Officials say additional unspecified charges will be filed against Hale.

An office spokeswoman said she didn't know if Hale has an attorney.

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Rallies for rebel flags roll across the south

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Attitudes about the Confederate flag have seemed to change swiftly, and a lagging backlash is starting to catch up.

The rebel flag's place in society became a heated debate topic in the wake of the Charleston church shooting.

Now, those who say they are defending their southern heritage are trying to be heard.They are rallying in several places across the state this holiday weekend, including Russellville.

It started as a small idea, but the turnout for the Pope County Rebel Ride on Sunday was much bigger than expected.

Confederate 'rebel rides' planned for Sunday

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Debate over the confederate flag still waving and is now centering on the Pope County seat.

Hundreds of people are expected to march through Russellville this Sunday in defense of what they say is Southern heritage.

Three local young adults are organizing the rally, saying any form of hate or vulgarity will not be tolerated, but some opposition could be expected.

"I'm not trying to take away your rights so why are you trying to take away mine," added friend Tyler Titsworth.

Others in town, however, are considering a counterrally.

"[It can be seen] as blatant disregard and disrespect for the people that do see it as something much more ominous and menacing," said Russellville resident Larissa Gudino.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

Where you can & can't set off fireworks in central Ark.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - With the fourth of July fast approaching, it would be good to know where in central Arkansas you can light your fireworks.

Here are some of the cities where you can and can't shoot off your pyrotechnics:


LRFW impacts local community

LRFW impacts local community

By Tabitha Cooke

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) is preparing for another great year and people in the community have the event marked in their calendars.

Every year, LRFW exceeds the expectations of an enjoyable and one-of-a-kind experience that merges designers, models and artists together to connect and establish their brands.

“LRFW is a great platform to allow those seeking careers in the modeling and fashion industry a leg to stand on in hopes of creating or expanding their brand,” said fashion designer, Nichole McGehee, who has been participating in LRFW since 2009. “As for me, LRFW has benefited me in helping to put my brand in the “spotlight” of the media. I feel that being a part of LRFW played a great part of my line becoming known on both a local and national level.”

Corps seeking public comment on flood risk reduction survey

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (USACE) -- The Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District is seeking public comments through July 27 on environmental documents relating to a flood risk reduction study along Prairie Creek and tributaries in Russellville, Ark.

The proposed work would widen a 2.2 mile portion of Prairie Creek and widen the channel at the Union Pacific's railroad bridge at Engineer's Ditch to reduce flooding in the area.

The documents are a Draft Feasibility Report, a Draft Environmental Assessment and a Draft Finding of No Significant Impact. The draft documents indicate the proposed work would cause no significant adverse effects to the human environment, and an Environmental Impact Statement would not be required.

The documents can be reviewed on the Internet at:

Park plans for possible flooding at Tyler Bend Campground

Park plans for possible flooding at Tyler Bend Campground

HARRISON, Ark. (Buffalo National River) -  Although most of the immediate damage and anticipated threats appear to be concentrated in the Newton County portion of Buffalo National River, the park is taking steps in view of a high probability of flooding at Tyler Bend Campground off Highway 65 in Searcy County.  Park Maintenance has removed electrical assets in the flood plain at Tyler Bend.  

Until the threat passes, the pavilion restroom and group site restrooms will be closed.  Also closed are the group sites and walk-in campsites.  The “peanut loop” on higher ground will remain open with functioning restrooms and water.  If river levels rise above the 33 foot level at the Highway 65 bridge further closures may be necessary. These closures will include the remaining restrooms and campsites in the TB campground.

For current information and status of closures please call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at 870/439-2502.