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A lightning strike during Wednesday afternoon’s thunderstorms in Mountain Home has damaged the electrical infrastructure at Bomber Stadium and will limit some of the stadium’s feature at tonight’s scrimmage.

According to Athletic Director Mitch Huskey, Bomber Stadium will be without a scoreboard or public address system for tonight’s preseason benefit game against Highland.

“It looks like lightning may have hit the bleachers, traveled through a ground system and destroyed the transformer that controls all the electricity for the press box and scoreboard,” Huskey explained Thursday afternoon.

The lighting system at the stadium was undamaged Huskey said, so the scrimmage will proceed as planned with a 6 p.m. kickoff for the varsity half, with a junior varsity half to follow.

“It’s been a rough week for the football team,” said Huskey. “First, the heat index pulled them off the field on Monday and Tuesday, then the thunderstorm wrecked Wednesday’s practice.”

Admission to the scrimmage is $4 per person, including students. As the scrimmage is a benefit game for the Arkansas Activities Association’s Catastrophic Injury Fund, only AAA passes will be honored. Mountain Home High School student or family passes will not be accepted.

Another Round of Thunderstorms Tonight; Friday

This is a current look at the satellite and radar. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop this afternoon into the evening along an outflow in the River Valley and the Ouachitas. In NW Arkansas the atmosphere is somewhat more stable due to the morning rainfall.

All of us will see another round of showers and thunderstorms late tonight into Friday morning.

Rain chances will be lower heading into the weekend with afternoon showers and thunderstorms possible. An even stronger front will arrive towards the end of next week which will lower temperatures more heading into the end of August and start of September.

Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson to take leave of absence to support wife's cancer battle

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson will be taking a leave of absence, according to a school press release.

The school announced Anderson’s leave of absence Monday and said the coach will take the leave to “be with his wife Wendy and his family.”

We will continue to pray for peace for his family and provide assistance any way we can,” said Terry Mohajir, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletic at Arkansas State University.

Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator David Duggan will serve as interim head coach until Anderson decides to return.

“I know there has been an outpouring of support for Coach Anderson, Wendy and their family, not only locally, but nationally,” Mohajir said. “Coach Anderson has expressed how grateful his family is for all the thoughts and prayers, and we are also thankful for everyone’s support.”

In July, Anderson sat down with Hayden Balgavy ahead of the season to talk about his wife’s battle with stage 4 triple negative breast cancer.

“[We were] hoping that we would be sitting here telling everybody that she was completely well and that we had beat cancer and thanks for everything but it just hasn’t been that kind of ride,” Anderson said in the interview.

“How do you respond when you’re facing tragedy? How do you respond when your best friend, the person you love, is struggling,” Anderson said. “Part of the battle is just trying to be the same person no matter what.”

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Little Rock police providing gun locks as part firearms safety education program

The Little Rock Police Department will provide free firearms safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. 

The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be available at Little Rock Police Head-quarters and at all patrol division locations.

These locks are intended to provide an effective barrier against young children accessing a firearm in the home. Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns, The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in a home. 

“We encourage residents to stop by one of our substation locations and pick up a Project ChildSafe Safety kit so they can have a safe option to storing their weapon, especially those with small children.,” said Chief Keith Humphrey.

“We are pleased to have the Little Rock Police Department as a Project ChildSafe partner,” said Bill Brassard Jr., director of Project ChildSafe. “Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms.”

Gun locks can be found at the following locations:

  • 700 W. Markham Street (LRPD Headquarters)
  • 3917 W. 12th Street (12th Street Patrol Division)
  • 10001 Kanis Road (Northwest Patrol Division)
  • 6401 Baseline Road (Southwest Patrol Divison)

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Future of state-controlled Little Rock School District discussions to begin this week

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Starting this Tuesday, the Arkansas Board of Education will host four public forums to discuss the current and future shape of the state-controlled Little Rock School District. 

Diane Zook, the chairman of the State Board of Education, broke down the reasons the state intervenes in school districts and the criteria those districts need to meet in order to be controlled locally again. 

She said these public forums are a stepping stone to get there. 

“We want Little Rock to be the best school district it can be and we think community input, as well as raw data, will guide that decision,” Zook said. 

On January 28th, 2020, the Little Rock School District’s five-year deadline to fix its student academic weaknesses runs out.

The state took control of the Little Rock School District in 2015 after six schools had consistently low test scores. LRSD then became categorized as needing “Level 5-intensive support,” but Zook said state and federal laws have changed since then.

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“They focused more on academic distress priority, focused schools – They labeled them different. We were under No Child Left Behind,” she said. 

Zook said in 2017, the laws changed to what’s now called the Every Students Succeeds Act. 

“We look at each child, each child’s growth, each child’s achievement, each child’s attendance— everything about each child. It is very student-focused,” she said. 

Zook said because the state took over LRSD under one law and now the laws have switched, their exit criteria didn’t come out as quickly.

She said the exit criteria are broken up into several categories. First, numerical measurements, such as test scores.

“There are four categories: in need of support; close, meaning you do pretty good a lot of the time, but not a solid B student; and then ready, which means probably an A or B student; and then exceeding,” Zook said. 

She said they also measure what are called, “growth scores.”

“If you as a student make as much progress this year as we would’ve anticipated you make based on previous years, then your school will be 80 or above,” Zook said. 

She said in addition to tracking numbers, they also speak with faculty and administrators to see if everyone’s needs are being met. 

“Is the central administration providing the support that’s needed by the principals and, in turn, the teachers so they can be prepared and do what they need to for the students,” Zook said. 

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Based on the law, if the school district doesn’t meet these criteria, it can’t return to local control at that time. The state then has three options: 

1) It could be wholly consolidated into a neighboring district. 

2) It can be split up with different schools going into different districts. 

3) It could be reconstituted— gradually returning to local control step by step. 

She said reconstitution is a more “flexible” term. 

“More than likely it would be reconstitution, not annexation or consolidation,” Zook said. 

Parents can get involved at one of four meetings: 

1) Aug. 20 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Arkansas Baptist College’s auditorium

2) Aug. 26 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roberts Elementary. 

3) Aug. 27 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Saint Mark Baptist Church. 

4) Sept. 3 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Arkansas Department of Education’s auditorium

“We want what’s right and good for your children too and we want them to know we are listening to them and then maybe they will see that we care as well,” she said. 

ROGERS, Ark. (KFSM) — The Rocky Horror Show, the musical that inspired the hit movie, will return to Northwest Arkansas this September.

The Rocky Horror Show Returns To NWA In September

Photo Courtesy: Arkansas Public Theatre

The Arkansas Public Theatre (APT) will present the musical. Show dates include September 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29. Curtain time for Thursday thru Saturday performances is 8 p.m. with Sunday performances starting at 2 p.m.

All performances will be held at the historic Victory Theater in Rogers.

Information about ticket prices can be found here. You can also call the APT Box Office at 479-631-8988 for more information.

“BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!  The midnight movie your parents didn’t want you to see comes to glorious life on stage in this hilarious and campy musical which inspired the movie.  All your friends are here—Frank N. Furter, Brad, Janet, Magenta, Riff Raff, Columbia, Rocky, Eddie, Dr. Scott and the Criminologist plus some local celebrity guest stars.  Come do the TIME WARP again!  This production contains adult language and content and is recommended for mature audiences.”

A weak upper-level disturbance will be arriving into Arkansas and Oklahoma for the second half of the weekend, sparking a better chance for a shower or storm. Lots of sunshine is expected for Sunday, but by the evening, storms forming towards the north will dive south, possibly impacting Northwest Arkansas and eventually the River Valley after Sunday’s sunset. Some could be severe but they should be weakening as they arrive.

VIDEO FORECAST

SUNDAY FORECAST

It will be hot and humid with temperatures well into the 90s and heat index values over 100 degrees. An isolated sprinkle is possible in the morning but after sunset a round of storms is possible to move in from the north. These will weaken into early Monday morning.

Storms Return Late Sunday

Storms Return Late Sunday

The humidity will be slightly higher throughout Sunday.

Storms Return Late Sunday

Storms Return Late Sunday

A Level 1 Severe Risk (Marginal) is in place for Sunday night mainly for eastern Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas. The extreme northwestern portion of Benton County is under a Level 2 Severe Risk (Slight). The main threats will be gusty winds and hail.

Storms Return Late Sunday

Storms Return Late Sunday

The most potent round of storms will most likely be late Sunday and into early Monday morning.

Storms Return Late Sunday

Storms Return Late Sunday

UPCOMING WEEK RAIN CHANCES

A weak disturbance swings through Wednesday with more rounds of isolated showers and storms by the weekend.

Storms Return Late Sunday

Storms Return Late Sunday

-Matt

Eastbound Lanes Of Phoenix Ave. In Fort Smith Closed Thursday Evening For Repairs

Eastbound Lanes Of Phoenix Ave. In Fort Smith Closed Thursday Evening For Repairs

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFSM) — The eastbound lanes of Phoenix Ave. in Fort Smith will be closed Thursday (Aug. 15) evening as crews replace sewer service.

The lanes will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday during the repair in the area of 4700 Phoenix Ave.

The Utility Department Traffic Control will be diverting traffic through the turning lane during that time.

Traffic will still be able to pass through the area, however, it will be slow. Drivers should expect delays.

Officials say there may be short periods were traffic may have to stop completely for a few minutes to ensure public safety and the safety of employees.