Local News: Jan 16

Public Meeting

The Fairfield Bay Planning and Zoning commission will be holding a public meeting to discuss a Special Use Permit for a movable chicken coop to be located at 120 Gregory Dr. The meeting will be held on January 30 at 8 a.m. in the Utilities Building in Fairfield Bay. The public is invited to attend.

Fairfield Bay Chamber After Hours

The Fairfield Bay Area Chamber of Commerce presents “50” Business After Hours with all chamber members and associates are invited to attend. This event is sponsored by Indian Rock Village and will be held on Thursday, January 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parking is in the back of IRV. The program will consists of : New member introduction, Use of Chamber’s bulk mail permit, Medicare Part A,B,C,and D, and IRV’s Social Dierector Allison Parks followed by Q&A. Light refreshments will be served/ice cream floats, and BYOB (wine/beer). Please be sure to RSVP by January 28 by calling 501-884-3324. We would like to welcome new chamber member Tammy Landy of Mid-Ark Security. The 2013 Board members include: Becky Nollenberger, Jack Weeks, Shirley Johnson, Stephanie Berry, Marlene Lucas, Alex Crawley, Paul Wellenberger, Kevin Feeler, and Nancy Mueller.

NewComer’s Coffee

If you are a new resident of Fairfield Bay, you are invited to a NewComer’s Coffee! Our event is sponsored by the Fairfield Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and will be held at the Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church. There will be three (3) speakers on hand: Bob Chaloupek, FFB EMS Chief, Patsy Weidanz, Recycling Center board member, and Seana Garrow, a dedicated volunteer with several organizations. Be sure to join us on Thursday January 31 starting at 5:30 p.m. We encourage all NewComers from 2011 to present to attend. We will have door prizes and lots of fun. Please RSVP to the Chamber of Commerce by dropping in or calling 501-884-3324 or contact Nancy Taylor at 501-253-8484.

APL Holds Board Election

The Fairfield Bay Animal Protection League held their annual elections and selected board postions on Thursday, January 10, 2013. The 2013 Board members and positions are as follows: Ernie Majhenich, President, Bob Holiday, Vice President, Tania Courville, Secretary, Faye Sullins, Treasurer, Leo Brandmeyer, member at large, Linda Ritchie, member at large, and Dan Feuer, member at large. Katie Campbell was selected as Co-Treasurer.

AG Sues Cleburne County Boat Seller

By: Greg Yarbrough

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel today filed a consumer-protection lawsuit against a Cleburne County business accused of failing to turn over proceeds of consignment sales to former owners of watercraft the business had sold. Edgemont Marine and owner Gary Eubanks entered into contracts with consumers who wish to sell their personal watercraft. Eubanks agrees to display the boats at his business and sell them on consignment on behalf of the original owner, typically for a 10 percent commission. However, McDaniel’s complaint alleges that Eubanks has kept all the money from watercraft sales for himself in at least three instances. These actions leave the selling owner with no proceeds from the sale and the buyer with no clear title to the boat, according to McDaniel’s complaint. “Consumers who wish to sell their property on consignment should have the assurance that they will receive what is owed to them, and buyers need to know their transactions are legitimate,” McDaniel said. “This is no way to run a business in our State.” According to the complaint, Eubanks contacted consumers who were selling their watercraft on the website Craigslist and offered to sell the watercraft by consignment. Eubanks also used newspaper and radio advertisements to promote his business. The Attorney General accused Eubanks and Edgemont Marine of violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. McDaniel asked the court to order Eubanks to stop the illegal practice and pay restitution and costs. The complaint was filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

On Patrol December 2012

By Chris Waring

Christmas and the New Year have come and gone since my last column and I hope everyone had a happy and safe holliday season. We saw a white Christmas this year and as usual it caused quite a disruption to everyone’s lives. I don’t want to harp on the obvious, but there are things we see and have to deal with every time we have snow or ice. Usually we have plenty of warning of the impending storm, make sure you have food, water, medicine, blankets, flashlights and whatever else you might need in the event of a power outage or being snowed in for several days. If you get stuck or have an accident in your vehicle and are going to abandon it please call us and let us know where the vehicle is. It is imperative that we keep the roadways open for emergency vehicles. We received literally hundreds of calls asking how the roads are or if trash is going to be picked up. A basic rule of thumb is don’t travel in the first 48 hours after a major storm unless it’s an emergency and until the roads are cleaned up trash service more than likely will not happen. The state of Arkansas has a number for road conditions 1-800-245-1672 and community club maintenance 884-6020 can let you know about trash service. Calls During December included, 1 suspicious person checked, 2 missing persons reports filed, 3 theft investigations started, 4 suspicious vehicles checked, 1 report of fraud, 1 complaint of criminal mischief, 1 terroristic threat complaint, 3 domestic disturbance calls and 1 unauthorized use of a motor vehicle report. Also in December we had 9 accident reports, 2 reports of harassment, 1 disorderly conduct complaint, 4 animals at large complaints, 6 disturbance calls, 2 reports of vandalism and thanks to the weather over 160 public service calls for December. Traffic stops were slightly down due to weather but we still had 12 stops for defective equipment, 4 stops for suspicious vehicles, 1 for running a stop sign, 2 no license plate, 5 for speeding and 1 for improper passing. 6 traffic citations were issued for the period. Arrests, 5 for outstanding warrants, 2 disorderly conduct, 1 possesion of a controlled substance, 1 for possesion of an instrument of crime and 1 for public intoxication. Over 20 warrants were taken to the prosecutor for processing. We managed to have zero alcohol related offenses during Christmas and New Years week. Thanks to all of you who acted as designated drivers. As usual please email me with questions or comments Please have a safe and prosperous New Year. If you see Anything suspicious please don’t hesitate to call us. We hope to see a reduction in crime this year, and we need more help from the public to do so.

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