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BBQ at Sidney Masonic Lodge in Fouke to Support Scholarship Fund

Sidney Masonic Lodge will host a BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sidney Lodge is located in Fouke, Arkansas.  All proceeds from the event will be awarded to students in Miller County, Arkansas. A BBQ lunch will consist of a BBQ sandwich, chips, drink and desert.  Each meal cost $5.  In addition to the BBQ, everyone will have an opportunity to win one of two door prizes. Continue Reading →

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The Needed Connection of Arkansas High to Arkansas Stadium

Texarkana, AR- Anyone who has ever attended Arkansas High and had to walk from the school to the stadium or from the stadium to the school knows the dangers faced by a student.  While students are fortunate to have a stadium so close to the main high school campus, they are also hindered by no direct, safe route to walk to the stadium. Nix Creek effectively blocks any direct access to the stadium for students.  The best students can do is walk down Nix Creek trail and then cross the bridge on 18th street where they are exposed to traffic from both directions.  During game nights this traffic can range anywhere from a few cars to hundreds of cars flooding up and down the street. Continue Reading →

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Burglary At Nutt Auction Company

Garland City, AR – The Miller County Sheriff’s office released a notice this afternoon regarding a burglary at the Nutt Auction Company in Garland City.  The notice is below:

The Miller County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a Burglary at the Nutt Auction Company located at 106 State Hwy 134 in Garland City, Arkansas. The suspect(s) entered into the business and removed various shop related tools valued at approximately $4300.00. If you have any information regarding this crime or any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 903-793- STOP.  You will remain anonymous and could earn up to a $1,000.00 reward for the information.  Continue Reading →

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Miller County Detention Officers Complete Training

Miller County, AR-Eleven new detention officers completed basic jailer’s school Friday January 20, 2017, at the Miller County Detention Center

The Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards certified jailer’s course involves fifty-six hours of training which covers Ethics, Professionalism, Jail Standards, Searching of Persons and Cells, Prisoner Transport, Escape Prevention, Inmate Discipline, Use of Force, Constitutional Rights, Report Writing, Occupational Stress, and Caring for Special Needs Inmates. The Officers were taught numerous self-defense tactics.  They were certified to use OC spray and JPX pepper gun system to assist them in use of force situations.  CPR and AED defibrillator lifesaving skills were also taught to the detention officers. The courses were taught by Detective Wesley Penny, MCSO (Miller County Sheriff Office), Detective Patsy DeHart, MCSO, Officer Shane Johnston, MCSO, Officer Tony Hanning, MCSO, Lt. Golden Adams, MCSO, Dr. Yates Morgan, MCSO, Officer Chris King and Cody Easley, Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department, Robert Tibbit, Arkansas Game and Fish, Anita Taylor, Southern Health Partners, and Shon Matthews, LifeNet Emergency Medical Services. Sheriff Jackie Runion stated he is proud of the men and women who completed the training and is looking forward to working together with them in providing the citizens of Miller County a safe and secure detention center. The Miller County Detention Center has three hundred beds and houses male and female felony and misdemeanor inmates.  All felony arrestees in Miller County are housed in the detention center.  Inmates in the center are awaiting federal, state or local trials, or placement in penitentiaries across the nation.  There are forty-one full time employees at the Miller County Detention Center. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Sheriff Elect Runion To Take Office January First

Miller County, AR- At 11:45p.m. on December 31st, a group will gather at that late hour, and as the clock ticks into the next year on January 1st, 2017, there will be a new sheriff in Miller County.   Jackie Runion will become the sheriff of the county.  District Judge Wren Autrey will conduct the swearing in ceremony. According to a press release, the ceremony will be held at the courtroom at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.  The public is invited to attend. Continue Reading →

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Mauldin Route for Funeral Motocade Announced

Lisa Mauldin’s funeral will be held at Trinity Baptist Church located at 3115 Trinity Blvd, Texarkana, Arkansas on December 22 at 2:00 p.m.

A motorcade for Correctional Officer Mauldin will leave Trinity Baptist Church and go to Hillcrest Cemetery, 5101 W. 7th Texarkana Texas, via south bound on Four States Fair Blvd., I-49 south around the loop to W. 7th.  Estimated time of departure from Trinity is 2:45 p.m.

Mauldin was killed in the line of duty Sunday December 18 at the Miller County Detention Center.  A co-worker was injured and is now recovering at home.  Mauldin passed away in Texarkana from her injuries. The Four States News continues to pray for the family of Lisa Mauldin and those affected by her passing.  We ask that you not concentrate on the incident that took her life, but instead on the outstanding life she lived as related to everyone by her friends, co-workers, and those who knew Lisa. Continue Reading →

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Citizens Mourn and Wonder About Flags

Miller County, AR- The county continues to mourn the day after Lisa Mauldin was killed and Demaris Allen was severely injured by an inmate at the Miller County Detention Center.  As the investigation continues, Tramell Hunter was charged with the death and assault in court.  As is expected, social media continues to be saturated with people praying, expressing condolences, and discussing the issues.  One of the hot topics that has risen is the question of why the Miller County Courthouse flags are not at half staff. It is not unusual for flags to mourn the death of certain people in our country. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Incident at Detention Center

Miller County, AR- At approximately 01:00 p.m. two female correction officers were attacked by an inmate within the Miller County Detention Center. Both correction officers were transported to Wadley Hospital for injuries sustained during the attack. CO Lisa Mauldin succumbed to her injuries and CO Demaris Allen was transported to a Little Rock, Arkansas hospital. The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division was called in to investigate the incident. The detention center is secure and currently in lockdown. Continue Reading →

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Miller County- Judge Burgess Prepares to Leave Office

Miller County, AR-On January 1, 2017, Larry Burgess will step down as Miller County Judge and become a private citizen of the county again.  The only exception for Larry being a private citizen is that he did run for the open position of Constable in his area.  Should he be called for a crisis, we can rest assured he will respond and assist the county as needed in that elected position.  We can know how Larry will handle the Constable position because of the kind of man he is, has shown himself to be, and continues to be even during one of our last discussions about his time as county judge. I sat down recently with Larry and asked him what he was most proud of from his terms as Miller County Judge.  His response, the same he has always said, was “I don’t like to brag or talk about accomplishments.  If you want to know what I’ve done, ask someone else.”  As modest as he is, Burgess has done a lot for the county.  New equipment can be seen operating for the road crews, several grants have been obtained for the county, and upgrades to the courthouse are obvious to anyone who walks through the doors.  You can see historic pictures throughout, well maintained walls, security cameras, and many other improvements.  These improvements have been made without tax increases and many of them with supportive grants.  Burgess has served six years or three terms.  During those terms, not only has the county improved, but the presence of the county has been seen to improve on a state level and an Internet level.  The County website was restructured and updated and almost all meetings on a state level have been attended by someone from Miller County. While Burgess had his share of accomplishments, he also had challenges.  He had a reputation of not always getting along with Quorum Court members.  He has been known to butt heads over budgets, spending, and building needs on more than one occasion.  None of that detracted Burgess from his main mission to serve the people of Miller County to best of his ability. The bottom line is that for six years Miller County has benefited from having Burgess at the helm.  He decided not to run for another term several months ago and will spend time with his wife and family and focus on their home in the Dodridge area.  On January 1, the man Burgess first ran against for judge, Roy John McNatt, will be charged with taking over and moving the county forward in Burgess’ absence.  There are some things for certain though, like many in the community, the three-time winning Judge Burgess will expect those taking over after he leaves to continue the work to improve Miller County. Continue Reading →

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Candidate for Miller County Sheriff Jackie Runion

Miller County, Arkansas- Jackie Runion has been working in law enforcement for over 40 years and has a combined 3,400 hours of training.  He worked as a Miller County Deputy prior to going to work for the Texarkana Arkansas Police.  With Texarkana he served the citizens for 21 years before retiring as a Lieutenant.   Jackie did not remain retired long and soon took a job with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  During his time with the Commission, Jackie rose to the rank of Captain and was over the A-4 District which includes seven counties in Arkansas. Jackie answered a few questions from The Four States News recently regarding his run for Miller County Sheriff.  When asked what prompted him to run, Jackie stated, “Miller County is my home, and I consider the people of Miller County my friends and neighbors.  We all want to be able to raise our families in a community that is safe and as free as possible of crime.”  Jackie noted his years in law enforcement and the fact that he just doesn’t seem capable of retiring.  He said that he had been asked by several people to continue his service and has received huge support for his run for the position of Sheriff. Jackie pointed out that the Miller County Sheriff’s office has twenty-two certified officers required to cover 620 square miles all the time.  Jackie said those deputies, with that size of an area to cover, have to be out in the community.  They have to be on patrol and proactive in the communities to prevent crimes.  Jackie said, “There are some changes I would like to make.  I’d like to have an officer dedicated to narcotics.”  This officer, according to Jackie, would then need to coordinate investigations with property crimes since in most cases the two are related. Jackie said one of the keys to having a successful department is continued training.  He wants to have a successful and transparent office with deputies trained and up-to-date with all current laws and technology.  He wants to promote and build a reserve program to help back up the regular officers if needed.  “I want a department that is prompt and thorough in response and investigations for the entire county.”

When asked what he would keep the same, Jackie responded that the jail program needs to remain on its current line of operation. Continue Reading →

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