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Texarkana Arkansas School District Partners with Law Enforcement for Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, October 28th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, Miller County Sheriff Officer, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in partnership with the Texarkana Arkansas School District, will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for the 12th annual Drug Take Back Day. Bring your medications for disposal to the Texarkana Arkansas School District Administration Office located at 3435 Jefferson Ave in Texarkana Arkansas.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 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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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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