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Fed. disaster declarations for 29 Arkansas counties for drought, floods

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Gov. Beebe's Office) - United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has made Secretarial disaster declarations for farmers in 29 Arkansas counties related to drought conditions and flooding earlier this year. Qualifying farmers will be eligible for federal aid, including emergency loans.

Responding to requests from Governor Mike Beebe, Vilsack issued disaster declarations in response to earlier drought conditions in Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Clark, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Grant, Hempstead, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Little River, Lonoke, Miller, Monroe, Nevada, Ouachita, Phillips, Prairie, Pulaski and Union Counties.
In addition, a declaration providing flood-related aid in the State of Mississippi includes three Arkansas counties that are contiguous to the declared region. Phillips County is included in this declaration as well, as are Crittenden and Lee Counties.

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Closings and Cancellations: Businesses, Daycares, and Events

Here you will find a list of businesses and daycares closing as well as event cancellations due to inclement weather.

Business Closings

  • Enrichment Academy in North Little Rock - Closed Tuesday.

Daycare Closings

  • We do not have any reported daycares for Tuesday.

Events Cancelled/Rescheduled

PCSO searching for man wanted on child porn charge

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted for possession of child pornography, along with other charges.

A press release from PCSO stated that William W. Chamlee, 47, was being investigated for narcotics when it was determined that he had been molesting a juvenile and taking images of her without her knowledge.

The release said that Chamlee has recently been seen in the Cabot and Jacksonville areas. He may be in a 1995 black Chevy pickup truck with Arkansas license plate number 450 THZ. The back window has a skull decal that says "Black Helmet" under it. Other details of the truck include a Little Rock Fire department decal and the Chevy logo on the grill is blue.

Real-time travel conditions from Arkansas Highway Dept.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ASHTD) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will provide drivers in the state with up to the minute travel information during the wintry weather in Arkansas. 

IDriveArkansas.com provides information on current traffic flow, icy road conditions, and construction zones. It also features a weather radar overlay. Be sure to click on the Snowflake icon for wintry travel information. We urge drivers to visit the site before attempting to drive.

Motorists can also get information including construction zone lane closures by following the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department on Twitter @AHTD.

AHTD will also provide a phone number that drivers can call to get a recorded message outlining wintry weather travel information. It's 501-569-2374 or 1-800-245-1672.

Travel is not recommended during wintry weather events. However, if you must drive, here are a few safety tips.

Cabot man, Doritos Locos Tacos visionary dies at 41

(USA TODAY) - The visionary behind the billion-dollar Doritos Locos Tacos idea never made any money on it.

Instead, Todd Mills shrugged off any attention, simply wanting his "cool idea" to come true, said Mills' wife, Ginger.

Mills, 41, died on Thanksgiving after battling brain cancer at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. He's survived by daughters, Tyler, 19, and Lainey, 6.

When friends learned he had passed away, they took pictures of themselves eating the tacos and posted the images to Facebook, Ginger Mills said.

"It was a sweet memorial," she said.

Mills said her husband often made taco salads using Doritos and frequently said someone should make taco shells out of the cheesy snack.

Volunteer opportunities still available to help Salvation Army

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Salvation Army needs your help  filling in open spots to lend a hand this holiday season.

There are several unfilled volunteer opportunities open from this weekend all the way to Christmas:

1. ANGEL TREE: Volunteers are needed to cover the morning and mid-afternoon shifts (10AM-2PM and 2PM-6PM) at the McCain Mall Angel Tree Dec. 4 or Dec. 6th (2PM-6PM).

2. FILL THE TRUCK: Volunteers are needed in Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Saline County with Fill the Truck. There is a big need for volunteers in Jacksonville, Cabot, Lonoke, or Searcy for this coming weekend, and all day Friday is open at almost all of the Little Rock locations.