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Arkansas flood prone areas brace for storms

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Homeowners and officials in Prairie and White Counties told THV 11 that while they have experienced flooding to some farm land, no residential areas have been impacted by flooding.

In Little Rock, public works officials don't want people to worry, but they do want them to be mindful how rising waters can impact their property.

"Never try to do it yourself, especially in the middle of a storm," said Little Rock Operations Coordinator, Mark Jacobi.

Jacobi cautions home owners to be mindful of how fast waters can rise and to let professionals handle serious issues.

"Our first call outs came at about 5:30 yesterday evening. The rain started with a pretty good set of straight line winds; we had a number of trees go down. We've addressed those trees and those limbs. Actually had a few more tree calls than we did drainage calls," said Jacobi.

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Home invasion suspects named after 89-year-old threatened with gun

ROSE BUD, Ark. (KTHV) - Monday night, THV11 told you the story of 89-year-old Annie Brooks and how she was robbed at gunpoint in her Rose Bud home. The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office has arrested five in connection to the crime.

Officers with the sheriff's department said Tanner Adcock, 19, of Heber Springs; Zackery Smith, 19, of Heber Springs; Bobby Lee Pointer, 19, of Bald Knob; and two teens have been charged with Aggravated Residential Burglary, Kidnapping, and two counts of Felony Theft of Property.

According to police, Adcock, Smith, and Pointer are being held at the Cleburne County Jail and the teens are currently being held in the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville; they will be charged as adults.

89-year-old woman tied up, robbed

ROSE BUD, Ark. (KTHV) - It's a nightmare few of us could imagine, waking up to men tying your hands, your feet and putting a gun to your head. It happened to an 89-year-old great-grandmother in Cleburne County. Now THV 11 has learned five people are in custody.

Annie Jewell Brooks had just laid down for bed Saturday night alone in her rural home in Rose Bud. Minutes later, she opened her eyes to find what she thought would be the last moments of her life.

"I thought 'Well, if he shoots me, it will be over with,'" recalled Brooks.

In her 89 years, Annie Jewell Brooks said she has never experienced anything as terrifying as what happened to her Saturday night.

White County farmers say 90 percent of their crops will be destroyed

RUSSELL, Ark. (KTHV) - Farmers in Russell said 90 percent of their crops will be under water in a few days.

"The river's going to get us again," said Brad Peacock, a farmer. He estimates his family will lose $100,000 in soybeans. "We hope the insurance pays off and the water drops quick enough."

Area farmers blame the Corps of Engineers. They said the agency failed to properly regulate the water levels of the White River.

"They regulate Bull Shoals Lake from the Newport gauge from the White River, and this time of year they have to regulate it to 12 feet," said Peacock.

The Corps of Engineers said it is aware of the dispute.

Senator Mark Pryor's office issued this statement:

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Jerry Butler and the Blu-J's to perform at KASU's Bluegrass Monday Aug. 26

Jerry Butler and the Blu-J's to perform at KASU's Bluegrass Monday Aug. 26

(ASU) - Jerry Butler and the Blu-J’s will perform a concert of traditional bluegrass and bluegrass-Gospel music on Monday, August 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Butler was raised in East Tennessee where he still makes his home, and he has been playing in bluegrass bands for nearly four decades.  He started his first band at age 12.  He has been the lead singer and guitarist for numerous groups including Pine Mountain Railroad, Lorraine Jordan’s Carolina Road, Lynwood Lunceford’s Misty Valley Boys, and the Joe Isaacs Band. 

Cleburne County youth lead fight against sex trafficking

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (August 10, 2013) -- Human trafficking is a crime that reaches every corner of the country, and though it may sound mysterious or foreign, it's a problem right here in Arkansas.

To help educate Arkansas youth on the reality of human trafficking, Teen Recruiters is hosting 'Skate for Freedom' tonight, August 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Spring Park in Heber Springs.

The goal of the event is to prevent at-risk youth from falling prey to predators.

There will be many musical performances, as well as guest speakers, including Kathy Bryan.

Bryan was forced into human trafficking when
she was just 15 years old, after beginning a relationship with a man she
thought she could trust. 

40 Teams Preview: Searcy

SEARCY, Ark. (KTHV) - Our 40 team preview continues with another stop in White County. It's the Searcy Lions.

They finished 2012 with a 6-6 record, but the wins/losses have really improved over the past two seasons. They'll have another challenge this season: They have a new coach and a new system which Jeromy Poole believes will make this good team better this season.

The Lions begin the season on the road at Little Rock - McClellan Sept. 6.