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Searcy Police warn of phone scams

It is important to be aware of these scams to protect yourself from being a victim. Most recently, the Searcy Police Department has received complaints regarding phone calls soliciting money for the local Fraternal Order of Police.

While Arkansas has the Arkansas State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, there is no local chapter in Searcy. Here are some tips to protect yourself from scams:

- Get the organization's contact information

- Do not give your credit card number or bank account information over the phone to someone who has contacted you

- Call your local police department to verify the legitimacy of the organization before you donate money

- Do not let the caller intimidate you into giving information immediately. The legitimate callers will not mind that you are verifying their information

- A quick internet search can reveal a great deal of information about charities and whether they use cold calling to raise funds

Daily Incident Report Log for Searcy Police Department Dec. 10-12

Daily Incident Report Log for Searcy Police Department Dec. 10-12

On 12/10/10 at 1:40 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to Waffle House regarding theft of services.

On 12/10/10 at 8:00 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to Meadowlake Circle regarding theft of property. Items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

On 12/10/10 at 8:30 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the WCMC emergency room regarding a dog bite victim.

On 12/10/10 at 9:41 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the 3300 block of E. Race regarding found property. A wallet was stolen.

On 12/10/10 at 8:00 a.m., the Searcy Police Department responded to the area of Country Club and Beebe Capps regarding a hit and run accident.

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Ark. Farm Family of Year is from White County


A news release from the Arkansas Farm Bureau said the selection of Michael and Sarah Oxner was announced Friday at a luncheon honoring county and district farm families of the year.

The Oxners own the 6,080-acre Red River Farms near Bald Knob, with 2,700 acres in rice, 2,100 acres in soybeans, 300 acres of corn and 280 acres of cotton, plus a 700-acre impoundment for wildlife.

The couple's three children are 5-year-old Mary Frances, 3-year-old Laura Grace and 2-year-old Paten.

Michael Oxner said he began farming at the age of 10 when, with the help of his grandfather, he planted two acres of soybeans.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Living Nativity: Road to Bethlehem in Searcy

THV photojournalist John Young you on the journey. Click the video to the right to watch.

The living nativity is open every night through Sunday. It runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the First Assembly of God in Searcy. It is free to the public.

Counterfeit bills circulating in Searcy

Police have no idea if any of the incidents in the last four days, including some just Thursday morning, are related or if the forged bills are being printed locally.

But they say the problem is not just in Searcy and that all business owners across the state should take extra precautions when customers hand them cash.

Businesses, meanwhile, are taking each bill they make and checking it twice.

"If it's real, it'll come up light; if it's fake, it'll come out black," explained Kristi Kirk, manager at Jordan's Quick Stop, as she ran a counterfeit detecting marker on a $20 bill.

Joseph Sawyer, a pizza driver got his first dose of counterfeit money during a delivery run Monday.

"I had never seen it or anything before," he said.

"They ripped it a little, too, and they wore it out to make it look a little better or like old money so that's what threw my driver off, I guess," added Serena Tice, Sawyer's manager at Mazzio's Pizza.

9th annual Christmas tree Gallery of Dreams at Harding Place

9th annual Christmas tree Gallery of Dreams at Harding Place
From: Dec 7th, 2010 @ 5:00 pm
To: Dec 7th, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
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The 9th annual Christmas Tree Gallery of Dreams is once again under way at Harding Place at 801 South Benton in Searcy. 


Enjoy refreshments while getting a peek at the dozens of beautifully decorated trees on display.  Celebrate the spirit of the season by bringing a gift to place under the tree of your choice.  Gifts will benefit the foster children of White County.  Open house is 5-7 p.m.