Obituary: Olen Anderson Ruddell

Olen Anderson Ruddell, 71, of Newport departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.  He was born on Jan. 21, 1950, to Cursey Olen Ruddell (Mutt) and Emma Evelyn (Pry) Ruddell (Eva). Olen worked for Farmers Oil for 41 years.  His Farmers Oil co-workers and customers were like a second family to him.  He was …

Humane Society takes in 40 pets after West Helena evacuation

The Humane Society of Independence County (HSIC) is helping with relief efforts after officials evacuated nearly 300 pets from an east Arkansas facility. According to a release from the Bissell Pet Foundation, the pets were evacuated from egregious conditions in a large-scale animal cruelty case in West Helena. After the closure of the facility, Bissell …

Longtime Mountain Home broadcaster Bob Knight dies

A fixture in Arkansas broadcasting has died. Bob Knight — the co-owner of Mountain Lakes Broadcasting Corporation and president and general manager of Mountain Home radio stations KTLO, Classic Hits, and The Boot — died Thursday night. He was 76. KTLO.com noted that Knight “…helped Twin Lakes Area residents greet the day for over 40 …

LISTEN: Children’s Advocacy Center to host picnic Friday

Children’s Advocacy Center Executive Director Steffanie Evans dropped by and spoke with Arkansas 103.3’s Teisha and Wes on Slightly Scrambled earlier this week to chat about today’s (Friday, Oct. 29) event. Listen to the full interview below. <!–[if lt IE 9]><![endif]–> https://dehayf5mhw1h7.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/1601/2021/10/29092754/Childrens-Advocacy-Interview.mp3 Chad Whiteaker and the Road Crew will be there today from 11 a.m. …

Justice Department reaches settlement to pay $88M to families and survivors of Charleston church shooting

According to agency officials and a news release on Thursday, the Justice Department has agreed to pay $88 million to families and survivors of the 2015 deadly church shooting in Charleston, S.C., due to a failure in its gun background check system. A federal jury sentenced White supremacist Dylann Roof to death in January 2017 …

Facebook rebrands company to ‘Meta’ emphasizing ‘Metaverse’ vision

Facebook on Thursday announced that it has changed its company name to Meta. The name change, which was announced at the Facebook Connect augmented and virtual reality conference, reflects the company’s growing ambitions beyond social media with the metaverse, a classic sci-fi term Facebook has adopted to describe its vision for working and playing in …

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Kyle Beach comes forward as the person who accused former coach Brad Aldrich of sexual assault

Former Chicago Blackhawks forward Kyle Beach identified himself Thursday as “John Doe” in a sexual assault allegation against former coach Brad Aldrich. Beach was with the Blackhawks organization during the club’s 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs when he said former video coach Brad Aldrich assaulted him. According to an internal probe that was made public Tuesday, …

Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Watts expected to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Arizona Cardinals’ J.J. Watt is expected to undergo shoulder surgery that is likely to be season-ending, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Watt injured his shoulder against his former team the Houston Texans on Sunday, but still managed to play the rest of the game with the injury. The former All-Pro has 16 tackles, one sack …

Obituary: Claud Wesley Watters

Claud Wesley Watters, 77, of Mountain View, Arkansas passed away on Oct. 25, 2021, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Claud was born on Aug. 27, 1944, in Stone County, Arkansas to the late Clarence Wheeler Watters and Oneta Belle (Swafford) Watters Bufford. Claud was a veteran of the United States Army …