04/19/17  Cotton Belt Festival Takes A Day Off


There's no activities planned for tonight at the Fordyce on the Cotton Belt Festival, church night. Activities resume tomorrow night with Gospel singing on the courthouse stage at 7pm, weather permitting. In case of rain the event will be moved to the Fordyce Civic Center.

Fordyce on the Cotton Belt T-shirts are on sale in downtown Fordyce in the old Benton Furniture store location. This year's shirt depicts the 819 steam locomotive on the back, prices start at $17.00. That's the main fund raiser for the festival. 

A full slate of activities are scheduled on Friday. Tomorrow morning Mike Trammel, festival director, along with Joe Bill Meador and Richard Ledbetter will be back on KQ-102.3's "South Arkansas Today" to give us an update on all the activities.

46 year old Randall O. Rogers of Carthage on April 5th was charged with

residential burglary and theft of property. Rogers in charged in the break in

of Robert Bryant's home on 167 north and taking several items. Dallas county

deputies went to Rogers' address and Rogers told them what he had taken and

where they could find it. Rogers was arrested and taken to the Dallas county

detention center.


56 year old Cheryl L. Allen of Sparkman and 64 year old James Ronald Oneal

of Sparkman have been charged with possession of meth with purpose to

deliver..possession of marijuana..simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms..

possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of other drugs.

On March 27th Dallas County deputy Ryan Coleman was traveling county road

206 and observed a vehicle setting in the east lane of a bridge. Coleman pulled

up alongside and noticed the passenger, identified as James Oneal had an open

container of alcohol. Coleman asked him to step out of the vehicle and when

he did he threw a bottle of Smirnoff into the woods..Coleman asked Oneal if

he had anything in his pockets that would stick him..Oneal said yes and pulled

out two syringes and a clear bag that once contained meth. The driver of the

vehicle..Cheryl Allen was asked if there was anything else in the vehicle..she

said no..but Coleman found a hand gun..several bags of meth..several bags of

marijuana and some prescription pills. Oneal and Allen were both arrested and

taken to the Dallas County Sheriff's office.