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National Night Out-Crawford County

This year will be the first time Crawford County has held their own National Night Out. We would like to invite EVERYONE in Crawford County and the surrounding area to come to our FREE event for the community. We plan to have free hot dogs and water and hopefully more to fun to come! Here is a little information off the website on what exactly National Night Out is:

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Together, we are making that happen. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Additionally, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.
We have currently secured the following (but keep in mind that things come up like emergencies and not all of them may show, but hopefully all goes well and the weather will hold up):

Moutainburg PD/K9
Mulberry PD
True Refuge Organization
501st Legion (Storm Troopers), Diamond Garrison
Cedarville City FD
Dist 5 VFD
Kona Ice
Zebra Ice
City of VB FD-truck and smoke house
Dist 3 VFD
CASA organization
State Police Troop H
Pawzatively Canine organization
DHS organization
Dyer PD
Charlene Fite-elected official
Pointer Dog
Parents of UAFS organization
US Drug Enforcement: penciled in
Almost Home Dog Shelter
United Way
Diva Dance Studio-games for kids
US Bank-games for kids
Southwest EMS
Air Evac helicopter
AR Sheriffs Youth Ranches



Calico County: 2 free Breakfast
Cloud Limo-2 hour ride
Atchley Air-unconfirmed donation
Ron Stout-cash unconfirmed amonty
Natural Treasures-gift basket $100
Starluxe Moble Detail-unconfirmed
Hair Bliss-$20 gift card
Boom-a-Rang: 5-hamburger chips
AR Poly: trash bags and 1,000 plastic goody bags
Spray Tans by Mandy:-free tan
Kids Play-combo bouncey
Sheri Hart-original artwork
Paul’s Bakery-6 dozen cookies
Beth’s Wired and Inspired Hand Crafted Gifts: necklace
Metro Gallery:Picture Frame
Centennial Bank: grill and cooks
Sylvan Learning center: 500 bottles of water
Dipstix Mobile Lube: 5Qt oil change
Country Junkie : gift card $25
Diva Dance Studio: unconfirmed gift
A Clean Potty: 4 port-a-potties

Pizza Parlour- 2 coupons for free Large pizza

Evans Body Shop: Free detail


Local Climate

Van Buren, Arkansas, gets 41 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 6 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 96.

On average, there are 220 sunny days per year in Van Buren, Arkansas. The July high is around 93 degrees. The January low is 29. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 25 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.

Icy Road Tips

The #1 icy road driving tip: Reduce your speed.
Slowing down is the most important thing to do when driving on ice and snow. High speeds make it both easy to lose control and difficult to stop. You should never be driving faster than 45mph in any vehicle when roads are icy – not even on highways! In many cases, much slower speeds are necessary. You can slide off of the road on certain types of more treacherous icing – like black ice – at 10mph or less! If you’re fishtailing or sliding at all, it means you are going too fast for the conditions.

You don’t have the skill to drive at normal speeds on icy roads.


A factor in many of the serious and fatal crashes is overconfidence in one’s abilities and/or equipment (traction control, antilock brakes, stability control, winter tires). Some feel that they have sufficient experience in winter driving, and can therefore continue normally (at or above the speed limit). But a fishtail on ice that occurs at highway speeds is usually unrecoverable by even the most quick-witted and experienced drivers. Practicing slow-speed slides in parking lots is useless for what happens to a vehicle at highway speed. A person who enters a high-speed slide will quickly learn that it is something they can’t handle – but all too late.

  • The #2 icy road driving tip: Don’t drive on icy roads.
    The best way to avoid an accident on an icy road is to simply stay off the roads until the threat passes. Nothing can inconvenience you more than a wreck or getting stuck!
  • Wear your seat belt!
    Even though wearing your seat belt should already be a no-brainer at all times, during the winter it’s even more critical. An alarming number of road ice fatalities occur with minor accidents where the vehicle occupants were not wearing seat belts.
  • Pay attention to the weather.
    Make the weather forecast part of your daily routine during the winter. Awareness of conditions will help you be more prepared. Read more about warning signs to watch for.
  • Go easy on your brakes
    Brake application is a common trigger of slides that result in a loss of vehicle control. ABS (antilock brakes) do not work well on ice and snow, and often will lock up your wheels regardless. Sliding wheels are uncontrollable, that is, steering input will not change the vehicle’s direction if the wheels are sliding.
  • Turn into a slide
    If you’re fishtailing or sliding, it usually means you are going too fast. Reduce your speed so you won’t need to worry about this! Most high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully. If you’re caught off guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. It is easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction. If this happens (called overcorrecting), you’ll need to turn in the opposite direction. Read more about correcting a slide.
  • Icy road accidents happen in multiples
    Your own accident is sometimes not the greatest threat to you – additional out-of-control vehicles often are. Read about what to do if you are in an accident on an icy road.
  • Don’t stop for accidents or stranded vehicles along an icy roadway.
    Being a Good Samaritan is a noble thing, but on an icy road, it can cause more problems than it solves. Parking on the side of an icy highway can cause passing drivers to brake and lose control, putting the lives of everyone involved in danger. Unless the stranded driver is in immediate danger, the best thing you can do is contact the authorities (call 911), who are equipped to safely block the road or divert traffic while a tow truck can do the job properly.
  • Avoid hills or other dangerous roads during icy conditions.
    The laws of physics are unforgiving! If you attempt to tackle a steep enough incline, there is nothing you can do to stop gravity from taking its toll.


Emergency Kit

emg kit

  • Backpack with multiple pouches
  • 1 Waterproof AM/FM radio with batteries
  • 1 Battery powered flashlight (2D cell batteries included)
  • 4 AA cell batteries
  • 1 Emergency blanket, 4.5′×7′
  • Moist towelettes (individually wrapped)
  • 1 Pen light
  • Food packets, 2,400 calories total, 5 year shelf life (ingredients include wheat flour, vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, salt, water and coconut flavoring)
  • Water pouches, total of 16 ounces, 5 year shelf life
  • Procedural breathing mask
  • Rain poncho (adult sized)
  • 1 Roll of duct tape, 2″ × 30 yds
  • 1 Water container, holds 3.5 gallons
  • 1 Whistle
  • 1 Hygiene comfort kit, including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, soap, deodorant, washcloth, comb, and mesh shower bag
  • 1 45-piece First aid kit, including compresses, adhesive bandages, first aid tape, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes, hand sanitizer, scissors, gauze, and latex-free gloves

New Roof

Starting in December 2014 the Emergency Operations Center located at 1820 Chestnut will be getting a well needed top.
You are welcome to stop by and see the construction progress!