The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office have been receiving numerous reports of citizens receiving phone calls stating that they have won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. This is a scam that citizens need to be aware of, and is not just restricted to Calhoun County. The article below is from the Arkansas Attorney General’s Website, and more information on the many scams can be found there. If you receive one of these calls, you are urged to not give out any information and to contact the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office or the Attorney General’s Office to report it.
Those who gathered released balloons in Kason’s memory. Local law enforcement flashed their blue lights in honor of Kason, who loved the blue flashing lights according to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
The census response rate listed for Calhoun County is 29.1% in Arkansas. Calhoun County ranks 73 out of 75 counties in Arkansas in census self-response. The state of Arkansas is ranked 42 out of 50 states in the census self-response participation of 55.4%.
On May 3, 2020, Kimberly Gorman was traveling on Calhoun County Road 90 when Scott Benson side swipe the truck. When Gorman was able to get out of the truck, Benson struck Gorman. Gorman had a bloody nose, and a knot on the left side of her head. At 3:00pm Gorman arrived at the Calhoun County Sheriff”s Office to report the incident. At 5:00pm, Deputy Williams went to Benson’s residence but was unable to make contact. An arrest warrant was then obtained for Benson for Aggravated Assault and Battery 2nd Degree. On May 12, 2020 Deputy Daniel Foster and Deputy Drew Reynolds went to the residence of Scott Benson in an attempt to take him into custody on the arrest warrant. Upon arrival Deputy Foster went to the front door and knocked. After several attempts, Benson came to the door and walked out to the front yard with the deputy’s. At that time he was taken into custody and transported to the Calhoun County Detention Center where he was booked in, received a $10,000 Bond, and was later released on bond.
The Calhoun County Courthouse is changing the interior of the building by adding windows and barriers to the offices. The county received a grant to build the COVID-19 protective barriers. Shannon Gorman, from Warren, is putting up the barriers inside. The courthouse is planned to open to the public on Monday. Photos by Zach Killian