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May 25, 2018

Draper admits guilt, pleads to murder, sentenced to life in prison
Photo by Hunter Newton
RUSTY DRAPER entered a guilty plea to a first degree murder charge last week in Grant County Circut Court and received a life sentence. Here he is pictured making his way into the Grant County Courthouse May 11 for a motions hearing and being escorted by Grant County Deputy Joe Scott.

Photo by Hunter Newton

RUSTY DRAPER entered a guilty plea to a first degree murder charge last week in Grant County Circut Court and received a life sentence. Here he is pictured making his way into the Grant County Courthouse May 11 for a motions hearing and being escorted by Grant County Deputy Joe Scott.

Rusty Draper has pleaded guilty to the 2017 murder of 17-year-old Austin Moody and was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Draper made his guilty plea before Circuit Judge Eddy Easley at the Grant County Courthouse in a 4 p.m. hearing May 16, after the two sides had spent many hours working on the details.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Second hearing rulings allow more evidence in capital murder case

At last week’s evidentiary hearing for Rusty Draper’s capital murder trial, Circuit Judge Eddy Easley ruled that he would allow statements made by Austin Moody’s family and friends to be used, as well as the testimony from a jailhouse informant.

This is the second of three scheduled hearings in the lead up to the trial. Draper is accused of killing 17-year-old Moody

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

'It's a place of joy'

For most of her life, the small city of Sheridan represented pain and death to Paula Corrado. It was there that a B-17F carrying Corrado’s father and eight other U.S. Army Air Force crew members crashed in March of 1943, killing all of them.

But thanks to the work of American Legion Finis Gallion Post 30 and others in the Sheridan community, the crash site now represents much more to Corrado. An effort spearheaded by the post created a memorial to the crew of the Flying Fortress, as well as all those Grant County residents killed in action from World War I to the Vietnam War.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Grant County Bar Association wins prestigious award

This summer, when the Arkansas Bar Association meets in Hot Springs for its annual statewide meeting, some Grant County locals will be on hand to collect an award. The Grant County Bar Association was named one of the winners of the Outstanding Local Bar Association award.

While the GCBA has been around for years, this was the first time the members had entered themselves for consideration for the award. They won it on their first try.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Leola tornado siren to be fixed

At last week’s Leola City Council Meeting, it was announced that the tornado siren repairs will be made this week.

Mayor Steve Davis told the council that Steve Miller told him that he can do the repairs to the siren this week. 

The siren has been down for several months due to a bad antenna.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Moody Family releases public statement

We want to thank the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Arkansas State Police, the FBI, the Grant County Prosecutor’s office and the Grant County Circuit Court for their tireless efforts to bring about justice. Without all of you, justice would not have been served.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

SSD approves water main for EEM

With work having begun on the new East End Middle School, the Sheridan School Board accepted a bid at last week’s Sheridan School Board Meeting to bring water to the upcoming campus.

Nabholz Construction Corp, the company building EEM and several other projects for SSD, offered the board a guaranteed maximum price of $339,742.

The proposal has a breakdown of what why it cost that much. The breakdown shows that the majority of the cost will go towards the 7,500 linear feet of water main. This cost $274,388 of the overall amount. The remaining cost goes towards various things including insurance, layout and fees.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tull to help area that floods

An area in Tull that frequently floods may get some relief after the Tull City Council decided to address the issue at last week’s council meeting.

Council member Nathen Welch brought the issue up. This was not the first time that Welch has raised the subject. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

After first hearing, Draper trial set to begin on May 29

The first of three scheduled hearings was held at the Grant County Courthouse last week in the lead up to Rusty Draper’s capital murder trial in which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Among the items debated during the hearing was when the trial should start. Draper is accused of killing 17-year-old Austin Moody.


Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Jailhouse informant says Draper confessed to killing

Capital murder suspect Rusty Draper confessed to the shooting death of Austin Moody to another inmate being held at the Sheridan Detention Center, according to documents filed in the case.


Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Grant County to get new vote machines

When Grant County voters go to the polls this fall for the General Election, there is a chance that they will be voting on one of the new voting machines the county is getting.


Wednesday, May 09, 2018


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