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Please Note: Due to the high volume of news stories the past several days, this week’s RV weekly round-up is being posted in three parts—a mid-week edition published Wednesday, today’s review, and one to be posted tomorrow.
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Flood victim search ends in Arkansas
State authorities have officially called off the search for victims at the Albert Pike Campground in western Arkansas campground where 20 people were killed by flash flooding on June 11, KFSM-TV, Fort Smith, Arkansas, reported.
Officers had already scaled back their search efforts on Tuesday after the 20th victim was identified.
“It was constantly reassuring to see state, federal, and local agencies coordinate so well in the face of such a shocking disaster,” Gov. Mike Beebe said in a press release. “While the Forest Service will have sole jurisdiction from here forward, Arkansas stands ready to help if any additional assistance is requested.”
All victims of the flash flood along the banks of the Little Missouri River in Montgomery County appear to be accounted for. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is working with the U.S. Forest Service and local authorities
48-hour Facebook father’s day frenzy
Woodall’s is offering a special father’s day promotion this weekend. Woodall’s Eastern or Western Campground Directory is available for purchase at a special price of only $6, or purchase both for $10. Visit Facebook.com/Woodalls to find out the details. This offer is only good for Father’s Day Weekend.
Woman dies when motorhome crashes into disabled semi
A 58-year-old woman from Alabama died Tuesday (June 15) night when the RV she was traveling in collided with a semi-trailer stopped on the highway’s emergency strip, the News and Tribune reported.
Police said the semi had experienced engine trouble and was stopped on the right side emergency strip.
The driver, Jasir Abdelkim, 33, of Chicago, had activated the vehicles flashing hazard lights and placed reflective triangles along the roadside to warn approaching traffic of its presence.
Timothy Gunning, 71, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, was traveling northbound on Interstate 65 when it approached the disabled semi. Gunning, who was towing an SUV behind the motorhome, left the roadway, driving over the reflective markers and crashing into the semi. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The passenger, Rose Gunning, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police do not know what caused the RV to leave the roadway.
I-65 northbound was closed at Exit 19 for about seven hours.
New RV rental firm opens in Saskatchewan
Retro RV Rentals announced Thursday (June 17) it has opened an office 30 minutes north of the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in the Christopher and Emma Lake regions just off Route 263, the scenic highway into Prince Albert National Park.
Retro RV is a stone throws distance from some of Northern Saskatchewan’s most beautiful vacation resort areas of Elkridge and Waskesui, said owner Darci Schapansky.
By utilizing lightweight RVs like the 2009 Shasta Airflyte which sleeps two, the 2011 Trillium 4500 which sleeps four, or the Max Sport which sleeps six comfortably; Retro RV Rentals are providing a hassle free camping experience with a retro feel.
Darci Schapansky, owner/operator of Retro RV Rentals said the company can provide more than just great RV rentals; they can also provide great location and area attraction advice.
Kansas teens stop knife attack
Two Kansas teens are being called heroes after stopping an attack and possibly saving a woman’s life in a state park, reports WDAF-TV.
According to the TV report, William Nichols, 30, is in custody and faces a number of charges after allegedly attacking a woman with a switchblade knife on Wednesday. The woman had been riding her bike in Clinton State Park.
WDAF-TV says Nathaniel Mehl and Aidan Waugh were running in the park when they saw the attack.
“If those two individuals hadn’t been there at that time, it could have been much more serious outcome,” said Sgt. Bill Cory of the Lawrence Police Department. Police say that Nichols could be a suspect in at least two other recent attacks, one in mid-April and another last Tuesday, and more charges could be filed.
Cummins to bring 200 jobs to Nashville
Cummins Inc. confirmed Thursday (June 17) it will create more than 200 jobs in Nashville when it consolidates a customer care center, the Nashville Business Journal reported.
Nashville is already home to Cummins Business Service and Cummins Filtration, both subsidiaries of the Columbus, Indiana-based company.
The center will consolidate operations currently performed in Memphis, Cookeville, and Columbus, Indiana, and some employees from those centers will relocate to Nashville to begin. Additional employees will be hired in Nashville as the new center grows, according to a news release.
“We chose Nashville from among two dozen cities based on several factors, including its talented workforce, strong infrastructure, and overall quality of living,” said Jim Schacht, executive director of Cummins Business Services, in a news release. “We wanted a city with a population of 1 to 3 million people that offered a stable economy, a dynamic workforce, and ease of accessibality, and Nashville offers all of that.”
The center is to be operational by the end of the year.
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