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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious disease, which causes your heart to work harder than it should to move blood to all parts of the body. If left untreated, high blood pressure can raise your chances of developing a stroke, heart attack, kidney and eye problems, and even deat…

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The Compton Volunteer Fire Department will hold a chili, soup and beans supper Saturday, Oct. 24, from 5-7 p.m., at the old Compton School cafeteria. This will be a drive-though for the carry-out only meals.

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During flu season, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) produces a Weekly Influenza Report for clinicians. The report provides information on flu activity in the state. The report also compares influenza- like-illness (ILI) in Arkansas to activity in the U.S. ADH receives reports of only …

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OARK — The Jasper School District Board of Education learned at its regular monthly meeting Monday night, Oct. 12, that the school district is reporting 75% free and reduced meals for the 2020-21 school year. That means that all school district students and other children will enjoy getting …

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Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Largent recently gave a third quarter economic development report to the Boone County Quorum Court. In it, he discussed briefly the chamber's contact with the new owner of the former Dogpatch theme park. He also noted impact of COVID-19 on econom…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is encouraging Arkansans to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unused or expired medications to one of the State’s more than 250 Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop-off locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24.

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The Newton County Senior Activity and Wellness Center in Jasper continues its home delivery of meals and curbside pickup from 11:30 to noon, Monday through Friday, announced center director Nickie Henderson. She asks payment be made by check org exact change.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic regular monthly meeting schedules may be suspended.

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FAYETTEVILLE —  Wayne King, 66, of Harrison, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by 10 years of supervised release on one count of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. The information was released Wednesday…

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OARK —Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that upset regular school schedules and caused enrollments to drop as students stayed  at home, the Jasper Board of Education approved $250 bonuses to all certified and non-certified staff members when it met Monday, Oct. 12, in regular monthly session.

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OARK — The Jasper School District Board of Education met in regular monthly session at the Oark campus Monday, Oct. 12. Part of the agenda included administrative reports. While other school principals submitted their reports in writing, Oark Principal Kenena Pelfrey took advantage of having…

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OARK — The Jasper School District revisited two items from previous meetings Monday night, Oct. 12, when it met in regular monthly session a week early. The meeting was held at the Oark campus as part of the school board's annual visits to campuses. The board normally meets at the Jasper Sch…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused cancellation of many traditional activities, including Newton County's annual October Fall Color Tour hosted by the US Forest Service, Big Piney District and the Newton County Beautification Committee. But the coronavirus can't stop fall foliage from arriving…

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The city of Jasper's recently adopted Future Strategic Community Plan notes that the city has significant infrastructural and land use challenges that must be addressed if Jasper is to grow and prosper. The city council delved into the areas of building permits and zoning Thursday night, Oct…

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Three search warrants executed early Wednesday morning at three residences on Primrose Lane south of Harrison led to some arrests and what Boone County Sheriff Tim Roberson estimated to be hundreds of pounds of marijuana from one house.

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Mike Rowe from the hit TV show “Dirty Jobs” and well-known advocate for skilled trades has developed a new employment certification and North Arkansas College has been chosen as one of the 20 schools for the pilot program.

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WASHINGTON — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced up to $30 million is available in technical and financial assistance through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP) to help conservation partners protect and restore critical wetlands on agricultural lands.…

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LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), and the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) received approval to proceed with a grant program utilizing $50 million in CARES Act funds for Ar…

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) program office announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) and Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) expanded their joint health information exchange (HIE) network w…

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PINE BLUFF — There's a change of season in the air. Leaves are changing colors; wardrobes are switching from breezy summer attire to warmer fall frocks and bountiful fall colors and shapes are on display as decorative centerpieces. But the best thing about fall is the beautiful vegetables th…

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MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozark Folk Center State Park is holding a virtual craft showcase on our Facebook page Oct. 5-16, 2020. Craft Village artisans share videos of their shops, their creative processes, and the items they make and sell. The Craft Village is a community of working artisans whose wo…

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PINE BLUFF — We can now breathe a sigh of relief as those hot summer days are behind us. Fall is a great time to add variety to your current workout routine or to try something totally different, Easter H. Tucker, interim family and consumer sciences program leader for the University of Arka…

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The Arkansas State Police is investigating a homicide following the discovery of an individual’s body inside an apartment in Newark (Independence County) Tuesday, Oct. 13.  Special agents of the state police Criminal Investigation Division have been requested by the county sheriff’s departme…

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Although the All-School Reunion October 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jasper Alumni Association will be awarding its annual $500 scholarship to a Jasper High School senior at the end of the 2021 school term. The same guidelines of previous years will be followed.

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The Jasper FCCLA members are selling pecans again the year. The prices are $10.50 per pound for halves and $9.50 per pound for pieces. If you would like to place an order, or for more information, call Jasper School at 446-2223 or email Becky Daniels at bdaniels@jasper.k12.ar.us  Orders will…

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It is with regret that the Jasper United Methodist Church has decided to cancel the annual Fall Salad Luncheon due to the coronavirus.  We came to this decision because the health and safety of not only the individuals that would be attending the luncheon, but also our church members helping…

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Newton County Senior Activiety and Wellness Center in Jasper will hold a fish ry on Friday, Oct. 16, from 3-6 p.m.  Curbside pickup is at the center for a suggested $10 donation.

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic regular monthly meeting schedules may be suspended.

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The Newton County Senior Activity and Wellness Center in Jasper continues its home delivery of meals and curbside pickup from 11:30 to noon, Monday through Friday, announced center director Nickie Henderson. She asks payment be made by check org exact change.

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A fatal highway crash was reported in Troop I Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, according to Arkansas State Police. The crash happened in Marion County, east of Flippin on US 62/412.

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U.S. Cong. Steve Womack has been appointed to a powerful position in Congress and he spoke to Rotarians about it Thursday.