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LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has become the third state to win federal approval of its Family First Prevention Plan, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today. The plan, which is called Family First Fits Us, outlines how the state Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Children and Family Se…

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NEW ORLEANS – Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country. While continu…

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Beginning in February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will contact Arkansas farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey. The results of this survey will serve as a valuable decision-making too…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will help rural water systems face the challenges of aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs, limited management…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) seeks public comments on its interim rule for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which helps partners develop and implement unique conservation solutions that engage farmers, ranchers and forest landow…

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PINE BLUFF —Applications are now being accepted for AgDiscovery, a residential career and science exploration program for teens. March 20 is the application deadline, Willie Columbus, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) educational outreach coordinator and AgDiscovery program directo…

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FORT SMITH — David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Lucas Montagne, age 33, of Holiday Island, Arkansas, was sentenced yesterday to life in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release on one count of Sexual…

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LITTLE ROCK – Renting personal properties for vacations has gained popularity in recent years with the creation of online marketplaces like Airbnb and VRBO. While the home and condo rentals can give visitors access to experiences they may not get staying in a traditional hotel, it can also a…

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PINE BLUFF — The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) will offer a two-day Farm Service Agency (FSA) Borrower Training Course Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4, at the S.J. Parker Agricultural Research Center Conference Room. The course gets underway at 8:30 a.m. each day and ends at 4…

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DALLAS — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $420,000 to the Arkansas Department of Education to assist with identifying sources of lead in drinking water in schools or child care facilities. The funding will help protect children in disadvantaged communities and …

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LITTLE ROCK — Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), today named Travis Napper as director of Arkansas Tourism, a division of ADPHT. He replaces Jim Dailey, who retired at the end of 2019. Napper will oversee the ADPHT’s Tourism Division in …

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Arkansas Tech University has achieved the distinction of Military Friendly School for 2020-21 following compilation of data by ratings organization Viqtory Media.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Heritage, a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT), is now accepting grant applications for the Small Museum Grants Program, which funds projects for up to $2,500 for Arkansas history museums, historical societies, historic houses an…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnered with Verizon, Medivis and Microsoft, effective Feb. 12, as part of its efforts to deliver Veterans VA’s first advanced, 5G-enabled, clinical care system at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

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PINE BLUFF — February is Heart Health Month, Teresa Henson, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Extension specialist – nutrition outreach coordinator, said. The occasion in a chance for Arkansans to learn how to better ensure their long-term heart health.

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FAYETTEVILLE ­– Come learn the art of screenwriting with professional writer and instructor Dr. Russell Leigh Sharman from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at TheatreSquared.

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FORT SMITH — David Clay Fowlkes, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced today that Roy Dean Lamproe, age 43, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was sentenced today to 96 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release on one count of Bank Ro…

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We have an obesity problem in the United States; some professionals would even say that it is at epidemic proportions. For many Americans we are simply eating too much, maybe even unintentionally. When I say unintentionally it is because unless you are paying attention to serving sizes, you …

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If you went to the Harrison Roundup Club’s IRPA Rodeo last September, you’ll remember funnyman Lecile Harris. The four-time Pro Rodeo Clown of the Year died Wednesday, Feb. 12. He was 83.

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A chili and soup supper to benefit the Newton County Christian Food Room will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the American Legion Hut on West Court Street in Jasper. The benefit will feature gospel singing by the Bower Family. The all you can eat supper includes chili or soup, desse…

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There will be a private applicators training course on Feb. 25 at the extension office in Jasper. This is an opportunity for anyone needing to renew or receive their pesticide applicators license to take the course. The class will be held twice. The first at 10 a.m. and the other course will…

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President Betty Stivers conducted the Feb. 10 Friends of the Newton County Library meeting with 12 members present.

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Fatima Moro, 32, of Clarksville, was killed in a car crash that happened at 10:07 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, on state Highway 43 at Gaither in Boone County.

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North Arkansas Regional Medical Center CEO/president Vince Leist recently told the board of governors that the hospital is still recruiting doctors as quickly as possible.

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North Arkansas College has appointed Dr. Josephine Kershaw, PhD, FACHE, as new dean of the Marion Carlson School of Health Professions.

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Henry Wooten, Computer Science and Business teacher with Deer High School in Deer was announced by he Arkansas Department of Education that Wooten is one of the 35 Arkansas educators selected to each receive a $2,000 sponsorship. The sponsorships will assist educators with expanding their kn…

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The Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District board members didn’t exactly get the answers they wanted Tuesday regarding the role the board has in managing the district.

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The Friends of the Newton County Library will hold a two-day book sale on Friday, Feb. 21, from 10-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - noon. The Soup, Bread and Book sale is Friday only.

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The Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District voted Tuesday to give director Melinda Caldwell 30 days to comply with their requests for financial documents or she will be terminated.

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DEER — Andrew Campbell was elected to fill the vacant seat on the Deer/Mt. Judea School District's Board of Education during the monthly regular board meeting held at the Deer campus Monday night, Feb. 10.

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WASHINGTON – LAST WEDNESDAY, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) introduced the Trillion Trees Act, legislation that would plant 1 trillion trees globally by 2050 and incentivize the use of wood products as carbon sequestration devices. U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.…

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LITTLE ROCK – Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau has the important job of counting every living person in our country. Beginning in mid-March, an invitation to participate will either be mailed or hand delivered to each home. If no response is received by May either by mail, online or ov…

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LITTLE ROCK – Queen Wilhelmina State Park took home the top prize today at the Arkansas State Park’s Top Chef Competition. It was the first time they won in the seven years of the contest. Five park restaurants participated in the event, sponsored by Ben E. Keith, at the Pulaski Technical Co…

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease each year. In 2017 in Arkansas, a total of 8,270 people died of heart disease.

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Arkansas Tourism has been named the State Tourism Office of the Year by the Southeast Tourism Society. The 2020 Shining Example Award winners were announced during the Southeast Tourism Society’s annual Connections conference in Little Rock, which was attended by representatives of several s…

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The regular monthly meeting of the Jasper School District Board of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, at Kingston, it was announced Friday.

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LITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson has created a working group to continue the study of the state’s occupational licensing rules and regulations that began with a working group he created in February 2018.

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CONWAY — Building on a rich 50-year history as AETN, the statewide public media network is changing its name with a renewed commitment to put Arkansas and Arkansas stories first. Executive Director and CEO Courtney Pledger announced today that beginning Feb. 28, AETN will become Arkansas PBS.

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At Pine Bluff High School, art teacher Shalisha Thomas is known for broadening her students’ horizons, but not in her wildest imagination would she have expected to receive Arkansas’ 2019-20 Milken Educator Award, and leave school today $25,000 richer.