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MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozark Highlands Radio, the Ozark Folk Center State Park’s public radio program, received the award for “Podcast of the Year” last Monday night during the Arkansas Country Music Awards’ virtual event.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new annual survey of farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners. The survey will help USDA understand what it is doing well and where improvements are needed, specifically at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources Con…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance partner, the Food Research & Action Center, released its “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report” in August 2020. According to the report, the average number of Arkansas children participating in USDA summer meal progr…

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin awarding more than $400 million in grants under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) to 266 non-profit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the …

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U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton—along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack, and Bruce Westerman—announced this week that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded Arkansas Public Housing Agencies $3,458,460 in funding to support the pre…

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LITTLE ROCK — Due to an unprecedented demand in scholarships, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) announced today the merit-based scholarship deadline has been extended for new students to Aug. 17. As of the original Aug. 1 deadline, a record-breaking number of more th…

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PINE BLUFF — When seeking relief from the summer heat in ponds and lakes, individuals should be careful not to expose themselves or their pets to harmful algae blooms, Scott Jones, small impoundment Extension specialist for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said. Toxic algae blooms a…

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For nearly nine decades, Arkansas State Parks have been a destination for generations of residents and visitors alike. During the pandemic, parks throughout Arkansas were a respite during unprecedented times. The department’s mission, to “enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdo…

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LITTLE ROCK — AgHeritage Farm Credit Services has promoted Clay Cannon from the Department of Capital Markets to VP of Lending and Branch Manager for the Pine Bluff branch, according to Cole Plafcan, SVP Chief Lending and Marketing Officer.

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LITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant 11 pardons. An additional 34 clemency requests were denied and four had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is collecting laptop and mobile phone donations through an established partner non-profit organization, America’s Adopt A Soldier, to help Veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness stay connected to their health ca…

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MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Mountain View Bluegrass Association has announced that it will postpone its annual bluegrass festival slated for November 12-14.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published its final regulation to improve and expand the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) with the final regulation going into effect on Oct. 1.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has successfully reduced prescription opioid use in patients within the VA health care system by 64%, from more than 679,000 Veterans in fiscal year 2012 to 247,000 in fiscal year 2020 through quarter three. 

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SALT LAKE CITY — The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university has graduated over 190,000 students from across the country since its inception in 1997.

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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is urging owners of hooved animals to closely monitor their animals and comply with all animal movement restrictions issued in response to the recent confirmed finding of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) infection in three horses on a prem…

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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture recently awarded $20,000 in scholarships to six students attending Arkansas universities with agricultural programs. The universities include Arkansas State University, Southern Arkansas University, the University of Arkansas, and Arkansas…

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Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas David Clay Fowlkes, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Diane Upchurch of the FBI Little Rock Field Office, announced that Simon Saw-Teong Ang, 63, of Fayetteville,…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed over 50 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.“The delivery of 50 Million food…

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Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2.

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I’ve been pleased to see 42,500 Arkansas businesses benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) over the past three and half months, totaling more than $3.3 billion in direct assistance. These funds have protected many small businesses across Arkansas from bankruptcy or closing perman…

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MT. JUDEA — Having a lot of firefighters all in one place made a difference Saturday morning when a fire ripped through the ABC Preschool building on the Mt. Judea School campus.

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A grant and a partnership with another agency led to a sizable food donation to the United Way of Boone County.

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The Newton County Sheriff's office asked for help finding Raymond Spring Thursday, July 16. Spring was last seen in Deer around 10 p.m. that night. The man had told his wife that he was going out for a ride on his motorcycle and never returned.

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LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he is planning to issue an executive order mandating face mask use in public starting Monday, July 20.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking steps to increase private investment in rural communities across the country by making it easier for lenders to access four flagship loan programs.

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LITTLE ROCK — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making financial assistance available this year to farmers in Arkansas who are interested in installing edge-of-field monitoring stations on their agricultural lands to monitor water quality as it leaves their field. The s…

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The beginning of July as definitely brought on some warmer temperatures. Ok let’s just say that summer has began it’s heat wave. So with this in mind, while we are working outdoors is a time to take the heat seriously. We all need to be aware of health issues that are related to heat and hum…

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Four new crape myrtle trees were added to the collection planted many years ago by then-mayor Shannon Willis along Court Street in Jasper. The trees, were donated to the city by Joe and Katherine Nance. The Lances, assisted by the city crew, planted a crape myrtle in memory of Eugene Davis, …

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Jasper School District Dr. Candra Brasel issued a statement last Friday regarding the return to school in the fall.

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There will be a drive through fish fry on Friday, July 24, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., at the Newton County Senior Activity and Wellness Center in Jasper.