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Reminder: Newton County Special Service Corp - Early Head Start would like to announce that the 2018-2019 annual report is available. Copies are available at the main office, 611 West Clark Street Jasper.

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A conceptual closure plan for C & H Hog Farms' waste storage ponds has been submitted to the state's Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Harbor Environmental and Safety (Harbor) submitted the plan last Sept. 27. In a letter to the agency, Harbor said the Conceptual Closure Plan was …

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is taking legal action against three online e-cigarette retailers for violating State laws. By selling and shipping nicotine products and devices, including e-cigarettes, to Arkansas children without age verification, the companies are in violation o…

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JASPER — A trio of young Arkansans had experiences of a lifetime during last weekend’s youth elk hunt.

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In the absence of County Judge Warren Campbell, the Newton County Quorum Court completed some housekeeping matters during its regular monthly meeting Monday night, Oct. 7.

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The Jasper Comprehensive Plan for future economic development moved into the area of tourism when committee members studied marketing, beautification and signage issues during a work session held at Jasper Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Thursday, Oct. 3. The committee was divided into group…

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MT. JUDEA — The Deer/Mt. Judea School District's administrative staff presented its annual Report to the Public here Monday night, Oct. 7. Included in the usual recitation of test scores and other data, was the introduction of new staff including Bill Mizaur, Deer School principal; Austin Ev…

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Bill Mizaur, Deer School principal, listens to a question raised during the Deer/Mt. Judea School District's annual Report to the Public Monday night, Oct. 7, at the Mt. Judea campus.

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OARK — The Jasper School District Board of Education met early this month on Thursday, Oct. 3, to sign documents finalizing a refunding of $3.7 million in bonds dated Oct. 1. There were five bids received with FTN Financial Capital Markets submitting the lowest rate of 2.44%. FTN appointed M…

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BERRYVILLE — Mercy Imaging Services – Berryville has begun offering 3-D mammography, which delivers more detailed images to help physicians catch breast cancers at the earliest stage, when they are most treatable.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $152 million in 20 projects (PDF, 121 KB) to provide or improve rural broadband service in 14 states.

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PINE BLUFF — Busy schedules, increasing responsibilities and changing family structure often make it difficult for families to spend time together, Easter H. Tucker, interim family and consumer sciences program leader for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said. Finding the time to br…

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy today announced that USDA is investing $251 million (PDF, 120 KB) to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states. The funding includes $38.2 million to finance smar…

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Halloween has become a hugely popular time for fun and festivities, but with it comes the potential for a variety of fire hazards. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages everyone to take these simple precautions to stay safe without sacrificing that fun.

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The Ponca Volunteer Fire Department will host Firewise Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct 26. Information about how to decrease risk of fires when living in or near forested land will be provided, along with free hot dogs and drinks at the Ponca Fire Department.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 41 states, including Arkansas, as part of its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS). The survey will collect information on total acres planted and harvested, and total yield …

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RUSSELLVILLE — In an effort to learn how people use their public lands, the Ouachita and the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests began collecting visitor information through surveys starting on Oct. 1.

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The Jasper FCCLA members are selling pecans again the year. The prices are $10 per pound for halves and $9 per pound for pieces. If you would like to place an order, or for more information, call Jasper School at 446-2223. Orders will be taken through Nov. 1.

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FAYETTEVILLE — Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas; Andrew Parker, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS); Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI and Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas…

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Captain Jason Aaron, 44, of Crawford County, has been selected to serve as commander of the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division, Eastern Region. He will be promoted to the rank of major effective Dec. 1. The recommendation for promotion and the assignment was presented by Colonel B…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan has been elected to two national treasury organizations in the past month. Milligan was elected Vice President of the State Financial Officers Foundation in September, and was chosen by his peers on Monday to serve the National Associ…

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed Oct. 14 – 18 Chamber of Commerce Week in Arkansas. Hutchinson will hold a presentation ceremony of the proclamation alongside various chamber representatives at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14 in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol in Little Rock.

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The Newton County Christian Food Room will have a cookout for the public at noon on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the band stand on the courthouse lawn in Jasper. Hamburgers, hotdogs, beans and beverages will be offered for a donation. The proceeds will be used to stock the pantry shelves for holida…

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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education released today the 2019 federal and state accountability reports for public schools. The reports include data from the 2018-2019 school year, including 2019 ACT Aspire results. Results of both…

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MOUNTAIN VIEW — Two-time Grammy award-winning bluegrass artist Becky Buller is set to make her debut performance at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in scenic Mountain View on Saturday, Oct. 26. Buller’s concert coincides with Mountain View’s quirkiest and most popular event of the year, Bea…

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LITTLE ROCK ­– Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced educational and enforcement initiatives in advance of the State’s first Youth Vaping Summit held at Arkansas Children’s. Rutledge sent a letter to eBay demanding the removal of all electronic nicotine devices and produc…

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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) announces the addition of 10 new National Register of Historic Places sites. The register, administered by the National Park Service, is the country's official list of historically significant sites worthy of preservation. Eligi…

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Arkansas Department of HealthDuring the flu seasons 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 influenzalike-illness (ILI) in Arkansas to activity in the U.S…

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Deer All Class Reunion

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Today’s foods come in a variety of packaging materials ranging from cans and bottles to plastic tubs, pouches, bags and wraps. Some of these materials are designed so the food can be heated in the package. Others are made so that part of the food can be used and then the container resealed t…

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The Buffalo National River announces free Boxley Mill Tours Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12 and 13, 19 and 20 and 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Boxley Valley on state Highway 43 just south of Ponca.

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The old Harrison School junior high has been vacant for about two years now. Many people wonder what might become of it, but a group met last week to look at the possibility of using part of it for a Buffalo National River Discovery Center.