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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved 12 VA medical centers as new priority sites for future Fisher Houses to keep Veterans’ loved ones together during medical care.

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LITTLE ROCK — Finalists have been announced for the 2021 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. The Division of Arkansas Heritage launched the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame program in 2016 to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state.

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This week I wanted to talk about feeding energy to cattle.  I know that a lot of times this time of the year and going into the spring cattle are fed a lot of protein tubs.  This is not a bad practice at all, but sometimes cattle are lacking in energy.

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I am sitting here looking at the snow that fell yesterday. There is something about falling snow that is so pretty even though the cold makes it harder to do farm work.  A person has to really love the land and the animals to be a farmer. I remember when Daddy would be up early and out to th…

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Hello to all our friends and family! We will start our week with warm up exercises. Along with our regular activities, employees' will be baking pies to bring in Tuesday, we will hand out our monthly Birthday gifts, and have a Bean Auction on Friday.

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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. Seniors 60 and older eat free th…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced her new redistricting team. Former state senator, Doyle Webb, joins Rutledge’s senior staff as the Redistricting Director for the Attorney General. Webb will lead the redistricting team made up of former state representa…

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JASPER — Jasper Board of Education members Joel Brasel and Skip Emmett have earned the Master Award from the Arkansas School Boards Association. It was announced at the January school board meeting.

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COMPTON — Arkansas state Rep. Keith Slape (R-Compton) was the second legislator to test positive for the coronavirus since the regular General Assembly session began Jan. 11.

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The Mockingbird Hill Water Association is a public water system subject to regulation under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Those regulations require the notification of customers whenever a violation occurs, and is the basis for this notice.

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JASPER — Jasper School District Superintendent Dr. Candra Brasel's contract with the school district received a two year extension by the board of education when it met Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Jasper Mayor Jan Larson has had it. So have five other city workers. The COVID-19 coronavirus has cost the city 73 working days so far during the pandemic that began last spring.

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The Jasper Board of Education adopted a policy governing eligibility and administration of COVID-19 Emergency Leave when it met in regular monthly session Jan. 14. The Division Elementary & Secondary Education announced the need for a policy at the start of the school year.

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JASPER — Tina James, LPN, Jasper School nurse, was excited to see school district staff members receive the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday morning, Jan. 20, at the school. She said the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was administered by nurses from North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harr…

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the names of current senior career executives who will perform the duties of senior department leadership in acting capacities until additional Biden administration appointees are confirmed and sworn in.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed her brief in Arkansas’s U.S. Supreme Court case concerning Arkansas Works and a companion case concerning New Hampshire’s similar program. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments later in 2021. In this case, Rutledge seeks to d…

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WASHINGTON, D.C — The Department of the Interior today announced key members of agency leadership who will advance the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda to build back better and address the four intersecting challenges of our time: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers and Veteran volunteers from the Atlanta and San Antonio VA medical centers were part of a recently published study that yielded crucial insights into COVID-19 treatment.

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LITTLE ROCK —  In celebration of the life and legacy of late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., WGU announced that it will award $75,000 in scholarships to those who have dreamed of furthering their education but face challenges in their lives that prevent them from doing so. T…

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OMAHA, Neb. — WoodmenLife has appointed Kyle Savage to lead the Woodmen Insurance Agency (WIA), effective Jan. 15. Savage will take the place of Pat Megel as he retires after leading WIA for four years.

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National Plan for Vacation Day is Jan. 26, and now is the time to start planning for travel when the time is right.

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ARKADELPHIA — SGL Carbon, a provider of carbon-based solutions for automotives, aerostructures, and other sectors, today announced that it will expand its operations in Arkadelphia, Ark. in order to increase its carbon composites production. The company plans to invest approximately $4.5 mil…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture announces three deputy under secretaries in the areas of nutrition, rural development and marketing and regulatory programs

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WASHINGTON, — In one of his first acts in office, President Joe Biden requested federal agencies to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums for millions of Americans. In response, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums on USDA Si…

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LITTLE ROCK — A Dallas area tax preparer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after his participation in a scheme that rerouted more than $11.5 million that was intended to benefit farmers who had been discriminated against. Jerry Green, 40, pleaded guil…

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DALLAS — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 released the 2020 Year in Review outlining major accomplishments and environmental progress over the past fiscal year (FY).

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DALLAS — A developer and his companies have agreed to effectuate $900,000 in compensatory mitigation, preserve undisturbed riparian areas, conduct erosion-control work on streams, and be subject to a prohibitory injunction to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) on propert…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced her new redistricting team. Former state senator, Doyle Webb, joins Rutledge’s senior staff as the Redistricting Director for the Attorney General. Webb will lead the redistricting team made up of former state representa…

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 LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to launch the Statewide Community Resources Portal, a website that connects schools and communities with much-needed information about available support services around the state.

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The Arkansas Minority Health Commission (AMHC) is now accepting sponsorship applications for health-related events to be hosted April 1 through April 30, 2021, during Minority Health Awareness Month.

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Christopher Anderson, 24, of Harrison, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, when the car he was driving collided with a school bus causing both vehicles to catch fire. The crash happened  at 7:29 a.m. on U.S. 62 in Carroll County, according to the Arkansas State Police.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’s National Register of Historic Places has increased by a dozen new listings. The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) received word this week from the National Park Service, which oversees the program, and is pleased to make the announcement of new listings i…

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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at its Dec. 10 meeting unveiled the artwork for the 2021 Conservation License Plate, a monarch butterfly. This is the 21st plate in the Conservation License Plate series, which contributes more than $1 million annually to conservation educa…

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COMPTON — Arkansas state Rep. Keith Slape (R-Compton) was the second legislator to test positive for the coronavirus since the regular General Assembly session began Jan. 11.

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Flu-related deaths this flu season has reached a dozen, according to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) But still, no cases of flu have been reported from any of the state's nursing homes.