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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt continues to follow through on his commitment to transform the Department of the Interior’s (Department) ethics program, signing Secretary’s Order 3375. The Order doubles the number of career ethics officials hired at the Depart…

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PINE BLUFF — August is National Catfish Month, and in addition to eating plenty of U.S. farm-raised catfish, Arkansans can learn a little about the history of the industry in the state, Larry W. Dorman, Extension aquaculture specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is sending an advisory letter to residential alarm companies due to an alarming number of complaints against these businesses. In 2018, Rutledge’s office received over 100 complaints against alarm businesses who subjected consumers to a…

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LITTLE ROCK — Fifteen defendants are in custody after a DEA operation led to several arrests as part of a federal drug investigation. Operation Mad Hatter has resulted in the identification of several drug traffickers and the seizure of large quantities of cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, …

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In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

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LITTLE ROCK — Starting school at a new college or university can be intimidating, especially when factoring in the immense expense and the potential need to take out student loans. There are some key items that every student should know before agreeing to a loan that often takes decades to repay.

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Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jermaine Donald, age 35, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The …

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Little Italy, Arkansas, which is about 20 minutes from Little Rock, has an interesting tale regarding its part in Arkansas history. The Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Museum tells the story of this pioneering community first established as Alta Villa, the “high place,” by Italian immigrants …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new study on Aug. 6 about pharmacy-based naloxone dispensing, which showed the rate of naloxone prescription was far too low in relation to the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse …

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Kathy Brantley, a first grade teacher at Quitman Elementary School, and Val Harp, a first grade teacher at Hackett Elementary School, were recently named as the 2018 Arkansas Rural Education Association’s Teachers of the Year. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas have sponsored the Rural Te…

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced it will defer accrual of interest for all agricultural producers’ spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums to help the wide swath of farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather in 2019.…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the filing of a Stipulated Final Judgment and Order against central Arkansas owner Andrew Gamber; Voyager Financial Group, LLC; BAIC, Inc.; and SoBell Corp. for the brokering of contracts that offer high-interest credit to vet…

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Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jorge Abraham Sandoval, age 33, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for one count of Distribution of more than 50 grams of Methamphetami…

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Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Jermaine Donald, age 35, was sentenced today to 120 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The …

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The Arkansas Department of Health lifted a boil water order Tuesday at 2:20 p.m. for the Jasper Water Works. The order was issued that morning for the Jasper School and Boston Mountain Health Clinc due to a main break.

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It’s hard to believe that school has started. As students return to the classroom, basketball practice and just more physical activity some may worry about performing at their best, they also need to take precautions to keep cool and hydrated so the heat doesn’t sneak up on them.

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In a meeting held Aug. 6 at Deer School, the Deer/Mt. Judea Board of Education accepted the resignation of Deer School principal and boys basketball coach Elvis Middleton. The board authorized Superintendent Dr. Andrew Curry to advertise the vacant principal's position. According to the meet…

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MT. JUDEA — The Deer/Mt. Judea School District Board of Education met on the eve of a new school year. It elected to hire a coach and transfer another, but it did not name an interim Deer School principal. Superintendent Dr. Andrew Curry said he would be greeting students Tuesday as they arr…

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Please join us for revival services at Ben Hur Free Will Baptist continuing to Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. Evangelist is Rev. Freddy Goates.

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The 21st annual Home Tour will be held again on the last Saturday in October.  If you are interested in opening your home for this fund raiser for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Newton County please call Mary at 446-5915.  It is a fun event where you can show case your property and he…

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Mark your calendars, bullriders! On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Villines Memorial Bull Jam will be held at the Newton County Fairgrounds Arena in Jasper. 

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The first annual Hoot Fest event in support of the White River Waterkeeper took place Saturday, July 20th. It was held on private property along the Little Buffalo River in Newton County, and attracted well over one hundred people from various points around the state.

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Buffalo National River Partners and the Boone County Library will present, "Wetland and Stream Mitigation Banking for ArDOT Projects," featuring ArDOT Botanist Kayti Ewing, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the library located on West Stephenson Ave. in Harrison. 

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The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting public comment of the Buffalo National River Plant Gathering for Traditional Purposes Environmental Assessment (EA). The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate the potential impacts of entering into an agreement with the Cherokee Nation to all…

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A court order dated July 29, 2019, shows that complaints in a civil action brought upon the Deer/Mt. Judea School District and individual school board members have been dismissed.

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LITTLE ROCK — Commissioner of State Lands Tommy Land announced that his office will auction tax-delinquent land in Newton County on Tuesday, August 20, at 1 p.m. The auction will be held at the County Courthouse in Jasper with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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Well, when you got to go, you got to go. For a Jasper landmark, the time for it to go has also come.

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JASPER — Teachers and administrators from across the Jasper School District gathered at the cafetorium on the Jasper campus last Wednesday in an annual ritual geared to get everyone on the same page toward reaching goals set for a new school year.

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A mobile mammogram screening will be at the Newton County Health Unit on Thursday, Aug. 15. This service is provided by the North Arkansas Partnership for Health Education's Community Health Resource Center through grant funding from the Susan G Komen Ozark affiliate.

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LITTLE ROCK —The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey producers in 32 states, including Arkansas, for its County Agricultural Production Survey (CAPS) small grains survey.