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Newton County 4-H had a great, successful day at Ozark District O'Rama on June 19th. Fourteen 4-H members took the challenge of representing Newton County in skills and presentations at this year's event at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville.

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The Newton County Resource Council and the Newton County Extension 4-H has been hosting the 2019 Summer Youth Camp through the month of June. The camp is held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the Jasper School Auditorium and at Bradley Park in Jasper.

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There will be shuttle service for those attending the Buffalo River Elk Festival Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 parking at the Jasper School parking lot and the Coffman Funeral Home parking lot. The shuttles will runFriday from 5-11 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

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The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Newton County Pie Contest is changing a little this year. The Annual Pie Contest Fundraiser held by the Single Parent Scholarship Fund in Newton County will be held Saturday, June 29th in conjunction with Elk Fest. Pies may be entered at 10:00 am at the…

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Six customers of the Eastern Newton County Water Association are under a boil water order.

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Carrots arrived in America with the Pilgrims and soon became part of the staple diet by the native Indians who adopted it as a food source. Where would we be without this crunchy, sweet, nutritious vegetable?

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Come help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Freddy and Donna Kilgore of Jasper. Their children will welcome family and friends at the Carroll Electric Building in Jasper on Saturday, July 6, from noon until 5 p.m.

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The Newton County Cancer Support survivors meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 3, at 12:30 p.m. inside the Newton County Senior Center In Jasper. The group will discuss issues that can help all cancer survivors. The Senior Center provides a nice lunch offered at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. …

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The Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri Tribe District #8's meeting scheduled for Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at the Stone County Library, 326 West Washington Street, Mountain View, Arkansas, has been cancelled. The next meeting will be Sept. 7. Please plan to attend.

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Hello, to our friends and family! We started out our week with exercises and Guess the Year. Our week is filled with bible study, singing, crafts, a birthday party on Friday along with the bean auction, and our annual Independence Celebration at 7 p.m. We will have the Billy Bower family sin…

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The Newton County Farmers Market open Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. until noon in front of the County Extension Office, 504 Court Street, in Jasper; Fridays, at the courthouse square from 9 a.m. until noon.

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Good weather and a good sized crowd showed up for the National Park Radio concert hosted by the Buffalo National River Partners at the Steel Creek Campground Saturday, June 15. It was the fourth consecutive year, for the concert performed by the modern folk band from Harrison. It was estimat…

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Come join us at Newton County Baptist Church Vacation Bible School for The Incredible Race - an exciting journey around the world exploring God's love for the nations. June 23-27, 6-8:30 nightly.

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On display at the Bradley House Museum's front lawn is a horse drawn road grader, circa 1896. It is on loan from the J.W. Hudson Family Hudson-Akers Farm in Jasper.

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Some older adults were on the tennis court at Bradley Park, but they weren't playing tennis. They appeared to be playing doubles, but they had paddles instead of rackets and they were hitting what looked like a yellow whiffle ball over the tennis net. And the court was marked out into boxes …

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June 28 and 29 are the dates for this year's Buffalo River Elk Festival in Jasper and the city council approved a change to the city's Event Permit regarding the use of smoking tobacco and electronic cigaretts in public areas.

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Garrett Davidson took his seat on the Jasper School District Board of Education Monday night. He takes over from Stacey Clark whom he defeated in May's school election. Davidson captured 102 votes while Clark received 45 votes in the Zone 5 race.

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LITTLE ROCK – USDA announced recently it is offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) in a joint effort with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and USDA’s Animal and Pl…

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A community garden is a way to grow delicious, fresh produce and to bring together neighbors and community members. A community garden also requires buy-in from the community, proactive planning, and ongoing maintenance.

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WASHINGTON – USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson has announced the departure of USDA World Agricultural Outlook Board Chair Dr. Seth Meyer, effective July 13, along with the appointment of Deputy Board Chair Dr. Mark Jekanowski as acting board chair.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge applauds today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the final ruling of President Donald J. Trump’s proposed replacement of the Clean Power Plan. The Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Final Rule comes after Ru…

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced finalization of the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule and finalized repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The ACE Rule sets emission guidelines for state plans that are narrowly tailored toward in-the-fence-line measures that can b…

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WASHINGTON — Arkansas residents recovering from recent major flooding in 12 counties could be eligible for a helping hand from USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) announced today by the U.S Department of Agriculture.

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June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, and it's a great time to visit the Little Rock Zoo, the only zoo in Arkansas accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo has an important role in inspiring people to value and conserve our natural world.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it is offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine through the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) in a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Ser…

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WASHINGTON — As part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and White House initiative to curb Veteran suicide, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan will launch a cabinet-level task force June 17 to develop a national roadmap. 

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WASHINGTON — New research published in the June 2019 edition of the journal Health Affairs shows the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation are working collectively to better integrate caregivers into a Veteran’s health care treatment. 

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), along with 14 cosponsors, today reintroduced H.J.Res.65, a joint resolution which restores Congress’s constitutional authority to ban the desecration of the United States flag. The reintroduction of the legislation coincides with Flag Day, which …

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WEST MEMPHIS — A major arrest operation took place this week in West Memphis when 22 were arrested as part of a federal drug investigation. United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Cody Hiland and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Justin King of the DEA Little Rock Field O…

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LITTLE ROCK — An increase in federal gun prosecutions resulted in an award for the Little Rock Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, recognized the Little Rock ATF office on J…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the final step in a multistate enforcement action against four sham cancer charities, a lawsuit which was filed in May 2015. The $2.5 million will be distributed among cancer centers across the country as the result of t…

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LITTLE ROCK — Following the historic floods of the past few weeks, there is a lot of work to be done as Arkansans return home, but scam artists may be posing as contractors to steal quick cash from victims.

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FORT SMITH — Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Daniel Giles, age 29, of Houston, Texas, and Romaris Smith, age 24, of Houston, Texas, were sentenced today. Giles was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison for one count of Bank Rob…