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LITTLE ROCK — The 2020 versions of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture publications on managing insects, weeds and plant diseases are now available online, through Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state, and, in one case, as a mobile-friendly website.

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FAYETTEVILLE — CLL16, a new high-yield, long-grain Clearfield® rice variety developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will be available to rice growers from Horizon Ag in 2021.

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YELLVILLE — On Jan. 21 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Arkansas State Director David Branscum announced USDA has invested $7.1 million in two, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 1,250 rural households in n…

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SEARCY — Another grand turnout is expected for the 12th annual International Food Fest, Feb. 8, at St. James Catholic Church’s parish hall.

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Cleburne County Cares, Inc. is accepting applications for its Technical Scholarship Program. This will lead to receiving certificates being awarded to students, according to Executive Director Bobby Hargis.

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In December, the Heber Springs Humane Society elected a new board member Kim Speratos as Finance Officer. Speratos will be replacing Ellen Wilroy. Due to increasing family and job obligations, Wilroy felt she could no longer fill this position, but will remain active in Heber Springs Hurmane…

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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services (DAABHS) and the Arkansas Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are seeking Arkansans who are at least 60 years old to serve as delegates to the 22nd Biennial Silver Haired Legislat…

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An ordinance was passed to help support the new hotel, and the ongoing effort for a wet-dry vote in Van Buren County were two topics on the Fairfield Bay City Council agenda for its Jan. 13 meeting.

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A procedural debate centered on ordinance wording was a central debate at the Cleburne County Quorum Court meeting Jan. 9. It was the regularly schedule meeting.

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HEBER SPRINGS - In a letter dated Jan. 9 on Baptist Medical Center, Heber Springs letterhead, a preference for Survival Flight’s quality of service was expressed by hospital president Kevin Story.

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LITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced his support for the Trump Administration’s ban on certain flavored e-cigarettes and recent federal legislation increasing the minimum age to 21 to purchase tobacco products.

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Beginning next week anyone with a valid Arkansas driver learner’s permit can begin using an online scheduling tool to arrange the final step toward becoming a motor vehicle licensed driver. The scheduling tool will be accessible beginning Monday, January 6th through the Arkansas State Police…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr today released the following statement announcing that the Arkansas Insurance Department has 145,185 licensed insurance producers and adjusters at the start of 2020, a 66.1 percent increase since becoming Commissioner in January 2015:

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LITTLE ROCK — More of Arkansas’s ducks were found in the east to northeastern part of the state, according to the most recent Arkansas Game and Fish Commission aerial survey.

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DUMAS — About 200 farmers, consultants and other agriculture industry professionals attended the 64th annual Tri-State Soybean Forum on Jan. 3, taking stock of both the good and bad in soybean production in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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A traffic stop, followed by being slow to respond to the request for a breath test, led to a Heber Springs woman being charged with DWI in a Dec. 30 incident.

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The county’s move to an updated Computer Aided Dispatch system in the next 60 days is expected to create efficiencies, in turn leading to better performance, Heber Springs Fire Chief Jason Robitaille said.

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Applications are now available for six $500 scholarships to be awarded in 2020 by the Cleburne County Extension Homemakers Council. This is the 23rd year that Cleburne County Extension Homemakers Council has offered scholarships to county residents.

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The National Weather Service, Little Rock, is sounding a cautionary note about weather due in the state the latter half of the week in to Saturday, with Friday into Saturday being the greatest concern.

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MAGNOLIA — Fisheries biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission confirmed this week that giant salvinia, a harmful invasive plant, has been found in Lake Columbia in Columbia County.

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In its first 11 weeks of being open, Harvest dispensary in Conway sold nearly 262 pounds of medical marijuana, according to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

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HEBER SPRINGS — A Christmas lights display theft has left a local not-for-profit missing a collection of military and first-responder uniforms.

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the Consumer’s Guide to Arkansas Farm Machinery Lemon Law Guidebook is available. Digital copies can be downloaded and hard copies can also be ordered through the official website. Rutledge supported and helped to guide …

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Approximately seven months after the first sale of medical marijuana took place in the state, patients have purchased more than 4,209 pounds of the product. With sales now exceeding 4,000 pounds, patients in Arkansas have spent $28.13 million on medical marijuana purchases.

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FORT SMITH — Duane (DAK) Kees, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas and Thomas Noyes, Inspector in Charge of the U. S. Postal Inspection Service’s Fort Worth Division, announced Dec. 18 that Joshua Wayne Williams was arrested yesterday on federal charges. A federal gra…

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LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas cotton growers may remember 2019 as one of their better years, despite a downward revision of expected yields, said Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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Food pantries have become a great blessing locally to many families and the elderly in times of need. We are fortunate in our area to have the Quitman Food Pantry located at Howard General Baptist Church. This rural community pantry had its beginnings 18 years ago when Peble Hensley started …

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HEBER SPRINGS — A Heber Springs man has been named in at least two police reports and is currently shown as being in the Cleburne County jail for his behavior.

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HEBER SPRINGS — A watchful eye followed by late-night surveillance led to the arrest of three by Heber Springs Police Thursday, Dec. 19.

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The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) reminds drivers to “know before you go” and visit IDriveArkansas.com before traveling during the holiday season.

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FAYETTEVILLE — With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns.

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MAYFLOWER — Authorities have released the name of a Franklin County man found dead along the interstate near Mayflower early Thursday afternoon as state police continue investigating the events leading up to the man’s death.