Rice acreage may cushion economic impacts of COVID on Arkansas farms
Attoney General Alert: Watch for seeds; do not open them
Arkansas Department of Agriculture Issues Reminder about Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Animal Movement Restrictions in Arkansas
Sewer repairs underway; watch for letters
City Council improves meetings; two departments affected by COVID-19
News | Posted 07/02/2020 - 10:20am
Amy James, a senior at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has been selected to receive a 2020 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The national award is given to medical students who are public health champions advancing the U.S. Public Health Service mission to “protect, promote and advance the health and safety of our nation” and who are helping address public health issues in their community. The...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 12:12pm
The anger and frustration brought on by the horrific deaths of George Floyd and others at the hands of those charged with protecting the public have pointed a spotlight on the need for reform. We need to ensure all Americans have faith in law enforcement. President Trump took the first step by signing an executive order that directs more attention and resources toward best practices in police training, recruiting and community engagement. The President’s executive order will direct...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 12:08pm
These are uncertain, divided times for our nation. Unemployment is at mind-boggling levels, a virus we still don’t fully understand is stifling the course of ordinary life, many businesses are struggling, nationwide protests continue against systemic and deep-seated racism, and local policy makers face rising questions about policing and public safety. It’s no surprise that this is one of those rare moments of national reflection about our future course.  It’s also a moment of great...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 12:02pm
As Arkansas began Phase Two of its gradual reopening of businesses and social activities, the governor issued three executive orders related to the coronavirus outbreak. The first provides immunity from civil liability for businesses and employees, to protect them from frivolous lawsuits alleging they were responsible for someone’s contracting Covid-19, the potentially severe illness caused by the coronavirus. A second executive order declares that health care staff are considered...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 11:58am
Last Friday during the Arkansas Legislative Council meeting, we considered reports of 15 standing subcommittees, heard the May 2020 monthly General Revenue Report and considered communications from 10 different state department entities.  Like most every meeting at the Capitol, it was live-streamed and is still available for viewing on the Arkansas House website www.arkansashouse.org.  You can also check out the legislative calendar for upcoming meetings, by going to www.arkleg.state.ar.us...
News | Posted 06/29/2020 - 11:54am
As Arkansas continues to struggle through the COVID-19 health crisis and subsequent economic recession, Arkansans’ views on the job performances of some of its most notable leaders are worth reflecting upon. Last week, the results of a poll conducted by Arkansas Talk Business and Politics and Hendrix College were released. The findings from the poll—conducted by a reputable operation with sound methodology and a solid track record—found that Governor Hutchinson’s overall job approval was at...
News | Posted 06/24/2020 - 3:08pm
Thursday: Swiss steak, rice, green beans, roll, fresh fruit, milk Friday:  Baked Chicken, sweet potato casserole, steamed broccoli, fruit and Jell-O, milk Monday:  Beef tips in gravy, buttered noodles, mixed vegetables, strawberries and bananas, wheat bread, milk Tuesday: Chicken and rice casserole, peas and carrots, fresh fruit , wheat bread, milk Wednesday: Pork cutlet, mashed potatoes, gravy,  brownie , cornbread, milk The Senior Center serves curbside lunch for citizens 60 and older for $2...
News | Posted 06/24/2020 - 3:06pm
With the rise of COVID-19 cases in Arkansas and Drew County, officials have been urging citizens and residents of the three W’s: wear a mask, wash hands and watch the distance to stay at least 6 feet away  from others. As the economy and the state continue to open back up, the rise in cases makes following social distancing guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other public health organizations and officials, more important than ever.  In Arkansas...
News | Posted 06/24/2020 - 3:03pm
Monticello suffered a loss Friday, June 19, when long time community member and public servant, Carolyn Inez Allen, passed away at the Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation in Monticello.  Brown, who was born in Monticello in 1937 to Andrew and Velma Webb Allen, was a 1955 graduate of Monticello High School and a lifelong member of Monticello Church of Christ. Brown began serving the Monticello community at Union Bank after graduating from the Draughton School of Business in Little Rock, before...
News | Posted 06/24/2020 - 2:57pm
Water rate increases, along with the passing of a city wide burn ordinance, took little time for the City Council as they worked their way through a packed agenda Tuesday, June 23, during their regularly scheduled meeting that took place at the Sadie Johnson Community Building at 6 p.m. “Water supplied from the City of Monticello’s water distribution systems will be sold to consumers and paid for by them on the basis of the following schedule of graduated rates and minimum monthly charges,...
News | Posted 06/24/2020 - 2:53pm
A combination of COVID-19, job losses and a nation calling for social change has made traditions hard to keep, but ingenuity and a little imagination has seen the Drew County community come together to try and keep traditions alive and well. An eclipsed end to a school year, was quickly followed by cancellations of pageants, church services and changes to festivals. The June Dinner was not immune and was canceled for this year, but don’t count the residents of Wilmar, along with other yearly...
News | Posted 06/22/2020 - 9:41am
Public lands in Arkansas provide an abundance of opportunities for people to enjoy the great outdoors. The time-honored traditions of hunting and fishing have helped grow the state’s tourism industry into a key sector of our economy while simultaneously supporting the preservation and protection of wildlife habitat. We call the Natural State home. This moniker gives Arkansans an especially strong connection to nature and a vested interest in maintaining our outdoor resources.  For decades,...
News | Posted 06/22/2020 - 9:39am
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program.  This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, June 5, and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions. To implement the PPPFA, SBA revised its first PPP interim final rule, which was posted on April 2, 2020.  As...
News | Posted 06/22/2020 - 9:37am
A federal judge upheld the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures used in Arkansas for carrying out the death penalty. A group of inmates on death row had challenged the protocol used for capital punishment, arguing that it violated constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment. A federal judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas denied the inmates’ claims and wrote that evidence presented during a trial last year did not prove the drugs used for lethal...
News | Posted 06/22/2020 - 9:34am
Last week the Joint Education Committee met Monday and Tuesday, with reports from our adequacy study, including ones from the Bureau of Legislative Research.  We reviewed Arkansas and other states’ teacher salaries, as well as how Arkansas schools spend the foundation funding provided by the state. We also heard about various types of courses and how they are taught. State law allows a one-half credit in our high schools to be taught online, and we heard how a large number of schools do...

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