• Scholarship programs being accepted by co-op

    JACKSONVILLE — First Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for its scholarship program and the 2014 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. High school seniors whose parents or guardians are First Electric members may apply for one of five $2,000 scholarships that the cooperative awards each year. To …

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  • Student essay contest deadline approaches

    Arkansas students in fifth through eighth grades are invited to participate in the annual “Preserve Our Past” art and essay invitational presented by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. “The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. …

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  • Jonesboro studies future of public safety tax

    JONESBORO (AP) — Leaders in Jonesboro are discussing whether the city’s half-cent sales tax funding public safety should be renewed after it expires at the end of the year. The four-year-old tax was initially intended to prevent layoffs in the police and fire departments during …

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  • Bi-county jail considered

    OZARK (AP) — Officials in Logan and Franklin counties in western Arkansas are discussing the possibility of building a new jail to hold inmates from both counties. Logan County justices of the peace discussed the idea during a quorum court meeting last week and later …

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  • Crawford County OKs tax proposal for new jail

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Leaders in Crawford County have approved a ballot measure calling for a sales tax increase to pay for a new $20 million county jail. The Crawford County Quorum Court voted Monday to ask voters to approve a 0.75-percent sales tax increase …

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  • Election set for Conway County

    MORRILTON (AP) — A special election is set for next month for voters in Conway County to consider a 0.25 percent sales-tax increase aimed at bringing new jobs to the area. The tax proposal, set to go before voters March 11, would generate an estimate …

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  • Warmer temps, storms possible

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Spring-like temperatures are in the forecast today for Arkansas, but forecasters say the state could see severe weather later in the week. The National Weather Service says some areas may see rain this morning before skies clear and temperatures rise into …

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  • Book narrates life of hero

    A Harrisburg native has written a biography about the life of a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. T-M Fitzgerald’s book, “From Yellow Ribbons to a Gold Star: Biography of a Hero: LCpl. David R. Baker, USMC,” tells the story of David R. …

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  • ‘Song of Arkansas’ contest down to seven vying for top honors

    Seven musicians are vying to see whose tune will be chosen as the Song of Arkansas contest winner. The promotion by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism began the week of Thanksgiving and ran through Jan. 24. The competition gave artists the chance to …

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  • Deadline extended for digital photo contest

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The deadline for the ninth annual digital photography contest held by Arkansas State University in Mountain Home has been extended to Monday. Completed application, payment and entries should be delivered to any Integrity First Bank location in Mountain Home, Flippin, Gassville or …

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  • Arkansas Grazing Lands Conference set

    LITTLE ROCK — Do you run out of grass, feed too much hay, or have pastures that turn brown at the first sign of drought? The 2014 Arkansas Grazing Lands Conference (AGLC), set for March 14 at Lake Point Conference Center in Russellville, will focus …

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  • Tim Ernst work to be displayed

    BULL SHOALS — Nature photographer and author Tim Ernst will present his latest work from “Buffalo River Beauty” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the James A. Gaston Visitor Center at Bull Shoals-White River State Park in Bull Shoals. Copies of his books …

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