• Disaster assistance sign-ups under way

    Several farm programs, including the livestock disaster program enrollment, opened on April 15, 2014, said Dee Anne Barnes, executive director of the Independence County Farm Service Agency. “These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to …

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  • SURE period for crop losses begins

    The Farm Service Agency has announced that sign-up has begun for 2012 crop losses under the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program, said local FSA agency director Dee Anne Barnes. The program, established by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides for one final period of eligibility …

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  • Students win ‘wild turkey’ national scholarships

    EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation awarded a $5,000 National Future Farmers of America Collegiate Scholarship to Zayne Aldrich of Neosho, Missouri. Aldrich is wrapping up his senior year at Neosho High School while maintaining a 3.79 GPA, ranking near the top of …

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  • UACCB named GED grads

    The University of Arkansas at Community College at Batesville has announced 103 graduates of its GED program according to a news release. Students include: Batesville — Thomas Anderson, McKenzie Best, Trevor Billingsley, Aricka Billman, Brandon Bland, Ashley Brewington, William Brixius, Phillip Bui, Clayton Buie, Felicia …

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  • Honor Rolls – Hillcrest High, Southside High

    STRAWBERRY — The students listed below made the honor roll for the third nine weeks of the 2013-14 school year at Hillcrest High School in Strawberry, according to Mike Smith, principal: Seventh: all A’s — Paige Penn; general — Daniel Allen, Mollie Morgan Eighth: general …

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  • WRA director discusses opportunities at academy

    White River Academy is near the end of another successful school year. It was created in 2012 and is located on the old Cushman school campus and is a secondary school of “choice” for students that may require a different approach to accomplish their educational …

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  • Police tight-lipped about shooting in Jonesboro 

    JONESBORO (AP) — Police in Jonesboro are saying little about the May 12 shooting death of a man on the city’s west side. Police have declined to release information about the shooting death of 47-year-old William Keith Gosney — saying the information is part of …

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  • Crawford County voters OK tax hike for new jail 

    VAN BUREN (AP) — Voters in Crawford County have approved a sales tax increase to pay for a new $20 million jail. In Tuesday’s election, voters approved a half-percent sales tax increase to pay for construction of the jail and a 0.25 percent increase to …

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  • Threat against federal wildlife agent draws arrest 

    TEXARKANA (AP) — A Texarkana man cited for a hunting violation is accused of threatening to kill a federal wildlife officer. Richard Allen Harris was cited in February for hunting hogs during a closed season at the Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge and allegedly skipped …

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  • Investigators mull cause of SW Ark. railcar fire 

    GILLHAM (AP) — Fire investigators say spontaneous combustion may be the cause of a railcar fire in southwestern Arkansas. De Queen and Gillham fire departments responded Sunday to a fire on a Kansas City Southern Railway train. The railcar was moved to a siding, where …

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  • University changes decision on gay health benefits 

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The University of Arkansas System has reversed its decision to include same-sex couples in the health benefits that is offered to spouses. UA attorney Fred Harrison on Tuesday cited a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court that stays a lower court’s …

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  • UACCB hires new library director

    Dr. Tony Garrett has been selected as the new library director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Formally the head of reference and access services at Troy Campus Library, Troy University, Garrett earned his doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University and …

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