Monthly Archives: December 2010

Governors across nation ditch glitzy inaugural galas in face of deficits

In better days, newly elected governors were welcomed into office with star-studded galas, serenades by rock bands, even an NFL stadium transformed into a winter wonderland. But with many now facing multibillion-dollar deficits and high unemployment, states’ top bosses are … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve tornadoes kill 6 in Arkansas, Missouri

Tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest on Friday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more across Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. Forecasters said storms could hit along a stretch from near Chicago to New … Continue reading

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Woods fire reported in Waldo

The Waldo Fire Department has been dispatched to a woods fire on Highway 98 West. We advise caution if you’re driving in that direction – keep an eye out for emergency response vehicles and firemen!

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Thyer sworn in as US attorney in Arkansas

Former Jonesboro legislator Chris Thyer has been sworn in as the new U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, reports the Associated Press. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Chief U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes conducted the private ceremony on Friday.

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The countdown begins . . .

The countdown to 2011 has begun here at the Banner-News Blog, but we think the celebrations may have started some time ago elsewhere in town! As we type this post, we’re listening to fireworks detonating all over town, and it’s … Continue reading

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Final Goodbye: A roll call of deaths in 2010

We enjoy having access to the Associated Press wires, in part because we like being able to provide our readers with stories like the following. As 2010 rolls to a close, the following AP story reminds us all of those … Continue reading

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It’s getting cold outside . . .

If you haven’t been outdoors in the last couple of hours, you might want to put on a light jacket before heading out again. The temperature has dropped to 64, according to our outdoor thermometer – down 7 degrees from … Continue reading

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Sheriff’s Office identifies those killed in Arkansas twister

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says the three people killed in an early morning tornado are an elderly couple and a farmer who died while milking cows in his dairy barn, reports the Associated Press. Sheriff Tim Helder says the Friday … Continue reading

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Online Readers’ Top Ten Banner-News Stories of 2010

We’ve watched happily as our web hits have grown (and grown and grown and . . . well, you get the idea) over the past year. Our average daily number of web hits has tripled, and thus we’ve been monitoring … Continue reading

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Search on for Arkansas’ missing moon rock

The moon rock that the state of Arkansas received after the Apollo 17 mission is missing and historians don’t know where to look for it, reports the Associated Press. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the 1.142-gram rock could be worth as much … Continue reading

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