Monthly Archives: March 2011

Good news: The economy may be bad, but Arkansas hasn’t suffered the most

The Associated Press Economic Stress Index, released this morning by the AP, lists the 20 most economically stressed counties with populations of more than 25,000 in the U.S., and none of Arkansas’ counties made the list. The majority of the … Continue reading

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Authorities: Wildfire caused by arson; $4,000 in rewards offered for info

Arkansas Forestry Commission investigators say arson was the cause of a wildfire that burned 736 acres near Dennard in Van Buren County, reports the Associated Press. Commission spokeswoman Christina Fowler said she can’t release details of how investigators determined the fire … Continue reading

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Ark. plan targeting federal health overhaul fails

The Associated Press reports that Arkansas lawmakers have rejected an attempt to block the state from spending federal money to implement the national health care overhaul program. The Joint Budget Committee today voted down a proposal to deposit any federal money … Continue reading

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Protect your pets from rabies through local low-cost vaccination program

Columbia and Lafayette County residents have an opportunity to protect their pets from rabies and benefit their county 4-H program the same time. Columbia County veterinarians will be holding rabies vaccination clinics Saturday, April 2. The cost of the vaccination … Continue reading

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Pesticide applicator training offered locally

We’re pleased to share the following announcement from Danny Walker, Columbia County Extension agent: Certification training for farmers needing to obtain a private pesticide applicators license will be offered at the Columbia County Extension office in Magnolia on Mon., March … Continue reading

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50+ jobs may be coming to El Dorado

We’re pleased to share a story from another of our sister newspapers, the El Dorado News Times, which reports this morning that Benicia, Calif. – based Therma-Flite is considering El Dorado’s old Cooper Automotive plant as a possible location for … Continue reading

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Local resident connected with Texarkana Convention Center

http://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/2011/03/24/a-tale-of-two-convention-centers-553306.php The link above will take you to our sister publication, the Texarkana Gazette, which has published today an article about the Texas city’s new convention center. Mentioned in connection with the center is hotel developer Jack Daugherty, of Magnolia, … Continue reading

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In today’s edition . . .

Today’s Banner-News will fill you in on why county residents will have a bit of extra time to pay their property taxes this year, and explain why the Arkansas Department of Health is warning against over-consumption of fish from Lake … Continue reading

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Today’s legislative update . . .

Courtesy of the Associated Press, here are today’s happenings in our legislature: • The AP reports that hundreds of people packed the Arkansas Capitol to hear the outcome of several bills that would directly affect the natural gas industry. The House … Continue reading

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‘Water cooler chatter’: Dining in the outhouse, torn pants tales and mouth-to-mouth for gerbils

In reviewing the ‘odd’ news for the day, we couldn’t resist sharing with you the following stories. Enjoy! • A former public bathroom in an historic Boston park is being turned into a sandwich shop, the Associated Press reports. The 660-square-foot “Pink … Continue reading

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