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The public is invited to a “Toss and Eat City Clean Up” event hosted by the Newport City Beautiful Commission and Keep Arkansas Beautiful on Saturday, April 24, at Village Mall.

The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting recently at the new Joe & Helen Harris Center for Opportunities location. The center is gearing up for their “Operation Transformation” Open House on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to tour the ne…

It’s so easy, in the course of our day-to-day lives, to get caught up in the political preoccupations of the moment. What’s the Senate going to do about the filibuster? How should infrastructure money be spent? Is the country going to come out of this year as badly divided as it started? The…

Last week, I signed legislation that will increase the median salary of schoolteachers by $2,000 over the next two years. The raise is one way to show teachers we value their work, and this legislation was one of my top priorities. Senator Missy Irvin and Representative Bruce Cozart sponsore…

After showing us how he really feels recently, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided he’d better rein in his emotions, poor thing.

The jury trial for the Craighead County man suspected of murdering Sydney Sutherland is scheduled to begin in late September.

Gen. Frederick Steele had made the US Army his life. During the Civil War, he would rise through the ranks quickly, but when the time came to lead a campaign, his career and the entire Union Army effort in Arkansas almost disintegrated because of a wagonload of corn.

JONESBORO — A biotechnology major with an interest in statistical analysis and machine learning is Arkansas State University’s latest recipient of the prestigious national Goldwater Scholarship.

WASHINGTON — The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) has announced that local community banker Jim Gowen, Jr., President and C.E.O of Merchants and Planters Bank based in Newport, was named to serve on ICBA’s Political Action Committee (ICBPAC). ICBA is the nation’s voice for com…

The city of Newport provides trash bags to its residents, and according to Mayor David Stewart, the City Council has accepted a bid of $9.81 per box of 50 from Hot Springs-based Sigma for 8,100 boxes.

In the years after the first segregation laws were passed in Arkansas and across the South, the effects of the daily humiliations and abrogations of civil liberties were steadily increasing. Civil rights activists steadily fought these inequalities in court but needed more scientific evidenc…

Last week, columnist Walter Shapiro tweeted: “I just realized that we are as close in time from the end of World War II as Pearl Harbor was from Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. For a babyboomer, it is hard to believe that WWII is the midpoint between the Civil War and 2021.”

The Joe and Helen Harris Foundation was founded in March 2016 by Dan Harris, a member of the Newport High School Class of 1966, in memory of his parents who cared deeply for the community of Newport.

The Newport Greyhound Softball team won two out of their three games in the 2021 Bearcat Blast High School Softball Tournament that took place in Jonesboro this past weekend.

The Jacksonport State Park Visitors Center has been recognized as the top recipient of the 2021 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel Award among projects with a cost of less than $15 million.

The urgency of getting vaccines out to Arkansas residents, and addressing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine issues, were the focus of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s weekly COVID-19 update and news conference held Tuesday.

The end of the pandemic in the U.S. is in sight. The Covid-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have proven to be outstandingly effective at protecting recipients from coronavirus and they are also safe.

This time last year, I knew COVID-19 was a serious threat, but I was confident if we pulled together as a state and nation, then we could over time defeat the virus.

As Washington turns its attention to infrastructure and other matters of policy, the Senate filibuster isn’t commanding quite the same headlines as it did a few weeks back. But that’s only because the issue is percolating behind the scenes. At some point, it will return to the limelight.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present the A’lante Flamenco Ensemble in an admission-free public performance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 9.

Blue Bridge Brews & Bakery held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 1. Blue Bridge is located at 2600 Doyle Street in Newport. The owners are Cheryl and Chad O’Dell of Newport. The business serves coffee, lattes, espresso, kolaches, sausage rolls, cinnamon rolls, Red Bull, teas (hot or co…

James Hinds had come to Arkansas with high hopes after the Civil War. However, the congressman only found tragedy as he was assassinated in 1868.

Last week I signed Senate Bill 107, which requires high school students to take at least one computer science course in order to graduate.

BATESVILLE — WRMC Rheumatology Clinic is pleased to welcome Dr. Francis Nardella, Rheumatologist as a locums provider. Dr. Nardella will work alongside Caitlin Andryka, Physician Assistant.

The late nineteenth century and early twentieth century was a time of rapid construction in the United States. To build a modern nation, the country built railroads, harbors, dams, bridges, and roads. Some of these projects, from railroads in Arkansas to the Panama Canal, were built in part …

The subcommittees of Communications and Technology, and Consumer Protection and Commerce, of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, called in the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter on Thursday for a hearing called: “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role In Promoting Extremism A…

Arkansas is springing to life. The White Trout-lily is in full bloom in the woods. Spring ephemerals such as Pale Corydalis, Spring Beauty, Toothwort, Bloodroot, and Violets are coloring the forest floor. The return of Arkansas’s natural beauty is a relief and a reminder that the pandemic of…

More than one million vaccinations have been administered in Arkansas, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson says there is no room for complacency as the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to decrease.

Newport School District has been chosen by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Office and Gifted and Talented and Advanced Placement, for an Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented In Summer Program.