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…
BATESVILLE — White River Health System (WRHS) continues their participation in a movement to become an Age-Friendly Health System.
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…
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 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.
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.
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…
The Arkansas Department of Health reported 163 new COVID-19 cases in the state Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 331,261 in Arkansas since the pandemic began.
JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s farmers’ market is celebrating three things this year: a new name, a new facility and its 15th anniversary.
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…
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