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In Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Michelle Huff has sentenced Robert Hall, 36, to 27 and a-half years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections on a felony-level offense of sexual assault in the first degree, arising from a 2018 incident and arrest.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a vast, diverse country, and we each answer the question in our own way.

Enrollment has dropped at many state-supported colleges and universities because of disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 23rd Annual Depot Days Music Festival will take place on Front Street in downtown Newport Friday and Saturday. Here is a schedule of events for the festival and a listing of items and donations to the Newport Lions Club auction.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas last week dispatched 181 line workers and utility vehicles, along with construction and right-of-way equipment, to assist South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association (SLECA) of Houma, La., in continued power restoration efforts.

The Newport Area Chamber of Commerce is currently recruiting teams to participate in the “Trashiest Team” contest during the Great Arkansas Clean-Up, the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB).

Local school officials appear to have made the right moves in fighting the spread of coronavirus in the public schools, Johnny Key, state education secretary said this week.

Herman Davis went from deep poverty in a remote corner of Arkansas and became the most decorated Arkansan of World War I. He was born just outside what is now Manila in Mississippi County in 1888. The family lived in a small shack outside the town near Big Lake and ran a small store. The fam…

The legislature is preparing to convene again on September 29, to redraw boundaries of the four Congressional districts in Arkansas.

The Newport Greypups beat Barton on Thursday, Sept. 9, at Greyhound Field 44-8. Pictured is Greypup running back Aamonii Wren running the ball.

Tuckerman honors the 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul attack in Afghanistan, and those who died during 9 / 11. The displays are located at The Trails to Tuckerman Armed Services Memorial Park on Highway 367.

Pamela Walls of Paragould and David Walls of Newport are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Paige Elizabeth Walls, of Newport, to William Scott Creighton, of Newport.

All Republicans voted last week against the advancement of President Joe Biden’s “budget blueprint,” which passed in the House. It’s the first step in drafting his $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan.

It began with an honest mistake that even the most skilled craftsman has made hundreds of times. A young technician dropped a socket wrench. But on that day in 1980, it was a mistake that almost ended the world.

The good news is hospitalizations in Arkansas due to COVID-19 are still dropping. The bad news is that the number of people being put on ventilators keeps going up as we head into a holiday weekend.

During the awards luncheon at their 2021 Annual Conference in Jonesboro on Monday, Arkansas Economic Developers & Chamber Executives (AEDCE) recognized Julie Allen, of Newport, among individuals for outstanding achievement.

Over the past several weeks, I have visited 16 communities on my Community COVID Conversations tour, and I heard heartfelt concerns, heartbreaking stories, and heartening testimonies about the value of the COVID-19 vaccines.

For the Arkansas Razorbacks, the 1963 season had been a disappointment, with the team ending with a lackluster 5-5 record. Afterward, Coach Frank Broyles and the team began plotting a comeback for next season, and the team promised – and delivered – what would be an unforgettable year.

At an establishment in Greene County recently I stumbled into a conversation between two workers as I approached the checkout counter.

ROE — Arkansas rice growers battling yet another insect in their crops have until Aug. 28 to use Endigo ZC, after the Environmental Protection Agency issued a Section 18 exemption on Aug. 13.

The state was working to free up intensive care unit beds designed for COVID-19 patients, and to increase staff to care for them on Tuesday.

Wendale Comer, manager of Newport Municipal Water Co., was recently recognized by the Arkansas Water and Wastewater Managers Association as the 2021 Manager of the Year. Comer, who has served the Newport water company in various positions since 1966, was presented the award by Howell Anderso…

As students in most Arkansas school districts return to class wearing masks to fight the coronavirus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, and lawmakers prepare for battle in court.

As Arkansans begin looking forward to plans of a final summer getaway, law enforcement officers are preparing to saturate the highways with additional patrols staring Friday and continuing through the Labor Day holiday.

The Arkansas Legislative Council approved a funding request of more than $245 million to help hospitals and nursing homes recruit and retain staff, and to cope with extraordinary expenses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Tuesday that COVID-19 cases rose 2,620 for a statewide total of 407,892 since March of last year.

Circuit Judge Rob Ratton has granted a change of venue motion from attorneys for Quake Lewellyn to move his murder trial from Jackson County to Lawrence County.

The Youth Worship Team of Faith Assembly of God in Tuckerman recently competed in a fine arts competition at the National Assemblies of God General Council in Orlando, Florida. The worship team won first place at the national competition in the category of “small group worship team.” The gro…

U.S. Senate candidate Jake Bequette (standing) spent a couple of hours in Newport last Friday at the Jacksonport State Park. The event that he attended was a candidate meet and greet hosted by the Jackson County Republican Committee. Jake shared his vision for the country and talked about th…

The city of Newport has received the first installment of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) of 2021.

Fay Jones spent his life building and creating, bringing elaborate and stylish building designs to life. In the process, the Arkansas native became one of the most respected and innovative architects of the twentieth century.