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Last year the legislature enacted a series of new election laws, and four of them were challenged in court by plaintiffs who argued that they restricted voting rights.

‘My goal in life is to make people laugh,” once remarked Arkansan Reece “Goose” Tatum. As the “clown prince of basketball” and part of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, Tatum brought laughter to millions.

Area residents celebrate the opening of the Mary Alice Holden Conner Memorial Park, which was officially opened to the public on Friday, May 6. The new park features seven playground stations, a zip line, walking trail, dog park, basketball court, restroom facilities and a large pavilion.

The Newport Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for KION Pediatrics on May 5. The pediatric clinic has offices in Newport and Jonesboro, and is located in the Village Mall. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The annual Monster Kids’ Fest will be held in downtown Newport this Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature activities for children of all ages. Admission and all attractions are free of charge.

Having just watched a Supreme Court nominee supported by a comfortable majority of Americans draw just three Republican votes in the Senate, you could be forgiven for thinking bipartisanship in Congress is a thing of the past. And in the case of Supreme Court nominees, you’d be right: The la…

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2022 Arkansas Century Farm program. This program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday said he was refusing most of $146 million in federal pandemic rental assistance the state was to receive, citing the state’s low unemployment rate and economic climate.

It has been said that heroism is defined as holding on for one moment longer. A moment can save a life or change the destiny of a nation. Travis Watkins, a native Texas resident, was one such hero who took charge and held on against overwhelming odds, saving the lives of his men in the proce…

On Saturday, April 23, the Tuckerman LadyDogs defeated the Melbourne Bearkatz 5-0 to clinch the 2-A Conference Championship. Makaylie Gist pitched a no-hitter with 5 strikeouts. Mackenzie Soden was 2 for 3 hits; Shanley Williams, Hannah Nicholson, Reagan Washam, and Audrey Altom were 2 for 4…

A commodity distribution is being held for the residents of Jackson County on Wednesday, May 4, at the Jackson County Senior Center, located at 400 North Pecan St. in Newport.

The 1880s and 1890s saw the rise of some of the most notorious criminals in American History, mostly riding the dusty trails of the West. One of the most infamous was the Dalton Gang, made up of outlaws from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The Dalton Gang terrorized the frontier, with a stri…

An interesting thing happened after Russia invaded Ukraine. Though US standing in the world had taken a knock after the much-needed but chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, there was no question where the world’s democracies would turn for leadership in the Ukraine crisis. As much of Europe …

The Tuckerman High School Odyssey of the Mind Team competed Saturday in the State OM Competition. The team placed second in the state for their division, qualifying them for the World Finals at Iowa State University. Pictured are team members Noah Bartsch, Alexxia Toddy, and Kadin Adams, Coa…

Have a favorite strawberry variety? That’s what the Jackson County Extension Office wants to know through a six-variety consumer preference survey it’s conducting this spring.

Bob Dylan fans – who go to as many of his shows as possible – are sometimes referred to as Bobcats. It’s like Parrotheads are to Jimmy Buffett, and Deadheads to The Grateful Dead. Some just call them crazy.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (from left), Jackson County Republican Party Chairman Don Ivie, State Rep. Craig Christiansen, and State Sen. Ronald Caldwell pose for a photo at the Jackson County Republican BBQ Bash held recently at the Jacksonport State Park Visitor Center. Ivie was honored during…

The Jackson County Community Theatre of Newport will host auditions for “The Sound of Music” April 25-27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 217 Laurel Street in Newport.

A writer opens a window to new worlds using only words. Those words can entertain for a short while, or they can change the way readers see the world, or they can even inspire others to change themselves or change their own corner of the world. Bernie Babcock, a writer perhaps not well-known…

While visiting with my mother recently I was discussing the possibility of writing a column on advice I have heard throughout the years (some good, some not so good).

Average teacher salaries in Arkansas ranked 47th in the nation in 2020, down from 46th in 2019 and 44th in 2018.

Election season is in full swing in Jackson County, and this year, for the first time in history, voters will have to request a Republican ballot to vote for local races such as Jackson County Sheriff.

He had to wonder where it all went wrong. He had gone from a country peddler to the top of the state’s politics. By this time, the year 1862, he was on the run. He was a sitting governor but a fugitive from his own people. Claiborne Jackson entered Arkansas in the midst of the Civil War as t…

The recidivism rate for Arkansas prison inmates is 46.1 percent, a rate which the head of state prisons called unacceptable.

Maybe it’s the perspective a long life brings, but I find myself eyeing with some skepticism the glut of “personal brands” that assault us every day on television, in print, and through social media. Entertainers, celebrities, politicians striving for acclaim, artists and writers who’ve mast…

For some people the threat of severe weather goes in one ear and right out the other. For others, the ding of a weather alert is all it takes to bring stress levels to an all-time high.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and Arkansas First Lady Susan Hutchinson, took their second COVID-19 booster shots in public Tuesday from nurses with the Arkansas Department of Health.

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