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Local creek restoration, new lake planned for completion in 2022

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A Louisiana company has been hired for the cleanup effort of Departee Creek in Independence County with a new lake planned for completion in 2022. The project has been a long time in getting to the cleanup effort. The Departee Creek Watershed Improvement District was...

BREAKING NEWS: Deal in place for George’s, Inc. to buy Ozark Mountain Poultry

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Big news that affects the local (and state) poultry industry: Talk Business & Politics is reporting that Springdale, Ark.-based George's, Inc., the nation's 11th largest poultry producer, is in talks to purchase Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP), based out of Rogers, Ark. OMP has facilities in...

Arkansas unemployment benefits to be ‘chipped away’ in 2018

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A look at unemployment insurance in the state of Arkansas finds a “chipping away” of benefits by the state legislature over the past few years, with the “chipping” continuing into January 2018. The state governing body has repeatedly reduced the amount of unemployment insurance available...

UPDATE: Truck carrying ammonium nitrate explodes in western Ouachita County

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UPDATE 3/27/19 10:09 a.m. KARK 4 News in Little Rock reports the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirms one person has died in a hazardous truck explosion. Officials told KARK-TV the carrier vehicle was a tanker, not a hopper. A hopper car or hopper wagon is a...

UPDATE: Body found Friday confirmed to be Sutherland; man in custody

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Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas has confirmed a man is in custody in connection with the death of Sydney Sutherland. The suspect is currently in the Jackson County Jail. As of this posting the Jackson County Sheriff's Department has not officially released the suspect's name...

Dem-Gaz: Entergy to close Newark plant by 2030 under settlement with Sierra Club

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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is reporting this morning that Entergy Arkansas has reached an agreement with environmental groups to close a natural gas plant in the state as well as two coal-fired generating plants -- including the plant in Newark. Click here for the article in...

Cave City Celebrates with the 40th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival

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Since 1980, Cave City has celebrated the World’s Sweetest Watermelons with an atmosphere of fun, family and music. The town is gearing up to host the 40th Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival this week, beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 10 a.m. Friday,...

BREAKING: Arrest made in Linda Collins-Smith homicide

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From the Arkansas State Police: Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and deputies of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, in coordination with the Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, have arrested one person in connection with the homicide of former...

UPDATE: Body found Friday confirmed to be Sutherland

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UPDATE, Aug. 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m.:  The family of Sydney Sutherland's boyfriend, Alex, has confirmed on Facebook the body discovered Friday afternoon was that of Sutherland. The post (below) also notes a person has been confessed and has been arrested. No names were released.  UPDATE,...

I-40 speed and distracted driving enforcement operation scheduled for Thursday

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State troopers of the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division will join forces tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 30) with officers of the Arkansas Department of Transportation, Highway Police, in a coordinated speed enforcement and distracted driving patrol saturation along Interstate 40 from West Memphis to...

Manager of local medical marijuana facility arrested

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The Log Cabin Democrat in Conway is reporting the manager of a Newport medical marijuana growing facility has been arrested for growing marijuana in his Jonesboro apartment. The Conway paper reports while Jonesboro police were raiding the apartment on Jan. 23, confiscating marijuana and other...