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Arkansas Activities Association highlights guidelines following approval for football, volleyball, and other fall sports

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The Arkansas Activities Association has received approval from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) to move forward with regular-season events in cheer, dance, volleyball, and football.  As such, the districts are no longer required to submit their own plan for coronavirus  guidelines to the ADH...

Two-vehicle collision takes life of Yellville man

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A Yellville, Ark., man was killed late Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 66, east of Oxley in Searcy County. In his preliminary report, Arkansas State Trooper Jonathan M. Arnold said the victim, identified as Joshua Reed, 40, of Yellville, was driving his...

KAIT reporting three people electrocuted near Spring River Sunday afternoon

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Jonesboro television station KAIT is reporting three people have been taken to hospitals after being electrocuted by a high-line wire near the Spring River. The news comes from Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts. Counts tells KAIT deputies received a call around 1:45 p.m. Sunday about...

Batesville native named Executive Director for Arkansas ACLU

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Holly Dickson, a native of Batesville, has been named the Executive Director for the Arkansas Civil Liberties Union Foundation, according to a release Wednesday from the ACLU of Arkansas. “I’m deeply honored that after a nationwide search, the ACLU of Arkansas Board of Directors entrusted...

Hutchinson: New cases see significant drop within 24 hours; school on track for Aug. 24

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There was a noticeable decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases that were reported within 24 hours in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in today’s statewide briefing on the pandemic. The state reported 383 new cases. In comparison, the state added 645 new cases...

AP News: Student dead in shooting at Southern Arkansas University

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MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — Southern Arkansas University says one student has been fatally shot and another was wounded on a campus parking lot. In a statement, SAU said that 21-year-old Joshua Keshun Smith was killed in the shooting early Tuesday and a second student,...

COVID-19: Now over 50,000 reported cases in state; Independence in Top 10 of new county cases

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At Monday's statewide COVID-19 briefing, officials discussed a wide variety of issues related to the pandemic, including the news of Arkansas passing the 50,000-mark in reported cases. According to figures released, the state added 645 new cases within the last 24 hours, bringing the statewide...

Arkansas Education Association calls for virtual start of school year

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The Arkansas Education Association (AEA) is calling on the state to begin the '20-'21 school year through virtual-only instruction. According to a release from the AEA, AEA President Carol Fleming told state lawmakers Monday it is unsafe for schools to return to in-person learning as...

Arkansas woman pleads guilty to killing former lawmaker

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POCAHONTAS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman has pleaded guilty to killing a former state lawmaker who was found dead from multiple stab wounds outside her home last year. Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in the death of former state Sen....

Arkansas: Schools must be open 5 days a week despite virus; call center established regarding reopening

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas is requiring public schools to stay open five days a week when classes resume this month, complicating efforts by some districts to limit on-site instruction because of the coronavirus. Education Secretary Johnny Key (pictured) issued the guidance to schools...

Conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris purchases former Dogpatch USA theme park

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Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris announced Tuesday the purchase of the former Dogpatch USA theme park property, a beautiful 400-acre natural setting, in northern Arkansas’ Newton County, a release from Bass Pro Shops noted. While specific plans for the property remain...