Cave City Schools issue 2020-2021 kindergarten registration notice

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According to a statement from the Cave City School District, Cave City ABC, pre-K, and kindergarten registration will be Thursday, April 9. At this time, the district asks that parents who need to register their children, to call the Elementary Office at (870) 283-5393...

Saturday’s state COVID-19 briefing: Over 1,000 tests past 24 hours, restrictions mandated for hotels, keep practicing social distancing

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At Saturday afternoon's statewide COVID-19 briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other officials stressed the continued importance of practicing social distancing and following similar recommended guidelines, saying the state's targeted response is having a positive effect on combating the spread of the virus in Arkansas. The...

Friday’s COVID-19 update from Gov. Hutchinson: Over 700 positive cases reported; no new deaths; PPE arriving

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At Friday’s statewide COVID-19 briefing from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, officials reported that there are now 704 positive cases in the state. That’s up 61 from yesterday. Testing is also increasing, the governor said. Almost 10,000 tests have been processed, and out of those tests, 7.3...

Governor’s COVID-19 update: 473 positive, one more death, additional $43 million in more PPE on way

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More state funds have been made available to help Arkansas order an additional $45 million worth of personal protection equipment (PPE) and ventilators that are on the market, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said at his daily statewide COVID-19 briefing on Monday. Last week's special session had...

Lyon to refund prorated amount for students’ room, board

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Lyon College will refund a prorated amount for students’ room and board, according to a statement released today from the college. After the Business Office clears unpaid account balances, students will be refunded the remaining prorated balance on April 17. The Business Office will contact...

Buffalo National River now closed to visitors in an effort to slow spread of COVID-19

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According to a statement on its website, Buffalo National River will be closed, effective immediately, to recreational use until further notice. This closure includes the Buffalo River, trails, open spaces, and campgrounds. This emergency closure is for the maintenance of public health and safety...

State COVID-19 update: 87 more positive cases, 14 cases in Forrest City prison, hospitalizations down slightly

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Saturday saw the state's largest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 testing, according to officials at Gov. Asa Hutchinson's Sunday's press briefing. The number of positive cases now stands at 830, 87 more than Saturday's number of 743. Despite the increase, Hutchinson said Arkansas is still...

AG ALERT: Social Security scam artists demand Arkansans’ information for continued payments

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LITTLE ROCK – Scam artists thrive on fear, and the COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed their illegal schemes, according to a release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. The release noted that scammers are now using today’s financial uncertainty to trick Social Security beneficiaries into...

Independence County Library extends curbside service hours, continues wi-fi access

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The Independence County Library, located at 267 E. Main St. in Batesville, will extend its curbside service hours beginning today. Hours will be: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check out materials, call the library at (870)...

Batesville superintendent discusses reasoning behind postponing millage vote

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The superintendent of the Batesville School District, Dr. Michael Hester, recently spoke with Gary Bridgman, news director for the White River Now media family, about why the school board decided to postpone the millage vote to help with improvements across the district, including additional...

Governor’s COVID-19 update for Sunday: one new death, no new hospitalizations, more recoveries reported

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At Sunday's update on the COVID-19 situation in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson first acknowledged Saturday's tornado in Jonesboro. The governor said he would be going to Jonesboro directly following the briefing to see the damage first-hand, and he would be working with federal officials...