Wednesday, February 13, 2019
The State of the Union address is an important message delivered by the president that serves as a reminder of what we’ve achieved, the challenges we currently face and what remains to be accomplished to ensure future Americans will enjoy the same peace and prosperity we do today.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature advanced a series of tax cuts, including the signature bill of this year’s session, to lower personal income taxes by about $97 million a year.
This week, the House voted to raise teacher salaries, increase a tax credit, and increase fines for distracted driving in school zones.
LITTLE ROCK – The 92nd General Assembly has been in session for four weeks, and legislators have sent more than 40 bills for me to sign.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The Wickes City Council meets every third Monday at 6:30 p.m., which will be Feb. 18. The office is located 132 US-278 just off Hwy. 71N in Wickes. It is located in the old Wickes school house, built in 1911 and closed sometime in 1940s and moved to the big white building which is no longer …
Happy Valentine’s Day!! We hope you all have a sweet day.
LITTLE ROCK – I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference this week, and a few hours later, Senator Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Representative Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side.
LITTLE ROCK – The governor and legislators presented the details of the signature issue of this year’s session, a reduction in personal income taxes.
House members are now preparing for the fourth week of the 2019 Regular Session. We are expecting to review and possibly vote on big issues such as tax cuts and teacher salaries.
In our country’s recent past, we’ve seen just how much women bring to the table when it comes to the economy. Whether it’s starting their own businesses or joining companies of all sizes, their impact has been felt across every industry and reveals just how important their contributions are.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Gillham Volunteer Fire Department members held their scoring for the Big Buck Contest Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. Winners were as follows: Men’s division, Randy Cole of Gillham, first place with a 10 point; second place kid’s division, Mason Dean, age 11, of Lockesburg with an eight point and…
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – State government will get off to a fast start in 2019, when the legislature convenes in regular session on January 14 and takes up proposals to lower income taxes and simplify the tax tables.
There is a new rule taking effect this session which changes the way many of our committees are formed.
As you travel north on Hwy. 71 through Wickes you cannot help but see the big yellow and black backhoe tearing down the old EZ Mart. Faith Lynch committed it was built in 1967 and Trent Craig stated “another piece of history gone”.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Monday, December 03, 2018
Did you know that every frozen Butterball turkey was produced right here in Arkansas? And that may not be the only thing on your plate this holiday season that came from the work of an Arkansas farmer.
LITTLE ROCK – Every year Arkansas judges send about 350 youths into state custody. Some are sent to a secure lockup and some to a less restrictive environment, such as a group home.
With Thanksgiving past, the holiday season is upon us. There are a number of Christmas-related activities coming up in the next few weeks.
“How can I please you if I don’t know what you expect?” That is the salient question in many relationships. Thus, it would seem to be important for both parties to communicate requirements clearly. We should express general expectations such as being fair minded: if it’s good for the goose, …
Friday, November 23, 2018
This week is Thanksgiving, a time when Americans are reminded to be grateful for their many blessings.
LITTLE ROCK – During legislative budget hearings, the governor presented his balanced budget plan for the next biennium, Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.
Bill filing for the 2019 Regular Session began this week. Eight bills and two proposed constitutional amendments were filed on the first day.
On Friday, Nov. 9, winners of Mr. Mike’s Medal of Honor Essay Contest were announced during assembly at Cossatot River High School. The subject was 2018 Medal of Honor recipient U.S.A.F. Sgt. John A. Chapma. Winners were: Manuel E. Amador, $100 Union Bank Grand Prize, Kelci Frachiseure $50 F…
Most of us enjoy coming-of-age stories like Huckleberry Finn, Moby Dick, Catcher in the Rye, Lord Jim and especially William Faulkner’s best short story, The Bear. Alice Walker and Ruth McHenry Stuart are also masters of the genre.
Saturday, November 17, 2018
We had a rainy Sunday night in the Cliffs this week and it was still raining Monday morning. It seems like the weather is finally turning toward the early winter. Winter is one of my favorite seasons in the South. Meaning it is never as cold as the northern cities experience. I have had the …
Midterm elections are over and the mayor of Gillham, with council members are, Lester Overturf mayor, aldermen Janie Coe, Lewis Newberry, Karen Russell, Barbara Smith and Judy Smith.
The new Code RED emergency notification system is now being used to alert city residents to the changes in sanitation routes.
Friday, November 09, 2018
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has 1,034 public schools and each one recently received a letter grade, from A to F, to give parents an easy method of evaluating them,
I have studied the works of the great Mississippi writer, William Faulkner, in depth for a long time. One statement he made has perplexed me all along. He said there is no such thing as “was.” He explained that if “was” existed, there would be no cause for grief or sorrow. He meant that we w…
There a few updates this week from the Capitol. Budget as hearings continue. A new revenue report was released. We have new recommendations for funding education. And there are several important dates ahead leading to the next legislative session.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Janie Whisenhunt secretary and bookkeeper for the city of Gillham informed me the city of Gillham Park gates are now open. There is no playground equipment but the tennis courts are accessible for use. She stated the city council voted to purchased Christmas decorations for the city streets …
Monday, October 22, 2018
De Queen and Horatio residents will soon have more options on their choice for Internet and video entertainment.
LITTLE ROCK – Depending on the outcome of legal challenges that are being considered by the state Supreme Court, Arkansas voters could decide five ballot issues at the November 6 general election.
Several folks have noticed that the Gillham News has been absent from The De Queen Bee newspaper. I have volunteered to give it a go until Dianne Rosson decides she is able to take up her journalist skills again.
In Arkansas, 1 in 4 women will suffer abuse in their lifetime.Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting every community regardless of age, economic status, gender, race, or religion.
I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day and to the sound of a lawnmower humming in my front yard. In a few minutes I could smell the odor of fresh cut grass. I knew it would have to be my brother-in-law who faithfully keeps my yard looking great, for which I am grateful. I got up and…
The wise old man came for Sunday lunch at the Tavern. He is as thin as a wafer but eats like a Sumo wrestler. He exploited the buffet with gusto. “You must have been hungry,” I observed. “I noticed that myself,” he replied with a chuckle. After lunch, we rocked on the front porch and talked …
Friday, October 12, 2018
On Oct. 16, legislators will begin meeting at the Capitol to review budget needs for the next fiscal year. Budget hearings are expected to continue through the middle of November. During that time, members will review budget requests from boards, commissions, and state agencies.
Regular readers of this column have noticed that I seldom write about political matters. But I would like to weigh in on the recent hearings because they captured the country’s attention and revealed some severely sharp differences of opinion, conviction and worldview. Also, I kept seeing “D…
Several local organizations will be hosting a conference in Hope to acquaint eighth grade students with the need for trained manufacturing jobs in southwest Arkansas.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
I hope you enjoy and benefit from your copy of today’s De Queen Bee.
Monday, October 01, 2018
Saturday was the first day of autumn, a season when the City of De Queen asks all citizens to help clean our city.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
From 1999 to 2016, the suicide rate in half of all U.S. states increased by more than 30. Arkansas was one of those states.
There were two emergencies in the Cliffs last week, but they were both solved without injuries. The emergency team was needed for one and the deputy sheriff was needed for the second one. We are fortunate enough to have both services in the area that are able to respond. That is a great reli…
The University of Arkansas Extension Service is now organizing its Walk Across Arkansas fitness campaign for state residents.
LITTLE ROCK – The state Department of Human Services announced that 4,353 Arkansans were no longer eligible for Medicaid benefits because over the past three months they failed to comply with work requirements.
During my time in graduate school at Auburn University, an entomologist and his wife lived in the apartment next door to my wife and me. The bug man and I became car-washing buddies one Sunday afternoon. We developed a friendship and remained close buddies throughout grad school and afterwar…