Thursday, September 10, 2020
With more Arkansans working and learning remotely in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, the issue of broadband access has become increasingly relevant.
Thursday, September 03, 2020
Now that in-person instruction has resumed in Arkansas schools, it is more important than ever to have an adequate level of COVID-19 testing.Without extensive testing, health experts cannot determine the level of community spread or give a reliable forecast.
We hope you have a safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend!
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas legislators approved a plan to add $300 a week to unemployment benefits, to extend the extra benefits available during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – The Transportation Department is upgrading its web site to make it easier for Arkansas drivers to follow the progress of highway construction projects.
Beginning in-person school again in Arkansas is not easy. A lot has changed since March 2020. Everyone has a lot of questions.
Monday, August 17, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – More than 28,000 Arkansas residents work in the forest products industry, cutting trees, producing paper and pulp, manufacturing furniture and shipping wood products across the world.
With children headed back to school this month, now is the perfect time for many families to get caught up on immunizations. The summer of 2020 may be more critical than previous summers, as there is a concern that immunizations have declined in recent months due to the pandemic.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
This week, our country celebrates the 30th anniversary of the most sweeping civil rights legislation ever enacted for people with disabilities.
The library system is hoping to be open soon so keep an eye out on our Facebook pages to see when we actually do open. I have word that the glass will be in July 27.
LITTLE ROCK – The average debt that a student incurs to earn a bachelor’s degree in Arkansas is almost $2,000 less than the national average.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Arkansans who may have concerns about going to the polls this November while the health crisis continues can make plans now to ensure their vote counts.
Friday, July 17, 2020
This week, the Education Secretary Johnny Key made a presentation to the House and Senate Education Committee about the Arkansas Ready for Learning initiative. Ready for Learning is a planning and guidance document created to serve as a game plan for district and school administrators as the…
LITTLE ROCK — The number of Arkansas children in foster care continued to go down last year, after reaching an all-time high in 2016 and prompting dramatic measures from elected officials to improve the state’s child welfare system.
Thursday, July 09, 2020
As the state began a new fiscal year this week, we received some good news about the state budget.
LITTLE ROCK – During the upcoming school year, local districts will have flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances created by the outbreak of the coronavirus, thanks to a set of waivers adopted by the state Board of Education during a special meeting.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Millions of small businesses across America have been impacted by COVID-19, and Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to assist them through the crisis. As of May 23, 40,329 Arkansas businesses had received a total of $3,286,789,662 in PPP funds. These businesses have been a…
Memorial Day will be different this year. The threat of the coronavirus will limit the large gatherings of people who typically come together at ceremonies.
LITTLE ROCK – In June the Senate Education Committee will hear a report on the effect that public schools have seen due to the recent widespread requests for waivers from education standards.
Saturday, May 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic could be a source of stress, fear, or anxiety for many Arkansans. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a good time to remind Arkansans of the resources available to help during this time.
LITTLE ROCK – Disruptions in the food supply chain affect more than the quantity of products on the grocery store shelves. They have forced Arkansas cattlemen and farmers to make financial decisions today that will affect the supply and demand of food over the coming months and years.
Friday, May 15, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas is gradually opening up businesses and public activities, under careful monitoring by public health officials to avoid bringing on a second wave of the coronavirus.
Since the beginning of this health emergency, more than 60,000 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in Arkansas.
Saturday, May 09, 2020
Saturday, April 25, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature completed the 2020 fiscal session in record time, approving a balanced budget that funds state government spending of $5.68 billion.
While we are facing difficult and uncertain times, Arkansans should know that essential services in state government will continue.
Friday, April 10, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas state parks will be open only during the daytime, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus among dense gatherings of visitors at trailheads and campsites, state officials announced.
The 2020 Fiscal Session is scheduled to begin April 8 at noon.
Saturday, April 04, 2020
This week, the House convened for an Extraordinary Session to address the urgent funding needs in our state created by the COVID-19 crisis.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature convened in special session to address potential revenue shortfalls, resulting from the sudden economic downturn caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The De Queen Homemakers held their monthly meeting Wednesday, March 11 at the REA building. President Donna Cox, called the meeting to order.
Friday, April 03, 2020
Ever since Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act, I know many of you have had questions about what this bill means for you, your families and your businesses. I hosted a telephone town hall to hear from you and answer your questions. UAMS Chancellor Dr. Cam Patterson and Executive Direct…
Friday, March 27, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – To cushion the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on working families, the state has streamlined the process of applying for unemployment insurance.
If you are a business owner struggling to meet payroll or if you have recently become unemployed due to the response from COVID-19, we want to direct you to state resources that may help.
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – An Arkansas success story that is attracting national attention is the expansion of computer science classes in public schools over the past five years.
By law, Fiscal Sessions can only last 30 days (45 days with a ¾ vote to extend), so members work weeks in advance drafting appropriation measures in order to ensure our sessions are brief.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, and 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease each year. In 2017 in Arkansas, a total of 8,270 people died of heart disease.
LITTLE ROCK – During the first week it was available, about 600 Arkansans took advantage of a new online service to schedule the driving portion of their test to get a driver’s license.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Each Sevier County Library Branch recently received a wonderfully generous gift of 100 new children’s books from The Brownstone Book Fund.
By DeAnn Vaught
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Levee Task Force has completed its final report, with recommendations on how to pay for maintenance and repairs, and how to best gauge the current condition of levees.
Monday, January 20, 2020
LITTLE ROCK – Over the past decade, greater numbers of Arkansas children have been diagnosed with disabilities that require them to receive education.
In an age where technology moves at a rapid pace, electronic devices often become e-waste in only a few years after manufacturing.
Thursday, January 09, 2020
We would like to thank all of our partners and patrons for a great year in 2019. Without you all we wouldn’t have a library in four towns in our county. We hope you continue your patronage into the new year and continuing years. We offer great services at all of our locations but most of all…
Friday, November 22, 2019
Cossatot River High School teachers Reggie Fryar and Sandy Alexander were nominated for the Arvest Bank, “We Love Our Teacher,” contest. These two outstanding teachers won $500 to spend in their classroom! Congratulations!
This week we want to remind you of an important deadline approaching all Arkansans.
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas has made a strong commitment to making sure that children learn to read at an early age, and the federal government has recognized our efforts with a grant of $38 million to improve literacy.
There were no emergencies reported in the Cliff’s this week, nor death, for which we are grateful. However, for the last few weeks we have had several deaths that have caused us to pause and share our sympathy, prayers and love with each family.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Harmony’s Christmas Concerts are coming up. They have their dates all booked and will be announced soon.
Monday, November 04, 2019
Dalton and Diane Brinkley Frachiseur of Gillham, were married 50 years ago on Oct. 18, 1969. Diane said that she and Dalton met at a basketball game at Gillham High School. She was a student at Gillham but Dalton had graduated before she moved to Gillham.