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Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Martin Luther King

The State of Arkansas is observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday today. State Capitol Offices and all State Buildings are closed.

The State Capitol Building will, however, be open to visitors that day from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

The City of Searcy Sanitation Department is closed.

There will be no sanitation or recycle routes run today. All Trash routes will run on day later than normal.

Recycle routes for today will be run tomorrow with all other recycle routes will remaining on normal schedule.

The 15th annual Unity March will take place in downtown Conway this morning at 10:00am.

The public is invited to join the march at Conway City Hall and walk together to the Faulkner County Library on Tyler Street for the annual Celebration Ceremony at 11:00am.

The event includes guest speakers and singing.

Dear Mom And Dad: Cool It

Arkansas Activities Association

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Arkansas, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Arkansas has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of licensed high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become a licensed official at HighSchoolOfficials.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Arkansas are always welcome.

By Karissa Niehoff
Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations

and

Lance Taylor
Executive Director of the Arkansas Activities Association.

LIHEAP Winter Assistance Now Available

LIHEAP

Applications are now being accepted for the LiHEAP Winter Assistance Program.

The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas is accepting applications Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between the hours of 8:15am—11:00am and 1:15pm—3:30pm. CAPCA offices are located in Cleburne, Faulkner and White Counties.

The North Central Arkansas Development Council is accepting applications Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. NADC offices are located in Independence, Izard, Sharp and Stone Counties.

Winter assistance is available for both electric and gas.

All applicants must provide:

  • Proof of all household income for the month prior to the month of application: Check stubs, child support, unemployment compensation, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VA and any retirement benefits; A current copy of income verification will be required with all applications;  Proof of any earned or unearned income not listed above.
  • Valid state or government issued ID is required for the applicant.
  • Birth dates and social security numbers for all household members.
  • Must have a copy of utility bills: electric, gas, and propane.
  • Current verification of any and all contributions from family and friends. If you have zero or inadequate income
    you will need written collateral statements verifying how you pay your bills.
  • If utilities are included in your rent you must provide a copy of your current lease agreement. If any subsidized
    housing is received, you will need proof that utilities are included, see housing authority staff.
  • For unemployed high school students 18 years or older a letter from the High School must be provided to verify their enrollment.
  • Additional documentation may be required at time of application.

APPLICANTS APPLYING FOR CRISIS MUST HAVE A DISCONNECT OR SHUT-OFF NOTICE for propane
your tank must be at 10% or less.

No determination can be made until all requested information has been received. Regular LIHEAP will not prevent a shut-off. We will not call the utility company.

We will operate this program until funds are depleted or the State closes the program, whichever occurs first.

For More Information from the CACPA Offices:

In Faulkner County, please contact, the Administrative office at (501) 329-3891 ext. 2134 or at 707 Robins St. Suite 700 Conway.

In Cleburne County, please contact the office at (877) 699-6924 or at 305 W. Searcy St. Heber Springs.

In White County, please contact the office at (501) 279-2015 or at 1132 Benton St. Searcy.

For More Information from the NADC Offices:

In Independence County, please contact the office at (870) 793-5765 or at 9th and Oak Street in Batesville.

Izard County, please contact the office at (870) 368-4329 or at 703 Main Street across from Sonic in Melbourne.

Sharp County, please contact the office at (870) 994-7353 or at 103 Highway 62 West in Ash Flat.

Stone County, please contact the office at (870) 269-4381 or at 210 School Avenue in Mountain View.

17 Area Farms Inducted

Arkansas Century Farm

Governor Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward inducted 42 Arkansas farms into the Arkansas Century Farm Program at the State Capitol on Wednesday, including 17 area farms.

The Arkansas Century Farm Program recognizes Arkansas farms of 10 acres or more owned by the same family for at least 100 years.

The Arkansas Agriculture Department began the Century Farm program in 2012 as a way to highlight the contributions of these families to the agriculture industry well as their overall contributions to our state. Agriculture is Arkansas’s largest industry, contributing more than $20 billion to the state’s economy annually and providing one in every six jobs in the state. Arkansas consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the production of 23 agricultural commodities.

Among the new farm families are one from Conway County, eight from Faulkner County, one from Lawrence County, three from Lonoke County, two from Van Buren County and two from Woodruff County.   MORE

Give The Gift Of Life

blood donations

The American Red Cross has a critical need for O Negative Blood Donors. O negative blood is used when there is no time to determine blood type.

In order to donate you must be in good health, 17 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Benefits of Donating include: It feels great to donate! You get free juice and delicious cookies.  It’s something you can spare – most people have blood to spare… yet, there is still not enough to go around. You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed – most people don’t think they’ll ever need blood, but many do. You will be someone’s hero – in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.   MORE

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