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Main Street Batesville Benefit Concert To Feature A Tribute To The Beatles

On Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m., The Lockhouse Orchestra will come together for “A Beatles Tribute” — a special evening of music at the historic Melba Theater. The concert is the 4th installment of the Bob and Gerry Carius Concert Series which benefits Main Street Batesville and Maxfield Park. The concert is presented by Merchants and Planters Bank. Other sponsors include Batesville Printing, Melba Theater, and Ryan Longo Design.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at and in person at the theater ticket booth, Merchants and Planters Bank, and Citizens Bank. Admission is $20. Seating is general admission. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Arkansas To Benefit By Nearly $400,000 From Tyson Foods Grants

Tyson Foods announced $1.8 million in new hunger relief grants benefiting 14 states, including a combined $400,000 in Arkansas. The company said the grants work to combat hunger in communities like Rogers, Russellville, Fort Smith, Pine Bluff, Little Rock and Texarkana.

The grants were awarded in response to requests for proposals by food banks and hunger relief organizations seeking to improve the efficiency of their operations or provide support for urgent feeding programs. The grants are focused in three strategic areas: food bank capacity, mobile pantries and backpack programs.     MORE

Camp Robinson Prescribed Burn

The Arkansas National Guard will conduct a prescribed burn March 22nd over approximately 1,150 acres of land on Camp Robinson Friday, March 22, 2019, at approximately 11:00 a.m.

The burn will occur east of the Morgan community, northeast of the Blue Hill community and east of I-40 on Camp Robinson.

The smoke from Friday’s burn may be visible from many locations in the surrounding communities. Winds are forecast, so most of the smoke should remain over the post until it rises and dissipates in the upper atmosphere.

The intent of the burn is to reduce the amount of natural fuel on the ground to benefit wildlife and reduce the wildfire risk to the surrounding communities. Periodic burns are conducted involving small, controllable, areas of Camp Robinson in order to effectively manage natural resources, provide optimum access to training areas and capitalize on good conditions to add a burn buffer zone to prevent accidental fires resulting from ongoing military training operations. Smaller burns also reduce the likelihood of accidental fires from turning into dangerous wildfires during the volatile dry months.

Post firefighters and environmental personnel will monitor the activity and adjacent fire departments are notified as a precaution to ensure public safety for areas neighboring the post.

Many agencies conduct prescribed burns during this time of year. For more information about smoke in your area or to view a list of agencies burning in your area please contact the Arkansas Forestry Commission at 1-800-830-8015 or visit:

Apparently People Are Taking Honeymoons And Not Inviting Their Spouses

You’ve planned the wedding together, walked down the aisle together, and said your vows together. Now, there’s only one thing left to do: go on separate honeymoons. According to a new report in The New York Times anyway.

According to the paper, traveling alone — as in, without your new spouse — for your honeymoon is actually a trend. In fact, the practice is apparently so trendy, they’ve given it two nicknames: “solomoons” and “unimoons.”

“Neither of us wanted to be where the other one was,” Irene O’Brien, who recently wed Mel Maclaine, told the Times. “We each came back to Dublin full of stories, buzzing of our trips and truly delighted to see each other again to share the memories: It was the perfect imperfect honeymoon.”     MORE

New Orders For Manufactured Goods Increased By 0.1% In January

New orders for manufactured goods rose 0.1%, or by $300 million, to $500.5 billion in January, from December, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The January rise followed a 0.1% increase in December.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the full report on manufacturers’ shipments, inventories and orders for January.

Shipments fell 0.4%, or by $1.8 billion, to $503.1 billion, and have been down for four consecutive months. The January decline followed a 0.2% decrease in December. Unfilled orders rose 0.1%, or by $1.4 billion, to $1.182 trillion and have risen for the past three consecutive months. This followed a 0.1% decrease in December. The unfilled orders-to-shipments ratio increased to 6.57, from 6.55 in December. Inventories rose 0.5%, or by $3.6 billion, to $685.7 billion, and have risen 26 of the past 27 months. This followed a 0.1% December decline. The inventories-to-shipments ratio increased to 1.36, from 1.35 in December.   MORE

U.S. Highway 67 Construction Requires Lane Closures

PULASKI & LONOKE COUNTIES  – Construction to widen U.S. Highway 67 between Jacksonville and Cabot requires northbound and southbound lane closures, including 15-minute all-lane closures, in Pulaski and Lonoke counties, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation officials.

Weather permitting, northbound and southbound lanes on U.S. Highway 67 will be closed between Vandenberg Boulevard and State Highway 5 to perform pavement striping, pour concrete, and hang overhead signs. The overhead sign installation will require all traffic in one direction to be stopped for 15-minute intervals. These nighttime lane closures will occur Sunday, March 24 through Saturday, March 30.

  • Southbound traffic will be reduced to one open lane on various nights between
    7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. The inside and outside lanes will alternately be closed, and there will be 15-minute periods when both lanes are closed to hang overhead signs.
  • Northbound traffic will be reduced to one open lane on various nights between
    8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. the following afternoon. The inside and outside lanes will alternately be closed, and there will be 15-minute periods when both lanes are closed to hang overhead signs.

Traffic will be controlled with construction barrels and signage, with assistance from the Arkansas State Police. Advance warning signs will be placed to notify traffic approaching the closures. The public is advised to be cautious if traveling in this work zone and are encouraged to find alternative routes to avoid the highway closure.

This project (Job CA0605) is part of ARDOT’s Connecting Arkansas Program and includes widening 4.6 miles of U.S. Highway 67 from Vandenberg Boulevard in Jacksonville to State Highway 5 in Cabot. The highway is being widened to three lanes in each direction. More information on this $79.2 million project is available at

Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.

Commission Hears First Reading Of Proposed 2019-20 Waterfowl Season Dates

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners heard the first reading of the coming year’s migratory bird seasons, including early migratory seasons as well as duck and goose seasons.

This year sparked some debate, as new federal frameworks allow the state to extend regular duck season to the last day of January. It previously required duck seasons to end on the last Sunday of January, which could be as early as Jan. 26 in some years. As proposed, this year’s duck season would run through Jan. 31, but some shifts to other portions of the hunt were required to keep as many days as possible toward the tail end of the season while accomodating special dates, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.

The season proposals also include new combination youth/veteran days, in which veterans of the nation’s armed forces may participate in the hunt. This also is a reflection of federal frameworks recently passed in regard to waterfowl season. This year’s youth/veteran hunts are proposed to be December 7 and February 8, similar to last year’s youth-only hunts.    MORE

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