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Searcy Sanitation Holiday Closing

The City of Searcy Sanitation Department will be closed on Monday January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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

Recycle routes for Monday will be run Tuesday with all other recycle routes will remaining on normal schedule.

Catch A Rainbow At Little Rock Trout Fishing Clinic And Derby

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a special trout-fishing derby and clinic in Little Rock next week for through its Family and Community Fishing Program.

One thousand rainbow trout from the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery will be stocked at MacArthur Park Pond in Little Rock and the FCFP will hold a special fishing derby for all ages from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 26.

A special trout-fishing clinic also will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center to help new anglers learn how to catch trout before the derby takes place.     MORE

State Police Commission Meeting

The Arkansas State Police Commission will convene in a special called meeting at 1:30 PM on Friday, January 18, 2019.  The meeting will be conducted through a teleconference in the Director’s Office Conference Room at Arkansas State Police Administrative Headquarters.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider an eligibility list of applicants for a 2019 Troop School scheduled to begin next month.

Arkansas Autism Program Receives $2.17 Million In Federal Funding

The Arkansas monitoring program tracks the number and characteristics of 8-year-olds with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability. The new funding will enable the monitoring program to continue that work while also tracking 4- and 16-year-olds.

“In this grant competition, we were one of only two new sites nationwide chosen to track 16-year-olds, an expansion to three from only one site before,” said Maya Lopez, M.D., the program’s principal investigator and an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. “We deeply appreciate this funding renewal because it means we can continue gathering data to promote developmental screening in health and educational services and to connect these children with appropriate services.”     MORE

Delegation Visiting Arkansas For Inaugural Events

On Wednesday, Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston, who was sworn into office earlier this week, welcomed a delegation from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston. They were visiting Little Rock to attend several inaugural events.

Secretary Thurston and Director General Peter C.Y. Chen enjoyed a friendly meeting and discussed a number of issues. Director Chen touted Taiwan as a country that values economic freedom and intellectual property rights and seeks to grow business relationships with American companies.

“The delegation from Taiwan wanted to introduce themselves and continue the dialogue between our government and theirs, in hopes of building a relationship of cooperation, friendship, and economic prosperity,” said Thurston.  “Technology research and development, education, trade, and business development are a few of the areas where joint collaboration is possible. We look forward to continuing the conversation.”

TECO Houston is the representative office of the government of Taiwan responsible for foreign relations with Arkansas.  They have visited Arkansas on several previous occasions.

April Harris Murder Investigation

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the community for information regarding the murder of April Harris on January 19, 2018. We are approaching the one year Anniversary of her murder.

On January 19, 2018 at around 6:30am April Harris was shot while walking to her car with her children. She was carrying a small child who was also shot. The gunman was wearing a ski mask and did not saying thing to the victim before he shot her. The suspect was last seen leaving on foot. This incident occurred at the Fairfax Crossing Apartments located at 5900 McCain Place, North Little Rock.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has received several leads on this case and investigated them thoroughly. Officials say they need that one piece of information that could solve this case.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information regarding this Homicide to call the Sheriff’s Office at 501-340-6963 or the Central Arkansas Crime Stopper Tip Line at 501-340-8477 (TIPS).

Anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender(s) can receive a reward up to $10,000.00.

Older Workers Are Driving Job Growth As Boomers Remain In Workforce Longer

Baby boomers should be hanging it up and kicking back.

Instead, they’re still driving U.S. job growth.

Americans 55 and over made up about half of all employment gains in 2018, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by The Liscio Report, a research publication for investors. That’s an eye-popping share considering that demographic made up only a quarter of last year’s labor force — which includes people working and looking for jobs.

Of the 2.9 million new jobs recorded by Labor’s survey of households last year, 1.4 million were taken by people 55 and over. And in December, 39.2 percent of Americans in that age group were working, the largest portion since 1961, according to the monthly employment report Labor released on Friday.    MORE

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