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“Dollar General is worth fighting against”

"Dollar General is worth fighting against"

“Dollar General is worth fighting against”

Ranae Hillard has been against Dollar General moving into the Cushman city limits from day one.

“I moved to this area because I wanted to be away from city things,” she stated. “If I need to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy, I choose to live out here and drive into Batesville. I do not want to see stores in this area.”

Hillard claims that Dollar General stores make it easier for people with drug habits to use drugs in their bathrooms.

Hillard’s campaign to keep the store out of the city limits isn’t stopping it from happening as construction crews have hit the ground running on getting the store framed and ready for public use.

Since construction began, Hillard has stood on the main highway across from where the store is being built, holding signs and protesting.

Arkansas Amid States That Could Most Benefit From Healthcare Reform

Arkansas ranked 7th among the top 10 states most apt to benefit from health care reform, according to a recent study by SmartAsset. The report looked at nine metrics surrounding healthcare from availability and affordability to outcomes.

The report found almost 25% of the population in Arkansas self-reported a fair or poor health status in 2017. The study found that uninsured rates in the state are average with Arkansas ranking in the middle of all states for the percentage of the total population without health insurance as well as the percentage of residents with income below 138% of the poverty threshold without health insurance. Additionally, many people seem to be cost-prohibited when it comes to seeking professional medical advice or treatment, the study showed.

The report said in 2017 that 16.4% of Arkansas adults reported not seeing a doctor in the past 12 months because of cost. This is greater than both the total population’s uninsured rate, 7.9%, and the percentage of low-income population without health insurance, 11.3%.       MORE

Tourism Tax Revenue Up 5.7% In First Six Months Of 2019

There is no recession in Arkansas’ travel and tourism industry. The sector continues to see gains in growth, with the state’s 2% tourism tax revenue between January and June up 5.7% compared with the same period in 2018.

January-June hospitality tax collections among 17 cities surveyed for the Arkansas Tourism Ticker were up 4.7% compared with the same period in 2018. That’s also better than the 4% gain among the cities during the first four months of 2019.

Numbers from the first half of 2019 are up against broad gains in 2018. Collections of Arkansas’ 2% tourism set a new record in 2018 and hospitality tax collections among 17 Arkansas cities surveyed for the Arkansas Tourism ticker topped the $50 million mark in 2018. The year marked the fourth consecutive year of growth as measured by the Arkansas Tourism Ticker.      MORE

Hendren To Introduce Vaping Bill, Wants Special Session

Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, is introducing a bill that would tax vaping products, prohibit their use in places where cigarettes are already prohibited, and restrict advertising to minors. He hopes to pass the bill in a special session, potentially this year.

The School Safety Act would levy a privilege tax on e-cigarettes that is equal to the 67% tax currently levied on other tobacco products. Revenues would be credited to the Public School Fund for school facility safety and security improvements along with mental health counselors for students with an addiction or other mental health issues.

The bill would add e-cigarettes to the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006, which prohibits smoking indoors in public places. It would amend the Clean Air on Campus Act of 2009 prohibiting smoking at public college campuses by adding e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes would be added to the prohibition against using tobacco products in a motor vehicle and the State Capitol, the latter of which is punishable by a $25 fine.      MORE

USDA Modernizes Swine Slaughter Inspection, First Time In Over 50 Years

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a final rule to modernize swine slaughter inspection and bring it into the 21st century. For the first time in more than five decades, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is modernizing inspection at market hog slaughter establishments with a goal of protecting public health while allowing for food safety innovations.

“This regulatory change allows us to ensure food safety while eliminating outdated rules and allowing for companies to innovate,” Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “The final rule is the culmination of a science-based and data-driven rule making process which builds on the food safety improvements made in 1997, when USDA introduced a system of preventive controls for industry. With this rule, FSIS will finally begin full implementation of that program in swine establishments.”      MORE

Izard County Arrests

On September 9, Jacob Kyle Daughtry, age 29 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Sean Tomlinson for no seat belt, possession of controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Daughtry’s bond was set at $2,440 with a court date of October 10 in the Izard County District Court.

On September 9, Mary Ann Stephens, age 36 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy Tyler Webb for disorderly conduct. Stephens’ bond was set at $220 with a court date of October 8 in the Izard County District Court.

On September 9, Courtney Dianne Saenz, age 38 of Melbourne, was arrested by Sgt. Mike Smith for disorderly conduct. Saenz’s bond was set at $220 with a court date of October 19 in the Izard County District Court.      MORE

Impaired Man Drives Truck Into Home

Law enforcement officials responded to the 300 block of Seaton Road in rural Lonoke County for reports of a man who’d driven a truck through a home.

When authorities arrived they found Parolee Wesley Curtsinger in the cab of the truck, nude, and covered in blood and sweat.

He was given commands to get out, but refused. Tasers were used, but failed.   MORE

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