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Area Traffic Closings

Beginning today, the City of Batesville Street Department will be starting a drainage repair project on Juniper Street.

The entire street will be closed to thru traffic for 7 to 14 days, but accommodations will be made for residents who live on Juniper.

Please plan your commute accordingly and avoid this area if possible.

Meanwhile, a routine bridge inspection of the U.S. Highway 70 Bridge over the Cache River in Prairie County requires a temporary lane closures just east of the town of Biscoe.

Arkansas Department of Transportation officials say weather permitting, crews will close the eastbound lane of the Bridge from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Wednesday.

Cotton Introduces Bill To Allow Fish Farmers To Protect Ponds From Birds

Washington, D.C. – Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) introduced the Cormorant Relief Act, legislation that would restore the ability of Arkansas catfish farmers and other aquaculture producers to kill double-crested cormorants that threaten their livelihoods. Congressmen Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Collin Peterson (MN-07) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives earlier this year.

“Double-crested cormorants pose a significant threat to Arkansas’s fish farmers, but unnecessary regulation currently prevents them from taking additional steps to protect their ponds. Our bill would once again give fish farmers the ability to adequately defend their fish populations from the birds that are eating into their bottom line,” said Cotton.     MORE

Conway County Phone Scam

The Conway County Sheriff’s Office along the the Morrilton Police Department, have received multiple calls in reference to a phone scam.

The subject is identifying themselves as Lt. Shane West and advising people they have a warrant and a fine for failing to appear for jury duty. DO NOT GIVE THIS PERSON ANY INFORMATION NOR SEND THEM ANY MONEY.      MORE

911 Coordinator Arrested On Child Porn Charges

The 911 coordinator for Van Buren County has been arrested on child pornography charges and told authorities he has been engaging in this behavior for 15 years, according to court documents.

Special agents with Arkansas State Police and U.S. Homeland Security arrested 36-year old Taylor Lei Fisher, of Clinton, on Thursday.

Fisher used an IP address, which was routed to the Internet at his father’s home in Shirley, to download some of the child pornography, according to an arrest report.

Fisher is formally charged with three counts of distributing, possessing or viewing matter depicting sexually explicit content involving a child and was released on a $20,000 bond.

He was fired from his job by Van Buren County on Friday.

WBU Announces 12 Percent Enrollment Jump

A record freshman class has pushed enrollment up by more than 12 percent on the campus of Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Ark.  The university announced its fall enrollment numbers as the WBU Board of Trustees met in regular session Friday, Sept. 13.

Enrollment is up across nearly all categories at WBU this fall, led by a class of 198 freshmen.  That figure represents a 26.9 percent increase over last year’s count of 156 freshmen.  The freshman class is the largest since Williams became a four-year institution in 1984, and is one of its largest ever.

Williams has an on-campus enrollment of 517 this semester, which is a 12.6 percent jump from the 459 students who were enrolled last fall.     MORE

First Glimpse Into New ‘Walmart Health’ Format

Walmart held a grand opening Friday for its new health format in Dallas, Ga. The new “Walmart Health” center is attached to a Supercenter as part of a major remodel.

By partnering with local providers, Walmart said the new health center will deliver services including primary care, labs, X-ray and EKG, counseling, dental, optical, hearing, community health (nutritional services, fitness) and health insurance education and enrollment. The facility is outside the store with a separate entrance for customers.

“The customer is at the heart of everything we do, and that focus is reflected in the new Walmart Health center. This state-of-the-art facility will provide quality, affordable and accessible healthcare for members of the Dallas, Georgia, community so they can get the right care at the right time, right in their hometown,” said Sean Slovenski, president of Walmart U.S. health and wellness.      MORE

House Speaker Files Resolution To Remove Lawmaker Who Owes Back Taxes

Friday the 13th will likely be enshrined in history as an unlucky day for Rep. Mickey Gates of Hot Springs, especially if the Arkansas legislature successfully removes him from public office.

On Friday, Arkansas House Speaker Matthew Shepherd filed a  resolution to take away Gates’ membership in the 100-seat House of Representatives nearly three months after the Republican lawmaker was arrested for failing to pay income taxes for a period of 14 years.

In filing House Resolution 1079, Shepherd, also a Republican, makes the case in the three-page draft that the Arkansas Constitution under Article 5, Section 12, provides that each chamber of the General Assembly has the power to expel or discipline a member with the concurrence of a two-thirds vote by the body.      MORE

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