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Parts of downtown Clinton were left without electricity last week after a log truck took down some power lines, according to a report by the Police Department. A truck driven by Royce Callahan of Fox torn down some lines in front of McHam’s Muffler shop on Highway 65 on June 20, Officer Jay Murdock reported. The outage lasted about 45 minutes.


Clinton received $81,261 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in May and reported in June.

Shirley received $2,833 from its 1 percent tax, and Fairfield Bay got $23,272 from its 1.5 percent sales tax.

Van Buren County has two 1 percent sales taxes, one for general revenue and one dedicated to construction bonds for the hospital.

The general revenue tax is divided among the county and its four incorporated towns based on population. Those figures for the same period are: Van Buren County, $336,093 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $29,855; Damascus, $2,868; Fairfield Bay, $24,726; and Shirley, $3,339.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


The Van Buren County Democrat office will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen Thursday morning, July 6. Due to the holiday the newspaper will be printed on Monday, July 2, for the July 4 edition, and deadlines for advertising and news are 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

Burn ban

For the latest information on whether there is a burn ban, call 745-2333 for a pre-recorded message.

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