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VFW

The Kemp-Bradford VFW Post 4764 has a new manager for its private club. According to documents filed with the Alcohol Beverage Commission, David S. Bramlett is taking over as manager from Randy Nohren. In the document, the VFW Post must state reasons for its existence besides to consume alcoholic beverages. The statement said the private club is used for recreational events, food, entertainment and to “support children events” such as a Christmas party and Easter egg hunts.

Hospital

According to a report from the Van Buren County Board of Governors, expenditures to date on construction at the hospital are $3.9 million. Chairman Donnie Collins said in the report that he thinks contractors are possibly two months behind on the work. The completion date is listed as Oct. 18, 2012. The board’s next meeting is 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14, 2012, at the office trailer on Highway 336 West.

Gambling

A group opposed to expanding gambling in Arkansas filed a challenge Monday to a proposed ballot initiative that would authorize casino-style table games in four counties in the state. The group, Stop Casinos Now, alleged in a petition filed with the secretary of state’s office that the plan envisioned in a proposed constitutional amendment by Nancy Todd’s Poker Palace LLC would be illegal and misleading. The secretary of state’s office is currently reviewing signatures on petitions submitted by Todd to certify the proposal for the November general election ballot.

At the state lottery headquarters last week, it was announced that the lottery had produced $97,582,527 in scholarship funds for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012.

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