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The annual Shirley Homecoming is this Friday and Saturday. There will be a rodeo each night beginning at 8 p.m., a parade at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, music, food, games and more. Saturday’s events begin a 9 a.m.


The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has scheduled several public meetings throughout the state in June to provide opportunities to learn about the agency’s work updating the Arkansas Water Plan. The meetings are free and attendees will be given opportunities to ask questions and make comments. This is the second of four rounds of public meetings.

Meetings will be held in Clinton on June 12 at the Courthouse Annex Quorum Court meeting room on Highway 65 South. The meetings are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Each meeting is scheduled for 90 minutes.

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GED worries

Some state legislators and education officials are concerned that fewer Arkansans may take the General Educational Development test after expected testing fees go into effect next year.

This year, the state Legislature enacted Act 1063, which authorizes the state Board of Career Education to approve fees for administering the GED. The test, which offers people who did not graduate from high school a way to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma, has previously been administered in Arkansas at no charge to test takers, with the state covering the cost of about $20 per test.

In January, the national GED Testing Service will begin charging the state $120 per test, or $30 for each of the test’s four parts. Officials with the Arkansas Department of Career Education say the board likely will vote to begin charging test takers all or some of that cost.

The state would continue to cover the cost for prison inmates.

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