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The Clinton City Council made two appointments to the Clinton Municipal Airport Commission last week. Local businessman Jeff Pistole was appoint to replace his father, Danny Pistole who died recently; and Jason Hayes was appointed to the seat formerly held by Ken Sowers, whose appointment has expired.

Click It

Clinton Police Chief Toney Parish told the City Council last week that he has signed an agreement with the state to take part in their Click It or Ticket program. He told the Democrat Tuesday that what that means is that the state has sent out a crew to observe traffic and see if drivers are using their seat belts. He said the crew does not write tickets for non-usage and that he won’t know until the survey is finished in about two weeks how many drivers are observing the law. He said he thinks local drivers are “pretty well-educated” on the law and thinks most use seat belts. The fine for a no-seat-belt ticket is $70, he said.


The Van Buren County Historical Society has reopened on Fridays, according to the museum’s Charlotte West. She said the hours of operation for the museum on Poplar Street in Clinton are: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

No dates

Gov. Mike Beebe has decided to hold off on setting execution dates because of litigation over Arkansas’ execution law and problems with its death penalty protocol, his office said Tuesday. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel last month asked Beebe to set execution dates for seven condemned killers after the state Supreme Court declared stays that had been granted to six of them from a previous case challenging Arkansas’ old lethal-injection procedure were no longer in effect.

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