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Clinton Police Chief Toney Parish says that fireworks are allowed in the city limits from noon-10 p.m. through July 4th.


The Clinton City Council is scheduled to hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Clinton Municipal Airport

The Van Buren County Quorum Court will meet July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex for its monthly meeting.


The Van Buren County Democrat office will be closed Thursday in observance of the Fourth of July. The office will reopen Friday, July 5.


Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday named his three appointments to the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. The governor’s appointees are Mike Castleberry of Little Rock, vice president of network and business development for HealthScope Benefits; Chris Parker of Little Rock, a partner at the law firm Eichenbaum, Liles; and Annabelle Imber Tuck of Little Rock, a retired state Supreme Court justice and a public service fellow and jurist-in-residence at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Every state is required under the federal Affordable Care Act to have a marketplace, or insurance exchange, where people and small businesses can shop for health insurance plans that suit their needs. Enrollment is to begin Oct. 1 and coverage is to begin Jan. 1.

Act 1500 of this year calls for the governor, Senate president pro tem and House speaker to make three appointments each to the exchange’s board. On Monday, Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, appointed to the board Steve Faris of Hot Springs, a member of the state Lottery Commission and a former state legislator; Fred Bean of Little Rock, president of Bean Hamilton Corporate Benefits; and John Denery of Little Rock, executive vice president and director of life and health for Stephens Insurance.

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