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The burn ban for Van Buren County was lifted Tuesday afternoon. For an up-to-date status of the burn ban, call 745-2333 for a pre-recorded message.


Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kathy Sherwood has resigned. Sherwood’s resignation takes effect Aug. 9. She had been chamber director for about four years.

No meeting

The Shirley School District will not hold a School Board meeting in July. Regular meetings will resume in August. The board meets the fourth Monday of each month.

AG says no

The state attorney general on Monday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana for medical use in Arkansas.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel cited several problems with the proposal submitted by the group Arkansans for Responsible Medicine, including language that could lead people to believe they could grown their own.

“Your proposed ballot title implies that a qualifying patient’s only source of marijuana will be a nonprofit dispensary,” the opinion said. “I accordingly assume that you intend for at-home growing by patients to be disallowed, but the proposal’s language does not clearly achieve that result.”

David Couch, spokesman for Arkansans for Responsible Medicine, said the proposal does only allow for marijuana to be purchased from dispensaries and that he would rewrite that section of the proposal and resubmit it to the attorney general.

Arkansans for Responsible Medicine isn’t the only group trying to get a medical marijuana proposal on the 2014 general election ballot.

Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had a proposal on the 2012 ballot that was rejected by voters, has submitted three proposals to the attorney general since November. Each has been rejected.

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