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Gov. Mike Beebe has declared September “Arkansas Volunteer Month” to honor the thousands of volunteers who make this state a better place to live. During September, organizations throughout the state will recognize these volunteers who serve in hundreds of different capacities.

“Arkansas volunteers provide services and problem-solving skills to people and communities throughout the Natural State,” said Sherry Middleton, director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support. “These volunteers constitute Arkansas’s most precious natural resource. It is the spirit of helping one another that we hope to promote, and it is those who have demonstrated this spirit that we hope to recognize during this month.”

This year, the theme “Volunteers: Hands that serve, Hearts that care” has been adopted.

Last year, 846 volunteer organizations in Arkansas reported volunteers serving a total of 22,744,121 hours, according to an annual study. The estimated value of those hours totaled $624,340,124.


A new raffle game with a top prize of $1 million launched Sunday, state lottery officials said.

Tickets for the lottery’s second Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle will be available for a limited time. The game will offer an early-bird drawing with a top prize of $10,000 each month, culminating in a final drawing with a $1 million top prize set for Jan. 2.

Tickets will be one for $10, three for $20 and six for $30. Winning numbers will be posted on the lottery’s website.

All lottery proceeds, after prizes and expenses, go to fund college scholarships for Arkansas students.

Burn ban

There currently is no burn ban in Van Buren County. For the latest information call 745-2333.

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