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The countywide burn ban that was ordered on Jan. 17, 2014, has been lifted as of Feb. 5. For updated information on burn bans in the county, call 745-2333 for a pre-recorded message.


There will be a Community Forum at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Friendship Baptist Church in Clinton. Issues to be addressed include utility aid, homelessness, domestic abuse, temporary shelter and hunger. Everyone in the community who would like to help is invited to attend. A meal will be provided. For more information, contact David Holcomb at (501) 592-1380.

Hunters’ Ed

A free hunters’ education class will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the downtown Clinton Fire Station. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1968, must attend a class to obtain an Arkansas hunting license. For more information call Jay Hagans at (501) 592-3984 or Mike Curtis at (501) 253-1406.

New director

Ted Hall has been named executive director of White River Area Agency on Aging Inc.

Hall retired after 37 years in public education, serving as superintendent of Southside-Batesville and Batesville School Districts. Hall has served as chairman of Christmas Brings Hope, is a member of the Batesville Kiwanis, sits on the 4 H Foundation Board, White River Medical Center Advisory Board, Children of North Central Arkansas Advisory Council and United Way Board of Directors.

White River is a private, non-profit that serves the 60 and older and disabled population in providing information and assisting them in accessing needed services. Regional Offices for the agency are located in Batesville. Counties in the service area are Van Buren, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, White and Woodruff. Information on any program can be obtained by calling 1-800-382-3205 or visit

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