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The Shirley Museum reopens Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more about the museum in next week’s Democrat.


A boating education class will be held Saturday, March 1, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the downtown Clinton Fire Station. Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1986, must take a class before operating a boat. For more information about the free class call Jay Hagans at 592-2472 or Mike Curtis at 253-1406.

Burn ban

A burn ban was ordered for Van Buren County on Feb. 20, 2014. Several volunteer fire departments have been fight grass fires for the past couple of weeks. For the latest information on burn bans, call 745-2333 for a recorded message.

Sales tax

Clinton received $83,066 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in January and reported in February. Shirley received $2,834 from its 1 percent tax; Damascus received $15,623 from its sales tax; and Fairfield Bay got $24,622 from its 1.5 percent sales tax.

Van Buren County has two 1 percent sales taxes, one for general revenue and one dedicated to construction bonds for the hospital. The general revenue tax is divided among the county and its four incorporated towns based on population. Those figures for the same period are: Van Buren County, $250,605 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $122,261; Damascus, $2,139; Fairfield Bay, $18,437; and Shirley, $2,490.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced Tuesday that Arkansas, other states and the federal government have reached an agreement with Endo Pharmaceuticals to resolve allegations that the drug manufacturer engaged in unlawful marketing practices related to the pain reliever Lidoderm.

The Arkansas Medicaid Program will receive a total of $147,448.39 from the settlement with Endo Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions.

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