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Clinton received $95,805 in revenue from its 1 percent sales tax, collected in February and reported in March.

Shirley received $2,790 from its 1 percent tax, and Fairfield Bay got $23,226 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, $305,230 (includes both taxes); Clinton, $27,113; Damascus, $2,605; Fairfield Bay, $22,456; and Shirley, $3,032.

Figures are provided by the Arkansas Municipal League.


The state Department of Education granted a request by the Clinton School District to waive eight days lost to inclement weather. Clinton lost 18 days to icy weather and bad road conditions; five extra days were built into the school year and the district canceled its spring break. The school year is on schedule to end May 28.

The Shirley School District, which missed 16 days, asked for and received a waiver from the state, and the South Side-Bee Branch district, which missed 12 days, also received a waiver.


Linn Creek Road bridge will be closed beginning Monday, April 7, 2014, for construction of a new bridge. Linn Creek Road runs between Highway 110 and Highway 65 North.

For questions call the county judge’s office at 745-2443.


There will be no driver license testing at the Van Buren County Senior Adult Center in Clinton on Friday, April 4. Neither the written nor the road test will be given on that day. Testing will resume at the center on Friday, April 18. For questions call Mark Vaughn at (479) 754-3096.

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