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There will be a Boating Education Class from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Clinton Fire Department on Highway 65B. Anyone born after Dec. 31, 1985, is required to have a Boating Education Certificate before operating a boat in Arkansas. This class is free. For more information contact Jay Hagan at 592-3984 or Mike Curtis at 253-1406.


As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has released the top five scams that hit Arkansas in 2012.

1. Credit Card Calls, which are automated, pre-recorded calls from companies offering to lower interest rates on credit cards. The problem is that such offers carry a price, but no good result for cardholders.

2. “Favorite Grandchild,” a scam involving a call purporting to be from a friend of a grandchild in dire need of money. They often say the grandchild has been in an accident or is in danger. They ask the relative to send money via a wire transfer.

3. Payday loan collector, a scam that has plagued dozens of Arkansas businesses and their employees in which con artists based in India make repeated phone calls to a consumer’s workplace in an effort to extort money from the consumer, claiming that he or she owes payments on an overdue payday loan.

4. International lottery, where “winners” are asked to wire money, typically to a foreign country, to pay a processing fee to collect their jackpot.

5. Tech support, which is calls from scammers purporting to be from Microsoft, offering to fix a nonexistent computer problem.

For more information about these scams and how to handle them, visit, or call (800) 482-8982.


The Clinton City Council’s regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Municipal Airport. It is open to the public.

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