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The Children’s Advocacy Alliance, a partnership between CASA 20th and the Central Arkansans Children’s Advocacy Center, are calling on all citizens in Van Buren County to join with them in taking a stand to say no to child abuse.

April is national child abuse prevention month and the Children’s Advocacy Alliance is hosting a flag raising ceremony at noon Thursday, April 10, at the Van Buren County Courthouse to kick off the month. All Van Buren County residents are welcome to join with County Judge Hooper in sending a message of hope to the 49 children who were victims of abuse in Van Buren County in 2013.

Van Buren County Volunteer Coordinator Debra Lance says, “We know that often community members feel powerless to help these children. The flag raising ceremony is an easy way to show support.”

The flag raising ceremony will last 30 minutes and feature a performance by the Clinton High School Band. Free hot dogs will be served.

From Arkansas

An “Arkansas Grown” label can now be seen on approved agricultural products grown or made in the state, according the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

The revamped Arkansas Grown program is intended to help potential buyers easily locate Arkansas agricultural products. The program has been undertaken in partnership with horticulturist P. Allen Smith. Participation is up to the producer. Arkansas Grown labels are already being used by The Brothers & Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Monastery in Berryville and Kent Walker Artisan Cheese in Little Rock.

Said Arkansas Agriculture Department Secretary Butch Calhoun, “Arkansas Grown will help consumers more readily identify locally grown foods so they can make informed choices and stimulate their local economy by keeping their food dollars in the community.”

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