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Driver, daughter killed in crash

Jul 24, 2014 11:00pm

A Bee Branch woman and her 4-year-old daughter were killed in a head-on collision last week.

Jamie Cathryn Barnum, 30, was driving east on Highway 124 near County Road 53 in Van Buren County...

The blue contraption hanging in a tree in the Barrens Community is part of a research project by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture to find out what kind of insects are in the area, according to the county Extension Office. There are several traps in the area.

Big bug trap

Jul 24, 2014 10:52pm

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Clinton City Councilwomen Gayla Bradley (left) and Wendy Russ pose with a $2,500 check from Sen. David Sanders dedicated to downtown Clinton revitalization. Bradley and Russ applied for the grant earlier this year. This was the second General Improvement Fund check from Sanders toward the project.

Revitalization funds

Jul 24, 2014 11:02pm

Clinton City Councilwomen Gayla Bradley (left) and Wendy Russ pose with a $2,500 check from Sen. David Sanders dedicated to downtown Clinton revitalization. Bradley and Russ applied for the grant...


Jul 24, 2014 10:58pm

Dear Editor:

This letter is to all the parents who have children walking the streets at night. We live on Poplar Street. We try to keep our yard nice.

Saturday night, July 19, someone...

Report: Arkansas 41st in child well-being

Jul 24, 2014 10:56pm

An annual report ranks Arkansas 41st in the nation in the overall well-being of its children, down from 40th last year, and shows that child poverty has increased in the state, although gains have...

National park visitors spend $1.4 million in 2013

Jul 24, 2014 10:55pm

Arkansas’ national parks welcomed 2.78 million visitors who spent $1.4 million in the state in 2013, the National Park Service said in a report released Friday.

The 2013 National Park...

Inmates sleep on the floor July 11, 2014, at the W.C. “Dub” Brassell Adult Detention Center in Pine Bluff as the jail deals with an overflow of state prisoners waiting for beds in state facilities. (Pine Bluff Commercial file photo)

Board OKs leasing space to house inmates

Jul 24, 2014 10:55pm

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Board of Correction on Monday approved an agreement with Pulaski County to begin leasing space in an effort to reduce a backlog of state prisoners in county jails.


Prison-building on tap for General Assembly

Jul 24, 2014 10:55pm

LITTLE ROCK — To build or not to build?

That’s a question the next governor and General Assembly will face in considering how to address the state’s prison overcrowding problem. State...

Judge lowers bond for 2, keeps another the same

Jul 24, 2014 10:51pm

Sheriff’s investigator Jeff Bittle testified in bond hearings Monday in Van Buren County Circuit Court.

In a bond reduction hearing for Rodney Merritt, one of five people charged with...

What’s Going On

Jul 24, 2014 10:51pm

Zoning OK

Project Surge has received approval from the Clinton Planning and Zoning Commission to open a day-care center downtown.

The main concern from the audience at the public...

Clinton school’s finances look ‘pretty good,’ says Jones

Jul 24, 2014 10:51pm

The Clinton School District’s finances are looking “pretty good,” the superintendent told the School Board at its meeting Monday night.

Dr. Scott Jones told the board that it looked like...

Shirley council says no to selling mineral rights

Jul 24, 2014 10:51pm

The Shirley City Council rejected proposals to buy the city’s mineral and royalty interests.

One proposal, from Royalty Clearinghouse, was for $4,131.22; the other, from Southwest Petroleum...


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