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County Judge Roger Hooper fights the wind to read a proclamation last week as CASA’s Debra Lance lends a hand.

‘We’ve seen evil’ Speakers say advocates needed to help protect children

Apr 18, 2014 2:26pm

As gusts of wind blew away napkins and signs, a crowd gathered last Thursday outside the Courthouse in downtown Clinton.

The occasion was a flag-raising ceremony to honor victims of child...

Large girders recently hoisted atop cast-in-place piers in Archey Fork allow workers to progress on the roadway portion of the bridge’s deck. Workers wear a safety harness that is clipped to a stout wire suspended atop each girder. Photos by Jeff Burgess

Bridge progress

Apr 18, 2014 2:50pm

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Apr 18, 2014 2:49pm

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Foggy morning

Mar 12, 2014 7:03pm

Visibility was hampered Monday morning by the thick fog. This week’s forecast calls for warmer temperatures as winter finally seems to be moving out.

Clinton, Leslie students take home honors at ASMSA science fair

Mar 07, 2014 7:54pm

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Students from Clinton and Leslie recently took home honors at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts West Central Regional Science Fair and Senior Research...

Water rate increase again finds no support

Mar 05, 2014 6:11pm

The Clinton City Council held a special meeting last week to re-address two topics from its week-earlier regular meeting, but there was no change in the outcome.

The council heard from Van...

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Mar 05, 2014 6:11pm

No parole

Rosendo Meek will remain in prison for at least several more months, according to the Arkansas Parole Board. Meek, who was charged with battery after throwing a punch that resulted...

Museum got its start when town turned 100

Mar 05, 2014 7:33pm

On Oct. 1, 2011, the sleepy little town of Shirley, Ark., celebrated its 100th birthday. On that same day the Shirley Centennial Museum opened its doors for the first time.

Before this day...

Here we go again

Mar 05, 2014 6:30pm

Winter isn’t quite finished in Van Buren County yet as another round of sleet and ice closed schools, business and offices again this week. Here a driver on Highway 16 West maneuvers his way down...

Ordinance brings new library closer to reality

Feb 26, 2014 5:46pm

At its meeting last week, the Van Buren County Quorum Court approved an ordinance that moves forward the building of a new library.

Justices of the peace approved an ordinance to designate...

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Feb 26, 2014 5:56pm


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...

Move to raise water rates finds no favor, but special meeting set

Feb 26, 2014 5:50pm

A proposed ordinance to raise water rates died for lack of a motion at last week’s rescheduled Clinton City Council meeting.

The bill would raise water rates to water associations by 2...

People of Van Buren CountyBoyhood dream of soaring with eagles comes true

Feb 26, 2014 5:58pm

From a young age, Herbert Talley Mills wanted to soar with the eagles.

Born Dec. 22, 1922, in Wilmington, Del., Herb was a small child when his family moved to the west coast in California...

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