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More bad news for Damascus

Jan 26, 2016 6:00am

For the local economy in Damascus, January has not been a good month.

Damascus ended 2015 with rumors of store closings and layoffs with Walmart and Southwestern Energy (SWN), two of the...

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Double murder investigation ongoing

Updated: Jan 05, 2016 10:15am

A Conway double murder investigation and forthcoming trial has a Clinton connection. One of the accused, Hunter Drexler, was a Clinton resident when he was arrested for his alleged role in the...

Clinton city council finalizes business license ordinance

Jan 04, 2016 10:46pm

The city of Clinton will require business licenses for 2016. An ordinance passed in a special Clinton City Council meeting on Thursday makes licenses necessary for “any person, firm, individual or...

Van Buren County Democrat Advertising Director Teresa Mason captured this image of the tornado that damaged two homes north of Gravesville.

Warm Christmas brings severe weather

Jan 04, 2016 11:08pm

Unusually warm weather brought severe storms to Van Buren County starting on Wednesday, Dec. 23, with one confirmed tornado in the Gravesville Cutoff Road area north of Damascus. There were strong...

Cutline1 Composite Photo By Dale Ellis State rep. Stephen Meeks, R-Greenbrier, who has nurtured a lifelong passion for astronomy, gazes up at the night sky, although earthbound glare from artificial lighting obscures most of the stars. This view, made from a composite, illustrates what the night sky above the earth reveals away from sources of artificial light. Meeks said, although there are areas in Arkansas that afford relatively clear views of the Milky Way, no place in Arkansas is free of glare, which he hopes to change through legislation meant to curb light pollution.

Meeks looks to the stars to promote science education

Dec 29, 2015 4:01pm

For millennia, humans have cast their gaze to the heavens seeking solace, guidance, spiritual direction, portents of future events, and clues to the origins of the cosmos and time itself. In a...

Brenda Miles: Twice upon a Christmas, Part III; Pizza and poinsettias

Dec 13, 2015 8:56pm

Editor’s note: Brenda Miles, the award winning columnist and writer from Hot Springs Village, has written a Christmas serial titled “Twice Upon a Christmas.” The four-part serial started the first...

Fate of Oyler Road dogs uncertain

Dec 08, 2015 11:21am

The fate of the few dogs left at the Oyler Road residence is still uncertain. Van Buren County Animal Control Director Reta Tharp said on Friday that her department has been putting food out for...

Reason for economic optimism for county

Dec 08, 2015 3:50pm

Like most of rural Arkansas, Van Buren County has seen its industries decline over the past decade. However, the county is better positioned than most to make the transition to a retail and...

New county library nearing completion

Dec 01, 2015 11:55am

Van Buren County’s new library is nearing completion, and with it will come several new services, Library Adminstrator Karla Fultz said.

“The outside of the building is about 90 percent...

Clinton police seize counterfeit money

Dec 01, 2015 2:01pm

The Clinton Police Department confiscated several counterfeit $100 bills last week, and Police Chief Toney Parish is reminding citizens to be aware that counterfeit money tends to turn up more...

Twice Upon a Christmas, Part I

Dec 01, 2015 2:00pm

It’s strange how we live our lives fantasizing about something; and, then when the moment arrives, it doesn’t happen that way at all.

December 15, 1994. Have you ever had a day that...

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