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Districts gear up for 2014-15 school year

Jul 31, 2014 4:30pm

The three school districts in Van Buren County are getting ready for the first day of the 2014-15 school year. Classes for all three schools begin on Monday, Aug. 8.


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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.


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...

Hooper withdraws resolution on feasibility study

Jul 24, 2014 10:51pm

Van Buren County Judge Roger Hooper withdrew a resolution after questioning from a Quorum Court member last week.

Hooper had requested authorization to apply for a matching grant to conduct...

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...

Police Department hires new officer

Jul 17, 2014 10:37am

A new police officer has been hired by the city of Clinton, the police chief reported last week at the monthly City Council meeting.

Chief Toney Parish said James Burress has joined the...

David Sanders said he will file a bill in the 2015 session to authorize application for an “innovation waiver.”

Senator to pursue new waiver for health care innovation

Jul 17, 2014 10:35am

A state senator says he plans to file legislation next year that would authorize Arkansas to seek a federal waiver to allow innovations on health care coverage that could go far beyond what the...


Clinton woman wanted in Pulaski County

Jul 17, 2014 10:33am

A woman whose last known address was in Van Buren County is being sought by the Pulaski County sheriff’s office.

Summer Nicole Denham, 24, is wanted for failure to appear; simultaneous...

Photo by Anita Tucker/Democrat staff The wind shook flagpoles and trees as the sky turned ominous Monday afternoon in downtown Clinton. Heavy rain followed and there were some reports of hail in the county. The weather forecast for the next few days calls for below-average temperatures.

Stormy weather

Jul 17, 2014 10:32am

Photo by Jeff Burgess

The thunderstorm passes overhead looking west from Sawmill Road in Crabtree about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.

Photo by Anita Tucker/Democrat staff

The wind...

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