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Growing up, I always looked forward to the end of the schoolyear. I spent many summers playing church league baseball and as I got older, I found opportunities to use this time to make a difference in the lives of others by teaching kids to swim. It was a rewarding experience.

More than 870,000 Arkansas residents receive some type of health care through Medicaid, which is operated by the state Department of Human Services.

I’ve not commented on the nutty political scene in America this year, mostly because we are a local newspaper that does not usually comment on national politics.

The fireworks show over Mitchusson Park on July 4 was impressive but threatened by rain.

QUESTION:  As an experienced gardener, I am running across a new description for certain plant offerings?  What is a navitar?  Are they better or worse than other plants?

Building up emergency resources in Huntsville and Madison County was the subject of a workshop I attended last week for the Integrated Preparedness Plan, and let me tell you, it was enlightening.

Arkansas families and businesses will save more than $483 million in income taxes next year, thanks to a tax cut passed by the legislature during a three-day special session.

We might like to think we are immune here in Arkansas to such national tragedies as mass shootings, but Friday proved us wrong. A madman armed with a shotgun and a pistol walked into a Mad Butcher grocery store in Fordyce and randomly opened fire. This nightmare was the worst possible scenario anyone could have envisioned. Four innocent people were killed, two police officers wounded and seven other people injured.

Opioid misuse and abuse has devastated communities in Arkansas and prompted a whole-of-government response to combat it, but hard-fought progress against the deadly consequences is now in view.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election falls on Monday, Oct. 7.

Good to find out that FEMA assistance will be available to qualifying Madison County residents who were affected by the tornado of May 26.

Some interesting developments came out of the Huntsville City Council meeting Monday night, chief of which was the city’s decision to consider a resolution that would provide financial incentives to builders and contractors looking to create more housing here.

Question: I have recently seen the term “food forest” in several places, but it is not clear to me exactly what it is and why I would want to consider planting one. Could you please …

Arkansas teacher salaries went up 3.2 percent last year, to an average of $54,309.

The sound of chainsaws has temporarily replaced the roar of traffic and other noises of daily life in locations across northern Arkansas.

The number of fatalities in Arkansas due to drug overdoses declined faster than the national average last year, according to records maintained by the Centers for Disease Control.

It should be evident that Huntsville was spared potentially catastrophic damage from the Memorial Day weekend storms.

When you are out early in the morning tending your veggies or on your patio enjoying a long summer evening, you do not want to be attacked by pesky mosquitos.

I am honored to serve Arkansas in the United States Senate. A critical part of that responsibility is casting votes on the Senate floor, but another key component that often falls below the radar is helping bridge gaps between Natural State residents and the federal government.

Four election laws passed by the legislature in 2021 will continue to be enforced, thanks to an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that upholds their constitutionality.

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