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Newton County awarded $100k
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism has announced Newton County will receive $100,000 to construct a walking trail, pavilion, seating, play area, and accessibility features at Parthenon Community Park. The funding is coming through the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program (ORGP) that resides within the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism’s Office of Outdoor Recreation which is tasked with the promotion and facilitation of public outdoor recreation in Arkansas.
ARDOT says keep political yard signs off road
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) reminds candidates for political office and their supporters that it is unlawful to place campaign signs on highway right of ways in Arkansas.
Ralph Gene Hudson (left), signs in with poll worker Irene Moore Tuesday morning at Election Center located at the corner of Central and S. Cherry Street in Harrison. Early voting started Tuesday and will run two weeks through March 4th. Election Day is on Tuesday, March 5th. Hudson was the very first voter for early voting. At right is Boone County Deputy Clerk Beckie Benton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/LEE H. DUNLAP
Early voting begins in Boone County
Tuesday was the first day for early voting for the upcoming March 5 Super Tuesday Presidential Primary as well as the primary for state and local elections.

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Progress is being quickly made on the construction of Rock Springs Apartments in Harrison. LORETTA KNIEFF / STAFF
New housing option sees progress
Rock Springs Apartments are springing up quickly on Gipson Road, near Home Depot, in Harrison. Bryan Properties, a 45-year-old firm headquartered in Springfield, MO, is responsible for the forthcoming new housing option.
Northark to add golf teams
Another new sport will be added to the North Arkansas College athletic program by the time the Fall 2024 semester begins.
Volunteers greet customers as they shop for sweets at the Bone County Friends of the Library bake sale on Valentine's Day. Customers had a large variety of cakes, cookies, and other treats to choose from. JEFF BRASEL / STAFF
FOL bake sale, a sweet success
The Boone County Friends of the Library (FOL) held a Valentine's Day bake sale on Wednesday, Feb. 14. FOL is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 organization that works to enhance the Boone County Library through volunteer work and fundraising. Enhancements to the library include the addition of new books, programs, building improvements and more. The FOL will host a spring book sale April 11—April 13, more details on this popular event will be provided at a later date.
Teen charged in campus shooting
CAMDEN — On the evening of Feb. 13, 2024, Arkansas State Police (ASP) Criminal Investigation Division (CID) arrested a 17-year-old from Magnolia in connection with a shooting that occurred Feb. 12, 2023, on the Southern Arkansas Tech University campus. He will be charged as an adult with First-Degree Battery, Aggravated Assault, and having a Firearm on a School Campus.
David Nixon
Former Bull Shoals mayor arrested
According to affidavits filed in Marion County last week, a former Bull Shoals mayor — 69 year-old David Nixon, is accused of the crimes of abuse of office and theft of property. This follows an investigation by Special Agent JayP Massiet with the Public Integrity Unit of the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
Business
What is Dicamba?
The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce announced their roster of speakers for their 2024 annual meeting, set for March 12, 2024. The panelists were chosen to speak directly to issues of workforce development in the Harrison area and beyond, and each of their backgrounds will provide insight into the barriers to workforce development and proven results that enhance workforce pipelines in Arkansas.
HOUSTON — Six Texas men were sentenced on Monday for their roles in a conspiracy to fraudulently obtain more than $20 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that the Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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Washington State guard Myles Rice (2) drives past Arizona State guard Jose Perez (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
As Pac-12 falls apart, No. 19 Washington State provides conference one more underdog story
Washington State's recent eight-game winning streak has given the program a chance to win its first Pac-12 men's basketball regular season title since 1941. The 19th-ranked Cougars are led by coach …
Houston guard L.J. Cryer (4) is greeted at the bench by teammates during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Houston rises to No. 1 in AP Top 25 ahead of Purdue, UConn; South Florida makes its rankings debut
Now it’s Houston’s turn at the top of The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. The Cougars moved to No. 1 for the first time this season in Monday’s latest poll. They climbed one …
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) is congratulated after scoring his 50th goal of the season, against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Maple Leafs scoring marvel Auston Matthews on pace to become rare member of 70-goal club
Toronto's Auston Matthews is on pace to become a rare member of the 70-goal club. He has 52 through 56 games, more than dozen ahead of anyone else in the NHL. Matthews set a record for the fastest …
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More valuable than you could imagine

Years ago, I had an opportunity to be at the famous art museum in Paris called "The Louvre." As I stared at these tremendous masterpieces, I actually became overwhelmed with emotion.

If all Arkansas read "The Secret Book..."

LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Center for the Book at the Arkansas State Library announces that the 2024 If All Arkansas Read the Same Book program will feature Patti Callahan Henry’s novel, “The Secret Book of Flora Lea” (New York: Atria Books, 2023).

UAM animal science prof awarded

MONTICELLO — UA—Monticello's Rocky Lindsey has been awarded the Arkansas Veterinarian of the Year for 2023. The presentation was made in Hot Springs at the winter meeting of the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association (VMA) in early February.

Brittany Vandegrift

Brittany Vandegrift is a member of the staff at the Harrison Daily Times. Vandegrift joined the Times when she decided to reenter the workforce after being a full time stay at home mom, "I'm thankful to have had the support of my husband — to be able to do that for over seven years while the kids were younger," Vandegrift shared.

Flu deaths reach 48

ADH produces a Weekly Viral Respiratory Diseases Report for clinicians. The report provides information on Influenza, COVID-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) activity in the state. The report also compares activities in Arkansas to the U.S. ADH receives reports of only a fraction of COVID-19 cases and flu cases since it only requires reports of flu hospitalizations, deaths, and outbreaks. RSV is not a reportable disease in Arkansas. Therefore, it is important to understand that the information in the weekly update is representative of the timing and location of activity, but it does not reflect the overall disease burden. It is presumed that there are many more people actually affected than the report shows. Clinicians and policymakers may find the report helpful in terms of communicating to colleagues and patients about the current status of viral respiratory diseases in the state and nationwide.
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People
Violet Brumley Hensley has many titles. She has been called the "Whittling Fiddler," the “Stradivarius of the Ozarks” and a “Living Treasure.” To the large family who admires her, she’s also known as “Mom,” “Grandma,” and “Great, great…so many greats you can lose count, grandma.” Hensley’s bright personality has won over many people during her lifetime, and it has been a long and exciting life.
Kylee Brianne Campbell
Hope you all enjoyed a nice Valentine's Day.
Schools

ASMSA Summer Camp apps open

HOT SPRINGS — The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is now accepting applications for Summer@ASMSA camps.

Committee Spearheads Community College in Boone County

This is the first in a series of articles celebrating the rich history and 50th Anniversary of North Arkansas College

HHS Class of '74 hosts 50th reunion

Harrison High School Class of 1974 will celebrate their fifty year reunion on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Twelve Oaks on Highway 7 South in Harrison. The reunion is scheduled for 4:30-9:00 p.m.

ATU recognized for commitment to campus safety

Arkansas Tech University has earned national recognition for its efforts to promote student safety, well-being and inclusion for the fourth consecutive year.
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