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Water leak on North Main

The northbound lane of N. Main St. between E. Ridge Avenue and E. Prospect is closed for water leak repairs till 3:00 pm. Thursday (Today). The water leak repairs are being made by the Harrison Water Department workers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / LEE H. DUNLAP

J.B. Hunt suit claims discrimination

LOWELL — Ryan Waters has filed a lawsuit alleging he was fired from J.B. Hunt for being white and opposing the company’s discrimination against white men. Waters was employed as Vice President for People by the company at the time of his termination in January 2023. He has filed the discrimination suit in Washington County Circuit Court through his attorneys Bradley Hull and Michael Graugnard of Hickey & Hull Law Partners of Fort Smith.

Century Farm applications open

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2024 Arkansas Century Farm Program. This program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary and there is no cost to apply.
Former Kentucky head coach John Calipari paces the sidelines during the Wildcats' game against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the previous season. Calipari was hired as the new Arkansas men's basketball coach on Tuesday. CRAVEN WHITLOW/NATE ALLEN SPORTS SERVICE

Arkansas finalizes deal with Calipari

FAYETTEVILLE -- John Calipari finalized the details of his contract with Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon.

Ag Department implements cattle import restrictions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in dairy herds in Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Idaho, and New Mexico. Symptoms of the virus in dairy cattle include decreased lactation, low appetite, and thickening of milk. To date, there have been no reported cases of HPAI in livestock within Arkansas.

Yellville hosts eclipse watchers

Folks of all ages convened on Yellville on Monday, April 8 to view the total eclipse of the sun together. The Yellville area received approximately 2 minutes and 48 seconds of totality during the eclipse, making it an appealing destination for eclipse chasers from around the country.

SSBCI Small Business Opportunity open

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced the opening of the 60-day application window for the Investing in America Small Business Opportunity Program (SBOP) – a U.S. Treasury competitive grant program funded by the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI).

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Melonie Dees is the owner of Hair Solutions by Melonie. Her new location is at 319 N. Chestnut and the phone number is 870-754-3920. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Donna Braymer


 

Hair Solutions by Melonie

Melonie Dees opened her new business in March 2023 and was the first business to locate in the Commerce Mall.

Trip to town, 120 years ago

[Note] The following highly entertaining first-hand account was given by Albert Raney, Sr. in the Harrison Daily Times, 1969 when he was 75 years old. It is hard to grasp now, in the days of instant everything, including communication and travel, but Albert’s story relates his first trip to Harrison from Newton County when he was 9 years old. Apparently he had never been out of Newton County, and had never seen an electric light until this adventure to another world---the city of Harrison.
Paige Henderson

Cook of the Week Paige Henderson

Paige Henderson grew up in a few small towns in Iowa and Wisconsin before moving to Arkansas. She enjoys cooking with her husband, Jason — a freelance copywriter. The couple live near Berryville, where they work from home, "I’m an IT support specialist and I love the freedom I have working remotely. It gives me the chance to live almost anywhere and I'm happy to be here in Northwest Arkansas," says Henderson.
I’Ryan Allen (left), Trey Pulford, Coach Jordan Hunter, Ethan Meeks, and Andres Lopera Gracia carry heavy boxes of books while helping the Boone County Friends of the Library prepare for the Spring Book Sale. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Northark basketball players assist FOL

Members of the North Arkansas College Basketball team moved 4500 books to the Boone County Library on Tuesday for the annual Spring Book Sale which begins on Thursday, 9 a.m.-Noon (FOL members hours), Noon-5 p.m. (open to public).

EDA awards $1.7 million to renovate Marshall facility

WASHINGTON – Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.7 million grant to the Searcy County Government, Arkansas, to support manufacturing business growth.
Bill Baker

Northark to celebrate Dr. Bill Baker Day

As part of an ongoing yearlong celebration of its 50th Anniversary, North Arkansas College invites the public to the south campus on Friday, April 19, 2024, to commemorate the late Dr. Bill Baker. Dr. Baker was the founding college president who became the longest running college president in the state of Arkansas. Dr. Baker was the college’s president for 27 years before he retired in 2000.

Some schools to close for eclipse Monday

Many area schools will be closed on Monday, April 8. School closures include Alpena, Omaha, Valley Springs, Lead Hill, Green Forest, Flippin, Yellville, Jasper, Deer, Mt. Judea and Ozark Mountain School District.

Boone County Library Corner

The Library will be closed on Monday however we will still be having the Eclipse on the Street! “Eclipse on the Street” is coming — april 8—12, Noon—3 p.m. Join us for a fun filled day! We will have vendors, food trucks, games for kids, and we will have the planetarium open. Bring your lawn chairs and spend the afternoon with us watching this spectacular event.
Mayor Jerry Jackson

Addiction, recovery

Many families have likely been touched by addiction, whether through a loved one or a friend. In Harrison, we're fortunate to have four recovery organizations operating with residential homes in our neighborhoods.

News from Lead Hill

Our community and school mourn the loss of one fine lady, Mrs. Judy Villines, one of our Greenhouse volunteers, passed away Friday, March 29. Judy gave countless hours planting in the greenhouse, sharing her gardening knowledge with all and giving the gift of time to our students. She also volunteered in the Hospitality room during basketball tournaments. Judy’s love for her community and the students of Lead Hill will not be forgotten.
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The statewide gas price average in Arkansas was $3.17 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel on Thursday, according to the AAA Arkansas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is one cent less compared to that day last week and eight cents more compared to that day last year.
FAYETTEVILLE — As Arkansans are beginning spring outdoor projects, Black Hills Energy has helpful tips to make sure you’re not the neighbor who knocks out the power – or worse – when doing projects like planting trees to celebrate Arbor Day or Earth Day.
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The East's Camie Moore (24) of Valley Springs has her shot blocked by the West's Savannah Ketchum (31).
Girls' All-Stars
More pictures from Monday night's North Central Arkansas Girls' All-Star Game played at North Arkansas College's Pioneer Pavilion. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS/LEE H. DUNLAP
The West's Chism Floyd (second from right) tries to score from the paint against a trio of East defenders from Valley Springs (from left) Levi Carey, Nate Helams and Blain Roberson plus Mountain Home's Braiden Dewey (33) during the first half of the North Central Arkansas Boys' All-Star Game played Monday night at North Arkansas College's Pioneer Pavilion. LEE H. DUNLAP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
East boys dominate West in All-Star Game
A 48-23 run over the middle three quarters propelled the East squad to a big 72-55 victory over the West at the 16th annual North Central Arkansas Boys’ Basketball All-Star Game at North Arkansas College’s Pioneer Pavilion.
The West's Rubby Trammell (13) of Bergman tries to drive the lane against the East's Camie Moore (24) of Valley Springs during Monday's North Central Arkansas Girls' All-Star Game at North Arkansas College. Also defending for the East is Yellville-Summit's Abby Methvin (1). LEE H. DUNLAP/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
East girls edge West by single point
The 16th annual North Central Arkansas Girls’ All-Star Basketball Game was played Monday evening at North Arkansas College’s Pioneer Pavilion with the East holding off the West for a 59-58 victory.
Sports
Jason Day, of Australia, waves after making a putt on the 18th hole during the weather delayed first round round at the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club Friday, April 12, 2024, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Wild prints, trendy wear are making the Masters the center of the golf fashion universe

Whether it's a bold azalea print on a black polo shirt or a striking vest adorned with huge block letters, the gear players are wearing at the Masters this year has made it quite clear: Augusta …
New Jersey Devils defenseman Kurtis MacDermid (23) fights New York Rangers center Matt Rempe (73) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Imposing New York Rangers rookie Matt Rempe has become a cult hero with his fists and his size

Matt Rempe fought seconds into his first NHL shift. New York Rangers fans chant his name whether he’s playing or not. The 6-foot-8 forward was a central figure in a rare line brawl. And at 21 he …
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, hits a return to Caroline Garcia, of France, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 24, 2024, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Naomi Osaka's victory helps Japan take a 2-0 lead over Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup

Naomi Osaka put Japan a step away from reaching the Billie Jean King Cup Finals with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. The four-time Grand Slam champion’s win in Tokyo on …
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the weather delayed first round at the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club Friday, April 12, 2024, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Tiger Woods completes opening round at Masters with a 73, eight shots off the lead

Tiger Woods has finished up his weather-delayed opening round at the Masters, dropping two more strokes behind leader Bryson DeChambeau and facing a more immediate goal of making the cut for a record …
Community

Red Cross offers blood drive promo

ROGERS — During National Volunteer Month in April, the American Red Cross asks donors to help protect the blood supply by making and keeping blood donation appointments in the weeks ahead. Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets – are needed now to keep the blood supply strong enough to support critical patient care this spring.

Recipes gone viral

I've been on Tik Tok again checking out some of the latest trends and recipes that have gone viral. Here's some that I've found and tried:

ATU experiences eclipse

RUSSELLVILLE — As the moment arrived at 1:50 p.m., there was a brief shriek of glee among the family, friends and strangers gathered on the greenspace outside Tucker Coliseum at Arkansas Tech University.

Addams Family Musical coming to HHS PAC

The Addams Family, A New Musical will be performed at the Harrison High School Performing Arts Center April 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and April 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale at HHSPAC.org.

News from Capps

Greetings from Capps. We trust that everyone had a safe and blessed Easter weekend. Early that morning, Capps Batavia Fire responded to a one car wreck next to the Capps Adventist Church. Thankfully, the driver only appeared to have minor injuries although her vehicle wasn't so lucky.

NASA safety tips for eclipse

NASA offers the following tips for keeping yourself safe from sun damage to your eyes or even to your skin while you enjoy upcoming eclipse festivities.

Broadband expansion research open

Boone County is excited to participate in the Arkansas State Broadband Office's high speed internet testing and verification process through April 19th. The State has $1.2 billion dollars to enhance high speed internet statewide, and they've asked for the County's help to identify those residences that meet the criteria for funding these projects. Citizens are being asked to participate in the testing process to determine where improvements are needed.  
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Communities across Arkansas are gearing up as the eagerly anticipated 2024 total solar eclipse approaches. On Monday, April 8, the Natural State will play host to a display of cosmic alignment, drawing spectators from far and wide to witness the sun's temporary disappearance behind the moon.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
You do not have to wait until Monday to get the eclipse festivities started, Explore Harrison invites all to enjoy a fun kickoff to the weekend — the "Get Mooned in Boone" block party. There will be live music, vendors, kid zones, food trucks, and more. Vendors open at Noon on Friday with food, snacks, drinks, kids activities, merchandise and more.
On April 8, the moon, earth, and sun will align in a total solar eclipse that will pass across a large portion of the Ouachita and Ozark‐St. Francis National Forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
CAMP JOSEPH T. ROBINSON, NORTH LITTLE ROCK — A departure ceremony for 40 Guardsmen from the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade will occur at 9 a.m. April 1 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center near Barling, Ark.
Schools

Northark to host eclipse events

North Arkansas College (Northark) invites everyone to the south campus to enjoy activities leading up to the 2024 Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. The eclipse will start at 1:53 p.m.

$6 Million to ASUMH

A legislative package presented by U.S. Senator John Boozman and signed into law Saturday, March 23, will help fund enhanced health education at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) through a $6 Million appropriation.

EFA expansion announced, questioned

FORT SMITH — This week, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Arkansas Secretary of Education Jacob Oliva at Harvest Time Academy in Fort Smith to announce that children of veterans, military reserve members, first responders, and law enforcement officers, as well as students who previously attended D-rated schools, are now eligible to apply for the Education Freedom Account (EFA) program. The EFA program was one of the key features of the LEARNS Act, passed last year.

A-State readies for Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project

JONESBORO — Years of research and planning will culminate on Monday, April 8, when a total solar eclipse will be seen across parts of the state.
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