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Tuesday's Covid-19 Update centered a lot on fraud in the unemployment relief program...
All aldermen were present for Tuesday's Berryville City Council meeting at the Community Center to observe physical distancing. Under New Business, Council approved a request from resident Jack Burch to vacate an undeveloped street easement off Pleasant Avenue. Council approved a new contract amendment with Jacobs, Inc. for wastewater treatment plant management and operation services. Approval was given to Gary Gunn to use the Public Square this Saturday from 10am-Noon to play music and talk about Jesus. The Mayor asked that Gunn use the opposite corner of the square from the Farmer's Market so as not to interfere with their business.
Max Nichols told Council he had another complaint about a house on E. College that has too many cats and the odor is bad. It's a familiar residence the city has dealt with before over having too many cats.
Finally, Mayor McKinney had this appeal to the residents of Berryville...
The next meeting of the Berryville City Council will be Tuesday, August 18th at 6 pm.
The County Quorum Court met Friday, July 31st by Zoom.
John Howerton asked to have two items added. One was concerning Robert Anderson with R&R Towing discussing a situation he had with the Sheriff's Office. The other was to add an ordinance concerning the line of credit that the Airport has and approving the Judge to renew that line of credit. Starlene Myers with the CC Historical Society gave JPs an update on needs at the old courthouse. All ordinances and resolutions passed with no one voting against any of them:
*Resolution for another Airport Grant for runway & taxiway lights
*Resolution to confirm commissioners for The Bluffs at Jackson Cove
*Ordinance allowing vacation pay in lieu of time off
*Ordinance reimbursing funds received for elections
*Ordinance appropriating $4,000 in grant funds for the Fair Board
*Ordinance appropriating money to Circuit Clerk's Recorder's Cost Fund so Ramona Wilson can update her computers
*Ordinance renewal of line of credit for the Airport
Under JP Comments - Matt Phillips reported that Lisa Holt with the Health Department finally got grant approval to do some work upgrading at the Dept.
Jack Deaton reported that tax revenue income was still in good shape.
Chuck Olson reported a roof leak (again) during the rain last week should be covered under warranty.
The Judge said he was doing fine and that everyone should stay safe & healthy.
Thanks to County Clerk Connie Doss for this report.
Dogpatch USA was purchased by Bass Pro Shop founder Johnny Morris and he plans to preserve the historic property as a nature experience.
The park has been closed for nearly three decades but people still remember it like it was yesterday.
The Dogpatch USA property tucked away in Northern Arkansas is overgrown with trees and broken down from years of abandonment.
Whats happened to the property in the past 27 years has been a roller coaster. The property had been bought, sold and vandalized however now it will finally get a photo finish with it’s new owner Johnny Morris.
Morris released a statement reading, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to restore, preserve and share this crown jewel of Arkansas and the Ozarks so everyone can further enjoy the wonderful region we call home.” He continued, “We’re going to take our time to restore the site, dream big and imagine the possibilities to help more families get back to nature through this historic and cherished place.”
A West Fork woman has been arrested after she allegedly plotted to kill her husband.
According to a preliminary arrest report, on Sunday (Aug. 2) police were called to the parking lot of Elkins Elementary School around 2 p.m.
An officer met with 28-year-old Ashley Johnson of West Fork in the parking lot.
Ashley told officers that she and her boyfriend 35-year-old Isaac Dale made plans to kill her husband, 43-year-old James Johnson.
According to the report, the pair planned to kill James and run away with Ashley's child.
Police say Dale has an existing "Be On the Lookout" (BOLO) for 2nd Degree Domestic Battery.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Arkansas finance officials say higher than expected sales tax collections boosted Arkansas’ revenue as the state began its fiscal year.
The Department of Finance and Administration on Tuesday said the state’s net available revenue collections in July totaled $665.9 million, which was $203.1 million higher than the same month last year and $52.7 million above forecast.
The department said all of the state’s major tax collection categories were above forecast, led by sales tax collections.
The state collected $236.4 million in sales taxes last month. Arkansas’ fiscal year began on July 1.
Missouri voters on Tuesday made Missouri the 38th state to approve expanding Medicaid health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.
Support for the constitutional amendment means that as many as 250,000 more adults could choose to be covered by government health insurance beginning in July 2021, according to estimates from the state auditor.
The vote on health care, which was paired with with Missouri’s primary elections, came as confirmed coronavirus case s have been rising in the state.
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Another Update is planned for this afternoon.
Dept. of Health Poultry Industry Cases
The Arkansas Department of Health reports 281 active cases of COVID-19 in the poultry industry.
Of the 281 cases, 144 are Hispanic or Latino. 74 cases are in Washington county and 54 are in Benton county. The Tyson Green Forest Plant showed a total number of cases at 72 with 64 recoveries.The Berryville Plant was not mentioned in that story.
Independent Banker, the magazine of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), recognized Anstaff Bank's Green Forest location as an ICBA top lender in its July issue.
"Anstaff is honored to be recognized by ICBA for the growth and performance of our community bank," said Steve Stafford, Chairman/CEO at Anstaff Bank. "We are proud to serve our neighbors of Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion and Newton counties, and strive every day to build lasting banking relationships that help our customers realize their financial goals and dreams, all while helping our local community prosper. Our success is a testament to the faith of our customers and the hard work and dedication of our talented employees."
The ICBA's "Top Lenders 2020" feature reveals the secret to these community banks' success as agricultural, commercial and consumer and mortgage lenders. It showcases their commitment, ingenuity and skill in adapting to market dynamics and evolving customer needs.
Tyson Foods Inc. announced Monday the president of the company will also become its new chief executive officer.
Dean Banks will succeed Noel White at the Springdale-based corporation, while continuing in his role as its president, on Oct. 3, according to a news release. White, who became CEO in 2018, will become the executive vice chairman of the board of directors, the release states.
“The board and I are truly excited about the breadth and depth of capabilities of Dean and the entire executive leadership team, and we look forward to the energy and vision they will bring in leading Tyson Foods into the future,” John Tyson, chairman of the board of Tyson Foods, said in the release. “It’s clear to the board that Dean’s impressive background in entrepreneurship, technology, and the healthcare industry make him ideally suited to lead Tyson in its efforts to integrate advanced technologies into our operations and further our focus on team member health and safety.”
The announcement of the CEO job change came as Tyson released results for its fiscal third-quarter.
The company posted a profit of $527 million, or $1.44 a share, down from $676 million, or $1.84, a year ago.
Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $1.40 per share. Revenue was $10.02 billion.
Voter safety continues to be a major theme for this primary election, with COVID-19 still a factor considered by many election officials and voters.
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the state has spent more than $4 million on personal protective equipment, or PPE.
Secretary Ashcroft says he expects nearly three times the amount of absentee and mail-in ballots compared to normal.
Results should be available around the same time as usual, Ashcroft says, due to polling places bringing in more people to help count those ballots.
Rapper Kanye West on Monday filed signatures to appear on the Arkansas ballot this fall as an independent presidential candidate.
Representatives of West submitted 1,723 signatures with the secretary of state’s office, which has 10 days to verify that he’s submitted the 1,000 signatures from registered voters required to appear on the Arkansas ballot.
West, who once backed Republican President Donald Trump, announced last month that he had broken with Trump and would launch his own presidential bid.
Now that face masks are a requirement when out in public, many want to know which mask is the most effective. The biology department at the University of Arkansas Little Rock helped our news team put four kinds of masks to the test.
There’s a lot of options. The N-95 mask, disposable mask, cloth mask and neck gaiter are the most popular and the ones we decided to try.
Dr. Nawab Ali, a microbiology professor at UALR helped with the experiment. He told our reporter to cough into three petri dishes wearing each mask. To show the difference between mask and no mask, she did three more samples with her face uncovered.
“Bacteria should grow on the plate,” Dr. Ali said.
The expectation for the mask samples is to have no growth in the dishes.
“My expectation was that all of the masks would prevent,” Dr. Ali said.
After 72 hours, the results are in. As expected, The no mask sample had the most growth. The N95, cloth and neck gaiter had none. The surgical mask, however, had a little growth on two of the dishes.
“Yeah I am a little surprised,” Dr. Ali said. Even still, Ali says a mask is better than no mask at all.
“This does show masks prevent bacteria coming out of your mouth when you cough,” Dr. Ali said.
According to Ali, making sure you have a clean mask each day does help. He said as they are working to get back to school, in his lab masks will be a requirement.
Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
More than 250,000 people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota, seeking the freedom of cruising the boundless landscapes in a state that has skipped lock downs. The Aug. 7 to 16 event, which could be the biggest anywhere so far during the pandemic, will offer businesses that depend on the rally a chance to make up for losses caused by the coronavirus. But for many in Sturgis, a city of about 7,000, the brimming bars and bacchanalia will not be welcome during a pandemic.
Though only about half the usual number of people are expected at this year’s event, residents were split as the city weighed its options. Many worried that the rally would cause an unmanageable outbreak of COVID-19.
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Another Update will be held this afternoon
Two Options for E.S. Entertainment District on November Ballot
Voters will decide on Nov. 3 whether they want a permanent entertainment district.
But they may think they're seeing double when they look at the ballot.
There will be two questions regarding entertainment districts on the general election ballot in Eureka Springs.
According to Mayor Butch Berry Monday, the first one, brought about by a petition for referendum last spring, will be for a "permanent entertainment district with a sunset clause." In that case, the sunset clause caused the "permanent" entertainment district to expire in September.
The second question on the ballot will be whether Eureka Springs should have a permanent entertainment district. Period.
The City Council decided to put the second question on the ballot to clear up any confusion that could be caused by the first one.
When Berryville Senior Briana Hernandez and a classmate selected the library as their senior Capstone project way back in 2016, little did she know that the knowledge and experience she would gain during this school project would give her the edge for employment years later.
Briana Hernandez is the newest employee of the Berryville Public Library. When she was a senior at Berryville High School, she chose to focus her Capstone project on increasing community awareness of all the resources available at the Berryville Library. As she began learning more about the many programs and services available for free through the library, she quickly realized that a library is more than just about books. Rather, it is about helping people in the community with various aspects of their lives, from figuring out what to read next to assisting with online job applications to finding and printing needed forms. And the list could go on and on.
“The more I learned about the library, the more excited I was to tell others of how valuable a resource the library is to our community” stated Hernandez. “There is no limit to what a library can do for you. When my mom saw on Facebook the library had a position open, she let me know, and since I had volunteered at the library, I already knew the staff and a lot about the library . . . and the rest is history,” Hernandez added.
Hernandez does speak some Spanish and will be helping provide all aspects of library services. According to Library Director Julie Hall, ‘We are thrilled to have Briana join our team. The responsibility, commitment, and love for the library she demonstrated as a volunteer made it easy to know that she was a perfect fit for the position we had open. We look forward to the ideas and energy she will bring to our library and its many programs as a staff member.”
The library is open for curbside service six days a week at 104 Spring St. Berryville, Arkansas. For the latest on library hours, services, and programs, please visit www.berryvillelibrary.org or call (870) 423-2323. The Berryville Library also offers active Facebook and Instagram pages.
The annual War Eagle Fair set for October has been canceled because of covid-19, according to a statement from the fair.
The 67th annual fair has been pushed to Oct. 14-17, 2021. The event takes place along the banks of the War Eagle River in Benton County, according to its website.
"Founded in 1954, the War Eagle Fair began as a way for Ozark artisans to display and market their wares. Each year, thousands of visitors descend on the War Eagle Valley to take in the sites and sounds offered by over 200 artisans. With the continued rise in covid-19 cases in the Northwest Arkansas area and the uncertainty that our society continues to face, it would be irresponsible on many levels to continue on with event as planned," according to the statement.
The War Eagle Fair will feature registered vendors on its Facebook page and Instagram account to support them, according to the statement.
Bridge the Gap NWA traveled to Zinc, Arkansas Sunday to protest against racism and hate groups, like the KKK.
The leader of the KKK, Thomas Robb, lives in Zinc.
Organizer Aaron Clarke said Sunday's protest was the first one of its kind in Zinc.
"It’s just baby steps one step at a time. We may not have been welcome with open arms this time, but we went down there and did exactly what we said we would do. They have no choice but to trust our words. When we say we are coming peacefully, we are coming peacefully," Clarke said.
Protesters carpooled from Northwest Arkansas and parts of Missouri to protest in Zinc. The group held signs, chanted and cooked food for people in the community.
Boone County Sheriff's deputies blocked off part of the road in front of the Zinc Fire Department to keep the protesters safe. Sheriff Tim Roberson said his office kept in contact with the organizers of the protest.
People who live in Zinc also came out to watch the protesters. Some of them had weapons and were wearing shirts and hats that had the confederate flag on them.
Kenny Devore lives in Zinc and said Sunday's protest won't change anything for the residents in the city. "I think that if they want to start trouble, they should do it in their own town."
The protest lasted about an hour. Protester Rachel Harper said she was glad things stayed peaceful and that the protesters were able to spread their message.
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose work forces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.
CFAP provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline due to COVID-19 and face additional significant marketing costs as a result of lower demand, surplus production, and disruptions to shipping patterns and the orderly marketing of commodities.
Farmers and ranchers will receive direct support, drawn from two possible funding sources. The first source of funding is $9.5 billion in appropriated funding provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act to compensate farmers for losses due to price declines that occurred between mid-January 2020, and mid-April 2020 and provides support for specialty crops for product that had been shipped from the farm between the same time period but subsequently spoiled due to loss of marketing channels. The second funding source uses the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act to compensate producers for $6.5 billion in losses due to on-going market disruptions.
Livestock eligible for CFAP include cattle, lambs, yearlings and hogs. The total payment will be calculated using the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between January 15 and April 15, 2020, multiplied by the payment rates per head, and the highest inventory number of livestock between April 16 and May 14, 2020, multiplied by the payment rate per head.
Producers of all eligible commodities can apply through their local FSA office.
Restrictions in Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is urging owners of hooved animals to closely monitor their animals and comply with all animal movement restrictions issued in response to the recent confirmed finding of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) infection in three horses on a premise in Benton County, Arkansas. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) issued an alert and implemented animal movement restrictions immediately after federal confirmation of the VSV infection on July 27.
VSV is a viral disease affecting horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. The confirmed VSV infection in Benton County appears to be a strain that predominantly impacts equine. Transmission commonly occurs through bites from black flies, sand flies, and other biting insects.
Current VSV movement restrictions affect all Arkansas based equine, including horses, donkeys, mules, and others originating from a county of or an adjacent county to a VSV quarantined facility. To legally move an equine animal from an affected county, the individually identified animal is to be examined by an USDA Accredited veterinarian, be declared free from lesions of VSV within 5 days prior to any travel within or through Arkansas, and be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) with the date of the veterinarian’s examination and an assigned Entry Permit number recorded on the CVI.
July 31, 2020
The state Education Department will spend $10 million to expand Internet access in every school district in Arkansas.
Many parents may keep their children at home during the upcoming school year because of concerns about the spread of Covid-19. Some students may be required to study from home in “virtual” classrooms if there is an outbreak of the virus at their schools.
In that event, the digital divide between low-income families and prosperous families will become even more severe. Students will be more likely to fall behind academically if they have no access to reliable, high speed Internet, or if they only have antiquated mobile devices and computers.
The Education Department will buy up to 20,000 devices and allocate them to schools based on enrollment. School officials will then distribute them to students who need them.
Educators and elected officials say that it is especially important to equalize access to the Internet in rural areas, whether students attend classes on campus or stay home and study in “virtual” classrooms.
More students will be able to work from home to do projects that require Internet access, rather than having to sit at a restaurant or business that offers free wireless. A superintendent at the announcement said that that her rural district provides Internet access on buses and in school parking lots, and that the expanded access becoming available would be a monumental improvement.
The Education Department has signed agreements with major telecommunications companies for wi-fi access points and data plans.
Under the contracts, the companies will guarantee high-speed internet with unlimited data for two years for about $20 per month per device. Also, they agree to allow local school districts to buy additional devices and data plans at the same rate as the state plan.
The $10 million comes from the federal CARES Act, which is a massive relief bill passed by Congress in response to the economic and social disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak. CARES is an acronym that stands for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security.
In its memoranda to local schools, the state calls it the Hotspot Project and says that the intent is to benefit students with the greatest need.
When schools prioritize which students are to be allowed access to a hotspot they are to consider three criteria.
One priority is for students who are learning from home because of the pandemic and who have no way to connect with online learning materials. Another priority is for students who are economically disadvantaged and need help acquiring the equipment they need to access online learning materials. The third priority is for students who are going through periods of being homeless, and thus need help.
Schools are set to open August 24. The Education Secretary has said that his department plans to purchase $1 million of personal protective equipment, such as face masks and gloves. This stockpile will be distributed to schools if they are in danger of depleting their supplies.
The Education Secretary said that schools should be prepared to adapt, for example, they may have to close temporarily for a deep clean.
New cases are holding steady this week, between 700 and 800 ..https://soundcloud.com/user-851289161/update-7-30-20
Another Update will be held this afternoon. The Governor is expected to address School Sports for the upcoming year.
Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says it plans to administer thousands of coronavirus tests per week at its U.S. facilities under an expanded effort to protect workers and keep plants running.
The company, which processes about 20% of all beef, pork and chicken in the U.S., will randomly test employees who have no symptoms, as well as those with symptoms. Workers will also be tested if they were near someone who tested positive or displayed symptoms.
The tests are on top of daily health screenings when workers arrive at Tyson's 140 U.S. production facilities, the company said Thursday.
Tyson said it will add nearly 200 nurses to its 400-person medical team to conduct the tests. It’s also hiring a chief medical officer. Tyson developed the testing plan with Matrix Medical, a healthcare provider.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 24,000 of Tyson’s 120,000 U.S. workers, applauded the move and said other meat processing companies should follow Tyson’s lead.
Meatpacking plants have been particularly susceptible to the coronavirus because workers often stand shoulder to shoulder carving up meat.
In the U.S. alone, at least 16,210 meatpacking workers have been infected or exposed to the virus and 93 have died, the United Food and Commercial Workers said. Last month, the families of three Tyson workers in Iowa who died from COVID-19 sued the company.
The expanded testing is confined to the U.S. for now. Tyson also has plants in Thailand, China, the Netherlands, Australia and elsewhere.
According to Feeding America, school meals are vital in Arkansas and one in four children faces hunger.
After students were displaced from schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it created a bigger crisis for local families in need.
Schools across the state were forced to close in March due to the pandemic. Locally, school districts were suddenly confronted with a new challenge, getting meals to those in need.
"Meals to You" is a partnership between PepsiCo, the USDA and Baylor Collaborative. The organization has ramped up its efforts to provide meals all across the country.
So far, 500,000 shelf-stable meals have been delivered to students in need from mostly rural communities in Arkansas. That includes 10 breakfast meals and 10 lunch meals delivered to their doorsteps.
Fayetteville Public Schools also have a five-day meal pack that parents can pick up. The district has provided 160,000 meals since schools closed.
With food insecurity being a real thing in nearly every community, school districts, volunteers and other organizations are feeding families.
Meals to You has partnerships in 41 states, plus Puerto Rico
Walmart Inc. might be one of the few big winners in the pandemic, having posted surging sales month after month, but that isn't stopping the company from tightening its belt.
The world's biggest retailer has laid off hundreds of workers in units including store planning, logistics, merchandising and real estate, according to people familiar with the matter. It is also reorganizing its roughly 4,750 U.S. stores by consolidating divisions and eliminating some regional manager roles, two of the people said.
Some of those affected were told in-person, while others learned over a Zoom call, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they aren't authorized to speak publicly. Conversations with those impacted will continue throughout the week. Those who lose their jobs will be paid until the end of January, when Walmart's fiscal year ends and annual bonuses get doled out, according to one of the people.
The company declined to comment specifically on the plans, saying via email that it would "share additional information after we've completed our communication with associates." John Furner, head of Walmart's U.S. operations, is expected to address the restructuring in a statement to employees Thursday afternoon.
Walmart is performing well thanks to soaring demand and its low prices during the pandemic. The move is an acknowledgment that the retailer is simply not opening many new stores in the U.S. anymore, so it doesn't need as many people to find new locations and design them.
The Southeastern Conference will play only league games in 2020, a decision that pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths.
The SEC's university presidents agreed upon a 10-game schedule that eliminated all non-conference opponents and is scheduled to begin Sept. 26.
non-conference opponents and is scheduled to begin Sept. 26.
Arkansas' game against Texas A&M will now be played in College Station. The University has said that its new schedule will be released at a later date.
The SEC championship game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be pushed back to Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 will also play only conference games.
The ACC announced plans for an 11-game schedule with one non-conference game.
U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday.
The drop was driven by less demand for coal that is burned for electricity and oil that's refined into gasoline and jet fuel, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.
The declines were in line with lower energy usage around the globe as the pandemic seized up economies.
Those trends are turning around as commercial activity resumes but the impact has already been profound — including energy companies filing for bankruptcy protection and a forecasted dip in annual U.S. and global greenhouse gas emissions.
Overall U.S. energy consumption dropped 14 % during April compared to a year earlier, the energy administration said. That's the lowest monthly level since 1989 and the largest decrease ever recorded in data that's been collected since 1973.
The largest drop previously seen was in December 2001, after the Sept. 11 attacks shocked the economy and a mild winter depressed electricity demand.
Natural gas bucked the trend with a 15 percent increase in use during the April lock-down. More people at home meant more demand for natural gas as a heating fuel, while relatively few homes are heated with coal or oil, said Brett Marohl, who helped produce the energy administration findings.
Petroleum consumption fell to 14.7 million barrels a day in April, down almost a third compared to the same period in 2019. Demand already has rebounded some after stay-at-home orders expired and large sectors of the economy started moving again.
An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia.
Developing such a test has been a long-sought goal, and scientists warn that the new approach still needs more validation and is not yet ready for wide use.
But Tuesday’s results suggest they’re on the right track. The testing identified people with Alzheimer’s vs. no dementia or other types of it with accuracy ranging from 89% to 98%.
Results were discussed at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference taking place online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some results also were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
More than 5 million people in the United States and many more worldwide have Alzheimer’s. Current drugs only temporarily ease symptoms and do not slow mental decline.
The disease is usually diagnosed through tests of memory and thinking skills, but that’s very imprecise and usually involves a referral to a neurologist. More reliable methods such as spinal fluid tests and brain scans are invasive or expensive, so a simple blood test that could be done in a family doctor’s office would be a big advance.
Last year, scientists reported encouraging results from experimental blood tests that measure abnormal versions of amyloid, one of two proteins that build up and damage Alzheimer’s patients’ brains.
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The Governor has another Update this afternoon.
The filing period for candidates seeking city positions in Arkansas began this week. The period to file for municipal positions opened Tuesday and continues until next Wednesday at noon.
The filings will primarily be made up of individuals running for City Council or Recorder/Treasurer. Possible candidates will need to bring their petitions to the Courthouse of the county in which they reside.
There is no fee to file for municipal positions. Election Day is scheduled for Nov. 3. Those seeking more information may contact the Carroll County Clerk’s Office.
As part of Tyson Foods’ commitment to supporting its plant communities, the company announced it will fund $1.8 million in DonorsChoose projects for 65 school districts in 60 Tyson communities in 28 states.
The investment will bring resources to schools in Tyson communities and introduce teachers to the platform.
Public school teachers in these communities will be able to use DonorsChoose to request learning resources, including materials that support distance learning, as educators prepare for blended or hybrid-model lessons for the upcoming school year.
Between August 3 and January 29, 2021, Tyson will fully fund projects posted by teachers, in qualifying Tyson school districts, who request up to $1,000 in learning resources.
Funding will be applied toward projects on the first Monday of each month, up to $30,000 for each plant community.
Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be requested for a variety of resources teachers feel they or their students may need this upcoming school year.
Educators interested in receiving funding should create their project on DonorsChoose, and they will be notified via email if their project has received funding.
“We have a responsibility to support our communities in a variety of ways, including equipping our teachers with the resources they need as an effective way to support education,” said Debra Vernon, senior director, corporate social responsibility, Tyson Foods. “The DonorsChoose model is especially effective in today’s climate as teachers navigate the individual and unique needs of their classrooms so students can experience new or better ways to learn.”
The Better Business Bureau Arkansas is seeing an uptick in scams and cybercrimes, with people getting fake links that appear they may be coming from your child’s school or educational institution.
Now with the majority of people working from home and schools, more people are transferring online.
The BBB president and CEO Janet Robb say they are getting more tips about people being potentially hacked via links.
Some reports claim these hackers are causing disruption to the electronic devices making it inoperable.
Robb is urging Arkansans to be cautious.
Robb says to protect from this you can verify by calling or creating a new email you can send to the school to ensure the link was sent by them but never just reply to the email.
The Barry County Missouri Health Department announced the county’s first COVID-19 death on Wednesday.
According to the Health Department, the individual was a 71-year-old man with underlying health issues. The Health Department didn’t specify the day on which he died.
As of July 28, 2020, Barry County has a total of 207 COVID-19 cases, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Branson. Missouri will require face coverings in most public places in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite the objections of many, including comedian Yakov Smirnoff.
Smirnoff, who operates a successful theater in Branson, told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday that the mask ordinance would make his adopted home more like his native land, Russia, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Nevertheless, the board voted 4-1 to approve the ordinance, which requires face coverings for people ages 13 and older, with some exceptions.
Missouri reopened its economy in mid-June and has seen a big surge in confirmed coronavirus cases this month.
A federal agent will now reside in one Randolph County town, improving the police department's ability to tackle different types of crime.
In a media release, Pocahontas Police Chief David Edington announced a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security.
With the increase in human trafficking cases, Edington said the ability to take criminal charges to a federal level will make the area safer for residents.
Edington added that having a federal agent in Pocahontas will bring new resources that could assist surrounding law enforcement agencies.
A suspended University of Arkansas professor has been indicted on multiple wire and passport fraud counts.
The 44-count indictment returned Tuesday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, accuses Simon S. Ang of failing to disclose close ties to the Chinese government and Chinese companies when he obtained federal grants.
The university suspended the 63-year-old electrical engineering professor and removed him as director of the university’s High Density Electronics Center after his May 8 arrest by federal agents.
Ang is free on a $200,000 bond.