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Sales tax holiday incentive to shop

Subscriber onlyConsumers in the state, particularly parents preparing to send children back to school, will not have to pay sales taxes on numerous items -- including shoes, backpacks and pencils -- during this weekend's sales tax holiday. Continue reading...

Madison County gets jail-solution deadline

Meet standards by Aug. 25, state says

Subscriber onlyMadison County officials have until Aug. 25 to satisfy state jail standards on staffing and until Nov. 5 to have a long-term plan in place for expanding the jail before state officials will take steps to close it, a state official said. Continue reading...

State sets deadline to resolve jail woes

Subscriber onlyMadison County officials have until Aug. 25 to satisfy state jail standards on staffing and until Nov. 5 to have a long-term plan in place for expanding the jail before state officials will take steps to close it, a state official said. Continue reading...

Event focuses on American Indians in agriculture

Subscriber onlyOne 22-year-old college student started a business at age 13 that now includes managing 200 head of cattle and 100 head of sheep. Continue reading...

UA master’s students teach writing project

Subscriber onlyAntha Johnson held up two brown paper sacks, one labeled “characters” and another labeled “theme.” She instructed her students, who worked in groups, to draw a slip of paper out of each bag to use in developing a story accompanied with comiclike drawings. Continue reading...

End date pitched to help tax pass

Madison County JPs looking at retry on higher sales levy

Subscriber onlyMembers of the Madison County Quorum Court are worried that a proposal to increase the sales tax will fail again if it does not include a provision limiting the time the tax increase will be in place. Justices of the peace are weighing whether to ask voters in November to raise the sales tax by 1 percentage point. Continue reading...

Old courthouse showing its age

Subscriber onlyHUNTSVILLE — State and federal funds have paid for close to $300,000 worth of improvements within the past year for the 75-year-old Madison County Courthouse. But the amount is small compared with the total cost of rehabilitating the aging building. Continue reading...

September vote set on Greenwood school project

Subscriber onlyThe Greenwood School District plans to spend between $10 million and $12 million on a new freshman center that would adjoin the Greenwood High School and alleviate crowding across the district, Superintendent John Ciesla said. Continue reading...

Teacher details White House lunch

Obama listened intently in talk on poor schools, he says

Subscriber onlyLunch with the president on Monday included a relaxed conversation about teaching in high-poverty schools that lasted about an hour, said Justin Minkel, a Springdale teacher invited to the White House with three other teachers from around the country. Continue reading...

Harrison School District seeks millage increase

Subscriber onlyRather than replace its outdated junior high school, the Harrison School District plans to expand its middle school and high school buildings to make room for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students currently housed at the junior high, the district superintendent said. Continue reading...

Child care center redefines playground

Movement focuses on ‘natural’ outdoor spaces to help kids learn, interact

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- It didn't take long for Landyn Carr, 17 months, to tap the silver metal bars of a small xylophone when it was time for his class to play on the new outdoor playground for infants and toddlers at the Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center. Continue reading...

In state, schools aim to go digital

Use of mobile devices tested

Subscriber onlySeveral of the state's largest school districts are working to get more wireless, mobile technology into classrooms. Continue reading...

London man recounts fight to rescue drowning girl, dad

Subscriber onlyMichael Hogrefe of London feared the worst when he realized he had to release a 10-year-old girl who was drowning at the Ponca low water bridge of the Buffalo National River in Newton County. Continue reading...

Data link population loss, age

Census shows median ages up in counties people are exiting

Subscriber onlyCounties in the state that are losing population also tend to be the counties with rising median ages, according to new population statistics that the U.S. Census Bureau released today. Continue reading...

Schools appeal insurance ruling

Child care regulation at issue

Subscriber onlyThree school districts in Northwest Arkansas are appealing to the Arkansas Supreme Court to temporarily stop the enforcement of a new state regulation requiring districts to buy liability insurance for child care programs. Continue reading...

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