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Precautions to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 have forced Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to cancel the annual fishing derbies held at its five fish hatcheries in June, but anglers throughout the state will still be able to enjoy some quality time chasing catfish. 

June is Men’s Health Month, Dr. Janette Wheat, Cooperative Extension Program specialist and professor of human development and family studies at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said. It is so important because, according to a 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) re…

Summer fun finally arrives for some area residents who take advantage of the warm, dry day Tuesday with a picnic at the park. More folks are venturing out as restrictions begin to lift with the easing of the coronavirus pandemic.

Feral hogs continue to be a major problem in Arkansas causing more than $19 million yearly to the state’s agriculture industry alone, according the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. In addition to crop losses, feral hogs damage pastures, destroy wildlife habitat, pollute water and transmit…

Lake Village City Council met Tuesday evening and voted to back a plan to create housing in the city. Members also heard about some local consequences of state and federal coronavirus restrictions.

In the 61 years since the Personal Consumption Expenditures report has been issued by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, there has never been a drop as precipitous as the 7.3 percent decline between February and March of this year

Arkansas Rural Health Partnership was one of nine entities awarded additional grants from The Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas in its Rapid-Response COVID-19 Relief program, which will provide up to $1.7 million in grants to organizations in Arkansas working to prevent the …

In a profession subject to heavy stresses from weather and the markets, the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing another major obstacle in the way of agricultural producers and others in the food supply chain. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has set May 4 as the date he would like to see Arkansas begin to start relaxing some quarantine rules related to COVID-19. He said Monday he would make a decision this week if that would happen.

The Chicot County USDA Service Center will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and…

Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibili…

The annual Arkansas Irrigation Yield Contest gives growers in the state the opportunity to put their own operations to the test and identify opportunities for improvement in the process. The 2020 contest is now open for entries. Division of Agriculture photo.

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford, French Hill, Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman, applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding federal funds to health centers across Arkansas to help facilitate the coronavirus res…

The Lake Village Municipal Airport and the McGehee Municipal Airport are set to receive a grant as part of the federal government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last weekend’s storm left damage in Chicot County including damaged roofs, trees down, and power lines on the ground; many were also left without electricity.

Governor Asa Hutchinson has extended the mandatory closure of all Arkansas public schools through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

A telephone conference call was scheduled for Monday night for the Eudora city council’s monthly meeting.  It did not attract a quorum.

Lake Chicot State Park will be restricted to “day use” operations on Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s order as will all Arkansas State Parks. Commercial lodging and short-term rentals facilities throughout the state are also facing restrictions.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, in cooperation with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, voted during a specially called meeting last week to waive all fishing license and trout permit requirements for residents and nonresidents starting this weekend at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 through 11:59 p.m…

Delta Baptist Association, now merged with Bartholomew Baptist Association to form SEARK Baptist Network, donated a home to Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries. Once transformed this home will act as the next foster home in Chicot County to help provide multiple beds for …

Statewide training and certification for private pesticide applicators from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is now available online to help keep farmers on schedule as the planting season approaches.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has announced his intent to grant 14 pardons, two firearm restoration rights only, and two commutations. 

When Lake Village council members gathered Tuesday, March 3 much discussion focused on financial matters including a possible pay raise for Mayor Joe Dan Yee and the purchase of a police department vehicle. 

Lakeside elementary and middle schools have a combined total of nine VEX IQ Robotics teams. These teams have worked since September to design, build, code, and drive robots in the VEX IQ challenge, “Squared Away.” 

Dermott Junior Lady Rams took care of unfinished business Tuesday, Feb. 18 by defeating Taylor Junior Tigers 49-32 for the 1B-AEast District Tournament Championship. The Junior Lady Rams finished the 2019-20 season 28-2 and undefeated in the conference with an 8-0 record. These young ladies …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a reminder to agricultural producers interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup that the enrollment deadline of Friday, Feb. 28. This signup is available to farmers and private landowners who are either enrolling for…

Twenty-nine Dermott Elementary School sixth grade students; their principal, Shamonda Boatner-Gardner; teachers, Julia Boatner and Dell Donaldson; and curriculum specialist, Arniece Gardner experienced a historic district walk in Arkansas City last Friday. 

Chicot Memorial Medical Center has an experienced new administrator in the person of John Hurd who began his duties last week.

Richard Cox attended his first quorum court meeting yesterday as the newly appointed justice of the peace for district 5.

Dermott Junior Lady Rams finished the regular basketball season with a record of 24-2 and finished conference play with a 6-0 record. This is the only team in Dermott girls basketball to ever finish the conference with an undefeated record. As number one in the conference, the Junior Lady Ra…

As with many historical buildings in Lake Village, age and changing regulations are changing the face of the city. The old convent house at the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church has stood its ground through floods, storms and the rigors of time.

The 2020 Mississippi River Marathon was held this past Saturday, Feb. 8. It was a chilly 38 degrees as runners gathered at the starting point in Lake Village. The run started promptly at 8 a.m. The first to go with a minute head start was a wheelchair contestant. The others got the whistle s…

A two-car accident on Hwy 82 in front of South Shore Cottages resulted in one person being transported by ambulance to Chicot Memorial Medical Center. At press time no information was available regarding the cause of the accident or the individuals involved.