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Archive - Jun 2013

June 21st

Arkansas unemployment rate rises slightly in May

June 21, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' unemployment rate rose slightly in May.

The state Department of Workforce Service reported Friday that the jobless rate increased from 7.2 percent in April to 7.3 percent in May. The department said that although there were 600 more jobs in the state in May — there were 2,400 more people looking for work.

Carl Douglas Thompson

June 21, 2013

Carl Douglas Thompson, 65, of Haskell, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013.  He was born September 9, 1947 in Bauxite.  Mr. Thompson retired from the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department and was a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Thompson and a brother, William Dwight Thompson.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Lynn Thompson; mother, Esther Thompson; brother, James Larry Thompson and nieces, Viola Thompson Hobby, Carrie Thompson and Donna Riffe.

Louise Howard

June 21, 2013

Louise Howard, 73, of Alexander went to be with her Lord on June 19, 2013, with her family by her side.
Louise retired from St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center after 25 years of service. She loved to spend time with her family and her dog, Mandy. Louise was a great cook and you never left her house hungry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Bernice Leopard; her brothers, Wayne, Earl Jr. and Jule; and one sister, Betty. 
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Harvey Howard Sr.. who loved her and will miss her dearly.

Sharon Ann Skinner

June 21, 2013

Sharon Ann Skinner, 65, while resting in her home on Lake Norrell and surrounded by her loved ones, was gently embraced by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and welcomed into the Kingdom of God at 7:20 a.m. on June 19, 2013. 
Sharon was born on Feb. 12, 1948, in Little Rock to her parents, Robbie Wilba Sawyer and Vera Virginia Barnhart.

Charlotte Dean Barnette Low

June 21, 2013

Charlotte Dean Barnette Low, 25 of Colusa, Calif., passed away June 16, 2013.
She was born July 7, 1987, in Greenville, Miss., to Johnny and Joy Barnette of Arbuckle, Calif.
Charlotte was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a homemaker who loved her children dearly and enjoyed taking care of her family. She had earned am associate degree in early childhood education and was working toward becoming an elementary school teacher.

June 20th

Ark. panel accepting comments on voter ID rules

June 20, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' law requiring voters to show photo identification faced questions Wednesday about who would resolve disputes when people don't look like their ID photos, as the state's top election panel began finalizing rules for its enforcement.

The state Board of Election Commissioners voted to begin accepting public comments on the new law, which is set to take effect next year. The panel is expected to hold a public hearing on the rules and give final approval to them on Aug. 21.

House rejects farm bill, 62 Republicans vote no

June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — The House has rejected a five year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

Those cuts weren't deep enough for many Republicans who objected to the cost of the nearly $80 billion-a-year program, which has doubled in the past five years. The vote was 234-195 against the bill, with 62 Republicans voting against it.

Free family movie to be shown in Tyndall Park tonight

June 20, 2013

The Benton Parks and Recreation Department will be showing Looney Tunes and "The Lorax," today, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater at Tyndall Park.
Benton Parks and Recreation will present free family movies throughout the summer.
Concessions will be available.

June 19th

FBI ends Michigan search for Hoffa's remains

June 19, 2013

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Beneath a swimming pool, under a horse farm and now a weed-grown field north of Detroit: For at least the third time in a decade, FBI agents grabbed shovels and combed through dirt and mud in the search for Jimmy Hoffa's remains or clues to the disappearance of the former Teamsters boss.

Once again, the search was futile.

Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District board to meet today

June 19, 2013

The Saline County Regional Solid Waste Management District board will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Office of Emergency Management, 102 South Main St., Level B in Benton at 2:00 p.m. This is the board's regular monthly meeting and is open to the public. For more information, call the district office at 501.776.2533.

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