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July 3rd, 2014

Ark. ends fiscal year with $78.7M surplus

July 3, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas ended the fiscal year with a nearly $79 million budget surplus and has more than $174 million in one-time money available for various projects when the Legislature convenes next year, state finance officials announce Wednesday.

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration announced that net available revenue for the fiscal year that ended Monday totaled $5.02 billion, which was $4.5 million below the previous fiscal year but $78.7 million higher than originally projected.

'Que'n in the Park' set for July 4-5

July 3, 2014

Anyone looking for barbecue in the upcoming Fourth of July weekend should be mindful that the Que'n in the Park State BBQ Championships will be held July 4 and 5 in Benton.

The winner will receive an American Royal Qualifier and a Jack Daniels Invitational Qualifier place.

The event will take place at the Saline County Fairgrounds. It is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which is the largest sanctioning body in the world.

Organizers of the event say, "You'll have some of the best pros in one spot this weekend."

Big Daddy Beatdown: Pro wrestler focusing on bullying

July 3, 2014

A group of adults who attend Civitan Services were in shock when Byron Wilcott said he was bullied when he was younger.

Wilcott, standing 6 feet and 5 3/4 inches tall, is a professional wrestler with the National Wrestling Alliance who goes by the stage name Big Daddy Yum Yum while in the ring.

When he was younger, he was tall and skinny and other students called him "giraffe," he said.
"Anybody can be bullied," he said.

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