November 11, 2015 Edition

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BR HOSTS FOOTHILLS CELEBRATION - Black Rock Mayor Bonnie Ragsdale crowns 2015 Mr. and Mrs. Foothills Bill and Mary Maxwell during Saturday’s opening ceremonies at the Black Rock Foothills Celebration. The three-day event included vendors, entertainment, a car show, a quilt show and meals provided by the Democratic Ladies, the Black Rock Lions Club and the Black Rock Fire Department. (See additional coverage in this issue.)
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Voters pass jail sales tax

Lawrence County voters approved a request for a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction and maintenance of a new jail in Lawrence County during a special election on Tuesday.

Residents were asked to vote on two separate issues: a three-eighth of a cent tax to fund construction that would be collected for approximately 22 years and a one-eighth of a cent tax to fund maintenance that would not expire.

Political filings begin for March 1 primary

The one-week political party filing period for those seeking public office opened Monday at noon. The filing period will end this coming Monday at noon. The filing period for nonpartisan candidates began Monday at 3 p.m. and ends next Monday at 3 p.m.

Those filing for state office, including state representative or state senator, must file for office at the State Capitol in Little Rock.

Powhatan named Park of the Year

Powhatan Historic State Park has been named the 2014-2015 Overall Park of the Year by the Arkansas State Parks. The park also received honors for Outstanding Special Event and Region 2 Park of the Year.

The State Parks Division presents awards annually for park excellence within Arkansas's state parks system. The awards were announced at the annual business meeting of the park superintendents held Sept. 22-24, and the park was honored with a luncheon at Powhatan on Nov. 3.

County budget looking good with new sales tax

Budget planning for the county had been held in anticipation of the results from Tuesday's special election on a one-half cent sales tax that would pay off the bonds and maintain a new county jail.

The budget has been in good standing, and departments that have been in the red are getting closer to a balanced budget. During Monday night's Quorum Court meeting the threat of losing the county jail left justices worried that the county would be facing a broken budget in 2016.

ARNC approves loan for Imboden

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission has announced its approval of a deferred loan from the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Fund to the city of Imboden.

The announcement was made Monday by commission chairman David Feilke. The loan, which is in an amount up to $51,500, is for 12 years with a repayment schedule of 10 years at 2.75 percent interest.

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