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Johnny Morris Buys Dogpatch Property

Press Release Noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris today announced the purchase of the former Dogpatch USA theme park property, a beautiful 400-acre natural setting, in northern Arkansas’ Newton County. While specific plans for the property remain in the early stages of exploration, any possible future development will be an extension of …

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Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship Postponed Until Spring of 2021

Press Release After much discussion and consideration for the 25th Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship, Explore Harrison has decided to postpone the event to April 16-18, 2021. “Rising concerns for spectator and participant safety due to COVID-19 and partnering events slated for the weekend already being postponed forced this difficult decision,” said Matt …

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Searcy County Woman Dies in Traffic Crash in Marion County

by: Scott McCaulley One person is dead, another seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in Marion County on Highway 62/412 near Pyatt. The Arkansas State Police reports the accident happened around 9:40 Monday morning when a pick-up truck driven by 42-year-old Roland Rogers of Lead Hill left the roadway hitting an embankment then hitting …

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Love, Inc. to Help Stone County Families with School Supplies

Press Release The nonprofit Love, INC will provide free school supplies and backpacks to Stone County families in need on Friday, August 7 during the Stone County School Readiness Fair. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Reeds Spring High School. Families that pre-registered can pick up their supplies any time in …

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Area School Counselor Receives State Award

From: KTLO Flippin School District’s high school counselor Angie Nix has been named the Arkansas High School Counselor of the Year. A Flippin School District Facebook post notes Nix was awarded the honor at this year’s virtual Arkansas School Counselor Association’s virtual conference. The group’s president, Laquietta Stewart, says in announcing Nix’s award, “I am …

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Taney County Health Department Releases Information on Two COVID-19 Deaths

Press Release The Taney County Health Department (TCHD) is sad to report the deaths of two Taney County residents due to COVID-19. This brings the total number of deaths in Taney County from COVID-19 to five. The fourth individual was a male in his 80’s, the fifth individual was also a male in his 70’s. …

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Protesters Take BLM Message to Zinc, Home of KKK National Director

by: Samantha Boyd, KNWA/Ozarks First Area residents come together to march in Zinc in east-central Boone County in protest of the Ku Klux Klan and show support for Black Lives Matter. Zinc is the home of the National Director of the KKK Thomas Robb. In a Facebook post, Ozarks Hate Watch says participants marched in …

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