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 ACT preparation workshop aimed at Latino students in Northwest ACT preparation workshop aimed at Latino students in Northwest Arkansas
La Academia del ACT is a week-long program designed to help Latino high school students in Northwest Arkansas prepare for the ACT exam and the overall college application process. La Academia will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, August 3, through Saturday, August 8, at Rogers Heritage High School, the enrollment is limited. The cost of the program is $40, which includes lunch for the week, the cost of materials, and a voucher of $38 to register for the ACT exam. Students who will....

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 Arkansas Foodbank to sponsor 7 summer feeding sites

  Arkansas Foodbank to sponsor 7 summer feeding sites
Summer feeding sites have been announced for the Arkansas Foodbank, the largest food bank in Arkansas. All seven sites are a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program. The program is designed to replace free and reduced price meals that the children would normally get at school after school has dismissed for the summer. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and the same meals will be served to all children, regardless of race, color, nationa....

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 Southwest Steel to expand Newport plant, add 100 jobs

Southwest Steel to expand Newport plant, add 100 jobs
Southwest Steel Processing announced to expand its facility in Newport and add 100 jobs over the next two years; it will make an investment of $18 million. The manufacturer of railcar and oil and gas components said the expansion will bring total employment at the facility to 220 and will allow it to develop a new forging line. Governor Asa Hutchinson joined company leaders and local officials for a news to announce the expansion. “This type of expansion is not possible without a strong....

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 ¡Hola! Arkansas celebrates Health and Cinco de Mayo on May 16th ¡Hola! Arkansas celebrates Health and Cinco de Mayo on May 16th
Arkansas will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, health and the Mexican culture Saturday, May 16 with the help of sponsors and exhibitors offering free information, free health screenings and free food while dancing to Mexican tunes at the 12th Annual ¡Hola! Arkansas Health & Safety Fest at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “This year’s annual event will be a step up, like no other. We are expecting that hundreds of families will gather to learn what Arkansas has to ....

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 Avoid getting swept away in fake sweepstakes Avoid getting swept away in fake sweepstakes
A consumer answers their phone and a stranger immediately says, “Congratulations, you are a winner.” Over the past several weeks, reports of these types of calls have increased. Arkansans are being targeted by con artists posing as representatives of sweepstakes companies promising cash prizes. Every year, thousands of Arkansans are notified by mail, e-mail, or phone, that they are winners in a sweepstakes or lottery. These scammers usually ask for a “processing fee” related to the prize b....

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 ADE releases report cards on Arkansas Schools
ADE releases report cards on Arkansas Schools
The Arkansas Department of Education has released its annual "Performance Report Cards" on the state's schools. The online report provides information about each school and district in the state, including test performance, teacher qualification, retention, discipline and more. The ADE says the report is designed to open the lines of communication between schools, parents and local communities. Act 696 of 2013 requires the state to give a grade to schools. The report can be viewed at ad....

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 Don’t let a lemon leave a sour taste
Don’t let a lemon leave a sour taste
Arkansas’s Lemon Law provides a safety net for some purchasers whose vehicles have recurring problems. Any vehicle less than two years old or which has less than 24,000 miles is covered under the State's Lemon Law. Any recurring problem, including defects that impair the use, value or safety of the vehicle, could trigger this protection. Many problems with newer cars can be repaired by the dealer at no cost to the purchaser. Occasionally however, a vehicle may experience the same issue o....

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 Stepped-up statewide enforcement plan aimed at drivers violating Stepped-up statewide enforcement plan aimed at drivers violating text law “U Drive U Text U Pay”
State Troopers and local law enforcement officers will be watching more closely in the coming days for drivers who violate the Arkansas texting law. The statewide crackdown by law enforcement officers is scheduled for April 13 to 19 and is part of a national high visibility campaign known as “U Drive U Text U Pay”. The campaign combines intense enforcement of laws that prohibit texting while driving along with advertising and media outreach to inform the public about the stepped-up patrol....

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AHTD to hold public involvement meeting to discuss improvements to Interstate 30
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) is dedicated to working with the local community to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Arkansas. As part of this mission, AHTD has been conducting a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to encourage community discussion and involvement for transportation improvements along Interstate 30 in central Arkansas. The I-30 PEL study area includes I-30 from I-40 in the north to I-530 in the south, incl....
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Mexican mother finds courage to change state law in Arkansas
Laura Ponce of Berryville is a tiny woman, yet she stood tall against law enforcement in rural Carroll County after the brutal murder of her daughter, Laura Aceves, by her boyfriend. Then Ponce fought for justice all the way to the Arkansas State Capitol. In honor of her daughter, anti-domestic violence House Bills 1706 and 1707 were signed into law April 1 by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Ponce, of Berryville, watched over his shoulder as Hutchinson signed his name, later saying, “I ....
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Get ready for severe weather and wildfires
People living in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are urged to get ready now for potential severe weather that could strike over the next few days in the form of possible severe thunderstorms, hail, strong winds, flash flooding, tornadoes and wildfires. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region 6 office continues to monitor the situation and stands ready to support state and local partners as needed and requested in any affected areas. “We enc....
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Benton Police Department warning residents about utility scams
The Benton Police Department, BNPD, is warning others about a new utility scam. According to the department, people are calling businesses and home claiming to be Benton Utilities or Entergy and saying that the utility bill is so behind that if not paid immediately, power will be turned off. The department said, during some of the calls, energy customers were directed to go to a nearby grocery store and Western Union money to pay the bill. Just as a reminder, it is uncommon for utility ....
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Let’s Celebrate Easter at the Clinton Presidential Center
This year, make plans to join the family fun at the Clinton Presidential Center 2015 Easter Family celebration. The Clinton Presidential Center will host its 10th Annual Easter Family Festival on Saturday, April 4 begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. If it rains, the event will be move to Sunday April 5, 12 pm- 4 pm. This free family event is filled with Easter Bunny activities, games and prices. The Clinton Presidential center will kick off with the arrival of the Easter Bunny on a ....
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Little Rock Police to conduct Hispanic Citizens Police Academy
In an effort to improve the relationship between the Hispanic community and the police department the department will conduct its first 2015 Hispanic Citizens Police Academy (CPA), to begin Thursday, April 2, 2015. The class will meet for two hours each Thursday night for eight weeks. The class will be held at the Southwest Patrol Division, 6401 Baseline Rd., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. hours. The Hispanic population in the southwest of Little Rock has been growing rapidly but along with them....
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132,000 Fewer children in poverty in Arkansas
The measuring tool for poverty has been recalibrated and the new calculation shows a success story for Arkansas which is often cited for its high poverty level. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation uses a U.S. Census Bureau calculator that factors in state and federal assistance programs, something the official federal poverty measure doesn't do. In Arkansas, those programs meant 132,000 fewer children were in poverty between 2011 and 2013. The associate director for po....
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