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Boozman Criticizes Wasteful Obamacare Advertising Blitz in Arkansas

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator John Boozman criticized federal marketing, publicizing and advertising spending on the President’s health care law in Arkansas. The Associated Press revealed more than $24 million would be spent in the state making it the second highest level of spending per capita in the nation. “Given our $17 trillion debt, we shouldn’t borrow money from our ...

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House of Representatives Weekly Report – July 31, 2013

By Nate Bell I’ve written about topics that were in the news over the last couple of weeks but this week I’m returning to my series of explanations about legislation I sponsored during this year’s general session of the legislature. The next three bills I filed were appropriations bills to fund portions of other general legislation.  I filed HB1658, HB1659 ...

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State Capitol Week in Review – July 31, 2013

By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas tourism industry grew modestly last year, increasing by 1.4 percent and bringing tourism’s portion of the state economy to $5.77 billion. More than 58,000 worked in travel-related jobs and their total payroll amounted to more than $1.1 billion. Travelers paid more than $301 million in state taxes and $110 million in ...

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First Christian Church

By Michael Reisig First Christian Church of Mena is a conservative evangelical organization. Minister Gary Garrett said the church exists to search for and save the lost – to edify the saints and be a conscience for the community. The church began as far back as 1897 but the main building in Mena wasn’t built until 1947. It was designed ...

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James Earl Turner – Dedicated To His Community

By Michael Reisig James Earl Turner is a fourth generation native of Mena and Polk County. His parents and grandparents were cattle people and farmers and he has grown up with a love of the land and the people of this area. From that, Turner has continuously dedicated a good deal of his time and efforts to making Polk County ...

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fill Inspectors General Vacancies

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced legislation to reduce lengthy vacancies in federal offices of inspectors general. The Verifying Agency Conduct and Needs Through Inspectors General Act (VACANT Inspectors General Act) would require the nomination of a person to each Inspector General (IG) position within 210 days of a vacancy, or ...

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The Polk County Pulse Launches New On-Line Publication: www.MyPulseNews.com

By Melanie Buck The Polk County Pulse has launched a brand new on-line publication, www.MyPulseNews.com. The new site is now live. “We couldn’t be more excited at this launch,” said owners David and LeAnn Dilbeck. “This now puts us in the ‘daily’ market. We will be posting items on a daily basis and depending on events, throughout the day.  Our ...

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Marshall Tucker Headlines Crystal Music Festival; Fallen Heroes Honored

By LeAnn Dilbeck The first annual Crystal Music Festival held in Board Camp, Ark. is officially in the books. Attracting top headliners like Diamond Rio and Marshall Tucker, the event also showcased regional and local talent as well. Promoters of the event, Orville and Cheryl Murphy, delivered on their promise for a family friendly event and it did not go ...

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Mena Woman Drowns in Scott County

By LeAnn Dilbeck A Mena woman drowned in a creek/spillway near Lake Hinkle in Scott County, Saturday, July 27, 2013. Lt. D.J. Pyles of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office said a call came in at approximately 6:15 p.m. of a possible drowning victim. He said the Waldron Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, and SouthWest EMS ...

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Campora and Atkinson Honored at Salem Baptist Church VBS

By LeAnn Dilbeck Salem Baptist Church in Nunley has quite a long history of large Vacation Bible Schools (VBS), and this year was no different. However, greatly differentiating this year from others was a dedication to two who both had very long histories with the Salem VBS, Joel Campora and Dakota Atkinson. Joel was deeply rooted in Salem Baptist Church, ...

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