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UA master’s students teach writing project

posted: 07/24/2014 6 a.m. Discuss

Antha Johnson held up two brown paper sacks, one labeled “characters” and another labeled “theme.” She instructed her students, who worked in groups, to draw a slip of paper out of each bag to use in developing a story accompanied with comiclike drawings.

End date pitched to help tax pass

posted: 07/23/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Members of the Madison County Quorum Court are worried that a proposal to increase the sales tax will fail again if it does not include a provision limiting the time the tax increase will be in place. Justices of the peace are weighing whether to ask voters in November to raise the sales tax by 1 percentage point.

Old courthouse showing its age

posted: 07/20/2014 6 a.m. Discuss

HUNTSVILLE — State and federal funds have paid for close to $300,000 worth of improvements within the past year for the 75-year-old Madison County Courthouse. But the amount is small compared with the total cost of rehabilitating the aging building.

September vote set on Greenwood school project

posted: 07/16/2014 3:25 a.m. Discuss

The Greenwood School District plans to spend between $10 million and $12 million on a new freshman center that would adjoin the Greenwood High School and alleviate crowding across the district, Superintendent John Ciesla said.

Teacher details White House lunch

posted: 07/10/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Lunch with the president on Monday included a relaxed conversation about teaching in high-poverty schools that lasted about an hour, said Justin Minkel, a Springdale teacher invited to the White House with three other teachers from around the country.

Harrison School District seeks millage increase

posted: 07/10/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Rather than replace its outdated junior high school, the Harrison School District plans to expand its middle school and high school buildings to make room for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students currently housed at the junior high, the district superintendent said.

Child care center redefines playground

posted: 07/06/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

BENTONVILLE -- It didn't take long for Landyn Carr, 17 months, to tap the silver metal bars of a small xylophone when it was time for his class to play on the new outdoor playground for infants and toddlers at the Helen R. Walton Children's Enrichment Center.

In state, schools aim to go digital

posted: 07/05/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

Several of the state's largest school districts are working to get more wireless, mobile technology into classrooms.

London man recounts fight to rescue drowning girl, dad

posted: 07/03/2014 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Michael Hogrefe of London feared the worst when he realized he had to release a 10-year-old girl who was drowning at the Ponca low water bridge of the Buffalo National River in Newton County.

Data link population loss, age

posted: 06/26/2014 4:36 a.m. Discuss

Counties in the state that are losing population also tend to be the counties with rising median ages, according to new population statistics that the U.S. Census Bureau released today.

Schools appeal insurance ruling

posted: 06/24/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Three school districts in Northwest Arkansas are appealing to the Arkansas Supreme Court to temporarily stop the enforcement of a new state regulation requiring districts to buy liability insurance for child care programs.

State cities seek population update

posted: 06/03/2014 5:10 a.m. Comment 1

A handful of cities in Arkansas are seeking to have an update of their 2010 Census populations based on city boundaries that changed after annexations.

Pilot program tests teacher evaluations

posted: 06/02/2014 4:38 a.m. Discuss

Sharon Lowe, an English teacher at Darby Junior High School in Fort Smith, set a goal this school year to ask her ninth-graders questions that would make them think more and, thus, learn more.

Hartford schools look at merger with Hackett

posted: 06/01/2014 3:35 a.m. Discuss

The Hartford School District remained below the state-mandated enrollment of at least 350 students throughout the 2013-14 school year, meaning the district must consider merging with another district.

Judge orders Lead Hill to pay for water

posted: 06/01/2014 3:19 a.m. Discuss

Lead Hill is obligated by a valid contract to make monthly payments to Ozark Mountain Public Regional Water Authority, a circuit judge has decided.

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