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Debra Hale-Shelton

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Millage proposal would fund Arkansas city's building plan

posted: 09/17/2017 4:28 a.m. Discuss

Vilonia residents will vote Tuesday on a proposal to raise property taxes by 5.7 mills to help finance more than $33 million in school construction and renovations.

Arkansas AG filing asks court to toss city's speed-trap suit

posted: 09/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

A Faulkner County Circuit Court should dismiss a lawsuit in which the town of Damascus has asked the court to overturn a prosecutor's finding that local police were running a speed trap, the Arkansas attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Conway council sets vote on sales tax to fix streets

posted: 09/13/2017 3:05 a.m. Discuss

The City Council voted Tuesday night to let voters decide Nov. 14 whether to increase the city sales tax to help fund street-related repairs, improvements and maintenance.

Tax proposed to let Conway repair streets

posted: 09/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- The Conway City Council is considering a proposal that would call for a public vote Nov. 14 on a proposed 0.375 percentage-point sales tax increase to finance street repairs, improvements and maintenance.

11-year-old entrepreneur turns $100 into Arkansas pen business

updated: 09/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

At 11 years old, Ramsay Short took a $100 reward for good grades and turned himself into a fledgling entrepreneur.

Arkansas music school owner wins '17 studio of year award

posted: 09/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- A Conway man who started a private music school in 2009 was honored with a national trade group's annual award Thursday.

Former UCA professor sentenced to 75 years in child-porn case

posted: 09/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 9

A former University of Central Arkansas professor was sentenced to 75 years in prison Thursday for possession of child pornography.

Appeals court denies teen's recusal bid in double killing

posted: 09/01/2017 2:31 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has denied a teenager's request to have his murder case immediately sent back to Faulkner County Circuit Court so that he can again ask a lower-court judge to recuse.

Give freely, avoid scams, storm-relief donors urged

posted: 08/31/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The devastation wreaked by Harvey has left thousands of people homeless and many others wanting to help, often through charitable organizations.

UCA to preview scene in Central High opera

posted: 08/29/2017 2:28 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- With the help of Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s historical knowledge and Tania Leon's musical talent, the University of Central Arkansas' dream of an opera commemorating the 1957 desegregation of Little Rock Central High School is closer to reality.

Lawyer for teen accused of killing Arkansas couple again seeking judge recusal

posted: 08/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The attorney for a teenager charged in the slaying of a Conway couple more than two years ago is trying to get a circuit judge to recuse from the case.

Partial eclipse enough for many in state

posted: 08/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The sky became dimmer, temperatures dropped by 5 degrees, confused crickets chirped briefly and thousands of Arkansans stopped what they were doing and stared skyward Monday.

1 Arkansas eatery's drink permit OK'd, 1 denied

posted: 08/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A Searcy business, the Rock House, has become the city's first restaurant to obtain an alcoholic beverage permit.

Appeals panel voids Exxon pipe-risk order

posted: 08/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A federal appeals court panel has handed Exxon Mobil a victory in the oil giant's clash with the government over a regulatory order resulting from the Pegasus pipeline oil spill in Mayflower more than four years ago.

Ex-UCA professor guilty in child-porn case

posted: 08/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

CONWAY -- A former University of Central Arkansas professor pleaded guilty Monday to 13 child-pornography counts and did not contest 213 other counts.

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