The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered online activity in our state. More Arkansans are working remotely, learning through distance education, using telehealth, and attending online church services. It remains to be seen to what extent some of the changes in habit will continue after the health crisis ends. That is why 2020 is a critical year for closing the digital divide in Arkansas. This week, the House and Senate committees for Advanced Communication and Information Technology were briefed on a new tool designed to give the state an accurate picture of the current broadband service available. Continue Reading →
Tuesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. at 403 E. 9th Street, Texarkana, AR. Miller County, AR: The Democratic Party of Miller County Central Committee will hold the Grand Opening of its Headquarters at 403 E. 9th Street in Texarkana, Arkansas on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 10:00 am. William Hanson, Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas is expected to attend. Everyone is welcome observing face mask and social distancing guidelines. Campaign materials for Mr. Hanson and the Biden-Harris presidential ticket will be available. Continue Reading →
Every year thousands of Americans die by suicide, leaving behind friends and family to navigate the tragedy of loss. In 2019, more than 500 Arkansans died by suicide. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this stigmatized topic. In 2017, the legislature passed Act 811 which mandated that calls made from Arkansas to the National Suicide Prevention be operated by the Arkansas Department of Health. Continue Reading →
With more Arkansans working and learning remotely in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus, the issue of broadband access has become increasingly relevant. Yet as broadband access becomes more necessary to normal modern life, there is growing concern about a digital divide, whereby some areas are cut off from opportunities for distance learning and economic development by a lack of adequate broadband service. Those with lower incomes and people living in rural areas are particularly likely to face digital obstacles when trying to do schoolwork at home during the Covid-19 outbreak. That is why House and Senate leadership recently made a request to the CARES Act Steering Committee to transfer $100 million of CARES Act funding to the Arkansas Rural Connect Program (ARC). The committee agreed with the recommendation and the measure was ultimately approved by the Arkansas Legislative Council. Continue Reading →
It’s no secret that social media has had an impact on every day life, and that includes election campaigns. As the election draws closer this year, there will be more advertisements on social media, more messages from candidates, and more discussions about candidates. With the right direction and a few simple steps, a campaign manager or candidate can easily incorporate social media as an important and valued part of any political campaign. Just in time for the election cycle of 2020, a new book has arrived showing candidates, campaign managers, and anyone interested how to use social media effectively in political campaigns. Social Media and Traditional Political Campaigns: A Winning Combination, is available online through Amazon. Continue Reading →
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Now that in-person instruction has resumed in Arkansas schools, it is more important than ever to have an adequate level of COVID-19 testing. Without extensive testing, health experts cannot determine the level of community spread or give a reliable forecast. This week, Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero urged Arkansans not to fall into the trap of testing fatigue. If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath OR if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 call ahead to your health care provider or schedule a test at an Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Local Health Unit.
ADH continues to recommend testing for people who have been exposed even if that individual does not have symptoms. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on that issue, it made exceptions for high-risk individuals and those in areas where local and state health officials feel it necessary to do so. Dr. Romero stressed this week that ADH feels it is important to test anyone who has been exposed regardless of symptoms.
ADH also recommends testing if you have traveled out of state. Continue Reading →
Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgensen will speak at a campaign rally at the First Security Amphitheater in Little Rock this Friday, August 28th. The event will also feature Ricky Dale Harrington Jr., Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate.
When: Friday, August 28th, 5:00 PM Where: First Security Amphitheater, Little Rock, Arkansas
Featured Speakers: Dr. Jo Jorgensen, Candidate for U.S. President Ricky Dale Harrington, Jr., Candidate for U.S. Senate
Special guest speaker: Nicholas Sarwark, former Chair of the Libertarian National CommitteeFor more information: https://lpar.org/jo-jorgensen-coming-to-little-rock/
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The Miller County Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting August 25 at the Miller County Republican Headquarters
Miller County, AR: The Miller County Republican Women (MCRW) organization will hold their monthly meeting next week on August 25 at the county committee headquarters. The county headquarters is located at 1022 Arkansas Blvd in Texarkana, Arkansas, and will be in service through November of this year. The Miller County Republican Women and the Miller County Republican Committee have a headquarters serving the area for the 2020 elections. The Headquarters is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Signs, shirts, hats, and other campaign materials can be obtained during operating hours. The meeting on August 25 will start after the headquarters closes at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to all interested parties and women may join the organization by attending the meeting and speaking with the Secretary or Chair of the organization. Continue Reading →
Ward 2 of Texarkana, Arkansas Candidate Vickie Lacy will have a Meet and Greet on September 8 at the 1894 Gallery
Texarkana, AR: Vickie Lacy announced her candidacy for Ward 2 City Director back in February 2020 in the Four States News. Since that time, a national emergency regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic has limited all candidates for public office, including Lacy, on the ability to reach out to voters. While limitations such as social distancing and mask will remain in effect likely through the end of the year, Lacy has a formal “Meet and Greet” for September 8 at 5 p.m.
The Meet and Greet will be held at the 1894 Gallery located in the Historic 1894 Building in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. David Peavy, the owner of the 1894 Building announced the Meet and Greet on social media yesterday. Since the announcement was made, it has been shared in several areas on social media. Continue Reading →
Beginning in-person school again in Arkansas is not easy. A lot has changed since March 2020. Everyone has a lot of questions. In an effort to help answer questions from educators and parents, the Arkansas Department of Education has made new resources available. This week, the department released the Arkansas Ready to Learn Healthy School Guide. Continue Reading →