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Womack Statement on 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, DC—September 11, 2021….Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the below statement on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks:

“20 years ago, terrorists attacked our nation because of the freedom and ideals it embodies. We will always honor the innocent lives taken from us and the heroism shown in the immediate moments—and years—since that fateful day. The loss we relive is a reminder of everything we must never forget to protect. On this solemn anniversary, we hold our fallen and their families in our hearts and remember the unyielding resolve that carried us forward. United, we will always stand stronger. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Gohmert Issues Statement for 20th Anniversary of September 11

Louie Gohmert, US Representative, TX 1st Congressional District

Louie GohmertUS RepresentativeTX 1st Congressional District

“This year marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks; a day that forever changed the lives of those who lived through it and those worldwide who watched in horror as the barbarity unfolded on our television screens. Today is a day to solemnly remember those 2,977 innocent Americans who lost their lives simply because they went to work or boarded a plane. “They were murdered by terrorists who embodied the purest form of evil, who could work with, travel with, seek enjoyment with people whom they looked forward to mass murdering. They used planes carrying people full of hope to loved ones or to work they had eagerly anticipated, but they used the planes as instruments of slaughter. The murderers were joined in spirit with sadists who jumped for joy on seeing live footage of people who jumped from 100 stories up to avoid being burned to death. The al Qaeda terrorist group led by Osama bin Laden was responsible, but they were given safe haven to plan and carry out this barbarous attack by the very Taliban terrorists President Biden has armed and empowered in Afghanistan today. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 9-10-2021

There are three legislative meetings scheduled this month to review proposals for congressional redistricting. Arkansans are welcome to attend these meetings and comment on the proposals. The proposals will be outlined in bills drafted by legislators. We have provided a link to the bills at www.arkansashouse.org. The House and Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committees will be meeting jointly in the MAC building located directly behind the State Capitol. Continue Reading →

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A Working Memorial in Arkansas Twenty Years After 9/11

For the witnesses of September 11, 2001, it is hard to believe it has been twenty years now after those shocking and horrific morning hours when the United States was attacked.  Since that time, we have spent twenty years hunting down those responsible, waging war on terrorism, grieving, rebuilding, and building memorials.  There are countless memorials across the nation and the world commemorating those who died that day.  The memorials celebrate the lives, the heroes, and the legacy of those lost. However, in a small town in northeast Arkansas, one memorial serves as a reminder of the loss of one of their own and functionally serves the community. 

While most memorials remember the person, the moment, or an event, the memorial to Sara Low serves the community as a dog park.  Sara Low was a native of Batesville, Arkansas.  Batesville is the oldest city still operating in Arkansas, and it was the home where Low grew up.  She attended school in Batesville, her family worked and lived there, and she left to work for the airlines.  On September 11, 2001, as her parents watched Sara’s beloved cat at their home in Batesville, Sara, at just 28 years of age, boarded a flight as a member of the crew of Flight 11 from Boston to California. 

In the aftermath of the attacks, it is believed that Sara worked to help passengers remain calm on the flight, but she is also credited with providing the telephone calling card used to give important information to the ground.  Later as America moved to find those responsible, Sara’s wings were sent to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. So while Sara could do no more after September 11 for her country and citizens, her wings were carried into the battles against terrorists as a reminder to the troops and as a small way she could continue to make a difference. In February of 2020, the city of Batesville broke ground on a project for their own memorial for Sara Low and September 11.  Sara had a long history of love for animals.  She was known to take in strays, help them, and care for them as a child.  Her parents and the community decided that they wanted a functioning memorial.  They wanted something to celebrate Sara, her love of animals, and to serve the community where she was raised.  The groundbreaking was the first step in the building of what would become The Sara Low Memorial Dog Park. 

Today the park can be visited along the walking path near Riverside Park.  The Sara Low Memorial Dog Park has been featured nationwide in articles, news reports, and shows.  It is built with rock from Batesville with sitting spaces, off-leash areas for dogs, and other amenities associated with a park to serve dogs and their owners. 

For a  community that still mourns Sara Low after twenty years, the park serves as a reminder that the good of the many people that died on September 11, 2001, can never be forgotten or taken for granted.  Sara Elizabeth Low will forever be remembered as one of the victims of 9/11. Continue Reading →

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Four States News Adds School COVID Search to COVID Page

Arkansas: The Four States News has updated the COVID information page to include a link to data for school COVID infection rates. The link can be found on the COVID Information Page just below the “More Deadly than the Flu” Chart. Click on the link, Arkansas COVID School Search, and the reader will be taken to an outside database which is keeping up with infection rates in Arkansas schools since August 16, 2021. In addition to the school resources, other information such as state, national, and global COVID infections may be tracked on the Four States News page. The cover page also features a red header which will take readers directly to the page, Four States News. Continue Reading →

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Dancing Ranch Farms Pumpkin Patch 2021

Fouke, AR: The Dancing Ranch Farms will have a grand opening on September 17, 2021, and just in time for the fall season. The ranch is located in Fouke, Arkansas, and on Miller County Road 218 at 490. The “Pumpkin Patch” will feature hayrides, games, a haunted maze, and much more. After the grand opening day, events will be held Fridays from 7 pm to midnight, Saturdays from 11 am to midnight and Sundays midday from 2 pm to 8 pm. The Dancing Ranch Farms is operated by Ronnie and Susan Dancer of Fouke. Continue Reading →

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Sunday, 9/12: OKC’S Fiestas Patrias to be Held at Bicentennial Park

OKLAHOMA CITY – For over 10 years, the Oklahoma City Fiestas Patrias Festival has been the biggest and most official celebration of Mexican and Central American Independence in Oklahoma, attracting people from all over the state to partake in a day of delicious food, live music, folkloric dancing, activities for children, official patrimony ceremonies, and the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias. This year’s festival will be held this Sunday, September 12, from 1 PM to 10:30 PM at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Drive, OKC, OK 73102). The festival is free and open to people of all ages. Fiestas Patrias is organized by Scissortail Community Development Corporation. Scissortail CDC Executive Director Robert Ruiz said it is an event that families look forward to all year. “Fiestas Patrias is a huge coming-out party for our Mexican community, but it’s a great event for people of all backgrounds to attend,” said Ruiz. “Joining the party is a fun way to show solidarity with your Hispanic neighbors while celebrating and learning about a vibrant culture.”
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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 9-3-21

Rice is grown in over 40 Arkansas counties. The crop contributes billions to the state’s economy and accounts for approximately 25,000 jobs, crucial to rural communities. September is National Rice Month, a month-long celebration of all things rice. In Arkansas, we have a great deal to celebrate. Our state is home to 2,300 rice farms and 96% of those farms are family owned and operated. Our farmers produce more than 9 billion pounds of rice each year. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 8-27-2021

This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Higher Education Subcommittee reviewed details of a new program designed to benefit Arkansans who have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project provides funding for qualifying individuals to complete online training at no cost in order to meet workforce needs across the state. The U.S. Department of Education awarded a grant worth over $13 million to the Arkansas Workforce Development Board and the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services to fund the Reimagine Arkansas Workforce Project. Project partners include state agencies, U of A Global Campus Professional and Workforce Development, Shorter College, and iDatafy LLC. The partners expect to serve 3,000 Arkansans. Continue Reading →

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Care Providers Oklahoma Responds to President Joe Biden’s Nursing Home Vaccine Mandate

New Requirements Could Cause Unprecedented Workforce Catastrophe

OKLAHOMA CITY – Care Providers Oklahoma, the association representing Oklahoma’s skilled nursing professionals and residents, today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s announcement that all skilled nursing staff must be vaccinated:

“Oklahoma’s skilled nursing facilities, through a combination of successful vaccination campaigns and rigorous safety protocols, are now clearly the safest places in Oklahoma for vulnerable seniors when it comes to COVID protection. In the week of August 8-14, for example, the state’s Epidemiology Report indicates that skilled nursing and long-term care (LTC) settings had just 44 new COVID cases among residents across over 600 facilities, representing just .28% of the state’s total portion of new cases. That number has fallen precipitously since the last week of December 2020, when skilled nursing/LTC reported 443 new cases among residents, representing 2.4% of the state’s total caseload. As the Delta variant continues to explode across the state and country, Oklahoma nursing homes have largely kept COVID under control and offered the most successful protection to their residents available anywhere. “For that reason, it is extremely frustrating and disappointing to see the Biden Administration single out nursing homes as the only health care provider facing a federal vaccination mandate. More importantly, this mandate will transform the current workforce shortage in the skilled nursing profession (where administrators report upwards of 20% of jobs are going unfilled) into an untenable crisis that could result in facility closures and the complete abandonment of vulnerable seniors.“Today, approximately 49% of Oklahoma’s skilled nursing staff and 82% of our residents are fully vaccinated, which significantly outpaces the state average of 42%. Continue Reading →

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