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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 7-16-2021

This week, we want to remind you about the upcoming Arkansas Sales Tax holiday. This year, the event will begin at 12:01 am on Saturday, August 7, and end at 11:59 pm on Sunday, August 8. This is now the 10th year that Arkansans can take advantage of this break from state and local sales tax on certain purchases. 

Act 757 of 2011 provides for a sales tax holiday in Arkansas during the first weekend of August each year. A sales tax holiday is a temporary period when state and local sales taxes are not collected or paid on the purchase of certain products. 

Clothing less than $100 per item is exempt during the weekend, as well as clothing accessories less than $50 per item. Clothing accessories include handbags, cosmetics, jewelry, umbrellas, and more. Continue Reading →

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TWU to Resume Late Fees and Disconnections August 1

Texarkana Water Utilities (TWU) will resume late fees and disconnections on August 1, 2021, according to Pamela White, the Administrative Coordinator for TWU. Questions or concerns may be directed to (903) 798 3800. TWU also wishes to remind customers that online services may be used. Payment Options and Pay Online are available on our website athttps://twu.txkusa.org. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 7-10-2021

Arkansans know that no summer barbecue is complete without fresh watermelon. Our state may not be the largest producer of watermelon, but Arkansas communities lay claim to being the home of the world’s largest and the world’s sweetest. The month of July is known as National Watermelon Month. July is typically the largest shipping month of the year, with over 15 states harvesting simultaneously. The United States currently ranks 7th in the worldwide production of watermelon. Continue Reading →

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Community Fundraiser racks up over $15,000 for up-and-coming Soccer Complex in De Queen

DE QUEEN, AR— The first-ever “Field of Dreams” fundraiser netted more than $15,000 for the Samaritan Fields Soccer project on Collin Raye Drive in De Queen this 4th of July weekend. A diverse group of Community members teamed up to collaborate resources for the July 3rd event and celebrated with festival-style vibes, flavorful food, FIFA, inflatables, and family-friendly fun Saturday night. Several efforts were made to raise the money, including food sales, auction items, and T-shirt sales, as well as donations collected from parking for the city Firework show. 

Hundreds of area residents attended the event and contributed support for the developing facilities throughout the day, including representative Deann Vaught, along with several local business owners and community leaders. The event also provided a covid-19 shot booth and voter registration tent, adding nearly a dozen Arkansans to the state’s vaccinated list. 

Project organizer Esteban Ochoa reported the total amount raised was $15,898.85, including additional dollars gathered from a “50/50 day” partnership with Simple Simon’s Pizza of De Queen Monday, July 5th. Pulled together with just 3 months of planning, the “Field of Dreams” fundraiser was designed to draw up support for the project and raise awareness about the community goal of bringing the High School state soccer championship to De Queen by 2026. Continue Reading →

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July 4, Fireworks, Shows, Parades, and God

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It started with a suggestion in June, followed by a meeting on July 2, and finally a formal signing on July 4, 1776.  From that moment on, the cry would go up around the world that the colonies of the North American Continent, all thirteen of them, had declared independence from Great Britain.  Like any country, Britain would not take kindly to losing the colonies.  In fact, no country in the history of the world has ever simply said, “Sure, go ahead and leave us and take all the investments we made into your area with you.”  No, instead the greatest empire in the world set out to reclaim the colonies and force them back into the British realm.  The rest of the story, you know as the United States won independence in the war that followed.  To this day, we still hear our friends across the pond in England wish us a “Happy Traitor’s Day.”  Naturally, this is done more in good humor now that we are friends so many years after the revolution. The founding fathers were by no means blind to the fact that they were setting in motion something that would be celebrated for years, and perhaps forever.  John Adams wrote to his wife of the importance of the entire event that officially started on July 2 and ended on July 4.  He sent his letter on July 3, 1776 that included the following statement:

“The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” Continue Reading →

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Libertarian Party Submits Petition for the 2022 Elections

On Monday, June 28, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas delivered a petition to the Secretary of State seeking to form a “new political party” for the 2022 elections.  This will be the sixth electoral cycle that the Libertarian Party has sought that status. Members of the Libertarian Party will meet on the Capitol steps at 10:00 AM, with an opportunity for the press to interact with Libertarian Party leaders about plans for 2022.  The petition, with over 14,000 signatures, will then be delivered to the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s office. The petition is being presented in the context of an ongoing federal lawsuit challenging the Arkansas legislature’s 2019 action to make it more difficult for political parties to gain ballot access.  Under a court-ordered injunction and a stipulation agreed to by both sides in the lawsuit, the Libertarian Party is required to submit 10,000 valid signatures to become a political party for the 2022 elections. 
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OICA Names Six “Children’s Legislators of the Year”

OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) released its legislative scorecard for the 1st Session of the 58th Oklahoma Legislature. The scorecard detailed lawmakers’ records on children’s issues. From that nonpartisan evaluation of the voting records of all 101 state representatives and 48 state senators, six lawmakers were named “Children’s Legislators of the Year.”

“Our ‘Children’s Legislators of the Year’ awards honor those state representatives and senators who have gone above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of Oklahoma’s children,” said Joe Dorman, OICA’s CEO. “These are special lawmakers who put Oklahoma’s children first, and we are honored to announce them.”

The “Children’s Legislators of the Year” awards in the Oklahoma Senate go to Sen. Kim David, Senate majority leader and a Republican from Porter; Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City; and Sen. Roger Thompson, Senate Appropriations Committee chair, R-Okemah. Members of the House of Representatives earning “Children’s Legislators of the Year” awards are Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay; Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman; and Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, the House’s Appropriations & Budget Committee chair. Continue Reading →

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Womack, Bustos Lead Bipartisan Call to Reimburse National Guard for Capitol Security

National Guard budget shortfall would severely hinder military readiness, cancel trainings, negatively impact Citizen Soldiers and Airmen

Rep. Steve Womack

Washington, DC: Representatives Steve Womack (AR-3) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) led a call of nearly 70 lawmakers urging Congressional leadership to swiftly come to an agreement on emergency appropriations that includes full reimbursement for the National Guard, which is currently due nearly $521 million. In response to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, more than 27,000 members of the National Guard – including nearly 1,000 Illinoisans – courageously responded to protect the Capitol building and preserve our democracy. Last month, the House passed the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act, which would cover the costs of the attack, and protect the Capitol and those who visit and work there. While this funding package awaits action in the Senate, the National Guard will begin preparations to cancel trainings starting in August, limiting their abilities to respond to future emergencies. “Following the events of January 6th, the Guard responded to the Capitol in force and served dutifully for almost five months, keeping us, and the democracy we treasure, secure. Continue Reading →

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Local Tourism Group Promoting Independence Day Celebrations near Broken Bow

Broken Bow, OK— Local folks and Tourists of all ages will find many ways to enjoy festive fun this Fourth of July as a regional tourism company has compiled a list of free and festive events happening in the area this holiday. “Things To Do In Hochatown” offers a web page and social media outlets that provide the public with resources, information, updates and announcements for McCurtain County and surrounding areas. (ThingstodoinHochatown.com)

Upcoming Independence Day Events include:

July 1st: Choctaw Casino, Broken Bow, OK

July 2nd: Idabel Bell High School, Idabel, OK

July 3rd: Field of Dreams Fundraiser, @ Samaritan Fields in De Queen, AR. 5:00PM

Live DJ, Obstacle Course, Food, FIFA Tournament and More. All Proceeds go to Samaritan Fields

Jul 4th: Wright City Rodeo, Wright City, OK, Rodeo Grounds Road, 74766

 Bareback Horses, Ranch Broncs, Kid Events, Barrels, Calf Rope, Team Rope, Bulls then Fireworks. Continue Reading →

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