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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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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Arkansas started a new fiscal year this week, and final reports for the previous year give us an optimistic outlook about the future of our economy. Fiscal Year 2021 ended on June 30. We began Fiscal Year 2022 on July 1. Results from collections and distributions for FY2021 reached $6.845 billion. This is $1.09 billion or 19% above prior-year results. Continue Reading →
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 →
There are currently 58,000 Arkansans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 67,000 will be diagnosed by 2025. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, an opportunity to hold a conversation about the brain, and share the fact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are a major public health issue.
In 2019, there were 1,507 deaths from Alzheimer’s in Arkansas. That’s a 250% increase since the year 2000. It is now the 6th leading cause of death in the state. Continue Reading →
This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee reviewed a presentation regarding Arkansas’ inland waterways. This year marks 50 years of service from the McClellan‐Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The system serves a 12 state region and provides a cost-effective form of transportation to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and surrounding states. The anniversary reminds us of the importance of our waterways and our duty to ensure this infrastructure is well maintained. Arkansas’s inland waterways system is vital to our economic growth. Continue Reading →