Tuesday, January 03, 2006

It's Tuesday!

The Arkansas Forestry Commission website lists 51 counties which have imposed a ban on outdoors burning. The drought continues.

The Fayetteville High School marching band is expected back home tomorrow after making the 5 mile trek down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard in the face of driving rains. This was the first rainfall on a Rose Parade in 50 years.

It is a temporary fix, but a pump set up to transfer water from the Fourche River into the lake that provides the town of Perryville with its water supply is now working

Arkansas' tourism figures have seen a double-digit increase over the past year and experts say 2006 will be even better. According to Roby Brock in the Stephens Media Group, the Clinton Presidential Library has drawn 550,000 visitors since its opening in late 2004. Next year, more than 80 million documents from the library's archives will be open to the public.

The biggest obstacle for Community Health Services takeover of the St. Francis County hospital from Baptist Health Care is the February 28 deadline, which was recently extended by Baptist. Attentus Health Care announced in December that it could not fulfill its’ bid. Baptist originally announced the closure in forrest City in March 2004.

The Altheimer School District is facing possible consolidation in the New Year, as attendance edges down toward the mandatory 350 level. Currently there are 380 students enrolled and the district has been loosing 37 each year.

Fordyce science teacher Pam Vaughan was one of 20 winners named in October to the eighth annual All-USA Teacher Team, the publication’s recognition program for outstanding teachers. All of the winners received trophies and shared $2,500 cash awards with their schools. Each teacher won $500.

Linda Shott, a science teacher at Pottsville High School, was recently named as a state finalist for the 2005 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for public school teachers in math and science fields.

Beginning Sunday, the U. S. Postal Service will charge an extra 2 cents to mail a standard, first-class letter, and an extra penny to send a postcard. The estimated $3.1 billion raised by the increase will go into an escrow account mandated by Congress. Its use has yet to be decided.

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