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Arkansas Tech releases Fall 2016 Deanís List
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (January 12, 2017)--Arkansas Tech University has announced its Deanís List for undergraduate students on its Russellville campus for the fall 2016 semester.

†A student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 hours of college-level coursework to be named to the Deanís List.†
A total of 1,893 Arkansas Tech students achieved that distinction during fall 2016. Included in the fall 2016 Deanís List are 714 students that achieved a 4.0 grade point average.†




Brown receives Doctor of Ministry
Marcus Walker Brown of Benton, Ark., formerly of Mansfield, received his Doctor of Ministry Degree in graduation ceremonies from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana Dec. 17, 2016.



Wallace to peak at chamber meeting
The Waldron Area Chamber of Commerce will have their membership meeting on Thurs., Jan. 19, 2017 at CharBroiler. Lorlla Wallace with the Scott County Boys and Girls Club will be the featured guest speaker. Wallace will speak to the Chamber about the upcoming Banquet, as well as the annual ĎAdopt a Childí campaign.
All chamber members and guests are invited and encouraged to attend.
WACC Board members have announced that the annual Chamber Banquet is scheduled for Thurs., April 20, 2017, starting at 6 p.m. at the Waldron High School Commons. Tickets information as well as entertainment will be announced at a later date.




Walmart celebrates 35 years in Scott County
Walmart in Scott County celebrated 35 years of a strong foundation and committed service this past Thurs., Jan. 5, 2017 in Waldron.
It was through the dedication of their associates that has allowed Walmart to host the 35-year celebration amongst team members and the community.
During the community-involved celebration, three associates were given recognition for that commitment.




Herbert joins Mercy team as family practioner
ďI am glad to be here, I think my time in Scott County will work well,Ē stated David A. Herbert, M.D. of Mercy Clinic in Waldron.
With a shortage in healthcare for Waldron and Scott County, Herbert has joined the Mercy team in assisting Sara Roberson, M.D. as well as taking in new patients. ďCurrently, I will be seeing new patients and assisting Dr. Roberson in any manner that I can. I did not realize the shortage in which Scott County was facing within healthcare until I came on board. Through a contract, I will be practicing in the area for the next six months, then we will revisit on an extension,Ē shared Herbert.




Random Act of Kindness: Brad Stamps
On Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, Brad Stamps stopped by The Waldron News to place a classified ad in the paper within the lost and found section. Stamps found a large camouflage duffle bag on the road in the Hon Bottoms area. †



Wonderful Teachings
Always remember to slow down in life; live, breathe, and learn; take a look around you whenever you have time and never forget everything and every person that has the least place within your heart.
Laugh about your mistakes, but learn from them. Joke over your troubles, but gather strength from them. Have fun with your difficulties, but overcome them. That's the way to live life.

Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who wait, and the best things come to those who donít give up.
Impossible only means that you havenít found the solution yet.
Sometimes the most important life lessons are the ones we end up learning the hard way.




The Forester Herald: Remembering Dwayne
Dwayne Wadkins didn't mind saying he dearly loved the life he lived at Forester. This photo of him, with his brother Billy Joe and Dub Smalling dated 2001, reflects the great memories of good times they shared when they met at the reunions every year. His family included parents, Johnnie and Martha , brothers A.J. and Billy Joe, and sister Johnnie Faye.



Senator Tom Cotton Appears on Fox & Friends
Ainsley: Good morning to you Senator.
Tom: Good morning Ainsley, great to be on with you.
Ainsley: Great to see you. You know, the economy is the issueĖwhy everyone is going to the polls. At least, thatís what the polls are telling us. This is a big issue for families because many people canít afford these high premiums.

Tom: Itís a huge issue, Ainsley. President Obama promised that Obamacare would save the average family $2500. Just last week though, his own administration announced that premiums would go up by 25 percent, and thatís just the start of it. A lot of these plans have deductibles of $6000 a year or more and, for most working families around our country thatís simply not insurance. Theyíre paying something and getting nothing in return. In fact, when you add premiums and deductibles together in Arkansas, some families would be what it would cost to get a mortgage on a $600,000 home, and in Arkansas thatís what we call a mansion. That just goes to show that Obamacare is simply not affordable and not working for most working families.




State Capitol Week in Review
LITTLE ROCK Ė The Arkansas legislature opens the 2017 regular session with an encouraging revenue report to use as a guidepost for setting state fiscal policy.

The report from the Finance and Administration Department shows that for the month of December net tax revenues for the state were up 0.7 percent over December of last year. The increase is notable because the first five months of the fiscal year had been relatively disappointing.

The end of December marked the sixth month of the current fiscal year, which began on July 1.For the fiscal year up to this point, the state has collected 1.5 percent more in net revenue than it collected during the same period last fiscal year.




Making sense of the 2017 Arkansas legislative session
A flurry of new state laws will be proposed in January as Arkansas representatives and senators go back to the Capitol for the 2017 legislative session. Trying to keep up with hundreds of potential laws can seem overwhelming, but there are several ways the average Joe can follow along during the session.

Becoming engaged can be as easy as calling or tweeting your legislator, or as sophisticated as creating an online account to track specific bills, said Kristin Higgins of the Public Policy Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

More than 2,000 bills were proposed in the last session, making it impossible for media outlets to explain every proposed law, Higgins said. Many newspapers instead publish lists of proposed laws and resolutions filed for consideration.




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