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Scott County Extension Homemakers seek new members
Extension Homemaker clubs in Scott County are reorganizing and are seeking new members. Being an Extension Homemaker means belonging to one of the largest adult volunteer organizations in Arkansas. The mission of Extension Homemakers is to empower individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service. Scott County Extension Homemakers help extend the resources of the U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service into their communities
through educational opportunities and community service projects. Members have the opportunity to learn with others, make new friends, and contribute to their community, county and state.




State Capitol Week in Review
From 500 to 900 people with developmental disabilities would move off the current waiting list and receive home-based or community-based services under a plan announced by the governor.
He proposed allocating about $8.5 million from the state’s tobacco settlement revenue to provide the services and shorten the waiting list, which now has about 3,000 people on it.
Under the formula for this method of Medicaid spending, the federal government would provide an additional $20.5 million, so the total amount of new spending on services for people with developmental disabilities would be about $29 million a year.




Overtime Rule Fails American Workers
Susan North wanted to be her own boss, so she built a successful business that now employs nearly 500 Arkansans. While she has opportunities to make her own decisions, what has surprised her the most as a small business owner is the extent to which her hands are tied when it come to regulations with which she must comply. Now a new Department of Labor (DOL) rule is threatening to take away more flexibility for her business and employees. 
DOL’s update of the federal overtime rule is the latest in a long line of overreaches by the administration that threatens jobs in Arkansas and across the country. This rule, approved without the input of stakeholders or Congress, increases the salary threshold under which employees qualify for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.
Business owners, nonprofits, colleges and universities have shared with me their concerns with this rule that fails to take into account economic circumstances and had no input from those who will be affected. As one employer told me, many businesses won’t be able to absorb the higher employment costs imposed by this rule. This could result in fewer hours for employees, and according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, millions of salaried professionals will have to be reclassified as hourly employees.




County assessor reminds taxpayers of Homestead Tax Credit
With the 2015 personal and property tax deadline approaching, Terri Churchill, County Assessor, took part in the Homestead Expo during the Scott County Fair. "One of the duties as an assessor is providing homeowners and individuals with information on the Homestead Tax Credit. 
If you qualify for a homestead credit, homeowners in Arkansas may receive up to a $350 property tax credit on their homesteads. Eligibility for the credit is confined to a homeowner's principle place of residence. A homeowner is defined as someone who is the owner of record, by deed or by recorded sales contract, or the beneficiary of a revocable trust owning the homestead. Nursing home or retirement center residents who own a home are also eligible for the credit; as are people who have deeded their homes to others while retaining a right to live in it until they die (A Life Estate).




Farm Bureau to hold annual meeting
The Scott County Farm Bureau Federation will be hosting their annual Farm Bureau meeting at the Waldron High School Commons, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 beginning at 6 p.m.  Warren Carter, Executive Vice President of Arkansas Farm Bureau, will be the evening's featured speaker.



Spirit week kicked off for 2016 Homecoming
Spirit week has kicked off for students of Waldron High School (WHS) and the Scott County community in celebration of homecoming this Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Students, faculty, businesses and citizens are joining together in keeping the bulldog spirit alive.



Running down cancer - dog hunter style
The fox and wolf hunters of Scott County have come together in organizing the Josh Mourton Benefit Hunt for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. The hunt will host two classes of dogs: beagle class of 17 inches and under and walker class of over 17 inches. The entry fee is $5 per dog with no limit. The hunt will be a four hour hunt and dogs may be turned loose at daylight.
 In addition, chances will be sold to win items that include taxidermy work for both deer and ducks, a new bow, and a lot more.  Several sponsors joined together in support of the event. These sponsors include: Bar -M- Feed, Bloomer Ark.; Step Above Roofing, Fort Smith, Ark.;  B.W.C Roofing, Fort Smith, Ark;  Catlett Brothers Feed, Waldron, Ark.; Powell Graphics, Waldron, Ark; Jones Feed, Waldron, Ark; Lanis Harwell, Waldron, Ark; Wal-Mart, Waldron, Ark  and Waldron News, Inc.




Arrest made in Scott County Death
On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016  at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 911 call regarding an altercation was placed from a residence on Newell Lane in the Nella community of Scott County. Scott County Deputies and Waldron Police Department Officers initially responded to the scene. At that residence they discovered 38-year-old Hugh "Hoot" Strozier deceased of an apparent stabbing injury. Also present at the house was the resident, identified as 36 year old Jeffery Newell, and  three children.




Unlimited Ducks
The annual Scott County Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at the Waldron High School Commons located at 3736 West Highway 80. 



Williams elected as Waldron Nursing Center Queen
Waldron Nursing Center 2016 newly elected Queen, Norma Jo Williams, preferably called "Jo", is 97 years young and has lived at Waldron Nursing Center for the past 9 months. She was born April 8, 1919 to Susie Martha and Thomas Lawson around the Tate Community in Scott County, Arkansas. She was raised on a farm with her two brothers and five sisters, all now deceased.
At the age of 19 Jo married the love of her life, Burl Williams, and they made their home in Waldron and raised her family of three boys and one girl. Garland Williams of Mansfield, David of Reno, NV, Frederick Williams, now deceased, and Shirley House of Waldron. Queen Jo has 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grand's from these families. One of Jo's fondest memories is about when she and Burl were going to get married. She said there was a revival being held at the church in Ione, AR. so she and Burl got in his truck and drove there to ask the preacher to marry them. When they arrived the preacher came out before church started to the truck and they got married sitting in the truck. She said Burl had $2.00 in his pocket so he gave it to the preacher for marrying them. Then they drove back home to Waldron.




University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Hosts Senior Day 2016
The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain held their annual Senior Day event on September 7th  in the Ouachita Center on the main campus in Mena. From the UA-Rich Mountain service area high schools, 425 seniors from the following nine schools attended: Acorn, Caddo Hills, Cossatot River, Mena, Mt. Ida, Oden, Smithville, Umpire, and Waldron. Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson welcomed the seniors to campus and stressed the importance of continuing an education beyond high school. Dr. Wilson also visited about the importance of college, cost of attendance, and updated students on the Rich Mountain Community College merger with the University of Arkansas System. Dr. Wilson stated, “We would like to thank our area schools for allowing students to attend Senior Day at UA – Rich Mountain.



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Scott County Extension Homemakers seek new members
State Capitol Week in Review
Overtime Rule Fails American Workers
Waldron suffers first loss in home opener against Mena
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