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From your Scott County Judge
This week I will be with FEMA looking at our Roads and Bridges that were damaged during the May, June Floods this process will take two to three days. In addition to the regular FEMA personnel we now will have an Environmentalist that will advise us on mitigation and environmental issues. Some of these issues will be upsizing pipes or changing existing drainage to better handle the flow of water.



State Capitol Week in Review
Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2.
Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item will qualify for the exemption. Keep in mind that if you buy an item that costs more than $100 you must pay the state and local sales taxes on the entire amount.
Here’s an example provided by the Department of Finance and Administration: a person buys two shirts for $50 each, a pair of jeans for $75 and a pair of shoes for $125. The sales tax will only be collected on the shoes. Even though the total price of the shirts and the jeans added up to $175, no sales tax will be collected on them because each individual item cost less than $100.




Arkansas House Weekly Column
Many of the laws we passed during the Regular Session went into effect this week. Among those are several pieces of legislation designed to reduce the amount of prescription drug abuse in our state.
Overdose fatalities are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in America. According to the Center for Disease Control about 44 deaths per day involve prescription painkillers.
Act 1114 is known as the Joshua Ashley-Pauley Act provides immunity for anyone in possession of a controlled substance if that individual is seeking his or her own medical assistance or seeking medical assistance for an individual experiencing a drug overdose. This act was named after a 20 year old Conway man who died of an overdose. Those with him at the time said they were afraid to call for help for fear of prosecution.




Heinen honored for volunteerism
John Heinen has been a volunteer for the Arkansas Department of Health Hospice since October 1994. John has done numerous activities for the program including taking food, sitting with patients to allow time out for the caregiver, reading the Bible, providing spiritual support and many hours of respite for families. Sometimes John would travel many miles to provide these activities. One particular patient stands out, upon his death John traveled several miles to attend the funeral, when he arrived, he found out that the family wanted him to pastor the services. He did an excellent job and the family was very appreciative. 




Forester "Out Back" , Yesterday and Today
new "sign of the times" is showing up a lot lately advertizing clothes etc. as "Old is New." I think we have , at Forester Park, a "first", with the new Outhouse we found up there last year at reunion time. Of course outhouses were just part of life at Forester, and many other towns and country homes. Several of the larger company owned houses had bath rooms and water piped into the kitchens, but even so they had an "outdoor toilet" out back,, painted green to match their house„so neat!




The Forester Herald
oyce, Duncan, Simpson of Ft Smith, 1933-2015. Joyce was bom at Forester, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Huston Duncan, sister of Jaunita, Maedean, Harley,Larry, and Don.They lived in Green Town. Joyce was a classmate and good friend to many at Forester.
This photo at the reunion, not dated, shows Joyce, Johnnie Faye Wadkins, and James Young enjoying lunch and visiting.




Why?
Why won’t those people surrender the speed chase to the police when they know that there’s no way they can get away with it? Perhaps they think they might still have the chance to get away.
Why would some leaders or politicians not give up their power when they know they have no way out from the crime they have committed? Perhaps of the power ego in them.




UAFS Spring 2015 & Summer graduates
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the list of students receiving degrees and certificates during the spring 2015 semester and the first summer term ending in July. Conferred were the Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies, as well as Certificates and Certificates of Proficiency.




Pattie Jo Tanner
Pattie Jo Tanner. She was 58 years, 3 months, and 25 days old - July 15, 2015



Family loses son in early morning fire
According to Scott County Sheriff Terry Staggs, a 911 call came in at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28 of a residential fire located south of Waldron just off of Highway 71. Officers responded to the scene at 3:50 am and Waldron Rural and Waldron City Fire Departments both responded to the call. When they arrived at the scene, the house was fully engulfed by flames. Six family members, three adults and three children lived at the residence. One five year old child was not able to be rescued. No names are being released at this time due to the request of family members. The body of the five year old male was found in a bedroom. Family members attempted to go back into the house in efforts of locating the missing child but were unsuccessful.




CASA of the Tri-Peaks Receives National Certification Recognizing the Quality of Its Works for Abused and Neglected Children
The CASA of the Tri-Peaks of Booneville has just been rewarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association. This certification recognizes that CASA of the Tri-Peaks is in compliance with National CASA's high standards for quality child advocacy. According to Tara Perry, Deputy CEO/Chief Operating Officer of the National CASA Association, "The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child served has a powerful volunteer advocate working on their behalf and a strong program supporting their work. This certification says CASA of the Tri-Peaks has demonstrated to us the capacity to provide excellent advocacy to the abused and neglects children within their community."





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