We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

During any given day in the school year, there are 350,000 children riding a bus on Arkansas roadways.

With the opening of the 2019-2020 school year, there are 26 open enrollment charter schools in Arkansas.

Waldron Nursing Center Residents are still very busy with all of the scheduled activities of Sunday afternoon singing with Winfield Baptist group, dominoes in the day room, these games have become quiet popular with several of our residents who like to play in between scheduled events and in…

Arkansas is approaching the centennial of a historic vote in the House chamber.  On July 28, 1919, then Governor Charles Brough called a special session for the purpose of ratifying the Nineteenth Amendment.

Many of the bills approved by lawmakers earlier this year become effective on July 24, which is the 91st day after the legislature adjourned.

Waldron Nursing Center Residents have continued to be very busy with all of the scheduled group events of Sunday afternoon singing service with Winfield Baptist Group, Monday morning reminiscence with Diane Miller, bingo on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon with Volunteer Doyle Wayne Di…

A few weeks back I was traveling along US Highway 71 and suddenly realized I was in trouble. My eyelids were getting heavy and my head was beginning to nod, and I knew I needed a pick me up. However, along this lonesome stretch of highway where telephone lines are made of barb wire and WIFI …

The state Human Services Department is reviewing every case this year in which people have been denied assisted living or home care services in the Living Choices and ARChoices programs.

The number of Arkansas children in foster care has fallen by more than 700 since reaching an all-time high in 2016.  That information was part of an annual report presented a legislative committee this week.

All of us have gone through pain uncounted times in our lives. Pains come in different forms, ways, and times. No one likes pain but we should treat pain as a learning lesson to avoid repeating. Therefore, No Pain-No Gain.

Waldron Nursing Center residents have continued to enjoy going outside to sit in the patio area on the nice weather days despite the many rain showers. Many are still talking about the great time they had at the Fireworks show that Alex put on. 

The past is history; the present is reality, and the future is mystery.  Perhaps none of us can do much about our past except put it behind and move on to our present.  Whatever happened in the past, we just have to move forward and keep on moving in the present.  Moving on doesn’t mean you …

This year, we each enjoyed the 243rd anniversary of our nation’s independence. In addition to the nation’s celebration, I’d like to note a few other reasons that July 4 is significant in Arkansas.

Arkansas had one of the most productive, if not most productive, legislative sessions in the country with regard to addressing occupational regulations. Occupational regulations are licensures, certifications, or registrations required for workers in certain occupations. A few examples of li…

The state Division of Youth Services (DYS) closed a secure facility at Dermott, which was the second closing of a juvenile lockup this year.

I love to watch NFL and NBA games on TV since my High School years. They make me very happy when my team wins, but it can also raise my blood pressure level way up when my team loses, especially when the plays do not go the way I wanted. That’s part of the game and the coaches and players tr…

State officials announced that school nurses will be provided with kits containing naloxone nasal spray, which helps keep alive people alive when they have overdosed on painkillers known as opioids.

Today I’d like to talk about steps we took this week to deal with the damage from recent flooding. We also want to do all we can to minimize destruction from future floods.

Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks. As this is a popular time of the year for Arkansans to enjoy the waterways, we wanted to highlight boating safety in the state.

Today I am in the Czech Republic as I conclude a week of work in Europe selling Arkansas to international companies looking to expand in the United States.

The legislature updated Arkansas school choice laws when it approved Act 754 of 2019 earlier this year.

One of my biggest mistakes that I made in life was not to ask when I had questions. I have come to realize that there are no excuses for being shy or afraid to ask. And there is no such thing as a silly or stupid question.  Let other people laugh if they think the questions are funny, but yo…

Waldron Nursing Center Residents had a wonderful toe-tapping time with Roger Sparks and the Blue Grass group on Tuesday night. This is another favorite group that comes on a regular basis to sing and play for the residents. The Sparks boys have been coming to the Nursing Center for over 25+ …

From guided hikes to kayak outings, there are over 50,000 family friendly programs available at our Arkansas State Parks.  If you are still looking for a summer getaway, consider the options in our own backyard.

Flooding has caused more than $100 million in damage to infrastructure in Arkansas, according to the governor’s request for federal relief.

There are now more than 460,000 students enrolled in Arkansas public schools. And an additional 18,000 attend an open enrollment charter school.

When we talk about successful people, we think they must have wealth and a high status in society. It’s not so! Most successful people have money but no happiness in general because they are too busy making money or too busy working. They can’t even enjoy their own lives. There are two thing…

This week Arkansas hosted the first-ever National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders at the Governor’s Mansion, and today I’d like to share a bit about our event.

It is estimated that less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting the same high-quality meals in the summer. Children shouldn’t go hungry just because school is out.

The rate of maternal mortality in Arkansas is above the national average, so earlier this year the legislature created a review committee to develop new strategies for preventing women from dying during childbirth.

 I’d like to talk about the National Computer Science Summit for State Leaders that we are hosting in Little Rock in a couple of weeks. This is the first summit of its type in the nation. We have invited leaders in the field to discuss a range of topics, including academic standards, teacher…

I wish to share with you all and for you to share with others as well.  I hope these Wisdom Quotes can bring everybody much happiness.

True or False questions are no different from flipping a coin to see which is heads and which is tails. But the quotes below are more philosophical questions for you to believe them or not. 

This week, I released the details of the Arkansas State Broadband Plan. This is the plan that will expand high-speed broadband internet to the rural areas of Arkansas.

In Arkansas, 41% of the population live in rural counties. In contrast, only 14% of the United States population as a whole live in nonmetropolitan counties. Our state is a very rural one, so when we work to expand our economy we must always recognize the challenges that our rural communities face.

Job training and workforce education are offered by numerous government entities in Arkansas. That’s part of the problem.

As most people know, computer science education has been one of my top priorities since I ran for governor in 2014.

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has already begun to make sweeping changes in how the state treats juvenile offenders.

When we pass legislation to grow our economy, it does not stop at tax incentives and workforce training.

Now that I’ve been in office for more than four years, you may have noticed that one of my favorite topics is “economic development.” As we close out April of this year, I’d like to note that this has been a banner month for job creation in Arkansas.

Many of the bills passed in the recent session could have a direct impact on your daily commute.  The Public Transportation Committee heard testimony on proposals from how fast you can drive to requirements to get your license.

The legislature officially ended the 2019 regular session when it adjourned sine die on April 24.

 All Love relationships are different and unique. Some love relationships might work out accordingly, some break up with disappointment, some have an happy ending, some can end up in tragedy, etc.

Many of my beloved Lao people came to the United States as refugees from 1975 due to the political reason of the communist government taking control of the country. Many of them came here empty handed and had to start a new life in a totally strange culture to them. Language wise, many of th…

During the recent regular session, the legislature referred three proposed constitutional amendments to Arkansas voters.