S Public meeting set to share information on proposed Gentry charter school

GENTRY -- A public meeting will be held at the Gentry High School auditorium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to discuss a public school conversion charter application the district plans to file next month. The school district is applying for a conversion charter school on the high school campus in an effort to better prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation. Continue Reading »

S Gov. Hutchinson cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

ARKANSAS -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday ordered the state Department of Human Services to terminate its existing agreements with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma, after several lawmakers asked him to do so. The state will break ties with the organization in 30 days, the Republican governor said. Continue Reading »

S Work progressing at Power Plant

Affects of new EPA Clean Power Plan on the plant are yet uncertain

GENTRY -- With less than a year to the projected finish date, work continues at AEP SWEPCO's Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry. The facilities are scheduled to be in service the by end of May 2016. Continue Reading »

S Retirement plans approved for mayor, city recorder-treasurer

GRAVETTE -- In a special council meeting preceding last Thursday's committee of the whole meeting, council members passed ordinances establishing retirement plans for the mayor and the city recorder-treasurer. In other action at the special meeting, the council approved a bid for work on the sewer plant lagoons, then approved a change order from the original bid to allow for use of an alternative sealing material. The change will result in a savings to the city of $49,635, making the revised cost of the project $305,990. When this work is finished, the entire sewer plant project will be complete. Continue Reading »