In the News

Boating Safety Laws

2019-07-02T22:32:53+00:00 Jun 29th, 2019|In the News|

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. Last year, Arkansas saw a 9% decrease in boating accidents and [...]

Arkansas State Parks

2019-07-02T22:35:30+00:00 Jun 21st, 2019|In the News|

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. In 1996, Arkansas voters pass a constitutionally dedicated conservation sales tax benefitting Arkansas State Parks and three sister conservation agencies.  We [...]

Highway 67 Resurfacing Project

2019-07-02T22:37:58+00:00 Jun 19th, 2019|In the News|

I received notification from ARDOT that on May, 15, 2019 they awarded a project in District 60. Barring unforseen circumstances, work should begin within 2 months. The project is 100907 Highway 34 - Randolph County Line (S). The purpose of this project is to resurface 5.2 miles of Highway 67 in the vicinity of Walnut [...]

Education Funding

2019-07-02T22:39:08+00:00 Jun 14th, 2019|In the News|

There are now more than 460,000 students enrolled in Arkansas public schools. And an additional 18,000 attend an open enrollment charter school. School districts range in size from less than 300 students to nearly 22,000 students. Charter schools range from about 60 students to more than 3,000. How we fund education in our ever growing [...]

Arkansas with Disabilities

2019-07-02T22:40:38+00:00 Jun 7th, 2019|In the News|

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 4 of adults in the United States have some type of disability. In Arkansas, that number climbs to 1 in 3. In the most recent legislative session, there were a number of acts passed to help better ensure that everybody has the same [...]

Historic Flooding and FEMA

2019-07-02T22:49:49+00:00 May 31st, 2019|In the News|

Whether it is rebuilding a family home or planning for the loss of crops, our state will be recovering from these historic floods for months to come. FEMA just recently announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to Arkansas to supplement state and local response efforts. While our emergency management teams across the [...]

Summer Food Service Program

2019-07-02T22:45:07+00:00 May 24th, 2019|In the News|

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. That is why the Department of Human Services and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance partner with schools, [...]

Arkansas Rural Development Conference

2019-07-02T22:51:05+00:00 May 17th, 2019|In the News|

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. That is why [...]

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

2019-07-02T22:52:10+00:00 May 10th, 2019|In the News|

For students just beginning an education or going back to school, the lottery scholarship offers opportunities to pursue dream careers and secure financial futures. That’s why you should mark July 1 on your calendar. That day is the deadline to apply for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship, which has provided hundreds of millions of dollars [...]

Military Appreciation Month

2019-05-06T21:23:03+00:00 May 3rd, 2019|In the News|

The month of May is designated as Military Appreciation Month. Not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but the month also holds Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 10 and Armed Forces day on May 18. We have more than 3,000 active military [...]