arkansas state http://visitmyarkansas.com/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 22:22:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://visitmyarkansas.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon.png arkansas state http://visitmyarkansas.com/ 32 32 US Steel doubles on Arkansas https://visitmyarkansas.com/us-steel-doubles-on-arkansas/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 15:52:13 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/us-steel-doubles-on-arkansas/ There’s a lot going on about the new $3 billion US Steel plant, bound for Osceola in Mississippi County, Arkansas, it’s just that surreal. The growing presence of steel, an industry that has only appeared in this flat, open corner of the state in recent decades, is one thing. But the opening of what the […]]]>

There’s a lot going on about the new $3 billion US Steel plant, bound for Osceola in Mississippi County, Arkansas, it’s just that surreal.

The growing presence of steel, an industry that has only appeared in this flat, open corner of the state in recent decades, is one thing. But the opening of what the project’s parent company calls its most technologically advanced facility — and what is the largest private economic development project in state history — stretches the imagination far beyond beyond the rolling farmlands of today.

And that forward-looking vision, officials say, is precisely the point. For, in addition to 900 jobs paying over $120,000 and 3 million annual tons of state-of-the-art steelmaking capacity, Big River’s new steel mill brings a compelling and bold vision for the industrial future of the State.

As US Steel President and CEO David Burritt said in a statement released ahead of the Feb. 8 groundbreaking ceremonies: “Several years ago, we embarked on a transformative vision for US Steel. Now we celebrate as we take another big step towards becoming the steel company of the future.

“This facility is designed to bring together the most advanced technology to create the steel mill of the future that offers sustainable and cost effective solutions to our customers.”

Unsurprisingly, state officials are equally excited about the future plant, which will reside next to the company’s existing Big River Steel facility after two years of construction.

Randy Zook

“(The plant) is another opportunity in northeast Arkansas to transform the region,” said Randy Zook, president and CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and of Arkansas Associated Industries. “It’s a great opportunity, and we’re encouraging an innovative approach to it that could be helpful in that regard.”

Dan Brown, senior vice president of advanced technology, steelmaking and chief operating officer of Big River Steel Works, said a combination of factors has made northeast Arkansas the new center of the nation’s steel industry and a jewel in the crown of US Steel.

“The combination of labor, public and private support, logistics and energy supply has made this region the best choice for US Steel,” he said. “Our strategy is focused on producing advanced and sustainable steel, so the combination of these factors, along with access to markets, makes this an important capability for us. In addition, many of our strategic customers will benefit from the location. »

Zook, himself a former industrialist before running the state chamber, agreed.

“The biggest advantage is the proximity to the river,” he said. “It’s the transport of scrap metal to these factories. They totally run on scrap. They are downstream from major population centers. Easy rail access, easy road access. It is a function of location which is the initial driver.

The history of steel in Arkansas begins with Nucor Steel’s beginning of operations in Blytheville in the late 1980s. The company reaped the benefits of physical proximity to markets and options for transportation and robust shipping, as other companies have quickly noticed.

“Once Nucor put a grinder, then two grinders in there, the word was out,” Zook said. “It’s a pretty tight brotherhood in this industry, and they watch each other closely.”

Big River Steel was one of the companies to follow Nucor’s lead, opening its Flex Mill in 2014. In just five years, US Steel announced it had reached an agreement to buy a minority stake in Big River Steel, with an option to buy. the remaining piece by 2023. It didn’t take that long, gobbling up the remaining 50.1% stake in a deal that became official in January last year.

Brown said the latest announcement talked more about product diversification than just wiggle room.

“We don’t build for additional capabilities but for enhanced capabilities,” he said. “More sustainably produced steel is critical to the long-term viability of the industry, and this technology will allow us to manufacture products with a quarter or less of the carbon intensity of integrated mill operations.

“We will supply more value-added steel products from this plant for the automotive, appliance, electrical and construction sectors, where demand remains high.

Zook noted that the ripple effect of the announcement has the ability to attract a diverse group of new industries settling in Arkansas, entities that depend on steel to manufacture products and therefore wish to closer to suppliers.

“You have the biggest investment ever made by Ford Motor Company underway 80 miles east of Osceola, as the crow flies,” he said in reference to Ford’s planned production plant. in Stanton, Tennessee. “That’s one of the main reasons he’s gonna be there, near that mill. Look around. You got that mill and those mills in Jackson, Miss; St. Louis; Nashville; Tupelo, Mississippi. All those mills are a relatively short distance by truck to deliver the products.

Electric arc furnaces, like this one in Alabama, will be used at US Steel’s new plant in Mississippi County.

“Then it will pretty quickly spur downstream entities to manufacture and ship components and other things for the auto plants that are already there.”

Zook said state and local entities — from economic development to higher education — deserve a lot of credit for making this kind of generational investment, which Brown also noted as a primary draw for the company to grow. roots deeper in Arkansas.

“The state and local support has been overwhelming, along with the energy supply and logistical capabilities needed for a project of this scale,” he said. “Entergy has been instrumental in the success of this project, alongside BNSF and other logistics providers.

“We are also pleased with the partnership with Arkansas Northeastern College, as their Steel Technology program provides an excellent foundation for future employees, allowing us to hire the workforce of tomorrow.”

For his part, Arkansas Commerce Secretary Mike Preston laid the lion’s share of credit at the feet of local officials, saying their commitment and foresight were key to attracting, retaining and now expanding the presence of the industry. steel there.

Mike Preston, featured at the US Steel groundbreaking, said the agreement raises the state’s profile and sends a positive message to other companies about the business climate in Arkansas.

“I give Mississippi County and the region a lot of credit,” he said. “In the 1980s, when they said, ‘This is the direction we want to go’, the state supported it and they did it. There was a real desire there. They had lost agricultural jobs, they had lost airbase jobs there, and they needed a new industry.

In addition to the region’s physical amenities, Preston also identified labor as a key differentiator between northeast Arkansas and other candidate locations for the Big Steel plant. At the same time, he said, labor is also the biggest hurdle for the new business after the factory is completed.

“The X factor that people may not realize is the quality of the workforce that we have in our state,” he said. “A lot of people who used to work on the air base or in the agricultural sector have this dynamic spirit and attitude. They come in, they see a job, they learn to do it. They roll up their sleeves, and they do.

“That’s also the challenge we face today, hiring 900 employees. It’s a lot. But what you have to consider is that this is a regional impact. You have people not just in Mississippi County, you have people all over the region, from Jonesboro and even across the river from Memphis and Dyersburg [Tenn.]. We will attract people from the region.

Preston said another benefit of the high-profile deal is that it raises the state’s profile and sends a positive message to other companies about the business climate in Arkansas, particularly the speed at which this deal happened. He said the company called state officials in September, by which time 40 sites in 13 states were at stake, and in January the plant found its home in Arkansas.

“It captured national media attention for a number of news cycles and several days after. Even after shoving the shovel into the ground, people were still celebrating and talking about it,” he said. “I’ve heard from colleagues and businesses across the country who have been very impressed. Now, in our recruiting efforts and strategy, it comes up in every conversation we have: “Hey, we heard about the location of this factory. We are interested in doing business in Arkansas.

Brown said the palpable sense of welcome and appreciation for the company’s presence can be felt daily, and that feeling is reciprocated.

“We see a multitude of positives in northeast Arkansas, and we see an obligation to continue contributing to the community in ways that will benefit our employees and our neighbors,” he said. declared. “It’s clear that Arkansas wants US Steel to operate in this state, and we look forward to helping the community reach its full potential.”

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Shea Lewis keeps communities and state parks on the same side | Arkansas Business News https://visitmyarkansas.com/shea-lewis-keeps-communities-and-state-parks-on-the-same-side-arkansas-business-news/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/shea-lewis-keeps-communities-and-state-parks-on-the-same-side-arkansas-business-news/ We were unable to send the item. Shea Lewis had been named Arkansas State Parks manager on January 3. Deputy director since 2017, he now oversees a $158 million budget and attractions across the state. A veteran of the Arkansas Division of State Parks in the State Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Lewis began […]]]>

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Shea Lewis had been named Arkansas State Parks manager on January 3. Deputy director since 2017, he now oversees a $158 million budget and attractions across the state. A veteran of the Arkansas Division of State Parks in the State Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism, Lewis began his career as an interpreter at Millwood State Park and Village Creek State Park.

Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in Educational/Instructional Resources and Media Design from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. .

Lewis succeeds Grady Spann, who had served as manager since 2016 and retired Dec. 31 after 28 years with Arkansas State Parks.

What is your mission and what is under your supervision?

It’s a big job and a huge responsibility – 52 parks in 48 counties and over 54,000 acres with four lodges, 204 cabins and 1,700 campsites. It’s just scratching the surface; Arkansas State Parks Division has many facets.

Speaking of facets, did I mention the public diamond mine we operate?

Depending on the time of year and if you include seasonal staff, we can exceed 1,000 employees. Arkansas State Parks exist to enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor experiences, connections to Arkansas heritage, and sound resource stewardship.

How has the pandemic affected visitor numbers at state parks?

Coming out of 2021, during which we experienced record attendance (9.4 million visitors), we do not see this trend changing. Arkansas state parks have been essential recreation spots during the pandemic. A whole new audience discovered our parks. We hope their experiences will bring them back.

Does the parks division have staffing issues?

Yes, just like others in the hospitality and service industry, we are facing staff shortages. But I’m extremely proud of our hard-working staff. They have helped us overcome these shortages without sacrificing service to our visitors.

What’s new in terms of programming and equipment?

The two largest projects currently underway are efforts and improvements at Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Delta Heritage Trail State Park. We are about to begin construction on a new visitor center at Pinnacle Mountain and are working toward the completion of the rail-trail project in eastern Arkansas that will make up the Delta Heritage Trail.

What is the biggest growth opportunity for parks?

Right now, even though both are on the rise, [it is] group business in our lodges and conference centers as well as in our restaurants. While we have seen an increase in visits and record revenues in camping, cabin rentals and other areas during the pandemic, we have seen declines in lodges and restaurants. With recent group bookings, we are optimistic that this service will return.

How does the Parks Division work with state tourism businesses, and what is an example of a successful relationship?

In my interview with [Gov. Asa] Hutchinson, he collectively described Arkansas’ state parks as one of the state’s greatest economic engines. I would agree.

Our parks connect people to resources and communities. We would not be successful without community, dealer and contract partners. The Ozark Folk Center is staffed by craftsmen and contracted musicians who support the park’s mission. We have concessions at Pinnacle Mountain, Lake Catherine, DeGray Lake Resort and Queen Wilhelmina State Parks.

Which of the parks in Arkansas do you think is the most overlooked or perhaps a hidden gem that few know about?

How about spending a night in jail? Our newly renovated Historic Jail Bed & Breakfast at Historic Washington State Park offers modern amenities in a unique setting, for an unforgettable experience.

What was your biggest leadership lesson and what did you learn from it?

You can’t do it all yourself. I am so lucky to have the support and guidance of Governor Asa Hutchinson and Secretary [Stacy] Hurst [chief of the state Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism]. You must trust others to be successful. I am proud to work with a group of professionals in our central office in Little Rock as well as an incredible group of customer and resource conscious employees in the parks.

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Arkansas State Athletics sweeps SBC Indoor Championships for 3rd straight season https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-state-athletics-sweeps-sbc-indoor-championships-for-3rd-straight-season/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 03:21:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-state-athletics-sweeps-sbc-indoor-championships-for-3rd-straight-season/ When the Arkansas State track teams entered the Birmingham CrossPlex on Tuesday, the task was simple: bring home a pair of conference titles. It’s safe to say they got the job done, running away with a sweep of the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships for the third consecutive season. Both teams held a lead […]]]>

When the Arkansas State track teams entered the Birmingham CrossPlex on Tuesday, the task was simple: bring home a pair of conference titles.

It’s safe to say they got the job done, running away with a sweep of the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships for the third consecutive season. Both teams held a lead going into the final day and never let it go, with the A-State men totaling 162.5 points and the women finishing with 127 points. Texas State finished second as a team on both sides.

The conference crowns marked the school’s 19th and 20th under director of athletics and cross country Jim Patchell, which moved him past the great Jay Flanagan for the most titles conference in the history of the program. Tuesday also marked the men’s 10th indoor championship and the women’s seventh, making the Red Wolves the winningest active program in the Sun Belt on either side. The women’s crown tied former member Western Kentucky for the all-time lead.

“It was an outstanding performance from both of our teams and I’m extremely proud of our effort and our competitiveness,” Patchell said. “It’s not easy to continue to perform at such a high level in the championships, and the fact that we’ve done that consistently over the past few years in a very good conference against very tough programs is a testament to the work hard work and dedication from our student-athletes and our coaching staff. It’s a great day to be a Red Wolf and I couldn’t be prouder.

A day after winning the men’s long jump crown, Carter Shell went on to win gold in the triple jump with a personal best 15.30m (50-2.5). He became the first A-State jumper to win the indoor doubles horizontal jumps at the Sun Belt Indoor Championships and the first since Roelf Pienaar at the 2016 Outdoor Championships.

Frank Massey took silver in the men’s high jump, posting an indoor record 2.11m (6-11.0), while Camryn Newton-Smith finished his comeback season with a second-place finish in the pentathlon, totaling 3,753 points. Rookie Isabel Daines also put up a strong showing, placing fifth with a college-best 3,472 points.

On the track, outside All-American Bennett Pascoe did what he does best, breaking the men’s mile meet record to win gold, finishing in 4:06.84. His performance led a monstrous 23-point production by the men’s team, as Seth Waters took silver in 4:08.47. Lasse Funck and Grégoire Saury followed sixth and seventh respectively.

Waters and Cheyenne Melvin then notched second-place results in the 800m, with Waters crossing the line in 1:52.34 and Melvin finishing in 2:09.74.

Hurdler Ke’Von Holder also set a meet record. Rainee Bowers took silver in the women’s race, clocking a blistering 8.35 that ranks second all-time at A-State in the event. Tyra Nabors and Chelby Melvin followed her in sixth and seventh.

Freshman Willem Coertzen recorded his best performance of the indoor season for when it mattered most in the men’s shot put, throwing the apparatus 17.00m (55-9.25) to win the money. Fellow rookie Jacob Tracy added two more points in the event with a throw of 15.44m (50-8.0). Evangelynn Harris placed third in the women’s shot put with a throw of 15.40m (50-6.25), as she was one of three A-State throwers in the top 8.

Another freshman, Omari Walker, displayed his blistering speed with a bronze medal in the men’s 60m, running 6.81. Jonae Cook had six points for the women’s team in the sprints, placing fifth in the 200m with a time of 24.34 which ranks fourth in school history, and seventh in the 60m with a score of 7.54.

Lauren Beauchamp cleared a season-high 3.86m (12-8.0) in the women’s pole vault to win bronze, while Avery Shell and Grace Shaffer both cleared 3.76m (12 -4.0) to finish sixth and seventh.

After taking second place in the women’s 5000m on Monday, Sophie Leathers grabbed another silver medal in the 3000m on Tuesday. The Grapevine, Texas native finished in 9:54.44, with Sophia Oury and Sarah Trammel also factoring in the team score with sixth and seventh place finishes.

The men also won a silver medal in the 3000m, with Jacob Pyeatt leading a group of red wolves who totaled 15 points in the event. The Mountain Home, Ark. native finished in 8:19.76.

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Northern Arkansas City Tax Breaks Records https://visitmyarkansas.com/northern-arkansas-city-tax-breaks-records/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 23:18:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/northern-arkansas-city-tax-breaks-records/ HARRISON, Ark. (KY3) – Arkansas state’s 2% tourist tax will likely exceed $20 million for the first time since its inception, according to a report by Talk Business and Politics. The study shows substantial growth in recent years, including a nearly 50% jump from a 2020 riddled with COVID-19. In north-central Arkansas, Carroll County, highlighted […]]]>

HARRISON, Ark. (KY3) – Arkansas state’s 2% tourist tax will likely exceed $20 million for the first time since its inception, according to a report by Talk Business and Politics.

The study shows substantial growth in recent years, including a nearly 50% jump from a 2020 riddled with COVID-19. In north-central Arkansas, Carroll County, highlighted by Eureka Springs, saw a 45% jump in 2021. Boone and Baxter County grew 34% and 18%, respectively. With the pandemic having lasting effects on travel, the increase may come as a surprise. It’s one that many in the Ozarks attribute to the state’s reliance on outdoor attractions and a growing increase in small-town tourist destinations since the pandemic began.

“People really started traveling again in July 2020 and have been growing ever since,” said Jack Moyer, Executive Director and General Manager of Basin Park and Crescent Hotels. “People are sort of rediscovering Arkansas and the Ozarks where in the past they may have traveled a greater distance to get to a more flashy destination.”

“I think the biggest driving force behind this is that we’re an outdoor, recreation and tourism destination and people can still socially distance themselves,” said Matt Bell, director of Explore Harrison. “Even during the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in visitors coming to the national river, or going to the lake, hiking and it continues to grow.”

With places like Harrison relying mostly on outdoor attractions, like mountain biking and the National Buffalo River; many in the area hope that new additions will only increase the already steady growth.

“There’s no question what’s happening on Highway 7 South just minutes from Harrison with Johnny Morris and what his company is building,” Bell said. “In addition to that, we have the Creekside Community Center, a multi-use facility with indoor water courts and indoor sports courts. This will only strengthen the momentum of our downtown and our community.

Click here to see the full Arkansas Tourism Ticker report.

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Arkansas State Police release body camera footage of shooting involving Fort Smith officer https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-state-police-release-body-camera-footage-of-shooting-involving-fort-smith-officer/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/arkansas-state-police-release-body-camera-footage-of-shooting-involving-fort-smith-officer/ FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas State Police release body camera video of a shooting involving an officer who killed a Fort Smith man. Fort Smith Officer Robin Gaines responded to a domestic disturbance call on Tiles Avenue on October 17, 2021. Investigators say Gaines found Christofer Conner beating his 15-year-old son Cason with a […]]]>

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – Arkansas State Police release body camera video of a shooting involving an officer who killed a Fort Smith man.

Fort Smith Officer Robin Gaines responded to a domestic disturbance call on Tiles Avenue on October 17, 2021.

Investigators say Gaines found Christofer Conner beating his 15-year-old son Cason with a brick.

Within seconds, the officer ordered Conner to the ground.

But instead, Connor charged at Officer Gaines, stabbing him in the neck. Gaines then fired two shots at Conner who died.

Cason also died of his injuries.

Inside the house, police found another body. Conner’s ex-girlfriend and Cason’s mother, Julia Moore, was stabbed to death.

Officers also found a five-year-old child asleep in a bedroom. The child was taken to his family.

Also responding to the incident, fellow officer Efurd arrived at the scene to find Officer Gaines injured. Without waiting, Efurd drove Gaines to the hospital where Gaines underwent surgery for his injuries.

In January, prosecutors cleared Gaines of any wrongdoing saying he was justified in his actions.

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It’s hard to break up the home: Arkansas OHA holds that the couple have not given up on the Arkansas home https://visitmyarkansas.com/its-hard-to-break-up-the-home-arkansas-oha-holds-that-the-couple-have-not-given-up-on-the-arkansas-home/ Sat, 29 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/its-hard-to-break-up-the-home-arkansas-oha-holds-that-the-couple-have-not-given-up-on-the-arkansas-home/ In a ruling dated January 18, 2022, the Arkansas Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) ruled that a married couple remained domiciled and resident in Arkansas for personal income tax purposes for the 2013 to 2018 tax years, dismissing the couple’s claim that they abandoned their home in Arkansas by moving to another state. While […]]]>

In a ruling dated January 18, 2022, the Arkansas Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) ruled that a married couple remained domiciled and resident in Arkansas for personal income tax purposes for the 2013 to 2018 tax years, dismissing the couple’s claim that they abandoned their home in Arkansas by moving to another state.

While the couple bought a condo, registered to vote and obtained driver’s licenses in another state, and split their time between Arkansas and the other state during those years, the records of credit card indicated that they spent a lot of time in Arkansas during the same period. Additionally, the couple kept their home in Arkansas and remained there during their stay in the state. They also claimed the Arkansas homestead tax credit for their residence in Arkansas for each of the years at issue and did not claim a similar credit in any other state, received invoices from all of their mailed properties to their address in Arkansas and have registered at least two companies. in Arkansas between 2013 and 2018.

Based on these facts, and noting the couple’s retention of their Arkansas home and claiming the homestead tax credit for the property, the OHA concluded that the couple n had never left his home in Arkansas and therefore remained a resident of the state for income tax purposes. .

Dekt. Nos. 22-046 to 22-051 (Ark. Office of Hearings and Appeals, January 18, 2022).

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Mountaineer women’s basketball splits Arkansas road trip – Appalachia https://visitmyarkansas.com/mountaineer-womens-basketball-splits-arkansas-road-trip-appalachia/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/mountaineer-womens-basketball-splits-arkansas-road-trip-appalachia/ App State Women’s Basketball returned to the hardwood on Thursday, splitting a pair of games against Sun Belt rivals Arkansas State and the University of Arkansas at the Little Rock Trojans. It was the Mountaineers’ first action since Dec. 21, after their previous four matchups were canceled due to COVID-19 protocols and team injuries. The […]]]>

App State Women’s Basketball returned to the hardwood on Thursday, splitting a pair of games against Sun Belt rivals Arkansas State and the University of Arkansas at the Little Rock Trojans.

It was the Mountaineers’ first action since Dec. 21, after their previous four matchups were canceled due to COVID-19 protocols and team injuries.

The Black and Gold started the new year strong, scoring the most points by an App State team since the 2018-19 season. The high-scoring affair had 14 different draws and 12 lead changes, with neither team ever having more than an eight-point lead, but the Mountaineers fell 98-92.

Six Mountaineers finished with double-digit points, led by junior guard Janay Sanders with 19. Senior forward Alexia Allesch had her third double-double of the season, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds, matching her highs in career.

Freshman guard Emily Carter finished with 14, shooting 50 percent from behind the arc. Second-year guard Faith Alston added 12, with senior guard Brooke Bigott and super senior Michaela Porter both contributing 10.

App State played again on Saturday, taking on the Little Rock Trojans. The Mountaineers started the game with a solid defensive effort, but couldn’t find a way to score as effectively as they did against Arkansas State.

In the first half of the game, App State never led the Trojans but managed to keep the score close and tied the game at 22 before halftime. Sanders led the way for the team with seven points at the break.

To start the second half, the Mountaineers took a four-point lead and held that lead over Little Rock for the rest of the game. The Trojans kept the game close, never allowing the lead to go past seven points for the rest of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, App State went 11-2, extending its lead to 52-37, thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Allesch. Little Rock rebounded with a 12-2 run to cut App State’s lead to five, but the Mountaineers scored the final six points from the free throw line and emerged victorious, 60-49.

Five Mountaineers scored in double figures, led by Alston with 14. Sanders added 13, Porter and Carver fired 11 each and Allesch scored 10.

With the win, App State moves to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in conference. The Mountaineers are looking to build on their victory when they return home to host Louisiana on Jan. 20 and Louisiana-Monroe on Jan. 22.


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Local coffee roasting competitors unite after lightning strikes coffee roasting https://visitmyarkansas.com/local-coffee-roasting-competitors-unite-after-lightning-strikes-coffee-roasting/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/local-coffee-roasting-competitors-unite-after-lightning-strikes-coffee-roasting/ Local Coffee Roastery Competitors Unite After Lightning Strikes Coffee Roastery – Arkansas Times At January 18, 202212:05 Kyle Tabor, owner of Blue Sail Coffee Roasters, shared a vlog from his YouTube account, The Coffee Explorer, detailing how lightning struck his coffee roasting plant in North Little Rock, […]]]>


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Kyle Tabor, owner of Blue Sail Coffee Roasters, shared a vlog from his YouTube account, The Coffee Explorer, detailing how lightning struck his coffee roasting plant in North Little Rock, frying his roaster when his business had about 1,100 pounds of coffee that needed to be roasted and delivered to customers. He needed help, so he contacted his direct competitor, Geovanni Levia, owner and operator of Leiva’s Coffee, got the help he needed and made a friend along the way. Watch the video below:

We spoke with Leiva and Tabor about subscription coffee services amid the pandemic last year.


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Republican congressmen endorse Sen. Boozman’s main opponent https://visitmyarkansas.com/republican-congressmen-endorse-sen-boozmans-main-opponent/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/republican-congressmen-endorse-sen-boozmans-main-opponent/ Republican Congressmen Endorse Sen. Boozman’s Chief Opponent – Arkansas Times At January 18, 202212:44 p.m. Jacques Bequette, who challenges incumbent Republican Senator John Boozman in the GOP primary race for the U.S. Senate, today announced his endorsement by two Republican congressmen. This shows Bequette running to Boozman’s […]]]>


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Jacques Bequette, who challenges incumbent Republican Senator John Boozman in the GOP primary race for the U.S. Senate, today announced his endorsement by two Republican congressmen.

This shows Bequette running to Boozman’s right, a space so tight it’s hard to see how anyone could squeeze through it.

With the support of the Republicans Representative Burgess Owens of Utah and Madison Cawthorn from North Carolina, Bequette is trying.

Owens, like Bequette, is a former professional footballer. He’s also a weirdo. Example:

When he took the stage at Turning Point USA’s “America Fest” in Phoenix on Sunday, Utah Rep. Burgess Owens urged young women in the crowd to “keep their standards high” so that “the real men strive for your respect”. Owens then attacked transgender people, the COVID-19 vaccine and suggested the use of violence as characteristics men should aspire to.

Cawthorn is, of course, even crazier. As Indyweek put it, he’s a “Trump sycophant, a documented liar, and a terrible human in every way.” He took the lie about a stolen election to the point of suggesting there should be a “bloodbath” if Trump’s lies were not addressed.

Bequette’s press release said he and Burgess shared a deep concern about critical race theory, which is NOT taught in Arkansas or anywhere else, except possibly in graduate college courses.


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Cases, vaccination rates, latest health guidelines https://visitmyarkansas.com/cases-vaccination-rates-latest-health-guidelines/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://visitmyarkansas.com/cases-vaccination-rates-latest-health-guidelines/ Arkansas Vaccination: Follow-Up Rates, Restrictions, and Latest Guidelines Updated: 10:34 a.m. CST Jan 12, 2022 Hide transcript View Transcript IT WAS PLAYING BUT YOU WILL SEE IN OUR CASE REPORT THAT OUR NEW. ARE 882 AND TSEHE IT IS DOWN FROM A WEEK TO AGAIN, SO OUR CONTINUING TREND LINE IS DOWN ABOUT 3 ACTIVE […]]]>

Arkansas Vaccination: Follow-Up Rates, Restrictions, and Latest Guidelines



IT WAS PLAYING BUT YOU WILL SEE IN OUR CASE REPORT THAT OUR NEW. ARE 882 AND TSEHE IT IS DOWN FROM A WEEK TO AGAIN, SO OUR CONTINUING TREND LINE IS DOWN ABOUT 3 ACTIVE CASES ARE DOWN. I AM VERY SAD EVERY TIME WE LOSE OUR KANSANS BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THIS NUMBER HAS BEEN DOWN SINCE IT HAS BEEN AS WELL FOLLOWING YOU WILL SEE THE DOSES THAT WERE GIVEN OF OUR VACCINE WHICH IS 10,000 GIVEN DOSES. AND FULLY VACCINATED IMMUNE SYSTEM INCREASED BY 3,100 IF YOU BREAK DOWN THE 10,000 DOSES, GIVE ABOUT 50% OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN BOOSTER DOSE OVER THE LAST WEEKS, THE TREND CONTINUES TO STAY THE SAME ABOUT 28% OF THOSE EARLY DOSES YOU KNOW 2,500 UP TO 3,000 IS ABOUT WHAT WE RUN. FIRST DOSES I WOULD OBVIOUSLY WANT IT TO INCREASE BUT WE GOT THERE GRADUALLY. WE JUST ARE NOT COMPLETELY THERE YET IN TERMS OF WHERE WE NEED TO BE SO YOU WILL SEE HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN 40 VENTILATORS DOWN 15 GOOD NEWS CONTINUED AND THEN THE TREND LINE. I JTUS I LOVE TO SHOW THIS SO YOU CAN SEE THE COMPARISON OF WHERE WE ARE, RIGHT? NOW IN OUR CASE VERSES WHERE WE HAVE BEEN FROM MARCH TO ABOUT JUNE WHEN WE STARTED RISING AND SO WE ARE STILL NOT AT THAT LEVEL YET NEXT YOU WILL SEE WHAT I ALWAYS LIKE TO SHOW AS A REMINDER THAT WHEN WE SEE DEATH IN OUR ARKANSAS HOSPITALS AND WE REPORT THEM DAILY ON THE RIGHT SIDE. YOU WILL SEE ONLY 11% OF DEATHS. ARE THOSE WHO ARE VACCINATED 89.9 OR 90% OF THE DEATHS WE SEE ARE BECAUSE OUR THOSE WHO ARE NOT VACCINATED AND THE SAME IS PERCENTAGE TRUE FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS AND OUR CASES VACCINATION IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO NOT BE INFECTED TO STAY OUTSIDE THE HOSPITALND TO REDUCE THE RISK OF DEATH. WITH THIS WE SEE THIS IS FULLY AND PARTIALLY VACCINATED, YOU COMBINE THESE TWO NUMBERS AND YOU GET OVER 64% OF OUR KANSANS ELIGIBLE ARKANSANS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED. AND THEN WE SEE THE POSITIVITY RATE CONTINUES TO DROP TOO MUCH. OUR POSITIVITY RATE IS 7.9% COMBINED PCR AND ANTIGEN. I LOVE THAT I’M BELOW 10% BUT WE HOPE

Arkansas Vaccination: Follow-Up Rates, Restrictions, and Latest Guidelines

Find out which school districts have reported infections among students and staff | Examine a map of infection rates in different parts of the state | Which schools require masks? | Explore Arkansas State’s COVID-19 Dashboard | Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine? | Get the Facts About Vax: Your Vaccine Questions Answered | Find out how COVID-19 is impacting Arkansas nursing homes | Scroll down for more data and informationCOVID-19 Vaccine Data: COVID-19 Headlines: Families in Arkansas who are at risk and all seniors should shelter in place and students of all schools should wear masks, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement urged in press release According to ACHI, community infection rates are more widespread in Arkansas than they have been since the start of the pandemic. A total of 20 members of the Arkansas National Guard are in northwest Arkansas and the River Valley to assist with COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 Restrictions in ArkansasAre there any COVID-19 restrictions in Arkansas?Gov. Asa Hutchinson ended state health mandates over COVID-19 earlier this year. They have been transformed into voluntary guidelines. Are face coverings or masks required in Arkansas? Not by the state government. The state’s mask mandate expired at the end of March. What about private companies? Businesses and workplaces can legally require vaccinations and/or masks for customers and workers. However, they must allow employees to refuse to be vaccinated under certain circumstances. What about at school? School districts are currently able to set their own mask policies. There are now legal challenges to this in the court system.

Find out which school districts have reported infections among students and staff | Examine a map of infection rates in different parts of the state | Which schools require masks? | Explore Arkansas State’s COVID-19 Dashboard | Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine? | Get the Facts About Vax: Your Vaccine Questions Answered | Find out how COVID-19 is impacting Arkansas nursing homes | Scroll down for more data and information

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Arkansas COVID-19 Restrictions

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in Arkansas?

Governor Asa Hutchinson ended state health mandates over COVID-19 earlier this year. They have been transformed into voluntary guidelines.

Are face coverings or masks required in Arkansas?

Not by the state government. The state’s mask mandate expired at the end of March.

What about private companies?

Businesses and workplaces can legally require vaccinations and/or masks for customers and workers. However, they must allow employees to refuse to be vaccinated under certain circumstances.

And at school ?

School districts are currently able to set their own mask policies. There are now legal challenges to this in the court system.

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