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Board agrees to doctoral program at Arkansas Tech


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has agreed to Arkansas Tech University's proposal to offer a doctoral program.

The board on Friday approved the Doctor of Education in school leadership program at ATU in Russellville.

The program is intended to for kindergarten through 12th grade education professionals who currently serve or wish to serve in school district leadership positions. The first students are to be enrolled starting next summer.

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Blue-green algae bloom prompts swim beach closure


PLAINVIEW, Ark. (KTHV)- The Army Corps of Engineers, Nimrod Project Office is closing all swim beaches on Nimrod Lake until further notice. The temporary closure is the result of a blue-green algae bloom. Corps officials said boating and fishing is allowed, but urges visitors to avoid the algae when out on the lake.

The Corps posted signs to alert visitors that swimming is not allowed on the lake until the algae bloom has dissipated or tests confirm that it is safe. The result from algae testing is expected by Aug. 1.

Visitors are advised not to drink untreated lake water, and avoid areas with visible algae accumulations or discolored water. Children and animals are the most susceptible to illness and skin irritations when exposed to toxic algae.

Some types of blue-green algae produce natural toxins or poisons. When these algae die and break down, toxins can be released into the water.

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

New website makes it easier to open a business in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Spurred by a recent groundswell of entrepreneurial activity in Arkansas, the Arkansas Secretary of State has partnered with the Information Network of Arkansas and created a website that helps first-time entrepreneurs find out how to open a business in the state.

160-mile-long yard sale slated for next month

160-mile-long yard sale slated for next month


FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A yard sale stretching 160 miles along U.S. 64 in Arkansas is planned for next month.

Bargains Galore on 64 will Aug. 7-9 and stretch from Fort Smith to Beebe. It'll be open to both shoppers and vendors.

Event coordinator Linda Hiles tells the Southwest Times Record (http://bit.ly/1jOYjlW) that the long yard sale is a good opportunity for civic or religious organizations to make a little extra money.

Cities participating in the sale waive garage or yard sale permits for those three days, but food vendors must comply with Arkansas health regulations.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

Arkansas Tech trustees agree to $1.15M land sale


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Tech University board of trustees has agreed to sell a parcel of land near Interstate 40 in Russellville to Narayan Hotels LLC for $1.15 million.

The board agreed to the sale Thursday.

ATU purchased the property in 2006 for $1.5 million and operated a student housing facility that the university says returned an operating profit of nearly $879,000.

The housing facility was closed in 2011 and later demolished.

The sale is expected to close Dec. 1.

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FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event set for Lake Dardanelle

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (FLWCF) – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Dardanelle July 26 for the final regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational tournament.

“We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately so there will definitely be a shallow and a deep bite,” said 3M ScotchBlue Tape pro Ray Scheide of Dover, Ark., a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “The lake is fishing as good or better than it ever has and it is really in good shape.”

Scheide said that college anglers would be able to find fish shallow around milfoil as well as around the lake’s offshore ledges.

LRFW 6 announced to the world!

LRFW 6 announced to the world!

LITTLE ROCK,  Ark.   - Little Rock Fashion Week (LRFW) 2014 will present its unique brand of fashion production to world from July 14th through July 19th. Founder and executive producer Brandon D. Campbell has quenched Arkansas’ yearning for fashion ever since 2009 with the first ever LRFW. The third week of every July is set aside by the state to showcase high fashion, designers, models, make-up and hair artistry and promote the state’s booming fashion scene.