Friday, November 21, 2014

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Nashville Elementary School ranked in top 10 in Arkansas

Williams said the rankings were made public by the Office for Education Policy earlier this week. They are as follows:
• NES ranked second in the category of ‘Top Five ‘High-Poverty’ Middle Schools’ in southwest Arkansas based on 2014 Benchmark Math Achievement;
• NES ranked fourth in the category of ‘Top Five ‘High-Poverty’ Middle Schools’ in southwest Arkansas based on 2014 Benchmark Literacy Achievement;
• NES ranked sixth in the category of ‘Top 10 Arkansas ‘High-Poverty’ Middle Schools’ overall based on 2014 Benchmark Math Achievement.

Local man found dead in home, inhalant overdose likely the cause

According to a statement issued by Sheriff Butch Morris, authorities were notified that the body of 38 year old Robert Lance Ward had been discovered just before 6 p.m.
“Deputy Steven Wakefield and Investigator David Shelton responded to the call along with Howard County Coroner John Gray, who pronounced the subject dead,” Morris said in the statement. “There was no evidence that foul play was involved in the death.”
Instead, police believe evidence collected at the scene indicates the death was due to “an accidental overdose of inhalants.”

Holiday seat belt enforcement to begin next week

The “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign during the holiday period begins November 24th and continues through November 30th.
“The Thanksgiving holiday is among the busiest of travel periods both in Arkansas and across the nation,” said Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative.  “State Troopers and other law enforcement officers will be working overtime to ensure the highways and streets are safe by strictly enforcing the laws, including the Arkansas mandatory seat belt law.”

Park’s holiday lighting event set for Dec. 1

Visitors are invited out to the park to enjoy the decorative lights and other activities.
 Those who attend will be able to have their picture taken with Santa and enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider, which will be provided courtesy of Futrell Marine. 
There will also be free entertainment from Ms. Mac and the Groovetones, who will host a special rock-and-roll Christmas concert. The group only asks that audience members bring an unwrapped toy to go towards Toys for Tots. 

Howard Memorial recognized for top performance

Debra Wright, CEO, stated that having a team of dedicated healthcare professionals who come to work every day with a goal to provide the best possible care to patients and their family members as they would expect for their own loved ones and doing so in an efficient and cost-effective manner to preserve the hospital’s financial resources is how HMH received this recognition.  

Howard Dems hope to purchase HQ

Chairman Albert Motta informed the committee that he was seriously pursuing plans to purchase a location for the committee’s headquarters, having received pledges from potential donors of nearly $20,000 toward securing a storefront building. He also reported that the local committee had already received $1,000 and promises of future support from the state party in anticipation of establishing a county headquarters.

M’boro man arrested as part of ‘controlled delivery’

The incident, which occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday morning, involved David Clay Hale, who reportedly received a box addressed to him from California which allegedly contained marijuana.
According to witnesses to the arrest, multiple police agencies, including officers with the South Central Arkansas Drug Task Force, the Murfreesboro Police Department and United States Postal inspectors participated in the arrest.

School board approves $2.7 million maximum price for district construction

School board members voted unanimously to approve a $2,764,791 guaranteed maximum bid from Doyle Howard Construction Monday during their regular meeting - the third bid the district has received on the project over the course of the past several months as officials struggled to make the improvements meet the district’s budget.