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Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Chamber opposes tax with road trip

Conway Chamber to go on 250 mile Economic Development Road Trip Opposing Severance Tax Increase

What:   Conway Area Chamber Leadership, Mayor Tab Townsell and Faulkner County Judge Preston Scroggin will visit six Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations throughout Arkansas gathering resolutions opposing the proposed increase to the severance tax on natural gas.

When: Wednesday, February 1 – 6:00 a - 6:00 p

Where: Stops included: Conway, Searcy, Clinton, Damascus, Morrilton, Russellville, Fort Smith

Who:     -      Mayor Tab Townsell, City of Conway

Congressman Tim Griffin reacts to State of the Union

WASHINGTON - Congressman Tim Griffin issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union (SOTU) address:                                                       

Sadly, President Obama has become a spectator to history when it comes to addressing our out-of-control spending and encouraging job creation.  The time for talk has long passed; it's time for him to lead or follow.

I wish the President had offered a bold, real plan for balancing our budget - or pledged to work with us to get our spending under control.

Griffin backs idea of merging federal agencies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas says he generally supports the idea of merging federal agencies to trim the size of government, but says he wants more details on a White House proposal to give the president authority to make those changes.

Griffin said Friday that he thinks similar mergers should happen throughout federal government. President Barack Obama announced he wanted to merge six major trade and commerce agencies with overlapping programs. The Commerce Department would be among those that would cease to exist.

Griffin and U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor spoke separately to members of the Arkansas Municipal League at the group's winter conference. Both focused primarily on proposals that they say will help spur job creation.

Democratic Congressman Mike Ross was expected to address the group later Friday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

White County Judge plans to run for re-election

WHITE COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV) - The White County Judge plans to run for re-election.

Judge Michael Lincoln officially announced his plans to run for re-election. If elected, it will be his fourth consecutive term as White County Judge.

Lincoln and his wife, Shelly, have been married 35 years. They have six children and 15 grandchildren.

He currently serves as First Vice President of the County Judge's Association of Arkansas and is an executive board member for Good Roads Council. Judge Lincoln was appointed to the District Court Resource Association and given the task of assessing the three tiered unified court system in the state.

He's also very active serving on various boards and agencies locally.

Sheriff Shourd seeks reelection

Sheriff Shourd seeks reelection

Sheriff Ricky Shourd has announced his plans to seek a fourth term as White County Sheriff in 2012. Shourd, a Republican, was first elected in 2006 when he defeated the incumbent Pat Garrett and independent candidate Ed Thorton without a run off. He went on to collect 99% of the vote for re-election in 2008, and was re-elected again in 2010 without opposition.

A lifelong White County resident, Shourd graduated from Searcy High School in 1976. He soon joined the White County Sheriff’s Department in 1977 and worked a year for Sheriff Aden Woodruff. In 1978, Shourd became a Searcy Police Officer. He would remain with the Searcy Police Department for 28 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 2006.

Sheriff Shourd opened the new state of the art White County Detention Center fifteen days after taking office in 2007. The former detention center had struggled to stay open due to poor grading by the state.

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’


Gov. Mike Beebe will discuss state issues and answer viewer questions in the next episode of “Arkansans Ask,” airing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) tonight at 7 p.m.

Viewers may submit questions by: phone, 800-662-2386; fax, (501) 852-2280; e-mail, paffairs@aetn.org; or via on-air phone, (501) 852-8426.

Steve Barnes moderates. The program is underwritten by the Arkansas State Employees Association.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming.

Voters asked to renew $575M in highway bonds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters are being asked to vote on a proposal to renew a $575 million bond issue to pay for interstate improvements in Arkansas.