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Monthly revenue reports help to give us a picture of the state’s economy.  The reports show us if Arkansans are making more, spending more, and if businesses are doing well. Recent reports have created an optimistic outlook.

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Hong Kong, a bustling international business hub and one of the world’s most significant commercial ports, is often wrongly assumed to be under the full control of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

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A public notice about a proposed turkey farm caught my eye in last week’s classified ads. The legal notice said the farm would be large enough to qualify as a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO).

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Madison County Sheriff Rick Evans told me last week he was feeling much better and was ready to resume duties after undergoing heart surgery recently.

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Editor's Note: Jonathan Formanek, owner of the Faubus House, and an architect, has made a proposal to the Huntsville School District to use the former Walmart building as a location for the Huntsville location of one of the Career Technical Education Facilities. The other location is being b…

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Public business must be performed in public. Taxpayers have a right to know how and why their money is spent. Our job is to report accurately and hold government officials accountable.

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Once again, the holiday season has quietly and rapidly descended upon us. Arkansans are getting into the holiday spirit and preparing to share meals and extended time with their loved ones. We will also be looking for ways to give back and pay it forward.

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The Madison County Quorum Court will have a different look after next year’s elections.

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For more than two hundred years the United States and France have maintained close, enduring relations. France is, in fact, our oldest ally and both nations stand as symbols of freedom of speech, freedom of thought and the broader concepts of liberty and democracy.

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I watched last week as more than 20 employees of Home Depot came to the town of Kingston to help repair damage to the American Legion Hall. (See details on Page 1A.)

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Veterans Day is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who wore our nation’s uniform. These selfless individuals come from all walks of life and all regions. The thing that unites them is that they answered the call to serve their country, risking everything to p…

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Every year on November 11th we come together as a nation to honor our service members and to remember their sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty, country and to say thank you for serving.

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Our health care system faces a number of challenges. Lack of access to affordable, quality care for many Americans is right at the top of the list. Washington’s inability to pass long-term funding for the nation’s community health centers (CHCs) threatens to exacerbate this problem.

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I’ve often watched political circuses from other countries and thought those kinds of things wouldn’t or couldn’t happen here. You know, where a lawmaker charges another and fists go to flying, or someone throws food or a shoe at an opponent. Or, as in the case of England, opponents yell and…

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Arkansas is home to outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy all the recreation opportunities afforded by “The Natural State.” Preserving the traditions of hunting and fishing is important to wildlife conservation and management and creates significant economic benefits. In order to ensure successful p…

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County residents have faced two issues regarding facilities during the past several weeks. One was a proposal concerning the construction of an animal-holding facility, which the city, in addressing the issue, created an ad-hoc committee to learn more information about four possible location…

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We are a technology-dependent society. Sensitive personal data such as financial accounts, Social Security numbers and medical information are secured in cyberspace. Unfortunately, this information that we trust to be protected, is targeted by high-tech criminals working to steal our private…

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Dak Kees, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, recently brought federal charges against a Texarkana doctor after an investigation uncovered that he prescribed over 1.2 million dosages of opioids to over 15,000 patients over a two-year period.

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Whenever the United States has gone to war in foreign lands, it has almost always relied on support from locals. Certainly not all locals, but good people who took up arms to help Americans.

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A 2017 study titled “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” published by the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education, reported that 20 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the previous school year.

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I’m still dumbfounded by what a former Huntsville football coach and the current Elkins coach did recently.

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The convenience of email has changed the manner in which Americans communicate with their elected officials. These days, there are fewer and fewer letters delivered to the Capitol by the U.S. Postal Service. So, when a stack of orange envelopes arrived in my Washington, D.C. office in mid-Se…

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Sometimes, a change when you are an elderly man isn’t a good thing. You know, when a doctor holds up a chart to discuss cholesterol numbers or a recent A1C test. You don’t like change at that point.

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Our farmers are dealing with the perfect storm right now. Commodity prices are below the cost of production. Standoffs with critical trading partners have created additional uncertainty that has only compounded worries. A rainy fall and spring have hampered planting season and, in the case o…

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. I’ve made reducing the rate of suicide, particularly among veterans in Arkansas and around the country, one of my top priorities. Our men and women who are serving or have served in uniform suffer a disproportionately higher rate of suicide com…

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You can learn more about Madison County for only $1 per week beginning Oct. 1 for those purchasing the paper out of the box or less than that for those buying a subscription. You will learn who scored the first touchdown of the season, what the city plans to do to bring more businesses, whet…

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In 2003, the Madison County Record updated what was then its current computer equipment in order to print color photographs. That same year, the Record created a Sports section in the weekly edition. In addition, the Record hired route drivers, who were paid to distribute the paper throughou…

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Editor’s note: Senator Boozman recently spoke at the launch of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s expanded “Be Proud Be Pro” initiative. This campaign aims to encourage Arkansans to pursue specialized training to meet the need for highly-skilled labor in our state. In this column, the …

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Between 2004 and 2019, according to a report, “The Expanding News Desert,” by Penelope Muse Abernathy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, nine newspapers in the state of Arkansas have closed. Add two more to that number. Newspapers in Stuttgart and Helena-West Helena recently…

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The agriculture industry is a top economic driver for our state. Having input from those in a variety of agri-businesses and production operations is vital to crafting legislation that meets the needs of our producers. That’s why I visit annually with farmers, ranchers and industry stakehold…

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For 140 years, The Madison County Record has been telling the stories of this county and its people. It has printed birth announcements, marriage announcements and obituaries. It has covered news stories, sporting events, city council and school board meetings and various other meetings. It …

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The Congressional calendar designates August as an opportunity for members of Congress to spend an extended period of time back home. As such, I strive to use this time to travel around to different parts of our state and meet with constituents in a variety of settings because it provides nu…

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Arkansas recently set a new record low for unemployment. The unemployment rate for July was 3.4 percent, breaking the previous record of 3.5 percent last month. There are 19,200 more jobs in our state than this time last year.

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I grew up believing that change is never a bad thing. Sure, it can be scary sometimes to dive into the unknown, but change is the only constant in life and I learned long ago to embrace it rather than shy away from it.

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Students across the state are back in class for the 2019-2020 school year. As administrators, teachers and pupils begin diving into new lesson plans and formulating goals and objectives to work toward this year, we are all excited for what the future holds.