Category Archives: Education

Obama calls for a new college rating system

President Obama spoke to a crowd of more than 7,000 today at the University of Buffalo. The university was his first stop of a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania. While speaking to the university, the President proposed … Continue reading

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Harlem Shake rolls through Yocum

Yocum Elementary School students do the Harlem Shake with El Dorado Police Officer Chris Lutman. Video by Karen Lutman, on YouTube, who aptly puts it, “Now THIS is community policing.”

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Promise expands to include non-resident students

The El Dorado Promise is expanding the parameters for eligibility to the scholarship program to include non-resident El Dorado Public Schools students, according to a release from Magen Olive, of the Murphy Oil Corporation. Effective with the May 2013 graduating … Continue reading

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Claiborne Parish severs historical agreement with Junction City

Claiborne Parish, La., officials announced Tuesday their intention of scrapping the 70-plus-year agreement that allows Louisiana students to attend school in Junction City, according to minutes of the most recent Junction City School Board meeting. The agreement was historically put … Continue reading

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Running back’s mother absconds with letter of intent

Arkansas fans are waiting with bated breath to see if Alex Collins’ mother will return with the paperwork necessary for him to sign with the Razorbacks, according to fansided.com. Collins, who rivals.com ranked as the 13th top running back in … Continue reading

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SouthArk Foundation touts stellar year

South Arkansas Community College had a stellar year in 2012, highlighted by a sizable donation from a Fort Smith accountant, plans for Heritage Plaza underway and the development of a performing and media arts program, according to the Foundation’s annual … Continue reading

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School violence bill hits Legislature

Keeping with the topical tones that have the nation as a whole debating gun rights and mental health issues, one Arkansas senator has begun the process of drafting a bill to better prepare students and educators for potential violence on … Continue reading

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UALR Professor touts Union County’s aquifer recovery efforts

Local efforts in Union County to save the Sparta Aquifer from the early 20th century over-pumping that nearly destroyed the region’s source of potable water are being recognized statewide. According to an email from Sherrel Johnson, Union County Water Conservation … Continue reading

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Winter weather causes closures, wrecks

Inclement weather has resulted in a number of closures throughout Union County where slippery ice-coated roads have resulted in “quite a few” personal injury wrecks, according to Union County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bill Hickman. Hickman was unsure at the … Continue reading

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Arkansas receives Education Week B-minus

For two years running, Education Week ranked Arkansas as fifth nationally in educational policies and performance despite low ratings in student achievement and lack of success, according to Arkansas News. The B-minus ranking — the same designation the state received … Continue reading

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Free GED testing goes the way of the dodo

In cooperation with the implementation of the Common Core Standards, by 2014 Arkansas will join the majority of states that charge students for GED enrollment and testing, according to a report by KUAF. Jacqueline Froelich, of KUAF, emphasized that in … Continue reading

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Local filmmakers vie for international acclaim

Two local filmmakers are endeavoring to win an international competition with the completion of a 48 Hour Film Project in the form of a seven-minute short film, “Fire Engine Red.” Jim Patterson, a News-Times editor, Michael Armstrong, a graphic designer, … Continue reading

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“Heal the broken hearted, bind up their wounds.”

There just aren’t words. Nearly 30 people, including 20 children, have been confirmed dead following this morning’s attack at a Connecticut elementary school in which a masked shooter invaded the campus and released more than 100 rounds into neighboring classrooms. … Continue reading

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El Dorado lauded as a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction

On the same day El Dorado received news of EDIE’s Village — a cute name for a serious idea to incubate local small business initiatives — the city was also lauded with a 2012 Arkansas Business City of Distinction award … Continue reading

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Razorbacks anticipated to make head coach hire

Many, many Arkansas publications are abuzz this afternoon with the news that the University of Arkansas is expected to tap Bret Bielema as the Razorbacks head coach. Bielema, who has been with the Wisconsin program since 2004, is expected to … Continue reading

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