The Town Crier blogs http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the The Town Crier newspaper in Manila, Arkansas en-us Blessed assurance (Reflections by By Rev. John Henson) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1850/entry/68838 “And this is the commandment that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” I John 3:23 It is easy to look at someone in church whose salvation you would never question. Perhaps you can also identify someone you believe is struggling in their walk with Jesus. One of the enemy’s traps is to get us to think we’re better than the next person so we become complacent in our faith. The only true measuring stick... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:11:18 -0500 Laws affecting roadways (Legislative Reports) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1994/entry/68837 With summer months approaching, more drivers are preparing to hit the road. Now is the perfect time to remind Arkansans of new laws hitting the books affecting our roadways. During 2014 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported more than 3,000 deaths and more than 400,000 injuries caused by distracted driving. That is why in the most recent session, we passed Act 706 which clarified Paul’s Law from 2009. Paul’s Law prohibited texting while driving. Act 706... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:09:44 -0500 New Tools to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68836 Prescription drug abuse is a nationwide epidemic that’s hitting close to home. In Arkansas, the sale of opioids is 25 percent higher than the national average. Arkansas Act 820 signed into law by Gov. Asa Hutchinson earlier this month aims to change that statistic by requiring practitioners to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before prescribing opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls this state-run electronic tracking system one of the... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:07:35 -0500 Legislature approves conservative budget (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68835 LITTLE ROCK - The legislature approved a very conservative budget for state agencies next fiscal year. One of the few agencies that will get a significant increase in spending authority is the Division of Children and Family Services, which is within the Human Services Department. It administers child welfare programs, such as foster care and adoption services. At the recommendation of the governor, the legislature approved an increase in the Division's funding of $27 million a year. That... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:04:24 -0500 Arkansas's National Treasure (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68834 We have endured the early mornings and late nights of the 91st legislative session, which is enough to require some rest and recreation out of town. And with a special session looming in May, the Buffalo River getaway the First Lady and I have planned is looking even more like a really good idea. I was in law school when I first discovered the Buffalo River, which stretches 153 miles from the headwater to its confluence with the White River. The U.S. government declared the Buffalo a... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:59 -0500 Hanging in there (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68833 Where do our minds go when we get a little older? I spend half my time trying to think of a name or what I came into the room looking for. Sometimes I will rack my brain trying to think of someone's name and when I give up, 10 hours later it will just appear. Yes, it is official, I am old. I call my five grandchildren by their sibling or cousin's name. I can remember my grandmother calling me by my sister's name or her by my name. I would think to myself, she is just getting older... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:57:01 -0500 Drug Courts: A compassionate alternative (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68772 This week, I had the privilege of addressing 250 professionals at the Statewide Drug Court Conference in Little Rock. These professionals have embraced a compassionate alternative to prison. Our drug courts give judges and probation and parole officers the freedom to design punishment that fits the person as well as the crime, but still holds them accountable. We personalize consequences and offer a human touch that increases the chance that a person will defeat addictions to drugs and... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:38:28 -0500 Laws address neglected children (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68771 LITTLE ROCK - During the 2017 regular session, lawmakers considered numerous changes to existing law governing placement of neglected children. About a dozen were enacted. Many of the new acts set out clear legal procedures followed by attorneys for the state Children and Family Services Division, attorneys for parents both custodial and non-custodial, attorneys for other relatives of the children and attorneys for the children. For example, Act 1111 clarifies that when a court order has... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:37:44 -0500 Acts passed for veterans services (Legislative Reports) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1994/entry/68770 There are more than 250,000 veterans living in Arkansas. We also are home to more than 4,000 individuals on active duty. More than 9,000 Arkansans are serving in the National Guard. Every session we evaluate the needs of our military and veterans. We pass legislation to make day to day life in Arkansas easier for those who serve and to make Arkansas a place veterans want to call home well after retirement. In recent months we have passed tax cuts, tuition assistance, and enhanced our veteran... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:36:14 -0500 Short-term funding hurts national security (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68769 Congress is facing an April 28 deadline to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. This debate should have wrapped up last September, but Congress kicked the can down the road once again by approving another continuing resolution (CR). While this approach to funding the government has unfortunately become business as usual, it's bad practice. It's inefficient and hinders our ability to rein in spending and plan for the future because it maintains prior year funding levels for... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:34:05 -0500 Let us return unto the Lord. (Reflections: Brother Jeff Knowlton by By JEFF KNOWLTON) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/2071/entry/68768 Hosea 6:1-2 1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6:1-2 Christians that have left the first love of Christ and swayed from the fellowship of God; have backslid in spirit, body, and heart. In doing this they have taken others with them. For almost 14 years I turned away from God's call and became... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:33:05 -0500 Take Me Out to the Ball Game.... (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68767 As I was looking for a parking spot at the Manila ballpark last week to watch a 10 and under softball game, the lyrics to the old song, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, started running through my mind. The catchy tune has been around for over 100 years. As I walked to the field where my team was playing, I saw kids of all ages on all four fields at the Manila park. I have spent a lot of time in ballparks across the area beginning when I played as a teenager. In those days we had one, big ball... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:29:44 -0500 Women in technology (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68718 I recently saw the Oscar nominated film Hidden Figures, which prompted me to also read the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Hidden Figures shares the true story of three African-American female mathematicians who worked at NASA in the early 1960s. Their contributions would prove to be vital to the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space. These incredible women broke countless social barriers to fill a pivotal role during the height of the Space Race when I was growing up. Their... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:04:49 -0500 A Jurist Who Checks Every Box (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68717 The Senate made the right decision for our nation by confirming Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice on the Supreme Court. His credentials are exceptional. His resume is impressive. His judicial demeanor, professional competence and integrity all exceed what you expect from someone nominated to serve on the highest court in the land. Neil Gorsuch checks every box. So much so, that the American Bar Association (ABA) gave him its highest rating. The ABA's assessment has long been... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:03:45 -0500 More than 800 bills sent to the Governor's desk (Legislative Reports) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1994/entry/68716 On Monday, the House considered the final pieces of legislation for the 2017 Regular Session. We will reconvene on May 1 for Sine Die adjournment. On that day, we will consider any vetoes from the Governor and address any final orders of business. This session lasted 85 days. More than 800 bills made their way to the Governor's desk. We passed an income tax reduction for families making less than $21,000. We also passed legislation to exempt military retirement pay from state income... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:01:20 -0500 State Capital Week in Review (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68715 LITTLE ROCK - On the last full day of the 2017 legislative session, the Senate narrowly defeated a bill that would have required that a majority interest in medical marijuana facilities be owned by people who have been Arkansas residents for the past seven years. The legislature voted on numerous bills to implement the constitutional amendment approved by voters last November, which legalized the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana. Voter approval of the amendment required the... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:59:51 -0500 How Green are your pastures Part 3 (Reflections: Brother Jeff Knowlton by By JEFF KNOWLTON) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/2071/entry/68714 Psalm 23:2 3. Free from flies and parasites If tormented by flies, parasites or other insects' sheep will not lie down. Only when they feel free of these pests do they feel relaxed enough to lie down. Flies affect the outer part of the sheep as well as laying eggs within the ears. Over a period of time this can cause discomfort and even death to the sheep. The eggs become larva and grow within the sheep. A shepherd will take great care in making sure that his sheep are free from... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:58:44 -0500 Easter time (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68713 Sunday will be Easter, a time to reflect on who we put our faith in. We celebrate Easter as the day our Lord came out of the grave so all who believe can have eternal life. For those who don't believe in the resurrection, Easter Sunday, like any other Sunday, Monday or Tuesday, is just another day. For all of us who believe, it is a special day, a day that renews our hope and gives us peace. I have fond childhood memories of the Easters we gathered at Grandma's house for a special lunch and... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:57:48 -0500 Wrapping up the session (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68676 After three months of rigorous debate, the 91st General Assembly is winding down. As I reflect on the things we have accomplished, I am pleased with the results of this session. We have achieved important goals like providing tax relief for low-income Arkansans and military retirees. We've made higher education more accountable for the success of our students and have provided for the education of young Arkansans who want to enter high demand fields. And today we passed the Revenue... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:46:57 -0500 State Capital Week in Review (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68675 LITTLE ROCK - In the final days of the 2017 regular session, legislators completed work on balanced budgets for state agencies, prison units, public schools and higher education. The Arkansas balanced budget law is called the Revenue Stabilization Act and it is necessarily one of the last and most important bills to be considered by lawmakers. The act allocates more than $5.3 billion in general revenue. The major sources of that revenue are the sales tax and state individual and corporate... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:45:31 -0500 Advocating for Arkansas Airmen and Women (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68674 One of the great honors I have is showing my appreciation to the military community for their service and sacrifice and highlighting the work of Arkansas men and women who play a role in protecting our national security. An important component of this gratitude is ensuring our service members have the resources, tools and training needed to successfully accomplish their missions and combat emerging global threats. That's why I'm especially proud of a new mission at Little Rock Air Force Base... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:43:13 -0500 April showers for May flowers (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68673 April showers bring May flowers, or so it is said. I think the showers started a little early. We saw quite a bit of rain the last week in March. The rain came down last week fast and furious. We made it through April Fool's Day on Saturday, a day set aside to play pranks on family and friends. The history of April Fool's Day goes back to the 16th Century with a calendar change moving the first day of the year from April 1 to Jan. 1. Evidently some people refused to change or did not get the... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:41:27 -0500 The chapters we skipped over -- Part 2 (Reflections by By Duke Eastin) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/2001/entry/68672 I've said this many times, the Bible is written in progressive revelation. It falls upon us to read and obey, 2 Timothy 2:15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Generally speaking for example: Moses knew more than Job; Matthew knew more than Moses, Peter, and James; John saw things the other nine didn't see; and Jesus knew more than all of them combined. As we seek God in His Word, new revelation will come.... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:40:40 -0500 Governor's Legislative Accomplishments (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68625 After nearly three months, the work of the Arkansas General Assembly is nearing completion. And while there is more work to be done, I am very pleased that all of my legislative priorities have passed. The first item we tackled was the $50 million tax cut for lower-income Arkansans. This builds upon my $100 million tax cut for the middle class from 2015 and sets the stage for future reductions as we work towards a long-term goal of flattening Arkansas's tax rate. I was also pleased to... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:56:53 -0500 Meeting the Needs of Every Veteran (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68624 Our female veteran population continues to grow each day as more and more women answer the call to serve our nation in uniform. Today, there are more than two million women veterans in the United States. There are over 20,000 women veterans in Arkansas alone. We are so proud of these patriots and their many contributions to our nation. Our country owes a great debt of gratitude to these brave women and their families. Our military is stronger today for their service. I recently met with a... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:55:24 -0500 Lawmakers address education, prisons (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68623 LITTLE ROCK - As the General Assembly approaches the final days of this year's regular session, lawmakers approved bills affecting public and private education, criminal justice, prisons, election procedures, campaign finance and unemployment benefits. Senate Bill 647 is a 60-page measure that sets up new accountability and assessment tools used in public schools. Educators will be affected by how it changes the methods for designating schools that are in academic distress. The Senate passed... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:53:35 -0500 House passes election bill (Legislative Reports) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1994/entry/68622 Among the pieces of legislation advancing from the House this week are measures which will impact elections, rental agreements, and veteran services, On Monday, the House passed a bill to change the date of primary elections and fiscal sessions in Arkansas. HB1707 would permanently move the preferential primary from May to the first Tuesday in March. The bill also moves the date of fiscal sessions for the General Assembly from the second Monday in February to the second Wednesday in April.... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:52:35 -0500 The chapters we skipped over... Part 1. (Reflections by By Duke Eastin) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/2001/entry/68620 As an 18 year old with a fresh commitment to walk with Jesus, I now devoured the Bible like a starving man. I noticed a pattern in the church I was attending. For example, 'The Great Commission' scripture was always quoted from Mathew 28:19: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:49:40 -0500 Graduation is near (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68619 Spring break is over (hope everyone had a good week) and another school year is about to end. Each year at this time I like to congratulate all of the seniors who will be graduating from high school. They only have a few short weeks left and their high school days will be history. I hope they have good memories about their high school years. From now until graduation the time will fly by and one morning they will get up and it will be the day they march in to Pomp and Circumstance, receive... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:48:43 -0500 Arkansas's Tourism Boom (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68570 Earlier this week, I joined nearly 400 tourism leaders at the 43rd Annual Governor's Conference on Tourism. It was an opportunity to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of those in Arkansas's tourism industry and to kick off the travel season. It's been another record year for Arkansas. There are more visitors spending more money in our state than ever before. In 2016, we hosted more than 29 million visitors who spent almost $7.7 billion in total travel expenditures. Visitor-spending... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:26:43 -0500 Campus carry measure goes to governor (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68569 LITTLE ROCK - The legislature has passed and sent to the governor a "campus carry" measure that was amended numerous times and applies to many more areas than college campuses. As originally introduced, House Bill 1249 would have allowed faculty and staff at state colleges and universities to carry a concealed firearm on campus, as long as they already had a concealed carry permit. That was the version that the House passed by a vote of 71-to-22. It was sent to the Senate, where seven... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:25:12 -0500 House moves forward an bills (Legislative Reports) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1994/entry/68568 We are now in the final weeks of the legislative session. Committees and House floor proceedings have been meeting for extended hours the last several days to hear as many bills as possible before we adjourn. This week, the House moved forward legislation impacting education funding, juvenile sentencing, tax deductions and even speed limits. The House passed HB1729 which sets the funding for our public schools. This bill increases the funding from $6,584/per student to $6,713/per student... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:24:17 -0500 Free File 2016 Taxes (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68567 Senator Boozman today joined Governor Hutchinson at event in Arkansas promoting Free File, a program that provides free online income tax prep and e-filing to taxpayers who earned less than $64,000 last year. He wrote this column to encourage Arkansans to use this free tax service. Free File 2016 Taxes With less than a month to go before our taxes are due on April 18, many Arkansans are hard at work navigating our nation's complicated and confusing tax code. Over the past 15 years, there... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:22:38 -0500 Spring has arrived (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68566 Did everyone enjoy the snow and cold weather just a week before the official first day of spring? I am happy we did not receive the amount of snow and ice our northeastern neighbors are having to deal with. I am sure they would look at our snow as just a little dusting. I personally didn't mind the snow but the cold weather that followed did not make me happy. When I have up and out on those cold mornings, I think some of the bears have the right idea -- just hibernate until spring. Unlike... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:21:41 -0500 The Offering of Grace (Reflections by By Rev. John Henson) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1850/entry/68565 I read a story of a judge presiding at a court in the poorest section of the city. It was during the hardest years of the Great Depression. Brought before him was an elderly woman charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She made no attempt to deny the charges. Her daughter's husband had abandoned the family, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving. The victimized store owner refused to drop the charges. The judge looked at the woman and told her that the law left him no... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:20:41 -0500 Eat Better, Live Better (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68513 In July of this year, Savannah Shields of Fayetteville was crowned Miss Arkansas. Just a few months later, she would go on to earn the title of Miss America. Savannah, or Savvy as she's commonly known, ran on the platform of Eat Better, Live Better. She decided on her platform of healthy living because of her own difficulty with sleeping and migraines as a result of an unhealthy diet. After changing her diet, Savannah felt noticeably better and was able to improve her focus and get better... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:07:40 -0500 State Capital Week in Review (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68512 LITTLE ROCK - The General Assembly gave final approval to legislation that will give law enforcement authorities effective new tools to deal with people going through mental health crises. Act 423 of 2017 will establish three regional Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Centers, each with 16 beds. When people need mental health treatment and are causing trouble, the police can take them to a center rather than to jail, where they will not get any treatment at all. Act 423 also sets up courses... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:05:00 -0500 Homeland security directive: Rhetoric vs. Reality (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68511 When President Trump began his campaign for the White House, he made national security--and in particular, homeland security--a cornerstone of his platform. His calls to secure the border, keep terrorists off of U.S. soil and protect our communities struck a chord with a large majority of Americans who for years felt that Washington ignored their very real concerns about our porous borders and broken immigration system. As expected, the president has moved quickly to deliver on his promises... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:03:26 -0500 Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act passed (Legislative Reports) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1994/entry/68510 This week, the House passed the Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act. Days later it was signed into law by the Governor. We expect this bill to have a tremendous impact not only in our prison overcrowding situation, but also in the way we treat mental health for Arkansans in a crises. Arkansas currently has the number one incarceration growth rate in the country. This is what prompted two legislative task forces to take action two years ago. After months of research and testimony,... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:02:13 -0500 A new season begins (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68509 In addition to the beginning of spring next week, basketball season is over and a new season -- high school baseball and softball -- has begun. I want to congratulate Riverside and Manila senior boys basketball teams for an outstanding year. Manila made it to the state quarter finals and Riverside made it to the state semi finals. With the end of basketball comes the beginning of baseball and softball. Most years spring sports have to battle the elements. Some games are cold, some warm, and... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:59:36 -0500 A Thousand Years (Reflections by By Rev. John Henson) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1850/entry/68508 "But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8 Where will you be in a thousand years? How long is a thousand years anyway? Do we know anyone who has lived that long? It is only a drop in the bucket compared to eternity. If you are like me, it is hard to comprehend. A thousand years? A million years? One day is sometimes long to me. One year is long enough with all the plans we make. But... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:58:20 -0500 Governor supports Senate Bill 519 (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68469 In July 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sat in a small jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, and penned a collection of his most powerful sermons, which were later compiled in a book called Strength to Love. In that book of sermons, Dr. King wrote these compelling words: "We are not makers of history. We are made by history." The defining points of our past inform our decisions in the present, and it is important that we emphasize the lessons we can learn from history today. I am pleased... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:50:34 -0600 State Capital Week in Review (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68468 Soldiers and airmen of the Arkansas National Guard who are students at state-supported colleges and universities will have their tuition paid for, under legislation passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 278 has several purposes. First is to improve the Guard's readiness, both for domestic emergencies and foreign missions. Arkansas has lost units to other states that provide more benefits, which means that fewer units are available in Arkansas to respond to natural disasters and other... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:43:05 -0600 House addresses education issues (Legislative Reports) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1994/entry/68467 When it comes to K-12 education, this session the House has addressed everything from school bus safety to reading proficiency. Act 246 increases the minimum amount a school district can pay a teacher. It increases the minimum amount by $400 for the next school year. School districts can pay more but not less than the minimum amount set by the state. The minimum starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor's degree would be $31,400 a year. For a new teacher with a master's degree the... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:41:14 -0600 Arkansans Bring Recommendations for VA Improvements to Washington (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68466 Our Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) are leading on the frontlines to ensure that our nation follows through with its promise to take care of those who have served us. They offer a unique perspective on how Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) policies affect our veterans and what changes need to be made to improve services. As Congress continues to modernize VA and strengthen the delivery of care, accountability and benefits our veterans earned, the recommendations of our VSOs are... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:37:18 -0600 Don't forget to "spring forward" (Revis' Ramblings by By REVIS BLAYLOCK) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1161/entry/68465 We will need to "spring forward" one hour for Daylight Saving Time on Saturday night. Don't forget to move your clock forward before you go to bed or you will be late all day. I am sure some people like Daylight Savings Time and others will not. I suppose it depends on if you are a morning or a night person. When I was younger I liked the sun to stay up as late as possible because I had things to do and places to go. I guess I still like the longer days but I don't have near as many places to... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:34:38 -0600 Part II: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. (Reflections: Brother Jeff Knowlton by By JEFF KNOWLTON) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/2071/entry/68464 Psalms 23:2 The second requirement before a sheep will lie down is to be free from friction. (Not at odds with others). Because of their social behavior sheep will refuse to lie down unless they are free from friction from those within the flock. Sheep have a social or butting order just as other animals. Many times we as Christians find ourselves butting heads with other Christians. Christians in the New Testament had to deal with this problem of division and friction just as we deal with... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:33:35 -0600 Efficiencies and Model T's (Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Update) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1993/entry/68417 Several years after Ford Motor Company was founded, the Model T hit the market in 1908. It captured what Henry Ford wanted for the everyday American -- an affordable, reliable and efficient automobile. To keep up with the high demand, Ford revolutionized his production process, which allowed the company to build vehicles faster and keep costs lower. He was innovative, efficient and consistently worked to meet the needs of consumers. By the late 1920s, Ford Motor Company had become the largest... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:32:16 -0600 Creating opportunities for rural America (From the office of Senator John Boozman by By John Boozman) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1983/entry/68416 The diversity of Arkansas's landscape makes the Natural State a truly unique environment. We can be proud of the resources that exist in our state that support a wide range of industries, interests and jobs. An important aspect of our state's makeup is its rural identity. In the 2010 census, 44 percent of Arkansas's population identified as rural compared to 19 percent of the entire nation. We must keep our rural communities in mind as we create policies to improve the lives of all... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:31:00 -0600 Voter ID addressed (State Capital Week in Review by By Senator Dave Wallace) http://www.thetown-crier.com/blogs/1790/entry/68415 LITTLE ROCK - A Senate committee has advanced legislation that requires voters to present a photo ID before they can cast a ballot. Under House Bill 1047, numerous types of identification are acceptable. They include drivers' licenses, military and student IDs, public assistance card, concealed carry permits and passports. People who have no valid form of photo ID can get one for free, after making a sworn statement that they do not have any other acceptable form of ID. A person who lives in... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:29:55 -0600