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August 5th, 2014

USDA says Arkansas farmers markets grow to 97

August 5, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the number of farmers markets in Arkansas has more than tripled over the past decade.

The media reports the number of farmers markets has swelled from 28 in 2004 to 97 in 2014. Five markets were added this year. That makes Arkansas' growth the sixth-highest in the country.

Zachary Taylor with the state's agriculture department says relaxed regulations and a desire for local food have expanded established markets and created new ones.

Hutchinson vows to fight EPA on clean air rules

August 5, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson on Monday said he'd push forArkansas to join a lawsuit challenging the federal government's proposed new rules for power-plant pollution, limits that he says threaten the state's ability to create new jobs.

Benton PD honors past with new badge design

August 5, 2014

The Benton Police Department has a new badge that is currently being issued to all officers.

According to Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the department, it was decided in the spring to start working on a new badge design to replace the generic shields that had been in use for decades.

The new design, unveiled Monday, features the Saline County Courthouse, which Russell said is "one of the most iconic and long-standing symbols in the area."

Construction generates more revenue; Assessor: $60M increase on taxable property since 2013

August 5, 2014

Saline County Assessor Jim Crawford spoke only briefly Monday night at the conclusion of a joint meeting of two Quorum Court committees, but his words brought a positive message about the county's growth and subsequent increased tax base.

The information Crawford presented is included in the annual abstract required of the county assessor's office.

"That abstract reflects a $1.6 billion total assessed value for all taxable property in Saline County, which is an increase of $60 million over last year," Crawford said.

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