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(Gainesville) – A Gainesville man suffered minor injuries Monday afternoon after a motorcycle accident in his hometown.

39-year-old Mark Dunn refused treatment at the scene, according to a Highway Patrol report.

The accident happened at 1:30 PM on Route 5 South at Highway 160 in Gainesville, when the bike operated by Dunn attempted to avoid another vehicle, which caused the bike to overturn and skid on its side.

(Little Rock) (AP) – More than 100 rabies cases have been reported in Arkansas through the end of June – a figure nearly double the norm of just 54 cases in a year.

State health and animal science experts say that of the 103 cases, 86 have been confirmed in skunks. Experts say most of the rabies cases are found skunks and bats.

Pulaski and Lonoke counties have the most cases, with 26 for Pulaski and 13 for Lonoke.

Tom Troxel, associate head of animal science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, says the reason for the outbreak is unknown.

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that affects the nervous system of mammals. It’s considered one of the most infectious diseases and is fatal for both animals and humans.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A group opposed to a proposal expanding alcohol sales in Arkansas is asking the secretary of state to not certify the measure for the November ballot, claiming it missed a deadline to submit petitions.

An attorney for a group called Let Local Communities Decide For Themselves asked Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office to not accept any more petitions for the proposal, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Thirty-seven counties currently prohibit alcohol sales.

The group claims the petitions should have been submitted by July 4, which would have been four months before the November election. The state deadline was July 7.

The group favoring expanded sales is gathering additional signatures after Martin’s office said it had fallen short of the 78,133 needed to qualify.

(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana by a group that is trying to put the measure before voters in 2016.

McDaniel’s office on Monday rejected the wording of the proposal by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which had tried unsuccessfully to get medical marijuana legalization on this year’s ballot. The group had been unable to gather the 62,507 signatures from registered voters needed by the July 7 deadline to submit petitions to qualify for the November ballot.

The group is now trying to put the legalization measure on the 2016 ballot. McDaniel cited ambiguities in the text of the latest measure in rejecting its wording.

The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries.

(Jefferson City) – A former Trooper with Highway Patrol Troop G has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Aircraft Division of the Highway Patrol.

Michael Hargus was appointed to the Patrol on November 1, 1994, as a member of the 68th Recruit Class. Upon completing his training, he was assigned to Zone 6 of Troop G, in Howell and Oregon counties. On February 6, 2005, he was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor of Troop G, Zone 3, Shannon and Howell counties. He transferred to Troop G, Zone 7 Howell and Oregon counties as assistant zone supervisor on July 1, 2007. Hargus transferred to the Aircraft Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, on December 6, 2009.

Lieutenant Hargus grew up in Exeter, MO, and graduated from Exeter High School in 1989. Hargus attended the College of the Ozarks majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology while working as a police officer for the City of Branson. He and his wife, Lori (Nelson), have three children and a granddaughter.

(West Plains) – Northern Howell County Commissioner Bill Lovelace says that the county has had some issues concerning repairs on paved county roads:

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Paving work and asphalt maintenance is scheduled to start this week, weather permitting.

(Willow Springs) – Willow Springs City Administrator Bob Pollard says that, despite the general conception of the city, Willow Springs has a lot to offer:

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Pollard adds that as temperatures rise, city crews continue their seasonal work. While working in roads and right-of-ways, motorists need to be cautious of workers:

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If you have any questions, call Willow Springs City Hall at 417-469-2107.

(Van Buren) – The Outdoor Foundation and Outdoor Nation recently awarded Missouri State University’s Outdoor Recreation Department a Paddle Nation grant to increase paddle sport recreation among outdoor recreation students and enhance safety and education for visitors floating the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers.

The volunteer River Patrol Program is a grassroots partnership between Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Missouri State University Outdoor Recreation to support the National Park Service staff and park visitors. Outdoor Recreation students are required to complete practicum and internship credits in their field to graduate. The park’s developing River Patrol program is a venue for the students to meet these requirements, as well as gain leadership skills in the outdoor recreation field, encourage paddle sport participation, and provide safety and educational services to the more than one million visitors recreating on the Jacks Fork and Current Rivers.

In volunteer uniforms, recreation students will be the extra eyes and ears on the rivers to assist National Park Service employees, while providing visitor information on safety, the park’s resources and conservation efforts, and basic canoe and kayak skills.

Since its inception, the Paddle National partners have awarded more than $125,000 in support of 55 innovative projects. By year’s end, the program will engage more than 8,000 people in paddle sport activities – resulting in more than 25,000 hours spent on the water.

(West Plains) – The Howell County Health Department’s “Big Latch On” event is set to be held on Friday, August 1, at 10AM.

For the last two years, the Howell County Health Department has celebrated world breastfeeding week by participating in “The Big Latch On,” a worldwide event where groups of women gather and at exactly the same time to latch on their babies. The first year’s meeting was at the people’s park in West Plains, with just eight moms, with separate activities throughout the week. Last year, we combined all activities with the “latch on” in the same day and indoors at the Howell County Health Department.

There will be a speaker to discuss baby friendly activates that mom and baby can do together.

Among the exhibitors attending the event this year is Mackenzie Hackworth with Teething necklaces and Plexus Slim, Amber Brown with origami owl, Dawn Biel-Lovan Director of the Pregnancy Resource Center, Sheila Robertson with Diaper Cakes, Donna Caldwell with Quillos and Diaper wreaths, Matthew McFarland with In Touch Wellness Center, Crystal Morrill with Tu-Tu’s, and Katie Kimbrough with Mary Kay.

For more information you can contact April Bridges at 417-256-7078.

(Ash Flat) – The Sharp County Historical Society’s summer quarterly meeting will be Sunday afternoon, July 27 at 2PM in the Community Room of First National Banking Company in Ash Flat, AR. Parking and entrance are at the rear of the building.

Special guest speaker Dale Mobley will be present the program on Economic History. Mobley has an excellent program on economic history with a primary emphasis on the economic history of Sharp County. His program is both informative and entertaining, and includes stories of business endeavors through our county’s history.

Mobley is a resident of Cave City, having graduated from Cave City High School. He is a long time Cave City businessman, having operated his hardware store for over 42 years. Mobley is also a preacher and serves in Maxwell. He has experience doing investigations for the State of Arkansas and for others. He has many interests including jewelry making. It is his love of history that led him to become a local historian.

Everyone is cordially invited to the meeting.