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Obituary: Bernard Maurice Williams


Bernard Maurice Williams, 66, of Arkadelphia (Manchester Community), passed Wednesday ...
He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he studied Chemical Engineering.

Arkadelphia college foundation: Can account for all money


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) - Henderson State University Foundation officials say they’re confident no money is missing after an accounting firm uncovered errors in donor accounts. But foundation board Chairman Johnny K. Hudson told the Arkansas Democrat ...

More Than $610K Mishandled at Henderson State University


ARKADELPHIA, AR - The foundation says since the 1990's some money donated to the university has been mismanaged, basically it was put in the wrong places. Foundation officials say they are confident the money was mismanaged, not embezzled. "There was not ...

Arkansas Business: HSU announces accounting error; Rogers collection could be up for auction


(KTHV) - Henderson State University will hold a 2 p.m. news conference Monday in Arkadelphia to talk about the discovery ...
the residency program is to try to keep dental students in Arkansas, which doesn't have a dental school. And finally, a big auction ...

Board chairman says firm found account errors at Henderson State University Foundation


ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas — Officials say the Henderson State University Foundation is taking steps to improve how contributions are handled after an accounting firm uncovered errors in donor accounts. Johnny K. Hudson, chairman of the foundation's board of ...

Dale Albert


Dale Albert, 64, of Arkadelphia died Saturday. Memorial service, 2 p.m., Wednesday at Welch Funeral Home in Arkadelphia. Interment with full military honors in Gilchrist Cemetery. Visitation, 1-2 p.m., Wednesday ...

$610K in Misspent Funds Addressed by Henderson State University Foundation


HSU officials are planning a news conference for Monday to reveal additional information. ARKADELPHIA, AR - Henderson State sent the letter copied below to donors explaining more in detail about the situation. HSU officials are planning a news conference ...

Muleriders tame the Tigers


Arkadelphia, Arkansas-The national ranked Southern Arkansas Muleriders (17-9) (7-4 GAC) took on the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers (10-7) (6-2 GAC) this past weekend in a key three-game Great American Conference matchup. The Muleriders dropped the ...

PTISD Coach Jim Manning Named NETX FCA Coach of the Year


Manning is a 1978 graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He played 1 year of college soccer at Morris County Junior College and 2 years at Henderson State University. Born and raised in New Jersey, Manning graduated from Roxbury ...

Obituary for Gladys Reynolds Lemons


The family would like to extend their appreciation to Crown Point Assisted Living, Sheridan Healthcare & Rehabilitation and Arkansas Hospice. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church 2301 Crawford St. Arkadelphia, AR 71923 or to DeLamar ...

Skirmish at McGraw’s Mill, from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture


Another Civil War Arkansas entry from the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, this one on the skirmish at McGrew’s Mill by David Sesser of Henderson State University. You can find this and other Civil War Arkan…

National Endowment For The Arts Chair Visits New Haven School To Promote Value Of Funding


There was no lack of it from a major local ally: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who joined Chu at the event, forming a formidable tag team for the arts: the savvy executive and the enthusiastic cheerleader, …

Price Gouging, Gasoline, and Disasters


This post is inspired by actual events...
What is "price gouging?"  For some, it is simply defined as charging a price significantly higher than normal.  But I take it that as the words are used most…

March 2-8, 2015 Batters with 5 hits in a single postseason game


MONDAYQ.    ;       Who holds the National League record for runs-batted-in by a rookie?Hint:  & nbsp;  He also holds the records for extra-base hits and total bases by a National League rookie.Hint:  & nbsp;  He re…

Sixty-Four Year Commitment: Congratulations to my parents on their anniversary.


Jimmy & Elsie Warnock enjoying fall colors at Artist Point My parents will have been married sixty-four years on March 10th.  After they married, my father went to the Korean War while my mother cont…

Suffer The Children: ‘Good Christian’ Legislator In Ark. Accused Of Giving Away Adopted Girls To Rapist


An Arkansas lawmaker with a history of causing church-state conflicts is in hot water in the wake of allegations that he “re-homed” – a euphemism for gave away – two adopted girls to a former employee…

Helena’s renewal becomes tangible after years of work


BY DAVID SMITH – ASSOCIATED PRESS HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) – For more than 11 years, Southern Bancorp has spent millions of dollars to revitalize Helena-West Helena. Slowly, the city is experi…

UAM Softball Remains Unbeaten in GAC


CONWAY, Arkansas - The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team kept its unbeaten record in Great American Conference games intact with a double-header sweep over Ouachita Baptist on Saturda…

Snow Days in March


Hi Friends,      I can't believe the number of snow days we have had here in Arkansas.  We usually have one or two.  This year, however, we are on our sixth in my district.  I'm in one of the largest …

Winter’s alloted Time Frame


March 03, 2015 Dear Mr. Winter, This letter is in regards of your confusion of your alloted time frame as well as the actions of your son, Ice Man. Apparently you need to be reminded of what your al…




SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR ARKADELPHIA

Register now and request your ballots for the year in ARKADELPHIA ARKANSAS

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.

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The importance of local education funding in ARKADELPHIA ARKANSAS

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 


"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 

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Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day in ARKADELPHIA ARKANSAS

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) today released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses grow and create jobs. Since the beginning of the program, the Treasury Department has disbursed more than $1.1 billion to participating states.

The Internal Revenue Service is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Millions of workers who earned $52,427 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2015, making awareness of the credit critical. About a third of the people eligible for EITC fluctuate each year based on changes to their marital, parental and financial status. All across the United States, local officials and community organizations are holding events highlighting this key benefit.

“About four out of five eligible workers and families get the credit they earned. That leaves millions missing EITC every year,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “It’s an important credit and one of the government’s best tools to fight poverty.”

Last year, almost 28 million eligible workers and families received $66 billion total in EITC, with an average EITC amount of $2,400.

The IRS website is a valuable first stop to help taxpayers get it right this filing season, from information on claiming the EITC, to learning about the Affordable Care Act (known as the health care law), to finding free tax help. The IRS encourages everyone to use the EITC Assistant on IRS.gov/eitc, an interactive tool to find out if they are eligible for the credit. The IRS website also provides helpful information on the health care law and how it may affect tax returns at IRS.gov/aca. There is also an interactive tool that helps individuals determine if they are eligible for the premium tax credit. And qualified taxpayers may also find a free tax return preparation site on IRS.gov/vita.

The amount of EITC varies depending on income, family size and filing status. Those who work for someone else or those who run a business or farm and who earned $52,427 or less during 2014 could receive larger refunds if they qualify for the EITC. This could mean up to $496 in EITC for people without children, and a maximum credit of up to $6,143 for those with three or more qualifying children.

The EITC is refundable. This means those eligible may get a refund from the IRS even if they owe no tax or had no taxes withheld from their paycheck.

Workers potentially eligible to claim the credit should visit IRS.gov/eitc to learn if they qualify, how to claim the credit and more. The EITC Assistant will also determine their filing status, if they have a qualifying child or children and estimate the amount of the EITC they could get. If an individual doesn’t qualify for EITC, the Assistant explains why and a summary of the results can be printed.

Get the Credit — How to Claim the EITC

To get the EITC, workers must file a tax return, even if they are not legally required to file, and specifically claim the credit. Free tax help is available to those eligible for the EITC:

The Internal Revenue Service is partnering with community-based organizations across the country to promote Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, an effort to alert millions of low and moderate-income workers who may be missing out on a significant tax credit that can be as much as $6,000.

Millions of workers who earned $52,427 or less last year may qualify for EITC for the first time in 2015, making awareness of the credit critical. About a third of the people eligible for EITC fluctuate each year based on changes to their marital, parental and financial status. All across the United States, local officials and community organizations are holding events highlighting this key benefit.

“About four out of five eligible workers and families get the credit they earned. That leaves millions missing EITC every year,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “It’s an important credit and one of the government’s best tools to fight poverty.”

Last year, almost 28 million eligible workers and families received $66 billion total in EITC, with an average EITC amount of $2,400.

The IRS website is a valuable first stop to help taxpayers get it right this filing season, from information on claiming the EITC, to learning about the Affordable Care Act (known as the health care law), to finding free tax help. The IRS encourages everyone to use the EITC Assistant on IRS.gov/eitc, an interactive tool to find out if they are eligible for the credit. The IRS website also provides helpful information on the health care law and how it may affect tax returns at IRS.gov/aca. There is also an interactive tool that helps individuals determine if they are eligible for the premium tax credit. And qualified taxpayers may also find a free tax return preparation site on IRS.gov/vita.

The amount of EITC varies depending on income, family size and filing status. Those who work for someone else or those who run a business or farm and who earned $52,427 or less during 2014 could receive larger refunds if they qualify for the EITC. This could mean up to $496 in EITC for people without children, and a maximum credit of up to $6,143 for those with three or more qualifying children.

The EITC is refundable. This means those eligible may get a refund from the IRS even if they owe no tax or had no taxes withheld from their paycheck.

Workers potentially eligible to claim the credit should visit IRS.gov/eitc to learn if they qualify, how to claim the credit and more. The EITC Assistant will also determine their filing status, if they have a qualifying child or children and estimate the amount of the EITC they could get. If an individual doesn’t qualify for EITC, the Assistant explains why and a summary of the results can be printed.

Get the Credit — How to Claim the EITC

To get the EITC, workers must file a tax return, even if they are not legally required to file, and specifically claim the credit. Free tax help is available to those eligible for the EITC:

  • Free File on IRS.gov. Free brand-name tax software walks people through a question and answer format to help them prepare their returns and claim every credit and deduction for which they are eligible. Free File also provides online versions of IRS paper forms, an option called Free File Fillable Forms which is best suited for taxpayers comfortable preparing their own returns.

  • Free tax preparation sites. EITC-eligible workers can seek free tax preparation at thousands of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites. Taxpayers can locate the nearest site using a search tool on IRS.gov or through the IRS2go smartphone application.

    It is important for taxpayers to bring along all the required documents and information to make sure they get the EITC they deserve. Also, those who bought coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace should receive Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, from their Marketplace in early February. It’s important to also bring the Form 1095-A to the volunteer site. Any taxpayer who does not receive it by early February should contact their Marketplace, not the IRS. The IRS will not have access to the information on the form.

Like last year, the IRS expects to issue more than nine out of 10 refunds within 21 days. The IRS reminds taxpayers that the fastest way to get a refund is to e-file their tax return and choose direct deposit. It takes longer to process paper returns. Because of budget cuts resulting in a smaller staff, it will likely take an additional week or more to process paper returns, meaning that those refunds are expected to be issued in seven weeks or more. Taxpayers can track the status of their refund with the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on IRS.gov or on IRS2go.

Similar Benefits Available Through the Health Care Law

The Affordable Care Act requires that a taxpayer and each member of his or her family have qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, qualify for an exemption from the coverage requirement, or make an individual shared responsibility payment when filing a federal income tax return.

Premium Tax Credits: If taxpayers bought coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, they should receive Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement from their Marketplace by early February. They should save this form because it has important information needed to complete their tax returns. 

If a taxpayer is expecting to receive Form 1095-A and has not received it by early February, they should contact the Marketplace where the coverage was purchased. Due to the fact that the IRS does not have this information, it is recommended that taxpayers contact the appropriate marketplace.

Anyone who benefited from advance payments of the premium tax credit must file a federal income tax return. The taxpayer will need to reconcile those advance payments with the amount of premium tax credit they’re entitled to based on actual income. As a result, some people may see a smaller or larger tax refund or tax liability than they were expecting. When filing their return, taxpayers will use IRS Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit (PTC), to calculate the premium tax credit and reconcile the credit with any advance payments.

Reporting requirements: Most taxpayers will simply check a box on their tax return to indicate that each member of their family had qualifying health coverage for the whole year. No further action is required. Qualifying health insurance coverage includes coverage under most, but not all, types of health care coverage plans. Taxpayers can use the chart on IRS.gov/aca to find out if their insurance counts as qualifying coverage.  

Exemptions: A taxpayer may be eligible to claim an exemption from the requirement to have coverage. If eligible for an exemption, the taxpayer will need to complete the new IRS Form 8965, Health Coverage Exemptions and attach it to their return. The individual must apply for some exemptions through the Health Insurance Marketplace.  However, most of the exemptions are easily obtained from the IRS when filing a tax return.  

Individual Shared Responsibility Payment: If an individual does not have qualifying coverage or an exemption for each month of the year, they will need to make an individual shared responsibility payment when filing their return for choosing not to purchase coverage. Examples and information about figuring the payment are available on the IRS Calculating the Payment page. More information about the Affordable Care Act and the 2014 income tax return is available at IRS.gov/aca.

Get It Right

Taxpayers are responsible for the accuracy of their tax return even if someone else preparers it for them. The rules for EITC are complicated. The IRS urges taxpayers to seek help if they are unsure of their eligibility, whether from a paid tax professional or at a free tax return preparation site. Deliberate errors can have lasting impact on future eligibility to claim EITC and leave taxpayers with a penalty.

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