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Kathy was born on January 30, 1957, in Dumas, Arkansas, to Leland and Marian Fuhrman of Gillett. She graduated from Gillett High School and continued her education in Nursing at Henderson State University. Kathy was an Emergency Room nurse at Arkansas ...

Virginia murder suspect arrested in Arkansas


In January 2013, Copeland pleaded guilty to manufacturing meth, stealing a firearm, a vehicle and entering a house to commit assault and battery. Copeland is now in city jail in Dumas, Arkansas awaiting transport to Virginia.

Johnny Aaron of ACE Glass Passes Away


Funeral services were held at the First Assembly of God church in Dumas, Arkansas, on May 19, with burial in the Jefferson Cemetery. Memorials may be made in honor of Ronny Aaron to Out of Darkness Walks or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Game Story


Dumas Bobcats (Dumas, AR) followers went home content Monday as they observed their basketball team nudge the visiting Arkadelphia Badgers (Arkadelphia, AR), 65-62 in a non-league game. In their next game, the Bobcats face the Ozark Hillbillies (Ozark ...

Arkansas State Police Investigating Dumas Homicide


Residents in Dumas say they are in shock after Saturday night's shooting on Peach Street. DUMAS, AR --Residents in Dumas say they are in shock after Saturday night's shooting on Peach Street. "It's very surprising to know that something like this goes on ...

New, Mary Nell Moncrief


Survivors are her husband, Jerry Don New of Dothan, Alabama; son, Jerrod Lance New of Virginia Beach, Virginia and daughter, Amanda (Aimi) Donell Baker of Spring, Texas; two brothers, Billy and James Moncrief both of Dumas, Arkansas and two sister ...

Dumas Teen Makes Boone & Crockett Book for Fourth Time


Dumas, AR -(Ammoland.com)- On a deer hunt in the Dumas vicinity, someone may remark, “Aw, Eleanor is here. No use in going after that big buck.” Eleanor Henry is 17 and a junior at Dumas High School. Already a veteran deer hunter, she has four Boone ...

Will Gragg Commits to Arkansas: What 4-Star TE Brings to Razorbacks


That effort was bolstered Tuesday morning when coveted tight end prospect Will Gragg pledged to the Razorbacks ...
Calling the Hogs all the way from Dumas, Arkansas! Building it one Hog at a time. #WoooPig #BeUncommon — Bret Bielema (@BretBielema ...

Dad's Pet Care Expands in Arkansas After 2007 Tornado Damage


Dad's Pet Care, a pet food manufacturer, will expand its Dumas, Arkansas facility and double its work force after being acquired by a new owner. The company will spend $10 million and add 44 jobs. Arkansas is extending Dad's a five-year, 4 percent income ...

Dumas, Arkansas vs. FEMA


The town of Dumas, Arkansas, first withstood a tornado. Now the town has to withstand being overlooked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In late February, two tornadoes hit Desha County and the 5,500-person city of Dumas, located roughly ...

This Day, July 5, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin


July 5 1247: Pope Innocent IV, semi-retired by Emperor Frederick II, issued a Bull refuting blood libels and sent it throughout Germany and France. 1345: Pope Clement VI banned forced baptism of …

Alexandre Dumas – Il Conte di Montecristo


“…io amo i fantasmi: non ho mai sentito dire che i morti abbiano fatto in seimila anni il male che i vivi fanno in un solo giorno.” Alexandre Dumas – Il Conte di Montecristo Cosa posso dire su un libr…
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The Guardian and a warning to DUMAS ARKANSAS: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Protect Your Business in DUMAS ARKANSAS from Spring Weather Threats

This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several days.

Many parts of the country are bracing for possible spring floods that may follow when the snow melts. Meanwhile, April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms.

Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks. These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.

The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.

WHAT: “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” - A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd, followed by a question and answer session.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2 –3 p.m. EDT
HOW:

Space is limited. Register at http://agil.me/springprepsba

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DUMAS ARKANSAS: the March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth

The March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth below the recent trend, coming on the heels of February’s strong report. The unemployment rate was stable, broader measures of unemployment fell, and hourly earnings continued their rise. A range of factors including the weather and the global economic slowdown have affected economic data for the first quarter. The President has been clear that he will continue to push for policies including investments in infrastructure and relief from the sequester that would help ensure the strong underlying longer-term trends persist.

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 12.1 million jobs over 61 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 126,000 in March, driven by a 129,000 increase in private-sector employment. This particular month’s job gains were below the recent trend, as job growth in a number of industries slowed somewhat (see point 5). Over the past twelve months, the private sector has added 3.1 million jobs, nearly the highest year-over-year growth in the recovery so far.


2. Real aggregate weekly earnings have risen nearly 5 percent over the last twelve months. Real aggregate earnings track the purchasing power of total wages and salaries paid to U.S. private-sector employees, reflecting the combined effects of rising employment, rising wages, and a longer workweek. Aggregate earnings are nearly 7 percent above their pre-crisis peak. Indeed, they have recovered nearly twice their losses during the recession. Year-over-year aggregate earnings growth trended about 2-3 percent at an annual rate in recent years, but has risen to 5 percent year-over-year in recent months as hourly earnings have begun to rise (see point 3).

 


3. Over the past twelve months, rising real hourly earnings accounted for nearly half the increase in real aggregate weekly earnings. The large contribution of rising hourly earnings is a recent trend. Aggregate earnings reached a trough in December 2009, and over the following year-and-a-half, real hourly wages declined. The aggregate earnings increase during that early period was driven by a combination of rising employment and a longer workweek. Over the next three years, both hourly earnings and the workweek were largely stable, with rising employment accounting for 80 percent of the growth in aggregate earnings. Real wage growth over the past year has been a major contributor to the speed-up in aggregate earnings, due to both rising nominal wages and slowing consumer price growth as oil prices have declined. While the recent progress is encouraging, there is more work to do to ensure that real earnings growth is sustained and shared with a broad range of American families.

 


4. The overall share of jobs held by women rose from an average of 48.5 percent in 2001-2007 to 49.3 percent in March 2015. This 0.8 percentage point increase masks substantial variation within industries. Female workers shifted out of smaller industries like financial activities and information services where the female share declined by 3.1 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively and into higher-employment industries like retail trade. Women’s share of employment also increased somewhat in the government sector, where 57 percent of workers are female. Accordingly, women were disproportionately affected by the cuts to government employment that occurred between 2010 and 2013, but they have also disproportionately benefited from net job growth in this sector since mid-2013.

 


5. Job growth in a number of industries fell below recent trends in March. Looking over the 61-month streak of private-sector job growth, March was an especially weak month for mining and logging (-11,000), manufacturing (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and construction (-1,000). The weakness in mining and logging is likely attributable in large part to the recent decline in oil prices. March was a stronger than usual month in retail trade (+26,000) and health care and social assistance (+30,000). Across the 17 industries shown below, the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last twelve months rose to 0.51 from 0.13 last month, remaining somewhat below the average correlation over the past two years.

 


As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data as they become available.

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