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Counting LR metro homeless vital to securing federal funds


The 2014 count last winter only looked at shelter populations, identifying 571 men, women and children comprising 489 households residing in shelters in six Arkansas counties. This year the survey covers just Pulaski, Lonoke, Prairie and Saline counties ...

Cyclones swim to third at Cabot meet


The meet was won by Cabot (311), followed by North Little Rock (289), Russellville, Parkview (138), Maumelle (117), Mountain Home (101), Lonoke (88), Valley View (82), Paragould and Searcy (65), Jonesboro (61), Central Arkansas Christian (32), Greene ...

Homeless census planned for homeless in Little Rock area


(AP) - The Central Arkansas Team Care for the Homeless plans to conduct a ...
will be conducted Tuesday night in four counties in the Little Rock area - Pulaski, Lonoke, Prairie, and Saline. Volunteers plans to distribute flyers throughout the area ...

Cougars hold off late Raider rally, win 77-74


The game had been highly anticipated since the Cougars won the first matchup between the schools back in November 88-86 and both had risen to the top 3 in the Class 4A poll in the Arkansas Democrat ...
face the Jackrabbits of Lonoke.

I-40 Lane Closure in Lonoke County Jan. 26-27


Crews will repair concrete on the Highway 13 overpass in Carlisle. LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Routine bridge maintenance will require a lane closure on Interstate 40 in Lonoke County, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department ...

Lonoke man wins largest Natural State Jackpot


Curtis O'Hare of Lonoke is the winner of the largest Natural State Jackpot to date. O'Hare won after matching the five unique numbers drawn in Thursday's Natural State Jackpot drawing. An Arkansas Scholarship Lottery news release states that the jackpot ...

People Posing as First Electric Contractors


They also may contact the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office at 501-676-3001. First Electric Cooperative serves more than 91,000 member accounts throughout 17 counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The cooperative’s headquarters is located in ...

Parolee Arrested in Lonoke County Shooting Investigation


LONOKE COUNTY, AR -- The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department has made arrests in the investigation of a shooting that occurred in central Lonoke County. The individual that was shot suffered non-life threatening wounds. During the investigation an arrest ...

Dick Bransford, Arkansas farmer/ginner, died Jan. 15


Richard Boyd “Dick” Bransford, long-time Arkansas farmer, ginner, and cotton industry leader, died Jan. 15 following an injury at his home in Lonoke. He served as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and the Arkansas-Missouri Ginners ...

Arkan-sake: Chris Isbell's Lonoke County rice farm could revolutionize sake production in America


This is a favorite line of Isbell's — "I just grow rice" — but it's a bit of an understatement. The 58-year-old Lonoke County farmer put Arkansas on the map in the Japanese culinary world 25 years ago when he began growing and selling Koshihikari ...




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Avoiding cyberbullyng in LONOKE

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Why Cyberbullying is Different

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
  • Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  • Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

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Effects of Cyberbullying

Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:

  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Skip school
  • Experience in-person bullying
  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Have more health problems

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Frequency of Cyberbullying

The 2010-2011 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that 9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.

The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year.

Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.

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Two years of community college free for responsible students in LONOKE

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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A problem in the city: A GREAT CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN ADOLESCENCE CAN IMPAIR THE BRAIN PERMANENTLY

To drink much during the teens years could lead to structural changes in the brain and memory deficits that persist in the adult phase, according to the disturbing results of a study done on animals. The study found that, even as adults, rats who had daily access to alcohol during his adolescence had reduced levels of myelin. With a function not very different from the  insulation of electrical wiring, myelin forms an insulating layer that surrounds the axons. These are filiform extensions of neurons that transmit nerve impulses.

These brain changes in rats were observed in a region important for reasoning and decision-making. Animals who drank more alcohol performed worse on a test of memory made when they were adults. The results suggest that high doses of alcohol during adolescence may continue affecting the brain even when the inpidual has left the consumption of alcohol. More research is needed to determine if these findings can be applied to humans.

According to the World Health Organization, a growing number of teens and young adults is provided to drinking to get drunk, consuming four (five for men) or more drinks in about two hours. Previous research in humans have shown an association between an episode of drinking excessive (binge) in adolescence, changes in the myelin sheath in several brain regions, and cognitive impairments in adulthood. However, it was unknown if alcohol was behind these brain differences and behaviour or if there was predisposition factors that could explain the found.

In this study, Heather N. Richardson, Wanette M. Vargas, Lynn Bengston and Brian. W. Whitcomb, of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst American city, as well as Nicholas W. Gilpin, of the State University of Louisiana in New Orleans, United States, compared the myelin in the prefrontal cortex (an area of the brain that is vital to reason and make decisions) in young male rats who gave a daily sweetened alcohol or sweetened water access for two weeks. It was found that animals that drank alcohol in his teens experienced a reduction in the levels of myelin in the prefrontal cortex, compared with those who drank a similar amount of sweetened water. When the researchers examined the animals exposed to the alcohol several months later, they found that continued showing levels of myelin reduced as adults.

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