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Three sentenced for dealing meth in Northwest Arkansas


"Drug trafficking and the violence it brings will not be tolerated in Northwest Arkansas or anywhere across the Western ...
of about one ounce of meth from Padilla on Aug. 9, 2013, in Siloam Springs. Padilla pleaded guilty to one count of distribution ...

Yesterdays Jan. 29


Arkansas takes on Georgia Tech tonight at Atlanta ...
10 years ago (2005) Carson Copeland hit six 3’s as Vilonia defeated Siloam Springs 62-52 in a AAAA-West conference senior boys matchup on Friday. Copeland finished the contest 6-of-7 from behind ...

Basketball: Alma boys rally past Siloam Springs


Alma (9-9, 1-5): Willhite 6, H. Ostrander 6, B. Jones 4, A. Ostrander 3, Wright 2, Fagan 2. Siloam Springs (12-7, 2-4): Pippin 12, Cameron 9, Owens 9, Gay 8, Hoelscher 4, Hufford 3, Tillery 3, Cox 2, Torres 2, Oldham 1. Alma (16-2, 5-1): Lee 21 ...

Fresh Pioneers rip John Brown


That starts a big week in which the Pioneers also visit No. 8 Oklahoma Baptist. John Brown played at home Thursday, then made the 522-mile trip from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, whereas the Pioneers had extra time to prepare. “I had hoped our energy could ...

Workers in Health Care React to Private Option Decision


SILOAM SPRINGS, AR (Fox News Edge) -- Health care workers tuned in to Governor Asa Hutchinson's private option announcement, waiting to know the future of the program. A Siloam Springs health group says the private option has helped them reach folks in ...

Arkansas Business: Big donations, Medicaid announcements


(KTHV) - Two Arkansas universities announced big donations Wednesday ...
Not to be outdone, John Brown University in Siloam Springs announced some big donations of its own. The private university announced about $5 million in new gifts toward a $125 ...

DaySpring Turns to MediaValet to Manage Digital Assets for Over 6,000 Products in 60 Countries


SILOAM SPRINGS, AR and VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - January 21, 2015) - DaySpring Cards Inc.-the largest publisher and distributor of Christian greeting cards in the world and a Hallmark Cards Inc. subsidiary - has chosen MediaValet (TSX VENTURE ...

The Joy of Wichita


I’m not kidding. And you know, I had a long conversation today at the conference with Chad Raith of the Paradosis Center, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. We talked in a Macintyrean vein about how the places in the backwater of empire might just be where our ...

Siloam Springs Police Spread Christmas Cheer


SILOAM SPRINGS, AR -- Siloam Springs Police joined forces with Santa Claus to spread some Christmas cheer. SILOAM SPRINGS, AR -- Siloam Springs Police joined forces with Santa Claus to spread some Christmas cheer. Blue police lights were flashing and ...

Siloam Springs To Be Featured In National Commercial


SILOAM SPRINGS (KFSM) – TV audiences across the country could soon see some of Siloam Springs on the national airwaves. A film crew is visiting Northwest Arkansas this week to get footage for a National TV Campaign commercial. A film crew associated with ...




SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR SILOAM SPRINGS

Register now and request your ballots for the year in SILOAM SPRINGS

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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If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAPs call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

PDF version of FVAP Voter Alert #1

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Something that you may to know about Saudi Arabia

"The Kingdom ... strongly condemns and denounces this cowardly terrorist act that is rejected by true Islamic religion as well as the rest of the religions and beliefs."

So reads the statement issued by Saudi Arabia, where I grew up, the day the offices of "Charlie Hebdo" came under attack, with the loss of 12 lives.

Last Sunday, to show further solidarity with the victims, the Saudi ambassador to France joined other world leaders in Paris for a unity rally to celebrate free speech.

This is consistent with the face Saudi Arabia presents to the outside world. Visitors to the website of the Saudi embassy in Washington are invited to "learn ... how the Kingdom´s political system is rooted in Islam´s traditions which call for peace, justice, equality, consultation and respect for the rights of the individual."

Just two days before the Paris rally, my friend Raif Badawi was removed, in shackles, from a mini-bus outside the Al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah as a large crowd gathered around him after Friday prayers. According to eyewitnesses, he closed his eyes and raised his head skyward as a security officer approached him from behind with a large cane and started to beat him. Witnesses say Raif was lashed 50 times. Afterwards, he was taken back to prison where he is serving a 10-year sentence—for blogging.

Raif´s next flogging was set to take place today, but Saudi authorities postponed it due to medical advice, his wife said. She expects he will be flogged again next week—and every following week—until his sentence of 1,000 lashes is complete.

Raif is officially charged with "adopting liberal thought," "founding a liberal website," and "insulting Islam." He has become the latest symbol of the two-faced policy his country takes towards human rights.

Saudi Arabia is a strong American ally that has enjoyed virtually unconditional support from the United States for decades. President Bush famously held hands with its monarch, King Abdullah, as the two strolled through his Crawford, Texas ranch during the King´s 2005 state visit. President Obama was widely criticized for appearing to bow to Abdullah at a G-20 summit in London.

In the same month that ISIS horrified the world with its brutal beheading of journalist James Foley, Saudi Arabia publicly beheaded 19 people, for crimes ranging from smuggling cannabis to sorcery. Limb amputations for theft are sanctioned by the state religion.

In addition to oil, Saudi Arabia is the world´s leading exporter of Salafism, an ultra-conservative strain of Islam. The country touts itself as the birthplace of the religion of peace—yet underlines the Islamic declaration of "Shahadah" on its flag with a sword. Osama bin Laden was a Saudi citizen, as were 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11.

Why does a world outraged by the horrific actions of ISIS and the Taliban turn a blind eye to the way this country treats its own citizens?

The first reason is obvious. It isn´t just our governments. Every time we fill our cars with gas, we all bow to the Saudi king.

The second is more complex.

Online videos of Raif´s flogging show worshipers from the mosque, including young children, running excitedly towards the square to watch the beating. Afterwards, the crowd erupts into cheers and applause, chanting "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Great!) in unison.

This isn´t surprising. The public likely considers Raif guilty of blasphemy and apostasy. A 2013 Pew Research poll found that large numbers in Muslim countries favor the death penalty for leaving Islam—including 88% of Egyptian and 62% of Pakistani Muslims, as well as majorities in Jordan, Malaysia, Palestine, and Afghanistan.

Of course, these views don´t represent all Muslims. But contrary to what we´re usually told, they aren´t just held by a fringe minority either. Many of these countries don´t have populations willing to rally en masse to support free speech and pluralism the way France did. The change has to first come from within.

Raif has sacrificed a great deal to make this change happen. The world must support him and call Saudi Arabia out on its hypocrisy.

Some time ago, just 50 miles east of where Raif is being held today, another dissident once spoke of change, of challenging the status quo, of radical new ideas that would ultimately transform his society. He was ostracized, persecuted, and eventually driven from his city by those wanting to kill him. He was Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam; his persecutors, the Quraysh tribe of Mecca.

Muslims endeavor to emulate the life of Mohammed. Saudi Arabia has instead chosen to emulate the Quraysh.

This week, Raif spent his 31st birthday imprisoned and wounded. With enough awareness, we can put enough international pressure on the Saudi government to ensure that he spends his next one with his wife and their three beautiful children.

Ali A. Rizvi is a Pakistani-Canadian writer and friend of Raif Badawi. He grew up in Libya, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, and is an advocate for secularism and reform in the Muslim world. He is currently writing his first book, "The Atheist Muslim." [5]




Two years of community college free for responsible students in SILOAM SPRINGS

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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