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Bids opened on highway project

LITTLE ROCK -- The Arkansas State Highway Commission opened bids Wednesday on a project to widen 17.6 miles of Highway 70 east to five lanes from Interstate 30 in Saline County to Hot Springs.

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YMCA to offer group mentoring program

Nearly one in five youths live in poverty and are at risk of falling prey to crime, drugs and other hurdles that keep them from obtaining an education, entering the workforce and becoming productive adults.

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Oaklawn to offer 2 job fairs

Oaklawn Park expects to fill close to 500 positions between rehires and new team members by the time it opens for the live racing season Jan. 13 and most of the new hiring will take place during two job fairs to be held today and Saturday.

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Alliance Rubber supervisor receives Patriot Award

Steven Williamson, extrusion supervisor at Alliance Rubber Co., recently received the Service Member Patriot Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, which honors supervisors of employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve for their support of those employees.

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County withholds HSMP funding

The Garland County Quorum Court's finance committee voted against releasing the balance of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership's 2016 appropriation earlier this week, withholding $51,333 it said won't facilitate economic development in unincorporated areas left isolated by the city's utility connection and extension policy.

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Coding highlighted in Computer Science week

The Hour of Code campaign has placed coding in the spotlight for area schools during Computer Science Education Week, which is held annually to inspire students in kindergarten through the 12th grade to take interest in computer science.

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Diamonds are forever

Mark Fleischner, owner of Lauray's The Diamond Center, right, and Art Amaro, store manager, examine a diamond during Ice on Ice, the holiday season's premiere event, held Thursday night at the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa.

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Part of McAuley Court closed

McAuley Court, from Panama Street to Higdon Ferry Road, is closed through Friday, Dec. 16, including overnight hours, for wastewater line construction.

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Rotary input

A working meeting was held by members of the Rotary Club of North Garland County/ Scenic 7 on Dec. 1. Michael Dollar, left, the executive director of the Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce, joined Scenic 7 President Diane Upchurch and Diane Jester, chairperson of the chamber board, for lunch.

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