The Lions Club International Foundation - LCIF - has awarded the Camden Noon Lions Club a Disaster Relief Grant in the amount of $15,000 to help residents of the Camden area who experienced damage from the recent straight-line windstorm, according to a news release. The Disaster Relief Grant is a p...
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Ouachita County Ranger 1 Jackie Ogden of the Arkansas Forestry Commission,  whom the kids called “Ranger Jack,” back row on left, visited the Camden Learning Tree on Tuesday in observance of Arbor Day. Preschool students ages two and a half to six years old, and owner Tammie King, b...
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By PATRIC FLANNIGAN Staff Writer The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention or ArCOP is offering a scholarship for people to attend a regional summit, according to a news release. The ArCOP’s Growing Healthy Communities Southwest Summit will be held from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on May 15...
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Adrianne Toney, on left at podium, and Zikomo Hempstead, on right at podium, sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” during the closing ceremonies Saturday for the Ouachita County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the occupation of Camden and the Battle...
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By JENNIFER SHERIDAN Staff Writer The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and the Arkansas Hospitality Association are partnering to offer a free “First Impressions Guest Service Training” session through its Welcome to Arkansas education program for front-line workers, according...
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By DIXIE EDINGTON Magnolia Banner-News Smith Bonds, 30, of Magnolia, was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 21 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction in Ouachita County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to an amended arson charge and one count of sexual assault in the fourth degree involvin...
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Andrea Tippit will be the guest speaker at this week’s meeting of the Kiwanis Club, held at noon on Thursday at the Camden Country Club. Tippit is the director of the Ouachita County of Emergency Management, and she will give an update on the recent severe wind storm.
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(Items for What’s Happening may be submitted to the Camden News, P.O. Box 798, Camden, AR 71701, or by e-mail at camdennews@camdenarknews.com.) Blood drive to be held in Bearden A blood drive by the American Red Cross will be held from 2-6 p.m. today at 200 E. Anthony Drive in Bearden. H.G....
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New aquarium included in LR Zoo’s master plan LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock leaders are considering a new master plan that would add an aquarium to the city’s zoo. The plan announced Tuesday calls for the Little Rock Zoo to remain within its current 36.8 acres but adds new exhib...
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LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A doctor from London has been tapped to serve as the new director for a cancer institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, replacing the center’s founder and longtime leader, officials announced Tuesday. Dr. Gareth Morgan, 57, will succeed Dr. Bart B...
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LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A civil liberties group asked a judge to block Arkansas from enforcing its new voter ID law while he considers a lawsuit challenging the requirement’s constitutionality. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against...
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Bus driver is accused of bullying young girl OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A school bus driver in Olympia, Wash., has been placed on leave while the school district investigates accusations that he bullied a developmentally disabled 14-year-old girl. The mother of the Washington Middle School studen...
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe. They crammed inside as rebel forces in South Sudan took control of the town from government troops. But it wasn’t safe. Robbers grabbed their cash and mobile phones. Then gunmen came and opened fire on everyone, young and...
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for more than a decade before he was locked up last year is asking a Missouri judge to set him free. A petition filed by Cornealious Michael Anderson in Mississippi County Circuit Court...
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said. But they had the wrong address and when the prosecutor&r...
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye...
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The Camden Fairview High School Cardinal yearbook was inducted into the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association Hall of Fame during the annual convention in Rogers April 14. The 2013 yearbook was awarded an All Arkansas rating, which gave the publication its fourth such rating in five years, which me...

Picture: <p><strong>Arkansas Journalism Advisers Association past president Anita Stafford presents Houston McCullough with a second-place award for Photojournalist of the Year.</strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;</p>Picture: <p><strong>Megan Hunter displays her AJAA award for Editor of the Year.</strong></p>
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Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014     comments
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The Camden Rotary Club sends two Harmony Grove students and two Camden Fairview students to the Rotary District 6170 Rotary Youth Leadership Academy Program at the Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale. Harmony Grove students attending are Brooke Bearden and Reed Sorrells. Camden Fairview students attendi...
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Harmony Grove High School announces their 2014 delegates for AR Boys and AR Girls State May 25- May 30. Students are selected for this 6-day citizenship training (girls attend Harding University and boys attend UCA in Conway) by meeting the following criteria: Leadership, character, honesty, scholar...
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Bearden High School gives honor roll students' names Bearden High School announces student making the honor roll for the third nine weeks. • Twelfth grade: Damian Berry*, Tyler Bradford, Domonique Braswell*, Holli Brown, Tanesha Bunn, Devin Bussell, Rihya Clark, Keiona Dickens*, Anna Dunn*, S...
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CHICAGO (AP) — Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn’t commit. Investigators have identified the remains of a man who in 1978 never r...
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ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The altar of the memorial is a wall of white and yellow flowers and greens, surrounding photos of 47 students and teachers whose bodies have been identified after being recovered from the ferry Sewol. There is room for many, many more pictures. The temporary memorial...
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official said today. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was scrutinizing photos of the obj...
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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted today that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified “bad activities.”  Simon Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday.  Ostr...
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