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(Little Rock) (AP) – The Arkansas House has voted to require write-in candidates to notify state and local election officials 90 days in advance if they plan to run for office.

Lawmakers voted 90-1 on Monday in favor of the bill, which was presented with a minor technical change.

Write-in candidates are already required to file paperwork in every county in which they’re running in order for their votes to be counted. County clerks are not required to include ballot lines for write-in candidates without the filings.

Supporters say the change will help prevent ballots from being printed without write-in lines if the candidate notifies county officials too close to the election. They say it will also help clear up any confusion if names such as Mickey Mouse or Elvis Presley are written in.

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(Houston) – The Volunteer Chaplains Association at Texas County Memorial Hospital recently gathered to dedicate a new chapel space for patients, visitors and employees at the hospital. The chapel is located on the second floor of the medical surgical floor of the hospital, just off the main waiting room and North stairwell and elevator. It is open to the public.

Originally a consultation room on the medical surgical floor, the room was not being “utilized to its fullest extent”, according to Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, and was converted into a chapel.

The chapel was designed and built by the TCMH maintenance department. They lined the rooms with wood panels, with lit stained glass in the panels on the walls. Furniture that was handcrafted for the original hospital chapel has been placed in the new space.

According to Murray, the dove stained glass piece, the benches and other handmade items were placed in storage when the chapel was closed for the construction done at TCMH in 2000.

A large Bible was also in storage with the chapel furniture, and it has been placed on the kneeling bench in the chapel.

There is no date in the Bible, but the businesses listed inside the Bible are Progressive Federal Bank; Mr. Terry’s; Richards Brothers; Reese Oil; Houston Mill Inc., and Scheets Hardware.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation, the charitable arm of the hospital, is utilizing the new space for memorial and other donation recognition with brass naming plates on the wooden panels.

Jay Gentry, Healthcare Foundation director, explained that with a minimum $500 donation, a donor may designate a plate in the chapel space.

For additional information about donor recognition inside the TCMH chapel, contact Gentry at jgentry@tcmh.org or 417-967-1377.

Scout (Hannah McKechnie) and Atticus Finch (Jacob Mundell). Atticus and Scout discuss the upcoming trial of Tom Robinson. (Provided)

Scout (Hannah McKechnie) and Atticus Finch (Jacob Mundell). Atticus and Scout discuss the upcoming trial of Tom Robinson. (Provided)

(Mountain Home) – Arkansas State University-Mountain Home’s (ASUMH) Performing Arts Council will present “To Kill a Mockingbird” by National Players at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on Friday, February 13.

The 7 PM show will be held in the Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center at the Sheid. Tickets for the play are $30 for adults and $15 for students and are available at The Sheid box office Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM or by phone at 870-508-6280. Tickets are also available through iTickets at 1-800-965-9324 and online through iTickets at www.thesheid.com.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is an iconic American coming-of-age story in its first production by National Players. Harper Lee’s classic novel offers a keyhole view into the struggles faced by a small town and its people. Scout, a young girl, leaves childhood innocence behind to enter an adult world of morality and decision making.

Launching from its home base of Olney, MD, just north of Washington, DC, ten actors from National Players are taking the show around the country from September 2014- May 2015. The cast will also join the college’s Diversity Committee to present a Listen-at-Lunch lecture for students on February 12 at noon. The lecture, which will be held in Gaston Lobby, is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 870-508-6109.

(Sikeston) – MoDOT has announced a number of projects for this week, weather permitting.

Howell and Texas Counties

  • Various Routes in Howell and Texas County will be reduced to one lane while crews perform edge rut repairs Wednesday, Jan. 28 through Friday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
  • Route 17, from US 60 in Howell County to Route 106 in Texas County, will be reduced to one lane while crews perform edge rut repairs Tuesday, Jan. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Texas County

  • Route Y, from the Howell County line to Route 137, will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Tuesday, Jan 27 through Friday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
  • Route U, from Route 137 to US 63, will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Tuesday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Texas and Wright Counties

  • Eastbound US 60, from Route 181 in Texas County to Route 5 in Wright County, will be reduced to one lane as crews partially overlay the roadway Monday, Jan. 26 through Friday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Douglas and Howell Counties

  • Route 76, Route E in Douglas County to US 60 in Howell County, will be reduced to one lane while crews cut brush and trim trees Wednesday, Jan 28 through Friday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a rural Mountain Home man has registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in this County.

NAME: FRANK ANTHONY QUINTANA

DATE OF BIRTH: 10/10/1977

HOME ADDRESS: 208 Buzzard Roost Cutoff, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

The offender was convicted in Hardin County, Texas on 02/13/2009 of Indecency with a Child – Sexual Contact. The victim was a 10 year old female.

(This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).

This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

\The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a rural Gassville man has registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in this County.

NAME: TIMOTHY RAY LEE

DATE OF BIRTH: 03/29/1985

HOME ADDRESS: 6819 Hwy 62 West, Gassville, Arkansas 72635

The offender was convicted in Fulton County, Arkansas on 11/07/2005 of 2 counts of sexual solicitation/indecency with a child. The victim was a 14 year old female.

(This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).

This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office

The Sheriff’s Office is notifying the public that a rural Mountain Home man has registered as a Sex Offender at the Sheriff’s Office and is now residing in this County.

NAME: STEPHEN REY GROAT

DATE OF BIRTH: 12/15/1970

HOME ADDRESS: 58 Woodsong Terrace, Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653

The offender was convicted on August 8, 1992 of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault in Lake County, Illinois. The victim was under 18 years of age.

(This offender has not yet been assigned a Risk Level by SOSRA (Sex Offender Screening and Risk Management).

This person is not wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass Registered Sex Offenders. Citizen abuse will not be tolerated. Such abuse could potentially end law enforcement’s ability to do community notification.

(Little Rock) (AP) – A House leader says Arkansas lawmakers are looking at changing Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s tax cut package to restore part of a $21 million capital gains tax reduction that would otherwise be repealed.

House Revenue and Taxation Committee Chairman Joe Jett said Monday lawmakers are looking at the change as they try to move quickly on Hutchinson’s proposal to cut income taxes 1 percent for those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. Jett said the panel could vote Tuesday on the legislation, which the Senate approved last week.

Jett said the change being considered would cut the capital gains exclusion from 50 percent to 40 percent. The proposal approved by the Senate would cut the exclusion to 30 percent, repealing the capital gains tax cut approved two years ago.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – Business groups say they support a proposed multi-year review of Missouri’s tax code by a panel of experts.

Republican Sen. Bob Dixon, of Springfield, said an in-depth study of the tax code was desperately needed during a Senate committee hearing on the measure.

He says officials, tax attorneys, accountants and business owners, would study the code and produce a report as a starting point for an update of the code.

Dixon’s proposal would also create an independent office to advocate for taxpayers and outline a right to fair and equal application of the tax code.

Lobbyists for business groups say those changes would help protect taxpayers.

The Senate committee has not voted on the proposal.

(Melbourne) – A Calico Rock woman who has been in jail since October 2014 on charges of sexual indecency with a child now faces additional child sex-related charges.

32-year-old Beth Dickerson was additionally charged January 16 with another felony charge of sexual assault in the fourth degree; and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. She was previously charged with sexual indecency with a child, sexual assault fourth degree, and rape, and was arrested in Baxter County on October 13, 2014. Police say warrants were issued for Dickerson after she allegedly raped a friend of her stepson’s, and had inappropriate sexual relationships with two underage females.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence says the additional charges stem from a computer analysis by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

Police say Dickerson’s bond was increased to $510,000 dollars. She remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.