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Drew Central teacher accused of sexual assault

A 57-year-old teacher at Drew Central High School was arrested Wednesday for allegedly having inappropriate contact and communication with a 16-year-old female student, according to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office.

Chicot Co. highway project put on hold

The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has withdrawn 10 construction projects— including one from Chicot County — from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April as a result of the uncertainty of federal-aid reimbursements available from the Federal Highway Trust Fund.

Higher education enrollment totals mostly lower in region, report says

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas College both endured a significant drop in student enrollment between the fall 2011 and fall 2012 semesters, while the University of Arkansas at Monticello saw a slight increase, a report produced by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education shows.

Gould recorder sues mayor

STAR CITY — Gould City Recorder-treasurer Pamela Barley-Gibson filed a petition Thursday in Lincoln County Circuit Court seeking to have Gould Mayor Earnest Nash Jr. held in contempt and removed from office.

Jefferson County residential sales rise, report says

While Arkansas home sales were essentially flat in July and down 5.6 percent in August statewide compared to the same month last year, Jefferson County bucked the statistical trend with residential sales up almost 30 percent last month, the Arkansas Realtors Association said Wednesday.

Mistrial declared in Gould mayor’s case

STAR CITY — Judge Rob Wyatt declared a mistrial late Tuesday morning and dismissed a jury of seven women and five men empaneled one day earlier to hear the trial of Gould Mayor Earnest Nash Jr., who faces felony and misdemeanor charges in Lincoln County Circuit Court.