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The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has withdrawn 10 construction projects— including one from Chicot County — from its planned list of projects scheduled for award in April as a result of the uncertainty of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

Central Moloney prepares for layoffs

Central Moloney Inc. is preparing to lay off up to 80 hourly employees at its Pine Bluff facilities because of a drop in customer demand according to Chris Hart, the company's vice president for personnel and community relations.

The Star City approves operating budget

STAR CITY — The Star City City Council on Monday unanimously approved an operating budget for 2013 that includes $2,2270,677 in anticipated revenue for all city departments and $2,161,730 in total expenses. The income projection is about $100,000 less than last year's figure because Mayor Gene Yarbrough said he wanted to be conservative in the projections in case revenues are down, but he doesn't expect that to be the case.