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There was no grand prize winner of Tuesday night’s Mega Millions lottery, which increases the jackpot to $422 million for Friday’s drawing ($254 million cash, but in reality about one-third of the prize amount after taxes).


Columbia County had $336,495 in lottery ticket sales in June, according to a report released July 10 by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration-Office of the Arkansas Lottery. This is down from sales of $348,690.50 in May.

The majority of Columbia County is in severe drought status with a very small area in moderate drought status, according to a map released July 5 by the United States Drought Monitor.

While health care in recent years has pursued the triple aim of patient satisfaction and positive health outcomes while reducing the costs, Mark Jansen, M.D., told first-year resident physicians recently there should be a fourth target — provider satisfaction.

Preferred Family Healthcare, a nonprofit based in Springfield, Mo., known locally as Dayspring Behavioral, has been suspended from receiving Medicaid payments from the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Office of Medicaid Inspector General, after the arrest of a former PFH administrator.

FORT SMITH – A new building dedicated to rock climbing is headed to 3625 South 91st Street, as a building permit has been issued by the City of Fort Smith to Vertical Horizons LLC to complete the facility. The company will act as its own contractor, building the project at a cost of $571,570.