Ozarks At Large

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This locally produced news magazine has covered news, sports, politics, arts & culture and the quirky and unusual happenings in the Ozarks for more than two decades.

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Courtesy / Arkansas Department of Transportation

A contractor who is working for the Arkansas Department of Transportation on the Bella Vista Bypass project will be allowed to resume operations today after one of the company's employees tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the employee was at work was May 11 and seven employees who were believed to have contact with that person have tested negative for the coronavirus.

Courtesy / Museum of American History, Cabot Public Schools

Glen Campbell began playing guitar at a young age in rural Arkansas and would later become an international recording figure, host his own television show and star in the first filmed version of True Grit. We remember his life and career with the help of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History.

On this Memorial Day edition of the show, we hear some of the conversations that aired on Ozarks at Large during the past 10 weeks regarding the past, present and future of living during a pandemic. This past Friday, the University of Arkansas Honors College concluded a two-week forum titled Pandemic. Professors, medical professionals, even Governor Asa Hutchinson, led sessions with students and we spoke with many of them beforehand.


On today's show, we have the latest information from Governor Asa Hutchinson's daily coronavirus response briefing ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Plus, we hear about the strict rules Arkansas dentists have to negotiate to open safely. And, we find out how Emmy-nominated composer and installation artist Amos Cochran is adapting to working as a musician during the pandemic.

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, Governor Asa Hutchinson gave an update on the distribution of funds from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Arkansas Ready for Business programs and stressed the importance of practicing social distancing heading into the holiday weekend. As of noon, the PUA website accepted more than 7,100 applications from unemployed self-employed workers. More than 3,000 checks should go out to approved claimants tonight. Between 60 and 70 people will be working through the weekend to expedite approved PUA claims.