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12-county service agency shutting down


Southwest Arkansas Development says it’s broke, has no hope of new funding


By Camden News

The board of directors of the Southwest Arkansas Development Council Inc. has announced that the organization is closing.

Services have stopped, and a handful of employees will remain on the job temporarily to take care of some remaining obligations, such as working with vendors on payments, officials said.

The nonprofit community action agency has employed 166 people across 12 counties -- Miller, Hempstead, Nevada, Lafayette, Little River, Howard, Sevier, Dallas, Calhoun, Union, Ouachita and Columbia. It has provided 48 years of service to elderly and low-income residents of southwest Arkansas. Read more.

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