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    Winners & Losers: Feb. 1, 2013

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- On Fridays, we put the week's stories into a box, shake it up, and see what comes out in the form of Winners and Losers, and today ya'll, we're going to start in Washington and end up in Dardenelle, on a journey that can only be found on THV 11. Let's do this.

    The first loser is Chuck Hagel. President Obama's nominee for Defense Secretary, had a stumblin', bumblin' performance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee; however, despite it all, Hagel is expected to squeak through. His press conferences should be adventures.

    Osceola is the first winner. They're getting a $1.1 billion steel mill, adding 525 jobs, provided Arkansas makes the investment. It looks encouraging. They are feeling good.

    Osecola can only hope to do what these next three Arkansas cities are doing. Texarkana, Jonesboro, and Hot Springs are all winners because their unemployment rate has been dropping. This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    North Little Rock is a winner, too. The city is saving jobs, thanks to Hormel foods. Skippy Peanut Butter was in a jam (Get it?) looking for a buyer for its North Little Rock plant, and Hormel stepped in and bought the worldwide Skippy plant, saving 153 jobs in Central Arkansas in the process.

    Ma and Pa Harbaugh are both winners and losers. With Jim and John Harbaugh coaching against each other in the Super Bowl, Ma and Pa Harbaugh will have one son emerging victorious and the other living with heartbreak. What an unusual set of circumstances, but we can't ponder this. We have to go to Dardenelle.

    Mrs Patsy George is a winner because she was honored at the Dardenelle Chamber of Commerce banquet last Monday as the citizen of the year. She has spent her entire career teaching kids in that school system, and at the age of 81, she is still teaching. She is a winner, and Dardenelle's a winner for seeing thousands of kids taught by this remarkable woman.

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