River Valley Latest News

Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu August 27, 2015
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Greers Ferry Lake in north-central Arkansas has proven an attraction to area residents and far-away travelers for many summers. Here, Madison Bueltemann, foreground, and her sister Riley, then 2 and 3 years old, respectively, learn water safety while swimming in the shallows at Sandy Beach in Heber Springs during the summer of 2013. Now, business owners in the area are looking toward a water race in late September to get traffic coming to the area after the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day.

Paddle Battle organized to attract people to lake area after regular season

During the summer, owners of businesses around Greers Ferry Lake look forward to the time when vacationers flock to the water for weekends and long getaways. Now that school has started, however, and Labor Day — often seen as the end of summer and summer vacations — approaches, Fairfield Bay residents have come up with a creative way to bring people back to the lake in the offseason. The idea for Paddle Battle at the Bay came about when... READ MORE

Adona family honored for farming operation CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

ADONA — Although James and Mariea Harvey have owned their farm for just 10 years, they have been around farming most of their lives. Mariea, 50, grew up on a farm in Perry County, and James, also 50, quickly became involved in farming when he moved to the county in 1979 and met Mariea and her family.

Region facing shortage of blood; donations needed By ANGELA SPENCER

Summer is usually a slow time for blood donations, but that does not mean the need decreases with the season. The American Red Cross is facing a shortage of several blood types, and donations are needed in order to prevent an emergency situation.

Wooster cattle farmer receives county honor CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

WOOSTER — It’s been a good year for Gary Patton.

Community rallies to preserve Danville bowstring bridge CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

DANVILLE — Thanks to a cadre of volunteers from far and wide, the Danville-Mickles Bridge has a new home.

Lady Mustang tutors younger athletes while she still plays DONNA LAMPKIN STEPHENS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Central Arkansas Christian senior Bailey Zini is getting a head start on her future.