Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu January 19, 2017
PHOTO BY: Syd Hayman

From left, Sheila Morgan, biology and environmental-science teacher at Riverview High School; Dylan Brown, senior; and Dalton Pruitt, junior, were a part of the proposal that was presented to the Searcy City Council for the construction of a new sidewalk at the school. All of Morgan’s environmental-science students worked on the project, and Brown and Pruitt were the students who represented the class to the City Council.

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Students pitch sidewalk to Searcy City Council

Riverview High School’s environmental-science class has not only identified a want for the school community but has also identified a need. On Jan. 5, representatives from the class proposed to the Searcy City Council the construction of a sidewalk along North Poplar Street, connecting it to Moore Street and East Race Avenue. The class, which has about 40 students and utilizes project-based learning, spent about two months researching a... READ MORE


    Stanley Russ was friend, encourager

    We lost one of the good guys when Stanley Russ died earlier this month. Whether you knew the former state senator, longtime life-insurance salesman and cattle farmer, he made the world a better place. A lot of wonderful, important people die, and I don’t write about most of them, but Stanley was one of my favorite people in the world. Every time he saw me or would call me, the first thing he would always say was, ‘How’s my favorite jour... READ MORE


    Heber Springs native to lead chamber’s board of directors

    Brett Graham loved growing up in Heber Springs. The middle child of Mike and Melissa Graham, Brett Graham said his childhood here was great. “We spent most of our time outside playing in the woods, being on the water, … which is what this place is all about,” he said. Now 33, Graham wants to continue to promote his hometown. He is the 2017 president of the Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “I think the chamber o... READ MORE


    Diving ducks provide good action for end-of-season hunters

    If you listen to some waterfowlers, you might get the idea that mallards are the only ducks found in Arkansas. There’s no disputing the fact that these beautiful birds, which winter by the millions in our state, are the favorites of Natural State hunters. Most ducks killed here each year are this species, and many hunters never pursue other types of waterfowl. Mallards aren’t the only ducks that can be hunted here, however. In fact, mor... READ MORE


    Enjoy a taste of spring in the heart of winter

    In the depths of winter, it can sometimes seem as if springtime will never come. Winds blow cold. Snow blankets fields of earth so hard that you can’t imagine vegetables will ever grow again. The only truly soothing warmth you can reliably find usually comes from the kitchen stove. So now is the perfect time for you to make fresh pea soup. Pea soup in the middle of winter? Yes, you read that correctly. And I don’t mean thick, gray-green... READ MORE



    Jan. 19 The Power of Teamwork SEARCY — The Power of Teamwork, featuring Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals manager, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Searcy High School Performing Arts Center, 301 N. Ella. Tickets are $25 for general-admission seating and $100 for preferred seating. For sponsorship opportunities that include VIP seating and a reception with Matheny at 6 p.m., call Anna Brumfield, marketing coordinator, at (501) 278-3198.... READ MORE