Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 24, 2020
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Desha Lewis was named Russellville School District Teacher of the Year. She teaches survey of business, as well as social media and communications, at the high school. Prior to coming to Russellville, Lewis taught in the Pottsville School District for three years.

'Meet the kids where they are'

Throughout her time as a student at Russellville High School, Desha Lewis never had a person of color as a teacher. “As a student, I didn’t have any African-American teachers, and I knew they were needed in the schools,” Lewis said. “I did well in school because I had parents who were supportive, and you don’t necessarily see that on a regular basis. “Teachers made a difference in my life, and that’s why I chose business as my area of s... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Moment is surreal for new Russellville chief

    David Ewing went from painting a police station in Alaska to running one in Arkansas. “It has been quite an adventure, for sure, to get to this point,” Ewing said. “I initially took it on as a second job because I was working full time at a grocery store, and [at the department], I was painting, dispatching, [being a] jailer — whatever they needed me to do. “It has been pretty surreal.” On May 1, Ewing was named chief of police for the ... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE RIVER VALLEY & OZARK AREA

    Editor’s note: As of press time, to our knowledge, the following events were still scheduled, but because of concern about the coronavirus, the editor recommends checking with the sponsoring organization or facility to assure that the event is still set to take place. Monday Audubon Society Meeting PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN — The Arkansas River Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. in the Stables Classroom at the Winthrop Rockefeller In... READ MORE