Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun January 20, 2019
PHOTO BY: Staci Vandagriff

Mat Faulkner, director of the Think ART Project in Searcy, stands with Harding University senior Raeanne Kiihnl, also of Searcy, an artist who painted one of the pianos in the Think ART Project piano initiative. Faulkner said the donated pianos will be painted by different artists and displayed inside businesses and outside as pieces of art, as well as for people to play.

'Bright gems'

Painted pianos part of Think ART Project

The Think ART Project’s latest endeavor is getting old pianos to be painted and put on display, turning them into “bright gems” for the city of Searcy, one of the artists said. Mat Faulkner, director of the Think ART Project, said the piano project started in late summer. Faulkner said that when the request went out saying the Think ART Project was looking for unwanted pianos, “it went nuts.” “We only picked up four,” he said. “For one,... READ MORE


    This writer not made for winter

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    Searcy mayor wants to see changes, attract new industry

    Kyle Osborne left the insurance business in 1980 to become a small-town marshal, and he’s continuing his passion for public service as the new mayor of Searcy. Osborne, a former Searcy Police Chief, replaces former mayor David Morris, who did not seek reelection. “I knew that Mayor Morris was completing his eighth year as mayor,” Osborne said. “I had heard some rumors that he was considering not running for re-election. I visited with s... READ MORE


    How not to get lost in the outdoors

    It can happen to the best outdoorsman: The trail disappears, directions get confused, a change in the weather forces you away from familiar landmarks. You can’t seem to get your bearings. Suddenly, the thin tether between you and civilization has broken. You’re no longer just “getting away from it all.” You’re lost. But take heart; losing your way doesn’t have to happen. A bit of prevention can make the difference between just another d... READ MORE



    Jan. 20 Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Meeting QUITMAN — The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 7-8 will hold its first meeting at 1 p.m. at the Quitman Catfish Barn, 119 Rose Bud Road. Jan. 21 Community Music Gathering BATESVILLE — There will be a community music gathering from 6-8 p.m. at First Community Bank. All are welcome to attend the free event. April in January FAIRFIELD BAY — April Everett will present a program ... READ MORE