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the essence of the Delta, as seen on these pages It ’s that extraordinarily beautiful time of the year — harvest in the Delta. The culmination of months of hard work and anticipation is evident all around — the cycle continues through the talent and commitment of some of the greatest farmers in the world. The Arkansas Delta is changing and some of our cities continue to develop as residential and retail centers, but this is still farm country and will remain that way for generations to come. Attempting to capture the essence of the Delta and its rich history, culture and lifestyle continues to be one of the most rewarding endeavors in a career of writing and journalism. Right around each corner is another interesting event, place worth visiting or fascinating life to be shared. It’s


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both satisfying and exciting to tell these stories, and the message we continue to receive is that our many readers are enjoying each issue of Delta Crossroads. Starting with this issue, it is now possible to subscribe to our magazine. The details may be found in an advertisement on page 47. We have received numerous requests for this service and are happy to be able to send the magazine each time directly to your house. The magazine continues to grow. This is the largest issue yet published — 108 pages! We are so appreciative of our wonderful advertisers who make it all possible. With that in mind, we want to thank our designer, Clover Kesson, who does such creative work in making the adver-

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With open arms, Gregg and Ginger Sain of Rector welcome the community to their home

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Home Tour:

with a giving spirit

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love .” This quote by Mother Teresa is stitched on a pillow in the Rector home of Gregg and Ginger Sain. How fitting for two people who give so selflessly of themselves to others in many ways — with love, compassion and great generosity. The couple’s beautiful two-story classic Greek Revival home just outside of Rector is often filled with family and friends, fun and laughter, and, always, good food. Lots of good food. The kitchen is Ginger’s favorite room in the house. “I love to cook, and Gregg and I both love to entertain,” says Ginger. “Gregg does amazing barbecued chicken that is requested by many, and I love to bake. I came from a long line of cooks. My grandmother, Nanny Lula Bell Ford, always cooked up a huge spread for the Sunday noon meal. My mother could cook everything well. She would not let me cook when I was home because she didn’t want me messing up her kitchen,


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Gregg and Ginger Sain of Rector

but when I married, she was right there to teach me. She was so good at cream pies, and that is still a favorite at our house — coconut and chocolate.” Many people have been the recipient of Ginger’s fabulous baked goods, just one of the many ways she expresses kindness and concern for others. “I love to make bread, and I love to share it, too,” she says. “It’s just always makes me feel good to feed people. I love having people over. I love cooking for my family, and I love surprising people with food.” The spacious home also has been an extension of the Sains’ dedication to their church and community work. “We moved into this house in 1996, and in 1999 I became youth director for the First United Methodist Church,” Ginger said. As the parents of two teens themselves, the couple found this an easy calling. “This house became the youth party house,” Ginger said. “Gregg and I hosted many teen functions.” Ginger was inspired, in part, by her own youth leader. “I have been a Methodist all of my life,” she says. “When I moved to Rector

from West Memphis in 1975, I joined the Rector First United Methodist Church. My youth leader was Sandra Russell, and she had a huge impact on my life. She made youth fun, and therefore church was where my friends and I wanted to hang out.” So when Gregg and Ginger’s daughter, Seanne, became a seventh grader, Ginger was ready to take on the challenge of leading the church youth. “From Sandra’s influence, I tried to make it fun, but mainly I wanted these youth to know and love Jesus Christ. It became my passion for the next eight years.” Son, Chase, joined the youth group when he became a seventh grader in 2001. “I grew to love every one of those youth and we have some wonderful memories, the best ones being the yearly mission trips we took,” Ginger said. “Those were great times. Gregg also helped closely with youth activities and trips.

“Gregg was baptized in the Methodist Church in 1987. We both love our church family and it is very important in both of our lives.” The Sain home also has been the location of many wedding showers and baby showers over the years. “Any excuse to have a party,” Ginger laughs. “After Seanne and Chase graduated from high school, it was very quiet around here for several years. Then last year we hosted a dinner for the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation board and that got me eager to start up again.” As president of the Foundation board, Gregg, too, was excited to host that group, which this year included 45 people for the group’s annual get-together. Family Background Ginger was born in 1963, and when she was six months old, moved to West Memphis with her family, which included sisters Pam and Teresa and brother Kim. “When I was 12 we moved back to Rector, with both of my parents need-

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ing to get back to their roots,” she said. “I started seventh grade in Rector in 1975, which was the first year for the new high school. Gregg and I met during those high school years.” The two were good friends all through high school, but didn’t start dating until the summer after her junior year in college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. “Gregg is one year younger than I, so it was his sophomore year at Arkansas State University (in Jonesboro),” Ginger related. “After a year of dating long distance, he transferred to Fayetteville. I graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 1986 and we married in July of that year at the First United Methodist Church of Rector. Then we returned to Fayetteville for one year for Gregg to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.” Ginger’s father, the late Jimmie Graves, was born and lived in the Boydsville-Rector area. Her mother, the late Colleen Ford Graves, was born in Missouri and moved to Rector in her grade school years. “It was in Rector that my mother and father met,” Ginger said. The son of the late Wallace and Pauline Graves (now Shields, soon to turn 99), Jimmie bought his first cotton gin when he was 22 years old. “Daddy and his grandfather, Edgar Graves, bought and sold cattle for many years. He and his father bought land together that is still in the family. In 1967, Daddy bought Rector Elevator and Dryer and changed the name to Graves Enterprises, Inc. A new corporation, Graves Kennett Gin, was formed with Lynn Poe of Kennett from 1981 to 2003. In the early 1990’s, the Graves family went into partnership with Ralph and Bill Hayes at Hargrave Corner. It was a 50/50 partnership until 2000, when the Graves family bought them out and it became Graves Gin Company. It is the only gin left in Clay County. “Since my father’s death Oct. 8, 1994, my sisters and I, along with Gregg, have continued to run the family businesses.


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Gregg started working with Daddy in 1988 when he asked Gregg to come back to Rector and manage Graves Enterprises. Gregg had worked closely with Daddy those six years, so he was able to run the business after my daddy’s death. I think Daddy would be proud we have added to what he started and kept his dream alive.” Gregg’s mom, Neda Sain, the daughter of the late Henry and Dimple Gregory, has always lived in the Rector/Greenway area. His father, the late Glen Sain, moved from Cardwell, Mo., to Michigan and then, in 1954, to Rector, where he went into partnership with the late R.C. Tracer and opened Tracer and Son, a GMC dealership. In January 1962, Glen and Neda bought out Mr. Tracer and changed the name of the business to Glen Sain Motor Sales. Due to health reasons, they sold the business in January 1983 to Gail and Danny Ford, Gregg’s sister and brotherin-law. Gregg also has two other siblings, Fred Sain and JoKeaha Midkiff, and at some time or another all of the kids could be found working at the business. Ginger readily says her favorite pastime is being with family and friends. “Since both of our children have graduated, I greatly cherish summer vacation with them. We usually take a week and go to some beach. It is so nice to be with them morning until night seven straight days. I miss them being home.” The Sains are very proud, however, of the direction their children’s lives have taken. Seanne earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Science and a master’s degree in education, both from the University of Arkansas, and now teaches culinary arts, restaurant management and nutrition to ninth through 12th grade students at Gravette High School in northwest Arkansas. She is enjoying her first home and lives in Springdale. Chase is a senior at ASU, studying agriculture. Gregg has given a tremendous amount of time to the RHS Helping Hands Foundation, which provides assistance to disadvantaged students in the Rector school district. His leadership and per-

sonal efforts have helped raise thousands of dollars for the Foundation, which has provided numerous college scholarships, band instruments, athletic shoes and uniforms, eyeglasses, dental work, money for school trips and much more to hundreds of students since it was founded in 2006. In his down time, Gregg enjoys playing golf with friends at the Kennett Country Club. He also enjoys looking at the crops. Ginger loves to read and is part of a book club that meets once a month, a gathering she calls “great friend time.” She also loves to exercise and religiously walks five miles three days a week and does weight training two days a week. “I can really change the world on my walks,” she laughs, “or at least figure out everything that needs to be done that day.”

Home is a dream,


The Sain home is the result of a plan Ginger started working on in college. “I had a design class and we had to

design our own dream home.” When the time came for that home to become a reality, Ginger’s plan was helped along by architect Wayne Kelso of Jonesboro. Greg Bohr of Rector was the builder and contractor. “He did an amazing job, not cutting any corners anywhere,” Ginger says. “We were very pleased with his work. It really took only about seven months to build. I about drove Greg crazy. First I was at the site every day. And since I had been planning the house for so long, I had many many magazine clippings I had saved for the project. I would come to the site, magazine picture in hand, to show Greg how I wanted some particular doorway or ceiling. He would just shake his head and smile and he would try to do what I requested.” Gerald Hartsfield of Rector did all of the cabinet and trim work for the house. “He is so talented,” Ginger said. “I described the cabinets in my grandmother’s (Lula Bell Ford) kitchen and he made them. I have a lot of glass cabinet fronts with lights. Gerald is an excellent cabinet maker.” The home’s Devon Plank hardwood

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“I’ve always been crazy about antiques. When I

was 12 years old , I asked for an antique bed we

found in Memphis and monogrammed sheets. I

was a weird kid! I still

have that bed and used it in my daughter ’s

room until she left for college .”

floors all came from Sain’s Floor Covering in Kennett. Jonesboro decorator Claudia Shannon helped with the original paint colors, window treatments and furniture placement. Over the last three years, Ginger has changed much of the home’s decor, this time through the guidance of decorator Tammy Heatherly of Pollard’s in Jonesboro. “She was so helpful, and I love the results,” Ginger exclaims. “My second favorite room is my bedroom, which I remodeled last year. We had some illness in our family and I felt like our bedroom was so busy. I needed a peaceful place to rest. So Tammy turned my bedroom into a sanctuary, taking out most of the furniture, adding a beautiful rich paint color, dark drapes, calm lighting and extremely comfortable chairs. It is the perfect place to read and relax. I have found that sometimes less is better and way more peaceful.” Ginger says she has many favorite pieces of furniture and was very fortunate that her mother loved to antique. “When I was a little girl and a teen, many weekends were spent antiquing with Mama, Teresa, Aunt Rosey and Calvin and Nell Glasgow. Calvin was a dealer in antiques, so he knew where to go and what to look for. He was a big influence in


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many decisions made for our home. “My mother passed away in April 2010, and my sister and I divided all of her beautiful furniture between us. There are many charming treasures. The sofa table behind my couch is one of my favorites. It is all hand carved. It was one of my Mama’s favorites, also. I have a small French desk that my mother and I found out antiquing when I was a teen. I had it in my parents’ home growing up and now I use it in my bedroom for my computer. I’ve always been crazy about antiques. When I was 12 years old, I asked for an antique bed we found in Memphis and monogrammed sheets. I was a weird kid! I still have that bed and used it in my daughter’s room until she left for college. The bed is an early 1900 French carved walnut piece. “When we moved to this house in February 1996, Teresa, Mama, Calvin, Nell and I went to Cherokee Village to an auction they held monthly. There I purchased much-needed odds and ends to fill our new home. Once again Calvin guided me in my purchases.” Gregg and Ginger’s home is filled with beautiful art in many forms. Ginger says her favorite piece is her newest — an iron “dancing lady” in an elaborate white ruffled dress, given to her

- Ginger Sain

by Gregg for their recent 25th wedding anniversary. The piece was created by artist Jin Huang Powell of Memphis and purchased through the Sara Howell Studio and Gallery in Jonesboro. Ginger also loves the artwork of Brenda Wiseman of Jonesboro. “She is extremely talented and she paints from her soul,” Ginger said. “My favorite from her is a woman with two turquoise birds. The birds’ wings envelope the woman, reminding me of my favorite Bible verse, Psalms 91:4: He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. “I purchased this shortly after my mother passed away. After I hung it I noticed another lady, mutely painted in the top corner, also embracing the woman in the center. She wore bright red lipstick — this was my Mama! It is a beautiful painting and it holds great meaning for me. “Brenda has done several pieces in my home. She has also introduced me to art in many forms. We have become wonderful friends and she tries to help me discover my creative side. “I met Brenda through my dear friend Becca Simmons, and together we three traveled to San Francisco, where Brenda is close friends with several wonderful artists. We went by to see artist Juliette Wood and visited in her home, her gorgeous garden and, lastly, her amazing studio. She was so gracious and genuine. I returned with one of the originals called Celebration. It is beautiful and hidden beneath the circling butterflies is the circle of life. Fabulous! “I love art of all kinds. I also dabble in a little art myself. I make journals by collaging, and I’ve starting painting just a little. I love creating and it is so relaxing. “I have been scrapbooking since 1995. I was introduced to scrapbooking by Maggie Edwards, the late sister of my friend Nancy Kemp. I hosted a Creative Memories party at my home and ever since then I have been hooked. I can work for hours scrapbooking. After my children graduated from high school and moved out, I created my own scrapbooking room which once held dolls and tractors. I love it! “I can’t talk about favorite art without including a precious painting of our Maltese by my sister-in-law, Gail Ford. It is adorable and looks just like our Sassy, who will be nine on Oct. 29 of this year. “I have a wonderful painting by Rector’s own Paul Frets (who now resides in Radford, Va.) Paul did an unbelievable painting of sharecroppers picking cotton. I purchased it at an RHS Helping Hands Foundation auction. It reminds me of my daddy, who loved cotton. It is also a painting I hold very dear to my heart.” Anyone who meets Ginger and Gregg soon realizes their beautiful home is more than just bricks and mortar, furniture and accessories. It is truly a reflection of the wonderful people they are and all the love they share, with each other and so very many others.

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my art allows others to see that world through my eyes.”

Award winning artist Edward Wade of Marianna paints with an exciting style that goes beyond the traditional and includes a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, barns and people. With interesting shapes and bold, vibrant colors, his paintings reflect what he feels on any given day. “Since I paint what I feel, I don’t want to market myself in any particular way,” he says. “My subject matter is whatever moves me.” His favorite mediums are pencil, when in a “detailed” mood, and watercolor, when in a “looser” mood, accord-

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ing to the artist. Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisc., Wade exhibited natural artistic talent as a young child, working in pencil and acrylics, and remembers drawing seriously around age four. “My mom, however, would tell you I started drawing and painting much earlier than age four,” he said with a chuckle. “And I must have shown some promise as an artist back then since even elementary teachers always wanted my work for themselves.” With his talent and interest in art, he later attended the University of Wiscon-

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Wade admits “falling in love with watercolor” and has worked almost exclusively in this medium since 1987. 18

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sin from 1973-1978, majoring in graphic communications with a focus on fine arts. His art classes included figure drawing, painting and design layout. He remembers doing a lot of airbrushing with acrylics in college, but was also introduced to watercolor at that time. Wade recalls one of his instructors telling him that between oils, acrylics and watercolors, he considered watercolor the hardest medium due to its “transparent and unforgiving” nature. “I didn’t give watercolor a chance in school, but later on, took on the medium as a challenge,” he said. “I asked myself if it was the most difficult and can I master it?” Taking on the challenge after college, Wade participated in a local watercolor workshop in Indiana and began to study numerous watercolor books and videos in order to master the techniques. He admits “falling in love with watercolor” and has worked almost exclusively in this medium since 1987. Inspired by many artists of varying styles, including Andrew Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, Wade says he is generally inspired by “life itself.” “I look for those moments that would normally go unnoticed. I like to capture those moments in time and freeze them for all to see,” he said. Often working from photos, particularly when people are to be included, Wade begins a piece with a pencil sketch, noting that pencil and watercolor work hand-in-hand. When he began to paint seriously in the mid 1980’s, Wade says his work was more subdued. “I was much more careful with my art in the beginning, especially where the use of color was concerned,” he said. Later, however, he decided to open himself up to a new artistic pathway and, to that end, stopped painting in the late ‘90’s to concentrate solely on drawing for eight months. At the end of that time, he entered a “new bold era” with the use of more splashes of vivid color. Wade’s entrance into this “new era” re-

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sulted in paintings with an intense, energetic quality, immediately drawing one into the piece, and once he stepped out and explored these new color possibilities, he never looked back. Wade has a special feeling for portraying people in his art and includes figures in many of his works. “I try and let nature stand on its own, but I love the figure so much that the painting often looks incomplete to me without a human in there,” he said. “And, as such, I have been doing more people recently.” Much of his artwork covers the walls of his Marianna home, and the love of his family is evident through drawings of many of his relatives. Books publishing his art have included Ellis and Lord Editions, Arts Uniq’ and Artistic Impressions. Wade’s works have won first and second place awards in a Lambuth University juried exhibition in Jackson, Tenn., and in three Helena National Bank watercolor exhibitions. One of his paintings was exhibited in Senator Blanche Lincoln’s office for one year, and he has had two one-man shows at Sterling College in Kansas and at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena. His works also were shown as part of Black History Month exhibits at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville campus, Delta Cultural Center in Helena and Cox Building Art Gallery in Little Rock. Recent showings include an “Arts in the Air” exhibit at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain in 2010 and exhibitions at the

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African World Festival in Milwaukee in August of 2011 and the Cooper-Young Festival in Memphis in September of this year. Over the years, Wade has taught drawing and watercolor classes and workshops to youth and adults throughout eastern Arkansas and currently is developing instructional art DVDs, available soon through and the artist’s website. These feature the artist demonstrating basic watercolor, drawing, portrait and landscaping techniques. Future DVDs are planned with a focus on advanced principles and techniques of design, such as harmony, contrasts and texture. Where teaching others is concerned, the artist explains, “I have wanted to share my knowledge and ‘pay it forward’ in order to help others enjoy learning.” Asked about future artistic goals, Wade expressed an interest in learning how to paint with oils and conducting more workshops with college age and older adults who want to improve or master their painting skills. Many artists have other jobs to pay the bills, and, according to Wade, his past careers have included shoe salesman, security guard, policeman, meat packer and firefighter. Wade moved his family from Wisconsin to Marianna in 1995 and for the last 12 years has been a pastor at New Light Baptist Church in Helena, a position he felt was a “calling.” His wife, Carlene, works for the USDA Forest Service and they have four children, including two who still live at home, and three grandchildren. In addition to his painting and duties as a pastor, Wade enjoys spending time with his family, fitness activities, basketball, golf, music, computers and technology. He also is an accomplished digital photographer and does photography work on consignment in his local area. Wade’s art can be viewed at Hearne Fine Art Gallery in Little Rock, where he always has works for sale, and through his website,, where prints and instructional DVDs can be purchased.


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Parker Pioneer Homestead , a recreated 19th century town six miles south of Harrisburg, was started by accident for the Parker family, but it grew over the years out of both an interest in local history and enthusiasm from the surrounding community. It all began with an abandoned cabin Phil Parker played in as a child with his brother. The cabin was at the edge of his backyard. When Phil was grown, he heard the cabin would be torn down. He bought it, and the cabin — now know as Clark’s Cabin — became the first of many buildings to be restored. The homestead really got its start when Phil’s wife Teressa, a teacher, brought her first grade class on a field trip to the cabin for beans and cornbread in the mid-1980s. After that, people starting calling to donate old equipment and buildings. All the buildings were built by Phil, Phil’s grandfather Bob, and Phil’s son Cy. They started at Clark’s Cabin and built outward and now have close to 20 buildings.

What started as a class trip for 22 students has grown into a yearly, sixday event in September for over 4,000 school kids to learn about Arkansas history. The Homestead makes sorghum, kettle corn, brooms, and lye soap, has musicians, and presents living history to the kids. “It’s really rewarding,” said Mary Anne Parker, Cy’s wife. “People love it. It’s fun to see kids light up. We have two

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kids, and it’s great to have something to pass on to them.” Mary Anne said the family members all work full-time at other jobs and work on the homestead on nights and weekends. The Parkers work year-round maintaining the homestead, while relatives, friends, volunteers and church groups work during festivals. So what buildings make up the homestead?

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(Above) Sampling honey is always a sweet treat. (Below)Cub Scouts hear a presentation during a camporee

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In addition to Clark’s Cabin there is the original broom shop, made up of logs saved from the home of Phil’s great-greatgrandfather, Moses Pitts, who was the last surviving Confederate soldier in Cross County. The new broom shop building is from Bay. The post office/print shop was originally a one-room house from the Bono area. Inside, it houses an 1850s operational George Washington Press and the original Whitehall Post Office, complete with mail from local citizens, some of whom still remember their box combinations. The General Store was made out of a log cabin donated by the Jernigan family and is kept stocked with several items for sale such as lye soap, sorghum, brooms, and corn meal — all made at the homestead. Several buildings were constructed out of the Old American Legion Hut in Trumann, including the Sarsaparilla Shed, Blacksmith Shop and Way Station. Roberts Chapel is named for Butch

Historical buildings are restored to their previous usefulness at the homestead to be enjoyed by school-age children as well as adults

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Roberts, who donated the logs, and John Roberts, who donated the stained glass windows. A date of “1858, Nov.� is carved into one of the logs, making the building possibly one of the oldest on the homestead. The stained glass windows came from an Episcopal Church in Jonesboro that was torn down in the 1920s. Church services and small wedding anniversaries are celebrated here. The Sorghum Mill is the biggest in North America and squeezes a huge amount of sorghum, which goes into a large milk tank and is piped to the other mills on the homestead. Mary Anne said the mill came from Batesville, where it was used by the largest sorghum producer in the world. The homestead features a sturdy covered bridge that was saved from the county landfill when all Triple C bridges had to be replaced. The bridge connects the homestead to Old Military Road, the original road into Whitehall. Rental cabins also are available and are often used for wedding guests when

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The cornfield maze (above) is one of the biggest attractions at Pumpkin Hollow. This year’s maze theme was created with the assistance of the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. There is something at the Hollow for everyone. Other popular attractions include friendly farm animals, a collection of the year’s best pumpkins and gourds, as well as a variety of activities centered around the Halloween season.


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Among the biggest annual attractions at Pumpkin Hollow are the cornfield mazes. “We did our first maze was in 1995,” Ellen Dalton said. “We had the first cornfield maze in Arkansas.” During the first 10 years, from 1995 through 2005, the Daltons and their employees marked off the mazes in the cornfield by hand. They would march off the zones which needed to be cut away to provide the unique shapes and trails which created the maze. Each area would be flagged, indicating what portions needed to be cut away. The process required a great amount of preparation and labor. For the last six years, the Daltons have received a helping hand in the form of state-of-the-art technology. Through assis-

tance from the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, the Daltons have been able to utilize global positioning satellites (GPS) in mapping their cornfields. Coordinates depicting the desired design are entered into the GPS system, then beamed back to the handheld computer with the necessary course plotted. The process is similar to many GPS systems being used in automobiles and cell phones, albeit more advanced. “It’s much faster and much easier,” Ellen Dalton said of using the GPS system. “What used to take days to complete can now be done in hours.” This year’s design celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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with a slight hesitance . I was afraid I would be disappointed. I know Charles Frazier and have loved his other books. This novel is very different from his other two, Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons. Happily I loved this book from the very beginning. The novel is set in the 1960s in a small mountain town in North Carolina. The main character is Luce, the caretaker of an old rundown lodge outside of town. She has retreated from the world and is very content. When her estranged sister is murdered, Luce finds she must look after the troubled young twins who can’t seem to speak but have the knack for starting fires. Bud, the sister’s husband, is acquitted of the murder in spite of his obvious guilt. He has the idea that the twins need to be found as they must know where his stolen money is. And now that he is free, he will need it as working is not in his plans. Luce gradually forms a bond with the twins as she moves away from her self-imposed isolation. Bud is ever the menacing, unbalanced threat. The novel reads like a thriller, but with Frazier’s wonderful sense of place and character study it is much more. Nightwoods is bound to be one of the fall’s favorites and not to be missed. Charles Frazier will return to That Bookstore in Blytheville Oct. 7 to sign copies of Nightwoods.

redemption . Set in contemporary New Orleans but working its way back in time, the novel chronicles the relationship between Michael and Kelly Hays, who have decided to separate after twenty years of marriage. The story begins on the day that Michael and Kelly are to finalize their divorce. Kelly is due in court, but instead drives from her home in Pensacola, Florida, across the panhandle to New Orleans and checks into Room 303 at the Olivier House in the city’s French Quarter. This is the same hotel and room where she and Michael fell in love some twenty years earlier. Butler weaves scenes of the present with memories from both the viewpoint of Michael and Kelly. These scenes span the twenty years of their marriage and take readers to critical moments in the couple’s relationship. We see two people deeply in love but who are struggling with their own insecurities and inabilities to express this love. A Small Hotel is an intelligent, deeply moving portrait of a relationship that reads as a cross between a romance novel and a literary pageturner. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize and National Magazine Awards, Butler has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction and an NEA grant. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University. Signed copies will be available after Sept. 8.

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History of theatrics The Ritz Civic Center, located on Main Street in Blytheville, is a landmark in Mississippi County. According to the Ritz Civic Center brochure, the exact date of the first theater at the site has been traced back to 1902, when it was a home to vaudeville — theatrical variety shows popular from the early 1880s to early 1930s. The current center encompasses the west half of the historic building constructed as 300/302 West Main, dated circa 1910, and the 304/306 West Main portion of the building is thought to have been constructed circa 1915. It is possible that the 302 West Main section was constructed as early as 1902, but the main part of the theater was shown as an empty lot on the 1913 Sanborn Map. A vaudeville theater on the site could have been gone by the time the 1913 map was produced, leaving the vacant lot. Another facility appears on the 1921 Sanborn Map as the Gem Theater, the name under which it originally was constructed. That building likely was constructed somewhere between 1914 and 1921. Mr. and Mrs. O.W. McCutchen came to Blytheville from Sikeston, Mo., in 1925 to assume operation of the Ritz Theater, which succeeded the Gem The-


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ater after it burned the year before. A few months later, the McCutchens acquired the lease on another Gem Theater at 125 West Main, which was open for a short time after the old Gem Theater burned. The couple soon had the opportunity to take over the Home Theater, later known as the Roxy Theater, at 106/108 West Main, giving them control of all of the Blytheville theaters. At one time Blytheville had five theaters. The Ritz was practically razed by a fire in August of 1931, leaving damage estimated at $12,000 to $15,000. The heaviest damage resulted from the loss of the theater pipe organ, installed years before at a coast of $8,500. The cooling system and sound system also were totally destroyed, and all of the seats had to be replaced. Damage of the building proper was estimated at $4,000. In October 1931, the Ritz reopened at twice the size and was equipped with modern fixtures, furniture and picture and sound devices. The owners invested $30,000 to make it the finest talking picture theater in any small city of the Mid South. At that time, the Ritz was one of the few theaters in the state actually constructed for talking pictures. The seating capacity was 700.

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A remodeling project which began in March 1950 and was completed in February 1951 at a cost of $250,000 gave the Ritz a seating capacity of 1,100. The new theater took in space formerly occupied by Piggly Wiggly Grocery store and Floyd A. White’s Shoes. New fire exits were installed, and everything was fireproofed from the drapes and carpeting to the roof and firewalls that adjoined the theater building. The front was Minnesota marble, a special smoking lounge was provided and “cry rooms” were created with windows and speakers so mothers could watch the movies with their babies and not disturb the other theater goers. The office section was new, and a popular television lounge was added so patrons could be entertained while waiting for pictures to begin. The television lounge is used today for board meetings and receptions.

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Cars attest to the popularity of Blytheville’s Ritz Theater in the 1940s

The Ritz, still standing proud

The beautiful Ritz Civic Center of today

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Courtesy photo (below) A Blytheville mural features The Ritz, a longtime center of the community (right) David Lyttle and Ken Jackson direct activities at the Ritz Civic Center.

The Ritz Civic Center now belongs to the city of Blytheville and is leased by the Arts Council of Mississippi County. The Arts Council brings a series of productions each year to the Ritz stage. David Lyttle is the executive director of the Arts Council of Mississippi County and Ken Jackson serves as assistant director. Lyttle and Jackson enjoy showing the Ritz and sharing the history. Both have musical and management backgrounds. Jackson has experience and education in journalism, inventory management, law enforcement and security, retail sales and hotel management. Because of his love for music, Jackson was awarded a lifetime membership into the Modern Music Master (Tri-M). Lyttle has a fine arts degree from Arkansas State University and a master’s of theology from Drew University in Madison, N.J. He has worked as a teacher, a travel counselor, in youth ministry, retail management, senior housing management and operations, in hotel management and in general building operations. Each year the Arts Council offers a

C series of productions at the Ritz. The recent show featuring the legendary Drifters was a sellout. Coming events include “Mark Twain at Large,” a full-length one-man theatrical tour by Ron Jewell at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12; Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige, the first negro League player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, presented by Cedric Liqueur, a member of London’s Royal Shakespeare Company, Friday Feb. 3, 2012; Honky Tonk Angels, a country musical presented by Springer Theatricals, Thursday, March 1, 2012, and The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Act II (formerly The Very Little Theater of Blytheville) produces live shows featuring local casts. Summer art workshops for young people are held at the civic center. An art gallery located in the former “cry room” of the Ritz features work from local artists. The Ritz Civic Center also features “Support Live Music,” featuring bands from the area, and is available for rent for weddings, special occasions or special presentations. “We have had John Grisham, George Hamilton, Condolezza Rice and many other familiar names on stage,” Jackson said. The balcony has been removed and now is used for upper level seating. The stage was extended to allow room for large productions. There is a covered area in the stage that can be raised for a live orchestra pit. The Ritz was remodeled in 1982. A plaque on the stage reveals the stage was built from 1981 to 1983 by the Blytheville High School woodshop. So many people have fond memories of seeing classics for the first time at the Ritz. One patron said she can remember the lobby being the most eloquent place she had ever visited as a teenager. The Arts Council has tried to keep the look as close to the 1950s renovation as possible. A dog-bone ceiling is still in the lobby. One room the managers call “the smallest museum in the world” has an old rotary pay telephone with a 1955 telephone book, a white dinner jacket with the cleaning ticket still attached, and a framed picture of James Stewart and Maureen O’Hara. Then and now, an evening at the Ritz gives patrons a time to remember. For more information on the Ritz, past and present, log on to Ken’s wife, Sarah Jackson, keeps the webpage updated.

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WINTER’S BONE is chillingly good. Ree Dolly is an unflinching, Southern 17-year-old girl who does not take “no” for an answer and believes that any-

thing not offered shouldn’t be asked for. She acts as a parent to her two younger siblings, while her real mother is mentally absent and her father is arrested. She cares for them all (except her father, of course) with welfare and help from a friendly neighbor — they all live in the backlands of the Ozarks, near the Arkansas border line. She is the most engaging movie heroine in a long time. In Debra Granik’s film, “Winter’s Bone,” Ree is forced to carry a task to save her family’s property. The conflict: Ree’s father, who was arrested for cooking meth, is missing and he put everything on bond, including the family house. Ree is visited by the sheriff, who tells her on the porch that if her dad doesn’t show up at court, she and her family lose the house. She looks into the woods in thought when the sheriff asks, “You got someplace to go?” She says, “I’ll find him.” The sheriff doesn’t believe her — “Girl, I been lookin’.” She looks back at him and sternly repeats, “I said I’ll find him.” And just like that, she sets out to question many family members for clues as to where her father is. The whole family, except for Ree, cooks methamphetamine and keeps to themselves. They give wary looks to outsiders (like the sheriff and the bond trader) who visit Ree and constantly remind her that the house will no longer be their property. Ree’s uncle Teardrop doesn’t know where his brother is and advises Ree not to go looking for him either. It seems like this search will jeopardize her life, but Ree vows to never stop looking for her father. Set in the rural backlands of the Ozarks, there are houses, but there are also shacks, sheds, and piles of junk all around. With a few modern conveniences, the locals live here in relaxation. But from another perspective, it’s depressing rather than relaxing.

Director Debra Granik framed every shot to make the audience see something new about this place. Ree has lived here her whole life and is becoming a strong, independent woman and her younger siblings are as cheerful as they can be without knowing what misfortune they have. Maybe the reason the mother is mentally absent is because of the depression of her surroundings — maybe she realized the difficulty of her situations in parenting and couldn’t take it anymore. Maybe. But, the rest of the people in this rural area are suspicious, violent and cold-hearted. Ree Dolly is played by Jennifer Lawrence in an excellent, star-making performance. There is no wrong note in this performance. This is her chance to show what she can do in a starring role (she played in supporting roles in “The Burning Plain” and “The Poker House”), and she has a convincing, forceful personality that brings this character to life. This is a performance that Oscar voters hopefully remember in a few months. John Hawkes is also very effective as fearsome uncle Teardrop. Dale Dickey is one of the mountain women who assault Ree midway through the film. There are other effective performances from amateur actors who make their first appearances in this film and it’s amazing to see how natural they are — there is no cliché dealing with their characters. “Winter’s Bone” has suspense, a compelling main character, intriguing supporting characters, a murky look to the Ozarks, and a story worth telling. This is one of the best movies of 2010 and hopes to be remembered at Oscar season, most notably for Jennifer Lawrence’s flawless portrayal of an ordinary person rising to the occasion.


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Building the theater was a lot of hard work and took two years. In addition to being talented singers, members of the Bobbitt family have had lots of experience in construction , so they knew about building as well as sound . Their expertise is evident in the finished project.

In addition to the 1,200 theater-style seats in the main part of the building, there is room for more guests in the balcony. The lighting and sound are perfect for the performers, and the concession area is large. The lobby displays a thought provoking motto, “We Create Our Tomorrows by What We Dream Today.” A photo gallery of guests and regular performers lines the concession walls. The famiy’s goal is to offer clean, family entertainment. “We sing traditional country along with some country gospel and bluegrass,” Jim said. “We don’t sing about Jack Daniels whiskey or stealing the neighbor’s wife. We keep it clean. It is a family show.” Keeping the family together is evident, in that along with Jim and his wife living next to the theater, his daughter,

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Music Theater son, sister and niece also have homes located on what was once known as the “family farm.” “We had a lot of fun on the road and made a lot of friends,” he said. “We were playing at a state Firemen’s Association meeting and I met then-Governor Bill Clinton. We had a long visit. We played at a lot of campaign gatherings, also. “At one time if you had a gospel singing in the area, there would be an overflowing crowd. One particular time we were on our way to a benefit singing in central Illinois and our bus broke down near St. Louis. My brother Buck came with the car and we all piled in like sardines in a hurry to make the show, even though it was in sweltering heat and no air conditioning. We were late and another gospel group had taken the stage, filling in until we got there. When we entered the building we heard the announcement, ‘The Bobbitts are in the house.’ It was apparent how excited the crowd became and when we heard the applause, it made it all worth it.” Jim’s son, Paul, not only sings, but also plays lead guitar, mandolin, harmonica and has produced several albums for The Bobbitts, as well as other Christian artists. Their youngest son, Kyle Spangler, plays bass guitar and is an integral part of the weekly show. His wife, Leslie Spangler, sings lead and backup vocals. Jim’s daughter, Lisa, has been singing with the family since she was 13 and traveled with them off and on through the years. In addition to singing, she plays the guitar, bass and keyboard. She also enjoyed driving the bus during their travels. Jim’s grandson, Cody Bobbitt, practi-

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(left) Cody portrays Hank Williams Sr. and (right) plays a song with his dad.

cally grew up riding on the bus. Just a few years ago he decided he wanted to learn the keyboard for a school event. His dad, Paul, showed him a few chords and off he went. While playing the keyboard is his passion, he also plays guitar and sings. When he does his Hank Williams Sr. or Elvis, he is a favorite with the crowd. His youthful energy keeps them all on their toes. Other members that participate regularly include Misty Morris, featured singer and backup vocals; Mark Needham, drummer and long-time friend; Ricky Henson, steel guitar; Mike Fivecoat, drummer; Angel Harrison, backup vocals, and Mark Willett, keyboard player, featured singer, backup vocals and recording engineer. Jim’s wife, Cheryl, also traveled with the group and is a very important “behind the scenes” part of Plantation Park. From accounting and clerical work, to the concession stand, to greeting people or running sound, she helps hold it all together. Jim’s brother, Buck, also has been involved from the construction of Plantation Park Music Theater to running the sound. Their sister, Judy Brown, is featured singing gospel music. Brother-in-law Terry Beaty sings and has written many of The Bobbitts’ original gospel songs and makes guest appearances at Plantation Park. “We are a family and we love to sing,” Jim said. If you know where Ron’s Catfish is, you’re not far from the Plantation Park Music Theater. At the traffic light by Ron’s, turn north onto Hasbrook Road and go 1.75 miles. The doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7 p.m. Those who want more information on the Plantation Park Music Theater may the theater on Facebook or log on to The family invites everyone to join them on Saturday nights.


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ably the most common allergen for people. Unfortunately, ragweed pollen can travel hundreds of miles in the air, so even if you don’t live in a place where the ragweed plant lives it can still cause symptoms. Mold is another common allergen for the fall months. Since it thrives in damp areas, the piles of damp leaves that line yards and streets in the fall are perfect for mold. Damp basements and bathrooms inside the home are standard places for

mold to grow, as well. Symptoms for fall allergies are similar to those of spring allergies, with runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and coughing being the most prevalent. Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants can help relieve these problems. You may also want to see an allergist or your regular family doctor and have allergy tests done to help you figure out exactly what causes your allergies.

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the stratosphere, the ozone layer acts as a shield, protecting people from harmful ultraviolet rays. As the stratospheric ozone layer is depleted, probably as a consequence of air pollution, more UV radiation reaches the ground level, and ozone levels increase, Unfortunately, at ground level where humans live, yes, excess ozone is a health threat. Even when ozone is present in low levels, inhaling it triggers a variety of health problems including chest pains, coughing, nausea, throat irritation and congestion. So, the reason you’ve been seeing caution signs about ozone is to warn people that it may not be safe to do a lot of outdoor activity that day. People particularly at risk for health problems caused by ozone are children, the elderly, those who have respiratory problems or heart disease and those who exercise or work outdoors. Fore more information you can visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website,

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Dan Rhodes, Piggott Post Office mural artist

Story by Ryan Rogers

As construction was nearing completion on the current Piggott Post Office in November of 1937, the United States Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture made a request which resulted in a memorable and historic addition to the site. In 1941, a mural titled “Air Mail” was created at the Piggott Post Office. The years between the approval of the project and the completion were filled with a fair share of challenges. Initially, artist Lowell Houser of Iowa was tapped to design a mural for the Piggott office. Houser had previously completed a mural for the Ames, Iowa, Post Office. Through correspondence with Ed Rowan, superintendent of the Section of Painting and Sculpture, Houser advised he would be able to work up sketches and paint the mural within six months. However, delays slowed the project from the beginning. Houser suggested a mural which would show Piggott’s transition at the turn of the century from an economy based on lumber to one of agriculture entitled “The Forests Gave Way to the Fields.” Contracts for the work were drawn up a year later, but Houser would eventually ask for their nullification. Rowan agreed, relieving Houser of his commitment to the Piggott mural, though the publication “Who Was Who in American Art” later would erroneously attribute the completed mural to that artist. Rowan next contacted another Iowan, Dan Rhodes, about creating a mural for the Piggott Post Office. Rhodes created post office murals in Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Clayton, Mo.; Marion, Iowa; Storm Lake, Iowa, and the Navy Building in Washington D.C. Rhodes would go on to craft the mural for Piggott, which has remained an historic local attraction in the years since.

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“I feel the Air Mail is of unusual significance to the smaller and more isolated community, linking them as it does with the most distance centers,” Rhodes wrote to Rowan. “I have tried to convey the sense of stream-lined power which is behind the mail service.” Rhodes’ design features a large aircraft, similar to a DC-3, the first successful commercial airliner. At the mural’s left, a resident is shown handing a letter to a mail carrier. In the background to the right, postal employees are shown loading bags of mail into the plane. The mural was completed at Piggott in Feb-


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ruary of 1941. Rhodes received $700 for the project. The work of art measures 12 feet in length and has a height of four feet. Located adjacent to the main entry doors, the mural rests above the doorway to the office of the Piggott postmaster. The mural was a popular addition to the Piggott office and was featured in the March 11, 1941, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The work continues to catch the eyes of regular and first-time visitors to the Piggott Post Office as it retains a unique appearance which adds to the overall presentation of the building.

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October 1

Annual Big Lake Chili Cook-Off


Manila, sponsored by the Manila Lions Club, featuring chili, craft booths and entertainment throughout the day.

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7 p.m. at the Melody Theater in Leachville; admission $15.

81st annual Terrapin Derby



Harvest Festival Parade


10 a.m. in Bay

Annual Fall Celebration

Lake Poinsett State Park, admission $5 per car; contact the park at (870) 578-2064 for more information.

5 Harrisburg Business After Hours

5 to 6 p.m. at the Food Giant parking lot to build team spirit with the HHS football players, cheerleaders and band for Homecoming Week

6 Rector High School


7 Harrisburg

High School Football Homecoming

parade at 1:15 p.m., alumni reunion from 5 to 7 p.m., Homecoming ceremony at 7 p.m. and football game at 7:30 p.m.

November December 8 35th annual

Arkansas Rice Festival 10 a.m. in Weiner

8-9, 15-16

Parker Pioneer Homestead Festival

Harrisburg (10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat.; 12-5 p.m., Sun.)

5 35th Annual

Trumann Lions Club Barbecue

16 Delta Symphony Orchestra Concert

2 p.m. at the Fowler Center Riceland Hall in Jonesboro, (870) 972-2781 for ticket information or visit online for tickets at http://tickets.


Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce annual fall banquet and silent auction 6:30 p.m. at the Piggott Community Center

21 Piggott High

School Homecoming

7 p.m. at the PHS football field

22, 28, 29

Haunted Homestead

7 p.m. to midnight at Parker Pioneer Homestead near Harrisburg

6 p.m. with community Christmas party to follow at the Rector Community Center

12 - 7 p.m. at Cedar Point Elementary; tickets are $6

11 Veteran’s Day Coffee

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza

9 Stormy Weather: The 12 The Mississippi Lena Horne Project 2 p.m. at the Fowler Center Riceland Hall in Jonesboro, (870) 972-2781 for ticket information or visit online at www.yourfowlercenter. com

1 Rector Christmas parade

County Arts Council presents “Mark Twain At Large,” with Ron Jewell portraying Mark Twain

7 p.m. at the Ritz Civic Center, Main Street, Blytheville; admission is $15.

13 Susan Werner

2 p.m. at the Fowler Center Riceland Hall in Jonesboro, (870) 972-2781 for ticket information or visit online at www.yourfowlercenter. com

14-18 Creative Writ-

ers Retreat for Adults

Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott

19 Dutch Oven

Breakfast Workshop

Lake Poinsett State Park; pre-registration is required; (870) 578-2064 for more information


Leachville Christmas Parade

6 p.m. on Main Street in Leachville

26 Holidays Wine


Parker Pioneer Homestead near Harrisburg

3 Manila Christmas Parade

6 p.m. on Main Street, Manila; call City Hall for more information.

3 Christmas Fest and Chili Cookoff sponsored by the Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce Piggott Court Square; Chamber office (870) 5983167 for more information

3 Christmas Open House

Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza

3 Manila Pancake Supper 3

5 p.m. in the Manila School cafeteria

Night of Chocolate

sponsored by the Clay County Arts Council 7 p.m. at the Rector Community Center; featuring Shannon Freeman and Everyday Life

5 Monette

Christmas Parade

Line up at 5 p.m.; judging at 6 p.m. , parade at 7 p.m.; Kay Staggs, parade chairman

10 Holidays

Wine Tasting

Parker Pioneer Homestead near Harrisburg

10 Caraway

Christmas Parade 7 p.m.

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Carroll Cloar, American, 1913-1993; WHERE THE SOUTHERN CROSS THE YELLOW DOG, 1965; Casein tempera on Masonite; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Brooks Fine Arts Foundation Purchase 65.17

Masterful art

Carroll Cloar was one of the great American artists of the 20th century and had humble roots that began in Northeast Arkansas. Cloar was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Earle. He was acclaimed as a writer, sketch artist, world-class painter and mosaic designer, with works that portrayed memories from his childhood of natural scenery, buildings and people. Many of the working pencil sketches done in preparation for his paintings have become as popular as the paintings themselves. Cloar also worked from old photographs he had found in his family albums. He created over 800 works of art during his lifetime.Cloar moved from Earle to Memphis in 1930 and attended Southwestern at Memphis (later known as Rhodes College) as an English major. He created a series of lithographs while studying in New York that depicted landscapes and people of his hometown of Earle.




He joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and later traveled in Mexico, Central America and South America before returning to Memphis for his first one-man show in 1953. He moved there permanently in 1955. In Cloar’s introduction to the book “Hostile Butterflies and Other Paintings,” Guy Northrop quoted Cloar describing his images as “American faces, timeless dress and timeless customs... the last of old America that isn’t long for this earth.” Cloar’s work captures the hardships of the Delta, as well as its rich culture and tradition, going far beyond regional art. Cloar died April 10, 1993, in Memphis, and at his request, he was cremated and his ashes spread over his homeplace at Earle. Many of Cloar’s works depicted scenes in Crittenden County, including his two paintings “Gibson Bayou Anthology” and “Angel in the Thorn Patch.”

Story by Nan Snider | Photos courtesy of Ruth Hawkins

Carroll Cloar 1913-1993

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Arkansas State University plans to exhibit its collection of Cloar works in 2013, in honor of his 100th birthday. - Dr. Ruth Hawkins

The photo above is from the late 1970s: Carroll Cloar (far left) and his wife Pat (far right) visit with then Arkansas Governor David Pryor and his wife. The governor is holding a copy of Cloar’s book “Hostile Butterflies and Other Paintings”

A special section of the Crittenden County Museum in Earle is devoted to the works of Carroll Cloar and his years living there. Many visitors travel to Earle to view the Gibson Bayou Church and the 13-foot high white marble angel in the soybean field on Highway 149, north of the city, that were the inspirations for Cloar’s two paintings. The angel is the headstone for Rev.

Cloar with “Butterflies” and his famous mosaic “Garden of Love”


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George Berry Washington, a former slave who went on to become a wealthy landowner. The walled gravesite, centered by the majestic angel, sits atop a 10-foot high Indian mound and is referred to by local residents as “the guardian angel.” The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A colorful mosaic mural titled “Garden of Love” once graced the front of Cloar’s home in Memphis and in 1995 became a part of a permanent display in the lobby of the Dean B. Ellis Library on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro. “When the lower part of the mosaic panel fell during the late 1970s, the artist and his wife, Pat, scooped up the hundreds of pieces and stored them in baskets with the intent of putting them back in place another day,” said ASU’s Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Heritage Sites and Arkansas Delta Byways. “In its place he painted a new lower panel. Thanks to the detailed drawing, the mosaic panel was painstakingly restored by ASU artist Les Christensen.” In 1994 a special reception was held

by ASU to honor Hasselle and Judy McCain of West Memphis for their gift of 44 signed and titled Cloar drawings to the university. The exhibition and reception theme was called “Carroll Cloar: Beginning Points” and was held at the Holiday Inn in Jonesboro. A 40-page commerative event booklet was published for the event and

Carroll Cloar, American, 1913-1993, Sunday at the Marshes, 1961; Casein tempera on masonite; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Bequest of Alice McKee Armstrong 93.5.2

“American faces, timeless dress and timeless customs... the last of old America that isn’t long for this earth.” -Caroll Cloar, quoted in his book Hostile Butterflies and Other Paintings

Photo by Nan Snider (above) This headstone of Rev. George Berry Washington sits in Earle, Ark., Cloar’s place of birth. It was a point of inspiration for two of Cloar’s paintings: “Gibson Bayou Anthology” and “Angel in the Thorn Patch.” (left) Cloar in his later years with his paintings Fall 2011|Delta Crossroads


Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Heritage Sites and Arkansas Delta Byways, stands with “Garden of Love,” the Cloar mosaic on display at Arkansas State University.

stated “The Delta is fortunate indeed, that after stints in New York, Europe, South America and elsewhere, Carroll Cloar chose to return to the source of his beginnings to capture the rich images of his youth.” Cloar’s widow was so moved during the reception that she announced she was entrusting the painter’s artistic assets to ASU as well. ASU also owns a drawing donated by Drs. Allen and Ina Tonkin of Tennessee and one painting, “The Planter,” donated by the former Worthen Bank in Little Rock. The drawings and painting currently are in storage at ASU’s Bradbury Gallery and are periodically exhibited.The next ASU exhibit of Cloar’s work will likely be in 2013 in conjunction with the artist’s 100th birthday. ASU has exhibited other Cloar paintings in the past which were on loan to the university, Hawkins said. The McCains, also natives of Earle, had known of Cloar long before he was a famous artist, but had not met him personally until about 1977. The McCains explained they chose ASU because they believed Cloar drew inspiration from the Mississippi River Delta and they were bringing his work home — back to the area from whence he came.


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entries at the Poinsett County Fair each year are sure to include many bearing the name of Ruby Sylvia Condra. Her consistently outstanding entries and her success in garnering blue ribbons have made her well known — especially since Condra is now 100 years old and still going strong. Condra has taken part in Extension Homemakers Club work for over 52 years, and through that connection, has entered the fair each year. She says her favorite category is canned goods, but this year, in addition to pears, pickles, cherries, pear preserves, strawberry preserves and pepper sauce, she also entered cucumbers, okra and pecans in the field crop category, corn muffins in the baked goods category and plenty of her flowers, such as her prized roses, in the horticulture category. Each year, she wakes bright and early to take her items to the judging booths so she can be sure to get her lucky number, one, for all of her entries. She was devastated last year when illness prevented her from taking her entries for the first time. Fair officials held her number all day waiting for her to show up, she said. Back “in the pink” this year, she spent hours canning her fruits and preserves all

Story and photos by Jackie Wilson

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Each year Condra enters flowers, including her prized roses, into the Poinsett County Fair. Almost ever year they have received a shiny blue ribbon.

Condra won the sweepstakes with a quilt she made using silk neckties in a classic bow tie quilt pattern.

The painting below is one of Condra’s prized possessions. She began painting just a few years ago, in addition to her many other hobbies.

“She still cooks and gardens almost every day” - Judy May,

Silvia Condra’s daughter


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Looking for a hot, new look? the way up to the day before she would deliver her entries for judging. Some of Condra’s other fair accomplishments include being named Queen three times, having her recipe for Charleston rice named the overall winner, and taking home sweepstakes prizes for a beautiful quilt one year and in canned goods another. Condra has lived in northeast Arkansas most of her life, growing up outside of Harrisburg and attending school for the first time in Waldenburg during World War I in 1917. Her father was a prison warden. “I remember picking flowers with the trustees,” she said. “I must have been between three and six at the time.” She also remembers when one of her family’s homes was torn down to build Highway 1. She still owns some farmland in the area. When she was 18 years old, she married Marshall Condra, and together they had seven children. She says she has had a long life full of love and has lived to welcome a greatgreat-grandchild. Sadly, she also has lost two of her children and has seen one enter a nursing home and another an assisted living facility. Over the years, Condra has seen much of the world, visiting Rome, Holland and Hawaii. She was baptized in the Jordan River in 1977 when she went on a one-week trip to the Holy Land with her church group. She also has been to Disney World twice. Condra enjoys collecting glass slippers and has hundreds in her home in Harrisburg. One of her most treasured pieces is a celluloid slipper given to her as a gift. It is over 100 years old and at one time was owned by a pioneer family in Arkansas. When there is an announcement of a new baby or a marriage in the family, it is certain that a handmade quilt from Condra soon will follow. “You wouldn’t believe how many I’ve made throughout the years,” she said with a smile. Amazingly, Condra also has recently picked up the art of painting. “She still cooks and gardens almost every day,” said Condra’s daughter, Judy May. For a time she worked at the Parker Pioneer Homestead near Harrisburg making and canning fresh molasses. Some of the corn she grows for the fair she donates to Parker Homestead for broom making. Condra will turn 101 on March 15, 2012, and is already looking forward to next year’s county fair. Those who peruse the exhibits should be sure to look for the many entries from “Ruby Sylvia Condra.” They should be the ones with the blue ribbons.


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E-I-E-I-O And on that farm, they had some chickens The Harrisburg Delta Garden study has planted not only yummy and nutritious veggies, but eye-catching flowers.

Harrisburg Middle School students will have hands on farming experience

Imagine the rustling of sweet corn leaves in the crisp dawn, the bright cough of a colorful chicken, the light smell of earth and condensation, the soft cries of kittens warming themselves in bundles of

Ryan Norman and Jill Zartman show Lake Poinsett State Park superintendent, Vicki Trimble, and assistant superintendent, Kathy Evans the dirt box housing worms for their vermicomposting project.

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hay. You might imagine you are on a family farm in northeast Arkansas, not in a classroom. Every week Harrisburg students will be trading in rows of books for rows of cabbage and putting down their pencils to reach out for life through the new crops, flowers and animals at their school. The Harrisburg Middle School is participating in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute Delta Garden Study, sponsored by the USDA and Agricultural Research Service. With this grant, schools receive the funds to build a new garden that is meant to not only bring benefits to the students and faculty, but the community as a whole. Harrisburg’s garden is being constructed at the front entrance of the middle school, along the highway. Along with the garden, the Delta Garden Study also provides Harrisburg with a full-time garden program specialist. Ryan Norman began in June, beautifying the acre space set aside for the garden study.

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He began by laying down cardboard to cover and kill the Bermuda grass. “It’s about 90 percent effective,” Norman said. “Any weeding we have to do in the raised beds will only take 10 to 15 minutes.” In the weeks before the students begin their garden classes, Norman and other volunteers have set up a greenhouse, a tool shed, a site for compositing and rows of raised beds filled with sweet corn, cabbage, carrots, kale, sunflowers, basil and radishes. Harrisburg also will receive curriculum aligned to Arkansas State Frameworks for science, math, literacy and physical education; seeds, plants, equipment and tools to maintain their one acre garden; a chicken coop and chickens; worm boxes and worms for vermicomposting, and support from the staff of Delta Garden Study. In addition to a garden program specialist, Harrisburg also will have guidance from Jill Zartman, a FoodCorps member. FoodCorps is funded through AmeriCorps and private donors. One of its primary goals is to reduce the rate of childhood obesity. Zartman will work closely with Norman to educate students about the nutrition side of the garden. “We want the students to be educated and have access to healthy foods,” Zartman said. “Throughout the year, we will have taste tests using the vegetables grown in the garden. One of the first taste tests will include the use of our basil to make a fresh pesto.” The Harrisburg garden also will host some chickens, which the children will care for. Later in the year, they will have the chance to dissect an egg. Norman and Zartman hope to get their hands on a rooster, too, so the students can raise baby chicks.


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The students also will have the responsibility to maintain a compost heap. They will use rabbit manure, paper shredding from the intermediate office and veggie and fruit scrapes from the school cafeteria. The garden will be irrigated by a drip tape system, which will lightly sweat water into the soil. The students will be in charge of manually filling buckets with water collected from the rainwater harvest system to keep the crops well hydrated. “The rainwater harvest system is cheap, simple and easy to build,” Norman said. “Each system holds 110 gallons of water and we plan on building

two more, which should be enough to maintain our garden using only filtered rainwater. It will also get the students active carrying the water buckets to the crops.” Installed in the greenhouse are two wooden bins of soil, built by Harrisburg High School interns. The boxes house hundred of red earthworms, which help enrich the dirt. “This is some of the best garden soil known to man,” Norman said. Zartman explained they plan to keep the worms in one bin for about two months, then transfer them to another. The result after two months is a soil packed with nutrients, which can be used in the garden. In October, Norman and Zartman plan to host a “dig day,” where the students will begin planting their own crops to care for. Even the Harrisburg teachers will have their own basil plants to look after. The science teachers will work closely with Norman and Zartman, teaching

(top left) Two of the chickens donated to the garden include a black and red Malay. (top right) Jill Zartman shows off the wooden chicken coop, which Harrisburg students helped make. The doors in the back will allow students to easily collect chicken eggs. (left) Assistant Superintendent Kathy Evans holds up a freshly picked radish. (above) Jill Zartman and Ryan Norman unload four chickens that were donated by local farmers. (right) The garden will house cabbage, carrots, radishes, turnips, sweet corn, basil and much more.

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from the Delta Garden handbooks given to each student. “My students are amazed by the garden,” said Emaly Stonecipher, a Harrisburg sixth and seventh grade science teacher. “They are not only going to learn about science, math and English, but life skills and how to eat healthy for the rest of their lives.” Karli Saracini, principal of the Harrisburg Middle School, said, “We are so excited about this grant. It’s going to have a direct impact on the community and a lasting effect on our students.” Saracini explained that because Harrisburg had such a small school committee, they knew it would take more than just a few from the school to receive the grant. That is when the community became involved. “The response has been amazing,” said Saracini. “We have a wonderful team with Ryan and Jill. The garden has helped us integrate the school and community. There is so much pride in this garden. It’s an all over positive improvement.” In May, Harrisburg Middle School celebrated its new Delta Garden Study grant by having a ribbon cutting and breaking ground in the garden. Students and faculty took shovels and dug up their first piece of earth to represent the beginnings of the garden project. Emily English, intervention programs manager with the Delta Garden Study, spoke at the event and explained the program will strive to fight childhood obesity and offer the students countless experiences and educational tools. “Three more schools will receive a garden this year,”

(left) Ryan Norman demonstrates how the greenhouse’s walls can be lowered and raised to regulate the temperature. (below) Both Norman and Zartman hope that the school’s new garden will bring color, enrichment and nutrition to Harrisburg students.

Visit the restored home and barn-studio where literary giant Ernest Hemingway penned portions of some of his most famous works, including A Farewell to Arms. During his marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer, from 1927 to 1940, Hemingway was a frequent visitor to her family home in Piggott, now open to visitors. The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center offers tours, exhibits, educational programs, special events, Hemingway and related books, and unique gifts. Group tours are offered by appointment, with drop-in tours on the hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Hemingway-Pfeiffer Creative Writers Retreat for Adults November 14-18, 2011 Roland Mann, Mentor

said English. “These, in combination with their pairmatched control schools and an additional five pairs next year, will make this the largest school garden research study in the nation.” Danny Sample, Harrisburg superintendent, said, “This is a lifelong opportunity, not only for healthy nutrition, but possible careers.” The Delta Garden Study also is having an impact on the Trumann School District since the Trumann Intermediate School will be the control group for the Harrisburg Middle School. At the end of the study, Harrisburg and Trumann students will be evaluated in an anonymous and voluntary study that will compare Body Mass Index (BMI) and test scores. Trumann Schools will receive $2,000 for participating in the study, and Myra Graham, Trumann’s new superintendent, hopes to use the funds in the intermediate science classes. The Delta Garden Study is not simply a garden filled with nutritious, fresh veggies, inviting flowers or the tiny pulsings of insects, birds and animals. It is an idea. It is a revolution to chanage the way not only Poinsett County, but all of Arkansas looks at food. “We feel very lucky,” Norman said. “ A study like this is meant to stir the pot, but we are here because the community wants us here, to bring the changes the community is asking for. We want to change the food culture in the area and a good way to do that is by educating the children. There has been so much support, which makes my job more exciting.”

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A touching ceremony, including an initial flag-raising, was held recently to celebrate progress at Rector’s impressive new Veterans Memorial Park, set for completion in late 2012. The park features a bronzed statue of a World War II soldier and also will include a meditation area with a beautiful pergola and a stage area for programs.

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How many years with the department? I have been with the Monette Fire Department 41 years, joining in 1970, and have served as Fire Chief since 1988. Training: “Training and equipment have changed through the years. Even the turnout gear is more protective. After 9/11 and the involvement of Homeland Security, even volunteer fire departments require more training. We now have a lot of hazmat training. Volunteers are required to have 16 hours training a year, but all of our firemen exceed that. I and many of the other volunteers in Monette also are trained as First Responders.”

Bob Blankenship Monette Fire Chief Most memorable experience: “I had just got out of the hospital last year when one of the largest fires in our town happened. Farmers Market was on fire. It was so hard not to go. I listened to it and I called and said, ‘Call Caraway and Lake City for help.’ Manila and Leachville also came and helped. All of the area fire departments work together where they are needed. Especially when one of the departments is fighting a large fire when the temperatures are hot, we help each other. During the hot weather we try to rotate firemen every five minutes. Monette Fire Department and Black Oak Fire Department merged recently and they work well together. It has given us more manpower and equipment. It has worked out well for all of us. “Another memorable experience was when residents of the Monette Nursing Home had to be evacuated a little over a year ago. When I got there my dad, who is a resident there, was giving instructions. He would not leave until everyone else was out. His training kicked in and he knew exactly what everyone should be doing. Everything turned out well, but it was quite an experience.” What do people not understand about your work? “We do it because we care about our community. We work hard to do a good job. Our firemen have jobs and they still find time to volunteer, train, and even do a lot of the building and repairing of the firetrucks themselves to save money. They serve a probation period for a year and have to meet the requirements. They have to take and pass four classes within the year to become a volunteer fireman.


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Everyday Heroes What do you enjoy about being a firefighter? “Serving with such a great group of guys. Last year I had a lot of health problems and I offered to retire. I told them I had been out for several weeks and they proved they could do very well without me. If they wanted to select a new chief I would stay to help train him. They told me if I would just stay all I would have to do is point to what needs to be done and they would do it. They are a great bunch of people and I feel blessed to be able to work beside them. Our community is a better place because of them.” Personal Information For 33 years, Blankenship has been a Shield of Shelter insurance agent. In addition to joining the fire department with his dad, he partnered with him in the auto body repair business in 1970 and it is still open today. He believes in taking an active role in the community he lives. He served on the original Buffalo Island Central School Board for 14 years, serves on the Monette City Council, is a member of the American Legion, is active in the Monette First Baptist Church, and serves on the Craighead County Quorum Court. He and his wife, Doris, have two daughters, Missi Miller and Kristi Wildy. Missi is married to Gordon Miller and Kristi is married to Justin Wildy. They have five grandchildren, Jordon Miller, Caleb Miller, Connor Miller, Blair Wildy and Blaine Wildy.

How many years on the force? 30 years with the Piggott Serving as chief for past 12 years Training: Numerous certifications and studies include Basic Police Academy, Police Chief Executive Development, HAZMAT, ADEM, National Weather Service Skywarn , School Violence Assessment and Intervention and FEMA National Incident Management System.

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Most memorable experience: “The feeling I had when I first put on a police uniform. It was a goal of mine to become a police officer from the time I was a kid.” What do people not understand about police work? “A lot of the time, I think the public believes we can do almost anything. That’s just not the case. We’re governed by laws and regulations in the things we can do, just like anyone else. There are moments where we wish we could do more at their time of need than we’re allowed to.” What do you enjoy about being a police officer? “Our goal is to ensure everyone’s safety. If something does arise, we want to try to help restore their lives to normal. It all comes down to helping. If you can improve someone’s life or make something better, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.”

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earitage Bearitage Farms lodge near Cherry Valley, in Cross County, serves as home to world traveler and big game hunter Scott House.

Scott House receives high honors for restoration of his Cherry Valley property to its native state Scott House of Cherry Valley admits to falling in love with the land in the Mississippi Flyway along the L’Anguille River in Cross County. “I have been a duck hunter all of my life and found the land between Harrisburg and Cherry Valley the most ideal for attracting migratory birds,” House said. This love led him to undertake a project which earlier this year resulted in his winning the 2011 National Wetlands Landowner Stewardship Award, presented in a special ceremony at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., in May. Story and photos by Nan Snider

“When I was a teenager at Hall High School in Little Rock , I dreamed of owning a piece of land where I could enjoy hunting and , at the same time , protect the wetland area that allowed the waterfowl and other wildlife to thrive ,” he

said. After graduating from high school in 1976, the young entrepreneur,

Prince Tapscott House, and his brother, Byron House, started Heritage Building Systems, a prefabricated metal building business in Little Rock. Within a few years, they had built the company into one of the most successful and best-known names in the steel building industry in America. “With the success of the business, I was able purchase 203 acres near Cherry Valley,” Scott House said. “I built a lodge on it in 2002, which I called Bearitage. I first saw the name Bearitage on a bottle of wine and knew it was just perfect for my lodge, being Fall 2011|Delta Crossroads


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a mix between my early love for bear hunting and our company name of Heritage. Whenever property adjacent to mine came up for sale, I purchased it, and Bearitage Farms soon grew to 1,260 acres.” The spacious lodge at Bearitage is filled with mounted trophies and memorabilia from House’s vast hunting expeditions and worldwide travels. It includes every variety and color of bear, depicted beautifully to reflect their natural habitat. The great room is filled from floor to rafters with a wide display of preserved animals, waterfowl and fish. The home has a warm and welcoming appearance, with several guest rooms, a modern kitchen for entertaining, a sunroom, back deck and wide front porch with chairs for relaxing and watching the sun go down.


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House’s faithful friend, an aging black retriever, appropriately named “Bear,” is the official greeter and welcomes all visitors on the front porch upon arrival. Bearitage Farms itself includes diverse habitats, such as green tree reservoirs within the moist soil and wetland area along the L’Anguille River. This area also is covered with hardwood forests, mixed with tupelocypress swamps. It is a perfect combination for migratory birds. House and his neighbors went on to donate 15,000 acres of former farmland to be used for wintering migratory birds. Utilizing Natural Resources Conservation Service programs and support from Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, House helped reshape the landscape by planting over 60,000 trees almost

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Scott House routinely checks the moist soil units, re-lift pumping stations, and vast levee system at Bearitage Farms.

single-handedly. He added seven re-lift pumps to actively manage water depths and vegetative composition and built a levee system across 265 acres of his land. He recently donated 85 acres to create a “prairie pothole” wetland, and gave Arkansas State University a permanent wetland easement for research and education. “I have watched ASU for several years and saw them climb to being the second largest school in the nation for wildlife studies,” House said. “I built a place for ASU students to study and reside at Bearitage Farms so they could work onsite in the wetlands. They do field studies while here, and having lodging and kitchen facilities built into the educational space allows them to not have to run back and forth to the campus until their work is completed.” During the heavy rains this spring when floodwaters surrounded his farm, House was away for only a short time. The water was only nine inches short of reaching the top ofathe levee that surrounds his home, and he went out every day to measure it. It finally receded without any damage to his home or farm buildings. In late 2004, the House family sold Heritage Building Systems to NCI LP of Houston, the largest manufacturer of metal building components in the United States. “This has freed me up to travel to other parts of the world to look for new wildlife habitats,” House said. “I have a farm in Argentina, but Bearitage is my home. I never tire of working here on the farm or hunting when the seasons arrive. There is always something to look forward to here.”

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From Indian pottery to mid-twentieth century medical equipment, the Marked Tree Delta Area Museum covers a wide range of history. The museum itself, however, hasn’t been around nearly as long as the items it preserves for history buffs and future generations. The museum got its start in 1992 with a group of local residents who wanted a way to preserve the area’s history. This group soon became the Marked Tree Historical Society. Soon after, the TriCity Area Cultural Council was established to serve as an umbrella organization for groups established to preserve culture, arts and history, which include the Marked Tree Delta Area Museum, the Marked Tree Library and the Lepanto Library. In May of 1993, the first public, week-long exhibit was held in downtown Marked Tree as part of Arkansas Heritage week. Then, in July of 1994, the museum opened its first permanent exhibit on the second floor of the Marked Tree Public Library. Fundraising for a future building to house the museum began in October of that year. November saw an initial fund drive along with a Depression Night event, with guest speaker Dr. Jeannie Whayne, Poinsett County historian from the University of Arkansas. In January of Story and photos by Corey Clairday

The Marked Tree Delta Area Museum has several mannequins, such as these two in the general store exhibit.

1995, land was donated for the site of the permanent museum where it currently stands on Frisco Street beside the First United Methodist Church. In 1995, the contents of the old Verser Hospital in Harrisburg were donated to the museum, and a medical/business exhibit was opened in November in a temporary site next to Shonberger’s Department Store on Frisco Street. In 1997, a shotgun house (circa 1915) was donated to the museum, moved onto the property of the permanent museum Fall 2011|Delta Crossroads


This shotgun house is one of many models on display.

A cotton bale in the Delta Area Museum weighs about 500 pounds.

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site, and restored. Groundbreaking for the museum took place in December of 1997. The museum was designed by architect Hardy Little III with a façade that replicates the old E. Ritter General Store. There are several galleries in the 4,800 square foot museum. The majority of the items on display were donated by people who live or have lived in Northeast Arkansas. The first gallery is a reproduction of a general store from the early 1900s that includes such items as a wooden display case from the old Norcross General Store in Tyronza, a spittoon from the C.A. Worthy Store in Marked Tree in the 1920s, and a velocipede, which looks like a tall tricycle. The main gallery displays several aspects of the area’s history, the oldest of which are local American Indian pottery dug up by Jim Dailey, which date

to around AD 1300-1400, and petrified wood. There is a telephone display which shows off telephone equipment originally from the E. Ritter Telephone Company and includes a switchboard from the old Portis Telephone Company in Lepanto. Other items in this gallery include a 500 pound cotton bale, a loom and spinning wheel, and an organ that is over 100 years old donated by the Edgar Perry family. The middle gallery changes its exhibits a couple times a year. It has a reproduction of a back porch and currently has a kitchen display and several locally produced models of buildings, such as a jail, a shotgun house and the Floating Palace — a honky-tonk that floated on the river during Marked Tree’s earlier days. All of the models were built by Claude Easton. The museum also houses a Hall of

Curator Marolyn Robbins-Guarr shows off a piece of petrified wood in the museum.

(top) An incubator is one of many items on display in the medical section of the museum. It is also explosion proof. (center left) The Marked Tree Delta Area Museum’s façade is based on that of the old E. Ritter General Store. (bottom left) Curator Marolyn Robbins-Guarr stands in front of the Marked Tree Delta Area Museum. (above) The museum has telephone equipment from both the E. Ritter Telephone Company in Marked Tree and the Portis Telephone Company in Lepanto.

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Honor, recognizing people who have made donations to the museum, and school memorabilia, including such items as yearbooks, photographs and one of Marked Tree School’s first band uniforms from 1949. The final gallery is a medical display, which encompasses four rooms and incorporates several hospital items that came from the Verser Hospital Clinic in Harrisburg, which closed in the 1970s. Some of the items in this display date back to as early as 1913. The hospital was built in the 1940s, but Dr. William Verser came to Harrisburg in 1913. All of the items in the museum are either donated or on loan, and there also is a gift shop that sells locally donated craft items. The Delta Area Museum is run by an all-volunteer staff and this year welcomed a new curator, Marolyn Robbins-Guarr, who has a passion for history and says she feels “like a little girl in a doll house.” “I would have been a history major if not for my love of literature,” Robbins-Guarr said. “It’s just a joy to work with these things. I feel like a kid getting to play in the museum.” Behind the scenes, the museum has several rooms set aside for preserving items not currently on display, such as a recent acquisition Marolyn is restoring, a filing cabinet from the Frank Fleeman Grocery which is still packed with receipts. The store was originally in Payneway, though the cabinet was donated after it was found in Clay County. Other items in storage include clothing, hats and toys, much of which will periodically be brought out to change up the displays. The Delta Area Museum is always looking to add to its collection and preserve the history of not just Marked Tree, but the surrounding area as well. “We’re always interested in donations,” Robbins-Guarr said. “Don’t throw out your old junk when you clean house.”

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our lifetime. JDRF will hold its first Northeast Arkansas Walk to Cure Diabetes Saturday, Oct. 15, in historic downtown Jonesboro. The 5k walk will begin with registration at the corner of Main and Washington Streets at 7:30 a.m. Corporate sponsors of the event will provide activities for kids, hot dogs, ice cream, inflatable bouncers and other forms of entertainment. There is not cost for taking part in the walk or the festivities. The mission of JDRF is “to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research and research-related education.� Area companies, families and individuals are pledging their support to this effort in many different ways. Companies can support the event by serving as a sponsor or by forming walk teams made up of employees and their families

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Dr. Stewart used her daughter’s t-shirt from the 2010 Walk to Cure Diabetes in Little Rock to make a visual point about finger pricks and shots. She attached 35 small pins to the shirt to represent the finger pricks and 28 larger pins to represent the insulin shots, which represent a week’s minimum activity.

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and friends. Individuals and families are getting involved by forming teams of walkers to supply the backbone of dedication as active volunteers. The walk draws people together in a healthy activity for a worthy cause. Dr. Kima Stewart, director of BIC Elementary Education, and her family have formed “Stewart’s Walkers,” a team that will be walking in the Jonesboro event. “Our daughter Savanah was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 18, during her senior year at BIC,” Stewart said. “As relieved as we were to know why she was so sick, we were uninformed about what to do to control diabetes. We all soon learned and are now interested in educating ourselves about every aspect of the disease, its control, research and how we can help. We have all come to truly value our health. “Savanah has been very courageous when it comes to dealing with diabetes,” Stewart said. “Many people close to her are not even aware she has it. She is determined not to let diabetes define who she is. She is very active and involved at Arkansas State University and doesn’t shy away from any activity. She is a senior chemistry major and will graduate in May of 2012. She has worked for the Arkansas Dental Clinic in Jonesboro for the past year and plans to attend dental school following graduation. “People never get to take a day off from being a diabetic,” Stewart continued. “The first and last thing they do every day is take a blood check. Many people are squeamish about having to take a shot or give blood, but people with diabetes have a minimum of 35 finger pricks a week, plus 28 insulin shots.” Dr. Stewart used Savanah’s t-shirt from the 2010 Walk to Cure Diabetes in Little Rock to make a visual point about finger pricks and shots. She attached 35 small pins to the shirt to represent the finger pricks and 28 larger pins to represent the insulin shots, which represent a week’s minimum activity. “Savanah is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta fraternity at ASU and was pleasantly surprised to find that one of its philanthropic projects was JDRF,” Dr. Stewart said. BIC West Elementary Students in Monette will be selling gum passes Oct. 14 as a fundraiser for JDRF. The winning student will be allowed to chew sugarfree gum all day on the gum-free campus. Funds from the project will be donated to JDRF in the names of the two elementary students with diabetes who are enrolled at BIC West. Walks for the cure of diabetes are held in Memphis and Little Rock annually, and now Jonesboro can add its name to the list of growing supporters. The numbers of people connected with diabetes nationwide are astonishing. The hope is that a JDRF office will be located in Jonesboro in the near future.



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Nothing says summer like the smell of fresh funnel cakes hanging in the hot August air. Poinsett County brought funnel cakes, corndogs, bumper cars, live music and beauty contests to the area through the county fair, which took place Tuesday, Aug. 16, through Saturday, Aug. 20. A beauty contest took place Aug. 13, and activities also included contests in art and photography, food preservationt, baked foods, field crops and horticulture, and livestock A fair talent contest was held Aug. 18. “All of the entertainment is free,” said Steve Jernigan, Lepanto mayor and president of the Poinsett County Fair board. “We always try to have as many free activities as we can.”

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Main Street | SUMMER 2011 IN PIGGOTT Dub Lyerly of Ash Flat answers questions about artifacts at Piggott’s 2011 Native American Day

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Main Street Milestones

L.C. and LaVerne Austin celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 3 with a reception at Monette Manor. The couple married Sept. 2, 1961, at Rowe’s Chapel Baptist Church.

Lavern “Mac” and Jane Manchester of Rector celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, Aug. 21, at the Fifth and Pine Church of Christ in Rector. The Manchesters were married Aug. 10, 1966, at the bride’s home in Greenway.

Sherland and Barbara Hamilton of Rector celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Rector First Baptist Church. The Hamiltons were married Aug. 6, 1961, at the Brookland Baptist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Thompson of Blytheville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Aug. 27, at the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church in Blytheville. They were married Aug. 15, 1961, at First Baptist Church in Paragould.

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy W. Davis of the Athelstan Community near Manila will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 8 at the Manila Depot. They were married Oct. 14, 1961, at Brinkley chapel Baptist Church.

Frank and Glenda Castro of McAllen, Texas, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 29. Mrs. Castro is formerly of Monette, the daughter of Chester and Delia Hatcher.

Hamil and Shirley Million of Jonesboro, formerly of Monette, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary July 7. They were married July 7, 1951, in Hoxie.

NOTABLE BIRTHDAYS Family and friends gathered Aug. 6 to celebrate Hazel Hodges James’ 98th birthday in Paragould. Mrs. James was born Aug. 5, 1913, in Harrisburg. She married Jewell James in 1931 at the age of 18 and the couple was together until his passing in 1999. During their marriage, they lived in Poinsett, Clay and Greene Counties.


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Arthur “Ott” Loyd celebrated his 95th birthday with family friends Sept. 17 at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church fellowship hall in Piggott. Raised near Wynne, Loyd spent much of his youth working in agriculture. After moving to Piggott in 1957, he took a job with the city, retiring in 1980 after 23 years of service. He now resides at Murphy Health and Rehabilitation in Piggott where, with a mind as sharp as ever, he shares stories of the past and discusses current events.

Bro. Jack Bearden celebrated his 69th year in the ministry Sunday, Aug. 21, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, located on North Main Street in Rector.


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