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Welcome, all A letter from courier publisher David meadows


n behalf of the natives, I would like to welcome you to our part of the Arkansas River Valley. While the official “valley” stretches more or less from Fort Smith to Conway, we believe we reside in the most beautiful, most accessible and most accommodating portion. Stunning scenery for every season is offered up at Lake Dardanelle and along the banks of the Arkansas River. Additionally, Mount Nebo and the Ozark National Forest offer any number of vantage points along State Highway 7 and Interstate 40 in Pope, Johnson and Yell counties. Whether you are visiting, are a new resident or are thinking about relocating to the area, I think you’ll find this edition of our Tourism and Newcomers Guide extremely helpful. Within these pages, you’ll find places to eat, shop, hike, float, ride and sightsee, just to name a few. If you’re making a move, you’ll find important contact information to set up your residence, along with ways to get connected quickly. We are known for family-centered communities, from standing-room-only high school football and basketball games to parades and community events that generate a civic pride that runs deep. Whether you visit Russellville, Dover, Dardanelle, Pottsville, Atkins, Danville, London, Clarksville or any other of our cities or towns, you’ll feel the presence of

About the area On March 2, 1819, the territory of Arkansas was formed from lands part of the Louisiana Purchase. The heart of the Arkansas River Valley, Pope County, was formed Nov. 2, 1829. It originally included all of present-day Johnson and Yell counties, and was named for John Pope, the third governor of the Arkansas Territory. The community of Scotia was the seat. Eventually, Pope County’s government would move to Russellville, while the offshoots of Johnson and Yell counties would adopt Clarksville and Dardanelle and Danville, respectively, as their seats — the present-day circumstance of what were, once upon a time, Cherokee lands.

community immediately. The Courier is extremely proud of our home, and we’re proud to have served this area for more than 125 years. We extend that commitment of service to you during your time here. Feel free to give us a call at (479) 968-5252 if we can be of assistance. And in the meantime, enjoy yourself. The opportunity is all around you.

On the Cover Jason Lampkin and Jessica Russo, both of Russellville, dine at Savanah’s on the riverfront in Dardanelle, with floral arrangements by Sweeden Florist.

The 2011 Tourism and Newcomers Guide to the Arkansas River Valley is published by Russellville Newspapers Inc., 201 E. Second St., Russellville, AR 72801. The contents herein are copyrighted and may not be reproduced without expressed written consent from the publisher. The Tourism and Newcomers Guide shall not be liable for failure to publish an advertisement or for typographical errors or errors in publication. Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertising for any reason and to alter advertising copy or graphics deemed unacceptable for publication. The Tourism and Newcomers Guide is readily available at The Courier.

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index To do: Calendar of events.............................................48 To do: Call the Hogs from I-40.......................................62 To do: Catch a sunset at Mount Nebo.............................8 To do: Go for a nature walk...........................................59 To do: Kick up your heels..............................................47 To do: Interact at Lake Dardanelle................................16 To do: Make a carriage stop at Potts Inn.......................72 To do: See if you can spot the ’gator.............................60 To do: Take in some culture at The Center...................50 Athletics...........................................................................63 Emergency contacts........................................................36 Fishing tournament schedule...........................................49 Golf..................................................................................22 Help organizations...........................................................32 Hospitals..........................................................................33 Johnson County...............................................................10 Libraries...........................................................................74 Media...............................................................................35 Nuclear safety..................................................................75 Pope County....................................................................24 Recreation........................................................................18 Restaurant menus............................................................37 Schools............................................................................64 State and federal government..........................................70 Utilities.............................................................................30 Veterinarians....................................................................34 Yell County.......................................................................52 Publisher David Meadows Editorial Mary Kincy Michael Ford Kevin Hill Sean Ingram Marilyn Mashburn Cindi Nobles Whitney Snipes Adam Sweeney

Advertising Michelle Harris Gracie Camp Jim Kelley Lauren Lampkin Judy Manning Marie Norris Corinna Rose Ginny Rye Press Steve Douthit

Photography Joshua Mashon

Production Adam Franks

Business manager Kelly Davis

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City Corporation, Russellville’s hometown water utility, provides water and wastewater services to Russellville residents, and to those outside the city limits as authorized by the Russellville City Council. The utility employs fifty-nine men and women living in the River Valley who are proud to serve the City of Russellville. City Corporation employees have continued their efforts to improve services in both the water and wastewater aspects of the utility. Some of these projects include the Huckleberry Creek Reservoir, the Sodium Hypochlorite Facility, and water fluoridation.

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City Corporation’s Board of Directors consists of five residents who serve 5-year terms and receive no compensation. These men and women serve with hopes of giving back to the community and making the River Valley a better place to live. By having an adequate, safe and economical water supply, residents and the community can continue to prosper. The newest member to the board, added in 2011 is Frank Russenberger. Mr. Russenberger replaced the 2010 Chair Peggy Stratton whose five year term expired December 31, 2010. The 2011 Chairman of the City Corporation Board is Dave Palfreeman, who is joined on the Board by Dr. Tommy Richardson, Vice Chair; Don Guess, Secretary/Treasurer; and Art Jones, Member.


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Huckleberry Creek Reservoir The search for a new water source for Russellville went on for 13 years from 1979 to 1992, during which time fourteen different alternatives were considered. After carefully considering all the options, it was determined that the best alternative would be the construction of the Huckleberry Creek Reservoir. The citizens of Russellville passed a one cent sales tax to pay for the purchase of the land and subsequent construction of the reservoir. The Reservoir was completed in February of 1996. When full, the reservoir holds 5.8 billion gallons of water. Sodium Hypochlorite (NaOCl) Replaces Chlorine (Cl2) Sodium Hypochlorite has replaced chlorine gas as the primary disinfectant. The disinfection process eliminates most biological organisms that may cause disease. Between disinfection and filtration, these processes remove any harmful particles from the drinking water. Sodium Hypochlorite, commonly known as liquid Bleach, is a safe alternative to chlorine gas in the treatment process. Although Sodium Hypochlorite is more expensive than Chlorine gas, it is a safe alternative to use at Water Treatment Plants located within neighborhoods like the City Corporation Water Treatment Plant. Garver Engineers won the 2009-2010 Engineering Excellence Award for the design of the Russellville Sodium Hypochlorite Facilities. City Corporation’s primary concern is to provide the best quality drinking water while taking steps to ensure the safety of our neighbors and the environment. Community Water Fluoridation Earlier this year, Arkansas Senate Bill 359 passed requiring water systems serving 5,000 or more residents to add fluoride to drinking water. The primary purpose of the bill is to “prevent tooth decay.” According to the Arkansas Department of Health, “in communities that initiated fluoridation, the decrease in childhood [tooth] decay was almost 30 percent over 3-12 years of follow up.” Recognizing the importance of fluoridation in dental health, the City Council of Russellville passed an ordinance in the late 50’s to begin this process. For this reason, citizens of Russellville have been enjoying the benefits of fluoridated water some 50 years before the process was mandated by state law.

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Catch a sunset at Mount Nebo


ew events are as peaceful and relaxing as a sunset, and you’ll have no trouble finding one in the Arkansas River Valley — especially if you make your way to Sunset Point. Each evening, Mount Nebo State Park attracts people from all areas seeking to catch the final moments before dark. State Highway 155 loops around the 1,350-foot mountain and leads drivers past the visitor center and onto Sunset Point, which is littered with benches and other places to relax and enjoy daylight’s end. “Some people sit out on the rocks and watch the sunset,” park superintendent Mike Hall said. “People staying here go to see it, and then sometimes people even from out of town want to come by and watch.” A sunset isn’t the only event to be enjoyed at Nebo. Each summer, longtime residents gather one Saturday for “Remembers Day,” where they reminisce about days gone by and exchange photos. This year’s “Remembers Day” will take place July 16 and will feature a PowerPoint presentation about some of the historic buildings and structures in the area.

Should you be lucky enough to still be in the Arkansas River Valley the following month, the park will host the 18th annual End of Summer Hang Glider Fly-in on Aug. 27-28. During the event, some of the hang gliders who frequent the mountain will drop by. Mount Nebo is one of only two parks in the state offering launch sites for hang-gliding enthusiasts. “It’s a great thing,” Hall said. “People are really interested in it.” Those in attendance will be given a crash course on how to set up and operate hang gliders. “They’ll be flying off the mountain if the weather conditions are right,” Hall said. “The big factor is that the weather has to be right. The wind has to be high-velocity. “It’s a well-attended thing,” he added. “People really like it.” Once October rolls around, the park shows black-and-white Halloween movies each Friday and Saturday night. Movies screened in years past include “Dracula” and “Wolfman.” All park events are free and open to the public. For more information on the park or to make campsite reservations, call (479) 229-3655 or email

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Each evening, Mount Nebo State Park attracts people from all over seeking to catch the final moments before dark.

Directions to Mt. Nebo State Park: Take State Highway 7 South through Russellville to Dardanelle, then turn right on State Highway 22 West and travel about a quarter of a mile to the first intersection with State Highway 155. Take a left and follow 155 to the mountain. Trailers of more than 24 feet should not attempt the trip.

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elcome to Johnson County, God’s little piece of heaven on earth! This area has something to challenge and meet the interests of everyone. For outdoorsmen, Johnson County has some of the finest and most diverse scenic beauty and recreational facilities in the state. Recreational opportunities abound for hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking and camping. Educational facilities range from public school kindergarten to the University of the Ozarks, a four-year, liberal arts college. Area industry is just as diverse. Industrial pursuits range from Tyson’s chicken legs to Sara Lee’s Leggs panty hose. Life is good in Johnson County! — Mike Jacobs Johnson County Judge

From lakes to galleries, Johnson County has it all F rom mountain views that lend themselves to spectacular sunsets to clean and clear lakes, streams and rivers, Johnson County has many sights for nature lovers to take in and enjoy. The scenic combination of Johnson County offers an ideal setting for all types of recreational activities, including those at the county’s city parks, softball complex, baseball fields, soccer fields, swimming pool, riverfront pavilions, hiking trails and family fishing pond. For more involved outdoor excursions, the county has numerous opportunities, including Haw Creek Falls; Horsehead Lake, a 98-acre mountain lake with 10 family camping units that Johnson County Judge Mike Jacobs calls the “best kept secret” in the state; Horsehead Hiking Trail; and the Wolfpen Recreation Area adjacent to the Mulberry River with canoe ramp access to the river. Also known for its annual Peach Festival, which takes place in mid-June, Johnson County is perfectly suited for orchards, berry farms and other farming. With a population of 25,540, Johnson County has three main municipalities: Clarksville, the county seat, Lamar and Knoxville. Johnson County is also home to the University of the Ozarks

in Clarksville, a private, Presbyterian-affiliated, four-year liberal arts university located at 415 N. College Ave. The university houses the Stephens Gallery, providing its guests a showplace for their creations. The 1,500 square feet of the gallery provide ample wall and floor space in which to exhibit works in a variety of artistic mediums and styles, while the arched windows to the east flood the display area with a soft, pleasing light. Two permanent collections donated to the university are on display in the gallery, the Pfeffer Collection and the Arch H. Gould Collection. The county is also home to three school districts, Clarksville, Lamar and Johnson County Westside. The Jasper district also has a presence. Johnson County was formed from a portion of neighboring Pope County on Nov. 16, 1833, and was named Johnson honoring the first territorial judge of Arkansas, Benjamin Johnson. The county is home to several historic places of note, including the County Courthouse, the Missouri-Pacific Depot and several historic homes. Whether a visitor’s interests are in the outdoors, history or art, Johnson County offers plenty to make a trip worthwhile.

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The Johnson County Courthouse is located at 215 W. Main St. in Clarksville. The county has eight elected officials: • County Judge: Mike Jacobs, 754-2175 (all area codes are 479). • Sheriff: Jimmy Dorney, 754-7612. • County and probate clerk: Michelle Frost, 754-3967. • Circuit and chancery clerk — Jane Houston, 754-2977. • Treasurer-collector — Leta Willis, 754-3056. • Assessor — Don Hurst Jr., 754-8839. • Surveyor — James Higby, 705-9406. • Coroner — Albert Davis Jr., 754-3562. Johnson County has 11 justices of the peace. Jacobs presides at quorum court meetings at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Johnson County Courthouse. • Dist. 1 — Herman Houston, 754-8124, 517 CR 3333, Clarksville. • Dist. 2 — Larry Holben, 885-3202, 139 PR 3572, Clarksville. • Dist. 3 — Jeanette Hemmer, 885-3165, P.O. Box 325, Lamar. • Dist. 4 — David Chronister, 497-1403, 912 CR 3020, Hartman. • Dist. 5 — Larry Plugge, 497-1895, 1096 CR 2201, Hartman. • Dist. 6 — Bruce Phillips, 754-3877, 1064 CR 3320, Clarksville. • Dist. 7 — Steve Morgan, 754-6541, 260 CR 3481, Clarksville. • Dist. 8 — Gene Raible, 754-8637, 42 Thompson Drive, Clarksville. • Dist. 9 — Ken Medeiros, 754-6884, 307 McKennon, Clarksville. • Dist. 10 — Harold Parker, 885-2295, P.O. Box 193, Knoxville. • Dist. 11 — Keith Eichenberger, 754-8757, P.O. Box 2104, Clarksville.

population 25,5540

Median age 36.6

Average household size 2.69

Average family size 3.31

Adults w/ 4-year degree 13.9 percent

Mean travel time to work 19.6 minutes

Median household income $30,953

occupied housing units 8,911

Median gross rent $269

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Johnson County Clarksville Clarksville’s City Hall is located at 205 Walnut St., Clarksville, AR 72830. City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Mayor: Billy Helms. Elected in 2010, his term ends in 2014. Mayor and clerk-treasurer serve four-year terms. Clerk: Barbara Blackard. • Administrative assistant: Verla Clark. • City attorney: Bruce Wilson. The Clarksville City Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Aldermen are Freeman Wish, Don Stimpson, Dutch Houston, Dana Schneider, John Pledger and Mark Simpson. Aldermen serve two-year terms. • District court judge: Len Bradley. District court meets each Monday. The court’s telephone number is (479) 754-8533. • Light and water manager: Mike Hughes, (479) 754-3148. • Street superintendent: Tom Cogan, (479) 754-8900. • Parks Department supervisor: Tom Cogan, (479) 754-5050. • Animal control is contracted through the Johnson County Humane Society, (479) 754-4200.

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Knoxville Knoxville’s City Hall is located on Old U.S. Highway 64. The mailing address is P.O. Box 130, Knoxville, AR 72845. The telephone number is (479) 885-6523. City Hall is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Mayor: Dan Roe. Roe was re-elected after he ran unopposed in 2010. Mayor and recorder-treasurer serve fouryear terms. • Recorder-treasurer: Terry Freyaldenhoven. • Attorney: Rick Weaver. The Knoxville City Council meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Aldermen are John Tyson, Robert Davis, Terry Sanderson, Cherie Rose and Redell Shatwell. Aldermen serve two-year terms. • Water office manager: Nelda Eichelberger, (479) 885-6523. • Water operator: James Raburn, (479) 885-6523. • Street supervisor: John Mark Dossett, (479) 885-6523.

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Johnson County boasts its share of fun, including an annual peach festival.

Lamar Lamar’s City Hall is located at 437 W. Main St. The mailing address is P.O. Box 700, Lamar AR, 72846. The telephone number is (479) 885-3865. City Hall is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Mayor: Jerry Boen, (479) 885-3865. Boen was elected in 2010. Mayor and recorder-treasurer serve four-year terms. • City recorder-treasurer: Teri Chavers. • Secretary: Carolyn Morgan. • Attorney: Rick Weaver. The Lamar City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Aldermen are Wilson Overbey, Wanda Willis, Mary Jean Nordin, Harry Tilley, Joe McCarley and Tod Higby. Aldermen serve two-year terms. • Water, sewer and street superintendent: Jerry Woodard, (479) 885-3865.

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Visitor’s Center a paradise within a paradise


ature lovers coming to the Arkansas River Valley will delight in the variety of parks, reserves, campgrounds and lakes available to enjoy with little cost, and the Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor’s Center is the proverbial cherry on top. “The Visitor’s Center here is a nice facility,” Andy Thomas, superintendent of Lake Dardanelle State Park, said. “I’ve worked for Arkansas State Parks for 32 years and I literally remember the time when the governor would come in, (and) we would have to pull the boards off the back of buildings and nail them on the front to make them presentable.” In 1996, Arkansas passed Amendment 76, an eighth-cent conservation tax that benefits the state parks, and led Arkansas to become one of the country’s leaders in state parks systems. Opened in 2003, the Visitor’s Center boasts 8,000 gallons of aquariums that represent the Arkansas River, local tributaries and Lake Dardanelle. “The aquariums are really neat,” Thomas said. “They’re set up like the river system is. We have the big tanks, the tributary tanks that have species in them you would find in the lake’s

tributaries, and they feed into the river tanks.” One of the biggest attractions to the youngsters who visit the park is the aquatic turtle touch table, where they can interact with live turtles. There are also several snakes that kids and adults alike can admire as well a honeybee exhibit. Five interactive, touch-screen computer kiosks feature information on aquatic resources and the history and culture of the Arkansas River Valley, and have age settings to tailor the information to the viewer. Every week, the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center shows local artists’ work in the state-of-the-art exhibit at the Visitor’s Center. Directions to Lake Dardanelle State Park: From Interstate 40, take exit 81, then turn south on State Highway 7. Take the first right onto Lake Front Drive, then continue onto West Main Street before turning right onto Marina Road. The park is 3.3 miles down, on the right, and the Visitor’s Center is marked.

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Park interpreters host environmental education programs throughout the year in the center’s state-of-the-art classroom with digital projectors and surround sound. In 2010, 20,000 local kids gained course credit at their schools through the programs. “We have some great educators out here, and we have a great partnership with our River Valley schools,” Thomas said. “We’re an extension of their classrooms. They can come out here and study micro-invertebrates or anything.” The classroom, which opens up to a balcony that overlooks Lake Dardanelle, has also become a hot spot for weddings. The facility sits on the shore of Lake Dardanelle, providing breathtaking views of the lake and something for every


visitor to enjoy. The park also provides pavilions, launch ramps, a marina, bicycle and kayak rentals and a hiking trail, and has provided more and more people with a safe, economical vacation spot. “People are staying closer to home, with the gas prices the way that they are,” Thomas said. “They’re not going to Disney World or Gulf Shores. I think they’ve been to the casinos — been there, done that. They’re looking for a quality vacation that’s economical.” The park has changed a great deal during the last few years. What began as mainly a camping destination has blossomed into a premier site for environmental education, conservation and community pride.


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Recreation The Arkansas River Valley is an area proud of its outdoor heritage, and the area reflects that with an abundance of parks and recreation destinations. From baseball and softball fields to a water skiing area to a skate park, Russellville and the surrounding communities provide plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors alike to get out in the fresh air and enjoy themselves while staying active, while many parks make the perfect place to host a barbecue. Fishing • Lake Dardanelle — The 34,300-acre body of water is known as one of the state’s — and the country’s — best fisheries and regularly hosts major bass fishing tournaments. • Lake Nimrod — Completed in 1942, the Yell County lake between the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains is the oldest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) lake in the state and is popular with hunters and anglers alike. Trails • Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary — Located off Lake Front Drive, Bona Dea Trails is for day use only and boasts four hiking and five interpretive trails. • Meadow Brook — This self-guided trail located inside Lake Dardanelle State Park is considered a relatively easy hiking

trail that is three-quarters of a mile and takes an estimated 30 minutes to complete. • Bench Trail — Located on Mount Nebo, it is considered the easier of Nebo’s two trails, and is four miles long. • Summit Park Trail — The more difficult of Mount Nebo’s trails, the mile-long trek is considered moderate to strenuous in difficulty. Campsites • Mount Nebo State Park — State Highway 155, Dardanelle; (479) 229-3655. • Lake Dardanelle State Park — 100 State Park Drive, Russellville; (479) 890-7474. • Sites operated by the COE in Lake Dardanelle area; for information call (479) 968-5008: • Cabin Creek • Cane Creek • Delaware • Dublin • Dwight Mission • Horsehead

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The COE has four locations along the Arkansas River as part of its Rockefeller Lake-Ormond Lock and Dam Project. They include: • Cherokee • Pontoon • Sequoyah • Sweeden Island COE campsites along Lake Nimrod: • Carden Point • Carter Cove • County Line • Quarry Cove • River Road • Sunlight Bay Marinas • Russellville Marina and Boat Repair — 330 Beach Road, Russellville, (479) 967-1543. Online at • Dardanelle Marina Service and Boat Dock — 10305 Marina Road, Russellville, (479) 229-2497. • Lucky Landing — 400 Lucky Landing Road, Russellville, (479) 641-7615. • Spadra Water Front Marina — 700 Marina Drive, Russellville, (479) 754-5021.

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elcome to the River Valle It’s a beautiful place to call home!

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Parks and facilities (in Russellville unless noted) • Hughes Center — 1000 E. Parkway, (479) 968-1272. Open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. • City Park Complex — North Knoxville Avenue between B Street and East Parkway, (479) 968-1272. • Confederate Mothers Memorial Park — South Glenwood Avenue and Skyline Drive, (479) 968-1272. • Illinois Bayou Park — 6630 U.S. Highway 64 West, (479) 968-1272. • James School Park — 807 W. Fourth Place, (479) 968-1272. • M.J. Hickey Park — E. 16th Street, (479) 968-1272. • Russellville Soccer Complex — 901 Lock and Dam Road, (479) 968-1272. • Pleasant View Park — 3595 N. Arkansas Ave., (479) 968-1272. • Pleasant View Water Ski Area — 3694 Pleasant View Road, (479) 968-1272. • Pleasant View Disc Golf Course — 3694 Pleasant View Road, (479) 968-1272. • Tech Field (Baseball) — Campus of Arkansas Tech University, (479) 968-0648. • Sequoyah Park — 1805 W. 12th St., (479) 968-1272. • Shiloh Park — 3405 N. Arkansas Ave., (479) 968-1272. • Veteran’s Park — 1005 N. Detroit Ave., (479) 968-1272. • Washburn Park — 1185 Lake Front Drive, (479) 968-1272. • Arkansas River Visitor’s Center — 1598 Lock and Dam Road, (479) 968-5008. Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Memorial Day through Labor Day). • Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary — Lake Front Drive, (479) 968-5008. • Dwight Mission — U.S. Highway 64 near Illinois Bayou, (479) 968-5008. • Old Post Road Park — 1063 Lock and Dam Road, Dardanelle Lock and Dam, (479) 968-5008. • Hog Wild Family Fun Center — 301 N. Sidney Ave., (479) 967-0119. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (winter) and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (summer) Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. • Sportsworld — 3700 W. Main St., (479) 968-1122. Bowling open 1-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. • Tom E. Tiger Family Fun Center — 3700 W. Main St., (479) 968-1122. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. • Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center — 3808 W. Main St., (479) 968-7979. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. • Russellville Driving Range — 1401 E. Main St., (479) 968-6586. Open 8 a.m. until dark Monday through Saturday; 1 p.m. until dark on Sunday. • Beezer’s Fine Billiards — 224 N. Shamrock Blvd., (479) 968-3559. Open 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. • Merritt Park — 2011 State Highway 22, Dardanelle, (479) 229-1022. • Planter’s Park — (479) 229-5084. • Veteran’s Riverfront Memorial Park — 115 S. Front Street, Dardanelle, (479) 229-1022.


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With five local golf courses, the Arkansas River Valley allows even the most demanding golfers the chance to find a course fit for a king.

Russellville Country Club Russellville Country Club is a semi-private facility that underwent a major renovation in 1998 that resulted in changes to the design of many holes and the rebuilding of all 18 greens. • Size: 6,348 yards from back tees; 5,920 yards from middle tees; 4,968 yards from forward tees. • Par: 71 from back and middle tees, 72 from forward tees. • Green fees: $35 for 18 holes and $20 for nine holes on weekdays; $40 and $25 on weekends. Cart rentals are $20 for 18 holes and $10 for nine holes. • Phone numbers: (479) 968-2660 (pro shop); (479) 968-1139. Chamberlyne Country Club Chamberlyne Country Club near Danville is a semi-private facility that offers country club amenities in a relaxed and rural setting in the rolling hills of Yell County. • Size: 7,047 yards from championship tees; 6,638 yards from the back tees; 6,229 yards from middle tees; 5,056 yards from front tees. • Par: 72 from all tees. • Green fees: $35 on weekdays, $45 on weekends; includes cart rental. • Phone numbers: (479) 495-4110 or (479) 495-4120 (pro shop).

Lion’s Den Golf Club Inc. Lion’s Den Golf Club in Dardanelle is owned by PGA golfer and Dardanelle native John Daly, complete with champion Bermuda grass greens. • Size: 6,405 yards from back tees; 5,806 yards from middle tees; 4,987 yards from forward tees. • Par: 72 from all tees, but par is 37 in front nine and 35 in back nine. • Green fees: $20 from Monday to Thursday, $30 from Friday to Sunday; includes cart rental. • Phone number: (479) 229-4162 (clubhouse). Galla Creek Golf Course Galla Creek Golf Course in Pottsville is an 18-hole, semiprivate facility that offers a friendly atmosphere where golfers can play for reasonable prices and relax with a meal at the restaurant. • Size: 6,126 yards from blue tees; 5,798 yards from white tees. • Par: 71 on both tees. • Green fees: $23 from Monday to Thursday; $27 from Friday to Sunday and on holidays. Cart rental is $16 per 18 holes. • Phone number: (479) 890-6653.

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Clarksville Country Club Clarksville Country Club is a nine-hole facility that serves the golfers of Johnson County and the surrounding area. • Size: 6,209 yards from back tees; 5,011 yards from forward tees. • Par: 72 from both tees. • Green fees: $14 with member, $18 without. Cart rental costs $15 (limited). • Phone numbers: (479) 754-3026 (pro shop).

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• The Senior Activity Centers of Pope, Johnson and Yell Counties offer active opportunities for all seniors in the Arkansas River Valley Area. • Computer Skills Classes • Dance Lessons • Overnight & Day Trips • Oil Painting Classes • Mental and Physical Exercise Equipment including Wii • Our excellent traditional services continue to be made available: • Fellowship with Friends • Well Balanced Meals • Local Transportation • Social Activities • Meals on Wheels for the Homebound Elderly • Complete wellness of each individual we serve continues to be a primary point of emphasis: • Wellness Classes • Physical Fitness Classes • Socialization Opportunities • Volunteer Opportunities • Poker, Pool & Dominoes!

We encourage you to stop by any one of our Senior Centers and take a look around. While you’re here, please give us your e-mail address so that we can keep you updated on daily schedules and menus. You may also call us to be placed on our mailing list. It is a very easy way to introduce yourself to the Senior experiences that await you at each of our centers. Pope Co. Senior Activity Center 1010 N. Rochester, Russellville (479) 968-5039

Dardanelle Senior Activity Center 701 N. 5th St., Dardanelle (479) 229-4129

The Leon Millsap Center 1301 E. 8th St., Danville (479) 495-7371

Johnson Co. Senior Activity Center 1421 Oakland St., Clarksville (479) 754-6148

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Pope County


Find it all here, in Pope County


ocated in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley, Pope County provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of industry, farming and recreational activities. In the early 1800s, the Osage claimed what is now Pope County as part of their hunting grounds. The area became part of a Cherokee reservation in 1817, but a new treaty moved the Cherokee into Oklahoma in 1828. In 1829, Pope County was the first Arkansas county to be formed out of the former Cherokee reservation. Now home to 61,754 residents, the county is the 13th most populous in the state. Municipalities within the county include Atkins, Dover, Hector, London, Pottsville and Russellville. Russellville, the county seat, is home to 27,920 residents. The county hosts five K-12 school districts, and Arkansas Tech University, an accredited four-year university located in the heart of Russellville, was founded in 1909 and cur-

rently offers more than 70 degree programs. In addition to strong educational programs, Pope County is also home to a diverse labor force. Several Fortune 500 companies have facilities in the county, including Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Dow Chemical, Tyson Foods and International Paper. Thousands of people are employed by a wide variety of manufacturers in the area, with products ranging from aluminum foil to aircraft components. Pope County is also home to Arkansas Nuclear One, Arkansas’ only nuclear power plant. Life in Pope County is not all work and no play, however. Residents and visitors may take time to play at one of Russellville’s 14 city parks or relax at Holla Bend Natural Wildlife Refuge or Lake Dardanelle State Park. The state park’s visitor’s center, located on the shores of Lake Dardanelle, features an aquarium, a turtle touch table and state-of-the-art

elcome to Pope County, one of the most beautiful counties in the state, with the Ozark National Forest to the north, Lake Dardanelle to the south and Mount Nebo towering magnificently in the distance. With the fertile river valley lying parallel to Interstate 40, the Union Pacific Railroad and the Arkansas River, transportation is available for area industries and businesses. Excellent school systems located within the county offer quality education for grades K through 12, and Arkansas Tech University offers an outstanding higher education program. Medical facilities are equipped to provide good care and treatment, and many churches fulfill the spiritual needs of area residents. Recreational opportunities are available year-round — including hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, walking trails, water sports, youth and adult ball leagues and golf — all of which make Pope County one of the most desirable places in the state of Arkansas to live; you are welcome to join us. — Jim Ed Gibson Pope County Judge

touchscreen information kiosks. The park also has rental bicycles and kayaks available and is a popular destination for fishermen, campers and sightseers. After a day at the lake, visitors may enjoy taking a stroll in downtown Russellville. Don’t miss the historic Shinn Building — erected in 1847, the edifice was the first store constructed in Russellville. Once per quarter, the city hosts the Downtown Art Walk, where downtown businesses stay open after-hours and host local artists and musicians. No matter the season, visitors to Pope County can always expect to find friendly faces and a warm welcome.

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Pope County The Pope County Courthouse is located at the northwest corner of Main Street (U.S. Highway 64) and Arkansas Avenue (State Highway 7) in Russellville. • County Judge: Jim Ed Gibson — 968-7487 (all area codes are 479). • Sheriff: Aaron DuVall — 968-2558. • County clerk: Laura McGuire — 968-6064. • Circuit clerk: Fern Tucker — 968-7499. • Treasurer: Donna Wall — 968-2194. • Assessor: Karen Martin — 968-7418. • Tax collector: Rita Chandler — 968-7016. • Coroner: Leonard Krout. Krout is contacted through the Pope County Sheriff ’s Office at 968-2558 or by calling 911 emergency communications. • County surveyor: David Garza — 968-5005. The Pope County Road Department is located in the County Complex on State Highway 326 and can be reached at 968-6400. Districts, townships Pope County has 13 justices of the peace to represent 19 political subdivisions in the county. The justices of the peace are members of the quorum court. County Judge Jim Ed Gibson presides at quorum court meetings at 5:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the courthouse. The budget committee meets at 5:30 p.m. the Tuesday preceding the quorum court meeting. Other committees meet informally throughout the month. Illinois Township includes the city of Russellville and rural areas bordering Russellville. The 13 justices of the peace by district, with townships or parts of townships represented, are: • District 1 — Philip Haney, 641-2297, 805 N.E. 11th St., Atkins. Townships: Wilson In (includes city of Atkins), Wilson Out, East Wilson Out West. • District 2 — Tom McMillen, 967-1923, 255 Park Road, Russellville. Townships: Convenience, Gumlog, Moreland, Valley East, Burnett. • District 3 — Shirley Chisum, 294-5330, 13424 State Highway 16, Witts Springs. Townships: Center, Freeman, Phoenix (Buck Mountain area), Liberty (Scottsville area), Moreland, Smyrna, Griffin (Appleton area), Jackson (includes city of Hector). • District 4 — Kim D. Virden, 331-1714, P.O. Box 281, Dover. Townships: Dover (includes city of Dover), Martin Out West. • District 5 — Dusty Hampton, 498-4744, 1155 W. Gumlog, Russellville. Townships: Dover Out East, Valley North. • District 6 — David Ivy, 280-1662, 321 Bradley Cove Road, Russellville. Townships: Galla, North Illinois, SOE-Valley South. • District 7 — Mary Metz-Blaylock, 293-4514, 300 Trapp Road, London.

Townships: Bayliss, Clark (includes city of London). • District 8 — Don Daily, 968-7681, 1709 S. Dayton, Russellville. Townships: Russellville 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E. • District 9 — Gordon E. Thornsberry, 153 Bragg Circle, Russellville. Townships: Russellville 4C, 4D, 4F, NOE. • District 10 — David Rollans, 890-4677, 408 Skyline, Russellville. Townships: Russellville 2A, 2B, 2F, 3F. • District 11 — Sharon France, 967-9755, 902 Lancelot Drive, Russellville. Townships: Russellville 1F, 2C, 2D, 2E. • District 12 — Roy T. Butler, 968-2013, 105 Bayou Lane, Russellville. Townships: Russellville 1D, 3A, 4A, 4B, 4E, 4G. • District 13 — Madelyn Ginsberg, 967-3369, 101 Evergreen Estates, Russellville. Townships: Russellville 1A, 1B, 1C, 1E.


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Pope County Russellville Russellville City Hall is currently located at 210 N. Shamrock Blvd. and houses several of the city’s officials. The city’s permanent location at 209 W. Second St. is under renovation. The mailing address for City Hall is P.O. Box 428, Russellville, AR 72811, and the telephone number is (479) 968-2098. • Mayor: Bill Eaton — (479) 968-2098; email • City attorney: Trey Smith — (479) 967-3186; email On the Net: City council The city council meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the council chambers at City Hall. The council’s agenda preparation meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday of the week preceding the Thursday meeting. Aldermen (all terms ending December 2012) run as Independents and serve two-year terms: • Ward 1, Position 1 — Mark Tripp, 967-5790 (area codes are 479) • Ward 1, Position 2 — Ron Knost, 964-2305 • Ward 2, Position 1 — Randall Horton, 886-5619 • Ward 2, Position 2 — Burke Larkin, 970-0075 • Ward 3, Position 1 — Paul Northcut, 264-6146 • Ward 3, Position 2 — Kevin Freeman, 967-5465 • Ward 4, Position 1 — Martin Irwin, 967-4543 • Ward 4, Position 2 — Garland Steuber, 890-3462 Recreation and Parks Mack Hollis serves as director for the Recreation and Parks Department. He oversees the operation of 14 parks facilities within the city limits. His telephone number is (479) 968-1272. The Recreation and Parks Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at noon at the Hughes Center, 1000 E. Parkway Drive. Public Works The Department of Public Works oversees the street, traffic and fleet services divisions, and the department’s phone number is (479) 968-2406.

Downtown Russellville offers a bit of everything.

The Community Development division enforces the city’s building code and issues building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and business permits. The Board of Adjustment meets the fourth Monday of each month in the council chambers at 5 p.m. The Planning Commission meets the fourth Monday of each month in the council chambers at 5:30 p.m. Animal Control The animal shelter, located on South Mobile Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closes from 1-2 p.m. for cleaning. The telephone number is (479) 968-1944. The department responds to emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the 911 dispatch office. Russellville Regional Airport Russellville Regional Airport is owned by the city of Russellville and is located off 16th Street east of South Elmira Avenue. The airport’s telephone number is (479) 967-1227. Bobby Day is the manager and is part of a staff of three fulltime employees. Summer business hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In the winter, the airport is not staffed after 6 p.m. After-hours service is available by prior arrangement, and 24hour access to the terminal building is available to aviators.

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Atkins City Hall, 310 Northeast First St., P.O. Box 128, Atkins, AR 72823; telephone (479) 641-2900. City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Mayor — Jerry Don Barrett, term ending 2014 • City attorney — William Swain The Atkins City Council meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Aldermen (all terms ending in December 2012) are Raymond Staggs, JoAnn Spence, Sean Rehm, Nell Warren, Raymond Pearce and Paul Carpenter. Aldermen serve two-year terms. • District judge — Don Bourne. District court meets at 5 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month or as determined by the judge. • Water supervisor: Willie Harville — (479) 641-7853 • Sewer supervisor: Danny Webb — (479) 641-1309 • Street supervisor: Alfred Berry — (479) 641-2900 Dover City Hall, 9686 Market Street, P.O. Box 258, Dover AR 72837; telephone (479) 331-3270 or 331-4238. City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and closes from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. • Mayor: Pat Johnson — (479) 331-4225. His position is up for re-election in 2014. • City attorney: Deidre Luker The Dover City Council meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Aldermen are Ila Anderson, Patricia McAlister, Chris Loper, Roger Lee, Fred Standridge and Carl Wetzel. Aldermen serve four-year rotating terms.


• District court judge: Don Bourne. The city’s district court meets at 4 p.m. the first Monday of the month. • Utility superintendent: Yancy Poynter — (479) 331-3668 or 331-3442 Hector City Hall, 11356 State Highway 27, P.O. Box 194, Hector, AR 72843; telephone (479) 284-5371. City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. • Mayor: Melvin Emerson — (479) 284-5371 • City attorney: William Smith — (479) 968-4020 The Hector City Council meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. Aldermen (all terms ending December 2012) are Terry Blalack, Wanda J. Hull, Suzanne Day and Eddie Coffman. Aldermen serve two-year terms. London City Hall, P.O. Box 130, London, AR 72847; telephone (479) 293-4513. City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Mayor: Eddie Price — (479) 293-4513 • City attorney: James Coutts The London City Council meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Aldermen (all terms ending December 2012) are Pay Fromdahl, Pat Sanderson, Debra Demmitt, Steve Payton, Daren Mooney and Lynn White. Aldermen serve two-year terms. • District court judge: Don Bourne. The city’s district court convenes at 5 p.m. the second Monday of each month. • Water system operator: Johnny Vincent — (479) 293-4023

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Countywide population

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76.3 percent

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19.2 minutes

92 percent

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3.4 percent

below poverty level

Hispanic or latino

12.8 percent

4.5 percent

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Pope County Pottsville City Hall, 173 E. Ash St., Pottsville, AR 72858; telephone (479) 968-3029. City Hall is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Mayor: Jerry Williams — (479) 968-3029 • City attorney: Jeff Phillips The Pottsville City Council meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. Aldermen and their terms’ ending years are Milton Eoff, 2014; Larry Shingleur, 2012; John Heflin, 2012; Leslie Oates, 2012; Donny Elliott, 2014; and George Woolf, 2014. Aldermen serve rotating four-year terms. • District court judge: Don Bourne. The city’s district court convenes at 5:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.


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Utilities Water and sewer • Atkins Water Works, (479) 641-7853 • Atkins City Hall 641-2900 • Clarksville Light and Water, (479) 754-3148 • Danville Water Department, (479) 495-2516 • Danville City Hall, (479) 495-2013 • Dardanelle Water Department, (479) 229-3992; emergency, (479) 229-2533 • Dover City Hall, (479) 331-3270 • East Johnson County Water Users Association, (479) 885-2607 • Lamar Water Department, (479) 885-3865 • London Water Office, City Hall, (479) 293-4023 • Northeast Yell County Water Association, (479) 229-2800 • Pottsville Water Department, (479) 968-3029 • Russellville City Corp., (479) 968-2105 • Tri County Regional Water Distribution District, (479) 968-6268 Natural gas • CenterPoint Energy (800) 992-7552 Electricity • Entergy (800) 368-3749 • Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative (479) 647-2176 (800) 468-2176

Motor vehicle reg., licenses Newcomers can take care of their driver’s license and vehicle registration business at revenue offices in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties. New residents can also register to vote at revenue offices. Pope County • Russellville Revenue Office 105 S. Rochester Ave. 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (479) 968-1526; fax, 968-8079 • Atkins Revenue Office 220 E. Main St. 8 a.m. noon, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays only (479) 641-2642 • Dover Revenue Office 8904 Market St. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays only (479) 331-9734 Yell County • Danville Revenue Office Courthouse Annex, 203 E. Fifth St. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (479) 495-2841 • Dardanelle Revenue Office Yell County Courthouse 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (479) 229-3657 Johnson County • Clarksville Revenue Office 1140 S. Rogers (479) 754-2149

Telephone/television/Internet • CenturyLink (479) 880-2285 • Suddenlink Communications (479) 968-2223; (866) 401-3769 Voter registration New residents to the Arkansas River Valley can register to vote at their county courthouses in Russellville, Danville, Dardanelle and Clarksville. • Pope County County Clerk’s office, Russellville, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (479) 968-6064 • Yell County Clerk’s Offices in Dardanelle and Danville, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (479) 229-4404 (Dardanelle) (479) 495-4850 (Danville) • Johnson County Clerk’s Office, Clarksville, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (479) 754-3967

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Help organizations • River Valley United Way The River Valley United Way is a nonprofit organization located at 310 N. Boston Place, Suite 2, in Russellville. The group is focused on improving the lives of Pope, Yell and Johnson County residents through programs and agencies who make the Arkansas River Valley a better place to live. For more information, call (479) 968-5089 or visit the website at • Main Street Mission The Main Street Mission is a Christian-based nonprofit ministry located at 1110 E. Second St. in Russellville. The Mission serves free lunches at the kitchen Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food boxes are available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. For more information, call (479) 968-8803 or visit their website at • Help Network Inc. Help Network Inc., a clearinghouse for benevolent funds for area churches, civic organizations and businesses in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties, is located at 312 S. Boulder Ave. in Russellville. The agency verifies emergency needs of clients for assistance with bills. For more information, call (479) 967-7890 or visit the website at • Salvation Army The Salvation Army office is located at 1004 Weir Road in Russellville. For more information, call (479) 968-5358 or visit the website at • Counseling Associates Counseling Associates has two locations in the Arkansas River Valley. The Russellville location is at 110 Skyline Drive and the Clarksville location is at 1021 Popular Drive. Counseling Associates offer outpatient, group and family therapy, along with many other crisis and treatment services. For more information, call (479) 968-1021 for the Russellville location or (479) 754-8610 for the Clarksville location or (800) 844-2066 after hours.

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• American Red Cross The American Red Cross, River Valley Chapter is located at 1311 E. 16th St. in Russellville. The Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers who provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. For more information, call (479) 968-3498 or visit the website at • Community Service Inc. Community Service Inc. is located at 1505 S. Oswego Ave. in Russellville and 106 Cherokee Lane in Clarksville. It is a private nonprofit organization that gives guidance and counseling to troubled youth and their families, along with several other services. For more information, call (479) 968-3370 in Russellville or (479) 754-7296 in Clarksville or visit the website at • Area Agency on Aging The Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas serves Johnson, Pope and Yell counties from the Russellville office at 1310 W. Main St. The Area Agency on Aging provides a wide variety of assistance and support for persons primarily age 60 and older. For more information, call (800) 467-2171 or visit the website at • Arkansas Department of Health Hospice The Arkansas Department of Health Hospice program has provided care to patients and their families in the Arkansas River Valley since 1992 and is a nonprofit organization assisting qualifying patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness. The Arkansas Department of Health Hospice team can be reached through local county health units in Pope, Johnson, Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Logan, Scott and Yell counties. Care is provided in both the patients’ homes and in nursing home settings. The Department of Health Hospice also offers grief support to those in need in the Russellville area through a monthly support group meeting at 2 p.m. every third Tuesday at the Arkansas Department of Health Hospice, located at 404 N. El Paso Ave. in Russellville. For more information, call (479) 968-4177 or visit a local county health unit.

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• Arkansas Hospice Russellville Arkansas Hospice Russellville is a community-based, notfor-profit organization offering compassionate, end-of-life care for those with a life-limiting prognosis who decide they want comfort care. Arkansas Hospice Russellville is located at 2405 E. Parkway Drive, Suite 3, and provides patient and caregiver support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, call (479) 498-2050 or toll-free at (888) 498-2050 or visit the website at • Friendship Community Care Friendship Community Care Inc. provides services for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, manages eight ABC facilities and manages senior activity centers in Johnson, Pope and Yell counties. Local friendship administrative offices are at 920 N. University Drive in Russellville. For more information, call (479) 967-2322 or (800) 461-1793 or visit the website at • Cross and Shield Ministries Cross and Shield Ministries offers a wide range of assistance and programs to emergency service personnel and to citizens in crisis. For more information, call Chaplain Paul Northcut at (479) 264-6146 or visit the website at • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Arkansas The River Valley Branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is located at 310 N. Boston Place, Suite C, in Russellville. BBBS’s mail goal is one-on-one mentoring for children between the ages of 6 and 14. For more information, call (479) 968-5525. • Child Development Inc. Child Development Inc. is located at 2707 E. H St. in Russellville. It operates Head Start, Head Start Home Base, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Arkansas Better Chance in 13 counties across the state. For more information, call 968-6493 or visit the website at • CASA Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is located on the fourth floor of the Pope County Courthouse. CASA, through supervisors and volunteers, advocates for abused and neglected children placed into the foster care system in Pope, Johnson and Franklin counties. For more information, call (479) 8801195 or visit the website at

Hospitals • Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center is a 170-bed joint commission-accredited acute care hospital in Russellville, providing a comprehensive range of medical and clinical services to the Arkansas River Valley area. Service lines include cardiology, orthopedics, women’s and children’s, emergency services and general surgery, as well as inpatient rehabilitation, home health, an outpatient therapy center, a cancer center and a Wellness Fitness Center. Saint Mary’s can be reached at (479) 968-2841, or can be found online at and • Chambers Memorial Hospital Chambers Memorial Hospital is located in Danville. Chambers is a general hospital licensed with 41 private single-unit patient rooms. Since 1956, Chambers Memorial Hospital has served the health care needs of Danville and surrounding communities while providing a comprehensive range of medical services and high quality care. Chambers Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital that sets high standards for health care and promises to offer quality care while working to keep health care costs down. For more information, call (479) 495-2241 or (479) 495-6333 or visit the website at • River Valley Medical Center The 35-bed facility is located at 200 N. Third St. in Dardanelle. River Valley Medical Center provides many inpatient and outpatient services. To contact, call (479) 229-4677 or 968-2480. For hospital general information, call (479) 229-2827 or 880-9502. • Johnson Regional Medical Center The 80-bed Johnson Regional Medical Center is a not-forprofit facility located at 1100 E. Poplar Ave. in Clarksville. JRMC is served by a medical staff of more than 40, including specialty clinics. Some services include cardiac stress testing, a 10-bed inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit, home care, an eight-bed intensive care unit, a 12-bed inpatient rehab unit, lithotripsy, mammography, a recently upgraded MRI, nuclear medicine, obstetrics, physical therapy, surgical services and ultrasound. To contact the hospital, call (479) 754-5454. The website is

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veterinarians • Arkansas Animal Care Clinic; Tena Spencer D.V.M.; Lesley Holidy D.V.M.; 3202 W. Main St.; (479) 968-7387. • Atkins Animal Clinic; Scott Hamm D.V.M.; Mike Hamm D.V.M.; 304 N.W. 12th St.; (479) 641-2244. • Azzore Veterinary Specialists; Dr. Terry Dew D.V.M.; MS, Diplomat, A.C.V.S.; Mario Hodgson, D.V.M.; 2711 E. Parkway Drive, Russellville; business office (479) 964-4300; appointment line (866) 838-4282. • Clarksville Veterinary Clinic; Neal R. Jones D.V.M.; 1312 N. Harmony Road, Clarksville; (479) 754-6074. • Davis Veterinary Services; Dr. John Davis D.V.M.; 1424 State Highway 22 West, Dardanelle; (479) 229-0595. • Lakeview Animal Clinic; John W. Wink D.V.M.; 8817 U.S. Highway 64 West, Russellville; (479) 293-4280. • Parker Animal Clinic; Shane Parker D.V.M.; 8817 U.S. Highway 64 West, Russellville; (479) 293-4280. • Parkway Animal Hospital; Ken Smith D.V.M.; 407 N. Elmira Ave.; (479) 968-2255. • Merritt Animal Clinic; Chris Merritt D.V.M.; 2370 N. State Highway 7, Dardanelle; (479) 229-2600. • Russellville Animal Clinic; Dr. David Oates; Dr. Heath

Stump; 1210 E. 14th St., Russellville; (479) 967-7777. • Southwind Animal Hospital; Corry Key D.V.M.; 3943 E. Main St., Russellville; (479) 498-8600. • Town & Country Veterinary Clinic; Dale Kaufman D.V.M.; Jeana S. Kaufman D.V.M.; 4461 Pleasant View Road off State Highway 7; (479) 968-6700. • Tanner Veterinary Hospital; David Tanner D.V.M.; 2600 S. Arkansas Ave.; (479) 968-3535. • Tri-County Veterinary Services; Jeanne Strackbein D.V.M.; Blake Hawkins D.V.M.; Josie Robison D.V.M.; 1009 E. Poplar, Clarksville; (479) 754-9090. • Yell County Veterinary Services; Suzanne Henne D.V.M.; 18004 State Highway 27 South, Plainview; (479) 272-4854.

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Newspapers • The Courier (479) 968-5252; (800) 369-5252 • The Post-Dispatch (Dardanelle) (479) 229-2250 • Atkins Chronicle (479) 641-7161 • The Dover Times (479) 331-3875 • The Yell County Record (Danville) (479) 495-2354 • Johnson County Graphic (Clarksville) (479) 754-2005 Radio • River Valley Radio KCJC 102.3 FM KWKK 100.9 FM


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Residents of the Arkansas River Valley can call 911 to report traffic accidents, fires, medical emergencies and other criminal activity — dispatch centers dispatch fire, police and medical officials in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties.

Law enforcement Pope County • Pope County Sheriff ’s Department, (479) 968-2558 • Arkansas Tech University Office of Public Safety, (479) 968-0222 • Atkins Police Department, (479) 641-1811 or 641-1860 • Dover City Marshal’s Office, (479) 331-3270 • Hector Police Department, (479) 284-2533 • London Police Department, (479) 293-4513 • Pottsville Police Department, (479) 968-2864 • Russellville Police Department, (479) 968-3232 Silent Partner Tip Line, (479) 967-2221 Johnson County • Johnson County Sheriff ’s Department, (479) 754-2200 • Clarksville Police Department, (479) 754-8100 • Lamar Police Department, (479) 885-3865 Yell County • Yell County Sheriff ’s Department Dardanelle, (479) 229-4175 Danville, (479) 495-4880 • Danville Police Department, (479) 495-2121 • Dardanelle Police Department, (479) 229-2533 • Arkansas State Police Troop J, Clarksville, (479) 754-3096 Fire Departments Pope County • Russellville Fire Department, (479) 968-2332 • Appleton, (479) 284-2126 or 886-6322 • Atkins, (479) 641-2289 • Bayliss, (479) 293-4229 • Crow Mountain, (479) 968-4472 or 967-1556 • Dover city, (479) 331-0915 or 331-3270

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• Dover Rural, (479) 331-4020 • Hatley, (479) 331-0140 or 331-3852 • Hector, (479) 284-2512 or 284-5511 • Linker Mountain, (479) 331-3270 • London, (479) 293-4999 • Martin township, (479) 331-2896 • Moreland, (479) 331-2056 • Pea Ridge, (479) 641-1004 or 641-2382 • Pottsville, (479) 968-8334 or 968-6882 Yell County (479) 495-4880 or 495-4881 Johnson County (479) 754-2200

Other Emergencies Pope County • Pope County Emergency Rescue Team, (479) 968-8222 • Pope County Emergency Management, (479) 968-1800 • Russellville Fire Department Rescue Team, (479) 968-2332 Johnson County • Johnson County Emergency Management, (479) 754-6383 • Johnson Regional Medical Center, (479) 754-5454 Yell County • Yell County 911 Emergency Management (479) 495-7831 Other services • CenterPoint Energy (800) 992-7552; Call Before You Dig: 811 • Entergy (800) 968-8243 • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 • Regional Poison Center (800) 376-4766

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2205 N. Arkansas St., Russellville 880-9111

Lunch Specialties

Speedy Gonzales ............................................... $4.25 One taco, one enchilada, choice of rice beans.

Bienvenidos A La Huerta

A Local Favorite!

Huevos Rancheros ............................................ $5.25

(Ranch style eggs) Two eggs topped with mexican sauce, served with rice, beans and flour tortilla.

Taco Salad ........................................................... $5.59 Crispy flour tortilla with beef or chicken, cheese sauce, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream.

Chimichanga ...................................................... $6.25

Stuffed flour tortilla with your choice of chunks of beef or spicy chicken, deep fried to a golden brown topped with cheese, sauce, served with rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, sour cream, rice and beans.

Tacquitos Mexicanos ....................................... $5.99

Two corn tortillas wrapped around your favorite fillings that’s deep fried to a golden brown served with lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, rice and beans.

Special Lunch No. 1 ......................................... $5.49 Chile relleno, taco, beans, and guacamole salad.

Special Lunch No. 2 ......................................... $5.49 One burrito, Mexican rice and refried beans.

Special Lunch No. 3 ......................................... $5.49 Bean Burrito, cheese enchilada and Mexican rice.

Burrito La Huerta ............................................. $5.99

A large flour tortilla filled with seasoned ground beef or tender chunks of chicken topped with lettuce, sour cream, cheese, tomato served with rice and beans.

Fajitas ................................................................... $6.25

We use our special recipe to cook tender strips of marinated chicken or beef skirt steak served with sautéed onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and garnished with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, corn or flour tortillas.

Huevos Con Chorizo ....................................... $6.25 Pork meat with green chili sauce. Served with rice, beans and flour tortillas.

Huevos Mexicanos ........................................... $5.25

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Two scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions, rice and beans.

Especialidades La Huerta Especial La Huerta Single .....................................................................$9.99 Double ............................................................... $18.50

Special Dinner ....................................................$9.99 One chalupa, one taco, one chili relleno, one tamale and one enchilada. Served with rice and beans

Chorizo, Shrimp, Chicken, Steak, Rice, Beans, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo and Tortillas.

Chile Colorado ...................................................$8.99

Fajitas Beef, Chicken or mixed (single order) ...............$8.99 Double .................................................................. $16.50

Chile Verde ..........................................................$8.99

We use our special recipe to cook tender strips of marinated chicken breast or beef skirt steak served with sautéed onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and garnished with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, rice beans and corn or flour tortillas.

Fajitas Jalisco .......................................................$9.99

Marinated tender strips of beef, chicken and shrimp cooked with onions, bell peppers and tomato and garnished with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pice de gallo, rice beans and corn or flour tortillas

Hawaiian Fajita ...................................................$9.99

Marinated tender strips of beef, chicken, and shrimp with pineapple, served with sautéed onions, bell peppers and garnished with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pice de gallo, rice, beans and corn or flour tortillas

Fajitas Rancheras ...............................................$9.99 Strips of beef, chicken and pork, served with sautéed onions, bell peppers and garnished with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, pice de gallo, rice, beans and corn or flour tortillas

Steak Tampiqueño ........................................... $10.99 Grilled T-Bone steak with rice and beans served with salad

T-Bone Steak Ranchero ................................. $10.99 T-Bone steak topped with spicy tomato sauce served with rice beans and tortillas

T-Bone Steak Mexicano................................. $10.99

T-Bone steak topped with cooked onions, tomatoes, bell peppers. Served with rice, beans and tortillas

Carne Asada ........................................................$9.49 Tender slices of charbroiled sirloin steak. Served with rice, beans, salad and flour tortillas

Tacos Carne Asada.............................................$8.99 Three flour tortillas stuffed with sliced steak. Served with pico de gallo and beans

Grilled chopped sirloin steak with red chile sauce. Served with rice beans and a flour tortilla. Pork meat with green chili sauce. Served with rice, beans and flour tortillas.

Carnitas.................................................................$8.99 Pork tips with rice, beans and salad, served with tortillas.

Shrimp Cocktail............................................... $12.99

Enchiladas Suizas ...............................................$8.99

Four rolled corn tortillas filled with cheese. Covered with grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and jalapeno cheese.

Enchiladas Verdes ..............................................$7.99

Four corn tortillas stuffed with chicken and covered with our special green sauce, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes

Taquitos Mexicanos ...........................................$6.99

Four tightly rolled corn tortillas stuffed with beef or chicken. Served with lettuce guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo.

Burritos Jalisco ...................................................$7.99

Shrimp in a special tomato sauce with sliced avocado.

Two flour tortillas wrapped around chicken breast topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red sauce and sour cream.

Camarones al la Diabla....................................$9.99

Burrito La Huerta ..............................................$7.99

Shrimp covered with our special sauce and served with rice, beams, guacamole salad and tortillas

Camarones Empanizados ............................. $10.99

Breaded shrimp served with rice, beans, guacamole salad and tortillas.

Camarones Rancheras ......................................$9.99

Grilled Shrimp cooked with red chile sauce, grilled onions, tomatoes and bell peppers. Served with rice, beans and tortillas.

Chimichanga .......................................................$7.99

A large flour tortilla filled with seasoned ground beef or tender chunks of chicken topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and cheese. Served with rice and beans

Burrito Special ....................................................$5.99

One beef burrito with sauce, topped with cheese, lettuce, and sour cream

Burrito Mexicano...............................................$5.99

A flour tortilla stuffed with pork and cooked with tomatoes, onions and bell pepper topped with letttuce, guacamole and sliced tomato.

Stuffed flour tortillas with your choice of beef or chicken, deep-fried to a golden brown and topped with cheese sauce, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo. Served with rice and beans.

Burrito Al Carbon ..............................................$8.99

Shrimp Chimichanga ........................................$8.99

Steak burrito cooked with pico de gallo

A flour tortilla stuffed with shrimp, deep fried and topped with cheese sauce. Service with lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, rice and beans.

Enchiladas Supremas ........................................$7.99

Four corn tortillas, one beef, one chicken, one cheese and one bean, topped with enchilada sauce, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Served with rice and beans.

Enchiladas Rancheras .......................................$6.99

Three cheese enchiladas topped with enchilada sauce and pork that has been cooked with tomatoes, onion and bell peppers. Served with rice beans and salad.

Grilled steak and bean burrito topped with lettuce, pico de gallo and rice on the side

Burrito Tonala .....................................................$7.99 Nachos La Huerta ..............................................$8.99 Cheese nachos topped with beef, chopped chicken, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream

Quesadillas Rellena ...........................................$6.99

A flour tortilla grilled and stuffed with cheese, chopped beef or chicken and beans. Served with lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and tomato.

Quesadilla Rellena De Camaron...................$8.99 A flour tortilla grilled and stuffed with cheese, shrimp, and beans. Served with lettuce, guacamole and sour cream

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30. Chicken in Curry Sauce...........6.50

31. Sweet & Sour Chicken .............6.50 3

3 32. Almond Chicken .......................6.50 3 33. Chicken w/ Cashew Nuts .......6.50 34 34. Moo Goo Gai Pan ......................6.50 3 35. Chicken with Broccoli .............6.50 36. Hunan Chicken ..........................6.50 3 3 37. Chicken w/ Hot Garlic Sauce ...6.50 38. Lemon Chicken .........................6.50 3 39. Kung Pao Chicken ....................6.50 3 39 40. Chicken w/ Snow Peas ............6.50 4

54. Beef In Curry Sauce ..................7.25 55. Beef w/ Mixed Veg....................7.25 56. Beef w/ Scallops ........................7.25 57. Hunan Beef .................................7.25 58. Pepper Steak ..............................7.25 59. Beef w/ Broccoli ........................7.25 60. Beef w/ Green Onions .............7.25 61. Kung Pao Beef............................7.25 62. Moo Shu Beef.............................7.25 63. Szechuan Beef ...........................7.25 64. Beef w/ Hot Garlic Sauce........7.25 65. Beef w/ Snow Peas ...................7.25 66. Beef w/ Pan Fried Noodle ......7.25 67. Beef Egg Foo Young.................7.25


4 41. Moo Shu Chicken .....................6.50 4 42. Chicken w/ Mixed Veg. ...........6.50 4 43. Chicken w/ Pan Fried Noodle ..6.50

Local Favorite


44. Chicken Egg Foo Young .........6.50 45. Hot & Spicy Chicken ................6.50

Pork (with Rice)

46. Sweet & Sour Pork ....................5.95 47. Double Cooked Pork ...............5.95 48. Sliced Pork w/ Green Onion ....5.95 49. Hunan Pork .................................5.95 50. Shredded Pork w/ Hot Garlic Sauce ..5.95 51. Moo Shu Pork.............................7.25 52. Boneless Spare Ribs .................5.95 53. Pork Egg Foo Young.................6.50

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(with Rice)

68. Shrimp w/ Mixed Veg ..............7.95 69. Sweet & Sour Shrimp ..............7.95 70. Shrimp w/ Lobster Sauce.......7.95 71. Shrimp w/ Broccoli ...................7.95 72. Shrimp w/ Cashew Nuts.........7.95 73. Shrimp w/ Hot Garlic Sauce.....7.95 74. Shrimp w/ Snow Peas .............7.95 75. Kung Pao Shrimp ......................7.95 76. Hunan Shrimp............................7.95 77. Shrimp in Curry Sauce ............7.95 78. Shrimp w/ Pan Fried Noodle ....7.95 79. Scallops w/ Hot Garlic Sauce .....8.75 80. Tomato Shrimp ..........................7.95 81. Boiled Shrimp ......................... 10.00 82. Shrimp w/ Salt Pepper ............8.95 83. Shrimp Egg Foo Young ...........7.95 83a. Fried Shrimps (10) ............... 10.00

HOUSE Specials (with rice)

Hunan Triple Delight ............................................... 8.25 General Tso’s Shrimp ............................................... 8.25 Sesame Chicken ........................................................ 7.95 General Tso’s Chicken .............................................. 7.95 Orange Chicken ........................................................ 7.95 Orange Beef................................................................ 8.25 Happy Family ............................................................. 8.75 Szechuan Style Shrimp & Chicken...................... 8.95 Double Crown ........................................................... 8.95 Seafood Combination...........................................10.95 Jumbo shrimp, scallops, snow crabmeat with Chinese vegetables

Crispy Beef .................................................................. 8.70 Steak Tips..................................................................... 7.95 Crawfish ....................................................................... 6.95 Mussels......................................................................... 6.95 Loguat Chicken ......................................................... 6.95

L 1. Chicken w. Garlic Sauce.............................................................. 4.65 L2. Chicken w. Broccoli ....................................................................... 4.65 L3. Chicken w. Mixed Veg .................................................................. 4.65 L4. Moo Goo Gai Pan ........................................................................... 4.65 L5. Sweet & Sour Chicken .................................................................. 4.65 L 6. Kung Pao Chicken......................................................................... 4.65 L 7. Cashew Nuts Chicken.................................................................. 4.65 L8. Almond Chicken ............................................................................ 4.65 L9. Sweet & Sour Pork ......................................................................... 4.65 L10. Double Fried Pork ....................................................................... 4.65 L 11. Pork with Hot Garlic Sauce .................................................... 4.65 L12. Pepper Steak ................................................................................. 4.65 L 13. Beef w. Szechuan Style ............................................................. 4.65 L14. Shrimp with Lobster Sauce ..................................................... 5.25 L15. Sweet & Sour Shrimp ................................................................. 5.25 L16. Shrimp with Mixed Veg ............................................................. 5.25 L17. Sesame Chicken........................................................................... 5.95 L 18. General Tso’s Chicken ............................................................... 5.95 L 19. Orange Chicken .......................................................................... 5.95

Hot & Spicy

We Can Alter The Spicy According To Your Taste

Local Favorites


1. Wanton soup ......................................1.25 2. Egg Drop Soup....................................1.25 3. Vegetable Soup ..................................1.25 4. Hot & Sour Soup .................................1.25 5. House Special Soup (For Two) .......4.95


6. Egg Roll (1)............................................1.00 7. Fried Wanton (w. Cream Cheese) (8) .......................................................................3.95 8. Fried Chicken Wings (8) ...................3.95 9. Steamed or Fried Dumplings (8) .......................................................................3.95 10. Cho Cho Chicken (8) .......................3.95 11. Fired Biscuit (20)...............................3.95

Fried Rice

12. Vegetable Fried Rice .......................4.95 13. Pork Fried Rice ..................................5.25 14. Chicken Fried Rice ...........................5.25 15. Beef Fried Rice ..................................5.50 16. Shrimp Fried Rice ............................5.95 17. Combination Fried Rice.................5.95

Lo Mein or Mei Fun

18. Vegetable La Mein or Mei Fun ....4.95 19. Pork La Mein or Mei Fun................5.25 20. Chicken La Mein or Mei Fun ........5.25 21. Beef La Mein or Mei Fun................5.50 22. Shrimp La Mein or Mei Fun .........5.95 23. Combination La Mein or Mei Fun .......................................................................5.95

Chow Mein or Chop Suey 24. Vegetable Chow Mein or Chop Suey .............................................................................4.95 25. Pork Chow Mein or Chop Suey .........5.25 26. Chicken Chow Mein or Chop Suey..5.25 27. Beef Chow Mein or Chop Suey .........5.50 28. Shrimp Chow Mein or Chop Suey ...5.95 29. Combination Chow Mein or Chop Suey .............................................................................5.95


84. Vegetarian Combination...............5.25 85. Broccoli w/White Sauce.................5.25 86. String Bean Szechuan Style .........5.25 87. Broccoli w/Garlic Sauce .................5.25 88. Bean Curd w/Ground Pork Szechuan Style.............................................................5.95 89. Home Cooking Style Bean Curd.5.95 90. Sauteed Muchroom........................5.25

All You can eat buffet LUNCH DINNER ADULT $6.95 $8.75 $4.95 CHILDREN $3.95 (under 4 years eat FREE)

Buffet Take Out Available All pricing subject to change

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Q11) Russellville Family Clinic 108 Skyline Drive Russellville (479)968-7170 P14) Russellville Dermatology Clinic (479)968-6969 Q30) Daiber Eye Care 317 East Parkway Drive Russellville (479)967-6113 S31) Parkway Dental 402 East Parkway Drive Russellville (479)890-6174


W30) Woody’s Boots & Repair 511 East 14th Street Russellville (479)968-8980 W20) PJ’s Corner 903 West Main Russellville (479)968-1812 Z27) Vinson Electric 2500 South Arkansas Ave. Russellville (479)968-1296


N10) Picwood 3800 West Main Street Russellville (479)968-3434


T31) Valley Piano 813 E. Main Street Russellville (479)968-5200 N8) West Main Donuts 3415 West Main Street Russellville (479)880-9308

R9) Rose Drug 3103 West Main Place Russellville (479)968-1323 W27) Sorrells Body Shop 1903 S. Arkansas Russellville (479)968-3991

N20) Wilkins Brothers Dardanelle EE16) Lefty’s Outdoors 815 North Arkansas Ave. 408 Union Street Russellville Dardanelle (479)968-4322 (479) 229-2363

Kerry & Debbie Moore Canoe, Raft Rental & Shuttle Service on Big Piney Creek 3827 SR 164 W at The Twin Bridges Dover, AR. 72837 • 479-331-3606

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A Little Sweet & A Little Spicy TUESDAY SPECIAL Our Award Winning

BAR-B-QUE MEATLOAF Monday-Saturday 10:30am to 8:00pm Closed on Sunday

7206 Hwy. 64 West • Russellville • Just across the lake (479) 967-1273

PDQ Super Convenience Stores 7 Convenient Locations Russellville and Dover Including PDQ North Exit 81 and PDQ UPC Exit 84

Fat Daddy’s BBQ Served at PDQ North and PDQ South

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You’ll Love Our Food or It’s Free!!!

We are the Brown Family and we serve the most delicious Seafood in the River Valley. We have been serving great food here in Russellville for 32 years. We are confident that after trying our food, you will love it – guaranteed! We care about your dining experience and that is why we give a money back guarantee on everything we serve. If you are not happy, we will fix it, or you don’t pay.

M H Lunch 11 A.M. - 2 P.M.


Full Service Menu

Catfish, Chicken, Shrimp, BBQ Ribs and Sandwiches including Po’Boys and the like are all on our reasonably priced Luncheon Menu. All are served to your table by the friendliest wait staff you can find.

Dinner 3:30 P.M. till 9 P.M.

Our buffet features Arkansas Catfish, Gulf Shrimp, Fall off the Bone Bar-B-Q Ribs, Chicken, Homemade Seafood Gumbo, made from scratch Salads, Bread Pudding and the “BEST” Cinnamon Rolls in the State. CUT OUT THIS $2 COUPON $2 Bring in to Receive


Any purchase of $20.00 or more. coupon good anytime Lunch or Dinner Not redeemable for cash. Cannot be used with any other offer, coupon or birthday card. Offer valid till April 27, 2012.

What do others say about us?

“... friendly, helpful service.” Emily Thorn, Greenbrier, AR Great food and family atmosphere ... All good! Allen Thacker, Clarksville, AR The food and service is always wonderful ... Vickie Snoddy, Russellville, Ar We love coming to Brown’s Ruby Hughey, Dover, AR

1804 East Main Street Russellville, AR 72801 479-968-3360

OPEN Lunch 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. Dinner Buffet 3:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. Tuesday thru Saturday

1804 East Main Street • Russellville, AR 72801


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OPAL MAE’S CAFE & CATERING OPEN • For Mother’s Day & Father’s Day and other special occasions throughout the year. • Lunch Buffet Monday-Friday • Local Deliveries Available


• Weddings • Anniversaries • Receptions Holiday Parties • Reunions and other occasions

479-967-6725 • 312 West “B” St. Russellville West Main

Welcome to DAYLIGHT Biscuits or Croissants

with any combo of Ham, Sausage, Bacon, Egg or Cheese


EST. 1954



Biscuits & Gravy Sausage Rolls Great Selection of Drinks!


3415 West Main Street, Russellville • 479-880-9308


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Craving Something Special?

Experience the specialties that have made these River Valley Restaurants Famous!

Serving the River Valley Since 1947

S 1330 East Main • Russellville


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Kick up

to do

your heels

Sunset Cinema is but one of many community events


hat’s better than a southern gathering to celebrate community? Annual festivals year-round invite good times, good food, pies, laughter and fellowship among friends and family on river banks, on town squares and various parks throughout the Arkansas River Valley. In the valley, good ’ol southern comfort foods are plentiful and the basis for many local festivals. In late April, Russellville celebrates local eateries with Taste of the Valley. The award-winning tasting party features the Arkansas River Valley’s finest food. On the last Saturday in October, historic downtown Russellville hosts an annual Fall Festival and Chili Cookoff. Features include antique car shows, children and pets decked out for costume contests and streets lined with chili cookoff contestants feeding the masses. In Dardanelle, the annual Chicken Fry is notoriously known for “chicken, pickin’ and politickin.’” Politicians attend to gather votes as musicians pick their banjos and guitars while attendees enjoy fried chicken delights in the poultry-fueled county.

In mid-June, the week-long Johnson County Peach Festival keeps Clarksville stuffed with peach delights. Peach pies, peach ice cream, peach cobblers and many other fried fares are abundantly available. Festivals activities include a peach pit spitting contest, a diaper derby and a street dance. In Atkins the annual Picklefest has brought droves to try fried pickles in the former pickle capital of Arkansas. Each year the festival includes a pickle eating contest, pageants and fried foods galore. While these festivals are known for their food, there are many other organized events worthy of just as much attention. In August, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley hosts ValleyFest at Old Post Park in Russellville. ValleyFest is a two-day event full of activities for children and adults. The festival is full of rides, games, exhibits, food, contests, bicycling and live music. These are just a few of many annual festivals and community events. To keep updated on local festivals in Johnson, Pope and Yell counties, visit

For more information: To learn more about any of these festivals or community events, contact The Courier at (479) 968-5252.


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to do Stop in at one of these local events! May 6-7

Aug. 19-20

• 22nd Annual Free State of Yell Fest at Veteran’s Riverfront Memorial Park.

• ValleyFest, Old Post Park in Russellville.

May 13-14

• Community Fireworks Display at Old Post Road Park, 9:15 p.m. (479) 968-1272

• Relay for Life of Pope/Yell Counties at the Russellville High School track. (479) 858-1439 • 20th annual Atkins Picklefest in downtown Atkins. (479) 890-6421

May 20-21 • Rummage ’Round the Rails at the Historic Train Depot in Russellville. (479) 967-1437

June 2 • Sunset Cinema presents “Yogi Bear” at Lake Dardanelle State Park, 30 minutes after dusk. (479) 968-2530

July 4 July 7 • Sunset Cinema at Lake Dardanelle State Park, 30 minutes after dusk. (479) 968-2530

Aug. 11-13 • 12th annual Bargains Galore on 64 on U.S. Highway 64 from Fort Smith to Beebe. (888) 568-3552

Sept. 24 • Chicken Fry, Veteran’s Riverfront Memorial Park.

June 16-18 • Johnson County Peach Festival.

Looking for more events? Use your SmartPhone to scan this code and visit The Courier’s website,, where a complete calendar is posted.

Aug. 3 • Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (479) 968-2530



River Valley

Russellville’s First & Most Experienced Since 1959

6 wks. - 12 yrs. 6am - 6pm

901 South Detroit 968-1422 State Licensed and CPR Certified

Little Hands Child Care

Parents Always Welcome

5:30am to 6pm M-F Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years After School Pickup Pottsville & Russellville State Liscensed. CPR Certified Staff

1609 S. Dayton • Russellville Owner: Judy English 967-7763 After Hours 880-7571

Caughman’s Corner Preschool

offers your child: Gross Motor & Fine Motor Developmental Skills z Thinking Skills z Music and Art Classes z Science Activities and Creative Drama z Academic Readiness Skills z Beginning Computer Skills z A Clean & Caring Environment z Dance Classes z

Hours 7 am - 5:30 pm Preschool Session 8:30 - 11:30 am Ages 2 1/2 - 6 yrs. Programs Available Fulltime (M-F) 3 Day (M-W-F) z 2 Day (T-Th) 1013 N. Denver z Rsvl 968-3767 Joan Caughman Owner/Director, BSE-MSE 30+ Years Teaching Experience

TEETER TOTTER Pre-School & Daycare BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE We are with the food program serving breakfast, lunch & snack Well Supervised State Licensed • Loving Care Christian Owned & Operated Child Care Vouchers Accepted Now Accepting 18 months old - 12 years

967-4545 500 So. Glenwood


Nutritious Meals • Infants to 12 Years Pre-School & Pre-Kindergarten Program Before/After School Care State Licensed Individual Guidance Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:30 am-5:30 pm Sandy Huie - Owner

227 E. Circle Dr. • 968-5159

• Head Start • Early Head Start • ABC Preschool • ABC Infant-Toddler • Home-Based Head Start In Pope, Yell & Johnson Counties Child Care, Preschool, Health, Parent, Family and Nutrition Services FREE to Families who Qualify!

479-968-6493 <> A Family-Focused Program Since 1986

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May 7

on the lake

• Soaring Wings Tournament (3 p.m.); Shawn Hammontree; (501) 472-8620,


Proud Sponsor of the

May 14

• CAT Bass Tournament (3 p.m.); Hank Huggins; (479) 890-1697,

May 15

• Vince Miller Super Teams (3 p.m.); Vince Miller; (501) 834-5733,

May 20-21

• Walmart 6007 (2 p.m.); Eric Whitaker; (479) 452-4143,

May 21

• Lake Dardanelle Lady Anglers; Joan Craig; (479) 2934935; Gail Wood; (479) 967-1105

May 29-30

• River Valley Bass Club Memorial Day Classic (2 p.m.); Joey Fisher; (479) 880-6933,

June 4

• Michelle Short Scholarship Foundation Benefit Tournament (3 p.m.); Kerry Short; (501) 472-5530, kl.short@ • Lake Dardanelle Lady Anglers; Joan Craig; (479) 2934935; Gail Wood; (479) 967-1105

Your One Stop Tackle Shop!

June 11

• Arkie Division BFL No. 4 Tournament (3 p.m.); www.

June 12

• Vince Miller Couples (3 p.m.); Vince Miller; (501) 8345733,

June 24-26

• Big Bass Bonanza (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.);

July 16

• Lake Dardanelle Lady Anglers; Joan Craig; (479) 2934935; Gail Wood; (479) 967-1105

July 17

• Trader Bill’s (3 p.m.); Mandy Short; (501) 623-8403,

July 18-22

• TBF High School World Championship;;

Aug. 13

• Lake Dardanelle Lady Anglers; Joan Craig; (479) 2934935; Gail Wood; (479) 967-1105

Sept. 10

• Lake Dardanelle Lady Anglers; Joan Craig; (479) 2934935; Gail Wood; (479) 967-1105

Sept. 18

• Arkansas Tech University Fishing Club/Arvest Bank (3 p.m.); Teresa Gunter; (479) 498-4816,

Oct. 15

• Lake Dardanelle Lady Anglers; Joan Craig; (479) 2934935; Gail Wood; (479) 967-1105

Nov. 3-5

• BFL Regional (3 p.m.);

479-968-4322 815 North Arkansas Ave.


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to do Take in some culture at The Center (soon!)


fter nearly five years in the making, the dream of the Russellville School District to have a performing arts center serving the students of the district and residents of the Arkansas River Valley is coming close to a reality. Thanks to a 6.9-mill property tax increase approved by voters in 2007, the much-anticipated Center for the Arts is inching closer and closer to completion with plans for opening in fall 2011. The district set out to create a multi-purpose art center to house events such as band and choir concerts, theater and musical productions and assemblies and schoolrelated programs. Members of the district and the community saw the importance of having a premier performance space for local artists and organizations as well. Looking to the future, The Center will host activities such as summer art programs and camps, performing artist series and world-class entertainment, bringing in top-name performers and Broadway shows. The main feature of The Center is a 1,960-seat performance hall designed to support orchestra, Broadway, music and dance. The Center also boasts a grand lobby with a glass façade which will provide clear views from both inside and outside the building, offering a versatile area perfect for gallery showings, receptions or intimate dinners. There will also be a Black Box theater perfect for smaller musical and theatrical performances as well as parties, formal dinners or meetings.

Russellville Janitorial

Free Delivery!

1806 E. 16th St. • Russellville • 968-1164

✔ Cleaning Products ✔ Vacuum Cleaners ✔ Carpet Shampooers ✔ Automatic Floor Scrubbers ✔ Wet-Dry Vacuums ✔ Steam Cleaning ✔ Cleaning Services Professional large & small commercial industrial buildings

Serving The River Valley Since 1985

The Center for the Arts and its programming will be led by Wendy Sparks, who will serve as operations manager, and Daniel Stahl, who will serve as technical manager. For more information on The Center, contact Wendy Sparks at (479) 968-3551 or email

3030 S. Arkansas • Russellville, AR


New & Pre L ved RV’s Discount Parts & Accessories Complete Service Consignments Welcome

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Brown Chiropractic Palmer Graduate

New Patients Usually See Same Day Gabe Freyaldenhoven, PT Chrissy Bradford, PT Drew Morgan, PT Tina Chung, OTR/L Heidi Person, PT

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Hours: 5 a.m. - 1 a.m. Mon. - Thurs. Fri. 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. • Sat. 8-6 p.m. • Sun. 1 - 6 p.m.

300 E. 3rd • Russellville 479-890-5220

Most Insurance Accepted Call For Your Coverage

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Yell County

Lake Dardanelle, Nimrod Lake and Blue Mountain Lake all offer a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, skiing and swimming.



ell County provides a multitude of outdoor opportunities, from camping and hiking in Mount Nebo State Park — observing or partaking in hang gliding off those very bluffs — to fishing or boating the plentiful six lakes and three rivers countywide. Take time to enjoy breathtaking views of the Ouachita and Ozark-Saint Francis National Forests, visit wildlife in the Holla Bend Wildlife Refuge and enjoy ultimate hunting in the Carden Bottoms and surrounding woods of Yell County. Yell County is a prime location for any outdoorsperson. Yell County is unique with its two county seats, one in Dardanelle and the other in Danville. It was named after the state’s first member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Archibald Yell. Yell was also the second governor of Arkansas. Yell County is rich in history. See YELL on page 57

ell County was established by the state Legislature in November 1840. The county covers an area of about 930 square miles. Yell County was named after the second governor of Arkansas, Archibald Yell. There are many diverse industries in Yell County, but most revolve around agriculture, such as timber, poultry, cattle and crops. Tourism and recreation play a major role in Yell County’s economy. The area has many lakes and mountains and is part of two national forests. Lake Dardanelle, Nimrod Lake and Blue Mountain Lake all offer a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, skiing and swimming. The crown jewel of Yell County is Mount Nebo State Park. It rises 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley and has cabins, campsites, picnic sites, a swimming pool, hiking trails and the most breathtaking view of the surrounding valleys. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to Yell County or, as we like to say, “The Free State of Yell!” Welcome and God bless. — Mark Thone Yell County Judge

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Yell County has two county seats, one in Dardanelle and one in Danville. The Yell County courthouse in Dardanelle is located at 106 Union St. The Yell County courthouse in Danville is located at Fifth and Main streets. • County Judge: Mark Thone — (479) 229-4858, Dardanelle: (479) 495-4860. Yell County has 11 justices of the peace. County Judge Mark Thone presides at quorum court meetings on the second Monday of each month at Danville. • District 1 — Ronny Crawford, (479) 272-4810, 10622 River Road, Rover. • District 2 — Greg Dixon, home (479) 489-5822, work (479) 968-1275, fax (479) 968-1539, P.O. Box 402, Ola. • District 3 — Bood Keathley, (479) 495-2236, P.O. Box 361, Danville. • District 4 — Bob Dixon, (479) 476-2861, 12773 Rodeo Road, Havana. • District 5 — Travis Garner, (479) 495-2719, 13822 Mace Road, Danville. • District 6 — Sharon Carter, 11573 Omega Road, Danville. • District 7 — James D. Woodson, 12925 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle. • District 8 — J.L. Martin, P.O. Box 266, Dardanelle. • District 9 — Leroy Randell, (479) 229-2473, 109 Vine St., Dardanelle. • District 10 — Matt Robinson, 15137 N. State Highway 28, Dardanelle. • District 11 — Gary D. Spencer, (479) 272-4671 or (479) 272-2593, 13654 Kingston Road, Ola.

Countywide population 22,496

Language other than english at home 13.4 percent

Average household size 2.61

Homeownership rate 72.9 percent

Adults w/ 4-year degree 10.9 percent

Mean travel time to work 22.8 minutes

Median household income $36,459

below poverty level 17.6 percent

Persons per square mile 22.8

Male-to-female ratio 49.7/50.3

Russellville Family Clinic “Committed to Serving the Families of the River Valley” Working Toward a Healthier You . . . With You!

Now Accepting New Patients For Complete Healthcare From Newborns To Adults

Kenneth B. Turner, M.D. • Diplomate American Board of Family Practice

Ben J. Kriesel, M.D.

• Diplomate American Board of Family Practice

• Certified Medical Review Officer

Christopher S. Barber, D.O. • Diplomate American Board of Family Practice

• Women’s Health (Wellness Exams, Treatment of Menopausal Issues, Osteoporosis Treatment) • Pediatrics • Weight Loss Management • Birth Control Counseling and Management • Industrial Medicine • Allergy Testing • Random Drug Screening

108 Skyline Drive 479-968-7170 • 8:00am - 5:00pm M-F

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MMMMmmm... Toasty!

CITY MALL 407 North Arkansas • Russellville

Scrapbook Panache

For all your Scrapbooking Needs!

The City Mall 407 N. Arkansas



Slice Albums

Paper Cutouts Ribbon

Crops Cricut

Toasty Subs Salads, & Soups

Laser Cut Items


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Large selection of Vera Bradley Gifts & Decorating

Jewelry & Sunglasses


Special Baskets & Monograms City Mall • 968-5551

City Mall 968-3001

Tangles Salon offers a full service salon specializing in: Fusion Hair Extensions, Xtreme Eyelash Extensions, Keratin Complex Smoothing Systems & Spray Tans Walk-ins Welcome or Call for your appointment today!

City Mall • Russellville • 967-0990

407 N Arkansas Street RUSSELLVILLE • 479-967-9102

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For All Your Concrete Needs Commercial or Residential Licensed • Bonded • Insured Owner Steve Edwards 479-890-5383 479-857-5383


For All of Your Fencing Needs • Free Estimates • “We build our reputation around your yard.” 858-7399


WINDOW CLEANING • Homes & Business • New Construction • Professional • Guaranteed • Call For Free Estimate

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Asphalt & Pavement Driveways Parking Lots


FREE ESTIMATES 331-3711 or 857-3133

Also Lawn Work

Wholesale Plumbing, Inc. (Located on Hwy 7T)

We Sell Wholesale to Everyone! Hrs: Mon-Fri. 7am-5:00pm Saturday 7am-12:00pm MS Wholesale offers expert advice on any home-owner problems, backed by years of experience

1500 S. KNOXVILLE, HWY 7T (479) 968-8068 • FAX: (479) 968-8659

We Do All Cleaning Jobs


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Lucas Hoyt 479-857-2840 Decks • Landscaping Fences • Stonework WE DO IT ALL!!

Call for a FREE estimate

French Drains Paver Patio (sidewalk) Swimming Pools Landscaping Night Lighting Sprinkler Systems Dirt Work IN BUSINESS FOR 11 YEARS INSURED



CARPET & VINYL “For all your floor covering needs.” • Carpet • Ceramic • Hardwood • Occasional Rugs

600 East 3rd


Prime Quality Feed Helping Raise Stock in America Since 1914

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Yell County Dardanelle Dardanelle City Hall, 120 N. Front St., P.O. Box 360, Dardanelle, AR 72834; (479) 229-4500; • Mayor — Carolyn McGee, home (479) 229-3792, office (479) 229-4500, cell (479) 477-0102, email cmcgee@ The Dardanelle City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at City Hall unless that Monday is a holiday. In such a case, the meeting will be at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month. Aldermen are: • Kenny George, Ward 1 (479) 229-4554, cell (479) 223-1425 • Bruce McConnell, Ward 1 (479)229-2650, cell (479) 970-6599 • Scott Moore, Ward 2 (479) 495-9778 • Julia Ann Taylor, Ward 2 (479) 229-4157, cell (479) 477-0088

• Linda Thompson, Ward 3 (479) 229-4881 • Kenneth Taylor, Ward 3 (479) 229-4022

Danville Danville City Hall is at 1299 E. Eighth St., Danville, AR 72833; telephone (479) 495-2013. The Danville City Council meets the third Thursday each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall. • Mayor — Steve Pfeifer, (479) 495-2339, danville@arkwest. com, P.O. Box 87, Danville, AR 72833.

Don Simmons, D.D.S. Parkway Dental Dale Brooks, D.D.S. We Accept Most Insurance

Services Include: • Cosmetic Services • Whitening • Onsite Denture Lab • Periodontics

• Veneers • Root Canals • Gentle Dental Care • Emergencies Welcome

HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

“Let us make you smile.” 402 E. Parkway Dr. • Russellville, AR (479)-890-6174 or 877-96-TOOTH

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Danville, cont.

• Kim Foster (479) 495-7758 P.O. Box 805, Danville, AR 72833 • Butch Tackett (479) 495-3285 P.O. Box 1323, Danville, AR 72833 • Carrol Ramey (479) 495-2957 803 E. Seventh Place, Danville, AR 72833 • Jerry Pendergraft (479) 495-2957 P.O. Box 1628, Danville, AR 72833

Aldermen are: • L.W. Bell (479) 495-2514 P.O. Box 255, Danville, AR 72833 • Martha Rollans (479) 495-2825 P.O. Box 763, Danville, AR 72833 • Steve Coger (479) 495-7277 P.O. Box 64, Danville, AR 72833

Yell, continued from page 52 Take a few days to tour Brearley Cemetery in Dardanelle, the Kimball House on Front Street in Dardanelle, Mountain View Farm in Plainview, Spring Lake Recreation Area in Stafford, the Mickles Bridge in Mickles or the Ward’s Crossing Bridge in Plainview along with the other 16 locations on the National Register of Historic Places in Yell County. The Arkansas River borders the northern portion of Yell County, near the county’s largest city, Dardanelle. In the late 1800s, a pontoon bridge was constructed, allowing traffic to pass from Pope County into Yell County. The bridge was famously marked the longest pontoon bridge in the world and operated until 1929. It has since been replaced by a four-lane, steel bridge.

Yell County is poultry-prominent. Poultry production is the most significant industry in Yell County. There are numerous poultry farms and three major processing plants. Agriculture in general is a prominent source of employment for area residents. Soybeans, rice, corn, rowcrops, hog and cattle operations are a common visual aspect up and down major highways and dirt roads alike. Yell County hosts a multitude of summer festivals where small towns, friends and family gather to exhibit the best they have to offer: a sense of kinship, community and opportunities. Welcome to Yell County. To visit the area’s website, see

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B Directions to Bona Dea Trails and Sanctuary: From Interstate 40, take exit 81, then turn south on State Highway 7 before taking the first right onto Lake Front Drive. The trails are on the left, across from Lake Dardanelle. For more information, call (479) 968-5008.

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ona Dea Trails and Sanctuary is 186 acres of wetlands and low woods that provide an ideal habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. The nearly six miles of trails that wind through the sanctuary provide a multitude of recreational opportunities including walking, jogging, nature photography and nature study. All facilities at Bona Dea are maintained by the Russellville Project Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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or years, rumors of an alligator at Bona Dea have kept the trails’ visitors on the lookout for the creature. Occasionally, the ’gator surfaces enough to be spotted and even photographed. In early April, Larry Lassiter of Russellville and his wife, who walk the trails four or five times per week, spotted the alligator sunning on a log along a portion of the trail that runs close to Parkway Drive. Lassiter said he also saw the alligator in the same spot the same time of the year in 2010 on consecutive days. “Since I saw him last year, I looked and looked all summer long and never saw him,” Lassiter said. The reported size of the alligator has varied over the years, but Lassiter, who considers himself an excellent judge of size even from great distances, said the beast is about 7 feet long. Dr. Chris Kellner, who teaches a herpetology course at Arkansas Tech University, said he had heard the rumor that the alligator was once someone’s pet, but said that wouldn’t have to be the case. “I had heard people say it was an escapee, but males will

wander around,” Kellner said. “It doesn’t have to be captivebred, but there are not a lot (indigenous) in the area.” Kellner said visitors to the trails should not be afraid of the animal. “The only way he’ll hurt anybody is if somebody does something really stupid,” Kellner said. “… The alligator isn’t going to bother anybody.” Kellner advises giving the gator a wide berth when visitors see it, but said the chance of an attack is slight. “Gator attacks usually involve swimming or when you’re feeding one, it might get confused as to what it’s supposed to eat and what it’s not. But they eat turtles, fish and snakes. They do occasionally eat mammals, but not often.” Lassiter said he feels lucky to have access to a trail system like Bona Dea, where such a wide array of animals can be viewed. “It’s interesting to have animals like that out there,” Lassiter said. “To imagine an alligator could survive this far north is amazing. I just hope people aren’t afraid. He’s never hurt anybody and doesn’t seem to have any easy access to the trail.”

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Call the Hogs from Interstate 40

Atkins landmark a sight for Hog-hungry eyes


azorbacks fans traveling from south Arkansas to Fayetteville look forward to traveling through Atkins, thanks to the city’s distinctive landmark in the form of a large sign supporting the state’s most beloved sports program. The sign, a monster visible just to the north of Interstate 40 in Atkins, has become a fixture that travelers expect to see. “People just kind of look for it, and we try to oblige them by keeping it up,” Atkins resident J.L. Austin said. Most folks can’t remember just exactly when the sign was erected, but long-time residents generally agree the first sign was placed in the 1960s. “Someone just brought it up that we needed to put a sign on the mountain for the Razorbacks,” Austin said. Elmo Haney, another long-time resident of Atkins, said the sign made sense because so many people in the area are supporters of the Razorbacks. In time, it has become part of Atkins’ culture. “We get a lot of comments from people from other parts of the state. When you mention you’re from Atkins, they say ‘Oh, you’re where that Razorback sign is,’” Haney said, adding “it used to be we were recognized by the pickle plant — usually because of the smell — but most everyone now mentions the Hog sign. It’s very visible and it shows our support for the Razorbacks.” The original sign was painted as an effort by many community members, Austin said, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce club — or JCs, as they called themselves — raised the money for the supplies. One of the first things that happened after the original sign was a phone call placed by the director of the Arkansas State Police to the JCs, Austin said. Apparently, just prior to the sign’s inauguration, a similar sign was stolen from the southern part of the state. He said the director was wondering if the residents had inadvertently purchased a stolen sign, but was quickly assured the residents had created the sign themselves in the school gymnasium. The first few signs, which, over the years, have had to be replaced due to age or vandalism, were made of wood, and Austin said creating them was a community-wide effort. The most recent sign is estimated by Austin and Haney, respectively, to be about 10 or 15 years old, and is made of metal. Atkins’ most recent sign was placed by a new group of community organizers in Atkins, People for a Better Atkins, after the JCs disbanded several years ago. Austin noted the sign has begun to fade somewhat, and at some point in the future a decision will have to be made about how to Where to look: From Interstate 40, watch the bluffs on the north side restore its shine. of the roadway between Pottsville and Atkins. The sign is near mile One thing’s for sure: The Atkins Razorback sign will marker 92. be around for years to come, giving Razorbacks fans yet another reason to call the Hogs on the way to the game.

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With 11 local high schools, an NCAA Division II university, an NCAA Division III university and numerous junior high and middle schools, the Arkansas River Valley is a hotbed for scholastic athletics. Arkansas Tech University boasts one of the most successful women’s basketball programs in Division II, and many high schools in the area have enjoyed plenty of success.

Arkansas Tech University Mascot: Men — Wonder Boys; women — Golden Suns Conference: Great American Conference • Athletic director: Steve Mullins, (479) 968-0245 • Assistant athletic director: Kristy Bayer, (479) 964-0513 • Sports information director: Ben Greenberg, (479) 968-0645 University of the Ozarks Mascot: Eagles Conference: American Southwest Conference • Athletic director: Jimmy Clark, (479) 979-1484 • Sports information director: Josh Peppas, (479) 979-1483 Atkins High School Mascot: Red Devils Conference: 3A-4 • Athletic director: Charlie Sorrels. (479) 641-1296 • (479) 641-1296 (fieldhouse); (479) 641-8894 (gym) Clarksville High School Mascot: Panthers Conference: 4A-4 • Athletic director: Gary Thompson, (479) 754-0766 • (479) 754-7795 (fieldhouse); (479) 754-3712 (gym) Danville High School Mascot: Little Johns Conference: 2A-4 • Athletic director: D.J. Crane, (479) 495-4806 • (479) 495-4806 (fieldhouse); (479) 495-4830 (gym) Dardanelle High School Mascot: Sand Lizards Conference: 4A-4 • Athletic director: Larry Walker, (479) 229-4655 • (479) 229-465 (fieldhouse); (479) 229-4655 (gym) Dover High School Mascot: Pirates Conference: 4A-4 • Athletic director: Robbie Chenowith, (479) 331-2916 • (479) 331-2129 (fieldhouse); (479) 331-4223 (gym) Hector High School Mascot: Wildcats Conference: 2A-5 • Athletic director: Andy Cheney, (479) 284-4681 • (479) 284-4681 (fieldhouse); (479) 284-2136 (gym) Johnson County Westside Mascot: Rebels Conference: 2A-4 • Athletic director: Steve Golden, (479) 497-1171 • (479) 497-1171 (fieldhouse, gym) Lamar High School Mascot: Warriors Conference: 3A-4 • Athletic director: Lance Spence, (479) 885-2387 • (479) 885-2387 (fieldhouse); (479) 885-3977 (gym)


Pottsville High School Mascot: Apaches Conference: 4A-4 • Athletic directors: Bryan Rust, (479) 968-6411; Chance Johnson, (479) 968-6334 • (479) 968-6411 (fieldhouse); (479) 968-6338 (gym) Russellville High School Mascot: Cyclones Conference: 6A/7A Central (reg. season); 6A East (playoffs) • Athletic director: Jim Dickerson, (479) 890-6356 • (479) 968-9253 (fieldhouse); (479) 968-3152 (gym) Russellville Junior High School Mascot: Whirlwinds Conference: River Valley Junior High • Athletic director: Jim Dickerson, (479) 890-6356 • (479) 968-7030; (479) 968-7079 (gym) Two Rivers High School Mascot: Gators Conference: 2A-5 • Athletic director: Barry Fisher, (479) 489-4154 • (479) 489-4171 (fieldhouse); (479) 489-4166 (gym) Western Yell County High School Mascot: Wolverines Conference: 2A-4 • Athletic director: Mike Hernandez, (479) 476-4100 • (479) 476-4125 (gym)

for the kids • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ark. River Valley With locations in Russellville and Dardanelle, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley provide sports and activity opportunities to local youth. For more information about Boys & Girls Club activities, call (479) 968-7819. • Russellville Youth Baseball Association RYBA is a U.S. Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) sanctioned youth baseball association that provides boys ages 4-15 an opportunity to play baseball. For more information, contact Al Harpenau at (479) 970-5192. • Arkansas Valley Soccer Association The AVSA has semi-annual seasons (spring and fall) and gives more than 1,000 boys and girls the opportunity to join in the world’s most widely-played sport. For more information, call (479) 890-6309 or visit • Arkansas River Valley Tennis Association (ARVTA) — (479) 857-6734.

Other programs • Baseball, softball (Dardanelle) — Call Willie Lawhon, (479) 229-5084. • Baseball, softball (Dover) — Call Royce Moore, (479) 331-2571.


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schools Russellville Randall Williams serves as superintendent of the Russellville School District. Alene Bynum is assistant superintendent of personnel and instruction. Nathan Barber is the district’s business manager and assistant to the superintendent. Bynum, Barber and Williams have offices in the district’s administration building located north of the Gardner building at 220 W. 10th St. The mailing address is P.O. Box 928, Russellville, AR 72811. The telephone number is (479) 968-1306. Email is available on the district’s Web site at Information about each school and the administration and school board is also available. The school board regularly meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. The board president is Virginia Berner, (479) 968-1349. Elementary schools • Center Valley, (479) 968-2650 • Crawford, (479) 968-4677

• Dwight, (479) 968-3967 • London, (479) 293-4241 • Oakland Heights, (479) 968-2084 • Sequoyah, (479) 968-2134 Other schools • Upper Elem. 5th Grade, (479) 968-2650 • Middle School, (479) 968-2557 • Junior High, (479) 968-1599 • High School, (479) 968-3151 Atkins Boyce Watkins serves as superintendent of the Atkins School District. Administrative offices are at 307 N. Church Street, Atkins, AR 72823; telephone (479) 641-7871. Email is available on the district’s Web site at The school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the district’s administration building. Phillip Haney, (479) 641-1849, is the board president. • Elementary School, (479) 641-7085 • Middle School, (479) 641-1008 • High School, (479) 641-7872 Clarksville Dr. David Hopkins serves as superintendent of the Clarksville School District. Administrative offices are at 1701 Clark Road, Clarksville, AR 72830; telephone

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(479) 705-3200. Email is available on the district’s Web site at The school board meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month. The current board president is Donny Frost. • Pyron Elementary, (479) 705-3256. • Primary, (479) 979-6000 • Junior High, (479) 705-3224 • High School, (479) 705-3212 Dardanelle John Thompson serves as superintendent of the Dardanelle School District. Administrative offices are located at 209 Cedar St.; telephone (479) 229-4111; Email is available on the district’s website at The school board meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month. The board president is Sherry Hicks, (479) 229-2200. • Elementary, (479) 229-3707 • Primary, (479) 229-4185 • Middle School, (479) 229-4550 • High School, (479) 229-4655 Danville Alan Love serves as the superintendent for the Danville School District. The mailing address for the administrative office is P.O. Box 939, Danville, AR 72823;

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telephone (479) 495-4800. The district’s website is The school board meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the administration office. Bobby Redfern is the school board president. • Elementary, (479) 495-4820 • Middle School, (479) 495-4827 • High School, (479) 495-4810 Dover Jerry Owens serves as superintendent of the Dover School District. Administrative offices are at 9371 Market St.; mailing address is P.O. Box 325, Dover, AR 72837; telephone 331-2916. The school board meets third Monday of each month. The board president is Thomas Hill, (479) 331-3467. • Elementary, (479) 331-2702 • Middle School, (479) 331-4814 • High School, (479) 331-2120 Hector Karen Cushman serves as superintendent of the Hector School District. Administrative offices are at 11520 State Highway 27; telephone (479) 284-2264. The school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the administration office boardroom. The board


president is Todd Fountain, (479) 284-2037. • Elementary, (479) 284-2264 • High School, (479) 284-2259 Pottsville Larry Dugger serves as superintendent of the Pottsville School District. Administrative offices and mailing address are 7000 State Highway 247, Pottsville, AR 72858; telephone (479) 9688101. Email is available at the district’s website, apache.afsc.k12, The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The board president is David Potts, (479) 968-6068. • Elementary, (479) 968-2133 • Middle grades, (479) 890-6631 • Junior High, (479) 968-6574 • High School, (479) 968-6334 Two Rivers Sherry Holliman serves as the superintendent for the Two Rivers School District. The district was formed by the consolidation of Ola, Plainview-Rover, Perry-Casa and Fourche Valley. Administrative offices are located at 510 W. Main St. in Plainview; mailing address is P.O. Box 187, Plainview, AR 72857; telephone, (479) 272-3113. The district’s website is

The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Charles Hance is the board president. Western Yell County The Belleville and Havana school districts consolidated in 1986 to form Western Yell County School District. The elementary school is located in Belleville, and the high school in Havana. Brad Spikes serves as the district’s superintendent. Administrative offices are located at 1 Wolverine Drive, Havana; mailing address is P.O. Box 214, Havana AR 72842; telephone, (479) 476-4116. The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the administration office in Havana. Tommy Fink is board president. Area Career Technical Center The Area Career Technical Center is located at 2201 S. Knoxville Ave. in Russellville. Pat Edmunds is director. The phone number is (479) 968-5422. In July, the center will become the Arkansas Tech Career Center in conjunction with Arkansas Tech University-Ozark. The merger, announced in October 2010, will allow students to receive concurrent college credit while participating in the vocational program.

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REACH The Russellville Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers (REACH) was organized to support families who have chosen to educate their children at home by providing information, encouragement and activities to enrich the homeschool experience; to encourage and assist families in achieving academic excellence; and to be a source of information for any family considering homeschooling. More information can be obtained by calling membership coordinator Lynell Albrecht at (479) 967-9893 or by visiting the website at Saint John’s Catholic School Saint John’s Catholic School is located at 1912 W. Main St. in Russellville. The school’s principal is Mark Tyler, (479) 9674644. The school’s Web site is The school, which began operation in the Arkansas River Valley in 1947, ranges from Montessori pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. The school is open to students of all faiths. Community Christian School Community Christian School is a nondenominational Christian school located at First Assembly of God in Russellville. The school offers classes from kindergarten to eighth grade. All classes are taught by Christian teachers who are certified and receive 60 hours of professional development each year. Rebecca Partain is the principal. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1786, Russellville, AR 72811. For more information, call (479) 968-1429 or visit the school’s Web site at Russellville Adult Education Center The Russellville Adult Education Center is located at 1000 S. Arkansas Ave. in the former Gardner Junior High building. RAEC programs in both Pope and Yell counties assist adults to prepare for post-secondary education, successful careers and productive lives. For more information, call (479) 968-5244. Arkansas Tech University Arkansas Tech University is a public, four-year accredited university on North Arkansas Avenue in Russellville. The phone number for general information is (479) 968-0389. For more information on the administration, academic colleges and departments, visit the website at Dr. Robert C. Brown is the university’s president. His phone number is (479) 968-0237, and his email is His office is in the Administration Building. University of the Ozarks University of the Ozarks is a private, Presbyterian-affiliated, four-year, liberal arts university located at 415 N. College Ave. in Clarksville. For information, call (479) 979-1000. The website is Dr. Rick Niece is president of the university. His phone number is (479) 979-1242, and his email is His office is located at 102 Mabee Administration Building. UACCM The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton is a two-year public college located on State Highway 132 just off Interstate 40’s exit 107 in Morrilton. Admissions can be reached at (505) 977-2053 or (800) 264-1094, Larry Davis is chancellor of the college, and can be reached at (501) 977-2013. For more information about UACCM, visit the university’s website at


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• Democratic Party — Gene Raible, chair; Michelle Frost, vice chair; Melody Reasoner, secretary-treasurer; called meetings are in the courtroom at the Johnson County Courthouse; (479) 754-2399. • Republican Party — Paul Perdue, chair; Claire Gainey, vice chair; Bea Wiser, treasurer; monthly meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the Lucus Center on Lucus Street; Contact Paul Perdue at (479) 705-0516.

Legislators U.S. Senate • Mark Pryor (D) First elected to the Senate in 2002, Pryor is up for re- election in 2014. Contact: Little Rock office, 500 Clinton Ave., Ste. 401, Little Rock, AR 72201, phone (501) 324-6336 or toll free (877) 259-9602; Washington, D.C. office, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510, phone (202) 224-2353; • John Boozman (R) First elected to the Senate in 2010, Boozman is up for re-election in 2016. Contact: Fort Smith office, 1120 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72901, phone (479) 573-0189; Washington, D.C. office, 1 Russell Courtyard, Washington, D.C., 20510, phone (202) 224-4843; U.S. House of Representatives Maps of Arkansas’s four congressional districts can be found at Third District • Steve Womack (R) First elected to the House in 2010, his position is up for re- election in 2012. Contact: Fort Smith office, 623 N. Sixth St., Fort Smith, AR 72902, phone (479) 424-1146; Washington, D.C. office, 1508 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515, phone (202) 225-4301; Fourth District • Mike Ross (D) First elected in 2000, his position is up for re-election in 2012. Contact: Hot Springs office, Hot Springs Federal Building, 100 Reserve St., Suite 307, Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901, phone (501) 520-5892; Washington, D.C. office, 2436 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20515, (800) 223-2220; State Senate District 4 • Michael Lamoureux (R) Succeeded former state Sen. Sharon Trusty in 2009 after a special election; his position is up for re-election in 2012. Contact: 208 Craigwood Circle, Russellville, AR 72801; (479) 968-7300; email District 18 • Jason Rapert (R) First elected to the Senate in 2010; his position is up for re- election in 2014. Contact: P.O. Box 295 Bigelow, AR 72016; (501) 336-0918; email District 2 • Randy Laverty (D) First elected to the Senate in 2002; his position is up for re- election in 2012.

Pope County • Democratic Party — Jim Kennedy, chair; Sandra Drittler, vice chair; Richard Peel, secretary; Tom Sullivan, treasurer; (479) 968-4203. Monthly meetings are on the second Monday of each month in the quorum court room at the Pope County Courthouse. • Republican Party — Gene Daughtry, chair; Madelyn Ginsberg, first-vice chair; Terry Anderson, second-vice chair; Teresa Harris, secretary. Monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Pope County Courthouse; contact Daughtry at (479) 970-0546 or email • Russellville River Valley TEA Party Association — Bob McCready, coordinator; (479) 968-5485. Meetings are the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Street Mission. See PARTIES on page 76

Contact: P.O. Box 303, Jasper, AR 72641; (870) 446-5005; email District 6 • Bruce Holland (R) First elected in 2010; his position is up for re-election in 2014. Contact: P.O. Box 2387, Greenwood, AR 72936; (479) 996- 4520; email State House of Representatives

District 68 • Andrea Lea (R) First elected to the House in 2008; her position is up for re- election in 2012. P.O. Box 1342, Russellville, AR 72811; (479) 967-4922; email District 69 • Betty Overbey (D) First elected to the House in 2010; her position is up for re- election in 2012. P.O. Box 177, Lamar, AR 72846; (479) 885-6479; email District 70 • Robert Dale (R) First elected to the House in 2009; his position is up for re- election in 2012. 90 Claud Hottinger Road, Dover, AR 72837; (479) 970- 3503; email District 61 • John Catlett (D) First elected to the House in 2010; his position is up for re- election in 2012. 11732 W. Highway 28, Rover, AR 72860; (479) 495-9662; email

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Directions to Potts Inn: The inn is located off Interstate 40 (exit 88) and U.S. Highway 64. For more information, call (479) 968-8369.

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Make a carriage stop at Potts Inn Historic site only scheduled stage post between Little Rock, Fort Smith


efore the Civil War started 150 years ago, a home modeled after the great houses in Pennsylvania served as a Butterfield Overland stagecoach stop legendary for its food and respected as a comfortable boarding place for travelers and local visitors. Potts Inn, the only known scheduled stop between Little Rock and Fort Smith, was built in the 1850s at the foot of Crow Mountain by Kirkbride Potts, a young bachelor who came to the Arkansas River Valley in 1828. He married Pamelia Logan, whose family founded Logan County, south of the Arkansas River. Kirkbride decided to mine for gold in California in the 1840s and wasn’t successful. He returned, began construction on the two-and-a-half-story home in the 1850s and finished eight years later. Almost all of the wood used in construction was cut on the homestead acres and hauled by oxen to Cagle’s Mill, where it was sawed into lumber. The functional frontier home became a stage depot stop and a well-known social center between Memphis, Tenn., and Fort Smith in those early days. The rooms on both the first and second floors are square, flanking a 12-foot-wide central hall. The parlor was used for state occasions, tea parties and musicals. All of the Potts family daughters were married in front of the fireplace. Governors, military officers and Cherokee chiefs shared the hospitality and delicious fare assured by Mrs. Potts. The home also served as the first post office in the area. In 1857, the U.S. government passed legislation to establish an overland mail route to transport mail and passengers to California. John Butterfield of New York was awarded the contract, and the Potts home was a scheduled stop on the Butterfield Overland mail route. The stagecoach traveled almost 3,000 miles one way, and organizers accomplished a set goal with the first trip in September 1858 taking less than the allotted time of 24 days. In 1970, the home was obtained by Pope County with the purpose of converting it to a museum after renovations were completed. Maintained by the Pope County Historical Foundation and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Potts Inn is home to the original well house and smoke house, as well as several cabins on the grounds that display other facets of local history. Among them are the original postal desk used by Potts; the baby buggy Pamelia used to ferry her 11 children; a rocking chair Kirkbride brought with him

from Pennsylvania; boards that were hand-planed, with marks of the plane bits still visible; bricks used in the nine fireplaces made on the premises, including the molds and racks used to make the bricks; and doors and windows, many still with the original glass panes, that were brought by keel boat up the Arkansas River. Another building is home to 100 years of hats — one from each year — and dolls adorned with replica dresses and gowns worn by every first lady of Arkansas and the United States at their inaugural balls. Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe came to Potts Inn when First Lady Michelle Obama’s doll was unveiled in 2009. Potts Inn is also part of Pottsville’s National Historic District that includes the Pottsville Citizens Bank, which opened in 1913 and was robbed by two men in Santa Claus suits in 1920; the Falls and Sinclair Grocery Store, which was built prior to 1880; and a cattle dipping vat that signifies the importance of agriculture in the river valley. Resolution State representatives John Catlett and Andrea Lea read a resolution, HR1037, on the House floor on April 1 during the 88th Arkansas General Assembly that recognized the historical significance of the Butterfield Stagecoach Stop at Potts Inn. Attending the reading were Scarber, Margaret Motley and Mary Hall, the great-granddaughter of Kirkbride Potts. Hall will turn 99 this month. A copy of the resolution can also be viewed at Potts Inn. On May 6, junior high students from Pottsville and Russellville will conduct tours of Potts Inn in period clothing. Information for this story was provided by Pam Scarber of the Pope County Historical Foundation and Pottsville Historical Association; and the Arkansas House of Representatives.


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Libraries The Arkansas River Valley Library System is open to citizens of all ages, offering books, videos and Internet access for information, education and recreation. The area offers seven separate public library locations. Pope County Library System The Pope County Library System consists of the Russellville Headquarters Library and three branches in Atkins, Dover and Hector. In addition, the system utilizes a bookmobile for community outreach programs in the county. Russellville Heritage Hall, adjacent to the Russellville Headquarters Library, is available as a community meeting room. The building is the former library and is designated as an historic building on the National Registry. The library system is funded by a one-mill county property tax approved by county voters in 1997. The library is governed by an appointed five-member administrative board. The library board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. The library’s website,, includes information about programs offered, a link to the library catalog, links to more than 125 sites, genealogy information, the family index for genealogy, an auto repair and small engine repair reference center and accelerated reading lists for local schools. Patrons with a Pope County library card can access their account and renew their books or put books on hold. Patrons can also use Heritage Quest and Proquest at home. The library has several children’s and young adult programs each week for all branches. Judy Mays is the library director. • The Russellville Headquarters is located at 116 E. Third St., Russellville, (479) 968-4368. The library is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There are 10 public-access computers and one 15-minute email computer. The history and genealogy department has a wealth of information for Arkansas and

family history research. A microfilm/ microfiche reader is available to scan to a computer and the information can be printed, saved or emailed. The ancestry database is also available in each of the branches. • The Atkins Centennial Library, 216 N.E. First St., Atkins, (479) 641-7904, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It has six public access computers and a microfilm reader/printer. • The Dover Library, 80 Library Road, Dover, (479) 331-2173, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. • The Hector Library, 11600 State Highway 27, Hector, (479) 284-0907, is open from 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday; and 2-6 p.m. Thursday. Yell County • The Arkansas River Valley Regional Library, (479) 229-4418, is located

at 501 N. Front St., Dardanelle, AR 72834 and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The library has computers open to the public and available for free literacy tests. ESL and a citizenship tutoring program is available through the Yell County Literacy Council, which meets at the library and can be reached at (479) 229-2993. • The Yell County Library, (479) 4952911, is located at 904 Atlanta St., Danville, AR 72833 and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The library has computers open to the public, along with a genealogy collection. • The Plainview Community Library, (479) 272-4979, at 220 S. Cleveland Ave., Plainview, AR 72857 is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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ithin 15 minutes of an emergency at Arkansas Nuclear One (ANO), located west of Russellville near London, Entergy Operations Inc. will notify state officials. When state officials notify the general public, an Emergency Warning System will be activated. Sirens located throughout the area will continuously sound for three minutes. Sirens are tested at noon each Wednesday. Residents are encouraged to stay calm and tune in to local radio stations or a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio or visit The Courier’s website at

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There are different levels of emergencies at ANO: • Notification of Unusual Event — The least serious emergency class, it means something out of the ordinary has happened. People living in the area should not have to take any action. • Alert — Indicating plant safety could become a problem, state and local officials will go to their emergency centers to follow the situation. Also at this level, the public should not have to take any action. • Site Area Emergency — Meaning the public may be affected. The Emergency Warning System will sound. State and local authorities will take action to assist residents. • General Emergency — The most serious classification. Residents will be notified of emergency procedures and may have to evacuate. In an emergency Residents will be evacuated to care centers outside of the danger area. Residents are also encouraged to place a sign in the window saying “notified” before leaving their home so police officers going door-to-door will know no one remains in the structure. See ANO on page 76

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ANO, continued from page 75 These signs are available in the back of the Emergency Instruction Booklet produced and mailed to all residents inside the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) by the Nuclear Planning and Response Program. They are also available at every post office, bank, hotel, courthouse and government office within the EPZ. Also, residents are encouraged to talk with neighbors about the evacuation in case they have yet to be notified. • What to take — A change of clothing, blankets and pillows, towels and

washcloths, sanitary supplies, medications, personal identification, soap and shaving equipment, baby supplies, flashlight and batteries and a portable radio. Schools notified first In case of an emergency at the nuclear plant, local schools will be evacuated and students will be transported to a safe facility before the public is notified, according to the Nuclear Planning and Response Program, part of the Arkansas Department of Health.

Exporting school children first prevents havoc at local schools that would ultimately delay evacuation, according to safety officials. Area schools are aware of emergency procedures in case of a nuclear emergency, officials said. For more information about safety procedures, contact the Nuclear Planning and Response Program at (479) 9687171 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

PARTIES, continued from page 70 Yell County

Election Commissions

• Democratic Party — Danny Bunting, chair; Jim Pickens, secretary; John McCord, treasurer; (479) 229-2479. Called quarterly meetings are at the quorum court room at the Yell County Courthouse in Danville. • Republican Party — Tim Bull, chair; 857-2855. Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations around Yell County. Find Republican Party of Yell County Arkansas on Facebook.

• Johnson County — Democrats Ron Taylor, chairman; Mike Buckner, third member; Republican Jill Perdue, second member; P.O. Box 1115, Clarksville, AR 72830; (479) 214-1144. • Pope County — Republicans Portia Short, chairwoman; Edwin Shinn, third member; Democrat Carol Shoptaw. To contact Short, call (479) 968-1209; Shinn, 467-4507; Shoptaw, 968-7214. • Yell County — Democrats Danny Bunting, chair; Jim Pickens, third member; Republican Carol Crowell; (479) 229-2479.

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A complete guide to the Pope, Johnson and Yell county areas of Arkansas, for visitors and new residents alike.