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2013 tourism and newcomers Guide TO THE

Arkansas River Valley

featuring area adventures, flavors, attractions and more


2013 Tourism and Newcomers Guide to the Arkansas River Valley

2013 Tourism and Newcomers Guide to the Arkansas River Valley



2013 Tourism and Newcomers Guide to the Arkansas River Valley

welcome 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 community immediately.

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 presentday 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.

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.

The 2013 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 express 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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To do: Go for big adventure on Big Piney Creek........................9 To do: Hit the trails, on foot or four wheels.............................. 14 To do: Watch the sun set over the water................................... 21 To do: Get interactive at Lake Dardanelle State Park............ 22 To do: Take in some community — and some culture......... 28 To do: Make a one-of-a-kind carriage stop............................... 38 To do: Stroll on downtown with a stop by the depot........... 42 To do: Scan the vistas from Mount Nebo.................................. 70 To do: Call the Hogs from Interstate 40...................................... 74 To do: Be one with nature............................................................... 76 To do: Make the climb; it’s more than worth it........................ 86

The Natural Choice in the Natural State.

Athletics..................................................................................................... 34 Emergency services............................................................................... 62 Golf............................................................................................................... 18 Help organizations................................................................................. 66 Hospitals.................................................................................................... 67 Johnson County...................................................................................... 10 Libraries...................................................................................................... 40 New resident services........................................................................... 73 Pope County............................................................................................. 24 Recreation................................................................................................. 16 Restaurants............................................................................................... 43 Schools....................................................................................................... 30 Legislators, commissions & parties................................................... 68 Utilities........................................................................................................ 72 Veterinarians............................................................................................. 81 Yell County................................................................................................ 56

picture it: Yell Fest.......................................................................... 55 picture it: Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff............. 78 picture it: Arkansas Tech University........................................ 82 picture it: Russellville Veterans Day Parade.......................... 84

Publisher David Meadows

editorial Mike Roark Jacqueline Collins Sean Ingram John Post Travis Simpson Whitney Snipes Howard West

Production Gracie Camp


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advertising Michelle Harris Jim Kelley Lauren Lampkin Judy Manning Marie Norris Mariah Rose Meagan Wilson

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• Downtown Art Walks 1st Friday in March, June, September & December • Taste of the Valley, last Thursday each April • Tri-Peaks Community Market April thru October • Rummage ‘Round the Rails, last weekend each May • Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff, last Saturday each October

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Stoby’s been voted “Best Breakfast” by May ofhas 2011, Stoby’ s was voted Best Breakfast by local local readers readers of Courrier” newspaper. the of “The the Courier Newspaper In 2009, we were votedMagazine. Best Breakfast by and the Arkansas Times Esquire the readers of the “Arkansas Times”, and in Magazine Stoby’s among the “Best the issueannounced of “Esquire Magazine,” Stoby’ s was Breakfast in America”. Stoby’s was in in America. Arkansas selected amog the best breakfasts Life Magazine as one of Arkansas’ “Iconic Eats Stoby’s won Place in the Cheese - Destined to 2nd be Classics”. We World have won 2nd Dip Championship in 2010 Place in the World Cheese Dip Championship.

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The City Corporation board of directors is a group of dedicated citizen leaders from our community who give their time and expertise freely, without compensation, to serve the needs of our customers. They take great pride in the leadership. Don Guess

Chair (Seated)

Frank Russenberger Secretary (L-R)

Art Jones Vice Chair

Harold Barr Member

Luke Duffield Member

Board of Directors City Corporation is proud to offer a local business office to service your water and wastewater needs. Our lobby hours are from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday with the exception of holidays and possible inclement weather closures. In the event of closures, our telephone system will prompt customers to the situation and inform them who to call for emergency needs. Should you have an emergency outside normal business office hours please call our 24 hour facility at (479)968-1148. Our drive thru window is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday with the same exceptions. You may also contact us by telephone during the same hours at (479)968-2105. City Corporation is committed to improving technologies to enhance the customer’s ease of use. Therefore, we also offer self help web services and automatic payment services. For more information visit our website http://www.citycorporation. com. There is a wealth of knowledge and secure customer access on our website and we are committed to improving and updating this regularly. Our courteous staff will be happy to discuss any questions or suggestions you may have with your water or wastewater services. In addition to water and wastewater service, City Corporation is contracted with the City of Russellville to provide invoicing and revenue collection for solid waste services for single family residents inside the city limits of Russellville. For other solid waste questions or suggestions, outside of billing inquiries please contact Waste Management at (479)880-2278.

Water and Wastewater Rate Comparison

Steve Mallett, General Manager

“On behalf of the staff at City Corporation, I want to extend our appreciation to the community for the opportunity to serve the River Valley by providing quality water and wastewater services at the best value.”

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to do: canoe

Directions to the Piney: To reach Long Pool, a popular launch site, travel six miles north of Dover on State Highway 7; west on State Highway 164; northeast on Forest Road 1801 for three miles; and northwest on Forest Road 1804 for two miles.

Long Pool is a popular site for swimming and other recreation on the Big Piney. The area boasts picnic and other facilities.

Go for big adventure on the Big Piney Creek Canoeing adventures cross county lines in local area


s big adventure what you’re looking for? Maybe a calm, relaxing day trip? Smallmouth bass fishing, a getaway for a family camping trip or picnic, hiking — or maybe a float down Class I to Class III rapids? The Big Piney Creek, which flows for 70.8 miles through Pope, Johnson and Newton counties, is the prime location for year-’round recreational activities for the adventurous, not to mention those who want to take it easy in the Arkansas River Valley. The Big Piney is situated in the heart of the Ozarks. Its headwaters are in what most locals consider a “remote, rugged area in Newton County.” The mouth of the creek empties into Lake Dardanelle, which makes it a tributary of the Arkansas River and part of the Mississippi River watershed. With scenic, mountainous terrain creekside and numerous rapids twisting through its tri-county course, the U.S. Forest Servicemanaged creek is one of Arkansas’ most beautiful and recreational opportunities. The clear mountain stream also provides numerous swimming opportunities along its course. In Pope County, a prime day excursion that could easily extend

across several days is Long Pool Recreation Area and Campground. Long Pool — surrounded by large bluffs — is a natural pool for swimming and is also used as an access point for the float to the “Twin Bridges” on the Big Piney. There are several campsites, grills, public restrooms, hot and cold showers and hiking trails for your pleasure. If canoeing, rafting or kayaking down the creek, don’t forget to stop in at Moore Outdoors, on State Highway 164, before you get to Long Pool. Debbie and Kerry Moore have owned and operated the business since 1978. Moore Outdoors rents boats and rafts during the morning hours while the water is at acceptable floating levels. The Moores also provide shuttles that allow newcomers and seasoned paddlers the opportunity to get to know the area better through colorful stories along the ride. Moore Outdoors also has cold drinks, snacks and gear for purchase and a nearby campground at the Twin Bridges take-out point on the Big Piney. Optimum flow for floating is at stages 2-4 feet on the Big Piney, so choose your moment, then grab your camera, your friends and family and hit the Big Piney for days worth of fun, adventures and memories.



Johnson County

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 fouryear, 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

Lakes to galleries, Johnson County has it all


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-July, Johnson County is perfectly suited for orchards, berry farms and other agricultural pursuits. With a population of 25,540 in 2010, 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, fouryear 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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Johnson County The Johnson County Courthouse is located at 215 W. Main St. in Clarksville. The county has eight elected officials:

• District 2 — Larry Holben, (479) 754-0263, 139 PR 3572, Clarksville.

• County Judge — Mike Jacobs, (479) 754-2175.

• District 3 — Jeanette Hemmer, (479) 979-5444, P.O. Box 325, Lamar.

• Sheriff — Jimmy Dorney, (479) 754-7612. • County and probate clerk — Michelle Frost, (479) 754-3967.

• District 4 — David Chronister, (479) 497-1403, 912 CR 3020, Hartman.

• Circuit and chancery clerk — Alicia Nowotny, (479) 754-2977.

• District 5 — Larry Plugge, (479) 497-1895, 1096 CR 2201, Hartman.

• Treasurer-collector — Leta Willis, (479) 754-3056.

• District 6 — John Payne, (479) 457-8545, 217 CR 3319, Clarksville.

• Assessor — Don Hurst Jr., (479) 754-8839.

• District 7 — Steve Morgan, (479) 754-6541, 260 CR 3481, Clarksville.

• Surveyor — James Higby, (479) 705-9406.

• District 8 — Gene Raible, (479) 754-8637, 42 Thompson Drive, Clarksville.

• Coroner — Todd McAteer, (479) 647-3137. 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. • District 1 — Herman Houston, (479) 754-8124, 517 CR 3333, Clarksville.

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• District 9 — Ken Medeiros, (479) 754-6884, 307 McKennon, Clarksville. • District 10 — Harold Parker, (479) 885-2295, P.O. Box 193, Knoxville. • District 11 — Keith Eichenberger, (479) 754-8757, P.O. Box 2104, Clarksville.



Coming Soon: • Johnson County Peach Festival July 25 - 28, 2013

For infomation & schedule of events visit:

• Clarksville Aquatic Center Opening Late September 2013

• 2nd Annual Light Up the Square December 7th, 2013 Festivities begin at 5pm Parade starts at 6pm

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Johnson County


Clarksville’s City Hall is located at 205 Walnut St., Clarksville, AR 72830. The telephone number is (479) 754-6486. 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 clerktreasurer 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, Robbert Norris, Dana Schneider, Eddie King 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 supervisor: Tom Cogan, (479) 754-5050. • Animal control is contracted through the Johnson County Humane Society, (479) 754-4200.

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 four-year 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, Jennie Brown 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. 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. Johnson County boasts its share of fun, including an annual peach festival featuring baby races (pictured at top), spitting contests and lots of food. Knoxville

Knoxville’s City Hall is located on Old U.S. Highway 64. The mailing address is P.O. Box 130, Knoxville, AR 72845.

• 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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to do: ride the trails Directions to moccasin gap trail: The trail entrance is located about 25 miles north of Russellville, off State Highway 7.

Hit the trails, on foot or four wheels when it comes to these adventures, getting muddy can be half the fun


he Arkansas River Valley offers hiking, biking and walking trails — and also boasts several great locations for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). Four-wheeling is a fun, family activity appropriate for all ages. The U.S. Forest Service maintains several trails in the Ozark National Forest, many of which are within a 30-minute drive from Russellville. Moccasin Gap Trail is authorized for ATV, mountain bikes and horse travel by the U.S. Forest Service. Riders can enjoy cascading waterfalls as they follow the 28-mile trail that winds through pines and other hardwoods. There are several streams and areas for picnicking. Trails are colorcoded and maps are available at the trail entrance located about 25 miles north of Russellville, off State Highway 7. Mack’s Pines, located just a few miles before Moccasin Gap, is a family-owned and -operated business offering 28 miles of trails perfect for novice and expert riders.

When riders have mastered the marked trails, there are hundreds of miles of unmarked forest trails to explore. Maps of much of the Ozark Forest are available at local Forest Service offices. Honda of Russellville also carries maps, and sales associates are prepared to offer anecdotal advice. Riders should remember to follow ATV safety precautions and bring the appropriate GPS or other navigational tools. The U.S. Forest Service recommends wearing gloves, helmets and eye protection. Also remember to bring first aid kits and flashlights if you are riding at dusk or after, and pack plenty of drinking water and snacks. Four-wheeling is a great way for the family to spend the day together exploring the Arkansas River Valley, capturing the area flora and fauna on film. Visit for more safety tips and contact information — and have fun!

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• 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, while the Visitors Center offers a variety of interpretive programs for people of all ages. 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. 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 Corps of Engineers (COE) in Lake Dardanelle area; for information call (479) 968-5008: • Cabin Creek • Cane Creek • Delaware • Dublin • Dwight Mission • Horsehead

• Okane • Old Post Road Park • Piney Bay • Riverview • Shoal Bay • Spadra

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, Boat Repair and Cabins — 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. Parks and facilities (Located in Russellville unless otherwise noted) • Hughes Center — 1000 E. Parkway, (479) 968-1272. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. • City Park Complex — 915 E. B St., (479) 968-1272.

• Confederate Mothers Memorial Park — 1915 S. Glenwood Ave., (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 — 1312 E. 16th St., (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. • Russellville Soccer Complex — 901 Lock and Dam Road, (479) 968-1272. • Russellville Skate Park — 205 S. Jonesboro Ave., (479) 968-1272. • Sequoyah Park — 1805 W. 12th St., (479) 968-1272. • Shiloh Park — 3405 N. Arkansas Ave., (479) 968-1272. • Veterans Park — 1005 N. Detroit Ave., (479) 968-1272. • Washburn Park — 1185 Lake Front Drive, (479) 968-1272. • Tech Field — Campus of Arkansas Tech University, (479) 968-0648 • 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. • Hog Wild Too — 2410 East Main St., (479) 967-1012. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Winter hours are 4-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. • Sportsworld — 3700 W. Main St., (479) 968-1122.

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Go for a summertime swim at M.J. Hickey Park in Russellville.

(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) 9683559. 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) 2291022. • Planter’s Park — (479) 229-1022. • Veterans Riverfront Memorial Park — 115 N. Front St., Dardanelle; (479) 229-1022.

• Tom E. Tiger Family Fun Center — 3700 W. Main St., (479) 968-1122. • Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center — 3808 W. Main St.,

• Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center — 3308 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.

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GOLF 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: $40 for 18 holes and $25 for nine holes Tuesday through Thursday; $50 and $30 Friday through Sunday; $25 for twilight rate Tuesday through Sunday after 5 p.m.; all green fees include half cart rental. • 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: $30 on weekdays, $40 on weekends; includes cart rental. • Phone numbers: (479) 495-4110 or (479) 495-4120 (pro shop).

The Arkansas River Valley is home to a number of challenging golf courses. Lion’s Den Golf Club Inc.

Lion’s Den Golf Club in Dardanelle is owned by PGA golfer and Dardanelle native John Daly, and is complete with champion Bermuda grass greens. • Size: 6,405 yards from back tees; 5,806 yards from

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middle tees; 4,987 from forward tees. • Par: 72 on all holes, though par is 37 on front nine and 35 on back nine. • Green fees: $25 Monday through Thursday, $35 Friday through 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 from both tees. • Green fees: $23 Monday through Thursday; $27 Friday through Sunday and on holidays. Cart rental is $16 per 18 holes. • Phone number: (479) 890-6653 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 the back tees; 5, 011 yards from the front tees. • Par: 72 from both tees. • Green fees: $14 with member, $20 without. Cart rental is $15 (limited). • Phone numbers: (479) 7543026 (pro shop).



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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 Marina, on the right, and the Visitors Center is marked.

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A park interpreter leads a sunset cruise at Lake Dardanelle State Park. The cruises are free, but registration is required.

Watch the sun set over the water lake dardanelle cruises offer relaxation — and a bit of education


ooking for a romantic evening, but can’t afford dinner and a movie? Looking for a fun activity to enjoy with the family? Then hop aboard one of Lake Dardanelle State Park’s famous sunset cruises for a relaxing and educational experience you won’t soon forget. The cruises begin by loading a maximum of 20 guests on a pontoon boat, then setting out across the lake, where passengers spend the next hour taking in some of the most beautiful scenery the Arkansas River Valley has to offer — all while learning about the area’s abundant wildlife and history. The cruise passengers often have the opportunity to see an eagle’s nest on the pontoon boat’s voyage across the lake, and if they’re lucky, maybe even an eagle, Lake Dardanelle Park Interpreter Elizabeth Drake said. Drake said those hoping to see an eagle would have the best odds of sighting a bird in the early summer months; they’re usually gone by June. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of wildlife and scenery to take in if an eagle doesn’t grace your adventure with its presence. “(Passengers) get to see a lot of unique birds that come here

through the summer months,” Drake said. “They definitely get to see the eagle’s nest and just enjoy the beautiful sunset. And they’re always different. They’re never the same.” Joe Keating is one local who has enjoyed the cruise time and time again. “We’ve done quite a few tours. They’re really neat,” he said. “They’re a lot of fun.” The sunset cruises are free, but space is limited and a registration is required ahead of time. To register for a seat on the cruise, call (479) 967-5516. The park also offers many other activities, including educational seminars on the lake’s wildlife, camp safety, scavenger hunts, star gazing and kayak tours. Kayak tours cost $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 and are free for children 5 and under. To view monthly schedules of Lake Dardanelle State Park’s many activities or to learn more information about one of the Arkansas River Valley’s most scenic areas, visit


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Get interactive at Lake Dardanelle State Park visitors center lauded 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 Visitors Center is the proverbial cherry on top. “The Visitors Center here is a nice facility,” Andy Thomas, superintendent of Lake Dardanelle State Park, said. “I’ve worked for Arkansas State Parks for 33 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 Visitors 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 kids can interact with live turtles. There are also several snakes that kids and adults alike can admire, as well as 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 rotating exhibit at the Visitors Center. 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

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Lake Dardanelle State Park is the hub of a wide variety of family-friendly activities that can be enjoyed year ’round.

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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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.

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ocated in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley, Pope County provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of industrial, 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. Home to 61,754 residents at the latest census, 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 currently 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, ConAgra, 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 relax at one of Russellville’s 14 city parks or relax

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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 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 — (479) 968-7487. • Sheriff: Aaron DuVall — (479) 968-2558. • County clerk: Laura McGuire — (479) 968-6064. • Circuit clerk: Fern Tucker — (479) 968-7499. • Treasurer: Donna Wall — (479) 968-2194. • Assessor: Dana Baker — (479) 968-7418. • Tax collector: Rita Chandler — (479) 968-7016. • Coroner: Leonard Krout. Krout is contacted through the Pope County Sheriff ’s Office at (479) 968-2558. • County surveyor: David Garza — (479) 968-5005. The Pope County Road Department is located in the County Complex on State Highway 326 and can be reached at (479) 968-6400. Pope County has 13 justices of the peace who 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.

• District 1 — Philip Haney, (479) 641-2297, 805 N.E. 11th St., Atkins. • District 2 — T.J. Curtis, (479) 890-4874, 175 Sand Springs Road, Russellville. • District 3 — Ben Cross, (479) 264-0822, 31 Chateau Dr, Dover. • District 4 — Kim Virden, (479) 331-1714, P.O. Box 281, Dover. • District 5 — Jackie Heflin, (479) 967-3833, (479) 970-0337, 1091 Quail Hollow Road, Dover. • District 6 — Mary R. Metz-Blaylock, (479) 293-4514, (479) 264-3153, 300 Trapp Road, London. • District 7 — Blake Tarpley, (479) 967-7685, 93 Riviera Cove, Dover. • District 8 — Doug Skelton, (479) 968-8058, (479) 264-9986, 414 E. Parkway Drive, Russellville. • District 9 — Bill Sparks, (479) 967-6170, (479) 970-1239, 107 Arthur Lane, Russellville. • District 10 — James Kusturin Jr., (479) 970-8259, 1706 W. Third Place, Russellville. • District 11 — R.E. Hodges, (479) 967-4547, 408 S. Commerce Ave., Russellville. • District 12 —Don Dailey, (479) 968-7681, 1709 S. Dayton Ave., Russellville. • District 13 — David Ivy, (479) 280-166, 21 Bradley Cove Road, Russellville.

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Russellville City Hall is located at 203 S. Commerce Ave. 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; • City attorney: Trey Smith — (479) 967-3186; 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 run as independents and serve two-year terms: • Ward 1, Position 1 — Mark Tripp, (479) 967-5790 • Ward 1, Position 2 — Richard Harris, (479) 880-0389 • Ward 2, Position 1 — Randall Horton, (479) 886-5619 • Ward 2, Position 2 — Freddie Harris, (479) 280-1021 • Ward 3, Position 1 — Seth Irwin, (479) 586-4476 • Ward 3, Position 2 — Spencer Roberts, (479) 880-7206 • Ward 4, Position 1 — Martin Irwin, (479) 967-4543 • Ward 4, Position 2 — Garland Steuber, (479) 890-3462 Recreation and Parks Mack Hollis serves as director for the Recreation and Parks Department. He oversees the operation of 14 parks facilities. 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. 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.

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The animal shelter, located on South Mobile Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 full-time 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 24-hour access to the terminal building is available to aviators. 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 are Raymond Staggs, JoAnn Spence, Sean Rehm, Nell Warren, Raymond Pearce and Dave Belcher. Aldermen serve two-year terms.

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City Hall, 8904 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. weekdays 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 — (479) 967-8100 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.

City Hall, 11356 State Highway 27, P.O. Box 194, Hector, AR 72843; telephone (479) 284-5371. City Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. • Mayor: Melvin Emerson — (479) 284-5371 • City attorney: William Smith — (479) 968-4020 The Hector City Council meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month. Aldermen are Angela Watkins, John Riley, 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. weekdays. • 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 are Gary Blair, Pat Sanderson, Debra Demmitt, Steve Payton, Daren Mooney and Lynn White. Aldermen serve two-year terms. 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. weekdays. • 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 are Milton Eoff, Larry Shingleur, John Heflin, Brian Duvall, Donny Elliott and George Woolf. Aldermen serve rotating four-year terms.

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he Russellville School District’s dream of building a performing arts center to serve the Arkansas River Valley finally came to fruition in 2012, when the multi-purpose Center for the Arts hosted its grand opening with the student production performance of “Annie Get Your Gun.” The center has since staged concerts by Edens Edge, American Idol Kris Allen and The Singing Men of Arkansas, as well as a number of community activities.

The grand performance hall has seating for 1,880; boasts an orchestra pit; and is designed to support local musicals and theatrical performances, as well as state and national Broadway shows, concerts, symphonies, ballets and other dance performances. “The center truly is the dream of so many in the area,” operations manager Wendy Sparks said. “With the community’s support, we’ve created something beautiful and functional which will provide a much-

needed service for years to come.” The center has state-of-the art sound and lighting systems, managed by Daniel Stahl, and is available for organizations to rent for conventions, luncheons, dinner parties and galas. A complete list of upcoming events and contact information can be found online at, or contact Sparks at (479) 498-6600 or at


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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 72801. The telephone number is (479) 968-1306. Email is available on the district’s website 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 Elementary 5th Grade, (479) 968-2650 • Middle School, (479) 968-2557

• Junior High, (479) 968-1599 • High School, (479) 968-3151 Atkins Boyce Watkins is 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 website at The school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the district’s administration building. Carl Warren, (479) 641-8149 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 (479) 705-3200. Email is available on the district’s website at The school board meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month. The current board president is Joanie Liles. • Pyron Elementary, (479) 979-6000 • Primary, (479) 705-3224 • High School, (479) 705-3212

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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 second 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 Mike Hernandez is superintendent of the Danville School District. The mailing address for the administrative office is P.O. Box 939, Danville, AR 72823; telephone (479) 495-4800. The district’s

website is The school board meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Monday of every 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

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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!

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Jerry Owens is superintendent of the Dover School District. Administrative offices are at 9371 Market St.; mailing address is P.O. Box 325, Dover, AR 72837; telephone (479) 331-2916. The school board meets the third Monday of each month. The board president is Thomas Hill, (479) 331-3467. Hector Walt Davis is superintendent of the Hector School District. Administrative offices are at 11520 State Highway 27; telephone (479) 284-3536. The school board meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the administration office boardroom. The board president is Terry Eperson, (479) 284-3271. • Elementary, (479) 284-2264 • High School, (479) 284-3586 Pottsville Larry Dugger is superintendent of the Pottsville School District. Administrative offices and mailing addresses are 7000 State Highway 247, Pottsville, AR 72858; telephone (479) 968-8101. Email is available at the district’s website, The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The board president is Jim Huffman. • Elementary, (479) 968-2133 • Middle Grades, (479) 890-6631 • Junior High, (479) 968-6574 • High School, (479) 968-6334

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Jimmy Loyd serves as the superintendent for the Two Rivers School District. 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. Malcolm Stover is the board president. Western Yell County Brad Spikes serves as the district’s superintendent. Administrative offices are located at 1 Wolverine Drive, Havana, AR 72842. The 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 offices in Havana. Linda Taylor is board president. Arkansas Tech Career Center The Arkansas Tech Career Center is located at 2201 S. Knoxville Ave. in Russellville. Pat Edmunds is the director. The phone number is (479) 968-5422. In 2011, the Area Career Technical Center became the Arkansas Tech Career Center in conjunction with Arkansas Tech University-Ozark. The merger allows students to receive concurrent college credit while participating in the vocational program. 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 informa-

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tion, encouragement and activities to enrich the home-school 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 visiting Saint John Catholic School Saint John Catholic School is located at 1912 W. Main St. in Russellville. The school’s principal is Mark Tyler and the school’s website 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. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1786, Russellville, AR 72811. For more information, call (479) 968-1429 or visit the school’s website at Russellville Adult Education Center The Russellville Adult Education Center (RAEC) is located at 1000 S. Arkansas Ave. in the former Gardner Junior High building. RAEC offers programs in both Pope and Yell counties that assist adults in their efforts to prepare for post-sec-

ondary 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. For more information on the administration, academic colleges and departments visit Dr. Robert 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 or visit Dr. Rick Niece is the president of the university. His phone number is (479) 979-1242 and his email address is 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, adm@ Larry Davis is the chancellor of the college and can be reached at (501) 977-2013. For more information, visit


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Mascot: Wonder Boys and Golden Suns Conference: Great American Conference • Athletic director: Steve Mullins, (479) 968-0245 • Assistant athletic director: Kristy Bayer, (479) 964-0513 • Sports information director: Paul Smith, (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: 5A-West • Athletic director: Gary Thompson, (479) 754-0766 (479) 754-7795 (fieldhouse); (479) 754-3712 (gym) Danville High School Mascot: Little Johns Conference: 3A-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: Robby Chenowith, (479) 331-2916 (479) 331-2129 (fieldhouse); (479) 331-4223 (gym)

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Mascot: Wildcats Conference: 2A-4 • Athletic director: Jeff Harelson (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)

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Mascot: Cyclones Conference: 6A/7A Central and 6A East (playoffs) • Athletic director: Johnny Johnson (479) 968-9253 (fieldhouse); (479) 968-3152 (gym) Two Rivers High School Mascot: Gators Conference: 3A-5 • Athletic director: Jimmy Loyd (479) 489-4171 (fieldhouse); (479) 489-4166 (gym) Western Yell County High School Mascot: Wolverines Conference: 2A-4 • Athletic director: Carla Caitlett (479) 476-4125 (gym)

• 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 • Other programs • Arkansas River Valley Tennis Association (ARVTA) — (479) 857-6734. • Baseball, softball (Dardanelle) — Call Willie Lawhon, (479) 229-5084. • Baseball, softball (Dover) — Call Royce Moore, (479) 331-2571.

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Sunday Worship WorshipServices Services 8:30 a.m.,1111a.m., a.m.,&& 66 p.m. 9 a.m., River 10:05a.m. a.m. RiverLife Life (Sunday (Sunday School) 10:05 Wednesday Wednesday 66 p.m., Children Youth &&Adult AdultMinistries Ministries p.m., Children Youth 124 East G Street, Russellville, AR 72801 Ph: 479-968-2622

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DIRECTORY 2012 Sunday: 9:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Morning Worship & Kid Style 6:00 pm Evening Worship 6:00 pm Youth Worship Wednesday: 5:30 pm Youth Meal and Bible Study (7th-12th gr.) 6:30 pm Adult Bible Study 6:30 pm Children’s Bible Study (1st-6th gr.) 6:30 pm Teamkids (3-K yrs.)

London First Baptist Church

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Point Remove Primitive Baptist Church Established in 1833 3 years before Arkansas became a state SERVICES SUN. 10:30 A.M. • WED. 6:30 P.M. 510 North Knoxville •Russellville, Arkansas


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Rev. Daniel Green, Pastor Rev. Alan Johnston, Minister to Students Kristin Mengis, Children’s Director 17 Southern Baptist Road London, AR 72847

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Second Baptist Church

Worship God, Love People, Proclaim Christ. 1100 N. N. Frankfort 1100 FrankfortAve. Ave. DIRECTORY 2012 Russellville Russellville

First Baptist ComeLondon Worship With Us! Come Worship WithChurch Us! “Reaching out to share God’s love.”

Sunday: 9:00 am Sunday School 10:15 am Morning Worship & Kid Style 6:00 pm Evening Worship 6:00 pm Youth Worship Wednesday: 5:30 pm Youth Meal and Bible Study (7th-12th gr.) 6:30 pm Adult Bible Study 6:30 pm Children’s Bible Study (1st-6th gr.) 6:30 pm Teamkids (3-K yrs.)

Morning 10:45 A.M. A.M. Morning Worship Worship 10:45 Sunday 9:30FOR A.M. Sunday School 9:30 A.M. NURSERYSchool PROVIDED ALL SERVICES. Sunday Services Sunday Evening Evening Rev. DanielServices Green, Pastor Rev. Alan Johnston, Minister to Students Wednesday Evening Activities Wednesday Evening Activities Kristin Mengis, Children’s Director

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Established in 1833 3 years before Arkansas became a state

SERVICES SUN. 10:30 A.M. • WED. 6:30 P.M. 510 North Knoxville •Russellville, Arkansas


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to do: time travel 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.

Make a one-of-a-kind carriage stop Potts inn takes visitors back in time to historic stage POST


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. 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

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The historic Potts Inn dates to the mid-19th century.

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. 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.

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libraries 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 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. Shawn Pierce 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.

Area libraries are host to a wide range of family activities, meaning they’re about more than just books.

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.

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The Pope County Library System has presences in Russellville, Atkins, Dover and Hector.

Yell County

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) 2840907, 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.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

(Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)

We Welcome You!

Sunday’s Schedule 8:15 am Heritage Service 9:45 am Sunday School/Bible Classes 10:45 am Hosanna Service

• 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) 495-2911, 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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Free Programs and Services @Your Library Children's Story-Time Book Club Movie Night Lego Crew Writer’s Group Teen Events Free Wi-Fi & Computer Access Summer Reading Program 500 N. Cumberland Ave. • Russellville, AR 72801 968-1309 or 968-1367 Check out our Web site: or e-mail us your questions at:

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to do: drop by the depot Directions to the depot: From Interstate 40, take exit 81, then travel south on State Highway 7, also known as Arkansas Avenue. At the intersection of Arkansas and Main Street, turn right, then turn right again on North Denver Avenue. The depot is on the right.

Stroll on downtown with a stop by the depot Historic building serves as meeting place, museum at the heart of city


stroll through downtown Russellville isn’t complete without a stop at the historic Missouri-Pacific Depot, according to Betsy McGuire, executive director of Main Street Russellville. The depot is a place where the city’s history meets the world of today. The first depot, built in 1880, was the transportation hub of the time, with rail travel a popular way to visit far-away places. The current depot, built in 1916 and put in use by 1917, replaced the former just in time to be put to use helping transport troops during World War I. A rehabilitation of the old building began in 1999, offering a “community gathering place in the heart of the city,” McGuire said. “We’re not an official museum,” she explained. “But we’ve tried to do something with the history of rail travel.” The depot has a history room — the former freight room — with historical information, displays and relics from the past. The original baggage scales, with two missing elements, grace the center of the room alongside a toy train display and a stage area filled with memen-

tos from bygone eras, including a manual typewriter and old advertising posters. The main entrance, formerly used by the ticket agent and station master, features historic displays, photos and a shoeshine stand that was in use from 1940-80 and survived a fire that destroyed a nearby shoe store. The telegraph room boasts the original battery pit that supplied power to the telegraph machine. The rail system arrived in Russellville in 1917 and stopped its passenger service in the 1960s. The train depot was used for freight service until the 1980s. The rumble of passing trains can still be heard and felt several times each day, though, and it testifies to the depot’s continuing importance to the growth and development of Russellville. “I sometimes worry about the building,” McGuire said. “It shakes and trembles as the trains go by, and then I think, this has withstood nearly 100 years of trains going by.”

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32. Almond Chicken .......................6.95 32 33. Chicken w/ Cashew Nuts .......6.95 33 34. Moo Goo Gai Pan ......................7.25 34 35. Chicken with Broccoli .............6.95 35 36. Hunan Chicken ..........................6.95 36 37. Chicken w/ Hot Garlic Sauce ...6.95 37

38. 38 Lemon Chicken .........................6.95 39. 39 Kung Pao Chicken ....................6.95 40. 40 Chicken w/ Snow Peas ............6.95

53. Beef In Curry Sauce ..................7.95 54. Beef w/ Mixed Veg....................7.65 55. Beef w/ Scallops ........................7.65 56. Hunan Beef .................................7.95 57. Pepper Steak ..............................7.95 58. Beef w/ Broccoli ........................7.65 59. Beef w/ Green Onions .............7.65 60. Kung Pao Beef............................7.65 61. Moo Shu Beef.............................7.65 62. Szechuan Beef ...........................7.65 63. Beef w/ Hot Garlic Sauce........7.65 64. Beef w/ Snow Peas ...................7.65 65. Beef w/ Pan Fried Noodle ......7.65 66. Beef Egg Foo Young.................7.65

41. 41 Moo Shu Chicken .....................6.95


42. 42 Chicken w/ Mixed Veg. ...........6.95

Local Favorite

43. 43 Chicken w/ Pan Fried Noodle ..6.95


44. Chicken Egg Foo Young .........6.95 45. Hot & Spicy Chicken ................6.95

Pork (with Rice)

46. Sweet & Sour Pork ....................6.95 47. Double Cooked Pork ...............6.95 48. Sliced Pork w/ Green Onion ....6.95 49. Hunan Pork .................................6.95 50. Shredded Pork w/ Hot Garlic Sauce ..6.55 51. Moo Shu Pork.............................8.25 52. Pork Egg Foo Young.................7.25


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(with Rice)

67. Shrimp w/ Mixed Veg ..............8.55 68. Sweet & Sour Shrimp ..............8.55 69. Shrimp w/ Lobster Sauce.......8.55 70. Shrimp w/ Broccoli ...................8.35 71. Shrimp w/ Cashew Nuts.........8.35 72. Shrimp w/ Hot Garlic Sauce.....8.35 73. Shrimp w/ Snow Peas .............8.35 74. Kung Pao Shrimp ......................8.35 75. Hunan Shrimp............................8.35 76. Shrimp in Curry Sauce ............8.35 77. Shrimp w/ Pan Fried Noodle ....8.35 78. Tomato Shrimp ..........................8.35 79. Boiled Shrimp ......................... 10.00 80. Shrimp w/ Salt Pepper ............9.95 81. Shrimp Egg Foo Young ...........8.35 81a. Fried Shrimps (10) ............... 11.99

HOUSE Specials (with rice)

Hunan Triple Delight ............................................... 8.75 General Tso’s Shrimp ............................................... 8.95 Sesame Chicken ........................................................ 8.55 Coconut Shrimp ......................................................10.75 General Tso’s Chicken .............................................. 8.55 Orange Chicken ........................................................ 8.55 Orange Beef................................................................ 8.95 Happy Family ............................................................. 8.95 Szechuan Style Shrimp & Chicken...................... 8.95 Double Crown ........................................................... 8.95 Seafood Combination...........................................10.95 Jumbo shrimp, scallops, snow crabmeat with Chinese vegetables

Crispy Beef .................................................................. 8.95 Steak Tips..................................................................... 8.95 Crawfish ....................................................................... 7.95 Mussels ......................................................................... 7.55 Loguat Chicken ......................................................... 8.55



(under 4 years eat FREE w/ each adult)

Buffet Take Out Available All pricing subject to change

Lunch Specials 11:00am-4:00pm

Combination Plates

Each Dish Served with Egg Roll, Rice and Soup L 1. Chicken w. Garlic Sauce.............................................................. 5.95 L2. Chicken w. Broccoli ....................................................................... 5.95 L3. Chicken w. Mixed Veg .................................................................. 5.95 L4. Moo Goo Gai Pan ........................................................................... 5.95 L5. Sweet & Sour Chicken .................................................................. 5.95 L 6. Kung Pao Chicken......................................................................... 5.95 L 7. Cashew Nuts Chicken.................................................................. 5.95 L8. Almond Chicken ............................................................................ 5.95 L9. Sweet & Sour Pork ......................................................................... 5.95 L10. Double Fried Pork ....................................................................... 5.95 L 11. Pork with Hot Garlic Sauce .................................................... 5.95 L12. Pepper Steak ................................................................................. 5.95 L 13. Beef w. Szechuan Style ............................................................. 5.95 L14. Shrimp with Lobster Sauce ..................................................... 6.55 L15. Sweet & Sour Shrimp ................................................................. 6.55 L16. Shrimp with Mixed Veg ............................................................. 6.55 L17. Sesame Chicken........................................................................... 6.95 L 18. General Tso’s Chicken ............................................................... 6.95 L 19. Orange Chicken .......................................................................... 6.95

Hot & Spicy

We Can Alter The Spicy According To Your Taste

Local Favorites


1. Wanton soup ......................................1.50 2. Egg Drop Soup....................................1.50 3. Vegetable Soup ..................................1.50 4. Hot & Sour Soup .................................1.50 5. House Special Soup (For Two) .......4.95


6. Egg Roll (1)............................................1.00 7. Fried Wanton (w. Cream Cheese) (8) .......................................................................4.95 8. Fried Chicken Wings (8) ...................5.55 9. Steamed or Fried Dumplings (8) .......................................................................4.25 10. Cho Cho Chicken (8) .......................5.55 11. Fried Biscuit (20)...............................4.25 Fried Cho Cho .........................................4.25 Fried Biscuit .............................................4.25

Fried Rice

12. Veg. Fried Rice ..................................5.75 13. Pork Fried Rice ..................................5.95 14. Chicken Fried Rice ...........................5.95 15. Beef Fried Rice ..................................6.25 16. Shrimp Fried Rice ............................6.95 17. Combination Fried Rice.................6.95

Lo Mein or Mei Fun

18. Vegetable La Mein or Mei Fun ....5.79 19. Pork Lo Mein......................................5.95 20. Chicken Chow Mein .......................6.25 21. Beef Lo Mein or Mei Fun ...............6.25 22. Shrimp La Mein or Mei Fun .........6.95 23. Combination La Mein or Mei Fun .......................................................................6.95

Chow Mein or Chop Suey

24. Vegetable Chow Mein or Chop Suey .......5.79 25. Pork Chow Mein or Chop Suey .........5.95 26. Chicken Chow Mein or Chop Suey..5.95 27. Beef Chow Mein or Chop Suey .........5.80 28. Shrimp Chow Mein or Chop Suey ...6.25 29. Combination Chow Mein or Chop Suey .6.25 Beef ...................................................................6.25 Shrimp .............................................................6.25 Combination .................................................6.95


84. Vegetarian Combination...............5.95 85. Broccoli w/White Sauce.................5.95 86. String Bean Szechuan Style .........5.95 87. Broccoli w/Garlic Sauce .................5.95 88. Bean Curd w/Ground Pork Szechuan Style.............................................................6.99 89. Home Cooking Style Bean Curd.6.99 90. Sauteed Mushroom ........................6.99

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TARASCOS R e S T A u R A n T e

FREE CHEESE DIP With purchase of two adult entrees when you mention you saw this offer in The Courier’s Welcome Guide. Expires 4-31-14



Saturday & Sunday Ser ved Until 12pm Our Menu Is Also Available

Huevos Rancheros $6.4 9

CAmAROnES al mojo de Ajo $10.75 Shrimp sauteéd finished with spicy garlic tequila sauce, served w/rice, beans, avocado salad & tortillas

Tony Special $10.4 9 Grill blackened tilapia served over grilled vegetables, chipotle mayo, rice, beans, salad & tortillas

Fish Tacos $8.4 9

Doubled corn tortilla filled w/fresh tilapia dressed w/chipotle & avocado créme topped w/pineapple & coleslaw. Served in three tacos w/side of rice & beans.

ShrIMp QueSAdIllA Quesadilla Camaron $8.29

Grilled shrimp & onions in large flour tortilla w/melted cheese. Served w/rice, beans & mexican flag (lettuce, guacamole, s/cream & pico). Grilled shrimp, tomatoes, onions and jalapeno peppers in 3 med. flour tortillas w/melted cheese. Served w/rice, beans & mexican flag

Tarasco’s Omelette $7.75

Grilled meat w/mushrooms, bacon, peppers & onions, topped w/melted cheese. Sides of rice, beans & tortillas

Governador Quesadillas $8.99

11 Combinations To Choose From

All Priced At



Chicken $7.99, Ground Beef $7.49, Adovada (pork) $7.99, Steak & Potato $8.49. Served with fresh veggies, fried in a crispy flour tortilla topped w/cheese sauce. Served w/rice, beans, lettuce, s/cream, pico de gallo, guacamole & guacamole dip


Three corn tortillas filled w/your choice of meat, onions, cheese, topped w/enchilada sauce,melted cheese. Served w/guacamole, s/cream, lettuce, pico de gallo, rice & beans Chicken $7.49, Ground Beef $7.49, Cheese $6.49. Supremas $7.49 (one chicken, ground beef & cheese)

eNChIlAdA verdeS MAMA MAry SpeCIAl $7.4 9

eNChIlAdA blANCAS panchitos $7.99

CArNe ASAdA $8.99 bistek ranchero $8.49


FAJITAS Shrimp $10.99, Shrimp & Steak $11.49, Shrimp & Chicken $11.49, Steak & Chicken $10.49, Tarascos Fajita (Shrimp, Steak, Chicken & Chorizo) $12.99. Served with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, s/cream, cheese & tortillas

SHRImP $9.25 • CHICKEn $8.99 STEAK $8.99 • THREE mEAT $10.25

Scrambled eggs, chorizo, peppers, onions and tomatoes. Served with rice, beans, or potatoes & tortillas.

•Fish •Steak •Chicken •pork


(479) 477-2600


Sliced grilled steak over grilled onions & tomatoes, served w/rice, beans & tortillas


Authentic Mexican Food “Voted Best Taste” and (479) 477-3108 “People’s Choice Awards

Three corn tortillas filled w/cheese & chicken, topped w/mama mary’s green sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onion & s/cream. Served with rice & beans

Huevos Con Chorizo $6.4 9

Choose from over 10 breakfast combos; including omelettes and burritos.

217 N. Front St. • Dardanelle


Three eggs any style served w/corn tortillas topped with ranchero sauce and cheese. Served with rice and beans or potatoes. Loaded with bacon, chorizo, peppers, onions, cheese, topped w/enchilada sauce

“A Real Mexican Taste”

Steak sauteéd & chopped w/onions, serrano, tomatoes & ranchero sauce. Served w/rice, beans & tortillas

Three flour tortillas filled w/chicken, onions, cheese, topped w/créme sauce. Served w/rice & beans

CK - Spinach $7.99 Two flour tortillas filled w/chicken, fresh spinach, onions & cheese, topped w/créme sauce. Served w/rice & beans

pollo Asado $8.4 9

ChIlI relleNOS

Grilled chicken breast, covered w/cheese sauce. Served w/rice, beans, mexican flag & tortillas

Whole poblano pepper stuffed & covered w/ beaten egg deep fried to golden brown & topped w/ranchero sauce. Served w/onion, chilies w/rice, beans, mexican flag and tortillas Cheese $6.99. Ground Beef & Cheese $7.99

Sabrinas $11.99

Grilled shrimp, octopus, bacon, mushrooms, onions, on top of a whole chicken breast w/melted cheese. Served w/rice, beans, mexican flag, sliced orange & tortillas

CAldOS (SOupS)

Caldo de Camaron - (Shrimp & Veggie Soup) $7.99. Caldo de pollo $6.99. Caldo de Res (beef stew) $6.99. Sop marinera (seafood soup w/tostados) $10.99


Large flour tortilla stuffed w/melted cheese, grilled meat or veggies served w/rice, beans and mexican flag. Steak $7.99, Chicken $7.99, Roasted Veggies $6.99

SALADS ... Large selection of specialty salads Grilled Chicken $5.49 • Grilled Shrimp $6.99 • Guacamole Salad $5.49 House Salad $3.99 • Santa Fe Salad $7.99

TACO SALADS - served with honey cilantro vinaigrette dressing. Served in a crispy flour tortilla, topped w/jack & cheddar cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, s/cream & pinto beans.

Grilled Veggies $5.50 • Grilled Shrimp $6.99 • Grilled Chicken $6.99 • Ground Beef $5.99 Chicken or Steak Fajitas $6.99 • Shrimp Fajita $7.99 All prICeS SubJeCT TO ChANGe

Taste of the Valley Downtown Russellville 2011


All Priced At


All ser ved w/lettuce, pico de gallo, s/cream. From Open - 3:00pm no changes


FAJITA COMBO DINNERS •Chicken •Steak •Shrimp •Fish


Crispy Tacos $.99 Soft Taco $1.49 Fajita Burrito $4.99 Bean Burrito $3.99 Tamale Pork and Beef $1.50 Cheese Enchiladas $1.99 Chiles Relleno $3.49 Sope $2.50





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Q11) Russellville Family Clinic

108 Skyline Drive Russellville (479) 968-7170


P14) Russellville

Dermatology Clinic (479) 968-6969





CC29) Happy Days RV Sales

3030 S. Arkansas Russellville (479) 968-6759

M53) Nebo 2 Pre-Owned

HH 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54

Arkansas Hospice 2405 E. Parkway Dr. #3 Russellville (479) 498-2050



Parkway Dental 402 East Parkway Drive Russellville (479)890-6174


813 E. Main Street Russellville (479) 968-5200 2049 E. Main St. Russellville (479) 967-9777

N20) Wilkins Brothers


3800 West Main Street Russellville (479) 968-3434


P23) Liberty Bank

401 N. Arkansas Russellville (479) 967-2151

W30) Preferred Staffing, Inc.

425 E. 4th Street Russellville (479) 967-4040


Rose Drug 3103 West Main Place Russellville (479) 968-1323

W27) Sorrells Body Shop

1903 S. Arkansas Russellville (479) 968-3991

Center 3405 E. Main St. Russellville (479) 498-2277 V31) The Courier 201 E. 2nd Street Russellville (479) 968-5252 Valley Piano

P42) Walmart

049 East Main, Russellville


N10) Picwood

Outdoors 815 North Arkansas Ave. Russellville (479) 968-4322

W20) Woody’s Boots & Repair 511 East 4th Street Russellville



S13) St. John’s Lutheran Curch 500 N. Cumberland Ave. (479) 968-1309


EE16) Lefty’s

408 Union Street Dardanelle (479) 229-2363

EE16) The Post-Dispatch

218 N. Front St. Dardanelle (479) 229-2250


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plus tax

99 plus tax


Pepperoni, Cheese or Italian Sausage plus CRAZY BREAD & SAUCE and a 2-liter PEPSI


Cheese, Pepperoni or Italian Sausage


DEEP DEEP DISH PIZZA: A square, thicker pizza with a crispy crust, yet soft and tender inside, covered in cheese from edge-to-edge, baked in a deep-dish pan, and cut into eight generous pieces; every slice has a crispy edge! With 1 topping for $8 SUPREME PIZZA: Our original round pizza topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, and onions. $8.99 THREE MEAT TREAT: Our original round pizza topped with pepperoni, sausage and bacon. $7.99 STUFFED CRUST PIZZA: A large 14� pizza with a mozarella cheese-stuffed crust and any 1 topping $7.99 CRAZY BREAD & SAUCE: Eight warm sticks of freshly baked bread topped with butter and garlic, then sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Our Crazy Sauce is made with a special blend of tasty herbs and spices. $2.99 ITALIAN CHEESE BREAD: Freshly baked bread with a crispy edge, covered with melted cheeses and topped with Italian spices. $3.99 CAESAR WINGS: An eight-piece order of our tasty wings. Eight different varieties. $5.99 SALADS: Two choices: Antipasto: $3.00 Individual or $5.00 Family -sized

Caesar: $2.25 Individual or $4.25 Family-sized



407 N. Arkansas


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50th Ann

Hours: Mon 10:30am - 2pm; Tues-Fri 10:30am - 8pm Sat 11am - 8pm; Sun - closed

113 N. El Paso • 280-1939 •



Explore Wiederkehr

Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of historic Wiederkehr Village. Tour our cellars, and dine in our famous Weinkeller Restaurant. Explore our selection of award-winning wines, and consider hosting your next event at Wiederkehr. Plan your visit, and find out all about the Annual Wiederkehr Village Weinfest. 800-622-WINE • Exit 41 on I-40






or online at

Hours of Operation Sun-Thurs 10:45 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 10:45 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

1105 E. Main ~ Russellville, AR


• Delicious Flamekist Steaks • Signature Buffet • Large Groups Welcome FRIEND US AT Western Sizzlin Russellville and Springdale Order on line at


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a H m . t m’s p a C Pulled Pork, Burgers & More Breakfast Breakfast served till 11 am Daily

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A FREE ICE CREAM Call in orders Welcome Large Group Catering Available

1 Egg with Toast or Biscuit $1.79 1 Egg Breakfast 1 Egg, Toast or Biscuit, Bacon, Ham or Sausage $3.29 2 Eggs with Toast or Biscuit $2.29 2 Egg Breakfast 2 Eggs with Toast or Biscuit, Bacon, Ham or Sausage $3.79 2-2-2 2 Eggs, 2 Slices of Bacon & 2 Pancakes $3.99 Steak & Eggs Breakfast Steak, 2 Eggs, Hash Browns & Toast or Biscuit $7.29

Pancakes 1 Pancake $1.79 • 2 Pancakes $2.79 3 Pancakes $3.79 Hash Browns Supreme $4.49 Ham, Egg, Cheese, Onions, Tomatoes, & Bell Peppers OMELETTES - Served with Toast or Biscuit Western Ham, Cheese, Onions, Tomatoes, & Bell Peppers $4.99 Ham and Cheese $4.79 Ham $4.49 Cheese $4.49 Sausage & Cheese $4.79 BREAKFAST SANDWICHES - Biscuit or English Muffin With Bacon, Sausage or Ham $1.29

With Egg, add .79 With Cheese, add .59 Bacon, Sausage or Ham on Toast $2.69 With Egg, Add .79 With Cheese, Add .59 Biscuits and Gravy Small $1.39 • Large $2.39 SIDES One Biscuit .69 • Toast (2 slices) .99 • One Egg .79 Oatmeal $1.59 • Grits $1.69 • Hash Browns $1.79 Sausage $2.29 • Bacon $2.29 • Ham $2.29 Gravy Small .79 • Large $1.29

sandwiches COMBO IT!! - ADD A SIDE & MED DRINK FOR $2.50 Pulled Pork: Regular $3.59 • Jumbo $4.59 Brisket: Regular $4.59 • Jumbo $5.59 Angus 1/4 l.b. Hamburger :$3.19 Add cheese .59 • Add Bacon or Chili .99 Grilled Chicken: $3.99 Fried Chicken: $3.99 Chicken Fried Steak: $3.99 BLT: $3.49 Angus Double 1/4 l.b. Hamburger: $4.99 Add Cheese .59 • Add Bacon or Chili .99

BBQ SANDWICH PLATES - Served with choice of two sides Pork: Regular $5.49 • Jumbo $6.49 Brisket: Regular $6.49 • Jumbo $7.49 MEAT BY THE POUND Pulled Pork: 1/2 LB $4.59 • Pound $9.00 Brisket: 1/2 LB $5.59 • Pound $10.00 FAMILY PACK TO GO Enough meat and all the fixin’s for 4 to 6 people! Choose 2 sides - Includes buns & BBQ Sauce

All you can eat $10.99

Ribs: 2 Ribs $6.99 • 4 Ribs $8.99 • 1/2 Rack $10.99 Catfish: 2 piece $6.99 • 4 Piece $8.99 • 6 Piece $9.99

Soups & Chili - Ask about our soup of the day Cup $2.29 • Bowl $3.29

Salads/Soup/Favorites Grilled Chicken Salad $4.79 Chef Salad $4.59 Half Chef $3.59 Pulled Pork Salad $4.59 Pinto Beans & Cornbread $2.49

Ice Cream - Chocolate, Vanilla or Swirl Cone $1.29 • Cup $1.39

DESSERTS Memaw’s Homemade Chocolate Cake $1..99 With Ice Cream & Hot Fudge $2.29 Hot Fudge Sundae $1.59


Served with 2 sides and Texas Toast Pulled Pork: $7.99 Beef Brisket: $8.99 Shrimp: $7.99 Chicken Fried Steak: $7.79 Chicken Strip: $7.79 Hamburger Steak: $7.79 Open Faced Brisket Sandwich: $6.69

Hot Dog $1.59

Pulled Pork or Brisket Pork: 4 Pack $21.99 • 6 Pack $29.99 Brisket: 4 Pack $29.99 • 6 Pack $32.99 SIDES Single size $1.69 • 1/2 Pint 2.99 • Pint $4.89 Fries • Tator Tots • Onion Rings • Potato Salad • Cole Slaw • Baked Beans • Mac & Cheese • Pinto Beans • Side Salad • Mashed Potatoes Fried Okra

Add cheese .59 • Add Chili .99 Ping Wing Plate: 2 Pig Wings & 1 Side $5.99 Kid’s Stuff -Served with Fried and Child’s Drink Jr. Burger $3.09 • Chicken Strips $3.99 • Grilled Cheese $2.99 Corn Dog $3.09 • Hot Dog $3.09 Beverages Free Refills on Soft Drinks, Tea & Coffee Soft Drinks & Tea

Small $1.59 • Medium $1.69 • Large $1.89 Add Flavored Syrup .29: Cherry, Vanilla or Strawberry Coffee .99 Milk $1.49 Shakes: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Cherry or Orange Small $1.89 • Medium $2.19 Floats Small $1.89 • Large $2.19

1176 Hwy 7 • Dardanelle • 479-229-1242 Mon-Fri: 6am-8pm • Sat: 7am - 8pm • Closed Sundays

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Snacks & sides


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â&#x20AC;˘ Our world-famous Potato OlĂŠsÂŽ topped with our specially-seasoned beef and beans, nacho cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, tomatoes, black olives, guacamole, and sour cream.


â&#x20AC;˘ Freshly-made nacho chips topped with our speciallyseasoned beef and beans, nacho cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, tomatoes, black olives, guacamole, and sour cream.

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One of Yell Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite traditions is its annual Yell Fest, featuring a carnival, crafts, food, fireworks, musical entertainment, games, pageants and, of course, a yelling contest. In 2013, the 24th annual Yell Fest will take place May 10-11 at Veterans Riverfront Memorial Park.


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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.

Yell Co. rich in nature, history


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, who was also the second governor of Arkansas. Yell County is rich in history. 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

— Mark Thone Yell County Judge

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, row crops and 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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Yell County 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. Thone presides at quorum court meetings on the second Monday of each month at Danville. Yell County has 11 justices of the peace. • 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, (479) 576-2777, 11573 Omega Road, Danville. • District 7 — Haskel Hicks, (479) 857-6201, 10295 Cliffside Lane, Dardanelle.

• District 8 — J.L. Martin, (479) 229-4520, P.O. Box 266, Dardanelle. • District 9 — Leroy Randell, (479) 229-2473, 109 Vine St., Dardanelle. • District 10 — Matt Robinson, (479) 229-2676, 15137 N. State Highway 28, Dardanelle. • District 11 — Gary D. Spencer, (479) 272-4671 or (479) 2722593, 13654 Kingston Road, Ola.

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For nearly two centuries Dardanelle has played a significant role in the history of not only Arkansas but also the nation. From the signing of a major treaty with the Cherokee to the completion of the first lock and dam on the McClellan-Kerr Navigation System nearly a century and a half later, Dardanelle has basked in a heritage without parallel west of the Mississippi. The signing of the Cherokee treaty and the completion of the first lock and dam paved the way for social and economic growth in separate centuries yet there is a bond shared by these two historical events. The treaty was signed under the embracing arms of two giant White Oak trees, the presence of which caused the execution of the important documents to become known as the Council Oaks Treaty. It was only fitting that these same two oak trees, only a short distance downstream from Lock and Dam 1, witnessed the taming of the Arkansas River, turning it into an inland corridor unmatched in economic potential. Through extensive research, botanists have determined the Council Oaks are the oldest White Oak trees in Arkansas and one existed long before Columbus first set foot on this continent.


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Schedule of Events Calendar of Events for 2013

MARCH The Renaissance- Talent Contest & Chili Cook-Off APRIL The Renaissance - Rummage Sale Hwy 22 (Barry & Angie Sims Home) “Rock’n On The River” FREE Concert Front Street Dardanelle 5-9 p.m. State Jazz Festival with Mr. Clay Hooten including Art Walk & Motorcycle Show

MAY Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce Yell Fest 10, 11

OCTOBER Taste of Dardanelle and BBQ Cook-off October 10th 5-8 p.m.

JULY July 4th City Celebration AUGUST Dog Daze Festival August 10

NOVEMBER The Renaissance will be kicking off Christmas Festival Date & Time TBA Contact: 479-229-3567 or email

SEPTEMBER Mt. Nebo Pageant Chicken Fry Time & Date: TBA Contact: Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce 479-229-3328

DECEMBER Dardanelle Christmas Parade and Festival Time: Friday, 6th Contact: Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce 479-229-3328


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Yell County Dardanelle

Dardanelle City Hall, 120 N. Front St., P.O. Box 360, Dardanelle, AR 72834; (479) 229-4500; 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. • Mayor — Carolyn McGee, home (479) 229-3792, office (479) 229-4500, cell (479) 477-0102; email 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;

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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,; P.O. Box 87, Danville, AR 72833. Aldermen are: • L.W. Bell (479) 495-2514; P.O. Box 255, Danville, AR 72833 • Annette Ford (479) 495-2327; 722 Grant St., Danville, AR 72833 • Steve Coger (479) 495-7277; P.O. Box 64, Danville, AR 72833 • 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

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Emergency services 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 Yell County • Yell County Sheriff ’s Department, (479) 229-4175 or 495-4880 • Danville Police Department, (479) 495-2121 • Dardanelle Police Department, (479) 229-2533 Johnson County • Arkansas State Police Troop J, Clarksville, (479) 754-3096

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• Johnson County Sheriff ’s Department, (479) 754-2200 • Clarksville Police Department, (479) 754-8100 • Lamar Police Department, (479) 885-3865 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 • 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

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Johnson County

Pope County

• Johnson County Emergency Management (479) 754-6383 • Johnson Co. Regional Medical Center (479) 754-5454 Yell County

(479) 495-4881 Johnson County (479) 754-2200 Other Emergencies • Pope County Emergency Rescue Team (479) 968-8222 • Pope County Emergency Management (479) 968-1800 • Russellville Fire Department Rescue Team (479) 968-2332

• Yell County 911 Emergency Management (479) 495-7831 Other services • Missing and Exploited Children (800) 843-5678 • Regional Poison Center (800) 376-4766

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help organizations A number of organizations exist in the Arkansas River Valley for the sole purpose of helping others.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, River Valley Chapter is part of a humanitarian organization led by volunteers who provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. For more information, call (479) 968-3498 or visit Area Agency on Aging The Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas serves Johnson, Pope and Yell counties, providing a wide variety of assistance and support for persons primarily age 60 and older. For more information, call (479) 967-9300 or (800) 467-2171 or visit Arkansas Department of Health Hospice The Arkansas Department of Health Hospice program is a nonprofit organization assisting qualifying patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life-limiting illness. It can be accessed through local county health units in Pope, Johnson, Yell, Conway, Faulkner, Perry, Logan and Scott counties. The department also offers grief support in the Russellville area at a monthly meeting at 2 p.m. every third Tuesday at 404 N. El Paso Ave. in Russellville. For more information, call (479) 968-4177 or visit a local county health unit.

Arkansas Hospice Russellville

Arkansas Hospice Russellville is a community-based, notfor-profit organization offering end-of-life care for those with a life-limiting prognosis. It provides both patient and caregiver support. Its Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home is an eightbed inpatient hospice facility. The home provides 24-hour care to hospice patients who require symptom and/or pain management that can not be controlled at home. For more information, call (479) 498-2050, (479) 964-4500 or (888) 4982050, or visit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas The Arkansas River Valley branch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) provides one-on-one mentoring for children 6-14. For more information, call (479) 968-5525 or visit Court-Appointed Special Advocates Court-Appointed Special Advocates (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

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help organizations Community Development Institute

Community Development Institute operates Head Start, Head Start Home Base and Early Head Start in 13 counties across the state. For more information, call (479) 567-5629 or visit Community Service Inc. Community Service Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that gives guidance and counseling to troubled youth and their families, along with other services. For more information, call (479) 967-3370 in Russellville or (479) 754-7296 in Clarksville, or visit Counseling Associates Counseling Associates offers outpatient, group and family therapy, along with many other crisis and treatment services. For more information, call (479) 968-1298 in Russellville, (479) 754-8610 in Clarksville or (800) 844-2066 after hours. 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, email chaplain.northcut@ or visit Friendship Community Care Friendship Community Care Inc. provides services for individuals of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities, manages eight ABC facilities and manages senior activity centers in Johnson, Pope and Yell counties. For more information, call (479) 967-2322 or (800) 461-1793, or visit Help Network Inc. Help Network Inc. is a clearinghouse for benevolent funds for area churches, civic organizations and businesses in Pope, Yell and Johnson counties. The agency verifies emergency needs of clients for assistance with bills. For more information, call (479) 967-7890 or visit Main Street Mission The Main Street Mission is a Christian-based nonprofit ministry that serves free lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Wednesdays, the mission serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Clothes shopping is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (479) 968-8303 or visit

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. Saint Mary’s can be reached at (479) 968-2841, or can be found online at •CHAMBERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Chambers Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital located in Danville. Chambers is a licensed with 41 private single-unit patient rooms. For more information, call (479) 495-2241 or (479) 495-6333 or visit • RIVER VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER River Valley Medical Center is a 35-bed facility 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) 2292827 or 880-9502. • JOHNSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER The 80-bed Johnson Regional Medical Center is a notfor-profit facility in Clarksville. JRMC is served by a medical staff of more than 40, including specialty clinics. To contact the hospital, call (479) 754-5454, or go online to

River Valley United Way

The River Valley United Way is a nonprofit organization 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 Salvation Army The Salvation Army is located at 1004 Weir Road in Russellville. For more information, call (479) 968-5358 or visit

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legislators, commissions & parties 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., Ste. B, 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

Contact: 103 W. Parkway Drive, Suite B, Russellville, AR 72801; (479) 968-7300; email State House of Representatives

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• Steve Womack (R). First elected to the House in 2010, his position is up for re-election in 2014. 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) 2254301; Fourth District

• Betty Overbey (D). First elected to the House in 2010, her position is up for re-election in 2014. P.O. Box 177, Lamar, AR, 72846; (479) 885-6479; email betty. District 71

• Tom Cotton (R). First elected in 2012, his position is up for re-election in 2014. Contact: Clarksville office, 215 W. Main St., Room 300, Clarksville, AR. 72830, phone (479) 754-2120; Washington, D.C. office, 415 Cannon House Office Building, Washington D.C., 20515, phone (202) 225-3772; State Senate District 6

• Gary Stubblefield (R). First elected to the Senate 2012, his position is up for re-election 2014. Contact: 2542 Skeets Road, Branch, AR 72928; (479) 6354314; email District 16 • Michael Lamoureux (R). Succeeded former state Sen. Sharon Trusty in 2009 after a special election; his position is up for re-election in 2014.

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• Terry Rice (R). First elected to the House in 2008, his position is up for re-election in 2014. Contact: P. O. Box 2195, Waldron, AR 72958; (479) 637-3100; email District 68 • Robert Dale (R). First elected to the House in 2008, his position is up for re-election in 2014. 90 Claud Hottinger Road, Dover, AR 72837; (479) 970-3503; email

• Andrea Lea (R). First elected to the House in 2008, her position is up for re-elecion in 2014. Contact: P.O. Box 1342, Russellville, AR 72811; (479) 8856479; email District 73 • John Catlett (D). First elected to the House in 2010, his position is up for re-election in 2014. Contact: 11732 W. Highway 28, Rover, AR 72860; (479) 4959662; email District 83 • David L. Branscum (R). First elected to the House in 2010, his position is up for re-election in 2014. Contact: P. O. Box 370, Marshall, AR 72650; (870) 448-2408; email


legislators, commissions & parties The electoral process is alive and well in the Arkansas River Valley. Election Commissions

• 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 and Catherine Leapheart, chairwoman; Democrat Carol Shoptaw, third member; (479) 280-1905. • Yell County — Democrats Danny Bunting, (479) 2292479, chairman; Jim Pickens, (479) 495-0041, third member; Republican Carol Crowell, (479) 229-3501. Political parties Johnson County

• Democratic Party — Gene Raible, chair; Michelle Frost, vice chair; Leta Willis, secretary-treasurer; called meetings are in the courtroom at the Johnson County Courthouse; (479) 754-2399. • Republican Party — Kenneth Slach, chairman; Claire Gainey, vice-chairman; Carl Baughman, second co-chair; Tim Kajdan, secretary; Beatrice Wiser, treasurer. Contact Slach at (479) 2641204 or Baughman at (479) 214-4493. Email kennethslach@

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• 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 — Larry Pettus, chair; Madelyn Ginsberg, first-vice chair; David Ivy, second-vice chair; Karen Yarbrough, treasurer; Teresa Harris, secretary. Monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pope County Courthouse; contact Larry Pettus at email or (479) 858-8045. • 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. Yell County • Democratic Party — Danny Bunting, chair; Jim Pickens, secretary; John McCord, treasurer; (479) 229-2479. Called quarterly meetings are held at the quorum courtroom at the Yell County Courthouse in Danville. • Republican Party — Haskel Hicks, county chair; (479) 8576201. 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.

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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. There are many activities — and a swimming pool — to help beat the heat.

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Directions to mount nebo:

From Dardanelle, go west on State Highway 22, then turn left onto State Highway 155, traveling for about six miles until you reach the park. Please note that 155 is steep, zigzags and includes hairpin curves. Trailers longer than 24 feet should not attempt the climb.

Sunrise or sunset, the views from Mount Nebo are worth the drive.

Should you be lucky enough to still be in the Arkansas River Valley in late summer, the park hosts the End of Summer Hang Glider Fly-in in August. 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, making it as unique as it is picturesque. Those in attendance at the fly-in will be offered a crash course in 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.” 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 mountnebo@


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• Atkins Water Works, (479) 641-7853 • Atkins City Hall, (479) 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

• 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

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• East Johnson County Water Users Association, (479) 885-2607

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for new residents • 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 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 •motor vehicle registration, 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.; (479) 968-1526


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to do: catch the spirit The Arkansas River Valley is home to a number of Razorbacks. Can you spot a few? (Hint: The two at top are in Russellville.)

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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 be-

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come 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 longtime residents generally agree the first sign was placed in the 1960s. “Someone just brought it up that we

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needed to put a sign on the mountain for the Razorbacks,” Austin said. Elmo Haney, another longtime resident of Atkins, said the sign made sense because so many people in the area are supporters of the Razorbacks and the University of Arkansas. Over time, the sign has become part of Atkins’ culture.

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to do: catch the spirit “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

where to look: From Interstate 40, watch the bluffs on the north side of the roadway between Pottsville and Atkins. The sign is near mile marker No. 92.

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. The most recent sign is estimated by Austin and Haney, respectively, to be about 10 or 15 years old, and is made of durable metal.

Atkins’ newest 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 restore its shine. One thing’s for sure: The Atkins Razorback sign will be around for years to come, giving Razorbacks fans yet another reason to call the Hogs on the way to the game. Give it a try, won’t you?


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• 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.; 715 N. El Paso 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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to do: take a peak Directions to petit jean state park: From Interstate 40 west of Little Rock, take exit No. 112 toward Plumerville, then turn right onto U.S. Highway 64 West. Continue for about 4.5 miles, then exit onto State Highway 9 South. After about 5.5 miles, turn right onto State Highway 154 West, which will lead you into the park.

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ooking for a place to enjoy the outdoors? Look no further than Petit Jean State Park, a breathtaking area that’s more than worth the trip. “The park is very unique,” said Theresa Herrick, a recreation and park administration professor at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville who previously worked for state parks. “If you’re a newcomer, it’s just a wonderful place to drive up to, especially from Russellville. In 30 minutes, you can be up in a whole new area. The views from up there are just awesome, and there’s so much to do.” Petit Jean offers some of the most beautiful sights and diverse nature-oriented activities the state has to offer. Visitors have a choice of 10 trails to hike, ranging in difficulty from gentle strolls to serious challenges, as well as fishing at Lakes Bailey and Roosevelt. “Hiking the trails is just wonderful. There’s so many available to hike,” Herrick said. The park offers boat rentals from Memorial Day through Labor Day, allowing those who didn’t bring their own crafts to test the

waters. It also boasts an array of facilities, including two swimming pools, two playgrounds and tables perfect for picnicking. Visitors also have the option to spend their outdoor retreat in one of more than 30 cabins Petit Jean State Park offers, some modern and some rustic. The cabins include fireplaces and amenities, but the park also features more than 100 campsites for those inclined to enjoy a weekend retreat in a tent. “It’s a great destination tourism area, because everything you need is there,” Herrick said. “Arkansas is one of the best-kept secrets for outdoor recreation in the country. It’s just a dreamland for people that love hiking or river rafting or just spending time in the wilderness.” Petit Jean was briefly considered for designation as a national park in the 1920s, but was deemed too small. Instead, it garnered the title of Arkansas’ first state park. “The park is a wonderful gift to the state,” Herrick said. For more information, or to book a stay online, visit

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Directions to the museum of automobiles: From Petit Jean State Park, drive east on State Highway 154 for about three miles before turning left onto Jones Lane. The museum will be on the right.


n addition to a nature lover’s paradise, Petit Jean Mountain also offers the Museum of Automobiles, which contains more than 50 vehicles, the oldest dating to the early 1900s and some as current as the 1950s. “The museum portrays the evolution of the automobiles,” said Buddy Hoelzman, director. “There’s hardly anything that has had more effect on our development than the automobile, especially the first 100 years of the production of the automobile.” A vast array of cars are on display, including a 1904 Oldsmobile French Front, a 1920 Ford Model TT School Bus and a 1923 Star Station Wagon. The museum also showcases motorcycles and antique guns, license plates, gas pumps, arcade machines and a piano. “Our exhibit is from 1904-67. We’ve got 50-plus automobiles,” Hoelzman said. “We’re very proud of our Arkansasbuilt Climber automobile, which was built in Little Rock from 1919-23. We also have a 1957 Chevrolet convertible, which was very popular. Really, each one has its own unique attributes.”

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Your Feet Want to Take You Places....

Dr. Stephanie Roth, independent practitioner at River Valley Foot & Ankle Clinic, PLLC, has extensive training in foot, rear-foot & ankle reconstruction. She studied medical & surgical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center for three years. She was voted “Best Podiatrist” in the 2012 Readers Choice Awards. River Valley Foot & Ankle Clinic, PLLC

479-968-FEET (3338)


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Dardanelle School District is one of the most diverse school districts in Arkansas. Dardanelle EDC scores consistently rank among the top in the state. Dardanelle High School was listed in the U.S. World Report's Nation's Best High Schools, for the past seven years. We are proud of our record, our students, our staff, and our community, as we continue to work toward preparing our kids for success in the future.






Quiz Bowl



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Russellville Family Clinic 108 Skyline Drive, Russellville 479-968-7170 • Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm • Monday - Friday “Committed to Serving the Families of the River Valley”

Services Provided for River Valley Families:

Kenneth B. Turner, M.D.

• Diplomate American Board of Family Practice

• Women’s Health (Wellness Exams, Treatment of Menopause, Osteoporosis & Birth Control Management)

• Pediatrics • Weight Loss Management • Industrial Medicine • Drug Testing • Allergy Testing Our banquet facility is perfect for all your event needs. We are happy to provide a full service package as well as flexible conference facilities and amenities. • 42” LCD TV in All Rooms • Indoor Heated Pool and Spa • Free Hot Breakfast • Restaurant Adjacent • 100% Non-Smoking • 1200 Sq. Ft. Meeting Facility • Fitness Center • Pet Friendly • Manager’s Reception Monday thru Thursday

wake up on the bright side® LA QUINTA INN & SUITES, Russellville 111 East Harrell Drive, Russellville, AR 72802 479-967-2299 (Phone) • 479-967-2399 (Fax)

Ben J. Kriesel, M.D.

• Diplomate American Board of Family Practice • Certified Medical Review Officer

MOST INSURANCE FILED ELECTRONICALLY Christopher S. Barber, D.O. • Diplomate American Board of Family Practice

Now Accepting new patients for complete health care from newborns to adults.

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Dreaming of Garage Doors?

Seek Professional Help!

479-967-3666 113 W. 3rd Street, Russellville, AR

Don & Roben Jacimore, owners



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Brian Boyer

Wes Freeman

Whitt Piker

Ryan Morris

101 East Main Suite A1, Russellville Fax: (479) 968-3291

Lupe McElroy

Judy Southard Marlene Crawford

(479) 857-0833 (479) 264-7472 (479) 857-0982 (479) 857-8085 (479) 970-7365 (479) 567-7377 (479) 886-0236

THE PRO TEAM REALTORS is the newest real estate company in the River Valley. THE PRO TEAM may be a new office, but the agents are far from new to the real estate business. We would like to welcome any new or past clients to come by our office and see all the new ideas we have to offer. Our office hours are 8AM - 5PM Monday through Friday, and we will have a duty agent on call every weekend. • Our sales team consists of 7 agents that are repeat TOP PRODUCERS • Five of our agents have GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) designations • Five of our agents are Graduates of GRLA (Graduate Realtors Leadership Academy) • Over 50 years of combined experience among THE PRO TEAM agents • Two agents named Realtors of the Year in previous years • Two agents are previous Presidents of the Russellville Board of Realtors • We offer CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) & CDRS (Certified Default Resolution Specialist) agents • THE PRO TEAM AGENTS have CLOSED over $100 million in transactions • Spanish speaking translator/agent available


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Dr. “K” and Staff Welcome you and your family to the River Valley!

Dr. Carmella Montez Knoernschild, D.D.S., ABO 2015 W. Parkway Drive (Across from RJHS) Russellville, AR 72802

(479) 968-2138 Dr. “K” Orthodontic Specialist ®

Complimentary Consultations! The Clear Alternative to Braces

2012 P R E F E R R E D P R O V I D E R The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that every child be seen by the age of 7. Hablamos Español.


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