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2014 tourism and newcomers Guide TO THE

Arkansas River Valley

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2014 Tourism and Newcomers Guide to the Arkansas River Valley

2014 Tourism and Newcomers Guide to the Arkansas River Valley


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letter from the publisher

Welcome, all!


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. 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.

David Meadows Publisher



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To do: Go for big adventure on the Big Piney Creek................6 To do: Tee up a different kind of fun........................................... 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 culture............................................................ 33 To do: A-R-K-A-N-S-A-S for Arkansas: A mascot’s tale........... 38 To do: Be one with nature............................................................... 42 To do: Make a one-of-a-kind carriage stop............................... 55 To do: Call the Hogs from Interstate 40...................................... 74 To do: Take on The Wall.................................................................... 76 To do: Make the climb; it’s more than worth it........................ 92 To do: Scan the vista from atop the rock................................... 86

Athletics..................................................................................................... 40 Emergency services............................................................................... 62 Golf............................................................................................................... 18 Help organizations................................................................................. 66 Hospitals.................................................................................................... 67 Johnson County...................................................................................... 10 Libraries...................................................................................................... 70 New resident services........................................................................... 73 Pope County............................................................................................. 24 Recreation................................................................................................. 16 Restaurants............................................................................................... 43 Schools....................................................................................................... 34 Legislators, commissions & parties................................................... 68 Utilities........................................................................................................ 72 Veterinarians............................................................................................. 81 Yell County................................................................................................ 56

picture it: Yell Fest.......................................................................... 60 picture it: Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff............. 78 picture it: Arkansas Tech University........................................ 82 picture it: Russellville Veterans Day Parade.......................... 90

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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.

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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.


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. Art Jones, Chair

Frank Russenberger Vice Chair

Luke Duffield Secretary

Harold Barr Member

Bill Harmon Member

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

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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. • 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.

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


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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, Heather Johnston, 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: John Lester, (479) 754-3148. • Street superintendent: Tom Cogan, (479) 979-7924. • 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, 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 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: sink one in annual area tournaments: • March — 3-Man Scramble • April — Vintage Open • May — NPC Championship • June — Arkansas Amateur Championship • August — War on the Shore

Tee up a different kind of fun enjoy area greens at local parks featuring disc golf courses


ome call it the fastest growing sport that you’ve never heard of, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in the Russellville area who isn’t familiar with disc golf. Russellville is home to two premier disc golf courses, one at Old Post Park and the other at Pleasant View Park. Disc golf is played much like golf, except instead of clubs and golf balls, disc golfers use frisbee-like discs and chain baskets to work their way around the course. The Pleasant View course is built around inlets of Lake Dardanelle and is a mix of open and wooded holes. The course is 18 baskets across 5,801 feet of moderately hilly and lightly wooded grassland. The Old Post course is 18 baskets across 6,281 feet of varied terrain. The holes begin near the Arkansas River and move through the woods toward Caudle Overlook. Both courses are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the River Valley Disc Golf Association (RVDGA). “We’re extremely lucky to have two disc golf facilities of this caliber in our

town,” RVDGA president Matt Loyd said. “These are championship-caliber courses and people travel from all over to use them. These are people that are spending money in our hotels, at our gas stations and on our food. It’s very good for the community and good for those with an interest in disc golf.” RVDGA was founded in 2008. Loyd took over presidential duties in 2009. Loyd said there’s never a shortage of people to play with. When he took over the club had 25 members. Last year, it sold 89 memberships. “It’s been a blast,” Loyd said. “It’s a labor of love for me, and with such growing popularity that means there can be more tournaments.” The RVDGA encourages anyone interested in disc golf to grab some friends and give it a try. “We have people of all types that play,” Loyd said. “We have kids, doctors, preachers and college students. Just about anyone you can imagine. We are super lucky to have the club because it brings in all walks of life. There’s really not just one type of person that loves disc golf.”

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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

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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) 9681272. • James School Park — 807 W. Fourth Place, (479) 968-1272. • M.J. Hickey Park — 1312 E. 16th St., (479) 968-1272. • Merritt Park — 2011 State Highway 22, Dardanelle; (479) 229-1022. • Planter’s Park — (479) 229-1022. • 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. • Veterans Riverfront Memorial Park — 115 N. Front St., Dardanelle; (479) 229-1022.

• Washburn Park — 1185 Lake Front Drive, (479) 968-1272. • Tech Field — Campus of Arkansas Tech University, (479) 968-0648

pickleball Multiple pickleball courts are available in the area. Locations include: Russellville City Park, Old Post Park, Shiloh Park, Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center, Hughes Community Center and various schools and colleges. For more information, visit

• Beezer’s Fine Billiards — 224 N. Shamrock Blvd., (479) 968-3559. Open 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. • Hog Wild Too — 2410 East Main St., (479) 967-1012. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Winter hours are 3:30-8 p.m. Thursday, 3:30-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. • Russellville Driving Range — 1401 E. Main St. Open 8 a.m. until dark Monday through Saturday; 1 p.m. until dark on Sunday. • Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center — 3808 W. Main St., (479) 968-7979. Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. • Sportsworld — 3700 W. Main St., (479) 968-1122. • Tom E. Tiger Family Fun Center — 3700 W. Main St., (479) 968-1122.

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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 middle tees; 4,987 from forward tees. • Par: 72 on all holes, though par is 37 on front nine and 35 on back nine.

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• 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) 754-3026 (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.

to do: cruise

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

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

Park interpreters host environmental education programs throughout the year in the center’s state-of-the-art classroom with digital projectors and surround sound. Local kids gain course credit at their schools through the programs. 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 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. Jim Ed Gibson Pope County Judge



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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 62,547 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

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. Every three months, 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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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 and one part-time employees. Summer business hours are from 7:30 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. Dover 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.

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City Hall, 11356 State Highway 27, P.O. Box 194, Hector, AR 72843; telephone (479) 284-5371. City Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 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 Berkley Snider. 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: Deidre Luker 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 Carpet, Tile and Upholstery Cleaning • City attorney — Jeff Phillips • ROTARY STEAM The Pottsville City Council CLEANING meets at 7 p.m. the fourth • CARPET PROTECTANTAlMonday of each month. • ODOR CONTROL dermen are Milton Eoff, Licensed • Insured • Bonded Larry Shingleur, John Heflin, 479-223-1621 Brian Duvall, Donny Elliott and 479-293-4425 George Woolf. Aldermen serve rotating four-year terms.


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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.

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• 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 Daily, (479) 968-7681, 1709 S. Dayton Ave., Russellville. • District 13 — David Ivy, (479) 280-1662, 21 Bradley Cove Road, Russellville.

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The Center for the Arts is a cultural hub, host to a variety of events.

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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-


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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 or by calling (479) 968-6600.

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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. Williams, Bynum and Barber 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 Breanne Davis, (479) 970-0081. 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 Mark Gotcher 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 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the district’s administration building. Brian Boyer, (479) 857-0833 is the board president. • Elementary School, (479) 641-7085 • Middle School (479) 641-1008 • High School (479) 641-7872

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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 Dardanelle John Thompson serves as superintendent of the Dardanelle School District. Administrative offices are located at 209 Cedar St.; telephone (479) 229-4111; Email is available on the district’s website at The school board meets at 7 p.m. the 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 Gregg Grant 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 board president. • Elementary, (479) 495-4820 • Middle School, (479) 495-4827 • High School, (479) 495-4810 Dover 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 Thursday of each month. The board president is Michael Robbins, (479) 890-3777.

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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. â&#x20AC;˘ 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 districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. The board president is Tracy Taylor. â&#x20AC;˘ Elementary, (479) 968-2133 â&#x20AC;˘ Middle Grades, (479) 890-6631 â&#x20AC;˘ Junior High, (479) 968-6574 â&#x20AC;˘ High School, (479) 968-6334 Two Rivers 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 districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Leona Cleveland serves as the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. Kenny Akin 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. Reach The Russellville Education Association of Christian Home-

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schoolers (REACH) was organized to support families who have chosen to educate their children at home by providing information, 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 schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principal is Mark Tyler and the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

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SAFE HARBOR River Valley River Valley Newcomers Newcomers Baptist Church

715 N. El Paso • Russellville Sunday School - 9:45am Morning Worship - 10:45am Evening Worship - 6:00pm Wed. Bible Study - 6:30pm Pastor

Rev. Ron Chenault 479-747-1407


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Fellowship Bible Church Russellville

1608 Parker Rd 479-968-7072

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229-3395 Dardanelle First Baptist Church of Church 715 N. El Paso • Russellville Southern Baptist Christ Sunday School - 9:45am Wylie Jones, Pastor Dardanelle SAFE de CristoSAFE HARBOR Morning HARBOR Worship - 10:45am Fellowship BibleIglesia Church 1608 Parker Rd Bible Fellowship Church A for You B a p Evening t i sWorship t -C6:00pm h uPlace rch B a p t i s t C h 9:45 u ramc h Sunday School 209 Union Street, Dardanelle Church Wed. Bible Study - 6:30pm 479-968-7072Russellville Worship 11of am Russellville IRST 715 N. El Paso • Russellville


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Sunday School School 9:45 Sunday 9:45am am Worship 11 am am Worship 11 Sunday Discipleship SundayEvening Evening Discipleship Training pm Training 5:30 5:30 pm Evening Worship 6:30 pm Evening Worship 6:30 pmpm Wednesday Service 6:30 Wednesday Service 6:30& pm Gospel Light Kids AWANA & Youth Youth 6:30 6:30 pm pm

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715 N.Evening El PasoDiscipleship • Russellville 2200 West Main St.Study - 9:30am Sunday Sunday Bible Training 5:30 pm Sunday School - 9:45am Russellville, Sunday AR Worship Evening 6:30 pm Iglesia deWorship Cristo Morning Worship - 10:45am 1608 Parker Rd 1608 Parker Rd 479-477-0090 Wednesday Service 6:30 pm 479-968-1121 10:30am & 6:00pm Evening Worship - 6:00pm Sunday 479-968-7072 Evening Worship 6:00pm Sunday School School 9:45 Sunday 9:45am am AWANA & Youth 6:30 pm 209 Union Street, Dardanelle Wed. School Bible Study - 6:30pm Wed. Bible Study - 6:30pm 479-968-7072 479-968-7072 Sunday - 9:45 am Worship 11 am am Worship 11 Wednesday - 7:00pm 25037 East State Hwy. 22 Sunday Worship Sunday Discipleship Morning Worship - 10:45 am 10:15 SundayEvening Evening Discipleship Bible Study 9:30am SundayDelaware, Bible Study -- 9:30am AR • 229-2580 229-3395 Sunday Pastor Pastor Traditional 8:305:30 Training • Worship: 9:55 am Sunday • Servant Groups & Worship Training 5:30 pm Evening Worship 6:00 pm Rev. Ron Chenault Rev. Ron Chenault Sunday School 9:40 a.m.6:30 pm Evening Worship Sunday Worship Sunday Worship • Bible Classes: Evening Worship 6:30 pm Wed. Bible Study - 6:30 pm 5 pm SundaySunday 479-747-1407 479-747-1407 Wednesday10:40 Service Contemporary a.m.6:30 pm Wednesday Service 6:30& pm • Wings (Women 9:00 am Service) 9 am Sunday in God’s Gospel Light Kids A Place for You 10:30am & 6:00pm (follows school schedule) Wired& Wednesdays 10:30am 6:00pm AWANA &5:00 Youth 6:30 Youth 6:30 pm pm Pastor Dinner p.m. 6:30 pm Wednesday 9:00-11:30am am IRSTWednesday 2200 West Main 10:45 St. Thursday 7:00 pm Wednesday 7:00pm Programs for All Ages 6:00 p.m. Rev. Ron Chenault 25037 East State Hwy. 22 Russellville, AR fellowshiprussellvlille.comNITED ETHODIST 479-747-1407 479-968-1121 Delaware, AR 229-2580 304 229-3395 S. Commerce Ave. Russellville, AR• 72801 Pastor

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School) 10:05 a.m. in God’s Service) 9 am Sunday River Life (Sunday• Wings (Women Wednesday 6:30 pm124 Wednesday 9:00-11:30am Thursday East G Street, Russellville, AR 72801 6 p.m., Children Youth & Adult Ministries

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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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9 a.m., 11 a.m., & 6 p.m. 479-968-1121 River Life (Sunday School) Weekly ServiceWednesday Times 10:05 a.m. • Worship: 9:55 am Sunday • Servant Sunday Worship ServicesGroups & Worship p.m., Children Youth & Adult Ministries • Bible Classes: 96a.m., 11 a.m., & 6 Sunday p.m. 5 pm

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schools 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-secondary education, successful careers and productive lives. For more information, call (479) 968-5244. Arkansas Tech University Arkansas Tech University is a public, four-year accredited university on North Arkansas Avenue in Russellville. For more information on the administration, academic colleges and departments visit 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 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@ For more information, visit



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is our priority! Pope Yell & Johnson Counties

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

We encourage you to stop by any one of our Senior Centers and take a look around. It is a very easy way to introduce yourself to the Senior experiences that await you at each of our centers. Pope Co. Senior Activity Center 1010 N. Rochester, Russellville (479) 968-5039

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

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

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


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to do: call the hog(s) about tusk iv: Tusk IV shares a lineage with the original Tusk, who lived at the Little Rock Zoo. IV was born in Yell County and has lived there since. He travels to all Razorback football home games, to games in Dallas and to bowl games.

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he heart of the Arkansas Razorbacks is hidden away on a farm near Dardanelle in Yell County. Although specifics aren’t available to the public, the University of the Arkansas’ live mascot Tusk IV—a 350-pound male Russian boar—makes his home nearby. While his location remains undisclosed, his departure from the farm is well observed. Tusk travels through Russellville, briefly stopping at PDQ North and PDQ South for miniature pep-rallies, before continuing to Fayetteville to watch the Razorbacks from his spot on the sideline. Tusk IV, like his lineage, blares the University of Arkansas fight song from his truck and trailer as he caravans across the state for mascot responsibilities. “Our day starts at least eight hours before kickoff, sometimes even the night before,” Tusk IV’s handler, Keith Stokes, said. “We usually head out about five hours before kickoff, stop at Russellville and do peprallies. You know, we play the fight song and stuff. A lot of times fans

will correspond their trip with us up to the hill. It’s like a caravan to the game. It’s like traveling with a rock star.” Tusk IV’s truck and trailer was donated by Truck Centers of Arkansas. He lives in an 8,000-square-foot heated-and-cooled facility. The Stokes family survives on donations to the Tusk Trust and generous alumni. They are not paid for their time. For Stokes, it’s a labor of love. “I’ve always loved animals. I’ve always loved the Razorbacks. This was a way for me to marry the two,” he said. It began when former UA athletic director Frank Broyles approached ex-Razorback football player and all-around state sports celebrity commentator David Bazzel about how to increase attendance and excitement for the Razorbacks during a down year. “I was the president of the Arkansas Pork Producers Association at the time,” he said. “We [Razorbacks] weren’t having such a great year back then, there was some coaching turmoil at the Hill and after Broyles

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Tusk IV lives at an undisclosed location in Yell County (pictured at right).

contacted Bazzel, the thing David wanted to was step up the atmosphere with a live mascot. “In the past, we had had farm pigs, but they wanted a real razorback. A farm pig is totally different. He contacted the association and we helped him find one.” The original Tusk lived at the Little Rock Zoo. “Tusk IV was born here and handled from day one,” Stokes said. “In a way, that makes him more dangerous because when a wild animal gets used to you, he doesn’t think you are a person, he thinks you are a 300-pound animal like himself. He’d never intentionally hurt you, though.”

Tusk doesn’t travel to many away games. Stokes said they attend the games in Dallas due to a large fanbase and they attend all bowl games. “We have the home games down to a science because we’ve done them so often,” he said. “It’s amazing going down the highway with Tusk and people honking, taking pictures and trying to get a look. “We remind ourselves that they aren’t hollering for you. They are hollering for that animal. I don’t want the recognition. The most I want is that whoever looks at him to know that he is well taken care of. We aren’t in it for the glory.”




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athletics Arkansas Tech University

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: Michael Banning, (479) 754-1607 (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) 229-4655 (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) Hector High School 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) Russellville High School 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)

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other programs Competitive athletic teams abound in the Arkansas River Valley.

• 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.

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

Pope County Library System • Russellville • Atkins • Dover • Hector

Free Programs and Services @Your Library

Children's Story Time Book Club Voter Registration eBooks/Overdrive Writers’ Group Teen Events Free Wi-Fi & Computer Access Summer Reading Program Registration Starts May 1st, 2014 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: walk it out

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

Be one with nature


bona dea trails serve as sanctuary for wildlife, walkers alike

ona Dea Trails and Sanctuary encompasses 186 acres of wetlands and low woods that provide an ideal habitat for a wide va-

riety of wildlife. The nearly six miles of trails that wind through the sanctuary provide a multitude of recreational opportunities including walking, jogging,

nature photography and nature study. All facilities at Bona Dea are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Professional e y e c a r e, Quality e y e w e a r.

Since 1979, Dr. Jim Lieblong and his staff have developed a reputation of professional eyecare by getting to know people just like you who want the very best attention when it comes to their eye health. The next time you need professional eyecare or quality eyewear, visit Lieblong Eye Clinic. 2800 W. Main, Russellville 479-968-2020

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Lunch Specials $6.00 (Incl.Tax) • M-F 10:30-4:00 Whatta-Burger Whatta-Cheese Whatta Double Meat Whatta Double Meat & Cheese Whatta Triple Meat Whatta Triple Meat & Cheese Regular Burger Regular Cheese Regular Double Meat Regular Double Meat & Cheese Regular Triple Meat Regular Triple Meat & Cheese Chicken Sandwich (Grilled/Fried/ Spicy) Double Chicken Sandwich Turkey Burger Fish Sandwich Double Fish Sandwich Steak Sandwich Double Steak Sandwich Fried Bologna & Cheese Sandwich

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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

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


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

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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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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

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Buffet Take Out Available All pricing on menu is subject to change.

Lunch Specials 11:00am-4:00pm

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Q11) Russellville Family Clinic


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CC29) Happy Days RV Sales

W31) Arkansas Trading Loan

918 E. 4TH ST. Russellville (479) 967-4867

T25) Main Street Russellville

320 West “C” Street at Th Downtown Depot Russellville 479-967-1437


W30) Preferred Staffing, Inc.

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

3030 S. Arkansas Russellville (479) 968-6759

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

M53) Nebo 2 Pre-Owned


T31) Valley Piano

Sorrells Body Shop 1903 S. Arkansas W27) Russellville (479) 968-3991

P42) Walmart

The Courier 201 E. 2nd Street V31) Russellville (479) 968-5252

Center 3405 E. Main St. Russellville (479) 498-2277

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

813 E. Main Street Russellville (479) 968-5200

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511 East 4th Street Russellville

108 Skyline Drive Russellville (479) 968-7170


W20) Woody’s Boots & Repair

N20) Wilkins Brothers

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


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


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From our Hot-N-Ready Classic Pizza, to our World-Famous Crazy Bread, from our 8 Varieties of Caesar Wings to Italian Cheese Bread and Salads, Little Caesars is Serious About Quality.

And we make more than just Hot-N-Ready pizzas too! We have Deep Dish pizza, Thin-N-Crispy Pizza, Stuffed Crust Pizza and enough toppings to create the perfect pizza just for you. Come give Little Caesars a try.....your taste buds will thank you! As will your wallet.

RUSSELLVILLE 407 N. Arkansas (479) 967-7800

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Contact Best of Ray for the Best your next for the catering last three event years! Over 32 years making real BBQ!

407 South Arkansas 968-2421

Monday-Saturday 11am to 9pm”...Sunday 11am to 6pm

D O O F N A C I X ME Featuring Complete Mexican Dinners Meat & Cheese Nachos • Enchiladas Burritos Supremes • Taco Villa Salads Meat & Bean Chalupas

Call ahead for faster service! Best of the Best

Reader’s Choice Awards



Voted Best Tacos

Open 11am Daily-Close 9pm • Open until 10pm - Friday & Saturday

(479) 968-1191 Russellville (479) 968-1135 420 E. 4th Kit & Cindy Kitterman 1122 N. El Paso

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The Finest Catfish N Fixins Since 1971 • USA Farm Raised Catfish Fillets • Hush Puppies & Fresh Cut French Fries • Marinated Lemon Basil Grilled Chicken Breast • Southern Fried Chicken • Boiled & Fried Gulf Shrimp

• Hot Vegetables • Weekly Specials • Prepared & Tossed Salads • Granny Tackett’s Apple & Peach Cobbler • Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

All you can eat Buffet Adult $16.95 Children Under 10 $5.95

Under 3 Free Prices subject to change without notice

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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 wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. In 1857, the U.S. government passed legislation to establish an overland mail route to transport mail and passengers to California. John Butterfield of New York was awarded the contract, and the Potts home was a scheduled stop on the Butterfield Overland mail route. The stagecoach traveled almost 3,000 miles one way, and organizers accomplished a set goal with the first trip in September 1858, taking less than the allotted time of 24 days.

In 1970, the home was obtained by Pope County with the purpose of converting it to a museum after renovations were completed. Maintained by the Pope County Historical Foundation and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Potts Inn is home to the original well house and smoke house, as well as several cabins on the grounds that display other facets of local history. Potts Inn is also part of Pottsvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.


Yell county


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. Visit for more information.

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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.

Russellville Eye Clinic, P.A. OPHTHALMOLOGY (Eye M.D.’s)

The “Eye Care” Specialist

Our Commitment Is To Provide Our Patients With The Best Medical and Surgical Eye Care Available Dr. Murphy uses the newest high-tech cataract surgery implants available.

No-Stitch No-Shot No-Patch CATARACT SURGERY

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Dr. Lawrence performs comprehensive eye exams with medical treatment.

Diabetic & Glaucoma Laser Treatment Eye Lid Surgery • Botox & Collagen Fillers OCT Laser Scanning Instrument used for detection of Glaucoma & Retinal Disease Comprehensive Eye Examinations, Glasses, and Contact Lenses Optical Shop Featuring: Oakley, Marchon, Luxotica, Anne Klein and Harley Davidson Frank M. Lawrence, M.D.* • David S. Murphy, M.D.* John N. Gillespie, M.D.* *Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology

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Dr. Gillespie performs comprehensive eye exams with medical & surgical treatment.

Reader’s Choice Awards

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Serving the River Valley Since 1955



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Our City is filled with historical landmarks, including the beautiful Potts Inn. Others you don’t want to miss are the Old Citizen Bank and the Dipping Vat which are located in Rankin Park. Our community is growing fast; this can be contributed to land development and to our highly recognized school system which is considered one of the best in the state!

Large Enough to Challenge.... Small enough to Care Middle Grades


Grades K-3 968-2133

Grades 4, 5, 6 890-6631

Junior High

Grades 7, 8, 9 250 Apache Dr. • 968-6571

High School

Grade 10, 11, 12 5000 Apache Dr. • 968-6334

Pottsville School District is preparing students to be college and career ready.We are a growing community and at Pottsville Schools we take this growth as a compliment as families choose to move to our school district.We will not however, be satisfied with our past successes, but will continue to strive to be the best we can be.We are committed to a continuing effort to offer the best 21st century education in a caring and rigorous educational environment.

7000 Hwy 247 • Pottsville, AR 72858 • 479-968-8101

City of Pottsville

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This is the best little town in Arkansas Come for a visit and you might stay! BROOKS


Powell’s Boots & Shoes Cabinet Doors & Commercial Cabinets

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24 Hour Roadside Service 479-968-2555

BIG OR SMALL, WE DO THEM ALL! We have three great locations to serve you! Tues.-Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

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picture it: yell fest

Yell fest: Yep, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a thing 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 2014, the 25th annual Yell Fest will take place May 9-10 at Veterans Riverfront Memorial Park.

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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



in the River Valley

Aldermen are: • Kenny George, Ward 1 (479) 229-4554, cell (479) 223-1425; • Bruce McConnell, Ward 1 (479) 229-2650, cell (479) 970-6599; • 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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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) 284-5371 • 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

• 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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• Pope County Emergency Rescue Team (479) 968-8222 • Pope County Emergency Management (479) 968-1800 • Russellville Fire Dept. Rescue Team

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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) 890-2755 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 ages 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 breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 (479) 968-8363, 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 health care provider 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 that 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

A robust tradition of political engagement exists in the Arkansas River Valley.

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 Third District

• 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 House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, phone (202) 225-4301; Fourth District • 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. Contact: 103 W. Parkway Drive, Suite B, Russellville, AR 72801; (479) 968-7300; email michael.lamoureux@ State House of Representatives District 21

• 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. Contact: 90 Claud Hottinger Road, Dover, AR 72837; (479) 970-3503; email District 69

• Betty Overbey (D). First elected to the House in 2010, her position is up for re-election in 2014. Contact: P.O. Box 177, Lamar, AR, 72846; (479) 885-6479; email District 71 • Andrea Lea (R). First elected to the House in 2008, her position is up for re-election 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


Election Commissions

• Johnson County — Democrats Ron Taylor, chairman, and Mike Buckner, third member; Republican Jill Perdue, second member; P.O. Box 1115, Clarksville AR 72830; (479) 214-1144. • Pope County — Democrat Carol Shoptaw, member; Republican Portia Short, member; and Republican Catherine Leapheart, third member and chairperson; 1509 E. Main St., Ste. 7; (479) 280-1905. Election Coordinator is Sherry Polsgrove. • Yell County — Democrat Danny Bunting, (479) 2292479, chairman; Republican Carol Crowell, (479) 2293501, member; and Republican John McCourt, (479) 476-2791, third member. Political parties Johnson County

• Democratic Party — Jimmy Dorney, chairman; Michelle Frost, vicechairman; Leta Willis, secretary-treasurer; called meetings are in the courtroom at the Johnson County Courthouse; (479) 746-4253. • Republican Party — Kenneth Slach, chairman; Claire Gainey, vice-chairman; Carl Baughman, second co-chairman; Tim Kajdan, secretary; Beatrice Wiser, treasurer. Contact Slach at (479) 264-1204 or Baughman at (479) 214-4493. Email kennethslach@ Pope County

chairman; (479) 858-8045. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Pope County Courthouse. • Democratic Party — Bill Sorrells, chairman; Sandra Drittler, vice-chairman; Richard Peel, secretary; Tom Sullivan, treasurer; (479) 968-4203. Monthly meetings are on the second Monday of each month in the quorum courtroom at the Pope County Courthouse. • Republican Party — Phil Carruth, chairman; Madelyn Ginsberg, first vice-chairman; David Ivy, second vice-chairman; Karen Yarbrough, treasurer; Teresa Harris, secretary. Monthly meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Pope County Courthouse. • Russellville River Valley Tea Party Association — Bob McCready, coordinator; (479) 968-5485. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Pope County Courthouse. Yell County • Democratic Party — Danny Bunting, chair; Jim Pickens, secretary; John McCord, treasurer; (479) 229-2479. Called quarterly meetings take place in the quorum courtroom at the Yell County Courthouse in Danville. • Republican Party — Haskel Hicks, county chairman; (479) 857-6201. Meetings take place 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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Pope County Library System

The Pope County Library System consists of the Russellville Headquarters Library and three branches in Atkins, Dover and Hector. 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

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

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. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There are 10 public-access computers and one 15-minute email computer. The history and genealogy department has a wealth of information for Arkansas and family history research. A microfilm/microfiche reader is available to scan to a computer and the information can be printed, saved or emailed. The ancestry database is also available in each of the branches. • The Atkins Centennial Library, 216 N.E. First St., Atkins, (479) 641-7904, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It has six public access computers and a microfilm reader/printer. • The Dover Library, 80 Library Road, Dover, (479) 331-2173, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. • The Hector Library, 11600 State Highway 27, Hector, (479) 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.

Yell County

• The Arkansas River Valley Regional Library, (479) 229-4418, is located at 501 N. Front St., Dardanelle, AR 72834 and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The library has computers open to the public and available for free literacy tests. • 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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From electrical lines to water treatment pools, utilities keep the Arkansas River Valley in motion.

Water and sewer

• Lamar Water Department and City Hall, (479) 885-3865

• Atkins Water Works, (479) 641-7853

• Northeast Yell County Water Association, (479) 229-2800

• Atkins City Hall, (479) 641-2900

• Pottsville Water Department, (479) 968-3029

• Clarksville Light and Water, (479) 754-3148

• Russellville City Corp., (479) 968-2105

• Danville Water Department, (479) 495-2516

• Tri County Regional Water Distribution District, (479) 968-6268 Natural gas

• Danville City Hall, (479) 495-2013 • Dardanelle Water Department, (479) 229-3992; emergency, (479) 229-2533

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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 4:30 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


• Entergy (800) 368-3749 • Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative (479) 647-2176 (800) 468-2176 Telephone/television/Internet • CenturyLink (479) 880-2285 • Suddenlink Communications (479) 968-2223; (866) 401-3769

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• Atkins Revenue Office 220 E. Main St.; (479) 641-2642 • Dover Revenue Office 8904 Market St.; (479) 331-9734 Yell County • Danville Revenue Office Courthouse Annex, 203 E. Fifth St.; (479) 495-2841 • Dardanelle Revenue Office Yell County Courthouse; (479) 229-3657 Johnson County • Clarksville Revenue Office 1140 S. Rogers; (479) 754-2149

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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.)

Call the Hogs from Interstate 40 atkins landmark a sight for hog-hungry eyes since the 1960s


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-

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

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.

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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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wo Pope County men have turned their friendship and mutual love of climbing into a business. Jeremy Estes, 35, and Clint Brown, 28, opened The Wall in Russellville on Nov. 30, 2013. The Wall is a recreation gymnasium with more than 100 “rock”-climbing routes. Estes said The Wall welcomes climbers of all skill levels. “One of our goals is to allow more serious climbers to challenge themselves and improve their skills while at the same time creating a welcoming environment for beginning climbers to come see what climbing is all about,”he said. “Climbing at The Wall is a great way to learn a new sport, that can be somewhat intimidating, in a safe and controlled atmosphere.” Estes and Brown, who have been friends for 15 years, decided to open The Wall to add another place where residents and visitors alike could be active and enjoy climbing, rain or shine. “We received encouragement from people who were excited about being able to climb right in town and no matter the weather conditions,” Brown said. “It’s something fun to do in Russellville.” The Wall, located at 1605 N. Phoenix Avenue, can accommodate as many as 50 climbers at a time. It is open from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. A day pass is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger. Climbers must be at least five years old. For more information, call The Wall at 890-WALL (9255).

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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. • Parker Animal Clinic; Shane Parker D.V.M.; 8817 U.S. Highway 64 West, Russellville; (479) 754-5656 • 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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Winthrop Rockefeller founded the museum in 1964, and the collection has been augmented since to include more automobiles and memorabilia. The museum is open year-’round from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Christmas, and tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for students aged 6–17.

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he Dardanelle Rock Natural Area, a large rock formation that runs along the Arkansas River in Yell County, is a popular site for rock climbers and people who enjoy the natural beauty of Arkansas. Known to residents simply as “D-Rock,” the formation contains an exposure of Hartshorne sandstone that was folded into a concave upward fold structure when the Ouachita Mountains were breached through erosion by the Arkansas River, which formed a water gap. The Dardanelle Rock Natural Area has been a major landmark along the Arkansas River since the early exploration of the state. It was used as a lookout point by Native Americans and later by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Visit for more information.

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