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Contents

WHAT’S INSIDE

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HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST

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A HISTORY RICH IN SOIL AND SOUL

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RELAXING IN THE DELTA

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ARCHEOLOGICAL AND HISTORIC

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DYESS – BOYHOOD HOME OF JOHNNY CASH

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PARKS AND RECREATION

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

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WILSON – SMALL-TOWN CHARM WITH A COLORFUL PAST

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BLYTHEVILLE: A PLACE TO CALL HOME

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THE STRENGTH OF STEEL

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A POSITIVE FORCE: THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 485 | Blytheville, AR 72316 Phone: (870) 762-2012 | Fax: (870) 762-0551 Website: www.greaterblytheville.com Copyright© 2016 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone Director Scott Ray Production Manager Joe Nugara Content Coordinator/Client Liaison Stefanie Nugara

EDUCATION

Graphic Designer Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators David Abraham and Tiffany Salerno

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

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PREFERRED BUSINESS LISTINGS

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ADVERTISER INDEX

Directory Coordinator Michael Sumrak Contributing Writer Jean Murphy

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Hospitality AT ITS BEST

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lytheville, Arkansas, is a place we love to call home, and we welcome you to visit our community via our magazine.

The gateway to the north end of the Arkansas Delta, Blytheville sits five miles away from the banks of the great river — the Mississippi. The Arkansas Mississippi River Valley and the Great River Road set a trail of tremendously rich history as the river winds southbound. Blytheville is also a gateway to a special style of living. Easy comfort, sociability and congeniality are a hallmark here in our community, and whether you are shopping, moving or touring, the faces you see will be friendly.

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Blytheville combines the relaxation of small-town living with easy access to big-city amenities. Only an hour south on Interstate 55 is the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and just 215 miles north is the eclectic St. Louis, Missouri. Although we are historically an agricultural community, today we lead the nation in steel production. Over 5,000 industrial jobs, many revolving around steel production, are located near the Mississippi River. The area also is filled with unique treasures. The Arkansas Archeology Survey Station at the Arkansas Aeroplex has recovered artifacts over 800 years old, reflective of the sophisticated pre-Colombian culture that once existed here. Lights of the Delta, a holiday fantasy of lights, brings the Christmas season alive with the largest display of its kind in the entire mid-South. Our state-of-the-art sports complex hosts youth baseball teams from all across the country. Shopping offers unique boutiques, antiques and top-notch sporting and hunting equipment. We hope this community guide will be a valuable resource for you. You will learn about Blytheville through both pictures and words, all while getting the flavor of this warm, hospitable and cozy community. If we can help you further, please visit our website at greaterblytheville.com, or call (870) 762-2012. Whatever you do, I hope you are touched by the warm spirits and friendliness of our people — they are truly our finest asset!

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A History

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he Blytheville area, as part of the Mississippi River delta region of the U.S., has a lush underlying history. Literally. For deep beneath the alluvial delta soil a sophisticated pre-Columbian society has been discovered. Ongoing “digs” at the big site in Gosnell have revealed entire households, complete with pottery and artifacts galore. The region was ideal for such a big settlement, bordering the mighty Mississippi —superb for travel — and bestowing soil rich enough to grow any crop. That history is significant, because the people of Mississippi County always have used what the land could give them. Prior to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Mississippi County had thousands of acres of cypress and hardwood trees. With the huge demand for cheap timberland for rebuilding the Windy City, Blytheville by 1890 was no longer a sleepy,

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backwoods town, but a rip-roaring mill camp with looking-for-trouble honkytonks, pool halls, rooming houses, slick businessmen with waxed mustaches and questionable ladies. After the woodlands were razed, residents looked to that fertile Delta soil for their livelihood, planting cotton and soybeans. Until a quarter-century

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ago, agriculture reigned supreme in the Blytheville-Gosnell area. With the advent of mechanization farming required less manpower, resulting in significant cuts in the number of farm workers. Many left for jobs in other places. Cotton gins and former industry giants like Chicago Mill diminished in number or disappeared; the area suffered economic decline until the old industries were replaced by the newer industries — particularly steel-related — that now fill the industrial park and river port areas. Backtracking, the town of Blytheville was founded by the Reverend H.T. Blythe, a Methodist minister who led a rather tumultuous life. Each of his five wives died, and although he died a widower in 1904, he had fathered nine children. Blythe became a community activist and major landowner, involved in most every aspect of the town, which became known first as Blythesville. During the timber boom of the 1800s, rail transportation became essential, and as the new railway was established, the geographic boundaries changed leaving “old Blythesville” and the new area, Blytheville.

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The trees had vanished, but the people of Mississippi County learned again how to be highly prosperous. Farmers were attracted to the soil and land was cheap. As the agricultural economy bloomed, people came, and brought churches, schools and merchants. Downtown Blytheville emerged as a solid family community, one that was the center of commerce and activity for the county, and the area remained a world leader in cotton production until the latter 20th century. In later years, when agriculture production changed so dramatically, the people of the Blytheville area were again called on to find new roads to success. Blytheville’s prime location on the Mississippi River appealed to the steel industry, as did the strong work ethic and physical willingness of farmers who provided a perfect workforce. With the arrival in the late 1980s of Nucor Steel, the area expanded industrially as the nation’s leading steel-producing county. The heritage of Blytheville area people is not necessarily defined by toil or cotton or new industry. It is also defined in their dedication to community and their

determination to become the best at whatever they do. Local organizations such as Main Street Blytheville, the Mississippi County Delta Blues Society and the Ritz Civic Center join with the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Great River Economic Development Area Foundation to play integral roles, not only in the active preservation of landmarks and customs, but also in facilitating an atmosphere of love, pride and progress amongst local residents. Whether these organizations are building hometown pride by renovating storefronts of Main

Street, by restoring the historic art deco Greyhound Bus Station, by inspiring awe when listening to a Delta Blues concert, or by steadily increasing job opportunities through industrial and retail recruitment, they are bringing it all back around to the one asset that is both the heritage and the future of Blytheville, Gosnell and Armorel: the people. The great people of this Mississippi Delta community prove themselves today as they have proven themselves throughout the years. They are distinguished by an almost magical friendliness and warmth and by their never-ending resolve toward progress. ◗

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Archeological AND HISTORIC

ARKANSAS ARCHEOLOGICAL SURVEY STATION

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2520 Friday Spur, Blytheville (870) 532-9104 • archeology.uark.edu

The Arkansas Archeological Survey Station in Blytheville was established in 1999 to help archaeologists study the fascinating historic sites that are significant to the Mississippi River Valley. The region was inhabited by many prehistoric cultures and boasts 800 known archeological sites in the county. Station archeologists use the Blytheville station to conduct research on the area’s heritage year-round. Cultural resources in the territory include prehistoric Indian sites dating as far back as 10,000 years ago, town and mound sites from the Mississippian era (AD 900-1600), Civil War era sites, areas that may have been visited by the Hernando de Soto expedition in 1541 and more. Visits to the station are available by appointment. HAMPSON ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM STATE PARK

(870) 655-8622 • US. 61 and Lake Drive, Wilson arkansasstateparks.com/hampsonmuseum Located about 30 miles south of Blytheville, the Hampson Archeological Museum State Park features exhibits from the Nodena site, a 15-acre village that once thrived along a bend of the Mississippi River. Notable displays include Nodena pottery and a human head effigy, one of only three discovered at prehistoric Native American village sites in Mississippi County. In addition to artifacts discovered from the farming-based

Founded as a federal agricultural resettlement community in 1934, Dyess Colony provided a new start for 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including the family of music legend Johnny Cash. Through the efforts of Arkansas State University, numerous volunteers and the Cash family, historic buildings have been restored, including the boyhood home of Johnny Cash. The Cash family lived in the home from 1935-1953.

In 2009, the Arkansas legislature requested that Arkansas State University look into developing the Colony as a heritage tourism site. A Dyess Colony Redevelopment Master Plan was established

and the university acquired the administration building and adjacent theater. Funds to buy the Johnny Cash home were raised through proceeds from an annual Johnny Cash Music Festival. Dr. Ruth Hawkins, executive director of the Arkansas State Heritage Sites program for Arkansas State University, and family members worked tirelessly supervising the exterior and interior restoration of the home and making sure the furnishings were as authentic as possible.

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A grand opening celebration was held in 2014 with several Cash family members in attendance to showcase the beautifully restored home and museum. Exhibits at the museum detail the establishment of the colony, the lifestyle of typical residents and provide a glimpse of what young Johnny Cash experienced while growing up. The Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $10 and includes a tour of the home and the Dyess Colony Museum. For More Information, call (870) 764-2274 or visit dyesscash. astate.edu.

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civilization that lived in the area from AD1400-1650, the museum features exhibits that tell the story of the early population and how they developed various facets of their lives including art, religion and the political structure. Guided tours are available and a picnic area and playground are located in the park near the museum. Admission is free. DELTA GATEWAY MUSEUM

210 W. Main St., Blytheville (870) 824-2346 • deltagatewaymuseum. weebly.com The historic Kress Building on Main Street is home to the Delta Gateway Museum, a community project that continues to evolve. Situated in the heart of Blytheville’s commercial historic district, the museum features exhibits depicting the history of the region’s agricultural and industrial growth along with presentations on prehistoric Native American culture, transportation, the impact of the steel industry, and environmental developments important to the area. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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GREYHOUND BUS STATION

109 N. 5th St., Blytheville (870) 763-2525 • www. mainstreetblytheville.com

Built in 1939 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this art moderne style bus station is believed to

be the only one of its type still standing. A landmark for locals and a favorite photo spot for visitors, the building houses a tourist information center and serves as headquarters for the Main Street Blytheville organization. Exhibits inside the building present a fascinating retrospective of the structure’s historic past. In 2013, the station hosted a grand antique bus reunion with over 200 buses rolling through town for the Ghosts of Highway 61 Festival. Many of the community’s Main Street activities, including the farmers market, take place at or near the bus station site.

WEST MAIN STREET RESIDENTIAL HISTORIC DISTRICT

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Situated on West Main Street between North 6th Street and Division, Blytheville’s residential historic district features a variety of architectural styles including Tudor, Gothic Revival, American Foursquare and Classical Revival. Built between 1900 and 1960, the 33 buildings are nestled along tree-lined sidewalks. Walking tours are frequently offered on Saturday mornings.

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been completely renovated and has a seating capacity of 485. National touring companies are featured several times a year in addition to regional entertainment spanning a range of genres.

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on the county’s agricultural history and progress. A retro coffee shop and museum gift shop are popular with visitors. (Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday)

Dating from 1902 and best known as the Fred G. Patterson Store, this historic building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. In its heyday it was a gathering place for men and women who came to shop and socialize around the pot-bellied stove. The building has been preserved much as it was with fixtures, shelving and stools authentic to the period. Exhibits focus

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Home to the Arts Council of Mississippi County and the Act2! community theater group, The Ritz Civic Center presents a variety of high-quality cultural events throughout the year. Formerly a movie palace and vaudeville theater that entertained citizens of the county since the early 1900s, the building has

The Music Department of Arkansas Northeastern College frequently features concerts and recitals with performers including the ANC Concert Singers, Chamber Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Community Choir and Opera Workshop. ◗

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Parks

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2401 Friday Spur, Blytheville (870) 762-0476 • www,blythevilleball. com/facilities Located at the Thunder Bayou Recreation Area, this multi-purpose recreation center includes eight baseball/softball fields, four soccer fields, a seven-acre fishing lake and a walking trail that winds around 50 acres. Offering some of the best playing fields in Arkansas and the mid-South, the complex is a frequent site for state and regional tournaments and has drawn hundreds of athletic teams and thousands of visitors to the community. WALKER PARK

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Residents and visitors to Blytheville have convenient access to five city parks. The largest, Walker Park, includes a public swimming pool, picnic areas, a 0.6-mile walking path, playground equipment, tennis courts and a gazebo. The lake is a popular fishing spot for seniors and children. Visitors of all ages enjoy birdwatching and feeding the numerous waterfowl that inhabit the area.

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(870) 564-2429 • www.fws.gov/biglake Located just 15 miles west of Blytheville, Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1915 to provide a habitat and protection for migrating and wintering birds. It is an important link

in the Mississippi migration corridor and has been expanded over the years to include protection for endangered species. More than 225 species of birds, including bald eagles, have been identified within the refuge boundaries. Other wildlife in the area includes otters, beavers, raccoons, wild turkeys, whitetailed deer and bobcats. Mallard Lake is a 300-acre lake within the refuge that is maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Created in 1967, it is a popular fishing spot and boasts the state record for largemouth bass. The visitors center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◗

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Outdoor ACTIVITIES

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utdoor enthusiasts find plenty of activities in the Delta. Hunting, fishing and golf are popular outdoor pursuits along with neighborhood barbecues, fish fries and ice cream socials.

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GOLF Avid golfers have two beautiful courses to choose from in Blytheville. The Blytheville Country Club is a membership facility and hosts two big tournaments, the Calcutta and King Cotton, which bring in golfers from all over the region to enjoy the 18-hole course, clubhouse and pro shop. Open since 2002, Thunder

Bayou Golf Links offers residents and visitors a chance to play an 18-hole, par 72 course spanning 7,262 yards. The Clark and Associates-designed course features hybrid Bermuda fairways and links style topography. The course hosts a variety of events and tournaments throughout the year and is a member of the Natural State Golf Trail. For more information, vist thunderbaygolflinks.com. â——

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Festivals AND EVENTS

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ississippi County residents love celebrating holidays and historic traditions. Local festivals seem to bring out the best in the community as residents and visitors come together for fun, food and down-home entertainment. LIGHTS OF THE DELTA

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Among the many holiday celebrations in the area, The Lights of the Delta is by far the most beautiful. Held at the Arkansas Aeroplex, the mid-South’s spectacular festival of lights is open to the public and attracts more than 20,000 visitors annually. The drive-through holiday wonderland features six million lights including more than 48 major motion displays spread over 40 acres. The historic downtown district in Blytheville also gets its twinkle on with thousands of sparkling lights adorning the shops and streets. For more information, visit www. lightsofthedelta.com MAYFEST

Mayfest is Blytheville’s two-day annual heritage festival. Held on an early weekend in May, the popular event brings thousands of locals and visitors to the downtown streets for live music, arts and

know that for some chili teams, the hotter the better is the motto, while others enjoy stirring in some unique ingredients to give their recipes an edge. The event often features other food competitions, like cornbread, to keep things interesting. When your taste buds can’t take anymore, there are rides, crafts and entertainment to enjoy.

crafts vendors, rides, food, fun contests and deep discounts on merchandise in the shops. GOSNELL COTTON FESTIVAL

When the leaves begin to turn brilliant colors and there is a crisp coolness in the air, it’s time for the Gosnell Cotton Festival, a fall event that celebrates the importance of cotton as a vital crop in Mississippi County. The family-friendly, two-day celebration brings locals and visitors together for food, crafts, music, hog calling, a dance contest, cakewalk and other fun activities. CHILI COOK-OFF

Just in time for fall’s cooler temperatures, the annual Chili Cook-Off brings chili teams from all over the region to share their favorite recipes. Veteran tasters

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE

One of the most highly anticipated events of the year is the Annual Christmas Parade sponsored by the Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce. On the first Friday following Thanksgiving, spectators line Main Street to watch local bands, twirlers and colorful floats wind along the downtown route. The floats assembled by local businesses and nonprofit organizations are always quite a spectacle. Sipping a cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider before or after the event is a tasty tradition. FARMERS MARKET/ LAST SATURDAY

Summer brings a bounty of local produce, and residents and visitors know the farmers market is the best place to stock up on tasty veggies and fruits. The weekly event is held from 8 to 11 a.m. near the historic Greyhound Bus Station. Last Saturday takes place on the last Saturday of the month and features a variety of activities the whole family can enjoy including historic walks, art tours, sales at the Main Street shops, scavenger hunts and more. ◗ WWW. BLY TH E V I L L ECH A M BER. COM

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SMALL TOWN CHARM WITH A COLORFUL PAST

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ounded as a company town in the late 1800s by Robert Lee E. Wilson to support his nearby logging and sawmill operation, the charming town of Wilson is situated along Arkansas’ picturesque Great River Road and beloved for its cottonwood-lined streets and historic buildings with Tudor style architecture. When logging magnate Wilson decided to develop cleared land for agriculture, the town prospered. In 1959, the growing town incorporated and many of the families who had been renting were able to buy their homes. The town’s legacy took another turn in 2011 when Gaylon Lawrence Sr. bought the holdings of Lee Wilson & Company for $150 million. That historic purchase included the town of Wilson. Lawrence, his son Gaylon Jr. and a management team have rejuvenated the small town, bringing in the Wilson Café to occupy the old tavern location and giving the historic square a long overdue facelift. The Wilson Cafe’s growing reputation for culinary delights is bringing in more out of town visitors thanks to a talented chef, friendly staff and a variety of memorable dishes and desserts. Residents and visitors now enjoy the convenience of Wi-Fi throughout town, and improvements are underway at the Hampson Archeological Museum State Park (US-61 and Lake Drive). The museum’s exhibits feature Native American artifacts from the 15-acre Nodena site, dating from A.D.1400-1650. Also worth exploring is Wilson Gardens, where you can buy locally grown produce and flowers, fresh bread, or take a gardening or cooking lesson. The Delta School, a private charter school, opened in 2015 on the site of one of the original Wilson plantation houses. ◗

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Blytheville

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ith real estate prices on the rise throughout the country and cost of living expenses in larger cities skyrocketing, some families are wondering if they will ever be able to afford the home of their dreams. Blytheville and the surrounding communities of Mississippi County provide an opportunity to own affordable real estate and enjoy a shorter commute to work. For those seeking the laid-back lifestyle of a small town along with the convenience of big city amenities nearby, Blytheville is ideal. Memphis is only an

hour’s drive away and the cities of St. Louis (200 miles) and Little Rock (189 miles) are easily managed day trips.

Whether you are relocating for business, shopping for a first home or getting ready to downsize for retirement, Blytheville

offers a variety of housing choices to suit every budget. You’ll find stately historic homes on tree-lined streets near Main Street, family-friendly ranch style homes near local schools and newer homes upgraded with all the latest modern amenities in subdivisions.

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Couples and young professionals seeking an affordable starter home may be surprised at how much they have to choose from in the Blytheville and Gosnell residential markets. Smaller ranch homes with two and three bedrooms are available in both older neighborhoods and rural areas. Homebuyers with a knack for transforming fixer-uppers will find a variety of budget-priced structures just waiting for some tender loving care to make them shine again. Families seeking larger homes can select from mid-sized homes with extra bedrooms and attached garages at prices much more affordable than other parts of the country. According to local real estate agents, the average list price for a home in Blytheville is $129,500, with a variety of home styles available in both lower and higher price ranges. For those ready to move up to more luxurious comforts, the area also offers stately colonial homes and sprawling contemporary residences with an impressive list of upgrades. Golfers can purchase homes with country club fairway views and buyers on the hunt for a more rural atmosphere will love the sprawling farm-style homes with acreage just a short drive from town. Many families relocating to the area prefer to rent before they buy so they can get a feel for the neighborhoods they like best. The Blytheville area offers a variety of rental options

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The steel industry has been dominant in Blytheville since the late 1980s, with steel producers drawn to the centralized location, transportation infrastructure and proximity to the Mississippi River. Nucor Steel is responsible for over 2,000 of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manufacturing jobs at its two facilities, Nucor Steel Arkansas and Nucor-Yamato Steel, east of the city on the riverbank. As a caveat, the both plants are also among the largest recyclers in the world. The variety of steel products range from I-beams to steel coils to structural tubing. Many other industries peppering the Blytheville area capitalize on steel production. Fabricators such as JMS Processing, machinists such as the new Five Star Hydraulics and pipe and tubular manufacturers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tenaris Hickman and Ispco â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are examples of the economic impact the area enjoys as the second largest steel producing counties in the country. The Big River steel mill, located in Osceola and also near the Mississippi River, will employ an additional 500 people. Economic officials expect the $1.3 billion steel mill to have significant impact on the region over the next few years as additional suppliers set up operations in the area.

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Aviation Repair Technologies (ART), with headquarters at Arkansas International Airport, provides another realm of expertise in the county’s industrial landscape. The independent aircraft maintenance provider specializes in servicing turboprop, regional jet and narrow body commercial aircraft. Housed on the grounds of former Eaker Air Force Base, ART’s facilities include an 11,600-foot runway and five large heavy aircraft maintenance hangars, warehouse, ramp and storage space, plus an aircraft engine overhaul facility. In addition to agriculture, steel and air, Blytheville’s industry base includes a diverse array of manufactured goods: automotive components, margarine products and greeting cards – all produced in Mississippi County.

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PRIMED FOR INDUSTRIAL GROWTH Blytheville offers convenient accessibility, a pro-business atmosphere, attractive incentive programs and a multi-skilled workforce. The riverfront industrial area, with convenient access to the Mississippi River, Blytheville Industrial Park and the Arkansas Aeroplex provides an appealing location for businesses seeking to relocate to the area. The Arkansas Aeroplex is a diverse transportation facility with five different areas suited for expanding businesses. Featuring an office park, distribution center, aviation park, industrial park and Arkansas International Airport, it is a multi-faceted complex that offers many advantages for businesses seeking a central shipping and receiving destination for the rapid delivery of products. Blythevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic location is within 500 miles of 40 percent of U.S. buying power and it is at the center point

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between Canada and Mexico. The city’s close proximity to Memphis, St. Louis and Little Rock allows businesses and residents to enjoy easy access to larger city amenities while returning home to a lower stress, small town quality of life. Ongoing training programs at Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) ensure that the workforce receives the skills needed for in-demand industries. The ANC Board of Trustees approved financing and construction of the new Center for Allied Technologies that will be headquarters for The Solutions Group’s customized training programs including classrooms, specialized labs and multi-purpose rooms. The facility is expected to begin construction in 2016 and open in the summer of 2018. The ANC workforce-training program has earned a reputation as one of strongest industrial

training programs in the state and the new technology center will help students acquire even more specialized skills. Companies relocating to Mississippi County also benefit from highly competitive incentives designed to promote industrial and commercial growth. Bond financing, venture capital programs, bond guarantee programs, enterprise zones and tax exemptions are a few of the appealing incentives that have made Mississippi County the top choice of an increasing number of relocating businesses. An innovative publicly financed program implemented by the county provides funding for incoming or expanding existing industries that can be used in a variety of ways including the purchase of land and buildings or construction of new infrastructure.

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RETAIL Blytheville’s retail sector is another growth segment, featuring leading chains such as a Walmart Supercenter, a 96,000-squarefoot Lowe’s, a new Tractor Supply Company and a number of independent businesses and boutiques. City leaders, the Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Blytheville organization are working together to enhance the historic charm of Main Street, support existing businesses and encourage new retail ventures. Farmers Bank & Trust is an example of how a local bank is doing its part to keep stores open on Main Street. When the owner of Day’s Men’s Store decided to retire and sell the shop, the bank helped first-time buyers Greg and Beverly Rogers secure funding to purchase the store through a loan funded by an EDP advance from FHLB Dallas. The Rogers also received a $25,000 grant from FHLB. The new owners transformed the men’s store into a more modern boutique, Day’s Clothing Store, and retained the prior owner as a consultant to help them learn the ins and outs of store management. The Rogers have done a great job and the shop is attracting new customers from outside the area, said Tucker Nunn, executive director of Main Street Blytheville.

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Blytheville’s Main Street corridor is undeniably charming with eye-catching historic architecture, serpentine street design and abundant flower-filled planters. Shopping options include apparel, cards and gifts, home furnishings décor and accessories, antiques and beauty products. That Bookstore is a landmark shop accustomed to receiving glowing WWW. BLY TH E V I L L ECH A M BER. COM

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accolades. Notable authors frequently stop by for book signings, and John Grisham has named it his favorite bookstore. The shop has hosted Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Mary Higgins Clark, Pat Conroy and Michael Connelly, along with former Arkansas residents Hillary and Bill Clinton, among many others. Additional not-to-be-missed shopping destinations include Sisters at the Crossing, Me and My Sister, the New York Store and Burge’s Shoes. Saturday mornings are a fun time to visit when the farmers market is in full swing. Last Saturday held on the last Saturday of the month features merchants’ end-ofmonth clearance sales plus activities like car shows, scavenger hunts, art walks, food and music. In addition to Main Street’s shops and restaurants, residents and visitors enjoy an assortment of specialty businesses, familiar chain stores and eateries scattered throughout the Blytheville and Gosnell area.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE Mississippi County’s pro-business climate is supported by many organizations working together to ensure growth. Two city governments, a county economic development team and the chamber of commerce are committed to making it easy for businesses to locate in Blytheville and prosper. The county’s businesses and residents are also served by three leading employment agencies, each staffed with specialists in industrial and professional placement. Major banks, including Farmers Bank & Trust, Southern Bancorp, South Bank and Northeast Arkansas Federal Credit Union offer lending options and a variety of financial services tailored for businesses of all sizes. For a comprehensive list of attorneys, accountants, and professional consultants, consult the Chamber Business Directory. ◗

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County Judge: Randy Carney rcarney@mcagov.com The Mississippi County Quorum Court regular monthly meetings will be held at the Osceola Courthouse, Osceola, AR during the 2016 calendar year. The Quorum Court meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

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The chamber that serves the Blytheville area is unusual: While it does provide networking programs, including Business After Hours, Front Porch Parties, a nine-segment luncheon series and an annual banquet that attracts nearly 500 people, it also is the recipient of statewide awards for its programming. In 2007, the chamber initiated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money for Main,â&#x20AC;? a grant-making and lending program designed to reestablish the charm and

viability of the historic downtown area of Blytheville. The program is a huge success. Over 20 businesses have enhanced their storefronts, while others purchased and renovated buildings to open new businesses. The chamber received the state award from Main Street Arkansas, as well as a nomination for a national award, for championing downtown via the Money for Main program.

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The Greater Blytheville Area Chamber of Commerce also promotes education as an important component in improving quality of life and prosperity in the area. The “Bookin’ with the Chamber” program, together with the chamber commitment to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library (called “Books from Jan,” and set up in memory of a former education committee chair) earned the chamber the Arkansas Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Agency Award, despite competition from many other organizations.

Blytheville, has produced an on-stage live interview program called “Stardust on Blytheville” featuring such notables as authors John Grisham, Charlaine Harris and Pat Conroy; actor George Hamilton; and political figures Laura Bush and

Condoleezza Rice. Chamber innovation will also bring the world-famous Flying Wallendas to town, because at every turn, the chamber of commerce looks to make life more fun and more meaningful for Blytheville. If you are visiting Blytheville, visit the chamber — see the beautiful headquarters located right in the heart of town at 300 W. Walnut. Learn more about the people who make this mid-South community so special. It’s often said that the Blytheville is “where Southern hospitality begins.” In all truth, the phrase may not have originated here, but you will find it to be a well perfected art. ◗

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amilies in Mississippi County have access to three public school systems, a respected college preparatory school, and a local college offering both degree and technical programs.

Education

ARMOREL SCHOOL DISTRICT

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connections at the high school level. In addition to setting high learning standards, the district promotes active community involvement and encourages students to join athletic teams and organizations that involve healthy competition and offer valuable lessons in problem solving and goal setting. To ensure a safe learning environment for students, teachers and staff members, the district has implemented a variety of safety measures including a closed campus policy, security cameras, safety drills and an annual review of the crisis management plan. Recent upgrades to facilities include improvements at the fifth- and sixth-grade building, a new bus barn and a facelift at the high school. Additional expansions include construction of a new track facility and an upgrade to the business lab facilitating mobile application development. At Armorel High School, the new EAST classroom provides students with a chance to partner with local businesses and industries working on projects

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Armorel Public Schools STUDENTS AND TEACHERS RAISING ACHIEVEMENT INVOLVING PARENTS, EDUCATORS, AND STUDENTS Armorel strives to be a leader in innovative approaches to education. The district is currently ranked sixth in the state by schooldigger.com. Our strong elementary progam focuses on numeracy, literacy, and a hands-on approach to learning. Our high school is a technology-rich environment that provides access to expansive digital learning opportunities with an award-winning Environmental and Spacial Technology (E.A.S.T.) program and mobile application development classroom. Excellence in academics carries over into our athletic program that is recognized by the community as strong and successful. A sense of belonging and participation develops through our vast array of extracurricular activities, clubs, and programs. Students are also able to earn concurrent credit and       

       Arkansas Northeastern College and the Secondary Technical Center. Progressive initiatives and forward thinking prepare students practically and academically for a global society. http://armorel.k12.ar.us

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and gaining a new perspective on serving the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. The high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partnership with Arkansas Northeastern College and Technical Center allows students to take college courses for concurrent credit and explore vocational opportunities. Courses offered included criminal justice, medical professions, teaching, welding and industrial manufacturing. Internships at Tenaris are offered to eligible students.

methods in the state. Over the past 10 years campuses in the district have undergone remodeling, retrofitting or completely new construction to ensure students have a safe and comfortable learning environment.

BLYTHEVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Blytheville School District is laying a foundation for the future by empowering students to challenge the status quo. Through new partnerships and expanded opportunities, Blytheville schools shine as a technology-rich learning environment for the 21st century.

As the largest school district in Mississippi County, Blytheville School District offers an advanced curriculum and some of the most innovative teaching

Blytheville School District has made it a point of mission to prepare every learner with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to thrive in the pursuit of higher education or in the workplace. In order to fulfill that mission, the district has

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committed to a progressive plan designed to empower students, support meaningful and engaging learning and make technology an important component of the learning experience.

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Blytheville New Tech creates a whole new approach to teaching and learning with projects that are relevant, contextual, creative and shared. As one of only a handful of schools in Arkansas to offer New Tech, the experience is designed to bring collaboration into academic teaching, driving students to excel not just in experiential cognitive learning, but also in communication of their learning. Faculty and staff have a strong foundation in state standards and undergo ongoing training to help them seamlessly integrate technology into instruction to enhance learning opportunities. The school system offers a technology-rich 1:1 learning environment with the wireless infrastructure to support classroom, teacher and management needs. A wide variety of sports, music and art programs round out the Blytheville school experience offering students a chance to explore their creative and athletic abilities.

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BRINGING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER AND OUR CLASSROOMS

TO LIFE. Blytheville is laying a foundation for the future by empowering our students to challenge the status quo. Through new partnerships and expanded opportunities, Blytheville schools will shine as a technology-rich learning environment for the 21st century. Our students will not only be learners today, but also leaders tomorrow. And theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be prepared to embrace college, career and community with passion for a life of great impact and fulfillment.

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offered in grades K-2 with specialized instruction in music, art, physical education, library and guidance. Grades 3-6 is departmentalized with teachers focusing on one or two disciplines. Resource rooms, self-contained classes, speech, Title I programs for math and reading support, and Gifted and Talented classes are offered for students with specific needs and abilities. Serving grades 7-12, Gosnell Secondary School features a curriculum focusing on a variety of college preparatory, business and physical education courses complemented by music, art, computerrelated classes and vocational and schoolto-work classes. Additional instruction for students with special abilities is

GOSNELL PUBLIC SCHOOLS

provided including gifted and talented, resource, self-contained resource and speech pathology classes. Advanced placement courses are offered in all four disciplines of math, English, science and social studies. Students in Gosnell schools enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities that promote physical activity, social development and community engagement. These programs are promoted through athletics, choir, band and a variety of clubs and organizations. The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education Award Program, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Quiz Bowl and Art Fair provide other opportunities for advanced development.

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The Gosnell School District is a midsize environment that offers students a chance to reach their full potential in all curriculum areas. As a member of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, Gosnell exceeds the standards required by North Central Association and has been rated by the Arkansas Department of Education as excellent in all areas in grades K-12. The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to support each of its schools in providing the educational opportunities that enable their students to pursue and succeed in their college and career choices. Gosnell Elementary features a graded instructional program for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Modified self-contained classes are

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a rigorous academic program designed to prepare students to succeed in higher education and in the working world, the curriculum emphasizes mathematics, science, social studies, English and the arts. As part of its commitment to leadership development and civic engagement, the school requires students to volunteer 60 hours in the community before graduation. ARKANSAS NORTHEASTERN COLLEGE

KIPP DELTA

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Education at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School and KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School is a partnership where parents, students and teachers make a commitment to excellence, putting learning first. KIPP schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public charter schools that accept all students on a space-available basis. The two schools are part of the KIPP Delta Public Schools region, which has grown to serve over 1,400 students with six schools serving the Blytheville, Helena and Forrest City areas.

Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC) strives to meet the evolving educational needs of Mississippi County. Founded in 2003 from a merger of Mississippi County Community College and Cotton Boll Technical Institute, the college offers high school graduates the option of taking the first two years of a traditional college curriculum and transferring credits toward a senior college degree, or pursing a variety of vocational certificates in technical occupations. Tuition and fees at ANC are one-third the cost of an Arkansas public four-year university and one-eighth the cost of a private college. The early college program also affords students the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school. Students at ANC may pursue a broad range of career interests from business management, advanced manufacturing and automotive technology to childhood education, registered nursing and criminology.

KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School (BCPS) provides students with an education focused on academics and character. Students at each grade level learn specific values like integrity and responsibility along with their academic studies. Serving grades 4-8, BCPS has an enrollment of more than 300 students and is staffed with 20 teachers. BCPS students are encouraged to exceed gradelevel standards while independently discovering their individual interests. KIPP Blytheville Collegiate High School (BCHS) opened in 2014 and now serves over 100 students in grades 9 and 10. Over the next years, the school will grow to serve students in grades 9-12. Featuring

Construction work for the Arkansas Northeastern College Center for Allied Technologies is scheduled to begin in 2016 with completion by summer 2018. The new facility will house The Solutions Group, the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s training force, with classrooms, labs and multi-purpose

spaces. The Solutions Group works with local employers to strengthen the regional workforce with specialized preemployment training, post-employment training classes and retraining programs. The new technology center will also serve students from area high schools at the Secondary Center, with classrooms, a computer lab and labs for welding, construction/carpentry, advanced manufacturing and facilities for the certified aviation maintenance program.

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GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER

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Great River Medical Center, a full-service hospital with 168 beds, is a part of the Mississippi County Hospital System. Committed to keeping quality health care closer to home for the community, the hospital offers a 24/7 physician-staffed emergency department, an ambulatory

surgery center, a 20-bed senior care unit, a sleep disorders laboratory, as well as a full slate of advanced services and technology. Patients receive on-site care from a team of dedicated private physicians along with services from one of the most progressive physician specialty programs in the country. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center offers a wide range of services in one convenient location. A full range of gynecological care is offered along with mammography, diagnostics, comprehensive treatment and advanced medical care. Obstetric services include the latest in equipment and monitoring systems, an infant security system, private rooms and a lactation center.

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Other recent improvements include renovations of the SMC emergency room and waiting room and converting a room at the cancer center into an education room for public and staff classes at GRMC. The new education room will provide resource materials for the public and a convenient place for health-related educational events where medical professionals can interact with the public and provide information on a variety of important health topics. Additional services offered at Great River include inpatient surgery, intensive care, complete radiology services, nuclear medicine, pain management, full lab services, a gero-psychiatric unit and physical, occupational and speech therapies. Great River also offers a full service fitness and wellness center that provides a wide array of lifestyle fitness programs along with rehabilitation therapy for those recovering from injuries or illness. SOUTH MISSISSIPPI COUNTY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

(870) 563-7000 www.mchsys.org

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center in Osceola, also a part of MCHS, is a critical access hospital with 25 beds. In addition to emergency care services, it offers a full array of imaging services, in-patient care, outpatient services, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation and pastoral care. GREAT RIVER CHARITABLE CLINIC

(870) 762-5459 www.greatriverclinic.org

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Serving the needs of the community since 2009, Great River Charitable Clinic is a success story built around the tireless efforts of Blytheville volunteers. Providing health care to qualified non-insured people of all ages, the clinic is served by a dedicated team of volunteer physicians, dentists and pharmacists with generous support from donors and sponsors. Patients at the clinic have access to medical, dental, optometry, lab testing, diabetic education, pharmacy and pastoral care. STONEBRIDGE SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY BLYTHEVILLE

(870) 838-0033 stonebridgeseniorliving.com

Stonebridge Senior Living is a leader in skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care living. Featuring communities located across Missouri and northern Arkansas, the family-owned and operated business specializes in providing superior services in a caring environment. The Blytheville senior living community offers assisted living accommodations with a choice of several lovely apartment styles. All-inclusive, maintenance-free living allows residents to retain their independence while providing the security of 24-hour professional care. Residents receive personalized attention from a dedicated staff and may choose from a variety of services including medication assistance, help with bathing, transportation to medical appointments, in-house physical therapy and more. In addition to convenient on-site medical care, residents enjoy well-balanced meals, snacks and beverages, weekly shopping trips, housekeeping services, comfortable gathering areas to visit with family and friends and beautifully landscaped grounds WWW. BLY TH E V I L L ECH A M BER. COM

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for relaxing outdoors. Regularly scheduled activities ensure residents have a chance to socialize and never get bored. Nature walks, bingo, trivia games, shopping trips, ice cream socials, cooking, putting golf, wine and cheese receptions and seasonal events to celebrate holidays are just a few of the many activities available. â&#x2014;&#x2014;

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BUSINESS LISTINGS

Apparel — Women’s

The New York Store Cecelia Wiktorek 216 W. Main St. Blytheville, AR 72315 (870) 762-2132 ceceliawiktorek@att.net Located in Historic Downtown. A specialty store featuring sportswear by Alfred Dunner — Ruby Rd. — Multiples — Tribal. Special Occasion Suits — Fashion Hats. Shadowline Sleepwear — Brighton Jewelry & Fragrance. Missy Fashions sizes 6-18.

Employment Agencies Dawson Employment Service, Inc. Linda Moore, President & Director of Operations 617 E. Sawyer St. Blytheville, AR 72315 (870) 763-0133 619 S. Walnut St. Osceola, AR 72370 (870) 622-0233 linda@dawsonemployment.com www.dawsonemployment.com 2015-2016 Inductee into their VIP Woman of the Year Circle by the National Association of Professional Women. 2016 Image Award for Outstanding Professional Business of the Year.

Pest Control

Acme Pest Management, Inc. Taz Tyrone P.O. Box 252 West Memphis, AR 72303 (870) 735-2234 taz@acmepestinc.com www.acmepestinc.com Our family-owned and operated company has been providing termite and pest control services to homes and businesses since 1956.

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Churches

First United Methodist Church Missy Langston 701 W. Main St. Blytheville, AR 72315 (870) 763-3351 http://blythevillefumc.org We are a truly unique balance and blend of blessings, open and Christ-centered. Our worship is traditional, yet warm, dynamic and uplifting. Welcome home to First Church!

Office Equipment/Rental/ Supplies

Steel-Related Manufacturers

H & H Business Machines Randy Blankenship 309 N. Broadway Blytheville, AR 72315 (870) 763-1891 hhbm@rittermail.com www.hhbmachines.com H & H has been a part of Blytheville since 1964, offering Office Machines & Service. A complete listing of Office Supplies has been added to serve our area.

Harsco Metals Plant #54 Jonathan A. Whitsell P.O. Box 247 Armorel, AR 72310 (870) 763-6506 jwhitsell@harsco.com http://harsco-m.com Harsco provides Steel Mill Services including logistics and the processing of steel slag and metallics. Products available are: Asphalt Aggregate, Road Base Aggregate, Railroad Ballast, Drainage Aggregate and Engineered Fill.

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Advertiser INDEX

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Arkansas Northeastern College .......................................................5

Mississippi County Economic Development...............................47

Armorel Public Schools ..................................................................35

Mississippi County Electric Co-op, Inc. .......................................22

The Arts Council of Mississippi County ......................................10

Mississippi County Government...................................................31

AZCO Steel Co. ...............................................................................26

Mississippi County Hospital System .............................................41

Baker Implement Company ...........................................................38

Mississippi County Library System...............................................34

Bistro Eleven 21 ...............................................................................27

Mo Ark Communications ..............................................................28

Blytheville Public Schools ..............................................................37

Myers Aviation, LLC/Myers Flying Service, Inc..........................22

Blytheville Sheet Metal ...................................................................29

NES Rentals ......................................................................................26

Blytheville Winnelson .....................................................................20

The New York Store .........................................................................34

Blytheville/Gosnell Regional Airport Authority .........................20

NIBCO ..............................................................................................27

Caruthersville Cotton Warehouse & Delta Cartage....................23

Northeast Arkansas Federal Credit Union...................................17

City of Blytheville ............................................................................23

Nucor Arkansas/Nucor-Yamato Steel .................................... 24, 25

City of Gosnell .................................................................................38

Omnium ...........................................................................................19

Crye-Leike 1st Choice Realty.........................................................21

Paco Steel Corp. ...............................................................................26

Delta Gateway Museum..................................................................10

Pathway Ministries ..........................................................................33

Delta Liquors....................................................................................29

Paul Newell's Collision Center & Auto Rental ............................15

Diffine Family Practice, PLLC .......................................................40

Primetals Technologies USA, LLC ..................................................7

Electrical & Industrial Supply ........................................................21

Professional Homes Sales — Judy Willard ...................................18

Farmers Bank & Trust.....................................................................28

Ritter Communications ....................................................................5

Farmers Insurance — Mike Davis Insurance Agency ..................6

Rothrock Drug Company...............................................................43

First United Methodist Church .....................................................32

Russell's Sales, LLC ..........................................................................29

Goolsby General Contractors, Inc. ...............................................26

Schueck Fabrication Company ......................................................29

Goolsby Iron & Metal .....................................................................28

Silent Security, Inc. ..........................................................................15

Gosnell School District ...................................................................36

Sisters at the Crossing .......................................................................6

H & H Business Machines................................................................8

Southern Bancorp ...................................................................... 2, 48

Hampton Inn & Suites ......................................................................9

State Farm — Seth Holifield ...........................................................41

Hays Store, Inc. ................................................................................21

Stracener Brothers Construction Corporation............................18

Heritage Square Nursing & Rehabilitation Center .....................43

Systems Contracting .......................................................................23

Holiday Inn ......................................................................................19

Temps Plus Staffing ...........................................................................3

Hubbard & Hoke Furniture ...........................................................20

Terry Abstract Company ................................................................10

IAC Supply Solutions ......................................................................13

That Bookstore in Blytheville .........................................................30

JMS Processing ................................................................................21

Thomas, Speight & Noble ...............................................................16

KIPP Blytheville Public College Schools ......................................39

Travel Consultants International ...................................................15

Liz N' Company Hair Design...........................................................8

United Agencies ...............................................................................42

Me & My Sister ................................................................................20

Walmart Supercenter ......................................................................17

Mid-South Sales .................................................................................7

Dr. T.E. Westbrook Jr. Cosmetic & Family Dentistry .................43

Mississippi County Arkansas Economic Opportunity Commission, Inc. .....................................................19

Westminster Village of the Mid-South .........................................28

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Mississippi County ARKANSAS Our Greatest Industry is Hard Work

LOCATION

Excellent access via road, rail, water and air. Located on both the Mississippi River and Interstate 55.

WORKFORCE

A weighted average of 4,077 employees county-wide, with an average turnover of 4% and average absenteeism of 2%.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Custom designed, client-driven and industry-specific training programs to support all facets of industrial development.

SITES

Greenfield sites available ranging from 10 to 1,500 acres, all within 50 miles of Memphis, Tennessee.

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 870-532-6084 Clif Chitwood clifchitwood@yahoo.com www.misscoeda.com wwww.greatriversupersite.com

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