Archives for June 2013

Booneville Commercial Historic District Listed in National Register

A Logan County town’s historic commercial core has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the country’s official list of historically significant properties, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Frances McSwain announced today.  The newly listed property is known as the “Booneville Commercial Historic District”, featuring buildings dating to 1906. “Through the years, as […]

Elk Hunting Permit Winners from Sixteenth Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Elk Hunting Permit winners from the 16th Annual Buffalo River Elk Festival at Jasper, Arkansas, today: From earlier in the day… Garrett Day, Springdale — Youth either-sex permit, Zone 3, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt Caleb Reynolds, Camden — Zone 2 youth either-sex permit, Oct. 28-Nov. 1 hunt Michael Davis, Pocahontas […]

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Keeping Pets Cool in Summer

By Kevin McLaughlin It’s the time of year we’ve all been waiting for, when the snow has finally melted and we can open the front door and let our dogs and cats roam free. Being cooped up all winter makes pets antsy and lazy and when the weather turns nice they can’t wait to barrel through […]

Local Native Overcomes Physical Obstacle to Inspire Others

Arkansas River Valley native Lindsay Sims is an “above knee amputee”. As her Facebook page reveals, Lindsay was born with a condition called “Proximal Femoral Focal Disorder” – essentially meaning her left femur was dramatically shorter than her right. Lindsay had a special prosthetic for the majority of her life…and didn’t become an amputee until […]

Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Much of the Valley

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for much of the Arkansas River Valley region to be in effect until 7:00pm Friday. The National Weather Service says the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Those in the warned area are urged […]

Go Cart stolen from Hackett Arkansas on Monday June 24 2013

This go-cart was reported stolen from the Hackett, Arkansas area on the night of Monday June 24, 2013.  Anyone with information is asked to call 479-831-3525.

Arkansas Tech University Announces Walton Leader Scholars

Arkansas Tech University has selected an inaugural cohort of 20 Walton Leader Scholars for its LEAD 21 program.   LEAD 21 is a new initiative by the Arkansas Tech Center for Leadership and Learning that will make the Arkansas Tech Master of Education degree in educational leadership available to selected teachers in Pulaski County and the […]

Supermoon Sunday in the Arkansas River Valley

With partly cloudy skies forecast for the Arkansas River Valley, that leaves us with a good chance to see the biggest, brightest Moon of 2013, tonight! At 6:32am (Arkansas River Valley time), this morning, the Moon was closer to the Earth than at any other time this year at just 221,824 miles away. And our […]

It’s the First Day of Summer

Welcome to the first day of Summer!  June Solstice in Fort Smith officially took place at 12:04am this morning.  This yearly event happens when the sun reaches its furthest point from the equator and its northernmost point and our North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.5 degrees.  This day will give us […]

AG&F Weekly Fishing Report Released

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program is busy stocking local ponds throughout the state with catchable sized catfish. Because of increasing water temperatures, this will be the last large-scale catfish stocking of FCF ponds until late September. For a complete list of FCF ponds and stocking amounts, visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing. Area […]

Ark Game and Fish Stocks More Than 1.2 Million Fish During May

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission crews stocked more than 1.2 million fish in Arkansas lakes and rivers during May, according to Mark Oliver, chief of the Fisheries Division. The total stocking of fish weighed more than 127,000 pounds. May stockings: Amon’s Lake, Baxter County, 250 catchable channel catfish Lake Ashbaugh, Greene County, 750 catchable channel […]

17th Annual Mt Magazine Butterfly Festival Starts Kicks Off Friday

Butterfly enthusiasts from around the world are lured by the many species found on Mt. Magazine. From the first Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival held in 1997, the festival has enticed thousands of people from more than 45 of the United States and half a dozen countries. The festival officially begins at 8:00 am Friday, […]

Try for an Elk Permit at Buffalo River Festival

If you missed out in the month of May on applying for an Arkansas elk hunting permit, the door is not closed. You can apply during the Buffalo River Elk Festival at Jasper on Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29. It is different from the online-only process of the regular elk applications. You have […]

Arkansas Officials Looking for Individuals Possibly Exposed to a Rabid Puppy Sold in Sulphur, OK

The Arkansas Department of Health is cooperating with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) which is seeking the seller of, as well as persons who purchased or had direct contact with, Bluetick/Walker Coonhound mix puppies that were sold at the Bivens Dog Trade located in Sulphur, OK, on Sunday, June 9. The Bluetick/Walker Coonhound […]

Severe Thunderstorm near Clarksville Downs Trees, Causes Accident

A strong thunderstorm which began gaining strength near Scranton, this evening, brought pea to dime sized hail and some flooding to Clarksville, before proceeding northwest.  The National Weather Service labeled the storm as “severe”, as it was leaving the Clarksville area.  The storm then downed several trees north of Clarksville and was believed to have […]

Fathers Day Activities Around the Arkansas River Valley

Looking for quality time with dad, this afternoon? Check into these quality opportunities around the Arkansas River Valley! 12:30pm  –  “The Incredible Butterfly” at Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville 2:00pm  –  “Animal Feeding” at Janet Huckabee Nature Center in Fort Smith 2:30pm  –  “Archery” at Janet Huckabee Nature Center in Fort Smith 3:30pm  –  […]

Mt Nebo State Park Sunset Cinema presents “The Lorax”

Looking for quality time with the kids, this evening? Sunset Cinema is a family outing for all ages! Take you blankets, picnic baskets & coolers and enjoy the sunset and a movie at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Cost is $1.00 for anyone over 12 years of age and free for those under 12. The program […]

Summer Youth Workshops Underway at Janet Huckabee Nature Center in Fort Smith

The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith invites you to one of their Summer Youth Workshops underway now through August 6. Youth can only sign up for three workshops to allow space for others to participate, but organizers can put them on the waiting list for the other workshops in case […]

Native Nations Day Camp at Lake Dardanelle State Park

This day camp will include learning about the Native American tribes that once inhabited the area surrounding Lake Dardanelle. We will also learn some of the skills needed for daily life for these tribes. There will lots of outdoor fun and activity such as fishing and kayaking as well. Register for Native Nations Day Camp […]

Mt Magazine Jr Mountaineer Day Camp Registration Underway

This is a great opportunity for children ages 8-12 interested in learning about mountain life and the natural world. This 3-day experience at Mount Magazine State Park includes educational programs, crafts, games, hiking, and other activities. A $40 fee includes three lunches, snacks, instructions, and use of equipment. Register by July 10th. Class size is […]

New Lock Policy in Place on Arkansas River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Little Rock District has begun a new program for recreational boaters on 11 of the 13 Arkansas locks along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. Since Monday, June 3, Arkansas locks, with the exception of Trimble Lock, near Fort Smith, and Ozark Lock, at Ozark, are closed to recreational […]

Body of Missing Texas Man Found in Buffalo River in the Ozarks

The body of Stephen A. Carney, aged 27 of Austin, Texas was located around 3:54 P.M. today approximately one mile downstream of the Erbie access on the Buffalo National River and near where he went missing on Friday afternoon. Carney was located by members of the Harrison Fire Department who were checking an area that […]

Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend Set for June 7-9

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announces Free Fishing Weekend to be held from noon on Friday, June 7, to midnight on Sunday, June 9. No licenses will be required for anyone in that period, including Arkansas residents, out-of-state residents, and out-of-country residents. No trout permits will be required as well. Free Fishing Weekend is […]