AMBER ALERT! – One Year Old Taken from Conway, Arkansas

UPDATE!  This Amber Alert has been cancelled, as the child has been found safe! The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as requested by the Conway, Arkansas Police Department, has issued an Amber Alert for a one-year-old, allegedly taken by knife-point. Police say 1-year-old Jimmy Fernando Bonilla was last seen this (Tuesday) morning (February […]

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Train through Winslow Tunnel and Over High Trestle

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s special passenger train services offer you ‘A Window Seat to History’ — an opportunity to travel in the style of a bygone era. You can still enjoy the leisurely elegance of real train travel through the mountains and valleys of Northwest Arkansas. Regular schedules originate from Fort Smith, Van Buren, and […]

Arkansas Lifelong Hiking Enthusiast Releases Video of Hour-Long, 125-Mile Float Down the Ozarks’ Buffalo River

If you’ve ever wanted to canoe down the beautiful Buffalo and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery the Ozark Mountains has to offer…but lacked the time and skills to do so…Gary Alderson of Fayetteville, Arkansas, has released a most relaxing and enjoyable video of his recent week-long, 125-mile float. Gary is a lifelong hiker, […]

Tips for Elk Viewing in Boxley Valley by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Just over the mountain, through the woods, and north of the Arkansas River Valley, you’ll find the best chance in the state for seeing our region’s newly restored Elk population. This video by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission provides some helpful tips for getting the most from your Elk viewing adventure…and also other natural […]

Grandfather-Grandson Graduate from Arkansas Tech on Same Day

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (December 20, 2014)–Sixty-five years ago, Bobby Frederick Lancaster began his journey as an Arkansas Tech University student. He completed that journey on Saturday, and he did so with his grandson and fellow member of the Arkansas Tech Class of 2014 — Brant Bauman — by his side. “I finally finished at last,” said […]

Winter Weather Outlook for Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A round of wet weather and at least a few thunderstorms will affect Arkansas later today and tonight. No severe weather is expected. Little Rock Meteorologist John Robinson says most of the state will see a cold rain. However, in northern Arkansas (mainly the northern two rows of counties), a little sleet or snow could […]

Ozarks Hiker Falls from Bluff, Newton County Authorities and Rescue Personel Respond

On November 30th, 2014 at approximately 2:30 P.M., the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that a hiker had fallen from a bluff at Hemmed-In Hollow in the Buffalo National River. Rescue and medical personnel were dispatched to the area and began searching for the victim, Camron McLaughlin, aged 21 of Ozark, Missouri. […]

Holiday Law Enforcement Scam Reported In Johnson County

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says they have received multiple reports of a person or persons calling local residents to solicit monies in the name of Johnson County Law Enforcement for a “Shop With A Cop” type program. The Clarksville Police Department hosts an annual Shop With A Cop for children at Christmas and the […]

Winter Tips for Helping Your Home Survive a Hard Freeze in Arkansas

When a hard freeze is forecast, it’s time to start worrying about water pipes. From experiences in my own home…and old one with exposed water pipes in the crawl space beneath the flooring…that dreaded temperature is around the twenty degree mark and lower. Homes built the south aren’t generally as protected as those built in […]

Local Award-Winning Civil War Author and Lecturer Plans Children’s Book Signing Event

Nancy Dane has recently become a quite popular icon of the Arkansas River Valley. She is author and lecturer with an expertise on the American Civil War in Arkansas. Dane’s “Tattered Glory Series” won the 2011 Fiction Award presented by the Arkansas Library Association, and the second book in the four novel series, A Difference […]

House Fire Takes the Life of Johnson County Youth

From the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office… The department responded to a fatal fire on Forest Service Road 1450 at 12:02 a.m. this morning. An eleven (11) year old boy died in the fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Johnson County Deputy Coroner. His father was critically injured with severe burns. His […]

Talkington Held Without Bond in Connection with Death of Cousin

Authorities say 25-year-old Nathaniel Alan Talkington, who was arrested earlier this week in Morrilton on a first-degree-murder warrant from Johnson County, is now being held without bond in the Johnson County Detention Center, after a probable cause hearing was held on this Thursday. According to a probable cause affidavit released this Thursday afternoon, an associate […]

First Degree Murder Warrant Issued In Johnson County Burned Body Case — UPDATE: CAPTURED!

UPDATE: Suspect has been captured.  See update below story… An arrest warrant charging a subject with First Degree Murder has been filed in Johnson County Circuit Court in connection with the badly burned body discovered in the trunk of a vehicle at Cabin Creek Park near Knoxville on November 1. The 5th Judicial District Prosecutor […]

Johnson County Authorities Ask Public’s Help In Identifying Vehicle Possibly Connected to Recent Incident at Knoxville

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a vehicle similar to the one in the photos below seen at or near the Cabin Creek Corps of Engineers Recreation Area at Knoxville.  This is possibly in connection with an incident early Saturday morning, in which a man was […]

Trout Day 2014 Scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014 in Russellville

The CADDIS Fly Fishing Club, the Russellville Recreation and Parks Department, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) are again partnering to bring seasonal trout fishing to Russellville. The AGFC will stock Pleasant View Park pond with 1,200 Rainbow Trout, and TROUT DAY 2014 will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9:00 […]

Body Found in Burned Car at Knoxville in East Johnson County

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office says a badly burned body was discovered in a vehicle at Cabin Creek Park in Knoxville at approximately 1:30am on Saturday, November 1. After receiving the report of the vehicle on fire near the pavilion, a deputy requested the Knoxville Fire Department be paged to the scene. While fighting the […]

Public Asked to Help Identify Suspect in Clarksville Home Robbery

Clarksville Police are asking the public’s help in locating a suspect in the robbery of a man at his Clarksville home on Friday, October 24, 2014. Police say a Clarksville resident was having a yard sale on that date when the female suspect showed up at his front door, rang the doorbell, and the homeowner […]

First Freeze of the Season Expected for Friday Night in North Arkansas

The National Weather Service office in Little Rock has issued a Freeze Watch for a part of North Arkansas, including counties of Baxter, Boone, Fulton, Izard, Johnson, Logan, Marion, Newton, Pope, Searcy, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, Arkansas, Washington, Madison, Benton, and Carroll. This Freeze Watch will be in effect from late Friday night through Saturday […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Monday, October 27, 2014

Showers and thunderstorms in advance of a cold front will make their way into the northwest corner of Arkansas this evening and continue progressing toward the southeast after that. Around sunrise Tuesday, the leading edge of the showers and thunderstorms should be close to a line from Jonesboro to Little Rock to Ashdown. After that, […]

Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has announced that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11. The fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service. The waiver covers […]

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing from Arkansas River Valley on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Depending on cloud cover, residents of North America, this evening, should be able to experience a partial eclipse of the sun. A “partial” solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, hiding just a portion of the sun from view…as opposed to hiding the sun completely, as it would during […]

Family and Friends Ask for Help in Search of Missing Clarksville Teen — UPDATE! BRANDON HAS BEEN FOUND!

UPDATE!  BRANDON HAS BEEN FOUND!  — Family and Friends of 15 year old Clarksville 10th Grader Brandon Dale are asking for help in locating the youth. Brandon has been missing since since 5:30pm, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, after apparently staying after school for a practice. He had not been home as of 9:00pm that evening. […]

Little Rock NSW Predicting Severe Storm Line to Enter West Arkansas After Midnight

Some thunderstorms will probably develop this afternoon and evening over the southeastern half of Arkansas. An isolated severe storm or two cannot be ruled out. However, John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Little Rock, says the big event will be a line of thunderstorms that takes shape well to the […]

Flash Flood Threat to Decrease, Severe Storms Expected to Arrive Late Sunday

Flash Flood Watches are likely to be reduced for Arkansas in forecasts issued later this morning. Southeast Arkansas could still see some 1/2 to 1+ inch amounts. Any totals around 1/2 inch elsewhere in the state should be spotty and confined to relatively small areas where heavier showers occur. From tonight into Sunday…while there will […]

Man Killed by Yellow Jacket Swarm in Arkansas

A 61-year-old Arkadelphia man died on Sunday, after being attacked and swarmed by yellow jackets behind his home.

Heavy Rains Expected for Weekend, Slight Possibility of Severe Storms

An unsettled period is shaping up for Arkansas, beginning Friday and continuing through Monday. A few severe thunderstorms would not be out of the question Friday evening and again on Monday. Damaging winds and hail around an inch in diameter would be the severe weather threats. However, John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National […]

Total Lunar Eclipse Mostly Visible in the Arkansas River Valley early Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The second lunar eclipse of 2014 is to happen early Wednesday morning, October 8, 2014, and will be “mostly” visible in the Arkansas River Valley region.  Penumbral eclipse will begin at 3:17am (CST), with total eclipse to be viewable from 5:27am till 6:22am in West Arkansas. The following is a complete schedule of Wednesday morning’s […]

Lake Dardanelle State Park’s “Autumn in Arkansas” planned for October 18, 2014

Days are getting shorter and nights are getting cooler. The leaves are bright with color and plenty of wildlife can be seen taking advantage of the autumn harvest to prepare for migration or hibernation. Lake Dardanelle State Park invites you to explore what makes this time of the year so special. All ages are welcome […]

Search for Suspect in Missing Realtor Case Picks Back up Today

UPDATE!  Aaron Lewis has been captured! Authorities are still searching, this morning, for 33-year-old Aaron Lewis and warn that the suspect can be extremely dangerous. Lewis is wanted in the disappearance of real estate agent Beverly Carter, who has missing since Thursday after she did not show up to show a customer a house.

Monarch Butterfly Migration Peaks September 24 – October 6 in Arkansas River Valley

Of all the migrating creatures of the planet, few are as interesting as the North American Monarch Butterfly, many of which will travel up to 3000 miles to reach their Mexican destination for winter hibernation…then return in the spring to begin production of several more summer generations of their species in the United States. Each […]

Arkansas Man Carries Cross Across The Globe

Keith Wheeler walks with a cross to remind people of God’s sacrifice. His walk began in 1985 on Good Friday.

Security Cameras Again Help to Quickly Identify Area Burglary Suspect

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office reports that, at approximately 6:00 Sunday morning, September 21st, the department received a call of a burglary that had just occurred at Norton’s Store in Piercetown. A Newton County Deputy, assisted by a Jasper Police Patrolman responded to the scene to investigate the incident and found that a front window […]

Ozarks Hospital Restricts Young Visitors Due To EV-D68

Doctors have seen possible cases of the Enterovirus D68 in Arkansas, but no confirmed cases — and they want to keep it that way.

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Body Found in Arkansas River

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office says a body found in the Arkansas River on September 11th has been identified as Jamison Boyster of Barling. The Arkansas State Crime Lab, today, officially made the identification, after the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office made the recovery, earlier, from the river near the Arbuckle Island area in eastern Sebastian […]

Conway Authorities Warn of Phone Scam Targeting Entergy Customers

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office says Entergy Customers are the latest targets of scam efforts in the area. The utility says there have been multiple reports throughout the entire Energy service area including small businesses. Officials say the “con artist” calls and claims the customer’s electric bill payment is past due and that their service […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thunderstorms were developing in southwest Arkansas this morning…and National Weather Service Warning Coordinator John Robinson says a few severe storms will be possible through this afternoon, primarily over west central Arkansas and the southern half of the state. Damaging winds and large hail will be the severe weather threats. (The strongest storms will probably stay […]

Authorities Following Up on Possible Sighting of Prison Escapee Tim Buffington – (UPDATE: Buffington Captured!)

Logan County authorities say they and other local agencies are currently actively following up on a possible sighting of Arkansas Department of Corrections escapee Tim Buffington. Officers, this morning, were currently searching an area west of Booneville on State Highway 10 just east of the Logan/Sebastian County Line. Police say a witness reported seeing Buffington […]

Front Porch Python Surprise

Arkansas woman shocked to find large python on her front porch. Carrie Ramos and her daughter were carrying items in and out of their home in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock and didn’t even notice the snake at first…

Doctors Warn about Rapidly Spreading Virus Possibly Now Affecting Children in Arkansas

Doctors are putting out a warning about a rapidly spreading virus known as Enterovirus D68, saying the virus could now be affecting children in the natural state. Enterovirus can affect your respiratory system causing shortness of breath, along with cold-like symptoms.

Security Camera at Logan County Residence Aids in Arrest of Suspect

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office says deputies have arrested Dennis Carlisle, age 46 of Paris, for Breaking or Entering and Theft of Property. A victim reported a lock broken from a storage container and items stolen from it at their residence. The victim previously found that items had been stolen in the past and had […]

Arkansas Tech Becomes Third-Largest University in State

As of this morning, Arkansas Tech University officials have reported a preliminary 11th day enrollment of 12,003 students for the fall 2014 semester on Friday. This shows enrollment at the school increased 5.6 percent over fall of 2013, and, with the increase, Arkansas Tech has now surpassed the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and […]

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Reports Body Found in Arkansas River

At around 8:00 am this morning, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a body floating in the Arkansas River near navigational mile marker 283 (Arbuckle Island area). A river boat captain had called the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, but the information was forwarded to this office. The SCSO boat patrol and investigators were […]

“Persons of Interest” Sought by Yell County Authorities for Questions Concerning Recent Thefts

The Yell County Sheriff’s Department would like to speak with two “persons of interest” in regards to the recent thefts of a vehicle and copper wire at the Bunting Electric business in Dardanelle.  The two (pictured above) are from the New Blaine/Paris area of Logan County.  In the photos are Michael Hurst (left) and Timothy […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014

A slow-moving cold front will affect Arkansas from today at least through Friday. Showers and thunderstorms will be occurring along and ahead of the front, and rain and some thunderstorms will linger in the cooler air after the front passes. While widespread severe weather is unlikely, National Weather Service Meteorologist John Robinson says it would […]

17th Annual Museum of Automobiles Fall Antique Auto Swap to be held Sept 24-27

Antique Auto Enthusiasts will soon return to Petit Jean Mountain for the Seventeenth Annual Fall Antique Auto Swap Meet, September 24-27. Featured will be hundreds of Antique, Classic and Special Interest Automobiles for sale. In addition, over 600 spaces are available for parts, supplies, books, memorabilia, and numerous other hobby-related items. The Swap Meet starts […]

Razorback Nation Arkansas-Auburn Recap

Saturday, August 30, 2014… Twenty-one unanswered points gives the Arkansas Razorbacks a tied up football game at halftime. But it’s a Tale of Two Halves. Arkansas comes out flat. Regular starter Nick Marshall for Auburn takes over QB, and the Tigers would score 24 unanswered points for the second half. More in this recap from […]

Lake Dardanelle State Park Makes Plans for Upcoming Great Arkansas Clean-up

More than 170,000 volunteers nationwide will visit their favorite public parks, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests to learn and enjoy more about these treasured places as part of National Public Lands Day. On Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 12p.m., the Dardanelle Aquatic Resource Team will host their 20th Annual National Public Lands […]

Severe Weather Outlook for Labor Day Weekend

From this afternoon into Sunday, Arkansas will see the best chances for showers and thunderstorms that we have seen recently. John Robinson, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Little Rock, says some of the storms will produce gusty winds, but chances for severe weather will be pretty low. If there were […]

Culture of Off Roading Taking Over the State of Arkansas

In the backwoods of the Natural State, there’s a movement. The Arkansas Activities Association says outdoor recreation in the state has become a ten billion dollar industry…and the culture of offroading has taken over Arkansas.

Dogpatch USA Update: Chances Look Good for Preservation of Beloved Old Theme Park

“Everything is still here…it’s just so incredibly overgrown.” Charles “Bud” Pelsor recently bought the old Dogpatch USA property for two million dollars… “I felt like Dogpatch needed me, honest to goodness. I see the stone work, the gardens, I see everything like it was, maybe better.” “Oh, it’s like finding treasure…even whittling your way down […]

Body Found of Arkansas Native, Focus of Recent Search

A family member says the body of 22-year-old John Wood, Jr was found this (Monday) morning.  According to a post on the Facebook page “Help Bring John Wood Jr Home”, the body was found at approximately 10:30am this (Monday) morning. Wood had been the focus of a recent multi-state search.  The young man was last […]

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Reports Scam Artists at Work in the Area

A Faulkner County Sheriff’s spokesman says scam artists are back at it again!  The office reports an incident this (Monday) morning related to a “jury duty scam.” The office say the scam artists are impersonating Faulkner County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Rice and Major John Randall, and that the caller is advising the person that […]

International Space Station Viewing Opportunity over Arkansas River Valley on Sunday

Early risers in the Arkansas River Valley should have a good view of the International Space Station on Sunday morning, August 3rd, for six minutes starting at 5:07am. The station will track, generally, from the northwest to southeast across the dark early sky.  The forecast calls for clear skies, so viewing should be possible, if […]

Arkansas Native Missing from His Home in Georgia, Information Sought

Friends and family in the Arkansas River Valley area are asking for the public’s help in finding 22-year-old John Wood, Jr (photos above), who was last seen at his home in Calhoun, Georgia, as he was preparing to move to be closer to his father near Jonesboro in Northeast Arkansas. Wood is 5-feet 9-inches tall, […]

Yell County Sheriff says Bodies of Father-Son Reported Missing on Friday Have Been Found

Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey reports that searchers have found the bodies of a man and baby reported missing since last week.  Gilkey says the body of 10-month-old Harper Floyd was found at around 1:30 this (Tuesday) afternoon, and that the body of the child’s father, 33-year-old Brian Floyd was found around an hour later […]

Yell County Sheriff’s Office Releases New Information Concerning Missing Man and Baby

The Yell County Sheriff’s Department released, on Sunday evening, new information regarding the search for a missing man and 10 month old, and also the photo of a vehicle currently being sought.  The department is currently working with the FBI, Arkansas State Police, US Forest Service, and multiple surrounding agencies attempting to locate the missing […]

Yell County Sheriff’s Department Asks Help in Finding Missing Man and Baby

The Yell County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following Missing Persons report to the public.  Brian Alan Floyd, a white male, age 33, 5-feet 9-inches tall, and Harper Alexander Floyd, Age 10 months, were both last seen in the Ouachita Mountains area south of Blue Mountain Lake. The two were reported to have broken down […]

Arkansas National Guard Says Unconfirmed Tornado at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith

An Arkansas National Guard spokesman says an unconfirmed tornado struck the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center near Fort Smith at around 3:00pm, this Wednesday afternoon, causing substantial damage to approximately 20 barracks buildings on the post. No buildings were destroyed, most had roofs damaged and siding peeled off. As of 8:00pm this evening, all […]

Arkansan Wins Army National Guard’s “Soldier of the Year” for Third Straight Year

Arkansas National Guardsman Spc. Ryan L. Montgomery earned the national title Wednesday of the Army National Guard’s “Soldier of the Year”, after a grueling three-day competition held at Camp Robinson. This marks the third year in a row an Arkansan has won the competition. The Hensley native competed against the best of nearly 350,000 Army […]

Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office Captain Placed on Leave, then Resigns after Prescription Narcotics Found Missing

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office at Conway reports that, on Thursday, July 17, 2014, employees uncovered evidence of missing prescription narcotics scheduled for destruction pursuant to office policy. The Departments says that, as a result, Captain Lloyd Vincent was immediately placed on administrative leave late Thursday night.  As of this (Friday) morning, Captain Vincent has […]

Jonesboro Teen Injured in Fall from a Bluff in at Lost Valley in Newton County

On July 14th, 2014 the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from the National Park Service’s Dispatch in reference to a fall from a bluff at Lost Valley. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office responded, as did Rangers from the National Park Service, members of the Newton County Search and Rescue, Carroll County […]

Corps of Engineers Reopens Shoal Bay Swim Beach

The Corps of Engineers, Russellville Project Office, has now reopened Shoal Bay swim beach on Lake Dardanelle. The beach was temporarily closed last month because of higher than acceptable E. coli levels that were found during routine testing conducted by the Arkansas Department of Health. Officials have retested the swim beach and determined that it […]

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Reports Ongoing Scam

Over the last several days the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of citizens receiving phone calls from law enforcement impersonators. The impersonators are telling the citizens they are representatives of the Sheriff’s Office. The conversation is reference to there is alleged warrant for them or a family member.  The citizens are then given […]

Cool Off In A Show Cave In Arkansas

by Kat Robinson, Communications Manager, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism — When the weather turns hot each summer, some travelers look for escapes from the heat and humidity. One way to survive sweltering temperatures is to seek shade in an Arkansas show cave. Eight properties around the state offer a chance to see the […]

Newton County Authorities Call Local Man a Hero in Near Drowning Incident

At approximately 5:04 PM, on July 1st, 2014, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office received a call from North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s EMS service about a possible drowning at the Ponca low water bridge on the Buffalo National River. While deputies, Rangers, First Responders and the ambulance crew were enroute, more information was received that […]

Wild Wanders Day Camp at Lake Dardanelle State Park July 16-18, Register by July 11

Lake Dardanelle State Park will be holding a three day camp from Wednesday, July 16th –Friday, July 18th for ages 8-12. The camp includes activities, crafts, programs, and much more. The campers will meet at the visitor center at 9am each day and will be ready to be picked up there at 4pm. Lunch, snacks, […]

1st Annual Dardanelle Chocolate Festival – July 11th

Calling all ladies (and gents with a similar sweet tooth)! The Dardanelle Area Chamber of Commerce is breaking the mold…the “chocolate” mold, that is! The 1st Annual Chocolate Festival will take place on Friday, July 11th from 5:00pm to 8:30pm in the Dardanelle Community Center. Tickets are $5.00, and proceeds benefit 3-year-old Breya Bunting of […]

15th Annual Bargains Galore on 64 set for August 7th – 9th, 2014

The Arkansas River Valley’s largest annual coordinated yardsale is set to take place on Thursday through Saturday, August 7th through the 9th. Sales will again saturate Highway 64 for 160 miles in West and West-Central Arkansas. Cities along the 160 mile stretch include Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Dyer, Mulberry, Ozark, Altus, Coal Hill, Hartman, […]

Lake Dardanelle State Park Schedule for July 2014

Ongoing Events Lake Cruise (Days for this event are listed in the schedule below) – Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat. Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise. There is no fee for the tour, […]

2014 Johnson County Peach Festival Schedule of Events – July 23-27

Enjoy the Johnson County Peach Festival  Wednesday, July 23rd and lasting through Sunday, July 27th. The schedule (below) will be updated as changes are made and finalized, so be sure to bookmark this page and keep checking back. The Queen Elberta Pageant will be held July 18th and 19th. Those interested may call (479) 754-9152. […]

Spaces Filling Up Quickly at Corps of Engineers Campground for Fourth of July Weekend

If you’ve ever tried to reserve a camping space right before the Fourth of July weekend, you’ll know chances are you’ll come up empty-handed. There are a spaces left, at this time, but would-be campers are urged to reserve their space NOW, before it’s too late! Officials also note that camping facilities have restrictions on […]

Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza is June 27th through 29th Along the Arkansas River

Arkansas’ largest amateur big bass tournament on the Arkansas River takes place this Friday through Sunday, June 27th through the 29th, 2014. A total of $100,000 in cash will be awarded during this year’s Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza. The huge tournament spans 300 miles of eligible fishing from the west border of Arkansas to the […]

This Week at Petit Jean State Park (June 23-29, 2014)

Enjoy the many opportunities of Petit Jean State Park, north of Morrilton, Arkansas, atop beautiful Petit Jean Mountain! Here is a list of events planned for June 23rd through the 29th, 2014. (As always, be sure to call ahead at (501) 727-5441 to make sure the schedule hasn’t changed.) Monday, June 23, 2014 2:30pm – […]

State Prison Inmate Convicted of Murder in Logan County Escapes! — Please Share!

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office reports that an inmate, sentenced by a Logan County jury to 20 years in prison for First Degree Murder in 1999, has escaped from the Arkansas Department of Corrections in Pine Bluff.  Timothy Buffington is described as a white male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 182 pounds. He […]

First Day of Summer – Saturday, June 21, 2014 5:51pm DST

Welcome to the first day of Summer! June Solstice in the Arkansas River Valley officially took place at 5:51am 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 […]

2014 Arkansas River Valley Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

The skies come alive this July Fourth 2014 (and before), as communities across the Arkansas River Valley celebrate our freedom! provides you the most comprehensive Fireworks Display Listings on the web!  If we’ve left any out, be sure to let us know through our contact form. Saturday, June 28, 2014 Mulberry, AR — “3rd […]

High Winds a Slight Possibility in Northwest Part of Arkansas River Valley

A “slight to moderate” chance of showers and thunderstorms returns to the Arkansas River Valley region for the next seven days (Thursday-Wednesday). Any “severe” weather, however, is expected to remain northwest of our area, from southern Minnesota across Iowa, southeast Nebraska, northwest Missouri, to central and northeast Kansas, for at least the next three days. […]

Basic Camping Class to be Held at Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center

Join Arkansas Game & Fish staff for an evening exploring all the basics of camping outdoors.  Beginning campers can learn techniques to start a toasty campfire made to melt any marshmallow.  Learn about various types of tents and how to put them together along with other basic skills to send any new outdoor camper on […]

Friends and Authorities Search for Missing Girl after Wakarusa Outdoor Music Concert North of Ozark — UPDATE: ALEX HAS BEEN FOUND!

UPDATE!  ALEX HAS BEEN FOUND!  THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP! We have received information concerning the report of a girl missing from an outdoor music concert, over the weekend, promoted as “Wakarusa”. Only the girl’s first name (Alexandra) was known at publish time, and friends say the girl goes by “Alex”. Alex is described […]

56th Annual Petit Jean Antique Auto Show & Swap Meet Starts Tuesday June 10th

ANTIQUE CARS, PARTS, CRAFTS & MORE!   That’s what you will find on Petit Jean Mountain the week before Father’s Day.  Located on the tree-shaded grounds of The Museum of Automobiles, the 56th Annual Petit Jean Antique Auto Show & Swap Meet begins Tuesday June 10th and runs through Saturday June 14th. In addition to hundreds […]

18th Annual Mount Magazine Butterfly Festival Set for June 20 & 21

Mount Magazine State Park and the Paris Chamber of Commerce are finalizing plans for the 18th Annual Butterfly Festival to be held on Friday and Saturday, June 20th and 21st. Hours will be 10:00am – 4:00pm both days at the North Logan County Fair Grounds. Activities are to include a live butterfly observatory, helicopter rides, […]

Arkansas Tech Announces Engineering Camp for Junior High Students July 7-11

The Arkansas Tech University College of Applied Sciences will host an engineering camp this summer for students entering eighth or ninth grade. The camp will last from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily from July 7-11 at Corley Hall, which is located at 1811 North Boulder Ave. on the main campus of Arkansas Tech in Russellville. Enrollment […]

Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville Event Schedule for June 2014

Ongoing Events Lake Cruise –Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat. Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise. There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited. You must register for the tour. Call […]

‘Silent Killer’ Infects an Estimated 38,000 Adult Arkansans

The Arkansas Health Department is urging Arkansans born between 1945 and 1965 to be tested for Hepatitis C.  An estimated 38,000 adult Arkansans may be living with the blood borne virus that harms the liver and contributed to at least 1,538 deaths in Arkansas between 1999 and 2012. To put this number into perspective, “Hep […]

Beatlemania Takes Over Paris Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club

“The 4 Fabs”, a Beatles Tribute Band will be performing at the Paris Middle School Auditorium at 6:30pm, June 7th, concluding a full day of events planned to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Paris. Tickets are $10 each, and all seating is “general admission” and LIMITED, so be sure to get your tickets […]

Aquatic Conservation Experience Camp to be held in June at Lake Dardanelle State Park

A.C.E. Camp explores ways to enjoy and conserve our aquatic environments in and around Lake Dardanelle. This camp spans two days. Camp will be held 5-9 pm on Friday June 20th and 9am-2pm on Saturday, June 21st, and teach kids ages 10-13 about many of the creatures that call the area home, as well as […]

Museum of Automobiles “Mustangs on the Mountain Show & Shine” Scheduled for Sunday May 25th

On Sunday, May 25th, Mustangs will again return to The Museum of Automobiles on Petit Jean Mountain for “Mustangs On The Mountain”.  This annual “Show & Shine” event will begin at 11:00am and end at 3:00pm.  There is no spectator fee to see these Mustangs.  Approximately 60 Mustangs from Arkansas and surrounding states will participate. […]

Van Buren’s Old Timer’s Day Arts & Crafts Festival this Weekend

Van Buren’s popular annual arts & crafts festival on Historic Main Street is set for this weekend, May 16th through the 18th.  Six blocks of Van Buren’s Main Street will be closed off to provide space for more than 200 exhibitors from more than seven states. A variety of food and entertainment will be available, […]

Western Arkansas Ballet Presents Peter Pan

The Western Arkansas Ballet will be performing Peter Pan May 9th and 10th, 7:30pm each evening, at 4701 Grand Avenue in Fort Smith.  Tickets are on sale now! Adult tickets are $25 each. Children (up to 18 years of age) and college student tickets are $15 each.   College students must have a valid school ID […]

Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville announces their events schedule for May 2014

Lake Cruise (dates and times listed within the following calendar) – Explore the wonders of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River aboard the state park tour boat. Enjoy abundant wildlife, amazing history, and astounding views of the river valley throughout this 1 hour cruise. There is no fee for the tour, but space is limited. […]

Yell County Authorities Seek Residential Burglary Suspect

The Yell County Sheriff’s Office reports they are looking for information concerning the vehicle shown in the photos above.  The office says the vehicle appears to be a Mitsubishi SUV.  It is a suspect vehicle in a residential burglary that occurred last week between Ola and Plainview.  Anyone knowing who this vehicle belongs to or […]

National Weather Services Releases Facts about Sunday Tornado

Although the National Weather Service in Little Rock says they won’t have an official final rating of the tornado that swept through a part of central Arkansas on Sunday until later this week, they have released some facts about the storm… • This is the strongest tornado to hit the state since the Denning tornado […]

Winds in excess of 80mph Cause Extensive Damage to Booneville Revenue Office

Along with an EF-1 tornado confirmed through a part of Franklin County on Sunday, straight-line winds caused much more damage, like the photo above (courtesy KLYR/KDYN Radio) of the Arkansas State Revenue Office in Booneville.  More images of Sundays damage can be seen at the KLYR/KDYN website. The National Weather Service says winds in excess […]

Tornado and Straight Winds leave Damage on Sunday Night

Near summer-like weather conditions over the weekend in the Arkansas River Valley took a drastic change on Sunday evening, as storms ahead of a cold front brought heavy rains, dangerous lightning, and high winds, before leaving chilly conditions for Monday and the possibility of freezing temps for the night ahead. Although no injuries were reported […]

Arkansas Tech University Listed as Most Underrated College in Arkansas

The Business Insider website recently named Arkansas Tech University in Russellville as the most underrated college in Arkansas.  Check the complete story here.

International Space Station Viewing Possible Early Veterans Day

The International Space Station will make an early appearance over the Arkansas River Valley region early Veterans Day morning.  The skies are forecast to be mostly clear for the event. Viewing time will be approximately 6 minutes and from the southwest to northeast, starting at approximately 5:42am in Fort Smith and at 5:41am at Clarksville, […]

Three Escape Faulkner County Detention Center at Conway

The Faulkner County, Arkansas Sheriff’s Office reports that, at approximately 2:30pm Saturday (8/17/13), three inmates escaped from Faulkner County Detention Center Unit Two in Conway, Arkansas.  Joel Vermillion (28), Jonathan Jackson (24), and Stacy Wilson (41) escaped from the recreation yard by pulling back a chain link fence.  The three also ran through locked gate […]

Missing Franklin County Woman

Franklin County authorities are asking the public’s help in finding a 30-year-old woman from their area. Police received a report, last Friday, that Regina Woodward had not been seen since Monday, July 1st. Woodward is described as 5-feet, 5 inches tall, 130 pounds, with long brown hair, blue eyes, and a chipped front tooth.   […]

Two Mules and a Vet

68-year-old Charlie Peters is taking an eleven hundred mile trip from his home in Owosso, Michigan to Okemah, Oklahoma to pay his first ever visit to his father’s grave. And he’s making the trip in a rather unique way! When we caught up with Charlie and his two mules, Maddie and Saddie (named after his […]

Civil War 150 exhibit, programs coming to ATU’s Pendergraft Library

Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center at Arkansas Tech University will host an exhibit entitled Civil War 150: Explaining the War and Its Meaning Through the Words of Those Who Lived It and a series of accompanying events during the month of August.  Civil War 150 is a national traveling exhibit presented by The Library […]