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Johnny Cash Home In Dyess Set For 2014 Opening

May 7, 2013

Organizers haven't set a date yet but the restoration of the Johnny Cash home in Dyess is on track to open in 2014. 

The project by Arkansas State University also includes restoration of a nearby theater and the Dyess Colony administration building. The structures should be ready for visitors in fall of next year.

The home is being renovated to look as it did when the Cash family moved to the Dyess Colony in 1935 in the middle of the Great Depression.

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The City of Helena-West Helena in Phillips County, Arkansas is no stranger to the hardships that have plagued many communities across the country during the economic downturn.

High unemployment, a struggling education system, political upheaval, a crumbling infrastructure, and even unresolved racial inequalities were once the hallmarks of this unified city in the impoverished Arkansas Delta. However, new research findings show some positive demographic trends and community development projects have some residents saying Helen-West Helena is finally making a comeback.

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival will be open on Friday in Central Arkansas.

Organizers say each year there are over 160,000 people attending the event in Conway.

Event Director, Mary Margaret Satterfield, said the festival is fun and beneficial.

MacArthur Unleashed Dog Park's Facebook Page

Starting Saturday, Little Rock will have a second dog park.  

MacArthur Unleashed Dog Park, located between 9th Street and Interstate 630, will hold its grand opening Saturday, March 30, at 12:40 p.m., rain or shine.

Leland Couch, with the Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department, said the park has various fun features that both small and large dogs will enjoy.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall, home of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, will undergo a renovation and be closed between June of 2014 until September of 2016.

The symphony is planning to use the Wally Allen Ballroom at the State House Convention Center as a substitute during the renovation.

Christina Littlejohn, the Executive Director of the Orchestra is inviting the public to an open rehearsal on Friday night, March 29, 7.15 p.m. at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the State House Convention Center.

Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana

Tickets for a reception and book reading by two well-known authors will be on sale starting Wednesday.

Academy Award-winning authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, known for their adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, will be in Little Rock from May 2-3.

“It’s always terrific when we can bring amazing authors to Little Rock. So, hopefully the audience will enjoy the authors as much as we enjoyed bringing them to Little Rock,” said Brad Mooy, with the Arkansas Literary Festival.

people running for Little Rock marathon

Over 13,000 people are expected to be joining the 2013 Lucky themed Little Rock Marathon this weekend.

The annual event is a fundraiser for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Sharon Lee, a spokeswoman for the marathon, says among the runners, all 50 states will be represented this year as well as 30 foreign countries.

“The tourists that it brings into the city of Little Rock this one weekend will probably contribute about $5 million to the economy here in the city of Little Rock,” said Lee.

In honor of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day, some special events are being held in central Arkansas this weekend.

Starting Friday until next Wednesday, there will be free educational events for kids.

The National Education Association and Delta Dental of Arkansas are part of this celebration to reach children.

Greg Johnson with the NEA says children must be encouraged to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day and read for 20 minutes, which totals 24 minutes focused on developing good oral and reading skills.

Photo shows a section of children's course, with founder and zipline consultant Robert Nickell (front) and several staff, note the launch platform in the distance.
Photo: Jacqueline Froelich

A new outdoor adventure park will open in North West Arkansas, just west of Eureka Springs.

Ground was broken today across from the River Market in Little Rock for a new project called Arcade.

The three story, $18 million building is being constructed by Moses Tucker Real Estate in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System. Jimmy Moses, the developer, hopes the building will be completed by November of next year.