Two structures in Magnolia have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Banner-News reports that the president's house at Southern Arkansas University and the Rushton Clinic in Magnolia were named to the list after consideration earlier this year by the state review board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
With an immigration reform bill moving forward in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says procedural votes Tuesday were just the first step in what will be a closely watched process.
“If you look at the immigrant population in Arkansas, it’s about five percent and about 13 percent nationwide,” said Pryor. “However, we are one of the fastest growing states in terms of immigrant population. I think we’re fourth overall in the amount of growth we’re seeing in our immigrant population so this is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important to our state.”
More than 350 people and about 40 watercraft are to take part in a fire boat training exercise set for DeGray Lake.
Departments from Arkansas and Texas are signed up for the Saturday event. The Arkansas Forestry Commission organizes the sessions with other agencies to put fire crews through different emergency scenarios, including evacuating victims by air and water.
The training is designed to challenge boat crews with situations based on actual emergencies. One scenario is based on what crews had to handle during Hurricane Katrina.
With Memorial Day over, many Arkansans have put their grills away. However, two Back Yard Burger restaurants in central Arkansas are offering a special meal deal to customers Tuesday in honor of National Burger Day.
Elyse Hammett works with the Back Yard Burger chain in Arkansas. She says Burger Day began in Michigan in the 1930s and later became an annual event enjoyed by foodies nationwide.
New U.S. Census estimates show that more than half of Arkansas' cities and towns saw population drops over the past 10 years - even as the state's overall population grew by 9 percent.
Recent population estimates show that 308 cities and towns in Arkansas had population declines between 2002 and 2012. The largest drop was in Pine Bluff, where the population decreased by more than 6,800 over the 10-year period. Springdale led the 194 cities that gained in population.
Communities throughout the Arkansas Delta often battle against a rising tide of economic woes. As factories close and labor-intensive jobs leave small towns, populations dwindle in many rural cities.
For decades, outside investments from banks and charitable organizations helped stimulate marginal growth, but most of the heavy lifting necessary to revitalize communities must be done by the people who live there.