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<p><strong></strong>photo by KENNETH FRY</p><p>Allison Sullivan (left) and Madi Watkins with some of the student-made bowls which will be featured at the Feb. 12 Empty Bowls event at Van Buren High School.</p>

Empty Bowls event set Feb. 12 at VBHS

Jan 31, 2015 5:06am

The sixth annual Empty Bowls events will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Commons at Van Buren High School.

Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for the the Community Services...

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<p><strong></strong>Thell Ellison, 97, shares his memories of the construction of the 80-year-old Lee Creek Bridge in Natural Dam.</p>

Bridge brings back fond memories

Jan 04, 2015 11:42pm

At 97, Thell Ellison still remembers well the two years when Lee Creek Bridge was built in Natural Dam, connecting the tiny hamlet to the rest of Crawford County.

Located on Arkansas 59, the...

<p>photo by KENNETH FRY</p><p>Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman (right) with his wife Terry visits with Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter following Thursday’s installation ceremony for public officials at the Crawford County Courthouse, sponsored by the Crawford County Bar Association.</p>

Installation ceremony

Jan 04, 2015 11:40pm


<p><strong></strong>Mike Walker (left), Alma Parks Department superintendent, and Gordon Goodwin with the parks department show off two of three new mowers and a new trailer purchased to help take care of Alma City Cemetery and the city parks.</p>

Alma takes care of its own

Dec 31, 2014 9:53am

At least 138 years of history are buried in the Alma City Cemetery, a site that has been maintained by the city’s residents for most of those years.

Large oaks spread their limbs over 100-...

Swearing-in ceremony set

Dec 31, 2014 9:51am

Crawford County will hold the swearing-in of elected officials and its first quorum court meeting of the year Thursday.

Beginning at 10 a.m., all elected officials will be sworn in at the...

Bean moves from club to classroom

Dec 31, 2014 9:51am

With a mission of “Inspiring and enabling all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens,” Boys and Girls Club of America has set out to mold the...

<p style="text-align: left;"><strong></strong>Brennan McAlister, 6, (right) with Van Buren Police Officer Jay Baker.</p>

Shop With a Cop

Dec 31, 2014 9:46am


<p>Jimmy Haggard of Mountainburg with Premiere Potty is a new member of the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce. Premiere Potty is a portable facility for all events small or large, including construction sites, weddings, run/walk and special events.</p>

New chamber member

Dec 31, 2014 9:40am


Quorum Court approves budget

Dec 31, 2014 9:39am

Crawford County Quorum Court has approved a $6.8 million budget for the county during a special session.

Crawford County justices of the peace met for a budget committee meeting Monday night...

<p><strong></strong>Alma City Alderman Gary Perry (left) receives a plaque honoring him for his 35 years of service to the City of Alma from Mayor John Ballentine during the Dec. 18 city council meeting. Both Perry and Ballentine are leaving their positions with the city at the end of the year.</p>

Alderman serves Alma for 35 years

Dec 31, 2014 9:37am

An Alma City Council member is leaving office after 35 years of service.

Alma City Councilman Gary Perry was honored at the council’s Dec. 18 meeting, the last for both Perry and Alma Mayor...

<p>A Christmas tree graces the second story window in the corner turret of the Crawford County Bank Building.</p>

Resuscitating the heart of VB: one couple works to restore the Crawford County Bank Building

Updated: Dec 24, 2014 9:51am

Van Buren’s most iconic image, the Crawford County Bank Building on historic Main Street is getting a makeover and museum.

Maybe it is more appropriate to say that the couple who purchased...

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