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The Crossett School District’s fine arts programs hosted their annual Picnic With the Arts last Thursday, which included musical performances from the students and the public, displays of student artwork, dancing and games, among other things.

The Crossett Masonic Lodge officers for 2020 include, from front left, Ed Cross, Jim Moffatt, Jason Johnston, Michael Taunton, and D.C. Dodd; from rear left, Matt Farmer, Thelbirt Akin, Frankie Tanksley and Henry Matthews; not pictured, Tom Arnn.

Less than a day’s drive from Crossett a massive recovery effort is happening. While we go about our lives in our quite happening town of late, there are homes in the Nashville, Tenn., area that are destroyed. Families are mourning and communities are gathering strength at their weakest joints.  

Brace yourselves, fellow word nerds! I have an unpopular opinion to state: sometimes the dictionary definition just doesn’t cover the entire being of a word. A great example is the word “success” and any form of it. 

When your Crossett neighbor, Jack Allen — 1950’s CHS graduate and all-American quarterback — turns his thoughts to community champion Janice Clark, he remembers her as an uplifter. She uplifted the people around her. In fact, one such person was Phil Robertson, who was back then just a guy w…

If Crossett had a face, what would it look like? As instantaneous as our amazing  —yet highly underutilized — minds are, I bet an image floated to the surface of yours as you finished that sentence. And just like a lot of the information that our minds provide us with, I bet you didn’t zero …

Hamburg High School’s EAST students have raised more than $6,000 to help a fellow Hamburg student purchase a piece of medical equipment that will help make her more mobile.

The thing about getting something for nothing is it grows complacency. When you acquire things you don’t work for, you stop working for things. You sit down. You stagnate. Such is the experience we are bouncing back from in Crossett. 

I start this week with a question: Why is it that we immediately jump to the conclusion that others’ intentions are negative? It seems as natural as a flower blossom opening up to the sun...negativity. Why?

Reflecting on our first event of 2020, the litter pickup, I am once again moved by the passion of Crossett people. We gathered approximately 100 bags of trash with a heap of large items that couldn’t fit in bags.

Ashley County Go Red donated an Artificial Electronic Defibrillator to the City Pool on Monday evening. Those who attended are, from left, Loretta Stell, Linda McDougald, Angela Willhite, and Shawna Hawkins, all of Go Red; and Shannon Hornsby, Sarah Hollimon, and Bradley Englerth, all of the…

We dropped the New Year’s Eve ball for the first time ever; we raised a new American flag over a new Crossett; and now we have a list of events to attend, support and-or volunteer for in 2020.

Last weekend people from across Ashley County visited the Ashley County Museum to have their photos taken with Santa. Some were happier than others to meet the jolly old elf.

The South oozes character. I don’t care if you think it cute, silly, right or wrong. We have such an interesting way of seeing the world. One of the ways we present this view is through sayings.

For a society inundated with messages of kindness, from the golden rule introduced in our elementary school years to the trendy “pay it forward” movement — which I, for one, became aware of in the early 2000s  after watching the movie  “Pay it Forward” — we are not really good at kindness.  …

Thursday is the day the nation sets aside to give thanks. People from all corners of the nation travel many miles to be with families and friends for the extended weekend. Families sit around dinner tables and eat turkey, dressing and other assorted condiments until they cannot eat another b…

The Ashley County Retired Teachers’ Association recently awarded $750 scholarships to Crossett High School’s Donna Culpepper, third from left, and Hamburg High School’s Beth Gannaway, second from right. The scholarships are awarded to teachers who are working to further their education and w…

The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Rugged Redemption Resale’s grand opening Friday. The shop is located at 1001 W. First Ave., in Crossett.

The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Tru by Hilton on Unity Road in Crossett. Frank and Kim Patel own the 38,000-square foot, 82-room hotel. The hotel has had a soft opening, and has allowed the Crossett swim tean to practice in its pool unti…

The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Ashley Family Clinic in Crossett recently. Family Nurse Practitioner is now seeing patients at the new clinic. Ashley Family Clinic is located at 124 Ray Lochala Road in Crossett on the backside of the ACMC Outr…

Is anyone else having a difficult time keeping up with how fast time is flying? I know it’s still mid-July, but back-to-school plans are already in motion. I forget every year how busy it gets and stays, until after the holidays. We have had a stellar summer and it’s not over yet! It’s hard …

Dedicated Logistics, LLC was awarded “National Carrier of the Year for Georgia Pacific” for the year of 2018 at the KBX Logistics Carrier Conference award banquet in Green Bay, on June 5.

A group of Hamburg youth recently went to the Crossett pound to volunteer their time last week. The group gave baths, cleaned out kennels, filled food and water bowls, gave treats, walked and played with the dogs. The parents of the children said the group did it just because they wanted to …

You know what’s the most amazing thing in the world? What makes me rich beyond my dreams? It’s sitting here on my porch, in my rocker, watching the babies run and play. I’m serious — if you’re down, discouraged and want to put everything in a basket and sink it in the river, just find some b…

Brian Ray Jr., center, graduated from the Arkansas Fire Training Academy Firefighter Standards Class on June 7. His father, Lt. Brian Ray with the Crossett Fire Deptpartment, left, and Crossett Fire Chief Bo Higginbotham, right, marked the occasion with him.