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The annual home, arts and farm crafts showcase known as the Ashley County Fair is happening at the Ashley County Fairgrounds on West Jackson Street in Hamburg in the coming week.

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While improvements to the outside of the Crossett City Auditorium have been visible in recent months — notably the awning and refinished steps on the front of the building — a transformation has also been taking place inside. The dressing rooms, long grimy from years of use, have been repain…

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Even though the special session of the Arkansas General Assembly didn’t even take up the issue of amending the law that bans school districts from setting their own mask standards, a circuit court judge has ruled the law cannot be enforced.

Readers and listeners alike from the Crossett community gathered at the Crossett Public Library as the library hosted a read-a-thon that had the goal of reading 500 stories over the course of July 29 and 30. More than 40 readers and 100 children joined in the effort. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson has declared a new public health emergency in light of a significant spike in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state. Ashley County Medical Center will offer a free COVID vaccine clinic from 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 4 and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Ashley Pediatri…

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Volunteers with the Arkansas Food Bank and from the Fountain Hill community hosted a free food giveaway on July 23, loading boxes into vehicles as residents came to pick up for themselves and for others. The food was provided  for by a grant from MacKenzie Scott, who donated more than $4 bil…

The Crossett Fire Department hosted a blood drive in honor of Tonya Mashburn on July 15. The drive collected 38 units of blood. Crossett American Legion Post 111 also hosted a blood drive on July 17. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)

Volunteers with the Ashley County Arts Association paint a tree mural on a fence in the former Crossland Zoo area of Crossett City Park in advance of the association’s Art in the Park event. The free happening will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17,  in the zoo area, and will featu…

Five musical acts took to the stage at the Wiggins Cabin grounds Saturday evening. David Mitchell, Austin Mauser, Kaci Bays, Tyler Hursey and Brother XII all played for the crowd at the free event. The Crossett Historical Society and Beta Sigma Phi sold concessions at the event. (VERSHAL HOG…

Hamburg Mayor David Streeter accepts a hug of congratulations after taking the oath of office at the Ashley County Courthouse on June 15. Streeter was elected last week, and took the election with a narrow victory, 270 to 265 votes, against Keith Long. When the election was certified, the re…