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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…

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Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo 2020-2021 Ashley Hollis places a sash on the new Miss Crossett Rodeo, Addison Gray of Hamburg, during the rodeo queen crowning ceremony on Saturday, June 5.  Mabry Davis of Hamburg was crowned Teen Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo Queen. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9360 and American Legion Post 111 of Crossett escorted County Judge Jim Hudson as he laid a wreath at the Ashley County memorial for fallen veterans at the Ashley County Courthouse on Memorial Day. Members of local Girl Scout Troops led the Pledge…

Family, friends and well-wishers in the Hamburg School District gathered at Hamburg High School’s football field May 21 to send the graduating class of 2021 out of the halls and into the world with their high school diplomas. (WHITNEY WHITE/News Observer)

Crossett High School’s commencement exercises were at 7 p.m. May 21 on Yarbrough Field. Before the ceremonies began, the then-prospective graduates waited for the ceremony to begin in the CHS coliseum. (VERSHAL HOGAN/News Observer)