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4-H Club Members Compete in District Poultry Contest

Oark High School and Little Mulberry 4-H Club members (from left) Leanda Willis, Gavin Hogue and Cheyenne Morgan competed in the senior division at the Arkansas 4-H District Poultry Contest Saturday, May 20, in Little Rock. Willis competed in the chicken category and Hogue and Morgan competed in the turkey category. Hogue took home the…

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Outdoor Water Park Is Open For Season

The outdoor water park at the Clarksville Aquatic Center, located at 1611 Oakland Street, opened for the 2023 season on Saturday, May 27. Admission is $5 per person for individuals under 48 inches tall and $7 per person 48 inches and taller. Admission is also $5 for ages 55 and older. Day passes which allow…

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Piney/64 Access Receives Renovations

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fisheries Division Renovations were recently completed to the Piney/64 Access (Johnson County) at Lake Dardanelle. New asphalt was laid, the lot was extended, and striping was completed. A total of 33 parking spots (including two handicap spots) are now available. This area includes a courtesy dock for boaters and provides…

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UofO to Build New Baseball and Softball Complex

UofO Announces $6.2 Million Softball And Baseball Complex UofO Sports Information University of the Ozarks has announced a $6.2 million project to construct new softball and baseball stadiums on its campus. The two facilities are targeted for completion in early 2024, in time for regular season play. They represent the second phase of a concerted effort by…

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Lightning on Ludwig Benefits Dive Team

Hydroplane boat racers take off during the Lightning on Ludwig North/South Shootout at Lake Ludwig on Saturday, May 20. The event, which is sponsored by the Johnson County Dive Team, saw 30 racing teams compete in the National Boat Racing Association event. Competitors from 10 states participated in the races. It was the ninth consecutive…

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Lamb Finishes First in Kaleb Watson Memorial Tournament

TOURNAMENT FIRST PLACE–Cole Lamb placed first in the eighth annual Kaleb Watson Memorial Scholarship Fishing Tournament held out of Spadra east ramp May 13. Lamb’s catch weighed 17.42 pounds. There were 40 teams participating and scholarships are presented each year to area youth with two scholarships awarded last week at Lamar. Second place went to…

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Powers Selected 4-4A Coach of the Year

Clarksville baseball Coach Mitchell Powers was recently selected as the 4-4A Coach Of The Year. Powers has coached the Panther baseball team since 2015. The 2023 squad ended the season with an 18-6 record, won the district tournament and made an appearance in the 4A North regional tournament.  

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RFD 2 Receives Award

Johnson County RFD 2 received one of the 2022 Wildland Fire Suppression Kit awards from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture-Forestry Division. Included in the kit are backpack blowers, Wildland gloves and coveralls and other firefighting items. Accepting the kit are (from left) Assistant Fire Chief Mike Brandenburg, Fire Chief David Raburn and County Forester Keaton…

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Opinion: Keep Public Business Open to the Public

“Is our public business here in Clarksville and Johnson County always being conducted in the open? Sadly, this apparently is not the case.”   After Governor Winthrop Rockefeller signed the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into law in 1967, he commented that the law had “taken the government out of the smoke-filled rooms and…

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