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April 8 Eclipse Photo Gallery

April 12, 2024

Feature photo: TOTALITY –The solar eclipse reached the totality phase in Johnson County at around 1:50 p.m. Monday, April 8. Just before the totality phase, viewers could observe the moon nearly covering the sun, and a few bright spots of sunlight shining through the valleys on the moon, called “Baily’s Beads.” These appear just before…

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Stepping Stones Recovery Prepares To Serve Peers

March 26, 2024

by Stephanie Baker Stepping Stones Recovery will open its doors to those seeking recovery next month. Located at 1561 County Road 2305 in Hartman, formerly The Link Church (Fernwood Assembly of God), founder Joseph Cruz and co-founder Patricia Mothan have begun remodeling the building into a residential recovery facility. Housing is the biggest challenge Cruz…

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Quorum Court Approves SO Overtime, Declines To Fund Investigator Position

March 26, 2024

Members of the Johnson County Quorum Court approved an ordinance during their monthly meeting Thursday, March 14, allowing overtime pay for law enforcement employees but declined to approve an additional investigator position at the sheriff’s office. Justices of the peace approved an amendment to the county employment policy authorizing the sheriff to pay cash overtime…

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Roy Young Appointed CCU Interim General Manager

March 26, 2024

by Megan Wylie The Clarksville Connected Utilities (CCU) Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 25, and, after welcoming two new commissioners, held an executive session and unanimously approved the appointment of Roy Young as interim general manager. Young has been with CCU since 1986 and has worked in the electric, water and…

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Demolition Makes Way For Library Expansion

March 26, 2024

The demolition of houses adjacent to the Johnson County Public Library on Taylor Circle began on Friday, March 15. The property was included in the 2022 county purchase of land for library expansion for $417,151. The library will lease the land from the county for its expansion project, which will include the addition of a…

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Clarksville Fire Department Receives $5,000 Donation From Harps

March 19, 2024

DONATION PRESENTED–Harps presented a $5,000 donation to the Clarksville Fire Department in conjunction with the store’s reopening on Saturday, March 16. Jamie Gregory, Clarksville store manager, expressed appreciation to the CFD personnel for their rapid response to the fire on Feb. 15 which damaged a portion of the building and resulted in a month-long closure…

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Clarksville Receives Signs From Arbor Day Foundation

March 19, 2024

Clarksville received signs from the Arbor Day Foundation on Tuesday, March 12, showcasing its achievement of 20 years as a Tree City USA designated city. Attending the presentation were (front) Jackie English; (back row, from left) Keaton Phillips, Arkansas Forestry Commission; Ben Stepp, Terry Curtis, Jacob Bradley, and Mayor David Reider. The requirements to be…

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Eclipse Planning Meeting Is Held: 26 Days Until Eclipse

March 19, 2024

by Stephanie Baker The community eclipse planning meeting on Wednesday, March 13, marked 26 days until the total solar eclipse, when much of Johnson County will experience three minutes and 29 seconds of darkness and the moon passes in front of the sun. The meeting was led by Johnson County Director of Emergency Management Rickey…

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Council Approves Replacements For CCU Commission Vacancies

March 12, 2024

by Janice Penix The Clarksville City Council approved Mayor David Rieder’s nominations of two new members to the city’s utility commission following the recent resignations of two commissioners. CCU Commissioners Bill Hill and Mike Bean resigned their positions, according to a memo from Rieder to the Council dated March 2024. No reason for the resignations…

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Scranton School Program Receives AGF Grant

March 12, 2024

The Scranton Opportunity School Alternative Education Program has received a grant from Arkansas Game and Fish to build fishing rods from the base up.  Staff from Arkansas Game and Fish, along with Curtis Varnell from the Guy Fenter Educational Coop, will provide educational workshops to teach important concepts regarding aquaculture, fishery management and stewardship of…

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Chuck Barrett Inducted Into Arkansas Sportscasters And Sports Writers HOF

Arkansas Razorback News Bureau The “Voice of the Razorbacks,” Chuck Barrett, a native of Clarksville and graduate of Clarksville High School, was inducted into the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sports Writers Hall of Fame on June 28 during a ceremony in Bentonville. Barrett is set to begin his 31st season broadcasting Arkansas sports and his 17th…

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Slaying Goliath: Clarksville’s Howard Is AHSRA All-Around Champion, Looks Toward National Title

by Janice Penix At 5-5 and 135 pounds, Carson Howard may not look like a champion athlete. But when the sport requires hanging on to a 1,500-pound bull with one hand, Howard is the perfect fit. The Clarksville High School senior recently earned the title of Boys All-Around Champion in the Arkansas High School Rodeo…

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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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Lady Warriors Are State Runner-up

The Lamar Lady Warriors are 3A state runner-up after falling 56-36 to the Salem Lady Greyhounds in the Class 3A State Tournament in Hot Springs tonight. For the full story, see the March 15th edition of The Graphic next week. 

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April 8 Eclipse Photo Gallery

Feature photo: TOTALITY –The solar eclipse reached the totality phase in Johnson County at around 1:50 p.m. Monday, April 8. Just before the totality phase, viewers could observe the moon nearly covering the sun, and a few bright spots of sunlight shining through the valleys on the moon, called “Baily’s Beads.” These appear just before…

Read More

Stepping Stones Recovery Prepares To Serve Peers

by Stephanie Baker Stepping Stones Recovery will open its doors to those seeking recovery next month. Located at 1561 County Road 2305 in Hartman, formerly The Link Church (Fernwood Assembly of God), founder Joseph Cruz and co-founder Patricia Mothan have begun remodeling the building into a residential recovery facility. Housing is the biggest challenge Cruz…

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Quorum Court Approves SO Overtime, Declines To Fund Investigator Position

Members of the Johnson County Quorum Court approved an ordinance during their monthly meeting Thursday, March 14, allowing overtime pay for law enforcement employees but declined to approve an additional investigator position at the sheriff’s office. Justices of the peace approved an amendment to the county employment policy authorizing the sheriff to pay cash overtime…

Read More

Roy Young Appointed CCU Interim General Manager

by Megan Wylie The Clarksville Connected Utilities (CCU) Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 25, and, after welcoming two new commissioners, held an executive session and unanimously approved the appointment of Roy Young as interim general manager. Young has been with CCU since 1986 and has worked in the electric, water and…

Read More

Demolition Makes Way For Library Expansion

The demolition of houses adjacent to the Johnson County Public Library on Taylor Circle began on Friday, March 15. The property was included in the 2022 county purchase of land for library expansion for $417,151. The library will lease the land from the county for its expansion project, which will include the addition of a…

Read More

Clarksville Fire Department Receives $5,000 Donation From Harps

DONATION PRESENTED–Harps presented a $5,000 donation to the Clarksville Fire Department in conjunction with the store’s reopening on Saturday, March 16. Jamie Gregory, Clarksville store manager, expressed appreciation to the CFD personnel for their rapid response to the fire on Feb. 15 which damaged a portion of the building and resulted in a month-long closure…

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Clarksville Receives Signs From Arbor Day Foundation

Clarksville received signs from the Arbor Day Foundation on Tuesday, March 12, showcasing its achievement of 20 years as a Tree City USA designated city. Attending the presentation were (front) Jackie English; (back row, from left) Keaton Phillips, Arkansas Forestry Commission; Ben Stepp, Terry Curtis, Jacob Bradley, and Mayor David Reider. The requirements to be…

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Eclipse Planning Meeting Is Held: 26 Days Until Eclipse

by Stephanie Baker The community eclipse planning meeting on Wednesday, March 13, marked 26 days until the total solar eclipse, when much of Johnson County will experience three minutes and 29 seconds of darkness and the moon passes in front of the sun. The meeting was led by Johnson County Director of Emergency Management Rickey…

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Council Approves Replacements For CCU Commission Vacancies

by Janice Penix The Clarksville City Council approved Mayor David Rieder’s nominations of two new members to the city’s utility commission following the recent resignations of two commissioners. CCU Commissioners Bill Hill and Mike Bean resigned their positions, according to a memo from Rieder to the Council dated March 2024. No reason for the resignations…

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Scranton School Program Receives AGF Grant

The Scranton Opportunity School Alternative Education Program has received a grant from Arkansas Game and Fish to build fishing rods from the base up.  Staff from Arkansas Game and Fish, along with Curtis Varnell from the Guy Fenter Educational Coop, will provide educational workshops to teach important concepts regarding aquaculture, fishery management and stewardship of…

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