Homesteading Conference set for March 31-April 1

The South Arkansas Homesteading Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, at the Pioneer Village, 200 Yaney Street in Rison. Speakers from across Arkansas will be doing educational presentations and demonstrations on topics that relate to developing a self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle. Topic sessions include gardening, beekeeping, heritage poultry, cheese making, herbs and herbal remedies, homesteading tools, aquaponics and more. Britt Talent, conference organizer, said the sessions are developed with versatility and … Continued

Former Delta band director to revisit the ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’

The “Chitlin’ Circuit” will be revisited on April 8 in Lake Village when the Alex Foundation hosts Architects of Jazz during Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), a month-long celebration honoring the life and works jazz musicians. Former Delta High School and Dermott High School band director, Charles Scurlock, will present the Architects of Jazz lecture and lead a five band ensemble of various jazz musical selections. The event will also feature an exhibit of Arkansas and … Continued

A Picnic by the Lake

A Picnic by the Lake, a Chicot Memorial Hospital fundraiser will be held on April 22 at 6 p.m. at the home of Jon and Stephanie Bierbaum. The event will include dinner, dancing, a live auction and entertainment featuring the Blue Silk Band. Tickets are $50 per person and will be available beginning on March 10. For more information contact AnnClaire Hayes (662)897-6868.

Master Gardener Training set for June, July

A wide array of gardening related topics will be covered in depth at the Summertime 17 Master Gardener Training in June and July. The training dates are June 15, 22 and 29 and July 13 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Speakers will include current Master Gardeners, U of A Extension Specialists, and other state agency specialists. The location of the training sessions had not yet been determined. For more information, call Steve … Continued

UAM To Host 11th Annual Boll Weevil Stampede

More than 250 rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from 14 colleges and universities will compete at the 11th annual Boll Weevil Stampede hosted by the University of Arkansas at Monticello March 30 through April 1. Competition begins each evening at 7 p.m. at the Drew County Fairgrounds. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for UAM students with I.D. and children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Collegiate rodeo teams expected to participate include … Continued

Lakeport Legacies History Talks

Lakeport Legacies, a monthly history talk focusing on history in the Delta, has released its 2017 schedule. Speakers will discuss a wide-range of Delta topics including, a history of one of Arkansas’s oldest African American churches, the Civil War in the Mississippi Delta, and a look at the Polk family’s plantations and investments from Tennessee to the Delta. The first Lakeport Legacies history talk will be held on March30 and will feature Dr. Blake Wintory, … Continued

Watson Fish Fry is Saturday night

The 57th Annual Watson Fish Fry will be held Saturday night, March 18, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Watson Chamber of Commerce Gymnasium. Fish will be served from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be a live auction, raffles and drawings

UAM debate team wins sweepstakes at UCA tournament

Gauge Adkins of Vilonia won the junior varsity speaking championship to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello debate team to the overall sweepstakes championship of the University of Central Arkansas Debate Tournament in Conway last week. In addition to the overall sweepstakes title, UAM placed second in the International Public Debate Association sweepstakes, second in Team IPDA Sweepstakes, and posted the third best winning percentage in debate competition. In addition to his junior varsity … Continued

Preserve Arkansas: ‘Behind the Big House’ at Lakeport

Preserve Arkansas, in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, Black History Commission of Arkansas, and Lakeport Plantation, will present “Behind the Big House” on April 28-29 at Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village. The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the “Big Houses,” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them. This workshop will include live historical interpretations … Continued

Acquiring government contracts to be focus of business seminar

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) at the University of Arkansas at Monticello will host a free seminar on how to certify a business to acquire government contracts. The seminar will be held at Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff on March 23 from 10 a.m. until noon. Government contracts are available every year for certified businesses. Participants will learn how to obtain the certifications and different types of contract possibilities. The … Continued