Local community advocates are pleased to announce a new program called WE CARE.
mission is to clean up Helena-West Helena through a concentrated volunteer effort. By working together to mobilizing both citizen groups and individuals, we can make our community a clean and inviting place to live, work, and play. All social, civic, fraternal, religious entities, local businesses, schools and individuals are encouraged to volunteer. For more information, contact Larry Evans at communityadvocate@yahoo.com.

Academy program to expand in Helena(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): The Helena West-Helena School District's "Academy of Excellence" program caught the eye of statewide education reporter, Cynthia Howell, who shared news about the program's success in the Education Notebook section of the Sunday, August 27 edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Playground built for all memorializes special one (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): Cover story on the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette highlighting the outstanding work of Misti and Will Staley to bring about Freeman Park in Helena.

Death brings new life (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): A front-page column in the editorial section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette landing Misti and Will Staley for their extraordinary work rallying the community and developing Freeman Playground.

Getting Schooled in Helena (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): Rex Nelson's Sunday column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was dedicated to the progress made by the Helena-West Helena School District and also includes a favorable mention of KIPP Delta.

Hopes high 1919 events make parks list (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): Article highlighting the efforts of a key group of people to help establish a National Park site in Phillips County to help mark the Elaine Race Massacre before its centennial in 1919 and also to hopefully restore the National Landmark that is Centennial Baptist Church

Better Days Ahead? (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): A fantastic feature story on the cover of the Perpsectives section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on the many folks coming together to help Helena-West Helena move forward.

Raise a Caine back up (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette): Endorsement from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial board for the efforts underway to honor the legacy of rock legend Levon Helm in Marvell.

Rex Nelson: Pride of Turkey Scratch. (Arkansas Online) In May 1940, Nell and Diamond Helm welcomed a new son. They named him Mark Lavon Helm. He later would become known around the world simply as Levon. Levon Helm grew up in the Turkey Scratch community near Marvell, helping his family grow cotton. Music was a major part of his life from the start, both at home and in the church.To read the full article click here.

Making the Air Waves (Arkansaslife) For King Biscuit Time's anniversary, turn to the linked archives to listen to the story through voices of people who lived it.

The King Biscuit Blues Festival will take place October 4-7, 2017. The entire lineup of performers has been announced. Click here for more information on this legendary festival.