Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) will be having an application workshop administered by the Grants Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. This workshop will also serve as initial public notice of funding availability through the competitive cycle of the General Assistance program. The workshop will be held on December 4, 2017 at 10:00 am In Forrest City, AR at the Forrest City Civic Center, located at 1335 N. Washington Street, Forrest City 72335.

Elaine Massacre Gets Second Look 98 Years Later(Arkansas Matters) In an isolated part of the Arkansas Delta, the sun shines on fertile farmland for as far as the eye can see. Exactly what took root in the cotton field, still haunts this Phillips County community.

Elaine,AR is Birdhouse Capitol of the World(Arkansas Matters) In the East Arkansas town of Elaine, there are more birdhouses than people. 

Along the Mississippi(New York Times) The Great River Road, the byway that runs next to the
Mississippi River, was the organizing principle of a road trip that took a family through the history of this land.

Business 2 Business is a new chamber initiative that will empower members to compete for fellow chamber member business. Share your goods and service needs with fellow chamber members and have them compete for your business. B2B is also your way to share leas on business opportunities that you would like to share.

Solfuels USA Loads First Tank at Helena-West Helena Plant(Arkansas Business) Solfuels USA LLC, which recently started production of biodiesel at its retrofitted facility in Helena-West Helena, celebrated the loading of its first railroad tank on Tuesday. 

Local community advocates are pleased to announce a new program called WE CARE.
WE CARE's
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.