In recognition of the 25th anniversary of his death, the surviving family of rockabilly and country-music legend Conway Twitty will be returning to his hometown of Helena, Arkansas on Friday, June 1 for a series of festivities around what has been officially proclaimed “Conway Twitty Day”  by Helena-West Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell, Phillips County Judge Clark Hall,  and Governor Asa Hutchinson (the latter’s proclamation is for June 5, the actual date of Twitty’s death).
The formal events to commemorate the day include food, the unveiling of a historical marker interpreting Twitty’s extraordinary life and career, a presentation of a key to the city, formal proclamations by representatives of Phillips County and the state of Arkansas, and remarks from members of the Twitty family. Members of the family will also be selling merchandise and signing autographs after the program concludes.
The event is free, open to the public, and will take place in Court Square Park (622 Cherry Street, Helena) with rain location at Beth El Heritage Hall (406 Perry Street, Helena). The event will begin at 4:30pm.
In addition, the following supplemental features are also on tap:
 (1) Southbound Tavern (233 Cherry Street) will be featuring live music by the Nashville-based band “Willie and the Planks” and serving half-price drinks and appetizers from 5:30pm to 7:00pm to anyone who presents a copy of the event program.
 (2) Handworks (227 Cherry Street) will be selling licensed Conway Twitty merchandise for the entire week leading up the event and will remain open late that night for those who wish to purchase merchandise after the event.



The annual John J. Lueken Jr. Essay is coming up. The Contest awards a $500 scholarship to the Phillips County senior witht ewinning essay ( the funds can be used for either in or out of state tutiiton). Essays are already being accepted and will continue through March 28,2018. A winner will be selected on April 6,2018.

Barton third graders that improved their grades from the first 9 weeks of school were treated to a popcorn party sponsored by the Helena West Helena Kiwanis Club. The students received certificates of accomplishment, chocolate covered pop corn and delicious hot  chocolate. They played games and had a lesson on helping your classmates to do better in school. The Kiwanis Club will return to Barton in 9 weeks to reward all third graders that raise their grades. At the end of the school year the Kiwanis Club will sponsor a party for the third graders with certificates and gifts for the studies that continued to bring up their grades. BUG, Bring Up Grades, is a program sponsored by the International Kiwanis Club. 

Field of Greens:Cover Crops Turn Into Picker Blessing. Mikey Taylor’s 110-acre block of cover crops has attracted pickers from three states and yielded a bounty of blessing.

On January 1, 2018 all 50 states are offerings First Day Hikes in state parks across the country as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and year round recreation at America's State Parks.. Delta Heritage Trail will also be joining in on the event. Several programs and tours will be given on the very first day of the year. This will include a first day dinner, hiking stick workshop, and bike tour. Please check out our website at or contact the Visitor Center at 870-572-2352 for more information.

Burn Ban Information. KBDI is an index used in determining forest fire potential. It is a balance combination of factors expressed in hundredths of an inch of soil moisture depletion. the index ranges from 0-800 KBDI with 800 representing absolute dry conditions. All Counties in the state of Arkansas readings are determined by the Arkansas Forestry commission. Phillips County usually set its burn ban around 550 KBDI. Recent daily readings from the Arkansas Forestry commission have remained in the lower 400 KBDI index range for Phillips County.

Smart 911 Benefits. A safety profile can make you safer and more prepared when emergencies happen it gives 911 operators valuable information about you or your family. You can receive alerts to avoid flooded roads or a forest fire. even things you have your home used in an emergency can help emergency respondents when an emergency happens to your. remember smart 911 is private and is stored on secure computer servers. Log on today and create your profile.

The J.J. and Beulah White Foundation is seeking proposals for the awards of grants in 2018.The foundation specifically benefits non-profit organizations in Phillips County, Arkansas. During 2018 the foundation will award a grant or grants up to $10,000 to qualifying entities in Phillips County. The Foundation Board meets twice yearly to evaluate and make selections of these grants. Your proposal should include the following information:

A. Name, address, phone number, and email address of your organization.

B. Name of primary contact at your organization.

C. Tax ID number and proof of non-profit status.

D. A detailed explanation of the project you are requesting support for, its total cost, the benefit to your organization sits impact on Phillips County. Your proposal should include any drawings, pictures, renditions, schematics, or other media which will laid the Board in understanding the project.

Your proposal should be recieved no later than December 31, 2017

mail proposal to :
Barbie Washburn
905 Carruth
Marvell, AR 72366

Grant awards will be presented in January 2018.

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. 

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.

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