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.

School is right around the corner and there are many children in our community that are not able to afford school supplies or uniforms. For more information, contact Warren or Mary Stephens at 870-572-2504 or Ethel Warren at 870-995-3971. Donations may be mailed to 129 Panama Rd. or 257 Panama Rd. West Helena, AR 72342. Deadline for any donation will be no later than August 5, 2017.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas will be holding “Hope for the Future”, an educational seminar on Friday September 8 from 8:00am until 1:30pm. This free workshop is geared for those caring for someone with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. Lunch will be provided. There is a charge of $45 for Health Professionals and Family Caregivers requesting CEUs. Respite Care Financial Support Available. The deadline to register is September 5, 2017. For more information, call 501-224-0021 or visit

Arkansas is #1 in Senior Hunger! Alzheimer's Arkansas wants to do their part in putting an end to senior hunger by hosting an Alzheimer’s Walk on September 9, 2017. Registration begins at 7:30am with the Walk and Program scheduled for 8:30am. Contact Barbara Jensen at 501-224-0021 to pre-register and receive additional door prize tickets. You also qualify for additional tickets by bringing one senior friendly food to the walk. Participants who donate at least $25 each will receive a commemorative Walk T-Shirt while supplies last!

Banner Competition: Banner designs must be in good taste; no glitter or feathers are to be used; banner must display team's name; must relate to Alzheimer's disease; be handmade; no professional sign services may be used.

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.