High Schools Begin ‘Digital Learning’ Classes

RISON – Remember signing up for criminal justice classes in high school? How about fashion merchandising, or sales and marketing? Those are just some of the “digital learning” classes now being offered to high school students in Cleveland County and across Arkansas this year thanks to Act 1280, a...

Congressional Candidate Witt Makes Stop in Rison

RISON – James Lee Witt, the Democratic nominee for Arkansas’ Fourth Congressional District seat, discussed a few domestic and international issues with The Herald during a campaign swing through Rison Tuesday morning. Witt, who served as the director of the Federal Emergency Management Administration...

Phoenix, Ackerman Buildings Finally Torn Down Monday

RISON – After two delays, demolition of the old Phoenix Hotel and Ackerman Building in downtown Rison took place as scheduled Monday afternoon. About a dozen or so spectators began gathering around the sidewalks surrounding the building at about 2 p.m. as a trackhoe was delivered to the site. By 4:15...

Decision To Pursue Farming Has Paid Off For Young Family

RYE – When Bob and Brenda Young had a decision to make early in their marriage concerning their future, they both knew where they wanted to be – in the country – but what they would do there to earn a living was still up in the air. After marrying in 1983 and building a house in Rye, the...

Phoenix Hotel, Other Buildings Set For Demolition Next Week

RISON – Demolition of the old Phoenix Hotel, the only two-story structure remaining in downtown Rison, could begin within the next week, Troy Duke, president of The Bank of Rison, announced this week. Duke announced last month that The Bank of Rison had bought the Phoenix Hotel and the neighboring...

Organizers Hope Food Giveway Will Help Create Local Food Bank

RISON – Organizers of the first Cleveland County Churches Caring for Children food giveaway were satisfied with the turnout they received Tuesday, and are hoping it will plant the seed for a county-wide food bank operation in the near future. Melinda McKnight, administrator for the Cleveland County...

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