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...

First Plaques Honoring Local Vets Go Up at Veterans Park

RISON – The first mounted plaques listing the names of veterans with ties to Cleveland County have gone up at Veterans Park in Rison, and the man behind the project said even more will be put up shortly. It’s just the latest improvements going on in Rison in an effort by  volunteer John Blanchard of...

Ray Bryant Family Donates Land to New Edinburg VFD

NEW EDINBURG – The Ray Bryant Family has donated .41 acres of  land on Mt. Lebanon Road that will the New Edinburg Fire Department to build a new sub-station there that will provide better fire protection for those living in the Mt. Lebanon and Smith Chapel communities. The deed was formally signed...

Hammett Survives To Eliminate Bears, 5-2

PINE BLUFF – The Woodlawn Bears had Junction City starter Parker Hammett on the ropes in the first inning of the Class 2A semifinals Monday afternoon at Taylor Field, but the senior righthander survived and went on to lead the Dragons to a 5-2 victory over the Bears. Junction City, the no. 2 seed from...

New Voter ID Law Will Be Used Tues.

RISON – While the legal battle over the state’s new voter identification law is ongoing, Cleveland County Clerk Sharon Gray wanted to remind voters that a stay has been granted in the case and voters will still be required to present some form of photo I.D. when they vote. The law was approved by the...

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