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Truck Crashes into Local Food Pantry Building

During its monthly food distribution on Saturday, volunteers at the Calico Rock Food Pantry were shaken by a loud boom that shook the building as a pickup truck slammed through the wall of the building. Although several people were in the building at the time of the crash neither the pickup truck driver nor anyone…

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Calico Rock Artisan Gift Shop Welcomes Dana Finimore

 By Patricia Kilpatrick, Guest Experiences, Calico Rock Museum Dana Finimore has joined Calico Rock Artisan Cooperative offering her exquisite jewelry and beautifully glazed pottery. Dana is a multimedia artist and educator. She says, “As I explore the rugged terrain around Arkansas, I am once again reminded of why I make work in response to nature.”…

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Lady Pirates are 2023-24 Conference Champs

By: Tammy Stephen Coach Patrick Drennan and the Calico Rock Jr Lady Pirates will be raising their very own banner this year as they are the 2023-24 Conference Champs.  With an overall record of 18-6 and 6-1 in conference, the Jr Lady Pirates were presented with the Championship trophy at the finals of the District tournament. …

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Pirates and Panthers Dominate at State Bowling Championship

The Norfork Panthers and Calico Rock Lady Pirates delivered the Twin Lakes Area a pair of state bowling championships on Friday at Rogers. Just three years into the bowling program at Calico Rock High School, the Lady Pirates make school history by bringing home the 1A-2A 2024 State Championship trophy and banner. Congratulations to Senior Lailee…

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Jail expansion project bid response disappointing

By Rich Fischer   During a special meeting held last Wednesday, members of the Izard County Quorum Court were present for the opening and review of bids which had been submitted for various portions of the planned jail expansion project. Robert Barrett, president of Smith-Doyle Contractors, the firm previously engaged by the County to perform…

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Calico Rock Elementary students win best in state

Congratulations to these CRES students who were the best in the state in the Y.E.S. Competition!      The students developed their own invention, created a business plan to build and sell that invention, and presented their whole plan to a panel of judges. In this tough competition that focuses on creativity, teamwork, business ideas, and…

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Murder charge filed in death of Stone County Sheriff’s deputy

A capital murder charge was filed last Friday against the Mountain View man accused of killing a Stone County Sheriff’s deputy on January 2. According to the arrest affidavit for 52-year-old Clinton Craig Hefton, Deputy Justin Smith went to Hefton’s Sawmill Road address with a misdemeanor terroristic threatening warrant from the Stone County Sheriff’s Department. When…

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Warrant leads to discovery of pill distribution center

On January 9, 2024 a search warrant was served at a residence off of North Moccasin Creek Road just North of Calico Rock. The search warrant was the result of an investigation by Homeland Security, the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, for possession and trafficking of illicit narcotics. During…

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Blanchard’s photo featured on cover of January Arkansas Living Magazine

The White River Current’s Panther Pride contributing journalist Cayla Sue Blanchard has had a photo featured on the cover of the January 2024 edition of Arkansas Living Magazine. The photo, taken at Rand Rodeo Arena in Dolph, features a silhouette of a cowgirl against a beautiful sunset. Arkansas Living Magazine is a monthly publication that…

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Local farm inducted into the Arkansas Century Farm Program

     Nine local farms were inducted into the Arkansas Century Farm Program last Monday in Little Rock. Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward accompanied Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders as they recognized 36 farms in total across the state. The Arkansas Century Farm Program recognizes Arkansas farms of 10 acres or more owned by the same family…

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