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Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest 2014 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 19:33



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Adding new attractions while building on tradition



LITTLE ROCK, AR (April 7, 2014)  - The Arnold Family Foundation has announced that the 4th Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest will be held this year on Saturday, May 10th at the DeValls Bluff Community Center & Museum in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. 

The festival began in 2011 in honor of the historic significance and pivotal role that DeValls Bluff, along with the surrounding area, played during The Civil War.  It attracts people from all over the state, as well as out of state, each year with its historic representations, exhibits and its family-friendly atmosphere.

The 4th Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest is expected to grow significantly in size and in attendance this year. Event organizers are rolling out even more things for festival-goers to do. Included are: two stages with with 12 musical acts [Sonny Burgess & The Pacers headline], an antique car display at First Baptist Church, a Bass tournament on the morning of, the annual 5K run/family 2K walk on the morning of, shuttle rides all day to the actual Fort Lincoln, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a free rock climbing wall, the UAMS Mammo Van, and many other things for the entire family. This year’s festival will also extend its hours from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and the festival is FREE to enter.

We Believe Basketball Camp Draws 41 Players Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 June 2013 18:25


A free four day basketball camp for students from small towns is beginning on Monday.

We Believe Basketball Camp is for junior and senior high school students from DeValls Bluff, Hazen, and Biscoe to learn basketball skills as well as spend time with working people who came from small towns.

We Believe Basketball Camp, June 3 - 6, Hazen Gym Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 June 2013 21:09
Dear assignment editors, journalists and broadcasters,
This is not your typical summer basketball camp. The focus is sports AND education. The at no-cost “We Believe!” Camp invites Jr. and Sr. High school students from the DeValls Bluff, Hazen and Biscoe area to learn basketball skills and hear from alumni who have graduated from the small-town, delta area - teachers, doctors, lawyers,
The 3rd Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest Print E-mail
Friday, 03 May 2013 07:44

The 3rd Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest on April 27, 2013 will highlight the crucial role DeValls Bluff, AR played in the American Civil War. All events will be held in and around the Prairie County Community Center in DeValls Bluff.

The festivities will begin on April 6th with the Miss Fort Lincoln Beauty Pageant! It is open to all counties in Arkansas. Ages 2-21.

Starting a Business Workshop in DeValls Bluff on January 23, 2013 Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 January 2013 19:32


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Starting a Business Workshop in DeValls Bluff on January 23, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Jim Sadler, a Little Rock SCORE Business Counselor, will present a free Starting a Business Workshop in DeValls Bluff.  This workshop is being offered through the office of the Mayor of DeValls Bluff.

ACWSC Awards Six Civil War Sesquicentennial Grants Print E-mail
Monday, 17 December 2012 18:53


LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has awarded $9,842 in grants for six projects that will commemorate the war in the state, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

Recipients of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Grants were:

*Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation, $2,000 for the third annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Festival in DeValls Bluff
*Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc., $2,000 for an interpretive kiosk on the Battle of Pine Bluff
*Arkansas State University, $1,878 for The Battle for Freedom, a video production on the experiences of former slaves in Helena
*Arts and Science Center for Pine Bluff, $1,214 for a pictorial history of the Battle of Pine Bluff featuring art by children
Moving Prairie County Forward is on the Move Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 00:20


Moving Prairie County Forward is on the Move


altThe effort that began many months ago to organize the different communities of Prairie County into a county-wide organization that could be a stronger and more effective voice to address issues of concern we all share is still a work in progress.  Sometimes things seem to slow for many of us, however, we are making progress and there are photos available on the MPCF Facebook Page identifying some of the ongoing work and one exciting presentation that certainly qualified as a morale booster! 

During our monthly meeting held this time in Des Arc at the offices of the Des Arc High School Superintendent Mr. Rick Burns, (a member of the Steering Committee), we paused from our mission of editing and adopting by-laws for the association to accept two separate grants to the MPCF.  We have a practice of rotating our monthly meeting; the last one was in Hazen and next month we will meet in DeValls Bluff.

Youth Delegation Bringing New Businesses to DeValls Bluff/Hazen Area Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 August 2012 14:45




New Businesses to DeValls Bluff/Hazen Area

“Host of activities coming to encourage more youth”


altThrough the support of the Arnold Family Foundation seven youth from in and around DeValls Bluff were able to attend the Elevate Entrepreneurship Systems Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Camp, which was held in Little Rock this July22nd -26th

The camp engaged over 50 youth from communities across the State of Arkansas in 5 days of intensive entrepreneurship training. The event was held at Greater Second Baptist Church in Little Rock and the student’s hotel accommodations were provided by Wingate Hotel.

The DeValls Bluff Community was represented by: Malcolm Geans, Curtis Anderson, Tre Bradley, Chris Metcalf, Karina Swanigan, Denisha Cline, and Trudy Larkin.

Miss Fort Lincoln Beauty Natural Beauty Pageant Print E-mail
Monday, 09 April 2012 21:20

Miss Fort Lincoln Beauty Natural Beauty Pageant will be held on April 14th 2012 at 11:00 A.M. in the Prairie County Community Center in DeValls Bluff. Our emcee for the pageant is Sheryl Lackey a broadcast Journalist, a TV host, anchor, writer, and executive producer. This is a NATURAL PAGEANT that is open to all counties in Arkansas. “Sunday” make-up is requested. The Fort Lincoln directors want the queens to represent with a natural beauty and grace. You will be judged heavily on inner beauty and intelligence. There will be two age divisions Teen Miss: 12-16 and Miss: 17-23 years.

Essay Contest Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2012 09:12

The Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation will be sponsoring an essay contest for students in Prairie County and surrounding counties, including home schooled students.  The contest is open to 5th and 6th grade students. 

Essay Prompt:

Write a persuasive letter asking people to open their homes as safe houses for the Underground Railroad.  You should write from the standpoint of an abolitionist.

All entries should be mailed to Helen Holloway, P.O. Box 415, DeValls Bluff, AR 72041 by April 1, 2012.

The winners will win savings bonds ($100 to the 1st place winner, $50 to 2nd place and $25 to 3rd place) and have their essays read at the 2nd Annual Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest on April 28, 2012 in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas.  For contest information, please contact one of the following:

Stacy Sawyer,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 870-659-5652

Lisa Martin,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 870-734-6562

Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest Print E-mail
Monday, 30 January 2012 13:12



The Arnold Family Foundation proudly presents a Civil War Gala on April 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are on sell now for this exciting event for $25 per person or $45 a couple. The dress code will be period costume or business casual.

The night will feature period dancing and music led by Miss Karen Duffy of St. Louis, a silent auction and a sit-down dinner catered by Murry’s Restaurant. The dinner will include salad, roast beef with gravy, green beans, baked potatoes, rolls and bread pudding.

This gala will be held at the old school gym at the corner of Hazel and Ash in DeValls Bluff, AR. Anyone interested in buying tickets to this one of a kind event should call Stacy Sawyer at 870-659-5652. Or you can e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline for purchasing tickets is April 7th and seating is limited…so book your tickets soon! You may also mail your check made out to the Arnold Family Foundation to Stacy Sawyer @ PO Box 473, DeValls Bluff AR, 72041 to confirm your reservation.

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