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Arkansas Humanities Council Awards Grant to DeValls Bluff Civil War Interpretation Project Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 January 2012 12:25

The Arkansas Humanities Council board of directors met on November 18, 2011 to consider major grant applications. They awarded a total of fourteen grants that totaled $180,865. The approved projects represent a variety of humanities disciplines and formats.  

Among the grant projects approved was the DeValls Bluff Civil War Interpretation Project submitted by the Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundation of Little Rock. The grant award for the DeValls Bluff project is $4,858 and will be used to install three Civil War markers that will complement 6 existing Civil War markers. The markers will be dedicated at the Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest on April 28th in DeValls Bluff.

The Arkansas Humanities Council was incorporated in 1974 to develop a statewide program to acquaintthe citizens of Arkansas with the academic fields of study known as the humanities. These fields areconcerned with human experiences, beliefs, and ideas, and represent specific bodies of knowledge, methods of gathering information, and ways of thinking, talking, and writing about their subject matter. The council's next major grant deadline is February 15, 2012. Visit their website at for guidelines for grant applications, a list of funded grants, and application forms.

Thursday, 15 December 2011 18:38



LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has awarded seven grants totaling $12,359 for projects that will commemorate the war in the state, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

Recipients of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Grants were:

Arkansas Baptist High School Art Room Undergoes Renovation Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 18:26

Arkansas Baptist High School Art Room Undergoes Renovation


The art classroom at Arkansas Baptist High School recently underwent major improvements.  Improvements were made in storage, lighting and display.    New wall cabinets that wrap around most of the room were installed. In addition, a flat file for large work/paper storage and a dry rack were added to the room.

Economics Arkansas Hosts 16th Annual Bessie B. Moore Teacher Awards Luncheon Recognizing 10 Arkansas Educators Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 15:35


 November 29, 2011


Economics Arkansas Hosts 16th Annual Bessie B. Moore Teacher Awards Luncheon Recognizing 10 Arkansas Educators

alt Little Rock, Ark. (Nov. 29, 2011) —Ten Arkansas educators were recognized Nov. 2, 2011 for developing award-winning economics and personal finance projects integrated into K-12 classrooms last school year.  Among those paying tribute to these outstanding educators going “above and beyond”in the classroom were Gov. Mike Beebe, Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell, State Senator Johnny Key, Economics Arkansas board members, and sponsors.

 The Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Foundationis a proud sponsor of one of the award winning teachers, Terri Isringhouse of Forrest City Arkansas.  Terri 

AR Highway Commission Approves Funds for Devalls Bluff Enhancement Project Print E-mail
Friday, 11 November 2011 09:47

LITTLE ROCK (6-23) – The Arkansas Highway Commission has approved $12 million in federal funding for local Transportation Enhancement Program projects in Arkansas for 2011, according to Highway Commission Chairman R. Madison Murphy of El Dorado.

The funds cover 74 grant projects across the state, including one in Prairie County in DeValls Bluff. The Enhancement category of funding was created by Congress in 1991 for non-traditional transportation related projects.  Examples of eligible work include historic preservation, beautification, pedestrian/bicycle facilities and scenic highway enhancements.  Since 1993, the Commission has approved about 360 local enhancement projects statewide totaling over $55 million.

From Biscoe to Washington, DC Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:15

Wilma Ann Foster of Biscoe, Ar. attended the official dedication ceremony of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial held on Sunday, October 16. She journeyed to Washington, DC via tour bus originating from Dumas, Ar. on October 14-17 with College of Aspiring Artists (TCAA) students, and founder Pastor Arthur and Dr. Blanche Hunt. Wilma’s travel was made possible through donations and fundraising efforts. Wilma says, “I would like to thank Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church-Biscoe, the Arnold Family Foundation, Helen Holloway, my family and everyone who stopped by her fundraiser and bought a hot-dog, or a fish-plate and/or just gave a donation. “The monument is awesome and the message is so powerful.”

Article written by: The Grand Prairie Herald

Jumpstart Coalition Scholarship Awarded Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:13

The Arnold Family Foundation and the Arkansas affiliate of the Jumpstart Coalition are pleased to announce you that Kimberly Oliver and Dottie Sue of Har-Ber High School in Springdale have been selected as recipients of a scholarship to cover registration and hotel for attendance at the National Jumpstart Educator Conference.  The Conference will be held November 4-6 in Washington DC. More info. here:

As the nation's leading advocate for youth financial literacy, the Jumpstart Coalition® is proud to conduct the only national educator conference devoted entirely to personal finance education in the classroom. This is the second year that the Arnold Family Foundation and Jumpstart have partnered to offer scholarships for Arkansas teachers.


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Local resident praying she can save former DeValls Bluff Catholic Church Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:53

DeVALLS BLUFF -- St. Elizabeth Church in DeValls Bluff stands simply as a testament to the Catholic faith, even though it closed in 1986.

The simple wooden structure at the corner of Sycamore and Mason in DeValls Bluff was built in 1912, after the original church from 1904 was damaged beyond repair in a storm.

Gone are the parishioners, the echoes of music drifting in the air from Sunday Mass, the pews and the cross from the steeple. But St. Elizabeth's still stands.

It's leaning to the side; it's weathered wooden planks show through the remaining cracked and peeling white paint; its windows are boarded up to protect the remaining opaque glass; and the exterior received a beating during the storms in April 2011, wind damaging parts of the structure -- although the first line of defense for a historic property, the roof, is "amazingly still holding."


History Makers visit Stuttgart High School Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:41

One of 18 children, Janis Kearney picked cotton alongside her siblings as she grew up in the Arkansas Delta.

“One of the things I always tell young people is in spite of the fact that we were sharecroppers and we were the poorest family in Gould, Ark., my parents knew without a shadow of a doubt that none of us would ever leave home without getting a good education,” Kearney, of Little Rock, said. “They demanded it of us and we gave it to them. We did our best, we always did our best.”

Kearney became the first presidential diarist in U.S history under President Bill Clinton when she chronicled his daily life in the White House. She joined civil rights lawyer and activist Adjoa Aiyetoro on Friday to encourage about 50 Stuttgart High School students to work hard and follow their dreams.

The visit was part of the second annual Back to School with the HistoryMakers program, and was the first such visit in Arkansas. The Chicago-based nonprofit, the HistoryMakers, works to collect a digital archive of the contributions of African-Americans in every community.

Dunbar Receives OBU scholarship Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 09:01

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Madison Dunbar, a Ouachita Baptist University freshman from Des Arc, has been awarded the Arnold Family Educational Foundation Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. The scholarship is available to qualified students from the DeValls Bluff and Hazen area through the auspices of the Bill and Sharon Arnold Family Educational Foundation.

In addition to Dunbar, other Ouachita students who currently receive Arnold Family Educational Foundation Scholarships are Jessica Caldwell, a junior graphic design major from Clarendon; Sam Chidister, a junior art major from DeValls Bluff; Jonathan King, a junior physics major from DeValls Bluff; and Colby Petty, a junior biology major from DeValls Bluff.

Ballet Emmanuel Presents "Rain" Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 08:43

Hosted by: John Brown University and the Arnold Family Foundation
Monday October 10th, 2011 at 6:30pm
Admission: Free! (love offering accepted)

Rain:  Hope in the Midst of the Storm


Click to download a pdf of the entire flier.

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