Barton, AR


Happy Birthday Levon Helm: Performing Live With The Band In 1973

Levon Helm would have turned 82 today. The multi-talented co-founding member of The Band was born on May 26, 1940 in Elaine, Arkansas. Helm sadly died nearly 72 years later on April 19, 2012 after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. Highlighted by his highly collaborative Midnight Ramble jams at...
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Humane Society of the Delta files lawsuit against Helena-West Helena over closure

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Humane Society of the Delta said it is suing the city of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, and Mayor Kevin Smith over its forced closure in October 2021. The lawsuit claimed the city and mayor “unjustly seized property which forced the closure of the County’s only animal shelter.” And it said the shelter, located at 8480 Phillips Road 300, is not under the jurisdiction of the city or mayor.

CDL program completer is owner/operator at age 19

At age 19, Reggie Jefferson, Jr., has created his own success, having completed the CDL program at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) and is an owner/operator of his own trucking company. Born in Ratio and raised in Elaine, Jefferson graduated from Marvell High School in May...

Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale Turns the Big 2–1

Fiery slide guitar acoustics and passionate vocals of the Delta blues have resonated throughout Mississippi since the early 1920s, and a club dedicated to the flowering rhythms and stark songwriting will soon celebrate its 21st anniversary in Clarksdale. “This is such a big deal for us,” Casey Ladd, social media...

Bright Spot: A 16-year-old scholar heads off to college

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local scholar is heading off to college – years before expected. Shortly after entering high school, she was promoted to her senior year. “I’ve gotten into the University of Memphis – Fayetteville – I got into Texas state – Cornell college — and I might be missing one and Murray state […]

Southern Soul Rodeo Honors Legacy of the Black Cowboy in Tunica

Zachary White raced out into the arena on his horse, dust swirling around the 10-year-old as the animal’s hooves pounded the red dirt and his hat blew off his head. White swung the rope around his head as he eyed the calf he was chasing. With a swift throw, he tossed the lasso at the calf’s neck. The braided fibers missed and landed in the dirt just short of his quarry. White and his horse trotted back into the stall as the judge called “no time” for the ride.