Cleveland County, AR

County Tables Waste Bids; Adds $100,000 For Road Fuel

RISON – The Cleveland County Quorum Court decided Monday night to table a decision on a new solid waste contract until next month, but did vote to move $100,000 in federal COVID relief money into the road department to shore up a depleted fuel fund. Those matters and others...

Roberts, Rison Council Hear Millage Details

RISON – Mayor Charles Roberts and the Rison City Council voiced their support for the Cleveland County School District’s proposed millage increase after hearing a presentation from Superintendent Craig Dupuy during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Roberts said he invited Dupuy to address the council since he...

CCSD Voters Will Decide Millage Request Tuesday

RISON – Voters in the Cleveland County School District will determine the fate of a proposed 5-mill tax increase when they go to the polls for a special millage election this Tuesday, Aug. 9. The school district is seeking 5 mills to build a new gym that includes space...

Car-train collision in Rison kills vehicle driver

A collision between a car and a Union Pacific freight train about 2:52 a.m. Friday killed a Rison man. According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, Jay Warner, 37, was driving a 2017 model Nissan south on Main Street when he entered a grade crossing that has warning bells, lights and crossing arms. The car was struck by the westbound train. The vehicle came to rest along the north side of the rail grade crossing.

Making Jam, Jelly Focus of Extension Workshop

RISON – Last Friday, July 22, Cleveland County had its very first canning workshop of 2022 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds meeting room in Rison. The workshop was hosted by Cleveland County Family & Consumer Science agent Danielle Watson while being accompanied by Ouachita County Family & Consumer Science agent Tonya McKenzie.

Legislative Vote Puts ‘Hold’ on RHS Project

RISON – Plans by the Cleveland County School District to use federal COVID relief funds to help pay for a $1.2 million project to replace the air conditioning units at Rison High School are currently on hold after the Arkansas Legislative Council voted last week to use that money for teacher and staff bonuses instead.

Local High Schools Set Locker, Schedule Dates

RISON – Registration for the 2022-23 school year begins this Monday, Aug. 2, for both the Cleveland County and Woodlawn School Districts. Here are some dates to remember for both high schools:. Rison High School. Rison High School has issued the following schedule text book and locker assignments, Principal...

Early Voting Set To Begin Tuesday For CCSD Millage

RISON – Early voting in the Cleveland County School District’s request for a 5-mill tax increase will begin this Tuesday, Aug. 2, and will continue each weekday through Monday, Aug. 8. The election day itself is Tuesday, Aug. 9. All early voting will be held from 8 a.m....

Jerry Casey

Jerry Lane Casey, 77, of the New Home Community in Cleveland County passed away at his home on July 15, 2022. He was born April 2, 1945, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the late James Edward and Flora Mae Reed Casey. Jerry enjoyed deer hunting and fishing, but most of...

Bradley and Cleveland County both under burn bans

Multiple days of temperatures over 100, a heat index expected to rise to near 110 across South Arkansas over the next several days, and only a small chance of rain coming Thursday, Bradley and Cleveland Counties have both issued burn bans as of today, July 19, 2022. As of Tuesday...

‘Accelerate Arkansas’ Committee Holds First Broadband Meeting

RISON – Cleveland County is one of five communities in the state that started an intensive 14-week program last Thursday that will ultimately result in a plan to expand high-speed internet throughout the county. Accelerate Arkansas is an initiative started by the Arkansas Connectivity Coalition, a group of more...

Cleveland County Seeing Increase In COVID Cases

RISON – Cleveland County is seeing an increase in new COVID cases that health officials are linking to the coronavirus’ newest variants, Omicron BA.4 and BA.5. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) website reported there were 44 active cases in the county as of Tuesday, July 19, which is down from the 47 reported Monday. In comparison, the county was averaging in the mid-20s for active cases in June.

Storm Topples Trees, Damages Structures in Cleveland County

RISON – A severe thunderstorm that blew through the central part of Cleveland County Saturday afternoon damaged homes, overturned sheds, blocked roads with toppled trees and knocked out power to some residents in the county. A severe thunderstorm packing high winds and hail made its way across the central...

Pastime: Floral beauty found on printed cloth feed sacks

Somehow a recent Arkansas History Listserv discussion aimed at home-made drawers – especially those of printed feed sacks revived a Pastime for me. The historians we snickering about the girls (and some boys, too, I wager) were wearing cotton undergarments often with the imprinted words of “sweet and pure,” imprinted on their backsides.

CCSD Ahead of Schedule With 22-23 Campus Preps

RISON – Superintendent Craig Dupuy told the Cleveland County School Board Monday night that summer maintenance is progressing nicely as the district prepares for the start of the 2022-23 school year on Aug. 15. Monday night’s school board meeting was held in the business lab at Rison High School...

Technology Issues Temporarily Closes DG Store at Rison

RISON – Technology issues are the reason the Dollar General store at Rison has been closed for much of this week, the corporate headquarters in Tennessee informed the Herald on Tueseday. “Our store at 7104 Highway 79 in Rison, Arkansas is temporarily closed to address store technology issues and...

CCSB To Consider Security Officers

RISON – The Cleveland County School Board gave Superintendent Craig Dupuy permission Monday night to bring more information about using existing teachers and staff to become armed certified school security officers at the Rison School campus. Though no formal vote was taken, the school board was in agreement during...

County Fair, Rodeo Returning Sept. 15-17

RISON – After a two-year hiatus, the Cleveland County Fair is set return in September, though in a scaled down version, Cleveland County Fair Board president Roy Phillips has announced. The Cleveland County Fair Board voted earlier this month to hold the 2022 county fair Thursday through Friday, Sept....