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Tales of the St. Francis River

No other river best captures the diverse nature of Missouri than the St. Francis River. The river begins its 426-mile course in the St. Francis Mountains, flows rapidly in its rugged upper part, before taking the appearance of a typical Ozark river, then ends in the flat swampy country of southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas. It marks the boundary between Missouri and Arkansas along the west side of Dunklin County, then eventually reaches the Mississippi north of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.
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Ark. man arrested as person of interest in Helena-West Helena homicide

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (WMC) - An Arkansas man was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection to a deadly shooting in Helena-West Helena. Investigators with Helena-West Helena Police Department say officers were dispatched to a residence on HWY 49 regarding a shooting where they found 43-year-old Demarcius Foreman suffering gunshot wounds.

ASPSF names PCCUA alumnus as Student of the Month

Kendrick Jackson is Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund's Student of the Month for August 2022. He is pictured here with his daughters, Keniya and Kimmorah. Stuttgart, Ark. (Aug. 9, 2022) — Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is proud to recognize Phillips Community College alumnus Kendrick Jackson of Stuttgart as the Student of the Month for August 2022.

New office for Helena campus security

James Reese, of West Helena, and Sammie Henry, of Helena, both former police officers with the Helena-West Helena Police Department, are full-time campus security staff at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA)-Helena with a new office across from the bookstore in the Bonner Student Center. Henry, our...
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Prep roundup: Oak Hill Academy softball outlasted in extra innings

CLARKSDALE — The Oak Hill Academy softball team suffered a tough extra-inning, walk-off loss to Lee Academy in Monday’s road game. The Raiders took the lead in the top of the ninth on a Harley Vaughn sacrifice fly but allowed two runs in the bottom of the frame, falling 9-8. With runners on first and second, Alyssa Vassel plated both runs on a two-out, winning hit for the Fillies.

NASA associate manager gives back to her hometown

Growing up in the small city of West Helena, Arkansas, Ruth Jones never dreamed of even knowing – let alone having a career as – a physicist or NASA employee. She went on to become both and has spent her career giving back to her hometown. “I want...

On The Road With Blues Musician Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram

Twenty-two-year old Grammy-nominated artist, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, known as the defining blues voice of his generation, is on a roll. Kingfish came into prominence in 2019 when he brought out his first eponymous album Kingfish on Alligator Records. He was 19 years old. Since then, from his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi to stages around the world, Kingfish has headlined two national tours and performed with such artists as Buddy Guy. He was interviewed by Sir Elton John on Rocket Hour, released a duet with Bootsy Collins, and recently opened for the Rolling Stones in London. He has been nominated for a total of nine Blues Music Awards and has won them all.

Obituary: Wanda Wilkett Watts

Wanda Wilkett Watts, age 80, of Desha died Monday, August 1, 2022, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville. She was born on October 13, 1941, in Marvell, Arkansas to Charles Wilkett and Edith Opal Fannon Wilkett. Wanda ran a daycare in Cave City, Arkansas for several years, and...