Ozark, AR

Boil-water notices issued in Van Buren

Repairs to the Lee Creek Water Treatment Plant continued Monday as crews hoped to complete the work to restore water pressure to the area in a quicker time than expected. A part had to be ordered to repair the plant that provides water to not just Fort Smith but Van Buren customers. The city of Van Buren buys water from Fort Smith. There are no boil-water notices for Fort Smith residents but there have been for Cedarville.
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Douglas Joins Ozarks as Academic Support Coordinator

MaKenzie Douglas has joined the University of the Ozarks as an academic support coordinator in the Jones Learning Center (JLC). Her first day at Ozarks was Monday, Aug. 8. Douglas most recently served as an academic advisor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. She also served a graduate school internship at U of O in the JLC, Registrar’s Office, and the athletic department during the summer of 2021.
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Teacher Ed Program Lauded for Praxis Pass Rates

The University of the Ozarks’ Pat Walker Teacher Education Program has been recognized for its students’ high pass rates in the state licensure exams. U of O elementary education students ranked first in Best-Attempt Pass Rates and sixth in First-Attempt Pass Rates in Arkansas in 2021, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Aspiring teachers in Arkansas must take and pass the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test, one of the final steps before earning a teaching license.

Diamond Drive-In, A Clarksville Gem

Many dairy bars throughout The Natural State continue to stand the test of time, churning out simple eats to an audience primarily comprised of small-town loyalists. On a personal note, these places were a welcome sight during the height of the pandemic, a time when I was not exactly enthused about stepping inside a restaurant. The dairy bar made it easy. Pull up, park the car, and grab my food at the window. Pleasant weather meant I could hang out and gobble up my treats on a bench, all while soaking in the particular town’s vibe. Lonoke, England, and Sheridan all come to mind. There are others.

Parts of Crawford County, Arkansas, without water

VAN BUREN, Ark. — Part of Crawford County lost water Friday morning. The area most affected is Interstate 40 and up Highway 59 to Lowe's in Van Buren, but the entire area could be facing shortages. Steve Dufresne, Van Buren utilities director, said the water loss is due to...

Boil water order issued for areas in Van Buren

VAN BUREN, Ark. — A boil water order has been issued for some residents in Van Buren until sometime next week. South to Hynes Street between Fayetteville Road and North 13th Street. South to Northview Street. Mount Vista Boulevard. Vista Hills Boulevard. Heritage Heights subdivisions. Park Heights subdivisions. The...

Over 900 children to receive free school supplies, clothing and more

This event is made possible by 11 area churches and 19 area businesses who partner with the Matthew 25 Project to donate supplies, food and more. The nonprofit was started in 2017 by the Hope Academy in Van Buren, led by Karen Beckner. It began with backpacks for students in need but quickly grew to include clothing, hygiene packs, groceries, a free dinner, haircuts and more.

Classes Begin Aug. 23 for Fall Semester

University of the Ozarks will begin classes for the 2022 Fall Semester on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The University is expected to welcome approximately 300 new incoming freshmen and transfer students to campus for the New Student Orientation, which runs from Aug. 19-22. The orientation begins with move-in from 9 a.m....
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Joseph Dean Templeton, 74

Funeral services for Joseph Dean Templeton, 74, of Booneville, Arkansas, formerly of Thornfield, were held Saturday, July 30, 2022 at the Ava Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment was Monday, Aug. 1, with full military honors at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Road, Springfield. He died...