CITY MANAGER’S REPORT: Arts Festival, Trick or Treat events keep downtown thriving

First, he thanked the sponsors, staff and volunteers who made the Arkadelphia Festival of the Arts an “excellent event.” Brinkley said his administration was “pleased with the first year’s turnout and had so many people ask to be included next year” so he wants to keep the festival an annual event. “We will have our followup meeting next week and are looking forward to an excellent 2022 event,” City Manager Gary Brinkley told directors.

At 96, Charlie Payne brings the hurt on the golf course

Then there’s Charlie Payne who, at 96 years old, makes this morning ritual of put-downs a daily routine. The longtime Arkadelphia resident has lived through the Great Depression, served the country during World War II, lettered in five college sports and made a career out of teaching, coaching and leading schools in capacities as both principal and superintendent.

Manchester’s Pumpkin Day set for Oct. 2

On the grassy lot between the community center’s playground and Manchester Road will be rows of Arkansas-grown pumpkins for sale. Festival-goers are able to browse the large selection of pumpkins that will be picked and delivered the day before the event. In addition to the traditional jack-o-lantern type pumpkins, exotic varieties will be available at Pumpkin Day.

Obituary: Joe Tom Stricklin

He retired from the United States Postal Service in 2004. He served our country in the Arkansas National Guard. He enlisted on June 25, 1959 and retired as a Captain on November 4, 1979. Upon retirement, he received The Meritorious Service Medal and The Army Commendation Medal.

Dispatch Desk: Labor Day

A Memphis, Tenn., truck driver reported being assaulted by a colleague in the parking lot of Phillips 66 at Highway 53, Gurdon, where the two meet regularly to exchange trailers. The complainant said the suspect pinned him against the side of his truck and threatened to kill him — that he wasn’t afraid to return to prison — for no apparent reason.

APD offers tips on Back-to-School traffic

Monday, Aug. 16, will mark the first day of school for Arkadelphia Public Schools. Children will be crossing streets, waiting on buses or traversing sidewalks. Vehicles will line the once-empty streets as parents drop off or pick up their children, and newly licensed teenagers — ones who just woke up, probably from little sleep — will be driving to the high school.