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September 20, 2020


County Fair is a no-go, another casualty of covid-19
With the exception of a couple of the youth livestock shows, the 2020 Grant County Fair has been canceled due to covid-19 pandemic, organizers have announced.
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Local covid-19 patients tell their stories
To say that the covid-19 pandemic has been strange would be an understatement. The economic ramifications have been immense as tens of millions of Americans have filed for unemployment. Schools across the nation were forced to close and switch to virtual learning for half of the spring semester.
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fire chief tells council that volunteers are scarce these days
Sheridan Fire Chief Ben Hammond told the Sheridan City Council last week that there is a shortage of volunteers who are interested in helping his and other fire departments in the county.
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Councilmember, wife recovering from virus, slowly
About two and a half months ago, Lee Henson and his wife were finally getting over the main symptoms of their battle with covid-19.
And even though it's been months, Henson said his wife still isn't completely over it.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Peoples ranked No. 1 in state
Peoples Bank will be celebrating its 20th year in business this month. And while this is an impressive and noteworthy milestone, the bank has another reason to be celebrating. Peoples Bank was recently rated as the number one overall bank in the state of Arkansas for the second quarter of this year.
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Barbers and Beauty Shops
In March of 2020, barbershops and beauty shops in Arkansas were ordered to close by Governor Asa Hutchinson due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though these businesses are now open again with guidelines in place, this executive action made us realize the importance of our barbers and stylists. In fact, barbers and stylists have been established in Grant County since the late 19th century. My own great-grandmother, Jo Wilson McNeill, was a beautician in Sheridan during the 20th century.
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Education in 2020: A new way of learning
While senior Kaylee Mason is up at 6 a.m. getting ready to leave for school at 7 a.m., senior Faith Wentz is still sleeping in until she wakes up at around 9:30 a.m. to do her online school work.
Whether kids are a virtual or blended student this year, the school year is an obvious contrast from years in the past.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

The rise and fall of The Pines mall
On June 14, The Pines Mall closed its doors after being in business for more than 30 years. The once-lively enclosed shopping center brought people from all over southeast Arkansas, including Sheridan, to Pine Bluff to shop, eat and enjoy themselves. But shoppers have been scarce for years, and the few that were left will now be going elsewhere.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

SSD parents weighing options on fall school choices
Nearly two weeks after the Sheridan School District released its plans for reopening school in the fall, many parents have mixed emotions about where and how their students will be studying.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Entergy's second bite at rate apple may go quicker
Entergy filed its initial solar power rate request on August 15, 2019, and it took the state Public Service Commission the entire 10 months allowed by law, until June 15, to issue its decision. A resubmission of parts of the rate request, however, could be handled much quicker by the three-member body.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020


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