Headlines from the Press Argus-Courier for September through December:


Vendors from five states are featured over the Labor Day weekend Downtown Junk Fest in Van Buren.

Crawford County search and rescue crews to go Texas to help with rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Alma Area Chamber of Commerce premieres its Networking at Nite event.

Citizens Bank & Trust Co. is announced as the presenting sponsor for the Great Futures Gala, a fund-raising event for the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren.

Ryan Clampli, a licensed EMT and Crawford County volunteer firefighter, is honored for his action in helping a 4-year-old girl who fell from a moving bus.

Crawford County’s annual fall cleanup begins.

A public meeting for the Kick Start Alma project is held.

Van Buren school resource officer George Edelen is recognized by the school board for his “amazing wiggle dance” at King and City Heights Elementary schools.

Sarah Mungula is chosen at the new director of the Alma Public Library.

Crawford County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol collected stuffed animals for law enforcement officers to give out to children they encounter while on duty.

Van Buren police begin giving tickets to drivers who block the intersection at Pointer Trail and Fayetteville Road.

An attempt to reverse the suppression of statements by Rickey Dale Newman, accused of killing a transient in Van Buren in 2001, is dismissed by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The Van Buren City Council voted to purchase property at 115 and 117 S. Ninth St. to convert to green space for the downtown area.

City Planner Joe Hurst announces he will be a candidate for Van Buren mayor in the 2018 election to replace a retiring Bob Freeman.

A mass flu clinic is held at the Crawford County Emergency Operations Clinic.

Van Buren parks department crew install interpretation panels at the new Freedom Park.


John Pope, director of Keep Van Buren Beautiful, is recognized for his efforts to increase recycling program at the state and local levels.

GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren hosts is second annual Fall Fashion Show at the Fine Arts Center.

Kassy Pense is crowned 2017 Mountainburg Dragon football homecoming queen.

The fourth annual Great Future Gala hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren is held at the ranch of JR and Rita Young.

Former death row inmate Rickey Dale Newman is released from the Crawford County Detention Center after first-degree murder charges are dismissed.

Van Buren High School Hall of Honor inducts Delores “Dee” Cox, Mayor Bob Freeman and Dr. John Wikman.

More than 200 attend the grand opening of ALDI in Van Buren.

Alma City Council approves a measure that requires all planning commission members to be appointed by the council and reside within the city limits.

Van Buren High School band takes first overall at the Southwest Missouri Regionals in Branson, Mo.

Candice Settle-Beshears is elected president of the Van Buren Board of Education.

Mulberry Public Library will be renamed the Ralph D. Graf Library of Mulberry.

Riley Watkins is crowned 2017 Van Buren Pointer football homecoming queen.

Miss Crawford County Kara Dickens of Cedarville named the Arkansas State Fair queen.

Construction projects in Alma more than double in 2017 as compared to the two previous years.

Hundreds make their way to a Van Buren train yard enjoy the Spirit of America, Union Pacific Railroad’s tribute to men and women in the armed services and those who have served.


Van Buren School District principals Lisa Miller of the Freshman Academy and Dr. Karen Endel of Butterfield Trail Middle School complete Phase III of the Master Principal Institute at the Arkansas Leadership Academy.

Local Girls Scouts Destiny Galvan and Hannah Bryant complete the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest level awarded to Girl Scout Juniors.

Toni Wilson, director of Stepping Stone School in Alma, is recognized for helping to change transportation tax legislation by receiving the Arkansas Transit Association’s President’s Award.

Southern Auto Supply - Parts City Inc. at 1603 E. Main St., Van Buren, is purchased by O’Reilly Automotive Inc.

Alma City Council agrees to move forward on a proposal to design a master plan for a 10-mile multi-use trail system at Lake Alma.

Van Buren School District Education Foundation kicks off its annual fund drive with a luncheon at Heritage United Methodist Church.

Alma High School students begin work on designs for a new City of Alma welcome sign.

DQ Grill & Chill announces it will open a new location in Van Buren.

Downtown Van Buren is transformed into a turn-of-century town for the filming of “The Riot Act.”

Both Alma and Mountainburg are eliminated from the state football playoffs in the second round.

King and Tate Elementary schools in Van Buren are honored by Gov. Asa Hutchinson with “Garden of the Year” awards.

Cpl. Chris Arnold, a 19-year veteran of the Van Buren Police Department, is selected as the new K-9 handler.

Kim Pierson is the winner of the $600 at the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. She became the first winner in six weeks of the progressive drawing sponsored by Choctaw Casino and Resort in Pocola.

Members of the Van Buren City Council approved an application for a private club permit for a downtown business. The permit for Larry B’s Rhythm Room featuring Hazel’s Gourmet Chicken and Waffles at 719 Main St. now goes before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division in Little Rock.

Construction begins on the renovation of the track at Van Buren High School.


River Valley Virtual Academy on the campus of the Van Buren High School Freshman Academy prepares for its spring semester.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Crawford County seeks donations for its annual Christmas party honoring children in the foster care system.

Van Buren Police Department Officer David Hendrickson loses his battle with lung cancer.

Hundreds turn out for the annual lighting of the Crawford County Courthouse.

Alma Intermediate School fifth grade honor choir performs in the rotunda of the state Capitol in Little Rock.

Tom Wing, director of the Drennen-Scott Historic Site, is the grand marshal for the annual Van Buren Christmas parade.

Van Buren Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas open house.

Bill Schemel of Van Buren is named the River Valley Master Garden of 2017.

Van Buren School Board votes to purchase five new school buses to continue the district’s plan to update its once aging fleet.

Ozark Off-Road Cyclists are selected as the project manager for the Chad and Betty Ann Colley Wilderness Trail project in Van Buren.

Dr. Debbie Atwell is selected as the new superintendent for the Mountainburg School District, replacing a retiring Dennis Copeland.

Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Gregory shoots and kills a man who lunged at the officer with a knife while attempting to place him under arrest.