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Book Signing/Open House at the museum

Please mark THURSDAY, Sept. 25th on your calendar for a Book Signing/Open House at the museum from 11:00 till 1:00!

Don Duren, who grew up in Hot Springs and whose mother was from Mt. Ida has written a book about baseball notable Lon Warneke. Lon grew up just south of Mt. Ida in the small community of Owley and pitched on both the Mt. Ida High School baseball team and the local men's team 'Mt. Ida Athletics' before heading off to work his way up to the Minor and then the Major Leagues. He pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs during the 30s - 40s and earned the nickname "Arkansas Hummingbird" for his fast action. Later serving as an umpire, he had the distinction of being the only major league player to have both played AND umpired in an All-Star game AND a World Series. Quite a man!

Come by the museum and meet the author along with Lon's daughter Lonnie W. Luebben from Hot Springs.

We would certainly like to make them feel welcome here in the home county of Lon (Owley) and wife Charlyne Shannon (Norman)!


ARCO Launches “One More Day” Branding Initiative



[MENA] The Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas has just announced a new branding initiative called “One More Day”.  “The purpose of the branding initiative is to develop a brand – a common theme and graphic that can be used to market the many things to see and do in the ARCO region (Montgomery, Polk, and Scott Counties),” states Gar Eisele, ARCO Chair.  “We want to encourage visitors to stay one more day in the region.”

This initiative is sponsored by the Partners for a Vibrant Sustainable Future, a collaboration between the Arkansas Coalition of the Ouachitas, Rich Mountain Community College, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

“Thousands of people visit the ARCO region each year, and they often are not aware of the many things to see and do in each of the three ARCO counties,” states Carla Vaught, ARCO Board Member and Polk County Extension Agent.  “Based on the 2013 Arkansas Tourism Annual Report, if we can entice them to stay one more day in the region, this would increase travel and tourism by 31%- an increase in travel and tourism, expenditures in the region by $16.5 million.  This would support our travel and tourism businesses, increase jobs, and increase local government tax revenues.”

The ARCO brand logo would be used in many ways, such as on websites, signage, advertising,  printed materials, e-mail, social media, press release and banners. In addition, organizations and businesses would be invited to add this brand logo with a hotlink to their websites and use it in their marketing efforts.

Because a great brand expresses who a community is and what it offers, the public is encouraged to go on-line to complete the branding survey here:

ARCO Survey

If you would like an ARCO board member to discuss this with your organization, contact Tammy Young, ARCO Board Member and Community Relations Director for Rich Mountain Community College at 479-394-7622.

Creating a brand for the region – a logo and slogan that expresses who we are and what have to offer, is the first step in this process.  If we are successful in encouraging our visitors to stay ”one more day”, we will all benefit, Eisele concluded.


Good Old Days show on May 24 mixes cars and clovers

Fast facts

  • Good Old Days Festival car show May 24 mixes cars and clovers
  • More than a dozen divisions from pre-1949 vehicles to 2014 models
  • For more information, contact Brad McGinley, 870-867-2311

MOUNT IDA, Ark. -- The Good Old Days Festival vehicle show on May 24 will be a mix of cars and clovers -- all to help Montgomery County’s 4-Hers raise money for their educational programs.

The festivities take place in the Montgomery County Courthouse Square in Mount Ida.

“Our 4-Hers are in charge of the show, which is a significant fund-raiser for our youth development activities,” said Brad McGinley, Montgomery County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

McGinley said about about 40 club members lend their hands to the effort.  

“The club members take registrations, obtain sponsors for the show and are in charge of the annual raffle that goes with the show,” he said, adding “they also help set up and take down everything involved with the show.” 

The show usually attracts about 100 entries from around the region. The show has nearly two dozen divisions covering cars dating from before 1949 to those in the 2014 model year. There are also divisions for muscle cars, street rods, antique motorcycles, trucks, Jeeps, Corvettes, and even one for best fixer-upper.

“The antique motorcycles are always a big attraction,” McGinley said.

4-H members will also be on hand to help hand out the trophies.

Registration is $20 per vehicle and entries may check in between 8 a.m.-10 a.m. on the day of the show. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. The first 100 entries get free T-shirts.

For more information about the show, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at870-867-2311.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

By Cooperative Extension Service
U of A Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
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