The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors learned first-hand about the plans to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the establishment of Clark County during their Tuesday meeting.

The Arkadelphia City Board of Directors learned first-hand about the plans to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the establishment of Clark County during their Tuesday meeting.
Sandi McGuire of the Clark County Historical Association provided a history of the county, and outlined the events scheduled for later this year to commemorate the occasion.
“The year is 1818. James Monroe is President, John Marshall is shaping the history of the Supreme Court as Chief Justice, Henry Clay is speaker of the House and Congress has just authorized the official flag with 13 red and white stripes, and one star for each state,” said McGuire, who added that at the time, there were only 20 stars on the flag.
It was also during this year that William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark exploration, as Missouri’s Territorial Governor, officially designed the County of Clark as part of the New Arkansas Territory.
“Whether you were born in Clark County or arrived here at a later date, you have chosen to make this your home,” said McGuire.
“As we deal with the issues and challenges of everyday life, we often forget to contemplate what brings a community together.”
According to McGuire, a tentative list of events include:
• The education and information of residents of Clark County about its history.
• A series of seven lectures over seven weeks starting in September. The lectures are free and open to the public and will feature different time periods in the county.
• The sale of a commemorative coin to serve as a reminder of the event. Coins are available for $20 each and can be purchased at the Clark County Museum during its hours of operation. The museum is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.
• Traveling trunk displays for Gurdon and Amity residents.
Other features include a birthday dinner in November at the Henderson State University Garrison Center, as well as contests for all Clark County area schools.
“On December 15, we will serve cake on the Courthouse grounds. We are talking about a series of entertainment along with the cake,” said McGuire.
In addition, the CCHA has plans to publish a printed journey summarizing the events following the celebration.
“I’d like to ask everyone to make plans to help us make this celebration one for the history books. After all, none of us were at the Centennial Birthday, and we probably won’t be around for the Tricentennial,” McGuire said.
Other items addressed:
• The board entertained the 2016 legislative audit. The report showed the city’s offices of the mayor, police chief, parks and recreation director and building department were in substantial compliance with Arkansas fiscal and financial laws, while the office of the city manager, treasurer and district court were noncompliant.
• During their public forum, directors heard from Holmes Street resident Barbara Carter regarding the street near her home.
“My home is going down. It is sinking because of all the water that is coming down the street where I live,” Carter said.
According to Carter, her yard is the only one on the street that has a drain.
“When I first moved to where I am living, at the time, the city told me that I had to put a drainage system in. I did all of that and everything was fine. Other people started moving in and they did not have to put the drainage system in,” said Carter.
As a consequence, the only drainage for the area is in Carter’s yard.
“Sometimes, I am up at two in the morning trying to clean the drain out because it is stopped up and the water has flooded my property. Now, my house is sinking down,” said Carter, who added she had addressed her concerns with the city manager and a representative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I want something done about it. Who wants to pay for a house and then it just sinks in the ground?,” Carter said.
• Arkadelphia City Manager Gary Brinkley reported that Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation declaring Clark County as part of the February 2018 natural disasters.
As a result, Clark County will have access to the Governors Disaster Fund through Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and Arkansas Department of Aeronautic, which is 35 percent and 65 percent respectively. The funds will be used to repair the damages caused by the flooding at the airport.
“As payments are reimbursable, we will have to get a line of credit from a financial institution to bridge the gap as the cost will be in the neighborhood of $500,000,” Brinkley said.