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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
The fascination of history
Posted Tuesday, August 10, at 5:29 PM
Everyone who enjoys Rector history should make it a point to meet at the Downtown Park at 11 this Saturday for a tour of the downtown area conducted by Rachel Silva of the Arkansas Historical Preservation Society. Rachel was in Rector last week to gather information for the tour, which should prove fascinating...

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The Big Concert
Posted Tuesday, August 10, at 5:19 PM

Wow. What a night!! Everyone seems to be in agreement that the annual Rector Helping Hands Concert just gets better every year. There was something for everyone in the four-hour show, with some of the nation's best gospel and bluegrass performers right here on the Rector stage. Add in one of America's foremost "religious" comics and there you have it -- a night to remember...

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Weiner press conference
Posted Tuesday, June 22, at 9:44 AM

It will be interesting to see what the reaction is statewide to the press conference patrons of the Weiner School District are holding today (Tuesday) in Little Rock. The group is attempting to show political leaders and others from across the state that the small Poinsett County district is viable both financially and academically and should not be forced to merge with another district simply because of low enrollment numbers...

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Mayfest Saturday
Posted Friday, May 7, at 3:30 PM

Don't forget to attend the big Rector Downtown Central Mayfest on Saturday at the Downtown Park. This year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured are craft booths, a children's game area, music and lots of food vendors...

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Delta Crossroads
Posted Friday, May 7, at 2:53 PM

We currently are working on our second edition of Delta Crossroads magazine. We were extremely pleased with the response of our spring edition. If you have any story ideas for the future, please contact me. If you wish to learn more about advertising in the product, please contact Laura Cole at 598-2201...

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Rector Community Guide
Posted Tuesday, November 3, at 8:01 PM

Our Rector Community Guide is being inserted in this week's copies of the Clay County Democrat. The guide is a comprehensive view of the community and is a product we believe our readers will enjoy. It also is designed to be distributed to those who have requested information about Rector, including prospective new residents and business owners. This is something the Chamber of Commerce has wanted to have for a long time and we believe this product fills the bill...

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A great Labor Day
Posted Wednesday, September 9, at 6:14 PM

The results are in and by all accounts it was another great Labor Day weekend in Rector. Even in a difficult economy, the revenue for the Labor Day Picnic exceeded last year. All those who volunteered their time to make the picnic a success are to be commended. Rector is known as a community of volunteers and it is never more apparent than on Labor Day weekend...

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Concert nearing sellout
Posted Tuesday, June 16, at 11:17 PM

At a meeting of the Rector Lions Club on Tuesday and also during a planning committee session later that night, chairman Gregg Sain said tickets are going fast for the Aug. 4 gospel concert in Rector. With proceeds going to the RHS Helping Hands Foundation, the concert features a great lineup of The Isaacs, Russ Taff, Dailey and Vincent, Guy Penrod and master of ceremonies Kevin Williams...

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Major concert being planned
Posted Monday, April 20, at 8:54 AM

Rector once again will have the unique opportunity of hosting a major gospel concert this summer. Rector native Bill Carter was here last week and one of the topics covered in his visit was the planning for another Gaither-artist concert. Carter, who has been involved in Gaither productions for many years, "makes it happen" in terms of being able to attract top talent to the Rector event...

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Ice Book Published
Posted Wednesday, April 8, at 9:52 AM

The Clay County Democrat has published a commemorative booklet for the 2009 Ice Storm. The booklets are available at the newspaper office for $10. They also may be purchased at the locations of the four underwriting sponsors -- Glen Sain GMC, Sigsby Insurance, Liberty Bank and Rector Downtown Drug...

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Tough loss for Cougars in 5 OT
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 12:05 AM

The Rector Cougars lost a heartbreaker, in FIVE OVERTIMES, to the Riverside Rebels tonight on the Rebels' home court at Caraway. A win would have put the Cougars into next week's regional tournament at Cedar Ridge. Despite the loss, RHS coach Mark Manchester said in a telephone conversation tonight that he is very proud of his team and the way they played hard in the marathon game...

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Minnesota trucker's trip to Rector featured on television
Posted Monday, February 16, at 8:04 PM

The humanitarian trip to Rector by Minnesota trucker Larry Kautz has been featured on a Minneapolis television station. The special journey by Kautz to help local residents following the ice storm, which involved delivering a semi load of supplies to the Rector Community Center, was featured Sunday night on Fox Channel 9...

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Basketball games
Posted Saturday, February 7, at 12:41 PM

The basketball games today (Saturday) do start at 3 at the local gymnasium. Both junior teams and both senior teams will be playing Turrell. For those that can get away, it might be a good and enjoyable diversion to all the problems Rectorites have been dealing with over the past 10 days...

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Recent days: both difficult and inspiring
Posted Friday, February 6, at 10:53 PM

It has been a very difficult but inspiring 10 days for all Rectorites, helping one another and working to overcome the ice storm disaster. As Charlie Crow says in his blog posted today, it has been the Golden Rule in effect all around Rector with friends and neighbors lending helping hands in countless ways...

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Rector On The Map
Posted Tuesday, January 6, at 5:21 PM

It is amazing how quickly stories now travel through both the printed version and the internet. Rector is on the international map as a consequence of Rolling Stones lead guitarist Keith Richards donating a signed guitar to be auctioned to benefit the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation...

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Veterans Memorial
Posted Tuesday, January 6, at 10:30 AM

An exciting new project is now underway in Rector -- the creation of an impressive veterans memorial on Main Street -- adjacent to the new visitors center that is being developed. Rector native George Barker (a retired Maj. General) and police chief Glenn Leach are serving as co-chairmen of the veterans memorial committee...

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Early morning fire
Posted Monday, July 21, at 10:18 AM

The Rector Fire Department responded to a house fire early Monday morning on Second Street in Rector near its intersection with Fordyce. The Marmaduke Fire Deptartment also was called to the scene. The structure was heavily damaged. The 911 emergency call came in about 2:30 a.m., according to Rector police officer Rockie Weber...

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Concert this week
Posted Monday, July 21, at 10:03 AM

This is the week for the big gospel concert to benefit the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation. There is no question this is the greatest concert ever to be held in the community. If you have not purchased your ticket, now is the time to do so and not miss out on this great opportunity -- while also contributing to a great cause...

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Landmark being renovated
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 7:53 PM

I wonder how many people over the years have driven down Main Street in Rector and taken an admiring look at the unusual old building located along the way -- the historic city jail structure. According to local historian Pauline Crockett, the structure was built in about 1915 and also housed the water department office...

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Exciting concert
Posted Tuesday, June 24, at 7:43 PM

The Helping Hands Foundation concert scheduled July 25 at the RHS Gymnasium promises to be one of the most exciting events in recent memory in our community. The talent level of those who will appear is amazing and it all goes to a great cause -- providing assistance for students in out locla school district...

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Ron Kemp and his wife Nancy have published the Clay County Democrat since 1977. They are excited about the new possibilities with the website and the opportunity to give a daily approach to "late-breaking" events in a weekly newspaper operation. Kemp has spent his entire career in the newspaper business and served as president of the Arkansas Press Association in 1993. The Kemps' daughter, Ashley Wimberley, has continued the family tradition, currently serving as director of marketing at the APA office in Little Rock.
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