Grant to Aid Updates at Chalk Bluff

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Taking part in a General Improvement Fund grant presentation to Clay County for improvements to Chalk Bluff State Park Friday at the Clay County Courthouse were, from left: Marvin Exum, Sen. Robert Thompson, Clay County Judge Gary Howell and John Andrews.

A grant received Friday, Oct. 10, will help Clay County make necessary improvements to the Chalk Bluff Historic Civil War Park neat St. Francis. Clay County Judge Gary Howell was presented with a check in the amount of $6,000 from Sen. Robert Thompson, Department of Rural Services director John Andrews and Marvin Exum of the Arkansas Rural Development Commission at the Clay County Courthouse in Piggott.

The funds were made available through a Fiscal Year 2015 Arkansas General Improvement Funds grant, which is administered through a partnership between the Department of Rural Services and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission. The funds will be used to replace the roof on the park's restrooms and pavilions.

"I'd like to thank Sen. Robert Thompson, John Andrews and Marvin Exum for their help in bringing this grant to Clay County and all they've done for us in the past," Howell said. "These General Improvement Fund grants have been a big help throughout the county, and none of it would have been possible without their support."

Chalk Bluff has been maintained as a park for more than 20 years to mark the historical significance of the battle. Visitors to the site can traverse paved walking trails through the area, sharing in the historic surroundings and reading markers which provide informational summaries of the events and battle.

"Chalk Bluff is part of our history," Howell said. "It's also a good attraction for the county, with visitors from all over visiting the park each year."

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