Latest e-Edition

Latest Stories

Recent Stories

The Scotland Alumni Banquet and Homecoming is cancelled for 2021. Due to several COVID-9 related issues the cafeteria cannot be used at this time. The classes that were due to be honored in 2020 and 2021 will be honored in 2022. We look forward to seeing everyone for the 2022 Scotland Alumni…

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Arkansas Century Farm program. This program recognizes Arkansas families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. Online and printable applications are available at: ag…

Racing great A.J. Foyt, a man of great determination by the way, was the last person to win the Indianapolis 500 in a front-engine car. After that, all Indy 500 winners were in rear-motored car, which allowed better weight distribution and other things which ultimately means higher speed.

There comes a time when you and I have to face our fears and take a stand for what is right. That’s exactly what three young Israelites – Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah – better known as, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,” did. They courageously risked their lives when they refused to bow do…

This is the time of year when high school seniors close one chapter of their lives and prepare for the next. For Clinton High School Senior Ian Thompson, his next chapter will involve a move to Boston. Ian Thompson was accepted to both Columbia and Harvard University. Ian ultimately chose Ha…

Stopping to see the moss is the same as stopping to smell the roses, at least for me it is. On Mother’s Day, my husband asked me to take a hike with him. We went on a short hike to some waterfalls and when we got to the first waterfall he told me to sit down and just be quiet. It’s been a ve…

The Van Buren County Democrat editorial board is made up of publisher Frank Leto and editor Alex Kienlen

As Foster Care Awareness Month continues, The CALL in Van Buren County is holding a “Craws for The CALL” Crawfish and Shrimp Boil Fundraiser and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 22 in the Goode’s Cash Saver parking lot at 129 Bone Street, Clinton.

Dear Athletic Support: My son is in the running for the starting quarterback spot for his high school football team. He’s a senior and the kid he’s battling with is just a sophomore. My son’s more of a pocket passer, while the sophomore is a dual threat. Are there any specific drills we coul…

In the words of an old country song “the party’s over all good things must end” and so it was for the Clinton Yellowjacket baseball and softball teams this past week as they both ended their seasons in the Region 2 Tournament held in Clinton. The games were held in front of some of the large…

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series on food insecurity. The Van Buren County Democrat and its sister papers in central Arkansas collaborated on this effort. The second part, published last week, took a look the local Arkansas Food Bank affiliated program and additional county-specif…

The family of Bobby Weaver want to thank all of you who came for his memorial service and meal afterwards on May 1.

The Arkansas State Legislature recessed last week some 108 days after convening on Jan. 11. The 93rd General Assembly, newsworthy until both chambers’ last gavel on April 28 ahead of an expected fall session to handle congressional voter redistricting, passed more than 1,100 individual acts …

Wilma Louise Crow Rains, 86, of Dennard, Arkansas was born on July 12, 1934 in Dennard, Arkansas to the late Charlie and Ruth (Morford) Crow and passed from this life on April 20, 2021 in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. She always enjoyed visiting with people. Louise loved working on the farm and a…

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on food insecurity. The Van Buren County Democrat and its sister papers in central Arkansas collaborated on this effort. The first part, published last week, took a look at the statewide numbers and the role of the Arkansas Food Bank. This will f…

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, and The CALL in Van Buren County is inviting the community to join them in raising awareness for kids and youth in foster care and the foster families who care for them.

What a rain. We had over 8 inches of rain (So I heard). It rained so much and so fast the rain came down our chimney.

Thursday, the Volunteer Fire Department meets at 7 p.m. Call 253-5071 for info.

Thursday, the Volunteer Fire Department meets at 7 p.m. Call 253-5071 for info.

Russ Hensley pitched a gem for Clinton on Monday in the 2-3A District Tournament at Harding Academy in Searcy sending the Yellowjackets to this week’s regional tournament to be held in Clinton. Hensley threw a five-inning no-hitter striking out six in the Yellowjackets 11-0 win over Cave Cit…

It has been said that the only things you can count on are death and taxes, but you may have to add Jessie Wilson’s consistently successful Yellowjacket track teams competing in the state track meet to that list. It has been another successful track season for the Jackets in 2021 after the 2…

The 2-3A District Tournament Championship game played at Riverview High School turned out to be a pitcher’s duel between Clinton’s Abby Tharp and Bald Knob’s Madyson Shoebottom. The pitchers were both on their game as each team failed to score a run thru the first six innings before the Bull…

Dear Athletic Support: I love watching professional sports with my kids. It’s been a tradition of ours for as long as I can remember. But lately things have gotten so political in the sports world (basketball, especially) that it’s really hard for us to just sit back and enjoy the games. My …

The Van Buren County Democrat editorial board is made up of publisher Frank Leto and editor Alex Kienlen.

“It’s amazing, how one person’s act of kindness can change the course of your life. Today, follow their lead ... Pay it Forward.” – Unknown

The legislature brought the 2021 regular session to a close with a dramatic midnight meeting to approve a Sovereignty Act, which declares new federal laws invalid if they infringe on the right to bear arms.

Maybe you are reading this and you tired or maybe even exhausted. Maybe you are broken, fearful or just uncertain of the future. Like a runner that is tired reaches deep down and gets his second wind, I believe God wants every believer to catch their second wind!

Bryan Sikes, 55, of Clinton, died in a motorcycle wreck April 26. According to the Arkansas State Police fatal crash summary, it happened about 1:25 a.m. on Hwy. 65 southbound when his 2010 Honda motorcycle overturned and ran off the roadway, before impacting a metal sign, and reentering the…

Van Buren County Justice of the Peace Mary Philips, District 4, Fairfield Bay, has been elected secretary to the Arkansas Association of Quorum Courts, one of the 12 members of the Board of Directors.