On today's show, one of the grandest movie theaters in Northwest Arkansas in the 1950s and 60s reopens after years of renovations, the City of Rogers proposes annexing nearly 4,000 acres of unicorporated land, and Ken Burns asks Arkansas Vietnam War veterans to tell their stories.
The City of Rogers is proposing the annexation of nearly 4,000 acres of unincorporated land on the east and west sides of Highway 112. The largest tract of land is nearly 3,500 acres on the west side of the highway. The annexation would mean services like water and sewer would be extend into the annexed areas, but it would also mean increased property taxes for those who live there. The city would hold a special election for Rogers residents and those who live in the areas marked for annexation.
On today's show, local sheriffs hear from the community about their decision to participate in the 287(g) program that allows deputies to get involved in immigration enforcement. Plus, the staff at the Buffalo National River puts together a song parody to encourage visitors to come see the solar eclipse at the park and Farmington students start the year at a new high school.
The staff at the Buffalo National River got creative with a music video to encourage people to visit the park for this month's solar eclipse. They have also planned special events leading up to the viewing of this highly anticipated celestial event. Park Guide Lauren Ray outlines all the activities in our interview.
On today's show, a University of Arkansas student project catches the eye of a local company prompting it to work with the city to expand the idea of a semi-permanent parklet for a whole year and the Woody Guthrie Center Theater launches a new monthly songwriters series.