Ark-O Meet and Greet Community Meeting

Some of you may have received a letter from Ark-o explaining that the switch over from TDS to Ark-O will take place on July 6, 2016. This letter also explained the rates. In addition to this letter, Ark-O will be holding a Meet and Greet Community Meeting on July 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the community room here at City Hall. The Ark-O Company is looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.

On Your Mark! Get Set! READ!!!!!

Hey kids let’s race to see who can read as many books possible and let the stories take you straight to the Summer finish line with amazing adventures. The Iva Jane Peek Public Library will be hosting their 2016 Summer Reading Program and kids ages 5-9 are invited to attend. Below, you will find your invitation to come so be sure to RSVP now.  To RSVP now, please click here: Pre-registration form. (You will need to print the form out and bring to the library.)2016 Summer Reading Program (2)

 

 

Learn English Online.

The Iva Jane Peek Public Library has a new added feature called Basic ESL. Really, we cannot say it any better than how Basic ESL says it,

“Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and instructionally proven curriculum.

Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation.

No computer experience is necessary.” To access this feature, got to the tab at the top marked Departments and then click on Library. Scroll to the bottom and you will see a big instant access button marked “Basic ESL.”

Welcome to the City of Decatur

Depot
Old Kansas City Southern Depot. Photograph courtesy of Mayor Bob Tharp.

 

Decatur, located at the intersection of Arkansas Highways 59 and 102, is a great place to visit, start a business or call home. At first glance, Decatur may seem to be a sleepy little town along the railroad and built around the Simmons plant there — its population is only about 1,700 residents — but a closer look below will reveal churches, schools, city parks and lots of activity. A walk down one of Decatur’s streets on a summer evening reveals the sounds of children laughing as they catch fireflies on the lawn, and the smell of freshly-mowed grass. With an area of only about five-square miles, everyone is counted a neighbor.

The town has two convenience stores and a truck stop, a bank, public library, medical clinic, restaurants and numerous churches. Families can enjoy picnicking or fishing at nearby Crystal Lake or in one of the town’s parks. Swimming is available at the municipal pool, and there are plenty of ball diamonds available for a game of softball or baseball.

A 60-year tradition continues each summer on the first Saturday in August, with the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Decatur Barbecue held in Veterans Park. The annual festival causes the town’s population to swell to an estimated 10,000 with its famous barbecued chicken and other food, fun, games, contests, pageants, car show, motorcycle ride and first-class entertainment — with both local talent and a well-known country artist performing on the stage.

For those interested in railroad history, the Southern Belle engine — a landmark in the area — attracts attention from across the country as one of the last of its kind. Nearby stands a mid 1800s log cabin from just outside of town which was moved and re-assembled in its present location one log at a time. The cabin preserves some of the history of the area during Civil War days.

City Hall, located a block east of Highway 59, is a good place to stop for information on the city, its laws and city utilities. The city is served by a full-time police department and a volunteer fire department. It has its own water and new wastewater treatment facilities which are state-of-the-art.

Decatur Schools — with about 550 students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 — offer a low student-teacher ratio and dedicated teachers who know each child by name. A new elementary school facility was recently added on the west side of town.

The chief industrial employers in Decatur are Simmons Foods and FNA Group. Simmons Foods, which purchased much of the business established by the late Lloyd Peterson and Peterson Farms, operates a processing plant, hatcheries and a pet-food plant in the Decatur area.