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Archey Fest

The annual Archey Fork Festival is this weekend, June 28-29, at City Park in Clinton. The festival begins Friday and concludes with a fireworks show Saturday. It features rides, food, crafts, fishing and fireworks.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday there will be a dedication for the Archey Fork Restoration project.


The Shirley School Board has rescheduled its monthly meeting to Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Administration Building. The School Board meetings are regularly held on the fourth Friday of each month at 6 p.m.

Hooten’s says…

The Clinton Yellow Jackets football team is expected to finish sixth in the 2-4A conference. Coaches in the conference ranked the teams for the 21th annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.

The 440-page book provides extensive coverage of every high school team in the state and offers an in-depth preview on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Alabama was picked to win the SEC West, followed by LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Auburn. Georgia is picked to win the SEC Eastern Division, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Alabama Crimson Tide are Hooten’s preseason No. 1 team, followed by Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon and Louisville.

Hooten’s high school favorites to win it all in 2013 are North Little Rock in Class 7A, Pine Bluff in Class 6A, Camden Fairview in Class 5A, Warren in Class 4A, Harding Academy in Class 3A and Junction City in Class 2A.


The Van Buren County Democrat office will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Newspaper deadlines for advertising and articles will not be affected by the holiday.

The Van Buren County Democrat website is available only to print and digital subscribers. If you are already a subscriber, you can access the website at no additional charge.