Archives for 2011

Dogwood Hills Bed and Breakfast

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome our newest Member, Dogwood Hills Bed and Breakfast of Harriet, Arkansas

Come enjoy a Haycation with the whole family! Wake to the sounds of farm life, feed a bottle to a goat, or brush a horse… even see the stars without city lights dimming their glow. This beautiful 3 bedroom cottage on a working farm located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area that seats 8 people and has 2 full baths. The master bedroom has a private bath and views on three sides. There are two guest rooms, one with aqueen bed and one with two twin beds. The living room is cozy and is equipped with family games, TV w/DVD/VCR. There is a queen sleeper in the living room. Central heat and air provide comfort year round.

The front porch and back deck offer relaxing views of the wildlife & hummingbirds. Horses and goats graze on the hillside. Children are welcome and we encourage you to turn off the TV and get out the games. Bocce ball and horseshoes on the lawn or board games inside. The back deckprovides beautiful views of the rolling hills and bluffs, a 3-person hot tub and a grill. Adults can unwind in the hot tub while watching shooting stars.


The very spacious Master bedroom is on the far side of the house with a queen size bed and a private bathroom. There is a writing desk and sitting chairs. The views from three sides face the garden as well as the fields and the rolling hills.

The 2nd bedroom has a queen size brass bed with handmade quilts. The views are of the rolling hills. The 3rd bedroom has an Americana theme with 2 twin bedsand views of the gardens and the fields. The Living room is equipped with a queen sleeper sofa.



  • Policies:

  • Daily rate:
    • In season: $175
    • Off Season: $125
  • Rates are based on 2 persons. Each additional guest $10/per person/day.
  • Children under 6 no additional charge.
  • Weekly rates available.
  • Restrictions: no smoking, alcohol or pets
  • Accepting cash/check/ CHN certifichecks. Soon accepting credit cards
  • Check in 4 pm; Check out 11am, flexiblity if available.
  • Deposit: Weekends are to be paid in advance. Contact us for weekly deposit.
  • Cancellations: 2 weeks prior for full refund. After 2 weeks- half refund. Less than 4 days, no refund unless we are able to rebook the days.
For more information or to check availability contact Dogwood Hills at:

Dedication of Historic St. Joe Depot

The official Grand Opening of the Historic Missouri and North Arkansas Railway Depot was held on May 28, 2011 from 9:00 AM till 4:00 PM, in conjunction with the Buffalo River Spring Fling.  Official Dedication of the Depot was at  2:00 PM, with the Honorable Judge Charles Clawson serving as Master of Ceremonies.  Dedication of the Civil War Monument was at 2:30.   Be sure and visit this beautiful piece of restored Missouri and North Arkansas Railroad history.  A 2 year project of Renovation is nearing completion.   The people of St. Joe and all the people of Searcy County should be very proud of what has been accomplished.   The Depot structure itself, which sits on the original site is nearing completion.  The exterior is complete, and the interior is nearing completion.  Some items will be added later, such as the original deck that went around the depot (see the old photo below) , and additional museum items inside

Opened in 1902, the St. Joe Train Depot was a stop on the Missouri and North Arkansas (M & NA) Railway running south from Joplin, MO to Helena, AR. The 365 mile railway cut a path through the Ozark Mountain Region of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas encompassing the natural beauty, vast scenic landscape and mountainous terrain of the area. This smaller connector rail line was a lifeline between the happenings of the big cities, international commerce and the rural country lifestyle by exporting timber, minerals and local goods in exchange for supplies and products from around the United States and beyond. The M & NA was vital to the development of the culture and the economy in every respect. It helped in the creation of colorful lifestyles and history in this region. This rail line paralleled the Buffalo National River for a distance, crossed it as well as other rivers and streams along its journey. Unique vegetation and spectacular cliffs abound along this rail line.

The railway closed for regular service in 1946. It since has served the community as a church, temporary classrooms for the local school and a feed store until it became vacant and fell into disrepair. The City of St. Joe purchased the building in 2009, completed repairs to the structure and has restored it to its original colors. On the National Registry of Historic Buildings since 1991, the property recently acquired a Civil War historic marker for the local area.

The City is currently developing and furnishing the building to be used as a train museum, a local history museum and an information center. Due to limited funds, at this time, the depot is unable to be opened to the public on a regular basis. Located at 110 Highway U.S. 65 South in St. Joe, AR, viewing can be scheduled by calling the City of St. Joe, Mayor John Henley, at 870-439-2012 or Councilman Norman Morrison at 870-439-2369.

See a slide show of more photos of the renovations by clicking on a smaller picture below.

Photo of the Missouri and North Arkansas - St. Joe, Arkansas Railroad Depot nearing completion in 1902











































New Member – Kindling Trail Cabin

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Kindling Trail Cabin as a new Member!!!

Nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains just outside of St. Joe, AR, this  rustic-looking log cabin is waiting for your visit.  Just a short drive from the Buffalo River area on Highway 65 (3.5 Miles South of the Tyler Bend Recreation Area and 4.3 Miles North of the Sinclair Travel Center/High School Area in Marshall – Turn off Highway 65 onto Kindling Trail) and a short walk to scenic Bear Creek.

With all the amenities you expect, Refrigerator, Range, Microwave, Satellite TV (upstairs and down), 1 full bath, 1 half bath, sleeping room for up to 8 persons.  Come spend a Night, aWeekend or longer and leave feeling refreshed and invigorated.

For more information, photos, rates and for booking, contact Kindling Trail Cabins at or phone 870-448-3210


CAUTION! You Might Not Want To Leave

FYI: We are located in a DRY county.  BYOB!



Leslie Homecoming Run For Fun

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce will be again sponsoring the Leslie Homecoming 5K – 10K Run and Walk.  This is the 2nd year of this event.   This year’s theme is “Run For Fun”.

The run will be held on Saturday morning, June 18, 2011.

Registration for the Run will be at the Leslie Cemetery on Baker Road at 7:00 AM.  The race starts at 8:00 AM

We will have a map posted very soon of the running course.

For more information contact Clint Freeman at 870-448-2383

Please Click to download the  Registration Form

Overcoming Affliction-Killebrew Theater

The Group Overcoming Affliction will be playing at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center – Killebrew Theater on Friday June 24th at 7:30 PM.   According to their website at ,  Overcoming Affliction is a band that uses music to further God’s kingdom.  We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ is essential to life.  Our music is geared toward spreading God’s word, as well as healing and mending the hearts and lives of people who are hurting.  All of our music on the site is original, and all are homemade recordings.  We hope that you enjoy our music.  Everything we do as a band is for God, and unto Him be all the glory.

Overcoming Affliction will have CD’s for sale at the event.   Tickets will be available at the door and will be $5.00 Each.  Mark your calendars for this event on the 24th of June and help support the Ozark Heritage Arts Center and these great local young men.

Dark From Day One – August 19 at the Killebrew

Dark From Day One, which is one of the most popular rock bands in Arkansas, is playing at the Killebrew Theater in Leslie on August 19, at 8:00 PM     Tickets will be very limited for this event, so if you are interested in tickets, contact the Chamber via E-mail or contact Jack Treat at Homebank.

Dark From Day One’s music is on Amazon, Itunes, Napster and others.

Opening for Dark From Day One will be,  “Found Fearless” , “Words Like Waves”,  “Alive on Tuesday”, and “Burnt Lyrics”


Describing their music as “uplifting, killeriffic music that inspires the listener to hope and love”, Dark From Day One boasts a sound that fits well with bands like Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace “but with more of a Skillet/Red attitude”, as they explain. After forming in Russellville, Arkansas in 2006, Dark From Day One set out to find their musical direction, play shows and hone their craft. In Fall 2008, they entered a contest to have their music placed on a Lionsgate film “The Punisher: War Zone”. They came out ranking in the top 20 out of 4,300 national bands and dubbed an Official Judges Favorite for the contest. 2009 saw the band continuing to play shows and work on their songwriting and in August 2009, Dark From Day One played their largest show to date, at “Edgefest” with Korn, Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Static-X and Bury Your Dead among others. Then won battle for “Edgefest 6” in May of 2010 and played with Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and more. The band released their debut full length “The Fire Within” in early 2010, and soon after inked with renowned US Management and Artist Development Firm, The Inner Light Agency (iLA). “I’m very excited about this partnership and proud to be working with Dark From Day One,” says Damon Moreno of iLA. “The band is seriously focused and driven. I foresee great things for them.” Dark From Day One is currently selling “The Fire Within” on itunes, amazon, and 18 other online stores! Be set to be uplifted – more killerific music to come!

New Member – Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our newest member, Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant.   Contact Los Aztecas at 870-448-5443 or visit them on U.S. Highway 65 North in Marshall, Arkansas.   There will be more information and pictures coming soon.



Member of the Week – Old Mercantile Antiques/Arkansas Handmade

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce announces Old Mercantile Antiques, and owner Laurie Gross in Leslie, Arkansas  has been chosen as the Member of the Week.

At Laurie’s shop, Old Mercantile Antiques and funky old stuff, you can find just about anything old, as long as it’s very cool. She has classic primitives, lovely glassware and pottery, and things you’ve probably never seen before!   Laurie really has an eye for unique items, and believes that almost anything old is worth enjoying.   Of course it’s an antique store, so everything isn’t perfect, but has character and patina that comes with age.

Laurie has just opened a new shop, named Arkansas Handmade, just down the street from Old Mercantile,  which is a shop that is filling fast with unique handmade items from craftspeople from all over Arkansas.  She has a great selection of  vintage oil paintings, quilts, glassware, baskets, jewelry and more.  She seems to be adding daily to the new shop and soon it will probably be as full with items as Old Mercantile.

Old Mercantile has some really unique items.  Touring the shop this afternoon was a great experience.   There is no way I can name all the items that I saw, but some things that caught my eye were the old phonograph’s, old kitchen cabinets, old lanterns, an old compass from a ship, many antique tools, spice cabinets, spool cabinets, great selection of old antique books, glassware including carnival glass, and even an old juke box.   She has quite an interesting collection.

She has an online store as well.   You can visit her site at to browse and even buy right there online.    Check  out the pictures of her shops below in our slide show.

To Contact Laurie at Old Mercantile, call 870-447-2731 or email.



Spring Fling Logo Winner Selected

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winner of the First Buffalo River Spring Fling logo contest.  The winning design was submitted by Jake Weaver and pictures a trout on the end of a fishing line with the words “Buffalo River Spring Fling – Get Hooked.”

Jake’s artwork was chosen by a panel of judges as the official t-shirt logo for the upcoming Memorial weekend event.  Over 400 creative designs were submitted by K-6th grade students of Ms Shelby Harrell, Marshall Elementary School art teacher.  The t-shirts will be available at the Spring Fling in limited numbers and sizes.

Jake, the son of Jim and Melissa Weaver, is a 6th grade honor roll student, and enjoys fishing, the outdoors and reading.

Searcy County Electronics – Radio Shack

The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is very proud to have Searcy County Electronics, Inc.  – Radio Shack as our Featured Member of the Week.

Searcy County Electronics, Inc. has been a fixture on the Marshall Square for over 30 years.  Locally owned by Tim and Reneta Harness, the store has just undergone a major remodel in 2010, and is completely stocked with all your electronic needs.  Searcy County Electronics has a very friendly staff to help will all your purchases, both before and after the sale.

Searcy County Electronics offers Radio Shack products,  both Dish Network and DirecTV with refer a friend, at&t cell phone service, Hughesnet Satellite Internet, and is a Windstream DSL Internet sign up location.  They also offer complete computer repair and offer Moneygram bill pay and send money.

Be sure to stop in and say hello to Tim, Reneta and all the gang at Radio Shack-Searcy County Electronics, Inc.   They are located just off the Northeast Corner of the Marshall Square, and at the Stoplight.  Open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM till 1:00 PM.

Call 870-448-2522 or E-mail for more information.