Archives for May 2011

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.