Members of the state's federal delegation have announced more than $1.6 million in economic development grants for Faulkner County for expansion of disaster recovery efforts and water, sewer and road infrastructure projects.
After the tornado that hit Faulkner County on April 27, Vilonia is tiptoeing into the rebuilding process. While the rebuilding of a $13 million school is moving forward, a group of citizens is hoping business owners will consider all options before construction starts on Main Street.
Surveying the remnants of nature's destructive power in the country's midsection, President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to residents of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities that their government will stand with them until they finish rebuilding.
The high school baseball teams of Vilonia and Mayflower will take part in a benefit game for tornado victims tonight at Dickey-Stephens Park. While admission is free, all proceeds collected at the game, including at the concession stands, will go the cities to help with the rebuilding effort.
National Weather Service officials said Wednesday that a weekend tornado that killed 15 people as it ripped through Little Rock's suburbs was just shy of being rated Arkansas' first top-of-the-scale storm in 85 years.
Mark Wade and his family heard the dire warnings on TV and the tornado sirens, and were prepared to ride out the storm in their closet when a neighbor across the street on Vilonia's Aspen Creek Drive yelled out: "Come over! We're going in the storm cellar!"
The half-mile-wide tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction through the Little Rock suburbs Sunday evening, killing at least 15 people, flattening rows of homes, shredding cars along a highway and demolishing a brand-new school before it even had a chance to open.
Which comes first: infrastructure or economic growth? Ideally, communities stay ahead of their growth and supply adequate infrastructure, making daily life more convenient while lowering the cost of doing business.
Two of the most heated annual rivalries in Central Arkansas will be contested in the ArkansasSports360.com/103.7 The Buzz Arkansas High School Kickoff Classic, presented by First Security Bank on Aug. 30-31 at War Memorial Stadium.