The AP has the following stories planned for the weekend:
For use Sunday, Sept. 16, and thereafter:
FORT SMITH, Ark. — The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has an impressive collection of guns and documents related to famed Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves. Almost a year out from a planned opening of the new $60 million museum, it’s the lawman’s family tree the curator wants most. Dave Kennedy, curator of collections and exhibits, said recently the museum is still in search of Bass Reeves’s descendants. By John Lovett, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1576 words.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — GardenCorps is looking for a new program host site to continue helping community gardens in Northwest Arkansas and across the state. Arkansas GardenCorps is a six-year, state-based AmeriCorps program currently hosted by the Access to Healthy Foods Research Group at the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute in Little Rock. Program Director Emily English said GardenCorps will be taking a year off while it looks for a new organization to act as host. Organizations around the state have expressed interest, and meetings were recently held to discuss possible organization collaborations and the future of the program, she said. By Ashton Eley, The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 729 words.
For use Monday, Sept. 17, and thereafter:
FORT SMITH, Ark. — A group of local residents is looking to preserve a Civil War battlefield in Sebastian County. Mark Christ, community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, recently spoke to members of a grass-roots group interested in preserving the Devil’s Backbone Battlefield outside Greenwood in south Sebastian County. One of the members of the group, Donna Goldstein, said it is possible the remaining portion of Devil’s Backbone Mountain Ridge that is not privately owned will be sold and something will be built on that site. By Thomas Saccente, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 516 words.
JONESBORO, Ark. — Valley View Junior High School students are learning to lead — by the book. Student volunteers read children’s books to the elementary school students to excite and motivate the younger students about reading. The volunteers are a part of a literacy club called “Readers are Leaders.” By Matthew Wells, The Jonesboro Sun. SENT IN ADVANCE: 573 words.
SAN ANTONIO — As the days shorten and the summer heat subsides, bakers turn their attention to the tastes of the season: pumpkin and apple for Halloween treats and Thanksgiving pies; chocolate, pecans and peppermint for winter festivities. The San Antonio Express-News reports so, too, do the nation’s thriving subculture of craft breweries. That’s why when Kevin Johnson, CEO of San Antonio-based Johnson Brothers Bakery, saw the city sprout more and more brewpubs and taprooms — largely a result of state legislation passed in 2013 allowing small brewpubs to sell both on-site and to retailers — he decided it was time to expand his one-stop-shopping bakery supply model. By Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,200 words, with photos.
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