Join Jason Irby for the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event on October 20, 2018

Join author Jason Irby, Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers, and Dorcas Vangilst, Executive Director of the Union Rescue Mission/Dorcus House on Saturday, October 20, 2018 to observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Services Center of Pine Bluff located at 211 W. 3rd Avenue in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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UPDATE! Join Jason Irby for Domestic Violence Observance Event on October 21, 2017

Join author Jason Irby, Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers, and Dorcas Vangilst, Director at the Dorcus House on Saturday, October 21, 2017 to observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The event will be located at 217 Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, beginning at 2:00 p.m.  This year’s theme is “Awareness, Wellness, and Choices” focusing on violence prevention, resolutions, and contributions of the community.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Event October 29, 2016

Jason Irby, author of Love Within Life: So, You Want to Stop Violence? and Arkansas State Senator Stephanie Flowers of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, will host a National Domestic Violence Awareness Month event.

The session will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at the Office of Senator Flowers, 217 Main Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Local experts will focus on the topic of violence, resolutions, and community responsibility.  Free refreshments will be served.

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Author Jason Irby Spearheads Memorial Ceremony Recognizing Wabbaseka Native and Sailor Who Served Aboard the USS Arkansas CGN 41

Author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee invited the public to celebrate the third anniversary of the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

“This year we have the special privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CNG-41 [in 1978]. That is very unique,” Irby said in a news release, adding that Horton grew up at Wabbaseka.

KABZ 103.7 The BUZZ co-hosted a live radio broadcast beginning at 6 a.m. in the Wabbaseka Community Park at U.S. 79 and Myrtle Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

At 10 a.m., the event ended with a flag ceremony by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T./Robinson NOSC Naval color guards.

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Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza 3rd Anniversary Celebration

On October 12, 2016, please join author Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee in celebration of the 3rd Anniversary of the Arkansas Flag / Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza.

“This year we have the awesome privilege of recognizing and honoring our native son O.C. Horton, Jr., who served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41. That is very unique,” Irby shared.

Horton grew up in Wabbaseka, Arkansas and later served on the USS Arkansas CGN-41 in 1978.

KABZ 103.7 The BUZZ will host the event.  The live radio broadcast will begin at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in the Wabbaseka Community Park located at the intersection of Highway 79 and Myrtle Street in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

The event will end at 10:00 a.m. with a flag ceremony performed by the Little Rock Air Force Base, Dollarway High School ROTC, and Camp J.T/ Robinson NOSC Naval color guards.  This event is open to the public.

History of Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza

On October 12, 2013, Jason Irby and the Wabbaseka Memorial Committee revealed the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Plaza by conducting a showcase and dedication ceremony at Wabbaseka Community Park in Wabbaseka, Arkansas.

The flag and veterans’ memorial plaza was established to honor the 100th year anniversary of the Arkansas State Flag, Miss Willie K. Hocker, flag designer and Wabbaseka native, and the USS Arkansas Navy battleship.

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Author Jason Irby in Pages of Newly Released History Book About Arkansas State Symbols

The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies recently released “It’s Official! The Real Stories Behind Arkansas’s State Symbols,” authored by David Ware, a historian of the Arkansas State Capitol.  It’s Official is a volume of essays that examine each of Arkansas’ officially designed symbols, outlining their beginnings, their significance at the time of their adoption, and their place in modern Arkansas.

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Author Jason Irby Reintroduces His Father to Equipment from Family’s Farm History

On Saturday July 25, 2015, Jason Irby arranged to meet his father, J.D. Irby, at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie to reintroduce him to granddaddy’s (Will Irby) farm implement that J. D. grew up using in his youth.

“Dad was like a kid in a candy store as he touched and rekindled memories of Granddaddy’s farm equipment.  He seemed so comfortable and energized even as he boarded his dad’s old disk,” Jason Irby said.

J.D. expressed fond memories as he and family members, Narvell, Jason, and Lavern, toured the museum to examine the variety of agriculture and farm related exhibits.

“After I read my short story, Granddaddy Had a Farm, from the Love Within Life series to my dad, he informed me that granddaddy, Will Irby, had implement from our family’s farming history in the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Stuttgart, Arkansas.  At that time (around 2007), I didn’t really pay that much attention to my dad’s story, but I decided to follow-up on the information after he mentioned it for a second time in 2014,” shared Jason.

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