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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is a national event that showcases African-American authors each year. According to its website, it is the world’s largest African-American retailer online! For the November/December 2014 newsletter, Jason Irby, author of So You Want To Stop Violence? has been selected as one of its featured authors.