City dwellers may look down on small town America and wonder what a small town could possibly have to offer. What is there to see and do? Why choose to live out in the middle of nowhere? But there are as many reasons, that tempt people to live in small town America rather than move to the big city.
After months of planning and work, the Spring River Paramedic and Ambulance Service and the city of Hardy have finally accomplished a long time goal — setting up an ambulance base in Hardy to be able to respond more quickly to emergencies. The ambulance station, originally based in Ozark Acres, has moved to its new Hardy location two doors down from city hall.
The ambulance service is sharing a building with the Hardy Fire Department. The ambulance space includes garage space for two ambulances, an office, common room downstairs, two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.
Main Street of Hardy, the non-profit group which works to preserve and promote historic Main Street, has acquired the Biggers building on the northeast corner of Spring and Main Streets. The building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.
Main Street Secretary/Treasurer Marcia Weaver said, “This is going to be our Main Street of Hardy headquarters. The plan is to utilize the beautiful upstairs for our offices, and open the main level for a community event center, so other organizations can hold their meetings, conferences or other events here.” The building will allow Main Street of Hardy to begin a Bingo Night it has been planning. “Eventually, we want to put a kitchen in as well. There are already remnants of a kitchen, and we plan to use it for concessions,” Weaver said.
This years summer reading program is called, “Dig into Reading,” and will run from July 2 to July 25. Children ages 5 to 7 will meet every Tuesday during this time from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and children ages 8 – 12 will meet every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. (Note: The first 8-13 ages group will meet for the first time on July 5th Friday because of the 4th of July). You may register by calling 856-3934 or by stopping by the library.
The Hardy Advertising and Promotion Commission met on Thursday, May 23 at the Main Street Of Hardy Inc., building on Main Street. With the commission only having three commissioners at this time, there was not a quorum so no motions were made. Dale Maddox, Vicki Rice and Nimmi Desai presented options for the four remaining commissioner positions.
Hardy’s Appropriation and Promotions Commission, the city organization which uses a special tax to develop and advertise events to bring in visitors, was again the main focus as the Hardy City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, May 21. A decision at the last meeting to remove two A and P members was on the agenda again, as Mayor Nina Thornton vetoed the decision. In a previous meeting, Thornton had also been removed from the commission, after a contentious discussion.
Okay for some that last word may be somewhat of a tongue twister..so instead we can just say it is Arkansas’s 175th Birthday! What is also exciting is that the State Tourism Director has announced a List of the Top 175 Places to Visit in Arkansas in Honor of State’s 175th Birthday.
This list was determined by activity and searches on Arkansas.com, and we encourage our website visitors to click and go to www.arkansas.com/175 and vote for their favorite destinations in the state. You get to vote for the ones you like and help the State determine the “best of Arkansas.” You will find our city listed under the HISTORIC SITES drop down tab.
(Originally Published Jun 16, 2010) With the talk from City Hall about bringing WiFi to Dr. Thompson Park we thought we would repost our original story about Free Wifi.
Why even offer Free WiFi (muniwireless) along Main Street in Hardy Arkansas? The only thing that retains value is what the local community is willing to invest in terms of their interest and content. If local businesses, organizations, civic groups and schools in the local community, in short, are willing to create local content for the local network, post local ads, if they see the service as part of the fabric of the community. That is part of the idea of Free muniwirelessWiFi, because our idea – would first point all users to the Main Street Hardy Online Resource website. This then helps promote not only the town but the local merchants and community as well. Is this self serving? Not really, its self promoting of our town ! Besides, if we don’t do it, no one else will.
Being a small town local news can sometimes be a little slow, not that we mind this. It’s why we all love our small town in the first place. In an effort to continue to provide a better website experience, we are excited to now offer live video clips of Arkansas area news and National news right here on our website.
Now you can visit our site to check out news clips that are constantly being updated in real time. This is just another addition to our site in our effort to continue to bring to the Hardy Arkansas area a way to come together through information and technology.
Just a friendly reminder that this Friday Dec. 18th is THIRD FRIDAY in Hardy. This is when many of the local shops will remain open until 8:00pm for those interested in shopping and supporting your local economy. It’s getting close to Christmas so now is the time to get out and find that special gift item. Hope to see ya’ll on Main Street.