Ravenden Springs

Cave Class

Long before there were benchmark exams, school funding formulas or even the Arkansas Department of Education, there was a cave.   Snug in the canyons that lined the spring-fed Hall’s Creek in what is now western Randolph County is a small cavern that served as a school in the early 1800s — before Arkansas had…

Haunts to Hunt

by Kenneth Heard There are several well-known haunted places in the state for people to visit. With its tales of failed medical practices when once an experimental cancer treatment hospital, the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs is known to be the most haunted spot in Arkansas. Both Gurdon and Crossett are spooked by lights along…

Jonesboro’s Troubled Spring

By Kenneth Heard Toni Holmes noticed the train stopped at the Prospect Road railroad crossing near her home in eastern Jonesboro on March 28 and thought it was strange. Trains usually pass through quickly so as not to hinder traffic on the busy road, but this southbound freight had been idling quietly at the crossing…