Rewriting History: Remembering the Sultana Disaster
April 26, 2015
The only difference between events that become history and experiences that fade beyond memory is that some are recorded and remain in our culture’s collective consciousness, while the others do not. But that fact does not mean that the unremembered stories are any less a part of our nation’s past. Unfortunately, chance and timing often determine our historical narrative instead of an event’s significance. But that hasn't stopped local Marion residents from trying to change, or add to, their tow... More

Floodplain Executive Order Affects AR-01 Cities
April 17, 2015
In 1977, President Carter issued Executive Order 11988, which established the definition of "floodplain" as an area subject to a 1% or greater chance of flooding in any given year. President Carter issued this order in order to protect federal investments and human life from flood risk. This definition of a floodplain informs federal agencies in their use of funds, building standards, and sets benchmarks for many other programs. The currently defined floodplain has been the standard ever since 1... More
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Crawford Announces New Plan for I-555
April 2, 2015
Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) today announced that he will take a new approach to facilitate the speedy completion of Interstate 555 from Jonesboro to Interstate 55. Congressman Crawford initiated a discussion with Alec Farmer, the newest member of the Arkansas Highway Commission, to identify the best way forward. Presently, there is a three-mile stretch of road that spans the St. Francis Floodway that requires an access road. Without it, cotton modules, agriculture equipment, and some heav... More
John Paul Hammerschmidt Dies at 92
April 1, 2015
On Wednesday, April 1, the former Representative John Paul Hammerschmidt Harrison died at age 92 in Springdale. Before retiring in 1993, Hammerschmidt served the 3rd Congressional District for 26 years as the first Arkansan to represent Arkansas in Washington since Reconstruction. Congressman Crawford said of his passing, “Today Arkansas lost one of its most venerable and distinguished sons. John Paul Hammerschmidt was truly a visionary champion for Arkansas’ conservative values in Congress, but... More
Crawford, Boozman Introduce Bills for Drug Free Trucking
March 19, 2015
Washington, D.C. -- Earlier today, Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) introduced H.R. 1467, The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2015. Original Cosponsors included Steve Womack (AR-03), French Hill (AR-02), Bruce Westerman (AR-03), Sean Duffy (WI-07), Reid Ribble (WI-08), Daniel Lipinksi (IL-03), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC). In an attempt to improve safety and reduce crashes, a number of trucking companies nationwide have begun drug testing their current and potential drivers through hair sa... More
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