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Camden school district wins grant to purchase summer reading books

Camden school district wins grant to purchase summer reading books

The Camden School District has received a $19,000 grant from the King Foundation to purchase summer reading books for Camden Fairview Middle School and Camden Fairview High School students.

Camden Fairview Middle School students created a poster with a list of books they would like to include as choices for purchase with funds obtained through a grant from the King Foundation.  Carl B. and Florence E. King created the foundation that bears their names in 1966, and its assets have now grown to more than $50 million.

Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra Music of the Season

Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra Music of the Season

Holiday Traditions - Music of the Season - Continuing its 2010-2011 theme of "A Celebration of Musical Traditions," the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Charles Jones Evans, will present traditional holiday music in a 4 p.m. concert at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This informal, family-oriented program will present familiar selections, popular favorites and PBSO's annual holiday sing-a-long. Soloists will include William Higgins and other regional guest artists. Click here for concert information. For tickets, call the PBSO office at 870-536-7666. Also available at the door.

McCollum-Chidester house adds to historical richness of city

Camden has several houses that are immersed in history, many of them preserved, like the McCollum-Chidester House, built around 1847.

During the Civil War, the home served as headquarters for Union General Frederick Steel. The Battle of Poison Springs took place during this time.

The first occupant who built the house was Peter McCollum, who was a local merchant. The house held many ‘firsts’ for the area, including a large iron cookstove and one of the first sewing machines, which still sits inside the house.

The second owner, John Chidester, ran a mail-carrying business and was considered a spy by the Union because he allegedly looked through government mail to help the Confederacy.

Today, the Ouachita County Historical Society owns the house and uses it for its headquarters, but it is also a museum. The furniture inside the house was purchased from two of Chidester’s sons in 1963. The museum is located at 926 Washington Street.