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Hooks Hornets
Aaron Doddy and R.J. Williams of the Hooks Hornets (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Cousins Keep the Hooks Hornets Friday Night Football Tradition Alive

As they gallop across the field like young mavericks, it is no wonder that cousins Aaron Doddy and R.J. Williams are taking Hooks, Texas by storm.

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Ramage Farms
Ramage Farms (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Creating a Legacy at Ramage Farms

For many, Ramage Farms is synonymous with the thick steaks or mouthwatering barbecue their restaurants used to serve up. On Oct. 5, 2011, however, the Hooks restaurant burned to the ground when a grease fire started in the barbecue pit. Since then, residents, customers and old family friends have wondered if Brent Ramage would rebuild and start all over again.

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Hooks Texas gate
Hooks, Texas gate behind The Downtowner (Photo by Jathan Fink, Townsquare Media)
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Facebook Users Answer ‘What Is Your Favorite Thing About Living in Hooks, Texas?’

I’ll be honest. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to feature about a community while tackling new places on our Small Town Tour. That’s why I love our listeners and the members of our online community! When in doubt, they take the reins and give us the scoop!

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Dustin's Alligator
Millwood State Park
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Don’t Go In the Water at Millwood State Park

As a teenager, I’d always heard how big the fish were at Millwood State Park, just nine miles northeast of Ashdown. But I don’t recall anyone mentioning the size of the alligators!

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Two Rivers Museum in Ashdown, Arkansas
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Lose Yourself in Time at Ashdown’s Two Rivers Museum

Located at the corner of Constitution Avenue and Main Street, the Two Rivers Museum welcomes visitors beneath a charming black sign with fanciful scrollwork. This place showcases the diverse story of a county caught between the Red and Little rivers, a community rich in history and abundant in earthy, hard-working people.

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Woman admiring art
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Admire Area Talent at the Midsummer Art Show in Ashdown, Ark.

There’s something about the careful lines of a charcoal drawing, the expressive strokes of oil on canvas or the imaginative collaboration of mixed medium art that captures our imagination. Now is your chance to come connect with art on an emotional level during one of the biggest art shows in the region.

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Pulp Machine
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Domtar Fortifies the Fiber of Ashdown with Paper

The paper mill has been a part of Ashdown living since 1968. It provides jobs to residents within a 100-mile radius of the community and is a valued contributor to its economic growth. But as changing technology threatens the future of the paper industry, will Ashdown lose one of its biggest assets?

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Little River Leadership Program Graduation
Little River Leadership Program Graduation, May 2012 (Photo courtesy Little River Chamber of Commerce)
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Ashdown Makes Readers and Leaders with Great Community Programming

Two women. Two missions. One town. The future of Ashdown, Ark. may lie in their hands.

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Outside Herb's
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Herb’s – Fueling Ashdown’s Heart and Soul Since 1954

When Herb McCandless opened Herb’s Creamland in Ashdown, Ark. in 1954, he could not have known that he would fuel the heart and soul of his community, one meal at a time.

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Hottest Festival in Texas
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Will You Attend the Hottest Festival in Texas?

For the past 41 years, New Bostonians have looked forward to August with great anticipation. No, not because of the sweltering heat, but because of the annual Pioneer Days and Rodeo, an event many proudly refer to as ‘The Hottest Festival in Texas.’

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Ardell Hubbard and Dr. Jack Frost in the early 1900s. New Boston's Frost Street was named after Dr. Frost.
Ardell Hubbard and Dr. Jack Frost in the early 1900s. New Boston's Frost Street was named after Dr. Frost.
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Step through the Looking Glass with Classic Photos of New Boston Residents

Folks love to talk about the people that came before them, whether they’re infamous outlaws, respected citizens or simply beloved kin. Sometimes, if we’re very lucky, we discover a treasure trove of old time photos that help tell the story of the community, like these from the early days of New Boston.

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The staff at St. Michael Clinic in New Boston, Texas
The staff at St. Michael Clinic in New Boston, Texas (left to right): Chris Richards, Medical Assistant; Rebecca Baker, Radiology Technician; Lindy Potts, Business Office Assistant; Sharon Cooks, Practice Manager; and Tatesha Pruitt, Physicians Assistant. (Photo by Jathan Fink/Townsquare Media)
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Medicine Made Easy in New Boston

Four years ago, the hospital closed, several physicians either moved away from New Boston or retired, and only two primary care doctors remained in the area. Community leaders were concerned because they didn’t know how residents would receive the medical attention they needed. Then a new facility opened that has helped bridge the gap in healthcare.

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