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June 2022

March 2022

2022 Scholarship Application

By |2022-03-15T19:24:50+00:00March 15th, 2022|Chamber News, Education|

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Scholarship Application is now available for graduating high school students living in the quad cities of Ash Flat, Cherokee Village, Hardy, Highland or immediate unincorporated surrounding communities. Applicants must be a senior at either Highland High School or be homeschooled to apply. Additionally the applicant must be planning on attending a community college, 4-year college or technical or specialized training school.

At least two (2) $500 scholarships will be awarded.

The application may be requested by email (info@sracc.org) or picked up at the Highland High School from Kelly Mahaffey.

You may also download the application here:

2022 Scholarship Application

Deadline to submit the application is April 5, 2022. It may be emailed or mailed to:


PO Box 1015

Hardy, AR 72542


dropped off at 119 E. Main St. in Hardy (Inside the Ruby’s on Main store).

For more information call 870-856-3210.

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February 2022

November 2021

July 2021


By |2021-07-29T20:35:07+00:00July 27th, 2021|Chamber News|


The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is offering (2)  $500 Small Business Grants

The purpose of these grants is to support small business start ups that provide goods or services that are not currently offered or there are too few to meet the needs in the Spring River area, (which includes the cities of Ash Flat, Cherokee Village, Hardy and Highland.)  In addition to the funds, the Grantee will receive a one-year membership to the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce. If already a member, then they will receive a free year renewal.

To qualify for this grant, the recipient must comply with all of the following stipulations: the business or proposed business must offer services or goods that are not already available in, or close to, Highland, Hardy, Ash Flat or Cherokee Village. The business cannot be a chain or franchise and must have been newly opened since June 2020 or opening soon.  A business does not have to have a physical address but it is preferred over a home business. Grant funds will be rendered as a form of reimbursement for services already paid for such as advertising, business licenses, cost of goods, etc. or other start up costs. Receipts will be required to be reimbursed.

Additionally, upon approval, the Grantee must confer with the Small Business Technology & Development Center in Jonesboro to create a Business Plan, Marketing Plan, and Viability studies within 60 days or the grant will be revoked and given to another candidate.

The deadline for applying for the SRACC Small Business Grant is September 15, 2021.  Grant Applications may be downloaded from the SRACC website (  ) , picked up at the office located at 119. E. Main St. in Hardy, or they will be emailed upon request. Call 870-856-3210 or email info@sracc.org to receive a grant application or ask questions.

DOWNLOAD GRANT APPLICATION HERE:  2021 Small Business Application


May 2021

Hardy History

By |2021-05-04T16:53:39+00:00May 4th, 2021|General, History|

A Short History of


Prior to 1880, Hardy did not exist. Only a few families lived in this heavily timbered area, and not until the completion of the railroad did the boom times come. Thanks to the railroad, much was needed – a water tank to service locomotives, a station to take on and unload passengers and freight, housing for its employees, and various other services. The town of Hardy was officially founded in 1883, and was named for James A Hardy, Jr., a 25-year-old trackage subcontractor who saved his boss’s life.

In 1894, Hardy was made County Seat of Sharp County’s Northern District, with Evening Shade being County Seat of the Southern District. The present County Seat is Ash Flat, established when the two districts were combined in 1967.

Hardy’s population remained around 50 for the first 10 years of its existence; by 1900 the population had grown to about 600 residents.

The first substantial businesses were not established until the 1890’s and 1900’s. Those were the ‘general stores’ where you could find anything from food to pots and pans to hardware. By 1920, businesses occupied almost two blocks on Main Street. Those included general stores, hotels, general merchandise establishments a private telephone company, a Ford automobile agency, two cafes, a bank, two drug stores, two livery stables, a jewelry store, an ice plant, a feed store, two lumber companies, a wholesale grocer, a lovestock sale barn, and the Court House.

The life style in Hardy remained about the same until the late 1970’s. At that time, some businesses began to move out of town to other areas; however, what brought about the drastic change in Hardy was the flood of 1982. This devastating event flooded to the roof of the grocery store in town, and most of the other stores were badly damaged. After the flood, most of the businesses moved to the Highland area – and that’s when the craft and antique shops began to open in the historic buildings on Main Street.

Today, Hardy retains its ‘old town’ flavor. The downtown area looks much like it did during the Model-T days… and the merchants want to keep it that way! Most of the modern changes have occurred at the ends of town, leaving the heart of Main Street a tiny preserve for quality antique shops, craft stores, specialty shops and gift nooks. The cool, clear waters of Spring River, a favorite of tourists for decades, flow just one block off Main Street, offering swimming, excellent fishing, and canoeing.

The idea for the Old Hardy Town mural, located at the corner of Spring and Main Streets, came about when Kenneth King had a wish to konate something of lasting value to the town that had been so good to him and his family since he started his business in 1963. In the summer of 1992, in an effort to preserve a part of Hardy’s rapidly vanishing heritage, Mr. King commissioned two artists, Ernie Patton and Kermit Kroll, to paint a panorama of five long-gone landmarks on an outside brick wall. The mural is approximately 80 feet long and 23 feet high.

One of the five scenes depicted on the mural is the Frisco Railroad Depot which stood in Hardy from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. During those years, the depot served as a social gathering place and business location. On Sundays after chruch, young people would say, “Lets go to the station and watch the train come in.” Unfortunately, after the dwindling of rain service in the 1970s, the depot was razed and this brought regret to area residents.

Another of the landmarks pictured it the old gas station (Oct. 1, 1917 – July 13, 1973). The station was located between the railroad tracks and the Spring River bridge. This service station did more business than all other Hardy service stations combined. It weathered two bad floods, but the third one put it out of business.

The Old Iron Bridge spanned Spring River from the time it was built in 1916 until it was totally destroyed by the devastating flood in 1982. Untold numbers of wagons, people and cars made their way across the structure before it washed away. Truly a focal point of the area, generations of Hardyites had great pride in and affection for the old bridge. It had a simple grace and beauty that appealed to the eye and heart.

Wahpeton Hill, which is on the south side of Spring River opposite Hardy’s business district, was once wooded hills where Memphians came to enjoy the peace and quiet during the early part of the century. In the language of teh Indians, Wahpeton meant, “home among the leaves”. Below Wahpeton Hill, the fields along the river were the scene of annual Indian Olympic Games. In 1932, Judge Frank Guthrie bought Wahpeton Hill and several hundred acres. Mrs. Gutherie immediately started plans for the construction of Wahpeton Inn. The Inn was opened formally in the summer of 1933. It was built entirely of native stone; the floors of the lobby and living room and the outside terraces were made of flagstone. All the furniture except the beds were constructed of native oak. Much entertainment was offered: an orchestra, family sytle meals, coffee shop, bowling alley, shuffleboard court and a dance floor in the pavilion. The Inn was burned on November 13, 1939. Although much effort was expended in an attempt to save the beautiful inn, it burned to ashes and sadly was never rebuilt.

The Beck House was built in 1885 by John Elmer Beck, a railroad man from Springfield, Missiour. It was built of the finest materials and with elegant furnishings, many purchased in Memphis. Over the years, the Beck farm served as the center of community attractions. The riverside area provided a primitive golf course, and during the 1920’s and ’30s, the farm was the site of an annual circus that entertained the people from all over Norther Sharp County. Teresa Beck, one of the six children of John Beck, married a Mr. Donaldson, one of the Hardy’s depot agents. Mrs. Donaldson, affectionately known as “Aunt Tee”, loved int the house until her death in 1980. In 1992, the house was demolished because it had become too dilapidated to repair. Our “Bonanza” restaurant is near the site of the old house.

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March 2021

K-12 Academics Offers Education Resources Online

By |2021-03-09T19:25:50+00:00March 9th, 2021|Education|

K12 Academics is one of the most Respected, Recognized and Trafficked education resource websites in the United States. K12 Academics connects you with the right School, College, Camp, Library, Museum, Business, Program & Organization in your community. The site also has thousands of pages of resource information for families, Students, Schools and Educators. Not matter what you are looking for, you will find it on K12 Academics:
“Our education website is one of the most respected and recognized in the United States.
We help families find the right School, College, Camp, Library, Museum, Organization, Program and Business in their city
We also provide families, students, schools and educators with over 100,000+ pages of resource information
Here are other vendor directories on our site:
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Our website networks the entire Education sector in the U.S. This includes: 167,429 Schools (34,576 Private & 132,853 Public); 13,506 School Districts; 5,300 Colleges/Universities; 116,867 Libraries; 35,000 Museums, 12,000 Camps.”
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February 2021

Guest Article: Affordable Post-Pandemic Marketing Strategies

By |2021-02-03T16:44:36+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Business Spotlight, Chamber News, Education, Guest Articles|

By Guest Columnist Naomi Johnson <naomi@lifebasedbusiness.net>

The past year has thrown unprecedented challenges at small business owners across the country. Although many businesses are finally able to reopen, the fight isn’t over just yet! Convincing customers to shop at your business may be tough, given that many people are still grappling with financial uncertainty and concerns about contracting COVID-19.  (see attached for rest of the article.


Reopening Your Business_ Affordable Post-Pandemic Marketing Strategies 2.3.21
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December 2020

Resources for Adapting and Growing Your Business During the Pandemic

By |2020-12-30T15:11:44+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Resources for Adapting and Growing Your Business During the Pandemic

Submitted By Elena Stewart, info@elenastewart.com

As a small business owner, you’ve probably been struggling with the effects of the pandemic since the beginning, and you’re likely always evaluating what will be the next best move. Below, the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce offers a few ways to help your employees, improve your store and adapt your business model to thrive in the new environment created by the pandemic.

Starting a New Business: When Necessity Knocks

Starting a new business requires time, patience, and planning. You may also need some freelancers to help you get your idea off the ground!

Helping Your Employees

If you have been fortunate enough to retain your employees throughout the crisis, there are still many ways to support your staff as you consider reopening. These are a few things to keep in mind.



Improving Your Business

If you’ve cut back on your store hours or are still waiting to fully reopen, there are lots of things you can do now to improve your business.



Switching Your Approach

Even once infections rates slow down, the pandemic will probably leave a lasting impact on the ways we interact with one another. These ideas can help you keep up with the times and stay relevant.


The pandemic has hit small business owners hard, but there’s hope. Things probably won’t ever fully return to the way they were before, but you can help keep your business going by supporting your employees, making your customers feel safe and always looking for fresh ways to do business.


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November 2020

E. Wilson Green & Future Leader Award Nominations Open

By |2021-11-30T18:38:25+00:00November 19th, 2020|Chamber News, Education|



DEADLINE:  December 15, 2021


To:  All S.R.A.C.C. Members,


Attached is a nomination form for the E. Wilson Green Award and the Future Leaders Award that will be presented by the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce which will be presented at our annual banquet on Tuesday evening, February 22, 2022 (2.22.22), which will be held at the Elks Lodge.


The E. Wilson Green Award was first given in 1990 and is presented in memory of the late Chamber volunteer/leader, E. Wilson Green, who served as a board member and was an exceptional volunteer for the Chamber for many years.


The award is presented to a person or organization for outstanding contributions to the Chamber and/or this community.  This Nominee does not have to be a member of the S.R.A.C.C.   Please give proper and due consideration to a deserving person or organization for this outstanding award.



  1. The candidate should have distinguished himself/herself by love of and vigorous support for the community. Since this is basically a lifetime achievement award, previous candidates that have not won may be nominated again.
  2. No previous E.Wilson Green Award winner may be nominated or receive the award again.
  3. Candidate must live in the Spring River Area, which includes: Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village or surrounding unincorporated areas.
  4. All nominations will be reviewed by the Executive Board of Directors. The Board will select the top three (3) nominees and these names will appear on the Ballot.  This ballot will be mailed to all members to be voted on. Each Chamber member will have only one (1) vote.
  5. Must be present to receive award during the banquet (if held) and, hopefully, be able to present the award to the following year’s recipient.



  1. Must be 18 or under and has not graduated High School yet. (They may be homeschooled)
  2. Must actively work to create a better community (This can be through volunteerism, supporting peers in a positive manner and being a productive member of society).
  3. Actions which qualify must have been to benefit the local community (Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village or surrounding unincorporated areas.)
  4. Must be present to receive award during the banquet (if held) and, hopefully, be able to present the award to the following year’s recipient.
  5. Candidate should have distinguished himself/herself by love of and vigorous support for the community.
  6. Candidate must live in the Spring River Area, which includes: Ash Flat, Hardy, Highland, Cherokee Village or surrounding unincorporated areas
  7. A committee will be selecting the winner of the Future Leader Award.


We appreciate your cooperation in submitting nominees as soon as possible.

They may be emailed to: info@sracc.org Or, mailed to:  SRACC, PO Box 1015, Hardy, AR 72542

2021 E.WILSON GREEN Nomination forms

2021 FUTURE LEADER AWARD Nomination form


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