As soon as the flood waters in the River Valley receded, volunteers started stepping in to help neighbors with their damaged homes and will continue to play a crucial role in the recovery effort in the weeks and months to come. Plus, a controversial factory hog farm in the Buffalo River watershed is shutting down. And we remember Ed Stilley, an Ozark native who had created more than 200 unique instruments out of rough-sawn wood and found objects.

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As soon as the flood waters in the River Valley receded, volunteers started getting busy helping their neighbors take the first step toward recovery. Volunteers with Grand Avenue Baptist Church will spend the coming weeks emptying damaged homes. In some cases, the houses will be stripped down to the studs. Meanwhile, at the Volunteer Intake Center at Eastside Baptist Church, the United Way of Fort Smith Area will be connecting volunteers to projects across the city.


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced June 13 that an agreement had been reached between the state and operators of C&H Hog Farms to permanently close the industrial swine-breeding facility located on the Buffalo National River watershed in Newton County. The farmers will be paid $6.2 million dollars in compensation and a perpetual conservation easement will be placed on the farm site.

Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, reflects on the announced closing of C&H Hog Farms, a new jobs report for the Fort Smith metro and a big change in the city's government.

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Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is on the National Park Radio bandwagon. She reminds us the band will play their annual Steel Creek concert this weekend.

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Bentonville-based Game Composites, an aircraft manufacturer with a facility at Louise Thaden Field, obtained a production certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration this week. The certificate allows the company to produce the GB1 Gamebird plane and deliver it to customers worldwide.

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Kale Ogle, who used to release music with a bit of an edge under the name Dr. Nod, has formed a new band with a completely different sound. The new band is called Kale Ogle and the Light and features Kale and local musicians Kevin Blagg, Jason Rich and Lora Murphy. The band recently stopped by the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio to let us hear some of the songs from an upcoming album, and to talk a little about their music.

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Ed Stilley, a creator of unique musical instruments, some of which can be seen and heard during performances by Still on the Hill, died this week. Stilley spent 25 years making more than 200 instruments out of various combinations of rough-sawn wood scraps and found objects like door hinges, saw blades and pot lids. Stilley spoke with Ozarks at Large's Jacqueline Froelich in 2000.

Learn more about NWA Ballet Theatre's June 13 and 14 show titled "NEXT: Classically Contemporary Dance."

The dance company was founded in 2011 with the goal of bringing professional dance to Northwest Arkansas. 

Artistic Director Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye and guest choreographer Karen Castleman sat down with Pete Hartman to discuss the upcoming  performance. 

Tickets for the show are available through NWA Ballet Theatre's website. Listen to the full conversation in the streaming link above. 

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is in the early stages of a 10-year-long study involving 17 mostly rural low-income public elementary school children in three states to measure the outcome of immersive arts education. Plus, a work-in-progress documentary that will be screened at the 21c Museum Hotel explores the impact of lesbian authors and their works. And, more on the growing number of green dentists who are offering patients eco-friendly treatment while following sustainable clinical practices.


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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doubled down Sunday on the claim that Iran was responsible for attacks on two tankers traveling in the Strait of Hormuz, despite furnishing no new evidence beyond a video distributed last week by the Pentagon.

On Wednesday, U.S. Marshals shot and killed 20-year-old Brandon Webber in the North Memphis community of Frayser. The Marshals were carrying out arrest warrants for Webber, who was a suspect in a robbery and shooting in Hernando, MS.

Webber's death sparked protests and led to many questions.


Exactly two months to the day after a fire blazed through the roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the church held its first Mass on Saturday.

Instead of his traditional miter hat, the archbishop of Paris wore a white, hard hat, along with about 30 others in attendance.

The Mass was closed to the public for security reasons, and those there were mostly clergy and people who work on the site.

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with ESPN analyst Jalen Rose about why he thinks advanced analytics is hindering diversity hiring in the NBA.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a film about how the California city has transformed in ways that have benefited the extremely wealthy and harmed its black residents. It's also a fairy tale about a deposed prince, and so, it requires a grand, fairy tale score.

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