Leachville is a city in Mississippi County, United States. The population was 1,981 at the 2000 census. Leachville was incorporated in 1916. Leachville was established in 1896 by land developers Joshua Gilbert Leach, James Wiseman Honnoll, Sam McNamee, who afterward formed the Leach-McNamee Land Development Company; the city was named in honor of Joshua Gilbert Leach. The Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad completed a rail line to Leachville in 1899, the Blytheville and Arkansas Southern Railroad completed a second line in 1908. One of the largest cotton gins in Arkansas, the Adams Land Company gin, was completed in Leachville in the early 1990s. Leachville is located at 35°55′53″N 90°15′16″W; the city lies just south of the Arkansas-Missouri state line in northwestern Mississippi County. Arkansas Highway 77 connects the city with Manila to the state line to north. Arkansas Highway 119 connects the city with the east-west oriented Arkansas Highway 18 to the south. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles, all land.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,993 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 85.6% White, 0.3% Black, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian and 1.3% from two or more races. 12.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,981 people, 788 households, 549 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,069.6 people per square mile. There were 866 housing units at an average density of 467.6 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92.88% White, 1.41% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 4.04% from other races, 1.16% from two or more races. 9.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 788 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.6% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.3% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.
The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.07. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $25,789, the median income for a family was $32,574. Males had a median income of $26,792 versus $17,083 for females; the per capita income for the city was $15,360. About 12.4% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over. The Buffalo Island Central School District, which operates Buffalo Island Central High School, serves Leachville; the school's mascot is the mustang. The Buffalo Island Central School District was established on July 1, 1984; until that point the Leachville School District served the community.
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Etowah is a town in Mississippi County, United States. The population was 366 at the 2000 census. Etowah began as a settlement established for workers of the Chapman and Dewey Lumber Company in the 1890s; when a post office was established in 1902, the name "Etowah" was chosen after several other names had been rejected by the postal service. Etowah incorporated as a town in 1996. Etowah is located at 35°43′2″N 90°13′19″W; the town is concentrated along south of Manila. Etowah's municipal boundaries stretch southward to Arkansas Highway 140 and eastward to Arkansas Highway 77. Little River passes through the southeastern part of the town. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.3 km², all land. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 351 people residing in the town; the racial makeup of the town was 89.5% White, 1.1% Black, 0.3% Asian and 2.0% from two or more races. 7.1% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the census of 2000, there were 366 people, 137 households, 106 families residing in the town.
The population density was 24.0/km². There were 153 housing units at an average density of 10.0/km². The racial makeup of the town was 94.81% White, 1.37% Black or African American, 1.64% Native American, 0.55% from other races, 1.64% from two or more races. 0.82% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 137 households out of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 22.6% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.07. In the town, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 105.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $21,563, the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $19,643 versus $17,679 for females; the per capita income for the town was $8,890. About 13.3% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 23.6% of those age 65 or over. The Manila School District operates area public schools; the Etowah School District consolidated into the Manila district on July 1, 1986. Media related to Etowah, Arkansas at Wikimedia Commons
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is the newspaper of record in the U. S. state of Arkansas, printed in Little Rock with a northwest edition published in Lowell. It is distributed for sale in all 75 of Arkansas' counties, sold for $1 daily or $2 on Sundays/Thanksgiving Day. By virtue of one of its predecessors, the Arkansas Gazette, it claims to be the oldest continuously published newspaper west of the Mississippi River; the original print shop of the Gazette is preserved at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. The history of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette goes back to the earliest days of territorial Arkansas. William E. Woodruff arrived at the territorial capital at Arkansas Post in late 1819 on a dugout canoe with a second-hand wooden press, he cranked out the first edition of the Arkansas Gazette on 20 November 1819, 17 years before Arkansas became a state. Early in its history the Gazette scrupulously avoided political endorsement. Stephens, Donna. "The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture".
In 1821 the territorial capital was moved to Little Rock, Woodruff moved his Gazette along with it. The Gazette led the campaign for Arkansas statehood, accomplished in 1836 and promoted new immigration to the state; the Gazette supported Texas independence and called for volunteers from Arkansas to assist the Texans and supported the Mexican–American War. In the 1840s Woodruff lost control of the paper and established a competing paper, the Arkansas Democrat. In 1850, after the Gazette had failed under its new owners, Woodruff regained control and combined it with his Democrat as the Arkansas State Gazette and Democrat. In the 1850s, under another owner, the name was shortened to the Arkansas State Gazette; the Gazette struggled through the early Civil War years facing financial problems and shortages of supplies. The Gazette had been pro-Union but altered its position after Lincoln's call for troops, much like Arkansas as a whole. In 1863 Little Rock fell to Union troops and the Gazette suspended publication until May 1865 while Federal authorities used the presses for their own publications.
During the Reconstruction years a competitor arose called by a variety of names, under a variety of editors, with several different owners. In 1878 J. N. Smithee bought the newspaper, changed its name to the Arkansas Democrat, went after lucrative state printing contracts held by the Gazette; the Gazette and the Democrat engaged in a war of words that soon escalated into an exchange of gunfire between the owner of the Democrat and a part-owner of the Gazette. Over the years the Gazette and the Democrat supported opposing candidates and took opposite editorial positions. Throughout the simmering battle the Gazette continued to be the dominant state newspaper; the Gazette was owned and edited by John Netherland Heiskell who guided it with a firm hand through most of the twentieth century. In 1926, August Engel acquired a major interest in the Democrat, he became the newspaper's president and general manager, leading it through a period of great growth over the next 43 years. Engel gained a reputation as a hard-working, shrewd businessman who took an active part in the editorial process.
The Gazette took a strong editorial stance against Governor Orval Faubus when he tried to prevent the Little Rock Nine from integrating Little Rock Central High School in 1957. In 1958 the Gazette was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stand, executive editor Harry Ashmore won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing; this was the first time in history. Despite its honors the circulation of the Gazette dropped during the crisis due to boycotts, which ended when Ashmore left the paper; the Democrat charted a neutral editorial stand. Its photographer Will Counts took several important pictures of the crisis, including a famous picture of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Nine, being shouted at by an angry white girl identified as Hazel Massery. Counts helped arrange the public reconciliation of Eckford and Massery in 1997. Counts' work submitted by the Arkansas Democrat for the 1958 Pulitzer Prize, received the unanimous recommendation of the Pulitzer jurors for Best Spot News Photography.
However, Counts was denied the award when the Pulitzer board overruled its jurors and gave the award to another entrant which portrayed a different local police force as friendly to its citizens. In more recent times, the current Democrat-Gazette editorial cartoonist, John Deering, his wife Cathy created a bronze sculpture of the Nine, entitled Testament, on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol. In 1974 the Democrat was sold to WEHCO Media Inc. owned by the Hussman family. Walter E. Hussman, Jr. 27, became the publisher. At the time of Hussman's arrival the morning Gazette was far in front of the afternoon Democrat, with daily circulation 118,702 to the Democrat's 62,405. Hussman embarked on a campaign of major cost reductions and concentrating subscription effort on the Little Rock urban market; these efforts had little success. By 1977 Hussman attempted to reach an agreement with the Gazette to combine operations but his overtures were rejected. Hussman vigorously was intent on making the Democrat the state's largest newspaper.
A war ensued between the two papers. The Democrat expanded its news operation, offered free classified advertisements, switched from afternoon publication to morning publication. In 1979 Hussman appointed John Robert Starr to the position of managing editor; the fiery and irascible Starr temperament and
Manila is a city in Mississippi County, United States. The population was 3,055 at the 2000 census, it was the hometown of World War I sniper Herman Davis. A park in the town honors his memory today. Manila has its origins in a herdsman's camp established by John Needham in the late 1860s. By the late 1890s, a community known as "Cinda" had developed in the area. In 1901, this community incorporated as a city, chose the name "Manila" to honor Commodore George Dewey's 1898 victory in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War. In the early 1900s, the Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad extended a rail line to Manila. In 1910, the Manila Depot was constructed by the railroad; this train station now serves as a museum, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Manila is located at 35°52′48″N 90°10′10″W; the city is situated at the intersection of Arkansas Highway 18 and Arkansas Highway 77, a few miles south of the Arkansas–Missouri state line. The Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge lies just east of Manila.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,055 people, 1,214 households, 842 families residing in the city; the population density was 946.2 people per square mile. There were 1,304 housing units at an average density of 403.9/sq mi. The racial makeup of the city was 98.20% White, 0.03% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.26% from other races, 1.05% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 1,214 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.6% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.02. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $24,896, the median income for a family was $33,105. Males had a median income of $31,344 versus $19,063 for females; the per capita income for the city was $13,754. About 13.4% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 26.4% of those age 65 or over. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Manila has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. Cloria Brown, Missouri state legislator Honey Bruce and showgirl Jerry Jaye, singer Mel Wright, baseball player and coach Media related to Manila, Arkansas at Wikimedia Commons
Lepanto is a city in Poinsett County, United States. The population was 1,893 at the 2010 census, it is included in Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Lepanto was named for the Greek seaport of Lepanto, site of a great crusade sea battle in 1571. Lepanto was a site for the filming of the TV movie version of John Grisham's book A Painted House. Lepanto is located at 35°36′38″N 90°20′6″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles, all land. As of the 2010 census Lepanto had a population of 1,893; the ethnic and racial makeup of the population was 79.3% non-Hispanic white, 14.8% African-American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1 Asian, 1.7% reporting two or more races, including 1.2% reporting being white and African-American, 4.3% Hispanic. As of the census of 2000, there were 2,133 people, 851 households, 595 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,459.4 people per square mile. There were 891 housing units at an average density of 609.6/sq mi.
The racial makeup of the city was 82.37% White, 15.56% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.98% from other races, 0.98% from two or more races. 2.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 851 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.0% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.04. In the city, the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.5 males. The median income for a household in the city was $22,599, the median income for a family was $30,074.
Males had a median income of $26,977 versus $18,565 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,550. About 20.5% of families and 26.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.1% of those under age 18 and 26.2% of those age 65 or over. Lepanto is the home of the East Poinsett County School District that provides elementary and secondary education from prekindergarten through grade 12, with students graduating from East Poinsett County High School; the Lepanto School District consolidated into the East Poinsett district on July 1, 1986. James R. Hendrix- Medal of Honor Recipient Battle of the Bulge 1944. Major William Atha Gay - POW on Oryoku Maru Japanese Hell Ship. Name is on the wall of the Manila American Memorial. Marcus Monk - football wide receiver drafted by the Chicago Bears, played for the Arkansas Razorbacks and has been a member of the New York Giants. Buddy Jewell - American country music singer, he was the first winner of the American television talent show Nashville Star.
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Osceola is a city in and one of the two county seats of Mississippi County, United States. Located along the Mississippi River within the Arkansas delta, the settlement was founded in 1837 and incorporated in 1853. Occupying an important location on the river, the city's economy grew as steamboat traffic increased. Timber and cotton harvesting would develop, the city experienced rapid growth and development throughout the early 20th century; the city's economy has since diversified to include a robust industrial sector. The population was 7,757 at the 2010 census. During the prehistoric period and Mississippi County was swampland, with dense forest cover; the area was inhabited by Native American tribes under French and Spanish rule until the first American settlers arrived around the time of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Initial white visitors to the area were speculators and outlaws, but the remote region remained sparsely populated by settlers. An intense New Madrid earthquake swarm, produced by the New Madrid Seismic Zone nearby in present-day Missouri, struck the area in 1811–1812.
The results were widespread soil liquefaction and a change in geography that produced "sunken lands", which were sandy berms of silt and sediment disturbed by the earthquakes. Some tracts of land were sunk over 50 feet, disappeared underneath newly formed lakes, or transformed from green forests to stagnant swamps. Following continuing speculation and settlement in the area in the years after the earthquakes, two settlers, William Bard Edrington and John Price Edrington negotiated the acquisition of Native American huts along the Mississippi River. By this point, the combination of abundant timber as an obvious economic asset and easy access to shippers and travelers along the river began driving growth in the region. In 1837, the settlement adopted the name Plum Point; the Plumb Point community had developed into a successful waypoint on the Mississippi as well as a hub for the timber required to power the steamboats now common on America's waterways. Enterprising settlers began to explore the uses for the fertile soils now ripe for row agriculture following clearing of the dense forests.
It became apparent that the soil supported cotton well, a popular crop elsewhere in the South due to heavy European demand driven by the Industrial Revolution and resulting high market prices. Farmers from other cotton states began to relocate to Mississippi County and throughout the Arkansas Delta, bringing slaves, "King Cotton" culture and the plantation agriculture lifestyle with them. In 1853, the community had changed from silviculture to agricultural, had a total of 250 residents, incorporated as Osceola. Osceola supported secession in 1861, raised a volunteer company called the Osceola Hornets to fight for the Confederacy; the unit was under command of Captain Charles Bowen within the 2nd Confederate Infantry. Osceola saw thousands of Union troops enter the area in 1862 in preparation to assault Fort Pillow and Memphis. On the river, the Battle of Plum Point Bend took place between the Confederate River Defense Fleet and the Union Mississippi River Squadron in 1862. Osceola itself was subject to raids from both armies and guerrilla warfare that resulted in burning and damage throughout the city.
Following the Civil War, race relations began to tighten between plantation owners who had lost the slave labor that fueled their successful plantations, poor whites who were in competition for work and social status with freedmen, the former slaves who continued to face deprivation of their rights despite the war's outcome. Whitecapping by the Ku Klux Klan and other groups promoted a lawless atmosphere in Mississippi County. Violent encounters with racial tensions were common in Mississippi County and throughout the Arkansas Delta. An extreme example from Mississippi County was nicknamed the Black Hawk War; the racial violence and lawlessness continued to esclate resulting in Governor Powell Clayton declaring Mississippi County and thirteen other counties under martial law from November 1868 until March 1869. Osceola is the county seat of Mississippi County, is the seat of one of two judicial districts. Blytheville was named a secondary judicial district in 1901. Anchoring the town square is the 1912 neoclassical Mississippi County Courthouse, which a copper roofed dome.
The courthouse is bordered by the Hale Avenue Historic District and other structures on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Visitors will find the Mississippi County Historical Center located in a 1904 building that once housed a dry goods store. Osceola is famous for its role in the development of blues music, many famous blues musicians either came from Osceola or performed there. To celebrate this heritage, Main Street Osceola has been hosting the Osceola Heritage Festival since 1998. Osceola is located at 35°42′8″N 89°58′33″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles, all land. The county is located in one of the six primary geographic regions of Arkansas; the Arkansas Delta is a subregion of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, a flat area consisting of rich, fertile sediment deposits from the Mississippi River between Louisiana and Illinois. Osceola is within the New Madrid Seismic Zone, a major seismic zone and a prolific source of intraplate earthquakes.
The area experienced the highest magnitude earthquake in North America east of the Rocky Mountains in the 1811–12 New Madrid earthquakes. The eastern edge of Osceola is the Mississippi River, the state border between Arkansas and Tennesse
Mississippi County, Arkansas
Mississippi County is a county located in the U. S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,480. There are two county seats and Osceola; the county was formed on November 1, 1833, named for the Mississippi River which borders the county to the east. Mississippi County is part of the First Congressional District in Arkansas; the Mississippi County Judge is John Alan Nelson. The Blytheville, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Mississippi County. Jefferson W. Speck, a Mississippi County planter, was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1950 and 1952. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 920 square miles, of which 901 square miles is land and 19 square miles is water. Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge As of the 2010 census, there were 46,480 people residing in the county; the racial makeup of the county was 60.5% White, 33.9% Black, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, <0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.2% from two or more races.
3.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the 2000 census, there were 51,979 people, 19,349 households, 13,911 families residing in the county; the population density was 58 people per square mile. There were 22,310 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 64.45% White, 32.70% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, 1.12% from two or more races. 2.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 19,349 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 17.40% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.10% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.15. In the county, the population was spread out with 29.60% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $27,479, the median income for a family was $32,648. Males had a median income of $29,645 versus $19,782 for females; the per capita income for the county was $13,978. About 19.00% of families and 23.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.10% of those under age 18 and 19.80% of those age 65 or over. While a traditionally Democratic area, Mississippi County has voted Republican in the past three presidential elections. Mississippi County is home to the following public school districts, listed in order of student population: Blytheville School District Osceola School District Gosnell School District Southern Mississippi County School District Manila School District Buffalo Island Central School District Armorel School DistrictThe following school districts are based outside of the county but serve portions: East Poinsett County School District KIPP: Delta Public Schools Nettleton School District Mississippi County is served by the Mississippi–Crittenden Regional Library System, which includes the Mississippi County Library System and 13 branch libraries in communities throughout the county.
FM FM 88.3 KBCM Blytheville FM 93.9 KAMJ Gosnell FM 96.3 KHLS Blytheville FM 103.7 KAIA K279BJ Blytheville FM 107.3 KQXF OsceolaAM AM 860 KOSE Wilson NEA Town Courier, Blytheville, Arkansas The Osceola Times, Osceola, Arkansas There are no television stations in Mississippi County, Arkansas. Mississippi County, Arkansas is placed in TN Television Market; those stations include: ABC- WATN 24 NBC- WMC 5 CBS- WREG 3 Fox- WHBQ 13 PBS- WKNO 10 CW- WLMT 30 Ion WPXX 50However some residents in county may watch stations from the Jackson, TN, Jonesboro, AR, or Little Rock, AR Television Markets. Blytheville Gosnell Joiner Keiser Leachville Manila Osceola Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county; each township includes unincorporated areas. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships. Townships are of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research; each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications.
The townships of Mississippi County are listed below. Island 35 Mastodon List of lakes in Mississippi County, Arkansas National Register of Historic Places listings in Mississippi County, Arkansas "Mississippi. I. A N. E. county of Arkansas". The American Cyclopædia. 1879