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Smackover planning centennial celebration

by Matthew Hutcheson | May 11, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.

The Smackover City Council met on Monday, May 9 at city hall. Council members picked back up a discussion from their previous meeting concerning a plan to celebrate the town's 100th anniversary in August.

Smackover 100th Year Anniversary

A potential centennial celebration for Smackover was the first item discussed during the meeting.

"We talked last month about the 100-year anniversary being on August 19 but... school will probably be going on and that's a Friday. We're going to change it the 20th, which is a Saturday," Mayor Bobby Neal said.

"We'd have a lot more people there," he continued.

According to minutes from the April council meeting, Neal initially proposed the idea as a downtown event on Broadway Street incorporating vendors and food trucks. The city also plans to have t-shirts made to mark the occasion.

Council members briefly discussed the possibility of keeping the celebration date on August 19.

"They'll be in school, but I don't think there will be anything going on on the 19th... But the 20th sounds good," council member Chris Long said.

Planning for the centennial celebration will continue at future meetings.

Smackover was first incorporated in fall 1922 after oil was discovered on July 1, 1922. It was one of several boomtowns in Union County.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas states that "within six months, 1,000 wells had been drilled, with a success rate of ninety-two percent. The little town had increased from a mere ninety to 25,000, and its uncommon name would quickly attain national attention."

Smackover PD reports

Smackover Police Department reports for April were included in meeting documents this month. According to the document, the department answered 93 calls; filed five misdemeanor and three felony reports, along with two accident reports; made three misdemeanor and three felony arrests; performed 985 security checks; conducted 79 traffic stops and issued 20 traffic tickets and 46 warning tickets; answered one alarm; made 8 assists; and conducted one escort.

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