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Caps Plus Inc. held a grand re-opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday with the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce. Caps Plus Inc. is celebrating its new location at 1211 Carroll Road in Paragould. The business specializes in custom screen printing, embroidery, and promotional items.

Box-McClanahan announce June wedding

Tina and Bobby Box of Paragould are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsey Box, of Paragould, to Blake McClanahan, of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Paragould High School, and a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State University. She is employed at First National Bank.

The groom-elect is the son of Cara Kay Copes, of Wynne, and Mark McClanahan. He is a 2008 graduate of Wynne High School. He is employed at Hank’s Furniture.

The wedding is planned for June 12, 2021 at 6 p.m. at The Glass Factory in Jonesboro.

Community Briefs

Blood drives

The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types, especially those with type O blood, to race to give blood and help refuel the blood supply by teaming up with INDYCAR. Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCross Blood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. As a special thank-you, those who give blood or platelets through April 15 will automatically be entered to win a VIP trip for four to the 2022 Indianapolis 500. The Red Cross will also automatically enter all who give in April for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of choice. Additional details are available at Red CrossBlood.org/Indy500. Upcoming scheduled blood drives in Northeast Arkansas include:

Greene County

Today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Road, in Paragould

Today, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 404 West Main, in Paragould

Craighead County

April 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Arkansas State University, 2105 Aggie Road, in Jonesboro

Lawrence County

April 14, noon-5 p.m., Williams Baptist College, 84 McClellan Drive, in Walnut Ridge

Mississippi County

April 15, 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 715 West Walnut, in Blytheville

Cross County

April 16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Wynne High School, 800 East Jackson, in Wynne

April 22, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Church of Christ, 916 Bridges, in Wynne

Johnson & Johnson vaccines

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University will hold a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Pocahontas on Friday, April 9. NYITCOM is offering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Friday’s clinic, which means those who attend will not be required to return for a second dose.

A limited amount of walk-in appointments are available. Friday’s event will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at WestRidge Church of Christ, located at 3954 US 64 in Pocahontas. All Arkansans over the age of 18 are eligible, and those interested in scheduling an appointment can call (870) 680-8880.

Friday’s event will also serve to deliver the second vaccine dose to those who attended NYITCOM’s March 12 event held in Pocahontas.

The clinic will be conducted through NYITCOM’s Delta Care-A-Van program, and vaccines are free thanks to a grant NYITCOM received from the Arkansas Minority Health Commission.

The Delta Care-A-Van program operates as part of NYITCOM’s Delta Population Health Institute. In 2018, NYITCOM received a United States Department of Agriculture Delta Healthcare Service Grant to fund a mobile medical clinic aimed at delivering healthcare to underserved and rural populations in Arkansas and the Delta region.

For more information, contact Casey Pearce of NYITCOM at A-State at (870) 882-9954.

JAs to host Cornhole Tournament

Junior Auxiliary of Lawrence County will host a King of the Boards Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, April 17, at the Black Rock Community Center (former school cafeteria).

Registration will be at 9:30 a.m., and the tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. There will be a doubles division, children’s division, blind draw and air-mail challenge.

Entry is $30 per team to enter the doubles division and $15 per player to enter the blind draw. Children’s entry fee is $5.

Pre-registration is encouraged through the Scoreholio app. There will be a $5 upcharge to register the day of the event.

A concession stand will be available. All funds raised will benefit children and families of Lawrence County.

Delta Symposium XXVI, themed ‘The Haunted South,’ goes online, April 15-17

JONESBORO — With the theme of “The Haunted South,” the 2021 Delta Symposium will be online through virtual presentations that are free and open to the public with prior registration.

Participants will present research that explores the theme of literal hauntings by providing a forum for the study of haunted sites, ghost stories, legends and memorates as well as other research on the paranormal. To register for the sessions, one should contact Dr. Gregory Hansen, ghansen@AState.edu.

“The Delta Symposium Committee will offer presentations on ways that ‘haunting’ serves as a symbolic trope in creative expression,” he explained. “The theme will be explored from a range of disciplines. Presenters will explore how memories of the past continue to haunt people in our region. Other presenters will explore how the trope of the ‘haunted south’ remains salient to writers, artists, photographers and musicians in the Delta and the wider region.”

Because Delta Symposium XXVI is online, scholars, students, writers, and artists from across the nation will present in the virtual forum that A-State is offering to explore the Delta’s history and culture. The full schedule is available at the symposium website, AState.edu/delta -symposium.

Thursday, April 15

The symposium will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, with research presentations on ghost stories and tales of traditional belief in Arkansas folklore. This session will be followed by a presentation on haunted landscapes that have been published in the university’s Arkansas Review and another session by photographers who have documented life and legacies of the region. Wednesday’s events conclude with a reading by acclaimed writers Phillip McMath and Greg Brownderville at 7 p.m.

Friday, April 16

Sessions, which begin at 8:30 a.m., will feature researchers and writers from across the nation. Panelists will include historians, literary scholars, folklorists, and researchers who will explore topics ranging from scholarship on William Faulkner and Eudora Welty to tales about the haunted houses and the Swamp Ape of Boggy Creek.

Saturday, April 17

Friday’s events, which also begin at 8:30 a.m., will highlight creative writing by writers and writing teachers from across the state. Additional panels include research on hauntings in Southern literature and the theme of hauntedness in music and places.

At 12:30 p.m., Alan Brown, a professor at the University of West Alabama, will give the keynote presentation. He will be presenting on his original research into the collection of legends at Eureka Springs’ historic Crescent Hotel. Dr. Brown will focus on the tension between collecting legends and experiencing the mystery of engagement with hauntings at this legendary hotel.

For further details, contact the Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages at (870) 972-3043 or visit the symposium website, AState.edu/ delta-symposium.