downtown: J C Penney was in downtown Searcy. Remember? 1978 - 04/06/17 05:47 PM

The year was 1978.  Young people were running around getting ads for the Searcy High School yearbook.  I posted a picture a few days ago from the yearbook featuring Quattlebaum Music.  This one features JC Penney.  It is hard to remember but JC Penney was downtown at 113 North Spring.  And it is even harder to remember that JC Penney had a loft upstairs.  These students were up there.
And I can not remember at all what was up there and how it operated.  Seems as if they sent money up there from the downstairs area but some Sleuth will have to … (18 comments)

downtown: Police Chief Dick Hart on horseback in downtown Searcy AR long ago. - 02/20/13 06:41 AM
Here's another great picture from historic Searcy Arkansas.  Correct me if I am guessing wrong but I think this would have been Arch Street downtown.  The vehicle can be a good approximate date.
Perhaps it was at the White County Fair Parade when so many people ride horses.  Or might we have had a mounted patrol?  Note the parking meters that have been gone for a long time.

Our new blog friend, Bridget Hart, loaned us this picture.  Dick Hart, Police Chief, was her father-in-law.
Thanks, Bridget.

downtown: Moving on from one big house to another....608 N Spring Searcy AR had a fire. - 01/21/13 02:29 AM
This big old house on the corner has always interested me.  For as long as I have known it, it has been cut up into apartments.  It is just a couple of blocks from the one we were just discussing on North Main Street.
Surely it was at one time a showy house with proud owners who sat on the porch? 
The newspaper reported that the fire department had to put out a fire inside the house a few days ago.  Suspecting that a fire may lead to a tear-down, I drove by and snapped a memory picture.  Here it … (7 comments)

downtown: Simpson, Simpson, Collier and Brock. Searcy AR attorneys hold open house. - 04/26/12 11:43 PM
This is the old view of Headlee's Drug Store which was located in downtown Searcy Arkansas. 

This is another view of the building.

 This is the look of the building today.  Simpson, Simpson, Collier and Brock, Searcy attorneys, held an open house which I dropped in on.  It was impressive to see how they have expanded from the large building on the corner to the one adjoining.  They will probably do more to the exterior but the inside is finished out beautifully.

Curious?  Here they are.  From the left, Collier, Simpson, Brock and Simpson.  … (30 comments)

downtown: Finished! All done. Searcy's mural downtown. Thanks, Harding University. - 04/01/12 11:01 PM

The mural that stretches from Arch Street to Market Street in downtown Searcy is finally finished. (I think, but there may be something planned for the open space in the middle of this black and white and gray one.) Recognize any familiar landmarks in this mural?

This view stretches it out a little further toward the courthouse.

And here are all 8 panels.  They were done by Harding University professors and students and they have done a great job!  Note the top of the courthouse in the background. 
Other blogs about this mural.

downtown: Searcy Arkansas's Rialto Theater, on the court square. - 08/31/08 02:29 AM
Searcy Arkansas has one of the oldest theaters in Arkansas.  It was built in approximately 1923 and still flashes its Neon sign as busy Race Street passes within a few feet of its ticket window.
The theater building is owned by the city of Searcy as it was donated to the city by a prominent family several years ago.  It is now operated by a gentleman who gets to rent it free because he paid about $75,000 of his own funds to renovate the Rialto.
It's a win-win situation because the building is not sitting vacant.  Victor Weber runs the theater … (20 comments)

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