From its new town hall to its plans to send every child to college, Arkadelphia is a small town with a big vision
We head back to Town Hall, where we began. Jimmy introduces me to Nancy Anderson, director of grants and research. Her dark hair is cut in a modern-day Dorothy Hamill, and she welcomes me into her office. Originally from upstate New York, she came to Arkadelphia to attend Ouachita Baptist. When she got on the bus to head down south, her dad said, “She’ll go down there and marry one of those rebels and she won’t come home.”
And that’s just what she did.
Her most recent project with the city has been a grant for storm drain art. In order to build awareness that what’s going down the drains eventually invades local waterways, the city obtained a grant that’s enabling them to feature winning art from Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist and Arkadelphia High School student artists on storm drains around town.