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Veterans Walk of Honor

The NWA Veterans Council will be arranging different events in the coming months -- automobile shows, auctions, and other fund-raising events in its quest to make reality a Veterans Walk of Honor at the site of the Veterans Wall of Honor in Bella Vista.

Details of the expansion can be accessed at http://vetwallofhonor.org/veterans-walk-of-honor-park.html. Just click on the expansion image.

The mission of the council is to honor veterans, educate the next generation and provide them with an understanding of our veterans' sacrifices for our freedom.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 501-944-2967.

Bella Vista Historical Museum

The Bella Vista Historical Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors are asked not to enter if they have flu-like covid symptoms. Masks are required and visitors will be asked to practice social distancing while in the museum, and, if visiting with a group, to stay together. The number of visitors at one time will be limited to 10. If visitors happen to arrive when the museum is at maximum capacity, they will be asked to wait outside until there is room for additional visitors. These plans are subject to change, based on the latest covid-19 data from the Arkansas Department of Health. The museum is located at the corner of Highway 71 and Kingsland, next door to the American Legion building. Telephone: 479-855-2335. Website: www.bellavistamuseum.org.

In addition to the museum's exhibits displaying the 100-plus years of Bella Vista history, and the 1912 Settler's Cabin open for touring on the museum grounds, a gift shop inside the museum has a variety of Bella Vista souvenir items for sale, as well as other items that have been donated to the museum for fundraising purposes. The museum is operated by the Bella Vista Historical Society.

Membership in the Society is available now for the 2021 calendar year at the cost of $15 per individual or $25 per family. The museum has an all-volunteer staff, which means that dues and donations go entirely toward the operating costs of the museum. In addition to helping support the preservation of Bella Vista's rich and unique history, and helping educate the public, other benefits of membership include receipt of a quarterly newsletter and an invitation to the annual membership meeting usually held each March. Checks may be mailed to the museum at 1885 Bella Vista Way, Bella Vista, AR 72714. Visitors are also welcome to pay for membership in person by check or credit/debit card during open hours.

BV City Facilities Closed through January

Bella Vista city facilities will remain closed to non-emergency public traffic through January 2021 in an attempt to limit the spread of covid-19. The closure will be again assessed by Mayor Peter Christie at the end of January.

Christie cited the number of total covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths that continue to rise as the reason to continue limiting public traffic, and that the work-from-home situation has worked remarkably well for city employees who continue to conduct city business primarily online and via phone and email.

This closure applies to the city's administration offices at City Hall, Bella Vista Public Library, Bella Vista District Court, Community Development Services and the city's street department. The lobbies of the police and fire departments will be open to emergency traffic only, with the exception of delivery of supplies.

The Bella Vista Public Library book drop and digital access will remain available during the closure, and library staff is available via email at [email protected] or by phone at 479-855-1753. Cardholders may update their accounts if they have expired, and new accounts will be available with appropriate documentation.

If you have business with a specific employee, please contact that employee via email. A staff directory can be found online. For building permits and inspection services, email [email protected] For general city assistance, email [email protected]

For police and fire assistance, call dispatch at 479-855-3771. As always, in an emergency, call 911.

If you do not have access to email, you are also able to call or text the city's main number at 479-876-1255.

The city appreciates your patience during this time, as the health and safety of the public and employees remain of utmost importance.

Property Owners Association

My Bella Vista app -- The POA has announced the launch of an informational app called My Bella Vista. This app is the first step in providing easy-to-access information regarding POA amenities with contact and map information, fitness classes, events, weather and news. Due to covid, there are not as many classes and events to post at this time. The POA asks for your patience as it works through the initial launch.

You can find the My Bella Vista app at the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.

Surrounding Area

American Legion Post #392 of Pineville, Mo., is holding a Third Friday Benefit Chicken and Noodle Dinner drive-through event this Friday, Jan. 15. Dinner includes chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll and dessert. Cost is $7. Pickup is between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. next to Cornerstone Bank, Jesse James Road. Pre-orders are requested by Thursday, Jan. 14 -- call 417-389-0937, 417-850-6330 or pre-order on the Legion post's Facebook page.

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