Thursday, September 21, 2017

Otis Block, Sr. Honored with Community and Statewide Legacy Salute and Awards Program

On Saturday, September 30th 2017, Otis Block, Sr., will be honored by local and statewide leaders for his 40 plus years as a ‘Master Builder and Architect’ in the Arkansas Delta. He will be presented awards for outstanding leadership as a community and economic developer for work and services he has rendered to hundreds of persons, programs and ministry endeavors.  A key salute will come from pastors who were able to get new churches constructed uniquely through the services and resources provided by Mr. Block.

Mr. Block is known across the state and expanded regions for his signature works of creative design on hundreds of homes, churches, fireplaces, buildings, etc., and is a man that remains in high demand. 
The salute will honor him as a builder of ‘brick and mortar’ structures but also for his philanthropic works where he has supported many causes and initiatives in Arkansas as well as other locations inside and outside of the USA.

The salute will be at HMC- Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith located at 225 S. Walnut in Dumas.  All gifts and contributions will go to Mr. Otis Block.   The event will begin at 6pm.

Additional details regarding the organizers and program participants will be announced on September 27 in the Dumas Clarion. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Arkansas Alive 5/1/17: National Day of Prayer

In case you missed the live program.  Here's the full show.  We are always praying with and for Dumas and the Arkansas Region

Join us at HMC for National Day of Prayer from 6pm-7pm.  Let's pray God's power forward in Dumas-Desha and Da-Delta.
NOW Showing.... VTN- Victory Television Network National Day of Prayer Special with Pastor Happy Caldwell and Pastor Arthur L.Hunt, Jr.- Hear Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Share Uplifting Scriptures and St. Mary Harris Share an Aftercare Prison Vision- I'm sharing a Biblical Unveiling in the Nation with Rev. Dr. MLK-jr Together we are Praying for you and for our Nation From the ARK.
Watch the 30-minute program, share, pray and join us- NDP 2017
For His GREAT Name's Sake: Oh Lord, Hear Us-Forgive Us-Heal Us

Sunday, April 9, 2017

THE SPRING 2017 SUMMIT: Boys 2 Men and Girls to Women- Starts Right Here!

City PRIDE—"Positive Results in Dumas Everyday" is hosting “Boys 2 Men and Girls 2 Women” Weekend Summit this Friday and Saturday, April 14th and 15th at HMC and the West Dumas Community Family Life Center.  Young men who grew up in Dumas and are pursuing careers in other cities and states are coming home for a weekend to uplift and empower youth and young adults in Dumas. The women who are participating will be announced on the City PRIDE website this Thursday.   The number “2” places emphasis on creating a team of two who can stay connected for accountability and motivation which helps both persons stay on track.
Christopher(Chris) McGehee and Samaje Brown, (organizers) are outstanding musicians and ministers who will start the weekend summit at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith at 7pm on Friday.  On Saturday from 3pm-6pm they will huddle at the West Dumas Community Family Life Center for ‘straight talk’ with youth ages 13-19 to discuss the issues ranging from music, education, ministry and how to beat the odds and avoid the traps that hold you back.

Free-play on the courts and playground equipment in the park will be available and “Hugs and Hot Dogs” will be served.   Additional items will be available for purchase to help with the restoration of the center.A clean-up campaign to help get the park ready starts at 9am on Saturday morning at the Life Center. Bring your lawn equipment and your scrub gear for the playground equipment. 

On Saturday night at 7pm they will return to HMC for a night of empowerment with speakers, music and strategies to help to build a better Dumas- TODAY!
The event is presented in part by The Legacy Assignment 2017.  

Thursday, November 24, 2016


2016 I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER Days of Empowerment,Thanksgiving Weekend 

City PRIDE will host the 2016 I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER Days of Empowerment this Thanksgiving Weekend at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith.   Bishop Alfonso Madden is the Founder of the community foundation and scholarship program aimed to uplift youth and families who have or who are facing challenges due to violence, poverty and other deficiencies, especially boys ages 12-24 who need strong mentoring and support during their formative years. Scholarships are provided to assist this group in continuing their education and proceeds raised during this weekend series will benefit the scholarship fund. 

Jarret Purdue from Chicago, Illinois, a mentor and minister will be the speaker. Elder Perdue has served as a Regional Director and Chaplain for the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union (IPYPU) of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (PAW).  He is a musician and has traveled outside the USA as a leader helping to motivate inspire young people to put their lives on a positive track. 

The goal is to bring positive discussion, action and solutions to help advance Dumas/Desha youth and young adults and families beyond some of the challenging concerns that have occurred during the past few years along with other matters that have been ongoing that require the power of God and power of “oneness” to bring about a change and betterment for all the people in Dumas and southeast, Arkansas.  “We want people who are hearing about Dumas to hear what’s good in Dumas and what’s in positive motion to help guide and further advance our community.  I’m prayerful that this series will be a key part which will broaden this discussion and hopefully better engage the local groups to come together while at the same time allow the community to see that other leaders and programs are teaming up along the way,” stated Rev, Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., earlier. 

The program begins on Friday night, November 25th at 7pm and on Saturday evening at 6pm and all church, youth, civic and community programs and leaders are invited to attend. Additional details can be found by calling 870.382.2007.  

Friday, November 18, 2016



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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

10th Annual “Thanks For Giving” Community Awards and Celebration Banquet

November 17th at Dumas Community Center

Keynote Speaker, Director Arnell Willis, Arkansas 
Department of Workforce Services

One week prior to Thanksgiving, on Thursday November 17th, the southeast Arkansas community of Dumas/Desha, Gould, Mitchellville, Winchester and other cities will come together to say, “thanks for giving” to the people, companies, ministries and agencies who have given of themselves and their resources- all year long. The event will take place at the Dumas Community Center and begin at 6pm and to benefit TCAA scholarships and rebuilding the West Dumas Community Family Life Center. 

Leaders from the faith, youth, business, government, creative and educational arenas are uniting to bring forth the 2016 City PRIDE “Thanks for Giving” Community Awards and Banquet. This is the 10th annual celebration and awards have been presented to over 50 individuals and organizations including; Hattie Watts, Dumas Clarion, J.C. Mays, Mayor James Berry, Pastor Jasper Jackson, Jr., Dr. Alice M. Hunt, and others who were honored for their service to Dumas and southeast Arkansas. The awards are always a surprise and aimed to inspire the recipients to continue their community service.

Headlining the event with a keynote address focused on uplifting families and communities through education and workforce will be Director Arnell Willis from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.   Willis was due in Dumas for the Town-Hall Forum last month but rescheduled due to flight delays and has reset his schedule to speak at the event.  Earlier, Willis had this to say regarding Dumas and the Delta— “My prepared remarks will focus on ADWS vision, mission and the implementation of WIOA, the federal legislation changing the landscape in how Workforce Development Professionals serve their customers.  This major law is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, technical assistance and support services to find job in labor market and match employers with skilled workers to help them compete in global economy.  I will also share my role as the Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.   In addition, I will share my story growing up in the delta heartland and how I broke barriers and overcame incredible odds.  Finally, I will share “Lessons Learned” from my mother and aunt who made indelible marks on my character and development. Other speakers and entertainment will be announced later. 

The program will include a feast of some of the best holiday foods catered by The Masters Table of Pine Bluff. Tickets are $20 and ‘Tables of Honor’ are available for companies, families, ministries, etc., who can be sponsors/partners who will join in on the ‘thanks for giving’ chant as presenting partners of this gala to the community. Tickets can be purchased at HMC-Hunt Memorial Cathedral of Faith and other locations  or by calling 870.382.7000

Sunday, October 16, 2016

AR DWS Workforce Investment Board Director Arnell Willis Speaks at Town Hall Forum

On Monday, October 24th from 6pm to 8pm, questions like— what’s next for Dumas? What image are we projecting in Dumas and in the Delta—what image do we want to project? What do our youth want and who will lead them—2016 and beyond are a few key questions that will be asked of leaders, both youth and young adults at the “2016 Decision Time in D-Town—Town Hall Meeting.”

In Part I, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services Director Arnell Willis who heads up the Workforce Development Board is the Keynote Panelist.   He will update the mission, core values and key highlights regarding the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and its important role assisting many persons across the state and he will shine a spotlight on Dumas/Desha and Southeast AR and will discuss the role of the power of mentoring and education in the workforce.

Additional topics discussed by a panel of community leaders including youth will include: education, jobs, careers, sports and entertainment, faith and spiritual choices, poverty reduction, asset building health and wellness, drug and crime prevention.

In Part II, Our Vote— What Are the Issues?  Who are the Candidates?   A special segment, ‘Let Your Voice Be Heard,’ will focus on the 2016 Election and all candidates for local and state offices for Dumas and Desha are invited to participate and share their platform.   Questions will be asked by the moderator and from the audience.  

A pre-forum reception and site visit for youth and families will take place from 4:30pm—5:30pm with ‘Hugs & Hot Dogs’ at the West Dumas Community Family Life Center at 501 West Bowles. Additional programs from the center will be discussed at the forum.

For more information contact: Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., at 870.623.8179, Rev. Stanley Barnes at 501.915.2605