- Searcy, Arkansas
official_name = Searcy, Arkansas
motto = Pride - Progress - Potential"The city where thousands live as millions wish they could." [http://www.cityofsearcy.org/]
imagesize = 260 px
image_caption = White County Courthouse in downtown Searcy
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = White
leader_name = Belinda LaForce
established_title = Founded
established_title2 = Incorporated
area_total_sq_mi = 14.8
area_total_km2 = 38.3
area_land_sq_mi = 14.7
area_land_km2 = 38.1
area_water_sq_mi = 0.1
area_water_km2 = 0.2
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 18928
population_density_km2 = 503.6
population_density_sq_mi = 194.5
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
latd = 35 |latm = 14 |lats = 49 |latNS = N
longd = 91 |longm = 44 |longs = 01 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 80
elevation_ft = 245
website = [http://www.cityofsearcy.org/ www.cityofsearcy.org]
postal_code = 72143, 72145, 72149
area_code = 501
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 05-63020
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0078309
Searcy (local pronunciation: "SUR see") is the largest city and
county seatGR|6 of White County, Arkansas, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 20,663.cite web | date = June 21 2006| url = http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2005-04-05.csv | title = Annual Estimates of the Population for All Incorporated Places in Arkansas | format = CSV | work = 2005 Population Estimates | publisher = U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division | accessmonthday = November 16 | accessyear = 2006] It is the principal city of the Searcy, AR Micropolitan Statistical Areawhich encompasses all of White County. Like Searcy County, the city takes its name from Richard Searcy, a judge for the Superior Court of the Arkansas Territory. Mike Beebe, Arkansas' current governorand former state Attorney General (2003-2007), lived and worked in Searcy several years, both in private law practice (1972-1982) and while representing the area in the Arkansas State Senate(1982-2002).cite web | work = Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe | publisher = Arkansas.gov | url = http://www.governor.arkansas.gov/gov_biography.html | title = Governor's biography | accessmonthday = November 15 | accessyear = 2007] His wife, Ginger, is a native of Searcycite web | work = First Lady of Arkansas Ginger Beebe | publisher = Arkansas.gov | url = http://www.arkansasfirstlady.com/about_ginger.html | title = About Ginger | accessmonthday = November 15 | accessyear = 2007] . The Beebe-Capps Expressway, a notable thoroughfare in Searcy, is named after Mike Beebe and his fellow lawmaker, John Paul Capps, both of whom engineered the funds and political willpower to complete its construction.
Searcy is the home of
Harding University, a private college affiliated with the Churches of Christand the state's largest private university. Harding College (its original name) moved to Searcy from Morrilton, Arkansasin 1934, having bought the campus of the defunct Galloway College, a Methodist college for women.
Regional ice cream producer and distributor
Yarnell Ice Cream Co.has its headquarters in the city's downtown area.
According to Dr. Raymond Muncy's "Searcy, Arkansas: A Frontier Town Grows up with America", Israel Moore, who had traveled west from Philadelphia, was in charge of laying out Searcy's original streets, and "he proceeded to name the major streets of Searcy for those of downtown Old Philadelphia near Independence Hall; Race, Arch, Market, Vine, Spring, and the tree-honoring streets of Cherry, Spruce, Locust and Pine." In 1957, Searcy named Moore Street after this 19th-century founder.
Perhaps coincidentally, Spring Street (along with downtown Searcy's Spring Park) also suggests some reference to earlier days of settlement in the Searcy area, when the community was known as White Sulphur Springs. As early as 1834, local springs with purported therapeutic properties initially drew visitors to the area, similar to the popular attraction to
Hot Springs, Arkansas.
American Civil War, the Battle of Whitney's Lanewas fought near Searcy, though the exact site is disputed. Searcy Landing, on the Little Red River, is the final resting place for some unfortunate Yankee soldiers.
August 9, 1965, 53 contract workers were killed in a fire in the Titan missile silooutside of Searcy, in one the largest industrial accidents in US history. You may see the site in this video as it is in 2008 over 40 years after the disaster at this [http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1123920/exposing_hidden_titan_ii_launch_complex_373_4/ link ]
Despite losing many factory jobs, Searcy has recently experienced an economic revitalization, driven in large part by the leasing of much of the area's mineral rights by natural gas companies. Some residents, however, have noted concerns about the environmental impact of these extensive drilling projects (Hambrick "Natural State No More").
Searcy is served by two public school districts. Searcy Public Schools — including Searcy High School, three elementary schools and middle and junior high campuses — serve all but the far eastern portion of the city. That portion of the city is within the Riverview School District — a consolidation of districts serving Kensett, Griffithville, Judsonia, and surrounding communities in southeastern White County extending to West Point and Georgetown. Previously, the Riverview portion of Searcy was part of the Kensett school district; Riverview High School was built in eastern Searcy following the consolidation.
Founded in 1924,
Harding University, a private Christian university affiliated with the Church of Christ, has its main campus in Searcy. Harding moved in 1934 from Morrilton to Searcy, where the university has evolved and expanded to include more than 200 acres and offers more than 90 majors in 10 undergraduate degrees, 13 preprofessional programs, and 12 graduate programs. At nearly 6,500 students, Harding University is the largest private university in Arkansas.
Harding Academy is a K-12 college preparatory school in Searcy enrolling more than 600 students. Harding University oversees the school, which resides adjacent to its campus.
Arkansas State University Searcy, formerly operating as Foothills Technical Institute, is a technical campus of nearby
Arkansas State University Beebeoffering several two-year programs. In order to create drilling jobs for the benefit of the local populace, ASU-Searcy has partnered with the natural gas industry that is currently exploiting local natural resources (Willems).
* Searcy Public Schools
** Searcy High School
** Ahlf Junior High School
** Southwest Middle School
** McRae Elementary
** Sidney Deener Elementary
** Westside Elementary
* Riverview Public Schools
** Riverview High School
* Morris School for Boys
* Liberty Christian School (K - 8) [http://libertychristianschool.net/index.php]
Searcy is located at coor dms|35|14|49|N|91|44|1|W|city (35.247043, -91.733706)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.8 square miles (38.3 km²), of which, 14.7 square miles (38.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.54%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 18,928 people, 6,822 households, and 4,495 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,287.4 people per square mile (497.2/km²). There were 7,405 housing units at an average density of 503.6/sq mi (194.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.24% White, 6.60% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 2.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,822 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the city the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 23.4% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,321, and the median income for a family was $41,334. Males had a median income of $32,445 versus $21,142 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $16,553. About 11.7% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 8.0% of those age 65 or over.
*Hambrick, Pat. "Natural State No More." 1 Sept. 2007.
The Daily Citizen (Searcy). Online Edition. [http://www.thedailycitizen.com/articles/2007/09/02/news/local_news/news01.txt] accessed 2 Sept. 2007.
*Muncy, Raymond Lee. "Searcy, Arkansas: A Frontier Town Grows up with America". Harding Press: Searcy, 1976.
*Willems, Jack. "Drill Training Program Coming to ASU-Searcy." 19 Dec. 2007.
The Daily Citizen (Searcy). Online Edition [http://thedailycitizen.com/articles/2007/12/20/news/local_news/news01.txt] accessed 20 Dec. 2007. The Daily Citizen (Searcy), the local newspaper.
* [http://www.cityofsearcy.org/ City of Searcy government website]
* [http://www.searcychamber.net/ Searcy Chamber of Commerce official website]
* [http://www.searcy.com/ City of Searcy Arkansas Lifestyle Guide]
* [http://searcy.dina.org/ Searcy information site from the Development Information Network of Arkansas] , a project of the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
* [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1016 Searcy information page from The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture]
* Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: [http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=1016 Searcy (White County)]
* [http://riverview.k12.ar.us/ Riverview High School]
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