Mount Ida

Arkansas angler and fishing expert Billy Murray recently tackled one of the highest achievements in the sport, an induction into the National Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. His fellow inductees this year include former President George H.W. Bush and Gary Yamamoto, an innovative lure designer. Murray was included in the lineup for his work as …
The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) is a popular hiking and mountain biking trail near Mount Ida that winds along the southern shore of Lake Ouachita. It is also the scene of the annual LOViT 100K endurance trail run. The event started in 2014 and this year is expanding to include another outlet for runners, …
Each month, KUAR hosts a radio segment called Science Cafe. This month’s guest was Michael DeAngelis, an assistant professor of Earth Science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The professor talked about geology during the 25-minute show and about places in the state known for their rocks and minerals. He discussed the Ozark and …
Every October, Mount Ida plays host to the World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig.  This will be the 28th year for the world championship event, which takes place October 9-10 this year at Twin Creek Crystal Mine and Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine. During the event, diggers compete for prize money in categories that include Best Cluster …
The 88th annual Montgomery County Fair starts this weekend (Sunday, August 9) with a Mardi Gras themed parade through downtown Mount Ida at 2 p.m.  There will be activities taking place in town throughout the week long fair (August 9-15), which is being held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. According to an online article about …
Surrounded by the Ouachitas, Mount Ida is home to abundant quartz crystal deposits.  This zone is part of the state’s “quartz belt,” an area about 30 miles wide, stretching roughly from Hot Springs west to Pencil Bluff. Family-owned rock shops line the highways in and around town, and you’ll see the sign proclaiming  Mount Ida …
Sorghum is a sweet syrup made by cooking the juice squeezed from sorghum cane. If you are wanting to by chance see how sorghum is made, the annual Sorghum Festival is tomorrow (November 1) at the Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County in Mount Ida! This annual event is a homage to the tradition of …
The World Championship Quartz Crystal Dig is this weekend in Mount Ida! The championships, which takes place Oct. 10-11, are a popular event for the town, which is known as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World. This year, participating mines include Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines, Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine and Twin Creek Crystal Mine. …
Emilie Kinney, Executive Director of the Heritage House Museum in Mount Ida, has sent word of a book signing that will take place September 25 at the museum from 11-1.  The book being featured is Lon Warneke: The Arkansas Hummingbird, which was published this summer. Warneke ( 1909-1976), who was from Owley, was a baseball …