Searcy is situated in north-central Arkansas, 45 miles north of Little Rock and 100 miles west of Memphis, with quick access to both cities. The hometown atmosphere offers an ideal setting for families and individuals alike, with a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Newport is located in northeast Arkansas and offers the wonderful qualities of living in small town America, while also having access to big city conveniences just a short drive away. Whether it is educational opportunities in the public schools or Arkansas State University-Newport, cultural activities at Jacksonport State Park, through the local festivals held year round or a cost of living that is lower than the state and national averages, you'll find a lot of reasons to love Newport. Come, visit and stay – for a day or a lifetime and you'll find out why we love our hometown.
Growing medical community
Unity Health is the only healthcare facility in the state to receive the prestigious Governor's Quality Award three times (2002, 2012, 2018). The medical staff of more than 160 physicians represents a variety of medical specialties. As the leading healthcare provider in a eight-county area, Unity Health associates strive to improve the quality of health and well-being of the communities it serves through compassionate care. Unity Health is the largest employer in a six-county area with more than 2,300 associates and has a total of 502 licensed beds.
Residents can enjoy year-round golfing on two 18-hole courses in both Searcy and Newport, water sports on nearby Greers Ferry Lake, world-class trout fishing on the Little Red River, ample hunting opportunities for outdoorsmen and access to Jacksonport State Park and Museum.
The Searcy Public School District is ranked one of the top 10 districts in the state based on state assessment criteria and No Child Left Behind. Additionally, Searcy is home to Harding University, a private Christian college, offering numerous graduate education degrees in a variety of medical fields.
The Newport Special School District's mission is to "Empower students to be lifelong learners and decision makers." The District has a long history of academic excellence and award-winning student clubs and organizations. They provide an environment for the students that offers a challenging curriculum along with a sense of responsibility. For more information visit the school's website.
Arkansas State University-Newport was founded as White River Vocational Technical School in 1976. In 1992 the school merged with ASU-Beebe becoming the ASU-Beebe/Newport campus. In April of 2000, the Arkansas Board of Higher Education gave its approval for ASUN to become a stand alone campus. By 2002, ASU-Newport became a stand-alone college. Jackson County residents also supported the institution by passing a half-cent sales and use tax dedicated to the school. Since becoming a stand-alone college, enrollment at the school has tripled and the college now has three campuses – the main campus in Newport, one in Jonesboro and one in Marked Tree. For more information visit the college's web site.