The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1936 · Page 45
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 45

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 1, 1936
Page 45
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1936 •BIA'THEVILLK, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS 'PAGE 5 SECTION The Osceola Municipal Light and Water Plants' Contribution to Arkansas' Century of Progress While pioneering has been the especial privilege of the founders of Mississippi County.. . . no Jess has it been the pride of the Oseeola Municipal Light and Water Plants. At the lime of I lick organization these municipal plants were two of the few municipal plants in Northeast. Arkansas, with many companies with more modern and complete equipment seeking a charter from the city. In the face of such odds it has been no easy task to bring the plants to their present state of perfect equipment and service. Being the pride of one city and the envy of many others is something to boast of - - but to merit this envy and honor is an imderatking of great magnitude which has fallen on the shoulders of the city's council and its mayor. When the city of Osceola acquired its own light; and water plants there were many obstacles to overcome . . . one was public opinion and the others were poor and inadequate equipment-and no funds with which to improve the latter and assist in gaining I he favor of the former. However, in 1911 the city council set about the task of proving that this could be accomplished . . . just how well they succeeded has been proven by the inestimable .benefits which, the city and its citizens have enjoyed since the municipal plant, has been in operation. , The Osceola Municipal Light and Water Plants not only furnish the citizens with pure water and 24-hour electric service at costs lower limn can be obtained in most cities, but it lias discharged more than $55,000 in bonds for the city, relieving the citizen of this lax and rendering many other valuable services for the civic betterment of the town. The city's light bill would run more than the plant's earnings if it bought this service . . . free light and water is also furnished to the schools, churches and other city directed institutions. In fact, the value of this plant to the city and its citizens runs into thousands of dollars . . . the fire trucks were bought-with earnings pf the Light and Water Plants, while they also paid their way and installed new units and sunk new and larger wells as the demand for greater service increased. Today, the plants stand on the brink of even larger and more far-reaching improvements and additions which will offer untold advantages to the business and civic development of the city ... a contribution to a hundred years of Arkansas pro- gr,ess of which' the Osceola Municipal Light and Water Plants have been a part for a quarter of a Century. : Osceola s Light and Water Plants can and will offer attractive inducements to industries seeking new locations. C. B. DRIVER F. A. WHITE A. S. ROGERS, Mayor R. A. CARTWRIGHT BEN F.BUTLER Council SAM COBLE W.W.PREWITT

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