CORNING, AR (KAIT) - A Corning high school student started a project to make the city beautiful again.
Drew Calhoun started the Corning Beautification Committee to help improve the look of the city and remind people of the historic beauty the city has to offer.
Calhoun said the idea for the committee started when he was doing genealogy research.
He came across several historic landmarks in town and decided he wanted to help in historic preservation.
"I wanted to try to start some historic preservation projects in town so I emailed Ruth Hawkins who helped with the Johnny Cash home and she lead me to Dr. Edward Salo," Calhoun said.
Salo came to meet Calhoun and see some of the properties.
"He said he had students in one of his classes who could go out and work and one of his students Trey Brewer took up the project and he made a walking/driving tour," Calhoun said.
Brewer recently completed the essay which included all the historic spots that could go on a walking/driving historic tour.
Some of the properties include the Oliver House, a former senator's home, and Dr. N.J. Latimer's building.
Calhoun said the next step is getting the city to help make this walking/driving tour essay a reality.
He said it will be a process, but they are already working on some ideas.
"We are also still thinking about producing videos and Trey suggested using the symbols you scan with your smartphone and putting those on a sign in front of the building and people can scan that and it will pull up a webpage with all the information on it," Calhoun said.
Calhoun also said A-State students may be able to help out through creating some pamphlets.
"Dr. Salo told me the ASU graphics department is able to put some information together and have something to hand out," Calhoun said.
Calhoun said he is excited to see where the project goes.
"It will bring back pride and community saying this is what we had this is where we came from," Calhoun said. "If we keep this up it may just inspire people to keep up their properties and keep up their city.
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