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Second Year For Road To Essence

Posted: June 2, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

BENTONVILLE -- Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens and Ronnie DeVoe were excited to bring their music to an area that the three had never been before.

Chrisette Michelle is a Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song “Be OK.” She will also featured on the upcoming season of “R&B Divas Los Angeles.”

Chante Moore is an R&B and jazz singer and is also featured on the reality show “R&B Divas: Los Angeles.”

Bell Biv DeVoe is the R&B and hip-hop group that branched off from New Edition. The trio’s album “Poison” achieved triple platinum success.

Marsha Ambrosius is a platinum-selling artist from Liverpool, England.

MC Lyte is a rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988’s “Lyte as a Rock.”

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State park tour visits old mill town

Intern Sebastian Rodriguez (left) and interpretive naturalist Steve Chyrchel stand Saturday near the foundation of a large steam-powered sawmill, part of a walk along the Historic Van Winkle Trail at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area near Rogers. Lumber milled at the site was used to make many of the historic buildings in Northwest Arkansas, Chyrchel said.

Today a nature trail winds through Van Winkle Hollow located in Hobbs State Park, but in the mid-1800s a small... Read »