About Sharp County
Sharp County was formed in 1868, from a part of Lawrence County and was named for Ephraim Sharp who was a member of the State Legislature representing Lawrence, Randolph and Greene counties when the new county was formed. The landscape of the county is rolling hills in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Crystal River Cave opened for tours in the 1930's, and many people from eastern Arkansas built cabins along the Spring River. The Harold E. Alexander Wildlife Management Area has public land fronting the Spring River available for recreation and overnight use.
The economic base of the county is agriculture; cattle, broilers, hay, and watermelons, and some light manufacturing with tourism being number one. Cherokee Village, a long established resort-retirement community, is very active, as well as Hardy Old Town, which is located downtown and dates back to the early 1880's and features numerous quaint antique and gift shops.
K-12 Education in Sharp County
In 2004, the 84th Arkansas General Assembly consolidated approximately 75 of the states 310 school districts. Evening Shade became a part of the Cave City District and Williford was consolidated with the Twin Rivers District. With the inclusion of Highland, Sharp County has three school districts.
From 1959 until 1974, an Ash Flat native, David Mullins, was president of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. In 1969, a Little Rock newspaper, the Arkansas Gazette, wrote "…the University quite possibly has made its greatest strides forward under his leadership." A bronze bust of Mullins is in the foyer of the University's library which he built and which is named in his honor.
Following his years as one of the all time great players for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team, Gordon Carpenter, of Ash Flat, played for six-time AAU champions, the Phillips 66 Oilers. In 1948, Carpenter played as a member of the U.S. team in the London Olympics. He was subsequently selected six times for the All American team. In 1965, the Arkansas Athletic Hall of Fame inducted him as one of its 35 honored athletes.
Charles Elwin Roe
From 1938 through 1953, another Ash Flat native claimed fame in major league baseball. Charles Elwin "Preacher" Roe led the Pittsburgh Pirates to winning seasons twice between 1944 and 1947. He completed his career as a famed Brooklyn Dodger. His created a lifetime record of 127 wins, 84 losses and an ERA of 3.43.
Name: Charles Elwin Roe
Height: 6' 2", Weight: 170 lb.
Debut: August 22, 1938
Born: February 26, 1915 in Ash Flat, AR
Roe was a 5-time All-Star (1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952) and during his best season, 1951, finished 5th in the MVP voting. He twice led the National League in Winning Percentage after the 1951 and 1953 seasons. Roe played in three World Series with the Dodgers (1949, 1952, 1953). Roe led the Dodgers in ERA from 1948-1951 and also led the Pirates in ERA in 1945.
An athlete in his own right and a man behind the scenes in all the fame names is Ash Flat resident Hayden Estes. Through his career as athlete (AAU basketball championship team, 1938; elected to the Arkansas College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988), high school and college coach and educator (1939-1978), he has touched the lives of many in the Sharp County area.