Greenbrier reception for new mayor

Greenbrier started the New Year with a new mayor and the Event Center with a new name.

On Jan. 2, newly elected Greenbrier mayor Sammy Joe Hartwick made his first public appearance at the newly renamed Melton Cotton City Event Center. The renaming of the Center was to honor the outgoing mayor of 27 years, Melton Cotton, who had the vision for the Center more than a decade ago.

Approximately 50 friends, relatives and Greenbrier residents turned out to welcome Hartwick to office. A light selection of healthy treats and beverages were served, planned and prepared by Event Center employee and nutritionist Jordan Fix.

Hartwick is a lifelong resident of Greenbrier and hopes to continue to keep Greenbrier on the cutting edge of many things, including community wellness. He is fully engaged in the Mayor’s 107 Mile Challenge that began last year as an effort to get residents motivated and into the habit of walking, jogging or biking an average of one mile per day.

Miles are tallied between Jan. 1 and April 18, with a Big Event to celebrate on Saturday, April 18, at the Event Center. A one-mile final walk with the mayor and a “Moustashe Dash 5K” are planned along with goodies from a variety of vendors and activities for kids of all ages. For more information, visit

Title sponsor My Country Y107 will be broadcasting live and participating in the event. Gold level sponsors include King Graphics, the Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, OSP Imaging and 501 LIFE.

The Event Center houses two full-size basketball courts, volleyball courts, pickleball courts, 1/9th mile padded walking track and a fitness room. A variety of group exercise classes are offered daily for every age, ability and lifestyle, and free personal training consultations are available by appointment, thanks to a grant from the Arkansas Coalition on Obesity Prevention (ARCOP).

For more information on the event center, visit or call 501.679.6362.