A mural along the wall of the building at 165 Broadway was completed last week.

The depiction of the American flag, the state of Arkansas with Booneville highlighted by a starburst, and an Arkansas flag was wrapped up by painter Tony “Hambone” Hamby last Tuesday.

Created at the behest of the Downtown Improvement Committee of the Booneville Industrial Development Corporation, the mural took a little more than three weeks to complete.

The committee is delighted with the outcome, according to spokesperson Edgar Baker.

“Our committee wants to thank Tony for all his hard work and we think it turned out really well,” said Baker.

Baker also said the mural would not have been possible were it not for the cooperation of the building owner.

“We also want to thank Tasha and Jacrall Wilson for allowing us to use the wall and for their input into the mural design,” Baker said. “Our idea for the mural was to do something patriotic and unique to Booneville, to tie in Booneville, Arkansas and America on the same wall.”

The mural is a key piece in the Improvement Committee’s plan to spruce up the downtown. Planters and park benches should arrive and be placed in the next couple of months, Baker said.

Consequently, Baker said a thank you is also due to State Rep. Jon Eubanks, R-Paris, and State Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, for acquiring grant funding for the project through the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District. The lawmakers presented the committee with a check for $16,750 last month.