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St. Francis Style Art in Motion PAUL FRETS

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Ron and Nancy Kemp Publishers/Editors

Editors’ Letter:

Clover Kesson Creative Director

It’s harvest time in the Delta. Many would agree this is the most beautiful time of the year — it certainly is the most exciting as our great area farmers bring in the crops following a long, hot summer. Those of us at Delta Crossroads are pleased to continue highlighting the best of what the region has to offer, this time within the pages of our fall edition. Once again, a beautiful Delta home is featured with a story by Miranda Remaklus and photos by Nancy Kemp on the Marked Tree residence of the Eugene Vaughns. This traditional home is located in a beautiful tree-filled area of Marked Tree near the St. Francis River. The Vaughns have been community leaders in Marked Tree for many years and Crossroads is proud to bring their story to our readers. We thank them for their great hospitality as we compiled this story. Art always is a focus of Crossroads and this issue is no exception. The major art feature this time involves Paul Frets of Radford, Va. The story of this dynamic artist, and Rector native, is detailed in a feature written by Nancy Kemp. Frets’ artistic journey has encompassed many unique styles and approaches, with the effect being strong regardless of the specific medium. In addition to his artistic accomplishments, Frets also served for years as an educator at Radford University. He also has maintained ties with his hometown by becoming involved in the Rector Helping Hands Foundation and working with local art students. Speaking of art, featured in this issue is the “Cultural Center of Northeast Arkansas,” the Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Executive director Jeff Brown has developed a tremendous 2010-11 programming schedule. In addition to information about the exciting performances coming to the Fowler Center stage, readers can learn how to order tickets through a variety of avenues. The Fowler Center story also focuses on the background of Brown, whose educational and theatre experiences in California set the


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stage for the improvements he has brought to the Jonesboro venue. The result is a real asset to Northeast Arkansas and the entire region — a comprehensive facility bringing outstanding musical and dramatic performances on a regular basis. This issue also contains a sad note — the death of one of America’s finest actresses, Patricia Neal. She certainly made her mark in the American cinema and one Delta community played a big part in her career. “A Face in the Crowd” was filmed in Piggott and featured Neal as one of the main characters in a movie that drew strong favorable reviews and thematically was well ahead of its time. Ryan Rogers’ story about Neal’s days in Piggott, both in the filming of the movie and in a recent happy and well-received visit to that community, is contained in this issue of Crossroads. Another sad note within our region occurred recently with the death of one of Arkansas’ greatest heroes, Medal of Honor winner Nick Bacon. Writer Nan Snider tells the story of this Caraway native who distinguished himself in combat in Vietnam and went on to become one of our state’s leaders in providing veterans benefits to those who have served proudly. We salute Nick Bacon and his service to our country. He will never be forgotten. This is our third issue of the magazine and we want to thank all those who have allowed us to feature their stories in our pages. Of course, we are extremely grateful to the advertisers who make this publication possible. We are working to develop new ideas and unique approaches to our product. Your suggestions always are welcome and your continued support is greatly appreciated. With that in mind, we are looking forward to our upcoming holiday issue and are striving to make it the best yet — Christmas in the Delta promises to be a magazine that will close out our 2010 publishing season in style. Ron and Nancy Kemp Editors, Delta Crossroads

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Paul Frets


Jeff Brown and the Fowler Center

Fluid motion without restraint. This artist lets the art take him where it will go. Presenting the stage, with beauty and class, Brown takes the center to the next level.


13 The Vaughns

Eugene and Olive Vaughn share the good life on the St. Francis River.

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Caraway Depot goes where no depot has gone before: at home, at the depot.

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Let’s plan the fall wedding. Lepanto grad chronicles life abroad in letters to her mother.

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Pharmacy becomes a family practice when Loy Jackson’s three children take on the profession.

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Beauty in fall color palette excites the senses.

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Community collection of Rector memorabilia reflects the past.

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Paul Frets:

Expression of movement, free of control


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Photos and Story by Nancy Kemp


ooking at his early work, including a deer overlooking a vista, painted on the lid of a shoe box from Clyde Mack clothing store in Paragould, it is clear that Paul Wiley Frets possessed a real talent for art, even in his teens. Knowing his roots — that he is a “Rector boy,” part of a family for years anchored in that community — that is exciting. But looking at the body of his work, from that first painting at age 15 to scores of other paintings which span an amazingly wide range of styles and techniques, it is possible to experience a journey of the spirit which has taken Frets from assigned still lifes as a college student to beautifully detailed portraits, stunning geometric Cubism, a series of fiery trees inspired by the loss of a close friend and mentor, the dancing movement and bold color of abstract expressionism and living landscapes created from natural pigments found in the Virginia soil. It’s breathtaking to find so much talent in one man — especially since the many Northeast Arkansas people who know Paul Frets still think of him as a “regular guy” — still very much the same person who graduated from Rector High School in

Frets has been influenced by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollack

motion. 1953 and received a Bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in art at the University of Missouri and a Doctor of Art degree in painting from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He became a much-respected Professor of Art at Radford (Va.) University and retired in 1996 as Professor Emeritus of Art at that institution. He still resides and works in Radford. His accomplishments are many and his paintings have been shown in galleries all over the country and acquired by discriminating collectors. Yet Frets seems unaffected by his gifts and success. “In a recent video interview, Paul agreed he doesn’t have the angst associated with so many creative people,” said his wife, the former Jerry Glaub, a 1955 RHS grad. “He said he’s a happy painter.” In fact both seem relaxed and happy and there are always lots of smiles and hugs as they greet friends on frequent visits back to this area. In describing paintings which are a part of his “Silent Earth” series, Frets tells of going to nearby Hiwassee, Va., to buy bags of regional pigments which are suspended in an acrylic base to create the magnificent works. “These are literal landscapes,” he said. “The pigment is the landscape. It doesn’t make any pretense. I love the beauty of the paint. It can be shiny or dull, thick or thin. That fascinates me.” To stand before the paintings and study layer after layer of rich color in various hues, the fascinated viewer finds a work like no other. “Nothing in the world looks like this,” Frets said. “It is unique. It evolves in layers and with subtle changes.” An oil on canvas entitled “Gandy Tree” is one of about 40 paintings Frets did in memory of friend and mentor Gandy Brody after he died suddenly of a heart attack. “I did a whole series of abstract trees,” he said. “This was one of the first excursions I made into the earth series, using linseed oil with natural pigments.” Frets noted the tree represents life, birth and regeneration. “A tree loses its leaves and comes out again,” he said.

Paul Frets, Silent Earth/Ivanhoe, acrylic on canvas. In his “Silect Earth” series, Frets paints landscapes using earth pigments, bringing a new demension to his expression of layers.



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Frets loves sharing with students his thoughts and passion about art


is about Freedom.

-Paul Frets


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His “Motion Energy and Color” series was started in the mid-1980s. “I did a bunch of these,” Frets said. “They are abstract expressionism, a movement which started right after World War II, mainly in New York.” Frets said that, among others, he was influenced by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollack. He met Willem de Kooning, a gestural painter who used his arm rather than just his hand, and later worked with de Kooning’s wife, Elaine, herself a noted artist. Explaining the broad strokes of the large paintings, he said, “These have to do with movement. It feels good — like a dance. I try to control the movements and the color, and I work until I calm it a little and create a balance so there is not a field that has predominance over any other field. I try to be as blank as I can, because when I try to control it too much, it all goes to hell in a hand-basket.” One of the paintings is an abstract work entitled “Rain Forest.” Others in the series include “In My Mother’s Garden,” “Cascade,” “Painted Lady She’s OK,” “River Road” and “Vital Sensuous Summer.” “I let (the painting) cook a while and then decide on the title,” he said. “Art is about freedom,” Frets said. “Society is uniform, and art stands in opposition to that. Not that it’s anti-social, but it’s about individuality rather than uniformity.” The evolution of Frets’ work through the years is a testimony to his belief in the freedom of art, and to behold his creations is to understand the amazing depth and talent God gave to this wonderful man from Rector.

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E Traditional Elegance Welcome to the home of Eugene and Olive Vaughn, where everyone is a friend and friends are family

The home was originally a part of the Ritter estate


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ugene and Olive Vaughn reside in a beautiful two-story red brick home in Marked Tree that sits on 28 acres on the banks of the St. Francis River. Purchased in 1984 from the Ritter estate, the home was built by Harry Ritter, who was E. Ritter’s brother. An Antebellum home in Georgia was the inspiration for the design, Eugene said. The house originally was painted white, but Eugene said he and Olive chose to brick the house to cut down on maintenance. The front of the home faces the river, so people often enter from the back of the house, which is equally beautiful and very welcoming. Visitors enter to a beautiful light-filled hallway and are greeted by gleeming hardwood floors and a stunning curved staircase which winds up to the second floor. “The home belonged to the United Methodist Church Children’s Home for a couple years prior to being sold back to the Ritter estate,” Olive said. “There were about nine children who lived here.” Eugene said he was going to a board meeting at the Bank of Tyronza and looked over to see the house standing off by itself. “It just grabbed me,” he said. “That was in March of 1984. I knew it was for sale and I couldn’t wait to get back and make an offer.” The offer was accepted in August of 1984 and the Vaughns’ children and a few of their employees helped them move. “We didn’t have to move a piece of furniture,” Olive said. Eugene said he enjoys the home’s basement, where he spends most of his time. He also takes great pride in the family’s sprawling lawn and spends a lot of time outdoors mowing and tending to the landscaping. Olive especially enjoys the kitchen, which has large windows offering a view of a large grove of pecan trees and the river meandering in front of the property. “It is breathtaking,” Olive said. “I don’t mind cooking

or loading the dishwasher with this view. I have the prettiest view in the world right here.” She also enjoys the living room, where she entertains guests for parties. “This is also where the family Christmas tree is placed,” she said. “We host baby and wedding showers here and lots of wedding and graduation pictures are taken out here. Girls and guys will come out for their graduation pictures.” In the bedroom, a beautiful armoire immediately catches the eye. Hand-carved in the 1800s, Olive said the family has found many uses for the unusual piece, who has a lot of room for storage and also houses a television. Bookshelves which line one long wall in the room hold hundreds of photos and items of memorabilia which tell the story of the happy and busy lives of the Vaughn family. There are several strikingly beautiful antique pieces around the home, and Olive gives Eugene the credit for them all. “Eugene just has an eye for pieces of antique furniture,” she said with obvious pride. Eugene and Olive celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in late August. One of 13 children, Eugene grew up in the West Ridge and Hatcher area. Olive grew up in Etowah. Both graduated from MissCo High School in Mississippi County.

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Mother of three and beauty shop owner for 53 years, Olive Vaughn enjoys her view of the St. Francis River from her kitchen window.

Fine woodwork antiques add timeless class to the home of the Vaughns

“He showed up at the skating rink at Etowah after he got out of the Army. I had a wreck on my skates when I saw him. He is still as handsome as he ever was.� -Olive Vaughn 16

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“We got married when I was a senior in high school,” she said. “I fell head over heels in love.” “I went in the Army when I was 15,” Eugene said. “I went through basic training and, after basic, they sent me to Fort Sam Houston in Texas where they had me run a dayroom about the size of two rooms in this house. I would sit there all day and clean. Being that young, I got bored with it. I was busy during basic training. I went back home and went to school. I was drafted in 1955 to finish out my last two years.” Olive recalled when Eugene came back to Arkansas after his stint in the Army. “He showed up at the skating rink at Etowah after he got out of the Army,” she said. “I saw him and I had a wreck on my skates when I saw him. He is still as handsome as he ever was.” Eugene smiled, adding, “There is nothing like youth.” Olive is the operator of Olive’s Beauty Shop in Marked Tree and Eugene owns Vaughn Ford Sales in Marked Tree and Holly Chevrolet in Marion. “I have a little beauty shop that I have run for 53 years,” Olive said. “I opened a shop in Lepanto in 1957. All of my customers have been so loyal and sweet to me over the years. I still do a lot of them that I started out with in 1957. I am very busy. I love it. I moved the shop to Marked Tree after we moved. I’ve learned one thing from my has no age limit. They are so pretty, and they have been so faithful.” After returning home from the service, Eugene went to work for Portis Dry Goods. “I didn’t like working indoors,” he said. “I got a job at the Ford place which was owned by Portis’s brother. I worked in Memphis at a dealership for a few months and I came back here and have been here since.” Eugene purchased the Ford dealership in Marked Tree in 1976. He ran a Dodge and Chrysler dealership in Lepanto until 1993 and then purchased the Chevrolet business across the street from his Ford dealership. The Chevrolet dealership was moved to Marion in June 2007 and was named Holly Chevrolet after the couple’s daughter. The Vaughns also have two sons, Mark and Phillip. Mark received his doctorate in chemical engineering from Texas Tech University, where he now teaches. His 27-year-old daughter graduated from Texas Tech and gave him a grandson, who is now 3. Two younger daughters, ages 20 and 18, also are students at Texas Tech. Phillip possesses a special talent and has written material for Arsenio Hall, Greg Kinnear and David Letterman, among other stars. His daughter, Taylor, is described by her grandparents as “incredibly smart.” She also is a budding gymnist. Holly is involved with Holly Chevrolet in Marion, which is operated by her husband. The two have an 11-year-old son, Jackson, who plays sixth grade football at West Memphis Christian School. “We have had a great life together,” Olive said with a smile. “We’ve had a good life and a lot to show for it. We have had a lot of blessings to be thankful for and we know who to be thankful to for the good life we have been given.”

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Decorating for a Fall Wedding

ROMANCE IN THE AIR by Jan Murphy, owner of The Interior


eptember brings with it thoughts of chilly nights and warm colors. What could be more beautiful than the trees blooming once more with the rich reds, golds and greens of fall? The romantic atmosphere of a fall wedding captures the interest of many couples. Fall is a time of harvest and this leaves many options available when deciding which decorations to choose for a wedding celebration. Fall is a beautiful time of the year for a wedding. The air is crisp and the color of nature is unbeatable. Any wedding taking place between September 1 and the end of November qualifies as a fall wedding. If you have chosen to marry during the fall season, you have selected one of the best times of the year considering the ease with which you will be able to decorate for your wedding. Flowers are a versatile decoration because you can decorate almost any location with them. If your wedding is in a church or chapel, most couples will decorate the alter and aisles with colorful flowers. If you decide to have your wedding celebration at the beach, flowers are also a great option. A beach is a great choice in the beginning of the autumn season while the temperature is mild. Think of a storybook fall setting such as an inn, 18th century church or meeting house, old mills and even a barn. Choose a location that will showcase the colors of fall. Parks with mature oaks and maple trees will offer a stunning backdrop for the wedding party. Look for architectural features, such as a stone bridge or a gazebo to hold the ceremony. For a small private fall wedding, even a backyard filled with autumn foliage will create a warm, enduring atmosphere. Set the tone for your fall wedding as soon as the guests enter with sheaths of wheat or corn at the entrance. Choose either rich jewel tones to decorate, or a traditional fall color scheme such as reds, oranges, brown and yellows. A modern


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fall color scheme uses only chocolate brown with light blue accents. Fill the room with the bounty of the season — pumpkins, cornucopias, acorns, and gourds. Make jack-o-lanterns with decorative patterns rather than scarry faces, or use paper bag luminaria for a similar effect. Consider hollowing out pumpkins for your centerpiece containers- if you don’t have time many home stores now sell realistic fake pumpkins. They even come in bronze tones and gold or could be sprayed. If you go with the real thing, consider white or blue natural pumpkins for an elegant and unique touch. Even the wedding cake can take on a fall flare. If you want traditional white cake with white frosting it could have ribbons in fall shades around the layers and fall flowers of your choice. Spiced cake or spiced chocolate cake can add to an autumn theme. Consider having an all chocolate cake, decorated with marzipan fruit. Pumpkin cheese cake would be an elegant choice for a wedding cake or omit the cake altogether and serve pumpkin bread and apple, pecan and pumpkin pie. Reception refreshments for a September or fall wedding can include warm or cold selections, depending on the temperature expected. Warm snacks can include mini spinach quiche, crispy sweet potato fries, cranberry-stuffed fried wontons and honey-mustard chicken fingers. Cold and/or room temperature snacks can include mini cinnamon croissants, cranberry apple salad and chilled wild rice and turkey salad. Drink selections can include hot apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee, herbal tea, apple juice, lemon water and cranberry iced tea. If you are looking for a warm and intimate wedding reception, consider a fall wedding. As people start thinking about coming home more, and spending more time with their families, it’s a romantic time for a wedding.

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n exciting array of talent is on the horizon for the coming year at the Fowler Center in Jonesboro, a venue that has become the cultural gem of Northeast Arkansas. “Where culture comes alive” is the motto for the center and executive director Jeff Brown is committed to a consistently improving program that attracts a growing number of patrons from throughout the region. Kicking off the exciting season for 20102011 is Barrage, described as a “high-octane fiddle-fest that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance.” Barrage will appear on the Fowler stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. Brown, who is in his second full season at the helm, is grateful for the support shown during his tenure and clearly looks forward to even greater response in the coming year. “I really like where we are headed,” he said. While entertainment expenditures in a tough economy declined 30 percent nationwide in the past year, the Fowler Center was up 21 percent. “In an economy where everything is down, we are up,” Brown said. Brown brought significant experience to Jonesboro following his stint at a community-based theatre in La Mirada, Calif. “Based upon what I was able to do there, I had a good idea what was needed here,” he said. “They were very similar venues. There was nothing wrong with anything here, but there were a lot of the same shows every year.


As a result, attendance was stagnant.” Brown changed the marketing strategy and “really got aggressive,” saving expenditures in booking outstanding talent — the state of the economy has assisted to an extent in drawing great talent at more affordable costs. “I also have a pretty good feel for what will sell out,” he said. Additionally, Brown redesigned the annual Fowler Center brochure and made it more exciting for prospective patrons. The brochure, with a total mailing of 25,000, features a corporate sponsor on each page. Brown also made changes in the operation of the theatre, with a professional house manager for each performance and sharplydressed ushers guiding patrons to their seats. He emphasizes other professional touches, such as the placement of beautiful flower arrangements in the lobby during shows. Another major emphasis for Brown is continued development of the Fowler Center website. He anticipates expanding its capabilities in the future in terms of both informational content and ease in ordering tickets for programs. He also wants to expand the site’s e-mail notification capabilities and social networking functions, the latter especially designed to appeal to younger patrons. The personal touch also is important, Brown said, and he makes it a point to be in the lobby visiting with patrons at each event. “People will come back if they have an enjoyable experience,” Brown said.



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“Our programming this season is even bigger and better than last.” - Jeff Brown

Director of the the Fowler Center Jonesboro, Ark.

In discussing his role, Brown clearly is excited about the Fowler Center itself. “I just love the facility,” he said. “I liked it when I first drove up to the front and that had a lot to do with my decision to accept this position.” The Fowler Center contains 80,000 square feet and features three performance halls, the largest being Riceland Hall with 970 seats. Other venues are the Drama Theatre, Experimental Theatre, Grand Hall, Rotunda and the Bradbury Gallery. The ASU Dept. of Theatre is housed in the center and includes classrooms, scene and costume shops, green room, dressing rooms and make-up rooms. “The facility provides a great feel for what it takes to be involved in performance theatre,” Brown said. The center, in its close relationship to ASU, offers a wide variety of dramatic and musical programs throughout the year. Brown enjoys the academic atmosphere related to the Fowler Center and its location, noting his own belief in the importance of a solid education. He explains that he appeared destined for a career in the construction industry when he was “sidetracked” by educational opportunities. “I decided I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life,” he said of his construction career. He was working as a master carpenter when asked to take a role in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at Cypress Community College in the Los Angeles area. “I fell in love with the theatre,” he said of the experience, and later began working in the set construction and technical side of the field. Brown soon learned that acting was not his true gift, but he continued to be involved in the backstage operations and eventually tried his hand as a playwright. The community college experience eventually led to his receiving a scholarship to attend UCLA, where he earned a double master’s degree in playwriting and theatre technology. His degrees led to a rewarding tenure at the La Mirada theatre, where he worked 23 years, the final 15 as executive director. While serving in the post, he began developing the philosophy and operational policies which helped make that theatre successful – those same steps also are working at the Fowler Center, Brown said. These include big-


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Brown in Riceland Hall

Cultural Golden Dragon Acrobats


live the experience ger and more elaborate shows, more variety of offerings, professional atmosphere, improved concessions and more aggressive marketing. Brown took early retirement from La Mirada in July of 2008, but decided to re-enter the workforce following what he described as some “hits” to his investment portfolio. He decided to cast a “wider net” from his Southern California roots and looked at specific opportunities in Kansas and Northeast Arkansas. The Fowler Center was his choice and the rest is history. Brown’s family remains in Southern California, where his daughter Savannah is beginning her freshman year at UCLA. His son Sullivan is a model, while his wife, Stacy Sullivan, is a professional singer who has four albums to her credit. While Brown had never been to Arkansas prior to accepting the Fowler Center post, he possessed some understanding of the general region since his wife originally was from Norman, Okla. Brown travels as much as possible to Los Angeles on the weekends and tends to spend his free time in Jonesboro working on his passion – writing. He currently is working on three screenplays that also are transitioning into novels. Barrage

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Other shows this season: The Hot Club of San Francisco 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 “One of the most cohesive and entertaining Gypsy swing bands in the United States.” -San Francisco Chronicle Alison Brown 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 “Like James Taylor’s voice or B.B. King’s guitar, Alison Brown’s banjo is an instrument possessed of a unique sonic signature and an inescapable beauty.” -Billboard Magazine Chamber Orchestra Kremlin 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 “Misha Rachlevsky, the ensemble’s music director, elicited warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases.” -The New York Times Craicmore 7:30 p.m Thursday, March 17 “Beautiful arrangements and sensitive interplay combine to create music that’s as contemporary as it is timeless.” -Sing Out! Magazine 101 Years of Broadway 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 4 “An exciting collection of the best performers and performances of this great American style.” -Baton Rouge Advocate Golden Dragon Acrobats 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8 “Good old-fashioned razzle-dazzle…Ripples of amazement all the way to the back row… That’s entertainment.” -Dallas Morning News

Golden Dragon Acrobats

“I am really loving the opportunity to write as much as I have while here in Jonesboro,” Brown said. “I have been able to take my writing to a different level .” Looking ahead to the coming Fowler Center year, Brown said “our programming this season is even bigger and better than last.” Following the Barrage performance, the exciting Forever Plaid will come to the stage at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Brown previously has seen the show, which features 1950s music in a uniquely entertaining setting, and anticipates a sellout in the Jonesboro performance. Special discounts are available

Hired in January 2009, Jeff Brown is the new director of the Fowler Center. He comes to Jonesboro via Los Angeles, where he spent the last 15 years as executive director of the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and executive board member of LA Stage Alliance: a non-profit organization of over 350 producers and presenters in the greater Los Angeles area. Brown received a MFA in Theatre Technology and Playwriting from UCLA and is the proud father of Sullivan and Savannah Brown. He is married to recording artist Stacy Sullivan.

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for purchasing tickets for all eight shows and there also is a “Build Your Own Season” package for attending four events. “The numbers from last year speak to the success of what we are doing,” Brown said, and he anticipates excellent response to the 2010-2011 season. “There should be something here for everybody… and it is relatively inexpensive.” Looking to the future, Brown said “this is a great facility... I see good things ahead for the venue and for me personally. Regardless of how long I remain here, I want to feel good that I have left it in good stead and have created a template for success into the future.”

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The kitchen of the Emery home was once the ticket agent’s office

Front and back porches were added to the home, giving Melton and Faye a place to relax and visit

Caraway Depot revived as a unique home

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elton and Faye Emery of Caraway have preserved a little of the area’s history by transforming an old train depot into a home. A dining room, front and back porches and upstairs were added to the original depot building, but the Emerys have managed to keep the original look as much as possible. The train depot was built around 1909 or 1910 before Caraway was incorporated and originally was located where the Cowboy Grill Restaurant is today. “The original building was very well built,” Melton said. “It is all cypress and easy to heat and cool.” The trains stopped running through Caraway in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The depot was purchased by Vernon Coggin and used as a storage building. In the early 1980s it was turned into a flower shop and dress shop. Emery had the opportunity to purchase the building in 1986. He knew exactly what he had in mind for the depot. It took the couple about a year to convert the landmark into a home, but it has served the family well for over 23 years. The family did all of the work themselves. The large living room with the 12-foot ceilings once was the waiting room for travelers. The kitchen area was where the agent sat. The ticket window is still in the wall between the living room and kitchen. The dining room was added to their home as the

family grew. The freight room was partitioned to make two downstairs bedrooms. The upstairs room is large enough for a bedroom and sitting room. The Emerys’ youngest son, Mark, and his wife, Kristin, turned the upstairs into an apartment and lived there when they first married. They now reside in Lake City. The Emerys have two other sons. Monte and his wife, Kim, live in Lake City, and Merett and wife, Michelle, reside in Caraway. All of the boys helped with the remodeling of the depot. “We have been blessed,” Melton said. The Emerys have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. “As many as can gather here at least once a week,” Faye said. “We really enjoy our home here and having our kids and grandkids visit.” The two bathrooms feature antique family heirloom bathtubs from the homes of the parents of Melton and Faye. The home has no wasted space. There are no hallways and there are lots of built-in closets and storage areas. Melton’s dad, George Emery, built a railroad crossing sign that flashes. It is displayed on the property and reminds them all of the talents of their father and grandfather. Mr. Emery passed away in November 2007. The trains no longer run through Caraway, but the restored depot is still full of life as the Emerys welcome their family and friends.

Melton Emery holds the original coal light used at the Caraway train station when the tracks were being switched. The lamp was converted to electric light. It was used to help the passing trains traveling through Caraway.

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emoirist Conita “CoCo” Jernigan Lyle has authored her first book, “Letters from England.” The Lepanto graduate and former Lepanto resident was encouraged by her mother to write the book of her life in England, based on letters to her mother. “My mother asked me to write the book before she passed away in 1994,” said Lyle. “She gave me a box of letters she’d saved from our correspondence during my year in England. Going through those letters, I could taste the memories and feel their weight in my hands. It was wonderful and truly inspirational. After that, I just had to write the book.” Being in a foreign place might be terrifying for some 24-year-old women, but Lyle depended on her independent nature and continued to write her mother daily. “No matter what was going on in my life, I always wrote letters to my mother to express my thoughts, feelings and love,” said Lyle. “I sought her advice on every subject and I loved and respected her with all of my heart. She thought that time in my life was so poignant and would make for a great book of inspiration for young ladies in their 20’s as a way to inspire them to do their own thing and find their own destiny. I know she would be very proud.” Lyle’s independent nature and craving for adventure allowed her to travel all over the world to places like Europe, Asia, Russia, South America and Canada. “Travel expands our horizons in so many ways,” said Lyle. “These experiences stay within us forever and make us who we are as people. I believed that deeply and wanted so very much to see the world.” By writing this book, Lyle wants people, especially young women, to be inspired to travel and to pursue their

Book Review own paths. And that’s just what her mother did for her. On June 7, 1994, Nita Winters Jernigan, Lyle’s mother, passed away. Lyle received the advance copy of the book on June 7, 2010, 16 years to the day after her mother’s passing. “I felt as if I had completed my assignment when I had the book in my hand on the very date she passed away,” said Lyle. “Not all of the people who come into your life are meant to stay in your life. But they each have a hand in shaping your destiny.” The thrill of the unknown has always been most appealing to Lyle as well as new challenges that may come her way. “I’m always ready to take on a new challenge and see what will happen next,” said Lyle. “I continue to dream about tomorrow and, who knows, maybe I will even fall in love again.” Letters from England was published by Brown Books Publishing Group, an independent publisher based in Dallas, Texas. Lyle has lived in Dallas since 1965. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Sociology and Government. She is a Life Loyal Member of Tri Delta Sorority. Her Elementary education Certification is from Texas Tech University. Her interests include music, classic standards and the jazz of the 1950s and 1960s, oil painting, gourmet cooking, genealogy and aerobic exercise.



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respect and appreciation of Rector’s past and a desire to share it with future generations has helped make the Rector Museum a success. “The museum is a wonderful lesson in history,” said museum director Sandy Midkiff. “By just walking through, visitors can see so much of Rector’s history between those walls.” Through the combined effort of local volunteers, the museum has become an important part of the community, offering a glimpse into the past to Rector visitors in its 1,250-square-foot location at the rear of the Rector Public Library. A wealth of treasures, keepsakes and once common, but now rare items await those who stop by the museum. “One of my favorite pieces is the pre-Civil War spinning wheel donated by Jane Holifield. It has been in her family for generations and really captures your attention when you enter,” Midkiff said. Midkiff also is fond of the collection of uniforms and equipment donated by local soldiers and their families, which has pieces that date back to World War II. With hundreds of items to peruse, the museum offers something for everyone, even if their knowledge of the Rector community is limited. “We wanted the museum to be something that everyone could visit and have fun experiencing,” Midkiff said. “You don’t have to live in Rector or be from here to enjoy the museum.” The museum is a popular attraction during the annual Labor Day celebration, with many former residents and visitors to the community stopping by to see the various items. The museum was made possible through the efforts of many local volunteers and historians. Rector native Joey Pruett, who served as the project coordinator and remains on the museum board today, was one of the key driving forces behind its creation, partnering with the library and the Rector Woman’s Club to bring about the historic facility. “It was something we had talked about for years,” Pruett said. “When we decided we were going to do it, everyone worked together and made it possible. It’s been a community effort in a lot of ways.” Volunteers have been an essential part of the museum from the earliest stages and the museum now is operated entirely by a volunteer staff. “Really, the volunteers show one of the best parts of the Rector community, seeing as how it’s so important that we have people who are willing to go the extra mile to help,” Midkiff said. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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he world of cinema lost one of its most talented stars with the Aug. 8 death of Patricia Neal. Neal, who wowed film-goers with her performances in such classic films as “In Harm’s Way,” with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, “Hud,” for which she earned the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1963, and “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” which remains a favorite of the science fiction genre nearly 60 years after its release, succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 84. Neal’s work in 1957’s “A Face in the Crowd” firmly entrenched her in the hearts and minds of generations of Clay County residents. Neal, along with cast members Andy Griffith and Lee Remick, were on location in Piggott for much of the movie’s filming, as the small community became Pickett, one of the central locations for the story. When production crews came to northeast Arkansas in 1956, it created a buzz which is fondly remembered by many to this day. Many community members found themselves working with Neal and the other stars, hired in roles as extras or working with the production itself. One such person is Leland Blackshare of Rector. Blackshare, who was 14 at the time the film was shot, was not only present to see the movie’s stars visit Clay County, he also shared the screen with them. “I’m in the upper-right part of the screen when Lee Remick is doing her twirling scene,” Blackshare said. “I have an old Kodak Brownie camera and you can see me taking pictures.” Even 50 years later, Blackshare still has a smile on his face when recalling the experiences. “It was very exciting just to be there. I think the atmosphere provided some of the excitement. I mean, here we are in little old Clay County, Arkansas, and they’re making a big time movie. That’s something I just don’t think we’ll ever see the likes of again. It was something special indeed.” The movie’s ties to Piggott were celebrated during a special 50th anniversary gala in September 2007. At the request of Piggott mayor

“A Face in the Crowd,” 1957, marked a high point in Patricia Neal’s cinema career. She is pictured here with co-star Andy Griffith in a publicity still for the film.

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Gerald Morris, Neal returned to the small town for the event, which also featured author and film expert Dr. Forrest Hirsch, as well as special screenings of “A Face in the Crowd” and “In Harm’s Way.” During her most recent stay in Piggott, Neal formed bonds with residents Rhonda Harlan and Wanda Morris, who served as her unofficial “handlers” for the event, assisting Neal in a variety of ways. At first Harlan and Morris believed they would just be assisting Neal with her hair and makeup, however, their roles soon increased, as did their relationships with the actress. “The first night she was here there were a bunch of folks wanting to go to dinner with her, but she was tired,” Morris recalled in a recent interview with the Piggott Times. “She said she was going to go to bed and wanted to know who was going to help her. Everyone sort of looked at each other, so I spoke up and said, ‘I will.’” “I was so surprised at how open she was about her life and how much she shared with us,” Harlan recalled. “You never think you’re going to ever share childhood memories with someone that famous, and it was really special. Now when I see her on TV I think I really knew her.” “Oh, I love Piggott,” Neal said during her 2007 visit. “Of course I didn’t get to see it all, but I loved it then and I just

love it now.” “A Face in the Crowd” shows the rise and subsequent fall of Larry ‘Lonesome’ Rhodes, a charismatic country performer and pitchman. In the film, Neal, who is a radio personality, finds Rhodes in the city jail while looking for interview subjects. Due to his charming persona, she ultimately is able to get him his own radio show. As his popularity increases, Rhodes finds himself performing his show in Memphis, before finally reaching New York, where he has his own nationally televised program. As his star grows and his true nature becomes apparent to those around him, Rhodes resembles many real-life celebrities who have fallen from larger-than-life status due to their actions. The film remains notable today for its portrayal of celebrity excess, the power held by the media and the role entertainment has taken in politics. For those in Clay County, however, the film remains a part of the area’s history. For her part in bringing the Hollywood mystique to the small town, Neal is fondly remembered as an outstanding actress. Her charm and eagerness to learn more about the community and share with those who live there, however, truly made her a star in the eyes of many in the area.

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t’s such a touchy subject — can’t live with it, can’t live without it. And while there are droves of people in this country that curse plastic, there are less that take measures to rid their lives of the substance. In a century’s time, the plastic revolution has occurred and with it a cornucopia of useful plastic products to cheaply improve quality of life. Plastic saves lives. I cannot or will not imagine my life without it. I dare say, I like plastic. But, for all the love, using it can have its risks. Mothers of infants and young children should be aware of the BPA (Bisphenol-A) chemicals used in baby bottles, cups and child’s plasticware — up to about two years ago. The hard, clear polycarbonate plastic with a number 7 recycling code is used in some plastic reusable water bottles. The reason BPA is a concerning issue is that it is a carcinogenic chemical that mimics estrogen in the body. This is especially concerning for children. It has been linked to developmental defects. Pregnant women must also beware of the effects of the chemical. So, yes, this is a complete, absolute downer of a column. No matter what we do, we will be exposed to some chemical byproducts of plastic. We all share the same air and drink the same water. But gaining some control over the level of exposure by taking a few measures to reduce risk is the first step on the road to a healthy and plastic-friendly way of living. While an acute understanding of plastic molecules and additives would require a relatively high proficiency in chemistry, which I do not pretend to possess, a more simple self-education of health-hazardous additives in the creation of plastics used in the storing and cooking of food has lead me to the following cautions related to plastic:

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hen I was a little girl -— back in the dark ages -— I’d go shopping with my mother, and, if I asked for something that struck my fancy, she’d say, “We’ll see about it when the gin whistle blows.” Well, times aren’t much different. They’re still lean and cost-consciousness is an issue, just as it was in the Forties. We still concern ourselves with necessities rather than fancy, and, if possible, try to get the most for our dollar. It’s time for the gin whistle to blow, and with it comes the seasonal and economic changes we look forward to every year. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the changes in the weather, the changes in habits (the kids are back in school), the changes in the landscape and the expectation of the season. We can’t do anything about the weather or the economy, but we can change our surroundings with little effort and a limited budget. The roadsides are a great source of visual bounty now. There are cattails, cotton and dried corn stalks to be harvested. Buy a new wire, glass or pottery vase, fill the bottom with sweet gum balls, add your roadside harvest, and Voila! — you’ve brought autumn indoors! We will soon see the expected hay bales standing sentinel with pumpkins and mums, and we can enjoy them for a while then recycle them by using the hay for mulch, the pumpkins in our compost and the mums to be planted and enjoyed

next year. Indoors, we can simply change the pillows on our sofas for a refreshing look, or switch to a heavier bedspread as the temperatures fall. If you have sent a child off to college away from home this year, now is the time to recapture the space they left behind and create a space for yourself (if a sibling hasn’t already claimed it). You might find yourself a new study, office, studio or sewing room. Autumn’s trademark is its colors. Bring this into your home with a touch as small as a new kitchen tablecloth or placemats and napkins. New candles used in many innovative ways can provide not only this touch of color, but also wonderful fragrances to bring a nice new change in your home. We have one that smells like apple pie and will make people think you’ve been baking. Along with autumn comes the anticipation of the holidays and all the decorations. New and fun holiday décor can be found here that will delight you, your family and friends. And like my shopping trips with Mama, you don’t have to spend to have a good time. Looking at the new shipments from summer market in a friendly, pleasant environment is an experience that will invigorate and entertain you. A day out with “the girls”, enjoying a tasty luncheon and a cheery cup of tea, will kick off the autumn season with a thrifty and happy start. What’s that I hear? I think it’s the gin whistle blowing.

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The Man with A Medal of Honor

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Lepanto Native James Hendrix acheives National Distinction for Bravery in the Line of Duty Hendrix become part of General George Patton’s Third Army. In late 1944, tension increased as the Germans mounted an offensive in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg. Then the Battle of the Bulge began, one of most costly confrontations of the war for the Allies.

Master Sergeant James Hendrix with President Harry S. Truman in 1945

Aug. 20, 1925

James Richard Hendrix was born and raised in Lepanto, the son of a sharecropper, quit school in the third grade to help his family in the cotton fields


Hendrix went into the World War II draft

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September 1949

During paratrooper training at Fort Benning, Ga., Hendrix survived a 1,000 foot fall with minor bruises when his parachutes failed to open. He managed to land on his back in a newly plowed field unharmed. The incident helped him earn a welldeserved reputation for being incredibly tough.


Hendrix retired from the military, having earned the rank of Master Sergeant, and having served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Hendrix died at the age of 77 on Nov. 14, 2002, and was buried in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.  


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On Dec. 22, 1944, after weeks of fighting in the freezing weather, the U.S. 101st Airborne Division found itself surrounded and were asked to surrender by the German military. Hendrix’s unit in the Fourth Armored Division approached Assenios, Belgium, south of Bastogne where they hoped to get through to aid the 101st. There, Hendrix saw two 88-millimeter German gun emplacements and noticed two enemy soldiers inside a foxhole.

“I crawled up through the hedgerow without them hearing nothing,” Hendrix said later. Hendrix hid in a artillery shell crater and briefly waited until he saw the opportunity to make his move. As he recalled, he shouted “kommen heraus” which means “come out” in German.

“I may not know how to spell it,” Hendrix said, “and maybe it don’t sound like German, but one of them sure as hell stuck his head up, and I let him have it, and he fell down. By that time the other German ducked, and when he did, I

rushed in and hit him over the head with the butt of my M-1. “I got their guns and got back in my shell hole and started hollering, ‘kommen heraus’, again and sure enough, them (Germans) began coming out from around the different foxholes, and 13 gave up.” Following his bravery that day, as if that wasn’t enough, that night Hendrix aided in the rescue of two wounded soldiers, permanently silenced two German machine-gun positions and rescued a trapped soldier from inside a burning armory vehicle while being fired at by snipers. Considering what transpired that day and night, it is little wonder that Hendrix’s commanding officers reported his heroism and presented him as a candidate for military honors as soon as they could.

About his actions, Hendrix said, “I wasn’t being brave, and if I had ever heard of the Medal of Honor, I didn’t pay it no mind. A feller just figures if it’s his time, it’s his time, and that’s all there is to it.”  - Excerpt content taken from Stories of Old and Some I’ve Been Told by Lepanto Museum USA

Hendrix Memorial Mural in Lepanto In 1991, the City of Lepanto, as part of a 50th anniversary ceremony marking the attack on Pearl Harbor, commissioned a mural to be painted, highlighting Hendrix’s exploits. Though faded after nearly 20 years in the weather, the 10-foot by 60-foot painting still graces the side of an apartment building at the corner of Highways 135 and 140. The painting by Dale Case, assistant principal at Gosnell High School, was formally dedicated with Hendrix in attendance. The mural is divided into three parts. The right side shows Hendrix’s war heroism, the center shows President Trumann awarding the medal to the soldier. The left side of the mural shows typical Lepanto scenes from the World War II era.


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Loy grew up in Milligan Ridge and enjoyed working on the family farm. Loy graduated from UAMS in Little Rock in 1971 with a pharmacy degree. His wife, Donna, is a 1969 Caraway Central High School graduate. She earned her Masters in History degree in 1994 from Arkansas State University. Delta Drug opened in September of 1971 with the purchase of Alston’s and Stahr’s Drugs. The Jacksons’ children grew up working in the family business with their parents. “Matthew always seemed to be interested in pharmacy. He began working at the store when he was 12,” Loy said. “Jeremy and Faith worked in the store as teenagers and always said they were not going into pharmacy, but it is hard to get away from your environment and the influences it has on your life.” Mr. and Mrs. Jackson always encouraged their children to do their best and set their goals, but ultimately they made their own decisions to become pharmacists. From their growing up experience, they all knew what to expect in their chosen careers. Loy has future plans to retire and is confident Delta Drug will be in good hands. Loy has been serving his customers for 39 years.


Mathew Jackson Matthew graduated from Manila High School in 1989 and started working in Delta Drug at age 12. He decided early on he would follow in his dad’s footsteps and go to pharmacy school. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1995. Matthew said his dad

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was a great influence in his decision to become a pharmacist. After graduation he returned to Manila and joined his dad at Delta Drug. Matthew is married to Brandi Bishop Jackson and they have one son, Avery, who will be seven in October.

Jeremy Jackson Jeremy Jackson graduated from Manila High School in 1992 and from UAMS in 1998. He started working at Delta Drug when he was 14. He also worked on his grandfather’s farm. He decided to become a pharmacist right after his first year of college at age 19. Like Matthew, Jer-

emy said his father was an influence in his decision to become a pharmacist. Jeremy is market director for the Health and Wellness Division of Walmart. He and the former Jennifer Sparks have been married 16 years and have two children, Connor Andrew, 7, and Emma Claire, 4.

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Faith, the youngest of the three siblings and the only girl, graduated from Manila High School in 1999. She decided to become a pharmacist at age 17. Like her brothers, she started working at Delta Drug at 14. She graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of

Pharmacy in 2004. She opened Jackson Pharmacy in Manila in 2005. It is located in the Wagner Medical Clinic building. She said her dad and brother, Matthew, influenced her decision to become a pharmacist. Faith has a son, Isaac Brewer Moore, 2.

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iabetes affects more than 23 million people in the United States, with type 2 diabetes representing 90 to 95 percent of those cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). But the good news is that people with type 2 diabetes can find balance in their lives with a structured plan that includes proper nutrition and regular exercise. From families to careers to busy social lives, people with diabetes have to manage much more each day than just their condition. Finding time to make exercise, regularly scheduled meals and relaxation part of a daily routine can be a challenge. In fact, more than 55 percent of people with type 2 diabetes say their hectic schedules get in the way of their management plans, with 20 percent ranking it as their number one challenge, according to a recent survey by the International Diabetes Center (IDC). “Diabetes shouldn’t define the lives of people living with the condition,” says Mother Love, author, TV personality and ambassador for the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation. “It’s all about having the right tools for a successful diabetes management plan that will help them find balance for a healthier, better life.” Mother Love, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1990, made smart nutrition and exercise changes, lost weight and learned to successfully manage her condition. She shares her tips on how create a successful diabetes management plan: n Build a team: Create a support team of healthcare professionals, friends and family that you can rely on to reach your health goals. Be sure to consult with your healthcare team to create a diabetes

management plan that works for you and includes a balanced diet, exercise, bloodglucose monitoring and medication, if needed. n

Take control of your diet:

Say goodbye to poor eating habits like empty-calorie midnight snacks or skipping breakfast and say hello to regularly scheduled, nutritious meals. Nearly half of people with diabetes say eating healthy is most difficult first thing in the morning or late at night, according to the IDC survey.

Get a move on: Being overweight is a major risk for diabetes, but according to the CDC, it can be prevented or delayed with moderate weight loss and exercise, so get off the couch and get moving. Whether it’s swimming, walking or even doing vigorous housework, incorporate exercise into your daily routine. At least 30 minutes of activity, five to seven days a week, will help you get healthy and make the condition more manageable.


Treat yourself well: Maintaining a balanced, harmonious lifestyle is a key to effectively managing diabetes. Stress is part of daily life for everyone, but too much can be harmful to a person with diabetes because it affects blood glucose levels. Set aside time each day to relax and do the things you enjoy. Write your thoughts in a journal, think of something funny, do yoga or get a massage -- anything that will help you unwind.


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“I hated picking cotton,” Bacon said. “I vowed I would do anything I had to do in this life — sheetrock, concrete work, all sorts of heavy stuff — but not pick cotton. So I joined the service at 17 to get off the farm.” Bacon was serving his second tour of duty in Vietnam on Aug. 26, 1968, when he and his unit were ambushed in a hilly area west of Tam Ky. Under intense enemy fire, he Tamara and Nick Bacon attended the Military Ball in destroyed an enemy bunker 1983 in Fort McClellan, Ala. with hand grenades while his platoon leader was shot and fell wounded on open ground. Staff Sgt. Bacon took charge of the platoon and led its assault. Bacon was credited with killing the enemy gun crew in a single-handed effort, according to his Medal of Honor citation. “I was not shot but got my boot shot off, holes in my canteens and rifle grip shot off,” Bacon said. “I got shrapnel holes in my camouflage covers and bullets in my pot. A bullet creased the edge of it, tore the lining off.” Bacon’s life story was told in “Beyond Glory,” a book about MOH recipients by Larry Smith published in 2003. Bacon was presented his MOH by President Richard Nixon in 1969 and also received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Bacon’s efforts allowed several wounded soldiers to be evacuated and led to the rescue of others who were trapped by enemy fire. “Nick saved my life in Vietnam,” retired Army General Bob Griffin said at Bacon’s memorial. “He wouldn’t leave me there, even though I was wounded and near death. He refused to go. Anything I have ever done, or hope to do, I owe to Nick Bacon. He believed in doing things right.” After retiring from active duty in 1984, Bacon had a very productive career as a civilian. He served for over a decade as director of Veterans Affairs, from 1992 to 2006. David Fletcher of Monette accepted the State Veterans Administration Director post after Bacon retired. Fletcher and Bacon remained close friends and traveled throughout the state together speaking for veteran affairs. “Nick was a very religious man,” pastor Gene Cunningham said at Bacon’s memorial. “He read and studied the Bible. He was a dear friend to me in every way. I felt honored that he selected me to bring his memorial service message. “Many people knew Nick as a legend, but I knew him as a brother,” he said. “God had a plan for Nick Bacon. He was a warrior but he had a sense of humor. He stood by me always.

He was a loving husband, a loving father and a great friend.” Of all of Bacon’s accomplishments, he was most proud of his family. He was married to Sharon Henry from 1969 to 1977 and they had two daughters, Kristy Deport and Kim Beck. He married Tamara Himmerick in 1981 and they had three sons, Britt, Wyatt and James Bacon. A son by another relationship is William Bacon-Tonihka. Bacon had six grandchildren. Nick and Tamara Bacon enjoyed a slower-paced life after his retirement. The little town of Rose Bud just seemed to suit them perfectly. Bacon made some hard choices in his life, but did so courageously. One of the hardest was when he shunned conventional treatment for cancer and elected to die in his own home, surrounded by family and friends. “Nick was the oracle of the family,” said cousin Jack Bacon of Memphis. “He was the glue that held us together. I fear that being at his funeral was the last time we will ever get together.” “Nick made a long trip from his home in Rose Bud to Caraway in November 2008, even though his health was failing,” David Fletcher said. “He spoke to Riverside High School students and continued on to Buffalo Island Central High School in Monette to do the same. He was completely fatigued when he left but was so proud to shake the hands of students and encourage them. He was born in Caraway and never forgot where he came from. He had a brick engraved and put at the Jonesboro Veterans Memorial that we can look at and remember. Judge Dale Haas had two ‘Home of Nick Bacon, United States Army Congressional Medal of Honor’ signs placed at entrances to Caraway. That was what Nick was all about, loyalty and encouragement. He remembered us and we will remember him.”


Nick Bacon’s family moved to Peoria, Ariz. Family members include Jenny, Johno Jr., Nick, and Brenda with their mother Jean Bacon. Johno Sr. is holding Judy, with Hope standing by his side

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A new club banner is displayed along with several of the antique and classic vehicles in Lake City

Buffalo Island Classic Cruisers celebrate 18 years of service


he Buffalo Island Classic Cruisers Car Club recently celebrated 18 years of service. The club was organized July 30, 1992, with 64 members. Eleven charter members and two of the charter vehicles are still an active part of the organization. Members of the club not only enjoy their meetings, parades and Buffalo Island Classic Cruiser charter members are Pat and Lester Albrecht, Danny and Kay Staggs, Henry and Ethel Hetler, Glen and Mary car shows, they enjoy giving back Helen Qualls, Asa and Anita Boatman and Mattie Anderson. Members meet the second Sunday of each month and are always ready to to their communities. Members welcome members. are from all towns on Buffalo Island and the surrounding area. on the last Saturday in April. The 2010 shows somewhere almost every weekend Charter members are Danny and Kay show was the first in 18 years that had to and Buffalo Island Classic Cruisers are Staggs, Henry and Ethel Hetler, Pat and be rescheduled because of rain. often represented. Lester Albrecht, Glen and Mary Helen Club members also enjoy communiPresent members are Kay and Dan Qualls, Asa and Anita Boatman and ty projects. They make a great show each Staggs, LeRoy and Mattie Douglas, Mattie Anderson. The charter cars are year at all of the parades in the towns Mel and Lottie Hale, Mark and Jennia 1941 Chevy belonging to the Staggs across Buffalo Island. fer Douglas, Greg and Sarah Huffine, and a 1951 Ford belonging to the BoatEach year the group goes the extra Rudy and Mary Stark, Sid and Tiny mans. mile during the Christmas season to give Galbreath, Henry and Ethel Hetler, “We welcome anyone who wants to a family a special Christmas. All agree it Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Woodsmall, Mattie join us,” Vice President Kay Staggs said. is a blessing to see children when they Anderson, Hunter and Donna Miller, “They don’t even have to have a vehicle, receive those special gifts at Christmas. Asa and Anita Boatman, Gen and Mary just an interest in antique cars, street However, it doesn’t have to be Christ- Helen Qualls, Pat and Lester Albrecht, rods, motorcycles or new vehicles.” mas for club members to meet the needs Bill and Robbie Davenport and Bill and Officers are: Mark Douglas, presi- of others. Many times through the years, Pam Shirley. dent; Kay Staggs, vice president; Lottie the club has held benefits for someone Anyone interested in becoming a Hale, secretary, and Mary Helen Qualls, in need. member or who wants more informatreasurer. Members meet the second The friendship is what is most spe- tion can contact Mark Douglas at (870) Sunday of each month. They sponsor cial to the members. They enjoy getting 219-1354, Kay Staggs at 664-0196 or one car show a year, held in Caraway together for drives. There also are car- any member of the club.

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s with virtually any state park, Lake Poinsett State Park has a lot to offer the many visitors who pass through the gates each year. If they want nature trails, they’re there; fishing, none better; camping, as good as it gets. There’s one other feature, however, which many don’t expect to find at a state park — cooking classes. To be specific, Dutch Oven cooking classes. Now when most outdoor enthusiasts consider cooking with these large, covered, cast iron pots, they think all they are good for is stew or soup or some other liquid-based meal. But when park superintendent Josh Epperson sets up to teach one of his cooking classes, he shows why a Dutch Oven is correctly named. “People are always surprised at what can be cooked in a Dutch Oven,” Epperson said. “I’m not exaggerating when I say that you can cook virtually anything in one of them that you can cook in a regular oven.” Epperson then started listing items such as buttermilk biscuits, upside-down cake, apple pie, monkey bread and, yes, soups, stews, roasts and the like. A few times a year, Epperson sends out the word that he’s conducting a class and almost always fills the spots with eager students. “My father taught me a lot about cooking with a Dutch Oven and I picked up things over the years from friends and different ones,” Epperson said of the cooking secrets he now shares. “We try to make it fun and take some of the mystery out of it.” Epperson sometimes develops special “themes,” such as cooking for Valentine’s Day. “We teach them how to make different chocolate desserts,” he said. He said many arrive at the workshop wanting to learn, but intimidated by the prospect of having to cook in what is considered such an unconventional manner. “We help show them that there is nothing to be intimidated about and that

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once you learn a few tricks it gets easier and easier,” he said. “Basically, if you can read, you can cook. If you can read and follow the instructions, you’re good to go.” In the workshops he shares not only what works, but what won’t work. “I’ve been doing it long enough that I’ve encountered most of the problems a person will run across,” he added. In the workshops, Epperson teaches students how to use both an open fire and charcoal. With an open fire, he said, many think it has to be flaming up to be able to cook. Epperson said with his fire, if there is a flame at all it will be very low or non-existent. “You cook with coals, not with flames,” said Epperson, who starts his fires some two hours before the classes to provide the right type of coals. “You have to watch your heat. And when it comes to delicate things like cakes, I regulate the heat with the coals and by moving them around.” The cost for the four-hour class is $45 and, if a husband or wife wants to join, it’s an additional $5. The cost in the past has included a four-quart Dutch Oven as well as instructional material, charts, a glove and other items. Since the park now is having to change oven manufacturers and will be using a more expensive model, Epperson said discounts will be given for the purchase of ovens, mitts, charcoal towers and other items. But even if in the future all these items won’t be included in the $50 price for a couple, one thing will continue during these workshops — great eating. “Yes, we eat all the things we cook,” Epperson concluded. “That’s one thing for sure, when you take one of these classes I’ll guarantee you won’t go away hungry.”


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~ Dutch Oven Chef

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Our hometown guy, Chad Causey comes from humble roots. As the son of a single mother who worked two jobs to make ends meet, Chad went to work early and often in life. Chad’s values reflect the values of Arkansas. Chad attends church regularly and, as an avid hunter, strongly supports the second amendment. Creating jobs is priority number one for Chad Causey. While Washington politicians bicker, Arkansans are suffering. It's time to elect someone with the energy and experience to roll up their sleeves, get to work, and start creating jobs right here in Arkansas on day one. Chad believes that Washington should learn to balance its checkbook the same way Arkansans do. That’s why Chad’s first act as your Representative will be to introduce a Constitutional Amendment to balance the federal budget, just like Arkansas has done. Chad understands the debt of gratitude that America owes its seniors. That’s why he’ll work to lower the price of prescription drugs, and will always fight to protect Social Security and Medicare.

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Chad believes we need less spending, not higher taxes. And he knows the value of a dollar. That’s why Chad will work to cut Congress’s pay. Chad knows we owe our veterans for their service to our country. He will continue to work to fund vet centers and armories around the district, and will never stop fighting to afford our service men and women the very best care, training and equipment we can provide – before they deploy, while they serve, and when they return home.

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s the stifling days of summer start to release their humid grip, it signals a welcome change in the climate that beats to mother nature’s drum. It also signals a change in the thoughts and dreams of millions of americans that will take to the great outdoors in pursuit of that perfect day afield. The outdoorsman becomes a more earnest daydreamer. Looking ahead to days outdoors with family and friends. Thought of the great outdoors overrides a man’s consciousness, stirs his soul, steals him away from his current duties; as it should. The world about us is a mysterious place, a beautiful mistress which cannot be denied her place in a man’s heart. With the harvest season comes promise, the circle of life, the hopes and dreams of all who embrace nature and her giving soul. Without the harvest season there is no life, for the cold days of winter would surely win. Not that we have to harvest our own fields, nor the bounty that nature gives, but it is the primal way, the natural way. Be it far from us to lose the traditions this harvest time has given us, just as we should remember and honor those who passed along a legacy of outdoor

adventures to us. Our season’s outdoors in fair chase of wild game should continue and be passed forward, so another generation will come to know nature and the lessons she brings. These lessons cannot be taught in a classroom, they

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cannot be simply handed down in voice or word to future generations, these secrets must be revealed by mother nature herself. We can prepare these young minds and teach them safety and understanding of their responsibilities, but it is the great outdoors, mother nature herself who must open their eyes, whisper into their ears, and enter into their hearts. Prepare the way for the next generation so that these blessed rituals may teach these important life lessons. Without these lessons, how can one truly be revealed the importance of life? Mother nature teaches the rhythm of life, of birth

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“Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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and renewal, of strength and weakness, of life and of death. She teaches the most important of lessons as all of God’s creatures carry out the circle of life. Each one giving to the other, teaching all those who are not blinded by others who think we have no right to be a part of the natural world, the world of survival, the world which lies mostly unprotected by laws other than the laws of nature. How can we remove ourselves from the natural world without creating havoc in it? We have been a part of her, and she in us, since the beginning of time. It is our right to continue to be an integral part. The great outdoors is the chapel, the temple, the church by which many souls are filled with all that is good and natural. To sit among the hardwoods and watch as all of God’s creatures tarry about their day; to be a part of that, to


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partake of that, and to receive of nature’s bounty, is more than a natural thing, it is a spiritual thing. To deny these greatest of lessons to the next generation is as great a tragedy as would be a nuclear holocaust. It would wipe away this natural world in just a few generations. We as outdoorsmen and women are but stewards, keepers of this natural world for the generations that have yet to come and see her beauty, hear her whispers, be touched by her hand. When your thoughts turn to the coming season, and your longing to be outside overrides your soul, seek out your place in the natural world. Listen to her heartbeat, take in her sights and sounds, seek out and understand her lessons and all that she teaches. Think about your children, about the next generation, and teach them, take them, share with them, all the things that are great and wondrous in our natural world. More important than this, teach them they do belong in this natural world, to embrace it, to respect it, and to protect it. Soon enough will come the time they too will be sharing these wondrous lessons of the natural world. Larry Towell is a professional photographer with ESPNOutdoors, BASSmaster Magazine, BASS TImes, and their website at He is also an accomplished writer who concentrates on the outdoors and conservation of our natural world. He can be reached by email at larrytowell@

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The Excavation of Zebree

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Story by Nan Snider


Dr. Dan Morse and M. Raab excavate the Zebree Indian site

reservation is the main business of the Big Lake Wildlife Refuge, east of Manila, but it isn’t limited just to wildlife. The confines of the refuge have yielded a large archaeological find, called the Zebree site, dating back to the 9th and 10th Centuries during the Early Mississippian Period. The Zebree site is the most eastern origin of agriculture found to date in the United States. The archaeology team of Dan F. and Phyllis Morse, formerly of Jonesboro, published a book in 1983 entitled “Archaeology of the Central Mississippi Valley,” describing in detail the Zebree site. The Morse book is a volume in the new world archaeological record series. In 1967, Dub Lowery of Leachville was attending Arkansas State University and enrolled in a class in archaeology under Dr. Dan Morse. The students in Dr. Morse’s class were exploring two sites on Buffalo Island, one at Buckeye and one at Cottonwood Point. Lowery heard about a site that was being disturbed at Big Lake just east of the Buckeye site and related this to Dr. Morse. Upon investigation it was revealed this new site contained components that were deeply intact and preserved by the refuge in spite of minor vandalism. Emphasis was placed on the Big Lake site as the other two had been disturbed by plowing and building and contained few sub-surface features. The Arkansas Archaeological survey funded tests of the three sites in 1968, working with permission of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. “The archeologists were very dedicated and organized when they arrived at Big Lake.” Former refuge biological technician Bobby Moore said, “They stayed at Timms Point while working on their research. They would dig out in the field all day and review their finds in the evening.

Draglines resume construction work on the levee road in 1976 and the Zebree site is covered

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“The government had already contracted to have the ditch near the site dug out, and the site would be right in the center of the work,” Moore said. “Dr. Morse knew he was racing against the clock for time.” The Zebree site was reported to have had large numbers of artifacts in it at one time, but looting occurred before Dr. Morse and his workers arrived on the scene. “I worked at the Zebree site in June and July of 1969,” said Robert Taylor of Beech Grove. “Steve (Erwin) and I put up a tent on the site. Mosquitoes were very bad and the wind picked up when Hurricane Camille came inland off of the Gulf Coast. The wind picked up our tent and sat it down a few times. “I worked at the site with Dub (Lowery), Steve (Erwin) and Dr. Morse,” Taylor said. “Steve and I would get up at dawn to start digging and the others usually came about 8 a.m. ... I dug about three feet down and Steve dug six feet. We found a lot of pottery pieces, arrowheads and beads.” Taylor went on to attain a degree in archeology and currently Fall 2010|Delta Crossroads


Dr. Morse reported finding a cypress-lined well at least four feet deep at the Zebree site. Also found were Pearlware shards, salt-glaze stoneware, yellowware, parts of a metal bucket, a sharp bone-handled knife, a bar of lead stock, a clay pipe, a pegged shoe heel, buckles, a hook and eye, small lead shot, an iron skillet shard, square-cut nails, glass buttons, gunflints, strips of leather, stone marbles, window glass and whittled wood scraps. Some food remains included corn, peaches, plums, watermelons, muskmelons, peanuts, grapes, hickory nuts, along with pig and chicken bones and eggshells.

Photo by Nan Snider Volunteer Robert Taylor and Dr. Juliet E Morrow, ASU Station Archeologist, view a large piece of pottery found at the Zebree site.

works as a volunteer for Dr. Juliet E. Morrow, ASU Station Archeologist for the Arkansas Archaeological Survey in Jonesboro. Perry Cude of Leachville is familiar with the Zebree site also, having grown up in the Box Elder community, north of Buckeye. He is an amateur archeologist and has a sizeable arrowhead collection from his years of searching. He has collected many arrowheads from the early Mississippian era, and has them on display at his home. “The Zebree site was east of the Box Elder Cemetery, just across the ditch and first levee,” Cude said. “I am always fascinated to see what information they come up with after excavating a site. This makes history come alive all over again. We can learn from the past.” Mississippian Indians living during the period of 900 A.D. to 1541 A.D. used the site as a fall through winter village. The Zebree indians lived along the St. Francis and Mississippi rivers. They would often construct high flat-topped mounds from earth and build structures on them. Their homes were made of wattle (woven river cane) and daub (natural clay) with thatched grass roofs. The cabins at the Zebree site were built on a natural levee of the Little River. The Zebree inhabitants were believed to be successful farmers. Using stone axes and hoes they cleared forests and prepared fields to raise crops of corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and tobacco. “The Zebree inhabitants appeared to have been comfortably established, digging a well and planting an orchard,” Dr. Morse said. “The people here were so helpful to our work. They came out with shovels to help us dig. Even the men on the draglines and heavy equipment helped by working around us as long as they could. Jerry Cohen with Cohen Construction of Blytheville was awarded a special involvement award for construction work because of his help on the project.” In spite of the effort, the construction work eventually had to be completed and in 1976 the Zebree site ceased to exist. The site now lies beneath the new levee on the east side of the ditch toward the north end of the refuge, completely void of artifacts. Dr. Morse

The Buffalo Island Museum in Monette is featuring a special Indian artifact display through September. Several private collections are used in the exhibit. Admittance is free.

and his staff of Arkansas State University have stored and labeled each piece they removed from the site for further reference. Several Zebree pieces were recently loaned to the ASU Library for a hallway display on “Ancient Indians.” The Zebree artifacts still remain the property of Arkansas Fish and Wildlife, but are on housed at ASU in Jonesboro. The 15-mile stretch of land from Big Lake to the St. Francis River yielded a total find of 80 prehistoric locations, with 3,727 artifacts, 47 woodland ceramic components and 23 Mississippian ceramic components. Archaeological sites are fragile, nonrenewable resources. Once the unwritten story, which lies in the ground, is destroyed — by plow, by bulldozer, by erosion, by whatever means — we can never know what it might have told about the past. We must become stewards of the past for the future. Big Lake and the Morses have put the Zebree site in history books and provided a valuable link between Indian agriculture and modern-day Buffalo Island methods. Agriculture on the Island now spans a thousand years.

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At least 15 people contributed their time and energy to restoring the truck to as original as possible Firemen Tony Nix (left) and Keith Evans, Chief Mark Johnson (seated) and retired fireman Ed Young headed up the truck rebuild. Johnson’s Auto Body in Leachville pitched in heavily to finish it off in fine original style.

The antique truck has been a part of Leachville’s Fire Department since the early 1960s It was acquired with restoration in mind but was put on hold for years

Just Like New


1927 International

It runs like new and draws a lot of attention in parades and auto shows

Fire Truck

The truck has carried Santa through town at the Leachville Christmas parade for the last few years Fire Chief Mark Johnson remembers the truck was housed in a building near the old water tower. When he was in high school, he could see the front of the truck from where he parked, he said:

“I never gave it much thought back then but when I got on the fire department in 1991, I realized it was the truck we saw so many years ago,” Johnson said. “We started in 1993 replacing the tires and painting the undercarriage,” he said. “It still has the original motor and it runs good. Again, the project was put on hold. I started talking to the fire fighters and in 2006 we decided to finish the job.”

Retired fireman Ed Young said he had been told the truck was acquired to be restored:

“When Jessie Johnson was fire chief he always wanted to get started on restoring the truck but we just did not get it going,” Young said. “Mark got it done and I know it took a lot of work.” Wilburn Lovelady, former member of the Fire Department, remembers going to Little Rock to bring the truck to its new home:

“I think the truck was originally from New York. Kenneth Garrison was the fire chief at the time and we went to Little Rock to pick up the truck. We took turns driving it home. It was a lot of fun. It was never in use to fight fires in Leachville but we did drive it around once a week when we had meetings.”


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The tank would have held about 250 gallons of water, compared to the 1,000 gallon truck (2009) the fire department used today. The antique truck has a four cylinder engine. The buckets on the truck are just what would have been used. The wood in the front running boards is in good shape. The ladder and accessories are all as they were in 1927.

“The city was very supportive of the renovation. They provided the material and we donated the labor. We also received several donations on the project.” - Mark Johnson Leachville Fire Chief

Photos and Content by Revis Blaylock

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Monica Owens sang the National Anthem

MHSAll -Class Monette High School Photos by Nan Snider


Class of 1967 veterans served as honor guard

Monette Mayor and Alumni President Chub Qualls honored Billy Jack Layne for being the oldest MHS teacher at the reunion


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Danny Alexander and “The Misfits” took center stage in front of the large 18x24’ American flag owned by Dowless Carpet Emporium of Monette. The flag had served as a backdrop for Bill Clinton’s first inaugural service as Arkansas Governor.

Harrisburg high school students , Kayla Gresham and Hannah Davis ,


having a blast riding the Wipeout

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Rector Concert 2010

to benefit Rector High School

HelpingHands In an Aug. 5 concert which featured the best of gospel and bluegrass, Dailey & Vincent (top), Mark Lowry (left) and Jason Crabb perform in a packed Rector High School gymnasium. The concert raised $40,000 for the RHS Helping Hands Foundation and its working in helping Rector’s disadvantaged students.

Photos by Nancy Kemp


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Harvest Festival

Photos by Revis Blaylock

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Main Street Milestones

Twins Birthday

The Pillow twins, Magleen Porterfield and Kathleen Seal, marked their 90th birthday with a party Saturday, Aug. 21, at the New Hope Baptist Church at Pollard.

Cleo & Katherine Davis

celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on June 5. They were married on June 5, 1954. They have lived in Trumann for 19 years.

Bobby & Carolyn Farmer

Hershel & Dorcas Wyatt

Bennie & Mary Ann Minton

Doyle & Sue Jenkins

of Trumann celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. E.H. “Hershel� Wyatt and the former Dorcas Brock were married July 2, 1960 in Lake City, Ark. with Brother Basinger officiating.

celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple married on Sept. 2, 1960, at Milligan Ridge in the Milligan Ridge Baptist Church parsonage.

celebrated their 50 wedding anniversary on June 24. They were united in marriage on June 24, 1960 at the Rev. Mack Lynn home in Trumann.

celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary . The couple was married June 16, 1960.

generations. Katherine Davis of Trumann, James Eulis Brack of Batesville, Donald Brack of Hartsell of Alabama, Geraldine Gann of Batesville and Phyllis Roberts of Trumann.

Five generations were present at a

family reunion on June 5 at Cedar Park in Trumann. One of the sisters was not present for the reunion, or there would have been six


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They are the children of the late Eulis and Leona Brack of Harrisburg. Their youngest brother, Bill Brack, is deceased. The family tries to do the reunion every year in Trumann.

James & Darla Watson

of Rector celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Watsons were married Sept. 3, 1960, in Marmaduke.


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Fall in the air, Pumkins on the ground Guests to Pumpkin Hollow near St. Francis, Ark., are greeted by a riot of autumn colors with pumpkins, mums in all colors, sunflowers, gourds and scarecrows. Children from all over the region visit Pumpkin Hollow to see goats, horses, pigs and other animals; to pick child-size pumpkins; go on hayrides and get a friendly scare at a Halloween display. Pumpkin Hollow also has adult corn mazes, as well as fright barns for teens and adults.


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