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eighborhood kids whiz by on their bicycles. The buzz of mowers and drone of cropdusters is almost constant. Farm equipment moves through the fields. In the evenings, the lights are always on at the local youth baseball field, and a small truck glides along the streets at dusk sending a cloud of anti-mosquito fog into the air. Produce stands pop up along the roadside, and farmers markets attract huge crowds of folks craving fresh foods and colorful flowers for their tables. Vine-ripe tomatoes, peas, squash and okra become standard fare for a few weeks. It’s summertime in the Delta -- a time to be outdoors. And we do summertime so well in this uniquely wonderful place we call home. There are few places with a culture and history as fascinating as the Arkansas Delta, so the opportunities for places to go and see right here in our own little part of the world are truly endless. How about hopping in the car for a day of fun at delightful Lake Frierson State Park in Craighead County or a round of golf at The Ridges, a stunning course known as one of the state’s finest, located in beautiful Village Creek State Park? Or you might take a little trip along Highway 1 and swing by the stately Poinsett County Courthouse at Harrisburg, celebrating its 100th birthday this year, and to nearby Cherry Valley, where the historic Pitts Milam Barn, just a short distance off the road, beckons visitors to enjoy a glimpse into the past. This issue features stories on all of these wonderful places, as well as a fascinating look into the life and work of Memphis artist Ernie Patton, the incredible story of award-winning gospel music writer Dianne Wilkinson (a Mississippi County native) and the tale of a lifelong dream fulfilled for a young Rector man, who, with his dog, Louie, has soared to the top in kennel club dog competitions all over the country. We also feature photographs of the stunning home of Nancy Shanklin in Piggott and a heartwarming story written by her daughter about a new home and an inspired renovation which helped her mother heal after the loss of her father. We love bringing you Stephen Koch’s Arkansongs, which, in this issue, spotlights late songwriter Rose Marie McCoy, a Phillips County native whose songs were recorded by many of the world’s greatest artists (including Elvis, Nat King Cole and many others), and feel sure you will find lots more to pique your interest in our pages. Happy summer!

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t was the house she had wanted since 1972. He knew it. She loved the neighborhood, the street and believed it was the perfect setting for a family home. He knew that, too. When the original owners finally put it on the market, decades after both families had raised their children, she told him the house was for sale. He promptly told her brother, “The house your sister has always wanted is for sale – you should buy it.” So her brother did. That was a decision Bobby Shanklin regretted. In his final days in mid-July five years ago he made it known that he wished he had given his wife, Nancy, “the house of her dreams.” A few days after that discussion he passed away, peacefully, at the house in which they lived instead.

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Mother and daughter combine talents to create glowing harmony

If you are from Piggott, Arkansas, it is hard to celebrate the 4th of July and not think of your family home, right? After all, a home is where memories are made with both friends and family. For this Piggott couple, that included big 4th of July gatherings, Rook parties, the PHS Junior Play cast party for their daughter, a wedding for her niece, countless milestone birthday parties, wedding showers, baby showers and anniversary parties. There were also many great memories sitting on the front porch in the rocking chairs, sipping lemonade, watching their young grandsons delight in tooling around the yard in their golf cart. Things were different now. He was gone. The

house was not the same. It was time for a change for the entire family. Time to fulfill Bobby’s dying wish of getting Nancy into a house she could enjoy. Time for a new chapter. Over a lovely, mother-daughter dinner in Southern Ireland the following July, Nancy laid out her desires for a new home. She longed for interiors with a calming and comforting neutral palette…but “with a just a little splash of color here and there.” She craved a peaceful outdoor living area with lush landscaping. And what she really wanted was a more traditional, southern home with plenty of storage space! (Suffice it to say Nancy has been known to accumulate a few holiday decorations and necessities for entertaining.)

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A half bath in the new addition has a custom French sink by J. Tribble with French sconces. The faucet is by Brizo. The custom painting in the background is of Nancy’s Linus bike, given to her on her 70th birthday by her daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons.

Master bedroom in the new addition

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As Nancy and her kids began to discuss the possibilities of building, she and her brother resolved to close their store on Main Street, Feather Your Nest. As a result, he decided to unload his part-time Piggott home and reside full-time in Dallas with his wife. That was a godsend; her dream home was available once again. It was perfect timing! The deal was sealed in a matter of minutes over burgers at Sugar Creek Country Club. Then the project commenced. The 1960’s ranch-style house was in need of a substantial update – inside and out – to achieve the entire dream. Nancy turned the project over to her daughter, Allison, with the sweet encouragement, “You can do it. You know exactly what I want, don’t you?” As daunting as the task was for Allison, she was driven by her desire to accomplish two goals: giving her mom a new “happy place” and fulfilling a last promise to her Dad. She started with the front exterior by Googling “ranch-style, split-level remodels” and endlessly searching the Web for ideas. Once she settled on the vision, and Nancy approved it, she hired a Memphis-based architect to draw up the plans. Next, they turned to the inside.

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A pop of color in the family room

The house was rock solid, very well-built, making it easy to work with. Additionally, Nancy’s brother and sister-in-law had already remodeled the kitchen and family room – another plus. The bathrooms, however, were seriously outdated. They had to go. Nancy, Allison and her husband, Brian, visited home shows and newly constructed homes in Memphis for ideas on fixtures. Allison scoured for cabinetry ideas and provided detailed photographs to her cabinetmaker, a local, talented artisan. Then the transformation began to become a reality. The tile ceilings were smoothed, every square inch was painted (inside and outside), carpets were ripped up and replaced with hardwoods or new, fresher coverings, and new light fixtures replaced dated ones. The front porch was expanded to accommodate those memory-filled rocking chairs, a new master wing was added to provide a bedroom on the main floor and a generous outdoor living space was created, linking the new master to the lower level. Local, skilled craftsmen worked for eight months on the extensive renovation and landscaping.

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Architect: J. Dillard Associates Memphis, Tenn.

Construction: Garrett McKenney Construction

Cabinetry: Richard Caldwell

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Siding and Gutters: Hobbs Roofing

Concrete: Doug Norton Construction

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Landscaping: Guite Nursery

While they were hammering away, the mother and daughter duo enjoyed focusing on the softer side – the interior design. New furniture was needed for the additional square footage Nancy was gaining. The two of them shopped vigorously and sensibly selected a gorgeous antique sideboard (found in a consignment store!) for the new dining room, but then splurged on new, gorgeous Lillian August dining chairs. They invested wisely. The furniture that now adorns Nancy’s new home came from everywhere – her grandmother’s house, her daughter’s attic, Ebay, and several upscale home interiors shops throughout the South. Nancy and Allison spent countless hours poring over every detail from the fabrics and trims for the custom window treatments and bedding to the sentimental bric-a-brac that graces the bookcases and side tables, believing wholeheartedly that heirlooms, antiques, and curated finds – especially those hunted and gathered during travel – evoke the soul and make a house a home.

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The stunning king guest bedroom

Finally, they sagely acquired artwork from a charitable art show benefiting the private high school attended by Nancy’s two grandsons, Andrew and William. (The premier artist was a fellow native Arkansan who had trained at the University of Arkansas.) The large painting of the nest in the living room is a nod to Nancy’s former business establishment and is one of her favorites. The move and the remodel was an immense project for a retired grandmother and her full-time employed daughter and son-in-law. It was trying and hard yet at the same time, uplifting and freeing. Throughout the entire project, the family was committed to respecting tradition and to creating a relaxing, comforting and “healing” Southern home.

Nancy and the late Bobby Shanklin

In the end, it was well worth all of the fret and hassle. Nancy now has a home that her entire extended family and close friends truly enjoy visiting. She is making new memories – a fact proven by how often one can find friends gathered, enjoying some competitive card playing or an outdoor cookout on weekends. As an added bonus, her brother and sister-in-law decided to call Piggott home, instead of Dallas – and they moved in next door! The whole family knows Nancy’s new home would make Bobby exceedingly happy.


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Golfing Secret The Ridges at Village Creek State Park

Photo by Ron Kemp

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Photo by Ron Kemp


ne of the best-kept golfing secrets in Arkansas is the excellence of The Ridges at Village Creek State Park. General manager Leon Schwebke and head professional Seth Jenkins are committed to addressing that situation and getting the word out to the golfing world about this jewel of a course located on Crowley’s Ridge south of Wynne. The 27-hole championship course undeniably is one of the finest in the state. It recently was recognized by Golfweek Magazine as the top public course in Arkansas. “There are times that I am out on the course and see the beauty of its setting on Crowley’s Ridge and I just want to pinch myself,” Jenkins said. “The course is surrounded by nature and on each hole you are by yourself without seeing other groups of golfers.” Additionally, there is the thrill of witnessing wildlife such as deer and wild turkey in a natural setting.

Green fees (including cart) are $39 Monday through Thursday and $45 on the weekends and holidays. There is a 20 percent discount for senior golfers who play Monday through Thursday.

The staff has been working hard to improve and fine-tune such a great layout and operate a beautiful clubhouse facility located above the No. 1 tee of the West course. Jenkins said the course is in top condition, leading to a renewed effort to market The Ridges to golfers throughout Arkansas and surrounding areas. “The course is just excellent right now,” Jenkins said, “and it is shaping up to be the best year we’ve ever had.” While a clear goal is to serve golfers in the immediate region of East Arkansas, the biggest potential growth opportunity remains the Memphis area and that is the focus of much of the marketing plan. The staff also is working to gain “fans” in the Little Rock area, as well as throughout Arkansas. Renewed advertising efforts have been undertaken and they are beginning to pay off.

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Annual membership passes are available, as well as a 10-round special for $300, which also may be used at the state park course at Lake DeGray near Arkadelphia.


Tournaments at The Ridges Monk Wade Father-Son Tournament, sponsored by the Arkansas State Golf Association

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ASGA Women’s 4-Ball Championship

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Another important step is the securing of two statewide tournaments on the 2018 schedule. The Monk Wade Father-Son Tournament, sponsored by the Arkansas State Golf Association, will be held July 7-8 at The Ridges, to be followed by the ASGA Women’s 4-Ball Championship on Sept. 3-4. Jenkins is convinced introducing the course to some of the state’s best golfers will prove highly-beneficial in the long run. The course also hosts several other tournaments throughout the year, drawing numerous golfers from the immediate area. “We are very supportive of junior golf and high school golf,” Schwebke said. “We have a summer program for juniors, we are the host golf course for Wynne High School and we have offered our golf course for high school district and state events.” The three challenging nine-hole layouts feature four tees on each hole, along with women’s tees. With the choice relating to the skill of the golfer, an 18-hole round can range from 5,031 to 7,449 yards. Winding through the beautiful ridges of Crowley’s Ridge State Park, the course features dramatic elevation changes with a backdrop of some of the finest hardwood forest in the state. Water comes into play on 12 of the holes. Development of a championship course cannot happen without a great architect and The Ridges was fortunate to have world-class designer Andy Dye in charge. The Dye family has been involved with the development of 17 of the top 100 golf courses in the world.

“Dye designs have a worldwide reputation for their creative unique designs and environmentally-sensitive integrity,” according to information provided by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, which owns and manages the facility. “The very first time I saw this golf course I was amazed by its natural beauty and the quality of the design that Mr. Dye had provided,” Schwebke said. “It is very rare that you have the opportunity to play a golf course that is not in an urban area or part of a real estate development. To have this quality of golf course in this special a setting is doubly rare…it is our intention to maintain that ranking and make this golf course and Village Creek State Park a destination for Arkansans and visitors alike. “It has taken a few years, but word is finally spreading about what a special golf course The Ridges at Village Creek is,” Schwebke said. Schwebke began his career in golf in Arizona in 1985, eventually spending 23 years in the Flagstaff area, where he served ultimately as director of golf at several courses. He went to work for the State of Arkansas as head professional at The Ridges in 2012 and transferred in 2014 as general manager of the DeGray State Park course. He returned to The Ridges in 2017 as general manager, with responsibilities for pro shop operations, tournaments, lessons and golf course management. The course features Mini-Verde bermuda greens and Tiff 419 bermuda tees and fairways. And that’s where the next step comes into play – having the knowledge and the technical expertise to keep a high-quality course in tip-top shape.

“To have this quality of golf course in this special a

setting is doubly rare…it is our intention to maintain that ranking and make this golf course and Village Creek State Park a destination for Arkansans and visitors alike.”

- Leon Schwebke,

General manager at The Ridges at Village Creek State Park

That has been the task of course superintendent Dale Fender since he arrived in early 2017. He has extensive golf course experience, including apprenticing for two years at famed Augusta (Ga.) National, site of the Masters. “We really lucked into Dale,” Jenkins said. “We had been having some trouble with the greens and he has turned that completely around. We didn’t have a single complaint about greens speed last year.” “My task has been to get the course back to an upper level of maintenance,” Fender said. “There was a lot of vegetation that needed to be cleared,” he said, indicating that one of the benefits in that regard is to reduce the level of difficulty by making it easier to find and play golf balls that stray just off the fairways. Fender is active in the state golf superintendents association. He hosted the group for an outing last year and plans to do the same this October. “This really helps get the word out about our course, and the comments we received were all outstanding,” Fender said. “I just really love my job here,” said Fender, who lives on Crowley’s Ridge near the state park entrance. “It is just a thrill and an honor to be involved with a course of this quality.” Jenkins, who grew up in nearby Wynne, said he is working in his “dream job.” He worked his way up in the profession through 10 years at Maumelle Country Club in the Little Rock area, eventually becoming the assistant professional. He was at The Ridges for a brief period before returning to Little Rock.

Photo by Ron Kemp

Dale Fender, course superintendent at The Ridges at Village Creek State Park Summer 2018|


Scholarship Awards May Graduations

Georgina Bautista (Piggott) CCAC Arts Scholarship and the Demetra Schultz Leadership Scholarship

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Shawnee Boyd (Corning) Joey Pruett Music Scholarship

Stefan Gramling (Piggott) CCAC Arts Scholarship

Celebration of the Arts: Sue Hoggard of PIggott and Jessie Malin of Rector were honored June 2

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Jenkins then returned to The Ridges in 2016 as the assistant pro before being promoted to head professional in May of 2017. “I’ve been around this course from the beginning, and to see how it has changed and improved over the years is just incredible,” he said. Following the 2010 financial failure of a private firm that constructed the North and West courses, the state assumed operation and closed the two nine-hole tracks for reconditioning until June 2012. During that time, the East course was built and it opened later that summer. The expansive clubhouse was completed in 2014 with its pro shop, full-service snack bar and large meeting room. The facility also features an excellent cart storage area and a dramatic hillside practice range. Jenkins said the key to future success at The Ridges relates to the excellent teamwork with the current staff, including the support of Village Creek State Park superintendent Vicki Trimble. “She has been fantastic in her support of what we are doing here,” he said. The overall facilities of the state park work to the benefit of The Ridges. Village Creek was selected as the outstanding state park in Region 3 in 2017. It is one of the largest state parks with some 7,000 beautiful acres and seven miles of trails. It has two outstanding fishing lakes, equestrian facilities, 96 campsites and 10 cabins. Golfers can stay at the nearby campground or cabins, which work very well for longer outings.

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“The golf course adds a wonderful aspect to the park as a whole,” superintendent Trimble said. “We are totally dedicated to our guests and are proud to offer diversified recreational activities so they may connect with the park and bring their families back again and again. “We have always offered our guests quality opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, tennis, horseback riding and picnicking. The addition of The Ridges to Village Creek was like adding the crown jewel to an already priceless piece.” To top it all off, The Ridges is very affordable for a championship course of this caliber. Green fees (including cart) are $39 Monday through Thursday and $45 on the weekends and holidays. There is a 20 percent discount for senior golfers who play Monday through Thursday. Annual membership passes are available, as well as a 10-round special for $300, which also may be used at the state park course at Lake DeGray near Arkadelphia. Photos courtesy of Arkansas Parks and Tourism Department

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ongwriter and Arkansawyer Rose Marie McCoy was born Marie Hinton on April 19, 1922, in Oneida in Phillips County, where her parents farmed. She attended Eliza Miller High School in nearby Helena, where she lived with her grandparents. By the way, the Eliza Miller High School was begun by the businesswoman and educator Eliza Miller, who was an Arkadelphia native. Opening in 1926, it was the first high school for black students in Phillips County, and it later hosted musical acts such as B.B. King. Being in Helena, home to so many performers, McCoy learned to love the blues herself. By the time she was out of her teens, Hinton had moved to New York City to make it as a singer — and le-

gally added “Rose” to her name. She married childhood sweetheart James McCoy on a trip back home to Arkansas in 1943 before James was trans-

ferred overseas for World War II. (They had no children, and he died in 2000). Based out of New York, she opened up for the likes of groundbreaking black comedians Pigmeat Markham and Moms Mabley, as well as singers Dinah Washington and Ruth Brown. In 1946, the gospel vocal quartet the Dixieaires was the first to record a McCoy song, but it was the early 1950s before McCoy saw her first real chart success: “Gabbin’ Blues” by Big Maybelle, which reached number 3 on the R&B chart in 1953. Songwriting, and not singing, would prove to be Rose Marie McCoy’s greatest gift to American popular music. From there, McCoy wrote songs recorded by Big Joe Turner, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, the Drifters, and such fellow Arkansas artists as Al Hibbler, Louis Jordan and Little Willie John – all giants in R&B and jazz music. McCoy wrote several songs with Willie John’s producer, Hot Springs native Henry Glover. This includes Little Willie John’s “Uh Uh Baby,” and “If I Thought You Needed Me.” Elvis Presley’s version of the McCoy song “Tryin’ to Get To You” was released on Presley’s 1956 debut album. It was subsequently recorded by Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, and, later, by Eric Burdon, Johnny Rivers and Faith Hill, among others. “Thank God for Elvis,” McCoy

listening: “Gabbin’ Blues”- Big Maybelle “Uh-Uh Baby”- Little Willie John “If I Had Any Sense, I’d Go Back Home”- Louis Jordan “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” - Ike & Tina Turner “I Beg Of You”- Elvis Presley Arkansas delta native Stephen Koch is a 2018 Central Arkansas Music Awards winner for Best Radio Show and author of Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B (History Press). Koch’s weekly “Arkansongs” program – celebrating twenty years on the air in 2018 – is syndicated on public radio stations across the state. Visit the “Arkansongs” Facebook page for details.

would later say, although she wasn’t a big fan of his version of her song. In 1958, Presley recorded McCoy’s song “I Beg of You,” which hit the top ten as the B-side of Presley’s single, “Don’t.” Brinkley native and R&B pioneer Louis Jordan recorded McCoy’s aching blues “If I Had Any Sense, I’d Go Back Home” in the mid-1950s when his career was faltering after a decade of wild success, singing: “I realized fortune and fame is not for me, and all those pretty stories ain’t what they’re Summer 2018|


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cooked up to be ….” And while the song may have seemed autobiographical to Jordan, McCoy was having the same self-doubt when she wrote it. But the Arkansawyer needn’t have worried about her musical legacy, even as it has only recently gained more widespread attention. McCoy was still just getting started then, and she continued to have hit songs through the genres and through the years, primarily in R&B and jazz, but also in rock, pop, gospel, and even country music. Literally hundreds of artists have recorded Rose Marie McCoy songs. “I don’t know of any other songwriter with the kind of track record Rose Marie McCoy has,” Brinkley native and legendary record producer Al Bell said of her work. “Her songs have been recorded by so many legendary artists in such a diversity of styles.” Over the years, McCoy won seven BMI songwriting awards. Ike and Tina Turner’s 1961 version of McCoy’s song “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” was nominated for a Grammy. McCoy was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2008 and, in June 2018, she was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame. Arlene Corsano of New Jersey wrote a biography of McCoy called Thought We Were Writing the Blues, But They Called It Rock ‘N’ Roll, which was published in 2014. “It’s mind-boggling what she has done,” Bell said. A giant in songwriting across the genres, Arkansawyer Rose Marie McCoy died in January 20, 2015, at the age of 92.

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the efforts of city officials and vote of the citizens who passed a sales tax to help build and maintain the swimming pool. Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner and city council members have worked diligently on the infrastructure of the city. Council members are Jason Baltimore, William Barnhart, Steven Milligan, Donnie Wagner, Dale Murphy and Wendell Poteet. Over $1 million has gone into replacing old sewer lines (some over 60 years old). Much of the work has been done through grants. City officials know updating the system is a priority with the growth of the community. Manila has a medical clinic, two pharmacies, dentist office, two eye clinics and rehabilitation center, along with banks, restaurants, retail businesses and much more to offer residents of Manila and the surrounding area. Mayor Wagner praised Manila city employees, fire department and police department for the work they do. Manila is in the process of annexing several areas for the people who want to be part of the city's growth. With the near completion of the four-lane highway from Blytheville to Jonesboro more expansion is expected. The four-lane in Manila was officially opened with a ribbon cutting on May 31.


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Treasured historic barn Still a part of life today

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t has for years been an object of fascination for many, this stunning white barn which sits across a field just off Highway 1 near Cherry Valley. Its two upstairs windows and open second story loft door are positioned above the center first floor pass-through so that, from a distance, the front of the structure looks almost like a face. An American flag on a tall flagpole, a black weathervane, and two vintage metal cupola vents signal that the barn, while old, still holds special meaning to someone, or possibly to many. If those traveling south on the highway are observant, they might see a small sign by the road that says Pitts-Milam Barn. There is no real road leading to the structure, but on dry days, a farm-type road over dirt and grass will lead visitors to a place where one immediately knows that history lives. Where once a proud farmer led his cattle into their stalls, sweat running down his face in the Arkansas summer heat.

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Passersby are welcome to pull off and take a stroll through Pitts-Milam Barn. Imagination can run wild in a place like this.

Taking a look Walking down the pass-through past the stalls on both sides, it’s easy to imagine the loud bellowing and snorting of cattle and footsteps overhead in the giant loft, moving hay or supplies. And it’s easy to imagine kids playing in that hayloft late on summer afternoons. For the last 20 years there has been a guest book on a table in one of the front stalls to record the names of those who, through either curiosity or prior knowledge of the place, have come to make their own discoveries. There next to the guest book are the stairs. Most of those who climb them are, upon reaching the top, astonished by the immense loft, with its soaring ceiling and intricate pattern of beams which bear the weight of the winged corrugated tin roof.

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It is truly breathtaking, those beams — like seeing a great work of art for the first time. And stunning views of the surrouunding fields from the open ends of the loft are like framed paintings, ready to be hung. The barn is preserved today by members of the Milam family, who hold dear the memories of this special place and its significance to their family. The land on which the barn is located was homesteaded by Moses Pitts, who fought in the Civil War. Eventually Moses sold the farm to his son, Wade, who built the barn in 1938 and signed his name in the barn’s concrete floor. Incredibly, the barn also had electricity at a time when few homes did, as well as glass windows.

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We have had baby showers, picnics and lots of family photos at the barn.” - Holly Jarrett,

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This poem awaits visitors at Pitts-Milam Barn near Cherry Valley

Pitts-Milam Barn Established 1938

This old barn built in 1938 Look at her now, ain’t she great? There’s been some fixin on the top of the roof so we all may go, sit, and just goof. New stairs to climb with a nice rail and all and windows to protect us when nature does call. Now are 7 clean stalls, nice and swept. Hey look, now this barn looks very well kept! Yes, sir see her now with all of her new. It’s just a barn to others, but she’s family to you.

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appreciating an arkansas legacy Wade Pitts was one of the first in this area to have registered Hereford cattle and he showed them at the Mid-South Fair in Memphis. When his niece, Lula Pitts (granddaughter of Moses Pitts), married Emmett Farris Milam, they eventually bought the farm in the early 1950’s. Lula and Emmett had a large number of children who both worked in and enjoyed the farm, and son Jerry Dan Milam purchased the barn and land from his father. “My brother passed away in 2005, but years before he fixed it up with new windows and new paint,” said Jerry’s youngest brother, Emmett Neal Milam, who lives three miles east of Cherry Valley on Crowley’s Ridge. “You can still see the original wiring in the loft, which was always used to store hay.”

The barn hasn’t been in use for years and now is owned, along with the farm, by Jerry’s widow, Judy, and their daughter, Misty. The land is leased out for cultivation. Today there are many visitors to the barn, though some don’t sign the guest book. “A lot of people from cities have never been around a barn like this,” said Emmett Neal. “A lot of schools come to the barn to take pictures and many senior pictures have been taken there. It’s a nice old barn and everyone is welcome to check it out.” The barn still is enjoyed and dearly loved by all of the Milam family. “We have had baby showers, picnics and lots of family photos at the barn,” said Emmett’s daughter, Holly Jarrett of Jonesboro. “We hope to soon have a church service there.” Summer 2018|



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ERNIE PATTON P erhaps you’re seated at a restaurant and at an adjoining table sits a nondescript, yet pleasant man. He doesn’t stand out, and you ignore him. Or perhaps you’re shopping and you pass him in an aisle, briefly making eye contact. He smiles, you smile. Who is he? He’s just an “average joe,” part of the community, of course, and fits in naturally. He’s not really distinct in any way — and yet he is. Unless you are a part of the arts community, you would have no idea that the man is one of this country’s most renowned abstract artists and portrait painters, Ernie Patton.

A natural born talent highly regarded by art-lovers Text and photos by Mike Lee except those noted courtesy

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With family roots deep in the soil of Hardy, Arkansas, Patton was born in 1940, a gifted artist from earliest childhood and skilled in ways most children are not. At age 10, he received an Arkansas driver’s license, thanks to the influence of some of his father’s business associates, and was able to legally drive not only the family car, but farm machinery as well. At age 17, Patton won a football scholarship to Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, graduating in 1959. His success on the playing field earned him a scholarship to Columbia Military Academy to play football, to be paid for by Vanderbilt University. However the scholarship wasn’t acknowledged due to staff changes at the school, so he applied for, and received, a scholarship to Memphis State University. But his first love was art, and after graduation in 1965, Patton began working in Memphis, a good start for a young artist. Things were about to change for Ernie Patton, however.

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Patton was commissioned to paint portraits of many famous people, including Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Mother Teresa, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Clinton and many others.

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“I was ‘discovered’ by a man who worked for the Coca Cola company,” Patton said. “He liked my work and I ended up doing interior display design for seven Coca Cola-owned companies. They had a showroom at the Holiday Inn out on Lamar Avenue in south Memphis. The job took me from $300 a week to $3,000 a week.” Patton was young, had a lot of money and opened a gallery on Union Avenue in Memphis. “But Memphis wasn’t ready for a high-end gallery, and I went through all of my money keeping the gallery open,” he said. Over the years that followed, Patton was commissioned to paint portraits of many famous people, including Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, Mother Teresa, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Clinton and many others. “It’s been quite a ride — up and down since then for sure,” Patton said. “I’ve had agents rip off a lot of my money, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and they even stole some of my limited edition prints.” But commissions continued to pour in.

Ceiling murals restored at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Memphis, commissioned to Patton.

Patton’s early paintings sold in the five-figure range, which was extremely rare for a young artist in the 1960s.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Memphis, Tenn.

The town of Hardy commissioned him for a large mural on a wall downtown. Other mural contracts arrived from businesses in Memphis, and when the casinos were burgeoning in nearby Tunica, Mississippi, Patton was commissioned for paintings on the walls of the second floor at the then-new Southern Belle casino. One more recent project, however, was a real challenge. St. Patrick’s Cathedral in downtown Memphis called on Patton for his help. Stunning murals over the sanctuary had dulled over time and were in need of restoration. “The bishop called and asked me if I would repair them, and I agreed to,” Patton said. “I told them I would do it for $10,000. They were reluctant, but I knew that Fred Smith’s wife (Smith is founder and CEO of FedEx) was a member of the church and she knew my work, so I approached her for financial help. She said, ‘pay him’ and I got the money,” he smiled. Patton signed a contract and the work began. With half of the payment in hand, scaffolding was installed and Patton, then 72, climbed the 30 feet to the murals several times each day, much in the same manner as Michelangelo had in the Sistine Chapel.

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Asked if the comparison gave him pause, Patton said, “Well, I’m no Michelangelo by any means, so there’s not much to compare to.” But the finished work speaks for itself and can be seen at St. Patrick’s, located at 277 South Fourth Street in downtown Memphis. Patton currently has one of his most famous paintings, “The Unfinished Elvis,” on display at the Marshall Steakhouse in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The painting is the last portrait painted of the King before his death and came about in a unique way. “A friend of mine said that Elvis wanted to see me, so he and I went to Graceland and met with him. Elvis told me he wanted me to paint a portrait of his then-girlfriend, Ginger, and I asked if he wanted me to paint one of him, too, and he said yes. So I went back to my studio, which back then was in Dallas, Texas, to begin the work. Two weeks went by, and while I was painting it, someone told me that Elvis had just died. I thought they were joking, and then I saw the news on TV. With the painting three-fourths finished, I put it in storage and forgot all about it. It wasn’t until a year ago that I rediscovered it in my warehouse after 40 years and pulled it out. I added a little more color, but a friend suggested I leave it and just call it ‘The Unfinished Elvis.’ Today it’s on display at the steakhouse in Holly Springs.”

Patton’s ‘The Unfinished Elvis’ is on display in Holly Springs, Mississippi

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Patton with American civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks

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Mary Madeline Hollahan Patton CAREER OPPORTUNITIES PERMANENTAsked POSITIONS if Patton feels his life has been fulfilled as an artist, he paused. “I never think of anything like that because HEALTH BENEFITS the only thing great about my life is that I married my wife, who understands what being an artist is all about.” RECRUITING Today, he and his artist wife, Mary Madeline Hollahan Patton, live in Collierville, Tennessee, where they’ve TRAINING maintained a home that is more art gallery than house.



Every room is filled with paintings, canvases, frames, paints, brushes and the oddities of a traditional art studio. What does the future hold for Ernie Patton? “Nothing big to speak of,” he mused, “just 15 commissions that I’m currently working on.” That work keeps him occupied seven days a week. The value of Patton’s work is in the tens of thousands of dollars due to his reputation and the gallery quality of his paintings. Even when he was in his early twenties, Patton’s paintings sold in the five-figure range, which was extremely rare for a young artist in the 1960s. Clients back then included Whitney Houston and Donald Trump among others, and Patton’s full canvas portraits sold in the $20,000 range. Early in Patton’s life in Memphis, he met W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong and countless other musical stars, but he knew as a youngster that he was destined to be an artist, thanks to the influence of his father. “My daddy was an artist, went to the Chicago Art Institute and – this is a funny story – he was at a fair up there shooting pellets at the wooden ducks, a midway game, and a man came up next to him and was shooting at them, too. My dad hit every duck, but the man next to him thought he was hitting them. The man stopped, but daddy kept shooting and knocking them over. So they looked at each other and started laughing. The man said,

‘You’re a great shot! How’d you like to work for me?’ But dad told the man he was in art school and about to graduate, so the man gave daddy his business card. He told my father to call when he’d finished art school if he wanted a job. And then he walked away. The man running the game walked over to my dad and asked if he knew who the man was. My dad said no, but that he was certainly a nice guy. The attendant said, ‘That was Al Capone!’” Looking back over the last 77 years, Ernie Patton agrees he has somehow had pivotal points in his life that have included famous people and unbelievable events. But he also admits that a lot of it is certainly tied to his incredible talent.

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Many of the people who crossed his path in life did so because they learned of his artistic skill and were determined to take advantage of it. That skill allowed him to paint some of the most famous people of the past eight decades...and the list continues since he has no intention of slowing down or retiring. As an artist, he cannot. “It’s something that you’re born with, part of who you are, that defines you as a person,” he said. Ernie Patton is a remarkable and unique man, talented more than most and gifted with an extreme ability to capture on canvas the perfect likeness of those who commission his work. He is a national treasure whose value is his skill as an artist, capped by his being a very fine, very generous, and very amiable and likable man.

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Unfolding in intriguing layers The Great Alone is the haunting saga of a family in turmoil during the 1970s. For fans of the author’s wildly popular, bestselling novel The Nightingale, you won’t recognize this novel as having been written by the same author. It’s that different. Told from the point-of-view of thirteen-year-old Leni Allbright, the story reads more like a young adult novel than mainstream adult fiction. Not that that’s a bad thing. In addition to Leni, other main characters include her parents, Cora and Ernt Allbright, and a handful of folks who act almost as protectors when Leni most needs help. My favorite is Large Marge, a plain-spoken African-American woman who often shows up just at the right time (not to be confused with Large Marge of PeeWee’s Big Adventure fame, mind you).

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

What happens to a family held firmly in the grip of mental health problems? Ernt, a former Vietnam POW, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Compound his unchecked malady with extreme isolation in an unforgiving land, and their rustic cabin becomes a symbol of imprisonment.

The Story Just as Ernt is fired from yet another job, a deceased army buddy bequeaths property to him in remote Alaska. Ernt loads the family into his decrepit Volkswagen van and vows to live off the grid. Leni and Cora, accustomed to sudden moves, are off on a new “adventure” with no say so. Some ideas are destined to be bad. With help from new friends, they learn necessary survival skills they’ll need when winter comes. Perhaps Alaska really is the fresh start they need? School starts (in a one-room schoolhouse) and Leni forms a friendship with Matthew, the only boy her age around for miles. At first, positive things outweigh the bad. Even so, the author skillfully builds tension and creates unease. Ernt’s mood darkens as the long, dark winter settles in. Daylight becomes scarce. Although The Great Alone is not uplifting, it unfolds in intriguing layers. There’s the storyline of Cora and Ernt’s marriage, a twisted, unhealthy thing they label as love. Readers who enjoy coming-of-age tales will appreciate Leni and Matthew’s budding romance. But the primary plotline is cold, hard survivalism.

All this time, Dad had taught Leni how dangerous the outside world was. The truth was that the biggest danger of all was in her own home.

The Setting Author Kristin Hannah once lived in Alaska. It’s evident. In The Great Alone, she creates a vivid sense of place. Her stunning descriptions of the harsh landscape bring America’s last great frontier to life. Even within the story’s bleakness, there’s romanticism in the idea of living off the grid. Hannah beautifully creates an awareness of this timely topic.

Everyone up here had two stories: the life before and the life now. If you wanted to pray to a weirdo god or live in a school bus or marry a goose, no one in Alaska was going to say crap to you. No one cared if you had an old car on your deck, let alone a rusted fridge. Any life that could be imagined could be lived up here. My criticism with The Great Alone is an entire book’s worth of drama arises and resolves within the last few pages. The ending felt rushed. Or perhaps I simply didn’t want it to end. All in all, Hannah has written a bold family saga (over 400 pages) that the reader can get lost inside for a while. Summer 2018|




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ake Frierson State Park has long been known as one of Northeast Arkansas’ premier fishing spots, but with its great facilities, friendly staff and fascinating natural areas for exploration, it quickly is becoming one of “the” places people want to go on a pretty day. Located on Highway 141 at the western edge of scenic Crowley’s Ridge, the 113-acre park is just 10 miles north of Jonesboro, offering easy access for travelers, or locals who want to spend a day (or several days) in nature. Stretching along the shoreline of 335-acre Lake Frierson, the park offers lovely picnic areas near the water,

a wide and easily-accessible boat launch, tent and RV camping areas, a nice playground, trails, boat rental and a beautiful enclosed pavilion on the lake. Park superintendent Dru Edmonds, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is celebrating his first anniversary at the park, for which he has developed great enthusiasm. “I love it here,” he said. “When I was shown the park by the regional superintendent, I was struck by his passion for the Delta region and Crowley’s Ridge. Everywhere you turn there is some neat history, especially in Northeast Arkansas and the Paragould region. There is exciting growth going on.”

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“Our grounds are a key to our success. We have been busy improving the lake views - lifting the canopy of the trees so you can see the lake, reclaiming low spots, clearing and burning.“ - Dru Edmonds,

Park Superintendent of Lake Frierson State Park

Edmonds’ studies at Texas Christian University’s College of Science and Engineering, with an emphasis in environmental science, were perfect preparation for his role at Lake Frierson State Park, but he also gained knowledge and experience when he and his wife Michelle (also a Texas native) worked for a time at two other Arkansas state parks. “I came to Arkansas to open Loco Ropes! in Mountain View,” Edmonds said. “A family friend of my wife’s knew I had a background in Scouts and ROTC and thought I was a good fit.” He enjoyed that work, but after three years took a position as a seasonal park interpreter at DeGray State Park near Arkadelphia. “That was in March of 2012, and in June of that year I moved to Bull Shoals State Park as a full-time park interpreter. In July 2014, I returned to DeGray to be managing park interpreter, and I came here in June of 2017.” While Michelle, too, worked at both Bull Shoals and DeGray, she now spends her days at home with the couple’s young son, Forrest, 10 months old, in an attractive stone house where the couple resides on park property. Dru quickly immersed himself in the facts and details about Lake Frierson State Park, and his passion for his work is evident. “Our grounds are a key to our success,” he said. “We have been busy improving the lake views — lift-

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ing the canopy of the trees so you can see the lake, reclaiming low spots, clearing and burning. It has made a big difference in our look. “Our job is to keep a tidy facility,” he continued. “First impressions are everything, especially for a small park like ours. We have been paid back with happy folks. There are lots more people taking notice. We have good facilities and we show people a great time and create a fan of the park so we’re on their list.” The park’s ecosystems, extensive shoreline and varying environments bring many people out for a day of exploration. The Boundary Trail begins behind the day-use restroom and makes about a one-mile loop through a beautiful mix of trees, including the native short-needle pine and hardwoods such as hickory, maple, oak and sweet gum. The 1/2-mile Dogwood Trail explodes with blooms and color in the spring with an abundance of both dogwoods and redbuds. Hikers also find trillium, red buckeye and other blooming plants along the way. Summer brings a variety of wildflowers. Programs for kids include both fishing and a lake study called “dip net discovery.” “We take a big scoop from the bottom of the lake and survey everything we find. It tells us how healthy the lake is and is a good indicator of its condition. “Our hikes are classic,” Edmonds said. “We enjoy explaining what’s going on around you.”


Lake Frierson Trails Boundary Trail

begins behind the day-use restroom and makes about a one-mile loop through a beautiful mix of trees, including the native short-needle pine and hardwoods such as hickory, maple, oak and sweet gum.

1/2-mile Dogwood Trail

explodes with blooms and color in the spring with an abundance of both dogwoods and redbuds. Hikers also find trillium, red buckeye and other blooming plants along the way.

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Lake Frierson is maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, which stocks the lake about four times a year. “Sometimes it’s stocked with bait fish that other fish depend on,” Edmonds said.” The multi-species lake has both flathead and channel catfish and holds the state record for the unique saugeye. “This also is a good seasonal bass lake, and bream fishing is consistent,” Edmonds said. “We also have crappie.” Lake Frierson State Park provides a great habitat for wildlife. Frequently seen mammals include deer, red foxes, gray foxes, turkeys and raccoons. “The lake’s Wildlife Management Area is undeveloped and makes for good nesting sites,” Edmonds said. “Many visitors see bald eagles on the lake, primarily in the winter months.” Other commonly-seen birds include osprey, woodpeckers, herons and kingfishers, and the park is home to a small flock of Canadian geese. Many visitors to Lake Frierson State Park come to fish or take advantage of the day-use areas. “It is a convenient location for people traveling to stop by, look around and see what’s happening before moving on to their next destination,” Edmonds said. “The scenic byway (Crowley’s Ridge Parkway) brings in a lot of people, including some motorcycle groups.”

For those who want to stay overnight, there are seven campsites in a wooded area with a beautiful view of the lake and its stunning sunsets. (Three are for tents only). All sites have water, fire rings, tables and grills, and RV sites also include electrical hookups. A bathhouse and dump station are at Crowley’s Ridge State Park, just six miles away. The park’s beautiful pavilion hosts a variety of events throughout the year. “We have a mix of family reunions, weddings, parties and other events,” Edmonds said. “The great thing about family reunions is they keep coming back! The number of weddings is definitely increasing, too, because we have great lake views, a fair price ($110 for a full day), a heated and cooled building, tables and chairs, a firepit, a big charcoal grill and restroom facilities for both women and men. Our pavilion is so versatile. We’ve seen some great decorations!” The nearby day-use area includes the modern playground, a fishing pier, restrooms, and the marina, where visitors can rent jon boats, pedal boats, kayaks and canoes. Edmonds dreams of having more trails. “The grand plan is to extend the Boundary Trail,” Edmonds said. “I would love for it to go around the lake into the WMA. That would include about six miles of shoreline.” Other improvements also are continually being made. The park’s charming Visitor Center is home to a stunning stained glass window made as a gift to the park by a resident of the area. The center includes a gift shop with souvenirs, an aquarium and extensive information on the fish in Lake Frierson and necessities related to outdoor activities.

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A healthy underwater environment includes places for fish to find cover. Seasonal park employees work on improving the park above and below the water line.

Office manager Sheila Rushing, who lives nearby, has worked for the Arkansas State Parks system for 18 years, including seven at Crowley’s Ridge State Park and four at Village Creek State Park before joining the Lake Frierson staff in 2015. Other staff members include Cheri Mullins, front desk, and Todd Roberson and Ken Ervin, park maintenance. A seasonal interpreter is hired each year to conduct programs from late spring through the summer months. The park is open to visitors year-round. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from March through November and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday only in December, January and February. Lake Frierson is named for Jonesboro attorney Charles Frierson, who was key in acquiring the property for the park in the early 1970s. Funding was appropriated by the state legislature in 1975 and construction began in 1978.

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June 30

5th Annual Colt Fireworks Display, an afternoon and evening of entertainment and food, including the town’s famous BBQ smoked ribs, 3 to 9 p.m., 300 Old Military Road East, Colt.

July 4

Piggott’s annual Fourth of July celebration, starting with a parade downtown at 9 a.m. and continuing all day at the city park with politics, carnival, music, great food and pageants; concludes with fireworks and a cash drawing.

Picnic in the Park event, 1 to 3 p.m., Davidsonville Historic Park near Pocahontas; fun for the whole family and homemade ice cream made by staff; evening festivities include fireworks.

July 11-13

Children’s Day Camp for ages 8-12, Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day; three days of fun including activities at the park and at other parks and attractions in the area; activities include swimming boating, games, crafts and much more; the $75 fee covers all meals, snacks, admission and equipment rental for all three days; space limited; call the park at (870) 755-2500.

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July 11-13 (continued)

Discovery Day Camp for children ages 8-12, Davidsonville Historic Park near Pocahontas; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day; $60 fee includes lunch and snacks; space is limited and early signup is required by calling the park, (870) 892-4708. July 16-18

Adventures in History Day Camp for children ages 7-10, Village Creek State Park near Wynne; 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day; includes programs, hikes, games and crafts; $70 fee includes food, crafts and all activities; space is limited and registration closes July 4; call the park at (870) 238-9406. July 25-27

Youth Day Camp for teens ages 13-16, Parkin Archeological State Park in Cross County; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day; participants will join the staff and tour the park and some of Northeast Arkansas’s other unique sites; activities will include kayaking, swimming, hiking, crafts and a few museum tours; $75 fee covers all meals, snacks, admission and equipment rental for all three days; call the park at (870) 755-2500 for reservations. August 31

The Ultimate Oldies Show,

7 p.m., Rector Community Center; a fast-paced, energetic, talent-filled journey back to the golden oldies.

August 31-September 2

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to 6 p.m., Main Street in Cotton Plant; vendors; mini-carnival; Friday events include a 5k, 10k and 25k run and a 1 mile, 2 mile and 3 mile walk; Saturday events include a parade followed by music in Arcare Park; Saturday and Sunday will include a two-day basketball tournament.

way-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott; participants will explore Hemingway and his contemporaries in World War I based on three books read prior to the retreat; the weekend also will include a showing of A Farewell to Arms in the Piggott downtown building which previously housed the Franklin Theater (where the film premiered in 1932).

45th Annual Cotton Plant Days, 8 a.m.

September 1

Annual Labor Day 5K, sponsored by the Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation, 8 a.m., Rector High School parking lot.

34th annual Harvest Festival, all day, Main Street in Leachville; kid games, kids’ train ride, arts and crafts, food vendors, live music, a parade, street dance and more.

Photographs, “Window to the Past,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arkansas Post Museum near Gillett.

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Rector’s annual Labor Day Picnic, a weekend of fun leading up to a big Labor Day program Monday; downtown parade at 9 a.m., carnival, pageants, politics, music, barbecue and other great food; the day ends with a drawing for a $1,000 prize.

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September 12-15

Annual Clay County Fair, at the fairgrounds in Piggott; the schedule will include Youth Day activities on Friday, pageants in the commercial building, livestock judging and the traditional demolition derby Saturday night. September 14-15

7th Annual Beatles at The Ridge Festival, 2 to 10 p.m. each day, Walnut Ridge; symposium comprised of noted Beatles experts and speakers from all over the U.S. and England; more than 100 vendors, kids activities, car show, hot wings cookoff, music all day; concluding with the internationally-acclaimed Liverpool Legends in concert (take lawn chairs).

September 29

Marked Tree Cotton Pickin’ Jubilee, all day, Cypress Park; live music, food and games.

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Water the plants while you’re away:

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ou are finally getting ready to go on vacation and suddenly you remember, “What am I going to do with my houseplants and garden while I am gone?” Many of us have faced this dilemma as we begin planning a wonderful vacation and packing our bags. We have carefully cared for our houseplants for years in some cases and are not fond of coming home to flowerless, leafless, withered, or even dead plants that we have treated with tender loving care. In our gardens, we have toiled over soil preparation, planting, fertilizing and weeding for weeks and do not want to return home to a weed-overgrown garden and not vegetables! Probably the best or easiest method to ensure your plants or garden get watered is to ask a trusted friend to water your plants while you are away. You could also hire someone to water your plants and garden. One can also “swap” watering tasks with a friend or neighbor who would be vacationing at a different time. But these options are not always available. There are many methods to care for your plants while on vacation, some simple and inexpensive and some complex and expensive. This article is not meant to provide a comprehensive discussion of all methods; however, I will discuss a couple of relatively simple and inexpensive ways to ensure your plants receive adequate water to sustain growth in your absence. A more expensive alternative would be to purchase soaker or sprinkler hoses and use a timer to adjust a watering schedule. Houseplants should be moved away from the heat of direct sunlight if at all

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possible because plants in west-facing or south-facing windows will dry out more quickly. Both your houseplants that require a low-light environment and your sun-loving houseplants should still thrive in northern or eastern windows while you are on vacation. Houseplants generally require a temperature of 50 degrees or above,

so set your thermostat at 55 degrees for winter or summer. Plants held at the 55 to 60 degrees setting will use less water and will move into a semi-dormant state. It is important to water your plants very well before you head out on vacation. Buy or make a plant watering device to ensure your plants receive sufficient water.

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Drip bottle

Wicking System

Drip irrigation puts water directly to plant roots where your plants need it. Your plants will root deeper and grow healthier since they don’t experience moisture stress. The water seeps slowly out of the bottles, keeping the soil moist without over-saturating it. Any gardening store will sell you a handy water spike or wick for your plants. However, using readily available materials, you can save yourself a little money and make your own spikes. These drip bottles or spikes are simple to make, and all you have to do is insert them into the soil and forget about watering your plants until you have to refill the bottles. It is a good idea to test any of these homemade tools before your vacation to see how long they will keep soil damp.

Making A Drip Bottle Plan to use one small soda-sized bottle for each of your houseplants and at least one 2-liter bottle for shrubs and larger plants. Wash the bottles and lids in warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Drill one or more small, nail-size holes, such as 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch in diameter, in the center of the cap.

Using Your Drip Bottle Water the soil thoroughly. Fill each bottle with water and screw on its punctured cap. Cover the hole(s) with your finger, turn the bottle upside down, and push it into the soil within 1 inch or 2 inches from the plant you wish to water. Depending on their size, outdoor plants and shrubs may need two bottles, one on each side.

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WATERING WITH BOTTLES AND WICKS Another method is to use water containers and wicks. Plants only absorb the amount of water that they need when using a wicking system. They will never sit in too much water. After using a simple wicking system to water their plants while on vacation, some people have reported their plants never looked better than the two weeks they were watering themselves.

Making Your Self-Watering Wicking System Gather together a large container (bucket, large pot, 2-liter bottle, or gallon milk jug), remove lids/caps, wash thoroughly, and fill with water. Cut lengths of absorbent cord (polyester or cotton string, shoestring, etc.) long enough to run from the base of the water container, out its top, down its side, and several inches into the plant container soil. The water container should be placed above the level of the plant soil.

Using Your Wicking System Soak the cord(s) in water until saturated. Place a paper clip on one end of the cord and drop it into the top of the water container. Water your plant thoroughly. Using a screwdriver, push the other end of the cord 2 inches to 4 inches into your plant’s soil. Since you have placed your water container higher than your plant container, the water will “wick” from the container of water to the soil. There are several methods to ensure your plants are watered during vacations or other absences available from your local nursery or commercial business. The two I have discussed are relatively simple and inexpensive to make. You likely already have the materials required to make either of these methods.

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y earliest memories of our grandparents’ house were in the 1960’s when my mother, sisters, cousins, aunt, uncle and I converged on the house in Corning, Arkansas, for summer vacations.

Childhood Memories of Rural Arkansas in the 1960s

Closing my eyes, I still can see the pecan tree looming over the gravel driveway, the oak tree with the treehouse and bag swing, the shed, Nanny’s gardens, and Great-Granddad Hosey’s trailer in back of the house where my maternal grandparents lived for over thirty years. Pulling into the gravel driveway, my heart always beat a little faster upon seeing the white frame house with Nanny standing at the door of the screened-in porch, anxiously awaiting my visit — or at least I would like to think she was anxiously waiting. When I was little, I always thought of the house as being huge, as things often seem when you’re young, although in retrospect, it was probably not that big. The kitchen was my favorite spot in the house. It was there that Nanny cooked and where we ate most meals on a small built-in dinette set at one end of the kitchen. By Candy Hill

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Through a swinging door, the kitchen led into the dining room, which opened up into the living room, the place where Nanny and Granddaddy each had their nesting spots — Nanny in her chair by the window, where she read or crocheted, and Granddaddy in his reclining chair in the corner with an overhanging floor lamp. The house had three bedrooms. My favorite was the “back” bedroom which had its own little foyer and a small bathroom with a light that shocked you if you touched it in the wrong spot. And (one of our favorite things), a deep closet where Nanny had her old clothes in a hamper — the “dress-up” basket. Like many homes built in the first half of the 20th century, the house had no central heat or air. In the winter, the house was heated by a floor furnace in the hall, and in the summer, one window air conditioner in the living room kept that room cool for “company.” We sweltered in the rest of the house during the hot Arkansas summers, but the attic fan helped circulate the air at night. We were used to the heat and didn’t mind so much. During summer visits as a kid, the first thing I did upon waking was to go out by the shed and make mud pies. When the pies were “baked,” I would often help Nanny hang out clothes to dry on the rows of clotheslines in back of the house. Although she had a washer, nature was the dryer and I loved the smell of the sun-dried sheets, feeling them whip up against my face turned up toward the warm, summer sun.

Nanny always grew large flower and vegetable gardens and she and I spent countless hours together on the screened-in porch, visiting, with big pans in our laps while shelling butter beans, purple hull peas or snapping green beans from her gardens. The two of us spent hours playing canasta on the dining room table. Crocheting was another of her talents she taught me, and many a night was spent together in the living room making “rag rugs” out of old material scraps. We spent many happy times in Nanny’s kitchen, where she ruled and her southern cooking was the best. During berry season, I went with her to the rural countryside right outside of town. Picking berries was hot, sweaty work, but it was worth it to smell the berries, sugar and pectin cooking on the stove in giant pots, then watching her pour the mixture into the jelly jars. When my cousins from Chicago came to visit in the summer, they often congregated at our grandparents’ house to climb up to the tree house Granddaddy built, swing on the bag swing or jump off the shed. We loved to sneak off to the back bedroom and jump on the beds, as all kids love to do. In the late ‘60’s, Nanny and Granddaddy sold the house to the local school system and moved to southern Florida to look after family members needing help. The home eventually was auctioned off by the school, removed from its foundation and sold. I will always remember those days, back when Nanny’s house was filled with fun and laughter. Summer days filled with making mud pies, jumping off the shed, clothes on the line blowing in the summer breeze, and sitting on the back porch shelling beans.

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A Taste of Yesterday I have a soft spot for old cookbooks. I pore over their brittle pages, reading the recipes like old folklore. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Ozarks Collection which I discovered a few years ago in our Little Free Library.

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The Ozarks Collection was published in 1987, but you can bet the recipes are much, much older. Compiled by Billy Joe Tatum and Ann Taylor Packer, the cookbook is filled not only with old regional recipes but also snippets about traditions of a “storied region.” There are sketches throughout, small pencil drawings of barns and farmers, crops growing in fields. Words of wisdom sprinkled here and there make the book part history lesson, too. Did you see the 2002 movie Julie and Julia? In that movie, blogger Julie Powell attempts to recreate (and write about) every recipe in Julia Child’s first cookbook. Wouldn’t it be fun to do the same thing with The Ozarks Collection? So far, I’ve only made a handful of the recipes. They’ve all been excellent which isn’t surprising. After all, these recipes are tried and true, passed down from our ancestors who were attuned to nature, who prepared food according to the seasons.

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I n g r e d ie n t s For Filling • 3 Tbsp Butter, softened • 2 cups ripe Blackberries, rinsed • 2 cups peeled and thinly sliced Peaches • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar • 2 rounded Tbsp Flour • 1 tsp Cinnamon • 1/2 tsp Salt

For the Batter • 2 Tbsp Shortening • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar • 1/4 tsp Salt • 1 cup Flour • 2 tsp Baking Powder • 1 cup Whole Milk

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Instructions Preheat oven to 325. For Filling Rub cobbler dish with a bit of the butter. In a mixing bowl, combine blackberries, peaches, and granulated sugar. In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients thoroughly then stir into fruit mixture. Set aside. For Batter Cream shortening and sugar together. Combine salt, flour and baking powder. Add flour mixture to creamy mixture alternately with milk. Pour into baking dish and top with the fruit mixture. Do not stir. Bake 45 minutes to an hour. Fruit will rise to the top. Serve with a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

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e all love to take pictures of our pets, but sometimes it is almost impossible to get them to cooperate. I want you to wow your friends with some fantastic and cute dog photos. Here are some tips to help you improve your pet pictures.


Get rid of the glowing eyes. How many times have you photographed your pet and they look like something from the zombie apocalypse with those wild glowing eyes? This is caused by your camera flash reflecting off the shiny layer of the back of your pet’s eyes, called the tapedum. Put your pet in natural outdoor lighting to avoid the flash. Have the sun behind your back. The natural light will enhance and lighten your pet’s face.


Have cute props. Put a sign around your pet’s neck. Add a cute scarf or a hat. Have your pet lie down or sit on a pretty blanket. Great props elevate your pet photos to a higher level of cuteness.


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Get rid of the clutter in the background. Your pet is the center of attention. Before you take the photos, remove everything in the surrounding area that does not pertain to your pet. This will improve your photo by 100 percent. Make sure there is not a stick, plant or object directly behind your pet’s head so it doesn’t appear there is something growing out of the top of his/her head.


Missed Moments. We all love a photo of our pet looking inquisitive. That cute head tilt makes the photo. Try squeezing a squeaky toy the moment you push the button to take the picture. It generally will help you capture that special picture. Keep your phone or camera handy to snap those precious moments. Your phone is your ticket to great photos because it generally is close by. Summer 2018|



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Champion Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and co-owner Hayden Crancer take the dog show world by storm


s far back as he can remember, Rector’s Hayden Crancer has had dreams of being a part of the exciting world of kennel club dog shows. At age 24, he now travels around the country competing in dog shows with his award-winning Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, CH Woodsong Delta Blues, aka “Louie.” The letters CH added as a prefix to a dog’s registered name indicate he or she has been designated as a Champion in conformation. And Louie is a champion! At the conclusion of the 2017 show year, he ranked fifth in the U.S. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club and currently still is at number five. Louie, who recently had his third birthday, was only six months old when he made his first appearance in the ring in November 2015 at Springfield, Missouri. On that first time out, he received a blue ribbon. Since that time, Hayden has shown Louie in approximately one show each month and, to date, they have traveled to 11 different states for competition. Until mid-May of this year, Hayden and Louie’s most exciting show to date was in December 2017 at the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Dog Show in Asheville, North Carolina, when Louie took Best of Show all three days, winning over 80 other Cavaliers!

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Louie, 3 years old, was only six months when he made his first appearance in the ring in November 2015 at Springfield, Missouri, earning a blue ribbon. “I never dreamed I would relive the trifecta weekend we had back in December in Asheville,” Hayden said. “That weekend had been the highlight of my dog showing career thus far.” Yet it happened. Louie again took Best of Show three days in a row in the Cavaliers of the South Annual Specialty Show in Atlanta, triumphing over 100 others in his breed. The story of how Hayden’s dream came true goes back to when he was a child. “I have had dogs my entire life,” he said. “My parents, Stephen and Michelle Crancer, are ‘dog people’ and passed their love of dogs on to me. I grew up with Labrador Retrievers and Brittanys and got my first dog at age nine, a yellow Lab named Jack.” Growing up, he collected all of the books on dogs he could get his hands on and read The Dog Encyclopedia to study all of the different breeds. “My parents sometimes asked what I was going to do with all my dog knowledge,” he laughed. Summer 2018|


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Hayden says he grew up watching the famed Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on television every February. Held every year in New York City since 1877, the Westminster show is second to only the Kentucky Derby (started in 1875) as the longest continuously-held sporting event in the U.S. “I don’t recall a time when I missed watching it,” Hayden said. The Westminster show has grown over the years to include 2,800 dogs of all different breeds, held over two days and nights. “My dad surprised me with a trip to NYC to attend Westminster my senior year of high school in 2011,” Hayden said. “That was the first dog show I ever attended. From the moment I walked into Madison Square Garden, I knew showing dogs was something I had to do! I guess you could say I had been bitten by the bug.” Two years later, Hayden attended his first Arkansas dog show at the Hot Springs Kennel Club All Breeds show, and his dream of having his own dog to show occupied his mind even more. In July of 2015, he got Louie, who was only 12 weeks old. “Louie came from Teri Kaiser of Woodsong Cavaliers in Hot Springs,” Hayden said. “She and I co-own Louie in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club. “She has mentored me from the beginning and taught me everything I know about showing dogs. She has instilled in me the knowledge to succeed in the show ring. Teri is a perfectionist and has taught me many great grooming techniques.”

Why a Cavalier? “Cavaliers are small companion dogs and want nothing more than to please their owner,” Hayden said. “They are happy, outgoing, loving dogs. I first encounted Cavaliers as a small child, and the minute I laid eyes on this breed, I knew I had to have one. “Louie is everything I could have asked for in a Cavalier. He’s attentive, loving and eager to please with eyes that will melt anyone. He’s just an all-around great dog. We make a good team in the ring and he knows he’s special.” At kennel club shows, dogs are judged against their breed’s standards to see how closely each matches the expected merits in a written description of the “ideal” specimen of that breed. “There is a lot of prep work involved in getting a dog ready for a show,” Hayden said. “Grooming a Cavalier for showing isn’t a walk in the park. On a normal show day it takes about two

hours. Louie has his hair shampooed, conditioned, dried, brushed out and straightened -- and I’m a perfectionist when it comes to grooming him for a show. Though it sounds like a headache, I enjoy the grooming process.” So how does Louie feel about all of the fuss and being in a show ring? “Louie seems to love showing off in the ring, but grooming not so much,” Hayden chuckled. “If you ask him, ‘Do you want to go show,’ he goes crazy barking and running around, as if he perfectly understands and is ready to go!” Once, during a dog show in Oklahoma City, Louie projectile vomited off the judge’s table, as a horrified Hayden looked on. “I was so mortified when that happened, but the judge was completely non-plussed and told me not to worry about it at all because it was a common occurrence,” Hayden said. “The judge said, ‘After all, dogs will be dogs.’” Summer 2018|


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But on a much brighter day, Hayden and Louie shared a very exciting moment at the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club National Specialty Show held in October of last year in Indianapolis. “Louie and I were awarded the People’s Choice Award -- one of the most special awards we have won because it was voted on by our fellow show competitors,” beamed Hayden. “The best thing about taking part in dog shows is the adrenaline rush of being in the ring -- plus all of the many friends I have made in the three years I have been in the dog show world.” The down side is the expense involved with traveling and Louie’s upkeep. “It certainly is not an inexpensive hobby by any means,” Hayden said. He says his ultimate ambition would be to breed a litter of Cavalier champions of his own one day, but, for now, his goal is to take Louie to Westminster in 2019. “Westminster is the Super Bowl of the dog show world, and it would be a dream come true to show there,” he said. When not involved in the world of dog shows, Hayden works for a Jonesboro bank. Horticulture is another of his

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longtime passions and he often spends free time doing landscape work for friends and family in the northeast Arkansas area. He is engaged to be married this summer to Emma Bucy of Rector, who, fortunately, loves dogs just as much as Hayden does. They also have an Australian Shepherd named Indie. Emma attends dog shows with Hayden when she can. “This hobby has brought Hayden and myself great joy because we get to travel

to new places and meet new people from all over,” Emma said. “When I go with him, we are usually a team, with the two of us taking turns driving, packing and grooming Louie for his show.” “Kennel club dog show competition takes serious dedication and love for the sport, but it has been completely worth it to me,” Hayden said. “Anyone who wants to get involved in showing a dog should contact the parent club of the breed they are interested in or visit the American Kennel Club website.”

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y any standard, the courthouse in Harrisburg, the seat of government for Poinsett County, is a magnificent building. “The Poinsett County Courthouse remains one of the most beautiful courthouses in Arkansas with its sophisticated blend of grandeur and simplicity,” said Bob Schelle, a Cabot architect who has been involved in numerous repair and restoration projects since 2005. “Its selection and distribution of traditional ornament blends with its expanses of relatively uninterrupted wall space to create a composition which is imposing and formal

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Preserving regional history for future generations

yet rich with detail which is both symbolic and visually engaging,” wrote state architectural historian Kenneth Story in submitting an application in 1989 for the successful inclusion of the courthouse in National Register of Historic Places. The unique and historical structure is celebrating its 100th birthday this year and friends of the courthouse have made sure it is being done in style. On May 25 two separate events were conducted to recognize the history of the county and the unique role the courthouse has played in the daily life of Poinsett County. Text by Ron Kemp Photos provided courtesy except those noted by Nancy Kemp

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The original Poinsett County Courthouse was built in 1858. This photo was taken before 1910.

A World War I Memorial Tree was planted to commemorate the soldiers from Poinsett County and Arkansas who fought in the “Great War” to help defend the people of France and Belgium. More than 200,000 American Doughboys were wounded in combat and more than 53,000 died, including 2,183 from Arkansas. Of the more than two million who served in the American Expeditionary Force, some 72,000 were from Arkansas. The Harrisburg event was in keeping with the national practice of planting willow oak trees to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. The planting of the memorial trees “was common in the years after the great war,” according to Arkansas World WWI Centennial Commemoration committee chairman Shawn Foster. “Along with the tree is a small amount of French soil, a symbol to remind us of the connection between France and the United States, and indeed, the great state of Arkansas… thank you for honoring those men and women of Arkansas who fought to defend our freedom in the Great War.” An additional important historical event also was recognized that day – the formal surrender of the Confederate Army’s Northern Sub-District of Arkansas to end the Civil War in this area west of the Mississippi. The event now is commemorated with a new plaque on the northwest corner of

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Pre-1910 photo taken from southeast side of the old courthouse

the courthouse grounds, noting the surrender on May 11, 1865, of the forces of Brig. Gen. M. Jeff Thompson. Known as the “Swamp Fox” for his ability to fight in difficult terrain, his command was headquartered in Harrisburg. It probably is a little-known fact that the surrender of Lee to Grant at Appomattox, Va., in April, 1865, actually didn’t end the Civil War. Other Confederate forces, especially those west of the Mississippi River, were not compelled to surrender as a result of Appomattox. Gen. Thompson, however, eventually chose to end his military endeavors under the same terms as Lee’s surrender. He originally met with Union Lt. Col. Charles W. Davis (representing Maj. Gen. G.M. Dodge) at Chalk Bluff (Clay County) to hear the terms and eventually his men (approximately 7,500) were gathered and paroled at Jacksonport (Jackson County) and Wittsburg (Cross County).

Thus, the war ended for the Confederate forces of Arkansas. During the course of the war, some 10,000 Arkansas soldiers were killed, representing approximately 12 percent of the population of men aged 15-40. The two commemorations certainly are appropriate for a courthouse, and a county, steeped in history. As part of the recognition, Arkansas Heritage Month in Poinsett County was proclaimed by Judge Bob Cantrell. In addition, it was noted during the program that now Poinsett is a Purple Heart County. The special day concluded with a Centennial Luncheon at Veterans Park to celebrate the construction of the courthouse. The historic courthouse is the centerpiece of the downtown square in Harrisburg and, by general agreement, stands as the most beautiful building in Poinsett County.

Editor’s note: This article appeared in the July 20, 1928, edition of The Modern News in Harrisburg and was written by George M. Moreland of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. It provides good insight into the picture of the county seat community 10 years after the construction of the new courthouse and also offers a glimpse into the unique reporting style of the day. The article was entitled “Poinsett’s Capital.” Driving over the road east to Harrisburg I ascended a hill – a lordly hill. Back in the valley, extending to the Mississippi River eastward stretched rich alluvial lands. The hill I ascended was the eastern slope of historic Crowley’s Ridge. It is not wide at this point. After winding some three miles over its infatuating expanse I began to descend – descended into an old town quaint enough, entrancing enough – to be indeed the capital city of Utopia. In fact, it is little less than that because that quaint old city which clings, like purple grapes to the branches of the forest trees, to the western slopes of Crowley’s Ridge is almost the capital city of a modern Utopia because it is Harrisburg, proud capital since 1856, of the imperial, glorious and immortal “Free State of Poinsett.” I saw the handsome courthouse seated in the “town square.” Bless your life, Harrisburg is a typical courthouse town. It swings all around its palatial courthouse over the entrance of which I read with pride the unusual name “Poinsett County.”

New courthouse constructed in 1918, designed by Mitchell Seligman of Pine Bluff

Gathering at the courthouse in the 1950s

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Constructed in 1918, it was designed by architect Mitchell Seligman of Pine Bluff. J.E. Hollingsworth was the construction contractor. The courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 3, 1989. “Seligman designed a stately and impressive Classical Revival structure that is reminiscent of a Colonial government house,” according to the Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture. ”It was mostly constructed with gray Bedford stone and reinforced concrete. Its most striking features are the large Corinthian columns that are made of sandstone and stand on the eastern and western entrances. The columns support impressive pediments, which are identical on both entrances and are decorated with various molding styles. Other Classical features include a pyramid roof made with clay tiles, an octagonal clock tower that includes four faces, and the date of construction written above the entrances in Roman numerals—MCMXVIII (1918).” The building houses the offices of government on the lower floor, but the top level is reserved for a magnificent courtroom with an unusually large jury box (space for 18 chairs). The outstanding feature of the courtroom is eight golden eagles within the surrounding columns. The plaster walls, recently repainted in a project undertaken by Judge Cantrell, feature decorative molding.

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Judge Cantrell pointed out that the eagles and molding previously were hidden by a dropped ceiling, removed as part of the overall restoration and refurbishing of the historic courthouse. “I have lived in Poinsett County all of my 74 years,” the judge said, “and I grew up thinking what a pretty building it is. I would like to keep it that way and continue to improve upon it.” He and administrative assistant Tina Price have worked to obtain numerous grants to finance restoration efforts, including major work on the beautiful clock tower to reseal the windows and prevent leaks. Significant improvements have been made to the doors and entrance areas on two sides of the building with the other two planned in the future. New heating and cooling systems have been installed for the offices and the interior of the building has been painted throughout. One of the more noticeable improvements has involved new sod and landscaping on the courthouse grounds, as well as sidewalk restoration. The materials were purchased through the general fund, but all the labor was provided by the county crew, the judge said. He also noted the City of Harrisburg assisted with the irrigation system. Another major improvement was the installation of exterior lighting along the columns. The judge searched until he

found light fixtures as similar as possible to the originals. Judge Cantrell, who is in his third year in office, said the county has received many compliments on the appearance of the courthouse. “It’s quite an operation to maintain a building like this,” the judge said, “but I am committed to do what we need to do. I am all about Poinsett County. I just think the county seat ought to look like a county seat.” Price, who has worked in various offices in the county since 1993, is gratified to have played a role in helping restore the historic building. Her great-great-grandfather came to Poinsett County in the 1800s and she has lived here all her life. Curtis Sanders, president of the Poinsett County Historical Society, was born and raised in Harrisburg but moved away for a time “until I realized there really is no place like home.” He is excited about the improvements to the courthouse. “This building is virtually in the center of the county and it is recognizable as our seat of government,” he said. “I just think this is a majestic building that needs to be maintained into the future.” Sanders and his organization actively are working on family and military history books that will be a significant step forward in preserving the story of Poinsett County. Local historian Sylvia Evans has played an integral role in the

Photo by Nancy Kemp

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building like this, but I am

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I just think the county seat ought to

look like a county seat.” - Judge Bob Cantrell, Poinsett County

massive effort, as well as providing valuable research on Harrisburg’s historical place in the Civil War. “Even though the population of the county has fluctuated some over the past 100 years, it’s generally always kept the same focus,” Sanders said. “This is pretty much a farming community. There has always been a huge interest in farming

and I believe it will remain that way.” Evans stressed the historical importance of the courthouse in terms of the records that have been kept there. “Our courthouse is a good start in learning where we came from and, by using its records and passing down its history for each generation to come, the stories will remain records of our past and future,” Evans said. Harrisburg has not always been the county seat. The abandoned community of Bolivar first served in that capacity, beginning in 1838 when a two-story log courthouse was constructed. The community, located about three miles north of present-day Harrisburg, originally flourished with numerous businesses and one of the best horse-racing tracks along Crowley’s Ridge. But Harrisburg began to grow and, after a heated election, a temporary courthouse was constructed there in 1856 on land donated by the community’s namesake, Benjamin Harris Sr. A new brick courthouse, two stories high and 50-feet square, was constructed in 1858-59 at the cost of $8,800. The new building had multiple uses, such as a school, church, and real estate and newspaper offices. It was severely damaged by fire in 1873 and the destitute condition of the county at the time prevented it from being fully-restored until 1886. The old courthouse finally was totally destroyed by fire on May 4, 1917, leading to the eventual construction of the present-day building. County Judge S.T. Mayo raised $200,000 for the construction of the stately new building, which was completed on Oct. 7, 1918. In his narrative in 1989, historian Story noted the courthouse was constructed in a Neoclassical style similar to other public structures of that period. He said the first two decades of the 20th Century were seen as a positive era for Harrisburg and Poinsett County, as well as much of America. The population of Harrisburg, for example, grew from 700 in 1889 to 2,500

in 1917 – the year construction started. Story pointed out that, remarkably, 17 states constructed new capitol buildings between 1900 and 1920, including the beautiful Arkansas State Capitol in 1902. Story said the courthouse remained significantly true to its original design, with one exception being the replacement of wooden sash windows with thermal aluminum in the 1970s. Architect Schelle, along with the other principal in the firm, Jerri Ott, works with Poinsett County officials on restoration projects at the courthouse and helps secure available grant funding through the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. “Historic structures give a visual story of a certain period in time,” Schelle said. “Often, as is the case with the Poinsett County Courthouse, they represent the economic health of the area at that particular point. The late 1800s through the early 1900s saw exponential growth around the thriving agricultural communities of Poinsett County due to the railroad expansion. When the original courthouse burned in 1917, the county officials wanted a fireproof building that was also representative of Harrisburg’s growing importance as a center of commercial trade and transportation. Few environmental elements on which older communities are built withstand time in this modern era. The Poinsett County Courthouse is one of those few that are reminiscent of a bygone era, and as such it deserves to be celebrated through preservation for future generations.” There is no question the residents of Harrisburg and Poinsett County are proud of their historic seat of government and are pleased with the efforts undertaken to maintain it and restore it to its original grandeur, agreeing with Schelle’s words on why he has been gratified in his work with the courthouse. “Our greatest satisfaction in historical projects comes from having a hand in the preservation of a small piece of history specific to a moment in time.” Summer 2018|


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ward-winning gospel music songwriter Dianne Wilkinson fell in love with songs that tell the Jesus story when she was just a child and today calls gospel music “the beat of my heart.” Her steadfast love for Christ and a passion for music have made this Mississippi County native one of the most prolific and highly-honored gospel songwriters of the last several decades, and at age 73, she is still going strong. Nominated for the Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2015, her compositions have been recorded by many of gospel music’s most noted artists and groups, including Ivan Parker, The Cathedral Quartet, The Song Masters, The Hoppers, The Talleys, The Trio, Gold City, The Kingdom Heirs, The Melody Masters, The Blackwood Quartet, The Dove Brothers, The Booth Brothers, The Kingsmen, The Melody Boys, Mike Trammell Trio, The Inspirations and many others. Wilkinson wrote her 1000th song, “Just Another Mile,” in December 2016 and it was recorded in January 2017 by The Kingdom Heirs. Her list of awards is long. She was recognized for lifetime achievement in 2013 by the Southern Gospel Music Guild along with five other gospel songwriters, including Ronny Hinson, Rodney Griffin, Squire Parsons, and her hero, the late great Mosie Lister. Text by Revis Blaylock | Photos provided courtesy

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In 2000, she was the first woman ever nominated by the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) as Songwriter of the Year and in three consecutive years, 2013, 2014 and 2015, she won the Singing News honor as Songwriter of the Year, voted on by fans. Her song “We Shall See Jesus,” recorded by The Cathedrals, won the SGMA Song of the Year award in 1984, and she twice won the Singing News Song of the Year award, in 1995 for “Jesus Has Risen,” recorded by The Cathedrals, and in 2009 for “What Salvation’s Done for Me,” co-written by Rusty Golden and recorded by The Booth Brothers. The International Bluegrass Association (IBMA) awarded her Song of the Year honors in 2016 for “All Dressed Up,” co-written with Jerry Salley and recorded by Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers. She received three Dove Song of the Year nominations for her songs “O Come Along,” “The Old White Flag” and “If These Walls Could Talk,” and won the National Quartet Convention (NQC) award for Songwriter of the Year (based on chart performance) the two years it was given. Her song “Boundless Love” was number one in 1987 and nominated two years in a row for the Singing News award. It was recorded by The Cathedrals, Legacy Five, Danny Funderburke and Mercy’s Way, The Five Broke Single Boys, The Beene Family, and Signature Sound.

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Wilkinson with groups and Jason Crabb Her “Oh, Come Along,” recorded by The Cathedrals, was nominated for a Dove Award in 1996, and “He Said” was the number one song in 2000 and nominated for Singing News Song of the Year. “Hey, Jonah” and “Strike Up the Band” were nominated for Song of the Year in 2007. Wilkinson grew up in Blytheville, the daughter of Marvin “Buster” and Blanche Branscum. By age 12 she was playing the piano and singing as part of the gospel group The Ross Sisters, which also included her mother and her mother’s sister, Mavis Harris. The three were pioneers of gospel music in the area from the early 1950s to 1969. “My mother and my aunt are among my greatest influences,” Wilkinson said. In addition to singing at many churches, the trio had a live broadcast on Blytheville’s KLCN on Sunday mornings at 9:15. The Ross Sisters disbanded when Harris moved out of state. Wilkinson met her future husband, Tim, while she was working at the Blytheville Air Base Hospital and he worked there as a medic. “The fact that he could sing and was a gospel music fan was a bonus in our relationship,” she said. Her second family gospel group, The Revelations, included Wilkinson, her husband, her mother, and her brother James Branscum. The four sang together in the mid to late 1970s in Northeast Arkansas, the Missouri Bootheel and West Tennessee.

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“Another great influence on my life was my grandparents, Janie and Jim Ross,” Wilkinson said. “I grew up in my grandparents’ home and their influence in my life was huge. I was blessed to be taken to church from the beginning.” Her family helped start the Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Blytheville in 1957, and since Wilkinson already was playing the piano for the Ross Sisters, she became the church pianist.

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She has been a church musician ever since and for the last 30 years has played the piano at her home church, Springhill Baptist, in Dyersburg, Tenn. She also teaches the Open Door Sunday school class. After writing hundreds of songs, Wilkinson still recalls the first one, “He Is Able.” “Looking back, it was a decent first effort,” she said. “None of my very earliest songs were ever pitched. I didn’t know how to do that in the beginning.” She now is an exclusive writer with Daywind, which markets Christian music, books, church supplies and more, and spends a lot of her time in her music room. When she finishes a new song, she sends Daywind producers an audio and lyric sheet and they arrange for a demo and take care of licensing, copyright, etc. When the demo is finished, they, along with Wilkinson, start pitching the song to groups and individuals. “I contract with Daywind to do the business side of publishing so I can focus on the creative process,” she said. “The demos of my songs are so high quality they could go to radio. I am blessed my publisher has high standards for showcasing my songs.” Wilkinson has more time to spend with her music since retiring in 2015 from a second career she also loved. She worked 45 years as an accredited health information management professional and spent the last 20 years consulting and teaching doctors how to code their services and submit correct claims. Throughout those years, she continued to write songs.


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East Office

Manila Office

Northside Office Manila Office Wilson 601 West MoultrieEast Office 3824 E. Main 3626 W. State HwyOffice 18 600 WestBlytheville, Moultrie AR3824 EastBlytheville, W. St. Hwy 18 Main 3626 AR Manila, 1AR Park Ave Blytheville, AR Manila, AR Blytheville, AR Wilson, AR

Wilkinson cutting up with Ronny Hinson and other friends

Dianne Wilkinson, The Life and Time of a Gospel Songwriter, written with Daniel J. Mount, was published in 2012. Wilkinson returned to her hometown of Blytheville to hold a book signing at one of her favorite businesses, That Bookstore. In the book she shares some of her favorite memories spanning more than 40 years and tells the stories behind some of her best-loved songs. Asked about her favorite songs, she said, “Oh goodness, that’s like choosing your favorite among your children. I always name the two that are the biggest fan favorites, both Cathedrals songs, ‘We Shall See Jesus’ (named as one of the 50 greatest gospel songs of all time) and ‘Boundless Love,’ my first number one song, recorded by more groups than I can count. “I also love two Gold City ones that feature the amazing lead voice of Jonathan Wilburn, ‘He Said’ and ‘Keep Me on the Wheel.’ My personal favorite, because it is my testimony, is ‘When You Look at Me,’ by The Kingdom Heirs, which features a beautiful vocal by Arthur Rice. Wilkinson shares this message with fledgling gospel songwriters: “The most important thing about your songs will be the accuracy of the doctrinal content. You must commit to being a lifelong student of the Word of God. Southern gospel songs will always be about such grand themes as the cross, the blood, the plan of salvation, heaven, grace, or the person, birth, death, resurrection or soon coming of the King, Jesus Christ. Also, to be effective, you must be a born again child of God who maintains a close, intimate relationship with Him. If you have the talent, the gift to write words and/or lyrics, and you are seeking God’s will and He leads you to write, then start honing your craft. As for my writing career and any success I have had, it has been by the grace of God. He could halt my writing at any point, and I am thankful and blessed He still gives me the songs after 40 years of getting songs recorded. To God be the Glory!” Wilkinson said the awards are great, but the friends she has made through her music are much more valuable. Her desire is to use her God-given talent to touch the heart and lives of people who hear her songs.


Miles MilliganHeating & A/C L.L.C.

12667 Hwy 18 - Lake City, AR 72437 Are you looking for a job that offers you a Career Path with a future? If yes, join the Anchor Team today.

“Credit Cards accepted and Financing available” “Sales and Service to all Major Brands”

2211 North 12th Ave Paragould, AR 72450 Paragould, Jonesboro and Marmaduke 804 MEDICAL DRIVE MANILA, AR 72442

870.570.0400 OFFICE 870.570.0402 FAX


Dennis and Paula Morgan of Trumann celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 30.

C.A. and Lola Jones of Trumann celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 28.

Margie (Hollis) Wesserling was the guest of honor at a 90th birthday drop-in celebration on Saturday, March 31, in the fellowship hall of the First General Baptist Church of Piggott.

Oscar Williams of Trumann celebrated his 100th birthday on April 14 and was honored by the Trumann Lions Club, which made him an honorary lifetime member.

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Mrs. Atlas Harding of Lake City turned 103 on March 7. Born in 1915, she is the daugher of the late Odie and Bessie (Caton) Pace. Her family moved to Lake City from Tennessee when she was two years old. She married Jimmie Harding in 1951 and had two children, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.


Jeremy Bennett

cell 870-351-6143

Licensed Real Estate Agent

office 217-285-9000

whitetail properties real estate

'ංඑඈඇ ,ඇඌඎඋൺඇർൾ6ൾඋඏංർൾඌ 3ൾඋඋඒ'ංඑඈඇ Of ce 870-237-1366 P.O. Box 128 š 1206 Milo Lake City, AR 72437

Harold’s Discount Furniture 1026 W. Lake St. Manila, AR 72442 (870) 561-4105

613 W. Keiser Osceola, AR 72390 (870) 563-5202 Mark Crabtree Mark Crabtree Bill Smith

Bill Smith Carmen Perez Kemberly Harvey


Email: Office: 870-539-1029 Cell: 870-910-3185

5122 HWY 18 West LEACHVILLE AR 72438

Hu ord’s


201 S Main ‡ Leachville, AR 72438

Locally owned & operated 870-539-8666 ph ‡ 870-539-8665 fax

Amber’s Sugar Shack 870-815-1150


Cake Artist: Rachel Baker: Amy 1150 W. Keiser • Osceola, AR


261 Hwy 18 Bypass • Manila, Ar Summer 2018|




Kevin J Cooper Owner

(870) 740-4654

Flea Market,

Towell & Sons

Consignments & Tanning Sessions

Auto Sales MANILA, AR

JP Baugher, LUTCF Agent

Arkansas Insurance Producers License Number 115637

Owners: Jack & Judy Birdno Open: Monday-Saturday

FOR THE 870-275-0678


603 S. Highway 77 Manila, AR 72442

PRICE • • EXPERIENCE 120 Industrial Drive 870-561-4577 • junk Monette, AR 72447

Office: (870) 561-3601 Mobile: (870) 919-7853 Fax: (870) 561-3621

Soliciting agent for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Not authorized to issue policies.






Advertiser’s Index, Delta Crossroads Summer 2018 3-D Sporting Goods. . . . . . . . . . . 113 Affordable Medical. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Amber’s Sugar Shack. . . . . . . . . . 111 AMMC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Anchor Packaging . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Bigg Butts BBQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Black Oak, City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Blackshare, Dr. Bryan . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Branch Thompson Warmath & Dale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Cancer Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Clay County Arts Council. . . . . . . . 32 Clay County Electric. . . . . . . . . . . 102 Centennial Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Chateau on the Ridge. . . . . . . . . . . 57 Checkerboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Childress Gin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

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Cox Lumber Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 D&L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Delta Drug. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Delta Gateway Museum. . . . . . . . . 86 Dixon Insurance Services. . . . . . 111 Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Families. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Farm Bureau. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Farm Credit Midsouth. . . . . . . . . . . 26 Farmers Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 First Commercial Bank. . . . . . . . . . . 5 First Delta Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 General Baptist Healthcare. . . . . . 33 Glen Sain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Gosnell Therapy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Graves Gin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Gregg Funeral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86, 93

Harold’s Discount Furniture. . . . 111 Hemingway Pfeiffer Museum & Educational Center. . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Heritage Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Hitts Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Honeysuckle & Home. . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Howard Funeral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Hubbard & Hoke Furniture . . . . 113 Hufford’s Lumber & Hardware. 111 Inn at Piggott. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Irby Funeral . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Joe Jett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Jones Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Jones Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Kate Wells Designs. . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Leachville, City of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Madpies & Katie’s Splash of Class . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56, 101 Manila Nursing Center . . . . . . . . 116 Manila, City of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Matilda & Karl Pfeiffer Museum & Study Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Me & My Sister. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Milligan H&A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Misco Insurance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Mockingbird Irrigation. . . . . . . . 113 Monette Manor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Monette, City of. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Napa Auto Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 NEA Baptist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 NHC Healthcare. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Paragould Doctors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Piggott Community Hospital. . . . 36 Piggott City Market . . . . . . . . . . . 101

BLYTHEVILLE BUSINESSES 321 W. Main St. Blytheville, AR

Russell's Sales


203 West Main St Blytheville, Arkansas 72315 (870) 763-2556

The Hearing Aid Center 825 East Main, Ste. 1 Blytheville, AR


Hours: Tues-Fri, 10–5:30

Sat, 10–4 David Russell, Owner/Manager

SHOPPING MADE EASY Licensed and Insured

Call Drew Dickey



PROBLEMS? Call for appointment for FREE Hearing Test

Designing and Installing custom irrigation systems for your farm




3-D Sporting Goods (870) 763-0963 CELL (870) 740-5429

1000 East Hollywood %BJMZ4QFDJBMTt3FHVMBS.FOV 870-780-1324

217 West Main Blytheville, AR 72315

Owner Lee Izmerian

401 W. Main Blytheville, AR 870-763-4409 Piggott Florist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Piggott Mortuary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Piggott Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Piggott Public Library . . . . . . . . . 100 Piggott Realty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Piggott School District . . . . . . . . . . 79 Piggott State Bank . . . . . . . . 100, 115 Pizza Inn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Plantation Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Rachel’s Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Rector School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Ritter Communications. . . . . . . . . . . 3 Robertson Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Roto-Rooter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 12 Russell’s Sales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Shelter Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Something Sweet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Southern Bancorp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Southworth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 St. Francis Pharm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Temps Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 The Hearing Aid Center . . . . . . . 113

The Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 The Nest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 The Ridges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Thompson Funeral. . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Towell & Sons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Travel With Us. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Treasure Chest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Trumann Animal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Vaughn Ford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Vision Care Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Wagner Pharmacy, Wilson Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Warren Strobbe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Wells Family Eye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Whites & Associates. . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Whitetail Properties Real Estate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 Wilcoxson’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Wilson, Dr. Bruce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

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“The Garden Gate” by Larry Partin

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The Only Bank Chartered in Clay County








62 Piggott





Rector Kennett

At Piggott State Bank, we are proud to live and work right here in Clay County. Our Bank is locally owned and operated, and all loan decisions are made right here. 212 W. Cherry St. • Piggott, AR 72454 • (870) 598-3802 400 S. Main St. • Rector, AR 72461 • (870) 783-2114

Come by today and see the community banking difference from the people you know and trust.


814 N. Davis | Manila, Arkansas




Medicare and Medicaid participation for Manila Nursing Center THESE ARE PROVIDED ON-SITE: - Clinical lab work - Dietary services - Nursing services - Social service staff - Speech pathology - X-ray services

THESE ARE PROVIDED ON- AND OFF-SITE: - Activity services - Dental health - Occupational therapy - Pharmacy services - Physical therapy - Physician services - Podiatrist services

THIS IS PROVIDED OFF-SITE: - Therapeutic recreational specialists

Discover more about our Five-Star rating:

Delta Crossroads Summer 2018