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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Community Events Calendar Wednesday January 17 Friendship Luncheon DeValls Bluff Methodist Church 11:30am- 2:00pm Thursday January 18 Master Gardeners’ meeting 6:00p.m. - 7p.m. Hazen Library Craft Day Noon - 1:00 p.m. Hazen Hornet Basketball @ Brinkley 4:00 pm JG ,JB, SG, SB Hazen City Council Meeting 6:00pm- 7:00pm City Hall Friday January 19 Hazen Hornet Basketball Hornets Nest Jacksonville Lighthouse 4:30pm 7G, JB, SG, SB Monday January 22 Hazen School Board Meeting 6:00pm-7:00pm Thursday January 25 Bingo Hazen Public Library Commodities Distribution First United Methodist Church 10:30am-12:30pm

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Hazen mayor addresses Quorum Court about 911 dispatches and county prisoner releases Hazen mayor, David Duch, spoke with the members of the Prairie County Quorum Court to discuss a letter received from Prairie County Sheriff Rick Hickman concerning the dispatching of city policemen to 911 incidents happening within the county. The letter, dated December 7, 2017, states, “ of February 1, 2018, the Prairie County Sheriff’s Department will be only dispatching for the the following: 911 calls, ambulance calls, and fire calls.” The letter goes on to say that the city should establish a dispatch to handle its own routine police radio traffic, including ACIC traffic and warrants entered. The cities of Des Arc and DeValls Bluff also received the same letter. Present at the December 9th meeting were County Judge Mike Skarda and Justices Doyle Sullins, Gary King, Lawrence Holloway, Ronnie Eans, Lucas Childress, Bobby Willeford, Dennis Tipton, Eddie Ciganek, and Mary Sue Roe. Also attending were Prosecuting Attorney Tim Issac and County Clerk Gaylon Hale. Duch informed the Court that he and Hazen Chief of Police Bradley Taylor went to speak with Hickman after receiving the letter about the change and requested that the county go back to its policy of dispatching the closest available officers, be they county or city. In the past, the 911 dispatcher has requested

that city police officers answer the 911 calls if they are closer than the County Sheriff’s Department officers. This practice allowed for shorter response times during an emergency. “We want to help,” Duch said. “We feel that’s part of our job.” Duch related an incident when the Arkansas State Police were asked to cover a 911 call within the Hazen city limits, but the Hazen police department was not called. Hickman said that Hazen could request to go on a 911 call, but he did not say that the dispatcher would be told to send the Hazen city police on calls if they were closer to the scene. Justice Ciganek remarked that he just wanted the first person to answer a 911 call to get there quickly, no matter where they are from. Since its beginning, the county 911 system has been subsidized by the cities within the county. Hazen and Des Arc pay $12,000 per year, while DeValls Bluff and Biscoe pay $6000. The City of Hazen also paid $108,000 to the county for tickets written and processed through the Hazen City Court. Sheriff Hickman’s complaint, and the reason for the letter, was about the number of Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC) traffic and warrant calls made by the Hazen Police Department and other police departments. He stated that Hazen posted 2 to 3 policemen on Interstate 40 to write tickets non-

Williams Singers to present concert Choral music will be the emphasis of the day as the Williams Singers from Williams Baptist University, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas will present music on January 21, 2018 at 5:00pm at the Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church. Members of the choir include Hazen High School graduates Hunter Ingle and Monica Griffith. The Williams Singers, in their 33rd year under the direction of Dr. Bob G. Magee. is a 26 member group which is selected by audition. For church appearances, the Williams Singers’ program features a variety of scared music included classical, spirituals, and

contempory arrangements. The Williams Singers are well known for their adherence to high spiritual and musical ideals. They travel extensively during the academic year representing Williams Baptist University in churches, state Baptist conventions, youth meetings, and civic groups. The program is open to the public and is free of charge.

stop. “I had to reel ‘em in a little,” he said. The city limits of Hazen include the south side of Interstate 40 from the Prairie and Lonoke County line to mile marker 198. When asked about this number, Chief Taylor, in a separate interview, said that 3 officers do usually cover the interstate area, but in overlapping shifts, so that there are never more than two at the interstate at a time. Taylor also said that the Hazen Police Department is often called to assist the AR State Police in the county, and this includes on the interstate. Both Duch and Taylor admitted that the radio traffic is higher on the weekends. According to a log book comparison of the City of Hazen ACIC calls between October 1, 2017 and December 28, 2017 to those ACIC calls made by the Sheriff’s Department that Mayor Duch acquired through the Freedom of Information Act, 962 were made by the city and 891 were made by the county. The chart shows that radio traffic over the weekends vary between the two departments, with Hazen and the county logging as many as 118 calls and as

few as 14 calls for Hazen and 17 calls for the county over different weekends. Hickman admitted that the Hazen Police Department used the radio system about a third of the time, with the county and the rest of the cities making up the other two-thirds. Hickman said that he had told Duch that Hazen should buy radios for two of their cars so that the policemen could do their own ACIC checks. The radios would cost the city $5000 apiece. The Hazen council refused to pass funding for these at their last meeting, saying that the county should buy them, but Duch has since said that he has already budgeted for this expense and will present it at the next city council meeting. When asked by the court how Des Arc reacted to the sheriff’s letter, Mayor Jim Garth said, “After we got our letter, we worked it out.” He did not say what agreement had been reached. Duch also let the justices know that Hazen prisoners taken to the county jail were being released by the sheriff. Hickman defended this, saying that misdemeanor arrests can be released by the sheriff. Skarda thanked Duch

I-4 40 closed at White River Construction for the Interstate 40 White River replacement bridge requires overnight lane closures on I-40 near the White River Tourist Information Center, according to Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT)

officials. Weather permitting; from Monday, January 15 through Friday, January 19 the outside westbound lane will be closed daily from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the following morning. Traffic will be controlled with signage and

traffic drums. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at or You can also follow us on Twitter @myARDOT.



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Correction The date for 24th Agribusiness Conference was incorrect in the headline last week. The date for the event is Wednesday, February 14. The Herald apologizes for the mistake.

for the report, but the justices took no action on the complaints. In other business, the judge reported that the newly purchased radio system is expected to be up and running up by January 24th. Skarda also said that money had been received by the county for the sale of the Nichols land, and that $10,146.82 had been received from the pipeline company. He also said that approximately $500,000 had been spent on the Des Arc Library, but none of that money came out of the county’s general fund. All of the funding came from gifts, grants, and in-kind work. He told the justices that another $20,000 was needed “at most” to get heating and air for the building. He plans for the library to pay for at least one-half of that amount from county library funds. There was a mistake in the hourly wages of a county worker, and the court agreed unanimously to cover the mistake without penalizing the worker. The county had accidentally paid $14.71 an hour, when it should have paid only $14.17 per hour. With no other business, the Quorum Court adjourned.








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Dolores "Maxine" Caviness Dolores "Maxine" Caviness, age 89, of Fayetteville, died Saturday, December 30, 2017 in Fayetteville. She was born October 1, 1928 in Hazen, Arkansas, the daughter of Drury Bridges and Lois Marie Sparks Calhoun. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Caviness; a sister, Ava White and a brother-in-law, Carl White. She was a retired real estate agent and a member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church. She is survived by a son, Ron Caviness and his wife, Linda of Fayetteville and two granddaughters, Emma Caviness and Faith Caviness both of Fayetteville. Visitation will be 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Moore's Chapel. Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Friday at Moore's Chapel followed by burial at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville. Memorials may be made to Development Office Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, 1 University of Arkansas AFLS, E-202, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701(checks payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation, Inc. with "Caviness Endowed Scholarship" included in the memo or in an accompanying letter or note), memorials may also be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, Maryland 20871. To sign the online guest book, visit

Rev. Carl Ray Huling Rev. Carl Ray Huling went to be with the Lord at his home in Moro, Arkansas, January 11, 2018 at the age of 86. He was surrounded by his family. He was born on April 27, 1931.

Carl is survived by his wife of 65 years, H a z e l Huling of M o r o , Arkansas, his three g i r l s , Durenda Owens(Jackie)of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, Valerie Foster(Steve)of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas, Carla McCool(Jeff) of Lapeer, Michigan. One sister, Joyce Roberts(Ray) of Marianna, Arkansas, two brothers, Abraham Huling(Mary) of Moro, Arkansas, Larry Huling (Grace) of McMinville, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ray and Lillian Huling of Moro, Arkansas, one brother, Sylvester Huling of Moro, Arkansas, and two sisters, Margaret Sutterfield of Redfield Arkansas, and Adele Sutterfield of Greenbrier Arkansas. Carl was born on April 27, 1931 in Moro, Arkansas to Ray and Lillian Huling. He graduated from Moro High in 1950. He married Hazel Vondran, his high school sweet heart, in November of 1951. At an early age he felt the call of God on his life. Despite many others talents and accomplishments, he felt this was the most important. His first daughter, Phyllis Durenda, was born in Brinkley Arkansas, on July 10, 1953. In 1955 they moved to Michigan and became the youth pastor for Rev. C.C. Deckard at Apostolic Tabernacle in Benton Harbor for seven years. During this time his two youngest daughters were born, Valerie Gail on June 23, 1957, and Carla Alesia, on August 9, 1960. Carl and Hazel moved back to Arkansas in 1961, where Carl was an independent contractor. He was active in the Moro Pentecostal Church for eight years, before taking the pastorship of the United Pentecostal Church in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. He was an ordained minister for over 50 years in the UPCI. He was a great witness for the Apostolic faith, and was instrumental in win-

ning a lot of his family and many friends to the Lord. Because of his ministry in DeValls Bluff and the lives he reached, today there are many children and grandchildren of the families he pastored coming back into the church, testifying about the positive effect that his life and ministry had on the lives of their parents and grandparents. He has eight grandchildren that he was so proud of and very involved in their spiritual upbringing. Courtney, Holly, Heather, Lindsey, Jackie Carl (Juice), Amber, Elyse, and Lauren. He has fifteen great grand children, that loved to come to papaws house. He loved to tell jokes and was always stumping his grands and greats grands with riddles. We will never forget the warm memories, his life stories, and some times his orneriness.(A Huling trait possibly?) A funeral is scheduled for Wed. Jan 17, 2018, at 1 pm at the Harvestland Church, 1803 Hwy 261, Moro, Arkansas. A visitation was held on Tuesday, January 16, from 6 to 8 pm. at the same location. Timothy 11: 4-7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

DVB City Council honors Councilman Bill Arnold The DeValls Bluff City Council held their monthly meeting on January 11, 2018. Present were Mayor Kenny Anderson, Treasurer/Recorder Shante Matthews and aldermen Richard Henry, Alice Metcalf, Raymond Watson and Wanda Atkins. After prayer by Police Chief Charles Atkins, J.P. Arnold, son of the late Bill Arnold, addressed the council and audience. On behalf of his family, he thanked the council members and citizens of DeValls Bluff for their friendship and love to his father over the years. He said "Dad considered the entire community as family". He also thanked everyone for their love, support and prayers since his father's death, especially toward his mother, Sharon. After the meeting was called to order, Mayor Anderson asked Sharon Arnold to sit at the table in Alderman Bill Arnold's empty chair in memoriam.

After December minutes and bills were approved, the council approved an ordinance to accept the amended 2017 budget. Mayor Anderson thanked Thelma Gray and the 2017 budget committee for a job well done in planning the budget. He stated that very seldom do so few changes have to be amended. The council also approved an ordinance to accept the submitted budget for 2018. Utilities Manager Gabby Delgiorno reported that thankfully there had been no problems caused by the cold weather and everything is good. Police Chief Atkins stated that the Fire Department and Police Department ask for a moment of silence with no reports given, in honor of Alderman Bill Arnold. Police Chief Atkins submitted a written report to the newspaper of police activity in December. Criminal violations reported were 1 harassing communication, 1 disorderly conduct and1 terror-

istic threatening. 6 warrants were served. Vehicle citations included 1 failure to wear seatbelt, 1 no liability insurance, 1 no tags, 1 failure to register, 5 speeding and11 unsafe driving. Alderman Alice Metcalf reported that work has begun on the city zoning plan. She stated that a committee needs to be selected to work on it. She said the committee should consist of 3 council members and 2 citizens. City Attorney Mike Stuart stated that in selecting the committee members it should be taken into consideration that members of these committees usually stay on the committee for at least 10 years. Police Chief Atkins stated that older citizens and council members need to start thinking about training the younger citizens to run the city and he thinks this should be considered in selecting committee members.

Biscoe Cemetery Report The following have made donations to the Biscoe Cemetery. Donations: Peggy Jackson, Bruce Wagner, Sue Martin, Pam Griffin, Ben Prince Family, Billy Jack Alberson, John Nail & Sons. Memorials: Lennie Holmes, Biscoe EHC and Alta Oliver for Alice Hughes. Grave Opening & Closing: Alice Hughes You can send your donations to Danese Clark, 10702 Brasfield Rd. Biscoe, Ar. 72017 or to Farmers & Merchants Bank in Hazen.

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The Grand Prairie Quilt Society met January 10 By Marsha Heien The Grand Prairie Quilt Society met January 10, 2018, for their Sit 'n Sew at the Stuttgart Public Library with 9 members present. Glenda opened the meeting with the thought for the day, "I don't ever want to be kept alive, dependent on a

machine or fluids from a bottle. My husband got up, unplugged my Singer and poured out my coffee." The December minutes and treasurer's reports were given. Happy Birthday greetings were extended to Betty. Happy Birthday, Betty! Glenda recounted the donations the quilt club made in 2017: to the library, Arkansas Children's Hospital, UAMS, and the Hope Women's Resource Center. She asked everyone to be thinking of new projects for 2018. Old Business: Registration is still open for the Country Quilt Camp IV at Cross Heirs Retreat Center on June 710, 2018. New Business: Shelley

read a Thank You note from UAMS for the two dozen breast cancer comfort pillows that she and Maeola made. Show and Share: Eunice had several cute tote bags she made for the UMCOR: United Methodist Committee On Relief. Sherrye had a "Cowgirl" play set, a companion to the "Cowboy" one she made previously. Ann showed 2 pieced table toppers. Maeola had a lovely Valentine quilt top in shades of pink and gray. We were all glad to welcome Michele at lunchtime. Much visiting ensued, and stories were told of family events and

Xmas gatherings. After lunch everyone got busy with their projects: Eunice made a children's throw; Maeola cut out pieces for a "Sweet Little One" quilt; Glenda made several small totes for Samaritan's purse Xmas

Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church presents

By Dan Hooks The 4th Annual Heritage Day will be held at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church at Noon on Sunday February 11th, 2018 in Slovak. The event will start with Church Services starting at 11:00am followed at noon

The program is free of charge and open to the public

knitted on a shawl. The next meeting will be February 14 at the library.

boxes; Shelley worked on a crazy quilt table runner; Sherrye started a microwave bowl; Marsha

Agri marketing workshop Jan. 26 City, Missouri. Participants will be introduced to the farm business planning process, learn and understand marketing principles, develop a personal marketing plan for their farm and network with producers. Workshops will consist of formal instruction, group discussion, handson activities and take home assignments. Extension educators will be available to help participants complete homework assignments. Enrollment is limited. Pre-registration is required to participate. Lunch will be provided. If you have special needs or to pre-register, contact Stephan Walker (870) 575-7237 or The 1890 Extension Complex is located on the corner of L.A. "Prexy" Davis Drive and Oliver Road in Pine Bluff.

The first of three sessions of the Developing Marketing Plans and Strategies Workshop gets underway Friday, Jan. 26, at the 1890 Extension Complex at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Two additional structured sessions will follow on Saturday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, March 17. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. for all three sessions. Aimed primarily at limited-resource producers of specialty crops and livestock, the sessions will be led by Dr. Laurence Crane, vice-president program outreach and risk management education, National Crop Insurances Service, Overland Park, Kansas; and Dr. Albert Essel, associate dean for Extension, Lincoln University, Jefferson

The Williams Singers Sunday, January 21 5:00 p.m.

Slovak church to hold annual Heritage Day with music, displays, dancing and speakers, with a Pot Luck Supper with Slovak dishes. Feel free to bring your own favorite dishes. Come ans join us for a fun filled day at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church on February 11th, 2018.

Hazen School Menu

JANUARY 22 - JANUARY 26 2018 Elementary students do not have the sandwich line option. **Menus are subject to change without notice** MONDAY Corn Dog French Fries Carrots Fruit Milk

MONDAY Burritos Chili Cheese Sauce Beans Lettuce/Tomato/ Salad Fruit Milk

MONDAY Cereal & Toast or Parfait Sausage & Biscuit Fruit Juice/Milk

TUESDAY Pop Corn Chicken Ranch Potatoes Black Eye Peas Hot Roll Fruit Milk

TUESDAY Stuffed Crust Pizza

TUESDAY Cereal & Graham Cracker or Pancake & Sausage Sausage & Biscuit Fruit/Juice/Milk

WEDNESDAY Scrambled Eggs Sausage/Biscuit/ Jelly Hashbrown Gravy Fruit/Milk

WEDNESDAY Croissant Club Great Northern Beans Sun Chips Le tuce/Tomato/ Pickle Spear Fruit/Milk

Tossed Salad Carrot Sticks Fruit/Milk

WEDNESDAY Cereal & Toast or Egg, Sausage & Cheese Biscuit, Sausage & Biscuit Fruit/Milk

THURSDAY THURSDAY Baked Potato Spaghetti/Meat Toppers Sauce Tossed Salad Tossed Salad/Ranch Italian Bread Sticks Corn Fruit Italian Bread Sticks Milk Fruit/Milk FRIDAY BBQ Pork Sandwich Tater Tots Carrot Sticks Fruit/Milk

FRIDAY Bacon Chicken Wrap Ranch Potatoes Lettuce/Tomato Pickle Spear Fruit/Milk

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Town of Biscoe 1/1/2017 through 12/31/2017 Annual Financial Statement / Revenue & Expenditures BISCOE GENERAL FUND Revenue and Expenditures Revenue

BISCOE WATER FUND Revenue and Expenditures Revenue

Franchise Fees State Turnback Sales Tax Revenue Other Revenue Revenue Gross Profit

$11,076.85 4,697.39 47,462.73 36,991.83 $100,228.80 $100,228.80

Sales Tax Revenue Water Revenue Other Revenue Sanitation Revenue Sewer Revenue


Expenses Revenue less Expenditures Net Change in Fund Balance

$57,125.62 5,377.66 458.25 36,154.01 $ 99,115.54 1,113.26 1,113.26

Revenue Gross Profit

Expenses Payroll & Benefit Expense Utilities Insurance Expense Other Expense

Fund Balances Beginning Fund Balance Net Change in Fund Balance Ending Fund Balance

$ 9,644.00 1,113.26 ` 10,757.26

BISCOE STREET FUND Revenue and Expenditures Revenue State Turnback Water Revenue Other Revenue

Payroll & Benefit Expense Repairs & Maintenance Utilities Insurance Expense Other Expense

$50,732.16 8,653.93 10,764.78 450.50 76,438.01

Expenses Revenue Less Expenditures New Change in Fund Balance

Revenue Gross Profit

Expenses Revenue Less Expenditures Net Change in Fund Balance

$18,593.31 1,325.89 5,196.52 639.00 1,847.43 $27,602.15 (40.83) (40.83)


Fund Balances Beginning Fund Balance Net Change in Fund Balance Ending Fund Balance

$ 4,644.07 (40.83) 4,603.24

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FUND Revenue and Expenditures Revenue Other Revenue

$98,735.76 4,767.17 $103,502.93

BISCOE FIRE DEPARTMENT Revenue and Expenditures Revenue Sales Tax Revenue Other Revenue Revenue

Payroll & Benefit Expense Repairs & Maintenance Utilities Insurance Expense Other Expense

$147,039.38 4,767.17 4,767.17

Fund Balances Beginning Fund Balance Net Change in Fund Balance Ending Fund Balance

$22,971.74 1,999.52 2,590.06 $27,561.32 $27,561.32

$ 6,883.36 63,965.93 911.42 26,594.08 53,451.76 $151,806.55 $151,806.55

$11,862.77 11,269.35 $23,132.12

Gross Profit

Expenses Payroll & Benefit Expense Repairs & Maintenance Utilities Insurance Expense Other expense Expenses Revenue Less Expenditures Net Change in Fund Balance

$8,834.39 3,354.96 1,648.47 2,167.50 1,909.55 $17,914.87 5,217.25 5,217.25

Fund Balances Beginning Fund Balance Net Change in Fund Balance Ending Fund Balance

$24,444.16 5,217.25 29,661.41

$ 457.28 457.28 457.28 457.28 457.28

Revenue Gross Profit Revenue Less Expenditures Net Change in Fund Balance

Fund Balances Beginning Fund Balance Net Change in Fund Balance Ending Fund Balance


707.65 457.28 1,164.93


All financial records for the Town of Biscoe are public records and are open for public inspection during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, at City Hall in Biscoe, Arkansas.

PAYMENT IN 2017 Type of Debt Last Payment Due Sewer Payment Balance Other Date Free of Debt Total

If the record is in active use or in storage and, therefore, not available at the time a citizen asks to examine it, the custodian shall certify this fact in writing to the applicant and set a date and hour within three (3) days at which time the record will be available for inspection and copying.

Amount $87,227.36

$24,384.00 Date 2034 2017 2034

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HHS announces semester and 9 weeks’ honor rolls 2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll 9th Grade Juantazha Allen Eric Cohen Tabitha Holmes Brayden Lock Macy Martin *Rebecca Munnerlyn Breanna Trevino 10th Grade Madelyn Bokker Cora Coker Easton Glover Laura Diaz Joshua Hambrick Angela Hoover Carter Mealler Kaleb Riddick *Jocelyn RomeroDawson Trey Thompson *Blayne Toll Julia White *Christin Young 11th Grade *Ross Harper Drake Jones Jacob Jones Caleb Martin Sidney Massingill Kade Perry Mallory Rogers

Jackson Shelman Jared Teer 12th Grade Trevor Duck Logan Dulany Elizabeth Foot Cayden Glover Christian Harris Tamara Pinkney Jenna Ronquest Grant Shelman Madison Sickel Morgan Stock Reagan Swaim Lexi Tenison Luke VanHouten *Hannah Walker *Brayden Williams *Denotes all A's _________________

1st Semester Honor Roll

9th Grade Juantazha Allen Emily Foot Jamie Guenther Jerimiah Harris *Tabitha Holmes Alesha Larkin Brayden Lock *Rebecca Munnerlyn

Jackson Shelman Jared Teer

Breanna Trevino Anthony Wilson Carl Wright 10th Grade Madelyn Bokker Cora Coker *Easton Glover Laura Diaz Tana Griffin Joshua Hambrick *Angela Hoover Carter Mealler Alexis Nicholas Camila Pont de la Torre Michelle Prince Abby Richardson *Kaleb Riddick *Jocelyn RomeroDawson Trey Thompson *Blayne Toll Morgan Tosh Julia White *Christin Young 11th grade Kayla Gladish *Ross Harper Drake Jones Jacob Jones Niklas Kostins Caleb Martin Kade Perry Gavin Rogers *Mallory Rogers

Honor Roll for the Elementary 2nd Grade: Kiera Anderson, *Zoey Barnhill, *Bentley Bilbruck, Reece Cash, *Jaxon Craig, *Jesse Duncan, Jakolby Edwards, Hunter Fox, Shayne Gillioun, Madison Graham, *Makaela Gunether, *Weston Hare, Chloe Hinshaw, *Jaylee Ingle, Khloe Isbell, Jacob Kitchens, Ethan Lindsey, Kaden Loudermilk, Marcus Mahoney, Makenzi May, Jacob Mills-Dixon, Mellodee Newton, McKenzi Owens, Akariah Petty, *Bella Roberts, *Levi Sabbatini, Paycen Seely, *Kenedy Self, John Simmons, Chloe Smith, *Justis Smith, Chad Swaim Jr., *Benjamin Turner 3rd Grade: Dru Alberson, *Kiona Anderson, *Jase Arnett, *Michael Bowman, Cayden Calvert, Peyton Cole, *Ryleigh Cook, *Alyssa Dodge, Noah Earl, Kadence Fegley, *Isabelle Gray, Rayna Hester, Graylie Lawless, *Hannah Linder, Destiny Martin, *Kylee McElroy, Matthew Mills, Izabella Rios-Thompson, *Jase Simmons, Bailey Sims, *Luke Snider, *Maverick Snider, *Jalynn Thomas, *Alyssa Tiner, Bryant Turner, *Kadence Weems 4th Grade: Peyton Anderson, Kaitlyn Barbee, Alantis Blancett, *Matthew Bokker, Maria Carrell, *Sarah Dodge, Samareah Earl, Remington Fegley, Eli K i t c h e n s , Peyton Kocourek, Ethan Lisko, Shelbi Melcher, Emily Mills, Gabrielle M o r g a n , Keith Morris Jr., *Sophie Raper, Hayden Rogers, Samuel Sabbatini, *Maci Sickel, *Dylan Skarda, Cameron Smith, Brody Swaim

Honor Roll for Middle School 5th Grade: Austin Allen, *Rileigh Barnhill, Hunter Blagg, *Chloe Caldwell, Emma Cantwell, *Sam Clayton, Abbi Cook, Koren Curlett, Faith Duell, *Lexi Dulany, Mason Fought, Brayden Fulton, Lonnie Grable, Tyler Griffin, Jaci Hackelton, Madison Humbert, *Joseph Hurley, *Mattison Jernigan, Carson Kee, *Karly Kinard, *Forest Lawless, Ryan Martin, Makayla McCray, *Luke Mills, *Jillian Minnes, Jacob Neil, Hunter Pardon, Khanylah Pernell, *Aisea Rios-Thompson, Caison Robnett, *Chloe Rose, Chandler Rupe, *Ethan Simmons, *Owen Simmons, *Kendall Sisemore, Hunter Smith, *Jameion Stigall, *Brance Williams 6th Grade: *Brandon

Addison, Nash Arnett, *Austyn Booth, Savannah Glover, *Colton Holloway, Noah Lequieu, Hershel Minor III, Christabelle Newton, Joshua Romero-Dawson, Aydin Self, Ethan Smith, Kolton Tosh 7th Grade: *Grace Addison,*Bella Bilbruck, Robert Brennan, *Lane Harper, *Starr Hodge, *Collin Kee, *Luke King, Daja Pargo, *Natalie Robinson, Brooke Weems 8th Grade: *Wes Clayton, Halley Cossey, Larry Craig, Austin Duck, Trellby Gipson, Faithe Hussey, Chloe Jackson, Gabe Johnson, Kelsey Kinard, Lyndsey Lawman, West Lock, Mary Katherine Perry, *Yonatan RomeroDawson, Whitney Sayger, *Hailey Smith, *Cayden Stallings, Delaney Wilkerson *Denotes all A's

This is a picture of the Hazen Train Depot

looking west given to the Central Delta Depot Museum (CDDM) in Brinkley, AR, by Henry Wilkins. The picture was passed on to me by Bill Sayger from CDDM.

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When do children begin to learn? Believe it or not, school readiness begins in the womb. Decades of research show the first few years of life, including the prenatal months, are the most important for healthy brain development and success in school. Unfortunately, too many of our kids aren’t getting the boost they need for their healthy growth and development, especially during the most critical developmental stage: the infant and toddler years. In response to this issue, today the Arkansas Campaign for GradeLevel Reading (AR-GLR) and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) are releasing a new report, "What Do Our Littlest Learners Need to Be SchoolReady?" This latest collaborative report focuses on a few factors that have the greatest impact on infants and toddlers’ school readiness, including: Good Health: Access to developmental and mental health screenings and treatment, as well as social-emotional learning;


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HES 9 weeks honor roll Hazen Elementary School has announced the honor roll students for the 2nd nine weeks marking period.

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Positive Early Learning Experiences: Access to quality child care, Early Head Start, early interventions, and literacy activities between parents and their children; and Strong Families: Ongoing parent education, engagement, and support, including prenatal care and paid family leave. The report also includes recommendations about how policymakers should prioritize programs that support families with infants and toddlers, as well as how these parents can help their young children develop a lifelong love of reading and learning from the beginning. Recommendations include: Improve Access to Screenings and Early Interventions for Infants and Toddlers Prioritize and provide incentives for early identification and prevention services. Ensure that screening tools are comprehensive and standardized across the systems.

Strengthen systemwide care coordination and access to patient data. Improve support for the entire family and reward family engagement. Create a continuum of high-quality care with treatment delivered in the least restrictive setting. Fund Research-Based Early Literacy Opportunities. Provide funding incentives for research-based programs like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Reach Out and Read, or other programs that help get books in the hands of kids from the very beginning. Improve Early Childhood Education Quality and Coordination Gather data to better understand where young children are being served. Continue efforts to improve the quality of early childhood education programs for infants and toddlers. Serve more infants and toddlers through highquality child care and Early Head Start.

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Consumer Alert WINTER WEBCAST SERIES FOR CONSUMERS From Attorney General Leslie Rutledge LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge opened registration for a Winter Webcast Series of trainings on common senior scams, dating violence prevention, internet safety, identity theft, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and prescription drug abuse and misuse prevention. “This series of webcasts is an important tool for Arkansans to learn about the diverse resources provided by the Attorney General’s office,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Technology gives us a unique opportunity to connect with Arkansans across the state. Once again these trainings will be available to help individuals navigate the internet safely, recognize warning signs of dating violence, avoid common scams and identity theft and access public information through the Freedom of Information Act. To educate more people on the pain pill epidemic, I have added a program about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and misuse.” From noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, participants can learn about

scams that often target seniors, such as the Favorite Grandchild Scam, IRS Scam, Workfrom-Home Scam, Doorto-Door Scam and many more. Scam artists are always finding new ways to try to trick consumers out of their hard earned money. This webcast will highlight some common scams, offer ways to spot the scam and what to do if you have been scammed. On Wednesday, Jan. 24, a Break the Cycle training will be offered from noon-1 p.m. Break the Cycle is a leading national nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive dating abuse programs. Participants will learn about dating abuse, methods for intervention and how to implement a Healthy Relationships 101 session. The internet safety training, or Digital You, will take place from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Digital You is a comprehensive, interactive educational program created by AT&T and Common Sense Media to offer tools, tips, apps, guidance and education for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn

more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Rutledge adopted the curriculum in 2016. A training to prevent being a victim of ID theft, which occurs when someone uses your personal information without your permission to commit fraud or other crimes, most commonly to obtain access to credit in your name, will be offered on from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. A FOIA webcast covering public records and meetings will be available from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28. And the Prescription for Life webcast brings a first-in-the-nation curriculum to Arkansas high school students. The digital platform addresses the dangers of prescription drug misuse and how to prevent abuse. The program is free to high schools across Arkansas. The webcast will be available from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. The online trainings are free and open to the public. Registration for each one can be found at

Master Gardener Program taking applications for Lonoke County classes Want to be a Master Gardener? Applications are being taken in Lonoke County for persons who want to sharpen their horticultural skills and then share their knowledge with others. The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is conducting the Master Gardener training program on Thursday evenings, 5:00-9:00, and Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.4:30 p.m., between March 1 and March 29 at the Lonoke County Extension conference room in Lonoke. Residents of Lonoke County and surrounding counties are invited to enroll in classes. Enrollment is limited to 40 participants, who, following training and receipt of the Master Gardener certification, are committed to donating 40 working hours and pursuing 20 additional learning hours in

their county Master Gardener Program. Training begins on March 1 with instruction on basic botany, principles of horticulture, soils and fertilizers, irrigation, pest control and pesticide use. Other training sessions include: vegetable production, home fruit production, landscaping, and lawn care. Cooperative Extension Service professionals, horticulture professionals and other specialists in their field will conduct all training. A fee of $100 covers books and other training materials. Snacks and lunch or dinner will be provided for each class. Deadline for applying is February 6, 2018. For details, contact the Lonoke County Extension office at 501676-3124. MEET THE MASTERS Leading up to the

March training, Lonoke County Master Gardeners will host Meet the Masters, an event where those interested in becoming a certified Master Gardener can meet some of our Master Gardeners, get an overview of the local program and projects, and get answers to their questions about joining the group. Meet the Masters will be held on Tuesday, February 6, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., in the conference room of the Lonoke County Extension Service, in Lonoke. Light refreshments will be served. Prairie County residents who are interested in going through the Master Gardener training may choose to be part of the Prairie County Master Gardener group, even though they go through the program in Lonoke.

Hazen Study Club to begin new year healthy The Hazen Study Club met Monday night, January 8, at 6:30 in the BanCorp South Community Room. Hostesses were Louise Mangum and Virginia Lisko. The decor of the room reflected the cold temperatures to begin the year. All tables were covered in white. The banquet tablescape featured a mountain of faux snow with a drift of tinseled holly flowing from the center. An eclectic group of snowmen, from joyful carolers to traditional red scarf/mittens with black top hat, dotted the central snowy scene. Snowmen themed candy dishes held white chocolate covered miniature reese cups, chocolate covered mints and Dove chocolates. Each place setting was marked with a blue net goody bag filled with products for cold weather hands. This was sitting on top of a Landmark Chocolate/Caramel filled candy bar wrapped with a note: “Too much of a good thing is simply wonderful! Nuts take up space where chocolate ought to be. There are two types of people in this world: people who love chocolate & liars. Happy New Year! Enjoy! Love, Louise”. The Serving Table featured Soup and Cheeseballs. Homemade Potato Soup and Vegetable Soup were accompanied by Cheese, crackers and Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins. Dessert was a delicious Cream Cheese Cake topped with cherries and strawberries. A side table also held a large collection of snowmen. The Club members waited and anticipated the arrival of Reta Chlapecka and Donna Coleman. After talking

Louise Mangum and Virginia Lisko with Reta, she revealed that her husband, Steve, had been admitted to Arkansas Heart Hospital. Before enjoying the meal, Louise Mangum led the group in prayer and said a special prayer for Reta, Steve and family. President Carolyn Marek called the meeting to order and led the “Pledge of Allegiance”. Gloria Strohl read the minutes of the December meeting and they were approved. Seven members answered roll call with “favorite healthy snack”. In order of business, the club activities were reviewed, returned Christmas cards with wrong addresses were noted and February’s Club meeting details were planned. Louise and Virginia gave a joint program presentation on “Healthy Eating”. Some of the most interesting facts related: Read labels thoroughly, choose low fat instead of no fat, eat at least 3 snacks daily @ less than 15 grams each, watch carb rates and incorporate at least one lean protein in every meal. They presented handouts detailing healthy snacks and calorie/content chart, a Meal

Planning Option Guide detailing portion size/ ratios, and a list of 6 Must-Have Nutrients for Women. The “6 MustHave”/Benefit/Source are: Potassium/Heart - Lima Beans, Sweet potatoes, bananas, and cantaloupe Vitamin B12/Nervous System - Yogurt, shrimp and chicken/fortified breakfast cereals Magnesium/Immune System spinach, cashews, avocado, brown rice and black beans Vitamin D/Bones salmon, eggs, fortified milk, yogurt and orange juice Choline/Liver - eggs, salmon and brussels sprouts Vitamin E/Brain - sunflower seeds/almond butter and hazelnuts Entertainment was a new game Louise brought called Name 5. It combines a roll of the dice and drawing a card to determine player’s category. Then 5 things from that category has to be listed in 3 minutes. Winner of this game was Gloria Strohl. Card Bingo was also played. Winners were Connie Swaim and Sherry Bullock. After enjoying dessert and coffee the club adjourned at 10 P.M.

BUDGET ADOPTION ORDINANCE #2018-02 AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR AND ADOPTING FOR THE CITY OF DEVALLS BLUFF, ARKANSAS, FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTHS BEGINNING JANUARY 01, 2018, AND ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018, APPROPRIATING MONEY FOR EACH AND EVERY ITEM OF EXPENDITURE THEREIN PROVIDED FOR; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY TO EXIST AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. WHEREAS, the city council had made a comprehensive study and review of the proposed budget, and WHEREAS, it is the opinion of the city council that the schedules and exhibits of financial information prepared and reviewed revealing anticipated revenues and expenditures for the calendar year to be as accurate as possible for budgetary purposes.

ORDINANCE #2018-01 AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADOPTION OF A BUDGET AMENDMENT TO THE 2017 FISCAL BUDGET AS ADOPTED BY CITY ORDINANCE 2017-02 WHEREAS, current law of the State of Arkansas does not allow a city to spend more money in any department than is provided by that city's budget and; WHEREAS, the City of DeValls Bluff had unforeseen expeditures. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DEVALLS BLUFF, ARKANSAS: SECTION 1: The revenues and expenditures of the government and its activities for the fiscal year, beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, in the Levee District Fund are hereby amended as follows: (a). Revenues are amended from $2,000.00 to $6,501.08. (b). Expenditures are amended from $2,500.00 to $6,593.44. SECTION 2: The revenues and expenditures of the government and its activities for the fiscal year, beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, in the Fire Department Expense & Equipment Fund are hereby amended as follows: (a). Expenditures are amended from $68,291.50 to $80,379.59 . SECTION 3: The revenues and expenditures of the government and its activities for the fiscal year, beginning January 1, 2017and ending December 31, 2017, in the Fire Department Act 833 Fund are hereby amended as follows: (a). Revenues are amended from $9,800.00 to $10,598.79 (b). Expenditures are amended from $9,951.52 to $10,457.02. SECTION 4: All ordinances and parts thereof in conflict herewith are hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.

Now, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF DEVALLS BLUFF, ARKANSAS Section 01. This ordinance shall be known as the budget ordinance for the City of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas for the twelve month period beginning January 01, 2018, and ending December 31, 2018, reflecting estimated revenues and expenditures and hereinafter set forth on the succeeding pages. All revenues herein are estimated and subject to change and all appropriations are calculated upon available revenues. Section 02. The respective amounts of funds for each and every item of expenditure classification herein proposed in the budget for 2018 are hereby authorized and appropriated for the purposes herein set forth for the calendar year ending December 31, 2018. Section 03(a). The Mayor or his duly authorized representative may approve for payment out of funds hereby appropriated for that purpose or disapprove any bills, debts, or liabilities asserted as claims against the city. Section 03(b). A maximum of $5,000.00 is hereby established, and the payment or disapproval of any bills, debts, or liabilities exceeding that amount shall require confirmation of the governing body. Section 04. WHEREAS, it is necessary for the efficient operation of municipal government that a budget be planned and adopted; Now THEREFORE, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this ordinance being necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage and approval.

PASSED AND APPROVED, this 11th day of January, 2018. Passed and Approved this 11th day of January, 2018 ___________________________________ Kenny Anderson, Mayor Attest:____________________________________ Shante Matthews, Recorder/Treasurer

Approved_____________________ Mayor, Kenny Anderson Attest___________________ Shante Matthews, Recorder/ Treasurer

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