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July 2015

5Th Annual Cardboard Boat Race


What a Great Turn Out for the 4th of july festivities!! Thank you to all who participated. The cardboard boat race was a great hit as well as all the food vendors and booths. The Amazing fireworks show was beautiful as always! Ozark Area Chamber of commerce To view the full schedule, please visit the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce website and click on “News & Events�

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Business After HoursJuly 23rd 5-7pm Arkansas Valley Electric Chamber of Commerce General Meeting August 12th noon Southern Grill Speaker- Superintendent Mr. Jim Ford

Tony’s Tips from AVECC Safety Tip - Do you have arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)? AFCIs are advanced circuit breakers that provide greater electrical fire protection. Consider having a licensed electrician replace your standard circuit breakers with AFCIs. If your home is equipped with AFCIs, regular testing is necessary to ensure they are working properly. Test AFCIs monthly using the TEST button and have a licensed electrician replace defective units. *Just as regular wellness checkups are critical for maintaining your health, routine safety checkups are critical for the safety of your home. July is the last installment in our series of monthly home safety tips. Source: Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

Happy Birthday America

From Tony Wilson, Member Services/Key Accounts

From The GrapeVine

32nd Annual Altus Grape Festival Friday, 5 to 11pm Saturday, 7:30am to 4:30pm Altus City Park

Downtown is Blooming We have had so many compliments on the work of our MSO Design Committee landscapers that we must say a great big thank you to our volunteers. Andrea Romo, Carol Evans, Nancy Hainley, Sona Gardner, Milanie Matthews, Laverne Wilson, Violet West, Beth Chronister, Heather Tune, Roselle Stenbeck and Justin Cloos are doing such a great job and our awesome Crape Myrtle team of Bill Brandt and Bubba Ramsey have the downtown looking absolutely beautiful. We can’t say thank you enough to all these volunteers who give their time for no compensation other than the knowledge of a job well done. We so appreciate them for all their hard work. The cooperation and support we are receiving from the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, County Judge’s office has been outstanding. We also would like to thank the City of Ozark for the use of their watering equipment. It’s amazing what is being accomplished with everyone working together toward the goal of making downtown beautiful! ******* In addition to the gorgeous crape myrtles and floral displays, Main Street Ozark is working hard to spruce up our downtown buildings. We have repainted the long metal awning that spans five buildings on the north side of the square on Commercial and striped the awning on the east end of the block to tone down the color and give it more dimension. We just put a new coat of paint on the Chamber of Commerce office and are getting the former Seaman’s/Hunt building on the corner of Main and Commercial ready to paint.

The slipcover grant projects at Morgan’s Fashion and Taylor’s Barber Shop are well underway and should be completed soon. Stay tuned for more paint-up/fix-up projects in downtown over the next several months.

******* If you own a downtown building and are interested in a new awning, we will be offering grants of 75% of the total cost not to exceed $1,000. We expect to start the awning grant program sometime in August. As always, preference will be given to the Courthouse Square Historic District and those closest to the district. There will only be enough for about five or six awnings in this round so if you want to get your name on the list please call the Main Street office at 667-5337 to see if you qualify.

Sandy Key

The Chamber is proud to recognize and Welcome our New Members so far this year: CASA of the 5th Judicial District Franklin County Farm Bureau Insurance FOUReighten Boutique/The Nail Bar Circle M Construction Management Inc. Red Rooster Bistro Americas Best Value Inn Jack’s Assay Office The Cass Cabins Oxford Inn Ritter Communications

The Art & Farm Markets have been growing quickly! We are truly blessed with tremendously talented local Musicians, Artists, and Farmers. If you haven't been able to make it out be sure not to miss the next Market on August 6th. There will be fantastic food, more free activities for the kiddos, booths of all sorts, and an exciting talent lineup! Activities begin at 6pm on the Downtown Ozark Courthouse Square. These events would not be possible without the support of the community, the Ozark A&P Commission, and all the wonderful volunteers. Judge Rickey Bowman, David Hawkins, and the Trustees have been wonderfully hospitable, we are so lucky to have their help and be welcomed on their lovely Square. If you made June's Market we hope you got to enjoy the games and giant chalkboards created by talented craftsman Randy Farmer (If you ever have a neat project in mind give me a holler and I'll get you his information. He can build anything!). The quality materials were graciously donated by Meadors Lumber, thank you guys! And last but not least, thank you CV's Family Foods and Wal-Mart for your generous support! The Arts Society is working on several upcoming events and exciting programming for our general meetings. From Comedy Shows to Vietnamese cooking demonstrations there will be something for everyone! Please check our website and Facebook page often for updates. The next ASO general meeting will be held on August 11th. As always there will be wonderful company, fantastic food, and everyone is welcome! We are truly blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, and nowhere does that ring truer than in Ozark, Arkansas!

Amber Patton Executive Director Arts Society of Ozark (479) 644-9903

OZARK – A new roof on the Technology and Academic Support Building as well as progress on the new Health Sciences and Wellness Building are not the only changes happening on campus this summer. New Program The Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees in May approved a program proposal from Arkansas Tech-Ozark to create an Associate of Applied Science degree in logistics management. Arkansas Tech-Ozark currently offers a supply chain management option within the Associate of Applied Science degree in business technology. Pending approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, the logistics management program will prepare students for careers in logistics. Logistics managers analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain, which is the system that moves product from suppliers to consumers, including how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated and delivered. Students will study the basic fundamentals of the industry including procurement, issues in executing global supply chains, logistics, manufacturing, warehousing and transportation. Other areas include business and project management, economics of supply and demand, business communication and data management.

Food Service Upgrades

Additionally, renovations and facilities upgrades will take place in the Alvin F. Vest Student Union. Arkansas Tech-Ozark will welcome Chartwells, food service provider at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, as the new food service provider for Arkansas Tech-Ozark. Chartwells will offer new fast, convenient and healthy choices such as grab-and-go items, combos and the addition of coffee and espresso beverages. Chartwells also offers full catering for on campus events. Meal plans are available for purchase to students throughout the year, or students can charge the plans to their financial aid during the first week of classes. Health Sciences and Wellness Building (see photos from Nov. 2014, April & July 2015)Once complete, the new building will house five of the campus’ allied health programs — paramedic, health information technology, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing and registered nursing. The multipurpose facility will be the campus’ first two-story structure and is scheduled to be open for spring 2016 classes.

From the Mayor’s Desk The City of Ozark has been very busy but a lot of exciting things going on. We are excited to announce that Hillbilly lane has been paved, curb and guttered, striped, and should be opened before the school year begins. Areas of the city recently suffered damaged from recent flooding, including a bridge on Hillbilly Lane but repairs were expedited allowing school buses to run on schedule. The street department has also been hard at work repairing damage to pavement caused by the rains and flooding. The Fire department was recently awarded a $10,000 grant for a Lucas CPR Device by Bill Gossage, state representative. $4400 was awarded to the department of health grant paid for part of the Lucas device. Nick Trotter was hired as a full time firefighter/EMT for the city and brings skills and knowledge to the department that will be of great benefit to the city. The Police Department secured a grant of $4,200 for the purchase of swat gear. The department has a new police vehicle and a new electronic The water department has added fluoridation to the city water and is in speed sign to remind citizens to be aware of the speed limits and keep compliance with state regulations and has been hard at work on a The our city safe.


The water department has added fluoridation to the city water and is in compliance with state regulations and has been hard at work on a recent water/sewer revenue issue. An ordinance passed at the July council meeting to authorize construction of extensions, betterments and improvements to the water and sewer facilities of the City of Ozark. The latest venture for the city is a proposed Sales tax to offer citizens the choice of a 1 cent sales tax to build a multi-purpose recreational building including indoor meeting rooms, ball courts, and an emergency services building to the a center for the police and fire department. A recent town hall meeting polled residents and the number one request by citizens was an aquatic center, so with the vote of city residents, this can become a reality. Engineers have been in to look at structures at risk in our downtown area, and are working to offer solutions. I will update you on this as information becomes available. As always, I welcome citizens to call or come by and visit with me at city hall. Mayor McNutt

I hope by now most of you have seen the new billboards being placed across our state with the newest age progression photo of Morgan Nick. This case is a very personal one for me. My son was Morgan’s reading partner in school. The faith that Morgan’s mother has shown over the years has been an inspiration. So it was a privilege earlier this month to stand at the steps of the Capitol with Colleen Nick as she announced a new campaign was to find more leads in the now 20 year kidnapping case of her daughter. A new age progression photo created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows what Morgan Nick might look like today, two decades after her abduction from a Little League baseball field in Alma, Arkansas. And for the first time ever, the two children who were with Morgan that day speak out in a new video produced by NCMEC. Another new element in the search for Morgan includes a statewide billboard campaign in Arkansas. The billboards feature the new age-progressed photo of Morgan and ask anyone who may have information to call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Morgan’s case is not the only active missing person’s case in Arkansas. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a list of 20 Arkansans who have disappeared. The Arkansas State Police serves as the coordinating law enforcement agency in Arkansas to alert the public of missing or abducted children. Known as the Morgan Nick Amber Alert System, the Arkansas State Police was one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to model a statewide notification system based on the local Amber Alerts used in many large U.S. cities. You can sign up for email notifications on their website. They will soon feature text notifications. We have posted link to the age progression photo of Morgan and information about all missing persons cases in Arkansas on our


Hope everyone has been having a Great Summer!

School starts back August 17th Superntendent Jim Ford said school district finances are in good shape and added that the new Ozark Middle School sate room on the Altus campus is nearing completion. The board approved an OG&E easement for electrical services to the building. Lucas Skaggs, assistant superntendent, showed preliminary drawings for improvements to the two elementary schools and a new junior high campus, which would seat 500-seat auditorium. All plans are contigent on a millage increase to be voted on at the September school election. Polling places are North Franklin County Fair building in Ozark, Middle School-Altus campus and Webb City Baptist Church.

Thank you to all Our Renewed Members!! March U.S.FS Boston Mtn Ranger Station Source Gas Simmons First Bank Ranch Stadium Master Made Tanks, Inc. FCLC & The Coffee Break First United Methodist Church Chey’s Place Salon Major General Mark H. Berry

April Adams Abstact Burns Drug Store Coca Cola Bottling Company Royce Gattis Hillbilly Reality Hug Chevy Buick GMC Ozark Inn & Suites River Valley Quarries Victoria S. Vicars

May Community Service Inc. Franklin County Library Johnson Regional Medical Center

June A Touch of Class Consignment AR. Tech University Ozark Campus Arvest Bank

July A+ Insurance AR Valley Electric Co-op AR Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Juicy Bytes Subway inside Loves #271: We offer a wide variety of sandwiches such as the Italian BMT, Meatball Marinara, Subway Melt, Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki and many others. They also now feature Jalapeño Cheese bread as a choice. Hillbilly Hideout at The I-40 Travel Center: Daily Specials and a Full Menu. Breakfast is served 24hrs a day. KFC/Taco Bell: $1 medium drink, $1 freezes, $1 loaded grillers from 2-5 p.m. everyday The Coffee Break: 3 new sandwiches, as well as specialty coffees. All sandwiches and Panini’s are $6.00 each and are served with a pickle spear and your choice of regular or BBQ chips. During the colder months, you can get soup instead of chips. Rivertowne BBQ: Daily lunch specials such as ribs, brisket, catfish and barbeque as well as a full menu. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11-8pm Friday & Saturday 11-8:30 Wiederkehr Weinkeller Restaurant: The Wiedekehr Weinkeller Restaurant is putting pulled smoked ribs and pulled pork back on the menu. The hours of operation are Monday – Saturday: Lunch from 11 am to 3 pm, dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm. Sunday: All day from 11 am to 9 pm. Subway on Commercial: We offer a wide variety of sandwiches such as the Italian BMT, Meatball Marinara, Subway Melt, Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki and many others. They also now feature Jalapeño Cheese bread as a choice. Southern Grill: Serving Breakfast 6 am to 11 am. Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, omelets, biscuit and gravy, hash browns, etc. Lunch served from 11 am to 2 pm. Burgers, sandwiches, sides, salad, child’s plate, etc. They offer carry out or delivery 667-0704. Altus Handy Mart: All Day Every Day! Buy any 1 Topping 14 in. Pizza for $8.99 and get a 14 in. Cheese Pizza for only $6.99 or get a 16 in. Cheese Pizza for $10.99 Offering breakfast and lunch. There are lunch specials every day. Lunch combos come with fries and a drink including chicken strips, hot ham and swiss, burgers, etc. Salads as well as individual foods like crsipitos, corndogs, eggrolls, etc. Red Rooster Bistro: Spaghetti and garlic bread $6.95, check out our daily specials as well as our delicious menu. We have Gourmet pies to suit everyone’s taste. Hours are Mondays closed, Tuesday-Saturday 6am – 10:30 Sundays 11-4

Crave Bake Shop: Offering Soups, Sandwiches /Wraps daily. We have fresh sliced Petit Jean meats. And to fill that sweet tooth grab up one of our Homemade Cupcakes, Cookies or a slice of pie! Don’t forget to order your customized cake for that special occasion! Hours are M-F 9-6 Saturday 10-2

Ribbon Cuttings

Red Rooster Bistro L-R Allie Goff, Nikki Finney, Stacy Collins, Kecia Berry, Kenneth Gregory-Owner, Keva Chrisman, Brenda Gregory-Owner, Linda Millsap, Summer Mazakas, Sandy Key, Kailen Harris, Tony Wilson & Betty Taylor.

News letter july  

July edition of The Echo Chamber

News letter july  

July edition of The Echo Chamber