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The Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our wonderful community for all the support throughout the year of 2014 and to all the dedicated individuals who helped make the 68th Chamber Annual Awards Banquet a great success. A very special thank you to Kevin and Kecia Berry, Banquet Committee Chairman, for an excellent job of decorating the Banquet Hall. Banquet Committee members include Bettie Jo James, Garrett Sheppard, Kevie and Raegan Haberer, Eddie and Olivia Melton, Donna and Tom Presnell, Hope Freeman, William Leding, Roxie and Clinton Hall, Charlie Meadors, Dewey and Amber Patton, Laura & Kale Rudolph. A most sincere thank you to the following individuals and businesses for making this year’s Annual Chamber Awards Banquet such a well-received event.
The Ozark Flower & Gift Shop for providing roses to decorate the dining tables. Buzy Bee Flower and Gift Shop for providing the multiple award plaques. Sheriff Anthony Boen and his trustees for helping set up the banquet seating. Post Winery, Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, Burford Pepsi Cola Distributing Inc. and Miller Lite graciously provided beverages for all the banquet attendees. Mike & Ruth Hoffman of Hoffman’s Photography for Eric Swearingin’s framed memorial photo. Knights of Columbus for providing the excellent and well served meal. Mike Mankins of Ozark High School for preparing and presenting the awards power point production. Melanie Matthews for taking exceptional photos of the event. (posted on Facebook) Boy scouts Troop #74 Color Guard for presenting the colors. Chancellor Bruce Sikes for leading the pledge of allegiance and Reverend Paul Coy of the Methodist Church of Ozark for the inspiring invocation. The Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for presentation of all the awards. Dianna Bowman and Annecia Fort for stepping up at the last minute to welcome attendees and handle ticket sales. Of course none of this well attended event would be possible without our loyal and devoted sponsors.
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Tonyâ€™s Tips from AVECC When using the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening damper in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly.
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From The GrapeVine Celebrate Valentine's Day at Wiederkehr This Valentine's Day, bring your sweetheart to our Weinkeller Restaurant for a romantic, candlelit meal. See our Lovebird special: steak and lobster for two.
We'll also have our full menu available with all your favorites: classic Swiss cheese fondue, steaks, seafood, and pasta, all paired with our famous wines. Call us at 479-468-3551 or 1-800-622-WINE to make your reservations now or to buy a gift certificate.
Arts Society of Ozark Happy February Everyone! The weather is getting nicer (hope I don't jinx it!) and the ASO has its sights on the upcoming warm season events. First up on the agenda is finalizing plans for this summer's "Art & Farm Market" to be held in downtown Ozark, once a month, May through October. We believe public markets can become the heart and soul of a community, it is common ground where people easily interact, a place that is alive with social and economic activity. It is our goal to help with the growing cultural revitalization of our downtown, our community togetherness, and to help promote our local artists and farmers that preserve and perpetuate our unique local traditions. The Art & Farm Market will be a safe, family-oriented event where our community may gather together to celebrate our talents and take pride in our beautiful downtown. We are excited to provide a fresh, well publicized, local avenue for artisans to display and sell their wares. The market will also present free, family-friendly live music, fun interactive children's activities at the ASO booth, and a festival like atmosphere. Public markets can also provide valuable direct and indirect economic impact. Local produce, art, and food vendors are one of the fastest growing economic strengths in our economy. They provide goods that can't be imported from China, and the revenue stays here at home! The potential economic impacts of public markets include direct benefits including profits to business owners in the market, job creation, sales and real estate tax revenues; indirect benefits like stimulating downtown development, enhancing the parks and waterfronts, farmland preservation, etc. The farmers or vendors at a market are normally the first people to benefit by gaining cash returns for their products. The American Farmland Trust reported in its summer 2013 newsletter that for every $10 spent on local food and products at a market, vendors get close to $9 of the money spent. But most importantly, there is much fun and even more pride an artist or farmer enjoys when they directly hand their product to their friends, family, and neighbors. It isn't only the vendors alone who profit from the markets. In a 2002 survey by PBS of over 800 customers from a variety of open-air markets around the country, it was discovered that 60% of shoppers also visited nearby stores on the same day; of those, 60% said that they visited those additional stores only when they visited the market.
Our beautiful historic downtown is on a strong course to revitalization, supported by residents that are excited to celebrate our unique artistic and cultural talents. The ASO will strive to host a well-organized and entertaining market to highlight our artisans, celebrate creative enterprise in our community, and promote our exceptional Ozark hospitality to visitors and tourists. Within the next season and over the next few years the ASO believes that we can achieve these successes for our community and artisans. We will be working hard to produce and promote these events. Our community and its leaders, businesses, vendors, and civic organizations will be imperative to the "Art & Farm Market's" longevity and success. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to be involved! If you would like more information please feel free to attend our next ASO general meeting on March 10th. You may also contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org (479) 644-9903 Excited for good times to come (and warm weather!), Amber Patton Executive Director Arts Society of Ozark
The Library is now OPEN! Hours of Operation: Monday -12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. February 2nd – 14th there will be a used book sale.
For information on events and the data base call the library at 479-667-2724.
24th Annual Mulberry River Clean Up Day Saturday February 28, 2015 Volunteers needed to help clean up the Mulberry River Valley! Help Provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, and Arkansas Canoe Club. 9 am Check in at Turner Bend for Clean Up, 1 pm Bonfire and refreshments at the Turner Bend Gazebo, 2 pm Lunch served, 3 pm Door prizes.
Davis to Speak for Black History Month
e-mail: email@example.com Phone: 479-667-2117 Fax: 479-667-1422 Megan D. Morris Public Information Specialist
OZARK — In honor of Black History Month, Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is proud to announce Edmond Davis as this year’s guest speaker. Davis will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 9:45 a.m. in the Student Services Conference Center. This event is free and open to the public. A class facilitator at Arkansas Baptist College and the University of Phoenix in Little Rock, “Davis is believed to have the largest collection of Arkansas Tuskegee Airmen history memorabilia in the country,” according to the biography on his website. Items from his collection have been displayed at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff’s Cultural Center, the Jacksonville Museum of Military History and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. Davis is also a professional development specialist and public speaker providing his services to schools, colleges and the United States Air Force. He provides workshops on topics such as Arkansas history, World War II history and AfricanAmerican history. He has written several pieces on aviation, diseases, women’s history, the Civil Rights movement, Arkansas and AfricanAmerican history as well as the book, “Pioneering African-American Aviators: Featuring the Tuskegee Airmen of Arkansas.” Davis will have books for purchase and signing immediately following his presentation. In June 2014, he was named 314th Airlift Wing’s Honorary Vice Commander and was one of 25 new honorary commander inductees by the 19th, 314th, and 189th Airlift Wings at the Little Rock Air Force Base. Davis and his wife, Monica, have a son, Kalon.
Minute Hospital Ozark – February 2015 Things are hopping here at Mercy Ozark. We have had a number of positive changes and improvements to our hospital over the past few months. Besides the ongoing facility improvements, we have also had increases in the number of our emergency room patients. Our turnaround times for a patient being evaluated and treated by medical personnel is significantly shorter than that of a bigger city area. We prioritize our Emergency department patients by what is termed “Triage”. That is, each patient, on admission, is given a preliminary evaluation performed by a registered nurse and patients are treated in order of priority depending on the severity of their symptoms. We treat all of our patients in our facility with respect and dignity and as if they were members of our own families. The severe, life threatening cases take priority. Any patient that needs to be transferred to a more specialized treatment center is medically stabilized here in the ER and transferred as soon as possible. We also have great outpatient services including Physical Therapy, Laboratory, and Radiology (Ultrasound and CT scans along with X-ray). We have an awesome staff that are willing to help you. Our in-house Wound Care clinic that is run by one of our very own local medical provider right here in Ozark and is staffed by specialty wound care nurses. This wound care clinic is in operation in the outpatient area adjacent to the ER on Wednesdays. These services are beneficial to our population as it cuts down significantly in driving time and expense if patients had to go to a larger city. Our ER is equipped with something called “Telemedicine”. This way an ER physician can link in remotely via video conferencing equipment with specialists anywhere to deal with special issues such as “Strokes” or “Major Injuries” so the patient can get the fullest benefit to specialty care right here in their own home town. Besides our usual hospital treatment of patients which most people are already aware of, we have also offered general surgery here for many years. Our surgeon has moved his primary office into the hospital which further enhances the convenience and his expertise for our patients. If we can be of any further service or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact our switchboard at 479-667-4138 and you will be directed to the appropriate department. On behalf of the entire staff here at Mercy Hospital Ozark, we consider it to be our privilege to be of service to this community.
Anne Porter RN Mercy Ozark Administration
I’m happy to report that our first month of the Regular Session has been an immensely productive one. For the 90th General Assembly, I will be serving on the House Education Committee and the committee for Insurance and Commerce. I was also honored to be appointed by Speaker Jeremy Gillam to chair the House Management Committee which helps the Speaker to preserve order and manage day to day operations of the House. Toward the end of our third week of the Regular Session, we passed a significant tax cut measure. With a vote of 95-2, the House approved a bill to reduce the income tax for middle class Arkansans by 1%. This bill impacts those making between $21,000 and $75,000 a year. A family or individual making around $50,000 will see a savings of $300 a year on state taxes. This bill was amended to allow for a portion of previous cuts in the capital gains tax to continue, so it will now head back to the Senate for amendment approval. This tax cut is part of the Governor’s executive recommendations for a balanced budget which was released in Joint Budget Committee this week. Governor Hutchinson’s proposals call for a $50 million increase in K-12 education which reflects the recommendations of the Adequacy Study prepared by the Education Committee. His budget for education also includes $65 million to improve school facilities across the state. The Governor is also proposing to move $5 million in surplus funds for computer science programs in public schools. I have filed a bill in the House which would require every public high school to offer at least one computer science course. The budget calls for a 1% increase in pay for state employees and an increase of $4 million dollars for the Department of Human Services division which oversees the foster care program. Most other state agencies will see 1% cut across the board if the recommendations are approved. The Department of Finance and Administration says the cuts can be made without layoffs.Increases in funding for the Department of Correction and county jail reimbursements are also included. This is only the beginning stages of the budget process. Regardless of what particular line items are proposed, the General Assembly has the ability to review and make changes it deems necessary. The House still has work ahead. We will be discussing a proposal to extend the Private Option another year and begin a task force to look at health care alternatives for the future.And we will need to address prison overcrowding over the course of the next several weeks. We currently have 3,500 prisoners over capacity. I’m honored to serve District 82 at the Capitol once again. I look forward to hearing your ideas and reporting back next month.
Subway inside Loves #271: The featured product is the Grilled Chicken Strips – Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt, Monterey Chicken Melt, and Sweet Onion Teriyaki. The Simple $6 Menu – the best six inch sandwiches, chips & 21 oz. fountain drink Hillbilly Hideout at The I-40 Travel Center: The Hillbilly Hideout offers daily lunch specials, and a deli both open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. You can call in your order for pick up at (479)-667-0711. KFC/Taco Bell: KFC- KFC Popcorn Nuggets are here! Taco Bell- Country Grilled Breakfast Burrito, $1 Crunchwrap Sliders, also a $1 Cravings menu. $1 Happier Hour from 2-5 pm. The Coffee Break: 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. They also have iced and hot coffees and cappuccino. 667-3552 Rivertowne BBQ: BBQ ribs, sandwiches, salad, bean ‘slop’, burgers and more. Choose from beef, chicken, or pork. Carryout and catering available. (479)-667-1808. Hours: Open 7 days a week, Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm and Fri-Sat 11am8:30pm. Wiederkehr Weinkeller Restaurant: The Weinkeller's menu offers delicacies from the German, French, and Italian regions of Switzerland, as well as specialties from central Europe and America. Open every day except major holidays. Hours: Mon-Saturday, Lunch 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Sunday 11:00 am- 9 pm. Reservations are recommended for dinner (479)-468-3551 or 1-800-622-WINE PJ’s Fina & Pizza Pro: Pizza, wings, breadsticks, cinnamon sticks. Specialty pizzas. Get the 2 nd pizza for only $5.00 (12 in.) or $7.00 (14 in.) equal or lesser toppings, carry out only. 667-5805 Subway on Commercial: The featured product is the Big Hot Pastrami Melt for the month of December. Also there is the Simple $6 Menu – the best six inch sandwiches, chips & 21 oz. fountain drink. Also the 6 in. meatball marinara and cold cut combo are just $2! Call 667-0159 to order ahead or for pickup. Southern Grill: Serving breakfast 6-11 a.m. then lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Daily specials and carry out orders. Call 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 crispitos, corndogs, eggrolls, etc.
The Judge’s Jot The Ozark Courtroom renovations have been finished. We are getting a lot of thank you calls on road work. David Hawkins our new Maintenance and Grounds Superintendant has been working wonders in our County buildings. I am learning the ropes of being the Franklin County Judge. The Ozark Courtroom looks great! The work has been going on for about five months and we are so thankful. Doug Cameron with Cameron Construction and his crew did an excellent job! Thank you all! We have been receiving lots of thank you calls in the Judge’s office for all the great road work. I want to thank Bill Davis our new North side road foreman and Jerry Jeffers the South side road foreman for all their hard work, and we don’t want to leave out our Road guys they are also doing a great job! David Hawkins has been making both courthouses shine! I am very excited about what David is doing and his plans for the future on our county buildings. He has had some great help with 309s and trustees from the Sherriff’s office. Thank you guys! I want to once again thank you all for electing me as your Franklin County Judge and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I have a lot of learning to do but I am prepared to bring Franklin County from good to great! Thanks for reading about Franklin County and as always if you have any questions or comments please contact my office anytime. 479-667-4726 Thanks,
Rickey Bowman Franklin County Judge