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The 7th annual German Heritage Festival will be celebrated at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie, 921 East Fourth Street in Stuttgart April 12th. The festival will kick off with a 5K Run/Walk at 9:00 a.m. (registration starts at 7:30 a.m.) Other events include a bratwurst cook-off, live polka music, Germanic food and beverages, crafts, children activities and much more. For more information, call the museum at (870) 673-7001 or visit www.



The dances at the DeWitt Senior Center have been canceled until further notice.


Arkansas county Wildlife 4-H club will hold the annual DeWitt Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 19, @ 10 a.m. at the Dewitt City Park, ages 2 years - 5th grade. Anyone wishing to help or donate filled eggs or prizes please contact Brandi Danner @ 870-509-1549.


The St. Charles Fire Department is hosting a dog clinic on Saturday, April 5 from 9:0012:00. The clinic will be offering rabie shots, worming, and there will be city dog tags available.


DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home’s Health Insurance Enrollment Fair was held last Tuesday at the hospital. If you need help enrolling before the March 31st deadline, you have another local opportunity. Licensed insurance guides will be available Wednesday, March 26, from 10 a.m. Until 7 p.m. on the PCCUA campus.

The children of First Baptist Church Preschool recently participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Trike-AThon. These 3 and 4 year olds collected exactly $5,000 in donations for the hospital. They celebratd by having a day to ride their trikes and bikes and eat fruit pops.

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LOCAL NEWS EWITT POLICE REPORT March 17, 2014 - I was dispatched to the Dewitt Hospital Parking Lot for an parking lot accident. Upon arrival I met with the two vehicle owners. The first driver stated he had no damage to his vehicle only to the second driver’s vehicle. The first driver was trying to pull in to the parking spot next to the second and turned a little too wide and hit her bumper on the driver’s side rear. They were told to contact their insurance companies and tell them of the accident. No injuries in the accident and no citations issued. March 21, 2014 - At approximately 3:35 p.m., I, Officer Johnathan Powell, was dispatched to the high school parking lot for an accident. Upon arrival, I met with the two drivers involved. Driver 1 said she was backing out of her spot and saw that someone was backing out of the spot opposite her so she stopped. The other vehicle, however, kept going and hit her. Driver 2 stated that he and the other driver were backing out at the same time and hit one another. I noted damage to the rear bumpers of both vehicles.



March 22, 2014 - At 9:30 a.m. Chief Forbes of St Charles made a traffic stop that resulted in 3 Felony drug arrests and 1 Felony Warrant arrest. During the search of the vehicle Chief Forbes located a pill bottle containing marijuana, cocaine and Xanax. The driver was arrested and charged with Driving on a Suspended DL, Misdemeanor Possession, and 2 counts of Felony Possession. The front passenger was arrested and charged with No Seat Belt, Misdemeanor Possession, 2 counts of Felony Possession, and a Felony Warrant for Theft by Receiving out of Washington County. Mr. Wilson was on Furlough as he had just taken a plea on Felony drug charges stemming from an arrest made by Chief Forbes in 2013. He was to be sentenced on those charges March 26th. The rear passenger was arrested and charged with Misdemeanor Possession, 2 counts of Felony Possession, & a Warrant out of Marvell stemming from drug charges. Charges will be filed with both the County Prosecutor and the City Prosecutor from this traffic stop.

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Government Arkansas County Quorum Court meets the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the courthouse. Crocketts Bluff Volunteer Fire Department meets the third Monday of February, May, August and November at 7 p.m. at the fire station. You do not have to be a board member to attend. DeWitt Airport Commission meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at DeWitt City Hall. DeWitt/Arkansas County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners meets the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m. DeWitt City Council meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. DeWitt Municipal Waterworks meets the second Monday of each month at 3 p.m. at the water office. DeWitt School Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the district office. Gillett City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. (November-March) or 7 :30 p.m. (April-October). St. Charles City Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the St. Charles Museum. St. Charles Zoning Commission meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the St. Charles Fire Department. The St. Charles Volunteer Fire Department meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the fire station at 610 Broadway. The St. Charles Fire Department Auxiliary meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the fire station at 610 Broadway. Club Meetings American Legion and Auxiliary meets the first Thursday of each month at Camp Doughboy at 6:30 p.m. Arkansas County Diabetic Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Arkansas County Bank Community Room. Caring and Sharing Food Pantry is open the second and fourth Tuesday and Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Court Square in DeWitt. Unity Baptist Church Community Clothes Closet is open the first Monday of each month from 4-6 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday and Thursday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Delta Medicine Assist Program will be open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Baptist Medical Health Clinic in Stuttgart. DeWitt Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the DeWitt City Hall courtroom. Use the east door. DeWitt Athletic Booster Club meets the first Monday of each month in the DeWitt High School library at 5:30 p.m. DeWitt Band Parents Association meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the DeWitt High School band room. DeWitt Chamber of Commerce meets the third Thursday of each month at noon at a location to be announced. The DeWitt Community Book Club meets the second Monday of each month at PCCUA DeWitt campus at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who is interested in read-

ing a variety of fiction and nonfiction and discussing books with other readers is welcome to attend. DeWitt Hospital Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon at PCC-DeWitt. DeWitt Lions Club meets every Tuesday at noon at The Catfish Shack. DeWitt Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at The Catfish Shack. 40 et 8 meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at Doughboy. The Gillett Civic Group meets the second Thursday of each month in the community room at the Planters and Merchants Bank. Grand Prairie Charitable Christian Medical Clinic is held the second Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m., at 115 N. Adams in DeWitt. The Grand Prairie Historical Society meets the third Thursday in Jan., April, July and October. The Grand Prairie Quilt Society meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Stuttgart Public Library. The Grand Prairie Ruritan Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Willows Restaurant. Kingdom Outreach Women’s Group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Changing Lives Ministries building at the corner of Madison and Gibson streets. Masonic Lodge #157 meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Prairie Angels 4-H Club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 3:45 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gillett. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 p.m.; meetings at 6 p.m. Weight Watchers meets every Monday at New Life Fellowship. Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m. Ya-gotta-wanna Al-Anon Group provides support for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. AlAnon meets 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church, 120 W. 7th, Stuttgart, AR. Gillett Farmers and Businessmen Club 2014 Meeting Schedule is as follows: • April 21 at 7:00 sponsored by Civic Group at Menard Lodge •May 19 at 7:00 sponsored by New Zion Youth at New Zion Church •June 16 at 7:00 sponsored by UMW at Methodist Church •July 21 at 7:00 sponsored by Dorcas Circle at Lutheran Church •August 18 at 7:00 sponsored by PTA at Lutheran Church •September 15 at 7:00 sponsored by Girl Scouts at Baptist Church •October 20 at 7:00 sponsored by Civic Group at Menard Lodge •November 17 at 7:00 sponsored by Dorcas Circle at Lutheran Church •December 15 at 7:00 sponsored by Lutheran Youth at Lutheran Church •January 10, 2015 at 6:30 sponsored by F&B Men at Coon Supper

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Leslie Giacomo

Patricia Moon

Mary Katherine Chaney

Leslie Allen Giacomo, of Krebs, OK, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the McAlester Regional Health Care Center at the age of 62. Leslie was born November 21, 1951 to Paschal R. and Willie D. (Dinwiddie) Giacomo in McAlester, OK. Leslie grew up in Krebs, attended Krebs Public Schools and transferring to McAlester for high school. He graduated from the McAlester High School with the Class of 1970. He immediately attended Southeastern Oklahoma State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1974. For the last 25 years, Leslie worked at Spirit as the inspector until his recent retirement. He married Nancy Brenneman on December 30, 1994. Leslie was very mechanical minded and enjoyed operating and supervising dozing. He was an avid outdoorsmen and spent a lifetime hunting deer and turkey with family and friends, and was referred to affectionately as a “talker.” He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of the home; daughter, Karrie (Giacomo) Shannon and husband, Marty, of McAlester; sons: Dustin Carey, of McAlester, and Russ Carey and his wife, Kinzi, of McAlester; grandchildren: Katelyn Shannon and Kyler Carey; brothers: Ronald Giacomo, of NV, Donald Giacomo, of CA and Paschal David Giacomo, of Sand Springs; sisters: Peggy Hargrove, of Krebs, and Alice Cathey and husband, Dennis, of McAlester; uncle, Sylvester Di Giacomo, of Krebs; mother-in-law, Lucille Brenneman, of DeWitt; sister-in-law, Janet Danner and husband, Teddy, of DeWitt, and other family and a host of friends. Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, Paschal and Willie Giacomo.

Patricia Lyn Dawson Moon, age 72, of Marvell, AR passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in Memphis, TN. She was born November 21, 1941, in St. Charles, AR to the late Shelby and Marie Norris Dawson. Patricia was a member of Trenton Baptist Church and worked as a registered nurse for 39 years before retiring from East Arkansas Area on Aging. She is survived by five sons: Jack Moon of Hot Springs, AR, Gary Moon of Monticello, AR, Robert Moon of Chicago, IL, Doug Moon (Debbie) of Girard, OH, and Larry Moon (Tammy) of Marvell, AR; three daughters, Angie Rhein (Ricky) of Swan Lake, AR, Suzi Parfait (Farrell) of Cocoa, FL, and Kathy Moon of Sheridan, AR; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura West (Jesse) of Parkdale, AR and Zada Koen (Chris) of DeWitt; one brother, Billy Dawson (Edna) of Ethel, AR; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Wesly Moon, Sr.; her parents; a daughter, Martha Pitts; two grandsons, Nicholas Broglin and Stephen Haggins; two sisters, Sara George and Elizabeth Adams; and two brothers, Bud Dawson and Roy George. Graveside services for Patricia Moon were held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena. Visitation was held prior to the service from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Brother Harold Crisp officiated. Pallbearers were James Adams, Chris Koen, James Carruth, Norris Bearfield, Wayne Wyssbrod and Scotty Ford. Honorary pallbearers were Lane Ford, Dalton Ford and Jaylyn Foster. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Services were directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Friends and relatives may sign the online guest book at www.

Mary Katherine Chaney 80 of Reed, Arkansas died Tuesday March 18, 2014 at her home in Tillar. Born March 29, 1933 in Tillar, Arkansas she was the daughter of the late L.Z. Bearden and Annie Bearden. Mary confessed her life to Christ at an early age and joined the Log Bayou M.B. Church where she remained a faithful member until her health began to fail. Mary was united in Holy Matrimony to the late David Chaney. To this union 12 Children were born. Mary was preceded in death by (1) Son; David Chaney Jr. , (1) Daughter; Rosemary JacksonCarr, (4) Brothers; L.Z. Bearden Jr., James Wesley, Joe Nathan and Thomas Bearden and (1) Sister; Alma Given. Mary leaves to cherish her memories (10) Children; (8) Sons; L.G. (LaJewel) Chaney, Michael Chaney, Samuel Chaney all of Reed, Arkansas, Rickey Chaney of Monticello, Arkansas, Alanda Ray( Jacqueline)Chaney, Donald Chaney, Darrell (Rosemary) Chaney, and David Stephen (Hannah) Chaney of Reed, Arkansas, (2) Daughters; Janet Chaney of Memphis, Tennessee and Ruthie Ann Chaney of Reed, Arkansas, (2) Brothers; Nathaniel Bearden of McGehee,Arkansas and Franklin (Flossie) Bearden of Reed, Ar., (2) Sisters; Annie Young and Ora Jean (Leon) Benton of Tillar,Ar.,(5) Sister-In-Laws; Ella Mae (Mack) Armoster of Grady, Ar.,Mable Devers of Omaha, NB., Charlene Bearden of Tillar, Ar., Bennie Bearden of Maywood, IL., and Opal Chaney of Grady, Ar., (1) Uncle; Andrew Bearden, (25) Grandchildren, (60) Great Grandchildren, (8) Great Great Grandchildren, her best Friend; Hattie Kelsey of Reed, Ar., and a host of nieces, Nephews, cousins, and other close relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on March 27th from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. at Log Bayou in Tillar, AR. Funeral Service will be on March 28th at 2 p.m. at McGehee Chapel in McGehee, AR. Service entrusted to McKinzie Funeral Home of DeWitt, AR.

CASA of Arkansas County Fundraiser Smoked Pork Loin $25 Easter Baked Goods Sale Drive-Thru First United MethodistChurch 608 S. Grandview Drive, DeWitt Saturday, April 19 11:00 - 1:00 Place your orders early for pork loins by calling Sharon Sandine at 870-344-1791 or Keith Patterson at 870-946-3664. “Committed to helping our foster children.” Announcing...

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DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home’s 6th Annual Spring Fling Blood Drive April 15 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. DeWitt Hospital 1641 S. Whitehead Drive in DeWitt, AR For an appointment, or for more information, contact 1-800-REDCROSS or visit The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™


Obituary Aubrey Weathers Aubrey Quinn Weathers, 78, of Stuttgart, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock. Mr. Weathers was born September 27, 1935, in Point Deluce, AR, to Hollis Cathadius Weathers and Elsie Lee Brown Weathers. He was a retired farm implement dealer and a Baptist. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Harlan Weathers. Survivors are his wife, Cookie Reichenbach Weathers; three daughters, Audrey Landrum (Rick) of Germantown, TN, Allyson Wright (Gary) of St. Louis, MO, and Andrea Alexander of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Anna Alyssa Edens, Mary Aubrey Landrum, Davis Sullivan Wright, Hollis Weathers Wright, Carson Quinn Alexander and Mollie McCraw Wright; one sister, Ellen Beth Smith (Rick) of Stuttgart; and nephews, Jason and Justin Marks and their families of Stuttgart. Funeral services, officiated by Bro. David Inzer and Bro. Heath Loftis, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church with visitation one hour before the service. Burial followed in Lone Tree Cemetery by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart. His family requests memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, or Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 983, Stuttgart, AR 72160. Please go to to sign the online guestbook.

Terry Henderson Terry G. Henderson, 48, of DeWitt, died Monday, March 17, 2014. Terry was born October 29, 1965 in Stuttgart to the late Lindsey E. and Betty (Dubert) Henderson. He is also preceded in death by a sister, Vickie Henderson Sebree. Terry served in the National Guard for six years. He will be missed by brother, Anthony Henderson and wife Sonda, of DeWitt, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Obituary William Rigsby, Jr. William Herschel “June Bug” Rigsby Jr., 61, of Shawneetown, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 due to a trucking accident near Omaha. He was born September 23, 1952 in Eldorado, the son of William Herschel Sr. and Bethel (McGrew) Rigsby. “June Bug” was a truck driver for R.G. Berry Trucking of Shawneetown. He married Jennifer Kaye Wiles on July 3rd, 1981. He is survived by his wife, Jenny Rigsby of Shawneetown; his mother, Bethel Rigsby; two sisters, Patty and Jerry Riley, Mary Gladys and James Kingery, all of Shawneetown. Funeral was held Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. where Father Steven Beatty officiated. Burial followed at Hogan Cemetery near Shawneetown.

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Gillett News By Darla Grantham Gillett EHC Holds March Meeting The Gillett Extension Homemakers Club held its March meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at The Paddy in Gillett with seven people present and Rose Ella Smith as hostess. Margie Hackney, club president, called the meeting to order. Smith read an inspirational message based on Matthew 6:6, reminding us that having our devotional life in order every day makes the rest of the day more manageable. Hackney read the thought for the month: “If you can find a path without any obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere,” by Frank A. Clark. Becki Weinrich presented the program about having an emergency food supply. Handouts helped provide information about food preparation after a disaster, an emergency one-week meal planner and shopping list, and keeping

food and water safe during power outages and floods. Paper plates and cups, paper towels, a can opener, matches, eating utensils, candles, and some way of warming foods are needed along with food for emergencies. Water is also a necessity; water can be canned (like canning fruits or vegetables) or can be treated with liquid chlorine bleach containing 4 to 6 percent sodium hypochlorite, 16 drops to a gallon. Weinrich explained the differences in “sell by” and “use by” dates on foods. Dorothy Connelly, secretary, led roll call with the question: “Do you have any emergency safety plans in place at home?” All of those present said they had a few plans in place but not as many as the information suggested. The minutes of the last meeting were read and accepted, and the treasurer’s report was given and approved. Connelly read the help-

ful hint: For wobbly legs on furniture—on the uneven leg hot glue a button that blends in to the color to make it even. Several members questioned how long that would last if the chair was used often. Hackney and Cheryl Pfaffenberger assisted at the 4-H banquet on March 10. Hackney and Smith provided cakes. The EHC Spring Council meeting is April 9, at PCC DeWitt campus. A bib workshop is planned for April 15 at the DeWitt office to make bibs for the DeWitt Nursing Home. Hackney received a surprise when she heard that her grandson and wife, Brian and Pam Cossey, had their baby girl that afternoon. Everyone enjoyed the delicious refreshments served by Smith. Thelma Connelly, Arlene Ferguson, and Anita Trimble were also present. Hackney won the door prize furnished by Weinrich and Trimble

won the door prize furnished by Smith. The meeting closed with the Homemaker’s Prayer. The March meeting will be on Tuesday, April 22, at The Paddy in Gillett at 2 p.m. with Trimble as hostess. This meeting date is a week later than normal because of the bib workshop planned for April 15 at the DeWitt office. Save the Date Gillett United Methodist Church & St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will hold Vacation Bible School during the week of June 16-20, 2014. Gillett Rabies Clinic The Gillett Rabies Clinic will be Saturday, March 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Gillett Fire Department. City dog tags will also be sold. All dogs residing in the city limits (including house dogs) must purchase a city dog tag every year. If your dog already has its rabies shot, dog tags can be purchased at the Gillett City Hall for $5.00.

Miss DeWitt 2014

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The annual Miss DeWitt Pageant was held Wednesday, March 19th at DeWitt High School. The pageant was spon-

sored by the Student Council in grades 9-12. Last year’s Miss DeWitt Gina Silva, along with President of the Student

Council Sara Jennings, were co-emcees of the event, which featured contestants: Christen Noelle Earhart

Kristen Wade Cazer Samantha Layne Woodiel Randi Carann Marie Hestir Makala Yvonne White Ragan Brooke Snyder Carlee Suzanne Cox Whitney Price Riley Marie Poor Rylee Allison Knoll Sydney Bueker Ashley Kindall Terry Maggie Holzhauer Stormee Bell Stephanie Palmerin The event also featured “Special Entertainment,” a selection of Senior boys wearing various dresses in the “I Feel Pretty” Pageant. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Rylee Knoll was crowned Miss DeWitt 2014, with Carlee Cox receiving 1st Runnerup and Ragan Snyder taking 2nd Runnerup. Congratulations to the winners.

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GOOD MORNING! GOOD MORNING! Can you folks believe that I said that? I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON. I always say that I have never seen a good morning and everyone that really knows me, already knows that. (but, I sure have seen a lot of good nights). HOOT! HOOT. Enough of this already. BURRELL SERVICES J.W. & I attended the funeral for Cotton Burrell, Wednesday (19th), at Bellview Baptist Church in Ethel. And friends, let me tell everyone, Cotton was a good friend to everyone and everybody that knew him, loved him. His pastor, Bro. Jeff Temple and Bro. Donald Lee Ruffin, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in DeWitt, conducted the funeral services after the posting of colors by White River National Wildlife Refuge Honor Guard. Burial was conducted at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt in charge. There was also a 21-gun salute conducted by the White River National Wildlife Refuge team from St. Charles. Please, everyone, remember Shannon and Brenden and their families and friends in prayers. We are all here for you, Kiddos, with love. BIRTHDAY PARTY Little Miss Hailey Zornes celebrated her 9th birthday at her home in DeWitt, with family and friends present. Pizza and cup cakes were served, after which, Hailey opened her presents. The children played games for a while. Belat-


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Five Things Your Parents Didn’t Mean to Teach You By Beth H. Macy Parents do the best they can to raise you with the tools they have. Many parents would be shocked to know that their children were little sponges, soaking up every word and action and interpreting it in their own way. Although many thoughts, fears, reactions and actions get imprinted upon children at an early age, it is never too late to recognize where these things come from and to decide whether or not you wish to continue to hold onto them. Here are five things, out of potentially many more, that your parents inadvertently taught you! 1. How to Swear There are many everyday situations that can cause a parent to inadvertently let loose a blue streak! How do you react to surprise, pain, fear or fa-

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tigue? What swear words are your children learning? 2. The White Lie Ever overhear one of your parents calling in sick to work? “Cough, cough, cough, I seem to have caught a bug from one of the kids. Can’t make it in today.” You look around the house to see which one of your siblings is sick. Then you wonder if it could be you who is sick! What are some other white lies you overheard, and how does that affect your behavior today? Are you a master at the “mental health day” phone call to work? 3. Fear of (Spiders, Mice, Lightening, and Other Events) Parents tend to have different parenting styles here. Your father may have run around the house after a mouse with a shotgun declaring, “I’ve

got it!” and your mother may have picked the mouse up by its tail and thrown it out. However, do you remember the reaction to a spider in the bathtub? Which parent screamed and ran away? Now look at your reaction to these critters and events. Where did it come from? Is it a carbon copy of one of your parent’s reactions or is it the exact opposite? 4. How to Mess Up a House Are you a piles person, compulsively orderly, or somewhere in between? Chances are that you are a reaction to, or an embodiment of, the way your parents lived. The best way to analyze your style is to look at how your parents live once the children have flown the nest. 5. How to Procrastinate It’s 9 pm on a school

night, and you mention that you haven’t finished your big craft project for the Science Fair, and it’s due tomorrow. The two of you sit for the next two hours at the kitchen table modeling a papiermâché volcano, complete with a baking soda eruption. Any attention can be good attention, even if children are being scolded by their parents. Everyone sees the world differently, and everyone chooses how to react to that world. Even years after the original incident that formed our behavior has taken place, you can still chose to react differently. What behaviors do you have that you can trace back to your parents? How did you chose those behaviors, and do you still chose to keep them?

The Sixth Annual Spring Fling Blood Drive

DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home hosts health fair and blood drive to help save lives. For the sixth year, the DeWitt community along with folks from surrounding areas can help save lives during the DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home Spring Fling blood drive with the American Red Cross in April. Since 2009, the Spring Fling blood drive has collected more than 500 blood donations to help patients in need. This year, the Red Cross hopes to collect at least 110 pints, which would break the Spring Fling record thus far. All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross Spring Fling blood drive T-shirt, while supplies last. Sixth Annual Spring Fling Blood Drive: April 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home, 1641 S. Whitehead Drive, in DeWitt, Ark. “Since we started Spring


Fling, the blood drive has been a cornerstone of the event,” said Darren Caldwell, CEO of DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home. “We are so proud of and amazed by the community support. Each year’s blood drive has been bigger than the last, and we hope that continues.” According to Caldwell, the hospital collects more blood at the Spring Fling than it actually uses in an entire year, which means that donors could be helping patients treated at DeWitt Hospital or any of the 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers served by the Red Cross. “People should be proud that we collect more blood than we use here,” he added. “When they give blood here, they’re helping not only their neighbors but patients outside Arkansas County as well.” Blood products can be used for patients receiving chemotherapy, accident victims and premature babies, just to name a few. Under normal circumstances, someone needs blood in the United States every two seconds. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, so donors are always needed to help ensure a sufficient supply. “We’re excited to be part of the sixth annual

Spring Fling,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Greater OzarksArkansas Blood Services Region. “The hundreds of donations collected through this blood drive show how committed DeWitt Hospital and the community are to helping patients in need. We’re grateful for their willingness to give.” The Spring Fling will feature not only a blood drive but also a health fair. Community organizations and businesses will be manning booths offering information and health screenings. The event will feature a raffle for dozens of door prizes, free refreshments and a team competition. Team leaders from local businesses and organizations can recruit employees, customers, clients, family members and friends to join and register for the event under the team name. The group with the most participant points wins the Spring Fling traveling trophy and bragging rights for a full year. To sign up to make a donation appointment, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit and enter DeWittHosp in the sponsor code field. How to donate blood Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-

2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in Arkansas), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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God Said So By William Wood We recently published a sermon entitled “What is Truth.” We wish to continue that discussion. The starting point of all discussion about truth must be The Bible. We must have a positive knowledge that the Bible is the foundation of all truth! For the Bible says in PS. 11:3 “If the foundation be destroyed, what can the Righteous do?” If we leave the fact that The Bible is God’s voice on paper, then we are like a ship on a stormy sea, without a rudder. Having spent 2 ½ years aboard ships in the North Atlantic in World War II, I have seen many times when the rudder of our ship saved us from being overturned, as it kept us headed into the waves! Without that rudder we were at the mercy of every stormy wind that blew. Deny that the Bible is the very word of God and you are left to the mercy of every false teaching that blows your way. But if you will agree that the Bible is the last court of appeal then you have a fixed starting point from which to search for truth! Grant that the Bible (in its original King James form) is altogether correct, and you have reached the place where studying its contents will lead you into all truth. It is impossible to over-estimate the importance of the fact that the Bible is ever jot and title God’s Holy Word. This then is the center of all truth “God said it, therefore it is true!” And so we can understand why God’s enemies are constantly throwing their fiery darts in an effort to discount the Bible! In the Garden of Eden the devil made his first attack (on Earth) against God’s word. There he said to Eve “Yea, hath God said?” Today he is still trying his same method of calling God a liar. In these last days his attacks are being made in a very subtle way, and come from more unexpected places. The word of God is now being disputed in the name of education and science, and that by some who claim to be friends of God and His Bible. Many of those who are being paid to stand in our pulpits and defend the truth, are the very ones who are sowing the seeds of disbelief, and destroying the faith of those they are preaching to. And so the first question which the honest reader of the Bible must answer for himself is, what value am I to place on the Scriptures? Were the men who wrote it just so many FANATICS? Or were they inspired by God, and given His very thoughts to put down on paper? Did they have God’s mind opened to them, so that they could explain the mysteries of God, or were they only guessing when they spoke of future events? No friends, they were not guessing! When we read what they told us would come in they last days, and we look around us and see it happening just as they recorded it, then the Bible has made a claim on our attention, which can only be ignored at the harm of our souls!! True wisdom cannot refuse to examine the Bible in the search for Truth! We are in the “knowledge age!” With a flick of your finger you ask your cell phone a question, and receive the world’s answer at once. Into every sphere of information man pushes his investigation, but the Book of all Books is mostly neglected. Not only by the illiterate, but by the so-called wise as well. The Bible said this day would come, and here we are! Amen

Commissioned! by Pastor Steve Ellison

The Bible speaks a lot about fruit bearing. Adam and Eve were told to be fruitful and multiply. Noah was told be fruitful and multiply. Jacob was told to be fruitful and multiply. God told the prophet Jeremiah that He would send the Righteous Branch so that God’s people would be fruitful and multiply. The gospels mention fruit 38 times, three by John the Baptist and the rest by Jesus. The New Testament speaks of thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and hundredfold Christians. Nowhere does the New Testament speak of zero-fold Christians. Christians are to be fruit-bearing. The only way for couples to be physically fruitful is to be in close intimate union with each other. The only way for a Christian to be spiritually fruitful is to be in close intimate union with Christ. Jesus left His disciples with a final set of instructions and a powerful word of encouragement as He prepared to return to His place at the right hand of the Father. In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus declared that all authority had been given to Him. Because He had all authority, Jesus could commission and empower His disciples. These men stood in front of Christ possessing no money, no building, no organization, no power, no First Amendment rights, no anything, and yet Jesus was about to order them into all the world making disciples of every ethnic group. If any group of people ever needed encouragement, this group did. Surely the disciples could believe Jesus’ declaration that He had all authority. After all, they had seen Jesus exercise power over nature, disease, blindness, demons, and even death, and finally not only others’ death but His own death as well. This authority and power was well placed. It was given into the hands of the One who knew best how to use it, who loves best, and who can distribute it best. This One who holds power and authority over everything has power and authority to empower and anoint His soldiers. He has power and authority to judge His servants. He has power and authority to reward His followers. Jesus first word of encouragement was that all authority had been given to Him. His second word of encouragement to his disciples was that He would be with them until the end of the age. Christ is with His disciples on good days, bad days, Fridays, Mondays, during success, during failure, during time of favor, during time of persecution, and every other day until the end of time. What greater encouragement could this group have than to know that Christ who possessed all authority would be by their side from now on? Now these men were ready to receive their final instructions. They were to be in such close union with Christ that spiritual fruit would be birthed. In other words, as the disciples went about their daily lives, they would share the good news about their Savior. This would result in people being “born again”. Christ also told them to make disciples which would include teaching these newborn creations in Christ to observe (obey) all that Jesus had taught. This command to make disciples is

Are We Seeing Biblical Prophecy Fulfilled? By Tom Smith There may be more going on right now than meets the eye. Biblical scholars in “End Time” events are having a field day right now in light of Russia’s recent invasion and annexation of part of the Ukraine. That’s why we’d do well to pay close attention to future developments there and what Russian President Vladmir Putin has up his sleeve. For a long time many students of Biblical “eschatology” (the theology of the End Time) have pointed to Ezekiel 38-39 as a major map of what is to come. In those two chapters there’s talk about “Gog and Magog” and many conservative scholars say Magog refers to “the land in the north”—which they say is Russia—while Gog, who’s referred to as “the prince of Meshech and Tubal” (Ez. 38:2-3; 39:1), refers to the head of Magog—which would be President Putin. Likewise, they say “Meschech” refers to the ancient people who lived along the Black and Caspien Seas and were known as the Moschi or Moschovites, from which Moscow is derived. And, according to them, “Tubal” is a derivative of the modern word Toblsk, the former capital of Russia and one of its most famous cities. Understandably, there are many other End Time scholars who reject these views. They offer different interpretations of the names and events described in Ezekiel. They point out that Meshech and Tubal were nations that existed in the 6th century B.C. and couldn’t refer to Moscow and Tobolsk, which weren’t founded until centuries later. Consequently, all of this leaves us further perplexed and shaking our heads, wondering who’s right. We do know the nations mentioned in Ez. 38:5—“Persia, Ethiopia and Libya”—still exist today, although Persia now refers to modern-day Iran. And, some scholars believe “Gomer and all his bands” (38:6) refers to modern-day Turkey. We know that Putin and Russia currently have strong ties to Iran and Syria. Furthermore, on February 14 Russia purportedly signed a $3 billion arms’ agreement with Egypt in a direct snub to the United States. Thus, it would seem we need to keep our eyes on any Russian overtures toward Turkey, which has long been a member of NATO. However, in recent

years she has become increasingly hostile toward the United States and has expressed interest in becoming part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes Russia, China and four other nations. The SCO, which was formed in 1996, has also been wooing India to join them, stressing the economic, political and military advantages of doing so. Therefore, there’s no doubt that the onceweakened Soviet Union is alive-and-well. And, there’s no doubt that Putin is leading the charge and his interest in the Ukraine is greater than just protecting the ethnic-Russians who live there. One thing is certain: In the last days the nations who are opposed to Israel will gather together against her to try and finally vanquish her. Interestingly, there’s no reference to the United States in these End Time prophecies, which may mean we chose not to get involved—or no longer exist. But, sadly, it could mean we’re part of those who’ve come against Israel, our longtime ally. Regardless, we read that God will intervene before a single shot, bomb or missile can be fired against this tiny nation that He called His Chosen People. Suddenly, there’ll be an Exodus-sized hailstorm from Heaven, with some hailstones weighing several pounds each, that’ll fall upon those gathered forces, killing hundreds of thousands (Revelation 16:21). Suffice it to say, the coming, prophesied events are going to affect us all. Worldwide turmoil will increase, as will fear and uncertainty. However, those who’ve placed their trust in Jesus Christ should not succumb to doubt or despair—for, as someone said, “I’ve read the last chapter (Rev. 22) and I know who wins in the End.” Here’s hoping you can honestly say that, dear Reader. If not, isn’t it about time to place your trust in Christ? The days ahead are going to get much more treacherous and you’re going to be in for the ride of your life. How much better it’ll be if you know Who’s hanging onto you. (NOTE: If you’d like to contact Bro. Tom or receive his daily e-mail devotional, entitled “Morning Manna,” you can write him at P.O. Box 10614, Fort Smith, AR 72917 or e-mail him at pressingon@hotmail. com). -30-

not given only to the original disciples but to all subsequent disciples as well. If a Christian is not actively engaged in making disciples, he or she is living outside of the will of God. The demise of the Church has not come because of government regulations, a bad economy, a filthy entertainment industry, etc. Rather, the church is experiencing a reduction in attendance, commitment, and influence because we have not faithfully carried out the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. You have been commissioned. I wonder if at the Judgment Seat of Christ, we will be presented with a list of people we have discipled, however short it may

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Tunican Chapter Crisis Assistance funds come to of the Arkansas close at PBJCEOC Archeological Society to Meet The LIHEAP crisis program will end on March 27, 2014 at Pine Bluff Jefferson County EOC. LIHEAP offered help for individuals struggling to pay home energy bills. PBJCEOC administered LIHEAP in all its five

counties, which include Jefferson, Grant, Cleveland, Arkansas and Lincoln. PBJCEOC is a private, non-profit organization which operates an extensive range of social programs and services

targeting low income households. PBJCEOC works in conjunction with other agencies and organizations to provide assistance to low-income families and individuals within the community. The range of services

provided can vary with the needs of each community. Some of the services offered consist of: Housing, Food, Employment, Childcare Assistance, Home Repair and Energy Assistance.

DeWitt Hospital & Nursing Home Enrollment Fair

Gary Knudsen If you are interested in learning how to protect archeological sites in Arkansas, join us Tuesday, April 1 for a program presented by Gary Knudsen, a retired US Forest Service archeologist and member of the Arkansas Archeological Society, titled “The Archeological Stewards Program: Protecting Arkansas’ Past”. Archeological sites can go extinct. They don’t have roots and they don’t lay eggs. When they are gone, they’re gone, taking with them everything they can teach us about the past. History doesn’t take care of itself. It’s up to us. The Arkansas Ar-

cheological Society, an organization for people interested in archeology in Arkansas and the Arkansas Archeological Survey, a unit of the University of Arkansas, are co-sponsors of a unique program to help landowners care for and protect archeological sites. Join us to learn how the program works and how you can get involved. The program will begin at 6:30 PM and will be held on the first floor of the University of Arkansas Monticello library in Meeting Room A behind the coffee shop. We hope you join us.

from 10 a.m. Until 7 p.m. on the PCCUA campus. “Licensed insurance agents and guides are available in every county in Arkansas to provide enrollment assistance,” said Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford. Individuals and families that are uninsured can find a range of plans available to Heather Haywood, Public Information Manager with the Arkansas meet their Insurance Department, assists a participant at the DeWitt Hospital f i n a n c i a l and Nursing Home’s Health Insurance Enrollment Fair. The event s i t u a t i o n and health was held last Tuesday night at the hospital. needs. The deadline is ap- 31. If you need help en- To be eligible to enroll, a proaching for Arkan- rolling before the March person must be between sans to sign up for health 31st deadline, you have the ages of 18 and 64, live insurance through the another local opportu- in the U.S., and must be Health Insurance Mar- nity. Licensed insurance a U.S. citizen or lawfully ketplace. The deadline to guides will be available present. Anyone who enroll is Monday, March Wednesday, March 26, plans to enroll should be

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La-T-Da Boutique Opens in DeWitt their beauty even more (and they don’t have to drive an hour and a half to do it) with the opening of La-T-Da, located in the former Play It Again video store on Adams Street. The slogan of the store is “It’s cheaper to shop than to get therapy.” “The store really is a “girlie” store, but we wanted to make it comfortable for men to be able to come in and buy something for their wives,” said owner Tonya Dumond. Dumond offers her customers a wide range of services including a full-range of body care products with such brand names as Bath & Body Works, Victoria Secret, Crabtree & Evelyn, Pecksniff, Baylis and Harding and Juicy Couture, just to name a few. In addition to her plethora of body care lines, Dumond also offers tasteful lingerie and limited consignment items such as designer jeans and purses, formal dresses, and high-end as well as costume jewelry. “I have jewelry that ranges from $1 to $300,” said Dumond. Owning and running her own business is nothing new to Dumond. She started selling items on eBay part-time in 2003 while working for the Department of Human Services in Conway. In 2006 she made the jump from a part-time business on the Internet to a full-time business. In 2011, soon after Dumond moved back to this area, she started the Wadda Bargain online consignment La-T-Da owner Tonya Dumond and employee Stacy Albusiness that so many DeWitt residents len show off their line of body care products. are familiar with. “When I moved back here from Conway to a rural area, By Terrye Seamon people started contacting me locally,” said Dumond. Although she still conducts her busiIn the words of Maria in Westside Story, “I feel pretty, ness via the Internet, she made the leap from virtual oh so pretty. I feel pretty and witty and bright.” Now customers to a storefront business with face-to-face the women of DeWitt have the opportunity to express customer service last month in February. Since she

lives approximately 15 minutes out of town, it was just more convenient for her to open a store in town instead of working out of her home. Before she opened, Dumond did a lot of remodeling to what was once the Play It Again video store. She painted, put in light fixtures, added mirrors and carpet, tore down walls, etc., and it’s not over yet. Her husband Will Dumond is currently remodeling the other half of the building and plans to open up Arkansas County Pawn and Sales this week. Tonya’s future plans include fixing up the outside of the building and opening up a tanning salon by next tanning season. When asked what advice she would give new business owners, Dumond said, “The hardest job you can have is your own business. You want to work for yourself because you think it’s going to be easy. It’s not easy. You have to be self-motivated.” Dumond went on to say, “My business, what I do, are trends. You have to study trends. You are doing a lot of networking with all ages. You are reading magazines. I used to travel a lot because everywhere you go [state-to-state], you’ll learn new trends.” In addition to the many services and products Dumond has to offer her customers, shopping at LaT-Da also offers several perks. One of which is the Wish Box program. Women can come in and create a “Wish List” of items in the store that they would like to have. Husbands and boyfriends can then come in later, ask Dumond what the lady in their life wants, and everyone’s happy. It takes the guesswork out of shopping for men, and women get what they want. “We emptied that box in February,” Dumond said. Other perks offered to customers are a loyalty program and give-a-ways. Customers receive 25% off after ten purchases, and with every 100 “Likes” on LaT-Da’s Facebook page, Dumond has a door-prize type drawing and give-a-way. “We are coming up on our 1000th “Like” on Facebook,” Dumond said. La-T-Da, located at 123 S. Adams, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are flexible and will be posted on the La-T-Da Facebook page.

White Accepted Into Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition A work of art by DeWitt High School senior Makala White has been accepted into the 53rd Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. This year there were over 450 entries, and Makala’s was one of only 7 seniors who’s work was selected for this year’s YAA. Members of the Arkansas

Art Educators juried the exhibition and picked the top works for each grade. Makala’s piece titled “Running in the Trees” is a deconstructed book. The exhibit runs May 9-July 27th. At the Arkansas Arts Center. Picture is of Makayla White’s “Running in the Trees.”

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History Class “Yarn Bombs” Campus Trees By Hollye Jackson The Art History class at DeWitt High School recently ‘yarn bombed’ several trees on campus as part of Youth Art Month. The yarn bombing activity was to go along with the class study of Rococo art, a style of art from the 18th century, which often used playful and witty artistic themes and ornate detail. What is “yarn bombing”? It is a type of temporary, expressive graffiti almost exclusively about personalizing sterile or cold public places. It has since developed with groups graffiti knitting and crocheting worldwide, each with their own agendas and public graffiti knitting projects being run. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide. The yarn-bombed trees will be on display at DeWitt High School through end of March. Please enjoy!

DeWitt Lions Club Donates to Dana’s House

DeWitt Lions Club donated a $1,000.00 from the club’s pool concession fund to Dana’s House to assist in the restoration process since its recent fire. Making the presentation to Jennifer Poston, administrator of Dana’s House, were President Mildred Long and First Vice

President Johnny Schallhorn. Dana’s House, Inc. is a 20-bed residential treatment facility for foster children located in Arkansas County, AR. The DeWitt Lions Club challenges other civic organizations in the area to do the same.

Phillips Community College Foundation Receives Grant

Phillips Community College Foundation announces that it is among a select group of regional presenters to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program (RTP) grant. This award will support an upcoming performance of Sleeping Beauty III by Houston Ballet II on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. in Riceland Auditorium of the Grand Prairie Center. GEAR UP students will be involved in a complementary outreach activity on Saturday morning at the center. Funding for Phillips Community College Foundation’s M-AAA’s grant is drawn from generous underwriting by

the National Endowment for the Arts, Arkansas Arts Council, and foundations, corporations, and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Mid-America Arts Alliance, the nation’s oldest regional arts organization, was founded in 1972 to foster cultural growth in heartland communities. Today, M-AAA primarily serves communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, and it develops and delivers arts and humanities programs for a national audience. Mid-America Arts Alliance programs attract more than one million people annually in more than 300 communities. Mary Kennedy, M-AAA’s chief Executive Officer said, “Phillips Community College Foundation is to be commended for their commitment to serving their community with this distinctive event. Audiences in Stuttgart and the surrounding Delta region will have the opportunity to see the exciting work of Houston Ballet II, many for the first time. Mid-America Arts Alliance is proud to help support this work and Phillips Community College Foundation.” For further event information, contact Renee Robison, Executive Director of the Grand Prairie center at 870-6734201, ext. 1896 or visit www.pccua. edu/GPC. For more information about MidAmerica Arts Alliance, visit them online at

- Bridal Registries April Barnett & Jonathan Adams Hayley Lynch & Jared Boling Karley McDaniel & Dex Grantham Currie Jane Miller & Josiah Smith Courtney Taylor & John David Carson

- Baby Registries Leah & Kevin Endsley Rachel & Josh Gray Kelsey & Steven Jones 1640 South Whitehead Drive DeWitt, AR 72042

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WANTED FARM HAND NEEDED – Full Time Position. References needed. Send resume to: Farm Hand; P.O. Box 431; DeWitt, AR 72042. Adv. 42-tfc HELP WANTED - Secretary for Law Office. Competitive pay with benefits. Submit resume to: 308 Court Square, DeWitt, AR 72042.

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tables, dining table, antique desk, tanning bed. Call 870-946-3638. RC Mini Storage, 203 North Whitehead Drive, DeWitt. Adv. 13-2tfc FOR SALE – 18 ft. aluminum boat with 70hp Tohatsu motor, good condition. Call 946-2537. Adv. 13-1tp FOR SALE – 30 ft gooseneck camper. Everything works, for sale or trade for aluminum boat motor and trailer preferably with a live well. Will negotiate. Call 870-2823427 or 870-752-5284. Adv. 13-4tp FOR SALE – 3 Lazy Boy chairs, 2 genuine leather, 1 fabric with wood arms. Clean and in good condition. High dollar chairs. Call 870-946-5639. Adv. 13-2tp FOR SALE – pool table with all extras. $500.00. Call 946-0379. Adv. 13-1tp FOR SALE – 2003 Chevy Trailblazer, clean, good condition, $3,500.00. Call 946-5833. Adv. 13-1tp

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1 yr old white female with lite brown markings. Spayed with her shots up to date. Really good companion dog. Best as a single dog family. Likes out doors and to stay “close by.� Beautiful purebred, but unpapered. Sixth toe present. Call Pat or Susie at 870-210-8756. Located in St. Charles (in town) The City of DeWitt is taking bids on mowing the City Park. All bids must be received by Thursday, April 10, 2014 by 4:00 p.m. at the Mayor’s office or mailed to: City of DeWitt 120 Court Square DeWitt, AR 72042 and the envelope must be marked mowing bid. Must be 18 years to work for the City. For more information, call the Mayor’s office at 870-946-1776. The City of DeWitt has the right to reject any and all bids.

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UAM Debaters Take Farm Bureau March Meeting Sweepstakes at UCA Tournament

Above: Dale Curtis; Below left: Chuck Wallace; Below right: Chris Koen

UAM students competing at the UCA debate tournament were (from left, first row) Kelly Reed, Brittany Halley, April Wright, (second row) Jacob Chisom, Kaitlyn Lybrand, (top row) Ben Graves, Eddie Weaver, and April Wright.

The debate team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello took home the top team and individual awards at the University of Central Arkansas “End of Hi-Bear-Nation Tournament 2014” held on the UCA campus last week. Two UAM debate pairings shared the championship of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) competition. The team of Kelly Reed of Bella Vista and Eddie Weaver of DeWitt were named co-champions along with the team of April Wright of Conway and Breanna Taylor of North Little Rock. UAM also captured the overall team

sweepstakes competition, defeating teams from Henderson State, Arkansas Tech, UA-Fayetteville, Arkansas State, LSU-Shreveport, Bossier Parrish Community College, Central Arkansas, Tennessee, Union, and Louisiana College. Individually, Reed and Weaver finished first and second in the individual speaker awards. In varsity IPDAdebate, Weaver reached the round of 16 while Wright was a quarterfinalist. Others competing for UAM were Ben Graves of Hot Springs, Jacob Chisum of Monticello, Kaitlyn Lybrand of Sheridan, and Brittany Halley of Monticello.

Arkansas County Farm Bureau Insurance Agency was recognized at the Farm Bureau Statewide Agents and Agency Managers meeting March 13th for their total performance during 2013. Agency Manager Chuck Wallace, CLU, LUTCF accepted the Mutual Agency of the year award along with the Number One Agency of the YearNew Fire Premium award for their outstanding insurance production. Chris Koen, LUTCF, of DeWitt was recognized at the Farm Bureau Statewide Agents and Agency Managers meeting March 13 for his total performance during 2013. Koen received the Southern

Farm Bureau Life Insurance CompanyLeadership Council award for his outstanding life insurance production. Dale Curtis of Stuttgart was recognized at the Farm Bureau Statewide Agents and Agency Managers meeting March 13 for his total performance during 2013. Curtis received the Number One Career Agent of the Year–New Casualty Premium award for his outstanding insurance production. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 195,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

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LEGAL NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS SOUTHERN DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF NO. PR2014-15 SD CLARA A. WALLACE, DECEASED Last known address of decedent: 707 W. Main, Gillett, AR Date of Death: February 1, 2014 The undersigned was appointed administrator of the estate of the above named decedent on the 18th day of March 2014. All persons having claims against the estate must exhibit them, duly verified, to the undersigned within six (6) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or they shall be forever barred and precluded from any benefit in the estate. This notice first published 27th day of March 2014. BILL HANCE 523 Cap Rock Lane Richardson, TX 75080 Adv. 13-2tfc

LEGAL NOTICE MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND INTENTION TO SELL YOU MAY LOSE YOUR PROPERTY IF YOU DO NOT TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION. IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SOLD, YOU WILL REMAIN LIABLE FOR ANY DEFICIENCY WHICH THEN EXISTS AND AN ACTION FOR COLLECTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR SUCH PURPOSE. This Instrument Prepared by: WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 WHEREAS, on December 22, 2006, Shirley E. Snider and Lloyd J. Snider executed a mortgage conveying certain property therein described to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; and WHEREAS, said mortgage was duly recorded March 8, 2007, at Book 2007, Page 1960 in the real estate records of Arkansas County, Arkansas; and WHEREAS, default has occurred in the payment of said indebtedness and the same is now, therefore, wholly due, and the holder of the debt has requested the undersigned to sell the property to satisfy said indebtedness, the party initiating this action is JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Attn: Correspondence Mail, Mail Code LA4-5555/700 Kansas Lane Monroe, LA 71203, (866)550-5705; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Shirley E. Snider and Lloyd J. Snider by Act 885 of 2011; the party initiating this action is JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Attn: Correspondence Mail Mail Code LA4-5555/700 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71203, (866)550-5705; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Shirley E. Snider and Lloyd J. Snider by Act 885 of 2011; and WHEREAS, there may be tenants that claim an interest in the real property herein based upon said tenancy. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Attorney-in-Fact, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Attorney-in-Fact will, on April 23, 2014, at or about 3:45 P.M. at the Arkansas County Courthouse in Stuttgart, Arkansas, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder for cash, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the mortgage, said property being real estate situated in Arkansas County, Arkansas, and being more particularly described as follows: Situated in the Northern District, County of Arkansas and State of Arkansas: A part of the West Half of the Southeast Quarter, Section 20, Township 3 South, Range 6 West, Northern District, County of Arkansas, State of Arkansas. Lying North of U.S. Highway 79 and South of Crooked Creek and being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Southwest Corner of Section 20; thence East along South line of Section 20, a distance of 3271.95 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 49 minutes 53 seconds East a distance of 577.40 feet to the North right of way line of U.S. Highway 79 for a point of beginning; thence 82 degrees 27 minutes 13 seconds West, along said right of way line. A distance of 210.00 feet; thence North 00 degrees 49 minutes 53 seconds East a distance of 240.60 feet; thence South 89 degrees 10 minutes 07 seconds East a distance of 207.76 feet; thence South 00 degrees 49 minutes 53 seconds West a distance of 210.00 feet to said right of way line and the point of beginning, containing 1.07 acres of land. More commonly known as: 3035 Highway 79 South, Humphrey, Arkansas 72073 UNLIKE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALES, THIS STATUTORY FORECLOSURE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE Arkansas County Courthouse OR, IF THERE IS NO AREA COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FRONT DOOR, THEN THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE PLACE AT SAID VENUE WHERE FORECLOSURE SALES ARE CUSTOMARILY ADVERTISED AND CONDUCTED. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Attorney-in-Fact’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THE SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE AUCTIONED WITH RESERVE. THE TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH THE DAY OF SALE. W&A No. 355-243773 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 Courtney Miller (2008263) Agent for Mortgagee DNoticeofDefaultMortgageeAR_dmonroe_140212_ 802 For more information regarding this foreclosure sale, visit WWW.MYFIR.COM Adv. 13-4tfc


IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SOLD, YOU WILL REMAIN LIABLE FOR ANY DEFICIENCY WHICH THEN EXISTS AND AN ACTION FOR COLLECTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR SUCH PURPOSE. This Instrument Prepared by: WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 WHEREAS, on September 30, 2005, Nicole M. Robinson and Marcus Robinson executed a mortgage conveying certain property therein described to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for America’s Wholesale Lender, its successors and assigns; and WHEREAS, said mortgage was duly recorded October 4, 2005, at Book 2005, Page 7208 in the real estate records of Arkansas County, Arkansas; and WHEREAS, default has occurred in the payment of said indebtedness and the same is now, therefore, wholly due, and the holder of the debt has requested the undersigned to sell the property to satisfy said indebtedness, the party initiating this action is Fannie Mae (“Federal National Mortgage Association�), 14523 SW Milikan Way Suite 200, Beaverton, OR 97005, (866)570-5277; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Nicole M. Robinson and Marcus Robinson by Act 885 of 2011; the party initiating this action is Fannie Mae (“Federal National Mortgage Association�), 14523 SW Milikan Way Suite 200 , Beaverton, OR 97005, (866)570-5277; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Nicole M. Robinson and Marcus Robinson by Act 885 of 2011; and WHEREAS, there may be tenants that claim an interest in the real property herein based upon said tenancy. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Attorney-in-Fact, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Attorney-in-Fact will, on April 9, 2014, at or about 3:45 P.M. at the Arkansas County Courthouse in Stuttgart, Arkansas, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder for cash, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the mortgage, said property being real estate situated in Arkansas County, Arkansas, and being more particularly described as follows: The South 18.8 feet of Lot Four (4) and the North 37.7 feet of Lot Five (5), Block Twelve (12), Buerkle’s Addition to the City of Stuttgart, Northern District of Arkansas County, Arkansas. More commonly known as: 1107 South Prairie Street, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160-5128 UNLIKE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALES, THIS STATUTORY FORECLOSURE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE Arkansas County Courthouse OR, IF THERE IS NO AREA COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FRONT DOOR, THEN THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE PLACE AT SAID VENUE WHERE FORECLOSURE SALES ARE CUSTOMARILY ADVERTISED AND CONDUCTED. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Attorney-in-Fact’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THE SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE AUCTIONED WITH RESERVE. THE TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH THE DAY OF SALE. W&A No. 451-234662 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 Heather Martin-Herron (2011136) DNoticeofDefaultMortgageeAR_ysmith_140127_ 753 For more information regarding this foreclosure sale, visit WWW.MYFIR.COM Adv. 11-4tfc

LEGAL NOTICE WARNING ORDER In the Chancery Court, Southern District of Arkansas County, Arkansas DR-2013-100 SD Randy Vaught Plaintiff Vs. Doris Vaught Defendant The Defendant, Doris Vaught, is hereby warned to appear in this court within thirty (30) days and answer the complaint of the Plaintiff, Randy Vaught. Witness my hand and seal of said court this 12th day of March 2014. Sarah Merchant, Circuit Clerk By: Alyssa Mannis, D.C. Adv. 12-2tfc

LEGAL NOTICE PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ACT 576 OF 1987, CIRCLE N EXXON MINI STORAGE 2004 HWY 165 SOUTH, DEWITT, AR WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING PERSONAL PROPERTY AT 10:00 AM ON APRIL 11, 2014. Unit #11 Aubrey Johnson Unit #19 Lisa Chambers Unit #57 Delores Cummings Adv. 13-1tfc

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Museum Holds Picture Day and Spring Festival On Saturday, March 29th, Arkansas Post Museum State Park will hold a Picture Day from 9 am until 4 pm. On this day, the museum will be offering to digitize your family photographs. Photographs no larger than 11” x 17” will be scanned for visitors and put onto a CD that can be taken to any photo lab and reprinted. “This process makes the photograph portable allowing the person to print it, store it and share it with family and friends”, says Maria Jackson, Museum Program Assistant. “We in-

vite everyone to come out, bring your photographs and allow us to help preserve these precious family memories.” A nominal fee does apply and will be based on the number of photographs the museum scans. And on Saturday, April 5th, Arkansas Post Museum State Park will hold a “Springtime on the Prairie” Festival from 10 am until 2 pm. Demonstrations of old-fashioned skills and ways will be stationed throughout the park. Visitors will be able to experience a

variety of historically based programs such as Dutch oven cooking, corn shelling and grinding, fur trading, wash day, old-time medicine show, old-fashioned children’s games, primitive hunting, butter making, kettle corn making, early Arkansas frontiersman camp and much more. “There is no better way to experience what life was like on the south end of the Arkansas Grand Prairie than this festival”, says Maria Jackson, Museum Program Assistant. “Kids of all ages will be able to

explore the past through these handson activities. We invite everyone to come out and help us celebrate spring on the Grand Prairie.” For more information on this festival or any of the museum’s upcoming events, please call the museum at (870) 5482634. Arkansas Post Museum State Park is located six miles south of Gillett and fourteen miles north of Dumas on Highway 165.

State Capitol Week in Review By Senator Jonathan Dismang After approving a $5 billion budget for state government, the legislature officially adjourned the 2014 Fiscal Session. All but a few of the 300 bills approved during the session were budgets for state agencies, public schools and institutions of higher education. One non-budget measure, Act 210, will save the state more than $1 million because it avoids the necessity of holding a special election between now and November to fill the lieutenant governor’s office. Under the act, if the office becomes vacant within 10 months of a general election, in which there are candidates for lieutenant governor on the ballot, the governor shall not call a special election. The state’s balanced budget law, the Revenue Stabilization Act, is considered a non-budget bill because it does not actually appropriate state funds.

It prioritizes state agency spending requests into categories. If state tax revenue falls off because of a slowing economy, state agencies will reduce spending. Agencies whose appropriations are in the lower categories are more greatly affected by budget cuts. Act 300 includes a repeal of the state sales tax on sand and other granular products that are injected into natural gas wells. They are known as “proppants.” According to revenue officials the sales tax on proppants would generate about $5.1 million in state revenue. However, collection of the tax was on hold because it had been successfully challenged in court and a Pulaski County judge had ruled in favor of the gas production company. The language in Act 300 clarifies that proppants are considered part of the already tax exempt equipment used in production.

Although an estimated $126 million will be available in surplus funds at the end of the current fiscal year, the legislature agreed to spend only $21.9 million of that amount. That means more than $100 million will be kept in reserves. Out of the surplus, $5 million will go into a revolving loan fund for charter schools to tap into for construction of facilities. Another $5 million will go toward installing fiber optic cables, to help public schools increase their broadband capacity. Another $5 million will go to the Correction Department for accumulated overtime and holiday pay of employees, while $3.7 million will be spent by the Department to reimburse county jails for holding inmates when state prison units were full. The Department of Community Correction, which operates work release,

halfway houses, parole and drug courts, will get $500,000 for reimbursements to county jails for housing inmates under state jurisdiction. Also, $719,000 will help the Correction Department to hire 14 security guards so it can open an additional 200 beds at the North Central Unit near Calico Rock. The unit now houses 500 inmates. Also, $2 million of the surplus will go to the Health Department for its breast cancer program. The budget assumes that state government spending will grow by $109 million next year, even after accounting for $85 million in tax cuts that were approved in the 2013 regular session. The Public School Fund will increase by $65 million, to a total of $2.1 billion. The Department of Correction’s budget will increase by $3.1 million, bringing its annual funding from the general revenue fund to $316 million.

Germs Pose Biggest Risk When Pets Bite Kids Some of our happiest childhood memories tend to include family pets. Whether a sweet dog that belonged to Mom and Dad before the addition of children or a hamster that joined the household years later, pets often become treasured friends for kids. But that doesn’t always mean that these relationships are entirely harmonious. Unfortunately, we see quite a few pet bites at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and they frequently involve an animal that is well known to the family. We’re not talking about aggressive breeds here; these are dogs or cats that may have never displayed threatening behavior before. Why does this happen? Sometimes a playful child unwittingly intimidates the pet by getting too close to the feeding bowl or there may be a change to the home environment such as a new pet or toddler that causes your older pet to act out. Other times, the pet is trying to be protective of the family and nips in their defense. We know it’s most likely to happen to with dogs, as 4.7 million Americans experience dog bits each year. Of those patients, 60 percent are children, according to the Ameri-

can Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). While the trauma to the skin may look scary, what we’re really worried about in the majority of these cases is the risk of infection. This is especially an issue when a child – or an adult for that matter – is bitten on the hand. Experts believe that as many as 40 percent of the bite wounds that occur on hands lead to infections. This is because of the complex anatomy of our hands and how easy it is for a bite to make it through those tendons, bones and joints, leaving bacteria behind. And while dogs may be more likely to bite, we worry even more about infection with cats. Their teeth are sharper and more angled than their canine counterparts. When they tear through skin, the wounds are deeper and much more difficult to clean. Of course, the risk of infection stems from the organisms that are in the biting animal’s mouth. If a child has been bitten by an animal, it will be important to watch for signs like increased redness, swelling, tenderness and fever in the days after the injury. Anytime a child is bitten by an animal and it breaks the skin, parents should

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By Michael P. Daniel

There is one issue voters of any political stripe should agree upon. It has to do with the accountability of government, which is as important at the local level as it is in higher office. The question voters should ask of all candidates — Democratic, Republican, Green Party, Libertarian — is simple. How committed are you to open government? Most candidates will answer that they’re for it. Open government is akin to motherhood, baseball and apple pie, right? Everybody is for that. That’s why the voter must probe deeper, really checking out what a candidate believes at his or her core about public involvement in public affairs. This week is a particularly good time to be asking such questions. National Sunshine Week began Sunday and continues all week as media outlets led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors focus on what it takes to preserve and protect the public’s right to know what government is doing. But keep asking the question, not just today and tomorrow but all the way up to the primaries and general election and afterward. Belief in transparency in the conduct of public business and in the freedom of information ought to be bedrock qualifications for any public office. The better, more-prepared candidates will know, for example, that there are federal and state laws protecting the

freedom of information. And they will commit to preserve that freedom for citizens to access the meetings and records of government. In Arkansas, that means understanding, supporting and abiding by the state Freedom of Information Act. The law guides which meetings and records of government must be open to public access and is accepted as one of the strongest of the sunshine laws in the nation. While it is important for all who serve in government to know the law, it is even more necessary for those who seek election to the Arkansas Legislature to know and appreciate its value. State lawmakers are the ones who can rewrite the law, and it is in the legislative venue that the greatest challenges to the Arkansas FOI Act are met, often engineered by people who don’t want the public to have quite the access it does now. The same holds true at the federal level since the Congress can similarly rewrite the federal law. It is important, too, to elect state-level officials who will champion the FOI Act. It matters to the way they all conduct their offices and, in the case of the attorney general, to how that office interprets and defends the law itself. So choose among the candidates well, insisting that they be accountable and expect government to operate in the sunshine. Oversight at all levels of government is essential,

but it can’t come entirely from within the government. That’s really why freedom of information laws exist. The laws allow citizens to look over the shoulders of elected officials, to watchdog how the governments operate. Granted, a lot of nongovernmental oversight comes from the media who report on cities, counties, states and the federal government. But everyday citizens need to take a more determined role in that process, not just by electing candidates who will comply with the law but by fully utilizing the public’s rights under the law. Importantly, the Arkansas law extends the same rights to every citizen that it does to someone who works for a newspaper or any other media outlet. If you don’t know what those rights are, a handy reference is available online. The Arkansas Press Association, one of multiple sponsors, helps publish the Freedom of Information Handbook that is updated regularly. Download a copy of the 16th edition at http://arkansaspress. org/publications/38-foihandbook. The handbook includes the text of the state law, answers to commonly asked questions, references to attorneys general opinions and court cases and summaries of related federal laws. Take a look, then add your voice to those championing freedom of information this Sunshine Week and all year round.

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“Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light – for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:8-11 Touching on the theme of last night’s discussion of the 18th-century Methodist classes and societies, what St. Paul is encouraging of the Ephesians is what Wesley encouraged of the early Methodists (who were still Anglican and were encouraged to attend worship at the Anglican parish). There were such rules of these early classes that encouraged participants to be always mindful of what they do and fail to do, and they were required to report each week to their classes how they had fulfilled the class’s three standing rules; 1) to do good, 2) to avoid all known sin, and 3) to attend to the means of grace (prayer, fasting, Scripture study, the sacraments of the Church and, of course, to regularly attend worship at the parish church). As long as evidence was presented that one was purposely fulfilling the requirements of the class and working toward disciplined fellowship and discipleship, one could

stay in the class. The goal of the class, of course, was that one would soon (in God’s time) experience justification. It was not an easy thing to do, but the success of these classes which grew until well after Wesley’s death was entirely dependent on class members’ willingness to hold one another accountable to spiritual growth – and to be held accountable. It did not mean that an occasion of sin would automatically disqualify a member of the class; rather it meant that one was committed to consciously living as disciples are expected to live. It also meant a reasonable expectation that when one struggled with sin and temptation, there were fellow disciples who were willing to struggle with them to overcome! This is a practice which is almost entirely foreign to the contemporary Church. We think nothing of asking a friend about the family or a sick relative, but we have somehow been convinced that asking about the state of a friend’s soul is too personal, that this is strictly between them and the Lord. To ask about the state of one’s soul seems to require much more of us than we are willing to risk. Yet we cannot ignore this certain reality that as the Church today seems to have become

much more concerned with being popular and fitting in with the modern culture, the Church has become increasingly less popular (note the very many empty pews) because the many programs we believe will work to bring new guests in are themselves foreign to the culture of a particular church. They are “put on’s” that, more often than not, make people feel as though they are being manipulated or played for fools. The “millennials”, the socalled “none’s”, the 18-29 year old groups are no longer falling for it.  They have seen behind this façade, and they do not like what they have seen and experienced.  I doubt very much that each individual who will read this likes to be played for a fool. Remember St. Paul was not writing to a single Ephesian; he was writing to the Ephesian Church, the entire body. The entire body was (and is) responsible for the overall well-being of that body. There are no “lone rangers” in Christianity, for the very nature of our faith is entirely social. We are called to care for one another at the deepest and most intimate level … to shed that very light we have become in Christ Jesus. Blessings, Michael

Eyes of a Fool By Michael L. Waldroup PROVERBS 12:15 15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise. It takes God a long time to get us out of the way of thinking that unless everyone sees as we do,

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Bobby Bare Looks Forward To Johnny Cash Music Festival

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By Jim Bessman

(Left to right) Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Bobby Bare on the set of the Nashville Network’s TV Series Bobby Bare and Friends.

Bobby Bare wanted to appear at last year’s Johnny Cash Music Festival, but he was already booked by the time the date was set. But for the fourth annual Cash Fest, to be held Aug. 15 once again at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, he emphatically states without hesitation, “I’m there! A big Cash fan since the Man in Black arrived on the country and pop music scenes in 1955, Bare had also been a friend of Cash since 1957. “That’s when I met John,” says Bare, who likewise broke through on both the pop and country charts in the early ‘60s with hits like “Detroit City” and “500 Miles Away from Home.” Cash, of course, had begun his career with Sun Records in Memphis, where his early country/pop hits included “I Walk the Line” and “Ballad of a Teenage Queen.” “He moved to California, and I went over to his house a couple times,” Bare recalls. “He had people like Patsy Cline, Don Gibson, Grandpa Jones. He was having a goat roast, and we were all sitting around the big living room singing and playing.” Bare was living in L.A. then. “Everybody saw me as a

West Coast pop singer, which wasn’t true, but I’d had pop hits. Buck Owens and Wynn Stewart and Harlan Howard and Hank Cochran were out there, and we were all friends. But there weren’t a lot of country people there who were singers, so I hung out with pop stars like the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean. Glen Campbell lived right up the street.” Bare had had a No. 2 pop hit in 1958 with “The All American Boy,” a talking blues song that was mistakenly credited to Bill Parsons that was inspired by Elvis Presley. “Chet Atkins was a big fan of the thing, and loved the way I talked,” says Bare. “He signed me to RCA in Nashville, and my first three or four records there— ‘Shame On Me,’ ‘Detroit City,’ ‘500 Miles,’ ‘Miller’s Cave’—were mostly talkin’. About the only singing I did on most of the big hits was me singing along with the Anita Kerr Singers [vocal backing group] on the chorus. Me and Bill Anderson [who had the country/ pop hits ‘Still’ and ‘8 x 10’ at the same time] weren’t so much singing as doing recitations. I don’t think I really got to sing until ‘Four Strong Winds’ [Bare’s No. 3 country hit in 1964] or ‘(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn”

[No. 4 in ‘69].” With songs on both the pop and country charts, Bare was able to tour the South with rock acts like Bobby Darin, the Dave Clark Five and The Ronettes, then return two months later to the same venues, this time with country stars like Marty Robbins, Hank Snow and Loretta Lynn. Bare soon relocated to the Nashville area, as did Cash. “We lived out in Hendersonville with them for 45 years, and when our daughter died in 1975, John was the first one there. We both lived on a lake, and I used to go sit on the boat docks with John and catch fish. He was just good people. We all know that—and I know it firsthand.” Bare warmly remembers an episode of his 1980s TV series Bobby Bare and Friends on The Nashville Network, in which he interviewed songwriters, who performed their hits. Cash and his fellow Sun Records star Carl Perkins were the guests. “They were the only ones I had on the show that day, and somewhere during the interview I said, ‘John, did you ever do anything crazy on the road?’—which of course was a real loaded question. I knew some of the crazy stuff he’d done! But he said, ‘Nope. Never!’ Carl busted out laughing and so did I, and then John caught it and we had to stop the tape, we were all laughing so hard.” Cash “done a lot of crazy [stuff ] that almost killed him,” continues Bare, “but didn’t we all?” Bottom line, he adds, “He had a heart as big as Tennessee and Texas put together.” Last year Bare joined Cash in the Country Music Hall of Fame. “I didn’t do anything to promote going in— like others do—so I was shocked when I got the call,” he says. “Tom T. Hall

inducted me. He used to play in my band, and said, ‘There are a lot of crazy things you’ve done up there—and it’s beginning to look like we’re gonna get away with it!’ Kris Kristofferson sang ‘Come Sundown’ [Bare’s 1970 hit, which Kristofferson wrote], and he got very emotional about the whole thing.” Kristofferson, who also wrote Cash’s classic hit “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” played the first Johnny Cash Music Festival. Looking ahead now to Aug. 15, Bare has a special understanding of the significance of the event, which raises money to restore Cash’s boyhood home in nearby Dyess, Ark. “I know how he felt about his home place, and how historical things meant a lot to him,” Bare says. “So it’s just a privilege—and an opportunity for me to try to help raise money for it, and for the ASU scholarships that are awarded in his name. I feel we owe Johnny Cash as much as we can give back to him, no matter what it is.” And Bare is especially pleased that this year’s Johnny Cash Music Festival, which will be hosted by legendary singer and comedian Mark Lowry, will also star fellow Country Music Hall of Famers Reba McEntire and Loretta Lynn. “I’m like everybody else,” the country music veteran proudly concludes. “I love Reba and Loretta, but the deal is, I’ve loved them from the very beginning!” Tickets for the Johnny Cash Music Festival are on sale now and available at Arkansas State’s Central Box Office (1-888278-3267) and online at Tickets can also be purchased by logging onto the official website of the Johnny Cash Music Festival: JohnnyCashMusicFest. com.

By Don Roth On March 23, Gen Steele’s army of 8500 men left Little Rock, on a disagreeable march toward Shreveport while consuming short rations. The head of the column passed through Benton and made a rainy encampment on the Saline River 26 miles from the Capital City on the evening of the 24th. The route through the bottoms was so muddy it had to be corduroyed to get the wagon train across. When the advance reached the high ground, they found the road led through a series of steep and nasty red clay hills. The exhausted mules were given several hours rest and then the entire command later encamped near Rockport (Malvern) by the morning of the 26. Here the cavalry and train forded the Ouachita River while the infantry and big guns crossed on a 217 foot pontoon bridge. Flooded crossings plagued the army with more delays at Bayou Roche and Caddo Creek. At last the Federal Army tramped through Arkadelphia on March 29, where Steele impatiently waited for Gen. Thayer’s column to arrive from Fort Smith. It turned out the same weather related problems that hampered Steele also created less then ideal marching conditions for Thayer. This cause and effect relationship lent by the weather and a countryside stripped of subsistence, could doom the role Steele was supposed to play in the Red River Expedition. In a series of dispatches Gen. Kirby Smith the department commander, described to Gen. Price Confederate strategy and his mission. The District of Arkansas commander was to keep Steele in check with his 6000 man cavalry force until Louisiana General Richard Taylor defeated his upstream rival Gen. Banks. When this was accomplished, suffient forces would be switched

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northward to wallop Steele and regain Little Rock. Indeed, Kirby Smith’s thinking was that given Price’s superiority in cavalry, “an advance of Steele into our impoverished and exhausted country must be attended with great risk and should result in the destruction of his command.” He then instructed Price to fall back before the invaders and not risk a major engagement unless he possessed a major advantage. He was instructed further “to embarrassed and retard the enemy’s advance by throwing cavalry upon his flanks and rear, interrupting his communications and destroying his trains, as well as opposing him at every point . . . . and by destroying as you fall back all supplies that might be used by him.” In the coming weeks the result of this strategy would unfold in Smiths favor. At Monticello, about 70 miles west of Camden, Brig. Gen. Thomas Dockery had been making preparations to reach Princeton in Dallas County to join Missourians about to operate against Gen. Steele. On March 24 Steele ordered Col. Powell Clayton at Pine Bluff to watch his movements toward Camden. Two days later scouts reported to Clayton the enemy appeared getting ready to leave. The pro-active Clayton quickly fielded an 1100 man strike force that caught Dockery unaware resulting in an embarrassing capture of 300 prisoners. Clayton’s loss totaled 35 killed and wounded. Though off to a good start, the limited supporting role contributed by Clayton would not insure Steele’s overall progress. (Margaret Ross, Chronicles of Arkansas, Arkansas Gazette, March 22 and 25, 1964. Albert Castel, General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the West, Louisiana State University, 1968, P. 173174.

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