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D (USPS156-140) Vol. 131, Number 46 DeWitt, AR 72042 • 16 Pages • 2 Sections • 75 cents

eWitt PRIDE and Chamber of CommercePhotos on Page A8 Get in the Holiday Spirit

Serving Arkansas County, Arkansas Since 1882

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Arkansas County Bank Honors Veterans



City of DeWitt Offices will be closed November 28 and 29, 2013 for Thanksgiving. The City of DeWitt Garbage Pickup for the week of November 28 through November 29, 2013. Tuesday pickup will be Monday, Wednesday and Thursday pickup will be Tuesday, and Friday pickup will be Wednesday. DeWitt Transfer Station will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2013.


The Redeemed C.O.G.I.C. located at 1106 S. Jefferson will be having a women’s workshop Saturday, November 16, 2013, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The theme is Women Purposely Pursuing Holiness. Our guest speaker is Missionary Lannie Swanigan (Stuttgart District.) Come and be blessed of the Lord. The attired is casual and lunch will be served.

Arkansas County Bank held its annual Veterans Appreciation Day November 8, 2013. The welcome was brought by Warren Jennings Jr. followed by the Presentment of Colors by the Color Guard from Jacksonville Air Force Base. Janee’ McFerrin sang the National Anthem which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The invocation was brought by Dale Bennett, who thanked God for all the Veterans and for all that they do. Hot dogs prepared by Gary Oltman, executive vice president of the DeWitt office,

were served, along with drinks and other snacks. Door prizes were drawn throughout the event and included many prizes such as commemorative Christmas ornaments for the Arkansas County Bicentennial. Flora Sisemore introduced the speaker for the event, the Honorable Mike Ross, former congressman and senator. He is currently running for governor of Arkansas. Ross stood up to speak and personally thanked all of the Veterans and their families. He spoke of the benefits that he had worked to

put in place for Arkansas veterans and how he was still working to better life for them. He told of his plans for Arkansas if he is elected governor and how these plans will effect the lives of veterans. After his speech, Mike Ross joined the crowd and shook hands, spoke with and had his photo take with many veterans. While the crowd mingled, entertainment was brought by Mandy Cotten, Jess Essex and the Delphine Dorsey Group. It was a successful event with approximately one hundred twenty people attending.

ABOVE: The Honorable Mike Ross speaks to veterans.


The 18-hole Fall Classic 2 Man Scramble will be held November 16 at Oak Hill Country Club. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. Tee off will be at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 per person. Proceeds will benefit DeWitt High School Basketball.


Arkansas County Retired Teachers will meet November 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Stuttgart School District Admin Building. Join in for a Thanksgiving Dinner. Guest speaker will be Steve Singleton from ARTA.


LEFT: Sonny Jackson and Mike Ross with a World War II jeep belonging to Twila Johnston. RIGHT: Jacksonville Air Force Base Color Guard.

Garage sale at 742 HWY 130 W (Almyra Highway) Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There will be a dishwasher, saddle drop leaf table with 6 chairs, Christmas decorations, plus size ladies clothes, boy’s toys, what nots, dresser, silk flower decor, blankets, bedspreads, comforter, other bedding items and much more.

LEFT: The Colors are presented and everyone stands for the Pledge of Allegiance. RIGHT: Warren Jennings Jr. welcomes everyone to the event.

The DeWitt Era-Enterprise is SPREADING the holiday spirit this season! Buy a Christmas ad in our Christmas Edition at the regular price and we’ll throw in a signature (2x2) Thanksgiving and New Year’s ad at ½ price!! Spread holiday cheer to your customers, family and friends throughout this festive season!

Publish dates:

Thanksgiving Special - 11/27/13. • Letters to Santa/Christmas Edition -12/18/13. • Happy New Year Edition - January 1st 2014.

Deadline for all Christmas ads is December 19th at Noon. • Deadline for all New Year’s ads is December 23rd at Noon. There will be no exceptions on ads past the deadline. For more information contact: Dawn Deane:, Haley Watkins:, Call 870-946-3933 or 140 Court Square, DeWitt.

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LOCAL NEWS EWITT POLICE REPORT November 5, 2013 - Officer Bazarow went to the area of First and Washington to back up Officer Crossett for a report of a man discharging a firearm in the city limits. Upon arrival, he met Officer Crossett and while they were discussing where the shot came from, dispatch came over the radio and said 214 East First is the residence where the man lived. Once there, Bazarow saw a man later sitting in the Indian position with a shotgun laid across his lap. Bazarow then exited his patrol unit and drew his weapon. He placed the man at gunpoint and began ordering him to put the gun on the ground. He told the man about ten times to place the gun on the ground. He refused and began to turn towards the officers. Bazarow told him one last time to put the gun down and he finally did so. However, when he was told to put his hands behind his back and get down, he refused and walked back towards his house. Bazarow kept the man at gunpoint because he did not know if he had another weapon. At that time, Crossett called for backup, and Bazarow then backed up and grabbed the shotgun off the ground, taking it to Crossett’s patrol unit to make the gun safe and make sure that the man did not get the weapon. Deputy Dumond then arrived on scene and walked up to the man and placed him on the ground. Bazarow went to assist Deputy Dumond and placed the cuffs on the man. Crossett then searched him for other weapons, he had none. The man was transported to DeWitt Hospital for further evaluation. He was cited and released because the hospital was sending him for psychiatric help. The shotgun was taken for evidence. The gun was loaded and had one in the chamber. The man had four more shells in his pocket. He stated that he was trying to kill himself and missed but that he would not hurt anyone but he needed help.

Fox Wins 4A State Championship

Cody Fox, a senior from DeWitt, won the 4A State cross country championship Saturday in Hot Springs. He ran the course in a new personal best of 16:14 (5th fastest time in the state). Cody will now get to participate in the Arkansas All-star cross country meet in Rogers this Saturday, November 16, 2013.

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The Arkansas County Community Calendar is a compilation of events coming up in Arkansas County in the near future. Persons wishing to publicize an event in the calendar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the listing is free â&#x20AC;&#x201D; should send or bring the event to the DeWitt Era-Enterprise office (no calendar events will be taken over the phone). The staff of the DeWitt Era-Enterprise will attempt to make the calendar as comprehensive as possible each week depending on space available. UPCOMING November 13 - The Board of Directors for the DeWitt Public Library will meet on November 13 at 4:00 pm at the library. 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 reading 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.

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December 2nd - December 17th Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm Almyra Community Center 107 South Elizabeth Street, Almyra Call Crestpark DeWitt. For more information, contact Marty or Rachel at 870-946-3569. **Job opportunity at Crestpark DeWitt after graduation**

*No make up days. Must attend class every day.*

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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 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drinking. AlAnon meets 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church, 120 W. 7th, Stuttgart, AR.

DWI Class Attention to all who have gotten a DWI, DUI or MIP and were sentenced to take a DWI safety class. The Drug and Alcohol Safety Education Program will be holding an education (DWI) class in DeWitt inside the District Courtroom. Classes will be held Friday, November 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Level 2+ 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will need to take the classes both days to receive a certificate of completion. The classes will be for people who have been charged with a DWI, DUI or Minor in Possession to get there license back. You will need to call in advance to schedule the class at 870-541-9200. The cost of the class is $150 payable in a money order only, no cash or checks. You will need to send the money order to Quapaw House Inc. P.O. Box 2474 Pine Bluff, AR 71613, or bring it on the first day of class. You must call the office and let someone know you are attending. This class is first come first serve, so reserve your spot.

PBJCEOC and USDA Team Up to Deliver Food Commodities Hard times across the region have left many struggling to feed their homes. For those needing help with food programs, Food Commodities may be the answer. The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is where the USDA buys the food, including processing and packaging, and ships it to individual areas. Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission (PBJCEOC) will administer Commodities while supplies last on November 20, 2013 in Stuttgart and Dewitt. Applicants for food commodities assistance must meet income eligibility. Income eligibility may be determined by meeting one of the following criteria; the household participation in the food stamp program, household meeting financial eligibility criteria requirements which compares the household size and income to the state income guidelines of 130% poverty level. For a household of 1, monthly countable income limit is $1,245. For each additional person in the household, add $436. Countable income includes check stubs, child support, unemployment, housing utility assistance, SSI, SSA, TEA, VAS and retirement benefits. To apply for assistance, the household should bring picture id of person requesting food, social security numbers, and date of birth for all household members. If picking up for someone else bring a note from that person with social security number and name of the person picking it up. Clients must have a working knowledge of household resources. Additional information may be required during the interview process. Failure to provide verification requested may result in delay or denial of assistance. The Pine Bluff Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Arkansas County will issue USDA Commodities on the following dates at the following locations: Nov. 20th â&#x20AC;&#x201C; #1 Ron Fowler Rd. Dewitt, AR 409 E. Michigan St. Stuttgart, AR For questions, call PBJCEOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toll free number at 1-800-277-1313 or visit their website at PBJCEOC is a private, non-profit organization which operates an extensive range of  social programs and services targeting low income households.

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Obituary Rose Revils Rose Mary Temple Powers Revils, 78, beloved mother, wife, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother passed from this life November 9, 2013 at JRMC . She was born in England, AR on November 29, 1935.  She was the daughter of the late Horace Milton Temple and Elma Hess Temple of Pine Bluff and the daughter-in-law of the late Dan and Virginia Revils of Reydell. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School Class of 1953.  She retired from TG&Y Stores after many years of employment.  She was a member of Reydell Baptist Church where she served as treasurer for a short time until her health failed. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Dan Temple; one sister, Lillian Wehking; and one step-daughter, Charlene Revils Cunningham.  She is survived by her husband, Charles Revils of Reydell; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Dialyn Powers of Gulf Shores, AL; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra Powers Billingsley and Dwight Billingsley of Pine Bluff,  and Kathy Powers Gwin and Scot Gwin of Berea, KY; one brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Earlene Temple of Searcy; two sisters and brothers-in-law Joann and John Hagan of Pine Bluff,  and Shirley and Gary Wilson of Shalimar, FL; two step-daughters and step sonsin-law, Trisha and Robert Young of Dewitt, and Brenda and John Henderson of Dewitt; her stepmother, Vertie Zappe of Pine Bluff; her grandchildren and step-grandchildren are as listed Vincent Gwin, Chad Powers, Stephen Billingsley, Candice Billingsley, Christa Powers, Amanda Newport, Patrick Mackey, Matt Young, Daniel Young, Charles Henderson, Rebecca Tanner; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Centennial Fellowship Church located at 1400 Centennial Lane, White Hall, AR on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 with Pastor Charles Henderson officiating.  Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery located at 6707 Dollarway Road, Pine Bluff, AR. Visitation was Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm at Centennial Fellowship Church. In lieu of flowers and food, please make a donation to the CurePSP Foundation (     Online condolences:

Bradley Hargrove - Nov. 16 Michael Wansley - Nov. 17 Heath Whitmore - Nov. 17 Cindy Landers - Nov. 17 Jeremy Vansandt - Nov. 17 Wiley Whitmore - Nov. 18 Lynne Pittman Callas - Nov. 18 Kortney Counce - Nov. 19 Ruby Jane Watson - Nov. 19 Hannah Gabriello Lamb - Nov. 20 Dennis Relyea - Nov. 20 ANNIVERSARIES: W.C. & Merle Hughey - Nov. 14 Bob & Nancy Morgan - Nov. 15 Jeff & Diana Hornbeck - Nov. 16 Charles & Ruth Cunningham - Nov. 18 Scott & Kris Lynch - Nov. 19

First of all, I want to start out by saying on this Veteran’s Day, “Thank you, and God bless each and every one of you.” This is for every man and woman that in someway has put their lives in harm’s way so that we all have the freedom and the good life that we have today. All branches of military, law enforcement, firemen and volunteers, doctors and medical personnel and just anyone that may have saved a life-you are all heroes! I went to Ethel to eat lunch at Mary J’S Country Store Sunday, and Barbara West had a big smile from ear to ear. She has already collected 138 toys for her toy drive for Christmas this year. Barbara has, for the last 10 years, gone house-to-house as well as to businesses seeking toys and/or monetary gifts to help children and families that would otherwise not have a very good Christmas. So, come on everyone, let us all help make Barbara (and her little elves, you know who you are), happy this year. They all work hard, so why can’t we? Just a small monetary gift or whatever you feel like you can afford to give or a toy or two would help. We want to see Barbara smiling from ear to ear! What a blessing! Lois Padgett is back in the DeWitt City Hospital again, and I understood that she is not doing too well at this time. Please everybody, let’s all keep Lois and her family in our prayers. We love you, Lois and Hot and all of your family members, and we are here for you if needed. Rachael (West) Fox and baby daughter, Ellison, from Murrieta, CA, spent several days last week with her parents, Kenny and Karen West of DeWitt. Rachael and Ellison, accompanied by her aunt, Ida Newkirk of St. Charles, returned home to California November 7. Rachael’s husband, Jimmy (J.J.) Fox, formerly of DeWitt, is in the Marines. Ida is scheduled to return home Saturday, November 16. We miss you, Ida. Hope you have a wonderful time in California and a safe flight home. BIRTHDAYS: Levi Soileau - Nov. 14 Michael Mavar - Nov. 14 Sophia Fly - Nov. 14 Darlene Horton - Nov. 14 Merle Hughey - Nov. 15 Madelyn Bisswanger - Nov. 15 Michael Watkins - Nov. 15 Charles A. Horton, Jr. - Nov. 15

-New Holiday Gourmet Coffee & Hot Chocolate -Holiday Mesh -Texting Gloves -Men’s Leather Hunting Themed

For all you ladies that have been asking for recipes, here is a very good sweet bread to eat when having your morning coffee. STRAWBERRY-PECAN BREAD Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 3-1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons soda 4 eggs 2/3 cup water 2 cups frozen strawberries (thawed) a little vanilla flavoring 1-1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon (optional) 1 cup cooking oil (I use Canola Oil) or whatever 1 cup chopped pecans Mix all together and fill greased baking pans 1/2 full. You can use whatever kind of baking pans you prefer. Sometime I make mini loaves . Or a regular size baking loaf pan. Or just whatever. Cook until a toothpick stuck in the middle come out clean. Serve warm if you like. This bread toasts quite well and is great with cream cheese. it also freezes good for later. GOD BLESS THE GOOD OLE U.S.A.

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News In and Around Gillett By Darla Grantham To submit news contact: Darla Grantham, P.O. Box 324, Gillett, AR 72055, call (870) 548-2850, or email EOC Distributions USDA commodities for recipients in the Gillett area will be distributed at the Gillett United Methodist Church between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:30 am on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013. Angel Tree Applicants Sought Angel Tree applications are ready for pick up at Planters and Merchants Bank and Gillett City Hall. Deadline for submission will be Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Complete forms may be returned to either one of these locations.

St. Charles, Crocketts Bluff and Ethel News Starks Shoots By Margaret Aycock – 870-282-8030 - jaymara@

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left to right: Kerri Mitchell, APN Dr. Ralph Maxwell and Suzette Boyd, APN

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Best of DeWitt Nomination Form The DeWitt Chamber of Commerce and the DeWitt Era-Enterprise are once again conducting the “Best of DeWitt” contest to reward DeWitt’s best and brightest. We have updated out categories this year, and the Chamber will recognize DeWitt’s Citizen of the year, Educator of the Year, Good Neighbor of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Volunteer/Volunteer Group of the Year and Young Volunteer of the Year at its annual banquet in January. You can help by nominating a person or persons you think deserve recognition. Nominees must live in the boundaries of the DeWitt School District. We would also like to encourage everyone to nominate people who have not been chosen in past years. A nomination form is printed below. Nomination forms can also be picked up at the DeWitt Era-Enterprise office and online. Use one form for each nomination. Forms can be mailed to P.O. Box 678. DeWitt, AR or they can be e-mailed in. Return the form by December 6 to ensure your voice is heard. Deadline for ballots is December 16th. 1. Nomination for (check one) ____Citizen of the Year ____Educator of the Year ____Good Neighbor of the Year ____Entrepreneur of the Year ____Volunteer/Volunteer Group of the Year ____Young Volunteer of the Year 2. General Information Person making nomination_____________________ Contact number _____________________________ Nominee’s Name____________________________ Address___________________________________ Telephone_________________________________ Workplace (if applicable)_____________________ Years employed (if applicable)_________________

Austin Starks, age 10, shot a 10 point buck in the Youth Hunt November 2, 2013 at the White River Wildlife Refuge.

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3. In 100 words or less, please explain why the person deserves the honor for which he or she is being nominated.

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DeWitt Pride Prepares for the Holidays PRIDE members were presented an informative program by Main Street Arkansas at their meeting November 5, 2013. The next official meeting for DeWitt PRIDE will be in January. The agenda will be to reorganize, elect new officers and board members, set their committees and their schedule for 2014 and budgets. The DeWitt Chamber of Commerce is very interested and involved in DeWitt PRIDE activities, functions and their goal.  DeWitt Chamber of Commerce is a group of businesses and leaders of our community with the financial resources, and DeWitt PRIDE is the group of volunteers that make things happen for the downtown.  The Chamber of Commerce is very supportive of DeWitt PRIDE and really spearheaded the organization along with the City of DeWitt.  Many of its members also serve on other civic organizations and DIDC, DeWitt Hospital Boards, and are city commissioners as well as running their successful businesses. Interested parties may want to review the 4-point approach of Main Street Arkansas.  DeWitt is a Downtown Network of the program designed for smaller communities.  Please start thinking where you fit into PRIDE.  Think about your passions, the time you will have to spend on projects and your background, resources and strengths. Visit http://www.arkansaspreser main-street/four-pointapproach/ for more information. From now until the next PRIDE meeting in January, you may contact Darleen Frizzell at DeWitt Bank and Trust at 870-946-3531 or on her

cell at 870-344-0259 (call or text), or Tami Hornbeck at 870-509-1331. PRIDE has a lot of things going on downtown with the Bicentennial Celebration being held December 14 at the DeWitt Arkansas County courthouse.  PRIDE wants to make the most of this opportunity to make a good impression on visitors to the area for the celebration activities.  PRIDE is planning to have an Arts/ Craft/Small business show in one of the buildings and on the sidewalk areas of the Square.  Anyone interested in helping Amanda Hargrove get this organized and work on this project call Darleen Frizzell or Amanda Hargrove.  Booths will be $15.00 each and will benefit DeWitt PRIDE Projects. Carole Anderson is putting together a group of volunteers for the “Walking Tour around DeWitt”.  Volunteers will dress in period costume and stand in front of each building on December 14. Each participant will give the history of the building and tell stories about the DeWitt Square.   This would be a great opportunity for older citizens to share their knowledge with high school students and preserve the history of buildings.  A lot of volunteers will be needed so if you would like to talk and visit about the past, this project may be right for you.  Contact Carole Anderson or Darleen Frizzell for more information. It would also be a great opportunity for students looking for community service hours for volunteerism and would look good on a scholarship application.  High school students are encouraged to join DeWitt PRIDE.  Students are the future community leaders and will carry

Your Medicare. Your Health. Your Choice. Choosing the right Medicare Prescription Drug Plan is a matter of choice – Not chance. Before you enroll, talk to people who know Medicare prescription drug plans and can help you select a plan that’s right for YOU, YOUR Health and YOUR Budget. OPEN ENROLLMENT IS OCTOBER 15TH - DECEMBER 7TH Kathryn Chambless and Georgia Davis will be here EVERY THURSDAY Beginning at 8:30 to answer all your MEDICARE PRESCRIPTIONS DRUG PLAN QUESTIONS

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the torch in a few years. It will build PRIDE in the DeWitt community. Also, DeWitt PRIDE will have a booth in the courthouse on December 14.  Volunteers will be needed to man the booth.  PRIDE will be selling prints of the historic sites around DeWitt for $25.00 which the Chamber of Commerce has donated to help PRIDE meet their commitment to the MESA project.  PRIDE will also sell  DeWitt: Celebrating a 150-Year Journey  1853 – 2003   tabloids signed by Arkansas County artist Zettie Jones for $10.00.  If you can work the booth for a couple of hours, it would be greatly appreciated. Times include 9:00 a.m.   – 11:30 p.m., 11:30 a.m.   – 2:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.   – 4:00 p.m. PRIDE is asking all businesses to decorate with lights for the Christmas season. Anyone needing icicle lights for their business or home, call Darleen Frizzell or Ronda Bowen at DeWitt Bank and Trust Company. The lights will cost $3.00 per box and the lights are white wire, clear lights, 13 feet long with stringalong feature.  DeWitt City Hall is sponsoring a Christmas decorating contest for the residents of DeWitt. Deadline to enter is December 10 with a $5.00 entry fee. All proceeds will benefit Barbara’s Toy Drive and Food Drive. Interested parties can enter at DeWitt City Hall or mail in an entry fee to DeWitt City Hall Christmas Decorating Contest, 120 Court Square, DeWitt, AR  72042. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Darleen Frizzell or Tami Hornbeck. Thank you for giving your time to our community. 

Nonprofits receive $17,500 through Operation Round-Up

DeWitt Senior Center receives a $1,000 donation from First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program. Pictured, from left, are Joan Snell, Neva West, Gladys Theis Carr and Julie Duncan of the senior center and Operation Round-Up Trustee James Phillips.

Nineteen nonprofit organizations received funds recently through First Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program. Community members on the Operation Round-Up Board of Trustees approved $17,500 in donations. Recipients by county include: • In Arkansas County, Arkansas County Single Parent Scholarship Fund and DeWitt Senior Center each re-

ceived $1,000. •The program is possible thanks to the generosity of First Electric members who enroll in Operation Round-Up and agree to have their electric bill rounded up to the next even dollar amount each month. That money – more than $655,500 since 1998 – funds nonprofit donations and student scholarships. To sign up or to apply for funds, visit or call 800-489-7405.

First Electric serves more than 88,000 member accounts throughout 17 counties in central and southeast Arkansas. The cooperative is headquartered in Jacksonville and maintains full-service offices in Benton, Heber Springs, Perryville and Stuttgart. For the latest news and information, visit www.firstelectric. coop or www.facebook. com/FirstElectric.

Senior High Girls 4A Golf Team wins Conference

Team members pictured left to right: Front row: Shelby Gifford and Drew Dillion; Back row: Booster Club President Amy Rieves, Savanna Bisswanger, Shayna Young, Ashley Gill and Coach Jeff Rader.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Hospice Home Care and Mayor Relyea Recognize National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Mayor Relyea signs proclamation with Leah Carter, Hospice Home Care Community Education Specialist. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to

raised awareness about important care issues for people coping with lifelimiting illness. Mayor Ralph Relyea,

along with representatives from Hospice Home Care, signed a proclamation to recognize National Hospice and Palliative Care Month on Wednesday, November 6 at DeWitt City Hall. Hospice Home Care hopes to bring awareness about hospice and palliative care to DeWitt and the surrounding communities. “Every year, more than 1.65 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals don’t only provide quality medical care. They work to make sure patients and families find dignity, respect and love during life’s most difficult journey.” Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain

management, symptom control, psychological support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. As Leah Carter, Community Education Specialist for Hospice Home Care noted, “I hope our community will learn more about hospice services and know that there are local nurses, aides and even physicians available in this area to help them. The term “hospice” is scary to most people, but if they learn about all of the help they can receive for themselves and their loved ones, hospice can become a blessing.” To learn more about hospice services in this area, please contact Hospice Home Care at 870-5400727 or visit our website at

Arkansas County Opens Two Collection Sites For Global Christmas Project

Congratulations to the DeWitt Dragons on a great season! Hope to see you soon at


Willows 946-1055

Thanksgiving Meal You are invited to a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Unity Baptist Church Activity Building (4th & Harrison St.)

Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This is a free meal for anyone in our community that is not able to prepare a Thanksgiving meal or has no family here to celebrate the holiday with.

Bring Your Family! Shut-Ins who want a meal delivered, or anyone who needs a ride to the activity building should call Unity Baptist Church 946-1390 by Wednesday, November 27th at 5:00 p.m.

Local Residents Packing Joy into Shoeboxes for Needy Children Overseas With holiday supplies already covering the store shelves, individuals, families, churches and groups of Arkansas County and surrounding areas are working to make Christmas a reality for needy kids around the world by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, is ramping up as Arkansas County residents prepare to collect more that 2500 gift-filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week (November 18-25). At local collection sites in Stuttgart in DeWitt areas, anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox to send to a child overseas. Then using whatever means necessary-trucks,

trains, boats, bikes and even elephants-the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide. For many children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they have ever received. Stuttgart Collection Site - 1st Baptist Church Activity Center – 2109 Columbus Hours of Collection – Monday, November 18Saturday, November 23: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. also 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Sunday, November 24: 1-3 p.m., Monday, November 25: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Contact Dina Counce (Relay Center Coordinator) at 870-946-5097 for more information. DeWitt Collection Site 1st Baptist Church – 322 West 1st Street Hours of Collection Monday, November 18Saturday, November 23: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Sunday,

November 24: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 3 p.m – 6 p.m., Monday, November 25: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Contact Joyce Hargrove (Relay Center Coordinator) at 870-830-4768 for more information. For more information regarding these sites, call 1-800-567-8580. Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at Donors will receive an email telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered. Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Op-

eration Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 615-778-0046 or visit samaritanpurse. org. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is November 18-25; however, shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, NC. Participants can also build a box through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries.

Monday, November 18 Grilled Pork Patty Mushroom Gravy Parslied Rice Green Beans, White Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Milk Tuesday, November 19 Sloppy Joe Oven Roasted Potatoes Coleslaw, Hamburger Bun, Peach Cobbler Milk Wednesday, November 20 Chicken Dumplings Lima Beans, Creole Squash, White Bread

Arkansas Mud Pudding Milk Thursday, November 21 Meatballs with Gravy Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Mixed Greens Cornbread Seasonal Fruit, Milk Friday, November 22 Sliced Turkey Breast with Gravy Twice Whipped Potatoes California Vegetables Dinner Roll Orange Gelatin Milk

City Receives Grant, Discusses Commercial Garbage Collection, and Approves Bonus for City Employees By Terrye Seamon One of the first things Council members noticed at the city council meeting Monday night was the improvement in the city’s budget. “It does look better,” said Mayor Ralph Relyea. “I think we will continue to see our sales taxes increase with the new businesses and expanded businesses going like they are.” The mayor also attributed the increase to county money coming in from tax collections this month. “So it’s going to look even better,” Relyea said. Director of Public Works Bill Paxton informed the Council that one of the city’s employees hit another vehicle this week, which resulted in approximately$10,000 worth of damage to the city’s truck. He told the Council that they may be faced with buying another vehicle in the near future. “Thank God it was minor injuries cause it could have been that some people really got

hurt,” Paxton said. In the area of old business concerning residential occupancy of buildings located on the Square, T. Buie reported to the Council that he is going to have to contact the Arkansas Municipal League for more specific regulations concerning first floor occupancy in addition to second floor occupancy. Buie went on to say that any recommendations made to the Council in this area will ultimately have to be brought before and voted on by the Planning Commission. In another area of old business concerning amending the city’s employee policy manual to include drug testing, Buie told Council members that he is currently working on it, but the process has turned out to be more extensive than originally anticipated. He said he should have something to present to the Council at next month’s meeting. In new business, the Council voted unani-

mously to accept a General Improvement Fund grant through the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District in the amount of $31,000. The Council then voted unanimously to pass Ordinance 766 authorizing the purchase of equipment for the collection of waste vegetable oil associated with the micro biodiesel refinery recently started here in DeWitt. In another order of new business, Mayor Relyea presented to the Council for consideration the possibility of Waste Management taking over commercial garbage collection. Currently several of the metal containers used by businesses around town need to be replaced, which will cost anywhere from $60,000-$75,000. The mayor said that repairing them would cost almost as much as replacing them. The arrangement would involve Waste Management purchasing any of the city’s usable containers, charging businesses the same

fee the city is currently collecting ($27 a yard) and then paying the city a certain percentage. Paxton reiterated how much more financially feasible this arrangement would be for the city. “We looked, and fuel alone right now is over $3,000 a month just on one truck,” Paxton said. No action was taken on this matter at this month’s meeting, Relyea suggested that Council members consider the idea, and he would have more concrete details to present at the next council meeting. Relyea said, “It’s ‘doable’ if we can work out the details.” Since it has been two years since city employees have received a raise, the Council passed a motion to give city employees an $800 bonus, which will total $34,682. The bonus will be given to employees anytime between now and Christmas. The Council also passed a motion to hold a special meeting November 25 at city hall to present the 2014 budget.

Monday, November 18 Breakfast Whole Wheat Toast with Jelly Cereal, Fruit Juice Low Fat White Milk Lunch Toasted Ham/Cheese on Wheat Bread Oven French Fries Fresh Fruit May/Mustard/Ketchup Tuesday, November 19 Breakfast Two Whole Wheat Pancakes with Syrup Sausage Links Fresh Fruit Low Fat White Milk Lunch Chicken Strips Mac and Cheese English Peas Peaches Wednesday, November 20 Breakfast Whole Wheat Toast Sticks Cereal Fresh Oranges

Low Fat White Milk Lunch Taco with Shells Refried Beans Chocolate Chip Cookie Chilled Fruit Cocktail Thursday, November 21 Breakfast Scramble Eggs Whole Wheat Biscuits Sausage Patty Fruit Juice Low Fat White Milk Lunch Open Face Turkey Sandwich Mashed Potatoes California Blend Vegetables, Fresh Fruit Friday, November 22 Breakfast Whole Wheat Toast with Jelly, Cereal Fresh Fruit Low Fat White Milk Lunch Cheeseburger Baked Cips Lettuce/Tomato/Pickle Fresh Fruit


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Advertising a Public Service By William Wood It will not be any news to the people of this area that we are have an epidemic of incurable diseases and especially of cancer. There are many different opinions as to why cancer is so prevalent here in Arkansas County, and I do not intend to go into the reasons for it in this article. But this is to make an announcement to our sick people, and also to those who may become sick, that as a public service, we are offering a Book on Divine Healing to the general public free of charge! The book was written by Brother F.F. Bosworth in 1924, and gives scripture after scripture, proving that it is God’s will to heal all His obedient children when they become sick. The book will raise your faith to a new level, as you believe the word of God, and as you recognize the wisdom with which God supplied the author of the book. Our friend Jake Cox at the printing shop has agreed to stock the book for you and to give it out free of charge, one book to a family. It is the wish of the DeWitt Tabernacle that every family in this area, who would like to have one, can do so. We do understand that some of you do not believe in Divine Healing, and might not wish to read the book. However, if even those people would consent to open their mind just a little, they also would be helped by God’s word that is contained in this book. We want to publicly thank Jake Cox for his willingness to pass out the book for us. I am not always in my off and so some might miss getting the book when I am out. We will try and keep the book ordered and in stock at the printing shop, as the need requires. There are no strings attached to the offer, we are not requiring that you believe any certain doctrine. We only wish to show God’s sick children that it is His will for you to get well! We are in no way coming against medical science! We know that a good doctor understands that he cannot heal, and that his patients need supernatural help from the Lord. He can cut us open, but the Lord has to heal the cut. God bless you, and we pray that many of you will want the book. We will make another announcement in this paper, when the books are available. In Christian Love, Brother William Wood and Church

The Light By Pastor Steve Ellison John 3 begins with a night time meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus. We do not know for sure why Nicodemus came at night but I have a guess. I think that it had nothing to do with Nicodemus.  I think it was to set up a very important lesson that Jesus desired to teach to his disciples after Nicodemus left. We are not told explicitly, but it appears that the disciples were present for this meeting in which Jesus told Nicodemus about the necessity for a new birth, from above. As soon as Nicodemus left, Jesus seized upon the chance to teach a marvelous lesson to his disciples. The fact that Nicodemus came in the dark presented Jesus with the opportunity to reveal Himself as the Light.  Well over thirty times the New Testament refers to Christ as the Light.  Many of those times come from John the Apostle.  John 3:16-21 is not the first or the last passage but it certainly sheds much earthly light on The Light from heaven, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.  20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” NASU   Verse sixteen is very familiar to us, but it seems to me that we have neglected what follows. As He almost always does, God points out that our salvation is by His marvelous grace, then He goes on to tell us how we can measure ourselves to see if we have been saved.  John 3:1-18 tells how salvation takes place.  John 3:19-21 gives practical application so that we can know if this new birth from above has taken place.  Even though the Holy Spirit moves undetected as the wind (verse 8), we can see the effects of the Holy Spirit just like we see the effects of the wind. Verses nineteen through twenty-one tell us how to judge ourselves.  If our deeds are evil, we will love the darkness not the Light.  If we are afraid to let others know the things we do, then our deeds are evil, thus we love the darkness not the Light.  If we practice the truth, we will come to the Light and God will glorify Himself by making it known that we did not do these things on our own.  God did them through and for us.  Please note that we are called to “practice truth”, thus emphasizing a continued act, a habitual thing.  Also, note that the contrast between darkness and Light is not illustrated by “evil and good” but by “evil and truth”.  Hiding our evil deeds under the cover of darkness is a form of untruth.   I direct your attention to Job 24:13-17 (NKJV) which is a marvelously appropriate and contemporary description of loving the darkness.  So, what did your testing/judging of yourself reveal?  Is verse eight true in your life?  Can you see evidence of the wind in your life?  Forgiveness is only a repentant prayer away.

In the Twinkling of an Eye By Tom Smith

It only seems like yesterday. When I heard of Typhoon Haiyan hitting the Philippines last Friday morning, my heart sank within me. Packing winds of 200+ mph, the super-storm hit Tacloban City on the eastern side of the island of Leyte with her full fury, resulting in massive destruction and the deaths of thousands of Filipinos as they braced for her arrival in the pre-dawn darkness. As I looked at the photographs, viewed the videos and read the firsthand accounts of the storm, my mind raced back to another typhoon—named Uring—which also hit Leyte on November 5, 1991. Even though Tacloban suffered extensive damage in that typhoon, it couldn’t compare to the destruction and deaths in Ormoc City on the island’s western shore. My family and I had lived in Ormoc since April of that year and happened to be out-of-town when Uring, packing 175+ mph winds, hit the city of 175,000 residents. Thankfully, unlike Haiyan, this typhoon hit between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. Even so, within 30 minutes of her arrival, all of the downtown streets were flooded with 10’-20’ of water. And, two hours later after the storm passed some 8,000 people had perished. My wife and family arrived late the following afternoon and couldn’t believe their eyes. Bridges were destroyed. Buildings and houses had been washed out to sea. Bodies were lying everywhere. And, there was no electricity or running water. For 48 hours I didn’t know the whereabouts of my family or if they were safe or not. But, thankfully word reached me that they were okay and three days after the storm another missionary and I were able to reach the city and begin relief work among the Filipinos. A few days later two other missionaries joined us, helping us to distribute small bags of Ramen noodles, soap, packets of shampoo, etc. And, with each one we included a little homemade tract with verses from Psalm 46, which reminded them that God was “their Refuge and Strength—a very present Help in trouble, even when the earth was removed and the mountains were carried into the midst of the sea”

(vv.1-3). So, as I looked at the pictures and videos of the devastation in Tacloban City and other cities in the Philippines, I could only pray that others were reminding these suffering people that God has not forsaken them. Only a few weeks ago the island of Bohol was rocked by a massive earthquake, causing great damage and killing hundreds of people. The Filipinos are a resilient people. Earthquakes and typhoons are just a part of life, as are an occasional volcanic eruption like that of Mt. Pinatubo when it exploded in June, 1991. Yet, they seem to take it all in stride and I know they will again, although their hearts are broken over such destruction and deaths of loved ones and friends. Even though it’s been 22 years since the Ormoc typhoon and 14 years since we left the Philippines, my heart still aches to see them suffering so. I can only pray “the God of all comfort will continue to comfort them and remind them that Jesus is their Partner in suffering” (II Corinthians 1:3-7). I also pray that we will continue to uplift them in prayer and assist them financially if we’re able. Their needs are great and so are our opportunities. So, here’s hoping you’ll do what you can to help them if you can. Here’s also praying that we’ll remember life here on earth is short and death is sure. As the Bible says, “In the moment, in the twinkling of an eye” we, too, could be whisked away from this earth. The question, then, is “Are you ready?” I hope your answer is “Yes.” If not, tarry no longer for none of us know when the Death Angel may come knocking at our heart’s door. Place your trust in the One Who conquered death and the grave— the Lord Jesus—and know that He’ll always be there when you need Him. (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.)

The Lutheran Churches of South Arkansas County Invite You To Worship:

St. Luke Lutheran St. Paul Lutheran Church Church 903 E. 2nd St.-DeWitt Corner of 2nd & RoseGillett 548-2554 946-2312 Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

Where Jesus Christ Is Always Present In Word and Sacrament Pastor Chad Philipp Bro. Dennis Ingle Pastor Jason Burke Assc. Pastor/ Youth Minister Perry Simpson Music

Schedule of Services Sunday School...................9:45 A.M. Morning Worship..............10:45 A.M. Evening Service..................6:00 P.M. Adult Bible Study Tues.......6:00 P.M. Teen Bible Study Wed........6:00 P.M. AWANA Wed..................6:00 P.M.

Unity Missionary Baptist Church 4th & Harrison, DeWitt, AR (870) 946-1390

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Dragons Run in District Meet

The senior & junior high cross country teams competed in the district meet in Star City on November 2, 2013. The senior boys won the second place team trophy. Cody Fox won the district title (17:17, a course record), while Trace Bounds finished 4th. Randi Hester finished 10th in girls, while Savannah Patterson finished 4th for junior girls.

Gillett Elementary School Academic Awards-1st Nine Weeks: Kindergarten: Kindergarten Readiness Award Bryce Bohnert, Grace Edmonson, Korri Graham, Pheonix Kindrix, Gage Lay, Seth Moyer, Sam Place, Alec Rains, Carley Sloate, Daven Vent, Hayden Williams, and John Williams 1st Grade: All A’s: Emma Everett, Bentley Fox, Berkeley Fox, Brick Fox, Emma Sullivan, MaKyla Vansickle All A’s and B’s: Peyton Atkins, Jack Jackson, Darby Menard Met Accelerated Reader Goal: Peyton Atkins, Decoda Caldwell, Emma Everett, Bentley Fox, Berkeley Fox, Brick Fox, Joseph Hudson, Jack Jackson, Darby Menard, Saron Rogers, Ben Shepherd, Emma Sullivan, MaKyla Vansickle

2nd Grade: All A’s: Josh Haynes, Joey Jones, Trey LaCotts, Sydney Long, Anna Rose Lowe, Carson Mitchell, Kaylen Phillips, Sophia Whiting All A’s and B’s: Keaton Graves Met Accelerated Reader Goal: Josh Haynes, Trey LaCotts, Sydney Long, Carson Mitchell, Anna Rose Lowe, Kaylen Phillips, Sophia Whiting 3rd Grade: All A’s: Brooklyn Cox, Carl Hudson, Kelsey Holzhauer, Dottie Shepherd, Jaden Wallace All A’s and B’s: Jeremiah Brown, Temeren Pfaffenberger, Joe Rains, Chloe Belle Grantham, Trent Place, Sawyer Turner Met Accelerated Reader Goal: Keegan Atkins, Jeremiah Brown, Amy Coulson, Brooklyn Cox,

Chloe Belle Grantham, Cadi Harris, Kelsey Holzhauer, Carl Hudson, Temeren Pfaffenberger, Trent Place, Joe Rains, Jacob Ross, Dottie Shepherd, Sawyer Turner, Jaden Wallace 4 Grade: All A’s: Mary-Claire Grantham, Ben Hackney, Ethan Holzhauer, Magon James All A’s and B’s: Trenton Cox, Logan Menard Met Accelerated Reader Goal: Ben Hackney, Ethan Holzhauer, Magon James th

5th Grade: All A’s: Parker Place, Caitlyn Baker All A’s and B’s: Tylan Dillion, Riley Lay Met Accelerated Reader Goal: Riley Lay, Syndey Miller, Parker Place

DHS Seniors Receive Scholarships

The Phillips Community College Foundation DeWitt Council sponsored scholarships for 21 DeWitt High School seniors taking Freshman English I & II during the school day for the 2013-2014 school year. Pictured with the Freshman English class are (at the right) instructor Matt Forester and PCCF development officer Diana Graves.  (photo submitted)

Club Brittney

DJ Music – bySteve Keistler Saturday, November 16

Happy Birthday Minnie Ann!

9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Members & Guests Only $3.00 Cover Charge Kitchen opens daily at 5:00.

The Christmas Cottage sponsored by the

DeWitt Hospital & Nursing Home Auxiliary

Saturday, November 16th from 9am to 12pm Vendors include:

Smoochie, Chickadee Designs, Hogcessories, Creative Prints & Gift Shop, Tupperware, 1st Assembly of God Ladies fried pies, 1st United Methodist Church frozen casseroles, 2 Broke Girls, Enterprise Books, Dean’s, and many more! There will be pictures with Santa by Tammy P. Photography and a gingerbread house decorating station. A little bit of everything from Christmas ornaments and wreaths to jewelry all under one roof! Admission is $2 and all proceeds benefit DeWitt Hospital Hospital and Nursing Home.



Lawson Family Welcomes Baby Girl

Erica Beth Ward Lawson and Justin Lawson of Almyra are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Annabell Lee. Annabell was born November 4, 2013 at 8:26p.m. at

Baptist Medical Center Stuttgart. She weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and was 21.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Chad Ward of Almyra, formerly of McGehee and Shannon Ruffin of Dewitt. Paternal grandparents are Lester Carl and Angie Lawson of Almyra. Maternal great-grandparents are James and Brenda Ward of Almyra and Buford and Doris Bullock of DeWitt. Paternal greatgrandparents are Patricia and Lester Lawson Sr. of Almyra, Ms.Jeri Thompson of Almyra and Charles Thompson of Paonia, Colorado.

The Arkansas Agriculture Department Recognizes Century Farms Across the State The Arkansas Agriculture Department announced that 102 Arkansas farms will be designated as Arkansas Century Farms in 2013. Arkansas Century Farm signs and certificates will be presented to owners of the farms at five locations around the state the week of November 18-22. The Arkansas Century Farm program is a program that recognizes Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary, places no restrictions on the land, and does not require a fee. To qualify, farms have to meet the following criteria: The same family must have owned the farm for 100 years by December 31, 2013. The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. The following Arkansas farms will be awarded a sign and certificate at the following locations: Friday, November 22 @ 10:00 Grand Prairie Center, 2709 Highway 165 South, Stuttgart John Crum Farm of Arkansas County. Wallace Family Farm of Arkansas County. Walter Shepherd Farm of Arkansas County. Dan Eldreidge Farms, Inc of Arkansas County. R. W. Horton Farm of Arkansas

County. R. W. Horton Farm of Arkansas County. A.D. Murrell Farm of Arkansas County. Massey Farm of Arkansas County. The Carle Farm Limited Partnership of Arkansas County. Coley Place of Ashley County. White Farm of Ashley County. Adam Walker’s Estate of Desha County. Whitehead Farm of Desha County. McGehee Farm of Desha County. Bulloch Farms LLC of Drew County. Levin C. & Sue Handley Johnson Farm of Drew County. Circle M Farm of Drew County. Moore Brothers Farm of Drew County. Boren Farm of Lincoln County. James F. Fuller Farm of Lincoln County. W. B. Mauney Farm of Lincoln County. Walls Family Farm of Lonoke County. Burl Houser Farm of Lonoke County. Toney Families of Phillips County. Turner Farm of Phillips County. Scaife Farm of Phillips County. DeVore Farm of Prairie County*. Jane S. Lauck Farm of Prairie County. John Hook Farm of Prairie County. Feilke Farms of Prairie County. *Family will not be attending ceremony.

McGahhey Hardware

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*Remmington Camo 270 $450.00 *Marlin Syn 243 $425.00 *30 gal Deer Feeder $95.00 *LaCrosse Insulated Boots *Camo Chair *Camo Dog House Blind *Hunting License *2 Person Ladder Stand $195.00 *OD Green Paint *Camo Burlap *Schrade Hunting Knives *Camo Padded Gun Case *Thermocels *Fast Grass *Metal Dog Feeder *Insulated Bib Overalls *Rifle Ammunition *Range Finder *Gamer Camera *Dehydrator * Mr. Buddy Heater

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool Celebrates Halloween

Tiny tots celebrate Halloween at The X Factor Dance Studio with instructor Tara Shook.

Bears Class: “Princess” Addi Adams, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Kaden Pippinger, “Lil’ Witch” Ava-Grace Grantham, “Little Mermaid” Addison Richter and “Halloween Party Princess” Bailey

Turtles: “Fairy” Emerson Atkins, “Genie” Emma Ellenburg, “Baby Bop” Ivy Bogy, “Witch” Sofia Barajas, “Doc McStuffins” Hayden Brinton, Teacher Joni Philipp, “Razorback Cheerleader” Carsyn Coley, “Little Mermaid” Kara Holzhauer, “Cruella DeVille” Hayden Grace Mecalo, “Woody” Barrett Mannis

DeWitt PRIDE and Chamber of Commerce Get Into Holiday Spirit DeWitt PRIDE and the DeWitt Chamber of Commerce along with the help of PCCUA decorate the Courthouse grounds for Christmas.

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Dragon of the Week Name: Misty Everett Position: Gillett Elem. 4th Grade Science, Language, Social Studies, and 5th Grade Science Hometown: Caraway, AR Family: Husband - Brandon, Daughters: Kinsey, Katie, & Emma Interests & Hobbies: Reading, running, and traveling Why did you go in the education field?: I love being around children, working with children, and teaching them new things. How many years have you been teaching? 1 year Where have you taught previously? First Baptist Church Pre-school in DeWitt

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Gillett Elementary School Talent Show

Provided by Melissa Grantham Emcees: Parker Place & Ashton Wood ACTS: Puppet Theatre: Josh Haynes, Joey Jones, Keaton Graves ABC Preschool: Blakely Carroll, Carsyn Coley, Emma Ellenburg, Averi Fritsch, Landyn Graham, Christian Hobbs, Gary Lyle, Hayden Mecalo, Erick Barajas, Kevin Cook, Kaylee Coleman, Cameron Mitchell, Kade Kellebrew, Laura Talkington, Harleigh Vansickle, Natalie Cruz, and Aidan Ross Joke: Sam Place Joke: Decoda Caldwell Joke: Joseph Hudson Gymnastic Routine: Sydney Long, Anna Rose Lowe, Kaylen Phillips Comedy Routine: Sophia Whiting Changed: Brooklyn Cox Poem: Joe Rains Gymnastic Routine: Jaden Wallace, Kelsey Holzhauer, Chloe Grantham Yogi, BooBoo, & Friends: Laynie Watson, Trey LaCotts, Makenzie LaCotts, Brenden Ballard, Paige Sowrheaver, &Riley Lay Joke: Trent Caldwell Robot Dance: Tyler Jones Spanish Dance-Piano Solo: MaryClair Grantham Gymnastic Routine: Darby Menard, Saron Rogers, & Emma Sullivan

Hopping on one foot: Jack Jackson Black Cat-Vocal Solo: Gage Lay & Daven Vent Joke: Joseph Hudson Joke: Josh Haynes & Keaton Graves Ninja Turtle Demonstration: John Williams Transformer Demonstration: Ben Shepherd Head Stand: Korri Graham Baseball Class, etc.: Lathan Reeves, Xander Bohnert, & Trenton Cox 100 Silly Monkeys: Seth Moyer, Bryce Bohnert, Alec Rains, & Hayden Williams Good Ship Lollipop: Carley Sloate & Grace Edmondson Adventure Time Song: Phoenix Kindrix Who Let the Letters Out?: Kindergarten Class Sweet Home Alabama: Carl Hudson, Keegan Atkins, Sawyer Turner, Jacob Ross, Trent Place, Peyton Atkins BINGO-Clapping Rhyme: Dottie Shepherd & Cadi Harris Joke: Jeremiah Brown Dance Routine: Amy Coulson Gangnum Style-Dance Routine: Bentley Fox, Berkeley Fox, Brick Fox Magic Trick: Makyla Vansickle Science Experiment: Caitlin Baker & Makenna Ross Strangely Dim-Vocal Solo: Dottie

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Shepherd Lemonade-Clapping Rhyme: Jaden Wallace, Cadi Harris, Temeran Pfaffenberger, and Trent Place Jumping Rope: Jeremiah Brown -Piano Solo: Chloe-Belle Grantham Hula Hoop Routine: Brooklyn Cox 10,000 Reasons-Vocal Duet: Trent Place & Sawyer Turner Cupid Shuffle: Magon James, Lea Rogers, Makenzie LaCotts Jokes: Hunter Ellenburg Joke: Anna Rose Lowe, Sydney Long, & Kaylen Phillips When The Saints Go Marching In-Piano Solo: Ethan Holzhauer Parrot Impersonation: Logan Menard & Ethan Holzhauer

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NASS: Arkansas Records Broken for Corn, Cotton, Soybeans and Rice Fast facts: • Ark farmer set yield records of rice, corn, cotton, soy • Crops finish strongly despite wet, slow start Despite a soaking start to the 2013 growing season, Arkansas farmers will likely end 2013 with yield records in corn, cotton, soybeans and rice, according to projections released Friday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The NASS “Crop Production” report said: • Corn yielded 182 bushels per acre. Previous record, 178 bushels per acre, was set in 2012. Arkansas farmers harvested 855,000 acres of corn. • Cotton yielded 1,120 pounds per acre from 300,000 harvested acres. It beats the record of 1,112 pounds per acre set in 2004. • Rice yielded 7,550 pounds, or 168 bushels per acre. Arkansas farmers harvested 1.07 million acres. • Soybean state average yield was 45 bushels per acre from 3.2 million harvested acres. This beat the 43-bushel-per-acre record set last year. Sorghum didn’t set a record, but came in at 88 bushels per acre, up four bushels from last year. Last month, NASS projected a record winter wheat yield of 62 bushels per acre, up from the old state record of 61 bushels set in 2006. Market reaction “The best part of  today’s ‘Crop Production’ report was the yields, as four Arkansas crop yield records fell today,” said Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, adding “that’s where the good news stops.   “As we start making plans for next year, we’re looking at mostly bearish supply/demand

numbers for all of the major crops. This is something you’d expect on the tail of high yields and production,” he said. “Oddly enough today’s market reaction was positive for corn and soybeans because the USDA didn’t hand us the most bearish scenario that traders and analysts feared.” Ending stocks higher 2013 U.S. corn ending stocks will be roughly 1 billion bushels higher than last year, Stiles said. “This will keep prices weak in the upcoming months and work against planted acres in 2014.” Soybean stocks are expected to be up almost 30 million bushels above the 2012 ending stocks number of 141 million bushels. “The bigger concern in the soybean market is the growing size of world ending stocks and the prospects of another year of record South American soybean production,” he said. “How their crop develops will be a key issue to follow from now until March. World wheat, rice, and certainly cotton inventories are all forecast to increase over the previous year levels too.” “Today, I would say that soybean acreage, and possibly rice, will increase next year,” Stiles said. “Cotton prices and acreage will be driven less by U.S. inventories and more by China’s decisions on dealing with massive reserve stocks of cotton.   How much they import will be a key number to watch as well.”  Corn “As bad as the corn planting season seemed with all of the cold, wet weather in March and April and delayed planting, May, June, and July were that much better,” said Jason Kelley, wheat and feed grains agrono-

mist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture “ Cool night temperatures and moderate day temperatures along with good management made for record breaking yields.” Cotton Blake McClelland, extension cotton verification coordinator for the Division of Agriculture said the NASS “number surprised me because of the late planting we had this year, but on the flip side, we had some really good weather through the summer.” McClelland said nighttime temperatures were almost ideal and then a spurt of hot days in late August and during September helped finish out the crop. Another factor that helped yields was that “South Arkansas didn’t have any hurricanes,” he said. “That’s been a real bad omen for them the last several years. They’d get ready to pick and have the remnants of hurricanes go through.” This year, “They had some really spectacular yields down here,” McClelland said. Rice The report puts a happy ending on a rice season that didn’t start so well. “New projected record state average rice yield for Arkansas beat the previous record of 166 bushels per acre set in 2012,” said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Despite cold, wet weather early that delayed planting and heavy rains during midseason, mild daytime and nighttime temperatures likely reduced stress on the rice crop and increased grain fill. “In addition, mild fall weather contributed to a very successful harvest and limited amounts of

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grain lost due to lodging and shattering,” he said. Soybeans The 2013 season was one of exclamation points for the state’s soybean growers. “This record yield is somewhat a surprise due to how late the soybean crop was planted in 2013, and the opposite in weather conditions compared to 2012,” said Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the U of A System Division of Agriculture. “The main reason for the excellent soybean crop was the cooler and wetter weather pattern we had during late June and early July.” It was also a year where soybean growers were certified with better than 100 bushels per acre, breaking a longresistant barrier. “The southern part of Arkansas had tremendous soybean yields, with many soybean growers having field averages from the mid-60 to mid-70 bushels per acre,” he said. In early November, growers were ready to finish out the season. “Harvest has been slow due to frequent rainfalls, but we are in line with the five-year average at this point,” Ross said. For more information on crop production, visit, http://  or contact your county extension office.  The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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LEGAL NOTICES LEGAL NOTICE BEFORE THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF DEWITT, ARKANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF A SPECIAL PERMIT FOR THE PURPOSE: DAYCARE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in Block 4 R.L. Hayes Addition to the Town, now City of DeWitt, Arkansas, Southern District, Arkansas County, Arkansas NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Ashley Rhodes petition for the application of a Special Use Permit for the purpose: Daycare. This petition will be heard by the Planning Commission of the City of DeWitt, Arkansas in the Council Chamber and Courtroom of DeWitt City Hall on the 10th day of December, 2013 at 5:00 o’clock p.m. All interested persons are notified to be present and to be heard if they so desire upon said petition, both in favor of same and in opposition to same. THIS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THIS 6th day of November, 2013. Lelia Bell CITY CLERK Adv. 46-1tfc

LEGAL NOTICE AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE PROPOSED 2013 OFFICIAL MILLAGE LEVY FOR REAL ESTATE FOR THE VARIOS COUNTY PURPOSES AND FOR THE CITIES, TOWNS, AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN ARKANSAS COUNTY. FURTHER, TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED RATE OF TAXATION FOR THE LEVEE DISTRICTS AND DRAINAGE DISTRICTS WITHIN ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS. ORIDANCE NO. 15 BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS: ARTICLE 1: That the Constitution and the Statutes of the State of Arkansas require the governing body of each of the various taxing units within Arkansas County to certify to the Clerk of the Court the official millage levy for real estate within that taxing unit on or before the third Monday in November of each year, and that theses governing bodies did so certify these official millage levies. Further, that the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Arkansas require this Court to levy the official millage for all real estate within Arkansas County at its regular meeting in November of each year. ARTICLE 2: That the proposed millage to be charged against all REAL PROPERTY for the various County Purposes is hereby approved as presented and is levied as hereinafter set forth: A. County General Tax 5.0 Mills B. County Road Tax 3.0 Mills C. DeWitt Library Tax (Southern District) 1.3 Mills D. Stuttgart Library (Northern District) 1.0 Mills ARTICLE 3: That the proposed millage to be charged against all REAL PROPERTY in the various cities and towns of Arkansas County is hereby approved as presented and is levied as hereinafter set forth: A. Town of Almyra General Tax 1.2 Mills B. City of DeWitt General Tax 4.8 Mills C. City of Gillett General Tax 5.0 Mills D. City of Humphrey General Tax 5.0 Mills E. Town of St. Charles General Tax 5.0 Mills F. City of Stuttgart General Tax 2.2 Mills Fireman Pension 0.5 Mills Police Pension 0.5 Mills TOTAL 3.2 Mills ARTICLE 4: That the proposed millage to be charged against all REAL PROPERTY in the various school districts in Arkansas County is hereby approved as presented and is levied as hereinafter set forth: A. School District #1 O & M 25.0 Mills (DeWitt) Bond 9.5 Mills TOTAL 34.5 Mills B. School District #22 O & M 27.5 Mills (Stuttgart) Bond 9.4 Mills TOTAL 36.9 Mills ARTICLE 5: That the proposed taxation for the various drainage and levee districts within Arkansas County, Arkansas is hereby approved and levied as requested by the respective commissioners or as established by Court Order, and shall be as hereinafter set forth: A. Farrelly Lake Levee District – One and One-Half Percent (1.5%) of assessed benefit. B. Salt Bayou Drainage District – Two Percent (2%) of assessed benefit. C. Stuttgart & Kings Bayou Drainage District – Nine Percent (9%) of assessed benefit. D. Bayou Meto Water Management District – EightyOne Hundreds of One Percent (0.81) of assessed benefit. ARTICLE 6: If any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications, and to this extent the provisions of this ordinance are declared to be severable. ARTICLE 7: This Ordinance being necessary for the protection and preservation of the public health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this Ordinance shall be of full force and effect immediately upon its passage, approval, and publication. PASSED and APPROVED this 12th day of November 2013. Glenn “Sonny” Cox Arkansas County Judge ATTEST: Melissa Wood Arkansas County Clerk Adv. 46-1tfc


FOR THE VARIOUS CITIES AND TOWNS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITHIN ARKANSAS COUNTY. ORDINANCE NO. 16 BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF ARKANAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS: ARTICLE 1: That the proposed interim millage rates for PERSONAL PROPERTY for the various County Purposes are hereby approved as presented and is levied and shall be as hereinafter set forth: A. County General Tax 5.0 Mills B. County Road Tax 3.0 Mills C. DeWitt Library Tax (Southern District) 1.3 Mills D. Stuttgart Library Tax (Northern District) 1.0 Mills ARTICLE 2: That the proposed interim millage rates for PERSONAL PROPERTY for the various cities and towns of Arkansas County are hereby approved as presented and levied and shall be as hereinafter set forth: A. Town of Almyra, General Tax 1.2 Mills B. City of DeWitt, General Tax 4.8 Mills C. City of Gillett, General Tax 5.0 Mills D. City of Humphrey, General Tax 5.0 Mills E. Town of St. Charles, General Tax 5.0 Mills F. City of Stuttgart, General Tax 2.2 Mills; Fireman Pension 0.5 Mills; Police Pension 0.5 Mills; TOTAL 3.2 Mills. ARTICLE 3: That the proposed interim millage rates for PERSONAL PROPERTY for the various school districts within Arkansas County, Arkansas is hereby approved as presented and levied and shall be as hereinafter set forth: A. School District #1 O & M 25.0 Mills; (DeWitt) Bond 9.5 Mills; TOTAL 34.5 Mills B. School District #22 O & M 27.5 Mills; (Stuttgart) Bond 9.4 Mills; TOTAL 36.9 Mills ARTICLE 4: If any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications, and to this extent the provisions of this Ordinance are declared to be severable. ARTICLE 5: This Ordinance being necessary for the protection and preservation of the public health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this Ordinance shall be of full force and effect immediately upon its passage, approval, and publication. PASSED and APPROVED this 12th day of November 2013. Glenn “Sonny” Cox Arkansas County Judge ATTEST: Melissa Wood Arkansas County Clerk Adv. 46-1tfc

LEGAL NOTICE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE NO. 2013-17 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 2012-57 ESTABLISHING A COUNTY REORDER’S COST FUND BUDGET FOR 2013; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS THAT: ARTICLE I: The Recorders Cost Fund Budget for calendar year 2013 is hereby amended by increased the total amount budgeted by the sum of Nineteen Thousand Seven Hundred Two Dollars and 65/100 ($19,702.65), derived from the Automated Records System Fund Grant. ARTICLE II: Section 3006-012 “Recorders Cost Fund Budget” for calendar year 2013 is hereby further amended by increasing the previous appropriation set forth beside each for a total of Nineteen Thousand Seven Hundred Two Dollars and 65/100 (19,702.65), which represents previously unanticipated and unbudgeted funds. SECTION 3006-0102, RECORDER’S COST FUND BUDGET Sub C- Other Services & Charges…Line 3009 – Other Professional Services $19,702.65 (Digitizing Land DeWitt Records) Total: $19,702.65 ARTICLE III: If any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications and, to this end, the provisions of this ordinance are declared to be severable. ARTICLE IV: This Ordinance being necessary for the protection and preservation of the public health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this Ordinance shall be of full force and effect immediately upon its passage, approval, and publication. PASSED and APPROVED this 12th day of November 2013. Glenn “Sonny” Cox Arkansas County Judge ATTEST: Melissa Wood Arkansas County Clerk Adv. 46-1tfc

LEGAL NOTICE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE NO. 2013-18 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A GAME AND FISH EDUCATION FUND BUDGET FOR 2013: DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS THAT: ARTICLE I: Game and Fish Education Fund Budget for calendar year 2012 is hereby established and shall become part of the 2013 Budget in the sum of Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred Twenty-Nine Dollars and 20/100 ($15,229.20), derived from Conservation Education Grant from Game and Fish Commission Fines, pursuant to A.C.A. 15-41-209 the Department of Education has received fine monies deposited as special revenues in the Game Protection Fund and may be expended in the form of grants for established

school education programs and has disbursed the above sum to Arkansas County, where the offenses occurred. ARTICLE II: No expenditure of appropriated funds shall be made from any fund other the fund specified in this Ordinance or amendment thereto. ARTICLE III: Section 3013-0107 “Game and Fish Education Fund” of the Special Revenue Fund Budget for calendar year 2013 is hereby created and further amended by appropriating the sum of Fifteen Thousand Two Hundred Twenty-Nine Dollars and 20/100 ($15,229.20), to be shared equally between the DeWitt and Stuttgart School Districts for the purposes prescribed by A.C.A. 6-16-1101 for established school education programs on Fish and Wildlife Conservation and other lawful purposes, which represents previously unanticipated unbudgeted funds in the amount set forth below: SECTION 3013-0107 GAME AND FISH EDUCATION FUND Sub C-Other Services & Charges..Line 3100-Other Misc. ….... $15,229.20 Total: $15,229.20 ARTICLE IV: Any transfer of monies between the various funds of the County or transfers within the major category enumerated above shall be made only with the prior approval of the Arkansas County Quorum Court, provided, however, all transfers budgeted in the budget shall be exempted from the provisions of this Section. ARTICLE V: If any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications and, to this end, the provisions of this Ordinance are declared to be severable. ARTICLE VI: This Ordinance being necessary for the protection and preservation of the public health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this Ordinance shall be of full force and effect immediately upon its passage, approval, and publication. PASSED and APPROVED this 12th day of November 2013. Glenn “Sonny” Cox Arkansas County Judge ATTEST: Melissa Wood Arkansas County Clerk Adv 46-1tfc

LEGAL NOTICE APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE NO. 2013-19 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 2012-60, ESTABLISHING A JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER GRANT-IN-AID BUDGET FOR 2013, DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED BY THE QUORUM COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY ARKANSAS THAT: ARTICLE I: The Juvenile Detention Center Grantin-Aid Budget for year 2013 is hereby amended by increasing the total amount budgeted by the sum of Thirty-One Thousand One Hundred Sixty-Seven Dollars and 00/100 ($31,167.00), which was derived from the 2014 Grant-in-Aid Juvenile Detention Facilities Operating Fund Supplement Grant Award. ARTICLE II: Section 3503-0418 “Juvenile Detention Center Grant-in-Aid Budget” of the Special Fund Budget for the calendar year 2013 is hereby amended by increasing the previous appropriation for a total sum of Thirty-One Thousand One Hundred SixtySeven Dollars and 00/100 ($31,167.00), which represents previously unanticipated and unbudgeted funds in the amounts set forth below: SECTION 3503-0418, JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER GRANT-IN-AID BUDGET Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2001 – General Suppli es...................$4,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2002 – Small Equipment...................$7,167.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2003 – Janitorial Supplies….............$1,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2005 – Food......................... .............$6,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2007 – Fuel, Oil, & Lubricants.........$6,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2008 – Tires & Tub es........................$2,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2010 – Detainee Suppli es..................$1,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2012 – Shop Suppli es........................$1,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2013 – Computer Equip/ Software.....$2,000.00 Sub B – Supplies...... Line 2032 – Welding & Supplies...............$1,000.00 Total: $31,167.00 ARTICLE III: If any provisions of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications and, to this end, the provisions of this ordinance are declared to be severable. ARTICLE IV: This Ordinance being necessary for the protection and preservation of the public health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared to exist and this Ordinance shall be of force and effect immediately upon its passage, approval and publication. PASSED and APPROVED this 12th day of November 2013. Glenn “Sonny” Cox Arkansas County Judge ATTEST: Melissa Wood Arkansas County Clerk Adv. 46-1tfc

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The Matron’s Role

Off and Running

By Don Roth

Early in 1862 the Matron Act allowed the Confederate Medical Department to legitimize the role of women in medical facilities and defined the realm of male and female labor. On paper, the official duties of Southern hospital matrons involved strict administrative tasks. The “Chief Matron of the Laundry Department” according to surgeon’s orders printed in Macon Georgia, was to “superintend the working, ironing and mending of all clothing” in the hospital. The ward matrons assisted her in mending clothing, and she used a system of receipts to hand out clean bedding and clothing and receive dirty linens. Besides keeping ward masters amply supplied, she had to perform repeated inspections to insure cleanliness. Duties of the “Chief Matron of the Special Diet Kitchen” were similar in nature. She took charge of the prompt and careful preparation of such diets as were assigned to her kitchens by the Steward who presented a daily diet list. She managed her assistant and attendants, but operated under the orders of a surgeon and the steward. Many matrons found quality time to spend with patients. Some diaries recorded much interaction with patients and a number of unofficial duties based on the soldiers expectations of female care and their own desire to comfort the men. “Although visiting my wards in the morning for the purpose of speaking words of comfort to the sick, and remedying any apparent evils which had been overlooked or forgotten by the surgeons,” wrote one Virginia ma-

tron, “the fear that the nourishment furnished had not suited the tastes of men. . . .would again take me among them in the afternoon.” In one of their most important unofficial duties, matrons and nurses helped men with the mental aspect of permanent injury and disfigurement. Men with severe injuries often needed emotional as well as physical support. Coming to terms with dismemberment caused apprehension about the future, which matrons attempted to alleviate. Some unmarried amputees worried about their marriage prospects. One matron remained bitter toward a young woman who broke off her engagement to a patient who lost a leg. She had erroneously assured him that his fiancé would stay loyal to him. Deep attachment to their patients and the Southern cause made matrons strong partisans of disabled men whom they viewed as heroes. Maimed soldiers sacrificed heavily in the defense of political ideals, and in nurse’s eyes, patriotic civilian women should have overlooked physical impairments in favor of more noble and enduring qualities. Finally, matrons and nurses were a link between the military and the home front and in time became soldiers’ advocates to medical and military authorities. This was often demonstrated by securing furloughs and medical discharges which furthered wellness, but was strictly limited by the government in number. (Libra R. Hilda, Worth a Dozen Men; Women and Nursing in the Civil War South, University of Virginia Press, 2012)

By Kevin Brown Photo by Kevin Brown Webb’s Tire and Lube Service celebrated its Grand Opening Thursday with a luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was sponsored by the DeWitt Chamber of Commerce. Some of those in attendance included Alicia and Bobby’s daughters Kaley and Jasmine Webb, Service Manager Jamie Irons, Tire Professional Larry Chambers as well as Brad Chambless, Kirk Vandsandt and Chamber President Gary Olt-

mann and Treasurer Vivian Meins. When asked about the keys to expanding into the tire and lube service business, Webb emphatically re-emphasized hard work, a positive mindset, and the assistance of Farmers & Merchants Bank, as well as the dedication and tireless efforts of his wife, Alicia Webb. “My wife is a major part of all this,” Bobby said. “Without her and all she does, none of this would happen.”

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Producers Rice Mill Annual Meeting

Over 400 members and guests attended the 70th Annual Membership Meeting of Producers Rice Mill, Inc., held at noon Thursday at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas. George Dunklin, Jr., President of Ducks Unlimited, was the featured speaker. Following the luncheon and speech, the business meeting for members only was held. Keith Glover, President & CEO of Producers reported on the 2012-13 marketing year and shared an outlook for the 2013-14 crop year. Glover said with the record field yields and an 11% increase in Arkansas rice acres, Producers handled its second largest number of green rice receipts ever during the 2012 rice harvest. Producers facilities setting new single season green rice receipts records were Pine Bluff and Stuttgart. Member receipts during 2012/13 were 53.7 million bushels. Our Producers eligible long grain seasonal pool averaged $7.07 per bushel, which once again exceeded the national average price paid to U.S. long grain farmers according to USDA for the 24th consecutive year. The long grain settlement on a 55/70 milling yield was $7.256 per bushel. Producers overall eligible medium grain pool averaged $7.01 per bushel. During 2012/13 our mills processed a total of 64.3 million bushels, up 14% from the previous year. Producers’ overall sales during 2012/13 were a record $568.5 million; up $90 million from last year. Financially, Producers’ working capital at year end was $48.8 million. Net taxable income was $1,900,436 and a record $5,690,905 of members’ equity was redeemed during 2012/13. At year end,

overall members’ equity was a record $108.6 million. Glover then turned his attention to the new 2013/14 marketing year. Whereas 2012 was the earliest rice crop ever planted, the 2013 rice crop was one of the latest planted, due to wet weather and the 2nd coldest March-April period in the Mid-South since 1895. The unfavorable planting weather and attractive prices for corn and soybeans combined to result in Arkansas’ 2013 rice acres declining 215,000 acres, or 17%, from a year ago. Overall, U.S. long grain acreage in 2013 was down 11%, and was the smallest acreage planted in 26 years. USDA is currently estimating Arkansas’ 2013 average field yields at 163 dry bushels per acre, which is only 3 bushels per acre down from the record set in 2012. In Mississippi, USDA is estimating this year’s field yields at 158 dry bushels per acre, down only 2 bushels per acre from last year. Due to the milder summer temperatures, whole kernel milling yields for long grain are currently averaging over 7 lbs. per cwt. higher than the 2012 crop. Milling yields for medium grain are also better, averaging nearly 3 pounds per cwt higher for whole kernels. Peck damage, primarily caused by stink bugs, is also the lowest seen in many years. The 2013 rice harvest at Producers was the smoothest Glover had ever experienced in his 31 years at the cooperative. “We believe the lack of long lines during this year’s rice harvest can be explained due to the fact that, #1: The planting of the 2013 rice crop was more spread out than normal; #2: Overall rice acres

in the Mid-South were down 15%; #3: Many Mid-South farmers were still cutting corn during the peak weeks of this year’s rice harvest, whereas in previous years they would have been harvesting rice; and #4: Recent improvements to several of our green rice facilities, such as Boyle, Mississippi and Dryer 6 at Stuttgart.” Glover also credited a big part of this year’s harvest success to their employees. Regarding the rice market…. Glover said that Producers is optimistic about U.S. rice prices during 2013/14, primarily due to very positive U.S. rice fundamentals. At 126.5 million cwts., the 2013 U.S. long grain crop will be the second smallest in 17 years. With USDA currently projecting long grain ending stocks at only 18.4 million cwts., U.S. long grain supplies during 2013/14 will be the tightest in 10 years. Internationally, USDA is currently projecting only a modest increase in South America’s rice production in 2014. With the South American rice supplies remaining tight and their export prices firm, this should provide some good export opportunities for U.S. rice, especially in the Western Hemisphere. One encouraging development occurred last month when it was reported that Iraq purchased 40,000 metric tons of U.S. long grain milled rice, which was Iraq’s first purchase of U.S. rice in over 3 years. The most negative, or bearish, fundamentals for rice remain in Asia, where 90% of the world’s rice is grown. The governments of Thailand and India continue to sit on enormous government owned rice stocks. Despite the bearishness of the Asian rice fun-

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damentals, we believe the tight U.S. rice supplies will still be the primary factor driving U.S. rice prices during the 2013/14 marketing year. However, if U.S. rice prices are to improve from here, export demand for U.S. rice will be the key. In closing, Glover said he wanted to thank all the members for their support and patronage of Producers Rice Mill, Inc. He was also thankful for the hard work of all of the Producers’ employees during the past year. In the business session following the annual meeting, Charles Rodgers, C.B. “Pete” Moery, III, and Gregory “Peck” Kerksieck

were re-elected to serve three year terms on the board of directors, along with Gary Wilks, who was newly elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors after the retirement of John Stephens. In the board meeting following the membership meeting, Gary Sebree was reelected to the position as chairman of the board of directors. Other officers reelected were Jerry Hoskyn, vice president & vice chairman of the board; Keith Glover, president & general manager; and Kent Lockwood, secretary-treasurer.

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Pet-Talk: Elective Surgery—Is it worth it? As animal lovers, we always want what is best for our pets. From the most nutritious food to the very best in veterinary care, a lot goes into making our furry friends happy. For many pet owners, there comes a time when a difficult decision must be made: Does my pet really need this surgery? Will they be happier and healthier because of it? Deciding whether the risks outweigh the benefits for Fido’s elective surgery can be a trying task, but having all of the relevant information can make the decision a bit easier. Unlike surgeries that are necessary to save an animal’s life, elective surgeries are deemed “not vital” or sometimes merely cosmetic: they are, in other words, optional. Surgeries that lie within this gray area leave pet owners with a careful choice to consider. “A few common elective surgeries are spaying/neutering, declaw removals, and gastroplexy,” said Dr. Mark Stickney, Clinical Associate Professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The timing of an elec-

tive surgery can revolve around several various factors. Usually, the sooner an orthopedic problem is corrected, the less long-term damage will occur. If the surgical repair will be just as effective regardless of the duration of the issue, the decision of when to go ahead with surgery depends on how the animal’s quality of life will be affected. “Your pet should have pre-anesthetic blood work done, be up to date on vaccines, and should fast for 8-12 hours before surgery,” said Stickney. Veterinarians highly suggest that pre-anesthetic blood screening be done before the surgery because although most surgeries have minimal risk of complications, it isn’t rare to find an underlying health problem that doesn’t surface until the animal is already under anesthesia. In the midst of surgery is not the best time to discover your pet has a detrimental heart problem. However, if the reason for the elective surgery is merely cosmetic and doesn’t aim to improve your pet’s quality of life, it is not usually recom-

mended nor justified. For instance, various surgeries to “lift and tuck” your pet in order to meet a certain breed’s standard are becoming increasingly popular among pet owners. When considering these cosmetic procedures for your pet it is important to keep in mind the possible pain inflicted and risks associated merely to achieve a certain look. Putting a pet under anesthesia can be dangerous for even under the best circumstances, and to do so for cosmetic reasons alone can be considered unethical. Each elective surgery is unique, and speaking with your veterinarian to thoroughly evaluate the pros and cons of surgery beforehand is a necessity. After thoroughly researching information specific to the surgery for Fido, the ultimate decision lies with the pet owner. Though there may not be a clear yes or no answer on whether or not to go ahead with surgery, you will have more confidence, knowing that you did the best you could to improve the quality of life for your pet.

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COMMUNITY NEWS Storms Approaching - Will Your Landscape Survive? Winter is the season for some of nature’s most severe weather. Storms in all shapes and forms create havoc throughout the country. One of the greatest dangers posed by storms is presented by falling trees. Unsafe trees are a threat to lives and property. “Many shade and ornamental trees are damaged throughout the year by windstorms, lightning or ice and snow accumulations,” notes Tchukki Andersen, CTSP*, Board Certified Master Arborist and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association. “Damage usually consists of a few broken branches. However, more severe damage - such as splitting or pulling apart of branch unions, removal of large areas of bark, twisting and splitting of the trunk, or even uprooting - pose possible dangers.” A few tree species, including Chinese elm, silver maple, boxelder and various poplars, have brittle wood that is easily broken. These rapidly growing trees cause a considerable amount of damage to homes, cars, buildings and utility lines each year. Homeowners should be aware of these characteristics and avoid planting them close to potential targets. If such trees are already growing in these locations, preventive pruning, bracing or cabling may help reduce storm damage this winter. This

is particularly true as the tree grows in size and the weight and surface of the leaf and branch area increases. Over the years, growing trees will “catch” more wind and become heavier, so they are prone to increased mechanical stresses, thus increasing the chances of failure. Larger trees will also affect an increased area should they or their larger limbs fall. This means that power lines, homes and other structures that might not have been threatened a few years ago might suddenly be under threat by a tree that has grown. Preparing trees for these natural disasters is a must and should be done well in advance of the stormy season. To help ease these dangers, have a professional arborist evaluate your trees. Doing this will help you determine potential weaknesses and dangers. Look at your trees for the following warning signs: • Wires in contact with tree branches. Trees may become energized when they are contacted by electric wires. • Dead or partially attached limbs hung up in the higher branches that could fall and cause damage or injury. • Cracked stems and branch forks that could cause catastrophic failure of a tree section. • Hollow or decayed areas on the trunk or

main limbs, or mushrooms growing from the bark that indicate a decayed and weakened stem. • Peeling bark or gaping wounds in the trunk also indicate structural weakness. • Fallen or uprooted trees putting pressure on other trees beneath them. • Tight, V-shaped forks which are much more prone to failure than open U-shaped ones. • Heaving soil at the tree base is a potential indicator of an unsound root system. Remember, too, that a tree is a living thing, and its integrity and stability change over time, so don’t assume that a tree that has survived 10 severe storms will necessarily survive an eleventh.   Find a professional A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the best trees to plant. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association, a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the “Locate Your Local TCIA Member Companies” program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-7332622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on www.


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