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B (USPS 088-820) Vol. 131, Number 15 DeWitt, AR 72042 • 20 Pages • 2 Sections • 75 cents

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fugitive Pilot Turns Himself in to Authorities

DeWitt Public Schools Kindergarten Registration

2013-2014 Kindergarten Registration will be at DeWitt Elementary School on Tuesday, April 23 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. and on Wednesday, April 24 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Parents that register at the time will find out their child’s teacher by midJune. Parents may pick up Kindergarten registration packets prior to these dates and return them completed on or before these dates.

Gillett Elementary Kindergarten and Preschool Registration

Gillett Elementary and Preschool are accepting enrollment for Kindergarten and ABC Preschool for the 2013-2014 school year. Registration packets may be picked up at the Gillett Elementary office April 15-30, or you may call 548-2466 for more information.

DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home Auxiliary Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser

The DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home Auxiliary will be having a drive through Chicken Spaghetti Fundraiser on April 22 from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets will be sold in advance and are $8. Contact any DHNH Auxiliary member for tickets, or call Amanda Hargrove at  501-4166764 to purchase tickets or for more information. Pickup will be at the outpatient entrance. The drive through will be at the hospital entrance beside Ferguson Rural Health.

NOTICE

North LaGrue Water System will be flushing lines April 13. Thank you for your patience.

Courtsey of KARK 4 News. ABOVE - Photo provided by Arkansas County resident, Tim Bailey. The private plane that Dennis Hunter landed on a gravel road between Cascoe and Crocketts Bluff. BELOW - Fugitive pilot suspect, Dennis Hunter, turns himself over to Saline County authorities.

BY Holly Brickey CONTRIBUTING WRITER dewitt00@centurytel.net

Arkansas County Sheriff, Allen Cheek, informed the press that the man who led Homeland Security investigators on a chase through Arkansas County turned himself in to authorities in Saline County, Friday morning, April 5. Dennis Hunter, 40, of Rohnert Park, California, faces charges of aggravated assault and fleeing in Saline County. Sources say Hunter reportedly ran away from deputies Monday, April 1, when they tried to talk to him as he was re-fueling his plane at the Saline County Regional Airport. According to a deputy’s incident report, Hunter took off from the taxiway before he even made

it to the runway and nearly hit a deputy in the process.

He landed the plane early the next morning on a gravel road in Arkansas County and fled on foot. He was able to evade authorities and return to Saline County where he turned himself in. Investigators were able to determine his identity by tracing the credit card he used to pay for the airport fuel. The original reason why Homeland Security was chasing him has yet to be released. Hunter left jail on a $150,000 bond around 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 5. He is scheduled to appear in court next month. When Sherriff Allen Cheek was asked about any further charges, he said, “We are now conducting an investigation on Dennis Hunter, and that’s all the information I can give.”

Baptist Health Salutes System Rock Stars Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart Brings Home Multiple Wins High-energy music, celebrity emcees and fun entertainment marked the recently held fourth annual Baptist Health BEST Awards – a celebration to recognize the best in patient care throughout the healthcare system. Baptist Health Medical CenterStuttgart (BHMC-S) was among those celebrated with five nominations and four wins. A standing-room-only crowd packed the J.A. Gilbreath Conference Center located at Baptist Health’s flagship campus in Little Rock – home of the 2013 BEST Awards. The hourand-a-half long event was hosted by Heather and DC from Alice 107.7 radio station and included music trivia, award presentations and funny skits (the “Perfect Cheer” by the Spartan Cheerleaders made popular on ”Saturday Night Live” and a Monty Python inspired surgery procedure). But most importantly, it was a time for Baptist Health employees to be distinguished for their hard work in 2012. More than 30 individuals, units and departments across the system were honored for their excellence in bedside care, outstanding customer

Baptist Health Medical Center-Stuttgart won four awards including Radiology – Most Improved Outpatient Area for a Small Hospital; GI Lab – BEST Ambulatory Surgery Area; North Station – BEST Women’s & Children’s Area; and West Station – Most Improved Inpatient Area for a Small Hospital.  

service and overall improvement in employee engagement. Most winners were determined by last year’s Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores and Gallup Survey scores. The following departments from BHMC-S won in these categories: Radiology – Most Improved Outpatient Area for a Small Hospital; GI Lab – BEST Ambulatory Surgery Area; North Station – BEST Women’s & Children’s Area; and West Station – Most Improved Inpatient Area for a Small Hospital.    The hospital was also nominated in one other category - Most Improved Ambulatory Surgery Area. Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system. With more than 175 points of access including seven hospitals,  Baptist Health is committed to delivering “All Our Best” in healthcare to the people of Arkansas.    For more information, call Baptist Health HealthLine at B-AP-T-I-S-T (227-8478) or 1-888-B-AP-T-I-S-T. Be sure and visit our website at www.baptist-health.com.    


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April 1, 2013 - Officer Toby Smith received a call to 604 West 8th St. about a possible break in. The officer spoke to a white female, and she said that she heard the bathroom window at the east end of her home open then slam shut. The officer looked around the outside and found no footprints, and the window felt secure. April 2, 2013 - Officer Barnett was dispatched to the area of Sparks Avenue in response to two vehicles that were driving down the road erratically and stopping every so often. The officer initiated a traffic stop. As the officer approached the driver of the vehicle and informed him of the reasons that he stopped him, the driver started yelling. The officer told the driver to calm down several times. Officer Barnett could smell a strong odor of intoxicating beverages. Officer Barnett ask the driver how much he had to drink, and he stated that he had nothing to drink at all. After running a check on his license, the officer informed the driver that he was going to conduct a field sobriety test. The driver stated that he knew how to do the test and had no problem doing them. The officer informed the driver that he was going to explain and demonstrate the test before he needed to begin. The driver failed the tests. Officer Barnett transported the driver to the Arkansas County Detention Center for the above-mentioned charges and charged with Careless and Prohibited Driving. April 3, 2013- Officer Toby Smith was dispatched to the area behind the Family Dollar Store and the Catfish Shack for a truck that got stuck trying to drive through. The driver was said to have run over to the Sahara Motel. Officer Smith went to the motel and spoke to the driver, who admitted to drinking and driving. Officer Smith proceeded to conduct a field sobriety test. After attempting the test, it was determined that the driver could not perform the test and was placed under arrest and taken to the ACDC by Officer Adam Barnett to perform a breath test. April 5, 2013- Officer Greg Miller was dispatched to the DeWitt Police Department to take a report. A male met with Officer Miller and told him that his mother had had some mail taken from her and a credit card opened up in her name. The man

said that he already had the account closed, and they had worked with him to get all the charges fixed. The man said he needed the report so he could send it to the Credit Bureau. April 5, 2013 - Officer Jennifer Crossett noticed a vehicle with no taillights driving south on South Main Street and stopped the vehicle. When his driver’s license was run through ACIC, the driver came back wanted out of Hazen, AR. While waiting on a response from dispatch to see if Hazen would extradite the driver, Officer Spencer asked him to empty his pockets. The driver pulled out a small bag with four round orange pulls with E 404 imprinted on it. The driver advised that they were his sister’s pills and did not know what they were but said he took half of one because he was tired. The driver was placed under arrest at this time. Pictures were taken and entered into a file with the driver’s name. The drugs were verified by Drugs. com. April 6, 2013- Officer Jody Chapman was driving on S. Whitehead Dr. and observed a pickup truck pull out of Rerun’s Bait Shop parking lot. The officer noticed the truck only had one tail light. The officer initiated a traffic stop and advised the driver the reason for the stop. After running a check on the driver’s license the officer was advised that the male’s driver’s licence, was suspended. The driver was placed under arrest, transported to the ACDC and charged with Driver’s License Suspended. April 7, 2013 – Officer Smith conducted a traffic stop; the driver was in violation of the Arkansas Seat Belt Law. After checking the driver’s license and finding out they were suspended Officer Smith ask the driver to exit the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle was ask for his identification and was identified. He was asked to empty his pockets after Officer Smith saw him placing something in them. After searching the vehicle, the driver’s purse and the passenger’s pockets, both subjects were transported to the ADC and charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamines. The vehicle was towed by Roger Capps. All evidence was photographed and turned over to Detective Dean Mannis with the Tri County Drug Task Force.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS 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 — the listing is free — 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 EraEnterprise will attempt to make the calendar as comprehensive as possible each week depending on space available. Coming up: April 20 - The 6th annual German Heritage Festival will be celebrated at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie, 921 East Fourth Street in Stuttgart starting at 9 a.m. 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. D e Wi t t / A r k a n s a s 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. 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. 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

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The family of Eunice Merritt would like to thank everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy during her hospital and nursing home stay these past couple of months. She was very excited to receive visits and cards and was grateful for all the prayers given in her behalf. We especially extend our appreciation to the staff at Crestpark Nursing Facility for all the love and gentle care she received while staying there. To the members of the First United Methodist Church of DeWitt, we can’t thank you enough for the beautiful service and delicious meal prepared for us.

Jim and Sarah Merritt Mike and Diana Merritt

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Words cannot begin to express our appreciation to our families, friends, and the Patrons of your community. Everyone has had such an impact on our lives during this difficult time. Your prayers, visits, calls, cards, food, memorials, gifts and flowers, but most of all your love will always be remembered. We want to say a special thanks to: Bro. Todd Smith - for words of comfort Onita Watson - for providing the music Bill and Shelia Noble for the beautiful song Dianna and Kenneth Graves Ginger Graham Scott Rosengrant, Arkansas State Police 1st Missionary Baptist Church for the meal The Ladies of Arkansas County Bank - for salads and desserts and assisting with the meal The DeWitt City Police Arkansas County Sherriff’s Department DeWitt City Hospital Essex Funeral Home To our families for your continual love and support

The Family of Kimberly West Howard William, Mary, Peggy, Richard P., Austin & Drew

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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 AlAnon Group provides support for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. Al-Anon meets 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church, 120 W. 7th, Stuttgart, AR.

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third Thursday in Jan., April, July and October. The Grand Prairie Quilt Society meets the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Stuttgart Public Library. The Grand Prairie Ruritan Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at The Willows Restaurant. Kingdom Outreach Women’s Group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Changing Lives Ministries building at the corner of Madison and Gibson streets. Masonic Lodge #157 meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Prairie Angels 4-H Club meets the fourth

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DeWitt Hospital and Nursing Home Auxiliary Members Volunteer at the DeWitt City Nursing Home Spring Carnival

Members that volunteered their time were (from left) Jennie Shepherd, Auxiliary President Amanda Hargrove, Gay Rusk and Tillia Relyea. The DHNH Auxiliary will also be holding a chicken spaghetti supper on April 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $8, and it is drive-through only. Please contact Amanda Hargrove at 501416-6764 for tickets or more information.

Obituary Burnice Finney

Burnice Rand Finney, 82, of Dallas, TX, passed away March 27. She was born February 13, 1931, in Gillett, AR, to John Dewey Rand and Mabel McNew Rand. She was of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Leonard, Bud and Fred; her sisters, Ruby Gordon, Edith Waller and Arwilda Williams. She is survived by her husband, Jack Finney, Sr.; her son, Jack Finney, Jr. of Dallas; her grandsons, Jonathan and Jacob of PA.; her sister, Winnie Rand of Gillett; her niece Kay Mannis of DeWitt; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

DeWitt Era Enterprise NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING The annual meeting of the stockholders of DBT Financial Corporation will be held Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room of DeWitt Bank and Trust Company. Said meeting is for the purpose of the election of directors for the ensuing year and to transact any other business as may come before the meeting. David Jessup Secretary DBT Financial Corporation

Arkansas County Partners in Health in partnership with the DeWitt Hospital Spring Fling Presents

Diabetes Education Mini-Sessions April 16, 2013 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. DeWitt Hospital EXCEL Room

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Speaker Bonnie Bradley from the Arkansas Department of Health will give five 30-minute presentations on pre-diabetic signs and diabetes management. The mini-sessions will begin on the hour between 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Diabetic friendly snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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LOCAL NEWS Cormier Rice Mill Scholarship Recipients Announced

LEFT - Cody Blackwell, RIGHT - Ratiwat Watthanaphuti

Ratiwat Watthanaphuti of DeWitt and Cody Blackwell of Almyra have been chosen as recipients of the Cormier Rice Mill Scholarship at Phillips

Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA) in DeWitt. The Cormier Rice Mill scholarship was established to assist students on

the DeWitt campus. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to keep the scholarship. For more information about schol-

arships on the DeWitt campus, contact Glenda Allen at  870-946-3506, extension 1607.

Nicky Hargrove Memorial Scholarship Fund Seeks Applicants Nursing and pharmacy students are encouraged to apply now for a $1,000 scholarship offered through the Nicky Hargrove Memorial Scholarship fund. Each applicant must be an accepted or current student in a registered nursing program or a doctor of pharmacy program. The applicant or applicant’s parents must be

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a member of Arkansas Farm Bureau. Other criteria to be considered by the selection committee are the applicant’s community involvement and leadership abilities. The recipient will receive $1,000 and may reapply in subsequent years. The recipient will be notified July 10. The family of Nicky Hargrove established the scholarship fund to honor Hargrove’s years of service to Arkansas Farm Bureau and all of Arkansas agriculture. Hargrove was a rice, soybean and wheat farmer from Stuttgart (Arkansas County). He served as president of Arkansas Farm Bureau from 1976-1986 and was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1999. Hargrove passed away in 2011 at the age of 79, and his family wanted to find a way to honor the people who cared for him throughout his years of illness while also ensuring his name is never forgotten. “Over the years of fighting lung cancer, heart prob-

lems, diabetes and lymphoma, some of the most important people to Nicky and his family were the registered nurses and pharmacists who participated in his care,” said Lori Dabbs, Hargrove’s daughter. “In honor of these special people and in memory of Nicky, a scholarship was established through the Stuttgart Memorial Hospital Foundation.” Scholarship applications can be requested by emailing lhdabbs@cebridge.net. Applications, along with a resume, are due by June 15 and should be mailed to 1501 Granvue Dr., Stuttgart, AR, 72160. Donations in Hargrove’s memory may be made to Stuttgart Memorial Hospital Foundation. Mail checks to P.O. Box 1905, Stuttgart, AR, 72160 and write “Hargrove Scholarship” in the memo line. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 200,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

Emergency Ordinance Passed To Provide Funds to Move Fugitive Aircraft BY VALENYA FRANKS EDITOR editor@dewitt-ee.com

Arkansas County Sheriff Allen Cheek gave an update to the Quorum Court about the fugitive who landed his plane on Gunnell RD between Cascoe and Crocketts Bluff late on the night of April 1. The fugitive then fled on foot. Dogs and men covered 19.5 miles of ground while searching for him. He stated that Dennis Franklin Hunter from California had turned himself in to Saline County authorities and shortly after paid his bond of $150,000. He also said that this was not Hunter’s first high dollar bond nor was it the highest. He had previously paid a bond of $1.5 million. The sheriff had to

hire Dawson Aircraft to safely move the aircraft from the road and to a secure location. The cost to move the aircraft was $5,500 and an emergency appropriation ordinance was passed to move the funds from the Communications Facility and Equipment Fund to the General Fund Budget for payment. Whoever recovers the plane from storage will be responsible for paying the county the $5,500 plus $80 per day it is stored. The sheriff also reported that someone from the most northern part of Arkansas County wanted to open a nightclub. However, due to the location of the club, county officials decided that it was in the best interest of everyone to deny the application. It would be too hard for emergency contact to

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reach the area and the fastest possible response time would be at least twenty minutes. It was also reported that ACDC currently has sixty-five inmates, twelve female 309s, forty-eight males, and 5 females. The juvenile detention center had three males. The sheriff informed that the locks on the cells have been fixed and to further security, a supervisor must initial all cell checks. Inmates have picked up a total of one hundred fifty-nine bags of trash along county road, which accumulates to one hundred twentyfour miles. The Beaver Control Program has seen a steady flow of trappers. From January 2013 to March 2013, nine hundred ten beaver tails were brought in bringing in a total of $18,200. Landowners must pay $5 for the trapper and the county pays $20 for the tails. Trappers must call in advanced to say whom

they are trapping for and the landowner must call to say that they did call a trapper. The treasurer’s report revealed that the County General is almost $170,000 higher than it was this time last year. Records of Preservation Committee is still working on honoring donors and volunteers in the form of a seminar over the summer. This committee was established in 1999. Arkansas County Judge Glenn Cox and Arkansas County Clerk Melissa Wood reported that the Legislative Audit revealed that there was no formally documented and approved Disaster Recovery or Business Continuity Plan for the County Clerk’s office. The County Clerk and all deputy county clerks along with the county treasurer are in the process of implementing the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan.

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Arkansas State Society DAR 105th State Conference

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Arkansas DAR 105th Conference Opening Night

Jerrie Townsend and Jean Pollard attended the Officers Club Dinner.

Arkansas State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, held their One hundred and fifth state conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock on March 14-16. State Regent JoAnn Cooper presided, and Osage District was hostess. Jeanne Tackett serves as Osage District director, and LaNita McKinney as conference chairman. State Board of Management held their meeting at 1 p.m. Following the board of management meeting a memorial service was conducted by State Chaplain Vive Allen. Special remembrance was of Corinne Cox Stevenson, who had been an honorary state regent and had served as a vice president general NSDAR. While living in Stuttgart, she organized the Grand Prairie chapter. Remembered in the service were two Arkansas Post Chapter members: Juanita McGraw Smith and Holly Eileen Dabbs Whitcombe. The Arkansas DAR choir participated in the service. Two dinners were held at 5:30 PM: Chapter Regents Club for members who have served as a chapter regent, and State Officers Club. Jean Pollard and Jerrie Townsend attended the Officers Club dinner held in Salon A at the DoubleTree. Sue Thompson, president, presided. A moment of silent prayer was held for the club’s three deceased members: Corinne Cox Stevenson, Jane Gardiner Jones and Wensil Clark. A nominating committee reported the following for the club’s officers 20132014: Mary Miller, president; Carolyn Atkinson, vice president; Ann Bush, Secretary/Treasurer. They were elected and installed by Fern Taylor, honorary state regent. The nominating committee for the 2014-2015 slate is Frankie Ochsner, Susan Veal and Susan Child. A patriotic theme was used in the decorations. A monetary gift was presented for the state regent’s project. The program was from the honorary state regents. They were to tell of some incident that occurred during their term for the current state regent to be aware and forewarned about. Door prizes were distributed, and Pollard won for being an officer the longest. She had served as state historian under Pat Carroll’s term from 1972-1974.

Elaine Berg carries the Arkansas Post Chapter’s banner in the processional.

Opening night for Arkansas State Daughters of the American Revolution was at 7:30 p.m. in Salon D, DoubleTree Hotel, in Little Rock. The processional was led by the Crowley Ridge Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, followed by those carrying their chapter banners. Elaine Berg carried Arkansas Post Chapter’s Banner in the processional. The pomp and ceremony carried on with pages dressed in formal white dresses proceeding into the large hall, followed by hostess regents from Osage District and their district director, Jeanne Tackett; state officers which included State Treasurer, Jerrie Townsend; honorary state regents which included Jean Pollard and State Regent JoAnn Cooper; and guests. Cooper declared the 105th Annual State Conference in session.

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She read greetings from Merry Anne T. Wright, president general national society DAR and from the honorable Mike Beebe, Governor of Arkansas. The keynote address was given by Attorney General State of Arkansas Dustin McDaniel. He told of his recent trip to our nation’s capitol and about the complicated litigation he had been involved in. These involved education, Pulaski County’s Desegregation, water quality, tobacco in Arkansas, money received for public health. Arkansas was the only state in the Union to do this. He said the states are fighting over money issues but they are coming together. “The system is working exactly like our founding fathers planned,��� McDaniel continued. The office of the attorney general has three million bosses all over

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the state he interjected. “We are there to serve you,” McDaniel concluded. State Regent Cooper called for the honorable Stephanie Flowers, Arkansas state senator, to come forward to accept an award for presenting State Resolution #13 to the 89th General Assembly, honoring Miss Willie Hocker as the creator of the Arkansas State flag. Flowers presented the Arkansas State DAR with the original copy of the approved resolution. The distinguished guest Darley Von C. Vandegriff was introduced by Cooper, a past vice president general NSDAR, and honorary regent of ldaho. She is an associate member of Arkansas Chapter in Hot Springs Village. Cooper introduced officers from several Arkansas Hereditary Societies. A special capital citation from the office of Arkansas Secretary of State was given to

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Vandergriff by the honorable Ann Bush. Arkansas Senior State President of the Arkansas State Society Children of the American Revolution, Melrose Bagwell, brought greetings from her society. Jennifer Taylor brought greetings as state vice president of C.A.R. Cooper introduced the ten honorary state regents seated on the platform. Among those was Jean Pollard. Cooper then introduced her state officers. Among those was State Treasurer Jerrie Townsend. Junior Membership Chairman Leeann Mobley announced the Outstanding Jr. member, Elizabeth Parsons. After the opening evening event, a reception was held in the state regent’s suite.

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FAITH & RELIGION Questions About the Christian Faith

What Happened To Plan A?

By Tom Smith Sometimes we need to just leave things alone. A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, ruled last week that the morning-after birth control pill, a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel, should be made available to girls of any age without a prescription. This overturned a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Seblius to require a prescription for girls under 17. It’ll be interesting to see if the U.S. Justice Department will appeal the ruling. But, even if they do and win, the fact remains that this drug, known as Plan B, is nothing more than another form of abortion. And, it has further fueled the cultural fires of division in this country that have raged for decades now. Ever since Roe v. Wade in 1973, our nation has been divided over when life begins. Conservatives (like me) believe it begins at conception, while liberals declare it begins when the child (which they call a zygote, embryo or fetus during the pregnancy) is born. Regardless, the judge’s ruling is just another example of what happens when a nation strays away from God and chooses to sing “I Did It My Way.” And, we should not be surprised when our nation or any nation begins incurring the wrath and judgment of God as a result (Psalm 9:17; Romans 1:17-32). Dear Reader, the Bible declares that God has a plan for our lives before the world, universe, galaxies, etc., were ever formed (Jeremiah 29:11). And, it’s a perfect plan. But, He also gave us a free will to choose and, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when we choose our own plan (Plan B), we should not be surprised at what we get. Contrary to popular, politically-correct beliefs, America was started as a Christian nation. The early pilgrims who crossed over the Atlantic came here did so to escape religious persecution; however, their earliest documents show that they also considered themselves missionaries of Jesus Christ to the New World. Likewise, the first universities, like Harvard and

Princeton, were Christian schools whose purpose was the training of students for ministry. You’d never know that now—for they began choosing their own Plan B and are now known as among the most liberal learning institutions in the whole world. Oh how far we’ve strayed from God and our historical and Biblical roots! Even in our churches, in an attempt to attract larger crowds and build bigger buildings, the Gospel has been watered down. Seldom, if ever, in megachurches (and even smaller churches) do you hear messages anymore on sin, the need for repentance, hell, etc. The sermons more resemble selfhelp, mass counseling principles on how to be “healthy, wealthy and happy” than they do true, Holy Ghostanointed messages that call for living lives of holiness. And, then we wonder why our buildings are filled, but our souls are povertystricken. If there was ever a time we need to get back to Plan A (God’s Plan), it’s now. If there was ever a time to “humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face and turn from our wicked ways” (II Chronicles 7:14a), it’s now. Only then will He “hear our prayer, forgive our sins and heal our land” (v.14b). Only then. Here’s praying we’ll hear and heed God’s call to repentance. It happened in the First Great Awakening in the 1700’s. It happened on Fulton Street in New York in 1857. And, it can happen again in our nation IF we’ll simply return to Almighty God and surrender our lives to Him. Truly, the hour is late—but not too late. Join me now in praying for a national revival, for the time is coming when God will say “Enough!” and we’ll wish we had. God bless you. (NOTE: If you’d like to contact Bro. Tom or receive his daily e-mail devotional, entitled “Morning Manna,” you can write him at P.O. Box 582, Coushatta, LA 71019 or e-mail him at pressingon@hotmail.com.)

WEEKLY SERMON

God’s Garden

By Pastor William Wood

Everyone on earth that has been saved has been bought with a price! We are the Lord’s garden, in which, His imperishable seeds need to be planted, watered and made to grow. God refers to His word as seed. Matt. 13:3 “…Behold a sower went forth to sow…” That is to say, “A minister or a Christian witness went forth to declare the Gospel.” God’s word is God’s seed and the human race is God’s Garden! In order for us to be reunited with God after the fall of Adam in Eden, God’s seed word must be planted in the garden of our heart. We are His field, and the infinite price He paid for the field reveals how great His desire is to have His imperishable seed sown in our heart! His desire for us all is that we spend our lives making possible the planting and growth of His word seed in us. 2nd Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance!” Because the “seed” we speak of is God’s word, it cannot be changed, and therefore it will produce its mighty works in any garden! It is the duty of Christians to prove to the world by demonstration that the promises of God are as true today as they were two thousand years ago! Nothing can take the place of God’s seed. In it (the word), there is life, but a seed is powerless unless it is planted, watered and cultivated. We plant the seed by putting it in our mind, but sad to say it is still today as Jesus said to some of the Jesus in His day, “My word has no place in you.” We had better be glad that all farmers do not treat their seed as thousands of church members treat God’s “imperishable seed!” If so, there would quite possibly be a famine in America! In our religious world today, we see a gross misinterpretation of God’s word regarding seed planting. Many ministers have become very unbalanced in teaching that “seed planting” has to do with giving money, and they are not backward in advising you to plant you seed money in their garden. Surely what we give to God’s work will be given back to us, pressed down and shaken together. And this is not to say that we should not support good works that we see being done. However, to give in order to be Rich is to fall into a snare that could be very costly to our spiritual life. I have yet to hear a minister who promotes sowing your money seed in his Garden, warn the people about “Hastening to be rich!” They mostly teach that all Christians should be rich, when they should teach that Christians should “live by faith!” Prov. 28:20 “… he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.” Verse 22 “He that hasteth to be Rich hath an evil eye…” A Christian is Rich when God is meeting his daily needs, but a man who “trusteth in his money piled in a bank shall fall.” (Ps. 11:28) Remember friends, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” (1st Tim. 6:10) And so, God charges those who are Rich that “They be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy.” (1st Tim. 6:17) Verse 18 we are to be “Rich in Good Works and ready to distribute our money.” If we will become addicted to giving (as God directs) He will support our habit! Amen.

My Way or the Highway

By Pastor Steve Ellison   You may think “My Way or the Highway” is good leadership strategy, but it is not.  You may think that it is a sign of strength, but it is not.  Does the Bible direct us to stand strong, immovable, and uncompromising on every belief that we have?  Does the Bible direct us to try to please others, always giving in to others regarding their beliefs? Are those two ideas incompatible and conflicting?   These are important questions.  Our ideas about these questions can easily lead to either of two extremes.  On the one hand, we can wind up with no doctrinal foundation at all. On the other hand, we can find ourselves in a never ending series of destructive conflicts.  Both of these extremes do great danger to the church, which Christ died for and dearly loves. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 15:1-6 that “each of us is to please his neighbor for his edification” and that “we are to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus.”   He went on to say that we are to be “with one accord and one voice glorify God.”  Thus, the Bible directs us to both

please our neighbor and to be in line with Christ’s teaching.  A couple of events in the life of the Apostle Paul are very instructive.  Paul had two young protégés, Timothy and Titus.  In addition to all of Paul’s evangelism and church wide discipleship activities, he was busily trying to invest in the lives of these two men. He wanted to equip them to carry on his work.   Circumcision was a big deal to many of the Jews who had become followers of Jesus.  There were a lot of strong feelings in several points to the circumcision issue.  Neither Timothy nor Titus had been circumcised as children.   Acts 16 tells us that Paul had Timothy circumcised.  Galatians 2 states that Paul refused to have Titus circumcised.  Did Paul at some point between these two events change his opinion about circumcision? No, Paul clearly understood that circumcision meant nothing.  One of his earliest epistles, 1 Corinthians, is very explicit about that in Chapter Seven.  Paul knew very well that circumcision was a matter of personal preference only.  What then is at the root of his two very different responses to this matter concerning Timothy and Titus?  In Acts 16 Paul was in the process of hand delivering the decree from the Council of Jerusalem, which stated that circumcision was not a requirement for salvation.  Knowing that

this decree would be troublesome (if not downright offensive) to many of the churches to which he was delivering it, Paul had Timothy (who was traveling with him) circumcised to promote unity and peace.  In Galatians 2, Paul was specifically dealing with the heresy that circumcision was a requirement for salvation.  When these Judaizers demanded that Titus be circumcised, Paul immediately and emphatically refused because it would have promoted a destructive heresy, which said that Christ’s work on the cross was not a finished work.  Circumcising Titus would have indicated that man would be saved by works. As believers in Christ, we need to be careful about what we affirm and what we deny.  The stakes are high.  The damage to Christ’s church can be great regardless of which way we err.   We ought to carefully examine our own hearts and our own agendas to be sure that we are not seeking to simply please ourselves.  We ought to carefully examine our hearts to make sure that we are not seeking to please men without the accompanying requirement that it be for their edification and for pleasing Christ.  If we fail in this regard, the church we hurt will be our own.


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Arkansas DAR Business Meeting Held

Jean Pollard, Marilyn Sickel, Jerrie Townsend, Elaine Berg, Janice Reed, and JoAnn Cooper attended the DAR business meeting.

The business meeting of the Arkansas State Society Daughters of the American Revolution was called to order by State Regent JoAnn Cooper at 9 a.m. on March 15th. Reports were heard from the state officers. State Treasurer Jerrie Townsend was given extra time as her report was detailed and lengthy. The Society has met all its commitments and is in good order. Next was state chairmen reports. Among these reporting was Janice Reed as women’s issues chairman.

Awards received by Arkansas Post Chapter were: Chapter Achievement—Gold Level; 1st Place-Chapter Enrolling Most C.A.R. Members; Supporting DAR Schools; 1st PlaceAmerican Indian Committee; Dedicated Service and Commitment in American History; Marilyn Hamrick Sickel for Outstanding Service-Arkansas State DAR Speakers Staff; Elizabeth Simmons for DAR Genealogy Preservation Descendants Project; and Jerrie Townsend-DAR Genealogy Preservation Supporting Docu-

ments Project. Chapter regent reports were introduced by their district directors. Arkansas Post Chapter is in Wataseka District and their director is Sharon Wyatt. Jean Pollard gave the report for Arkansas Post Chapter. A resolution concerning homeless veterans was adopted and will be sent to National for consideration to be voted on at NSDAR Continental Congress in June. The “Acorns for Education Luncheon” speaker was Vandergriff who stood in for

Dr. Tom Kimbrell, commissioner of education. He was called into service by the governor at the last minute. Vandergriff ’s impromptu talk was educational, not only about public issues but also about matters with DAR Chapters. To finalize her talk, she gave a trivia quiz with prizes she had brought from Idaho. Gretchen McGee was announced as the page to receive the state DAR’s monetary award to attend NSDAR Continental Congress in 2013.

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Arkansas DAR “Celebrate Excellence Awards” Meeting

Vive Allen, Darley Von Vandergriff, and JoAnn Cooper attend the “Celebrate Excellence Awards” meeting at the 105th Conference of the Arkansas State Society DAR.

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The “Celebrate Excellence Awards” meeting of the Arkansas State Society Daughters of the American Revolution was held on March 16 in Salon D of DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. Credential Chairman LaNita McKinney gave her detailed report with 190 voting members in attendance and well over 200 attending the state conference. Jean Pollard, courtesy committee chairman, read her report. At 10 a.m. award recipients and their families arrived for their awards. The American History Teacher Award went to Charles Timothy Foster, sponsored by Robert Crittenden Chapter, West

Memphis. The state American history chairman announced her essay winners. Most were present with families to receive their awards: 5th Grade, Haleigh Jackson, Jonesboro Chapter; 6th Grade, Sean Roades, Jonesboro Chapter; 7th Grade, Ryan S. Callicott, Benjamin Culp Chapter; 8th Grade, Abigayle Luttrell, Marion Chapter; and High School Christopher Columbus Essay, Rachel Elizabeth Washam, Jonesboro. Arkansas Post Chapter announced winners in each of the next two categories. In scholarships, one of the four winners was Bobby Rutledge from Stuttgart

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David O. Dodd Chapter 212 of United Daughter of the Confederacy Arkansas Division March 2013 Meeting

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Lela Murray hosts and presents a United Daughters of the Confederacy St. Patrick’s Day program at the March 2013 meeting that was held in her home in Pine Bluff.

David O. Dodd Chapter 212 of United Daughters of the Confederacy Arkansas Division held their March 17 Meeting in Pine Bluff in the home of Lela Murray. Glennda Fread, chapter president, called the meeting to order at 3 p.m. and led the ritual with the twelve members and one guest present. Sharon Wyatt, secretary/treasurer, read the minutes, which were approved, followed by her treasurer’s report. Susan Railsback reported on the project of dedication to memory of deceased member Hallie Ross in Star City. DeeLois Lawrence reported that the division project to place the historical marker at Tulip Cemetery near Malvern is nearing completion. Sandy Poore, chairman of iron cross proj-

ect, gave the first of the fifteen crosses to active member Jean Pollard for placement by Pollard at her confederate ancestor’s grave in Campbellsville, Kentucky. An overall dedication will take place when all fifteen crosses have been placed. Railsback displayed a 1947 copy of the UDC National Magazine. She presented it to Lawrence who is in the process of setting up a collection of UDC Memorabilia. A monetary collection was taken for maintenance of White Sulphur Springs Confederate Cemetery. This chapter will contact Colonial Dames 17th Century for permission to also place a historic marker near the one already placed there by CDXVllC. This site is on the national historic register. Murray presented the

program, “Saint Patrick’s Day, the Irish and the Civil War.” She opened with an Irish greeting and said March 17 is celebrated annually as a cultural and religious holiday. It is named after Saint Patrick, recognized patron saint of Ireland. For Christians, the day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is a tradition to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, even if you are not Irish. It was thought if you wore green, it made you invisible to the leprechauns. The original color was blue until Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. In 1903, St. Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland. Irish Americans are closely identified with the Civil War. 150,000 of

them joined the Union. There are few records to show their strength in the Confederate army, but a great many Irish immigrants settled in the South. Their fellow Americans did not trust the Irish because they were mostly Catholic, and there was opposition to the Church of Rome in the United States. After discussion of the Irish in the Civil War, Murray continued by telling of her lrish ancestor, Charles Hays, her first cousin three times removed. He was named inspector general in the army of Tennessee. He served at Shiloh in Mississippi, and in Tennessee. “His military career was not distinguished, but it was nothing to be ashamed of,” Murray said. She closed with an lrish prayer and served a springtime dessert.

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DMS Benchmark Bash

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DeWitt Middle School students had an afternoon of fun and games Friday, April 5 A Benchmark Bash was held at the school to give the students a day to relax before the upcoming Benchmark tests. The fun began with a cookout where students were able to eat outside and enjoy the nice weather. The students were then allowed to mingle outside to different stations that had Coach Peaks shows off his pie-covered been set up. There was face.

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a dunking booth where students were given the chance to dunk some of their teachers and even the principal. Basketball games and other games were available for the students. There was live music provided by Kasey Earl, Josh Rousseau, Rue Buell and Jordan Henry. Eighty dollars was raised for Caring for Kanines.

Lexi Brown and Lindsey Danner pied Bobby Peaks and Linda Gunnell in honor of the money raised. After the outdoor fun, students went inside to hear a guest speaker and closed the afternoon with prizes for last year’s performance on the Benchmark tests. River Owens was the first to successfully dunk a teacher, Susan Fisher, at the dunking booth

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2013 Arkansas County Spring Gospel Celebration Saturday, April 13 the people of DeWitt, Gillett, Stuttgart, St. Charles, Dumas, Pine Bluff and the surrounding areas are invited to attend the 2013 Arkansas County Spring Gospel Celebration at the DeWitt Community Center. There will be performances by recording artists Endure of Dumas, Sensational Hearts of Star City, Another Chapter of Dermott, and the up and coming SEARK wonders, Witnezz of Pine

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FOR SALE FOR SALE – 4ft. laser plane analog, laser plane 650 transmitter, TopCon RLH3A transmitter. Call 870-866-4120 for more info. Adv. 57-4tfc FOR SALE – 2000 GMC Sport - Excellent condition. Chrome pipes, bed cover. $5,700. Call 946-6320. Adv. 56 – 4tp RUMMAGE SALE – 926 Belnap/Old Bait Shop in St. Charles on Saturday, April 13 from 6am to noon. Housewares, lookbooks, paperbacks, family clothing, hunting supplies, seasoned décor, collectibles, and much more. Adv. 59-1tp MOVING SALE – Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 275 DeBerry LeVee Rd, DeWitt, AR. Refrigerator, gas/butane cook stove, dresser, entertainment center, microwave stand and odds and

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ends. 8:00 til 12. Call (870)344-0234 after 5pm for directions. Adv. 59-1tp

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MEDICAL C O N VA L E S C E N T SUPPLIES – Canes, walkers, crutches, wheel chairs, hospital beds, bedside commodes. Tommy’s Rexall Drug Company. Adv. 3-tfc

MEMORIALS REMEMBER YOUR LOVED ONE with a monument or marker. Call Leon Edwards at (870) 946-6354. Adv. 36-26tp

FOR RENT FOR RENT – Old Don’s Catfish Kitchen and 3 other small buildings. Call (870) 946-5906. Adv. 56 – 4tp RENTAL PROPERTY AVAILABLE – Serious inquiries only. References required. Call 870548-2871.

Call Tina 946-9398

136 Court Square, DeWitt, AR (870)946-0131

Congratulations, Jason & Jill Shook on the purchase of your new home! Thank you for allowing us to serve you! -Jeremy & Tina

New Listing in Gillett 708 Front Street- 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home, fully furnished and sitting on 6 lots.

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AUCTION

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AUCTION Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m. Auctioneers Note: TWO SEPARATE AUCTIONS Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Hamilton’s family has commissioned Watsons Auctions to liquidate all household items belonging to the Hamiltons located at 109 N. Tyler Street and also Mr. Charlie’s T.V. Shop

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located at 130 Court Square. This will be a large auction. Mr. Charlie has been in the T.V. and repair business for over 65 years. Watch for listings in next week’s paper.

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HELP WANTED FARM HAND NEEDED – Full Time Position. References needed. Send resume to: Farm Hand; P.O. Box 431; DeWitt, AR 72042. Adv. 42-tfc HELP WANTED – Fuel truck driver. Must have CDL. Prefer Hazmat, will assist in getting Hazmat. Drug testing mandatory. Send resumes to: Driver, P.O. Box 82, DeWitt, AR 72042. Adv. 58-1tp

HELP WANTED: Must have High School diploma or higher, good interpersonal skills and proficient in office software such as Quickbooks, Microsoft Word and Excel. Full time position with compensation dependent upon experience. Closing date: April 19th. Send resume to P.O. Box 678, DeWitt, AR 72042. Adv. 59-1tfc

JOBS WANTED YARDS TO MOW – Church or cemetery. Free estimates. Call 946-3002 Adv. 55-4tp

Lumber One Home Center

has several full time positions open and is looking for responsible individuals who can work with others and are willing to learn. Lumber One is a fast-paced environment looking for people who are dependable, willing to learn, and can work with others. Responsibilities may include stocking, inventory control, and customer service. Some computer skills needed. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, health insurance, and profit sharing. Please apply in person at

FOR HIRE – Need help with spring cleaning inside or outside from windows to carpet? Will also help get garden/flower beds ready. Saturday and Sunday only. $10/hr. References available. Call Jessica at 870-344-3439. Adv. 58-1tp YARD CREW – Flowerbeds, haul off, leaf raking, tree trimming & cutting, early spring house washing $85.00. Dog houses for sale. See at 1200 W 16th, near the school. Call 1-870-344-0242. Adv. 59-1tp CAREGIVING and/or HOUSEKEEPING JOB WANTED – I am looking for private sitting or housekeeping work (in

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Attention Truck Drivers, Crop Production Services at Almyra is now seeking full time and seasonal truck drivers. Successful candidates will need to have a valid driver’s license, a prior three year clean driving record, be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen, and a criminal background check. Current valid CDL or the ability to obtain one is a definite plus. Competitive pay scale, based on previous driving and ag related experience. If you meet these qualification and are interested, please apply in person with: Jim Grantham Crop Production Services 190 North Maple • Almyra, AR 72003

301 E. Michigan St. -- Stuttgart, AR 72160

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DeWitt Middle School Spy Camp

(Back row) Kamren McNealry, Michael Moorehead, Tylan Trevino, (sitting) T.J. Cupples, Jacob Crocket and Alissia Dabner are 6th, 7th and 8th graders that participated in Spy Camp at DeWitt Middle School. The camp was held during the month of March and April. Spy Camp is designed to give students some “secret clues” that can help them on the upcoming Benchmark test.


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MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND INTENTION TO This Instrument Prepared by: APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE NO. 2013-5 SELL WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. YOU MAY LOSE YOUR PROPERTY IF YOU DO NOT TAKE 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING APPROPRIATION Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 IMMEDIATE ACTION. ORDINANCE 2012-46, ESTABLISHING A GENERAL (501) 219-9388 FUND BUDGET FOR 2013; IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SOLD, YOU WILL REMAIN LIABLE MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND INTENTION TO FOR ANY DEFICIENCY WHICH THEN EXISTS AND AN DECLARING AN EMERGENCY AND FOR OTHER SELL PURPOSES ACTION FOR COLLECTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU MAY LOSE YOUR PROPERTY IF YOU DO NOT TAKE YOU. IMMEDIATE ACTION. BE IT ORDAINED AND ENACTED BY THE QUORUM THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SOLD, YOU WILL REMAIN LIABLE COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS THAT: INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR SUCH FOR ANY DEFICIENCY WHICH THEN EXISTS AND AN PURPOSE. ACTION FOR COLLECTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST ARTICLE I: The General Fund Budget Year for This Instrument Prepared by: WILSON & ASSOCIATES, YOU. 2013 is hereby amended by increasing the total P.L.L.C. 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, ArTHIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY amount budgeted by the sum of Five Thousand Five kansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR SUCH Hundred Dollars and 00/100 ($5,500.00), which is WHEREAS, on July 1, 2008, Kurt Davis executed a mortPURPOSE. derived from the following entity for payment to gage conveying certain property therein described to WHEREAS, on April 30, 2009, Jimmy D. Dawson Aircraft for their services of disassembling JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; and Clawson, Jr. and Kimberly Lynn Clawson executed a and transporting a stolen and crashed aircraft in mortgage conveying certain property therein described WHEREAS, said mortgage was duly recorded July 2, Arkansas County; 2008, at Book 2008, Page 5043 in the real estate records to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.; and of Arkansas County, Arkansas; and WHEREAS, said mortgage was duly recorded May 4, • 3014-9902 Communications Facility and WHEREAS, default has occurred in the payment of said 2009, at Book 2009, Page 2645 in the real estate records Equipment Fund# $5,500.00 indebtedness and the same is now, therefore, wholly of Arkansas County, Arkansas; and due, and the holder of the debt has requested the unWHEREAS, default has occurred in the payment of ARTICLE II: Section 1000-0400 “Sheriff Budget” dersigned to sell the property to satisfy said indebtedsaid indebtedness and the same is now, therefore, of the County General Budget for calendar year ness, the party initiating this action is JPMorgan Chase wholly due, and the holder of the debt has requested 2013 is further amended by increasing the previous the undersigned to sell the property to satisfy said Bank, National Association, Attn: Correspondence Mail, appropriation by the sum of Five Thousand indebtedness, the party initiating this action is Mail Code LA4-555/700 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71203, Five Hundred Dollars and 00/100 ($5,500.00), JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Attn: which represents previously unanticipated and (866)550-5705; Correspondence Mail, Mail Code LA4-555/700 Kansas unbudgeted fund in the amounts set forth below; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has proLane, Monroe, LA 71203, (866)550-5705; vided the undersigned a copy of the letter required WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided SECTION 1000-0400 SHERIFF BUDGET to be sent to Kurt Davis by Act 885 of 2011; the party the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent initiating this action is JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Sub C – Other Services & Charges…Line 3009 – Other to Jimmy D. Clawson, Jr. and Kimberly Lynn Clawson Professional Services…$5,500.00 Association, Attn: Correspondence Mail, Mail Code by Act 885 of 2011; the party initiating this action LA4-555/700 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71203, (866)550is JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Attn: 5705; Correspondence Mail, Mail Code LA4-555/700 Kansas Total $5,500.00 WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided Lane, Monroe, LA 71203, (866)550-5705; the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided ARTICLE III: If any provision of the Ordinance or the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Kurt Davis by Act 885 of 2011; and the application thereof to any person or circumstance WHEREAS, there may be tenants that claim an interest to Jimmy D. Clawson, Jr. and Kimberly Lynn Clawson by is held to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect in the real property herein based upon said tenancy. Act 885 of 2011; and other provisions or applications and, to this end, NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire the provisions of this ordinance are declared to be WHEREAS, there may be tenants that claim an interest indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and in the real property herein based upon said tenancy. severable. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Attorney-in-Fact, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority indebtedness has been declared due and payable, ARTICLE IV: This Ordinance being necessary vested in and imposed upon said Attorney-in-Fact will, and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as for the protection and preservation of the public on April 17, 2013, at or about 3:45 P.M. at the ArkanAttorney-in-Fact, by virtue of the power, duty, and health and safety, an emergency is hereby declared sas County Courthouse in Stuttgart, Arkansas, offer authority vested in and imposed upon said Attorneyto exist and this Ordinance shall be of full force and in-Fact will, on April 24, 2013, at or about 3:00 P.M. at for sale certain property hereinafter described to the effect immediately upon its passage, approval and the Arkansas County Courthouse in DeWitt, Arkansas, publication. highest bidder for cash, free from the statutory right of offer for sale certain property hereinafter described redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exempto the highest bidder for cash, free from the statutory PASSED and APPROVED this 9th day of April 2013. tions which are expressly waived in the mortgage, said right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all property being real estate situated in Arkansas County, other exemptions which are expressly waived in the Arkansas, and being more particularly described as mortgage, said property being real estate situated in Glenn “Sonny” Cox follows: Arkansas County, Arkansas, and being more particularly Lot Six (6) and West Half of Lot Five (5), Block Two (2), described as follows: Arkansas County Judge Improvement Company’s Addition to the City of StuttLot 1 and the South half of Lot 2, Block 10, Vansickle’s gart, Northern District of Arkansas County, Arkansas acaddition to the town, now City of Dewitt, Arkansas. ATTEST: cording to revised plat made by Thos J. Storde April 12, More commonly known as: 610 Troy Mitchell Road, 1947.More commonly known as: 902 East 10th Street, Dewitt, Arkansas 72042 Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160 UNLIKE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALES, THIS UNLIKE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALES, THIS STATUSTATUTORY FORECLOSURE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE LEGAL NOTICE TORY FORECLOSURE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE FRONT FRONT DOOR OF THE Arkansas County Courthouse DOOR OF THE Arkansas County Courthouse OR, IF OR, IF THERE IS NO AREA COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE THERE IS NO AREA COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FRONT FRONT DOOR, THEN THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE DOOR, THEN THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE PLACE AT PLACE AT SAID VENUE WHERE FORECLOSURE SALES SAID VENUE WHERE FORECLOSURE SALES ARE CUSARE CUSTOMARILY ADVERTISED AND CONDUCTED. TOMARILY ADVERTISED AND CONDUCTED. This sale is This sale is subject to all matters shown on subject to all matters shown on any applicable reany applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any BEFORE THE BOARD OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT corded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any OF THE CITY OF DEWITT IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior statutory rights of redemption of any governmental liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbranc- OF EDITH KAY MANNIS by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate NOTICE es as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and survey of the premises might disclose. to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: That the Board of Zoning The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be might disclose. Adjustment will hear the application of Edith Kay rescinded at the Attorney-in-Fact’s option at any time. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded Mannis for a variance from the terms of Ordinance The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to at the Attorney-in-Fact’s option at any time. The right #510 of the City of DeWitt allowing the following use another day, time and place certain without further is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another publication, upon announcement at the time and day, time and place certain without further publication, of the property: (proposed use) extension of roof. place for the sale set forth above. THE SALE OF THIS The lands involved in this matter are described as upon announcement at the time and place for the sale PROPERTY WILL BE AUCTIONED WITH RESERVE. THE follows: (legal description) Block 13, Lots S1/2 10, 11, set forth above. THE SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH THE DAY OF SALE. W&A No. AUCTIONED WITH RESERVE. THE TERMS OF SALE ARE 12- Improvement Co. 355-179897 CASH THE DAY OF SALE. W&A No. 355-211252 Said hearing will be held at the DeWitt City Hall on WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. the 30th day of April, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. All interested 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 parties are notified to appear and present such Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 evidence and testimony as they shall have. (501) 219-9388 CHAIRMAN OF ZONING ADJUSTMENT Angela Boyd (2008250) David Bussey Angela Boyd (2008250) Adv. 59-1tfc Agent for Mortgagee Agent for Mortgagee DNoticeofDefaultMortgageeAR_kthomas_130215_ 813 For more information regarding this foreclosure sale, DNoticeofDefaultMortgageeAR_kthovisit WWW.MYFIR.COM, or for general information call mas_130206_1621 501-224-5239 For more information regarding this foreclosure sale, Adv. 1tfc visit WWW.MYFIR.COM, or for general information call 501-224-5239


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NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF ARKANSAS COUNTY, ARKANSAS SOUTHERN DISTRICT SOUTHERN DISTRICT PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF PROBATE DIVISION ELIZABETH WALLACE HESSER, deceased PR-2013-005 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE of NOTICE NO. PR-2013-12 Last known address of decedent: 109 South 5th Street, ALICE L. BROWN, deceased Gillett, AR Last known address of decedent: 14 Deer Lane, St. Charles, Date of Death: December 26, 2012 AR 72140 The undersigned was appointed administrator of the Date of death: October 25, 2008 estate of the above named decedent on February 4, 2013. th An instrument dated the 7 day of August, 2003, All persons having claims against the estate must exhibit th was on the 28 day of March, 2013, admitted to probate as the them, duly verified, to the undersigned within three last will of the above named decedent, and the undersigned (3) months from the date of the first publication of this has been appointed executrix thereunder. A contest of the notice, or they shall be forever barred and precluded from probate of the will can be effected only by filing a petition any benefit in the estate. Provided that claims for injury within the time provided by law. or death caused by the negligence of the decedent shall All persons having claims against the estate must be filed within six (6) months from the date of the first exhibit the, duly verified, to the undersigned within three (3) publication of the notice, or they shall be forever barred months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or and precluded from any benefit in such estate. they shall be forever barred and precluded from any benefit This notice first published the 4th day of April, 2013. in the estate. provided, that claims for injury or death caused By: Charles Hesser by the negligence of the decedent shall be filed within six (6) c/o Skinner Law Firm months from the date of the first publication of the notice, or P.O. Box 1264 they shall be forever barred and precluded from any benefit Stuttgart, AR 72160 in such estate. This notice first published 4th day of April, 2013. Adv. 58-2tfc LINDA KAY BAZAROW Executrix PO Box 861, Evadale, TX 77615

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MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND INTENTION TO SELL YOU MAY LOSE YOUR PROPERTY IF YOU DO NOT TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION. IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SOLD, YOU WILL REMAIN LIABLE FOR ANY DEFICIENCY WHICH THEN EXISTS AND AN ACTION FOR COLLECTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU. TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND INTENTION TO THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY SELL INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR SUCH YOU MAY LOSE YOUR PROPERTY IF YOU DO NOT TAKE PURPOSE. IMMEDIATE ACTION. This Instrument Prepared by: WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SOLD, YOU WILL REMAIN LIABLE FOR 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 ANY DEFICIENCY WHICH THEN EXISTS AND AN ACTION FOR (501) 219-9388 COLLECTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU. WHEREAS, on August 21, 2009, Franklin Henderson THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY and Stephanie Henderson executed a mortgage conveying INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR SUCH certain property therein described to Mortgage Electronic PURPOSE. Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Cornerstone This Instrument Prepared by: WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. Mortgage Center, Inc., its successors and assigns; and 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 WHEREAS, said mortgage was duly recorded August 25, (501) 219-9388 2009, at Book 2009, Page 6325 in the real estate records of WHEREAS, on May 23, 2008, Johnny R. Bayird and Arkansas County, Arkansas; and Dana R. Bayird executed a deed of trust conveying certain WHEREAS, default has occurred in the payment of said property therein described to Steve Holmes & Associates indebtedness and the same is now, therefore, wholly due, P.C., as Trustee, in favor of Mortgage Electronic Registration and the holder of the debt has requested the undersigned Systems, Inc., as nominee for Alacrity Lending Company, its to sell the property to satisfy said indebtedness, the party successors and assigns; and initiating this action is JPMorgan Chase Bank, National WHEREAS, said deed of trust was duly recorded May 29, Association, Attn: Correspondence Mail, Mail Code LA42008, at Book 2008, Page 3921 in the real estate records of 555/700 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71203, (866)550-5705; Arkansas County, Arkansas; and WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the WHEREAS, default has occurred in the payment of said undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to indebtedness and the same is now, therefore, wholly due, Franklin Henderson and Stephanie Henderson by Act 885 and the holder of the debt has requested the undersigned of 2011; the party initiating this action is JPMorgan Chase to sell the property to satisfy said indebtedness, the party Bank, National Association, Attn: Correspondence Mail, initiating this action is GMAC Mortgage, LLC, 1100 Virginia Mail Code LA4-555/700 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71203, Drive, , Fort Washington, PA 19034, (800)850-4622; (866)550-5705; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Johnny R. Bayird and Dana R. Bayird by Act 885 of 2011; and Franklin Henderson and Stephanie Henderson by Act 885 of WHEREAS, there may be tenants that claim an interest in the 2011; and real property herein based upon said tenancy. WHEREAS, there may be tenants that claim an interest in the NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire real property herein based upon said tenancy. indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Trustee, by virtue indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Attorney-in-Fact, upon said Trustee will, on May 8, 2013, at or about 3:45 P.M. by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and at the Arkansas County Courthouse in Stuttgart, Arkansas, imposed upon said Attorney-in-Fact will, on May 8, 2013, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the at or about 3:45 P.M. at the Arkansas County Courthouse highest bidder for cash, free from the statutory right of in Stuttgart, Arkansas, offer for sale certain property redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions hereinafter described to the highest bidder for cash, free which are expressly waived in the deed of trust, said from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, property being real estate situated in Arkansas County, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in Arkansas, and being more particularly described as follows: the mortgage, said property being real estate situated in Lot Seven (7) and the North half of Lot Eight (8), Block Arkansas County, Arkansas, and being more particularly Five (5), Improvement Company’s Addition to the City of described as follows: Stuttgart, Northern District of Arkansas County, Arkansas. Lots Four (4) and Five (5), Block Two (2), Porter’s Addition More commonly known as: 1002 South Wood Street, to the City of Stuttgart, Northern District Arkansas County, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160 Arkansas. UNLIKE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALES, THIS More commonly known as: 308 West 4th Street, Stuttgart, STATUTORY FORECLOSURE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE Arkansas 72160 FRONT DOOR OF THE Arkansas County Courthouse OR, IF UNLIKE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALES, THIS THERE IS NO AREA COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FRONT STATUTORY FORECLOSURE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE DOOR, THEN THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE PLACE AT SAID FRONT DOOR OF THE Arkansas County Courthouse OR, IF VENUE WHERE FORECLOSURE SALES ARE CUSTOMARILY THERE IS NO AREA COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FRONT ADVERTISED AND CONDUCTED. DOOR, THEN THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE PLACE AT SAID This sale is subject to all matters shown on any VENUE WHERE FORECLOSURE SALES ARE CUSTOMARILY applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive ADVERTISED AND CONDUCTED. covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or premises might disclose. encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the rescinded at the Trustee’s option at any time. The right premises might disclose. is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be time and place certain without further publication, upon rescinded at the Attorney-in-Fact’s option at any time. The announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another above. THE SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE AUCTIONED day, time and place certain without further publication, WITH RESERVE. THE TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH THE DAY OF upon announcement at the time and place for the sale SALE. W&A No. 90-231955 set forth above. THE SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. AUCTIONED WITH RESERVE. THE TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 THE DAY OF SALE. W&A No. 355-199679 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. (501) 219-9388 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 Kate Lachowsky (2012039) (501) 219-9388 FHA No. Angela Boyd (2008250) DNoticeofDefaultTrusteeAR_tgober_130225_1649 Agent for Mortgagee For more information regarding this foreclosure sale, visit DNoticeofDefaultMortgageeAR_tquillen_130226_ 704 WWW.MYFIR.COM, or for general information call 501-224For more information regarding this foreclosure sale, visit 5239 WWW.MYFIR.COM, or for general information call 501-224Adv. 59-4tfc 5239 Adv. 59-4tfc

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MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND INTENTION TO SELL YOU MAY LOSE YOUR PROPERTY IF YOU DO NOT TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION. IF YOUR PROPERTY IS SOLD, YOU WILL REMAIN LIABLE FOR ANY DEFICIENCY WHICH THEN EXISTS AND AN ACTION FOR COLLECTION MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR SUCH PURPOSE. This Instrument Prepared by: WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 WHEREAS, on June 7, 2004, Barbara A. Grammer executed a mortgage conveying certain property therein described to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting as a separate corporation solely as nominee for Guardian Financial Services, Inc., and Guardian Financial Services, Inc.’s successors and assigns; and WHEREAS, said mortgage was duly recorded June 8, 2004, at Book E 15, Page 80 in the real estate records of Arkansas County, Arkansas; and WHEREAS, default has occurred in the payment of said indebtedness and the same is now, therefore, wholly due, and the holder of the debt has requested the undersigned to sell the property to satisfy said indebtedness, the party initiating this action is Flagstar Bank, FSB, 5151 Corporate Drive, , Troy, MI 48098, (248)312-2000; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Barbara A. Grammer by Act 885 of 2011; the party initiating this action is Flagstar Bank, FSB, 5151 Corporate Drive, , Troy, MI 48098, (248)312-2000; WHEREAS, the mortgagee or beneficiary has provided the undersigned a copy of the letter required to be sent to Barbara A. Grammer by Act 885 of 2011; and WHEREAS, there may be tenants that claim an interest in the real property herein based upon said tenancy. NOW, THEREFORE, notice is hereby given that the entire indebtedness has been declared due and payable, and that an agent of Wilson & Associates, P.L.L.C., as Attorney-in-Fact, by virtue of the power, duty, and authority vested in and imposed upon said Attorney-in-Fact will, on April 17, 2013, at or about 3:45 P.M. at the Arkansas County Courthouse in Stuttgart, Arkansas, offer for sale certain property hereinafter described to the highest bidder for cash, free from the statutory right of redemption, homestead, dower, and all other exemptions which are expressly waived in the mortgage, said property being real estate situated in Arkansas County, Arkansas, and being more particularly described as follows: A part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 20, Township 4 South, Range 3 West, described by metes and bounds as follows: Commencing 336 feet North of the Southeast Corner of the above mentioned tract; thence North on the East Line of the said Northeast Quarter of Southeast Quarter of Section 20, Township 4 South, Range 3 West, a distance of 350 feet to a stake in the center of ditch; thence up the center of said ditch at low water mark to the West line of a certain tract of land purchased by Valentine from Margaret McCallie October 5, 1956, recorded in Deed Record Number 34, Page 531; thence South on the West line of said tract a distance of 226 feet; thence East parallel with the South line of the said Northeast Quarter, Southeast Quarter, Section 20, Township 4 South, Range 3 West, a distance of 105 feet to the point of beginning, subject to public roads as now located upon and across said lands. More commonly known as: 1139 Highway 130 West, Dewitt, Arkansas 72042 UNLIKE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALES, THIS STATUTORY FORECLOSURE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE Arkansas County Courthouse OR, IF THERE IS NO AREA COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE FRONT DOOR, THEN THE SALE WILL BE HELD AT THE PLACE AT SAID VENUE WHERE FORECLOSURE SALES ARE CUSTOMARILY ADVERTISED AND CONDUCTED. This sale is subject to all matters shown on any applicable recorded plat; any unpaid taxes; any restrictive covenants, easements, or setback lines that may be applicable; any statutory rights of redemption of any governmental agency, state or federal; any prior liens or encumbrances as well as any priority created by a fixture filing; and to any matter that an accurate survey of the premises might disclose. The sale held pursuant to this Notice may be rescinded at the Attorney-in-Fact’s option at any time. The right is reserved to adjourn the day of the sale to another day, time and place certain without further publication, upon announcement at the time and place for the sale set forth above. THE SALE OF THIS PROPERTY WILL BE AUCTIONED WITH RESERVE. THE TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH THE DAY OF SALE. W&A No. 638-112378 WILSON & ASSOCIATES, P.L.L.C. 1521 Merrill Drive, Suite D-220 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211 (501) 219-9388 Kate Lachowsky (2012039) Agent for Mortgagee DNoticeofDefaultMortgageeAR_tgober_130204_ 750 For more information regarding this foreclosure sale, visit WWW.MYFIR.COM, or for general information call 501-224-5239


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DHS Recieves GCA Clean Facility Award Laveda Allen (far left), GCA Services Account Manager, presents Terrie French, cleaning supervisor; Marty Weaver, DHS principal; Jeff Rader, director of facilities; and Robin Jenkins, day porter, a plaque and banner for the January 2013 Clean Facility Award. Not pictured is LaShonda Daniels, general cleaner.

St. Charles, Crocketts Bluff and Ethel News

By Margaret Aycock There is a correction to last week’s column regarding Walter and Clara Bound’s son and daughter-inlaw that are stationed at Andrews AFB in Washington, D.C. It should have stated that Wally and Jennifer (not Jesslyn) are both senior master sgts. in the USAF. Jesslyn is their granddaughter. I apologize to the family for the mistake. Josie Padgett entertained her family with a fish fry at her home in Ethel Thursday night, April 4. Family members that attended were William Harold Padgett, Bobby Padgett, Dana and Beth Padgett, Ken Padgett and Barbara West. Sunday Bobby and Josie Padgett were visited by Bobby’s son, Gary, his wife, Meagan, and their children, Harley and Will, all from Almyra. Sunday, April 7, Andy Noble and his son, Jack, of DeWitt, ate lunch with Andy’s parents, Buddy and Janice Noble, at Mary J’s Country Store in Ethel. Also dining, at Mary J’s Country Store Sunday were Bro. Dee Webb, his wife, Sandra Webb, and their granddaughter, Deila Barrett, from Landmark Baptist Church in DeWitt. Sunday morning church services just aren’t complete without some good country

cooking afterwards, and Mary J’s Country Store is just the place to find it. Cecil and Irene Vansandt and their daughters, Sheila and Joyce attended church with Cecil’s sister, Cathlene Snyder, Sunday, April 7. After church services, they all dined at Mary J’s. Their son, Darryl Vansandt, who attended Landmark Baptist Church that morning, also joined Cecil and Irene. Mike and Ashlee Reynolds and family from Whitehall visited Saturday, April 6, with Ashlee’s parents, James and Robin Padgett. Robin’s sister, husband and family, Diane and James Howe, later visited James and Robin, after they had visited with Diane’s father, Charles “Cotton” Burrell, in Ethel. Our sympathy goes out to the family of Gladys Maddox. She died Thursday, March 30, and was buried in Saint Charles cemetery. Let’s not forget to pray for all of our service men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom. God bless the USA! All news is appreciated and to provide any future news, please contact Margaret Aycock at jaymara@ hughes.net or at 870-282-8030.

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News In and Around Gillett By Darla Grantham City 911 News Do you have your 911 numbers posted on your house or property?  Did you know it is a law to have your 911 numbers displayed?  You could be fined not less than $10 or more than $50 each day the numbers are not displayed.  Post your address on your structures in four inch numbers.  If your structure is not visible from the road you assigned to, you must post your address numbers at the entrance to the driveway of your house.  Your immediate attention to

in using the physical address assigned to you will ensure an efficient mail service and emergency service response.  If you do not know your 911 address, please call the city hall at 870-548-2541 or the 911 Coordinator at 1-800-739-0600. New Zion Celebrates Easter Weekend New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Tichnor held an Easter party for their youth on Saturday, March 30. Bro. Steven Mannis opened with a prayer. The kids then enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in the fellowship

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hall. The story of Easter was recited and then games and crafts were enjoyed followed by a time of refreshments. An Easter Sunrise Service was held with Bro. Steven Mannis delivering the message.  Under the direction of Amanda West, the youth hand bell choir debuted with I Surrender All. Following the morning service, the congregation enjoyed breakfast together. Fuhrman Family hosts Easter Leland and Marion Fuhrman hosted a family dinner in their home on Easter Sunday. Those in attendance were Randy, Susan, and Randi Hestir; Jody and Ronni Hearn, Jentry and Braylee; Jammy and Laura Turner, Layne, Landon, and Jake, all of DeWitt; Holt and Lindsay Hestir, of Memphis, TN; Gay Counce, and Cole, Taylor Counce, of Conway; John Segars of Stuttgart; Greg and Julie Hackney, Jack and Ben; Richard and Thelma Gordon; Randy and Sharon Tidwell, of Glenwood, AR; Michael and Jeanette Neece, Paxton and Peyton; Arlis and Bonnie Fisher; Benny and Paula Fuhrman, Aaron, Joshua, and Luke, all of Hot Springs; Jacob and Nicole Turner, Layton and Londyn; Meggan Tidwell and Kathy Woods, all of Little Rock; and Zach Fisher, of Benton. Neece Baby Baptized Peyton Charles Neece, son of Michael and Jeanette Neece of Hot Springs, was baptized on Easter Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Chad Philipp officiating. Peyton is the greatgrandson of Leland and Marian Fuhrman.


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Arkansas Post Chapter DAR March Meeting

Sharon Derden with guest speaker, Pastor Don White from St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Arkansas Post Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held their March 26th Meeting at Stuttgart First Presbyterian Church. Ten members and one guest attended. Chapter Regent Jean Pollard called the meeting to order at 2:00 and opened with the Ritual. Chapter Chaplain Janice Reed assisted Pollard. Elaine Berg led the Pledge of Allegiance, Norma Oliver led the Salute to the Arkansas Flag, Dorothy Wilks led the American’s Creed, and Sharon Derden led the singing of the National Anthem. Derden introduced the guest speaker, Pastor Don White of St. John’s Lutheran Church. The title of his talk was, “Beacon on American History.” Pastor White opened saying, “You can’t change history, history is what it is.” Pastor White grew up in Campbell County, WY where he won the DAR American History Award and received his medal for Excellence in American History at his high school

graduation in 1978. His “calling” to the ministry has to do with history. He ended his talk with a pop quiz, “What were the names of the three ships in Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party?” He furnished the answer, “Dartmouth, Eleanor, and Beaver.” He complimented the DAR for helping to keep American History alive. Pollard read the NSDAR President General’s Message. In it she states that the Lay Light Project in the NSDAR Library will have the panels installed by Continental Congress and that all of the panels were paid for through subscriptions. Janice Reed gave the National Defense Message from the NSDAR National Defender publication. The title of the article was “Remember Women Are Veterans too!” She reminded that women has played a part in wartime before we were a nation, recalling the part Molly Pitches played in the American Revolution. In the 19th and 20th centuries wom-

en continued to served voluntarily. There was only one birthday recognition. Elaine Berg’s birthday was on February 12. The Sunshine Report was made and Chaplain Reed will send a card to Sherri Underwood Renaud. The minutes from the January 22 meeting were read by Jerrie Townsend and approved with corrections. There were no February minutes as members attended the George Washington Luncheon in Hot Springs. Attended the luncheon were Jean Pollard, Sharon Derden, Glennda Fread, Jerrie Townsend, Dee VanDyun, Joy White, and Dorothy Wilks. Townsend gave the treasurer’s report for Janet Scherm. The registrar’s report was given by Marilyn Sickel. She reported that the Chapter has 83 members, two members had transferred out, Mary Dotson and Libby Kloap, one application is pending, one supplemental is pending, and working on two supplementals. Sickle urged members to help

Cameo Society of Arkansas State Society DAR Meeting

(Left to right) Dorothy Wilks, Worma Oliver, Jerrie Townsend, Jean Pollard, Helen Wolfe and Debra Shea attended the Cameo Society of Arkansas State Society DAR Meeting in Little Rock.

The Cameo Society of the Arkansas State Society Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock on March 14th. Attending from Arkansas Post Chapter were: Norma Oliver, Jean Pollard, Debbie Shea, Jerrie Townsend, Dorothy Wilks and Helen Wolfe. Laura Forster, president, presided. New 2012-2014 yearbooks were given out. The main point of business was the passage of several bylaw changes. Mainly those which dealt with membership. One change that was adopted stated that membership requirement would now include sisters, aunts and nieces. The requirement originally read “Membership shall include any member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution who can show active membership in conjunction with a mother/daughter(s) or grandmother/granddaughters.” Other changes involved officers and insignia. Susan Veal served as chairman of the bylaws committee with Jean Pollard and Linda White. A power-point presentation concerning women’s health issues was presented by Barbara Dacus, a retired nurse. The title of her program was “An Affair of the Woman’s Heart.” She passed out flyers on heart attacks and strokes. “Time in getting help is very important,” she said. The next meeting will be held just prior to Arkansas State Society DAR’s 2014 state conference.

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get new members, especially juniors. The minutes for committees has reports from Berg for Flag Minute, Nina Ruth Selig read the Preamble, and Commemorative Events with Townsend reminding all of Easter. Women’s Issuses Committee Chairman both for the state and the chapter, Reed, passed out information about signs of a stroke and prevention. The chapter accepted two new projects. Townsend moved that Jan Davenport chair the project on Preserving the History of the Markers from Charleston, SC Orphan’s Home. These stones were found in Arkansas and will be returned to South Carolina. Davenport is to be the speaker for the Grand Prairie Genealogy Society, April 9th at 7 p.m. at the Stuttgart Public Library. Her subject will be on the War of 1812. Ther other project was proposed by Sickel that Judy Toll-Booher serve as chair for Preserving Pictorial History of Prairie County with a book and articles in White River Journal. Those who attended State Conference, March 16-14 were Elaine Berg, Norma Oliver, Jean Pollard, Janice Reed, Debra Shea, Marilyn Sickel, Jerrie Townsend, Dorothy Wilks, Helen Wolfe, Claudia Ahrens, and Glennda Fread. A resolution concerning homeless veterans has been sent by the state for consideration by the NSDAR. Sickel reported on Children of the American Revolution. They had their state conference on Saturday, March 16, following the Arkansas DAR Conference. Theirs was held in Jacksonville at the Museum of Military History. Melrose Bagwell served as the senior state CAR president. Throughout its existence, the John Stillwell CAR Chapter has had 36 members. Due to aging out at 22 years of age, the Joseph Stillwell Chapter is down to seven members. Arkansas Post Chapter DAR sponsors this CAR chapter. Certificates of Award for Dedicated Service to the Chapter were announced: for 30 years, Zada Simpson; 20 years, Linda Brown Bazarow; 10 years, Robin Burkett, Amanda Harkey Keieschky, Janet Jones Scherm, Jerrie Jones Townsend, and Jill Scherm Wingfield, Townsend accepted her award along with the awards for her sister and niece.


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Arkansas DAR Military Chaplaincy Banquet The Military Chaplaincy Banquet of the Arkansas State Society Daughters of the American Revolution was held at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, in Little Rock. Seating was in cruise fashion with Jean Pollard and Jerrie Townsend each “captaining” a table of eight. They were responsible for naming guests seated at their tables. In the opening ritual, Pollard led the salute to

the Arkansas Flag. The State DAR Chorus entertained with several selections ending with a medley of patriotic songs. Robin Yates directed, and MarJo Dill accompanied on the keyboard. The speaker, Chaplain Colonel Walter L. Smith, retired, was introduced by State Regent JoAnn Cooper. He is senior minister at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village. He is a native

of Nashville, AR, and a member of Sons of the American Revolution. His grandmother worked up his Application he said in his opening remarks. “History has a lot of value, and your organization works to preserve our history and ancestry,” Smith said. He said he received a calling to serve this country. It was a way to serve above self, and to serve others in a humble way. He volunteered and served six months in Iraq. It was a spiritual pilgrimage. Even though he was in a war zone, he could pick up a phone and talk to family 7,000 miles away. When he was asked about his thoughts concerning carrying weapons into church, Smith said, “In Kuwait everyone carried a weapon in church.” Dr. Smith interjected some theatrics and humor into his talk with talking to God on his cell phone. He said our way to help those serving and returning from active duty is to interact with them and be there for them. Dr. Smith received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his speech.

The Henry Rifle

One of the most advanced small arms in use during the Civil War was the Henry rifle.

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The plant superintendent of the New Haven Connecticut Arms Co., Benjamin Tyler Henry, received a patent for the rifle on October 16, 1860. To a degree Henry’s concept represented an improvement on Smith & Wesson’s “Volcanic Rifle.” Still, Henry added a few distinctive features such as fixed metallic ammunition; a split firing pin, which reduced the chance of misfire; and an efficient system of cartridge extraction. This fine weapon carried 15 rounds of .44 caliber rimfire cartridges in its tubular magazine located directly under the barrel. The cartridge closest to the breech was fed by dropping the loading lever, which forced the block backward and cocked the hammer. Closing the lever to its former position forced the cartridge into the chamber. The federal government purchased only 1730 Henry’s. Some among the elderly high up in the Ordinance Department thought the soldiers wasted too much ammunition with this newer quick action rifle. Initially the volunteer soldier was so fascinated with the rapid fire loading and firing sequence, they raced with their comrades to see who could empty their magazines first.

However, over 10 thousand were purchased by states or individual infantry regiments. The tremendous superiority over the old single shot musket with its six step loading procedure was undeniable. The Henry Rifle was especially popular in the West among Maj.-Gen. William T. Sherman’s troops, but it saw limited use in the Eastern theater. The only regiment in the Army of the Potomac known to have used Henry’s was the 1st Maine Cavalry. Confederates picked up an occasional Henry, but its use in the South was very limited. Still, Confederate Col. George Martin was presented with a Henry at Greensboro, N. C. just before the end of the war for “the defense of the President.” In 1866, Winchester Repeating Arms Company took over the New Haven Arms plant, which had produced the Henry Rifle. Today, the impression of a huge letter ‘H’ on that brand of ammunition sustains the legacy of that advanced Civil War firearm. (Patricia A. Faust, Encyclopedia of the Civil War, Harper & Row Publishers, New York, 1986)


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DMS Hosts Guest Speaker Brad Chambless

Brad Chambless of Farmers and Merchants Bank visited DeWitt Middle School and spoke to the 8th graders about their futures, careers and education. He talked to them about staying focused and making good choices to excel in their futures.

PET TALK

Bringing Home Your First Rodent While many may not find a rodent as a first choice for a pet, with some insight and guidance you may be more receptive to the idea of a small hamster or rat becoming a suitable pet for your family. “Rats are probably the most social and interactive of the small rodents,” said Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Rats are gentle, seldom bite, and are active during the day and are fairly easy to take care of.  Rats do not have special dietary needs or sensitive stomachs, although they do need a good quality rodent block or pellet. The seed mix diets are not a nutritionally adequate diet.” To determine which pet may be best for you, you need to evaluate your expectations. “When picking out a pet rodent, you should select an active, social rodent with clean eyes, clean nose and normal teeth.  The skin should be well groomed and clean. There should be no lumps or bumps on their skin,” said Hoppes. Small rodents, such as mice and hamsters, can bite more and tend to be more active at night. Guinea pigs and chinchillas are a

bit bigger and are gentle pets, but they have special dietary needs, and their teeth continuously grow. Gerbils are unlikely to bite, if handled gently.  They have few health problems and are the cleanest of all the commonly kept pet rodents. If you are more interested in observing your pet and don’t have as much time, a gerbil, hamster or mouse is an option as they are happy living in their cage. “If you want a socially active pet that needs lots of attention and activity, a rat, chinchilla or guinea pig is a great pet,” said Hoppes.  “Rats are so social that they should not be housed alone. If you are a night owl, then hamsters may be best since they tend to sleep all day and run in their wheel all night. One important aspect of keeping a pet rodent is that their cage needs to be cleaned one to two times a week to keep ammonia levels down.  Also, keeping the cage clean will help decrease the incidence of a respiratory disease. “Rodents are animals and therefore require care,” said Hoppes.  “All pet rodents need a clean large cage, chew toys, ladders, plastic or PVC pipe and daily interaction. Beddings such as paper, aspen or walnut shavings are best, while corncob, pine and cedar shavings

should be avoided.” Rodents need fresh water and food constantly.  Guinea pigs and chinchillas have a special need for timothy hay since they have continuously growing cheek teeth.  This hay helps keep the teeth from overgrowing.  Additionally, guinea pigs need vitamin C daily.  All rodents can have a small amount of fruits and vegetables for treats.  Chinchillas also need daily dust baths, and they and guinea pigs are very sensitive to heat and humidity. 

Both are susceptible to heatstroke in temperatures as low as 80-85 degrees, especially if the humidity is higher than 40%. “Pet rodents do not need vaccinations,” said Hoppes.  “There are few diseases to be concerned with, and while salmonella infection has been documented, it is rare.  Rat bite fever, caused by a bacterial infection, may occur after a rat bite.  This can be prevented by immediately disinfecting any bite wound from a rat.”

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