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Plan uses reserve funds to make ends meet Work has been completed on the county’s budget for 2020 and it appears there will be no need for layoffs. Anticipated spending is $5.74 million while anticipated revenue is about $5.75 million, according to Quorum Court budget committee Chairman Brian Tatum. The figure for revenue includes $257,950 - or 90 percent - of the county’s reserve funds. “We used all the reserve funds,” Tatum said. He added that it
was hoped that some of that money could be replaced throughout the year. It also doesn’t mean that all of that money has to be spent, county Judge Dale James added. The main question was about the Van Buren County Library as committee member Nickie Brown questioned how much the county should budget in case it has to make a full payment on the library loan in January. A $330,000 debt payment is due by the end of January 2020. The
library has a $317,699 balance, leaving it a bit short of the full payment. Brown wants the budget to reflect that the money for the payment is available if needed. If the county owes the debt, it should be budgeted in, Brown said. James noted that the county could do an interest-only payment. A proposed sales tax extension for voters to decide in March 2020 would provide funds to pay off the library loan. “It’s been a long, hard road, and I’m
looking forward to a positive year,” Tatum said. He reminded department heads that there is a difference between “wants” and “needs,” and they must stick to their budgets. Added committee member Dell Holt, “We cannot overspend by one penny.” The Quorum Court will vote on the proposed budget at its next meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Courthouse Annex. The meetings are open to the public.
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Holiday events The decorations will shine and bikes will be lined up to give away at the annual Shirley Community Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7, at the Shirley Community Center. Bring the kids to see Santa and receive toys at 6 p.m. that evening. This is a community potluck and so bring a goodie to add to the table. This is a free family event. For more information call Mayor Lisa Hackett at 7234848 or Missy Worthing at 723-8290. It’s Christmas in Clinton from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 7. Join the shopping, visit the craft booths, take a self-guided Little Red River Holiday Studio Tour, and at 4 p.m. head to the City Park to enjoy carriage rides, hayrides, the Clydesdales, Polar Express train ride, live music, kid’s games, and see some Christmas characters.
The 20th annual live nativity Behold The Lamb will be held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 at the Van Buren County Fairgrounds on Highway 16 East. The performances will feature local children and animals. Dress for the weather, cocoa and coffee served. The annual Scotland Community Corporation Christmas potluck will be held Dec. 7 at the Cafeteria. Ham, turkey and rolls provided. Bring a side dish or dessert and come eat. For more information call James Burns at 5923935. Christmas Open House at Soaring Eagle Camp, 4772 Highway 110, Clinton, is set for 3-7 p.m. Dec. 14. Hear the real story of Christmas, enjoy music, hayrides, homemade treats and warm up by the fire. For more information call 501-745-3044.
Santa Letters The Voice will be publishing Letters to Santa on Dec. 19. If you are a kindergarten or first-grade teacher in Van Buren County and would like to have your students’ letters printed, please send them to voiceeditor@artelco. com by Dec. 12. We will print as many letter as space permits.
Elegance on the water - This pair of Trumpeter Swans was spotted last week in the Alread area. (Photo by Robert R. Gaut)
City considers how to invest water funds
Body armor on way for K-9 Van Buren County sheriff’s office K-9 Jack will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Jack’s vest is sponsored through Amazon Smile donor percentage purchase program. Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of
Jack will be decked out soon. age. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950. Each vest has a value between $1,744 and $2,283 and a fiveyear warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 pounds. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K-9s throughout the United States.
The two water department bank accounts for the city of Shirley have been closed but councilors are still undecided on what to do with the funds. The Public Funds Savings account had been created and opened and the council can decide whether to place the money into CDs, invest all or part of the money in the Arkansas State Treasury Money Management Trust, or a combination of the above. It was noted that currently CDs at First Service Bank were only paying 1.9 percent interest and the Treasury Money Management was paying 2.9 percent interest as of June 2019. The current savings account the money is in pays 0.2 percent interest. The council decided to table the discussion as members shop around for the best interest rates.
Next, the council considered whether to sell or continue to lease the downtown buildings and pay them off, which would create an income for the General Fund. This item also was tabled. The 2020 budget was tabled for the Dec. 9 meeting as well. Mayor Lisa Hackett clarified a misunderstanding from the October meeting, saying she has no plans to close the Centennial Museum. The museum is run by volunteers and receives little income, but has become important to the town, council member Margaret Earnhart said. Volunteer Calla Linn asked that the museum be given “just a few more years to get on their feet.” Hackett stated that at the October meeting, she was looking for suggestions for fundraisers for the museum.
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December 3, 2019
More charged with failing to register The round-up in Van Buren County of registered sex offenders who have failed to comply with regulations continued last week with five more arrests. James Bramlett, Martha Bramlett, Joe Curtis Mclain, Joel F. Gambrell and David David Gooch Bradley Gooch each was charged with fail- Van Buren County Deure to register as a sex tention Center as of offender. All five were Sunday night. still being held at the Fifteen arrests
were made Nov. 20 of To see what level to https://www.vbc- than 80 registered sex those who have failed sex offenders those ar- so.com/sex_offenders. offenders living in Van to comply with sex of- rested are and for more php Buren County. fender regulations. about their cases, go There are more
Deer harvest passes 140,000 Calendar From Arkansas Game & Fish sas Game and Fish Commis- have caused early excitement
With the first two weeks of modern gun deer season over, Arkansas hunters have checked more than 140,000 deer throughout the state. To put things into perspective, Arkansas hunters have already checked more deer than the total harvest for any year before 1995 in The Natural State. The total harvest is slightly lower than at this point in the last two seasons, but there’s still close to a month of prime hunting opportunity left in many parts of the state to make up the difference. “Heavy mast crop (acorns) has been phenomenal this year,” Ralph Meeker, Arkan-
sion Deer Program coordinator, said. “That can greatly reduce deer movement and affect hunter success.” Anyone who has visited the woods this year will attest to the abundant food available for deer from oak trees. Soft mast also produced well this year, meaning deer did not have to go far to find a meal. Food plots and other sources of feed have not come into play as much as usual during this season with all the natural groceries on the ground in the cover of wooded areas. Hot temperatures at the beginning of archery and several rainy days during muzzleloader seasons also may
to wane. “We typically have two large peaks in modern gun deer harvest numbers,” Meeker said. “Opening weekend and the Thanksgiving holiday. We also typically see a decent bump in harvest during the statewide Christmas hunt.” The buck-to-doe ratio so far falls in favor of buck harvest, but only slightly so. So far, about 43 percent of the harvest has been does. A decade ago, nearly twice as many bucks would be harvested as does at this point in the season, but liberalized limits and a special antlerless-only hunt on private lands has kept the ratio more balanced.
Bay with its presentation of "Christmas Joy: A Christmas Celebration” on Dec. 12. Free tickets are available at the Fairfield Bay Conference Center. EdenSong Chorale is a 32-member regional group. For performance time and more information, contact the Conference Center at 501-884-4202.
The Abraham Van Buren Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will meet at the Western Sizzlin' Steak House in Clinton at 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Members and guests are encouraged to come 30-45 minutes early to socialize before the start of the meeting. Members The National Active and may bring their spouse. New member prospects are invit- Retired Federal Employees Association, Chapter 1156, ed to attend the meeting. will hold its Christmas lunThe annual Angel Tree cheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Toy Drive will be collecting December 13, at Mack’s Fish donations in the Walmart House, 559 Wilburn Road, parking lot on Highway 65 Heber Springs. All active in Clinton from 10 a.m.-noon and retired federal employees are invited to attend. For Dec. 7. further information, contact The EdenSong Region- Kathy Golding at 501-206al Chorale returns to Fairfield 1375.
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Flood anniversary - It was 37 years ago this week when the town of Clinton was flooded. One person died and the entire downtown was under 10 to 12 feet of water on Dec. 2, 1982. More than 500 people were left without jobs, including about 200 employed by Belden Corp., which was underwater. Reports at the time estimated the damage at $100 million. Former high school principal and business owner Jim Tumlison told a reporter, (Photo courtesy of Warren Johnson) “If this little town survives this, I’d say it must be a tough little town.”
Three-peat For the third year in a row, the Clinton Junior High girls basketball team has won the Bald Knob tournament to kick off their season. The tournament was held in mid-November. (Photo from Clinton Schools/Facebook)
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Dec. 3 - Breakfast: Breakfast pizza, peaches. Lunch: Pizza quesadilla, salad, corn, Mandarin oranges. Dec. 4 - Breakfast: Mini pancakes, sausage, Mandarin orange. Lunch: Ham/cheese Hot Pocket, fresh veggies, mixed fruit. Dec. 5 - Breakfast: Strawberry/banana smoothie, doughnut. Lunch: Chicken fried steak, white gravy, creamed potatoes, green peas, roll, fruit cup. Dec. 6 - Breakfast: French toast sticks, pears. Lunch: Cheeseburger, oven fries, peaches.
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Lorene Crawford James, 85, of Clinton, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019. She was born December 15, 1933 in Morganton, Arkansas to the late John Wesley Crawford and Atheline Payne. Lorene was a member of Choctaw Church of Christ and a homemaker; she loved cooking, gardening and her grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Arthur Dale James and wife Amanda of Clinton; siblings, Betty Lou Rorie of Mountain Home, John Albert Crawford of Marshall, Mary Lois Rose of Missouri; two granddaughters; and numerous other friends and family members. Lorene is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur George James; daughter, Kathy James; siblings, Eveline Crawford, Melvin Crawford, Roy Leon Crawford, Imogene James, Hulen Crawford. Pallbearers: Gary James, Johnny James, Mason Rosson, David Rosson, Robert Williams and Dewey Williams. Honorary Pallbearers: Jack Cotton and Warren Johnson. Visitation was Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Choctaw Church of Christ. Services were 2 p.m. Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Choctaw Church of Christ with Brother Dale James officiating. Burial was at the Colony Cemetery.
his parents; brothers, Jimmy and Leon Loggins; and an infant sister, Mathaline Loggins. Graveside services were 10 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2019 at East Lawn Cemetery in Marshall, Arkansas. Pallbearers: William Hinchey, Jonathan Hinchey, Matt Hinchey, Derek McDaniel, Kayla Smithson and Erica Smithson. Honorary pallbearers: Jackie Hinchey, Roger Ellison, Travis Ratchford, nieces, nephews, cousins and the MHS Basketball team of 1961.
For the kids - Bobbye Bennett of Modern Woodmen presents Deb Coolie with $2,500 in matching funds for the Shop With a Cop golf tournament. Pictured in the back row are Tonya Bonds, Randy Churches, Natasha Deshazo and Sheriff Lucas Emberton.
Step Back in Time
How Old Boogerman got his name
Marva Lou ''Marty'' Davis was born July 24, 1938, at Fairbanks, Arkansas and passed away, November 25, 2019 at Fairbanks. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, J.C. Davis; daughter, Mona (Rick) Wickliffe; son, Kenneth (Darla) Davis; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were 1 p.m. Friday, November 29, 2019 at Sardis Baptist Church in Damascus with interment following at Fairbanks Cemetery in Bee Branch.
Some folks called him Black Charley. It was not because of a racial heritage, but because he worked dawn to dusk in the sun until his skin was blackened like a coal miner. His straight, black hair was so thick it stood up on end like a boars hair brush, and his burly beard hung from his face like spanish moss. Charley did not often drink, but on occasion, after a long, hard week at the saw mill, he would leave the hills of home and make his way to Clinton to pay the local saloon, the Red Shanty, a visit. He was a quiet, reserved man who would sit alone on his bar stool and mind his own business. He lived
Billy Taylor Loggins, age 77, of Marshall, Arkansas passed away Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Highland Court in Marshall, Arkansas with his family at his side. He was born in Marshall, Arkansas on September 27th, 1942 to Floyd Taylor Loggins and Okla Annis Sanders Loggins. Billy was lumber grader at Branscum and Harness Lumber Co. and Treat Lumber Co. for 40 years. He was a member of Marshall Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Betty Eaton Loggins; three daughters, Teresa (Jackie) Hinchey of Chimes, Trena (Roger) Ellison of Marshall, and Treva Kay (Travis) Ratchford of Farmington; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Jeweldean Hensley of Marshall; one brother, Joe Dale (Betty) Loggins of Marshall; and a host of other family and friends. Billy is preceded in death by
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Thelma Ruth Brittain Ward, 68, of Damascus, passed away peacefully, November 24, 2019. She was born March 19, 1951 in Winterset, Iowa to the late Dow John and Dortha Juanita Brittain. Thelma retired after over 30 years at the VA Hospital. She was a longtime member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Clinton; where she was song leader and organist. Thelma enjoyed reading and the Razorbacks. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Audous Eugene ''Gene'' Ward; and brother, Robert Gene Shoesmith. Thelma is survived by her daughter, Jeri Michelle Ward (Paul) Munnerlyn of Austin, Arkansas; one grandson; sister, Clara Elizabeth Garrett; two brothers, Roger Denton Shoesmith and Austin Frank Brittain; and a host of family and friends. Rosary will begin at 6 p.m. and be followed by visitation until 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019. at St Jude Catholic Church in Clinton with Father Luke Womack officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Mt. Cemetery in Damascus, Arkansas.
by his side. He was tall and lean and built like a stone sculpture. Their expression changed from humor to fear. They knew they had sorely misjudged this man. It was four against one. His fists were like bricks, and he swung them until all four men were piled on the saloon floor. When he was certain the challenge was over, he walked to the door and turned. He pointed to the men and with his deep, husky voice said, “From now on, you’ll call me MISTER Boogerman”. Time passed and the legend grew. No man dare speak evil against Charley. They respectfully referred to him as Mr. Boogerman; and when he grew old and his black hair turned a silvery gray, Charley Bryan Isom became known as Old Boogerman. (Tina Lewis Johnson/Courtesy: Isom Family)
Old grandpappy used to say …
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled. Meanness don’t just happen overnight. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. Sometimes you get, sometimes you get got. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’. Don’t judge folks by their relatives. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
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in Van Buren County, Arkansas, his entire life and most people new Charley and respected him. One day a group of men came into the bar and saw Charley sitting alone sipping his whiskey. They thought he would make a good target for teasing and name calling. “Lock up your women and children,” they taunted, “or the boogerman will get you!” “What Hell did you crawl out of, Mister?” They laughed and continued to provoke him. After sitting quietly for a moment, Charley slowly put down his drink and stood. He turned to the men and towered over them with his fists hanging
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December 3, 2019
Senior Centers - Scotland Seniors Center pool tournament winners for Nov. 25 were (from left): 1st place Glendale Rogers, 2nd place James Foreman, and 3rd place Jeff Brown. The 1946 Clinton Homecoming Royalty - (from left) Polly (Lefler) Johnson - 9th grade; May Scotland center has a pool tournament every (Patterson) Clemons - 11th grade; Ruth (Tomlinson) Rowland - Queen - 10th grade; Paula (Rasar) Monday and a music jam session every third Smith - 12th grade; and Katherine Terby - 8th grade. Friday evening. (Photo by Doyle Scroggins)
Thelma Murray Shirley
Thanksgiving potluck at the Shirley Community Center for senior citizens and their family and friends brought in a crowd of around 50. We had just the right amount of food and everyone was happy and full when they left. May God bless the woman who donated the two large turkeys to the Shirley Senior Citizens - talk about someone making a difference, that woman sure made a big difference for a lot of people around Shirley.
The Treece family potluck had around 45 attend a gathering at the Settlement Baptist Church fellowship hall in Shirley on Thanksgiving Day. It was a nice get-together for family and friends. I will try to report on more family dinners next week, and I hope we see some more warm days ahead.
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The Geminid meteor shower begins Thursday and peaks next week. For best
Cryptogram Solution CS Lewis
"No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear."
views observe after the waxing gibbous moon sets and before twilight. The Volunteer Fire Department holds its monthly meeting, Thursday, 7 p.m. Interested persons can call 253-6264. St. Nicholas Day is Friday. It honors the Greek, in the fourth century, who gave all his belongings away to children and the needy. Legend says his habit of throwing coins through open windows started the hanging of stockings since a few rolled into kids’ stockings and word spread fast. Ruddy Mars grows more prominent before dawn by Saturday. Look low in the southeast. They’ll be wrapping Santa gifts on Friday the 13th, 6 p.m., in the EHC building for the annual Alread Christmas Party, the following day. Some suggest that Xmas is an attempt to take the Christ out of Christmas, but that’s not quite right. Early Christians, using the Greek alphabet, created a monogram with the first two letters of Christos (Christ), x and p. Somewhere along the line the p got
dropped but believers still recognized the x for what it represented. So Xmas can mean Christmas and, according to one expert, should also be pronounced “Christmas”, rather than “exmas”. If you have info regarding the greater Crabtree and west 16 community, call or text, Jeff Burgess, 745-1249.
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ar bone scan. Hopefully everything will be OK. I worked up my nerve and went to town on Wednesday. It sure was crowded. I guess everyone was doing the same thing I was - getting ready for Thanksgiving. I made a home grown pumpkin pie for lunch on Thursday. It sure was good. I made it with my lone pie pumpkin that came up volunteer. Sissy brought us a loaf of her homemade bread Wednesday night. It is really good. Donna and Richard Sherrod went to the home of their son, David, in Searcy for Thanksgiving. Their daughter, Tammy, and her family came from Manila to spend the day with them. Granddaughter Madison has been visiting Donna and Richard, so she went home after they celebrated the holiday. Donna said tell everyone thank you for your prayers for her family. May the good Lord bless all with a wonderful holiday season.
Margie Pound’s visitors on Thursday were her daughter, Jacque and Earnie Hennington of Hamburg. Marva and RG Ward and most of their family camped out on Devils Fork for eight days. Marva said they had too much rain but they enjoyed it when the rain let up. We took JR to Little James & Joyce Rock for a CT scan on Burns Monday. He goes back next week for a nucle- Scotland Another Thanksgiving when I promised myself that I would not overeat. Well, enough of that I am still stuffed. I hope everyone had a
great day and remembered how much we have to be thankful for. Our First Saturday Breakfast is December 7. We serve at 8 a.m. and the cost is $6; then when we get everything cleaned up we will start cooking turkey and ham for our annual Christmas dinner potluck for our Scotland Community. Every year the Scotland Community Corporation has a free Christmas potluck. We provide the meat and rolls and the community brings the rest. We serve at 6 p.m. Come out and have a good time. James and Joyce Burns went with a friend, Robin Parrish, to visit a new art gallery in Gilbert. This is a little town of 33 residents and were we ever surprised. It was a wonderful exhibit with awesome pieces of art. We saw several paintings in the exhibit created by Thereisa Housley of Marshall. I was so proud to of her. She came to my art classes when she first started to paint (years ago). She is a very accomplished artist and I am proud to call her my friend. If you get a chance to visit the Buffalo River Art Gallery it is on Highway 65 North, just above Marshall turn on Highway 333 (by Ferguson Store) and it is only about 3 miles to Church Street. Turn left to 74 Church street. Everyone has to get back to school and work so have a safe week. It will only be about three weeks until Christmas vacation. f you have news call 592-3935 and we will get it into the paper.
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I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The Bay had a lot of places to go eat Thanksgiving lunch or dinner, and seemed to do well. A few churches and other groups had a potluck get-togethers. I do hope that everyone had a great meal. So, let's start thinking about Christmas. Happy holidays.
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by Freeda Baker Nichols
A time to mourn Fiction (Conclusion)
Everything will work out. He’s all right. He’s hiding somewhere. He will come home. For Evelyn’s sake. Candace believed that. Yet … the foreboding continued, like the intermittent rain on the metal roof. Rain kept falling, each day a blur of the one before. The phone never stopped ringing. Words from the uniformed officers now seemed like a dream. But miracle of miracles, Tony Winfield came home! His father, Joe, came with him. There was such a crowd of people. It was almost suffocating to be among them. Evelyn stood there, her face glowing. Tony rushed to hug her and to ask forgiveness. He had found his dad, he told her. “He’s different now, Mom. He’s going to go with me to court. And
I’m not going to break the law again.” “Do you promise?” “I promise. Dad helped me understand. He’s trying to change, Mom. Because he loves us … just like Uncle Kip … did.” Tony wept in an agonizing way that his mother said she’d never heard him cry before. Was that yesterday or today? Doesn’t matter. He’s home! Tony’s home! The rain finally stopped. Evelyn hugged Candace. Other people hugged Candace and the kids. People cried, shook hands and hugged each other. No one laughed or smiled. Music played. Candace’s heart beat louder than the drums in the background. Tony’s home! What a happy homecoming. Now, Evelyn can rest. Maybe Joe will stay and they can work through their differences, for-
give each other. The Lord blessed me with Kip and our children. Our little ones are precious. They miss him so much. And I miss him. But he’s home! He’s safe. And all of us are safe because of him and other soldiers — like him. The music grew louder and the crowd grew larger. Evelyn, Abbey, Tony, Heather and Joe were standing together. Near them, an American flag draped across a gray casket. Inside, was the body of a soldier who had defended those flying colors that stood for his country, his home, his family. Little Jake held his hand in salute as he moved close to his daddy’s casket. Candace, dressed in black, walked between Katie and Sadie, gripping too tightly, a small hand in each of hers. At the end of the service, a lone uniformed bugler raised a trumpet to his lips. When strains of Taps sounded, Candace’s tears slowly slipped down her face. Sadie looked up and said, “It’ll be aw wite, Mommy.” Candace bowed her head and pleaded, Dear God, make it so.
Religion What if … those who do not know God could discover that God is real and that he is loving, joyful, generous, gracious and merciful? Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. What if … someone who has wandered far from the God of their childhood and is ashamed and afraid to come home knew that once he came back to God his heavenly father would put new clothes on him, a ring on his finger, throw a feast for his return complete with music and dancing? Welcome home! God has been looking down the road waiting for you. What if … the sick could be healed? Jesus came to heal the sick. What if … those in the bondage of addiction could be set free in an instant and live in liberty the rest of their lives? Jesus came to set the captive free. What if … the hopeless could have hope spring up inside of them and have that hope never fade away? What if … the lonely could have a friend that sticks closer than a brother and have someone who would never leave them or forsake them? What if … the sad and depressed could have someone who would lift their spirits and give them indescribable joy? In God’s presence is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). What if … the troubled could have a peace in their hearts that passes understanding? What if … the lost could be found? Jesus has come to seek and
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This Christmas season, what if… Thanksgiving Day is past for this year. Black Friday with all its casualties has come and gone, along with cyber Monday. We are headed full-steam-ahead for the merriest season and day of them all. Merry Christmas, everyone. I have been thinking a lot about Jesus Christ lately. Not that this is unusual for me, after have been preaching of the gospel of Christ for the last 49 years. But what I’ve been thinking of is, what Jesus makes possible because he came to earth. I hope you enjoy my mental meanderings. I want to encourage you as we approach this premiere holy day. Jesus is the reason for the season. We are celebrating his birthday; we should give him his due. What if … the most rejected among us, the poorest and most overlooked people in the world could be loved by the most important person in the universe, who would accept them unconditionally, make them rich in heavenly treasures, and have their names tattooed in love on his hand and heart? That is what Jesus came to do. And he does that for anyone who receives him. What if … those who are brokenhearted could have their hearts healed, and live and love again – forever? Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. What if … the most sinful among us could be forgiven of every sin and made a child of the God who so loved us that he gave his only begotten son? Jesus came into this world to save sinners and he did that by dying on a cross for our wrongs.
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save the lost. What if … the families who are estranged could be reunited and restored in the love of God? Jesus came to do more than we can think or ask. What if … relationships could be based on love and mercy and grace, instead of performance? Jesus taught and showed us that our relationship with God is based on his unconditional love for us and that we could have that as the basis for our relationship with others. He puts his love in our hearts, because he came to do that. What if … there could be peace on earth, good will toward men? There can be because the Prince of Peace has come. All this is good news indeed. Jesus came to do all these things and more. He will do them in your life if you will ask him. He came to this world, and he will come again. Next time, he will right all wrongs and give to everyone their just due. But for now there is only mercy for those who come to him as a little child. But between his first and second public coming, he can come privately into your heart and life. He comes for individuals, people just like you. He was born in a humble stable; he can be born again in your humble heart. When he does he starts the process of making you new. What a way to start the New Year!
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FOR SALE OR LEASE 20x40 Office with 8x40 Covered Porch and 3 Green Houses on 1 acre on Highway 65 South, Clinton, AR
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OFFICE FOR LEASE 425 sqft 758 Hwy 65B Clinton ****************** $250/month + Deposit ****************** Call: Gayle Bone (501)213-5733
The following vehicles are in our possession 2011 NISSAN ARMADA SMOKE METALLIC VIN # 5N1AAONC2BN610648 1995 BLACK FORD PROBE VIN# 1ZVLT20A655139500 1991 RED AND WHITE CHRYSLER LEBARON VIN# 1C3XJ4539MG117342 1977 SILVER FORD LTD VIN# 7U64S149081 1990 RED TOYOTA COROLLA VIN# 1NXAE94A7LZ130394 1978 WHITE FORD GRANADA VIN# 8W81L233413 If not claimed within 45 days of this publication they will be dismantled, destroyed or sold at public auction. This notice published December 03,2019. Contact HARNESS AUTOMOVTIVE AND RECOVERY AT 501-253-5998
LEGAL IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF VAN BUREN COUNTY, ARKANSAS FOURTH DIVISION No. 71DR-19-5 JEFFERY MICHAEL PISTOLE PLAINTIFF VS. MARIA PISTOLE DEFENDANT AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, That in pursuant of the authority and directions contained in the decretal order of the Circuit Court of Van Buren County, made and entered on the 7th day of November, 2019, in a certain cause (No. 71DR-19-5) then pending therein between the above named Plaintiff and the Defendant, the undersigned, as Commissioner of said Court, will offer for sale at public venue to the highest bidder, at the main entrance of the County Courthouse, in which said Court is held, in the County of Van Buren, within the hours prescribed by law for judicial sales, on the 18th day of December, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., the following described real estate situated in Van Buren County, Arkansas, to-wit: PARCEL 1: 4.25 acres and improvements thereon, including a 1994 mobile home, located at 354 Burnt Ridge Road, Clinton, Arkansas, to-wit: PART OF THE EAST ONE HALF, EAST ONE HALF (E 1/2 , E 1/2 ) SOUTHWEST QUARTER, NORTHEAST QUARTER (SW 1/4 , NE 1/4 ), SECTION THIRTEEN (13), TOWNSHIP ELEVEN (11) NORTH, RANGE FOURTEEN (14) WEST, MORE PARTICULARY DESCRIBED AS STARTING AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER, NORTHEAST QUARTER (SW 1/4 , NE ¼ ), OF SECTION THIRTEEN (13), TOWNSHIP ELEVEN (11) NORTH, RANGE FOURTEEN (14) WEST, BEING THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE SOUTH 896.75 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE WEST 211 FEET, THENCE NORTH 896.75 FEET, THENCE EAST 211 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING CONTAINING 4.25 ACRES MORE OR LESS. THE GRANTORS RETAIN A ROADWAY EASTMENT ACROSS THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY ON THE PRESENT EXISTING ROADWAY. PARCEL 2: Three (3) tracts of real estate and improvements thereon, being part of Lot 13, Block thirty-six (36) located at 829 Hwy 65B, Clinton, Arkansas, and also known as the Pistole Gun & Pawn property and more particularly described as: TRACT 1: PART OF LOT THIRTEEN (13), BLOCK THIRTY-SIX (36), CITY OF CLINTON, VAN BUREN COUNTY, ARKANSAS, LOCATED IN NW1/4 NE1/4 SECTION 15, T-11-N, R-14-W MORE PARTICULARLY DESSCIRIBED AS: STARTING AT THE SW CORNER NW1/4 NE1/4 SECTION 15, T-11-N, R-14-W, THENCE N 88°51’ E 632.39 FEET ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID NW1/4 NE1/4 TO A POINT, THENCE N 14° 20’ W 35.29 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE LANDS HERIN DESCRIBED; THENCE CONTINUING N 14° 20’ W A DISTANCE OF 70.00 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE N 75° 40’E 50.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF U.S. HIGHWAY NUMBER 65, THENCE S 14°20’ E 70.00 FEET, ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE TO A POINT, THENCE S 75° 40’ W 50.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 3,500 SQUARE FEET OR 0.080 ACRE, ACCORDING TO THE NEAL SURVEY. TRACT 2: PART OF LOT THIRTEEN (13), BLOCK THIRTY-SIX (36), CITY OF CLINTON, ALSO BEING A PART OF THE NW1/4 NE1/4, SECTION 15, T-11-N, R-14-W, CLINTON, VAN BUREN COUNTY, ARKANSAS, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCIBED AS: STARTING AT THE SW CORNER OF THE NW1/4 NE1/4 SAID SECTION 15, T-11-N, R-14-W, THENCE N 81°41’ E A DISTANCE OF 628.00 FEET TO THE TRUE POINT OF BEGNNING; THENCE N 11° 36’ 48” W A DISTANCE OF 35.00 FEET TO A POINT; THENCE N 75° 37’ 14” E A DISTANCE OF 48.10 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF U.S. HIGHWAY 65 BUSINESS ROUTE; THENCE ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE ON A CURVE LEFT, HAVING AN ARC LENGTH OF 35.00 FEET, WITH A RADIUS OF 1057.24 FEET, WITH A CHORD BEARING OF S 14° 43’ 38” E, WITH A CHORD LENGTH OF 35.00 FEET, TO A POINT, THENCE LEAVING SAID HIGHWAY AND RUN S 75° 40’ 00” W A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 1,712 SQUARE FEET, OR 0.039 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, ACCORDING TO THE EDDIE D. WHEELER SURVEY, DATED JUNE 14, 2004. TRACT 3: PART OF LOT THIRTEEN (13), BLOCK THIRTY-SIX (36), CITY OF CLINTON, VAN BUREN COUNTY, ARKANSAS, LOCATED IN NW1/4 NE1/4 SECTION 15, T-11-N, R-14-W, VAN BUREN COUNTY, ARKANSAS, MORE PARTICULARLY DECRIBED AS: STARTING AT THE SW CORNER OF NW1/4 NE1/4, SAID SECTION 15, T-11-N, R-14-W, THENCE S 88° 56’ 00” E, ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF NW1/4 NE1/4, A DISTANCE OF 636.37 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE N 13° 04’ 48” W A DISTANCE OF 35.09 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE LANDS HEREIN DESCRIBED; THENCE N 85° 10’ 30” W A DISTANCE OF 75.00 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE N 08° 05’ 45” W A DISTANCE OF 264.39 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE N 89° 21’ 17” E A DISTANCE OF 50.00 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE S 09° 14’ 08” E A DISTANCE OF 55.05 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE N 78° 11’ 19” E A DISTANCE OF 15.00 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE S 09° 14’ 08” E A DISTANCE OF 149.46 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE S 11° 42’ 09” E A DISTANCE OF 71.33 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 17,323 SQUARE FEET OR 0.398 ACRE, MORE OR LESS.
LEGAL PARCEL 3: 4.84 acres located on Burnt Ridge Road, Clinton, Arkansas, and described as follows: PART OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER (NW¼ NE¼) SECTION THIRTEEN (13), TOWNSHIP ELEVEN (11) NORTH, RANGE FOURTEEN (14) WEST, BEGINNING AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE NW¼ NE¼ AND RUN THENCE SOUTH 01° 08’ 31” WEST ALONG THE WEST LINE OF THE NW¼ NE¼ A DISTANCE OF 99 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 89° 36’ 52” EAST 731.25 FEET TO THE TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE SOUTH 89° 36’ 52” EAST 258.75 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 01° 09’ 09” WEST 1,152.67 FEET TO A POINT IN THE CENTER OF THE COUNTY ROAD #310, THENCE SOUTH 76° 31’ 28” WEST ALONG THE CENTER OF SAID COUNTY ROAD 218.01 FEET, THENCE LEAVING SAID COUNTY ROAD, RUN NORTH 01° 08’ 31” EAST 962.75 FEET, THENCE NORTH 10° 00’ 00” WEST 246.16 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINNING 5.84 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. LESS AND EXCEPT SURFACE ONLY: PART OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER (NW¼ NE¼), SECTION THIRTEEN (13), TOWNSHIP ELEVEN (11) NORTH, RANGE FOURTEEN (14) WEST, BEGINNING AT AN IRON PIN AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE NW¼ NE¼ AND RUN THENCE SOUTH 89° 37’ 40” EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF THE NW¼ NE¼ 329.78 FEET TO AN IRON PIN, THENCE NORTH 01° 08’ 31” EAST 761.40 FEET TO AN IRON PIN, THENCE NORTH 89° 13’ 59” EAST 208.59 FEET TO AN IRON PIN, THENCE NORTH 87° 39’ 04” EAST 240.97 FEET TO A SET IRON PIN, THENCE NORTH 01° 08’ 31” EAST 108 FEET TO A SET IRON PIN AND THE POINT OF BEGINNING, THENCE NORTH 01° 08’ 31” EAST 93.69 FEET TO A UTILITY POLE, THENCE NORTH 10° 00’ 00” WEST 207.48 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF ARKANSAS HIGHWAY #16, THENCE ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE, ALONG A CURVE LEFT, HAVING AN ARC LENGTH OF 166.31 FEET, WITH A RADIUS OF 1,477.39 FEET, WITH A CHORD BEARING OF NORTH 85° 04’ 36” EAST WITH A CHORD LENGTH OF 16622 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF BURNT RIDGE ROAD, THENCE LEAVING SAID HIGHWAY AND RUN SOUTH 09° 37’40” EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF BURNT RIDGE ROAD 107.14 FEET TO THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE RIGHT, THENCE ALONG SAID CURVE, HAVING AN ARC LENGTH OF 95.99 FEET, WITH A RADIUS OF 676.20 FEET, WITH A CHORD BEARING OF SOUTH 05° 33’ 39” EAST WITH A CHORD LENGTH OF 95.91 FEET TO THE POINT OF TANGENCY, THENCE SOUTH 02° 31’ 41” EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE 37.16 FEET, THENCE LEAVING SAID ROAD AND RUN SOUTH 65° 12’ 21” WEST 166.96 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 1.005 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. PARCEL 4: Lot Twenty-One (21), Block Two (2) City of Clinton, Van Buren County, Arkansas, according to the Workman Plat as shown in Deed Record 61, Page 340 (the Mathis Building). LOT TWENTY-ONE (21), BLOCK TWO (2), CITY OF CLINTON, VAN BUREN COUNTY, ARKANSAS, ACCORDING TO THE WORKMAN PLAT AS SHOWN IN DEED RECORD 61, PAGE 340. SUBJECT TO ANY PRIOR RESERVATIONS OR CONVENYANCES OF ANY OIL,GAS OR MINERAL INTERESTS OR ROYALTIES THAT MAY APPEAR OF RECORD PARCEL 5: 2.5 acres and improvements located at 3400 Hwy 92 East, Bee Branch, Arkansas and described as follow, to-wit: PART OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER (PT. NE¼ NW¼), SECTION THIRTY-FIVE (35), TOWNSHIP TEN (10) NORTH, RANGE THIRTEEN (13) WEST, DESCRIBED AS BEGINNING AT A POINT 45 FEET EAST AND 21 FEET SOUTH OF THE NW CORNER OF SAID SUBDIVISION, AND ON THE SOUTH AND EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINES OF STATE HIGHWAY #92, RUNNING THENCE SOUTH ALONG THE EAST SIDE OF RIGHT OF WAY OF SAID HIGHWAY 249 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE EAST 435 FEET TO A POINT, THENCE NORTH 249 FEET TO A POINT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF RIGHT OF WAY OF SAID STATE HIGHWAY #92, AND THENCE WEST ALONG SOUTH SIDE OF RIGHT OF WAY OF SAID HIGHWAY 435 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 2½ ACRES, MORE OR LESS. SUBJECT TO ANY PRIOR RESERVATIONS OR CONVEYANCES OF ANY OIL, GAS OR MINERAL INTERESTS OR ROYALTIES THAT MAY APPEAR OF RECORD. TERMS OF SALE FOR EACH PARCEL: Cash or on a credit of three months, the purchaser being required to execute a commercial corporate security bond as required by law and the order and decree of said Court in said cause, with approved security, bearing an interest at the rate of nine percent per annum from the date of sale to secure the payment of the purchase money. Given under my hand this 27th day of November , 2019. /s/ Debbie Gray Debbie Gray COMMISSIONER This Amended Notice of Sale first published the 3rd day of December , 2019. /s/ Ralph J. Blagg Ralph J. Blagg BLAGG LAW FIRM Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 1169 Clinton, AR 72031 (501) 745-4302
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Carl Bedell from Washington, D.C., found the Spring River full of hungry bass recently despite the cold temperatures. Photo provided by Mark Crawford.
Little Red River
(updated 11-272019) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said the Little Red River is receiving sporadic generation during the week with little to no generation on weekends. Fly patterns of midges, gold ribbed hares ear and pheasant tails can be productive. Consider white and hot pink bodies on chartreuse jigheads for Trout Magnet spin-fishing. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501-3625150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release.
Greers Ferry Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.52 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 462.54 feet msl). (updated 11-202019) Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service (501-940-1318) said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is at 460.29 feet msl and staying about steady, and even
coming up just a bit. It is 1.75 feet below normal pool of 462.04 feet msl. The turnover is moving down the lake and finishing up. Do not waste your time fishing tannic-colored water as it will not be in condition to for the fish to bite much at all. Find clearer water and that is where the feeding will be going on. Crappie are still going good trolling and fishing straight up and down. Use small crankbaits, Roadrunners, minnows and jigs in 9-30 feet depth. Hybrid bass and white bass are going strong if conditions are right but it’s hard to stay with them as they are moving around a lot. If and when weather will get stable and turnover is done, 300-fish days will be common. Use spoons, inline spinners, swimbaits, a Texas Tornado or Alabama rigs in 25-60 feet. No report on walleye. The bite has picked back up with bream, partly with the uptick in weather temps. Try fishing a crawler or cricket in 18-28 feet. Catfish are still wanting to eat on jugs and lines. A lot are following other feeding fish and are eating scraps. Black bass are eating something
drug around, on top, and in between. This is the time of year for a great bite on a highland reservoir. Lots of baits are working from super shallow out to 60 feet.
(updated 11-272019) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870453-2424) the Corps of Engineers has been running 3 generators and the river is falling out. The water is clear. Anglers have been catching all rainbows. Two anglers caught 60 rainbows. Overall, the bite is good. Shrimp and Power Worms work best, along with stick baits and long white worms.
Norfork Lake rose 1.3 feet to rest at 5.5 feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet msl and 21.2 feet below the top of flood pool. The Norfork had moderate generation with limited and unreliable wadable water. Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. Due to heavy rains over the last few weeks, all of the
lakes in the White River System are now over the top of power pool. Expect heavy generation for the near future. The Norfork has been fishing better on the moderate flows. The dissolved oxygen level is slightly improved. Navigate this stream with caution as there has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole due to flooding over the past two years. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18, 20, 22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14, 16) like the Green Butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small ruby midge (size 18) suspended 18 inches below a red fox squirrel and copper. The fishing is better in the morning. Dry Run Creek is fishing better. The browns have begun making their annual migration up stream. With school back in session it will be less crowded during the week. The weekends can be pretty busy. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12), various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10) and mop flies.
(updated 11-272019) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-4352169) said Norfork Lake rose 1.3 feet to rest at 5.5 feet above seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet msl and 21.2 feet below the top of flood
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pool. The Norfork had moderate generation with limited and unreliable wadable water. Seasonal power pool has been reset for the lakes in the White River system. Due to heavy rains over the last few weeks, all of the lakes in the White River System are now over the top of power pool. Expect heavy generation for the near future. The Norfork has been fishing better on the moderate flows. The dissolved oxygen level is slightly improved. Navigate this stream with caution as there has been major gravel recruitment at the bottom of Mill Pond and the dock hole due to flooding over the past two years. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18, 20, 22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14, 16) like the Green Butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small ruby midge (size 18) suspended 18 inches below a red fox squirrel and copper. The fishing is better in the morning. Dry Run Creek is fishing better. The browns have begun making their annual migration up stream. With school back in session it will be less crowded during the week. The weekends can be pretty busy. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12), various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10) and mop flies. Buffalo National River/Crooked Creek
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,128.96 feet msl (normal conservation pool: 1,121.00 feet msl). (updated 11-272019) Jon Conklin with FishOn Guide Service (479-233-3474) says Beaver Lake is still high “with no relief in sight. We are expecting another round of heavy rain Thanksgiving weekend. I have been out almost every day trying to fine tune my new Garmin Panoptix Livescope. All I can say that is it’s the finest electronic device I have every used. The hype is real on this . If you vertical-fish or spider rig, this is the tool you need. I have watched fish hit my jig numerous times this week. I have never seen anything comparable. Talk about a piece of equipment that will do so many things to put more fish in the boat and, no, I am not being paid by Garmin. It is pricey but, oh man, is it worth every penny!” John adds, “On to reports. There is big debris from Hickory up river into War Eagle and White River arms. Stripers are up near Natural Walk and lots of white bass are in the area. I watched huge shad balls being busted by 10- to 25-pound stripers coming up and out of the water. It only happens from 2:30 till dark. Crappie are fair on brush and are suspended in 17 feet of water in all major arms. Walleye seem to have slowed down some.
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Thanks to those of you who called and correctly identified last week's featured church as St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. If you can identify this week's Church call 745-8040. (Remember to give me a contact for the history of your Church. We want to print the history of every Church in Van Buren County. With your help, we will!) Antioch General Baptist Church 1608 Highway 9, Fox (870)363-4509 Archey Valley Community Church Highway 254, Chimes Bee Branch Baptist 11509 Hwy 65 South, Bee Branch 654-2630 Bethel Community Church 17904 Highway 95 W, Cleveland Botkinburg Baptist Church 9297 Highway 65 N, Botkinburg 757-2069 Botkinburg Community Foursquare Church 7054 Highway 65 N, Botkinburg 745-2311 Burnt Ridge Community Church 5846 Burnt Ridge Road, Clinton 745-6737 Calvary Missionary Baptist Church ABA 144 Nickie Ave., Clinton 745-3245 Choctaw Baptist Church 208 Highway 330 E, Clinton 745-7370 Choctaw Christian Center 4157 Highway 65 S, Choctaw 745-8264 Choctaw Church of Christ 233 Highway 330 E, Choctaw 745-8264 Christian Fellowship Church 674 Highway 658, Clinton Church of Christ 20452 Highway 16 W, Alread 745-5498 Church of the Nazarene 1664 Highway 65 S, Clinton Clinton Church of Christ 184 Third Street, Clinton 745-4252 Clinton Seventh-day Adventist Church 125 Skyhill Drive, Clinton 745-4532 Clinton United Methodist Church 636 Joe Bowling Road, Clinton 745-5181 Colony Church of Christ Hwy 92 E, Bee Branch Corinth Baptist Church 5158 Holley Mountain Road, Clinton Cornerstone Evangelical Church 3351 Highway 330 S, Fairfield Bay 884-6657 Crabtree Foursquare Church 11301 Highway 16 W, Crabtree 745-2894 Culpepper Community Church 6055 Highway 336 W, Culpepper Culpepper Mountain Church of Christ 118 South Essie Road, Culpepper Damascus United Methodist Church 17194 Highway 65 S, Damascus Eagle Heights Baptist Church Independent Fundamental VBC Fairgrounds, Clinton 757-0013
Eglantine Church of Christ 3796 Highway 330 S, Shirley 884-6880 Fairbanks Community Church 4753 Arkansas 356 E, Bee Branch Fairfield Bay Baptist Church 481 Dave Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay 884-3371 Fairfield Bay United Methodist Church 765 Dave Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay 884-3373 Faith Christian 10839 Edgemont Road, Edgemont 723-8109 Faith Church Highway 65 N & Harper Mountain Lane, Dennard, AR 72629 Faith Lutheran Church 310 Snead Drive, Fairfield Bay 884-3375 First Assembly of God Church 2466 Highway 65 N, Clinton 745-2285 First Baptist Church of Clinton 211 First Baptist Road, Clinton 745-6113 First Baptist Church of Damascus 43 Oak Tree Road, Damascus 335-7440 First Baptist Church of Sugarloaf 557 Arkansas 337, Higden 654-2354 First General Baptist Church 664 Highway 16 E, Clinton 745-4043 First Pentecostal Church of Clinton Highway 65 S at 1128 Lyn Road, Choctaw Formosa Baptist Church 630 Highway 9 W, Clinton 745-7709 Formosa Church of Christ 6603 Highway 9 West Clinton AR. 745-4446 Friendship Baptist Church 1321 Third St., Clinton 745-7177 Full Gospel Tabernacle 128 Catland Lane, Shirley 723-4500 Grace Church 3793 Highway 65 S, Clinton 472-7462 Half Moon Baptist Church 1031 Half Moon Road, Clinton 745-2273 Harmony Mountain Church of Christ Quattlebaum and Harmony Mtn Roads 745-2059 Hope Community Church 905 Damascus Road, Quitman Immanuel Baptist Church 498 Highway 16 E, Clinton 745-8528 Kaley Hill Missionary Baptist 6505 Highway 356, Bee Branch Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 3624 Highway 65 S, Clinton 745-8781
Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church 250 Dave Creek Parkway, Fairfield Bay 884-3304 Landmark Missionary Baptist Church ABA 229 Third St., Clinton Lexington Baptist Church 9525 Highway 110, Clinton 723-4787 Liberty Missionary Baptist Church 2712 Highway 254 W, Chimes Community Low Gap Community Chapel 4320 Low Gap Road, Alread Lute Mountain Community Church Lute Mountain Road, off Highway 16, Shirley 723-8299 Main Line Full Gospel 114 Mariposa Loop, Bee Branch 253-1005 Maranatha Assembly of God 11929 Highway 16 E, Shirley 723-8181 Mount Zion Church of Christ 1202 Highway 16 W, Clinton 745-2572 Mount Zion General Baptist 2333 Mount Zion Road, Bee Branch 362-3807 New Beginning Church 12200 Highway 254 E, Dennard New Hope Baptist Church 4198 Highway 65 N, Clinton 757-2332 New Liberty Church of Christ 4815 Highway 95, Cleveland 669-2575 New Life Apostolic Church of Clinton 198 Richard Road, Clinton 745-6411 Peace Lutheran Church of Edgemont 10849 Edgemont Road, Edgemont 723-4726 Pee Dee Baptist Church 2744 Highway 16 E, Clinton 745-4115 Pine Grove General Baptist Church 102 Silvertree Road, Shirley Pine Mountain General Baptist Church Gravesville Cutoff Road, South of Bee Branch Plant Baptist Church 4897 Highway 110, Clinton 745-6887 Pleasant Grove Friendship Church 22210 Highway 16 W, Alread 745-8450 Pleasant Valley Baptist Church 5092 Banner Mtn Road, Shirley 723-4737 Pleasant Valley General Baptist No. 1 5153 Highway 92 W, Bee Branch Point Remove Baptist Church 10954 Highway 336 W, Formosa
Rabbit Ridge Church of Christ 215 Rabbit Ridge Road, Bee Branch 745-4634 Red River of Life Church of God 10839 Edgemont Road, Edgemont 723-8109 Rupert Baptist Church 21434 Highway 16 W, Clinton 745-8593 Salem Primitive Baptist Church Gravesville Cutoff Road, Bee Branch Sand Springs Missionary Baptist Church Highway 124 E, Damascus 335-8003 Sardis Freewill Baptist 4141 Highway 124, Gravesville 335-8027 Scotland Baptist Church 278 Postal Lane, Scotland 592-3787 Scotland Church of Christ 297 Scotland-Formosa Road, Scotland Scotland Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church 1476 Scotland-Formosa Road, Scotland 592-3311 Settlement Baptist Church 10277 Highway 16 E, Shirley 501-215-1595 Shady Grove Baptist Church 5448 Shady Grove Road, Shirley 723-4273 Shady Grove Chapel 4790 Highway 254 E, Dennard Shirley Church of Christ 10509 Highway 16 E, Shirley 723-8101 Shirley Community Church/First United Methodist 784 Matthew Clark Memorial Drive, Shirley 723-4387 South Side Baptist Highway 65 N, Damascus 335-7423 St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 250 Woodlawn Drive, Fairfield Bay 884-3349 St. Jude Catholic Church 3178 Hwy 65 S, Clinton 745-5716 Tabernacle of Praise 159 Boston Fern Road, Shirley 723-8280 The Gathering Ministry Outreach 80746 Highway 16 W, Rupert 745-3883 The Zoo Church 12174 Highway 65 N, Dennard 514-8535 The Power House (non-denominational) 159 Mt. Zion Road, Bee Branch, AR 253-2385 Trace Ridge Bible Church Highway 254 W at Morris Road, Chimes Walnut Grove Church 6940 Highway 95 W, Clinton 745-3445 Zion Hill Missionary Baptist ABA 29129 Highway 16 W, Jerusalem 745-4467
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The Voice of Van Buren County
December 3, 2019
December 03 . . . . . . . . . . . Jeffrey D. Appleby December 06 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Terry Cobb December 03 . . . . . . . . . . . Paula Iburg Banks December 06 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Fritts December 03 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margie Gilmore December 06 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cynthia Pulliam December 03 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Irby December 06 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ethem Roberson December 03 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelton Jones December 07 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Makinsie Cook December 03 . . . . . . . . . . Alexander Kempson December 07 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kasey Holcomb December 03 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Justin Nixon December 03 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bobbie West December 04 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Russell Danson December 04 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cassie Lopez December 04 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Danny Rimmer December 05 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Megan Adams December 05 . . . . . . . . . . . Dalayna Alexander
December 07 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Watson
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The Voice of Van Buren County
December 3, 2019
Toy Run - Bikers from Van Buren County joined others from across the state for the annual Toy Run in Conway County on Saturday. Making the trip from Alread was Ruth Bruce (right photo).
Art exhibit - Members of the North Central Arkansas Artist League have paintings hanging in the exhibit at Ozark Health Medical Center, Clinton. Artists are (back row, from left) Joyce Hartmann, Ellen Kelly, Sue Prine, Bonnie Hookman, Alecs Long, Dianne Traylor, Charlotte Rierson; (front row, from left) Donna Buercklin, Janice Taylor, Suzann Waggoner, workshop presenter Kenneth Williams, and Jane Gortney. (Photo submitted by Joyce Hartmann)
On display - Sue Prine of Fairfield Bay is among those currently exhibiting their works. The retired computer programmerâ€™s favorite subject is animals. For more information about the exhibit, contact Conference Center Director Wilba Thompson at 501-8844202.