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County Extension Agent-Agriculture Boone County, Mike Clintock spoke to the adult and student Leadership Classes on Tuesday, March 7, as the classes visited different agriculture operations around the community. The Arkansas Extension Service is a part of the University of Arkansas.
Flu activity level stays at minimal
Influenza-related deaths reported to the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) this flu season have reached 149 (PCR confirmed flu deaths at 62), according to the department's latest report. It was noted that of those deaths, 75.7% of those persons were not vaccinated against the virus. There were no PCR confirmed flu deaths for Week 11.
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Pioneer Wilderness Bike Trail to open
The Pioneer Wilderness Bike Trail will open with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 29.
LEPC continues talk about eclipse
The Newton County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) met on Monday, March 13, and continued to talk about next year's total eclipse. It is focusing on the county's coordinated efforts being made to prepare for it.
Legislators respond to LEARNS Act at forum
The Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a legislative forum on Tuesday, March 21, at the Signature Bank Tower Community Room where Arkansas state Senator Bryan King (District 28), and state Representatives, Harlan Breaux (District 6), and Ron McNair (District 5) attended to answer questions from the public.
Leadslingers shooting for uniforms
The Harrison Goblin Leadslingers are already working hard getting ready for regional and state tournaments, but currently do not have team uniforms or complete funding for the supplies they need to practice properly. The 54-member team consist of students ranging from fifth through 12th grades. The goal is to teach them gun safety, confidence, teamwork, sportsmanship, school and community pride.
Deer/Mt. Judea rehires staffs
DEER — The Deer/Mt. Judea School District Board of Education hired certified and classified staffs for the 2023-24 school year when it met in regular session Monday night, March 13.
The 2022-2023 Boone County Leadership Institute wrapped up their eight-month program and received certificates of completion during the Harrison Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Luncheon on March 14. The Adult and Youth Leadership Classes were presented by Kinetic by Windstream.
USA Mortgage sponsored the March lunch for the Harrison District Board of Realtors. Pictured are Jason Canady, HDBR president elect (from left); Tammy Satterwhite, HDBR secretary treasurer; Courtney …
This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $1,500 scholarship to a graduate of Harrison High School. Shelter Agent Joan Bell sponsors and partially funds this scholarship.
The Be Pro Be Proud mobile classroom will be in the area for three days. North Arkansas College, Dean of Workforce Development, Dr. David Mason said, “Be Pro Be Proud is a workforce development initiative introducing America’s students to technical careers through virtual reality experiences.”
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Gonzaga's Drew Timme ends storied career in loss to UConn
Gonzaga's Drew Timme gained fame for his masterful inside moves and world-class mustache, and he put together perhaps the finest college career in recent memory. He was a throwback for his crafty …
Nuggets beat Bucks 129-106 in clash of conference leaders
Nikola Jokic had 31 points and 11 assists, Jamal Murray finished with 26 points and nine assists, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 129-106 in a matchup of the NBA's conference leaders. …
UConn routs Gonzaga 82-54 for first Final Four in 9 years
Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points and UConn overwhelmed its fourth straight NCAA Tournament opponent, earning its first trip to the Final Four in nine years with an 82-54 blowout of Gonzaga. The …

CBCO to give tickets to attractions to donors April 4

Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), the sole supplier of blood, platelets, and plasma to patients at 44 area healthcare facilities, is partnering with three area attractions to help boost the region’s blood supply.

Individual Artist Fellowship applications open until April 14

The Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Division of Arkansas Heritage, is accepting artistic submissions from Arkansans 21 years old or older to apply for Individual Fellowship Grants.

Harrison PTA Council Founder’s Day Banquet recognizes students, volunteers

The Harrison PTA Council held the yearly Founder’s Day Banquet was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Fellowship Bible Church. Students, parents and staff members gathered to acknowledge and appreciate outstanding the work of PTA volunteers and winners of the Reflections Program.

Barbara Bailey celebrates 80

Barbara Bailey of Harrison will celebrate her 80th birthday Wednesday, April 5. A card shower will be held to honor and appreciate her. Cards, well-wishes, letters and blessings can be sent to 577 Blackwood Drive, Harrison, AR 72601.

News from Lead Hill

A Spring Fling Craft Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Diamond City Community Center. Tables are $10, and can be reserved by messaging or calling Jan Hurtt at 870-371-0040.

News from Batavia

Pastor Nasir Siddiki from Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be holding a three night revival at Restoration Life Fellowship beginning Sunday, March 26 and going through March 28. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the service. Sunday morning services begin a 9:45 a.m. Brother Siddiki will preach at 11a.m. The evening services will begin at 7 p.m. Carl and I made a trip to Springfield last Saturday. We did most of our shopping at the Sam’s Club. Lunch was at Cheddar’s. Since I retired from work at FedEx, Carl has retired from going out to eat except for special occasions so the Cheddar’s meal was a treat.

News from Yocum

Today Miss Spring is supposed to be here tonight at 4:35 p.m. tonight, March 20. Sure hope it is true, this cold one day and hot another is for the birds.

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Being different isn’t easy, especially for kids. Logan Slaughter is very familiar with the difficulties faced by kids with autism and advocates for inclusion.
The Marion County Procedures Committee will be held at 5 p.m.  Tuesday, March 28,  at the Annex.  The agenda will include a procedure for placing raises into the hands of department …
The Friends of the Library Boone County will host a Spring Book Sale Thursday, April 27, through Saturday, April 29.
Being different isn’t easy, especially for kids. Logan Slaughter is very familiar with the difficulties faced by kids with autism and advocates for inclusion. Logan will be hosting the …

Foresters for the Future Scholarship Applications open

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division and the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) are pleased to announce that applications for the Foresters for the Future scholarship are now being accepted. The scholarship will provide $4,000 per semester, for four years, to an incoming freshman pursuing a forestry degree at UAM’s College of Forestry, Agriculture, and Natural Resources.

John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series welcomes Rex Nelson

Rex Nelson, one of the most high-profile writers and speakers in the state will be featured Thursday, March 30, at North Arkansas College in the John Paul Hammerschmidt Lecture Series. The Lecture will be open to the public free of charge and will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the John Paul Hammerschmidt Conference Room on the South campus.

‘Who was George Washington Carver?’

As we continue our focus on people who made a difference in agriculture, another book was recommended and this one was about George Washington Carver. I read his story as a young child, but had forgotten what an important scientist and inventor he was to agriculture.

News from Lead Hill

Happy anniversary to Bill and Phyllis Nay, Nov. 15.  Happy birthday to Barbara Heuer Nov. 18. Congratulations to Presley Lemon and Jayce Williams for being awarded Tiger of the Month …

News from Yocum

The week-end was wild one. It was a good call by having the Carroll County Super Bowl Thursday night and not Friday night. We went to Harrison Friday. There were gray clouds in the sky, it never …

News from Capps

Greetings from Capps. It was quite a downpour last Friday night, over 2 inches in just over 2 hours of hard rain. We got about 2.5 inches total, thankfully no damaging winds or hail. I haven't heard …

News from Batavia

Carl and I attended the Ramsey Reunion last Saturday. We really enjoyed visiting with the relatives we seldom see. One gentleman was there that had the last name of Ramsey but was not related to our …

News from Yocum

Another pretty Monday morning and the sky is a bright red and 66 degrees and it was a pretty day to drink your coffee out on the front porch. Lots of change after that 20 degree temperature. We …

News from Batavia

Carl and I went to Silver Dollar City one day this week. The weather was a little cool but still comfortable. As a reminder for the Ramsey clan, Irene Moore is planning a Ramsey reunion Nov. 5, …