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For many veterans, July 4th brings with it confusing emotions ranging from immense pride to silent rage. Celebrating our freedoms is certainly a worthy endeavor but too often, lost amid the cookouts, parades and fireworks, is appreciating the price of our precious and fragile independence paid for by the extreme sacrifices made by generations of American warriors. For some of these warriors, this day brings to the surface distressing memories of buddies lost and rekindles the heavy burden of survivor’s guilt. For others with PTSD, the loud booms and smells of smoke and sulfur triggers flashbacks that take their minds to ugly places. Think about how your dogs and cats freakout at the sudden sounds of fireworks exploding. This is why, as night approaches on the 4th of July, you will find many veterans alone in a room with all the doors and windows closed ready to dive for cover. more
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. more
Members from the Harrison Colony of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented a flag certificate to Johnson Manufacturing in Harrison. The certificate of award was presented for the proper use, correct display and patriotic presentation of their United States flag. more
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. more
Many of your neighbors are remarkable people giving generously their time, their expertise and their hearts to help complete strangers. These Americans appreciate the opportunities they have been given and want to give something back. Their only compensation is the knowledge that they are helping to make their little corner of the world a better place. more
AUSTIN, Tex.—Thousands of members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America gathered in Austin, Texas for the BPO Elks National Convention. During the convention, Michael A. Gwatney, of Harrison, was installed as District Deputy for the BPO Elks for lodges in the East District of the Arkansas State Elks Association and will serve a one-year term. more
On Wednesday, June 26, Members of the Northwest Regional Housing Authority held their Establishing Roots Through Homeownership event. more
You might have heard that for members of our military, adjusting back to civilian life can be difficult. Every veteran’s military experience is different, so the challenges of fitting back into society range from quick, minor tweaks to a lifetime struggle. The same holds true for their families and friends who wait impatiently to welcome their veteran home, only to find a stranger at their door. The hugs seem less, the conversations strained, and their smiles forced. more
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. more
Faye Carter and Martha Horton welcomed the members of the Extension Homemakers Clubs and the Extension Get Fit groups to the Summer Celebration on June 14, at 9:30 a.m. The room was decorated with balloons and flowers in a “Walking on Sunshine” theme. more
Dorothy Dinnean opened the regular meeting of the Grubb Springs Extension Homemakers Club at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20. more
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. more
The Twentieth Century Club met June 6, 2024, at the First United Methodist Church with Vicki Hinrichs, Katie Holt, Chris Royston, and Paula Ragan providing the set-up of the picnic lunch from Neighbor’s Mill. Genie Moffett was acknowledged for decorating the tables with wildflower bouquets. more
The Harrison Art League is seeking entries for their upcoming art show titled “Small Works on Paper” to be exhibited in the upper mezzanine display area of the Boone County Library in Harrison throughout the month of July. The art pieces must be created on paper and can be done in any medium of the artist's choice. The art should not be larger than 16” by 20”.   more
During the recent 80th anniversary of D-Day, I watched a reporter interviewing a World War II veteran. At 97 years old, he is one of the youngest remaining WWII veterans as he was so anxious to enter the fight that he lied about his age and joined the Navy at 16. When asked if he thought kids today would do the same, he said no explaining that most kids don’t seem to understand much about patriotism or serving their nation these days. He added that lately, when he looks around at what’s going on, he feels like a foreigner in his own country. more
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. more
The Newton County Christian Food Room will hold a fundraiser Saturday, June 15, on the courthouse square in Jasper. As always the food room is in need of food and cash donations to serve those who are underserved in the community. The Bowers family will be singing at the bandstand. There will also be a silent auction. A picnic meal including hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips, dessert and drink, will be served from noon - 4 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair. more
The Searcy County Historical Society will meet Friday, June 28, at 7:00 pm, in the First Christian Church.  The program will be given by Renee Rushing Carr who hosted the Stone County display at the 2024 Ancestor Fair. more
The Batavia Friendship Club met at the Batavia Baptist Church on June 3. There were 16 ladies present . more
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