RAINBOW OF CHALLENGES TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL ROC-FEST ON MAY 25 / CARNIVAL TO FEATURE BOUNCE HOUSES , GAMES, PRIZES, FOOD, AND FUN
HOPE, AR. – Rainbow of Challenges will host their fourth annual ROC-FEST Carnival on Wednesday, May 25 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Children ages 12 and under are invited to attend this special event which will be located at the Hope High School track field.
The carnival will feature food, games, prizes, numerous fun houses, and other activities just for kids celebrating the end of the school year.
Armbands for the fun houses are only $5 and tickets for all other games are 25-cents.
All proceeds from ROC-FEST will be used to enhance ROC therapy and programming services for children & adults with developmental disabilities.
Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. administers a wide array of services for persons who have developmental disabilities in Southwest Arkansas. Emphasis is placed on services that help each person achieve the highest degree of personal independence. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. is committed to implementing a safer, healthier, happier, and more independent lifestyle for individuals having special needs.
For more information, please contact Rainbow of Challenges at 870-777-4501.
*Rainbow of Challenges is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The public is invited to a dinner and auction May 6 in Arkadelphia to raise money for the Troy Buck Family Scholarship endowment. The endowment will provide annual scholarships for students studying agriculture at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia. Sponsors, which include Arkansas Farm Bureau, Clark County Farm Bureau and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, hope to raise $25,000 for the endowment this year.
The buffet dinner, along with a live and silent auction, will be held at the Arkadelphia Recreation Center at 2555 Twin Rivers Drive in Arkadelphia. Individual tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at the Clark County Farm Bureau office, 2702 Caddo St., Arkadelphia; Farm Credit of Western Arkansas, 2858 Walnut Street, Arkadelphia; Farm and Ranch feed, 525 N. 1st St., Glenwood; Centerpoint High School, 755 Highway 8 East, Amity; Chambers Bank, 111 W. Thompson, Amity; and Farm Credit, 1722 E. 3rd St., Hope. Corporate sponsorships also are available.
The scholarship honors the Troy Buck family of Alpine. Buck is a long-time vocational agriculture teacher in Arkansas and member of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame. Buck was recently recognized by Farm Credit as one of 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better.
Since 1961, Mr. Buck has guided vocational agriculture programs in Hope and Amity and for the consolidated Centerpoint School District. He has helped shape the futures of thousands of students, including mentoring state FFA officers and numerous state competition winners.
One of his most significant achievements was the completion of the student-run Centerpoint High School meat processing lab and school farm, which are considered among the jewels in Arkansas agricultural education. In 2000, Centerpoint's vocational-agricultural program was named the Outstanding Ag Program in America.
Honored three times as the state Agriculture Teacher of the Year, Buck also was awarded the Pioneer Award by the Arkansas Department of Vocational Education in 1982. In 1992, under Buck’s guidance, the Amity FFA won the national Building our American Communities award for restoring the old school building and turning it into the Alpine Community Center.
Troy serves as a member of the board of directors for Arkansas Farm Bureau and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas. In 2004, he was awarded the Dan Pilkinton Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education by the Arkansas School Boards Association.
For additional information, contact Justin Reynolds at 501-228-1217 email@example.com....
Workers at the Hempstead County Library were surprised when a large part of a tree hit the building about 11:15am today (Wednesday May 4th). The tree didn't appear to cause any structural damage but did damage the façade. Judge Haskell Morse says the County may have to hire a contractor to remove the tree. There were no injuries.
Destiny Collins has been located, she is safe, and Hempstead County Deputies are enroute to pick her up.
The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday May 3rd for the Hope Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market will be open each Tuesday from 7am until 11am at Third and Elm. There were lots of folks out for the event and lots more produce available than last year.
The 29th Annual Blevins Community Area-Wide Benefit Barbecue for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital is scheduled for Saturday May 7, 2016, at the Blevins High School Cafeteria. Serving time will start at 4:00 p.m. with carry outs available.
Our benefit was started because of the number of children from this area that were patients in the Children’s Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hinton and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Bonds each had a granddaughter that had used the hospital and they wanted to do something to express their appreciation for the way the hospital not only treated the patients, but how they cared for the parents and families of the children that were in the hospital. They contacted several in the community and we had the 1st benefit and raised $5,000. The community all agreed that this is a great cause and decided to continue to have the event the first Saturday in May. We have raised over $270,000 over the past 28 years for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
We are one of the oldest contributors to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital for an area of our size that the hospital has.
This year a special thanks to Mrs. Wilma England for donating a beautiful handmade quilt that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You do not have to be present to win.
Also this year, we have a new Henry Lever Action 22 Rifle that we will be raffling. The tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. We want to thank Townsend’s Outdoors for helping us with the gun. You do not have to be present to win.
Mr. Jimmy Bonds has made an Arkansas Razorback that is 5 ft. 3 in. long and 3 ft. 1 in. tall. The snout opens to a standard size mailbox that can be mounted on a 4x4 post for a mailbox or either a yard decoration. The tickets are $5.00 each. You do not have to be present to win.
This year’s entertainment will feature Randy McKinnon and The Bear Creek Boys. Randy and The Bear Creek Boys have been with us the past 27 years.
At 7:00 p.m. we will have a Cake Auction. We have some of the best cooks in the area. So we urge everyone to bring their best desserts or what they want to donate to the auction to come and enjoy.
This year’s benefit will consist of Barbecue Beef, Pork, Chicken, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Roll, Dessert and Drink. The cost will be $5.00 for Adults and $2.50 for Children 12 and under. We have kept the price the same since we have started because this gives everyone an opportunity to come out and enjoy a good clean family gathering. The reason we can keep it the same price is because all the area Churches each donate money and the area Business donate money to help fund this event. Everything that is raised that night goes directly to Arkansas Children’s Hospital because of the great community support. The area Churches each take time to come and serve during the benefit and provide the desserts and drinks. The best part of all is that we don’t stop our boundaries just in Blevins. We reach out to all the communities in Hempstead, Howard, Nevada, Pike and adjoining communities. We want everyone that has had a child, grandchild or a family member that has been in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital to come and enjoy this event.
If anyone were to get severely burned, then they would be at the Children’s Hospital because they are the Burn Unit for Arkansas.
This year’s benefit will be in Honor of Miss Kaden Peebles who has been a cancer patient at the Children’s Hospital for the past year. She will also give a speech on what the hospital has meant to her and her family. Mrs. Sherri Ford and her daughter Miss Kenzie Ford who is the Children’s Hospital Ambassador will be representing the hospital.
Our motto is that if the money we raise that night can save just one’s child’s life, then all the work that goes into this event is well worth the effort. We urge everyone to come out and enjoy this wonderful event and help the Children’s Hospital.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE BENEFIT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE ARKANSAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Blevins Student Places in Contest
Arkansas Farm Bureau has announced the winners of its annual safety poster contest. It coincided with Ag Safety Awareness Week March 6 - 12, and was designed to increase awareness of potential hazards on farms and ranches. The posters depicted this year’s theme, “Caution: Safety is No Accident.”
Fourth-grader Aniyah Muresan of Blevins Elementary won second place in the 3rd-4th Grade division.. Aniyah is the daughter of Ruben and Monique Muresan.
The contest attracted 42 entries from elementary schools in 20 counties. Cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 are awarded to the top three winners in each category....special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest...
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, 148 officials in 71 counties have declared May as Historic Preservation Month and Arkansas Heritage Month, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced Tuesday.
This includes Hempstead County Judge Haskell Morse...Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver...Howard County Judge Kevin Smith...Clark County Judge Ron Daniell...Lafayette County Judge Mike Rowe...Columbia County Judge Larry Atkinson...Ashdown Mayor James Sutton...Murfreesboro Mayor Rodney Fagan...Lockesburg Mayor Danny Ruth...Stamps Mayor David Ray Bright and Texarkana Mayor Ruth Penny-Bell.
“As we enjoy these month-long celebrations of our Arkansas heritage, as well as the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, we hope all of the people of Arkansas will take time to reflect on the importance of their local historic sites, especially those listed on the National Register of Historic Places,” Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst said. (A searchable database of Arkansas’s National Register properties can be found athttp://www.arkansaspreservation.com/historic-properties/national-register/search.aspx.)
The proclamations from the officials note that historic preservation is an effective tool for managing growth, revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability; and that historic preservation is relevant for communities across the nation, both urban and rural, and for Americans of all ages, walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.
The officials declare that it is important to celebrate the role of history in our lives and the contributions made by dedicated individuals in helping preserve the tangible aspects of the heritage that shaped us as a people and that 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. Noting that "This Place Matters! " is the theme for National Preservation Month 2016 and “ARKANSAS ARTS: CELEBRATING OUR CREATIVE CULTURE” is the theme for Arkansas Heritage Month, cosponsored by Greene County, Paragould, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the 148 county judges and mayors proclaimed May as National Historic Preservation Month and called upon their constituents to join their fellow citizens across the United States in recognizing and participating in the special observance....Special thanks to Saratoga, AR Digest