Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The Gillham Volunteer Fire Department’s 4th Annual KID’S DAY was all about how to escape from a house fire and what to do after you are out and safe!
In 2018, there were 161 Amber Alerts issued nationwide. Five of those originated here in Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK – Reading helps children avoid the “summer slide,” when lazy days can make them forget what they’ve learned over the previous year.
LITTLE ROCK – Today I’d like to share some thoughts about Winthrop Rockefeller, one of Arkansas’s great governors, and about the building we have named in his honor.
Monday, July 08, 2019
The Gillham Block Party that was held Tuesday, June 25, at the Gillham Fire Department was enjoyed by over 220 people.
Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks. As this is a popular time of the year for Arkansans to enjoy the waterways, we wanted to highlight boating safety in the state.
LITTLE ROCK – State officials announced that school nurses will be provided with kits containing naloxone nasal spray, which helps keep alive people alive when they have overdosed on painkillers known as opioids.
There were no emergencies reported in the Cliffs this week. Everyone seems to be up and about taking care of each other. I saw Chrissy and Jason Spigner out on a mission this week, and getting in a healthy walk.
Monday, July 01, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature updated Arkansas school choice laws when it approved Act 754 of 2019 earlier this year.
The Gillham High School Alumni are preparing for their end of the month reunion on Saturday, June 29. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a lunch served for $10 a plate, a cake walk and the quilt raffle. You can see a photo of the quilt on Reva Kitchen’s Facebook page.
From guided hikes to kayak outings, there are over 50,000 family friendly programs available at our Arkansas State Parks. If you are still looking for a summer getaway, consider the options in our own backyard.
Monday, June 24, 2019
Happy belated Father’s Day to all fathers. I hope you all had a great day on Sunday and that your sons and daughters showed you great tribute. I hope that you are all inspired to be there for your families, especially your boys. My heart’s desire is that they will grow up with confidence, kn…
Brenda Blackmon of Grannis approached me about writing a local human-interest story. Last Sunday being Father’s Day, the following article fit right in.
There are now more than 460,000 students enrolled in Arkansas public schools. And an additional 18,000 attend an open enrollment charter school.
LITTLE ROCK – Flooding has caused more than $100 million in damage to infrastructure in Arkansas, according to the governor’s request for federal relief.
Monday, June 17, 2019
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission distributes funds to seven public health programs. According to an independent evaluation, they’re meeting an overwhelming majority of their goals.
The Karen Whisenhunt Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction Benefit held Saturday, June 8, raised around $7,800. It was reported over 100 dinners were purchased and over 60 people stayed for the auction! There were so many items donated for auction, I could not begin to count them. The crowd was …
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 4 of adults in the United States have some type of disability. In Arkansas, that number climbs to 1 in 3.
Monday, June 03, 2019
There were no emergencies in the Cliffs this week. As a matter of fact, I found it to be very quiet considering it was the Memorial Day weekend. Everyone went to church Sunday as usual, but me. The church is something that I am missing a lot since I had my surgery. I am now back in therapy a…
LITTLE ROCK – The rate of maternal mortality in Arkansas is above the national average, so earlier this year the legislature created a review committee to develop new strategies for preventing women from dying during childbirth.
It is estimated that less than 15 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-priced school lunches in Arkansas are getting the same high-quality meals in the summer. Children shouldn’t go hungry just because school is out.
At the De Queen Library, Our Summer Reading Programs a “Universe of Stories”, mandated by the Arkansas State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program, will begin at 10 a.m. on:
Monday, May 27, 2019
In Arkansas, 41 percent of the population live in rural counties. In contrast, only 14 percent of the United States population as a whole live in non-metropolitan counties. Our state is a very rural one, so when we work to expand our economy we must always recognize the challenges that our r…
JerriAnn Kelley Ybarra reported the Gillham Volunteer Fire Department 2019 Annual Fundraiser, BBQ dinner, raised around $3,500 this past Saturday, May 18. About 40 people stayed for the auction. Many more dropped in for take-out plates. Many stated the pork was outstanding. The desserts off…
LITTLE ROCK – The goal of the new Arkansas State Broadband Plan, announced by the governor, is to make high-speed Internet access available to all communities of more than 500 people by the year 2022.
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Gillham Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fundraiser BBQ Dinner will be held Saturday, May 18. The meal will be by donation: pork, chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, and beans. Live music will be by the band Harmony. The meal begins at 4 p.m. and the auction at 5:30 p.m.
The month of May is designated as Military Appreciation Month.
LITTLE ROCK – The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has already begun to make sweeping changes in how the state treats juvenile offenders.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Brody Smith of Wickes, on April 17, received a silver and turquoise buckle while in Los Lunas, N.M. competing in a Cowboy Protection Match. Brody stated it was one of the sharpest protections matches he has ever witnessed with a ton of talent all the way around. Brody and his partner, Bryce …
We had a beautiful Easter weekend. The weather was nice and the church sanctuary at Piggee Memorial Baptist Church, Graves Chapel, was full. The atmosphere was one of expectation and praise to Jesus for His wonderful gift. The choir sang with enthusiasm as the hallelujahs rose from the congr…
Monday, April 15, 2019
The state budget is guided by the Revenue Stabilization Act (RSA) which is typically one of the last items passed every session.
LITTLE ROCK – The Correction Department will keep secret any records about lethal injection and carrying out the death penalty, under a bill that exempts those records from the state Freedom of Information Act.
This week was a busy week in the Cliffs and neighboring communities. The Roland Piggee Church had regular church service, which was well attended. Bible class was held Monday night. We never get enough time together around the Word. That is our strength for the day. It also helps to cope wit…
Thursday, April 04, 2019
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week “Libraries Lead” is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate. During this week on April 9 i…
LITTLE ROCK – The Senate voted to refer to Arkansas voters a term limits amendment that would restrict future legislators to 12-year terms.
Legislation passing the House this week addressed everything from robocalls to property taxes.
LITTLE ROCK – On Thursday, we received news that a district judge in Washington, D.C., had struck down the work requirement in Arkansas Works Medicaid Program.
Friday, March 01, 2019
Close to 200 bills have been signed into law as we close the 6th week of the 2019 Regular Session.
There were no emergencies reported in White Cliffs, Graves Chapel or Paraloma this week. Everything was quiet except for a few thunderstorms with quite a bit of rain. I hope I am not the only one who observed all this weather, because sometimes my neighbors don’t hear a thing, especially if …
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature approved and the governor signed two of the high-profile bills of this year’s session.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
March 2 is Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’s birthday and celebrations are being held on March 1. As always we have a wide variety of books to read to children. Bring your children to the library and read them a good book.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
There were no emergencies in the Cliffs that were reported to me this week. Everyone is on the mend or just taking care of themselves as well as they can. I guess that applies to me as well. I had a clinic appointment on Wednesday at Howard Memorial Hospital where I got my mammogram and bone…
The State of the Union address is an important message delivered by the president that serves as a reminder of what we’ve achieved, the challenges we currently face and what remains to be accomplished to ensure future Americans will enjoy the same peace and prosperity we do today.
LITTLE ROCK – The legislature advanced a series of tax cuts, including the signature bill of this year’s session, to lower personal income taxes by about $97 million a year.
This week, the House voted to raise teacher salaries, increase a tax credit, and increase fines for distracted driving in school zones.
LITTLE ROCK – The 92nd General Assembly has been in session for four weeks, and legislators have sent more than 40 bills for me to sign.
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The Wickes City Council meets every third Monday at 6:30 p.m., which will be Feb. 18. The office is located 132 US-278 just off Hwy. 71N in Wickes. It is located in the old Wickes school house, built in 1911 and closed sometime in 1940s and moved to the big white building which is no longer …
Happy Valentine’s Day!! We hope you all have a sweet day.
LITTLE ROCK – I announced the details of my 5.9 Tax Cut at a news conference this week, and a few hours later, Senator Jonathan Dismang filed Senate Bill 211, the first step in making the tax cut law. Representative Joe Jett is the lead sponsor on the House side.