COLUMN: Big Buck Contest held

Gillham Volunteer Fire Department members held their scoring for the Big Buck Contest Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. Winners were as follows: Men’s division, Randy Cole of Gillham, first place with a 10 point; second place kid’s division, Mason Dean, age 11, of Lockesburg with an eight point and…

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

LITTLE ROCK –  State government will get off to a fast start in 2019, when the legislature convenes in regular session on January 14 and takes up proposals to lower income taxes and simplify the tax tables.

As you travel north on Hwy. 71 through Wickes you cannot help but see the big yellow and black backhoe tearing down the old EZ Mart. Faith Lynch committed it was built in 1967 and Trent Craig stated “another piece of history gone”.

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Monday, December 03, 2018

“How can I please you if I don’t know what you expect?” That is the salient question in many relationships. Thus, it would seem to be important for both parties to communicate requirements clearly. We should express general expectations such as being fair minded: if it’s good for the goose, …

Friday, November 23, 2018

On Friday, Nov. 9, winners of Mr. Mike’s Medal of Honor Essay Contest were announced during assembly at Cossatot River High School. The subject was 2018 Medal of Honor recipient U.S.A.F. Sgt. John A. Chapma. Winners were: Manuel E. Amador, $100 Union Bank Grand Prize, Kelci Frachiseure $50 F…

Most of us enjoy coming-of-age stories like Huckleberry Finn, Moby Dick, Catcher in the Rye, Lord Jim and especially William Faulkner’s best short story, The Bear. Alice Walker and Ruth McHenry Stuart are also masters of the genre.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

We had a rainy Sunday night in the Cliffs this week and it was still raining Monday morning. It seems like the weather is finally turning toward the early winter. Winter is one of my favorite seasons in the South. Meaning it is never as cold as the northern cities experience. I have had the …

Midterm elections are over and the mayor of Gillham, with council members are, Lester Overturf mayor, aldermen Janie Coe, Lewis Newberry, Karen Russell, Barbara Smith and Judy Smith.

Friday, November 09, 2018

I have studied the works of the great Mississippi writer, William Faulkner, in depth for a long time. One statement he made has perplexed me all along. He said there is no such thing as “was.” He explained that if “was” existed, there would be no cause for grief or sorrow. He meant that we w…

There a few updates this week from the Capitol.  Budget as hearings continue. A new revenue report was released.  We have new recommendations for funding education. And there are several important dates ahead leading to the next legislative session.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Janie Whisenhunt secretary and bookkeeper for the city of Gillham informed me the city of Gillham Park gates are now open. There is no playground equipment but the tennis courts are accessible for use. She stated the city council voted to purchased Christmas decorations for the city streets …

Monday, October 22, 2018

Several folks have noticed that the Gillham News has been absent from The De Queen Bee newspaper. I have volunteered to give it a go until Dianne Rosson decides she is able to take up her journalist skills again.

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny day and to the sound of a lawnmower humming in my front yard. In a few minutes I could smell the odor of fresh cut grass. I knew it would have to be my brother-in-law who faithfully keeps my yard looking great, for which I am grateful. I got up and…

The wise old man came for Sunday lunch at the Tavern. He is as thin as a wafer but eats like a Sumo wrestler. He exploited the buffet with gusto. “You must have been hungry,” I observed. “I noticed that myself,” he replied with a chuckle. After lunch, we rocked on the front porch and talked …

Friday, October 12, 2018

On Oct. 16, legislators will begin meeting at the Capitol to review budget needs for the next fiscal year. Budget hearings are expected to continue through the middle of November. During that time, members will review budget requests from boards, commissions, and state agencies.

Regular readers of this column have noticed that I seldom write about political matters. But I would like to weigh in on the recent hearings because they captured the country’s attention and revealed some severely sharp differences of opinion, conviction and worldview. Also, I kept seeing “D…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Monday, October 01, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018

There were two emergencies in the Cliffs last week, but they were both solved without injuries. The emergency team was needed for one and the deputy sheriff was needed for the second one. We are fortunate enough to have both services in the area that are able to respond. That is a great reli…

During my time in graduate school at Auburn University, an entomologist and his wife lived in the apartment next door to my wife and me. The bug man and I became car-washing buddies one Sunday afternoon. We developed a friendship and remained close buddies throughout grad school and afterwar…

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Friday, September 07, 2018

Sevier County and the City of De Queen received several questions about the CodeRED mass notification system and why it did not send a message when it was expected.

Don’t you just love those rare instances in which what seems to be a curse turns out to be a blessing? I have only had a few of those in my life. One of them happened at Auburn University half a century ago.

Arkansas has a great deal to celebrate this Labor Day.  Our unemployment level now stands at 3.7 percent.  The national level is 3.9 percent. The state’s unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent since March of this year.

Thursday, August 30, 2018