The Gillham Block Party that was held Tuesday, June 25, at the Gillham Fire Department was enjoyed by over 220 people. 

Hatti Vance stated they have formed a Sevier County Block Party Committee that works in conjunction with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. The committee members are Joe and Hattie Vance, Lynette Gilmore, Leslie Daniels, Tonya Wolcott, Omar Gallardo and their junior member Eathan Wolcott, who had 4-H join him in hopes of reaching out to the youth. 

Hot dog buns were donated by the Sara Lee Bread Co.; hot dogs by Tyson’s; water by De Queen First Assembly; popcorn and snow cones by First Baptist De Queen, and Little Debbie’s by Little Debbie Co. 

The Little Debbie eating contest was most entertaining! Skyler Pannell won the youth round by eating four out of eight Little Debbie chocolate cup cakes in a two minute period. 

The adult winner was Chet Stubbs, eating eight Little Debbie sweet rolls. He had plenty of competition with Sydney Kyles, Arby Ray, Marc Rosson of Gillham and several others eating seven. It was all in good fun! 

There were about ten tables set up with JerriAnn Kelly Ybarra manning the Gillham Fire Department table, Gerri Harold with the Methodist Church of Gillham, Dianne Rosson with Sevier County 4-H Club, Judy Van Hamilton with Arkansas Homemakers Extension Council, Joe and Hattie Vance with First Baptist Church of De Queen and De Queen First Assembly Church, Sharon Snow and Shy with Got Times Ministries of Lockesburg and Sydney and Freda Kyles with Almond Church of Gillham. 

Each table had something free to offer with handouts or candy. The bouncy house was a huge success along with the fire hose spray down. 

Back on Tuesday, June 18, 16-year-old Marcus Rosson won first place in the Reel In Sports Fishing at the Ouachita District O’rama at Lake Hamilton. Marcus won a fishing pole donated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. He will continue on to the state competition at Fayetteville in July. 

Marcus is the son of Marc and Dianne Rosson of Gillham. Way to go Marcus!

The annual Gillham High School reunion, held this past Saturday, June 29, started off with a few tense moments after the electrical rain storm that blew through early that morning resulted in the power going off due to a lighting strike. 

Power was finally restored around 9:30 a.m. It did not dampen any of the former classmates’ enthusiasm. There were around 85 to 90 classmates and friends who attended. 

Lunch was served at noon with fried catfish, beans, coleslaw, hush puppies, french fries and cookies for dessert. It was excellent. A cakewalk took place in the ‘80s room with the Doobie Brother’s music, provided by Hank Kitchens and Janet Walker. Several young people, as well as Gillham Library patrons, got in on the action! 

Cindy Bright won the beautiful quilt made and donated by Sharon Chenoweth Rightmire. She works with Hank Kitchens, husband of President Reva Kitchens, at the Fulton Power Plant. 

Hank stated they call her Cowboy! Everyone enjoyed visiting and looking into all the rooms that had been decorated with each year of a class that graduated. 

The year 1969 was honored this reunion. The Gillham High School Alumni board members are: Reva Kitchens, Dorothy Sullivan, Noel Bard, Betty Driver and Janet Walker. 

Sunday, June 23, Kaci Helms, our Gillham postmaster, told me her family drove to the Mt. Fork River for a swim. She said they always take their goggles to hunt for treasures that people lose when they flip their kayaks. 

Her husband, Eric, and son, Eachan, each found a cell phone. When they returned home, they charged up the phones and found out they were locked. Her husband, Eric, took photos to post to Facebook to see if they could find the owners. 

One phone began to ring, showing a number, which they called right back. They were able to reach the owner through this contact. 

The second phone had a text message pop up stating: “If you find this phone please contact this number” They called the number and the lady was so happy the Helms family found her phone, as she had only had it for a few months and was devastated she had lost it! They took down both addresses and returned the phones to the owners. 

One was mailed to McKinney, Texas and the other to Troup, Texas. The lady from Troup wants to send Eachan a personalized gift for being honest and returning her phone. Since the Facebook post, Eric has received about eight requests from people who wish to have him find their phones. They gave detailed directions of where they flipped and lost them. 

Eric knows the river well enough to locate the places that were described. Guess where the Helms family is headed to do more treasure hunting? Good luck guys! 

The Wickes City Hall has confirmed there will be a Fourth of July celebration this Thursday at the Wickes Elementary School. Food will be served at 7 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at dark! Everyone is invited!

The 130th annual Vandervoort Fourth of July Celebration will be held at the Vandervoort picnic grounds July 4-6. For more information you can contact Loretta Johnston at 479-322-8054.

The Gillham Library will have a story time and craft day on Saturday, July 6, in honor of July 4 at 2 p.m. Come join us! For more information call 870-386-5665.

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