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”.

T. J. Frachiseur, former Polk County Sheriff officer, is now with the Arkansas Highway Police. His parents are Frank and Kathy Frachiseur. He was born and raised in Wickes. His wife is ShaRae, and son, Johnnie William. T. J. spent 21 years in the National Guard. He toured in Bosnia, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been in law enforcement since October 2001. Notes were supplied by Faith Lynch. Congratulations

Mrs. Ann Williams of Gillham fell Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. She was attempting to carry in several bags of groceries when the door she was entering came back on her and she was pushed backwards. She then crawled into her house and was able to call her very good friend, Norma Roden. Norma then contacted their Pastor, Steven Chenoweth, who was at Pruett’s Food at the time. He then contacted Freda and Sidney Kyles of Gillham, all members of the Almond Church. They all arrived at the same time. Finally calling 911 when Ann’s husband had been told what had occurred, as he was out in the barn. This was Ann’s request. She fractured her leg next to her hip. As I spoke with her husband, Herb, in her hospital room at St. Michael, he stated she fell on a can and smashed it flat! She had surgery on Tuesday afternoon and she was transferred to Bear Creek in De Queen for her rehab on Thursday. She has such a perky attitude. She never once complained! In our conversation I found out that she graduated from the same high school as I did. What a small world!

Norma Roden has reported her grandson, Bo, and wife, Leigh Ann Frachiseur, of Corpus Christi, Texas will be visiting his mother, Queta and her husband, Gene Bryan, of the Kellum Community.

I checked with Chief Rosson of the Gillham Volunteer Fire Dept. The winners of the big buck contest will not be announced until the middle of the month in January. The Game and Fish personnel will do the measuring.

Thomas Leon Gore, age 72 , a resident of Gillham,  passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, in Hot Springs. He was born to Earnest Leon and Mary Elizabeth Inzer Gore on May 8, 1946, in Camden. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and worked as an operator for Weyerhaeuser Corp. He leaves his wife of over 46 years, Nessie Ann Gore of Gillham; one daughter, Heather Christene Reed and husband Billy Steens, of Mississippi, one son, Thomas Ernest Gore and wife Shawnya of  Lowell, two grandchildren, James Alexander Reed of Knoxville, Tenn. and Mikayla Leigh Reed of Columbus, Miss.; and two brothers, Larry Joe Gore and Terry Gore; two sisters, Ann Launius and Deborah Gore; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A private family service will be held at a later date. You can send an online sympathy message at

Cindy Riley of Gillham reported her mother, Wanda Haarmeyer, was in the hospital with a serious UTI infection.  We wish her well soon.

Mina Mizell is back home in Gillham after spending the last two weeks at UAMS in Little Rock with her daughter, Gena. She had a set back in her fight with cancer with an infection, but is now back in Texarkana. She was able to go to lunch at a local restaurant using a walker with her son and sister.

As of January 2019, the Gillham Library will be sporting new hours. Roger Mills, president of the library board, informed me the Gillham Library will no longer be open on Thursday.  Tuesday and Saturdays only, 9-5 both days with lunch time closer from 12 to 1. With the new hours we may move our story times to later on Saturdays and try to add some other programs we have been thinking about.

I still have some Creation Calendars if anyone wants one.  Just stop by and ask. We have our new book and DVD order in. The new John Grisham, “The Reckoning” and a new “Keto Desserts” by Carolyn Ketchum. We have the set of “Squeaky Clean Mysteries” by Christy Barritt and “The Meg DVD”.

If you have any news you would like to report call my home at 870-642-5429, leave a phone number as we do not have caller ID and I will get back with you.

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