Waldron School celebrated ‘Bring your Legislator to School Month’ During the 2015 Regular Session the Arkansas General Assembly passed HCR1008 making September “Bring your Legislator to School Month.” This law encourages legislators to visit schools so that they can see what new and innovative ideas educators are using in the classrooms. Waldron Public Schools was honored to have Senator Terry Rice and Representative Marcus Richmond visit the district on September 29, 2016.
The day started at Waldron Elementary with a tour of the new Learning Communities.
Student hosts, Zoe Richardson and Jake Broomfield, guided the tour around the building. Zoe enjoyed talking to Senator Rice and Representative Richmond about books and technology in the media center. Jake was excited to show the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab and all the wonderful things students are learning. Senator Rice and Representative Richmond also spoke to Ms. Leslie and Mrs. Rogers’ classes about the job of a legislator.
The Forester Herald: Forester Reunion As always, the reunion is still being talked about, written about, and relived in our hearts and minds, since Sunday two weeks ago. After waiting each year to get together the time runs out so fast we can’t see everybody and never get to talk anywhere near long enough. It seems there’s always an unexpected visit or event to really brighten someone’s day. This year a surprise visit by the couple in this photo was enjoyed by all, and especially me!! Arnold, know as “Cannonball” Ingle and daughter Donna, came from Mt. Pine. He has been there many times but it was a “first” for her. We were sure glad to see them.
Expected and Unexpected The 2016’s NBA Finals' Golden State Warriors team was expecting to win the NBA championship since they had a 3-1 lead; on the other hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers team was not expected to win the NBA championship that made NBA history because no NBA teams in the past had come back from 3 games down. Remember! History is meant to be broken in any situation.
I personally don’t believe that anyone would actually expect they would be a lottery winner, but remember! If you don’t buy a lottery ticket, you will never have a chance to win. On the other hand, if you buy a ticket and don’t win, at least the money will go toward children’s educational scholarships.
Arkansas House of Representatives This November, Arkansas voters will be asked to decide on seven ballot issues that could impact everything from election terms to the use of medical marijuana.
This week we want to direct your attention to the first three issues you will see on the ballot. These are the issues that the 90th General Assembly voted to have placed on the upcoming ballot.
The first issue is titled “An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution concerning terms, election, and eligibility of elected officials”.
First, this amendment addresses the issue of unopposed candidates. It would allow the General Assembly to pass additional legislation that would declare a candidate elected for a particular office if that candidate was the only candidate for a position after all the deadlines had passed. If no other offices or issue is on the same election ballot, then an election would not be held.
Every Second Counts for First Responders Communities throughout Arkansas and across the country are filled with unsung heroes. High at the top of that list would be the first responders and public safety community, the men and women who show up to help in times of crisis and serve their families, friends and neighbors at a moment’s notice.
I am excited to announce that I’ll be highlighting the work of first responders all over the state during my upcoming “Every Second Counts” Tour from October 24th-27th. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet with law enforcement, firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and other first responders to thank them, show them our support and discuss issues important to them. I’m eager to listen to these public servants and learn more about the issues they are facing, as well as offer ways to help.
Certainly, high up on that list is the struggle to counter the ongoing opioid epidemic that is exploding in our nation. Unfortunately, Arkansas is not immune to this problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that it’s one of 12 states with more painkiller prescriptions than people.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country. The availability of prescription painkillers is a leading factor in the increase of opioid abuse. Since 1999, opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled nationwide.
Waldron Nursing Center weekly update Due to early reports of the Flu we are asking in order to protect our residents from the Flu that visitors do not come to visit if you or any one in your house hold has the flu or been exposed to others that have it. If you have any flu like symptoms please think of our residents health and call to check on your loved one instead of visiting. You may call the nursing center at any given hour or day to check on your loved one. We also have a portable phone that can be taken to the room if necessary for you to talk with them direct. We are also asking that you use the hand sanitizer that is located in the front lobby as you enter or leave the building. Mask are also provided in this same area if you need one.
Chili Supper at Parks Senior Citizens Center Everyone is invited to attend the chili supper at the historic Parks Senior Citizens Center on Friday, October 21st at 6 p.m. There is no charge for the supper, but donations will be accepted. We'll have chili with all the trimmings, desserts, and drinks. There will be door prizes and a silent auction.
Opened in September of 1940, the Parks School has been a showplace in the community. For seventy-six years, the school has been a reminder of happy times and special events in Parks. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Parks School is truly a treasure.
Scott County Fair Board receives grant The Scott County Fair Board recently received $1584.70 from the Arkansas County Fair Building Grant Program. According to Scott County Fair Board member Kassie Anschutz, the funding received is matched-funding which means the Board had to match the dollar amount which was received.
Each year, county fair and rodeo organizations are able to apply for a General Improvement Fund (GIF) for rural community development. Since the county fair is an integral part of life in rural Arkansas, local fair boards and associations are in need of additional funding to stay viable. The County Fair Building Program has been established to help meet some of these monetary needs. Fair associations located in counties with a population of 55,000 or less are eligible to apply for up to $4,000 per year under the program. Communities must provide 50% of the cost of the project as match to qualify for the grant and all counties/county fair associations are encouraged to apply.
Two issues struck from November ballot Two issues were struck from the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot after the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 13, 2016 that votes for or against Issue 4 and Issue 5 will not be counted. The court ruling came after many counties printed paper and absentee ballots. This means the issue may still appear on your ballot, but know that the issue has been struck and votes on this issue will not be tallied.
B&PW week proclaimed in Waldron To honor the contributions of working women, the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation celebrates National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW) every third week in October. The celebration NBWW has helped to promote leadership roles for women and to increase opportunities for their advancement professionally and personally.
National Business Women’s Week® provides an opportunity to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities.