Waldron Nursing Center residents enjoy autumn activities Our Queen Freda Carter had a wonderful time at the District II Queen Pageant and what a beautiful place Bell Park Community room is for having groups such as ours. There were nine beautiful Queens competing for the District II Queen Pageant along with our Queen Freda. There was Alice Buckley from Methodist, Dorothy Dinkins from Fianna Hills, both Fort Smith homes, Marie Goddard from Pink Bud- Greenwood, Rosemary Looney from Greenhurst,Charleston, Jerri Mathis Covington Court-Fort Smith, Peggy Parks-Crawford County-Van Buren, Ruby Richardson-Ashton Place, Barling, and Mary Jane York from Chapel Ridge-Fort Smith. Ruby Richardson of Ashton Place won 1st runner up and Alice Buckley from Methodist nursing home was crowned Queen by Miss 2015 UAFS Joni Fields and she will go on to compete in the State pageant held in November in Little Rock. Although our Queen Freda didn’t bring home the District II crown she will remain our Queen for Waldron Nursing Center until this time next year and she certainly did us proud at the pageant with her answers to the questions that she was asked. She really looked beautiful as she made her walk down the runway escorted by her son Dan Carter as she was cheered on by Vickie Carter, Billie Strozier and myself along with others in the crowd that was attending. That is one thing about the Nursing Home Queen Pageant everyone is cheered for by whoever is attending. They are all Queens to us and if you have never been to a Pageant you just don’t know what you have missed. There are three independent judges that decide who will win by using a score board rating of different things. These judges do not know any of the queens that are participating or connected to any of the homes in any way. Each Queen was presented with a bouquet of real red roses and a trophy. The winning Queen received a larger bouquet of red roses along with a taller trophy and a gift certificate.
Results for Team Barnett 5k The Team Barnett 5K was held on Saturday, October 1 at Waldron. Participants from the event are listed below in the order they crossed the finish line. Overall winners include Janie Hawthorne, Overall Walker; Alex Her, Overall Male Winner; Ruthie Reyman, Overall Female Winner. Pictured belowe is the Waldron Cross Country team.
ASBTDC to host Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map workshops to help small businesses succeed on the web The Arkansas Tech Small Business and Technology Development Center is helping small businesses grow their online presence with “Put Your Business on the Map with Google” workshops, which feature a hands-on lesson about Google business listings and maps.
A workshop is coming to the Waldron City Hall on Oct. 29 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Additional workshops are scheduled throughout October for Fort Smith, Morrilton, Dardanelle, and Paris.
Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map is part of Google’s Get Your Business Online program and aims to bring community members, business owners, and civic leaders together to help small businesses succeed on the web.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this nationwide campaign to help small businesses become more visible online,” says Ronda Hawkins, training specialist and business consultant with the ATU ASBTDC.
“4 out of 5 consumers use search engines to find local information nearby, yet only 37% of businesses have claimed their listing on a search engine,” says Soo Young Kim, Head of Small Business Engagement at Google. “Small businesses are the engine of local economies and when they flourish, their communities do as well.”
Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map is a program designed to empower communities to support their local businesses and encourage them to get on the map. Local businesses keep our communities strong; when we help them succeed on the web, they make our communities even stronger. The “Put Your Business on the Map with Google” workshop is a Google presentation hosted by the ATU ASBTDC. Visit www.gybo.com to learn more about the program and get involved.
Scott County Cancer Survivor’s dinner The Scott County Cancer Survivor’s Dinner was held Monday, September 28th, at the Nazarene Fellowship Hall with 85 survivors and 40 guests attending. Volunteers, Kathleen McGaugh, Jeanine Plummer, Gail Matlock, Carolyn McDonald, Carolyn Hanna, Linda Ryan, Erica Davis, Janet Owens, Barbara Whitely, Sherry Thompson, Virginia Black, Robin Bowles, Kari Owens, Beth Cameron, Avery George, Liz Calderon, and Melissa Bingham, served our guests. We used an “apple” theme this year and decorated the tables with apple candy dishes filled with chocolates. Wal~mart furnished the apple dishes as well as our plates and other tableware. Dollar General furnished the tablecloths for the occasion. The dinner was catered by Travis Plummer, owner of the Charbroiler Restaurant. Travis has catered the dinner for the past 6 years to honor the county’s cancer survivors. Everyone enjoyed the delicious fried chicken breasts, (which were donated by Tyson Foods,Inc.), mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad, and hot rolls. Desserts were provided by Raye Thomas, Marta McGaugh, Kathleen McGaugh, Jeanine Plummer, Misty Owens, Janet Owens, Patsy Walker, Pam Davis, Barbara Whitely, Sherry Thompson, Kari Owens, Robin Bowles, Mary Faye Rogers, Virginia Black, and Linda Davis. This years sponsors for the survivor shirts were, Dr. Mark Bailey, D.D.S., P.A., Dr. Nathan Bennett, Dr. Sara Roberson, Sherilyn Bennett A.P.N. and Get’ R Dun Graphics.
This year’s Honorary Chair person was Gary Wayman, superintendent of Waldron public schools. Gary is a survivor of multiple myeloma, having been diagnosed in January 2005. After quiet a battle and while still running the Junction City school, Gary achieved remission and is still in remission today. He shared his amazing story, giving thanks to God, his talented medical staff, and his lovely wife, Terri, whom he said kept him motivated.
Memories from Forester ... I am a child of Forester. That is said with a lot of love and pride. My parents L.G. (Mug) Kitchens and Bertha Garrett Kitchens moved to Forester when I was three. As a welcome to Forester present to my dad I had cut off all my blonde curls. My mother, sister and brothers were busy packing up to move so I guess I was busy getting ready too. Dad was quite taken back to hear mother tell it!
My parents would have seven children but when we moved there were four of us at home. Brothers Lewis (June) Kitchens, Jr., Gaylen (Kate) Kitchens sister Margaret (Marg) Kitchens and myself Sarah Jo Kitchens.
We had an older brother and sister with families of their own. Dairl (Bud) Kitchens and his wife Elsie Hunnicutt Kitchens. At the time they had one son Dairl (Pete) Kitchens. Pete now lives in Idaho. Later they had a daughter Delaris (Pam) Kitchens who lives with us now that they have passed on. Estelle Kitchens Wilson and Delbert Wiles had two sons. Jim and Delbert (Dob) Wilson. Jim lives in Waldron with his wife Barbara Joan Ring Wilson. They own eastside market. Delbert (Dob) lives in Alabama with his wife Judy Young Wilson. They recently retired and moved there from Texas. Our baby brother Frank was born at Forester. I should say we lived at Forester but he was born at the hospital in Fort Smith. Frank and his wife Pricilla Swaim Kitchens live in Springdale. They have two daughters. Kelli Kitchens Henderson and her husband Greg live in Bulverde, Texas. Nikki Kitchens Kroughoff and her husband Dan live in Downus Grove, IL. Lewis (June) Kitchens has passes away. He was never married. Gaylen (Kate) lives in Mountain Home with his wife Dorthy Jolly Kitchens and their daughter Bertha. Margaret (Marg) Kitchens James lives in Gravelly on their family farm. Here husband Gene passed away almost 2 years ago. They have three children. Lewis and his wife Tracy Allen James live at Blue Ball. Jeannie James McClurg and her husband Garry live at Mt. View. Marietta (Rita) James Parks and her husband Richard live at Greenwood. My husband Jerry and I live in Fort. Smith with our niece Deloris (Pam) Kitchens. We have three children. David Parker lives in Waldron. His late wife was Mary Newson Parker. Jeffery Parker lives in Fort Smith with his wife Sheila Ausbrooks Parker. Jo Ann Parker lived in Rogers, AR. Mug Kitchens was the log scalar on the Pond at Forester. My earliest memories of Forester are of going down to the Pond to see my dad. Some times I would go with him to the office to turn in his logbook. About once a week we would make a trip to the commissary where I always looked forward to a treat. Sometimes a candy bar or maybe a pair of golden sandals I just couldn’t live without. Can you imagine children today being allowed to roam around a pond with log trucks coming and going. I never felt in danger. However, the Pond did seem as big as the ocean to me. Mother was a stay at home mom. She did sewing for the ladies in town. Always made a garden, canned vegetables and fruits, and raised children. Our main meal was at lunchtime. Dad would walk up the hill to a large dinner mom always prepared. Supper would be corn bread and milk because that’s what we all loved. Until we moved to California I though everyone had corn bread and milk for supper. Mom worked so hard to keep us clean and fed. Clean should have been her first name! she did have some of the house hold convinces she had never had on the farm. We had electricity!
Remains identified as human On Oct. 2, the processing of human remains continued near the Arkansas River in Sebastian County. Several human bones, vertebrae, and clothing items were identified and processed by the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office Metro Crime Scene team about eight feet from the river’s edge. Investigators have reached out to several different agencies in our area for reports of missing subjects.
Arrest made in recent shooting On the morning of Sept. 28, a shooting was reported in the Hon community West of Waldron. Chancey Yandell, 24-years-old of Waldron, reported that she had shot 44-year-old Shawn Boyd, also of Waldron.
Scott County Sheriff’s Department and Waldron Police Department personnel responded to that call. Contact was made with Yandell in Boyd’s vehicle on West Highway 28 where she was discovered to be in possession of a firearm. Boyd had walked to a nearby residence and was taken first by ambulance and then by helicopter to a hospital in Fort Smith with two gunshot wounds. There was nothing evident at the scene or in the statements made by the individuals involved to suggest that any type of physical confrontation had occurred between Yandell and Boyd that morning before the shooting occurred.
School secretary arrested on Sexual Assault charges 1st degree Former Waldron Central Office secretary Robin Brown, 30, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 2 on charges of Sexual Assault 1st Degree and Sexual Indecency with a child. It was confirmed by the Waldron Police Department that Brown's bond was set at $20,000 and she had bonded out on the afternoon of her arrest.
On Sept. 25, 2015 the Waldron Police Department was notified by Waldron Public Schools, about a possible case involving an employee of the School, engaging in inappropriate activity with a student.
The employee was identified as Brown, a secretary at the Central Office. Brown was alleged to have confessed to her husband that she had sexual contact with a 16 year old male student. The school was advised to notify the Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline. School Resource Officer Gary Clepper and Detective Horatio Gonzalez began an investigation.
Rich Mountain Community College Hosts Inaugural Science Fair On September 25th and 26th RMCC held their inaugural Science Fair in the Ouachita Center.
The fair had a total of 17 exhibits of which, 7 were competitive and 10 were for display. A total of 23 students participated with exhibits, 10 were RMCC students and 13 were secondary school age students.
The projects entered in this year’s fair included the following titles: Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Green Fire, Borax Crystals, The Golden Mean, Musically Challenged?, Color Changing Milk, Drone Diorama, Effects Of Liquids On Teeth, Layers Of Density, The Kitchen Scrap Garden, Nanomaterials, Microscopic Displays of Live Organisms, Dry Ice Bubbles, Tomato Sauce Rainbow, Plastic Flower, and Elephant Toothpaste.
At the end of the two-day event, the judges’ scores were tallied and awards were given out to the top projects in the following categories: Best Presentation, Most Creative Project, and Community Choice.
The Best Presentation plaque and prize of $250 was awarded to Caddo Hills High School, the Most Creative Project plaque and prize of $100 was awarded to Saujal Gyanwali, and the Community Choice plaque and prize of $100 was awarded to Waldron High School.
“Thrifting” pointers for your Tradin’ Days experience Over the years the trend of "thrifting" has certainly taking off. If you've never heard the terminology before - it refers to heading to your local thrift store, picking up some cheap items, and basically turning other people's trash into your treasure. If you've never stopped by the thrift store - it's time to pay a visit. Thrift shops are filled with great, unique items. From clothes to furniture - you can find just about anything at these resale shops. Next time you head out to go "thrifting" for the day - keep some of these ideas in mind and you might just end up with a great new accent piece for your home.
You may be passing through the store when an old chair catches your eye. The only problem is that the material used on the chair isn't exactly "new" and it's not really your style either. Reupholstering furniture can turn into a very fun and rewarding hobby, and picking up items at thrift stores (like this chair) can be a great way to practice. If you're confused on how to go about redoing your new found test dummy - head to your local fabric store. Take a picture of the chair and some measurements and they'll be able to help you find exactly what you need. Once in the fabric store, your options are virtually endless. By choosing a suitable fabric that you like for your chair - you'll have a brand new and personalized item for your home and you only paid a few dollars for it. And who knows, once you reupholster once - you may develop a real passion for it.
Many seamstresses donate their old measuring dummies to the thrift store, and you can often find a gaggle of them congregated in a corner. Although these bare torsos may seem irrelevant to you, finding some antique clothing to display on them makes a great accent piece for a bedroom or even a walk in closet. While in the thrift store, take a look around and see if you can find any pieces of clothing that would look great in a room in your home (maybe the color in the shirt matches the paint or carpet of the room you have in mind). By using the measuring dummy as a mannequin, you can create a fun accent piece for the room of your choice.
Put Pressure on China to End Human Rights Abuses With the Pope’s visit to the nation’s capital recently dominating the news headlines, you may have missed the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping. This visit comes at a time of great tension in US-China relations.
The downturn of the Chinese economy has directly impacted American businesses and our stock market, while creating uncertainty in the global economy. China’s new military developments in the disputed waters of the South China Sea have elevated anxieties in the region and around the world. The cyberattacks aimed at our government threaten our national security and undermine the basic level of trust necessary for future cooperation between our two nations.
Added to an alarming situation is an issue being left off the table by the Obama administration.
Human rights in China are under attack.
Under President Xi’s watch, China has advanced new laws to encourage media censorship, inhibit public dissent and legitimize religious, political, and ethnic discrimination. The State Security Law, the draft Cybersecurity Law and the draft Counterterrorism law, for example, contribute to a heavy-handed legal framework that stands in stark contrast to many of the freedoms we as Americans hold most dear.
Civil society faces pressure from all angles, as numerous non-governmental organizations face the prospect of closure and relocation in response to an ever more stringent regulatory atmosphere.
Religious communities and ethnic minorities find themselves increasingly marginalized as places of worship and religious symbols are systematically destroyed.
Involuntary abortions and, in some cases, sterilizations are forcibly performed on those who disobey government mandated reproductive restrictions.
Public dissent is largely nonexistent, as those who champion the freedom of speech or assembly are met with swift punishment. Activists, community organizers and human rights lawyers have time after time been victims of state sponsored harassment, commonly in the form of arbitrary charges and detainment. Since July, more than 250 human rights lawyers have been rounded up and jailed in one of China’s most recent attempts to quell public discourse.