Sunday, March 01, 2015

Montgomery County News

Post date: Feb 26 2015 - 4:53pm
By Avonne Petty 
Pike County 4-H Program Assistant
MURFREESBORO – Heather Jackson was one of two Arkansas students selected as Arkansas’s top High School youth volunteer in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. 
Jackson was nominated by Pike County 4-H. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 20th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Jackson, the 17 year old daughter of Jimmy and Renita Jackson, is a member of the Caddo River Gems 4-H club of Glenwood. She educates people in her community on disaster preparedness through presentations, brochures, a day camp, and “home disaster packs.” Jackson began her project in 2009 after leading a 4-H food and clothing drive for victims of a tornado that struck the nearby town of Mena. “I realized how few of them were prepared for the tornado’s devastation,” said Heather. “I decided then to learn as much as I could about disaster preparedness so I could teach others how to handle these emergencies.”
After extensive research, Jackson developed a series of illustrated talks and demonstrations that she has presented to more than, 3,500 people at schools, 4-H events and numerous group gatherings. She also organized a 4-H day camp to teach young people about preparing for a disaster, produced a brochure on camping safety that is being distributed by the Corps of Engineers, and designed an annual display at the county fair. In addition, Jackson developed “Disaster Packs for Homes,” which contain items that can aid families in a quick evacuation from a home or campsite. “I feel disaster preparedness is important because emergencies can come in many forms and people can rebuild their lives much more easily if they are prepared,” said Heather.
Colby Cortez, 12, of Benton, the Middle School Honoree, was nominated by Bethel Middle School in Alexander for an extensive gardening program he conducted for a local homeless shelter charity.
As State Honorees, Heather and Colby will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where they will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named American’s top youth volunteers of 2015.
Post date: Feb 26 2015 - 4:46pm
ARKADELPHIA -- A total of 256 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the President’s List for the fall 2014 semester.
To be named to the President’s List, a student must compile a 4.0 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.
Ouachita Baptist University, a private Christian liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, is ranked among “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine. Serving since 1886 as a Christ-centered learning community, Ouachita has a current enrollment of 1,501 students from nearly 30 states and 30 nations.
The following local students were named to the President’s List:
Arkadelphia – Jace Bradshaw, Christopher Clark, Seth Daniell, Camden Dwelle, Kaitlyn Jackson, Katharine Kirby, Lindsey Pipkin, Caroline Poole, Chandler Powell, Abby Root, John Sivils, Brandon Smith, Alexa Spinks, Stephanie Westberg, Austin White
Bonnerdale – Victoria Clark
Glenwood – Raleigh Hansen
Hot Springs – Chris Hegwood, Heidi Hughes, Ali Kinsey, Nick Kowalkowski, Harry Lah, Emily Long, Zack Turman
Hot Springs Village – Macey Burr, Andrew Martin, Courtney Stanage, Katie Stanage, Erin Wilson
Nashville – Luke Dawson
Pearcy – Kori Bullard, Abbey Little
A total of 378 students at Ouachita Baptist University were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. The students will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita and will be included in the “National Dean’s List” for 2014-15.
To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.
The following local students are included in the Dean’s List:
Arkadelphia – Craig Daniell, Sydney Daniell, Hannah Dixon, Allison Fowler, Dana Hamilton, Joanna Horton, Jake Knight, Spencer Knight, John Franklin Matros, Reagan Parsons, Jacob Roberson, Jordan Sharp, Kelly Strickland
Bismarck – Jessica Compton
Bonnerdale – Addison Bostian
Glenwood – Ethan Blackmon, Neelie Lee
Hot Springs – Alex Abbott, Richard Burke, Jackson Carter, Hanna Dean, Kayla De La Cruz, Neila Fisher, Michael Igbokidi, Madison Parks, Rebekah Taylor, Caroline Twyford, Allie Wade, Lainey Weatherford, Haley Whitworth, Angela Wilkinson
Nashville – Cameron Alexander, Molly Freel, Jenna Hendry, Hayden Kirchhoff
Pearcy – Michelle Baker
Post date: Feb 26 2015 - 4:22pm
LITTLE ROCK — Across the country, Farm Bureaus are making safety a top priority this spring through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). As a part of ASAP, March 1-7 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week.
This year’s theme, “Ride Like A Pro…Wherever You Go,” will focus on ATV safety and helmet usage. All-terrain vehicles are used on most farms and ranches in Arkansas, but despite the availability of good safety equipment and training programs, injuries and fatalities involving ATV operators happen much too frequently.
According to the latest figures from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
• There are 804 ATV related deaths nationally on average.  
• Fifty-six percent of these deaths occur in May through September. 
• One-third of these deaths occur on paved surfaces.  
• Arkansas averages 12 ATV related deaths per year, and three of these are children under 16.
• According to the Arkansas Childrens Hospital Trauma Department, 101 of its admissions in 2014 were ATV-related.
“It doesn’t take very big investments of time or money to make a big difference in the level of safety on most farms,” said Jason Kaufman, safety coordinator for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “ATV safety is a big part of farm safety because so many farms use these vehicles for work and recreation.”
Many simple, inexpensive tips can increase any ATV rider’s safety. For example, users can “get dressed to ride,” using helmets, safety glasses, long sleeves, gloves, long pants and boots with heels to reduce the risk of injury. ATV drivers shouldn’t carry passengers, either, and should only ride ATVs of a size that fits the operator according to the ATV manufacturer’s recommendations. It’s important to operate at safe speeds as well, especially when turning or near hazards. Most injuries are caused from overturned ATVs. Stay off public streets and highways as the law requires.  
It’s especially important for ATV users to take an approved rider’s training course. 
The Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture provides these through the ATV Safety Institute’s 4-H ATV RiderCourse. The agency has trained 24 county agents and state faculty as licensed instructors. For more information, visit and select the ATV Safety link listed under Activities and Programs, phone 501-671-2053 or contact your local Cooperative Extension Office.
Arkansas Farm Bureau has two full-time safety coordinators on staff who offer 14 different safety and informational programs, including ATV safety, free of charge. 
“The safety coordinators at Arkansas Farm Bureau are dedicated to educating Arkansans about safety concerns,” said safety coordinator Amanda Williams. “We not only offer ATV safety programs, but programs on farm and tractor safety, distracted driving prevention, drinking and driving prevention, and more.”
For more information, visit the “Education and Youth” section of Arkansas Farm Bureau’s website,
Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.
Post date: Feb 26 2015 - 3:43pm
EMERSON/FORDYCE -- Kirby, Caddo Hills and Oden are expecting to heat things up this week as they travel to Emerson to compete in the 1A region 4 tournament this week, after weather conditions forced a one day delay in the tournament.
7-A West boys seeds are: one seed – Kirby, two seed – Caddo Hills, three seed – Acorn, and four seed – Oden.
7-A West girls seeds are: one seed – Kirby, two seed – Acorn, three seed – Caddo Hills, four seed – Oden.
The 7-A West will face the top four seeds from the 7-A East.
First round games will begin Thursday at 4 p.m. with the Oden Lady Timberwolves facing either Sparkman or Bradley. Oden’s boys will face Emerson at 5:30 p.m., followed by Kirby and Emerson girls at 7 p.m. and Kirby and Trinity Christian’s boys at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday’s games will begin at 4 p.m. with Acorn and Trinity Christian’s girls, followed by Caddo Hills and Nevada’s boys at 5:30 p.m. Caddo Hills and Sparkman/Bradley girls will play at 7 p.m. and Bradley and Acorn’s boys will play at 8:30 p.m.
Semifinal games will begin at 4 p.m. Friday with consolation games scheduled for 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The finals will also take place Saturday with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Bracket courtsey of the Arkansas High School Activities Association --
Post date: Feb 26 2015 - 10:26am

Master Gardeners are always interested in increasing our knowledge base regarding local gardening and we enjoy sharing information with our neighbors. There are constantly new varieties of plants on the market, improved methods of growing decorative plants and vegetables, and new concepts in commercial garden production.

Post date: Feb 23 2015 - 3:26pm

Thirteen Extreme Runners stepped off at 6 p.m. Friday evening to begin a 100 mile run on the LOViT trail which makes its way across the mountain range on the south side of Lake Ouachita.

Post date: Feb 23 2015 - 3:20pm

Caddo Hills and Oden are expecting to heat things up this week as they travel to Emerson to compete in the 1A region 4 tournament this week.

Post date: Feb 17 2015 - 1:37pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark – Connect Arkansas, a project of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, announced the donation of 32 Internet-ready computers to families who completed the Computers 4 Kids program held at Mt. Ida High School. Computers 4 Kids is a three-day digital literacy program that educates Arkansas children and families about the Internet and its relevancy in today’s society.