Sunday, March 29, 2015

Montgomery County News

Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 11:25am
NASHVILLE -- The Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association (ACA) will conduct an area meeting on Tuesday March 24,at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Nashville.
There will be a small trade show of cattle industry-related vendors beginning at 4:30 p.m. that will include a presentation by Mark Campbell of Merial on their products. Merial’s owner, Randy Schilling, is one of the event’s major sponsors. 
The evening will conclude with a meal and demonstration of cattle related products.
“This is our regular Area Spring Conference. All ACA members or those interested in joining in Area 3 (which includes Howard, Montgomery, Pike, Polk, Scott and Sevier counties) are welcomed to attend for a free steak dinner,” said Carson Horn, state director of communications for Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association. 
Associate sponsors for the event include returning sponsors Mix30, MultiminUSA, and Safe Money Advisors as well as Ozark Oak Charcoal and Cypress Valley Meats. 
All guests are asked to please RSVP as soon as possible by calling the ACA office at 501-224-2114. 
“Also, be sure to bring a to donate or be prepared to bid on a pie for the Arkansas CattleWomen’s pie auction,” added Horn.
Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 11:19am
LITTLE ROCK — Applications are now available to high school students for the summer 2015 M*A*S*H camps. These camps will be located at 34 mostly rural medical facilities throughout Arkansas.  Three new host facilities have been added this year: Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello and ASU Mountain Home.
The two-week M*A*S*H camps are designed to expose rising high-school juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations. Most of the camps are conducted at rural medical centers in hopes of attracting local students. 
“The MASH program gives students an inside look at various medical professions and is designed to spark students’ interest in the medical field,” said Jennifer Victory, rural health specialist for Arkansas Farm Bureau. “The idea is that future medical students from a rural background are more likely to return to their roots.”
Applications are available through school guidance counselors or by contacting the M*A*S*H director in your area. 
The local list of camp locations, with directors, is listed below:
• Arkadelphia, Baptist Health Medical Center, David Hennesee (870) 245-1242
• Hot Springs, Mercy Hospital, Karen Milholen (501) 622-4578
• Mena, Mena Regional Health System, Pam Posy (479) 243-2135
• Nashville, Howard Memorial Hospital, Sonia Bunyard, (870) 779-6262
For the full listing of camps across the state, please visit
County Farm Bureau organizations and the Arkansas Medical Mentor Partnership sponsor students so they may attend the camps at no cost. The partnership includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Regional Centers, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health.
More information on the M*A*S*H program can be obtained by contacting Amber Marshall with UAMS, (501) 686-6188, or Jennifer Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, (501) 228-1269.  
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: Mar 18 2015 - 10:48am
Tri-County Relay Important Dates to Remember:
GET YOUR TEAM SIGNED UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at, if you have any questions you can contact Beth Vines, Karen Voan, or Christy Buck.
Going on Now -- You can purchase a luminary for $10.00 each or a Tiki Torch for $25.00 each, that will be placed along the side of the football track on relay night for “In Honor of” or “In Memory of” a loved one. You can purchase online at , Angie Jenkins (Luminary Chair), or any relay team.
Going on Now -- Peace, Love, & a Cure is taking orders on T-Shirt orders. It’s a dark gray t-shirt with a purple & white letters & it says “Keep Calm & Carry On” & there $20.00 each. Contact Paula Fogle or Kendra Glover for more information.
Going on Now -- MawMaw’s Sunshine & Smiles (Jenkins Family) is having a T-Shirt fundraiser for $20 each. It’s a black t-shirt with purple & white letters. You can order online at or contact Nicole Reid for more details. 
Going on Now -- Showing for a Cure team is selling tickets on a painting that says “Hope Anchors the Soul” $1.00 a ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets. Please contact Lisa Simpson or Christie Simpson for more details. 
Friday, March 27th -- Relay T-Shirt/Relay Sponsor Deadline
Saturday, March 28th -- Bark for Life sponsored by Team Shiners will be at the Glenwood City Park at 10:00 a.m. $10 entry fee. Contact Beth Nolen for more details.
Monday, March 30th -- Team Captain Meeting at Centerpoint Elementary Cafeteria (Glenwood Campus) at 6.
Saturday, April 4th -- Team H.A.R.T. (Glenwood Nursing Home) will be hosting a Relay 5k race. Entry is $25 and includes a race t-shirt. Race starting at 8:00 a.m. & pick up race packets starting at 7:00 a.m. at the Glenwood City Hall. For more information please contact the Karen Voan or Shelly Sirmon.
Monday, April 6th -- Deadline to turn in your Denim & Diamonds Celebrity Waiter guest count into Beth Vines, so we can order the food.
Saturday, April 11th -- Relay Fishing Tournament hosted by Team Baker at Lake Greason. Contact Beth Vines for more details.
Saturday, April 11th -- Denim & Diamonds Celebrity Waiter at Centerpoint High School 
Starts at 6:00 p.m.
$25.00 a ticket
Menu: Dorey’s Catfish & Ribs w/fixins
Entertainment: Ronnie Bear Band
Live Auction & raffle/silent auction
If you would like tickets to the Denim & Diamonds Celebrity Waiter event, please contact Beth Vines or any relay team.
Monday, April 13th -- Committee/Leadership Team meeting location at Fish Nest at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25th -- Annual Relay Pageant hosted by “Showin for a Cure team”. Location T.B.A. starts at 2:00 p.m. Contact Lisa Simpson or Christie Simpson for details.
Monday, April 27th -- Team Captain Meeting at Centerpoint Elementary Cafeteria (Glenwood Campus) at 6 p.m.
Monday, May 11th or Tuesday, May 12th -- Relay Bank Night
Friday, May 15th -- Tri-County Relay for Life at Centerpoint Football Field; new relay times 6 p.m. – Midnight (no staying all night). 
   • Survivor Dinner -- Before relay activities start. Menu: Smoked Meat with the fixings.
Post date: Mar 18 2015 - 10:44am
Heather Grabin
Editor, Murfreesboro Diamond
PIKE COUNTY -- Diamond Park Speedway will soon be opening for the 2015 racing season.
Playdays will be held Saturday, March 21 and Saturday, March 28 from 2-6 p.m. The first night of racing will be Saturday, April 4.
The tracks website has the schedule, complete list of rules and other information including registration forms and W9’s that can be printed, filled out and ready to turn in at the first race.
The 2015 Racing Schedule is as follows.
N=Novice, F=Factory, P=Pure, S=Street, ML=Modlite
21-Playday 2-6 p.m.
28-Playday 2-6 p.m.
4-First night of racing; N, F, P, S, ML
11-Max Adams Memorial Modifieds-$1,500 to win; N, F, P, S, ML
18-No races
25-First night of points; N, F, P, S, ML
1-Comp Cam Super Late Models; N, F, P, S, ML
2-No races
9- N, F, P, S, ML
16- N, F, P, S, ML
23-Big Block Modifieds; N, F, P, S, ML
30-No races
6-N, F, P, S, ML
13-N, F, P, S, ML
20-N, F, P, S
26-U.S.C.S. Sprints; N, F, P, S, ML
27-No races
4-No races
11-Southern Outlaw Late Models; N, F, P, S, ML
18-N, F, P, S, ML
25-N, F, P, S, ML
1-N, F, P, S, ML
8-N, F, P, S, ML
15-N, F, P, S, ML
22-No races
29-Southern Outlaw Late Models; N, F, P, S, ML (last night of points)
September, October and November
To be announced
Post date: Mar 17 2015 - 1:10pm


Mount Ida teacher Michelle Abernathy was recently recognized by a national educational organization for her participation in the “High Schools That Work” program recently.

Post date: Mar 12 2015 - 10:42am
NORMAN -- Caddo Hills teacher Will Squires and his class have been named a national finalist in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest. 
Caddo Hills School has now won $35,000 in Samsung technology and will move them one step closer to being a national winner. Out of the more than 3,100 schools that entered. Squires’ class remains with 14 other schools.
Their project focused on flash flooding and the creation of a device to alert campers/hikers that flood conditions are occurring. They researched the 2010 Albert Pike flood that claimed the lives of 20 people and in doing so developed a working model of an early warning system that could potentially be installed in parks and recreational areas. 
Squires and two Caddo Hills students will now travel to New York City to pitch their project idea to a panel of judges.
Part of this last phase in the competition is online voting. The school that has the most votes after March 25 will be declared the People’s Choice and will receive $138,000 in classroom technology. The other four schools in the top five will be determined by judges at the pitch event and Samsung employees. 
Caddo Hills Schools is asking that you would rally in support of their school by voting for their video and by using the two hashtags #SamsungSolve and #SolveTeamCHHS on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Everytime a post or tweet is reposted or retweeted Caddo Hills receives a vote.
You can also go to to vote.
For a video explanation from one of the students, see
Post date: Mar 12 2015 - 10:38am
By Victory Guidry
Journalism Instructor, Caddo Hills
Will Squires, Caddo Hills science teacher, who was named the “State Winner in the 2015 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest” has moved on to the finals of the competition and is now in the top fifteen entrants in the nation. 
Squires and a number of students will travel to New York City to compete in the finals of the competition on March 18. 
In addition, there is a Community Choice Award that is determined by online voting.  Students, teachers, and community members may go to and vote to help Squires and his students push ahead of other finalists.
“Students have completed our early warning device. We are now looking into powering with solar panels so that if power goes out, it will still be able to alert people. Students have also created brochures that explain to people what they should do in the event of a flash flood. We will take these to New York to present to a panel of judges,” Squires said.
He was selected for his innovative approach in advancing interest in STEM among his students and making an impact in his community. As the state winner Squires has earned $20,000.00 in new equipment for the Caddo Hills School District.
“If I am allowed to use the money for whatever I want, it would mean that a majority of students in our school would have access to technology. This wouldn’t be just for my class or just the science department. This money would go to help as many teachers and get technology for as many students as we can,” Squires said.
At nationals Squires will be competing for $35,000.00 or $120,000.00 and a chance to present his story with other competing schools in March. Five National Winners will be invited to Washington D.C.
“This project has gotten students interested in STEM and we have learned things like the construction of circuits, deciding what materials to use to build our device from, how to choose a good location to place a device like this, and in the future it will take us into learning about solar power.” said Squires.
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM education programs are designed to further the learning of these areas in American classrooms.
Post date: Mar 10 2015 - 1:11pm


Will Squires, faculty member and David Graves, a junior at Caddo Hills Schools showed off the school project that has advanced to the top 15 schools in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow science competition to the school board and administrators at Monday night’s meeting.