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Nashville NewsTheHowardCountyRelay ForLifekick-offtonightThe Howard CountyRelay For Life wouldlike to invite everyoneto their communitykick-off Mon., Feb.22. The event will beheld at UA Cossatotin Nashville in room108 from 6 to 7 p.m.Refreshments will beserved and information will be availableon how to volunteer tothis year.The 2016 RelayFor Life committee includes Joanna Howard,Danny Dougan, DonnaJones, Vera and DonMarks, Sheila Milam,Beverly Tedford, TwylaNichols, Kristi Chandler, and April Lampkin.Howard CountyRelay For Life willalso hold a “Taste Fora Cure” this Thursday during lunch atthe Howard CountyCourthouse. The publicis invited to stop bybetween the hours of11 a.m. and 1 p.m. fora free lunch.For more information, contact DannyDougan at 870-8289174.MONDAY February 22, 2016 Issue 15 1 section 10 Pages USPS 371-540 75 cents PUBLISHED EACH MONDAY & THURSDAY In Howard County, Arkansas since 1878BUSINESSWeyerhaeuser completes merger with Plum CreekFEDERAL WAY, Wash – On Feb. 19,WeyerhaeuserCompany announced the completion of the mergerwith Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. Shareholders of both companies approved the transactionat separate special meetings of shareholders heldon Feb. 12. The combined company retains theWeyerhaeuser name and continues to be tradedunder the WY ticker symbol on the New York StockExchange.The combinedcompany owns morethan 13 million acresof diverse and productive timberlandsand operates 38wood products manufacturing facilitiesacross the country.“This is an exciting day for Weyerhaeuser aswe bring together the best assets and talent inthe industry,” said Doyle R. Simons, president andCEO. “In the coming months, we will be relentlesslyfocused on creating value for our shareholdersby capturing cost synergies, leveraging our scale,sharing best practices, delivering the most valuefrom every acre and driving operational excellence.I look forward to being part of this outstandingteam as we work together to be the world’s premiertimber, land and forest products company.”Weyerhaeuser also announced the membersof the combined company’s board of directors.As previously announced, the 13-person boardincludes eight directors from the pre-closing Weyerhaeuser board and five directors from the preclosing Plum Creek board. The directors include:Rick R. Holley (non-executive chairman), DavidSee MERGER Page 6AGFC wildlife oficerassists with Hope bankrobbery arrestARKANSAS GAME AND FISH COMMISSIONDaisy CityCouncilseeks parkvolunteersP.J. TRACY IVGlenwood HeraldDAISY – The Daisy CityCouncil is investigatingways to maintain their citypark in cost eficient ways.The plan is to have anadopt-a-site program forCrawford Park in whichcommunity volunteerscan assist in the careand maintenance of thepremises, including the tenpicnic sites.The program literaturestates that the city is soliciting the support of volunteers because “Daisy doesnot have the monetaryor man power to provideregular maintenance forthe park” and that “adoptervolunteers will clear smalldebris, pick up litter andpromote the park’s welfareand appearance.”The city has openedthe adoption program toany civic organization orindividuals that may beinterested and the adoption period will last one forcalendar year.Volunteers will be askedto monitor their area oncea week, including suchduties as maintaining grillsand burn rings, checkingtrees for signs of illnessand dead limbs, pickingup litter, keeping park sinsclean and visible, removing grafiti and paintingpicnic tables as necessary,reporting new damagefrom vandalism/stormdamage/looding, and using personal power tools asnecessary.The city will providetrash bags, paint and othermaterials for certain projects as deemed necessary,as well as the removal ofgathered trash and recyclable materials.Those interested inmore information, volunteering and or makinga donation to the causecan contact Daisy MayorRonnie Partee and (501)622-7739 or mail the Cityof Daisy, 15 Huey Park,Kirby, AR 71950. There isan application and waiverthat must be illed outbefore volunteerism canlegally begin.Sites and facilities willbe adopted on a irst comeirst serve basis, and thecity reminds volunteersthat the park is alwaysopen to the public, andthat volunteering does notguarantee preferential useof the facilities.The City hopes to bythe end of 2016 to replaceall the grills in the park.The annual park cleanup hosted by the City ofDaisy will be held on April 2from 7 a.m. until the workis done. Part of the workwill, if possible, include theremoval and burning oflarge logs.In addition, the DaisyVolunteer Fire Departmentwill schedule a Firewiseprogram sponsored burnoff of some of the park’sovergrowth, accordingto local Fire Chief ScottyFrazier. He said the windowto do so was small, becausethe event needed to occurwhile there were still smallnumbers of people on thelake.P. Bozeman, Mark A. Emmert, Sara GrootwassinkLewis, John I. Kieckhefer, John F. Morgan Sr., NicoleW. Piasecki, Marc F. Racicot, Lawrence A. Selzer,Doyle R. Simons, D. Michael Steuert, Kim Williams,and Charles R. Williamson.In accordance with the terms of the mergeragreement, each outstanding share of Plum Creekcommon stock immediately prior to the mergerconverted into the right to receive 1.60 commonshares of Weyerhaeuser Company. In total, approximately 278.9 million common shares of Weyerhaeuser will be issued to Plum Creek stockholders,representing approximately 35 percent of the totalshares outstanding.In conjunction with the closing of the transaction, Weyerhaeuser also paid off outstandingamounts under Plum Creek’s Term Loan Agreement as well as outstanding amounts due underSUBMITTED PHOTO I The Nashville News“Three Hot Chicks and an Old Guy,” - a team comprised of Nashville residents - came in second placein the four person relay at the Run the Line Half Marathon Relays Saturday morning in Texarkana.The team members include: Bryan L. Chesshir, Kayla Chesshir, Jodi King and Cheryl Fugitt Green.Blevins woman arrested forterroristic threateningTERRICA HENDRIXEditorHOPE – Cpl. Dennis Hovarter, a wildlife officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was instrumental in theapprehension of a bank robbery suspect after the robberyof the Bank of the Ozarks North Branch in Hope at roughly1:30 p.m., Feb. 17. The arrest was the result of a joint effortby Hempstead County Sheriff’s Department, the Hope PoliceDepartment and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.Officers with Hope Police Department received a call that anarmed robbery had occurred at theBank of the Ozarks North Branch inHope. Witnesses described a blueFord Explorer as the getaway vehicle.Hempstead County Dispatch relayedall pertinent information, includingthe suspect’s description, vehicledescription and direction of travel.Hempstead County Sheriff’s DeputyCRAWFORDJerry Crider located the vehicle andradioed for assistance while observing at a safe distance.According to a report provided by Lt. Nathan Hellums with the AGFC, Hovarter was monitoring his radioSee BANK Page 7State Police investigating deathof Sevier County inmateSOUTHWEST ARKANSAS RADIOBLEVINS – A Blevins woman was arrested after allegedly making threats toschool employees.According to a press release issuedby Hempstead County Sheriff James A.Singleton, “on Feb. 2, Central Dispatchreceived a call from Coach Kelton, fromthe Blevins’ School District, in referenceto a white male and a white female being on the bleachers of the baseballPARKSstadium at the Blevins’ School. CoachKelton stated that when the subjectswere asked to leave, the female subject became aggravatedDE QUEEN - Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a Sevier County inmate.Thirty-seven-year-old Randi Wolfe died Feb. 13, two days after becoming unresponsivewhile at the Sevier County Jail.Little River County Sheriff Gary Gregory said Wolfe had been arrested Feb. 9 near Foreman on a charge of residential burglary. She allegedly stole medication pills from a home.Wolf was housed in the Sevier County jail because the Little River County jail doesn’tincarcerate females.Sevier County Investigator Robert Gentry said Wolfe was transported to a local hospital. Her condition became worse after she was airlifted to a medical center in Little Rock.State police sent the body to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy to determinethe cause of death.See WOMAN Page 7ROTARYPaffordsentenced onrape, sexualassault chargesSOUTHEST ARKANSAS RADIONICOLE TRACY I The Nashville NewsLocal Rotarians heard about “what’s going on” at the city’s college campus on Wednesday duringthe regularly scheduled Rotary Club meeting at Western Sizzlin’.Dr. Steve Cole, chancellor of the University of Arkansas - Cossatot system spoke at Wednesday’smeeting. Cole spoke at length about community involvement and how important it was for thecollege. “At the Chamber Banquet, two weeks ago, it really hit home for us about Nashville, andwhat everyone does for this community, and that’s what we try to do. After the chamber banquet,we had a discussion about, ‘Are we doing what we need to be doing in Nashville?’ and we feel weare. We are going to keep doing that, and get better wherever we can.”CCCUA is celebrating its 10 year anniversary at its current location. The building was built in 2006.Upcoming plans include new programs for the campus. Cole explained that a Medical Codingprogram was in the works, as well as a Medical Simulation lab.The college is also expanding its student services division, and will be hiring a full time employeesoon. Rotary holds meetings every Wednesday at 12 p.m. at Western Sizzlin in Nashville.HOPE- Former Hope businessman James Paffordhas been sentenced. Lastweek, James Carl Paffordage 71, of Hope, was foundguilty of two counts of rapeand two counts of sexual assault in HempsteadCounty Circuit Court. Hehas been sentenced to25 years for each of thetwo counts of rape andfive years for each countPAFFORDof sexual assault - to runconsecutively. Pafford willhave to serve 35 years before he is eligible for parole.During sentencing, he also asked to be released onbail while his attorney filed an appeal. Judge DuncanCulpepper denied that request.

2 EditorialThe Nashville News Online at http://www.nashvillenews.org Call: 1-888-845-6397 Monday, February 22, 2016POkIN’ FUNby Doc BlakelyA SWEETHEARTDEALValentine’s Day has just come and gone. Most guys get a failing grade for thoughtfulness on this occasion and have to repeat the course until they get at least a D plus. Just this past Valentine a guy saw his wife wearing some read slacks bending over in the garden to pick some winter radishes in the Deep South. From his vantage point directly behind her, she looked exactly like a big red valentine. He resisted the temptation to tell her so but was reminded that Valentine’s Day was the next day. A plan began to develop in his mind. The next morning she was standing in front of a full length mirror in her Victoria’s Secrets examining her physical status. She muttered, “Here I am at 35 looking like this.” He resisted the temptation to tell her that 35 was actually middle aged if you think about it. Again she muttered, “I’ve got wrinkles on my wrinkles.” Again, he refrained from telling her that at least her eyesight was 20/20.Then she said with a sigh, “Oh, if I were only 8 again.” Well, he remembered seeing old photos of her at that age and she was so skinny that she had to run around in the shower to get wet. So the plan suddenly came together.The next evening a stretch limo arrived at the house. He presented her with a bouquet of red lollipops and off they went to see the show at the traveling circus. They went to the midway and rode all the rides, ate cotton candy, got to meet Big Bird and Kermit the Frog, ate a Happy Meal at McDonalds and slid down the kiddie slide eating French fries. On the way back to the limo he gave her a big hug and said, “Well my Sweetheart, being 8 again, how was it?” She replied, “When I said I would like to be 8 again I was talking about my dress size you idiot!” The challenge goes on to ind just the right thing to do to please your spouse on that special day, which is any old day any old way, by the way. A redneck friend of mine eats everything fried. His friends have nicknamed him The Count of Monte Crisco. So his wife told him for Valentine’s Day she wanted him to take her on a ine dining experience. She selected the restaurant, a Japanese Shushi Bar. He was the only guy in the restaurant with his wallet on a chain but he took her just to show her how much he cared for her and told her if they could make it snappy he’d even take her bowling. I asked him how it went. He said, “That Shushi would be alright if they would just cook it but the rubbing alcohol wasn’t half bad. I’ve heard of guys having to Cowboy Up, Pony Up or Shut Up but this Valentine’s I had to Culture Up.” www.docblakely.com nnnHumorist Doc Blakely is a professional speaker/writer/musician/rancher from Wharton, Texas. He has beenPokin’ Fun at himself and life for 40 years.LETTER POLICYThe Nashville News welcomes letters to theeditor addressing any topic of interest to ourreaders. To be published, letters must be 300words or less and include the contact informationof the person writing them. Additionally, lettersare published at the discretion of the editorand publisher, and must not contain obsceneor libelous language. Send your letter by mailto P.O. Box 297, Nashville, Arkansas 71852, oremail it to [email protected] Nashville NewsUSPS 371-540P.O. Box 297418 N. Main St.Nashville, AR 71852Telephone (870) 845-2010Fax (870) 845-5091Toll Free 1-888-845-NEWSBOOK REVIEWNICOLETRACYLiteraryColumnistThe New York Times reported on Friday that Harper Lee, who was born in 1927, had passed away in Monroeville, Alabama at the age of 89. Lee was best known for her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The book was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1962, and starred Gregory Peck as the center of the ilm in the role of Atticus FinchIn July 2015, she released a follow up of sorts to Mockingbird, called Go Set aWatchman. (Note: Go Set aWatchman was reviewed for The Nashville News on July 20, 2015.)To Kill a Mockingbird wasboth beloved and reviled, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and also found itself being placed on the American Library Association’s list of frequently challenged books “for its use of racial epithets, KAITLYNN O’CONNORNASHVILLE ELEMENTARYSCHOOLCharlotte's Web by author E.B. White is a very good book. A girl named Fern saves a pig from being killed by her father. The pig, Wilbur, is moved to her Uncle's farm and lives in the barn. He becomes friends with Any erroneous statement published in the newspaper will begladly and promptly corrected after management is notified.The News is a twice weekly publication.Postmaster, send Change of address to:P.o. Box 297Nashville, ar 71852Louis ‘Swampy’ Graves,Editor and Editor Emeritus, 1950-2001Mike Graves, CEO/PublisherDonna Harwell, Comptroller/Office Mgr.Cindy Harding, Circulation ManagerNatasha Worley, Advertising/Web Mgr.Terrica Hendrix, EditorNicole Tracy, ReporterThe News is the oldest active business in Howard County -- Founded in 1878.was Atticus.The story was set in the deep South, in an era of racial segregation and inequality,and Atticus treated his client, Tom Robinson, with the same fairness and respect that he would haveanyone else in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, should they have found themselves in the same situation. In the time before the Civil Rights movement, the above would have been mostly unheard of. Race simply didn’t matter to Atticus, and he passed that outlook down to hischildren, Scout and Jem. As a student in high school, the main lesson I took from the story was that the color of a person’s skin didn’t matter, and that everyone deserves to be treated fairly. I’m sure there were other things I was supposed to take from the novel as well, but that was the one lesson that stood outso vividly in my mind, and is the reason I will always hold To Kill a Mockingbirdas one of my favorite books of all time.For further reading on the life of Harper Lee, The NewYork Times piece by William Grimes can be found online at their website, dies.html. The American Library Association’s website about banned books and reasons why can be accessed at www.ala.org/bbooks.Both of Harper Lee’s novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Go Set a Watchman areavailable at the Howard County Public Library. Copies are limited, so if one is available, ask at the front desk to be put on a waiting list for it.Charlotte’s Weba spider named Charlotte. She saves Wilbur from being killed and made into ham. She writes on her web saying stuff like "Some Pig" or "Radiant."I really like this book because it is a classic book, and classic books are always good books. It's full of great characters like Templeton the Rat, and Mr. Zuckerman the farmer.It really had a lot of suspense. Like the one time Wilbur was at the fair, it makes you wonder "Oh my God! I wonder if he'll win the ribbon!" FYI, he did. Thanks for reading my book review! Bye!nnnEditor’s note. In the month of November 2015, Kaitlynn O’Connor, a Nashville Elementary 5th Grade student,spent 16.1 hours reading and has read a total of 43 books. She was the top performing reader in the state ofArkansas for the month of November and was featured in The Nashville News edition printed Dec. 3.Subscription rates:Periodicals Postage Paid at Nashville, Arkansasadult themes such as sexual intercourse, rape, and incest, profanity” and many other reasons in a similar vein to the above mentioned complaints. To which, yes, all of the above statements about the content of To Kill a Mockingbird are true. The book does contain those above mentioned items in the storyline. The complaints about that leave out so much of the story that is good, namely the compassionate character that the book revolves around, namely Atticus Finch. In 1995, To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the many pieces of assigned literature I was required to read as a part of my 11th grade English class at Nashville High School. One of the many reasons I grew to love the story of To Kill a MockingbirdBOOK REVIEWEstablished 1878. Published since Sept. 1, 1979by Graves Publishing Company, Inc.Lawrence Graves, President 30.00 per year in Howard, Pike, Sevier, Little Riverand Hempstead counties; 50.00 elsewhere in continental United StatesRemembering Harper LeeKENNETHBRIDGESHistoryColumnistWilliam Grant Still was a noted composer of popular and classical music. Though facing a dificult childhood, the Arkansan overcame his early setbacks and found the way to let his artistic spirit soar.Still was born in May 1895 in Woodville, Mississippi, in the southwestern corner of that state. His father died shortly after he was born, leaving him and his mother penniless. She soon moved History Minute - Stillwith him to Little Rock to live with her mother. Eventually, his mother found work as a school teacher andremarried. Still's stepfather, a railway postal clerk named Charles Shepperson, was an amateur musician who kindled Still's passion for music. As a teenager, Still began taking formal violin lessons, showing immense promise along the way.In 1911, he graduated M. W. Gibbs High School in Little Rock as the valedictorian. He briely attended Wilberforce University in Ohio initially to study medicine before dropping out in favor of a musical career. He began playing in various bands and orchestras across the Midwest. He enrolled at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio in 1917 to pursue a formal study of music but dropped out again when the United States entered WorldWar I and he enlisted in the navy.Shortly after World War I, he traveled to Harlem, New York, where dozens of black writers, musicians, and artists were gathering and forming one of the most vibrant and talented artistic communities of the twentieth century. Still was swept up in the Harlem Renaissance, as it was called, working with a variety of musicians and performing across the city. He studied music with many more established artists and began composing his own works as well.Find us on the Internet at: www.nashvillenews.orgWe keep Southwest Arkansas covered!Nashville News Murfreesboro DiamondGlenwood Herald Montgomery County NewsnnnDr. Kenneth Bridges, a History Professor at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, can be reached at [email protected] The South Arkansas Historical Foundation is dedicated to educating the public about the state’s richhistory. The SAHF can be contacted at PO Box 144, El Dorado, AR, 71730, at 870-862-9890 or at http://soarkhistory.com/.

3Monday, February 22, 2016 The Nashville News Online at http://www.nashvillenews.org Call: 1-888-845-6397126 years ago: 1890Mr. P. D. Stephens hasbeen experimenting withokra fiber and has succeeded in making a very strongtwine of the inner bark. Theinner bark is very fine andcan be spun into thread verymuch like cotton and canbe woven into a strong anddurable cloth. It is estimatedthat at least half a ton of okracan be grown on an acreof land which would makeseveral thousand yards ofbagging.(Adv.) "I have been agreat sufferer from TorpidLiver and Dyspepsia. Everything I ate disagreed withme until I began taking Tutt'sPills. I have gained 15 poundsin weight." W.C. Schultze,Sold Everywhere100 years ago: 1916For the first time in thehistory of politics in Arkansas, the name of a candidate for the Presidentialnomination will appear onthe primary ticket for theelection in March. The nameof Woodrow Wilson is to beprinted on the ballots, andthe Democracy of Arkansaswill have an opportunity toexpress their choice directlyfor the presidential nominee.(Adv.) Is your eyesightgood? If not, a graduateoptometrist at Hale andHale's Drug Store will testyour eyes free, show you the9th Annual “Pulling” for EducationTrap Shoot Set for March 5 atRick Evans Grandview ShotgunRangeHOPE – The Universityof Arkansas Hope-TexarkanaFoundation will hold the9th Annual “Pulling” forEducation Trap Shoot onSaturday, March 5, at 8:00a.m. at the Arkansas Gameand Fish Commission RickEvans Grandview ShotgunRange in Columbus, Arkansas. This event is afundraiser for the UAHTFoundation and funds raisedsupport the UAHT IronhorseShooting Sports Team. Thistrap shooting competitionwill have 4 different flightswhich will include juniorhigh, senior high, collegiateteam, and community teamflights.Competition Flights:Junior High - 25 Trap - 50per 5 person squadSenior High – 50 Trap 100 per 5 person squadCollegiate – 100 Trap 300 per 5 person squadCommunity – 50 Trap 300 per 3 man squadLunch will be providedfor participants by FarmCredit Services; and awards,sponsored by ArkansasFarm Bureau, will be presented to the high pointteams of each flight duringlunch. AEP SWEPCO is alsoa lead sponsor of the event.For more information andto register a team, visit thecollege website www.uacch.edu or contact Brent Talleyat 870-722-8243.Arkansas Agriculture Hall of FameTickets On Sale - Six Arkansas AgLegends to be Inductedsas Agriculture Hall of Fameis to build public awarenessof agriculture and to formallyrecognize and honor individuals whose efforts haveled to the prosperity of localcommunities and the state.The newest class includesthe late W.H. (Bill) Caldwellof Rose Bud, the late HankChamberlin of Monticello,poultry executive Gary C.George of Springdale, ricefarmer and state Rep. DavidHillman of Almyra, longtime Cooperative Extensionrice specialist Bobby Hueyof Newport and cattlemanJohn Frank Pendergrass ofCharleston.Tracy Weems, 51, of MineralSprings, passed away on Friday,February 19, 2016 in Ashdown. Hewas born on June 8, 1964 in Buloxi,Mississippi, the son of the late ElreyWeems and Julia Tabler.In addition to his father, ElreyWeems; he was preceded in death by his maternalgrandparents, Lonnie and Mattie McCullough; andpaternal grandparents, Orville and Beda Weems.He is survived by his mother and stepfather, JuliaTabler and William of Mineral Springs; one daughter,Ashley Weems of Texarkana, Texas; aunts, uncles,and cousins; and a host of other relatives and friendsmourn his passing. Tracy was employed at Domtarin Ashdown and member of the New Shiloh BaptistChurch in Mineral Springs.Services will be Monday, February 22, 2016 at2:00 PM at New Shiloh Baptist Church with BrotherDavid Raulerson oficiating. Burial to follow atMineral Springs Cemetery under the direction ofLatimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.You may send an online sympathy message towww.latimerfuneralhome.com.Barbara HendrixMs. Barbara Hendrix, 44, of Mineral Springspassed on Sunday, February 21 at a Texarkana hospital. Arrangements are pending with Hicks FuneralHome, Inc.Send all obituaries [email protected] Black Hall of FameFoundation grant proposalsdue April 1Little Rock, Ark. (Feb. 15, 2016) – For the twelfth year ina row, the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame (ABHF) Foundation,in partnership with Arkansas Community Foundation, isawarding grants to programs that benefit African-Americancommunities and/or other underserved populations inArkansas through a focus on education, health and wellness, youth development, small business developmentor economic development. Proposals will be acceptedonline now through April 1.Organizations seeking funding can complete the onlineapplication available at www.arcf.org/abhof.“The grant program allows us to make grants to grassroots organizations throughout Arkansas,” said ABHFChair Charles Stewart. “Our 1,000- 5,000 grants canmake the difference to enable the town of Waldo to havea library or Winchester to initiate a food bank to providefor families who do not have adequate food. I believe thatwe are changing the landscape of the philanthropic community in Arkansas.”Since 2004, ABHF has awarded more than 440,000 tononprofits across the state. Projects supported throughthis grant program range from mentoring efforts for promising young math and science students to exercise classesfor low-income families in rural areas.“We’re honored to partner with the Arkansas Black Hallof Fame Foundation to provide a support system for Arkansans working to create positive change,” said HeatherLarkin, President and CEO of the Community Foundation.Grants will typically range from 1,000 to 2,500 butmay approach 5,000 in special circumstances. Fundsfrom the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation cannotbe allocated for adult salary support or to support generaloperating budgets outside the specific proposal or project. All geographic sections of the state are eligible, butscholarship requests will not be considered. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, hospitals, public schools andgovernment agencies are eligible to apply. Organizationsthat do not qualify for tax-exempt status are not eligible.Priority consideration will be given to:Applications that show multiple sponsoring agencies/organizationsProposals that include evidence of local financial support ( including, but not limited to, in-kind support)Proposals that demonstrate collaborative venturesamong organizations within the communityProposals that have promise for sustainability beyondthe period of the grantProposals that show an innovative approach to community challenges.The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame Foundation aims toprovide an environment in which a future generation ofAfrican American achievers with Arkansas roots will thriveand succeed. The Foundation honors the contributions ofAfrican Americans through its annual Black Hall of Fameinduction ceremony, and awards grants to support charitable endeavors in the Black community. Learn more atwww.arblackhalloffame.org.Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities.The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansansprotect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as theylearn more about community needs. By making grantsand sharing knowledge, the Community Foundationsupport charitable programs that work for Arkansas andpartners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided morethan 132 million in grants and partnered with thousandsof Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods,our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates arefully tax deductible.AGFC announces new directorLITTLE ROCK – Commissioners unanimously approved Jeff Crow as directorof the Arkansas Game andFish Commission at today’smonthly meeting.Crow, AGFC chief of staff,will assume the role of director July 1. He will replaceMike Knoedl, who is retiring after 31 years with theagency. Crow will be theagency’s 17th director in its101-year history.“I’m very humbled bythe Commission’s decision,but I also am very confidentmoving forward,” Crow said.“The direction and supportthis Commission has givenDirector Knoedl and myselfgives me that confidence.The staff of the AGFC are likenone other in their passionand dedication, and I thinkwe are really poised to continue this agency’s momentum in managing the naturalresources of the state for thepeople of Arkansas.”Each Commissionerspoke highly of all candidates interviewed for theposition.“I feel very comfortablethat long after I’m gone thatwe are in good hands withthe leaders in place at thisagency,” CommissionerSteve Cook said. “You havea great staff underneath you,and I look forward to theprogress you’ll make for t

Feb 22, 2016 · and burn rings, checking trees for signs of illness and dead limbs, picking up litter, keeping park sins clean and visible, remov - ing grafiti and painting picnic tables as necessary, reporting new damage from vandalism/storm damage/looding, and us-ing personal power tools as nec