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BIC auction to benefit FFA program raises over $33,000 (03/28/17)
A large crowd gathered Saturday to show their support for the Buffalo Island Central FFA. A dinner and auction was held at the Monette First Baptist New Life Center. FFA Adviser Bruce Fires welcomed everyone thanking the school and the community for their support. ...
Julia's Rescue Barbecue opens in Monette (03/28/17)
Julia's Rescue BBQ opened in Monette on Tuesday, March 21, with a great reception. The barbecue trailer is set up on the lot across from the Buffalo Island Museum. Julia Holmes is excited about opening the business and starting her second career. She is a native of Leachville and a retired nurse, having worked at St. Bernards Medical Center for 32 years...
SB 535 defeated in committee (03/28/17)
Many residents of Buffalo Island, which makes up the Eastern District of Craighead County, traveled to Little Rock last Tuesday to oppose the passage of Senate Bill 535, which would do away with the county's dual judicial districts...
Manager of Monette Flash Market arrested (03/28/17)
A bench warrant was served Wednesday afternoon on Shane Allen Nelson, manager of Flash Market in Monette, at Flash Market. The suspect is charged with delivery of meth, less than two grams, and possession of meth...
Council moves forward on Melody Theater repair (03/28/17)
Three council members and Mayor Ralph Wells met in a special called Leachville Council meeting to discuss refurbishing the Melody Theater. The Leachville landmark was damaged March 1 when it was hit by lightning causing a fire. The stage area at the back of the theater was damaged by fire with the entire building receiving smoke damage...
BIC FFA Auction/Dinner set for March 25 (03/21/17)
The Buffalo Island Central annual Alumni Auction will be held on Saturday, March 25, at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Monette. The free meal will be served at 5 p.m. and the auction will begin at 6 p.m...
Jeremy Bennett joins Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC (03/21/17)
Jeremy Bennett of Manila is embarking on a new, exciting career as a licensed real estate agent, with Whitetail Properties Real Estate, LLC. Bennett, a land specialist, will be working throughout nine counties including Mississippi, Craighead, Greene, Clay, Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp, Izard and Fulton...
Buffalo Island Central congratulate student and staff achievement (03/21/17)
Board members heard news of success throughout Buffalo Island School District at the March 16 meeting. Jill Sanders and students in the EAST program traveled to Hot Springs, receiving the Founder's Award. Along with an award, the highest honor the program can receive, the district will acquire nearly $10,000 in technology...
Manila Elementary students send appreciation letters to board members (03/21/17)
Manila School Board members were recognized by Elementary Principal Jason Evers at the March 16 meeting. Evers kicked off the meeting by presenting each board member a book filled with letters of appreciation from students. ...
Monette City Council accepts resignation at special called meeting (03/21/17)
The Monette City Council held a special meeting March 13 at city hall to discuss city business. The city dog catcher, Bill Benham, resigned following a change in pay to city dog catcher from $100 per week to $35 per dog. Employees from Sanitation and Water departments will take turns caring for any animals in the shelter temporarily until a replacement is hired...
Good Samaritians spread cheer to Caraway family (03/14/17)
Seventy-five area volunteers arrived early and stayed late to make necessary repairs to the roof and home of Larry Brooks in Caraway. "The workers were here by 6:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4," Brooks said. "They brought all the necessary roofing, lumber, tools and equipment needed to get the job done. It was amazing to see how organized and committed they were."...
Caraway Council lowers water and sewer rates (03/14/17)
Caraway Council passed Ordinance 2017-04, an ordinance covering water and sewer rates, at the Thursday, March 9 meeting. Water rates were reduced to $7.43 for the first 1,000 gallons, $4.12 per thousand gallon after. Sewer rates will be $12.45 for the first 1,000 gallons, $4.73 per 1,000 gallon after...
Riverside School Board selects high school principal (03/14/17)
Members of the Board of the Riverside School District met March 6 to discuss applicants for high school principal. Following an executive session, the Board offered the position to Matt Ziegler who graciously accepted. "Thank you," Zeigler said, "I am excited." Ziegler presently serves as assistant principal...
Lake City teen sentenced to 60 years (03/14/17)
Jacob Thomas Craig, 18, of Lake City, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for first degree murder and robbery. Craig plead guilty to the charges and received 40 years for murder and 20 years for robbery to be served consecutively on Monday, March 6...
Area educators recognized (03/14/17)
Three area educators were recognized at the 38th annual AGATE (Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education) Conference held in Little Rock March 1-3. Receiving the awards were Brenda Hutcheson, G/T coordinator and teacher at Riverside Public School; Sharon Colburn, G/T specialist, Crowley's Ridge Education Cooperative; and Diane Montgomery, G/T coordinator and G/T teacher at Brookland Public School.. ...
Elite Senior Care LLC opens office in Manila (03/14/17)
Elite Senior Care, LLC, owned by Justin and Lindsey Hagood, was welcomed to Manila on Thursday, March 9, with a ribbon cutting. An open house/reception was held at the new branch located at 434 West Highway 18 by-pass (the former Wagner Family Clinic). The Manila office opened on Dec. 2, 2016...
Nardica Buckner GED instructor at ANC Leachville (03/14/17)
Nardica Buckner of Leachville is the new GEDŽ instructor at Arkansas Northeastern College in Leachville. Leachville classes are open Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. ...
Plans underway for May 20 Lake City Spring Fest (03/07/17)
The first Lake City Spring Fest will be held from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Biscuit Short ballpark...
Manila Council votes to decrease new utility rates (03/07/17)
Council members voted unanimously at the Feb. 27 meeting to revise/adjust the recent increase in utilities to a lower amount. The revised rates for the first thousand gallons of water will be $10; first thousand for sewer will be $12; sanitation will be $15 for a minimum bill of $37. ...
Monette Council discusses sanitation fee reduction (03/07/17)
Monette City Council members discussed the possibility of a one time reduction in sanitation fees during the Feb. 27 meeting. Residential sanitation fees will lower from $11 before taxes to $7 before taxes beginning the next billing cycle. Fees will remain at that level until March 1 of 2018 at which time the Council will reconvene to decide charges...
Leachville burglaries (03/07/17)
Leachville Police Department is investigating two main street burglaries that occurred at two local businesses over the weekend. According to Lt. Brandon Womack the first burglary was at Gary's Food Mart at approximately 1:05 a.m. Saturday. There was forced entry at the front door, the phones lines were cut, and suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the safe and ATM machine...
Leachville landmark hit by fire (03/07/17)
Moba Lee Miller, Melody Theater committee member, could not hold back a few tears as she inspected the fire damage to the theater, a Leachville landmark. A fire broke out early Wednesday morning about 4 a.m. at the back of the theater during storms that caused damage across Buffalo Island. Lightning is suspected to be the cause of the fire...
Mrs. Atlas Harding turns 102 (03/07/17)
Mrs. Atlas (Pace) Harding of Lake City turned 102 years old on March 7. Born in 1915, she is the daughter of Odie and Bessie (Caton) Pace. Her family moved to Lake City from Tennessee when she was two years old...