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Masons raise $1,800 for park (02/02/16)
Masonic Lodge #558 raised $1,800 for the Monette Veterans Park by sponsoring a barbecue fundraiser on Jan. 23. "Over 260 meals were served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., " said David McCoy, Masonic Sr. Warden. ...
Southworth co-workers hold benefit chili cook-off (02/02/16)
Brian Dawson said when you need the support of your friends, there are none to compare with his co-workers at Southworth Products in Manila. Brian, a graduate of Manila High School, has worked at Southworth for six and a half years. Brian calls Southworth a wonderful company to work for and he is thankful to be a part of the group...
Buddy Bench given in memory of Slade Gilley (02/02/16)
It was a day for teachers, students, and family members to remember and honor Slade Gilley. Slade died in a house fire, along with other family members, in December 2014. Slade would have been in the sixth grade at Riverside West Elementary...
Manila Council amends 2015 budget (02/02/16)
City budget was the main topic of a special called Manila City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 25. Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner and city treasurer/bookkeeper Cathy Huddleston presented the 2015 budget summary which included beginning balance, income, expenses and ending bank balance for all departments...
Southworth hosts county mayor's meeting (02/02/16)
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner hosted the Mississippi County mayor's luncheon held at Southworth plant on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Wagner welcomed Judge Randy Carney, mayors and other guests to Manila. He expressed his appreciation to Southworth for opening their doors and providing space for the meeting...
Manila School board moving forward with building plans (02/02/16)
Manila School Board members reviewed building update by John Mixon, architect, and Adam Seider, project manager, at the Jan. 25 meeting. A more detailed design of the front of the new high school building was presented. The final review before bids should be ready in the near future...
Leachville council approves officer going full time (02/02/16)
Following a discussion and executive session at the Jan. 25 Leachville City Council meeting, it was decided to move Mike Shivey from part time to full time patrolman and Alan Lasater from full time to part time status...
Monette Police Department prepared to purchase new vehicle (02/02/16)
Monette Police Chief Brian Carmichael presented options available for the purchase of a new police vehicle to the Monette City Council Jan. 25 in Monette City Hall. The Council discussed the purchase of a new police vehicle with Chief Carmichael. ...
Hope Closet established as a mission (02/02/16)
In the small town of Black Oak, across from New Hope Baptist Church, Hope Closet is located on Main Street. The new building is filled with clothes to help others. The clothes closet is an outreach mission for Jeannie Meurer. ...
Blytheville Humane Society providing shelter and care for dogs and cats (01/26/16)
Thanks to a group of caring people there is a warm, dry place for dogs and cats at the Blytheville Humane Society shelter. The no-kill shelter stays at capacity most of the time with additional animals living in area foster homes. ...
Monette Veteran's Park planning underway (01/26/16)
The Monette Veteran's Park Committee met Jan. 18 in Monette City Hall to discuss plans and progress concerning the development of the Veteran's Park to be established in downtown Monette...
Committee formed to review pay scale (01/26/16)
Before approving the Lake City December minutes at the Jan. 18 meeting, Alderman Danny Dunigan said he would like to make a statement. Dunigan said the December minutes had appeared in two local newspapers and he wanted the employees to know he was not opposed to raises, he just wanted the need for adjusting a salary scale that would match job descriptions addressed...
Manila council continues discussions on sewer issues (01/26/16)
Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner and city council members continued discussion on sewer repairs at the regular Jan. 18 meeting. The council met in a special meeting Jan. 4 with city engineer to discuss the major areas needing immediate repairs...
Former Monette basketball player among "NEA Great" honorees (01/26/16)
Former Monette High School basketball player Darrell Bridges was among those recognized as one of the 2015 NEA Greats. The ceremony, recognizing players, coaches, officials and fans, was held at the end of the 69th annual NEA Tournament at Arkansas State University Convocation Center on Dec. 30...
BIC Board moving forward with construction plans (01/26/16)
John Mixon of Cromwell Architects and Engineers and Hardy Little of Little and Associates addressed the Bufallo Island School Board along with Adam Seider of Nabholz Construction, during the Jan. 21 meeting. They answered questions asked by the Board concerning roles moving forward in the future construction on Monette and Leachville campuses...
BIC millage passes (01/19/16)
Buffalo Island Central School District has new facilities in the future due to the voters approval of a 7 mill increase. The millage proposal passed by 61 percent of the votes, 669-434. Plans are to construct a new building to house kindergarten through sixth grade in Leachville and a new building for seventh through 12th grade in Monette. The construction will be on the existing campuses...
Manila Nursing Center welcomes new administrator (01/19/16)
Christie Ruhter is the new administrator at Manila Nursing Center and is looking forward to a good year. A native of Cabot, she started working in long term care at the age of 18. She worked as a CNA and attended nursing school earning a nursing degree. She worked as a floor nurse for six years and accepted a position of nursing manager at Beebe in 2014...
Caraway Mayor offers State of the City address (01/19/16)
Caraway Mayor Barry Riley gave the State of the City address at the Jan. 14 meeting. During 2015 the city leased the Basler building to Crop Production for $1,000 a month. Riley said he was proud to announce the city had paid off the sewer/waste water treatment plant 24 years early...
Keeping the water flowing (01/19/16)
Caraway resident Kenny Weathers expressed his appreciation to two local state representatives, Dan Sullivan, District 53, and Dave Wallace, District 54, for their efforts in getting the tunnels at Rivervale Bridge cleaned out. The tunnels, built in 1924, have two waterways flowing, Floodway and Buffalo. The unique tunnels allow the Buffalo Ditch to flow under the Floodway...
Southworth expansion will create new jobs (01/12/16)
Southworth Products Corporation announced plans on Wednesday, Jan. 6, to expand its manufacturing facility in Manila creating approximately 35 new jobs. The company plans to invest $935,000 in the expansion...
Manila Council discusses sewer system (01/12/16)
Manila City Council met with engineer David Hopkins with Landmark Engineering in a special called meeting Monday, Jan. 4, to discuss the city sewer system. Mayor Wayne Wagner thanked Hopkins for meeting with the council to discuss what can be done immediately to replace the emergency areas and branch out from there for a complete new system...
Public meetings held to discuss BIC millage proposal (01/12/16)
The Buffalo Island Central school district held public meetings Jan. 5 in Monette and Jan. 7 in Leachville for final discussions before the Jan. 12 millage vote for new construction...
Riverside Superintendent announces plans to retire (01/12/16)
The Riverside School Board shared their appreciation for a job well done as they accepted a letter of resignation submitted by Superintendent Tommy Knight at the Jan. 4 district meeting held in Caraway...
Retired Leachville referee among honorees at NEA Tournament (01/12/16)
Retired basketball referee A.J. Bandy of Leachville was among those recognized as Friends of the NEA at the last night of the 2015 NEA Tournament at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center...