(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
The annual Buffalo Island EMS Ambulance auction was held Saturday, Feb. 25, at the BIC Elementary cafeteria in Monette. The crowd was there to help support the ambulance service. Friends bid against friends in a community spirit donating to a worthy cause. It was all in fun as cakes went for over $200 and homemade peanut brittle for $75.
Items donated included miniature collectible tractors, Ducks Unlimited print, cakes, pies, quilts, gift certificates, tools, chemicals and much more. The event raised approximately $16,000.
Auctioneers Captain Lovell, Bill Harrell, Jim Grisham, Roger Bell and Todd Emison kept the bidding lively.
In addition to the auction, barbecue sandwiches and other homemade concession items were available.
Donations were taken on a 3-1/2 870 Remington 12 gauge shotgun and a flat screen 20" television combo DVD/VCR player given away at the end of the auction. Sheila Evans of Leachville won the shotgun and Rose Gray of Leachville won the television.
"We appreciate everyone that takes part in the auction," Moba Lee Miller, board member, said. "The auction is successful year after year because of the community support."
Other board members include chairman Jodie Brown of Monette, Randy Jackson of Leachville, and Bob Blankenship and Bob Hurst, both of Monette.
Buffalo Island EMS Service has been part of the community since 1979. It is based in Monette and serves the Monette/Leachville area as well as surrounding communities when needed.
Connor Miller, 7, son of Gordon and Missy Miller, bid on a Ducks Unlimited print, "Big Woods Mallard by Larry Chandler," for his uncle, Gregg Miller. Gregg has bought a DU print every year but was unable to attend this year's auction. Connor was determined to get the print and had to bid $590. Connor did not know until after the auction, but ironically, he was bidding against his cousin, Blaine Wildy, 5, son of Mr. and Mrs. Justin Wildy.