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Dierks Volunteer Fire Department will be having it’s 1st Annual Cawfish & Shrimp Boil on March 25th at 4 p.m. at the Dierks City Park.  Entertainment by Bill Powers and the Poor Boys. All proceeds to go to construction of a new Tanker Truck.  Call 870-557-5229 or 870-845-9668 for more information.

Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers is offering a free hive-building workshop Saturday March 25.  The workshop is open to anyone who would like to attend and get hands on experience in building bee hives from a kit.  The workshop will be held at Howard County Farmers’ Market in Nashville from 10 am until 2 pm.  Coffee, juice and refreshments will be served and lunch is pot luck.  There is no fee for the course, however, individuals will have to bring their own kits to build.  All those without kits are welcome to attend and learn!  For information on where to purchase kits and to register contact Debra Bolding at (870) 557-2352.

The Mineral Springs Community welcomes Thelma Forte, School Superintendent and David Bennett, Head Football Coach to Mineral Springs.  A welcoming reception will be held at the Black Pearl on Sunday, March 26 from 12:30 to 2:30.  The community is invited.  Hosted by the community of Mineral Springs.

The Howard Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting an onsite Scrub Sale on March 31st in the hospital lobby. Uniforms 2 u 2 of Siloam Springs will have uniform and other accessories for sale in the HMH Lobby. This sale will be open from 7AM to 3PM, Friday only. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Auxiliary to support their fundraising efforts for 2017.

Super 4-Hers Club of Howard County will be having a flag retirement ceremony at 6 p.m. on April 4 at the EH Center in Nashville.  They are partnering with the local Boy Scouts for this event.  This is a solemn ceremony where old, tattered flags are retired.  If you have a flag that needs to be retired, please bring it to the EH Center in Nashville by April 4.

Midway Baptist Church at 504 Highway 27 South in Nashville will be having a Ladie’s Night Out on April 4th at 6 p.m.  The theme is Back to the 50’s and the topic is the “Lunch Lady” keeps it real- Relationships, Encouragement, Accountability, and Laughter.  A meal will be provided.  The lunch lady is presented by Brenda Marshall, aka Flower the Clown.

Harvest Regional Food Bank is returning to Howard County with its Mobile Pantry on Wednesday, April 5th from ten until noon at the First Baptist Church- Nashville Family Activity Building.  Seniors age 65 and older will be served first.  Pantry boxes provided to the first 120 qualifying households.  Must be a resident of Howard County.  Photo identification and proof of address required.

The monthly singing at Okay Community Baptist Church near Saratoga is Friday, April 7th, starting at 6:30 pm. There will be potluck supper. For directions and information, call 870-388-9200.

The Bingen Volunteer Fire Department annual benefit, auction and fish fry will be held on April 8th at the Bingen Volunteer Fire Department, 503 Hempstead CR 27 N.  Meal is by donation.  Serving starts at 5:30 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m.  For more information, contact Shane Stone at 557-2434.

Harvest Regional Food Bank Mobile Pantry will visit Pike County on Wednesday, April 26th from ten until noon at the Murfreesboro community room in the city municipal building at 204 E. Main Street.  Seniors age 65 and older will be served first.  Pantry boxes provided to the first 120 qualifying households.  Must be a resident of Pike County.  Photo identification and proof of address required.

Relay for Life in Hempstead County will host the annual Relay event on May 5th at the Hope Fair Park.  Theme is Carnival of Hope.  Visit their Facebook page for more information.

The 2nd annual Peach Festival Run will take place in Nashville on Saturday, May 6.  The 5K and Kids 800M Peach Dash will begin at the Nashville City Park Pavilion at 8 a.m.  All proceeds from this event will benefit The CALL of Howard County.

The 7th Annual Prospectors’ Gemboree and Famous Crater Diamonds Exhibition will be held on June 17th at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

Pack the Park Car Show will be September 9th, 2017 at the Nashville City Park.  Open class car show for cars and trucks. Divided by year: 1949/back, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s. 1980-1999, 2000-new. Corvettes by generation. Blue Grass,5Krun.  Pack the Park Car Show is a fund raiser for the 1912 EA Williams Chapel/Museum and is sponsored by the Howard Co. Historical Society. Your participation in this great car show helps support the museum and helps preserve a part of our local history and a beautiful building that is on the National Registry of Historical Places.  Call or text Freddie Horne for more information at 870-451-4288.

On-Going Events

The Dierks Athletic Booster Club is selling tickets for a 52 for 50 gun drawing.  A total of one thousand tickets are being sold this year for a chance to win a gun every week.  The drawing will begin the first Saturday of 2018 with the Arkansas Lottery Cash 3 Number.  Tickets can be purchased for a $50 donation.  All proceeds will benefit Dierks Outlaws Athletics.  If you would like to purchase a ticket call 870-557-2284 or 870-279-2109.

The city of Nashville is reminding citizens that brush & leaf pick up is available..and they ask local residents to please refrain from burning these items because the smoke affects some citizens who have health issues. If you have leaves or brush for pickup…just make sure that these items are accessible from the street.  Call 845-1440 to get a pickup scheduled.

The Nashville School Junior and Senior High Bands are looking for unwanted band instruments that could be donated to the band program, regardless of condition.  NJHS Band Director Nathan Evans says sometimes it is cheaper to repair an instrument than purchase a new one.  The program has seen a large increase in students and the program is not able to keep up with the demand for school-owned instruments.  Please bring instruments to Nashville Junior High anytime between 8:30am and 3:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan Evans at 870-845-7341 or email at

The 1912 E.A. Williams Chapel and Museum in Nashville now has regular open hours. The building is open Tuesday through Friday from noon until 4 each day.  There is no charge for the daily tours. The facility will also be available for after hour tours, special events, meetings, weddings, showers and Christmas parties at nominal fees.  For more information or to schedule a visit, call 870-451-4288.

The Mineral Springs Community Table serves meals the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month beginning at 5:30 pm in Town Hall.

The newly updated version of the Arkansas State Police drivers license examination study guide is now available at all troop headquarter locations. The study guide can also be downloaded here.

The Mineral Springs City Council now meets the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m.

Nashville High School journalism students are selling copies of yearbooks on DVD for $10.00 per year, or all years for $100. The years 1947 – 2010 are available, excluding 1949 and 1950 (there was not a publication for those years).  If you would like to order a DVD of a Nashville High School Yearbook, or for more information, contact Fran Strawn at 870-845-3261 or e-mail

The Howard County Weight Watchers meet every Monday at the Howard Memorial Hospital Cafeteria.  Weigh-in will be at 5:30, with the meeting to take place at 6:00.

The Howard and Pike County Foster Parent Association is seeking donations of new or gently used clothing.  The Layers of Love closet is being established to provide clothing to foster children who come into care with little or no clothing.  To make a donation, drop off items at the Howard/Pike County offices.

The McCaskill Community Center hosts a community coffee every Saturday from 9 until 11.  All are invited.

The historic Langley Gymnasium is now a drop-off point for the Dierks Food Bank. Please drop off any non-perishable food items and those will be donated to the food bank and needy families.

City Officers Wives are still collecting old cell phones. You can drop them off at Steely Insurance or Nashville Police Dept. They do not have to work, and all money from recycling them will be donated to Howard County Relay for Life. Call 845-2500 if you have any questions.

The Southwest Arkansas Crisis Center in DeQueen is seeking donations so that they can continue to provide services to the area. They are also seeking volunteers. They provide a number of services to the area including crisis intervention and prevention services, outreach, housing, counseling, financial assistance, criminal justice advocacy, and emergency food and clothing. They also staff a 24/7 crisis hotline at 1-800-338-9844. Call 870-584-3441 for more information or learn more at

The Howard County Christian Health Clinic is open the second Thursday of each month from 4 until 6 p.m.

The Mineral Springs Public Library is now open 3 days a week.  Tuesday 12pm-6pm, Wednesday and Thursday 11am-5pm.   There are two public computers available for use.  870-287-7162.

The Pike County Library in Murfreesboro is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 until 5. For more information, call 870-285-2575.

Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce Board Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Municipal Building.

Westside church of Christ in Dierks holds a grief support class every third Tuesday at 7 p.m. This is a caring group for all who feel the pain of loss. For questions call 870-451-3929.

The Howard County Sheriff’s Office now has an unwanted prescription drugs drop box. It is located in the lobby of the sheriff’s office and anyone can drop off their unwanted prescription drugs anytime. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Southwest Arkansas Beekeepers Association will collect honey bee swarms on your property at no charge. The bees are then used in the junior beekeeping program. Call Ellen at 870-557-4349 or Debra at 870-557-2352.

The Bread of Life Food Ministry soup kitchen is open each Tuesday from 5 until 7:00 at the Legion Hut on Dodson Street in Nashville. For more details call Cary Lott at 845-8809.

The Dierks Food Pantry is open on the third Saturday morning of each month. The pantry is located at the Dierks Community Center. For more information call Jerry Mounts at 557-7298. The food pantry is a registered 501-C3 nonprofit organization.

The Millwood Lake Focus Committee meets once a month to discuss issues, plan improvements and conducts an annual fishing tournament to raise funds for projects. For more details call Chairman Jim Stanton at 870-898-3534 or 870-403-1904.

Used eyeglasses are currently being collected by the Saratoga Tri-County Lions Club for recycling and reuse. For more information, call 388-9200.

Click here for a listing of special programs at Cossatot River State Park.