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Tri-County Relay for Life teams are taking pre-orders on Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a fundraiser.  Original glazed doughnuts are $8 a dozen, special variety dozens are $9 a dozen and signature coffees are $9 a bag. Deadline date to place your preorders is Tuesday, March 7th & the pickup date is Saturday, March 11th. You can place you order with any Tri-County Relay for Life Team.  Relay for Life of Tri-County includes Pike, Montgomery and NW Clark County in Arkansas.

The Scrapper Baseball Hit a Thon Fundraiser will be Thursday Feb 23 at Wilson Park, following a scrimmage against Murfreesboro at 5:00. There will be door prizes to win. Dinner will be a delicious grilled Cheeseburger! Find a Scrapper Baseball player and make a pledge or donation!!! Special thanks to Tyson for their donation of the hamburgers.

Kindergarten Pre-Registration for JoAnn Walters Elementary School will be held on February 23rd at the school office from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00.  This is for any student turning 5 on/after August 1.  Parents are asked to bring a birth certificate, social security card and shot records.  Call 870-286-2015 for more information.

A benefit is planned for George Watson on Saturday, February 25th at the Tabernacle C.M.E. Church, located at 1670 Schaal Road.  The event will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. and the public is invited.  Watson is currently receiving dialysis and all funds raised will be used for medical expenses.

The Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation 12th annual Gala will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the Futrell Marine Warehouse in Nashville.  The event will include a gourmet buffet, entertainment, raffle tables and much more.  Foundation Director Amelia Moorer says this year’s theme is fire and ice with red, white or black formal attire requested.  Several sponsors have already committed their support to the event and all money raised helps support the local hospital.  For sponsorship opportunities or for more information, contact Moorer at 870-845-8001.

The Mighty Spinners will be in concert at UA Hempstead Hall on Saturday, February 25th at 7 p.m.  Tickets available at hempsteadhall.com.

Registration for the Nashville Softball league has started.  Forms are available at the Nashville City Park.  This includes: 6u coach pitch; 8u pitching machine; 10u, 12u, 14u fastpitch.  For players already on teams, see a coach for a registration form.  The deadline is February 28th.  There is a $45 registration fee payable to the Nashville Softball Association.

Scrapper Baseball Schedule Update: The season opener with Mena has been moved to Feb 28.

Mineral Springs Church of Christ will hold a Ladies Night Out on Thursday, March 2nd.  Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.  Speaker will be Amy Bearden “I’m Ok, You’re Ok”.

Simple Simons Pizza in Nashville will host a benefit for Kim Chambers on Saturday, March 4th from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Kim has been diagnosed with breast cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy.  She is a longtime employee of Simple Simons Pizza and has lived in Nashville all of her life.  On Saturday, March 4th, half of all sales for the day will be donated to Kim and her family.  They will also have “Team Kim” t-shirts for sale, so stop by for the buffet or place an order to show your support.

Attention parents/guardians of children who are already three or are turning three before August 1, 2017 or are four years old, Nashville ABC
Preschool is having their early registration for the 2017-18 school year the week of March 6-10, 8 until 3 each day. If you would like to enroll your child in a high quality preschool setting please come by 415 N. 4th Street and pick up an application. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, social security card, shot record(if 4 yrs. old must have 4 year shots), 2016 tax return or W-2. If you have any questions you may contact Linzi Wallis @ (870) 845-1820.  Nashville ABC Preschool 415 N. 4th St.

Mark your calendars for 2017’s First Tournament at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Shotgun Range for the 10th Annual “Pulling” for Education Trap Shoot! Friday March 10th will be the Community Division and Saturday March 11th will be the High School and Collegiate Divisions. For more information or to register contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 870-722-8516.

Sunset church of Christ in Nashville will hold a blood drive on Sunday afternoon, March 12th in the Fellowship Building.

The Area 3 Cattlemen’s Conference will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds, the evening of March 14th.

The Murfreesboro Rattler Baseball team is excited to host their Youth Camp for all ages.  Areas of focus will be throwing, fielding, hitting, competition, mental mindset, and having fun.  Each camper will receive a t-shirt along with possible prizes through competitions. If you have any questions please contact Coach McRae at 870-285-1228.  K-3rd grade March 15th  3:30-6:00– $25.00(due 3-8-17 for t-shirt on camp day).  4th-8th grade March 16th  3:30-6:00- $25.00(due 3-8-17 for t-shirt on camp day).

The Pike County Extension Service will host an Arkansas Boater Education Course on Saturday, March 18 from 9 until 3:30, 100 Court Street in Murfreesboro.  Click here to register.

A Benefit for Dylan Fatherree, Chili/Soup Supper And Live Auction will be held on Saturday, March 18 at the Newhope Fire Dapartment at 5 p.m.  The auction begins at 6 p.m.  Chances are being sold for a chance to win a 308 Savage with Scope and a RTIC Cooler.  Chances are $1:00 for one or $5:00 for 6.  Winner will be announced at the benefit, do not have to be present to win.  Dylan is 20 years old with a new family. He is unable to work or drive due to undiagnosed medical condition. Dylan has many appointments with specialist over the next few weeks with extensive testing on his heart and brain.  To purchase tickets or to donate an item, please call Traci at 870-925-0288 or Mondi at 870-200-4549.

The Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center in Columbus invites you to take the Arkansas Hunter Education Course on March 22 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Registration required. Visit www.register-ed.com to register.  Lunch not provided. Bring a sack lunch.  Who Needs Hunter Education? Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, must complete a hunter education course and carry a valid hunter education card to hunt in Arkansas. Children under 16 may hunt without hunter education as long as they are under the direct supervision of an adult who is 21 years old. There is no specific age requirement to enroll in hunter education. However, the educational material is based on a sixth-grade reading level. Arkansas recognizes hunter education cards from other states. Arkansas’s hunter education program is recognized in all states as well as in Canada and Mexico.  There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax.  For more information, please contact the Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center at 870-983-2790.

The Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce Community Coffee on Wednesday March 22nd will be hosted by the Hope Jr. Auxiliary. The Coffee is set for 9:30am until 11am at the Chamber office.

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.

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.

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 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

Arkansas State Police Troop K will not hold a driver’s testing session for the month of February in Murfreesboro.  No driver’s testing in Murfreesboro for the month of February.

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 nathan.evans@nashvillesd.com.

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 fran.strawn@nashvillesd.com.

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 www.arcrisiscenter.org.

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.