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"WASHROOM" exhibit at GCM takes a step back in time
THE “WASHROOM” EXHIBIT at the Grant County Museum takes a step back in time showcasing tools and equipment used in the laundry process many years ago. Washing clothes and tending to laundry is a chore that goes back centuries, but how the clothes are washed and the tools used in this process have drastically changed. At one time the process involved drawing water from a well to fill a large pot that would be heated by a burning fire, then adding lye soap, boiling the dirty clothes to loosen the grease and dirt, filling a washing pot with cold water, using one’s hands and either a rub board or a wood block and batten board to beat the dirt and grease out, then moving them into a rinse tub. Finally they were hung on a clothesline outside to dry. Now the process is simpler with the invention of electric and gas washing machines and dryers.
THE “WASHROOM” EXHIBIT at the Grant County Museum takes a step back in time showcasing tools and equipment used in the laundry process many years ago. Washing clothes and tending to laundry is a chore that goes back centuries, but how the clothes are washed and the tools used in this process have drastically changed. At one time the process involved drawing water from a well to fill a large pot that would be heated by a burning fire, then adding lye soap, boiling the dirty clothes to loosen the grease and dirt, filling a washing pot with cold water, using one’s hands and either a rub board or a wood block and batten board to beat the dirt and grease out, then moving them into a rinse tub. Finally they were hung on a clothesline outside to dry. Now the process is simpler with the invention of electric and gas washing machines and dryers.
THE “WASHROOM” EXHIBIT at the Grant County Museum takes a step back in time showcasing tools and equipment used in the laundry process many years ago.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015


Local economy still struggles

Grant County has largely not recovered from the Great Recession that economists generally concede ended on the national level in 2009, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Counties headquartered in Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Chamber announces top award winners

The Grant County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet recently at the Epperson Center of Immanuel Baptist Church in Sheridan.

Earning the Business of the Year for 2014 was Uncle Henry’s Smokehouse. The restaurant and fresh market is owned and operated by the Henry Ford family and is a popular eating spot in Sheridan.


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Arkansas wildfires burn 1,322 acres over holiday weekend

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. – Similar to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend last year, Arkansas experienced higher than normal wildfire activity from that Saturday-Monday due to dry vegetation, mild temperatures, gusty winds, and low humidity levels. AFC crews, in partnership with local fire departments, suppressed a total of 86 wildfires that burned 1,322 acres. Baxter, Faulkner, Izard, Marion, Pulaski, and Searcy counties had wildfires that burned 100+ acres. Two homes were lost in Grant County.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHS JROTC Rifle Team takes 3rd in State
THE SHERIDAN HIGH SCHOOL JROTC Rifle Team placed third in Arkansas at the JROTC State Rifle Championship held at Newport High School.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grinnell earns title of County Spelling Bee champion

Each year the Sheridan and Poyen school districts participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After conducting qualifying rounds in December at each campus containing grades 3-8, the students competed in the Grant County Spelling Bee on Friday, Jan. 23 at Poyen.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

School Board focuses on facility improvements

The Sheridan School Board reviewed preliminary drawings of proposed construction for Sheridan High School and East End Middle School campuses during a special called meeting at the Administration Building on Jan. 5.

Representatives of the architectural firm Wittenberg, Deloney and Davidson of Little Rock displayed building plans for the high school showing the locations of additional classrooms, a modern indoor athletic center, band, culinary and agricultural education facilities. Most of the new construction will occur on the south side of Vine Street.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

School boards honored this month
Beverly Wells
Beverly Wells

January is School Board Member Recognition Month in Arkansas and the Sheridan School District joins with other districts in honoring more than 1,400 individuals across the state for their service and dedication to public education.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015


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