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August 19, 2019

Local students attend M.A.S.H. camp at JRMC
Local students attend M.A.S.H. camp at JRMC
Twenty-three junior and senior high-school students from Cleveland, Grant, Jefferson and Lincoln counties are attending a Medical Applications of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) camp June 10-21 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences South Central campus in Pine Bluff. Pictured with their instructors are (kneeling in front) Nathan Taylor, White Hall; (first row from left) Renisha Ward, camp director; Tyra Walker, Pine Bluff; Dahlia Ramsey, Pine Bluff; Abigail Howard, Pine Bluff; Kayln Howard, Rison; Daniel Stuckey, Rison. (Second Row from left) Rebecca Reed White Hall; Mya Cole, Pine Bluff; Claire Talbot, White Hall; Gracie Harris, Star City; Abby Gray, Rison; Alexis Mosley, Sheridan; Brooke Heller, Sheridan; Vanessa Hernandez, White Hall; Zachary Guinn, Rison; Emily Blue, Pine Bluff; and Sushma Dadlani, White Hall. (Back Row from left) Aaron Wilkins, Rison; Michael Burrage III, White Hall; Autumn Wooden, Sheridan; Faith Sipes, Rison and Kaitlyn Lee, Rison. (Not pictured, Aaliyah Handy, Pine Bluff). In addition to other activities, the students observed and participated in a "MASH Crash" simulated two-vehicle accident June 14 involving local first responders demonstrating the dangers of distracted driving. The two-week summer medical enrichment experience allows high school students to shadow health professionals and attend workshops that enhance their experiences in the health-care field. They learn about pharmacy, therapy, CPR, anatomy, surgery, emergency medical response and much more. The program hopes to encourage rural youth interested in medical fields to continue their education and then return to rural areas to work. M*A*S*H students are sponsored by their local county Farm Bureaus and the M*A*S*H Partnership, which includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science's Regional Centers, Arkansas Farm Bureau and Delta Dental. Arkansas Farm Bureau is a nonprofit, private farm and rural advocacy organization of more than 190,000 families throughout the state working to improve farm and rural life.

Deputy missing at Lake Ouachita

Keith Wright, a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s office, went missing Friday night while boating and swimming on Lake Ouachita and had not been found as of Monday morning.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in charge of the search, but they are getting help from numerous state and county agencies as well as area police and fire departments and search-and-rescue teams in combing the shoreline and searching the bottom of the lake. Where the 44-year-old deputy disappeared is as much as 90 feet deep.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Library summer reading program finale, Imagination Library Kick-Off

In a “Universe of Stories,” Grant County children were able to write one of their own this summer.

For three decades, the Grant County Library has hosted its annual summer reading program. The summer reading program is a nationwide program through the American Library Association. The association picks a theme that is used in libraries across the United States.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Handguns on courthouse grounds now okay for approved persons

Thanks to a new county ordinance certain individuals can now carry a handgun on courthouse grounds

The ordinance, written by Justice of the Peace Jason Roshto, was first brought to the quorum court for an initial reading in June’s meeting.

The court met in regular conference on July 15.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Art credit for school turned business for youngest "lampworker" in state

What started off as a way to fulfill an art credit for her homeschool curriculum has turned into a start-up “lampworker” business for 17-year-old Olivia Valentine of Rison.

As her mother, Jennifer King, recalls, Olivia, the daughter of Brad Valentine of Sheridan, was in need of an art credit to fulfill her homeschool requirements. Since her mother owned some property in Mountain View, they decided to make a trip to the Arkansas Craft School there to check out the art options.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wolfe leaves SSD bands to be EEI assistant principal

After 13 years with the Sheridan band program, Dennis Wolfe is broadening his horizons as the new assistant principal at East End Intermediate. The renowned trumpet player is known in the Sheridan School District’s band community for his wild anecdotes, captivating storytelling abilities, professional career with Litttle Rock’s own “Dizzy Seven,” genuine love for music and even greater love for his students.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Remembering... The Mysterious Murder of John Thurman McCool

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a two part series about the unsolved murder case of Thurman McCool that occurred in 1962 and remains one of the top 10 unsolved murders in the state. Part two will be published in next week’s Headlight.

Do you like to read a good murder mystery?  What if the mystery story is about a local man whose life and death became a part of Grant County and Jefferson County history?           

One of the Top 10 unsolved murders of the State of Arkansas happened in January of 1962 in the small, rural Hardin Cemetery east of Sheridan. On January 11th, the gunshot-riddled and frozen body of John Thurman McCool was found in the passenger’s seat of his snow-covered 1960 Pontiac where seven .45 caliber bullets had been fired in killing him.  And the law enforcement of the Grant County Sheriff, the Jefferson County Sheriff, and the Arkansas State Police began an investigation into this brutal murder there in the snow.  

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

One judge from Grant County, one from Hot Spring County Retired judges shed light on how the split came about

Grant County may wind up with a local circuit judge, not because of a statute or a judicial rule, but because of an arrangement set in motion years ago by two former circuit judges.

For 20 years, Grant and Hot Spring counties have been joined at the hip to form the Seventh Judicial District of Arkansas. With two circuit judge seats split as they are today between the two counties, many might assume that each seat is reserved for a resident from each county. However, the origins of that particular “gentleman’s agreement,” as some have called it (although not by the judges themselves), tell a different story.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tull tables pig ordinance City attorney says it needs work

More than a dozen citizens interested in a proposed pig ordinance in Tull filled the community center for the July meeting of the Tull Town Council on Monday, July 1, but they were met with the news that the Tull Town Council was postponing a decision on the proposal until its September meeting.

For the past several months, the council had been considering, and working toward, the passage of an ordinance that would not only set the limit on the number of swine allowed per owner in the city but dictate how far from property lines the penned pigs must be kept.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Volunteers, food, collars, leashes needed at animal control

Nestled between the Sheridan Detention Center and the city sewer ponds is Sheridan’s often forgotten Animal Control Center, which is in need of volunteers, food, collars, leashes and monetary donations.


The problem is simply a lack of almost everything needed to keep and care for the animals. Items even as simple as leashes – the center has three – are in short supply, making it take hours for volunteers to walk every dog. The pound is also completely out of collars. And when the facility is at capacity, the shelter sometimes has multiple dogs in the same cage. The center is equipped to hold 37 dogs; as of Monday, the facility had more than 20.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Farewell to Sheridan's 1963 high school

Where does one begin to capture the spirit of a building? Is it found in the loyal dedication by teachers who refused to give up on moving youngsters forward to a better life? Perhaps with students who applied themselves to whatever they received by attending? Or, is it the endless possibilities and the potential it all represents? Could it be the decades of many teachers whose careers intertwined with a school built in 1963? This week saw the beginning of the demolition of a building that for 56 years served the citizens of the Sheridan Consolidated School District Number 37.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Grant County children to get monthly free books thanks to SSD teacher, community leaders

An ambitious Sheridan teacher is the reason that kids in Grant County can receive free books every month.

Sheridan Elementary School has partnered with Kick Start Sheridan and the Grant County Library to bring the joy of reading to children age five an under in Grant County. Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, parents can now register their children for age-appropriate books free of charge.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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