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September 20, 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.


Fairgrounds set to open in 2020
THE GRANT COUNTY FAIR BOARD plans to have the new fairgrounds location on U.S. Hwy. 167 North open in time for the 2020 fair. Above are the plans and design for the new fairgrounds location.
THE GRANT COUNTY FAIR BOARD plans to have the new fairgrounds location on U.S. Hwy. 167 North open in time for the 2020 fair. Above are the plans and design for the new fairgrounds location.
Grant County fairgoers can expect to see festivities at a different location in 2020. Officials tout that an area on Hwy. 167 will allow for not only a better experience, but also a bigger one
Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Local builders offer insight into hiring of code enforcement officer
It's more of a matter of if not when Sheridan will hire a code enforcement officer. That was evident from the mood in the room as several members of the Sheridan City Council, acting as the Public Safety Committee, met last week to consider the idea of hiring someone to oversee new construction and remodeling projects.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Grant County Fair Schedule of Events
Saturday, Sept. 14 10 a.m. - Competition begins with Baby Queen 6 p.m. - Princess, Jr. Miss, Miss, & Mrs. Fair Queen & Talent Competition Sunday, Sept. 15 2 - 4 p.m..- Set up Educational booths-4H, FFA, School Monday, Sept. 16 1 - 8 p.m. - Set up Educational booths 1 - 8 p.m. - Set up Commercial Exhibits 1 - 8 p.m. - Enter All Home Economics Exhibits, Horticulture, & Field Crops 7 p.m. - Horse Halter Class
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rash of thefts targeting unlocked vehicles
Lock your vehicle. That's the simple advice from the Sheridan Police Department in defending against a rash of thefts that have targeted several Sheridan neighborhoods. The list of "breaking and entering" incidents, at seven, was lengthier than average a couple of weeks ago. Then last week, there were 10 more. The thieves are showing up late at night or during the wee hours of the morning, and vehicle owners are discovering the culprit's (or culprits') handiwork in the morning
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Mass Flu Clinic set for Sept. 27
The inevitable flu season is fast approaching, and the Arkansas Department of Health is readying to provide its annual mass flu clinics across the state to help immunize Arkansans against the illness. Mass flu clinics will be held statewide over the next several weeks for the general public and through schools for school aged children, staff and faculty in preparation for this year's flu season.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

GCUCRC scaring up funds with second annual haunted house
Ghosts and goblins, zombies and monsters of all kinds...it's that time of year again...Halloween is just around the corner, and the Grant County Unified Community Resource Council is ready to bring on the scares with its second annual haunted house fundraiser
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Fall carnival set for Oct. 31 on courthouse square
Come one, come all...it's the Grant County Fall Carnival! With trunk or treating, games, entertainment, costume contests and much more, there's sure to be lots of fun! The Grant County Fall Carnival powered by Kick Start Sheridan Inc., will be held on the courthouse square on Oct. 31.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Draper's death a suicide, authorities say

Editor’s note: This story contains mature subject matter and may not be appropriate for all readers.

Rusty Draper, by his own hand, lasted less than a year in state prison.

The 47-year-old Prattsville man pleaded guilty to murder in a plea deal in Grant County Circuit Court in mid-May 2018, and by the end of March, he had taken his own life – something he had talked about and tried before. His method of suicide was to take a more-than-lethal dose of his blood pressure medication, according to a State Police investigation into his death, a report of which was given to The Headlight on Aug. 28.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

GCSO investigating second homicide of 2019

The death of a 37-year-old Sheridan man is being investigated as a homicide by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department after deputies were called to his residence in the early morning hours Friday.

Grant County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Pete Roberts said, in a press release issued Friday afternoon, that deputies were dispatched to a residence on Grant 9 Aug. 23 at approximately 6:55 a.m. in reference to a possible death, and upon arrival found Keith Alan Bailey lying beside a camper trailer.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Body of missing Grant County sheriff's deputy found

The body of Grant County Deputy Keith Wright has been recovered a little over a month after he went missing.

Montgomery County Sheriff David White contacted the Grant County Sheriff’s Office on Friday evening about 7 p.m. to report that the Joplin Fire Department had recovered Wright’s body in the area on Lake Ouachita where he went missing, according to a press release from the office of Grant County Sheriff Ray Vance.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

County employees get 1.5 percent bonus

All 90 or so employees of Grant County will soon receive a 1.5 percent bonus, thanks to action taken on Monday night by the Quorum Court.

County Judge Randy Pruitt said he had looked over the finances and had given his thumbs up after determining that county finances were in good enough shape to make the one-time  outlay of funds, which amounts to about $54,000.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019


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