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July 17, 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.

New pot laws creating changes for law enforcement 'Always illegal' is now 'maybe legal'
Sheridan Police Chief Jason Teague, flipping through the 38 pages of Amendment 98, also known as Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, says he and his staff are ready to accommodate the new law, which makes possession of medicinal marijuana legal. Photo by Byron Tate

Sheridan Police Chief Jason Teague, flipping through the 38 pages of Amendment 98, also known as Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, says he and his staff are ready to accommodate the new law, which makes possession of medicinal marijuana legal. Photo by Byron Tate

Arkansas voters approved Amendment 98 to the Constitution in 2016, and in May, the state became the 33rd in the nation where medical marijuana can be purchased legally – so law enforcement has had awhile to get used to the idea.


Still, the fact that on one day, any possession of marijuana was illegal and the next, it might be legal is taking some getting used to.

Wednesday, June 26, 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

Tull neighbors hold noses at pig smell; town council ready to act

The Tull Town Council is ready to act on the complaints of some residents as it considers a proposed ordinance aimed at limiting the ability of someone to raise pigs in the city limits, but the farmer who is raising pigs said no one has mentioned to him that there’s a problem.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

GCQC votes to move transfer station

After months of discussion about the location of the county’s transfer station, the Grant County Quorum Court voted on Monday, June 17 to approve the move.

Currently, the transfer station is located at the entrance to the ball fields at the Sheridan Recreation Center on Highway 46. The vote will move the station to an area near the Grant County Road Department on Oklahoma Street. To avoid traffic problems, residents of Grant County will access the transfer station through Gatzke Drive instead of Oklahoma Street.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Every vote counts! Orman wins school board election by 5 votes

Jeremy Orman tiptoed to a 5-vote victory in a runoff bid for a seat on the Sheridan School Board, and while his opponent, Jan Caldwell, said she was not going to ask for a recount, she did express concern about the low number of polling places open to patrons on election day.

Voters took to the polls in May to settle a three-person race that itself was razor close. In that election, Orman received 488 votes, Caldwell got 481, and Margaret Dobson received 421. In Tuesday’s runoff, Orman received 728 votes to Caldwell’s 723.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Plethora of proposals fill Sheridan School Board agenda

The Sheridan School Board met at the Central Administration Building at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 10 and navigated through an agenda full of proposals of changes for the 2019-2020 school year among other items.

The meeting kicked off with the district’s monthly Spotlight Successes. Sheridan Junior High School advisor Allison Michau earned first and second place  in Region 2 for the Economics Arkansas Stock Market Award. Sheridan Intermediate School advisor Sheri DeSoto was the first and second place winner in Region 2 in the Elementary School Division of the awards.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mayor to call special City Council meeting

At the June meeting of the Sheridan City Council, the topic of an ordinance violation came up in terms of the Legacy Pointe subdivision on Highway 270.

This marked the second time that Spud Properties, run by Cliff Crouse and Chad Graves, had run afoul of a city ordinance that mandates the minimum distance houses must be from the property line.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Kick Start Sheridan discusses new ball fields

Dozens of members of Kick Start Sheridan filled Sheridan City Hall on Friday, June 21 to hear a proposal about moving the Sheridan Little League baseball fields from its current location to the Sheridan Recreation Center.

Kick Start Sheridan Co-Chair Brad McGinley kicked off the meeting saying this “could be the first meeting of many.”

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Officers change at Poyen School Board

The Poyen School Board met on Thursday, June 20 at the Jerry and Ouida Newton Arena one of the items on the agenda was naming the officers of the board for the upcoming year.

The board has traditionally had a rotating schedule for deciding who fills which position. Two of the positions were to be filled by members who are no longer on the board, so the members that replaced them filled the officer positions. When the board reconvenes in August, the new school board president will be Rachel Wallis, while the vice president will be Kelli Hopkins. Brad Austin will fill the role of secretary.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Subdivision spacing issue resurfaces

A familiar issue was revisited at the Sheridan City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 4. 

At the June 2018 City Council meeting, an irregularity was discovered at Legacy Pointe Subdivision, in which the first four houses were built too close to each other.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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