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April 26, 2018

Louisiana man sentenced in fatal accident case

A Louisiana man took a negotiated plea last week for a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a local woman who died as a result of an automobile accident in August 2017.

On Thursday Aug. 10, 2017, Grant County resident Shelby Rhodes fell victim to a fatal vehicle collision just south of Sheridan on U.S. Hwy. 167.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Governor launches work readiness program

Last Monday, representatives from Arkansas, Grant and Jefferson counties met at the State Capitol to help Governor Asa Hutchinson launch the ACT Work Ready Communities program.

At the 30-minute long event, Hutchinson told the crowd that he has been trying to get programs like this off the ground for years.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PSD appoints next PHS principal

At the end of this semester, Poyen High School Principal Dennis Emerson will leave PHS for a job at the Sheridan School District. Emerson’s successor will be Laura Daniel.

Less than five minutes into last week’s Poyen School Board Meeting, the board went into an executive session to discuss personnel. When the executive session ended, Superintendent Jerry Newton announced that he had accepted Emerson’s letter of resignation the previous week, and he recommended that the board select Daniel as the new principal.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sheridan named state's next Kick Start Community

After finishing as a runner-up last year, Sheridan has been selected as this year’s Kick Start Community.

The Kick Start Community program is a consultantship that is led by the University of Central Arkansas. Sheridan is the fifth city to be selected following Paris in 2014, Heber Springs in 2015, Lonoke in 2016 and Mena last year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SSD announces new SJHS principal

At last week’s Sheridan School Board Meeting, Superintendent Jerrod Williams announced that the school selected Alisa Gray as the next principal of Sheridan Junior High School.

Last month, Williams announced that Sheridan High School Principal Rodney Williams had decided to retire. The board selected SJHS Principal Jason Burks to succeed Williams as SHS principal. This left a vacancy for SJHS principal.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Local resident wins 'Master Pilot' Award

Last week, when Thomas Mitchell met with his old National Guard buddies at a restaurant in Little Rock for their monthly get-together, something special happened. Mitchell was presented with the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award.

This award is the most prestigious award that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) administers to pilots. The FAA’s website states that the award is “to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as ‘Master Pilots.’”

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mayor gives State of the City address

When the Sheridan City Council met for their meeting last week, they were given two reports that detailed how things went for the city last year.

One of these reports was Mayor Joe Wise’s “State of the City of Sheridan Calendar Year Ending December 31st, 2017.”

Every year the mayor is required by law to give this report within the first 90 days of the year.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Like father, like son

Craig Manatt’s office looks a lot like his dad’s. Now that John Manatt has retired and Craig has moved into his father’s digs at Peoples Bank, one might expect a more significant transformation. But other than some new wall decorations, Manatt’s corner office looks much the same as his father left it.


Maybe that’s not surprising. The younger Manatt looks and sounds a lot like his dad, and their management styles favor each other as well -- and strikingly so at that.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tull joins opioid lawsuit

With the opioid epidemic currently ongoing, many cities and towns in Arkansas have joined the lawsuits against opioid manufacturers. At last week’s Tull City Council Meeting, the city council voted unanimously to join.

At the meeting, Mayor Jeff Westbrook said that he received a letter from the Arkansas Municipal League about the opioid litigation. In the letter from the municipal league’s executive director Don Zimmerman, it states that 86 percent of the towns and cities in the state have joined.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New judge appointed

Having to testify as an eyewitness in a murder trial did little to whet teenager Emily White Lengefeld's appetite for the law. Quite the contrary. It wasn’t until after college and earning a degree in a different field that she began her journey into the legal system that has now led her to serve as the new district judge for Grant and Hot Spring counties.

The Poyen native will hold the position for the next three years. She was appointed to the position by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tull Apple makes history again

The day in the 1830s when Abraham Tull pulled up an apple seedling to transplant found at a deserted Native American house place, he could never have imagined the lengths his effort would have taken.

     Tull, a community in northwestern Grant County, is located in a scenic area of gently rolling foothills near the easternmost reach of the Ouachita Mountain region.  A century ago, the Tull apple was a popular tart variety, when dried, became the most delicious fried apple pie ever. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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