Barrens Community

A fund has been set up to benefit Tom and Gay Whillock who lost their home in a fire earlier this month. The account is at Simmons First National Bank. Donations may be made in the Whillocks’ name at the bank. Call Simmons at 745-8200 for more information.


In the Dennard area we have several cemeteries that should not be overlooked this coming Memorial day. Lunceford Cemetery, Salem, Pine Grove, Woolum, Arnhart, Shady Grove and Liberty Cemetery are all around the Dennard area. Remember those loved ones that have gone before us and cherish the memories you shared with them, or learn a little about the history of your family and how you came to be. Genealogy is not only the study of your family tree but it is your life history.

The Salem Cemetery Association will hold Memorial Day Services, a meal, music and fellowship at the cemetery on Rocky Hill road beginning at 10:30 am on Sunday, May 26th.

Summer vacation starts the end of this month. Many families will take time off from work and home responsibilities to take a vacation. We hope everyone has a great summer, stay safe and enjoy yourselves. "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in" — Robert Orben. So enjoy!

If you live in the Dennard area and have news call Jackie Sikes at (501-253-4716).


Decoration day will be held June 2 at the Crabtree Cemetery. Activities begin at 9:45am with singing and speakers followed by a dinner.

If you have information to share about the greater Crabtree and 16 West area, call Jeff Burgess at 745-1249.


Can you believe that school is almost out and summer is here? This last week of school is a busy times, not only for the children but for everyone in our community.

Joyce is finishing her art classes and will be moving to her new studio at the Scotland School by the end of May. She is not ready to quit, just to slow down some and not work so much, but she will start classes again soon.

John Allen and Monica Love will have a Gospel Bluegrass show at the Heaven Sent Bluegrass Park on Virginia Lane (follow the signs) on May 30-June 1. There will be several people camping at the park during that week. Since we always cook breakfast on the first Saturday of the month we are going to going to add to that and cook breakfast at the school cafeteria on Thursday, Friday as well as Saturday. We will serve from 8-9 a.m. and the cost will still be $5. Proceeds go toward upkeep of the school.

The Alumni Banquet will be held June 1, with dinner at 6 p.m. at the School Cafeteria on Saturday Night.

We are saddened to learn of the death of Wilma Sparkman, a resident of Scotland for many years. Her services were in Morrilton on Monday, May 20.

Have a wonderful week.

Anyone with Scotland news can call James Burns at 592-3935.


By Thelma Murray

Those attending church with Joan Allen on Mother’s Day were her daughter, Starla Mackey of Scotland, Rodney and Tisha Bradford and children Issabelle, Dixie, Justice and Drew of Marshall.

Dorthy Hooten had all her children visit her on Mother’s Day.

Charlie and Anabel Hackett of Kokomo, Ind., have been visiting his mother, Barbara Carroll. They went ot Ozark, Mo., for the graduation of Ryne Troy and the baptism of Garrett Troy.

Lissa Findley of Springfield, Mo., visited her mother Margaret Findley and her sister Belinda Murray, nephew Rane Murray of Conway, niece Danilyn Cintron and children Noah and Presley.

Patsy Ward of Formosa visited Stanley and Pam Murray and Thelma and Jimmy Murray Sunday afternoon.

Nona and Leonard Vandergriff of Fairfield Bay, Joan Allen and Carol Sullins went out to eat at Mountain View Sunday evening.

Dr. Art English and Donna of Little Rock visited her mother Opal Aldridge on Sunday. They had just returned home from the trip of Donna’s dreams, a visit to Peru and the Galapagos Islands.