By Patsy Ward

Janelle Bartlett celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, Feb. 22, at her home in the Austin community. Around 50 family members and friends attended.

Sue and Mike Stamper of Manchester, Tjenn., are spending a couple weeks here. They attended Janelle’s birthday party and are visiting family and friends in the surrounding area.

Sue and Mike and Marva Ward visited with Flora and Tim Honeycutt on Sunday afternoon.

Patsy Ward and Mary Pennington of Morganton attended the 6th annual Mid Ark Southern Gospel convention at Plummerville on Saturday night. There were seven groups that sang. It was a wonderful and uplifting experience. Lesley Kazi of Choctaw and her mother, Vicky Halsted of Leslie also attended.

Meagan and Jimmy Self of Searcy visited her parents, Gail and John Forsythe, over the weekend and attended her grandmother’s birthday celebration. Jimmy helped Gail plant some trees while they were here; Gail says now she is praying that they will live.

I would like to send condolences to the family of Clyde Hanes, was so sorry to hear of his passing.

JR and Patsy made a trip to Conway on Tuesday for JR’s doctor appointment.

I would like to say Happy Anniversary to Thelma and Jimmy Murray of Shirley; they celebrated their 52nd anniversary on Feb. 24.

Happy Birthday to Susan Grillot of Choctaw.


Due to a winter that doesn’t seem to want to end the Kings Highway performance at the Foursquare Church was postponed to the end of the month or early next month.

Eddie Williams said he had about 3 1/2 inches of sleet with a dusting of snow in his yard Monday morning. He remembers the ice storm of 5 to 6 years ago that didn’t melt off for over a month up here. "We had to cut trees off of roads everywhere," he said. "Then more would come down on sections we had already cleared."

As of Monday past 16 West was ice and snow packed with some melting occurring. Refreezing overnight was expected to make the situation more difficult Tuesday morning.

Thunder and lightning made this winter event a little unusual, as did sleet drifting up to a full foot in some locations.

Dennis Berry says he has found an item that straps to his boots to keep him from slipping on the ice. "They’re so amazing I’m buying them for the whole family," he said, "because the ground seems harder than it use to!"

If you have info about the greater Crabtree and 16 West community call Jeff Burgess, 745-1249.


By Thelma Murray

The county recycling trailer will be at the Shirley Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday. It will make it easy for the people in Shirley to recycle.

Glenda Keenihan of Beebe spent Saturday visiting her sister Calla Linn.

Danny and Kirsten Sowell and sons Jax and Max of Little Rock visited his mother, Judy Sowell, over the weekend.

Buster and Sue Dunigan of Tulsa, Okla., spent two days with Inez Privitt and went to Frank’s memorialservice.

Donald K. Privitt of Missouri was here for the Frank Privitt visitation and service.

Gale Smith of Hot Springs Village spent the weekend with his dad, Watson Smith.

Joan Verble of Hot Springs had surgery on her shoulder recently.

Belinda Murray and Elaine Dewild took several girls to Camp Siloam for the weekend.