Well it is time for our First Saturday Breakfast on April 5. Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. Cost is $6 and proceeds go for upkeep of the facilities. We try to cook enough to last until about 9 a.m., but sometimes we run out before that and some times we have a lot left over. We hope to see all of you there.

After breakfast we will move all of the tables and etc. out of the cafeteria so we can get the new floor installed. We welcome any volunteers that want to help.

This is a busy weekend. Look in the newspaper for the ads for any yard sales that will be in the area this week.

The Baptist Church is going have the people from Church in A Day come this Friday and Saturday to work on the new addition to the foyer of the church. There will be a large potluck on Friday night. Come and have dinner and fellowship with them. Everyone will have a great time.

It is nice to have warm weather and see everyone working in the yard and doing the gardens. Spring is wonderful. Have a great week.

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


Alread EH hosts an event Saturday, 5:30 p.m. that includes a meal, candidates speaking and a pie auction. 745-6304 has more info.

The Crabtree Church has a special sing-along service with Kings Highway at 6 p.m. Sunday.

A benefit talent show will be held Saturday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. in the Alread school gym. 745-6304 has more info.

Support the volunteer fire department by sending them fire protection dues if you have not already.

Several residents have mentioned a recent big increase in the tick population. Protect yourself when going outside and don’t forget to treat the pets.

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


By Thelma Murray

Around 62 close friends and family got together and celebrated Watson Smith’s 101st birthday last month. Two nephews from Tulsa, Okla., Kenny Smith and Larry Smith and their friend, and Mike and Nancy Smith of San Antonio, Texas, made the trip to Shirley.

Barbara Carroll and her daughter Sandra Powers and Barbara’s friend Betty Cruise of Fairfield Bay ate lunch at the Shirley Senior Center last week.

Margie Beckham ate lunch with her cousin Helen and Donnie Isom after church Sunday.

The Walley Tournament ended Saturday with three local people winning prizes. Brent Franks won the second week with a 2-point-65 pound walleye. Cindy Grillot won the won the third week with a 3-point-1 pound walleye. Tommy Beckham won the fourth week with a 3-point-2 pound walleye. The prize for the biggest fish each week was $157.50.

Cameron Murray of Conway visited his parents Stan and Pam Murray and grandparents Jimmy and Thelma Murray over the weekend.

Wanda and Paul Poyner took Wanda’s mother Dorthy Hooten of Indian Rock Village out to eat and went shopping in Mountain View Saturday.

Calla Linn and her sister, Glenda Keenihan of Bebee, went to Mountain View Saturday.

Opal Aldridge celebrated her 86th birthday Monday at the senior center.

Lois Overturff is back home. She fell and had to take therapy for a while.

Saturday, Thelma Murray visited her Aunt Geneva and Uncle Lewis Meyner of Culpepper Mountain and cousin Paul Meyner.

A surprise 65th birthday party was given for Judy Simpkins by her sisters Kathy Jo Huggins and Marsha Bradley and her brother Jobner Huggins, all of Shirley. Her daughter Marlana made centerpieces and her granddaughter, Brandy Treadaway, made the three-layer cake. About 35 to 40 people attended.

Old Man Winter seems to like Arkansas. Most of us are ready for him to leave, but he doesn’t seem to be granting any wishes.