By Thelma Murray

Visiting Dwight and Brenda Hood over the Easter weekend were their daughter Angela Webb and granddaughters Sierra and Samantha Lynn Webb of Olive Branch, Miss.

Two new businesses have opened up in Shirley in the First Service Bank Mall. It’s good to see Shirley gaining these unique businesses.

Joan Allen visited her daughter Starla Mackey of Scotland on Saturday. Starla had surgery last Tuesday.

George and Paulette Brogna are back at their home in Shirley.

Calla Linn had visitors while she was working at the Shirley Museum on Saturday - her cousins, Bobby Ward and Frankie Glover of Conway, and Nina Johnston of Spring Hill.

Danilyn Cintron and son Noah and daughter Presley of Fairfield Bay visited Jimmy and Thelma Murray after church Sunday.

Rane Murray of Conway and his friend Morgan Bower of Choctaw visited Jimmy and Thelma Murry on Sunday afternoon.

Deborah Myer, Belinda Murray and Elaine Dewild went to Conway on Sunday afternoon to watch the movie, "God’s Not Dead."

Dennis Head has finished boot camp in South Carolina. He is now stationed in Alabama.

Sunday was the day the youth took over services at Shady Grove. Andrew Worden brought the message.

Rick and Stephanie Sundelin’s first granddaughter was born April 10. She weighed 7 pounds and her name is Lola Dorothy. She is the daughter of Patricia Sundelin.

Jimmy Murray got his pacemaker replaced April 17.


We had a great time on Saturday night. We had most all of the candidates out to our Soup and Salad dinner and our Pie Auction. We made a little money and we got to hear what each candidate had to say and we met all of them. There were a couple that called and told us they would be out of town and were sorry that they would not be able to attend and we appreciated their letting us know ahead of time. We appreciate everyone for coming and consider this a great success.

We welcomed all of the help we had in moving everything in the cafeteria while they were doing the floors and then the help to put it all away. We even had people come early to help if we did not get everything done before the dinner.

The Baptist Church had a large crowd for church and most everyone stayed for Easter Lunch after Church on Sunday.

I thing we are going to get some slow rain and have warmer weather. That will be great for the gardens. Have a great week. Call James Burns at 592-3935 if you have news for the paper.


Marva Ward, Ashley Paladino, Sindee and Lauren Morse and Teresa Ward spent the weekend in Fort Smith. They were participating in the Arkansas State Women’s bowling tournament. Word is that some of them did really good.

Get well wishes go out to Joe Nicholson, who suffered a heart attack. Joe and Joyce just returned home from Little Rock on Tuesday night; he has been in the hospital for the past week.

Patsy and JR Ward visited JR’s sisters, Bonnie and Alfred Drewry of Tilly, and Maudie and Joe England of the Canaan community near Marshall on Saturday.

Cheryle Ferguson of Largo, Fla., recently spent a week with Joyce and Johnny James. While here she visited friends and family in the area.

Chad, Destiny and Jaxtyn James have moved back to Formosa.

Condolences go out to the RG Ward family. They just received word that RG’s niece, Kathy Gall of Cedar Lake, Ind., passed away.

Hope everyone has a good Easter, have a great week.

— Patsy Ward


May 1 and 2 the Foursquare Church holds a bake sale in Clinton to raise funds for their Back To School Bash.

Crabtree Cemetery clean up is scheduled for May 17.

Opal Tester says she’s in "good health for an older lady" and still has energy to feed her horses.

Verl Jackson says he’s feeling "real good" and regularly "confuddles and fiddles around now."

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


We hope that everyone enjoyed family and friends who were visiting over this past Easter weekend.

Love is in the air on Midgett Road in Dennard. Congratulations to Vicky Midgett and Eric Vanhoak as they join hands in holy matrimony on May 10. We wish you both the best of luck and many happy years together.

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