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Summertime, Summertime

by Robert McBride Director, Community Club BOD Hey, World, it’s recreation time in Fairfield Bay! Spring, Summer and Fall are all great times to enjoy the casual resort atmosphere of the Bay. The lake is inviting, golf is challenging, tennis is competitive and lying by the pool getting a great sunburn is very relaxing. All […]

Out of Bounds by Geary Leason

“Curiosity in the Forth Grade” “Raise your hand, please.” These are the words Mrs. Loveless spoke when she noticed Tommy Smith squirming in his seat located in the back row of her fourth grade classroom over at Shirley Elementary School. “All right, what is it, Tommy?” she asked after acknowledging Tommy’s raised hand. “I need […]

Thinking Out Loud by Greg Allen

Unprincipled Clan(s) Around the beginning of April, a friend of mine shared something that would later trigger an epiphany in me. He said: “Greg, my wife and I are Christians and neither one of us vote because we see no distinction between Democrats and Republicans.” Political ads then began to inundate our television sets and […]

Cleburne County Master Gardeners Visit West Side

The Master Gardeners visited West Side Elementary to work with the fifth and sixth grade students. The students enjoyed the activities and learned a lot about the process of entering our county fair in the fall and about creating and decorating their own stepping stones.   Fifth grade students were given information on how to […]

Summer Reading Program Coming Soon

This year the Summer Reading Program is ‘On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!’ and the packets will be ready on June 1 at the Fairfield Bay Library. Children two through 13 can be a part of the summer reading program. There will be reading guidelines in the instruction packets. This summer will be filled with fun […]

Kasey Kimmons-Nelson Gives Concert to Mainstream Kids

Kasey Kimmons-Nelson, a professional musician, came to play a concert for Mainstreet Kids in Shirley on the morning of Wed, May 11. She played three original songs including a song she wrote for the preschoolers’ graduation which will be Tues, May 24 at 5 p.m. at Shirley Community Church with a theme of “Oh, the […]

Shirley Student Wins Scholarship

Pictured above, is Peyton Loeschner, a 2016 graduate of Shirley High School, being presented the Van Buren County Fair Creative Arts Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 on Friday, May 13 at the Seniors Awards Ceremony. Pictured with Peyton Loeschner are Corrine Weatherly and Alice Chambers from the VBC County Fair Association. Peyton is 17 […]

Celebrating 50 years

Johnney and Rhonda Carlton of Shirley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, May 29. Their daughters will host a reception in the fellowship hall of Full Gospel Tabernacle, near Shirley on Hwy. 110 from 2 until 4 p.m. The couple was married in Shirley on May 20, 1966, by Rev. Bobby Ward. The Carlton’s […]

Shop with a Cop Bow Shoot

    Shop with a Cops 1st Annual 3D Archery Tournament was held April 30. The stormy weekend did not keep people away. The sun started to shine and 94 participants competed and help us to raise $3,360.59. We are hoping to grown even bigger next year. We would like to thank all our participants and […]

Shirley Honor Students Attend Reception at Governor’s Mansion

  Pictured are valedictorian, Mary Considine (left) and salutatorian, Courtney Bradford (right), of the Shirley High School Class of 2016 as they were entertained at a reception at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion recently. Governor Asa Hutchison and the First Lady greeted honor students from around the State and praised their accomplishments. Mary was accompanied by […]