Shirley Students Qualify for Arkansas Challenge Scholarship

Pictured above are members of the Class of 2016 of Shirley High School who qualified for the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship . This year’s’ class had only 26 graduates and half of those made a 19 or better on the ACT ( American College Test) that gauges readiness for college. The Challenge provides $1,000 for freshman […]

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 […]

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 […]

School requires ID Check to Enter Student Areas

As part of a program to increase the safety of students and staff, West Side Schools began using a visitor management system Monday when students and staff returned from Spring Break. The new procedure will require all district vendors, substitute teachers, volunteers, and visitors — including parents — to present a valid, state-issued ID, such […]

Girls and Boys State

These four Shirley High School Juniors will represent the Shirley/Fairfield Bay area this summer at American Legion Boys State and Girls State. Post 333 of the Fairfield Bay American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary sponsor the students for the week long seminars intended to increase the students’ understanding of how democracy works in state […]

Shirley Drama Club is Off the Save the Wizard

The Shirley High School Drama Club’s new play for this year is “We’re Off to Save the Wizard.” Dorthy returns in their sequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” with a new copper friend named Tick Tok to help save the Wizard who has been kidnapped by Ruggedo, the evil Gnome King. The drama club, consisting […]

Fairfield Bay Community Education Center

by Dr. Catherine Swift The Education Center offers a wide variety of educational classes, workshops, and lectures for the benefit of the Fairfield Bay community and the surrounding areas. The weekly class schedule is posted in the Fairfield Bay newspaper and distributed to many local publications and radio stations, in addition to being posted on […]

Soup Contest Winner

2016-South-Side-Soup-Contest-1st-place-Spicy-Thai-Shrimp-Soup-Emily-Payne-Hannah-Hall-Layla-Holley-Caitlyn-Walthal-Lori-Rooney-Teacher Mrs. Lori Rooney’s, South Side High School Nutrition Students accepted a challenge from the Van Buren County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee to create an original, tasty and nutritious soup. The “Make it a Meal with Soup” contest was meant to be a fun learning experience with cash prizes for the three top winning teams. […]

Community Education Class Schedule

WEEK OF February 22 – February 26 As always we request that you call in advance to reserve your space… One Day Painting with Panache Tuesday, February 23 10:00am – 12:00 noon At the Education Center studio! Acrylic artist Jim Tindall will lead the 2 hour class for beginning students who will complete a finished […]

Community Education Center Update

The Fairfield Bay Community Education Center will reopen on Tuesday, February 2 for the 2016 season. In celebration of Fairfield Bay’s 50th Anniversary, we will focus on our areas earliest peoples and their 4,000 year old legacy from the Indian Rock Cave (Edgemont Shelter on the National Register of Historic places). Sterling scholars lecture series […]