Covid-19 may have cancelled several occasions in 2020, but local organization, Corning Cares didn’t allow a pandemic to stop Christmas for 76 area children during their “Shop with a Hero” event on Saturday, December 12. The annual event went off without a hitch although it wasn’t the usual Christmas shopping excursion that typically occurs. This year in order to keep everyone safe and healthy, the organization handed out gift cards. It wasn’t the preferred way the group’s organizers wanted to conduct the event, but it was the only responsible method to ensure the children received their gifts. Carla Price explained, “We just met at the community center and had some of the officials there; the police department and the sheriff’s department. And they met them out in the car and got the kids’ names and then took their gift certificates out to them. We sent so many to Dollar General, Harold Implement, Shabby Chic and 3 Little Monkeys. It went better than we expected. The guys and girls that all help us, they always have the best time shopping with these kids.” Corning Cares receives most of their children’s names from the Department of Human Services. Price helped to assigned gift cards to children according to the appropriate gender and age. “You never know which ones you’re going to get and what they want. Some of them surprise you, you know, what they do want. Well, we’ve had some that all they want-ed was food. Or we had one kid last year and all he wanted was a heater for his room. So, you know, it’s unique to see just what the different needs are. We just wish we could do more.”
Charlie Swint is an expert on the subject of chickens. The eight-year old son of William and Christina Patterson Swint, he competes in Junior Poultry Showmanship at Poultry Shows and Fairs. He has 4-H to thank for his passion for learning, raising and showing poultry. Charlie is a member of Neelyville 4H and Clay County 4H. He began at Neelyville as a Clover ages 5-7 and now attends as a 4H-er.
Area fishermen, Dennis Haines, Glen Young and Farrell Young caught a mess of fish at Bono Lake on Saturday, December 5. If there’s one thing these gentlemen enjoy more than fishing , it’s frying and eating fish.
The long-awaited drainage project in the Crafton Addition began last week across the cemetery and at the pump house on Third Street. Rick Ermert, owner of Ermert Funeral Home said the project was going smoothly with thicker pipe being installed. Ermert said there no graves disturbed during the removal of the old pipe and the new pipe was laid back in the same location.
The Northeast Arkansas Intermodal Authority held its monthly meeting via Zoom due to COVID-19 on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10 a.m. Executive Director, Graycen Bigger informed board members in her Director’s Report that she was working with Emerson and demolition is ahead of schedule on their site. Emerson, a St. Louis based technology company has invested $35 million in the Sharp County town of Ash Flat. The company will create 245 jobs within four years in the area. Bigger said they were still looking at an April 1st production start date. “I actually have some candidates that are internal, that are in the area right now that are getting a community tour and looking around and going to see the facility. So all good things there.”