Author: Karen Ricketts

Atkins School Board approves salary raises

The Atkins School Board met for a called session Thursday, June 22 at 5:30 p.m. The School Board met in the District Administration Building to consider certified and classified salary schedule changes and to discuss extra contract days for athletic instructors. The original proposal of number of days added on to the contracts, which included all athletic instructors, was at first voted down by the Personnel Policy Committee. The school board approved the amended version on Thursday. Total number of extra days athletic faculty contracts now read as: Matt Porter; 15 days, Ashley Farmer; 5 days, Shelby Patterson; 2.5 days, Julie Lawson; 2.5 days, Tracey Brown; 10 days, Haley McKee; 10 days and Ben Miller; 10 days. A motion was passed for the increase in base salary for both certified and classified personnel by $600 for full-time employees and $300 for part-time employees, effective July 1. Teachers who have taught for fifteen years or less will receive an additional $600 to their salary; those that have taught for fifteen years or more will receive an additional $500 to their salary; there is not an increment after 20 years of teaching. This comes to a $1,200 or $1,100 increase to teacher salaries. The School Board also approved of employee bonus checks in the amounts of $250 full-time, $125 part-time and $62.50 for quarter-time employees that are employed as of August...

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A Trip to Paradise of the Pacific

For some, summer vacation is jumping feet first into paradise, where there is an abundance of palm trees, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. That is what the Milligan family had in mind for this summer͛s family get-away; a trip to Paradise of the Pacific, Hawaii. “We started planning for the trip back in March, Donna Milligan said. “We had been talking about Hawaii for a while and decided to take the trip May 30 – June 7. Donna, along with husband Steve and daughters Rylee and Sydney of Russellville, made the most of their eight-day stay on the...

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Summer Voyage to Space Camp

School is out and for many kids in Pope County that means no more homework, time to sleep in and vacation time. For Dustin Guyse and his son Stephen of Pottsville,summertime means taking the annual voyage to Alabama for Space Camp. Dustin said he first heard about the Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama from a family member, and they have been going ever since. When it comes to space and science Stephen said it has been his passion for, “as long as can I remember.” His dad added, “He’s always been good with science and math and space in...

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Rose Drug Ribbon Cutting

Joe and Marsha Duvall of Atkins held a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception on Friday, June 9 to celebrate the re-opening of Rose Drug Pharmacy in Dardanelle. The Duvall’s have owned Rose Drug for the past five years and decided to relocate six blocks to what was once a Dollar General Store. “We were looking to remodel and go with the nicer shelves and things like that, so we started looking for places to relocate,” Joe Duvall said. “And we were lucky enough to come across this place. We’ve put a lot of work into it and it has...

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Celebrating the Small Farmer

Among the rolling hills of Hector, Arkansas you can find rows of chicken houses, freshly cut hay meadows, and cattle scattered across pastures that belong to the Small Family Farm. A couple who share an equal passion for farming, Terry and Gail Small are named Pope County’s Farm Family for 2017. “I’ve always wanted to be a farmer ever since I was old enough to think about farming,” Terry said. The farming lifestyle is nothing new to the Smalls, as both were raised on cattle and chicken farms. Gail grew up in Oak Grove, Arkansas where her grandparents, Quentin...

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