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Ethel Athey

Ethel Mae Athey, 84, of Russellville, died Thursday, June 22, 2017, at UAMS in Little Rock. She was born Nov. 7, 1932, in Pope County, to Harmon and Euna Laffon Lemley. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son, Richard Alon Athey. Survivors include her husband, Alon G. Athey; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Brooks and Genie Lemley, and George and Mary Lemley; a sister, Anita Utley; a grandson, Jackson Reese Athey; and a great-grandchild, Skyler Athey. Memorial services were Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church. Burial was private at Rock Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 400 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801. The online obituary and guestbook are available at...

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Atkins Red Devils Teeny A Conference Champs

Atkins Red Devils Teeny A Conference Champs win 2nd Place at District. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support! Sponsors: Duffield Gravel, Blackstone Construction, Atkins Family Pharmacy, Rackley Furniture, Expressions Hair Salon, Tinas Cutting Edge, Lemley Funeral Service, and Berky’s...

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Virgie Irene Beeson

Virgie Irene Beeson went to be with our Lord and Savior on June 20, 2017 at the age of 101. She was born August 11, 1915 in Atkins, Arkansas to George and Ethel Darter. She was the oldest of four children, brothers Henry Darter (Atkins, AK) and LB Darter (Van Buren, AK), and sister Georgia Nell (formally of Atkins, AK now in Visalia, CA). She married Ed Beeson on November 4, 1933 and they had 3 children. They moved to Oakland, CA during WWII to work in the shipyards, then to Santa Paula, CA where they raised their children, Wayne (Wanda) Beeson, Sue (Larry Garrick), and Barbara Beeson. They resided there for 50 years and were active members of the First Southern Baptist Church of Santa Paula. Virgie enjoyed gardening, cooking, bowling, quilting, teaching Sunday School, and being with her grandchildren: Jerry (Holly) Beeson, Bobby (Joanne) Garrick, Darla (Fred) Prewett, Dennis (Marie) Beeson, Donna (John) Ontiveros, Renee (Billy John) Grossini, Trisha (Jesse) Segura, and Nicole Costa. To be closer to their daughter and grandchildren, Virgie and her husband moved to Santa Maria in 1998. There they got to spend time with the great-grandchildren: Jennifer, Melissa, Tyrell, Kayla, Shannon, Destiny, Lilly, Serena, Dominique, Alex, Ricky, and Cooper. Grammy lived a long and wonderful life, she will be missed by those who loved and cared for her. She is preceded in...

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Murdoch-Moore plan December wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Murdoch of Atkins announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Moira Elaine Murdoch to Judd Thomas Moore, also of Atkins. Mr. Moore is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Harold R. Brown of Jerusalem and Mr. James Thomas Moore of Atkins. The nuptials are planned for Dec. 17 with a private ceremony in Hot Springs at Garvan Woodland Gardens with the reception to follow in the Crystal Ballroom at the Arlington Hotel and Resort. Miss Murdoch’s maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Van A. Tyson of Atkins. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gary Murdoch of Atkins. She is the great granddaughter of Mrs. Van Tyson, also of Atkins. Mr. Moore’s maternal grandparents are Nancy and the late Jimmie DuVall; and Bob and Phyllis Blackshire. Paternal grandparents are Mrs. Linda Lewis of Atkins and the late Roy Lewis; and James and Betty Moore of...

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Dover City Council

Dover City Council Sewers and streets were the two major topics at a short meeting of the Dover City Council Tuesday, June 20. The council passed a resolution approving Mayor Pat Johnson’s budget for the city’s sewer and water systems for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and approved an ordinance making permanent the rate formula put in place last year for the systems. Johnson explained that the city, on the advice of state regulators, had for several years maintained an ordinance which mandated a three percent annual increase in both water and sewer rates to combat rising costs and provide a carryover cushion. He said that in recent years the water system costs had remained relatively stable and its surplus was increasing while the sewer system expenses were increasing greatly due primarily to rising rates charged Dover by Russellville’s City Corp. Last year, in order to avoid constantly needing to “rob Peter to pay Paul” by transferring funds between departments, the council adjusted the rate formula to one in which water rates would remain unchanged and sewer rates would increase by five percent, Johnson said. The change proved successful in stabilizing the two budgets and so was made ongoing. The council suspended its rules to allow all three readings of the ordinance at one meeting and appended an emergency clause allowing the new rates to take effect with...

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