22nd North Arkansas Ancestor Fair

3 Jun

The 22nd North Arkansas Ancestor Fair will be held Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th, in Marshall , AR.  This year the theme will be the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and the talks on Friday will be about what happened in 1861 in North Arkansas and about researching Confederate and Union Soldier ancestors.  Saturday will be devoted to family historians swapping information, but there will also be the opportunity to get help writing family reminiscences about the Civil War.

The North Arkansas Ancestor Fair is the longest running genealogical event of its kind in North Arkansas.  It has two sections:  on Friday, there are speakers who talk about subjects of interest to genealogists and family historians; on Saturday family genealogists are provided tables and chairs so they can visit and swap information with the public, who have com to see what information is available.  North Arkansas county genealogical and historical societies have tables to offer information, publications for sale and to attract new members.

This year, there will be enough seating for both Friday and Saturday events so that advance registration is not necessary, but early arrivals will get the best seats, or table locations.  Friday’s talks will be held at the new VFW building, located just north of the Stoplight, and Northeast of Highway 65.  Russell Baker, Arkansas History Commission-Retired and perhaps the most knowledgeable person on Arkansas research, will speak from 9:30am on “Finding Confederate and Union Ancestors”.  He will also have a fillip on results of DNA tests on a couple of Newton/Searcy county families.  Friday afternoon, James Johnston, Searcy County historian, will tell about what happened in Searcy and surrounding counties in 1861.  This will include the formation, betrayal and capture of the Peace Society and the Chain Gang that took them to Little Rock.  This will be followed by a discussion group where attendees will be invited to tell their family stories of the Chain Gang.  Friday’s lectures cost $7.50 for a half day or $10.00 for all day, which will be collected at the door.  The Discussion Group is free and everyone is encouraged to attend.

Friday night there will be a Mixer Dinner – place to be announced – where folks can mingle, visit, meet new-found kin, and get a start on Saturday’s ancestor hunting.  There is usually some musical entertainment as well.

Saturday’s Genealogical Swap Meet at the Searcy County Civic Center on Zack Road is free all day for providers who want table and chairs for their information and wares and for the public who only want to browse.  The doors are open at 8:00 am to set up for providers of information and wares, and are open at 9:00 am for the public.

The Ancestor Fair has drawn as many as 500 in years past, but recently the numbers have declined.  However, the sponsor, Searcy County Historical Society, expects the Civil War Sesquicentennial theme will attract over 200 visitors this year.

Additional information is available at the Ancestor Fair website.  www.ancestorfair.us ,or from Shirley Gray at shirleysdream@windstream.net or 870-448-3308

Cattle Thieves Put On Notice

31 May

Posted: May 30, 2011 6:50 PM by Associated Press

Investigators have begun alerting Missouri sale barns about stolen livestock that may turn up at their auctions in an attempt to stifle a lucrative rustling trade.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it began sending the alerts to the sale barns in the spring, providing the businesses with descriptions of the stolen animals.

“We approached them from a networking, partnership point of view,” said Maria Furey, a criminal intelligent analyst for the Patrol’s rural crimes investigative unit. “Most of them, pretty much all of them, are accommodating because they don’t like the idea of potentially selling stolen livestock either.”

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that livestock, especially cattle, are an easy target for thieves and can be sold at reputable sale barns without the owner’s knowledge unless proper precautions are in place.

“The thing I hear about the auctions is they’re so incredibly fast-paced and they can be almost chaotic, in a rhapsody kind of way. A complete controlled chaos,” Furey said.

The alerts allow sale barn owners to identify stolen livestock before they’re put on the auction block. Jeff Windett, executive vice president of the Missouri Cattleman’s Association, said the effort has been successful so far.

Most stolen livestock are sold within 100 miles of the theft location, so emphasis in the alerts is placed on livestock stolen within their particular region. The Patrol’s rural crimes division has six regions in the state.

Not all stolen livestock are sold through sale barns, Furey said, and not all sale barns are negligent in making illegal sales.

Mark Servaes, manager of the St. Joseph Stockyards, said his business takes many measures to make sure its selling legitimate, healthy livestock. He said the company checks the identification of sellers and allows only those it is familiar with or who come with a reputable reference to sell livestock there.

“We’re pretty tough security at our place,” Servaes said. “If someone has a reputation that could be a little bit off the record, we just don’t invite them to sell at our place. So that keeps most of those doors unopened for us to get some of those stolen cattle, because they know we’re going to look for something. Other places will invite them to make a dollar off them, but we don’t do that.”

Farmers are asked to diligently keep track of their livestock so they can provide accurate descriptions for the alerts. That includes keeping regular inventory of their herds and being able to describe the color, size and tags of the animals.

“We need to have concrete, identifiable attributes,” Furey said. “That’s the best way to put out an alert, so that people who are trying to help know what to look for.”

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press, http://www.stjoenews-press.com

Beard & Mustache Competition benefits Isabel’s House

30 May

Beard & Mustache competition, benefiting Isabel’s House: The Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks. Saturday, June 04, 2011 from 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM. at Patton Alley Pub, local men will be judged on their facial hair in a number of categories, including “Mustache, Natural”, “Mustache, Styled”, “Partial Beard-Natural” and so on. There’s even a “Fake Beard” category. Among the judges will be Devin Cara, who currently holds 3rd place in the world  in the Garibaldi category, and his wife Kelly, who ha been to two world competitions. Christian Hutson of Just For Him will also judge. Drinks and other fun will be there throughout the night.

Registration is from 6:45-7:45 p.m.. The contest will probably last until 10 p.m., with Deep Fried Squirrel playing afterwards. Registration is $10 at the door, or you can register online at queencitybeards.com. Also visit the website to learn more.

(See 417 Mag for more outlandish things to do in 417 Land!)

Summertime Down on the James

30 May

A collection of images from the James River between Delaware Town and Hootentown. Produced by James River Basin Partnership

 

Thousands gather along Range Line in Joplin

29 May

Thousands of people are standing shoulder-to-shoulder along Range Line Road this morning offering sympathy for Joplin following the May 22 tornado. They have gathered from Fourth Street to Newman Road.

Horns are honking and the crowd is cheering and waving flags and signs that say “God Bless Joplin” and “We Support You, Joplin.”

The protest is a response to the possibility that members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church have indicated they will be in Joplin today to protest the president’s visit.

Police use tear gas to control crowd

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Daredevils Rock Katy Trail This Weekend!

26 May

Hometown boys “The Ozark Mountain Daredevils” will headline Pedalers Jamboree this weekend May 28-29, 2011!

The Pedaler’s Jamboree is Missouri’s first bike- powered music and camping festival! Welcome in the summer with a slow paced, family friendly, two wheeled celebration on the Katy Trail! With six stages of staggered live music, a main stage party in Boonville and 75 miles of great riding, this is a two day event not to be missed!

Saturday May 28th in Columbia

Check in/registration and departure from Shilo Bar & Grill, 8-10 am.

Bicyclist’s Breakfast Shiloh Bar & Grill and Broadway Diner
Broadway Diner: Breakfast Buffet – $6.99 all you can eat
Shiloh Bar & Grill: Grandma Millie’s famous egg and cheese casserole Hash Browns – Fruit Plate
Massages available from Cherry Hill Massage

MTK Trail to Katy Trail.
Mile 3 = Habitat for Humanity fueling station with free Pop Chips/water/bananas!
6 more miles on MKT to Katy Trail. Stop at your leisure. Take a right turn at Katy Trail.

Huntsdale

Katfish Katy’s – Food and Drinks available
The BluesSlingers – Music from 10 am – 1:30 pm

Rocheport

Trail Side Cafe – Plenty of food options
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

General Store – Food, beer and wine

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Rocheport City Park – Food specials & beer garden
The Bait Shop Boys – Music from 11 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food, beer and wine
Man in the Ring – Music from 3 pm – Dusk

Franklin

“Tallgrass Oasis” at Katy Roundhouse – Food – Beer – Yummies
Man In the Ring – Music from 1pm – 3pm
Decadent Nation Acoustic – Music from 3pm – 5pm

Boonville

Live music on Main Street all day long

Festival at Kemper Park
3pm – Acoustic Jams
Featuring: “Yes Dear”, “Mario Pascal”
6pm – Artie’s Univibe
7:15pm – Ha Ha Tonka (More Homies)
9pm – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Sunday May 29th in Boonville

Breakfast available at Kemper Park Sunday morning from WJ’s Bar
Depart Boonville at your leisure and return east on the Katy Trail.
Travel back to the Katy & MKT trailhead and back to Columbia.

Franklin

“Tallgrass Oasis” – Katy Roundhouse
Sugar Tree Road – Music from 8am – 10am – Breakfast food options

Rocheport

TrailSide Cafe – Plenty of food options – Open at 8 am
Shea and Silverstreak – Music from 10 am – 12 pm

“Big Muddy Oasis” – Food specials & beer garden
The Mere Mortals – Music from 10 am – 1 pm

Les Bourgeois Winery – Food and wine
Raven Wolf Jennings – Music from 12 pm – 5 pm

Huntsdale

Katfish Katy’s – Food and drinks – down at the River Stage
The Honky Tonk and Blues Jam – Music from 1 pm – 5 pm

Columbia

Bag pick up available from noon – 5 pm

Shiloh Bar & Grill – Pizza, burgers & drink specials
Band TBA – Music from 12 pm – 3 pm

Broadway Diner – Buffet all day

Cherry Hill Massage – Massages all day

Broadway Brewery – Great food and handcrafted beer

Tickets are still available for the weekend bicycle tour

and for the Kemper festival (non-cyclists) in Boonville

Westboro Baptist Crossing The Line in Joplin

26 May

Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest in Joplin.

Church members plan to protest when President Obama visits tornado victims.
 

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest President Obama‘s visit to Joplin, Missouri Sunday. On its website, the church writes, “Thank God for 125 dead in Joplin.” Church members claim Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has attacked them by promoting laws banning them from protesting at soldiers’ funerals.

President Obama is planning to visit the tornado-ravaged city this Sunday. A memorial is also planned that day for the 125 people who lost their lives in the tornado.

From their website…