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Crews work to stop erosion near bridge in Galena

13 Jul

GALENA, Mo.–About $250,000 is being spent to stop Mother Nature from causing any further damage in Galena.

Large rock will be put in place to stop erosion and try to correct the flow of the James River.  About fifty feet of the bank has disappeared in the last few years.  Flooding in 2008 and again this Spring have accelerated the problem, and if it keeps up, it could compromise the Highway 413/248 bridge. (more)

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

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


Man swept away in Lake Taneycomo still missing

25 May
Written by Cliff Sain – News-Leader

A man who was swept away after falling into Lake Taneycomo is still missing according to an emergency official.

“He is still unaccounted for,” said Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne. “We have no reason to believe the individual came out of the water on his own.”

According to Western Taney County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Bruce Bjorne, the unidentified man was trapped on a steep embankment above the lake just off Acacia Club Road and Lowell Road, near Hollister and just upstream from College of the Ozarks, before he went into the water.

Bjorne said firefighters were called at about 7:30 a.m. to assist Taney County deputies in retrieving the person who was apparently calling out that he was injured.

Taney County Sheriff Jimmie Russell said they were called to the scene by a resident.

He said the homeowner discovered the man inside the homeowner’s car.

“He took off when he was seen and he went over the embankment,” Russell said.

The entire embankment rises about 200 feet above Lake Taneycomo, Bjorne said. It was not clear how far down the embankment the man was when firefighters arrived to assist.

10,000 Garden Challenge is headed to Springfield, Mo

25 May

The 10,000 Garden Challenge is headed to Springfield, Mo. The Missouri Department of Agriculture will visit the “A Tribute to the Red, White & Blue: A Patriotic Flower Show” event, Friday, May 27 to register gardens, share gardening advice and encourage Missourians to participate in the Challenge.

The 10,000 Garden Challenge is an initiative to register 10,000 Missouri gardens to promote agriculture, gardening, health and nutrition. Department staff will be at the Library Center in Springfield, Mo. from noon to 8:30 p.m. to add to the more than 3,100 gardens already registered at AgriMissouri.com.

On March 14, Governor Nixon, the First Lady, and Director Jon Hagler of the Missouri Department of Agriculture challenged Missourians to register 10,000 gardens in the state of Missouri and put them on a map to promote gardening, health and nutrition throughout the state.

The Race to Find Survivors in Joplin

25 May

Joplin Officials Warning of Severe Weather Potential

24 May
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 press release from the City of Joplin:

Search & Rescue continues. We’ve had a nice day of weather to assist in our efforts. We will continue this work. At this time, we have recovered 2 people in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, we reported 7 so now we have total of 9 past two days.  We have reports that over 750 people have been treated at area hospitals, and more than 100 patients have been transferred from Freeman Hospital. It is sad news that I have to report our death toll has moved to 122.

We understand bad weather is coming into the area. Joplin siren system is working. We have been testing them. There are two that that have been identified that need to be replaced. We are able to get one replaced tonight, and we will get the other one replaced tomorrow. In the meantime, we will keep the uncovered area notified with PA systems with our police enforcement vehicles. We would ask that people in all areas of the City are watching out for the stormy weather and take cover well before its arrival.

There has been information in news sources that 1500 people are missing. That does not mean they are injured or deceased. It means that loved ones are not aware of their whereabouts. We understand that some people may have been out of the area when the storm hit or have since left. Unfortunately, they may have loved ones, family and friends who were not aware of this, and are concerned about their whereabouts. If someone has been out of the area, or staying with family, friends or made other arrangements, we’d like to ask that they contact this number: 417-659-5464. This is important to help us locate our citizens.

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