Central Baptist choir presents Easter Cantata

The Sanctuary Choir of Central Baptist Church in Hot Springs will present its Easter Cantata at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, April 5. The cantata will be followed by an Easter message from William D. Harris.


Jerry Schleiff dies at 79

Gerald E. “Jerry” Schleiff, 79, died Feb. 14. He was born in Fort Smith and raised in nearby Charleston. He was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

After college, he taught school in Hackett and pastored churches in Texas and Arkansas, including Park Hill Baptist Church, Arkadelphia.

He and his wife, Barbara, served with the International Mission Board in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Central/Southern Asia for 34 years. They retired in Arkadelphia, and for the last 15 years, they have opened their home to missionary kids and other students attending Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years; children Mark and Angie Schleiff, Kiki and Doug Cherry and Tim and Sherry Hayes; grandchildren Jessica and Chris Qualls, Ben Schleiff, Anna Cherry, Emily Schleiff, Joshua Cherry, Susanna Schleiff and Patrick Hayes; a sister, Frances Ison; several nieces and nephews; many missionary kids, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Abbie (Travis) Schleiff; brother Charles Wendall Schleiff; sisters Evelyn Wilson, Eleanor Hill, Doris Anderson and Katie Kindy, and a lifelong friend and nephew John “Jackie” Vaughn.

Memorial services were held Feb. 16 at Park Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.


Carita Anderson Taylor dies

Carita Anderson Taylor, of Benton, died March 14. She was a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. After graduation, she went to work for Tom Logue, state director of the Baptist Student Union of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. She was employed 25 years with the Bryant School District. She was a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock for 48 years and member of the church choir.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Bob Taylor, a son, a grandson, two sisters and a brother.

Services were held March 19 at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.


Emma Katherine "Kay" Yeldell dies at 94

Emma Katherine "Kay" Yeldell, 94, of Maumelle, died March 18. She was the widow of Walter Lee Yeldell, who served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1963 to 1965.

She studied at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was an active partner in ministry with her husband at First Baptist Church, Clarksville; First Baptist Church, West Memphis, and Second Baptist Church, Hot Springs.

She is survived by three daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a sister.  

Her daughter, Carolyn Staley, served on staff of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock.

A private memorial service was to be held.


South Arkansas Homesteading Conference in Rison April 11

McWilliamsRISON – Beekeeping, food preservation, poultry and raised bed gardening are among the sessions being presented at the South Arkansas Homesteading Conference to be held Saturday, April 11, at the Pioneer Village in Rison.

Gates open at 8 a.m. with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 7 to 17, and free for kids age 6 and under. The Pioneer Village is located at 200 Yaney Street in Rison.

The conference, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and the Cleveland County Herald, will feature three informative tracks: farm/garden, home/kitchen and youth.

Sessions for the farm/garden track will include an introduction to beekeeping, gardening by the moon phases, soil fertility, raised bed gardening, building a do-it-yourself hoop house/high tunnel, and raising poultry for eggs or meat.

The home/kitchen track will include sessions on energy conservation/alternative energy, canning meat, dehydrating foods, using old-fashion and wild herbs, and homemade cleaners.

The youth track will feature a session on using GPS devices and Geocaching. The afternoon will consist of demonstrations and games.

For more information, visit or like the Arkansas Homesteading Conference page on Facebook.

Joining Extension Service agents from Bradley, Cleveland and Dallas Counties making presentations will be:

– Gary “Pa Mac” McWilliams of website and YouTube channel. A gifted craftsman, McWilliams is documenting his progress of using the resources off his land to establish a homestead near Glenwood. Prior to starting what is his second homestead outside of Glenwood, McWilliams served as a broadcast engineer for Adrian Rogers and his "Love Worth Finding" radio/TV ministry.

– Kate Shoulders is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She specializes in testing and developing practical uses of alternative energy in agricultural applications. She is affiliated with the University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability.

– Lori Bird of Cleveland County owns and operates Birds & Bees Honey with her husband, Trent. Together, they own one of the largest natural, chemical-free beekeeping operations in southern Arkansas.

– Lewis Hinkle of Pine Bluff is a breeder and exhibitor of exhibition poultry for the past 30 years. He has served as Poultry Superintendent for the Southeast Arkansas District Fair for the past 25 years, and is an active member of the American Poultry Association and the American Bantam Association, serving as a judge for poultry shows in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Vendor space is available to those businesses or services that cater to people interested in  gardening, small-scale farming, sustainable living, etc. Vendor space begins at $35.

For more information, contact Britt Talent at (870) 325-6412 or email him at