Monday
Oct132014

Bolton receives public service award

BoltonWALNUT RIDGE – Tonya Bolton was presented the Dr. W. W. Scott Award for Public Service at the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, Monday, Oct. 6.

Bolton, who is a member of Pocahontas First Baptist Church and serves as the registrar at Williams Baptist College, was honored for her work with the SHARE Team.

Led by Bolton, the SHARE Team collects food throughout Randolph and Lawrence counties to help provide much needed nourishment for children struggling through the horrors of poverty. The team collects food at local churches, businesses and organizations, then packages it in such a way that it can be slipped into the backpack of a student that desperately needs food during the weekend, when school is not in session.

Last school year, the team delivered more than 1,500 “food for a day” bags, and hundreds of packs have already been dispersed this year.

Each year the Pocahontas Rotary Club presents the Dr. W. W. Scott Award for Public Service to an individual whose service to the community stands as an example to others. The award is meant to honor those who selflessly serve, and to challenge the community to join Rotary and fulfill the organization’s motto of “Service above Self.”

Monday
Oct062014

Ouachita unveils new initiatives to enhance tuition affordability

ARKADELPHIA – Many families today are concerned about keeping college costs as affordable as possible. Ouachita Baptist University is doing something about it.

Ouachita trustees recently endorsed two major initiatives to limit long-term higher education costs for incoming freshmen. Ouachita’s Loan Affordability Pledge is the first of its kind among any college or university in Arkansas. It is being coupled with the new Finish in 4 Guarantee, which specifies that students who meet certain criteria will either complete their Ouachita degrees in eight semesters or have their tuition costs waived for any additional semesters.

“We are pleased to offer these two innovative financial assistance programs for the benefit of our students and future graduates,” said Ouachita President Rex Horne. “These programs enable students to obtain an exceptional education at an even more affordable rate.

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Tuesday
Sep302014

Williams Baptist College hosts Civil War exhibit

WALNUT RIDGE – Williams Baptist College’s Felix Goodson Library will host an exhibit chronicling major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865. The display, entitled “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” will be presented from Nov. 6-Dec. 2 during regular library hours. 

The Arkansas History Commission holds various banners, drawings, original documents, photographs, books and other artifacts which will make up the display, offering a first-hand look at lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials and civilians.

“We wanted to develop several types of materials to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Arkansas,” said Lisa Speer, state historian and director of the Arkansas History Commission. “I am very pleased that Williams is sharing this intimate glimpse into Arkansas’s role in the Civil War with their visitors and community.”

The exhibit was produced in part by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, funded by the Arkansas Real Estate Transfer Tax.

The public is invited to tour the display. Admission is free. For more information, contact Pamela Meridith, Williams' director of library services at 870-759-4137 or by email at pmeridith@wbcoll.edu.

Thursday
Sep252014

The Harmony Share Report for 9-21-14

Prepared by retired pastor Bobby Lamb

Central Baptist Church

Another fantastic weekend at CBC! On Saturday our Refuge Student Ministry took part in the Bowling for Hope fundraiser for Hope Women's Center at Thunder Lanes. They had a great time bowling, meeting students from the other 3 youth groups that participated, and raising awareness for Hope.

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Tuesday
Sep232014

First Baptist, Searcy, dedicates new preschool and family education building

First Baptist Church, Searcy, celebrated the completion of its new preschool and family education building on Sept. 21 with a dedication service, open house and fellowship.

The new two-story building features state-of-the-art technology and new furnishings. The first floor will be used for preschool Sunday school and missions classes, Mother's Day Out ministries, as well as the Awana ministry. A computerized security system is in place for babies through kindergarten. The second floor will be used for young and median age adults and college and career Bible study space. The old preschool area was also renovated and will be used for senior adult life groups.

“The new building and the remodeled space are huge blessings. We are very thankful and humbled that God allowed us to do this work.  These resources are tools to reach people for Christ for years to come,” said Pastor Brian Whitney.