Ivan Fletcher, 78, of Alco died October 15, 2014, at his residence. He was born Oct. 18, 1935, to Jack and Elsie Long Fletcher in Alco. He spent most of his adult life in Helena-West Helena. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. He was a retired land surveyor as well as an avid Razorbacks and Cardinals fan. Ordained into the ministry in 1969, he has pastored numerous churches in Phillips and Lee counties and Lula, Miss., as full-time /interim pastor. He also served as supply/interim pastor in Stone and Van Buren counties. He was recently the associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Timbo.
The Little River Baptist Association disaster relief chain saw unit has been deployed to the Ashdown area to respond to damage created by the tornado that touched down between Ashdown and Foreman.
Don Jones, associational missionary for Little River Baptist Association, said that so far there are about 10 work orders to be filled. He said disaster relief volunteers will likely begin work Tuesday afternoon.
WALNUT 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.”
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.