(Editor’s note: Last Wednesday I began the Year in Review covering the first six months of the year, this week I will conclude with the last six months).

July

The 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza was held at Dam Site Park instead of Sandy Beach due to the lake levels. The 106th Army National Guard band, “Charlie Rock” performed at the Pavilion at the Park they were: Staff Sergeant Kaede Wilson who sang vocals, guitarist Staff Sergeant Kris Perkins, Specialist Josh Fletcher on piano, Specialist Aaron Baggett on drums and Specialist Les Sellers on bass, the band entertained for over an hour and a half.

Joe Harper of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -Greers Ferry office was the recent recipient of the My Boss is a Patriot Award. This award, given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization, recognizes individuals who have devoted countless amounts of time and energy supporting the men and women in the Guard and Reserve programs.                                              

The Heber Springs Community Foundation and the Downtown Business Network began puttin on First Friday events each month with games, vendors and entertainment, all free.

Quorum Court Justice of the Peace passes away.

August

The Cardboard Boat Races had beautiful weather and lots of entries. People came from all over to participate.

A three part series about a product given to a student without parental permission stirs up controversy The product would eventually receive a warning label from the FDA and face legislation banning it in Massachusetts.

Lauren Cox is crowned Queen at the Single Parent Scholarship Pageant held during Old Soldiers Weekend. Chris Malone won the Karyoke and Talent Show contest with his rendition of Greased Lightning from “Grease”.

Jett DeSotto, Crye-Leike Realty begins Beverly Carter Safety Program for Realtors.

Baptist Health holds Steak Soiree with D.J. Williams as guest speaker and World Class Steak Grilling Team preparing the meal.

September

The Heber Springs Fire Department boat and a crew of three were activated early yesterday evening by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and deployed the morning of August 30, to assist in rescue efforts in Houston. The Heber Springs team is Josh Combs, Ross Cothren, and Ryan Herrin                      

Sen. John Boozman named Arkansan of the Year.

Cleburne County Fair begins with competitors from cattle showing to painting.

Marissa Reynolds and Alyssa Lowe of Quitman recently attended the ALL STAR DANCERS National Convention in New York City. They were selected to participate in the convention when they performed routines (solos, trio, & group) at he KAR convention in Hot Springs, AR. They are students at Stage 2 Dance Center located in Quitman, AR.

Relay for Life holds annual fundraiser at Spring Park.

Controversy over the Millage tax increase heats up and then is defeated 1072 to 549.

Secretary of Agriculture, Wes Ward, speaks to Farm Bureau.

October

Pangburn students give presentation to Searcy Chamber of Commerce about their innovative programs.

Judge Jerry Holmes and Mayor Jimmy Clark proclaim Go Pink for the Cause day.

JAG students prepare to compete in Washington, D.C. in November. Laura Leal Ortiz would win the National Math Competition.

Ozark Trail Festival brings laughs and music to Spring Park. They donate $7,000 to The Call.

After Dark in the Park is a success at Spring Park.

November

Heber Springs Open House is scheduled.

KirbyMel Farms is named Century Farm.

Sheriff’s Department declares “No Shave November” where deputies can pay $20 donation to grow facial hair. Proceeds benefited The Other Side and The CALL.

Lawrie Music is named Mrs. Fair Queen at the Arkansas State Fair.

Field of Heroes Ceremony is held at Courthouse.

December

Trumpeter Swans return to Heber Springs.

Greers Ferry plants tree for World War I veterans.

Christmas Parade is over 40 minutes long and weather was balmy.

FBLA-PBL Basic Training held at ASU-Heber Springs campus. This prepared FBLA competitors for district, regional and State competitions

Deputy Bryon Rushing is named Deputy of the Year and Corporal Tracey Hazelwood is named Jailer of the Year.

Toy Drives are held all over the county for kids.

Quorum Court member Willie Stone passes away.

Since so many great things have happened over the last year, space limited these to just one line but they can all be found on The Sun Times website.

I hope you enjoyed this look back.