News Briefs – October 18, 2018

Updated: October 20, 2018

Little River News’ Birthday

Little River News is celebrating 120 years and we are inviting you to the court house for cake and punch on Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. If you come to the court house you can renew or get a new subscription for only 18.98 with is the year the Little River News opened, however to get this deal you must be in Little River and you must come visit at the Little River County court house on Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m..

Jack’s Isle Vol. Fire Dept.

The Jack’s Isle Vol. Fire Dept will be hosting its annual BBQ at the Fire Department on October 20th from 5 to 7 p.m. They will be serving brisket, chicken, sausage, pulled pork, potato salad, beans, dessert and a drink. Anybody running for office is welcome to come and talk. We would love to hear from you!

Trunk or Treat in the Pocket Park

Come join Little River County Chamber of Commerce and local businesses on October 27th from 5-7 p.m. as we have a fun filled night planned for the kids. We will have nachos and lots of candy. Any questions you may call Jana @ 898-2758.

Alleene Volunteer Fire Dept Fundraiser

Hayride and hot dog roast, $3 per person. Under 13 needs adult with them, Leave Alleene fire station at 5:30 pm, Oct 20th back around 9 pm. Bring blanket/jacket.  For more information contact -Laura Jones- 903.748.7657, Vivian Keeney- 870.542.7162

LRC 4H Poinsettia Sale

The Little River County 4-H will be selling Poinsettia’s to help raise money for local programs, and trip scholarships. Contact the County Extension Office at 870-898-7224.

Land O’Lights Pageant

The Land O’Lights Pageant will be held November 3rd from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ashdown High School Auditorium. Get your applications from Jana at the Little River Chamber of Commerce or call 870-898-2758.

Two Rivers Barn Bash

Please join us for the TWO RIVERS BARN BASH benefitting the Two Rivers Museum on November 3, 2018 6:00 PM at Dee’s Barn & Venue! Prime rib dinner prepared by Darby Neeves. Entertainment by Marty Altenbaumer and Haywire. Tickets are available at the Two Rivers Museum, The Castle, Little River Courthouse and McIver Abstract. Come join us!

Charity Temple T.H.F.M Health & Wellness Funfest

The Charity Temple True Holiness Fellowship Ministries located at 1571 Hagan Drive in Ashdown(Church across from Walmart) will be hosting a health and wellness funfest on October 27 from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. Some of the activities will be blood pressure checked, information about diabetes, weight loss, stroke/heart/CPR, Height/Weight/BMI, Woman Health/Prevention, Credit Repair/Wellness, and health informationals. Free food, games, prizes, and much more!!!

Two Rivers Museum

Two Rivers Museum on Main Street in Ashdown, is open Tuesdays through Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free. Many unique items to see, plus Civil War and weapons exhibits. Phone- 870-898-7200.

Two Rivers Museum

Two Rivers Museum in Ashdown is seeking volunteers for at least three hours a month. Please contact Carolyn at 870-898-2642 or 898-9080 or go by the museum, or call 870-898-7200 Tuesday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an application.

Community Awareness Club to meet

The Ashdown Chapter of the Community Awareness Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Big Jake’s BBQ in Ashdown.

The Extension Get Fit Progam at UA-Cossatot in Ashdown

The Extension Get Fit Program is a community-based strength training program targeted to midlife and older Arkansans. Based on the latest research, the program is designed to:

Improve strength, balance and flexibility, Reduce the risk of falls, Help maintain independence, Increase energy, Help manage your weight, Decrease pain, Help you feel better!

Classes meet Monday-Wednesday-Friday at 10 a.m. for an hour at UA Cossatot-Ashdown. Each session includes exercises that can be done either sitting or standing and holding on to a chair. This program provides a supportive group environment and is appropriate for all fitness levels.

For more information, contact the Little River County Extension office at (870) 898-7224 or just drop by on any of the exercise days and check it out.

Little River County Intermodal Authority

The Little River County Intermodal Authority meets the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m. in the Little River county annex building. The public is invited to attend.

The Little River County Patriots

The Little River County Patriots meet every 3rd Thursday Big Jakes BBQ Ashdown 6 pm and 5th Thursday in Foreman at The Wooden Spoon 6pm. Please join us for updates on current events in local, state and national news. Everyone is invited to attend.

UA Cossatot Ashdown Campus

UA Cossatot Ashdown Campus offers FREE GED, college preparation, and other basic adult education instruction Monday and Wednesday, 7:30 AM-4:30 PM, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 AM-7:00 PM and Friday, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM. For more information, please call us at (870) 584-1467 or come by our office on the UA Cossatot campus in Ashdown.

Foreman City Museum

Foreman City Museum at 507 3rd Ave will be open each Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM and on special occasions

American Legion Post #124

American Legion Post #124 at 2115 Buck Wright Road has an American Flag drop box in front of the Post Headquarters, 2115 Buck Wright Road, Ashdown, AR, for use by the Little River County Community to deposit worn, tattered and unserviceable American Flags. The Post will properly dispose of the deposited flags with respect in keeping with traditions and laws of the United States. The deposit box is located 10-15 feet west of the post entrance door in a weather proof plastic container mounted on the fence four feet from the ground. The post requests the flags by folded before being placed into the deposit box and that no other items be placed in the box. The post establishes this service so that the residents of our community have the opportunity to properly retire unserviceable American flags with respect.

Southwest Arkansas Workforce

Out of School Youth, Ages 16-24. Individual with a Disability? School Dropout? Offender? Homeless, Runaway, or Foster child? Pregnant or Parenting? Need additional training? Seeking a new job opportunity? Call 870-777-3421

Little River County Republican Party

The Little River County Republican Party meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Little River County Courthouse Annex Building in Ashdown at 6 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, contact Karen Austin at 903-748-2604.


Watching your child grow and develop is one of the joys of parenthood. Sometimes you may notice your child can’t do the same things that other children his or her age can do. Don’t panic-there’s help. Call your local school district or the local education service cooperative for information on services available for children or adolescents ages birth to 21 years, who have special needs.

De Queen Mena Education Service Cooperative – 870-386-2251

Dierks Public Schools – 870-286-3102

Foreman Public Schools – 870-542-7212

De Queen Public Schools – 870-584-4312

Nashville Public Schools – 870-845-3425

Cossatot River Public Schools – 870-385-7101

Horatio Public Schools – 870-832-1914

Ashdown Public Schools – 870-898-3208

Mineral Springs Public Schools – 870-287-4748

Stars for Our Troops

Wanted – Your old, tattered and worn-out American flags. Stars for Our Troops is a program that turns these flags into a prized possession for our troops and veterans. The field of stars are cut into individual stars which are presented as a small token showing our appreciation to troops and veterans for their service. All flags are disposed of properly with honor. Flags can be dropped off as Ashdown Police Department on Locust Street Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thanks for your participation. For additional information, call Nan Beedle (903) 293-5741

American Legion Post

Attention all Veterans! American Legion Post 124 meets every second Monday of the month. Please join us at 6 p.m. 2115 Buck Wright Road, Ashdown. The Ladies Auxiliary will also meet at the same time. All Veterans and their families are welcome. If you have never attended please come join us!

Woodmen Life Chapter 87

Woodman Life Chapter 87, formerly Woodmen of the World Lodge 87, of Ashdown meets every third Thursday, at 6 p.m. at the Alumni House, 751 Rankin St. All members are encouraged to attend and bring a guest for potluck and fellowship. For more information, call Danny Johnston at (903) 277-0492.

American Cancer Society volunteer locally

Are you a breast cancer survivor? Did you know that there is an American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery volunteers here in our community? For more information, call Carroll at (870) 381-7880 or 870-866-4538 or American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345,

Hospital offers free educational class

Karen Steed of Little River Memorial Hospital is offering a free educational class on breast cancer to any church, prayer group, ladies’ group or party. Call 870-898-5011, ext. 3158 for more information.

Dirt Diggers Garden Club looking for new members

Novice and experienced gardeners all welcomed. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month. If you would like to become a member or need more information, contact Peggy Parks at 898-8515 or Dirt Digger Garden Club is now on Facebook. For info on membership, club meetings, upcoming events, club projects, gardening tips or question, please join us at:  HYPERLINK “”