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City considers RV park near Southridge Village

The Heber Springs City Council is considering approving a rezoning request to build a 8-acre RV park across from Mack’s Fish House, adjacent to Southridge Village and the industrial park. Liz Blankenship assured the council it will be short-term (two-weeks maxiumum) recreational vehicle parking.

During the open-mic portion of the meeting, audience members asked the city to consider invest in a better public address system for the meetings.

The microphones and camera equipment the city has records the meetings in high quality. However, due to the acoustics of the room, the sound doesn’t carry to the audience area which is several feet away from the council table.

Bruce Ziegenbalg took council members to task for not getting out to speak to their constituency, the trash problem blighting the poorer parts of town, and absentee land owners not mowing vacant lots.

The Aug. 19 meeting was Mayor Kasey Griffin’s first to oversee the proceedings as acting mayor. The council offically approved her signing invoices and checks, and acknoweleged she is married to Detective Stephen Griffin who works at the Heber Springs Police Department.

Leesa Jerrnigan submitted her two-week notice to the mayor, stepping down as the mayor’s assitant.

The council approved minutes from four previous meetings, finacial reports, and departmental reports. Additionally, they amended part of the personnel policy of the Heber Springs Police Department in anticipation of a female officer joining the force.

Boozman visits local construction company

ASU-Beebe Career Services and Business Program to Open “Vanguard Career Closet”

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Office of Career Services and the Business program have collaborated to create the “Vanguard Career Closet,” an initiative that supplies clothing for interviews and other career-related events for ASU-Beebe students.

The project opens in Spring 2022 and will provide access to new and gently used professional attire for interviews, career fairs, student leadership events, and more. The Vanguard Career Closet will be located in the Business Building, Room 146, on the Beebe campus.

To be eligible to select an outfit from the Vanguard Career Closet, students will complete a short Canvas course called the “Career-Readiness Academy” where they will learn job search strategies, how to write a cover letter and resume, how to successfully interview, and how to understand an employment compensation and benefits package.

Once students have completedthe Career-Readiness Academy they will print a certificate to redeem at the Vanguard Career Closet for a free professional outfit. Students can also continue to work with Career Services to develop a professional resume and conduct a mock interview.

“Students may return clothes to the closet for others to use, but are encouraged to keep what they find in order to build their professional wardrobe,” said Jason Henry, Director of Student Engagement. “The sustainability piece is also really important. We are proud to be able to help to repurpose clothes in this needed way.”

The Vanguard Career Closet is supported through generous donations from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. Donations are currently needed to build the closet.

Items needed include business suits, blouses, skirts, dress shirts, professional slacks, blazers, ties, belts, shoes, and professional bags and purses.

“As students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members rotate their closets each season and identify items they no longer wear, we would love for them to consider donating them to the Vanguard Career Closet for another student,” said Tonia Spradlin, Assistant Professor of Business.

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American Legion to serve chicken halves

The Sxton-Willis American Legion Post 64, located as 49 Park Road, will be serving chicken halves with all the fixins for $8 for Labor Day. This will be served starting 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept.3-Sunday Sept. 5.

500 Ark. Army Guardsmen mobilized for state duty in Louisiana

More than 500 Arkansas Army National Guardsmen from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 142nd Field Artillery Brigade will convoy to Camp Minden, La., to assist that state’s emergency response operations after Hurricane Ida came ashore over the weekend.

The 142nd FAB departed Tuesday afternoon. The 39th IBCT will rally at multiple armories across the state on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and depart Wednesday afternoon.

Hurricane Ida made landfall around Noon, Aug. 29, as a Category 4 hurricane. The Louisiana National Guard requested an Emergency Management Assistance Compact with the Arkansas National Guard to provide two multi-functional battalion headquarters and four multi-functional companies or batteries of approximately 900 Guardsmen.

The 39th will provide Guardsmen equipped and trained in route clearance operations.

The 142nd will provide Guardsmen equipped and trained to conduct high-water rescue and recovery operations, as well as local unarmed security and traffic control. Both units will each have a forward support company to provide maintenance support and to conduct other tasks, as assigned.

Registration open for Walk Across Arkansas fall edition

Registration is open for the eight-week public health initiative is open to all who want to get into the habit of exercise or renew a commitment to fitness. There’s no cost to register at https://walk.uada.edu/walk/.

The team-based event runs from Sept. 13-Nov. 7 and uses friendly competition among teams to motivate exercise.

The event isn’t limited to walking. Participants can do any exercise as long as it gets their heart rates up and encourages breaking a sweat.

Heather Jackson, extension health program associate for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said there are some new aspects to Walk Across Arkansas this fall.

“We have made a change in team cap, a new scoring method, and an updated website,” she said. “The team cap increased to 30 participants per team to better accommodate 4-H clubs and school groups.”

The change in the maximum number of teammates also necessitated a new way of scoring.

“Team scores will be determined by the average of the number of team members and the total team minutes,” Jackson said. “The higher the score, the higher the rank. We hope to see much more participation this fall.”

She also said the website has a new, fresh look which makes navigating the website easier.

Register at https://walk.uada.edu/walk/