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October 2018

The Wizards are Coming Feb 15, 2019!

By |2018-10-04T14:54:13+00:00October 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

They’re Back! the High flying, Alley Oops Tricks & Hoops will be back at the A.L. Hutson Center Friday, February 15, 2019 to play our local Sharp Shooters.


Sponsorships are available.  Call Laura Clute at 870-994-8000.


Here’s a preview of what’s to come:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGby_04kLnM&feature=youtu.be


September 2018

By |2018-09-26T16:10:03+00:00September 26th, 2018|Education|

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018
FAMILIES | Making Their Mark
Did you know…?
By age 1, your child has developed a vocabulary of about 70 words.
Between ages 2 and 3, when he or she is gripping a crayon it will lead to holding a pencil correctly.
And, around age 3, scribbles start to take the shape of letters.
Next time your child picks up a crayon, draws seemingly mindless scribbles, looks up for praise and receives the gratification of a job-well-done, know that he is well on his way to reading and writing.
Our newest resource, Making Their Mark, is a two page handout that explains the benefits of encouraging your child to express himself by writing and drawing and ideas on how you can help strengthen his motor skills and unleash his creativity. This new addition and many other resources can be found in our Family Resource Library available in English and español.
NEWS BULLETIN | 3-Star Provider Resource Toolkits
3-star providers, are you wondering about that What exactly is that heavy white box you that recently landed in your mailbox?
The Provider Resource Toolkits are intended to build and strengthen your relationships with the families you serve. This hefty package houses all of the resources available online, posters to display in your facility and information cards to hand out to families. The toolkit should shrink over time as you share the resources with your students’ families. Feel free to make copies of the pages or download them from our Family Resource Library.
Tell us how you’re using your toolkit on the Better Beginnings Facebook Page and use #3StarToolKit.
To learn more about becoming a Better Beginnings provider and earning three stars, visit our section for providers.
Have you recently become a 3-star provider but haven’t received a Provider Resource Toolkit? Don’t worry – yours will be on its way soon! We will announce when the next round of toolkits will be distributed to our newest 3-star providers.
THANK YOU | Better Beginnings Grows Community
We are thankful for YOU, our providers and teachers who work tirelessly to provide the highest quality child care and early learning to Arkansas children.
During July and August, 12 facilities joined or increased their star level within the Better Beginnings community.
Shout out to the most recent facilities to reach a 3-star status. We welcome and congratulate you for your achievement.
Brinkley – Brinkley Fargo Head Start
Des Arc – Des Arc Head Start
Devalls Bluff – Devalls Bluff Head Start
Elaine – Elaine Head Start
Holly Grove – Holly Grove Head Start
Helena – JF Wahl Preschool
Helena – North End Head Start
Huntsville – Kinderkare Preschool
If you are interested in moving up in star ranking, click here.
PROVIDERS | Are You Aware of Your Nearest Child Care Aware?
We recently visited the Child Care Aware of Central and Southwest Arkansas, one of five locations in Arkansas to learn about the services and resources available to early childhood education providers.
Providers have access to a variety of resources ranging from books to worksheets and everything in between.
Have you gotten all set up in your classroom and realized you still need a certain something? Check your local Child Care Aware.
Do you need different books to bring to the classroom? Check with your local Child Care Aware. They might even have a prop or two to go with your book selection.
Do you need copies of the most recent policies? Bring your copy paper and visit your local Child Care Aware.
There are tons of resources and activities for a variety of age ranges available – all you have to do is show up, pick out your stuff, check it out and return it when you’re done.
Click here to find the Child Care Aware closest to you.
SPOTLIGHT |Julie Barber Puts the Special in Special Education
You may have seen that Julie Barber was named the Arkansas Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of the Year. Once you read her feature spotlight on our website, you’ll understand why.
“It takes a special kind of person to be a teacher, much less a special education preschool teacher. That’s exactly the kind of person Julie Barber is, which is why her colleagues were not surprised when she was selected as Arkansas’s Outstanding Early Childhood Professional of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (DCCECE).”  Excerpt from Julie’s website spotlight
EARLY LEARNING |Learning Through Play Every Day
Let the calendar serve as inspiration to show your child new experiences while teaching them new skills. Pair the observances below with resources from our Family Resource Library and Biblioteca de recursos en español, and you’ll discover a host of fun ways to celebrate upcoming holidays while weaving in a little math, discovery, safety and outdoor learning all at the same time.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 4-10: World Space Week
October 5:      World Teachers Day
October 15:    Global Hand Washing Day
October 21:    Reptile Awareness Day
October 31:    Happy Halloween!
To learn more about Better Beginnings and the resources available, visit our website.
Stay in Touch with Better Beginnings

Cherokee Village Golf News Sept. & Oct. 2018

By |2018-09-26T16:08:29+00:00September 26th, 2018|Happenings, Sports|

Cherokee Village
North Course & South Course
News and Items of Interest
Tuesday – September 25, 2018
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26th at CV North there will be a group of 26 players teeing off around 9:00 a.m. This group will only be playing 18 holes.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3rd will be the CV Ladies Fall Classic held at the South Golf Course. The 4-Lady Scramble will tee off at 9:00 a.m. with lunch to follow play. Currently, the CV Ladies will be hosting 23 teams from across the area. The South Course will re-open for general play after the event, appoximately 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 6th will be the annual CV Property Owners 4-Person Scramble at CV North. The 9:00 shotgun start will be preceeded by coffee, donuts & juice beginning at 8:00 a.m. – – lunch will follow play – – mulligans, hole prizes, breakfast & a great day with friends. An entry form is attached.
  • Thursday, Oct. 11th will be the annual North Arkansas Electric Coop “Operation Round-Up” outing at CV South. The South Course will be available for play from 7:30 to 10:30 on this Thursday – – then the event will shotgun start beginning at 11:00 a.m. The course will re-open for general play at approximatley 3:30 p.m.
  • The annual Rebel Classic hosted by the Rebel Booster Club has moved from the hot, July date to Saturday, Oct. 13th this year. The event will be held at CV South with a 9:00 shotgun start. More details to come in the near future.
  • Saturday, Oct. 20th will be the Veterans’ Memorial Tournament at CV North. The 3-Man Scramble has a $150 entry fee per team along with a sign-up deadline of Oct. 17. For more information, email: veteransgolftournament@yahoo.com or send your team names & number of rental carts needed to: Vet Golf, PO Box 2, Cherokee Village, AR 72525.


August 2018

July 2018

Mission of Hope Food Pantry

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00July 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Mission of Hope food pantry is open on Thursday from 9 – noon.
The local pantry is supported by Hope’s Closet sales and community donations.  We are also a USDA distribution point for Sharp County serviced from the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.
There are some economic guidelines, but we never turn anyone away who is hungry.  Bring a photo ID, something with your physical address on it and social security card for each person in the household.  One service that we can help clients with is applying for SNAP benefits if they have not, it is an overwhelming process for non readers and people who do not see well.
Additionally on Thursday mornings from 9:00 – 11:45 we offer free clothing to those in need.  Not from the Hope’s Closet but from our free area.
The Mission of Hope is located at 3968 Highway 62/412 Hardy. Telephone 870-856-5511
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Chamber Sponsors Spring River Innovation Hub Technology Program

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Chamber News, Education|

The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the sponsorship and support for the Spring River Innovation Hub’s (SRIH)  technology purchases with a $2,000 donation, announced President Eddie Ishmael.

The mission of the Spring River Innovation Hub is to provide a creative culture of innovation and entrepreneurship through an inclusive, collaborative network of diverse resources and opportunities that fosters sustainable small business and regional economic growth.

“Supporting the Spring River Innovation Hub is in perfect alignment with one of the Chamber’s strategic goals to support and promote local economic development and stability;” said Ishmael. “The Innovation Hub will be a resource center to help incubate startups, support home-based businesses, and encourage small businesses to thrive.  When our local businesses succeed they employ people, buy goods and services, pay taxes, and give back by supporting charities, churches and other worthwhile causes.  We all need our small businesses and local entrepreneurs to be successful.  We also must recruit and retain entrepreneurs, who are looking for communities just like ours, to bring their business idea and passion and to invest here.”

The SRIH will offer a variety of support services for area businesses, entrepreneurs and creatives, will open in phases throughout 2018.

 “On behalf of the Spring River Innovation Hub Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce for its generous donation and support of the Innovation Hub project,” said SRIH Board Chair Jonathan Rhodes. “Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. We look forward to working alongside and in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, business and civic leaders and other economic development initiatives to keep our local and regional economies growing.”

For more information about the SRIH please contact Graycen  Bigger at 870.335.7409.


Front Row (L-R): Angela Phipps, Ozarka College; Vicki Rice, Stonehouse B&B; Clint Wiles, FNBC; Ron and Althea Briton, Spring River Tees & More; Graycen Bigger, SRIH; Nadja Coleman, King-Rhodes & Assoc. Real Estate; and Ethan Barnes, Centennial Bank.

Back Row: Donald Britnell, FNBC; Jonathan Rhodes, King-Rhodes & Assoc. Real Estate; Marc Herring, Ozark Classic Crafts Mall; Laura Sackett Clute, Ozark Gateway Realty, OGWLLC; Joey Cooper, Evolve Bank & Trust; Fred Holzhauer, First Community Bank; Kasey Carter, Highland School District; and Lorna Lee, 1st Choice Healthcare.

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June 2018

Building a Healthier Sharp County

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00June 28th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The WRHS Foundation Paver Project provides funding to enhance medical care at the WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village. Gifts to the Paver Project generated $4,000 used for the construction of the helipad.

Many businesses and residents in Sharp County and surrounding areas contributed to the project. Donors include the Bank of Cave City; Dr. Doug Bernard; Robert C. Jr. and Judy E. Brown; Centennial Bank; First Community Bank;  Mr. and Mrs. Donald Britnell; Johnny Carter; Richard and Michelle Huff; Sandy Jones; North Arkansas Building Specialties; North Arkansas Electric Cooperative; Norma J. Orr; Ozark Gateway Realty, LLC; Charlotte Sellers; Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce; Russell Stokes, Jr.; James M. and Marcia Street; Steve and Kim Thompson; Tri County Board of Realtors, Inc.; United Country Cotham & Co; and Donward and Velda Wiles.


“We are grateful for the support of the residents and businesses in our communities,” said Robert Wright, Administrator of Physician Services.  “We want to ensure that the residents in our communities have the care they need, where they need it.”

Donors will be recognized with an engraved brick located along a 30-yard sidewalk from the helipad to the emergency room.

The Paver Project continues to accept gifts to improve medical care in the region. For more information about the Paver Project, or how you can become involved in improving the health of the community, contact the White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation at (870) 262-1927, or the WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village at (870) 257-6041.

The WRMC Medical Complex is an affiliate of WRHS. WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices, and senior life centers.  WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.


Centennial Bank of Highland recently donated $500 to the Pavers Project at WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village.  Project proceeds benefit medical care provided at the complex.  For more information regarding the Pavers Project, or to make a donation, call (870) 262-1927.  Pictured in front row from left to right: Ethan Barnes, Centennial Bank Loan Officer; Amy Runsick, Centennial Bank Teller Supervisor; Charity Schaufler, ER Clinical Lead RN; Shane Wood, ER Clinical Lead RN; Nathan Criss, Centennial Bank Market President; Ashley Hall, PCMH Coordinator; Jennifer Johnson, APRN. Pictured in the second row from left to right: Tabitha Thurman, Radiologist; Amy Whitten, Radiology Supervisor; Ruth Ann Overturf, Radiologist; James Street, Facility Administrator; and Shannon Smart, Clinic Secretary. Pictured in back row from left to right: Charlotte Sellers, ER/Outpatient Registration; and Stacey Wright, WRMC Trauma Manager.

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April 2018

WRMC Medical Complex adds Cardiac Rehabilitation Services in Cherokee Village

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00April 18th, 2018|Business Spotlight, Chamber News, General, Health News|

At the WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village, cardiac care includes diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.  Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program focuses on helping patients with heart conditions achieve the best possible state of health.

195 Hospsital Drive, Ste. D
Cherokee Village, AR 72529

Cardiac Rehabilition

Cardiac Rehabilitation, referred to as cardiac rehab, is a program of structured exercise and education for patients with heart disease. he three-phase program brings together health care professionals to help patients acheive the best possible state of health. Patient and Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehab

Conditions that may benefit from Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Angioplasty (balloon procedure)
  • Blocked Coronary Arteries
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Valve Surgery
  • Stent Placement

Benefits of Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Fewer Hospitalizations
  • Improved Endurance
  • Management of Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Diabetes
  • Nutritional Counseling and Education
  • Personalized Care Plan

The WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village is affiliated with White River Health System (WRHS), a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.

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March 2018


By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00March 21st, 2018|Chamber News, General, Uncategorized|

The 2018 Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce Guide is at the Chamber office and around town.  Do you have a lot of foot traffic, especially with visitors?  Please contact us to have us deliver some guides or come pick them up at the Chamber.  There are always guides outside in the racks for 25-hour access.  Otherwise, for large amounts, the office is staffed 9am to 1 pm, Tuesday-Thursday.  Or call us at 870-856-3210 and we will have someone deliver them.

Cover Photo Contest Winner – Diann Dennis.  Southfork River at Virgil’s Beach in Griffin Park.

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February 2018

LUNCH ON THE BLUFF: Biggers Bluff Steakhouse Expands Opening Hours to Include Lunch

By |2018-09-03T22:58:55+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Business Spotlight|

The popular Biggers Bluff Steakhouse in Hardy that overlooks the Spring River is expanding their opening hours to the following:


Thursday  through Sunday and Monday:  11am to 8pm

Friday-Saturday:   11am to 10pm

They offer eat in or take out, no reservations required.


  • Steaks
  • Catfish
  • Shrimp
  • Burgers
  • Salads
  • Soup
  • Sandwiches
  • Homemade Desserts

Biggers Bluff SteakHouse is located at 20 Bluff Road, Hardy AR 72542



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