By Kelli Peters


Today, Mrs. Norma Griffin McNew, wife of the late Dr. L. Doyne McNew, will celebrate her 90th birthday in Commerce, Texas.  Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many others will join her on this auspicious occasion.  She has often visited this community, and lived here for a short time during World War II.  Congratulations to her for joining the ranks of the nonagenarians.

Those busy little bees, otherwise known as Royce and Glenna Blair Shumate, have attended two recent family reunions.  The first of those was the Shumate family reunion, held at Woolly Hollow State Park on Sunday, July 19.  Descendants in attendance represented the following children of Marion Melton Shumate and Nancy Ellen Smith: Robert Shumate, Nellie Shumate Halsey, Ed Shumate, and Stanley Shumate.  Woolly Hollow State Park is located on part of the original Shumate home place, where Marion Melton Shumate owned a store.  State park land was originally donated by the Shumate family.

The second reunion they attended was the Blair family reunion, held by descendants of William Young Blair at Greenbrier City Hall on Saturday, July 25.  Descendants in attendance represented the following children of William Young Blair: Ed Blair, who had 12 daughters but no sons; Mary Pearl Earnheart is the only one of those 12 daughters who survives today, Maud Blair Smith, Livonia Blair Powell, and Clarence Blair (Glenna’s father).

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Greenbrier First United Methodist Church

By BJ Fox

Methodism 101 will be taught by Pastor John Farthing at Greenbrier First United Methodist Church. The new class starts Sept. 9 on Wednesdays at 6:15 and ends Oct. 21. 

If you are interested in joining our church, just interested in Methodism in general, or desire a refresher course on what it means to be a United Methodist, this seven week course promises to be fulfilling. Pastor Farthing, a retired Professor of Hendrix College, is a wise teacher and always provides interesting leadership in his much sought-after classes.

Our Youth Search Committee, after many months of an exhaustive search, has chosen Joshua Hall to be our new Director of Youth Ministries. He comes to us from McCrory, having served a highly successful teen ministry there. We eagerly welcome him and his wife, Juli, who will join him in this partnership for our youth program. Discovery Club for ages 3 through 6th grades will start again Sept. 9, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A pot-luck meal will be held at 6 p.m. in Wilson Hall so come early and enjoy.

Don’t forget the blood drive Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The American Red Cross is on hand for our twice yearly drive. Givers are allowed to donate a pint of blood once every 60 days. Refreshments are served.

Two worship services start Sept. 13 –one at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 10:40 a.m. Sunday School for all ages will still be at 9:30 a.m. A nursery is provided for babies up to age 3 during the second service and Sunday school. 

Call 581-3895 before Sunday if you need a ride to Sunday school and church in our bus. The church is located on Highway 65 and Tyler in Greenbrier. The office is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is 679-2452. 



Kinsey Watkins recently won the “Kid You Can Bank On” award sponsored by 1st Arkansas Bank and Trust, FOX 16, and Disney Radio. Kids are nominated and chosen monthly in the state that are active in various aspects of their community, school, and other activities. She will do an interview on FOX 16 with Donna Terrall, a radio commercial on Radio Disney, and a special presentation at the bank. She will receive a prize pack, and a $100 savings bond. She will also be in the running for the annual winner. Congrats to Kinsey, great job.

Guy Small Town 4-H members have been busy, busy, this summer with activities and livestock camps/jackpots. 

The club’s community service for Aug. is the 2nd Annual School Supply Drive. Members donate and collect supplies to be donated to the Guy-Perkins School to help those with the cost of getting back to school.

County contest winners: Sarah N. in Photography, Fashion, and Talks, Jenny N. in Performing Arts, Kinsey in Crop and Seed ID.. Sarah also won at the District level with her illustrated talk. Anna A. and Jenny N. also placed in top three at the District level in Ag Business and Performing Arts. Victoria G. competed at the State level in Poultry Judging and her team placed 2nd. Miranda R. also a member of the 4-H Shooting Sports team competed in the state YHEC Challenge and her team placed 3rd.

Jordan B. attended the Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. He was one of three from Faulkner Co.

Several members have been showing their livestock at jackpots in Harrison, Ozark, Rison, and Conway over the summer. Some honorable award winners in showmanship were: Haley E., Cade R., Kinsey W., and Victoria G.

Many have placed in the top 3 of their classes at most shows.

Jansen R. and Tanner R. attended the State Dairy Camp held in Faulkner Co. and brought home awards in showmanship too. Kinsey W. attended lamb camp in OK and learned lots of good information. 

Several members have attended rabbit shows and clinics in the area also. 

Congrats to all our members on their hard work and accomplishments.

Please welcome Payton Lane Cruisin Mode to the world. He was born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Brad Mode. 

The Guy Perkins Class of 1999 held their 10 year class reunion at Woolly Hollow State Park last Saturday. Matt Mode attended the class reunion.

Their will be a benefit for Darby Grimes today at the Copperas Spring Pavillion.

Please keep the following in your prayers, Betty Griffith, Trish Thorn, Dorothy Glover (who will have surgery next week),

School will be starting on the 19th so watch out for those yellow school buses when they stop both lanes of traffc are to stop too. It is against the law to pass a school bus when it is stopped and its lights on.

Please send news to or call 679-3299.


Shady Grove

By Hazel Love 

We are thankful for the good rain that we had this week.  God is so good!

Jo and E. C. Hall, from Waverly, Tenn., were here over the weekend visiting with her mother, Hattie Hankins, and family.

Wimp and Barbara had their entire family, plus one - Cary Wayne Davis, for dinner this past Monday night.  As Barbara says “it was a houseful”.

Billy Maxwell and family spent last week on vacation in Florida.

We wish Mike Keys a speedy recovery following Gall Bladder surgery this past Monday.

Carolyn Gean and Cindy Bailey attended a wedding shower for a nephew on Saturday.

Keep Bill and Lynn Hoyle in your prayers.  They are quarantined at home.  Bill has a rare, very contagious,  pneumonia that he got while on a trip to Europe recently.

We have three ladies at Bethlehem Church who had birthdays on July 30th.  These ladies, listed by ascending ages, are: Robin Fagala, Linda Hammontree, and Delena Hargrove. (You’ll notice whose name is listed last and it’s this lady’s ingenuity that I want to write about.)

You’ve probably never heard of her latest invention called the “DHHLA” (pronounced De-haa-luh).  You’ll need to get in touch with Mrs. Hargrove and let her fill you in on all the particulars about this latest innovation.

I will tell you that DHHLA stands for the “Delena Hargrove Hi Lift Attachment” which is and will be used in getting into and out of bigger 4-wheel drive trucks now and in the future.  For details,  contact Delena and ask about materials needed and a FREE demonstration.



By Margie Fulmer

We had some visitors at church last Sunday at Oakland. We love having visitors and invite them back anytime.

Bro. Mark brought a good message. Our choir director, Mary Powell was sick and unable to attend. 

Ray and I went to visitation in Conway for Lola Kennedy on Sunday afternoon. Lola’s sister Menta Faye and Delbert Shinner are long-time friends of ours.

Fun day at the Park last Saturday was enjoyed by the Holland Community and also visitors from the surrounding area. This was a great, enjoyable event for the community.

Thanks from the park committee for all the volunteers who helped in all areas, to make it successful. 

Bart and Amanda Sellers and children, Haley, Henry and Charles have returned home from their vacation. They visited her grandmother in Asheville, N.C. and points of interest between here and there and really enjoyed it. 

Lucille Purifoy enjoyed worshipping Sunday at her home church, Holland Baptist. The congregation appreciated the playing of her granddaughter, Carla White at the piano. Beautiful special music was provided by Heather Parker. Shelly Resecker blessed them Sunday evening at the piano. Bro Ron touched the congregation with two powerful messages. 

The offering collected during their V.B.S. was sent to Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home. The youth joined Sunny Gap youth for a rally Aug. 14. On Aug. 28- 29 they will go to Cold Springs for the Back-to-School retreat. David and Rebecca Smith are praised for their work with the youth and are trying to build a stronger program. Sept. 2, the youth will begin meeting on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The AWANA program will begin at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2.

Tomorrow morning the men of the church will meet in the fellowship hall for breakfast and fellowship. They say the food is very tasty.

Have a good week. Everything is so pretty and green.  One man said in August it’s usually dry and burned up.