Archives for March 2011

Operation Kindness Spay/Neuter Clinic Success

The Operation Kindness 3 Day Spay and Neuter clinic held last week (March 14-16) at Leslie was a rousing success as a total of 81 cats and dogs were altered.

The great volunteers of Operation Kindness worked very hard during, before and after the event to make sure all the animals received tender loving care while they were at the clinic.  None of the volunteers get paid for this service.  They do this all for the animals, and as a service to the area communities.

The mobile clinic which comes here and does the services, goes all over Arkansas providing this much needed and low cost service.  The charge for cat spays and neuters is $25.00 per animal.  For dogs up to 75 pounds, the charge is $50.00, with the price increasing to $60.00 for dogs over 75 pounds.

State law requires that all dogs and cats must have a rabies vaccination each year.  If an animal comes to the clinic to be altered, and does not have the RV, the DVM administers the vaccination for a charge of $5.00.   Vaccinations are not available at the clinic for animals that aren’t altered at the clinic.

JoAnna McManus, DVM, has been working for Arkansans for Animals for 14 years in the mobile unit.  Their new 2 year old Mobile trailer is 40 feet long, and contains a hospital unit in the rear, and sleeping quarters in the front.  This custom unit cost approximately $150,000.  Dr. McManus, and her Vet Tech assistant are both licensed in the State of Arkansas and have excellent reputations.  The Vet Tech, Dian Ladner is also the driver of the truck that tows the MASH unit.  Arkansans for Animals website is for more information about their service

What do the operation kindness volunteers do besides make appointments?  A couple days before the clinic begins, they all meet at the American Legion building in Leslie where the event is held, to set up tables, dividers, organize paperwork, (which must stay with the pet at all times during it’s appointment).  They bring in supplies, blankets, wipes, newspapers, so each animal can be kept clean and dry.  Once the clinic is in full swing, Operation Kindness provides at least 2 meals per day for all volunteers, plus they feed Dr. McManus and her staff, normally 3-4 additional people.  Operation Kindness volunteers carry out and retrieve all the animals from the surgery unit.  It is a very satisfying, but unpaid job that they do, and each member is very happy knowing that for each animal that has been altered,   hundreds of dogs and cats may be prevented from dying of hunger, abandonment and abuse.

Operation Kindness will be holding another clinic in May and yet another in September 2011.  They are now making appointments for both clinics.  They are already booked up for female dogs at the May clinic, but other appointments are available.  For more information or to book an appointment at the clinic, call 870-221-1630.  You may also e-mail them here.

Operation kindness is a great member of the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce, and we should be proud to have such a good group of volunteers supporting this noble cause.  Operation Kindness is also sponsoring several events in the upcoming Spring Fling.   Help support their cause.


Welcome to the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce

Searcy County, Arkansas offers the perfect destination for your Ozark Mountain Get-Away.

We are very glad you are here!!

Searcy County is located right on the U.S. 65 Corridor, the main route between Little Rock, Arkansas and Branson, Missouri.   The southern border of the county is approximately 85 miles north of Little Rock, and the northern border is approximately 40 miles south of Branson.     Searcy County is easy to get to, yet still hidden in the mountains.

We offer a wide variety of nearby attractions such as the Buffalo National River, Ozark Folk Center , Hurricane River Cave, Ozark National Forest, Blanchard Springs Caverns, Ozark Heritage Arts Center, Buffalo Point, and even a chance to watch a movie under the stars at a modern drive-in-theater, at the Kenda Drive In, one of only 3 in the entire state of Arkansas.

Visitors to our area enjoy staying at a Buffalo River Cabin, Horseback Riding on the various trails in the area, hiking portions of the Buffalo River Trail, Hunting, Fishing or Riding ATV’s.

Enjoy our website, look at the beautiful scenery of our area and see what the Northern Ozarks and Searcy County has to offer.  Then plan to visit us sometime soon.

Latest Story of Lost Silver Mine in Searcy County

Re-Printed from the Marshall Mountain Wave  –  Friday May 30, 1924


It is believed that the lost silver mine for which many have searched in Searcy County for the last seventy-five years and in quest of which some have devoted much and their lives and fortunes have been dissipated, has at last been discovered by a daughter of Hulse Tyler near her father’s farm in the rough country between Bear and Calf Creeks about ten miles from St. Joe, and five miles from Gilbert.

The tradition prevalent in this part of  the state is that the section of the country embraced in the above named territory and known as the Silver Hill settlement, has been the scene of mining operation by the Indians in prehistoric days and that later the Spaniards had mined much silver in that locality.  The story is that with the varying fortunes of war between the Spaniards and the Indians and their enemies, that the location of the mine was lost.

The story is also related by old timers that about seventy-five years ago, a man by the name of Tabor located one of the mines.  It is said he uncovered a cave of almost pure silver and that he began to mold silver coins.  He was apprehended for counterfeiting and was forced to leave the country, but the place of his mining operations remained a secret.

About thirty years ago, Mark Boyd, who came to this locality from Little Rock, purchased 1200 acres of land in the Silver Hill neighborhood.  Soon he announced he had been visited by an old Indian, who blindfolded him and led him several miles through the rough country, finally leading him into a cave.  There the hood was removed and Boyd was allowed to view a great accumulation of pure silver and high grade ore.  Continuing his story he related that he was again blindfolded in the cave and conducted away for several miles before the blindfold was removed and he was restored to liberty.

Then began Boyd’s search for the hidden treasure, which extended over many years.  He hired men to assist him and numerous holes they bored into the hillside in the Silver Hill locality are still visible.  Boyd persisted in the search until he used up all his substance and eventually he was forced to sell his land to pay the debts he had incurred in his prospecting operations.  Later he enlisted some friends in Little Rock in the venture and these spent considerable money in the prospecting with no results.  Almost penniless, Boyd left this country for Texas, where he died four years ago.  Many of his kinfolks still live here.

Twelve years ago a large mining company was organized and bought a large tract of land in the neighborhood but they too were unsuccessful in locating any mineral.  Now the story which is being related is that the daughter of Hulse Tyler, while hunting for a cow which had strayed away, found an opening to a cave in an almost inaccessible gulch.  The entrance to the cave was overgrown with vines and brush, a recent storm had blown aside leaving it partly exposed.  She at once summoned other members of the family and the cave was explored.  It is claimed that the silver was found as described with the mining tools, which had been there seventy-five years.   Now that the deed is on file, the story has come out.

2nd Annual Fishing Derby in Leslie


The 2nd Annual Fishing Derby on Cove Creek in Leslie, AR will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 11:00 AM till 1:PM.  Sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Ozark Mountain Market, and Derickson Lumber.  The Derby will be held in Cove Creek, with access thru Derickson Lumber.  The Derby is restricted to youth under the age of 18, or handicapped individuals.   Youth under the age of 14 must have an adult present.  Some bait will be provided, but it is best to bring some extra, as well as your own fishing tackle.

New Member – K & H Flowers and Gifts

K and H Flowers and Gifts

We are Very Happy to have K & H Flowers and Gifts as a new member of the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

Phone:  870-448-2158


K & H Flowers & Gifts proudly serves the Marshall area. We are family owned and operated. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect.

Let K & H Flowers & Gifts be your first choice for flowers and Gifts.


Store Hours

Our shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

We are closed on Sundays.

To help assure on-time delivery during the busy holiday season, place your order at least 1 day prior to the following major holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Administrative Professionals Week, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Our shop will always be closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Easter, Father’s Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Specialty Services

We specialize in the following services:


  • Large inventory of fresh flowers
  • Tropicals
  • Plants
  • European/dish gardens
  • Contemporary and traditional arrangements
  • High-style floral arrangements
  • Silk arrangements
  • Dried floral arrangements
  • Weddings
  • Funeral designs
  • Extensive gift line
  • Gourmet and fruit baskets
  • Gift baskets
  • Greeting cards
  • Candles

K and H Flowers

Bear Creek Elk, Searcy County Arkansas

Searcy County has it’s share of great wildlife, Elk are some very awe-inspiring creatures.

This was a herd of over 30 Elk, on Bear Creek, about 4 miles North of Marshall, just off  Highway 65.

These elk were located on the property owned by Bear Creek Log Cabins.

I had to go to Harrison on Thursday and noticed a large herd of Elk on the west side of Highway 65, down on Bear Creek.   This is a fairly common sight, especially this time of year.   I was in quite a hurry, and of course, didn’t have my camera (except for a phone camera) with me anyway, so I decided to try again this morning a bit better prepared.   As luck would have it, the elk were in the same exact place this morning.   They are certainly beautiful creatures, and I know there are some folks that are probably tired of fixing fence that they tear down.  But for me personally, it is sure nice having them around.   In a few days, I’m going to try to come in from another direction and get a bit closer to them.

It was sure interesting to watch the large bull elk with his “ladies”.   After they spotted me, he started moving around, and snorting to the cows, herding them up in a smaller circle so he could “protect” them.  He was definitely the “alpha male”.    There did look to be a couple other bulls in the group that had already dropped their antlers.

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More Bear Creek Elk and Turkeys

Elk on Bear Creek in Searcy County, Arkansas


The elk down on Bear Creek have really been cooperating with me the last few days, so this morning I thought that after last nights rain it might be another good morning to catch them out in the open.  The elk were there, just a bit farther north today, up near the Bear Creek bridge.   I took a few shots from the truck, then tried to work my way a bit closer, among the cane and the tree line that follows the creek.   I wasn’t sure how close I could get, as they spotted me right away, but I eased along, snapping a few shots along the way.   Most of the elk crossed the creek on me however, (would have loved those shots) but I managed to get really close to 4 cows which didn’t make it across before I cut them off.

The 25 or so elk that crossed the creek had dug out a deep rut down the bank, which is their normal crossing spot.  They went right across the creek which was swollen from the rain to probably 5-6 feet deep and moving pretty fast.  Then they went up a really steep bluff.  It’s really amazing where they can go.   Hope you enjoy these elk photos, and I plan to get some more hopefully even better ones in the days ahead.  Would love to camp out somewhere along the hill and get them crossing the creek and coming up toward me.  Those would be some great shots.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the bull today, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  With wildlife sometimes you just have to take what you can get.

As I was coming back toward Marshall, I spotted about 30 turkeys and managed to get a couple shots of them before they flew over the highway.  Would have loved to get those pictures, but wasn’t fast enough today.  Hopefully I’ll get another chance on that later.

If you like wildlife, Searcy County is a great place to see it.

The elk in these pictures were located on the property owned by Bear Creek Log Cabins.



Marshall Skeetbusters — New Season


Marshall High School “Skeetbusters” Get Ready for a New Season

The Marshall High School “Skeetbusters” Club is gearing up for a new season of clay breaking action.  Their first practice was held on Saturday, March 5th.  The crew was a bit rusty with the cold, windy conditions, but their shooting should improve after a few more practices.  There were about 27 shooters in attendance for the first practice, which is a large group.   There are over 30 members of the entire team, which has both a Junior and Senior High Division.    The first practice was held down behind the Marshall Elementary School, near the new sewer plant area.   This is a new location for the team this year, as last year most of the shooting was done at the recycling center, or at the Twin Lakes Gun Club in Mountain Home.  According to coach/sponsor Donald Patterson, there is a new facility under construction near Yellville, and the team plans to try it out with a practice very soon.

The Skeetbusters are members of the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Association, which is an organization under the control of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  Everyone is very safety conscious.  Our Northern Regional competition will be held in Lonoke on May 13 and 14, so the team has over 2 months of practicing before the competition.   The next official practice is scheduled for March 17, at 5 PM.   Everyone needs to help support this great group of kids and especially their coaches and sponsors, Donald Patterson, Tim Baysinger, and Mike Baker.