Archives for 2012

Searcy County — “Chocolate Roll Capital of the World!!”


For generations, people in Searcy County have been baking and enjoying a dessert that few folks outside these parts have ever heard of. Namely chocolate rolls! Searcy County’s glory days with strawberries have faded into the pages of history and the stories of its older citizens, but the chocolate roll remains. Can anyone doubt that Searcy County is the Home of the Chocolate Roll™ and also the Chocolate Roll Capital of the World™? The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce has declared Searcy County the Chocolate Roll Capital of the World™! That declaration is just one part of the Chamber’s exciting Chocolate Roll Capital of the World™ Initiative.

Ambitious initiatives of this size benefit from enthusiastic support. The Chamber plans to roll out advertising in multiple media as well as install “Welcome to Searcy County” signs at the north and south ends of the county along Highway 65. Simultaneously with our future media roll out, we will be asking county commercial food preparers to bake and make available chocolate rolls for purchase, both traditional, old-time chocolate rolls like grandmother used to make, as well as innovative new ways to reinvent the chocolate roll. Some already are selling chocolate rolls. Thank you and please keep it up! If we are to make this claim to world-chocolate roll status, we must have multiple places for customers to purchase chocolate rolls on a continuing basis.

This initiative is an excellent way for Searcy County to work together for the betterment of all, by exploiting something we do very well and few others even do at all. Earlier this year, Brenda Smyth and the Marshall High School Art Club held its 1st Annual Chocolate Roll Festival Competition. Stay tuned for the date of next year’s event! Also coming soon, the Chamber hopes to sponsor a contest that will solicit chocolate roll history, stories and photographs to include in a chocolate roll book that we hope to publish. Get your family’s history and stories published in the world’s most definitive book on chocolate rolls!

The Chamber is initiating this grand effort to exploit this economically beneficial and culturally significant niche dessert for the greater good of Searcy County. We expect to eventually attract a sizable media interest in the chocolate rolls of Searcy County. Along with the attention from state and national media such as television, cable, newspapers, internet and magazines, we hope to stop more of the tourist traffic transiting the county and bring new visitors who want to check out our chocolate rolls. For more information about the “Chocolate Roll Capital of the World™ Initiative,” please contact the Chamber.

“Shades of Blue” at the Killebrew for the Veterans

An Air Force jazz ensemble will be performing in Leslie on Friday, 9 November at the Ozark Heritage Arts Center. Opening for the Air Force band will be the Marshall High School Band and Choir.
Sponsored by American Legion Post 131 of Leslie, the Veterans Day Salute will feature “Shades of Blue” whose repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz, to bebop and swing, to modern jazz. The band is a component of the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, which is the musical ambassador of the Air Mobility Command. Veterans will be recognized at the event which is two nights before Veterans Day. Make sure and bring your favorite veteran!! Show time is 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

All Things Chocolate Roll Contest — Enter Today!!


The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce announces the “All Things Chocolate Roll Contest”.

Do you know who invented the chocolate roll?  How did chocolate rolls get their start in Searcy County?  The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is looking for answers to those types of questions and is sponsoring a contest for the best chocolate roll stories and photos.  There will be two categories; written and photography.  First place in each category wins $100, second place $50, and third place $25.  Ultimately, the Chamber hopes to use the submissions to put together a book on chocolate rolls that will be sold to the public with proceeds going to the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.  This contest and the resulting book are part of the Chamber’s Chocolate Roll Capital of the World™ Initiative.  Enter now and help us record and preserve the history of the chocolate roll.

The types of entries in the written category can include stories about the history and origins of chocolate rolls, with specific attention to Searcy County, a favorite chocolate roll recipe along with a story, humorous stories involving chocolate rolls, descriptions of chocolate rolls, family memories about chocolate rolls, poetry and so forth.

Photography might include photos of chocolate rolls being made and photos of chocolate rolls being eaten.  They can be color or black and white, but please send in a digital format.

Please note:  All contest submissions of stories, recipes, photos and the like become the property of the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce and may be used for any purpose.  By submitting stories, recipes, photos and the like, you grant the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce full right to use of the material, including your name, town, and state.  The contestant hereby relinquishes any right, title, claim, copyright, patent and the like regarding said stories, recipes, photos and the like.

Please send all submissions, along with your name and phone number, to: or mail to Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 1385, Marshall, AR  72650.

Entry deadline is 7 January 2013.  Winners will be awarded their prize money at the 2nd Annual Chocolate Roll Festival in Marshall on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  Chocolate rolls are a unique part of Searcy County’s heritage and culture.  Enter today.  This is your chance to be included in the world’s most definitive book on a Searcy County dessert, the chocolate roll.

Art at the Searcy County Courthouse!!

Searcy County has a storied history of talented artists, probably the most famous of which is Essie Ward, who painted numerous scenes of life in the Ozarks in back over 30 years ago.  But you may not know that there are many very talented artists continuing that tradition today.

To show their talents, on Thursday, October 11th, from 4:30 till 6:30 PM, there will be a reception of a group of local artists gathered at the Searcy County Court House in Marshall to hang their art work in the old court room.

This effort is the brainchild of Brenda Smith and Thereisa Housley, with the cooperation of our county government officials and with a donation from the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce, the upstairs court room is now an art gallery that is open to the Public.

There will be over 40 pieces of art to see.

For more information about this event or to possibly hang your artwork in the courthouse gallery, e-mail  Thereisa or Brenda.

For now, the next time you are around the Marshall Courthouse Square, take a trip upstairs and and check out the public gallery.

Click on one of the smaller images below for a slideshow of photos of some of the art at the courthouse.


New Member — Girl Scouts – Buffalo River Service Unit

The mission of the Girl Scouts is to  builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.   The Local Buffalo River Service Group of the Girl Scouts is actually doing the mission in their work.

The Girl Scout Organization, which has as members over 10 million girls in 145 countries, has a very active group in this area.



Buffalo River Girl Scout Service Unit collected over one hundred blankets and delivered them to Arkansas Children’s Hospital to honor the 100th anniversary of both organizations.


In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.


The Girl Scouts went on a hike at Collier homestead. They had a great time learning about ways to conserve food and dangerous plants while hiking, Lindze Smiley, Sarah Baysinger, Emma Rooney, Angel Kelley, Sierra Horton

Girls Donating Cookies to Arkansas Children’s Hospital


Girls donating items to Animal Shelter- Lindze Smiley, Angel Kelley, Izzy Salazar, Sarah Baysinger, Sierra Arter, Emma Rooney

New Member – First National Bank of North Arkansas

First National Bank of North Arkansas

The First National Bank of North Arkansas has served Carroll County, Arkansas since 1889. We take pride in our corner of the Ozark Mountain Region. It is one of the most desirable areas in the U.S. for retirement or relocation. If you decide this is the place for you we will provide a customer service representative to assist you in making the transition.

We are an old bank with new ideas. Our long history of success has been based on our personalized service and our commitment to the community we serve — that will never change; but we have added the technology for our customers who appreciate modern convenience.

As a full service bank, First National Bank of North Arkansas offers a comprehensive selection of services for individuals and businesses. Contact our friendly customer service representatives for all of your banking needs.  First National Bank of  North Arkansas’ website is located at


2nd Annual Friendship 5K Run/Walk – September 15


Friendship Community Care is happy to announce the 2nd annual Friendship 5k Run/Walk to be held September 15, 2012 in Marshall, AR.  Check in begins at 7:00 AM and the Run/Walk starts at 8:00 AM.   Starting and registration location is at Friendship Community Care, 502 Highway 27 South in Marshall, AR

Also, in conjunction with the 5K Run, Friendship will also be holding a Spaghetti Dinner, Silent Auction and Live Entertainment on Friday, September 14th at 6:00 PM at the Marshall Assembly of God.   See the info about the Spaghetti dinner below.

This year the proceeds are going to increase awareness of autism and for a snoezlelen therapy room. It is an effect tool in the treatment of Children with autism and other developmental delays

Please consider partnering with Friendship Community Care and Autism Awareness for this opportunity to give back to the children we serve.  Your support will go a long way in helping us accomplish our mission.



Lynda Hensley

Keri L. Wyatt

(870) 448-5976

Run Flyer

Registration Form

Spaghetti Dinner and Entertainment


Leslie Lawnmower Races

Got an old Lawnmower laying around collecting dust?  Soup it up and join in the fun at the Leslie Lawnmower Races.   The races are held every 3rd Saturday, from May thru September near the Kiddie Park on Limestone Street in Leslie, AR.

The first race was last year in conjunction with the Leslie Homecoming, and ever since then have really taken off.

Come join in on the fun and see how you too can become a Hot Rod Mower Racer!!


9 to 5 the Musical — This Saturday Night – July 27th

9 to 5 the Musical is coming to the Ozark Heritage Arts Center in Leslie on Saturday, July 27 at 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $12 for Adults and are $5 for children 10 & under.

Presented by the Conway Dinner Theater in association with The Faulkner Academy of Arts and The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.

Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick.

For more information, please call (870) 448-2557.

(All ticket profits go to nonprofit organizations)


New Member — John K. Carr Realty


Finding Your Ozark Sanctuary…That’s What We Do! Do you want to be self-sufficient in the Ozarks of Arkansas? Historic Leslie, one of the best kept secrets in Arkansas, is a place to enjoy quality of life, local arts, culture, and neighbors you know by name. From here we serve you by finding the property that fits all your Real Estate Needs and Dreams.

IS YOUR VISION land with a view, springs, creeks, hunting and fishing? What about privacy, organic farms and foods? Investment opportunities inclluding farm land, timberland or recreational land; we can find them. Whether you are Buying or Selling Ozark Real Estate, John K. Carr Realty has the experience and integrity to give you quality service.

COME AND BE A PART of a unique Arkansas Mountain Experience!

John K. Carr Realty is located in the cabin,  just off Highway 65, in Leslie, Arkansas.

Contact John at 870-656-8926   or email

Look at the property they currently have on offer at their website at: