Archives for April 2015

Free Electronics Recycling – May 9th 2015

Free Electronics Recycling to be offered in Marshall May 9, 2015

Old Computer

The city of Marshall is hosting a free electronic waste (E-Waste) recycling round-up on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Old Berry Shed on 200 West Fair Street, off Highway 65. Participants may drop off items such as computers, fax machines, printers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, phones, electronic cables and more.

Businesses, schools, non-profit groups, and residents are invited to participate.

Why recycle electronics? Banned at most landfills, E-Waste is the fastest growing part of the solid waste stream. Presently only about 18% of electronics are being recycled in the United States and contain heavy metals, flame retardants, and other compounds known to cause health problems. The vast majority of dangerous toxins found in landfills – mercury, cadmium, flame retardants and lead – come from electronics. During the recycling (e-cycling) process, hazardous waste is safely and responsibly removed from electronic items, metals and plastics are reprocessed, and data is wiped from the items in compliance with the U.S. Department of Defense’s standards.

This electronic waste round-up is sponsored by Searcy County Recycling, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Ozark Mountain Solid Waste, Searcy County, and the City of Marshall.

As a thank-you for recycling, randomly selected participants that drop off E-Waste will win a pair tickets to the Kenda Drive-In movie theater in Marshall.

If you are unable to drop off your unwanted electronic items at the Round-Up on May 9, Searcy County Recycling, located at 2137 Highway 27 South, accepts E-Waste, as well as glass, cardboard, textiles, paper products, and aluminum cans, which can be dropped off any time, free of charge.

For more information, contact Debbie McDaniel at Searcy County Recycling, 870-448-3001, 870-448-6583,

29th Annual Hillbilly Daze – Witts Springs, Arkansas

Everyone come out to the 29th Annual Hillbilly Daze in Witts Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, May 23th, 2015.

Hillbilly Daze is always on Memorial Day weekend at Witts Springs, Arkansas.

Hillbilly Daze  started as the weekend of Decoration of the local grave sites of the people that have lived in these hills for generations.  The locals started a parade with other festivities in 1988 and it has bloomed into a wonderful festival that takes place every year.

The Kids Parade begins at 10:00 A.M. and the Main Parade starts at 11:00 A.M.  Lunch will be served immediately after the parade.

After lunch there will be Horse Shoes, Turtle Races, A Stick Horse Rodeo, and Sack Races,  behind the Pavilion. (All kids have to provide their own turtles.)

Doyle and Sandra Weaver are the Grand Marshalls this year.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the Parade….there are CASH Prizes and all old cars, ATV’s, Horses, Floats, Bikes, Wagons, and Marching Groups are all WELCOME!!


Map of  Witts Springs Location


26th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair June 5-6, 2015




26th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair June 5-6, 2015

Searcy County Civic Center, Marshall, AR

Writing and Interpreting: Civil War Resources Authors Use


After months, or years, of collecting Civil War information, what does one do with it? How does one organize to tell an intelligent narrative? How does one evaluate the information?  What to put in the text and what in the footnote?  And most importantly, what resources does one use to write a good story/tale/narrative?


The 26th North Arkansas Ancestor Fair will have authors who have and are writing books about the Civil War in Arkansas tell how they have written their books, or are putting their books together.  This is an unprecedented opportunity to hear and talk to authors who have dealt with problems of Arkansas research, and have put it together.  Our authors Dr. Thomas A. DeBlack, Arkansas Tech University, has written “With Fire and Sword: Arkansas, 1861-1874″;  Mark Christ, Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, has authored “Civil War Arkansas, 1863″ and edited “I Do Wish This Cruel War Was Overt” and other Arkansas Civil War tomes, and  David Schieffler, doctoral candidate at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville is putting together “Lincoln’s Foothold in the South: Phillips County, Arkansas, 1861-1865.”


This opportunity will be available Friday, June 5th, 2015, from 9:30 a. m. to 3:30 p. m. in Marshall, Arkansas at the Civic Center on Zack Road.  There will be a fee: $10 for all day and $5 for a half day. The following day at the Marshall Civic Center family historians, county historical and genealogical societies and other genealogical/historical organizations, authors and vendors can set up for free to exchange information, advertise themselves or sell their wares.  Saturday admission and set up are free. Details and accommodation information is available at:  For more information contact Shirley Gray at: 870-448-3308 or