New Member – Clowning Around Entertainment

Clowning Around Entertainment of Arkansas is on a mission to provide quality entertainment at an affordable price.

Their Motto is, “Entertainment For All”.

They specialize in Children’s Events and Singing Telegrams.

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Clowning Around Entertainment offers entertainment for parades, fairs, festivals, university and school programs, parties, receptions, and other events.

Clients include parents, individuals and organizations.

Children’s services include musicians, balloon and face art, and theme parties!

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To contact Clowning Around Entertainment of Arkansas call 870-221-3259 or Email

Check out their website

Searcy County Chamber adds 31 new members!

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What a membership drive we have had in the past 3 months.    The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce added 31 new members, which is by far the best membership drive since the chamber was re-established in 2008.

Chamber President Darryl Treat said, “As chamber president, I set a goal to achieve a floor of at least 100 members in The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce.  We did not achieve that lofty goal, but we still added an impressive 31 new members.  Wow!  I extend my thanks to everyone who worked to bring in new members and also to the new members themselves.  Thanks for joining together with your fellow concerned citizens and business leaders with the goal of advancing economic prosperity throughout Searcy County.  Together, we in The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce can be a catalyst for new growth in the county.  By ourselves, we are limited in what we can achieve, but acting as a body of 80+ members, we wield a strength capable of achieving progress in our communities.  However, the battle is not over.  We must continue to volunteer our time to Chamber projects, continue to advance new ideas, and continue to grow the Chamber and make it more relative in the fight to advance our economic situation.  Thank you for making our future brighter!”

Chamber Vice President and webmaster Lee Walsh commented, “we have had a huge influx of new members.  It’s really been keeping us hopping in the last few weeks, especially with the production of our new 2013 Community and Relocation Guide.   Now that the guide is complete, and currently in the process of being distributed,  we can try to get caught up with the website and other promotion work.   We just hope that everyone will remain as patient as possible and remember that we’re an “all volunteer organization”, and we all have businesses to run as well.  We’ll try to get your information up on the website as soon as possible. Please keep the good comments, support and suggestions coming.  We need good members and more volunteers at all chamber sponsored events.  Let’s keep our momentum rolling!!”

One thing that would help us promote your business on our site, especially if you don’t have a website that we can draw information from, would be to send us a story about your business and photos, as many as you can.   All of this information can be e-mailed to the chamber at  webmaster@searcycountyarkansas.org.

Our promotion work is really getting noticed.   Our Chamber website has been seeing a huge influx of traffic the past few months.  We’ve had 30,000 visits and over 80,000 page views in the last three months.   Our Facebook page has more than doubled it’s “likes” since January 1.   We have  2.5 times the “likes” and traffic of the Harrison Regional Chamber Facebook page, almost the same as Greenbrier, and half as many as the Conway Chamber, with a town of over 50,000 people.   Searcy County is really getting noticed!!

 

New Member – Searcy County Rural Help Center

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome the Searcy County Rural Help Center as one of its newest members.

The Searcy County Rural Help Center’s mission is to improve the welfare of disadvantaged citizens, on a local scale, by acting as an outreach for Social and Human Services to rural areas of Searcy County.  Our services are designed to help eliminate extensive travel, and assist those who are in need of assistance in form completion, and access to information pertaining to Social and Human Services.

The Center houses a small Library, and Computer Lab that provides access to computer and internet  services, that lessens the physical barriers in communication, and provides access to Adult Education, and fundamental computer classes.  The Library provides an exchange book program, and offers the opportunity to check out books for adults and children.  Our future plans are to provide children’s programs that promote literacy and increase student achievement.

An element also included in the Center is the Thrift Store, where all funds are filtered back into the Center for enhanced programs.

You may contact the Searcy County Rural Help Center at their location, 260 North Church St. in St. Joe, Arkansas, 72675, by phone at 870-439-8300 or by Email.

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New Member – Sentimental Journey

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Sentimental Journey is one of our newest Chamber Members.

Local Artist Pam Kelley has realized a dream of opening a shop in Searcy County.

Sentimental Journey is a warm environment inviting you in to discover New, Old, and Handmade products. We offer a blend of Antique Vintage to Modern and Shabby Chic.

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Sentimental Journey is located in the small town of Leslie, Arkansas at the corner of Main and Oak Street. Leslie has a down home southern spirit which fits perfectly with the atmosphere we bring.  Sentimental Journey has a wonderful eclectic blend of merchandise, and something for everyone.  We have a wonderful group of vendors with products to look forward to including; Hand-painted Artwork, Handmade Rustic Furniture, Pottery, Antiques, All Natural Bath & Body products, Handmade Crochet, Collectibles, Ladies Fashion Accessories, and a host of unique quality gifts sure to fit your budget.

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Hello. My name is Pamela Kelley, many know me as a local artist. I am owner and operator of Sentimental Journey as well as Leatherwood Arts. I have been a self-taught artist for 19 years, however I have had my hands in many artistic and crafty things. I had the privilege of being Artist in Residence at Yellowstone National Park in 2007 and 2008. I have also done business with such companies as; Bass pro Shops, Cabela’s, NLC, Quail Unlimited, Peter Engler Designs, Silver Dollar City, Crow’s Nest Trading Co., Ruffed Grouse Society, and The Mule Deer Foundation. To find more of my artwork go to www.wildlifecabindecor.com

For more information or to contact Pam and Sentimental Journey, call 870-221-1572, email Pam at leatherwoodarts@yahoo.com or check out their page on Facebook.   Sentimental Journey is open Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Check out more of the great items at Sentimental Journey by checking out the other photos below.

 

New Member — Crockett’s Country Store and Canoe Rentals

 

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have Crockett’s Country Store and Canoe Rentals as our newest member!!

Conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy. 14 & Hwy. 27 North, in Harriet, Arkansas, Crockett’s is just minutes away from the beautiful Buffalo National River.

Escaping from its originating source in the Boston Mountains, 15 miles above the National Park’s Boundary, the Buffalo National River embraces 135 miles of both rapid flowing and calm segments of the 150 mile long river. Popular among both avid and amateur canoeist, a float trip on the Middle Buffalo River offers both Level I and Level II canoeing at its best. Cutting a path through what appears to be a primitive watercourse, your canoe adventure will deliver breathtaking, scenic views at most every bend of the river. Soaring limestone bluffs, picturesque inlets, indigenous flora and fauna present you with Arkansas, “The Natural State” at its best along this river’s borders.

If you are planning to experience the Buffalo River by canoe, whether it be for a few hours or several days, let our friendly staff at Crockett’s Canoe Rental assist you with your river adventure needs.

Services Tailored to Meet Your Needs

“We aim to please!” Offering friendly, courteous, and most importantly Flexible service is our priority. Perhaps you’ve been dreaming about catching a sunrise or sunset on the Buffalo River. Our customers, not the clock, determine our “down-home” hours of operation. Whether there be five or fifty in your party, we can accommodate you.

Thinking of camping overnight? Our knowledgeable staff is happy to assist groups and families in planning, exploring, hiking, picnics and overnight camping at many of the breathtaking sites along the river.

Life jackets, paddles and seat backs are provided with each canoe rental. and Shuttle Service is available for all approved access areas. Click Here  for more information on all our services.

Family owned by Bobby & Creed Crockett, we offer hunting, fishing, camping and picnic supplies, along with a full line of groceries and “convenience store” items. If you forgot it at home, or just simply want it, we probably have it here. If not, we will point you in the right direction! Deli sandwiches, hamburgers, sodas, ice, T-Shirts and souvenirs are all available. We also have the world famous Searcy County Chocolate Rolls normally for sale!!  We have a self-service gasoline station and we also fill propane tanks. Hunting and Fishing Licenses are also available.

Be sure and make Crockett’s Country Store and Buffalo River Canoe Rentals your next stop to outfit your complete Buffalo River Adventure.

For more information Crockett’s website.

Crockett’s Country Store & Buffalo River Canoe Rental

119 West Hwy 14 • P. O. Box 26

Harriet, Arkansas 72639

Call Us:  870-448-3892 (local) • 800-355-6111 (toll free)

New Member — Ozark Opportunities, Inc.

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The Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome Ozark Opportunities, Inc. as it’s newest Chamber Member.

Ozark Opportunities, Inc.(“OOI”) was incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation under IRS code 501 (c) (3) in 1969. We are identified as a “Community Action Agency,” and provide services in a six county area in Arkansas: Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Van Buren.

Our agency is governed by an 18-member board consisting of public officials and representatives of the private and low-income sectors. The mission of OOI is to partner with organizations, families, and individuals to provide services and empowerment opportunities for those with limited means to improve their quality of life.

Our Administrative office is located at 701 E. Prospect (P.O. Box 1400) in Harrison, Arkansas. We have an office in each county seat and 15 Head Start Centers (26 classes) throughout the six counties. The Weatherization Office is located in Marshall, Arkansas and affords the agency an equal distance to the furthest reaches of the service area. All of our programs require clients being certified as income-eligible. Guidelines vary from program to program.

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Through the years, our agency has been involved or acted as the “Lead Agency” and/or secured funding for various projects and programs that were later spun off and/or operations assumed by other organizations. These include:

 

  • Creation of the Community Resource Group; Fayetteville, AR. to develop rural water & sewer systems in rural Arkansas counties in Northwest Arkansas. Now a multi-million dollar organization serving multiple states, their mission is “helping people build secure and sustainable futures by assisting small, rural communities in their work to solve water and wastewater problems, and by helping hardworking families realize the American dream of having a safe, secure place to call home.”
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Harrison Arkansas.
  • Doctor-on-Retainer Program (Lead Agency for State-6 delegate Agencies).
  • VISTA Volunteer Program.
  • Feeder Pig Program (Seed program-similar to Heifer, International).
  • Rural Production and Marketing of Ozark Crafts Program.
  • Elderly Nutritional Feeding Program, precursor to Meals on Wheels.
  • Elderly Transportation Program.
  • Day Care Centers (Harrison & Clinton).
  • Before and After School Programs (Marshall & Clinton).
  • Grants for building Community Centers in Diamond City, Leslie, Harrison (RSVP Center) and Clinton.

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  • Grants for local Volunteer Fire Departments.
  • Heavy Equipment Training Class-NAC (North Arkansas College).
  • WIC Program.
  • Fiscal Agent for TEA Coalitions for Marion and Searcy Counties.
  • Housing Preservation Grant Program.
  • Self-Help Housing Program.
  • Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Preschool classrooms.
  • Operated Community Centers; two in each county.
  • Fan & Blanket Program for Elderly.
  • Holiday Food Baskets, Thanksgiving & Christmas.
  • Individual Development Account Program; matched savings accounts for education.
  • Emergency Medical, Vision, Dental Program(s).
  • Wear & Share; Clinton.
  • Garden Program.
  • Cannery available to the public.
  • Family Planning Program.
  • Emergency Food and Shelter (FEMA).

 

We currently operate the following programs:

 

  • Head Start Program (including the USDA-Child Care Food Program)
    • Backpack program
  • Weatherization Program (ARRA & DOE/LIHEAP & AWP)
  • Community Services(Community Service Block Grant Program-CSBG)
    • SUCCESS, Life Coaching
    • Information Seminars (Life skills)
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), USDA surplus foods (commodities)
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
  • Volunteers in Action, volunteering opportunities for individuals 55 and older
  • Community Development, expanding and enriching communities thru new and/or expanded initiatives

Our current annual funding is approximately $6 million per year. Of this total; approximately 95% is Federal/State and 5% Local/Private. We have approximately 100 full time employees with an annual payroll of slightly over $2.5 million.  We have very dedicated staff all sharing a common goal of assisting low income people to improve their lives and the futures of their families and communities. Visit us on the web at: www.OzarkOpp.org, or give them a call at 870-741-9406.    They have a downloadable and printable brochure which shows all that Ozark Opportunities has to offer that is located here.

New Member – ReWorx

ReWorx is a new retail pilot program of Friendship Community Care, Inc.  This project is used to provide employment and training opportunities for adults in Friendship’s Adult Day Programs.   Reworx is located at 2278 North Highway 65 in Marshall, in the Mini-mall.  Contact them today at 870-448-3984 or check out their Facebook Page.

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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

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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 www.fnbna.com.

 

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: www.johnkcarrrealty.com