Arkansas pitcher still holds state record

Arkansas native Lon Warneke was a noted major league baseball pitcher during the 1930s and 1940s. Called "The Arkansas Hummingbird" by the press and in a 2014 biography, he enjoyed a 15-year career in the major leagues. A . . . more »

Effort aids state's veterans

Arkansas Veterans Home Activities Director Chris Dow accepts a $2,000 check for the North Little Rock home. Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association chapters from all over Arkansas participated in the Feed the Vets at the New Veterans Home at Fort Roots recently. More than 70 vets were fed and more than 90 CVMA members rode in on approximately 76 bikes. Also pictured are Pete Waddell, Darden Mooneyhan, Tony Pini, Bill Blecher, Chris Dow, Chris Walthall, Jim Krajicek and Randall Harness. Not pictured is Scott McDonald.Contributed photo

Steve Reeves: Everyone needs help at some point

Eight-year-old Johnny was a Cub Scout. At his weekly meeting, the topic of "Helping Others" was discussed. Each Cub was given the assignment of doing a good deed for someone every day.
One afternoon, Johnny was alarmingly late . . . more »

Wayne Fancher: Being hit with sorrow, grief

(This is part of a series)
Matthew 14:10-12 -- "So he sent and had John beheaded in prison. And his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. Then his disciples came and took . . . more »

Tommy Jackson: Stuart, band just as fabulous as ever at fair

I have now seen Marty Stuart in concert a total of two times. The first time was several years ago when he appeared with Travis Tritt and Mark O'Connor at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center. The second time was just . . . more »

Tommy Centola: Refreshing lemon dessert wraps up a good meal

Lemons are one of the more popular citrus fruits. They can be used to deodorize, remove grease and disinfect. Of course, lemons are often used in cooking, especially in desserts.
I find that a lemon dessert leaves you feeling . . . more »

Guy Humphries: Front porch of the past was a haven

Memories of our front porch motivated me to add two porches including ceiling fans when I designed our present home. With air-conditioning, they are little used, unlike our front porch, which was a haven from summer heat. Cooled . . . more »

Club hears from fire chief

Contributed photoSearcy Fire Chief Andy Woody (right) recently spoke to the Searcy Lions Club. Woody, a firefighter for more than 20 years, worked for the Springfield, Mo., Fire Department before coming to Searcy in 2015 as the training officer and then being promoted to assistant fire chief. In 2017, he was promoted to chief. Woody discussed the successes and drawbacks of the business. "We recruit amazing firefighters, but most leave for higher pay in bigger cities," Woody said. "The role of a firefighter is vital and our goal is to recruit and retain the best." With him is Lions Club Secretary Bob Simpson. The club meets every Tuesday at noon in the Regions Room of the American Heritage Building on Harding University's campus.

Divorces - Sept. 23, 2018

Certificates of absolute divorce or annulment issued through White County:
Thursday, Sept. 13
• Plaintiff Mario Benitez and defendant Debra Ruiz of White County; married Nov. 6, 2010; filed June 29, 2018; one child affected; . . . more »

Marriages - Sept. 23, 2018

Marriage licenses applied for through White County:
Friday, Sept. 14
• Brenton Tyler Pickens, 31, of Beebe and Kirsti Leigh Bullard, 26, of Ward
• Ryan Lewis Seibert, 27, of Van Alstyne, Texas, and Bonnie Kalyn Kilpatrick, . . . more »

Bankruptcy filings - Sept. 23, 2018

• Tonya May, 912 Scooty Drive in Beebe, document number 201814890, filed Sept. 7, 2018, Chapter 13, attorney: Jeremy Bueker.
• James W. Teague, P.O. Box 1805 in Searcy, document number 201814943, filed Sept. 12, 2018, Chapter . . . more »

New Incorporation and LLC filings - Sept. 23, 2018

• S&V Rentals LLC, Darren S. Decker, 104 Hunter Circle in McRae, filed Sept. 12, 2018.
• Scott Daily Inc., Pamela Smith, 103 N. Main St. in Searcy, filed Sept. 10, . . . more »

Book Reviews

By Wendy Jones Special to The Daily Citizen
Christmas book with pirates hilarious
A clever, rhyming story takes readers on a fun adventure in "The Great Pirate Christmas Battle."
Cap'n McNasty and his "fearless pirate crew" . . . more »


Rowan Grace McMullen
Tia and Jonathan McMullen of Beebe announce the birth of their daughter.
Rowan Grace McMullen was born Sept. 14, 2018, at 8 a.m. at Unity Health-White County Medical Center. She weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces and . . . more »

MacKenzie Gale Garrison and Tyler Daniel Green

MacKenzie Gale Garrison and Tyler Daniel Green announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
MacKenzie is the daughter of the late Glendle and the late Diane Garrison and the granddaughter of Sonny and Lovetta Garrison of . . . more »

Betsy Bailey: Senior represents district in Massachusetts

Searcy High School senior Wyatt Mote discusses his experience at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders with SHS Principal Gene Hodges.

Searcy High School senior Wyatt Mote received a life-changing experience this summer when he represented Searcy High School and the state at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Boston.
Surrounded by high . . . more »

Pets available for adoption

Contributed photosTrooper is a 4-month-old boxer mix puppy, weighing 18 pounds. He has received his initial inoculations at the shelter and will need two more sets of shots to be fully protected. According to, he leashes and walks well, is energetic and would do well to have a buddy dog. He is among 80-90 dogs and cats available at the Humane Society of Searcy, 112 Johnston Road. The center is open seven days a week from 1-5 p.m.

White County recognized as StormReady

Contributed photoWhite County became recognized as StormReady recently by working with the National Weather Service office in Little Rock. Pictured are Searcy 911 Supervisor Michele Jobe, National Weather Service Little Rock Meteorologist Dennis Cavanaugh, White County Judge Michael Lincoln, White County Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Carla Johnson, White County OEM Director Tamara Jenkins, National Weather Service Little Rock Meteorologist Lance Pyle, National Weather Service Little Rock Meteorologist in Charge Jim Reynolds, White County 911 Supervisor Nancy VanWinkle and White County Amateur Radio Coordinator Darin Dykes.

Raising funds for Kickin' Cancer Foundation

Contributed photoThe family of Myrtle Hughes of Searcy recently gathered to celebrate her birthday and to raise funds for the White County Kickin' Cancer Foundation. Hughes has three children, seven grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Each family is working together to fill a bottle with dimes, which will amount to about $100 per bottle for the foundation. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which "is why I decided to get my family together and get them involved in raising funds for this important cause," Hughes said. For more information or to make a donation, write to White County Kickin' Cancer, P.O. Box 56, Higginson, AR 72068, email or call (501) 207-3215.

Club hears about area businesses

Contributed photoBuck Layne (right), president of the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently spoke at a Searcy Lions Club meeting. Layne discussed the opening of Hobby Lobby and Five Below. According to Layne, T.J. Maxx is currently hiring workers for its grand opening in October. Orr Toyota will be opening Oct. 1. Pictured with Layne is club member Carey Thompson. The club meets every Tuesday at noon in the Regions Room of the American Heritage Building on Harding University's campus.

Rotarians welcome new member

Contributed photoRoller Daniel Funeral Home Manager Trixie Wiley recently joined the Searcy Rotary Club. Wiley is originally from North East, N.Y. and graduated from Boston University and John Brown University. Later, she received a degree in funeral services from Arkansas State University at Mountain Home. She is also a major in the Arkansas National Guard. The club has been serving Searcy since 1959 and meets every Tuesday at noon at the Searcy Country Club.

Police Reports

The following are specific reports chosen from hundreds received daily, according to the Searcy Police Department:
Thursday, Aug. 23
5:06 p.m. -- Police took a walk-in report regarding harassment.
5:30 p.m. -- Police took a . . . more »

Unity Health receives award

Contributed photoRepresentatives from Unity Health accepted the prestigious Governor's Quality Award. The honor was given to hospital representatives by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a recent banquet.

Unity Health recently was honored recently at a banquet where Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson presented the hospital system with a Governor's Quality Award.
"We know that the future of health care rests in our ability to provide . . . more »

Health Inspections

The following health inspections were conducted in White County:
Thursday, Sept. 13
• Stu's Brew, 304 E. Beebe-Capps Expressway in Searcy, was cited for adequate handwashing facilities not supplied or accessible (must have a . . . more »

Retired general speaks to Rotarians

Contributed photoRetired Gen. Don Morrow recently spoke to the Searcy Rotary Club. Morrow discussed the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock. The USS Razorback and the USS Hoga are docked in North Little Rock. Summer hours are Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. The club has been serving Searcy since 1959 and meets every Tuesday at noon at the Searcy Country Club.

Sherri Sanders: Plan the landscape for fall color

We are fortunate to be in a part of the United States where there is a great potential for fabulous fall leaf coloration. Colorful displays are not always reliable because of weather conditions. The genetic ability of the plant . . . more »

Bald Knob Homecoming Royalty selected

Contributed photoThe Bald Knob High School 2018 Homecoming Royalty was recently selected. Pictured are (back row, from left) Sophomore Maid Kyleigh Hepner, Junior Maid Emilee Thomason, Junior Maid Chloye Tucker, Sophomore Maid Madelyn Throckmorton, (front row, from left) Senior Maid Katie Harris, Maid of Honor Kinlee Varnell, Queen Ashley Arnold and Senior Maid Alanna Williams.

Mid-South Health Systems expands to White County

Mid-South Health Systems will be servicing White County as one of seven added north-central counties.
In addition to White County, the others include Woodruff, Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Independence and Jackson, joining the 13 . . . more »