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The Jonathan Tedford Band, the Music, and the Man

Jonathan Tedford, along with three other musicians are an Arkansas based group who started out with the idea of becoming a red-dirt, country band, but say their guitars are a little too loud and their drummer plays a little heavy, so they ended up being a southern rock band.

Jonathan Tedford is a country singer and he always has been, but now he’s paired up with a rock band, kind of Whiskey Myers, Cadillac Three, red dirt, southern rock, band appropriately named, The Jonathan Tedford Band. The group consists of the bass player Taylor Victory, drummer Keith Robison, lead guitarist Baylee Moore, and Jonathan Tedford the lead singer who also plays rhythm guitar.

What’s Ahead For the Band

The band is coming out with an EP they are recording at Red Brick Studio in Hector, Ar. The Extended Play has six songs all written by Jonathan Tedford and will be released this fall. He began writing music after high-school when a  break-up flipped switch of emotion and he began to treat the lyrics as a personal diary, writing everything he was feeling and putting that raw emotion into the music he composed.

On the upcoming EP one of the songs that will be released entitled, “To You” was written by Tedford when he imagined what it might be like if he lost his family because he spent so much time on the road. It was borne out of pure emotion and creative thinking, but not because it was a real situation. Chorus: “You are my North star, my last chance, you’re like falling in love at a first glance, no matter what I do, I hope it takes me to you.” Tedford credits his wife, Brooke as his biggest support. 

The band has enough material to record a full-length album but intends to release the EP this fall. The group’s goal is to do what they all love and be able to play full-time. Each member of the Jonathan Tedford band is just as passionate about the end goal as the lead singer.

  Jonathan Tedford playing HectorFest 2017 at Cecil Riley Memorial Park. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2017.

The band has been together for a short time a little less than a year, but say that if you joined them for dinner, you would think they have all known one another for twenty years. They feel like a band of brothers as they fight and argue then come together supporting each other as a cohesive unit.

The Music

Tedford says, “First and foremost I love writing music and showcasing it to people and seeing the reactions of the crowd. Watching them feel the feelings I am expressing in my songs. I want my music to move you. Whether it’s something we cover or something that is an original piece. I love to watch the whole mood of the entire venue change just from the music I’m playing. And let’s be honest, it never hurts to play for a rowdy crowd that dances and cheers and sings along to the songs while you play. I love crowd interaction in its entirety.”

Jonathan played acoustic in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and anywhere that would let him play for tips or a benefit for a good cause. Keith Robinson and Tedford have been the pioneers of the band’s formation. Robinson introduced Taylor Victory, and Baylee Moore into the group.

Never Afraid to Show Up For a Good Cause

Proud to help benefits and non-profits raise money for good causes, the musicians have played for many charity events. Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the Hector Scholarship Foundation, are among those charities. Tedford says, “Any benefit that is going to help kids or benefit someone trying to do good things for the community is worth us coming out and putting on a good show. All the members of our band are on the same page with those ideas. I got pretty lucky to find this group of stand-up guys.”

Chris Stapleton, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Eric Church, Cadillac Three, and Whiskey Meyers are the influences heard in Tedford’s music. There is no doubt that Tedford has come a long way from being the guy, at the campfire, with a guitar who people kept asking to hear more of his music.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Tedford.

Connect with the band on social media at Jonathan Tedford Music on Facebook, Instagram, and tedford007 on Snapchat.

Check out The Jonathan Tedford Band live at the following locations:

The Recovery Room In Fort Smith, AR. on Sept. 1, 2017.

Front Street Grill in Dardanelle, AR. on Sept. 9, 2017

Jose’s Supper Club in Morrilton, AR. on Oct. 7, 2017

Halloween Party at the Rockin Rooster in Paris, AR. on Oct. 28, 2017

New Year’s Eve Party at the Rockin Rooster in Paris, AR. on Dec. 28, 2017

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Dirty Lindsey the Story Behind the Rock ‘N Roll Band

The Dirty Lindsey story delves into the minds of four rock-n-roll musicians who love performing at the top of their game. The raw enthusiasm of the band’s members is contagious and spills over to the audiences during their shows. They have the kind of energy that only comes from doing what they love. 

Dirty Lindsey strives to learn songs that are different from the typical 80’s rock music heard by every other cover band. Picking songs that are high on the difficulty range is par for the course. The group likes to push themselves to reach new heights with their music. Among the list of artists the band performs are Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, KISS, Alice In Chains, Thin Lizzy, Queen, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Quiet Riot, White Snake, AC/DC, and Ratt. 

Since 2005, Dirty Linsey has had the privilege to share stages with some big name rock n rollers like Alice Cooper, Bret Michaels, Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, just to name a few. Opening for Poison at the Magic Springs Concert was one of the many good times the band remembers, as they played Kiss’s Rock n Roll All Night in an encore performance.  

Dirty Linsey is headlining for HectorFest 2017 on July 1st.

How it all started

Dirty Lindsey is a spin-off of the bands The Meanies, The Blue Meanies, and Sharpe Dunaway and the Blue Meanies who originally formed in 1997. The band’s very first gig was opening for Blue Oyster Cult. The Blue Meanies broke up in 2000 for around three years. Sharpe Dunaway, Darrell Yates, Eric Johnson, and Ty Sims got together and formed a Christmas band called the Screaming Santas. The band played Hard Rock Christmas songs and in 2001, and 2002, produced two albums “A Very Hairy Christmas” and “Going Insane at Christmas.” Every year the albums/music are made available for those who Like the Screaming Santas on Facebook, absolutely free. Through several progressions in musicians, styles, and losing a keyboard player in 2011, the remaining four members of The Sharpe Dunaway and the Blue Meanies became the Rock N Roll band, known as Dirty Lindsey.  

What’s in a name?

The truth about how Dirty Lindsey got their name is a well-guarded secret among the band’s members. Sharpe likes to say, “No one can handle the truth,” but here’s how he convinces the rest of the crew to get on board. 

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“Imagine the side of a B-1 Bomber, with all the kill marks on the side of it. World War II, Dirty Lindsey scrawled across one side of a bomber with a shark’s mouth on it, and one of those pin-up girls.” 

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Sharpe’s visual is all it took for the four musicians to adopt Dirty Lindsey as the perfect name for the rock band. 

Percussionist Sharpe Dunaway has always loved the band KISS and used to listen to them on eight tracks, while air drumming to learn the songs. When he was 14, Sharpe got his first drum set. He claims what he lacks in talent; he makes up for in having a good time when playing. In the practice room, the band works just as hard on the ending of each song as they do in the beginning. 

“We might play covers, but when you see Dirty Lindsey play, it’s a show.”

KISS and Van Halen are some of Dunaway’s favorite bands. Drummers that have influenced his music are John Bonham, Tommy Lee, Ricky Rocket, and Peter Criss.

“When you hear us play, we are probably a little bit louder and a little bit faster than you are used to.”

The Dirty Linsey stage has seen a lot of crazy things including a marriage proposal and even a wedding. Sharpe is a videographer outside of the band. He owns and operates Sharpe Videography.  

Dirty Lindsey’s vocalist, Danny Millsaps, gets introduced every show as the pride of Hector. Millsaps is a lifelong member of the community. Better known by the residents of Hector for his singing style of southern rock, blues, and country music, Millsaps wonders if the crowd will experience culture shock as he screams out the hard rock sound that is the band’s signature.  

Millsaps first interest in music was singing in church. He volunteered to sing in the first band he formed simply because no one else would. He believes the videos on Facebook and YouTube do not do the band justice. 

“We are definitely a live performance band. People get the most out of a show when they see us live.”

What he enjoys most about singing with Dirty Lindsey is performing the music he grew up with and always wanted to sing. 

Millsaps owns a business called Custom Ceramics outside of the band.

Matt Hays, the bassist, loves to play with the other members of the band because they are his longtime friends.

“The camaraderie is real, and I’m sure that’s what the audience sees coming across on the stage.”

Hays foundation in music goes back to the piano lessons he took at the age of 4 years-old. He continued to play music in both Junior and High School bands where he played several instruments. In high school his favorite band was Metallica. He started learning bass by playing those records over and over. His taste in music is diverse reaching from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elton John, The Cure, REM, Cheap Trick, Johnny Cash, and some classical artists like Gustav Holst. All have been influential on the musician. Above all, Hays enjoys creating a foundation that other things can be based on whether it’s on bass or the drums. 

“If I can help set up a structure that makes people who can really shine, go out there on stage and shine, hey that’s fantastic.” 

His biggest supporters have been his wife, Laura, other musicians that he has been in bands with, the fans who are always there enjoying Dirty Lindsey’s shows, and the owners of the clubs who hire them to play asking when they can come back. The one thing Hays wants people to know is how much they appreciate the people who come out to see the show.

“The fans that turn out to watch us play are just amazing. Without them, there probably wouldn’t be a show.”

Matt is a software engineer outside of the band.

Darrell Yates is the band’s lead guitarist. His interview answers were often coupled with musical riffs from his guitar. His first interest in music goes back to when he was 5 years-old listening to The Osmond’s on 8 track tapes. By the time he was 7, KISS was his favorite band. In 1980, Yate’s older brother brought home Van Halen’s third album, Women and Children First. Listening to Eddie Van Halen was the catalyst that drove Yates’ passion to play guitar. 

Yates favorite thing about playing with Dirty Lindsey is the fact that all the members are great friends. 

“It’s so hard to find players that you get along with and that play well. I’m very grateful for the band we have.”

Among Yates’ biggest supporters are his family and friends. He claims the biggest challenges are simply managing the time dedicated to the band. He says they are happy playing the songs that people know and like. 

Yates sells air time for cable advertisements outside of the band. 

Dirty Lindsey’s advice for those who want to start a band

Do what you love and don’t worry what anybody else thinks of it. Find band members you can really get along with. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Take the music seriously. But not yourself. Have fun when you get on the stage and put on a real show. Try not to look at your shoes, because the key is to engage the audience. If you want to make real money, you’ll have to move to a bigger city. Above all, practice and perform because it’s what you love to do. 

Where to see Dirty Lindsey in 2017

HectorFest at Cecil Riley Memorial Park on July 1.

TC’s Midtown Grill in Conway on July 22, Sept. 30, and Dec. 9.

West End Smokehouse in Little Rock on Aug 5, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11. 

 

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HectorFest and Dogg Daze Bring Music & Fireworks for a Free Celebration

The annual Dogg Daze and HectorFest celebrations combine forces to raise money for the Hector Scholarship Foundation. Cecil Riley Memorial Park will host the events in an all-day festival beginning at 10 am on July 1, 2017. Eleven bands from around the state will provide live entertainment followed by a fireworks show to cap off the night.

Mayor John Riley says the purpose of the festival is four-fold, to provide the community with a function that is family friendly, raise money to help the Hector Scholarship Foundation, give area musicians a venue to showcase their talents and to promote the town of Hector.  

What to Expect

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The celebration starts off with the Dogg Daze Parade at 10:00 am with veterans and active duty service members serving as Grand Marshal’s. The parade will start at the Hector multi-purpose building and travel south on 27 to Pine Street.

Be sure to pack the lawn chairs and blankets for a day at the park that promises plenty of chances for fun. Find good old-fashioned barbecue chicken, nachos, and plenty of food at the festival. Cool off with some snow cones, watermelon milkshakes, or sodas. Take part in the horseshoe tournaments and let the kids play in the bouncy house.  

HectorFest 2016 celebration. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016

Also, there will be face painting, jewelry, crafts, Tupperware, HectorFest – Dogg Daze T-Shirts, and other merchandise available. A brand new Ibanez PF15-NT guitar donated by Olsen’s Music Center will be raffled during the festivities. And Hendrix Guitar also gave the guitar pictured below with signatures from all musicians playing that day for one lucky winner. 

Ricky Hendrix of Hendrix Guitar donated this beauty to be raffled with signatures from all the bands who are playing the 2017 festival.

Music Line-up

Live music beginning at 1:30 will be non-stop performances on two separate stages. A wide variety of popular bands will play for the crowd. The festival hosts different artists this year with only one band, TypsyGypsy, returning due to overwhelming requests. The music line-up includes Dirty Lindsey at 9:00 pm. The Tone Katz will perform at 8:15. 3 Cent Genius is scheduled at 7:30. Whisky Business will take the stage at 6:45 TypsyGypsy playing at 6:00. Full Circle on stage at 6:45. FlatFive promises to please the crowd at 4:30. The Jonathan Tedford Band performing at 3:45. The Wandering Troubadours are scheduled to play at 3:00. Lucky Rooster will take the stage at 2:15, and T.C. Day will be the first performance of the day at 1:30. 

Sponsors

Here are some of the excellent companies that are making HectorFest and Dogg Daze possible this year by sponsoring the event. All proceeds benefit the Hector Scholarship Foundation, and the thanks goes out to the City of Hector, The Store, Hector PharmacyMac’s Food Market, Clean Line Energy, DPL Inc., Mountain Timber, Tyson, Cogswell Motors, Taylor Oil Company, B&B Radio, Red Brick Studio, Atwoods, River Valley Music Center, Hendrix Guitar, The Local Rundown, Olsen’s Music Center, Pointer Trail Family Clinic, and Straight From The Panic Room News

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Hector’s Quarterback Tanner Gaines to Play for Arkansas Tech

Tanner Gaines is an energetic young man who has achieved his lifelong dream of being able to play college football. On February 1st, 2017, Tanner signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to compete for Arkansas Tech University’s Wonder Boys football team. His recruiter, Coach Dearmon, has had his eye on Gaines since his tenth-grade year. 

Tanner Gaines, Sarah Gaines, and Brent Dearmon on National Signing Day 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Gaines.

“The day I signed my NLI was a day I will never forget because I have grown up dreaming of playing college ball. Watching athletes on TV sign to their college was something that I always saw and would hope that would be me. When it happened it was a very special moment for me,” said Tanner.

The Hector Wildcats have maintained an impressive record as the team played nearly undefeated in Conference Games during Tanner’s Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, losing only one Conference Game during his Senior year in 2016. 

The Journey

Gaines shares insights about growing up in Hector and his experiences along the journey towards a promising athletic career in the video interview below.

Support Makes a Difference

Gaines is a longtime resident of Hector and credits family, friends, Coaches, and Hector community with helping to shape him into the athlete he is today. Gaines played basketball and was also really into baseball in his early years. Coach Taylor, who is now the Superintendent of the Hector School District, and Coach Russell encouraged him to try out for football in his eighth-grade year.

One of the things that keep Gaines performing at his best are the kids who look up to him. Tanner stated that some of his biggest supporters are his five younger cousins, his coaches, and his parents, Sarah and Brian Gaines. 

Family Life

The Gaines family has always supported Tanner’s competitive spirit as they traversed the state of Arkansas watching him compete in travel teams for baseball, basketball, and football. 

“Before games, we would prepare all week, talking about the team, the competition, watching the films with him and discussing practice. After the games, I cannot remember a time he rode the bus home. The long drives home were the times to talk about plays, the refs, the game, and anything else we wanted. Being plugged into what drives Tanner is what drives us as parents,” said Sarah Gaines.

The Gaines home was a place where the team gathered on Fridays. The driveway often looked like a parking lot for teenage boys. They would all come together to hang out before the games. 

“We always had team dinners and team breakfasts. Those small things make a huge difference in the mental preparation for the game, and it builds team camaraderie. Tanner’s coaches, team and their parents have been like family to us over the years.”

Bright Future

Gains plans to minor in history and major in physical education at Arkansas Tech University. He now coaches Hector’s Pee Wee Team and says that and the love of the game made him want to become a professional football coach.

Gaines coaching kids on the Pee Wee Team. Photo courtesy of Sarah Gaines.
Tanner Gaines coaches the Pee Wee Team in Hector, Arkansas. Photo courtesy of Sarah Gaines.

 

Gaines offers the advice for other kids interested in playing quarterback positions in football, to use what they are comfortable doing in the sport. Focusing on the abilities they have allows the players the freedom from worrying about the ones they may lack.

Winners Spirit

It is no surprise that Tanner’s hard work and dedication to athletics lead to many opportunities for his future. Check out Gaines No.12 in action by viewing the highlights of 2016 Hector Wildcat football mid-season in the video below.

There is something inspiring about an athlete that places high importance on performing his best while remaining genuine and grounded in his relationships with others. Sarah Gaines recounts people’s reactions about her son’s personality and the way he handles success.

“One thing I would want people to know about Tanner is that everywhere I go, I hear the same things from almost everyone. Tanner is very humble, very polite, and loved by all. He has achieved great things, but he does not brag about them and gets after me for sharing too much on social media at times,” said Sarah.

“He came home once during a homecoming week and I said, “did you get nominated for anything?” He said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to be nominated for anything. I have had success in sports so I want someone else to have recognition who deserves it.’

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Jake Jones Voted New Fire Chief for Hector’s Volunteer Fire Department

James Garrison affectionately referred to by many of Hector’s residents as, “Pappa Smurf” retired from his position as Fire Chief on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017. Garrison has been in the fire service for over forty years and has been with Hector’s Fire Department since the 1970’s. Even though Garrison has retired from Chief, he is still a valued member of the department working as an apparatus driver.  

Jake Jones and James Garrison at Fire Station in Hector. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2017.

Jake Jones was voted Hector’s new Fire Chief. Jones is also Team Leader for the Hector area First Responders. Jones has been in the fire service here since 1993. He began in the fire service in 1986 when he was 17 years old, at Dardanelle Rural Fire Department. He was also on the Fire Department in the military at Fort Bragg.  

“The way we are set up is a Chief, two Assistant Chiefs, two Captains, and two Lieutenants because we have two stations. We have the Hector station and another in Scottsville,” said Jones.

There were several promotions within the department. Captain Tony Garrison was promoted to Assistant Chief. One of the Lieutenants is now Captain, and some of the firefighters were moved into Lieutenant positions.

19 certified firefighters are members of the Hector Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD), and of these 17 are Emergency Medical Response (EMR) qualified. 6 are also, members of Hector’s Emergency Response Team. 

Training

All Volunteer Firefighters must complete twenty-four hours of Fire Academy training per year. There is always one business meeting and one training session every month. Also, volunteer firefighters are charged with maintenance on the fire trucks. 

The department has Firewise program with Arkansas Forestry Commission where firefighters go out and help people clean up areas that are overgrown. There are six designated Firewise communities in the district, and that means the department participates in six projects every year, one for each community.

In 2014, the United States had approximately 1,134,400 firefighters. Of these, 69% were volunteers, and only 31% were career firefighters. 

Sherry Turney called on the Hector Volunteer Fire Department for help in 2014, when her wood-burning stove caught fire. She showed her appreciation for the firefighters who responded in a Facebook post. 

December 2012, HVFD was the first to arrive at the Hector Elementary School fire.  Eleven departments worked in conjunction to put out the blaze. Two departments in Conway County were also called out. Some were notified as a part of the automatic aid program Pope County has in place, and others responded under the mutual aid alerts.

Mutual Aid- When firefighters arrive on scene or can assess the need for extra help, they can call in other fire departments in the county to the scene. 

Automatic Aid – When certain fire departments are toned at the exact same time the 911 call comes into the local station and respond immediately.

Hector presently has an automatic aid agreement with Moreland.

Community Involvement

Every other year, Hector’s fire department takes part in accident reenactments at Hector High School. The program is designed to raise awareness about drunk, or distracted driving among students before prom.

Accident Reenactment at Hector High School 2016. Photo by Lacey Keenan.

The department also, helps out with football games at the school and coördinates with the Zombie Run each year. 

Yearly Fundraiser

Hector’s Haunted Hay Ride is the primary fundraiser for the Volunteer Fire Department each year. The members put a lot of effort into the event to make sure it is a fun-filled experience for families. 

Ethan Wood and Rodger Standridge dressed as the Sith from Star Wars at Hector’s Annual Haunted Hay-ride fundraiser for the Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

The City of Hector was able to build a helipad in 2015 as a joint effort between the U.S. National Forest Service, Pope County, and the HVFD. The forest service uses it to bring in their helicopters when they conduct controlled burns in the National Forest. The medical helicopter has landed 5 times at the department so far. The helipad offers a safer place for the air ambulance to land. 

Every member of the department is a volunteer. Fire dues are collected between April and August each year. There were 800 households in the district at last count. Anyone interested in giving directly to the Hector Fire Department can contact Kim Jones at The Store

Jake Jones, Rodger Standridge, Ken Wood, Terry McLain, Blake Standridge, Kim Jones, Alvin Wood, Sam Hilderbrand, Jessica Jones, James, Garrison, James Housley in front of Firetruck at Hector’s Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2017.

Without the brave volunteers of Hector’s Fire Department, those in need of help would have to wait for emergency services to arrive from Russellville. 

“We are here to serve the community, all they have to do is call, and we’ll be there,” said Jones. “We take time out of our personal lives for the people in the community, because that’s what we love to do.” 

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Santa Visits Hector for the Annual Christmas Parade

In Case You Missed It…

Lynn and Renee Ellis throw candy while riding in a 1929 Model A Ford Classic in Hector’s Christmas Parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan 2016.

The Community of Hector kicked off holiday celebrations with the annual Christmas Parade where Santa Clause waved from atop a fire truck on Saturday, December, 10th, 2016. Participants gathered at Hector Multi-Purpose Building at 2:30 to organize for the event. In a Police cruiser, Chief Shelton and her junior Deputy led the parade south on Hwy 27 past the lively crowd and turned on Cherry Street. 

Chief Shelton with her junior Deputy. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016.

Buck Snyder provided the audio for the event. The crew he brought with him showed lots of Christmas spirit to everyone who passed by. Jason Waterson announced each participant as they passed Hector’s City Hall. 

Buck Snider, Cassie, Braidyn, Evan Tennison, Owen Tennison, Amber Tennison, Brooke Smedley, Blaze Snider, Issac Garmon, Josiah Garmon, Seth Edge, Danielle Millsaps, and Ryan Fitah cheer on parade as they pass. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016.

Despite the cold temperatures, Mandy Riley showed up to ride in the parade with her lion head rabbit named, Tux. 

Mandy Riley takes her unique lion head rabbit, Tux, to be in the parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016.

A new business in Hector, HWY 27 Repair, brought a truckload of eager children to celebrate the holidays.  

The crew from HWY 27 Repair spreading good cheer in the Hector Christmas Parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Rock Springs Community Church turned this trailer into a live nativity scene. 

Julia Riley, Maddie Riley, and others from Rock Springs Community Church. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Even the horses showed plenty of Christmas spirit all decked out in reindeer horns. Gerald Voss atop Snowball in a slow trot followed by Joy Myers riding Trigger.    

Gerald Voss riding his horse Snowball, and Joy Myers riding Trigger in Christmas Parade. photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Big smiles from Mandy Beavers and her horse, Dash. 

Mandy Beavers riding Dash in Hector’s Christmas Parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Kim Jones throws candy and waves from the Hector Fire Department truck. 

Kim waves at crowd from the Hector Fire Dept. truck in the Christmas Parade.

Josh Standridge said they decided to include the 90 Chevrolet with monster tires in the parade because the kids wanted to ride. 

Josh Standridge rides in a 1990 Model Chevy with monster tires. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Trevor Housley drives a 66 Dodge Charger adorned with tinsel on the antenna.

Trevor Housley driving a 1966 Dodge Charger in the parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Make way for the scooter.

Motorbike takes part in Christmas Parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Margaret and Terry Latham with Alana, Samara, and Donna Mixon representing Hector’s Freewill Baptist Church. 

Freewill Baptist Church in Hector’s Christmas Parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Even the Appelton Fire Department showed up for the celebration. 

Appleton Fire Department in Hector’s Christmas Parade. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

Immediately after the parade, Santa joined the rest of the crowd at Hector First Assembly of God to hear last-minute gift requests from the kids. Everyone enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate together in the fellowship hall. 

Chief Shelton stands beside Santa with children on his lap. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

And teenagers…

Santa Clause at Hector First Assembly of God. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

And of course, Perch Parks got a turn to try to bribe Santa and get on the nice list this year. 

  Perch Parks bribing Santa to put him on the nice list. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.
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Farmer Plans to Spread 6 Million Gallons of Swine Waste Inside the Buffalo River Watershed

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality released the results of drilling done by Harbor Environmental at C&H Hog Farm on December 1st, 2016. As reported in an earlier article, the drilling was done to see if the waste lagoons of C&H Hog Farm are leaking. Water loss during the sonic drilling is indicative of ground fractures from 25 feet to 38 feet. The neutron count drop is indicative of a permeable zone from 100 feet to 120 feet underground. To date, no official finding of significant environmental impact on the area has been issued.

Initially, the public question and comment period was set to end on December 9th but has been extended until twelve pm on December 16th, 2016.

The owners of C&H Hog Farm intend to install new liners in the waste lagoons to help ensure the ponds integrity and protect against future leaks. To carry out the task 6.7 million gallons of swine waste must be emptied. The Buffalo River Watershed Alliance and others are questioning Arkansas’ regulatory agencies consideration of the issue that would let Ellis Campbell, owner of EC Farms, modify his environmental permit that would allow his farm to spread waste from C&H on more land inside the Buffalo River Watershed.

Big Creek is 1.6 miles from C&H Hog Farm in Newton County. Photo by Lacey Keenan © 2016.

Carol Bitting remains the last plaintiff standing in a Little Rock court where a battle against the modification of a permit held by EC Farms is being challenged. The farm has not been operational since 2013, but is still holding a regulation 5 section 5.601 permit to spread waste in accordance with a nutrient management plan. Richard Mays is the attorney representing Carol and originally two other plaintiffs in the action. Mays argues that the permit modification would essentially be the same thing as adding another CAFO in the watershed.

A public notice sign nailed to a tree on a back road in Newton County. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission placed a temporary moratorium banning the ADEQ from issuing any new permits for CAFO’s within the Buffalo River Watershed in May of 2014.

Judge Charles Moulton, the administrative law judge presiding over the case, ruled that only one of the petitioners had met the requirements to fight the issuance of a permit modification by EC Farms. Carol Bitting remains committed in her fight to protect the Buffalo National River.

Both parties in the case submitted briefs on November 29th, 2016. There is no word yet on the Moulton’s ruling in the matter.

Gene Rush where Big Creek converges with the Buffalo National River in Newton County, Arkansas. Photo by Lacey Keenan ©2016.

To submit questions about the test results email drillingstudyquestions@adeq.state.ar.us.

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