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Linda Hicks: Things from the Noteboo, Aug. 20

Posted: August 18, 2014 - 10:39am

New school year. Vilonia Junior High principal Rick Kelly emphasized to parents to talk with their children about making statements, even if it is jokingly, like, “I’m going to kill you” to their friends. It could be a step to being charged with terroristic threatening. They are mandated to report.

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Ready for some Eagle football. Jared Willis, Shane Steward, Jeremiah Santiago, Bradley Stocks and Tyler Gray have been named as “players to watch.”

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Needs a helping hand. Vilonia High School teacher Erin Rappold is still looking for the owner of an autographed Globetrotters basketball, as well as the owner of a quilt. Rappold and the East program began collecting photos and other items found after the tornado with the goal to get them back to their original owners. If you know the owner, give a shout out.

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Pizza and chicken. Steve Goode anticipates we will see [filtered word]-A-Doodle-Do restaurant opening in the not-so-distant future. It was only open about a month, in the building beside Keith’s Service Station, before being downed by the tornado.

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Collector’s items. The Vilonia High School Band will be strutting new uniforms during the school year. But, it may be about the end of marching season, according to director Philip Nichols. The current ones are 19 years old. It was said they may sell the old ones.

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A new job. Faulkner County Sheriff’s Deputy Jen Hillman of Vilonia is turning in her badge and starting a business — Freedom Redo. A grand opening is next month.

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Good legs. A sign on Big Ben’s says they have been named for having the best crab legs in Arkansas. Congratulations are in order.

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Thumbs up to a VHS graduate. Gabe Mayhan (that would be Bill and Cissy Jones’ son and Carolyn Frazier’s nephew) is in the film industry and did a documentary for AETN titled, “Champion Trees.” Gabe grew up in Vilonia and attended Vilonia Public Schools. The documentary tells the stories of the largest trees in Arkansas, how they are chosen and how the state runs the program. It is really a story of the people of Arkansas as well. Check it out.

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On a spiritual track. VHS graduate, Christian Gunter is headed on another mission trip to Haiti.

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Kudos to those taking care of animals. Those working with animals during the aftermath of the tornado are still dealing with their feelings. Workers at Vilonia Animal Clinic, in the three weeks following the tornado, treated at least 150 extra animals in addition to their regular customers.

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Vilonia Mayor James Firestone said 22 businesses in Vilonia were destroyed by the tornado, while 15 received major damage and about 20 with minor damage have continued to operate.

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A late but happy birthday to Andy Ashley, Mason Atkins, Jennifer Williams and Carolyn Frazier.

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Give an Arkansas boy a hand. The singer Matthew Huff, who wrote the song “This is Our Home” for Vilonia and Mayflower after the tornado, could use a little help. He is up for three awards. The link is www.imeaawards.com, and he is up for 23, 26 and 27. Before he started singing, he was a teacher.

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Thanks to Norma Varner of Vilonia and her sister Margie Widner of Doniphan, Mo., who shared a newspaper story from the Prospect News. It says that a resident of that city named Gerald Cook found the top corner of a small piece of paper that said City of Vilonia. It appears to be an employee payroll deduction sheet and believed to have hitched a ride on the April tornado that hit Vilonia.

Cook’s house is about 170 highway miles from Vilonia. Another resident of that city, Debra Beardsley Montgomery-Sisk, also found a photo believed to be from the tornado, and it is posted on Facebook.

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Historical value. Vilonia residents Doug Mathis, Bicycle Bob, “Doc” Mamie, Guy Wicker and Mr. Dean.

Also, going to DeBoard’s Store during the 60s. Cokes cost a dime and you could punch an icepick hole in the top so it would last longer, Rick Barnard recalls. He said he got one a month. He said he still has some of the bills where his parents charged groceries monthly.

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