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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 24, 2016
PHOTO BY: Carol Rolf/Contributing Photographer

The Chris Hale family of Sheridan is the 2016 Grant County Farm Family of the Year. Family members include, from left, Chris, Elizabeth, Juliann and Rebekah. They raise a variety of produce and livestock.

Sheridan family works together on farm, receives county honor

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

Farming is a family project for Chris and Elizabeth Hale and their daughters, Rebekah, 18, and Juliann, 17. They raise a variety of produce, as well as animals, on their 30-acre farm. The Hales are the 2016 Grant County Farm Family of the Year. “It’s pretty neat,” Chris said of the honor. “It’s a lot of work to have on the side.” Chris, 51, is a full-time electrician; he owns Triple H Electric Co. in Sheridan. Elizabeth, 42, works full ... READ MORE

Outstanding Teen encourages others to ‘be you’ By JILLIAN MCGEHEE

Being involved in pageants encourages girls to be themselves and helps boost their confidence. These are two advantages Miss Greater Hot Springs Mady Rottinghaus, 16, said she took away from her experience. The Lakeside High School rising senior was named third runner-up among 33 contestants in the 12th annual Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen pageant in June, when she was also awarded $2,000 in scholarships.

Growing, giving in memory of beloved brother, friend By JILLIAN MCGEHEE

HOT SPRINGS — Family and friends of Ezekiel James “Zeke” Blanton would want nothing more than for him to be by their side, having fun and doing good deeds together. They are doing the next best thing through The Eternity Foundation, a philanthropic organization established in memory of Blanton, who died last December in a vehicle accident on U.S. 70.

Hot Spring County couple honored for diversified farming operation CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BISMARCK — Jay and Valorie Lee operate a diverse farm, raising a variety of vegetables and berries, as well as pigs, chickens and cows. They operate JV Farms under the premise “Know your farmer, know your food.”