Covert’s Country Bash Raises Funds for Ashdown School


If you didn’t attend Covert’s Country Bash, you missed a good time . . . and a chance to be included in a good cause.  

Dr. George Covert hopes to continue Covert’s Country Bash as an annual fundraiser and a way to give back to the community that has supported him for so many years.  “Anything we can do to help” has been and will be his motto for the annual events, with hopes of helping many groups in need of funds who may reap the benefits of his generosity.  Some may remember his first pay-it-forward event — the Apple Cider Festival in November 2011 when he served dozens of free Thanksgiving meals to those who needed them.
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This year the need for new playground equipment at L. F. Henderson Intermediate School on Burke Street in Ashdown was mentioned by clinic staff members, so Dr. Covert went to check it out.  He came back to the office asking them for a plan to make it happen, and in two weeks’ time, the Covert’s Country Bash happened and was enjoyed by several hundred attendees — old and young, local and visiting.  Good music, good food, and good fellowship were mixed with perfect weather on July 3 as donations were accepted and almost $3000 was given to the LFH playground fund.

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Special Board Meeting

July 17, 2014 TO: News Media FR: Office of the Superintendent RE: Called School Board Meeting The Ashdown School Board will have a special called board meeting Monday, July 21, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Office. Agenda items will include personnel, resolution and student transfer. Sincerely, Jason N. Sanders

Reception for New Superintendent

The Ashdown School Board of Directors is hosting a public reception for new Ashdown School Superintendent Jason Sanders on Thursday, July 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 in the Ashdown Junior High School Cafeteria. (This location is a change from the original announcement of the AHS cafeteria.) “I am excited for this opportunity to work for … Read more

Ashdown Student Needs Your Vote in National Anthem Singing Contest


Fourteen-year-old Maddie McAllister of Ashdown needs your online vote to put her into the Top 20 of the 2014 Stand & Be Heard Anthem Singing Contest, as announced by FMC (Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation) Agricultural Solutions in their recent online publication “Investing in Farming’s Future.”

Maddie, the daughter of Robin and Steven McAllister of Ashdown, can be viewed singing her entry of The Star Spangled Banner on the contest website at, and voting for her can be accessed on the same page. Simply locate the “Search the Entries” box about mid-page and type in “Maddie McAllister” in the search box.  From there, viewers can hear Maddie’s version of The National Anthem, vote immediately by entering their email address and casting their vote, and continue to vote once per day through July 21.

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Public Invited to Meet New Ashdown School Superintendent


The Ashdown School Board of Directors invites everyone to a public reception for new Ashdown School District Superintendent Jason Sanders on Thursday, July 17 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Ashdown High School Cafeteria.

Sanders began his new position as District Superintendent of Ashdown Schools on July 1 and is excited about the opportunity to work for the Ashdown District. He lists his primary goal for his first year in the Ashdown Superintendent’s job as “Unity.”

“I look forward to building trust and developing quality relationships within the district,” Sanders states. He began advancement toward that goal by setting up a School Board Conference with the Ashdown Board of Directors on June 26 at CCCUA-Ashdown.


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Swilley Awarded DEKALB Award


Charles Swilley, a 2014 graduate of Ashdown High School, was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto Company. Swilley, the son of Dewey and Debbie Swilley, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Swilley’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included serving as … Read more

Ashdown FFA Members Attend State Convention


  Nine members of the Ashdown FFA chapter attended the 86th annual Arkansas FFA State Convention at Camp Couchdale in Hot Springs on June 3-6. State delegates from the Ashdown chapter were Alexis Houck, Taylor Kirby, Chelsie Stewart and Charles Swilley. Ashdown FFA member Madison McAllister participated in the talent contest while at the state … Read more

Ashdown Team Wins State Trap Shooting Championship


Five Ashdown Junior High School eighth graders can now call themselves “the best Junior High Trap Shooting Squad in the state of Arkansas” after taking the championship at the 2014 Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP) Junior State Tournament, where the top 64 qualifying squads from four regional tournaments competed in Jacksonville on June 6. … Read more

Ashdown Teacher to Participate in 2014 NASA “Giant Magellan Telescope” Workshop


Todd Gibson, math teacher at Ashdown High School, received notification on June 3 that he has been accepted as a participant in the 2014 McDonald Observatory Giant Magellan Telescope Workshop, a Teacher Professional Development Program through the University of Texas-Austin. Sponsored by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the workshop is from June 29-July 1 … Read more

Reception Honors Retiring Ashdown School District Personnel


In a well-attended reception in the lobby of the Little River County Courthouse, eight retiring employees of the Ashdown School District were honored on May 8 by many well-wishers. Superintendent Mike Walker was recognized for his 12.75 years of service to the Ashdown District, the last 11 of those as superintendent.  Other positions held by … Read more

Office of the School Nurse

The end of the school year is drawing near. If you have sent medication to be kept in the office for your child, you may come by and pick it up at anytime during the school day. All medication left at school will be discarded after Thursday, June 5. Please contact the school nurse if … Read more

Updated Immunization Requirements

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS Do the new Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 school year affect your child? Please read the new requirements carefully. This will affect MANY STUDENTS in our school. Contact your County Health Department or your primary care physician for the required immunizations. Appointments will need to be made, so it is very … Read more

AJHS Dodge Test Drive Fund Raiser

Ashdown Junior High School will again be the site for the Dodge Fundraiser Drive-a-Thon, scheduled for May 22 at the AJHS parking lot from 4:00-7:00 p.m..  For each legal driver who test drives a new Dodge vehicle furnished by Classic  Dodge-Jeep of Texarkana, AJHS will earn $20.  This year the junior high EAST lab and … Read more

Bunko Fund Raiser

Let’s play Bunko to raise money for the playground at L. F. Henderson! Tuesday night, May 13, 2014 6:30p.m. in the L. F. Henderson Library $10.00 donation to play Refreshments provided. Donated prizes will be awarded!  

AHS Drama Presents “Almost Maine”


“Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States,” states the synopsis for the “real romantic comedy” entitledAlmost, Maine performed by the drama students of Ashdown High School on April 13-14 in the AHS auditorium.  Written by John Cariani in 2002 and subtitled “it’s love. but not quite,” … Read more

Area Professionals Speak to Students about Career/Life Choices


Career Day at LFH — Pictured are (front row – l to r) LFH Counselor Quincey Rayfield, Learning for Life Director Linda Willis, LPN Stephanie Blake, Pharmacist Angela Adkison, Stylist Devona Powell, (back) Attorney Thad Bishop, Family Nurse Practitioner Toni Womble, Chef James Powell, and IT Tech Michael Turner.

When you were 10, 11, 12 years old, did you know what you wanted to do with the rest of your life?  Most people don’t.  That is, in part, the purpose of the Learning for Life Corporation — an organization that offers seven programs that focus on character and career education for preparing youth to be successful in handling the complexities of their futures.

Learning for Life brought area professionals to the classrooms of students at L. F. Henderson Intermediate and Ashdown Junior High Schools this year with the goal of informing the youngsters about choices they have for their futures and choices they should be making now in preparation. The almost two dozen speakers ranged from engineers to chefs to medical professionals and more, and students were able to interact, ask questions and receive solid advice from representatives of their own community.


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Public Invited to Honor School Retirees at Reception

Eight retirees of the Ashdown School District will be honored with a public reception on Thursday, May 8 from 4:00-5:00 on the lawn of the Little River County Courthouse. The event is hosted by the Ashdown School District, along with the Little River County Retired Teachers Association. Retirees to be honored will include Superintendent Mike … Read more

Ashdown Student Selected for 2014 Arkansas Governor’s School


Ashdown High School junior Nekhoe Hogan has been selected to attend the 2014 Arkansas Governor’s School hosted at Hendrix College this summer.  The six-week intensive summer residential program selects gifted and talented students who are upcoming seniors and residents of the state. Now in its thirty-fifth year, Arkansas Governor’s School received over 600 applications this … Read more

Jackson Selected Ashdown Teacher of the Year


“I am humbled by this honor,” states Jeanne Jackson, Ashdown’s 2014 District Teacher of the Year.  Jackson was honored with the award at the 2014 Little River Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on April 3. Now in her twenty-third year of teaching at Ashdown High School, Jackson stated, “I have never had any desire to … Read more

AHS Scholarship Committee Encouraging Contributors

  The Ashdown High School Scholarship Committee will soon be awarding scholarships to 2014 AHS graduates, as it has since its formation in 1986, and contributors are encouraged to either continue donations as they have in previous years or become new scholarship donors and contribute to the success of new Ashdown High School graduates in … Read more

AJHS Course Selections

AJHS will be doing course request next week for the 2014-2015 school year. This is where the students will choose classes for the next school year. They will do this each day in the cafeteria at 1:30pm. Parents are invited to attend. The course request will be sent home with the child if parents are … Read more

ArtsSmart Performers Teach Students Their Skills


ArtsSmart, under the supervision of Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. and the Arkansas Arts Council, chooses only the best guest artists to visit area schools and not only entertain the students, but also teach them to love both visual and performance arts.  Two such artists visited the Ashdown students at Margaret Daniel Primary School and C. D. Franks Elementary School in the last month.

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Circus Clown Entertains Ashdown Elementary Schools


On March 10, Melvino made the kids laugh from kindergarteners through fourth graders with his silly tricks and antics at the three elementary schools in Ashdown and then made his way to Mary’s Little Lamb Day Care as well.  From unicycle riding to slapstick comedy, the circus clown from Kelly Miller Circus entertained the youngsters and left a smile on their faces when he finished.

The circus is coming to town on Monday, March 24, for two performances of 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.  Sponsored by the Little River Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Miller Circus, out of Hugo, Oklahoma, will be set up on the grounds of Ashdown Junior High School.  On circus morning, everyone is invited to come watch The Big Top being raised by elephant power (conditions permitting).


Tickets are available, prior to circus day only, for $10 for adults and $6 for children under 12 at Foreman City Hall, Little River County Courthouse, Big Jake’s, Ashdown Water Department, 1st National Bank, and The Castle Antiques/Eventures.  On circus day, March 24, tickets will be available only at the gate for $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12.

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