Dianne Miller, the group received a special treat of mince meat pie and figgy pudding that Joann had brought. Many "thanks" goes out to all who have been bringing goodies for the staff as well as the Christmas cards from Oleta Goodner Lewis, of Cabot, Betty Logan of California, Rosemary Perkins of Fort Smith, Middle School Library Club, E.H. Club, A huge basket of fruit from the Waldron  Circle Cross Cowboy Church, a great cake from Southwest EMS staff along with lots of cookies and candy from other business who serve Waldron Nursing Center and different family members. The BPW club gave me a generous check to assist with buying things for our different activities. I will do some shopping for these items after the holidays. I am sure all of these folks will be "blessed" in the coming year for all of their thoughtfulness. I am also so grateful for all of the 2016 calendars that are being dropped by my office for my resident rooms in January.ż0aIn closing I just want to say once again how blessed we are to have so many caring folks in our community who help bring "joy" into the lives of our residents.ĦautoĦautoĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2Ħ41ĦpmĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦThe Waldron NewsĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2015122210241ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 923Ħ1450817003Ħ2Ħ1450817003Ħ2Ħ12Ħ22Ħ2015ĦOwens hired by Board as secretary; student expelled December WPS board meetingĦThe regular monthly meeting of the Waldron School Board was held in the Central Office Building Monday, December 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Steve Ewing, Eddie Harrison, Brian Jones and Nick Hunt. Board member Tammye Sherrill was absent. Others present were Superintendent Gary Wayman, Ashli Hutchens, Kim Solomon, Ryan Walker, Daniel Fielding, Kristi Sigman, Chris Lipham and Josh Walker. President Ewing called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. Mr. Harrison began the meeting with a word of prayer. President Ewing led the Pledge of Allegiance.ż0aParents requested that the student hearing be closed. Members of the board, along with Superintendent Wayman, Daniel Fielding, Josh Walker and parents convened in private for the continuation of the closed hearing. Meeting reconvened at 6:50 p.m. Superintendent Wayman recommended that the student be expelled for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. A motion was made by Eddie Harrison and seconded by Nick Hunt to expel said student for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. Motion carried 4-0.ż0aĦThe regular monthly meeting of the Waldron School Board was held in the Central Office Building Monday, December 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Steve Ewing, Eddie Harrison, Brian Jones and Nick Hunt. Board member Tammye Sherrill was absent. Others present were Superintendent Gary Wayman, Ashli Hutchens, Kim Solomon, Ryan Walker, Daniel Fielding, Kristi Sigman, Chris Lipham and Josh Walker. President Ewing called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. Mr. Harrison began the meeting with a word of prayer. President Ewing led the Pledge of Allegiance.ż0aParents requested that the student hearing be closed. Members of the board, along with Superintendent Wayman, Daniel Fielding, Josh Walker and parents convened in private for the continuation of the closed hearing. Meeting reconvened at 6:50 p.m. Superintendent Wayman recommended that the student be expelled for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. A motion was made by Eddie Harrison and seconded by Nick Hunt to expel said student for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. Motion carried 4-0.ż0aA motion was made by Brian Jones and seconded by Eddie Harrison to approve the Consent Agenda items: A) Approval of the November 9th Minutes; B) Approve Financial Reports and Expenditures. Motion carried 4-0. Ryan Walker reported to the board about the elementary school. Kim Solomon reported to the board about the middle school. Daniel Fielding reported to the board about the high school.ż0aSuperintendent Wayman asked permission from the board to gather information about outsourcing custodial services in order to save the district money. Mr. Wayman said that he should have information and figures within the next couple of months to present to the board. Members of the board adjourned to executive session at 6:49 p.m. Members of the board returned from executive session at 7:03 p.m. A motion was made by Eddie Harrison and seconded by Brian Jones to hire Misty Owens as administrative secretary with 16 years of experience to begin February 1, 2016. Motion carried 4-0. A motion was made by Nick Hunt and seconded by Brian Jones to add 3 years of experience to Ashli Hutchens’ salary. Motion carried 4-0. A motion was made by Brian Jones and seconded by Nick Hunt to adjourn. Motion carried 4-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.ĦautoĦautoĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2Ħ42ĦpmĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦThe Waldron NewsĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2015122210242ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 924Ħ1450817038Ħ2Ħ1450817038Ħ2Ħ12Ħ22Ħ2015ĦTime Out for Tech 2016 scheduled for FebruaryĦAll high school seniors and their families are invited to Time Out for Tech 2016, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions on Thursday, Feb. 4. ż0aThe annual preview day provides prospective Arkansas Tech students with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus. ż0a“Arkansas Tech strives to create an environment where each student is comfortable and has the opportunity to pursue his or her educational goals,” said Shauna Donnell, director of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment management. “That commitment to personal attention has allowed Arkansas Tech to establish 17 consecutive years of record enrollment. This year, more than 12,000 students chose Arkansas Tech. We look forward to welcoming our next group of outstanding freshmen to Time Out for Tech 2016.”ż0aTime Out for Tech check-in and a registered student organization fair will start at 8:30 a.m. at Tucker Coliseum, followed by the opening session beginning at 9:30 a.m. ĦAll high school seniors and their families are invited to Time Out for Tech 2016, which will be hosted by the Arkansas Tech University Office of Admissions on Thursday, Feb. 4. ż0aThe annual preview day provides prospective Arkansas Tech students with a chance to learn more about the academic programs, student housing options and campus life opportunities available on the Russellville campus. ż0a“Arkansas Tech strives to create an environment where each student is comfortable and has the opportunity to pursue his or her educational goals,” said Shauna Donnell, director of admissions and associate vice president for enrollment management. “That commitment to personal attention has allowed Arkansas Tech to establish 17 consecutive years of record enrollment. This year, more than 12,000 students chose Arkansas Tech. We look forward to welcoming our next group of outstanding freshmen to Time Out for Tech 2016.”ż0aTime Out for Tech check-in and a registered student organization fair will start at 8:30 a.m. at Tucker Coliseum, followed by the opening session beginning at 9:30 a.m. ż0aThere will be a drawing during the opening session for three tuition scholarships to Arkansas Tech for the fall 2016 semester. In order to win, individuals must be high school seniors and present.ż0aFollowing the opening session, high school seniors and their families will have an opportunity to meet with faculty from the academic program that interests them the most. ż0aTime Out for Tech will also offer campus and residence hall tours, a chance to meet with representatives from student organization and sessions with staff members from such campus entities as financial aid, athletics and Greek life. All Time Out for Tech participants will receive a free T-shirt and a photo opportunity with campus ambassador Jerry the Bulldog. ż0aPre-registration is required for high school seniors planning to attend Time Out for Tech. Registration is available online at www.atu.edu/admissions/timeout2016.htm.    ż0aFor more information about Time Out for Tech or about applying to become a student at Arkansas Tech University, call (800) 582-6953 or (479) 968-0343. ĦautoĦautoĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2Ħ43ĦpmĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦThe Waldron NewsĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2015122210243ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 925Ħ1450817150Ħ2Ħ1450817150Ħ2Ħ12Ħ22Ħ2015ĦNORAD Tracks and ProtectsĦThe North American Aerospace Defense Command is the military entity responsible for protecting the aerospace around North America. According to its mission statement, NORAD “conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning.” This means that for most of the year NORAD tracks and protects against any threats against our airspace—including aircrafts, missiles, or space vehicles. Their important role in keeping us safe cannot be overstated. But each year, NORAD takes on one very important extra responsibility: tracking Santa Claus’ trip around the world on Christmas Eve! ż0aNORAD, previously referred to as the Continental Defense Command (CONAD), began tracking Santa in 1955 after a local department store mistakenly printed their telephone number as the number for children to call to speak to Santa Claus. After receiving several calls, NORAD checked their radar for Santa Claus and were able to pinpoint his exact location. They began tracking and reporting his whereabouts to anyone who called.ż0aĦThe North American Aerospace Defense Command is the military entity responsible for protecting the aerospace around North America. According to its mission statement, NORAD “conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning.” This means that for most of the year NORAD tracks and protects against any threats against our airspace—including aircrafts, missiles, or space vehicles. Their important role in keeping us safe cannot be overstated. But each year, NORAD takes on one very important extra responsibility: tracking Santa Claus’ trip around the world on Christmas Eve! ż0aNORAD, previously referred to as the Continental Defense Command (CONAD), began tracking Santa in 1955 after a local department store mistakenly printed their telephone number as the number for children to call to speak to Santa Claus. After receiving several calls, NORAD checked their radar for Santa Claus and were able to pinpoint his exact location. They began tracking and reporting his whereabouts to anyone who called.ż0aThis year, I am happy to report that NORAD will be tracking Santa Claus for the 60th year. Earlier this month, I confirmed that all systems were go and that NORAD was prepared to continue this important tradition during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Paul Selva. I asked General Selva to confirm that NORAD was prepared to track Santa once again and while he didn’t have a complete intelligence report that he could share—some things have to remain classified! — it was his understanding that the reindeer have been fed their oats and are prepared to deliver gifts to all of those boys and girls who have been well-behaved this year. Great news! ż0aNORAD’s efforts have gotten a little more advanced in recent years. Instead of a telephone number, they now provide Santa’s location via a real time map on their website: www.noradsanta.org. The website also features a Santa countdown clock and information about the radar systems NORAD uses to track Santa Claus. The entire Cotton family will be tracking Santa on Christmas Eve and you should too! ĦautoĦautoĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2Ħ44ĦpmĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦSenator Tom CottonĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2015122210244ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 926Ħ1450817186Ħ2Ħ1450817186Ħ2Ħ12Ħ22Ħ2015ĦSeason of GivingĦLike many Arkansas households, my home is filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas season. My wife Cathy enjoys decorating our home and baking cookies, and I always look forward to spending more time with my family and friends. We have many family traditions and it is especially heartwarming to see my daughters now sharing these moments with my granddaughters. In addition to the activities close to home, our hearts turn to others during this season of giving. ż0aThe generosity of Arkansans, and their willingness to help people in need during the holiday season, is always on display. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is a well-recognized tradition that encourages contributing money to those in need. Not only do Arkansans open their wallets, they also volunteer to ring the familiar sound of the bells that we hear where we see those red kettles.ż0a The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program relies on the support of Arkansans to help families who struggle to make ends meet provide Christmas gifts for their children. You’ve likely seen Christmas trees at the mall filled with the angels that list the needs and wishes of local children. Each year Arkansans open their hearts to make the season brighter for children in need. The kindness of Arkansans helps thousands of children and families in our state experience the joys of giving and brings hope to those who need it most.ż0aĦLike many Arkansas households, my home is filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas season. My wife Cathy enjoys decorating our home and baking cookies, and I always look forward to spending more time with my family and friends. We have many family traditions and it is especially heartwarming to see my daughters now sharing these moments with my granddaughters. In addition to the activities close to home, our hearts turn to others during this season of giving. ż0aThe generosity of Arkansans, and their willingness to help people in need during the holiday season, is always on display. The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is a well-recognized tradition that encourages contributing money to those in need. Not only do Arkansans open their wallets, they also volunteer to ring the familiar sound of the bells that we hear where we see those red kettles.ż0a The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program relies on the support of Arkansans to help families who struggle to make ends meet provide Christmas gifts for their children. You’ve likely seen Christmas trees at the mall filled with the angels that list the needs and wishes of local children. Each year Arkansans open their hearts to make the season brighter for children in need. The kindness of Arkansans helps thousands of children and families in our state experience the joys of giving and brings hope to those who need it most.ż0aIn this season of giving we thank those who have served and sacrificed on behalf of our nation and gave their life to our country. Earlier this month, Arkansans joined people all across the country to pay tribute to our fallen service members and veterans by placing a Christmas wreath on the graves at state and national veteran cemeteries.ż0a It is a humbling moment when you lay a wreath at the National Cemetery and reflect on the service of someone close to your heart. It is even more humbling to remember how many Americans have chosen to serve our nation and how many of them have paid with their lives. I hope you will take a moment to remember the sacrifices of those who have sacrificed for our freedom.ż0aWe remember those men and women in uniform who won’t be able to celebrate Christmas with their families. We are extremely blessed and grateful for the members of our Armed Forces for their service, sacrifice and dedication. This is a difficult time of year to be away from loved ones. Let us offer prayers of thanks to them and their families for their commitment allowing us to celebrate Christmas in a free country.ż0aI am proud of the generosity of Arkansans and their willingness to help others not only during this season of giving, but all year long.ż0a As my family puts the final touches on preparations to celebrate the holiday, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for your trust and opportunity to serve you.ĦautoĦautoĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2Ħ45ĦpmĦ2ĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2ĦSenator John BoozmanĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ2015122210245ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ1ĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦĦ 927Ħ1450817239Ħ2Ħ1450817239Ħ2Ħ12Ħ22Ħ2015ĦMorgan, Greenwood native, gets noticeĦA 17-0 Arkansas run dBrandon Allen didn’t get the AP All-SEC recognition that Arkansas fans hoped for the Razorbacks senior quarterback after he wasn’t named to the SEC Coaches All-SEC teams, but junior receiver Drew Morgan of Greenwood got noticed this time around.ż0aMorgan’s 55 catches for 751 yards include a SEC leading 10 touchdowns, including a SEC leading eight for SEC games, and three games exceeding 100 receiving yards.ż0aAllen plays a part in many  awards this season. For the 7-5 Liberty Bowl bound Razorbacks matched against Kansas State Jan. 2 in Memphis, AP All-Americans Hunter Henry, the Mackey Award winner as the nation’s best tight end, and left guard Sebastian Tretola, were named first-team All-SEC by the AP like they were by the coaches while running back Alex Collins and right offensive tackle Dan Skipper were named second-team on both the Coaches and AP All-SEC teams.ż0aAll were enhanced by Allen’s abilities whether as a passer, decision-maker or nimbleness in extending plays to avoid sacks.ż0aOther than freshman linebacker Dre Greenlaw getting named to the Coaches All-SEC Freshman team, Arkansas’ defense was part of too many high-scoring affairs to net much individual recognition.ż0aHowever there is no doubt for whom they would vote for anybody’s iron man award.ż0aLinebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves can’t recall a significant defensive snap that junior middle linebacker and team leading tackler (101) Broo