County Ranger recognized for 30 years with AFC Harrell Sherwood recalls three-decade
career as forest ranger, wildlands firefighter
Three Decades of Service – Sevier County Ranger Harrell Sherwood, pictured left holding plaque and bear, was recently honored by the Arkansas Forest Commission for his 30 years of service to the agency. In those years he has fought thousands of area wildfires.
By Patrick Massey
Sevier County Ranger Harrell Sherwood was recently recognized for marking his 30th year with the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC).
Sherwood was presented a plaque signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson on March 10 - three decades to the day Sherwood first signed on with the forestry commission.
Over the years Sherwood has just about done it all through the AFC: he's educated area youth on conservation, worked with private landowners to formulate timber plans, fought mile-long fires and was even citied for bravery in the line of duty.
Sherwood's 30-year career took him from newcomer status to one of Sevier County's most well-known figures.
"When I first came here I didn't know a single person," recalled Sherwood. "It's neat though, I came to know pretty fast that this was going to be home. I've been able to make a lot of friends through the forestry commission."
A native of Polk County, Sherwood's first job after graduating from Van Cove High School was as a maintenance technician for Lane Poultry. After a few years a family friend, Margaret Brewer, encouraged Sherwood to apply for an open position at the forestry commission office in Dierks.
Sherwood had aspired to be a forest ranger since he was a child, and jumped at the opportunity. He was hired by the AFC in Dierks and transferred a year later to Sevier County - where, for the most part, he has been ever since. In 2010 Sherwood was promoted to county ranger and now heads the agency's efforts in Sevier County.
To read the complete article, please see the March 19 edition of The De Queen Bee.
2015 Miss HHS – Laney Baker, right, was named 2015 Miss HHS at the Horatio School Pageant in February. She also received the Talent and Most Photogenic awards. MaKaylee Swan, left, was named First Runner-Up, Miss Congeniality and People’s Choice. Please see the March 19 edition for photos of other pageant winners.
Lockesburg City Council continues discussion over sewer plant woes LOCKESBURG – The ongoing water and sewer concerns in the city of Lockesburg again took the majority of time at the city's council meeting last Tuesday night.
Robin Rice, a representative of A.L. Franks Engineering, the city's engineer, reported that two bids had been received in the long delayed sewer pipeline replacement project that the city first began pursuing nearly two years ago.
The bids received were from Kampco Construction of Texarkana in the amount of $630,263.16 and from RBIS Construction of Texarkana in the amount of $1,072,315.25. Rice reported that though both bids were above projected costs, the bid from Kampco could be reduced to about $583,000 by the removal of the purchase of a generator for the system. She explained that a generator of that type could be acquired at lower cost later, and that removing it from the bid would place that bid within $3,000 of projections while including more than the minimum amount of pipework for the project.
The council accepted the bid from Kampco unanimously with the understanding that the project will be altered to remove the requirement for the generator.
Rice also reported that her firm had completed the plan to repair the city's sewage treatment pond to bring it into compliance with state standards, and that the proposed plan would be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality the following morning.
The council had heard in previous months that the sewage system was out of compliance to such a degree that the city will face a substantial fine, and has been ordered to bring treated water within state mandated standards by May 15. Rice stated that part of the plan to repair the treatment pond will be a request for an extension of that deadline, as the city will likely be unable to even obtain bids from contractors for the work by then.