May 23, 2007 Edition

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Clover Bend Reunion
set for holiday weekend

A Memorial Day weekend tradition continues this year with the annual Clover Bend Reunion.

Events will kick off at 4 p.m. on Friday with a time for visiting and touring the museum rooms in the main building.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 in the auditorium. The meal will include beans and ham, cornbread, sides, dessert and drink for $6.

At 8 p.m., "A Place Called Home," a documentary on the history of Clover Bend and produced by Jack Hill, will be shown.

Viola Meadows, president of the Clover Bend Historic Preservation Association, said Saturday's events will begin as always with a ceremony at the bell tower beginning at 10 a.m.

The children of Clover Bend will raise the flag and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. All children in the community are invited to participate.

Sarah Whaley will perform a solo of "God Bless America," followed by a prayer by Dr. Lavern Penn. Guest speakers will be David Doyle, a Clover Bend High School graduate and retired Army colonel, and Mr. Reynolds from Congressman Marion Berry's office.

At the conclusion of the bell tower ceremony, events will move inside to the auditorium, where a community singing will be held. Don Smith of Searcy will lead the singing.

A memorial service will follow, and then awards and other presentations will be made.

The formalities will conclude with the induction of the class of 1957 into the 50-Year Club. Van Doyle will speak on behalf of the class.

Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the 50-Year Club installation. Individuals are welcome to visit and tour the buildings, all of which will be open, during the afternoon.

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