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Dancing Ranch Farms Pumpkin Patch 2021

Fouke, AR: The Dancing Ranch Farms will have a grand opening on September 17, 2021, and just in time for the fall season. The ranch is located in Fouke, Arkansas, and on Miller County Road 218 at 490. The “Pumpkin Patch” will feature hayrides, games, a haunted maze, and much more. After the grand opening day, events will be held Fridays from 7 pm to midnight, Saturdays from 11 am to midnight and Sundays midday from 2 pm to 8 pm. The Dancing Ranch Farms is operated by Ronnie and Susan Dancer of Fouke. Continue Reading →

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Mystery Clean Up Man Gains Cheers in Fouke, Arkansas

“Fouke Mystery Clean Up Man”

Fouke, AR: The Facebook group “Fouke are cheers and jeers” came alive on social media yesterday due to a mystery man on 71. A simple “Cheers to this man for cleaning up 71” was posted, followed by dozens of comments. Comments ranged from “That’s awesome,” to “on Main Street” and “He has gone from the EZ Mart all the way down Main Street…Bless him.” One person even suggested the mystery man deserves an award. In a time when the trash is easily tossed out the windows of moving cars or dropped by people without any regard for how it makes a town look, it’s refreshing to find someone cleaning up for no reward. Continue Reading →

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Charles Cooper Announces Candidacy for Fouke City Council

Charles Cooper

Fouke, AR: As the election day draws near, I would like to introduce myself to the citizens of Fouke, Arkansas. My name is Charles Lynn Cooper, and I am running for Fouke City Council, Ward 3 Place 2. I am a lifetime resident of Fouke. I attended school at Fouke Public Schools, Texarkana College, Texas A&M, Texarkana, and U of A at Cossatot. I am currently semi-retired. Continue Reading →

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Shirley Easley Austin Announces Candidacy for Fouke City Council

Shirley Easley Austin

Early voting is already underway in Miller County, and I wanted to take a moment of your time to introduce myself. My name is Shirley Easly Austin. I currently serve as a member of the Fouke City Council. I am now running for reelection for that position. I am a retired nurse, and I attended Genoa High School. Continue Reading →

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Brawl in Fouke Does not Represent the Community

If you haven’t heard about the “Fouke Brawl” at last week’s game, then maybe you’ve been under a rock or blessed. The fight was recorded between the local Fouke High School team and a visiting Glen Rose High team. According to most reports on social media and the news from Little Rock to Dallas, the fight was allegedly initiated by a Glen Rose player. By the end of the conflict, multiple players were involved. Now, a fight alone is not unusual in a football game. It’s not uncommon for several players to join in a fight during a game. Spirits and frustrations can be high for many reasons in football. Usually, coaches and referees break up the fight, a team gets an unsportsmanlike penalty, and the game moves on to the next play. There were marked differences in the fight at Fouke. The fight seemed to quickly spiral out of control in the video and referees, coaches, and local law enforcement can be seen trying to break it up. One recording shown on Facebook has the sound of some fans in the crowd laughing when all at once what appears to be adults run out onto the field. One adult, or assumed adult, tackles a Glen Rose player from behind. The player appeared to be standing on the sideline away from the fight when the man tackled him. Bravely, (yes, whoever you are, sarcasm is intended here) when the student turned to face the adult, he quickly backed up. The adult moved away in a dancing motion that made him appear to be either doing a lousy dance or a pathetic attempt to imitate Muhammad Ali. On second thought, this guy’s actions should not be compared to anything Ali did in the ring. Ali faced his opponents straight up and would never have hit a kid (a minor most likely) from behind. Needless to say, that one incident alone was enough to make anyone sick. Several people on Facebook and other social media sites made comments about it. So far, to my knowledge, the guy has not stood up to be recognized. It’s likely if he does stand up, the Miller County Sheriff will want to visit with him a little – as well they should.

Within a few minutes of the video, the fight is over. The result has been suspensions on both teams, and an investigation by the sheriff’s department with possible prosecution for some local adults. There has been a lot of suggestions online like “cancel the rest of the season,” or “forfeit all games. The fact is Fouke will miss a game this week since they do not have enough players because of suspensions. However, we need to stop and remember a few things before we allow ourselves to judge the Fouke School District, team, or city and community too harshly.

The first thing that must be considered is that the actions
recorded represented a few people.  In
the 2010 census, the population of Fouke was 859.  When we look at the video, it appears to be
somewhere around maybe five adults or so going onto the field.  Five out of the population does not represent
Fouke.  The second thing to consider is
that punishment for the entire team, such as canceling the season, in my
opinion, is just not fair.  Canceling a
season would harm seniors, cheer, dance, band, and others.  The players who took a knee during the fight
and showed actual sportsmanlike conduct would be punished as well.   To punish all for the actions of five or so
adults and a few players would be wrong to other students and the community.  Finally, we must consider that these five or
so adults and the few players involved do not represent the values and the
people of Fouke.  

Fouke is a thriving and growing community with a rich and beautiful history. Fouke has a couple of stores, a fantastic community center that is always in use, thriving neighborhoods, a great school district, and some of the best people you’ll ever meet. I have never gone to Fouke, and not met a smiling face or someone that treated me like I had lived there all my life. The city is vibrant with churches, a masonic lodge, restaurants, shopping, and that one unique thing that nobody else in the state has, a Monster Mart. The city is always looking for ways to grow, with a farmer’s market, the Miller County Fair, and who can forget having the Fouke Monster Festivals related to that delightful little history. Finally, if anyone is on social media looking for the current weather forecast, rest assured that the Fouke Mayor has posted it somewhere online. He always has all of us in the county and area covered for weather issues. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Citizens Start Scavenger Hunt

 

Fouke, AR – Have you ever wanted to do something, but then just found you did not have the funds to make it happen? Maybe you wanted to go on a fancy vacation, or a trip to the lake, or even a trip to McDonald’s, but when you pulled that pocket book out, the bank said, “Not today”. If you have found that to be case, or even if you have the funds, but you’re just not about to spend them, the “We Love Fouke” Facebook page has an answer for you. It’s time for a good old fashioned scavenger hunt. The concept is easy and can be applied for a “family fun activity,” or for a “cheap date” – ladies, do not hold the Four States News responsible if you get a cheap date – all this easy scavenger hunt needs is a little gas in the care and a digital camera. You can use your camera, phone, or whatever takes pictu

res. Using the list provided on the Facebook page (as seen here too) you simply download the list and look for things indicated. Once you find them, take a picture or just make a note of the information being sought. Points are awarded for each find. While it may seem like a simple concept on the outside, the group plans to update the challenges and expand it as time goes. With so much in the Miller County area, you will not only be getting out for a little while and maybe moving the kids away from the video games, but you also have the potential to learn a little history. The bottom line is this group in Fouke has found a way the whole family can join in the fun. The page is growing, the scavengers are growing, and the list is getting longer- you had better jump onboard now and get started. We Love Fouke

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Ladies It’s Tea Time in Fouke

Fouke, AR-Elaborate and fancy tea party stories filled the imagination of a young girl named Ashley years ago. Her father would tell stories about her great grandmother attending tea parties at such places as the Grim Hotel in Texarkana. Participants would attend the formal dressed parties, many on the roof top of the hotel, where the ladies would talk of fashion, the news, the events around town and naturally they would drink tea. Ashley thought these stories of a bygone time were like fairy tales where noble ladies would chat for hours on end and make remarks about “how fair the weather is for this time of year,” or “how the clouds provide just enough shade for a cooler gathering.”

Years after those stories were told to the little girl, she grew up, and has a family of her own. Ashley Mathews is now at a stage in her life where she is remembering and telling others about the fairy tale tea party stories of her childhood. She realized that she had never been able to participate in such a party and had never had the excitement of dressing up before tea. It was during conversations with some friends that the idea struck and stuck…. why not have a tea party now? Instantly the idea developed from talk, into plans, and into a date. Ashely stated that the general feeling in Fouke was “How fun it be to bring this tradition alive again!”

With a little thought and planning, the group has their first Tea Party scheduled in Fouke. The ladies will be at the Scoggins house Saturday, October 7 at 2:30 P.M. Tea and refreshments will be on hand, yard games, and socializing will be on the schedule of events. Ashley says the event is open to any ladies, any age wishing to attend and a photographer will be on site to take pictures. They even have a make-up artist available for “make overs. When asked if formal dresses are the requirement for the event, she stated that they hope to have donations of dresses, costume jewelry, over the top hats, long elegant gloves and “all things girly” – and yes, your Four States News just published the word “girly” – for those who may not have access to such dresses or formal wear. The group plans to make this a seasonal event in the Fouke area. Ashely stated that anyone wishing to donate the costume jewelry, over the top hats, long elegant gloves or dresses should contact her directly. Ladies, church groups and non-profits from the area are being encouraged to sponsor a table at the event which would mean you could provide some of the decorations. Those interested in attending may contact Ashley, Courtney Miller, Brittany Gearlds, Angela Swatsell or Melissa Mims for more details on Facebook. You may also call 903-824-3942.  

 

 

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Fouke City Website Arrives Online

Fouke, AR – Late Wednesday evening Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis made the announcement that the city of Fouke now has a new website. It’s unclear at this time if the website will feature a “Monster Cam” or any other pictures of the famous “Boggy Creek Monster,” but for now it will feature important news for Fouke citizens. The site should share information about school events, council meetings, agendas, and other information. Mayor Purvis released the following statement on Facebook:
I am pleased to announce that the City of Fouke has launched a new website today for our Great City. On this site you can stay informed of upcoming events, keep track of resources in our area, keep informed of upcoming City Council Meetings as we will be posting agendas of the meeting and minutes of the meetings. We have an alert icon you can click on and sign up to receive alerts from the City such as water outages, sever weather alerts, or emergencies in our town. I invite you to visit our site and look around. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Food Pantry Opens with Success

Fouke, AR- The small town of Fouke has a lot going on these days. If you haven’t heard, they have an outstanding Farmers Market, great schools, a growing community, some sort of monster legend, and a mayor that’s….well, we think he’s a pretty good guy. Yesterday that pretty good guy – Mayor Terry Purvis- shared a Facebook post for the Fouke Food Pantry noting that it had just opened last Tuesday and Thursday. Since we honestly did not know this pantry was in operation, we’re thankful to the Mayor for sharing the news….. now it’s our turn…. The pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 2 pm and is located at the Fouke Family Clinic next to the Dollar General Store. They have served well over 50 families in the area and the list may grow. People in the community and friends of Fouke are encouraged to stop by during operations and see what’s going on at the pantry. The post on the site notes that you can come by and “see our community at work.”

The pantry is encouraging people to spread the news not only for the hope of reaching more people in need, but also for the hope of reaching people willing to serve or donate. Currently the pantry is in need of two large freezers and volunteers. We are sure they can also use donations of canned food items and other things. We encourage you to check out their Facebook page at Fouke Food Pantry. Remember, this organization is a non-profit organization – so all you big companies in town, restaurant suppliers, and others keep in mind that you are midway through the year – you may need a few tax write offs come January of 2018 – what better way to get those write offs than driving a large freezer down to Fouke and making a difference in people’s lives? Continue Reading →

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Fouke Farmers Market “Fish Fry Picnic and Largest Catfish Catch”

Fouke, AR-Fouke Farmers Market would like to invite everyone out to celebrate our market, this Saturday July 15, come see what all the fuss is about at the first ever Fouke Farmers Market “Fish Fry Picnic and Largest Catfish Catch” this is a free event and all are welcome! We will start cooking at 9:30am and your more than welcomed to bring your favorite dish to share with other market comers! And don’t forget your favorite picnic blanket! We will be weighing all day for the Largest Catfish Catch and will announce the winner at 12pm. Winner revives a 25$ gift card from Academy! Continue Reading →

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