Headlines from the Press Argus-Courier from January through April of 2017:

JANUARY

County Judge Dennis Gilstrap selects Brad Thomas as director of Crawford County Department of Emergency Management.

Snow causes government office and school closings in Crawford County.

Van Buren Lions Club honors former city council members Donna Parker and Mary Ann Dodd for their leadership to the city.

Jennifer Feeny, assistant principal at Northridge Middle School, is named coordinator for the Van Buren School District’s charter school, the River Valley Virtual Academy.

Van Buren is selected to host the Class 7A state basketball championship tournament.

Michelle Haynes is named the youth of the year by the Boys and Girls Club of Van Buren.

Cedarville High School is awarded a $10,000 grant to go toward technical equipment for its environmental and spatial technology program.

Van Buren Chamber of Commerce unveils its “Go Local” business campaign designed to drive economic development and promote patronage to its members.

Alma officials honor veterans during its council meetings by approving Alma as a Purple Heart City.

Sparks Medical Center - Van Buren dedicates its newly reopened intensive care unit in memory of Dr. Henry Edwards for his 35 years of “extraordinary service and devotion to the hospital, its doctors and its patients.

FEBRUARY

Christian Woodward, a fifth grader at Rena Elementary School, wins the annual Crawford County Spelling Bee. Runner-up is Clayton John Buchanan Jr., an eighth grader at Mountainburg Middle School.

Van Buren City Council pledges $40,000 for a proposed port project on the Arkansas River.

Cesar Davila is named the youth of the year for the Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area.

Casey and Jordan Hess of Van Buren appear on the Wheel of Fortune, a nationally televised game show.

Cpl. Christy Nguyen is named the 2016 Van Buren Police Department officer of the year. Administrative Assistant Melissa Wright is recognized as the employee of the year.

Members of the Business Connection donate a van to Hope Academy to be used by the volunteer after-school program at the Van Buren School District Career Center.

A new salary schedule is approved for teachers and administrative staff of the Van Buren School District. Cost is estimated at $1.2 million.

Dr. Harold Jeffcoat gets a contact extension through July 30, 2020, as superintendent of the Van Buren School District.

GFWC Women’s League of Van Buren announces it has raised the $25,453 needed for a four-side street clock to be erected at Freedom Park in downtown.

MARCH

Alan Swaim of Van Buren is inducted into the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame.

The final public forum is held for the development of Van Buren’s master trails plan.

Nolan Broyles is arrested for stealing more than $120,000 from the Crawford County Conservation League, which oversees Lake Lou Emma.

Van Buren Fire Department begins using its new training center located in the former Darrel Thomas building on Main Street.

Logan Moore of Van Buren is crowned Miss University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Van Buren Parks and Recreation Commission recommends a ban of smoking tobacco products at city parks.

Chapters on Main in Van Buren is recognized as one of the 10 best book stores in Arkansas.

Miss America’s Savvy Shields visits the Mulberry-Pleasant View Bi-County School District.

Alma City Council approves regulations for trash receptacles and setting limits on when they can be set at the curb for trash collecting.

Applications open for the Van Buren School District’s charter school, the River Valley Virtual Academy.

Leah Carter is crowned Miss Mountainburg 2017.

APRIL

Fire trucks donated to the City of Cedarville were inappropriately given by the former Jenny Lind Fire Department chief, it is revealed.

Living Local in downtown Van Buren kicks off its 2017 events with an Easter egg hunt and entertainment.

Van Buren School District Education Foundation gives out 17 grants totaling $23,629.91.

Barbara and Dick Watt are recognized as volunteers of the year for the Boys and Girls Club of the Alma Area.

Members of the Van Buren Lions Club donate $5,000 to be used to install interpretation panels at the new Veterans Park in historic downtown.

A group of Mulberry seniors qualify for the state bean bag championship.

A total of 152 seniors at Van Buren High School are recognized as Arkansas Scholars at a banquet hosted by the Van Buren Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the Van Buren City Council gives the go-ahead for new sidewalks along Rena Road at a cost of $234,100.

More than 800 volunteer as part of the United Way of Fort Smith’s Day of Caring.

Van Buren High School honors its top 40 graduating seniors of the Class of 2017.

Van Buren High School seniors Connor Catron and Fernando “Andy” Lopez selected as the 2017 recipients of the Harry O. Hamm Foundation Trust scholarships.

May, June, July and August headlines will be in the Dec. 30 edition of the Press Argus-Courier.