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Eagle Town Buzz: 04/13

• Eyes to the skies. The buzz, this week, in Vilonia is all about weather. A scare, Thursday, had many a bit nervous with straight line winds causing power outages and some minor damage. By Friday morning, efforts were underway by some residents to help tornado victims in Illinois.

• Pack your tornado bags just in case. Vilonia officials have sent out notes to residents to be prepared. The note says to pack extra clothes, toiletries, shoes (wear boots time of storm), phone chargers, phone numbers on paper, emergency contacts, snacks, water, pet food, gloves, prescription drugs, knife, flashlight and extra batteries, cards and games, ID cards, insurance cards for car and house, medical insurance information and fill your vehicles with gasoline.

• The Domino/Rook/ Skip-Bo tournament at the Vilonia Senior Citizen Center was a success. They raised $8,807. Also, they raised $2,168 from selling the quilt. Aaron Knight won the quilt. The first place rook winners were Gary and Bonnie Caldwell, first place; Sammie and Stanley Gordon Sr., second place and Scott and Christy Newell, third place. First place in dominoes was Clifford Towles and George Bishop; Jim Freeman and Sonny Wallace, second place; Skip Cates and Denise Lewis, third place. Skip Bo Winners were Julie Pruitt and Julie Walker, first place; Ann Wilson and Lynette Edwards, second place; Shelby Wilson and Conner Knowles, third place.

• Vilonia residents are asking school district officials if they can take their dogs with them to the safe rooms, as they have in the past. The safe rooms are open to the public when school is not in session. When school is in session, they are at capacity with students and staff.   It is anticipated the school board will make a decision this week.

• Uh oh. A small town it is easy to spot high profile vehicles popping up. Last week, several were seen over the period of the week including the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, several news channels and storm spotters. It turns out the ADEM vehicles were here because the fire department and other city officials were doing some training.

• There’s two different services are said to be in the works for the anniversary of the April 27, tornado in Vilonia. A citizens’ effort, there will be a gathering at the ballpark on Cemetery Street. Those attending are asked to bring a candle. An informal event, it’s just going to be a candle lighting and fellowship, organizers said.   An organized event, the city is planning on a more formal ceremony in the high school cafeteria from 7 to 9 p.m., said Kira Livingston. Neither side has all of the details worked out but I bet we will hear more about it this week.

• Happy Birthday Steve Goode, Savannah Ferrin, Kelsey Howard, Ronda Salwedel and Braden Eason.

• Angela Wilson of Vilonia, will be competing in the Mrs. Arkansas International Pageant on Sunday April 19.

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