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Live auction format successful for chamber

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Staff Writer

At the Salem Chamber of Commerce meeting Feb. 26 chamber president Gary Phillips said the recent auction held at the Fulton County Fairgrounds was a huge success.

He said there was some skepticism as to whether a live auction would raise as much money as the radio auction. The live auction raised almost as much money as the radio auction but with a lot less headache, he said.

In other chamber news, Phillips said the chamber needs to look into replacing the roof on the Welcome Center. He said it's leaking in several places. Phillips said the chamber has applied for an Arkansas Rural Development Grant that would be used to make the Welcome Center and the playground more handicap accessible.

Chamber secretary Karen McFarren said the chamber is trying to promote a membership drive. McFarren also said the new building at the Fulton County Fairgrounds is almost complete and a dedication ceremony would probably take place in the spring.

Fulton County Hometown Health representative Cindi Smith said the women's fair held on Feb. 20 was a success. She said over 75 women took part in the fair. She also announced that Rick Bender, a former professional baseball player, would be speaking to local school children on the dangers of smokeless tobacco.

Phillips also reminded everyone at the meeting to get the word out about the special election being held on April 13 for a 1/2-cent sales tax for the hospital.

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