MAMMOTH SPRING -- Several state, county and city officials were on hand Oct. 28 as a grand opening and ribbon cutting was held at the new Mammoth Spring Post Office.
The building was completed in late summer and is located just south of the city on Highway 9.
Mammoth Spring Postmas-ter Kathleen Petross gave the formal introduction at the ceremony followed by the invocation presented by Ted Clark, pastor of Mammoth Spring Church of Christ.
Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace welcomed the officials and town residents gathered. During her comments Pace said she was working on getting a new sidewalk from downtown to the facility.
A flag raising ceremony was presented by Mammoth Spring Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7831. VFW Officer of the Day Elwyn Van Meter and postal employee Wilma Collins raised the flag.
Mammoth Spring Middle School eighth-grader Samantha Linderman presented the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem. Linda Schoonover, postmaster from Hardy, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.
Several state dignitaries spoke including Roger Fisher from Sen. Blanche Lincoln's office and Joe Dillard from Rep. Marion Berry's office.
State Rep. Boyd Hickinbotham of District 82, Fulton County Judge Curren Everett, county treasurer Larry Humphries, county assessor Jerry Humphries and Fulton County Quorum Court member from Mammoth Spring Jerry Smith was also present.
Mary Nell Engel, manager of the Arkansas District of Consumer Affairs, was the keynote speaker. The ribbon cutting was performed by Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce President Steve Russell and Petross. The postmaster gave a tour of the new facility following the ceremony.