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Ozarka closes deal with Sharp

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

    Ozarka College signed the final paperwork Monday to make the Sharp County branch official.
    Representatives of Ozarka were present at First National Bank of Sharp County Monday to sign the deed to the property where the branch will be located.
    The property, located in Ash Flat approximately one mile down Ball Park Road, is being donated by Ash Flat businessman Bob Watson and First National Bank.
    The site consists of approximately 30 acres and is adjacent to the ball park. Watson is donating 15 acres of the property and First National Bank is donating $52,500 to Ozarka to be used to purchase the other 15 acres.
    "It may be dreary outside, but it's a bright day for Ozarka and Sharp County," said Ozarka President Doug Rush.
    Rush thanked Sen. Paul Miller for assisting in obtaining $250,000 in the last legislative session for the college to use for additional development and members of the Sharp County 2010 Committee for their support.
    "This all began with an outstanding group called 2010 who approached us. That was the first step and we jumped at the opportunity," said Rush.
    Watson was not present, but First National Bank President Martin Carpenter spoke on his behalf. "Bob wanted to tell you that he believed that history would prove this was going to be a great day for Ozarka, Ash Flat and Sharp County," said Carpenter.
    Rush said Ozarka expects to be "turning dirt" within the next six months.

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