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Plays to full house

Thursday, September 14, 2006

CONCERT: Ozarka President, Dr. Dusty R. Johnston (center) with members of Little Big Town. Members are, from left, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Roads, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook.
Country vocal group Little Big Town performed in the John E. Miller Auditorium at Ozarka College Sept. 7 to an excited, sold-out crowd. The Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors brought the group to Melbourne in hopes of reaching their goal for a Title III strengthening institutions grant to endow scholarships for students in the north-central Arkansas area.

"The success of this concert has brought us to that goal," said Ozarka College Foundation Board Chairman Marty Sellars. After much planning by our special events chairman, Son Lamb, the support of several local businesses who served as corporate sponsors for the concert as well as a lot of hard work by college personnel and volunteers, I am thrilled to announce that our five year goal, which ends the last day of this month, has now come to fruition."

Business sponsors included: Ash Flat Mayor Brien Nix Hall, Bancorp South, Bragg Broadcasting Inc., Coca-Cola Inc., Cone Realty, Corner Drug Store, First National Banking Company, Garner Family Medical Center, GH Miller and Sons, Hometown Market, Lambs Inc., Mark's Pharmacy, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative and WRD Entertainment.

One of the members of Little Big Town, Phillip Sweet, is a native of Cherokee Village. This concert was the closest venue they have played as Little Big Town, and Sweet's family and friends were on hand at the concert to give him a welcome home.

"I am overwhelmed and humbled by the great reception we received," Sweet said.

A week prior to the show at Ozarka College, the Country Music Association announced the group had received two nominations for CMA awards: the Horizon Award and Group of the Year. Their video for "Boondocks" was also nominated for Group/Duo video of the year by CMT.

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