Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce holds meeting, annual rabies clinic scheduled

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce met at Shorty’s Rib Shack on Thursday, March 10 for their regular monthly meeting during which upcoming projects and events were discussed.

At the February meeting new officers were selected, which are as follows: President – Trena Spears, Vice President – Jeremy Brainard, Secretary – June Grant and Treasurer – Rachel Collins.

After approving the March financials, members gave updates.

Rachel Collins with First Community Banking Company stated they have many loans available.

Brandon Matthews discussed a series of workshops to be presented by CREATE BRIDGES at the Spring River Innovation Hub. Classes will be available in person or virtually. Matthews stated at each workshop dinner will be provided and as well as hands-on one on one consulting.

CREATE BRIDGES has also been awarded an additional opportunity to serve the community through the Small Business Administrator’s (SBA) Community Navigator Pilot Program from the American Rescue Plan. This will be available to counties in Arkansas including Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Independence, Randolph, Lawrence, Baxter and Stone.

Mammoth Spring Fish Hatchery will host an Earth Day event on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are seeking volunteers for the event.

In addition, the members are being sought for the Board of Directors of the Friends Group.

Jeremy Brainard discussed progress taking place at the stateline restaurant, which is expected to open within a month or so.

Mammoth Spring State Park Welcome Center manager Tish stated they are expecting the park to be busy with people being on spring break.

Mayor Charles Vaughn stated he attended meeting addressing how to bring businesses to town. He will be attending a meeting with politicians to address the Arkansas tobacco tax.

Spears discussed the redistricting impacting the Senate and House of Representatives.

James Spurlock with Ozarka College stated they are in the middle of mid-terms and registration will start April 4 for summer and fall semesters.

Chad stated he is attempting to bring in more nonprofits or members of congregation to sign up for a voucher program at his store, Spring River Thrift Store. They will give four vouchers a month for up to six family members per voucher to shop for free.

Sonya Larson was introduced as the new museum guide at Mammoth Spring State Park.

Mammoth Spring State Park Superintendent stated improvements will be made to the parking lots including resealing and overlaying and potentially paving the road from Highway 63 to the museum.

He announced he will be retiring July 1.

Mammoth Spring State Park Assistant Superintendent Adam Davis stated Bluebird Day will be coming up and will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 9 a.m. at the pavilion.

Mammoth Spring School still needs volunteers for an after-school program.

A discussion was held about updating the Mammoth Spring Chamber website.

Spears stated she has light bulbs, globes and planters, but is waiting on pretty weather for them to be installed.

A discussion was held about purchasing Mammoth Spring banners that could be displayed all year round. Spears discussed ideas for the banner design and that they would stay up except for at Christmas time.

Tear maps are being worked on by Jeremy.

The rabies clinic that the chamber partners with Langley Animal Clinic, will be held on Saturday, April 2 in the Simmons Bank parking lot.

The chamber banquet is in process of being planned.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14 at Riverbend Restaurant.

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