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Ron Helm, Ozarka College Vice President of Student Services, has announced his upcoming retirement. Helm has dedicated forty-two years of his life to education; twenty-three of those at Ozarka College. Anyone in this region and beyond would be hard pressed to find a student or colleague who he did not leave a positive and lasting impression on. Helm has impacted generations of students and will be greatly missed.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Science Education degree in History at Arkansas State University, ASU, in Jonesboro, Helm was hired to teach grades five and six at Oxford Elementary school for the 1972-1973 school year. The next year he returned to ASU to earn his Masters degree in Counseling.
In 1975, Helm was hired to be the Counselor, Psychological Examiner, Social Science Teacher, and Basketball Coach at Naylor Junior and Senior High School in Naylor, Missouri. In 1986, he completed his Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Helm returned home to Arkansas to serve as the High School Principal at Izard County Consolidated in Brockwell beginning in 1987. After four years, he became the Superintendent and served in that role for two additional years.
In 1993, Helm was hired as the first Registrar for Ozarka College. Over the years, this role developed into the Registrar/Director of Student Services, and ultimately the Vice President of Student Services.
“Ron Helm has been a senior academic leader who people admire and appreciate,” said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President.
“He is completely committed to the success of our students and will be deeply missed. I’ve rarely met someone who is so widely respected and known for their service to student success.”
Some of Helm’s greatest accomplishments at Ozarka College include being instrumental in creating articulation agreements for transfer to other Colleges and Universities in Arkansas, offering evening courses for both High School students and members of the community, scheduling concurrent enrollment courses in High Schools, assisting with the start up of additional Ozarka campus locations, and partnering with the North Central Unit to offer education in the prison system.
When asked about some of his fondest Ozarka College memories, Helm stated, “Working at an institution that builds confidence in students, and seeing students who didn’t think they could make it, succeed.”
Helm’s retirement plans include spending time with his family, traveling, taking care of the farm, and writing, publishing and producing music.

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The Izard County Cougars and Lady Cougars were both named Conference and District Champions. In the Championship game, the Cougars held on for the 50-48 win over the Norfork Panthers. For ICC: Walker (20), Gleghorn (10), Mosley (7), Markovic (6), Reynolds (3), Everett (2), and Jones (2). The Lady Cougars went on for the 48-32 win over the Norfork Lady Panthers. For ICC: Cooper (21), Jones (9), S. King (8), J. King (7), Sac (2), and Caraway (1). Photos/B.Stapleton

by Bobby Stapleton
It’s a good thing gas prices have fallen.
The Arkansas Activities Association has awarded the post season sites for the majority of sports, and it looks like patrons in area coverage school systems will become road warriors.
In basketball, after Calico Rock, I.C.C, and Mammoth Spring get past the Senior Districts, which will be at ICC, it will be time to gas up the vehicle. The Regionals will be at Hillcrest from February 25 to February 28. The State Tournament will be held March 3 through 7 at Nashville, Arkansas.
For Salem, the District will be held at Tuckerman, the Regional Tournament will be held at Buffalo Island Central from February 25 to 28. The State Tournament will be March 3 through 7 at Pangburn.
For Melbourne, after hosting the District Tournament, the Regional Tournament will be February 25 through 28 at Rose Bud. The State Tournament will be held at Cassatot River in Cove, Arkansas, March 3 through 7.

The ICC Class of 2004 will be holding their 10 year class reunion at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend on July 26 beginning at 11 a.m. A kid friendly day at the lake is planned. Everyone will need to bring their own snacks, food and drinks.
The reunion will continue on later that night at the Hawks Nest in Melbourne at 7:30 p.m. for an adult only night.
A memorabilia table will be set up for a “blast to the past” so bring any photos, yearbooks or anything else to set up.
For more information contact Laura Gaskins at 870-291-1290.

The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on January 27 in the high school board room.
Superintendent Fred Walker announced to the board that the high school had won a High-Achieving High Schools award from the Office of Educational Policy. The High-Achieving High Schools awards are given to high-achieving schools for their performance on End of Course, EOC, exams in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and the Grade 11 Literacy Exam. Walker also announced that the high school, for the fifth consecutive year, had been named to U.S. News and World Report’s List of the Nation’s Best High Schools.
Walker told the board that the AAA Board of Directors had recently awarded Izard County High School the Class 1A Region 2 basketball, baseball, and softball tournaments for this year and Izard County is also the host of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament to be held at Mountain Home.
The board unanimously agreed to extend Superintendent Fred Walker’s contract by one year through June 30, 2017.
Elementary Principal John Walker announced that Kirsten Dickerson had won the Izard County Spelling Bee recently and it is the fourth straight year that an ICC student has won the Izard County Spelling Bee. Callie Cole was third and Lakesha Crider was seventh. High School Principal David Harmon announced 12 students in our band and choir programs had been selected for All-Region honors recently. He said four students had been selected to the Region V All-Region Band and three students were selected as alternates. Benji Norton, Andy Norton, Callie Cole, and Adryanna Woodward were named to the 2013-2014 Region V All-Region Bands. Andy and Benji Norton were named to the Junior High Second Band, Callie Cole was named to the Junior High First Band, and Adryanna Woodward was named to the Senior High Second Band. Autumn Thick, Kennedy Wallis, and Davis Norton were selected as alternates. Also, Harmon announced five students had been selected All-Region Choir recently. The students selected are Davis Norton, Deshia Fuller, Lucas Smith, April McCoy, and MaKayla Gross. The band director is Jonathan Phillips and the choir director is Chelsea Phillips. Harmon also commended Business Teacher Hugh Chapman for achieving National Board Teacher Certification recently.
Middle School Principal Billy McBride praised the junior girls basketball team for winning the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagle and the Izard County Invitational Tournaments recently and the junior boys for their runner-up finish in the Izard County Invitational Tournament. McBride also commended the school’s bowling teams for having a cumulative record of 5-1 so far this year. Matt Orf is the bowling coach.
McBride noted that the junior and senior high basketball teams have a combined 24-6 conference record and a combined overall record of 63-35 this year currently and the junior girls, senior girls, and senior boys are all 1A 2 North Conference Champions or Co-Champions this year. The senior girls and senior boys have already qualified for the regional tournament. Kyle McCandlis is the boys basketball coach and Tony Booth is the girls basketball coach and they are assisted by Steven Walker.
McBride announced that Coach McCandlis was selected for the Harold Ray Jeffery Sportsmanship Award recently at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and Andrew Walker was selected to the All-NEA Tournament Team.

The Izard County High School 2013 Homecoming ceremony will take place on Friday, November 22, against the Mammoth Springs Bears.
The junior boys will kick off the night starting at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will take place immediately after. The senior girls will follow with the senior boys playing last. Please come out to the Cougar Den on Friday evening to cheer on the Cougars against the Bears.

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