Community news for Baxter Springs, Riverton and Quapaw.
August 9, 2016 The Spring River Current The Newspaper for the Community by the Community FREE Published Weekly on Tuesday. Issue Price 75¢ Per Copy FREE ISSUE COURTESY OF YOUR ADVERTISERS! Please Stop in and Tell Them THANKS! Rodeo Crowns Queen & Princess By Dustin Andrews Baxter Springs - The Baxter Springs Saddle Club hedl their annual Rodeo over the weekend and crowned their queen candidates. The 2016 Rodeo Queen is Josie Nicole Browning from Quapaw and the 2016 Rodeo Princess is Jiran Cox from Miami. Top Right: 2016 Baxter Springs Saddle Club Rodeo Queen Josie Nicole Browning; Above: 2016 Rodeo Princess Jiran Cox. Photos courtesy of Michael Rodgers Photography, for prints visit his page at: facebook.com/mwrphoto USD 508 Enrollment Browning is quoted from her facebook page " Thanx everyone for the help and with wishing me all the luck. I just wanted to thank each and everyone of my family that helped and Mary Browning my one big inspiration and pushing me to get it and to everyone else. And everyone that does not know I did get win I am now the official Baxter Springs Saddle Club rodeo queen." The scene downtown in Baxter Springs as students and their families lined up on Monday morning. The line went from the front door of the Soda Fountain to the north end of the block and around the corner by the Kingrey-Kellum Agency. Annual Soda Fountain School Fair By Dustin Andrews Baxter Springs - The Route 66 Soda Fountain had their annual Back to School Fair on Monday for students of Baxter Springs, Riverton and Galena. The program is designed to help under privileged children and their families to be prepared for the year ahead. The students receive vouchers for hair cuts at Envy Salon, immunizations and physicals, vouchers for clothing at the SEK Ministerial Thrift Shop, school supplies and backpacks, as well as help for their parents with WIC and DHS as well as car seat checks. The event started at 9 am, and the line was down the block and around the corner (several people who didn't know what was going were asking, what was going on - I had three phone calls). Art Roberts said that some people were there as early as 6 am to get at the front of the line. Inside the Soda Fountain there was a flurry of work, as volunteers and workers from Five Mile Camp, stuffed backpacks and sorted supplies to prepare for the kids that were waiting. According to Susan Archer they were expecting up to 600 students to come through the program today. She added that they had lost some of their funding and as a result cut back on the number of students they served. Archer said they just didn't have enough to cover Columbus as well and that she hoped that would change in the future. With that in mind the resource that we have in our little town is an immensely useful one, even though some cruisers may complain about it not being open to the public, the Fountain does a great service to the community at large. Students, Parents and Staff all preparing for the new school year last week at USD 508's enrollment. If you missed it you can still enroll, contact the individual schools or the board office for more information, enrollment packets are available on the schools website. Volunteer Morgan Westervelt is stuffing backpacks with care bags from Monarch Pharmacy.