Unless you have a key to the gate that permits access, you might not know something big is brewing on a hill north of Booneville.
Just over two years ago Shirley Young announced, during the annual mayor’s prayer breakfast, the organization of a effort to erect a cross that will overlook the old Booneville water supply lake.
Dubbed Reflection Point, the cross is set to be 125 feet tall, span 30 feet and will be constructed with 36-inch pipe that will be constructed and anchored in such a way there will be no guy wires. The cross will also be lighted to allow easy viewing from Highway 23.
The project has a price tag of $150,000, oer $93,000 of which has already been raised and or spent, though largely unnoticed.
Thus far the project has included donation of the land by Keith Olsen — located off of Glover Daniels Road — construction of a road for which Bobby Raggio helped, running electrical lines, and installation of the pad on which the cross will stand.
To date fundraising has been fairly concentrated but now, organizers are kicking off a more intense fundraising effort to help finish the project.
Although there will continue to be some targeted communication, accounts have been established at all three local banks — First Western, Community National Bank and Regions Bank — and organizers say all donations will be appreciated.
Donations, which are tax deductible, can also be made via mail to Kathy Swift at P.O. Box 235 in Booneville, AR 72927. Donations can also be made online at www.reflectionpoint.org. Finally, donations can also be made to any board member — Young (president), Swift (secretary/treasurer), Robert Herrera, Ruby Gartman, John Williams, Mike Gattis or Sandra Beck.
Donations have already been made in memorial or honor of other individuals and are also welcome.
Contributors thus far have included Hug Chevrolet, Young, Eddie’s Trading Post, John and PJ Williams, Ruby Gartman, Olsen, John Ed Chambers, III, Gene and Rhea Nelson, Eddie and Pat Finney, Community National Bank, Robbie Nelson, Booneville Order of the Eastern Star, Christine Hamilton, Caulksville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, First Western Bank, Cherrill Lewis, Dennis and Mary Ann Jones, Roger and Diana Wilkins, Booneville Kiwanis Club, Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Women, Milburn Brewster, Swift, Walnut Grove Burning Lights, Booneville Rotary, Ellen Williams, Bill and Donna Smith, Gus and Anna Young, Jack and Gail Weisenbach, Circle M Construction, Treva Woods, Kathy Stone, Petit Jean Regional Foundation, Annette Cotton, Jim and Linda Young, Gary Beauchamp, Master Made, Bland Surveying, Raggio Construction, Jim and Jane Woolley, Stacey and Christy McCollough, and Cheryl Porter.