White County Couple Bringing Life to Community

SEARCY, AR - Primarily because of Robert and Cheryl Shaver, White County has a square dancing club and renovation work is underway on historic Fredonia Cemetery and the Little Red Community Schoolhouse at Pioneer Village.

The Shavers are this year's White County Historical Society's Volunteers of the Year.

The couple are volunteer caretakers of the cemetery and were able to get the cemetery on the National Register of Historic Places.  Cheryl has collected over 300 photographs, and 69 stories of pioneer families buried at Fredonia have been recorded on a CD.  The Shavers mapped all of the burials by hand.

The Shavers also helped oversee the renovation of the schoolhouse at Pioneer Village.  They have painted inside the building and are restoring the desks.  They are hoping that school children will come by the busloads once Pioneer Village reopens this fall.

If all that's not enough, the couple founded the Blue Belles and Beaus six years ago.  The square dancers meet every Tuesday at the community center in Judsonia.

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