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story.lead_photo.caption Pictured left to right: Cyril Stewart, vice-chairman of the Piney Woods Friends of the National Rifle Association Chapter No. AR28; Phyllis Stewart; Casey Curtis, UA Hope-Texarkana communications coordinator; Mason Henley, UAHT shooting team member; Nicholas Storar, UAHT shooting team member; McCall Groves, UAHT shooting team member; Haskell Morse, Hempstead County Judge; Jill Bobo, UAHT foundation director. Not pictured: Chris Townsend, UA Hope-Texarkana shooting team coach.

The Iron Horse Shooting Team at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana has received a $3,200 grant
from the National Rifle Association Foundation for the team's registration fees in the Arkansas State Championship and the National Championship Shoot next spring.

"We are very excited to be able to help our local college's shooting team and pleased
that the NRA is making an investment in our community," Cyril Stewart, vice- chairman of the Piney Woods Friends of the NRA Chapter No. AR28 said in a release.

Formed in 2014, the Iron Horse Shooting Team competes annually in the Arkansas State shoot in Tillar and in the National Championship Shoot, held in San Antonio, Texas.

"Without the funding provided by the NRA, we would not be able to offer this opportunity to our students," UA Hope-Texarkana Foundation Director Jill Bobo said in a release.

NRA was established in 1871 and is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. The NRA has five million members and its mission is to uphold Second Amendment rights. It is the leader in firearms education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.

Friends of the NRA is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement to organize and, with help from NRA field staff, plan community events for firearms enthusiasts. All net proceeds from Friends of NRA events are allocated to The NRA Foundation, the leading charitable organization in support of shooting sports. Through NRA Foundation grants for equipment, training materials, range improvements, and more, qualified local, state, and national programs receive aid to involve and inspire a new generation of competitive shooters.

The local chapter of the Friends of the NRA will hold its annual banquet at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Prescott, Ark. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call
870-331-9975.

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