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Into The Fall We Rise

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Television and the Image of Rural Life

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The Right Choice

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Juli Jackson: A Filmmaker with a Vision

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Tanner Smith is a native of Manila, Arkansas. He has written movie reviews for the T Tauri Galaxy (www.ttauri.org/galaxy) for several years and is a five year veteran of the T Tauri Movie Camp. He has made a number of films, ranging from horror to documentary, and has won awards in filmmaking and screenwriting.

Autumn Hunter obtained a Wildlife Biology degree from Arkansas Tech University. She worked in a number of zoo organizations training birds of prey for educational performances. Currently, Autumn works for North Arkansas College as an Educational Talent Search (ETS) Counselor hosted at UACCB. The E.T.S. program is a national student assistance TRIO program. Autumn does college preparation workshops each month at Cave City, Midland, and Pangburn highschools. Leigh Keller is now a high school Spanish teacher. She is also a colorguard coordinator for Batesville Public Schools. She received her BA in English, Spanish and ESL from Arkansas Tech University, and an MS in Counseling from John Brown University. She is married to Allen and they have one son, Cole.

John M. Belew is a local lawyer in the firm of Belew & Bell located at 500 East Main, Suite 301, Batesville, Arkansas 72501; 870.793.4247. A seasoned attorney, Belew has been practicing in Batesville for 38 years. He handles cases involving medical malpractice, professional negligence, personal injury, banking law and products liability. He was admitted to practice in Arkansas in 1973, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit in 1975.

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Alisa R. Lancaster is an Advanced Practice Nurse for the U of A Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center. She has been in health care since 1983, the last 17 years with the UAMS system. Alisa and husband Scott have four children and a granddaughter. Alisa’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of others through education and practice. She welcomes feedback at AlisaAPN@gmail.com or 870.698.1023. Bob Pest is the president and Co-founder of Ozark Foothills FilmFest and the T Tauri Film Festival and Movie Camp. He works as a community development consultant for First Community Bank, teaches film classes at UACCB, and currently serves as vice-president of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. He has most recently become a member of the board of the new Arkansas Motion Picture Institute, formed to support the three major film festivals in Arkansas-Little Rock Film Festival, Ozark Foothills FilmFest, and Hot Springs Docs. Kristi Price spent all her life as a transplant, having grown up military. The Ozarks have always been in her blood though, and she’s proud to call Batesville her home after many years on the move. Kristi holds a BA in English and blogs about family and other mishaps at www. themyopiclife.wordpress.com. She is married to Erin and mother to Ethan, Emily, and Maggie.

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Into The Fall We Rise Joseph Thomas

Kimberlee and Joseph Thomas

photo by Robert O. Seat

Hello again, faithful reader. We hope this issue finds your family doing well. Ours is grand, busy, but grand. We will be saying, “Goodbye” to Autumn Hunter as a regular columnist. She is working on several other projects and we wish her all of the best. We look forward to hearing from her time and again. This issue is filled to the brim with warm stories from all over Independence and should keep the chill knocked off for the entire month. Mark Lamberth discusses “The Right Choice” in local athletics. Autumn Hunter leaves us with some interesting facts on migration. Kristi Price sees the orchestra of humanity at its finest and Bob Pest talks about 70’s television comedies and the image of rural life they projected, as well as the premiere of Juli Jackson’s new movie, “45 RPM.” I feature the HOME of Kay Southerland and her daughter, Juliet

Batategas, tells how her life led to Thessaly Organic Olive Oil. Kimberlee brings us many great things, not the least of which is the Northeast Arkansas Angels Pageant. We wanted to recognize Dr. Barnes for being such a huge part of the Christian Health Center of Batesville’s success and apologize for missing him in September’s Feature. We also bid a loving and temporary farewell to our youngest son, Zedden Joseph Thomas, who will be attending Neumont University in South Jordon, Utah. We leave to move him in on October 2nd and we miss him already. May he gather the tools of a trade worth his time and make the life that further encourages his smile. N

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Television and the Image of Rural Life Bob Pest I grew up in West Virginia so when I went off to college in Pittsburgh, I was ready for the classic hillbilly put downs: ”So you actually wear shoes.” “What’s it like to use an outhouse.” “Do you plan to marry your cousin.” I was, of course, offended by these tired stereotypes but having been a regular reader of the Al Capp comic strip, L’il Abner, I was not surprised. During my high school years I had became a big fan of the popular television sit-coms set in rural communities, and while they poked fun at hillbilly traditions, lifestyles, clothing, and cuisine, they captured the beauty and simplicity of rural life, the strength that holds rural families together, and the generous spirit of rural people. The death of Andy Griffith on July 3rd led to me reminisce about the “hillbilly” comedies and their impact on an entire generation. The Andy Griffith Show is undoubtedly the television program that put the most positive spin on rural life. Mayberry was the idyllic small town, where folks took pride in their community and care of their neighbors. Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) was more than just a “law man,” he was also a friend to all, a problem solver, a peace maker, and a model father to his son Opie (Ron Howard). The program, which ran from 1960-68 and eventually went into syndication, captured both the good and bad sides of rural simplicity. Andy’s patience was most evident in his relationships with his deputy and cousin, Barney Fife (Don Knotts), and gas station operator Goober Pyle (George Lindsey). The millions of urban viewers who tuned into The Andy Griffith Show during prime time found themselves enamored by Mayberry, and the name of the mythic town (patterned after Mount Airy, North Carolina) still evokes thoughts of a simpler, crime-free, happier time. If the small rural town is the “heart and soul” of America, Mayberry was the original model. Three equally popular programs,

all produced by Filmways for CBS, focused more on comedy but managed to maintain reasonable respect for their colorful rural characters. The Beverly Hillbillies, which ran from 1962 to 1971, followed the adventures of the Clampett Clan after they accidentally strike oil, referred to as “black gold, Texas tea” in the song that opened the program. Patriarch Jed, cranky but savvy Granny, Jed’s beautiful but naïve daughter Elly May, and his strong but not-too-bright nephew Jethro Bodine, move into a giant mansion, but still live like hillbillies: they dress in tattered ragged clothes with rope belts, Granny still makes soap the old fashion way, and Jethro tries unsuccessfully to woo women with his manly ways. Mr. Drysdale, the greedy banker who works day and night to keep the Clampett fortune in his bank, underestimates the hillbilly family at every turn. The program demonstrated quite clearly that no amount of money is worth giving up on the simple lifestyle of rural folks while also taking its shots at hollow lifestyles of the rich and famous. Filmways also created Petticoat Junction (1963-1970) and the offshoot, Green Acres (196571).The setting for Petticoat Junction was The Shady Rest Hotel, just outside the farming town of Hooterville (later the location of Green Acres). The hotel is situated on the train line and attracts a steady flow of colorful guests. Matriarch Kate Bradley and her three lovely daughters operate the hotel and manage to hold together in good times and bad, demonstrating that women can do anything men can do. Green Acres was “the place to be” for a couple of wealthy New Yorkers who sought a simpler lifestyle. Actually, the husband, New York attorney Oliver Wendell Douglas, played by Eddie Albert, manages to convince his fashionaddicted, metropolitan wife Lisa, played by Eva Gabor, to come with

him to Green Acres. Their efforts to adapt to rural life and operate a farm lead to calamity after calamity. Fortunately, the community, including the television-watching pig Arnold Ziffel, adopts the couple and helps them adapt to a new way of living, however out of place they feel. The rural comedies reached their peak in the 70’s. Not only did they provide laughs for millions of viewers, they also helped break down the barriers that separated urban and rural, hillbilly and citydweller. While it’s true that these programs did rely on some of the cliché humor I grew up with, they helped Americans who had never left the city understand that people are basically the same everywhere, moonshiners are few and far between, outhouses can be useful, and the Hatfield and McCoy feud ended over a hundred years ago. N

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The Pioneer Football team defeated the Searcy Lions on a Saturday afternoon in a game that had been scheduled for the previous Friday night as is the norm for high school football. The start time was 3:00 P.M. It was a busy Saturday locally and statewide. The White River Water Carnival was in full swing that day with the parade beginning at 3:00 P.M. The Arkansas Razorbacks were playing the first of only two games in Little Rock this season with a kickoff slated for 6:00 P.M. Clearly, there were major conflicts that would affect attendance at all these events including the Batesville – Searcy football game. So why would school officials at both Batesville and Searcy reschedule a football game that would be in direct conflict with events that had been scheduled for months and even years in advance? Surely they could have planned better and played the game around noon so that it would end and folks could attend either the Water Carnival or the Arkansas football game. They could have chosen not to play the game; after all it was a non-conference game. In fact, the game was for a 3:00 P.M. kickoff for one very good reason. The ACT was being given

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by both Batesville and Searcy High Schools earlier on that Saturday. Players on both teams were involved in the taking of this very important college preparatory exam. It could determine scholarships, entrance into many schools, and placement in freshman courses for all of these kids. The right decision was made in allowing the ACT to go forward unencumbered for the benefit of the students. Results from this exam will have a far reaching effect on the future of these teenagers. It was the right decision and the school administrators and coaches should be applauded. The Pioneers defeated the Lions 24-21 in one of the most exciting games in recent history and it will only help the rivalry between the two schools. The Water Carnival was an unqualified success in regard to attendance and the Razorbacks lost ingloriously to a regional Louisiana team called the Redhawks. There will be other Water Carnivals and Razorback football games to attend. All three of these events pale in comparison to the importance of the ACT in determining a young person’s future. Choosing education over entertainment – what a novel and entirely appropriate idea. N

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Chris Caruthers of Batesville has become a friend of Eye On, sending us pictures and tips on great local stories. As a matter of fact, we haven't yet had room for them all, but Caruthers did lead us to our HOMES feature this month, Kay Southerland, and to her daughter, Juliet Batategas. I talked to Juliet on the phone and due to our conflicting and busy schedules, she agreed to e-mail us some information about the Thessaly Organic Olive Oil that she and her husband have created. The following is her story in her own words. I grew up in Batesville at 5 Alta Vista Drive until leaving for college. I was very outdoorsy. What time wasn't spent in the pool at mom's house was spent at our lake house on Greer's Ferry Lake, boating on the White River, canoeing the Buffalo or exploring Hot

Springs. I also spent a lot of time on our farms, playing on hay bales, gathering eggs from my grandfather's chicken houses, helping feed the cows, fishing in the ponds, or just chasing lightning bugs at dusk. Bottom line, I grew up loving nature and feeling a certain responsibility toward it. After a few years at the University of Missouri at Rolla, I transferred to the University of South Florida in Tampa. While working on my Anthropology/ Archaeology degree, I met my future husband, Pete Batategas. He grew up in Greece but had moved to the states to study and work as an Environmental Engineer. I continued my studies, receiving my MA in Anthropology/Archaeology/Museum Studies from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During that time I took part in two excavations in Honduras, interned at a museum in Chile and interned at the Smithsonian Museum Support Center. These studies all helped me to appreciate different cultures, their customs and beliefs and the preservation of them. On returning to Tampa, I began work at an archaeological consulting firm surveying and recording small archaeological sites around the state of Florida. In 1999, Pete and I married in beautiful Santorini, Greece. It was then that we started gaining an interest in the olive grove located in Pete's home town of Trikala, Greece. Trikala, located in central Greece in the region of Thessaly, lies on a fertile plain at the foothills of the Pindos Mountains. Their crops are similar to the crops in Arkansas - cotton, wheat, and corn. The region is also famous for watermelons . . .we still argue who has the better watermelons, Trikala or Cave City. But what Arkansas does not have is olive trees, while all the rolling hills of Thessaly are covered in olive groves. They are not well-known, like in Kalamata and Crete, but that is because they keep their olive oil for themselves. The average Greek consumes between 18 to 30 litters of olive oil every year, more, per capita, than anywhere else in the world. Before we decided to bottle our oil, we sold it locally to family and friends. We moved permanently to Trikala after our son, Reese, was born in 2001. We decided to trade the "rat race" for a Mediterranean lifestyle. I always enjoyed learning about new cultures and this was a perfect opportunity to fully immerse myself. In 2004, our daughter, Evelyn, was born and at that point we were working on getting our olive grove (as well as a small vineyard) certified organic, knowing we didn't want to produce a product that we wouldn't feel safe feeding our own kids. In 2005, we gained that certification; now we are inspected twice a year to maintain it through Bio Hellas, which is USDA affiliated. In 2010, we started discussing the idea of bottling our oil and from there it took a year of researching all the aspects. We took special care in each step of the process, from researching fine, glass recyclable bottles from Italy, to designing the label, to finding an olive pressing plant that was also certified organic, in addition to

pruning the trees and cutting the grass around them. Then, of course, at the end of November we are all involved in hand-picking the olives and getting them to the pressing plant where they are cold-pressed the same day to maintain and preserve freshness, which results in a very low acidity of 0.3%. The low acidity means high in antioxidants which reduces bad cholesterol protecting against heart disease. On a personal level, what all of this means to me is that my kids are growing up eating healthy. It's not just the olive oil, but fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables from the local market, fresh meat from the meat market, and fresh bread from the bakery daily. The kids walk to school, and we ride our bikes to go downtown not relying on gas guzzling cars. They are learning a healthy lifestyle. It's not just them, I am learning as well. I used to cook with a lot of butter, but have replaced that almost solely with olive oil. We also eat a lot of salads. My daughter will often ask for a tomato-cucumber salad as an afternoon snack.....that still amazes me. Our olive grove isn't just a place where we pick olives once a year, it is a retreat away from the city. It is located about fifteen minutes outside of town in the village of Ardani. Their are certain holidays where the Greeks take to the outdoors to celebrate, such as Clean Monday (like Ash Wednesday) which starts the fasting period for Easter. The Greeks pack a picnic of fasting foods (no meat, eggs, or dairy) and then they take outdoor excursions which includes flying kites. It's such a wonderful way to welcome in Spring and our kids can't wait to fly their kites. There is also May Day (like Labor Day) where the Greeks celebrate spring by gathering flowers to make a wreath for their doors. The kids love gathering the wildflowers that grow on our property and they are also learning from their Greek YaYa (grandmother) to recognize certain herbs, like mint, camomile, thyme, and wild tea. Both of these holidays, and many others, we use as an excuse to get away to our property and let the kids explore the outdoors. Pete's grandfather, Dimitri Stamos, was a big farmer in the region, owning a lot of property and cultivating olives, grapes, wheat, and almonds. My grandfather, JK Southerland, was also a well-known farmer in the chicken industry. So farming is in our blood. It has taken me a while to learn about olives and I'm still learning. I have heard olive oil described so elequently that I decided I would sit down and try myself, so I poured a little bowl and started in dipping small pieces of bread. When I smelled it, all I could think is that it smells like olives and then upon tasting it, I came to the decisive conclusion, it tasted like olives. After closing my eyes and trying several times to swish it in my mouth, I could taste hints of herbs and grass and a light peppery aftertaste. Since then, I've heard it described as buttery with a subtle flavor that doesn't overwhelm, but helps accent the food you're cooking it with. But really, all in all, it tastes like olives, which I guess that's the whole point. Maybe someday we will get a "professional" taster

to describe it. This entire process of starting a business has been a lot of work and there are times that I'm completely lost, wondering what in the world I'm doing. But it is a work in progress. We're still trying to get a grip on the business side of it, such as completing our website and, of course, finding vendors to sell our oil. The one thing we know is that our product is great and worth sharing. It is easy to stand behind a product that you are so sure of - 100% organic and grown on a family farm. You only get oil that fresh if you live in Greece. We are just really excited to have the opportunity to share such high quality oil with other health conscious consumers. Since I'm from Arkansas, the great state of Arkansas will be the first to benefit from our oil! We shipped it directly from Greece to Arkansas and from there, in Batesville, it will be distributed. The vendors of Arkansas will have the benefit of free shipping. You can currently buy your bottle of Thessaly Organic Olive Oil from these fine locations, in Little Rock: Terry's Finer Foods and Boulevard Bread Company, in Batesville: The Heritage House. N

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Eye On Cover Story Juli Jackson: A Filmmaker with a Vision Bob Pest

Juli Jackson is a media artist working in film, photography, and animation. An Arkansas native, she graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Film and Video. In 2005 she worked as Director of Photography (DP) for the independent feature film, Beat the Air, shot in Philadelphia. She also served as DP on God’s Country, Off Route 66, an award-winning indie feature. Having returned home to Paragould to pursue her film work, Juli directed Sugar (sweet)Tooth (ache), a 35MM animation that used coffee and hand-processing to create a vintage, sepiatinted look. The film premiered at the Ozark Foothills FilmFest. Juli joined the T Tauri Movie Camp faculty five years ago, teaching courses including Camcorder Fundamentals, Script to Screen, Claymation, and Poetry in Motion. She is also one of three recipients of a $30,000 filmmaking grant awarded by Ozark Foothills FilmFest with funding from the state of Arkansas through the Arkansas Arts Council. The film was shot almost entirely in Arkansas with a largely Arkansas cast and crew. Juli describes her film project, 45RPM, as a “dark comedy that extends the world of the classic

American Road Movie into multiple mediums while exploring rich Southern history.” Q. What initially inspired you to take on this project? A. After moving back from Los Angeles, I was tired of working on everyone else’s films. I knew I wanted to create a project here in my home state of Arkansas and I had been mulling over a road movie idea since 2008. After hearing a record collecting friend talk about local small recording studios that were active in the early days of rock and roll, ideas for 45RPM starting knitting together. Q. I know you worked for several years on the screenplay before you started pre-production. Did you ever think about abandoning the project? A. For a long time, I kicked around the decision whether to make a short or a feature, but knew I would make this film at some point. The story was big enough for a feature but I didn’t know if I wanted to take that plunge in the beginning. I obviously did. Q. I also know that you were planning the film before the Indie Grant Initiative led to the welldeserved $30,000 grant. How important was the grant? A. The grant basically kickstarted everything. Before it was just me with my minimal gear planning to hijack a few out-of-state friends and make the film anyway I could but once I was awarded the grant, the Arkansas film community suddenly became interested in the project, even if they didn’t know who I was. I was able to start preproduction right away without stopping to raising those initial funds and this is the reason a first time director of an indie film is able to complete a feature in one year. That doesn’t happen too often. Q. You put together a great crew. How did that come about? A. As I was essentially the new kid in town, I’m lucky the Arkansas film community is small, inviting, and so talented. I met Gerry Bruno at the Little Rock Film Festival in 2011 and told him about my project and applying for the grant. He took it upon himself to put me in contact with everyone he knew in the area; I wouldn’t have known where to start without his guidance. Also I can’t say enough good things about Steve Taylor and his amazing student interns we had from SAU Tech. Q. You also put together an impressive cast? How long did that take and did you encounter any casting challenges? Were you surprised by the quality of your cast? A. Casting for 45RPM had to happen fast because we were in pre-production in June of 2011 and wanted to shoot in September. We held casting sessions all of July and August in my hometown of Paragould, also Little Rock, Memphis, and Los Angeles and it

was a maddening whirlwind trying to organize those events, review audition videos, and do callbacks in addition to the rest of pre-production. I was constantly surprised at how well all of my cast got into the characters and I really believe no one else was better suited for the lead roles than Liza Burns as Charlie and Jason Thompson as Louie. Q. 45RPM is rooted in the “garage band” music of the 60’s. You put together a band to recreate the music of that era. How did you manage that to do that? A. I listened to as much local music from that time period as I could find and with that in mind, I approached Justin Vinson of Come Sundown about the project. I had seen Justin perform live a few times and I felt that his sound had a similar feel and aesthetic to that time period. Thankfully he and the band were really interested and understanding of, not just the project, but my own limitations as a non-musician. They developed the sound of “Rusted Roof” the song the main character seeks and were very patient to pose for photoshoots and appear in the film. Q. The principal character in the film is a female artist who has lost her artistic “chops.” The film needed to include works of art created by the character that play a role at the end of the film. So, in short, you needed an artist to imitate the work of an artist who didn’t exist! How did you fill that need? A. I had hired a local artist, Mandy Maxwell, to design 45RPM’s website and brand. At our first meeting, I explained the project to her and I got a chance to see her paintings in person; they had a quality that I really wanted for my character Charlie: a variety of styles, different mediums, and mixed media. It might have even been that same day after our meeting that I asked her if she would be interested in creating Charlie’s style & artwork. Mandy has become a real source of inspiration and a wealth of ideas for the film’s art design. Q. What are your plans for getting the film out to audiences following the premiere? A. I plan to utilize online crowd-funding to raise money for packaging, promotion, and film festival submissions both national and international. In addition, through various channels, several different theaters located in Arkansas, Missouri, and Alabama as well as colleges in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Oregon have expressed interest in screening 45RPM. I can’t wait for everyone to see what all the hard work has been about. Bob: Thank you very much for sharing your experiences making 45RPM. I think both you and your film have bright futures and appreciate your decision to premiere your work here in Batesville. The world premiere of 45RPM will take place on Saturday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Landers Theater building. Juli and members of the cast and crew will be attending and take questions from the audience following the film. For information and tickets to the screening and postscreening reception at Elizabeth’s Restaurant call 870-251-1189 or email ozarkfilm@wildblue.net. Find out more at www.45rpmmovie. com N

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The Nature of Things Season of Change Autumn Hunter

Last year my wonderful landlady installed new windows in the front rooms. Glorious nature was open to enjoy from inside. I promptly placed the dining room table front and center. During a recent evening meal I noticed a large assortment of birds. In ten minutes I had viewed Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Wild Turkey, RubyThroat Hummingbird, Red-Shoulder Hawk, American Crow, and a Greater Roadrunner. Some of these are year round (resident) birds. However, it reminded me that fall migration in upon us. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife website reports, “Scientists estimate that over five billion birds migrate across North America each season.” The majority of migrants are songbirds. Neotropical migrants are species that breed in North America but migrate to Central or South America to winter in the non-breeding season. European and Asian migrants travel to Africa. Primary benefits of migration are food availability and favorable climates. If competition for food is great and your primary food source is insects, then you will go where the insects are numerous. However, energy costs, risk of exposure, and exhaustion are hazards. Areas for large “fuel” stops is necessary and wide spread loss of sustainable habitat does not provide cover for foraging or rest. Mortality is high during migration. While working at The World Bird Sanctuary near St. Louis, all daily chores came to a halt and everyone peered skyward as Broad-winged hawks soared overhead. There were hundreds of them! Birds of prey are mainly solitary. Migratory flocking of this species of hawk is known as a kettle. According to the experts at Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania, “Weather strongly influences the timing of flights. In autumn, the passage of a cold front is often followed by large movements of raptors.” Those who travel extensive distances fly at higher altitudes to take advantage of thermals which conserves energy. These migrants may not eat or drink for several days. It is possible to soar 300 miles in a day! Other bird species are partial migrants who travel shorter distances and eat along the way. Bald eagles primary food source is fish. In cold months some migrate only to find unfrozen water. They continue on as those waterways become icy. Periodic droughts are another reason for partial migrations. Birds have multiple navigational systems. They use visual landmarks and the solar and stellar compass (sun and stars) similar to humans. However, birds can also utilize the earth’s magnetic field. My Ornithology text book teaches, “The geomagnetic fields of the Earth provide a map of horizontal space.” A bird’s vision enhances even faint magnetic fields by specialized photoreceptors. Some species may also use infrasound, 18


low sound frequencies. Most birds don’t have a developed sense of smell. However, pigeons and a few other species use olfactory cues as a supplemental tool to help smell their way. Songbirds are even thought to inherit genetic programming for migration. Only silly humans need On-Star! Internal rhythms often create migratory restlessness before seasons of change, called zugunrhue (pronounced zoogun-roo). I can relate since this will be my last monthly article. Promise of new adventures has spurred me to close one chapter and turn the page toward another. I want to take this time to thank the devoted fans of our county magazine and my articles. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with others a different prospective of nature. Please be tolerant of all creatures great and small and treat our earth kindly. Your actions really do matter. Photograph above taken by Dave McCauley N

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Baby Addison and Chicago Joe Kimberlee Thomas

Toni Huss shared a very touching story with me recently and I wanted to share it with you, our readers. Huss was recently the hostess of a very special baby shower. The guests at the shower, who are also faithful readers of Eye On, were so taken with the decorations that they felt sure she needed to share her handy work and insisted that she contact me. I am delighted that she did and will now share her story. The shower in question was held on August 25, 2012, at the Believers Community Church in Batesville. The guests of honor were Ambra Huff and soon to be baby girl, Addison Dayne. Ambra was engaged to Huss’s son, Joe. Many in the community knew him as “Chicago Joe”. Sadly, he was taken from this world rather abruptly on March 24, 2012. The couple had met at the daycare where Ambra worked as Joseph’s day care teacher. They soon discovered that they shared a love for family, God, and NASCAR. They continued their relationship for four years before Joe finally proposed to Ambra in front of the congregation at Believer’s Community Church. Ambra, her daughter, Kierston, along with Joe and his son, Joseph, all stood at the front of the congregation. "It was wonderful,” shared Huss. A beautiful summer outdoor wedding was planned and was to be held in Huss’s backyard. In January they discovered that Ambra was pregnant and due in late September. "He was so excited the day he got to hear the baby’s heartbeat.” recalls Huss. “He was taken from us before we learned that they were having a little girl., Just what Joe wanted.” The couple had discussed names and Joe had expressed his wish for the name Dayne if they had a boy, to honor his Danish heritage. Ambra decided to keep the name and use it for their daughter’s middle name in honor of Joe. For Toni Huss the anticipation of a new life that is a part of her precious son puts a smile on her face. She embraces each day with a bit of sorrow and a of taste joy as she looks forward to sharing life and the memories of her son, “Chicago Joe,” with her grandson, Joseph, new granddaughter, Addison Dayne, along with Addison’s mother, Ambra, and big sister, Kierston. There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its shoots will not die. Job 14:7. Photos by Leslie Sessums photography, save for the picture to the right of Addison and Joe which was created by Stacy Pretty. N




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Kimberlee Thomas Once upon a rodeo a young cowboy spied the girl of his dreams on a Saturday night across a crowded arena. Much like Cinderella she slipped away before he had the chance to make her acquaintance. For the next month this young cowboy prince spent each Saturday night at the rodeo grounds in Sidney, Arkansas hoping his princess would return. As all good fairy tales go she did indeed return and with the help of a few trusted friends the two were introduced. Melanie Frisbee recalls, “I found myself lost in his bright piercing blue eyes. As we talked I realized how much we had in common.” A week later the young couple embarked upon their first date. For David Clark it was love at first sight. He knew from the moment he laid eyes on her that she was his princess and he wanted to marry her. However, this was not Melanie’s first rodeo and she told herself not to get her hopes up. But as time went by she began to realize he was indeed her Prince Charming. “He had all the characteristics I had always dreamed of. He complimented me often, he was funny and smart, and he was always the perfect gentleman opening doors for me. He was supportive of my dreams and goals, not to mention he is so good looking.” David, being the romantic soul that he is, proposed on July 16, 2011 at the exact spot where the two had first met and talked the night away. Melanie recalls, “For some reason I always expected the proposal to come during the daytime so when David took me to the rodeo arena late that night I was not expecting a thing. David knelt down on one knee, opened the Zales ring box he held out in his hand, and asked me to marry him. I was speechless for a few seconds, then I threw my arms around him and said, “Yes,” with happy tears flowing from my eyes.” David slid the gorgeous diamond ring onto Melanie’s waiting finger. “It was a beautiful summer night, the moon and stars were shining so bright. We stood there listening to the crickets chirping and taking in the fact that we were engaged. Everything was perfect!” shares Melanie. The couple exchanged vows on June 2, 2012 at the beautiful Ozark Mountain Wedding Gallery and Gardens in Calico Rock. Stanley Philips, a friend of the bride’s father, presided over the double ring ceremony. The weather was perfect for the outdoor ceremony and reception that followed. Melanie made her grand entrance in a horse drawn Cinderella carriage. “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck Wicks played in the background as Melanie’s father helped her from the carriage and escorted her down the aisle where her Prince Charming

stood anxiously awaiting her arrival. After the ceremony was complete the newlyweds passed through a veil of bubbles, climbed into the waiting carriage and departed to the sound of Carrie Underwood’s “Ever, Ever After.” The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico at the Grand Riviera Princess Resort and Spa. The Clarks currently reside in Conway. David holds a degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and is employed by UCA as an AC & Refrigeration technician. Melanie is attending UCA with plans to be accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The couple plans on moving back to the Independence County area once Melanie completes her degree. David would like to open his own shop and Melanie dreams of one day owning her own practice. Melanie is also a wonderful artist and plans on displaying and selling her work. N Photography by: Kerrie and Stefan Szabo Photography

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69th Annual White River Water Carnival parade float winners

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 69th Annual White River Water Carnival parade float winners. The parade took place on Main Street in downtown Batesville on Saturday, September 8th. First Community Bank placed 1st with their Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration float titled Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat. The following individuals rode on the float: Sloane Roberts – Miss Arkansas 2012 Mason Magouyrk – Miss Batesville 2013 Makenzie Moore – Miss White River 2013 Dale Cole, Chairman & CEO/First Community Bank – Dr. Seuss Character “Thing One” Boris Dover, President & COO/First Community Bank – Dr. Seuss Character “Thing Two” Jayla Cole – Dr. Seuss Character “Cindy Lou Who”The Cat in the Hat. NADT came in 2nd place with the Nutcracker float and Subway-Eagle Mountain came in 3rd place (Subway float photo not available). Parade winners were selected by judges from the White River Water Carnival Committee.



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The Batesville Area Arts Council will be providing a “Digitizing your Art Work Clinic” with Dominic Rossetti. Dominic developed an interest in photography in 1998 when some of the photos he took didn’t turn out like expected. He started shooting 35 mm film, but after working with slide film and due to the immediate feedback he received from digital cameras, found a love for photography. He began teaching introductory photography classes and later intermediate specialties at Bedford Camera Company. He has had exhibits of fine art nature photography photos in Rogers, Little Rock and Lexington, Ky. Find more information at www.eyeonmag.com. BAAC will also be offering “Introduction to Digital Photography”, with Dominic Rossetti , on Tuesday evenings; October 16th, 23rd, 30th and November 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening. The objective is to obtain a base level understanding for the general principals of exposure and composition. The goal is to achieve a more desirable and predictable result with a digital camera. More information at www.eyeonmag.com. The Batesville Area Arts Council is providing a two day “Abstract Watercolor Miniature Workshop” with Marlene Gremillion on November 9th and 10th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (each day) at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main. Cost for this workshop is $100 for both days. Learn more at www.eyeonmag.com.

Help Us Get Some "Green" Cash! Donate your old ink jet cartridges, toner cartridges, cell phones, and ipods to the BAAC. We are able to get money back for recycling these items. The "green" dollars that we earn go to helping us fund our programs in the community. Art In The Afternoon Each Tuesday afternoon, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. each week during the school year, the BAAC Art Gallery on Main hosts “ART IN THE AFTERNOON.” Ms. Jennifer Dickey provides art activities for area students ages 8 – 13. Contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382 for more information.

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Friday Painters This group, made up of cancer survivors, care givers, and friends, meets for the purpose of using art as therapy. The group meets each Friday to paint and share experiences within the casual atmosphere of friendly conversation and encouragement. Materials for beginning painters are provided by the WRMC Cancer Care Center. Participants usually enjoy a lunch together at Elizabeth’s Restaurant across the street from the gallery.

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FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION, INC. TO HOST 23rd ANNUAL Candlelight Vigil In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Family Violence Prevention, Inc. will host its 23rd annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, October 11th, in remembrance of those that have lost their lives due to domestic violence at UACCB Independence Hall. Both the Silent Witness and Clothesline projects from the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence will be on display and viewing will begin at 5 p.m. A full program will begin at 6 p.m. including guest speakers: Honorable Judge Chaney Taylor of the 16th Judicial District; Dennis Moore, Director of North Central AHEC and Julie Petty with Partners for Inclusive Communities, along with special performances from vocalist, Katina Erwin and Fusion Dance Academy. For more information regarding the Candlelight Vigil please contact Rebecca Riley at (870)793.4011 or fvpdirector@yahoo.com. For volunteer opportunities please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Billie Grady at 870-793-8111 or safehaven2007@yahoo.com

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Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista Plus Size Dressing Leigh Keller

Women of all sizes struggle with knowing what clothes work best for their body types, but when you are plus sized, size 14 and up (which I don’t actually think is plus size) you probably struggle with finding something stylish that you actually like, that fits you well. More than one-third of American adults are obese and nearly two-thirds of women are at least overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts say that at least half of women now wear dresses and pants size 14 or larger. As someone of average size, (not height, clearly) I struggle personally with the fact that most fashion models pictured in articles are my height, but wear a size 0-2. When I purchase the garment they’re wearing it is going to look differently on me than it does on the model. It may look better or worse, but it won’t look the same as it does on the super skinny model. I regularly eat meals (usually some form of chicken nugget at least once a day, thanks to my toddler), and so I will never be a size 0. I can imagine that the struggle is the same for my plus-sized friends who don’t want to wear outdated clothing, and still want to look fabulous. In as few as five to six years ago, the plus-size industry simply did not exist. If you wore size 14 and up, you had few options for style, and many lines refused to carry clothing in size 16 and up, because the designers felt like they were sacrificing their personal integrity by making their precious designs fit someone larger than a size 2 (bless them). One of my favorite retailers, H & M, began offering plus-size fashions in February. The Limited will offer a larger sized line in 2013, and Lucky Brand jeans just began offering denim and tops will a little more room. The Kardashians (don’t judge me, I personally don’t care for the sisters) have a new line at Sears (not our Sears, we only have appliances, not clothing) called Kurves. Even fashion’s big players, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana are now offering some plus sized pieces. There are certain things and styles you should avoid if you are plus sized. Obviously you can add your own personal touch to everything, but here are a few tips on what you should try, and what you should try to avoid. • Accentuate the positive! Focus on the smallest part of your body, which is typically your waist. Choose a good belt, or a jacket that flares out at the waist, giving you an hourglass figure. Don’t try and wear your clothing tight all over, because that is just uncomfortable. • Just because you are plus sized doesn’t mean you can’t wear patterns. Stick to larger prints, instead of a smaller, all over print. A large print can be just as slimming as a solid color. • Always choose clothes that fit you, not clothes that used to fit you. Everyone has clothing in their closet that doesn’t fit anymore, but you

keep it, “just in case”. If clothing feels too tight, go a size up and find a good tailor to fit the garment to you. What works on someone else’s body may not work on yours. Always try on garments to see if you like them and if they fit you (sit down in them, stand up and even dance around in the dressing room to see what happens when the clothes get lived in. Yes. I do this. Don’t judge) Have fun with accessories! Get a statement necklace or a nice brooch to draw the eye upward to your beautiful face.

Just because you can wear something and it comes in your size does not necessarily mean that you should. Some trends cannot be worn by everyone, and should not. There are so many options available for plus sized women today that you can still look fabulous and not sacrifice your own personal style.



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The Myopic Life

A Community Concerto Kristi Price

After an eight-year hiatus, I have returned to the workforce as an office administrator for Fellowship Bible Church. I work at a curved desk in front of a plateglass window on Main Street, watching life happen outside that window every day (and also watching a lot of people eat at Elizabeth's!). In my role, I support my church's efforts in engaging and integrating people; in serving; in coordinating. I also work with various leaders in scheduling our beautiful old Landers Theatre for community events. And now that I'm more invested in public-life, what I've noticed over and over is how beautifully things work when people pool their talents and cooperate with one another. From church, to my children's schools, to city-wide events like the Water Carnival, I've been deeply impressed with how we are designed to work together, rather than any one individual bearing the burden. Back in my old life as a grad student in English, I taught an Advanced Composition class that focused on business communication. My favorite section to teach was always resumĂŠ writing. There is an art to crafting your resumĂŠ. I emphasized to my students the need to calculate and articulate the value of an accomplishment or project, when possible. It could have been something as basic as saving the company money on postage, or as elaborate as meeting high quarterly sales goals. The bottom line, I taught, was the numeric value of a person's work, either as an improved profit margin or a cost-reduction project. My views have evolved over time. Sometimes, the

talent a person brings to a project has nothing to do with thrift, profit, or efficiency. Instead, someone may bring an eye for aesthetics, providing a service that does nothing to change the bottom-line per se, but adds a value that is immeasurable. That's what we get when we work together and de-center our need for control. For example, my husband recently hosted a draft party for his Fantasy Football league. Erin and I are very similar – we value efficiency, goal-completion, good time management, and staying on task (all quantifiable traits). And while these are successful qualities, we learned a good lesson the night of the party. A new player in the league came early. He had downloaded traditional football tunes, projected an NFL logo on the wall, and set up a sound system to add to the dramatic feel of the draft. These are "non-essentials," but WOW! They really added value to the event, creating a memorable and more enjoyable time. Rather than show up, draft, and go home, the men lingered and talked, deepening friendships that will be useful in other, more service-oriented, projects these men will soon embark on. We were each crafted uniquely, but we weren't given our talents to use in solitary ways. As humans, we are designed for community, to work in cooperation with others. We each add value in our own way, and we must allow for the differences of others' approaches. The concert of many, when orchestrated together, will swell into a symphony of progress and beauty for our fair city. N

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Red Rover, Red Rover...

Joseph Thomas While holding tight to myself with a belief of control, the world clears her throat and speaks with a thunder that rattles my spirit. Fear grips me. How is this possible when I had it all figured out. With the honor of these moments comes the realization that we are never grown, never done stretching and earning the right to be here. The badge of breath is all too easily forgotten. It is only when the breaths shallow and each one fought for do we respect how life giving they are. May we find each one a bit sweeter than the last as we loosen our grip on each moment that we know now will move on as it sees fit. Might we find our nobility in the spectatorship that has been handed us. The magic that lies just behind the curtain of each day, each night, is subtle but here all the same. It is cohesive with a molecular bond that only works with stardust and perspective. I can only smile between the scenes and hope that when my last breath comes, my soul will rocket forth toward the next story that is yet to be written and screaming for Red Rover to send Joseph right over....and I will run with an effort to separate welcome hands. And if there is only darkness, smile into that good oblivion I will, for my soul is happy. N 32


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Searching for a Partner Kimberlee Thomas

Batesville High School Resource Officer, John Carroll, is searching for a new partner. Not just any partner mind you, but a very special, highly-trained, four legged partner. Carroll has been a resource officer in the Batesville School District since August 2006. He started with the elementary schools at Eagle Mountain, Sulpher Rock, and West Side. In 2010 Carroll was moved to the Batesville High School and Junior High campuses. In 2010 the Batesville school district purchased a very special partner for Carroll, a Belgian Malinois named Jacky. Jacky came from Hungary and was a highly trained K9 partner for Carroll. Jacky had been trained in narcotics detection. He was also trained in criminal apprehension, handler protection, and tracking. Jacky worked at the school and was used in several cases by the Sheriff’s Office to help locate narcotics, and wanted and missing persons. Sadly, Jacky passed away this summer due to a heat related incident. Carroll understands the importance of having such a highly trained partner at his side. He believes that K9 units within the public school systems are a solid deterrent. Having a dog on campus allows for the opportunity to search vehicles, lockers, and book bags anytime throughout the day. Carroll understands that he and the school system cannot prevent everything a student does twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. But, he believes that the students knowing that such a dog is on campus may prevent them from bringing illegal drugs to school and therefore may prevent some students from ever being exposed to drugs. Due to budget restraints at the Sheriff’s office and the Batesville School district, money was just too tight to purchase a new partner. So in mid-August Carroll began asking local businesses for donations to help replace Jacky. As of September 18th Carroll had raised $5,000. BHS and BJHS students in Coach Tim Howards Community Service class pitched in and collected $400 from fellow students and faculty. On September 21st, prior to the Nettleton vs. Batesville football game, a fish fry fundraiser was held. John 3:16 donated the food, services, and time for the event. Pepsi Americas donated drinks and Dave Timko at Daylight Doughnuts donated the chocolate chip cookies. Carroll credits Scott and Alisa Lancaster along with Randy and Michelle Reichardt for launching a campaign blitz to get the word out about this special event and the need for additional funds. Carroll admits that there have been so many wonderful, generous people that have supported him in his efforts that it might take several pages to list them all. Criss Gardner, owner and operator of Von Klein Stein Working Dogs located in Little Rock, is currently assisting Carroll in his search for a new partner. They hope to have a new K9 found by the end of October. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause you may send check or money order made payable to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office Special Need Fund. Please write K9 Fund in the memo line and mail to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office 1750 Myers Street, Batesville, AR 72501. Cash donations may also be made at the Sheriff’s Office. N

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TWO ARKANSAS COMMUNITIES COMPETING FOR “PRETTIEST PAINTED PLACES” HONORS Thanks to a national competition to find the “Prettiest Painted Places in America,” people across the country are discovering what Indiana residents have long known: The Natural State has some of the most beautiful towns and neighborhoods to be found anywhere. Sponsored by the Paint Quality Institute, whose mission is to educate the public about quality paints and coatings, the “Prettiest Painted Places” competition has drawn two entries from Arkansas: Main Street Batesville and Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter. Over the next few weeks, the two Arkansas communities will vie with nearly 200 nominees from other states for regional and national honors, as judges with expertise in color selection, exterior painting, and home improvement review the entries, conduct additional research and make selected site visits. Finalists will be announced in late September, and the nation’s 12 “Prettiest Painted Places” will be revealed in mid-October. The Paint Quality Institute has conducted its competition twice before, most recently in 2000. Its purpose is to vividly show how an attractive paint color scheme can greatly enhance the “curb appeal” of any structure’s exterior. “We feel there is no better way to demonstrate the importance of exterior paint color than to focus on these beautiful real-world communities that take so much pride in their appearance,” said Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. “The places involved in our competition are a tremendous inspiration to us all, and by giving them

recognition, we hope to instill in the public a better appreciation for the role exterior paint can play in protecting and enhancing the appearance of any home or building,” she said. A wide variety of “places” have been entered in the competition -- big city neighborhoods, tiny rural towns, historical districts, “Main Streets” and communities with exterior mural programs. Nominees range from well-known places, such as Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Napa, California to hidden gems like Vashon-Maury Island, Washington and Bell Buckle, Tennessee. In case you’re curious, the names and locations of all of the nominees are posted on the Paint Quality Institute website at blog.paintquality.com. THUMBNAIL SKETCHES OF ARKANSAS NOMINEES

· Main Street Batesville: Once home to the Osage, the oldest city in the state has an historic downtown with many beautifully painted buildings, as well as nicely maintained homes in the nearby residential neighborhoods. · Quapaw Quarter of Arkansas: Named after Native Americans who once inhabited the area, the Quapaw Quarter is the collective name for what was formerly three distinct historic districts comprising ninesquare-miles where the city’s preservation efforts have produced an area full of beautifully restored and painted homes and businesses. Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has nominated Main Street Batesville for the Prettiest Painted Places Award for 2012. N

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Photographer Kevin Pieper to present program Oct. 9 Kevin Pieper, a national awardwinning photographer and writer with more than 20 years of field experience, will present a program at Lyon College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Nucor Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. He is also a biologist, and his knowledge of the natural world is evident in his stunning images, designed both to inspire

and educate. He will show a selection of his photographs and talk about his work. The Lyon College Convocations Committee is sponsoring the presentation. Pieper is a photojournalist with The Baxter Bulletin newspaper in Mountain Home, where he has earned more than 125 awards for his work. A graduate of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, he earned bachelor’s degrees in both zoology and journalism (with an emphasis in photojournalism). As a naturalist, he’s spent his life studying – and photographing – the flora and fauna of the area. He recently published his first photography book, Connecting with Nature: Portraits and Essays on Nature and Man, a visual look at the aesthetic beauty of nature coupled with essays about man’s place in the natural world. Pieper will be available to sign copies of his book after the program.

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Local fast pitch softball team, Rumble Mafia, will be hosting a pie auction Saturday, October 20 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The auction will take place at the Southside Middle School cafeteria. There will be plenty of wonderful pies and other great goodies to bid on. Local politicians will be speaking during the evening. All proceeds go toward travel and uniform expense of Rumble Mafia. Mountain View Events for October October 4th through the 6th is the Herb Harvest Festival where Herb enthusiasts can participate in workshops. Presented by experts on herbs and their many uses, from cooking to medicinal. Herb vendors will also be here for the two-day event. For more information contact 870-269-3851. October 26th and 27th is the 30th Annual Bean Fest & Great Arkansas Championship Outhouse Races. Beans and cornbread, music, dancing on the Courthouse Square, handmade crafts and outrageous outhouse races. The “Bean Fest Cooking Champion” and the Arkansas Outhouse Races Champion” are crowned. Watch the next generation of Outhouse Racers compete, as the kids take their seats in pedal powered Outhouses. The KWOZ talent show is held on the Square after the outhouse races.

Pieper. Pieper works as a photojournalist for the Baxter Bulletin in Mountain Home, where he has earned over 100 awards for his work. He recently finished his first photography book, Connecting with Nature: Portraits and Essays on Nature and Man, an inspiring look at the beauty of nature coupled with essays about our place in the natural world. Pieper’s photos will be exhibited at the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery on Friday, October 12th, at 246 E. Main Street. The artist will also give a talk about his work. The evening will include a reception with light refreshments. In addition to Pieper’s work, the gallery will include art of all kinds by area and regional artists gallery; art will be on sale from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery will also be open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Antique and Crafts Show also takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendor space is available on Main Street outside in the Pocket Park and indoors across the street at 332 E. Main in the Landers Theater. Outdoor spaces are available for $15 and indoor space is $20. Space will be allotted on a firstcome, first-served basis and must be paid in advance. To reserve space contact Paula Grimes at (870) 793-4632 or downtownbatesville@sbcglobal.net. Contact Paula about available set-up times. Downtown Batesville businesses that are active members of the Main Street Batesville Association will be included in all promotions. Antique, crafts, and art dealers in Independence County are also welcome to participate and will also be included in promotion. Food and beverages will be available inside the Landers; outdoor seating is available in the Pocket Park. The Master Gardeners will also be selling bulbs on Saturday. The Autumn Antique, Arts, and Crafts Show is sponsored by Main Street Batesville; Fellowship Bible Church; Bob Pest Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations; the Batesville Area Arts Council; First Community Bank; and the FutureFuel Corporation, and Citizens Bank, with support from the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. N

Bayou Clean Up Scheduled Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers invites the public to Poke Float and Clean Up on October 6th, 2012. Anyone interested in preserving the natural beauty of Poke Bayou is urged to attend. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. and the float trip will begin at 8:30 a.m. A vehicle caravan will begin at 8:15 a.m. to the take out and a shuttle will transport volunteers to the start. The two mile trip will begin at Poke Bayou Park at the White Drive Bridge and will end at the lower LizardCreek 5k pipeline just off lower Main Street. Participants should Lizard Creek 5k is Saturday October 20th, 8 a.m. It's bring canoes or kayaks and trash bags to assist with the an ultimate 5k challenge with rough terrain, obstacles, clean up. Food and refreshments will be provided for water, and mud! Register now at www.runlizardcreek. volunteers at the end of the float trip. For additional com. information regarding the sponsors of this event, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers, visit www. friendsoftherivers.org. For further information contact BHS Powder Puff Game for Glass Slipper Project Sam Cooke at 870-307-8922. BHS Sophomore, Junior and Senior girls will Batesville Antique, Arts, and Crafts Show Moves compete in the BHS Powder Puff Game on Thursday, to October 12th and 13th October 18th at 6 p.m. The game will benefit the The newly-named and expanded Annual Batesville BHS Glass Slipper Project, a non-profit that matches Autumn Antique, Arts, and Crafts Show has been students experiencing poverty with free, donated moved to Friday, October 12th, and Saturday, October prom dresses and acessories. BHS female students will 13th to take advantage of a visit by national award- play flag football and BHS male students will be our winning photographer, writer, and biologist Kevin cheerleaders. Entrance at the gate is $3 per person. October 2012 |  37

Eye On Feature Hooray For Hollywood and Angels Kimberlee Thomas

Date Line: September 1, 2012, Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. It was a star studded evening as seventy-six contestants along with their families and friends gathered for the first annual N.E. Arkansas Angels Pageant. The air was filled with excitement and the sound of swishing pageant dresses, giggles, and the occasional hum of a wheel chair motor and the whisper of its wheels on the carpet. The “Angel Boutique” was bustling with activity as the evening’s stars were readied for their turn in the spotlight. The UACCB stage was all aglow with tiaras, crowns, miniature Oscars, gold and silver balloons, and plenty of glitz and glamor. James McLean, State Representative of District 72, was on hand to emcee the evening’s event. The 1937 classic “Hooray for Hollywood” played delightfully in the background as each Angel took their turn on the brilliant stage. Local beauty queens: 2013 Miss Batesville Mason Maqouryk; 2013 Batesville’s Outstanding Teen - Reagan Wheelis; Miss White River Outstanding Rachel Harless, along with Miss Norma Lopez and Miss Lauren Mobley were on hand to escort the young men on stage. Local business men; Chris Pretty, Keith Barley, Bill Olson, Tom Ezell, Michael Payne, and County Judge Robert Griffin were on hand to escort the young ladies for their turn in the spotlight. The contestants were presented in six age categories: Little Mister, Little Miss, Young Miss, Junior Miss, Adult Miss, and Mister. There are more than a few differences between the N.E. Arkansas Angel Pageant and the traditional beauty pageants most of us have attended or seen on television. The first is that every contestant is a winner. Each Angel receives a sash, crown or tiara, trophy, and a hearty round of applause. The second thing that stands out is the camaraderie and compassion that is shown among the contestants. Next is the energy in the audience, everyone is excited and happy to be there waiting to see their Angel have his or her turn in the spotlight. And then there are the Angels themselves. Angel pageant contestants are unique and beautiful in a way that not many of us get a chance to understand or be a part of. Each Angel contestant has been born with a special need such as, but not limited to, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Spina Bifida, or a limiting physicality. The N.E. Angel Pageant recognizes the beauty each of these babies, children, young adults, and seniors possess and gives them their moment to shine. I visited with Stacy Pretty, local organizer of this special pageant, to learn how such a wonderful event found its way to Batesville. Pretty explained that her young daughter, Kennadi, has participated in two 38

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Angel Pageants that were held in Beebe, Arkansas. The founder of the Angel Pageant’s, BJ Thorn, took notice of Pretty and began dropping some not so subtle hints about the need for a N.E. Arkansas director. Pretty said she spent about a year making excuses for why she couldn’t take on the title. Pretty’s daughter has Autism and her daily schedule of school and therapy is hectic to say the least. Pretty also has a young son and could not imagine where she would find the time to devote to such an endeavor. Thorn was persistent and Pretty finally agreed. “Once I took on the task, it just sort of worked out and it has been an amazing adventure.” Pretty stated. There is a lot of organizing that takes place with such an event and Pretty was quick to mention her volunteer team. “I could not have done this without my amazing team; they were with me every step of the way. They include my mom, Belinda Burns, along with Tammy Hillis, Jennifer Gillihan, Denisha Stahr, and several more volunteers who jumped in to help with whatever we needed.” Pretty shared with me that community support was high. A Formal Affair, Terri B’s, and several individuals donated the use of pageant dresses and tuxes for the contestants. Area businesses stepped forward and donated time, services, and dollars. Hair, nails, makeup, and accessories were provided for the contestants who needed them at no charge to the family. Pretty stated, “Jennifer Gillihan and Denisha Stahr spearheaded the boutique. Ginger Moser, Tess Hurley, and Sydney Nail did a wonderful job. Debbie Mesa of Still Life Photography provided portraits of the special day. And if it had not been for Sheila Phillips, the line up would have been a total disaster. She made sure everyone was lined up and ready to go.” Each contestant received a goody basket overflowing with donated items. A new Kindle Fire was presented to one lucky winner from each age division, and the audience was not forgotten as area businesses also donated some amazing door prizes. Pretty said it took over six months to plan the pageant. “We had some last minute unavoidable things come up. A couple of our escorts were unexpectedly called in to work. I have some awesome friends who stepped up and filled the open positions.” Pretty explained knowing how far in advance to order pageant items was a bit of a challenge but all in all she is very proud of their first run. “It was a lot of hard work, but seeing the smiles on the Angles faces made it all worthwhile. A stand out moment of the evening happened when Angel, Jason Duncan, sang Amazing Grace. The entire auditorium was moved to tears and he received a well-deserved standing ovation.” The date has been set for the next N.E. Arkansas

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Angel’s pageant, August 31, 2013. Pretty shared, “We are already discussing theme ideas!” If you would like to learn more about the Angel Pageant system, how to volunteer, or if you know someone who would like to participate, visit www. angelspageantsystem.com. There are Angel Pageants popping up everywhere as this wonderful idea takes hold. Kim Stell will direct a pageant in El Dorado on October 31, 2012 and Daphne England will direct a pageant in Springdale on November 3, 2012. You can follow the latest news for the N.E. Arkansas Angels Pageant on Facebook. N

Above are twins, Andrea and Bailee Jo Thorn and below is Jason Duncan behind the scenes. Pictures found on Facebook at Northeast Arkansas Angels Pageant.

Smith’s Verdict **** Blood Simple

Reviewed by Tanner Smith “Blood Simple.” is the first film created by the Coen Brothers— directed by Joel Coen, produced by Ethan Coen, and written by both. Like many first-time directors fresh out of film school, they take joy in showing everything they can involving “style” into their first big project. The product works—“Blood Simple.” is a tense, wellexecuted thriller that proves great talent by promising filmmakers. “Blood Simple.” Isn’t one of those thrillers that keeps you guessing with its many “uncertainties” that the filmmakers love to play with. It tells a straightforward story, but goes through entire detail in showing it. There are many twists and turns as the film continues, but the strange thing is that they all seem like they were meant to be. And while doing so, it taps into fear and guilt—what happens after a murder is committed, you think you might be blamed for it, and you try to dispose of the body? What’s the story? This is going to be difficult to explain without giving away certain things that I would rather not reveal. The less you know about it, the better. I’ll just give you the setup. Julian Marty (Dan Hedaya) hires a private investigator (M. Emmet Walsh) to spy on his wife Abby (Frances McDormand) and her lover Ray (John Getz). The private investigator takes many pictures, which further enrages Julian. So he pays the P.I. to murder them. But something goes very, very wrong. Period. That’s all I’m going to say about the plot. I knew close to nothing about this movie when I first watched it, and trust me—not knowing what’s going to happen makes it more special. Let’s just say that there is a lot of trouble in disposing of a corpse in the



film’s very best sequence. Without naming names, someone finds the body, thinks he knows who committed the crime, decides to dispose of it himself, and clean up the mess. There’s blood everywhere, and it stays there no matter how hard he tries to clean it all up. Then he puts the body in his car, but wait a minute! While the car is stopped, the body gets up and tries to crawl away! And someone is coming! Then what? It’s just a crazy sequence that gets more complicated and more dangerous as it goes along. Everything is so mixed up, the characters don’t even know who’s really who during this mess. It leads to further complication, more guilt, more fear, and a heavy dose of tension. This is one of the more gripping, shocking thrillers I think I’ve ever seen. The visual style is incredible. Every shot in this movie has something interesting to look at; even everyday things, like a simple door or a plowed field (with tire tracks across it), or gruesome things, like a bullet hole in the chest. There’s even a shot in which a character feels guilt and a newspaper is thrown at the screen door, looking like a soaring missile about to strike. The cinematography is great, with its lowangle shots, high-angle shots, zoom-ins, and tilt shots, and never to the point where it’s all over the map. It’s consistently brilliant. We’re interested in keeping our eyes on the screen the whole time. “Blood Simple.” is a stylish film and an original, intelligent thriller, and it just shows how far the Coen Brothers have gone from it. Pictures pulled from www.shanghaiist.com and www.noiroftheweek.com respectively. N

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Paul’s Journey to Perform in Batesville Main Street Batesville is proud to announce that “Paul’s Journey,” an award-winning group based in Houston, Texas, will be in concert in downtown Batesville on October 6, 2012 “Entertaining, uplifting, and ministry-minded” are words often used to describe a Paul’s Journey event. The group was formed in 1977 and was known as the Relations Quartet, garnering many awards along the way including the South Texas Association Group of the Year for 2001, 2004, and 2007, and the SGM Fan Fair Group of the year. They were nominated for the Horizon Group of the Year for 2012. In 2008, the group changed its name to Paul’s Journey. Their music can be heard on the radio and on YouTube. They have been

featured on Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats Program and Solid Gospel Radio. Members of the group are Rod Treme, Joe Kilson, Chad Stephenson, Dodd Meadows, and Randall Garland. From up-tempo songs to heart-felt ballads, audiences of all generations and walks of life will enjoy the high-energy performance of Paul’s Journey. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Bible Church (formerly the Landers Theater) located at 332 E. Main, Batesville, AR. Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at the Main Street Batesville office at 108 W. Main or by calling 870-793-4632 or 870-613-1713. For more information, go to http://www.paulsjourneyonline.com. Proceeds benefit Main Street Batesville. N

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Eye On Homes Kay Southerland Joseph Thomas

Chris Caruthers seems to know everyone in Independence County and helped us cover the 2012 White River Water Carnival Dance. He also had a few ideas and featuring Ms. Kay Southerland's home was just one of them. I contacted Southerland via phone and very much look forward to meeting her in person. She agreed to send us some photos that were taken in her home during her daughter Juliet's olive oil tasting party. Juliet and her husband created Thessaly Organic Olive Oil in Greece. You can find those photos in our FACES section on page 23 and Juliet's story is on page 10. Southerland finished graduate school in 1970 at the same time her husband, Lynn Tatum, graduated from law school at the U of A in Fayetteville. They moved here to Southerland's hometown where Tatum joined the law firm of Highsmith, Harkey, and Walmsley. Southerland's parents, J.K. and Cleo, were thrilled to have her home where they bought this house and made it home. "It was built in 1966 for Jim and Mary Roberts, who had transferred in with Batesville Manufacturing. The distinguishing factor of the house was the sunken tub in the master bedroom. For years I've heard, 'Oh, yes, that's the house with the sunken tub'," remembers Southerland.



In 1977, she doubled the square footage of the house with an addition, adding a new master bedroom with a new sunken tub." It was fun to have one, so why not two?" explains Southerland. The new addition now holds a pool table/play room, as well as a solarium. Southerland adds, "The old master bedroom became my teenage daughter's. It was very hard to control the sliding glass door to the pool 24/7'. My younger daughter was across the hall, so not far behind!" This long house with large, open rooms has a rather modern, California-style feel to it with lots of glass and mirrors which seem to invite the outside in." She says she is not a collector and so the decor is minimalistic and simple. Her daughters have said more than once that their mom would be happy in a white room with a chair and nothing else. Southerland loves to entertain and has made this a showplace for receiving guests. In 1992, she held her class reunion here, so to add more room, she had a series of decks built leading down the bluff, lighted by colored spotlights at night. No matter your taste in decor or opinions of what makes a home, this has been and remains a wonderful home for Southerland and her daughters, where they still entertain their friends and family every chance they get. N

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Final Fall Regular Season Craft Classes at the Arkansas Craft School Four classes will finish out the Craft School’s regular season classes in October and November. The first two weekends in October, Beau Anderson will be in town, offering weekend classes in the art of working hot glass. During the October 5 – 7 class, “Soft Glass Sculpture”, designed primarily for intermediate to advanced flame workers, students will be taught to create separate forms, which can then be combined to make larger, free-standing sculptures. Potential forms students may choose to create include animals, trees, humans, birds, fish, flowers or other flowing forms from nature. Tuition for the three day class is $450.00. The following weekend, October 12 – 14, Beau will teach “Core Vessels and Miniature Blown Amphorae”. This class is available to all levels of glass workers. Students will be taught a method for creating hollow glass containers, working with special mandrels and oxygen torches. Techniques for creating handles and small lids will also be covered. Students may expect to go home with a variety of glass vessels for wearing, for oils and perfumery, or for funerary ashes. Tuition for this three day class is also $450.00. The last regular season class will be held at the studio of blacksmith Bob Patrick, which is located near Everton, Arkansas. Bob will be teaching “Basic Blacksmithing” November 2 - 4. Beginning blacksmithing students will receive an introduction to basic blacksmithing techniques, using a forge fired either with blacksmith coal or coke; will learn fire management and basic forging techniques with anvil, hammer tongs and other tools;

and will have the opportunity to make their own punches and chisels. For students with prior blacksmithing experience, the class will be small enough for them to continue from their present skill level. Tuition for the three day class is $400.00, with a $50.00 materials fee payable to the instructor. During the same weekend, Bob’s wife, Mary Patrick will be offering a class entitled “Magical Mosaics” at her studio next to Bob’s in Everton. Although the class is currently full, we are accepting names for the waiting list. Directions to Bob and Mary’s studios will be provided to students upon enrollment. Community craft classes will begin again starting the week of October 15. Dates and class offerings are now posted on the website, and include glass bead making, pottery, and weaving. Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, www. arkansascraftschool.org for more information on these and other upcoming classes, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. Students may also sign up for classes by calling Terri Van Orman at (870) 2698397. The Arkansas Craft School, located in Mountain View, Arkansas is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy. The Craft School partners with Ozarka College which offers Continuing Education credits for all of its courses. Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts. N

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