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In This Issue 6/Publisher’s Note Mother, May I

7/Life in the Ozarks

Hardy: “Like No Other Town in the Ozarks”

9/The Morning Line

The Next Prince of Pork?

12/Cover Story

Union Invasion of Batesville...Revisited.

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Here Comes the Sun...Screen.


The Amazing Life & Times of Abraham Ruddell focus of newest Polk Bayou Kids Book

18/The Nature of Things Never Cry Wolf

20/Faces 22/We’re Still Out Here

Can Young Entrepreneurs Rebuild Our Communities?

24/Faces 26/I Do

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28/Batesville Area Arts Council 30/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista Mommy Life

32/Notes from the Clearing Growth

35/The Myopic Life My Ozark Home

36/Things To Do 38/Smith’s Verdict Bull Durham****

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Meet Your Writers... 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.

Mark Lamberth is the Voice of the Pioneers on KZLE 93.1 FM Radio and Suddenlink Cable Channel 6 for Pioneer Football. He is President of Atlas Asphalt, Inc., a Member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, and a graduate of University of Arkansas. Photograph by

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. THIS PUBLICATION IS PRODUCED BY: MeadowLand Media, Inc. P. O. Box 196, Grubbs, AR 72431 870.503.1150 kthomas@eyeonmag.com PUBLISHER: Kimberlee Thomas Associate EDITOR: Bob Pest MANAGING EDITOR: Joseph Thomas ADVERTISING: Kimberlee Thomas Creative Director : Joseph Thomas AD DESIGN Department: Kimberlee Thomas Joseph Thomas PROOFING Department: Joseph Thomas Kimberlee Thomas Staff PHOTOGRAPHERS: Kimberlee Thomas Joseph Thomas Robert O. Seat PRINTING COMPANY: Rockwell Publishing

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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 and is former president of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council.

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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Hello. Thanks for picking us up yet again. We have another issue of cover to cover information, entertainment, and things we don’t want you to miss. Take us along with you and stay informed on all of the exciting things happening in Independence this month. May holds many observances, including National Better Sleep Month, National Old Age Month, National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, National Stroke Awareness Month, and National Women’s Health Month, among many others. It is never too late to become a healthier you. You can do this for your loved ones, but to make a successful difference, you have to do it for yourself. Deeper in this issue you will find Autumn Hunter’s look at wolf conservation and Bob Pest’s continued series on the challenges facing rural communities, “We’re Still Out Here.” This installment asks the question, “Can Young Entrepreneurs Rebuild Our Communities?” Bob has also written about Hardy, “a small town like no other in the Ozarks.” Alisa R. Lancaster teaches us more about the need for Sun Screen and Tanner Smith is back with a review on “Bull Durham.” There are many more articles from our fabulous writers and something else to watch out for: Mountain View’s Heritage Herb Festival May 3-5 and their 8th Annual Syllamo’s Revenge - Mountain Bike Challenge on May 19th. Thank you for helping to keep us around for two years and we are looking forward to every month to come with an excitement for passing on great news. Please read on and have a great May. Give your MOM a kiss for us and one more thing...We have been asked why we haven’t shown off our grandson within the pages of Eye On and so, if you’re going to give me bragging rights, here he is...and thanks to Robert O. Seat, you can see him on top of page 8 as well. N

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Life in the Ozarks

Hardy: “Like No Other Town in the Ozarks” Bob Pest

Hardy’s self-proclaimed uniqueness is backed up by a three-block historic downtown area that includes everything from The Native Way, featuring native American inspired crafts, to the Cluttered Cupboard, a well-stocked antique and collectible shop well-known for its Rada Cutlery and QMT Wind Chimes. While their wives go from shop to shop checking out the pottery, jewelry, wood crafts, needle work, dulcimers, candles, and quilts, the husbands make their way to the Good Old Days Vintage Motorcar Museum, home to over sixty vintage vehicles and a gift shop with hundreds of auto-related gifts. The Ozark Classic Crafts Mall, the largest and most eclectic store in Hardy, features work by over one hundred American craft artists. Owner Marc Herring has stocked his unique and colorful crafts mall with stained glass, hand-made quilts, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, rocking chairs, woodwork, toys, puzzles, and pens. His more esoteric items include wizard wands, chimes, walking sticks, and laser sketch art. Herring has also created the “tuit,” custom engraved wooden coins that can replace business cards; they are also useful for reminding all of us “to get around to it.” Custom “tuits” have proven to be useful promotional items for the Ozark Gateway Tourist Society when its director attends travel shows and conventions. Marc’s latest creation is a small cross with an angel like shape. These relatively inexpensive pieces have proven to be extremely popular with churches and other religious organizations and have begun to spread across the nation. Shoppers and arts enthusiasts who know Marc always visit the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall when they are in the area to see what he is up to next. His store has an almost magical feel to it and it’s easy to spend several hours just browsing. Words & Afterwords is another “must visit” stop in downtown Hardy, especially if you are ready for lunch. This restaurant/bookstore/live entertainment venue/gallery is truly the center of the community. The restaurant is well-known for its panini sandwiches, Greek Pasta, Greek Salads, and sublime hummus. Espresso-based coffee drinks, uncommon in most small rural communities, are as good as you’ll find anywhere and go perfectly with the fresh bakery items. Words & Afterwords holds Open Mic performances on Thursday evenings and live music by both local and traveling national groups on Friday and Saturday evenings. Local art is on display, ranging from student works to creations by professional artists. The bookstore area adjoins the restaurant; it includes an impressive selection of best sellers, children’s books, classics, and works by Arkansas authors. Words & Afterwords owner Greg Bess, like Marc Herring, is deeply committed to the community. His multi-purpose business is the only one in the shopping

district that offers free wireless internet access; it also provides handicapped access. Plenty of free off-street parking is available in the rear of the building. Petals & Lace Creekside Loft is another business with multiple missions. Best known as a bridal studio that offers everything from elegant wedding gowns, brides maids’ dresses, tuxedos, flowers, a chapel, a banquet room, and catering, Petals & Lace also hosts live blues music and dinner once a month in season. Visit www.creeksideloft.com for dates, times, and more information. The Olde Stonehouse Bed & Breakfast Inn is a charming historic structure with inviting porches. Biggers Bluff Bed & Breakfast on the edge of town is a beautiful lodge with nine guest rooms, private baths , breathtaking views of the Spring River, a pool and hot tub, cable tv, and internet access. Biggers also doubles as a Steak House Thursday through Saturday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Hardy’s reputation as a summer destination is built around the Spring River, providing a perfect setting for camping, canoeing, swimming, and fishing. 3 Rivers Outfitters is widely-respected and can provide everything you need: cabins, campsites, canoes, rafts, kayaks, tubes, and guided trips. 3 Rivers is also an authorized Orvis dealer. Both the Harold E. Alexander Wildlife Management Area and the Rock Creek Area are “dream destinations” for outdoor enthusiasts. The former contains 14,000 acres for bird watching, creek fishing, and hunting in season with proper permits and licenses; the latter is preserved in cooperation with the Natural Heritage Commission because of its rare plants and wildflowers. Primitive camping is permitted and gravel roads allow access to parts of the preserve. Visit the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission website, www. agfc.com, for more information. Hardy is a cozy, laid back kind of town town where visitors can recharge their batteries, sit back and “rest a spell,” feel comfortable in jeans and sneakers, and buy a Round Tuit. What more can you ask for? N

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The Morning Line

The Next Prince of Pork? Mark Lamberth

The University of Arkansas is in the business of searching for a head football coach – again. It is widely assumed that someone from the current staff will be named interim head coach for the coming season while a permanent head coach will come at the conclusion of the 2012 college football season. This approach makes

eminently good sense in regard to continuity and timing for this fall’s season and beyond. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the possibilities being mentioned not only statewide but nationally as candidates for the job in order of my estimate of future book odds.

1. Houston Nutt – Former Razorback, Head Coach at the U of A and a school in northern Mississippi. / Odds: 500 – 1 / Dude! You’ve got to be kidding!!!! Seriously!? 2. Jimmy Johnson - Former Razorback, Head Coach at OK State, University of Miami, and Dallas Cowboys, and currently an NFL analyst for FOX Sports. / Odds: 250-1 / No. Why should he? U of A would balk at the hairspray allowance. 3. Mario Cristabal – Current Head Coach at Florida International / Odds: 100 -1 / Who? 4. Skip Holtz – Head Coach at South Florida. / Odds: 80 – 1 / See comments on No. 1. 5. Dave Wannstedt – Former Head Coach at University of Pittsburgh and Miami Dolphins & Chicago Bears. Currently Defensive Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. / 75-1 / Worked with U of A AD Jeff Long at Pitt. So??!! 6. Paul Rhoads – Head Coach at Iowa State. / Odds: 75 -1 / See comments on No. 5. 7. Jon Gruden – Former Head Coach at Tampa Bay and currently ESPN football analyst. / Odds: 50 -1 / Bad fit with pretty boy looks and we’ve already been down that bike path. 8. Butch Davis – Former Razorback and Head Coach at University of Miami, Cleveland Browns, and University of North Carolina. / Odds: 30 -1 / Maybe four years ago - not now. Too much baggage considering turmoil at UNC – a basketball school. 9. Gary Patterson – Head Coach at TCU / Odds: 20 -1 / With TCU move to Big 12 probably decided Cowtown USA was permanent home. 10. Kirby Smart – Defensive Coordinator at Alabama. / Odds: 15 -1 / Current hot assistant in SEC but not ready for a top spot in the toughest conference in America. 11. Mark Hudspeth – Head Coach at La-Lafayette. / Odds: 15 – 1 / Up and coming young coaching prospect but not big enough name – yet. Watch. 12. Phillip Fulmer – Former Head Coach at University of Tennessee. / Odds: 12 -1 / Say it ain’t so, Jeff. Rocky Top still reverberating in my head. No! Please! 13. Chris Peterson – Head Coach Boise State. / Odds: 10 – 1 / Already turned down UCLA but unlimited potential at a real football school. 14. Tommy Tuberville – Camden native and former Head Coach at a school in northern Mississippi and Auburn. Currently Head Coach at Texas Tech. / Odds: 8 -1 / Would hate to watch him grimace for an entire season. Wants out of Lubbock and hear the feeling may be mutual. 15. Gus Malzahn – Do I really need to list his background? / Odds: 5 -1 / Talk about bad timing! Wants to make ASU the next Boise State. As much potential to split the state as the New Madrid Fault Line. However, stranger things have happened. Check under “Motorcycle Wrecks in Arkansas”. 16. Tim Horton – Currently Assistant at U of A. / Odds: 9 – 2 / Seamless transition but all depends on 2012 season. 17. Taver Johnson - Currently Assistant at U of A / Odds: 9 -2 / See No. 16. 18. Charlie Strong – Batesville native and former assistant at Notre Dame (under Lou Holtz) and Florida (under Steve Spurrier and Urban Myer). Currently Head Coach at University of Louisville. / Odds: 4 – 1 / Perfect timing! Great young coach who knows the state. With another year of experience and seasoning at U of L; he’s a major contender. Pioneers have a friend at U of A. 19. Garrick McGee – Former Assistant at U of A and currently Head Coach at University of Birmingham. / Odds: 3 – 1 / Another case of bad timing but made even worse by location of current position. Knows the system and the players. Fits. 20. All Others. / Odds: 2 -1 / With a $3 million + per year salary and the promise of a $40 million football complex, this is a Top 10 job. Major interest by many with quality credentials. While we’re on the subject of odds; let’s make Bodemeister, winner of the Grade I Arkansas Derby, the odds on favorite for the Kentucky Derby at 5-2. Good Luck! N

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Eye On Cover Story Union Invasion of Batesville...Revisited. Joseph Thomas

Mark Mobley invited Eye On to his family’s home or trade them for goods, an unfortunate opportunity in Batesville and immersed us in the history that considering these battlegrounds were the pastures began with his grandfather’s sawmill, which began around their homes. in 1935 where the poultry plants now exist. The Mark is very clear on the fact that this new Invasion mill was relocated to the valley of Sawmill Edition. of Batesville is all for the kids, a quality I’m sure he The mountain falls away from the house a geological gleaned from his mother. After our visit, Kimberlee and feature that tells its own story of time. He gave us a I visited the fairy houses Aline built around the property, quick tour that seemed the perfect preparation for usually only able to be seen by very young children. This the history lesson that now lay before us. all began for Mark around three years ago when he Mobley’s father, Freeman K. Mobley, author returned home to help his father take care of of Making Sense of the Civil War in Batesville his mother and help him to promote - Jacksonport and Northeast Arkansas the book. Mark was visiting a series 1861-1874, taught his children the history of re-enactments to that end and that so gloriously captured his attention while in Devall’s Bluff where the at age eight as a buried treasure. A young Arkansas Treasure Hunters Club was Freeman was in Redfield near Pine Bluff set up with a metal detecting hunt for visiting his Uncle, Bob Moseley, when rifle shot. His thought was, “What child one morning after a rain, he walks into wouldn’t love to find these mini balls or the back yard, and stumbles over what antique bullets.” He came back to the Old turns out to be a buried rifle. Mark Regional Museum and asked if there were appealed to our senses with this any events planned that they could set up very rifle, a collection of unburied a hunt for the local kids and they asked him shots, two types of cannon balls, to come back in April and offer a suggestion and an early bayonet that was for an event then. Mark realized that early found in use in his grandmother’s May would mark the 150th anniversary of fireplace as a poker. This in unison the invasion of Batesville in 1862 and that it with his passion of the story made for a would be perfect timing for such an event. “I telling trip into a time mostly forgotten in today’s think this is a great opportunity for the kids to digital façade. Mark explained to us how Independence re-experience history,” says Mark. He explains County was the cut off point where Malaria ceased to that he also attended an excellent re-enactment in be a problem because of it’s elevation and became the Houston, Missouri. Making some great connections, bread basket for all of the Armies. Freeman‘s wife, Aline, including the Pilot Knob Mountain Boys, Mark was to whom the book is dedicated, sat with us on this learning what a complete Civil War Re-enactment was poignant journey. For more of this local history, Making all about. He became the Vice-President of the Civil War Sense which has been re-titled, Civil War! A Missing Roundtable in Batesville last April and began putting Piece of the Puzzle Northeast Arkansas 1861-1874 in this all together. The Sons of Confederate Veterans its third printing, is a must read. It approaches the Civil camp #286, the Second Arkansas cannon with cavalry, War from the ground level and recounts many local and and a group from Pocahontas are all coming to defend personal views of this “cruel and vicious little war.” the city while the Kansas Red Legs will be here to wage It’s the small things that always grab my attention war for the Union. Del Warren with the James Country because they explain how life had to be lived in such Mercantile and Sutlers will be on hand to sell authentic times. For instance; the rifle shot could be so easily wares, www.jamescountry.com. This event is quickly found in collections because they were wrapped in gunpowder filled paper so the powder could be loaded and the shot dropped in on top in Musket fashion. These bullets, carried in a pouch on the belt, would easily become wet rendering the powder useless and the bullets unfired. Useless and just so much added weight, these young citizen solders would discard the wasted lot for future generations to find leaving a legacy of the war that ravaged these homesteads. This war raged on long enough that the making of these papered bullet loads became a cottage industry because families could easily make them at the kitchen table and sell them for profit A. 12  Thank you for giving us TWO YEARS of your readership!

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becoming the largest re-enactment in Northeast Arkansas. Mark touts the excellent local support from the banks and businesses in the area. The Confederate Ball is sponsored by First Community Bank and the battle is powdered by Citizens Bank of Batesville. Mark adorned a hat and coat from that era for our camera, showing the rifle as we clicked our lens, but explained that this garb would have been brought by the cameramen of the time for the sake of the pictures taken because the solders weren’t afforded such luxuries as warm wool or even enough food as the war drug on. Mark recently helped his father edit the third printing and final evolution of Making Sense of the Civil War and decided to go one step further in sharing this history. Mark believes that we are on the verge of losing these memories to the generations ahead and wants to do his part to extend this history so well taught by his father. May 12th and 13th Riverside Park in Batesville will be transformed into the Civil War Re-enactment of the Union invasion of Batesville. Beginning at 9am and lasting until 5pm on Saturday and 4pm Sunday, there will be entertainment fitting of the scene; with lemonade, metal detector searches for mine balls, cannon demonstrations, and a battle at 2pm on both days. Saturday night will conclude with a Confederate Ball at Josie’s beginning at 6pm with music from the E. Pilot Knob Mountain Boys, period dress not required but definitely welcomed. See Mark’s videos at YouTube\ Civilwarhalftruths. N A.) Lunenburg Skirmish Re-enactment cannon crew hard at war. B.) Uncle Oscar, who died of dysentery shortly after he joined the Confederate Army. A large powdered cannon ball and mini cannon shot, with bayonet and rifle shot mounted on plaque. C.) Mark adorned a hat and coat from that era for our camera, showing the rifle as we clicked our lens, but explained that this garb would have been brought by the cameramen of the time for the sake of the pictures taken because the solders weren’t afforded such luxuries as warm wool or even enough food as the war drug on.. D.) Pioneer Day 2012 will be Saturday May 5th with the re-enactment of the Lunenburg Skirmish beginning at 2pm and will be followed by a memorial service for Pvt. William A. Hinkle who was killed in the skirmish. E, F, and G.) Robert O. Seat gathered photos from the Lunenburg Skirmish Preparations. May 2012 |  13

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Your Health Here Comes the Sun...Screen. Alisa R. Lancaster This is my favorite time of year! Warm weather, longer days, and lots of sunshine! Even though sun safety knows no season, the arrival of summer makes the use of sun screen ever more important. Over the last 30 years, studies have shown that exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer and early aging, as well as other issues. We are all potentially susceptible to sunburns, no matter what our skin color. However, those with pale skin, blonde, red, or light brown hair, or those who’ve been treated for skin cancer or have a family member who’s had skin cancer, should be especially careful in the sun. Some medications may also increase your sensitivity to the sun. It is important to limit your time in the sun between 10 AM and 4 PM when the sun’s rays are the strongest. And, remember that up to 80% of the sun’s harmful rays will still get through the clouds on an overcast day. Not all sunscreens are created equal. The federal Food and Drug Administration will put regulations into place this summer that require sunscreen manufacturers to change the way they label their products. Under the new regulations, sunscreens that protect against all types of sun damage, both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation, will be labeled as “Broad Spectrum” and will have a “SPF 15” (sun protection

factor) or higher. Higher SPF values mean greater overall protection from the sun’s rays. The American Academy of Dermatology and the Sun Safety Alliance (SSA) recommend a SPF of 15 or greater. The SSA recommends an SPF of 30 for children under 6 years of age. Manufacturers will no longer be able to claim their product to be “water proof”, “sweat proof”, or identify it as a “sunblock”. The water resistant labels must note the amount of time a user can wear the sunscreen while swimming or sweating and still have the SPF level of protection. Two times will be permitted 40 or 80 minutes. Sun screens should be shaken well before application. Use enough sun screen (a handful) to liberally and evenly cover all exposed areas of your body 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. This enables the sun screen to be absorbed by the skin making it less likely to wash off with perspiration. Reapply every two hours and after swimming or strenuous exercise. Remember to check the expiration date as the ingredients degrade. Part of getting our boat ready for the summer is restocking our sun screen supply! Sun safety will protect your family against sun burns now and skin cancer later in life. N

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The Amazing Life & Times of Abraham Ruddell focus of newest Polk Bayou Kids Book Submitted

Take a large amount of historical facts, sprinkle with an abundance of imagination, add a bit of humor and the personalities of five unique characters along with one ravenous rat terrier and, as strange as it sounds, you have the formula for the newest historical fantasy from Batesville author Mark Alan Rorie. The Polk Bayou Kids and The Cave of a Thousand TOYS is Rorie’s fourth book in the series. It is a cleverly orchestrated tale that follows the factual history of Batesville’s most famous citizen, Abraham Ruddell. “This book is easily the most important of the four books that I have written,” Rorie states. His fourth book follows the true story of the life of one of Poke Settlements (Batesville) earliest pioneers, Abraham Ruddell, from his capture at the age of five during the Revolutionary War until his death right here in Batesville in 1841 at the age of 66. After Abraham’s capture he became a slave from five years old until nine years old. He and his brother Stephen lived with the Shawnee Indians for fifteen years before someone recognized them at the Treaty of Greenville in 1895. In this Polk Bayou Kids story, Luke and his friends travel along with Abraham and see some of the most historic events in United States history. “It is a story that every child in Batesville and America as far as that goes should read,” Rorie states. “This little five year old kid is taken from his parents, becomes a slave, his name is changed to Black Hawk, he watches the Revolutionary War as he grows up, participates in the Indian Wars of the late 1890’s, before being reunited with his family. He then serves in the War of 1812 as an interpreter and possible spy. He marries, names a daughter America, moves to Batesville where he and his fellow pioneers carve out a county that they name Independence. It is absolutely the most amazing story I have ever heard and one that each and every person in Batesville should appreciate.” Rorie’s previous Polk Bayou Kids books are The Search for Civil War Gold, The Secrets of the White River Monster, and The Ghosts of West Elementary School. All of Rorie’s books are based in Batesville and contain many fascinating facts about the area. The “Gold” book for instance is based on a true story of $60,000 in gold that was stolen and hidden around the Cushman area. In the “Monster” book Rorie took his inspiration from the White River Monster sightings of the early 1970’s at 16  Thank you for giving us TWO YEARS of your readership!

Jacksonport State Park. “I moved the monster here to Batesville and built a story around that incident,” Rorie explains. “I remember it when I was a kid and there was a monster sighting at Jacksonport. It was about the same time as the Fouke Monster sightings in southern Arkansas. Every kid in Arkansas was talking about monsters and Big Foot. It was an exciting time. I simply took that monster and moved it to Batesville where the Polk Bayou Kids learn a valuable lesson that sometimes people you think are monsters are not and all treasure isn’t gold and silver.” In his third book “The Polk Bayou Kid and the Ghost of West Elementary School” Rorie combines the rich history of the International Order of the Odd Fellows Widows and Orphans Home that once stood on the exact site of the current West Elementary School with his vivid imagination. As Rorie explains “I had heard an abundance of ghost stories about West Elementary School and once I found out about the IOOF Orphanage that had been there, well, I knew this was a story that every child in Batesville had to hear.” In the “Ghost” book Rorie weaves an interesting tale where the Polk Bayou Kids interact with a group of ghosts on the West Elementary School playground. They help them to find something which allows the ghosts to cross-over, so to speak. At the end of “Ghosts” the ghosts are so grateful to the Polk Bayou Kids that they grant them one wish and that is where the new book, “The Cave of a Thousand TOYS” which has just been released picks up. Rorie’s characters are as unique as his stories. Luke Davis, Rorie’s stepson who along with his dog, Kristi, and friends Greyson Wyatt, Chase Baker, Emma Langston and Anna Beth Conditt make up the Polk Bayou Kids. “One of the original characters, Kendra Kelley has since moved away and Anna Beth fits in the space left by Kendra perfectly,” explains Rorie. “They are really great kids and enjoy signing autographs and attending book talks and premieres. All are eighth graders at Batesville Junior High School.” All of Mr. Mark’s, as all of the kids call him, books are available at Batesville Printing and Direct Mail as well as The Paper Chase Book Store and the Old Independence Regional Museum gift shop. N

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The Nature of Things Never Cry Wolf Autumn Hunter

Typically, I don’t like to cover similar types of nature two articles in a row. However, opportunities for close encounters with carnivores have been a theme lately. This month I break my unwritten rule to cover a critter not native to Arkansas. When it comes to preservation and conservation education I’ll jump on most any bandwagon. After all, knowledge is power. James Gage is a long-time resident of Independence County and the founder of the Never Cry Wolf organization. For the last two years Gage has brought his two animal ambassadors to the UACCB campus for educational presentations. Shadow is a Grey or Timber wolf. Shadow’s mate, Bailey, is a hybrid Grey wolf. The presentation was informative and covered many areas of wolf conservation and biology including misconceptions, history, communication, genetics, behavior, and adaptations of the species. The Grey wolves and the Red wolves are the only two species native to North America. Until the 1930s an estimated population of two million wolves inhabited our continent as far south as New Mexico. In Alaska today the population of Grey wolves ranges from 7,000-11,000. In the lower 48 states the number is around 1,600. Red wolf population numbers are dramatically less. Only around 200 individuals of

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this species are alive in captivity and none are known to remain in the wild. We all know that wolves live in packs, generally 2-10 individuals. Each member has a different role based on that individual’s talents and skills. It is a strict hierarchy. Similar to human families, wolves use exercise and play games to bond, learn, and develop skill. The alpha wolves are the rulers who set boundaries, make decisions, and establish territory and social structure of the pack. They are also the only individuals who breed. Their offspring make up much of the pack. The big and strong Betas are second in command. They are given the best food since they are the soldiers, protectors of the pack as a whole, and enforcer of rules. Mid pack members are the nannies, nurses, teachers, and neighborhood watch members. They provide all the basic functions that make up a community. Omegas are the bottom rung of the ladder, the underdog. These members nurture and serve the others; caring for basic needs like grooming and peace keeping. The omegas are the support system that keeps everything calm when stress is high. Like a football team each member has a specific job that contributes to the overall success of the whole. James and the Never Cry Wolf organization have dreams of establishing a refuge for abandoned wolves and hybrids. Wolves do not make good pets. Closely monitored guidelines are in place for those who choose to forgo the warnings and attempt to raise them in captivity. Many of these animals are put down when their owners fail to abide by their city, county, and state laws. James is also an advocate for protecting wolves from aerial hunting since Timber wolves have been removed from the Endangered Species Act. You can reach James Gage on Facebook on his Never Cry Wolf page. N

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A.) 2nd Quarter Luncheon was held on April 10th. Guest speaker was Ray Keller. B.) Bad Boy, Inc. Ground Breaking March 28th. C) Business After Hours at the Course at Eagle Mountain on April 12th. D) Chamber Ambassador Adam Curtwright at Southern Tire Mart Ribbon Cutting with Goodie Bag. E.) Daily Bread Restaurant Ribbon Cutting on March 29th with Owner Brenda Sample. F.) Chamber ladies. G.) Ind.Co. Off Road - Signing up for Door Prizes. H.) March 22nd Nailsville Ribbon Cutting. I.) Race Simulation at Ribbon Cutting. J.) Ribbon Cutting for Independence County Off-Road. K.) Southern Tire Mart Ribbon Cutting April 12th. L.) Stacey Mathes and Robi Plumlee from the Hair Shoppe and Michelle Reichardt with Randy Reichardt Insurance Agency at a recent Business After Hours held at the Course At Eagle Mountain. All photos above by Tony McGuffey. M.) Escorts for the Red Hot Ladies Luncheon, a Citizens Bank event held at UACCB. Shown on page 21 are a collection of photos of the lovely ladies that attended this years event. These photos were taken by Kimberlee Thomas who was in attendence with her daughter, Lindsay Wolf. May 2012 |  21

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Can Young Entrepreneurs Rebuild Our Communities? Bob Pest

One of my favorite publications is The Daily Yonder, an online magazine published by the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, KY. In the most recent issue, Craig Schroeder, reporting on a major survey of rural teens, finds that many rural youth hope to own and operate their own businesses. Schroeder makes a number of important points, validated by a seven year study conducted by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa Rural Policy Research Center. The study surveyed over 25,000 middle school to high school aged youth. The survey revealed that more than half of the participants envisioned themselves remaining in or returning to their communities, assuming that the right opportunities are available. Of course, in most rural communities good jobs are few and far between, so the exodus of talented and motivated youth continues. Schroeder also points out, however, that a seven-year survey of rural youth revealed that more than half are interested in starting and owning their own businesses in their home towns. As Schroeder points out, this information creates an opportunity for communities, “Rural places that tie their economic development resources to entrepreneurship-education can help these young people pursue their dreams and, in turn, revitalize, grow, and diversify their own local economies.” In the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship’s work with rural communities that are confronting this problem, four elements have emerged as key in developing and nurturing young entrepreneurs: Interactive Entrepreneurship Education Supportive Community Environment Peer Networking Pathways from Education to Opportunity These four elements make sense; the challenge for communities with small, under-funded schools, a dearth of engaged business people to serve as mentors, and limited opportunity is to effectively implement these elements. Achieving this goal will require a broadly-based initiative engaging educators, business owners, civic leaders, and the aspiring young entrepreneurs themselves. Success will also depend upon a commitment to integrate youth entrepreneurship into the community’s overall economic development strategy. Creating a supportive community environment means looking at young people as tomorrow’s business leaders—offering part-time jobs or internships that introduce aspiring entrepreneurs to the “real world” they wish to enter. Local business owners make ideal mentors, especially when they take time to share their own experiences, both the ups and the downs, building and maintaining a successful business. Students can also be encouraged to broaden their own business experiences, working on school fund-raising projects, volunteering for local non-profits that are involved in fund-raising projects, or launching their own micro-business ventures. I know I learned a lot about business with my first lemonade stand, my years delivering newspapers, my experience shoveling sidewalks in the winter, and my time as a caddy at the local country club. I got to know my customers or clients, saved as much of my earnings as I could, and always wore a happy smile. Peer networking combines sharing goals and strategies with an enthusiasm for new ideas. Weekly gatherings of aspiring youth in a comfortable environment like the local donut shop will allow them to open up and brainstorm, feed off each other’s energy, and create even better ideas and inventions. Partnerships may emerge that will last for years; confident youth may encourage their timid peers; and what seemed like wild ideas may be polished to emerge as brilliant opportunities. While peer 22  Thank you for giving us TWO YEARS of your readership!

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process will strengthen the bonds between the next generation’s business leaders, it is also important to involve successful business owners from time to time, active or retired, to provide a broader perspective, build confidence, and share the business savvy accumulated over a lifetime. In the final analysis, it is the schools that will play the most significant role in molding this next generation of entrepreneurs so that they succeed and flourish in their native communities. Most rural schools are limited to offering “the basics,” so it’s unlikely that we’ll see Entrepreneurship 101 showing up in their classrooms. However, teachers can be encouraged to create assignments, whether in English, Math, or American History, that incorporate topics that touch upon entrepreneurship. Students in English, for example, might be given an assignment to create marketing materials for a local business, Math students might develop a business plan for their own micro-business, and American History students might research the cost of our first flight to the moon or the Vietnam War. The key is to expand the scope of the curriculum to include practical assignments that involve practical skills necessary in the business environment. Schroeder’s conclusion tells it like it is. “Youth entrepreneurship requires a sustained effort, especially

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in this challenging economic climate where much of the attention is focused on immediate job creation. However, unless rural communities with declining and aging populations succeed in attracting more entrepreneurial young people, their long-term futures are threatened. It doesn’t so much matter what we do tomorrow or next week if in twenty years most of the current residents have passed on and the next generation has left town never to return.” N


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Start spreading the news! Fusion Dance Academy will hit Broadway! Many of the young ladies from Fusion Dance Academy have recently been invited to attend a master’s workshop in New York City in July. The four young dancers that will be headed to the Big Apple to represent Fusion Dance Academy and Batesville are; Baylie Moser, Emily Johns, Emily Foster, and Samantha Miller. The invitation is a great honor, but with this honor comes many expenses. The four young ladies are seeking help from the community via donations. Funds raised will be spent on round trip air-fare from Little Rock, five nights in New York, and instruction at the Master Dancer workshops. The girls will also meet the Rockettes and see two Broadway shows while in NYC. For more information on how you can help these talented young ladies represent Batesville, Arkansas in New York City call Shani Kramer at Fusion Dance Academy: (870) 698-1200. Thank you for your support. Pictured above Fusion Dancers at Recent competition: L-R Emily Lynch, Emily Johns, Allison Fredricks, Baylie Moser, and Emily Foster. To the left is Samantha Miller as Mary Poppins at Recent competition.

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Help light the way to more birthdays. BBQ sandwich lunch with trimmings for $5.00 donation on May 3 from 11:00 to 1:00 at First Community Bank. May 5 from 9 am to 2 pm - Bake Sale at Bryant’s Pharmacy, 2000 Harrison Street, held by Approved Home Health/Caring Hand Hospice Team. May 5 at 7:00 pm -- Karaoke for a Cure at Josie’s presented by Amedisys Home Health Team – $500 Grand Prize! $25 registration; forms available at Salon 44 & Josie’s. For more information contact Karaoke4acure@hotmail.com. Stop by Southern Bank for an opportunity at a Disney Cars package, Summer Fun Tote or Car Wash Package. These packages are filled with so many wonderful items! $1.00 donation buys 3 opportunities. Drawing will be held at the Main Relay For Life event on June 8. The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy is taking orders for 31 products, a percentage of the sale goes towards Relay For Life Medicine Shoppe team. Visit www.thirtyonegifts.com and order at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, 2080 Harrison Street. Suckers for $1.00 at Citizen’s Main Bank, 200 South 3rd Street. Enroll in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Help us better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. Enrollment will take place at Relay For Life of Craighead County, Friday, June 1, 5:30 to 9:30 pm at Arkansas State University’s Old Track. Who can join? Those between ages of 30—65 who will commit to long-term study and who have never been diagnosed with cancer. For more information, visit www.cancer.org/cps3, call 888-604-5888, or email erica.morris@cancer.org. Mark your calendars:

Team captain meeting Tuesday, May 8, at Citizen’s Annex Building, attend either 12:00 session or 5:15 session Survivor Banquet – Cancer survivor and your primary caregiver are cordially invited to dinner on Thursday, May 31, 6:00 pm at First Baptist Church fellowship hall. Main Event – Friday, June 8, 6:00 pm until Saturday, June 9, 6:00 am at Batesville High School Track – come any part or all night to help “Celebrate More Birthdays”. Location change due to work on the Southside Track. For more information about Relay For Life of Independence County – call Pam Crowell at 307-1089 or Chris Black at 8342131 or Facebook LIKE “Relay For Life of Independence County”.

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I Do

Jones Wedding Kimberlee Thomas Katrena and Derek know in their hearts that they have loved each other since they were small children. They met as neighbors at the innocent age of five. “He was always my best friend” states Katrena. When they entered ninth grade they began to date and remained a couple until the end of their senior year. After graduation they headed off to different colleges and life. Five years passed as the childhood friends pursued college degrees and spent time “growing up” as Katrena puts it. In May of 2011 life’s journey brought the two of them back together and two months later Derek proposed. Katrena Van Horn and Derek Jones were wed on March 24, 2012 at the beautifully restored Landers Theater, home of Fellowship Bible Church, in downtown Batesville. Pastor Steve Gunther of The Rock Outreach in Cushman, where the couple attend, officiated the double ring ceremony. Katrena’s favorite detail about the wedding was the wooden cross her dad made for the backdrop. “It was the only thing I wanted behind us on the stage. It was beautiful and will always be such a sentimental piece to me” Katrena smiles as she remembers her wedding day. The couple braided a rope during the ceremony in representation of their commitment to God and each other to always keep Him in the center of their lives and marriage. “…a cord of three strands is not easily broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12 The overall theme of the wedding was very vintage. Katrena made a lot of the decorations herself, putting her personality into every tiny detail. She used mason jars filled with candles, old windows, and many other rustic details making her wedding day uniquely her own. The House of Flowers in Batesville worked very closely with Katrena and provided her with the beautiful arrangements for her special day. Longtime friend of the bride, Megan Matthews, made the “awesome” cake. The groom’s grandmother, “who cooks like nobody’s business” according to Katrena, was responsible for all the amazing dishes the guests enjoyed at the reception. Samantha Daniels captured the special moments of the couple’s wedding day, preserving their precious memories for a lifetime. Katrena holds a degree in Rehabilitation Science from Arkansas Tech University and works as a Childhood Developmental Specialist at Miracle Kids Success Academy in Batesville. Derek is a student at UCA and will graduate in August 2012 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Katrena spoke for the couple saying, “We cannot say thank you enough to all the people who made our day so special. The members of Fellowship Bible Church were beyond incredible and were very kind in lending a hand with whatever we needed. It would take us forever to name every person that helped us in some way or another, but we want everyone to know we will never forget how generous and kind you were to us. Thank you!” N

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Arts In Education - Katie Milum, Art Teacher at Batesville High School, is working with her Art Club and a local artist to create a sculpture designed by the student group. The completed sculpture will be assembled in the courthouse area of Batesville’s Jr. High Campus. This project is a partnership between the Batesville Area Arts Council and the Batesville School District.

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Dustyn Bork, associate art professor at Lyon College, will be providing a printmaking workshop in June. More information will be forthcoming. Award grantees of the John Saltzman Memorial Scholarship will be announced soon. This year BAAC and BCT will present two scholarships to a deserved Batesville and Southside High School Senior. Look for more information in the upcoming edition.

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.

The Batesville Community Theater will be casting the actors/actresses for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” summer production. The performance dates are July 26th at 7:00 p.m., July 27th 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., July 28 at 7:00 p.m., and July 29th at 2:00 p.m. These performances will be held at the Batesville Auditorium on Water Street currently Batesville Administration site. Upcoming Gallery exhibition in May will be Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition (students k – 12th grade touring exhibition) from the Arkansas Arts Center.

Clayton Scott who provided an AIE residency at Batesville’s West Magnet during the week of Feb. 27th – March 2nd. This was provided through a partnership with Batesville School District and the Batesville Area Arts Council.

Susan Gibson providing a Watercolor Painting Demonstration at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main Street during Second Friday, April 13th.

A student working very hard at building a wire sculpture through the BAAC Art in the Afternoon program.

Winners of the SMS 5th grade Poetry Slam: 5th: Kassidy Barnt, 4th: Hannah Harris, 3rd: Kayla Lawrence, 2nd: Kori Denison, 1st: Maddie Poole.

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WORKS BY YOUNG ARKANSAS ARTISTS TO BE EXHIBITED LOCALLY A representation of the creative efforts of young Arkansas artists in grades K – 12 will be exhibited May 1st – May 25th at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main located at 246 E. Main Street in Batesville. The works in this exhibition are all award winners from the 50th annual Young Arkansas Artists Competition and Exhibition conducted at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and organized in coordination with the Arkansas Department of Education. Sponsors of the exhibition were Avest Bank; Justice and Mrs. Robert H. Dudley; JPSM Cox, PLLC; and Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Arkansas Children’s Hospital sponsored cash awards presented to the “Best of Class” winners. This year, selected works included in the Batesville touring exhibition include: Kindergarten Colton Allen Newport Elementary Newport 1st Grade Carol Ann McClendon Artshop Little Rock 2nd Grade Brenna Metts Flippin Elementary Flippin 3rd Grade Chester Croney Timbo Schools Timbo 3rd Grade Kyra Hargrove Flippin Elementary Flippin 4th Grade Grace Trammell Timbo Schools Timbo 5th Grade Austin Wallis Timbo Schools Timbo 6th Grade Tyler Rees Highland Middle School Hardy 6th Grade Mary Miller Flippin Public School Flippin 7th Grade Shelby Hopkins Highland Middle School Hardy 8th Grade Lilly Kate Ashcraft Norfork Junior High Norfork 8th Grade Kjerski Vaag Mountain Home Junior High Mountain Home 9th Grade Dylan Bradbury Norfork Junior High Norfork 10th Grade Brittany Simers Mammoth Springs High School Mammoth Springs 10th Grade Michelle Ballentine Flippin Public School Flippin 12th Grade Valerie Lambrecht Timbo Public School Timbo This year’s selections were made from 654 entries submitted by 182 schools throughout the state. Arkansas art instructors who are members of the National Art education Association chose a total of 131 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, textiles, and mixed media works for the annual exhibition. The selection included works representing 81 schools throughout Arkansas. A guest juror, Blaine Caldwell, Professor of Art at the University of the Ozarks, made the award selections. The selected works were exhibited in the Arkansas Arts Center galleries March 15- April 17, 2011. “The quality of this year’s works by young Arkansas artists reflect their commitment and understanding of visual expression, as well as the excellent training

and encouragement they are receiving from teachers and parents,” said Joe Lampo, Interim Director of the Arkansas Arts Center. “The student’s art is exciting, full of imagination, and quite impressive. We are very proud to exhibit their works.” The curatorial staff of the Arkansas Arts Center selected 90 works from the exhibition for special recognition. These works were arranged into five traveling exhibitions for circulation statewide during the 2011-2012 school year. Three dimensional and very large-scale works were not included in the traveling exhibitions due to shipping restrictions. The Young Arkansas Artist touring exhibitions are supported by the following season sponsors: Bank of America; Horace C. Cabe Foundation; the Brown foundation, Inc., of Houston; Stella Boyle Smith Trust; Centennial Bank; Union Pacific foundation; and Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. Grant support is received from the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Locally, this particular traveling exhibition is sponsored by the Batesville Area Arts Council. The gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekly. May 11th the BAAC Art Gallery on Main will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. during BAAC’s Second Friday. The BAAC Art Gallery will also make arrangements to work with area schools to coordinate special times for field trips to come view this special exhibit. Just contact baac@suddenlinkmail. com or call (870) 793-3382 to make arrangements. N

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Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista Mommy Life Leigh Keller I love being a mommy. I was a crazy, working 70 hours a week from dawn to dusk career girl, until I met my Wrangler wearing husband, fell in love, packed all of my shoes up and moved to Bethesda. My mommy and wife life in Batesville is obviously dramatically different from my single girl life in Fayetteville, so my wardrobe has made some changes too. Being a mommy means putting myself second and having lots of play-time; because with an active two year old play-time is all the time. Having a two year old also means lots of dancing around and singing, which is not so much of a stretch for me, as a Spanish teacher, never getting alone time in the bathroom ever again, never getting alone time anywhere, for that matter, giggling a lot, and loving so hard sometimes I feel like my heart might break. Being a mommy, however, does not mean that I should give up on how I look. Sometimes you can get so wrapped up in a mommy bubble that you forget you still owe it to your husband, your kids and hello, yourself, to maintain your appearance and be proud of the strong, gorgeous woman that you are. You can throw on a cute sundress and sandals in the same amount of time you can those non-flattering sweats and a tee shirt. I’m going to give you three affordable (comfortable!) alternatives to your

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traditional mommy wear. These looks can easily go from your job to daycare /school pickup to soccer practice and/or athletic events, to the grocery store and home to play. Look #1 Look number one is a mid sleeve dress with cute accessories. You could easily take this from work with a heel and a structured jacket to playtime by losing the jacket and throwing on a cute gladiator sandal. Look #2 This look could be changed up for after school by again taking off the jacket, or worn on a Saturday without a jacket, and with a sandal instead of boots. Look #3 For the final look, this look can also be casual or

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Look #3 dressy, depending on your accessories. It would be work appropriate for my job as a teacher, and also appropriate for casual weekend activities. The moral of the story is this, just because you have children doesn’t mean you have to give up. I know it’s exhausting balancing the mommy/wife/work responsibilities, but you owe it yourself to look good too. *Outfits pictured came from pinterest.com and polyvore.com (an addiction you should try if you haven’t already!). N Newborns * Infant * Toddlers * Preschool * Big Girls

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Notes from the Clearing Growth Joseph Thomas Broken wishing wells and enough change to weigh him down, he walks on to his next class. He misses home for many reasons, but he is determined to stand his ground and make good on this chance he took to become more than he’s been. He learned many things, most of which is how much his family means to him and how good he’s had it. He knows too that he will struggle ahead, but that it will feel good once he tempers his weakness and solidifies his character to a fine point. He is aware, hungry, and truly happy with himself for the first time. He smiles and finishes the distance, to his class as well as to his destiny. N


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Arkansas Agriculture Department Announces Century Farm Program The Arkansas Agriculture farms on 13.5 million acres with the average farm size Department is accepting of 280 acres. applications for the Arkansas “It’s a privilege to recognize the generations of Century Farm program, a Arkansas farmers and ranchers who have persevered for new program recognizing a century or more to provide food, fiber, and energy” Arkansas’s rich agricultural said Richard Bell, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture. heritage and honoring Qualified applicants will be presented with a families who have owned personalized metal sign and a certificate. Only the legal and farmed the same land owners of the land may apply. for at least 100 years. The There is no cost to apply for the Arkansas Century program is voluntary and Farm program. Applications can be obtained from the places no restrictions on the land. Arkansas Agriculture Department by calling 501-225To qualify, farms must meet the following criteria: 1598 or from the department’s website at: www.aad. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 arkansas.gov/Pages/programs.aspx years by December 31, 2012. The line of ownership Applications must be postmarked by August 1, 2012 from the original settler or buyer may be through to be eligible for designation in 2012. children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or Arkansas Agriculture Department • #1 Natural nieces, including through marriage and adoption. Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205 Phone: 501The farm must be at least 10 acres of the original 683-4851 N land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe said, “The Arkansas Century Farm Program is designed to acknowledge the families who have contributed to our state’s traditions, but also to remind all of us that work is needed to ensure that those traditions continue for future generations.” Nationally, over 96% of all agricultural operations are family farms. Arkansas currently has over 49,000 68 Twilight-Tractor posted by Aisha on artfulplayground.com

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Fan Drive Batesville HealthCare and Home Instead Senior Care have partnered to offer the "Fan Drive for Seniors". People can drop off fans or funds for seniors at Batesville Healthcare. Fans will benefit local seniors who cannot afford the cost of running their air conditioning or replacing damaged units. The hosting businesses will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for those who wish to donate. People can also help in the following ways: Make a corporate donation. Encourage employees to donate.

Place a fan in your lobby near a flyer with the event info. This draws patrons' interest, increasing awareness of the event. It also shows your support of community service. Submit names of local seniors in need of fans to Home Instead Senior Care or Batesville Healthcare. The event will be held on May 11th from 10:00am-2:00pm. For more information call Brook at 870-698-1238. May 2012 |  35

Things To Do 31st Annual Portfest

The Charlie Daniels Band and Craig Morgan will be the featured performers during the 31st Annual Portfest “Rollin’ on the River” Festival on June 1-2. Hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Portfest is held on the banks of the White River at beautiful Jacksonport State Park, three miles north of Newport off Hwy. 69.

870.307.0331 Mountain View Events May 3-5 the Heritage Herb Extravaganza has hands on activities, vendors, and tours of the garden! Call (870) 269-3851 to register for workshops or to be placed on the herb mailing list. May 19th is the 8th annual Syllamo’s Revenge - Mountain Bike Challenge. 40 plus miles of awesome mountain biking through the beautiful Ozark Mountains offering changing scenery and beautiful views of the White River Valley, Syllamore Creek Valley, and the Ozark Mountains. For event information e-mail steveparker@mvtel.net. For trail information visit www.fs.fed.us/ oonf/azark/recreation/syllamo_bike.html.

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Thanks for attending our 33rd Annual Scottish Festival. Commencement weekend at Lyon College is scheduled for May 4-5. Things kick off Friday, May 4, with the president’s reception at Bradley Manor followed by a Surf and Turf Dinner. Several pipers, drummers and clans won awards at the 33rd Arkansas Scottish Festival. Lyon College sophomore Paige Blades of Bono has been selected for the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) Junior Fellows Program. See more at www.lyon.edu.

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Smith’s Verdict Bull Durham**** Reviewed by Tanner Smith 1988’s“Bull Durham” could be taken as both a romantic comedy and a baseball movie, but the truth of the matter is that it knows more about baseball than it does about love. And that’s fine with me. It’s probably one of the very best baseball movies I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t merely have a clear intelligence of the game, but also the players’ mindset. And it makes sense—the movie was written and directed by former minor-league player Ron Shelton. His experience shows. Consider, for example, the scene in which “Crash” Davis, playing for a minor-league team called the Durham Bulls (fictional team, I believe), first goes up to bat in this movie. A masterstroke in this scene—we hear his inner thoughts. He’s thinking of which pitch to take a swing at, but he’s also thinking about a woman he met the other night, and that’s breaking his concentration and practically driving him crazy. Later in the movie, we also eavesdrop on the pitcher’s inner thoughts, struggling to find the right way to

control his pitches. I should also mention that he’s been coached to breathe through his eyelids like lava lizards. My favorite moment is the hilarious private conversation the players have on the mound during a game—one of the players needs a “live chicken” to lift the curse put on his glove and nobody else knows what to get as a wedding present for one of the players and a groupie (“Candlesticks always make a nice gift”). This is some fresh, funny writing and there are a lot of scenes like those. The film is very funny, but also insightful.

The movie isn’t just about baseball—it’s mainly about a romantic triangle. It begins as the Durham Bulls take in a rookie pitcher named LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) for the new season. LaLoosh has a fastball that can hit the strike zone…but only occasionally. There’s a very funny line said by one of the groupies, describing how LaLoosh pitches, right after a sexual encounter in the locker room—but I’m too much of a gentleman to type it for a family magazine. Anyway the Bulls hire veteran catcher “Crash” Davis (Kevin Costner), who has been in a lot of minor league teams for years, though never making it to the “Show” (the major leagues), to act as an on-field guide for LaLoosh. It’s not exactly a trusting relationship at first—when they first meet, they’re fighting over a woman they meet at the local bar. The woman is named Annie Savoy (played by Susan Sarandon) and she’s a lover of baseball and baseball players. She explains in an opening monologue that she’s tried “all the major religions, and most of the minor ones” but only believes in the “Church of Baseball.” She also states that there hasn’t been a ballplayer who slept with her who didn’t have the best year of his career. She picks out the two more-promising players of the Durham Bulls this year— Crash and LaLoosh (whom she nicknames “Nuke”). Crash doesn’t give in, leaving the affair to Annie and “Nuke.” But the problem is that Annie is constantly on Crash’s mind. As the movie progresses, Crash and Annie realize they have similar things in common—they want to help Nuke improve his game, and they can state in great detail the things they believe in and appreciate each other’s principles…more or less. Will this relationship develop into a heavy love affair? One knows there’s one waiting for them. “Bull Durham” is a sports movie not about winning or losing, but about

finding more off the field. It never really seems to matter whether the Durham Bulls are winning or losing. They play the games, they win, they lose, they hang out, and meanwhile there’s an affair between Nuke and Annie, and surprising sparks that fly between Annie and Crash. Things get more complicated when Nuke lets a winning streak go to his head and decides not to sleep with Annie again until the team loses. All three principal actors— Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Robbins—are excellent here. Costner, who at the time was proving his stardom with movies like “The Untouchables” and “No Way Out,” is playing a role that isn’t especially flashy and just plays it straight, making it more effective. Susan Sarandon is attractive and sexy, and her character Annie Savoy is more three-dimensional than you might think. She’s bright, complex, and just needs somebody to love. Tim Robbins is perfect as the goofy rookie pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh. “BullDurham” is as unconventional as a sports movie can get. It doesn’t

resort to overblown clichés in the baseball scenes. It knows what it’s talking about and it comes from a great screenplay from Ron Shelton, a man who learned from experience. “Bull Durham” is a grand slam. N

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