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In This Issue 6/Editor’s Note

May We Continue

7/We’re Still Out Here

A Vision for Rural Illinois: A Model Worth Study

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TO TREAT OR NOT TO TREAT...The Ups and Downs of Fever in Children

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Main Street Batesville: Where Past Meets Present

20/Faces 23/Run Lizard Creek - Mud & Glory 24/Feature Mothers and Daughters at Work

26/Things To Do 30/The Myopic Life Farewell, Fitzhugh

32/UACCB Circle K Club Excels 33/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista BHS Glass Slipper Project

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Meet Your Writers... Vanessa Adams is a Jonesboro, Arkansas native and became the Independence County Librarian in July 2011. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Arkansas State University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri. THIS PUBLICATION IS PRODUCED BY: Leigh Keller is a high school Spanish teacher and Colorguard instructor at Batesville High School. She is the director of the BHS Glass Slipper Project. Leigh lives in Batesville with her son, Cole, and a pack of dogs..

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Alisa R. Lancaster is an Advanced Practice Nurse for the U of A Medical Sciences North Central. She has been in healthcare since 1983, the last 18 years with the UAMS system. Alisa and husband, Scott, have four children, a granddaughter, and two spoiled puppies. A grandson is expected in May. Alisa’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of others through education and practice. She welcomes feedback or comments at AlisaAPRN@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.

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.

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Guest Writers... Janelle Shell - Although she hails from the Hoosier state, Janelle has made Batesville her home for over 6 years. She even convinced her parents to move down as well so you know she loves it here. She is the wife of Joe Shell and is step-mother to Hunter, Hannah, Jake and mother to Jet. She has been working with Citizens Bank for over 6 years. She serves as membership chairman of the Batesville Kiwanis Club and CoChair of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. She loves teaching her pre-teen Sunday school class at Ruddell Hill Baptist Church. Beka Sharp is a native of Evening Shade, Arkansas. She received a BA in English from Lyon College in 2005 and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis in 2010. She currently lives in Batesville with her three dysfunctional cats and works for an area Upward Bound program, helping high school students prepare for the college experience.

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Editor’s Note

May We Continue Joseph Thomas

May we continue to entertain and inform you in this the beginning of our fourth year of Eye On Independence. We are so very happy that you all enjoy reading our articles and perusing through the beautiful faces that make up Independence County and it’s surrounding Ozark region. Please read along as we bring you another issue of Photo by Robert O. Seat wonderful articles from our amazing writers and see just a handful of the exciting events that Independence has to offer. This month of May, Alisa R. Lancaster brings us the ups and downs of fever in children. Leigh Keller explains the rewards of The Glass Slipper Project. Kristi Price says Farwell to Fitzhugh. Bob Pest shares a vision of improvement in rural Illinois that can also happen here while Kimberlee Thomas shares the Latus Wedding and the Lizard Creek Run. Our guest writers, Janelle Shell and Beka Sharp bring us Mothers and Daughters at work and our Main Street Cover respectively. Thanks to our writers for another great collective read and thank you, our reader for allowing us to continue to keep our Eye On Independence. Happy Mothers Day, Mom! N

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A Vision for Rural Illinois: A Model Worth Study Bob Pest

“Ironically, rural America has been viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher quality of life not for what it has but rather for what it does not have.” Dan A. Dillman I recently discovered an article in the Daily Yonder from last October about Illinois and its plans for rural development. Illinois seems to be one of the most progressive states when it comes to addressing rural issues, essentially the same issues that Arkansas faces. After two years of polling more than 1,000 Illinois residents and conducting a listening tour of the state, the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC), headed by Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, adopted a plan for rural development in Illinois. The council also drew upon information gathered in 2010 by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. Their report discovered a number of interesting trends in rural communities: • Rural residents can find it difficult to understand and navigate state and federal government bureaucracies. In addition, they are often unaware of programs in place to address issues of concern. • Rural areas need to work together to maintain their prosperity and quality of life. Regional collaboration offers ways to create cost effective and efficient solutions. • Rural residents see the value of working together with existing services and programs in exploiting local assets. • Rural residents recognize that rural places can be attractive for various reasons and see a need to market rural areas as good places to live, work, and do business. • Rural residents believe access to affordable highspeed internet plays a key role in the future of health care, education, entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to entertainment, and in connecting rural areas to the global marketplace.

some day they will call an ambulance and there won’t be anyone to help them.” Other issues that came up as critical include high-speed internet, funding for rural schools, and helping urban residents understand rural life. Lt. Governor Simon was especially concerned about high-speed internet access, since it remains a luxury that still evades some rural residents. No matter how concerned and focused on rural development, Illinois, like most states, can only spend so much on any one issue. Lt. Governor Simon takes an optimistic, but realistic view of the future for rural Illinois, “I certainly have been very aware in this whole process of the limits of the state budget and have been very careful to not promise more than we can deliver. So my focus has been on within the scope of the state budget that we have within the challenges that we know, how can we make sure that we’re doing the best job for rural Illinois?” Rural development is a challenge facing many states, most of which face economic challenges that prevent them from doing everything that needs to be done. No governor wants to hear that the ambulance didn’t make it to the accident on time or that rural high schools are using wornout, out-of-date textbooks. Nor do they have treasure chests or magic wands. The best is all anyone can do. All we can do is to understand and respect rural life, embrace our rural neighbors, help when we can, and support rural development initiatives. We’re all in this together. N

Using this information gathered by the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council, a work group was formed to propose a Vision for Rural Illinois. The action plan decided upon included: A plan for expanding awareness of and access to state programs serving rural areas; a report that identifies gaps between existing programs and services and the needs expressed at the rural listening posts; recommendations to address the identified gaps; and a legislative agenda focused on rural needs, and a plan for implementing such an agenda. Even while the governor, the council, the legislature, and other influentials worked to put the Vision for Rural Illinois together, pressing issues still existed. Karen Poncin, assistant director of Western Illinois University’s Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, called attention to one of the biggest issues rural Illinois and the rest of the rural America face: access to emergency care for rural residents. To quote Poncin, “They are concerned that May 2013   7


WRHS News

Annie McCallister - Solis Gary L. Bebow, White River Health System (WRHS) Administrator/CEO has announced the appointment of Jana Richardson to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), replacing the retiring Gary Britten. Jana has thirty-five years of experience in finance and a total of ten years of experience with healthcare finance including five Jana Richardson years at WRHS. She began her career at WRHS as Controller, and then served as Interim CFO before being appointed to CFO. As CFO, Jana will have administrative responsibility for financial operations including accounting, financial analysis and reporting, and materials management for all facilities in the system. “I was inspired to become an accountant by my high school business teacher and knew that’s what I wanted to do,” said Jana. “Between that and my mother’s strong support and work ethic, I never considered it something I couldn’t do.” N

Gary L. Bebow, White River Health System (WRHS) Administrator/CEO has announced the appointment of Muhammad A. Khan, M.D., Medical Oncologist/ Hematologist, to the position of Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). As CMIO, Dr. Khan will collaborate with physicians to modify, evolve, and simplify the flow of Electronic Health Records (EHR) to make it easy to use for the WRHS staff, which, in turn, will have a positive impact on quality patient care. Dr. Khan received his Medical Degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan. He completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock and his Fellowship training in Oncology/Hematology at UAMS. Dr. Khan is Board Certified in Hematology and Oncology and is a member of the American College of Clinical Oncology. He is also in private practice at Batesville Oncology, where he will continue seeing patients. “I am excited about the opportunity to make EHR a user-friendly tool for my fellow Dr. Muhammad Khan physicians,” said Dr. Khan. N 8

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Gary Bebow, CEO/Administrator of White River Health System (WRHS), is pleased to announce the addition of Laura Lenzen as Associate Administrator of Physician Services for WRHS. As Associate Administrator of Physician Services, Laura will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating delivery of administrative services to the medical practices of WRHS employed physicians. Additionally, she will assume administrative responsibility for the WRHS Rural Health Clinics: Cave City Medical Clinic, Drasco Medical Clinic, Melbourne Medical Clinic, Newark Medical Clinic, Newport Diagnostic Medical Clinic, Pleasant Plains Medical Clinic, Stone County Primary Care Clinic in Mountain View, Strawberry Medical Clinic, and the WRMC Medical Complex in Cherokee Village. She will also provide leadership to the Physician Services Division, with primary responsibility for operational efficiency; financial performance; quality of services; and patient, physician and customer relations. “Healthcare is facing a critical future. I look forward to working with physicians to develop solutions that will benefit the patients and White River Health System,” said Laura. Laura received a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial Organizational Laura Lenzen Psychology from Washington University Laura Lenzen in St. Louis. N

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UACCB Female Aviation Students Attend Conference Four women from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) aircraft maintenance program recently attended the National Women in Aviation conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Amanda Roraff of Cave City, UACCB’s first female aviation graduate, a certified aircraft and powerplant mechanic; Kaprincia Goldwood of Ash Flat and Elizabeth Jones of Batesville, current aviation maintenance students studying airframe; and division chair for aviation maintenance, Kathleen McNamee attended the conference with three thousand other women who have careers in all aspects of aviation, including aviators from fifteen countries. The women attended several sessions. One looked at the role women in aviation in the military. Another reviewed the history of women in aviation. In this session, Roraff met two of the surviving WASPS (Women Air Forces Service Pilots). The WASP organization was created in 1943 and those women pilots flew over 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft. The WASP women were assigned to delivering supplies, which allowed the male pilots to fly in combat service and duties overseas. Another session provided information from Boeing. It takes five years from the first design of an airplane until its first flight and will likely not be retired for 40 years. Because of the energy it takes to dismantle a retired plane, many are simply parked in the desert. Building planes is expensive, both financially and environmentally, but corporations are working to reduce the environmental

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impact. Boeing reported their goal is to reduce the use of water and exotic materials in airplane production. The UACCB women also attended sessions on safety management, careers in aerospace and airplane restoration. They collected information from the exhibitors and networked for current and future job possibilities. Funding to attend this conference was made possible by the Perkins Grant. N

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e BAAC Gallery on Main is pleased to present a selection of works from the 51st Annual Young Arkansas Arts Competition and Exhibition. e Young Arkansas Artists exhibition has grown to be one of the most popular exhibitions held at the Arts Center, which showcases artwork by Arkansas students, kindergarten through 12th grade. is exhibition will be on view April 29 through May 31 at the BAAC J.D. Russell, Fall Tree Timbo Elementary, 1st Grade Art Gallery on Main. A public reception will be held on on May May 10th, 10th, from from5pm5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as part MainStreet’s Street’s2nd 2nd 7pm as part of of Main Basket Making Workshop Friday Folic. Frolic. BAAC will be hosting a 1-day Basket Making Workshop, instructed by Shannon Fielder. Students will learn how to weave reed into a one-ofa.m. to 3 p.m., Kids Summer Camp with a-kind basket. e workshop will be held May 11th from 99am-3pm, with a 1-hour lunch break. Please contact the Batesville Area Arts Trike eater Council to sign up for the workshop or for more information. BAAC will be hosting a Kids Summer eater Camp June 3-7. Trike eater will be teaching a “Pirate Camp-Argh!” for students a.m. students K-2nd K-2ndgrade gradefrom from9 9amto noon, and an “Acting Out Loud 12noon, and an “Acting Out Camp” Loud for students - 8th grade fromgrade 1 p.m. Camp” for 3rd students 3rd-8th to 5 p.m. Cost is $75 per child. The from 1pm-5pm. Cost is $75 per child. camps will incorporate creative drama, e camps will incorporate creative dance/movement, visual art,visual and script drama, dance/movement, art, writing as part of the experience. For and script writing as part of the more information, please contact the experience. For more information, BAAC at (870) 793-3382 or email please contact the Batesville Area Artsat www.batesvilleareaartscouncil.org Council at (870)793-3382 or email APRIL 30- MAY 31 Arkansas Young Artists Exhibition May 11th- Basket Making Workshop with Shanon Fielder, 9 9am-3pm a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3rd-7th- Kids Summer eater Camp with Trike eater June 14th- Summer Fiesta, 6:30 6:30pm p.m. June 28, 29, 30- BCT Production of Oliver at Batesville School Auditorium July 5, 6, 7- BCT Production of Oliver at Batesville School Auditorium

Lindsay Garland, of Jonesboro, receives her second award from juror David Bailin at the 2013 BAAC National Juried Exhibition reception (Left). Dusty Mitchell, of Mountain View, received the First Place Award, sponsored by First Community Bank, for his piece titled “Home Sweet Home” (Right).

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Kimberlee Thomas Ariel Archer and Phillip Latus met in August of 2010 while attending school at Arkansas Tech University. Their roommates were old friends and wanted to do some catching up before the semester started and so Ariel and Phillip found themselves tagging along for the evening. “Neither of us were looking for a relationship, but there was definitely a connection between us that night,” recalls Ariel. A couple of weeks later they had gone to Mt. Nebo with a few friends to simply enjoy some time off campus. They both agree that it was that evening that set them on the path to a relationship. Ariel shares, “That spot on Mt. Nebo ended up being a very important place in our relationship, and we spent some time there over the next year of dating.” In August of 2011 almost one year after they had met, the couple again found themselves at their favorite escape on Mt. Nebo. The evening was cool and beautiful with just a hint of fall in the air. Ariel recalls being shocked to look over and find Phillip down on one knee, asking for her hand in marriage and offering her a gorgeous engagement ring. The couple married at sunset on August 11, 2012 at Alda’s Magnolia Hill in Little Rock. The Reverend Buddy Ellis presided over the double ring ceremony. The backdrop for the ceremony was a beautiful pond, which Phillip and his brother, who served as best man, canoed across to arrive at the ceremony. Ariel and her father arrived in a horse drawn carriage. Fireworks rounded out the evening for the new couple and their guests. “It was truly a fairy tale wedding,” recalls Ariel. Among the friends and family that had gathered for the wonderful event were Ariel and Phillip’s grandparents. Both sets of grandparents have celebrated over 50 years of marriage. The couple’s parents have likewise celebrated 25 years of marriage. I believe it can be safely said that this young newlywed couple will have plenty of solid advice for the years ahead. Ariel and Phillip enjoyed a Caribbean Cruise to Mexico, Jamaica, and The Cayman Islands for their honeymoon. They are both seniors at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. Phillip is geology major and will graduate in May 2014. Ariel is a psychology major with a minor in business and will graduate in December of this year. They currently reside in Russellville with their two dogs and have plans to stay in the central Arkansas area near family and friends. N


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Your Health

TO TREAT OR NOT TO TREAT...The Ups and Downs of Fever in Children Alisa R. Lancaster

An elevated temperature, or fever, is not a disease, but merely a demonstration that the body’s defenses are functioning properly. It’s your body’s way of saying, “Hey, I’ve got this under control!” So a fever can be a good sign. A fever stimulates certain defenses, such as the white blood cells, which attack and destroy invading bacteria or viruses. But, when is a good thing too much? Even when your child feels warmer than normal, it isn’t always necessary to check his/her temperature unless other signs or symptoms are being exhibited. When you need to check a child’s temperature, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents not use the glass mercury thermometers (they should be removed from your home to prevent accidental exposure and poisoning from the mercury). Digital thermometers are safer, inexpensive, widely available, and the most accurate means for measurement. Most of the time it is not necessary to treat a child’s fever. The degree of a fever isn’t always the best indicator of whether or not treatment is needed. A child that is OLDER than three months and has a rectal temperature of less than or equal to 102° F and is otherwise healthy and acting normally doesn’t need to be medicated for fever. If the temperature is greater than 102° F or if the child is displaying signs of being uncomfortable (fussy, clingy, not drinking) then medication for the fever is warranted. Treat the child, not the thermometer. A child’s temperature can be taken several different ways. New technology allows the use of noninvasive devices such as the temporal artery scanner (across a child’s forehead), tympanic membrane thermometer (ear drum), or an oral thermometer. A rectal temperature is recommended from birth to three years of age, but must be done carefully. When reporting a temperature to your healthcare provider, be sure to tell

them how you took the child’s temperature. An oral or rectal temperature is the most accurate. An axillary (under the arm) temperature is less reliable, but is a convenient way to screen a child’s temperature. There are different means of reducing a fever. You can give over the counter antipyretics, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) as per your health care provider’s guidance and/or manufacturer’s label. Current guidelines are to use one or the other and not alternate as recommended in the past. Acetaminophen is actually the preferred medication for use. Make sure the child is not overly dressed or under covers. You may also use tepid water or cool clothes applied to the abdomen and under arm area. PLEASE CONSULT A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: Infants less than three months of age who have a rectal temperature greater than or equal to 100.4° F, regardless of how the infant appears (even babies that look well need to be evaluated) Children three months to three years with a rectal temperature greater than or equal to 100.4° F for more than three days or who appear ill (fussy, clingy, refusing to drink) Children of any age whose oral, rectal, tympanic membrane, forehead temperature is greater than or equal to 104° F or whose axillary temperature is greater than or equal to 103° F Children of any age who have febrile seizures, recurrent fevers for more than seven days (even if the fever only lasts a few hours at a time), or if your child has a chronic medical problem (heart disease, cancer, lupus, sickle cell anemia). N

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Mark Cartwright was hired in February as events coordinator for the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. A 1998 graduate of Southside High School, he earned an associate’s degree in business administration from UACCB in 2000 and transferred Mark Cartwright to Lyon College where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in administration with a management focus in 2003. Because he enjoys helping with events and is detail-oriented Mark said, “The events coordinator position sounded like a great fit for me.” He has strong administrative skills, experience working with computers, pro audio equipment, and multimedia systems. This combination “makes my work in this position enjoyable and rewarding,” he said. Cartwright was previously employed at Citizens Bank where he worked in a variety of positions since 2003, most recently as an audit/compliance assistant. He has been the sound technician at Calvary Baptist Church since he was 15 years old. He currently serves on the church staff part time as media and family ministries assistant, not only running the church sound systems, but also the multimedia systems. N

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Rebecca Justus has been hired as a counselor/student advisor in the Career Pathways program at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 2007 and obtained a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa in 2010. Debbie Wyatt, Director of Career Pathways at UACCB, said, “Rebecca’s previous experience includes working with economically disadvantaged adults and creating higher education assessment programs. In her most recent position with the Department of Human Services, she counseled Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) clients and ensured eligibility for multiple programs.” She adds, “We are delighted to have Rebecca join the Career Pathways team. Her experience advocating on behalf of economically disadvantaged adults and her knowledge of resources will be an asset to students enrolled in the UACCB Career Pathways Program as they pursue training and education and enter into high-demand careers. N Rebecca Justus May 2013   17


Eye On Cover Story Main Street Batesville: Where Past Meets Present Beka Sharp

In an age where shine and speed seem to be thriving trends, and the internet provides swift answers to essentially any question a person could ask, an online query regarding antiques turns up many results posing questions regarding the status of antique and collectible businesses, with many expressing concern that these enterprises may be becoming a thing of the past. People who think this have obviously not been to Main Street Batesville. As anyone who has recently spent any significant time on Main Street can attest, the number of establishments dedicated to antiques and collectables are plentiful, with each offering a wide enough assortment to provide for considerably varied markets. Back in Time has been a Batesville antique-oriented business for over thirty years. Originally on Central Avenue, and later on Broad Street, it has been at 217 East Main Street for approximately eighteen years. It houses an intriguing selection of items, including: a magic lantern, an early projector that utilizes glass slides and a kerosene lamp; a print block of Batesville’s Landers Theater; a brick, made by Tiffany, from the Como Hotel of Hot Springs; glass canes, which were given as retirement gifts to be hung on the wall during the 1800s; and a signed baseball from the Batesville Pilots semi-pro team, circa 1940. Anyone in the market for antique items with interesting histories would feel right at home in Back in Time. Hours of operation vary somewhat, so a phone call ahead can be handy (870-793-6445); its most common hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Etta’s Attic, located at 143 East Main Street, opened in October 2009 and has been owned by Jennie Lee Stobaugh since June 2011. Its diversification of consumers—assorted types of professionals, dealers, collectors—is well reflected by its stock. With a range of small items such as a variety of sandwich glass pieces and vintage phones, cameras, lights and tools to larger ones like a wooden icebox from the early 1900s, a broom maker’s bench, and armoires, as well as advertising signs and seasonal décor, Etta’s Attic offers shoppers a keen array of options. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. At 243 East Main, Fancy Flea offers an intimate and eclectic shopping experience. Roughly twenty vendors contribute to the shop, with each booth reflecting the personality of its vendor. In its collection of records; glass; vintage knives, lighters, and jewelry; antique furniture and tools; and homemade items, it offers both beginning and seasoned collectors a myriad of choices. Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., are its hours. Konsigner’s Konnection, of 250 East Main, is one 18

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of Main Street’s newer stores. Originally opening it as a Jonesboro operation, Leona Staggs moved the shop to Batesville roughly eight months ago. In addition to items like milk glass, postcards, wall decorations like paintings and mirrors, and furniture, its stock contains contemporary shoes, handbags, and gently used clothing, including formal and wedding dresses. One goal of Konsigner’s Konnection is to have merchandise that could appeal to all ages, from babies to teenagers to adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Owned by Terri Harris, Sandra Bugh, and Sharron Emery, Olde Towne Mall occupies two levels at 407 East Main Street and houses booths by over 129 vendors. With homemade pieces such as bird houses, wreaths, flower arrangements, jewelry, and rugs, combined with a large selection of items like glassware, cast iron, primitives, and furniture, it provides near-countless possibilities for shoppers. By providing helpful, friendly staff, as well as complimentary cookies for kids and complimentary coffee, the proprietors of Olde Towne Mall make sure it lives up to its tagline “Just a fun place to shop” for anyone. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. These businesses and the collective of people who contribute to their operation—owners, managers, vendors—bring energy and warmth to the Main Street area. Enthusiastic but not pushy, the representatives of these stores provide a supportive shopping experience that encourages exploration, though if someone does not necessarily have the time to discover a shop’s selection in leisure, the knowledgeable staffs can provide guidance and advice to patrons with specific ideas or items in mind. Even if a person’s preferred establishment does not currently carry what he or she is looking for, a willingness to keep a watch for or actively seek items of their patrons’ liking seems to be a customer service staple. Olde Town Mall provides a “Wish List” at their front counter where people can leave their contact information and information about what they are looking for to be shared with vendors. Back in Time varies its merchandise to help keep in touch with trends, even if styles in vogue sometimes veer away from traditional antiques; some items, like a chair from the 1960s, is not old enough to be classified as a true antique, but it both expands the range of and keeps with the classic atmosphere that permeates the store. Speaking to the proprietors of these businesses reveals that it is not a simple matter of economics that keeps them involved in this line of work; Staggs indicates that a significant factor in her decision to move her venture from Jonesboro to Batesville was to We are word of mouth for your EYES!


fill a gap she perceived in the Batesville shopping scene, and Jobe speaks fondly of her experiences with Carl and Virginia Johnson, with whom she did an apprenticeship, as well as a lifelong love of antiques and an ambition to learn everything she could about them. Even with all the positives there are for these Main Street occupants, there are also challenges. For example, street-side parallel parking is often the most convenient parking choice for many shoppers; when downtown is particularly busy, this can get a little tricky, especially for those needing to load larger purchases such as furniture. Though not necessarily problematic, the owners of these Main Street businesses seem aware that many consumer trends currently lean to discount or large-chain buying options, and speculation of why this is ranges from things like a sluggish economy on the national scale to the combination of location, pricing, and other conveniences some establishments can offer. Jobe, who has had Back in Time for its duration, has noted the cyclical nature of many popular trends and that people with specific interests are often aware they will not find what they are really looking for

just anywhere, that it is in shops like those found on Main Street where they will make some of their most remarkable, unique discoveries. The driving forces behind these enterprises also seem in consensus that the prospects for Main Street Batesville are strong, and everyone seems to have ideas on what future contributions could improve downtown further. Continuing to get the word out to the public about what it can find on its local Main Street and keeping that information up to date in the public’s mind seem to be at the top of most people’s lists. Another common belief is that the continued diversification of Main Street options in the form of specialized shops that satisfy numerous niche markets will help keep Main Street growing and thriving. In a community like that found in Independence County, each person can help make an active contribution to a Main Street’s growth and development, so the next time you find yourself out and about near or in Batesville, take a detour off Highway 167 and explore Main Street. With the variety you will find there, you should always come away glad you went. N


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The Reward and Recognition Team at White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville recently hosted a Cake and Ice Cream Celebration for employees. The celebration recognized employees’ hard work to improve the patient experience. Recent patient satisfaction scores at WRMC reached a three year high. Patient Satisfaction Celebration

David Heringer, Crystal Johnson and Independence County Judge Robert Griffin speak at the Business After Hours event.

Independence County Judge Robert Griffin talks to Randy Reichardt.

Lyon College hosted the Batesville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours April 11 in its new Edwards Commons.

Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman, left, visits with Robbie Frish and Gina Garrett.

Lyon College Vice President for Institutional Advancement talks to Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh.


MEXICAN MAMA’S Eagle Mountain Magnet Archery Team has won four consecutive state championships. Their team score of 3231 points is a new State team record for the elementary division. Both teams also won first place at the Regional tournament that was held in February to determine who advanced to the State Tournament. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has pictures on their website of the winning teams and the Top 5 Shootout Winners in Boys and Girls divisions.

Pictured from left to right; Ashley Lamkin (5th place), Gina Mishark (2nd place), Jaysa Pearce (1st place), Paige Penn (3rd place), and Dailyn Crain (4th place).

Pictured left to right, Jagger Halk (4th place), Jacob Jones (3rd place), Devin Smith (1st place), Clayton Roberson (2nd place), and Jacob McDowell (5th place).

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The Cedar Ridge High School senior boys’ basketball team had the best season ever this year, finishing with a 33-4 record. They had a long streak of wins with the final loss happening in the NEA Tournament in late December. The winning streak began with conference games in January then continued to tough nonconference opponents. The Timberwolves breezed through the district tournament, but there were tough games in the Regional Tournament. In the Regional Finals, the Timberwolves defeated East Poinsett County Warriors, the number one team in the state polls, by six points. In the state tournament, the Timberwolves advanced to the finals at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock on March 9, 2013. In the state finals, the Timberwolves again met the East Poinsett County Warriors. In a great game the Warriors led at the half by 12 points. Spencer Reaves put on a show as he scored at will against the Warrior defense. With the game tied, it came down to a final shot by the Warriors. Cade Crabtree rebounded the missed shot and was immediately fouled with 2 seconds remaining. Cade, a ninth grader, stepped to the line and sunk two of the biggest free throws of his career. The championship belonged to the Timberwolves. This was the first boys’ basketball state title under the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves name. Before consolidation, the Newark Jr. Boys claimed a state title in 1959 and two senior girls’ basketball teams had state titles in 1985 and 1988.

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Chamber Trap Tournament Winners March 22nd saw the 2nd Annual Chamber Trap Tournament at the Independence County Shooting Range. There were 21 teams total and over 100 shooters. After the first round, teams were divided into evenly matched flights. Winners were: 1st Flight 1st Place - Big Thunder Potato Shoot 1st Flight 2nd Place - Bad Boy Team # 2 2nd Flight 1st Place - Beller Dental 2nd Flight 2nd Place - Ballistic Specialties 3rd Flight 1st Place - Peco Foods 3rd Flight 2nd Place - Liberty Bank Team # 2 Highest Scoring Female Shooter was Lana Van Winkle.

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, an honor society for students of two-year colleges, inducted 25 new members Friday, April 12, 2013, during an induction ceremony. New members include: Lily Allder of Batesville, Maggie Beshears of Batesville, Candace Bible of Batesville, Jeremiah Coffer of Brockwell, Kayla Cook of Sulphur Rock, Jalesszia Decker of Bald Knob, Hannah Eisenberg of Cherokee Village, Amanda Hicks of Batesville, Tanya Holder of Pleasant Plains, Jeannie Kelso of Batesville, Sydney Lewis of Batesville, Gary Mason of Batesville, Heather Miller of Tuckerman, Tracy Myers of Newark, Tamara Reed of Heber Springs, Mary Roberson of Batesville, Stacy Rogers-Piazza of Batesville, Benjamin Sampson of Batesville, Tamara Steadman of Batesville, Benjamin Stone of Cave City, Ryan Story of Batesville, Leah Thornton of Newport, and Taylor Woods of Evening Shade. To be eligible for membership students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree; have a grade point average of 3.5; receive an invitation to membership from the chapter at the college where presently enrolled; and adhere to the moral standards of the society. PTK officers for 2012 – 2013 are Maggie Beshears and Jacob Green, co-presidents; Brandy Ayers, vice president; Tracy Myers, secretary; Lisa Bolles, treasurer; and Hannah Eisenberg and Tamara Steadman, publicity. Advisors for PTK are Tina Paul and Kim Whitten. After Paul welcomed inductees and their guests, co-president Green gave an invocation and co-president Beshears introduced UACCB chancellor, Deborah Frazier who provided remarks. Whitten led new members in the PTK Oath of Membership and installed the officers. A reception followed the ceremony.

Simply Southern Play House Music Theatre is the place to find local music. Look for upcoming events on their Facebook page and join them at Main and Broad Street on Second Fridays events.


Run Lizard Creek - Mud & Glory Kimberlee Thomas

Picture yourself in the center of 480 acres of pristine Arkansas farmland, home to beautiful running creeks, pastures, and tree lined avenues. Now, picture yourself in the center of that same farmland bent over hands resting on your knees, panting with delighted exhaustion, covered with mud, sweat, and grime, smiling from ear to ear because you have just crossed the finish line of the wildest 8K run of your life! You have tackled 30 obstacles including walls, hay bales, and logs you had to climb over. You’ve managed to hang on to rope swings, crawled through mud pits, slipped and slid your way down a sixty foot water slide and walked a stretch of wooden pirate planks stretched across the lake. You grin as you recall the fellow runner that was not as fortunate and took a spill into the cold waters of the lake! Sound like fun? Well, snap out of this grand daydream and log on to www.runlizardcreek.com or find them on Facebook and register right now for the Run Lizard Creek Mud & Glory 8K on June 1, 2013! Tom and Sue Conder, owners of Lizard Creek and Two Moons Lodge located in Judsonia, built this amazing adventure course in 2012. They began with twenty-five obstacles scattered along a 5K course. In October 2012 they held their first race with a limited number of runners. They then spent the next six months visiting with the 200 runners that made the maiden trek. They wanted to see what the runners felt would make the experience even more challenging and memorable for them and future adventure seekers. The family was looking for a way to provide a healthy and fun way for people to enjoy the outdoors. They wanted to provide a place that was challenging and adventurous and that appealed to all ages. They wanted to create a place full of opportunities to help strengthen ties between family and friends and for companies to promote team building within their staff. They were also looking for a way to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in their race for a cure. Sue is a ten year survivor of

colon cancer. She has been blessed to have these past ten years and wanted to share her love of life and the outdoors with others. Her story can be found by logging on to www.runlizardcreek.com and clicking Giving Back. It has taken Tom and Sue a little over a year to modify and expand the course. Tom has built the course with a constant eye on not only providing a safe course, but in also protecting the beauty of his land on which it is situated. Run Lizard Creek is the only permanent mud adventure course in the state; it is now an 8K and features 30 obstacles including a sixty foot water slide. Run Lizard Creek holds two permanent races a year, one in the spring and the second in the fall. The course is also available throughout the year for corporations and organizations who are interested in team building, as well as Bodyfit and Crossfit teams who simply wish to challenge themselves. “Adventure Racing is where the future of the race world is moving. Traditional 5K runs provide a healthy and fun way for people to enjoy the outdoors, however, they don’t provide the thrill, physical and mental challenges that races like Run Lizard Creek can provide. People who love adventure racing travel all over the United States to find these special events. How lucky are we to be located in the center of the United States and in your reader’s back door!” states Run Lizard Creek’s Promotions Director, Joyce Casteel. The Run Lizard Creek Mud & Glory 8K will be held on Saturday, June 1. Check in will begin at 7:00 a.m. and end at 9:00 a.m. Vendors will be on site with food and drinks. Bad Boy Mowers, which has supported Run Lizard Creek since the beginning, is the title sponsor for this year’s event. Representatives of Bad Boy and Independence County Off Road will be present with some great off road machines for you to look at and try out. Camping is available for tents the night before the event. If you wish to stay at Two Moons Lodge located on site please call (501)728-4798 for details and availability. For more information concerning this year’s Mud & Glory 8K log onto www.runlizardcreek.com. N

Chamber President/CEO Receives PCED Certification UACCB Med Pro Ed Attend National HOSA Conference Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Crystal Johnson has joined 19 other executives across the state who have received official Professional Community and Economic Developer certification. PCED certification is intended to encourage continuous economic development and prosperity at a community level. Johnson recognizes the importance of local business and strong community relationships, and as a certified PCED, she is committed to promoting community and economic development throughout the Batesville area. With so few having received certification statewide, Johnson considers her certification an honor and is excited to have gained the tools necessary to helping her community. N

The Medical Professions Education (Med Pro Ed) students from Cave City High School and Cedar Ridge High School attended the Arkansas HOSA State Conference in Hot Springs March 13-15, 2013. Pictured left to right is Med Pro Ed director, Jesse Cargill; students, Alix Sullivan, Tiffany Easter, Wesley Gwaltney, Hannah Kolke, Jeffrey Steward, Sa-Bella Suon; and Med Pro Ed faculty member, Marilyn Buschmann. Sullivan placed second in Researched Persuasive Speaking, and Easter placed second in Job Seeking Skills. Gwaltney, Kolke, Steward and Suon placed first in HOSA Bowl. The students have qualified for nationals to be held in Nashville, TN in June. N

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Eye On Feature Mothers and Daughters at Work Janelle Shell

April showers bring May flowers and May brings ... Mother's Day. As someone who has an amazing relationship with my own mother, I find others who have a closeness to their moms intriguing. I started to notice something around Batesville. There is a deep heritage here of mother and daughter duos who work together day in and day out. What makes these relationships work? I decided to find out. Family First Ivory Owl owner Deann Castleberry will gladly tell you that when she contemplated opening the gift shop on Saint Louis Street, her husband, parents and siblings were behind her 100%. When it came to putting actions to her dream, it was all hands on deck with mother, Martha Lewalllen as her right hand. Ever since their grand opening in September of 2009, it remains a family affair. Martha and Deann travel to market together annually to select items Deann will sell in the following seasons. Deann gives Martha strict instructions as to how much money and time they have to spend. If Martha sees her daughter coming close to going overboard, she turns on the familiar “mom voice” and reins her back in. “I have to have her there!” Deann states, as Martha agrees. “We know what works for us and I'd have it no other way.” Martha says she is proud to have both her daughters back in Batesville and even more pleased to watch after her newest granddaughter, Macy. Macy belongs to Deann's younger sister, Ronda. As you can see, the ladies in this family stay close by caring for each other and staying aware of needs that may arise. “No matter what is going on in our family,” Deann says, “I know my Mom will be there.” The store has become quite the popular place for purchasing gifts and monogramming. Deann attributes a lot of her success to the support she has received from her family. “It is really neat as a Mother to watch your daughter mature.” Martha gladly brags on Deann. “She has actually taken on a mothering role to her younger siblings as they'll not always listen to her Dad and me, but they will take advice from her.” Deann adds, “Running the store forced me to wise up in certain areas and I want to pass those lessons on

Martha Lewallen (Mother) Deann Castleberry (Daughter) – Ivory Owl

when I can.” Putting family first has held this mother and daughter together closer now than they have ever been. Work Ethic Each duo I interviewed had at least one outstanding characteristic in common. They all revealed an ambitious work ethic. Diane White and daughter Debbie Adams are an incredible example of this. When I asked them how long they've owned Elizabeth's, the response was in unison “thirteen years!” followed by laughter. Diane had always enjoyed cooking for her church and catering showers for friends. So when the opportunity came to open her own restaurant in historic, downtown Batesville, she thought she'd go for it. “I called Debbie,” Diane states, “and I said, we think we're going to open a restaurant and I think you should join us.” That was just what she did. Debbie has had her hand in all aspects of the restaurant, but she has found her strength to be in managing the kitchen. “I don't do the ‘fru fru’ food!” she says emphatically. She makes a delicious chicken spaghetti and her cream pies are to die for. Diane is well known for her specialty cakes and, of course, her famous rolls – a recipe she acquired from Cafe Indigo. Although they may do things differently, Diane admires the way Debbie handles situations saying, “she just knows the right thing to do.” They are alike in that they are efficient and both have a love for food. They are unified when it comes to what they want. “We love seeing happy faces of people who are enjoying themselves,” Diane says, as Debbie agrees wholeheartedly. They make each other laugh and they rarely argue. “When you work this closely for this long you really get to know one another,” Diane declares. When asked how long they plan on doing this, they respond again in unison. “Five more years!” They both begin to laugh. Why the laughter? “Because we've been saying that for the past five years!” Between the two of them, they are bound and determined to do whatever necessary to see one of Batesville's finest eating establishments continue to be a hot spot on Main Street. Love What You Do Tiffany Neal first started going to work with her father at Daylight Donuts when she was just ten years old, so it was a natural fit for her when she became old enough to apply for a job. Now, fourteen years later, she enjoys working with her mother, Debbie Hanson, as well as her husband, Tony, as they create delicious pastries for happy

Diane White (Mother) – Elizabeth’s Restaurant & Catering Debbie Adams (Daughter)


Debbie Hanson (Mother) – Daylight Donuts Tiffany Neal (Daughter)

patrons. “I actually don’t even think of it as work,” Tiffany proclaims with a smile on her face. Everything they serve is made daily from scratch, and Tiffany and Debbie could produce them in their sleep. Owner Dave Timko realizes what hard workers they are and is grateful to have their help running his store. “One thing I love about both Tiffany and Debbie is their quality of work,” he brags. “If they wouldn’t buy it, they won’t try to sell it to you, and customers appreciate that they care.” They’ve learned tricks of the trade along the way. “If it’s raining outside,” Debbie says, “we will sell everything chocolate that we have in the shop. You can bet on it!” Tiffany nods in agreement. As they continue to talk about donuts, marriage and life in general, you can tell they genuinely love coming to work – especially with each other. “I’ve always admired my Mom’s personality and work ethic,” Tiffany says. “She probably admires my seriousness!” Tiffany says jokingly as they both begin laughing. “I am definitely the serious one,” Debbie admits. “When I start joking around, it throws everyone off. What I really admire about Tiff is how good she is with everybody.” Their mutual respect for one another shows as they share more about their relationship. They are deeply involved in each other’s lives, but not to the point of trying to run it. Being there for one another no matter what has made their relationship strong. “We love Batesville and can’t imagine doing anything else,” Tiffany says, “and I really can’t imagine doing it without my Mom.” Growing Up There comes a moment when a mother realizes that her daughter is a woman. This generally happens when the daughter becomes a mother herself. That proved true for Jo Cargill and Tricia Snell of Carlee’s Hallmark. Jo opened Carlee’s Hallmark twenty years ago and daughter, Tricia, has since become her right hand woman. They both admit it wasn’t always easy. In fact, Tricia confesses, “I wasn’t always a great employee. I was a terrible teenager.” Jo chimes in, “I had to fire her.” “It’s true!” Tricia says as they both begin to laugh. Now that the teenage years are out of the way and Tricia has three boys of her own, her life has certainly taken on a whole new outlook. “This,” Tricia says emphatically as she motions between herself and her mother, “is more than a blessing!” She is referring to the flexibility of their schedules as Jo watches Tricia’s youngest, Cayden, during the day while Tricia runs the store. When the others get out of school,

Jo Cargill (Mother) – Carlee’s Crown Shop, Hallmark Tricia Snell (Daughter)

they make the swap and Jo heads to the store so Tricia can be with the boys. The mutual admiration is obvious as they relay how much they appreciate each other's qualities and character. They both realize the importance of being a small business owner in a small town. “We have a responsibility to help Batesville,” Jo says. Tricia agrees, saying, “We have great customers, good employees and we try to treat everyone like family. Our goal is to have something in our store for everyone.” Although they go to market together, their purchasing styles can somewhat differ. “Mom may pick something out and I will give her a hard time telling her it will never sell,” Tricia says. “So I celebrate when it does!” Jo exclaims. The atmosphere between the two was so comfortable, they seemed more like friends than mother/ daughter or co-workers. Having been involved in the store for so long, Jo thought they could never get along without her. “I found out they could!” Jo states. “In fact, Tricia is better than me!” “She thinks that,” Tricia says, “and we may make it at the store without her for a while, but I definitely couldn’t make it in life without her!” It seems no matter what the age, mothers continue to mother, and daughters will always look for approval. Mothers have the choice to serve as a good example to their children or to never grow up themselves. In these relationships especially we see what a blessing it is to pass along qualities like a good work ethic, love for people, caring about what you do and more. We also see what a difference it makes to share with your child the family heritage. Batesville is truly blessed to have such great relationships and business owners in town. If you are blessed to have your Mother around, don’t forget to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day! N

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Things To Do UACCB to Offer Sign Language Classes Advanced Sign Language: Jun. 3, 10, 17, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Row Johns Building, Room 816 with instructor, Stephanie Patterson. There is a $35 fee plus textbook to be purchased through UACCB Bookstore. Prerequisite: Intermediate Sign Language or prior experience. Pre-registration and full payment should be received five business days prior to the first day of class. For more information or to register, please call 870-612-2082 or email katrina.stevens@uaccb.edu.

UACCB Commencement May 13th beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the UACCB Campus. Aviation Pinning Ceremony May 20th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Doyle “Rog” Rogers Hanger in the Batesville Airport. Contact Lynn at 870-612-2080. UACCB Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Training The training will include the following topics: • HACCP and Its Relationship to Quality, GMPs, SPSs, and SSOPs • HACCP Principle 1: Conduct a Hazard Analysis • HACCP Principle 2: Identify CCPs in the Process • HACCP Principle 3: Identify Critical Limits • HACCP Principle 4: Monitoring • HACCP Principle 5: Corrective Actions • HACCP Principle 6: Verification • HACCP Principle 7: Record Keeping • Implementing and Maintaining the HACCP Plan and System • FSIS HACCP Regulations The registration fee of $400 will cover instruction and all materials. An additional $200 will be charged for each additional person from the same company. Lunch will be provided each day. Spring Photo Class Five-time Associated Press award-winning photographer, Tony McGuffey, will be teaching a beginner’s photography class May 2nd, 3rd, and 6th. A Saturday (May 4th) field trip will be held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. to apply techniques learned in the classroom. Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 409 Vine St. in Batesville. The cost of the class is $50 per person with a 10% discount to members of any chamber of commerce. Pre-registration is encouraged as seating is limited. Tony may be contacted on Facebook, at 870-262-7958, or at tmacphotos@gmail.com. Liberty Bank Business After Hours Thursday, May 9th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Liberty Bank will be hosting Business After Hours. All Chamber members are invited to attend, dress is business casual and refreshments will be served in the new Liberty Bank Facility at 1895 Harrison. 26

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Ditch the Dumpster May 1st from midnight through midnight on May 4th, this reuse event is all about recycling. Ditch the Dumpster boxes will be placed in all residence hall’s first floor lounges and the apartment laundry rooms. Students are encouraged to donate items they won’t be taking with them at the end of the semester. All donations will benefit local charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Independence County Humane Society, Help and Hope and the Lyon College Free Store. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Hidy Pitts at 870-307-7277. Senior Thesis Show Also May 1st through the 5th, Senior Thesis Show exhibit will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Alphin Alp Kresge Art Gallery. BHS Jr.-Sr. High Band Banquet May 4th, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Batesville Jr.-Sr. High School Band Banquet will take place in the Edwards Commons Patterson Dining Hall. Please contact Tim Lindblom at 870-307-7214. NADT Peter Pan will be performed by the NADT in Brown Chapel beginning at 7 p.m. May 31st and June 1st at 3:30 p.m. Contact Cindy Hubberd at 866-468-6238. BHS Jr.-Sr. High Choir Concert May 7th from 7 to 9 p.m., the BHS Jr.-Sr. High Choir Concert will be in the Brown Chapel. Contact Ceil Smith at 870-793-6831. Baccalaureate This campus wide event is May 3rd from 7:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. Contact Peggy Weaver at 870-307-7332. Commencement This convocation is May 4th from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Brown Chapel lawn. Contact Cindy Gillaspie at 870-307-7201.

All Over Independence March Of Dimes Register at 9 a.m. on May 4th to walk with us at 10 a.m. Visit www.marchforbabies.org for more information and to sign up to walk with us at the Southside High School Track! Why we walk? When you walk in March for Babies, you give hope to the more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies.

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Bob Pest, Ozark Gateway is planning an all day celebration integrating the two events. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a free lunch of burgers, hot dogs, beverages, and other treats in the Pocket Park, sponsored by Citizen’s Bank. WRD Entertainment will be broadcasting live from Main Street some of the day; Rob Grace will be the master of ceremonies. The Batesville Area Arts Council will be displaying and selling outstanding art work by Arkansans as well as work by artists from beyond. Local non-profits, charities, and musicians are invited to attend, distribute information, or have drawings for prizes. We are also asking the downtown businesses to stay open until 7:00 p.m. Simply Southern Music Hall will have their regular musical show at 7:00. Take some time off for fun and enjoy Second Friday downtown. See you there!

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Beginning Saturday afternoon, Saturday May 25, and concluding Sunday at noon, May 26, Becky Holden will be teaching Tatting Basics. Students will work with tatting shuttles and create a small caterpillar bracelet, and techniques for creating tatted medallions. Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, www. arkansascraftschool.org for tuition fees, and more information on these and other upcoming classes.

Sprint for Seniors 5K Sprint for Seniors 5K is June 1st at 8 a.m. at the West Baptist Church at 1100 N Central Avenue in Batesville. Please visit www.wrroadrunners.org for registration and additional information. Please consider sponsorship of our event. Please Reese Run contact Becky Box at 870-793-5358 for further information or Put on your running shoes and join us at the Reese Run e-mail becky.box@wraaa.com. N Friday May10th @ 6:30p.m. The one mile fun run will take place @ the Cord Charlotte campus in Charlotte , AR. Proceeds raised will benefit the Arkansas Children’s INDEPENDENCE COUNTY LIBRARY 368 East Main Street hospital Oncology Department in honor of REESE Batesville, Arkansas 72501 GARDNER. You can pick your entry form up at the Studio (870) 793-8814 Salon 141 W. Main Street Batesville. For more info you may www.indcolib.com contact Charlotte King @ charlotteannking@yahoo.com or 870-834-4205. Sign up now for May Craft Classes at the Arkansas Craft School May is the perfect time for a get-away to Mountain View; while the weather is still pleasant and before the summer crowds hit. And what better reason for a get-away, than to take a craft class! Have you always wanted to learn to turn wood on a lathe? Kip Powers will start out the month with Introduction to Woodturning May 3- 5. Students can be rank beginners – the Craft School will even provide your tools. If you are gearing up for some spring and summer fly fishing, you may want to learn to tie your own flies. Donny Hyslip will teach Basic Fly Tying in one intensive day – May 4, from 9 am – 5:00 pm. In another single-day workshop, Dana Shaeffer will be teaching Birdhouse Baskets on May 11. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of weaving with reed, and return home with one or two new homes for your favorite porch wren or larger spring and summer bird visitors. Later in the month, Felicitas Sloves will be introducing students to Inkle Loom Weaving on May 18 & 19. Inkle Looms are space efficient and can be used to make handy belts, guitar straps, or sashes. During the same weekend, local knifemaker Jim Crowell will be offering Basic Blade Forging. Learn to forge the knife of your dreams in the professional shop of a master bladesmith May 17 – 19 in his shop in rural Stone County, near Timbo, Arkansas. May 23 – 25, Roberta Katz-Messenger will be teaching Introduction to Stained Glass at her professional glass studio in Clinton, Arkansas. May 24 – 26, Phil Wiles will be teaching woodturners

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First United Methodist Church Gym All proceeds benefit Macy’s Miracle; Supporting research of Angelman Syndrome Macy’s parents are Josh & Ronda (Lewallen) Bryant If you would like to donate please contact: Deann Castleberry (870)793-7939 or Ivoryowl@att.net *Drop off items May 6-11 at FUMC Gym (615 E. . Main St., Batesville) or before May 6 at Ivory Owl.

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“Shop Where Your Heart Is” set to launch The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced its “Shop Where Your Heart Is” campaign, which encourages members of the community to consider shopping locally. Studies show $68 of every $100 spent locally remains in the local economy, and creates cohesiveness among community businesses and citizens. The objective is to instill in area citizens the importance of supporting our local economy. As part of the shop local campaign, a series of cash mobs has been organized. The cash mobs will descend upon randomly selected chamber members each Friday in May. Members are urged to be prepared for the possibility of a cash mob at their location. Discounts for cash mobsters are most welcome! For more information, contact Danell Hetrick at 870793-2378 or danell.hetrick@ mybatesville.org. N

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The Myopic Life Farewell, Fitzhugh Kristi Price

I have found myself growing nostalgic about Fitzhugh Park in Batesville, now in its twilight days of being a ball field. Perched here on this hill, Fitzhugh has played silent witness to the character-shaping that happens when children learn to selflessly work as a team. I look forward to the changes to come, but I think about the years and the legions of boys and girls who have played their earliest games on these fields. Tee ball is often the first organized sport for many. My own son walked out of his first dugout as a fouryear-old, dragging his bat and kicking up dust clouds. Years later, my youngest child, Maggie, is here playing her first year of ball. It got me to thinking about the differences between girls’ and boys’ tee ball. The similarities are numerous – the hustling run to first, the definite thump of a cleat onto home plate, the flash of a smile after scoring – no matter the league, the excitement is the same. But here lately, I’ve witnessed a few things that seem to set girls’ tee ball apart. When the first baseman turns to the dugout and says, “Daddy! I need a hug!” you know you’re watching girls’ tee ball. When the ball dribbles toward right field and eight little voices squeal and chase it together, you 30

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know you’re watching girls’ tee ball (incidentally, that’s the same gene that makes women head to the bathroom as a pack later in life). When the base runner swerves to pick a dandelion before continuing on to second and then waves it at her momma in the bleachers, you know you’re watching girls’ tee ball. No matter which league, when you hear the thud of the bat on the ball, you know a child’s self-esteem has just been ratcheted up a notch. Every moment out here, I’m reminded how valuable this investment in a child’s life is, and how thankful I am for the volunteers who step into these coaching roles. The patience and humor required to work with little girls define these coaches and make them Hall of Fame material in my book! Batesville has long had an investment in boys’ baseball, but as the mother of two girls who love the sport, I am thankful for the changes made recently to help prepare our daughters for competitive athletics. Thank you, coaches, for giving your time to help all children, regardless of gender, learn to value excellence, character, and good sportsmanship. And farewell, Fitzhugh Park. Let’s finish this final season strong. N We are word of mouth for your EYES!


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UACCB Circle K Club Excels Karla Rush

During a recent recognition ceremony for their district, the Circle K Club from University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville received a total of eight awards for outstanding achievement and community service. Circle K International is a service organization designed for college students to engage actively in their communities and campuses. The UACCB Circle K Club is open to all students and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Batesville. Mary Moore, District Administrator for CKI in Arkansas and Missouri and faculty member and CKI faculty advisor at UACCB, reported the following awards were given to UACCB Circle K at the district meeting: Club Achievement Award, K-Family Relations Award and Single Service Award. The club was selected for the Single Service Award based on their 2012 efforts to support the family of a UACCB student and fellow CKI member during a tragic event. Individual members of UACCB CKI were recognized as well. The W. Dean Moore Outstanding Member honor went to Ernest Goldwood, the Outstanding Vice President award went to Steven Reiman, and Katie Crews was recognized for Outstanding President. CKI advisors, Brian Berry and Jesse Cargill received outstanding Kiwanis and Faculty Advisor awards. Berry also currently serves as president of the Kiwanis Club of Batesville, and as Kiwanis advisor, he is the liaison between the Kiwanis Club and CKI. Research shows a direct correlation between the success rate of college students and their involvement in activities outside the classroom. UACCB offers several organizations like Circle K to provide learning experiences and opportunities for students to be involved with various social, recreational, and service programs. The organizations are designed to support leadership development, networking and service for UACCB students in the Independence County area. UACCB’s Circle K organization has a track record

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especially for successful leadership development and community service projects. Moore said, “Three of the past four governors have been UACCB alumni, and our chapter has risen from seemingly nonexistent four years ago to the largest and most active club in the district. This is notable especially because UACCB is the only two year institution in our district, and some of our competitors are University of Missouri-Columbia, Truman State, University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State University – Jonesboro.” She adds, “I am blessed to work with such great student leaders from all over the district and especially proud of the service they do.” For more information about student organizations and community events at UACCB, call 870-612-2000. N

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Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista BHS Glass Slipper Project Leigh Keller

It’s not exactly a secret that I love prom dresses, and sparkly shoes and bags, and pink and glitter. I am basically a girl’s girl. As a high school teacher, we see the effects of poverty every day. It’s not just not enough food in their tummies, it’s not enough sleep at night because they work after school several hours to help pay the bills for their families. It’s also sometimes a loss of dignity. Kids start to feel like they simply do not deserve for good things to happen to them, or to have nice things. When Dr. Willison and Mr. Ronnie Coots led me down the creepy hallway in the middle school last spring to the old science lab/art room/multipurpose storage room (with a ghost, but more about him later), I took one look at what the room could be, with the gorgeous windows, the giant storage cabinets, and the huge space for gowns and dressing rooms, and gave a little scream (they both jumped a little, yes). My good friend, Jeanne Roepcke, had graciously been allowing us to store our gowns in her classroom closet, up until this point. We desperately needed more space, and a permanent one, where girls could come and get the “Boutique” experience. So, the BHS Glass Slipper Boutique was born. The first step was to get that room cleaned out and to start painting. It was a painful process, taking months, and so many of my friends (at least I think they are still my friends after all this) to get the space to look like it looks now. My friends Zach Harber and Mark Sparks built the dressing rooms for us, until very late one evening (cue the ghost, yikes. I refuse to be in there after dark). Agri students built the dress racks for us, welding the metal that we purchased by raising funds by having a Powder Puff football game. It was very much a BHS community effort. The reason we worked so feverishly on the space was because I wanted it to be absolutely perfect for those girls when they walked into that room to get their dream gown. The shopping experience is one that so many girls may not have the opportunity to have, so the boutique gives the girls and either their mom, dad or best friend, the chance to get that experience. So far this prom season, as of April 15, 42 young ladies have “shopped” in the boutique and taken home a gorgeous gown, shoes, jewelry and sometimes a bag (unless they refuse....saying they don’t carry bags, which hurts my heart a little). This project is so important to me because of my family’s own personal experience with poverty. Although I will always protect our sweet students’ privacy, I can tell you that many of them share similar experiences with poverty. There was the sweet girl who didn’t smile until she came out of the dressing room in a gorgeous gold gown. She looked at herself in the mirror, twirled around and said “I look beautiful”. Yes. I cried. There was the expecting teen who was so discouraged, not wanting to go, and when I found her a dress at A Formal Affair, I gave out a little shriek (I guess I do that a lot),

hugged the dress, and knew that it was the one. Luckily she agreed too. Another girl and her mother came in, selected a gorgeous gown, shoes and earrings, then got out their wallet to pay me. Imagine their shock when I told them all of their items were donated and free. They were so relieved that they were emotional (which made me cry too, I guess I do that a lot too). The rewards of this project heavily outweigh the time it took to prepare the space, and raise the funds for what we needed. We run completely on donations, so if you have a gently used prom dress, jewelry, shoes, sparkly bag, or just money, we would love to have them. Prom season is winding down, but keep us in mind for volunteering next spring. I have so many plans for our little project for the future (ghost or not) and cannot wait to see what it holds for us. Some may disagree with me, but poverty changes people’s lives. I just hope that our project in some little way can show our BHS a bridge out of poverty, even if it is in a sparkly pink, semi-haunted boutique that narrowly avoided disaster this weekend..cue the Batesville Fire Department. Thank you, Batesville, for your love, encouragement and support. N

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Jack the Giant Slayer

Reviewed by Tanner Smith Going by the marketing for “Jack the Giant Slayer,” I really wasn’t expecting much from this movie. It looked like just a throwaway CGI action flick with nothing particularly special to deliver its audience. It just looked so generic and not worth checking out. But I guess you can’t judge a book by its cover, because “Jack the Giant Slayer” is quite the enjoyable entertainment. It’s fun, amusing, rousing, and surprisingly original. “Jack the Giant Slayer” is an updated re-telling of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and while that fairy tale was never admittedly gripping, this time there’s something to be said about the adventures and the appealing characters that endure them. As the movie opens, a young boy named Jack is having a story read to him by his father, while at the same time, a little princess named Isabelle is coincidentally having that same story read to her by her mother. It’s the story of a world of giants in a magical place between Heaven and Earth—apparently, a long time ago, giants invaded the village below until they were vanquished and banished to stay on their own land. How? Well, it’s magic, of course! Ten years later, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is a farmhand, princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) is about to marry against her will, both people are adventurous young souls, and both have lost the very parent that read them the story all those years ago. (Well, of course.) By the way, I have to say I found this first act very well handled, in the way it establishes character for Jack and Isabelle. It shows both sides as they seem to have something similar in common—it’s even more evident when Jack and his uncle are arguing while Isabelle and her father (the king) are arguing. As the scenes play back and forth, it’s almost like they’re saying the same thing. That’s very clever. Anyway, Jack comes into possession of a pouch of magic beans 36

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that of course grow into a gigantic beanstalk that leads all the way up to the world of the Giants. At this time, Isabelle accidentally winds up stuck as the beanstalk grows, and so a rescue party, including guards Elment (Ewan McGregor) and Crawe (Eddie Marsan), is sent to climb up after her. Jack accompanies them, along with Roderick (Stanley Tucci), Isabelle’s would-be groom who actually has something far more on his mind than rescuing his bride-to-be. There are Giants up there, and they are quite big and vicious. And there are a lot of them, which makes rescuing Isabelle far more difficult. Things get even worse when Roderick gains a magical legendary crown that will gain him control over all the Giants. He overpowers the vicious two-headed Giant general Fallon (Bill Nighy) and his hundred followers, and hatches a plan to take over the human kingdom below. While that’s going on, Jack continues to find and free Isabelle, and even manages to slay a couple Giants in the process, hence the title. While some parts of “Jack the Giant Slayer” are rather predictable, there are quite a few surprises here and there. Some of these surprises have to do with the Giants, who have more personality than you might expect from a film like this. Some, like General Fallon, are suitably threatening, while others are here to display comic relief. And there’s also Fallon’s second head, who is barely able to utter words, that is both creepy and kind of funny. (Their CGI is impressive, especially when you see the Giants in close-ups.) There are some funny moments in the movie as well—sight gags (including Giants’ pigs-in-blankets that are literally pigs, in blankets) and one-liners (“Fear of heights?” “Fear of FALLING!” “Well then don’t fall!”). And it’s also self-aware of its fantasy-adventure genre, cracking jokes at the story’s expense when the time calls for it. For example, when Isabelle at the beginning tells her father that she doesn’t want to marry Roderick, she immediately turns to Roderick, and tells him “Sorry.” How does Roderick

respond? He shrugs. I laughed out loud at that moment. The inevitable action-climax featuring man versus Giant is quite entertaining as well, and it’s hard to tell exactly how everything is going to turn out, since there can never be a fair fight between a giant…er GIANT and a puny little man. There’s a lot of tense action and some pretty terrific special effects—it really does look like these armies of different sizes are there in the same shot. Nicholas Hoult stars as Jack, and it’s further evidence that this young actor is a genuine star. With this and “Warm Bodies,” I expect bigger things to come for him in the future. He’s quite effective and likable here, going through Jack’s expected character arc from commoner to hero. Eleanor Tomlinson is fun and fetching as the princess Isabelle. Stanley Tucci has a lot of fun hamming it up as the human-villain, while Bill Nighy is invaluable as always, even when playing a gigantic CGI monstrosity. Also, Ewan McGregor is fun as the dashing Elmont, who could be the hero but has his weak points that slow him down. I enjoyed the film, but some parts were a little sloppy. For example, we never see Jack’s uncle again after the first half-hour, and the movie never tells us what he’s doing or where he’s gone. And also, why would Roderick want to rule Giants and crush his fellow mankind anyway? Wouldn’t destroying humanity make things kind of boring afterwards? Dude, you’re marrying a princess and thus commanding a kingdom! And I also found myself questioning the Giants’ lifestyle at certain points. For example, it’s established that humans are a delicacy for Giants, so what do they usually eat on their land? And also, there doesn’t seem to be one female among them. How exactly… actually, never mind. I shouldn’t read much into this. Thanks to sharp direction by Bryan Singer, a top-notch cast, and some pretty darn good-looking special effects, “Jack the Giant Slayer” is a terrific adventure. I’m glad I chose it, despite my doubts before. N We are word of mouth for your EYES!


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