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In This Issue 6/Editor’s Note

Merry Christmas To All

7/We’re Still Out Here

Keeping Art Alive in Rural America

9/The Morning Line

The Celebration of Christmas

10/Eagle Mountain Magnet Honored

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13/The Heart of a Child – Brantley Frazier 14/Cover Story

HellFighters Ministry / Steve and Jamie Blakely

17/Your Health


18/Indie Film Initiative Off to Impressive Start

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26/Things To Do 28/Batesville Area Arts Council 30/Independent Thoughts The New Majority

31/The Myopic Life

Heavenly Treasures

32/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista ‘Tis the Season

33/Notes from the Clearing Concert

35/Life in the Ozarks

Randolph County Preserves its Rich History

36/Smith’s Verdict *** Edward Scissorhands

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

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.

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

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Editor’s Note

Merry Christmas To All Joseph Thomas

Kimberlee and Joseph Thomas

photo by Robert O. Seat

I remember thinking in January that December would be here in the blink of an eye and...blink....blink... here it is. I suppose it is easier with children to mark the passage of time; with each new sound, new funny face, new tooth. Time comes full circle and has us seeing red trimmed in white, yet again. With the cold Winter days upon us, comes the warmth of family sharing time around the family table and the Christmas ham. Kimberlee and I would like to thank Steve and Jamie Blakely of the HellFighters, Autumn Hunter and all of the caring people making sure that those in need have a nice meal and warm clothes this Season. The Eye On team has pulled together some Christmas memories on the flipside along with this years Gift Guide. And remember, shop

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local, it makes all of the difference. The SouthSide High School Choir provide us some faces for our reverse cover with a tale of their upcoming 18th Annual Ye Olde Christmasse Madrigal Feaste. Bob Pest shares his letter to Santa this year with a thanks to all of the “Big Guys” local elves and continues his Life in the Ozarks series with a look at Randolph County. Mark Lamberth shares some thoughts on how we celebrate Christmas. Leigh Keller shares her tips for the Season and Kristi Price gives us a less commercial option for holiday shopping. Our Cover Story is the HellFighters and their Mission At The Cross and our Feature is Batesville’s new face of Merle Norman. We have a touching issue for this Season of blessings and from all of us here at Eye On, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! N

We’re Still Out Here

Keeping Art Alive in Rural America Bob Pest


Art galleries might not be common in small rural towns, but Batesville is fortunate to be the exception to the rule. Fortunately for the art lovers among us who live in and around Batesville, we have our own arts council. The Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery may not measure up to galleries in New York, Chicago, or Pittsburgh, but it does an outstanding job of keeping the arts alive, attracting visiting artists for exhibits and workshops, taking arts to the schools, and working with community organizations on a variety of projects. The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) was founded in 1988 to provide a unifying voice for several community art organizations, including the Batesville Community Theater and the Community Concert Committee. Ten years later, the BAAC Art Gallery opened at 246 E. Main Street, in the heart of the historic downtown business district. The gallery was the community's first venue for visual artists to exhibit and sell their work. The gallery space was donated by the Fitzpatrick family, owners of the adjacent Heuer's Family Shoes. The gallery is the heart of downtown, not only hosting exhibits for both local and visiting artists, gallery talks, workshops, and classes; it is also the only gallery within a forty-five mile radius. The council is deeply embedded in the life of the community; for example, they host the Friday Painters,

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a group of cancer survivors, care givers, and friends who meet at the gallery on Fridays for the purpose of using art as therapy. They have three “mini-exhibits” of local art at the UACCB Library, the local chamber of commerce, and the White River Medical Center. They have also provided an array of creative opportunities for local artists, including the Historic Mural Project, which celebrates Batesville's early courthouses, and the Mosaics that cover the walls at the popular Main Street Pocket Park. The council is also an active participant in the monthly Second Friday downtown celebration. They host exhibit openings and special guest artists, as well as providing light refreshments for guests and visitors BAAC has a long and proud reputation as providing one of the best Arts in Education programs in the state, partnering with the Batesville and Southside school districts. Working with both, they bring talented artist/ educators to work with both students and teachers, integrating the arts into a variety of curriculum areas. They have also introduced an “Art in the Afternoon” program for area students from ages 8 to 13 each Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:30 during the school year. The program is led by Jennifer Dickie, an aspiring local artist. In summer, BAAC offers a week-long Kid's Summer Program that includes a variety of activities. BAAC and the Community Theater get together to support the John Saltzman Memorial Scholarship, awarded to two deserving high school seniors, one from each district, annually. The topping on the cake is the council's outdoor family film program throughout the summer months, held on the campus of Lyon College. Colleen Jackson, BAAC's executive director (and only paid employee) is a retired school teacher with a genuine passion for the visual arts. She is one of the hardest-working people I have ever met. She works with our small coalition of non-profit cultural organizations to elevate the quality of life in and around Batesville; one of her goals is to collaborate with organizations like December 2012 |  7

the Ozark Foothills FilmFest and Main Street Batesville to develop an arts center that would include a gallery, a small screening room for film programs and community theater productions, classroom space for a variety of workshops, and a cafe for art enthusiasts, writers, and culture junkies to gather. The council's mission is to enrich people's lives through the promotion and presentation of the arts and to serve as a unifying voice for the arts community. They demonstrate their commitment to their mission daily. Their gallery may not contain works by Willem de Kooning or Robert Rauschenberg, but it provides local and regional art enthusiasts with inspiring, comforting, and powerful art within easy reach. Like most small rural non-profits, the Batesville Area Arts Council depends upon grant revenues and community support to keep their doors open. As this article demonstrates, the council makes a significant contribution to education and the quality of life in our community. They also contribute to economic development by attracting visitors to the gallery and to

their various public programs. To make a contribution and support the arts in your community, send your check or money order to: BAAC P.O. Box 2636 Batesville, AR 72501 You can also support the arts by donating your old ink jet cartridges, toner cartridges, cell phones, and ipods to BAAC. The “green dollars� earned from this recycling effort go directly into funding programs. The Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Second Friday evenings. During the holiday season (November 13 through December 18) the gallery is also open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. And please remember that purchasing art is another way to show your support for the arts, as well as beautifying your home and lifting your spirit. For more information call 870-793-3382 or email baac@suddenlinkmail.com. N

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The ladies of The Studio Salon, located at 141 West Main, held a Christmas Open House in mid-November. There were refreshments on hand and the ladies had tables full of great holiday gift ideas including Scentsy, Avon, It Works, crafts, jewelry, and purses. It was a fun filled evening.

The Morning Line

The Celebration of Christmas Mark Lamberth

Many people it seems measure time through a progression of Christmases. They gauge the raising of their children as they graduate from one level of toys to another and then on to electronics and clothes. Christmas cards of family pictures provide a tangible history of family growth. Christmas is a time when families “get together” on an annual basis. It is a time of memories made that are recalled each succeeding year. Family members are able to put aside differences and problems for a few days in order to enjoy each other’s company. As family members age and begin to marry and mature, new family bonds are created and the process begins anew. The hard side of Christmas includes the commercialization of Christmas. Retailers depend on the holiday “to make” their year. Forecasts of sales seem to dominate the airwaves. At times, our entire economy appears to be defined by the size and amount of Christmas sales. What an ironic situation in this country as we depend on the celebration of the birth of Christ to fuel our economy. People who have no religious inclinations or affiliation depending on a holy event to further their own interests. Christmas is central to our way of life. It is a tradition that transcends religion and touches

everyone – even the Scrooges of the world. It is inescapable. It can also be a time of anxiety and sadness for those individuals who have lost loved ones and family to misfortune and the passage of time. They are reminded of the joys of Christmas past and are now faced with the reality of loneliness. We should remember that while Christmas is a time of joy; it is also a painful reminder to others. So Christmas is a time of mixed feelings by all of us. The range from joyous celebration for the blessed event and family reconnection to an economic stimulus and anxiety for many. We are all swept up in a tradition that has endured for hundreds of years. It has evolved into different meanings for different people. We can try to mold and make it fit our definition of Christmas, but one thing is constant and unchanging. It is the anniversary of the birth of Christ – the Son of God. The real purpose and celebration of Christmas remains clear. The celebration of Christmas and the spirit that it embodies can define us as a nation and as a people. We should use that purpose throughout the year to lead and guide us through our daily lives. N

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Eagle Mountain Magnet Honored Eagle Mountain Magnet Travels to National Healthy Schools Forum in Little Rock, Arkansas and Receives National Award for Increasing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation, recognizes Eagle Mountain Magnet for transforming its campus into a healthy place for students and staff. To earn the National Recognition Award Eagle Mountain Magnet improved its nutrition services and physical activity programs to meet or exceed stringent standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program. The Healthy Schools Program provides expert advice and resources at no cost to more than 15,000 schools nationwide to help them reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Schools are eligible for Bronze, Silver, or Gold National Recognition Awards based on their level of achievement. Eagle Mountain Magnet is one of 250 schools from around the country being honored at the Healthy Schools Program Forum in Little Rock, Ark. As a recipient of the Silver National Recognition Award, Eagle Mountain Magnet has improved the health of their students by offering free physical activity and nutrition opportunities before and after school. Citizens of Independence County were invited to join our students, staff, and families in free Zumba, Pilates, Line Dancing, and Boot Camp classes. In an effort to increase breakfast participation, Grab and Go breakfast was offered to students attending early morning activity classes. Families participating in a Family Fitness Challenge were honored for meeting and exceeding activity minutes as a family unit. Teachers formed family units with students who were unable to participate with their own families. Low cost health screenings were made available to our community. A fresh fruit or vegetable was served every day as part of a healthy snack program. The school purchased a portable water fountain to allow greater access to water during recess. Changes were made to the school menus as a result of student and parent surveys. These are only a few of the many wellness initiatives implemented at the school. “I am so proud of the efforts our school has made in the fight against childhood obesity. We couldn’t have won this award without the collaborative work of our students and their families with our staff and community partners. We are excited to be counted among the 15,000 schools associated with this organization, said Pat Rutherford, Eagle Mountain Magnet Principal. “The award-winning schools have demonstrated diligence and creativity that serve as an inspiration for other schools locally and nationally,” said Ginny Ehrlich, chief executive officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. To further strengthen the Healthy Schools Program, the Alliance brokers and implements voluntary agreements with industry leaders to provide schools better access to healthier foods, beverages, and physical activity. In 2011, the Alliance announced new voluntary

agreements that brought together leading food manufacturers, group purchasing organizations and technology companies to help America’s schools serve healthier meals at more affordable prices. As a result of these agreements, more than 30 million students across the country will have access to healthier school meals – including at least 14 million students who currently participate in the free and reduced lunch program. Additionally, the Alliance’s landmark agreement with the American Beverage Association has contributed to a 90 percent reduction in calories from beverages shipped to schools between the 2004-2010 school years. The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To become a healthier place for students to learn and staff to work, any school in the United States can enroll and receive assistance and support, at no cost. Find out more at HealthierGeneration. org. About the Alliance for a Healthier Generation The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to empower kids nationwide to make healthy lifestyle choices. The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation joined forces in May of 2005 to create a healthier generation by addressing one of the nation’s leading public health threats – childhood obesity. The Alliance works to positively affect the places that can make a difference to a child’s health: homes, schools, restaurants, doctor’s offices and communities. For more information please visit: HealthierGeneration.org. About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measureable and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. N

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The Eagle Mountain Magnet Archery Team has just returned from the NASP World Tournament. The team finished third with a team score of 3233 out of a possible 3600. Four students were recognized for their "Top 5" scores. Jack Allen placed fifth in the fourth grade division with his 274. Gina Mishark finished second in the fifth grade division by scoring 279. At the end of the competition, Ronnie Jeffrey and Jack Looney were tied with scores of 292. A shoot-off was necessary to determine the Top Elementary Boy. One 15-meter round was shot and Ronnie Jeffrey was declared the winner with a 48 out of 50. Jack Looney was the Top Elementary shooter in last year's World Tournament. This is Eagle Mountain's fourth year to participate in the tournament. They have won the tournament twice (2009 and 2011) and placed third in 2010 and 2012. Top Left to Right: Coach Michele Gerhardt, Gina Mishark, Hannah McCoy, Jordan Nash, Megan Johnston, Lauren Smith, Coach Mimi Goodman, Celsey Wood, Chandler Sisk, Tera Culp, Jack Looney, and Ronnie Jeffrey Middle Row left to right: Coach Susan Parker, Maison Lewis, Mary Dugger, Jake Anderson, Dailyn Crain, Clayton Roberson, Said Bernal, and Emilee Gerhardt Bottom Row Left to right: Jared Stagner, Alexa Dowell, Zach Shields, Jack Allen, Caleb Anderson, Jaysa Pearce, Nathan Poole, and Emma Ezell. N

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The Heart of a Child – Brantley Frazier Kimberlee Thomas

Little Brantley Frazier is nothing short of a miracle. He was diagnosed en utero with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome or HLHS. He also had a hole in his tricuspid valve. Brantley was born six weeks early on August 30 at UAMS in Little Rock. By midnight he had been transferred to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Brantley’s only hope would be a heart transplant. He would need to remain at Children’s until a tiny heart became available. On September 14, Brantley and his family were blessed with the gift of a new heart. Brantley was not the only baby to benefit on this day; nine others received organs from the same donor baby. Brantley has had a few setbacks since receiving his new heart but is now in the step down unit of the CVICU. He has a pic line for emergencies and a feeding tube. When we went to press in late November the family was hopeful that he would make his target release date of December 1. Brantley’s father, Justin Frazier, and his mother, Stevi Herrmann, along with the rest of his family would like to thank the donor family for their decision to share life with Brantley and so many others during their time of loss. They would also like to thank those in the community who have prayed day in and day out for Brantley’s health. They are grateful for the emotional and financial support given by friends, family, and complete strangers that heard about Brantley and donated money to help with travel and medical expenses. The photos shown here are from a benefit held October 20 at Riverside Park. Family Photos submitted by Tomi Martin of TM Photography. Benefit Photos submitted by Danny and Amy Reasons of Reasons Family Photography. Photo of Brantely from Team Brantley Facebook Page 11-16-12. N

Eye On Cover Story HellFighters Ministry / Steve and Jamie Blakely Joseph Thomas

Steve and Jamie Blakely are motorcyclists with a cause. Steve, fresh out of the Navy, met Jamie in a tattoo shop where they both worked. Jamie also worked in a motorcycle bar, but when they turned their lives over to Christ, things had to change. They suddenly didn't fit in anywhere. Their tattoos kept them from blending into most any church and they now carried a conviction that most barroom bikers wouldn't understand. It was in this transition that the couple began a motorcycle ministry. The existing ministries in the area weren't quite a fit, so they scoured the internet to find a ministry they could open a chapter under. Jamie found the HellFighters online and fell in love with their patch. HellFighters is a Christian ministry and Mission At The Cross is a rescue mission that is run by the ministry. Jamie will tell you that a three piece patch in the motorcycle community is something to be revered and respected. She contacted the HellFighters International Chaplain, Brother Harold, who responded immediately and put her in touch with Vaughn Blackwell, the Unit Coordinator. Blackwell sent the couple a packet containing three books that must be read prior to initiating a new chapter. Jamie found them very intense and very in line with their beliefs. During this process, Jamie was having dreams where she would walk down a road picking up individuals along the way and handing them to Jesus saying, "I'll be right back. I'll go get one more." She was also dreaming about the location, she could see a jail from the building they were supposed to be in. This led to their first location in the former Rainbow Mini Mall building within sight of the Independence County Jail in March 2011. Steve says, "She had these dreams for at least two months. Our pastor said he thought we needed to do something. This was the beginning of our decision to start a ministry. I was in a local motorcycle group before and when I gave my life to Christ, I couldn't even go into the club house anymore. I was under such conviction and wasn't able to return until I stood as a Hell Fighter trying to shine a light into a dark place."

Jamie's dreams continued and Aaron Dailing, someone she met teaching at Vacation Bible School months before, began showing up in her dreams helping her lead people to Jesus. Jamie says she and Aaron taught the Kindergarten class together and it was a treat to see Aaron, this intimidating large biker, interact with the children so tenderly. She ran into Aaron at a grocery store soon after these dreams started. He was looking for a turkey and Jamie said, "I need you!" He said, "I'm a married man, what are you talking about!" She laughed, "No, we're supposed to do a motorcycle ministry together, I really need you!" Aaron explained that he was already the president of ABBA, (Arkansas Baptist Bikers Association). Jamie responded, "That is not where you are supposed to be, come with me." Steve says she bribed Aaron to come to their house by offering him a free turkey, they just happened to have two in their freezer. She showed him the videos and books about the Hell Fighters and gave Aaron something to think about. The couple was in Aaron's house on New Year's Eve when Jamie clinched the deal. She said,"You don't understand, if I don't do this I am going to be in so much trouble." With tears in her eyes, she tells Kimberlee and me, "Because when I stand before God, I will hear him say, 'Welcome my good and faithful servant', not 'Depart from me, I never knew you.' But, I am so passionate, I often say things that don't quite come out right. We are here to do good things, regardless of how it sounds coming out of my mouth." As their blessings continued, Steve and Jamie were offered a building with the understanding they would be responsible for any and all repairs. Aaron put all of his tax money in on the repairs, along with Steve and Jamie's, and the local chapter of HellFighters was born. At that time, Steve was attending UACCB on his G.I. bill and Jamie was attending on a Pell grant when they started the ministry. Jamie was also working full time as a case manager at NADC in Ash Flat. A busy time in their lives to be sure, but Jamie says that Steve has been fortunate to find regular, flexible work that allows him to help with the ministry when she needs him. Steve says they had eighty-seven families in their mission rotation before they moved to their new location, (which means these families take turns receiving food boxes). They still have many families in rotation, but the new building is under renovations which limits this process. Jamie and Steve say they are blessed to have the crew that they do, Eric Sessums, Loren Richardson, Jim and Christi Busby, Amy Pruitt, and Aaron Dailing. They also give thanks for the families of their crew, "If Loren is busy, his wife, Sandy, is here doing everything possible to help us provide for these families." says Jamie. Steve

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adds, "West Baptist has been an amazing blessing to us, as well, as all of the many volunteers that help us with repairs or constructing the rescue mission housing that we are in the process of building right now. James Stone, Walter Swinghammer, Mike Arnold, Shannon Edwards; these individuals have been a blessing and tremendous assets to our cause and we can't thank them enough." The original location at the Rainbow Mini Mall was merely a clubhouse for the HellFighters to share fellowship and meet, but it had a real barroom feeling. This was intentional to make other bikers feel at home and be witnessed to, but it quickly turned into more of a mission. They were getting a large number of people that had been turned away from the Independence Inn for lack of space. Jamie set up a coat drive for them, under the impression there were six or eight in need. The HellFighters coat drive brought in well over a hundred coats and they handed out around one hundred of them. They also brought in shelves full of hygiene products and food. This began the Mission At The Cross side of the ministry and what will now be a location to house those who need a place to live and get their lives back on track through God. Jamie keeps a ledger of those who come in, their situation, and what help they receive. One account is of a lady who lives in a tent along the river, one is a lady who's house burnt, and another is a gentleman that lives out of his car. Jamie says, "We started this ministry to witness for Jesus and it became so much more because we wanted to meet those physical needs as well. We know what it is to live paycheck to paycheck and how close we've all been to being homeless." This new facility is shaping up to be a transitional facility for males who need a new start from a homeless situation. "If you don't have to worry about where you're going to sleep, it will be easier to interview for a job and move on to the next level in their life. We want to help families grow through Christ." adds Jamie. They have numerous success stories of people they have helped that now are able to help themselves. These stories further prove our societies need for organization like the HellFighters and their benefit. John Bruner sold them the new building at 125 West Pine Street in Batesville at a very negotiable price for these good Samaritans to further their mission. Steve and Jamie have three children, from thirteen to five. The children hang out and help out with the ministry after school. The family attends Believers Church, which has been a godsend to them as well, and they invite anyone to join them at any given service. Jamie says their son brought them to Jesus. He

was attending church when he was just a little guy and wanted them to go to Heaven with him. They are a close family strengthened through Christ, they say. Steve is recovering with a limp from a jack hammer accident while digging a trench where the plumbing for the new shower room will go. Jamie explains that they won't be enablers either. When they see people they have helped doing things they shouldn't be doing or can't afford, they will confront them and turn them away. You don't have to be a motorcyclist to help or join the HellFighters Christian Ministry. The HellFighters have an account set up at Citizens Bank in Batesville and will accept donations directly into this account. They need money for a sprinkler system that must be installed before anyone can be housed. They will need goods to hand out to those in need once the building is completely renovated. They also need the time of great volunteers to sort clothes, help with construction, and offer other willing skills. The Mission is now permanently located at 125 West Pine. They invite anyone who would like to know more about them to come in and meet them. The mission is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can learn more about the ministry at www.hellfighters.org. N Photography by Robert O. Seat

"Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14)

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Though I am probably a bit biased, I am very proud of the role advanced practice nurses (APN) play in our health care system. There are more than 155,000 nurse practitioners in the United States who provide highquality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient centered care to patients across the country. In 2011, there were 28 APNs licensed and residing in Independence County. The University of Arkansas has three more students from Independence County that will graduate this month and obtain APN certification in early 2014. APNs are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education (most have a master’s and many have doctorate degrees) and extensive clinical training who provide primary, acute, and specialty health care services. They hold formal certification from a nationally recognized certifying body approved by their State Board of Nursing. There are four categories of APNs in Arkansas-Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). The ANP, CNM, and CNS work independently, but those with prescriptive authority maintain a collaborative practice agreement with a physician who agrees to

be available for consultation and referral. CRNAs are required to work under the supervision of a physician or dentist, but not necessarily in their presence. All APNs collaborate with other health care professionals as needed to provide for the health care needs of their patients. They provide diagnosis and treatment of health problems, focus on the effects health problems have on the patient and the patient’s family, explain health problems and the effects of medications, emphasize wellness and self-care, and manage their own caseload. In addition to providing a full range of services, APNs work as partners with their patients, guiding them to make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices. They are informed, in touch and involved, making them the health care provider of choice for millions, evidenced by more than 600 million visits made to APNs every year. National Nurse Practitioner Week (Nov. 11-17, 2012) was a time to celebrate and recognize these exceptional health care providers! (Information obtained from the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners). N

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Indie Film Initiative Off to Impressive Start Capacity Crowd Fills Landers Building to See 45RPM

An enthusiastic crowd of 300 turned out on Saturday evening, October 27, to attend the premiere of 45RPM, described by author, producer, and director Juli Jackson of Paragould as a “dark comedy that extends the world of the classic American road movie while exploring rich Southern history.” The story follows a struggling artist seeking a connection between her work and her deceased father, a garage band musician. Together with an obsessive record collector from memphis, she begins a search for a rare 45 recording of her father's band, The Five Man Trio. 45RPM is the first film to be completed as part of Ozark Foothills FilmFest's Indie Film Initiative, an aggressive effort to stimulate the Arkansas independent film community. “We were fortunate to receive a significant grant from Governor Beebe that enabled us to help fund three films,” explains Ozark Foothills president and co-founder Bob Pest. “There are two exciting documentary films in the pipeline,” he added, “My Brother's Heart by award-winning filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud and Man Shot Dead by Taylor Feltner.” Each of the three projects received $30,000 grants. The two documentaries will be launched upon completion. “We had 26 Arkansas filmmakers apply for the three grants,” Pest notes. “Several of the filmmakers have moved forward on their own, finding the necessary resources from a variety of sources or funding the projects themselves. I am especially excited about No Trespassing, a documentary about the cycle of poverty, abuse, neglect, and addiction that plagues much of the Ozark region. The film was shot in both northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri by Kate and Lyle Siegenthaler. Kate is a youth therapist and counselor who works in the most impoverished Ozark communities. As our audiences learn to appreciate independent films the festival will continue to develop strategies for both funding and promoting independent filmmaking in Arkansas. We have the talent, we have the locations, and we have growing statewide awareness and support. Individuals, businesses, corporations, and organizations interested in advancing the Indie Film Initiative may send your contributions to: Indie Film Initiative Ozark Foothills FilmFest 195 Peel Road Locust Grove, AR 72550 For more information contact ozarkfilm@wildblue. net or bobpest@wildblue.net. Ozark Foothills FilmFest, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2001. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. N

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Top Left, Stephanie Mullens cuts the ribbon for the new Denim Blues location at 3050 Harrison in the Market Place Center. Bottom Left, Shawnna Hill cuts the ribbon for the grand opening of her Studio 44 Hair Salon in Suite N of 3050 Harrison. Above, Brad Cook, owner of Wholesale Tire Outlet cut his grand opening ribbon at 66 Batesville Blvd. Join us in supporting these great local businesses. N 20 Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us here at EYE ON INDEPENDENCE!



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A.) (Left to right, back row) Dr. Bruce Johnston, Dr. Martha Beck, Dr. Barry Gehm and Dr. Donald Weatherman; (left to right, front row) student JonMichael Poff, Rev. Nancy McSpadden, Dr. Kurt Grafton and Jordan Faulkner pose for a photo before the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service. B.) Lyon College staff and choir members carry tartan flags into the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service. C.) Alumni and honorary alumni award winners Mary Eleanor Mosley, Dr. Robert Craig, Dr. Richard Ambler and Elizabeth Cummings are recognized at halftime of the homecoming basketball game. D.)Homecoming Court Junior Representatives, Crystal Thomas and Jonathan Dannett. E.) Homecoming queen Norah Gnade and Homecoming king Zach Smart pose

for a photo. F.) Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman presents the President’s Cup to Tau Kappa Epsilon representative Justin Holmes. G.) Hardy resident and American Idol contestant Lauren Gray sings at the homecoming concert. H.) Director of Alumni and Parent Services Taryn Duncan poses with 1938 graduates Edward Pratt and Carl Garner. I.) Class of 2002 friends Elizabeth Rowe Cummings, Rebecca Newcome and Andi Craft Reed get together to reminisce. J.) Larry Bentley, class of 1962, and Cliff Tackett, class of 1960, pose for a photo at the Arkansas College River Rats reunion. All photos taken by Chandra L. Huston, Assistant Director of Communications, News and Media Relations at Lyon College. You can reach her at (870) 307-7488 or chandra.huston@lyon.edu. N December 2012 |  21

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Eye On Feature Merle Norman Julie M. Fidler

Juanita Shepherd knows Merle Norman personally. She has sold the cosmetic line for the past 31 years in Batesville. Recently, Ms. Shepherd and Sheila Anderson, the owner of Something Extra, where she is employed, spent 12 days in Los Angeles at Merle Norman’s home office in training to open the brand new store on Neeley Street. Ms. Anderson is also the owner of The Hair Loft right next door. The training allowed the two to become licensed dealers of Merle Norman, a line of cosmetics made in the United States and long known for its secret formulas that help men, women and even children with their complexions. The store offers free makeovers and stocks plenty of every Merle Norman product. Ms. Shepherd explained that Merle Norman was a woman who worked at a hospital in 1949 when she developed a powder-based cleanser to help babies with nasty diaper rash. It is called Miracol revitalizing lotion and is still a popular product within the growing line. The store, which just opened Oct. 24, also sells purses, clothes for men and women, home décor, fashion jewelry and handbags. Ms. Shepherd and her husband, a retired Baptist minister, moved to Batesville from Springdale in 1981. “We have a lot of gifts,” she said. “We’re very well stocked with multiples of everything, and we are the only place in town that sells Merle Norman. Otherwise, shoppers have to go as far as Heber Springs and Mountain View.” The shop also employs Priscilla Mize, Ruth Lewis, Sonja Massey Turner and Nora Brooks, a long-time Merle Norman sales woman. Although Something Extra is a brand new store in town, many people may not know Batesville was home to the second Merle Norman studio in Arkansas. Luther Bearden of Batesville said his mother, Martina Bearden, opened a Merle Norman store downtown in the early 1950s while he was in high school. “Mother and Willie Maude Tucker (mother of former Arkansas governor, Jim Guy Tucker) were very active in the American Legion Auxiliary together. She opened the store here at the urging of Willie Maude, who opened the first Merle Norman studio in the state down in Little Rock,” he said. Mrs. Bearden opened her first store above the Western Auto building on Main Street. That building burned in the early 1980s, and the address is now home to the Pocket Park, across from the Landers Theater. She later rented space in the old Southwestern Bell building at 153 S. Third Street and built her customer base. She kept the store through the late 1970s when she sold it to Willene Kendall, who moved it back to Main Street. Mrs. Kendall sold that store to Nora Brooks, who now works at Something Extra. Mrs. Brooks sold her store to Kim Hinkle, and that store was later closed. N

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Thompson - Scribner Wedding Kimberlee Thomas

I can’t be sure how many times I have told my own children “Don’t give up on the things you want, and don’t be afraid to ask. The worst thing that can happen is that you will be told “No”, the best thing is you just might get what you asked for.” It seems that Brett Scribner had been told the same thing as he was growing up. His persistence and “Hard Work”,

as he often teases his new bride, Amy Thompson Scribner, paid off. Amy recalls that she wasn’t looking for romance when the young couple’s paths first crossed. “I was eighteen and Brett was nineteen. We were pretty young. But, Brett wouldn’t give up and I soon gave in. In doing so I found my best friend. Six years later we were wed!” Christmas Day 2010 started out very routine for the young couple. Over the course of their dating relationship they had worked out a plan for the holidays. They both have large families and count themselves blessed that they are all close by. Christmas Eve and Christmas day are spent traveling among the family homes, sharing gifts and holiday meals. The young couple had headed out for their traditional Christmas Day lunch when Brett asked Amy if she felt they had time to make a quick stop by a little creek where they often rode four-wheelers and would take their dogs to play. “I was in no way expecting anything. I still had over a year in nursing school and Brett was pondering going back to college at the time.” According to Amy she is a very type “A” person while Brett is more of a type “K”. “He is so laid back about everything! Looking back I should have seen how nervous he was. We had taken a few photos before leaving and you can see how nervous he looks in them. It was all over his face.” Amy recalls it was starting to sprinkle snow and she was encouraging Brett to hurry along as she felt sure they were going to run late for lunch. “As I turned around he was on one knee, ring in hand. I said “yes” quickly followed by “you asked my dad, right?” Amy and Brett are

very close to each other’s families. “It takes a village to raise kids, and get them through college and most major events in their lives. We have and awesome village,” Amy shared. The couple was united in marriage at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on October 6, 2012. Pastor John Drymon conducted the double ring ceremony. The theme was “very

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fall” according to Amy. “We used pumpkins to decorate the reception hall. We also had caramel apples and pies. We both love nature, and we feel fall showcases nature at its best.” Amy recalls that it stormed the night of the rehearsal and the power went out so they practiced by candle light. Their wedding day was beautiful, cool and only visited by a touch of rain. The couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw. “It was the very song we danced to six years before on our first date.”

Amy recalls. The couple made plans to honeymoon in the Smokey Mountains in November working around Brett’s college schedule. They took a beautiful road trip through Tennessee and into North Carolina. Amy is a graduate of Batesville High School and the University of Central Arkansas. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing with a minor in psychology. She is currently employed as an RN at WRMC. She is planning on returning to school to pursue her Masters in nursing education with a clinical

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focus. Brett was a member of the last graduating class of Sulphur Rock. He is currently finishing up a Business degree, with a focus in agricultural loans at UACCB. He will then transfer to finish with a Bachelor’s degree. The young couple is settling into their home and has plans to finish school and grow their own family here in Batesville. Amy shares, “I have seen Batesville grow so much in the five years I was away at college in Conway and I am so very proud.” N

Things To Do Festival of Lessons and Carols

This annual event features traditional Christmas music interspersed with Scripture readings. Performers include organist Russell Stinson and the Lyon College Flute Choir, under direction of Laura Stinson. The program will showcase the church’s neo-baroque Flentrop organ. This event will be held at the Christian Science Society at College and 18th Street Sunday, December 2 from 4 p.m. through 6 p.m. Batesville Christmas Parade The annual parade is scheduled for December 3rd at 7 p.m. and will follow the usual route along Main Street beginning with the lighting ceremony at the Municipal Building. Convocation: Davy and Peter Rothbart of FOUND Magazine The Rothbart brothers will bring their “My Heart is an Idiot: FOUND Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Tour” to Batesville, featuring more treasures from the magazine, shared by Davy, with music by Peter. Join us at the Nucor Auditorium, Lyon Building, Lyon College Tuesday, December 4th 7:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. Lyon College Concert Chorale’s Christmas Concert The annual holiday concert will be conducted by Karen Graham, Lyon College’s new choral director. Dr. Russell Stinson will accompany on piano and organ. The Batesville Choral Society will join the Lyon Concert Chorale for the program. The featured works will be Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and John Rutter’s arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” There will also be congregational carols. Everyone is invited to Brown Chapel on the Lyon College Campus Friday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. Old Fashioned Christmas Party Visitors will join Museum staff and volunteers in celebrating an old fashioned Christmas with music, games, and crafts. The North Arkansas Christian Homeschool Organization’s hand bell choir will perform Saturday, December 8th 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Old Independence Regional Museum located at 380 S. Ninth Street in Batesville, Arkansas.

Southside High School 18th Annual Ye Olde Christmasse Madrigal Feaste

the Lighting of the Christmas Candle, the Procession of the Boar’s Head, and a sumptuous repast of fresh fruit, French onion potage, beef tenderloin au jus, twice baked potatoes, green bean bundles, whole loaves of wheat bread, and flaming dessert. 2012 Madrigal Dates are Friday, December 14th and Saturday, December 15th. Seating of the Guests will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Call For Tickets office at (870) 251-2341 or Angela Weaver at (870) 612-2846. The Heavenly Treasures Global Market The Heavenly Treasures global market, with goods made by artisans around the world who benefit from the micro-finance initiative to break the cycle of poverty, will be open in the Landers, 332 E. Main Street, Batesville during these times: Saturday, December 1, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mountain View Events for December December 1 is the Courthouse and Christmas Tree Lighting. (A part of the Arkansas Parks & Tourism Christmas Trail Of Lights). Experience an Ozark Mountain Christmas! Historic Courthouse, town square and along Main Street come aglow with lights, music, and spirit. Tree Lighting and courthouse lighting are scheduled for 6 p.m. Enjoy Christmas music on the square along with a Live Nativity. Santa will be there for the children. December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd are all the days you can catch the Caroling in the Caverns - A Christmas Concert. Marvel at the beauty of astonishing formations coupled with the sounds of caroling resounding through the caverns as musicians perform your favorite old-time Christmas songs. For more information call 870-269-8068. N

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Unique and Local Christmas Gifts The Batesville Art Gallery on Main has a variety of selections of unique and special gift items for that someone special. These items are created by local and area artisans that provide that gift that can’t be purchased in other retail shops. We have a variety of pottery pieces from several potters, specialized jewelry, handmade baskets, hand designed wooden boards and sets of coasters made from the old gymnasium floor of the Batesville High School Gym. We have Kevin Pieper’s photo book, entitled “Connecting with Nature - Portraits and essays on Nature and Man” (www. pieperphoto.com). The BAAC Art Gallery on Main also carries Teresa Burns Murphy’s first novel, “The Secret to Flying.” You can find out more about Teresa by visiting her website at www. teresaburnsmurphy.com BAAC has many beautiful art work originals as well as a variety of prints and beautiful photographs that are remarkable. Our organization works with a number of artisans that, through purchasing their work, would provide support and appreciation for their talents and would provide a unique and special gift for that someone special. Gallery hours will be extended through the Christmas season by being open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Come visit the BAAC Art Gallery on Main, 246 E. Main Street in Batesville.

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The Batesville Area Arts Council will again offer a Kid’s Cookie House Making Workshop on Saturday, December 1st for kids of all ages. To work with everyone’s schedule, BAAC is offering two sessions, the first session will be from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. and the second session will be from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The cost is $3 per person. We ask that very young children not be left alone as this is a great family project to make a little fun creation for the holidays, if it isn’t eaten before that. To make sure we have ample supplies, you will need to preregister your child/children by calling the BAAC Art Gallery at (870) 793-3382 or email at baac@ suddenlinkmail.com 2013 BAAC National Juried Exhibition The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the 2013 BATESVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION. This exhibition is open to all artists around the country, 18 years of age and older working in 2-D media. Entries must be original within the last five years. Works previously exhibited at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main are ineligible. Artists may submit up to three images with an entry fee of $25. Two additional images may be submitted for an additional $5 each. Accepted works will be exhibited at the BAAC Art Gallery (Batesville, AR) March 19 – 20, 2013. We will offer a purchase prize award as well as other cash awards. The first place winner will be given a solo exhibition at the BAAC Art Gallery in 2013. BAAC is pleased that Mr. David Ballin, Little Rock artist and educator, will jury this exhibition. A copy of the 2013 BATESVILLE AREA ARTS COUNCIL NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION prospectus can be found on the BAAC website at www.batesvillearts.org or contact the Batesville Area Arts Council at baac@suddenlinkmail.com for more information. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the holiday season, the gallery will also be open on Saturdays from Nov. 13th through Dec. 18th from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. N

Marlene Gremillion working with Photo of Marlene Gremillion providing Shari Reinheardt during the Miniature painting - abstract watercolor Abstract Watercolor Workshop provided demonstration. through the BAAC November 9th and 10th.

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Independent Thoughts The New Majority

John M. Belew

The 2012 election marked the point at which a new American electoral coalition solidified its hold on politics, one built on the country's growing non-white population and on cultural changes that have given younger voters of all races a far different outlook on political issues from that of their elders. If the new coalition holds, future historians will look back at this campaign as one, like Franklin D. Roosevelt's in 1936 and Richard M. Nixon's in 1972, that marked a long-term realignment of the nation's politics. Obama knows that he is indebted to the population of non whites. On election night the president said: "This country has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that's not what makes us strong. What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on Earth." The white majority is shrinking in many US states. Since the Reagan era, the Republicans' biggest successes were always the result of their ability to draw away traditional Democratic voters, especially white, bluecollar workers. They were able to do so, once again, on Tuesday, when 71 percent of white male voters chose Romney. But it was no longer enough to help the party succeed. Gaining the support of the majority of the

shrinking white majority is no longer enough to win national elections in America. That's why demographics was the dominant topic in the days after the election, especially concerning the Latinos' newly important role. Americans with Hispanic roots are currently the country's fastestgrowing group of voters, with 50,000 Latinos turning 18 -- and becoming eligible to vote -- every month. An Obama ad characterized the politics of Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, as "a step backward." Republicans looked whiter, older and angrier than ever before in their history. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican presidential contender in 2008, said on election night that the Republicans had done a "pathetic job" of reaching out to minorities. That was putting it mildly. Romney could have won the election if he hadn't ignored all the warnings from his own camp. To a greater extent, the Democratic Party will attract the “former minority� voter. The formers are becoming the majority. To cater to the growing part of our population, law makers will cut services to the elderly and less dominant voter. Historically, benefits begat voters. That being true, entitlements for the elderly and disabled will diminish over the short run. N

The Myopic Life

Heavenly Treasures Kristi Price

The start of December always has me thinking about teacher gifts. And girlfriend gifts. And dance teacher gifts. Gifts for my hairdresser, co-workers, and favorite aunt (YOU know who you are!). Gifts for my children's Sunday school teachers, Awana directors, and gymnastics coach. Somewhere under this avalanche of gift-giving, the flurry of certificates and pedicures and iTunes cards, I lose the spirit. Instead of thoughtfully choosing gifts, I start snatching things up just to check someone off my list. I don't set out in this spirit. It just happens. Does it happen to you? Do you find yourself overcome by the frantic pace and materialism, all the while wishing you could hold on to your initial desire: to bless others while connecting them to a greater blessing? Let me offer you a beautiful option. Come shop Heavenly Treasures. Since 1998, Heavenly Treasures, a micro enterprise network, has assisted refugees, single mothers, widows, the physically disabled, women and children rescued from human trafficking, orphans, and many others. Heavenly Treasures meets with these disenfranchised people and assists them in creating and developing their artisan business. Their mission is "to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity. We focus on handicraft projects that allow the development of a micro enterprise, leading them down the path to self-sufficiency. These projects are very small enterprises, ranging from one refugee family to a group of village women, all in need of a consistent income." With 50+ livelihood projects from thirteen countries, Heavenly Treasures gives these artisans access to the markets of the world. And one such global market is here in Batesville. Heavenly Treasures goods open for sale to the public on Saturday, December 1st from 6:30 p.m.10:00 p.m. during the Narvel Felts concert in the Fellowship Bible Church inside the Landers Theater (you should go get your tickets to that, by the way!). You can also shop on Friday, December 7 from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Each piece comes with a tag identifying its origin. You can also visit heavenlytreasures.org for much more information. Please come shop and support Heavenly Treasures. When your gift recipient touches a hand-worked scarf that was woven by the nowempowered fingers of a Guatemalan woman, the circle of blessing is complete. N

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Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista

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If you are one of those people who puts your Christmas tree up the day after Halloween (you know who you are), and the idea of picking out decorations for your house, and Christmas outfits for you and your family, with Sugar Plums dancing in your head, then let’s talk about what Christmas party looks you can do, and what Christmas sweaters will get you kicked out of your family’s party. Velvet- When I was a little girl, I always had a “Christmas dress”. It was typically velvet, and usually my favorite dress of the year. I recently bought a dress that reminds me of a favorite dress I had as a little girl. Not sure if this says more about my tastes now, or my tastes then. Velvet is just a fabric that screams, “Wear me for the holidays!”. Of course, with any fabric, cut and style are key. You don’t want your hemline, or your bust line too short. Red or Green- These two traditional holiday colors make a color palette for your Christmas tree and decorations at home, but might not necessarily go together, despite what you see on Pinterest. I would not wear them together, unless you want people to imagine you as a Christmas tree. Certainly, a red dress, a gorgeous red blouse, or a red pant (not worn together, obviously, unless you work for a blood drive) are all beautiful for the season. My son’s favorite color for me is green (Wear the green dress, Mommy!). A green dress would be incredibly appropriate with the right accessories for Christmas. Anything with a little sparkle- If it has a sparkle on it, I want it. I don’t care if it is a tshirt, a bracelet, a necklace or some shoes. Christmas is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but one of them is because I can wear sparkly stuff and not have to feel sorry about it (let’s be honest, I rarely feel sorry about my fashion decisions). A little sparkle added to any outfit, gives it that special appeal for office and family Christmas parties (or your two year old’s daycare Christmas party!). Holiday dressing should look like what you would wear to a normal function, but just adding some special touches. As always, have fun with your wardrobe choices (Not Lady Gaga wearing meat fun, but sparkly fun), and have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! *All images are taken from Pinterest (a tool of the devil). N

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Joseph Thomas The lights blink, flicker, and flash to stimulate my brain and I cry. I cry for my children and the smiles that overcome them with an air of happy strength. The music plays and its melody carries my Father’s pride and how complete this moment is; a swelling of time and space in my presence of mind. The voices run hand in hand as fiftythousand speak as one and we are unique; the same and legion in our self centered sight through this lens of brown, blue, and green eyed wonder. Finally, I can enjoy a moment such as this completely for I am old enough now to sit my vanity down beside the worry and burden that we are born strapped under. To release this confining strap and breathe upward with a swelling chest of stars and childhood skies. The music plays on and the moment leaves me as easily as it came and we all file away from one another toward the lives we all live separately within the same wonderful snow globe world. N December 2012 |  33

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Randolph County Preserves its Rich History Bob Pest Randolph County is a treasure chest of early Arkansas history. Within twenty miles of Pocahontas, the county seat, visitors will find the sites of thirteen historical locations ranging from the early territorial years through the introduction of statehood and into the Civil War era. Pocahontas, settled in 1807, is home to a sixteen block National Historic District that includes architectural masterpieces like the 1872 Victorian Italianate Courthouse. Pocahontas is also the site of the Civil War River Walk Memorial Trail along the Black River in Overlook Park. On a lighter note, Arkansas' first Quilt Trail, sixty-two nearly fullsize images of heritage quilts, covers the sides of buildings in the historic district. The district also includes the site of the oldest pharmacy in Arkansas (since 1852), now housing Futrell's Pharmacy, and the oldest continuously operating barbershop, the 1893 Sanitary Barbershop.


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The community has been active in restoring structures that represent the early history of the county: the 1828 Rice House is Arkansas' oldest standing log structure and the 1833 Looney Tavern on the banks of the Eleven Point River. Both sites are available for group tours; contact Black River Technical College (870-8924565) to make a reservation. The rich and well-preserved history of Randolph County and Pocahontas is also preserved and shared in four museums: the Randolph County Heritage Museum on the Old Curt Square in Pocahontas, the Maynard Pioneer Museum and Park, the Ravenden Springs Community Museum, and the Eddie Mae Heron Center and Museum, which preserves, showcases, and celebrates the region's African American heritage. Just eight miles south of Pocahontas, history buffs will also find the Davidsonville State Park and Museum; Davidsonville was Arkansas' first planned town, as well as home to the first U.S. Post Office, first Courthouse, and first U.S. Land Office. The county's history is rivaled by its rivers. Randolph County is the only county in Arkansas with five navigable rivers. The Black River flows through the Donaldson Wildlife Refuge and Pocahontas; it is fed by the Current River, a popular canoe stream with equally popular sandy beaches. The Fourche de Maux is an excellent fishing stream that also joins the Black River at Pocahontas. The Eleven Point River attracts outdoors enthusiasts with its pristine waters, perfect for canoeing, floating, and fishing. The Spring River, that flows down from Mammoth Springs, is renowned for both canoeing and fishing. If you plan to stay a few days, your choices include cabins at both he Shady River Resort on the banks of Eleven Point River and Current River Beach and James Ranch and Lodge, also on the Eleven Point. If hunting is your pleasure, check out

Buck Hollow Ranch, which offers both hunting and photographic safaris, a spring fed lake for fishing and a comfortable Lodge. Elk, deer, and wild turkeys are plentiful. Downtown Pocahontas is a pleasant place to stroll and shop. Black River Beads and Pottery is an art lover's delight with a great selection of hand-crafted items and frequent workshops. Also plan to visit the Gallery on the Square and the Camera Corner Studio, a showcase for photographic art. The Randolph Music theatre features live music (country, folk, gospel) every Friday evening. The Imperial Dinner theatre and Studio is wellknown regionally for its Broadway style productions. Randolph County maintains a full calendar of festivals and events. The Eddie Mae Herron Center and Museum celebrates Black History Month each February with a variety of activities, demonstrations, and lectures. Pioneer Days at Maynard includes food, a craft fair, a pioneer dress contest, a parade, and live entertainment. The annual “Rock and Roll Highway 67 Music Festival features the Rock and Rockabilly music of the 50's and 60's, period dress, kids games, crafts, contests, food, and fun for the entire family. The Rock and Roll Highway follows the same route travelled by Elvis, Roy Orbison, Narvell Felts, Levon Helm, Ace Cannon, and many other pioneers of rock'n'roll. A nationally recognized member of the first generation of America's unique musical style attends each year to perform a free concert. Randolph County has one of the most engaged and informed tourism associations in the state. For more information visit www. seerandolphcounty.com. Photograph of the courthouse found at flickriver. com and submitted there by courthouselover. N December 2012 |  35

Smith’s Verdict ***

Edward Scissorhands

Reviewed by Tanner Smith “Edward Scissorhands,” a weird fantasy fable by Tim Burton, has a unique and intriguing premise that begins with one gimmick, that the main character has scissors for hands. The premise is this: A young man named Edward was created in a mansion near a small town by a loving inventor, but the inventor died before he could finish his creation. He is left “unfinished” with his scissors for hands. One day, Edward is found by a local woman, who brings him home and offers hospitality, and he becomes the talk of the town. This is an engaging premise and “Edward Scissorhands” plays it with magic realism and a real charm to it. Johnny Depp stars as the title character, and it’s a more-than-successful creation. Sporting a fright wig, a plaintive expression, and a pure innocence within him, it is impossible not to care for Edward, played wonderfully by Depp. And as for those scissor-hands, it’s a great sight gag, even if it doesn’t make a lot of sense as a metaphor (if that’s what Burton was going for). Edward has been living in the mansion alone ever since the death of his inventor (the fantastic Vincent Price, seen in flashbacks). His hands are the one aspect that the inventor was never able to create for him, leaving him with long, sharp razorblades. One day, he is found by the Avon saleswoman, Peg (Dianne Wiest), who feels sympathy towards this man and invites him to live at her home in the neighborhood nearby. When he’s there, he adapts to suburban life, becomes the talk of the street, impresses everybody with his skilled hands (he can make gigantic hedge animals and give haircuts to the local women and their dogs), and also begins to fall in love with Peg’s teenage daughter Kim (Winona Ryder). This is no ordinary neighborhood, mind you. This looks and feels like something out of a comic book or an animated sitcom. I admire the visual style that Burton shows throughout this film—every film he makes seems to turn our everyday world into something resembling a fairy tale, for example. But there is one thing that kind of bugs me. The early scenes that the strangeness of this movie’s suburban world, with the bright colored visuals (houses with bright paint colors and people dressed in practical-Technicolor, looking an awful lot like “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”), don’t leave us with that much wonder when we see the amazinglooking garden at the mansion—wonderful set design, with hedge animals and bright flowers. And thus, once we leave the mansion with Edward, the world just gets even stranger. That being said, I have to ask, wouldn’t it be more interesting to have Edward’s world collide with the real world? This is not the real world—this is a strange world in which the Avon lady looks at a creepylooking mansion up on a hill and thinks there will be someone there who could use her materials, and just

walks around the place and looks around for someone, saying “Avon calling.” And some really strange people, too—the women in this weird neighborhood make “Steel Magnolias” look like a soap opera. At least the teenagers are normal enough, and react how anyone would react to a man with scissors for hands. Although, come to think of it, that means they’re less funny. But here’s my major problem with “Edward Scissorhands” that almost kills the movie. It’s not that all the townspeople turn against Edward when they see how dangerous he can be with those scissor-hands, even if he doesn’t intend to hurt people. I get that; it’s like “Frankenstein,” which Tim Burton sort-of satirizes here. But that’s enough. Just give us the mob of local folks as a catalyst for conflict. And that brings us to the unnecessary, unwelcome addition to the villain role— Kim’s jealous, hostile, and unbelievably dull boyfriend Jim (Anthony Michael Hall). Good Lord, is this guy boring. We know that Jim is going to be jealous of Edward being in love with Kim, and know just about everything that he’s planning to do. Every time he shows up, I groan. No thought went into this character at all and it leads to a boring climax—a fight between hands and scissors. There are enough things that “Edward Scissorhands” does right that I can marginally recommend it, despite that aforementioned boring element. I’ve already mentioned Depp’s great performance as the immenselyappealing Edward, but there’s also the sweetness that envelops around Winona Ryder. She does a really good job as Kim, who sometimes seems like the only person capable of loving Edward. The best, most touching moment in the movie is when she finds him and says, “Hold me.” Edward tries, but is too afraid of hurting her—“I can’t,” he says miserably. So, she helps him to let him hold her. That is a beautiful moment, and so is the sequence in which Edward uses his blades to scrape a giant ice block in such a way that it looks as if it’s snowing on Kim. The Danny Elfman music score in both scenes is very effective. The first half is engaging in its weirdness of the locations and the characters, and lead to some nice sight gags and funny lines of dialogue—I love the bit in which Edward carves up some meat and offers some to one of Kim’s friends at the dinner table, and she says, “I can’t eat that—you used your hands.” I don’t even care about logic in this world,

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so I don’t even question how Edward is able to make shrubbery sculptures where no shrubs should ever grow. That’s just the kind of world this is. It’s a fantasy; deal with it. There’s enough love and imagination to the making of “Edward Scissorhands” that I am recommending the movie for its strong, charming points. Sure, I hate the grudging boyfriend character and I kind of wish the ending was more about dealing with problems and accepting them, instead of resorting to an automatic fight scene. But until that point, the film is as cute and adorable as the main character. Photograph found at outsidernarratives.blogspot N

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