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In Remembrance of Jasmine Riggs

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Chad Grigsby is a 32 year old native of Tennessee but now calls Arkansas home. He is the Pastor for Teaching & Shepherding at the Compass Church. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Jessica and they have one son, Ezra.

Kristi Price is on staff with Fellowship Bible Church of Batesville as Ministry Coordinator. She enjoys conversations about community and connection, and she loves small town living. Kristi is married and mother to three children.

Leigh Keller is a high school guidance counselor 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.

Alisa R. Lancaster is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) North Central office and serves as faculty for the UAMS College of Nursing. She has been with the UAMS system since 1994. Alisa earned her Master’s and two post Master’s certificates in Advanced Practice Nursing from UAMS. She is passionate about the health and wellness of others. Alisa is married to Scott Lancaster, General Counsel for Bad Boy Mowers, Inc. and its affiliated companies. Together, they have four children, two daughter-in-laws, five grandchildren, and two very spoiled puppies.

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Articles, Babies and Frozen Treats Joseph Thomas

We are so happy to be with you yet again, talking about neighbors, local businesses and this community as a whole. This month we get to share Susan Shawver’s house plant tips, Nelson Barnett’s thoughts on Spring and the Qualls - Woodall wedding with Kimberlee Thomas. I am able to share Alisa R. Lancaster’s thoughts on Nursing Kimberlee and Joseph Thomas as we recognize Nursing Week, Alisa also shares some statistics about ATVs and You and we featue Jana Riggs, what March of Dimes means to her and why. Kristi Price writes about Summer Planning, Leigh Keller explains Retail Addiction and Chad Grigsby speaks of Christians as the Counter-Culture. Tanner Smith reviews American Sniper and this months Notes from the Clearing is at the beach. As always we have local things to do, local events and local faces, so tag along and lets see what May holds for us all. Brood Farm recently shared pictures of their new farm babies and we wanted to share those as we remind you not to miss this months Batesville Main Street Farmer’s Market May 2 and 16 (the first and third Saturday of every month). If Kimberlee and I don't see you there, we are just down the street at Chill Factory waiting for you to come check us out and enjoy some frozen treats! We are pushing hard to get the Arctic Yogurt Pipeline finished to feed the masses by May 1, but if not, please bear with us...it will be worth the wait. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, Thank you for my life and your love. N

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House Plant Tips

Susan Shawver Do you have house plants? No, I mean real, live house plants. Not the plastic ones my mother always had or the silk ones, although I must admit they are a vast improvement over the old fashioned plastic ones. If you feel you cannot grow house plants, please try the following tip. Most house plants die a slow death from over watering. Soggy soils lead to root rot. So here is an easy tip for growing house plants. Go with a plant that lives well in water and forget the soil. This is a trick I learned years ago from my dear mother-in-law. Use any water proof decorative vase. Be sure to use a coaster of some type to avoid water damage on your table top. Take a clipping from one of the following plants and put in the vase. Add water and place it near a window. Some people like to add medium sized decorative pebbles to the vase but this is not necessary. Maintenance is easy too. Add water once a week to keep the roots submerged. A couple of times a year, dump all the water and rinse the plant. Then put it back in the same vase. In the summer months add a water soluble plant food once a month. If it gets too big, just prune it and put the cuttings in a new vase and now you have two house plants! Not all plants will grow well in water but here are a few to try. Check with your fellow gardeners for cuttings to get you started. Look for a Syngonium (a/k/a Arrowhead Vine) (Syngonium podophyllum), a climbing

Philodendron (Philodendron scandens), or a Wandering Jew (Tradescantia fluminensis or Zebrina Pendula). You might even try a combination of the above. N


Nelson Barnett As I was writing this on Maundy Thursday I got an email greeting card from friends celebrating spring and the Easter Season. This is one of, maybe the, favorite time of the year for me. I love that Arkansas has all four seasons, even though this year it seemed that the winter one was particularly long and overdone! But, when all the plants begin coming back to life, and the blooms begin to fulfill the exciting promise of the new season, I can’t get enough of it. This year, in spite of the hard winter my Lenten Roses (Hellebores), are particularly beautiful. I got my start of these from Verna Love. Because of the early beauty and the memory of her I specially enjoy these beauties. Then, the narcissus begins blooming, and I’ve got bulbs from my mother’s garden, my grandmother’s garden, and an aunt’s garden, plus the unique bulbs that I’ve bought from our bulb sale. I have a favorite, and I think the bulbs came from our sale, It is called Spring Snowflake (leucojam). I first saw them in my niece’s garden in Mississippi, so I was happy to find the bulbs at our sale! Another exciting addition to all the spring bulbs and plants that are beginning to wake up is my wildflower spring continues on page 34 May 2015 7


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Alisa R. Lancaster As the weather warms, more people will flock to the great outdoors. Among those will be ATV enthusiasts. Do you know everything you should about ATV safety, rules, and legalities? Overall ATV injuries have been down, but still top 100,000 per year. Specifically 107,500 emergency room treated injuries and 327 deaths reported in 2011. Arkansas had 263 deaths from 1982 to 2007 with 69 of those being children under the age of 16. As with life, experience counts when riding an ATV. Training courses have been developed, and are available nationwide, for beginners and are usually free of cost. This training will teach drivers how to handle their ATV in difficult situations. One should always wear protective gear, from their head to their toes. Wearing a helmet may reduce the severity of head injuries. The helmet should be certified by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation. Other appropriate gear would be over the ankle boots, goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt. This attire will help provide protection against cuts, abrasions, and road/trail debris. The majority of ATVs are not designed to have more than one person. Part of maneuvering an ATV requires the driver to freely shift their weight in all directions. This interactive riding is critical to maintaining safe

control of the ATV. Children under the age of 16 should never ride an adult sized ATV. They are twice as likely to be injured as those riding a youth ATV. One third of all ATV related emergency room visits and deaths involve children. Any person less than 12 years of age must be under the direct supervision of a person who is at least 18 years of age, or be on land that is owned, leased, rented, or under the control of his or her parent or legal guardian, or if he or she is on land with permission of the owner. As with all activities, drugs and alcohol impair judgement and reaction time. Due to their design, ATVs are difficult to drive on paved roads. Many of the ATV fatalities occur on paved roads. It is unlawful to operate an ATV on public streets or highways inside the city limits of any municipality or incorporated town in Arkansas. It is permissible for the ATV to be driven on public streets and highways, to get from one field to another, if used in farming or hunting operations. An ATV may also make a direct crossing of the street or highway to get from one area to another after making a complete stop and yielding to any oncoming traffic. Crossing of divided highways may only be done at an intersection of the highway with another public street or highway. Within ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise (or with decreased visibility), both front and rear lights must be turned on. All ATVs in Arkansas must be equipped with a United States Forest Service qualified spark arrester. N


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Eye On Cover Story Nursing Personified Joseph Thomas

Kimberlee and I have seen Alisa R. Lancaster and her husband Scott all over Independence in many different instances, wearing many different hats. They both are facilitators of this community, putting in a hard days work at their professions and then into the community on top of that. With Nursing Week falling in May, we thought it only fitting to present a nurse we can all be proud of while we thank all of the great nurses that make this area a better place with the kind and caring hands that they give to this community everyday. Lancaster was born and lived in Iowa until the age of 14 when her parents moved the family to Leslie, AR. She left the farm land of Iowa and a junior high school with an enrollment of 300 and entered the hills of Arkansas with a graduating class of 15. “Talk about some culture shock! Though I can’t imagine living anywhere else, my Dad said I cried all of the first year we were here. Probably a bit of an exaggeration as I’ve always been pretty adaptable and now call Arkansas home,” says Lancaster. She met husband, Scott, at a fundraiser

in Maumelle, AR, and says it was truly love at first sight. Together they share four children, Kevin and Kyle Patterson and Brittnam and Chelsea Lancaster; two daughter-in-laws, Erin and Kayla; and five grandchildren, Whitlee (9), Carlie (4), Kooper (2), Kash (7 mths), and Peyton (3 mths). “We also have two, very spoiled, puppies, Diamond and Abby. I enjoy being outside, camping, cycling, reading (as my friend says, nerdy material), and enjoying time with my family (especially my grandchildren) and friends,” adds Lancaster. “I missed being born with a silver spoon in my mouth and had to work my way through college,” Lancaster explains. She says she was fortunate that someone believed in her, a friend of her father’s, Harold Sturgis, who recommended her for a Basic Educational Opportunity Grant (BEOG) which paid tuition, books, uniforms, etc. without which she may not have completed that first leg of education. After receiving a License of Practical Nursing certificate, she was able to work and continue her education. “I went on to obtain my Associate Degree in Nursing from the Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, and then my Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing, and two post Master’s Certificates in Nursing from the University of Arkansas

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Medical Sciences College of Nursing,” adds Lancaster. Let’s back up a bit as many people are confused with the various titles afforded those in nursing. Lancaster explains that Certified nursing assistants, sometimes called nurses’ aides, orderlies, patient care technicians, and home health aides, work under the supervision of a nurse to help patients with daily living tasks. They are eligible for certification after several weeks of training. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. They must complete a state approved educational program which typically takes about one year and must then test to be licensed. Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Registered nurses usually take one of three educational paths: an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (two years), a Diploma (3 years), or a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (four years) from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed. One may start their nursing career at any one of these levels. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, one can move on to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). These individuals will need to obtain, a minimum of, a Master’s Degree in Nursing (two to three additional years) in one of the APRN roles (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialist). APRNs provide and coordinate care in a primary or specialty health care setting. And then there are the degrees of Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) for nurses, an additional three to five years. Lancaster can’t remember ever wanting to be anything other than a nurse. It fit her personality of being a “people person” and having the desire to “take care of people”. As her career has progressed, that drive and desire has only deepened. It has been a career that constantly stimulates and challenges her. “I strive to be an advocate for a healthier lifestyle and set a healthy example for others. Being a family nurse practitioner has enabled me to deliver a unique blend of nursing care while assisting patients in making better lifestyle and healthcare decisions with a holistic approach to patient care.” She says she is able to provide care and education to patients, across their life span, as well as the effects those problems will have on their loved ones and their communities. Lancaster explains that as fewer physicians enter primary care and those in primary care near retirement, nurse practitioners fill a need for more accessible, high quality, cost effective health care for families. As healthcare across the United States continues to change, there is a growing emphasis on prevention and public health which continue to create excellent job opportunities for nurse practitioners. Part of Lancaster’s job with UAMS North Central is being faculty for the College of Nursing. She says, “Though my first love is taking care of patients in a

clinical setting, I am honored to be a part of nursing students’ lives as they further their education and join me as a colleague. It’s exciting to see that transformation from a first semester of nervousness to the final semester of being self-confident and knowledgeable as a soon to be health care provider. I enjoy reading some of the Facebook comments, of those just entering the nursing profession, and ‘hear’ their excitement and contributions. I hope I serve as a role model and a source of inspiration for career and educational advancement in their nursing careers.” Lancaster adds that they aren’t a rich profession, but that they are numerous. She is involved in, and a member of, many different nursing organizations and associations and encourage all nurses to do the same. One of her most recent involvements was with the first organized, state wide nurse practitioner group, the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association. As a nurse, Lancaster thinks it is very important to monitor and be a part of nursing politics and legislation. “We are our own best voice as we push for a more humanistic approach to the health care system and public policies that promote such,” shares Lancaster. And she adds, “So, as another Nurses Week nears, I would also like to say thank you to all my nursing colleagues in all that you do! I would also ask them to remember that nursing is a time honored profession that is highly respected by other professions and professionals. As a nurse, we must all demonstrate and advocate for our patients health and wellbeing.” N

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Eye On Feature In Remembrance of Jasmine Riggs

Jana Riggs

Hello my name is Jana Riggs. I’m the mother of 6 beautiful children. Five of them were born premature. One out of every eight babies in Arkansas is born premature. Born too small, too soon and struggling to survive; some do not make it. On November 13, 2008 I gave birth to twins at 32 weeks. Jasmine Kaille Riggs weighing one pound and four ounces and John Matthew Riggs weighing four pounds and fourteen ounces. Jasmine was born too small, too soon and struggled everyday to survive. Jasmine was placed in the NIC unit where I could see her and talk to her, but I couldn’t touch her or hold her because she was just so tiny. Her kidneys quit working and fluid started building up in her body causing her body to turn black and blue. Her little tiny body looked like it was bruised. Jasmine’s body was so small and with all the fluid backing up she developed Pulmonary hypertension in her lungs and only one side of her heart was working properly. She was treated with medicine for a week but there was no improvement, all the while I kept telling myself that it would work. On November 24, 2008 the doctors told me it was time to make a big decision. Those are the words no parent wants to hear. A part of me was in denial. I just couldn’t believe it was happening. They let me hold her knowing the end was coming, so I sat there and held my beautiful daughter for the first time for two hours. I decided to leave her hooked up to everything and to revive her if necessary. In my heart I was waiting for her to help me out and she did. I watched the doctor through my tears reviving my daughter. Her heart rate kept dropping and she would stop breathing. When the doctor finally got her stable, I walked over to her bed and looked into her eyes. She was looking at me with such sadness in her eyes. That’s when I knew it was time to let her go home. It was really hard when they unhooked all of the machines and placed my only daughter in my arms, to watch my daughter drift away. Telling her goodbye was very hard. In January of 2009, I joined the March of Dimes. I walk every year in memory of my daughter, Jasmine Riggs. As a parent it is hard to lose a child, but the March

of Dimes help raise money every year to provide more medical research and medical equipment, helping babies that are born too soon. The March of Dimes is a big part of our life now, knowing we can help make a difference in a parent’s or a precious baby’s life. Now we are a part of saving babies one step at a time. If you would like to join us, call 870-316-7482 or log onto www.marchforbabies. org for more information. Our walk will be May 2nd at Southside trackregistration at 9 am- free event! Sari (pronounced Sara) Blackwell is our community Director raised in Mountain View and is a graduate of Lyon College. Sari Blackwell–Harlow, Community Director Northeast Division March of Dimes 272 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 Direct Line (870) 316-7482 Fax (870) 972-6116 sblackwell@marchofdimes.org We also have other events through out the year including a 4th of July 5k! N

John Matthew and Jana Riggs remembering his sister Jasmine.

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Jasmine and John Matthew Riggs at birth.

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Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation gives gift to City of Batesville Allison Phelps The Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation would like to announce the gift of $25,000 to the City of Batesville for the new aquatic center. The children’s pool is to be named in loving memory of Taylor McKeen Shelton. Taylor was the healthy 14 month old son of Dr. Wes and Ella Shelton, formerly of Batesville, and the grandson of Dr. Bill and Becky Shelton and Gary and Dr. Verona Bebow, all of Batesville. On the night of June 14, 2013, Taylor went to bed and with no warning or reason, he never woke up. Taylor’s passing has been attributed to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, or SUDC. Wes and Ella formed Taylor’s foundation with hopes of bringing awareness of and research into SUDC through the national SUDC program. SUDC is similar to SIDS, but is for children who are 1 year to 4 years old. “We have raised over $150,000 in

memory of Taylor and we wanted to do something for the community of Batesville. They have supported us through our darkest days and we can’t begin to thank this wonderful city enough” said Taylor’s mom, Ella. Wes added, “Ella and I both grew up here and we will always love Batesville; I know Taylor would love the new aquatic center and he would be so proud to be able to provide happiness to the children of Batesville”. The Taylor McKeen Shelton Foundation will hold their 2nd Annual “Tee Off for Taylor” golf tournament and night event on May 23rd and 24th at Eagle Mountain Country Club. The night event will include a silent auction, dinner provided by John 3:16 and music provided by Pres Ellis, featuring Taylor’s pops, Dr. Bill Shelton. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www. taylormckeen.com or call EMCC at (870)612-8000. N

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In 1952, the president declared the first Thursday of May to be set aside as a day of prayer for our nation. The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer will be celebrated on Thursday, May 7th with a local observance in the Batesville Municipal Building at 500 East Main Street. This ecumenical gathering will start at 12:00 noon and all are invited to join in prayer together. Prayers will be led by local leaders for our families, churches, schools, community and nation during the noon hour.


Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista

Notes from a Reformed Retail Addict Leigh Keller

I love shopping, in person or online, for my kiddo, for my house, for my dogs, for my students, for basically, everyone. So it should also come as no surprise to you that a few years ago I looked around and my finances were not in a happy place at all. What you have coming in each month should always be significantly bigger than the bills and expenses you have going out each month. I have heard this for my entire life from one of my personal financial planners, my dad, Wally Hudson. But, honestly, I am what is called “an emotional shopper”. I shopped when I was happy or sad. I bought things impulsively that I really did not need (especially all of those online flash sales). I owed everyone money, you name it, I owed them. I owed for a mortgage, a car, student loans, credit cards, for my child’s preschool, and on and on. In short, I was stinking broke. My moment of clarity came a couple of years ago, sitting in church, and Pastor Mike Hoggard was preaching about happiness, about how we are all so caught up in wanting so much more, that we cannot focus on all of the blessings in our life right now, in all of the joy we have right now, right in front of us. As a single mama, I am the sole source of income for my little family, so technically, all of this crazy debt was all of my fault, period. Brother Hoggard was so right, because I have so much in my life to be thankful for, every day. So, after many prayers for forgiveness, and praying for help conquering my addiction to wanting more (it was an addiction, I can say that now), I took myself home and started to work through my big fat mess. Along the way, I discovered Dave Ramsey. My friends and relatives probably get really stinking tired of hearing me talk about finances, because I am pretty obsessed with how to make a better life for my mini me and me. Dave Ramsey talks so much about the four baby steps to financial freedom. You have to kind of do them in order, or they will backfire. The first step is to have an emergency fund of $1000. If you already have a savings account, great! If not, that must be your step one. Why? Because emergencies happen. Now, several years ago, a new cute pair of heels would definitely have been “an emergency”, but true emergencies would probably be medical, car related (like buying new tires, or fixing repairs so that your car can take you to work). The next step is to pay off all of your debt, ALL of it. That sounded pretty terrifying to me. Mr. Ramsey speaks about what he calls the “debt snowball”. I have an app on my ipad for this, because I have to see the tremendous amount of nonsense that I now get to pay off. Arrange your debts in smallest to largest, or highest interest rate to lowest interest rate, then start paying them off. I did smallest to largest, because I needed some confidence that I could actually do this looming task. The next step in the plan is to save for six months worth of income (in the event that you do have a real emergency and have to take off work for an extended period of time). The final step is to give. I love the idea of earmarking a part of my earnings each month for a different non-profit in town. I also discovered financial blogger Ruth Soukup

along the journey, and she is also a recovered retail addict, so, so much of what she says hits home for me. She talks about having multiple sources of revenue, and that is how you pay off debt. Clean out your garage and sell that stuff. Get a second job, if your schedule permits. Do an at home business (like makeup, health care products, or jewelry), or tutor students (or teach a Spanish class for adults, like I am doing, and they are SO fun!). Fixing your financial situation is so much mind over matter. You have to think about what you want long range in your life, not what you want right now. Sometimes I am shocked at the things I hear coming out of my mouth when I speak to high school students in my office about financial matters, things like “It’s not how much money you make, it’s how much you keep” (I say that one a lot). Teenagers, like I probably was as a teenager, come to me and ask me how much money they can expect to make, and what things cost (they are always shocked that internet access is not automatically free with any apartment or home you live in, ha). Some will ask me what they could expect to make if they had my job (not that they could “ever live on that little amount of money” double ha ha). I have so many frugal friends and influences in my life who also follow the same methods of paying off debt and saving money for emergencies, instead of living off of credit cards. When I got married, I would say that I married my EXACT opposite, in that he was a saver, and I was a spender. But, I do take a lot of what he says about finances (it turns out he was right about a lot) and apply that to my life. Happiness and peace of mind is worth so much more to me than to always have the best clothes, shoes, and bags (while those are pretty nice). Happiness should be about the time you get to spend with the people you love the most, or doing the things you love the most (as long as those things are not shopping, sister). I found a couple of resources that have helped me along the way, and one is Ruth Soukup’s website www. livingwellspendingless.com. When you purchase your book, you can get her Home Planning Workbook. I also use a printable Budget Binder from girlwithablog.com. My suggestion to you, if you are struggling with your finances would be to talk to a trusted friend, and then start small. Even the smallest changes can make a big impact on your life. N

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recalls, “He got down on one knee, then he looked up at me with a nervous smile and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!” Their friends joined them as they celebrated and danced the evening away. The young couple wed on January 3, 2015 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Batesville. Tim Hamlett, an elder in the congregation, presided over the ceremony. Father of the bride, Joe Qualls, struggled to keep his composure as he walked his beautiful daughter down the aisle to her awaiting groom. “When we were announced as Brother and Sister Woodall, I could not have been more happy. Our life together was about to start,” recalls Sidney. Over two hundred friends and family members gathered to celebrate the union of Sidney and Tyler. The reception was held at the Independence County Fairgrounds. The metal industrial building was transformed into a lovely reception hall thanks to the hard work of the mothers of the bride and groom. The father of the bride and multiple family members and friends pitched in as well. Guests feasted on steak and chicken fresh off the grill with traditional sides and a bevy of desserts. Brad Dillon from Jonesboro was the DJ for the evening and kept the crowd dancing for hours to great tunes and fantastic lighting. It was a wonderfully festive occasion. The newlyweds spent a fun filled week honeymooning at the Hard Rock Resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Their all-inclusive package allowed them the opportunity to whale watch, snorkel, and zip line. They also went on a jungle excursion via a Polaris Razor and took a biking tour through Nuevo Villara. Sidney and Tyler agree it was the, “Best vaca ever!” Tyler is employed at Southwest Steel Processing in Newport as a Computer Aided Design Draftsman. The young couple resides in Batesville and look forward to traveling together as Tyler’s job requires. They are currently spending this year in the artsy college town of Berea, Kentucky as Tyler is receiving additional career training. N

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Reviewed by Tanner Smith Clint Eastwood’s war thriller-drama “American Sniper” grabs you by the shirt and nearly rips it off after holding on for so long. That’s a compliment to how riveting its intense action sequences are. Here, at a time when it seems nearly impossible to shoot action without the use of a tripod, are some well-shot, fullyrealized battle scenes that are among the best in any war film I’ve seen. You can see everything fine, it’s exciting, and it captures the essence (and madness) of war really well. What makes it all work better is that, unlike most action films or thrillers you see coming to the big screen here and there, I actually care about who’s involved in the chaos. The film is loosely based on the life of Iraq War veteran Chris Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq in the 2000s, and it has received a controversy about how much of his story was exaggerated and how much was never mentioned at all (that is described in his autobiography of the same name). Either way, it’s a fascinating film that paints a clear portrait of a man who wishes to serve his country in any way he can and becomes a “legendary” American sniper in country, with 160 confirmed kills, but still try to keep what’s left of his humanity/mental-state intact out of country.

Bradley Cooper stars in arguably his best work to date as Kyle. While watching this film, I forgot I was watching Cooper in a performance and instead saw Chris Kyle. It’s tough to fully describe how shockingly good he is in this role; it has to be seen to be believed. We follow Kyle on four Iraq tours, as well as times with his family in between. As I said before, the action sequences are outstanding, with one powerful scene after another—my favorites include an important opening kill, a tense, drawn-out rescue attempt against an interrogation that involves a drill, and a shoot-tokill scenario where the target is about a mile away. But oddly enough, it’s when he’s home that the film is at its weakest. Its theme of trying to cope in the real world, which we’ve seen better in other films, is more standard in the way it’s presented, even though there are some effective tricks Eastwood pulls for us to feel something (the best of which involves a blank TV screen). But even so, I suppose it’s needed. After all, it’s important to care about Kyle and what he has to live for.

Would the film be more compelling if everything they left out from the book was put into the film? Probably, but then again, as I hear, the book is more about patriotism which would have made a more “complete” film more of a propaganda than anything else. But I’m reviewing this film, not the book. As a film, it’s terrific and one I won’t forget anytime soon. N

Southern Bank Named Top Community Bank Tiffany Jenkins Southern Bank announced recently that it was included in the 2014 edition of SNL Financial’s annual listing of top 100 community banks. Among all publicly traded community banks in the United States, Southern Bank’s 2014 performance was ranked 10th. Among all public and privately owned community banks in the listing, Southern Bank was ranked 63rd. Southern Bank was selected by SNL Financial based on criteria including its profitability, asset quality, efficiency and loan growth. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Southern Bank has been included in SNL’s annual listing of top 100 community Banks. Southern Bank is a subsidiary of Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc., which trades under the ticker “SMBC” on the NASDAQ Global Market. Information which may be of interest to current or potential investors is available at http://investors.bankwithsouthern.com. N

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Joseph Thomas Holidays come and go and go quicker than they come, but it is never better than in your company my unpainted one. You are the color of the sun on the wind, close to my heart and far from pretend. I hear your song like sand against my skin, found in my shoes again and again. Eyes closed, maroon fills my sight, but blue is the color of the water’s light. The waves bump and rub and fill the air with a smooth fluidity so debonair. One more sip, one more nap, like sleeping in the meadows lap. N

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Batesville High School Plans Big Impact for Mini Relay for Life Batesville High School students involved in the organization, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) are working to raise money for this year’s Mini Relay for Life, according to Sarah Pickett, the SADD club’s sponsor. The mini-walk involving high school students will be held at the Batesville High School football field on Saturday, May 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. “Almost every family is eventually impacted by cancer, including our student body, school staff and the community in general. Our participation in Relay for Life is our way of helping the American Cancer Society fight this disease,” said Pickett. “While Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club organizes the event, all of our student organizations are working together to raise

money. Our hope is that one day in the future, cancer will be a distant memory. We are counting on help from local businesses to make this event successful!” Student fundraiser, Emerald Gregory recently received a kitchen themed gift basket for an event door prize from Hannah Sturch of First Community Bank. Businesses wishing to make monetary donations can contact club sponsors, Sarah Pickett and Austin Muse at 793-6846. N

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Things To Do Extreme Couponing May 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Deann Castleberry will take extreme couponing to the next level. This class is for advanced shoppers. UACCB Main Campus Bldg, 240. To register, contact 870-612-2082 or email katrina.stevens@uaccb.edu. Free Cyber Security Camp June 10, 8:30 a.m. - noon UACCB Maintenance Building, 701. Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. To register, call 870.612.2082 or email katrina.stevens@uaccb.edu.

All Over Independence

BAAC Art Walk May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Art, Music and Fun is to be had. Meet local artists and see first-hand creativity that is flourishing in our community! Experience live music, refreshments and artist discussing their work. Art will be displayed at the BAAC Gallery at 226 E. Main Street, the Landers Theater at 332 E. Main, the Barnett Building at 267 E. Main, Big’s of Batesville at 101 E. Main and the 246 Gallery at 246 E. Main. So, come out that morning for the Batesville Main Street Farmer’s Market and stay for the Art Walk and we will see you there. Optical Frame and Contact Lens Trunk Show May 5 Batesville Eye Care Center invites you to the Optical Frame and Contact Lens Trunk Show at 2615 Harrison Street, featuring collections from BCBG, Ellen Tracy and Air Optix Colors. There will be door prizes, drinks and hors d’oeuvres with 20% off eyewear from 4 to 7 p.m.

Accounting Training Welch, Couch & Company, PA and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will host an accounting training with two sessions on May 14, 2015. The first session will teach the basic functions of the QuickBooks accounting software program and the second session will prepare businesses for an audit and what to expect during that process. The QuickBooks training session will be held from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Participants will be dismissed for lunch, and the afternoon training session “Preparing Your Business for an Audit” will be held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The training will be held in the Walker Room at Lyon College. Registration fees are $99 for one session or $150 for the entire day. Jamie Beck, BACC Director of Programs and Events, says, “Welch, Couch & Company, PA is a respected accounting firm in the Batesville community. The professionals leading these training sessions have

extensive field experience in the topics they will be teaching. This is an excellent opportunity for business men and women to receive high-quality accounting training and develop relationships with other participants for future consultation.” To register for this training, please contact Jamie Beck at (870) 793-2378 or Jamie.beck@mybatesville.org. Operation Jumpstart Online Ever thought about opening your own business? Are you opening or expanding a business? Want help from experienced business consultants and mentors? Learn on your own schedule with Operation Jumpstart Online starting May 18. Contact Jamie Beck at (870) 793-2378 or Jamie.beck@mybatesville.org/ www.operationjumpstart. biz. BAAC’s Annual Summer Celebration Fundraiser for the Arts! Support the arts in our community by attending this fun event filled with drinks, food, live music, and silent auction. Friday, June 5 from 6 p.m. through 11 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Main Street. Contact Paige Dirksen at 870-793-3382 or email her at baac@suddenlinkmail.com and log onto www. batesvilleareaartscouncil.org for more information. 11th Annual T Tauri Movie Camp An artist residency program offering video production workshops for kids and teens age 8-18. Workshops range in length from two to four days. 2015 offerings include Script to Screen Narrative Filmmaking, Stop Motion Animation, Music Video and Depicting Zombies. Starts Monday, July 13, at 9 a.m. and runs through Saturday, July 25. Contact Judy Pest at 870251-1189 or email ozarkfilm@wildblue.net or log onto www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org for more information. Monthly Fish Fry and Chicken Dinner The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center at 3370 Camp Tahkodah Road will be hosting their monthly Fish Fry and Chicken Dinner on Friday, May 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost for adults and children 12 and up is only $10.00. Children 11 and under eat FREE. Buffet, drink, and dessert are included. Take-out is available $10.00 for adult and $5.00 for children. For more information you may call 870-251-3458. The center is also available for rental by contacting Lea Barber at 870-612-4718. Alzheimer’s Arkansas Caregiver Support Group of Batesville As a caregiver, family member or friend of someone who lives with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another memory loss disorder, there may be times when you feel overwhelmed or frustrated. The Caregiver Support Group of Batesville provides an opportunity for you to talk with others who really understand what you are going through, others who know just how you feel. Please join us in Batesville at 1975 White Drive next to UACCB on the Third Saturday of every month at 10 am. Contact Deanna Green at 443.651.9686 for more information. N


Batesville’s Main Street Farmer’s Market Open May 2nd for 2015 Season Jean Larson

Batesville's Main Street Farmers Market will open for the 2015 season on Saturday, May 2nd. The Market will begin at 8AM and run until noon in the Pocket Park on Main Street in Batesville. The Main Street Farmers Market will be open the first and third Saturdays in May and June: May 2nd, May 16th, June 6th, and June 20th. During the high growing season, the Market will open weekly offering fresh local produce and other great items every Saturday morning in July, August, and September. For October and November the Market will again open the first and third Saturdays of the month. All through the 2015 season the market will schedule special events and activities on the first and third Saturdays of the month. With 6 new local growers Batesville's Main Street Farmers Market will have 11 produce vendors offering a wonderful variety of local and sustainably grown vegetables, meats and cheeses, herbs, eggs, honey, and goat milk soap products this season. Market co-founder, Cheryl Anderson, of Pleasant Plains, will bring her Garden Girl Produce to the market on the first and third Saturdays of each month, with pasture raised chickens, beef, and pork, local cheeses, seasonal produce, jams, herb vinegars and more. Brood Farm out of Cave City will bring their eggs and goat milk soap on the first and third Saturdays of each month as well. 5 Acre Farm, Lonnie Clark, and S&B Farms all out of Pleasant Plains, and the Mahans of Southside, will sell their produce every Market Day in the 2015 season. Other new growers include Victorious Cross Ranch of Bald Knob selling eggs, produce, crafts and goats milk soap; Beyond the Garden Gate Herb Nursery of Judsonia, selling fresh cut and dried herbs and herb plants; and the Price's in Pleasant Plains with fresh produce, honey, eggs, and soaps and lotions. Bakers, artisans, artists and craftspeople will be selling at the Main Street Farmers Market again this season, most coming on the big market days the first

and third Saturdays of each month. Rural Goods has signed up for the third Saturday of each month, so you will find their fabulous muffins, cakes and cookies, cut flowers, and handmade goods at the market May 16th and June 20th this Spring. Crafts people making handmade goods are welcome at the market. Contact the Market Manager if you are interested in selling. For opening day, Saturday, May 2nd, there will be a composting demonstration at 10am that will show a variety of ways to set up a composting bin and how to layer yard and kitchen waste to create beautiful compost. Your vegetable and flower gardens will thrive with this free homemade compost. Kids will be able to play in the back area of the Pocket Park and plant their own vegetable seeds in small pots with help from Market volunteers. Market Day events will be held on the first and third Saturdays of each month with activities for children, cooking demos, and mini classes on fun and useful subjects all throughout the season. Danny Dozier will play at the market again and other musicians are invited to join him for Music at the Market on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Main Street's shops, antique shops, and restaurants, as well as Earth Station Nursery, and the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery will all be open on Saturdays. Come and see the first completed block of the new Main Street street scape, find the very best foods, support our local farmers, and enjoy all the fun at the Main Street Farmers Market in Batesville. Up to date Information on market days and market events can be found on the Main Street Batesville Facebook Page. Many thanks to Main Street Batesville for their support of the Main Street Farmers Market. For more information on Batesville's Main Street Farmers Market or to receive a Vendor Application call Market Manager, Jean Larson, at 208-869-1445 or email at jeallo16@gmail.com. N

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Faces BHS Students Create Dolls for WRMC Pediatric Patients Annie Solis The Batesville High School (BHS) Key Club teaches students about leadership, teamwork, and service to the community. BHS Senior Key Club members, MaryKate Wilson and Zoraida Medina were two of six BHS students who participated in service projects at the Mo-Ark (Missouri-Arkansas) District Key Club Leadership Conference in Springfield, Missouri. The girls chose a project that would make a big impact on White River Medical Center’s (WRMC) youngest patients: children. For their project, Wilson and Medina chose to sew Trauma Dolls and donate them to the children in the pediatric unit at WRMC. Made out of a plain white fabric, the dolls can be colored on with a marker and sent home with the child as a keepsake. However, the dolls serve an even greater purpose. “This doll is important because it is fun for children, but it can also be used as a means of communication between the clinical team and the

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child. Children experiencing pain can use the doll to communicate the location of their pain, and the clinical team can also use it to explain procedures or medical conditions,” said Karla Wilson, RN, Nursing Director at WRMC, and mother of Mary-Kate. “They are great comfort tools.” Mary-Kate and Medina say they are happy that the project was made available to them, and that it has been very rewarding. “I’m very proud of these girls for the compassion they have shown to our pediatric patients,” said Wilson. N

Stephanie Welch, RN, 4East Clinical Nurse Manager; Lauren Wegner, RN; Zoraida Medina and Mary-Kate Wilson, Batesville High School Key Club students; and Karla Wilson, RN, Nursing Director display a basket of Trauma Dolls. The dolls were made by Medina and Wilson, Batesville High School Seniors, during a recent District Key Club Leadership Conference and were donated to pediatric patients at White River Medical Center.


Children’s Author Visits Sulphur Rock Stem Magnet. Pam Baxter Children’s author, Michael Finklea, visited with the students at Sulphur Rock Stem Magnet recently. He read parts of his books to them and talked to them about how he gets ideas to write stories. Micheal Finklea writes not only fiction stories but poetry and rhyming books. Some books that are now out are, Good Natured Nina the Nervous Gnat, Who Are You Calling Junior, Fester Pester, and Tardy Marty for grades K-4th grades. He also has fiction books, Creeper1 and Creepers 2 for grades 2-5 grade and fun facts and jokes books for all ages, Scared Stiff, and Laugh it up, Jokes and Riddles. Mr. Finklea stayed around after talking to the students to sign books. N

Left, children’s author, Michael Finklea signs Sulphur Rock student, Blaine Baxter’s book while Mckenzie Vestal and Madison Bergman wait their turn.

Citizens Bank Tops Arkansas Companies for HR Best Practice Award Chuck Jones

Citizens Bank was named recipient of the Human Resources Best Practice Award at the 2015 Arkansas SHRM HR Conference & Expo held on April 10 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The HR Best Practice Award is awarded each year to a company that demonstrates the importance and positive impact that strong HR practices can have within an organization. The purpose of the award is to recognize an organization that aligns successful HR programs and practices with the company’s business objectives. Citizens Bank was recognized for a series of programs that advance the professionalism and effectiveness of employees and also support the overall mission of Citizens Bank. Those programs included an organizational leadership development campaign called EDGE (Education, Development, Guidance and Experience); a new employee recognition program known as Team Citizens; and a comprehensive plan for the bank’s observance of Employee Appreciation Week.

“The Citizens Bank HR team deserves this acknowledgment for their creativity in the development of meaningful Human Resources policies and programs,” said Phil Baldwin, bank president and chief executive officer. “We appreciate how they consistently demonstrate best practice principles that elevate both our employees and our bank.” The Citizens Bank Human Resources Department is composed of Charla Foster, senior vice president and human resources director; Tracy McClurg, HR administrator; and Sandy Starnes, training officer. “In the past two years, Citizens Bank has strategically developed and expanded its human resource functions,” Foster said. “While process changes in the areas of benefits and payroll have occurred, our efforts have centered on the implementation of processes directly related to our employees. From the implementation of an online application to the development of a training program, we are intently creating a bank culture

that encourages employee growth, development, and recognition.” The Arkansas SHRM State Council is dedicated to promoting and serving the human resource profession in Arkansas, and it is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which has more than 250,000 members and is the global voice for the human resources profession. N

Sandy Starnes (seated), Tracy McClurg (left) and Charla Foster with their Best Practice Award. May 2015 27

Stanley Wood Chevrolet Annie’s Up Ariel Smith

Samantha Shaw carefully walks the slackline during the Highland Adventure Race during this years Arkansas Scottish Festival. Paul Harris and the Cleverly’s Wow a Full House Despite severe storms, Paul Harris and the Cleverly’s performed for a full house in the last in this season’s UACCB/First Community Bank Performance Series last night at UACCB’s Independence Hall. Arkansas native Paul Harris kept the audience in stitches with his unique brand of hillbilly humor, while the Cleverlys entertained by parodying popular songs, presenting them with a unique blue grass twist. Paul Harris and the Cleverlys, who recently released a self-titled album, regularly perform in Branson, Missouri, Nashville, TN and across the country. Like all of the UACCB/First Community Bank Performance Series acts, they were chosen because of their appeal to a wide audience and their family friendly show.

Stanley Wood Chevrolet has helped provide Vital Link EMS, Batesville Public Schools, and White River Health System with free manikins--life-sized anatomical human models--to assist cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training in the Batesville area. The donations were made possible through the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, which is part of the National Automobile Dealers Association. Vital Link EMS, Batesville Public Schools, and White River Health System were approved by NADCF for the manikin units they requested. In formal ceremonies at Stanley Wood Chevrolet, Resusci Anne training units will be presented to the organizations on Monday, Apr. 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Since 1975, the NADCF Manikin Grant Program has donated over 4,200 training units throughout the country, and more than 1.6 million people have been trained on foundationdonated CPR manikins. The CPR units give signals telling when the trainee is applying the right pressure in the right spot or breathing correctly into the victim’s mouth. With the training the students learn the “feel” of giving quick, lifesaving emergency treatment. In presenting the CPR unit, which is essential for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, Mr. Dennis Jungmeyer, President of Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association, said, “If the right kind of treatment can be given a heart attack victim within seconds after he or she is stricken, the chances are good that the life can be saved. CPR training teaches a person how to keep the heart beating while professional help is coming. Mr. Jungmeyer said that since the massive involvement of Americans training in CPR, there has been an increase in long-term survivors from ventricular fibrillation. There are many cases in which the training is given to citizens, showing that many heart attack victims, who might have otherwise died, have been saved and returned to normal activities. The training takes from three to five hours of intensive practice and lectures. NADCF said in a statement that it strongly believes the Wood Family’s involvement strengthens the image of franchised new car and truck dealers and creates a greater

Scott Wood, Dealer at the Wood Family of Dealerships, presents Tammy Gavin, Chief Clinical Officer at White River Medical Center, Baby Anne CPR Training Units.

Scott Wood, Dealer at the Wood Family of Dealerships, presents Karen Ryan, Chief Executive Office at Vital Link EMS, the Little Anne AED Training System.


awareness of the foundation. Resusci Anne--also known as “Rescue Anne,” “Resusci Annie,” or “CPR Annie”--is a model of a training manikin used for teaching CPR to both emergency workers and members of the general public. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to add the Anne AED Trainer manikin to our education department,” said Kenny Tosh, chief operations officer of Vital Link EMS. “Vital Link EMS offers monthly CPR/ AED/First Aid classes, which are available to the general public living in and around the Vital Link service area.” Tosh said the automated external defibrillator (AED) manikin provides realistic training that better prepares those who may encounter emergency situations. “We would like to sincerely thank the Wood Family of Dealerships for their support in attaining this grant,” Tosh said. Tammy Gavin, White River Medical Center’s chief clinical officer, stated, “The Wood family has been a friend to White River Medical Center for many years. We share their commitment to improving communities through education, and their donation is a welcome addition to our clinical education tools.” “The Batesville School District has always appreciated the partnership we have had with the Wood Family,” said Harvey Howard, Deputy Superintendent of Batesville Public Schools. “We deeply appreciate Scott including the Batesville School District in the opportunity to receive these ‘Annie’ dolls through grant provided by the Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association. The ‘Annie’s’ will allow us to conduct the required CPR staff training in a shorter period of time and in a more efficient way.” “On behalf of NADA and the Wood Family Dealerships, we are proud to present the Resusci Anne training aids,” said Scott Wood. “Through these gifts to the Batesville School District, Vital Link and White River Health Systems, many people will be trained to perform CPR and use an AED unit. Lives will surely be saved because of it. Our community will be better for it.” N

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Scott Wood, Dealer at the Wood Family of Dealerships, presents Harvey Howard, Deputy Superintendent at Batesville Public Schools, Baby Anne CPR Training Units. May 2015 29

Here are some familiar Faces caught Red handed at the Citizens Bank’s Red Hot Ladies Luncheon. Dr. Muhammad Khan addressed the audience.

Kim & Company ribbon cutting.

The Melba Theater film cutting warrented a successful turnout by the excited community of film, theater and Main Street lovers.

Caught mingling at the Kim & Company ribbon cutting.

Dancers from The Olgilvy Studio in Springfield, Illinois owned by Beth Olgilvy perform Highland dances at the Arkansas Scottish Festival.

Mabe Alonzo, a junior at Lyon from Guatemala, prepares to toss a 10-foot foam asparagus as part of the Highland Adventure Race competition during the Arkansas Scottish Festival.

Adam Curtwright, background, and Kyle Christopher take off on bikes as they compete in the Highland Adventure Race during the festival. The relay race consisted of running, biking, kayaking, and slacklining competitions around campus.


The Myopic Life Summer Planning Kristi Price

The Arkansas tourism insert recently arrived tucked inside my newspaper. I absentmindedly placed it in the recycling pile and would have never seen it again had a little voice in my head not whispered, Remember, summer is coming. Ah, summer – that magical time of year where kids used to being gone eight hours out of the day are suddenly home. And bored. We bought a new home a year and a half ago, a beautiful fairy-tale cottage that suits my every vision of the perfect home. Except all the air conditioning units need to be replaced. And the plumbing in the showers. And the hot water heaters. And the roof. And, and, and. All this means that any cross-country/beach/theme park vacations are probably out for us this year. We will be stay-cationing. This has led to desperate negotiating by my children. They have each offered up the contents of their piggy banks to ensure one fabulous family trip. They have in their heads that a destination vacation is a normal thing, something as predictable as Mother’s Day and dental visits. I have no idea why they think this way. My husband and I certainly weren’t brought up like that. In fact, my entire first 24 years of life went by without any vacation bigger than a trip to Silver Dollar City or the aquarium in Chattanooga. We spent five years living on the beach when my dad was stationed outside Fort

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Walton Beach, FL, so I’m certainly not complaining, but we did not take vacations. Any time off my parents had was spent in Arkansas visiting family. Maybe that’s the problem. Our family is all local. Going to grandma’s house means Clearview on top of Ramsey Mountain. And while it’s enjoyable (especially when she makes meatloaf, yum!), it sure isn’t a vacation! But children do get bored. We have to go somewhere. There is no need, however, to leave the borders of our beautiful state. We will be king of the one-day roadtrippers this summer, taking flight in the morning and falling back into bed exhausted in the evening. We will canoe, take in Magic Springs, visit creek banks, enjoy our capitol, and so much more. I just need to be intentional in my planning and time-management. My priority is that my kids experience summer the way I experienced summer: one long, golden rest full of peaceful sunny days, interesting excursions, and family.

And watermelon. There will be watermelon.


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Stanley Wood Chevrolet Goes to Bat for the City of Batesville Ariel Smith

Stanley Wood Chevrolet to provide the City of Batesville with new equipment, monetary contribution and instructional clinics. Stanley Wood Chevrolet is partnering with the City of Batesville. Stanley Wood Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn additional donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser. “Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Stanley Wood Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Batesville.” said Ariel Smith, Marketing Coordinator for Stanley Wood Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.” 2015 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s tenth year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 3.5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2014, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country. Stanley Wood Chevrolet will present the City of Batesville with over 100 baseballs and softballs. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. In addition, Stanley Wood Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to the City of Batesville. Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community

members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league. In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™. “Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household,” said Smith. For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com. To be updated on events and players of the week please “like” our Facebook page by visiting www.facebook.com/ swoodchevybaseball. About Stanley Wood Chevrolet Founded in 1939 in Arkansas, The Wood Family has served the transportation needs of the area for over 75 years. Employees commit to “The Wood Family Promise” — Honesty, Choices in sales and service, Fair prices, and Trusting relationships. The Wood Family helps build the community while also filling sales and service needs. For more information on Stanley Wood Chevrolet and The Wood Family’s commitment to you, please visit www. swood.com. N



National Hospital Week is May 10-16 Join us in thanking the many individuals who contribute to the work that we do here at White River Medical Center. From providing medical care in our facilities to running vital programs in our community, we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of everyone in and around Independence County. Carolyn Ward twirling her drum mallets while David Corbett, a member of Northeast Arkansas Caledonians, performs with her and the rest of the Lyon College Pipe Band.

Danny Shilling’s dog, Tess, works the sheep during a herding demonstration.


Dr. Red Bell Memorial 4 Ball Golf Tournament

Danell Hetrick Merchants and Planters Bank and the Course at Eagle Mountain are pleased to host the annual Dr. Red Bell Memorial 4 Ball Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7. The event will be held at the Course at Eagle Mountain in Batesville. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at noon on Saturday and will be followed by a dinner that evening. Sunday’s round will start at 11 a.m. and an awards presentation will follow the completion of play. Participants in the tournament will also have an opportunity to compete in an “alternate shot format” horse race event at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5. The tournament format is a two-man, best stroke play. Flights will be determined by the number of entries and teams will be flighted by the tournament committee after Saturday’s round. Organized by Merchants and Planters Bank and

the Course at Eagle Mountain, the golf tournament is a well-attended annual event for area golfers. Last year, the tournament name was changed to the Dr. Red Bell Memorial in honor of Dr. Red Bell, the co-founder of the Course at Eagle Mountain. “The tournament is named after a man that was very special to the Batesville community. It has become a fun and important annual event that will now honor Dr. Bell’s legacy and, of course, his love of golf, ” says Lee Conditt, Market President for Merchants and Planters Bank. The tournament is limited to the first 40 paid teams, and the entry fee is $275 per team. This includes a practice round on Friday, range balls, dinner for two, greens fees and cart fees for all three days. Registration forms can be found at the Course at Eagle Mountain and Merchants and Planters Bank. For more information, please contact Jed Porter at (870) 612-8000. N

Sixth Annual All Rise Century Bike Ride

Chaney Taylor White River Medical Center Cycling (WRMCC) is sponsoring a bicycle ride to benefit the Independence County DWI Court (ICDC) program. It is an out-and-back course so riders may choose any distance of 1-100 miles. Riders of all skill levels are welcome as there are no major climbs. This is a fundraiser so participants should obtain sponsors as soon as possible. Ride is Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. beginning at the Jubliee Family Church, 45 Thunderbird Drive, just off Hwy 69S, 2 miles past the Batesville Wal-Mart. Registration fee of $20 includes

event T-shirt, drinks & refreshments. Riders who raise $250 or more will receive a special award. Helmets are required for all riders. Riders under 18 must be signed for & accompanied by an adult. This is a supported ride - sag support will be available. For more details & entry form, contact Donald Vaulner at 870-793-8897 or see the ALL RISE Century Ride Facebook page. Route may be viewed on line at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/ view/17479502 N

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collection. Fay Bryant, a long-time friend along with her husband, Hail, who has passed away, let me accompany her on numerous wildflower hunts several years ago. Fay has an amazing collection of wildflowers gathered by roadsides and bought from garden suppliers. They take up a good part of her garden, in addition to the azaleas and rhododendron. She is not able to garden as much now as in the past, but my memories of her on those wildflower hunts are special. She could spot a wildflower at a distance, and her knowledge of the names is phenomenal! Her theory was that wildflowers may be dug up as long as you abide by two important rules. First, only gather on the road right-of-way, and second, do not take all of the plants, leave a lot for nature. I think the practice of collecting wildflowers is frowned upon and even against the law now, but at the time I did not know that. So, right now I have arrow arum, May apples (mandrake), purple trillium, bloodroot, columbine, celadine poppy, yellow sedum, Indian strawberry (a pesky weed, really), wild geranium (spotted cranesbill), and blue phlox (Sweet

William). Others will follow and each appearance is a real pleasure for me. A failure that I will try again on is the wild ginger which makes a wonderful ground cover. I’ve worked our herb garden, and will replant those herbs that are not winter hardy, especially sweet basil. Sandy uses lots of herbs in cooking, and I am pleased that the oregano, parsley, and marjoram managed to survive the winter. I will experiment with herbs in pots on the deck this summer, mainly because they can be very close to the kitchen and easily accessible. I planted herbs in pots last year for a talk I did at the Senior Citizens Center. I brought them indoors for the winter, and they have survived, barely. We’ll see if they begin to perk up when I move them back to the deck! Spring is a beautiful time of the year, and all of you Master Gardeners know the thrill of getting out and digging in the dirt as the days begin to warm, watching the plants come back to life. Happy Gardening! N


The BACC welcomes Jamie Beck! Danell Hetrick

Arkansas Craft School Spring workshops Lucia Vinograd

Jamie Beck recently joined the Chamber team as the new director of programs and events. Jamie was raised in Rector, Arkansas with small town support, but she was challenged to dream big. She did just that when she became the first member of her family to attend college (and she did so on a paid scholarship to Arkansas State University). While studying at Arkansas State, her passion for planning events did not dwindle. Instead, it was met with opportunity. Jamie was selected to direct special events for the Arkansas State Student Activities Board during her junior year with a goal of bringing exciting and new events and visitors to campus. She was also elected president of the National Panhellenic Council as a senior and oversaw the planning of sorority recruitment, heavily led extension efforts to bring Zeta Tau Alpha back to Arkansas State’s campus, and explored the first options for sorority housing, which was completed in the fall of 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Leadership Studies. With the decision to pursue a Master’s degree in an education related field at the forefront of her mind, Jamie set out to discover opportunities in Indiana and Kansas with Arkansas in the back of her mind. After visiting two of the campuses and programs of Higher Education Administration, she felt a very strong bond with the natural state and decided to make Fayetteville her home for the next two years. She was fortunate to have been offered a position in the University of Arkansas Office of Greek Life in student development and worked tirelessly to engage fraternity men and sorority women in philanthropy efforts, community activities, and social networking during her time there. A year and a half later, she graduated from the University of ArkansasFayetteville with a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration Leadership boasting wonderful on-campus work experience and an offcampus internship experience at the University of Memphis organizing new student orientation events for incoming freshmen. Long before she actually made her way across the stage in Fayetteville for graduation, Jamie accepted a position as Coordinator of Greek Life for Arkansas Tech University and spent two years in Russellville leading extension and housing efforts of the fraternity and sorority community and planning large scale events for student affairs. Jamie joined us at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce in mid-March, just after bidding farewell to her undergraduate alma mater where she was serving as the assistant director of the honors college. N

May 23 - 30 at Mountain View, Arkansas the Arkansas Craft School presents Sustainability Week, offering workshops at locations in beautiful rural Stone County. The week will consist of a variety of workshops and lecture presentations on practical affordable ways to live with a lighter footprint in our fragile ecosystem. Each workshop can be purchased separately or with discounts for more. Our Lunch and Lecture series includes a delicious meal prepared with the health of your body and the Earth in mind. The following workshops will be offered... § May 23: Homesteading Tour and Talk w/ local hero and homesteader Dave Smith § May 23: 1 Day Organic Skincare Workshop w/ Amy Hazel § May 27: Lunch & Lecture – Sustainable Home Improvement w/ award winning “green builder” Bill Lilly § May 28: Lunch & Lecture – Sustainable Community Design also w/ Bill Lilly § May 29 – 31: 3 Day Sustainable Bee Keeping Workshop w/ Apiary Specialist Ed Levi § May 30: Sustainable Woodworking Studio Tour And Talk w/ master craftsman Owen Rein § May 30: 1 Day Earth Oven Sourdough Pizza with Gin Brown All cleasses run from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 870269-8397. N

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Experiencing God in the Everyday Counter-Cultural

Pastor Chad Grigsby I’ve just finished a sermon series at our church on the New Testament letter of 1st Peter. The main theme of the letter is how Christians are to live in a world that is hostile to them. Peter sets out to answer the question, “How do we live in a place where we don’t belong?” Given current events in our world and country the message of this letter is needed more than ever. How do Christians live in a world hostile to them? How do we live in a secular culture that is increasingly marginalizing followers of Jesus? Peter tells us. In the opening verse of the letter he says, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.” (1 Peter 1:1 ESV) Peter tells these marginalized, persecuted believers to live as exiles. He tells them that they don’t really belong. This is the way Christians are to live in the world. They are to be in the world but not of the world. They are to be present in the world but not shaped by it. They are to live as if they are just passing through. But many Christians, don’t live this way. And Peter goes on to explain this exile identity further by giving three ways of responding to the culture that they must fight in order to be exiles. First of all, we must avoid withdrawing from culture. At the first sight of conflict or marginalization, Christians can withdrawal from culture. Think monks and nuns here. Christians can create a safe, little bubble in which they don’t interact with the world and the world doesn’t interact with them. They have only Christian friends, Christian co-workers/employers, Christian t-shirts, they only listen to Christian music, and they only homeschool their kids. Now, I’m a product of homeschooling and I’m not saying Christian music is bad and “secular” is good. But, we must make sure that our response to culture is not to pull out from it completely. Even Jesus came into the world participating in culture (weddings, etc). But Peter not only tells us that we must avoid isolating ourselves from the culture but he also says, secondly, that we must avoid fighting the culture. This is a common response from Christians. Think Westboro Baptist Church here. They fight fire with fire. If the culture is going to fight them they are going to fight back. These people protest and picket as well as attack and malign. But Peter also says that this is not a legitimate way to respond to culture. We are not to fight back. Jesus, when he was maligned, did not fight back. But rather he loved back. Christians must take care to realize that we can fight people and reach them at the same time. We can’t love a people and hate a people at the same time. Maybe what we most need from Christians as it pertains to ISIS is not to send out military but our missionaries. And if we disagree with

that, we may just be disagreeing with God and his word. We may be proving that we are good Americans but not good Christians (the two are not synonymous by the way). Finally, Peter says that we will have the tendency to respond to culture by not only avoiding it and fighting it, but also by joining it. He says we must avoid being like the culture. Think, “If you can’t beat them, join them” here. He warns the church not to do this in the first chapter of the letter. He says, “But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” (1 Peter 1:15 ESV) The word holy means separate or different, set apart. Many Christians respond to conflict by changing themselves. They are willing to compromise the teachings of Jesus and the Bible to accommodate the culture. Many Christians embrace the culture instead of being counter-cultural to it. This group believes that resistance is futile and tolerance is the highest virtue in the land. But this also falls short of God’s design for his people. In fact, all three of these responses are invalid. We must not join the culture, fight the culture, or withdrawal from the culture. Instead we must live as exiles in the culture. But what does that really mean? Jesus is the best example we have of what an exile looks like in the flesh. And this is how John summaries how Jesus came to live. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 ESV) What does it mean to be an exile? It means to engage our culture with grace AND truth. We can and should do both. See, many want to do one or the other but Jesus shows us we must do both. We must give grace and we must give truth. We must confront the culture with truth while also giving grace. We must preach that Jesus welcomes them to come as they are (grace) but he will not leave them that way (truth). Fundamentalists need to balance their truth with grace and liberals need to balance their grace with truth. It must be both! It was for Jesus and it must be for us. That is the only way for us to live as exiles here. This is the only way to be faithful to Jesus in an increasingly hostile world and culture. N


WRHS Announces New Clinic; New Director Annie Solis Gary L. Bebow, CEO of White River Health System (WRHS), is proud to announce the acquisition of Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic (MPOC) and Genice Hanson as the new Clinic Director. MPOC, located at 501 Virginia Drive, Suite C, became a clinic of WRHS in January. Orthopaedic surgeons J.D. Allen, M.D., Jeff Angel, M.D., and Dylan Carpenter, M.D., specialize in complex joint replacements, sports medicine, and multiple other conditions dealing with the bone and joints. As Director, Hanson is responsible for managing and monitoring daily office operations to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. Responsibilities include coordinating

with the clinic’s Orthopaedic physicians and staff, managing clinic finances, general office planning, and more. “Genice has shown great dedication to this organization during her ten years with us,” said Bebow. “We are excited to see her advance into this leadership role.” Hanson assumed the Director role on March 9. “I am thankful to be chosen for this position,” said Hanson. “I plan to move forward with the goals of WRHS, and I look forward to continuing its mission of benefitting our patients, staff, and community.” Together, Hanson and her husband, Hal, have six children and six grandchildren.

For more information on MPOC or other WRHS facilities, visit whiteriverhealthsystem.com. N

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