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Happy Independence

7/We’re Still Out Here

What Does Rural Mean to You?

9/ BACC President/CEO makes 40 under 40 list 10/Homecoming, Reverend W.R. “Smokie” Norful 12/Cover Story Steve Jeffery, Guardian of Independence


Sgt. John Carroll, Diesel Duty

16/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista 21 Yellow Luft Balloons









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23/ Dirksen named Director of the Batesville Area Arts Council 24/Things To Do 26/Faces 34/Batesville Area Arts Council 36/Downtown Guide 38/The Myopic Life Paving Future Roads - The 4-H Experience

39/Notes from the Clearing Struggle?

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Leigh Keller is a high school Spanish teacher and Colorguard instructor at Batesville High School. She is the director of the BHS Glass Slipper Project. Leigh lives in Batesville with her son, Cole, and a pack of dogs.

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Happy Independence Day, Independence County! We hope the weather has allowed for a fun and safe Summer so far and that it continues to find you in great health and even better spirits! We have a wonderful read for you this month as Bob Pest ponders the true definition of rural. Kristi Price discovers 4H and Leigh Keller sees 21 yellow luft balloons. Kimberlee Features Sgt. John Carroll and Diesel while I bring you another Note From The Clearing and our Cover Story on Independence County Sheriff, Steve Jeffery. We want to congratulate Paige Dirksen on her new position as BAAC Executive Director, as well as, Crystal Johnson for her 40 Under 40 nomination. We have many event pics in our Faces this month with a special look at this months photo shoot in Fitzhugh Park, so give our pages a tickle and enjoy. We want to wish you all a safe and exciting Independence Day and a fantastic Summer. N

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What Does Rural Mean to You? Bob Pest

My wife and I have been living in rural Arkansas for almost nineteen years and I am still not sure what rural means in the 21st century. Most dictionaries provide definitions that go back decades and decades. Google defines rural as: “in relation to, or characteristic of the countryside rather than the town: remote rural areas.” offers a variety of synonyms like unsophisticated, rough, and rugged. Rural and rustic are terms that refer to the country. Rural is the official term, as in rural education. It may be used subjectively, and usually in a favorable sense, for example, “the charm of rural life.” Rustic however, may have either favorable or unfavorable connotations. In a derogatory sense, it means provincial, boorish, or crude; in a favorable sense, it may suggest ruggedness or the charm and simplicity of rustic life. The World English Dictionary offers more definitions for rural: relating to or characteristic of the country or country life; living in or accustomed to the country; or associated with farming.  The dictionary also reminds us that the word “rural” comes from the Latin  ruralis, from  rus, the country. The question is where does “the country” begin. I must admit that I have a hard time connecting to these definitions and synonyms. I do not consider

myself unsophisticated, boorish, or crude; I have three advanced degrees, have taught at both colleges and universities, and have written scores of articles for a variety of magazines, including book, film, and restaurant reviews, as well as tourism pieces. I have what I consider to be impeccable manners and when I think of crude I think of oil.  For the record, I have never been associated with farming, although I have visited a few farms. I also find it difficult to think of our home as remote. Sure we live on a dirt road and have only a few neighbors, none close enough to bother us but available in case we need help. Heavy snows and ice storms have kept us home a few times and the electricity goes down under those circumstances more often than not. On the other hand, we can drive from home to downtown Batesville in less than thirty minutes; our mail is delivered to the mailbox in front of our house under any circumstance; and the UPS and FedEx drivers come to the door unless the dogs are outside. My wife and I have lived in a number of cities: Pittsburgh;  Springfield, Mo.; Kansas City; and Memphis.  Sure we miss the movie theaters, the jazz and blues clubs, the museums, the restaurants,  bookstores, concerts of all kinds, and the diverse population. But we can get to Memphis in less than three hours for a “culture fix.” When we get back home we might find deer in our front yard, a woodpecker pecking away, or wild turkeys just up the road. The birds will greet us with their music. For me, rural means being close to and appreciating nature, enjoying the quiet that is only disrupted by an occasional thunderstorm, an airplane flying above, or the UPS driver (for some reason, our dogs don't seem to like UPS drivers). It also means buying fresh produce from a truck on the side of the road, knowing our mail carrier by her first name, and taking the dogs for walks on our own land. 

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Rural America and Americans may be considered unsophisticated, insignificant, even irrelevant. But the people who live and work in rural communities understand that we are just as important, maybe even more important, than their urban and suburban counterparts. After all, who is growing the food we live on. I may still have trouble connecting to “rural,” but I sure can't wait for dinner.  In the end, Robert Frost understands “rural” better than anyone. “No, in your rural letter box I leave this note without a stamp To tell you it was just a tramp Who used your pasture for a camp.” - Robert Frost

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Crystal Johnson, president/CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, has been selected for the prestigious Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2013. Arkansas Business honors 40 promising business and political leaders statewide who are under age 40. The honorees are nominated by Arkansas Business readers and chosen by its editors. When Johnson began her chamber career in June of 2009, she had to build from the ground up. “There is no ‘Chamber 101,’” Johnson said. So, she sought direction from professionals. Johnson credits Susie Marks, senior VP of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, and Carrie White, VP/COO of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, with helping her lay the foundation for her chamber career. Johnson helped lead a 1-cent sales tax increase campaign that will fund city recreation projects and a community center. She also aided the establishment of a social mentor program that provides new Batesville area residents with connections that will help them make a smooth transition and become members of the community. Since 2009, the chamber has grown substantially and is now a leading supporter of small business, tourism, and community development. N

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Homecoming, Reverend W.R. “Smokie” Norful Slayton Thompson

The Bethel A.M.E. Church Family is pleased to announce one of its most famous “Sons”, Minister of song and man of God, Rev “Smokie” Norful will be appearing at the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville on August 2, 2013. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Reverend Smokie Norful is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a bachelor’s degree in history. He also received formal training in ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. and Trinity International Seminary in Deerfield, Ill. where he studied to achieve a master’s of divinity. He was ordained an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church and has been a licensed preacher since 1997. Reverend Norful served as youth pastor, minister of music, and associate minister of St. John AME church in Pine Bluff, under the leadership of Reverend W.R. Norful Sr., and Teresa Norful until relocating to Chicago. He also has served internationally as worship leader for the connectional youth department of the AME church. In addition, he has served as an educator and workshop conductor for the Christian Education department of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc., and has been a well-sought clinician and keynote speaker for many organizations, ministries, and civic groups. He was recently inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, along with many other notable people. Currently he serves as pastor of the Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook, Illinois. On September 20, 2005, Reverend Smokie Norful officially launched Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Bolingbrook. Since its launch, Reverend Norful and the Victory family have experienced an extraordinary and unprecedented growth in the community. In addition, on September 28, 2008, Reverend Norful launched a second campus on the south side of Chicago. Since its

launch, they have witnessed a similar dynamic growth and a phenomenal move of God. He is an internationally renowned musician, music composer, and recording artist. His debut compact discs entitled I Need You Now and Smokie Norful Limited Edition have garnered favorable accolades and awards across the world. Reverend Norful has contributed as a writer to five platinum selling compilations, and has written for numerous major label gospel recordings. Reverend Norful and his wife, Carla, own and operate four businesses in real estate, entertainment, and publishing. However, despite the demands as an artist, writer, entrepreneur, businessman, and pastor, what he cherishes most is cultivating a loving relationship with his wife, spending time nurturing their two sons, Tré and Ashton, and empowering his daughter, Ashley. This fund-raiser is to support Bethel‘s mission to minister to the social spiritual and physical development of the community and church. Bethel has been a part of the Batesville Community for over 147 years. Suggested donations for tickets are $10.00 in advance, and $15.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the following locations in the Batesville Area: Vickie Anthony at the Bethel Church Parsonage 870-613-0412, Denis Inspirations in the Market Place Center, First Community Bank, The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, UACCB, First United Methodist Church, Batesville Printing, Compass Church, or by contacting New Testament Pastor E.D. Childress at 1-870-793-3436. For additional information you can call or E-mail: Pastor Curley Roberts at 870-692-0793, curley.; Vickie Anthony at 870-613-0412,; or Slayton Thompson at 870-307-8638, slaytondrum@ N

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Eye On Cover Story Steve Jeffery, Guardian of Independence Joseph Thomas

Steve Jeffery graciously set aside some time in his busy schedule for Eye On to ask a few questions about his position as Independence County Sheriff, how he got there and his goals for the community. Jeffery was born in Batesville and graduated from Cushman High School. He began his law enforcement career with the Batesville Police Department in 1973 as a dispatch officer. Jeffery remembers the days before bullet proof vests and tasers, when a wheel gun or revolver was your only weapon and a year’s pay was just over $4000. He quickly rose through the ranks from patrolman to sergeant and assistant chief before having to look for more income elsewhere. He talks about loving the work and its importance, but the salary not being enough to help his wife finish college. He took a job at Eastman Kodak, where he worked for twenty-three years before his neighbor, Keith Bowers, was elected County Sheriff. Bowers asked Jeffery to be his chief deputy. Jeffery jumped at the offer and held that position for eight years. After Bowers resigned, Jeffery ran for, and was elected, Sheriff in 2010. He is currently in his second term as Independence County Sheriff with the same goal of leaving his community better than he found it. He has done this, in my opinion by being an excellent steward of the county's money, using every grant available and finding discounts on equipment when at all possible. Jeffery says that when he began law enforcement in the 70’s, there was no drug problem in this community to speak of. He said, "If you found a small amount of Marijuana it was front page news. Now you almost hope that is all they have." Today Methamphetamine, also known as Meth or Ice, is everywhere and seems to be the root of most illegal activity. He believes the assaults and thefts his officers deal with on a daily basis would stop, if this drug could be eliminated. The Independence County Sheriff’s Department is contracted out to Batesville and Newark to provide officers in those areas, with three School Resource Officers in the Batesville School District, one in Newark, and one in Southside. Newark is currently applying for an additional officer. When Jeffery became Sheriff, the Prosecuting Attorney of the 16th Judicial District had his own drug task force of four men to cover six counties, and were borrowing an officer from Independence County. So many of the cases they handled were outside of Independence County when, as Jeffery says, "Independence County is the hub of drug activity for several counties and several states, and that is just how it is." So, Jeffery began his own task force using grant money, he pulled his borrowed officer back and now his two man task force works very closely with the D.E.A. or Drug Enforcement Agency and the focus is here at home. This gives Independence County the ability to

use the D.E.A.’s well stocked arsenal to help fight the issues plaguing this community and a portion of all drug money seized can be used to better equip the county. “The D.E.A. liked our task force officers so much that they made them D.E.A. deputies, which doesn’t happen very often,” says Jeffery with pride in his men. It also means that they have jurisdiction where ever a case may lead to possibly stop the influx of such substances. “There are roughly thirty-five thousand people in Independence County. We have fifty certified police officers, which is unheard of for a county this size. We have a voluntary S.W.A.T. team and grants have paid for all of their equipment. There are four shifts of patrolman protecting the streets.” explains Jeffery. “Our S.W.A.T team is elite and known across the country. They hold a S.W.A.T school every year and people come from all across the country to train with these guys. We now have a dive team for search and rescue." The county's newest training advantage is an Active Shooter Class. "All of our certified and reserve officers have been through this training, which is specialized for any situation similar to the school shootings that have become so rampant as of late. The class we attended early this year was given at no charge and two weeks ago we had three deputies attend the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy to become instructors for those active shooter classes.” In Jeffery’s experience with large local drug operations, the drugs are no longer locally manufactured because of new stricter pharmaceutical laws. They are brought in by Mexican drug cartels. Jeffery and his men have arrested two large drug suppliers, "But there is always another one ready to take their place and it can take more than a year to get close enough to take the next one down. It is an ongoing battle that never stops." Jeffery explains that Independence County is perfectly rural, just close enough to Little Rock for easy delivery and just far enough away to give the drug manufacturers ample privacy. This writer, for one, has heard many people complain about law enforcement; being too slow to action or sitting around more than performing their duty. I've never ridden along on a call and I don't know many officers very well, but I would argue that line of thinking. Well paid officers make roughly the same pay as I did when I worked a factory job ten years ago in Jonesboro and I can tell you the only danger I was ever in was when I was learning how to drive a fork lift. These men and women face the threat of death every day, never knowing from which direction it may come. They work accidents while we speed around them, to carry on with our day. They help our community get back to normal after things go wrong and I believe they should be compensated for all they do and all they risk.

These men and women of the law are spread so very thin, poorly compensated for it and doing a great job with what they’re given. We all want help or aid immediately when we are in need, and no one is ever quick enough in those times of desperation. That doesn’t mean that our officers and emergency workers are slow or incompetent, I would argue that they are covering this county with all the means and heart they have to give and I salute their efforts to keep us alive and well in these trying days of instant gratification and little patience. Jeffery’s wife graduated from Arkansas College, now Lyon, and retired this year after thirty-five years in teaching. Jeffery and his wife have been married for thirty-seven years, and have three daughters and five grandchildren. Only one of which is a boy and Jeffery says that he is enough boy that the grandfather now has a clear idea of the difference between boys and girls. Steve Jeffery’s is a father, grandfather, husband, and Sheriff among other things. He fights to keep this community safe because it is his job, but also because it is his community and his home. Steve Jeffery is at the helm to keep Independence County the kind of place we all feel safe and happy in. N


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Eye On Feature Sgt. John Carroll, Diesel Duty Kimberlee Thomas

Independence County K9 Deputy and Resource officer, John Carroll, knew from the early age of eleven that law enforcement was his calling. Born in Waterloo, Iowa Carroll moved to Batesville with his parents when he was nine. He graduated from high school in 1992 and promptly joined the Marines. “I graduated on a Friday night and Sunday morning I was at boot camp,” stated Carroll. He spent 4 years in the military stationed in such places as Okinawa, Japan; Korea, Thailand, and Guam. In 1996 after completing his term in the Marines Carroll tested with the Los Angeles Police Department and spent a short time there. In 1997 he moved to Jonesboro and began working as a jailer at the Craighead County Jail. In 1998 he attended the Camden Police Academy and graduated twelfth out of 119. He returned to Craighead County after graduation. In February of 1999 Carroll took a job with the First and Third Judicial Drug Task Force in Newport. He worked there for six months before taking a job as a criminal investigator with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office. Carroll shared, “When I was eighteen and left Batesville I swore I would never come back, but after seeing the world I decided Batesville was the one place I really wanted to be.” However in late 2000 Carroll found himself back in Newport with the Drug Task Force. By 2003 the money to fund drug task force units was becoming scarce. The law banning the purchase of large amounts of ephedrine was working and had put a damper on the number of working meth labs. Carroll knew that his career with the Task Force was going to come to an end soon, so when he received a call to return to Independence County as a Patrol Deputy, he took the job. In 2004 a position for a K9 handler came open. Carroll went to the Chief Deputy, Steve Jeffery, and requested the position. He was granted the position and received his first dog, Nick. In 2006 Carroll became the Resource Officer for the Sulpher Rock and Mid Land Campuses. Soon he and Nick were splitting their day between Sulpher Rock, West Magnet, Mid Land, and Eagle Mountain. In 2010 the Resource Officer position at the Batesville High School campus became available and Carroll and Nick were transferred there. Carroll and Nick worked together for eight years before Nick died of natural causes. The Batesville School District purchased a second dog to work with Carroll. Unfortunately he was lost in the summer of 2012 due to heat exhaustion. “My wife and I were both away from home for the day. The dog was in his pen with plenty of water and food. The crew that mows our yard came that day without us knowing and the dog just wore himself out chasing the mower

back and forth in his pen. They are an excitable breed and if no one is there to make them stop, they will just wear themselves out. It was over 100 degrees that day. It was a tragic accident,” stated Carroll. Carroll wanted another dog because of the preventative difference they can make. He also knew that the Sheriff’s office did not have the $8,500 in their budget nor did the school district. “I went and asked Sheriff Jeffery if I could solicit local businesses for funds to purchase a new dog. He told me to go do what I could and we would see where we ended up. I began with the banks and worked my way through the bigger industries. They were all very generous and gave what they could,” shared Carroll. He raised almost $6,000. He then called on Bryan Tuggle with John 3:16 Ministries and asked if they could help with a fish fry. John 3:16 donated 100% of the food for the event and Pepsi Americas donated 100% of the drinks. The fish fry was held during a home football game. Over $3000 was raised during the one event. “I never could have imagined it would be that successful. Randy and Michelle Reichardt along with Scott and Alisa Lancaster helped me get things organized and really pushed to get the word out. I was overwhelmed by the communities support,” Carroll shared. The community’s support was outstanding and Carroll was able to purchase a new partner within six weeks instead of the six months he had expected. “Watching the community come together like they did made me understand this about our community; When they see a need for something and they believe in that need they are going to support it,” stated Carroll. When asked why he originally wanted to become a dog handler Carroll stated that it was something he had never done and that he felt it would be something

he would enjoy and be good at. “I had done pretty much everything else there was to do in law enforcement at that point. I think I’ve really found my calling handling the dogs.” Carroll’s work with his new partner, Diesel, is never done. Where ever they are they are always working, training, learning. Carroll is left handed and so as soon as he received Diesel he had to retrain him to heal to his right side. He also “imprinted” Diesel teaching him how to find different types of drugs and how to react once he had sniffed something out. Diesel is a Belgian Malinois. He looks much like a German Shepard but is thinner through his body; he is faster and more hyper. “He kind of fits my personality; I’m kind of sporadic. I enjoy this breed of dog. It’s a challenge and it keeps me on my toes,” shared Carroll. As you listen to Carroll speak of the dogs, his work history, and his community you sence a real passion and pride for the work he does. He is dedicated to his community and its safety. “The K9 unit serving as the Resource Officer at the High School level is a definite deterrent to those who might want to bring drugs onto campus. If we can keep one student from being exposed to drugs, then I feel we have done something positive,”stated Carroll. N

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Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista 21 Yellow Luft Balloons Leigh Keller

I fancy myself a planner of all fun events, so when my good friends Zach Harber and Jessica Andrews asked for my help when they began planning their wedding for this summer, I was very happy to help. Jessica will be a gorgeous bride, and we immediately began making plans and gathering ideas on what she liked and wanted for her blessed day. Of course, for me this meant coffee and Pinterest time, my ultimate search engine of choice. Since Zach is an agri teacher and Jessica loves Zach, she decided on a country themed wedding with lots of mason jars and fresh sunflowers. When it came time to plan for their engagement photos with Danita Crawford, we all got very excited about the possibilities. I love engagement pictures where the bride and groom are not so posed, and maybe are looking away from the camera, doing something fun, like having a picnic or, in this case, walking down a deserted country road with a picnic basket and two dozen yellow balloons (don’t blame me, blame Pinterest). As I am the wedding planner, and the crazy person who just really wanted to see them carrying some yellow balloons into a field of wildflowers, it was my task to locate and purchase the yellow balloons. I didn’t know this, but you can purchase balloons at Walmart and have them blown up at the front desk, or really in a secret balloon blowing up room near the front entrance. So, I was off to the store to get my photography props. What I did not consider, in my planner’s head, was how to get those 24 yellow balloons in my vehicle. Since I have that SUV driver’s mentality, I always think I can just fit everything in my car. Well. I was wrong. As I stood shoving them into my car in the parking lot, after one near loss due to the wind, I had to stop and laugh at myself, and what on earth I was doing. One popped along the way, so the 23 balloons would have to do. Driving was almost impossible, and I am certain I looked ridiculous, trying to bat the balloons out of my face while I drove out to Bethesda on the river, where we were shooting. Before the shoot, my Cole managed to intercept

two balloons, which put us down to 21. I made heavy promises to bring all of them back to him, since balloons seem to hold magical powers over children (and apparently me too....since I am the crazy lady driving around with all of them in my car). Our groom, Zach, was less than thrilled to know that I had big plans for him to carry all of them,while walking down a dirt road with his bride, Jessica, especially since the wind picked up precisely when Danita started the shoot. She ultimately made the decision (the voice of reason) to tie them to a fence post directly behind our picnic scene. Sadly, when Zach went to untie the balloons, they escaped, ruining my plans for them for the rest of the day (to return them to Cole), and making for an unhappy photographer’s assistant (me). The finished product is absolutely gorgeous, and I do think you will see more balloon pictures in the future at a certain wedding in July, especially with their tiny, balloon loving ring bearer, one Cole Keller. Congratulations to Jessica Andrews and Zach Harber on your wedding day! May God bless your union. Love you both.. N

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Paige Jeffrey and Jonathan Edwards had each chosen to pursue a career in teaching. Both chose to start their career path at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. These two simple choices made by two unsuspecting young high school graduates would set the wheels in motion for their paths to one day cross. When that chance meeting occurred not only did their paths cross, they merged. A friendship was first formed, and later a serious relationship developed. Jonathan realized that Paige was the woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. Being a true gentleman, he went to Paige’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. Paige’s father, Alan, was not at home when the nervous young groom-to-be arrived, and as Jonathan’s nerves

got the better of him, he calmed himself by mowing the families lawn. Once Alan arrived home the question was posed and permission was granted. A few days later the family gathered to enjoy a barbeque cookout at Paige’s childhood home in Concord. Paige noticed nothing out of the ordinary, “It was just another casual dinner with the family.” Much to her surprise, Jonathan kneeled and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. Surrounded by family, all smiling and holding their breath, Paige answered, “YES!” Jonathan and Paige were wed on March 9, 2013 at the scenic venue of Chimney Rock Farms in Concord. Brother Bruce Qualls of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church presided over the double ring ceremony. Paige’s sister, Shawna Jeffrey, served as Maid of Honor. Jonathan’s sister, Lindsey Johnson, served as Paige’s bridesmaid. Kindalh Mayfield, Kayla Myers, and Maggie Tharp served as Honorary Bridesmaids. Trenton Mynatt stood

as Jonathan’s Best Man and Justin Garner served as his groomsman. Pearls and lace were draped from the mantel and staircase, enclosing the guests in a vintage and elegant history of the two families. Photographs of great grandparents, family, and friends captured the attention of guests throughout the evening. Paige recalls, “The night was magical and everything we could have wished for.” Connie Coleman, the couple’s wedding planner, had attended to every detail ensuring the bride and groom experienced the wedding of their dreams. “She was wonderful; she made it easy for us to feel calm

and secure through the entire process,” shared Paige. The newlyweds honeymooned at the beautiful Swept Away Resort in Negril, Jamaica. Paige and Jonathan reside in Batesville. Jonathan holds a Bachelor’s in Biology from UCA and is currently working on his Masters in the Art of Teaching so that he may instruct high school Science classes. He will begin his teaching career at Southside High School this August. Paige is continuing to work toward her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Development; upon completion she will pursue her Masters in Special Education. N

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Reviewed by Tanner Smith Jeff Nichols is undoubtedly one of the best filmmakers of our time. He obviously cares deeply for film and filmmaking, which was clear evidence in 2008’s “Shotgun Stories” and 2011’s “Take Shelter” (both of which are different yet excellent films), and doesn’t always go for the easy way out, yet finds new ways to satisfy audiences. So when I found out that his third feature, “Mud,” was aimed for more mainstream appeal, I was wondering if he would stoop to the new low that David Gordon Green (another visionary filmmaker who began in the indie circuit) took with his “stoner” comedies. And for the record, I know Green’s latest films have their audiences, and maybe they were the kind of films he wanted to make all along. Maybe “Mud” was the kind of film that Nichols wanted to make while he was making his other films to give himself an image in order to do so; but either way you look at it, his move into the mainstream is welcome with this film. I love this film. This might be the kind of movie that Nichols wanted to make for a long time, but this is also the kind of movie that I would love to make. It’s a coming-of-age story in a nontraditional sense, using elements of adventure to tell the story of two young boys learning some important life lessons. Another such film is 1986’s “Stand by Me,” which was one of my main influences to become a film critic and a filmmaker. There’s just something so engaging about a coming-of-age adventure such as this. “Mud”takes place in the Arkansas Delta, near the White and Mississippi rivers, giving the film its great deal of Southern grittiness. Our main characters are two 14-year-old boys—Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland)—who spend their days riding a dirt bike and using a skiff to explore the Mississippi. They come across an island in which a boat is lodged high up in a tree, due to a flood. But they find that the boat is inhabited by a raggedlooking man named Mud (Matthew McConaughey). Mud may be homeless, hiding out on the island, and he does carry a gun for “protection,” but he comes off as unthreatening to the boys, telling them tales of superstition (nails in the shape of crosses in his bootheels, his white shirt representing “good luck,” his snake tattoo representing “bad luck,” etc.) and about his love who is supposedly coming to meet him so they can escape together. Ellis and Neckbone decide to help him out, bringing him food and running a few errands for Mud in town, which includes finding his girlfriend, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon), and bringing her messages from him. The main reason Ellis wants to help Mud and Juniper get back together is because he still wants to believe that true love still exists, despite the upcoming divorce his parents will go through. He wants 20

something to believe in, and so he does what he can to make sure it follows through. The fact that Mud killed a man to protect Juniper doesn’t decrease his intrigue; if anything, it increases it. Mud’s devotion to Juniper also mirrors that of Ellis’ infatuation with an older girl, May Pearl (Bonnie Sterdivant). After Ellis defends her honor by punching out a high-school senior, she lets him take her out on a date, which doesn’t lead to what he would hope for. Without giving too much away, his disappointment to a certain reveal about her is heartbreaking, because I think we all went through something like that in our young lives. And it does fit into the adult-romance that Mud and Juniper should have while there’s a high chance that things aren’t exactly what they should be. This new look upon reality, which Ellis is starting to realize, is what makes “Mud” an effective drama, as well as an adventure story. His interaction with Mud increases his self-esteem and the pride he feels in what he feels he should do. He also learns some harsh truths that Mud learned the hard way, giving this character much room to grow. By the end of the story, Ellis has learned some important things about life (which is the case for any coming-of-age tale), while Neckbone is more or less the same adventurous boy he was at the beginning of the story, and so that leaves an interesting contrast between the two boys. This didn’t necessarily have to be a coming-of-age tale involving two boys; just one is enough, while the other is suitable for the “adventure” element. Speaking of which, things get even more dangerous when the boys encounter a nasty bounty hunter (Stuart Greer) who is seeking vengeance against Mud (the man Mud killed turned out to be his brother) along with a posse led by his father (Joe Don Baker). They keep close watch on Juniper, believing that she’ll lead them to him, and so Ellis and Neckbone must plan a sneaky way to get her back to Mud. The bountyhunter characters also provide a climactic, violent showdown at Ellis’ houseboat Matthew McConaughey is receiving well-deserved praise for his strong, memorable portrayal of a man who has risked (and is still risking) everything for who he believes is his soulmate and truly believes he’ll figure something out with each misstep. He’s truly brilliant here. But the real stars of “Mud” are the two excellent young actors playing Ellis and Neckbone. Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland are already labeled as resembling Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in their performances, and deservedly so (this is a Mark Twain type of story). Sheridan’s Ellis is more enlightened and thoughtful while Lofland’s Neckbone is more outgoing and defiant (and he also provides some funny moments as well). The blend of these two is excellent and is played in an entirely credible way. This is more of the boys’ story as they are the main focus, though the adult characters (aside from Mud) play pivotal roles in their tale. Reese Witherspoon’s We are word of mouth for your EYES!

role of Juniper is more complicated than just being a “soulmate” and there manages to be more complexity implied than actually stated; Sarah Paulsen and Ray McKinnon are convincing as Ellis’ squabbling parents who each try to give Ellis further outlook about growing up; the bounty hunters, led by Joe Don Baker and Stuart Greer, are given a specific purpose of vengeance for the man Mud killed; and we also get Sam Shepard as Tom Blankenship, Ellis’ neighbor who has a past connection with Mud. Oh, and there’s also Neckbone’s uncle and guardian, played by Michael Shannon (a regular for Jeff Nichols’ films). He’s pretty much an overgrown teenager who slacks off and plays “Help Me Rhonda” (by The Beach Boys) during sex with random women. And… that’s about it. Aside from one little talk to Ellis about how Neckbone looks up to him, he really serves no purpose to the story. I think if you remove his scenes in the editing room, you wouldn’t miss anything. But I’ll let it slide because he is quite solid in the role, and frankly it is good to see him in a Jeff Nichols film. The look and feel of the Arkansas Delta is captured perfectly. As someone who has spent a majority of his life so far in an Arkansan small town, a sense of familiarity overcame me. The small town; the boondocks; the landscapes. I felt like I wasn’t too far from home. And for anybody, with the way the film captures this particular essence, those who live in large cities are most likely to notice the vividness of atmosphere. “Mud”is a wonderful film, and yet another winner in Jeff Nichols’ great résumé. This is further proof that Jeff Nichols is one of the most impressive filmmakers of our time. I love his films, and I eagerly await his next project. N

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For the 16th consecutive year, Citizens Bank will sponsor “Celebrate America” at Riverside Park in Batesville on Thursday, the Fourth of July. “This year’s ‘Celebrate America’ fireworks display promises to be more spectacular and breath-taking than anything ever witnessed in North Central Arkansas,” said John Dews, Citizens Bank President and Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the loyal base of local sponsors, entertainers and vendors who help ensure a fun-filled day of family entertainment and music.” Since 1997, Citizens Bank has served as corporate sponsor of Batesville’s “Celebrate America” fireworks display. WRD Entertainment Inc. and the Batesville Daily Guard have again signed on as “Sonic Boom” and “Big Blast” sponsors, respectively. The fireworks display is one of Arkansas’ largest and Citizens Bank decided to “kick it up a notch” this year. Without giving too much away, people attending the event can expect to see a white to blue to red fireworks waterfall in the sky. “Celebrate America” activities at Riverside Park will run continuously during the day. Groups and organizations seeking to be vendors at the event can contact the Marketing Department at Citizens Bank at (870) 698-6381. N

The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project presents the 2nd annual Kids Triathlon for Literacy! Saturday, July 13, 2013 Lyon College : Batesville, AR Ages 5-18: Swim / Bike / Run * A benefit for the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project * Age 5-6: Pool Swim 25 yards, Bike .5 mi, Run .25 mi Age 7-9 : Pool Swim 50 Yards, Bike 1 Mile, Run ½ Mile Age 10-12 : Pool Swim 100 Yards, Bike 2 Miles, Run .75 Mile Age 13-18 : Pool Swim 150 Yards, Bike 3 Miles, Run 1 Mile REGISTER TODAY: Please register at, or call 870-793-5912 or email for assistance. N

Let Us Advertise For You EYE ON INDEPENDENCE is word of mouth... for your eyes. Let us promote your business and let’s grow together. email or call Kimberlee at (870) 503-1150 Dirksen named Director of the Batesville Area Arts Council The Batesville Area Arts Council is pleased to announce that Paige Dirksen has been appointed as the organization’s new Executive Director. Dirksen has served as Co-Interim Director for the past 6 months and served as a Board of Directors member prior to that. “I’m thrilled and honored to be leading an organization that has served this community for the last 25 years. Being an advocate for the arts is something I’ve always had a passion for,” says Dirksen on her new position. As Executive Director, Dirksen will oversee all programming for the arts council, which includes the Arts in Education Program, gallery exhibitions,

workshops, fundraising, and grant writing. Dirksen earned an MA in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a BA in Printmaking with a minor in Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. Anyone wanting to get involved with the arts, serve as a volunteer at the gallery located at 246 E. Main Street, make a donation, or learn more about educational programs sponsored by the Arts Council may go to www., email, or call Mrs. Dirksen at (870)793-3382.

Things To Do LPN Pinning Ceremony The LPN Pinning Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on July 26th at UACCB. For more information call the Nursing and Allied Health Division at 870-612-2071. Aerospace Camp Students entering 7th grade in Fall 2013 are eligible for summer Aerospace Camp. Aerospace Camp will introduce students to the exciting world of aviation. Students will learn about engines, brakes, electricity and aviation as a career path for both men and women. Weather permitting, students will build and launch a model rocket and fly a balsa model airplane. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for students eligible for the free or reduced school lunch program. To Register call 870-612-2080 or email July 8-12 Junior High (Entering Grades 7-9) July 15-19 Senior High (Entering Grades 10-12) Cost: $150 Time: 9:00-3:00 p.m. Location: UACCB Airport Hangar

“Rockin’ the Rain Forest” Kids College Sports Complex at 3600 N. St. Louis St. in Batesville on Kids College begins July 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. through July 19th. Contact Katrina at 870-612-2082 for more Each 5-person team will follow a 50-shot format. information. Each shooter will shot 25 targets. At the end of the round, event officials will tally the scores and divide teams into evenly matched flights. First, second, and third places in each flight will be awarded. Lunch will be provided. Each team member should bring a shotgun, 3 boxes of shells (#7.5 or #8 shot), and eye and ear protection. The team registration fee is $375. A single shooter registration fee is $75. March of Dimes for Babies 5K For more information, contact Wiley Osborn at 870This March of Dimes event is from 7:30 a.m. 793-1508 or N to 8:45 a.m. on Saturday July 26 at the Becknell P.E. Lyon 5K Loop and Main Gym. Janet Smart can be contacted for more information at jsmart@ and 870-793-5757.

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The Sustainability Weekend presented by the Arkansas Craft School and Meadowcreek LINKPROJECT in Tomahawk Creek Farm made for a weekend like no other. Tomahawk Farm is just 10 miles Southeast of Mountain View in Stone County. There was an abundance of fresh farm-to-table food and candle light dinners to spark a pleasurable weekend for all in attendance.

Lyon College students who received annual scholarships from The Citizens Bank of Batesville in 2012-13 expressed their appreciation to John Dews (center), president of The Citizens Bank. From left are Tonya Clapp, Callie Boyce, and Maggie Hance, all of Batesville; Minnie Smith of Mabelvale; and Jonathan Dannatt of Bald Knob. Not pictured are Kaylin Cesarski and Wesley Baker of Batesville, Devon Caron of Cushman, Jordan Steele of Newark, and Elizabeth Taylor of Locust Grove. Also not pictured is Ian Thomas of Batesville, who received the Citizens Bank Endowed Scholarship this year. The award recipients are chosen from students enrolled from Independence County and surrounding counties as well

as students transferring from the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Citizens Bank established the scholarship in 2010 to help provide students in its primary market access to top quality higher education.

From Right to Left, these scenes from the 2013 Chamber Golf Classic show Peco Foods Team Member, Shanna Fretwell, pulling a club for her turn, Team Ozark Information Services on the green lining up a shot, and the Championship Flight 1st Place Winner, Team Anytime Fitness.


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BAAC’s Summer Fiesta fundraising was a success. The celebration of the local art scene and the BAAC’s 25th anniversary made for a fun evening for these local faces. To see more faces that made this event, please log onto and click on the photo album tab at the top.

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I want to thank all our great performers for their hard work and making the night so much fun and a huge success! It takes so much time practicing and lots of courage to perform in front of so many people. We had over 120 guests. Our total raised right now is $17,903 with more money coming in from sponsors which will put us over $18,000 for 2013. A big thanks goes to our resource board members for getting the event ready and Alicia Harris and Joel Williams for emceeing. The night was fun, and I can’t wait to have our very talented performers take the stage at next year’s event. Congratulations to our talent winner Dawn Harris, who teaches choir for Southside schools, and Teresa McDonald, our people’s choice winner. Teresa was sponsored by First Community Bank. She collected over $900 to earn votes as the People’s Choice for Karaoke 2013. Other winners: 2nd place for talent – Teresa McDonald and 3rd place was Norma Lopez 2nd place People Choice – Amanda Cox at $309 and 3rd with $273.00 was Sharon Baker. The winner of the Big Green Egg Grill Give-a-way was Mr. Lyndal Waits. - Amanda Roberts To see more pictures from this fun-filled event, please log onto and click on the photo album tab at the top.

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The Batesville Chamber of Commerce shared the pictures below of the Sulphur Rock Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting. You can see the nice crowd that attended and the local leaders and chamber ambassadors that make these events so special.

A crowd gathered to see the new Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation location during the recent open house. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program, WRMC's structured exercise program for patients with heart or lung disease, recently moved into a larger area in the Collier Annex on the west side of the WRMC campus. The new location allows the team to accommodate more patients and features new state-of-the-art equipment, a small walking track, and a space for education. This information and photo submitted by the Batesville Chamber of Commerce.

UACCB Outstanding Staff Person Announced Kim Whitten University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville announced Lori Bell of Batesville as the 2013-2014 outstanding staff person during the end of semester campus meeting in May. Lori is institutional services assistant for UACCB. Since 2007, Bell has been a member of the physical plant staff and is known for her high standard of performance and reliability according to her supervisor, Mr. Heath Wooldridge, physical plant director. “Lori is a positive member of the physical plant team and exhibits a win-win philosophy,” Wooldridge said. “The combination of her work ethic and experience enables her to be an excellent mentor to other employees. Because of her willingness to strive for high quality and a positive atmosphere on campus, UACCB is a better place to work and a better place for students to get a quality education.” When her name was announced as outstanding staff person, Lori said she was “very shocked,” and because she works nights was “pretty sure no one knew who I was as I try to be unobtrusive and have limited contact with other staff.” Her area includes Independence Hall, which hosts various community events throughout the year. Therefore, Lori interacts with many people attending those events and she is conscientious of the public relations aspect of her position and treats everyone with courtesy and kindness. Bell enjoys working in her yard, especially her flower garden, when she is not working at UACCB. She will be recognized at the UACCB community picnic in September and will represent UACCB as outstanding staff at the Arkansas Association of Two Year College annual conference in Hot Springs in October. N

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There was a good turnout for the ribbon cutting at Batesville Chiropractic Wellness. Morgan Sensabaugh is the new doctor at the location. Ambassadors in attendance Adam Curtwright, Michael John, Jennifer Corter, Michelle Reichardt, Alisa Lancaster, and Richard Hawkins. Board Members in attendance: Randy Reichardt and Barry Hammers. Photo Courtesy of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shelly Wooldridge named outstanding faculty at UACCB Kim Whitten University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville announced Shelly Wooldridge of Batesville as the 2013 outstanding faculty member. Shelly is a psychology instructor at UACCB. Starting her teaching career at UACCB in 2000, Shelly recently completed her thirteenth year at the institution. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pittsburg State University (PSU), a Master of Science in General Psychology from PSU, and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Wooldridge has been named outstanding faculty in the past and was sincerely grateful for receiving the honor again since the nominations are from students and colleagues. “I have had a difficult year in many ways and receiving this honor has reminded me of why I do what I do. I am here to help others learn,” she said. “God granted me the opportunity to teach and my coworkers have supported me in this endeavor. My students have touched my soul as I have strived to help them achieve their dreams.” Her students have a mutual fondness for Ms. Wooldridge calling her “the best instructor I have ever

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had!” One student noted “she is my favorite instructor. She listens, she’s helpful, she’s funny, and she makes the class interesting with her humor. She has inspired me to explore the field of psychology as a career and has made an impact on my life and future.” Division chair for arts and humanities, Susan Tripp is equally complimentary, adding that she appreciates Shelly’s enthusiasm and energy in the classroom and although her classes are not easy, her students are inspired and truly learn the subject matter. Shelly’s advice to current and future students is to pursue their dreams with passion. “Although life will have obstacles and people will try to discourage you and tell you that you are not smart enough or that you will never succeed…don’t listen to them! Do not let others determine your path in life. Do what inspires you. Life is too short to do otherwise!” Shelly enjoys traveling, reading, and as her students can attest – playing bingo. She and her husband, Heath, just celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. He is Director of the Physical Plant at the college.

A warm day in mid June, after our interview with Independence County Sheriff, Steve Jeffery, and Sgt. John Carroll, we all gathered at Fitzhugh Park where Master Photographer Robert O. Seat took this months cover photograph. Sgt. Carroll’s K9 Diesel allowed for some petting for a young family arriving for a game just across the way. We would like to thank Officer Jones for helping direct Diesel with his tennis ball, to once again thank Sgt. Carroll and Sheriff Jeffery for their time and all of our local officers for their service to our community. N


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The Myopic Life

Paving Future Roads - The 4-H Experience Kristi Price

I gave my first speech in the ninth grade. It was awful. I think I yammered about Beethoven, leaving my audience bored and begging for the bell to ring. I was lucky to squeak out a "B" in that course; it would have been a "C" if based on speech-giving alone. There is no way someone would have looked at my early, pathetic speeches and deduced that six years later, I'd be minoring in Public Speaking in college. In fact, if I'd thought of it earlier, I would have majored in it. It took a few years, but I found my confidence, my voice, and finally my future in standing in front of crowds talking. If only I'd had an earlier start! That's one reason why I love 4-H. I have no history myself with this program, run by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. I knew of 4-H'ers when I was in school, but I thought all they did was raise rabbits and goats. Fortunately, the opportunity arose to place my first grader in the program a couple of years back, and I'm sure glad we did. I can think of no other local opportunity to create such a well-rounded person, at such a young age. At just seven and eight years old, Ethan has given speeches, performed demonstrations, competed in skills testing, participated in public service announcements, performed community service, and more. And this barely scratches the surface. We've never even participated in the agricultural elements, nor have we competed yet in the county fair, which just goes to show you that many more opportunities lie ahead. Better than this though, Ethan is given positive feedback whether he wins or not. The goal is always to continue building and shaping the 4-H students, helping them to uncover their strengths and

identify their weaknesses. Success lies not only in the victory, but in the having tried, period. This early foray into public speaking and service guides my children to discover their passions earlier. It helps them understand preparation, presentation, and evaluation. It will expose them to more opportunities and give them an awareness broader than I can offer alone. I appreciate how 4-H has led them to experiences they would have never considered otherwise, and how ultimately the program shapes them not into a certain future, but a certain individual: one that values community above self. The 2013-2014 year is starting soon. Consider a local 4-H club for your child or call 793-8840. You'll be glad you did. N

Financing for Life Class Available this Fall at UACCB The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Business, Technology and Public Service Division will offer a special topics course during the upcoming fall semester entitled Financing for Life. This one hour credit course will meet Mondays, 4:305:30 pm with instructor, Mr. James C. Johnson, MSW, LCSW, MBA. This course focuses on personal finance issues and is intended to be strong in practical application. Mr. Johnson plans to have guest speakers from the community present topics and discussions that students face in everyday life. Not in typical style, this class will be student-driven, with students providing input on what topics of interest will be covered. 38

The initial plan for this course is to have speakers addressing the following topics: 1. How to buy a car 2. How to pick an attorney 3. Home loans 4. Retirement and investment plans 5. Important issues in automobile maintenance 6. Important issues in home maintenance 7. Home budgeting 8. Health care budgeting and insurance 9. Insurance for home and car 10. Other topics by students’ requests. For further information regarding this course or to enroll, contact UACCB at 870-612-2000. N We are word of mouth for your EYES!

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And so the days stack against me, wedged into every crack. Taking up every essence of space from ahead and behind...but I’m not stuck, or caught, or worried. I’m preparing to climb because it is fun and the world seems to scream for it if you listen just right, ear turned toward the wind open for the hidden stream of voices that aren’t audible, save for the heart. The stumbling blocks make a rock wall and the crevices are highlighted by the moon and star light. The Storm that slows me down is merely for ambience and makes quite the scene from above it all. The dark creatures that stir to slash and bite my flesh are only the animals that help feed this forest and have come out to root me on ensuring my motivation is not forgotten and it is not. These pitiful limitations of my mind are the only evil I see before me and the enormity of it lessens as I close in and stare it down until it merely puffs away with the gusts of my determined breath. N

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