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The Breezes of September

7/Life in the Ozarks

Calico Rock: Cherishing the Past, Embracing the Future

8/Tourism at Home 8/Independent Thoughts

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9/The Morning Line

Midsummer Relief

10/New Edwards Commons Rises From The Ashes 14/Cover Story Living United / Vonda Oberbeck and Kevin Rose

16/Your Health

Rubber Ducky, You’re The One

18/The Nature of Things

One Animals’ Waste is Home to Others

19/Coordinated Care Network 24/I Do Martin Wedding

28/Batesville Area Arts Council 31/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Parents)

32/The Myopic Life

An Upside-Down World

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35/We’re Still Out Here Bright Spots

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Meet Your Writers...

Tanner Smith is a native of Manila, Arkansas. He has written movie reviews for the T Tauri Galaxy (www.ttauri.org/galaxy) for several years and is a five year veteran of the T Tauri Movie Camp. He has made a number of films, ranging from horror to documentary, and has won awards in filmmaking and screenwriting.

Autumn Hunter obtained a Wildlife Biology degree from Arkansas Tech University. She worked in a number of zoo organizations training birds of prey for educational performances. Currently, Autumn works for North Arkansas College as an Educational Talent Search (ETS) Counselor hosted at UACCB. The E.T.S. program is a national student assistance TRIO program. Autumn does college preparation workshops each month at Cave City, Midland, and Pangburn highschools. Leigh Keller is now a high school Spanish teacher. She is also a colorguard coordinator for Batesville Public Schools. She received her BA in English, Spanish and ESL from Arkansas Tech University, and an MS in Counseling from John Brown University. She is married to Allen and they have one son, Cole.

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

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

Alisa R. Lancaster is an Advanced Practice Nurse for the U of A Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center. She has been in health care since 1983, the last 17 years with the UAMS system. Alisa and husband Scott have four children and a granddaughter. Alisa’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of others through education and practice. She welcomes feedback at AlisaAPN@gmail.com or 870.698.1023.

Bob Pest is the president and Co-founder of Ozark Foothills FilmFest and the T Tauri Film Festival and Movie Camp. He works as a community development consultant for First Community Bank, teaches film classes at UACCB, and currently serves as vice-president and is former president of the Ozark Gateway Tourist Council. He has most recently become a member of the board of the new Arkansas Motion Picture Institute, formed to attract film projects to Arkansas. Kristi Price spent all her life as a transplant, having grown up military. The Ozarks have always been in her blood though, and she’s proud to call Batesville her home after many years on the move. Kristi holds a BA in English and blogs about family and other mishaps at www. themyopiclife.wordpress.com. She is married to Erin and mother to Ethan, Emily, and Maggie.

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The Breezes of September Joseph Thomas

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Ah, September, the beginning of the weather that wakes me with a smile. We have much to celebrate this month as my brother, oldest daughter and oldest son recognize their births. We also have high school football to look forward to every week. I’ve always enjoyed playing more than watching, but we have enjoyed our Sundays with Pioneer Coaches Dave King, and Stuart Smith, Southerners Coach Kenny Simpson, and Mark Lamberth who hosts our Pioneer Broadcast oh so well. It is nice to cool off at a game every Friday night as well. If you miss any games this year, catch Pioneer Football 2012 at Suddenlink Cable Channel 6 on Tuesdays at 7 pm and Thursdays at 10 pm. Southside Football will broadcast on Thursdays at 7 pm. Join us for the coaches perspectives. We have a great line up for you to read. Bob Pest brings us a look at Calico Rock, and talks about the "Bright Spots" that light up rural communities. Mark Lamberth shares

his Anniversary at New York’s historic Saratoga Racecourse. Autumn Hunter follows a Dung Beetles journey and Tanner Smith shares his top ten movie picks since his beginning as a writer for Eye On Independence two years ago. Alisa R. Lancaster explains more about the Rubber Ducky Regatta, Leigh Keller visits inappropriate dress for professionals, and Kristi Price yearns for a simpler time in “An Upside-Down World.” John Belew wraps up last months article with the 2nd part of his Obamacare article. Happy Birthday Casey, Lindsay, and Coleton with much love and well wishes along the journey to come. N

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Life in the Ozarks

Calico Rock: Cherishing the Past, Embracing the Future Bob Pest

Calico Rock is one of Arkansas’ most storied communities, dating back to the days of Spanish explorers. Its historic Main Street includes a number of buildings with massive limestone storefronts well over a hundred years old. The new Calico Rock Museum is a bridge between the town’s heritage and culture and the unique experience of visitors. The museum is located at 102 Main Street in the venerable Bank of Calico Rock Building on Main Street. The museum was chartered in June 2008. French fur-traders named Calico Rock while exploring the White River because of the uniquely colored bluffs jutting up from the river. While blasting for the railroad in the early 1900s, much of the coloration was lost. Over the past 100 years, the unique coloration has begun to return through natural processes. Calico Rock’s White River location provided a perfect landing for trappers, traders, and settlers attracted by the rolling hills and fertile valleys. The town developed as a trading and bartering area, steam boat landing, commercial and wholesale center, and railroad boomtown. But the coming of the railroad in 1902 changed everything and almost bankrupted an empire. Railroad tycoon Jay Gould was laying rail from Memphis to Kansas City to expand his inland empire. He brought the railroad to Calico Rock, though other routes would have been more direct and easier to build. His decision turned Calico Rock into a boom town almost overnight. The museum’s current collections and exhibits celebrate the town’s colorful history, from pre-historic times to the late 20th century. But the best is yet to come; the museum’s trustees have purchased the building next door to the present museum. The new building celebrates the town’s river heritage with a boat dock, a vintage steering wheel, wheelhouse, smoke stacks, and other artifacts from the riverboat era. The museum also houses a miniature version of the Ozark Queen, the last of seven steamboats that navigated the White River until the early twentieth century. All seven boats will eventually be recognized in the museum. The Calico Rock Museum is also responsible for the Artisans Co-operative in the 1903 Rodman Building on Main Street. All work is by local artisans and artists. Crafts include fiber arts, woodworking, pottery, candles, soap and other crafts. Artwork includes watercolor, jewelry, oil painting and photography. Books about the history, culture, and nature of the area are also available. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Calico Rock Visitor Center is located in the museum building. It is well-stocked with brochures and maps to help you better enjoy your visit. Calico Rock is famous for its White River trout

fishing; other popular water activities include canoeing, tubing, rafting, kayaking, or just taking a boat ride on the majestic White River. Fishing guides and boat rentals are available. While you are visiting Calico Rock, be sure to take a walk touring the Peppersauce Alley Ghost Town, a historic district with over twenty “haunted’ existing buildings and other structures from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Peppersauce was the common name for illegal spirits at that time; apparently the area was a popular spot for imbibing, hence its name. Also check out River View Hotel, built in 1923. Better yet, spend the night in this charming, comfortable, well-managed “bed and breakfast” inn, built on a bluff that provides excellent views of the White River. RV travelers and tent campers should head straight for the Cedar Ridge RV Park, also with awesome views of the river; fisherman will appreciate Jenkins’ Fishing Service and Motel. Riverside Retreat, Ed’s Rock Lodge, White River Suites, Calico Creek Retreat, and Cedar Rock Lodge provide visitors with a high-quality selection of varied lodging choices. For a great meal try the White River Café, the 56 Diner, or El Sabor de Mexico. My own experiences in Calico Rock have always been very pleasant. I especially enjoy watching the steam rising from the river in the early morning, taking advantage of the incredible views from the bluff, checking out the craftsmanship on display at the Artisans Co-op, and attending some of the many colorful festivals and tournaments that take place during the year. Calico Rock is a great place to slow down, catch your breath, and relax. You deserve it. For more information and a calendar of events, contact the Chamber of Commerce at www.calicorock. us or visit www.ozarkgateway.com and download the Ozark Gateway Tourist Guide, also available at the Calico Rock Museum and Visitor’s Center. N

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Tourism at Home

5th Annual Doggie Pool Party

Tami Meyer

I’m sure the name Lyon College is a familiar one to you and you know that it is located in the eastern foothills of the Ozark Mountains and along the beautiful White River in Batesville; Which I’m fortunate to call home. Did you know that Lyon College has an outdoor recreation facility open to the public? This campus is amazing. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see it, you should. They offer a FREE bouldering wall, bouldering is a form of climbing that does not require ropes or gear and is usually limited to shorter climbs. All you need is a pair of regular tennis shoes and you can start climbing now! Another great FREE activity is the disc golf course. Unlike regular golf, disc golf is played using flying discs thrown by the golfer. This 18-hole disc golf course does not require a caddy. All you need is a few disc that can be picked up in the Scout shop on campus or Hastings. Last but not least is the hiking-biking trails. This trail is along a bluff that borders the north side of the campus. The trail loops around and is about 1.25 miles and very well maintained. Not only can you take your bike on the trail but if your bike needs a tune, they have bike fix-it stations located at the entry of the bluffs. They have all the tools needed to get your bike up and pedaling. Start your fun family outing today! There is so much to do in our community that doesn’t take a lot of cash, all it takes is you and your family and friends. Let work together to find out where you can go and create your memories. For more information go to www.lyon.edu or tourismdirector@ mybatesville.org. N

The 5th Annual Doggie Pool Party will be September 8th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mickey Mouse Pool (1990 Harrison Street). Donations of $5 for one dog/$10 for multiple dogs. All donations for dogs to swim support HSIC. Let the dogs enjoy the "Dog Days of Summer" at the city pool! (Special thanks to Batesville Parks and Recreation for use of the pool) Call 793-0090 or 307-5305 for more information. N

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Additional Information about ObamaCare, IF: John M. Belew

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four). This will be funded by the Federal government for the first three years, and 90% after that. If you don’t qualify for Medicaid, you may be eligible for a tax credit if your income is under 400% of the Federal poverty level. N


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The Morning Line

Midsummer Relief

Mark Lamberth

The folks in the box seats next to ours were remarking about the heat and the humidity that had enveloped the July afternoon. The temperature was in the mid eighties with a slight breeze.  Hot?  Uncomfortable?  On the contrary, it was a perfect day compared to our home state of Arkansas where triple digit numbers have become the new norm. Di and I were in Saratoga Springs, New York at the historic Saratoga Racecourse.  We had planned the trip for months and were able to combine our wedding anniversary with meetings of the Racing Commissioners International Board of Directors.  Saratoga Racecourse traces its origins back to 1863 and will celebrate its 150th  birthday in 2014 as the oldest continually operated sports venue in the United States.  The clubhouse stands still contain the original wood from the 19th  century.  While the track itself is steeped in tradition, the National Racing Hall of Fame which is just across the street, chronicles the entire history of thoroughbred racing in the United States. At the races, we were able to meet and visit with the locals as well as others who have made upstate New York their annual vacation spot.  The scenery is gorgeous with outdoor activities in abundance.  Downtown Saratoga Springs is vibrant with small restaurants and boutiques.  There was even a production company performing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night outdoors in the evening at the park. The city is also home to Skidmore College in one of the oldest residential districts in New York State.  We dined at Siro’s after the races on Thursday night where you might be seated next to a celebrity in town for the races or a billionaire owner. We shared a table with a couple at Mio Pesto, an Italian restaurant, from Boston who explained the mystique of the Red Sox and we did the same with the Razorbacks.  We did run into some familiar faces, namely Steve De Salvo of Hot Springs (owner of the Pancake House and a piece of Kentucky Derby winner – Animal Kingdom) and Joe and Jo Ellen Ford of Little Rock (formerly of Alltel and now owner of Westrock Stables and Westrock Coffee).  The Fords graciously entertained us on Saturday night with cold beverages on their Saratoga home veranda with a cool breeze and a great steak later in the evening. We learned of the wonderful humanitarian work the Fords are doing in Rwanda with Westrock Coffee, but I will save that story for a later column. In addition, we spent an evening at a local harness track where I was treated to a ride in the pace car in which I “helped” start the fifth race on the card. In all we spent a week in their “Spa City” and attended the races four days.  The atmosphere at the track was that of a country fair.  There were family picnics, college kids (Friday was College Day with the track awarding scholarships through drawings), and blue blood families of American racing with names such as Phipps, and Whitney, and Vanderbilt.  I was able to

wander the historic Saratoga backside and even cashed a few tickets for the week.  When we deplaned in Memphis on Sunday from our trip, the blast of heat and humidity brought us back to reality.    Hot?    Uncomfortable? Yes!!   If those New York folks only knew. N

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New Edwards Commons Rises From The Ashes Bob Qualls

Less than two years after the original Edwards Commons was destroyed by fire, a new campus center bearing the same name is ready for the fall term at Lyon College. The first meal was served in the new dining hall Aug. 13. Construction on the new 44,000-square-foot building began in October 2011. The top floor, which houses the dining hall, kitchen and The Scot Shop, is virtually complete. The bottom level, which houses the Bistro, game room and student life offices, will be finished soon. A ribbon-cutting and rededication of the new center will be Oct. 19 immediately following the annual Founders’ Day Convocation at 11 a.m. in Brown Chapel. Former Lyon President John Griffith, who served from 1989 to 1997, will deliver the keynote address at the convocation. A dance celebrating the completion of the new building will be at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the dining hall. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers, a Little Rock jazz band, will provide the music. Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman said the campus hasn’t been the same without the place that


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was affectionately known as “Eds.” With the completion of the new student center and dining hall, the “heart” of the campus has been restored, he said. Students will once again have a central location to gather, eat, study, play games and hang out. Comments posted by students on Lyon’s Facebook page photos have been overwhelmingly positive, with many eager to see the building in person. The loss of Edwards Commons left students eating meals in the Small Gym portion of Becknell Gymnasium before moving last fall to a 270-seat temporary dining facility known as The Temp. The new dining hall will seat 350. In addition to the new dining hall and kitchen, the new building will house The Scot Shop (college store); a bistro; student life offices; student mailboxes; student programming space; a game room featuring table tennis, pool tables, Foosball, and Wii; a cardio exercise room; student government offices; conference rooms; the counseling center; and the health and wellness clinic. The dining area also includes a balcony that overlooks Bryan Lake and surrounding trees. The student programming space includes Maxfield

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Auditorium, where music can be performed and movies shown. The auditorium is named for the Maxfield family of Batesville. Two Maxfields, Charles and Mary, were in the first graduating class at what was then Arkansas College in 1876. Theo Maxfield was a college trustee in the early years and president of Maxfield Bank & Trust Co. in Batesville. A fire destroyed the original Edwards Commons in October 2010. The building had been a staple of the Lyon College community since the late 1970s, but the dining hall portion of Eds was completed in 1983. Dr. Weatherman said he ate one of the first meals served in Eds and one of the last meals the day of the fire. Edwards Commons was named for the late John W. and Lucille Welman Edwards of Batesville. Mr. Edwards was a former trustee and a banker who had given the largest gift for the dining hall project and the largest

ever by a Batesville resident. “I believe the Board of Trustee’s decision to keep the Edwards name on the campus center is very fitting,” he said. “John Edwards and his family were very strong supporters of the College and I am pleased their name will still be featured on this prominent building on campus.” The project was just under $10 million. Funding for the new student center has come from insurance proceeds from the Edwards Commons fire and from donations. The remodeled building used as a temporary dining facility, The Temp, will once again house the Scottish Heritage Program and a fine arts studio. A portion of the building may be used for meeting space in the future. N

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Clothing our Children - One Store's Mission Kimberlee Thomas

Cato’s has been a part of Batesville for the better part of five decades, providing quality woman’s fashion clothing. But that is not all they have been doing. The company, ocal store, and its staff have a strong sense of community and service. Two years ago, Angela Comer became the local store manager. She was not on the job long when she learned of area children who were in need of school clothes. These children did not even possess the basics; this is a problem Comer and her staff, as well as area teachers, see time and time again. Comer spoke with her superiors and was granted permission to donate all clothing that had been zeroed out” to the area’s needy children. Comer explained that once clothing has been in the store a set amount of time and does not sell, it is removed from inventory, “Zeroed Out," and discarded. Thanks to Comer, her fellow employees, and Cato’s, that clothing is finding its way to those in need. She found the best way to fairly serve those in need was to rotate between groups that requested assistance. Some of the groups Cato’s has helped in the past and still helps today are: the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, Family Violence Prevention, and March of Dimes, along with area schools and churches. Clothing is not all Cato’s contributes to the community. Comer explained that since Cato’s caters only to women, in 2010 they made a cash contribution to John 3:16 to assist with purchasing clothing for the men. They have also given funds to

the Southside Band Boosters. Donations of nonperishable food items gathered up by the employees have been given to the local food bank. Cato’s has also donated clothing to the Concord School district and the Independence County Humane Society’s resale shop, The Bargain Hound Boutique. Comer shared that while Cato’s works hard to help as many groups and organizations as possible, that they really wanted to focus on the children this year. She is proud of the work Cato’s has done in conjunction with the Southside School district to assist in making their Clothes Closet a reality. The $2,200 in donated clothing at the beginning of this school term has been a huge help in stocking Southside’s Clothes Closet. Comer added that Cato’s recently began working with the Batesville School district as well. September promises to be a busy month for Comer and her fellow associates at Cato’s as they will begin working on a Coats for Kids program with an area teacher in an effort to make sure students are ready when the cold winds of winter finally arrive. N Manager’s Left to Right: Stella Taylor, Amy Comer, Haley Matthews. Extra Mile Wall, shown below, contains “Thank You” letters from the Concord school, Southside school and Band Booster’s. The Food Pantry, The Bargain Hound Boutique, and other thank you letters to our employee’s from community groups and organizations Cato’s has helped.

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Eye On Cover Story Living United / Vonda Oberbeck and Kevin Rose Joseph Thomas

I sat down with Kevin Rose and Vonda Oberbeck to talk about what it means to live united and what the United Way does in Independence County. We sat together in Rose’s office and I was educated yet again on the virtue that happens behind the scenes of Independence County daily life. Vonda Oberbeck, executive director at United Way, says her volunteerism began in Kindergarten. Six months into school, she was pulled out because her birth day fell beyond the revised cut off date of the Missouri school system. "When I returned to Kindergarten the next year, I had already been through the separation anxiety and was more comfortable being at school than the other kids, so I assisted the teacher with the children who had not dealt with that yet." Oberbeck is quick to smile, easy to laugh, but you can see how serious she is about her work in helping others. Oberbeck has served United Way in several capacities. She began as a volunteer coordinator for a United Way campaign with a previous employer. At that point she was asked to be on the board and so served for a year and a half before accepting her current position as executive director three years ago. "I eat, sleep, breathe United Way, that's who I am." says Oberbeck. "Robb Roberts teases that I bleed United Way blue when I'm cut." Oberbeck says, "I and the board of directors do our best to insure that all of the money raised goes directly to the agencies that we elect to support each year and the great causes they stand for. We seek the most efficient resources available to us so the most dollars can aid those agencies doing the most good. For instance, three years ago my daughter was a T Tauri Film Camp student and they made a campaign film for us that promoted what we do at no cost to us." Oberbeck goes on to say that the United Way of Independence County bylaws require they keep

the agencies overhead below 25% at all times and while they strive to do better than that, they also look to find that same resourcefulness in the agencies they choose to fund as well. "One such agency, Batesville Help and Hope, can tout the fact that they use 100% of their funds received for purchasing the food, and the facility to package and hold the food they give to those less fortunate in our community. They can only do this because they run on a completely volunteer staff and the difference they make is tremendous,� replies Oberbeck. Rose adds, "that is a direct benefit to the community and hard to overlook as a United Way board member." Kevin Rose is currently the local United Way campaign chairman and vice-president. Rose began his banking fifteen years ago in Pocahontas. He worked there until moving his wife and kids into Independence County in early 2011 and says he has been a part of civic clubs and various organizations since high school. He says his parents instilled within him the need to give back to the community by having him help with some of the community projects they were involved in. "Also, being in the banking industry, organizations such as United Way seek our involvement and these partnerships make perfect sense. Everything the local banks do to better the community makes the community more successful, in turn making the bank more successful. Of course, that is an added benefit, because helping those in need is the priority." Rose worked with United Way of North East Arkansas in Randolph County where some of their funding afforded to pave handicap accessible wheelchair paths through the fair grounds. "I remember seeing the excitement on the faces of everyone that came out to see the new paths and the progress it spoke of. Before the paths were put in the rocky fair

grounds were practically impossible to traverse in a wheelchair. I remember the impact that made on me, to see how much difference the United Way could make. They had no need for the credit, the gift was their mission. I have been apart of United Way ever since. I was not in Independence County long when Vonda gave me a call and recruited me as a board member to United Way." Rose says. They service Independence, Sharp, and Stone Counties and raise monies to further the mission that the local non-for-profits have for this community. He touches on one instance where the board met and decided to give more funds to the Ozark Foothills Literacy Council to ensure they could add an additional tutor because one tutor could mean as many as twenty additional people could be taught to read. Rose goes on to say, "One percent of the money our United Way raises every year goes back to the corporate headquarters, but they spend more than that one percent on advertising, training, and materials so more is put directly back into Independence County." Oberbeck adds that at the end of the day, the Independence County board members decide where ninety-nine percent of their money goes, not

corporate. The United Way of Independence County currently has fourteen board members while capacity is twenty-one, so there is room for anyone that would like to help. Oberbeck explains that they are always looking for community leaders to step up and fill those positions to aid in the diversity of the board that is so vital to the vision and direction that United Way takes. The board members provide the knowledge and back ground of the community that allows United Way to allot their funds to the appropriate agencies to make the most impact. She goes on to say that every year, the board reviews all local non-for-profit agencies to ensure each agency United Way supports is making the wisest financial choices and using the resources available to them to make the greatest effect in our community. Oberbeck challenges anyone that has any questions about the money that United Way gives to simply ask her. She is proud of the work they have done and would explain to anyone the reasons why they choose the agencies they do. She says, "Good for you if you don't know any of these agencies that help so many, because it means you've been fortunate enough in your life not to need their help." Oberbeck adds that they scrutinize these agencies under a microscope to ensure their efficiency and aid to the community. She says, "We strive to remain at the highest level of integrity, ethics, and non-discrimination so everyone knows that if you have United Way funding, your agency stands heads above the rest, because not every one can pass that litmus test. Rose points out that these fine agencies that the United Way supports also support the United Way with funds and time. “I don’t think we could

ask for better people. Not enough can be said to express what they do for this community in every aspect of giving.” Oberbeck talks about Batesville Help and Hope, she says these volunteers are there everyday from 8 a.m. to noon and have been there since the organization began. She says Carolyn, who takes care of most of the logistics, and her husband both have been there for years and that she breathes Help and Hope. She also talks up Rebecca Riley and the staff of Family Violence Prevention about how much they accomplish in their goal of getting the word out about family violence so it can be prevented when possible. Rose and Oberbeck both express their gratitude towards donors and the fact that nothing happens without the funds they donate from a dollar to a thousand, in addition to the time they give. The United Way and their partner agencies help with the building blocks of a good quality life through education, income, and health. You can find United Way of Independence County at P.O. Box 2639, Batesville, AR 72503 or call them at 870.793.5991. We would like to commend these fine agencies and the work that they do for Independence. The United Way of Independence County’s partner agencies for 2012 are as follows; American Red Cross


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Community School, Inc.


Family Violence Prevention


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Your Health

Rubber Ducky, You’re The One Alisa R. Lancaster

Everyone should have a passion for a worthwhile cause. Mine is the "Christian Health Center of Batesville" (see the feature article in this edition). This passion lead me to do some brainstorming on fundraising. As a result of that brainstorming, the "Rubber Ducky Regatta" was born! What is the RDR you ask? Basically, it's a Ducky race! Let me explain... For only $10 you may sponsor one of the 3000 Rubber Duckies that will be dropped off the White River bridge on September 8, 2012 during White River Water Carnival. These Rubber Duckies will "race" down the White River, over the dam, and on to the finish line. Sheriff deputies will be waiting down river to fish the Rubber Duckies out of the water. The lucky sponsors of the first three winning Rubber Duckies will receive great prizes. The first place prize is a new Bad Boy Mower donated by Bad Boy, Inc. Dr. Jeff Angel of Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic sponsored the second prize, a Brinkmann Grill (just in time for the Razorback tailgating season). Third prize is an ATV Winch given by Bad Dawg Accessories. Crystal Johnson, of the Batesville Chamber of Commerce, searched the world over and found the best racing ducks in China. After intense negotiations with the Chinese government and U.S. customs,

we were able to arrange for the Rubber Duckies to leave China and be transported to their new home in Batesville. My husband, Scott, and I have kept the Rubber Duckies in a comfortable, climate controlled environment. We've fed them specially formulated high protein Purina "Rubber Ducky Racing Chow" and have had them trained for race day. This was done under strict supervision so no "fowl" play occurs during the race. It's easy to be a winner - all you have to do is sponsor a Rubber Ducky. AND, with the matching funds tobacco grant the CHCB has been awarded, your $10 sponsorship doubles! It's a WIN-WIN situation! You have an excellent chance of your Rubber Ducky winning a great prize while helping the CHCB continue to provide medical care to uninsured, eligible adults. You may sponsor as many Rubber Duckies as you wish. The more Rubber Duckies you sponsor, the greater your chances of winning and the greater difference you will be making for the Christian Health Center of Batesville! For more information and/or to sponsor a Rubber Ducky, or donate to this cause, call me at 870.805.0798 or Riley Davidson at 870.834.5441. N


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The Nature of Things

One Animals’ Waste is Home to Others Autumn Hunter

You have to be a hard core nature nerd to be mesmerized for a full five minutes at the novelty of a beetle rolling a ball of dung across a country road. The last week of July, I was determined not to the let the oppressive heat keep me from exercise. An hour before dark I set out on the half mile trek to the house of my favorite walking buddy, Doris Martin, and spotted it in my path. The beetle wasn’t extraordinary except for the fact that it was laboring to push this perfectly symmetrical, round, brown ball (the circumference of a quarter) with its front legs. When the ball found a downward angle and rolled, the beetle held on to the side. When the ball came to rest, it began rolling with the back legs. Fascinating! Worldwide 5,000 species of dung beetles exist. An article published in The American Midland Naturalist reported all 64 species of dung beetles known to occur in Arkansas were found in cow pastures on Crowley’s Ridge. They use their 6 legs for digging and rolling manure and can live up to 3 years. Dung beetles can fly for miles in search of their preferred type of dung. Since our management of pasture lands has increased, we now keep more animals per acre. Our native dung beetles have a hard time cleaning up the mess. Also, use of chemicals on pasture lands reduces populations of dung beetles. The University of Missouri Extension (UME) office explains that certain types of cattle wormers reduce beetle numbers as well. “Livestock wormer Moxidectin, is a “dung beetle friendly” alternative to Ivermectin.” These insects not only feed on undigested food materials in manure, but use the manure itself as a nursery to help raise their young. On the National Geographic Kids website we discover, “One dung beetle can bury 250 times its own weight in dung.” Also we learn about the “three basic groups: rollers, tunnelers, and dwellers.” The one I saw was obviously a roller. Dung beetles are tremendously beneficial to our pasture land and forest ecosystems. Wayne Bailey, the state entomologist for MUE says, “They improve soil structure, help control flies and other livestock pests, and recycle nutrients that otherwise would be lost.” By taking the dung underground the land is fertilized making nitrogen available for plant nutrients and cleans the surface. In this manner they increase grazing. Fly populations have been shown to decrease significantly (up to 95% in some horn fly populations) in areas with dung beetle activity. Manure is also an incubator for fly larva and dung beetles damage the eggs or out- compete flies for the resource. Fewer flies keep our livestock healthier. The tunneling beetles allow the soil to absorb and hold more water. Like vultures, dung beetles do a job that we are glad we don’t have to do. However, their role in our environment saves us from disease and keeps our earth healthy. N


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Coordinated Care Network-Meeting the Exceptional Need Kimberlee Thomas

There are so many wonderful giving organizations within Independence County and the city of Batesville that it’s easy to believe that every need could easily be meet. But somehow at the end of the day there is always one more need waiting. It was this realization that prompted several teachers within the Batesville School district to put their heads together on January 11, 2011 and form Coordinated Care Network. The idea was then presented to Batesville School Superintendent, Randy Willison, and was approved to move forward. A Board of Directors which is comprised of members of the Batesville Schools and members of the Batesville community was established. Original board members included; Stoney Fortenberry, Jennifer Emery, Pat Reeves, Regina Forehand, Cheryl Wadley, Lorrie McClure, Kevin Gee, Lyndal Waits, and Reverend Kay Burton. Sandy Daniels sat on the board as a non-voting district representative. Sandy Daniels, Batesville’s School Based Mental Health Coordinator and School Psychology Specialist, shared the following, “Our mission is to provide assistance in meeting the exceptional needs of children and families of the Batesville School District. This network is over and above the Individual Care Teams that are located on each of our school campuses. The Individual Care Teams are often able to meet general needs but we felt that there was a need for coordination of such programs and services, a need for something additional to meet the exceptional needs we were seeing go unmet.” Daniels explains that the closer one is to the need the better able one is to meet the need. “We know these children and families, we know their needs. We understand better how to go about helping these children and their families because we see them in our classrooms every day and we have a relationship with them. Folks are a lot more willing to provide assistance when those kinds of relationships exist and they can see and feel the result of their assistance first hand.” CCN serves only the children and families of the Batesville School district. Requests may be brought forward only by the school principal, counselor, and/ or program directors. If you know a family that is struggling you may contact a school counselor or principal to make them aware of the situation. An exceptional need is classified as one that cannot be met by the Individual Care Teams already in place on school campuses. Daniels explains some of the exceptional needs that have been met in the past year. “CCN provided assistance with temporary housing for a large family whose home was destroyed by fire. We were later able to help them secure permanent housing. We solicited donations for furniture, clothing, kitchen and other household items

to help them get back on their feet and functional. This family has very limited resources and no outside family support. We continued to provide food and other assistance to this family throughout the year. CCN was able to procure a pest contract for another family that was unable to take care of a roach infestation in their home. We have provided several beds for children who did not have one. Three other families lost their homes to fire this past year and we were able to provide clothing and other items in an effort to help them get their feet back on the ground. There have been many other clothing needs met. In total CCN has provided assistance to over 20 exceptional need requests this past year.” I asked Daniels how our readers could help out; “Become a Pioneer Partner” was her reply. Pioneer Partners are those individuals, agencies, businesses, and other patrons who provide assistance in meeting CCN exceptional need requests. They do so either through providing goods, services, or monetary donations. To become a Pioneer Partner simply volunteer to be on their e-mail list. When an exceptional need request comes along you will receive an e-mail and if you can assist in meeting the need you simply reply and let CCN know what you can do. It is that simple. If the thought of a child not having clothes to wear to school or even a bed to lay down and sleep in at the end of a long day is as troublesome to you as it is to this writer and you would like to help, send your contact information to sdaniels@batesvilleschools. org or lmclure@batesvilleschools.org. You may also send your tax deductible monetary donation to Coordinated Care Network, 955 Water Street, Suite D, Batesville, AR 72501. N

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Paul’s Journey to Perform in Batesville Main Street Batesville is proud to announce that “Paul’s Journey,” an award-winning group based in Houston, Texas, will be in concert in downtown Batesville on October 6, 2012 “Entertaining, uplifting, and ministry-minded” are words often used to describe a Paul’s Journey event. The group was formed in 1977 and was known as the Relations Quartet, garnering many awards along the way including the South Texas Association Group of the Year for 2001, 2004, and 2007, and the SGM Fan Fair Group of the year. They were nominated for the Horizon Group of the Year for 2012. In 2008, the group changed its name to Paul’s Journey. Their music can be heard on the radio and on YouTube. They have been featured on Paul Heil’s Gospel Greats Program and Solid Gospel Radio. Members of the group are Rod Treme, Joe Kilson, Chad Stephenson, Dodd Meadows, and Randall Garland. From up-tempo songs to heart-felt ballads, audiences of all generations and walks of life will enjoy the highenergy performance of Paul’s Journey. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Bible Church (formerly the Landers Theater) located at 332 E. Main, Batesville, AR. Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at the Main Street Batesville office at 108 W. Main or by calling 870-793-4632 or 870-613-1713. For more information, go to http://www.paulsjourneyonline.com. Proceeds benefit Main Street Batesville. N

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Above is a collection of images taken at “Karaoke For A Cause 2012” Saturday, August 18th. Obviously the theme was the 80’s. The night was fun and a successful fundraising event for Big Brother’s Big Sister’s. Below is a series of images taken of the new student zip line and Team Haul Swing course on the campus of Lyon College. Scott Dirksen, Director of Outdoor Recreation and Education at Lyon College, led the charge. See video at eyeonmag.com.

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Martin Wedding Kimberlee Thomas

A stolen moment during senior high choir warm-ups was the unsuspecting beginning of a beautiful romance. Whitley Poole recalls her day being on a downward spiral when Chris Martin took the initiative to whisper a few words of encouragement her way. The two continued to visit throughout the day and a friendship bloomed. A short time later Whitley attended a revival being held at the church Chris attended, while others approached and greeted her with smiles and handshakes Chris again took the initiative and greeted Whitley with big hug instead. Whitley recalls that as a defining moment for them both and a couple of short weeks later they began officially dating. “With Chris being fifteen and me being sixteen, it was young love.” shared Whitley. Time moved along like it has a habit of doing and Whitley headed off to college. Chris had no doubt in his mind that Whitley was his one and only and spent the summer shopping for the perfect ring. He helped Whitley’s father move her into the dorms for fall term and during the car ride home asked her father for Whitley’s hand in marriage. On November 5, 2010 Whitley came home for a short visit. Chris invited her out on Friday evening and after dinner took her to their favorite summer unwinding spot. “The two of us would go to the little gazebo by the walking bridge at the Riverside Park often during the summer to escape our busy schedules, but we had never been there during such frigid weather,” stated Whitley. In the middle of what seemed to be normal conversation Chris turned to Whitley and asked, “Would you do anything for me?” She replied, “Yes, as long as I won’t get in trouble.” They continued on in conversation for a while and then Chris asked Whitley, “Will you do something for me?” She replied, “Yes.” Chris stood and turned to walk away and Whitley’s stomach fell, she had no idea what was happening. Chris turned to face Whitley and dropped to one knee holding the ring out before him. “Yes!” was her reply. “It was pure joy for the both of us,” Whitley shared. The couple wed on May 19, 2012 in Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Brother Troy Sharp of Desha First Baptist Church presided over the double ring ceremony. Whitley and Chris created a day of special moments, building future memories while cherishing and including memories of the past. The couple assembled a Unity Cross as part of their wedding ceremony. The Unity Cross is a multi-piece sculpture that represents how the bride and groom will become one. The outer cross represents the man. It is strong and bold and signifies the man’s role as the defender of the family. The inner and more delicate cross represents the woman and signifies her role as her husband’s companion. The three golden pegs, which hold the cross together, represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and signify how the Trinity binds the union and acts as an active member of the covenant.

Whitley wore a string of pearls which Chris had given her for her birthday the first year they were together. She also wore a garter adorned with a baby angel that hung on her late great-grandmother’s Christmas tree. The garter also held a golden pin that had been awarded to her late grandfather during his service as a mail man with the U.S. Postal Service. Departed loved ones were recognized within a special letter to the guests included on the wedding program. The horse drawn carriage ride from the chapel to the reception at Porterhouse Club and Steakhouse was a wonderful surprise. “It was the first secret my parents have ever pulled off,” stated Whitley. The newlyweds overnighted at the Peabody in Little Rock and then jetted off to beautiful Royal Lahaina Resort on Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii. They spent seven days exploring all the beauty and adventure the island had to offer. They now reside in Arkadelphia and are continuing their educations. Chris attends Henderson State University. He is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Aviation and is working towards becoming a commercial pilot, while Whitley attends Ouachita Baptist University. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and is working towards a career as an elementary school teacher. And to think, it all started with a whisper. N Photography by Christopher Nolan Photography

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The Batesville Area Arts Council will be providing a Beginning Pastel Painting Workshop on September 24th and September 27th from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. each evening at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main. Karen Barker will be the artist providing instruction. Karen earned her BFA in studio art from Arkansas State University. She grew up in Arkansas and as a child developed a love of the natural world which is reflected in her artwork. She has been painting in oils since she was in 6th grade and occasionally works in acrylics, but her current work is primarily pastel “plein air” and studio landscapes. She recently moved back to Arkansas after 20 years in Santa Cruz, California, where she began her serious work in pastels, painting the landscapes of the coastal and mountainous regions of central California for the past 15 years. Karen studied with noted pastel artist, Kitty Wallis. Learn more at www.eyeonmag.com. The Batesville Area Arts Council will be providing a “Digitizing your Art Work Clinic” with Dominic Rossetti. Dominic developed an interest in photography in 1998 when some of the photos he took didn’t turn out like expected. He started shooting 35 mm film, but after working with slide film and due to the immediate feedback he received from digital cameras, found a love for photography. He began teaching introductory photography classes and later intermediate specialties at Bedford Camera Company. He has had exhibits of fine art nature photography photos in Rogers, Little Rock and Lexington, Ky. Find more information at www.eyeonmag.com. BAAC will also be offering “Introduction to Digital Photography”, with Dominic Rossetti , on Tuesday evenings; October 16th, 23rd, 30th and November 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 each evening. The objective is to obtain a base level understanding for the general principals of exposure and composition. The goal is to achieve a more desirable and predictable result with a digital camera. More information at www.eyeonmag. com. The Batesville Area Arts Council 28

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The Batesville Community Theatre presents "Beauty and the Beast" Led by Lee Hissong (the beast), and Alicia Kay Weaver (Bell), this masterful production was performed at the Batesville Auditorium on Water Street.

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Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for Parents) Leigh Keller

When I first became a teacher in the very late 90s, the movie “Dangerous Minds” was very popular. I had just graduated from college with my Bachelors degree, and was armed with lots of serious business suits and one color heels (our professors told us that in order for us to be taken seriously as young teachers, we had to look at least 82), an unmovable hair style, and the idea that I was going to set the world on fire with my amazing teaching style. My first teaching job was in the Rogers School District as an ESL teacher. I started my day in a posh elementary school with precious kids, left during lunch, and my planning period, drove furiously across town to the high school and moved from classroom to classroom with my sad little cart. Many of my students were one year younger than me, since I was the wise old age of 22. I luckily got this job in December (luckily!) because their previous teacher had resigned at semester. This should have been a sign to me. High school students can be a little ruthless, like sharks. They can smell fear, and they moved in for the kill. Needless to say, my fate was not much better than hers. I soon ditched the heels for flatter shoes I could run to my car in every day, where I typically cried all the way home (my commute was an hour each way). I used all of my sick days and left at the end of the year, and didn’t look back. My teaching style and personal style have changed dramatically through the years. Several years of experience later, I now enjoy my job and the daily successes and failures it brings. I ditched the business suits and serious heels a long time ago, and now look forward to getting dressed for work every day. I have composed a few rules for dressing for first year teachers, should they ask my opinion (or even need it). 1. Do not wear a business suit every day, even if you are 22 years old. You will look like you raided Grandma’s closet and are playing dress-up. You can dress like a professional and not a news anchor, and kids will still take you seriously, as long as you respect them too. 2. Unless you are grandma, do not dress head to toe in apples and school buses every day. 3. Leggings are not pants, for anyone, 98 pounds or 298 pounds, period. This is non-negotiable. 4. Your hemlines should be to your knees, and your cleavage should be covered. Dressing like a professional means being a professional, and professionals don’t show off everything they have (to their teenaged students! Eek!).

The Transplanted Fashionista is having a makeover contest! If you would like to submit someone, give us their name, the reason they are so deserving of a makeover, and their contact information. Submit your nominees today at eyeonjoseph@eyeonmag.com.

The same teachers who say they do not get enough respect from parents and students are the same ones who roll up at school in sweatpants and t-shirts (Yes. I’m going there.). 5. Have fun with your wardrobe and enjoy getting ready. Kids will relate better to you if they see that you actually care about your appearance. The better you feel about yourself, the better you will teach. 6. If you wear heels, always keep some emergency flats in your bag, or in your desk, if your feet hurt, or you need to run to your car to cry, not that I ever did that. Since I started this journey so many years ago, I have learned so much about myself. I love kids, and I love helping people, so that’s why I chose this noble profession. I love hearing their stories and knowing what they love, and how they got to be the little person they are today. Wishing a great school year to my colleagues in Batesville and Independence County! N

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An Upside-Down World Kristi Price

I miss the days when a birthday party was just a Betty Crocker cake, a game of pin-the-tail-on-thedonkey, and maybe a balloon relay. Like a lot of parents, I feel pressure to make each party Pinterest-worthy. Instead of a baking pan full of chocolate cake, parents are serving three-tiered fondant-covered confectionary wonders. Guests are leaving with goody bags that eclipse the value of the gift I brought. It’s dazzling and wonderful, that’s for sure. But if you’re the one planning an event, it can be a pressure cooker. This desire to outshine and be new/edgy/unique/ different is bubbling up in every nook and cranny of society, not just with birthday parties and Apple products. Steve Jobs was an extraordinary innovator, but his creations seem to have paved the way for (and enabled, ironically) a public that now demands and expects novelty. We don’t want a rehash of something we’ve seen before. We want a noteworthy, pictureinspiring, WOW factor. At least that’s the thought that came to mind when I watched a woman hang upside down from a silk rope while playing a fiddle on the Showboat Branson Belle last month. She is Janice Martin, billed as the world’s only violin-playing aerialist. She is indeed an incredible violinist, and I would have enjoyed her music no matter

what. She has truly gifted hands. But I wonder if it’s this culture’s maddening pressure to be unique and everchanging that one day made Janice scratch her head and say, “You know, I’ll bet if I dangled upside down from my ankle while cranking out Tchaikovsky on my fiddle while people ate pork roast, we could really pack out this boat.” And a show is born? For me, it was too much. The small space, and my upfront seats, put me in such proximity to upside-down-flying-Janice that I felt like you do when you get placed on the emergency row on an airplane: This woman’s life is in my hands. Oh lord, if she falls, I better catch her! Honestly, I couldn’t even enjoy my cheese-draped chicken. Let’s all dial it back a little. Flying violinists and iPhones that take the dog for a walk and birthday parties that end in fireworks shows are indeed amazing. But nothing, I mean nothing, will ever replace the beauty of a warm, authentic gathering with friends. Where we all stay seated. And nobody takes pictures. Or suspends themselves from the ceiling while yodeling. Picture pulled from stillwatersresort.com N

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Joseph Thomas I know, from society’s teaching, that we are supposed to be very much ashamed of our ever increasing age, but I was born to reject the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I was born with a self loathing and talented villain that I’ve cultivated well with my self doubt and shyness over my thirty-eight years of living. Life lessons, my children, and Kimberlee have taught me to believe in myself and cut myself some slack for being human....and boy am I ever. Besides, we have no say so over time, other than living it well. When I am one hundred and two, I plan on exclaiming it proudly to everyone. Will I do this while performing one handed push-ups is debatable. I say yes, but my body will probably be louder than my mind by then. There is no doubt in my mind that I am better now than I have ever been. I am wiser, more articulate more often, and far better with people than ever before. I used to think it was just me, but I’ve come to realize that more people are awkward in social interactions than not. It is truly a gift to feel comfortable around others, the give and take, ebb and flow of a great conversation is one of the greatest pleasures of life to me. Anyway, back to the point, I know I am still considered a baby to most (other than my children who often point out my dyslexic speech and typical old parent mindlessness), but I think we should embrace our tree rings while we hold each other up in this little forest of life as we beat box “Kumbaya” to the rhythm of the babbling brook that runs through it. N 32

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Rural communities face many challenges: the exodus of their talented young people, the decline of the small family farms, highways that bypass their communities, “the global economy” that has led to plants closing and jobs being shipped overseas, and consolidated schools that require long bus rides for students. Take a drive through almost any small town and you'll see empty, boarded-up storefronts that once were the homes of shoe stores, furniture stores, coffee shops, or cafes. Fortunately, there are bright spots on the horizon, organizations that work to keep us informed, engaged, and inspired. These non-profit organizations promote and celebrate the creativity of rural artists and musicians; seek to improve economic and social conditions; help communities incorporate media and communications into their efforts; and educate the public about challenges and opportunities facing rural communities. The Center for Rural Strategies is one such organization. Founded in 2001 in Whitesburg, Kentucky, the heart of Appalachia, the center has established itself as a leader in keeping the country informed about what is happening in rural America, good and bad, and serving as a strong voice for rural communities. The center's primary outreach tool is

the Weekly Yonder, an informative e-newsletter that covers a wide range of political, economic, and cultural issues, ranging from the congressional Farm Bill and the 2012 Southeast Missouri Flood to the beadwork of the Ojibwe women and the “super commuters” who are forced to drive long distances to the only jobs that are available. To subscribe to this free publication, go to www.ruralstrategies.org. Whitesburg is also home to Appalshop, The nonprofit, multi-disciplinary arts and education center was founded in 1969 as an economic development of the War on Poverty. The idea was to train Appalachian youth in media skills so they could find employment outside of Appalachia. Instead, they chose to stay and make films about their neglected region. Over its forty-plus year history, Appalshop has made dozens of outstanding, award-winning documentary films about the history, people, places, issues, music, and crafts of their own communities. The Ralph Stanley Story, Coal Bucket Outlaws, and Buffalo Creek: An Act of Man demonstrate the diversity of their work. Appalshop grew to include video, recordings, literature, theater, presentation of live performance, and its own radio station, WMMT-FM, Mountain Community Radio . You can learn more, purchase Appalshop films, and listen to WMMT-FM at www.appalshop.org. In the same spirit as Appalshop, The Art of the Rural (AOTR) “works to gather a variety of perspectives on the state of rural arts and culture in American life, humbly seeking to bring a variety of arts organizations, artists and media outlets into conversation. We are also concerned with how the arts can help us understand rural America in the new century: how we figure urbanrural connections and how we talk about the rural diaspora and rural youth.” The Art of the Rural began in 2010 as a blog, but has grown to be an important source for recent activities in the fields of folklore, folklife, and folk art. Their recent coverage of Creative Placemaking in America was a well-informed and inspiring look at rural communities who have taken advantage of available grants to create projects that have significant cultural and economic impacts. The organization is currently transitioning from a blog into its intended presence as a non-profit collaborative and interdisciplinary multimedia organization; AOTR recently announced “Notes From The Field,” a new series of articles that applies the lessons of ethnography and folklore studies within the contemporary frame of rural and ruralurban experience. AOTR is planning to launch its recording and publishing imprint later this year. Until their website is completed, you can visit  theruralsite. blogspot.com. Bright Spots continues on page 41 September 2012 |  35

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University of Arkansas Community College and Batesville Area Arts Council present the White River Water Carnival Art Show September 8th, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UACCB Independence Hall. No entry fees are required. To participate or for further information, please contact Aline McCracken at alnmc@ live.com or Colleen Jackson at baac@suddenlinkmail. com. Mountain View Events for September Agriculture Appreciation Day September ?. The Chamber, FSA and Extension Office will host this event for the agricultural community. Activities will include guest speakers in break-out seminar sessions and a luncheon. Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour & Artisan Market set for September 14-16. Come visit the studios of local artisans as they demonstrate and display their crafts. Tour maps will be available for visitors to find the studios. An excellent opportunity to shop early for Christmas. www.offthebeatenpathstudiotour.com. Chuck Wagon Cook Off slated for September 21-23. Held at the Stone County Fair Grounds, Come enjoy authentic wagons and meet the people who have preserved them. On Saturday come taste an authentic Dutch oven meal, and pick your favorite to choose from. 1st Annual Hot Wing Eating Contest The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Bank of Arkansas are proud to present the 1st Annual Hot Wing Eating Contest. The grand finale will be held on September 8th at 7:00pm during the 69th Annual White River Water Carnival. The wings will be prepared by US Pizza of Batesville. There were two preliminaries held before the final competition at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Batesville. These preliminary were held on June 9th at 8:00pm during Batesville, Bikes & Backroads. The top five “gurgitators” eating the most wings will proceed to the grand finale. The overall winner will receive a championship belt, $500 cash, and claim the title as “The Bone Collector”. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older. The registration fee is $20. For complete rules and registration visit www.mybatesville.org or call Mandi at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce at 870.793.2378.

White River Water Carnival The White River Water Carnival will be Saturday, September the 8th, 2012 from 2:00pm to 11:00pm in Riverside and Kennedy Parks. Mark your calenders and come join us for the fun.

Reel Rock Film Festival The Lyon College Education and Adventure Program is hosting REEL Rock for the second year in a row. It is the only show in Arkansas and surrounding regions so we expect people to travel a ways to come watch. Last year we had 175 people and some people drove from as far as 4-5 hours to watch this show. It is a great event that coincides with Family Weekend at Lyon college. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. this year. We expect to have some local vendors or sponsors up at the show. There will be prize giveaways and popcorn at the event as well. Admission is FREE And OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so we encourage anyone to come. PLEASE be aware that all of the REEL ROCK Films past and present contain extreme content featuring athletes pushing themselves to the limit. This often involves heightened risk and some profanity. Reel Rock Film Festival about REEL ROCK shows are exciting events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fund-raising for non-profit organizations are just some of the ways that REEL ROCK events are more than just film screenings. For our seventh year, Sender Films and Big UP Productions are combining the biggest names in the sport with stories of pushing the limits like never before. From battling Himalayan peaks to a battle on Spanish limestone to establish the world’s first 5.15c. From the non-conformist world of offwidth climbing to the new found fame of the boundarypushing sport of free soloing. This year’s films are nothing short of intrepid tales that will get your palms sweating from beginning to end. REEL ROCK founders Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer have been producing and directing climbing and adventure films for over a decade, with devoted audiences around the world. Their work has been featured on NBC, NPR, and The New York Times, and has won a Sports Emmy Award, plus dozens of awards at international film festivals. After organizing small tours for their individual film releases, Lowell and Mortimer realized the huge demand for exciting live events in the outdoors community and combined forces to create The REEL ROCK Film Tour in 2006. In 2011, REEL ROCK screened in over 280 locations world-wide, drew over 65,000 audience members, raised over $15,000 for non-profits, partnered with more than 150 retailers, university outing clubs and climbing gyms, and won copious media coverage and critical praise.

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Eye On Feature The Christian Health Center of Batesville Joseph Thomas

I was a high school student before I began really paying attention to politics and becoming concerned for how our country was being handled. I quickly became critical of the government because of all of the useless nonsense and mudslinging at campaign time. The worst part is, you can't tell who's telling the truth when the majority of politicians get caught with their hand in one cookie jar or another. I know there have to be some people who really care in our government, they just don't make good sound bites for the press so we rarely get to hear from them often. Having said that, I am proud of the humanity and fundamental truth in caring that I see in our community of Independence County. All over Arkansas, there is an outbreak of Christian Health Centers popping up to take care of a national epidemic: uninsured citizens living below the poverty level. Batesville opened its Christian Health Center in 2010, in big part due to Kari Jones, an uninsured mother of four. She left a nice job with good health insurance after her third child was born to become a stay at home mom. A tough choice for anyone but I dare say one worth making. Unfortunately, she was then diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and left with no insurance company with enough courage to carry her preexisting condition. She sought treatment at the Christian Health Center of Heber Springs. They actually took the time to see her and help her. Let me be fair enough to say, there are plenty of doctors all over this country that often help patients for free. There is also a communication gap and no reason for most uninsured citizens to believe that anyone would do such a thing in this age of overpriced health care. So they steer clear of clinics and hospitals until it is too late. Jones vowed to open a Christian Health Center for Independence County that day. She brought back a discussion and passion that in eighteen quick months became the Christian Health Center of Batesville. We were first made aware of the center when we interviewed Joyce Prickett and Lisa Davis of Citizens Bank. They couldn't say enough about Kari Jones, who spoke at their Red Hot Ladies Luncheon, and the center she helped create in Independence. There are a number of caring leaders in this community that brought this about, there will surely be some that are missed but they are very much appreciated for their time and concern. One such leader is Dr. Andy Davidson. Dr. Andy Davidson of the Batesville Family Practice at 1215 Sydney Street Suite 300 is a member of the board for the Christian Health Center. Kimberlee and I sat down with him to discuss this effort that is a gift of health for so many. He says that Jones first brought the idea to local churches and that it then cycled its way through the medical community. It was 38

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White River Medical Center's AHEC Pharmacy Services Director, Dennis Moore, who contacted Davidson about a meeting to discuss the possibility of creating such a center here. Davidson contacted Dr. Julia Roulier, another Family Practitioner at Batesville Family Practice, and they attended the small meeting about four years ago. A meeting or two later, local Pharmacist Paul Holifield of Economart joined the growing ranks. After much research and many visits to other Christian Health Centers, the group wanting the perfect setup realized they would have to find a temporary location and just open the clinic to make it happen. They did just that and opened inside the Believers Community Church at 3645 St. Louis Street. Davidson speaks highly of Holifield and his efforts toward this mission. "We will have been working out of Believers for three years next April. We've been looking for another facility for almost two years to provide exam rooms, a dental and counseling space, a pharmacy, and a lab." says Davidson. On the 21st of February Jones finalized the purchase of a new building in Batesville. Charlie Wade was most helpful in offering this structure to the center. Davidson says Jones family has been instrumental in getting the building ready for opening projected early 2013. "Local Contractor, Rick Reed, has been a tremendous help drawing up plans and making recommendations for a layout," adds Davidson. "We allotted $15,000.00 for the building committee to deconstruct the new facility and were blessed with so many volunteers that they only spent $1,500.00 tearing it bare and putting new studs in place. The expensive part is about to begin but sweat equity has been plentiful so far. This is a tremendous community. We couldn't have done any of this without White River Medical Center. They offer free labs and x-rays to our patients." The facility needs costly upgrades but the board believes the new facility will bring about more community support. The non-profit clinic charges $8 to visit the doctor and $5 to fill up to 10 prescriptions. These fees purchase medications for their improvised pharmacy. A Thirteen dollar visit for those unable to afford a fifty dollar office visit before tests and medication must seem a desperate relief. As one of the nation's uninsured, I can assure you it is. "We have specialist, surgeons, dermatologists that have seen patients in their own facilities at no cost for us," explains Davidson. "We hope to become more efficient with our new facility. The entire medical community has been vital and eager to contribute." Davidson says that what stands out for him about this mission is the simple act of getting to know these people and helping them without the red tape that complicates all medical practices. "I love working there. Now, there are times that I don't want to go in after work, but I

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never leave the Christian Health Center feeling that way. I've watched Dr. Roulier and Dr. Bernard alternate nights without missing for two and a half years. Dr. J. R. Baker, Dr. Julia Allen, and Dr. Doug Bernard have all volunteered there services to further this goal we all have of treating those in need. Meredith McKinney is one of our board members who has given so much, and her husband, Tim McKinney, has done more than we would ever ask of him. Alisa Lancaster began helping as soon as she moved into Independence and she is a "Go Getter" to say the least. We have so many great volunteers, I could never mention them all." Davidson often takes his children with him and is proud of his son and two daughters, the relationships they have made

with the patients, and the charitable spirit they have shown. If you don't have insurance and don't have a family physician for financial reasons, call 870.698.1985. Leave a message and someone will call you back to assess your condition and get some information. If you qualify, they will schedule an appointment between 6 and 9 p.m. during their office hours on the first and third Thursday of every month. A limited number of walk-ins are seen and returning patients are seen by appointment only. We would like to recognize the board members of the Christian Health Center and say "Thanks" to everyone that has and will volunteer to help in such a loving way.

Executive Board Members: Andy Davidson, M.D.; Batesville Family Practice (Officer – President, Medical Director) Julia Roulier, M.D.; Batesville Family Practice (Officer – Vice President) Kari Jones, CHCB; (Officer – Executive Clinical Director) Tammy Brazier; BCC, Student RN (Officer – Secretary/Treasurer, Assistant Director) Dennis Moore, Pharmacist; AHEC North Central Director (Fund Raising Committee Chair) Additional Board Members: Seth Barnes, M.D.; White River Diagnostic Clinic—Internal Medicine Paul Holifield, Pharmacist; Econo Mart Pharmacy (Pharmacy Director) Cathy Castleman, Pharmacist; Econo Mart Pharmacy (Pharmacy Volunteer Coordinator) Tina Venteicher, PAP; UAMS / AHEC (Patient Assistance Coordinator) David Insell, Pastor; Believers’ Community Church (Spiritual Director Coordinator) Sonia Nix, RN; Arkansas Department of Health Beverly Lampkin; AR Area Agency on Aging Charlie Schaaf, Accountant; Schaaf & Sifford PA Andy Walmsley, Financial Advisor; Ameriprise Financial Deborah Frazier, Chancellor; UACCB James Johnson, MSW, LCSW, MBA; Professor, UACCB Tammy Gavin, R.N.; White River Health System Alisa Lancaster, APN; UAMS / AHEC, Nurse Educator Joan McKinney, Chemist; FutureFuel Chemical Company Joyce Prickett; Citizens Bank, Supervisor of Loan Assistants Linda Creighton; Liberty Bank, Business Dev & Marketing Thomas Jones, M.Ed, RRT, EPFT, LRCP; UAMS Site Coordinator/Respiratory Care Anyone that would like to send a donation, can mail that to: Christian Health Center of Batesville / P.O. Box 2354 / Batesville, AR 72503. To volunteer your time, please call 870.698.1985. We also want to remind everyone about the Rubber Ducky Regatta (see Alisa R. Lancaster’s Your Health on page 16), Saturday September 8th at 5:30 p.m. during the White River Water Carnival. It is only $10 to sponsor a duck with a 1st prize of a new Bad Boy Mower. Med Park Orthopedic Clinic donated a Brinkmann Grill for 2nd place, and Bad Dawg Accessories donated an ATV Winch for 3rd prize. Ducks will be dropped from the White River Bridge to begin their race. The first, second, and third ducks to cross the finish line will win! All proceeds will benefit the Christian Health Center of Batesville. For more information about the Regatta contact Alisa R. Lancaster at 870.805.0798 or email her at AlisaAPN@gmail.com, Riley Davidson at 870.834.5441 or email at ARileyD@gmail.com, or the Batesville Chamber of Commerce at 870.793.2378. N

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On another front, Ozark Foothills FilmFest, another non-profit committed to enhancing the quality of life in rural America, has demonstrated that small rural communities can create, maintain, enjoy, and learn from artistic ventures usually limited to urban population centers. When the organization was founded in Batesville in 2001, most community leaders were skeptical, believing that a town with a population of approximately 10,000 could not possibly support such an ambitious undertaking. After 12 years of successful festivals, the skeptics have been silenced. In fact, the Arkansas Times has called the festival, “the best small town festival in America.” The festival has succeeded by involving the community and establishing partnerships with area colleges, museums, and other cultural organizations. It has also worked to find and present films of special interest to rural audiences and included discussion sessions following screenings and social gatherings where festival attendees can meet and talk with visiting filmmakers from around the country. The result has been a growing interest in and appreciation of the great variety of films that would otherwise be unavailable in this region. These few examples demonstrate a cultural vitality and commitment to continued progress that make our rural communities very special places, dotted with bright spots and blessed with organizations building a bright future. N

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My EOI 2-Year Anniversary Reviewed by Tanner Smith

Well, it’s been two years this month since I started writing movie reviews for “Eye on Independence” Magazine. My gratitude will never cease. So, for this issue, I decided to make a list of the top ten best films I’ve seen since I started writing for E.O.I. (Sept. 2010-present). HONORARY MENTIONS (Terrific films that almost made the list, in alphabetical order)—“50/50,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Another Earth,” “The Beaver,” “Contagion,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “Prometheus,” “The Secret World of Arrietty,” “Super 8,” “The Tree of Life.” 10. LET ME IN—My favorite horror movie in the last two years. Great acting, excellent cinematography, some good scares, and legitimate drama. 9. TRUE GRIT—One of the notorious westerns remade into a dark, twisted, effective, skillfullymade Western. 8. WINTER’S BONE—Grim, deeply involving Southern Gothic tale featuring a star-making performance by Jennifer Lawrence. 7. HUGO—Even magical and enchanting without the 3D; Martin Scorsese proves he can try something different from what people expect from him, and succeed tremendously. 6. THE DESCENDANTS—Sharp screenwriting and fine performances make this black comedy into something surprisingly lighthearted. 5. 127 HOURS—Powerful drama about realizing the importance of life when faced with certain death; great performance by James Franco. 4. THE KING’S SPEECH—Almost everything about this biopic about King George VI of Britain is wellhandled. The story pacing is perfect, the atmosphere is more than wellsuited, and of course the acting is top-notch. 3. TAKE SHELTER—Unbelievably forceful tale about how man deals with fear; this is writer-director Jeff Nichols’ second feature and I eagerly


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await his third. 2. THE SOCIAL NETWORK—A film not just about Facebook, but about power, invention, greed, loyalty, trust, and jealousy (not necessarily in that order). Friend request accepted! And my favorite film in the past two years is… 1. THE ARTIST—This is such a wonderful piece of cinema. This is a silent film that is not only homage to silent film, but it’s also a riveting, touching story that works no matter if it’s in sound or silent. This is a movie about the dawning era of “sound” motion pictures, a time when silent films where put to an end and those who were famous for their work had to adjust to being heard in these new films. This has also been covered in movies like “Singing in the Rain,” which was about how actors learned to adapt to this change, but “The Artist” does something more complicated—it tells the story of a silent-film actor who couldn’t make that transition, and whose career was ruined because of it. It’s a deeply effective portrait of a man who had everything and wound up with close to nothing. That’s not to say the whole film is a downer, because there are many comic moments to be found here as well—particularly those that mimic the style of silent films in the earlier scenes. I love that the people who made this movie actually went out of their way to craft something creative and remarkable. “The Artist” is my favorite film in the last two years. I say this to people who are cynical about hearing a silent film do as well as this one did, in this day and age (heck, it even won the Best Picture Oscar)—It’s not silent! There are orchestral music scores throughout this movie, and so what? Do you really need dialogue (and color) to tell a story? “The Artist” says no—it allows the performances and scenery to assist in telling a

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September Craft Classes at the Arkansas Craft School Cooler days up ahead! Now that the kids are back in school, perhaps you have the time to indulge in a class at the Arkansas Craft School, in Mountain View. September the 8th & 9th, Garvin Gardens’ Bob Byers will present Ukrainian Easter Egg painting – Pysanky – which is one of the oldest documented art forms in the world. The process is simple; batik with beeswax and dyes on an eggshell. But, the results are fascinating and can be stunningly beautiful. The artistic possibilities are endless and some techniques are adaptable to pottery and other substrates. The thrill of removing the wax and revealing the hidden designs

underneath is hard to replicate and every egg will surprise and delight you. Supplies are inexpensive and most artists create their art on the dining room table, so it’s a perfect family activity. Tuition for the two day class is $100.00 How much do you love your horse? Learn to weave traditional mohair cinches for that favorite steed on September 14 - 16. If horses could talk, they would tell you why mohair makes them so happy. Besides being strong and dirt resistant, mohair wicks off moisture and, when properly fitted, will not chafe or pinch. The longer a horse wears a mohair cinch, the better it feels, because over time, the back felts to a soft, smooth finish. Instructor Pop Wagner, besides being a master of the art of cinch weaving, has quite the reputation as a singer, picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, cowboy poet and downright funny guy. He appeared frequently on Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion during the show’s 20% to 50% off Everyday formative years and for the last four decades he has worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and ten Specializing in Quality Name Brands for countries. Tuition for the three-day class is $250.00. Men / Women / Juniors Girl’s Sizes 7 - 14 September 20 – 23, knitter Juliann King will be Silver / Miss Me / Affliction / Roar teaching ‘Socks as Art’. This is a class about knitting Johnny Ringo Boots socks. Not just any socks, but expressive socks that are zany, wildly colorful, glorious, and full of character and Open at 9:00 a.m. 4469 Harrison Street personality. Color is one of our most powerful means After hours appointments available 870-793-6610 of communication, and in this class, students will explore the kinds of feelings perhaps best expressed through vivid color combinations - such as fiery energy, comfort, confusion, or clarity – and Fashion jewelry / Accessories / Purses Serving Seniors Is Our Mission 2235 Harrison Street Batesville, AR knit those colors into a pair of socks. (870)283-1802 The cherished tradition of sock Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 5:30pm knitting will become infused with Saturday 10am - 4pm new life and energy. Students should be advanced beginner, in other words, must know basic knit and purl stitches and how to do a long-tailed cast-on. Tuition for the four-day class is $200.00. September 27 – 29, Phil Wiles will be teaching turners the mysteries behind ‘Segmented Woodturning’. This class is currently full, but call if Styles for Men & Women Call the Hog’s in style with your T-Shirt you would like your name placed on the waiting list. from Purses Galore! Finishing out the month of September, Eleanor Lux will Personal Care be offering ‘Leaping into Bead Transportation Sculpture’ on September 28 - 30. Care Management Using primarily seed beads, and Homemaker Services learning peyote and right angle Personal Emergency Response Systems Styles & colors m ay vary techniques, class participants will Private Pay Plans Available / Veterans Assistance learn proper methods in order to be FREE to Qualifying Medicaid or Elderchoice Clients able to increase, decrease, add on, Strap on a new Cross-over Independence County: shape, cover and manipulate. While Original Girlie Girl T-Shirts in Stock! 1-877-612-3652 or 870-793-5358



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Film Producer To Lead Arkansas Motion Picture Alliance The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute (AMPI) founded in 2011, a statewide, non-profit organization providing leadership in film education, while supporting growth and excellence in film, television and digital media, has named film executive and native Arkansan, Courtney Pledger, as its first executive director. Pledger has served as a producer in both film and television. She currently has a pair of films in pre-production. “BOO” at DreamWorks Animation, starring Seth Rogen, and Ricky Gervais’ “Flanimals” at Universal.  Prior to her most recent position as senior vice president of Radical Pictures, Pledger served as executive producer for “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”, starring Academy Award Nominee John C. Reilly. In addition to managing the start-up of AMPI, Pledger’s immediate priority is serving as Interim Director of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) which returns for its 21st year October 12 -21, 2012. Susan Altrui, board chairman of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute (HSDFI), said that AMPI’s support of HSDFF is greatly needed and signals that AMPI is committed to the art of film. “The HSDFI has suffered some hard times in the past few years and is in need of strong leadership to produce a top-notch festival in October. By providing Courtney Pledger as this year’s festival director, AMPI is helping to save one of the most important film events in the state of Arkansas,” Altrui said. Film producer, Vince Insalaco, will serve as AMPI’s chairman of the board. Insalaco says he is enthusiastic about having Pledger as executive director of AMPI and is proud that the organization is supporting the Hot Springs Documentary Festival. “Courtney Pledger is one of the most experienced Arkansans in the film industry. She will bring vision and leadership to AMPI,” said Insalaco. Arkansas Film Commissioner, Christopher Crane, echoed Insalaco. “The Arkansas Film Commission is excited about the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute naming Courtney Pledger as its first executive director. I am positive that the entire state will join me in embracing Courtney as the executive director and will welcome her enthusiastically as the interim director of this year’s Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Both AMPI and HSDFF will benefit greatly from Courtney’s leadership and professional experience in the film industry. We support this move wholeheartedly.” “Over the years we have premiered many of our films in Hot Springs, and the festival is highly respected as one of the top documentary festivals in the world,” say award-winning filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud. “The Little Rock Film Festival, Hot Springs and the Ozark Foothills Film Festival are now unified under AMPI, because together we make Arkansas a force for film.” The AMPI board of directors consists of a permanent member from each of the major film

festivals in Arkansas - Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Little Rock Film Festival and Ozark Foothills Film Festival. Other members include Board Chairman Vince Insalaco, co-founder of the Argenta Community Theatre, Arkansas Film Commissioner Christopher Crane, Brian Bush of Stephens, Inc., attorney Jamie Fugitt of Williams & Anderson, Joel C. High of Creative Content, Franklin McLarty of The McLarty Companies, Gary Newton of the Arkansas Production Alliance, Steve Taylor of Southern Arkansas University Tech, and Judy Tenenbaum, co-founder of the Argenta Community Theatre. The Arkansas Motion Picture Institute offices will be located at the Argenta Community Theatre in North Little Rock. N

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