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In This Issue 6/Publisher’s Note

In the Summertime...

7/Life in the Ozarks

Walnut Ridge: Parachute Inn, Wings of Honor Museum, and The Beatles

9/The Morning Line

A Vote for Our Children’s Minds

10/We’re Still Out Here

What Happened to Main Street









11/Travel On

House Found

12/Cover Story Big Love


Box Like a Girl

18/The Nature of Things Slithering Subjects

20/Faces 22/Homes

The Baker House

24/Faces 26/I Do

The Coker Wedding

28/Batesville Area Arts Council 30/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista

Finding the Right SwimSuit for Your Body...

32/Notes from the Clearing

Children of Summer...To The Edge

35/The Myopic Life Summertime

36/Things To Do 38/Smith’s Verdict

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Meet Your Writers... 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. 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 Cofounder 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. Kristi Price spent all her life as a transplant, having grown up military. The Ozarks have always been in her blood though, and she’s proud to call Batesville her home after many years on the move. Kristi holds a BA in English and blogs about family and other mishaps at www.themyopiclife. wordpress.com. She is married to Erin and mother to Ethan, Emily, and Maggie.

Tanner Smith is a native of Manila, Arkansas. He has written movie reviews for the T Tauri Galaxy (www.ttauri. org/galaxy) for several years and is a five year veteran of the T Tauri Movie Camp. He has made a number of films, ranging from horror to documentary, and has won awards in filmmaking and screenwriting. THIS PUBLICATION IS PRODUCED BY: MeadowLand Media, Inc. P. O. Box 196, Grubbs, AR 72431 870.503.1150 kthomas@eyeonmag.com PUBLISHER: Kimberlee Thomas Associate EDITOR: Bob Pest MANAGING EDITOR: Joseph Thomas ADVERTISING: Kimberlee Thomas Creative Director : Joseph Thomas AD DESIGN Department: Kimberlee Thomas Joseph Thomas PROOFING Department: Joseph Thomas Kimberlee Thomas Staff PHOTOGRAPHERS: Kimberlee Thomas Joseph Thomas Robert O. Seat PRINTING COMPANY: Rockwell Publishing

Eye On Independence is a publication of MeadowLand Media, Incorporated. Editorial, advertising and general business information can be obtained by calling (870) 503-1150 or emailing Kimberlee Thomas at admin@meadowlandmedia.com. Mailing address: P. O. Box 196, Grubbs, AR 72431. Opinions expressed in articles or advertisements, unless otherwise noted, do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Publisher or the staff. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information presented in this issue is accurate and neither MeadowLand Media or it any of its staff is responsible for omissions or information that has been misrepresented to the magazine. Copyright © 2010 MeadowLand Media, Incorporated. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without the permission in writing from the Publisher. All pictorial material reproduced in this book has been accepted on the condition that it is reproduced with the knowledge and prior consent of the photographer concerned. As such, MeadowLand Media, Incorporated, is not responsible for any infringement of copyright or otherwise arising out of publication thereof.

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In the Summertime... Kimberlee Thomas

It is June already and the heat has found us out. We hope that you can relax in some cool air while you read this months issue of Eye On Independence. We have another front to back magazine filled with what makes Independence shine and we hope that you enjoy. In these pages you’ll find Bob Pest’s series on small town abandonment where this month he asks the question, “What Happened to Main Street?” Mark Lamberth rallies behind the possibility of a new Independence County Library, while Autumn Hunter writes of a Slithering Subject. Kristi Price speaks of Summertime and Leigh Keller keeps us from crying in the dressing room while shopping for swim attire. Tanner Smith reviews the remake of True Grit, we bring you a local champ that boxes like a girl in this months feature, and our Cover Story is our very own Autumn Hunter and David Pittser, the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. Please read on, stay cool, and we will see you at the swimming hole. Also, we are very proud of these two young graduates shown below that we failed to showcase in our Class of 2012. HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all of the caring Dads out there from all of us here at Eye On...Love you DAD! N

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Walnut Ridge: Parachute Inn, Wings of Honor Museum, and The Beatles Bob Pest Walnut Ridge, the largest city in Lawrence County, is on the road to becoming a major tourist destination thanks to the Beatles. The Fab Four landed at the Walnut Ridge Airport in September 1964 en route to a well-deserved break from their first U.S. Tour. The group was headed to a ranch in Southern Missouri where they felt they could escape the mobs of screaming teenage girls who seemed to follow them everywhere. Fortunately or unfortunately, word that the Beatles were in the area led to a large mob that gathered at the airport on Sunday morning, as the word was that the Beatles were flying out. Several home movies that survived captured the Beatles as they walked across the runway and history was made. To celebrate this memorable visit, a sculpture was created that recalls the iconic Abbey Road album cover. The 20'x20' sculpture, unveiled in 2011, features lifesized silhouettes of the British rockers against a richlydetailed background that includes Beatles song titles and lyrics. The sculpture is located in Beatles Park along Abbey Road, formerly SW 2nd Street. The Beatles visit led to a short documentary, When We Were Young, made by Jonesboro filmmaker Mike Bowman. The film had its premiere at the first Ozark Foothills FilmFest in 2012. A longer and fuller film is currently being discussed. Tim Jackson, a well-known Arkansas producer and director from Category-One Entertainment is currently involved in discussions with community leaders about the project. The Rock'n'Roll Highway that runs through Walnut Ridge celebrates another group of musical legends, the rock'n'rollers who traveled and performed along Highway 67 in the rockabilly era, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis. A second monument, the soon-to-be-finished Guitar Walk will be located on Front Street and will feature detailed silhouettes of the musicians who made Sun Studios a national treasure. The airport is not only the sacred ground where the Beatles tread, it is also home to one of the more interesting eateries anywhere, the famous Parachute Inn. Visitors enter the fuselage of a Boeing 737 that has been converted to a comfortable dining area. The Parachute has been “adopted” by Southwest and other pilots, whose signatures and messages adorn the areas

above the seats. The inside of the aircraft has been painstakingly refurbished to capture the Southwest Airlines “look” and to give diners ample space. Not far from the Parachute Inn visitors will find the Wings of Honor Museum. The museum was established in 1999 for the purpose of preserving the rich history of the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School, the Marine Corps Air Facility at Walnut Ridge, the War Assets Administration's Warbird Storage, Sales and Scrapping Facility, and the USAF 725th Radar Squadron; and to remember and honor those civilian and military personnel who served to maintain our freedom. The museum, still in development, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 4 and Sundays from 2 to 5. Lawrence County is also home to Powhatan Historic State Park; Davidsonville was Arkansas' first planned town, as well as home to the first U.S. Post Office, first Courthouse, and first U.S. Land Office. The second state park in the county, Lake Charles, is great for fishing, camping, kayaking, swimming, Hiking, and barge tours. The park also includes a Nature Center offering interpretive programs, and a gift shop. Lawrence County is a visitor's delight, with attractions and activities to fill anyone's agenda! For more information visit www.ozarkgateway.com or call 1-800-264-0316. N Professional Floor Care Carpet Steam cleaning, VCT Cleaning, Waxing, Buffing, Tile & Grout Cleaning, Ceramic Tile Installation, Janitorial, Residential, Commercial

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The Morning Line

A Vote for Our Children’s Minds

Mark Lamberth

As we “go to press” area schools are finishing the year – summer vacation is upon us. Schools are closed and ball fields are full. Kids will have an abundance of free time after most athletic leagues finish in June. As a community, we have a responsibility to develop our kids both physically and mentally, for the entire year. Are we fulfilling that commitment to our youth? In a recent election, the citizens of Batesville approved the collection of additional sales tax money to build a new exercise facility to improve the overall health of Independence County residents. The program includes the construction of additional youth ball fields at the North Complex to replace the fields at Fitzhugh Park which will be the site of the new center. This was no small accomplishment in today’s political and economic environment. Now that we have taken care of our bodies; can we turn our attention to our minds? In particular, the improvement of our children’s minds as they seek to compete in an ever shrinking world and a global economy. Simply put, Independence County needs a new public library. We outgrew our current library years ago. Its small size limits the material and technology that is the lifeblood of any educational institution. Parking at the library is minimal at best. Our state senator, David Wyatt, introduced and passed legislation that would enable Independence County to build or obtain a structure that would house the new library as well as certain other county offices. Many of them have also outgrown their present location and would benefit from a new building. The Independence County Library and its commission currently have $1.9 million that could be put toward the construction of the new library through a lease arrangement between the two entities. I have heard the argument of a need to keep the library in its present location to help preserve downtown. I think the opposite is true. People avoid our library due to the cramped conditions which limits its offerings plus it’s just an inconvenient location. A new public library would supplement and complement our school systems and two colleges. Schools develop our kids’ interest through instruction. A public library will enhance these interests and nurture young minds with a thirst to expand their learning outside the classroom. It also provides additional hours when schools are closed for the day, the weekend, and the summer. The City of Heber Springs built an exercise facility and is now in the final stages of raising money for a new public library. If Batesville and Independence County want to remain progressive and attract great people as well as serving the needs of its citizens, we have another great opportunity and challenge. The new ball fields are welcome and certainly needed, but so would a community center of learning. A new public library would be a wonderful legacy for generations to come. N

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What Happened to Main Street Bob Pest

Beginning in the late 1800’s, Main Street became the center of small rural communities across the country. It began with small “mom and pop” stores that sold everything from sugar and flour to shoes, clothes, and candy. Families “came to town” on Saturday to shop, visit with their friends and neighbors, and catch up on the local gossip. Downtown buildings usually had several tenants -- typically a ground-floor store and often several upper-floor offices or apartments; together, these tenants provided enough rent for property owners to keep their buildings in good condition. The presence of the post office, library, banks and local government offices added to the steady flow of people downtown. With the coming of movies and other entertainments, people also frequented Main Street in the evenings, especially on Saturday night. As communities grew, the demand for products also grew. 5&10 Cent stores, carrying a much wider variety of merchandise and featuring soda fountains, became the “next big thing.” The Kress stores (later Kresge’s), Murphy’s, McCrory’s, Ben Franklin, and Woolworth’s replaced many of the small, locally-owned businesses. These chain stores attracted shoppers from a wider area and, for a while, helped Main Streets thrive. But once the development of and move to suburbia began to take hold in the post-WWII years, many of them moved to the outskirts of town, where parking was plentiful. The creation of the interstate highway system also took its toll as improved transportation opportunities drew shoppers away from downtown; later, bypasses designed to direct traffic around small rural towns, added to the decline. Small towns that were once the heart and soul of the community became dotted with neglected, abandoned, and boarded-up buildings. As shoppers dwindled, so did property values, sales tax revenues, and services provided by local governments. The charm that once defined Main Street became replaced by empty, dirty streets and sidewalks littered with trash. People forgot that Main Street was the repository of their heritage; the historic commercial buildings that once made people proud fell into disrepair and neglect; and Main Street lost its identity as the center of the community. The worst was yet to come for Main Street. In 1962, Walmart opened its doors and quickly expanded. By 1975 there were 175 stores, mostly in largely rural states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. The “one stop shopping” convenience and low prices added to the death knell of Main Street. The final blow, urban sprawl and shopping centers, left Main Street more or less abandoned. The shopping centers not only contained a large selection of stores, they also offered popular chain restaurants, multi-screen cinemas, and acres of free parking. Fortunately for America’s small towns, a pathway 10

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to restoration and revival became available. Since 1980, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street Center has launched over 2,000 affiliated programs in 43 states to assist communities in saving their historic buildings, reviving their commercial district, strengthen local businesses, control urban sprawl and its negative impact, and remind citizens of the history and value of their Main Streets. Facing these issues, over 1,600 communities have adopted the Main Street approach in the past 25 years to look again at Main Street, their heart of the community, to save its historic buildings, to revive its commercial core, to strengthen business, to control community-eroding sprawl, and keep a sense of place and community life in America. The Main Street Center has developed a four-step plan for revitalization that involves Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. These four steps have proven to be effective in communities that have created nonprofit corporations to activate and guide the process as well as energizing the business community. A strong board of highly-respected and effective directors has also proven to be an essential element. One of the greatest strengths of the Main Street strategy is collaboration, especially in situations when state, regional, or municipal programs oversee and supervise the local units. In Arkansas, for example, statewide meetings enable Main Street directors to share ideas, solve problems, and discuss plans for the future. However much assistance is available from federal, state, and local entities, the success of Main Street ultimately depends upon the business owners, residents, and customers who call it home. In the words of Russell Thomas, Mayor of Americus, Georgia, “For the longest time, we all waited for a white knight to ride into town and fix the problem. But the Main Street people made us realize that the only way to get it done right was to do it ourselves. N Main Street picture above taken from wjmc.blogspot.com

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House Found Renee Taylor The following story is written by Bill Meador, whose daughter, Scarlett Barnes lives in Batesville. My dad, Lt. Colonel John C. Meador, fought in World War II. Tom Brokaw called these men "The Greatest Generation." I could not agree more. It is hard for us to imagine the sacrifice these men and their families back home had to endure during this most important time in the history of our country. I was just a baby during this time and didn’t know this story until after his death. He never talked about his war experiences. I wish he had. I didn’t realize he was such a hero. Daddy, as I always called him, was a Battalion Commander of a Tank Destroyer Battalion. He had trained his unit at Ft. Hood Texas and was with them as they left New York by ship landing in England, and then crossing the English Channel into France. Once into Europe their assignment was to head for Berlin. They were assigned to Patton’s Army and eventually crossed the Bridge at Remagen Germany. This was the first crossing of the Rhine River and had a very psychological impact on Hitler. He had ordered the bridge destroyed because he thought if he could keep the Americans from crossing the Rhine he would be safe. However, the attempt to destroy the bridge failed. He immediately had the German Generals in charge executed. Daddy’s Battalion was the first Tank Destroyer Battalion to cross

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the bridge. General Eisenhower sent the men that had accomplished this feat special congratulations on such an important mission. The bridge later collapsed killing 28 American soldiers. Later a movie was made about this event titled "The Bridge at Remagen." There is now a museum at the site. Just prior to crossing the bridge, Daddy’s unit was assembled near Liege, Belgium. He wrote a series of letters to my mother during his time overseas. She saved them all. The following quote is an excerpt from a letter he wrote about staying in a home while in this area. "We lived in private homes and moved right in with the family. The Belgians appear not to mind to have American soldiers as tenants. In fact, they have very little choice in the matter. They are a liberated country, and it is decreed by the Belgium government that quarters and lodging facilities be made available wherever practicable and available. The house where I live is three stories in height and a very nice home. Have arranged to take a bath this afternoon. Baths are few and far between in the front lines. A man and his wife are the only occupants of the home. Night before last they had their first baby in a room just across the hall from mine. The baby arrived, a girl, and both she and the mother are doing fine. The man’s name is Paul. He is an artist and making some sketches of his home and I will send them to you." A few years ago I asked Mama about a painting she had hanging on a wall. She said that is where Daddy stayed during the war. I asked if I could have it and she said yes. It is now in my home. I didn’t know the story until later reading the letter quoted from above. After that a thought came to my mind...I would like to go to Belgium and see if I can find that home, the lady that was born there 65 years ago, and the remains of that bridge. I contacted the US Embassy in Brussels through Congressman Mike Ross’s office. They gave me no help and even indicated that it was a lost cause because much of that area had been destroyed during the war (Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne). However, I was undeterred. House Found will continue in EYE ON INDEPENDENCE’S July Issue.


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Joseph Thomas

Autumn Hunter is a friend, a wildlife conservationist, an earth friendly optimist, and so much more. She's earned a Wildlife Biology degree from Arkansas Tech University and currently works for North Arkansas College as an Educational Talent Search Counselor hosted at UACCB. She wears many hats and transitions under them quite effortlessly. She has also been recently recognized, along with David Pittser, as Big of the Year by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. We wanted to recognize them as well, because so little can make such a huge difference in a child's life. These two individuals know that it is time and caring that are the richest gifts that any of us can receive. Hunter says she first heard about BBBS on television and after careful thought became convinced that becoming a Big Sister was one of the best ways to give back to her community. She says, "Being a Big Sister has made me much more aware of the needs of others. Deborah has added a lot of laughter to my life. I gained a new family member. These children just need someone who is reliable, dependable, and willing to listen in their lives. It will bring you more joy than you could imagine." Hunter says that her Little, Deborah, has not only brought a lot of joy into her life but that she is a big help. She is always willing to tag along and assist with whatever project Hunter is involved in. Hunter adds, "Many people in her school system tell me how much Deborah has improved and how often she talks about me at school. She's taught me a few lessons too, like how to be a better listener. She keeps me accountable. I'm glad I'm a Big Sister!" One of Hunter's favorite moments was the first BBBS Christmas party that she and Deborah attended together in 2009. "She asked me to paint her face and it ended up being half a tiger before we ran out of orange paint. So I changed it to a butterfly. She gave me a hard time but we still laugh about it. Last year I was nominated for a community award for the program by State Farm and we received tickets to see one of her favorite musicians, Taylor Swift. She was so proud of me and excited about her first concert that she made me a t-shirt with our picture from that first Christmas party featuring my mad face painting skills." Deborah says that Hunter is the best Big Sister ever. She credits Hunter for staying by her side and keeping her strong when her and her brother were moved to an 12

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emergency shelter. Of all of the great things that Hunter has done for her, "The best thing she has ever done for me is love me." explains Deborah. Program Coordinator, Allison Evans, says Autumn has been a wonderful big sister to a young lady who has faced much adversity in her life. "Since becoming part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Autumn has been a champion for not only her little sister, Deborah, but the entire program. She is a very outspoken supporter and never hesitates to share her experiences with anyone. Autumn also seeks out opportunities to put our program in the spotlight and encourages others to become Bigs." David Pittser is a retired Gifted and Talented Teacher with a big heart. He grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas and graduated high school from there. He earned his Bachelors from Emporia State University and his Masters from Washburn Univeristy, both in Kansas. His wife, Dr. Sharan Pittser, is a retired college professor who volunteers at the Old Indpendence Regional Museum as the Curator of Collections. She has also done some adjunct work for Lyon College. They have been married for forty-five years and have two daughters and five grandchildren, with one daughter in Kansas City and the other here in Batesville. "Our daughter in Kansas City is a Physician's Assistant and her husband is a high school teacher." states Pittser, "Our daughter here is Dr. Sara Walker. She and her husband, Dr. Matt Walker, own the White River Veterinary Clinic on Eagle Mountain." Pittser heard about BBBS many years ago and knew it to be a long established and well respected organization. He and his wife moved to Batesville in 2002 with an interest in volunteering. He looked at BBBS for a while before becoming a mentor for Dekon. "Dekon was 7 years old when we first met and he is now 13," says Pittser, "It is certainly rewarding to know that you have helped someone and are a positive influence in their life." About 15 months ago, Pittser had a life altering Quintuple Heart Bypass surgery. Obviously limited in his activity for a while, Pittser says he is doing well now and never once thought about giving up his activities with Dekon. It was important for him to reclaim his life and get back to his routine with Dekon. Pittser implores everyone to look into Big Brother Big Sisters, "We have great people in the Batesville BBBS office and we need Bigs. The BBBS is very good at

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matching Bigs and Littles and you will always get more than you give." Pittser says that his time with Dekon has added purpose to his life. He tries to keep up with any new interests that Dekon develops as he gets older. "I also introduce him to new things that I think might capture his interest, such as the Loco Ropes Zip Lining in Mountain View." Pittser explains, "We recently got together and couldn't decide what to do, so I suggested we just drive. During this drive he chattered almost non-stop! At one point he stopped himself and asked if he was talking too much. I assured him that he wasn't, that I enjoyed hearing what he had to say! That was a good experience and a strong indication of his increased self-confidence. It is a lot of fun to be with him and watch him learn to open up and grow in his self esteem." Pittser hopes those who read this will consider supporting BBBS. There are different ways to help in addition to being a Big. Of course, Bigs are always in need as there are always kids on a waiting list. Amanda Roberts, Development Director, and Allison Evans, Program Coordinator Batesville/Newport BBBS, work very hard on behalf of

the kids in our area and they would love to hear from you. "I am really happy for Autumn Hunter, the Big Sister of the Year." adds Pittser, "I have talked to her and have heard from others about some of her activities. The time she spends with her little is just amazing!" Becky Ellison talks about how much difficulty her son, Dekon, had with school and depression. She says that Pittser jumped at the chance to help Dekon after learning of his struggle from his daughter, Dr. Sara Walker, who worked with Ellison. "He has made such a positive impact in my son's life. I've watched him become confident with his ability at school and within himself. Pittser has helped Dekon more than he may ever know." say Ellison. Eye On Independence is proud of all of the Bigs that Hunter and Pittser represent and know what a difference they make everyday. Taking the time to be a parent, friend, brother or sister to anyone is one of the most selfless acts that anyone can dare to make. BBBSNCA is a United Way agency in Independence County and we applaud their work. N

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Eye On Feature Box Like a Girl

Kimberlee Thomas

It was late June 1997 and Kristen Foster Treadway sat in the family living room with her father waiting to watch the much anticipated Holyfield vs. Tyson rematch. But, before the MBA Heavy Weight Title bout could be fought the undercard fight had to be viewed. This fight was between Christy Martin and Andrea Deshong, Martin won by TKO in the seventh round. It was this fight that sparked an ember inside Treadway that would lie smoldering for many years to come. “I remember sitting there with my dad and thinking, man it would be awesome to be her,” Treadway recalls. Treadway has always been the athletic type and was involved in sports throughout her high school career. She recalls her brother, who also loves boxing, hanging a boxing bag in their garage and they would just “mess around” hitting on the bag. It was during one of those messing around sessions that Treadway’s father took notice and told his daughter that he felt with the right training she would have a good shot at a boxing career. “To me that was awesome. I was thinking how cool it would be to have a career where I get paid to work out every day. I love working out,” states Treadway. Treadway’s brother, Brandon Foster, began Bad Boy Promotions in the spring of 2007. It was during a Pro Boxing show Foster was promoting at Lyon College that Treadway and her family met trainer John Ramsey. Ramsey has been boxing since his childhood and comes from a family of boxing coaches and boxers. He has won the Golden Gloves twice in his boxing career but has never gone pro. Instead he started training amateur fighters in the mid-nineties. He opened a gym on Central Avenue in Batesville in 2000. Ramsey began training Treadway in 2008. “Kristen started boxing late so we have to work extra hard to compete at the top level, this includes 36 rounds of sparring a week with me” states Ramsey. They work on everything from fundamentals to advanced defense and offensive moves, footwork and counter punching moves. “I run at least three miles a day, seven days a week. Once a month I’ll take off a Sunday. There is a lot of cardio training and ab work outs, and of course the sparring and mitt work with John,” explains Treadway. Treadway started boxing at age twenty-two when

her oldest son, Jackson Scott, was a little over one year old. “Of course it makes my husband a little nervous, but he has always been very supportive as well as the rest of my family. My mom probably gets more nervous than anyone else, but she has also been very supportive of my decision to box,” states Treadway. Treadway’s brother, Brandon Foster, serves as her manager and promoter. He and Ramsey work together to schedule Kristen “TNT” Treadway’s matches. Treadway’s boxing career includes five wins, zero losses, and one draw. Her first fight was September 12, 2009. She went all four rounds against Sara Gillamore and won by unanimous decision. Her second fight was November 2, 2009 in which she went all four rounds against Lucretia Meacham and won by unanimous decision. In January of 2010 Treadway and her husband discovered they were expecting their second son, Kaden Reed, and Treadway took a leave from her boxing career. She returned to the ring when her son was two and a half weeks old only to be side lined for a few months by a severe case of vertigo. Once she was fully recovered she returned once again to the ring. Her third fight was May 13, 2011 against Siarra Glover. Treadway won by TKO in the second round. Treadway’s fourth fight was June 11, 2011 against Kim Wann. Treadway won by TKO in the second round of this fight also. Her fifth fight was December 16, 2011 against Christina Fuentes and was her first scheduled six round bout. Both boxers went the distance and the fight was judged a draw. Treadway’s sixth fight was January 28, 2012 against Savanna Hill. Hill came into this match up with

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9:15 pm a Spectacular Fireworks Presentation!!! Linda Creighton, Contact for Citizens Bank said, “plans are still developing for this year’s event which promises to be a fun evening for the entire family. We want to encourage everyone to come to Riverside Park, bring your lawn chairs and join us for an award winning reworks display and lots of activities in the park for all ages to enjoy.” Food vendors, bounce houses for the kids and other activities are being nalized for the 2012 celebration. Citizens Bank proudly serves as Corporate Sponsor for the Celebrate America and Fireworks display at Riverside Park in Batesville on July 4. Local sponsors also help to make the event possible. A complete list of sponsors will be posted in the July issue of Eye on Independence, along with photos from this annual patriotic celebration.

Closer to July 4th complete details will be available on the Batesville Chamber Web site and at www.thecitizensbank.net

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18 pro fights under her belt. The two boxers battled it out all six rounds with Treadway winning by unanimous decision. When asked about the future, Treadway states, “Right now I would love to keep on going forward, but who knows what the future holds. I love a challenge so we will wait and see what opportunities come in the future.” Ramsey and Foster have had great success in the pros with a close to 95% win rate. Treadway is their only female fighter. “Kristen is by far the hardest worker in the gym, she is the type you have to make slow down. She has shown great improvement in all areas and is advancing at a fast pace. We expect to challenge for and win a world title in the future,” states Ramsey. Treadway’s life outside of boxing includes a huge love for running. She most recently won the “Boring as Crap Half Marathon” held April 21, 2012 in Batesville. Her time was 1 hour 40 minutes 24 seconds for the 13.1 mile run. “It was a shock for me because that was the first time I ran that distance,” claims Treadway. Past races she has ran and won include: the 2011 Port Fest 5K, 2011 and 2012 Tax Run 5K, 2011 Sara Low Memorial 5K, and the 2012 Band On the Run 5K. Treadway’s parents are Robert and Becky Foster. Robert and Becky own Bad Boy Mowers in Batesville and Fireworks World. Treadway’s husband, Jerrod, is a 3D Graphics Designer employed at Bad Boy Mowers in Batesville. The couple are 2005 Sulpher Rock High School graduates. They dated throughout their senior year and wed in August of 2006. Her brother Brandon is also employed at Bad Boy as Materials Manager. Treadway has a twin sister, Kellee Winston, who enjoyed watching the sport of boxing when the girls were younger. Treadway and her sister played basketball together from the time they were old enough to dribble and throughout high school. Treadway admits, “We are very close, we never go a day without talking to each other.” When asked about downtime Treadway explained, “When I am not working out, running, training, or boxing I love spending time with my family. My husband and two sons fill my days and there is never

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The Nature of Things Slithering Subjects Autumn Hunter

When I have a hard time choosing a subject to write, I usually go with the one that slithers directly into my path. In early May I was hanging up the water hose when I saw it. A young Timber rattlesnake was sliding under the fence from the horse pasture into my yard. I’ve seen this species twice before. Both times were deep in the Ozark Mountains while doing summer work for college. Arkansas has 6 venomous snake species. Two species are found in the pit viper family. Cottonmouths, also known as water moccasins, live near water. They give warning, by opening their mouths to show you they mean business, well in advance of a strike. Copperheads are the most wide spread venomous snake. The majority of snake bitten humans in the U.S. are from copperheads. Their venom isn’t very potent and rarely fatal. Another species, the coral snake, is found only in southern Arkansas. It is brilliantly colored and other snakes are often mistaken for this species. One phrase to help identify is: Red against yellow kills a fellow, Red against black is a friend of Jack. The remaining 3 species are rattlesnakes: the Pigmy, or ground rattler, the Diamond back, and the Timber rattlesnake. The Pygmy does not grow over 2 feet and is often mistaken for a baby. This snake is too small and venom too weak to be deadly to humans. Timber rattlesnakes can reach up to 5 feet and populations are low because humans kill them. Diamondbacks are the largest venomous snake in the U.S. and the most dangerous. Henderson State University reports, “The diamondback rattlesnake is found in the southern Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas Valley, and in the southwestern Ozarks. This snake is sometimes called by the common name “coontail rattler” due to the black and white pattern on the tail.”

Technically, there are no poisonous snakes in Arkansas. Poison has to be absorbed, by touching or swallowing, into our bodies. Venom is usually not toxic if it is swallowed. Typically, poisonous animals produce poison that covers their body. Venom is dispensed from specialized organs and needs to be injected into the tissue under the skin. According to http:// littlerock.about.com, “Snake bites kill about 7 people in the United States every year. About 600 people are killed yearly from falling off furniture.” Snakes benefit the ecosystem by controlling undesirable animals like mice and rats. They also provide a food source for desirable animals like birds of prey. Two common characters of most venomous snakes are vertical eye pupils and square, instead of tapered, heads. Snakes use venom to subdue prey or for defense. When venomous snakes bite humans they are forfeiting a future meal. A snake will not strike humans if it’s not threatened or surprised. Always allow any snake the chance to retreat. The young one in my yard was eager to get away. When it’s an option, preserving life is always the better choice. When we remove one component from an ecosystem, everything is affected, including us. Never Cry Wolf correction: In my last article I mistakenly reported that there were 200 red wolves in captivity and none in the wild. At one time none remained in the wild. Now there are up to 200 that were bred in captivity and released back into native habitat. N Bottom most picture is a Timber Rattlesnake found and photographed by Autumn in her yard.

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A.) Sheila Doughty has joined the Arkansas Forestry Commission Firewise Team as Public Information Officer. B.) Melody Sugg, CEO for BBBSNCA,on hand to honor the Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. C) Big Sister of the Year, Autumn Hunter, Big Brother of the Year, David Pittser, and Development Director of BBBS of North Central Arkansas, Amanda Roberts. D) Crowd mingling after the BBBS of the Year recognition. E.) Kyle Christopher, Adam Curtwright, and Seth Westmoreland representing Liberty Bank at the Warrior Dash. Red framed photos submitted by Mandy Curtwright. F.) The Confederate Ball was held at Josie’s following a reenactment for the 150th anniversary of the Union Invasion of Batesville held at Riverside Park. The confederate Ball was sponsored by First Community Bank and the Battle was Powdered by Citizens Bank of Batesville; photos by Joseph Thomas. G.) A second Warrior Dash group from the Batesville area consisted of Chris Walls, Gene Davis, Maisie Duncan, Alicia Mize, Rachel Henrickson, Magen Griffin, Micheal Powell, and Ben Everett. These photos were submitted by Chris Walls. H.) This is a collection of the two day Civil War Reenactment May 12th and 13th at Riverside Park; including the top right hand photo of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Mobley. Mark is responsible for pulling this historical event together.



Local Residents Participate in Warrior Dash An estimated 6,000 participants arrived in Amity, AR on Saturday, May 12th, to participate in the Warrior Dash - a 5K run with obstacles along the course. It has been named “America’s Largest Running Competition”. Competitors - who ranged from athletes vying for a top time to slower participants in colorful wigs and costumes - took on challenges including jumping over fire, crawling through a muddy river, climbing up and down a large, net wall, and running up steep inclines. Among the participants were several Independence County citizens. Liberty Bank of Batesville was represented at the event by Adam Curtwright, 27, Kyle Christopher, 22, and Seth Westmoreland, 27. “It was

a great team-building experience that we will carry over to the workplace,” Christopher said. “We all look forward to participating in another competition and hope to bring a similar event to Independence County.” A second group from the Batesville area consisted of Chris Walls, Gene Davis, Maisie Duncan, Alicia Mize, Rachel Henrickson, Magen Griffin, Micheal Powell, and Ben Everett. “Our group went for the personal challenge an event like this offers,” states Walls. “It’s great to have fun and support such a worthy cause.” The Warrior Dash proudly supports St. Jude’s. For more information contact: Adam Curtwright, Loan Officer Liberty Bank of Arkansas acurtwright@ mylibertybank.com 870.793.7373 N Riverside Park Amphitheater in Batesville was the site for The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Bank of Arkansas’ 1st Annual Hot Wing Eating Contest. The Preliminary was held on May 19th during the Lucero Family Picnic.

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Eye On Homes The Baker House Joseph Thomas

Ron and Terri Baker sat down with Kimberlee and relayed the history of their new home. The elegant residence gave her plenty of ideas to pass along to me for future projects for our home. As ready as I am to finish all of our current projects, I must agree just from these pictures that the Baker's home has many enviable features. Terri explained how Ed Lyons had the home built in1955. In 1961, Hollie and Marie Hipp purchased the house and lived there until the Baker's took ownership in 2010 and moved in after major renovation in 2011. Ron says that the whole area once belonged to Arkansas College, now Lyon College. "Terri always wanted to live in this area," Ron goes on to say, "but houses don't come up for sale very often in this neighborhood; nobody wants to leave. We were ready to live in town and were looking at a house on Maple; Terri's brother used to stay over in this house as a little boy which makes it kind of neat, besides it's a great neighborhood." Ron just happened to drive by while house hunting and saw someone mowing the yard and knew that this house was being prepared to sell. "It was in dire need of repair, but we looked around," says Ron, "and decided despite the work needed for updating, this was home." The renovation included the garage, uncovering a secret window hidden behind a closet, removing the carpet over hardwood flooring, and removing of all the wood paneling and acoustical tiles. "I remember pulling the staples left from the acoustical tiles," laughs Terri, "I was up on top of the ladder, the window was open and my sister drove by and says she thought she saw me fall. I did fall, but into a box of pillows." They moved the washer and dryer out of the kitchen, which entailed moving the plumbing. Ron expertly laid tile floors and backsplash, added their own touch to the fireplace, replaced molding, and put in a new front door and new light fixtures. Terri's favorite room is the living room where they added the most features. Living among their neighbors is the place to be according to the Bakers, "They keep beautiful yards and are wonderful people." says Terri. Ron's favorite features are the den with the old limestone fireplace and an old world feel, as well as the garden. The garden area is evolving but already contains the tranquility one seeks after a hard day away from home with a lighted water fountain, pavers, an arbor that will hold two swings, and room to breathe. Ron was the General Manager at The Furniture Gallery for 17 years and says he works harder now than he ever did at work, improving their home. Terri opened a dress shop in Cave City, then moved to downtown Batesville before turning her garage at 2503 Harrison into Terri B’s Clothing fourteen years ago. The Harrison location was the best move for business, she says. They have customers from as far as Arizona. She carries designer clothes, formal wear, bridal wear, and upscale name brand clothing. N

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Derby Days is a fun event that successfully raised money for Women’s Services at White River Medical Center. The event included race bids on the Kentucky Derby as well as a silent auction. This year, it was hosted by WRMC Women’s Services and the Junior Auxiliary of Independence County. A.) Angela McMahan, with her husband, Tracy, is a representative of The Junior Auxiliary. B). Elizabeth Jackson and Melanie Creighton are members of the Women’s Unit C.) Mr. and Mrs. Randy Reichardt. D.)Mr. and Mrs. Jim Buchanan. E.)Mr. and Mrs. Dick Bernard. F.) Pretty Ladies. G.) Raye Rogers and Michele Wood. The unlettered pictures are dining, Silent Auction moments, and a collection of happy couples that attended. All Derby Days photos taken by WRHS Marketing Specialist, Damian DeLoach.







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National Pulp Fiction Writers and Artists Raise Money for Literacy Project 2nd Annual Pulp Ark Convention and Writers Conference, held at the Independence County Fairgrounds April 20-22, raised nearly $1,000 for the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. Pulp Ark attendees participated in a trivia competition and a live auction, both fundraisers for the Literacy Project. Out-of-town and local writers and artists donated autographed books, one-of-a-kind artwork, music, and more. Celebrity guest Felix Silla, best known for his roles as “Cousin Itt” in the Addams Family television show, Twiki the Robot on Buck Rogers, and as an Ewok in Return of the Jedi, donated autographed photos for the auction. Pulp Ark and its associated fundraisers were coordinated by Tommy Hancock and Fuller Bumpers of the Batesville-based publishing company, Pro Se Productions. Pro Se works with pulp fiction writers and artists across the country to produce both pulp novels and the monthly magazine “Pro Se Presents.” Pulp fiction can be described as fast-paced action/ adventure hero-versus-villain stories with extravagant plots. The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, based in Batesville, AR is a

United Way member agency and part of the Arkansas Literacy Councils network. The organization relies on trained volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for adult students who want to improve their reading or English skills. For more information about the Literacy Project, please visit www.literacyindependence.org or call 870-793-5912. For more information about Pulp Ark or Pro Se Productions, please visit http://www.prosepulp.com or call 870-834-4022. Below are pictures of Tommy Hancock and crew at the 2012 Pulp Ark festivities. N

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Coker Wedding Kimberlee Thomas A simple observation by a mutual friend led to the introduction of Mandy Tate to Jason Coker in September 2010. It seems that Mandy and Jason both have a vast love for the outdoors and hunting, their friend felt they were a perfect match. A few weeks after their initial introduction Jason asked their friend for Mandy’s phone number and the texting, calling, and hanging out commenced! It didn’t take the couple long to figure out that their friend was absolutely right, they were a perfect match. By November 2010 they made it official by updating their Face Book statuses to “In a Relationship”. By the following summer Jason knew he wanted to marry Mandy and approached her father with the age old question, “May I marry your daughter?” The ring was bought and safely tucked away and a weekend getaway was planned for July 14. Jason rented a cabin at the Red River Hideaway under the guise of celebrating Mandy’s birthday with a bit of trout fishing. While out fishing the couple was caught in a downpour and headed back toward the cabin. As they approached the shoreline Mandy turned around in the boat only to find Jason down on one knee ring in hand, “Mandy will you marry me?” Mandy recalls “I was in such shock that it took me a few seconds to reply, “Of course I will marry you! Getting engaged while doing something we both love, it was the perfect proposal.” The couple was joined by friends and family who came to celebrate Mandy’s birthday and the couple’s engagement. Mandy and Jason were wed at Ruddel Hill Baptist Church on March 17, 2012. David Hardin, a friend of the bride’s father, served as officiate for the couple. Mandy’s father walked her down the aisle to the song “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. Best friends of the bride and groom stood by their side and served as groomsmen and brides maids; Taalyn James, Meghan Rorie, Casey Wilkins, and Ryan Nast. Travis Tate, brother of the bride, and Russell Legitt, friend of the groom, served as ushers. A special moment during the ceremony for Mandy was watching ring bearer, Grady Pankey, walk down the aisle carrying her grandfather’s Bible which they used as the ring pillow. Grady was accompanied by flower girl, Rebakah Nast. Maid of Honor, Taalyn James sang “Feels Like Home to Me” by Chantal Kreviazuk. The House of Flowers did an outstanding job decorating with candelabras and an array of pink flowers. The ends of the pews were decorated with pink roses and picture frames which held photos from the couple’s childhood. The entry of the Church held a memorial candle and an arrangement of pink flowers in memory of the Bride and Grooms grandparents. Following the double ring ceremony a reception was held at the University of Arkansas Experiment Station in Bethesda. The couple shared their first dance as husband and wife to “Oh Tonight” by the Josh Abott Band. Mandy and her father danced to “My Little Girl”

by Tim McGraw. Mandy smiles as she recalls, “I told Jason absolutely NO camo in the wedding since we wear it practically every day. So for a laugh I surprised him with a camo garter with a deer charm on it on our wedding day! He loved it.” The couple headed off to Pagosa Springs, Colorado under a shower of silver sparklers held by family and friends wishing them well in their new life. During their trip the couple enjoyed snowmobiling and a train ride into Silverton, Colorado. Mandy is the daughter of Douglas and Melisa Tate. Jason is the son of David and Debbie Coker. Mandy and Jason are both UACCB graduates. Mandy is currently employed at Maurice's and Jason works in the maintenance department at Conagra. The perfect couple call Batesville home and all future plans "include staying right here near friends and family" states Mandy. N

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Margaret LeJeune, Guest Artist discussing her "Diana Series of Hunters” during Second Friday on May 11th. Ms. LeJeune has been teaching at Lyon College in the art department and shared her stories and photography and shares her works that you can view at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main.

Jennifer Dickey working with students in the Art in the Afternoon program at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main.

Arts In Education - Katie Milum, Art Teacher at Batesville High School, is working with her Art Club and a local artist to create a sculpture designed by the student group. The completed sculpture will be assembled in the courtyard area of Batesville’s Jr. High Campus. This project is a partnership between the Batesville Area Arts Council and the Batesville School District.

The Batesville Community Theater will be casting the actors/actresses for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” summer production. The performance dates are July 26th at 7:00 p.m., July 27th 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., July 28 at 7:00 p.m., and July 29th at 2:00 p.m. These performances will be held at the Batesville Auditorium on Water Street, currently the Batesville Administration site. BAAC Kid’s Summer Art Camp

Dustyn Bork, associate art professor at Lyon College, will be providing a printmaking workshop in June.

Southside’s John Saltzman Memorial Scholarship for 2012, Nicholas Scarbrough. This scholarship was presented to Nicholas durng their awards assembly on May 8th by Whitney Massey, President of the Batesville Community Theater. Both BAAC and BCT together provide this scholarship opportunity each year. Nicholas has been involved in many Southside productions including “The Music Man,” “My Fair Lady,” and “The Wizard of Oz”. At Southside, he also has been a member of the Madrigal Choir for three years. He has participated in many BCT productions such as” The 12 Dancing Princesses.’ Nicholas plans on attending Williams Baptist College majoring in Music. 28

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July 30th – August 3rd BAAC is bringing Arts in Education (AIE) artists from TRIKE THEATRE - Professional Theatre for Youth of Northwest Arkansas to create extraordinary experiences for young people and families through its theatre for youth. They know good theatre inspires, excites and challenges and we invite you to join these professional teaching artists and discover new worlds through theatre. Session I: 9:00 a.m. – noon “Young Artists Camp” for students finishing K through 2nd grade. Participants will create a script of a familiar fairy tale incorporating acting basics, making props and costumes. A public performance will be scheduled on the last day of the camp. Cost is $90 Session II: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Acting Out Loud” for students in grades 3rd – 8th. Participants will develop an original script using song and dance as well as set design and costuming. A public performance will be scheduled on the last day of the camp. Cost: $95 All registered participants will receive a BAAC Summer Art Cap T-Shirt. Registration Forms are available at the BAAC Art Gallery on Main at 246 E. Main Street or through our website at www.batesvillearts.org. For further information, contact BAAC at (870) 793-3382. For more information about the artists, visit their website at www.triketheatre.org. BAAC’s Summer Art Camp is sponsored in part by the Batesville Area Arts Council and First Community Bank.

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Sign up now for June craft classes at the Arkansas Craft School The Arkansas Craft School in Mountain View invites you to sign up now for Craft classes to be presented during the month of June. Weavers – have you ever wanted to learn to turn your hand-woven cloth into distinctive garments? Terri Van Orman will be offering “Designing, Constructing and Sewing Handwoven Clothing” June 11 – 15, 2012. Overcome the fear of cutting your precious handwoven cloth and learn the tricks to creating functional oneof-a kind fashions. Students should have basic weaving skills. Tuition for this five-day class is $250.00. June 18 – 22, Skip and Racheal Mathews will be presenting their popular “Painting Copper with Fire” class. Although the class is currently full, we are adding names to our waiting list, with a possible second class to be offered later in the season. Fees for the five-day class are $250.00 plus $55.00 materials fee. Lace-making can be arduous, but not if you know how to tat! Learn this traditional art in only one day with Rebecca Holden. Becky will be teaching the craft on June 22, in the Arkansas Craft School Fiber Studio. Tuition is only $50.00 for the one-day class. Moms and Dads – are your kids looking for something to do this summer? The Craft School will be holding our popular “Summer Craft Camp for Kids” June 25 – 28. The instructor will be Anya Bruhin, art instructor in the Pea Ridge school district, in northwest Arkansas. Fun activities include bookmaking, sculpture, collage, and drawing, with ceramic and painting projects as time allows. Tuition for the four-day class for kids will be $150.00. As with all of the classes at the Arkansas Craft School, scholarships are available for those who qualify financially and artistically. June 1 -3: “Glass Pendants, Cabochons and Buttons” with Beau Anderson - $450.00 June 5 – 8: “Further Adventures in Glassblowing” with Ed Pennebaker at his Osage, AR glass blowing studio - $325.00 June 8 – 10: “Beginning to Knit” with Juliann King - $150.00 June 11 – 15: “Woodblock Printing” with Daniel Adams - $250.00 Visit the Arkansas Craft School’s website, www.arkansascraftschool.org for more information on these and other upcoming classes, as well as registration forms and scholarship applications. The Arkansas Craft School, located on Main Street in Mountain View, Arkansas is dedicated to the education of aspiring and practicing craft artisans for success in the Creative Economy. The Craft School partners with Ozarka College which offers Continuing Education credits for all of its courses. Support for the Arkansas Craft School is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment of the Arts. N


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Finding the Right SwimSuit for Your Body Type Instead of Crying In the Dressingroom Leigh Keller It’s that time of year that all women dread, it’s swimsuit season. Around January, magazines become inundated with articles about swimsuits, pictures of gorgeous, perfect models/actresses/women who haven’t eaten a good meal in years in tiny swimsuits happily cavorting on beaches in tropical locales. It only adds insult to injury when these women say that they never diet or work out, it’s just their “metabolism”. Picking a swimsuit for your body type, which for most women is not 6’0 tall with no body fat, can be a challenge for any woman who does not want to embarrass herself or her children out in public. Let’s look at what you should be wearing for your body type, and hopefully I can save you some tears and frustration in the dressing room (yes…it happens…and I usually end up helping some total stranger in the dressing room next to me find what she should be wearing, instead of that teensy weensy bikini). If you’re big-busted- You must embrace an underwire top. Your swimsuit top should fit like your bra does, and hopefully you’re wearing the correct bra size (hello? Go for a bra fitting!). A high-cut leg or a bottom with a color or pattern on the bottom will distract from the top of your body. Most men don’t understand why women with an ample bust-line


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wouldn’t just run around if you’re big busted like Pamela Anderson off to rescue a drowning swimmer in a string bikini, but let’s be honest, that is not comfortable, and not appropriate when you’re out with anyone above the age of 17. If you’re small-busted- Try wearing a ruffled top, or a pattern on top and solid on the bottom. This will create the illusion of more on top. If you’re pear shaped or super curvy- Being pear shaped means that you’re heavier on the bottom, or that your hips are wider than your shoulders. If you have a sizable booty, it’s ok to wear a higher cut bottom, because it will actually look better. If you’re plus-sized- While you should embrace full coverage, the more skin you show, the thinner you will look (please no scallop shell bikini tops, so within reason). Please don’t try to wade into the water wearing a muu muu and avoid horizontal strips along the waistline. Horizontal stripes will make whatever part of the body they’re on look bigger. If you are pregnant- I had the blessing of not being that far along in my pregnancy when I made my last beach trip, so I just wore by regular swimsuits. I was around two months pregnant and wasn’t even showing yet, but kept seeing women who looked like they might

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Notes from the Clearing Children of Summer...To The Edge Joseph Thomas Might the very vein of our existence be to live and to love and to feel, To share one another’s words and insights of the world outside of ourselves. To fall together in the tall grass of reason with a belly full of laugh laden sighs. Grabbing in succession for the garden hose to ease our mischievous urges, Only to garner flower looped bracelet apologies and afternoons of Cloud Charades. Might we discuss the weather only to plan the next puddle dance off on Guffey Street. Or perhaps share the stars with a nice ale and a seat that begs for your attention. May we kick the can with tin can conversations over a many games of Mumbly Peg then find our grassy hill side seats as the fireflies light the night for pleasant slumbers. All of this for the Children of Summer, The Sons and The Daughters of Living. And here’s to living right up to the edge….of whatever dreams may follow. N Beauty-is-Gods-Handwriting, picture pulled from tickledpinklife.com. Photograph by Beth Van Trees.

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The Myopic Life Summertime Kristi Price Someone pounded wildly on our front door yesterday evening. I ran to answer, worried that a kid had fallen off the trampoline or stepped into a snake bite. I threw the door open, heart pounding, only to have a neighborhood child calmly ask me for our Internet password. His finger was poised over his iPad, ready to type it in. Kids these days. As parents, our struggle is how to best nurture and guide them, so that they don’t grow up into adults who “borrow” wi-fi from neighbors for nefarious purposes. So it’s June, and my dilemma as a parent is deciding which and just how many camps my children attend. There’s the time factor (do I really want to wake up in the morning? I mean, school’s out!); the cost factor (as in, OH MY GOSH! Look at what this thing costs!); and the busy factor. And that’s the biggest one: summers are for resting from the grind of the school year. I was listening to a bit from an interview with Lionel Richie, of “Ballerina Girl” and Commodores fame. Some years prior to this fame, as an economics major at Tuskegee Institute, Richie reluctantly began piano lessons with his grandmother. During practice one day, she sat back, folded her hands, and told him she was done teaching him. Miffed, he said something like “But

I just played that whole piece perfectly!” “I know,” she replied, “and I never even turned your page.” It was in that moment they both realized Richie had perfect recall of music and could play by ear. And a decades-enduring music career was spawned. What if he hadn’t had those lessons? The world would have had one more economist, but we wouldn’t have had Kenny Rogers crooning Richie’s “Lady,” and truly – the world (and all elevator music) would be a sadder place. So I wonder, as I study my children and try to figure out how they’re turned, where is the balance between necessary exposure and too much activity? It’s an important decision for any parent, and it becomes even more difficult to parents of multiple children. Time, cost, family-activity balance – it’s like we need the perfect algorithm to plug in the numbers and figure it all out. Because as much as we want our children to succeed, and as helpful as extracurricular activities are to this goal, there are only so many perfect summer days – and especially summer nights – to relish being a child. N

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Things To Do Mountain View Events for June

KCBS Smokin on the Square BBQ Event is taking over June 15th and 16th. Walk around the square and take in all the sights and smells of this yearly BBQ Event sanctioned by KCBS. Enjoy a plate lunch on Saturday.

1st Annual Hot Wing Eating Contest Comes to Batesville 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 will be two preliminaries held before the final competition. Riverside Park Amphitheater in Batesville. Preliminary will be held on June 9th at 8:00pm during Batesville, Bikes & Backroads. The top five “gurgitators” eating the most wings will proceed to 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.

Batesville Appreciation Night at the Arkansas Travelers Game Saturday, June 02, 2012 07:00pm at the Little Rock, Arkansas Travelers Baseball Stadium.

Batesville Bikes & Backroads Friday, June 08, 2012 6:00pm thru Saturday, June 09, 2012 11:00pm at Riverside and Kennedy Parks. For more info call Tami Meyer at 870-793-2378 or E-mail: tourismdirector@mybatesville.org.

Relay For Life Main Event This is a community event for all Independence County cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, friends, family, anyone, everyone is welcome! Admission is free so come any part or all night to help "Celebrate More Birthdays". Friday, June 08, 2012 6:00pm thru Saturday, June 09, 2012 6:00am at the Batesville High School Track. For more info call Lynn Bray at 870-698-5654 or E-mail lynnbray@ffcmail.com.

Sprint for Seniors 5K The White River Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring a 5K to benefit our area seniors on June 23rd. WRAAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and enhancing the quality of life for seniors and disabled adults. Please consider sponsorship of our event. Your donations will allow us to assist seniors and disabled adults with Air conditioners / heaters, Fans, Utility costs, Wheelchair ramps, and other various needs. All donations will be recognized on race day and we encourage business information be provided to be placed in race day bags. Please contact Becky Box at 870-793-5358 for further information or e-mail becky.box@wraaa.com.

Biker Babe Pageant This event is Friday, June 08, 2012 6:30pm thru 7:30pm at Riverside Park Amphitheater in Batesville. Open to all females ages 18 and older and registration forms are available at The Hair Shoppe, The Studio Salon, and Joni's You-nique Image.

Summer Reading Program Children of all ages are invited to register for the Independence County Library's Summer Reading Program. Story time will begin Tuesday, June 5 at 10am for preschoolers, and 2pm for grade school children. We will have stories, videos, crafts, short plays, and prizes! Friday, June 01, 2012 12:00am thru Saturday, July 28, 2012 12:00am at the Independence County Library located at 368 E. Main St. Batesville. For more info call Vanessa Adams 870-793-8814 or E-mail: indcolib@hotmail.com or go to www.indcolib.com.

Isle of Capri Weekly Point Races / all classes Friday, June 01, 2012 6:00pm at the Batesville Motor Speedway. For more info call 870-251-0011 or E-mail: info@bms-ar.com.

Ashley Lewis/ West Endowed Concert:ETHEL Hailed by the New York Times as "extraordinarily skilled, passionate musicians." and acclaimed as America's premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL invigorates contemporary concert music with refreshing exuberance, fierce intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry. the group performs an all-acoustic program in a space ideally suited to chamber music. Friday, June 01, 2012 7:30pm thru Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:3pm at the Bevens Music Room at Lyon College. For more info Chandra Huston 870-307-7488 www.lyon.edu.

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Regional Swim Meet Saturday, June 09, 2012 12:00am at Lyon. For more info call David Sonnier at 870-834-1541.

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Cosmetic Make-overs A history of cosmetic use and demonstrations to show current makeup for grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. Sunday, June 10, 2012 2:00pm at the Old Independence Regional Museum. For more info call 870-9793-2121.

Kyler Keeney Racing Fundraiser We will be hosting a street Dance to help raise money for Kyler Keeney Racing! Chelsea Savage and Watkins & Co will be performing live. We will have several vendors, good music, and a great time. Come join us Friday, June 15, 2012 8:00pm thru 11:00pm in Downtown Batesville Main Street For more info call Shara Davis (501) 827-8373.

Native American Day Camp Crafts and hands-on activities teach children about the Native American culture. Open to rising First, Second and Third Graders. Call for fees and reservations. Monday, June 18, 2012 9:00am thru 5:00pm at the Old Independence Regional Museum For more info call 870-793-2121.

United Way Carload Night Point Racing Friday, June 22, 2012 6:00pm thru 4:18pm at the Batesville Motor Speedway. For more info call 870-251-1100 E-mail info@bms-ar.com.

Freedom Blast at the Speedway Friday, June 29, 2012 8:00pm at the Batesville Motor Speedway. The track is located 7 miles West of Batesville at Locust Grove, AR at the HWY 14 and 25 Junction. For more info call Connie Starr at 870-251-0011 or E-mail info@bms-ar. com. www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net.

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Smith’s Verdict True Grit (2010) ****


Reviewed by Tanner Smith “True Grit” is the remake of the 1969 Western of the same name that won John Wayne his Oscar. And it was a dang good Western too—adventurous, exciting, and fun. Now we have this new version created by the Coen Brothers—Joel and Ethan Coen of masterpieces such as “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men.” If anyone, they’re two of the first few people I would be interested in seeing pull this off. The result is more compelling than you might think. This remake is not, by any means, a joyful Western. It’s a dirty, terrifying, disturbing adventurethriller that happens to take place in the Old West. In other words, it’s one of the best Westerns to come around in a long time. It’s kind of a refreshing change of pace. And besides, when you remake a movie, it’s pointless unless artistry is thrown in. The story is the same as in the original film. 14-year-old Mattie Ross’ father has been killed by a drunken cowardly snake named Tom Chaney. So she goes into the city to hire US Marshal Rooster Cogburn, a fat, dirty, constantly drunk, vile man, to lead a manhunt into the Indian Territory to find him. Accompanying Mattie and Cogburn is only one Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf. The journey is essentially the same as in the original—the unlikely trio of heroes ride along the Indian Territory on their horses and come across some grim situations involving outlaws until they finally come across Tom Chaney, his leader Ned Pepper, and their gang. There are new touches added this time around, with some disturbing imagery. For example, there’s a man hung high from a tree and Mattie has to cut him down for Cogburn to see if he knew who he was. Then there’s a man clothed in a bear-skin who takes the body’s teeth and asks if there’s an offer for the “rest of him.” So strange, so disturbing…so brilliant. It adds to

the grimness that Mattie has to learn to conquer. Here’s another new touch added to the remake—Mattie’s attitude towards this whole adventure. In the original, Mattie Ross, played by Kim Darby (much older than her character—she was about 20 while her character was 14), was a realistic figure—showing that there is fear to overcome while knowing that she’s out of her limit on this manhunt. In this remake, Mattie, solidly played by newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, is much more bitter and far more determined to hunt down the man who killed her father. She’s so determined to the point where she just doesn’t care about what may lie ahead for her on this journey. All she has is vengeance on her mind. Don’t get me wrong—Mattie in the original had determination for justice too. But this Mattie is determined to a more extreme level. John Wayne played Rooster Cogburn in the original film, but let’s face it—not many people called him Rooster Cogburn throughout the movie; we called him John Wayne, because there’s no one else he can play (not that that means he isn’t great at it). In this remake, he’s played by Jeff Bridges—kind of an odd choice for the great actor, although he has disappeared into his roles to the point where we forget that it is Jeff Bridges playing them (like the Coen Brothers’ other production, “The Big Lebowski”). But the truth of the matter is that Jeff Bridges is absolutely perfect as Rooster Cogburn. He looks right and more importantly, he feels right. This is a role that he gets completely lost in. Even his speech, though somewhat indistinct at times, seems legit. It’s all the more effective when you realize that you would rather spend more time with John Wayne’s welcome presence than Jeff Bridges’ intimidating swagger. What makes

him interesting is we don’t know what makes him tick. We don’t know what puts him on edge, but we don’t want to be around when he is. LaBoeuf was played with grinning delight by Glen Campbell in the original film. This time, he’s played by Matt Damon. And if you think Matt Damon doesn’t belong in this movie, here’s a news flash—LaBoeuf doesn’t belong in this journey. He’s like a hero from another movie that found himself out of his element, playing sidekick in this movie. And the truth is Matt Damon does do a credible job at playing the cowboy who’s in way over his head. The villains are about the same, but still well-acted. Josh Brolin is the dumb, pathetic Tom Chaney and Barry Pepper is the tough, thinking Ned Pepper (wait, what?) and they’re well-suited for their roles. So the mood and character traits are darker this time around. But it’s not just that. The cinematography is dark and moody as well. Remember how in the original film, we caught those beautiful landscapes? Well here, the landscapes are about as empty and unpromising as an apocalyptic wasteland. This is a darker, more complex re-imagining of a Western that seemed fun. Even the ending is different and more sour. There’s no happy ending with John Wayne riding off on his horse into the sunset. Heck, there’s barely even a happy ending. It just…ends. And strangely, that’s so effective. It teaches that a life fueled by vengeance is not the best way to live. “True Grit” has the same quality of a Coen Brothers’ movie, so it came as no surprise that they made it. The dialogue is quirky, the side characters steal the show (particularly a horse trader played by Dakin Matthews and a landlady played by Candyce Hinkle). There

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B. are also some odd little touches added to the shots— that’s how you know this is a Coen Brothers’ movie. And it’s dark, mysterious, and compelling, like their best thrillers. And if you think you’re ready to see Jeff Bridges play a cowboy, don’t say you weren’t warned, partner. NOTE: There’s a subtle music score that seems to follow the melody of the hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” I noticed it midway through the movie and was wondering if there’d be a lyrical rendition for it later. And if there’s one thing I hate about this movie, it’s whoever they chose to sing that song in the end credits! N

A.) Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross B.) Jeff Bridges as US Marshal Rooster Cogburn and Matt Damon as Texas Ranger LaBoeuf. Photos pulled from cine.ie, mediabistro.com , and screencrave.com repectively.

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