NEWARK — Gospel singing/songwriting duo Lewis & Lewis of Nashville, Tenn., will present a concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Newark Assembly of God Church, located at 9450 Harrison St. in Newark.
Lewis & Lewis wrote “I’m a Winner Either Way,” which The Inspirations took to the top of the gospel charts, and numerous other gospel songs. Their music video, “Come On Down to the Farm,” a spoof of same-sex marriage, has appeared on YouTube and GodTube and has spawned requests for national radio and television appearances for the duo.
Melbourne — Nine students from the Culinary Arts Program at Ozarka College competed recently against students from other state vocational-technical institutes and colleges in the 43rd annual Arkansas Association of SkillsUSA 2009 Championship Conference, held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 13-15.
Ozarka had three students winning medals this year in the competition. Shane Lively of Calico Rock won the Gold Medal in Culinary Arts, Karen Brown of Batesville won Bronze in Commercial Baking and Jacob Conley of Cherokee Village won Bronze in Dining Room Service.
NEWARK — Kennie and Patricia Gardner of Newark have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Karen Lachelle Gardner, to Clark Alan Neal, son of Joe and Penny Neal of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Nola Gardner and the late Oness Gardner, the late Edgar Hale Wherry, Lorene Wherry and Erma Wherry, all of Newark.
She is a 2006 graduate of Newark High School and a 2008 graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. She is employed at Batesville Eye Care.
Jamie and Chelsea Varnell have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on May 7, 2009. She weighed 6 pounds, 8.8 ounces and has been named Laiken Kennedi Varnell.
Grandparents are Ransom and Nancy Weaver and Randy and Susan Varnell.
Great-grandparents are Almeda and the late Ira Randolph Varnell, R.M. Weaver, Betty Davis, Virgil and Hazel Peel, Bill and Paula Yuhas, Joseph and Suzanne Collins, and the late Robert Cook.
Great-great-grandparents are Juanita and the late Les Hunter, and Julie and the late William Yuhas.
Bryan and Rachael Fisher and Nicholas of Newark have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on May 5, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and has been named Addyson Leigh Fisher.
Grandparents of the child are Floyd and Cindy Northcutt and David and Linda Fisher.
That was the call I got a couple of weeks ago, and just for a moment I had to think exactly what that meant. The nickname Elvis, along with Capt. Stubing and Clark Griswald, were some of the fun names we had assigned to our friend Gary Hunt.
That call brought back a lot of memories because for many years we had a lot of good times with J.J. and Gary, along with several other couples.
SOUTHSIDE — Those who visit Southside School’s Web site will one day be able to see how the school is using government stimulus funding and where the money is going, Superintendent Dan Foley said.
On Monday night, however, the school board discussed how the district could use the money, also known as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, to benefit the school.
Sleepy driver gets ticket
A Batesville man was ticketed for no driver’s license after he fell asleep and wrecked his truck early Monday morning, according to local authorities.
Julio A. Berdeja-Salus told Deputy Dee McFatter that he was on his way home around 6:20 a.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 1996 Chevrolet truck.
WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to announce that both a Batesville dog and a Clarkridge dog have been named top 15 Finalists in the Second Annual Dogs of Valor Awards, sponsored by PetPlan Pet Insurance.
In March 2008, Tripod, a rescued rat terrier, awakened her elderly and disabled owners, John and Mary Smith, as fire spread through their Batesville home, igniting the covers on their bed.
MELBOURNE — Saturday morning around 8:30 when the call came of a house fire on Newburg Road, the Melbourne Fire Department responded.
This time, the department had a small emergency of its own when the rain-soaked ground caused one of three fire trucks to overturn about a mile from where the house was engulfed in flames.
Fire Chief Rusty Campbell said Sam Holt was driving the 1989 Pierce ladder truck when he met a vehicle on the narrow road and pulled to the side.