I love television. I truly love it. I wept when TiVo was invented, because it meant I could watch even more of it.
Sophisticated people claim to be “soooo busy” that they don’t have time for mindless TV. Or at least that’s what they’re all quick to tell whenever the subject comes up at cocktail parties.
But not me, I manage to park myself in front of the tube almost every day.
I have never liked the term “Generation X.” It sounds like someone really hated this generation and thought of a really dumb term to call us, the children who came after the baby boomers. Even Generation Y got their name changed to the millennials!
I recently saw a Time magazine article entitled “Gen-X: The Ignored Generation?” I think that pretty much says it all.
CUSHMAN — Cushman United Methodist Church will hold a spaghetti supper from 4-7 p.m. Friday.
Plates will be $6 and include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. The meal is dine in or carryout.
All proceeds go to the cost of new central heat and air conditioning at the church.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Kenny and Shelia Staggs of Pleasant Plains have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lynn Staggs, to Steven Gregory Hernandez, son of Steven and Diane Hernandez of Clinton.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dean and Linda Staggs and Ruth Stephens and the late Roy “Crick” Stephens, all of Pleasant Plains.
MELBOURNE — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hellums will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m. Saturday at the first building at the new fairground in Melbourne.
Thomas Jackson Hellums and Jeffie Lee Thompson were united in marriage on May 30, 1959 at 6 p.m. They have three children: Lyndell Jackson Hellums of West Memphis, Lorenda Gaye Arnold of Melbourne and Laura Kay Rush of Cave City.
All family and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts; cards are welcome.
The Great Chocolate Escape, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, will be 3-5 p.m. today in Bryant’s Pharmacy back parking lot.
A Styrofoam container filled with “chocolate greatness” will be sold for a $10 donation, volunteers said.
Bryant’s Pharmacy is located at 2000 Harrison St., Batesville.
Batesville Fire Station #3, under construction at 590 White Drive, was the target of copper thieves over the Memorial Day weekend, according to a report filed with Independence County Deputy Mike Price.
Brandon Harlan of Noacon Inc., construction supervisor at the building site, said that sometime between 3:30 Friday afternoon and 10 a.m. Tuesday, someone had stolen wire and junction boxes valued at $1,200 from the site.
Also reported missing was a 14-foot tandem axle dump trailer, with 4-foot diamond plate side panels, valued at $5,000.
For the last few years, some city officials have been talking about the next Census, saying they believe Batesville has more than the 9,445 residents on the city limits sign.
Next year, that number will change, hopefully for the better, when the next Census is completed.
At Tuesday night’s Batesville City Council meeting, Gary Underwood, partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau office in Little Rock, presented a short video and some facts about the upcoming Census.
A head-on crash between a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler claimed the life of a Newark teen Tuesday afternoon.
Independence County authorities say the victim, 19-year-old Kayla Smart, was a passenger in a pickup truck, driven by Lyndon M. Gardner, 19, of 1655 N. Hill St., that collided with an 18-wheeler around 3 p.m.
It’s one thing to be ahead of schedule for a multi-million dollar street improvement project, but it’s another to be ahead of schedule even after losing a month’s time due to the recent rains.
Work on the Harrison Street widening project continues to make progress, despite recent rain, said Mike Shetron, president of White River Materials, and Lyndal Waits, District 5 engineer with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. Besides Independence, District 5 includes Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone, Jackson, Cleburne and White counties.