MAUMELLE — John and Sue Zach of Maumelle have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Reneé Williams, to Matthew Carter Cox, son of Danny and Lynda Cox of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lucerne and Gerald Zach and Verner and Francis Olsen, all of Omaha, Nebraska.
She is a 2002 graduate of paralegal school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is employed as a paralegal for a law firm.
FAIRFIELD BAY — Rachel McTigue and Necsar Solis were united in marriage June 27 at the Fairfield Bay Marina.
The bride is the daughter of David and Tina McTigue of Batesville. The groom’s parents are Carmen Leticia Ramirez and Necsar Solis Martinez of Acapulco, Mexico.
The ceremony took place on “The Belle of the Bay” boat in Greers Ferry Lake in front of Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Kyle and Holly Magness and Mia of Newark have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on June 30, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and has been named Jaxx Payton Magness.
Grandparents of the child are David and Lisa Barber of Memphis, Roger Coles of Magness and the late Gayla Coles and Chris and Denise Magness of Newark.
Michael and Nikki Dungan and Hope-Lacae of Wolf Bayou have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on July 21, 2009. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 10.1 ounces and has been named Jennings Wayne Dungan.
Grandparents of the child are Kurt and Ginger Phillips and Eric and Stacy Dungan.
Great-grandparents are Ola Jane Phillips and the late Buck Phillips, the late Jeanine and Lee Landis, Billy and Leon Baily and Alice Dungan.
Adam and Mandi Curtwright and Eli of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on July 21, 2009. The baby weighed 10 pounds, 3.3 ounces and has been named Easton Henry Curtwright.
Grandparents of the child are George and Brenda Mashburn and Carol Curtwright.
Great-grandparents are Janice Crabtree and Bernice Curtwright.
I’m worried that I don’t have a bucket list.
And let me tell you, life hasn’t been so exciting and fulfilling for this middle-aged, overweight white woman that I don’t need one.
The only off the wall plans I have for the future is to hop on a plane, fly to Bangor, Maine, and come home.
I know, you think that’s the most exciting and creative idea anyone has come up with, but I’ve been thinking about doing that since the ’70s and have no clear-cut reason why.
What do you take with you (speaking metaphorically) on your journey through this life? Most people, I think, don’t want the additional baggage of the bad memories, so they use the available storage space for the good ones. And generally, there’s only room for the best of those. I tend to be a packrat — never throwing anything out unless there is just absolutely no place to put it. If you don’t believe that, please take a look in my garage. Tools, for example are scattered all over the place.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School District will offer shooting sports this coming school year.
At its regular meeting July 21, the board approved participation in the Arkansas Shooting Sports program for the 2009-10 school year and to pay Tim Cunningham and Todd Lovell $500 each as coaches.
Superintendent Dr. Ann Webb was authorized to construct a metal building next to the track/practice football field as a dressing room and to house equipment. The building is estimated to cost $15,850.
SMITHVILLE — Alma Mount wears many hats.
Just not at the same time.
“I can’t think of a color I haven’t got,” she said, sitting in her rocking chair on her front porch in Smithville. Some are made of felt. Others are made of cotton or straw. “Some have got big ol’ flowers on them and some have pins.”
For nearly 60 years Mount has worn hats. To those in and around Smithville she is known as the “hat lady.”
CAVE CITY — At 100, Earl James can still crack a joke. Or two, or three or more.
The oldest of six brothers, he was 20 when the Great Depression hit in 1929, but he never stopped seeing the humor in things.
Tragedy struck even earlier — his father John James died when Earl was 6 and one of his brothers, Wesley, died at age 14. But the family stuck together. After his father died, his mother’s brother, Alec Rawlings, “an old bachelor,” came to live with them.
His mother was Lee Rawlings James.