LOS ANGELES (AP) — One team will have a leg up on the competition in the upcoming season of “The Amazing Race.”
Two of the Harlem Globetrotters are among the 12 teams starring in the 15th edition of the CBS reality show, which premieres Sept. 27. Nathaniel “The Big Easy” Lofton, 28, from New Orleans, and Herbert “Flight Time” Lang, 32, from Brinkley, Ark., believe their experience will help them dominate this season’s course, which spans eight countries in 21 days.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — The first quarter in the “America the Beautiful” series that starts next year will feature Hot Springs National Park, the first natural area to be set aside by the federal government.
The line of quarters will feature a national park or other historic site from each state and U.S. territory. The U.S. Mint is issuing five coins per year and is going in order that the various areas were established as national sites.
Steve Arrison, chief executive of the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, says he’s eager to use the quarter to promote the community.
VIOLET HILL — Thomas Jackson Hellums, 71, of Violet Hill died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, in Salem.
Born March 22, 1938, in Larkin, he was the son of Willie Alphis Hellums and Gracie Lorenda Jackson. He was united in marriage to Jeffie Thompson on May 30, 1959, in Larkin. He was a self-employed automobile mechanic and worked for the Izard County Road Department, retiring after many years of employment. He was a member of Millcrest Church of Christ.
HOUSTON, Mo. — Doyle Wayne Martin, 75, of Houston, Mo., died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, in Houston.
Born in 1933 in Oxford, he was the son of Vernon “Cap” and Maybelle Lester Martin. He was raised in Oxford. He attended the University of Arkansas, earning a bachelor of science, and earned a master’s degree from Arkansas State University. He also attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.
The Batesville Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The meeting is open to guests.
Gary Perkey will present a program entitled “Ravages of War in Southeast Missouri.”
A native of Sharp County, Perkey graduated from Cave City High School and Arkansas State University. He currently serves as president of the Batesville Genealogical Society and is a frequent contributor to its quarterly publication, Bits of Bark from the Family Tree.
Smart Style Family Hair Salon, located inside the Batesville Walmart, is holding its first Breast Cancer Awareness photogenic contest in conjunction with its annual “Clip for the Cure” fundraiser.
The contest is open to boys and girls from birth to age 18.
Photographs must be age appropriate and no larger than 8” by 10.” Entry forms may be picked up at Smart Style Salon, or call (870) 698-1286 for more information. The entry fee is $10. All entries must be in by 5 p.m. Sept. 19.
Jim and Rhonda Reddock of Batesville will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Monday.
Rhonda Kay Duke and James Floyd Reddock were married Sept. 15, 1984, at South Orlando Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., by the Rev. John McKinney.
They have a son, J.T. Reddock of Batesville; a daughter, Jessica Rose of Batesville; and two grandchildren, Lilly Kay Rose and Jayci May Reddock, both of Batesville.
A celebratory trip to Branson, Mo., is planned.
HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1239 Oak Grove Road in the Hutchinson Mountain area, will have its homecoming from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
A potluck will be served at noon.
Those attending are asked to bring pictures and other memorabilia.
The event is open to all former members, pastors and friends.
W.T. Rider is the pastor of the church.
Wade Rivers will hold book signing at Hastings in Batesville from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.
“Y City” is now being ordered by the Arkansas State Parks for the lodges as well as by libraries in most towns.
Rivers said he is going to pitch the story to be made into a movie and has already contacted the Arkansas Film Commission. Recently he discovered that it is being read in high school English classes. Since learning about that, he says he is going to pursue getting “Y City” into schools all across the state.
GREENBRIER — Woolly Hollow State Park will be hosting a Women in the Outdoors Weekend on Oct. 9-11. “Join us for a rejuvenation of mind, body, and spirit,” said park interpreter Kathryn Tidwell. “Reconnect with Nature on this getaway just for women. Leave the kids and the husband behind while you come on this three-day, two-night event to learn basic camping skills, nature journaling, beginning bird watching, Dutch oven cooking, as well as having free time to relax, forge new friendships, and have fun.”
Jeff and Aimee Jo Langston of Tuckerman have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on Sept. 1, 2009. The baby weighed 8 pounds, .4 ounces and has been named Zander Cruise Langston.
Grandparents of the child are Bobby and Jo Davis, Kevin and Missy Lyles and William and Lisa Langston.
Great-grandparents are Guy and Ann Davis, Geraldine Swaim and the late Gerald Swaim, Bill and Katheline Langston and Charles and Bonnie Cooper.