I drove through my old neighborhood a few weeks ago.
It is like many suburban neighborhoods that sprouted up in the 1960s. Many of the people who moved there grew up in the city. All of them wanted big yards in which their kids could play. Many wanted to be near St. Germaine Catholic Church and its elementary school.
We moved into our new house in 1964, when I was 2. It was a basic, square house — brick on the bottom, white siding on the top — designed for raising children.
Amy Annette Coe and Tyler Dewayne Breshears were united in marriage May 14 in an outdoor wedding at the University of Arkansas Experiment Station in Batesville. Paul Moody officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Randall and Roxanne Coe of Batesville. The groom’s parents are Preston and Tabatha Breshears of Batesville and Marina Garner of Ava, Mo.
• “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” 2 and 7 p.m., old middle school auditorium, Water Street, Batesville. Tickets $4 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and those 65 and older; purchase at Carlee’s Hallmark, Schwegman’s Office Supply and the Batesville Area Arts Council.
• Fish and chicken dinner, 3-7:30 p.m., Hutchinson Mountain Community Center. Dinner $10 for adults; $5 for children 11 and under.
• Points races and Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, Batesville Motor Speedway, Locust Grove. Gates open at 6 p.m., racing at 8.
Chris and Kamenn, Brenden, Ares, Maria, Garrett and Elijah of Batesville have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on June 20, 2011. The baby weighed 6 pounds and has been named Orion Kade Bethel.
Grandparents of the child are Mark and Tonya Johnson, David and Becky Clark, Georgie Bethel and Dr. Johnny and Kaitena Bates.
Great-grandparents are Elvin and Nell Duncan, Dollie Hilones and Margret Bates.
Jonathan Yielding and Kaitlyn Barnes of Mountain View have announced the birth of a daughter at White River Medical Center on June 14, 2011. The baby weighed 4 pounds, 13.7 ounces and has been named Kayden Auteara Yielding.
Grandparents of the child are Sandra Barnes, Jeff Barnes and Dorothy Bozeman.
ATHENS, Greece — When Chelsea Willis of Bethesda arrives home in Arkansas from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece, she’ll be toting a hefty piece of jewelry and a new title.
Just call her the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer gold medalist of the 400-meter relay.
Willis, a 2005 Batesville High School graduate, was among 7,500 athletes from 185 countries competing in the games that continue through Tuesday. She’s also one of only three athletes — and the only runner — from Arkansas.
Batesville got lucky twice with its wastewater bids.
Tuesday afternoon, bids were opened for the second phase of the wastewater treatment plant and collection system upgrades.
When bids were opened in December 2009 for the first phase, the lowest came from Oscar Renda Contracting Inc. of Roanoke, Texas at $5.6 million. McGoodwin Williams and Yates engineering firm of Fayetteville had anticipated bids of $9 million (plus another $3 million for contingencies).
Batesville’s parks and recreation facilities have so many needs, one hardly knows where to begin. But one thing is for certain: The soccer kids won’t be left out.
That was the message Monday night from Mayor Rick Elumbaugh as he addressed the Independence County Quorum Court parks and recreation committee.
In a meeting continued from last week, the committee also sat down with Andy Walmsley and David Wood, two volunteers from the Independence County Youth Athletic Association.
“The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,” Walmsley said.
English is not the first language for many in Arkansas but teachers from Batesville and surrounding school districts are hoping to make it easier for students to learn.
Batesville hosted the Arkansas ESL (English as a Second Language) Graduate Academy at West Magnet Elementary earlier this month. It was the first time for the city to be selected for the academy which is held annually. Fayetteville was also selected.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas State Police are getting ready to launch a summer traffic enforcement effort, which will start on the Independence Day weekend.
The agency says the anti-drunken driving effort is to start on Friday. Monday is the July 4th holiday.
State police say numerous local agencies will work together to target drunken driving over a span of nine days. National crash statistics show that almost half of the fatal crashes on the Independence Day holiday weekend involve alcohol. Normally, about a third of fatal crashes involve a drunken driver.
MOUNTAIN VIEW— Ozarka College recently named Anna Mickler as its Academic All-Star for 2011.
Mickler, a student from Mountain View, will represent Ozarka in October at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year College (AATYC) annual conference. She will receive a $500 scholarship for this honor, as well as opening the door for other possible scholarship opportunities.