Just before my early morning run this morning, a young boy, 3-foot-nothing, wearing shorts and a helmet whizzed past me on his scooter, and then abruptly stopped and backed up — when he saw me stuff a 20 pound terrier into my backpack. As I threw the precious cargo over my shoulders, the little boy pushed his scooter into forward motion and offered his blatantly honest assessment (as kids often do) of the situation: “That’s weird.”
CENTERTON — Alizabeth Marie McNelly of Centerton and Jason David Harris of Bentonville have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Richard and Tina McNelly of Centerton. She is the granddaughter of Richard and Reta McNelly of Buckner, Mo., and Ray and Pricilla Fowler and Leo and Dee Herman, all of Marshfield, Mo.
She is a 2008 graduate of Bentonville High School.
Brandin and Bobbie Corter, Xavier and Selena of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter and sister at White River Medical Center on June 23, 2011. The baby weighed 6 pounds, 9.6 ounces and has been named Mercedes Annabelle Nickolle Corter.
Grandparents of the child are Jessica James-Corter, Sandra Chavez, Gilbert Pena, Amanda Pena, Kenneth Wild Sr. and Glen Jesse James.
Great-grandparents are Mary Lou Corter and Henry Evert Corter.
Robert Musser and Sarah Jackson of Batesville have announced the birth of a son at White River Medical Center on June 23, 2011. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces and has been named Jackson Robert Musser.
Grandparents of the child are John Musser, Lynn Foster and Tracy Hanlon.
Great-grandparents are Bob Musser and Charlee Jackson.
Larry and Misty Black, Hope and Faith of Desha have announced the birth of a son and brother at White River Medical Center on June 24, 2011. The baby weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and has been named Broderick Evan Black.
Grandparents of the child are Candy Hanlin, Thomas Tucker, Stanley Sanders, Pam Morris, Lawrence Black Sr. and Polly Myers.
Great-grandparents are Rex and Linda Paul and M.W. Myers.
The Batesville Community Theater, Batesville School District and its Summer To Always Remember program will present “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” beginning Friday.
The production will be held at Batesville’s old middle school auditorium on Water Street. Showtimes are 2 and 7 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. July 8 and 9; and 2 p.m. July 10.
“Everyone is invited to come enjoy the mixing of the ‘old and new’ in our interpretation of this old Grimm’s fairytale,” organizers said.
The Family Connections Ministry at Batesville First Assembly of God will host an F3 Event (Family, Food, and Fun), with swimming from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fitzhugh Park (“Mickey Mouse”) pool.
All single parents, grandparents acting as parents, or just regular families are invited. Admission is free but those attending must call to register, (870) 793-5489.
HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center will host a fish and chicken dinner from 3-7:30 p.m. Friday.
The all-you-can-eat buffet including drink and dessert is $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. A playground area for children will also be available.
The Batesville Area Arts Council will host a Shakespeare camp Aug. 8-12 to students completing second through eighth grades, according to a news release.
Two sessions are available, one from 9 a.m.-noon and another from 1-4 p.m.
This one-week acting camp will address skills in acting, movement, voice diction, focus, text analysis, stage combat, ensemble and performance. The fee of $95 will include instruction, course materials, performances and a souvenir T-shirt.
CHARLOTTE — The fifth alumni reunion of Cord, Charlotte and Cord-Charlotte schools will be July 30 at the school cafetorium. Reunions are held every three years.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by general assembly at 11 and lunch (served by Fred’s Fish House) at 11:30. Luncheon tickets are $10 a plate. Those purchasing tickets are asked to RSVP by July 15, by calling Paul and Staci Albert, publicity chairmen, at (870) 698-2261 or William E. Coe, former superintendent, at (870) 793-9520.