EVENING SHADE — The portion of Saturday’s Evening Shade Fall Round-up from 6 p.m. until midnight will be a steet dance, said Kim Graddy, one of the organizers.
David Lynn Jones & Friends will play at 6 and the Still Water Band takes the stage at 9:30. The dance will take place in the downtown area. The festival starts with a parade at 1 p.m.
The Batesville School Board will meet at 5:30 Monday night in the high school cafeteria, where it will also hold its annual report to the public.
The board’s agenda also includes proposals for the purchase of a mini excavator and trade-in of a backhoe as well as the purchase of additional amplification systems.
Meetings are open to the public.
Local teens are being sought to serve on the Independence County Junior Fair Board, which is currently gearing up for its yearly membership drive.
The junior fair board was formed last April, becoming one the biggest successes of the Independence County Fair Association, according to Linda Baxter, county fair president.
“These are great kids and it was a joy to be around them. They bring new blood to the board,” she said.
The 2011 Independence County Fair was a “pilot” year for the junior fair board.
By Tony McGuffey
Guard Staff Writer
Ten-year-old Debra never had a birthday party until she met her “big sister” Autumn Hunter.
The two met in 2009 through the Big Brothers Big Sisters-North Central Arkansas campaign and it wasn’t long before the two were fast friends, according to Hunter.
It was an instant bond. They began hanging out, going to church and doing aerobics together.
Hunter became the strong female influence that Debra — who lost her mother when she was 5 years old and lives with a brother and her grandfather — needed.
Last seen around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan Weaver’s welding trailer and several pieces of equipment were reported to police as missing around 7 a.m. Wednesday by Mary Weaver.
“Mrs. Weaver stated she had come over to watch her daughter’s children and when she turned into the driveway she noticed the trailer that contained a welder, a roll of net wrap and a fuel tank were missing,” Deputy Fred Friar said.
Area residents will have the chance to see a variety of entertaining performances without traveling to a bigger city, thanks to University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and First Community Bank.
The performing arts partnership was forged to “offer national talent to the region so our residents don’t have to travel to larger cities,” according to Tina Paul, director of development at UACCB. Paul says the college enjoys having visitors on campus for various events such as these.
The ringing of a bell marks the opening of each day at the New York Stock Exchange and a group of Batesville residents recently got the honor of ringing that bell.
FutureFuel Corp. President and CEO Lee Mikles and members of the company’s management team recently visited the NYSE to ring the opening bell, an honor sometimes bestowed upon corporate executives, celebrities and other special guests.
CAVE CITY — Melody Lopez never had intentions of opening a second location to Main Street Batesville’s Impulse Apparel, Accents and Accessories, and BodyFit.
That was until a friend, Carrie Smith, told Lopez about the huge following Zumba dance fitness had before the building at 307 N. Main in Cave City closed and talked her into re-opening it.
Impulse clothing at 309 N. Main just seemed like the perfect next-door neighbor.
Clyde and Donna Stuart of Batesville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Faith-Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located at 3895 Harrison St. in Batesville.
Donna Martin and Clyde Stuart were married Sept. 23, 1961, in Pleasant Plains. The Rev. Thomas Meharg officiated.
Mr. Stuart retired from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Mrs. Stuart is a retired beauty consultant.
They have a daughter, Stacy Stuart of Jonesboro.
World Mission Outreach, led by Quebec Miya, will hold its second annual “From Batesville with Love” benefit concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Fellowship Bible Church (the old Landers Theater) at 276 East Main St. in Batesville.
The concert will feature a number of musical acts, including GodFrame, Anointed Ones, World Sound, Impact and the Live Love Change project of Dallas.
Batesville’s GodFrame, also known as Terrence Ford, has become a well-known contemporary Christian artist, incorporating rap, pop and rhythm and blues into his inspirational music.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Horseshoe Bend Theatre Music in the Mountains Show will host a golf tournament Saturday at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain.
This event will be a three-man Las Vegas scramble, with prizes being awarded at the evening show. There will also be events for noncompetitive golfers. Concessions consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs and soft drinks will be available at the tournament.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside Methodist Church will have its annual homecoming service at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The speaker will be Dr. Walter Swetnam, an author, missionary and pastor of First Presbyterian Church at Higden.
Special music will be provided by Allan and Jerry, a gospel music duo from North Little Rock.
A potluck will follow.