Debbie Finley and Bobby and Stephanie Finley, all of Batesville, have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jodi Finley, to Eric Haertling, son of Sherry Haertling of Piggott and Kenneth Haertling of Osage Beach, Mo.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Paul and Frances Slisher and Bobby and Gloria Galloway, all of Batesville, and Mona Finley of Velvet Ridge and the late Bob Finley. She is the great-granddaughter of Georgia Davis and Goldie Swaim, both of Batesville.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Kenny and Shelia Staggs of Pleasant Plains have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lynn Staggs, to Steven Gregory Hernandez, son of Steven and Diane Hernandez of Clinton.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dean and Linda Staggs and Ruth Stephens and the late Roy “Crick” Stephens, all of Pleasant Plains.
MELBOURNE — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hellums will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 2 p.m. Saturday at the first building at the new fairground in Melbourne.
Thomas Jackson Hellums and Jeffie Lee Thompson were united in marriage on May 30, 1959 at 6 p.m. They have three children: Lyndell Jackson Hellums of West Memphis, Lorenda Gaye Arnold of Melbourne and Laura Kay Rush of Cave City.
All family and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts; cards are welcome.
NEWARK — Randy and Marla Hendrix of Newark have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Charissa Hendrix, to Chris Alexander, son of Mike and Tina Alexander of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Josephine Gardner and the late Estle Gardner and JoAnne Hendrix and the late Calvin Hendrix, all of Newark.
She is a 2004 graduate of Newark High School and is pursuing a degree in Spanish at Arkansas State University.
The prospective groom is the great-grandson of Juanita Painter of Batesville.
Heather Lorrie Longhofer, daughter of Jennifer Bristow of Batesville and Mark Longhofer of Garland, Texas, and John Eric Fulcher, son of John and Cindy Fulcher of Batesville, would like to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
The couple will exchange vows at 1 p.m. May 30 at the Mountain View City Park Ampitheater.
All friends and family are welcome.
Hayden and Christine Bell of Batesville recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Christine Adams and Hayden Bell were married April 12, 1949.
They have four children, Ricky Bell of Batesville, Linda Martin and Connie Duncan, both of Newark, and Brian Bell of Missouri.
The couple’s children hosted a private family celebration.
EVENING SHADE — Hank and Marlene Rivers of Evening Shade, formerly of San Antonio, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary April 30.
The couple returned to Brenckenridge Park in San Antonio, where they took their first picture. The park is located in Japanese Tea Gardens, which was renamed Chinese Sunken Garden during World War II, but has now reverted to the original name.
Billie Marlene Steel and Hank Rivers were married April 30, 1954, in Georgetown, Texas.
Kimberly Denise Lee and Garey Randall Moore exchanged wedding vows April 25 at Salem.
The bride is the daughter of Ann Thomas of Salem and the late Rudy Read of McDougal and the granddaughter of the late Raymond Thomas and the late Viola Walker of Evening Shade and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Read of McDougal. The bride is employed as the Sharp County Conservation District secretary.
Sammatha Marie Jackson and Kyle Thomas Knight have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Karean Marie Brewer Jackson Newton. She is the granddaughter of Waymon and Rose Brewer of Newark and Sonny and Ann Jackson of Newport.
She graduated from Cedar Ridge High School in Newark and is a sophomore at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
The prospective groom is the son of Michael and Donna Knight of Hamburg. He is the grandson of Joe and Pat Martin of Hamburg.
Brittany Nicole Sullivan and Charles Thomas Bennett Jr. have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Jeanni Brosius-Young of Batesville and Richard Sullivan of Strawberry. Her grandparents are Carl and Peggy Sullivan and the late Craig and Aleta Pickering.
She is a 2004 graduate of Monticello High School and is a homemaker.
The prospective groom is the son of Rhonda Lewis of Mountain Home and Charles Bennett Sr. of Newark. His grandparents are Billy Bennett and the late Martha Bennett, Harry Dunn and Peggy Lilly.
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Hughes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday night at a dinner with family and friends.
Jimmy Hughes and Bertha Wade were married on May 15, 1959 in Batesville. He retired from the Batesville Daily Guard, and she is a retired cosmetologist.
They have two daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Eddie Reves of Sherwood and Laura and Bruce Baldwin of New Albany, Ind., and one granddaughter, Natalie Baldwin of New Albany.
CUSHMAN — Danny and Kathy Carter of Cushman have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Ann Carter, to Daniel Wade Henrickson, son of Robert and Charlotte Henrickson of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Faye Cowden of Cushman and the late Ed Cowden and John Carter of Cave City and the late Nina Carter.
She is a 2002 graduate of Cushman High School and a 2008 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, where she received a degree in accounting. She is a financial assistant at First Community Bank.