Couple weds in Ethiopia

July 15, 2009 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Tsigereda G. Egziabher and Dr. Browder Swetnam were united in marriage June 2 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The groom is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Walter Swetnam of Batesville.He is an educator and is on the administration and faculty of Sultan Qaboos University in Al-Khod, Oman.The bride is a civil engineer and will join her husband in Oman shortly.

Edgin, Hancock to marry

July 15, 2009 Kevin and Tracey Edgin of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Tiffany Delynna Faye Edgin, to Byron Nathanael Hancock, son of Chris and Lesa Hancock of Russellville.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of William and Dorothy Crump of Blytheville.She graduated as salutatorian from Batesville High School in 2008. She attended the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and plans to pursue a nursing degree at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.

Jackson, Knight wed

July 14, 2009 MONTICELLO — Sammatha Marie Jackson and Kyle Thomas Knight were married May 30, 2009, at Trotter House, a 100-year-old Victorian house in Monticello.The Rev. Edward L. Gulledge officiated.The bride is the granddaughter of Waymon L. and Rose M. Brewer of Newark. The groom’s parents are Michael and Donna Knight of Hamburg.Pianist was Sylvia Martin. Songs were “Love Story” by Taylor Swift, “1, 2, 3, 4” by Plain White T’s and “The Best Thing” by Relient K.

Sanders, King set to wed in Jamaica

July 14, 2009 COLUMBUS, Kan. — Tom and Rhonda Reid and Larry and Cindy Zahm of Columbus, Kan., have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda Maria Sanders, to James Dustin King, son of Dave King and Mechelle Morgan, both of Batesville.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Wanda Krishbomb of Pittsburg, Kan.She will graduate in December from Harding University in Searcy with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and will pursue a master’s degree as a physician assistant from Harding.

Ferrell, Carlile plan nuptials for Aug. 1

July 13, 2009 Gary and Tammy Ferrell of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Shalyn Ferrell, to Will Carlile, son of Buddy and Missy Carlile of Batesville.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mordecai and Joy Marlin of Cave City and Troy and Eileen Ferrell of Batesville.She is a 2006 graduate of Cushman High School and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Lyon College. She is an insurance agent at Bone Insurance Agency.

Allender, Virden set wedding for July 18

July 13, 2009 Brian and Sherry Allender of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Brianna Dawn Allender, to Thomas James Virden, son of Bobby and Tracy Smith of Conway and Jeff and Mistie Virden of Morrilton.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jim and Carolyn Watkins and the late Carl and Oleta Allender, all of Batesville.

Mizes to celebrate 50th anniversary

July 10, 2009 SAFFELL — James and Ruth Mize of Saffell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall at Saffell.They were married July 11, 1959, in Oak Ridge Methodist Church in Cord with Obie Eagans officiating.They have two daughters, Darla Huskey and her husband, Scotty, of Saffell and Dena Davis and her husband, Gary, of Smithville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.All family and friends are invited.The couple requests no gifts.

Staggs, Hernandez united in marriage

July 10, 2009 PLEASANT PLAINS — Ashley Lynn Staggs and Steven Gregory Hernandez were united in marriage June 6 at Union Grove Baptist Church in Pleasant Plains.Don Robinson officiated.The bride is the daughter of Kenny and Shelia Staggs of Pleasant Plains. The groom’s parents are Steve and Diane Hernandez of Clinton.Burnt orange Calla lilies and fall yellow ribbon adorned each pew. Three sprays of burnt orange and yellow flowers with greenery decorated the stage.Shannon Newkirk sang “The Father Says I Do.”

Ferrell, Carlile plan nuptials for Aug. 1

July 9, 2009 Gary and Tammy Ferrell of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Shalyn Ferrell, to Will Carlile, son of Buddy and Missy Carlile of Batesville.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mordecai and Joy Marlin of Cave City and Troy and Eileen Ferrell of Batesville.She is a 2006 graduate of Cushman High School and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Lyon College.She is an insurance agent at Bone Insurance Agency.

Baker, Amos to wed

July 8, 2009 Darrell and Teresa Baker of Batesville have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Nikki Joe Baker, to Craig Alan Amos, son of Rickey and Linda Amos of Conway.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jeanette Collins and the late Rex Collins and the late J.C. and Thelma Baker, all of Batesville.She is a 2003 graduate of Batesville High School and received a bachelor of arts in Spanish with a concentration in secondary education from Lyon College. She is a high school Spanish teacher and basketball coach at Cave City High School.