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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

United Way expands ‘Stuff the Bus’ to put ‘Best Foot Forward’



United Way of Independence County has expanded its annual effort to collect school supplies and other basic items to ensure that every child in Independence County and Cave City is properly equipped to succeed in school. United Way and Citizens Bank last year launched “Stuff the Bus” to collect school supplies. This year, the Wood Family of Dealerships has joined the campaign with “Best Foot Forward,” which seeks the donation of new athletic shoes for children who need them. Through Aug. 6, school supplies and athletic shoes will be collected at both Wood dealerships; at Citizens Bank locations in Batesville, Cave City and Pleasant Plains; and at Anytime Fitness and Maurice’s in Batesville. Cash donations also will be accepted at all collection points. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, school buses will be stationed at Walmart, 3150 Harrison St., and also at the Stanley Wood Dealership, 1674 Batesville Blvd., to collect school supplies and shoes. That date also coincides with the annual Arkansas sales tax holiday, which means the money used for contributions will go even further. Deanna Green, executive director of the United Way of Independence County, said the school supplies and shoes will be distributed to children based on need at schools in five school districts – Batesville, Cave City, Cedar Ridge, Midland and Southside – with a goal of providing the supplies to the students before school starts. Additionally, Green said, the John Herman Hickman Foundation of Peco Foods has pledged $500 for “Best Foot Forward” and issued a matching challenge for another $500, and the Batesville Rotary Club is donating $1,000 toward “Best Foot Forward.” “The Wood Family is proud to donate the first 100 pairs of shoes to help kids in this area,” said Scott Wood. “We enjoy partnering with United Way because we know our efforts go to help local people. Every child deserves a good pair of shoes.” “Citizens Bank was gratified by the generosity we witnessed in the inaugural ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign last year,” said Phil Baldwin, Citizens Bank president and CEO. “We are very pleased to see this program expand to serve even more children and families.” “We hope everyone will join us in providing students with the necessary supplies that sends them to school better prepared to succeed and steer them toward the path that leads to high school graduation,” Green said. “As Back-to-School season gets under way, we hope everyone will pick up a few extra items and help us ‘Stuff the Bus’ and put our ‘Best Foot Forward’.”

Finger Food concert coming to Fox Creek BBQ 


Finger Food, an instrumental guitar concert series, will present a concert at Fox Creek BBQ in Batesville on Sat., Aug. 2. The show will start at 7 p.m. Finger Food is also performing in Little Rock at the Afterthought Bistro and Bar on Jan. 16, 2015. Finger Food is a feast not only for guitar lovers, but also for anyone with a passion for acoustic music. The guitarists perform “in the round” and trade songs and stories about their compositions and their approach to the guitar in a casual concert setting. The music focuses on contemporary instrumental American Fingerstyle Guitar with folk, jazz, Celtic, classical and blues influences. The guitarists are very different stylistically and these different styles contribute to an evening of broad musical tastes. The guitarists also will be performing on some very unique custom built instruments and historic instruments. Danny Dozier is a legendary guitarist in the state of Arkansas. Dozier’s solo performances showcase his wide range of guitar styles and his superb choice of material. He has performed at the Ozark Folk Center in many configurations over the years, fronts the Danny Dozier Band at gigs around the state and the country, and he is also the two-time winner of the Merle Travis Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Ozark Folk Center. Steve Davison is a Little Rock guitarist who performs on the 6 and 12 string guitar. Davison has performed at acoustic venues around the country and shared the stage with artists such as Larry Coryell, Muriel Anderson, Peter Janson, Tim Farrell, Dakota Dave Hull, Doug Young, Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks and other guitarists. Davison was also the winner of the 2005 Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival in the solo category and has been a featured artist on AETN Presents. He has performed at the Montreal Guitar Festival and at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival. Micky Rigby is an accomplished guitarist from Little Rock who has performed at multiple acoustic venues across the state. Rigby was a runner up at the Merle Travis Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Ozark Folk Center and was a familiar face at Acoustic Sounds Cafe in the past in Little Rock. Fox Creek BBQ is located at 129 Lawrence St. in Batesville. Tickets are $15 and you can call (870) 698-0034 for reservations and information. For more information about the music, contact Danny Dozier at (870) 307-9734.

McDonald named scholarship winner


Dancing the title role in the North Arkansas Dance Theatre (NADT) production of Little Red Riding Hood, Makenzie McDonald, graduating senior from Batesville High School, was awarded the Patrick Crommett Memorial Scholarship for 2014.  She is attending the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville (UACCB) in the fall while continuing to teach and coach at the NADT Dance Academy.  McDonald was a member of NADT and of the Batesville High School Prancers. The scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the memory of a gentle man who gave so very much to this community in the way of art and even more in the way of heart, notes a press release. Scholarships are awarded to graduating North Arkansas Dance Theatre Company members who exemplify what Patrick stood for – hard work, professionalism, dedication, respect, a desire to learn, and a love for ballet and dance.   He and artistic director Cindy Hubberd, founded NADT in 1997 to give local dancers the opportunity to perform and to share their love of dance to local communities. NADT is a non-profit organization, performs free of charge for local organizations and events.  It also puts on an annual production of The Nutcracker, and there will be a casting placement call for ages five - adult for acting/minimal dancing roles on Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. at the NADT Dance Academy at 206 E. Main St. in Batesville. For more information call, 866-GOT-NADT; go online to; or check their at

Neurologist joins Batesville Neurology


Gary L. Bebow, CEO of White River Medical Center (WRMC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Krishna Mylavarapu, Neurologist, to the Medical Staff at WRMC and Batesville Neurology. Neurologists provide diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Dr. Mylavarapu is accepting patients by referral for the treatment of neurological conditions, including stroke, migraine headaches, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, and other neuromuscular disorders. He specializes in the care of patients with epileptic conditions and stroke. He will assume responsibility for current patients of Batesville Neurology Clinic. Dr. Mylavarapu received his medical degree from the Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangalore, India. He completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at West Lake Hospital in Chicago, Ill., and completed his Neurology residency training at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. He received Fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at Detroit Medical Center, a teaching hospital in Michigan integrated with Wayne State University. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mylavarapu to WRMC,” said Bebow. “He has excelled in his education and is very knowledgeable in his specialty, which will benefit patients needing neurological care.” Dr. Mylavarapu and his wife Saranya appreciate all that Arkansas has to offer, including its many educational opportunities and the scenic beauty of the region. Dr. Mylavarapu is currently accepting new patients. He will be located at Batesville Neurology Clinic, next to WRMC PROS on Harrison Street, and can be reached at (870) 262-6282.

Kara Baxter (right) of the Independence County Fair Veterans and Military Day Committee, accepts the donation of the Fallen Soldier Monument from Phil Baldwin, president of Citizens Bank. The bronze sculpture was provided by Citizens Bank for permanent display at the Veterans Memorial Wall at the Independence County Fairgrounds. The wall honors those veterans who have made “ exceptional contribution to the military service and/or who have performed their military service faithfully and honorably and returned to their community and have served their community in a significant way.” Photo submitted