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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Arkansas Folk Fest this weekend

    Music and handmade crafts will take center stage in Mountain View this weekend with the Arkansas Folk Festival. An annual tradition since 1963, thousands of visitors and residents now reserve the third weekend in April as a time to renew a kinship with traditions.
    The Young Musician’s Concert helps kick off festivities Thursday night at the Ozark Folk Center where high school-aged performers from across the country are highlighted. The Folk Center will also kick off its season during the festival offering free admission to the craft grounds Friday through Sunday, and free shuttle rides between the park and downtown on Saturday.
    The festival’s highlight, the Saturday morning parade, begins at 10 a.m. with floats, the Mountain View school’s marching band, antique cars, horses and more.
    Music programs will be featured throughout the weekend at various locales in Mountain View and on the court house square.
    The Arkansas Folk Festival is
sponsored by the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 1 (888) 679-2859 or visit

During the spring break, a group of 36 from the Southside School District led by Coach Kenny Simpson travelled across Europe, starting in London and journeying to Paris and Rome. The group travelled with EF Educational Tours. A 2015 spring break trip to Scotland and Ireland is currently being planned. For more information, contact Coach Simpson at the Southside School District. Photo submitted

UACCB summer registration underway

    Summer registration at UACCB is now open with a wide selection of on-campus and expanded online class offerings. “These are exciting times in the online environment at UACCB,” said David Carpenter, director of Educational Technology. Our summer schedule includes English Composition I and II, Anatomy and Physiology II, Sociology, Psychology, and a number of other high-demand courses offered to help students achieve their educational goals.”
    More than 85 course offerings are divided nearly equally between on-campus and online delivery.  Classes begin May 27 and July 7 with both four- and eight-week schedule options available.  Admissions personnel and academic advisors are available to assist by calling (870) 612-2000.  Additional information is available by visiting

First Community Bank supports local 4-H program

A longtime supporter of the 4-H program, First Community Bank recently made a $4,000 donation to the organization, according to Dale Cole, the bank’s chairman and chief executive officer.
    “It’s our privilege to help our local 4-H chapter,” said Cole.  “By creating opportunities that teach young people how to be future leaders, 4-H is having a positive impact on our community.  The skills and confidence the program instills in our youth directly effects the students as individuals, with immeasurable long-term benefits for generations to come.”  
    “For some young people, the 4-H club starts them on the path to leadership through a hands-on learning experience,” said Stan Carter, staff chairman of the Independence County office of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. “If it weren’t for the help we receive from organizations like First Community Bank, we could not continue to provide the current variety of programs to local students. We are very grateful for First Community’s support and know that their investment in our kids will pay off in the future.”
    4-H began more than 100 years ago as a way to help
children introduce advancements in agriculture to their families.  It has since become the nation’s largest youth development organization and now includes learning opportunities in technology, business, health, the arts and much more. The 4-H idea is simple. Help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy.

The Arkansas Softball Association recently held it’s “Let’s Get Swinging” tournament in Cabot, Ark., and congratulations to Batesville’s “Rumble Mafia” for nabbing the win. Pictured (front row, from left to right): Madalyn Smith, Lexi Hopper, Katelyn Langston, Kassidy King, Aliyha Jackson; (back row, left to right) Maddie Poole, Morgan Feltrop, Jaiden Barber, Sophie Strecker, Jordyn Lane. Also pictured, left to right, are Coaches Brad Langston, Chip Strecker, Darrin Hopper. Photo submitted

Anne Moore announces candidacy for State Rep. District 63

    Anne Moore, who is currently serving a third term on the Independence County Quorum Court, recently announced she will seek the office of State Representative serving District 63.
    In a press release, Moore notes her experience is broad and varied, and she has the leadership qualities needed for the office. In addition to serving District 4 on the quorum court, Moore is serving her fifth year on the Cedar Ridge School District Board where she has earned Master Board Member status with more than 50 hours of school board development training from the Arkansas School Boards Association.
    While on the quorum court, Moore has served on the Budget Committee, Road Committee, and Solid Waste Committee. She has chaired/served on the Recreation Grant Committee, the Newark Inter-Local Law Enforcement Committee, and the county’s shooting range special committee.
    She is currently in her fourth term as Vice Chair of the GOP First Congressional District as well as at the State Audit Committee. Moore also serves as Independence County State Committeewoman.
    She is a member of the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women and Cleburne County Republican Women. She serves on the Women’s Health Advisory Council and Newark Chamber of Commerce board, and recently served on the Lyon College President’s Council and the board of the Old Independence Regional Museum.
    “My commitment is to be part of the solution, not part of the problem as decisions are made in future sessions of our state government affecting the economy, expenditures of tax dollars, health care, education and economic development providing jobs,” she said in the press release. “I seek your confidence and support in the May 20 Republican primary.”