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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

St. Pat’s Paces 5K set for March 14

The first St. Pat’s Paces 5K and Children’s Leprechaun Lap fundraiser is set for Saturday, March 14, at Montessori Christian Academy (MCA) in Batesville. The mixed terrain, St. Patrick’s Day-themed race will begin at 10 a.m. while a special children’s division race for ages 3 to 12, “The Leprechaun Lap,” begins at 9:30 a.m. Ashley Ketz and Aaron Nolan from KARK-TV 4 will be on-hand to help with the festivities, and participants dressed in a St. Patrick’s theme will have a chance to win a Gourmet Guru Grill, valued at $696. To register, visit batesville/stpatspaces5k, or locally, Heritage House or the W.R.D Entertainment offices, both on Harrison Street in Batesville. All proceeds will benefit MCA, a private preschool and elementary institution incorporating Christian teaching and Montessori teaching methods. 


At a recent ceremony in the Arkansas Senate chamber, Sen. Linda Collins-Smith presented an American flag to the Commission Committee of the newest city in Arkansas, Southside. She also presented the Commission with a Senate citation commending them for their efforts to incorporate the city. Pictured (from left):  Sen. Collins-Smith, Byron Southerland, Vince Gay, Sheila Gay (sitting), Mary Bowen and Sherry Caveness. Photo submitted

‘Friends in Great Places’ 2015 scheduled for March 7

Local musicians will gather for the seventh annual Friends in Great Places concert at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), March 7 at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Independence Hall and promises two hours of entertainment. The event is co-sponsored by UACCB and WRD Entertainment and features guests will include Danny Dozier, Pam Setser, Tim Crouch, Gary Rounds, Brad Apple, Ken Loggains and Samuel Cobb. Setser, of Mountain View, will provide vocals, mountain dulcimer, spoons and guitar. Crouch, of Strawberry, will play the fiddle, guitar, mandolin and bass. Rounds will be featured on vocals and guitar; Dozier on guitar; Apple vocals, guitar and mandolin; Loggains, percussion; and Cobb on the mandolin. New this year will be Finger Food, a guitar trio; Twang, an all-girls string band from Mountain View; and Irl Hees from Eldon, Mo. The show will start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or ahead of time at the Batesville Daily Guard, Citizens Bank, Centennial Bank, First Community Bank, Southern Bank, UACCB and WRD Entertainment. 

Three junior members of the NADT Dance Academy’s Competition Team (pictured, from left to right): Lucy Harris, Havyn Hubberd and Amelia Jones, pose in costume at the Bravo Dance Competition in Memphis. Between the three, they performed five solos and received three platinum and two elite high gold awards.  Hubberd and Jones also won in their categories, and out of 50 acts, Hubberd placed fourth and Jones third, overall. The dances were choreographed and coached by Hannah Paulson Wells and Amanda Matteson. Photo submitted

After graduating with daughter, former nursing student becomes nursing instructor

Lisa Kemp fulfilled a goal set a decade ago when she was named Instructor of Nursing last month on the Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN). Over a decade ago, Kemp enrolled in the Practical Nursing program at what is now ASUN’s Jonesboro campus along with her daughter Rachel Lowe. Both were stay-at-home mothers who decided to return to school and earn their nursing licensure. Kemp’s decision to enter the nursing field was influenced by her time spent working in the health care field as a phlebotomist, as well as a desire for a career that would enable her to make a better life for her family.

The two graduated together in 2005 in a ceremony that was highlighted for the mother-daughter duo by a surprise guest.  Kemp’s father, longtime Jonesboro pediatrician Dr. Charles Kemp, was on hand to present the nursing pins to his daughter and granddaughter. “I decided that I was going to do something that would allow me to care for myself and my children, and nursing was what I wanted to do,” said Kemp. “I originally brushed up with some adult education classes, and then Rachel and I both applied for the nursing program in August 2004. We both went through together, and at graduation, they surprised us. When we came up to get our pins, they brought my dad up to pin us.” After graduation from the LPN program in July 2005, Kemp began working on her Associate of Nursing degree and graduated with honors in 2007. Lowe continues to work as an LPN today, juggling her career with a family that includes five children. “After graduation, I began working in surgery at Surgical Hospital of Jonesboro and then in the operating room at St. Bernards,” said Kemp. “But when I was studying in the program, I knew that I would love to teach. I loved the LPN program here. The teachers were great and it was the most inspiring, life-changing experience for me. It was such a confidence-builder.  When I was in school here, it was a goal and an idea that I knew that I’d really like to do, and I am just so excited to be doing it.” Kemp kept in touch with Sherri Smith, her ASUN nursing instructor following her graduation, and when a position became available early this year, Kemp decided that the “time was right” for her to make the transition into teaching. She applied and was hired in January, returning to the campus that helped make achieving her goal a reality. 

Arkansas Center for Independence hires Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator 

Arkansas Center for Independence (ACI), formerly the Jackson County Learning Center, recently announced that Darah Rounds, of Charlotte, Ark., has joined the non-profit organization as the Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator. “We are very excited to have Darah join our organization,” said Glenda Rutledge-May, executive director of ACI. “Darah will bring leadership and creativity to the ACI’s programs and a deep sense of commitment and community involvement to our organization.” Rounds is a 2013 graduate of Arkansas State University (ASU) with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in sociology. Prior to completion of her bachelor’s degree, she attended the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) where she earned an Associate of Arts degree with a business focus in 2010 and graduated with honors in 2007 from Cedar Ridge High School in Newark. Rounds, recently worked for W.R.D. Entertainment, Inc. in Batesville as a Marketing Specialist. Prior to that, she worked at the Jonesboro Radio Group as an Account Executive. During her time at ASU, she served as president of the national, student-run Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) group on the Jonesboro campus. Rounds also interned at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Jonesboro. As the marketing and special projects coordinator for the Arkansas Center for Independence, Rounds will be responsible for overseeing the overall advertising and marketing of ACI and its programs through various campaigns, promotions, special events, fundraising, social media management and community involvement in northeast Arkansas. “I am very honored to be working with the Arkansas Center for Independence to enhance the company’s strategic communications,” said Rounds. “My goal is to build mutually beneficial relationships between our non-profit organization, the community of Newport and surrounding areas. I look forward to going to work every day knowing that I will be making a difference serving adults with developmental disabilities and making my community a better place.” Arkansas Center for Independence, formerly the Jackson County Learning Center provides day-to-day support and services to adults with developmental disabilities to help increase their independence by improving their daily life skills to be fully accepted into society.