Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Rock/Country band “Faultline” coming to Newport for March Bluesday Tuesday
JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State University’s on-campus radio station KASU will present Faultline, a versatile band based in Paragould that reflects more than four decades of musical influences, for the Bluesday Tuesday concert, Tuesday, March 11. The event is at the Newport, Arkansas Country Club, 703 Walker Dr., from 7 to 9 p.m.
The band includes Roger Roush on rhythm guitar and vocals; Stan Lloyd, lead guitar; Mike Rudi, bass guitar and vocals; and Gary Cremeens, drums and vocals.
Craighead County native Roger Roush developed an interest in music during the 1960s as a young boy playing in the group Purple Canteen at high school dances and other teen hot spots. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Roush joined Turning Point, a band that played in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri nightclubs.
Guitarist Stan Lloyd and bass guitarist Mike Rudi teamed up in the 1970s to form the Driving Blues Band. Lloyd left the music scene for a time and Rudi joined Gary Cremeens in the band known as Gary Prince and Sugar Creek. The Paragould-based country music group has opened for high profile artists including Don Williams, the Kentucky Head Hunters, Ronnie McDowell and Sawyer Brown. Rudi and Cremeens currently play in both Faultline and Sugar Creek.
“Faultline’s repertoire doesn’t come down as strictly rock or country but has a nostalgic flavor reflecting more than 40 years of musical influence,” said Roush. “Our audiences seem to enjoy grooving to the music from their good old days.”
Bluesday Tuesday concerts are held the second Tuesday night of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Newport Country Club, 703 Walker Drive next to Newport High School. The concerts are free admission, made possible by KASU underwriters ASU-Newport, C and C Distributors and Harris Ford. KASU personnel will pass the hat for the audience members to show their appreciation with tips for the band.
Local businessman selected to Nationwide Marketing advisory board
Charles Covington, owner of Batesville Furniture, American Furniture Liquidators, Covington Commercial Furniture and other businesses was recently selected to serve on the Nationwide Marketing Group advisory board. Nationwide Marketing Group is a $14 billion buying group headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C. that combines the buying power of over 3,000 retailers. Combining this buying power makes them the largest retailer of furniture, bedding, TVs and appliances in the United States, according to a press release announcing Covington’s selection. Covington will formally begin his leadership at the Nationwide National Convention in Las Vegas on March 9. “We are excited to have such a longstanding and experienced person as Charles to help lead our group on this board,” says David Crow, regional director for Nationwide East. Covington is married to Robin and they have two married sons, Brad and John.
“Back on Broadway” comes to Batesville
Broadway comes to Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB), Friday, March 7, in the form of the new production, “Back on Broadway.” The performance is the fourth show in the performing arts series presented by the UACCB’s Student Government Association and First Community Bank.
A multi-talented cast of ten brings to life the most popular scenes and songs from the latest Broadway hits including The Producers, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia! and Memphis — as well as acclaimed revivals — Anything Goes, South Pacific, Evita, Hello, Dolly! and more!
This production features fresh, original arrangements by award-winning composers and an original orchestral audio track recorded by Nashville session musicians. Fully staged and costumed, the show travels with a mobile set and lighting, allowing for quick, easy set-up and minimal crew demands.
“This show is a great opportunity to see performances from the most successful productions on Broadway,” said Mr. Brian Berry, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student services at UACCB. “The talent of the cast and the choreography are extraordinary, and best of all, you get to see it right here in Batesville.”
For more information about “Back on Broadway” or the Performing Arts Series, call (870) 612-2040. Tickets are $10 each, and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Independence Hall. Tickets are available at UACCB and First Community Bank’s Batesville, Southside and Cave City branches.
Batesville Chamber’s Class of 2014 Leadership Program announced
Fifteen applicants from throughout Independence County were selected in January to participate in the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Leadership Program. The program is designed to identify, educate and prepare potential leaders for leadership roles in our community.
“It is crucial to our success as a county that we are led by educated and qualified leaders in business and government,” said Crystal Johnson, president/CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber. “This program has been designed specifically to do just that.”
The ten month program includes agenda items such as industrial tours, community and economic development, leadership and board training. The participants will also focus on local and state government. The class is traveling today to meet with Sen. David Wyatt and Rep. James McLean at the Arkansas State Capitol and will be representing Independence County at the White River Regional Economic Development Coalition Legislative Reception.
The 2014 Leadership Class Roster included: Jonathan Abbot, City of Batesville; Michael Barnes, First Community Bank; Matt Carter, Southern Bank; Kyle Christopher, Centennial Bank; Brian Coltharp, Health Resources Arkansas; Nancy Elam, Crouch Insurance; Jason Horan, Independence Wholesale Supply; Ben Hunter, City of Batesville; Gina Garrett, Lyon College; Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce; Alisa Lancaster, UAMS North Central; Beverly Lane, New York Life Insurance Company; Matt McDonald, White River Medical Foundation; Matt Martin, Citizens Bank; Chintan Patel, US Pizza; and Leadership Chairman Randy Willison, Batesville Public School District.
For more information about the Batesville Area Chamber of Com- merce Leadership Program contact Crystal Johnson at (870) 793-2378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tye Sturgeon (left) of Batesville recently dropped by W.R.D. Entertainment radio stations Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ and 93KZLE to visit with Gary Bridgman, W.R.D. Entertainment news director, regarding Sturgeon’s upcoming plans to make a solo horse ride into all 48 states of the United States mainland. Sturgeon, 19, is making the ride to benefit Western Wishes, a charity that helps children facing health-related challenges. Sturgeon is scheduled to begin his journey, Saturday, March 15, at noon from the Batesville Arena, located next to the new soccer fields on north Main St. For more information or to donate to Sturgeon’s ride, go to his website, americanwishride.com.