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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BeanFest and Outhouse Races return to Mountain View

The Arkansas BeanFest and Championship Outhouse Races will take place Friday ,Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26 in Mountain View. Now in its 32nd year, the festival has drawn thousands to the small Ozark town for handmade crafts, music, pinto beans and cornbread, and the outrageous spectacle created by the outhouse racing teams. The Artisans Market at BeanFest combines this popular festival with one of the Ozark’s finest resources – artisans and craftspeople. The result is a fun-filled weekend featuring folk music, folk cuisine, and fine arts and crafts. The Market will open Friday at 11 a.m. and be open until 6 p.m. The Market will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will be located on the north side of the courthouse square behind the white picket fence. Scheduled music programs will be presented on the outdoor stage at the courthouse on Friday and Saturday. Impromptu music groups will spring up around the area throughout the day and play into the evening hours. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and stay for the duration. The bean pots fire up early Saturday morning, and the piping hot pintos are served with cornbread at noon. The parade of outhouses begins at 1 p.m. on Main Street, with the entrants making their way one block south to the raceway on Jefferson Street. Judging of the Most Original Outhouse and Best Costume takes place during the parade. The races get started around 1:30, and many heats are required to determine the final winner in two divisions. At 2 p.m., the Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ Talent Show will be held at the Courthouse Square. In addition to the activities of the BeanFest and Outhouse Races, other fun things to do in Mountain View include shopping with local merchants, attending music theater shows, and visiting the Ozark Folk Center State Park. The Folk Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visitors to watch crafts demonstrations and listen to traditional music. Free shuttle service will be available from the Ozark Folk Center to the court square from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday, and visitors are encouraged to park at the Ozark Folk Center and ride the shuttle downtown. The Arkansas Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) will hold AJRA Finals that weekend at the Stone County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena. There will be junior rodeos on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be a big weekend for the young riders as they receive saddles, buckles and other awards based on points accumulated through the year. For more information about the event or the Mountain View area, visit the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce website at, or call the Mountain View Chamber toll- free at (888) 679-2859. For information about Ozark Folk Center activities visit

“Crescent Circus” comes to Batesville

The Crescent Circus arrives in Batesville on Oct. 20 in the form of magic, acrobatics, and high energy physical comedy, according to a press release. The performance is the first show in the 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series presented by the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s (UACCB) Student Government Association and First Community Bank. With six international titles for their original stage work, the duo of Nathan Kepner and Morgan-Tsu Raun have entertained across the globe in cities including Las Vegas, London and Prague with comedy and demonstrations of balance and skill. Raun and Kepner began working together as The Crescent Circus in 2009. While Raun started as a hula hoop performer and Kepner as a magician, when the two joined forces their performances grew to become a fusion of acrobatics, a variety of juggling arts and physical comedy. Beginning their work together as street performers in New Orleans, the duo quickly moved from the streets to stages across the country. Some of their most notable achievements have included being named “World Champion of Stage Magic” at the World Magic Seminar, performing at The Magic Circle in London and appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Also The duo also regularly entertains for corporate events, colleges and festivals throughout the United States. For more information about “Crescent Circus” 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.

Eagles tribute band opens ASU-Newport Patron Series performances

Tickets for “7 Bridges - The Ultimate Eagles Experience,” the first performance in the 2014-15 Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) Patron Series, remain on sale at the ASU-Newport business office. Tickets are priced at $20 each for the Oct. 25 show, which gets underway at 7 p.m. at the ASUN Center for the Arts. 7 Bridges is described as, “a stunningly accurate tribute to one of the most popular bands in American music history. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period and provides a family-friendly show weaved into a powerful rock-and-roll music experience. The 7 Bridges setlist regularly includes such American classics as “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “Take it Easy,” “Witchy Woman,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Seven Bridges Road,” as well as selected solo hits from members of The Eagles. To purchase season tickets, visit the ASU-Newport business office or call (870) 512-7802. Season tickets, which include all three Patron Series performances, remain on sale as well at $60 each. The Patron Series will continue Dec. 9 with the musical, A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens classic, and the Masters of Soul wrap up the season with an April 18 show. All three performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

Cason seeks re-election as Jackson County Treasurer

Jamie Cason has announced her bid for re-election to the office of Jackson County Treasurer. “I would like to express my utmost gratitude to the residents of Jackson County for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Jackson County Treasurer for the past 16 years,” said Cason in a release announcing her intention to seek the office again. “While attending Williams Baptist College where I earned my bachelor’s degree, I worked as deputy treasurer for eight years under Mrs. Donna Lewis. During that time Mrs. Lewis educated and trained me to be an efficient and effective county treasurer. The training and mentoring I received helped me to become a successful public servant for the citizens of Jackson County. “During the past 16 years, I have dramatically improved the office automation capabilities while carefully minimizing cost and maximizing efficiency. I first look to Jackson County businesses for needed products and support for my office. All audits performed by the Arkansas Legislative Audit have been in substantial compliance with all Arkansas fiscal and financial laws during my leadership. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard to serve the residents of Jackson County.” Cason is a lifelong resident of Jackson County and a graduate of Newport High School. She has two children, Brady and Carly, who both attended the Jackson County School District in Tuckerman. She is also a member of the Jackson County Democratic Central Committee and the Jackson County Democratic Women.

Landrum throws hat in Newport mayoral race

Charles Landrum has announced his candidacy for Mayor of Newport. Landrum, a native of Newport, is currently the Manager of Community Improvements for U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford and has been a member of Crawford’s congressional staff since 2011. “This position has allowed me to work with county judges, mayors, police departments and nonprofits all across the first district by assisting local leaders with grant information,” said Landrum in a press release announcing his candidacy. “It has also given me the opportunity to learn and share the best practices in various communities with other communities in need of assistance. Through this experience, I learned the value and need for good government at all levels, and now I want to utilize my experiences and leadership skills to serve my hometown. “I believe that the city of Newport is perfectly poised for smart growth. Newport is blessed with the resources of the White Rive; a four-lane highway to Little Rock and eventually St. Louis; and an exceptional workforce development benefits offered at ASU-Newport. The possibilities for growth are limitless given the right leadership.” Landrum says he will have an open door policy to consider ideas and concerns. He is a graduate of Newport High School and has attended ASU-Newport and ASU-Jonesboro.

KWOZ, KZLE to broadcast candidates’ comments on ‘Official Word’

Local radio listeners will have an opportunity to listen to comments from area state senate and state representative candidates made during a recent candidates forum. Statements from the Oct. 9 Candidate’s Forum sponsored by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Sherwood Urgent Care will be featured on upcoming episodes of The Official Word, which is broadcast on local radio stations Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ and 93KZLE. Both stations also stream their signals worldwide at and, respectively. The forum was held, Thursday, Oct. 9, at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Batesville. Statements from State Senate District 19 candidates Linda Collins-Smith and James McLean will be aired on episodes broadcast the week of Oct. 19 and statements from State Representative District 63 candidates Lackey Moody and James Sturch will be aired on episodes broadcast the week of Oct. 26. The Official Word, sponsored by First Community Bank, airs each Tuesday on Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ at 1:05 p.m. and repeats each Wednesday on 93KZLE at 9:00 a.m.

Shirley named Director of Marketing at ASU-Newport

Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) recently named Jeremy Shirley the Director of Marketing for the two-year college. Shirley will oversee all aspects of marketing for the college and its three campus locations in Newport, Jonesboro and Marked Tree. A native of Sherwood, Ark., Shirley comes to ASUN from KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, where he served as the Director of Marketing for over nine years. During his time at KAIT, Shirley and the KAIT marketing staff received an ABC Alpha Award for best sports promotion, multiple Raycom Media Annie Awards, and multiple American Advertising Federation Awards. “I’m excited to be the Director of Marketing for ASU-Newport, and I’m energized by the growth of the college,” said Shirley.  “The team here is outstanding, and I hope that I can help be a part of future growth at ASU-Newport.” With an early desire to work in television, Shirley started running the camera at his local church in North Little Rock, and was the camera operator for the morning show at KATV Channel 7 in Little Rock prior to enrolling at Arkansas State University. He joined KAIT during college as a camera operator during the evening newscast, and after receiving his degree in radio-television, Shirley returned to Little Rock to work as an operations technician at KTHV, a video editor at Marketing Solutions, a project manager and interactive developer at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods advertising agency, and an editor at Arcom Productions.  He returned to Jonesboro and KAIT in 2004. “After a very competitive search process which yielded many qualified applicants, Jeremy Shirley stood out as the clear-cut choice to lead our marketing efforts as we move to into the future,” said Adam Adair, ASUN vice chancellor for fiscal affairs. “He has a track record of high-level success in marketing and branding, and I am very confident he will lead our efforts in promoting ASU-Newport with more efficiency and effectiveness. We provide life-changing experiences at our three campus locations in Newport, Jonesboro and Marked Tree, and he is well prepared to lead us in conveying that message to the communities we serve.” Shirley currently resides in Paragould with his wife Tory, while his daughter Shayna attends college at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.