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Wednesday May 20, 2015

NADT‚ÄąPresenting ‘Little Mermaid’ 

The North Arkansas Dance Theatre (NADT) will bring the production of The Little Mermaid to Brown Chapel on the campus of Lyon College in Batesville. Performances will be held Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 30, at 6 p.m. The musical follows Ariel, the titular mermaid, and her undersea friends as she battles her wicked Aunt Ursula after falling in love with a human. Cast members include Olivia Tuggle as Ariel; Joe Johnson as King Triton; Kathryn Johnson as Sebastian the Crab; and Paige Van Dyke as Aunt Ursula. The performance was created for NADT by Hannah Paulson Wells and features ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and novelty dances. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and all proceeds will go to NADT, which is non-profit. 

Area dignitaries and Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were on-hand for a recent ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of Survival Flight 4, an emergency helicopter transport service located at the White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville. The base, operated by Survival Flight Transport Services, will keep a helicopter at WRMC, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about Survival Flight, including membership plans, visit Photo submitted

New yogurt shop opening with help from grant, local bank   

   Pictured (from left): Matt McDonald and Herb Lawrence from First Community Bank with Kimberlee and Joseph Thomas of The Chill Factory. Photo submitted

While Chill Factory owners, Kimberlee and Joseph Thomas were excited to be opening a new Main Street Batesville shop which features soft serve frozen yogurt, gelato and Italian ice, they were ecstatic to learn that they qualified for a $10,000 Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) grant through First Community Bank. “Kimberlee and I love Batesville and think that the improvements being made to Main Street make it an excellent place for people to gather during the day, after work and on weekends,” said Joseph Thomas. “We decided that a specialty frozen yogurt shop in the heart of downtown will be a great addition to the shops and growing activities going on in our historic district. It was a godsend when First Community Bank’s Herb Lawrence shared information about the FHLB grant program. Ten thousand dollars is a great deal of money to a new business just getting off the ground.” Joseph and Kimberlee Thomas are not strangers to small business ownership. The entrepreneurial couple own and publish Eye on Independence, a monthly magazine that highlights area events. Until recently, they also produced several features on Sudden Link’s open cable channel. “Just like First Community Bank, we like to keep things as local as we possibly can,” said Kimberlee Thomas. “Even our frozen treats are made by Honey Hill Farms, a Russellville, Ark. company. Their yogurt products have five different types of probiotic cultures, which we are learning are key to good health. In addition to a number of delicious frozen treat choices, we’ll have tasty options for those with special dietary needs, such as low or no sugar and gluten free desserts. With the assistance we’ve received from Herb, coupled with help from of our personal lender, Matt McDonald, we’ll have even more to offer our customers.” “Small businesses, like the Chill Factory are the life blood of our community,” said Lawrence. “There are often options for organizations and business owners, which will foster and support local growth. The grant that Joseph and Kimberlee received matched their personal investment dollar for dollar. The grant program through the FHLB of Dallas is just one of the options we are eager to help businesses and organizations explore.” The Chill Factory’s preliminary hours of business will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week and may be adjusted as the owners learn the needs of their customers. 

Deputy Sheriff Pam Treadway

By Gary Bridgman W.R.D. Entertainment Friday, May 15, 2015, marked the end of 26 years of serving Independence County. Independence County Deputy Sheriff Pam Treadway worked most of her years in the Warrants & Civil Process Unit of the Sheriff’s Department, Metro Division. Treadway said she got her start, as many deputies do, as a Matron at the Independence County Sheriff — a certified law enforcement officer, and since then, she says she has served in every department of the sheriff’s office across the years except as a Criminal Investigator. But the place Treadway liked best was in the Civil Process. That’s where deputies serve many types of official court papers - divorce papers, orders of protection, and subpoenas for all courts. She said the civil process serves two to three hundred papers a month. Treadway has driven thousands of miles while serving official papers, and says she probably has driven down every Independence County road, and there are 750 miles of county roads. How did Officer Treadway become interested in law enforcement? She says it began in high school in the late 80s when she was part of a “shadowing” program where she spent a day with a patrol officer. Then she joined the Cadet Program where she was introduced to many areas of law enforcement. She said law enforcement is an area where few females are attracted to the work. During her 26 years with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department, she could only recall two other certified female officers —- Brenda Bittle, who retired as a Lieutenant over Criminal Investigative Unit and Deputy Shay Moore, who Treadway now works at the Independence County Detention Center. All three, at one time, worked “on the streets” in the Patrol Division. Treadway says she has worked under seven different sheriffs, who are elected by the people every two years. She wouldn’t pick a favorite but indicated that she now works under a “good one,” and thought that Gerald Fulbright also made a good leader. Officer Treadway said she has “loved almost every day on the job.” When asked why she decided to go into law enforcement, Treadway said, “I just saw it as a way to help people. That’s what I like to do!” When asked what she wanted to do in retirement, Pam said “nothing.” “And I’m going to do a good job of that! She added that babysitting for the family was a real possibility too.” There’s an officer going 10-7. As they say in law enforcement circles, she is “pulling the pin.” So if you see Officer Pam Treadway thank her for a job well done.