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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ASU-Newport announces 2014-15 Patron Series lineup

The Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) 2014-15 Patron Series gets underway Oct. 25 when 7 Bridges - The Ultimate Eagles Experience brings a tribute to The Eagles to the stage at the ASUN Center for the Arts. The Patron Series continues Dec. 9 when the musical, A Christmas Carol, brings the Charles Dickens classic to life, and the Masters of Soul wrap up the season with an April 18 performance that will leave the audience on their feet and dancing. All three performances begin at 7 p.m. Season tickets go on sale Sept. 1 at $60 each, but choice seats may be purchased now by supporting the series through Patron Sponsorship. Patron Sponsorship, at just $100 per couple or $50 per individual, allows the sponsor to then select and purchase their season tickets in advance at 50% off of the regular price. To become a Patron Sponsor or for more information, contact Sandra Pankey at (870) 523-5453 or (870) 217-3711. 7 Bridges is described as a “stunningly accurate tribute to one of the most popular bands in American music history.” The setlist for the “family-friendly” show regularly features such Eagles classics as “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “Take It Easy,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” and “Seven Bridges Road.” A Christmas Carol will feature veteran Broadway actors, music and dance. This musical adaptation of the Dickens classic has been playing to sold-out audiences across the country, and it is a production of the historic Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H. The production will also invite local 50 high school choir students to be in the chorus and appear onstage during the performance. The Masters of Soul will bring together male and female groups backed by a live band as they perform hits from such artists as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Jackson 5 and many other classics. Following the drive for Patron Sponsorships, reserved-seat season tickets will go on sale Sept. 1 through the ASUN Business Office. To purchase season tickets, call (870) 512-7802. For more information about the Patron Series, Patron Sponsorship, season tickets or other performances at ASU-Newport, contact Van Provence, ASUN director of public relations and communications at (870) 512-7898 or by email 

Webb Wilder coming to Batesville for acoustic set with Danny Dozier  

Nashville musician and actor, Webb Wilder, will bring his brand of music to Batesville, Saturday night, Sept. 13, at Fox Creek BBQ located at 129 Lawrence St. Wilder will perform an acoustic set with a special guest, longtime area guitarist Danny Dozier. “I became friends with Webb back in the ’70s when I had located to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to put together a band called The Howlers,” said Dozier. “Our goal was to get our band tight and move to Austin, Tex. to showcase our music.” While Dozier was in Hattiesburg, Wilder was in another local band that moved to Austin along with The Howlers. The Howlers, now known as Omar and the Howlers, are still based out of Austin and still actively tour and record. Dozier relocated to his hometown of Batesville in the late ’70s while Wilder ended up in Nashville, where he is currently based. “Webb and I collaborated musically and also shared a passion for guitars, amps, and other associated stuff that we both collect,” said Dozier. Throughout a 20 year-plus career, Wilder has recorded nine albums with his latest to be released this year and has appeared in several films. He cites his influences as punk, rock, surf, blues, and “hardcore drowning-in-my-tears, cryin’-in-my-beer country classics, and hunka-hunka-burnin’ Elvis.” “Wilder is a master at scrambling the sounds, songs and threads of British Pop, rockabilly, country, blues, and the freedom and emotion of soul music,” wrote 20th Century Guitar Magazine while Time Out Chicago proclaimed Wilder’s music as a “…blend of a rocker’s heart with a hillbilly’s soul.” He has also hosted a program on satellite radio and produced and appeared in a number of short films.

 Body Fit, located at 3425 Harrison St. in Batesville, recently held a ribbon cutting for their new facilities. The business offers classes in body sculpt, hot yoga, Zumba, spinning and also features a 24-hour gym, tanning, a licensed massage therapist, and a full smoothie and juice bar.  Photo submitted


Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn. (center, in racing suit) roared into victory lane Saturday night, Aug. 16, at the Batesville Motor Speedway, winning the 22nd annual Crop Production Services/COMP Cams Topless 100. Owens is the three-time and defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion and pocketed $40,000 for the victory. Owens previously won the event in 2009. Batesville’s Jared Landers finished tenth in the event. Photo submitted

First Community Bank wraps Batesville Fire Truck

Educating children about fire safety is an important part of what the Batesville fire department does. To enhance the education process, the department has recently purchased a new engine, which received a new “Pioneer Nation” wrap thanks to First Community Bank. “We frequently see reports across the country about families or friends who have been saved by the quick thinking of children who learned about how to handle an emergency from fire safety training through their daycare or school,” said Ronnie Painter, assistant fire chief for the Batesville Fire Department. “When we needed to devote one of our engines to fire safety education, First Community Bank generously offered to help us out.” The engine will not only be used to educate students at every school campus in the Batesville school district, it will lead the convoy of Pioneers, parents and fans as they leave Batesville for away games.

Ladies Bible Study announced

The Joy of Living Ladies Community Bible Study in Batesville will resume classes on Tuesday, Sept. 2. This is an area-wide interdenominational Bible study, and the 2014 study will be “Seeking a Heart Like His,” based on the life of David and written by Beth Moore. Morning classes will meet Tuesdays at West Baptist Church, 1100 N. Central Ave., from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while evening classes will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church at the Landers Theater, 332 E. Main St. Child care will be available, but registration is requested. Call (870) 307-1342 or (870) 805-8048 to register. The Joy of Living Ladies Community Bible Study has been meeting for over 30 years.

Merchants and Planters Bank named as Top-Performing Lender 

Newport, AR – M&P Community Bancshares, holding company of Merchants and Planters Bank and M&P Insurance & Investment Services, recently announced that Merchants and Planters Bank has been listed by Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) as a top-performing community bank lender. Out of approximately 6,500 community banks, M&P was recognized as one of the top community banks across the nation for their success in providing solid loans to individuals and businesses. “We’re honored to be among the leaders in the industry when it comes to any area of banking; however this is a special honor because it means we’re helping families and businesses meet their needs and contributing to the economic growth of our neighborhoods,” said Jim S. Gowen, Jr., president and CEO of Merchants and Planters Bank. “It speaks to the relationships we’ve formed with our customers, and that is what I’m most proud of.” ICBA is an organization dedicated exclusively to representing the interests and lobbying for the rights of the community banking industry. M&P Community Bancshares, Inc. currently has assets exceeding $250 million and is the holding company for Merchants and Planters Bank and Merchant and Planters Insurance and Investment Services. Merchants and Planters Bank has offices serving the communities of Batesville, Southside, Newport, Tuckerman, Swifton, Newark, McCrory and Des Arc.