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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

93KZLE, Mark Martin Kia and Mark Martin Ford teaming up to ‘Kick for Cash’

Making a 50-yard field goal might translate into lots of money for some lucky member of Pioneer Nation. Thanks to 93KZLE, Mark Martin Kia and Mark Martin Ford, five participants will have an opportunity to “Kick for Cash” and possibly win $9,310 during home games of the Batesville Pioneers this high school football season. To enter the contest, participants must visit a Batesville Pioneer Football Home Game Tailgate Party hosted by 93KZLE (W.R.D. Entertainment, Inc.), between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 10, 24 or Nov. 7, 2014 and register. Before the end of the tailgate broadcast, contest representatives will randomly draw one name from all registrations. That “Insured Grand Prize Contestant” will report to the field and have an opportunity to kick a regulation football 50 yards, on the fly, through the regulation goal posts at Pioneer Stadium. All the fun begins this Friday night as the Pioneers host Searcy. Drop by the 93KZLE and UACCB Tailgate party and register to participate. Then watch and see who will attempt the 50-yard field goal at halftime. Complete contest rules are posted at and are also available at the W.R.D. Entertainment offices, 920 Harrison, Suite C, in Batesville.

White River Water Carnival set for this weekend

Maggie Rose, White River’s Got Talent, fireworks, Afterglow 5k, dance all part of the fun


Nashville recording artist Maggie Rose and another edition of White River’s Got Talent headline the 2014 White River Water Carnival this weekend in Batesville. The MDA Fire Truck Pull, the White River Drag Boat Races, and the car show will kick off the fun at 10 a.m. at Batesville’s Riverside Park. The “Rollin’ on the River” parade at Riverside Park will begin at 2 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. the Bone Collector Hot Wing Eating Contest begins while 6 p.m. brings the White River Water Carnival Dance at Josie’s Steakhouse and White River’s Got Talent at Riverside Park. First Community Bank and Bad Boy, Inc. recently announced the 2014 finalists for the White River’s Got Talent competition. This year, the contest drew dozens of entrants from a multi-county area, representing a variety of numbers, including an Elvis tribute performance of Return to Sender by Richard Clark. Although the judges evaluated several accomplished performers, only the finalists from each division can move on to compete at the White River Water Carnival The finalists are as follows: Youth Division — Gabrielle Pervis, Aristyn Glasgow, Tori Bullard, Carissa Cordell and Natalie Foster. Adult Division — Scout Finch, Joseph Royal, Alicia Williams, Darrel Candler and Kristen McMullin. Prize money will be awarded to the top two contestants in each division the night of the competition. First place in the adult division will take home $1,000 and second place $250. In the youth division, first place will receive $500, second place $100. At 7:30 p.m., Maggie Rose will take the stage. Her debut album, Cut to Impress, appeared on many “Best of” album lists in 2013 and was named by as one of only four country albums on their 2013 year-end “Best of” list. Singles released by Rose include a cover of the Kings of Leon song, “Use Somebody,” “Mississippi’s Crying,” “Better,” and “I Ain’t Your Mama.” Rose has also toured with Sheryl Crow and Gary Allan in the Middle East for U.S. soldiers. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m., and at 9:30 p.m., the Afterglow 5K race will begin along with the After Party, featuring Mayday by Midnight. Visit the chamber of commerce schedule of events at or call the chamber at (870) 793-2378 for a full schedule of White River Water Carnival activities, which includes the annual Water Carnival parade.

Honored West Memphis 3 author to speak at museum


Mara Leveritt, recipient of several prestigious writer awards, will be the featured speaker at Old Independence Regional Museum’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. She is a contributing editor to Arkansas Times and past Arkansas Journalist of the Year. Leveritt has reported for almost three decades on police, courts and prisons, besides being the author of three non-fiction books. In 2013, she was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame. Last year the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, her alma mater, awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and she was named winner of Arkansas’ prestigious Porter Prize. Leveritt is the author of The Boys on the Tracks, published by St. Martin’s Press in 1998, about murder and prosecutorial corruption in Arkansas. Her 2002 book Devil’s Knot is about the deeply problematic trials of the teenagers who became known as the West Memphis 3. A feature film based on this book was released in 2014, starring Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, and Stephen Moyer. These two of her books were awarded Arkansas’s prestigious Booker Worthen Prize. Another of Leveritt’s books, titled Dark Spell, was published this year by Bird Call Press, and is about Jason Baldwin’s post-conviction ordeal. In 2012, the Laman Library awarded Leveritt a fellowship to continue work on Justice Knot, the last book in her trilogy about the West Memphis case, and the Southeast Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates named her its Journalist of the Year. In 2011, Leveritt sued the Arkansas Supreme Court over its policy of threatening to prosecute persons who reported complaints against attorneys if they publicly disclosed their complaints. Her federal civil rights lawsuit contended that this restraint violated the nation’s First Amendment. The lawsuit was settled a year later when the court agreed to end the practice. “I’m excited to have this well-known author at the museum,” said Barrett Moore, a local attorney and museum board member. “Ms. Leveritt’s work on the West Memphis 3 story led to numerous legal challenges, debates about our justice system, and even a widely released Hollywood movie.  Our system is designed to prevent imprisonment of the innocent.  Yet wrongfully convicted persons are released every year around the United States.  This should be a great, relevant presentation.” “This program should be interesting to those who have an interest in the law, the justice system, the West Memphis case, and those who want to write for publication,” said Amelia Bowman, director of the museum. The museum’s Annual Meeting and program will begin with its election of board members and officers, plus a brief report. After the Leveritt program, the museum will celebrate its 16th year of existence with refreshments for all who are present. The program will be free and open to the public. Normal museum hours are: Tuesday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for children. The museum is located at 380 South 9th St., between Boswell and Vine streets in Batesville.

ASU-Newport receives scholarship contribution from Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas

Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) recently announced the two-year college has received a contribution in the amount of $90,000 from Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas (ECA). The contribution will be used to fund scholarships for ASUN’s High Voltage Lineman Technology (HVLT) Program. The High-Voltage Lineman Technology at Arkansas State University-Newport is part of an industry-specific partnership between Electrical Cooperatives of Arkansas and ASUN, and enables ASU-Newport the ability to provide students a program of study that will fulfill a unique career goal. “We are extremely happy to continue our support of the High Voltage Lineman Technology program and Arkansas State University-Newport,” said Michael Henderson, executive vice president and chief financial officer for ECA, “The HVLT program at ASU-Newport produces highly-trained linemen for electric cooperatives across the entire state. The skills that these linemen receive as part of their training at ASU-Newport help provide the electric cooperatives of Arkansas with much-needed, workforce-ready graduates who in turn help provide reliable, low-cost electricity and improve the lives of rural Arkansans.” Henderson, along with Larry Bright, general manager of Farmers Electric Cooperative Corporation in Newport, presented the check to ASU-Newport Chancellor Dr. Sandra Massey and Ike Wheeler, Dean for Institutional Advancement, on the ASUN campus. “We are certainly very appreciative of Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas for their continued partnership with ASU-Newport and our High Voltage Lineman Technology program,” said Massey. “We take great pride in our HVLT program and the quality linemen that it produces. Our partnership with Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas helps to keep the curriculum rigorous and relevant and to provide our students with state-of-the-art learning opportunities. As the only HVLT program in the state of Arkansas, our program provides unique training that leads to outstanding career opportunities.”