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Wednesday May 27, 2015

Anderson and Dykes heading to Hog Bash 2015


Hogs hoops fans will gather Tuesday, June 9, to welcome the head Arkansas Razorbacks basketball coaches to Batesville for Hog Bash 2015. Razorback Basketball Head Coach Mike Anderson and Lady Razorback Basketball Head Coach Jimmy Dykes will appear at the annual event which is jointly sponsored by the White River Razorback Club and the Independence County Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association.
Hog Bash 2015 will be held at Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the event beginning at 6 p.m. Fred’s Fish House will cater the event.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students ages six to 18. Children five and under are admitted free. Ticket outlets include First Community Bank, Scott Wood Chrysler, Stanley Wood Chevrolet, the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the offices of W.R.D. Entertainment.
All proceeds are used for scholarships given by the Razorback Foundation and the Independence County Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association. For more information, call Phil Brissey at (870) 612-2827.

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and other local dignitaries recently celebrated the opening of BleuDog, a boarding and grooming business located at St. Louis and College streets in Batesville, owned by Jamie (holding the cute little black doggie) and Jeff Johnson (holding scissors). Jamie Johnson is the lead groomer at BleuDog. The ribbon cutting was held in conjunction with the Humane Society of Independence County's Adopt-a-Dog event.
Photo submitted

Janet Carson to host gardening seminar in Newport    

The Jackson County Cooperative Extension Service, ASU-Newport and the White River Garden Club (WRGC) will host a gardening seminar, “A Day with Janet Carson,” in Newport, Thursday, June 11 at the ASU-Newport Student/Community Center. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The program will start at 9:30 a.m. and will end by 3 p.m.
Carson is the horticulture specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extensions Service.
The cost is $15 (paid in advance by June 4) which includes lunch and door prizes. The coffee break refreshments will be provided in part by the Jackson County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. Other providers for the day will be Walmart, Cash Saver Cost Plus Food Outlet, Harris Hospital, and Newport Diagnostic Center.
To pre-register or for more information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (870) 523-7450 or email


Citizens Bank throws ‘Feed the Funnel’ party to help reduce hunger    

Citizens Bank and other local businesses will host a “Feed the Funnel Party” as a World Hunger Day event on Thursday, May 28, in Batesville.
“We are inviting other groups and individuals to join with us to pack thousands of delicious, healthy, easy-to-prepare meals that will be distributed to hunger relief groups in our area,” said Phil Baldwin, Citizens Bank president and chief executive officer. “We are encouraging our employees to donate their lunch hour on World Hunger Day to help us pack somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 meals that will stay in Independence County.”
The Feed the Funnel Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 85 Batesville Blvd. in the former S&S Liquidation building.
“So far, Flowers Baking Company, Future Fuel, LaCroix Optical, Lyon College, Peco Foods, UACCB, White River Area Agency of Aging, White River Health Systems, and WRD Entertainment have agreed to co-sponsor this event and ask their employees to join us,” said Baldwin. “Together, we will put on groovy hairnets, crank up some awesome music and create thousands of meals in this inaugural Feed the Funnel Party in Batesville.”
The event is being held in partnership with The Pack Shack, a Northwest Arkansas-based non-profit organization that specializes in activities to combat root causes of poverty. The Pack Shack reports that Arkansas currently leads the nation in terms of food insecurity and hunger.
“There are many in our own community who are in need,” Baldwin said. Through bulk ordering, the rice and vegetables meals cost only 25-cents per meal, and the Pack Shack estimates that the average person can pack 150 meals an hour.
Additional organizations and individuals can participate in the “Feed the Funnel Party: by contact- ing Janelle Shell ( or Tracy McClurg ( or calling Citizens Bank at (870) 793-4441 for more information.

Janet Carson to host gardening seminar in Newport    


Recently retired attorney Bill Walmsley practiced law in Batesville for 47 years.  Walmsley served on the Arkansas Court of Appeals in 2013 and 2014, having been appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe. He was the first appellate court judge from Batesville and the first alumnus from Lyon College to so serve. At a recent Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce event, Walmsley presented bound volumes of his written opinions to Lyon College, which was accepted by Dr. Scott Roulier, professor of political philosophy (pictured left). Walmsley also presented a set to the Old Independence Regional Museum, which was accepted by Sharan Pittser, curator of collections, and Amelia Bowman, director. Photo submitted