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Wednesday July 22, 2015

Clint Black coming to Newport for ASUN Patron Series concert

Country artist Clint Black will open the 2015-2016 Arkansas State University-Newport (ASUN) Patron Series with a performance at the ASUN Center for the Arts in Newport on Thursday, Sept. 17.

With record sales of over 20 million, Black has charted an astounding 22 #1 country singles. Nominated for three Grammy Awards, Black has been the recipient of awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and American Music Awards. His many hits include “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” “Killin’ Time,” “A Better Man,” and “When My Ship Comes In.” Additionally, Black was featured in the halftime performance at Super Bowl XXVIII.

For more information about this performance and upcoming Patron Series events, call (870) 512-7802, or go to 


Benefit auction and bake sale to be held for area infant

Kenli Johnson Photo courtesy of Prayers for Kenli Facebook page

The family of Kenli Johnson will hold a benefit auction and bake sale at the Oil Trough Community Center in Oil Trough on Saturday, Aug. 8. The event begins at 1 p.m.

Kenli, the daughter of Lyndsey and Tyler Johnson, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at the age of 4 weeks. At the time of her diagnosis, an aggressive tumor was identified in her right eye, which has since been removed. Kenli is now at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. to receive treatment on her left eye in the hopes some of her remaining vision can be saved. Doctors expect her to remain in St. Jude’s for the next eight to 12 weeks.

Donations for the auction and bake sale are welcome. For more information, contact Michelle Adair, Kenli’s grandmother, at (870) 307-4895, and follow the Facebook page, “Prayers for Kenli.” 


Bracelets being sold to benefit memorial scholarship

Commemorative bracelets in the memory of Zach Lillard are being sold at businesses across the area to benefit a memorial scholarship in Lillard’s name. Lillard, a graduate of Batesville High School and a lifelong Batesville resident, passed away in a canoeing accident last month. He was 19.

The bracelets are being sold for $5 at the following businesses: the Batesville School District administration office, Bishop’s Collision Repair Center, the dental offices of Dr. Bradley Griffin, Bryant’s Pharmacy, GNC, Hawg’s Exxon, The Home Place, Natalie’s Restaurant, North Arkansas Radiology, Van Winkle Sports and W.R.D. Entertainment, all in Batesville. Bracelets can also be found at Country Crossroads in Cord.

Donations to the Zach Lillard Scholarship Fund are also being accepted at Citizens Bank in Batesville. 

Area pageants scheduled for August 7 in Batesville

The Miss Batesville and Miss Batesville’s Outstanding Teen Pageants will be held on Friday, Aug. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. in Independence Hall on the campus of the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Young ladies in Independence, Stone, Izard, and Sharp counties, as well as portions of White County that include the Midland School District and portions of Northern Cleburne county that include the West Side and Concord school districts are eligible for this preliminary competition. These are official preliminary pageants to the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas’ Outstanding Teen Pageants, both of which are official state pageants of the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageants. The winner of the Miss Batesville Pageant will serve as the official hostess of the 2015 White River Water Carnival this year.

Interviews for Miss Batesville and Miss Batesville’s Outstanding Teen contestants will be on the afternoon of the pageant.

Interested contestants should contact at Mark Sparks, executive director, via email at or call (870) 307-9556. The deadline for paperwork submission is Friday, Aug.1. 

The Cottage Café and Market, located at 1335 College St., recently held its grand opening and a ribbon cutting with area dignitaries and representatives of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. A live broadcast from 93 KZLE was also held at the event that gave diners the opportunity to register to possibly win tickets to see The Eagles in North Little Rock on July 27.

Debi Davis, proprietor of the Cottage Café, notes they utilize fresh ingredients from local farmers along with Boar’s Head meats, cheeses, pickles and condiments. The menu includes gourmet sandwiches, salads, soup and desserts. End of the day appetizers are served each Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cottage Café hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while closing at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Their phone number is (870) 834-4436. Photo by Eddie Woodruff

Members of the North Arkansas Dance Theatre (NADT) recently entertained the crowds at Celebrate America in Batesville’s Riverside Park on July 4. The non-profit performing troupe has 27 dancers from four counties based out of the NADT Dance Academy. Pictured (from left to right): Audrey Reynolds of Melbourne, Grace Prince of Mountain View, Casey Beth Clay of Batesville, Olivia Tuggle of Poughkeepsie, Amelia Jones of Mountain View, Abi Woodruff of Batesville, and Alex McNabb of Batesville.  NADT performs free of charge.  For more information, call (866) GOT-NADT  or contact for more information. Photo submitted

WRMC hosts MASH camp

White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville is helping students prepare for futures in healthcare through MASH (Medical Applications of Science for Health). Hosted by rural medical centers all over the state, MASH is a two-week interactive camp designed to expose rising high-school juniors and seniors to healthcare-related vocations.

Twenty students are enrolled in this year’s camp at WRMC.

During this two-week program, students become certified in Basic First Aid, Basic Life Support (CPR) Part B, and learn the importance of healthy lifestyle habits. The connection of the basic sciences to medical diagnosis and treatment is reinforced through lectures, labs, and clinical interaction. Exposure to different areas of medicine and health related professions is an integral part of the MASH experience. Students learn to identify some of the various healthcare disciplines, what they do, how they relate to one another, and how the fundamentals of anatomy, biology, pharmacology and physiology are employed in each discipline.

“The idea is that future medical students from a rural background are more likely to return to their roots,” said Jennifer Victory, rural health programs coordinator for Arkansas Farm Bureau.

County Farm Bureau organizations and the Arkansas Medical Mentor Partnership sponsor students so they may attend the camps at no cost. The Partnership includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Science’s Area Health Education Centers (UAMS AHEC) and Rural Hospital Program, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Baptist Health, and the Arkansas Health Department’s Office of Oral Health.

WRMC, an affiliate of White River Health System (WRHS), is just one of 34 locations in Arkansas hosting the camp.

Since MASH began in 1988, approximately 6,100 students have been through the camp statewide. More than half of the students that have been through the camp indicated a college major in the healthcare field.

More information on the MASH program can be obtained by contacting Cindy Finley with WRMC, (870) 262-1485, Amber Marshall with UAMS, (501) 686-5079, or Jennifer Victory of Arkansas Farm Bureau, (501) 228-1269. 

Picture (from left): Shannon Butler, Natalie Cooper, and instructor Emily Barrett dissect a pig's heart as part of MASH Camp at WRMC. Photo submitted