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Museum receives aid from Knights Templar Masons

Museum receives aid from Knights Templar Masons

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Knight Templar Masons recently provided aid to Old Independence Regional Museum for its upcoming fundraiser. 

Gerald Nash, Master, Mt. Zion Masonic Lodge #10 and Ted Stepanek, Commander, St. Elmo Commander #13 presented the museum with $1500.00 to support the USO style dance taking place at National Guard Armory on September 19.  

As part of the event, the 17-piece Stardust Big Band from Hot Springs will perform period music. The generous donation from the Knight Templar Masons covered over half of the expense of the band. The remaining cost has been paid through an Arkansas Arts Council Arts on Tour grant.

Standing at the County Courthouse in Batesville

Standing at the County Courthouse in Batesville

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - There will be a standing at the country courthouse in Batesville on Saturday at noon to try and restore the Batesville flag, according to Starla Conklin. 

Conklin stated that there will be speakers from Mississippi and Oklahoma. An individual from Georgia is reportedly using the event as an opportunity for footage for his documentary. Members from the League of the South will allegedly be there as well. 

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Special speaker to stress importance of science and technology

Special speaker to stress importance of science and technology

BATESVILLE, Ark. – Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi, a nationally-recognized STEM educator, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Citizens Bank Speakers’ Series at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  (STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.)

Lajvardi’s presentation, “Spare Parts: Improbable to Unstoppable” will be at 6 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Independence Hall on the UACCB campus.  The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and meet and greet.  The event is free and open to the public.  The Citizens Bank Speakers’ Series at UACCB was initiated last year and featured James Bradley, author of the best-selling book, “Flags of Our Fathers.” 

Two UACCB students awarded scholarships to University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

BATESVILLE—Two University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville students were recently awarded the Independence County Arkansas Alumni Chapter’s Scholarship to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Each student received $500 to help with the cost of their education. These scholarships are awarded to transfer students seeking to continue their education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville after completing a degree at UACCB.

Jennifer Theos and Hannah Stroud both earned their Associate of Arts in General Education degree from UACCB. Theos, a Memphis native, said Arkansas was where she belonged. She will use her scholarship to help with tuition costs at Fayetteville where she is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in horticulture, landscape and turf sciences. She is minoring in agricultural business and anticipates she will graduate in May 2017.

Water Carnival to feature Kidzone for all ages

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The 72nd Annual White River Water Carnival Kidzone will feature a new lineup of carnival entertainment that will accommodate everyone from small kids to adults.

Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Director of Programs and Events Jamie Beck said of the 2015 Kidzone, “This year’s Kidzone is something completely different. We have a full lineup of interactive games and rides. We are so excited to offer attractions that accommodate Water Carnival visitors of all ages!”

BACC to hold Shaytique Boutique and Tanning ribbon cutting

BACC to hold Shaytique Boutique and Tanning ribbon cutting

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for Shaytique Boutique & Tanning on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.

Shaytique is located at 951 Batesville Blvd.

All community supporters, chamber members, ambassadors, board members, and staff are invited to attend.

72nd Annual White River Water Carnival schedule announced

72nd Annual White River Water Carnival schedule announced

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and 2015 sponsors are pleased to announce the 72nd Annual White River Water Carnival schedule of events that will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Riverside Park in Batesville.

BACC President/CEO Crystal Johnson stated, “This year’s Water Carnival events will bring back some favorites like the Bone Collector and White River’s Got Talent. And visitors to Riverside Park will enjoy new attractions like the revamped Kidzone, Duck Boat Races, and the Crash Derby. Other entertainment will feature Miss Batesville, Miss Batesville’s Outstanding Teen, Miss White River and Miss White River Outstanding Teen as well as Miss Independence County. The Water Carnival is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to the area to have a family-friendly day on the White River, and the event is a great boost to our tourism economy. We hope to see an even bigger crowd than we saw last year.”