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Batesville man fights eye disease to save his business, wins area award

Batesville man fights eye disease to save his business, wins area award

Despite a progressive eye disease, Charles “Chuck” Jones of Batesville was determined to find  ways to keep his small business, Southern Service Heat and Air. A series of surgeries restored his eyesight.

“I feel like I’m the luckiest man in the world,” Jones said. “I would have been housebound. Things were looking pretty bleak. I would have had to give up my business. I love my work, being in the heat and air business. I enjoy the freedom of working for myself.”

Because of his determination and success, Jones has been named as the area’s Consumer of the Year by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Services for the Blind (DSB). He was chosen from the area including Independence, Izard, Stone, Cleburne, Randolph, White, and Sharp counties. Jones is one of only 13 people in Arkansas who will receive an area award. An overall state winner will be named at the end of the year.

“I was impressed with Mr.

Batesville Area Arts Council to hold reception

Batesville Area Arts Council to hold reception

The Batesville Area Arts Council has announced the winner of the 2011 White River Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibit consists of thirty three works involving a variety of different mediums and will be set up until October 28th. A public reception will be on October 21st from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

2011 Christmas Parade Chili Bowl: Chili Cook-Off

2011 Christmas Parade Chili Bowl: Chili Cook-Off

 

Deadline for registration is December 2nd. Non-refundable after December 2nd. Cost: $50 for one entry, $60 for two entries. Cooks compete for awards (and bragging rights!) 1st, 2nd, 3rd place - Judges Award
For cooks' rules and more information please log on to www.mybatesville.org or pick them up at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce

 

2011 Rockin' and Shoppin' Christmas Craft Fair

2011 Rockin' and Shoppin' Christmas Craft Fair

 

The “Rockin’ & Shoppin’ Christmas Craft Fair” presented by Future Fuel Chemical Company will be held Saturday, December 3rd from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church of Batesville (located at 276 East Main Street inside Landers Theater) There will be various vendors from the area with Christmas crafts and gifts. For more information go to www.mybatesville.org. To reserve booth space call 870.793.2378 

 

2011 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Christmas Parade

2011 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" Christmas Parade

If you want your float to be judged you MUST get a number prior to Friday, December 2, 2011 at noon or the entry will not be judged. You can receive your judging number by e-mailing this information to angela.connell@mybatesville.org , by calling 870-793-2378 or stop by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce located at 409 Vine Street, Batesville. Line up at Town Plaza Shopping Center (On Main Street across from Liberty Bank) a...t 5:00pm Saturday, December 3, 2011 and the parade will begin at 6:00pm. Candy is NOT allowed to be thrown from float. Must have walkers hand out candy. First, Second & Third Place parade float winners will be announced Monday, December 5, 2011. Categories to be judged are Commercial & Non-Profit/Civic Organization. All winners will be notified. All judges decisions will be fair, impartial and final. The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce assumes no responsibility for injury before, during, or after the parade.