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BACC held Ribbon-Cutting for Karen Wells Memorial Library

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) held a Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for the Karen Wells Memorial Library at Midland High School on Monday night. 

The Library, located at Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, was dedicated to the memory of Karen Wells, a career-long educator in the Floral and Midland School Districts. She served as a librarian and taught English and journalism. A beloved educator, Wells was recognized as a "Who's Who Among American Teachers" and sponsored the Midland Mustang Annual. 

"Karen was always talking about students and how we could best serve them," said Midland School District Superintendent Dr. Bruce Bryant. "I think that is a tribute to her legacy as a person and as an educator."

"Mrs. Wells was compassionate, professional, dedicated, and caring," said former student and Midland School District Board Member Shawn Conder. "She was a great teacher and friend."

Several members of the Wells family were present for the dedication including her husband Steve Wells, their children and grandchildren. 

"This is just wonderful," said Steve Wells, speaking on behalf of the Wells family. "Forty-four years ago, Karen began teaching in Floral and quickly fell in love with the community and her students. Midland will always be a special place to our family."

"Mrs. Wells represents everything we should all aspire to be," said Bani Meharg, Midland Elementary Principal. "She was kind and helpful to every person she came into contact with. We are all the better for having known her. No person has left a more significant impact at Midland than Karen Wells."

The ceremony concluded with a ribbon-cutting followed by a cookie and punch reception in the library where all 38 of the yearbooks Mrs. Wells advised were on display. 

"Mrs. Wells was a part of helping so many people be their very best. We hope that this space continues to be more than a gateway for learning. We hope the Karen Wells Memorial Library can be a space where everyone can do their very best," concluded Jamie Rayford, Chief Operating Officer for the BACC.

BACC Held Ribbon-Cutting for HSIC Land Rover Defender

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Humane Society of Independence County’s (HSIC) custom Land Rover Defender vehicle. The Ribbon-Cutting was held at HSIC’s Fleaman Barkus Thrift Store on Thursday, March 17.

HSIC received the fully-customized 2022 Land Rover Defender after winning a nationwide competition. Voters chose a video HSIC produced that outlined the organization's unique transportation needs.

“We are so thankful for our community,” said Alisa Lancaster, President of the HSIC Board. “Through the years, we have received many gifts to help us get our work done. We are so proud that our community came together to get enough votes to win this vehicle for the Humane Society.”

Recognized for its rescue, safe shelter, and loving home security work for abandoned, abused, and unwanted dogs and cats, HSIC was announced as the winner of the Animal Welfare category of the first-ever Land Rover ‘Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards’ last fall. 

“We didn’t pay a single penny for this wonderful vehicle,” said Megan Trail, HSIC Shelter Director. “It has a winch, trailer hitch, cages, a watering system—it has everything we could ever need for animal rescues. And we have it because of the votes and support from our community.”

“Thank you for supporting us at Fleaman Barkus and for your support in helping us win this incredible vehicle,” concluded Lancaster.

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JV Softball vs. North Arkansas College
Wed., March 23 • 1 p.m.
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Wed., March 23 • 2:30 p.m. (Doubleheader)
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Good day Chamber Members!

My name is Pam Palermo and I am the new Director of Institutional Events at Lyon College. We have an amazing event coming up April 23rd.

Our 3rd Annual Scots Spectacular will be an evening filled with Fun, All you can eat Gourmet “Grazing Stations,” Silent & Live Auctions - including our own Auctioneer, Live Comedy of Hole Hecklers’ John Marc Chamber, Live Music, & Dancing!

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To donate items to our Silent or Live Auction and get your business prominently displayed, please contact me at or call (870) 307-7362

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the 3rd Annual Scots Spectacular!

Children's Advocacy Center Spring Gala
Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 5 p.m.
Please save the date for the Children’s Advocacy Center’s You’re So Golden Gala! All proceeds from this event help the Children's Advocacy Center of Independence County provide services to children victimized by abuse. The agency is funded through community support, grants, and foundation support, making events like this vital in continuing to serve children and families in our area.

Events for the evening include Special Guest Speaker, First Lady Susan Hutchinson, followed by a live auction, dinner & drinks, and live entertainment by Dalanie Taylor.

Individual tickets are $50. VIP tables for 8 are $600.

You may purchase tickets through our PayPal, Venmo, or Cash App accounts. Write "GALA" in your subject line. Venmo: CACIC • Cash App: $CACIND • Paypal


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Haley Smith goes "Above & Beyond" Haley Smith, Secretary at Sulphur Rock Elementary, was named Monday to receive the March “Citizens Bank Above & Beyond Award.” With a heart for students, faculty and staff, Haley takes on multiple projects to help keep the school running smoothly. Congratulations!

The Batesville Area Arts Council is pleased to present clock/work, a group exhibition at the BAAC Gallery on Main (226 E Main St) March 8 – April 23, 2022. clock/work is a multi-media group exhibition centered on the structure and iconicity of sports as a way of relating to society more broadly and sifting through topics of identity, representation and engagement. Time, or more specifically time constraints, are the basis for the ways in which the majority of sports and games function. Featuring the work of Maryamsadat Amirvaghefi, Abigail Smithson, and Breanne Trammell, clock/work explores those functions; the works range from being critical to celebratory of the individual elements that combine to create our shared culture within sports.

Maryam Amirvaghefi, born in Tehran, Iran, currently works at the University Of Arkansas School Of Art as an Assistant Director of Exhibitions and Instructor. Amiravghefi’s mixed media works include painting, video art, and sculpture pieces. Abigail Smithson is an artist based in Batesville, Arkansas. With a focus on documentation, her work is rooted in the appreciation, translation and act of making records. Basketball is her muse; she uses the game as a lens for viewing issues surrounding the body and representation. Breanne Trammell is an artist currently based in Fairfield, CA, who prioritizes using lo-fi and common materials like T-shirts, bumper stickers, and classified ads—non-privileged and public sites of potential discourse to create multi-media work.

Please join us for a gallery reception on Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., with a member-only Happy Hour starting at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Old Independence Regional Museum’s (OIRM) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mandi Curtwright is the Executive Director of OIRM effective February 15, 2022. Curtwright joins the museum with a wealth of knowledge in public relations, management, grant writing and nonprofit management. Mandi joins current staff Terri Crawford, Humanities Educator and Laura Reed, Office Manager.

“I understand the history of our area and its importance to the citizens,” Curtwright said. “I’m excited to take on this role. It’s an opportunity for me to continue the momentum at the museum. I’m optimistic and looking forward to where the journey leads.”

Curtwright has been involved in various fundraisers benefitting OIRM. She has also been a supporter of the museum’s mission and events. Curtwright has also led educational events at the state level pertaining to historic preservation and has advocated on behalf of historic property owners.

Curtwright was honored as one of the ”20 to Watch” in 2013 by Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “Spirit of Independence” by the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2021, and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni for “Community Service” by her alma mater.

Curtwright has lived in Independence County her entire life. She graduated from Midland High School in Pleasant Plains in 2005. She married Adam Curtwright in 2006 and moved to Batesville while they were attending the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The Curtwrights have three children.

OIRM members are invited to a Members Mingle at the Museum on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. to meet and welcome the new director.

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