Batesville Area Arts Council presents new exhibition

Featured image (via Batesville Area Arts Council): “Enter” 2021 – Landon M. Perkins / Cut Reflection Tape on Paper / 24 x 24 In.

The Batesville Area Arts Council (BAAC) is presenting “Convergence,” an exhibition by Landon M. Perkins, at the BAAC Gallery on Main, 226 E. Main St., through Nov. 19.

Perkins is an artist from Tallahassee, Fla. He earned his MFA degree in printmaking from Syracuse University in 2017 and his BFA degree in studio art from Florida State University in 2014. Perkins lives in Bella Vista, Ark., and works as a preparator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Perkins’ artwork is represented by Kai Lin Art Gallery in Atlanta.

His artworks have been exhibited internationally and nationally and are part of private collections throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

“These mixed media works aim to warn of the present, reflect on the impending, and ultimately question our power and place in nature,” BAAC noted in a release.

There will be a closing reception for “Convergence” at the BAAC Gallery on Main on Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This exhibition is free and open to the public during BAAC’s regular gallery hours, Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This exhibition is sponsored by Lifeplus.

Images (via BAAC): 

“Signals No. 1 – 12” Landon M. Perkins 2021 / Cut Reflection Tape on Paper / 72 x 60 In.

“Structure No. 42” Landon M. Perkins 2018 / Etched Zinc / 8 x 8 In. / Monoprint


LISTEN: Local 4-H members talk National 4-H Month

Pictured above (from left): Area 4-H Students Natasha Hightower, Keylee Harris, and Daniel Latus visited with White River Now about October as National 4H Month.

October is National 4-H Month. 4-H is designed to prepare young people to step up to the challenges in their communities and provide youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime, according to the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture – Cooperative Extension Service, which conducts the program in the state. 

The four Hs are: Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. According to the U of A, the core elements of 4-H include youth leadership, youth-adult partnerships, life skills learning, and community service. 4‑H programs are grounded in the belief that youth learn best by doing. 4-H members complete hands-on projects in areas like science, health, agriculture, and citizenship in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.

Area 4-H Students Natasha Hightower, Keylee Harris, and Daniel Latus recently visited with White River Now about National 4H Month.

Listen below to their conversation with White River Now’s Chad Whiteaker.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Garrick

Elizabeth Ann (Metcalf) Garrick of Batesville, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at the age of 87. She was born March 2, 1934, in Bradford, the daughter of Joe and Edna (Brinkley) Metcalf.

Garrick retired from AT&T, and was a member of the Oil Trough Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and dancing when she was younger. Mrs. Garrick especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Tina Freund; three brothers, B.J., J. B., and Arlon Edward Metcalf; and her parents.

Garrick is survived by her husband of 35 years, Martin Edward Garrick, Sr. of Batesville; three sons, Rodney D. Brady, and wife, Lorraine of Oil Trough, Terry Lee Brady and wife, Shirley of Maple Springs, and Marty Garrick and wife Mona of Malvern; three daughters, Brenda Kay Thompson and husband, James of Little Rock, Pamela J. Grubb of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and Nina Cornish of Malvern; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Monday, at Oil Trough Church of Christ with Mr. Danny Blevins officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Springs Cemetery. Friends may visit at the church Monday, 1:00 p.m. until service time.

Cinematographer dead, director injured on film set after prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin misfires

Authorities confirmed on Thursday that a cinematographer working on the film “Rust” has died, and the director has been hospitalized, after an accident during filming involving actor Alec Baldwin misfiring a prop gun. The Western, starring Baldwin and Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural,” began filming this month at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, a film location in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that deputies with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the film set around 2 p.m. local time after a 911 caller “reported a shooting on the set.” Two people were shot after a prop firearm was discharged during filming, authorities said. Baldwin fired the prop gun, striking the film’s director, Joel Souza, and director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, the sheriff’s office said in a follow-up statement Thursday night. Detectives are still determining “how and what type of projectile was discharged,” the sheriff’s office said earlier.

Hutchins, 42, was transported via helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital, the state’s only Level 1 trauma center, “in critical condition,” according to sheriff’s deputies and the hospital. She later succumbed to her injuries, the sheriff’s office said. Souza, 48, was brought in an ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and is receiving emergency care, authorities said.

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NLCS Game 5: Los Angeles Dodgers defeat Atlanta Braves 11-2 to force Game 6

Los Angeles Dodgers’ third baseman Chris Taylor hit three homers, drove in six runs, and produced four hits in Thursday’s game, helping bring the Dodgers’ an 11-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Taylor is the 12th hitter in history to produce three homers in a postseason game, and the first since Kike’ Hernandez for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2017 NLCS.

The Dodgers trail 3-games-to- 2 in the best-of-seven NLCS, with the series moving back to Atlanta for Game 6.
NLCS Game 6 is slated for Saturday, Oct. 23 at 5:08 p.m. ET at Truist Park.

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FBI announce that dental records confirm the remains found at Florida environmental park are those of Brian Laundrie

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that the human remains found at a North Port, Florida environmental park on Wednesday belong to 23-year-old Brian Laundrie. The FBI’s Denver Division wrote in a press release on Thursday that medical examiners used a comparison of dental records to positively identify the remains.

A North Port, FL police spokesperson earlier had confirmed that partial human remains recovered at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where Laundrie was last believed to have been a day ago were described as “skeletal.” Two senior law enforcement officials also revealed that the human remains discovered yesterday at the Carlton Reserve during the search for Laundrie include a portion of a human skull.

The latest development Thursday comes after Steven Bertolino, attorney for the Laundrie family, said the remains found at Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park by parents Chris and Roberta the morning prior were likely those of the missing 23-year-old. The FBI field office in Tampa confirmed the basic findings at a news conference Wednesday. In addition to the human remains, the FBI said investigators found a backpack and a notebook believed to belong to Laundrie near a path at the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park. The agency revealed that the items were underwater up until recently, and were only found now that the water had receded.

Officials said that the FBI teams will likely be on scene processing potential evidence for several days and the park will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Cleveland Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield expected to undergo shoulder surgery following 2021 season

According to NFL Network, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is expected to need surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder. It is believed that Mayfield could hold off on the surgery until the offseason, as long as the pain does not become unmanageable.

Mayfield tore his labrum in Week 2 and re-injured his shoulder last Sunday in the Browns’ loss to the Cardinals after taking a hard hit from J.J. Watt. He missed the first start of his career on Thursday when the Browns played the Broncos, and will have two weeks off before the Browns’ next game on October 31 against the Steelers.

Report: Baker Mayfield likely to need surgery, hopes to wait until after season

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Obituary: Jesse Dean Cowling

Jesse Dean Cowling, 88, died Oct. 19, 2021, at Wood Lawn Nursing Home, Batesville, Arkansas. The deceased was born Jan. 12, 1933, the son of John P. and Nell Abbott Cowling of Mineral Springs, Arkansas. Jesse grew up, attended, and graduated from the public schools of that community. He was also a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He served on active duty with the United States Army from Nov. 1954 until Sept. 1956.

On June 10, 1956, Mr. Cowling and Miss Kittie Ruth Davis of Batesville, Arkansas were united in marriage. To their union, two sons were born: Kenan Davis and John Barak. Kittie and Barak preceded Jesse in death. He is survived by Kenan and one grandchild, Emma Claire Cowling, the daughter of Barak. Both survivors are California residents.

Jesse Cowling’s vocation was working as director of teaching and training ministries for a series of local congregations cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention. The churches served are all located in Texas and Arkansas. As a retiree JDC prized highly his membership and involvement in First Baptist of Batesville.

At the age of 12 years, Jesse made a spiritual, emotional, and intellectual commitment to Christian teachings and practice. Throughout the subsequent phases of his life, he employed the gifts accorded to him in the service of truths and entities larger than himself. His diligence and stewardship of his gifts enriched the life experiences of a considerable number of his fellow passengers aboard the spaceship Earth.

Graveside services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Ouachita Baptist University or First Baptist Church.

Obituary: Lewis Blue Price

Lewis Blue Price age 86 of Batesville departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born Jan. 9, 1935, in Ogden, Utah to John Wesley and Edna (Blodgett) Price. Lewis enjoyed writing poetry. He graduated from college with a Master’s Degree in History, Geography, and Journalism. He was a school teacher and a newspaper night editor.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ernest Lewis Price; daughter, Arlene Zelda Price; sister, Ruth Barton and brothers, Charles Price and Thomas Price.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Zelda Leoan Davis Price; one son, Linden Barry Price; one grandson, Joshua Price; one granddaughter, Emily Craig; one sister, Alice Pitts of Utah; some cousins, including Alan Blodgett of Portland, Oregon; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

No funeral services are planned. Arrangements are by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.

Obituary: Steve Queary

Steve Queary, 71 of Batesville passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021.  He was born Sept. 24, 1950, in Batesville, Arkansas to James and Marie Queary.  He was a retired automotive parts salesman, having worked many years for Automotive Parts Inc and more recently for Bumper to Bumper Automotive both in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sharon Queary and a brother, Billy Queary.

Survivors include his brother, Greg Queary, and wife Terry; nephew, Billy Queary and wife Kara; and great-nephews, Tanner and Cooper Queary all of Batesville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service of Batesville.