Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun February 14, 2016
PHOTO BY: Angela Spencer

Heather Sanders, left, and Shelly Clopper help organize the annual Sharae Jones Memorial 5K. They said they want people to remember their friend, who died three years ago, in a positive light. Proceeds from T-shirts sold at the race will go toward a trust fund for Jones’ four children.

Living memories

Family, friends gather to run in woman’s memory

Runners often participate in races to support a cause or person. Next month, runners — and walkers, friends, family and anyone else who wants to participate — will lace up their shoes and participate in a race to honor the memory of Sharae Jones. The Sharae Jones Third Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk will take place at 10 a.m. March 12. Sharae Jones — formerly Sharae Bryant — died three years ago as a result of domestic violence, and her mo... READ MORE


Romance post office bustling this time of year

The “Love Station” is open and doing business at the Romance post office, and hundreds of love notes are being handstamped each day. The special touch and extra efforts are worth it, said Anthony Reed, postal support employee at the Romance post office.


    Getting engaged: Variations on love

    I think it’s fun to hear stories about how people got engaged. Some people will get engaged today over romantic Valentine’s Day dinners, and I know a couple in Conway who are celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary today. Woo-hoo — congrats to the Larsons! Food is often involved in proposals. When he proposed, my husband made all my favorite food at the time (pork chops, etc., etc.) He liked to cook, but I knew when he met me at the ... READ MORE


    Longtime Cabot teacher to be honored at banquet

    Education, hard work and generosity are three of the lessons Hershell Ray passed on to his children. His daughter Martha Marshall has devoted her life to teaching students, most recently running the work program Jobs for America’s Graduates and the internship program at Cabot High School. Marshall, who is celebrating her 46th year in education, will be this year’s honoree for the Cabot Scholarship Foundation Roast and Toast Banquet on M... READ MORE


    Wild-game varieties of this special dish satisfy guests

    Want to create an extra-special dish for your next dinner party? Try making a pâté from venison, dove breasts or the giblets of quail, ducks or geese. Those little punctuation marks over the letters in “pâté” tell you right away this dish must be something fancy. The word is French for “pie” and originally referred to a pastry case filled with a savory mixture of ground or chopped meat, fat and other ingredients. One well-known version ... READ MORE



    Feb. 14 and 15 Holiday Closing BATESVILLE — The Independence County Library, 368 E. Main St., will be closed today and Monday. The library will re-open at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Feb. 15 Community Music Gathering BATESVILLE — Singers and instrumentalists are welcome to participate in a community music gathering from 6-8 p.m. at First Community Bank. Listeners are also welcome. The event is free. Travel Club of Citizens Bank Meeting BATESVILLE... READ MORE