July and August Newport/Jackson County Upcoming Events – Movies, Concerts, Golfing, Library Programs – Something for Everyone!

Upcoming Events

GRäNGES is having a Job Fair on July 11, at the Newport Business Resource Center ( 201 Hazel St.) from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Maintenance Mechanics & Electricians are in high demand.

George Kell Motors eighth Annual Car Show will be Saturday, July 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at George Kell Motors. All Proceeds go to the Jackson County Humane Society. Registration is $20 and for more information call Nia Pennington or Scott Cooper (870) 523-2792. Free spectator admission with the donation of dog food or a monetary donation to the Jackson County Humane Society.

The ASU-Newport Movies in the Park will be held on Saturday, July 14 featuring Star Wars: The Last Jedi from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street. Free for all!

The Billy Jones Band will be performing at the next Arkansas Steel Associates Bluesday Tuesday Concert on Tuesday, July 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Front Street park. Free admission, concessions will be provided by the Downtown Newport Farmers Market. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Frankie’s Place, 306 Front Street

On Thursday, July 19, Harris Ford will be holding their 6th annual Golf Tournament at the Village Creek Golf Club. The tournament will be a 4 person Scramble, and the cost is $400 per team. All proceeds will benefit Arkansas Center for Independence. To register your team, contact Shane Fairley at (870)523-5559 or (870)512-9141.

Newport Campus of Central Baptist Church is proud to present Hank Parker, Professional Bass Fisherman and TV Host, July 21st at ASU-Newport. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for great food from Wild Bill’s Catfish and hear Mr. Parker speak. All proceeds from the event will go to the Cornerstone Transition Home. For tickets call Tamya Stallings at 870-761-8595.

Safe Sitter sponsored by White River Health System, will be hosting a class for students sixth through eighth grade. It is designed to prepare students when they are home alone or watching younger siblings,or babysitting. The Class is July 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackson County Library. The Class fee is $25 and lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required. To register call (870) 262-6555 or email tmcmullin@wrmc.com

On Wednesday, July 25, The Artist in U art workshops presented by Unity Health will be held for High School children (seventh through twelfth grades). Donna Hohn and Debra Jackson will do pet portraits from 10:30 to Noon and Dewanna McIntosh will teach a class from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Space is limited for both workshops, so please RSVP by calling 523-3618 to reserve your child’s spot.

The River Country Concert will feature The Memphis Yahoos on Thursday, July 26. Sponsored by M&P Banking, Insurance and Investment Services, the concert is free and fun for all ages. Show begins at 7 p.m. on the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage in downtown Newport. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move to Frankie’s Place, 306 Front Street.

August 10, The Bright Star Children’s Theatre will be in Newport thanks to Farmers Electric. “Chicken Little” begins at 10 a.m. at the Jackson County Library, and “Alice in Wonderland” at 3:30 p.m. at the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street. Both shows are free!

The ASU-Newport Movies in the Park will be held on Saturday, August 11, featuring CoCo from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Movies are held in the Front Street park in downtown Newport. In the event of inclement weather, movies will move to the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel Street. Free for all!

The ASUN 5k Run/Walk is set for the August 11, at 6 p.m. Help raise money for student scholarships by running the certified course on the Newport campus. Registration is $15 and will include a t-shirt.

Add your community event. Email details to director@newportarchamber.org.

Don’t forget to check for new jobs on our website. Go to www.newportarcity.org and click on “Job Opportunities.”
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Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.