Independence County Library to Start Teen Advisory Board

The Independence County Library has begun taking applications for membership on the new Teen Advisory Board. Members will meet regularly to discuss teen programming, library materials, and more with library staff in order to help the library better serve local teens. This is great experience for any teen to add to their college application or résumé! Membership is free and open to teens age 13-19 with a library card. Meetings will be once a month, with dates to be determined based on availability of members.
Applications are available at the Independence County Library circulation desk. For more information, call 870-793-8814 or email

Cathy Drew is a life long resident of the region that she loves to promote! As a matter of fact, she was born in Downtown Batesville in the late ’60s in one of the eight counties she now loves to encourage people to visit.
Drew is married to her husband of 27 years, Jeff Drew. Jeff and Cathy have a son, Jonathon (Jon) Drew and his wife Devyn Stewart and can’t leave out her grandson Jase Drew. Of course Drew can’t skip the other part of her family, the pets! Lady Bird (a stray that was welcomed into their home June 2012) and of course Howard – the puppy was compliments of Lady Bird shortly after arrival at the Drew home. They also have Kasha which Cathy inherited when your mother passed in 2016 and they adopted Bullet a stray in November of 2016 and the newest arrival Bullet a stray adopted into the family.

Drew, part of Ozark Gateway Region since 1990 while working at the ad agency (The Media Market Inc.) for the association where she helped produce their annual tabloid publication. She began work as the director of the Ozark Gateway Region June, 2000.