Jubilation Jazz will be performing at the  Arkansas Steel Associates Bluesday Tuesday Concert on Tuesday, September 18, 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.
Thursday, September 20  ASU Newport & Workforce Training Consortium will host a class for Microsoft Office Basic: Word from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. located at ASU Newport Building 7: Walton Hall Room 192.  The class cost $75 and covers the cost of attendance and handout materials.  Participants will learn basic word: Document Setup, Tool Bars, Formatting Text, Tables, and File Management. To Register call (870) 933-9788 or email wtcjonesboro.com or training@wtcjonesboro.com
Thursday, September 27, ASU Newport & Workforce Training Consortium will host a class for Microsoft Excel from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The class will be offered again on Thursday, October 4, both class’s will be located at ASU Newport Building 7: Walton Hall Room 192.  The class cost is $150 and covers attendance and handout materials.  Participants will learn Basic Excel: Entering Data, Adding and Deleting Rows, Wrapping Text, Formatting Cells, and using Simple Functions. To Register call (870) 933-9788 or email wtcjonesboro.com or training@wtcjonesboro.com

Saturday, September 29 at 9:00 a.m. The Newport Lady Greyhound Volleyball team, along with Newport HOSA will be sponsoring a CoEd softball tournament as a fundraiser for equipment and other necessities.  Entry Fee is $100 per team and must be paid by September 15. The tournament will be double elimination and must be a team of 10 (up to 12) with at least 3 girls.  Bring your own balls, bats, and gloves.  For more information contact Kathryn Hopkins (870) 217-1502, Jordan Doyle (870) 217-5487, or Candice Long (870) 217-1640.
The 21 st Annual Depot Days Festival  in downtown Newport will be September 28 and 29 on the Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage! Music, vendors, food and tons of festival fun highlight this two day event. Friday evening entertainment will be the Arkansas Brothers Band, Larry McCray, and Earl and Them.  Saturday will feature Cody Slaughter as Elvis and
Rodney Crowell.  For a complete list of events check out www.depotdays.org
The ASUN 5k Run/Walk is set for  Saturday October 6, at 9:30 a.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.
Tuesday, October 9, The Jackson County Newcomers’ Club is having a Soup Luncheon & Bake Sale from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. located at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. Donations will be taken at the door. The proceeds go to the Arkansas Center for Independence, the Newport Backpack Program and the Jackson County Humane Society. Dine in or take out.

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.