Newport Upcoming Events
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
Retirement Party for Mr. Jack and Mrs. Virginia Austin, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
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.
Community Resource Fair is Friday, August 3, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Located in the Village Mall at 2101 Malcolm Avenue. For more information call Sonja Ross (870) 495-3318 or email sross@GoodwillAR.org
Scrub Sale for Unity Health Auxiliary Fundraiser will be August 8, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located inside Conference Room 1. Best name brands and a variety of styles will be available.
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.
Jubliation Jazz will be performing at the  Arkansas Steel Associates Bluesday Tuesday Concert on Tuesday, August 21 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 Wednesday, August 22, The Artist in U art workshops presented by Unity Health will be held for Preschool children. Amy Morris will do painting from 10:30 to Noon and Peggy Meitzen will teach drawing animals and bugs 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 Queen Ann’s Revenge Dueling Piano show on Thursday, August 30. 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.
The Jackson County Single Parent Scholarship Fund fall deadline is September 15.  Go to www.aspsf.org to apply.

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.