Monthly Archives: September 2013

Fifteen young women in running for Persimmon Festival queen

Fifteen young women in running for Persimmon Festival queen ceremony: 8 p.m. Monday, downtown stage

September 19, 2013, last update: 9/19 @ 8:48 am

Angela N. Moody


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Gary Moody and Sheila Taylor

Grade: Senior at Mitchell High School

Activities: Key Club, National Honor Society, SADD, Spanish club and Student Council.

Sports: Girls track and manage boys basketball

Affiliations: Tulip Street Christian Church

Employment: Millstone Dining Room at Spring Mill Inn

Higher education: Plans to attend Indiana University or Ball State

Aspirations: Athletic training or PTSD therapy

Hobbies or fun activities: Reading, traveling and meeting new people

Sponsor: Price Farms


Victoria Scarlett Kathleen Autrey


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Bonnie Williams

Grade: Sophomore at MHS

Activities: Do charity work with my mother and sister, spending time with family and friends.

Likes: I adore animals, even insects. I enjoy tattoos and piercings. I see them as art, a lifestyle and also as beauty.

Personality: Extroverted and a good listener.

Hobbies or fun activities: Drawing, sketching, writing poetry and playing video games.

Sponsor: Big Daddy’s Tattoo & Body Piercing

Note: No photograph was available.


Meghan Jade Emberton

Meghan Emberton

Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Shane Emberton, Micke and Jenny Hopper

Grade: Sophomore at MHS

Aspirations: Degree in personal and public communications

Personality: Outgoing, love meeting new people and talking with old friends.

Hobbies or fun activities: Enjoys music, dancing, singing, riding horses and camping with friends and family.

Sponsor: Maple Street Restaurant


Hannah Lynn Irwin


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Eddie Clark and Venessa Irwin

Activities: Pep Club, Tri-Hi-Y, SADD, FACS, choir

Affiliations: AMP’D Students in Bedford

Hobbies or fun activities: Love to sing, go to the gym and hang with friends. I rescue stray cats and take care of them.

Sponsor: Thelma’s Beauty Shop


Mattie Jean England


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Matt and Robyn England

Grade: Sophomore at MHS

Activities: SADD and Student Council

Sports: Varsity golf team and varsity cheerleader

Affiliations: Tabernacle of Praise and youth group

Hobbies or fun activities: Listening to music, reading and hanging out with my friends.

Sponsor: Flippin’ Out Gymnastics


Burgandy Kay Eagans

Burgandy Eagans

Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Jamie and Robert Floyd

Affiliations: Army, Indiana National Guard

Higher education: AIT job training, ROTC training and college

Aspirations: Military career, possibly a private detective.

Hobbies or fun activities: Taking care of animals

Sponsor: Employees of Loogootee Health Care and Rehabilitation


Holly Zena Wood


Residence: Huron

Parents: Robert and Laura Hoffman

Grade: Senior at MHS

Personality: A natural blond who loves putting different colors in her hair, I wear bright colors, great with people.

Hobbies or fun activities: Music and drawing

Sponsor: Randall Wood


Chelsey Renee Terrell


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Jason and Kim Terrell

Grade: Senior

Activities: Taking vocational training

Sports: Played basketball for six years

Aspirations: Become a nurse

Personality: Dedicated, loyal and responsible

Hobbies or fun activities: Horseback riding

Sponsor: Hughes Auto Repair


Irish Nicole King


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Troy and Tamara King Richason

Grade: Senior at MHS

Activities: Play the flute in band

Affiliations: Girl Scouts

Aspirations: Music teacher for elementary children

Personality: Favorite colors are Laguna blue and purple

Hobbies or fun activities: Band, reading, singing and listening to music

Sponsor: James Insurance Agency


Mia Brooke Burton

Mia Burton

Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Steve Burton and Linda Burton

Grade: Senior at MHS

Activities: Varsity basketball and varsity softball

Higher education: Indiana University in Bloomington

Aspirations: Political science; becoming a lawyer

Hobbies or fun activities: Giving back to the community, participated in the United Way Day of Caring

Sponsor: Mitchell-Orleans Exchange Club


Abbie Nicola White


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: Katonya White

Grade: Senior at MHS

Activities: Art Club, FACS Club and SADD

Personality: Enjoy the festival because it’s the week of her birthday, and the festival food

Hobbies or fun activities: Spend time with friends and family

Sponsor: Jim Orr Auto Sales


Alexis Nichole Jeffries


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: David Garrison and Jennifer Taflinger

Activities: Basketball and football manager at MHS

Affiliations: Tulip Street Christian Church

Fun activities: Hang out with friends, writing music, singing and painting.

Sponsor: Knowles Trucking Service


Jayda Marie Eubanks


Residence: Mitchell

Parents: JJ and Jamie Eubanks

Grade: Sophomore at MHS

Activities: Student Council, Tri-Hi-Y, Spanish Club, Pep club

Sports: MHS basketball team

Fun activities: Spending time with friends, fishing with her dad and watching Dance Moves with her mom

Sponsor: Magical Vacation Planner


Brittany Lynn Bell


Residence: Orleans

Parents: Bobbie Livingston and Troy Bell

Grade: Senior at MHS

Aspirations: Attend college to

become a language arts teacher

Fun activities: Reading books and spending time with family.

Sponsor: Golden Comb Beauty Salon


Kylsey Leeann Tillette


Residence: Mitchell, originally from Scottsville, Ky.

Parents: Anthony and Stacy Tillette

Future plans: Dentistry at USI

Personality: Favorite color is purple or anything bright

Sponsor: Carl Goller

Musical montage: Entertainment options abound for annual Persimmon Festival


MITCHELL — One of the best parts of the Persimmon Festival, when it rolls into Mitchell each September, is the load of free musical entertainment on tap throughout the week.

This year’s musical lineup will feature gospel, modern gospel, oldies, rock, country and country rock.What you hear depends on what night you go.

The headliner for the week will be the Wednesday night performance by the Hunter Smith Band. The Wray Bros. will follow Building Nations on Thursday, and the crowd-pleasing sounds from Endless Summer will rock Friday night’s crowd. Larry Summerton and The Summertime Band will close out the festival on Saturday night.


Musical punt

When Super Bowl champion punter Hunter Smith retired from the National Football League after 12 years, he had a plan.

First, he put together an eclectic group of musicians and coupled those men with a catalogue of self-written biographical songs. In the end, he melded a singer-songwriter approach to a serious and unique country rock sound.

The Hunter Smith Band consists of Smith on lead vocals, bassist Kyle Whiteley, lead guitarist Justin Langebartels, guitarist Ethan Ehrstine and drummer Alex Reiff.

In his bio posted online, Smith says, “I’m not a discontent person, but I was growing unhappy with the direction of pop music for some time. Maybe this sounds idealistic, but I believe you can have both — artistic integrity and a relevant sound. That’s what HSB is about.”

The band will perform on the Main Street stage at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25. Its first album is called “Green.” It’s available through iTunes or at


Savior’s sounds

The Thursday night of the festival is always dubbed gospel night and features those groups that worship the Lord through music.

Building Nations, a popular local rock worship band, will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

The band’s goal is to “build up nations for God’s glory.” Building Nations, which also will perform at Sunday’s youth vesper service at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell High School auditorium, consists of David and Randy VanLandingham on vocals, Karen VanLandingham on bass, Keeran Jones on drums and Isaac Hawkins and Dave Higgins on guitar.

Building Nations will be followed by the Wray Brothers, a southern gospel band, which takes the stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 26.

The Wray Bros. feature the voice talents of Delbert Wray and Joe Wray, who are Mitchell natives, as well as Dave Hatfield and Steve Paugh. The vocalists are accompanied by Randy Beck, Cory Beck, Parker Wray and D.J. Hatfield, who provide instrumental backup. They’ve performed for more than 45 years and have been featured at the festival for many years.


Festival favorite

Friday’s featured entertainment is the festival favorite, Endless Summer, which will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Providing a high-energy show, the group provides a musical variety. The band, based in Indianapolis, features Faith Marie, Brian Marshall Goodwin, Nick Lemmo, Bryan England and David Clawson.

The band has performed at the Persimmon Festival for more than a decade and performs hits from the past and present, including tunes from the Beach Boys, Righteous Brothers, Frankie Valli, Dixie Chicks, Bon Jovi, Elvis Presley, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga, Journey, Big & Rich, Adele, the Black Eyed Peas and Roy Orbison.



The Summertime Band will make its Persimmon Festival debut on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. on the Main Street stage.

Summertime began playing together in 2005 and has performed at least 65 gigs a year since that time.

The members are Larry Summerton, rhythm guitar and vocals; Dickie Staggs, lead guitar and vocals; Hebrew Wright, bass and vocals; and Buddy Mitchell on drums.

The Summertime Band has played a lot of what it calls “cool gigs,” such as the Space Ball in Mitchell. The function honored Mitchell native Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and his contributions to NASA. Also, the band has performed at The Players Pub, Eagle Pointe, Rusty’s, Shorty’s, the Olde Downtown Tavern, The Bluebird and at BBQ at the Quarry, just to name a few.

It plays mostly classic rock with a little country mixed in. It specializes in music band members claim “will make you want to dance.”

Contact Times-Mail Staff Writer Krystal Shetler at 277-7264 or by email at


47th annual Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour Saturday at Spring Mill State Park


MITCHELL — The Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park will come alive during Saturday’s Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour, which serves to annually kick off Mitchell’s Persimmon Festival.

From 4-9 p.m., members of the Mitchell Tri Kappa sorority, a range of other volunteers and the staff of Spring Mill will bring the village to life for the 47th annual tour.

The first candlelight tour was held in October 1967. J. Robert Ritchie, who was park superintendent at the time, came up with the idea to hold the tour, and did all the work of obtaining permission from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, to allow the tours to be held.

Ritchie’s wife, Paula, was in Tri Kappa, and she suggested the sorority handle the annual tour. She and her husband hoped it would bring the Pioneer Village to life for visitors each year. The dream came true, and Tri Kappa has continued the tour since that time.

In 1970, the tour became part of the Persimmon Festival. For the past several years, Coletta Prewitt, Spring Mill’s volunteer coordinator, has provided assistance to Tri Kappa members for this event.

The tour is free of charge, however, the gate fee to enter the park is $5 per in-state licensed vehicles and $7 per out-of-state licensed vehicles. The Indiana State Park annual pass will be accepted.

The only income received by Tri Kappa will be the monies raised at the concession stand and boutique in the Carriage House, and the beans and cornbread sold near the Summer Kitchen.

Parking does become a problem as thousands flock to the park for this popular event. Park staff will be on-hand to direct traffic, and visitors are asked to comply with their directions. Parking is available at the Nature Center with a short walk to the village. Shuttle service from the Inn and campground to the village and back also will be available.

Visitors should remember that the abundance of caves and the location of the village does make the temperature lower than normal and should dress appropriately for the cooler weather. Bring a flashlight due to the limited lighting.

To aid visitors in knowing who is participating and what is occurring a list of the events follows below.

Sheeks lawn. The Dulcimer Society of Bedford is the first group to welcome and entertain visitors as they enter the village.

Sheeks cabin. Marietta Bailiff, village weaver, is found weaving in the Sheeks cabin on the old chestnut loom, while Deb Reiselman tells stories and plays her dulcimer across the entry.

Granny White house. Larry Cramer demonstrates pioneer life while Ginger East prepares an evening meal.

Leather shop. Stephen Bowman, Julanna Hornocker and Kenna Hodges demonstrate lace making and have items for display.

Sawmill. Spring Mill staff members are available to operate the vertical sawmill and answer questions.

Grist mill. Jeff Prechtel, village miller, explains the use of the mill and sells fresh cornmeal.

Mill lawn. Sawmill Gang performs on the lawn.

Wood shop and distillery. Village woodworker, Paul Nord, is carving utensils for the village.

Tavern. McDonald Brothers performs in the tavern. Outside in a camp, Tony Mansfield demonstrates coopering while Trina Mansfield is French knitting. Blacksmith Tom Jacobi and Cyndi Jacobi will be working in the area.

Pottery cabin. Pam Shull, village potter, demonstrates pottery making. Merle and Viola Behr, and Tom, Kelly and Alecks Kuchenbrod are camped in the area.

Mill office. Jim Woody will be carving on his wooden bowls and spoons.

Nursery. School marm April Blair teaches classes to Elizabeth Garland, Lila Bodkins, Lilly Blair, Abby Blair, Mattie Leamer and Mandie Leamer.

Garden cabin. Wildflowers and Weeds trades off with Stony Point for entertainment.

Upper residence. Backwoods Bluegrass Band will perform on the front porch.

Lower residence. Ricky Riggins greets you and answers questions about pioneer life. In the parlor, Jenny Scott is doing a drop spindle with her daughters Grace and Maggie. J.R. Johnson will be strolling in the area singing favorite pioneer songs.

Summer kitchen. Used for cooking in the summer months, beans and cornbread from the iron kettle are served just outside by Tri Kappa members.

Carriage house. Tri Kappa members sell concessions and boutique items. Persimmon pudding, caramel corn, caramel apples, popcorn, hot dogs, cider, soft drinks, coffee and more are available for purchase. Homemade craft items and baked goods are offered at the boutique.

Blacksmith shop. TJ Wilder, village blacksmith, demonstrates his skills over the hot fire. The 44th Tennessee Infantry portrays a timeline of military encampments on the lawn.

Meeting house. Pastor Rick Main conducts the meeting with Sacred Calling and Leatherwood Valley providing the music. Camped outside the meeting house is the King family.

Apothecary. John Calhoun can help cure your ills with herbal concoctions of his own making.

Mercantile. Barbara Payne and Phyllis Beacraft assist with sales of merchandise from the 1800s.

Between the creeks. The 27th Indiana infantry military encampment and Victorian dancers can be observed in historic costume.


Art Show entries needed

Persimmon Fest Art Show entries needed

September 16, 2013


MITCHELL — When the calendar changes to September in southern Lawrence County, most local residents’ thoughts turn to the Persimmon Festival.

The local art community’s thoughts also turn to the festival, but more importantly for them, those thoughts turn to the Persimmon Festival Art Show.

This year’s show will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 23, 24 and 26; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the lower level of the Mitchell Community Public Library. The library is at the corner of Eighth and Main streets in downtown Mitchell.

Those wishing to enter the contest may bring works to the library between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Entrants must be a current or former resident of Indiana and be of post high school age. Artists are allowed three entries total (space permitting) and if the artwork is quite large, only one entry may be accepted. Artwork must be securely framed with a strong wire for hanging (no saw-toothed hangers); and must be original, two dimensional in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pencil, etc. No crafts or artwork previously shown at the Persimmon Festival Art Show will be accepted.

Artwork must be suitable for viewing by all ages. No artwork containing nudity, or any indecent, obscene or offensive material — as determined by the Persimmon Festival Committee in its sole discretion — may be entered or displayed.

There will be judged and non-judged divisions. Those entering the judged division will be charged a $5 entry fee for each piece of artwork. Ribbons and prize money (based entry fees and donations) will be awarded in five categories: landscape and waterscape; still life and florals; portrait and people; animals and birds; and abstract/non-objective/fantasy. There will also be a best of show.

Those entering the non-judge division will not be charged an entry fee.

All entries, both judged and non-judged, will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award as voted on by those visiting the show.

Following the show, artwork can be picked up between 4-6 p.m., on Sept. 30. Library staff is not authorized to release artwork.

For more information, contact Dottie Sherwood at 849-3508, Phyllis Westfall at 279-4734, Brenda Stevens at 849-5219, David Fields at 278-4723 or Robert Allen at 279-9424.