Stuart Smith, District 63 Representative to the Arkansas Legislature, will speak at The Old Independence Regional Museum on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Smith was a first-term representative in the recently completed legislative session. He will discuss his perspective on the session and respond to questions from the audience.
Smith is a well-known figure in the Batesville community and the surrounding area. He is a Batesville native, a 1982 graduate of Arkansas (now Lyon) College, and served the Batesville School District as a teacher and coach for over three decades. During his tenure he was the head coach of the baseball (for eleven years) and girls track (for twelve years) teams for 23 years, winning 10 state championships and 22 conference titles. Smith was also the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Pioneers very successful football team, winning eight conference titles, three state runner-ups, and one state championship.
Smith received numerous accolades including twice being selected as the Region VI National Coach of the Year and being elected to the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000 and to the Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Old Independence Regional Museum is located at 380 S. 9th St. in Batesville.