SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State University has named students who have made the fall 2011 Dean’s List, according to a news release.
Area students include:
Mountain Home — Ian Bell, Brandi Bowers, Emily Chism, Brandy Cooper, Austin Farnam, Jeremy Stephens, Sydney Thomas;
Heber Springs — Keslynn Logan; Mammoth Spring — Jeanette Frey.
The Dean’s List is comprised of students who have completed at least 12 credit hours during the fall semester and at least a 3.50 grade point average.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State University conferred 1,362 degrees during its recent fall 2011 commencement ceremonies.
Jeanette Frey of Mammoth Spring graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in education.
A total of 975 bachelor’s degrees, 381 master’s degree, three specialist degrees, and three doctorate degrees were conferred. Thirty students graduated summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0), 60 graduated magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 94 graduated cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).
Chess players from the Batesville School District’s four magnet elementary schools competed Jan. 12 for the annual districtwide chess rally at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
Sixty-five students from West, Eagle Mountain, Central and Sulphur Rock played four rounds under the supervision of teachers, administrators and three Batesville High students.
The Cave City Bass Club will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Citizens Bank Annex on College Street in Batesville to complete its 2012 tournament schedule, said Ron Watkins, who served as tournament director in 2011.
Club members will also elect a club secretary and discuss forming a voluntary tournament committee.
LITTLE ROCK — Public input is a crucial component of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s process for setting hunting and fishing regulations.
The meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual hunting regulations process, giving hunters the opportunity to make comments and proposals for the 2012-13 hunting seasons.
The meetings will be held at locations around the state from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The fish are always biting somewhere, even in places you can’t reach by boat. But you can reach many of these hard-to-reach waterways by kayak.
“Kayak fishing is ready to explode in Arkansas as recreational kayaking has done over the past five years,” said Don Jackson, an avid fisherman and owner of Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters in Hot Springs. “It has opened up a whole new avenue for fisherman in that he or she can fish lakes, rivers, ponds, bayous, or many places that big boats cannot go for a minimal investment.”
Following are some hints about things to do early in the year.
Houseplants: With shorter days and cooler temperatures, your indoor plants are probably resting, so go easy on the water and don’t fertilize. Remember, most houseplants like the soil slightly dry between waterings. This is a good time to check your plants for mealy bug, aphid, and scale infestations and spot treat them.
Seed catalogs: Spring really is right around the corner. Now is the time to plan your flower and vegetable gardens. So browse those catalogs and begin placing your orders.
The Batesville Bassmasters recently finalized its 2012 tournament schedule, said Billy Littleton, reporter.
The club’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in First Community Bank.
“We are asking everyone that is interested in joining the club to try and be present — old and new members,” he said. “This would be a great night to pay their yearly dues and discuss any club business.”
The 2012 schedule is as follows:
March 10 — Greers Ferry Lake, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Hill Creek Ramp
March 24 — Lake Norfork, 7-4, Quarry Landing
A passage in a book I was reading recently made me aware that many folks may be familiar with the rain crow’s call but not with the bird itself.
In the novel, a man who seemed familiar with nature — up to that point, anyway — told two boys and their young sister that the mourning dove is named for its melancholy call. So far, so good. But then he said it is also called the rain crow because it often calls on cloudy days.
Whoa!! The mourning dove and the rain crow are two different species. The rain crow is a cuckoo — a yellow-billed cuckoo, to be specific.
I have cynophobia — the fear of dogs. Which is strange to me because we always had a dog around while growing up. Normally it was some stray that my older sister Lorie dragged home. She loves dogs and they love her. She would carry them home, sometimes even against their wishes. They were filthy and stinky but Lorie didn’t care. She would give them a bath and dress them in our clothes.
Columnist’s note: Let’s get the “But seriously folks …” disclaimer out of the way first. This column’s satirical tone is an exercise in “whistling past the graveyard.” Asphyxiation “games” are deadly serious. Parents must be watchful. The DB Foundation has posted warning signs online at http://chokinggame.net/chokinggame.htm.