C-Ridge board slates meeting

June 10, 2010 NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district board room at 1502 North Hill St., Newark.Agenda items will include the second reading of policies and handbooks, naming of district officials for 2010-11, review of financial reports and bills.Meetings are open to the public.

Truck roll-over creates hazmat threat

June 10, 2010 A man trying to push his stalled pickup truck off the roadway escaped injury when the truck rolled down an embankment and overturned Wednesday morning, but he did create an environmental hazard when gas and oil started leaking into a stream that feeds into the White River, according to Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Friar.Brian Davidson, 28, of Cedar Drive, told Friar that his 1999 Ford Ranger pickup stalled on him while at the intersection of St. Louis and Myers streets and he had pushed it to nearby Riverside Conoco when the accident happened.

Miller promoted to registrar

June 10, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College announced the promotion of Jennifer Miller to the registrar position in its Student Services Department. Miller will begin her new job on July 1. Miller was hired into a grant position as student success specialist in fall 2007. She has made significant contributions to the college and has implemented many new services for students as Ozarka College developed strategies for increased student retention. This past year, Miller was promoted to director for student success and served as Perkins coordinator in that capacity.

‘What could happen by phone, mail?’ Couple celebrates 50 years

June 10, 2010 A love of learning caused Marie Garvey Fowler and Gerald Fowler to meet — they were students in summer school at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.“He came by with a friend of his, looking for his friend’s wife,” Marie said. “I came out and told them she wasn’t there.”“She was wearing shorts,” Gerald said of Marie.Later, Gerald’s friend told her that as soon as they got out of sight, Gerald kept asking, “Who was that girl? Who was that girl?”“She had legs up to here,” Gerald said Wednesday, chuckling.

Friday event includes pets

June 10, 2010 The next 2nd Friday Downtown Wander and Wonder Walk, set for this Friday, will turn the pocket park into a “pet adoption park” as the Humane Society of Independence County will bring some of their dogs, and possibly cats, downtown. Pets will be in the park from 5 to 8 p.m., ready for adoption. For more information, call the humane society at (870) 793-0090.

Mother concerned over possible charge

June 10, 2010 SMITHVILLE — Tammy Freeman was just leaving juvenile court Tuesday with her 13-year-old son when state police officers took them aside to talk with them about the shooting death of her younger son that occurred last year.“They said they had gotten a phone call to go back and look at this case,” Freeman said. The case Freeman was referring to involved her 11-year-old son Jace Freeman who was shot in July of 2009 outside a home near Smithville.

Blossom-end rot caused by calcium deficiency

June 9, 2010 Blossom-end rot hurts tomato yields and quality. Blossom-end rot begins on immature fruit as a small, light brown spot at the blossom end. As the fruit ripens, the affected area gradually expands into a sunken, leathery, brown or black lesion. Hard, brown areas may develop inside the fruit, either with or without external symptoms.

Stewardship deadline extended

June 9, 2010 The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has published final regulations governing the Conservation Stewardship Program.  Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who exercise good land stewardship and want to improve their conservation performance.Changes to the program include expanding access, increasing payment limits and promoting greater environmental benefit while maintaining program goals. 

Scholars awarded academic distinction

June 9, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has presented scholarships to several area students, announced Melissa Sisco, director of Financial Aid.Tamara Edgin of Batesville has received a Chancellor’s Scholarship, which is awarded to students with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher. It provides in-state tuition (up to 15 hours), a $250 stipend and free use of text books each semester.Edgin graduated from Batesville High School. She is the daughter of Kevin and Tracey Edgin. She plans to pursue an associate of science degree.

Cesarski nets Lyon scholarship

June 9, 2010 Kaylin Cesarski of Batesville has been accepted for admission to Lyon College and has been awarded an Honors Day scholarship.Each year, Lyon College awards scholarships to outstanding applicants who show special promise as productive members of the college community.Cesarski, a Batesville High School student, is the daughter of Rick and Darla Cesarski of Batesville and the granddaughter of Mary Lou Spinks of Concord and Richard and Patty Cesarski of Batesville.