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.

Moore receives law degree

June 9, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Krystal Brooke Davis Moore of Batesville received her juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in commencement and hooding ceremonies held May 15 in Little Rock. Moore is the daughter of Kenneth and Ginger Davis and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from UALR. While at Bowen, she participated in the Mediation and Litigation Clinics and contributed to the ABA Arkansas Real Estate Law newsletter.

Searcy man earns law degree

June 9, 2010 LEXINGTON, Va. — Keith Pound Harmon received the juris doctor degree from Washington and Lee University during commencement exercises for the School of Law on May 8.Harmon was among 123 students receiving a J.D. and two receiving master of law degrees during the ceremonies held on Washington and Lee’s historic Front Lawn.

Emerson graduates

June 9, 2010 POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Karla Emerson, daughter of Eddie and Debbie Emerson of Cave City, graduated from College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo., during the 2010 commencement exercises May 9. Emerson received a bachelor of science in family/consumer science.Emerson is a 2006 Newark High School graduate.

ASU-Beebe announces grads

June 9, 2010 BEEBE­ — Arkansas State University-Beebe awarded 415 degrees and certificates in the spring 2010 commencement ceremonies, announced Dr. Ted Kalthoff, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Recipients included students who attended campuses at Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy and the Little Rock Air Force Base.Batesville — Brandon L. Fuller, associate in general studies; Robin H. Medlock, technical certificate in air conditioning; Paul R. Worley, technical certificate in diesel technology; Desha — Tyler A. Jones, certificate of proficiency in welding technology;