Ark. lawmakers fret over Medicaid budget cuts

February 16, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers say they want more influence over how the state will reduce the cost of Medicaid programs by $400 million.Arkansas Department of Human Services Director John Selig told lawmakers the department plans to keep next year’s budget for the program at the same level as this year. But Selig says that means cutting $400 million in the program because of increasing costs and more clients.

Woman earns degree

February 16, 2010 FORT SMITH — The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith awarded 512 degrees and certificates from July through December 2009, according to Penny Pendleton, dean of enrollment management.Graduates included Janie Evans of Concord, who received a bachelor of science in nursing, registered nursing-BSN online completion.

Shaws to sing in Smithville

February 16, 2010 SMITHVILLE — The Shaws, a sisters and brother trio, will present a gospel music concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Smithville Baptist Church in Smithville (Lawrence County).A “favorite snack” fellowship will follow in the church fellowship hall. The event is open to the public.

ICARE seeks donations

February 16, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will be holding its seventh annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne. Concessions will be available.Those with items to donate are asked to drop them off at the fairgrounds on the following dates: from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, and from 2-6 p.m. Feb. 23. To make arrangements for pick-up, call (870) 368-5000 and leave that message. The group will not pick up large appliances.

DAV to nominate officers

February 16, 2010 The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 32 will hold a special meeting to take nominations for officers.The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.

Youth club to meet

February 16, 2010 A new Modern Woodmen of America Youth Service Club is starting in Batesville.The club will have its first activity at 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Parent Center (the old art room) at Cord-Charlotte elementary campus of Cedar Ridge School District.Students between the ages of 7 and 16 are invited to the activity to find out about the benefits of membership.Linda Crigler of Cord will lead the club, and Cledas Manuel of Batesville, a local Modern Woodmen representative, will sponsor the club’s monthly activities.

Scholarship awarded

February 16, 2010 McKinley E. Case, a 2006 Batesville High School graduate, recently received a $1,500 scholarship from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation for the 2009-10 academic year. McKinley, who attends the University of Arkansas and will graduate in May with her bachelor’s in biology, will enter physical therapy school at the University of Central Arkansas this fall.

ASU prof studies Ozark freshwater pond organisms

February 16, 2010 Pond ecosystems offer a unique opportunity to study close up and first-hand the ecological interactions of organisms within a confined habitat. Anton van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723), sometimes called the Father of Microbiology, was the first person to examine and describe pond microorganisms with a crude light microscope over three centuries ago. He called the various microorganisms that he saw, “cavorting little beasties.” Today’s scientists continue to be intrigued by the breadth of organismal diversity found in pond water. By itself, a pond is a “microcosm of life.”

Quorum court to meet

February 16, 2010 Canceled because of snow last week, the Independence County Quorum Court will hold its monthly public meeting at 6 tonight on the second floor of the Jess B. Carpenter (library) building in downtown Batesville.

Fire department to elect board

February 16, 2010 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual board elections at 7 p.m. March 1 at the main fire station.The event is open to the public.