White oaks losing leaves to gall

July 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK –  White oak trees in Arkansas are being attacked by Jumping Oak Gall (scientific name Neuroterus saltatorius), leaving foliage covered with numerous tiny brown galls or spots. Although infestations are unsightly as leaves brown out and die, mortality is rare.“This is not in the same category as the red oak borer outbreak of previous years.” said Arkansas Forestry Commission Entomologist Jim Northum. “One flush of leaves may be lost, but healthy trees will put on another flush of leaves and continue to grow.”

Nitrates in forages cause problems

July 7, 2010 Drought and heat stress can often cause nitrate poisoning in cattle but with a little advance planning nitrate poisoning can be avoided.Nitrates are normally found in all plants that are grazed by cattle or used as hay crops.  However, when certain conditions disrupt normal growth, high nitrate levels can occur.  As nitrate content increases, the problems seen with cattle increase until we reach levels that are toxic and cattle are killed by the hay they were fed.

ATU announces spring graduates

July 7, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech University Registrar’s Office has released an official and certified list of 610 degrees conferred upon students on the Russellville campus at the conclusion of the spring 2010 semester. Graduates are listed alphabetically by the town of their permanent address on file with the Arkansas Tech Registrar’s Office. This list includes graduates with associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Ozarka awards nursing graduates

July 7, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozarka College’s practical nursing students at Mountain View were honored at a recognition ceremony in the White Oak Auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center on June 28.

Lyon students named to Dean’s List

July 7, 2010 Sixty-four students have been named to the spring 2010 Lyon College Dean’s List.To be on the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a 3.75 grade point average or higher while taking a minimum of 12 hours a semester.Students on the spring 2010 list and their hometowns are:Akitaken Kazunoshi, Japan — Yune AbeAntelope, Calif. — Erica CoxArkadelphia — Jessica PhelpsBatesville — Clare Brown, Shalyn Ferrell, Julie Cunningham, Meredith Davis, Jon-Michael Poff and Codi A. RibitzkiBaytown, Texas — Tyler Richter

Sanity hearing set for teen charged in deaths

July 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — After state doctors determined a Jacksonville teen charged in the deaths of a toddler and her father is fit to stand trial, his attorneys plan to challenge that finding.A report by Brian Rush Simpson, a forensic staff psychiatrist at the State Hospital, indicates that 17-year-old Daniel Chase Gatrell was mentally ill in December, when Hannah Dowdie-Palmer and her father, 28-year-old Michael Palmer, were killed. Simpson’s report also says Gatrell’s major depressive disorder did not make him insane.

Pine Bluff city, county leaders reach tax deal

July 7, 2010 PINE BLUFF (AP) — Leaders from Pine Bluff and Jefferson County have reached a deal on a proposed tax initiative that could go before voters in November.The proposed Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Coordinated Tax Initiative would place two proposals on the Nov. 2 ballot. One would be for a 5/8-cent city sales tax for city budget and project items. The other would be for a 3/8-cent county sales tax for economic development.The two taxes would overlap in the Pine Bluff city limits and the county tax would expire after seen years.

Body of teen found in Little Rock mobile home

July 7, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Little Rock police say they found the body of what appears to be a teenage boy inside a vacant mobile home.Police Lt. Terry Hastings says a 16-year-old male went to a local hospital late Tuesday afternoon for treatment after the boy said he had been beaten. Hastings says the boy told authorities that his friend also had been beaten up.When police arrived at the mobile home, they found a body lying on the floor.

Woman calls cops on ‘lonely man’ with drugs

July 7, 2010 Before the police was called to remove him, Ledell Strickland, 26, of Davis Lane reportedly was able to talk his way into the west Batesville home of Tabitha Patterson around 2 a.m. Monday by saying he was a friend of her aunt’s who also lives with Patterson.Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he was called to Patterson’s home around 4 a.m. in regards to Strickland refusing to leave.Patterson reportedly said Strickland knocked on her door and began asking for a woman who she believed to be her aunt, although he couldn’t remember her name.

Photo in newspaper leads to arrest in burglary case

July 7, 2010 Getting your picture in the paper is not always a good thing,Just ask Darrell Ross of Rosie. He is in the Independence County jail as the prime suspect in a home burglary in Independence County as well as for using stolen credit cards in Newport and Jonesboro, and being wanted in Jackson County for failing to appear in court. Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Rob Leonard said this morning that after the Guard ran photos of three suspects in the burglary last week of the Carrie Brown residence on Allen Chapel Road, an arrest has been made.