ASU offers ‘Bridging the Gap’ program for students

July 1, 2010 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s Student Support Services is announcing the “Bridging the Gap” Summer Bridge program, a comprehensive program that allows students to become better prepared for their higher education experiences at ASU.“Bridging the Gap” is designed to introduce incoming or non-traditional students to the resources required for success in college and to provide them with an individualized introduction to ASU. This program will be held Aug. 17-20, on the campus of ASU-Jonesboro. The “Bridging the Gap” Summer Bridge program is in its 10th year at ASU.

David Mitchell named Faculty of Year

July 1, 2010 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College has announced science instructor David Mitchell as its 2010 Faculty of the Year. Mitchell will represent Ozarka in October at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) annual fall conference in Hot Springs.Mitchell began his career at Ozarka College as a non-traditional student. He graduated with an associate of arts and continued his education at the University of Central Arkansas, receiving a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and master’s in biology.

UACCB awards scholarships

July 1, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has presented scholarships to several area recent graduates, announced Melissa Sisco, director of Financial Aid.Scholarships are renewable for three consecutive semesters for those students completing at least 12 credit hours each semester with a 3.0 grade point average after the first semester and a 3.25 GPA after the second and third semesters.Chancellor’s Scholarships

Individual choices at stake as laws take effect

July 1, 2010 Gun owners with permits can carry concealed weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol in New Mexico and Virginia. Young and old alike must show proof of age when buying alcohol in Indiana. Georgia and Kentucky are hitting the delete key on texting while driving.New laws taking effect today reflect states’ ongoing debates over individual freedoms, touching on everything from smoking restrictions to measures seeking to fight crime.

New audio books/DVDs at Independence County Library

July 1, 2010 Audio books“Milo’s Hat Trick,” Jon Agee“Rembrandt’s Beret,” Johnny Alcorn“I’m Not Invited?” Diana Cain Bluthenthal“Family Stories”“Pumpkin Eye,” Denise Fleming“Woolbur,” Leslie Helakoski“Zelda and Ivy One Christmas,” Laura McGee Kvasnosky“The Other Dog,” Madeleine L’Engle“Knots on a Counting Rope,” Bill Martin Jr.“Penny Lee and Her TV,” Glenn McCoy“First Grade Stinks!” Mary Ann Rodman“The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog!” Cynthia Rylant“Over the Moon,” Rachel Vail

The Weekend Events — What’s going on this weekend in the Batesville area:

July 1, 2010 Friday• Fish and chicken dinner, 3-7:30 p.m., Hutchinson Mountain community center. Meals are $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under.Saturday• Saturday Open Market open market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., pocket park in downtown Batesville. Open to farmers, gardeners, artists and crafts people from Independence County and bordering communities; there is no entry fee. Vendors should bring their own tables or booths. Call Paula Grimes at (870) 793-4632 or e-mail

Shape note gathering set

July 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center State Park will host the seventh annual National Shape Note Gathering Tuesday through Thursday.“Whether you grew up attending Sacred Harp singings, learned to sight read by using a seven-shape system, or are simply curious about what’s behind that unusual, appealing shape-note sound, come and attend this new event,” a news release states. “Shape-note singers from different styles, repertoires, and traditions — along with people who have never sung by shapes — will come together for a general session.”

Pageant is Saturday

July 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Miss Southern Firecracker pageant will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View School, according to a news release. Registration will begin at 1. For questions about entry fees, entry forms or more information call (501) 270-0635, (501) 206-5561 or e-mail

Pastor to celebrate birthday

July 1, 2010 Bob Francis will celebrate his 75th birthday with a reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Word of Life Fellowship Church, located at 1417 North Central Ave. in Batesville.Refreshments will be served.Francis is pastor of the Word of Life Fellowship Church and holds services in the chapel of Independence County Jail once a month. He was director of the Burning Bush Christian Coffeehouse from 1972 to 1974 and of a second coffeehouse from 1981 to 1982. He retired from ConAgra on May 1, 1999, after 23 years of service.

Concord Fun Day scheduled

July 1, 2010 CONCORD — Wallace Cooper will be the grand marshal when the annual Concord Fourth of July Fun Day parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, said city council member Jackie Rone, who is helping coordinate the event.Cooper is a previous city alderman and school board member, as well as a former Cleburne County deputy sheriff and sheriff.Parade line-up begins at 10 on the Concord School campus. It will travel to the city park, where remaining events are scheduled.