Weight loss group to meet

February 10, 2010 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.This will be an open discussion session. Those interested in attending can call (870) 262-6566 and find out if the support group has to be canceled. Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the White River Surgery Clinic, said she will leave a voicemail with that information if needed.

UCA residential college for science, math is state’s first

February 10, 2010 CONWAY — The first residential college in Arkansas with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics will open on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas this fall. The STEM Residential College will provide opportunities for greater student engagement and serve as a recruiting tool for students seeking a high quality, learning environment in the areas of math, science, computer science, technology and secondary math/science education. It will also train more math and science teachers and improve science and math education in the state.

UAFS Dean’s List announced

February 10, 2010 FORT SMITH — The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith has released the Dean’s List for the fall 2009 semester, according to Dr. Ray Wallace, provost and senior vice chancellor.Students with a 4.00 (straight-A) grade point average are marked with an asterisk.Ash Flat — *Tina GoodmanBatesville — Jennifer SineleSulphur Rock — Candace Scribner.

Baylor names honor students

February 10, 2010 WACO, Texas — More than 2,800 Baylor University students were named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List for the 2009 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.Grant Ross McChesney of Batesville, a sophomore majoring in biology, was named to the list.

McLoy honored on list

February 10, 2010 POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Abigail McLoy, daughter of Mary Moore of Floral, was named to the College of the Ozarks fall 2009 Dean’s List.McLoy is a 2008 Southside High School graduate.To qualify for the Dean’s list, students must maintain a 3.6 minimum grade point average during the semester and carry at least 15 credit hours.

NCA fair scholarship offered

February 10, 2010 SALEM — The North Central Arkansas District Fair will award two scholarships to graduating seniors in the six-county district fair area. Students in Cleburne, Fulton, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties who have participated in county, district or state fairs and meet the scholarship criteria are eligible to apply.Scholarship applications are available online at www.ncadistrictfair.org or are available from their local Extension agent or vo-agriculture teacher. Applications must be received by the NCA District Fair by March 1.

Charlotte EHC

February 10, 2010 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers club met Jan. 13 at the home of O.V. Henley, all members were present.The meeting started with 25 ways to use coffee filters, followed by a program about “the invisible disease, depression.” Members discussed the project they made at the nursing home for New Year’s and what they plan to make for the next holiday, Valentine’s Day.The club will meet this month and the program will be about drug interaction; members should call ahead for time and date.

Cupid in the Caverns concert tickets available

February 10, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Tickets are still available for “Cupid in the Caverns” this weekend, one of the new Concerts in the Caverns sponsored by Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce.Traditional love songs will be on the play list Saturday and Sunday in honor of Valentine’s Day. A 2:30 p.m. show on Saturday is already sold out, but tickets are available for a 4:30 performance on Saturday and 2:30 and 4:30 shows on Sunday. The Cathedral Room of Blanchard Springs Caverns is the setting for these special events featuring local musicians.

Pros, cons of snow in garden

February 10, 2010 If temperatures are going to be cold, we might as well have snow.You might think that snow has nothing to do with gardening — that once a white blanket drops over the landscape, all garden activity and thoughts of gardening cease. Not so: Your gardening activity might cease, my gardening activity might cease, but some things still go on garden-wise.SNOWY BENEFITS

Man tells deputy searching pockets: ‘Be careful, I got a syringe in there’

February 10, 2010 Tee Jay Smart, 20, of Tuckerman was arrested for possessing an instrument of crime following a traffic stop around 7:40 Saturday night in Newark.Independence County Deputy Michael Calendar said while on downtown patrol he stopped a Dodge Neon for no license plate and during a computer check of the occupants of the car, learned that a passenger, Smart, was wanted in Craighead County for a parole violation.