Ozarka names John E. Miller scholar student

August 6, 2010 MELBOURNE — Dustin Payne of Mount Pleasant has been named as the 2010 recipient of the John E. Miller Scholarship by the Ozarka Scholarship Committee. Payne will be awarded the scholarship during Ozarka’s annual scholarship reception in September.The $500 scholarship is renewable for one additional semester as long as Payne is enrolled full time and maintains a 3.0 grade point average at the college. Criteria for selection of this scholarship includes academic ability, good character, determination to succeed and financial need.

18 states endure deadly stretch of steamy weather

August 6, 2010 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — This heat wave isn’t just stifling — it’s deadly.Extreme temperatures continued Thursday across a large swath of the country, killing more than a dozen people, at least two police dogs and likely contributing to the death of Franklin the rhinoceros at a Mississippi zoo. Arkansas fire departments were volunteering to hose down overheated cattle, and people as far north as Maine were trying to stay cool.

Ozarka names Miller Scholar

August 6, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Scholarship Committee recently selected Jennifer Grimes to receive the Sen. Paul and Treva Miller Scholarship for the 2010 academic year. The Millers have been long-time supporters of education in northcentral Arkansas. During his time as senator, Miller has provided consistent legislative support to Ozarka College.

Blanchard Springs slates programs

August 6, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area with different topics highlighted each week, according to a news release.Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is rocks, and programs are:

Al-Anon holds meetings

August 6, 2010 Al-Anon meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Batesville.

BAAC to screen ‘Muppets’

August 6, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council will host the next movie in its Summer Outdoor Movie Series on Sunday.“The Muppet Movie” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in Couch’s Garden at Lyon College in Batesville (behind Brown Chapel). Attendees should bring blankets, lawn chairs (maybe some insect repellent). These outdoor movies are free, but donations will be accepted.

Painting workshop offered

August 6, 2010 Internationally known artist Sheila Parsons will instruct a three-day watercolor workshop Aug. 13-15 at the Batesville Area Arts Council art gallery, 246 E. Main. The class be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.Parsons has taught watercolor for more than 30 years and is the owner of Art-Ventures, a travel/study art company. She has taught and exhibited in Italy, Ireland, England, Mexico, and across the United States. More information on Parsons is available through her website at www.sparsons.com.

Singing set for Sunday

August 6, 2010 BROCKWELL — The Izard County Singing Convention will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brockwell Music School Auditorium for the regular monthly singing.For information call Mike Haney at (870) 368-4146 or Anna Floyd at 368-5012.

Toy drive continues

August 6, 2010 Occupational therapist Cherrilyn Jamora is collecting toys for handicapped children in the Philippines. New and used interactive toys can be dropped off at from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Batesville Daily Guard Office, 258 W. Main St. in Batesville. Such toys help children with disabilities learn about cause-and-effect relationships and how to control their movements.

LR man is 6th to die of heat

August 6, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock man has become the sixth person to die in Arkansas due to heat-related causes.Pulaski County coroner Garland Camper says 41-year-old Gary Allison died Tuesday at Baptist Medical Center. Neighbors reported Allison became ill Saturday while working on the roof of his home.A heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. today for southern sections of the state with heat indexes again near 110 degrees.