UCA student honored

July 21, 2010 CONWAY — Houston E. Allen of Batesville has received the President’s Commendation for Outstanding Scholarship at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.Allen has been named to the Presidential Scholars List for academic excellence during the spring semester, according to a news release.

UofA recognizes students

July 21, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart has announced the names of the local undergraduates who earned a place on the chancellor’s list for the spring 2010 semester.Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average in at least 12 hours of classes during a regular term to be named to the chancellor’s list:

Jean Jennings Scholar named

July 21, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Laurel Israel of Mountain View has been named as the Jean Jennings Scholar to attend Ozarka College during the 2010-11 academic year. Israel was selected for this award by the Ozarka College Scholarship Committee. This endowed scholarship provides $500 annually to a deserving Ozarka student in Mountain View. Israel wants to pursue an associate of arts in teaching and said she looks forward to the day when she can make a difference in a child’s life as a teacher. She and her husband have three children and recently moved back to her hometown of Mountain View.

RV alum earns doctorate

July 21, 2010 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — River Valley High School alumnus Anthony Eugene Anston has received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, according to a news release. Dr. Anston is the son of Eugene and hazel Anston of Pouhkeepsie and graduated in 1997 from the River Valley School District at Strawberry. He earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and secondary education in 2002 College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

University honors graduating student leaders

July 21, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — Joshua Cox and Lauren Harrison from Batesville, both graduating seniors at the University of Arkansas, were among more than 80 students recognized for their leadership roles in campus activities during their time as students on the Fayetteville campus. The students attended the annual Graduating Student Leaders breakfast, presented by the Division of Student Affairs. Cox and Harrison each received a medallion to wear during commencement ceremonies in recognition of their outstanding contributions to campus life.

Millikin retires; Drew named as replacement

July 21, 2010 After more than a decade of service, Dwayne Millikin is retiring from the Independence County Election Commission, according to a news release. Millikin has monitored many elections and has seen many changes during that time, including the use of electronic voting machines in the county, the release states. “I have truly enjoyed my time as a commissioner and will continue to work with the commissioners to help prepare our new commissioner for the duties before them,” Millikin said.

Lyon restructures administration

July 21, 2010 David L. Heringer has been named vice president for administration at Lyon College. Heringer, who has served as vice president of enrollment services since August 2008, will oversee the offices of enrollment services and institutional advancement.Josh Manning, who joined the Lyon enrollment services staff in 2008, has been promoted to director of enrollment services and will be responsible for the daily operation of the Admissions Office.

State’s first zip line canopy tour opens in Ponca

July 21, 2010 PONCA — Get ready for the clicking of carabineers, zing of pulleys sliding on cables and the rush of adrenaline as your body rips through the air high above the forest floor of the Ozark Mountains. The Buffalo River Canopy Tour at the Buffalo Outdoor Center in Ponca opened last Saturday.The tour offers adventurers a treetop view of the lush Ozark terrain as they glide along a cable like a bird in flight. Harnessed to the cable on a zip pulley, participants are guided through a course of zip lines set from tree to tree.

Pool party slated

July 21, 2010 Batesville First Assembly of God’s Family Connection Ministry is hosting a pool party at the Fitzhugh Park pool for single parents and their children and for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. It will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.Admission is free, but those attending are asked to sign up in advance by calling (870) 793-5489 by Friday.

Calvary Baptist to host homecoming, memorial service

July 21, 2010 Calvary Baptist Church will host a Homecoming Celebration and Memorial Service Sunday.The theme for the event is “Glancing back and looking forward; remembering our journey of faith together.”The schedule is: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship service, 10; lunch and fellowship, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and music, testimonies and memorial service, 1 to 3 p.m.The event is open to all friends and past members.The church is located at the corner of 18th and Lyon streets in Batesville. For more information call (870) 793-5480.