26 killed, 38 missing as typhoon hits Philippines

July 14, 2010 MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The first typhoon to lash the Philippines this year flooded parts of the capital, toppled power lines and killed at least 26 people today, many of them trying to scramble to safety as the storm changed course.Thirty-eight people were missing, mostly fishermen who were caught by the storm’s fury at sea.

Doffin resigns Civil Air Patrol command post

July 14, 2010 The 97th Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, located at the Batesville Regional Airport, recently said farewell to its cadet commander, according to a news release from the squadron.Cadet Chief Master Sgt. Dallas Doffin relinquished his post as he prepares for college. The 2010 graduate of Southside High plans to attend West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, Calif.“I plan on majoring in youth ministry and minoring in music,” Doffin said. “After college, I will attend an independent Baptist church and work at the school and be a youth pastor there.”

Surprise birthday party planned

July 14, 2010 A surprise party will be held for Zelma Clairiene Scott in celebration of her 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at First Free Will Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, located at 1101 Brooks St. in Batesville.For more information call (870) 612-8155.All friends and family are invited to attend.

Family to have reunion

July 14, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Smith-Sparkman family reunion will be held July 18 at the Ash Flat Community Building. A potluck lunch is planned at 1 p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend.

Fund established for teen’s funeral

July 14, 2010 A memorial fund to help with medical and funeral expense for the family of 14-year-old Colton Hites has been established at the Batesville branch of Liberty Bank.Hites died unexpectedly July 9 following an illness. The family was not equipped with sufficient medical insurance to cover expenses, a family member said.The fund is listed as the Colton Hites Memorial Fund.

Stone Co. Community Resource Council sponsors expansion

July 14, 2010 Mountain View — Ozarka College received its first donation toward the Mountain View Building Expansion Fund from the Stone County Community Resource Council (SCCRC) earlier this spring. Bill Settle, treasurer of SCCRC, presented the check to Ozarka College President Dr. Richard Dawe and Mountain View Campus Coordinator Gin Brown. The SCCRC sponsored the Student Success Center in the new Student and Nursing Education Center. The SCCRC has previously endowed four separate $10,000 scholarship endowments to benefit Ozarka College students in Stone County.

Volunteer meeting set

July 14, 2010 The North Central Volunteer Network will hold its next quarterly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, 409 Vine St.Lunch is brown bag. A guest speaker from White River Area Agency on Aging will discuss “Effective Project Planning.”The meeting is open to volunteer coordinators and anyone who is interested in volunteerism and volunteer management.

Calico Rock Artisan’s Co-op opening

July 14, 2010 CALICO ROCK — The new Calico Rock Artisan’s Co-op will be opening on July 27 in the new museum building located at 100 Main Street. The building will, ultimately, house the expanded Calico Rock Museum. As a way to use the building and promote Historic Downtown Calico Rock, the artisan’s cooperative will operate in the building.

Group delivers 1 millionth pound of rice

July 14, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Harvest of Hope is a community organization dedicated to helping Arkansas Rice Depot eliminate hunger in the lives of Arkansans. But Harvest of Hope achieves their mission a little differently than many others. Each year, right before the Fourth of July, community leaders in DeWitt join together to smoke pork roasts and chickens. Then Harvest of Hope board members sell the meat to families and individuals in DeWitt and the surrounding communities. All proceeds from the sale of this tasty meat are used to purchase rice, which is delivered to Arkansas Rice Depot.

Folk center offers summer sessions

July 14, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View will host Summer Day Camp for ages 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19-23. The cost is $55 per person but some scholarships are available. Activities include pottery, swimming (weather permitting), leaf prints, candle dipping and more.