Panel says Ark. college grad rates too low

September 29, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE, (AP) — A national higher education official says Arkansas is failing to produce enough college graduates to raise personal income or strengthen the economy.National Center for Higher Education Manage-ment Systems President Dennis Jones spoke to a legislative subcommittee in Fayetteville Saturday.State Department of Higher Education statistics show 37.6 percent of students who enrolled in a public, four-year university in Arkansas in 2004 graduated from the same school by 2009.

Student lands UALR scholarship

September 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Tera Easter of Batesville received the Ledbetter Non-Traditional Scholarship from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.Easter, who graduated from Cave City High School in 1995, is majoring in liberal arts and is a sophomore.

Student attends engineering camp

September 29, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — Joshua Shaw of Strawberry was one of 30 students from across Arkansas who participated in the 2010 Alternative Energy Summer Academy, a week-long residential camp at the University of Arkansas.The camp, hosted by the College of Engineering, introduced students to the rapidly growing fields of alternative energy and solar technology while providing a scientific background in electrical and mechanical engineering to help them understand the applications of these fields, according to a news release.

Collins named scholar

September 29, 2010 SOUTHSIDE— Southside High School graduate Kristen Collins has earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of her exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams.Collins, who is currently enrolled at Lyon College, qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of three or higher in May.

Student with local ties to pursue master’s

September 29, 2010 Wilmington, Ohio — David W. Glett recently graduated from Wilmington College in Ohio, receiving a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, according to a news release.Glett received a full scholarship to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and will work toward his master’s in agronomy. At Wilmington, he was active in music and also helped in Haiti relief at a Baptist church during the spring semester. He also worked for the Extension Service at the university.

Fall is right time to lime farm ponds

September 29, 2010 Liming provides major benefits if you are growing sportfish in a pond in an area with acid soils. Limestone reduces the acidity of the bottom soils and makes nutrients more available. This is important if you plan to fertilize to increase fish production, or if your soils are naturally acidic.Secondly, liming increases the dissolved minerals in the water, which reduces stress on the fish over the winter. Fish in acidic water with low alkalinity and hardness are more likely to get sick.

Candidates to talk Thursday

September 29, 2010 ASH FLAT — Every candidate who will be on the November general election ballot in Sharp County has been invited to participate in Thursday night’s Meet The Candidates forum, said Sue Billiot of the county’s Farm Bureau, which is sponsoring the event.“Come, hear and question the candidates,” Billiot said.The forum begins at 6 p.m. at the Sharp County Fairgrounds just off U.S. Highway 167 about four miles south of Ash Flat.“It is open to the public and free of charge,” said Billiot.

Annual nut sale under way in Sharp Co.

September 29, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District’s annual nut sale is under way, according to a press release.Orders can be placed from now  until Nov.2. “The nuts will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving and they  make great Christmas gifts,” the release states.

Farm, ranch week begins Oct. 10

September 29, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — In many parts of the country, harvest time is well under way. As summer comes to an end and many of America’s farmers and ranchers are busy gathering the bounty of their work over the past months, I believe it is an important time to reflect on all which these producers do every day for our nation.

Muslim comic book superhero on the way

September 29, 2010 NEW YORK — Comic book fans will soon be getting their first glimpse at an unlikely new superhero — a Muslim boy in a wheelchair with superpowers.The new superhero is the brainchild of a group of disabled young Americans and Syrians who were brought together last month in Damascus by the Open Hands Intiative, a nonprofit organization founded by U.S. philanthropist and businessman Jay T. Snyder.