Officials report heat death

June 25, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Health says it has recorded the first heat-related death of 2010.The agency said Thursday that because of patient confidentiality issues, it could not release information about the victim.According to the National Weather Service, temperatures across the state have been well above average, ranging from the mid-90s to low 100s for the past few days.Officials says there were seven heat-related deaths in Arkansas last year.

Ozarka foundation hosting music fundraising event

June 25, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozarka College Foundation board will host a music program at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View at 2 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the ticket sales for this event will benefit the Mountain View Building Expansion Campaign.The musical line-up includes: The Larry Nelson Family, Ozark Rhythm Cloggers, Sylamore Crossing, the Cobb Brothers, and the trio of Danny Dozier, John Parks and Pam Setser.

Open market is Saturday

June 25, 2010 Main Street Batesville will hold its first “open market” downtown Saturday, and so far, it has commitments from six vendors, executive director Paula Grimes said. The open market will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pocket park, 315 E. Main.

Letters Home: Dust Bowl accounts come alive for niece

June 25, 2010 During the Depression, Pearl Taylor and her family moved from Arkansas to Oklahoma, where they would witness one of the country’s greatest natural disasters, the Dust Bowl. At the end of many of her letters home she would write, “Pray for rain.”That rain finally did come, but it was too much, too fast — Taylor and her daughter ironically died in a flash flood.

Fair introduces new ride, honors Yauch

June 25, 2010 A new ride will debut at the Independence County Fair on July 20, fair board member Pam Lloyd said.The fair runs through July 24.The new attraction, The Nemesis 360, was purchased by PBJ Happee Day Shows, which will once again provide the carnival at the fair.“We are having a lot of success with this ride. It is the most thrilling ride of our show,” said PBJ’s Pam Casper. “People have commented to me that this ride has been more fun and exciting than those they have ridden at Universal Studios.”

Man dodges Taser first time, succumbs to three direct hits

June 25, 2010 Christopher Armstrong wasn’t going down so easily after banging on the front door of a neighbor, who then called police Thursday morning.  Independence County Deputy Fred Friar said he responded to a call for police help around 11 a.m. to the home of Lee Moser at 1743 Davis Lane where Armstrong was reportedly drunk and causing problems.Moser told police that her next-door neighbor, 44-year-old Armstrong, was beating on her front door and the front of her trailer.

Ozark Heritage Bank awards scholarships to three

June 24, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Ozark Heritage Bank recently awarded  scholarships to three area students — Hayden Adams of Mountain View, Laken Powell of Timbo and Kati McKnight of Rural Special, said loan officer Darryl Sullivan, who presented the scholarships.Each scholarship is worth $500 and is awarded to applicants with the highest academic, athletic and school participation scores, he said.

Sisters receive honors

June 24, 2010 Sisters Amanda Doster of Greenfield, Ma. and Meredith Doster Edgerton of Boone, N.C., recently received honors and awards in their respective fields of graduate study.They are the granddaughters of Robert and Ellen Ford of Batesville and daughters of Daniel and Rebecca Doster of Tucker, Ga. Doster, a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of New Hampshire, was the winner of the 19th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry contest in Franklin County, Ma. Her poem was one of almost 200 submitted. She is working toward her master of fine arts with a major in poetry.

Fulcher makes Dean’s List

June 24, 2010 RUSSELLVILLE — Alan Fulcher of Batesville and a graduate of Southside High School, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2010 semester at Arkansas Tech University.In order to obtain this honor a student must achieve a 3.5 grade point average or higher and complete at least 12 semester hours.

CC’s Keller named ‘student of excellence’

June 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City High School student Kristin Keller has been named a student of excellence in foreign language by the United States Achievement Academy, according to a news release. Keller, who was nominated by Spanish teacher Nikki Amos, is the daughter of David and Roxanna Keller of Cave City and granddaughter of Angie and Jim Smith of Cave City, Darell and Loretta Hays of Batesville, and James and Gloria Keller of Pleasant Plains.Keller will be featured in the United States Achievement Academy’s official yearbook which is published nationally.