Ong publishes research on algae blooms

June 30, 2010 Dr. Han Chuan Ong, Lyon College assistant professor of biology, is the leading author of a research article published in the June 2010 issue of Journal of Phycology. The article reports the completely-sequenced chloroplast genomes of two species of golden brown algae.

East Ark. to get $4.3M in job training funds

June 30, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arkansas State University-Newport will receive $4.3 million to partner with four other Arkansas community colleges to train workers for jobs in automotive and diesel industries including jobs in green technology.

Several area families have planned reunions for this weekend:

June 30, 2010 WrightThe family of the late Tom M. and Cora Ford Wright will have its 34th annual reunion at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Family Life and Education Center at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.The event is open to all family and friends.MizeThe Mize reunion will be Saturday at Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell. All family and friends are invited.Ford

String band to be featured

June 30, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW —  The Ozark Folk Center will host a week of workshops for the old-time string band instruments, both on individual instruments and in an ensemble context, next Monday through Thursday. Evening concerts will feature old-time string band music. Plenty of opportunities for jamming will be available.

Ind. Co. library to be closed

June 30, 2010 The Independence County Library will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the 4th of July holiday.The library will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Zoo offers live shows

June 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The Little Rock Zoo will host a “Wild Wonders” live show featuring flying birds, mammals and reptiles. The show will be at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day.Also, Breakfast with Primates will be July 24. Guests will get a VIP keeper chat all about primates and will enjoy a breakfast buffet at Cafe Africa. Doors open at 8 a.m. Tickets are $21.95 for non-member adults and $16.95 for non-member children. Reservations are required and may be done by calling (501) 661-7218.

Celebrate 4th with a patriotic recipe

June 30, 2010 NEW YORK — The Fourth of July is right around the corner so plan on giving your celebration some extra fireworks with delicious and patriotic desserts! Featuring festive red, white and blue colors these summery delights will be the star of your get-together. Whip up a Patriotic Trifle, Star-Spangled Fruit Tart or some Patriotic Cupcakes and you’ll have your guests begging you to host another party.Patriotic Trifle Recipe1 package (3 ounces) berry blue gelatin1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin2 cups boiling water1 cup cold water

Pushy customer gets dinner at jail instead of Arby’s

June 30, 2010 Edwin Strain apparently couldn’t wait while sitting in line at a local drive-through — he hit the vehicle in front of him to push him out of the way.But Strain didn’t get his supper at the restaurant Tuesday night; instead he was taken to jail.Independence County Deputy Shawn D. Stephens was called to the Arby’s parking lot just before 10 concerning a private property accident.Customer Rusty Keller told the deputy he was in the drive-through line waiting on his order when he heard someone yelling “Move your ...”

Energy grants awarded

June 30, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Forty-one Arkansas cities and counties will receive a combined $6.2 million in grants to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Sharp County will receive $19,500 to replace the heating and air-conditioning system for the courthouse. Fulton County will get $428,989 for lighting and HVAC retrofits of county buildings, as well as an energy-efficient roof retrofit, appliance upgrades and solar hot water heating at Fulton County Hospital.