Heat warnings return

August 19, 2010 TULSA, Okla. (AP) — After a brief break from sweltering temperatures — the National Weather Service is again issuing heat warnings for parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.An excessive heat warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Saturday for Crawford, Sebastian, and Franklin counties in western Arkansas. An excessive heat watch is in effect Friday and Saturday for Muskogee, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Le Flore, Latimer and Haskell counties in eastern Oklahoma.Heat indices in the area are expected to reach 105 to 110 degrees.

Movie theater returns wallets

August 19, 2010 In an unusual turn of events, several found wallets have been turned in to the Independence County Sheriff’s Office.Patrol Lt. Brent Everett said management from Oaks 7 Cinema on Harrison Street turned in six found wallets last week.“Travis Nealy said the wallets and a debit card had been found in the theater at various times over the past year and no one had tried to claim them,” Everett said.One of the wallets was returned to its owner shortly after being turned in, and the owner of one said he had already replaced everything.

Melonfest, donations raise $12,000 for ACH

August 19, 2010 CAVE CITY — The 31st Annual Cave City Watermelon Festival was a success despite the heat, with great food and entertainment, a great parade and a wonderful fundraiser for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, said Charles Landers, who chairs the melon festival association.“The entertainment was really great and we did have an outstanding year for the sale and auction, and donations — we will be able to send the Arkansas Children’s Hospital a check for $12,000, thanks to an anonymous donation of $5,000,” Landers said. “It’s fantastic.”

UAMS: $102M to expand broadband, telemedicine

August 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — People living in the most remote corners of Arkansas will be able to receive care from medical specialists through online video chats thanks to a $102 million federal grant that will vastly expand broadband access across the state, officials announced Wednesday.

Grant expands high-speed network to two-year colleges

August 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — Students at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville and Ozarka College will benefit from a grant that will improve distance learning, according to a news release. The money is part of a $102 million federal grant awarded to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to expand broadband access across the state.The Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges (AATYC) has partnered with UAMS to link the state’s 22 community colleges to the system, as well.

Man beaten with golf club, left for dead

August 19, 2010 John Paul Anderson thought he was going to die after being beaten with a golf club and left in a ditch near a local cemetery.Responding to a phone call to Batesville Police Dispatch around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday Deputy Jonathan Brown found Anderson walking near Egner Cemetery near the Allen Chapel community.

Fall bulbs now on sale in Ash Flat

August 18, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Sharp County Conservation District is selling fall flower bulbs, with a wide variety  of bulbs available for planting this fall to make bright, colorful spring flowers, according to a news release from the Sharp County Conservation District.To place an order, call the district office at (870) 994-7335, extension 3.Orders will be  taken until Sept. 7 and bulbs will arrive in early October.

Swine show winners named

August 18, 2010 ASH FLAT — Swine show winners from the recent Sharp County Fair and Livestock Show have been announced by fair board secretary Nancy Orr.“The fair had a good turnout for the swine show,” Orr said.Winners are as follows:Delaney Harris — Pee Wee Showmanship winner in the open and junior shows and sow and litter competitionChace Himschoot — 2010 Grand Champion Market Hog winner in the junior and open shows; Reserve Champion Market Hog in both shows; Grand Champion Gilt in both showsKimberly Lancaster — Open Senior Showmanship winner

3 IndCo student attend math, science school

August 18, 2010 Three Independence County students were recently accepted to the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts as members of the class of 2012.Students accepted include Rebecca Kendrick, of Batesville, daughter of Peggy and Curtis Kendrick; Brittany Martin, of Batesville, daughter of Michael and Jessica Martin; and Breanna Martin, of Batesville, daughter of Michael and Jessica Martin.

Local student participates in research program

August 18, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — Phillip Kerr of Batesville recently completed the summer portion of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Studio.Kerr, whose research emphasis was membrane transport, was among 18 University of Arkansas students selected for the two-year program, which offers an educational experience for freshmen throughout their sophomore year.Hughes Medical Institute scholars received a stipend, three hours of paid tuition, and housing for 10 weeks during the summer of 2010.