Department honors 3 firefighters

June 3, 2009 The Ruddell Hill Volunteer Fire Department recently presented plaques and gift cards in recognition of three members for their 20-plus years of service to the fire department.The members recognized were Gary Tucker, chief; Roetta Tucker, treasurer; and Ray Knatcal, president. They are past officers. They were honored at a fish fry May 16.

Nursing grads honored at Ozarka

June 3, 2009 Melbourne — Practical nursing graduates at Ozarka College were honored at a Recognition Ceremony in the John E. Miller Education Complex on May 5.

Forage tips offered

June 3, 2009 The tail end of the Bermudagrass establishment season is the first half of June for a couple of reasons. Young plants need to develop enough size early in the growing season, while moisture is available, to be able to tolerate summer droughts.Also, they need to develop sufficiently before mid-October to be able to make it through their first winter.Occasionally, Bermuda planted later does survive the droughts and winter but the chances are much lower so early June is a good target cutoff date.HAY QUALITY

Ask a Master Gardener: About azaleas

June 3, 2009 Question: Some of the leaves on my azaleas have grown into big, green and yellow globs. What is this and what should I do?Answer: This is most likely a fungus disease called leaf and flower gall. High humidity and wet leaves provide the ideal environment for this disease to grow. If only a few plants are affected, pick off the galls and/or trim off the affected stems and leaves.

Academy recognizes student

June 3, 2009 The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Whitley D. Poole of Batesville has been recognized as a student of excellence in mathematics.The academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.Poole, who attended Southside High School, was nominated for this honor by Fred Denison, a mathematics teacher at the school.Poole will appear in the USAA’s Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Pizza, pork, people make Tommy’s ‘Famous’

June 3, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Tommy’s Famous is a pizzeria has been a fixture in the Ozark Gateway region for nearly two decades.The family-run establishment, just off the courthouse square in Mountain View, has earned national acclaim for its distinctive pizzas, christened as “fabulous” by Southern Living magazine.

Church gets sprucing-up

June 3, 2009 gainesboro — For more than half a century, it’s been the site of community gatherings — weddings, funerals, showers and come Election Day, the township’s voting precinct.Now, the Sharp United Methodist Church is getting a long overdue sprucing up outside, thanks to two of its members, Anne Peterson and her sister, Jean.The church was built in 1952, Peterson said. Owen Love was pastor then. The old church site was actually across the road, where an old dairy barn is still standing.

Domestic arrest made

June 3, 2009 Multiple charges have been filed against a 35-year-old Batesville man for allegedly getting drunk and breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house early Tuesday morning.Independence County Deputy Brian Luetschwager said around 2:40 a.m. he was dispatched to Sulphur Rock where Andrew K. Vinson of Batesville had reportedly thrown a picnic cooler through a window and crawled into the home of Stephanie M. Baker.Luetschwager said when he arrived at the Baker home, Vinson had already left the scene.

Lyon partners with Sodexo Operations to manage facilities

June 3, 2009 Lyon College announced Monday that it has contracted with Sodexo Operations, L.L.C., for its facilities management services.Sodexo will be responsible for maintenance of the college’s buildings and grounds. Sodexo will provide the general manager for the buildings and grounds team but retain Lyon’s buildings and grounds staff at their current salaries and seniority. The employees also will receive a comparable benefits package, training and promotional opportunities from Sodexo.