Cowboy up Nixon, sister are back in the saddle

August 21, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — If your horse bucks you off, you get back on. That’s the cowboy creed.Dr. Bill Nixon lives by it. He was thrown from his horse four months ago in a rodeo competition, but he got back in the saddle and was riding again — as soon as the docs took off the body brace, that is. ———Nixon has been rodeoing all his life.

Batesville resumes classes

August 20, 2009 Batesville School District students started classes Wednesday.Ted Hall is superintendent.The number of students enrolled last year was 2,623. There were 155 graduates with 88 percent of the class graduating. College attendance rate is 85 percent.The school district employs 573 people.There are 36 bus routes with 83 percent of students being transported.

Blanchard Springs to discuss history

August 20, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Blanchard Springs Caverns offers summer interpretive activities at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area, according to a news release. Activities include outdoor amphitheater programs presented at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, day and/or night programs on Thursdays, and guided walks at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Most programs are held at or near the amphitheater, located near the picnic area at the base of Sandfield Bluff. This week’s topic is Arkansas history, and programs are:

Clark wins title

August 20, 2009 Olivia Paige Clark recently won the title of 2009 Young Miss Melon in the pageants associated with the Cave City Watermelon Festival. Her picture was not submitted with the other winners at the time the pictures were published in the Batesville Daily Guard.

Woman accepted to pharmacy school

August 20, 2009 SEARCY — Lynnsey Simpson of Jonesboro is one of 60 new students accepted to Harding University’s College of Pharmacy for the fall 2009 semester. Simpson will be welcomed to the campus pharmacy communityFriday in a white coat ceremony where the class will take the pledge of professionalism.

McCurley earns scholarship

August 20, 2009 Melbourne — Levi McCurley, who graduated in May from Melbourne High School, has been selected to receive the Academic Excellence Scholarship to attend Ozarka College this semester, according to a news release.

Popular GPS exhibit lands at Smackover

August 20, 2009 SMACKOVER — A traveling exhibit is putting Smackover on the map.“GPS Adventures Arkansas,” which will be at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources until Dec. 30, introduces visitors to GPS (Global Positioning System) technology while also serving as a cache for geocachers.

Sharp County road closed

August 20, 2009 ASH FLAT — Strawberry River Road east from the Game and Fish Commission boat ramp to the Lawrence County line will be closed until further notice, due to road construction, Sharp County Judge Larry Brown announced Wednesday.

Early notification sign-up to be Saturday at Oil Trough

August 20, 2009 OIL TROUGH — Residents of the Oil Trough Fire District may sign up for the Alert Express All Hazards early notification system between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oil Trough Community Center, Fire Chief John Long said.The service is free, but recipients must sign up, giving the name of the fire district they live in along with their names, addresses and up to two phone numbers (landline or cell) they wish to be called on. The first number listed will be the primary number.

Telestials to perform locally

August 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — The Telestials, a longtime gospel singing group, will perform Saturday at the Cave City Park, said Billy Snow, a member of Crystal River Bluegrass, which will open the show.The free concert starts at 7 p.m. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.The group was established in 1963 with a trio of women calling themselves the Harmony Trio, singing at church functions. In 1966 the group recorded its first album in Atlanta, followed by the name change and the addition of male vocalists.