‘Deadheading’ keeps flowers blooming longer

July 29, 2009 Most plants benefit from deadheading (the removal of the flowers after blooming). First of all, the plants will look better without dried brown or petal-less flowers. Second, you will not have volunteer plants popping up where they are not welcome.And the third reason to deadhead annuals is that they need to produce seed in order to return again the next year. Therefore, they will often prolong their bloom cycle as long as the spent flowers are kept clipped off.

Ask a Master Gardener: About dying trees, roses

July 29, 2009 Question: I want to know what is wrong with some of my hemlock shrubs and a dogwood tree. We were on vacation and when we came back one of the shrubs was totally brown, although the leaves were still intact and the dogwood tree was the same. We looked, but could find no evidence of an insect infestation. What do you think the problem is?

Horses need conditioning before work in hot weather

July 29, 2009 For many horse owners late spring and summer are the seasons that are the most convenient for recreational riding due to longer days and warm weather. Although this time of year is appealing to the horseman, it may not be the best time for the horse.Oftentimes, horses have not been ridden enough through the winter months and early spring to be physically conditioned for extended work in hot weather. Many horses with access to lush pasture become fat or even obese, which compounds the problem.In severe cases, horses may suffer heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

UACCB student takes on district Circle K office

July 29, 2009 Shortly after being elected Circle K president at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Stephanie Bonds took on the roll of district lieutenant governor.“Our district, the Mo-Ark district, consists of Missouri and Arkansas,” Bonds said. “The two states are divided into divisions: Gateway Division, Ozark Division, Diamond Division and Heartland Division.”

College Briefs

July 29, 2009 Durham earns Barton ScholarshipSMITHVILLE — April Durham has received the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Barton Foundation Scholarship, according to a news release. The Barton Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards at UAMS and made possible by an endowment given to the UAMS College of Medicine in 1964 by Mrs. T.H. Barton of El Dorado, the release states. Scholarships are awarded annually to those students who complete the prior year of medical school with the highest grade point average.

2 earn Lovendahl award to attend NASCAR school

July 29, 2009 SEARCY — The ninth annual Christain Martin Lovendahl Scholarship has been awarded to Joshua Neece of Mooresville, N.C., and Adam Kates of Kings Mountain, N.C., according to a news release.Both are students of the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C.The scholarship honors the memory of Lovendahl, a crew chief in the Busch Grand National Series, now known as the Nationwide Series, who died in an auto accident on May 5, 2000.

Digital mammography offered at WRMC

July 29, 2009 White River Medical Center in Batesville has announced the addition of digital mammography and computer-aided detection offering women the latest in imaging technology along with the convenience and personal service of care provided close to home, according to a news release.

Alcohol arrests, tool thefts reported

July 29, 2009 The driver of a car that reportedly drove from center line to outside line, before jerking the car back into its proper lane, was arrested early Tuesday morning. Also arrested were two passengers in the car.Independence County Deputy Jeremy Qualls said around 2:40 a.m. he got behind a car going across the viaduct in Batesville, then up Ramsey Mountain, and the car was being driven in an erratic manner.