Latus completes degree

February 24, 2010 FAYETTEVILLE — Linda Marie Latus of Sulphur Rock graduated in December from the University of Arkansas bachelor’s degree-completion program offered in human resource development, announced Tom Smith, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions.The human resource development program allows working adults to remain with their families and in their jobs while they take classes offered online to complete a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

McElyea earns BSN

February 24, 2010 ALBANY, NY — Vivian Lynn McElyea of Searcy has earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Excelsior College.Excelsior College is an accredited, private, nonprofit institution that focuses on the needs of working adults, according to a news release. It does so by providing working adults multiple avenues to degree completion that include its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance of credit in transfer from other colleges and universities.

Student named to scholars list

February 24, 2010 Batesville High School senior Natanya Clark has been named to the 2010 Presidential Scholars Program.The daughter of Richard and Barbara Clark, she is one of more than 3,000 students chosen for the program in which candidates were selected from 3.2 million students expected to graduate this year in the United States, according to a news release.

Student receives scholarship

February 24, 2010 Batesville High senior Ebony Cherice Brown has been awarded the “Reddie Spirit Leadership” scholarship for 2010-11, according to a news release. She is the daughter of Eddie and Carolyn Brown. The scholarship is equivalent to $500 per semester up to four years. The award is based on extra-curricular activities, leadership, grade point average, class rank, ACT and SAT scores and two letters of recommendation.

Dutch oven workshop set

February 24, 2010 MAMMOTH SPRING — Dutch oven chefs are invited to the Cookin’ with Coals Cook-off on March 6 in Mammoth Spring. Cooking in the big cast iron pots begins at 10 a.m. with judging at 2 p.m. The public can sample the dishes after the judging.For those not ready for a competition, the park offers a March 27 class to teach people how to cook in a Dutch oven. Park interpreters discuss selection of ovens, controlling heat and cleanup. Class members get to sample the dishes. Space is limited and reservations should be made by March 20.

Carter to celebrate birthday

February 24, 2010 CAVE CITY — Betty Curtis Carter will celebrate her 70th birthday with a drop-in reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Family Life and Education Center building of First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.The reception will be hosted by her children and their spouses, Karen and Keith Bates and Gary “Bean” and Ilene Curtis; her granddaughters; and her great-grandchildren.All family and friends are invited to attend.She requests no gifts.

Ozarka to offer GED test

February 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — The GED Test will be given at Ozarka College in Melbourne at 8:30 a.m. March 4 and 15 in Room 516 of the Wyth Duke Adult Education Building. The test will also be given at 9 a.m. at the following locations: • Ash Flat — Sharp County Courthouse Annex Courtroom, March 11 and 30;• Mammoth Spring — Simmons First National Bank, March 1 and 15;• Mountain View — Ozarka College, March 2 and 11;• Salem — Fulton County Courthouse, March 2 and 31.

Chili supper to be Friday

February 24, 2010 CUSHMAN — Cushman United Methodist Church will hold a chili supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu will be chili, cheese, crackers and corn chips, dessert and drink. Price is $5, and dinner is dine-in or carry-out. All proceeds will go toward the cost of heat and air at the church.

Cemetery group to meet

February 24, 2010 The Haddock Cemetery Association will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Oak Bluff Community Center, located at 380 Oak Bluff Road.The agenda will include a financial report for 2008 and 2009, work done on the cemetery during those two years, a budget report for 2010 and a discussion about work that still needs to be done to the cemetery.Anyone who has family members buried in this cemetery and anyone interested in restoring this historical cemetery are asked to attend the meeting.

Rummage sale is this weekend

February 24, 2010 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Animal Rescue Effort will hold its seventh annual Paws & Claws Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne.All proceeds go to the care of homeless, unwanted and abandoned animals. Concessions will be available.