Hot weather gardening tips offered by Master Gardeners

July 8, 2009 We now enter the fun months for gardening in Arkansas. Temperatures are heating up, natural rainfall can be hit and miss, and insects and diseases have found their foothold.Try to garden smart, working early in the day. Watering in the early daytime hours is also better — the foliage dries quicker, the moisture can work its way into the root profile before the heat stresses the plants, and we lose less water to evaporation.Cutting flowers for indoor bouquets and harvesting vegetables in the early part of the day can also improve their lasting power and flavor.

Civil War to take center stage in historic Helena

July 8, 2009 HELENA-WEST HELENA — In early 1861, the United States began falling apart. Many point the finger of blame toward slavery; others believe states’ rights to be the impetus. Regardless the catalyst, the next four years would be burdened with strife, death, discord and controversy. With an estimated 600,000 men losing their lives, the four-year episode marks the deadliest period in the history of the United States.

Fleeing, drug arrests made

July 8, 2009  Police made two early morning arrests today after one man reportedly fled from them on a four-wheeler and another was said to have been driving after huffing a household cleaning product.Around 12:40 a.m. Independence County Deputy Nathan Stephens said he was on patrol on Camp Tahkodah Road when he met a four-wheeler that reportedly tried to flee from him by turning onto Gem Street at a high rate of speed and sliding sideways several times.

Ozarka celebrates nursing graduates

July 8, 2009 Melbourne — Practical nursing students in the Ozarka College Ash Flat and Mountain View 11-month programs were honored at recognition ceremonies on June 26 and 29.

Caverns offers photo tours

July 8, 2009 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Over 40 years ago, Blanchard Springs Caverns received national attention when the photographs of A.Y. Owens displayed the caverns’ awesome beauty on the pages of Life magazine, according to a news release. Life called Blanchard “one of the most extraordinary cave finds of the century.”

Area Briefs

July 8, 2009 State to receive $14M for ice storm recovery

Smoke testing begins Thursday

July 8, 2009 On Thursday, Pipeline Analysis Inc. will begin smoke testing the entire Batesville sewer collection system, city officials have announced. Pipeline Analysis is a contractor hired by the Batesville Water Utilities to do a complete survey of the entire wastewater collection system. The smoke testing is expected to continue through September, Public Works Engineer Damon Johnson said. Door hangers will be placed approximately 24 hours prior to smoke testing to notify business and homeowners.

Rotary club presents awards

July 8, 2009 The Batesville Rotary Club finished its 2008-09 year by installing officers for 2009-10, as well as honoring several club members for their service during a recent meeting.Mark House of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home was installed as club president, Dwight Ford of First Community Bank as president-elect, Ronald Richardson of White River Health System as secretary, Andy Walmsley of Ameriprise Financial as treasurer and Renee Long of Citizens Bank as sergeant-at-arms.

Fleeing from imaginary officers leads to accident; charges filed

July 8, 2009 A man who believed he was being chased by police and wrecked his truck during the process has been charged with several traffic offenses, but none of them for fleeing.Independence County Deputy Bret Ward said he was dispatched to 210 Shamrock Lane around 11 p.m. Monday after a call was received from a fence owner, Jerry Stephens, saying that someone had driven through the fence and medical help was needed.