Ozarka announces grads earning associate degrees

May 24, 2011 MELBOURNE — Ozarka College held its graduation May 12.Students completing their studies with an overall grade point average of 3.75 or higher in a certificate or associate degree program are designated as graduating magna cum laude. Students who earned a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 graduated cum laude. Graduates are as follows:Associate of Arts in TeachingAsh Flat — Angela L. Goodman (magna cum laude)Cherokee Village — Jennifer L. Gotte (magna cum laude), Rebecca A. Vander Vort, Bethanie L. Wallace

Bethesda EHC Club News

May 23, 2011 BETHESDA — Eleven members of the Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club met at the Bethesda Fire Station on May 16 for their monthly meeting.The meeting began with recital of the American flag pledge and the Homemakers’ Creed. This was followed by roll call — naming the title of a song with a boy’s name in it. Some of the answers given included “Oh Danny Boy,” “Father Abraham,” “Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley,” “Billy Boy,” “Johnny Reb” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”

BRTC students to use Williams Library

May 23, 2011 WALNUT RIDGE — The library at Black River Technical College will be closed this summer to recover from flood damage, but Williams Baptist College has agreed to help BRTC students in the meantime. WBC’s Felix Goodson Library will provide full services to BRTC students through the summer terms.Much of BRTC’s Pocahontas campus, including its library, was damaged during severe flooding this spring. The WBC campus, which is at Walnut Ridge, was not affected by the flooding. The two colleges are about a ten minute drive from each other.

Baker Cemetery cleanup planned

May 23, 2011 MYRON ­— The cleanup of Baker Cemetery south of Myron in Izard County will be at 9 a.m. Saturday.Those who have relatives buried there are asked to help with the cleaning.

Johnny Cash tribute set for June 3

May 23, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View will host its second Tribute to Johnny Cash Concert at 7 p.m. June 3. This year’s tribute show will feature two of Cash’s sidemen, as well as one of the folk center’s own performers: W.S. “Fluke” Holland on drums, Dave Roe on bass and Charlie White on guitar.

Library candidates on agenda

May 23, 2011 The Independence County Library board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday at Citizens Bank Annex in downtown Batesville to interview applicants for the librarian’s position.

Disaster center opening in Pocahontas

May 23, 2011 POCAHONTAS (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is to open a disaster recovery center in Pocahontas to serve residents in northeast Arkansas.Residents of Clay, Greene, Lawrence and Randolph counties can meet with state and federal recovery officials starting today at the Pocahontas Community CenterThe center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Food stolen from restaurant

May 23, 2011 ASH FLAT — Three people who stole food from Cozumels Mexican Restaurant in Hardy on Thursday got more than they expected, according to a posting on the Sharp County sheriff’s website.Restaurant staff reported to the county’s dispatch center that “a man and two women had just ordered $77 worth of food to go and then left with the food without paying for it,” Sheriff Mark Counts said. “A short while later Deputy Gary Mitchell and Arkansas State Trooper Fred Dail spotted the vehicle coming through the Highland area.”

ICEDC slates meeting

May 23, 2011 The Independence County Economic Development Commission will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, according to executive director Ed Mabry.

BHS approved for EAST lab

May 23, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — The EAST Initiative has announced the implementation of nine new EAST programs for the 2011-12 school year and one of those schools is Batesville High.  Batesville Junior High School began its EAST program last year.Another area school launching a new program is Bald Knob Middle School.Environmental and Spatial Technology is an educational model that focuses on student-driven community service projects accomplished by using teamwork and cutting-edge technology, according to a news release.