Walgreens to mark anniversary

May 5, 2010 The Batesville Walgreens store at the corner of St. Louis and Harrison streets will be celebrating its first anniversary Saturday with free hot dogs, Pepsi, and chips from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be free face painting and door prizes such as a bicycle, cosmetic items, and “As Seen On TV” products, according to a press release. Children under 12 can make free Mother’s Day cards and hand prints, and mothers can enter for a chance to win a Hallmark Gift basket. Customers can also get a free 8x10 photo when they come in and have their picture taken with their mom.

Poll workers to get training

May 5, 2010 Poll worker training for the upcoming May 18 primary election will be held Thursday at White River Medical Center Raye Rogers Women’s Conference Center facilities in Batesville. Training is held each election year prior to the primary election to update and refresh poll workers on proper procedures on holding elections at their particular polling site.

Fish fry, chicken dinner set

May 5, 2010 HUTCHINSON MOUNTAIN — The Hutchinson Mountain Community will host a fish fry and chicken dinner from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes dessert and drink, will be $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under.

Cleanups seek volunteers

May 5, 2010 Some area cemeteries are planning cleanups and are in need of volunteers. The Macedonia Cemetery cleanup will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Those attending are asked to bring yard tools. A potluck will be served at noon on the grounds. After lunch, participants will visit Duggar Cemetery on Macedonia Road to do cleanup if needed. In case of rain, the work day will be May 15. For more information call Anne Moore at (870) 799-3715. Meanwhile, McMullen Cemetery clean-up days will be Saturday and May 15. For more information call Lila Hays at (501) 345-2292.

Church to host prayer event, anniversary celebration

May 5, 2010 First Church will celebrate the national day of prayer from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The church will celebrate its 40th church anniversary and its 25th pastoral anniversary at 7:30 p.m. May 14, at 2 p.m. May 15 and at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 16. On May 14, the Rev. Norman Hamby of Rogers will be the master of ceremonies. The speaker will be the Rev. Dennis Anderson, Arkansas district superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International in Pearcy. On May 15, there will be a fellowship in Heritage Hall and commentary in the main sanctuary.

Library board meets Thursday

May 5, 2010 The Independence County Library Board will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday in the community room of the Citizens Bank Annex in Batesville. Items on the agenda include the discussion of building plans of a future library and insurance, librarian Debra Sutterfield said.

Morris ancestors fought in Revolutionary War

May 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — Avondale Morris Street of Cave City traces her family back to William Morris, who as a teenager came to the East Coast from England in 1734. “We have two stories about that — he was running away from home, or he got on the ship to tell friends goodbye and it sailed before he could get back to shore,” she told Sharp County Historical Society members. “We don’t know which is correct.”

Museum Home School Days double

May 5, 2010 Spring Home School Day has been so popular at Old Independence Regional Museum that two days are being offered this time around, said Amanda Nikkel, education/volunteer coordinator. Home School Days will be May 10 and 17. “We have had such an interest in our programs from area home school groups that we have decided to expand our offering to two days, instead of one,” Nikkel said. “This will allow home school families to pick a day that will better fit with their schedule. The program on both days will be the same.

Developer: Rumors unfounded

May 5, 2010 CAVE CITY — A planned apartment building in Cave City is simply a single, four-unit building and nothing more, said Brandon Hoggard, who is building the structure with his brother, Bryon Hoggard. Some locals are objecting to the project, having somehow gotten the impression it is for eight duplexes, which would be 16 units, Brandon said. “This is not a government building, nothing HUD (Housing and Urban Development),” he said. Plans are for the building to be constructed on a private drive, and Brandon has heard some objections that the drive is too narrow.

Morris House, owner played parts in Civil War

May 5, 2010 ASH FLAT — The Morris family home and its owner played more than just a bit part in the Civil War, and the house — threatened with destruction by fire during the war — still stands and is occupied by descendants, well-known Cave City resident Avondale Morris Street told members of the Sharp County Historical Society recently. The house is mentioned in “A Visit From Searcy to the Independence County Fair, November 1867,” in the newest edition of the Independence County Chronicle, the local historical society’s publication.