Calligraphy classes offered

March 25, 2010 The Batesville Area Arts Council is offering a series of calligraphy classes on Thursdays next month, according to BAAC Director Colleen Jackson.The classes will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: April 8, 15, 22 and 29.For more information or to pre-register, call Jackson at (870) 793-3382. The BAAC-on-Main gallery is located at 246 Main St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Foxy Ladies, Red Hat Society

March 25, 2010 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society met March 16 at Batesville Country Club for the monthly meeting.Norene Trentini, queen mother, opened the meeting with the reading of a poem. She then requested that the members bow their heads in a moment of silent prayer.The decorations and buffet lunch carried the theme of St. Patrick’s Day.A discussion was held about Spring Fling, which will be May 18. The theme of an island vacation has been decided upon, and plans are under way for a festive occasion.

Farm Pesticide Applicator meeting to be Friday morning

March 25, 2010 A Farm Pesticide Applicator training meeting will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Independence County Extension Office.This is the class that qualifies farmers for a State Plant Board license to buy restricted pesticides. There is a $10 charge for the training. This is in addition to the fee charged by the State Plant Board for the actual license. “Remember that normally you will only have to take the training once every five years,” said Extension Agent Stan Carter.

Cave City cleanup set

March 25, 2010 CAVE CITY — The annual citywide cleanup in Cave City will be April 5-14, Recorder-treasurer Kathy Wooldridge said.Pickup will start April 5 on the east side of Highway 167 and proceed north until the northern city limits are reached. Then pickup will start on the west side of the highway and the trucks will work their way back south.Nothing with a compressor on it will be picked up. If an item has a compressor on it, the compressor must be removed in order for the item to be hauled away.

Herb expert to speak at Lyon

March 25, 2010 Herb expert Tina Marie Wilcox will present a convocation program on herbs at 7:30 p.m. March 31 in Nucor Auditorium on the Lyon College campus. The program, sponsored by the Lyon College Convocations Committee, is free and open to the public.

Community garden board to hear about progress

March 25, 2010 The board of the White River Community Garden board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Western Sizzlin in Batesville.An update on the progress of the garden and possible future actions needed will be on the agenda, according Master Gardener Chester Clark, one of the organizers.Located at 1820 Myers St. across from Row Lake, the site will allow residents who do not have an area available to garden. For more information or to volunteer with the community garden, contact Chester or Sharon Clark at (870) 251-2148.

Family, friends remember Navy SEAL from Arkansas

March 25, 2010 HOT SPRINGS (AP) — A U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan has been remembered as an honorable, hard-working man who died a warrior’s death.Family and friends gathered Wednesday at Hot Springs Baptist Church for the funeral of 36-year-old Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown.The Department of Defense didn’t release details of Brown’s death last week. He was assigned to a Virginia Beach, Va.-based SEAL team.

Melbourne school to start law enforcement program

March 25, 2010 MELBOURNE — Students at Melbourne High School will soon be learning how to serve, protect and defend.On Monday, the Melbourne School Board approved plans for a 9th- through 12th-grade law and public safety vocational program, which will allow students who are interested in the field the opportunity to earn college credit as well as certification through the Arkansas Department of Correction.

Cave mayor resigning

March 25, 2010 CAVE CITY — Cave City Mayor Carl Johnson is retiring.The mayor announced his resignation this week, effective April 19.The Cave City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the community center at which time a new mayor will be appointed, recorder/treasurer Kathy Wooldridge said. The meeting is open to the public. Johnson told the Guard this morning that the city is doing well financially and the decision to resign is a personal one.“It’s just time for me to get out of it,” he said. “I have appreciated everybody’s help and everything they have done.”