Weight loss group to meet

September 9, 2009 The weight loss surgery support group will have its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White River Medical Center Women’s Center Conference Room B.There will be a guest speaker, said Stephanie Wade, registered nurse and bariatric coordinator with the North Arkansas Center for Surgical Weight Control. For more information, call (870) 793-4445.

Driver exam changes for Thursday

September 9, 2009 There will be no written or road tests given after noon Thursday at the Batesville driver’s license exam location.Exams will return to their regular schedule on Tuesday.

Girl reported missing

September 9, 2009 The Independence County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the community’s help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl.Lt. Brenda Bittle said that Ashley Lewis, who lives in the Cushman area, was last seen around 6 p.m. Monday after leaving a friends’ house on foot.“She had previously appeared to have made a call to an unknown person to pick her up,” Bittle said.Lewis is described as white, 5 feet, 3 inches, 110 pounds, with medium length blond hair, and hazel eyes.

Early voting under way

September 9, 2009 Early voting in the annual Arkansas school elections started Tuesday, but as of that afternoon, no one had cast a ballot yet at the Independence County Courthouse in Batesville.Voters may cast their early ballots during normal business hours at the courthouses in their respective counties. School elections are set for Sept. 15. Independence County has only one race, and that’s on the Midland School Board. James Brandon Bowren is challenging incumbent James Grider for Position 2, a four-year term.

Bishop to attend Old Fashion Day

September 9, 2009 LARKIN — Charles Crutchfield of Little Rock, bishop to the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church, will ride up to Old Philadelphia Church at Larkin on a horse shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday to kick off Old Fashion Day at the church, local pastor Terry Sager said.Plans for the bishop’s arrival at the old church on Larkin Road about three miles east of Melbourne have been in the works for more than a year.

Students learn culture, perform for Europeans

September 9, 2009 For Batesville students Crist Blackwell, Tanner Jarrett, Scott Glover, Jenny Mason, Katie Cummins and Terran Jones the trip to Europe was a first.For student Joshua Poff it was a homecoming.In July the seven Arkansas Ambassadors of Music, along with Batesville band director Greg Wooldridge, traveled to Europe, performing for audiences in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

Support group sends ‘mail’ via balloons

September 9, 2009 One year ago Tammy Hix got the call no mother wants to hear: Her daughter Ashley Stewart had been in an accident and had died.Hix’s grief led her to a group of parents who had also lost children, The Compassionate Friends, which has a chapter in Batesville. The group meets monthly, and on Tuesday night, the chapter held its annual picnic and balloon release.

News of Other Days

September 8, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Sept. 19, 1996.

House of Flowers welcomes Painter

September 8, 2009 Mary Painter is now among the staff of designers at the House of Flowers in Batesville.“We are so happy to have Mary rejoin our staff of designers,” said Lana Earle, who owns the business with her daughter Lisa Barber.“We are a full-service florist, which includes flowers for all occasions. This means we have flowers for weddings, funerals, home decor arrangements and more. We also offer wire service through Teleflora and Flower Shop Network.”

The Hoppers to perform locally

September 8, 2009 Tickets are on sale at participating churches and at Citizens Bank for the Roger Bennett Memorial Concert featuring the Hoppers, “America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in Independence Hall on the University of Arkansas Community College campus, according to a news release.Citizens Bank began the gospel concert series in October of 2006 when it brought Roger Bennett & Legacy Five to Batesville for Bennett’s homecoming. Bennett, the group’s piano player, was from Strawberry, and very well known in the area, according to the release.