Meeting set

May 5, 2009 A community garden could be in the works — if there is enough interest from the public, according to the Independence County Master Gardeners.A planning meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Independence County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 1770 Myers St. in Batesville.“This is really to gauge how many are interested,” Anne Luster said, saying the group has set a goal of 10.

Pharmacist relocating

May 5, 2009 When he locks the doors to Strecker’s Drugs at closing time Wednesday evening, Andy Strecker will be closing more than just a place to get prescriptions filled.It will mark the end of a 38-year era of family service to the Batesville community from their location at 770 St. Louis St.

News of other days

May 4, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 15, 1996. 

Service News

May 4, 2009 SAN ANTONIO — Air Force Airman Corey R. Willis graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Family & Friends Briefs

May 4, 2009 Birders to hold retreatBULL SHOALS — The Ozark Birders’ Springtime Retreat will be Friday through Sunday at Bull Shoals-White River State Park in Bull Shoals. The retreat offers activities for everyone from beginner to advanced birders including guided walks, evening programs, basic birding clinics, lake and river cruises and children’s programs. Admission is free except for the lake and river cruises. For more information, call (870) 445-3629. Lady Elks to host card party

Book sale, flea market to be May 8-9 in Hardy

May 4, 2009 HARDY — The Friends of the Hardy Library will host its Semi-Annual Book Sale in conjunction with the Spring River Art Gallery’s flea market.The events will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Old Hardy Gym. Books and flea market items should be delivered to the gym from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Books may also be taken to the library prior to the sale.

Area Briefs

May 4, 2009 Lyon commencement to be Saturday

Man claims he was shot

May 4, 2009 A Pleasant Plains man said he was shot by another man for no apparent reason Saturday evening.Jerome Galloway, 20, of 229 Cornerstone Road told Independence County Deputy Matt Thomas that he went to the low water bridge in the “Lost End” area of Union Hill Road around 6 p.m. to see how high the water was when two men in a red Ford pickup approached him from the Thida side of the bridge.

Boating course well attended

May 4, 2009 Rainy weather wasn’t a deterrent for several dedicated boaters who attended a free safe boating class in Batesville Saturday.The class, held at the White River Fire Fighters Training Center in Batesville was attended by 14 boaters from around the area and surrounding counties. The farthest participants came from Imboden and Mountain Home.