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.

Revival announced

September 8, 2009 POUGHKEEPSIE — Ring’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church will have a special revival meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and on Sunday morning.Evangelist will be Brandon Martin, pastor of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in La Porte, Ind. He is the grandson of Royce Ford, pastor of Ring’s Chapel.The church is located on state Highway 58, just north of state Highway 115 near Poughkeepsie.For more information call Ford at (870) 793-5767.

Blood drives planned

September 8, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — The American Red Cross has announced blood drives as follows:Thursday — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ozarka College in Melbourne; 1-6 p.m., Ash Flat WalmartFriday — 1-6 p.m., Batesville Walmart;Saturday — 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Batesville Walmart; Sunday — 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Mountain View Walmart; Sept. 14 — 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Batesville High School;Sept. 15 — 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Highland High School; Sept. 18 — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Midland High School; Sept. 24 — 1-6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Mountain View;

Fountains, Stanley to perform

September 8, 2009 Calico Rock — The Calico Rock Music Hall will host a return performance of local musicians Roger and Ronnie Fountain, along with Vic Stanley and friends at 7 p.m. Saturday. Roger Fountain, a fiddle player, will be joined by his brother, Ronnie on guitar and vocals, as well as by guitar/vocalist, Vic Stanley. Other surprise musician guests are also scheduled to hit the stage. The group helped the music hall open in May 2007 and played to a packed house, officials said.

Doggie pool party planned

September 8, 2009 The Humane Society of Independence County with the support of the city of Batesville Parks and Recreation Department will present the second “Doggie” Pool Party fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fitzhugh Park (also known as the “Mickey Mouse”) swimming pool, 1990 Harrison St. Dogs must be on leashes outside the pool area. Admission is a $5 donation or $10 for multiple dogs. Hot dogs and sodas will be available for purchase, as well.All donations go to support the humane society.

EHC to host meeting

September 8, 2009 The Independence County Extension Homemakers Council will host its Fall Council Meeting Oct. 9 at the Extension office in Batesville.Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program starting at 10. As in the past, a potluck meal will be served. The event is open to the public.The following clubs have volunteered to help with the meeting:• Registration — Happy Helpers• Host — Bethesda• Decorations — FANS-Cord.

Aerojet reunion slated

September 8, 2009 The Aerojet reunion will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the park on the south side of the White River in Batesville.A potluck will be served.