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.

Guard brings home 10 first-place awards

May 4, 2009 The Batesville Daily Guard came away with several first-place and other awards at the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors 2009 Convention. The awards dinner was held Saturday at Mount Magazine State Park near Paris.Guard staff swept an entire category, and Assistant Managing Editor Andrea Bruner received four first-place awards. In addition, the Guard won the Sweepstakes category for Division II (medium dailies).

News of other days

May 1, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on May 14, 1996. 

Colleges Brief

May 1, 2009 Melbourne girl earns awardMELBOURNE — Melbourne High School senior Jessika R. Foster has been awarded a $500 educational award in a national competition with other students who are members of Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit society offering financial services.Foster, the daughter of Alicia and Stephen Robertson of Melbourne and Paul and Danielle Foster of Sturkie, plans to use the grant to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is one of 100 grant winners chosen this year.

Students awarded scholarships to UACCB

May 1, 2009 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville has awarded scholarships to several area graduates, announced Melissa Sisco, director of financial aid.Alan Fulcher has been awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship. The son of John and Cindy Fulcher of Batesville, Fulcher will graduate from Southside High School in May. He plans to pursue an associate of arts.The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to students with a composite ACT score of 27 or higher. It provides in-state tuition (up to 15 hours), a $250 stipend and free use of text books each semester.