Area Briefs

May 5, 2009 UACCB to hold graduationThe University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will hold commencement at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Independence Hall.The event is open to the public. Airport lighting to be approvedThe Batesville Airport Commission has called a special meeting at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the terminal building.The purpose of the meeting is to approve a contractor to install the REIL (Runway End Identifier Lighting).  Civil War group to hold banquet

$150,000 complex proposed

May 5, 2009 Independence County is in the running for a $150,000 grant to build a shooting sports complex, Mike Bonds, assistant chief of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Education and Outreach Division, confirmed Monday.He said a potential site north of Batesville has been scouted by AGFC personnel and apparently meets all the requirements.He said the site is level and clear of brush, the first two requirements for the AGFC grant.

City council opposes aircraft rule

May 5, 2009 The city of Batesville has some new vehicles in service, but it wasn’t until this week that it officially approved the transaction.The Batesville City Council held a special meeting Monday with only three items of business on the agenda.The council approved two resolutions authorizing lease-purchase agreements. One was with 1st Source Bank for sanitation trucks, and the other was with BancorpSouth for two dump trucks.

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