Local Brief

April 3, 2009 Library changes hours; amnesty given this monthEffective immediately, the Independence County Library in Batesville is operating under a new schedule:• Monday — noon to 8 p.m.• Tuesday through Friday — 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.• Saturday — 9 a.m. to noon.Also, the library has declared the month of April as “Fine Free Month.” All overdue charges on materials returned during this month will be shown amnesty.For more information, call (870) 793-8814.

Woman dies from injuries suffered in March 24 crash

April 3, 2009 A two-vehicle crash on a rain-slick road March 24 has claimed the life of a Batesville woman.Police say that Linda G. Gardner, 50, of 703 Camp Tahkodah Road, was injured around 9 p.m. when the car she was driving slid out of control on a curve about a tenth of a mile west of Highway 167 and struck another vehicle.Independence County Deputy Mike Price said 75-year-old James Donald of 10 Bobbye Lane was traveling west on Camp Tahkodah Road and about to enter a curve when he met Gardner coming from the opposite direction.

Body, soul, spirit getting help through exercise

April 3, 2009 As women at Luke 4:18 Lives improve their spiritual health, now they have a way to improve their physical health, too.The residents at Luke 4:18, a spiritual-based rehabilitation center for women with drug and alcohol addictions, have been taking an exercise class at Fitness Bootcamp Unlimited in Batesville. Director Kristal Reeves, who opened the ministry south of Batesville with her husband, Aaron, in the summer of 2008, explained that “one of the things the Lord laid on my heart, was to incorporate an exercise regime into the program.”

Former foster child receives internship

April 3, 2009 Travise Fisher, a 21-year-old man who was a foster child in the care of the Arkansas Department of Human Services from the age of 5, is getting an opportunity offered to few college students.The Batesville resident will be the first college student from Arkansas to take part in a special congressional internship program for foster children beginning in May.

Colleges implementing security measures

April 3, 2009 In August 1966, a sniper terrorized the University of Texas from a clock tower. In 2002, a failing University of Arizona student fatally shot three nursing instructors, then himself. Two years ago, a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech before turning the gun on himself, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.And in Arkansas, two were killed and a third wounded at the University of Central Arkansas last October, and on Feb. 27, 2008, a man was shot and wounded at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

News of other days

April 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on April 15, 1996. 

Foul-mouthed driver arrested

April 2, 2009 Claiming police were harassing her because of her husband, who is wanted by local authorities, a Magness woman went to jail Saturday night after she reportedly became disorderly and cursed officers.Deputy David Sallas said he went to 20 Padget Island Drive around 10:50 p.m. to serve a warrant.According to Sallas, there was a car in the driveway, but he couldn’t get anyone to answer the door so he left. But before he got out of sight of the residence, he noticed the car driving away.

Book store to host signing

April 2, 2009 HARDY — Author Amy Driesel and book illustrator Sanford Pass will hold the premiere signing of her new full color children’s book, “Why Gretchen Can’t Spell” from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Words Bookstore in Hardy.The book is set to officially release in mid-April, but Words Bookstore is hosting an advance release with the signing.

Family & Friends Briefs

April 2, 2009 Air field to have reunionWALNUT RIDGE — The Walnut Ridge Army Flying School Museum in Walnut Ridge will host the 11th Annual Air Field Reunion on Friday and Saturday, honoring those who worked and trained at the facility during World War II. Activities include museum and airfield tours, movies from the era, a memorial service, a benefit auction and much more. For more information, visit www.WingsofHonor.org or call the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School at 1-800-584-5575. Cup stacking champs named

Club News

April 2, 2009 Diamond T 4-H ClubTHIDA — The last two months the Diamond T 4-H Club kids have been very busy in the community and participating in county 4-H activities.The club had 11 members who wrote, made props and performed a skit during the Share the Fun competition. They received third place with “Our 4-H Projects,” which had a “Hee Haw” twist. Keely Reynolds, Shelby Reynolds, Bailey Reynolds and Summer Wortham did the skit and also sang in the vocal contest.