Keet announces run for governor

March 22, 2010 LITTLE ROCK – Former Republican state senator and businessman Jim Keet has announced his candidacy for Arkansas governor. “My top priorities for Arkansas include establishing creative methods to develop our state as one of the nation’s leading business-friendly environments, advancing literacy initiatives at every age and reforming Arkansas’ tax structure to fuel job creation,” Keet said. If elected, Keet’s goals include:• Repositioning the Arkansas literacy rate within the top five states by 2019.

Restoration continues

March 22, 2010 Restoration continues at a local cemetery that predates the Civil War.The Haddock Cemetery Association met recently at the Oak Bluff Community Center to discuss future plans for finishing the restoration. A $500 donation was received to repair the rock wall around the Northern graves, and descendants of the family will contribute additional monies.

Students rate ‘superior’

March 22, 2010 STRAWBERRY — Just call Hillcrest EAST lab students “superior award” winners.Hillcrest was one of 60 schools in the state and five in the region, to be rated “superior” earlier this month at Summit Arena in Hot Springs during the annual EAST Partnership Conference, EAST facilitator Marnie Johnson said. EAST stands for Environmental and Spatial Technology.Calico Rock, Mountain View, Newport and Mammoth Spring were others rated for their “superior” EAST programs, a news release states.

Legal, local moonshine

March 22, 2010 George Washington made it, George Jones sang about it, NASCAR drivers “ran” it and revenuers searched for it.Moonshine has seen its share of pop culture references, both fact and fiction. While he’s not the first to make it, Ed Ward will be the first one in Arkansas with a license.———When Ed Ward of Batesville read a story about a Virginia man who held a license to produce moonshine, he was intrigued.Ward said he loved the story so much that he asked his assistant, Tami Edgin, to get in touch with the man.

Businessman hopes to hit jackpot suing for lotto name

March 19, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Little Rock businessman filed suit Thursday against the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, arguing that the lottery should be ordered to stop using terms for which he secured the trademark years ago — including the phrase “Arkansas Lottery.”Ed Dozier secured the trademark to “Arkansas Lottery” and “Arkansas Lotto” in 1994, and in 2009 he registered the term “Lottery Arkansas,” according to the lawsuit.

Lyon spring production scheduled for March 26-28

March 19, 2010 The Lyon College Harlequin Theatre’s spring production of “Macbeth” is scheduled for March 26-28 in Holloway Theatre on the Lyon College campus.Performances will be at 8 p.m. March 26-27 and at 2 p.m. March 28.Director Dr. Michael Counts said this production will be a little different than traditional versions of “Macbeth.”

Needham, Hunter win

March 19, 2010 CAVE CITY — Thirty-five anglers participated in the Cave City Bass Club’s first tournament of the season, held Saturday on Greers Ferry Lake, reported tournament director Ron Watkins.Andy Needham and Tracy Hunter won the tournament with five bass totaling 16.55 pounds. They also weighed in the biggest bass of the day, a 4.85-pounder.Shawn Walker and Shawn Drake teamed to catch five bass weighing 14.20 pounds for second place. Keith Duncan and Jay Duncan placed third with five bass and 12.35 pounds.

Short road trip leads to fun, good food, daydreams

March 19, 2010 A road trip with signs of yesteryear and a promise of a new dawn is what we encountered recently. My family and I took a quick, impromptu trip up through the Guion, Mountain View and Melbourne area. We usually make this trip in the fall to see all the colorsThe trip was modest in cost but overwhelming with wintertime views.Entering the Guion area with a damp, overcast sky, a light fog begin to show. A glimmer of sunrays reflecting against the light fog overlooking the sand mines along the White River made this view second only to it’s fall foliage counterpart.

More ideas listed for budget-friendly spring break fun

March 19, 2010 Editor’s note: This is the second part of a series from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism outlining ideas for spring break family fun, all in The Natural State.Need more ideas for spring break plans, yet worried about the expense of a family trip? Here are some more Natural State destinations and activities that offer budget friendly fun:Pine Bluff

Aerial view of old fairgrounds sought

March 19, 2010 HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Dorene Rohrscheib Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., pictured about 1940 as a girl in the Rohrscheib family photo, wants to know if anyone in the Batesville area has a photo of the house where she and her siblings lived when they were children.