Highway tax hikes to be proposed

February 18, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — A plan to fund Arkansas’ highway needs will include one proposed tax increase to pay for maintenance and another to pay for future construction, House Speaker Robert Moore said Thursday.Moore told reporters that he planned to file legislation next week that would raise taxes while the chairman of the House Public Transportation Committee plans to ask the Legislature to refer a half-cent sales tax hike to voters in 2012.

School hosts ‘Newark’s Got Talent’

February 18, 2011 NEWARK — Newark Elementary School will present “Newark’s Got Talent!” at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria.“Spectators will be able to enjoy a special appearance by our local Soggy Bottom Boys as well as the many special talents of our schoolchildren,” said Carol Woods, gifted and talented coordinator.  Concessions will be available. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students or $5 per family. 

Scholarship deadline approaches

February 18, 2011 MELBOURNE — Students who wish to apply for Ozarka College institutional scholarships for the fall 2011 term are encouraged to submit applications to the Scholarship Committee. The approaching scholarship deadline is March 1 for all Ozarka Foundation Scholarships to be awarded for the fall semester. Applications are available at www.ozarka.edu/finaid. For more information, call (870) 368-7371.

GPS workshop planned

February 18, 2011 JACKSONPORT — Jacksonport State Park is conducting a GPS workshop from 9 am to noon March 26 and April 9 at the courthouse.“Geocaching is a great sport for friends and families,” according to a news release. “Experience the outdoors with family and friends searching for caches at Arkansas State Parks.“We plan to cover the basics of using a GPS unit, locating hidden caches and creating your own caches. We have contests on locating caches in the park and award prizes to the winners.”Participants in the workshop receive a gift item to take home.

Clinton Library to be free

February 18, 2011 LITTLE ROCK — In honor of Presidents’ Day the William J. Clinton Presidential Center will offer free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and free Acoustiguide audio tours narrated by President Clinton throughout the day.

Harding presents ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

February 18, 2011 SEARCY — The Harding University theatre department will present a performance of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26 in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center.The play, adapted by Joellen Bland from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short story, will be presented as a student-directed one-act. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased before the show in the Reynolds Center communication office or at the time of the show in the Ulrey.Junior Cassie Bennett of Hallsville, Texas, will direct the play featuring a comic twist on the Sherlock Holmes mystery classic.

Correction

February 18, 2011 Incorrect information was provided to the Guard for the University of Central Arkansas Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester.Mount Pleasant students recognized on the list include Brittnee R. Arnold, Brittney C. Bailey, Trenton T. Mynatt and Randy E. Tinsley.

Charlotte EHC

February 18, 2011 CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Extension Homemakers Club met Wednesday at the home of Ann Mobley with all members were present.The meeting began with an inspirational reading and the thought for the month. Roll call was done with members telling their favorite season of the year.A program followed about proper drug storage and disposal.Members talked about the Valentine craft made at the nursing home; and one guest who came to help also brought a lot of Valentine material to make crafts. The club’s next craft at the nursing home will be Feb. 28.

Beaten us at our own game: What to do?

February 17, 2011 Machines first out-calculated us in simple math. Then they replaced us on the assembly lines, explored places we couldn’t get to, even beat our champions at chess. Now a computer called Watson has bested our best at “Jeopardy!”A gigantic computer created by IBM specifically to excel at answers-and-questions left two champs of the TV game show in its silicon dust after a three-day tournament, a feat that experts call a technological breakthrough.

Hawaii eyes gay ceremonies after civil unions pass

February 17, 2011 HONOLULU (AP) — For years, the Rev. Fay Hovey has held romantic ceremonies on the sand for gay partners who want to pledge their love in Hawaii. The couples take photos and memories with them, but they lack a legal and binding recognition of their relationship.That will change when same-sex civil unions soon become law in the Rainbow State.“They have that fantasy just like any other couple, to come and have a wedding and a honeymoon,” said Hovey, of Aloha Maui Gay Weddings. “When they come to Hawaii, everybody can relax in their spirits and feel included.”