Wood ducks topic of event

February 1, 2010 Lake Charles State Park in Powhatan will host “Build-A-Box Workshop: Wood Ducks” on Feb. 6.A park interpreter will explain how to attract the fowl as hosts. Participants will build their own nest box to take home and hear tips to attract wood ducks to their own yard. Visit www.ArkansasStateParks.com or call (870) 878-6595 for details.

Exhibit focuses on love

February 1, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Heart and Soul, a themed art show about the affairs of the heart, will take place throughout the month of February at the Arkansas Craft Gallery located in downtown Mountain View. All art on exhibit and for sale will range in media and will include a diverse collection of pieces suitable for Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. Call (870) 269-4120 for details, or visit www.arkansascraftguild.org. The gallery is located at 104 E. Main St.

3 named to Harding dean’s list

February 1, 2010 SEARCY — The following local residents are among the Harding University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the fall semester: Nikita Hitt of Concord, Amanda King of Batesville and Bonnie Young of Batesville.The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, vice president for academic affairs, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade point average and no incompletes.

Comfort Suites awarded

February 1, 2010 The Comfort Suites hotel of Batesville was recently announced as a recipient of a 2010 Platinum Hospitality Award from global lodging leader Choice Hotels International Inc., franchisor of the Comfort Suites brand.

CPR classes offered

February 1, 2010 Vital Link ambulance service will offer a health care provider cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Alan Davis Conference Center, located at 1033 E.M.S. Drive in Batesville.The fee is $40.The Heartsaver CPR and first aid class will be offered from 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 18 in the conference center.The fee is $25, which covers the cost of the textbook and CPR card.To register for either class, call (870) 793-3351.

Earthquake conference set

February 1, 2010 JONESBORO — Arkansas State University will host a regional earthquake awareness conference Tuesday-Wednesday. The conference will bring in experts and researchers in the field of seismology, geology and engineering to present the latest in earthquake research and response issues in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) regarding the threat of earthquake.

Garden show announced

February 1, 2010 LITTLE ROCK — The 19th annual Arkansas Flower & Garden Show will be Feb. 26-28 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Theme for this year’s show is “A World of Gardening,” and features 100 vendors, speakers, how-to gardening demonstrations, a silent auction and the Big Backyard Family Learning Center. There will also be nine to 10 display gardens, the Dreaming in Technicolor advanced standard flower show, and a competition featuring professional florist’s table-top creations.

Start thinking now about 2010 taxes

February 1, 2010 WASHINGTON — It’s not too early to start thinking about your 2010 taxes — even though the deadline for filing 2009 returns is still months away.Some of the credits and deductions put in place last year will continue. Others will disappear. And there are some new things to consider.“That’s why very, very few people do their own tax returns and why those who do end up using a computer program,” said Jeff Schnepper, MSN Money tax expert. “Our laws change about every year.”

Cossey fundraiser continues through Feb. 11

February 1, 2010 A Tupperware fundraiser is being held now through Feb. 11 for Cave City High School student Alex Cossey, who suffered a spinal injury following a car accident in August. He is currently at The Good Shepherd Rehab Center in Atlanta receiving therapy and proceeds will help with medical bills. For information and how to order by catalog or online call Kim Wysocki at (870) 698-1316 or (870) 834-9551.

March of Dimes to kick off celebration

February 1, 2010 March of Dimes of Independence County will hold its “March for Babies” kick-off celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kelley-Wyatt’s Restaurant in Batesville.“This is a time we gather to kick off our 2010 campaign, introduce our ambassadors, educate our new volunteers, recognize our sponsors and provide information about this years March for Babies,” community director Sherry Lamb said.