State legislators who took anti-tax vow on defensive

May 2, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four Arkansas lawmakers who signed a no-tax-increase pledge now are defending their votes on tax-related legislation that passed the state Legislature this year.According to Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Tax Reform, 16 Arkansas state representatives and three state senators signed the group’s pledge “to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

Little Red River is a draw in every season

May 2, 2011 On a recent beautiful March day, I headed out on the Little Red River in northcentral Arkansas with my co-worker and photographer, Chuck Haralson, and Buddy Pate, our guide from Lindsey’s Resort. As we boarded the johnboat and began to back out of the slip, Pate commented that an eagle had been flying up the river every morning, usually around that time. As if on cue, the eagle came into sight. It proved to be a good omen for the day.

Folk center to host BladeSports May 14

May 2, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — The 2011 BladeSports national cutting championship is set to be held May 14 at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, according to a news release from the park.The championship will be held during the Cutting Edge Celebration of Knives, which starts at 10 a.m.“Remember how your mother reacted when you used her best knife to cut a stick or you forgot to use a cutting board to chop an apple?” the release states.

ASU to host acrobats

May 2, 2011 Jonesboro — Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center Series will close out its season with the Golden Dragon Acrobats from Hebei, China, in a special Mother’s Day matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday.  “Representing the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 27 centuries ago, the Golden Dragon acrobats are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today,” according to a news release.

GOP selling pork butts

May 2, 2011 The Independence County Republican Party is hosting a smoked pork butt fundraiser. Price is $25. Pick-up is on Friday.To order call Bev Finch at (870) 613-3045.

ES to hold music program

May 2, 2011 Evening Shade — Evening Shade Elementary students and Linda Spurlock will present their spring music program beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Burt Reynolds Gymnasium. Admission is free and open to the public.

Homecoming planned

May 2, 2011 MELBOURNE — The annual Pioneer Day Homecoming Gospel Singing will be at 6:30 p.m. May 6 in the Miller Auditorium on the campus of Ozarka College in Melbourne. Admission is free.As one of the first events of this weekend, the gospel program will feature the Gaither “Homecoming” style concert with the choir composed of members from several different towns and counties, according to a news release.

‘Geologic Dating’ to be topic

May 2, 2011 CHEROKEE VILLAGE — The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club will hear from one of its members, author Dr. Earl Belcher, about geologic dating when it meets at 10 a.m. Thursday in Omaha Center in Cherokee Village, said Ina Gill, publicist.Belcher will present the basis behind the present methods of geologic dating and show the fallacy of this system. The presentation is taken from his unpublished manuscript, “The Lies of Science.”

Security tight for Dalai Lama visit

May 2, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas police say the upcoming visit by the Dalai Lama to the school will feature tight security including metal detectors and extra officers.The Dalai Lama will visit the Fayetteville campus on May 11. University Police Lt. Matt Mills tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the school is renting metal sensors for the event that resemble those used at airport security checkpoints.

Bird Creek Bridge closed

May 2, 2011 ASH FLAT — Bird Creek Bridge on Needmore Road in Sharp County has been closed until further notice, County Judge Larry Brown and Office of Emergency Management Director Gene Moore said Friday.Needmore Road is west of Evening Shade.