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.”

Vietnam tour boat sinks, killing 12 from 9 nations

February 17, 2011 HA LONG BAY, Vietnam (AP) — An anchored boat packed with sleeping travelers sank early today in Vietnam’s scenic Ha Long Bay, killing 12 people from nine countries in the deadliest tour boat accident since the country opened to foreign visitors 25 years ago.Vacationers from the U.S., Britain, Australia, Japan, Russia, France, Sweden and Switzerland have been confirmed dead, along with a Vietnamese tour guide, the government said.

Nettleton teams break hearts in Pioneer Gym

February 17, 2011 Nettleton High School basketball players hit the first shots, the last shots and made enough plays in between to win two close games in 5A-East District action here Wednesday night.In the opener, the first of two weather-delayed contests, Jennifer Towne rebounded teammate Alexis Sharp’s missed free throw, was fouled and hit both ends of her 1-and-1 opportunity with 29.4 seconds to go, setting the final score at 45-41.

WRMC PeriAnesthesia nurses show extraordinary care

February 17, 2011 When PeriAnesthesia nurse Lynn Baldwin walks through a grocery store, it’s not unusual for a former patient to stop her and say “thank you.”“It really makes me proud to be a nurse,” said Baldwin (registered nurse/bachelor of science in nursing). “And it doesn’t just happen to me; my co-workers often talk of similar experiences. It is very rewarding.”Baldwin has been a nurse at White River Medical Center 23 of her 46 years of nursing. For the past seven years, she has worked in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), helping patients recuperate after surgery.

The Weekend Events

February 17, 2011 Friday• Go Red for Women Luncheon, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville’s Independence Hall. Doors open at 11 a.m.; silent auction at 11:30. Jane Krutz will speak; Danny Dozier and Sarah Roark will perform; 18-karat ruby and diamond gold ring raffle. Tickets are $25; make reservations by calling (870) 698-6382.• Soup supper, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m., Cushman United Methodist Church. Choice of taco soup or homemade beef vegetable soup; dine in or carry-out. Cost is $5.

Dinner theater to benefit ‘Project Graduation’

February 17, 2011 MELBOURNE — The Melbourne High School drama department will present a dinner theater production of “Murder on the Orient Express” at 6 p.m. March 8.Money from the show will go toward Project Graduation 2011, an all-night drug-free, chaperoned party hosted by the school for seniors on graduation night. It’s held in hopes of preventing students from being injured in drug- or alcohol-related accidents. The show will be held at the high school cafeteria and a menu will include Jerry’s Famous Chicken, red potatoes, green beans, salad, roll, dessert and drink. Tickets are $15.

Soup supper planned

February 17, 2011 CUSHMAN — Cushman United Methodist Church will hold a soup supper Friday. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and supper from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The meal is a choice of taco soup or homemade beef vegetable soup with crackers, dessert and drink; dine in or carry-out. Cost is $5.

Chili dinner slated

February 17, 2011 Boy Scouts of America will sponsor a Presidents Day chili dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, located at 615 East Main St. in Batesville.The meal will include chili, corn chips, dessert and drink. Dine in or carry-out meals will be available.The cost is $5. All proceeds will go to offset expenses for the trip to Philmont Scout Ranch, the national Boy Scout camp in Cimarron, N.M., as well as for local Boy Scout activities.