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Ad panel votes to name room, cut plaza costs

The Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission said Monday that it may have to trim a few items from the Baxter Plaza project to stay within budget, and voted to name a room in the Hot Springs Convention Center at a later date.

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Tulips in bloom

Barry Huckabay, of Point, La., photographs a kaleidoscope of colorful tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens on Monday.

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Wreck injures one

Emergency personnel carry April Palmer, 21, of Hot Springs, to a waiting LifeNet ambulance Monday morning after her 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup ran off the road around 9 a.m.

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Wall of art

Art student Trajon Bryant checks a display while helping hang Lake Hamilton High School's 10th annual art show in the lobby of the school's main entrance on Monday.

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Man arrested after shooting

A local man was arrested on a felony battery charge early Sunday after he allegedly shot a man who was involved in an altercation with his sister.

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Dynamite found following car chase

A Caddo Valley woman was arrested Monday after a pursuit with Garland County sheriff's deputies ended with a bomb squad being called to remove explosives from a vehicle.

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Helpful computer tips

Here are some helpful computer tips that are popular with SeniorNet students. I hope you will find them helpful also.

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The zen of homebuying

Spring is when our buying season blooms and the majority of homes are bought and sold between the months of May and September. For buyers, preparation is key and it begins with a meeting with their lender to determine how much house they can afford. However, what most buyers fail to consider is the equally important component of mental preparation. Here are a few of my favorite spring things buyers must remember, especially if multiple offers and over-asking prices become common this buying season.

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The Many Faces of Homelessness

Arkansas and the United States have a vast array of those who are currently experiencing homelessness. Wikipedia, which explains homelessness as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, states that one of every 30 children in America, or 2.5 million, are homeless. Arkansas ranks 47th in childhood homelessness, with 50th being the worst. The situation is so serious that Arkansas now has a law that each school district in the state must have a homeless liaison.

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Readers Recall Library Connections

Last month, as a way of exploring Garland County Library's new tagline, "Your Connection Point," I wrote about some of the libraries I've felt connected to through the years and I invited readers to do the same. I got some excellent responses and I'd like to share some of them.

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Planning Options for Assisted Living or Long-Term Care Costs

When I began my estate planning practice some 20-odd years ago, the primary goals for my clients was how to properly structure their estates so that they would avoid probate and estate taxes at the time of their death. While probate avoidance and estate taxes remain an important goal to my current clients, a more pressing concern has taken their place. The concern I am alluding to is the high costs of healthcare, and in particular long-term care expenses. Long-term care expenses can take the form of care givers in the home, assisted living care in facilities, and in many cases full-time care including nursing home care. As you might imagine, the costs for long-term care can rapidly deplete a person's estate. Nursing home costs in Garland County can easily exceed $5,000.00 per month, with home-based care even more expensive. My law practice focuses on helping people plan for such costs.

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