WRMC nurses earn honors

January 21, 2011 White River Medical Center recently presented Emmy Perrin McKibben and Valerie Ragsdell the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses, according to a news release.McKibben received the award for November/December and Ragsdell for January/February. The Daisy Award is presented every two months to a WRMC nurse who demonstrates a passion beyond their call of duty to provide extraordinary care to patients, the release states.

Bethesda EHC

January 21, 2011 BETHESDA — The Bethesda Extension Homemaker Club held is first meeting of the new year on Jan. 18.The meeting began with president Corliss May welcoming members and a guest. The American Flag Pledge and Homemakers Creed were recited.

Photo tips for winter

January 21, 2011 To a photographer, amateur or professional, fresh fallen snow is a beacon that draws them outside for new adventures.In addition to the proper mode of transportation as well as the right attire for safety and warmth, there are a few things all photographers should be aware of before venturing forth.Moisture is harmful to cameras, so if snow is still falling, keep them bagged or under a coat until time for use, or have a partner hold an umbrella.

Speeding drunk driver gives fake name

January 21, 2011 A Batesville man apparently hoping to avoid being arrested for drunk driving got more than he bargained for when he allegedly tried to conceal his identity from the officer.In addition to a second driving while intoxicated charge, Brian Scott Wilson, 30, also was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, driving with a suspended driver’s license, speeding, having no car tags and not wearing a seat belt.

Fairview Missionary Baptist dedicates new sanctuary

January 21, 2011 VIOLET HILL — Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Violet Hill held a dedication service for its new sanctuary last weekend. “The event was well attended,” said Randy Bailey, pastor. There sermons were delivered by two preachers who worked on the new building: John Deaton, who owns Deaton Electric in Evening Shade that did the electric work for the new building, and Matthew Donner with Brothers and Sons Construction from Pocahontas, which put up the metal building.

Jailer charged after scuffle with inmate

January 21, 2011 MOUNTAIN VIEW — A Stone County jailer charged with hitting an inmate has been released from his duties.An affidavit was filed Tuesday in Stone County District Court charging Stephen A. Gill, 46, of Mountain View with third-degree battery. According to the affidavit, Gill was involved in a fight at the jail with inmate Kyle McCarty around 8:15 p.m. Oct. 1. The fight was recorded by cameras in the jail cells.

UP steam locomotive will tour Mo., Ark.

January 20, 2011 OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Railroad fans in Missouri and Arkansas will have a chance to see one of Union Pacific’s historic steam locomotives later this year because they won an online contest.More than 76,000 votes were cast this month for the Little Rock Express route that the Omaha-based railroad created. That option beat three other possible steam locomotive routes in the online contest.The trip will begin in Kansas City, Mo., and continue east to St. Louis before turning south to Little Rock. The exact dates for the trip will be set later.

Spargo hired to teach in RN program

January 20, 2011 Donna Spargo has been hired as a new registered nursing instructor at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Spargo, a nurse since 1984, received her practical nursing certification from White River Vo-tech in Newport and obtained an associate degree in nursing from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro in 1990. In 2008, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and in 2010, a master’s degree in health care administration both from the University of Phoenix. She is currently working on a master’s degree in nursing and plans to graduate in July 2011.

Drunk driver spends night in county jail

January 20, 2011 When Jesse Self slammed on his brakes to cause an accident with the vehicle behind him, the other vehicle turned out to be a police car, earning himself a ride — all the way to jail, according to a police report.Independence County Sheriff’s Officer Michael Darr said he was patrolling Watson Road just after 1 a.m. Sunday when he met a vehicle that was going 60 in a 45 mph zone and was driving with its high beams on. Darr turned around and followed the vehicle, which crossed the center line several times.

Proposal would strip four agencies’ independence

January 20, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A state senator wants to ask voters to take away the independence of Arkansas’ lottery, highway department, Game and Fish Commission and higher education institutions.State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson on Wednesday filed a proposed amendment that would remove parts of the constitution giving the three agencies and the state’s colleges and universities independence and subject them to appropriation by the Legislature.