WRAAA board to get update

September 3, 2010 The White River Area Agency on Aging Inc. board of directors will hold a quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 at the regional offices in Batesville.The board will hear an audit report, buildings update and a report on the recent Silver-haired Legislative Session, as well as other items of discussion.

AARP executive meeting set

September 3, 2010 A Batesville AARP executive meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday in the community room at Citizens Bank Annex.This event is open to committee members and AARP members.

Ark.children languish in ‘food deserts’

September 3, 2010 Editor’s note: This is a series of articles for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.LITTLE ROCK — In Arkansas, one in three public school students is overweight or at risk of being overweight, according to the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. Arkansas also has recently been listed as having the highest amount of child food insecurity (or inadequate access to food) at 24.4 percent, according to a report by Feeding America.

New caverns administrator at Blanchard Springs

September 3, 2010 MOUNTAIN VIEW — Mountain View sees its share of new residents every year. Ann Sarnecki, new supervisory promotions specialist/caverns administrator at Blanchard Springs Caverns, is one of these newcomers. She replaces Bob Reeves, who retired in January.Sarnecki brings a number of skills to her new job.“I grew up in Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University,” she said. “I became a seasonal employee with the National Park Service, working in Michigan and Minnesota.”

Director says ‘hugs are perfect gift’

September 3, 2010 Hugs are the perfect gift and a powerful tool of expression, according to Jane McMullin.McMullin, health and fitness director at Trinity Village Retirement Community in Pine Bluff, came to Wildewood Independent Living Center in Batesville Aug. 17 and presented a talk entitled “Hugs and Humor” for residents. “Hugs are good for your heart; they relieve tension, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress as well as being non-polluting, promotes self esteem and generates good will,” McMullin said.

Warrant issued for sex offender

September 3, 2010 A Nevada sex offender who moved to Independence County in April is now wanted by local authorities for violation of sex offender registration laws.In a court affidavit seeking an arrest warrant, Independence County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Mundy said Dewayne Kirk Snyder, 31, met federal requirements to register his new address when he moved to the area in April, but a recent check of his listed address showed he had moved without telling police.

WRAAA announces new staff

September 3, 2010 Donna Ernest has joined the staff at White River Area Agency on Aging, serving as assistant to the housing director. Originally from Mount Pleasant, Ernest graduated from Lyon College with a bachelor of arts in biology.  She has more than 20 years experience in business management, having owned and operated a chain of retail stores in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. She and her husband, Rob, returned to Batesville in 2005 where he is program director for WRD Entertainment and serves as a licensed local pastor for the United Methodist Church. She has one son.

Is our pet food safe?

September 3, 2010 Saturday night as I prepared to feed my two bird dogs, I had a sudden shock when I literally opened a can of “worms.” As I opened the can of Pedigree dog food and took out the first spoonful, I saw movement down in the can which turned out to be live maggots.I knew from my medical training and canning experience that this was a very grave situation. Any food which is properly heated and canned under pressure would not have any surviving microorganisms in it much less maggots.

Brothers compete for title

September 3, 2010 Going fast. Winning. Bragging rights.That’s the objective when 11-year-old Jackson Herrington and his 13-year-old brother Lucian get behind the wheel of their race cars.The two brothers are in their first year of racing and both run in the front wheel drive division at the Batesville Motor Speedway at Locust Grove.Lucian said the first time he raced it was “kinda nervous and scary.”“Once you get the hang of it, you know,” he said, sliding behind the wheel of his Pontiac Grand Am while Jackson crawled into his Grand Prix.

Needs to be determined

September 3, 2010 Before conducting a survey to find out what residents in Independence County are looking for in a county library, the Independence County Library Board will look to Arkansas’ state public library for advice.The state library, said White River Regional librarian Debra Sutterfield, is currently conducting its own needs assessment to learn what people want in its library.