Fort Hood fray leaves 13 dead

November 6, 2009 FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — An Army psychiatrist suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood cleaned out his apartment in the days before the rampage that left 13 people dead, a neighbor said today.The neighbor, Patricia Villa, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came over to her apartment Wednesday and Thursday and offered her some items, including a new Quran, saying he was going to be deployed today. She wasn’t sure if he was going to Iraq or Afghanistan.

News of Other Days

November 5, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 19, 1996.

Woman completes exam

November 5, 2009 Karen Neal, staff member of Batesville Eye Care Center at 2615 Harrison St., has successfully completed the certified paraoptometric examination and has met all the requirements necessary to earn the title of certified paraoptometric assistant, according to a news release from The American Optometric Association. The purpose of the examination is to ensure a level of knowledge to perform the functions of patient care in the optometric office.

Trimble House group to meet

November 5, 2009 CALICO ROCK — Project Director Wayne Wood has called for a meeting to finalize plans to move the Trimble Log Cabin from Dolph to Calico Rock. Those interested in helping with this project should attend the meeting at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Calico Rock Community Room. Turn off Highway 56 at the library sign.

Compassionate Friends to meet

November 5, 2009 The Compassionate Friends, North Central Arkansas chapter, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex, 285 College Ave., Batesville.The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization for bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and no membership dues or fees.The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in their grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.

Foothills Festival planned

November 5, 2009 BLACK ROCK — The seventh annual Foothills Festival will be held in Black Rock Friday through Sunday.The event features the Show and Shine Antique Car Show, lawn mower races with amateur and professional categories, dancers, a quilt show, live entertainment, Lion’s Club Pancake Breakfast, gospel music, beauty pageant, and musical group Bottom of the Barrel Boys as well as a music service on Sunday.

AARP members to have lunch

November 5, 2009 Batesville chapter AARP members will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday at Western Sizzlin. The Dutch treat lunch begins at 11 followed by the meeting at noon. The guest speaker will be Loretta Echols, hub coordinator for AARP’s northeast Arkansas area. The club will also vote on officers for the incoming year. The AARP meetings, held the second Tuesday of each month, are open to the public.

Women voters to meet

November 5, 2009 DRASCO — The Fairfield Bay League of Women Voters will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Methodist Church Fellowship Room.Cleburne County Tax Assessor Trina Jones will speak on the process of determining property taxes, and she will take questions from the audience.The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization founded in 1920. The group studies issues, not candidates, and has members from Van Buren, Cleburne, Stone and Independence counties.

Executive earns top credential

November 5, 2009 Frank Hilbert, chief information officer for White River Health System, recently earned credentials as a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO) by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). Hilbert is one of the first Information Technology (IT) executives in the U.S. to earn Certified Healthcare CIO status. CHCIO status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. It is the only credentialing program that distinguishes health care IT executives from others in the industry.

Event planned at school

November 5, 2009 MELBOURNE — The Izard County Veterans Memorial Association will present a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Melbourne High School Auditorium.Sheriff Tate Lawrence will be the master of ceremonies. Richard Dawe, president of Ozarka College and a retired Navy captain will be the guest speaker. Vanessa Howard and the Melbourne High School Choir will sing patriotic songs and the high school band will also be playing. Members of Company B 2nd Battalion 153rd Regiment will also be part of the ceremony.