Flags flown at half-staff

November 6, 2009 LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe has ordered U.S. and Arkansas flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset today in honor of those killed and wounded at Fort Hood in Texas on Thursday.“There is still much we don’t know about this terrible tragedy, but Arkansans join our fellow Americans who are grief-stricken by this senseless loss of life,” Beebe said. “Arkansas military personnel have a long history with Fort Hood, and feel an especially deep loss among their family in uniform.”

Pleasant Plains native returns to work at WRMC pharmacy

November 6, 2009 Erin Beth Davis Hays returned to Batesville and White River Medical Center to become the first clinical pharmacy resident at the hospital. The residency program, only the fifth in Arkansas, is a joint effort between WRMC, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy and the North Central Arkansas Area Health Education Center.

Safety issues addressed

November 6, 2009 Chain saw safety: Proper safety equipment — where to buy it, how to use it and the differences between chain saws (last in a two-part series)ASH FLAT — Safety equipment for chain saw operators is expensive, but not as expensive as a trip to the emergency room or a hospital stay, Logger Rescue Training instructor Dana Hinkley told those taking a safety class Tuesday in Ash Flat.Use your safety equipment properly, Hinkley said.

Batesville selected

November 6, 2009 City is one of five named ‘Growing Healthy Community’

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.