WR Medical Center receives second ‘Quality’ award

November 3, 2009 White River Medical Center has received the Arkansas Medicaid Inpatient Quality Incentive Award for the second consecutive year. “Receiving the IQI award shows continued success in our efforts to improve the quality of care and the health of the communities we serve,” said Gary Bebow, White River Health System CEO/administrator.The award for inpatient services provided from July 2008 through June 2009 is developed through a partnership between Arkansas Medicaid, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Hospital Association, a news release states.

‘1814 trapper’ visits Poke Bayou

November 3, 2009 Outdoor writer Jill Easton of rural Calico Rock regaled an audience at Old Independence Regional Museum Sunday afternoon with the history of trapping in the Ozarks and along White River in particular, as well as showing several types of traps, pelts and fur coats.She dispensed advice about trapping, how and where to set traps and how furbearers behave. Knowing the animal you are seeking and its habits are central to catching it, she said.

Town library floods again

November 3, 2009 WILLIFORD — As floodwaters were rising inside the Williford Library at daybreak Friday,  Marilyn Bischoff felt her dismay rising.And then there was her anger — that was rising, too.Despite the library’s flood-prone location, Bischoff contends that White River Regional Library system director Debra Sutterfield and some members of the Sharp County Library Board have “stonewalled” or downright thrown “roadblocks” in the way of moving the library to another location on higher ground. The Williford Library is part of the White River and Sharp County library systems.

Damage costs at $1.5 million

November 3, 2009 ASH FLAT — Last week’s rains caused an estimated $1.5 million in damages to Sharp County roads and bridges, County Judge Larry Brown said.Brown signed a disaster emergency proclamation in county court Monday.The city of Hardy has an estimated $60,000 in damages to streets, Loberg Park, ball fields and other locations, according to Mayor Nina Thornton and Police Chief Ernie Rose.

News of Other Days

November 2, 2009 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Nov. 13, 1996.

SWAT deployment prompts surrender

November 2, 2009 Following alleged threats to kill “everyone in the back room” and then later all the members of the police SWAT team that showed up at his apartment Friday morning, a Batesville man is in jail facing several charges.Independence County Sheriff’s Deputies Ben Keener, Chris Toland and Brian Luetschwager responded to a 911 call at 1370 N. Heights around 9:30 a.m. when a woman called 911 saying her neighbor had threatened to kill people in his apartment.

Professor to speak about Japan

November 2, 2009 Dr. Jeffrey Alexander will speak at Lyon College as part of the Japan Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in Derby Lecture Hall.Alexander is an assistant professor of Asian history at the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, where he researches Japan’s industrial and technological growth since 1870. He received his doctorate in history from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. His recent book, “Japan’s Motorcycle Wars,” was co-published by UBC Press and the University of Hawaii Press in 2008.

Hospice has roots in Middle Ages

November 2, 2009 When a cure for an illness is no longer possible, patients and their families have to make some of the hardest decisions they’ve ever faced. But there is a program that can help, and it’s offered to families regardless of their ability to pay: Hospice.Hospice has its roots in the Middle Ages when shelters called hospices were available to travelers who had nowhere else to stay. Today, hospice refers to a type of care focusing on terminally ill patients.

Center hosts ‘Drive in with Dads, Movies with Mom’

November 2, 2009 The Batesville Early Learning and Enrichment Center at 1900 Lyon St. will host a free “Drive in with Dads, Movies with Mom” at  6 p.m. on Monday. “Join us for this fun filled evening,” said Lorrie McClure with the Batesville Parents As Teachers program. “We will be taking cardboard boxes and converting them into ‘cars’ for a drive in movie experience. We will then watch a short movie on the big screen.” “This event is for all ages, toddlers to teens love building with their families. Come make some memories with your child.”   

Sanctuary to present program with live birds

November 2, 2009 The World Bird Sanctuary will present “an experience of the senses” with its Raptor Awareness Program at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Brown Chapel on the Lyon College campus.The free event will feature hawks, owls, vultures and falcons, some flying just inches over the heads of the audience.“The program focuses on important topics such as conservation, respect for all living things, current issues facing raptors in the wild and how everyone can make environmentally responsible decisions,” a news release states.