Bill regulating PBMs gives hope to independent pharmacists

March 29, 2018 Arkansas is setting a precedent with its vote to regulate pharmacy benefit managers in the state, and one area legislator is the one leading the charge. Rep. Michelle Gray sponsored a bill to regulate the PBM. Also sponsoring the bill in the Arkansas House was Rep. James Sturch and in the state Senate was Sen. Linda Collins-Smith. The bill, which was signed … Continue reading Bill regulating PBMs gives hope to independent pharmacists

Outreach key to symphony orchestra’s existence

March 6, 2018 There’s a lot more to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra than putting on performances. That’s the message that CEO Christina Littlejohn had for the Batesville Kiwanis Club during their weekly lunch meeting on Feb. 23. Aside from playing live shows, they also take part in musical education. “One of the things we never cut was our music education program,” Littlejohn said. “We have … Continue reading Outreach key to symphony orchestra’s existence

CC Community Center in rough shape

CAVE CITY — The state of Cave City’s community building dominated discussion at its monthly city council meeting Tuesday night. “It’s not in good shape,” Mayor Jonas Anderson said of the city’s community center. He said he spoke to a contractor who came and evaluated what the city may need and if the current community building could get a new roof. The contractor was only … Continue reading CC Community Center in rough shape

UACCB satellite at Highland brings adult ed to heart of Sharp County

February 22, 2018 HIGHLAND — Since the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville opened its Highland Adult Education Center last October, it has seen three of its 22 registered students go on to get their general education diplomas. Located at the Choctaw Center, the small space that was at one time a heating-and-air business now houses a classroom full of tables and chairs, a … Continue reading UACCB satellite at Highland brings adult ed to heart of Sharp County

County changes veteran leave policy

February 14, 2018 The Independence County Quorum Court made changes to the county’s veteran leave policy at its meeting Monday night. County Judge Robert Griffin requested the policy changes, which apply to those with service-connected disabilities. The change states that “all county employees who have been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor to have incurred a military service-connected disability … Continue reading County changes veteran leave policy

Prescription drug abuse dug deep into Sharp County

February 12, 2018 ASH FLAT — When it comes to prescription drugs, particularly opioids, no place is untouched. That goes double for Arkansas, which has one of the highest prescription drug rates per capita in U.S. Only Alabama is higher when it comes to other states in the nation. Within Arkansas, Sharp County sits near the top of others in the state with a high … Continue reading Prescription drug abuse dug deep into Sharp County

Cultured meat is inevitable

February 1, 2018 Have you heard the term “cultured meat?” If you haven’t, it’s time to become familiar with it because you’re going to be hearing more and more about it in upcoming years. It may eventually change the world as you know it. Cultured meat is known by many different names. Some people call it “in vitro meat.” Others call it “lab grown meat.” … Continue reading Cultured meat is inevitable

Sharp, Fulton, Izard counties working together on economic development

January 15, 2018 ASH FLAT — When it comes to economic development, the more the merrier. Sharp, Izard and Fulton County judges have made the move forward to establish a Tri-County Economic Development Commission. “It’s in the development stages; we’ve not got it completed yet,” Sharp County Judge Gene Moore said. “We’re trying to get it going.” The group last met on Dec. 19 to … Continue reading Sharp, Fulton, Izard counties working together on economic development

Millennials are key to downtown, city’s future

January 8, 2018 Downtowns in large cities are seeing a revitalization thanks to millennials — those people born from 1981-2000. But what about those in small towns like Batesville? Well, they’re getting some of that action too, according to Main Street Batesville Executive Director Shannon Haney. She said that at the turn of the century, research was devoted to what millennials wanted. “One thing from … Continue reading Millennials are key to downtown, city’s future