Local chapter of Association of Physicians of Indian Origins forms

October 18, 2017 America is facing a physician shortage in the coming decade. States like Arkansas, particularly in rural areas, are feeling the effects already. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, it is predicted that America will be short anywhere from 61,700 to 94,700 physicians by 2025. While urban areas in wealthy states will likely see little impact from this change, it will … Continue reading Local chapter of Association of Physicians of Indian Origins forms

Miners Day set for this weekend

October 13, 2017 CUSHMAN — He may not have worked in the mines, but this year’s Miners Day parade grand marshal has left his mark on Cushman. Norman “Red” Brown, 83, has lived in the tiny town for more than 60 years. During that time, he has seen Cushman change from a thriving town, with its economy driven primarily by its manganese mines, to a … Continue reading Miners Day set for this weekend

Sharp Co. axes $20 ambulance levy for southern townships – Residents will now pay regular emergency medical charges

October 12, 2017 ASH FLAT — Residents in the southern townships of Sharp County will now be paying the same as everybody else when they make use of an ambulance. The Sharp County Quorum Court voted 8-0 on an ordinance to discontinue the furnishing of emergency medical services and the levy of $20 annual service charge on residents who reside south of the section line … Continue reading Sharp Co. axes $20 ambulance levy for southern townships – Residents will now pay regular emergency medical charges

Batesville native uses area as setting in stories

October 10, 2017 When you’re an author, one of the most important things you do is give a story a voice of its own. Sometimes, that voice comes from the narrator, sometimes the characters themselves and yet others, it comes from the setting which the story itself takes place. Batesville, and its surrounding area, has found itself in such a role in some of the … Continue reading Batesville native uses area as setting in stories

Telemedicine may be the future of rural health care

September 27, 2017 For some of those reading this, seeing the doctor without going to their office is something they’ve already done. For others, telemedicine may be something they’re unfamiliar with and unsure about. But, it is coming and it will change the way medicine is practiced, much like the cellphone changed how people communicate. On Friday, Gary Paxson, chief information officer at White River … Continue reading Telemedicine may be the future of rural health care

Orthopedic surgeon discusses ‘whole care’

September 21, 2017 There’s more to taking care of patients than treating the illness itself. Going into surgery and recovering is just one piece of a larger work, which involves pre-surgery care and post-recovery care, in the patients’s overall well-being. That was the message that Dr. Jeff Angel, surgeon at the Medical Park Orthopedic Clinic, who spoke to the Batesville Rotary Club Monday about the … Continue reading Orthopedic surgeon discusses ‘whole care’

Uniting north and south – Sharp County marks 50th anniversary of its courthouse

September 20, 2017 The Sharp County Courthouse celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday. This anniversary not only marks the opening of the courthouse, but also the end of a more than 100-year-long battle that had been waged in the county. For most people living in Sharp County today, Ash Flat has always been the county seat. But before 1967, there were two county seats, one in … Continue reading Uniting north and south – Sharp County marks 50th anniversary of its courthouse

Sharp Co. town gives blessing for dispensary – Highland OKs resolution supporting application

September 14, 2017 HIGHLAND — Medical marijuana is coming to Arkansas and one Sharp County city is hoping to reap the rewards of having a dispensary in its borders. The Highland City Council voted 6-1 to approve a resolution expressing support for the application for the issuance of a license to operate a “properly licensed and regulated” medical marijuana dispensary. The two applicants, Renee Clay-Circle … Continue reading Sharp Co. town gives blessing for dispensary – Highland OKs resolution supporting application

Praising the pavement – Stretch of Sharp County highway wins national award

September 12, 2017 While two miles may not be a great distance — after all, most cars can travel it within two minutes and most people can walk it within 45 — it can still garner national recognition. That’s what one stretch of area highway did. The Arkansas Department of Transportation was awarded a 2016 Perpetual Pavement Award by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance for a … Continue reading Praising the pavement – Stretch of Sharp County highway wins national award

Barbecue state champ recognized

September 12, 2017 Barbecue is a staple of life in the South. Competition exists at all levels when it comes to cooking it — local, state and national. So when a state winner is produced locally, it brings attention and recognition, which is what the Independence County Quorum Court did for a young resident Monday night at its regular meeting. The court passed a resolution … Continue reading Barbecue state champ recognized