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Harding gerontology nursing students receive award

 

The group was honored for their participation in a senior advocacy mission through the Arkansas Ombudsmen Program in White County nursing homes. Participants work to make changes to improve residential care and quality of life on the local, state and national levels.

"These students are providing an innovative service to adults 65 and older in nursing homes, which no other nursing program in the state is currently offering. This is very innovative in partnering a private educational institution with a state program which is able to then administer the program to private nursing home facilities," said Carol Enderlin of UAMS in her award nomination for the group.

Update: White County man accused of girlfriend's murder

Detectives responded to 315 Hilltop Acres Wednesday in an response to a call about an unresponsive female. Deputies arrived and found 26-year-old Kaitlyn Moudy dead at the scene.

Her body was transported to the White County Coroner's Office and will later be taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Her boyfriend, 41-year-old Stephen Wayne Keirsey Jr., has been charged with 1st degree murder. Police are now saying Moudy was shot. Keirsey was given a $500,000 bond.

Source: White County Sheriff's Dept.

Non-campaigning senator still busy during recess

Later in the afternoon, he'll visit with Tamra Bacon, widow of Medal of Honor recipient Nick Bacon, at Rose Budd, and then travel on to Heber Springs for a law firm reception.

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White County authorities want to scare Halloween vandals

 

Destroying headstones and other markers has become an expensive problem. Last October, about 50 headstones were knocked over or broken at Prince Cemetery near Bald Knob. Juveniles arrested for the vandalism did everything from breaking a 400-pound granite marker to running a pickup truck into the stacked stones of a cairn. Several other graveyards were also vandalized.

 

The Daily Citizen reports that White County officials have enacted an ordinance that slaps a $1,000 fine on anyone caught in a cemetery after hours. Officials are hoping the penalty will be frightening enough to keep misguided spirits away from the burying grounds.

GOP hopeful in Clarksville, Lincoln at Searcy

Boozman's schedule calls for an 8 a.m. visit to the Johnson County Senior Activity Center at Clarksville.

Lincoln, in the meantime, will be campaigning at Searcy.

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Harding works to meet growing need for physician assistants in Arkansas

There is just one program in the state and it's at Harding University.

With the growing need of health care, this field is in big demand.

"PAs daily treat people with diabetes, high blood pressure, flue, colds, even pneumonia," says Phil Tobin, Harding's Assistant Clinical Director and president of the Arkansas Physician Assistants Association. Tobins says PAs work under the supervision of a doctor.

"A PA can handle approximately 80 to 90 percent of what a family practice doctor would see," says Tobin.

"Interacting with patients is a plus and working along with a doctor," says student Chris Davis.

The only program in the state has 98 students and there is always a waiting list. As more people become insured through the health care reform bill, the demand for physician assistants and other health professionals will grow.

Fix slated for road damaged by gas-drilling effort

 

David Nilles, spokesman for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, said that bids were opened Thursday for a project to repave nine miles of Arkansas 124 east of Pangburn.

Nilles told the Daily Citizen newspaper that the low bidder was Delta Asphalt of Arkansas, based in Paragould, with a bid of $1.4 million.

According to Nilles, the money will come from his agency's share of severance tax revenues, which were boosted after exploration and drilling began in the Fayetteville Shale formation in north-central Arkansas.

Nilles said the project would put down a new surface on Highway 124 from its intersection with Arkansas 16 to its intersection with Arkansas 157.

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