Star City names Mainline ‘Business of the Quarter’

The Star City Chamber of  Commerce has named Mainline Health Systems, Inc. as its Business of the Quarter. Mainline Health Systems, Inc. was started in 1978 by a small group of local agricultural leaders. It grew from its first location with one physician to six medical clinics, three dental clinics and eight school clinics with more than 100 employees. The Mainline in Star City started in December of 2013. The Mainline School Clinic in Star … Continued

Research in Warren Prairie gaining national attention

  Scientific research takes many forms. For Drs. Karen and Marvin Fawley, that means crawling around the Warren Prairie on their stomachs, searching for tiny plants with the unwieldy name Geocarpon minimum, a small leafy plant no more than a quarter-inch tall. The Fawleys call it “belly botany” and while the technique may sound odd – and a little uncomfortable – it’s yielding big results. Geocarpon minimum has been federally classified as endangered and is … Continued

Trial for man charged in slaying of pregnant woman to begin July 24

A man accused of the December 2015 slaying of a pregnant Cleveland County woman is scheduled to go to trial this month. Brad Hunter Smith, who was 20 at the time of his 2015 arrest, is charged with capital murder, kidnapping, and abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of 22-year-old Cherrish Faith Allbright of the Randall community in Cleveland County. Smith was originally scheduled to be tried in January, but that trial … Continued

Hamburg eyes sales tax hike

Hamburg residents will go to the polls in September to consider two separate tax increases, each one a half-cent, in a special sales tax election. One of the half-cent tax hikes, if approved by voters, would provide funding for bonds to pay for the construction of a new fire station and adjacent ambulance station on Main Street. The other half-cent tax increase, if approved by voters, would fund bonds to pay for improvements at Norman … Continued

Town hall meetings set to discuss potential uses for armory

Monticello will host two town hall meetings this month to discuss potential uses for the former Arkansas National Guard Armory in Monticello which was transferred to the city last year after it was closed. The meetings will be held on July 11 and July 28 with both meetings scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Arkansas National Guard announced in January 2016 that it was closing the readiness centers in Monticello and Magnolia. The decision … Continued

Photo by Patty Wooten, taken on July 4, 2017  along Sunnyside Road in Lake Village.

Plant Board confirms emerald ash borer in Drew County

The Arkansas State Plant Board has added Drew County to the list of counties where the emerald ash borer has been confirmed. The emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that feeds on and kills ash trees. Drew County was already included in a 33-county quarantine as a buffer county, meaning it was adjacent to a county where the beetle was confirmed, according to the news release. The quarantine was established in September 2014 and … Continued

ER physician wins medical director award

Robert Jacobs, D.O. was selected among 35 medical directors as the Medical Director of the Year by Emergency Staffing Solutions. ESS contracts with Drew Memorial Health System (formerly Drew Memorial Hospital) and more than 65 other hospitals in 13 states to provide facilities with Emergency Department and inpatient physicians. Jacobs was chosen by the staff of ESS for his relationships with hospital staff, patients, and other physicians, and for statistics ESS gathers on his performance … Continued

Dr. Rodney Dixon named Medical Director of the Year

Dr. Rodney Dixon, medical director at Ashley County Medical Center, has been named Medical Director of the Year by Emergency Staffing Solutions, which provides custom-tailored management and staffing for emergency department, hospitalist and hybrid programs. (Dr. Dixon is pictured above, left.) Once a year, Emergency Staffing Solutions holds an annual Medical Director’s Conference where the directors are able to network with one another and gain knowledge on new trends and issues that are occurring within … Continued