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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

White County Medical Center to purchase Newport’s Harris Hospital

Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), the parent company of Harris Hospital in Newport, recently announced it will sell “substantially” all of the assets of the 133-bed hospital and related outpatient services to White County Medical Center in Searcy, according to a press release. The divestiture is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2015, subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. CHS noted it doesn’t expect this to have a meaningful impact on financial operations. Community Health Systems affiliates will continue to operate nine hospitals in Arkansas communities, including Fort Smith, Bentonville, Springdale and Siloam Springs.

Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ’s Chad Whiteaker (right) presents listener Greg Kolton with a pair of tickets to see Garth Brooks who performed this past weekend at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. Kolton won the tickets for delivering the “most-liked” impersonation of the popular country star from videos submitted to the Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ Facebook page. 


Chad Whiteaker (center) presents two tickets to see Garth Brooks in North Little Rock to Amanda (holding t-shirts on left) and Tommy Walter (far right). The Walters won the tickets as part of Outlaw 106.5’s “GA-GA for Garth” contest. 

The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB) is seeking donations for two scholarship programs, according to a recent press release. The UACCB Foundation provides private assistance and support to the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The foundation is home to more than 25 scholarships and award programs and will award over $45,000 in scholarships this academic year. Currently 41 students are receiving scholarships and have a 3.40 grade point average. Every year, notes the release, new scholarships and accounts are established, and every dollar credited to those accounts not only increases the overall value of the foundation fund, but also increases the impact the Foundation Fund may have to students and the institution.  Gifts to individual departments are just as important as gifts to endowed accounts. Departmental accounts cover expenses in addition the regular budget or expenses not allowed by the state. The importance of foundation gifts is crucial as state appropriations become less of UACCB’s overall budget. Identifying and procuring additional resources for the campus is key to program development, services provided and student success. UACCB is also offering prospective donors an opportunity to help establish a cosmetology scholarship fund to assist students offset programs costs. The college will open its new Cosmetology Building and enroll the first class of cosmetology students in January 2015. Scholarship funds will be available for students to use not only for tuition and fees, but also for the extensive equipment and supplies they will need to complete the program. The focal point of the building will be the clinical area which will house 30 styling stations as well as manicure stations, pedicure stations, drying stations and washing stations. While the first class will consist of 25 students, the additional stations will give the program room for future expansion. Styling station sponsorships are available for $1,500 and a plaque will be placed at the stations recognizing sponsorships. To donate and find more information on the foundation, the cosmetology scholarship fund, or to sponsor a styling station, log on to the UACCB website at, and click on Foundation; mail a check made out to the UACCB Foundation to UACCB, Attn: Tina Paul, P.O. Box 3350, Batesville, AR 72501; or call Tina Paul at (870) 612-2017 for details. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible.

The Jonesboro campus of Arkansas State University at Newport (ASUN-Jonesboro) will host “Spice Up the New Year,” a culinary class that specializes in preparing meals and snacks that “…pop with spice and flavor,” according to a press release. The three-hour class will begin at 6 p.m. at the Fowler Family Hospitality Services facility, located at 5504 Krueger Dr. in Jonesboro. Participants will be able learn to prepare and present authentic snacks and meals such as homemade tortillas, chicken enchiladas, flautas with avocado dip, salsa verde, shrimp tacos with mango salsa, tamales with roast pork, sopapillas, and guacamole. The fee for the class is $50, which includes supplies (except aprons) and food items required to prepare and cook the meals, and is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (870) 680-8720.

Charter night held at Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary

Sulphur Rock Magnet K-Kids recently held a Charter Night at Sulphur Rock Magnet Elementary. Twenty-two charter members were inducted into the organization. This is the first year for the school to have a K-Kids club. The Sulphur Rock K-Kids is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Batesville, which also sponsors five other K-Kids clubs in Batesville, Southside and Midland School Districts. K-Kids is an international organization that focuses on creating young leaders while providing a service to their schools and communities. This year, the club has already raised over $250 for The Eliminate Project which aims to eliminate the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus, and also collected nearly 1,000 cans for Christmas Brings Hope. The club is currently selling candy cane-o-grams to finance Sulphur Rock’s Angel Tree Project.