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Wednesday July 29, 2015

Scott Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram opens new dealership location

A recent ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new location of Scott Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 1676 Batesville Blvd., in Batesville. The dealership is next door to their Stanley Wood Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac location on Highway 167 South. 

“Our goal is to provide the community and our guests with the very best experience when purchasing or servicing a new or used car, truck or SUV,” said Scott Wood, dealer. “Scott Wood Chrysler sales and service personnel are top notch, and now we have a facility that is second to none.” 

“With a five car showroom, Mopar Speed Shop, built-in wi-fi, a coffee bar, community room, and our brand new i-Showroom which is located on the showroom floor, our new state of the art facility is focused on the customer,” said Philip Brissey, general manager. “I can’t wait for all of our past, present, and future customers to experience it firsthand.” 


Surrounded by family, longtime auto dealer Stanley Wood (center, holding scissors) recently had the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon during the opening of the new Scott Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram location at 1676 Batesville Blvd. (Highway 167 South) in Batesville. Dealer (and son) Scott Wood (left, next to Stanley Wood) and Philip Brissey (right of Stanley Wood), general manager, also participated in the event. Photo by Jack Hill

Home-based business seminar planned for Newport

A seminar detailing keys to running a home-based business is planned for Thursday, Aug. 6, in Newport. Topics planned for discussion include business planning, ideas, requirements and more.

The event will be held at the Newport Business Resource Center, 201 Hazel St. from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. To register, contact the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at (870) 972-3517, or visit The cost is $30 for Newport Chamber of Commerce members and $15 for affiliates of Arkansas State University. 


New physicians join staff at WRMC Pain Management Clinic

Meraj Siddiqui, M.D. of the White River Medical Center (WRMC) Pain Management Clinic recently announced the association of Abhilasha Solanki, M.D., Lakshman Gollapalli, M.D., and Neeraj Kumar, M.D. They will be part of the medical staff at WRMC.

Chronic pain is pain that is ongoing beyond the normal healing time for an injury or illness, and adversely affects well-being and quality of life. The WRMC Pain Management Clinic offers interventional procedures and carefully supervised medication regimens to relieve pain, restore function, and improve the quality of life for patients. Procedures may include injections, nerve blocks, intrathecal pain pumps, kyphoplasty, and spinal cord stimulators.

“With a shortage of qualified pain specialists, these physicians are a welcome addition to our Pain Management Clinic,” said Gary Bebow, White River Health System (WRHS) administrator/CEO. “They will provide excellent care and allow WRHS to offer pain management treatment in satellite locations.”

Dr. Solanki received her medical degree at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India. She completed a surgery internship and anesthesiology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. She finished a clinical fellowship in pain medicine at Weill Cornell Tri Institute in New York.

Dr. Gollapalli received his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine in St. George’s, Grenada. He completed an internal medicine internship and anesthesiology residency at Wayne State University-Detroit Medical Center. In addition to his Batesville practice, Dr. Gollapalli will also treat patients at a satellite clinic inside the Newport Diagnostic Medical Clinic.

Dr. Kumar received his medical degree at the Dr. Ram Monohar Lohia Hospital, University of Delhi, India. He completed an Anesthesiology Residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock. For the convenience of patients, Dr. Kumar will be available at the clinic’s Batesville location, and at the WRMC Medical Complex in Cherokee Village.

“We are happy to have Drs. Solanki, Gollapalli and Kumar join our clinic,” said Dr. Siddiqui. “Our goal is to work with patients to establish a treatment plan that relieves pain and enables our patients to enjoy better health.”

The physicians are accepting new patients by referral beginning immediately. To make appointments, call (870) 262-6155. The WRMC Pain Management Clinic is located at 1700 Harrison St., Suite S, in the White River Medical Arts Building. g

Alpha Center opening resale store Saturday

The Alpha Center, a non-profit organization serving women with unplanned pregnancies in Independence County since 1982, has announced the opening of Hidden Treasures Upscale Resale at 115 E. Main St. in Batesville for this Saturday.

Hidden Treasures will feature donated clothing, shoes, housewares and electronics for sale. Anyone wishing to donate such items are welcome to contact Annette Torno at the Alpha Center by calling (870) 805-5512.

The Alpha Center is overseen by a volunteer board of directors and depends entirely on donations for day-to-day operations and receives no federal or state funding. For more information, visit their website at

The phone number of Hidden Treasures is (870) 251-6192. 

High school golf season kicks off with Citizen Bank Pioneer Invitational

The Nettleton Raiders and Wynne Yellowjackets will return as defending team champions at the 2015 Citizens Bank Pioneer Invitational High School Golf Tournament to be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, at The Course at Eagle Mountain in Batesville. The tournament, now in its third year, will open the 2015 season for golfers from Batesville, Forrest City, Greene County Tech, Nettleton, Paragould, Southside, Valley View and Wynne.

The tournament will be the first opportunity for Batesville Golf Coach Chad Larose and his counterparts from the other seven schools to see their teams in competition.

Play will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Team trophies will be awarded for first and second place in Boys and Girls Divisions, plus individual trophies for medalists and runners-up.

Greene County Tech won the Boys team trophy in the inaugural Citizens Bank Pioneer Invitational in 2013 and Nettleton took home the top prize in the Girls Division. 

First Community Bank’s donation aimed at area youth

First Community Bank has made a $5,000 donation to the Independence County Shooting Sports Foundation to benefit its youth programs.

The donation is the first major contribution to the recently created foundation for the shooting sports facility. The nonprofit foundation was established to help offset budget cuts and the loss of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission funds this year.

Dale Cole, First Community Bank’s CEO and chairman of the board, presented the $5,000 check Wednesday to two members of the shooting complex’s board.

“We feel that our contribution to the complex is an investment in our youth,” said Cole. “While shooting sports have always been an important part of our area, its impact is much broader than Independence County. In addition to teaching safety and responsibility, participating in shooting sports opens doors for area youth to additional opportunities for the future. Many colleges now recruit students who excel at shooting sports, making valuable scholarships available to them. Who knows? In the future, we may even have one of our area youth compete in one of the shooting sports events in the summer Olympic Games.”

The Independence County Shooting Sports complex features three skeet and five trap fields, an archery field, a clubhouse, an educational center, pavilions and grilling facilities. While the range is open to the public during designated hours, priority is always given to Arkansas Youth Shooting Program participants.

To find out more about the complex, visit or call the facility at (870) 698-0361. 

Dale Cole (center), CEO and chairman of First Community Bank, presented the $5,000 donation Wednesday to Sam Fiser (left) and Rick Reed (right), members of the Shooting Sports complex’s board. Photo by Bob Qualls