Kamikaze survivor turns 100 years old

John Derickson, the owner and co-founder of Hiwasse Manufacturing in Jacksonville, turned 100 years old on Aug. 22. [Full Text]

Fortune teller told her not to expect this

Jacksonville resident Helen Shirk turned 100 years old on Monday and celebrated a day early with a party at her home in the Greenbriar Retirement Center. [Full Text]

Food bank strives to eliminate senior hunger

Across the nation, millions of senior citizens are living out their dreams of retirement. After years of hard work and dedication, they finally have more time to spend with their families. Regrettably though, one in six Americans over the age of 65, lives in or near poverty, ultimately having to choose between food and medicine. [Full Text]

Health assessments available for Mayflower community

Little Rock — The Arkansas Department of Health is offering voluntary health assessments to residents of the Mayflower community who continue to have health concerns they believe may be related to the oil spill in Mayflower on March 29. [Full Text]

New trucks at Madison County senior center

The Madison County Senior Activity and Wellness Center and the Searcy County Senior Activity and Wellness Center recently accepted possession of new hot shot trucks. [Full Text]

Duo arrested in thefts from nursing home

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that former employees of a Perry County nursing home have been arrested for multiple felony counts of exploitation for allegedly using residents’ personal funds to buy clothing, jewelry, shoes and makeup for themselves. [Full Text]

70 years of wedded bliss

Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Hamilton of Jacksonville celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 17. [Full Text]

Senior Special Olympic planned

The 2013 Arkansas Senior Olympic Games presented by Humana and founded by National Park Medical Center, will be held Sept. 19 to Oct. 6 in the Hot Springs area. Entry forms have been mailed to more than 2000 participants throughout the United States. [Full Text]

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September 2013 - Volume 2 - Number 5

A place of honor is expanding

Construction for the $4.47 million expansion of the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery just outside Sher-wood city limits could begin on Sept. 1 and be completed in 18 months, according to manager Bill Wussick. [Full Text]

Honor your volunteers in September

Gov. Mike Beebe has declared September “Arkansas Volunteer Month” to honor the thousands of volunteers who make this state a better place to live. During September, organizations throughout the state will recognize these volunteers who serve in hundreds of different capacities. [Full Text]

Angels among us? No proof is necessary

I think people need miracles like the one that seemed to have taken place in New London, Mo. I was so struck by the story that it occurred to me the fire chief who talked to the big news agencies might also talk to me. I’m a reporter too and I would have loved hearing from his mouth the story of the priest who came out of nowhere to pray with the young woman trapped in her car only to disappear before they could thank him for making their equipment operate properly. [Full Text]

Russellville celebrates anniversary, expansion

A warm and welcoming atmosphere pervades the Pope County Senior Activity Center, located in Russellville just off a double-lane street bordered by apartment complexes, a child care center and long-established homes. [Full Text]

UAMS steps up education, assistance for Delta

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Center for Rural Health and Center for Distance Health will provide health education for providers in the Delta and prescription assistance for Delta residents through a three-year $1.38 million federal grant to the Greater Delta Alliance for Health (GDAH). [Full Text]

Prehistoric artifacts on exhibit

The Esther D. Nixon Library in Jacksonville is exhibiting an extensive collection of prehistoric Native American arrowheads and hand tools, the oldest of which was made about 11,500-10,000 B.C., placing it among the oldest known human objects found in Arkansas. [Full Text]

Case manager relaxes with horseshoes

Wendy Reynolds recently returned from her second trip to the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tournament, bringing with her a second place trophy in her division and improving her standings in the world of horseshoe pitching. The tournament was held in St. George, Utah.Reynolds, the AAPD case manager for Area Agency on Aging of West Central Arkansas, competed in the world tournament last year and came in eighth place in her division. [Full Text]

Seniors plan day at the fair in Pine Bluff

The Area Agency of Aging of Southeast Arkansas will hold Senior Citizens and Students Day at the Fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds in Pine Bluff. [Full Text]

Your cancer society here to help

Following diagnosis, cancer patients and their loved ones often seek any information they can find to help them navigate the baffling disease. [Full Text]

The wonderful wandering White

By Helene Stallcup In the highest hills in the heart of America, a small stream begins its awesome, erratic, journey past ten dams to the Mississippi. The wonderful, wandering, White River has been called the Ozark Artery, an Inland Waterfront, the Swimming, Fishing, Sporting, Tourist Mecca of the Ozarks. It is all of these and more. This river, which drains and entertains a third of two states, is probably one of the most used and abused rivers in existence. Come with me back into the heart of the Ozarks while the water is still good to swim in, the fish are still good to eat, and the scenery is still in the Natural State. [Full Text]

Antique engines, tractors showcased

Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott invites all hit and miss engines and pre-1960s tractor exhibitors, along with those who love them, to the parks 21st annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. No charge for visitors or exhibitors. [Full Text]

Wellness center in Jacksonville sets open

The Jacksonville Senior Wellness and Activity Center, formerly known as the Jacksonville Senior Center, will host an open house and health fair from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 12. A free lunch is included. [Full Text]

Upcoming events in East Arkansas

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