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Tradin Days
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, there are still a few (or more) of us who have not found that perfect gift for mom or the women in our life who have become known as mom. Take the time this Saturday to visit historic downtown Main Street to find that gift.



Waldron Nursing Center - home to “Peaches”
Waldron Nursing Center Residents and staff wish to congratulate our Resident “Peaches” Judy Cheesman and accompanist, Bobby Cagle “cobbler” on the guitar for winning first place in her age group at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. Judy has gone by the stage name “Peaches” during her years of singing with different groups and one of her favorite songs is “peaches or don’t shake my tree”, since Bobby has been playing for her to sing for our residents at the Nursing Center on different occasions Judy told him she would be peaches and he could be cream and he said no, cobbler. So she now refers to him as Cobbler. We can’t say “thank you” enough to Bobby for always being willing to play for Judy when she wants to sing.
Other exciting events going on at Waldron Nursing Center was a special outing to the new theater down town to see the new movie playing, “Batman VS Superman”. There were nineteen residents that went to the movies, Paulette Boyce, Dianne Brennan, Geraldine Carter, Judy Cheesman, John Clopton, Nellie Faria, Kelley Huie, Janis Hull, Walker Leathers, Joyce Leslie, Donald Marcus, Mary Jo Maxey, Jimmy Mize, Willard Perkins, Gladys Simpson,Hattie Thomas, Joyce Thompson and Virginia Yandell, staff assisting beside myself was Billie Strozier, Alex Carter, Nurse Amber Barker, Bonnie Thompson, Jessie Ammons, Beverly Byford, Anne Mathews. We so appreciate the theater folks for allowing us to arrange for this special showing for our residents during the day time.




State Capitol Week in Review
LITTLE ROCK – The appropriation for Medicaid services was one of first three measures enacted by the legislature during the 2016 fiscal session.
Not long after the spending bill became law the Senate approved funding for the Office of Medicaid Inspector General.
Since last June, the office has referred 23 cases to the state attorney general, resulting in the arrests of 12 people for Medicaid fraud. So far, six people have been convicted and ordered to pay $26,887 in restitution and $9,300 in fines.
The office was created by the legislature in 2013. According to the attorney general, the most commonly discovered types of Medicaid fraud are billing for services that have not been rendered, billing for unnecessary services and double billing. Also, investigators look for providers who fill prescriptions with generic drugs and bill Medicaid for more expensive brand-name drugs.
All states are required under federal law to have a Medicaid program integrity unit that investigates fraud and conducts audits of state Medicaid programs.
The Arkansas Medicaid program spent more than $5 billion last year through the state Department of Human Services. More than 770,000 Arkansas citizens qualified for some type of Medicaid services.




Sun Paper’s Natural Choice
Last November, I went on a trade mission to Japan and China. During the trip, I met with top executives from a China-based company called Sun Paper that employs more than 10,000 people worldwide.
After touring the company’s headquarters in China’s Shandong Province and explaining the benefits of Arkansas’s timber industry, myself and Hongxin Li, Sun Paper chairman and founder, signed a letter of intent. In this letter, Sun Paper committed to investigating building a facility in South Arkansas.
Now, only four months later, the letter of intent has become a reality. This week, Sun Paper announced they will invest $1 billion to open a bio-products mill in Arkadelphia. The opening of this mill will create 250 new jobs that pay an average of $52,000 annually. It is also expected to result in more than 1,000 indirect jobs for those working in South Arkansas’s timber industry. It is estimated that this mill will generate at least $28 million a year for timberland owners in the area.




Just let it go
There are certain things in life we must let it go because there’s no point to hold on or look back if it has no longer benefit us except affective us in negative sense.



Earth News: Population And Environment
Anyone who has ever brewed his own beer or wine has incidentally absorbed a great lesson in ecology. The brewmaster is lord and master of a population of yeast. He must provide the proper conditions for the yeast cells to grow. The environment is a large bottle filled with water of the right temperature, sufficient nutrient for the yeast in the form of sugars or starches, and a fermentation lock on the bottle which allows gasses to escape but prevents bacteria laden air to enter.
One starts with a small starter population of yeast and, if the temperature and nutrient level are proper, and if careful sanitation of all ingredients and equipment are observed, then the population of yeast will grow and flourish.




Whoa! Another New Parks Book?
That Delaine Edwards is at it again. This time she has compiled for us a book entitled, “Parks Newspaper Items From 1889 TO 1931” ! Old newspapers are full personal (sometimes real personal), family, and community goings on. And she said those old Parks newspaper items were so interesting that she could not resist doing the book.



JC’s Place - Fuel, Food and Fellowship
“Both Justin and I are very thankful for the support shown by the community and encouragement they have been given us since opening JC's Place a few weeks ago," shared Christy Dees. Justin and Christy originally purchased JC's Place in 2009 and was in operation until 2012. Due to the complexity of schedules and raising children, Justin and Christy had decided to sell the property; however, the community expressed a desire for the couple to re-open the store - and they did just that in April.
"With our son graduating this year, our athletic schedule has been cut by half and we would be able to contribute time to the store, gas station, and restaurant," said Christy. Christy spends her days as a Kindergarten teacher at Waldron Elementary, and then assists at the store where needed and during the weekend nights she is the cook. "I'm in the kitchen on Friday and Saturday nights. Each week we have a rotating menu for the weekends, but we will always serve homemade food.




Scott County Quorum Court sets agenda
The Scott County Quorum Court will meet in regular session on Monday May 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m in the courtroom of the Scott County Courthouse.
The agenda will be as followed: call to order roll call with pledge of allegiance to follow. reading correction, and disposition of minutes and public comment.




Discovery Launch STEM Challenge
Waldron Middle School was the mecca for all things technical as schools from surrounding areas and state competed during the Discovery Launch STEM challenge.



Lister accepts membership to NSCS
Madison N. Lister of Waldron, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
“NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel, and service projects both on campus and in the community," says Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS Founder & Chief Executive Officer.




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LOCAL HEADLINES
Tradin Days
Waldron Nursing Center - home to “Peaches”
State Capitol Week in Review
Lady Bulldogs capture 7-4A District Track Championship Title
Athletic physicals scheduled