Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Despite low risk, state Department of Health preparing area for Ebola

Only those individuals who have traveled to Arkansas from the affected West African countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo or Nigeria) or who have cared for an Ebola patient in a health care facility within the last 21 days, are considered at risk for Ebola. Currently, travel to and from Dallas does not pose a risk for contracting Ebola.

MS students take a glimpse of the future

The event, organized by school counselor Jeanette Lampkins, brought in groups from state funded Arkansas schools such as the University of Arkansas, Henderson State University, Arkansas Tech University and others, as well as private institutions like Harding University and the College of the Ozarks. Out of state schools, including Louisiana Tech and Texas A&M, also came to speak to the students in Mineral Springs.
More than two dozen post-secondary schools were on hand for the event.

Ozan man accused of battering his 70 year old mother

According to a statement issued by Sheriff James A. Singleton, 42 year old Roger Boon was taken into custody by Deputy Jerry Crider following an investigation that began when officers were alerted to the assault.
“Upon arrival, he met with 70 year old Margaret Boon, who stated that her son, Roger Boon, had been drinking and wanted to borrow her car,” Singleton wrote in the statement. “Ms. Boon stated that she refused to loan her son the car.”

School board reports to public, selects officers during brief session

The public meeting, which was held in the elementary school library, centered on the accreditation that the district received from AdvancEd and the meeting of state and federal program requirements.
After the public meeting, the regular monthly school board commenced with the swearing in of newly elected board member Brad Garner and the election of new officers for the board. Todd Moore was named president of the board and Jeffery Mounts as vice president while Karen Kitchens retained her post as secretary.

Council votes down proposed donation to health clinic

Mounts said the proposed clinic will be in partnership with Healthy Connections, of Mena, and could cost over $50,000 to get started. The council decided not to pledge the $10,000 because some felt the clinic would not be beneficial to the overall public and others noted how they will already be paying over $650 a month for a building space to be rented and utilities to be paid.
Mounts expressed support for the measure, saying, “I think it’s something that the community needs and I think it’s something that as a council, if we can provide it, we need to provide it.”

Town looks at building codes

The council heard from Raymond Sowell, former Lockesburg resident and currently employed as a building inspector and code enforcement official with the city of De Queen, about his analysis of the ordinances that Lockesburg already has and what suggestions he might make about keeping in compliance with those laws and designing new laws to help the town calm tensions between neighbors.