Kimberlee and I are pleased to announce our release of a new magazine for Jackson County! Eye On Jackson’s first issue will drop late November for the month of December. I will be preparing the website for the Eye On Jackson digital issue, past issues, photo albums and drop locations. Find your own copy soon and take us home with you. Thank you all for your support in our endeavours to bring the wonderful work and beautiful people of these Arkansas communities to light!
Gary Bebow, White River Health System (WRHS) Administrator /CEO has announced the appointment of Stanley A. Townsend to Administrator of Stone County Medical Center (SCMC). Townsend stepped into the role of Administrator on October 1.
Townsend follows Renie Taylor, who has been the Administrator of SCMC since 2008 and is retiring from the position.
As Administrator, he will be responsible for overall operations at Stone County Medical Center.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville
“I love working with physicians and staff as a part of a healthcare team to provide quality care to the citizens of Stone County and surrounding areas,” said Townsend.
Townsend is no stranger when it comes to working in healthcare. He owned and operated SCMC, formerly Mountain View General Hospital, from 1985 to 1999.
He has also owned Stone County Home Health Agency, Stone County Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Stone County Residential Care Facility, Stone County Durable Medical Equipment, and Stone County Hospice.
He was a member of the WRHS Board of Directors and SCMC Advisory board from 1999-2012. He has served as a Treasurer on the WRHS Board of Directors, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Chairman over several other WRHS affiliated committees. He has also served as a member of the Stone County Quorum Court for the past five years and is a Justice of the Peace.
He has been honored by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce for contributions to the business community.
“Stan has a great background in hospital finance, is a leader in the Mountain View community, and is well-respected by the medical community,” said Bebow. “We are pleased to welcome Stan on board and really look forward to his leadership in continuing the development of SCMC.”
Townsend, who came out of retirement to take the position, said he plans to work hard to ensure that the hospital remains a “strong and stable employer,” and also ensure that SCMC continues to meet the needs of Stone County well into the future. “I am excited about the opportunity to partner with the medical staff and employees of SCMC to continue providing quality care to the citizens in our service area.”
Stan and his wife Meganne reside in Mountain View. He has two daughters, Catherine and Caroline.
Stone County Medical Center is a 25-bed critical access hospital serving Mountain View and the surrounding area. SCMC is an affiliate of White River Health System, a multi-facility not-for-profit organization serving North Central Arkansas. For more information, please call 870-269-4361.
Gary Bebow, White River Health System (WRHS) Administrator/CEO has announced that James Mack Street will join the White River Medical Center (WRMC) Medical Complex (formerly the WRMC North Complex) as facility administrator. He began on October 1.
As facility administrator of the WRMC Medical Complex, Street will serve as a representative to the residents of Sharp County, being a liaison between the Complex and the community. “We offer many great services at the WRMC Medical Complex, and we just want to ensure that people are aware of what we can do for them,” said Street.
He will also take training which will certify him to educate the public on the health exchange and assist them with enrolling in an insurance plan.
Street obtained a Bachelor of Economics and Business Administration from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
“The WRMC Medical Complex is a treasure in Sharp County,” he said. “Having medical services close to home is critical. As a resident of Sharp County myself, I am thankful that I can utilize such a great facility so close to home.”
Street has been a Sharp County resident for over 40 years. He has spent all of those years as a career banker, and currently operates a cattle farm. Throughout his years in Sharp County, Street has been heavily involved in many community organizations. He is the President of the Sharp County Fair Association, was one of the founders of the popular Cave City Watermelon Festival, and has been president of the Cave City Chamber of Commerce. At WRHS, he served as a member on the Board of Directors for 22 years, where he was involved in establishing the continued expansion of the WRMC Medical Complex. He has been treasurer of the WRHS Board of Directors since January. He has also served as both member and chairman of the Audit, Finance, and Long-Range Planning committees. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Governors for the Arkansas State Fair and has served as President of the Community Banks Association for two years.
“As a well-established member of the community, James Mack Street will be a great representative for the WRMC Medical Complex,” said Bebow. “He has been faithful to WRHS and the Sharp County community for many years, and we are confident that his dedication to both will lead to positive results for all.”
James Mack and his wife Marcia Chaudoin Street reside in Cave City. Together, they have three children, Marc, Jessica, and Timothy. They also have two grandchildren and one on the way.
The WRMC Medical Complex is a comprehensive outpatient facility in Cherokee Village that offers an array of services including three Primary Care Clinics, WRMC PROS (Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy), Imaging Services, Endoscopy, a reference lab, and an Urgent Care Clinic, which provides after hours care. Additionally, visiting specialists in Cardiology, General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pain Management, Podiatry, Urology, and Wound Care routinely see patients at the WRMC Medical Complex. To contact the clinic, call (870) 257-6040.
On September 28th Main St. Batesville in association with Merchants & Planters Bank and the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce will present Danny Dozier and the Lockhouse Orchestra’s Downtown Tribute to The Band’s Levon Helm at the historic Lander’s Theatre.
Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm was an American musician and actor, famous as the drummer and frequent vocalist for the grammy-winning rock group, The Band. Some of their many recordings include “The Weight”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. The Band frequently toured and collaborated with Bob Dylan and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2004 Rolling Stone ranked them 50th on their 100 Greatest Artists of all Time list.
Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, multi-instrumental ability, and creative drumming style. He also had a successful career as an actor, appearing in such films as Coal Miner’s Daughter and The Right Stuff. In 1998, Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer, which caused him to lose his singing voice. After undergoing treatment he gradually regained the use of his voice. His 2007 comeback album Dirt Farmer earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. In 2010, Electric Dirt, his follow-up to Dirt Farmer, won the first Grammy Award for Best Americana Album and repeated the win the next year with his live album Ramble at the Ryman. In April 2012 Levon Helm lost his battle with cancer and died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
The idea to pay tribute to this international celebrity came to Batesville’s local celebrity, Danny Dozier, when he was thinking of ways to improve and drive traffic to the downtown area. Twelve years ago Bob and Judy Pest started the Ozark Foothills Film Fest. Levon came down from Woodstock, NY to do a grand opening show at the historic Melba Theatre. Danny was asked to show him around town before the concert and, as they drove down Main Street, they passed the Landers Theatre. The whole roof had collapsed and the structure had trees 40 feet high growing inside the original cut sandstone walls. When Levon saw the old, dilapidated building, he commented on how sad it was to see such a historic part of a town in that condition. It was clear he had affection for the building and its significance in the downtown area. He suggested doing a concert to raise money to restore it. The day went on and the Film Festival was a huge success and everyone enjoyed Levon. There was never a concert for the theatre, but as we all know, it is now completely restored and is a beautiful structure and part of our city’s heritage. The conversation stuck with Dozier and now he’s adhering to Helm’s suggestion. “I think downtown is still the heart of Batesville. It’s where our commerce and city identity began and I feel it’s important to not just sustain it, but preserve and develop it and be proud to present it to our residents and visitors,” says Danny.
The concert will be held in the historic Landers Theatre on Main Street, on Saturday, September 28th beginning at 7:00. It will include covers of songs that Levon performed and recorded with The Band and also his solo albums. The music touches on several styles, spiritual, folk, blues and rock n roll. That formula is what is now known as Americana music, of which Levon was at the epi-center. The Lockhouse Orchestra is made up of musicians and singers from north central Arkansas including Sarah Roark, Penny Wolfe, John Parks, Jerry Bone, Jason Moser, and Danny Dozier. There will be several special guests including Mike Foster, Charlie Chalmers, and Gary Gazeaway.
All profits from the concert will go to Main Street Batesville to help with improvements in the downtown area, specifically the Pocket Park, an outdoor community gathering place on East Main between Third and Fourth Streets.
This event is proudly sponsored by Merchant and Planters Bank with assistance from the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and The Batesville Area Arts Council. Tickets can be purchased in advance for only $10 and they can be purchased at Merchants & Planters Bank, Batesville Area Arts Council, The Chamber, Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, Southern Bank, Liberty Bank, WRD Entertainment and The Guard. There are a limited number available, so you’re encouraged to get yours before they’re gone.
August 5, 2013, Batesville, AR—Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce president/CEO, was among the 32 individuals who were awarded graduation certificates during the 27th Annual Community Development Institute – Central (CDI) at the University of Central Arkansas on August 2, 2013. Johnson completed all three years of the institute’s program of study.
CDI trains community leaders and economic development professionals on how to strengthen their local economies and build communities. This is achieved by developing the ability of participants to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders, and bring communities, organizations and businesses together to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues.
The complete institute experience is a three-year program with one week of training per year. Participants move through the program curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive applied approach to the field of community and economic development.
UCA is the birthplace for the Community Development Institute, which started in 1987 in partnership with Entergy, Southwestern Bell and ARKLA. Since that time, CDIs have been established in Texas, West Virginia, Idaho and Illinois, and a national governing and certification body, the Community Development Council, has been created. More information about CDI can be found at www.uca.edu/cdi.