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The magazines can be found under their tabs, Eye On Jackson or Eye On Independence!

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Walking Across Arkansas


Walk Across Arkansas, one of the largest public fitness initiatives in the state, began its spring 2015 edition on Feb. 16. “With more than 5,000 Arkansans taking part in the program, Walk Across Arkansas has become a staple in many people’s efforts to stick with their fitness resolutions. Jackson County participants walked 61,331 minutes, with a healthcare savings of $6,133.00 last year! Our goal for 2015 is to increase participation and minutes walked! Taking part is easy. Sign up and record the number of minutes you walk or do other exercise for eight weeks. Walkers are encouraged to form teams to keep the enthusiasm high. Participants who report their minutes all eight weeks of the event will earn a Walk Across Arkansas shoe wallet – a handy device that holds keys and IDs by hook and loop closure.
The idea behind Walk Across Arkansas is simple. Over eight weeks, one develops the habit of exercising. Walk Across Arkansas leads participants down the road to regular physical activity and better health. To register, go to or click the Walk Across Arkansas icon on the homepage at Then start walking through April 12, recording minutes as you go.
For more information about taking steps to lifestyle changes, visit or call 870-523-7450.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Sarah Henry Metzger

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The 16th Legislative District’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization has been invited to conduct a volunteer outreach event at the Mark Martin Museum in Batesville. The need for CASA volunteers in Independence County is great and the Museum has opened its doors as a site where people can come and learn more about what CASA volunteers do, have some treats, tour the racing museum and even take a test drive.

“We were given this opportunity to work with the CASA team here in Batesville and thought it would be a great and positive way to start off the New Year,” said Mooney Starr, General Manager for Mark Martin Ford KIA. ‘We would love to have a good turnout and hope interested members of our community think that becoming a volunteer might be a wonderful way to kick off 2015!”

The role of a CASA volunteer is to speak for the child that has been taken into foster care due to neglect or abuse. They also investigate and inform the court of the activities of other individuals and agencies involved in the child’s case. The goal of all CASA efforts is to secure a permanent and safe home for the child that will allow them to continue to thrive.

Independence County’s CASA Volunteer Coordinator, Angela Chaffin will be on hand to welcome and inform guests that stop by and share more about CASA’s mission for children. “I believe that when people find out what CASA volunteers do, and how they operate under the auspices of the judge and the courtroom on behalf of the child, that they will want to know more, and hopefully, become involved. We invite everyone to stop by on January 24th anytime from 11 till 2pm.”

CASA of the 16th Judicial District

CASA of the 16th Judicial District is a member of the Arkansas State CASA Association comprised of twenty-five local programs that recruit, train and supervise volunteer advocates for children in foster care across the state. With a CASA volunteer advocating for them, children that have been removed from their homes, because of abuse or neglect, are half as likely to languish in foster care and more likely to find a safe, permanent home quickly. In 2013, 1,057 CASA volunteers advocated for 3,482 children in Arkansas. For more information on the CASA program please email or call 501.766.5218.

Pictured here, CASA Volunteer Coordinator, Angela Chaffin, and Ernie Pectol (left) and Mooney Starr with Mark Martin Ford KIA, review plans for the free upcoming CARS AND CASA FOR KIDS! event on January 24th at the Mark Martin Museum.Mark Martin and CASA

Ready For A Night Out?



White River Health System Foundation invites you to the INAUGURAL CASINO NIGHT – Roaring 20s Style!
The event will be held on Saturday, November 8th 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM At White River Medical Center’s Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women & Imaging. Tickets are $50.00 per person

$50.00 Ticket Package Includes: Admission for one, open bar with appetizers (see menu below), 5 x 7 professional portrait, $2,000 in gaming chips (no cash awards or prizes given for winning. Winning gaming chips will be exchanged for raffle tickets for ritzy door prizes including a trip to Las Vegas), and one raffle ticket. Gaming will be managed by professional dealers. The company is called ACE - Arkansas Casino Events.
Additional chips can be purchased in increments of $2,000 for $15 each prior to the event. The night of the event additional chips will be $25 per $2,000.

At the Event….
1920’s themed music and dancing
Silent Auction
All American Classics will provide a variety of items including Arkansas Razorback, wildlife, and music memorabilia up for auction.
Luxury Door Prizes
Each guest will automatically have one chip added to the drawing for our luxury door prizes.
Winning game chips will be added to increase your chances. Prizes include but are not limited to: Las Vegas trip for 2, Wine Cooler, Fire Pit, Patio Furniture and much more!!!
Black Tie or Period Dress Requested / Must be 21 to Attend
ONLY 250 tickets will be sold!
Proceeds will help further the mission of White River Health System to provide a safe, efficient delivery of quality healthcare and to improve the health of our communities through education and outreach.

Casino-style gaming will include:Black Jack, Roulette, Craps
Slot Machines, a Money Wheel & More!
Al Capone Gourmet Appetizer Bar Complimentary Beer, Wine and Signature Cocktails, Champagne Fruit Tinis with Fresh Mint, Hand Cut Aged Cheeses and Warm Brie, Grilled Oyster Casinos on a Half Shell
Grilled Chicken Kabobs, Carved USDA Choice Beef Tenderloin, Smashed Potato Martini Bar, and Brennan’s Famous Banana’s Foster!
The evening will include a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament $50 buy-in for $5,000 chips (not included in admission price). You can get a double stack of $10,000 chips for $25 more!

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