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Faulkner Healthiest Area County

Health Rankings

The 2018 county health rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are out and in Arkansas, Benton County is healthiest, Phillips County is least healthy.

Among area counties in Health Factors, Faulkner County is fourth, Cleburne County 18th, Independence County 20th and White County 38th.

Services For Chief Deputy Jeff Sims

Jeff Sims

Residents of Independence County continue to mourn the death of Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jeff Sims, of Sulphur Rock, who died on Saturday of natural causes. He was 44.

Visitation is tomorrow from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at UACCB Independence Hall.

Drunk Driver In I-40 Fatality Sentenced

David Thomason

A White County man has been sentenced in Franklin County Circuit Court to 26 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a person while driving drunk on Interstate 40 last October and injuring another.

31-year old David Ray Thomason, of Bradford, pled guilty to charges of negligent homicide while driving drunk, for which he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and to aggravated assault, for which he was sentenced to six years. The sentences will run consecutively.

Walmart Execs Get 39 Million In Bonuses


Walmart’s top eight executives recently received a second round of deferred compensation bonuses worth an estimated $39 million based on financial performance in fiscal 2018.

UCA Scholarships For Hispanic Students


The University of Central Arkansas will receive $50,000 to establish and endow the Drew Marshall Gainor Scholarship for Hispanic students in certain business disciplines.

The fund is being established by Lauren and Drew Gainor ’10 in honor of Drew’s late father, Drew Marshall Gainor.

Norman Selected As 7th Williams President

Stan Norman

Dr. Stan Norman has been selected to lead Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge.  Norman was announced on Friday as the seventh president of the university, following a five-month search process, and he will take the helm of Williams in April.

“I am incredibly honored by this selection and truly humbled at the graciousness of God to lead the WBU Board of Trustees to invite Joy and me to serve at Williams Baptist University. 

Youth Advisory Council Grant Applications

White County YAC

White County nonprofits serving youth ages K-12 can obtain applications for Youth Advisory Council grants from White County Community Foundation by visiting Applications are due March 24.

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