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Fountain Lake walk-a-thon to raise cash for Heifer

Fountain Lake walk-a-thon to raise cash for Heifer

From an email sent in to Today's THV:

Location: Hot Springs Arkansas at Fountain Lake School

Time/Date: Friday, April 27th 9:00-2:00

This is a 4th grade project that the students have been trying to accomplish since the beginning of the school year.  The 4th grade decided to make their goal an ark for the Heifer International Program.  We have been studying the Heifer program all school year and have done many different fundraisers and activities that have been student led or  teacher led to raise the money.  An ark is $5000, the highest goal to reach.  Not only is the 4th grade leading the pack for this fundraiser, but the preschool thru 3rd grade is now involved. 

Bodemeister gets work in before Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister worked five furlongs in just over a minute Tuesday for trainer Bob Baffert in preparation for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

The horse named after Baffert's 7-year-old son, Bode, clocked splits of 12.80, 25, 36.80 and 48.80. Bodemeister did not race until this season, but his 3-year-old campaign has been building momentum.

The bay colt has finished either first or second in all four of his races, none more impressive than his runaway 9½ lengths win at the Arkansas Derby on April 14.

Baffert says Bodemeister has a "ways to go" but is encouraged with the performance. Baffert also says he has a new outlook on his own life after sustaining a heart attack in Dubai during the World Cup last month.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Operation: Spring Cleaning aims to curb prescription drug abuse

Operation: Spring Cleaning aims to curb prescription drug abuse

LITTLE ROCK (04/23/2012)--Arkansas Children’s Hospital will be one of over 100 collection sites around Arkansas participating in Operation Spring Cleaning between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 to collect unused and unneeded prescription medications and get them out of home medicine cabinets.  Abuse of prescription medications—especially by teenagers--is a serious problem within our state.

This is the fourth statewide drug “take back” day where medications are collected from citizens--with no questions asked—to remove them from homes where they are susceptible to abuse by family members or visitors in the home.  Arkansas has led the nation in the abuse of prescription pain medications by teenagers.  A recent survey indicated that 3 in 5 teenagers state that it is easy to get prescription medications from the family medicine cabinet.

Arkansas Business: Jackson resigns from Mercy board in protest of sale

Arkansas Business: Jackson resigns from Mercy board in protest of sale


The proposed sale, announced Monday, of St. Joseph's Mercy Health System in Hot Springs to a Tennessee for-profit hospital chain has already prompted Eric Jackson to resign from Mercy's national board of directors.

Jackson was on the national board of directors of the Sisters of Mercy Healthcare System, as well as its finance, audit and compensation committees. He resigned last week because of the sale.

Capella to take over St. Joseph's in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - St. Joseph's Mercy Health System in Hot Springs will have a new owner.

Capella Healthcare says it's reached a deal with Mercy Health to transfer ownership to Capella. The companies told The Sentinel-Record (http://is.gd/WPcZEc ) that they're still ironing out details of the agreement.

Capella is the parent company of National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.

Mercy president and CEO Lynn Britton says the companies believe the area will be better served under one provider - rather than two separate companies running hospitals.

The hospitals have signed an agreement in principle that allows the organizations to engage in exclusive negotiations toward a definitive agreement.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Participants needed in cancer prevention study

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are nearly 12 million people in America who have survived cancer and countless more who have avoided it.

You can join the movement and fight back against cancer by enrolling in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study.

Hot Springs Village church rebuilds

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. (KTHV) - The pastor and members of Walnut Valley Baptist Church are of one accord. They are thankful for the new church building. It was last year on April 25 when a tornado changed their church forever; but the pastor calls it a blessing in disguise.

Maddie Gilleran is 8-years-old, but already knows what it's like to lose something important to you. She says, "It was sad but it's OK because we got to have church at a school and they were nice and we still got to praise God." She is one of many members of Walnut Valley Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village.

A tornado nearly destroyed the church last April. As they approach the one year anniversary, Pastor Tim Forrest of the church says it seems surreal. He says, "On one hand it seems like it was so long ago on the other it seems like it was just yesterday because we were so busy you didn't even have time to think."