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Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

Changes to School Immunization Requirements Effective 2014-15 School Year

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADH) – Children who will be 11 years of age or older on or before September 1 of each school year will be required to receive a Tdap shot in order to attend public or private school in Arkansas. This new requirement is anticipated to be effective September 1, 2014. Previously a Tdap shot was required for students entering Grade 7. Only one Tdap is required, so children who have already received the shot will not need another. Students who will be 11 years old on or before September 1 will have until October 1 to meet this new shot requirement.

Two doctors purchase 53 acres off I-40 for $3.25M

Two doctors purchase 53 acres off I-40 for $3.25M

Two Conway physicians purchased nearly 53 acres of farmland at the corner of Thomas G Wilson Drive and Dave Ward Drive in a $3.25 million transaction.

Maly Farms, Inc. purchased 52.66 acres from the Fabian Dussex Revocable Trust for 3.25 million on Dec. 6, 2013, according to records from the Faulkner County property assessor.

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Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

Better heart health with a smarter grocery list

Better heart health with a smarter grocery list

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Heart disease is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined and it's the number 1 killer of women. That's why all of us at THV 11 are committed to raising awareness on the issue. One way we can do that is by changing our grocery lists for the better.

Grocery shopping isn't always easy, especially when you're trying to cut calories unless you know where to look.

To keep your blood pumping - you need to keep your eyes peeled. Alexis Sims with the American Heart Association, tells you exactly what to look for. She said, "You can always look for the heart check mark and we found one here. That means you can grab it and go, you don't have to take the time to to look for other products because you know it has lower sodium, lower cholesterol."

UCA to consider banning 'e-cigarettes' and 'vaping'

UCA to consider banning 'e-cigarettes' and 'vaping'

The University of Central Arkansas Board of Trustees will review a committee recommendation Friday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on the school’s campus.

The committee, headed by Dr. Randy Pastor, medical director at UCA Student Health Clinic, concluded “e-cigarettes” and “vaping” should be covered under the school’s existing policy banning the use of tobacco products on university property and vehicles.

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Ninth annual Chase Race and Paws scheduled for March 8

Ninth annual Chase Race and Paws scheduled for March 8

Conway, AR, (CRP) – The Ninth Annual Chase Race and Paws will be held  Saturday, March 8, 8 a.m. starting and finishing at Simon Park, 805 Front Street, Conway. The 2-mile state championship race awards a $100 cash prize to any male or female who breaks the present course records.  A complimentary 2014 entry form will be awarded to  anyone who breaks an age group record.  Each person who registers will receive a technical shirt again this year.  

Online race registration is now open at http://www.chaserace.info/. Entry forms  are also available at The Sporty Runner, 1016 Van Ronkle St. in Conway, and at  Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, 700 Salem Rd. Chase Race and Pawsevent includes:

Blood donation events in/near Conway for Feb.

Blood donation events in/near Conway for Feb.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: