AREA AGENCY ON AGING OF SWA OFFERS A MEDICAID MAZE
The Area Agency on Aging of South West Arkansas will be holding a Medicare Maze on June 25th. The Maze will be held from 11:00 to 12:00PM in the administration building located at 31downstairs across from the courthouse. You will learn what Medicare covers and when to sign up. Learn about Medicare prescription drug plans and help paying for you drug plan and copays as well as about Supplemental Insurance. Call 1-800-272-2127 extension 116 or 870-798-2852. The purpose of this event is to provide Medicare information. No insurance sales will be allowed. The Area Agency on Aging provides free, unbiased information and assistance to Medicare recipients and their caregivers.
SUMMER OF CREATIVITY GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS
Disney | ABC Television Group Supports 125 Youth-Led Service Projects with $500 Grants
Washington, D.C. – As school lets out for the summer, Youth Service America (YSA) is calling on kids to make this a Summer of Creativity. YSA, through support from Disney | ABC Television Group will award Summer of Creativity Grants to young change-makers who have ideas and projects that positively impact their community.
Youth ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Summer of Creativity Grants by submitting service project ideas that will make a difference in their local communities. One hundred and twenty five winners will be awarded individual $500 grants to implement their projects. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized on Good Morning America or their local ABC affiliate. Applications will be accepted through August 10, 2015, at YSA.org/BeInspired.
2014 grant-awarded projects included:
Warm Winters, a program run by a 14-year-old to collect coats, hats, and gloves left at ski resorts to help keep the homeless warm.
Shred Kids Cancer, a campaign organized by a 14-year-old to fundraise for research to help find cures for pediatric cancer.
Braeden’s Brown Bags, a foundation founded by a 10-year-old to provide healthy meals to kids in need.
“With half the world’s population under the age of 25, our future depends on helping young people to find their voice, take action, and make a positive impact in their communities. We know that young people are uniquely suited to help solve problems - if given the opportunity,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. “We need youth to be leaders and problem solvers today, not just the leaders of a distant tomorrow. Disney ABC Television Group’s Summer of Creativity is about shining a bright light on the incredible power of youth to use their ingenuity to change the world.”
For more information and to apply, visit www.YSA.org/BeInspired.
RUTLEDGE ADDS CERTIFIED OFFICERS TO MEDICAID FRAUD CONTROL UNIT
Officers make first arrests
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced that she has added sworn law enforcement officers to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, a first for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office.
Rutledge also announced that the new officers have made their first arrests. On Friday, June 5, Donna Roberson, 62, of Pine Bluff, was arrested on two counts of Medicaid Fraud, both Class B felonies, and Lucy Blackmon, 34, of Pine Bluff, was arrested on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony. On Thursday, June 18, the officers arrested Quashonna Evans, 27, of Little Rock, on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class C felony.
“I am committed to fighting fraud and protecting Arkansas’s most vulnerable and making sure they receive the care they deserve, which is why I made it a priority to strengthen the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Attorney General’s Office by adding certified officers,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “These officers greatly enhance an already successful unit and its enforcement capabilities as it goes after those who violate our laws. They will not only help combat fraud but will also go after those who abuse and neglect Arkansans residing in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.”
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, under the leadership of Deputy Attorney General Lloyd Warford, investigates and prosecutes violations involving Medicaid providers and the abuse or neglect of nursing home residents.
Medicaid fraud occurs when Medicaid providers use the Medicaid program to obtain money to which they are not entitled.
AHPP AWARDS GRANTS FOR OUACHITA COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECTS
LITTLE ROCK—Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,402,561 in grants for projects in 44 Arkansas counties – including Ouachita County – through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant, Main Street Slipcover Grant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.
Ouachita County received a $100,000 County Courthouse Restoration Grant for roof restoration at the 1933 courthouse at Camden. The Ouachita County Historical Society received a $26,160 Historic Preservation Restoration Grant for roof restoration at the ca. 1847 McCollum-Chidester House in Camden.
Thirteen counties shared $1,262,340 in County Courthouse Restoration Subgrants, which are financed through Real Estate Transfer Tax funds distributed by the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council for rehabilitation of historic county courthouses across Arkansas. Funding requests totaled $6,172,537.
Other counties receiving courthouse grants were Arkansas, $13,000; Bradley, $249,850; Drew, $91,000; Hempstead, $16,465; Hempstead, $26,465; Johnson, $59,200; Lafayette, $69,756; Lawrence, $130,000; Logan, $68,000; Mississippi, $250,000, Howard, $170,000, Polk, $21,457 and Prairie, $23,512.
Twenty-five projects shared $756,763 in Historic Preservation Restoration Grants (HPRG), which distribute funds raised through the Real Estate Transfer Tax to rehabilitate buildings listed on the Arkansas or National Registers of Historic Places and owned by local governments or not-for-profit organizations. Grant requests totaled $1,498,725.
Other HPRG recipients, the amount of their grants, and the properties to be restored, were Bradley County Historical Museum, $25,000 to restore chimneys, wood siding and interior finishes at the John Martin House; Carnegie Public Library in Eureka Springs, $33,229 to restore steps; Carroll County, $30,267 to restore the bell tower and chimney and paint the former Shady Grove Delmar Church and School; City of Altus, $25,070 to restore the roof at the German American Bank; and the City of Arkadelphia, $13,250 for paint and restoration at the Missouri Pacific Depot; City of Siloam Springs, $56,666 to restore the roof at the former Siloam Springs Post Office; City of Sulphur Springs, $30,000 to restore the roof at the former Sulphur Springs School; Clover Bend Historic Preservation Association, $61,750 for exterior restoration at the Clover Bend Gym; Cross County Historical Society, $11,904 for restoration work at the South Elementary School; Danny Dozier, $5,034 for restoration work at 187 East Main Street in Batesville; First Lutheran Church in Little Rock, $15,480 for stained-glass window restoration; Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority in Fort Smith, $37,266 for restoration of Barrack #823; Fort Smith Heritage Foundation, $24,737 for wood restoration at the W.H.H. Clayton House; Fort Smith Museum of History, $15,415 for masonry restoration at the Atkinson Williams Warehouse; Hamburg United Methodist Church, $75,000 to install a structural roof beam; Helena Museum of Phillips County, $40,000 for roof and exterior restoration; The City of Hope, $40,000 to stabilize and restore the Girl Scout Little House; Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean, $20,438 for restoration work at Trinity Lutheran Church; Darrell and Missy Orvis, $10,000 to restore the roof of the William Heibach House in Little Rock; Howard County Historical Society, $20,000 for restoration work at the former First Presbyterian Church; St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs, $19,230 to restore the roof, bell tower and columns at the former Comer School; Texarkana Museum System, $20,329 for restoration work at the Patrick Ahern House; Town of Portia, $19,078 to restore the porch, doors and windows at the Portia School; Trumann Community Foundation, $39,460 for roof and window repair at the Trumann Community House, and Visitor’s Chapel A.M.E. Church in Hot Springs, $42,000 for plaster, window and door repair.
Sixteen recipients shared $116,020 in grants through the AHPP’s Certified Local Government program, which is open to Arkansas cities and counties that contain a historic district commission and a historic district protected by a local ordinance, as well as to cities and counties that are seeking to join the CLG program. These grants provide training opportunities to local historic district commissions and can fund other local preservation projects. At least 10 percent of the AHPP’s annual appropriation from the federal Historic Preservation Fund goes to CLG cities as grants for local projects. Grant requests totaled $210,487.
CLG grant recipients were Batesville, which received $40,000 to restore the marquee and roof at the Melba Theater for training and design guidelines; Benton, which received $6,325 to update its cultural resource inventory, prepare a brochure, training and staff assistance; Conway, which received $1,500 for training and for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); El Dorado, which received $9,200 for National Register nominations and administrative support; Fayetteville, which received $13,150 for training, a plaque and fencing at Oaks Cemetery and a historic structures database; Fort Smith, which received $1,500 for training; Hot Springs, which received $1,000 for a celebration of the NHPA; Little Rock, which received $2,600 for training and sign toppers for the Capitol View/Stifft Station neighborhood; Morrilton, which received $9,500 for training, administration and signage and outreach and education; North Little Rock, which received $17,500 for administration and a window workshop; Osceola, which received $800 for training; Pine Bluff, which received $1,508 for training and preservation awards; Texarkana, which received $7,000 for training, a website and outreach, and Van Buren, which received $4,437 for training, tour development and a brochure.
There currently are 19 Arkansas cities in the CLG program: Little Rock, North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Van Buren, Hot Springs, Eureka Springs, Helena-West Helena, Conway, Pine Bluff, Morrilton, Texarkana, Rogers, Russellville, El Dorado, Fayetteville, Batesville, Benton, Osceola and Blytheville. Several others are working to become part of the CLG program.
Main Street Siloam Springs received a $6,439 “Slipcover” Removal Grant to restore the storefront at 207 South Broadway. These grants, funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax, help finance removal of false façades from historic Main Street Arkansas buildings.
Sixteen Main Street Arkansas programs shared $240,000 in Downtown Revitalization Grants, which are funded through the state Real Estate Transfer Tax and are available to certified Main Street programs for building rehabilitations, parks, streetscape improvements and other design-related projects that will have major long-term impacts in the local Main Street area.
Main Street programs in Batesville, Blytheville, Dumas, El Dorado, Eureka Springs, Helena-West Helena, Jonesboro, Osceola, Ozark, Paragould, Rogers, Russellville, Searcy, Siloam Springs, Texarkana and West Memphis each received $15,000 grants through the program. Main Street Russellville received an additional $9,999 grant through the program for window restoration at 309 West B Street.
An additional $11,000 in Downtown Revitalization Grants was awarded to cities involved in Main Street’s Arkansas Downtown Network. Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to the programs in Arkadelphia, Clarksville, Forrest City, Heber Springs, Malvern, Monticello, Morrilton, Pine Bluff, Rector, Warren and Wynne.
For more information on the AHPP’s grant programs, write the agency at 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum.
ARKANSANS TO PROTECT LOCAL RIGHTS AGREES, ACT 137 ALLOWS FOR NDOS
Arkansans to Protect Local Rights (ATPLR) has determined that a repeal of Act 137 is unnecessary. The prevailing legal opinion is that this law does not prohibit cities from enacting non-discrimination ordinances (NDOs). Constitutional scholars and attorneys across the state believe that since several state laws currently protect additional classes other than those identified in the state’s Civil Rights Act, including but not limited to sexual orientation and gender identity, then Act 137 does not accomplish what its sponsors intended.
On the heels of an historic election in Eureka Springs in which the electorate overwhelming supported adoption of their own ordinance, a statewide poll commissioned by ATPLR confirms that Arkansas’s citizens favor local control of this issue. In light of these recent developments, ATPLR has ceased in its circulation of petitions.
Our ultimate goal, the commitment to advance equality and promote local control, is best achieved through partnering with our communities in support of NDOs. We worked successfully with Eureka Springs to adopt Ordinance 2223 and are currently working with Fayetteville to ensure passage of their NDO in September.
People from all walks of life, all regions of the state and all religious and party affiliations have supported this effort. For that, we are extremely appreciative. Moving forward, we will continue to identify, encourage and support communities devoted to maintaining local rights. Together, we hope to continue working to elevate our state to one that is accepting and considerate of all her residents.
CABS OFFERS SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING
The next training session will help you get started with Pinterest & Instagram. The session will be on June 30th from 1:00 to 3:30PM. Join us for a fun and fast paced look at these emerging social networks. In this seminar we will explore how these social networks may fit your business and how to make these effective. We will also discuss time management tips on how to make sure you are spending the appropriate amounts of time on these social net-works in conjunction with your overall marketing plan. Training will be held at the Camden Accelerated Business Services (CABS) Center located at 625 Adams SW in Camden. Call 836-2210 to pre-register. Note this session is tomorrow.