Baptist Health to host free senior driver car safety checkups

LITTLE ROCK – Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute is sponsoring CarFit, a free personal driver safety event for seniors, on Nov. 8, in the Hickingbotham Outpatient parking lot located on the Baptist Health Medical Center – Little Rock campus.

Held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., no appointment is necessary to participate. The event will be rescheduled in the event of rain or severe weather.

This free interactive and educational program for seniors was designed through the collaboration of the American Society on Aging, AAPR, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association. CarFit is not a driving test or mechanical inspection.

The U.S. Census Bureau has determined that by 2030 there will be an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older, which equates to about one in four drivers in some communities. Driving is an activity that allows older adults to maintain their independence, which is essential for a healthy aging process.

Research suggests that older drivers are among the safest drivers because they typically wear seat belts and are less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, as people age, they're more likely to suffer serious injuries or risk death in crashes due to greater fragility. Newer vehicles have enhanced safety features to decrease the risk of injury; however, many drivers are unaware of how to properly use them. A proper fit in one's car can greatly increase not only the driver's safety but also the safety of others. CarFit helps these drivers explore vehicle adjustments and develop strategies to ensure the safest fit. 

Participants will drive through designated checkup stations for a one-on-one session with a certified technician. These trained professionals will review a 12-point check list to assist drivers in adjusting their mirrors properly to decrease blind spots, determine and adjust the seating and steering wheel so that they are at the safest distance for the driver, adjust seat belts for comfort and ensure drivers know how to operate their vehicle’s controls.

The check-up should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Afterward, an occupational therapist will demonstrate adaptive equipment such as seat cushions, seat belt extenders, key holders, swivel seats, and other devices to help increase safety and comfort while driving.

Therapists Amanda Woodall, OTR/L, and Katie Fry, DPT, are the event coordinators.

Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system with more than 175 points of access, including eight hospitals. For more information about CarFit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.


Umbaugh and Stober crowned at WBC Homecoming

Grace Stolz
Williams Baptist College

WALNUT RIDGE – Emily Umbaugh of Winona Lake, Ind., and Scotty Stober of Lead Hill, were crowned the 2014 Homecoming queen and king Saturday at Williams Baptist College. The coronation took place in WBC’s Southerland-Mabee Center, during halftime of the Lady Eagles season opener basketball game. 

Umbaugh is a senior psychology major, and the daughter of Randy and Kim Umbaugh. 

Stober is a senior, majoring in liberal arts. He is the son of David and Mary Stober.

Also representing the senior class on the homecoming court were Sarah Hunt of Lepanto, and Coy Yasler of Ravenden.  Hunt, a psychology major, is the daughter of Cathy Hunt and the late James Hunt. Yasler, a biology major, is the son of Douglass and Bonnie Yasler.  

Juniors on the court were Jasmine Edwards, a native of Horn Lake, Miss., and Taylor Baker of Jonesboro. Edwards, who is the daughter of Janice Johnson and the late Mario Edwards, is majoring in business. Baker, who is the son of Denilla and Keith Baker, is a Christian ministries major. 

The sophomore class representatives were Gabby Fulton of West Fork, and Luke Carter of Bourbon, Mo. Fulton is majoring in psychology and is the daughter of Gary and Susan Fulton.  Carter is a Christian ministries major and the son of Edward and Joye Carter.

Freshmen on the homecoming court were Madelyn Poe of Beebe, and Tracy Allen, Jr., of Wilson, Miss. Poe is the daughter of Adam and Kristy Poe. Allen is the son of LaShanna Span and Tracy Allen, Sr.

The homecoming court and king and queen were selected by a vote of the WBC student body. 

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge.

Grace Stolz is coordinator of public relations at Williams Baptist College.




Briarwood Baptist dedicates CLC building

Briarwood Baptist Church in Cabot officially dedicated its Christian Life Center Oct. 12.View a photo gallery. Some photos are courtesy of Megan Lee.

View a video of the musical performance.


Ouachita senior Molly Bowman featured on Fox News “Huckabee” show

ARKADELPHIA – The voice of the millennial generation is powerful – and one that is increasingly receiving more attention.

Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and political commentator, recently addressed this topic on his Fox News show “Huckabee” in a segment titled “Does the GOP need to start listening to millennials?”

Huckabee, a 1976 Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) alumnus, hosted a panel of three college students including Ouachita senior Molly Bowman, a mass communications and Christian studies/theology major from Conway. During the segment, students discussed issues of concern to millenials and how they felt about the current state of the Republican Party. Other panelists included students from the University of Notre Dame and Marist College.

Huckabee contacted his alma mater, looking for a Ouachita student to add to the panel. After consulting with several campus leaders, Trennis Henderson, vice president for communications, decided to submit Bowman’s name for consideration.

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Jerre Hassell, longtime pastor and chaplain, dies

Jerre Rose Hassell, 84, of Jonesboro, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Little Rock.

Born in Pampa, Texas, Hassell lived most of his adult life in Arkansas. He was a Southern Baptist minister and was the pastor of several churches in Arkansas including Geyer Springs Baptist Church in Little Rock, Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock, and First Baptist Church in Stuttgart. He also served several years as chaplain at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

Hassell also served as an interim pastor at numerous Arkansas churches including Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen R. and Maude Elizabeth Crane Hassell, and two brothers, Glen Hassell and Bill Hassell.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Dabney Hassell; two daughters, Patti (Hank) Chandler of Woodstock, Georgia and Nancy (Murray Sr.) Benton of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Erin (Paul) Street and Tripp (Megan) Chandler, all of Woodstock, and Murray Benton Jr., Meredith Benton and Maggie Benton, all of Jonesboro, and two great-grandchildren, Rex Street and Henry Chandler.

A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro with Willard Zeiser and Ed McDonald officiating.

A reception followed the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.

For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to First Baptist Church, 701 S. Main, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or Baptist Health System, 9501 Baptist Health Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205.