Zuzanna Sitek

Reporter, Ozarks at Large
courtesy: Glenn Wheeler

Newton County Deputy Glenn Wheeler describes the two and a half weeks he spent in Puerto Rico in December, three months after Hurricane Maria, working for a company that provides security for dialysis clinics owned by Fresenius Kidney Care. Wheeler spent time in San Juan on the north side of the island and in Ponce on the south side of the island.

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The city of Bella Vista is dealing with the unintended consequences of being a resort town that turned into a retirement community that turned into a city that is attracting a lot of homebuyers. A study done by the Arkansas Department of Transportation found that 80 percent of Bella Vista residents commute to work, which means there are thousands of people on Highway 71 during morning and evening rush hours.

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The Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association is hosting a training seminar later this month for those interested in working in the state's medical marijuana industry. Corey Hunt, an ACIA board member and event organizer, discusses the importance of training dispensary agents so they are equipped to make recommendations to patients. The seminar costs $149 and will be held Jan. 20 from 11 a.m.

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Jeri' Williams and Gina Elder both had sons who died unexpectedly in 2012. Both their sons were also organ, eye and tissue donors. Since Trenton's death, Williams has started a nonprofit called Trenton's Legacy to offer support to families of organ donors. This year, the nonprofit sponsored a spot for Austin Elder, Gina's son, on the Donate Life float, which will be part of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2018.

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A $250,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation has allowed the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design to launch an initiative called Housing Northwest Arkansas, which will include an advanced design studio course, a regional symposium and a design competition. The design studio will be offered during the Spring 2018 semester and will be open to senior-level design students. It will be taught by several instructors, including Anne Fougeron, a renowned architect based in San Francisco.