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Advice From A Pharmacist: How To Fight The Flu

The flu virus is here.

In the past 2 weeks, Cooper Clinic reported performing 722 tests for the flu.  Of those, 211 tested positive.

Arkansas State Epidemiologist Dr. Dirk Haselow said the flu virus has hit the public much earlier this year, and this year’s peak is expected to surpass those from previous years.

Pharmacist Sheila Schuster has been busy at work lately. “We’ve had whole households come in – 5 or 6 people – and every one of them contracted the flu,” she said.

Some Sebastian County Roads Still Not Clear

The Sebastian County Road Department says some of the rural county roads still are not clear.

Some drivers decided to turn around Wednesday after seeing ice on the road.

“Going down was pretty slick” said Bryson Middleton, a driver. “I seen there was a car stuck.”

Bryson Middleton made it safely down a stretch of Feather Hill Road just outside Lavaca. Others didn’t even attempt the drive.

“I do get scared especially in this Jeep,” said Middleton. “It’s not 4-wheel drive, so yeah kind of slick.”

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

While you may be getting ready to spend some quality time with your family this Christmas, others are gearing up for a winter storm.

If you are doing last minute holiday shopping, there are a few things you should stock up on in case Tuesday turns into a “White Christmas.”

  • In case of a power failure, have either a battery-powered radio or an NOAA weather radio and make sure you have extra batteries.

Also, make sure you know the different winter storm warning terms.

Wister Teenager Sends Precious Moments Figurines to Newtown

After first hearing the news about a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a 13-year-old girl from Wister, Okla. began thinking of things she could do for the victims’ families this holiday season.

“My dad was watching it on the news and it came on,” Mary Stewart remembers.

Two days later, Mary decided to send Christmas figurines to each family who lost someone in the shooting.

River Valley Shoppers Looking Locally For Unique Gifts

In the River valley, people are looking to wrap up the perfect gift this holiday season. Many of them were looking for something unique instead of the same-old-stuff you can find everywhere else.

Kathy Coleman knew just where she wanted to go to find some one-of-a-kind gifts Saturday afternoon. So she packed up her car and headed to Brick City Emporium in Fort Smith.

“There are so many things,” explained Coleman. “I mean you will find something for somebody on your Christmas list.”

Choctaw Casino Pocola Rings in the New Year with $50,000 Giveaway

Choctaw Casino in Pocola is ringing in the New Year with $50,000 in cash giveaways and a party to remember. Throughout the month of December, guests playing with their Choctaw Rewards Club card can win a share of $50,000 in cash, along with free party favors to ring in the New Year.

Community Works Through the Night to Replace Wreaths

They’re calling it a Christmas miracle. People worked in the middle of the night Thursday to put holiday wreaths at the National Cemetery back on the Veterans’ graves.

The wreaths were placed on the headstones of those buried in the Fort Smith National Cemetery as part of the annual Christmas Honors program at the beginning of December. Most of the wreaths were blown off during Wednesday night’s storm.