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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Roberts Cemetery restorationA few years ago on my annual visit to Arkansas looking for ancestors of my Roberts/Crouch family tree, I unearthed a "treasure-trove" in an isolated overgrown, snake infested cemetery. Here was "Mary, wife of W.H. Crouch" -- my great-grandmother Mary Anne Bookout Turner Crouch, and her mother Eliza Bookout buried almost 100 years ago. The stone was so worn it was almost impossible to read.

Members of the McLain Family, John B..McLain, who carved his own tombstone, as well as others in the McLain family are scattered nearby. Stephen Lawyer b. 1836 and members of the Lawyer families, Lavina Roberts Cohee, Florence and Addie Langston, James Bradford Roberts and Sarah Harrison born 1811, too many intermingled families to mention. Not only are there marked stones, but dozens of fieldstones that no doubt are the final resting place for other family members.

This over-grown, tree filled, weed, tick infested site has had very little care over the years. It is difficult, if not impossible to reach by automobile. Cattle often push through the fence, and many of the graves are unreadable.

It is located in the Fairview area off Highway 9 in Fulton County.

Several descendents of the family members who "are asleep" in this desolate place are trying to clean-up, repair/replace the fence, have a sign designating the name and location made, and possibly gain access so work can be done in the future. Richard Roberts, of Springdale, e-mail rdr32@cox.net, Gail Cowart e-mail cowartd@centurytel.net, June Armstrong, ph. 1-870-793-5250, Sue Crisco, or Wilma (Roberts) King , Pocahontas, Ark., or myself, Volamae R. Brinkley , e-mail, volaflcuzn@aol.com will be more than happy to answer any questions.

If you can help financially, physically, or just anyway, contact one of us. June Armstrong in Batesville will be happy to send a receipt for any donations! Thanks!

Volamae (Roberts) Brinkley

National Medical Lab Professionals WeekNational Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is observed the last week of April and spotlights the unsung heroes in healthcare. The theme for this year is, "Delivering Today's Results for a Healthier Tomorrow." The lab staff at Fulton County Hospital are celebrating their profession with contests for prizes, good food and recognition for a job well done.

According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, approximately one baby boomer is turning 50 years of age every seven seconds. What does that have to do with National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week? In a word, everything.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics in 2002 stated that there were more than 10 billion lab tests performed in the U.S. each year. Since lab test results constitute an estimated 70 percent of a patient's medical record, you can see how important lab results are in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease.

When most people are asked what the lab staff does, they reply, "Draw Blood!" And, while that is the beginning, there is so much more beyond that. Various instruments are used to perform the testing and they need preventive maintenance just like a car for them to run correctly and keep service repairs to a minimum. Lab staff performs many daily checks on these instruments to ensure they are working properly so that patient test results are accurate and reported in a timely manner. And when there's a problem, they use their skills and experience to repair the instruments when possible. Technology is changing and improving so quickly that the instruments used to perform lab tests are outdated in approximately five years, so this means continuous training and changes in the lab.

The lab staff works closely with physicians, nurses and other care givers to ensure timely, quality results to ensure patients are treated quickly. So, the next time you have blood drawn, think about what happens to it once it leaves your sight. Take comfort in knowing that educated, well trained personnel are taking care of that very important part of your personal well being.

The Laboratory Staff of the Fulton County Hospital


Watch out for ridersEvery fall motorists are asked to watch out for school buses and kids returning to school. Now that it's spring, more of us with horses and mules are out enjoying the dryer, warmer weather. Please keep an eye on us!

Just because we are riding on or next to a busy highway, back road or gravel lane, does not mean that our horses are completely traffic wise. Some of us on young animals don't live next to a road where vehicles fly past and they can be exposed to them. Those of us riding such a horse or mule really love to see you coming slowly and appreciate it.

If you don't ride, I know these are things you just don't think about or consider. For instance, my horse doesn't mind cars too much but she HATES chickens. If the two are at the same place at the same time, she would much rather be a hood ornament than cope with a chicken. Horses and mules don't particularly love pigs either.

Kids on bicycles are another potential disaster. Once I had a kid peddle as fast as he could to within 10 feet of me, lock his brakes up and slide sideways at me. It was all I could do to maintain control of my horse. Yes, the kid lived too.

Sometimes it's a four wheeler or gator that spooks them. You never know.

I'm particularly watchful of those of you hauling or towing "scary" things: flapping tarps, old cars, mattresses, farm equipment, rattling trailers, etc.

I'm just asking for everyone to be careful and please slow down for horse and mule riders or wagon trains. If you will keep an eye on the rider/driver, we'll tell you to come on by or to slow down or to stop altogether. However, one handed signals don't convey please or thank you very well.

Diana Gray