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Blow to health care?



Blow to health care?

A ruling this week by a Lee County Circuit Court judge has left in question whether a clinic founded in Marianna 40 years ago that serves Lee, Phillips and St. Francis counties will survive.

Circuit Judge Ben Storey ruled that the Lee County Cooperative Clinic board had illegally amended its bylaws in 2000, leaving all but two of its members seated illegally.

The suit was filed by members of the Marianna Neighborhood Action Committee, some of whose members had been denied a position on the board.

The state Department of Health has withheld $790,573 in state tobacco dollars that would have gone to the clinic, a Community Health Center, because of the litigation. 

Storey, in his ruling, noted that the court “is well aware that the funding may be withheld by the federal and state governments. If this happens, certainly the citizens of Lee County will suffer both from a health care and an economic standpoint.”

The clinic's lawyer, Don Trimble, has declined comment in the case. The attorney for the MNAC, Bill Lewellen, has not returned calls.


Death list redux

Remember the crazy Clinton death lists — the right-wingers' compilation of dead associates of President Bill Clinton? The nuts suggested the dead “knew too much.” One of the dead was Jerry Parks, whose security guard company for a time provided contract services to Bill Clinton's campaign headquarters in Little Rock. He was shot to death in 1993 on a Little Rock street in a still-unsolved case.

For years, Park's son, Gary Wayne Parks, contended his late father had been compiling a dossier on Clinton and that papers he'd amassed had disappeared after his death. Monday, Gary Parks was arrested in Germantown, Tenn., as a suspect in the grisly 2006 slaying death of Dr. David Millstein, a Mountain Home urologist whom Jerry Parks' widow, Lois, married after his death. Police say Gary Parks has an extensive criminal record. Nobody has yet alleged a role by Gary Parks in the 1993 death of his father. We're just saying.


Poe go?

Looking for a pair of Victorian houses in the Quapaw Quarter, near the Arts Center? Here's a possibility. Poe Travel has listed its offices of more than 30 years in homes at 913 and 915 Cumberland for sale for about $560,000. Poe has reduced space needs and Ellison Poe said the agency might consider a move if the right offer came along. Or she said, they might be open to leasing some of the existing space to another commercial tenant.


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