End of the year provides good time to look back

By Emily Van Zandt Originally Published January 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated January 2, 2013 at 10:55 a.m.
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With 2012 officially in the record books, it’s time to look back on some of the milestones the year brought the Three Rivers area. Here’s a look at a few of the changes and events that went on over the year, broken down by number:


Number of years White County Medical Center in Searcy has been operating. The hospital celebrated its birthday on Jan. 16, 2012.


Amount raised by the United Way of White County as the charity ended its season on Jan. 31.


The day in February that first lady Michelle Obama visited the Little Rock Air Force Base as part of her Let’s Move! Campaign tour.


Number of wings served at the Wing Ding Festival in Jacksonville, which, after 13 years, was canceled in 2012, following a decline in attendance.


Place that Searcy came in implementing a Smart911 system in Arkansas. The program provides a resident-created profile to dispatchers that can include information on pass codes, medical records and more.

March 22

The day Omens of the Apocalypse, a documentary featuring the thousands of dead birds that fell on Beebe in early 2011, aired on the National Geographic Channel.


Number of years the Arkansas Folk Festival has been held in Mountain View as of April 2012.


The budget for the film The Gleaning made by Searcy-based filmmaker Brian White and his cousin Christopher S. Thompson. The film screened at the Little Rock Film Festival in June.

10,000 meters

The distance run by former Harding University student-athlete Janet Cherobon-Bawcome as part of the U.S. Olympic Team in the London Summer Olympics.


Number of volunteers who helped serve a free lunch to students and parents in Cabot over Thanksgiving break through the new Lunch Box Connection program.

Nov. 27

The day Beebe native Cody Belew was eliminated from NBC’s The Voice.

12 inches

Amount of snow that fell around Batesville during the Christmas Day snowstorm.

5,100 square feet

Size of the clubhouse in the new shooting range coming to Jacksonville. Ground was broken on the project in October.

Staff writer Emily Van Zandt can be reached at (501) 399-3688 or evanzandt@arkansasonline.com.

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