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City of Bryant announces new Human Resources Director

City of Bryant announces new Human Resources Director

BRYANT, Ark. -- Robin K. Ussery, SPHR, has been hired as the new Director of Human resources for the City of Bryant. Ms. Ussery, a native of North Little Rock, began her career in the Human resource field in 1991 working in the airline industry for Southwest Airlines. Ms. Ussery earned her B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little rock. In addition to a B.A. degree, Ms. Ussery boasts a long list of credentials in the HR field including:

+ SPHR certification SHRM, ASTD, CAHRA Member

+Many certifications including employee relations, labor law and arbitration, project management, creative training, diversity, specialized OSHA, FMLA, ADA, HIPAA, etc.

Ms. Ussery has extensive experience in HR management, including over 20 years of Human Resources and Operational Leadership Experience (including Fortune 500 companies Southwest Airlines and The Shaw Group, Inc.

Animal control officer receives honors

Animal control officer receives honors

BRYANT, Ark. - Each year, the Bryant Animal Shelter participates in "Home for the Holidays," a nationwide Pet Adoption Program hosted by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a non-profit center based in San Diego, and Iams Pet Food.

"Young Guns" seek to help young local politicians

"Young Guns" seek to help young local politicians

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Newly-elected Saline County Justice of the Peace and University of Arkansas at Little Rock college student Justin Meeks has teamed up with University of Central Arkansas student and Little Rock native Caleb Lites to form the Arkansas Young Guns (AYG PAC), a new political action committee whose purpose is to help other young conservatives get elected in the state.

“We feel that young people have a vested interest in current political issues such as entitlements and government spending and that there are young potential candidates out there who would bring valuable input to those conversations if elected,” said Meeks, who will serve as the organization’s President and CEO.

Their goal is to help raise money for conservative candidates 18-30 years old in order to help ease the financial cost of campaigning.

“Most young people, especially college students, don’t have the connections or personal wealth needed to raise the necessary finances

Jockey champion, pitching ace among hall of fame inductees

Jockey champion, pitching ace among hall of fame inductees

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Two-time Oaklawn Park leading rider Calvin Borel, winner of three out of the last four Kentucky Derbys, will be recognized both locally and abroad for his riding accomplishments in the coming days.

Friday night Borel joins Philadelphia Phillies pitching ace Cliff Lee, of Benton, Ark., and nine others as 2011 inductees into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. Borel will take part in a ceremony in Little Rock.

Monday, Borel leaves for the Middle East where he will represent the United States in the Meydan Masters jockey competition February 17-18 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Borel, who has been riding at Oaklawn since the early 90s, earned his first riding title at the Hot Springs track in 1995, ending Hall of Famer Pat Day’s streak of 12 consecutive titles in the process. His second title came in 2001. More recently, Oaklawn has been a stepping stone for two of Borel’s best mounts.

Arkansans hog Olympic Squad

Arkansans hog Olympic Squad

LITTLE ROCK – Half of the 2011 Junior Olympic Shotgun Team is from Arkansas.

Those five also are current or recent members of teams that compete in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, created and managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The announcement came in late January from USA Shooting, the governing body of Olympic shooting events.

“This is a great honor for student athletes involved in the sport of trap shooting, and is the first stage on the road to achieving an Olympic dream,” said Chuck Woodson, AYSSP coordinator.

Local comedian brings big laughs

Local comedian brings big laughs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Hypnotist and comedian J. Medicine Hat will perform on Feb. 19 at Knights Play Comedy Club, located at Golf of Castle Valley, 8500 Castle Valley Road, Mabelvale. The show also features comedian Angry Patrick.

J. Medicine Hat is originally from South Dakota, but for the last ten years has lived in Benton. J. has been performing for 26 years at comedy clubs, colleges, corporate events and in concert with entertainers such as: Dennis Miller, Jerry Seinfeld, Rosanne Barr, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The late great Sam Kinnison, The late great Stevie Ray Vaughn, Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy, Tom Arnold, The Stray Cats and many others. He's also made appearances on HBO, MTV, VH1 and Showtime.

More information is available at http://www.jmedicinehat.com/, which also has links to Facebook and Youtube.