As COVID-19 cases have risen across the U.S., so has the need for convalescent plasma – leading to a shortage of this potentially lifesaving blood product. Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 may have antibodies in their plasma that could provide a patient’s immune system the boost it needs to beat the virus.
Here are some scheduled area blood drives:
February 1, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 404 West Main in Paragould
February 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Paragould Light Water and Cable, 1901 Jones Road in Paragould
February 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Black River Technical College, 1 Black River Drive in Paragould
February 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, 317 South 10th Street in Paragould
February 3, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CrossRidge Community Hospital, 310 South Falls Boulevard in Wynne
February 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Odell McCallum Community Center, 325 Magnolia Street in Wynne
February 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Walnut in Walnut Ridge
February 4, noon-4 p.m., First National Bank, 612 North Missouri in Corning
February 10, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Highland High School, 1 Rebel Circle in Hardy
February 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Red Cross, 1904 Grant Avenue in Jonesboro
Boston Butt Sale
The Newport Kiwanis Club has a limited number available for preorder that will be ready on Friday, February 5, in time for Super Bowl weekend. The price is $35 each. Call (870) 523-3618. Pick up will be at the Newport Farmers Market starting at 10 a.m.
Newport City Council
The next Newport City Council meeting will be held on Monday, February 1, at 6 p.m. at the City of Newport Municipal Building.
Newport A&P Commission
The Newport Advertising and Promotion Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 3, at 10 a.m. in the Boardroom at the City of Newport Municipal Building.
Business Start Up Kits Available
Communities Unlimited, the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Newport Economic Development Commission have been working with a group of local volunteers to design the ultimate guide to help start a business in Newport. For more information on the Business Start Up Kit, contact the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-523-3618 or the Newport Economic Development Commission at 870-523-1009.