Local news notes


By Martin Couch

The Bryant Police Department has taken proactive measures in regards to speeding complaints from citizens.

“Safety is our goal here,” said Captain Phillip Newcomb. “With the number of vehicles traveling the roadways these days and the fact that children are starting summer break could potentially result in a devestating accident. Add speeding to the equation and the risk is even higher.”[more]

That’s why Bryant Chief of Police Tony Coffman has implemented “Operation Slow Down” within the city limits.

"Simply put, there will be no tolerance for speeding in the city of Bryant," he said. "Radar certified officers in unmarked vehicles will target areas with marked patrol units. The unmarked unit will observe a violation and radio the marked patrol vehicle to make the traffic stop and site the violator.The point being, we could be anywhere at anytime in any vehicle, so slow down.This will be the only warning to those who choose to violate the speed limit."

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The Bryant Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for the annual golf tournament on July 1. Anyone interested in a sign on the course with your business, organization or political cause on it, should contact Rae Ann Fields or Carrie Roedel at 847-4702.

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The Bryant Rotary Club welcomes renown Arkansas Children’s Hospital director of anomalies, Dr. Lisa Buckmiller to be guest speaker at Thursday’s monthly meeting.

Buckmiller, from Minnesota, attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine and completd an Otolaryngology residency at the University of California, Davis.

She came to Arkansas to obtain specialty training in Pediatric Otolaryngology with an emphasis on the treatment of Vascular Anomalies as well as Cleft Lip/Palate. Buckmiller was recruited to stay on as a faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology — head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for medical Sciences and her practice is based at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Buckmiller is board certified in Otolaryngology and is the fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery as well as a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, International society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, Association of Pediatric Otolaryngologiss, Society of Ear, Nose and Throat advances in children, and the American Medical Association. She also holds the Milton and Benjamin Warner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery.

Buckmiller treats children with clefts as early as prenatal, consults with families before a baby is born and throughout adulthood. She also treats all types of vascular malformations in children both medically as well as surgery/laser.

She originally operated on Gonglu at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2006 for a very large hemangioma that had destroyed her nose. Gonglu was an orphan in China and Buckmiller worked with an Oklahoma-based organization that helps provide medical care to oprhans in China and with Arkansas Children’s Hospital to bring Gonglu to Little Rock for surgery.

Gonglu’s story was featured on NBC’s “Today Show” before she flew back to China. Buckmiller and her husband adopted her in 2007.

Buckmiller is also very active in the area Medical Missions and travels several times a year to underprivileged countries to perform surgery for cleft lip and palate and vascular anomalies.


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