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Old Glory

June 14 is Flag Day, a time for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for the U.S. flag. The Stars and Stripes has a proud and glorious history that dates back to its origin when it was first flown in 1776.

Here is some information about the proper display of the American flag:

The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset. It should not be flown at night without a light on it, nor should it be flown in the rain or inclement weather.

The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. State and other flags fly below it. Never let the flag touch the ground. Fold the flag when storing, don’t just stuff it in a box.

Old, tattered flags should be burned or buried, not thrown in the trash. There is a special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. Boy and Girl Scout group knows the proper ceremony. Give them your retired flag and attend the ceremony.


Gov. Mike Beebe has named Jay Shue of Little Rock as Medicaid Inspector General. The position was created by the 89th General Assembly to oversee an independent office that will work to prevent, detect and investigate Medicaid fraud. Shue, 43, has directed the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office since 2007. The office will be officially created on July 1.

Phone scam

Scammers posing as vendors of medical-alert equipment and monitoring services have recently targeted older consumers.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has received multiple complaints about the pre-recorded telephone calls to senior citizens from what is said to be a legitimate medical alert company with what appears to be a 501 area code. It may be an attempt to obtain money and personal financial information from senior citizens. Never give out personal financial information in an unsolicited phone call.

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