At least one case of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has been reported in the Clinton School District. A letter was mailed to parents last week saying one child has been diagnosed with the illness. A school nurse said Tuesday there will be a immunization clinic Friday at the school. Permission slips will be sent home advising parents of the opportunity to inoculate their Intermediate School children against the illness. The immunizations will be for children ages 10 and over in grades 4-6, and for the staff. Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable coughing. The U.S. is currently in the worst whooping cough epidemic in 50 years. The illness can cause death, especially among infants.
There will be a Town Hall meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Greenbrier City Event Center to talk about the effects of air pollution in the Fayetteville Shale Play area. The group Faulkner County Concerned Citizens plans to organize volunteers to participate in training a “Bucket Brigade” to do air testing. Global Community Monitor will train volunteers at a day-long workshop Nov. 17 to gather air samples. The Bucket Brigade originated in 1995 with Edward Masry, an attorney who worked with environmental activist Erin Brockovich.
Nov. 24 is Saturday Shop Small day, dedicated to supporting small local businesses the day after Black Friday. This is the third year for Shop Small. It aims to support small businesses that invigorate the economy and keep communities thriving.
See next week’s Democrat for the 2012 Readers Choice poll. Voters have until Dec. 3 to return ballots to the newspaper office. No photocopies will be accepted. Bring your ballot to our downtown Clinton office or mail them to P.O. Box 119, Clinton, AR 72031.