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BY TRACY WHITAKER David Morris originally planned to go to dental school, but his career choice took a turn in a different direction. “I basically just took a temporary job in White County government,” Morris said a few months ago as he began wrapping up his final year as Searcy’s mayor. “It was just supposed to be a temporary job; and then wow, I wake up 44½ years later and I’m retiring from a career in public service.” He said he took the job in government “during the interim while I was kind of waiting to get into dental school. I had always had a desire for law enforcement and I always liked law enforcement. I was good friends with several of the city police officers and the several of the deputy sheriffs. “I started working with the sheriff ’s department here in White County and soon a job opened up that was a full-time county position


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as juvenile intake/probation officer for a newly formed juvenile court here in White County.” Morris said he spent about three years in that position and started pursuing various grants for the government. “At that time, the federal entitlement programs … the grants and things like that were free-flowing and if you could put anything on paper and document what you need it for … your chances of getting a grant were very good during that period of time,” Morris said. “I started applying for several grants for law enforcement, whether they be for additional personnel, equipment … things of that nature, and I was fairly successful.” He said that then-County Judge Bill Davis thought Morris “had potential in that area and he asked me to come over and start working for the county full time writing grants and administering grants.”


Searcy Mayor David Morris, who decided in March to retire after more than 44 years in public service, says he got on his career path when he took a temporary job in White County government while waiting to get into dental school.

The next county judge, Jimmie Miller, hired him to be his administrative assistant. “When Judge Miller decided not seek re-election, I ran for county judge and was elected in the election of 1982,” Morris said. “I’m not boastful about it, but I’m the only person that has ever served in both chief elected positions in White County.” A photo of a younger David Morris still hangs in the White County Courthouse today. After serving as county judge, Morris went to work for White County Memorial Hospital, which is now Unity Health-White County Medical Center, for about four years. “Health care was not my cup of tea,” Morris said. “I guess coming out of public service … my heart was more into that, so when a job came open in 1988 with the Association of Arkansas Counties, I applied for the job and was hired and spent a little bit over a 22-year career working” with that statewide organization. He said the time he spent traveling around the state and helping various area governments honed his problem-solving skills, which proved to be very important in his role as mayor. “I retired from there in 2010 and spent the last several years that I was there as assistant director,” Morris said. “Then I had a desire to run for mayor of Searcy in 2010 and ran in a three-way race.”

In the general election that year, Morris advanced to a runoff against Mayor Belinda LaForce by finishing second with 1,954 votes (34 percent). LaForce received 2,189 (38 percent) while Kyle Reeves, who also ran for mayor in 2018, and lost to Morris’ successor Kyle Osborne, got 1,578 (28 percent). In the runoff, Morris overtook LaForce with 2,022 votes (59.58 percent) to 1,372 (40.42). Forty-four years later, Morris said, “That’s gone by in the flash of an eye.” Morris chose not to run for re-election in 2018 for a third term in office. He said he plans to spend his retirement hunting, fishing, working on family farms and involved in activities with his grandchildren.

Looking back “As the time nears, I start reflecting back on my soon-to-be 44 1/2 years of public service,” Morris said. “I don’t consider myself — in any stretch of the word — a politician. I have considered myself a public servant all of these 44 years. “You look back and … life is just like a vapor, and you start thinking back Please see MORRIS | 16


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Curtailing breast cancer through healthy eating BY TRACY WHITAKER As a nutritionist whose goal it is to study the effects of nutrition on cancer patients and those who are at high risk to develop cancer, Patricia Champion of CARTI in Little Rock offered statistics and tips to help educate a room full of attendees at the 25th annual Barbara Montgomery Memorial Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon in October at the Robbins Sanford Grand Hall. Champion spoke at the Unity Healthsponsored luncheon on the importance of healthy eating habits to help curtail breast cancer and perhaps lighten the propensity to develop it. “It’s very, very hard to put into words unless you have actually been there,” Champion said. “I’ve learned that I am so grateful for all the medical advancements. … We are really truly blessed to live in this day and age.” Included among the statistics and tips she offered were: • It was estimated that 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnosed in 2018, according to the American Cancer Society. • Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death in women. • There are 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States — including women still being treated and those who have completed treatment. • Researchers have reason to believe that increased body fat increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, and that maintaining a healthy weight is a good way to help avoid cancer after menopause. • Healthy growth in childhood is another way to decrease cancer risks, therefore teaching children to eat healthy early on is a good recommendation. • Maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) is a good place to start monitoring healthy weight. • A waist circumference of 31.5 inches or less, measuring around one’s middle, just above the hipbones, is another way. • Excess body fat acts like a hormone


pump — it releases hormones into the bloodstream which can increase risk of cancer growth. • Physical activity is another way to help decrease one’s odds of developing or succumbing to breast cancer. One hundred and fifty minutes of moderateintensity aerobic physical activity is recommended per week. Seventy-five minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week is the minimum recommendation. • Eat a diet rich in whole grains, vegetable, fruit and beans … having at least two-thirds of your plate covered with fruits, vitamins, minerals and substances called phytochemicals, which are biologically active compounds that can help protect cells in the body from damage that can lead to cancer. • Limit consumption of red and processed meat to 12 to 18 ounces per week. Eat little, if any, processed meat like ham, bacon, salami, hot dogs, sausages, etc. Consuming over 12-18 ounces of red meat per weak is highly linked to colorectal cancer. Processed meat is a Class 1 carcinogen and cancer risk begins to increase with even consuming small amounts on a regular basis. • Limit sugar-sweetened drinks. • Limit alcohol consumption. • Do not use supplements for cancer prevention. Always inform your physicians and dietitian of all supplements you are taking. The FDA does not review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. • For mothers, breastfeed if you can. Breastfeeding can lower the levels of some cancer-related hormones in the mother’s body. At the end of breastfeeding, the body gets rid of cells in the breast that may have DNA damage. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to become overweight and obese which, as discussed, can lead to multiple different cancers. During treatment, it is typically recommended to stop breastfeeding since chemo and hormone therapies can pass to the baby through breast milk. Always discuss with your cancer treatment team.

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Data computes for germ-zapping robots BY TARYN BROWN When germ-zapping robots were first introduced at Unity Health in January 2017, the overseers of the Xenex program feared hesitancy to embrace it due to the fact that this step adds a minimum of 15 minutes to the cleaning process. However, once the numbers came back, no one had any doubts about it. Unity Health infection preventionists Meghann Holmes and Samantha Green, who have been over the program since its beginning, said that it has succeeded because of teamwork. “It takes everyone,” Holmes said. “Environmental Services is the main component because they are the ones using them every day. I have been so impressed with their willingness and effort. I am so pleased that none of them seem to mind having an increase in their workload because they know they are making the hospital a safer place for our patients.” The goal of the Xenex Lightstrike GermZapping Robot Program is to create an overall safer environment for not only the patients, but also family and loved ones who visit. These robots use a powerful pulsed xenon light to kill harmful viruses and bacteria that can cause health-care-associated infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and the influenza virus.

Unity Health was the first hospital in the state to implement the program. It currently has germ-zapping robots in four nursing units and in the operating room. They are also used to disinfect additional work spaces like break rooms and medication rooms. The Infection Prevention and Environmental Services departments hope to eventually have a robot for each unit at the hospital. Former Unity Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Henderson first saw the Xenex program elsewhere. He heard about the success had with it, then presented the program to Infection Prevention to get the department’s take on the technology.  “Dr. Henderson was our champion and driving force for implementing the Xenex program,” Holmes said. Holmes re-emphasized that successfully implementing the program would not have been possible without everyone being on board and doing their part — the nursing staff that manages timely discharges and troubleshooting, the biomed team that provides timely maintenance and ensures the robots are working correctly and the administration team that supports the implementation of the program. The Infection Prevention department monitors all the data, including infection rates, robot usage and protocol compliance, which the

department reports on monthly. This allows the department to see how many health-careassociated infections (HAIs) the hospital has decreased by. Here are some of Unity Health’s accomplishments with the Xenex program: • 71 percent decrease in HAIs (December 2017-August 2018); • Estimated over $700,000 in cost savings; • 22 infection cases avoided in patient floor units; • 7 infection cases avoided in the operating room; • Unity Health’s New Life Center and Observation unit have been recognized for 1,000 days with no HAIs; • Steve Cooper, biomedical technician, named Xenex Technician of the Quarter. The Xenex program is part of the Unity Health Foundation campaign Home is Where the Heart Is. Campaign funds help to provide new Xenex robots, Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Center renovations and Patient Safe Handling Rooms. To learn more about the campaign or to donate, visit www.unity-health. org/foundation or call the Unity Health Foundation at (501) 278-3191.

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Reliving history of the Holocaust BY JEFF LEWIS Deiter “Dan” Lewin says he writes and speaks about the Holocaust to remind people to “never forget.” “Don’t forget your history, because history is what you’re going to be living on in the future,” Lewin said before an assembly of Ahlf Junior High School students in November. “If you forget your history, you’ll repeat it, and when you repeat it, you got problems!” Lewin was a small child living in Germany during the Holocaust. Because his mother was Catholic, Lewin was never sent to a concentration camp, and as he put it, “Most of the people that went in a concentration camp aren’t around to tell their story.” “There are things in your life that you can remember,” he said. “I don’t know how, as a 2-year-old, I remember one thing. And that’s when the Nazis came into our little town where I was born, and they took away my grandparents. How do you remember something like this, from [being] a 2-year-old?” Lewin said that everyone in the town “was, more or less, just one big family.” “My grandfather, he was the rabbi of the town. So when the Nazis picked up people, he was, our family was, one of the first ones they got,” he said. “And my mother got wind that they were going to pick us up, so she took me away somewhere, hid me away, and that’s the reason I didn’t get picked up that day.” Lewin recounted the story handed down in his family, saying, “What happened in those days was a big flatbed truck came driving down the street and they rounded up every Jew, put them on there, then off they go and you never see them again. ...” His said his father also survived the Holocaust “because he was a traveling salesman.” “He was out of town selling stuff. When he came home, he said, ‘We can’t stay here, because in a small town like this, where everybody knows everybody, if the Nazis come back, they’re going to say ‘They are the Jewish people,’ Lewin recalled. “‘So we’re going to have to move out of here and move into Berlin ... if we move into a big city, then we can get lost.’” Lewin also detailed the difficulties in moving to Berlin. “In Germany, at that time, when you moved somewhere you had to check in with the


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police. You had to go up to the police station, you had to tell who you are, how old you are, they take your picture, they give you a little pass,” he said. “Every time you move, you have to go to the police station and tell them where you are moving to, and what your rent is, and everything else. So really, getting lost in the big city didn’t work either. Everybody knew where the Jews were.” Lewin also relayed how the persecution of Jews in Germany originated. “Germany, under [President Paul von] Hindenburg, was printing a lot of money, Like my mother would say, ‘You had to have a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread.’ That was about how it was, it was a bad, bad time in Germany, ...” he said. “So this young upstart named Hitler came along and said, ‘We can rebuild Germany. We can do it.’ And then he was talking against the government, so they put him in jail. And while he was in jail, he wrote a book about what to do about Germany, called ‘Mein Kampf.’ ... “After he got out of jail, he got a group of people that believed the same way he did, and they were trying to get him elected as the head of Germany. But it was kind of tough to do, so what you need then is you need to have a scapegoat. And they decided, ‘Let’s just get the Jews.’ “Then they started saying that the Jews own all the money, they own all the factories, they own all the stores, they’re keeping Germany down, they’re trying to destroy Germany through financial ways. So they got more and more people saying it. You know, when you tell a lie long enough, then it becomes [thought of as] a fact. And everybody knew that the Jews were it.” Even today, he said, there are those who think that all Jews are good businesspeople. “I had a shop, I had a business, and never made any money, so I can tell you it’s not true with everybody,” Lewin said. “But the thing is, they got the Jews as the scapegoat. They made the Jews out to be the bad guy.” Lewin described some of the ways Jews were mistreated during Adolf Hitler’s years in power. “Since you can’t tell the difference between a Jew and a non-Jew, they decided that everybody [who was Jewish], 13 years or older, had to wear a gold star that said ‘Jew’ on there. And that’s how people knew that you were Jewish,”

he said. “You might say ‘Well, I just wouldn’t wear it.’ Well, if you don’t wear it, and they found out that you were Jewish, then you and your whole family would automatically go to the concentration camps.” Another persecution was that “the Nazis were the ones that decided where you were going to work and what you were going to do.” “For Jews, what they did is they found out what you can’t do, and then they made you do that, so they could always say, ‘Look, they can’t even do a simple job!’” Lewin said. “My father was an invalid, so they put him in the railroad station unloading heavy equipment.” In addition, his parents “went to work at 4 or 5 in the morning. And they couldn’t leave children alone in the apartment because if the Nazis were to find out there’s a little Jewish kid in the apartment, they would come get them, and then the parents would come home at night, they’d have no idea where their kids were or nothing.” “So at 5 o’clock in the morning, I was put out in the street,” Lewin said. “At that time, I was 3 years old, and what happened is, some of the older Jewish kids that were out in the street, they took care of us little ones. And what we did is, we went down to the city dump, and that’s where we spent all of our day. And that’s where we got our food. When we found something [edible] that somebody threw out, that was our lunch.” He said they did this because food for the Jews in Germany was limited. “We had these ration stamps, and in the ration stamps, [a section] was marked ‘Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew.’ Wherever it was marked, you couldn’t use those stamps,” Lewin said. “So we never got any milk, no butter. When my mother wanted to make a little bitty cake, she would have to save about 2 or 3 months, the flour and sugar and stuff like that to make a little cake.” Lewin says he is often asked, “Didn’t the Germans do anything about it?” He responds, “No, because if you stand up, if you talk up or if you do anything against it, you get sent to the concentration camp, too. So people don’t stand up for what they believe, if the punishment is bad enough.” “Here in America, we stand up for different things, different causes that we have. We go and march, hold signs, and hold posters. That’s fine, but there’s no punishment for that,”


Deiter “Dan” Lewin, standing before Ahlf Junior High School students, tells them about his experience during the Holocaust. Because his mother was Catholic, Lewin says he never went to a concentration camp. “They wanted to get all the full-blooded Jews first.” he said. “But if they would take you and put you in prison if you stand out there with a sign ... then you wouldn’t be out there. And there were just a few people in Germany, that were what you might call the Underground; they would have ways of getting Jews out.” Lewin also emphasized that many of the Jews didn’t even realize how bad they had it until it was too late.

“It’s a strange thing, but you don’t know that you have it bad if that’s your way of life,” he said. “I can’t say that enough. You have to know. You have to know what freedom is to realize what freedom is. “For instance, it bothers me that in America here right now, people go against history. Wiping out the Civil War, getting rid of Civil War heroes and flags and everything. That’s getting

rid of your history, and when you get rid of your history, you got nothing to live for. You need to have a reason to exist, and your reason is freedom. “I’ve been all over the world when I was in the Air Force, and America is the greatest country in the world. No matter what problems we have in America, you have the best country. You have the most freedom.”




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and reflecting back over 44 years, it just seems that way. It seems like yesterday that I was finishing college and preparing to pursue a career …” Morris said his time as mayor has been” the highlight of a 44-year career in public service.” “I have really enjoyed serving as mayor; it’s been the most rewarding time — in my opinion — of my 44 years in public service and I have to give the credit to several factors.” He said when he decided to run for mayor he wanted to bring a “breath of fresh air” to City Hall. “I kept thinking the proper person is someone like me who had experience dealing with problem solving and things of that nature in local government issues,” Morris said. He said the previous administration provided a smooth transition for him when he came into office, and he credited having a well-functioning City Council that has been “so progressive-minded in wanting to improve things here in our city.”

Tax support key Morris said everyone working for the city

or elected in the city has been key to a string of city improvements, but without the people of the city supporting two taxes passed during his service, those improvements would not have been possible. “The council has seen the need to make a lot of improvements in our city and obviously they saw the need, like I did, for additional revenue,” Morris said, mentioning the many “thank yous” he’s gotten in the past few months. “I say ‘thank yourself ’ because without the people and the support we got from the general public — especially in the support we got when we asked for an additional revenue source for what we call the eight-year plan” [in 2014] — without that, nothing that has really been accomplished could be done. “We’d have been … the status quo and being able to maintain without that additional revenue source. With no additional revenue, we could not make any major infrastructure improvements. … I saw real quick, along with the council, that we had to do something additional … an additional revenue source to make any major improvements; and we put together — the City Council and the department heads, collectively put together

what we came to know as the eight-year plan. The next step he said was to meet with civic leaders and the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce about the plan and spell out “thoroughly” how the revenue from the temporary, 1-cent sales and use tax would be used. “I just can’t give credit enough to the people of Searcy who all lined up and supported the eight-year plan that’s what’s made it possible for us to do what we’ve been able to do,” Morris said.“ … Here again it’s been a flash of an eye that these eight years have passed by so quick, but I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot and certainly I’m proud of the various accomplishments that we have made during this soon to be eight-year period of time; and setting the course for future things that will happen as part of the eight-year plan. “Of course, as you know, dealing with expenditures from it, priorities are streets, improvements of drainage throughout the city, public safety, police, fire, sanitation, Parks and Recreation is a big part, staffing needs to retain good competent employees Please see SERVICE | 18

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ously. “The first year I served as mayor, the town was dark at Christmas. ... Working with the Holiday of Lights Committee, we brought it back [in 2015]. It’s just been amazing how much favorable input we’ve got from this” as well as adding synthetic ice skating at Spring Park. Morris also mentioned adding the cityowned Rialto Theater “as part of our parks system.” “It’s amazing how that came about. I have to give my wife Gail credit for that,” he said. “[Longtime theater operator] Victor Weber announced his retirement and to be quite frank, we were not overly impressed with the three proposals we got.” Morris said he told his wife, who “had been taking the grandchildren to the movies on a regular basis,” that he didn’t know what the city was going to do about replacing Weber and she said, “Why don’t you run it as a city park ... like you do the swim center, like you do the ice skating down at Spring Park, the historical Black House? ...”  “It’s working very, very well,” Morris said since the city took over operations of the


for the city. A lot of the eight-year plan has to do with infrastructure in town.” Morris called the $5.78 million Searcy Swim Center completed in 2017 “the big piece or centerpiece” of the plan, but said there are “obviously a lot of other great infrastructures.” “Fire station No. 2 east of town another prime example of infrastructure,” he said, as well as mentioned building an Information Technology Department building to get the department out of an old elevator. “As technology evolves, the new facility is paying off for the city every day. “Some other big improvements [include] the new concession press box at the [youth] football facility ... the new concession press box at the girls’ softball field, all the downtown beautification and bringing back the Holiday of Lights.” He said that there was a “public outcry for various things.” “I did not expect the fact that so many people wanted to bring back the Holiday of Lights,” Morris said. “We had it here previ-

city-owned property at the beginning of 2018. “Certainly we are proud of the fact that we kept the Rialto in operation but kept it family-oriented movies that you can take your little kids to the movies.” He said looking back that “it’s amazing how things do come about like that.” “I never thought the Holiday of Lights would come back or that the city would be running a theater ... made possible by the eight-year plan,” Morris said, adding that a lot of equipment also was purchased because of the tax. “A lot of the sanitation trucks were outdated; that’s one thing we wanted to put in the eight-year plan — the new overhead trucks, the brush trucks. “When I came, we had a new engine ordered, but it had not been delivered. [Now, the city has a] new tower truck on order that will be here in 2019. Other departments have all received equipment or vehicles through the eight-year plan well into the second half of the eight-year plan.” He said there’s also still a lot that remains to be done with the tax money, such as drainage work in the city, which takes time to plan out because “you can’t just go out there and

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start digging ditches.” The other tax Morris believes was vital during his time in office was a 15-month 1-cent tax that funded the city’s portion of the new Arkansas Highway 13 connector route. The city and White County each paid $3 million in a cooperative effort with the Arkansas Department of Transportation to get the bypass completed in 2018. “Soon after I was elected, I was approached by one of the highway commissioners and asked if we might be interested in maybe fastforwarding this project. ... Rather than doing it in three phases — and the first phase was already underway and that one was from Honey Hill to Beebe-Capps south — but if we’d be interested in trying to combine the other two phases and do the whole connector route loop. ...” The route created new sections of Highway 13 that run from U.S. Highway 67/167 in McRae to Beebe-Capps Expressway, Arkansas Highway 13 and U.S. 67/167 in Judsonia. “We had to come up with the matching funds,” ...  Morris said. “There again in your first year in office we had to ask the voters in 2011 to support that sales tax,” which he said an “overwhelming majority” did. “I’m very proud of the accomplishments there.” Again, he said that accomplishments with both taxes were due to the community’s support. “The people, when we’ve asked for things, they’ve stepped up,” Morris said. Voters “twice stepped up and voted for a sales tax. Without that, we couldn’t have done it

the end of a new four-year term, I appreciate the fact that I could retire.” He said he keeps getting asked “what I’m really going to do, and I’m going to do exactly what I said I’m going to do — farming, fishing, more involved with 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.” Morris said he has had to “miss unfortunately” a lot of their school activities and wants to get more involved in them. “I want to pursue some of those hobbies a little more vigorously,” he said. “I think I’ll stay

busy [but] slow down the fast pace of life a little bit. This is a stressful position, demanding and time consuming to do the job the way the people deserve a mayor to work for them. “It is demanding and time consuming overall [but] to sum it up it’s been very rewarding. I have by far been blessed by being able to serve as mayor; it’s been very rewarding.” He said it’s been a “wonderful career” with “continuous public service in basically four different organizations, but the highlight has been serving as mayor.”

Working together Morris, who conducted his last regular council meeting Dec. 11, said there also are many things that would not have been done during his time in office without a “very cooperative, very progressive-minded City Council.” “Every council member, not one of them have a private agenda,” he said. “Every one of them work for the good of the city of Searcy.” He said the 250 city employees also “make up a very good workforce.” “The city employees are our most valuable resource,” Morris said. “Department heads, all the way through the rank, ... everyone does a magnificent job. All the departments are a spoke in a wheel [and] each and every day, I feel honored to be a part of this in the past eight years. “I’m just the person who that has tried to keep everything operating and running on a smooth and easy course. ... It’s just been a very good finish of my career.” He said when he announced his retirement in March that “at my age I simply didn’t want to work at the pace that you have to work out.” “This is a demanding, fast-paced job. A lot of night hours and weekend hours are involved. I’ll be knocking on the door of 70 at

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The Daily Citizen: Balance Jan/Feb 2019  

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