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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun September 28, 2014

Shalyn Carlile

Habitat executive director balances growing organization, family time

Surrounded by odds and ends for sale, including sinks, clothes, books and a couple of old bicycles, Shalyn Carlile said the new Habitat for Humanity of Independence County Home Store has done well in its first month of business. The store is just one facet of Carlile’s job as Habitat’s executive director, and she said she somehow fits the work of several jobs into one part-time position. But she wouldn’t have it any other way — her job with Habitat is ideal for spending time with her 14-month-old son, Sawyer. Between opening and running the store, organizing volunteers and ... READ MORE

Kathy Glewen: Arkansas Teacher of the Year regional finalist proud of Searcy’s commitment to education By ANGELA SPENCER

In her portfolio submitted for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year program, Kathy Glewen said that while some of her teaching philosophy has changed since she became a teacher in 1983, many key aspects have remained the same. She said she believes establishing relationships with both students and parents, creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn in, and having a classroom full of enthusiasm for learning are all impor...